market…

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went to the Farmers Market today and picked up a few things…

got tiny cucumbers and potatoes, a cauliflower, peas, two kinds of buns, a chocolate bar and 3 purple glads…

as I walked home with my treasures lots of people commented on the gladioli

for dinner I had roasted country style spareribs along with new potatoes and dill, beets from last week, and cucumbers in vinegar and water… delicious…

wonderful to have access to fresh food so close to the office…

life is good

kids…

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really impressed with the teenagers we spent time with over the last week…

they were polite, helpful, kind and caring…

not what one always thinks of seventeen year olds…

they had such fun together and with our younger boys… clearly most have younger siblings…

they played with the younger kids, had real conversations with the adults, did dishes, cleaned up, ran errands, paid for supplies, and took turns with the fun activities…

the most impressive thing for me was how they encouraged one another, rather than tease or make fun of… jumping off the rocks was quite stressful for some, as was learning some of the water sports, but they only ever encouraged

what a lovely group of young people and what a treat to spend time with them…

Nutimik, day five…

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our final day of camping…

we woke up at 5 am to the sound of a critter under the camper trying to eat something… it was a skunk and it was trying to devour the chocolate cookies which we had missed putting away along with the marshmallows last night… not sure if we breathed for the thirty minutes it wandered around the campsite…


I got up around 7:30 and spent a quiet time enjoying my tea, reading and thinking of all the great moments over these five days…


once everyone was up, the last meal we cooked on the campfire was chicken and bannock


packed up the camper, dropped the boat at a friend’s seasonal site and headed home in three vehicles filled with very worn out individuals…

back in the house by 3:30 and busy unpacking and organizing supper and tomorrow’s lunch for work…

had an awesome time and made lots of wonderful memories

Nutimik, day four…

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our last full day here…

we got up early and the younger boys, the daddy and I went fishing…


we arrived back with 2 pickerel which the daddy filleted, and we will have for a late night snack…

brunch was ready and we had bacon pancakes with chocolate bits sprinkled on top… pretty tasty…

cleaned everything up and met the kids at the diving rock… 

had a fun day as one person learned to wakeboard and others had turns on the   wakeboard and the kneeboard… and snacks on the boat…


total of six seventeen year olds along with the twelve year old, the eight year old, three adults, and one dog…

amazing how well we all got along…


supper was tacos in a bag, one of the boys’ favourites… not quite the gourmet meals we’ve been enjoying, lol, but we are planning on pickerel and bannock as a late night snack…

four teenagers along with the mommy and daddy went fishing and the younger boys have been keeping the fire burning using only small logs, twigs, and bark which they have been finding in the woods… been very entertaining…


gonna miss these guys tomorrow night, lol…

Nutimik, day three…

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vacation is such a wonderful time…

big breakfast of sunny side up eggs with hash browns and bacon… again, on the campfire


then another glorious day on the water…

tubing, cliff diving, wakeboarding and beach time…


for dinner tonight’s menu was steak, shrimp, lobster, potatoes, mushrooms, green beans and peas…


dishes are done and we are roasting marshmallows… 

quick trip down to the beach to post this and then off to bed…

Nutimik, day two…

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started the day with tea and a book while the rest of the family slept…


last night as we were getting ready for bed we discovered dozens of spiders in the camper… the youngest had the eagle eye that would spot them, the middle one would catch them, while daddy found dudu coils in an attempt to smoke them out… my job was to shine my flashlight wherever they were spotted… we were all kind of creeped out but in the end managed to sleep… don’t think we will ever forget this trip, lol…

after a simple breakfast the younger boys, daddy and I went fishing while the rest of the crew went on a hike…


it was entertaining to see their process for putting on sunscreen

my son-in-law caught a 26″ pickerel… it was very big and the only nibble we got but we had a fun time together…


after lunch the younger boys and I went on a short hike to the bridge that goes over the river/creek that we had fished on… it was a lovely walk, but hot…


now we are waiting for baked potatoes and kebabs for our dinner…

camping meals sure have improved over the years;-)…

Nutimik, day one…

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arrived just before noon on this beautiful day…

the borrowed camper was set up and then the boys headed back to the city for the boat…

we got everything organized and the girls went down to the beach… I spent a while in the hammock


the sky was beautiful… it was lovely and peaceful…


then the guys arrived with the boat and we headed to the water…

we spent hours by the diving rock and had such fun… even the dog was diving…


a little wakeboard demonstration by the oldest and the dad… then back to the campsite for a rest and dinner…


clearly we had a lot of fun… what with all those wet towels and clothes, lol…

we are now sitting at the beach watching a gorgeous sunset


what a great start to our time here…

vanishing…

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the pond is doing some interesting vanishing tricks…

currently, every two or three days, it tries to empty itself…


cannot, for the life of me, figure it out… 

everything will be fine for weeks and then all of a sudden it starts to lose water… if I turn off the waterfall it doesn’t lose anything… 

I can fill it up one day and two days later it is so low I am worried that the fish won’t survive… another time once it is full it goes down really slowly over the course of a week…

temperature and wind don’t seem to affect it…

bizarre

pack…

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been busy since I got home…

had a brief rest and then a simple supper of fresh cucumbers with tiny tomatoes and basil from the garden with some goat cheese… very tasty…

then I started gathering stuff… clothes, food, birthday presents… put as much into the trunk as I could so that there is less to do in the morning… getting picked up from the office to head out, so need to be organized first thing…


always giggle when I pack as I remember my beloved… he had a great ability to get any vehicle packed in the most efficient way, but he always had to add a grocery bag or two filled with all of his final bits and pieces of clothes or whatever last minute things he felt were needed;-)…

possibly I am starting to take after him, lol…

thought one bin was going to be enough but now have a bag filled with foodstuff, another with a beach blanket and expect to fill another with my travel items for the car…

we shall see…

sweetie…

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seven years ago today I had surgery to remove my gallbladder… I had already been in the hospital for five weeks with pancreatitis but they had to wait till I was a bit stronger… I do believe that was the most serious illness I’ve dealt with, and the sickest I have ever been…

we had been scheduled to go to BC but had to cancel that trip…

George would come to the hospital every day and he would take a picture of the morning glories which were blooming that day before he left home…

today’s picture reminds me of that sweet gift that he brought me each day…


we only had one pot filled with the morning glories and they had just started to bloom around that time…

every morning, as I hunt for the newest blooms, I think back to those days and how my beloved took those pictures for me…

he was a sweetie