Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pearls of Wisdom

On Tuesday, my daughter received her diploma from the University of British Columbia.

On Wednesday I was moving documents to my new computer when I stumbled upon a verse I'd copied from a card my mom gave Nicole when she graduated from high school.  I thought I'd post it today along with some photos of my Mom.  Today, is the fourth anniversary of her passing.


I've traveled paths you've yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I'm blessed to share with you.

Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad


Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side

Walk softly when you're angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter's power is immense!

Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don't shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold.

Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it's near, you'll find a way.

Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly

Give freely from your heart

The world is far from perfect
There's conflict and there's strife
But you still can make a difference

By how you live your life.


 And so I'm very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my Granddaughter
And I believe in you.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Little B&W

I've been trying to cull some of my photos as of late and I've discovered it's a very slow process.  I have more than 33,000 jpegs on my MacBook and I know at least 1/3 of them should be tossed, maybe more.  I ran across some black and white ones last night and the culling turned into re-composing and fussing with some settings.  Thought I'd share.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

June is for Dads

Over the past couple of months I've been working my way through a few hundred slides my father gave me before he moved out of the old homestead.

I don't have a projector but I do have a handy dandy cheapo viewer I picked up from Lens and Shutter for less than $5.  I also have a slide scanner, a little portable one you can hook into any computer.  I doesn't do a very good job, so I selected a few slides to share with you on father's day and had London Drugs convert them into jpegs.  They had the best price at 99 cents each, and 60 cents if you had 100 or more.  Something to think about, but I also have 2,000 slides from Reg - birds, bees, insects and trees taken in Venezuela in the 60's and 70's.  I'm going to have to find another option I think.  In the meantime, enjoy these oldies but goodies, and a few more recent goodies.

JULY 1962

JULY 2014

 I'm guessing early 70's

JULY 1970

JULY 2008


My father's pride and joy...and me, 1965

Sadly the car was stolen and taken on a joy ride, full of groceries.   It didn't survive...

Summer 1967

Summer 2014


CHRISTMAS 1998 ish

Sunday, June 7, 2015

What the Dogs (and I) Saw

The poopers and I took an extended walk along Mission Ridge this morning, accompanied by my new Samsung S6.  I've been an iPhone gal since I bowed to the social pressures and bought a cell phone five years ago.  I switched to the Samsung since I wanted a bigger screen -  as I get older, it's become more challenging to read incoming texts.

I've been hobbling along with the shattered screen on my iPhone for a few weeks now, thinking because of the length of my contract, I wouldn't get a deal on a new phone for at least another month.  Turns out there are lots of deals on at Bell Mobility right now, and likely other carriers as well.  The $699 phone ended up costing me $25.

Here's what we saw with the new Samsung.

Here there be deer!

The long hike takes us up to Westpoint Drive to IMHO an area overpriced homes.  This is what happens when it takes many years to sell out a subdivision.  You have this:

Next to this:

It's taken a couple of summers, but we will soon lose the area where Pitou and Max like to tear around in the sand.  As I said in my Mission Ridge Blues post, people have to live somewhere.  Here's a link to a video I posted of Max and Pitou that gives you a good "before" view. From what I can tell, there aren't many lots that will have the view pictured on the sign.  And they must be pretty pricey because as you can see in the the smaller sign, none of them have sold.

I really appreciate the fact that the developer allowed for a path to get around the new subdivision - or maybe it was the City.  Either way, I'm grateful.

The good news is at the end of the gravel path you turn left into this:

The view from the bench

"You coming or what?"

Pooh and Piglet