Saturday, March 17, 2007

Thursday, March 14th, 2007 -- Chores

Dear Bloggy,

Well, just a quickie catch up since it is now almost 1:30am Saturday and I still haven't put in an entry for Thurs or Friday. Thursday was supposed to be a day to catch up on errands and chores. I did get some done... like going to the post office (finally, I have stamps on hand for mailing out forms!), picked up some fruit at Kin's Market up Davie, and then walked home. In the afternoon, I took Bridget for a walk, but only for a 1 mile walk because I was meeting Nancie for dinner on Robson Street and I was going to be walking there to meet her at 5pm.

Nancie and I went to Hon's for Chinese food. They make the best Chinese food in the West End! Here are pictures I took... hard to believe it's still so chilly... it looks like Spring is here and it should be warm!

Anywho... here are some pictures... one of Nancie, one of me in my blue hat that I picked up this week at Granville Island with Bonnie, a picture of a Cherry Blossom tree at night with a street light above it, and a picture of a West End street that is all in blossom :)

Well, I have more to add to the blog but it is going on 2am now, so I will blog more tomorrow, which will explain why I got home close to 1am Friday night (well, Sat. morning).

Sweet dreams!


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 - Scrapbooking!

Dear Bloggy,

Oh, what a fun two days we've had so far! My online friend, Bonnie from Seattle, arrived in Vancouver yesterday, almost at noon on the dot! She has come up to show me how to do some scrapbooking techniques and basically give me the basics of how to start organizing my kajillions of photos I've taken over the years and put them together on fun, customized scrapbook pages. But FIRST, we had to go shopping to start collecting supplies! Monday was a "Scrapbook Shopping" day and oh-my-goodnes but this could get downright addictive and EXPENSIVE!! (grin) Just when you think that all you need is some paper, a few ribbons, glitter, etc... voila! There are a kajillion other things you need. The child in me LOVES paper, glitter, and creative tools, so I can see where I am going to have many, many entertaining hours. I was looking for a hobby of some sort that I could do at home because I really have no idea how many days there may be that I don't have my usual energy. If I do have to stay at home, then I certainly will need something to keep my mind and hands active... and this looks like my cup of tea!

Oh, but I'm ahead of myself! Bloggy, meet Bonnie :) I took this picture when we went to Granville Island to look at supplies. We had a very successful shopping day!

And here is a picture that Bonnie took of me! It was windy, which explains why both of our hair was blowing around. And yes, the sun was in our eyes but hey, look at the sky behind us! It ended up being a gorgeous day, considering all the rain we had the few days before this.

Hahaha - here are the two scrapbooking chicks!! Ok, ok, so maybe we weren't in a scrapbooking supply store, but we stumbled across this way kewl little hat store on the Island. It was sooooo neat! Just a little store tucked away with every kind of hat! Here we are modeling two hats (no, we didn't buy them), but I did end up buying two hats that may come in handy :)

Ahhh... the Pilates Goose! This goose cracked us up! It looked like she was doing Tai Chi or Pilates, balancing on one leg while contemplating the meaning of life. Then we got to thinking that maybe her leg was broken and she had been standing on her one leg on that beam for 6 weeks! Maybe she needed rescuing! Maybe... then she put her foot down and walked back along the beam to dry land... oh well :)

So, that was yesterday. We brought home all our packages of papers, tools, adhesives, etc. We took Bridget for a walkie, fed her, hung around for a bit, then went to Milestones for dinner. A full, but happy day! And I don't think we stopped chattering all day (grin)

Today, we were bound and determined to take Bridget to Second Beach for her morning walkie. I want to make sure that she gets her exercise and stimulation in, which, in turn makes sure that I get my fresh air and exercise in too. So Bonnie and I took Bridget on a jaunt to Second Beach in Stanley Park. Hahahaha... poor Bridget looked like a drowned rat and it doesn't help that she has not had her grooming yet! I'm waiting for the weather to warm up before she gets her short haircut.

Hahaha... not the best morning to go walking! Not only had it already started raining when we started out about 9am, it was cold out! The rain did sort of stop at one point, long enough that we got to Second Beach (about 1 mile from home), but when we headed back, the rain started again, then the hail started! OUCH!! OUCH!! Time to dry off, towel down the dog, change into a dry coat, and then head out to breakfast. After that, we came home and spent the day playing with scrapbooking stuff.

This is my very first scrapbook page that I created by figuring out a colour scheme that goes together, then the layout. The photo is a picture of Bridget taken in the summer awhile back, so the little brown tag gives a description of the photo.

Hahahaha... this is just ONE picture and it was today's project! So, considering I have years of photos, well, you can just imagine how many hours of scrapbooking I have ahead of me to preserve my photos. Tomorrow (Wed), we have to go get some bloodwork done, then Bonnie is going to show me how to do scrapbooking online on the computer.

Ahhhhhh... it is now the pumpkin hour (midnight), so time for me to get to bed. Another busy, full day ahead tomorrow. Let's hope I don't forget to get that bloodwork done since Dr. Gill will need the blood work results for Friday afternoon (grin).



Monday, March 12, 2007

Monday, March 12th - morning

Dear Bloggy,

Well, just a quickie post this morning because the next couple of days are probably going to be quite busy and I'm not sure if I'll get to the blog or not (watch, I'll end up posting lots of posts! hahahaha!).

Wow, yesterday Steve and I went to his parents for dinner and the rain was unbelievable!! We aren't just talking rain, but more like sheets of water. When we made it to Maple Ridge, we could see that there was going to be some problems with flooding because the ditches were alread overflowing up to the roads... and the fields looked like lakes. We had a great time with the family for birthday dinner.. total chaos with 7 adults and 3 kids, plus 1 dog and 8 rabbits (grin). I loved it! But coming home, what an adventure! We couldn't get out to the highway because all the roads to the highway were closed due to flooding. So we took the uh.. er.. scenic route. Yes, we did make it home, but it was definitely a roundabout way of getting there! LOL!

When I got home, there was an email waiting for me from Bonnie, my friend from Seattle who was going to take the Amtrak train up to Vancouver today to spend a few days here. Well, Amtrak called her to say the train was cancelled because of mudslides on the tracks (all this rain!!!). So, she is driving up instead. She just called me about half an hour ago to say that she has made it through the border and is on Canadian soil (grin). She should be arriving any time now.

She is going to show me how to scrapbook, both the traditional way with paper, stickers, fabric, etc. and the online way with software and my digital pictures. We are also going to make a tour of various scrapbooking stores, shopping in general and taking the dog out for walkies (thank goodness the rain has stopped and the sun is actually out today!)

Ok, on Wednesday we will also have to go to the medical lab on Burrard so they can take a kajillion vials of blood and do the bloodwork and have the results to my oncologist for our Friday visit. She needs to see the bloodwork results before chemo starts on Monday. This bloodwork will be the base foundation of what they will be comparing future blood work results too (white blood cell count, red blood cell count, etc).

So, I reckon we will have to throw some medical stuff in with the important stuff... like shopping and scrapbooking (grin). The only problem is Bonnie won't be up here long enough to get everything done that we want to do!! Hmmmm... this might mean she will have to come up for another trip in the near future (grin).

Ok, ta ta for now!