Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dead calm?

 

Is my blog ‘dead in the water?

Is it just lying dormant?

Or maybe just ‘hibernating’ till spring?

Or is it on ‘hiatus’

 

hi·a·tus/ hīˈātəs/

Noun:

A pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.

What ever I want to call it…and it seems there are a  few names for having no ‘action’ or ‘re-action’ what so ever…

This blogger has been inactive in the writing and the reading/commenting  department this month…

No real reason..just focusing on life in general…and taking a break from the land of computers.

My view every night after dinner has been this…

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I have been enjoying my new/old hobby..the art of creating something with my own two hands is quite enjoyable….

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the blanket is growing slowly as I knit away the winter doldrums..

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so much so that I have two projects on the go now…

My second project   is called the ‘potato chip’ scarf…

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so as you can see rather than sitting at the computer in the evening…

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I am enjoying my new found interest…

that is of course until camping season is upon us again..and for that we are counting down the months…

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soon our beloved ‘Little Dawg’ will be freed from his underground enclosure..

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and our 2012 camping season will begin…

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A wintery weekend?

 

Now we all know that it is mid-January..but here on the west coast of British Columbia the weather has been more spring like than winter…

That was until today…

this morning I opened the blinds..and viola…

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oh sure I know it is only a minimal amount of the white stuff…but it is white still the same..the skies were gray and the snow was still falling…

A wet and slippery morning…

Me?..I stayed inside….the windex, paper towel, swiffer, Mr. Clean and the dirty laundry were calling my name…

I had  ignored the housework long enough, time to get at it..

Within a few hours…all the  inside chores were  done…and the view outside  was much better…perfect blue sky…

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Tucker and I headed to the park so he could  chase  the ball..the bright  orange ball should be easy to find in the white snow..at least one would think so?…

It was not so easy…after a few throws I managed to lose sight of the ball..buried in the snow..and the nose of our boy was not working as well as it should have!!

He did manage to finally sniff it out…after much circling and back- tracking..he had success!!

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”who me?..I didn’t lose my ball..I knew where it was the whole time?”..just having some fun!!!

..a cold winter day is a perfect day to sit by the fireplace and re-teach one’s self how to knit?..

Google is the best for learning how to …cast on…knit and purl…

oh, sure I have knitted before …maybe 27years ago..

a new found/old hobby…

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..soon this ‘scarf’ will be a blanket…only eight more balls of wool to go…maybe it will be done by the summer?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

inside the ‘vortex’

 

January is almost half over…there have been no pictures taken..that was until this morning…

I was riding on the sky train..plugged into my ipod..oblivious to the surroundings..that was until I glanced out the window…

The sunrise was an amazing array of pinks and blues..but I had no camera..only the one on my phone…

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..not bad for a cell phone photo….so pretty …too bad I had to go into work..would have been a great day to keep on riding the train to the end…going for a walk on the seawall at Stanley Park..

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..and then maybe  take the little ferry over to Granville Island..

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but it was not too be…work was calling..this picture perfect day was going to have to be seen from inside the ‘vortex’!…

The only view I really liked today that I saw was…

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my feet up on the coffee table …lunches are made..dinner is ready to go…time to relax after yet another day at work…

onwards to Thursday…soon the weekend will be here…

…maybe it will be a picture taking opportunity….

Friday, January 6, 2012

The power of words…

 

“If someone were to pay you 10 cents for every kind word you ever spoke and collect from you 5 cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?”

 

Some words make you feel good while others can ‘cut to the quick’..

Blogging has brought out a side of me that I did not know even existed..some traits are good and some not so good..

Once a post is complete..oh sure it can be deleted or ‘tweaked’ if you don’t quite like how it sounds…

Writing a blog puts your life out  there in the land of technology for all   to read… It can be a  slippery slope..and it is a chance you take…

You may get some who feel that they can say whatever they want… which is fine..we all cannot agree…

I have been pushed down the slippery slope a few times..the constructive criticism can be very helpful to make me realize what is truly important…

So for me it is time for a re-evaluation of this blog…

I have come to the conclusion that the blogging stats are not important..

Never mind how many followers, posts or comments..none of that is of any importance…

Even if no one read or commented I would still blog..

