Family and Buddies

The Goat Whisperer

by Carol Browne on June 21, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos

The goat whisperer

I guess we’re trying to break some world record for most parks visited in a weekend. This morning we went right over the Patello Bridge into New Westminster and into Queen’s Park. It’s a delightful place where everything happens. There are all sorts of things to do there – an auditorium, garden displays, a totem pole, and a baseball field. I noticed that as soon as we pulled into a spot that said, “Fly Ball Zone”. Mike promptly moved the car well away from this dangerous parking area. Thanks for the heads up, Queen’s Park!

Once the car was safely parked, we headed over to the Rose Garden. I dusted off my iPhone fisheye lens and took it out for a spin. We took a few photos, but heard the call of the peacocks and other animals and followed our ears to a FREE PETTING ZOO! Woohoo!
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Home sweet home

by Carol Browne on June 18, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos, Sewing

Welcome home!

I am not guilty of getting things done quickly. It’s already the middle of the year and I’m pretty sure this is the only thing I have quilted and completed. I have got to get back on my machine! Time is just slipping away from me.

I hung up the 5 Cats wallhanging thanks to a little curtain rod I found at the Dollar Store.
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Appropriately dressed for hiking.

by Carol Browne on June 14, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos

Me and Dana

Thanks to Mike Browne for the photo!

Today we got up, hopped in the car and drove across the Lower Mainland to visit my quilting buddy from Los Angeles, Dana. After some delicious lunch that we NEARLY ate at the Tomahawk (but didn’t want to wait for half an hour for a table) we headed over the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge. But we didn’t want to wait half and hour to find parking – that place was PACKED – so we headed over to the Lynn Valley Headwaters. It was pretty packed, too, but we found parking right away. Hooray! Parking to get to nature has never been so tough.

Dana, Mike and I went for a light hike in the forest trail. We chatted and took photos and had an all around good time.
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Nearly spent

by Carol Browne on June 10, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, General

Spray roses in the garden

The roses in the garden had a good run. The little spray roses are nearly done and so are the big ones. Darn. I’m going miss those guys, even the red ones. With any luck, they may bloom again before the summer’s over. I just really need to dead head them.

Have I cleaned the backyard yet?


I’ve been very busy ignoring the backyard for the past few weekends. But I’ve put it off long enough. This Saturday I’ll be rolling up my sleeves and will be weeding for about an hour. Our yard is that tiny! Not a hardship at all. And I have to figure out a way to even out some of the patio bricks – a few have sunk and the little patio table is all wonky. My garden hose has holes in it and for some reason (neglect?) my clematis has shrivelled up along with all the flower buds. CRAP. Two years in a row. I think a there is a fungus among us.

Today I was pleasantly surprised by blogger, Michael Kwan, the writer of Beyond the Rhetoric. I made his Evolution post because I am now working regular hours. YES! I am! And I am getting used to it, too. I think my night owl days are behind me. Thanks Michael Kwan!

Just in case you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Michael has a giveaway on his blog for tickets to the Vancouver Art Gallery to see the Italian paintings they have on display. Just click this link and leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win!


The Motley Crew

June 9, 2015

There was ANOTHER major MALFUNCTION with the skytrain today. Rather than grumbling about that AGAIN, we decided to focus on the positive. Here are some weirdly positive circumstances about the past few skytrain mess ups. 1) The last few times the skytrain conked out, Mike and I were off work at the same time AS […]

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I think you mean Deceptively Dreamy Pass!

May 30, 2015

On my one work day of unemployment (new job starts on Monday) Mike and I went across the border to the Excited States of America to a dreamy state park called Deception Pass. Wow. There’s a bridge you need to cross to get to the beaches below. We stopped to walk cross it (and go […]

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A good good night

May 29, 2015

My buddies at work (AKA as my Sister Wives) organized a farewell dinner for me tonight. We went to The Italian Kitchen for dinner and guess who joined us? Vancouver Fashion Designer, Jason Matlo. SQUEEE! It was a lovely visit and it turns out his studio is right next door to where my new office […]

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Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull in our dining room

May 27, 2015

A couple of years ago, I found this framed print abandoned in amongst piles and piles of discarded office stuff in the building where I work. We were hosting a portfolio show in the “empty” space and we had to move a few things and shut a few doors before the guests came to peruse […]

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Having not fallen off the turnip truck

May 22, 2015

Mike and I shot an event tonight – which was awesome – it was the DigiBC event celebrating the top tech employers in the Lower Mainland. This took place at Science World. So glorious. There were lots of dinosaur bones around Science World. We even found one that looked like a cat! And, it completely […]

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Saying Farewell!

May 21, 2015

Worky work was long tonight – we had a PAC meeting (Program Advisory Committee) with some employers. It went well, so that’s good. After that, I hopped on the bus and went to Alysia’s farewell party on Davie Street. It was a lovely visit and now she’s off to become a Scuba Diving Instructor. DREAMY. […]

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