Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wordless Wednesday in Shades of Gold

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Moody Morning at Kuiper's Peak

After yesterday's walk along the dog beach I felt like heading up to Kuiper's Peak in the South Mission Slopes to check out the view.  Unfortunately by the time we got there it was pouring rain.  The dogs were very disappointed but I promised them we'd try again the next day.  It was grey and cool this morning, but the rain held off until we'd finished our hike.  I kicked myself the whole time for not bringing my camera, but I captured a few decent shots with my iPhone while listening to Jian Gomeshi interview Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins - appropriate to the season I thought.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Grateful To Be Wrong

This is what I saw this morning from my side deck.

Out in minus 5 degrees in my jammies, I felt the cold prickle my skin; damp and frosty, as though invisible snowflakes hung in the air.  I was certain it would snow before the day was out.  Then, less than an hour later the sun came over the eastern hills creating that stunning contrast of dark and light that I so enjoy.

Another hour later I was ready to take the dogs up to Mission Ridge and the clouds had pressed in again.  I donned my fleece jacket, wool gloves and a hat.

By the time we reached the top of the ridge, my gloves were tucked into my pocket and I was considering wrapping the fleece around my waist.

I'm very grateful for the simple things today, the first of which is gratitude for being wrong about the weather!

I'm also grateful for:

My sister and her family's visit this past weekend.

My wise and witty seven year old niece who practices gratitude easily.  When the adults were discussing someone's choice to forgo chemotherapy she finished my comment: "A good quality of life..." with  " something to be thankful for...and cotton candy."

Stumbling upon McMillan Farm just in time for my niece's visit.

Rain that held off until we were in the car.

Dollar store gloves that seem to randomly disappear and multiply in my closet.

That we easily found rubber boots in my niece's size.   She lives in the lower mainland where they disappear very quickly once the Autumn rain begins.

The lovely weather we've had in October.  In the Okanagan, many people have a stream of company visit them in the summer, but our families live in places that have summers you don't want to leave, so the Fall is when we have our turn.  Though it's cooled off recently, it's been pretty awesome this year.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pigs, Pumpkins and Pooles

Two weeks ago, while looking for an east Kelowna winery to visit with my father-in-law, I stumbled across the McMillan Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch online.  I immediately knew we'd have to go there with my niece, in fact if my sister hadn't have been coming to visit this past weekend I would have been walking the streets of Kelowna begging someone to let me take their kids there.

We had a fun morning at the farm which is open from 10 to 6 daily until Hallowe'en.  I have to say the petting zoo was a bit of a disappointment as the pigs were the only animals you could really get near enough to pet.  There was also a llama, goats, chickens, and a bunny.  The corn maze was a lot of fun as was the gourd slingshot.  We decided to pass on the hayride as it had cooled down quite a bit and there was a twenty minute wait.  We were also worried about getting caught in the rain.

Uncle Monkey in the middle.

My husband kept disappearing from the back of the group, 
running parallel to us then sneaking across to try to scare us.

 Shane Josephine Elizabeth Poole

After the pumpkin patch we made a quick stop at the Superstore.  The kids played with the toys  and we looked for some rubber boots for Shane, as they'd been pretty scarce in the lower mainland since the first October rainfall.

From the Superstore it was a hop, skip and a jump to the Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market where stopped at Las Mexicanas where you can have authentic tacos made by two sisters from Guadalajara.  The shells were freshly made, so soft and tasty (though small) and the green salsa was incredible.  We also hit the booth where two French ladies make wonderful crepes, some sweet, some savory and some gluten free!

We managed to fit a visit in with Nicole as well, by meeting for Breakfast at ABC restaurant this morning before she had to work.  I'd been planning to make Eggs Bennie for every one for Sunday breakfast and then I got a look at the ABC menu.  As they say, that's all she wrote!  I had the portobello mushroom and brie die for!