Wednesday, September 30, 2009

love ya!!


Doug sent me this email and I of course want to share it with all of you...we tell each other we love each other every day and for that I am truely thankful...this one hits close to the heart so be sure tell those you love how you feel everyday..cause you just never know if it is your last!!!..so if you are one of those reading this ..LOVE YA!!..you know who you are!!


"One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore". No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute." Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye, say"I love you."



So while we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage.....And old cars... And children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.



Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a sister-in-law after divorce. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what.



Life is important, like people we know who are special.. And so, we keep them close!



I received this from someone who thought I was a 'keeper'! Then I sent it to the people I think of in the same way... Now it's your turn to send this to all those people who are "keepers" in your life, including the person who sent it, if you feel that way. Suppose one morning you never wake up, do all your friends know you love them?



I was thinking...I could die today, tomorrow or next week, and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, friendships that needed rekindling or three words needing to be said.



Let every one of your friends know you love them. Even if you think they don't love you back, you would be amazed at what those three little words and a smile can do. And just in case I'm gone tomorrow.



I LOVE YA!!!



Live today because tomorrow is not promised.".


Feel free to copy and paste and tell those you love how you feel!!!..life is short..treasure your family and friends!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

rain??

The skies have opened up and the rain is falling..it has been what seems like a long time since we have had to use an umbrella!!..and have a wet dog!! Have not missed it that is for sure..stinky wet dog..ukkk!!

fort langley wrap up!!


Well, here it is Monday morning 6:15 am..our lovely weekend is but a distant memory!  The laundry is done and the bin is by the front door ready for loading items that will need to go to the trailer for our next trip.

We had a great weekend..the weather was good..sunny and warm..a perfect autumn weekend.  We did some geo-caching..got a B on that one..five  out of seven caches found..we will need to go back and find the other two next time!!.. a nice restful weekend..and only 20 minutes from home!!  When we tell people we are going to Fort Langley they look at us like we are crazy.."don't knock it till you try it people!!"

So as our week begins once again we can only hope that it will be a good one..no meniere's attacks for Doug would make it a great week!..one day at a time is all we can do!!


Happy Monday everyone!!..off to work we go..hi ho hi ho... :)






































Sunday, September 27, 2009

what is geo-caching???



Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache.



Now that we have a GARMIN OREGON 200 GPS in our possesion ..geo-caching has now become our new past time!!

While we were staying in Fort Langley this weekend we managed to find 5 caches..not bad for a bunch of beginners!!..a great hobby is now ours!!!





































 


Friday, September 25, 2009

new addtion!!!


When we were on vacation in Oregon we were introduced to Geo-caching!!..loved it!!..thanks to Gord and Juanita and Paul and Mary..well, after shopping around and some begging we are happy to announce we have a new addition, one bright and shiny Garmin-Oregon 200..a Costco purchase...$50 off coupon so Christmas came early this year!!!..what a deal!!..now we will just need to figure out how to work it!!!

We are in Fort Langley for the weekend so we will give it a good old try tommorrow...if you don't hear from us again you know we are still looking for our first cache!!

Big Dawg and Mumzilla are back on the Geo-caching circuit!!!...no Got Jams or  Battle Rock climbing..but it will be fun anyway!!!



Thursday, September 24, 2009

Do you feel alright????

Today was not a great day at our house..Doug had one of his attacks..dizzy....vomitting..not a fun time!!!

He was diagnosed in 2003 with Meniere's Disease.  He has been suffering with this on and off for the past six years.  We thought he had finally found a doctor who could help him. Doug was going to Saint Paul's Hospital about once a month since March for steroid injections into his ear...this seemed to alleviate the attacks..that was until today!! 

He had gone for an appointment last week and was told that the hole in his eardrum was all healed over and he did not need an injection...the doctor he saw was not the regular one he usually sees...CAN YOU SAY STUPID!!!

We have now come to the conclusion that when there is a hole from the needles in his ear drum it reduces the pressure ..hence no attacks!!..well he is going back next week to get a hole in his eardrum again!!!

WHAT IS MENIERE'S DISEASE??..LET THIS ANSWER YOUR QUESTION..

Signs & Symptoms of Meniere's Disease


Unlike many other disorders, Meniere's Disease doesn't really have a "cause". At least, no one has discovered one yet.

