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Happy New Year

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Hello everyone, I'm just popping in to let you know I've been enjoying my Christmas holiday. I spent a few days doing a bit of last minute shopping for stocking stuffers, tidying and cleaning and preparing for the Christmas meal which was loved and enjoyed by the invited guests. One of my guests was sick so didn't come but the 6 other guests made it and we had great time of feasting and fellowship. I especially enjoyed seeing that my guests not only enjoyed the food but in some cases had 2-3 helpings.  I remember several of these same guests to dinner about 3 years ago when they were still fairly new to Canada. At that time they only ate sparingly. I don't know if it was due to cultural differences of what is polite, they didn't like the food or they were unaccustomed to the flavours of a Canadian Christmas.  What a difference a few years made! I did a bit of last minute baking and one of the new to me items this year was Chocolate Crinkle cookies using Betty

Make it for Christmas

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This year I learned how to make a few things for Christmas gifts. I made some Frankincense and Myrrh Perfume.  I didn't quite make it as per the recipe because  I had some issues getting all the right ingredients.  But I did try it out and next time I will  have everything in stock. I still have the 5 roll on bottles which I ordered from Amazon so I can make more  of this perfume or any other scent I desire.  I sourced the ingredients from local stores but they are also available on Amazon. The bottle with the cap off and the steel ball roller is the one that I made. One thing about the perfume is that several of the oils are quite pricey (frankincense, myrrh and the jojoba oil used as carrier oil).  Of course a little goes a long way but if you do not like the scents then you've made the perfume for naught.  I didn't mind the experiment because the frankincense and myrrh oils are associated with the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus but you might w

A Seasonal Update

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Hi friends, It's been awhile since I posted due to my computer acting up. I thought I would have to get a new computer because mine is pretty old as far as computer years go. But I was able to get a new video card and have it inserted into the old motherboard. After a few tweaks and such it is now working. This is likely the last upgrade that can be done to my old computer. But for now it saves me a an additional big cash outlay at Christmas time. I wanted to share a few more photos of my old alma mater taken when I went for my nephew's graduation. If you missed that post and would like to read it you can find it here . These photos depict parts of our walk from the Chan Center to the Robert H. Lee Alumni Center where a cake and coffee reception is held for the graduates and their guests. Firstly, you see we are in the area called the Rose Garden located next door to the Chan Center where the graduation ceremonies take place. In Spring and Summer there is a beautiful ro

A Special Day Under a Vancouver Sky

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My family had a special day today.  My nephew graduated with his Masters in Arts in Psychology. Graduation ceremonies take place over 3 consecutive days twice per year. Each day there are 3 separate ceremonies. My nephew's was the 2nd ceremony of the 2nd day which seemed fitting given it is his 2nd degree. It was also the best time weatherwise over the 3 day period. The crowd assembles in the beautiful Chan Centre. Ph.D. graduates are seated in their fushia and blue robes at the back  of the stage behind the professors and dignataries. The fuschia looks red in the photo but the  UBC website says the colour is maroon. The Mace is carried by the ‘Macebearer’ who leads the Platform Party, which includes the Chancellor, the President, and other dignitaries, onto the stage for the Congregation ceremonies.  In the fall of 1957, the University commissioned the late Haida carver Bill Reid to undertake the project of carving the mace. Due to Rei

Friday Night at the Opera

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Half the day is gone and I'm just putting up my Tuesday post. It is pouring rain here right now and will likely be like this all week. It was a glorious, sunny day yesterday though. I wanted to share my photos from the opera I went to last Friday. It was performed in a small church called Canadian Memorial United Church. It is a beautiful church. (Photo Credit:  Church website) This is the church located on a busy Vancouver corner (Burrard & 16th Avenue) I took a friend as a Christmas gift and she enjoyed it very much. She bought us coffee and cookies at the break .  The coffee was fabulous and the cookies were too. I believe the church was raising funds for its out of the cold program. I've never been to the church before.  Apparently they have different outside events throughout the year. (Photo Credit: Church website) - This is the main window of the church. Simply stunning. The opera written by Giuseppe Verdi is Un Ballo in Maschera (