cool…

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last week I gave in and turned on the air conditioner to cool down the house…

George and I would always struggle over when to put it on, at what temperature and when to turn it off…

at night I would want to turn it off and open the windows to let in fresh air… he would want to keep it on with all the windows closed to keep the cool/cold air in the house…

made for interesting conversations, lol… I would be so happy to still be able to have one of those conversations…

another negative is once you get into the cool house you don’t want to go outside again…

since turning it on, I’ve been leaving the house closed up during the day and the temperature not too cold… at night I’ve been opening the windows to let in the fresh air…


this shot of one of the morning glories today reminded me not to hide in the house but to get outside and enjoy the peace and beauty of the garden…

dragonflies…

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every morning I am so eager to go out and see which morning glories are blooming…

when I looked out today I couldn’t see any and wondered if the huge thunderstorm in the night had beaten them down, as they are rather delicate… seems if something touches them they will mark very easily…

but, when I headed out on the way to the garage, I found lots…


I can’t get enough of the light that glows from deep within them…

my son-in-law in Cold Lake sent me some shots of a dragonfly tonight after supper… added one I’d taken a few days ago, lol…


dragonflies are so cool and beautiful… and wonderful how they eat the mosquitoes…

so important to take the time to savour the moments in life…

Habitat…

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on my way to the Park yesterday I walked past the Habitat for Humanity Build


made me laugh because I hadn’t realized it was happening two blocks away from my house… as it was Sunday there wasn’t any activity…

the Gardens were beautiful… I hadn’t been for a few weeks, so it was lovely to see how well they were looking…


lots of people wandering around so I had to stop and wait for just the right moment to get my shots… they are clearly ready for the influx of visitors to the city at the end of the week…

once back at home I spent the day in the garden… lots of reading and relaxing… very quiet… 


a lovely end to a wonderful family-filled weekend…

raceday…

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as we drove out to Rabbit Lake for the Regatta we stopped so I could get a shot of the runway, lol…


reminded me of driving along Ness by the airport

it was a lovely sunny day, until it wasn’t… all of a sudden these huge dark clouds appeared and the thunder started rolling… 


our guy was at the start line for his first race ever when they announced that everyone had to come off the water…

then we waited to see if the downpour was going to stop… in the club, along with all the boats they had sandwiches, fruit, treats and souvenirs, which we might never have seen without the rain, lol…


all the grandparents stood around under the awning with the mother and son and had a snack…

there was one lighting strike right across the lake which had everyone jump about a foot off the ground… we could smell the ozone… after about 45 minutes the rain stopped and clouds broke up… 

the sky cleared and the races were back on… our boy did very well… he finished his singles… it was a long way… 


then he had to come back to the dock and jump into the boat with his doubles partner and off they went… they got a third place in that race… all in all it was an excellent start to his rowing career…

lots of fun to watch but we did learn that we are going to need binoculars for this sport, lol…

rowing…

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yesterday, started our morning at the campsite… quick breakfast and my daughter, oldest grandson and I headed to Rabbit Lake, on the outskirts of Kenora… 

it is a lovely little lake that is going to be the site for rowing at the Canada Games over the next few weeks…

we spent a good portion of our day here… waiting for the boats to arrive, watching the kids get them offloaded, and then various practices as they prepared for today’s Tops and Bottoms Regatta…

we headed into town for a bit of the time where we had lunch at the Boathouse, which seemed fitting, lol… while we were there it started to pour… there was thunder, and lightning was flashing… we had to go back and get our boy, but did stop for some chips from the Ye Old Chip truck… I mean, we were in Kenora, lol…

picked up our boy, came back into town and checked into the hotel… our room had a great view of the harbour…

back at Rabbit Lake the sun came out and we actually got to see some rowing… very proud of my grandson as he prepares for his first races…

after practice it was back to town for supper and an early evening…

he went out with his teammates and we had dinner in the Waterside Restaurant which is high above the water and offered stunning views… the food was very tasty

not sure how many pictures I took, lol…

memory-filled day…

chopping…

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yesterday my grandson picked me up at work and we drove to the lake to meet up with the rest of the kids…

a lovely drive and time to catch up with the oldest…

when we arrived at the campsite folks were starting to prepare dinner… perogies, garlic sausage, onions, mushrooms, corn on the cob, French beans and yellow wax beans…


and, as they nearly always do, cooked over the fire… takes a while, but was delicious

not sure if the slightly murky looking skies are due to the wildfires in BC… have noticed that the sun is often behind a haze…


it was entertaining to watch the two men in the group as they had fun chopping wood for the fire… 


they are brothers and worked so well together to get the job done, but were clearly enjoying every minute…

family time…

precious…

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early this morning I picked my first pepper of the season…


looks like another two or three are starting… funny thing is I don’t really love green peppers, lol…

the morning glories are blooming all along the deck… up till today they were only flowering in one spot…

they remind me of when George would bring me pictures of whichever one was blooming every morning when I spent six weeks in the hospital…

it was so sweet

over lunch we went to the Farmers Market and I got a great bag full of treats


radishes, tiny cucumbers, peas, new potatoes and yellow beans (which we ate before I took the picture)…

summer is so precious

recovery…

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some lovely pictures this morning…


flowers make me happy…

yesterday marked five years since my cancer/hernia surgery… I hadn’t been able to lift anything for weeks as the hernia was causing a lot of trouble… for the next six weeks as I was in recovery mode I still wasn’t able to lift anything over two pounds… I spent the summer having friends and family coming over to look after the garden and take care of me…

things are much better now and I am so blessed

project…

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wonderful day…

lunch out with a friend… went to The Forks…


ordered a tasty lunch… 


caught up on our lives and discussed a project we are working on together… this is great because we haven’t worked together on anything for quite a while…

and then tonight I spent time with two wonderful women working on the same project… we had laptops, iPhones and telephones to get us through the meeting, lol…


so much more fun to work with others on any project

pretty special day…

fishing…

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here fishy, fishy, fishy… 

that was how we started our early morning fishing expedition yesterday once we were on the water, lol…

within about two minutes of the lures being dropped over the side of the boat, as we were trolling, the first Jack fish was caught…


and they kept coming… the younger boys caught the first four and then we adults caught some as well… I was pretty excited when I caught one… totalled 11ish… some discussion as to whether they counted if they jumped off as we were bringing them into the boat, lol…


the last person to catch one was my son-in-law… he was using his fancy catfish rod that we picked up last week for his birthday… he was also the one driving the boat and bringing in the fish when they came up to the side…

between he and my daughter they were able to get the lures out of the mouths of the fish, who were really trying to swallow them whole… some of that process was a little gross

July is not a time to eat Jack so we never did get to have fish for breakfast…

this was my early morning snack


pretty fine place for a jar of chia pudding…