Therefore you wouldn't try to eliminate the cause in order to get relief: you would work on the symptoms that give you the most trouble. In this case, for Meniere's people it usually is the vertigo, (loss of balance) tinnitus, (ringing or a roaring sound in the ear), and a degrees of hearing loss.

One of these unpleasant experiences of Meniere's is called an "attack".
Typically, an attack is characterized by a combination of vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss and lasts several hours. But people experience these discomforts at varying frequency, duration, and intensity.

Some people feel nauseated and vomit during an attack (because of the spinning feeling). Some people also notice some hearing loss, especially with sounds that have a low tone.
Some may feel slight vertigo (loss of balance) a few times a year. Others may be occasionally disturbed by intense, uncontrollable tinnitus, (ringing in the ear) while sleeping.

Other Meniere's disease sufferers may notice a fluctuating hearing loss and feel unsteady all day long for prolonged periods.

Many of these attacks have a sudden onset with no warning. So it's difficult to be prepared. It's also very scary for anyone around the sufferer.

The vertigo and dizziness are described as a spinning or whirling feeling and may cause problems with balance (feeling unstable while walking). Dizziness is not quite the same as vertigo. Dizziness is more like lightheadedness.

 It's not nearly as severe in its balance problems as is vertigo.
Vertigo, often the most debilitating symptom of Meniere's disease, forces the sufferer to lie down. Vertigo attacks can lead to severe nausea, vomiting, and sweating and again, come with little or no warning.

Tinnitus, (ringing or a roaring sound in the ear), causes great frustration. The person can't hear above the internal noise: there fore gets left out of conversations and activities. Moreover the noise itself is very irritating. That causes stress. Tinnitus can be a very difficult problem to treat in many individuals and can be quite disrupting to their lifestyle.

Loss of hearing causes many of the same problems as the tinnitus plus it adds its own. The first stage of hearing loss affects the ability to hear low voices and tones. As it progresses, less and less is heard. Again this leads to depression and a feeling of abandonment.

The family must be extra aware of all of these side issues. Not only is the person himself feeling emotional and physical pain, but they are also placing extra burden on the family. And they are aware of this. That all leads to more depression.

A person's hearing tends to recover between attacks but over time the symptoms become worse. People also mention feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear. (Or popping, buzzing, or clicking).
As well the following symptoms are mentioned, but not as often as the top three. Again, our bodies are all different: so the reactions would naturally be different.

People talk about feeling extreme fatigue and exhaustion, nausea, & vomiting, the inability to concentrate, distraction, poor memory, confusion, and disorientation. We hear about extreme sensitivity to noise, light sensitivity, headaches, and night blindness. There are complaints of muscle and joint pain, and malaise due to atmospheric pressure changes. Because of these uncontrollable and depressing attacks, some people experience panic attacks.

When he was first diagnosed they thought he had a pituitary tumor..if only it would have been that simple..this disease has dibilitating symptons ...no cure..just treatments...if only they would have given him an injection last week..??? We finally find something that actually works and now we are back to wondering where and when the next attack will occur..he was doing so well...we had almost forgotten  about it (well at least it was out of our minds for a little while)..but it's back with a vengance!!!

We have not missed these sessions!!...we can only hope that tommorrow will be a better day!!






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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

is it friday yet?????

We got home from work today and both had the same thought..is it FRIDAY YET?????

The weather here has been beautiful..sunny and warm during the day and cool at night for sleeping..perfection..too bad we are still working for a living....geez!!!

We are heading to Fort Langley this weekend..so tonight our mission is to go out to FREEWAY..light the fridge and assess the situation with regards to groceries and clothes that we will need to bring..and stop and have dinner at our favourite Donair take out restaurant in Pitt Meadows....yummy!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

52 years!!


This entry has not much to do with me but everything to do with my parents!!

They came to Canada 52 years ago from Germany and have never looked back..that was until this past Sunday..yes, it took them 52 years and two visits from german relatives to finally have them get on a plane and go back to Germany. 

(this photo is from May 2009..when Manfred and Astrid came to visit..Dad's sister's daughter and her husband..so our cousin!!)

We are very happy for them and hope that they have a great time..the weird part for me is that everyday I think..nine hours ahead..what are they doing??..sleeping, eating, visiting, touring??? 

