Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. We are eagerly waiting for my daughter and her family to arrive from Calgary, Alberta for the Christmas holidays. They have a 13 hour drive split in 2 days driving. This picture is of my newest granddaughter who will be 10 weeks at Christmas. ay the joy of the season and better health for you all. See you in the New year...Much love Bettyann

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Newest Joy

Let me introduce my newest granddaughter..lil ladybug...born October 26, 2011...weighing at 9lbz 3oz. Her Mom had a c-section...but all is well and they are at home recovering. I have been asissting the new Mom with baby duties, cleaning etc. Plus I go on Wednesdays to help my brother with cleaning, cooking and anything he or my 3 nieces need. They call us the sandwich generation, as I know many of you are taking care of children, maybe parents and other obligations. I am beginning to think of us as the panni" group lol. I follow many of you on facebook and read your blogs. I am thinking of closing this blog, as I don't seem to have much to say plus few visit. So friends what do you think.

Newest Joy

I would like you to meet my newest grandbaby Ladybug..born October 26,2011. She was 9lbs 3oz. at birth. Her Mom had a c-section ..all is well and they are at home recovering. I have been busy helping the new mother..plus my son is working out of town...Wednesdays I help my brother and my nieces with laundry, cleaning, buying clothes, and going to swimming lessons. My sister is going out to help my parents, who are 87 and 88 respectively. People call us the sandwich generation; I think of it as the "panni" generation lol. So ladies, I'm not sure if I will continue with with this blog. I visit many of your blogs, comment; sometimes you comment on your own comments etc. Plus I follow many of you on facebook. Let me know what you think. Take care.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Autumn is coming !!

Although I can moan, kick and scream, autumn is here. We had a lousy wet summer, and for that matter spring; but what can we do autumn is here. The air is cooler, the light a different consistency than summer, and the leaves are turning colour. Autumn is not usually my most favorite. I love the crispness of spring and the possibilities of new beginnings. Summer is full of living outdoors, swimming, friends over and those magical long evenings. Many blogs wax poetic about pumpkins, warm drinks and changing of colours. Me, not so much . I guess to be honest, I dread the dreaded winter months of the "wet" west coast. So mabe this year I can fix my depression, tie up my shoe and get out into the last few days of summer. Maybe this will be the year to embrace fall..We shall see. Tell me what you love about the changing of summer to autumn? How do you cope with the blah feelings of coming winter? Take care friends. Would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

She came for a week and stole my heart.

Due to a death in the family lil monkey and her Mom flew out to Vancouver for a week...although the time was sad, we had a fun with Maddy...off to the pool, playground and my small fountain....I woke up everyday at 6:30 to a full day of chasing her around..Grandpa took her to a festival..she loves meeting people...They flew home last night and I miss her soooo much....Maddy loves music and can be found dancing at the stores to the in-house music lol..In the picture she is helping Poppa play his guitar.. We will get to see her at Christmas. I'm counting down the days...take care friends...Helped my nieces go shopping for back-to-school....forgot the fun of it all !!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Joyful and exhausting holidays.

Hello everyone...came back from a glorious 2 week holiday with my lil monkey...omg is she on the go...from morning to night..Maddy is 15 months old running, loving slides, walking in the park, playing quietly for 2 hours in the morning to let poor Mom sleep..I loved my time with her...what a gift my daughter and her husband gave me.. I slept first in a tent trailer with my DH..when he left it was the blow-up mattress on the futon...the worst part was leaving her behind..but maybe it was really the 14 hr bus ride back home lol//hope you had a great summer..lots of laughs with your friends and families...on a side-note. my sister-in-law, only 52, died last week in her sleep..My brother and their 3 young girls are struggling with why..send your love and prayers their way...take care..

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I have had a busy and disjointed summer. I found this fun idea on the internet. Using a vintage pillowcase, you turn it into a lil girl's dress. Next time I will narrow the case before sewing, as the dress is way too big for Maddy. However, the making of the dress sparked me out of depression that had increased over this long wet winter, spring and part of the summer. We are packing for a second trip this year to go and kiss my lil monkey granddaughter. Hopefully, my daughter can take advantage to rest. We are borrowing a tent trailer and will soon be on our way. Hope you are all having a great summer. Give your friends and family a big hug. Take care friends !!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Missing In Action

I have been visiting your blogs, making comments etc. But after our return from Calgary in May, my MIL had a fall at home and broke her hip. Her situation was more serious than my Mom's. MIL had to have a partial hip replacement and my SIL and I have been very busy dealing with hospitals, movement to new hospitals and rehab. My dear MIL was using a walker before the accident and now we think she will be in a wheelchair and will be unable to return to her old home. I have been very busy assisting both parents. DH and I went to our trailer in the forest for Canada July 1 weekend, walked, swam, visited friends and went to a dance and best of all (lol) slept in.

On the creative front had my 8 year old niece and 5 year old neighbour over yeaterday. We swam, decorated cupcakes, made fairy wands and had a party. I love being with children. They keep me honest and caring. Take care friends...Enjoy your summer wherever you live..or winter for my friends down-under...

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day dear Dad and hubby..thanks for all you do for us.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Happy sunny Sunday

Great Auntie, baby and pals.

Maddy and her birthday cake lol.

Well it has been a long time..we had a fab time with our granddaughter and family in Calgary. Madelynn is such a monkey..zooming around, chattering and into everything.....We visited friends in Edmonton that we hadn't seen for over 10 years..yikes..hugs and kisses to all..We were back a week when my dear Mil fell at home and broke her hip..it's been 2 months since my Mom's accident. She had to have a partial hip replacement and as she is 89... it has been a struggle for her...pain, depression and fear of not going back to her independent living..Today good news, she was transferred to rehab..Many kudos to the drs, nurses and health care workers at the hospital. So to say the least I haven't had the time or creative energy to create art..Maybe this week...hope you are all well and happy. Health and happiness to you my friends..take care..

