Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saturday 25th April 2015……A busy day!!!!

Breakfast with soccer on the TV was my start to the day and then off to the tennis courts for 2 hours of great tennis….then to the Farmer’s Market and then to go visit friends for a while before coming home around 3 o clock.

Managed to relax for a while and then went at 6 pm to school for the Formal Graduation ceremony and what a joy it was to see so many students from all 6 levels receive their year end certificates…..


Margarita, Martha and Andrea my students from last year!!!


Matilde and her two daughters, again Matilde was my student last year!!


My student this year Blanca with her daughter and grandchildren!!!


A beautiful setting



I like this shot..check out the balcony where the two angles meet and what do you see……


Vasilico the school’s coordinator…


This beautiful young lady is the daughter of one of my students Fernando and she would always come to my classroom after class and I always had a little treat for her…she took level one with her Mother!!!


This is the last time in school for these fine ladies my students from last year left to right…Matilde, Martha, Margarita, Gabe and Andrea…they are so wonderful!!!


My class this year unfortunately  a lot of them were not able to attend





Javier and his lovely wife!!

It was an evening I shall not forget and these two years teaching have been such a special time for me.

I was home just in time for the drop of the puck in game 6 of the series between the Canucks and the Flames…….if the Canucks win they force a deciding game 7 but if they loose the are eliminated….

The Canucks got off to a wonderful start skating out to a 3 – 0 lead in the first ten minutes……..but the Flames came back to tie the game only to fall behind again  and then tie it up and with three minutes left the Flames scored and then two more to win the series and to advance with a 7 – 4 win


I do wish Heather and Croft would listen to my predictions how many years do I have to keep doing this!!!!

have a great Sunday….

Yashi Kochi!!!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday 24th April 2015…a very quiet day!!!!

This will be a quick and easy post…stayed home most of the day doing all sorts of things and then this evening went for a quick visit with Rita and then went to the new playhouse and saw the production of Steel Magnolias… hiking buddy Pierre got a ticket for me and the show was very well acted and the set great…..a really good night just sorry there were not too many people in the audience.



Enjoy this!!!!!

Understanding Engineers
Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?"
The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."
The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, "Good choice: The clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway."

Understanding Engineers #2
To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty.

To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Understanding Engineers #3
A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.
The engineer fumed, "What's with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!"
The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such inept golf!"
The priest said, "Here comes the greens-keeper. Let's have a word with him."
He said, "Hello George, What's wrong with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?"
The greens-keeper replied, "Oh, yes. That's a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime!" The group fell silent for a moment.

The priest said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."

The doctor said, "Good idea. I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there's anything she can do for them."
The engineer said, "Why can't they play at night?"

Understanding Engineers #4

What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers? Mechanical engineers build weapons. Civil engineers build targets.

Understanding Engineers #5
The graduate with a science degree asks, "Why does it work?"
The graduate with an engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"
The graduate with an accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?"
The graduate with an arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?”

Understanding Engineers #6
Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet.

Understanding Engineers #7
An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess."
He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.

The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn back into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week."
The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.

The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want."

Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.

Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess and that I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want.
Why won't you kiss me?"
The engineer said, "Look, I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog? Now that's cool!"

And Finally: Two engineers ?

Two engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking at its top.
A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.

"We're supposed to find the height of this flagpole," said Sven, "but we don't have a ladder."
The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a couple of bolts, and laid the pole down on the ground. Then she took a tape measure from her pocketbook, took a measurement, announced, "Twenty one feet, six inches," and walked away.
One engineer shook his head and laughed, "A lot of good that does us. We ask for the height and she gives us the length!"
Both engineers have since quit their engineering jobs and are currently serving as elected members of Congress.

Yashi Kochi!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday 23rd April 2015………their final day!!!!


You know the opening lines by now..lovely sunny etc. etc.……..

Had a great two hours of tennis this morning what a wonderful way to start the day…did some more errands in town(do you know anybody that has more errands in town than me)

I had no plans for the afternoon so after lunch I found my lounge chair, my book, my ice tea and yes my chips….and relaxed outside in the back garden……

Tonight was the big dinner for our Mexican students….Maggie and Giff who teach them Thursday nights and I planned to take they out to dinner and treat them as a farewell graduation gift….we met at Hecho’s a lovely restaurant which I had booked and I requested that we have a waitress or waiter who spoke really good English because the “rules” for tonight are that they look and order from the English menu and speak only in English and if anyone speaks Spanish I have a small cup in which I shall collect 5 pesos!!!!

It was just a brilliant evening as you can tell.







It was just a magical night we all enjoyed ourselves and the students presented us with a beautiful flower arrangement and wonderful glass Mexican case with truffles….they are so thoughtful!!!!!

I know I say it almost every week but these folks are amazing they take three evenings from their very hectic lives, work and family and come to class…….Since September I see a huge difference in their confidence level and their language skills what a delight they have been.

They have their formal Graduation on Saturday at the school and they still have one more year to go….good luck I have so enjoyed every single one of you and you are all now my special friends.

As an aside my students from last year are also graduating and they will have completed the full course they are also having a party tonight to which they kindly invited me but because I cannot go I have arranged to meet the 5 lovely ladies on Monday night and I will treat them to dinner.

Timed my arrival at home for the start of a huge Hockey game between the Canucks and my Flames……

As I write my Flames are ahead 1  - 0 stay tuned!!!




Yashi Kochi!!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday 22nd April 2015…..a strange thing happened!!!!

Beautiful morning which I spent doing some laundry, some trip planning, some cleaning and some homework as I start my Spanish classes again on Monday…….I then went to town I had lots of chores to do and then off to poker which is where the strange thing happened I LOST>>>>>>>>100 pesos..not often I loose.

