Monday, October 31, 2011



Three?…three happy’s..Happy Halloween…



Thirty one years ago tonight Doug and I got engaged!!..hard to believe that all that time has past by…’Happy Anniversary’ to us!!


Three years ago today?….our ‘golden boy’ was born..

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the ‘devil child’ he is off to daycare to have a ‘birthday paw-ty’ with his ‘peeps’ at Uptown Dawg….should be ‘paw-some’!!..Happy Third  Birthday Tucker!!!



oh..the shame of it all…not to worry..he never left the house in this ‘ensemble’!!


..he left wearing his ‘manly skulls scarf’!! black angel halo and wings for our ‘little buddy’!!..Par-tay on!!!


Tucker even got a present from his favourite worker at Uptown Dawg..thank you Kelly!!! really shouldn’t have!!


now speaking of Uptown Dawg …some of the poochies were really into the Halloween spirit!! was a ‘howling’ good time!!!


Tucker is having a sleep over tonight at the daycare…movie night with his ‘buddies'…we are hoping that he will have a ‘paw-some’ time!!..stay tuned…more pictures to follow..

through the wonders of face book…here are just a few photos of Tucker and his buddies…lounging on the couch…


sleep well ‘little buddy’…


Saturday, October 29, 2011

An honour or a hoax?


Over the years we have often received  a message,  a phone call or a piece of mail that has said..

“you are a winner'”….Me?..I am the skeptic..always thinking there has to be a catch..and usually there is…it is always going to ‘cost’ something..nothing in life is ‘free’!!

Well, this morning I received an email from someone named ‘Shumtzie’….

this is what email said..

‘Big Dawg and Freeway has been nominated for the Ninjamatics 2011 Canadian Weblog Awards in the Life and Travel categories.


The 2011 Canadian Weblog Awards are a juried competition with nominations open in 37 categories between January 1st and October 31st, 2011. The nominees shortlist will be announced on December 1st, 2011, and the winners will be announced on January 1, 2012.’

I checked out the website and found my blog name on the list for ‘Life Blogs’..looks legitimate to me…our blog is one of 75 in that category that has been nominated!!

The odds are against me with that many in the same category is an honour  to be nominated anyway!!

so I guess ‘Shumtzie’ is a real person with a real website? onto the rest of our Saturday…we headed east towards Abbotsford..the land of Costco and cheaper gas!..

We stopped by to see Doug and Toni at Livingston Rv Park at 232nd Street in Langley on the way home..but the only one home was Parker the dog!!..too bad time!!

While we were out shopping Tucker was busy with his ‘peeps’ at daycare…and he was also having a bath and nail trim..maintenance day for the ‘golden boy’!!..just a little trim???

Does anyone know what the difference is between a bad hair cut and a good one?


…..Six weeks!!


gone is Tucker’s ‘skirt’..trimmed down to basically nothing…we know it will grow again but geesh!!! his ‘butt’ looks like a white tailed deer!!


the end…


Sunday, October 23, 2011

making work…


Yet another weekend draws to a close…this time last year we were in Anacortes with our friends Gordon and Juanita..


now a year I am…

  • cooking
  • cleaning
  • groceries
  • laundry
  • baking


there were no picture taking opportunities…so  I am recycling some photos from that trip…


I sorted through some papers..I swear sometimes I think the paper just multiplies without us even looking….


I am always looking for ‘make work projects’..another thing I did this weekend was transfer our Summer Vacation 2008 from the trip journal website to the archives on Bigdawg and Freeway.IMG_4011

I checked on the ‘trip journal website’ and my stats for ALL 79 entries that are posted on there are….



It is an easy process to transfer the posts..just a bit time consuming adding all the pictures and making sure that I post the entry on the correct date each and every time..


you may ask why I am even bothering to do this task?..well..we all came from somewhere and I am all about being it ‘obsessive compulsive’….



Sure I could just post the link to our other journal but I like the idea of all the entries being all together…


So now I have 15 done…only how many more to do?..tell me again why I started doing this?..


oh yes…’s all about the history of ‘Bigdawg and Freeway’..

so if you are interested in reading about a 3 year old summer on the  2008 link..


there is always next weekend…or maybe this winter??..I am always ‘up for making more work’?


