A River Runs Through It – The Mighty Fraser River.

A River Runs Through It – The Mighty Fraser River.

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The Fraser River, from the grounds of Westminster Abbey, above Hatzic in Mission, British Columbia, looking upstream

It’s spring run-off time here in British Columbia and the largest river is running at capacity.  Everyone is waiting with baited breath to see if it will jump the banks.  The Fraser has had some serious problems in the past and has caused damage to the communities it runs through.  Get the sand bags going.

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Sand Bags – Flooding in Fraser Valley – 1948 flooding

Most of the communities have taken precautions over the years by building dikes along the river bank since the terrible flood in 1948 when the river overflowed its banks and caused wide spread damage in every community along the river.

 The Fraser River drains a 85,ooo sq mile area in British Columbia. The source of the Fraser is Mount Robson in the Rocky Mountains.  The river is named after the explorer and fur trader Simon Fraser.  Travelling west, then south, the river travels past the communities it serves and gathers other rivers the further south it goes. To name a few:  Chilcotin River, Nechako River, Bridge River, Seton Rivers Thompson River and the Pitt River in Port Coquitlam/Maple Ridge. These are only a few of the creeks and rivers that gather in the Fraser River waters. The Fraser River travels through the cities and towns of  Williams Lake, Prince George, Lillooet, and Lytton down through the Fraser Canyon and then the Fraser Valley through Hope, Chilliwack, Mission, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Langley, Surrey, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and finally to Richmond and Vancouver where it flows into the Strait of Georgia between the mainland and Vancouver Island.

 This River has a rich history from Gold rush days, Native fisheries and transportation.  Floating log booms to the mills is a old tradition on the river. The Fraser widens and narrows and is wild in some places and can have rapids and is dangerous. There are brave people who traverse these rapids and make a living from the river. The Salmon reigns supreme during the big salmon spawning runs.  Fishing  is restricted to openings to keep salmon population high. Sport fishing for Sturgeon and Salmon along the river are popular past times. Fishing is mostly catch and release unless there is a fishery opening.

Baked Salmon

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Baked Salmon

Salmon Stuffing

1-2 lb      whole Salmon-cleaned, head and tail removed.
300 g       bread crumbs
1           bunch parsley finely chopped
2           lemons 1 for zest and 1 garnish
            salt & pepper to taste
1/4         butter or margarine
            Foil 
            water to moisten bread crumbs, 
            save bit of parsley for garnish

In a bowl place bread crumbs,  lemon zest, parsley, salt and pepper, and butter.  Mix by hand until well distributed through out the bread crumbs.  Depending on how moist the crumbs are add a tablespoon of water and mix again by hand and repeat until stuffing is moist and holds lightly together.  Stuff inside of salmon belly and wrap in foil.  You can skewer together or sew together salmon belly once stuffing is inserted.  Bake at 350 F for 45 min to 1 hr depending on size of salmon. This can be done in the middle of the oven or on the BBQ placing Salmon on top shelf of BBQ.  Salmon should be flaky and moist when done.  Place on platter and garnish with lemon slices and parsley. ~ENJOY!

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Scary Stuff – Technology and Me

IMG_0095It started in the 1950’s with learning to use the sewing machine and graduated to the computer in 2000. Humm, that’s a span of 50 years.  In between there was the comptometer (a type of adding machine), manual typewriter, old copy machines that required to manually turn the crank. Remember those old DOS computers?  Electronic calculator >  They’ve gone digital!

Then there were software programs. Software programs that could do all sorts of things like:

  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Highlighting
  • Calculating
  • Spell checking
  • Inserting
  • Word processing
  • Graphs
  • Charts
  • Complex calculations
  • Translation

Communication: type a letter, send an email, leave a voice message, play telephone tag, have a meeting by Skype, or just meet face to face.  Postmen are only used to deliver junk mail now.

Phones too have undergone a transformation.  They now fit in your pocket. The office can contact you anywhere they want.  You’re scared to take a bio in case the phone rings while you’re in there.  The new multi-line phone system (I think these really are going to be obsolete) that has all the lines flashing at once.  Voice Mail is a wonderful invention and Email is even better.  Automated answering systems seem to be the norm for large companies.  What a waste of time they are.  Mind you they have managed to sort some of them out.  Nothing worse than being in an automated message loop that goes no where.

What’s really, really scary, you can now see the other person you are talking to.  Talk about the future slapping you in the face.  This was only a cartoon when I was a kid.  If we can imagine it, we can create it.

HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND

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Comptometer and Gestetner Copy Machine

Bohemian, Beatnik, Hippie and Boho Style

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Bohemian is the oldest term and is a french word meaning gypsy.  Originally this term was given to wanders and poor people who may have been refuges.  Today the fashion embraces older style clothing and jewelry of a more exotic nature as the trademark of a bohemian. This term came to be used for people who lead unconventional lives.

