First of all, I must tell you that we had a wonderful time away but, as is true of all trips, we are glad to be home. Time spent with our #2 son, daughter-in-love and three grandies was precious and went by far too fast. The flight to BC was relatively uneventful but we had listened to the news reports of massive lineups and arrived at the airport four hours before we needed to. Luckily we made it through the check in/security areas in good time and had lots of time to people watch. Coming home, due to circumstances beyond our control, we arrived at the airport just 2 hours before our flight was due and we barely made it through the check points in time...they were calling boarding for our flight just leaving barely enough time for a quick piddle break and run for the plane. That's cutting it a little too fine! Word to the wise - if you're flying anywhere make sure you allow at least two hours more than what the recommendation is. And make sure you have some food in your carry on because you're going to need it.
We enjoyed family time with our kids and got to see where their school/daycare is. 5 year old goes to kindergarten and the 2 year old goes to daycare so when they were there we had lots of time to indulge ourselves with baby cuddles. There might, or might not, have been several ice cream cones and there certainly were lots of stories to be read. Grandpa baked cookies (twice), muffins and made our favourite oatmeal with two eager little helpers, and his scalloped potatoes were such a success that there were two 'makings' of those. Grandma was happy to celebrate Mother's Day with family, something that hasn't happened in recent years.
One day we traveled to a wonderful orchid growers and this is just one of the beautiful flowers we saw there. Must say that the plants they had for sale were a whole lot cheaper than what we have to pay here. Wish we could have packed a few into our suitcases!
It's taken a few days (particularly with all the excitement of the big storm in the middle) to get back into the groove of things here. I finally busted out the crochet hook, tackled a commission, and made these...
Pattern is the Snowman Gnome
by Jen Hayes Creations
and can be found HERE
This photo shows just some of the damage from the storm. This tree is just a few feet north of our building...
The storm spread a swath of destruction and power outages spreading across a lot of southern Ontario. Many areas are still without power and doubtful it will be back for several more days. We are very fortunate that we were only dark for 25 hours. Oddly, I had a friend who lives about 2 blocks away here for coffee yesterday and their power didn't go out at all. When Resident Chef and I got married he thought it was highly amusing to see me rush around filling the bathtub and every available receptacle with water but coming from a farming background it's just what we did because we knew if the power went out we had no means to pump water. Well I think I'm going to go back to doing that, just to be on the safe side.
- Some of you may enjoy scrolling through THIS blog.
- And have a look at the amazing creations from THIS artist!
- And THIS one too! Or how about THIS one?
- THIS takes you to a PDF showing a different take on a knitted log cabin design that would be great for using up stash.
Today's quote is from Brene Brown...."Many of us will spend our entire lives trying to slog through the shame swampland to get to a place where we can give ourselves permission to both be imperfect and to believe we are enough"