Thursday, January 26, 2012

Favourites # 13

p.s. the words Hope and Believe are from the wall in the visitors area.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Favourites # 11

Birthdays always bring back memories.
Today (Jan 18) would have been my Dad's birthday.  
I looked through my pictures, 
as I often do, and found this gem.
I remember how hard Dad 
and my brother James
worked on this made-from-scratch 
remote control airplane.  
Here Dad shows Brian how it all works.

(This was before Brian and I were married)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Favourites # 9

This is a picture of the pin my brother-in-law and his wife (my sister) are handing out. 
For me, this is the cure for all of our diseases.

My brother-in-law Mark, has cancer.  
This coming week he begins the long journey of having a bone marrow transplant. 

It's risky,
 it's dangerous - 
but the flip side... 
A new lease on life!

God is that way. 

He's risky, 
He's dangerous - 
but if we put our Hope and Belief in Him... 
Eternal Life. 

p.s.  My sister Jo made these pins - they can be attached to your coat.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Favourites # 8

Trip to Jasper for our 25th Anniversary...

When the sun shines... wow!

We saw various wildlife - thankfully Brian didn't mind stopping every few seconds for me to get out and snap a picture.

This little guy behaved like a dog.  He wasn't scared of any person or vehicle - he was squirrel hunting.

This mommy moose was lying in the bottom of a creek... her two little ones were nearby but I couldn't capture them... we were quite high above them, and they were in the bushes.

 Viewpoint at Medicine Lake

The day was utterly grey... it felt like I was taking pictures in a Black and White setting - so beautiful:

So once in a blue moon I let someone take a picture of me.... 
here it is:

 Oh give me a home.... ♪ ♫ ♫

Can you believe this is Jasper in January?  + 6C

I love playing around with reflections... this seems like a Bev Doolittle "Hide and Seek" painting:

Check out the orange lichen... such contrast on the black stone:

We drove out to Patricia Lake - the wind was blowing hard, but you can't tell - the lighting was perfect:

The next day we drove to Athabasca Falls.  This was so neat to see... I've only ever seen it in the summer - but the ice!  God's own handcrafted Crystal Cathedral!

 When we left Jasper, the sun was once again shining on the mountains - we kept encouraging each other to look in the rear view mirror - "look now"  "oooh, look now!"

Brian stopped so I could take one final picture....  aaaah!

Favourites # 7

Silver Wedding Anniversary Gift from my Husband... 
Blue Topaz - yes!

Favourites # 6

Brian and Faith watching Lord of the Rings in Faith's room...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Favourites # 5

Enjoying an early birthday present from my friend Diane... "Let's get Louise over her fear of horses!"  Diane's goal is to have me trail riding by the end of summer... Diane is so good for me... she's an amazing woman!

Diane's horse, Lacey -  She's a Grulla (you can google it)

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I'm terrified at this point but covering it as well as I can by petting and talking to Lacey

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Diane is close by giving me instructions on getting the horse used to me being near.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Favourites # 4

A miniature oil painting Faith did for me yesterday.  (2.75" x 2.75")

Monday, January 2, 2012

My Favourite Things # 1

I'm thinking that this year I'm going to feature my favourite things of the year - as it goes by.  Sometimes it will be a picture, sometimes an object, a person, an event and the like.  Hopefully I can keep it up to some degree and it'll be fun to look back once the year is over.

I should probably have a token item here to start the year off...

How about the fact that it's only -3C on January 2nd!  

Time to get my hiney out the door and go for a walk!