Thursday, May 23, 2013

A weekend back in time......

the Hubs and I went to a concert on the weekend in the city......many moons ago when I was young and foolish and a mere teenager there was a band just starting to make a mark for themselves......a couple of girls, an awesome guitar player and a guy that could make a set of drums sing to the forward 40 many old bands, a few are still making the rounds, some should, some shouldn't. For one, I am not a young thing anymore, although at times that is hard to believe!!! But I dance to a different tune these days.......I like music but I am not hard of hearing, so loud music and noise is a vexation to my soul. Just like the poem says, "go placidly amid the noise and haste".....that's my mantra these had tickets to see one of the great bands of the 70's, yes that's right Fleetwood Mac!

Fleetwood Mac - Then
Fleetwood Mac - Now

Stevie Nicks still sounds pretty good, despite being much older, she always had a different voice, Lindsey Buckingham still can play a guitar and sing, and well Mick Fleetwood can still bang out the tunes. Christine McVie was with the band. But being older myself and not about to make a fool of myself at any age, did not appreciate the significance of sitting on the floor, 12 rows back from the stage.  I'm sorry, but some of the idiots that turned up really embarrassed me, and I am so glad I am what I am. Yes.... I am still crazy, but fairly controlled. And no, I would not dance on the tables at this age. Its just not me. But I did love to hear the songs that I remembered but I still have the "records" and I still have a record player and I can go listen to them anytime I want in the comfort of my studio.

So this is the only shot I got of the night and Lindsey was singing my favourite song so it means a lot. I would have liked a photo of Stevie Nicks, because she really hasn't changed very much. But the crowds wouldn't allow that, nor would the events people letting people take photos........spoil sports.....what did they think I was going to sell them or something ludicrous!

Then of course I had to take a few photos of a building because it was calling my name...................I know weirdo........................:*))))))

Well it happened to be the same building but as I walked through I saw different angles that called my name, and if I hadn't been dressed up, I probably would have laid down on the ground and gotten a different angle......I know weirdo........hard to explain but the eye sees, what the eye sees.

I have a couple of special visitors coming this weekend, my son and his I excited? You betcha.....I haven't met Samantha yet, but my son is totally smitten with her and so I am sure I will love her. Then next month he is being deployed to Afghanistan for 10 months, not my idea of a good time, but it is, what it the cookies are ready and the freezer is full of food. Momma mode will be in full gear next week. One last shot for you and then time to say goodnight. TGIF my friends!

By the light...... of the silvery moon.....

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Little Craziness........

Today Sue and I had a day off together, so after doing our chores this morning and making sure we had time to goof off, we decided to make a trip to the beach for a little rock picking. I wanted rocks to surround the new flower bed and Sue needed some to edge her driveway.......lets just say that we are glad we have been doing some strength training!

These are a few of the boulders we picked, and
carried off the beach. Yes, they were very

Yup, we are a couple of Tough Mothers!

 The "Before"

A crappy photo of the "After" 
This shows a mediocre photo of a third of the flower bed, so as you can see, there's going to be a few more trips to the beach.

My son and his girlfriend are coming this weekend, so I did a few recipes of cookies this morning.......

And then there was a batch of Oatmeal Raisin that were still cooking in the oven. So quite the productive day off, house cleaning, ironing, vacuuming, baking, sounds like a perfect day off, and even squeezed in a trip and workout at the beach. Have a good evening, the weekend is almost upon us!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Break in the Rain showers.........

landed me at a beach I haven't been at before, so with a few minutes between chores I stopped to check out the low tide and the sea life suspended on the rocks......I had heard the starfish were plentiful and I wasn't disappointed.


Jonathan Seagull with a mussel in his beak!
I was wondering are they always purple, and 
when they die and
dry out
is that when they turn orange?

The rock formations on this beach we pretty amazing but then it doesn't take much for me to be amazed by some things, and nature and rocks are something that I love to observe and wonder just how and why they turn out the way they do.


I have a special fondness for rocks with stripes in them
Kelp and Mussels

The path to the beach
Someone has made an Inukshuk

Lastly, was a bridge in the middle of the woods, that I assumed went over to a house I could see in the distance. Going to the beach on the spur of the moment was a nice interlude in the middle of the day that was basically a wash out as far a weather was concerned. Not too bad for a Monday afternoon. Well I hope you get to have a break during your days that you can take in nature and all her glory, and be thankful for the small wonders that are right in our own back yard. Have a good evening! 


Friday, May 10, 2013

TGIF doesn't have much appeal ............

when you have to work on a Saturday but that's okay I get other days off to make up for it. This morning I took a peak outside just as the sun was starting to rise and thought the trees looked especially spectacular so I thought I would share them with you, a change from crafting. I'm not much of a tree lover as there are "many" here on the west coast, and they grow by leaps and bounds and typically get in the way of power lines and majestic views.......but that's another topic for another is all about their beauty.