They are only gone for ten days but we can't wait until they return home with all the pictures and the tales they will have of their adventure..safe travels Mom  and  Dad..!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Happy Sunday everyone!!!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sometimes you just get an email that you feel the need to share..if no one reads it no big deal but it will be on here for us  to look back on...and that is what this blog is all about..how we are feeling about our everyday life!!



An old Woman and a Taxi Driver




I arrived at the address where someone had requested a taxi. I honked but no one came out. I honked again; nothing. So I walked to the door and knocked. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets..

There were no clocks on the walls, no knick-knacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, and then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated'..

'Oh, you're such a good boy', she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly.

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice'.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued. 'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?' she asked, reaching into her purse.

'Nothing,' I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said.

'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?

What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.



We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.



But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID, BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.

You won't get any big surprise in 10 days if you send this to ten people. But, you might help make the world a little kinder and more compassionate by sending it on.

Thank you, my friend...

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

not just another saturday night!!

Our Saturday started out as planned with Doug going with his brother for a few hours to help him do his deliveries...the glich was taking Tucker to the vet..he is still coughing (or rather sounding like he is going to "hork"up a hairball)...so we decided to get him looked at...he is now on antibiotics to help alleviate the cough..we hope this will work..no real diagnosis just a precautionary measure and $120 later..we left the vet's..Carlie picked up the dog and we headed off to the Olive Garden in Langley to meet Steve and Melanie.





The Olive Garden is one of our favourite restaurants..we love the endless salad and breadsticks.  It was great to catch  up over fine wine, salad, pasta, dessert and coffee. 

We love spending time with Steve and Melanie..even though we have not seen them all summer it was like the conversation just picks up where we left off last time we saw them!!







Friday, September 18, 2009

working for the weekend!!!

Our  main focus these days seems to be the weekends..the means to the end of another  work week..one week closer..we know we have lots of weeks left to deal with but one more is done!!!..don't know if this is a good way of thinking but it seems to be working for now!

We have no RVing plans this time around...Doug's brother is coming down from Keremeos to deliver some fruit and Doug is going to meet up with him for a few hours and give him a hand with deliveries..what a good brother he is!!..

Me?..my usual Saturday activities..laundry, housework, banking and groceries..we are maybe going to meet some friends for dinner tommorrow night..we are hoping for the Olive Garden in Langley ..but they live in North Vancouver so it may be too far!!!..have to wait and see what they want to do and we will plan from there!

Sunday will be a walk at Mundy Park for the "Tuckmeister"..girlfriend meeting again!!..lucky boy that he is..

As another work week ends ..and the weekend begins ..we can hope for nice weather and a nice relaxing two days off!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

show me the money!!!!

Yet another assesment is coming our way..third one since we have lived here..first one was $14000..next one was $2800..now a new one..the total for the repair is $2.25 million..Merry freaking Christmas!!!!!!!..our share will more than likely be about $5000.

This place is sucking the life and the MONEY right out of our pockets and bank accounts..don't know how much longer we can keep up with this..there will be more assesments in our future too..we know that for a fact..more balconies will need to be repaired..will it ever end??????

Just came back for a strata council meeting with regards  to the latest repair that will need to be done..no one was too happy with the bad news we all received....voting will take place next month and then from there we will find out when and how much our share will be!!..lucky us!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

just tuesday..continued...

another work day done..half the month of september is now finished..and we have yet to take FREEWAY  out on the highway..poor FREEWAY..sitting rejected and alone at the storage lot..

It is a beautiful day today..sun is shining and its a balmy 25 degrees out!!!..if only work was not on the agenda for the rest of the week...that and a strata council meeting..yet another assesment is in our future..lucky us!!!..will it ever end..!!!!!!???

Tucker has had a cough for the last few days..we are thinking he either swallowed some pieces of wood ..yes he likes to chew sticks and his throat is a bit irritated .. ..or  he may have run into a dog with kennel cough....we hope it is just an irritation..he seems to be a bit better today..we will keep an eye on him for another day or two and if he is no better it will be off the vet for us!!!!

We are both tired today and thinking we know that our work life is the "means to the end"..but there has to be more to life than working, cooking, cleaning, laundry and making lunches!!.

We  really need to get away for a couple of days...next weekend it is suppose to rain but the following one looks pretty good according to the long range forecast..maybe we can blow the dust off FREEWAY ...and get out into the wilds of the lower mainland!!..maybe even rough it....no power, water or sewer, internet or cable???..ewwwww..then again maybe a power site would be better??

just tuesday!!!

