Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Nativity Printable

Today is one week since we left our Little Shack on the Hill and traveled to Vancouver Island to set up house in our travel trailer in an RV park. In that week, I have enjoyed time with family, been able to help out by babysitting my wonderful grandkids, organized the trailer (still more to do!), and gone for some lovely, windy beach walks with the dogs. It has been busy, but very enjoyable.  I will post more about settling in to the trailer and the RV park soon, but until then, I thought I would share this 'printable' I created.  Feel free to share and print it out as much as you like. I found that loading it onto a thumb drive and taking it to Staples, or some place like that, makes the best print out (and saves your printer ink).  This will print as an 8" x10", and you can choose between a white shadow (1) matte or a white, black and red (2) matte.  Just click on the image to take you to the pdf. Enjoy!




Friday, November 14, 2014

Saying Goodbye to the Shack

Tomorrow morning we leave the Little Shack bound for Vancouver Island and our family. We'll be away for awhile...like, til June!  Well, actually Trev and I will probably be back in about 10 days. He has an appointment with his surgeon then and we will make the trip back for that.  Whether we'll actually be able to get to the Shack is another matter.  As winter is now closing in on us here, with the ground already frozen solid and the lakes iced over, snow is not far behind.  We've had a few flurries in the past couple of days. Threats, but nothing substantial. In the next week or so it could suddenly dump a load and that'll be it till April! If it snows, we'd have to park at the bottom of the driveway and hike up to the Shack. Not fun, but 'been there, done that'.  We'll have to see how the weather goes before we can plan on coming back to the Shack then.
So, we are leaving tomorrow with everything we 'have to have' in case we can't get back. We will be living full time in our Little Shack on Wheels.  It's actually not a Shack, it's a travel trailer, and as trailers go, it's not that little.  32 feet of wonderful, simple living space. We purchased it in the spring after an extensive search for just the right one. We are thrilled with it! I've been looking forward to going full-time in it for months and now that it's here, it's great....but I am going to miss my Little Shack on the Hill.  I think I have appreciated living here more in the last few weeks than ever before.  The peace and quiet, the birds and squirrels that visit the deck each day, the view of the valley, the sunrises and sunsets.  It is such a lovely spot to be.  I am going to miss it.




On the other hand,  I am going to enjoy being close to our kids, and our grandkids!  I've been eagerly awaiting the time when we can all be together more often.  Christmas will be spent with all our kids and grandkids together. Can't wait!
So, for the next several months, I'll be blogging away from the Shack.  Look for posts on cooking and living in an RV with 3 people, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a Bearded Dragon lizard!  It's sure to be an adventure!  Stay tuned!







Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday

 What a beautiful, sunny, crisp, fall-into-winter day. It is the kind of day that makes me appreciate living up on the Hill.
Today I wanted to introduce you to 3 very special little people...my grand kids! Each one is so precious. Children are a gift, and grandchildren are that gift that keeps on giving!








Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Liebster Award





I am thrilled to have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Adele over at No More Cinderella. Thanks so much, Adele!!
I LOVE Adele's blog! She is such a sweetie and lives in a a part of the world that is on my "bucket list" of places to go.

The Liebster Award is designed to get new blogs and blogs with smaller followings (under 200) out there into the blogging world.
The rules are as follows:


  • Write a post with 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  • Let the bloggers you nominated know you nominated them,

Here are my RANDOM FACTS!
  1. I met my husband while working at a 7-11 store that was opening up in my hometown. He was the assistant manager, and I, a lowly clerk. We fell in love over the slurpee machine. He is 2 years younger than me.
  2. My family owns a trapline in Northern British Columbia. We spend the fall months there and sometimes some of the spring. I have a blog about our life there at http://trapperswife.blogspot.ca.
  3. I have 5 amazingly wonderful kids, 2 of which (daughters) have given me 3 adorable grand-munchkins! I had 3 miscarriages between the 1st and 2nd babies which was very hard.
  4. At 52 years of age, I still feel like a teenager inside. My body laughs at that.
  5. I am about to move into our travel trailer with our remaining at home kid and my husband, along with our 2 cats, 2 dogs and my son's Bearded Dragon. This is so we can spend more time close to our family. We will still have the Little Shack on the Hill, but will be away for months.
  6. My oldest son is an aspiring artist. He does amazing work. You can check him out at MOWA on Facebook. He has designed a CD cover for an up and coming young singer, Ira Wolf.
  7. I have been married for 29 years.
  8. I am on a diet. Lost 3 pounds so far!
  9. I am addicted to honey sandwiches. It has to be creamed honey, and it has to have margarine or butter with it. Heaven!
  10. My parents came to Canada from South Africa before I was born.
  11. Last but not least...I am making every member of my family gifts for Christmas. Knitted, crocheted, sewn...all in the works!
And now... My answers to Adele's questions!

