Canada Garden

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February Update!

We're still going keto strong.  It seems a bit obvious to keep saying it I guess, because it's just how we live now.  But still, sometimes it still seems too good to be true
Our Betsy Girl turned 10! And for her birthday, she got a cute little streak of pink underneath all that beautiful hair.  And Kyle turned 8.  The tooth fairy paid a visit for his birthday too :) 
And V is 80!  As I'm writing this, I just realized Kyle turned 8 and V turned 80!  He and Betsy made her homemade cards, the best kind.
 Yes, I got her a "real" cake, the kind my kitchen hasn't seen in a couple of years.  But don't worry, we also had keto cake and ice cream, so Mark and I had plenty of dessert to celebrate with everybody. 
We had fun being all together for V's birthday.  This is probably the very first time that the kids have been here for V's birthday.  It's wonderful having them so close by now.
She looks happy, doesn't she?  And she doesn't look 80!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year!

 It was such a great Thanksgiving/Christmas season this year!  Isaac was home with us and we got to hang out and be together in a way we haven't in years.  Judson and Rachel have moved back to Springfield and it's such a blessing to have them so near again. 
 Kyle will soon be taller than V.  Betsy will be taller than me any day now.
 All of us together. 
Isaac has left on his 2018 adventure, heading towards Denver, Cali, and Arizona.  He'll soon be in warm weather again.  And here's our Judson and the kids.  Rachel does such a good job of taking their pictures and sending them out.  Happy happy New Year to everyone.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

G Dog

We had to say goodbye to our G dog a couple of weeks ago. He was the best golden ever.  I have loved every single golden we've had--five now, and he was our only male dog.  He was so scared and skittish when we got him, but we always called him our big strong brave boy.  He was a great dog and I'm going to miss him in the garden.



We were so sad when we lost our first goldens--Sandy and Kelly--and we thought we were rescuing Lilla and G dog, but they really rescued us.
One of my favorites.
This one always makes me laugh.
We couldn't keep a collar on Lilla when they first came to us.  He thought it was great fun to get it away from her.
We'll miss him something awful, but so grateful to have had him with us for these years.  And thankful we have our Skye girl now.
Kyle with Skye



Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

No, this pic above wasn't from yesterday, but doesn't it look like a Thanksgiving picture?!?  This was from October when we met all our peeps at Patti's.  I loved having everybody there together--my Michigan family, my Madisonville family, both my sons, my beautiful daughter in law and my amazing grandchildren.  I do feel so truly blessed to have had that chance for us to all be together.

So yesterday was a bit of a smaller celebration, but we're still beyond blessed and it was a great day.
Mark got up before sunrise to start the smoker.  We agreed this was the best bird ever!
We had a lovely keto meal--turkey, cauli-mash, green beans, deviled eggs, pumpkin "pie", chocolate pecan pie keto-style.  I have thought over and over to myself, I am so thankful we're not worried about fat pants or diabetes anymore.
We missed Judson and his family yesterday.  They're in the process of moving and Kyle was sick :/  So we'll have another Thanksgiving celebration next week.  Mark is thinking ribs for the smoker for that one!  I'm loving that smoker. . .

It's been wonderful having Isaac home lately.  Skye is pretty happy about him being here too :)


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October Visit

 Betsy & Kyle came to see us and we had a wonderful time.  Betsy liked my bubblegum bliss keto ice cream. 
 V was on the hunt for a bingo game and she found a really nice one at Goodwill.  Betsy & Kyle always like playing board games at V's.  They seemed to really like being the one to spin the ball and announce the letters--B7, etc. . .
 They got to have real ice cream at V's too :)
Betsy is taller than V now, almost as tall as me.  Kyle is close behind.  We're loving watching them grow up.  We are beyond blessed.