Monday, January 24, 2011

Chilliwack Car Wash

One of my favourite things
is going through a car wash
... I know ... weird, huh?

Simple things for
simple minds I guess

During a 'road trip' to Chilliwack, we found this carwash.  And because we found ourselves in a very dirty car, we followed the herd and entered the shoot.

 As  a side note, we ventured to Chilliwack to check out their thrift stores.
I had a list of stops, their addresses and a trusty GPS to get us there!

 We had about a 20 minute wait ... if you can believe it ... to get suds-ed
and so I snapped a few pictures to keep entertained

 Check this out ... Cloth Towel to wipe down the inside of your car
Armor All to nourish your interior dash et cetera
and Air Fresheners ... one vanilla scented
and the other New Car Scent ... CRAZY!

 We insert our credit card in the rusted out WashWorld payment machine

 We look on as the truck in front of  us vanishes in the mist and spray

 On a very cold winter January day, it is a wonder that we desire water to be any where near our vehicles.
I didn't get a picture, but there were icicles outside the car wash on other buildings

 Suds-ed down and then ... I lost interest in him

 Here is us when we entered the washing machine

Such cool patterns

Like watching a monsoon-type storm from the safety of your car

 And then the peace that follows a storm ... with the back-drop of the clear mountains

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

And the Snow Came Down

There was talk ... even a warning ... and it came.  Last night we received 6 - 8 inches of snow.  And as snow is known to do ... it covered everything.

Hubby woke early in anticipation of driving Johnnie-Girl to work. Her little car does not fare too well in the stuff.  But once she was out to the main road, away she went.  I haven't heard otherwise, so I imagine she is fine ...?

It was early in the morning when I attempted some snow shots ... Being quite the amateur photographer, they didn't turn out too well.  The lighted covered patio area , however, revealed this chilly sight ...  Note to Hubby:  The spray nozzle must be leaking.

In the afternoon there were pretty snowy fields to admire

We have this odd tree which holds its leaves waaaay longer than any leafy tree I have seen

Notice the leaves ON TOP of the snow!

Matty loves the snow and wouldn't sit still for a portrait

Evidence of a large predator?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

For God So Loved the World

I know that Christmas is officially over ...
but I found this simple yet impacting youtube video that I wanted to share with you.

Jesus remains the Reason for the Season
and for the rest of the year too

Friday, January 7, 2011

Dastardly Deed

It may appear that I am favouring my third born, Johnnie-Girl, this week as I am featuring her a lot lately, but the fact is that I work with the material I am presented.

A few weeks ago, Genius offered to give Johnnie-Girl a face massage as she was overly stressed with university final exams and life in general.  I should point out that Genius is considering an occupational change, and is leaning towards Massage Therapy.  For fun he practices on us family members on occasion, and this was simply one of those occasions.


Or so Johnnie-Girl thought.

Hours after her relaxing face massage,
she looks in the mirror to see this before her.

She had fallen victim to a
masterful prank indeed

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Modern Art

Before Christmas, Johnnie-Girl invested
in her first piece of modern art.

A Snow Board
 She was very thrilled.

 New board, bindings, boots, and jacket.

She tested the ensemble out on Monday, and came home with many happy memories ...
and an assortment of sore muscles!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dan the Man Turns 30

Dreamer's boyfriend, Dan the Man had a milestone birthday the end of December.
He turned 30
In honour of the special event, she gave him a surprise birthday party.
The theme was Senior Retirement Home and yep, it was a costumed affair.

JeBe was one of my favourites.
His cotton and icing sugared beard and eye brows
completely changed his youthful looks.

KriBa looked older, but her lovely skin gave her age away.

Girlfriend and Genius had terrific outfits,
complete with hunched backs, walker and grayed hair.

We served easily digested food for the dinner, and topped it off with cupcakes.

We had to serve easily digested food as we all know that seniors don't have any teeth!

The night was a great success,
but, alas, Dan the Man ... being an old man of 30 ...
got tuckered out after all the excitement.

Monday, January 3, 2011

White Rock Walk

During the brisk, cool temperatures of winter, Hubby and I ventured out to White Rock Beach.
Years and years ago ... even before my time ... folks used to take the train out to White Rock to enjoy the peaceful ocean shores and beautiful scenery.

 Although still relatively peaceful, and still beautiful, there are quite a few more visitors
and shops and restaurants and residents.
 You ignore everyone else, and enjoy a nice walk along the well traveled sidewalks
and out to the pier.

 The pier has been here a long time!

 Halfway down the pier, I catch a shot of the official "White Rock".
The whiteness is attributed to a few coats of paint,
but the question remains ... How did it get there?

 I am a sucker for pictures of textures, and the ripples of the low tide beaches caught my eye

 Back on the shore, the sun is shining on some of the residences and bouncing off of the ocean

 A sea gull takes a bath in the icy waters

 On the pier, we spy a few crab appendages.  Sure to be a treat for a sea gull when it is discovered.

 A few lucky ones are allowed to moor their sail crafts along the breakwater off of the pier.

 The breakwater is a beautiful sight just on its own.

 Hard to believe that the shoreline was just walking trails and trees at one time.

 A female sea gull stood a long time posing for me as I shot about 30 pictures.

 The male counterpart was upset that I had no food offering for him and his female.

 Quickly the sun went down as we returned from our pier walk.

And finally a glimpse of the cement pavers,
purchased by individuals in honour of loved ones,
that line the sidewalks along the shore.
Rather a neat idea ... I thought.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cupcakes for Two

During the holiday week ... between Christmas and New Years ... Hubby always takes a vacation.  A much needed vacation.  During that time he and I often ditch the kids and take a few adventures.  Don't worry, no kids have been harmed during these adventures ... In fact they have long since 'ditched us'.

Anyway, after a drive out to White Rock ... I'll share those pictures with you later .. we found a Cupcake shop.  Yumm-O as Rachel Ray would say.

We held back our temptation to buy a box of 12 ...

This feat was contributed to sheer will power but was combined with the hefty price of these cupcakes ...

And opted to purchase just two.

Mine was called CARAMELLA ... on the left
and Hubby picked a SNOWFLAKE cupcake

They survived the ride in the car as we drove to White Rock beach
and then further endured a short walk to a picnic table
where we decided to indulge in their goodness

As Hubby tried his, I snapped a few pictures of the occasion

Soon it was too much for me to take, so I dove into my treat.
Well worth the $3.25 a piece.

Check out this short youtube video of the shop where we purchased the cupcakes
Cupcakes by Heather and Lori

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