Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Our first lawn bowling lesson

We finally got to our first lawn bowling lesson tonight...rain, the Canucks, aches and pains, etc. have intervened to prevent us from starting earlier. It was fun and the folks there are very friendly. A bit hard on my knees...I realize how decrepit I am in that regard.

Seems they have a bar-b-q most Fridays weather permitting...$4 for a hamburger and $3 for beer or wine. Pretty hard to beat that.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Squirrly Drama

I felt sorry for this no doubt female squirrel being harassed by the male. Just guessing. Poor thing did try to make her escape but then went back as she was chased and caught...out of the frying pan into the fire. No sign of them at the moment.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Woke up to sunshine today and so far has continued. We had a wonderful lunch out on our deck watching the world go by. Wonderful that folks got a good day on the weekend to enjoy themselves.

Lunch was mussels and garlic toast...and wine, of course. Now, this is a real keeper. The mussels were from Capers...a pound in a butter and garlic sauce that you microwave for four minutes. They are from PEI and were fabulous and only $6.95. I'm sure I would pay more than that for a pound of mussels at a seafood store. They are vacuum packed and were good for about 10 days so I think we'll definitely have these on hand especially during the summer.

The garlic toast was a product at "No Frills" called Texas Toast and was a perfect accompaniment. This product was on sale for two bucks...16 pieces of toast. We had two pieces each for lunch and it was a perfect quantity. I think we'll have this on hand as well as it can be frozen easily.

I will continue to do most of my shopping at the Robson Street Safeway but No Frills that I walk to with my wheeled cart has some great products (President's Choice) and great buys so it's fun to go there as well to pick up a few things.

Speaking of shopping at Safeway, just in the time we've been here and not really focusing on it much I have collected enough Airmiles to get $175 worth of Keg gift cards. The Robson Street Safeway often has these bonus Airmile things like, spend $100 and get 150 miles (395 miles gets you a $50 Keg card). I seem to spend $100 even if I go just to pick up a few things.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Boston (scratch that) Vancouver Pizza

Everyone's in the swim of it...Canuck fever! Boston Pizza has changed its name just like the Shark Club Bar and Grill became Vancouver Club Bar and Grill during the semi-finals.

Gee, John Spring, I'm sorry to hear you're a Bruins fan because we ("we're all Canucks")_ are going to maul the Bruins as today's Vancouver Sun's headline declared...:)

Boston Pizza

Friday, May 27, 2011

Quite a rainstorm today....

Loved this boat that went by today...very much like an E.J. Hughes boat, I think.

We had quite a rainstorm today, then sun in the later pm...went for a walk and dropped into the Friday wine tasting at the Denman Place wine store. They also always have some goodies supplied by the Coast Plaza Hotel. Then to imbibe some wine in the sunshine on our deck. I had this wretched root canal surgery Thursday and wasn't supposed to drink anything until 48 hours later. However, the swelling actually started to go down after a glass of wine and it wasn't supposed to start going down until 48 hours later...so there!

Ever wake up in someone else's bed?

Don sent me this today...thought it was quite cute!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ever the optimist....

I had a tower fan delivered from Staples today. I'm very pleased with the look and the small amount of space it takes compared to our big old pedestal one. Lots of speeds, timer, and even a remote. Seem very effective but hardly needed today with yes, that's 58 F on the outdoor thermometer.


Quite the game last night...what a goal at 14 seconds to go to tie it up for the Canucks. Then to get (finally) a rather flucky goal to win and head towards the Stanley Cup finals. Vancouver will be going wild if they win.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The sun shines...finally!

An nice walk in the evening yesterday...was a lovely end of the day.

The Second Beach Pool opened this weekend (took this photo Sunday night) but not too many takers...a bit dreary for swimming outdoors but today it was great.

Enjoying our deck and the passing parade as usual...

It was a pretty good day today...so much so that we went swimming at Second Beach pool and sat on our deck for hours imbibing and enjoying the sun. And the Canucks won last night without it being a nailbiter....hey, the Canucks are big news here in Vancouver.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


"Feast" at Memphis Blues.

Thank goodness we took advantage of the nice weather Friday since we're back to rain and clouds. Friday we went to Commercial Drive for lunch and picked a restaurant where you could sit outside in the sun...Memphis Blues Barbeque House. It was great and we must go back and try their "feast" one day. Since we were going out for dinner we had something light.

