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Flat Ruthie hitched a ride to Alberta where she visited the Bar U Ranch outside of Calgary. She enjoyed her chuckwagon ride and was careful not to fall off.

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She went from the frying pan

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To a little too close to the fire!

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She also got close to some scary dinosaurs at The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller.

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The dinosaurs outside the museum were not quite as scary.

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Flat Ruthie looks so small beside this real dinosaur foot. If it stepped on her, she would be even flatter!!

I hadn’t planned to bring Flat Ruthie along on our recent trip to Spain but she really wanted to join us. She doesn’t take much room so we said OK. She had a great time and everyone loved her. She got some sun but I made sure she didn’t burn.

Flat Ruthie at Frankfurt Airport enjoying the comfy chairs.

Flat Ruthie at Frankfurt Airport enjoying the comfy chairs.

Flat Ruthie at the pool in Spain

Flat Ruthie at the pool in Spain

Flat Ruthe enjoying a Fanta Lemonade at the Opera Restaurant in Altea

Flat Ruthe enjoying a Fanta Lemonade at the Opera Restaurant in Altea

Feeling very welcome in Spain

Feeling very welcome in Spain

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Flat Ruthie at the beach

Flat Ruthie at the beach

She had many cups of cafe con leche decafeinado

She had many cups of cafe con leche decafeinado

Flat Ruthie loved the Mediterranean

Flat Ruthie loved the Mediterranean

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Flat Ruthie had fun and so did I. More pictures to come.

Today Flat Ruthie went out for tea with us to a new place in town called The Wood n Frog

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It was warm and cozy inside and the tea was served in a delightful teapot. I judge the quality of a place by the teapots they use. Tea made in a cup does not warrant a return trip. I chose a Rooibos tea which was very nice. Hubby had a cafe latte and a blueberry sconce which he quickly gobbled up.  Between mouthfuls, he said it was excellent.

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We will certainly return to this spot. The wonderful thing is that it is in walking distance from our house.  Now we have seven coffee shops near our home. We could walk to a different one every day of the week if we were so inclined.  We save going out for tea and/or coffee for the weekends though.

Flat Ruthie enjoys going for tea so much I showed her my special camel teapot given to me as a gift from a dear friend when I launched my first book, Amanda in Arabia – the Perfume Flask

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Flat Ruthie has been looking over my shoulder as I read a book  called Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. She has become quite a fan of Downton Abbey and watches it with us every Sunday evening. We can’t wait to see what happens tonight.

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Do you have a favourite coffee/tea shop or a special teapot?  Do you enjoy watching Downton Abbey?

Flat Ruthie and I had an amazing time this weekend. We attended Cirque du Soleil with my dear husband on Saturday evening.  It was amazing. From the moment we saw the big tent we got excited.  The performance was incredible, the costumes remarkable  and the music astounding.  We were transported into another world, one of magic, suspense, colour and incredible acts of human talent.

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The performance we saw was Amaluna, based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  To see some video clips, visit the website http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/amaluna/tickets/vancouver.aspx This will give you a glimpse of what we experienced.

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The entire evening was a lot of fun. We took the sky train downtown and then walked to the site. After the show we walked back to the station. Lady Gaga was in town for a performance and the streets were full of Gaga fans all dressed up. It was wonderful to be amongst them and to feel the energy. I stopped to compliment a couple of young girls dressed for the show. We picked up fish and chips on the way home to complete the evening.  The tickets were a Christmas gift from me to my husband.  It turned out to be a perfect gift as he thoroughly enjoyed the performance as well as the company of me and Flat Ruthie!

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We don’t do things like this very often so it made it very special.

Is there anything you do once in a while that is extra special?

Happy New Year to all my readers.  Thank you so much for your readership, likes, comments  and most of all, your friendship. You have been so encouraging over the past year, I could not have done it without you.

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We celebrated the New Year by attending a dinner party at a friend’s house. Flat Ruthie came with us and had a great time. She was the life of the party.  She enjoyed the appetizers a lot!

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As it is the end of another year, it is time to see how I did with the goals I set last year at this time. I posted them for all to see on my blog https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/a-new-year-a-new-list/

1.Finish writing Amanda in England-The Missing Novel for publication this summer by writing a chapter a week for the next three months.

Check. I finished the book and it was published in August!

2.Find ways to make more money with my writing by setting up readings, writing magazine articles and entering contests.
Check. I did do some readings and wrote magazine articles as well as entered contests. I would like to do more of this though.

3.Blog at least once a week and double my subscribers

Check. I wrote 72 posts this year and went from 30 to 130 subscribers!!  I had 10,000 views from 107 different countries. I am very happy with this result.

