Saturday, 24 August 2013

A Day of Blessings

What a glorious day  

A day full of blessings, 
surprises and friends

A day when my cup overflows

And my heart cries Amen
Grandma Snyder

Today started with a call from our most beautiful daughter Dianne and her life partner Rob with an invitation to have breakfast with them at the Redwood Restaurant in Clifford Ontario CA.
  The Redwood is a family run restaurant that is a summer tradition with many of our cottagers and for the residents of Grey and Bruce Counties a great place to enjoy good home cooked meals.

 Hwy 9 County Rd 10
Clifford Ontario
Phone #: (519) 327-8738

 And what is that I see gluten free bread and desserts.  For those of us who are on gluten free or on gluten restricted diets to see this on a menu is a blessing indeed.

Garage Sales and Country Vistas

 The Royal Albert Birch Bark Pattern is one of my favourite and so when I saw the cream, sugar, tray, cup, saucer and tea plate I added them to the cup and saucer that I already had.  The silver tea spoon holder was also a find from today.
There is nothing more elegant and a tea party.
 One of the antique stores that we came across was going out of business.  I was admiring a donkey condiment holder and the owner came up and offered all the donkeys in the store for $5.00.
I have no idea what I will do with 12 china donkey figurines, eBay?
The item on the left is a vintage cherry pitter and on the left a meat grinder.

Our destination for the day was Listowel Ontario and we made it as far as 
Harriston Ontario and the 

Old Ford Car Show 

 Paul took the pictures

Our Garden 


Grandma Snyder

Friday, 23 August 2013

Could you be Carjacked?

How To Keep Yourself Safe


This post is definitely not up beat or entertaining it is informative.  Yesterday while I was at the hairdressers I read an article about a woman who was carjacked while waiting for her husband outside of Walmart.  I read the story and remember taking comfort in the fact that this incident happened in the USA.  In my world view Canada was safer and this type of thing just did not happen in my community.

This morning driving to work Crime Stoppers came on the radio asking for any information the public had about an attempted carjacketing AT THE CROSS ROAD OF THE STREET THAT I LIVE ON.   

Crystal Meth is a problem all over and in discussing this incident at work everyone believes that the perpetrator of this crime must have been high on meth.  Crystal Meth provides the user with a euphoria high and they believe they can do anything. 

In the incident in our community the driver was stopped at a red light, had his window down and his arm resting on the window sill.  The attacker grabbed his arm and attempted to pull him out of the car.  The driver got away by accelerating across the intersection.  In the magazine article the woman was forced to drive around with her abductor for over an hour and used her cell phone to call for help.

So how do we keep ourselves and our loved ones safe in this type of situation? 

I have included two links to reliable sources please take the time to read this information.  It is important that we all accept that we can be victims of this type of crime and knowing how to keep yourself and loved ones safe is key:
1)      Keep your car in good working order
2)    Always travel with a cell phone in easy reach
3)     Always put parcels, purses in the truck – keep your vehicle clean
4)    Always travel with doors locked windows up.
5)     You are not the best person to offer help – drive on and call the police.
6)    If you have children in the car let the attacker know this
7)     Give the car up
8)  Have family phone numbers on speed dial and
9)  Have a code word that your family knows that will let them know instantly that you need police.

 Our world is ever changing, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.  To deny real danger and be unprepared is foolishness in my opinion.  To hide behind a belief that God will not let this happen to you  - well that means that you blame all of the believers who have been visited by crime for their own victimization.

We all owe it to those that we love to take this seriously, to read the safety tips provided to us and to go on and live happy active optimistic lives.

Carla and I with our father Walter many years ago

Grandma Snyder

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Roadtripping with Grandma

Charlotte McGraw 

My Favourite Picture of Charlotte

Today I am going to introduce you to my niece Charlotte McGraw.  I have invited Charlotte to become a guest blogger, she brings a unique perspective to the topic of Grandparents and Grandchildren.  Hers is the perspective of a young married, professional Granddaughter.

 Charlotte and Adam on their wedding day

Charlotte is the oldest child of my baby sister Carla Beros and I want to take this opportunity to thank Carla for raising such a strong, independent, compassionate daughter – she takes after her mother.

I hope you will all join with me in welcoming Charlotte to the world of blogging.

Roadtripping with Grandma

Theresa Beros /Grandma Terry

by Charlotte McGraw

Some 25 year-olds might cringe at the idea of driving 1500 kilometres in a car with their grandma, but I was looking forward to our five day trip to visit family in Alberta. The excursion presented a unique opportunity to spend quality time with the woman for whom I was named, my grandma Terry.

Bright and early Thursday morning Grandma and I hit the road –saddled with a booster cushion and neck pillow for Grandma and an ice coffee for me. About five minutes into our drive we hit our first obstacle – differing opinions on music. As I popped in the audio book I had bought in anticipation of this very challenge, grandma pulled out a brand new polka-style gospel CD. After some compromise we agreed to alternate. And, although I didn’t like the polka-tune, I enjoy the big smile on grandma’s face as she tapped her hand and sang along. 

After a ride of music and conversation, we arrived at my aunt’s house. At supper that evening, Grandma entertained the family with the tale of how her prized garden gnome-owl was recently stolen. Grandma takes great pride in her garden gnomes, and this theft was a big deal. So big in fact, that she called the local police to report the missing owl. Upon hearing this, my cousins and I burst into laughter; we thought it was hilarious that she had gotten the authorities involved. Grandma didn’t think this was funny: “You all laugh, but I have had that owl for almost 30 years, since grandpa and I moved off the farm.” We tried to contain ourselves while explaining to grandma that while we felt bad for her missing gnome, that we just found it funny that she filed a formal report.

The rest of the weekend was low-key and relaxing. We did some shopping (grandma got herself a new garden animal) and spent a lot of time hanging out on the deck and visiting. It was a change for me to have to share grandma with my cousins. I am a chatter-box, so I had to hold my tongue and ensure my cousins and grandma got in a good visit without me dominating the conversation. I even missed out on a garage sale, letting my cousin and grandma go on their own for some quality bonding time. After all, I did get to spend seven hours with her on our drive home.

As grateful as I was to have gotten to experience the road trip with grandma, she was more grateful that I had taken her: “Thank you for driving me Charlotte, if I was driving we’d have been all over the road and in the ditch right now. I enjoy being able to look at all the farm yards and being able to nap.”

I wish I would have thought of this sooner. I’d recommend all grandchildren taking a road-trip with a grandparent.

Charlotte McGraw

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