Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
My mom is really something. She got a computer about a year ago and reads our blogs, sends e-mails to her family and is a FaceBook regular! On many a Thursday you will find her with one of her grandchildren, helping them with their reading, playing the organ with them and singing with them. And of course taking them out for a bite of supper before returning the happy little camper home to share stories of their time with G.G. Each child can't wait for their turn.
My mom goes to Yoga and the gym with her friend Marilyn. They love to laugh and the people at the gym really miss them when they don't come because they are so much fun to be around. My mom is interested in everyone's life, be it her hairdresser, doctor, trainer or manicurist. They all think of mom as their friend. I mean does your doctor give you kiss before you leave the office? Mine sure doesn't, but Mom's does, and in case you think that weird, well you'd just have to know my mom to know it isn't! Everyone loves her.
My mom is active and on the days when she said she's done nothing, she really means she took a day to just care for herself. She does crossword puzzles, reads voraciously and likes nothing better than sending me a pile of books that she's just read, like The Kite Runner (yes, mom-it is a good book just as you said!) and like most mom's I know, loves to chat on the telephone. She has a beautiful singing voice that can still reach high notes I just dream of. As I type this out, she is at the lake with my sister and her dear friend Marilyn. No doubt they had many a laugh, and I'm betting very little sleep either.
Best of all mom has a heart of gold. She is well and truly loved and loving in return. I am so lucky to call her my Mom.
My beloved and I, along with three of your "little fans", Cameron, Claire and Carly look forward to hearing about your weekend adventures over supper tonight. Happy Birthday Mom.
Post Script to Dinner:
Tonight the three eldest grandchildren came over to celebrate G.G.'s Birthday. It was a wonderful night. We took turns speaking and listening, buttering buns and corn and spritzing dressing on salad. Before we sat down, I assigned each child to their grown up place, Cameron at it turned out sat to my left and what should be right beside his plate but the dish of mashed potatoes. What does he say? "This is my spot alright right by the potatoes!" Carly told us about sports day and showed us how her tooth was coming in. Claire told us about the potato spoon races. I told them about my dear Aunty Emily who during our family picnics at Hume Park, would hold her thumb on the egg and beat us all to the finish line. The kids liked hearing that. G.G. told us about a family of geese on Kawkawa Lake, swimming in a row, dad in back, mom in front and about 8 little ones between them. Pappa measured the kids before they hit the back yard a little hepped up on chocolate birthday cake and ice cream (4 days in a row with the ice cream I've been told!) All in all it was a lovely dinner. Our dining room has been returned to an empty table and lonely looking chairs. I look forward to doing this again. Happy Birthday Mom, I love you so!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Here in The Grove, I've been waiting literally for 3 weeks to wash and hang out the "extra" Winter blankets removed from the bed. Because surely, we don't need them anymore. And what have we been sleeping under these cool nights? The blankets! It has been too rainy and cool to hang them out and too cool to do without them.
This past week we spied in our lilac tree the most beautiful yellow "robin". I know, I know, you think I'm seeing things. This beautiful bird is of the same size as one, its' face was a fantastic shade of orange and its' wing tips and tail feathers were a dark colour, not brown, but not black. He unknowingly entertained us for about 5 minutes. I looked in "What's That Bird?", a housewarming gift from April and Nick, and thought it just might be a cousin of the Baltimore Oriole, known as a Bullock's Oriole, BUT the map if you can go by it, doesn't include a visit to The Grove or BC for that matter. Whatever, this beautiful bird's species-it was spectacular. I do so hope we get another visit.
Pappa waiting to begin his presentation
Some of the prep work that went on in our dining room
When I see this picture of my beloved it reminds me of his teaching days. His daughter captured him but good!
OUR THANKS TO CATHY FOR THE PICTURES!
And more on visits.
Amy and Tyler went to Kelowna for a Softball/Baseball Tournie. I don't know the end result of the tournament, but I know Tyler's team won most of the games-way to go T and Team!
While they were in Kelowna, the kids paid a visit to her momma's former homesite. When I was about 3, our family moved to Kelowna from Winnipeg, via Vancouver. And speaking of bridges-there wasn't one when we lived there, we had to take the ferry from Westbank over to Kelowna. That tells you how long ago that was. I think there were only about 8,000 of us living there at the time. Time marches on and now Kelowna has a better bridging system than we do heading into Vancouver over the Port Mann! What's wrong with that picture? Anyway, I digress. Sorry about that.
Last time the "kids" went to Kelowna for a tournament I told Amy that my old stairs are shoring up the banks of Mission Creek. They went out on a fact finding mission and after a few misleading clues (thanks to me) they actually found them. I think now it is a must do pilgrimage in our family, because they too made a return visit to the site this year. Here are some pictures including one of our daughter, the third generation of our family standing on one of the stairs!
This picture was taken last year when the creek was a little lower.
This year's pictures. I copped them from Facebook and they are too small!!!
Sorry April, caught you mid-chew! You can pay me back on your blog sometime!
Oma doing the honours and loving every second of it-Abby too as you can see!
Mother and Son! Love them both so much.
Nanny and Abby playing with antiques! Nanny caught in mid-comment, ooh buddie Burt! Does that make up for your's April? LOL
Abby's mommy wanted to take all of our toys home. Pappa almost helped her load them in the car, but I stopped them.
2 Party Girls, my beautiful Mom and Baby Coco!
Oma putting on the Tats and her eager subjects.
Some of the results!
A beautiful Mommy!
A handsome Daddy and a Daddy-To-Be-Congrats Bryan!
Who's my mommy holding?
Caroline showing us what Uncle Nick was up to. Well actually that's the golf bag upsidedown hopefully that didn't happen to Uncle Nick!
Apologies to Carly, you must have been hiding around the corner when Pappa had the camera out. No pictures of our little girl wearing her pretty party frock and awesome smile!
All in all it has been a pretty terrific week of family, fun and memories, and oh ya, rain!