4.Learn to manage my social networking by improving technical skills

Check. I have learned some new things about social networking but would like to learn more.

5.Reduce the clutter in my house, computer and mind
Fail. I have not only failed to reduce clutter I have added more.

6.Spend as much time with Mom as possible in person and on the phone

Check. I call Mom at least twice a week and went to visit her in Alberta three times in one year.

7.Find a reasonable cleaning service

Check. I had to break my ankle to get a cleaning service but I now have one.

8.Meet other authors to share knowledge and support

Check. I have become active in a couple of local writer’s groups and met some amazing authors, three of whom have become mentors. I have also met many wonderful authors through my blog and other social networking sites.  It is all good!
9.Take a trip to Europe

Check. Had took trip of the lifetime which included in Spain, Germany, Austria and Hungary as well as scenes along the Danube River.

10.Take time to breathe

Check. I was forced to take time to breath as I recovered from my broken ankle.

All in all, I am very pleased with how I met my goals from last year. OK, now for 2013 goals:

1. Reduce the clutter. I will take a page from Lorna at Tea Room Delights where she has decided to get rid of one thing a day for the entire year, for a total of 365 things.  This may help me get this done! Today I got rid of the old calendars.

2. Complete Amanda in Alberta-The Writing on the Stone and have it published before the end of the year.

3. Take a trip to Alberta to do research for Amanda in Alberta with my eleven year old grandson.

4.Ensure my foot returns to normal.

5.Continue to look for more outlets for my writing.

6. Write more travel articles.

7.Contact schools to do readings.

8. Consider working part-time in order to spend more time on my writing.

9. Take a nice holiday with Paul (without injuring myself)

10. Practice kindness with everyone I meet, no matter how my day is going.

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
– Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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I wish all of you a wonderful New Year with many accomplishments no matter how small. Just getting up in the morning or smiling at a stranger is considered an accomplishment in my book.

We had a quiet restful Christmas Day at our house, which was itself a welcome gift. On Boxing Day I travelled by ferry to Vancouver Island to meet my daughter in Nanaimo.  We had a wonderful time relaxing in a cozy coffee shop, visiting and exchanging gifts.

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I brought Flat Ruthie along as she had never been to Nanaimo. She had heard about the famous Nanaimo bars though. Marcelle and Ruthie became fast friends, as I knew they would. Ruthie was taken with Marcelle’s Painted Pony Handbag.

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She was also intrigued with the Matcha Latte Marcelle ordered.  I had a vanilla almond latte which was also very good

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You may have read about my daughter the potter on previous posts and how proud I am of her:

https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/alice-in-wonderland/

https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/the-mad-mudslinger/

I love all the pottery she has given me over the years but the urn she gave me this Christmas is totally amazing. As you can see, Flat Ruthie likes it too.

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Nanaimo has many wonderful bookstores so we dropped in at a used bookstore near the coffee shop. Marcelle bought three books on Feng Shui and I found one I couldn’t resist. Flat Ruthie and I had fun looking through it on the ferry ride home.

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 Nanaimo Bar Recipe

Bottom Layer
½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
¼ cup sugar
5 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg beaten
1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
½ c. finely chopped almonds
1 cup coconut

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan.

Second Layer
½ cup unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. cream
2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder
2 cups icing sugar

Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Third Layer
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator. Enjoy!

Taken from the City of Nanaimo’s website

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I hope you all had a wonderful Boxing Day as well!

 

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We are happy to have a special guest from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania spending Christmas with us.  Flat Ruthie arrived a few days ago and has settled into our home on the west coast of Canada very well.

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Today she attended a Christmas tea party and book exchange with me.  The tea party was wonderful with many home-made goodies made by my friend Kimberley and a variety of teas to choose from. I had lemon meringue Rooibos tea and munched on chocolate ginger cookies, lemon loaf and cranberry almond scones.  All sooo good. Flat Ruthie didn’t have anything to eat as she is watching her weight this Christmas.  I brought 5 books for the exchange and promised myself I would only bring 1 back home with me. But everyone brought such good books, I couldn’t resist and left with 4  I hadn’t read yet.

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While I’ve been at work. Ruthie has been catching up on her reading.  She has read all three Amanda books and loved them. She can’t wait for the fourth one to be published. I think she is hoping to be featured in one of them some day.

We love having her here as she is no trouble at all and it would have been a lonely Christmas otherwise.

Flat Ruthie comes from cardboard me travels http://cardboardmetravels.com/

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my wonderful followers!!


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