July 26 – Older, Wiser, Better πŸ˜

So we have come to this.  I am officially over sixty-five. 

My sister Elaine makes the cutest cards for family! I have saved every one she has sent us. I might have to frame this elephant one! πŸ’ž

After working five brutal shifts, and the last three shifts being night shifts, Dan slept for three hours this morning and then came with me to do the weekly shopping. Tonight he is taking me out for a nice supper – I got to choose and since we had Arby’s last week, I chose The Keg. I love their prime rib and horseradish sauce. It is to die for! πŸ€—

Dan did have an extra special supper planned for us, but once again his romantic gesture was foiled. At least I wasn’t the one that foiled him this time. 😌

When we first started dating, we worked at the same company. One morning Dan snuck into my office and left a sweet note for me. He crumpled it up, so no one else would read it, and set it on my chair. I didn’t read it either. I tossed it in the wastebasket and cursed my boss for leaving his trash on my chair. πŸ™„

The next time Dan tried to romance me, he set a Hershey Kiss on the seat of his Jeep when he came to pick me up. I hopped right in – and sat on it. πŸ™„ At least he used chocolate that was wrapped in foil. That could have been really embarrassing. πŸ₯Ί

Then Dan took me out for my birthday. After a lovely meal at Golf’s, several staff members burst out of the kitchen carrying a sparkler topped birthday cake and singing Happy Birthday! πŸŽ‚ I heard it was really nice. I was in the washroom. Our waiter did bring the little cake back, and it was delicious, as everything is at Golf’s. I think he even sang but I am fairly certain he sang alone. 🎢

Finally, the next year for my birthday Dan took me to Neo Japonica. Everything was magical and when the waitress brought me a saki martini, I was cautious (or lucky) enough that I did not toss it back and swallow my sparkling new engagement ring. πŸ’ž

This year, twenty-three years later, Dan decided that we should relive his triumph. He asked me if I remembered the name and address of the restaurant. It took me a couple of minutes but I did remember the name and I quickly Googled the address. Sadly Neo Japonica is no more. The unique building is still there – with the same verandah where we were seated that memorable night. Unfortunately, the ambiance of the Chuckwagon Hotdog and Ice Cream shop with the bright red shiny paint job just wouldn’t be the same. 😳

So, tonight we are off to a lovely supper at The Keg to celebrate my birthday and the anniversary of our engagement.

You are my greatest adventure too, Dear! πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’ž

Dan always buys me the sweetest card. πŸ’ž

Wishing all a magical happy day today! See you tomorrow! πŸ’ž

* Notice how I used the word ambiance two days in a row. It is not a word that I generally use that often. πŸ€”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I come from a French Canadian family but one of the biggest days of the year in our house was March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day. My mother loved to celebrate and she never met a holiday she didn’t love. March 17th was a double hitter in our home – a day to celebrate the life of a great Catholic saint and my father’s birthday.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

With the physique of a leprechaun, a twinkle in his eye, and a spring in his step, it was totally fitting that my Dad was allowed to be Irish one day of the year.

This year to celebrate this special spring holiday, I started the day by tending to my little seedlings. The first seeds I planted are coming along nicely. I hope they do not get too big before our garden is ready for planting.

Spring has sprungπŸ€

Take care and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy Birthday Mark

Happy Birthday to my firstborn – Mark Benjamin. I remember bringing you home from the hospital like it was yesterday. You were so very tiny. Now, poof – forty three years later!

So much has happened in those years. I remember the little boy who refused to walk through puddles. How did you become the man who works construction, camps out with Erin and Dom every chance you get, crawls through the bushes with airsoft guns blazing and spends your spare time on one home improvement project after another? All the never, evers I heard for years and yet here you are. 🀣

It truly makes me wonder where the next forty three years will take you?

Happy Birthday, son. I will love you forever, I will like you for always!

65th

This weekend we had the pleasure of spending a few days with son Dan and his family – Amanda, Gabby, Lucas and Cason – celebrating my 65th birthday.

Cason & Lucas helping blow out the candle on the cake son Dan made. German chocolate sour cream – amazing cake!!
Gifts and card. *The cookbook is a copy of one that I used throughout my children’s childhood. I gave the original to my daughter years ago when she started her own family.
My husband took me on this lovely trip, gave me a beautiful card, took me shopping for a couple of new outfits and bought my birthday supper (Chinese – totally delicious!)
Buddha Board from Genie – my talent does not do it justice. It is very relaxing and therapeutic. (Husband Dan decked it out with the river rocks)
Dan, Cason, me, Amanda – back row. Gabby and Lucas in front
Bacardi, Cornelius & Kat
Taking a scenic detour home
Son Mark took great care of everything at home while we were gone.

All in all, it was a lovely few days away. I came back a year older but that was to be expected. πŸ™„

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’ onπŸ˜‚
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