Saturday, February 27, 2016

Life & Love...


This morning I received the call from my friend's husband that she had passed away in the early hours... I am so sad, especially for him and their children, but at the same time I am so relieved that this final stretch of her life was a relatively short one. There are so many outpourings of love and funny stories about her on Facebook, it is just wonderful. That is how we will remember her...

After all the sad news of this past week, I wanted to add some color and life to our lives. It is still extremely early in the season for outdoor flowers, but hopefully these ones will last for a few weeks and give us hope and strength...

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Smiling Through The Tears...

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A lovely friend of mine went into hospice care earlier this week. I visited her there and said my goodbyes. I just cannot believe it.

I'm 'smiling through my tears' as I know she would want it that way.

Find peace dearest friend...

Picture taken a little over three years ago, 
when we drove to Seattle in this fabulous car.
We had so much fun!


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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ramblings...


Over a week and half ago now, Mr. G. and myself went for a four and half mile walk, right here in the valley. We had never walked this sort of hidden road before. (it is a dead end)
The weather was very quiet and it was a bit murky, but a lovely afternoon nevertheless with the promise of nicer weather for the next few days.


We met this mama cow and her two babies and that was about it. Well, maybe two bicyclists and one more walker, but that was it. Oh no, a couple of dogs came running up towards us and were super friendly. We also saw two horses in the field, but that really was about it... <wink>


Check out the cow weather-vane on top of the barn,
 there were two of them!
Yep, a nice walk indeed! {smile}

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The nice weather did arrive the next day, just look at all that sunshine!


But then the rain returned again and now our valley is flooded once again and most of the roads are closed, the sixth time since October if I remember correctly. Not to worry: we have lots of websites we can check and our house is never in danger...

Taken from the car yesterday...

Trees stuck underneath the bridge, Tolt River.

Tolt River, doubled in size...
(and it was loud too!)
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This week Mr. G. is enjoying his winter break and it is nice to have some company at home. Today was a dry day and we did quite a bit of yard work. This time of year all that yard work looks so daunting, but I know that a little bit at a time will do the trick!







Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Here Comes The Sun...

This is the same picture as my new blog header above, just not edited. Click! to enlarge.
The Cascade Mountain Range is in the background...

...and I say: it's alright! (Twice today I heard this song, so I took that as a sign and used it for my blog opener...)

So yes, what a simply glorious day it was: so much sunshine! I started the day out quietly, checking out what everybody else was up to on Facebook and Instagram and some newspapers etc. 
After I spent some time reading on the couch and enjoying seeing the Daffodils basking in the sun, I took my knitting bag and spent an hour at Tolt Yarn & Wool for some very pleasant chitchatting, oohing & aahing over all the different projects and the Downton Abbey shocker from this past Sunday. (!)



At noon it was time for me to drive to Little Bit for my weekly volunteering. Everybody was just so happy to be outside and realizing that the sun is actually starting to give off some warmth! 
We had the cutest rider today, a little four year old guy who was working so hard at pronouncing things right. You should have seen his face when he got to brush the horse afterwards and even have her eat some carrots of a plate that he was holding!  {smile}
Afterwards I always have lunch with the other ladies that volunteer there every Tuesday and it was just fun to chat with everyone...

On the way home I stopped a few times to take pictures of the mountains that were out in all their glory. Unfortunately my big camera would have been way better for this of course, but who would have thought it would become such a glorious day?!



The light caught my eye again once I was home, so I took these following pics with the big camera (Canon Rebel T1i)...




PS: Forecast for tomorrow: 100% rain...


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Rainy Days...

... don't get me down! (the Carpenters) Yep, still lots of rain here, but much higher temperatures and we've even enjoyed ...