Hi everyone !!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

..Happy Birthday Dear Madelynn

Monday May 16 is my darling granddaughter Madelynn's 1st birthday..wow time flew !!! On Thursday DH , Sil and I will drive 19 hours to Calgary to meet the other grand parents from Toronto in a long weekend party for her. Then we drive up to Edmonton to visit with friends not seen in years. Hope the next days are happy and healthy for you dear friends, I know that many of you are battling aches and pains...some have minor surgery...so take care. PS Mom is doing fab after her broken hip. Thanks for all the good wishes and prayers.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy May 1st

My dear Mom is coming home tomorrow. The surgery was a success, she is up walking and doing her physiotherapy. The house has all the modifications in...safety bars, toilet adaptions, bed rail, shower seat, walker..etc. It has been a difficult 2 weeks, helping my Dad, getting him back and forth to the hospital, staying overnight (my sis did that)..phone calls to physios, occupational therapist, social worker, surgeon, gp,meetings with nursing and generally keeping the family in the loop. So thank you for all your prayers and good wishes. So now starts the next phase...getting up and about. !! May the sun shine on you my dear friends...take care..

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Prayers Requested

My Mom fell at home this evening, was taken to the hospital and found after an xray she had broken her hip. She was transferred to Surrey Memoral Hospital and they will complete the surgery sometime tomorrow. Both my parents are in their eighties and have been living successfully at home. Please remember my Mom in your prayers. Thank you dear friends !!!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Miss Madelynn !!

She is so independent!!
Three generations...Memere, Granddaughter and great-granddaughter
Nana and her precious lil monkey!!

My granddaughter and her Mom came for a family wedding in the middle of March. Due to illness anad crazy busy, I haven't had a change to post some pictures of my darling lil bug..But Madelynn is such a busy little girl I think I'll change that name to lil monkey. She is the darling of our eyes and I love her so. We are heading up to her home in Calgary in the middle of May
for her 1st birthday !!! So only 6 more weeks before I get my Maddy fix lol.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sooooo Tired !!!

I am sooooo tired !!!!!

My darling lil bug and her Mom were here for a week..a family wedding, family gatherings, people over, people sleeping over..visiting both sets of great-grandparents, great-aunties..OH MY GOODNESS>>>>I loved every minute of it, even though I am not the world's most social person....Last time I held Madelynn, she was only 2 months old...now she is 10 months and 30 lbs..trying to walk and a go-go girl...Lil Bug and her Mom ,Dh and Sil all had colds. I haven't been sick in over +2, so now I have been sick since Saturday and on my way to bronchitis.......Thus I haven't been reading your blogs, facebook or trying any of your fab projects. Maybe next week !!!!!! Plus another good news. I am going to be grandma #2..my Son and Dear DIL are expecting in the fall !!!! Wonderful, now if only I can catch up on my sleep..Take care friends and know I am thinking of you !!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


There's Hope
Doesn't Cost a thing to Smile,
Don't have to Pay to Laugh,
You better thank God for that.
There's Hope...
-India Airie

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day..Mixed Feelings..

I have mixed feelings about Valentine's Day. As a child, my Mom made it a very special day..special dinner, card for each of us, heart-shape cake with pink icing. But at school , I was very shy, fat and wore glasses. On the day we brought cards to be placed in a box and the teacher handed them out. In grades 1 to 5, I didn't receive any cards at school. When I was a mother our children always made cards for all their classmates and I sent cookies to school. Today my DH left a heartfelt card and my fav chocolate on the breakfast table. So enjoy the day and remember the lonely who could use a kind word or gesture today. Take care friends.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Where art thou Spring???

Here on the west coast of Canada, we have had a long and wet winter...grey, dull days with the occasionaly sunny one..Australia has had a summer of monsoon rains and now a cyclone..eastern Canada and the Maritimes have been hit with snow storms and blizzards...midwest USA and the eastern seaboard have had their share of cold and blowing snow....Where or where is Spring?? When I was a young mother living in the Prairies, in February, after a long, cold winter, I would buy a single hyacinth to fill the house with the crisp, earthy smells of spring..which sometimes wouldn't arrive till May/June... I procrastinated this fall and it wasn't till November that I decided to cool some bulbs in my mini-fridge..to force bulbs..the intention was for Christmas..However, today the first of 6 white hyacinth bulb has opened... my spring longing has been slightly appeased with the first scent of spring....Is winter harder to complete as you get older? or is it the memory of the smells and sights of Spring live deep in our spirit?? Wherever you live may Spring arrive soon !!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Winter arrived in Langley

Hello friends..winter arrived 0n the westcoast of Canada last night..we had approximtely 20 cm of the white stuff..came during the night, in very wet, and stuck very prettily to roofs, trees and shrubs..however my DH was supposed to fly out to Calgary this am, the ungodly hour of 6am...so got up at 3:30am, fired up the web site for the airline and behold the flight was cancelled. They could change his flight to for 9am, but that would get in too late for his 1 day course. DH cancelled the trip..my daughter was so looking forward to seeing him and vise-versa..and of course he would miss holding lil bug.....such is life..we hope to see her in March for a family wedding..My heart goes out to those suffering in Australia with the flooding....my heart is broken for the people of Arizona..Please send prayers, good thoughts and angels to watch over those who need our hand in love and kindness.