I wanted to shake up my life and go sailing (or learn on the job, so-to-speak) so headed to Florida to crew on a catamaran. This is about how it went or, rather, didn't - and my life since. Hopefully it will lead to a catamaran on the clear aqua blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, watching the sunset, a coconut rum and coke in hand. You must START AT THE BEGINNING of the blog, April 2009, to get the whole story...

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Because I was working on Mother's Day, my daughter decided that we would celebrate it at the end of the month. So Shonah drove down from Kelowna after work on Friday night and on Saturday we headed to North Vancouver to meet my son and his girlfriend at the home of Ashleigh and Rob for dinner. The two of them pulled out all the stops and made turkey dinner with roasted potatoes and asparagus, and lemon meringue pie for dessert - both big favourites of mine. From their tiny apartment kitchen they managed to produce a fabulous meal.

We had martinis to start, wine with dinner, and lots of laughs. Once the dishes were cleared we pulled out the Game of Life. The kids like to make up stories as they go along, so if we landed on a square where you sue someone and get a huge settlement, we have to say why we are suing them. That sort of thing. It made it a lot of fun.

Because I am without a place of my own and most all of my belongings are either in storage or gone, knowing what to buy me as a gift for an occasion has become a challenge. I happened to be downtown Langley one day and stopped in to a favourite home decor shop for a look around. I remember back several years ago they started to carry a line of bracelets called Pandora. They had, literally, a small tray of charms and the bracelets to put them on. Stepping into the store now, I see that they have converted a whole section of the store just for Pandora jewelery. I really love the concept and had a good look at all of the charms. I debated whether this would be something I would like to own.

I suggested it to my daughter and she thought it was a great idea. So I went back and purchased the starter bracelet and a couple of charms. There were two women on the set of the doomsday movie who collect the same charms and so were very excited when I showed up wearing mine one day. It seems it can become a bit of an obsession!

For Mother's Day, the kids added 3 more charms to the collection. But they aren't Pandora. There are other companies who make similar charms and most fit the Pandora bracelet. The kid's uncle owns a jewelry store that carries the Amore e Baci line. I had gone in and had a look at theirs and selected six that I liked. So now I own three of them.

I am still waiting on the bracelet my daughter and her hubby bought for me for my birthday - a Caribbean Hook bracelet (the Tortola one) I have been coveting for some time. It is on order and, hopefully, will be here before the end of June.

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