Thursday, April 27, 2017

Visiting Friends ...

March 6, 2017
We had a great time ...
visiting our BC neighbours home in Sunlakes, AZ ...
It was a lovely day to sit outside ...
and enjoy the view and activities on the golf course ...
Eric and the guys went on a tour of the area ...
and Sharon took us ladies for a tour ...
We all met up at the Palo Verde Dinning Restaurant ...
at the golf course for lunch ...
It was so beautiful ...
We were lucky to enjoy our lunch outdoors ...
 
 
 All of us toasting to good friends ... good food ...
and good times ... !!!
Some pictures of cacti and flowers ...
in the neighbourhood ...
 
Thank you Linda and Dave ...
for driving us to the Chandler area ...
to visit our friends ...
   

Friday, April 7, 2017

Market in Mesa ...

March 5, 2017 

We decided to go and spend a few hours ...
at the Mesa Market ...
We arrived there in time to stand in line ...
for our $2 breakfast ...
It was a a hearty breakfast ... and it was nice to have a live band ...
playing and singing songs from The Beach Boys Band ...
The place was packed ... with people from all over the world ...
There was a lot of chatter ... laughing and even people ...
joining in singing with the band ...
We made our way back to the resort ... later in the afternoon...
Today we were planning a potluck BBQ ... with all our friends ...
Dave found a palm leaf on the street ...
and decided it would add to the decor of the patio ...
Oma was sitting there ... minding her own business ... 
when thought she needed a picture taken of ...
"The Queen for the Day"
It was funny because Dave thought he was out of the picture ...
just by leaning over ... but when I mentioned that he was ...
in the first picture ...
he figured he might as well ... peek thru the palm ... teasing Oma ...
I did manage to get Oma by herself ... 
 
The gang arrived for appetizers ...
the sociable beverage for today ... was a few batches of Ceasar's ...
We were having a great time ...
Dave started cooking up burgers and smokies ...
the table was set with all the fixings and salads ...
for all of us to help themselves ...
Our dinner was scrumptious ... 
how lucky we were to be in the warm ... sunny weather ...
partying with our family and friends ...
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fun in the Sun ...

March 4, 2017

It was another beautiful morning...
Mike ... Dave and Blair ... decided to go for a swim ...
while us ladies were getting ready to head out for the afternoon ...
and evening ...
Blair and Dave have been vacationing for a few months ...
hence the nice colouring of their skin ...
It would take Mike a lot longer to get tanned ...
with his skin tone ...
All of us left in the early afternoon ...
traveling to Queen Creek ... to the Horesshoe Park & Equestrian Centre ...
for the barrel and pole races ...
It was a great place ... lots to see ... and a very exciting time ...

Even though it was getting hot out in the sun ... we stayed until the races were over ...

It was time to gather together ... to head out to our next destination ... for dinner ...

We ended up just down the road ... at the San Tan Flat Steakhouse ...

What an amazing place ...!!!

It was a rustic setting ... all outdoors ... and the place was full ...

First order of business was getting our tables ... then walking over to the San Tan Flat restaurant to order the sociable drinks ... While a few of the guys were busy with the drinks ... the rest of us looked over the menu ... This restaurant is famous for it's "Flat Iron Steaks " ... A few of us at a time went to order our dinners ... inside the building ... we were given a buzzer to let us know when to pick up our meal ...

The aroma of the food was overwhelming and mouth watering ... 

Oma decided to have a Rueben sandwich and a Fat Tire beer ... Most of the gang ordered the steaks ... and my were they delicious ... We had a great time visiting ... listening to live music and even got a couple dances in ... 

It was getting late with more and more people arriving ... so we decided to head back to the resort ... 

The sunsets are so beautiful ...  

 

   

Monday, March 27, 2017

Vacation Begins ...

March 2 & 3, 2017 

Today was the day we were heading south to the sunshine ...

Leaving the Cranbrook airport for Calgary ...

then flying to our destination in Phoenix ...

to spend the week with Linda (Mike's sister) & Dave ...

along with some of our friends from Sarnia, Ontario ...

Linda and Dave picked us up from the airport ...
then drove to Towerpoint RV Resort in Mesa ... 
It was a long day and it felt good to sit back and relax ...
We then needed to get our sleeping arrangements done ... 
The trailer was a little tight ...
for 3 extra people sleeping in the front room ...
Oma and I would share the bed and Mike had an inflatable bed ...
Mike figured it would be too crowded ...
and too warm for him to sleep inside ...
He had scouted out the storage shed outside ...
and decided to make this ...
his accommodation for the duration of our holiday ...
He was quite comfortable in his room ... ha ha ...
He had shelving for all his items ... and all the tools ...
just in case he needed them ...
The next morning ... after a good nights rest ...
we decided to join our friends at the resort complex ...
for a couple hours of Line Dancing exercise ...
Oma joined in as well ... for a few of the dancing ...
 then sitting out when the moves became a little more difficult ...
After our workout ... we walked to Joan's residence...
for a lovely luncheon and cool fruity slushes ...
We had a great time ... 
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Oh yes ... Mike slept well also ... although he woke up on the floor ...
in a flattened air bed ...
Apparently the brand new mattress had a hole in it ... 
Mike and Dave went to exchange the damaged mattress ...
and got things back into the shed ...
The guys came and joined us at the complex ...
and we all had our loungers reserved by the poolside ... 
Enjoying our time visiting with everyone ...
 
