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“These are the soul’s changes, I don’t believe in ageing.  I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.  Hence my optimism.”  Virginia Woolf

Today was quite the day.  I received a message from my sister last night indicating that she was flying in to Vancouver.   I drove with my 2 year old Grand Daughter the 1 hour in to the city to the airport to connect with her and have a visit before she flew on to where she lives.  I checked to make sure her flight was on time . . . it landed 15 minutes late but it did land.  I called the hotel to see if she had checked in . . . they said they were expecting her.  However she never arrived.  I finally drove to a local Mall where Baby Girl and I did some window shopping, and had a bite to eat.  This photo is taken with my iPad while we were on our way back home, stopped in heavy traffic at a stop light.  It took us almost two hours to get home in heavy rain and traffic.  The amazing thing is . . . she did so well!  We sang songs, and called over bluetooth and talked with Papa G.  It was quite an enjoyable ride considering!  

Now – for the crazy part.

I arrived home in time to get her bathed and down for the night.  All the while I was worrying about why my sister had not arrived . . . it just didn’t make sense.  Did she miss her flight?  Was there an issue with the Hurricane back east?  So, I went back to the message she had sent me on the 29th and discovered . . . that I was the dunce . . . If I had read the entire message . . . it said . . . “I am leaving tomorrow (October 30th) and arriving on October 31st.”  (She was flying in from Bali via Hong Kong)  I guess I saw the word “tomorrow” and went no further!  Urg!  My Bad!!  

Oh Well . . . tomorrow is another day!

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“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”  L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl

I am reveling in the blessing of having my Daughter and Grand Daughter visiting from California for the week.  Today we spent some time in Vancouver at Stanley Park.  I have great memories visiting here as a child, and as well, bringing my own kids here when they were little.  So it was with great joy that I was able to share this experience with my Grand Daughter, and share the memories with my Daughter.

Moments like these are priceless . . . 

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“Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either.  In the end, life is stronger than death.”  Unknown

A little back-story: my Niece, who lives on Vancouver Island, was married to the love of her life back in June, in a very small, private ceremony performed by a local Marriage Commissioner.  I was one of the honored few to be in attendance at that time.  The reason they were married in this manner is because he is dying of a very rare and aggressive cancer.  It’s a very heart wrenching story, but also at the same time, very heartwarming.  I am incredibly proud of how they are both walking this journey hand in hand, working thru every moment together – the good and the bad.  They write in their own private journals to each other every day.  They are taking each moment for what it is . . . and cherishing what they have in the here and now.  

Today we traveled to the Island to celebrate their union, with the family and friends who were not able to be a part of the ceremony in June.  It was a lovely catered event, in a lovely back yard garden hosted by some very close friends.  He is doing surprisingly well, as they both mingled and enjoyed the evening.  We have no idea how long before this invader takes him from us . . . but I am grateful for the moments I’ve been blessed with  in the short time I’ve known him.  

Unfortunately, we had to travel back to the mainland  on the last ferry of the night.  I took this shot on the top deck, hoping to catch some of the Perseid Meteor Showers . . . to no avail.  There was just too much light pollution from the ferry itself.  I did capture the Vancouver skyline however . . . that is my “ghostly” shadow on the right of the photo.

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“It’s practically impossible to look at a penquin and feel angry.”  Joe Moore

There is a new act in town!  My grandson was really excited to go see the new African Penquin Exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium.  They are behind glass and well protected from us humans, but cute they are!  I’m reflected in the glass, taking a picture of him taking a picture of the penquins.  We had a very fun day . . . and he came away with a Penquin back pack . . . 

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