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BC, Canada
I have been married to the same guy for a LONG time ! We have 3 grown children and the 5 loves of our lives that they have given us ... 4 girls and one boy ! I have been crafting all my life and found my true addiction when I taught myself to use Copic Markers and introduced them into my card making ! I am NOT certified in the use of Copics but that doesn't stop me from creating with them ! I always been a bit of a crafting rebel and don't follow directions well !I love crafting with my hands and seldom will you find them idle as they usually have a crochet hook , knitting needles or a book in them . Exercise is not my strong suit ! LOL ! My husband and I also love camping in our RV ( weather permitting ... as in NO snow !) so most weekends from Spring to Fall you find us camped somewhere with our 3 Yorkies .... though don't tell them they aren't BIG dogs ! Hope you enjoy my little touch of my life .... the creative and the real life !

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Holiday photos

Finger Lake
Tatuk Lake at the resort there . Nice grassy resort and a BIG lake ...
Lavoie Lake . Years ago Dh and the boys fished this lake before there was a public access to the lake and a forestry campsite . The fishing was also good and the fish a fair size ( some rainbows trophy size ) . We heard that the fish are fewer then years previous and the large ones are a thing of the past !

Gr#1 with her trophy fish ! Once she got in the boat then she wanted to fish and these are the two she caugh - and ate ! LOL !

Rattle , rattle , rattle ........

That was the sound of the motorhome coming back from Finger Lake on the gravel road ...for miles ! LOL ! We had 2 warm days and 2 rainy days at the lake and the fishing wasn't the greatest ...very small rainbow trout was what we did catch . Dh & I got caught out on the lake the second night in a rainstorm and got just soaked to the skin ...took days to dry everything out we were wearing . I had on my floater jacket so at least part of me stayed dry ! The one thing we did leave behind was a gallon of blood each and fattened up the mosquitoes and the black flies ! They were horrible !!! Grd #1 hates bugs of any kind so it was not fun for her at all ...... but she will handle fish ! Go figure ! Was nice to spend time with DS and GrD#1 though .....

Going fishing at Finger Lake on Day 1. Grd #1 was a little tenative of the boat and ended up coming back to shore . Took until Day 3 to get her comfortable enough in it to actually go fishing ...then she didn't want to stop !
This is the cabin DS and Grd #1 stayed in called the Grizzly Den ...very rustic , no running water , only outhouses and limited powers supply
This is my favorite photo of DS & Grd#1 walking into a lake that we stopped to look at called Tatuk Lake . This is also a forestry campsite which means what you bring into it you have to bring out ( as in all garbage ) . The spots aren't big enough for the MH even though it is only 27' ...great for a camper or tent though . Pretty lake but we found out it is a big lake and it does have a very nice resort on it . One afternoon we went for a drive and visited a few of the area lakes .

Thursday, July 19, 2007

A little smoother ride....

DH went back to work on Monday and it has been a slow and steady ride so far . His mornings are rough but he feels better as the day progresses ...funny thing is , he keeps forgetting to tell his boss that he is on holidays next week and that he wouldn't be there for a week ...he cancelled the second week out of guilt !!! Tonight we even went to visit friends and it has been a long time since we have done that - camping doen't count ! LOL !

DD & her family were here overnight on Tuesday and Granddaughter #3 saw the pediatrician for a year check-up after her illness last year . She has developed a lump on her eyelid that one Dr says is scar tissue and another says it is a sty ....but she will be referred to another specialist over that . Who knows how long it will be until she gets into that Dr as this appontment took 7 months to get in ! Crazy ! For the most part , she was given a clean bill of health ! Was so much fun having the kids here even though it was a short visit . They are all growing up far to quickly - including our smiley little guy ( who went for his second haircut already and he is 4 months old ! ). Such a happy content baby and the girls doat over him ......as does everybody else too ! Such a wonderful miracle that was 7 years in the making !

The MH is to be loaded over the next few days as we will be heading out fishing for 4 days .....and I hope the rain lets up soon or we may get mud bogged down on the road into the lake ...but at least it wouldn't be dusty ....bumpy regardless ...but that will be a mild bump in the road !!!!

