Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lots of Beads ...

April 19, 2017

We had brought back a bag full of beads ... from Houston ...
The beads were from the parade we went to with Daigen and Nixon ...
then Aunt Kendall added quite a few more from her stock ...
We also found little bike license plates with their names ... when we were on Route 66 ...
in Williams, Arizona ...
 
So grateful for my outdoor cane ... to get around the yard ...
Ella and Grandpa were digging in the garden ...
to go fishing down at "Mac's Lake" ...
James and Ella also brought back a few Pussy Willows ... 
 
It was a wonderful day ...!!! 
 
 

Working in the Shop ...

April 18, 2017

The icepack cover that Ella finished knitting ... was for my knee ... I had knee surgery April 11th ... Ella was my lttle nurse maid ... and she took care of me ...

 
Ella went into the shop and approached Grandpa ...
She figured I needed a cane to use outside ...
Grandpa helped her gather the supplies needed ...
he also guided her on the construction of the cane ...
A padded handle and a cane cap was put on ...
then the finishing touches of painting it white ...
I was delighted to have this cane made especially for me ...
It worked really well for outside ...
I could keep my inside cane clean ...
Thank you Miss Ella ... I luv it ... !!!
 
Craig took a selfie showing his fat lip ...
after he wipedout on the BMX track last week ...
He is doing much better now ...
He was happy working on an old ary tank model in the shop ...
James was busy outside getting the little quad running ...
Ella gave Grandpa a hand with sanding ...
the new stand that Grandpa made for the FM radio ...
Once she was finished with the sanding ... 
she came in the house to check on me ...
and help with making icing for the chocolate cake ...
Of course having a taste from the spatula before adding sprinkles on the cake ...
The gang went out to inspect the new track that James had built ...
taking his R/C out to test drive it ...
It'll need a little adjustment on some of the curves ...
Some elbow grease and time will make it better ...
Grandpa gave Ella a hand to make sure her dirt bike was ok ...
(I think Grandpa might be a little too big ... yikes ...!!!)
She was ready to go ... and so was James ...
They were headed down to the neighbours for a visit ... 
and see how long Grandpa was going to be working on the trench ...
It was nice to see Tag and Travis again ...
The kids enjoyed visiting and the treats that Bonnie had given them ...
After a short visit ... we made our way home ... for a nice relaxing evening ...
 
 

 

Grandchildren Arrived ...

April 17, 2017

The grandchildren were at their other grandparents home for Easter ...
I picked up the children at the highway ...
We stopped in at the neighbours ...
to see Grandpa ...
as he was working on a waterline trench with the tractor ...
The kids wanted to stay and watch ... so I headed home ...
It wasn't too long before I heard the tractor ... 
and of course the kids hooting and howlering with excitment ...
(Grandma wasn't to pleased ... with the transportation) ...
Everyone dame in the house to have dinner ...
but before that ...
they were given their pre-Easter gift ... (they had no idea what it was) ...
as daddy and Alana were going to arrive in a couple days ...
and they wanted to hunt Easter eggs with the kids ...
They were so excited opening up the bags ...
and delighted when they saw what it was ...
They couldn't wait to try them on ...
After dinner ... Ella spent a little time knitting ...
once she was finished ... she asked me how to finish it off ...
I sat down with her and showed her the technique ...
she then proceeded to finish the cover for a cover for an icepack ...
 
It wasn't long before the kids put on their coveralls ...
and began working ...
I luvvvvv it ... no more dirty clothes in the house ...
Grandpa made a spot in the shop ... for them to hang up their coveralls ...
Everyone was busy ... Ella washing parts in the parts washer ...
Craig working on his R/C car ... and James outside ...
building a track to drive the R/C cars on ...
 

Happy Easter ...

April 15, 2017

Easter preparations with colouring eggs ...
and getting the names sewed ...
on the coveralls for the grandchildren ...
 

April 16, 2017

Happy Easter to everyone ...!!!

The Easter Bunny arrived this morning ... with a few chocolate eggs for me to find ...

Oma baked an Easter Bread for today ...

It's a beautiful arrangement for Easter ...

 

Easter Buffet ...

April 13, 2017

We spent time with Oma ... Joe and his family ...
Enjoying a lovely buffet dinner ...
at Joseph Creek Village ...
We also visited with our friends and their mother ...
Mary ... who reside there as well ...
 