I see Richard is getting great weather in Arizona...sunny and low 30's. Donna and Neil are getting rain and possible thunderstorms in Salt Lake City where they start their tour of the National Parks. Hope things improve for them. I found her blog posting on the Mormon buildings, choir, search for her ancestors, etc. very interesting.

Donna's Report

Friday, May 20, 2011

My other wonderful cousin....

Carol, John, and me.

Carol made a wonderful dinner as usual...what a great cook! John has done a great job renovating the kitchen. A super evening and we even got a glimpse of the elusive Mr. Darcy...what a handsome fellow!

Update from yesterday:

And then later on in the afternoon, my other wonderful cousin, John, stopped on his bike to say hello (we were sitting on the balcony) on his bike ride to the British Properties and possibly Cypress Bowl. We have dinner at John and Carol's tonight so will hear if he made it to Cypress Bowl. Makes me tired thinking about it!

Quite a day for family. John is the son of my mother's sister and Bonnie and Georgia are the daughters of one of her brothers. A highlight of our family gatherings together was the sumptuous smorgasbord dinner my Auntie Florence (John's mom) prepared at Christmas time. This was in keeping with our Swedish background. My grandmother was born in Sweden and immigrated as a young woman.

The dinner was followed by a game of charades and carol singing. I don't think any of us will forget "Mary had a swarm of bees" as one song title that my Uncle Doug (John's dad) found on the Christmas carol sheet published by the Sun newspaper. That one really had us stumped. And also sometimes some bagpipe playing by my Uncle Doug to honour his Scottish heritage.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My wonderful cousins...

Georgia and me.

Bonni and Georgia.

Bonni and me.

Had a great lunch and chinwag today with my wonderful cousins, Bonni and Georgia. They loved our apartment and our families had so many picnics and happy times in this area.

Let's hope this is in the past for a while at least

I loved Greg Parry's cartoon in the Vancouver Sun yesterday.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Our 43rd Wedding Anniversary

We received a great goody package from Don and Elaine yesterday and a super card. Elaine always manages to find the best cards for all occasions...we have a boxful!

Thanks, Guys, you are such good friends!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

There are some who will be getting some sunshine....

Richard managed to get two weeks off before he starts his new job and is heading to Tucson, Arizona Wednesday for a week to see a friend. They might even get into Mexico for a few days.

Donna and Neil are also heading off Wednesday for a trip down south to visit places in the "old west".

Maybe we'll all luck out too this weekend and get a few rays of sunshine...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Susan and Alan on the Ile of Mull, Scotland

I was so pleased to hear that Susan and Alan could go on their holiday to Mull and to their English Country Dancing event. It does look quite beautiful...reminds me of the Isle of Skye.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Seen in passing....

When I was shopping at the Robson Safeway the other day I came back to a Mustang just like our old one parked beside our new car...wasn't our old car, though.

We saw this skunk happy as you please right around the Stanley Park Lawn Bowling pitch and I realized I hadn't seen or smelt a skunk for a long time, if ever, on the Island. Googled and found out that there are no skunks (or porcupines) on the Island.

It was interesting to watch this squirrel. He obviously wasn't too happy about us being so close but had to nibble some of his nut before he could carry it in his mouth and move to higher in the tree.

Another view of my wonderful freighters...

This photo taken on the way to UBC via 4th Avenue.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

"Vancouver Honeymoon"

I thought this old rather cheesy tourist promo made in 1960 was quite interesting and amusing. It was playing along with other old Vancouver films at the Rio Theatre as part of a documentary film festival going on at the moment. This was the only title that was available on YouTube.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Good news for our visitors

We now have a West End Residential Parking Permit so now we can park on the surrounding streets and let our visitors park in our underground space. It seems like they now have the summer rates up so parking in the Park's Board lot is $3 an hour until 9pm. I think it was $2 an hour until 6pm before. I guess it's a good thing they have winter and summer rates but a little confusing for people.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Roger and Kerry!

Good on Donna for having all these great photos of the day in 1969!

Donna's Report

Mother's Day

At the Boathouse.

Mother's Day was pretty busy...brunch at the Boathouse in Kits which was a little disappointing since I was really looking forward to the Dungeness crab legs and they were a bit dried out. But we had the Pacific Breeze Killer Cab with the rest of the meal and it went great...I do love that wine!

