Monday, July 20, 2009

Nominated For Front Yards In Bloom!

Isn't that exciting?! (Click on the picture to see it full sized.)

Romance In The Garden

Is there anything more romantic than a rose covered gazebo?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Quiet Sundays

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Does any one remember that exciting day when your mom finally let you use a real knife?

You know, one that was actually sharp, not the butter knife that only babies used?

Of course she anxiously gave you safety rule after safety rule and you tossed a scornful look her way and said "I'm not a baby anymore you know!!"

Well. . .

I forgot the first rule of sharp knife safety.

Always cut away from yourself.

I am now missing a chunk out of the top of my thumb.

Which of course brings us to the most important rule of all. . .

Always listen to your mother!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Moving Day

A few weeks back Morgan and Holly left the nest and moved into an apartment together.
They hadn't intended on moving so soon but while checking out the available apartments, they came across one that they loved which also included a reduced damage deposit, tennis courts a gym and a pool(under renovation) and they couldn't say no.
Reality then set in as they realized that, between them they owned two beds, a couch (which has seen better days!) a TV, two laptops, a stereo, wii, and their personal stuff, like clothes.

They had three weeks to find stuff and no money to do it with.

I figured what we needed to do was to start telling everyone we knew and to have people donate stuff they were getting rid of to the kids, rather than the thrift stores.
It worked fairly well.
They were given dishes, cutlery, towels, a microwave, and an old futon .

My mom did some more downsizing and contributed towels, dishes, a dining table and two chairs and then did some thrift store shopping and came up with lamps, pots and pans,and more dishes. She also hit the discount store and outfitted them with cleaning supplies and various canned foods.

I took them shopping to a warehouse store and made sure they had a good supply of mac and cheese, frozen perogies, juice and canned veggies. ( You know that would be the last thing they would spend their money on!)

Morgan spent a few Saturday's using cedar left from the fence and stone we scrounged from the Stone/tile wholesaler to make a coffee table and two end tables.

Moving day came and up we went to their new 12Th floor apartment. (yes, thankfully there was an elevator!)

So what do boys do once the big stuff is in place? (video games)

Girls on the other hand. . .

Oma's dining table looks pretty good in here.

And the view?

Well that was one of the biggest reasons Morgan wanted this apartment.

To bad Holly's afraid of heights. . .

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Morgan!

June 30Th was Morgan's 19Th birthday.

We had to have every one's favorite DQ ice cream cake!
I had gone to pick it up, but that particular DQ did not have any ice cream cakes, so I sent Morgan and Jesse to another one, hoping that they would have a cake.
I told them to get the big one.
I forgot how big they are!

Morgan and Holly are thrilled that so much is left over as they are moving into their own apartment today and I promised they could take a big chunk with them.( It's not likely they will be able to afford ice cream cake any time soon!)

We had a BBQ for dinner that night and of course Jesse was happy to help with the cooking. (Although not the dishes as you can see.)

We also enjoyed the first corn of the season. (From the store of course, as Jurrina's corn is no more than a blade of grass at the moment.)

Morgan wanted the grandparents too be there and they enjoyed a few rousing games of crib with Henry once the ice cream cake was finished.

Another birthday gone by.
God bless you Morgan, in the years ahead.

We love you.

If you want to see what Ev and I were up to on Canada Day head over to The Potting Shed

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


I thought I was writing a post for this blog.
I hit publish and to my surprise, the post showed up in my gardening blog. ( okay, Jurrina's gardening blog. I think you have to publish more than your guest writer to claim a blog as youur own!)
When I thought about it however, I realized that it was very appropriate there and so I have left it.
Want to check it out (and find out about the garden movie)?
Hop over to
Happy Canada Day
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