 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cool Kids ...

April 8, 2017

James and Ella ... having fun ...
posing for pictures with their Aviation glasses ...
Just a couple of cool kids ...!!!
 

Mike and I could not decide what sports to watch this evening ...

sooooo....

We watched all three sports ...

Hockey on Mikes' iPad (along with his glass that lights up when a goal is scored) ...

Curling on my iPad ...

and the UFC fights on the television ...

We figured it was the perfect set-up ...!!!

It was a great evening ...

 

Girl Time ...

April 8, 2017

It was Girl Time for Ella and Alana ... for some pampering ...
they were going to have a pedicure ...
Ella is so ticklish ... she was trying not to flinch ...
 
The young ladies were all finished ... very relaxed ...
and have very pretty coloured toes ...
Alana and Ella then made their way to Costco ...
to do their weekly shopping ...
Ella took time out to sit on a massive folding chair ... I guess needing another break ...
She looks lost in there ...!!!
 

 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ice Crystals ...

April 2, 2017

It was a sunny day ... perfect to spend it outdoors ...
I loved seeing the snowpack melt on the pool ...
especially with the ice crystals shimmering underneath ...
I just couldn't resist ... taking a few pictures of the formations ...
Little slivers or pieces would break off ... and they were unique in shape ...

Mother Nature is amazing ...!!!

Mini Holiday ...

March 31, 2017

We decided to head down to Eureka, Montana ... 
for a mini holiday ...
to pick up a package and check out Lake Koocanusa ...
for fishing later on in the season.  
We thought we might visit our friend ... but unfortunately he was not at the cabin ...
but he told us we could stay at the cabin ...
How fortunate for us ... !!!
We ventured off this afternoon ...
checking out a few areas in Rexford ... and checked out the water level ...
We were amazed at how low the level was ... 
when the water is released into the lake ... the level comes half way up the banks ...
The water is being held back at the dam ... waiting for the spring run-off ...
before they fill the lake ...
 
We contined on our way up the valley ...
stopping at one of the boat launches ...
It still amazed me ... when I stood at the top of the stairs at the Marina ...
to see the water level ...
We'll have to check out the lake ... later on in the season ...
We drove back to Rexford ... driving thru the townsite ...
stopping at the Frontier Pub ... for dinner ...
We enjoyed a delicious meal of fish & chips ... 
After dinner we drove back to the cabin ...
and settled down to a relaxing evening ...
 

April 1, 2017

This morning we went to Eureka for breakfast ...
before we made our way to Libby ...
Enjoying the scenery as we travelled along ...
The lake was beautiful ...!!! 
 
We arrived at the Libby Dam ...
It was spectular ... we will definately have to return ... 
to see this once the water level has risen ...
Pictures were taken of both sides of the dam ...
After touring the area ...
we drove across the bridge and made our way to the town of Libby ...
Stopping here for a short time for some refreshments ... before going back home ...

The water in the Kootenay River was high ... and fast moving ...

with the melt of the snowpack ...

We stopped on a bridge crossing to take a picture of the raging run-off water ...

We had a wonderful couple days ...!!! 

 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

He Shoots ... He Scores ...

March 29, 2017
Mike was so excited ...
when we brought home a case of beer ...
with the new special glass inside ...
 
Budweiser has an app for this glass ...
when your team scores a goal ...
the glass lights up in a strobe pattern ... !!!
 
So if you are busy and not able to watch the game ...
you will know if your team scores ... 
 
I'm sure that Nathan will want one too ...
once he sees it ...
The boys and their toys ...!!!
 

Back To Snow ...

March 22, 2017

So much for fun in the sun ...
We were back to plowing snow ... and getting a load of firewood ...
to start the wood stove in the house ...
It wasn't really cold enough to start up the outdoor wood furnace ...
We had already cut the logs to length last fall ...
so all that needed to do was split the logs ...
Stacking the pieces into the tractor ... to be taken to the house ...

The firewood was placed into the box by the back door ...

Available on the other side ... to be picked up to be burnt ...

It felt good to have some warmth ...

to take the chill out of the air ...

Spring should be here soon ...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Making Jerky ...

March 18, 2017

Nathan making some jerky ... 

using his press to form them ...

Placing them in the smoker until they were done ...

Those jerky strips look yummy ... hoping to sample them ...

the next time we see him ...

Thank you for sending the pictures ...