Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy Birthday to You, Sherilee!!

October 29!! 

So thankful for October! So thankful for you. . .


"Count your age by friends, not years. 
Count your life by smiles, not tears."
-John Lennon


"And the beauty of a woman, 
with passing years only grows!"
- Audrey Hepburn

For our darling daughter, we wish a happy birthday. 
May your new year be all that you desire.

Love, Mama and Pa




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What Matters Most . . .

Today this post is dedicated to my sister, Sheila May . . .


With special thanks to the artist, Dale Kunkel for this magnificent painting.

Have a good day and be well.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Among My Souvenirs . . .

Because I have chosen to use my blog as a personal journal I feel compelled to add this music video as a reminder of the fun music of my generation.

I love a variety of music genres. When this video came across my desk yesterday I couldn't believe how much I adored what they have done here... when the swings start coming out of the clouds I laughed out loud.



The title of the song, God Only Knows, could cover a number of subjects...

Enjoy it.

And above all, be well.






Sunday, October 5, 2014

Eighteen Years Gone By . . .

October 1, 1996

When October 1 came around this year Seth, I was with your Grandpa, fully occupied with getting him safely to the hospital and then home again to recover from his day surgery.

We didn't forget about you though. We talked about you, remembering all our good times together, thinking of your future and wishing only the best for you.

Because we had wished you "Happy Birthday" in other ways this year, I thought I would skip the blog post but I just couldn't. This is probably more for me than anyone but necessary for my grannie-heart.


One of my favourites . . .


but then, which one would I pick if I could have only one?


That is the Pebble Beach kitchen where you loved being my helper . . . 


You were busy, busy, busy writing notes . . .


And kitchen helper on Mayne Island too.


Picnic at the treehouse. 

I remember worrying about you going down that steep hill with Grandpa so I tied a rope around both of you so if you stumbled Grandpa could catch you easy. Both your angels watched over you both up and down that cliff. (Must find those old photos. They are tucked away somewhere in the attic.)

- Kim Goerlitz
That is such a great photo of you and Cousin Maizy.

- Sherilee Coffey
And you and Alan, enjoying the beach. 


I enjoy this reflective one of you on a hike.

- Sherilee Coffey
And now you are a senior, 18 years old, ready for a new year.

Fun to look back, exciting to look forward!!

God be with you, dear Grandson.

"You do not really understand something 
unless you can explain it to your Grandmother."
- Albert Einstein

Happy, happy new year to you, dear Seth.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Meander Through My Week or Two . . .

Two weeks ago I decided on a whim to re-sign up to a group online who publish a new photo each day. I published a complete year with them back in 2010, I believe.

The community is great... people comment on your photos and you have a chance to meet new people and see what is happening in that world. There are some marvellous pictures published every day and there are discussions about how they have achieved their results.

The following photos are the ones I have published in the past couple weeks. Some...


like these two were from the day I published. Early morning light is definitely 'autumnal' in feeling and I love the delicate colours. I see this side of the property when I work outdoors on the view side.


There were a few days when I was in Victoria on business and did not have a chance to take photos or was too tired or some such excuse...


so I went back into the archives and pulled out photos I took in Mexico like these two.


But I do still have flowers to show off...


"The earth has music for those who listen."
- George Santayana


even though some look pretty dead.


The pampas grass was odd coloured one morning, very early.


Even the lowly tractor got his 15 minutes of fame...


Some days were drizzly...


And some were memory days from southern Arizona.


Don't you love this one playing hide-and-seek with me?


I am most thankful that the bees I disturbed this week in my compost did not attack me... didn't realize that they had made a home in one of my bins.


Another drizzly day...


And flora...


all around me.


I have very few dull moments here... and no boring days. But for all that, and much more, I am truly grateful.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, 
he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
- John Muir

If you wish to join an outstanding photo group click here to get to The 365 project.

Whatever comes your way, I wish you well.




Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Spot of Joy . . .

"The morning glories and the sunflowers 
turn naturally toward the light, 
but we have to be taught it seems."
- Richard Rohr


"Later, Gator
In an hour, Sunflower!"
-Alexandra Bracken