Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Graduation 2011

Graduation isn't what it used to be.
The girls all look like women.
While the boys look like boys in costumes.
Shoe styles have changed since 1962.

Dresses have become ball gowns.

Thankfully there is still the odd free spirit...

...and biker chic!

The view from behind was often exquisite!


From The Merchant of Venice, Portia states:
The quality of mercy is not strain'd.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

We wish you a sweet life, Portia, with many blessings!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Augie!

During our visit to Vancouver we shared an early birthday celebration 
with our grandson who turns two years today, June 28th.  
He showed us a wonderful sculptural park on the PNE grounds with a climbable cow, 
slide-through passages and water features.

Everything is interesting to a two year old!!

After our trek, we had a delicious dinner with a candle-lit birthday cake.
We love you Augie!! Happy Birthday from Nana and Papa!! 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Karaoke disaster!

Our visit to Vancouver began with a karaoke event at the Edgewater Casino. Our son, Adrian was one of 43 performers in the first annual provincial karaoke competition. It was a disaster from the minute we lined up to get our pre-ordered tickets. Organizational stupidity disguised as "technical difficulties" delayed admission to all of the online ticket purchasers(while those with tickets in hand entered), technical difficulties continued to plague the sound system during the first two hours after a one hour delay in starting. The first 10 performers were subjected to repeated static and stalls. Adrian, the 30th performer, was finally on stage at 11:20pm. Audience members who hadn't headed for home by that time were either drunk or really upset!!

His performance of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" was amazing but he didn't make it into the top six for progression into the Nationals. Probably just as well if that organization is as bad as this one!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


(caption borrowed from my hairdresser's calendar)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Women's Discussion Group

It was a perfect evening for a gathering of good friends around a bowl of delicious, homemade sangria!
Our group of eight women has been meeting twice a year since 2004 to share food, wine and discussion.

The food was amazing(as usual) with offerings of spinach quiche, eggplant ragout with camembert, grilled chicken skewers, artichoke & feta pizza, philo with cheese swirls. Dessert was a lemon cheesecake to celebrate our combined birthdays (405) for 2011.

Following a short guessing game(and much laughter at attempts to either hum a tune or create objects from play-doh) about women in song, literature and history we moved into the discussion. The topic was women in the world of competitive surfing, prostitution and politics!! It was surprising to learn that women earn less prize money in all sports while being encouraged(forced) to wear skimpier clothing each year., tennis, beach volleyball. The only reason that competitive surfing on the west coast of BC doesn't require women to wear bikinis is because of the chilly water temperatures. Discussing the pros and cons of whether to legalize prostitution left some of us undecided. Either way, it reeks of exploitation and demeans the prostitute. Apparently 70% of married men use prostitutes because their wives will not engage in oral sex! In the field of politics no one could think of a single woman in the political arena who has been unseated as a result of sexual misconduct. What does that say??

The moon was shining over the lake when we climbed into our vehicles for the drive home. It was another great evening of eating, talking, laughing and sharing opinions.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Lake

Our lake is filling
under the osprey nest,
kayaks and beavers 
float and play
while grebes dance
atop the water.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


We met at the downtown parking lot for our weekly walk 
and were greeted with a colourful display. 
Knitted and woven items were draped on the fountain, 
from trees, around benches and over stanchions.

We learned later that it was "International Knit in Public Day". 
The downtown area had been "Yarn-Bombed".

A group of knitters and weavers gathered during the morning 
with their balls of yarn and bags of fleece to work on more creations. 
Woven question marks hung outside the windows of Pharmasave. 
A monkey grinned from the base of the clock!

Life in Salmon Arm is full of creative surprises. 
Music, art, theatre, dance, cinema, writing...we have it all!