Thursday, October 31, 2013



It boggles my mind that people can remember what seasons two, three, five, ten years ago were like. For example: "remember that early spring 6 years ago... or was it 5...?" and "remember how it dropped below three degrees twice from Sept. 1st to March 1st in 2004?" (PS I'm just making that up) But no, I don't remember! I have enough trouble remembering my families and friends yearly changing ages. 

But as I go through my pictures of this fall, I am pretty impressed by the blue sky, sunshine, and multiple pictures of people in t-shirts! So I'm thinking we have had a lovely autumn... and I am thankful for it!  

I visited Nanaimo! Photo credit to Kylie. 

It's always lovely to see these two. It was a pretty pristine day to walk by the sea. If you closed your eyes and listened hard you could hear the guy playing his guitar out on the rocks:)

We had a girl's dinner with Carmel, Christie, Kylie, Monica, Sophiane and Heather. We had a good game of Wits and Wagers afterwards:) And then proceeded to break the couch in an attempt to get a group picture.  

I've got war paint and Daniel has got an apron! That's how you know we are getting serious in the kitchen! I made chocolate oatmeal cookies if I remember correctly.

I think he needs his own apron...

Fall colours near Island View Beach. 

Goldstream Park... where there is a salmon run at this time of year! Of course no salmon were to be seen when we went though! 

Wedding venue! Also wedding related... we made jam! And lots of it! The jars have now been decorated as well. 

Dad building a woodshed up on the property.

And we harvested some honey from our good old honeybees!!! It's pretty neat to be able to lick honey from a real honeycomb:) Although we did have a more technical way to harvest it. We wrapped the comb in cheesecloth, and then squished it into a container that had a piece of pantyhose I bought at the Dollar Store stretched across it. This caught any bits of pollen or comb from getting into the honey. Heehee... technical, I told you!

And this month saw these two heading off to Red Deer:) It was great to catch up!

Here is my mother... taking the oath of Citizenship to become a Canadian citizen! She did not have to renounce her American citizenship. It was a really cool experience to go to the ceremony. They don`t seem to care who comes to spectate, so I would recommend going  next time the ceremony is held in your city! A judge presides, a Mountie stands at attention, and one feels thankful for a pretty great Country to call home.

It was a patriotic day:) 

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you have a spooky day (if that is your thing), and at the very least enjoy a treat or two:) I have a few things to pick up to complete my costume... which I anticipate will be very funny looking:) 

xo Shanna