Fuschias, a hummingbirds delight!
Well not much else to report for today, I hope to work on the yard this weekend but the weatherman is calling for rain, so maybe a short run will be in the cards before the clouds open up. My running partner is still limping around, so I will have to pick up another runner who isn't going too fast these days......have a good weekend. Enjoy!
Does this inspire you? Hmmmmm....



Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Winging it Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday! Mid-week, and back to work tomorrow. I've been pretty busy since the weekend, as always there is the grass to mow, and at the moment I am trying to design a front yard with less mowing. Of course, I am probably making more work with shrub beds but from a curb appeal point I just think it makes the yard look more interesting than just we've picked up a few plants and being perennials there isn't much maintenance to them other than keeping them pruned so they don't get out of control here in the rainforest!

I'd also like to implement a dry river bed but that would mean hauling in tons of rock and I am pretty sure the Hubs isn't going to be on board with that one! But wouldn't this be a fun feature!


I want a bridge too! That I can do myself but hauling all this rock could take me maybe I can do the flower bed with rocks around it and put the bridge over the ditch.....I don't know but I've always wanted one so we'll see what we can figure out. How about a pond? Steve would love a fishy, fishy!

But today I am feeling a little guilty (just a little) about not cooking anything of any interest lately. To tell the truth, food is just food and a source of energy but really...... I need a chef to decide my meals for me.  Because I'd rather be doing something creative, gardening, working out, even baking but making meals.......blah!

But I do like salads and I am a good cook but man can not live on salad alone. (this woman can, but not a man) At least not my man.....not that he would complain too loudly but he likes his man food. But tonight I am making something I adore! My favourite of all time!

Spinach Salad
What you'll need:
  • Chicken
  • Fresh spinach
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Green peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries (feel free to add other fresh or dried fruits)
  • Avocado
  • Goat cheese (optional)
  • Your favorite dressing
I think there's a lot of goodness in this salad and it says "yummy". So that's tonight's dinner.......

Now I need to get a move on and get some groceries and head to the wood yard to pick up a few pieces of lumber to make my next project. Stay tuned, and remember the dog with the bone? She's on a mission!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and enjoy your day!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

I'm just a crazy crafting junkie!

You would think that I would learn my lesson but when I see something I like.......I want to learn how to do don't get me going because its not really my fault that I am on a new venture......its the hubs who started this one.....yes that's was suppose to be "his" thing.......Ya right...... it was just a teaser, so I would get hooked on something........because he knows I am like a dog with a bone, a rabbit with a carrot, a hummingbird with a flower.......yes sireeee.....hook, line and sinker......I said I didn't want to learn and it was going to be his "thing" HA!! HA! HA! Fat chance!



Yup that's right we are on a soap making kick. So be prepared my friends and family there's going to be some lovely soap coming your way. I am already thinking of the embellishments that can be grown and added to the mixture. Oh dear Lord rescue you me from myself!

I didn't really want to go and learn how to make soap I was perfectly happy letting the Hubs go about his business buying soap at the local markets etc. but being the good obedient wife that I am (quit your laughing!!!)  I'm serious here! There was this lovely girl at his work that knows how to make soap and she gave him a few bars to try and offered to show "us" how to make it ourselves.........I said "oh all right, but you're doing it I have enough things on my plate"................famous last words! But seriously....I thoroughly enjoyed the process, not being a great student in science it is a little freaky, and caution has never been a strong point with me but making soap is serious business and can be quite dangerous if not done correctly......but I have to admit I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable.....of course I am very tactile and textures and smells can hook me into just about anything and being the creative junkie that I am.....well lets just say I will be purchasing a few supplies my next trip to the city......and growing a few flowers simply to dry and use the petals.......who knew it would be so fun! I'm going to kill in the meantime......I wonder what will be the next scent I will experiment with........patchouli, lavender, grapefruit, lemongrass, vanilla, OM Goodness the world is just a big oyster! So thank you Sarah for showing me your prized recipe, which is a hundred years old. I will treasure it and keep it in a safe place.

I hope you have a sunny weekend. It's back to the gardens tomorrow and the elimination of grass!

Friday, May 3, 2013

To Live is to Learn.......

sometimes we have to do things that we aren't particularly interested in and then we end up really liking it and therefore another creative outlet is I need another creative outlet! My outlets are getting a little overloaded and I am going to be in need of an over sized power bar pretty soon! But I am not going to share that with you is about May and the beautiful spring that we have been enjoying the last few days........these I stopped and enjoyed for a few moments..............

These shots are from Davis Bay. I had to made an emergency stop here the other day as the lid on my roof carrier came open.....I'm glad it did..... otherwise I wouldn't have necessarily stopped to take in the beauty and force of the ocean. It was a glorious day but windy and the waters were rockin' and rollin'!

On our street I think every house has a Cherry Blossom tree. They are spectacular!


Hope you had an excellent week. Enjoy your weekend! I'll be back to share "my" new project very soon!