Sunday, December 29, 2019

Another Family Gathering

My middle brother always hosts a family gathering for we siblings and families. Missing were my sister and her family who live 600km away in another province, a nephew who lives 200km away and a niece who had to work.  Everyone else managed to attend.  We all take appetizers and desserts and there is tons of delicious food to eat and plenty to drink.
 The hosts, my middle brother Geoff and sister-in-law Mary.  They have 3 sons.
 Son #1, my nephew Kyle and his wife Sarah and their 2 daughters Chantelle and Lydia.
Lydia, my great niece, 7 months old.

 Great niece Chantelle.
 Son #2 my nephew Ryan and his girlfriend Jess.
 Son #3 my nephew Chad and his girlfriend Amanda.
 My oldest brother Chris and his wife Bev.
 My youngest brother Mark and his wife Mary.
 Their son, my nephew, Connar and his girlfriend Cora
 Mark and daughter and my neice Heather.
 Garry and I.
Garry and I and my aunt Anne.  She hates it when I call her aunt as she is only 6 years older than me.  She is great great aunt to Chantelle and Lydia.  That title makes her feel really old,lol!!!
We had a great time visiting with every one and we look forward to this gathering every year.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Eve

What a great evening we had.  13 of us all together, family and friends.  Lots of great gifts, plenty to eat, the time flew by.

Due to sickness our Christmas day is now just the two of us.  Turkey breast is now back in the freezer, maybe we'll have it at new years.  It will be a nice quiet day,  Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 23, 2019


Went out for a fabulous meal with our good friends to celebrate our anniversaries.  35 years for us, although we've been together for 47 years, and 40 for our friends.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Books 22-26

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
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In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction - at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful - and completely unforgettable. 
When reading this book I at first thought it was a true memoir and thought that she had an amazing memory for detail.  I later found out it was a work of fiction and that explained a lot.  I did enjoy the book, although how close to the truth ir is is debatable.

The Hatbox Letters by Beth Powning
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Facing her second winter since the death of her husband, Kate Harding receives an unexpected gift: several old hatboxes filled with letters and other ghostly ephemera from her grandparents' eighteenth-century Connecticut house.  In an unforgettable story of love, grief and renewal, Kate, alone in her semi-rural New Brunswick home, pieces together the hidden tragedy of her family's heart, and with its discovery, begins to connect the strands of her unraveled life.
This book is about the sorrow of a grieving widow as she revisits the past to heal present-day wounds. For 30 years, Kate's one constant has been Tom—her husband and best friend. A year after his death, Kate, alone in her Victorian house, is still having trouble acknowledging that he's gone. She receives a number of hatboxes from her grandparents' attic, full of letters that take Kate back to the simplicity of her childhood and Shepton, the family's Connecticut home. But when Kate reads of a family tragedy, she sees a parallel between it and her own sorrow, and she begins to work through her feelings. Meanwhile, she grows close to Gregory, an old family friend who can't recover from his son's suicide, though she struggles with her feelings of pity and disgust for him when he makes some unwanted advances. Only a final calamity forces Kate to finally let go of the past and to start living in the present. This really dragged on and was quite boring in parts but the ending does bring Kate some closure.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary.  Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears.  As the police begin to investigate, the town golden boy parades a series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour.  Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter-but is he really a killer?
I took this excerpt of a review on Good reads.  I think it says it all.  Maybe the movie was better.
The first person narrative meant being in the thoughts of 2 very sick people the whole book and it left me feeling yucky. The author portrayed the minds of sadistic, narcissistic sociopaths making it a very dark book. And for some reason, I actually didn't find anything that happened a surprise.
That made the story boring which may also have been because I didn't like or care about either of the unrepentant, unenlightened, and self absorbed characters.

Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy
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Four strangers, with nothing in common but a need to escape, meet in a Greek tavern high above the small village of Aghia Anna.  From Ireland, America, Germany and England, they have each left their homes and their old lives, when a shocking tragedy throws them unexpectedly together.
Fiona is a young nurse, trying to make her family understand her need to follow her own path.  Thomas desperately misses his young son and fears that his ex-wife will come between them.  Elsa abruptly left her career as a television presenter, but someone from her past refuses to let her go.  And shy, quiet David is determined to make a stand against his overbearing father.  With these four is Andreas, the tavern owner, who badly misses the son who left home nine years ago and has never returned.
This is the story of one summer and four people, each with a life in turmoil.  With the help of Vonni, a middle-aged Irishwoman who lives in the village and is now a near-native, they find solutions-though not necessarily the ones they anticipated.
This, I think, is a typical Maeve Binchy story.  Light reading, not very long. Given her other books you know that we will have happy endings.  It's how we get there that is the story.  I enjoyed it.

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
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The story unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy craw fish and vats of cold beer, glorious crepe myrtle blossoms and passionate football fandom.  But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen year old Lindy Simpson-free spirit, track star, and belle of the block-is attacked late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of suburban Baton Rouge has a dark side, too.
For such a small close-knit neighborhood the suspects are numerous.  Among them are Bo Kern, the menacing figure who's lurked about since finishing high school; Jason Landry, the delinquent from a few doors down; Jason's adoptive father, Jacques, a furtive psychiatrist; and even the teenage boy across the street, our narrator,whose obsessive infatuation with Lindy lands him on the list.  It is through his eyes, now many years later, that we see how a life can be irreversibly transformed by heartbreak, by guilt, and by love. 
It took a while to get into this book and I found that in parts it really dragged and I found it quite boring. It did have its moments but I found the ending quite anticlimactic.

Sunday, November 17, 2019


All together there were 5 of them but I couldn't get them all in one shot.  I was standing on our driveway, across the street.

A couple of days ago we had a couple of deer walk down the street about an hour after we had a very large coyote trotting down the street.  That would not have been a good combination if they were there at the same time!!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Craft Show

Great craft show yesterday 4-8pm and today 10-4pm.  -9C,cold, windy and snowing and still a great turn out of people.  I did really well.  One of my best shows ever.  Great to come home with some empty boxes!!

Sure made up for the last one that wasn't so great!
One more to go at the end of the month.

Sunday, November 3, 2019


A busy afternoon making 30 jars of raspberry/blackberry jam.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Remember this?

Remember the movie Blades of Glory?

This was GD Kelsey and her husband Joel dressed up for a Halloween party!!!
I thought they were fabulous.  Kelsey put the outfits together with stuff from Value Village and Fabricland.  I think she did a great job!
OMG we had 11 kids tonight-the most we've had in years!!