Monday, April 24, 2023


 Our blue eyed sweet boy turns 5 today!

A fun day celebrating with his school buddies at 
"Your Way to Play"

Today - we will see him for his super hero birthday supper.

The cake is ready to go ...

His mommy and daddy have planned a wonderful celebration
Bless you and keep you sweet always my little love, Sully!

You are loved - more than you can ever know.

Until next time ... feeling the sting of the second round of special days without my beloved Jim.

A quick update:

Such a sweet super hero boy!

Three days later was his Popa's 2nd birthday in heaven

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Summer in April

 Spring has truly arrived.
The snow has melted,
the swans have been released and have begun nesting,
Easter came with meaningful gatherings,
the butter lamb made it to the table,
today we went from early Spring to mid Summer,
windows open,
sun umbrella is up,
garden Spring bulbs are popping!
And the Lenten Rose is abloom ...

I love it so much but am aware that cooler temps and rains are still to come.

For the weekend, tho, summer was here!
Record setting temperatures soared,
and 4 special friends came through my door.

We yoga-ed, shopped, ate amazing food, hot-tubbed,
and had many laughs, tears, and heart-to-hearts.

Then ... we had the privilege to see a live performance at the Festival Theatre.
RENT - wow!

"Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life ...
... Let's celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends"
                                            Season's of Love by J.D. Larson

Thank you Karen, Yvonne, Sandi, and Karen 

How did I ever deserve to have such wonderful supportive friends?
I will draw strength from the warmth of this special weekend.

Lemon Loaf was my small contribution to the breakfast table.
Here is the recipe ...
It's one of those tried and true ones - probably from the 1970s...

(my sister's recipes are the best)

4 eggs well beaten
1 pkg. lemon cake mix
1 pkg. lemon instant pudding
2/3 Cup Oil
2/3 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
3/4 Cup Icing Sugar

Whisk the cake mix and pudding together.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, add the oil and water and mix that into the dry ingredients.
Mix well - 5 minutes till smooth and shiny.
Divide batter into 2 parchment lined loaf pans and bake for 45-50 minutes at 350F
Rest baked loaves in pans for 5 minutes, then poke holes into the loaves with a chopstick
or knitting needle. Pour the glaze over warm loaves and then cool for 
20 minutes before removing from pans.


I forgot to mention, probably because no photos were taken,
that 3 or our "only" daughters crashed our little party on Friday evening.
What a nice surprise ... so great to see them all again and for them to see each other as well.

Easter Sunday afternoon - Lego time!

Till next time ... treasuring my friends and family.  Happy Springtime (or is it summer) to all!

"Three Pines"

Bookstore Painting And - we're off ... Yvonne and I - ready to board the bus   ... on a four day adventure to Quebec's Eastern Towns...