Snapshot 7

Summer time at its best!!!
Happy Anniversary today to my wonderful sister Caroline and her husband Larry!!!

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.
Gertrude Jekyll


Snapshot 6

My sister Evelyne and her crew recently finished this amazing fireplace at the Bull River Guest Ranch..
Check out their website.
Happy Birthday today to Evelyne's husband Richard!!! Happy Happy birthday!!
To one of my favourite brother in laws!
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not."

ralph waldo emerson
(enjoyed from Rebecca Sower's blog)


Snapshot 5

On Friday night had a lovely overnight visit with our friends Bob and Sue McLure, old friends from Nelson now living in was great to catch up on each other lives.
Today we are headed out for a walk and a picnic...Wonderful weather here today again.

Banner inspiration continued!!!
"Everyman has his follies - and often they are the most interesting things he has got"
Josh Billings


Snapshot 4

Some of the banners I have made and used over the past few months.
It is my very favourite way to change the look of my blog on a weekly basis.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne


Snapshot 3

photos taken @ Shannon's Garden

"Nature never did betray the heart that loved her."
William Wordsworth


Snapshot 2

As found at the Nelson Thrift Stores!! It was a lucky day to find this little treasure with Cindy to add to my collection.

A gift from Cindy, she has been busy collecting on my behalf!!

Old game pieces and a lovely old crib board that she found for me as well.
Today I will phone the fruit markets here and find out when the
peaches are available. Cindy will come for a visit and take back some fruit...
What a plan!!!

"Find out what brings you joy and go there."



Marlene and I, thinking we should probably dance together as we did as kids....???

Cindy and I relaxing after a hard afternoon of thrift shopping, eating, drinking some fine wine and finally resting to have a cup of coffee next morning on the deck of the "Copa"

Sweet Shannon digging out some of her plant treasures to share with me while it was raining...What a sport!!

Carolines's Peonies

Evelyne's Peonies
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Wedding Trip...

Matt and Shelly as husband and wife..

The flowers that came from Caroline's garden and the ones she arranged to Matt and Shelly's wedding...don't they look fantastic.
She did an awesome job.

Marlene and my brother Heinz..They were married 39 years ago on Saturday June 20 as well...I have been friends with Marlene since 1953, and I was her maid of honor all those short years ago.



Jeremy just sent me the picture that Julie took of him getting his Master's Degree @ the University of Oregon....
Happy Wedding Day to Matt and Shelly.
Happy 39th Anniversary to Heinz and Marlene today as well.


@ Cindy's...

Trip over to visit Cindy and stay overnight on the way to the wedding in Bull River.
I must admit to having lots of fun and a bit too much wine with Cindy...
The food was fantastic and friendship so special!! Thank you so much Cindy and Tim for the wonderful hospitality!!


Pinic time....Napa Style

I love this website Napa Style
Check it out for great picnic time stuff.....Just finishing off baking more bread, making bags for the bread, filling up the Market Bags and heading off to Physio...
Jim is almost finished the reno in the closet, that is the tile floor is in and he will grout it today. While I am away he will put the closet all back together and then we will decide what new components we want to put it's all good!!!
One more sleep, Cindy and I will be in Nelson with you!!!!
This quote is for you!
Winnie the Pooh


All things Blue

All things Blue...Blue being one of my favorite colors.
Busy day today,dentist, work, sewing and baking. Leaving on Wednesday morning to see Cindy, then on to Bull River for Matt and Shelly's wedding.
A good day to get all this done.


Min Pin rescue...

Alanna has rescued this Min Pin darling girl;
Contact Alanna here to find out more info:


My name is Lia and I am staying with Alanna and Joe until they can find me a forever home!

I am 9 months old and a very sweet girl. I love sitting on your lap and playing with my toys!

Can you help find me a forever home! My picture is attached. I am not a very big girl ...



A Day Off....

These are 3 of 6 of the newest journal covers. I have tried to do a bit of handwork on each one as well as use my stash of flea market finds...Love making them..
Today I am cutting out more Market Bags to add to my collection..Lots of birthdays coming up.
If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. Bob Hope


Sisters on the Fly...

These wonderful Vintage Trailers belong to some of the members of

"Sisters on the Fly"

They all travel in these funky vintage fixed up trailers, and I have wanted one as well...

Jim, not so much...still working on that..

They all went to "The Farm Chicks Show" in Spokane last weekend. How cool that must of looked with all these old trailers.

Cindy and I missed it this year, but next year we will be geared up and ready to go.

So if anyone out there knows of a great little vintage trailer that is for sale and is in reasonably in good shape, just let me know.


Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.

Doug Larson


What's on my desk?....

Inspiration all over my craft room.
This was a bird's nest that my Mom found years ago and gave to me.

Thrift store print in background, nests, & McCoy Pottery.
Peonies from the garden.

Knowing that I can do things that I have never tried before...
Just Believe!!!
Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all.
Emily Dickinson


No Knead Ciabatta Bread...

So here it is just warm out of the oven. 18 hours of rising, then another 2 on the baking sheet and 35 minutes in the oven. Can't wait to try it with lunch.
At Cindy's suggestion I had to try it while it was warm and paired it with her famous Raspberry Jam...How do you spell "Yummy"

Here is the link.

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Picnic pictures

Jim and Cookie just waiting to eat after the rain stopped.
We are here at "Everly"
a Forestry campsite on the west side of Okanagan Lake.

Found feather. Photo taken for Christa.

Jim drove the convertible and when it wasn't drizzling, it was pretty you can tell with the sunshine on the water...
We were at the dog beach at Fintry Provincal Park.

A happy Cookster enjoying the breeze.
Wishing a Happy Birthday today, to my
Ya Ya Shannon
& my nephew Matt, who gets married in 2 weeks.


"If you sit down at set of sun
and count the acts that you have done,
and counting find one self-denying deed,
one word that eased the heart of him who heard,
one glance most kind that fell like sunshine where it went--
then you may count that day well spent."
george eliot

read and admired @ Rebecca Sower's blog