Always Thankful

I hope you have all had a wonderful (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend with your friends and family. Yesterday we hosted the meal with our family. I don’t have the huge extended family that many have, but none the less, it was still a feast to prepare for!

I am so thankful for many things this year, and wanted to share with you all what some of them are.

Firstly, I am thankful for this man, who is the love of my life. I have known since I was 14 years old that I would spend forever with him. He is patient, generous, loves me unconditionally, my best friend, and a wonderful Papa and Dad to my loves.

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I am forever grateful and thankful that I get to be Mom and Grandma to the most amazing humans that I know. I can’t imagine living in a world without them and am so proud of who they are and cannot wait to see what is in their future.

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I am guilty about letting time pass and not connecting with friends. I am purposely trying to not let this happen now. My friends are so important to me, and I hope they know how I love them too. I received a message from a friend which was so impactful, letting me know that I was a good friend. He said “It’s always better said than regretted”, gosh so true.

I am thankful for my step mom, Marianne. She was my Dad’s love. She was his life, his love, she brought a smile to his face, and loved him, and my family. I am forever thankful for what she did for him. I am thankful for the time I got to spend with him, and grateful that he was my Dad. I am thankful for the values that he invested in me which in turn I have passed on to my family.

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The list could go on and on, yes I am thankful! Thankful for my life and the people in it. What are you thankful for?

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Let’s Sing Along….

I am the first to admit, something just stirs in my heart when I hear music, I just want to sing out loud and move my body to the beat! I am the first to to admit, I am a horrible singer, it’s a standing funny line my daughter gives me, “Mom, you should be on Canadian Idol”.  She is so positive and encouraging that girl!

When it comes to Christmas music, I just could listen to it all day long, for the entire month of December. I do think that the older I am getting, the more over the board festive I am becoming. I am the first to admit, I am all about the decorating, the baking, the craft shows and presents, oh yes and Elf of the Shelf! Yes, I know that will upset some, but that is who I am!

Many years ago, actually in 1996 I met this amazing co-worker, and little did I know at that time, how this man would make my heart smile in the years to come. He moved about an hour and a half away 5 years ago, and stupid me, I let our friendship go to the odd email and Facebook chat. I supported him through some hard times and vice versa. This man has the best heart of anyone I know, and it is truly a gift to have him in my life.

After he moved in to the ‘city’ he joined the Vancouver Men’s Chorus. I really did not know much about it, but after some research and Youtube videos, I knew I had to see a performance. I had tried for the past couple of years to get it together to get tickets in time to one of these shows. Again this year, I was too late when I thought of it, as the shows sell out almost immediately. This group of men have quite the fan base, and well I now know why!

I put in a text to my long time friend, and was over the moon at the last minute when he told me that he had tickets for us. I was a little concerned about what my husband would think about attending this event, as supportive as he is, he really isn’t familiar or comfortable with the music scene.

We arrived at the venue, St. Paul’s Anglican Church (of all places) in the West End one hour before the performance, as we were told people line up early to get good seats. At first I was like ‘really??’….well am I glad we did get there early, it was lined up down the sidewalk.

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As we were approaching I could just feel my heart smiling, I was going to see this dear friend again, I would actually have driven 5 hours to see him! As soon as we seen each other, it was like no time had passed at all. With a quick smooch and hug, it was time for him to run and get ready. With not knowing what to expect at this performance, we sat there anticipating the show.

It was show time, and oh my, it was AMAZING!!!!!  Amazing amazing amazing!!!! I was so proud of him up on the stage with his chorus mates, so proud. I wore the biggest smile throughout the show. I watched my husband and daughter take it in as well. My heart danced and smiled as I watched my husband immerse himself in it. When it came time for some interactive singing, he sang loud and he sang clear to the Christmas music, and if you know my husband, that is NOT him! My daughter wore the happiest smile throughout as well, her and DJ have this amazing fondness for each other as well.

My day was perfect, amazingly perfect. Following dinner with him and his partner, we vowed to each other that time is not ever going to pass like this ever again. Friendships are gifts, and gifts need to be treasured. I think I wore that smile the entire ride home, it was the best Christmas present I could have given to myself.

The next BIG show will be in June at Granville Island, and I know it will be spectacular, I will be first in line for tickets. If anyone would like more information about the Vancouver Men’s Chorus, here is the link.

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Here is their mission statement:

The Vancouver Men’s Chorus is a registered non-profit society dedicated to presenting high-quality musical entertainment.

Composed of gay men and their friends, the chorus promotes community spirit and a positive image of the gay community.

The Chorus is a member of the Vancouver Cultural Alliance, the British Columbia Choral Federation and of GALA Choruses, an association of over one hundred men’s, women’s, and mixed choruses from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, dedicated to providing leadership and inspiration to the gay and lesbian movement through excellence in the choral arts.

 

Treat yourself, you will NOT be disappointed if you take in one of the upcoming shows. Live outside your box once in a while, you may surprise yourself.

“Life is short, don’t waste time worrying about what people think of you Hold on to the ones that care, in the end they will be the only ones there.”

Connected….

When you say the word connected, what comes to mind…. I looked up in the dictionary the word connected, and this is what I found :

connected
[kuh-nek-tid] Spell Syllables
Synonyms Examples Word Origin
adjective
1. united, joined, or linked.
2. having a connection.
3. joined together in sequence; linked coherently:
connected ideas.
4. related by family ties.
5. having social or professional relationships, especially with influential or powerful persons.
6. Mathematics. pertaining to a set for which no cover exists, consisting of two open sets whose intersections with the given set are disjoint and nonempty.

This past year I had a friend move away. Our girls grew up together playing sports, attending school together, going to Sparks and Brownies, and we became friends. Life was just so busy, I use as a poor excuse, to give 100% to this friendship. Since her move, we have communicated so much more, emailed, Instagrammed and texted. I ask myself, WHY, why did I not put more in to this friendship when she was here. I feel this connection to her, our values, what makes our hearts smile, loving the simple things in life, such as a vine growing up a building or a piece of driftwood! I do miss her, but am so happy for her and this journey she is on with her family.

I would like to share with you some of the ‘simply happy’ ‘make me heart smile’ things she has shared with me!

I think partly too I love that she is also a foodie !!!

Her recipe for Pesto looks amazing and I cannot wait to make it, I may this weekend!!! I would like to share it with you all :

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2 cups basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts ( taste 1st as they may be off )
1/4 cup olive oil – good stuff
2 garlic cloves
1/4 tsp salt ( I use Maldon )
1/4 tsp ground pepper
Only add Parmesan when using in recipe.

Place in glass jars. Leave enough room to add 1/4 ” olive oil on top to prevent oxidation.
Always keep topped with oil before putting back in fridge.

You can also freeze in ice cube trays.
This recipe makes 1 full tray.
Then place a few cubes in small zip lock bags.
Again do not add Parmesan until you use the pesto.

She also recommended this amazing show on PBS called A Chef’s Life. I am absolutely in love with this show, here is the link.

Keeping it short and sweet, but life is short, let the ones know who are loved by you!!!!