- 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.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Click to enlarge photos - can you see the half moon in the sky? And the red sky over the North Shore mountains?
Last night, we resorted to driving (in the AC car) to the local beach down at Boundary Bay - took our collapsible chairs and a bit of a picnic supper and, with the breeze off the water, finally cooled down a bit. When we got home, I put on a shortie nightgown (that looks like a sun dress) and sat with my feet in a bucket of cold water while my sweetie watered the lawn and garden, periodically spraying me (accidently, of course!) with the mist. Oh, man! It felt so good - but don't tell him that I said that.
We are going again tonight and are going to stay until it's dark! And this time we're going to sit closer to the public restrooms so we won't have to go home so soon. And we're going to drink gallons of something or other! Hopefully, the little food stand will be open so we can get an ice-cream, too.
Note: Just home from spending time in a restaurant, drugstore, and grocery store trying to get cool and noticed the thermostat on the main drag read 100F/38C!!
Anyone else suffering like this?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
My house has been rather feminine to date, so I'm finding it a bit difficult to accept his style and taste in some things. For example, the art I prefer is more Impressionistic whereas he prefers bright colours. He has some really nice antique pieces, which I do like, but they look a bit out of place with my more traditional decor. I have a small and ancient Sony CD player that sits on top of my TV, whereas he has the whole shebang - music center with hundreds of LP's and CD's.
However, I know everything will work out fine in the end and I'm hoping that next week I won't have to write C is for chaos or clutter, but rather C is for comfort or coziness. OR I could do C is for Clothes or Closet - I've never known any man to have so many clothes and shoes in my life! I already put my wintery things in another closet to make room for his things and we're going to have to buy one of those adjustable shower curtain rods to put in the upstairs storage room for "some" of his things. *sigh*
Anyway, enjoy the B is for Boxes this week and wish me luck with this mess! Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fagiole
When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie
And you'll sing "Vita bella"
When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fagiole
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The dispenser for the modern 'seat covers' (invented by someone's Mum, no doubt) is handy, but empty. You would hang your bag on the door hook, if there was one, so you carefully, but quickly drape it around your neck, (Mum would turn over in her grave if you put it on the FLOOR !) down with your pants and assume ' The Stance.
To take your mind off your trembling thighs, you reach for what you discover to be the empty toilet paper dispenser. In your mind, you can hear your mother's voice saying, 'Dear, if you had tried to clean the seat, you would have KNOWN there was no toilet paper!' Your thighs shake more.
Someone pushes your door open because the latch doesn't work. The door hits your bag, which is hanging around your neck in front of your chest and you and your bag topple backward against the tank of the toilet.
You yank the paper from your shoe, plunk it in the woman's hand and tell her warmly, 'Here, you just might need this.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
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Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thanks, Aileni, for keeping this going. Hope you like my current contribution, actually taken by my fiance when we were at White Lake, near Shuswap Lake in central BC this past June.
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
I've never actually been on a sailboat in my entire life. We used to have a power boat that we'd use for water skiing or cruising on Shuswap Lake in the summers. And Lorne used to have his own sailboat, yellow, called "Daisy."
Here in my little village of Ladner, we actually have a Yacht Club! I went down to take a few photos of the boats moored in the little river harbour and realized that they weren't quite what I had in mind as a yacht. They're more like fishing boats, although there were a few sailboats, too.
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Sunday, July 05, 2009
Don't forget to click on the photos to enlarge them.
Saturday night, younger Daughter and I took the bus deep into the downtown area of Vancouver to see a bit of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. I probably wouldn't have gone had it not been for the fact that my fiance was working at the upper bar at the David Lam Park site. Having never been there before, I figured we could at least get a ride home. The bus was quite an experience for me, having lived in the 'burbs for most of my life and driving everywhere. Of course Daughter was horrified that I didn't even know which slot to put my fare and that I didn't know about the tickets the drivers give you as proof of payment. When I looked at her in awe after hearing the computer announce the next stop, she warned me not to look so much like a rube! So from then on, I sat quietly and enjoyed the view from up so high.
Once there, our first goal was to find my fiance and let him know we had arrived. On the walk to the upper bar (above photo, left, & notice the waterfall), I got a few shots of the stage and some of the surrounding area, including the skyscrapers that loomed over the park. (Note: just as I was posting this photo, I noticed Daughter in bottom right hand corner.) At one point, Daughter decided to fill out some sort of questionnaire on a computer "thingy," so I sat on the cement wall and watched people as they filed past on their way to one or another of the venues. It was amazing (to me) to see so many women who had "let themselves go" with grey or greying hair that was long and straggly and were wobbling along without wearing a bra. And a lot of the men looked like they were still in the "hippie era," too, with the same sort of look (sans bras of course).
Anyway, once we had "checked in," we wandered around the kiosks filling in forms for a free ipod, free music downloads, etc. and found a spot on a cement stair to listen to the music that was starting at 8 pm. Because my scrawny butt doesn't take well to sitting on hard surfaces, we decided to head down towards the water, False Creek. (Click on link to see better photos than mine of this celebrated area of Vancouver.) We could still hear the music, which was great by the way, but we were able to take a lot of photos of the sailboats, motorboats, and a paddlewheeler that happened by. We also got a bit goofy and took silly photos of each other. I'll save those ones for Facebook, but here are a couple of nice ones.
It was also fun to watch a young fellow who was throwing a ball into the water for his dog to chase. That dog never hesitated, but threw himself wholeheartedly into the water. As we had descended the steps to the seawall, I'd noticed a HUGE elephant ear plant so Daughter dutifully took my photo in front of it. Further down the steps, I noticed a cement sculpture with writing inside the circular top. It reads: "The Moon Circles the Earth and the Ocean Responds With the Tides." What an amazing sculpture!
When it started to get a bit dark, we decided to climb up to the bar for a drink. We stayed there for the rest of the evening until my fiance was finished working. But we did meet a couple of his friends who showed up and had a great conversation. After everyone except the workers had left, we were allowed to stay because we were "with the band" so to speak, and we went over to the ledge and got several good night shots. I even got one of my sweetie, but you'll notice it looks like a shadow or a double exposure - that's because I had the setting on my camera at "night" and it took a few seconds to take. He walked away before the picture was taken so all I got was this ghostly image of him! But I think it looks kind of neat.
It was such a warm, clear evening and the lights reflecting in the water were mesmerizing. The moon was almost full and had a soft halo over it. And the lights went on in the skyscrapers.
My first foray into the jazz scene was pretty good, even though I wouldn't have considered the music they were playing last night to be what I call "jazz." Maybe some of you have heard of the Vancouver-based group - delhi 2 dublin. Click on the link to hear a bit of what we heard last night.
As we drove home, Daughter remarked how much she'd love to live in the city so close to all the action. For my part, I was quite content to return to the 'burbs to enjoy my garden and the peace and quiet. Next time I want a bit of "action," I know that I can easily make my way there via the public bus. And that's a taste of "my world" - a world I don't often see, being a "burbite."