Switchin’ it up!

These winter days I’m thinking about summer ( as many people do) and making plans! Especially with a day like yesterday. It may be a bit pre mature but yesterday was gorgeous Spring-like day here!

5 months from today, on July 18th, David & I will celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary! Crazy eh? People look at us and laugh when we tell them. “Did you get married when you were 10 they ask ?” Haha, it’s funny. Not quite, but we married young. Started a family a couple years later ( our oldest son will marry his sweetheart in 2 months) Anyway… it’s 30 years this year!!

I wanted to celebrate this milestone in France, Paris to be exact. We’ve celebrated our Anniversaries in some pretty sweet places the last 5 years…so we thought (or I thought) Paris would be fun for our 30th. ( We haven’t been to Europe except for a stop over in Spain on our way to China from Brazil) That was the PLAN! I’ve had this in my mind for awhile and would start planning our itinerary this Winter.

Well… many times I looked at it, and tossed it aside, and looked at it again, and I wasn’t getting real excited about the idea of the whole Paris and France thing…so what could be some other options? I LOVE traveling, I love adventure BUT this Winter I’m just not getting excited about going anywhere really… until one day out of the blue, I had an idea.

Periodically David & I talk about our “Bucket List”. His is obviously  a little different than mine. But he is usually game for whatever I propose…within reason.

So here is what we came up with… 29 years ago, the year after we married, we did a road trip out West for his twin’s wedding in Alberta. We went just to the edge of British Columbia ( just to say we went to BC). David has always wanted to do that trip again.

This summer we have a three week period in July around our Anniversary. ( 3 weeks is all David could get…peak time for vacations) and we are gonna do  an Across Canada Road Trip of sorts…ALL THE WAY TO Victoria, BC! James’ photos really made us want to visit!!

I say it’s a ROAD TRIP of sorts because once we decided what we’d do, I dug out the maps, sat down for hours with my computer and got right at planning and calculating. Three weeks is a long time BUT not long enough!!! Not long enough to do EVERYTHING we want to do this time, so… it’s gonna be a combination road trip and flights across the country. We won’t have to drive LONG hours on end and be exhausted, we won’t have to drive through some of the “less exciting” places we’ve already driven through, we can pick and choose a bit and spend MORE time in our favourite places, and we will have time and energy to just have FUN and ADVENTURE!!!! It’s not a lot of fun when you have to spend 10 hour days just driving and be frustrated that you can’t stop and see certain things because of time restraints.

I am so excited, and so is he, and we have been having lots of fun looking at maps, and places and options and ideas… I actually have flights, all our hotels, and car rentals booked for the segment that we aren’t driving our own car. Haha…It doesn’t take me long when I get excited about something!!! ( besides, it’s peak time and things book up quickly) It makes me think it’s the right choice for us this year.

There’s nothing wrong with switchin’ things up. LOTS and LOTS more planning to do! It’s gonna be an exciting 30th Anniversary Across Canada for this Canadian girl! 5 months away…haha 😀

So what am I doing these wintery days? Planing for summer of course ( and a wedding trip in April) Fun times! 😛

 

A PERFECT day for Pancakes

Cozy inside…it’s a BLIZZARD out there!

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and waited… and at about 1:30pm yesterday it started. Snow and wind and yes siree, a good old fashioned East Coast Maritime Blizzard. It snowed and blowed all night!!

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So today, again, there’s no school and we are cozy inside ( after shovelling) Well, I didn’t shovel this one. David had to work early so he was up at 3am snow blowing and a little guy came knocking on our door this morning wanting to shovel the driveway so James hired him! And then James went out and helped him and they did the back deck instead. We paid him ( gotta encourage them when they’re young) and then James finished the driveway with the snow blower.

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The sun is shining and everything is melting…ENJOY your storm day!

A drive on the beach…

There’s no question I LOVE the beach!

“This really is my favourite beach! We are so blessed to live this close to such a beautiful beach.” I said to my husband as we were driving, yes driving, on the beach yesterday.

There aren’t too many places that you can drive on a beach but Crescent Beach is one of them and it’s not far from our home. We usually don’t drive on it. We usually like to walk this beach, like on January 1st of each new year. It’s tradition.  But this is our “go to beach” and we like to visit often.

The first couple days of February have been so unbelievably mild and sunny that yesterday we went for a drive to the beach and because the sun was soon setting, rather than walk we just slowly drove the length of the beach and watched the waves roll and the beautiful glow on the water. There is something so relaxing, so soothing and peaceful about this to me. Ahhh…

I often say we should buy a place or land and build here, so we can have this EVERY day but, I also like the convenience of living right in town too. Hmm…

If the remaining weeks of Winter could be like this…I wouldn’t mind it a bit. However, in a day or so I’m sure there will be another snow storm. We’ve just got to be thankful and enjoy the nice ones.

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The last day of the year

Whoa! The last day of 2015.

So much happened this year. So many things that I couldn’t have imagined. Good things…GREAT and Awesome things, but also a few very sad and heartbreaking things. That’s the way life is, you just never know what each year will bring.

This year, New Year’s Eve, we are having a quiet evening at home. Yes, I know…no exciting city to see how they celebrate New Year’s Eve. We just needed quiet and together. Sure I still have a Bucket List of ideas for other years…here’s hoping!

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Tonight as 2015 passes to 2016, we are THANKFUL for having had another year and look forward to what a new year will bring! There are some exciting things already planned and here’s wishing for surprises and adventure along the way.

Happy New Year!What are your thoughts and wishes as we celebrate this New Year’s Eve?

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WELCOME to your new home!!

Today is an exciting day!!!! Good Morning and Welcome to your new home! Welcome to Bridgewater!!

The first Syrian refugee family has arrived on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Fadia Mekdad and her husband, Mohamed Al Kafri, and their daughters, Fatima and Farah.

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( GAYLE WILSON PHOTO)

The family is sponsored by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bridgewater, which had raised $23,000 to bring the family in. In addition to the cash, there were numerous contributions in kind. Tim O’Regan of O’Regan’s Toyota, for example, provided a minivan to pick the family up from the airport, and Bridgewater’s Bulk Barn has invited them to come to the store to stock their kitchen with spices and other foods.For the first week or so, they will be staying at the home of parishioners in town. At the end of the month, after they choose from among furniture that was donated, they’ll be moving into an apartment in town. ( Lighthouse Now)

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We hope you finally feel very safe and as you begin your new life, settle in, and learn some English, we hope and pray that you’ll feel welcome and it will be a smooth adjustment. We are so thankful to the BIG hearts of the families that have sponsored you!

Get Your storm chips ready!

Get those shovel’s ready! It’s time to dig out the snowblower and shovels because today Eastern Canada is expected to get the first major snow storm of the season!

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And as Frankie Mac Donald would say…get your storm chips ready!

At 10am this morning it started.

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And then this afternoon…snow, ice pellets, rain, ice pellets, snow…

1st snow of season 1st snow!And then rain and ice pellets.

In Bridgewater, I think we faired pretty well. Not a major one after all, just very pretty.

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