 A friend sent me this email and I  feel compelled to share it..



I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making

my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.?



I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.



Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.



They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful.

But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things..

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers,

or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and

compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.


I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face..

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their

hair could turn silver.?

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore.

I've even earned the right to be wrong.


So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever,

but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.. And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).?



MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!

MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE A RAINBOW OF SMILES ON YOUR FACE AND IN YOUR HEART FOREVER AND EVER! FRIENDS FOREVER!
 
will write more later..time to go to work..geez!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tucker has a better social calendar than us!!!


As per the title it seems that our dog has a better social life than us!!..lucky " Tucker"... to be so popular!!??

This morning began with the usual activities of breakfast, laundry, a bit of housework, recycling returned for $$$, and  a bit of shopping!!  This afternoon I went to visit FREEWAY at the storage lot to take a load of our colder weather clothes and a few sundry items.  I also met my parents at Tim Horton's for coffee and a catch-up session..have not seen them since Nk'mip..bad daughter that I am :)

Our "Tucker" on the other hand had a much better day in store...a walk at Mundy Park just  a few miles from our house..to meet his girlfriend "Emmie" and her dad, Ed.


Mundy Park is Coquitlam's largest forested park, of 435 acres, includes walking trails and two scenic lakes. You can enjoy a long, leisurely stroll under the forest canopy lost in the tranquility of nature,so close to the city but yet still in amongst the trees.   The Mundy Park trail system incorporates a loop trail around Mundy Lake and passes by Lost Lake on the east side of the park. There is also the opportunity to try frisbee golf on the nine hole course located near the ponds on the west side of the park. The park also has a swimming pool, washrooms, large picnic area and playground. There is an off leash time so it is a great place to let them run without having to worry about getting a ticket!!!!



The two dogs had a great time, romping along the forest trails and of course getting all muddy and wet!!


This afternoon was the Scotiabank and BC SPCA PAWS FOR A CAUSE..a walk for the animals.  It is the largest fundraising and awarness campaign in support of animals in B.C.  Doug and Tucker joined in the walk, along with his buddies from dog class. the walk for the Coquitlam area was held at Lafarge Lake..just across the road from our condo..yet another social event for our  "Tuckmeister".  The two of them raised $110..thanks to all who donated !!!

















Saturday, September 12, 2009

more purging!!

Today it was not my intent to clean closets..but that was our activity this afternoon!  This morning we went and got new tires on Carlie's car, out for breakfast to our usual spot..IHOP.(international house of pancakes)....delicious as usual and then it was grocery shopping..fun fun fun..can you stand the excitment!!!

This afternoon I decided to clean my bedroom closet..that then turned into Doug's closet, dresser drawers, the scrapbooking supplies, the bathroom cabinet, the file folder filled with papers and reciepts, and the hallway closet!!!..what a great AFTERNOON..very productive!!!..thanks to Doug for all his help..even with a sore back he was a real "TROOPER"..once we started there was no stopping us!!!

You may wonder, why the purging?..it is only the beginning!!..gotta start somewhere???

It was a beautiful sunny day here in Coquitlam..not that we saw much of it today!!  Poor FREEWAY sitting out at the storage lot..soon??..maybe next weekend???

Friday, September 11, 2009

the sky is falling..says chicken little!!!



Some days you should just stay in bed and put the covers over your head and ignore the world!! 
About this time two years ago we came home from holidays to the remnants of a flood.  We had holes cut in the ceiling, and big turbo fans blowing hot air, trying to dry out the walls. 
It was a disaster and we were none too pleased!  This was the third time we had water coming into our suite from the lady that lives above us!!
Today?.. a small repeat of two years ago!!!..water dripping on the bathroom floor from the exhaust fan, paint bubbling on the bathroom walls.and ceiling.. a ridge in the ceiling in the hallway that was not there this morning...water dripping on the carpet in our bedroom and the casing around our bedroom door is splitting apart, and a bubble of paint above our door also.
As I am writing this..the water upstairs has once again been turned off and we have removed the buckets and the towels..now we just have to wait and see how long it takes them to come and repair the damage..
We have three different paint colours and two of these will need to be repaired..geez should have stuck with builder beige..!!!
We can only hope that tommorrow will be a better day!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

9/11

Where were you when the world stopped turning???  



