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Remembering

In the fall of 2014, a blogging friend and I exchanged seeds through the mail. She sent me hollyhock seeds and I sent her poppy seeds. We looked forward to the spring when we would plant each other’s flowers.

I was sorry to hear that the poppy seeds didn’t sprout for her that next year, but her hollyhocks grew for me.

In November of 2015, she died of cancer. I was shocked because she had been such a positive person. I never would have guessed that she would lose that battle.

I planted the hollyhocks in my vegetable garden because I go there every day, rather than in a flower bed I might rarely visit. Year after year, I think of my friend fondly, yet sadly, almost every day  when I watch her hollyhocks grow, from the earliest leaves to the huge stalks loaded with flowers. It’s as if she’s saying hello whenever I go out to my garden.

If you would like to visit the blog of Barb Beacham, and browse back in time over some of her posts, here is the link: https://salmonfishingqueen.wordpress.com/ 

She was a wonderful person and I still miss her. I’m so glad I have her hollyhocks in my garden.


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A Good Year Ahead

It was such a beautiful morning as the sun came up today on the first day of January, 2018. I hope it’s a sign of what a good year it promises to be.

Thank you, blogging friends, for visiting my blog posts and clicking Likes and commenting. Without you, there would be no point in posting anything.

I wish you all the very best of health and happiness for the coming year.


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Promises and Hope

A few days ago after a fresh snowfall, the rising sun painted a slightly pink glow on the hills. It felt like a promise of good things to come.

Like many parts of North America, we had an extremely dry summer last year, with low water reserves and raging wildfires. A good snowpack on the hills is so important. The snow melts a bit at time over the summer, keeping our lakes and rivers at a healthy level.

The sun peeking through during a break in our usually windy and rainy weather  made me smile and I thought of so many good things in my life.013

Besides the usual, good health and a loving family, here are just a few of the things I am thankful for:

  • meeting wonderful people through my blog
  • people who read my books even if it’s just to be polite
  • people who enjoy my books
  • people who enjoy my books and write nice reviews for them on amazon
  • my two lovely dogs, Ruby and Emma
  • the clean air of the Comox Valley
  • clean, cool water that comes up from my well
  • the clean water of our lakes, rivers and oceans on the BC coast

I have to stop here because I just realized that I could write another whole book about all the things I’m so thankful for.

It has been a great year for interacting with fellow bloggers all over the world and I’m very happy to see your Likes and Comments at the end of my posts. I do try to follow back if I can. I have quite a long list of blogs I follow, and there is only so much time I can spend on getting back to each one, but I try.

This year, cancer robbed the blogging community of a wonderful lady. Barb Beacham entertained us with her short stories and photos on her blog, Life in the Foothills. I’m thankful to have met her through blogging and emails. She sent me some of her hollyhock seeds last year and when I see them growing in my garden I am reminded of her. I miss her dearly.

Dear blogging friends, enjoy every day and let the connections you make enrich your life. It is my great pleasure to have met you. I wish you a fantastic year ahead. May all your good dreams (and none of your nightmares) come true.

Happy New Year to you all!