  1. What blogs do I read the most often?    I read lots! Mostly DIY ones and crafting ones. I am kinda random when it comes to reading blogs. I follow lots and read what strikes me as being interesting.
  2. If I could live anywhere else in the world beside where I am, where would that be? Hmmm...I love living in Canada, BC in particular. But, if I could have a 2nd home somewhere else in the world it would probably be in Scotland. I have always wanted to go there, love the history and think it would be my kinda place!
  3. My current favourite band or musician? That's a toughy. I love Celtic, country, soft rock, oldies....it's hard to decide on just one. I guess I'd have to pick Plain White Ts.  I listen to them a lot.
  4. What career path did I imagine myself following when I was younger? I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was little, then a naturalist. But, eventually, I decided on a career I could always get a job doing and it has been a good choice. I took a Culinary Arts course in college and have never wanted for a job when I wanted one. 
  5. If Father Christmas was real, what would I ask for? What!?!? You mean Santa?? He's not real???  I guess I should have included that in my random facts. I believe in SANTA!!! And if I could actually have whatever I asked for, I would ask for that place Scotland!
  6. Have I ever done anything on impulse for charity?  Well, I guess so. I give at the checkouts when they are collecting for various charities. We sponsor 4 children through World Vision.  And The Children's Hospital her in BC gets our support. Our oldest granddaughter, Taylor, when she was almost 2 was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Children's hospital was our home away from home for months as she underwent treatment. She just turned 6 and is doing great by the way! They also helped us out when our oldest son was bitten the face by a dog when he was 2. A wonderful place!
  7. My guilty pleasures on TV or elsewhere? I am addicted to watching TV shows on Netflix. I am currently re-watching Bones. I get so involved in these shows and have to watch every day, several episodes and only watch the one until I have watched all the episodes on Netflix. Then I go through withdrawal until I find a new series to watch. I know, it's sad.
  8. My favourite product to use my hair? That would be Lush's Dry Shampoo. I find doing my hair a pain, so I put off washing it. If I go too long between shampoos I use the dry shampoo to absorb the oil for the day and avoid having to do my hair that day. It is also great on the trapline where I have to haul and the heat up water to wash my hair with.
  9. Would I ever consider going vegetarian? Definitely! I took a vegetarian cooking course years ago and loved it. My husband being a trapper, is also a hunter and provides our family with moose and deer meat which is as organic as you can get.  While I enjoy meat, it is not a huge deal for me and figure if we had to actually buy our meat, we would eat a lot less of it.
  10. What am I looking forward to this Christmas? Mostly just being with family. I love Christmas! I love giving gifts, the food, the decorations. It is a very special time of year for us as Christians as well as a special time for being together.
  11. My favourite childhood memory? Yeesh! That's hard.  I had such a wonderful childhood. My Mom and Dad are wonderful people. My Dad is now in a home with Alzheimer's, but my Mom is still in our family home in my hometown. I have a brother and sister as well. There are so many memories, I couldn't pick just one. Christmases are right up there though, and camping. I remember camping one summer with my family, as well as my grandmother and aunt. We had a huge orange and blue canvas tent. My Dad was shaving using a mirror hung on a tree when all of a sudden there was screaming coming from the bush beside our campsite! My Dad dropped his razor and rushed into the bush and pulled a little girl who had stepped on a wasps nest to safety. He was the hero of the day! Just remembering  this has brought me to tears.  My Dad is/was such a gentle and caring man. We all miss him being there for family times and it has been hard on all of us to have him gone, but not gone. Anyone who has had to deal with a loved one with Alzheimer's will understand what I mean. It is such a hard disease for the family to deal with. I miss my Dad.

The 11 blogs I nominate are:


I'll be watching for your Liebster posts! Thanks again to Adele for the nomination, it was a hoot!




Monday, November 10, 2014

Winter Printable

This is my first attempt at making a word printable and I think I now have a new addiction.  What fun! We've had a few flakes falling in the last few days here on the Hill, and it put me in a winter frame of mind. Let me know what you think, but please, be kind.





Click the above printable to print it out. It will print out on a 8 x10 sheet of paper with a white border.



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