Monday, August 25, 2014

Caribou Lake

Enjoying time with the care-givers at Caribou Lake.
Lots of excitement and entertainment.


Phyllis and Arthur spent some time at Storm Bay. It was calm and relaxing there.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Day Dawning

Erik left early this morning for SALT Orientation in Pennsylvania. 

He will spend one week in Akron and then head to Vietnam. 

We spent the last few days doing things focussing on Erik such as eating favourite food, sorting, packing, and finalizing details. 

For his birthday I carved a watermelon shark because it combined two of his favorite things. 

Conrad made a photo collage last night in honor of Erik and his departure. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Something to Smile About

Here's what I've been working on - and finished!

The pattern is called "Which do you choose?" and you pick the different motifs and knit as long as you want in each one.

This is my swatch where I practiced the stitches.
It was really fun to knit and because I enjoyed it so much, 
I'm thinking of knitting another one - 
only it will be totally different because I'll make different choices.

Memory Lane:  I remember when I was a little girl living in Kingston, Jamaica, a neighbor lady crocheted each of us sisters a skirt.  I loved mine SOOO much.  I was really sad when I outgrew it.  I think that skirt was part of the reason that I wanted to knit a dress.

I outgrew it as I got taller and  it got shorter and shorter.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Erik's Birthday

We celebrated by going out for supper as a family.

Then we came home and Erik read a Winnipeg Free Press that we bought on the day he was born. 

All those years ago we had also bought Vogue and GQ from August 1992. It was kind of fun to look through them to see how things have changed and how they have stayed the same. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Some Summer Scenes

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Some Fabric From Way-Back-When

A few weeks ago I got a package with a piece of fabric in the mail.   The fabric was from Jamaica and was bought in the early 1970's when we lived there and my friend came to visit.  My friend is getting old and isn't able to get out much so I wanted to send her a thank you for the memories the cloth brought back to me. So I took some pictures of the cloth as it fit into our everyday lives and send her a series of 11 photos with captions. Here are some of the highlights.

Sunday Afternoon Peacefulness

 Picnic in the Park

Preparing Pizza 

Back at the Park

Still Life

I'm not sure you can tell from the photos:  the print is of Jamaican coins in various denominations.

Point to Ponder:
I'm pretty sure my friend sent me the cloth because she is downsizing and trying to get rid of stuff.  Did it backfire when I sent her 11 photos in exchange for the cloth?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Lunchtime Visit

We took lunch to Erik at the park where he works this week. It was a lovely day. 

Conrad biked from his work to join us. 

What a great place to work!

Back to work he goes. 

Erik Graduates from University

University of Winnipeg
There was much pomp and circumstance. 
Jean Chr├ętien (in red and white and fuzzy) received an Honorary Degree In Law and gave a speech which was quite entertaining. He and Lloyd Axworthy are good friends and he talked about old times. 

Erik getting the degree. 
Erik is sitting in the row above the half empty row in the middle of the group of three people by the aisle. 

Happy times!

Lots of support. 

Later we went out for lunch at Red Lobster and Erik had a combo plate with crab. We were finished our meals long before he was done and so we just watched him get all the meat from the crab. 

Erik did about 95% of his studying for this degree - all 4 years of it -- from this chair (below).  He had it in this position, juggling his laptop and his books.  It's located right in our living room and we lived our lives around him as he worked in that chair. Somehow he stayed focused and got it all done.  I made the photo into a card and I've attached it here.  In the very small print it says that we are now giving him the chair as a grad present.

Of course we also gave him the traditional parental grad gift:  Luggage.
(Luggage is practical but also serves as a hint.)