Primrose

Small but mighty, Primrose (Prim) joined our family eight years ago today. It was obvious from the start that this little one had a mind of her own and she was happy to give you a piece of it.

Budding author extraordinaire – the intelligence, the imagination, the passion!
Kicking back at the park
Prim & sister Maddy enjoying last year’s monster pool
Creative genius
Cruising the mall with sister Genie
Prim 3 & Maddy 5
Fashion Prim

Welcome to our world little one
A primrose for our Prim(rose)

Happy Birthday, Prim. We love you to the moon and back.

Today, be a Prim. Share giggles and excitement and fun wherever you go. And – Be safe out there!💖

Madison

Maddy & Grandpa

Ten years ago our family was blessed with a happy little sweetheart that we have come to know and love as Maddy.

Happy Girl
Being one of the’big kids’

Playing a practical joke on Mom by dressing up as Rory. Maddy thought it was hilarious. Sister Genie was not as innocent as she was trying to look.
Visiting Great Grandma – a wink from Maddy
First annual Boxing Day sleepover
Diving right in!
Walk in the park
Hangin’ on hangin’ on😂
Happy Birthday Maddy, “We love you more!”

Today for Maddy’s birthday let’s all be a Maddy – Share kindness, share hope, share happiness, share a smile today😊.

Sunflowers for Maddy

Surprise

Granddaughter Genie stopped by for a short surprise visit yesterday with her younger siblings. It is a bad time to socialize but we did our best to keep physically distanced. Nobody was happy about the no huggs and kisses policy but they all complied.

Genie
Rory, Prim& Kat, Maddy

Genie has been working a lot at Superstore these last few weeks. They are making things better for store clerks – shorter hours to allow for extra cleaning and stocking, limited customers at one time, special shopping hours for seniors and for store staff, sneeze guards to protect cashiers and wage bonuses for all staff. So grateful to their powers that be that they realize how important their staff is to them and to us all!

It was great to see Rory, Maddy and Prim. With Mom and Genie working lots of hours, Rory is stepping up to cover a lot of the house cleaning. Maddy is growing up fast. She is helping out with cooking and baking. Prim is doing her part to keep things lively and helping where she can – no doubt keeping the dogs, cat and turtle on their toes.

A few things of note:

1) They are all great kids and it’s amazing how they pull together to help out.👍

2) We miss them all – thank goodness for technology that keeps families in contact while we are kept apart.📲

3) It is really hard to keep physically distanced in our little house. Going forward – no visits until it is warm enough to visit outside. Fortunately, we have a huge yard and warm weather is coming. 🌲

4) I am now pretty much out of gummy bears, toffee and Pepsi. 😂

5) Rory was as happy as the girls😊. I just caught him at a serious moment. (Probably when Genie and I made fun of him for referencing ‘Fifty Shades of Blue’). Apparently he hasn’t seen the movie. If it is a sequel to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ that is no doubt a good thing.

Kat Fur

I have had three spaniels in my life. My first was Laddie, who was a pure black Cocker Spaniel. Laddie was my father’s pup back when I was a young child.

The second spaniel in my life was a dark brown and white Springer Spaniel named Sprocket. My brother in law gifted Sprocket to my children when they were young. Sprocket was hardly the sharpest tool in the shed. He was also as big as a horse and intent on running every chance he got. Fun times.

Both Laddie and Sprocket were beautiful dogs. They had medium length, curly hair that required little grooming. I thought that was typical of spaniels, until we got Kat. Kat is a King Charles Cavalier.

At her best, Kat looks like my idea of a typical spaniel.
It takes a while and a lot of brushing as winter goes on but her fur remains somewhat manageable
Twice a year, Kat’s fur gets out of control.
We take her to my daughter’s or a local groomer for a serious shave/ haircut.
And then there is our new reality – isolation Kat🙄

The current pandemic has created health and economic crisis around the globe. There are heart wrenching stories and pictures that fill our news feed daily. There are true heroes and heroines who have stepped up. There are pathetic excuses of humanity who have shown the selfish, evil side of humanity.

And then, there are the little things in life that we have come to take for granted. The services that we typically have available. I knew going in that there were a lot of things I would miss. I didn’t realize that dog grooming would be right up there.

I can’t wait to see how long it takes before Dan and I start missing our hairdresser. I can just see me back in a pony tail and Dan in a man bun.😂. Or not…

May you and yours be safe and strong throughout this difficult time. 💖

More Spring Memories

I was out and about for a bit this morning. Went face to face with a bank machine. Went to buy bread but promised my husband I would not go to a big supermarket. I tried our Petrocan convenience store. They do not sell bread.🤷. The Dollar Store looked quiet so I went there. They do not sell bread 🤷. I should have gone to Cobb’s Bakery but that would have meant a fairly lengthy drive so I came home and had salmon salad with potato chips and Cheezies.

Our snow is pretty much gone but our scenery is still pretty drab so decided to share more photos of spring days gone by.

April showers bring rainbows
Genie and Rory enjoying some spring sunshine and fresh air
Dan’s first gnome
Casey checking out the pond
Tweethearts❤️
Gazebos and the kid’s first pool
Kid’s first ‘monster pool’
A spring smile from Prim

Share love, share beauty, share kindness. Keep safe out there💝

Spring 2020

I love spring. Spring is the my favourite season of the year. Spring brings an end to winter in Saskatchewan and announces the arrival of summer in Saskatchewan. Spring is always the best!

This year, warm spring weather and the beauty that comes with it will be more important than ever. With social distancing and isolation to stop the spread of this horrible virus, people need to get out into the sunshine and fresh air to keep healthy, physically and mentally. We still need to keep a safe distance from others but that will be so much easier out of doors – especially in places like Saskatchewan where we have an abundance of wide open spaces.

My heart goes out to those who live in large crowded cities and are confined to small apartments. I can’t even imagine. For those who cannot get out to enjoy the coming of spring, I thought I would share a few photos from spring seasons gone by. In the days to come, I hope to get out to take some new photos of spring 2020. I will share the best ones I can get.

For many people around the globe, this year is unimaginably challenging. It will most likely get a lot worse before it gets better, especially in places like North America where the virus is just arriving. I believe that at times like this it is more important than ever to do what we can to share kindness, hope, faith and beauty with others. 🥀

Technology to Live By

Technology has made major strides in my lifetime. I do not claim that it is all for the betterment of society but some of it is definitely good. In these days of ‘social distancing’ it is proving to be truly great in some ways.

One of my favourite aspects of technology, as a parent and grandparent, is the ability to receive photos and video clips at the press of a button – even when we are separated from family by geographical distance or ‘social distancing’ meant to keep, us and them, safe.

When I was a young child, my earliest photos were black and white – on films that were sent away for expensive processing. By the time I was in elementary school, my photos were in color, taken by instamatic cameras and still sent away for processing. By high school we had Polaroids that printed out instantly – the quality left much to be desired and the film was expensive, but they were quick.

When my children were preschoolers, I had my first experience with digital photos. They were done at a booth in a mall and printed on a dot matrix printer. They were black and white, relatively economical, and instantaneous. I framed them and they hung on my livingroom wall for twenty some years. I have them packed away in a box at the bottom of my closet amidst my other treasured memorabilia from their younger days.

Mark Then
And Now
Daniel Then
And Now
Jennifer Then
And Now
Videos at the touch of a button

It is so nice to have the ability to quickly, easily and economically share photos and videos with family and friends. At this point in time – it is priceless💝