This is my virtual scrapbook…a memory book on line..lightweight and easy to pack when the time comes…

I am going to expand my creative writing skills   all the while  living  our lives…

So for 2012 and beyond…living my life is the most important thing …

I have given myself a good talking too and for once I am going to listen..

Time to expand my horizons..pick up a new  hobby or maybe an old one…

Not to worry Bigdawg and Freeway will still be alive and well…but just in a different way…

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Priorities in life

 

My life is filled with what I deem to be my priorities..

  • my husband
  • my daughter
  • my family
  • my pets
  • my friends
  • my peace of mind
  • my happiness
  • my dreams

Is this the right order for me?..or should my happiness come first?..and then my peace of mind and then all the others will fall into place where they belong?

 

 

life is indeed too short …to be wasted worrying about what others are  thinking  or are doing…

We are all individuals with our own thought processes and our own ‘crosses to bear’..

We have no idea what is going on inside someone else’s head unless they are going to share..

I am not a mind reader…and never claimed to be one…

I have spent most of my life always worrying about what someone else thinks of me….

  • did I say or do the wrong thing?
  • have I offended someone?

if I have,  I will apologize?

Is that a sign of weakness or is it a sign of needing to be liked?….

 

People come into our lives..some stay forever and others move on….so be it…

As we embark on a new year…I am re-evaluating my list of priorities…

 

Monday, January 2, 2012

BC Jeep Club…

 

December 27th 2011

A four wheeling  Jeep day for Doug and the boys from the Jeep club…

It was a rainy  wet day..a typical December day…post Christmas and pre- New year’s adventure …I did not go along on this muddy, snowy ride…..

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just the boys and their toys…

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lots of jeeps and even one from California…the pretty yellow one…

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..Doug said this jeep didn’t last too long..the driver took one look at where they were heading and high tailed it back to the pavement..My  guess would be is that  he is use to sunny California skies..not the grey, rainy, snowy weather of the west coast…

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..so pretty…with the snow on the trees…

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..these BC Jeep Club boys are very adventurous…

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out of the snow…and into the rain and the mud….note the umbrella…only in British Columbia  do you see that??!!!

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jeeps doing what jeeps are meant to do…at least we know that no one can call our jeep  a ‘pavement princess’…or a ’mall crawler’…

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..Doug made it home safely…just  dirtier than when he left home!!

A dirty jeep is a ‘happy jeep’…nothing like getting some ‘mud or snow on the tires’!!!

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Paw-ty all night….

 

Our New Year’s eve was a quiet one..a couple of glasses of wine and some appetizers..and we were in bed before the stroke of midnight..

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…but our four-legged boy was a ‘paw-ty animal….a New Year’s eve Paw-ty for all the poochies at Uptown Dawg…

And the ‘dogs’ know how to ‘paw-ty’…

First there was time for a few head shots..dressed in their New Year’s eve finery..

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..and then they ‘paw-t-ied’..

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and our Tucker was even trying to sneak a ‘kiss’ in before midnight?..

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..the ‘dawgs’ are getting sleepy…

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..is the ‘paw-ty’ over?..

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. a ‘bed full of ‘paw-ty animals’..here is a close up..note where our boy is resting his head?

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..now you know of course if you ‘paw-ty’ all night?…

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…you will sleep all day…

Rest well Tucker, you ‘paw-ty animal’!!!

2011 Recap…

 

2011 is almost over..another year closer to 2014…what were the highlights of this year?

January…

we spent the weekend visiting our friends Harry and Elaine MacFarlane at Maderia Park on the Sunshine Coast.

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and the first winner of the Olympic mitten contest too

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and then I won the Chocolate Cheerioes from Paul and Marti…

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the year started off on a good note..now the shortest month of the year..February..

was filled with our daughter moving to Maple Ridge…I was a winner again..of a Streets and trips from Rick and Paulette..but the real highlight of the month  was the meeting of the class of 2014…we spent two nights in the company of Steven and Linda…in their beautiful home in Sammamish, Washington..

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we had a lovely visit spending time in their lovely home by the lake…going to the Rv Show in Seattle, Pike Place market and the Snoqualmie Falls…

We only hope that one day they will venture north to British Columbia so we can show them the same hospitality!!

