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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

We still have snow snow and more snow! It's snowing as I write this and the roads are absolutely treacherous now. But Friday afternoon was so sunny and beautiful that we went for a walk along the river, boots crunching in the frozen snow. No one else was around and it was almost eerie being able to hear our own footsteps. We saw tracks from rabbits and birds and some other animal that had dragged its tail in the snow. The light was beautiful with the setting sun peeking through the trees to create magnificent reflections in icy spots.
Back in the cosy warmth of my place, I was treated like a princess with gifts of flowers, champagne, bubble bath, and a scrumptious dinner of shrimp and clam sauce over spaghetti accompanied by a tasty merlot. Oh yes, for an added treat I received a giant bottle of window washer fluid and a special type of antifreeze for the gas in my car.
The roads were clear on Saturday, so I headed up the mountain to my sister's for our annual pre-Christmas luncheon. She's the real cook of the family and always treats us to some special homemade soup. This year it was chock full of vegies and clams. Also provided were pate, smoked salmon spread, a variety of specialty crackers and a fabulous sourdough from Cobbs Bakery. Dessert was her own baking - "from scratch" lemon squares and brownies. I was so full I didn't make my mother's famous mac & cheese for L and me until 9:00 pm that night.
Now I'm waiting for a call from my daughter who accidently cut off the tip of her finger just after L left to go to work. I skidded and slid my way over to her place and took her to Emergency at the local hospital - an absolute zoo tonight! There were already two trauma cases (heart attacks) being taken care of and the waiting room was packed! So...here I wait and pray that I'll be able to get her home at whatever time she calls.
It's a winter wonderland out there and it can be fun and romantic but also a very dangerous place to be out in a car. Enjoy the photos (click to enlarge) and please send some good vibes for my daughter. Thanks!
Update: Daughter isn't in pain anymore but she's having to be very careful not to bump her finger on anything. And my road is being plowed so I can get my car out. I'll have to be very careful driving, though!


meggie said...

Oh I am right there for you dauther! And you! I once chopped my finger on a new Chrissy gift knife, & the hospital told me they had a lot of cases!!
It is lovely to see all of your snow but I am well aware of the inconvenience of it all.
Hugs LeslieXXXX

CherryPie said...

They are beautiful, thank you for sharing them :-)

RiverPoet said...

Eeek! I hope your daughter is alright! There's always so much blood when something like that happens.

Take care and be especially careful on those slippery roads. We like having you around here.

Peace and Merry Christmas - D

Casdok said...

Yes hope your daughter is ok.
Beautiful photos.
Merry christmas!

Always smiling said...


What a beautiful winter wonderland but I only like to look at it and used to hate trying to get to work in it. One year the secretary of the school where I was working asked would I like to walk with her as the roads were so bad, but I said I'd rather prang my car than break my leg!
Prayers and love that you will be able to get to your daughter and home safely.
Chris x

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Beautiful photos..thanks for sharing with us.

What a lovely way to be treated, not only the scrummy meal, which is my favourite, but bubble bath and champagne WOW..love it.

Hope your daughter is ok and that you travel safely to get her.. Take Care xox

Ruth W. said...

I know the feeling your daughter is going through, I had managed to lose 3 fingers with my mishap.

nancygrayce said...

Bless her heart! I hope everything is o.k. and the roads hold for you to go get her! Those are absolutely beautiful pictures!

Sounds like things are going really well :) So glad!

Russell said...

Glad to hear you are being treated like a Princess! Good for you!!

But sorry to hear about your daughter's accident! I worked with a guy who did the same type of thing. People always say it could have been worse but it is still pretty awful - goodness! Good you were there to help out.

Take care.

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

We tend to be about 5 degrees colder than you, here in Oliver, it sure feels cold today with the wind.
We cancelled our trip to Maple Ridge for Christmas because of the weather and will go in January instead, the presents will have to wait, better than ending up in the ditch on the Hope Princeton Highway.

Tamara Jansen said...

Your pictures of the sunset and the snow are just GORGEOUS!

Trubes said...

Wonderful descriptive passage Leslie and the accompanying pictures are brilliant Leslie.
I'm so glad your romance is blooming, I wish you all the joy in the World.
Hope your daughter is ok, that must have given her a shock and you too!
Take care on the roads.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, from all of us in Liverpool.xx


P.S.i've posted a seasonal message on my site.x

Smalltown RN said...

Leslie...those photos are fabulous...everytime I have gone out I keep forgetting to bring the camera..and my goodness there have been some great shots....

Sounds like there is a lot of romance going on....I am so very happy for you.....and what about that lunch at your sisters...yummy!!!

I know you must be getting anxious about your surgery....enjoy Christmas and your family and then get focused on the surgery....I will send good vibes your way....

Merry Christmas my friend...

Ellee Seymour said...

Yes, what wonderful pictures. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your lovely family.

peppylady said...

I real like the glistering off the water.
We got plenty of snow and cold here now.
The luncheon sound wonderful.

Coffee is on.

photowannabe said...

Gorgeous pictures of the winter wonderland and great choice for W. I don't think I have ever had Wassil.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Country Girl said...

Oh, your poor daughter! I know what it's like trying to keep your finger from bumping things. It is NOT easy. And using the toilet . . . oy vey. Hope she takes care. Your photos are lovely btw!

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