Monday, July 16, 2007


I need a breather ! This past 6 weeks has been just a little to hairy for my mind so I glad to say that DH has returned to work as of this morning .... for how long is anybody's guess as he will NOT cut back on his hours . This morning he left the house at 3 am and never returned until almost 5 pm . Call it devotion to his work or call it NUTS but I am NOT pleased with him ! He still isn't well as he has now picked up a cold and is hacking all night long ...he isn't sleeping and I am not sleeping ! Then that darned HR department he works for dared to ask him for some forms to be filled out by his DR ( at $35 a pop ) as they don't want to pay him his full benefits for the last 4 days he was away ! Yeah like they are paying him to work 14 hrs a day and then never mind the calls at home or anything else ! He has 60 days of holidays coming to him so they had best not make any waves or they may find him taking them !!! BUT it was nice to have a day to myself at home ... just playing with my stamps , ink and adhesive !!! i do love the house to MYSELF on occasion .......now if the HOUSEWORK FAIRY would just come do her job it would be VERY nice of her !!! LOL !

We are slowly packing up the MH as we are heading off for a few days of fishing with the oldest son and Granddaughter . We are so looking forward to it ...just not the temperature that is to be in the 30's again ! The fishing will be lousy and it is a ' new ' lake we are going to ! Bah humbug ! I was hoping to outfish all the men again with my new fly rod and reel that I got for Christmas !!! If it is that hot we wouldn't be on the lake much either ...maybe the weatherman will be wrong - AGAIN !!!! LOL !

But a few days of no cell phone coverage will be good ..... DIL and DD will both have a contact number and I sure hope they don't have to use it ! I can not imagine a rush trip home on a dirt road !!! Never mind what the MH would look like !.................................

Thursday, July 12, 2007

More pretty flowers

Dh was the recipient of another beautiful bouquet of flowers from one of his clients . They are beautiful and will be going camping with us this weekend ! Another rough night for DH and still he hasn't made it back to work . He is getting frustrated with feeling lousy . He says he is going in to work Monday morning if he has to crawl there ( funny he said the same thing last night about today ... and didn't go ! ) . This is the first time he has ever missed work for longer then 2 weeks and that was for holidays when we went on our cruise to the Panema ! He tried to gt into his Dr today and the Dr is on holidays until August 2nd ! Hopefully DH will be feeling better by then as this has been a long drawn out bout this time .......

but at least he has some pretty flowers to look at !

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Life such as it is .....

With more bumps then smooth sailing lately it will be nice to just relax and be able to complain that life is boring ! Not sure when that will happen though . DH is still home with his UC and has been trying to get back to work all week which in turn makes him anxious and then he feels worse ! It seems to be a viciuos cycle . His trip to see his brother last week settled his mind as to how Br was doing but with brain cancer being diagnosed and radiation treatments just finished , it is again a waiting game . No family drama happened either while visiting as MIL and SIL behaved themselves .... for the most part ! LOL ! At least DH had one day to visit before M arrived ! The trip alone was hard on DH as sitting for long periods of time just aren't a good thing ...the flight was over 5 hrs with a layover in Vancouver .

DD & family were here for a swim meet on the weekend and it was good to have them here . It was good for DH to have them here when he got home ! The girls swim like fish and they are beautiful swimmers already . I hope they stay with the swimming . Granddaughter #3 lost another tooth while she was here and that one cost Grandma $15 ... I had made a deal with her that if she lost the tooth while they were here that I would give her $5 ....well being the older 2 granddaughters " helped " her loose the tooth I had to give them $5 each as well ! Guess Grandma needs to stop making these deals !!! LOL ! Our little man is growing and such a cutie ! He was weighed yesterday and is weighing in at 13.5 lbs and 23" long at 3 months old . Just a small little guy ! But so happy and he likes to sleep !!! I did manage to throw together a dinner ( thanks to Costco ) for our whole tribe on Sunday night . It is nice to do that in good weather so we can throw open the patio doors and us the patio as well as the kitchen . It is cramped otherwise ! LOL !