 

 

90px-Beatgirl_(3)After Bohemians was Beatnik, this group were anti conformist and had an influence on music, fashion, art, literature, and poetry. This movement started in the late forties and went right through to the mid ’60s. Beatniks were roamers and hitch-hiked around US spreading their beliefs. Socially this group expanded conscious spontaneity which changed the out-look of society.  They became a generation of free thinkers.  Not all society wanted to change but with time change was brought around both politically and socially.  This allowed society to really speak out about the world around them and politically in their countries.  Freedom of speech was the norm.

 

ModernBohoCrete2008Combination of Bohemian and the Beatnik created the Hippie culture. Ever changing music, fashion, poetry, politics and a mobile culture that traveled all over the world and influenced society on a global scale. Creative thinking and innovation changed fashion and music by the end of the 1960s.  It was a new age for the Post World War II baby boomers.  Innovation and technology started to change rapidly.

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by TapestryIII Graphics

 

Today we have the BoHo style of fashion and that is as it should be.  What goes around comes around. Boho Fashion is a mix of gypsy, hippie and bohemian.  This looks quite romantic and very feminine style of dress. With lots of bangles, dangly earrings, scarves, long skirts and ruffles. This embraces the last 100 years of fashion with a fresh twist with colours and fabrics.

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A Mother’s Thanks >To Her Children on Mother’s Day

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Thank you my children for keeping me young.

It’s a simple thing really.  Maybe it’s not so simple this being solely responsible for a child. All the decisions and choices you have to make every day.  The huge learning curve you have to achieve while they are growing and testing their boundaries.

  • Trying to stay one step ahead.
  • Trying to stay on top of growing minds.
  • Trying to stay on top of growing bodies.

A goal that is never achieved as your child will always need you in some way.   Just not in the way they use to.

Through their lives we stay young.  I often think if I did not have children where would I be.  I play on line MMORPG, it’s all my kid’s fault.  I started them with Nintendo.  They just moved me to the next level.  I also want to thank them for keeping me current in my music tastes.  Imagine, I would have been stuck in the ’60’s but then they like Led Zeppelin too.  That’s my fault, I played Led Zeppelin when they were growing up.  They keep me up on trends and that’s why I have the Internet, Pintrest, Facebook and Itunes.  I know how to email, text and use my PVR.

Here I am at 60 years old doing things that I never thought I would be doing at my age. I love it.  My children have kept me young and given me new interests.  They have given back to me and encouraged me to embrace new things.  I am very grateful.

Love you, my children, to the moon and back ~Mom

Mother’s Day / Father’s Day Time Capsule

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Time capsule before and after.  Flash drive book including pictures of the Mother and Grandmother through the generations or Father and Grandfather through the generations. Print out some old time recipes and vintage photos of clothing, household items, cars. Current day children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Any Life time momentos, ticket stubs, maps, newspaper clippings and dried flowers. Place all the items in a decorated tin, large glass jar or a pretty box and review yearly. This can then move forward with the family and be added to by each person who has it.  Keep it short and sweet so it doesn’t become a burden.  Do print some of the pictures as technology tends to change over the years.  It’s easier to retrieve older technology than newer technology. This can be duplicated so each mother/daughter/Son/Father can take it with her/him when she/he has her/his own home and can add their own memories and pass on to their family. Keep warm and safe.

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Healthy Mother’s Day Recipe Idea

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Strawberry Lemon Fruit Dip

Summary: One great taste with only three ingredients can lighten up offerings for either an appetizer or dessert buffet. I made this way before there was flavored cream cheese so I know this recipe is so refreshing you’ll crave it. Must try it if you’ve never had it.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberry reduced-fat cream cheese spread, from 8-ounce container, softened
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 container (6 ounces) Yoplait Original lemon burst yogurt
  • Assorted fresh fruit pieces like Cantaloupe and Berries

Instructions

  1. Mix cream cheese and marshmallow creme in medium bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in yogurt. (let your cream cheese set on the counter a bit just to get soft)
  2. Pick your favorite fruit to dunk in this sweet and creamy dip. Whole strawberries, melon cubes, grapes or papaya slices are super summer choices.
  3. Serve dip with fruit.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 20

Here’s how to help keep the marshmallow creme from sticking to the utensils. Rinse the measuring cup and rubber scraper used to measure the marshmallow creme with cold water, but don’t dry them.

For Raspberry-Lemon Fruit Dip, use Raspberry cream cheese spread instead of strawberry.
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

Original Link

http://what2cook.net/2013/03/23/strawberry-lemon-fruit-dip/

Mother’s Day May 12, 2013

With Mother’s Day fast approaching it’s time to come up with some ideas.  But first I wish to pay a tribute to my own mother who is no longer here.

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I know the picture says Nana and that is what she was to my children.  I do miss her every day and lots of ways.  Especially when I have a question about some distant relative or some household tip that I need know but had never thought to ask.  I also miss her on my birthday.  Mom and I were born on the same day.  It’s really is tough on that day for me.  My family have been wonderful at making sure I am kept busy.  Mom you may not be with me but you are always in my heart. Love you Mom.

Here is the link to my Mother’s Day Pintrest Board. 

Lots of ideas, fun stuff, Mom pleasing food recipes and DIY for Mom. Enjoy!

