Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Glorious sunset in Mexico

Monday, February 1, 2016


I celebrated 10 years of sobriety yesterday, not only were my children there, but close friends as well.  I look back and wonder where time has slipped away on me, then I recall the immense freedoms I've gained and the dances with life I've enjoyed, sure I tripped a few times, but that's a part of the learning how to dance process.  Over this last ten years I've become a Grammy, I've earned a Master's Degree, been to Australia for four and a half months, I've traveled to numerous other places and I'm blessed to here and experience all that I have and I have so much to look forward to each and every day!  

Life really is about choices, today I choose to continue to dance with life and know that there is purpose and reason for each one of us in this big ole beautiful world! 

AND yay, more exciting news... 

My middle child, (the tallest one in the above photo) and his girlfriend (standing in front of him) have announced their engagement! I'm absolutely elated with this exciting news!  Soon we will do the engagement photos, until then here's a photo of their Save The Date!

Life is absolutely amazing! What more could this Mama Bear ask for? 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ten Years

This year marks ten years I've been going out to buy myself a new tree ornament after Christmas, I do this for two reasons:  the first being they're all on sale for ridiculously discounted prices, more importantly each year I've chosen to continue walking the Red Road I celebrate in some small way.  

This first one spoke to me...

Back in the day my mother would talk endlessly for hours on her CB radio, her handle was Foxy Gal and today I smile as I think back to those days.  Really how much has changed since then?  Meeting people in unconventional ways has become the conventional way for our younger generations and some of us baby boomers, many new friendships begin online.  Interestingly enough my mom met her husband via the CB in about 1981 and they remained married until she passed into the spirit world in 2002.  I sure miss that Foxy Gal, but she lives on in my heart

And me, well being me, at the price of the ornaments I had to get two! If I keep this up I'll need a separate tree for these special ornaments.  Now this is definitely something to work towards! 

And today I leave you with this wee bit of sage advice:

And I say dance on, in my opinion life is far too short not to dance! 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

May this brand new year bring loads of joy and immense fun
into your life.  I wish you and your loved ones a sweet and warm New Year
filled with tons of love, plenty of laughter, 
and an abundance of good health!  

Happy New Year, from me and my sidekick Abbie! 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Our Christmas

Christmas Eve is when we celebrate our Christmas at my place, and yes I go overboard but what the heck... it's Christmas! 

We start our celebration with a bit of a visit, then me, well being me, take the family photo.  This year my middle son couldn't make it for our dinner so even though we're down two in our family picture, both him and his girlfriend are in our hearts.

After the family photo it's dinner time! 

My oldest son was put to work carving the ham.  Thank you Shayne! 

And dinner is served with a menu of appetizers (shrimp, smoked oysters, pickles, cheese, and crackers), then the main course of ham, two types of homemade perogies, cabbage rolls, whipped potatoes, glazed carrots, fresh homemade gluten free cheesy garlic buns, a special cream sauce for the perogies, and way too many baked goodies! Nobody leaves the table hungry at my place EVER. 

Elyssa tracks where Santa is...

Then it's time for our gift exchange. 

A pleasantly surprised young lady! 

Another pleasantly surprised young lady! 

Even our pets get gifts, can't be leaving them out. 

And this is a portion of our Christmas.  I hope your holidays were as rich and blessed as mine have been.  Family, a warm home, tons of good food and immense love... what more could I ask for? 

Wishing you all a blessed and Happy New Year! 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Annual Family Christmas Party

A glimpse into our amazing Christmas

The first weekend in December our family comes together and we celebrate Christmas all together as a larger family unit.  A few years back we decided to go with a theme for our parties, the host chooses the theme and this year it was a North Pole Theme.  There's prizes for best costume, as well as second and third places as well.  Talk about a fun time! 

Santa and two Mrs. Clause's showed up, as well as one adorable elf.  

Make that two elves! I'd shown Elyssa what I was wearing to our theme party a week or two before the event and she told her Mommy and Daddy my secret, but it's totally forgivable... Elyssa wanted to dress like Grammy and also be an elf! :-)

My daughter, the reindeer, won first place for her costume

As you can see from the following photo, the family that plays together
stays together! :-)

Now this is a definite first, we did our family photo outside and it was December 5th this photo was taken outside of my son's house.  It's never been warm enough to do an outdoor shot in December!

Thank you Shayne, Sandy, and Elyssa for your gracious hospitality.  The Jeopardy family game was a blast, heck, the entire evening was a blast! 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

In Hopes Santa Will Soon Be Here

Wow, where has this past month gone?  I can't believe it's been a month since I've visited my blog.  I know one thing which has kept me busy this past while, I've been doing a ton of baking in preparation for our Christmas celebrations. 

