Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dream a Little Dream

During our weekend away, my Hubby and I almost cruised by one of the most enjoyable adventures that we share together: Investigating new sub-divisions and the show homes they have on display.
Ahhhh .... Harrison Highlands ... perched atop the hillside in Agassiz, BC ... It claims to be 'The Largest River View Master Planned Community in the Fraser Valley".

The following are a few pictures of the the two show homes that we toured. The above is a large deck off of the kitchen and living room area. I love the West Coast feel of the cedar timbers used in the front window.

Take a look at the large TREE growing in this living room!

And the kitchen ... pictures don't do it justice. The back splash was unbelievable!

Nobody would complain about doing the dishes at this kitchen sink! You can see for miles and miles. Imagine the view as the seasons turn!

Back to earth girl ...
and a glance at some of God's handiwork. I'm sorry I don't know the name of these flowers, but I know that I like 'em! Hope that you are having a lovely summer too.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Weekend Away

I actually tore my Hubby away from the busyness of life and we retreated to beautiful Chilliwack and Agassiz. Such spectacular sights and relaxing moments.
We drove around without a care in the world ... we have a GPS in the car so how lost could we get? ... and explored. A new sub-division up on the hills of Harrison Mills has a look out tower. You can see for miles and miles perched up there!
A walk along the Fraser River in Hope was a breeze during low tide. When it is up the water is only about a foot or so deep along the edge, but the 'dry' river rocks were so much easier to walk on AND we were able to make our own version of the 2010 Olympic inukshuk icon. Doesn't he have such broad shoulders!

Not sure what plant has seeds like these, but I thought they were so interesting and wanted you to see them.

And last photo for today are the flags blowing at the Hope Information Centre. Notice the clouds in the background? During the weekend BC got one of it's most exciting lightening, thunder and rain storms. I unfortunately didn't get any pictures of that, but I will share more of our weekend adventures tomorrow.

Friday, July 24, 2009

It keeps on coming ....

A few days after our profitable Garage Sale of 2009
our neighbour phoned and asked if we had sold
a bicycle she had eyed at the sale.
When I assured her that we hadn't,
she was relieved and offered to buy it from us.
For the $30 we were asking!

That brought the GRAND total up to $495.80.
Just thought that you would like to share the joy!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Garage Sale Success Story

This Saturday my daughter Johnnie-Girl and I
put on a very successful garage sale.
We worked most of the day on Friday
running around the house
and out building pulling out stuff that we have
been storing for years for
no apparent reason.
It was a great time of purging
and an enlightening time for our spirit.

The key to our success ... I have to say ... was not the 'stuff'
but our signs and presentation.
Years ago a visiting pastor from Ontario gave us
a valuable piece of advice
while visiting with our family
or KISS for short
Large cardboard signs simply need to say
YARD SALE in big black painted upper case letters.
Add a few very large arrows painted
on other pieces of cardboard
to aid in direction and these signs bring them in
from miles away every time.
Please don't get caught up with the urge to include
address, sale times, or a list of items.
Remember the KISS method.

As for item presentation ...
beg, borrow or steal lotsa tables.
We borrowed our from the church.
Most people prefer not to bend over to look
at your wares spread out on bed sheets or tarps on the ground.
Remember that garage sales are usually on hot summer days.
Tables allow customers to view at a comfortable height.
Have items arranged according to type.
One table for housewares. One for toys. One for tools etc.
I also include a table marked
And then mark it down to 10 cents an item at about noon.
Gets them every time.
Also put bright removable price stickers
on every single item!
I find that people are generally not bold enough to ask
how much an item is and so with that holding them back
you have lost a sale.

After all was set up
Johnnie-Girl and I simple sat back
in the shade of the house
and took in the profits.
Oh, don't forget to be friendly.
Smile, talk, joke
Enjoy yourself as perfect strangers help you to
clean out your house.
For our fun and little bit of effort
we raked in $465.80.
Not bad for a bunch of stuff we didn't really need.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Picnic in the Park

The other day the family decided that we needed to get out.
Out into the wilds of Aldergrove.
Out to Aldergrove Lake Regional Park!

We packed a lunch,
donned our sun glasses and bug spray
and off we went.
This is the first post that I have ever included
actual pictures of our family.
Looking at other blogs, I found myself most interested
in the ones with personal pics.
So may I present some of my family ...
This is a sideways (??? Computer glitch ???) shot
of the Genius.
He is keeping close watch on his last UNO card
This is the Dreamer
She wrapped herself in the yellow picnic table cloth as we
walked up the hill to a better location
And finally the youngest of the tribe.
I tease her that she has Audrey Hepburn's
Breakfast at Tiffany's glasses

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Okay, now it is done.
I am now officially going to add personal pics for those
who care to take a gander at my humble blog.
I hope that you are out enjoying the sun!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sushi Supper

Sushi Time in the Summer

I have had the pleasure to go out for Sushi
TWICE in the last few weeks.
Once with my daughter the Dreamer
for our annual Sushi night out together
And then the second time with my dear Hubby.
He had NEVER had Sushi before so I sorta dared him.
I am not too daring myself, so we just had an order of
a California Roll, Dynamite Roll and a beautiful plate
of Vegetable Tempura
I made the mistake and forgot to take a picture
of the plate of Sushi when it arrived, so you have to settle
for an almost empty one.
One of the best things about a Sushi meal is the presentation.
Presentation is Everything
Hope that you have tried Sushi.
If not,

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