Friday, October 23, 2009

Warm Breezes are Calling My Name

Last spring we spent a few days in Southern Spain
at a beautiful resort on Marbella Beach.
This beach runs for miles and miles.
Just a few tropical huts.

Often you could find me strolling down the beaches.
This one day, I saw something in the far distance...
something white.
My curiosity got the best of me.

I could not believe what I stepped into.
These were lounge chairs for the celebrities.
As you see, they are all empty.
This is my second time walking here.
The first time I forgot my camera.
On the weekend prior,
there were scads of celebrities laying on these beds,
being pampered by whatever and whomever.

We were told that Marbella was for the jet set.
Well, I did not quite believe that, till I came upon this scene.
Four king size beds all formed to make a large square.
Large comfy cushions and white fluffy towels,
were draped all around the beds.
In the center they placed a large cocktail bowl,
filled with ice for all their exotic drinks.

It's sometimes fun to be the fly on the wall.

Seeing is believing.

But while you read this,
I need to confess that,
I am also enjoying the warm breezes.

The South Pacific has called my name.
Sunny blue skies,
warm ocean waters,
sandy beaches,
and a simple lounge chair.

For now,


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

God's Surround Beauty

Today everyone is talking about surround sound in music.
They talk about how to play music using a home theatre system.

Well when I woke up this morning to the sunshine through my window...
All I could think about was Surround Beauty in my home.

I began clicking photos from the various angles in my home.
These are the results...
Once again, it's just how it appears at given moments
and I'm blessed to be their to capture the outpouring of God's colorful creation.

From my office window, facing east,
this is my view....

From the the guest bedroom, facing west,
this is my view...

From my bedroom window, facing north,
this is my view toward farm land and horses.


From my kitchen window, facing south east,
I have a view of farmwork, which is never ending.
Our old Ford tractor, 25 years, needed a change of tires.

All of this surrounds me wherever I look out of my windows.
I am thankful to God our creator for the beauty today.

I'm hoping you can experience something from God's Surround Beauty.


Monday, October 19, 2009

What Should We do Tonight?

It's Friday night and we have no plans and no place to go.
Somehow I'm not too content to sit at home and do nothing....so we headed into Langley, knowing that we had to pick up some new snow tires for our SUV. To top that off we stopped at the Olive Garden and had Toscana Soup and Salad, one of my favorites.
We're heading home, thinking, "Should we go to the Collossus Theatre?"
We both had not read the movie reviews.
So as we were driving....

We found the new Langley Events Center. We stopped immediately knowing that this would be the new sports complex to host the Spartan's sporting events for the upcoming season.
We stopped and looked around. We were both so impressed.

Look at those bleachers! No more old wooden benches. We finally have back supports. I walked into this gymnasium blown away by what I saw engraved in the floor.

The TWU Spartans Logo was imprinted on the floor just like the big NBA teams. I was so impressed that the city of Langley had worked together with TWU to make this such a fine sports complex, hosting and promoting Trinity Western University's Volleyball and Basketball teams.

Better yet, as I stood staring and gazing, someone called out my name....Ah, yes, there were some avid fans from my part of the woods. We chatted only to find out that the Women's Spartans Volleyball team would be playing SFU. The girls were warming up, when suddenly.....

I could not believe it, the SFU girls turned their backs towards us and proudly exchanged their warm up jackets for their team shirts, giving us a real showdown of trendy sports bras, styles and colors. We all smiled and looked at each other.
That would never have occurred in my days of playing sports....
We finally had something to do.

Tonight we hosted our pre-season warm up session in our home, chatting it up with family members, and some were already, proudly wearing their shirts. We had our TWU Spartans' basketball schedules in hand and marked off our calendars for the up-coming year.
Yea Spartans! We will be cheering you on, once again.

I don't think you'll hear me asking, "What Should We do Tonight?"


Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday's Fave Five

This week has flown by.
Just finished celebrating Thanksgiving.
Please join Susanne, our gracious host to find out
what's happening her way.
This week was short, but an enjoyable pace.

Thanksgiving was just around the corner.
I loved what we did with my side of the family.
We all joined in to watch a soccer game,
where my niece was playing for UFV,
and then went to my brother's for Borscht & Pie.
Sports and Food!

We took a ride through the country roads,
and landed up at Limbert Farms,
where I purchased a stash of fresh herbs.
There's nothing like fresh home-made pesto.
If you want a simple outing, try something new.
You will enjoy this place.

Riding along the country roads enjoying the foliage.

Thanksgiving Monday was a cool sunny day,
with the north east winds blowing.
A perfect day to clean up the gardens and
cut those lawns for the last time.

I enjoyed some quiet, peaceful walks with friends this week.
The Vedder Trail is always my highlight.
Sometimes it's the simple things in life,
that give the greatest enjoyment.

Hope you have all enjoyed your week.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

What's Your High?

