30 July 2012

My 365 Grateful Project: Week #12

PLAYING WITH THE POWER OF GRATITUDE
Find Something For Which to Be Grateful. Every Day. Take a Picture of It. Repeat 365 times.


DAY 78: July 23, 2012  |  A natural reminder of what happens when it rains so darn much. #lushandgreen #365grateful



DAY 79: July 24, 2012  |  Ranier cherry pyramid #365grateful




DAY 80: July 25, 2012  |  Play date + beach + ice cream truck = happiness. #365grateful



DAY 81: July 26, 2012  |  Pretty sprinkles on top. #365grateful




DAY 82: July 27, 2012  |  Spud has a funny daddy. #365grateful



DAY 83: July 28, 2012  |  Getting some quality time on a McGregor! #365grateful




DAY 84: July 29, 2012  |  Pool time in the summer. #365grateful


See Week one here.
Check out my original inspiration here and here.

29 July 2012

McGregor Test Run


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Impromptu day on a MacGregor, a 26 foot trailerable sailboat, that Hubs has been dreaming about for some time now. They don't call him SeaBoy for nothin'. We spent the day tooling around Deep Cove, Indian Arm, and Coal Harbour. It was bliss.


The best part: Going fast. And then drifting along the shore noting the cute cottages and pretty natural sights, not to mention the odd eerie, broken down electrical buildings from eras past.


The scariest part: Going under the Second Narrows Train Bridge. It involved using the radio to ask permission and then waiting for the train to pass while negotiating the incoming tide through the narrow.


We took the Summer Bucket List Challenge. Our working list is here.

27 July 2012

Play Date: After Dinner Ocean Dip


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Good friends. Gut laughs. Facing fears ("I don't want crabs biting my toes!'). Making sand pies. And answering the call of the ice cream truck. It's summer time.



Another entry in our Summer Fun Passport



We took the Summer Bucket List Challenge. Our working list is here.

25 July 2012

It's Weeding Time


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What better way to spend a summer evening than in our urban garden. Ha. I just totally made it sound better than it was. In reality we picked up (at times strange) litter (with gloves on) that people above us throw out their windows (thanks) and we swept and hacked back things that got killed by aphids and other messy or icky jobs. But Spud also got a refresher course in weeding. And a great "tick" under the "helpful" category.



Another entry in our Summer Fun Passport


We took the Summer Bucket List Challenge. Our working list is here.

23 July 2012

My 365 Grateful Project: Week #11

PLAYING WITH THE POWER OF GRATITUDE
Find Something For Which to Be Grateful. Every Day. Take a Picture of It. Repeat 365 times.


DAY 71: July 16, 2012

Laughs in the park #365grateful

DAY 72: July 17, 2012

Grateful for Hubs' patience #365grateful


DAY 73: July 18, 2012

The kid imitating me taking his picture.
Cracks me up this kid. Grateful for that. 
#365grateful


DAY 74: July 19, 2012

Capturing impromptu water fight and remaining dry.
This time. 
#365grateful #phew

DAY 75: July 20, 2012

Hubs built a cigar box guitar! I married a smartie! #365grateful

DAY 76: July 21, 2012

Around the campfire with lots of laughs. Camping, I love you again. #365grateful

DAY 77: July 22, 2012

Red wine and fairtrade chocolate #365grateful

See Week one here.
Check out my original inspiration here and here.

19 July 2012

My Cigar Box Guitar Heroes Complete with Bottle Neck Slide

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That's right. An old cigar box from a trip to Cuba when Spud was just wee ... is now a 3-string guitar. To make it even more badass, Hubs fashioned a slide out of a wine bottle neck.





Three hours of work and 24 bucks worth of bits and pieces is all it took. That husband of mine will never stop amazing me! Spud is learning "Bad to the Bone" and Hubs is practicing some blue-sy Zeppelin. Now the question is, does he triple its cost adding a pick-up to make it electric?

We took the Summer Bucket List Challenge. Our working list is here.

18 July 2012

A New Hike — Capilano River

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It wasn't a long hike. Even though we knew we wouldn't make it all the way up to the Cleveland Dam we were cut a bit short when the trail came to an abrupt end ... into the Capilano River ... perhaps the trail got washed out this spring? Or we missed a turn off? Must investigate further next time. But for a good 3/4 of an hour we were breathing fresh cool air in the woods while listening to the rush of the river. All around good for the soul.




Note: we found the entry of the trail near the south east corner of Park Royal Mall.

Another entry in our Summer Fun Passport



We took the Summer Bucket List Challenge. Our working list is here.

16 July 2012

My 365 Grateful Project: Week #10

PLAYING WITH THE POWER OF GRATITUDE
Find Something For Which to Be Grateful. Every Day. Take a Picture of It. Repeat 365 times.


DAY 64: July 9, 2012

New reads from thoughtful friends. #365grateful


DAY 65: July 10, 2012

My office. On wheels. #365grateful


DAY 66: July 11, 2012

Sharing sweet treats in the park. #365grateful




DAY 67: July 12, 2012

Thank you window washer, for not skipping over our windows
this time. Nice to see you deck. 
#365grateful


DAY 68: July 13, 2012

Pretty, soaking up the sun. #365grateful


DAY 69: July 14, 2012

Tooling around the Capilano River #365grateful


DAY 70: July 15, 2012

Two quiet happy Bubs having outdoor movie night
on the deck #IglooAndaLaptop #365grateful

See Week one here.
Check out my original inspiration here and here.

15 July 2012

Outdoor Pool Summer Fun

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The number of days hot enough to warrant a poolside afternoon in any given summer can vary wildly in our neck of the woods. Summer has finally arrived and we are taking full advantage. We can give this bucket list item two ticks (both times at Second Beach Pool).




Another entry in our Summer Fun Passport


We took the Summer Bucket List Challenge. Our working list is here.

14 July 2012

Free Outdoor Movie!

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Have I mentioned that we love summer? Free outdoor movies is just one reason. These events are popping up all over town. Last year we saw Back to the Future in Stanley Park and Rio in some park on the North Shore. This year, so far, Old Yeller, a Nat Bailey Stadium (Yes, I cried. The kid didn't!).



It looks like a small screen and far, far away but it wasn't as bad as it looks. Well, you get used to it, anyway. And the sound is good. Also good is that because it's not a projection screen, rather a stadium-style screen that can hold its own even in bright sunlight, the start time is a nice kiddie friendly 7 pm. Much earlier than the 9 or 10 start time of the others that have to wait for dusk!


Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be one really good place to find out where and when ALL the movies are happening. Part of the challenge is that it's not one organization putting it all together; different companies and different sponsors. Vancouver Magazine has a pretty good list going. Here are some listings for the 'burbs as well. There's even a rumour of "drive-in" style movies popping up in mall parking lots! But I haven't found those yet. When/if I do, sign us up!


Another entry in our Summer Fun Passport



We took the Summer Bucket List Challenge. Our working list is here.
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