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spring has sprung …the grass has riz…March is here..

the month of March was pretty uneventful…we spent almost a week cleaning the condo next door for our friends..it was a lovely mess…2011-03-27-1602-211[3]2011-03-27-1602-21[3]

in comparison to ours…

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we also found a contender in our quest to find our ‘home on wheels' for 2014…

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even as I write this almost twelve months later..this is one we still like…

April…showers …

well..it started off with the dreaded anonymous with regards to stinkin’ pancakes and went from there…

I hit a  comment milestone..and the winner of yet another pair of Olympic mitts was the Bayfield Bunch..

..my favourite post this month was titled ‘unconditional love’..and we all know who the subjects were…

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so after April showers..comes May flowers…and a meeting of bloggers…

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we spent the night over on Vancouver Island and visited with Rick and Paulette..everyone’s ‘go to guy’ in blogville!!!

the other highlight of the month of May was our ‘camping trip’..

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it was more of a lowlight in the grand scheme of things but it was a lesson learned..

June was filled with with a whole lot of  nothing…only eight posts for the whole month..blogger’s block was the theme …although we did take a day trip to Porteau Cover..

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July was our time for summer vacation..and blogger meetings!!!…the Oregon coast for two weeks…

We met Russ and Donna Krecklow in  Eugene, Oregon..

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and then it was on to Port Orford, Oregon..

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and Gordon and Juanita and ‘Abby’ Pierce..

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we had two glorious weeks in on the Oregon coast!..

on the way home we met up with Dave and Carol Krajcar, in Vancouver, Washington..they treated us to a delicious lunch and some great conversation..once again meeting a fellow blogger is like meeting an old friend!!

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once we arrived home we thought this month couldn’t get any better…then we made a purchase…

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our beloved ‘Little Dawg’!!!..welcome to the family!!!

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the summer was going by very quickly and we were busy getting our little house on wheels ready to use…

August we used our little trailer a few times ..making one trip to Mount Vernon, Washington…another meeting of bloggers..Judy and Everett Ross..

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new friends that we felt like we have known them forever!!..we had a lovely visit and wished it could have been longer..my ‘blogging sister’…~~hugs to you my friend~~

..This month was filled with visits too…yet another meet and greet at Monck Park in Merrit….Doug and Toni Laird..fellow BC’ers!!

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we had yet another lovely weekend..roughing it in the heat of the Nicola Valley!!..a new found favourite campground!!!..every campsite has a  view of the lake!..can’t get much more perfect than that!!

September..back to work..

but wait..one more weekend….this one was our last with our little pop-up  trailer for 2011…

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and then our lovely daughter moved into the condo next door…

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and finally there was a family dinner with the guests of honour being my aunt and uncle from Germany..

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October was a month filled with work ..walks on the dyke and a blog nomination!!

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November..the highlight so far this month ..being my least favourite month of the year..

is the Radial Head Fracture that Carlie suffered with…

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I can only hope that there will be a better highlight?..no this was it…more like a ‘lowlight for her’…

December…

the month with a controversial post with regards to ‘what was deemed a generalization of what I call the ‘now generation’..

It just proved that we are not all the same and we don’t all agree..we can agree to disagree and move on…

..Christmas arrived …ready or not…

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..a day filled with presents, food, fun and family…

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and one last meet and greet for the year 2011….our lucky number  13…

Allen and Lolita DuGuay..

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..I wonder who we will meet in 2012?

What was MY favourite post this past year?..

I like the one titled ‘the shoes of life’..it was an ‘off the cuff’ kind of post that was developed from an email my Dad sent…

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2011..how many miles did we travel??..give or take a few side trips while we were on vacation..

from January to mid-July…3574  kilometers..

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and then from mid-July till December…2447 kilometers..

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for a grand total of 6021 kilometers or 3742 miles..all in the name of seeing this beautiful country that we live in!!

So there you have our re-cap of 2011…

Happy New Year to all of you in blog-ville..may 2012 bring you good health, happiness and safe travels!!..may our paths cross one day soon!!

Cheers to you all!!..thanks for following along with Bigdawg and Freeway!!..we hope that 2012 will be  blog-worthy!!!!!

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