and they have influenced my confidence with regard to writing The Humble Bungalow Blog.
We have had our share of general strife in the past... both financially and in the health department.
Like most families cancer has struck several times...so it is not as if I don't know what it is like to experience stress.
I just don't usually write about it here on the blog.
Day to day things don't get me too ruffled up unless I am sick or tired.
But these past few weeks have been different.
Mother's health has been a concern, she has some medical issues that have cropped up and she has been depressed.
Our grandson has been hospitalized for a post pneumonia respiratory issue and he has been on oxygen.
Our son and wife were at his bedside during his stay.
We were worried, naturally, of course, and I felt so very helpless.
Yet to pace the floor all the time felt odd so I got busy in the kitchen and prepared some food for them. It was the easiest thing that I could do...and it helped me to keep my negative thoughts in check.
Thankfully our grandson is home now and things are settling down...along with my blood pressure.
I really like it when things are calm and I'd take boring and mundane if given the choice.
I took a few days "off" and went up island to visit a girlfriend.
Girlfriends are such a gift...they understand and do not judge.
My friend L has retired with her husband to a small island that we usually visit when we are on the boat.
More about our visit later in this post...
On the long weekend in May we cruised over to Pender Island and moored at Port Browning Marina.
I took this photo from the back deck of our boat looking west so you cannot see our Sea Ray.
We had three idyllic days in the sunshine and slept comfortably in our bunk.
I came home feeling quite rested...I gained 3 pounds!
The cats came with us...they got their sea legs (paws) right away!
This wind sculpture is at Zanatta Vineyard in the Glenora area of Duncan.
The tasting room and restaurant are located in this farm style house.
The charming covered patio was a perfect place to dine as the weather was warm and sunny.
A "selfie" of my OOTD
taken in the washroom
I wore a Lands' End scarf (new this season)
white tank top, black Pure Knit sweater and dark wash skinny G21 jeans with my black ballet Mee Too flats.
My friend ordered the roasted beet salad which looked amazing.
I decided on the crab and shrimp cakes which were done to perfection.
We sipped wine, of course...I opted for a glass of Zanatta Ortega.
I have enjoyed their Damasco which is a light summer wine and their Pinot Noir is delicious.
I purchased two bottles of Ortega to take home.
Over the next few days we had nothing but fun.
(exactly what I needed)
We went for walks, watched a movie on Netflix, did some shopping at a consignment shop, had massages,
drank tea, planted a shade garden on her acreage, cooked together in her ultra modern kitchen,
researched Paris flights, looked at the map of France,
it was a calm and easy time just to be.
(just what I needed)
The wee trip was over after a couple of days and there was a ferry to catch.
Mr. HB said that the cats were "out of sorts" without me...
I got such an enthusiastic greeting from them when I arrived home you'd have thought I had been gone for weeks!
My friend will be coming here to visit in our Humble Bungalow...
I am already planning our itinerary.
Thank you for stopping by and visiting...
my Humble Bungalow Blog.
I try to be honest and upbeat
but life is not always a cake walk
so you might find yourself reading some posts that might surprise you...
you get real life here at The Humble Bungalow.
I have been thrift shopping so fasten your seat belts as a post is in the works...
and thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your comments.
They have made me so happy...
I think it feels good to be back!