Friday, October 3, 2014

Summer is Finally Over!

Summer is officially over....
The kayaks are put away...and we're ready for fall.
I keep asking myself what keeps me busy...
I never seem to have enough time to blog..

Here's my list.
The corn season has officially ended.
The garden vegetables have been dug and stored for winter.
Canning, freezing and preserving are completed.
The raspberry and blackberry canes are cut back.
The leaves are beginning to fall.

But one thing does not end...and that's family.

This little girl, Ivy has changed our lives for ever.
We've been spending time getting to know each other.
If we're not  picking raspberries....

she's inviting her big cousins for play dates.

And they love interacting with her.

Just last week, she made sure that she brought all of us together once again.
She loves the outdoors.

And so we all enjoyed an afternoon celebrating the 'end of summer'

To make this all a bit more interesting...
a few weekends ago...we celebrated our anniversary.
I walked into the lobby and was about to nudge my husband...
And say, "if you've ever seen a clone of Mikki....that's her."

 I glanced away and wondered why this person was smiling at me.

"It truly is Mikki..."

I gasped and could hardly contain myself.
She totally surprised me and I was totally overwhelmed.
John had made arrangements earlier in the week, keeping this a total surprise.

This morning Ivy came for her last snuggles for a few weeks
But she seemed to be more interested in the horses.
They have already bonded.

We are sailing away and taking a cruise to the Holy Land.
I'm looking forward to exploring some of the historical sites
and walking the same roads where Jesus performed his ministries.

Seasons come and go....but family stays forever.
And I love every minute of it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Never Stop Dreaming!

 It's amazing how the time flies by.
Forty one years years ago...I was walking down the the aisle.
A young bride and groom brimming full of  anticipation
 of living a life together not knowing what the future held.

Forty one years later our family has expanded.
This past week we celebrated Levi's 11th birthday.
A day trip up the new 'Sea to Sky Gondola' life in Squamish,
gave our grandsons another adventure, as they hiked, and scrambled 
through the rocks and stones while I tried to gently scramble behind them.
The trail was packed with tourists, when one of them blurted out loudly

"I didn't know that Oma's could run..."
They put me in my place.
 Who would of known that this little gal would be helping me in my kitchen.
"This is the way we wash our clothes, wash our clothes...."
She's schootching all over the place.
The laundry basket keeps her well contained.

"I didn't really like my dinner,
so I dumped it down the side of my chair and I'm proud of it."

 Who would of  known that 41 years later my husband would 
need some culinary advice on how to eat Bratwurst?
We were sitting in an outside patio in Austria and ordered our standard food.
We politely asked for cutlery.
The waitress said,
"Mr. John, let me show you how to eat Bratwurst."
She took his hand and dipped it into the mustard and horse radish
and then continued to shove his hand to his mouth.
 " Now that's how you eat Bratwurst in Austria"

 Who would of known that we would be cycling the Danube river?
One amazing accomplishment and highlight over this past year.

 "It's the dreams of our hearts that bring us 
luck and happiness along our way."

I still feel like a young bride brimmed full of excitement for the future.
I'm grateful for the life I've been given and feel blessed to share this day.

Love is patient, Love is kind.
1 Corinthians 13:4

Monday, September 8, 2014

Summer Adventures ~ Mountains!

I love the great outdoors and there's no better 
day for me, than hanging out with those I love.

 Look who's hiking with her Mum. 

 This Mum and her daughter Ivy hike weekly.
I was lucky enough to tag along and stay paced.

 A quick trip to Lake Tahoe allowed me to catch up with Mikki.
She kept me busy: hiking  cycling and kayaking.

 A slow paced stroll took me up the Squaw Grind...

 only to soak ourselves in pools and hot tubs at the top.
Squaw Valley was home to the Winter Olympics in 1960.
A most amazing experience.

In June we travelled to Europe to visit family in Germany.
My niece, Ursula took us up the Spitzingsee another alpine hike in the German alps.
There is so much to do and so much to see.
One cannot help but loose oneself up in the alps.

 We traveled the most scenic 'GrossGlockner' alpine road in the Austrian alps.
The road is widely travelled in the summer months only,
by cyclists, motorcycles, and high powered vehicles.

 While they traveled with the car to the highest peak,
I took the hard route and climbed the last mile.

 This adventure starts at 1300 meters above sea level and brings you 
up to 3800 meters measuring to 12,000 feet.

 The High Taurern (GrossGlockner )National Park, 1833 square kilometers large,
and is the biggest national park in central Europe. 
It covers three regions, Carinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol, 
including the highest mountains of the eastern Alps.

 And look who crossed the border to catch up with family last week.
Yes, all her legal work is completed and she's free to come and go again.
What a wonderful hike up Mt. Thom.
The summer weather continues and adventures lie ahead.

 And today, September 8th, family members young and old
enjoyed clibing together the old famous 'Abby Grind!'
This week we're celebrating a milestone of 50!
Guess who?
So if you can't get to Europe....there are lots of hikes right here in the valley.

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

I think they said it's 'Grouse Grind' next.