pretty…

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this afternoon I was wishing I had some flowers for tomorrow’s Easter dinner…

not an hour later my nephew stopped by with a lovely orchid for my birthday from he and his mom…

20140419-203106.jpg she and I had a lovely conversation earlier in the day… we don’t see each other often as she is living in the West…

20140419-203346.jpggot to sit on the deck for a while before the sun went behind the clouds and spent time preparing for tomorrow’s dinner… stuffing is done and the potatoes are peeled…

tried to find a pedometer online and over the phone, as we are starting a walking contest at work on Tuesday… no luck yet, but hope to get one on Monday…

took care of a few chores around the house and watched tv…

more melting outside…

20140419-204507.jpgsure hope the Easter bunny stops by before the kids arrive tomorrow, lol…

was always George’s job to make sure the bunny had been… last year I wasn’t able to deal with it, but this year I will check in the morning to see if the bunny came… hope we get mini eggs…

birthday…

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had a wonderFULL birthday…

started early in the morning with a hot tub where I listened to sparrows and blue jays and watched geese flying over…

talked to my kids here and away, and made a few plans for my trip to Ottawa…

then out for brunch with my BS friends…

20140418-222939.jpgwe had a great time together, as always, and enjoyed our meal at Elements…

spent the rest of the day with my family… went to the zoo and visited the lions and tigers, played in the new Tundra playground and had a quick drink…

20140418-223250.jpgthen dinner at The Captain’s Table and a movie…

when I walked into the bedroom one of the glass hearts in the window was glittering, which I haven’t seen before…

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friends…

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really a great day…

watched the rising sun peek out through the trees in the garden…

20140417-204002.jpglunch with a friend… we were celebrating our birthdays which are ten days apart… we talked and laughed and giggled our way through a really bad meal… it was wonderful to spend time together…

it seems hard to find the time to be with friends, as all of our lives are full…

tomorrow I am having lunch with my BS buddies… we are one birthday lunch behind so will be celebrating a January birthday and my April one…

was talking with someone a few days ago about how we often sign the card right at the table… one or another of us gets the attention of the birthday woman and they pretend not to notice what is happening…

we have a gift bag that has circulated for many, many years… it is always fun to figure out who has it, and where they might have put it, lol…

tonight I spotted more of the pond edging and last night the solar lights were glowing

20140417-212301.jpgalso got to catch up by phone with another friend…

special moments… need to remember to celebrate them…

surprise…

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I was surprised this morning when I looked out the window and spotted the edge of the top portion of the pond…

20140416-210046.jpgyou can see the small gray spot in front of the waterfall rock…

there is still lots of snow in the backyard, even though every day you can see more has melted… maybe there really is going to be a Spring…

when I walked up the sidewalk tonight I realized that one of the front flower beds was almost completely clear of snow… seemed like just a few days ago the snow was a couple of feet deep…

20140416-210837.jpggoing to have to clean out the bed soon, although the ground will probably be frozen for some time…

ready…

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last night before I went to bed I set the camera up on the tripod so it would be ready to take pictures of the eclipse… I didn’t set the alarm because I can usually wake up on demand…

20140415-213549.jpgapparently I needed my sleep, as I didn’t wake up until 6:30…

got a few nice shots of a colleague’s birthday rose…

20140415-213855.jpgended the day with an appointment where I met a new doctor as mine is away sick… was feeling quite nervous, worried that my blood pressure might shoot up… happily it didn’t and I was pleased with my time with him…

it was warm as I drove home and I enjoyed seeing how much snow has melted… yay…

errands…

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lots to do today… the kids came over around noon and we went to run some errands…

I learned how to get the car washed… it was quite different than the last time I went with George… at that time you had to drive the car onto a track… now you leave the car and they put it onto the track… didn’t take very long for it to be run through…

then we went to Costco… after all the shopping and filling the shopping cart I discovered that my card didn’t work… it had been under George’s work and had expired in March… we had to wait in line for quite a while and then couldn’t get an actual card because their camera was down…

just about did me in… was embarrassed and tremendously sad…

few more errands and we were home… Jeff changed the tires and put on the pretty ones, lol…

had steak and lobster for dinner to celebrate getting into the French IB program…

tonight the moon is nearly full…

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life moments…

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today was filled… started around noon when huge snowflakes descended from the sky… for a long time…

look what's back...

look what’s back…

about that time one of our young friends got married… my daughter sent me a video of their vows… lovely to watch… I am hoping their love endures like that of my beloved and I…

a friend picked me up and we headed off to a memorial service for another friend’s mother… second one I’ve been to since George’s… wasn’t really sure how I would make out, but it was fine… it was in a church – a denomination that I have been connected to over the years, so the process was familiar… it was beautifully done and my friend managed very well…

but it did remind me of the memorial service we went to a week before George died… on our way home he commented about how people might remember him… that kept coming to my mind during today’s service… friends at today’s event were mindful and checked to see how I was doing… nice to be cared for…

interestingĀ to have a beginning and an ending all in the same day… just yesterday someone commented on their parents’ 45 years of marriage… feel like I need to let the tears flow, but that hasn’t happened so far…

last night I found the missing pickerel (which I had been searching for) in the freezerĀ and thawed it to have tonight… I made fish and chips… it was something that George made on a regular basis, often on Tuesday night when I got home from aquasize…

fish and chips...

fish and chips…

was rather proud of myself as I have only made chips a few times since then…

those big girl pants slip on easily sometimes and other times are very difficult to get into…

Friday…

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thank goodness it is Friday…

seems like it’s been a very long week…
difficult times for friends, technology issues and possibly a cold coming on…

some good news… an appointment made, conversations with my girls and my grandson getting into a great program…

have enjoyed some lovely times in the hot tub as the weather has improved…

my violet is getting ready to bloom again… this is what it looked like the last time…

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