Monday, January 28, 2008

Oh that Olivia! We're still into the sparkles - so we're sharing, sharing, after all we both were exposed to Sesame Street in our lives (Or was that Mr. Rogers?) Either way, we love to share. We figured since we gave you the INSIDE of the hearts we might as well give you the outsides.

Miles and I visited our friend Patricia yesterday in the hospital. Patricia is a friend and student at the school... and she's dying of cancer. Before Christmas break at school she had asked me if I would come install some software for her on her computer. After Christmas she now knows she has only a short time left to live... its that sudden and that progressed. She's our age. PLEASE uphold our friend and her family in your prayers. We spent a precious afternoon with her yesterday, as she spoke with candor and we shared a few tears, laughter and a prayer. Really brings home that any day could be our last...

Ooooh-lala! Our lake is frozen.

This is what I've been up to - our lake is actually frozen enough for us to skate on. This does not always happen folks. We awoke several mornings to find that all of a sudden it was a sheet of glistening ice. Actually, I found it was - Miles was at school. So I made plans. Soon as he was home from work I pounced on him and dragged him down to the lake to have a skate/weenie roast. It was a shiveringly good time, specially on his part as he has some skates that are so old they could be Vintage for all we know... couple this with them being on the smaller size, not accepting layers of 'woolies' socks and he wound up with very painful and almost frostbitten digits.

Some unusual frost formations on the surface!

The weather has continued to be phenomenal and cold and we've gotten out skating a few more times... in fact, we skated all the way to town - several kilometers each way! Its funny, but its almost faster than driving - guess the direct route cuts off a lot of time.

Beautiful reflections - almost mirrorlike!

It's so beautiful gliding over the surface, looking through the ice and seeing little fishes swimming (scurrying with fins) away from our shadows. We could see all the bottom and get a clear view of where its shallow and deep. It was very interesting. Unfortunately, we could also see some of the trash and debris on the bottom - including a shopping cart (the nearest store 2km away from it?) How sad.

God's fingerprint?

Whenever I see nature's intricate beauty I think of it as God's fingerprints... and so when I came across this bubble pattern in the ice it spoke to me. What inspires you to think of God? Because I love art and photography, and these things are both visual I find it easy to find evidence in God in the things I see... but what if one were blind... how would His majesty 'look' to you? It may be that it would be in the LIGHT which we have - but for someone who lives in total darkness what is that like? I found this poem which was written by Patricia McGavock who is blind:

Would I could see the beauty of the flowers
Whose sweet perfume pervades the summer air,
The grass so soft beneath my faltering footseps,
That thing called light I'm told is everywhere.

Then I could see the trees in Autumn glory,
The little birds that flutter to and fro;
The colours of the rainbow, sunset glowing;
The changing seasons as they come and go.

But I am blind and cannot see such beauty,
No moon or stars illumine my long night,
No dawn of day or sunrise in the morning
Can share with me the wonder of the light.

Yet I am glad, when each new dawn comes breaking,
To feel the morning air, the sun's caress,
To touch the gentle softness of a rosebud,
And breathe the fragrance of its loveliness.

The scent of rain upon a country footpath,
Soft music and a voice that sweetly sings,
God's hand in mine as He so gently leads me -
I need not eyes for all these wonderous things.


Our friend Angie shared the following picture of Country Computer talk - which I thought was funny - I think if you click on it you can see it larger.

And lastly, my friend Marie shared this sentiment about being a BC'r... What defines you in the place that you live?

I am a British Columbian.... What it means to be A British Columbian

We love it here and wouldn't change it for anything.
1. You know the provincial flower (Mildew)
2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
3. You use the statement "sunny break" and know what it means.
4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.

5. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal.
8. You consider that if it has no snow, it is not a real mountain.
9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Esquires, and Tim Horton's.
10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.
11. You know how to pronounce Squamish, Osoyoos, Nanaimo and Tsawwassen.
12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.
13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai food.
14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark while only working eight-hour days.
15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
16. You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by rain, "and" Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."
17. You cannot wait for a day with "showers and sunny breaks".
18. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
19. You know that Dawson Creek is a town, not a TV show.
20. You can point to at least two ski mountains, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.
21. You notice "the mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
22. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 5, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
23. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 10, but keep your socks on
24. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
25. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.

26. You recognize the background shots in your favourite movies & TV shows.
27. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you can't find the old ones after such a long time.
28. You measure distance in hours.
29. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in your car in the same day.
30. You use a down comforter in the summer.
31. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
32. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
33. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer) & Raining Again (Fall).
34. You actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your friends in British Columbia or those who used to live here!


  1. love the pictures of the lake ..must of be awesome to skate to town....I will keep Patricia my prayers it is so hard .Love the I am a Bristish Columbian....yes Dawson Creek is a city ..hehehe

  2. Hey, those pictures of the lake are amazing. Our lakes freeze but they always have a coating of snow ... many inches deep. How cool to watch the fishes swim as you skate over top. Sad about the garbage though.

    I am a British Columbian was good ... especially if you live at the coast!!!!

    I made that Crumb Cake today ... just took it out of the oven in fact ... a cold day ... it just begged to have some baking done on it! My waistline does NOT thank me! I made a wee tiny cheese cake as well! Oh dear. The weight, it goes up! So next on the agenda ... tea and cake. Too bad you and Miles just couldn't pop over for a slice and help us eat it up.

    TTFN ... Cis

  3. NICE ICE pix! Sure been chilly here but I quit my whining when I saw what northern BC & Alberta are facing right now!

    I like the BC funnies but most of those rain & cloudy ones seemed geared for Vancouver & Islanders! I often had a SNOWSUIT under my halloween costume! And who could live in Osoyoos without some form of A/C!

  4. Thank you! The DigiFree freebie search engine is going to list this blog post today.

  5. I love these! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Good Morning Barb:)
    Thank you both so much for the outside to the inside hearts.:) How cute!:)
    Oh how cool to be able to skate on the lake.My first thought did you know you wouldn't end up being rescued from breaking through? My ignorance is showing I am sure.LOL I have never ice skated.I use to love roller skating til I injured my ankle.:)Many a date with Jim was spent roller skating.:)
    I'm soo sorry to hear about your friend Patricia.I will be praying for her.Gonna email you with a poem the Lord gave me just before my Daddy died.You can share it with her if you would like.:)
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and wishing me a Happy Bday yeserday..and for your lovely gift.:)

    Great big hugs!

  7. AWESOME hearts, inside AND out! Thank you for sharing :D I LOVE the ice pictures! how cool to see the fish swim as you skate! i use to skate ALOT as a child, not so much anymore hehe
    definitely will keep your friend in my prayers
    big HUGS, have a Blessed day :D

  8. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!! That ALWAYS brings a smile to my face!!! :D The font i used on the Love Coupons is Pristina!!! BIG HUGS!! Have a BEAUTIFUL day! :D

  9. Thanks for sharing another lovely & sweet frebie (muak muak)

    I just love all ur photos of the frozen lake. It looks fun to be able to go skating on the ice and enjoy the view of nature.

    Thanks also to share another touching poem.

  10. Good Afternoon Barb:)
    Just stopped in to see what's new and discovered..I couldn't find you.LOL
    Have a wonderful weekend!:)


  11. Hi Barb!!!!!!!
    Bet you thought I fell off the face of the earth!!!
    I've been stopping by daily just not posting!!!
    TY both so very much for both sets of these FABOLOUS glitter hearts!!!!!!!!!
    TYFS all your BEAUTIFUL photo's!!!!!!!
    You'll have to make a stop at my blog!
    Adding your friend Patricia to my prayer list!!!!!


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