Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween...

So you rush home from work...
Hang Frankie in the window and the ghost on the bush...
Spiders on the step and skeletons and bats around the front door...
Unpack the ceramic pumpkin and light candles to put in all the windows...
The crowning moment comes when the old BFR is dusted off and set up in the spare bedroom...
The speakers stack nicely in the gap in the open window and don't let in too much of the -6...
That old haunted house tape begins to moan and groan and scream out into the street...
(how long do cassettes last anyway - it must be 20 years since I taped and taped and taped the same groans ... anyway, when that tape perishes, that moment will probably signal the end of my halloweens)

















Halloween Teddy guards the candy station - but not too well, I ate too much this year...
Katie barked a lot and John answered the door for at least 35 trick or treaters...
We are out of Cheesies but still have about 50 chocolate bars - no problem...
Maybe I can trade some for one of Lisa's candy apples - Phil posted photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuffledog/284377514/

whatever --- I have to go to bed now and try to sleep with all this sugar in my system...
later man, jan

Friday, October 20, 2006

The OLD crowd...















The old 60's school crowd full of Chinese food and green tea...

I kept the list of our favourites for next time...
C-2 ginger chicken - 2 of these please
M-8 - prawns with baby corn and mushrooms - again 2
G-5 - sweet and sour pork and pineapple for John
R-10 is the fat noodles with beef that Terry had to have
E-1 Jan recommends the chicken chop suey and steamed rice for all

The only drawback to the Dragon's Gate would be the bar ...
They don't have Dorothy's cooler and my sherry came in a highball glass...
Dot - maybe you could brown bag it - you remember those days, don't you?
And I can drink sherry out of a paper cup if I have to.

Our intentions are to do it again = :)
Our history doesn't give the best odds on soon:) but we'll sure give it a try.
Mark Nov 17 at 6:30 on your calendar
later man, jan

Darwin turns 9...















Thanx, Frostie for keeping me on my toes - whew - Darwin Fish (Sharon's number 3 child) turns 9 and Uncle John and I were invited to join the bunch for pizza after they spent the afternoon at the wave pool. As I said in my last post - where do the years go...
later man, jan

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Peter is a Beaver...

Where did 5 years go...





















Peter was invested as a Beaver on Tuesday and so far he has delivered flyers, ran door to door on a bottle drive and learned "periscope up"...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Friday, October 13, 2006

Thanksgiving was Grrrrrrreat!

Thanksgiving weekend happened as it should... the turkey was stuffed and popped in the oven, the potatoes peeled, the gravy started and then off we went for a visit to the local craft place... Linda's cabin and Wendy's table full of craft supplies and ideas for inventive kids...















As the sun went behind the mountain, the children filled their plates and dug right in... the rest of us lined up for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, two veggies and gravy and buns... all the while keeping our eyes on the pies waiting to be cut... pumpkin, apple and mmmm
pecan pie (to die for, Sharon)















The weather was so fine on Sunday that we put the leftover food in the oven to warm up for our lunch and went for a long walk - ending up visiting Henry and his new cabin on the point...














and after another turkey dinner as good as the one the night before (no we didn't visit Alice's restaurant) - the children took off for the local waterfall/canyon/mud hole created by our faithful beer creek, right out there in the middle of our beach... you can't tell by looking at the kids that the creek is icy cold in October - but you also don't see any adults in there do you???















We took a Fish family photo before Shirley and Lorne left for home on Monday...
We hope they visit again soon...














Following our final lunch (turkey soup, what else) we spent an hour cleaning up and draining water pipes and adding antifreeze before locking up and driving out - saying goodbye and knowing that I won't return till the end of March 2007 is tough. Of course, we then spent two hours waiting for the ferry, the long weekend lineup is getting worse every year! however we were home safe by 8:30.

Coming to Beaton next year??? I know I will be, later man, jan

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Saying goodbye to a friend is hard...

Sorry, Dave and Jen, I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a faithful friend... we all know in our heads that their lives are short, but our hearts ache at the loss...


Although Rover was not feeling his best... he managed to compete with the other obsessives (Josh and Katie) at the August 2006 Annual Ball Throw and Return. He has probably already found the tennis ball in doggie heaven and an angel with all of eternity to patiently stand there and throw it for him. Again, and again, and again, and again...........




Rover enjoyed his visit to Bacon's Haven ... his friends will miss him... thanx for sharing him with us all.

Hang in there guys, jan