Friday, October 21, 2011

The wheels…


The wheels on the bus go round and round..and take me to work….don’t be late because the bus waits for no one!!


for a nominal fee of $3.75 or $31 if you purchase a book of  ten fare savers…


The bus ride portion of my ride is about a half hour..and this morning as I was riding I noticed something…

There are  what seems to be some ‘common items’ that transit users bring along…


a travel keep that second cup of coffee nice and hot..and a no spill mug is a must!


a music playing device to ward off any unwanted conversations from fellow riders…..


and then of course there is the trusty cell phone that no transit rider is just never know if the bus is going to be late..or there could be an emergency text message that needs to be sent..



a backpack to hold all the items you need to bring along..


a small collapsible case it rains..after all we don’t call this the ‘wet coast’ for nothing..


and then there is the free 24 hours daily newspaper….I for one, like doing the crossword..good exercise for the brain…have to ward off Alzheimer’s somehow..

so there you have the top six items that most transit riders have…

Now onto the etiquette of riding public transit…

Taking transit means sharing space ..some days it is like riding in a sardine please use  some common sense..and  deodorant!

  • Courtesy seats …closest to the doors are for the elderly, handicapped and mother’s with strollers.
  • Move to the back of the bus so others can get on.
  • Please have your fare ready before you board the bus.
  • your backpack does not need a seat nor do your feet.
  • if your personal audio device can be heard by the other riders it is too loud.
  • if you are going to use your cell phone..please speak quietly..the rest of us really don’t care about what you did last night!!


  • remove your backpack before getting on the bus so you don’t hit other passengers with it as you move down the aisle.


  • keep the doorways clear so others can get on and off.

so there you have it of a transit user…just a few simple etiquette rules to make life easier for all who use the transit system..

aren’t you glad you ride the bus???

This is my stop….Sapperton Station…thanks for riding along and obeying the rules..


have a nice day…see you next time..

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It is all about the ‘blog’..


When I first began our journey of documenting our adventures and travels on line… I used the ‘trip journal’ website..there was a nominal charge for the usage of the website…

This was my first introduction to the land of ‘blogging’…it worked for me for a while but I felt like  I was missing something …

Then I found the ‘blogspot’ website (free too) which I really liked… and Bigdawg and Freeway was born..

It took a bit of time to gather a ‘following’..and to receive some interaction from fellow bloggers…in actual fact it took a long least 20 posts before I even got a comment…

I can remember back then I was just using it as a way of ‘scrapbooking’ our adventures…

and then I was hooked…we were making friends and  connected with fellow bloggers who had similar interests…

I was always trying to be creative to get more traffic on my blog…then I read that if I visited other blogs and got our ‘name’ out there…..the more visitors I would have…

so now that I can say I have 126 followers..oh sure not nearly as many as some but a following still the same…I feel like I can say my blog is now out of the ‘baby stage’..and on to the ‘toddler level’…

Now I am in the process of transferring all my posts from my trip journal entries onto Bigdawg and Freeway..this is going to be a long process…


It is interesting to read the posts from three years ago…and see how my writing style has changed..and look at the pictures…taken with our old point and shoot camera…

We have come along way in the past three years…thanks for riding along…

Head on down memory lane…2008 had some great adventures…


Sunday, October 16, 2011

The ‘Golden Boy’


ah..yes the life of the ‘golden boy’..his is a good one..

Our Tucker has many nicknames..

  • The Tuckmeister
  • Dummerhoont (dumb dog in ‘german’)
  • Sunshine Boy
  • Stinky

Now who knows how one dog can get so many nicknames..but it just kind of happens…

His latest is ‘the golden boy’..Doug doesn’t like this reminds him of the skids and skids of ‘Golden Boy raisins’ at work..

A sunny Sunday morning was ours to do as we wanted…today was  a walk on the dyke in Pitt we have visited here many times… but today was a beautiful fall day..perfect for a walk….


or maybe a swim instead??


no ‘golden boy’  in this photo to ruin the reflection…

IMG_7269 he comes…back from his run up ahead to check out the next swimming hole..


he ran the dyke twice or maybe three times..running ahead and then returning making sure we were still there..


..always hoping that someone will throw a stick…


a blue heron…sitting on a stump…


and an eagle on the treetop..



blue farmland…


and yet another place for a swim..Tucker spent more time running along the water’s edge than he did on the dyke..


time for a rest…for a second anyway…our ‘Fido’ ‘houndsome’!!



life on the farm?..always work to be done..even on a beautiful Sunday afternoon…


one last swimming hole..


..another weekend is done..a Sunday full of reflections….where does the time go??

Aww nuts…

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