Glass & other crafty goodies

Are you fascinated with glass? Do you often wonder about all those little glass beads that we all 'play' with...How are they made & Who makes them? Well here is the answer...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Meandering Down Vancouver Island

Meandering down the Island: Nanaimo to Victoria
I was so happy to wake up on Saturday morning to see the glorious sunshine! The amount of time I have spent in the fog has been somewhat of a transition for me. Living so close to the ocean can have it's draw backs...I know...poor me! Don't get me wrong, I am definitely not complaining. Anyways, Galen and I decided to take a roadtrip down to Victoria. No itinerary, no obligations, no agenda...well, you get the idea. Our first stop was at Whippletree Junction. Mainly, because we NEEDED more coffee...& snacks! It is a really quaint little place to visit/shop. There are several different stores then from what I remember as I haven't been there in many, many years. It did seem that many of the shops were selling similair things. I seem to recall that there was a greater diversity of goods available. However, we weren't really there to do any hard core shopping...we were just enjoying the sunshine ... and ...of course .... the snacks! Mmmmm, homemade date squares! After a few photos, including several pics of the trunk of a Cedar. Don't worry, I won't bore anyone by posting that! We made our way back onto the highway. Oh oh oh, but not that fast. I had to pull over to click away while pointing towards an old dilapidated farm house. Why are caved in old building SO fascinating? Hmmm...something to ponder. Perhaps, some future someone will find my house so interesting, and wonder about my life...? Next, we made our way down to Bamberton Beach. I remember being a kid, and LOVING going there 'cause you could always find sand dollars. I was very sad...there were no sand dollars this day! I was also surprised that there were private houses very close to the beach. It made me wonder if this was always so, and just not noticed by a child excited to be at the beach? or a new-ish development? I remember feeling the same way about the development of the stretch between Uclulet and Tofino. Signs of the times...everyone wants their piece of paradise. Who wouldn't love to live near such a special place? Here are a couple of the pics I took at Bamberton...

Ooooops! Before we knew it the clock said 2:30! Wow, we really were on "island" time!! Back up to the car and off we go, & over the Malahat... We started to see signs of "civilization" when we approached Langford (LOL)! Then through to the downtown area. We lallygagged our way through some shops (Market Square, Government street, etc.).
The icing on the cake was finding a random cupcake sitting at the base of a lamppost just up from Bastion Square! Seriously, a cupcake...randomly sitting there...all alone! This was probably one of the moments that Galen actually was a little embarrassed of his mother taking pictures of this oddity. People WERE watching don't you realize! LOL! What a happy little day! We thought that called for a celebratory meal at Sam's Deli! Soup and sandwich for 2 please... I seemed to be blessed with parking spaces that seemed to fall from the sky! However, coin$ to make the meter maid happy did not appear so easily... Hee Hee..we avoided a parking ticket by the hair on my chiny chin chin! Phew...!

Finally, we made the last leg of her our journey right down to Mile Zero and were treated to the most beautiful sunset...enjoy your own "sunny" days!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

More about family...etc

So what I not mentioned yet is that our house is filled with four legged friends...well mostly they are friendly! Pongo, the cat, can be a little bit grumpy. Generally, he has clicked the "ignore" button; however, he does have what we have termed "the stinky face". We also have 2 dogs! Perhaps that is why the cat ignores us????? Here are the pics. Jazzy, the youngest is a Jack Russell Terrior(ist) cross, and just over a year old now. She is definitely the boss! Kip is a 4 year old Border Collie/Blue Heeler X. He is s-s-s-c-c-a-r-e-d of the little one. Did I mention that Jazzy is a terriorist? Anyways, Kip is such a good "Mom"...he is a boy, I know. He takes great care of cute! As you can well imagine my dogs are very energetic, and spend alot of time doing naughty things. Our latest trick to keep them entertained during the cold snap has been to "hide" treats around the yard! I am so grateful that one never gets old...

Life Transitions of the first things that we did when we moved back to the island was go and have family pics done. I thought that it would be a super cool way of marking our life transition. We had Gabrielle of Delilah Squid Photography do the shoot. AMAZING! We had such a great time! OMG...she is so talented.
Check her out!

She did both studio and location shots. This is particularly cool because we shot at Saxe Pointe (in Victoria), and when Galen was 2 we had pics done at the very same location! Same tree, same kid...they are just a little bigger! LOL! I will have to dig out the old pics and do a side by side post. Can you say nostalgia...?