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A Winner!

Posted on: May 25, 2015

This was in my email box earlier today:

Darlene,

Congratulations ! ! ! Your book won Cover Wars and is now our Book Of The Week. We have begun sharing the wonderful news. Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Author Shout

Thank you so much for your votes! I have an amazing support group. This was a fun contest and the competition was close. Amanda in Alberta is now Book of The Week!

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We have been busy moving into our new (to us) home in Spain. It is the ground floor unit of a multi unit complex in an urbanization called Los Dolses, on a quiet street overlooking a field of shrubs and trees including an abandoned lemon and orange grove. Now that most of the boxes are unpacked, we spend much of our time on the terrace relaxing and watching the many birds that make their home in the trees. We can often hear peacocks, parrots, nightingales and cuckoos to name a few. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of our place.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Tons of room for flowers on the sunny terrace and outdoor area. We even have our own palm tree, which was in bad need of a haircut when we moved in. Looks much better now.

 

Palm tree before the trim

Palm tree before the trim

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Hubby enjoying a beer on the terrace

Hubby enjoying a beer on the terrace

I love the cactus garden planted by the pervious owners. Imagine my delight when a cactus burst into bloom the other day.

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Cactus in bloom

Cactus in bloom

We live about ten minutes by car from the many beaches in the area. We also have the use of a pool, part the complex, which is at the end of the street. I usually have it to myself.

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Guests at our first barbeque

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The view from our terrace.

We still have some pictures to hang and a few more boxes to unpack, but we are feeling at home.

Thank you everyone for voting for the cover of Amanda in Alberta. I really appreciate it. There are two more days left and it is  a close competition. Remember you can vote once a day until Sunday, May 24. http://authorshout.com/cover-wars/

Have a great weekend!!

I have entered a competition called Cover Wars. If I get the most votes, Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone will be featured as Book of The Week. Please vote for Amanda. You can vote once a day until next Sunday, May 24. Thanks heaps!!
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Mother´s day is a special day in many parts of the world although is not celebrated on the same day. Today it is Mother´s Day in Canada and the US and it was Mother´s Day in Spain last Sunday. In the UK, Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Mother’s Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent,  exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. This year it was on March 15. Mother´s day in France is usually the last Sunday in May.

Mother´s Day has always been a special day for me as I was blessed with the gift of a wonderful mother. I am grateful for her everyday and especially on this day.

mom and baby me

Mom and baby me

She taught me so much. Not just how to cook tasty economical meals, sew my own clothes and keep a clean house, but how to be kind to everyone and to value friends and family. She worked hard on the farm when we were growing up; milking the cows, feeding the chickens, collecting eggs, growing a large garden, canning  fruits and vegetables for the winter, cooking for large harvesting crews and branding parties, and so much more.  She was an amazing cook and won prizes for her baking. Her German fruit kuchen was the best! There was always extra food for welcomed drop in guests.  She never left the house without looking well put together when she went to town for church, meetings or shopping. Because she is such a perfect role modal, I think I turned out to be a pretty decent mom myself. At least my kids tell me I am.

She always made us feel loved and still does. Her love wasn´t limited to her own children but to her many nieces and nephews as well. Our house was often full of visiting relatives. She never forgot a birthday and sent hand written notes to those she didn´t see often. Now her love is extended to her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. That love is returned tenfold.

Mom and a great great granddaughter

Mom and a great great granddaughter

I found a note she sent to me at age seven, when she had my second brother.  You can feel the love.

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In 2009, I took my daughter and mother to meet my aunt in Sedona, Arizona for a holiday. We made dream catchers. Look how proud she is of hers.

Mom in Sedona with her sister, granddaughter and me

Mom in Sedona with her sister, granddaughter and me

Mom with me and my brothers November 2013, her 85th Birthday pary

Mom with her kids, November 2013, her 85th Birthday party

Mom accepts life as it comes and although life hasn´t been easy the last couple of years, she still has that same sweet smile at age 86. During my most recent visit we looked at old pictures and had some great laughs as we reminisced. The staff in the nursing home tell me she is a pleasure to have around and I believe it. She is truly a gift I treasure.

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With Mom, April 2015

 

Happy Mother´s Day to everyone who is a mother, step mother, special aunt or good friend to a younger person. It is an important job!

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Darlene:

One year ago I spent an amazing week with my BFF who is also my aunt, in Taos, New Mexico. We are busy moving into our own place in Spain so I thought I would reblog what I was doing last year. Hope you enjoy it the second time around. Great memories for me.

Originally posted on Darlene Foster's Blog:

I can’t believe my luck. I have had so many fabulous get-aways this year and now I just returned from a week in Taos, New Mexico.

This trip was extra special as I spent it with someone very dear to me.  I was not granted a sister, instead I was blessed with an aunt my age. We were born in the same hospital two months apart. We did everything together as kids. She moved to Arizona many years ago and we don’t get the opportunity to see each other often. When we do it is usually at a family reunion, special birthday, wedding or funeral with many others around. This was perfect as we were able to spend the entire week together, just the two of us like we did when we were children. We have so many common interests like visiting museums, art galleries, historic houses, shopping, chocolate and…

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I’ve been away from blogging for a bit as I took a quick trip back to Canada to visit friends and family in two provinces. I managed to see as many people as I could in a short time. There were many lunches, dinners and coffees/teas with good friends, including a fabulous Easter lunch at my former place of employment. I spent Easter weekend with family in Alberta and was treated to snow Easter morning, which I wasn’t prepared for. But watching my great granddaughter hunt for Easter eggs made up for the bad weather.

Here are a few pictures of my visit.

Spending time with Mom was precious

Spending time with Mom was precious

Easter bunny time

Easter bunny time with a cutie

Mom with a great great granddaughter

Mom with a great great granddaughter

Lunch with my son and rapidly growing up grandson

Lunch with my son and rapidly growing up grandson

Any day spent with my daughter is a special day

Any day spent with my daughter is a special day

 

The west coast was so beautiful with all the spring flowers and blossoms

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Quite a contrast to my three days in Alberta.

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Never mind, it was a good trip and I was so happy I went. I enjoy my new life but miss the special people from Canada.

I’m now over my jet lag and happy to be back in Spain with my hubby as we start moving into our own home. More about that later.

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