Friday, May 1, 2015


Half-Past Kissin' Time

It is may already. Thank goodness the weather is improving. It is much fun to watch as the flowers poke their heads out and the trees are flushed as well. It is a pleasure to walk around the neighbourhood again. Yesterday on our walk we scored 4 boxes of Lego that someone was throwing away. I hope this will make the grandchildren happy when they come to visit next month.

It has been a fairly busy week as we got 2 dance lessons in as well as 2 swim classes. Grampy came to help with babysitting on Wednesday. He has a drywall job to finish in our son’s basement. Guess he will be back next week.

We have a dinner theatre this weekend. We are seeing “The Fab Four”. We have never been to this particular theatre and hope we really like it.

What plans have you got for this weekend?

Feeling Beachie

This week’s co-host is ELLEN from 15 AND MEOWING. She came up with ALL THE statements.

The statements:

  1. I hate to wear panty hose but love to wear pretty dresses.
  2. Hearing the giggles of young children makes me feel wonderful.
  3. I have a busy month on my social calendar 
  4. I wish I could say good luck to everyone.


Thursday, April 30, 2015



Continuing with our Caribbean trip in March of 2015 on the Holland America “Noordam” Our next stop was Martinique. We just got off the boat to enjoy the local shops as well as the flowers and birds. I bought a wind chime made out of coconut.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015



Time out for Mom


Finish the Sentence:  Right now is the perfect time to _____.

Spring into Action!

I always see Spring as a new beginning. We can put away winter and stop sleeping through the cold. The sun is shining and the garden is awake with crocus, daffodils and tulips.

It is time to get out a walk and talk to your neighbours who you have not seen since Christmas. Everyone is thinking of new paint as well as new clothes. I have refreshed my wardrobe with new clothes and filled a few bags to donate to Goodwill.

It is time to shed those extra coats and boots and grab the sandals. It is time to think of activities that can be enjoyed outside. let’s get the barbeque going and have hamburgers and steak instead or roasts.

It is time to think fresh thoughts!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 27, 2015



My mother has written her memoirs and has been after me to write mine. I have been resisting for a while however I am creating Memory Monday to help me along. Come join me with your own memories. Each week will be a different prompt to encourage the writing of your memories. Link your memories and share them with everyone.

Our prompt is: More Vacation Memories

The children reminded me of our wonderful trip that we took with their grandparents when they were just 4, 5 and 6 years old. We travelled across Canada in their motorhome. We went out west for my father’s family reunion. It was wonderful to see the children’s reactions.

One of their favourite places to visit was Kekabeca Falls which is on Lake Superior. At the reunion the children met their many great aunts and uncles as well as many, many cousins.

When we weren’t travelling we would stop at the local parks so the children could swing and just play.

We flew home so the children could start school.

Another memorable road trip was to Michigan in 1989. Our intention was to visit Freankemeuth for its Christmas store. On the way the children kept thinking we were lost because all they could see was trees from the back windows of the car. When they did see something it was the MacDonald’s arches high in the air. They coined the phrase “We must be near civilization because there is a MacDonald’s in the area.

On our way we shopped in Birch Run which had a huge outlet mall. This was the first time we had ever been to an outlet mall. We left a lot of our money there and filled the trunk with goodies. Our drive to Frankemeuth was delayed because there was a 6 mile long line of traffic to get into the town so we turned around and visited a town we had passed through. The town was having a street sale and it was wonderful. One of the first stops found me buying a 6 foot Santa on a stick. We carried it through town and attracted a lot of attention. It was also the start of my stick decorations for the front lawn.

We did make it to Frankenmeuth the next day. The Christmas store was everything we expected and then some. We had dinner in the German restaurant and drove home. Now when we travel we know we will never be lost if we can find a MacDonald’s.

Next Week’s Prompt: My First Home

My daughter made us a Memory Monday button that you can grab from my sidebar if you want.

Retired Not Tired Memory Monday

Please link up your posts to this continuing linky so we can watch each other’s memoirs develop over this year.  Please use the format of “PROMPT – BLOG NAME” so we can follow each week’s writing.


Friday, April 24, 2015


Half-Past Kissin' Time

Is it Friday already? What a week this has been. Last week we were outside every day enjoying the sunshine and this week we are standing at the window watching the rain change to snow. I almost put the spare blanket on the bed last night.

We curtailed our activities this week because DH came down with a head cold that left him a little dizzy. There was no point in going out for lunch and infecting everyone else.

We will celebrate C’s and T’s birthday with a lunch on Saturday. C wants a strawberry shortcake and T wants lots of candles to blow out.

DH is working on our plans for our cruise in the fall. He is planning our excursions. There is still so much to see and do even though we visited most of these ports in 2013. It helps make the bad weather seem better.

What plans have you got?

Feeling Beachie

This week’s co-host is OBI from ELOQUENT RAMBLES. She came up with THE LAST TWO statements.

The statements:

  1. Tea is my favorite drink.
  2. Somedays I just wish I could sleep in. 
  3. Sometimes I play on the computer when I should be doing something constructive. 
  4. Life is very busy but worth living.


Thursday, April 23, 2015



I am continuing with my pictures of our Caribbean cruise that were taken by DH.

Our first island that we visited was the dual country of St Maarten which is Dutch and French. We took a bus tour around the island. We stopped at the Market on the French side. It is a beautiful island. One interesting fact is that to call from one side of the island to the other is long distance. Many inhabitants carry 2 cell phones to make their calls and avoid the extra charges.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015



no Hodgepodge on Wednesday, April 29th. The HP will be back to it's regularly scheduled programming the following week, Wednesday May 6th.  Thanks everyone!

1. Have you ever had to wear a uniform? If yes, tell us more. Did you love it or hate it?

No I have never had to wear a uniform, however when I first started teaching back in the 70’s female teachers could not wear pants.

2. April 22nd is Earth Day. What is one thing you do personally to be a good steward of planet Earth?

We are very big on recycling and composting. We carry reusable bags when we shop and try to reduce the packaging by buying in bulk.

3. Brown rice, quinoa, or couscous...your healthy grain of choice? How often are one of the three on your menu at home?  Given a choice between white rice, brown rice, wild rice, and fried rice which would you go for?

We love a mixture of brown rice and wild rice. Not big on quinoa or couscous.

4. In your opinion, who has the best job ever?

Grandmothers. If I had known how much fun grandchildren could be I would have had them first.

5. What's a situation in your life currently requiring patience?

Taking care of my parents’ estate.

6.  Do you live your life around days of the week? Explain.

I think so. We have dancing on Monday and Thursday, swimming on Tuesday and Thursday and my favourite day of the week is Wednesday when i look after the grandchildren.

7. In a nod to the A to Z challenge happening around town this month, what 'R word' best describes your April?

Relatively busy!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Spring has certainly been a mixed bag of weather. I have 3 coats on the go, 2 of which are raincoats. The same goes for footwear. We are in the process of planning our next cruise which take place in the fall. It is 50 days long and I look forward to seeing Malta and Greece for the first time.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!