Sunday, February 5, 2017

Winter Scenes from my Window

I enjoy experiencing the different seasons in Vancouver, including snow in winter! I spent some time gazing out my window enjoying the winter scenes.

These pictures were taken with my canon power shot camera, which produces better photos than the iPhone 4 photos taken at the MOA exhibit (below).  Must get a new iPhone before I leave on my cruise.

MOA Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures

Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures

On Thursday evening I attended this exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology with Sisterhood friends. This Exhibit presents large swaths of intricate textiles which were often worn to enhance the wearer’s prestige, power and spiritual connection, including Japanese kimonos, Indian saris, Indonesian sarongs, West African adinkra, adire and kente cloth, South Pacific barkcloth, Chinese Qing dynasty robes, Indigenous Northwest coast blankets, Maori feather cloaks and more.

The tour was led by one of the curators with comments and stories provided by other women who have personally experienced making or receiving special lengths of decorative textiles, often for a special occasion such as birth, graduation and marriage. These textile gifts are kept for life and passed down to children.

Many of the textiles were instantly recognizable as representing a known culture, such as Bali, Guatemala, Japan, China, places where Neil and I travelled.  I very much recommend this exhibit and of course the whole MOA. The Layers of Influence exhibit continues to April 9.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Palm Springs Vacation

I spent December 26 - 31 in the Palm Springs area on vacation, joining my brother, Ken, and Libby, for six of their 10 days there.  We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, a vacation resort south of Palm Springs proper. It had seven pools, of which one was designated as adult "Oasis" segregated from the others.  The Oasis pool area was a great place to soak up the sun, have a drink or a light lunch.

My first time in Palm Springs so I was curious to see the lay of the land.  We drove around most days trying different restaurants, and seeing all sorts of sights including El Paseo DriveBeach House Yogurt (outstanding), the many malls and shopping areas, and Shields Date Farm. Also very much enjoyed the desert landscapes. Some of the photos below are from Ken:

Ken & I

Also enjoyed an afternoon and evening with Joan and Bruce.  They picked me up at the hotel and took me first to the Living Desert, a zoo featuring African/desert animals.  It was very crowded that day because school was out, but once we got further back into the zoo, there was lots of room.

After the Living Desert, Joan and Bruce took me to Beach Front Yogurt for fabulous frozen yogurt - what a wonderful experience that was! Absolutely mouth watering delicious! And then an opportunity to see their home in Sun City in Palm Desert, and dinner at the Club.

Ken, Libby and I also went to Old Town in La Quinta, and were disappointed in it.  Could see nothing of historical value, just shopping.  Saw lots of bougainvillea in bloom and also Mexican/Spanish style tile work.

All and all a very good get away.  Had fun!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Remembering my Brother, Bruce

Today would have been the 64th birthday of my brother Bruce, who unfortunately died of Crohn's Disease in 1974 at the age of 21.  Here is his formal high school graduation picture from 1971:

And this one was taken at the graduation ceremony at Killarney High School on June 4, 1971 with Mom and Dad:

Bruce was an excellent chess player and competed in junior tournaments.  He also loved DeMolay and was a Master Councillor of Beaver Chapter. I wish he was still with us.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Scottish Dancers at Sunrise

Last night I visited Neil at Sunrise and joined him in watching a special performance of the Inverglen Scottish Dancers. This is a dance group which includes dancers from age 3 to adult. They treated us to both Highland dancing and Scottish Country Dancing.  Very nice to see the young ones participate in this way.

An Evening of Knitting Inspiration

On the evening of October 20, I attended a Sisterhood program on knitting, which featured Amanda Kafka, creator of The Crafty Jackalope knitters website, as our guest speaker.  She told us about her journey in knitting and fashion design.  Her two passions came together and she began designing knitting patterns and teaching.

The Crafty Jackalope is a knitting/crochet craft website that sells knit & crochet patterns/instructions, knit,crochet kits (yarn & patterns), needles, and notions. Amanda’ brought with her some of the knitting designs from a recent trunk show.  Here are some photos from the evening, including one of Amanda speaking, and then photos of the knit or crocheted items that she brought with her to show us. Very inspiring.

She has also just published a knitting pattern book called "The Crafty Jackalope" Vol. 01 with beautiful knitting patterns. She did all of the work to create and test the new patterns, as well as putting the book together.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Four Day Cruise Getaway

October 1 to 4 I was off on a four day cruise on Holland America Cruise Line's Nieuw Amsterdam departing from Canada Place in Vancouver bound for Seattle, WA and the Georgia Strait, returning to Canada Place.  Very simply cruise just for a chance to get away from caregiving duties.  Annikki accompanied me, and Linda and Cec and Linda's cousin and her daughter came too, so we were three cabins.

After an extremely slow boarding, caused by the Port's computer's being down resulting in a huge backload of passengers, we got onboard after a 2 1/2 hour wait check in process. Much too long. The life boat drill was very unorganized and impossible to hear the crew, but we didn't sink. Very much enjoyed the food on board ship which was top notch.

We docked at Seattle at 7:00 am the next morning, and then after breakfast Annikki and I took the provided shuttle to Pike Place Market. Weather was mixed, and the market was very busy, filled with shoppers.

The flower markets were so beautiful. Huge bouquets of flowers for $10 US.

Lots of stalls with fresh fish and seafood.

After Pike Place Market we visited Starbucks (of course) for a break and to check our wifi, then back to the shuttle.  The shuttle took us to the retail centre where the monorail starts and we looked into several major stores such as Macys, Nordstrom's Rack, Gap, Eileen Fisher, etc.  Then back home for a stroll on deck.

After a day cruising Georgia Strait, we arrived back at Canada Place Tuesday morning, and then faced an ultra long wait for a taxi because of the rain. All and all a very good break.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Memories of August 25 & 26th

August 25 and 26 bring memories of family birthdays for those now gone. August 25 was Linda's birthday, she would have been 65 this year.  August 26 was my mother's birthday, she would have been 93 years old.

Here is a picture taken at Sunrise Senior Living in 2008 on the occasion of Mom's 85th birthday, her last:

L to R: Donna, Mom, Ken and Linda - August 26, 2008

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sitting on the Deck with Aunt Dorothy

Yesterday, I visited my Aunt Dorothy at the Arbutus Care Centre. She is my father's sister, and my last surviving aunt at age 91.  I wheeled her out onto the big deck facing the grass fields of Prince of Wales School and we admired the gorgeous blooming petunias - double blooms on the deck.  On sunny days, the residents sit out on this deck and the staff bring the ice cream cart around.

Monday, July 25, 2016

St Moritz's Summer Party & 30th Anniversary

Sunday, July 23, our condo owners had our annual summer party poolside and this year we also celebrated our 30th anniversary.  We were absolutely delighted that our building architect, James Cheng, and his wife, could be in attendance.

James said it was one of the first buildings he designed and he was very impressed with how wonderful it looks now 30 years later.

James Cheng & his Wife listening to the Toast

James Cheng cutting 30th Anniversary Cake

Fruit Centrepiece by Edible Arrangements from Warren & Donna

Wonderful Blueberry Tarts by Toby

Views of our ponds - turtles