As I was driving home from Stouffville last night, Mum and I were talking about Poppa and Granny. Then I did a mental calculation in my head and realized that tomorrow (which is now today) is the 17th of November, which means it's the anniversary of Poppa's passing. I can't believe it's been 17 years.
I think of him often. At least once a day, if not more.
I was blessed to have him in my life for as long as I did. He was always there when I needed him and to just listen to me share or complain about my day. I really wish my kids could have had more time with him. The grandparent bond is such an important one. I am the person I am today partly because of this man.
Love you Poppa,
Happy 30th Anniversary Diana and Jeff!!!
Wow - first off I can't believe the last time I posted was Courtney's wedding anniversary!!! And now, Diana and Jeff's has rolled around. I will try and be better at updating it. It really is nice to look back on it over time and see where I was, what I was doing and who I was with. Okay, enough about me.
Diana and Jeff are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary today.
They got married in a cute little church in Swan Creek Illinois. Courtney was their little flower girl - she was so cute - she hardly had any hair! Jeff's nephew Billy was the ring bearer. He was a cute little fella too. I remember I wore a purple dress, and couldn't get over how handsome all of Jeff's brothers were!
I am so happy that they found each other. They are totally made for each other. They feed off each other's "crazy"!!!! (you know you have a bit of crazy in you too Jeff!!!!!) They have a wonderful son, Eric - who has got the best parts of both of them. He is a really funny guy. When I was there visiting last year, he always made me laugh!
They have gone through good times and bad and their love and marriage has come out twice as strong on the other side. I just wish we lived closer together so I could see them more often. But, in today's world of email, skype, social media, blogs, twitter, you name it, it's much easier to stay in touch. I do hope to get out there to see them again in the next year or so. Arizona at this time of year, October-November'ish is beautiful.
So the traditional symbol of 30 years of marriage is PEARLS. So, since I haven't had the chance to do any deep sea diving and get any pearls from the bottom of the sea. I will leave you with this little "pearl" of wisdom on your anniversary day.
"KEEP DOING WHATEVER IT IS YOU ARE DOING, BECAUSE IT'S OBVIOUSLY WORKING!"
Happy Anniversary and I love you both,
Chow for now
Happy 3rd Anniversary Courtney and Jay!
It's hard to believe that 3 years have already flown by since (I have to say) the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to! I remember getting these engagement photos and thought they were just the most beautiful pictures ever.
Then the wedding happened and then those were the most beautiful pictures ever!
And then, well, along came Miss Daphne and I have to say those are the most beautiful pictures ever!!
I guess I can just wrap it up with you have the most beautiful family ever! I wish you lots of love and happiness today and for every year to come.
Love you little sis,
Chow for now,
SHREDDER earns her pro card!!!!!!!
I'm not a big user of "apps" on my phone, but the kids told me about this one app called Shazaam and I love it! Basically if you hear a song you like and you wonder "hey who sings that song?" you just hit your Shazaam app and it goes out to the web (I assume) and finds the information on the song. It comes back with the information of the artist and the album it is from. I especially like having it on hand when I am watching television shows. Have you ever been watching a show or a movie and thought to yourself......self....I really like that song? Well know when you are watching the show you can just Shazaam it and you will know who is singing the song!!!!!
Jade and I were watching an episode of Bones the other night and it was an episode where the victim was a country singer. They were playing some of his music during the episode and I wondered if it was just a song they had made for that episode or if it was actually a country singer. So I Shazaamed while we were watching the episode and it showed me that the music was done by a country singer named Charlie Worsham. I had never heard of him before, but the trusty Internet came to my rescue and I found some YouTube stuff. So far, this is my favorite song of his. There is no video, just the lyrics on the screen. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
Chow for now,
Happy Birthday Mum!!
Happy Birthday to the best Mum ever. She is always there when I need her, she is always there when I don't! We have lots of laughs and lots of tears together. We have been through some rough patches but we always come out strong on the other side. I am so very blessed to have her as my mother.
I'm not all that great with words, so I thought I'd let The Band Perry say it for me.
I love you Mum.
Have a super day,
57th Annual Middlesex Beef Producers Barbecue - August 21, 2014
Last night was the 57th Annual Middlesex Beef Producers Barbecue held at the park in Poplar Hill. I remember growing up, we would head down to the park early (like in the morning) to husk corn, cut tomatoes, wrap potatoes, set up tables, cut pies, hang signs, get plates and cutlery and all the other goodies ready for the masses that come to the barbecue.
There are always some last minute preparations to take care of, as you can see here.
The Pavilion is full of Volunteers who graciously serve you beef, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, tomatoes, pickles, coleslaw, rolls, pie and ice cream and coffee, tea or milk.
Here, Howard and Judy wait patiently for their turn to be served.
Here you can see Judy being served some tomatoes!!
There is fun for both young and old. These girls certainly look like they are having a good time! And it looks like they even got a boy to follow their lead!
The evening could not happen without all the support of the volunteers. Dad does a great job of thanking everyone and making sure they know how much they are appreciated and how all their help has made the barbecue a great success.
Here are Barbara and John Fraser helping at the coffee booth.
And Courtney gives all the volunteers a big "thumbs up"
Dad doesn't like to have his picture taken so I always take these opportunities when he is in front of a big crowd (and won't stick his tongue out at me....or worse!!!) to get a few great shots of him.
Here he is addressing the crowd, thanking all the volunteers, thanking Beechwood for playing and just giving everyone a little bit of information about the barbecue and the Middlesex Cattlemen's Association.
Here's a closer up picture of him doing his speech. I think he spotted me in the crowd and I'm sure he was thinking in his head....that damn kid....!
I love catching random shots of him like this too. I'm not sure what they were laughing at, but this is a great shot of two people who have probably been coming to and helping out at this barbecue since its' beginning.
And of course the barbecue could not be a success if people did not buy tickets and attend the event. These two happy ladies, Jean Amos and Marg McAlpine look like they are having a great time as well. Marg always helps the Cattlemen's Association by selling tickets from her business of Ilderton Tours located in downtown Ilderton!
And what would a barbecue be if you didn't get to make some new friends??? I always love watching little children meeting for the first time. It's fun to watch their reactions to one another.
And of course, a personal high point of the evening for us, was that Courtney and Daphne came home to help with the barbecue, so we got some quality time with both of them. Daphne is just so much fun and her little facial expressions and personality make me smile (and sometimes laugh out loud) each time I see her.
Here she is walking...er...running...around as Courtney tags along!
She makes this little face that makes me smile!
Now she just looks like she has seen something and she is ON A MISSION to go and get it!
She tired out a bit eventually, and had some down time in her stroller. She loves to play with my phone.
And this one...well you can caption this one yourself, but when she laughs out loud it cracks me up! I love this little girl!
Over the years, the number of people who have come out to enjoy the evening, has fluctuated, sometimes up, sometimes down, but one things never changes, and that is the quality of the food served and the enjoyment had by each and every person who attends this event. Beechwood's music has everyone tapping their toes at some point and it's a chance for everyone, young and old to reconnect and to get caught up what's been happening since the last barbecue.
For all of you who attended the barbecue, thank you for coming out and supporting our local beef producers. And for those of you who are reading this and didn't come......well.....you just plain missed out! Maybe we'll see you next year......third Thursday in August......mark it on your calendars now...so you don't forget!
Chow for now,