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Blue Monday & Happy Thanksgiving

Sally at smilingsally is hosting Blue Monday today.  Be sure to click on her blog and see all the lovely blueness and the bloggers who are participating on Blue Monday.  Blue Monday Instructions  First let me tell you a couple of things…then I’ll share my blue with you.

Happy Thanksgiving to All My Canadian Friends

This is our Thanksgiving in Canada.  We’ve already celebrated it on Saturday in order for us all to be together.  It was a lovely family time.  Even my brother from British Columbia was here with his girlfriend.  There were 10 of us at my place.    We enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner and the Love Bunny and I were busy preparing during the day.  I think everything turned out so nicely.  We are lucky, the Love Bunny Marc and I to be able to celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving in October and then the American Thanksgiving in November.  It was perfect, even the weather.

I have to share about Madeline with you.  When she came in she greeted and hugged each person individually on her own saying Happy Thanksgiving.  She made each couple a Thanksgiving card.  When it was time to go she hugged each person and said goodbye.  Before she walked out the door she asked “is there anyone missing a hug?”  At the same time my brother (wearing BLUE jeans) and my youngest son Richard (wearing  BLUE hoodie) said “YES” and scooped her up for a big hug.     We all smiled.  Aren’t they special?

For Blue Monday here is a lovely picture I took in March while we were on our Eastern Caribbean Cruise.  Here we were on land in Barbardos.   Isn’t the water a beautiful BLUE…and the sky… 

On our balcony on the ship were BLUE chairs which looked wonderful against the beautiful BLUE water.     That is actually Fort Lauderdale, Florida – just as we were leaving. 

 It seemed strange to think that we were in a vessel on BLUE water carrying swimming pools filled with BLUE water….

  My scarecrow is set up for the Fall and sporting BLUE overalls.  Cute isn’t he?

I’ve been making soap.  This one is scented Blue Raspberry which is absolutely yummy smelling..mmmmm I’ve embedded chunks of BLUE soap into it as well.    I’ve had a creative kind of day.     mmmmmm smells soooo yummy in here.  This will be going into my etsy store shortly.

I hope you’ve had a good visit looking at my BLUE Monday items.  Don’t forget to look at the other bloggers and they’ll be happy to see your comment and know you’ve been there.

Have a lovely day!   Judi


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Mom’s Birthday Celebration

Today is my mom’s birthday however because she lives an hour away from the rest of us we celebrated the day on Sunday.  First we met at her place and she opened some presents.  We visited for a little while and then drove to the Mandarin Chinese Restaurant.  We enjoyed a fabulous buffet……mmmmmm it was Yum!  It was such a nice celebration.  The waiter came over and sang Happy Birthday to her and brought her a piece of cake with a lit candle.  Let me tell you we had eaten sooo much dessert by that time that she was happy to take her cake home in a “doggy” bag.

I wanted to share some pictures of us we took on Sunday.    This is mom loving a gift she received         

  This is my eldest son Geoff, his wife Robyn and Madeline.  There were looking very happy.

 This is my younger son Richard and his girlfriend Eva.

  This is a closeup of Madeline.

         … and my mom and I.  She is 79 years young today.  Happy Birthday Mom!  I had driven home from Marc’s that morning and we missed not having him there with us.  We all sadly missed my father also……


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One Thousand Marbles

 I came across this and wanted to share with you:


A few weeks ago, I turned the volume up on my radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning talk show. I heard an older sounding chap with a golden voice. He was talking about “a thousand marbles” to someone named “Tom.” I was intrigued and sat down to listen to what he had to say.


“Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure they pay you well but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter’s dance recital.”


He continued, “Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities.” And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a “thousand marbles.”


“You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.”


“Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now stick with me Tom, I’m getting to the important part.”


“It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any  detail,” he went on, “and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.”


“So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round-up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in my workshop next to the radio. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away.”


“I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.”


“Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out  of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then God has  blessed me with a little extra time to be with my loved ones……


“It was nice to talk to you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your loved  ones, and I hope to meet you again someday. Have a good morning!”


You could have heard a pin drop when he finished. Even the show’s moderator didn’t have anything to say for a few moments. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to do some work that morning, then go to the gym. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. “C’mon honey,  I’m taking you and the kids to breakfast.”


“What brought this on?” she asked with a smile.


“Oh, nothing special,” I said. ” It has just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids…”


“…Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we’re out? I need to buy some marbles.”


This certainly is thought provoking and helps to put a perspective on things doesn’t it? 

We should remember to count our blessings with every new day,  



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2-Day Mini Cottage Vacation

Starbucks Coffee Yum

My brother introduced me to Guatemala Antigua coffee from Starbucks while we camped at the cottage the past 2 days.  It was obviously so yummy to me that when I got home I headed right to Starbucks to buy a bag and can’t wait until morning to brew a cup.

My brother and Janine Ken and Janine  drove  all the way  Ken\'s Bus   from British Columbia last week and now are at the cottage 2-1/2 hours north of me.  Geoff, Robyn, Madeline and I drove there together yesterday and spent the night.  It was absolutely wonderful.  We had a terrific time…      We swam swimming...……… and sat by the lake and fished fishing down by the water ….we watched and fed the chipmunk…..watching the chipmunk……. served up a yummy bbq dinner.  This is my brother and me Ken and I.  We  all worked hard together and built a firepit Roasting Marshmallows in our New Firepit and roasted marshmallows and made Smores……and laughed Sitting Around Together and told stories and watched the sunset The Sunset... and gazed at the stars.  We didn’t want to go home!!  On the drive we were fascinated by all the Inuckshucks which are stone figurines made high up on the rocks along the way.  Inuckshucks on the rocks on the drive home  How special it was to spend this time together…

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