The weather has turned HOT here ( 30 C ) and is to stay like that for a few days and then just cool down slightly ! Who was complaining of it being too cold ? We are heading out camping ( if all is well with DH ) on Friday for the weekend .......... so we can use the AC in the MH !!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

More projects

More projects done ! These are the altered letters for the granddaughters

Saturday, July 07, 2007

A GOOD bump........

I FINALLY got some projects completed !!! Life has been so crazy here lately that is good to just sit at my desk and just let my mind relax and wander .
Visit http://lisasscrapshack.blogspot.com/ for more of my completed projects . Lisa doesn't have a Design Team but does post projects that have been completed with product that she sells on her online store . So submit to her as you never know what will show up on her BLOG !
Right now I am waiting for some Modge Podge to dry on my last set of altered letters for Granddaugther #1 and then i will be completed my altered letters ....now if only I could get some scrapbooking d0ne ........

Friday, July 06, 2007

Canada Day 2007

While camping we had Canada Day so it was time to bring out the flag ....which went in the flower pot I had taken with me ! LOL ! Was a beautiful sunny day for a change and DD and family came to join us for a few hours . Grandpa did the weinie roast for the girls and it was fun ...more fun watching Delaney lose her marshmellows into the fire though or burn them to a crisp !!! LOL ! And spoiling our little Man is always a priority ! Hard to believe he is already 3 1/2 months old ! What a good baby and a sweetie ! DD left in the afternoon ( dogs at home that had to be let out ) so we visited with our neighbors - who are also camping down there - for awhile before relaxing back at our campsite . Just as we finished supper friends pulled in with their trailer and got one of the last spots available - which was right behind us ! We had a nice visit then the owner of the campground put on a wonderful display of fireworks for all to enjoy . It definately was a better July 1st then we usually have - which means we got NO rain !!! LOL !
Be loud , be proud as we are Canadian !!! Happy Birthday !

Bump , bump , bump .....

It has been a stress month but we have managed to move into July with hopefully less stress then June . DH is actually taking a short medical leave in order to get his UC under control . That alone tells you how sick he is as he NEVER takes a day off just because .... and now he is paying for it ! These beautiful flowers with the huge flowers in oranges and yellows were sent by the company he works for ! They are just beautiful ! And the beautiful arrangement with the butterfly was sent by my good friend Lisa as she was trying to cheer us up ! She is a good friend ! Thank you !!! These beautiful flowers have actually lasted over two weeks and the two roses just died yesterday and had to thrown out - sad ! They are my travelling flowers though as they have put on a few miles .as they came camping with us and definately brightened up the motorhome .. LOL ! When DH finally decided that he needed a few days of rest we headed out camping not far from town ( 45 minutes ) for 6 days . Was a wonderful relaxing week for the most part . The black flies and mosquitos almost ate us alive but we survived with a camper's perfume -OFF SPORTSMAN !!! I did manage to read 3 large paperbacks too and DH slept on his chair ... I threatened to duct tape him to it and duct tape his Blackberry if I caught him looking at it !!! Was a strange camping trip as well as DH & I both had our cell phones turned on the whole time ( usually we " lose " them immediately ) .....
The reason for the cell phones is that DH's brother was diagnosed with brain cancer and was not doing well . More stress ! Right now he is finishing up a round of radiation ( 12 treatments ) and then it will be on to chemo . The cancer is aggressive so lets pray that he gets some positive results today when he sees his DR . DH actually flew out to see him when we got home and will be gone a few more days . MIL and SIL & her husband are there as well ......... but we leave that right where it is ! NO COMMENT !!!
I am hoping DH will stay off work at least all of next week ( his Dr signed a 4 week leave ) but he is a stubborn man and feels so guilty about not being at work and having others cover for him . I am not sure what he will do about our holidays either as we have 2 weeks booked at the end of July with the oldest son and granddaughter to go to a lake for some camping and fishing ...................
So the road is bumpy again .................