Archive for October 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekend Cleaning - The Never Ending Battle!


Why doesn't my house look CLEAN like this for more than 5 minutes at a time?


HONESTLY, it feels like I'm the only one who ever puts things away around here?!



I wish that I could just wave my magic wand and clean up all the dishes, shoes, homework, music, instruments, sports gear and sundry in the blink of an eye!



INSTEAD, every weekend I try to get my house back to it's former glory.....


but I'm afraid it's a losing battle!

So, tonight I'm just gonna throw in the towel for the time being and CHILL OUT in the HOT TUB with a glass of red wine and my favorite fella.......



Maybe I'll get to the cleaning TOMORROW.

Now, my Hong Kong Winnie the Pooh Bear Giveaway is still open to any blogger peeps who leave me a comment this week.  Just let me know how you get your house cleaning done normally.  Do you do one BIG clean a week?  Or do you pick one ROOM per day?  What's the thing you HATE most to clean?  Personally, the bathroom is MY nemesis.  I hate cleaning toilets, don't you?

I will announce the winner of Monday morning!


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My Dream Destination Garden Center

The Hole brothers were born in St. Albert, Alberta to Lois and Ted Hole, elite members of the Canadian horticulture industry.  They are prairie boys, born and bred.  When they do something.......they do it big!  REALLY BIG!

Currently they are working on constructing a GIGANTIC destination garden center they have dubbed the "Enjoy Center".  It's going to house not only a second floor retail greenhouse space, but also an events center.....


 Cafe, Spa and year round FARMER'S MARKET!

I am so EXCITED!  This place is gonna be soooooo cool!

These guys really know how to plan a greenhouse expansion.  But, reading about their project on Steve Whysal's blog today, I started to think that it's really time that Tamara gets her keester in gear and starts planning the Fraser Valley's version of the ENJOY CENTER!

So, let me give you a quick run-down of my little wish list for the future DARVONDA DESTINATION GARDEN CENTER:

A grand EVENTS CENTER complete with a giant chandelier and red carpet.

I would personally assist you in your wedding/corporate event planning.  You would have access to an in-house caterer.......

in-house florist......


in-house evening entertainment.......



including lavish stage productions.....



which our in-house designers will create especially for your event, making it the most special occasion EVER!

Once your event is over, you will be able to walk on over to our INDOOR hot spring park featuring themed hot pools......



all under glass.

After your relaxing dip in the various herbal pools, wander over to the gym for a half hour aerobics class......



or run on the treadmill where you'll have a panoramic 2nd floor view of beautiful Milner village.


While you get a bit of cardio, Gramma and Grampa can take care of the kids at our 18 hole indoor Mini Golf park.


or join a drop-in hockey game at the glass enclosed skating rink (All windows will be shatter proof in this area)!



You will be able to shop our local Farmer's Market in the warmth of our indoor greenhouse where we will have fresh fruit and veggies....



fresh deli meats.......


and, of course, fresh baked bread and cakes from the famous Carlo's Bakery........


at his first sattelite location, specializing in custom cakes that will just blow your mind!



Of course, the most important attraction at the Darvonda Destination Garden Center will be......the GARDEN CENTER!

This is how I would imagine the front lobby of our retail to look....



and you would walk through it to our inspirational gardens......



where the displays would change with the seasons.



So, since we're busy dreaming about what our ideal "ENJOY CENTER" would look like, I'd love to hear from you.  What attractions or services do you think should be in this FABULOUS new garden center?  A Brew Pub, perhaps?  Should we hold FASHION WEEK in our ATRIUM? 

We girls can always dream, right?!

Now make sure you stop on by Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday where you will be able to drool all over your keyboard at the gorgeous garden photos her blogger peeps share every friday.

Another great blog to visit today is My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.  Such wonderful things going on in people's homes and gardens, it's just so inspiring!


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Floral Addict Intervention Is Imminent

Twenty years ago when I started in this biz, someone told me the following:

"Tamara, this industry is addictive.  Once you're in it, you'll never get out"

At the time I thought that sounded a bit like a bad episode of the SOPRANO'S.  Little did I know, his prediction would be so very, very RIGHT!


I mean, there is nothing as intoxicating as fresh flowers......


My compulsive need to see beautiful blooms is no longer controllable..........



I think I need to get myself into a 12 step program.......



before I go off the deep end!



Do you think I could get away with wearing THIS......



to our next Parent/Teacher interviews?!

How about THIS.......


for the next United Flower Growers membership meeting?  It's not too over-the-top, IS IT?!

I think I need and INTERVENTION.


DON'T FORGET:

All this week I am entering every one of my blogger peeps who leave a comment into a draw to win an authentic Hong Kong Disneyland Winnie the Pooh Bear. I brought him home in my suitcase last week.  So, make sure you let me know how YOU feel about flowers.  Are you as crazy about blossoms as I am?  How often do you buy yourself a bouquet of fresh cuts to put in your kitchen?  Don't be shy.  This is your chance to really tell me what you think.......

Photos are from Tulips & Pansies - the Headress Affair Facebook page.  This is a New York Fundraiser put on by VillageCare, a non-profit organization which is serving older adults, persons living with HIV/AIDS and individuals in need of medical and rehabilitation services.


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While I Was Away....

Cabo Frio, Brazil
Last week, while I was in Hong Kong......

Tai O, China
the Big Guy was participating in meetings with our sister churches in Brazil.....


He is a member of a committee that assists in funding various mission projects that require financial assistance in Brazil, South America.


Committee of 3 members meeting in Cabo Frio, 2010
6 members from Holland, Hamilton and Surrey attended the meetings of the Brazilian Reformed Churches to see if they could continue to work together to aid our brazilian brothers with their economic needs to further the work of Christ in Brazil.

Breakfast

The participants at Synod had many opportunities to enjoy a meal together......

Synod of the Igreja Reformada do Brasil, 2010

meet together......


John Vanderstoep, Pastor Ken Wieske, the Big Guy
walk together.......

walking together to church in Cabo Frio
read the CLARION together.......

Pastor Thyago reading the Clarion with his colleagues

and meet new friends together.....



The Pastor of Cabo Frio, his wife son and newborn baby
And for SOME REASON, quite a few people noticed that the Big Guy was on his BLACKBERRY a fair amount of time......

The Big Guy on his blackberry

I can't imagine WHO he was communicating with.......


because it sure wasn't ME!

This is where I was sleeping last week.......


View from my hotel room

and this is where my main squeeze was sleeping........

View from the Big Guy's hotel room

I really, REALLY missed him while he was gone.......

John Vanderstoep and the Big Guy
but we had agreed that it was necessary to DIVIDE AND CONQUER!

But, once I saw THIS photo......


Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro

I realized that no matter how far apart we are, we THINK ALIKE!


Giant Buddah, Hong Kong
Even though we are THOUSANDS of MILES apart, we both tried to see a little of what our respective countries had to offer......

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




Hong Kong, China


This evening, as we sat around the dinner table enjoying a meal and watched the Big Guy entertain us with his prowess on the trombone, I couldn't help but count my blessings for such a wonderful husband and father.......


What an amazing fella I have been priviledged to spend the rest of my life with! 





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