Monday, December 10, 2012

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Saying bye at least for now

I haven't posted for a long long time and I think this blog is probably dead anyway. I am going to let the domain name die now and it will revert to www.caribooponderer.blogspot.com. Mainly I like to go back and see what I have written about Memories when we were doing Skittles meme.

 I barely keep up with Facebook either now except to keep tabs on my sons.  I don't know when the writing bug will hit me again if ever and should that happen I think I would start completely fresh. So thank you to all those who befriended me via this blog, some of you I see on Facebook and keep up with your doings that way. So God bless and have a happy Christmas season and a prosperous New Year.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Big disappointment

We left early today from Merrit to Vancouver as my middle son had flown to Vancouver from Calgary to visit his brothers and we said we would come down for the day. This morning the shortest route the Coquihalla Hwy was socked in with snow so we opted to go the other way and got halfway there and an avalanche came down over the road and they turned us back. No visiting for me. Oh well at least we weren't under the avalanche.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Washing blowing in the wind

Such a nice warm breezy day I have my washing out on the line, the first load of the year. I have been able to cut my electricity bill quite a bit since being here. I have been washing in cold water for years, but since moving I used the washing line from April to October to dry clothes and all winter I used a clothes horse in the spare bedroom just finishing them off in the dryer to soften. We have brought our bill down so I should see a $120 savings over the year. Not much you might think but combined with the 2 degrees lower on our thermostat our gas heating bill has dropped from what they predicted we would use by $144 so that amounts to $264 a year which is almost one month pad rent of found money.

Save the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves is a maximum often quoted in the UK and it is true everywhere. With vehicle gas and food going up in leaps and bounds I like to look at ways to save here and there. I would rather put a sweater on indoors than go without some of the other little things we like to do, such as eat out once in a while.

Friday, March 25, 2011

I am feeling guilty

I have just spent a few moments going over past posts and I see I have faithful friends coming to visit and leave a comment and I so used to look forward to that. I so appreciate you ladies and a few gentlemen. Special mention to Jeni, Danielle, Cicero, Crazed Nitwit, Joy, Karen, JMB, Liz, Tossing Pebbles, Barb, Anna, Misty, Terry and many more.

I just can't seem to get the blogging enthusiasm again but I will keep it available in case any great insight occurs to me in the future.  I do have your blogs on my reader and I have some of you as friends on Facebook and I enjoy your comments.

Life is generally good, I am doing some volunteering at church.  Walking and visiting so getting out a lot more now.

I just finished canning many jars of spaghetti sauce, chili, and now plan to can steak and kidney. When it get very hot here in summer and we don't want to BBQ  it will be handy to pull these out and zap them in the microwave and serve with salad, rather than heat up the place using the oven. We went through last summer without air conditioning and it was OK although most people have it here but I don't think it can be good for you coming in from the very hot outside to a cool room. By careful manipulation of venetions and windows I was able to keep it quite comfortable inside and it only grew a little warm between 6 - 9pm, and then because we are in a desert area it cools down at night so sleeping is not a problem.

So wishing you all a lovely spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring has sprung

Lovely and warm today and snow all gone. definite feel of spring here, that is 2 months earlier than where we lived before. I have been very remiss in blogging these last few months and don't know if I will keep it up. I see one or two of the blogs I used to read have petered out too.

Have gained a couple of pounds over winter to have started back walking and cutting back portions a little. Just came back from visiting an elderly couple, both 86, smart as whips and lots of stories to tell. I have been trying to call every Thursday afternoon for about an hour as they don't have many visitors. Home group  tonight and that is always fun.

 Right now I am fighting the urge for a nap on the living room couch in the sunshine, if I go sit there and try to read it will be game over.

Nothing more to report or say right now.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

My goodness it is ages since I posted

I checked my blog yesterday and found I hadn't posted since the end of December. I had paid for my domain name for another year but have failed to use it. Life is good and fuller than when I was up north. We had company over Christmas which was lovely and have kept busy since. Dave has gutted the bathroom and now I have everything new from tub to potty. Looks nice and clean, we kept with my favourite tones of old gold and pale yellow which we had up north. We will put a skylight in there in summer. Now he is building a large mirrored cabinet to go in there. Next is new counter tops for the kitchen. The dishwasher was broken so we decided to go back to washing dishes by hand since most of the time it is only the two of us. There will be days I will wish I had a dishwasher but as long as I keep on top of the dirty dishes it is not too bad and Dave does his share when he is not busy.

We put some hyacinths in pots just before Christmas and now four of them have bloomed and we have a lovely spring fragrance throughout the place. We also put in tulips and they have poked up already. They were meant to be put out in spring but they beat us to it.  The weather here is much better than where we last lived, although we have snow and cold days it doesn't last as long and the road is kept well. We are only 8 minutes from town anyway so we go out often instead of only once every two weeks.

We attend church every Sunday now and also a home group on Thursdays. Also I have been visiting an elderly couple once a week. They are  both 86 and I was told they fell in love nine years ago and got married. They both were widowers. They are so cute. I guess it is never to late for love.

I have been asked to contribute in our home group on spiritual gifts for the next few weeks. Unfortunately my printer packed in so will have to think about a new one soon, I want a wireless one so I can keep it in the spare room rather than on my desk and I can have it usable from both desktop and laptop computers.

I signed up for Netflix movies at the end of December. You get one free month and then it is only $7.99 a month after that to view as often as you like. So I have been knitting and viewing. I started with Pride and Prejudice and others I have long wanted to see but we were not anywhere near a video rental place or a movie theatre .Then I found the TV series Heroes and I have been hooked and have been watching each one in turn. It is weird there is no denying but I like weird, and there is quite a bit of violence but it is part of the story. I finished the sweater last night and now have to block it and piece together. It would never have got done but for Netflix, it has been over two years in the making.

So that is all for now.