September 11, 2001..a day eight years ago a day that no one will ever forget.
The day that the United States history was changed forever. Those fallen will not be forgotten and those who survived will never forget.

I felt the need to write something to commmerate the 8th anniversay of 9/11. It is not a day we will forget even though we are Canadians, a day filled with tears and disbelief.

Once again,as he does every year on this day, Doug will wear his 9/11 T-shirt to work..even though it has a hole in it..he doesn't think the condition of the shirt is important..it's more important to remember.

 Me?..I will climb the stairs in memory of the firefighters who went up the stairs of the twin towers..and I will also take the stairs down for those who were escaping.

Hold on tight to the ones you love..life is short.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9PwWkV4HQ4

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

back to work :(

I went back to work after my 60 day long vacation..tonight it feels alright to be back..reality has set in ..but it is just a "means to an end".  I go through the motions and do my job..and do it well..did not miss the politics..missed some of the people...  but on the whole I did not give any of them even a single thought while I was off.  The negative attitude from some of them can be very contagious and I need to surround myself  with positve people..ones who understand our need to "keep an eye on the prize".

Today was Tucker's first day home alone..all day..everyone was at work..he slept by the front door more than likely most of the day..he was there when Doug got home this afternoon.

So tonight as the dishwasher is washing our dinner dishes, and the dryer is tumbling.. I wonder what is for dinner for tommorrow.???...at least it's wednesday tommorrow..gotta take public transit ...haven't done that in a while..but at least there is time to read and listen to my ipod!!!

Just another day in paradise..not enough hours in the day to do everything..so I will just do what I can  and head off to bed..rest my weary feet and get ready for another day!!!

good night all...sweet dreams down the road!!!..

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Labour Day 2009!!


Today we decided to play "tourist in our own town".  We headed into downtown Vancouver and the ever popular tourist stop..GRANVILLE ISLAND.  It was family day for us..Tucker stayed home with Oliver and Carlie came along for the ride..how nice she actually had a day off from both her jobs today!!
the following excerpt is from the GRANVILLE ISLAND website....

"Nestled in the centre of Canada’s most beautiful city is a breathtaking island oasis that will steal your heart and seduce your senses. This gathering spot for both locals and tourists draws 10.5 million visitors each year (71% of Granville Island’s tourists are from outside of British Columbia)
Sample the fresh, tantalizing offerings of the market and restaurants. Browse the unique items crafted by some of the best local talent. Watch these artists and craftspeople as they create. Take in a play or two at our theatres. Granville Island is an urban haven filled with fine restaurants, theatres, galleries and studios, and all things that are fresh: seafood, fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, candy, fudge, breads and baked treats.

Formerly an industrial area, Granville Island has a story to tell. Potters, weavers, textile artists, printers, a cobbler and jewelry makers now work in studios that were once foundries and machine shops. Performers have taken to the streets and filled empty warehouses with their shows.

This urban redevelopment is unique internationally and draws attention and study from planners globally. Granville Island is more than a market, more than an entertainment district, more than an artists’ neighbourhood, more than a marina, more than a visitor attraction. In 2004, the Granville Island Public Market celebrated its 25th Anniversary.

Granville Island was presented with a PPS award of Merit in 2002 when Great Markets Great Cities recognized the Public Market for its contribution to the social, economic and environmental health and well being of Vancouver. In 2004 Granville Island was named the “Best Neighbourhood in North America” by Project for Public Spaces, a New York-based nonprofit agency.

The Island’s community includes over 300 businesses, studios and facilities. It employs more than 2,500 people, and is home to residents living in the Sea Village neighbourhood (floating homes on the southeast end of Granville Island with water for a front yard)."

We had a lovely afternoon strolling through the public market, eating our delicious mexican lunch, looking at the view and watching all the boats on the water.  What a great idea Doug had today!!!..a fantastic way to end the Labour Day weekend!!

Back to work tommorrow for me..  I know it is reality but if only???...our travel friends in Port Orford are planning their departure in the next couple of weeks..heading towards their winter parking space  in Texas.  Our other friends have settled nicely in Kansas for the month of  September..we will have to live vicariously through both of  them for the next little while until we get back on the road again..even if it is only on the weekends!!!




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