Monthly Archives: May 2022

Late Winter to Spring 2022


What a spring 2022!! Who could possibly have anticipated what has transpired??!! I felt so sure that a new world order was slowly emerging after the pandemic pandemonium of the past two years. Hardly the kind of world order I had hoped for by any means 🙄

The truckers freedom rally started its long journey across Canada to Ottawa to protest the endless mandates imposed by our government. I would have joined in except I am not comfortable driving on winter roads through mountain passes. Cheap excuse not to get involved 🙄! However, I was very proud of the peaceful way the majority of the protestors that did go forth bravely, handled themselves … although not crazy about the incessant horn honking in Ottawa … was that really necessary?? It is inevitable that protests tend to attract a fringe element of bad apples who garner far too much attention! Unfortunately this one certainly did, necessitating the ‘beyond overly knee jerk reactionary actions’ of our Prime Minister. For what it’s worth, I was in total disagreement with how our government handled the situation.

Just as our Canadian situation was settling down and the truck rally folks were making their way back to their home provinces, Russia attacks Ukraine!! What??!! New World Order??!! Hardly! One step forward, ten steps back into the old worn out paradigm of war! Mr. Putin, what were you thinking??!! My father said it best long ago and I have never forgotten his words, roughly translated from his Finnish into English …. “If a diplomatic solution is possible in conflict situations, we must find it! Killing each other is not an intelligent way to solve problems”! It seems incongruous to me that in 2022, we have a large wealthy country like Russia, attacking a smaller country in hopes of adding to its borders and yes, undoubtedly taking advantage of Ukraine’s abundance of natural resources!!! Whaaaat??? Come to your senses Mr. Putin et al. I doubt there is a country in the world who agrees with your choice of action against a peaceful country! The positive to this brutal and unprovoked attack on Ukraine is what I remain hopeful about … that it has led to a powerful and united international response! I pray this war will end soon.

I post some more peaceful scenes from late winter and early spring with my family … to balance out the negatives that are simultaneously going on in our world.

Strolling along in a Victoria in full bloom in April
My precious darling grandchildren with me in Victoria
Trio of love ❤️
Birthday celebrations in honour of my 70th … lovely flowers from my sisters ❤️
A fantastic spa sauna day at The Cave … from my kids, …. enjoyed with Sarah and Linda ❤️
An amazing lunch and theatre production of “Million Dollar Quartet”.. a birthday gift from my dear friend Linda ❤️
Mexican fiesta complete with the tastiest margaritas this side of Mexico put on by my son and son-law!
Followed by a Mexican fiesta dinner with family !
A quick flight back to Kelowna where my sister Marg takes me out to Cedar Creek for a fabulous birthday dinner!
A gift of a glass fairy light from Jane … seems appropriate for these precarious times 🙏
The Birthday continues with a lovely lunch with my good friend Jane ❤️.

It was good also to see my older sister Maija a week later. She treated me to a delicious birthday lunch at Joeys where we reminisced about our childhood … had some good laughs and a few teary moments too. Totally forgot to capture a part of the afternoon in a picture.

So there we have it … the ‘new start’ to 2022 as May comes to a close 🙄 🙏. Praying for peace on earth

Fall and Winter 2021 into 2022 Blog Catch-Up … Overdue 🙄


Nothing short of pure laziness has stopped me from updating my journal … my blog … my life documentation of sorts. I do like to keep it up, if only to refer to it every once in awhile, to see where I am at, or more appropriately, where I have been, both geographically and internally. It’s a senior memory thing at play 🙄!

Fall pictorial moments into Christmas and January …. my lazy lady style of blog update 😂

Fall hikes in the mountains

For the most part throughout this historical covid period, I have been living in a state of zen like calm, challenged intermittently when I travel to my daughter’s very busy household 😂. Geographically, my travels have consisted of frequent trips to Calgary and Victoria to offer a helping hand to Sarah when needed. I have termed my life these past two years as “Feast to Famine’ … from the busyness of my daughter’s home … (was I also like this in my thirties and forties??!! … an unequivocal yes 😂 !! … they are typically the busy decades when raising a family, juggling work and life in general) … to the monastic quiet lifestyle of my home in Kelowna where I return to refuel, to slow down, breathe deeply, regain a sense of gratitude for all that life has brought my way. 🙏

Celebrating my best friend Linda’s 70th birthday at Bonavista Lake House
Grandpa Brian enjoying our little darlings 😊
Uncle Timmy’s handful of love ❤️❤️
After a tasty dinner at Hy’s
A Christmas cabin weekend at Baker Creek
Cheers from the cozy Baker Creek cabin!
Two buddies ❤️❤️
Family Christmas party at Bob and Sandra’s … Justin masterfully entertained the little ones ❤️
Cousins at the Cullen’s Christmas Wonderland
Family gathered for Christmas cheer and gift exchange
Some wine perhaps 😊
Christmas Day at Lisa and Rick’s
Sarah brings in a portable sauna … who knew this was available??!! Loved it!
The kids did too 😊
Oliver’s birthday party …

And just like that, Oliver is now 7 😊

Christmas morning pancakes and board games at Tim and Liseanne’s