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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s New Years Day 2013, and we must finally head home to Vancouver, BC.  I will do just about anything to spend time with my Grandkids . . . so I could not resist this shot!  She climbed in to an IKEA shopping bag . . . perfect opportunity for me to make off with her!  But darn – I was stopped at the door by Mommy.  Oh well . . . better luck next time!

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“I just think that giving a child a chance and sharing what you have with a child is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, as well as a child.”  Hillary Clinton

We arrived at my Son’s today.  

I promised Chloe that we’d spend New Years with her, and have a fondue party.  We did that last  year at our home in Canada – she remembers it and wanted to do it again.  Since we didn’t spend Christmas with them, we opened presents shortly after we arrived.  I have to say that I think this particular present was perhaps the most special one I’ve received this year.  Her Mommy said that she did this all herself . . . no prompting from her at all.  She wrapped a sheet of stickers in kleenex, taped it up with more stickers, and wrote Grandma Beth on it.  I love it!  

Truly from the heart.

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“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.  Grandparents sort of sprinkle startdust over the lives of little children.”  Alex Haley 

My beautiful little almost-2-year-old Grand Daughter has come to visit with her Mommie for a week.  If you’ve read previous posts, we had her here for three weeks last winter while her Daddy had open heart surgery.  I am so excited that Mommie has decided to spend her vacation time here in Canada with Papa G and Ya Ya.  She absolutely loves her baths . . . in fact she is a water baby – loves anything that involves water – even the rain!  She is an absolute delight.  I love the sound of her laughter ringing through the house.  It’s going to be a fun week ahead!

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“Well, of course, I’m the wrong person to ask. I like to dial numbers with one hand, and maybe I’m the only one.”  Bill Gates   (Asked if he would buy an Apple iPhone)

My husband had to take a business trip to California.  Since my cel is a Global Phone with two sim cards – one of which is a US cel plan . . . he took it with him and left me with his iPhone 4.  I’ve been wanting to get my hands on it!  

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“We can only make ourselves the victim.”  Gillian Anderson

We spent the day cleaning out, weeding and building new supports for the raspberry patch.  We started this patch a few years back, and have kind of neglected it, until this year.  We’ve added on to it . . . making it 50 feet long.  It’s gonna be one awesome raspberry manufacturing machine this year!  There are dangers of working around prickly canes tho – as the photo below shows.  Those canes got me pretty good in several places.  I was thinking that I could place the blame on those darn raspberries . . . those inanimate objects that grow protective thorns for a reason!  Isn’t that what we typically do . . . place the blame for injury or hurt on an external source, instead of taking responsibility for creating the circumstances in the first place??  So easy to do . . . lash out and feel better because “it’s not my fault!”  However, I’ve discovered over the years that taking accountability for my own actions is much simpler and easier in the long run . . . I made the choice to attack those raspberry canes without proper protection to prevent injury.  Those canes were simply doing what they were engineered to do . . . protect themselves!  I subject myself to their abuse, however, because I love what their ultimate offering is . . . delicious and juicy tart little fruits that will appear in the next month or so . . . nothing like fresh berries off the bush,  homemade raspberry jam, or fresh frozen berries to enjoy all year long!

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“Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No matter how I feel about myself, how imperfect I perceive myself to be, I am responsible for my own results in my life.  If I’m not happy with what I see when I look in the mirror, I have control over  making whatever change is necessary, creating and achieving the results I want.  If I’m not happy, I have only to look in the mirror to see the source . . . 

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“Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration.”   Lou Erickson

Isn’t that the truth though??  Weeding, raking, tilling, mowing, trimming and pruning, planting and on the cycle goes.  Spring brings with it much labor, cleaning up from the winter storms and preparing for the new growth from all the new plantings.  And I love this time of year – because of the promise it brings with all the renewal and new growth and freshness.  It just feels so great to finally be out in the yard putting things all back in order and preparing for what is yet to come.  

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