As I drive along this familiar curvy road,
coffee in hand,
you can see these long barns...
My legs begin to ache.
How many more times do I need to walk the barns?
My pails are getting fuller..
The Deads are getting heavier.
My sockets are being slowly torn out of my arms.

What?
My husband calls out,
"Your barn has another broken feed auger?"

Oh, all of a sudden it's my barn, not his?
How many more broken feed lines?

I keep reminding myself...

He will be back soon.
One more day!

As you get closer you will see the Bio Signs in effect.
"Bio Security in Effect.
Do not Enter!"


Punch in the code...
What's my code?
There's way to many numbers to remember...
Then there's the alarm code in the barn.
Yet, another number....
Every where I go they need numbers, pin numbers,
telephone numbers, you name it...it's endless.

As I continue to walk daily through these barns,
I have time to think...about things that are mindless and meaningless.
Those loosey goosey necks.
You know where they are headed.
Now I'm beginning to loose it....

So, I noticed that the chickens have found their favorite spot...
What's your favorite spot?

I quickly shoo them away and kick away the dirt
to make sure the weigh scale is free standing.


Ah Ha! That's a weigh scale....not a swing.
When I entered the barn this morning,
I noticed them gathered on the weigh-scale,
swinging with it's motion....
chirping away with excitement.
I thought..."This must be their high of the day."
They all gathered together, pushed, shoved, around as to say,
"It's my turn next."

And yes, HE arrived home safe today. Yahoo!
My barn clothes are washed.
My bedroom is vacuumed.
Bathroom is clean.
A huge sigh of relief!

I think I'll go out tonight and look for a New High!




Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Recovery Mode

Today I'm in recovery mode...

We enjoyed ourselves with friends and family.

Drove the country roads.

Rustled in the leaves with my little one.

The little one picked leaves for our table center piece.

Baked and cooked with the family.

I'm reflecting and enjoying the moments.

Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the on-going process of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives.
Mary Ann Brussat


Friday, October 9, 2009

Favorite Five Blessings.

This week is special for us Canadians,
as we celebrate Thanksgiving.
I would love to thank Susanne for hosting this special site.
During this week I have reflected on my Favorite Five Blessings.

Farming!

Farming is a way of life. It's a life style and for a girl that was never going to marry a farmer, I must say, I do feel more privileged than ever. For the past months, I've become accustomed to working in the barns again. It's not that I love it, but it's a way of life and I knew it was only a short term stint....but it's something that is in my heart and would be very difficult to part with.
This week, the last of the corn came off...the field was cultivated, and planted. When they brought this antique seeder over, memories flooded my mind, thinking back to my father's farm. I wasn't always grateful back then, but now I appreciate the understanding of getting back to grass roots. In low economic times, when people are feeling cutback restraints, one realizes that it is a true privilege to have the opportunity to be work!
"You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl."

Family!

Family....Once again, as I reviewed the activities and highlights over the last year, we can truly thank God for his blessings. We've had meals together. We've played Mexican Train. We've picked berries together. We've camped together. We've gone to see "Wicked" (a live musical performance). We've skied together. We've cooked and baked together. We've run together. We've cried together. We've made mistakes together. We've been challenged together, but it's through some of the difficult times that we've grown. "The family: It is an ever changing mobile of life... a center for the formation of human relationships...a perpetual relay of truth...a museum of memories, but we all treasure the values of family life."

Faith!

My mother has been my cheerleader. As a result of living with congestive heart failure, she was taken from us at an early age, 73! This gave us time to celebrate life with her. In July of 2000, we celebrated together as a family at her favorite spot. Recognizing her families love for sports, she presented each one of us with a wooden baton. On each baton, she had the words inscribed.

Marg,
"Keep on running with your eyes fixed on Jesus"
Mom

She died shortly thereafter, November 27, 2000. She finished her race...The Christian life involves hard work. It requires us to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God, to run patiently, and to struggle against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. To live this life effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. We stumble when we look away from him and at ourselves or the circumstances surrounding us. My parents ran the race...and completed it.
I'm thankful to my parents for laying a foundation of faith in our lives, that has eternal value.

Friendship!

Friends.....This last week I have had the privilege of reconnecting with lfriends that have been in our lives since we were married. We've been able to share life again and smile as we look to see what side of the building the ladder is leaning on, after 40 years of friendship. This teapot comes from the Royal Albert line called, Tea Rose. As we sipped our tea we talked about the blessings of life, the things that have kept us together over decades. The hostess then shared with me how this teapot was a set purchased by her husbands mother to give to her mother, his maternal grandmother. The family siblings all chipped in and now today, the hostess is using this heirloom china. This truly describes to me how I feel about our friendship. It's lasting, it does not loose it's value, and still years later, we can come back, sip tea and talk about things that matter most.
Things of eternal value.

Fall Gardening!