Then Tim and Thea came over for the day from Victoria to see Ewa and Philip and they all came over for a drink in the afternoon. Just great to see them all!

Then Richard over for dinner...a perfect ending to a super day.

Evening walk.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Don and Elaine come to Vancouver

It was really great to see the Curlings these past two days. They arrived Thursday and fortunately they were out at the ferry early to catch the 3pm as the 1pm was the one that crashed into the dock. We had a casual meal here on Thursday since it had been a tiring day and they were caught in the worst of the rush hour.

Then on Friday we went out to a private wine tasting at Pacific Breeze Winery in New Westminster. I don't remember when Jim and I had last driven out to New West along Kingsway so was very interesting to see the changes. Pacific Breeze is a "garage winery" that sources grapes in Washington, Oregon, and California. It seems B.C. wineries keep all their best grapes for themselves...makes sense.

They focus on "big reds and luscious whites" and they really do deliver! I think we got an extra special tour since we knew wine. We got to do barrel tastings which isn't usually the case. I figured that an oak barrel was an oak barrel but it seems there are three forests in France and the oak from each one is a bit different and has a different effect on the wine. We got to taste the same wine from the three different barrels and it was definitely different. Also, barrels are "toasted" to different levels and that makes a difference. All new to Jim and me but not Don and Elaine....the wine aficianados extraordinaire! And of course we all bought some wonderful examples of the wine.

Then to the Stanley Park Fish House for dinner....excellent!

I don't imagine these will last long...

The barrel tasting was a real treat.

They just got started in 2005 and first wine released in 2007 but they've won quite a few medals already.

A great rainy day activity.

A super ending to the visit.

Pacific Breeze Winery - Serving Vancouver and the Lower Mainland | These outstanding wines are cellared by Pacific Breeze Winery right here in New Westminster, B.C.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

A wonderful early Mother's Day present!

Richard has just been offered and accepted a job as an Instructional Designer for electronic learning at a company in Richmond called Aeroinfo Systems which is a Boeing Canada company. We're really thrilled for him!

He finishes his teaching practicum this next week, then a week off, then he starts his new job. He has a glowing report from his sponsor teacher and he can take a leave from the teaching program and finish the last three months at another time.

We think it's great opportunity for him since teaching jobs locally are pretty non-existent at the moment. He already has been offered a teaching job in China but this way we get to keep him here...yes, a wonderful Mother's Day present.

Congratulations, Richard! We're very proud of you and we know you'll be very successful in this field...a nice combination of your high tech background and your new interest in teaching.

AeroInfo Systems - A Boeing Company

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Jim's first week at VCC

Jim enjoyed his first week at Vancouver Community College...always fun to teach in a different place! On his first day Monday he experienced an excellent example of irony and since he was teaching a story with irony it worked out perfectly except it cost us 50 bucks!

When he parked in the morning he was concerned about being too close to a fire hydrant and even phoned city hall to get the exact distance. In retrospect he figures he was just fine but moved to another place where he didn't notice you couldn't park from 3-6pm. He had a meeting in the pm so had to stick around. He came back at 3:15 and had a ticket but luckily it hadn't been towed! So...a bit of luck. All part of adapting to the big city....

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

La Belle Province

As Pete McMartin said in the Sun today, "Quebec may not officially be a different country, but it is a different planet".

From his column today:

"My favourite story of this election comes out of the Quebec riding of Berthier-Maskinonge, where NDP candidate Ruth Ellen Brosseau chased a long-standing Bloc Quebecois incumbent out of office. Ms. Brosseau won with 40 per cent of the vote.

Ms. Brosseau -an assistant manager in a university pub whose chief political accomplishment, according to NDP literature, has been "finding homes for stray animals" -neither lives in the riding nor speaks French fluently, if at all. She could not confirm if she even visited it during the campaign, since she gave no interviews. She did, however, find time to vacation in Las Vegas."

I think there should be lots of amusing stories coming out of Quebec with all the rookie MP's.

Monday, May 02, 2011

La barbe....

La barbe...colloquial French for "boring"...

Listening to Jack Layton and it seems very appropriate given all the new Quebec MP's and his speech going on at the moment. Unbelievably boring...why does he think he needs to say the exact same thing in French and English since he knows it will be translated? I think those people who felt they'd like to have a beer with Layton may rethink that.

