I am back. I know it has been a month, but as I mentioned on my last post, I have been celebrating life. Here is the story. I took 600 photos, and will try to spare you from all of them....YOU'RE WELCOME
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you've imagined.(anonymous)
my dream vacation
This is the lady behind it all, Claudie. She has spent nearly a year planning her event.....called SUMMER BREEZE
like Cinderella.......I was invited
Let me introduce you to the other Summer Breeze Gals
JULIE....From Vancouver, British Columbia
CC....(Catherine) from Georgia
Miss Bee....(Deborah) from North Carolina
Jeanne......also from North Carolina
all these photos were taken from my trip. I had to borrow from Jeanne for hers, but I tried to "catch" some of their personality. We promised each other to only post flattering pics.
We are all blogging pals
My FIRST time in meeting them
What an eclectic group we were. Ranging in ages from 72 to 50, different upbringings, faiths, experiences
Joy and Sorrow.....Pain and Pleasure has sat at all of our tables
Claudies place was truly like a fairy tale. Everything there was so fanciful, fun, colorful, and almost magical
The little cottage in the back is for guests.
This is an outdoor shower. It has a BIG pool at the back. Oh yeah, we spent time there. Ontario is hot and humid.
Claudie even went to extraordinary efforts to make our rooms just "perfect" for us. She took the bedspreads off the hotel beds and put on some lovely ones from her own home. She tried to decorate every ones room according to their personalities, styles, and likes.
Being the country girl I am, I had a country patchwork quilt on my bed. She knows I love ladybugs, so she had these lights put around the mirror. The little picture on the desk was from her.
She made huge paper flowers and streamers that hung from the ceilings. Since her favorite color is pink, she even put pink toilet paper in our bathrooms, along with lovely soaps.
Not to mention the room fridges stocked with soda, juice, cheese, chocolate
a simple hotel room was transformed
Meet her husband Randy. He did ALL the cooking for us and he is a chef supreme-o.
(he is opening some of the gifts we brought for him)
We all brought each other wonderful surprises, gifts. My whole carry on luggage was full of gifts
and even more full going home
Here is the bunch of us enjoying one of his breakfasts. Claudie's kitchen is like a doll house. I adored it.
Me and Claudie enjoying one of Chef Randy's meals outside.
yes, that is a river that runs along her back yard (sigh)
We did a lot of This..celebrate
and we also "danced to the music"
Since she had a pool in the back yard......she made sure we understood we would ALL be getting in, no matter if we still fit in our swimsuits. (or not)
so before getting ready for our first swim.....we had our "ah ha" meeting
get it out
tell everyone what we Hate about our bodies
but we also had to tell what we Loved about our bodies.
Guess which list was longer.
Now that they know of my still post pregnancy belly fat (youngest is 26), I guess I am ready for the Plunge
I am 5th one in
Even though I had 6 full days there, we were busy every day and still ran out of time
we went to Montreal...Oui
It was like nothing I have ever seen before
Cobblestone streets, amazing architecture, shops, oh the food!!
Julie and CC seem happy about their room
just being friends who can hold hands
and be ok
cause that's what friends do
We all had autograph books (which was one of our many gifts)
Everywhere we stopped, we tried to get people to sign our books.
We'd paste paper souvenirs in them
Here is one of our waiters signing our books
Can I just say the French men....Oooola la
Before we left, all the waiters came over
and they left us each with a red rose they bought from a street lady
Did I mention..........Ooooo la la
We went for a walk along the pier and saw this sign.
Claudie, using her french charm
talked the owner into letting us get one for $5.00
why...I'll tell ya why
Henna does not last or set like a real tattoo
and it was so hot and humid that evening
the slightest touch would rub it off
All we had them put on each of us was the words
Well, I thought I'd get my sexy on, and have mine on my neck/chest area
So.....I am not really the french floozy that this photo looks like
I had to pull the shirt down so it wouldn't rub off
(that's my story and I'm sticking to it)
However, after all my efforts to protect it
by the end of the night it was a mess
It ended up looking like some broad who was getting laser treatments for a Bad Tattoo
Since it was such a muggy night, we all did a little dance in the fountain.
Sure, you're not supposed to
Not a bad photo for all us felons I guess. Poor Julie isn't in this photo as she was our official picture taker.
That water felt dang good for all us menopausal women
We took a little detour home. Went on a ferry boat ride. AGAIN, Claudie, using her irresistible charms, talked the captain down on the price
as it turned out.....he took us across 4 times just for fun
(it is only a 15 min. ride across the river)
One side of the river is Ontario, the other Quebec
(CC and Claudie)
Don't worry Jeanne, it's not that big of a river.
If you fall off, just paddle hard
Of course no trip to Canada would be complete without some POUTINE.
Eastern Canada makes the best
It is french fries covered with cheese curds and brown gravy
We only wanted one family order for our southern friends to try, but when they found out where we were all from
they gave us 2 for the price of 1
instead of only 1000 calories a mouthful, we got 2000
This is where I will leave you for now.
I am sure my carriage is about to turn into a pumpkin
Glad you stopped by. Let's sit on the porch, listen to the coyotes and hawks, and Visit.
Keep Skunks and Gossipers at a DISTANCE
a city girl living a country life...or is it a country girl who used to live a city life. I am blue jeans and stilettos, charred hot dogs and caviar., tractors and tiaras.....
IF - - I could be a time traveler, I am sure I was once an INDIAN PRINCESS, ate grapes with CLEOPATRA, was best friends with CALAMITY JANE and partied with MARIE ANTOINETTE------therefore, I am a well rounded person, ENJOY YOUR VISIT HERE
"he's got Silver in the Stars, Gold in the Morning Sun"
IN MEMORY OF MY SON
Matthew Purnell Doman 1975-2010..
Matt...God has you in his keeping. I have you in my Heart.
MY 10 GRANDKIDS - 2011
they don't come any cuter !!
LUCY in the Sky with Diamonds
Monte, Noah, Mushka, Kia'h
Ya'll Come Now
our little cabin
Our horses hitched up
my daughter and grandgirls
I WISH I WERE GLAMOROUS
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous then absolutely boring.- MARILYN MONROE
ladybugs--they are GOODLUCK
With a butterfly kiss and a ladybug hug, sleep tight little one, like a bug in a rug...author unknown