I can imagine that most of you thought that my Fifth F... would be Food! Surprised you all. We know that Food will be everywhere this weekend from pies, to fresh pesto sauce, fresh homemade bread...you name it...we'll have it.
However, I have enjoyed the warm dry fall. It's been perfect for digging up old garden beds. As I have described earlier, I've been busting that clay sod for weeks, and finally have it ready for planting.
Here is my new ornamental grass garden....best of all, I love the Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass mixed with some Little Honey Fountain Grasses with a border of Elijah Blue Fescue.
My other plot is dug up and I'm waiting for my little helpers to plant hundreds of daffodils this weekend.

I'm hoping that all of you can truly find some blessings as you celebrate Thanksgiving Day!


Monday, October 5, 2009

The Therapist Drives Me Crazy!

Last Sunday morning after our long hike to Joffre Lakes, I was determined to win my game at tennis with her. I won be default. She opted out. She seemed somewhat tired and worn out.
But as we looked through the window and saw the sun shining clearly on the mountains, we were once more inspired and decided to take the Peak to Peak Chair.

In order to connect with the Peak to Peak Chair, one needs to start off with a scenic 20-minute gondola ride from Whistler Village to the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain. The fall colors were spectacular.

This chair has revolutionized Whistler. This gondola will allow for unmatched winter experiences and spectacular 360 degrees views. This is also one of the planned and completed construction sites in honor of Whistler's 2010 Olympics.

Now, there is a choice of taking the red chair or the long-waited grey chair with a glass bottom. I wanted the red chair. She declared it had to be the gray one with a glass bottom, so you could see 2000 feet below you. My stomach is churning and she is smiling because she is winning the next match.

The Whistler Blackcomb Chair is the world's longest suspended gondola, with a length of 4.4 km. This distance is covered in 11 minutes. The Gondola carries 28 cable cars which can carry up to 28 passengers, carrying guests at a rate of 4100 per hour. The Peak Chair is the world's longest unsupported span of just over 3 km.

The highest vertical point is 1360 feet over the Fitzsimmons Creek bed - the world's greatest distance above a valley floor. I could not dare myself to take the photo.

While we are in the middle of the span, she starts asking questions like,
  • "What happens if their is a mechanical break down?"
  • "How would they air lift us out of here?"
  • "What if a strong wind picked up with high speeds, stopping the gondola in mid air?"
  • "How would they rescue us?"
  • "What if the car slipped off the cable?"
By now, I feel like stuffing my socks down her throat. But as always, she smiles and asks me like a good therapist should, "Are you OK Mom?"


We arrive safely at the other side.
I sat breathing in the most spectacular view in the world, sipping on a warm cup of coffee, while feeling the cool autumn breezes blowing in the air, announcing the arrival of fresh snow.
I sat their pondering, thinking.... "Why did she have to ask all those questions?"
I had the same questions in my mind, but was trying to be calm and in control.
Great minds think alike.

So this is what the Top of the World feels like. A therapist and her client. Does it get much better? On our drive home, we were reminding each other of the amazing weekend that we shared and at the same time were mourning the loss of our summer days.
But then suddenly we started celebrating the change of weather, which would bring fresh snow falls needed for our winter skiing trips.
I know there will be more adventures with my Therapist.

But did she have to remind me of the long 11 minute ride return trip?

I suppose that's a Therapists way of letting her clients now exactly what procedures to expect.
Let me know if any of you ever need a Therapist. I can make arrangements.
It's one Crazy Adventure. Smile & enjoy it!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday's FAVE FIVE

It's Friday again and it's raining!
I must admit I have loved this week.
Why? It's been unusually quiet.
Run over to Susanne's Living to Tell a Story.
She encourages us to link together in sharing our highlights.

#1. Our Final Summer Picnic
All summer, our friendship group at church have taken turns hosting
a "Summer Picnic" in their back yard.
This week it was my turn, and the weather cooperated.
We all enjoyed the last fruits of the season,
and the last rays of the warm evening sun.

#2. Baking Rustic Italian Bread!
It was so much fun attending Chef Dez's Class.
He demonstrated and gave us recipes and here is my first attempt at
"No Knead Crusty Italian Bread"
I will post this in the near future.

#3. Creating "Barcelona Salad"
While touring in Barcelona, we dined at this
quaint little restaurant that made the best salad.
It was a combo of tomatoes, avocados, red onions and lettuce leaves.
But creating the salad dressing was the challenge.
I think I got it, after trying four different kinds of dressing.
This too will be posted in the near future.

#4. Chilliwack Corn Season Comes to a Close.
Oh, to see the season end.
This week, I watched the farmer,
roll up in his tractor and chop down the corn stalks.
I ran out and savored a few more fresh cobs and made my
favorite soup, Corn Chowder.

#5. Thankful for the Rain
We have had some heavy rains this week.
Thus, I'm not gardening or watering.
It's wonderful.
The summer season is officially over.
I always need a bit of uninterrupted time to think
about the processes used to organizing and managing my blog.
Bring it on! I love the rain!!!

Hope you all have a great week.