Saturday, March 21, 2009

Figaro's Garden


Today is a beautiful spring day in Vancouver. Pat and I took Softie for a walk with camera in hand. (The dock has been found-it just came to me to ask Devon to look in the wicker baskets in the bedroom cupboard and there was all the camera equipment - mystery solved)

The violas and crocus are from our yard.
We had fun at the park and then walking along Commercial Drive, having brunch at Little Nest and more park time.

The spring tulips are at Figaro's garden - Pat took this photo.

Pat is a dog lover and at the park we always meet nice dogs to romp with Softie. Pat was the dog photographer today.

Our Softie




Friday, March 20, 2009

Ian and I celebrated our birthday with a little two day stay at Point No Point resort outside of Sooke BC on Vancouver Island. It was beautiful. The resort has 25 cabins — all with kitchens, fireplaces and stunning ocean views perched high above the shoreline on 40 acres of rugged, west coast waterfront. You can hike the trails to several private beaches or across a log bridge to the rocky point. There is also a private beach house at the eastern most trail where you can tuck in out of the rain and warm yourself next to the fire. The western edge of the resort is bounded by Jacob's Creek which flows on to a boulder beach.

We stayed in Cabin C - Hummingbird with a fireplace in the living area, full kitchen and bathroom, a queen size bed and private hot tub on the deck, looking out over the ocean and mountains. We had wonderful meals in the Tea Room restaurant and good hikes along the beach. It was mini vacation that we really enjoyed.
(photos from

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Star Wars Supper

Matthew gave Patrick the Star Wars Cook Book II for Christmas and out of the blue Patrick wanted to make the Darth Malt. Delicious! Then we made Sando Aqua Monster Soup for dinner with Sith Slush to drink and Annakin's Apple Crisp for dessert. Pat did most of the preparation of the recipes and it was great to see him so focused and on task. We added udon noodles to make the soup a little more substantial for dinner. These are all "keeper" recipes according to Pat. I would agree. Great book for Star War Lovers of any age. This is also an especially great book for cooking with boys. The pages are plastic coated - how smart is that?!! Kudos to creators Frankie Frankeny and Wesley Martin.

Monday, March 9, 2009

My Mind is Purple

A friend at work was discussing how people solve problems and referring to colours that categorized the different ways of thinking. I found a little online survey about it and it told me my mind is Purple....

Of all the mind types, yours is the most idealistic.
You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense.
Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places - or a very different life for yourself.

What colour is your mind?

Happy Valentine's Day from Mrs. Staggs

One of the blogs I really enjoy is authored by Lena Staggs and she had a valentine swap which I participated and has just posted about it. Check out A Happy Miscellany in my blog list to see the wonderful tiny submissions. They are amazing!!! Lena made the heart in hand and it is very tiny and very sweet. Pat wants to use it on his miniature Christmas tree but I am posting it on my inspiration board until Christmas rolls around. I drew a little bluebird and enclosed a tiny valentine in a pouch on the back of the card I made Lena. It has been so long since I drew anything and it felt really good. Thanks for the opportunity to be a little creative. The photos are by Lena - my camera is out of commission - meaning out of batteries and I can't find the charger - so I am especially pleased to have these photos.