Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I love the reflection of her head in the mirror - it shows such vulnerability and sweet babyness. Look how dirty that water is. Hard to believe a baby can get so dirty in a few hours of play.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
On our last night in Arizona we got together with our nephew Mark to celebrate his birthday with some extended family down there. Mark lives here in Alberta but has been working with some music producers in AZ, one of whom produces for Lyle Lovett, on his first professional CD. Mark has a beautiful voice and writes a lot of his own songs so we're all hoping that when this CD comes out, he'll get lots of air time and begin a successful music career. We're all cheering for him.
After dinner at a local restaurant we all went back to someone's home where Mark performed some of the songs from his CD for us. Good sounds and lots of fun.
And now we're home, missing Arizona already.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
When I was loading pictures into Facebook yesterday I realized that I didn't have any pictures of the front of the house. So I went out and took some. Here's what it looks like in all it's desert landscape glory. It's 40C here today - 105F. Gonna be hard getting back to cold Edmonton temps.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Anyway, wouldn't it be nice to be able to work in such peaceful surroundings every day?! I don't know how he's going to adjust to working in High Level, or even in Edmonton, after such a laid-back existence here.
PS: Sara, show this to Quincey. He could easily conduct business pool-side.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Lloyd has rediscovered his boyhood love of swimming under water and wanted me to take a picture of him doing it. I must say he does it with more finesse than I do the Grammy Stroke.
I love the way the water distorts the images.
This is a barrel cactus in bloom. I don't know what the smaller cluster of cacti is called.
Since I couldn't get out and stand in the middle of the road to take this picture, it's blurry and unclear because it's taken out the front window of the van (Curtis' new van). It's just a road bordered on both sides by tall palms. I like it.
More beavertail, I think.
I'm not sure what this is - yucca??
This is pipe organ cactus.
An orange tree. You can see some of the fallen fruit on the ground.
A common sight in Sun City, where the seniors use golf 'cars' to get around - only legal in areas where the speed limit doesn't exceed 35 mph.
And I love these - I think they're Queen Palms (my book isn't very comprehensive).
Friday, September 19, 2008
I'm not a swimmer...never have been...but I'm so comfortable in this pool. I've developed a method of propelling myself from one end to the other, which I call the Grammie Stroke. It's a mixture of treading water and random forward moving strokes. Looks funny but it gets me where I'm going. Lloyd is nervous when I get in over my head - the water is 9 ft. deep at the deepest part - but I think I have him convinced that I can stay afloat...as you can see here.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This is our kitchen/dining area. There's a huge island as well as lots of cupboard space. The glass door on the right opens to the pool. The room you can barely see on the left is the living room and dining room.This is taken from the kitchen island - it'll be the family room. The window on the left looks out onto the deck and pool. The door on the right leads to a 2-piece bathroom, a closet, and the garage.
That's all for tonight. I'll post more pictures of the interior of the house later.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Lloyd always likes to make a big splash!
Look at that golfer's tan!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
August 5 - Baron Kesey Bourne is born in Oliver BC. Our 17th grandchild and a sweet little boy.
August 23 - Emily marries Allan Taylor in a lovely backyard wedding.
August 21 - Sept. 9 - Mum visits and spends time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
This is our backyard pool in Arizona. It was just finished in July and friends of ours spent two weeks there in August, breaking it in for us. Now it's our turn....catch you later.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I haven't taken any pictures the past couple of days so tonight I did this layout so I could post it. It's done on Paintables cardstock - I had to color in all the flowers and fence. I added stickles glitter glue to the centres of the flowers, the petals of the blue and red flowers, the borders around the pictures, and the bee.
What I really like about this layout is the words flowing throughout: "Grab my hand and run with me, trek the mountains sail the sea, forget the map, we'll find our way forever together". I feel it fit the theme of the photos - Mum at 87 with some of her great-grandchildren. Probably the last time she'll ever see them and knowing that in the very near future she'll forget them altogether. She enjoyed being here with the family these past couple of weeks, although it was very confusing when we were all together for the wedding festivities when she didn't recognize grandchildren or great-grandchildren - knowing she should know these people but not remembering why or who.
Everytime I see her she seems worse than the last time. Alzheimers takes an awful toll on a person...the stage she's in now is so hard on her because she knows she's forgetting things and there's nothing she can do about it and she gets so upset with herself. She's back in Winnipeg now in her own home and familiar surroundings where she has a measure of self-confidence and comfort. We know now that travelling is too hard on her. She's lucky to have Wendy there to watch out for her and make sure she has everything she needs while she's still able to live on her own. Thanks Wendy.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
It should have been simple. It should have taken a maximum of five minutes. It was not so simple. It took much more than five minutes.
Mickey, Mum and I had planned a few hours of fun time, having lunch, maybe going to the park, whatever we felt like doing. As I was driving to get Mickey I realized that I was out of gas. Fine. That's easy to remedy. I picked Mickey up and headed for the gas pumps at Safeway. Pulled into position, and realized that I didn't have my Safeway card or credit card with me because I had changed to my cute little pink purse which is just large enough to hold my small pink camera, my pink cellphone and my driver's license and debit card.
I needed my Safeway card so I could get a seven cent per litre discount on gas. Luckily Safeway is just a few blocks from home, so I went home and grabbed my purse and a hunk of banana bread I had baked earlier to give to Mickey, and we decided we could go to lunch before continuing our gassing up adventure.
So with lunch out of the way, and with the car smelling warmly of the fresh falafel Mickey bought after lunch to take home to her men, once again I positioned myself at the gas pump, got out of the car, grabbed my purse, only to realize that when I switched to my pretty pink mini-purse I had taken my wallet out of my big purse and left it on my bed. Damnation!
Once again I headed home, grabbed my wallet, and finally, after three tries, managed to fill the car up with gas...not to mention the smell of falafel and banana bread! And we were off to Costco for photos, photo albums, and free samples of goodies.
It was a fun day, although we ended up not going to the park because it was wet and rainy. And I think I'll stop switching purses.