After dinner ... the gang from Sarnia came over ...
for an evening of reminiscing about our schooldays ...
and telling stories ... oh my we laughed so hard at some of the memories ...
Of course after a few sociables ... Mike thought he better get his CPAP ... (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
set up for the night ...
A few of our friends were interested in how this device works ...
Sooooo ... naturally Mike would put on a demonstration ...
It was hilarious ... even though the gang was asking questions ...
they couldn't stop laughing ... as Mike was talking with the mask on 
...
Now our friends know how it works ...
We had a lovely evening with all our friends ...
and they loved having Oma there ...
 
 
 
 

 

   

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Slimy Evening ...

February 25, 2017

After our delicious Greek dinner ... we headed back to the house with all the craft supplies ...
Ella really wanted to make homemade slim ... yuk ... !!!
Nathan and Alana ... helped out with this craft ...
A generous amount of pink and blue Elmer's Glue with sparkles ... was poured into a tubs ... 
Then a small amount of Borax was dissolved in a cup of water ...
 small amounts of the water was mixed in with the glue ...
 mixing it until it started to smooth gel ... it sure was sticky ...
 The kids mixed up some other colours of slim ... 
using  food colouring and mixing in sparkles ... they continued to knead and stretch the slim ...
 Craig was busy ... in his room ... working on his R/C truck ... 
He could here all of us out in the kitchen laughing and making weird sounds with 
handling the slim ...
Grandpa and Nathan checked in on Craig ... to see how things were going ...
Alana was having a fun time ... playing with the slim ...
she found some straws and started to blow into the slim blob ...
The kids were laughing so hard ... they wanted to try it ... 
Craig even came out of his room ... to see what all the commotion was about ...
James had blown the largest bubble ... it was massive ... !!!
They were having so much fun ...
The table was cleared of all the slim ingredients ... for Nathan to work on his (old) R/C car ...
He has had that car for years ... and since the boys were working on theirs ... 
he wanted to get his car up and running ...
It wasn't long before Nathan's car was working ... "it lives again" ...
the guys decided to go outside and race ...
It was getting late and dark out ... but that didn't matter ... the race was on ...
Nathan was surprised at how well his old car drove ...
against Craig's new R/C truck ...
While the guys were working and playing ...
Alana and Ella sat on the couch ... (with "Holly" the cat nearby) ... 
colouring in their Zen Colouring books ...
together ... sharing all the colouring pencils ...
I think Holly was feeling left out ... and decided to join them ... 
right in the middle of the pencil packages ...
Alana was playing with her ... and Ella laughing as Holly was clawing at the pencil ...

It defiantly was a full day of activities ... 
It was nice to spend the weekend with them ...
before we left for our holidays ... to Arizona and Houston ...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Full Day ...

February 25, 2017
Grandpa and the grandchildren ... snuggling together ... while I getting breakfast ready ...
it was going to be a busy day ...
All of going to the arena to watch James play hockey ...
A few pictures of James ... this was a playoff game ... 

After hockey we decided to drive into town ... pick up a few craft items ...
then had dinner at the new Plaka Greek Restaurant ... 
The food here was amazingly delicious ... the portions were huge ...
we ended up taking some back home with us ...
It was a lovely evening visiting with the family ...


Monday, March 6, 2017

An Evening at the Theatre ...

February 21, 2017

Another light dusting of snow fell thru the night ...
Tonight was a special night ... Oma and I were going to the Ballet ...
"Swan Lake" ...
It was an amazing production ... that we thoroughly enjoyed ...

We are very fortunate to have these types of events ...
performed in our little town ...

 

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

An Awesome Day ...

February 19, 2017
It had snowed overnight ... but this wasn't going to stop Mike and Nathan ...
from trying out the clay thrower and firing the shotguns ... before they headed to the shooting range ...
Nathan quickly shovelled off the deck ... while Mike set things up ...
It was a cool morning ... so I didn't last long out there taking pictures and videos ...
of this activity ... 
Alana chose to watch from inside due to the temperature and the loudness of the shots ...
Once the guys had left for the Trap and Skeet Shooting Club ...
Alana and I decided to put on the snowshoes and go for a walk ... in the fresh fallen snow ...
We had walked down the road ... chatting the whole way ... about this area and before we knew it ...
we had traveled almost 2km ... wow ...  it surprised us that we had gone that far ...
We turned around and proceeded to walk back up the road to the house ...
Once we were back at the house ... we walked out into the field and picked up ...
the clay discs that had not been shot ...
So when all was done ... we had walked a total of 4km today ...
I'd say that was a most enjoyable ... great walk ... !!!
Alana and I went inside ... had a quick lunch and started to prepare the food ...
for tonights dinner ...