Here's a bit of what I've done thus far. From left to right on the top is Butter Tart Bars, Hawaiian Cheesecake Bars, Date Squares, Gluten free Cheesecake cookies and on the bottom is Nanaimo Bars. 

I've also made gluten free brownies, whipped shortbread, both regular and gluten free and last weekend I had a helper in my kitchen.  We did up Elyssa's special cookies and had us some fun doing so! 

Some of the finished cookies...

And perogies are also in the freezer, the kids came over and we spent an afternoon pinching perogies, which is always such a good time and an early feast! I'd also prepared an elk stew and was it ever delicious! 

So now that most of the cooking is done, all of my holiday gifts are bought I'm wondering what in the heck can I get into next?  I have to behave or Santa won't bring me anything...
 sigh, what to do! 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Campbell River, British Columbia

Last week I went for a short trip out to Campbell River and my goodness, what a stunning place!  I have a friend who moved there a few months back and he invited me so off I went. 

One of the first things we did was I grabbed my camera and off to the shores to take a walk, my friend lives two minutes from the shore and it's absolutely stunning! 

A large piece of driftwood to me is an excellent photo opportunity... 

One of the days I was there we went out fishing, it was gorgeous til we were on our way back and it started to rain, I was shivering cold but it the fishing was worth it.  I caught three fish, now that's a first since I was a teenager. 

This is the boat we were out on, a friend of my friends took us out and even though I was a bit leery at first I soon saw how competent he was and relaxed.  We pulled the boat in here and the only place to go was up so off I went climbing places which I probably shouldn't have been but the view was breathtaking. 

Another day we took a drive out to Elk National Park and went down to the waterfalls, there's a suspension bridge which only freaked me out when I looked down, so I tried really hard not to look down as I crossed. 

Everything from walking down the piers, hiking to the waterfalls and braving the suspension bridge, you bet I had an amazing time.  The only complaint I have is my trip wasn't long enough, but as I told my friend, I shall return! 

The trip was one of those trips where I just don't know which pictures to post, but I'll stop right about here, if you're ever in B.C. definitely take in the Island, you won't be disappointed! 

Thank you Jerry, your hospitality is more than appreciated and I can't thank you enough!  One last photo, my dear friend and me out for a walk along the marina. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Children - Our Gifts

I had the sheer enjoyment of doing yet another baby photo shoot and what a handsome wee man he is!   It's hard to pick one or two of my favorite shots but I'll try to limit myself here, try being the key word! 

Engine, engine number 9...

Get this thing off of me! 

And Santa don't forget my Harley please...

See why I had so much fun, my friends boy is an absolute doll! 

Children truly are our gifts, they bring a sense of joy which lies deep within the heart and I believe children keep our spirits youthful.  

See you in January little buddy, then look out, it's cake time! 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Autumn Daze

Today my children came over for brunch, it's a real pleasure for us to all come together but me being me asked if we could do family portraits before we had our meal and my children all obliged.  It's a fantastic time of year to be outdoors taking photos with the colors of autumn enhancing our world. 

We have a new addition within our family unit, meet Star, Elyssa's new puppy who I fell in love with already! 

My amazing family...

Having a bit of fun with Elyssa

And the kid in my comes out more often than not, life's too short not to play! 

It's been a fantastic day, one which I realize how blessed I am and I appreciate my amazing children.  No matter how old they get, they always bring joy, love and laughter into my world and for this I'm eternally grateful. 

I'm glad we did the photos before our meal, as per our usual there was an abundance of food and it left most of us in that Autumn daze! :-)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Precious Wee Girls

Today I reconnected with a friend I hadn't seen in at least 15 years, if not longer, she used to work with me back in my bartending days and thanks to facebook we found one another.  My friend, who is the same age as my oldest son,  has three children, two are still fairly young and her young son is in school but she had her precious daughter with her and what a cutie! 

My friend also babysits a friends daughter and she's just as adorable! 

After I saw this photo my new name for this princess is 
Hollywood Baby! 

My friend had also stopped off at Timmy's, she got the kids Timbits and chocolate milk, not to worry, it's not coffee in the cup, it's milk but it sure made for an adorable photo! 

Now to try to get all three girls together one day, my granddaughter and these two girls and the fun I could have with these precious children, not only taking photos but playing with them and the bonus, I'd be visiting with a long lost friend at the same time!