2016 in Review

I am ready for a New Year.  The old one sputtered to a finish with colds and flu that made this the quietest holiday ever—just the two of us commiserating, napping, and idling about hoping to feel better in the morning, for days and weeks…P1220903

So, I am glad to be able to look back to sweeter memories of the old year and thankful for the energetic times we’ve had and the good things God has done for us in it!

We were still living with Jim’s dad in the BC Kootenays last year at this time and loving all the snow and learning to X-country ski in a pristine wooded wilderness.  It was amazing!

IMG_20160220_122640123 All through January and February we skiied and I discovered doodling…IMG_20160104_221802890P1190843

Then came an opportunity to live and work nearer the Calgary kids and the end of March found us exploring Canmore, Alberta.

IMG_20160330_151243778_HDRwhere Jim became a bicycle mechanic!


April 1 we moved into a sweet little suite…


with the help of this great moving crew!

7 The Moving Crew roosting

It’s been a dream come true to live just an hour away from them all ( :

10 First Morning Tea April3

The spring found me hiking with new found acquaintances…



Finding my first Prairie Crocuses…

Crocus chorus


…scaling a couple peaks nearest our home with Jim…


And taking it easy on the neighboring golf course as I recovered from Shingles!


There has been so much to discover…


And always the stately Three Sisters providing the backdrop from our doorstep…



A niece’s summer wedding was the perfect opportunity to return to my childhood home in New Jersey…


and see family…



and all the wonderful cousins I grew up with!

Weaver Cousins



This is my sis (could you guess?)

Then back in Alberta there was more hiking—and our first hike in a hail storm!




And there were visitors, both people and animals…

deer with fuzzy new headgear

And flowers blooming on my doorstep…




In August our middle daughter married, luring us back to Powell River for the occasion!

Sarah and Jim down the aisleour family2

And we got to meet our newest grandbaby girl for the first time!the latest addition to our family


new grandbaby, Alexis

Then back home to the mountains…


And hikes with the kids…


And endless views…IMG_20160901_114248794_HDR

And then it was fall rutting season and the stately elk were back in our yard, plundering my flowers and providing awesome scenery!


The meadow mellowed…


And the aspens began to turn…


And the mountains got their winter powder…


Leaves turning gave inspiration for art all through September…




And with October’s coming we had our first dusting of snow in the yard…


The elk came calling often…


And the trees out the window made beautiful silhouettes…

Evening falling silhouette

And finally, in October we got to take a trip north to see that new grandbaby in her home  ( :



October had its inspiring moments…


And November its practice alphabets…


And the cross-country season opened at the local Nordic Center!


And holiday time came round again…the most low-key holiday ever and one we gladly leave behind to get on with a new year and a new season in our lives…

Holiday Train JS 3

…a cold one!  But not without a beauty all its own…

Skiing the meadow

Thanks for joining me for the reminisce! ( :


Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Ps.90:1-2

In the Neighborhood…


safe to cross

The elk seem quite at home in our neighborhood these days.  I was sitting on the couch minding my own business the other morning when up popped a head at the window—it was a young one, just curious I suppose.


He was out grazing on our lawn with his mom and aunties…P1220669

Papa was keeping an eye on things.




Another day I watched as this gentleman waited to cross the road safely…

safe to cross

The herd likes to hang out in the meadow just across the street behind our house.  So I hung out watching them one crisp and quiet morning…


Peaceful and uneventful.

There are no more flowers about,  but this one has a special beauty even after the bloom—isn’t this true of some people you know too?


Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. Prov.16:31ESV

Well, evening has fallen and I best be getting supper on the table. That’s it for this week!

Evening falling silhouette


For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Rom 1:19-20 ESV

First dusting…


On a misty moisty Monday morning before I’d left the cozy covers of my bed
there was a distinct clippity clop just outside the window– hooves on cobbled rock.
I didn’t get to the window quick enough; the fugitive elk was gone.  But perhaps he was just a decoy, for heading into the kitchen to peer out the front window I discovered visitors at my doorstep.


3Elk at window

Do you see him here?  A pair of elk had found my recovering petunias tucked up against the house and were having a gourmet breakfast at my door—a mother and her yearling.  The youngster caught sight of me first. His mother had her head in the pot, polishing off the straggles.  But the silly flash spooked her on the second go and she jumped backward, upsetting the pot, upsetting the bikes and steering her charge to safety at the perimeter of our yard…



Elk have been hereElk have been here too So that’s that for flowers—for real this time.

But there is still the beauty of the grasses…IMG_20161004_163354474_HDR

And though I don’t have my own pumpkin patch, I did buy a little pumpkin to practice on…





IMG_20161001_114823415 Oops…a bit of a squash! ha.

But the news of the week is that we’ve had our first dusting of snow, harbinger of skiing days to come!


Just enough snow to make the subject of my daily tidbit to add to October’s collage…snow dusted stump

And that has been our week.  How about yours?!


This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning…Lam 3:21-23