thirteen…

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today the middle grandson turned thirteen

it is also the first day of summer

took pictures in a circle in the garden this morning…

the daisies looked amazing..

once they finish blooming I will cut them back because they are in the middle of the path, lol…

tonight’s game was great fun and the birthday boy scored two goals

my son-in-law had to use a wrench to get the lock off the nets so they could get them into place on the field so the game could begin…

game ended with a win and cupcakes for his teammates…

pretty great way to spend the first day of Spring…

office…

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today my dear colleague, who has done a ton of work to help get my office organized, brought in the last piece…

it is a wall hanging that started its life as a table runner for my dining room…

she had it steamed, sewed up the edges, picked up a dowel and some hangers for it…

it fills the final spot on the wall perfectly

I had a lovely orchid in the space, but a few days ago when I got to work it had dropped all of its blossoms…

just on the weekend, I had picked up another beautiful plant, so this morning, I strapped it into the seatbelt in the back of the car and brought it to work… made the trip perfectly and looks great in the space, although it has a white pot, not purple…

but it looks wonderful… and has a special feel about it…

foot…

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before the soccer game on Sunday night we had our own tailgate party with ribs, carrots, potato and Caesar salad…

as I was filling my plate two of the travelling chairs that were leaning against the back of the vehicle fell onto my foot

it hurt, but after a couple of minutes I went and ate my dinner… then the game started… I was happy to make it to a game that actually happened, lol…

about half way through my foot started to be uncomfortable… took off my shoe and realized that it had swelled up with a huge bump along the side…

iced it when I got home but it was sore

spent yesterday at home with it raised up on a pillow…

this morning it felt and looked fine, so I headed in to work… by the afternoon it was a bit uncomfortable…

now that I’m home it is raised up again on a pillow..

going to be a great shade of purple tomorrow I think…

grad…

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this is a crazy busy few weeks for our family…

the oldest grandson is graduating from grade 12 next week so we’ve been deciding on gifts and doing some shopping… it’s taken a while but eventually he and I agreed on a leather briefcase/computer bag… he’s planning many more years of schooling so that seems like a great idea…

that same day is the dad’s birthday

Thursday the middle one turns 13…

a few days after grad, the mom, dad and graduate are heading off on a trip to the east coast…

so there has been lots of collecting and shopping for that as well…

yesterday we picked up a sleeping mat for the grownups and then went in search of the bag for the graduate…

we found a number of options at Bentley and the one he chose is beautiful and had everything he wanted in it… much like his mom, he has expensive taste, lol…

but this will last him for many years, and hopefully he will remember the fun we had picking it out;-)…

then it was off to find a catfish rod for the soon to be thirteen year old… he got to pick a nice one, they added the line to it and we got a few other basics that he will need…

while we were there I got my fishing license… looking forward to time with the boys in the boat or on the dock;-)…

welcome…

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spent some time this morning thinking about my dad

he really raised us as mother and father as my mom spent so much time in hospital during my early years…

he would have loved the garden and did get to sit on the main deck a few times… his dad was a master gardener, but I don’t remember dad doing much in the garden, but he loved seeing beautiful well tended flower beds…

he always welcomed others into our home and we often had people staying with us as they were going through difficult times…

he was a great cook… I can remember one night when he was draining the spaghetti over a sink full of dishwater and the strainer fell into the water… he picked it up, rinsed the spaghetti off and continued with the meal prep… we couldn’t afford to throw it out… it was served with his famous meatballs and homemade sauce… one of our guests went on and on about it being the best he’d ever had… Dad and I laughed about that for years…

he always had candy in his pockets… maybe that’s why I always have candy on my desk, and chocolate inside it, lol…

he loved athletics and we went to events whenever we could manage… he cheered for everyone and taught me that a good job deserved praise… it didn’t matter if it was your team or the other team…

he looked forward to parades and we sat on the curb at Portage and Strathcona for every single one that went by…

in his later years he would take me grocery shopping for my family and would treat us to a lovely roast or steak… took me a while to accept without protesting… I realized that he was no longer able to do physical things to help us due to his health, but he could treat us to groceries…

he taught me to be kind, treat everyone equally, work hard, and do my best…

thanks Dad…

geraniums…

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still thinking about those poppies

when we were walking around the English Garden yesterday these poppies popped out at me…

a few weeks ago, one of the baskets we picked up had geraniums in it amongst the purple and white flowers…

I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it because I am not fond of the scent of geraniums… my daughter suggested I remove them, but I decided to leave them in the container… a few died, but some have survived…

I’m finding now that the pop of red reminds me of the poppies, which remind me of my beloved… it also reminds me of my mother-in-law who planted geraniums alongside her driveway and overwintered them in the basement each year…

each time I walk by the window I see them from a distance and think of my beloved…

hopefulness…

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always amazes me how some of the best photos happen…

I’ve been trying to get a great shot of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights for ages… when I am near it, I am either driving, in a car and going too quickly, or else something just isn’t right when I am walking in the area…

I have taken many photos of the building but nothing particularly good…

last night I was the passenger in a car as we went past and took a number of shots… cars and people kept interrupting a good shot, but when I checked my photos I found this great one…

I think the threatening sky had something to do with it…

the lighting in the Museum helped too…

earlier I had taken a very quick shot of an orchid that I walked past…

it came out nicely as well…

I often see a dove in close ups of orchids and they always remind me of hopefulness and my beloved

kind of fun to have good shots of CMHR and an orchid taken so close together… both of which are such signs of hope

a memorable photo day;-)…

sheets…

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what a wonderful evening…

supper out with some very special women…

tried shrimp stuffed eggplant at Blaze Bistro… tasty…

then it was off for pedicures… such fun…

as we left the spa the sky was dark gray… getting into the car it was starting to spit…

by the time I arrived home I’d driven through sheets of rain, loads of lightening and waterlogged streets… that part wasn’t so fun, lol…

as I write this the thunder is rolling around the sky… it looks amazing out there… and is currently sounding like fireworks… yikes…

but my toes are stunning;-)…

rays…

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the last few days I’ve been watching the sky on my travels to and from the office…

a few mornings the sun has been sending rays through the clouds… of course I never get to take pictures on the drive…

this particular picture is from the night we went to a soccer game close to me… the sky that night was a show of great views… in the end the game was cancelled due to lightning… I really liked the sun shining down through the clouds…

the sun against the blue sky in the evenings has been lovely as well…

I was looking through my photos to find a picture that would show the beauty…

the pinks and blues of this shot last Friday don’t really replicate the amazing colour that evening…

it is always wonderful to take the time to enjoy the beauty around us…

more and more I focus on those moments

bakery…

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was talking with someone recently about the difficulty of cooking for one…

cooking for one is definitely different and certainly takes more thought, preparation and effort… really easy to have a bowl of popcorn instead…

my technique is to make enough for two meals and then have leftovers for lunch or supper the next day…

I’ve been trying to think about what I will have in the evening and take whatever I’ve decided on out for supper in the morning before leaving for the office…

the plan for tonight was to cook a couple of herb and garlic sausages and pick up a bun to put one of them in…

stopped at the bakery but they didn’t have a single stick of bread left… great for them, but not so good for me, lol…

then it was off to the grocery store to pick up a few buns… also found a nice steak, some chicken and a bit of hamburger…

came home, cooked the sausages, added Smak Dab mustard, Miracle Whip, grated onion and lettuce to a whole wheat bun… it was delicious…

and I have enough to make another bun for my lunch…