I was happy to receive these pictures of Mike and Nathan at the shooting range ...
and it looks like Rocko was happy to see Nathan as well ... 
We were delighted that the guys had a great time ...

Oma was going to join us for Mike's birthday dinner ... and spend the night with us ...
so when the guys were on their way home ...
they dropped by Oma's place and brought her out ...
Oma was put to work ... (actually she offered to help out) ... while I prepared the Halibut ... 
and Alana made the salad and dressing  ... (Oma's recipe) ...
We then started cook the pan fry the potatoes ... cook up the stirred veggies ...
and started to fry up the Halibut ...
Table was set and we were ready to eat our dinner ...

We sat down at the table ... with wine and beer for our beverages ...
and dinner was served ... 
We enjoyed every morsel ... of the meal ... 
Just gotta love a Halibut dinner ... !!!

After dinner ... 
coffee was prepared and a fresh Huckleberry pie was served for dessert ...
Oma figured it must be a special occasion ...
for the huckleberries to come out of the freezer ...
And ... it was ... !!!

We had a lovely time visiting ... chatting ... telling stories and lots of laughter ...

Once the kitchen was cleaned up ...
a  round of Martinis or more were made ... 
and we continued our visit ... relaxing in the living room ...



It's Snowing ... Again ...

February 18, 2017

The snow was falling ... and after breakfast ... we all headed outside to play ...
Alana was amazed at how much snow we had in the yard ...
Nathan went to find the snowmobiles ... buried in the snow ... to dig them out ...
for the two of them to go for a ride ...
This was Alana's first time driving a sled ... she did great ...
driving around on the driveway her first few rounds ...
and then ventured off with Nathan ... following him on a few trails ...
Later they went together on one sled ... Nathan heading off thru the field into the crown land ...
touring the back roads but ... they were not able to go very far due to the amount of snow ...
They did stop to enjoy the quietness in the wilderness ...
 
After Alana and Nathan came back from their sledding adventure ...
they popped into the shop to check out the progress on the VW ...
It was getting late and everyone was getting hungry ...
together we made dinner ...
A delicious meal of leftover spatzle ... beans ... fresh salad ...
and fresh cooked breaded beef cutlets ...
 

After dinner ... and the kitchen cleaned up ...

we decided to go out and relax in the hot tub ... after a busy day playing in the snow ...

I had taken the picture of Nathan and Alana ...

and then the kids thought they should take a picture of mom ...

Well ... with standing next to him ... it still surprises me at how tall Nathan is ...

and how short I am ...

Everyone had a good chuckle when they saw the picture ...


It was a lovely evening ... with the deck lights on ... snow falling lightly upon us ...

as we visited ... chatting about our wonderful day together ...

 

 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mike's Birthday ...

February 17, 2017

 
We decided to go outside to enjoy this warm sunny afternoon ...
putting on our snowshoes and venturing out to the field ...
Even with our snowshoes on ... it was difficult making our way at times ...
there was so much snow covering our earlier tracks ...
It was still a lovely hike ...
and soon Nathan and Alana would arrive to celebrate Mike's birthday ...
 
Mike had received a bottle of Tequila and some mini Cuban Cigars ...
and my gift was a bottle of pure Vanilla Extract ...
from Nathan and Alana from their trip to Mexico ... a few weeks ago ...
This was the perfect opportunity to crack open the Tequila ...
to celebrate Mike's birthday ...
After enjoying a delicious dinner of chicken ... veggies and baked spatzle with cheese ...
it was time to serve Mike a piece of his birthday cake topped with whipped cream ...
it was "Crazy Cake" made with Stevia ... and he was delighted to have chocolate cake ...
all to himself ...
As the picture indicates ... I think he was surprised that it was really just for him ...
We sang a rendition of "Happy Birthday" and then Mike made a wish ...
and blew out his lone candle ...
Mike was so surprised with all his gifts ...
especially because they were all for his new hobby ... Trap & Skeet Shooting ...
(shotgun shells ... sporting clays ... carrying pouch ... Beretta hearing protectors ...
clay thrower ... and the perfect plaque ...)
 
We had a lovely evening ... celebrating ... talking ... telling stories ... laughing ...
with a few shots of Tequila ... a few Martinis ...
then ... Mike and Nathan went out to the shop for cigars ...
The guys were excited for the morning to arrive ...
so they could shoot a few rounds of their shotguns ...
before they go to the shooting range on Sunday ...
The only issue was that the snow had started to fall again ...