Nothing is more satifying that sitting around a campfire.

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50 of the Greatest Campfire Songs EVER!

1. House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
2. Let It Be – The Beatles
3. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
4. Time of your Life – Green Day
5. Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
6. Our House – Crosby, Still Nash & Young
7. Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
8. Something Inside so Strong – Labi Siffre
9. Love Song – The Cure
10. True Colours – Cyndi Lauper
11. Hotel California -The Eagles
12. In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley
13. Leaving On A Jet Plane – Frank Sinatra
14. Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) – Harry Belafonte
15. Fire and Rain – James Taylor
16. Hallelujah – John Cale
17. Working Class Hero – John Lennon
18. Take me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
19. Wandering Star – Lee Marvin
20. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas
21.Redemption Song – Joe Strummer & Johnny Cash
22. Talkin’ About a Revolution – Tracy Chapman
23. Daydream Believer – The Monkees
24. Down in Albion – Baby Shambles
25. Forever In Blue Jeans – Neil Diamond
26. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Neil Young
27. Come As You Are – Nirvana
28. (Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
29. Baby, I Love your Way – Peter Frampton
30. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
31. Dirty Old Town – The Pogues
32. King of the Road – The Proclaimers
33. Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.
34. Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack
35. Vincent – Don McLean
36. Handbags and Gladrags – Rod Stewart
37. Wonderwall – Ryan Adams
38. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – Sacha Distel
39. New Slang – The Shins
40. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
41. There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
42. Grazed Knees – Snow Patrol
43. Lost In Hollywood – System of a Down
44. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – The Temptations
45. Africa – Toto
46. Handle with Care – Traveling Wilburys
47. All I Want Is You – U2
48. Island in the Sun. – Weezer
49. She’s Not There – The Zombies
50. There She Goes – The Las

Please feel free to comment and add your favorite to the list.

The Vintage Swimwear Special

Wow, Love these bathing suits. Vintage all the way.

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Vintage Style SwimsuitsWhen I lived in Sydney I built up quite the collection of vintage style swimwear.

A 1950s bathing suit is the beach equivalent of a wiggle dress. An outfit in itself, it’s flattering and feminine, especially on women with curves. I love ones with halter necklines for complete cleavage control – it’s hard to pull off seaside chic when one boob is making a break for freedom.

For the journey to my sunbaking spot I just pull on a pair of Tara Starlet high-waisted shorts, a floral headscarf and some giant sunglasses to complete the fifties vibe.

I do own a couple of bikinis bought in moments of extreme optimism, but I always go back to my one-pieces. Who wants to be suffering midriff-related anxiety when they’re trying to relax on holiday?

If you’re looking for the genuine article I recommend Glamour Surf or Etsy. Most of the vintage originals are expensive but…

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Be Wardrobe Savy – 7 Helpful Strategies

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At least one of these strategies will dramatically change the way you feel about getting dressed in the morning.

1. Dress by Color.

Every day for a week, make sure that your ensemble includes an item of a certain color: week one is red, two is orange, three is yellow, and so on. This will encourage you to search through your closet and actually wear the pieces that have been languishing, unloved, underneath your go-to items.

2. Rotate Your Closet

Instead of wearing the same small percentage of your closet every week another approach by organizing items by type (dresses with dresses, slacks with slacks) is to hang each item inside-out after you wear it if it doesn’t need to be washed. This way, you can easily see which clothing items you’ve recently worn, and which items you may have forgotten about.

3. Take Notes

Keeping a journal of what you wear each day, and how it makes you feel will help you identify which shapes, fabrics, and styles work best for your body, and lifestyle.  Taking notes will prevent you from making purchases that aren’t for you.  Learning what style didn’t make you feel great and would be a waste of money.

This strategy is ideal for those who have a ton of clothing but feel like they haven’t yet hit upon a cohesive style.

4. Choose Your Style

Look through your closet and think about what you wear all the time. While your uniform might be two or three basic types of ensembles, rather than just one, having multiple versions of these go-to items will free up time in the morning. Since you won’t be spending money on different clothing trends each season, you can play around more with shoes and inexpensive jewelry.

 5. Mix and Match Classy with Casual

 You’ll get more use out of your wardrobe–which could really help if you tend to underdress, or need to class up your look on a daily basis. This could mean wearing that beautiful silk blouse to the office or wearing that structured blazer to a weekend brunch. Reimagining items in a new light will give them a new life.

6. Document Your Clothes

Maybe you have what seems like hundreds of necklaces, or maybe you’ve got a lot of T shirts or pants. Set aside whether you need so many variations on the same item and make sure you’re actually putting your collection to use!

7. For every 3 items in your closet 2 must be…

For chronically cluttered wardrobes, for every three items that stay in your closet, two must be thrown out, donated or consigned. While it might be difficult to part with so much of the clothing you’ve collected over the years, you need to examine why you’re hanging on to so many items—especially if they’re not actively in use. Once you pare down your wardrobe to the essentials, you’ll have the momentum to tackle the other important projects in your life—and look great while doing them.