Not a great fan of Iggy but at least he gave a good speech and didn't insult everyone by repeating himself. Ah...Canadian politics...what a drag. Best thing is that the Bloc got obliterated...worth listening to all the palaver just to have that happen.

Can I actually stand to listen to Harper...well, in for a penny, in for a pound...


Well, at least he appeared "human" for once in his speech and we'll see if he does try to serve all Canadians. I did admire his calm during all the usual idiotic election nonsense. Thank goodness we'll be spared another election for four years...I think I could have accepted a majority of the Bloc just for that.

A Banner Day!

I just bought something on the Internet with Paypal and my bank account was charged less than the US amount...a first and hopefully not a last!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Osama Bin Laden is dead

Richard was hooking up our big screen TV and other stuff and this headline came on. We thought it was a joke. What amazing news and we cracked open a small bottle of bubbly to celebrate. We toasted to New Yorkers...fabulous people and fabulous city.

To you, New Yorkers.

Just love Jack Knox!

One marriage that will not be made in Heaven

By Jack Knox, Times Colonist May 1, 2011


"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God to join together Canada and some combination of Stephen, Iggy, Jack, Gilles and Elizabeth in holy matrimony.

Into this holy estate these 34 million persons present now come to be wed. If anyone can show any just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace. KEEP YOUR CAKEHOLE SHUT, DUCEPPE!

Canada, do you take Stephen/Iggy/Jack/Gilles/ Elizabeth to be your prime minister? Will you love, honour and comfort him -PUT YOUR HAND DOWN, MAY, THIS IS A BOYS' CLUB -and forsaking all others, keep only him -LAYTON, IGNATIEFF, STOP MAKING GOOGLY EYES AT EACH OTHER -for as long as you both shall live, or at least until the best-before date expires on the milk, by which time the latest minority government should have collapsed like a 13-year-old at a Justin Bieber concert? (You don't have to say anything, Canada, just mark an X on the ballot.)

The rest of you repeat after me: I, Stephen/Iggy/ Jack/Gilles/Elizabeth, take you, Canada, to be my lawfully wedded taxpayer, to have and to hold upside down over the trough from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for non-Albertan, in sickness and in health -YES YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR THE DOCTOR, HARPER! -to love and to cherish (even the one who don't vote for me) till scandal do us part.

And while you're all standing here, candidates, Canada has pencilled a few more vows into the order of service. Think of them as a prime ministerial bucket list. Repeat after me:

Having learned the other official language, I promise to engage in further crosscultural exercises.

I, Elizabeth, will help Lake Cowichan loggers cut down a tree -YES, IT HAS TO BE A LIVE ONE THIS TIME -on The Rick Mercer Report.

I, Michael, will unfurl my unibrow, shotgun a Lucky -NO, IT CAN'T BE COGNAC -down by the railroad tracks and describe the experience in words of fewer than four syllables.

I, Gilles, will paint a maple leaf on my face -NO, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PERMANENT -and cheer for the Canucks in the Langford Legion (remember to take off your toque).

I, Jack, will just quietly pay the $1.50 fee at the ATM on Bay Street -NO, YOU CAN'T RENAME IT TOMMY DOUGLAS PROSPEKT -without saying anything that will make the TSE drop 500 points.

I, Stephen, will leave my protective bubble -QUICK, GET A PAPER BAG, HE'S HYPERVENTILATING -and stop looking at Canadians as though I had just caught them farting in an elevator.

And altogether now: I promise to remember that I serve Canadians, not the other way around.

I promise to remember it's their money, not mine.

I promise to never again litter public property with campaign signs.

I promise to never again run an attack ad stating "Michael Ignatieff is back in Canada, and this time he wants to deflower your daughter," or "Jack Layton reads the French side of the cereal box, not like real Canadians" or "Stephen Harper has a hidden agenda that he keeps with Obama's Soviet birth certificate."

I promise that Winnipeg will finally see the return of a National Hockey League team next season. Ditto for Quebec City. And Toronto.

I promise to reinstate the death penalty, but only for those who throw cigarette butts out the car window or abuse the 10-items-or-less rule at the express line in the grocery store (OK, maybe this one's a personal addition).

Above all, I promise to remember that I am a prime minister -the first among equals -not a king. One monarchy is enough.

By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you country and prime minister. What the voters hath joined together, let no man put asunder, at least for the next six weeks or so, unless you all choose to co-operate. You may now kiss the campaign goodbye."

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