I then went and picked up something I had made any guesses what I use this for!!!!


Will tell you tomorrow!!!

I was home in time to grab a bite to eat and then go to town and my final English class!  I had arranged for my friend Carol to come to class and teach them the basics of drawing…unfortunately only 7 students showed up which was a first but they had a wonderful time…Carol was a great teacher and the students have some talent!!!






Thanks Carol!!

I cannot begin to tell you how enriched and blessed my life has been by these two years of teaching..I have met and made friends with some wonderful and special people…..I tell them every class how proud I am of them.

Tomorrow night the two other teachers and my self are going to take them out for dinner for their graduation gift!!!!

Now relaxed watching another hockey game!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday 21st April 2015……tennis then fun!!!!

Sorry to sound like a broken record but it was just another wonderful sunny and warm morning and perfect for the two hours of tennis…4 old men battling it out on the courts we had some good rallies and lots of fun.

I came home and had lunch and then went to Rita’s house I love going there to visit with Rita and then Roger joins us and we played an extra game of cards today of course Roger and I are true gentlemen and we let Rita win!!!!!

Home in time for a nice dinner, a long soak in the tub and in a few minutes going to sit down and watch the 4th game in the hockey series between the Canucks and the Flames!!!

Took this shot this morning I think this is the first flower I have ever grown!!!


It did not take me two days to realize what I thought yesterday that the new cruise I mentioned yesterday was a much better deal for me financially and in terms of seeing more places so I booked it this evening!!!!

Have a great evening!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday 20th April 2015………sorting out day!!!!

As most of you know I am taking a cruise to New Zealand in September and then spend the winter months there…. below is the route of the cruise I had put a deposit on…it is a 28 day cruise and actually finishes in Sydney so really only a 24 day cruise…I will not divulge the price but it was expensive and the single supplement is what jacks the price up….



Today I spent a bit of time on the Internet and I came across this cruise which is 39 days with lot more stops and this one finishes up in New Zealand and the funny thing is the price is exactly the same so it seems to me I would be better off cancelling my first cruise and get my deposit money back and book this new cruise..the other great advantage is that it starts in Vancouver so I could leave Little  Bluey in Nanaimo and I do not have to find my way to San Francisco…I am going to think on it a couple of days before I do anything…

Day Date Itinerary Arrival Departure
TUE 29SEP15 Sail from Vancouver, B.C., CA 4:00pm
WED 30SEP15 Astoria, Oregon, US 12:00n 6:00pm
THU 01OCT15 Sea Day
FRI 02OCT15 Sea Day
SAT 03OCT15 San Diego, California, US 10:00am 6:00pm
SUN 04OCT15 Sea Day
MON 05OCT15 Sea Day
TUE 06OCT15 Sea Day
WED 07OCT15 Sea Day
THU 08OCT15 Sea Day
FRI 09OCT15 Hilo, Hawaii, US 8:00am 6:00pm
SAT 10OCT15 Honolulu, Hawaii, US 8:00am 6:00pm
SUN 11OCT15 Sea Day
MON 12OCT15 Cross International Dateline 1
WED 14OCT15 Sea Day
THU 15OCT15 Sea Day
FRI 16OCT15 Sea Day
SAT 17OCT15 Apia, Upolo, Samoa 8:00am 5:00pm
SUN 18OCT15 Sea Day
MON 19OCT15 Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands 8:00am 5:00pm
TUE 20OCT15 Lautoka, Fiji 8:00am 4:00pm
WED 21OCT15 Sea Day
THU 22OCT15 Tadine, Mare, New Caledonia 2,3 8:00am 3:00pm
FRI 23OCT15 Sea Day
SAT 24OCT15 Sea Day
SUN 25OCT15 Sydney, Australia 4 7:00am 4:00pm
MON 26OCT15 Sea Day
TUE 27OCT15 Melbourne, Australia 4 8:00am 6:00pm
WED 28OCT15 Sea Day
THU 29OCT15 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 4 8:00am 11:00pm
FRI 30OCT15 Sea Day
SAT 31OCT15 Sea Day
SUN 01NOV15 Milford Sound, New Zealand 5 8:00am 9:00am
SUN 01NOV15 Cruising Fiordland Natl Park 1
MON 02NOV15 Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealan 9:00am 6:00pm
TUE 03NOV15 Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand 2 7:00am 6:00pm
WED 04NOV15 Picton, New Zealand 10:00am 8:00pm
THU 05NOV15 Wellington, New Zealand 8:00am 4:00pm
FRI 06NOV15 Napier, New Zealand 7:00am 2:00pm
SAT 07NOV15 Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand 6 8:00am 6:00pm
SUN 08NOV15 Debark Ship Auckland, New Zealand 7:00am

This evening I went back to my English class and it was great to see my students again this is the last week for them before they graduate….I have my friend Carol coming to class on Wednesday…Carol is an artist and an art teacher and she is going to teach them how to draw…it will be a great last class and then Thursday night the other teachers Maggie and Giff and I are going to treat them all to diner and to honor their graduation and then on Saturday evening at the school is their formal graduation……

Tonight we were all talking about the last two weeks and we were all thrilled when one of my students Claudia shared with us all that she is expecting her first child…how sweet!!!

Just watched a great hockey game and now heading to bed…

Yashi Kochi!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday 19th April 2015….. a walk in the park…NOT!!!!!

So I was down town at the gas station by 8am where the hiking group meets and Pierre was there and because we have a reputation of doing long and hard hikes no one else wanted to come with us so we set off to go up the mountain…we were heading for the ridge we often go to but by a different route..



XX is where we are heading… a beautiful morning and lots of plant life…




Looking back down the hill



This guy was hard to see and then a few yards later we saw why..he was on guard!!!


These have to be twins!!!





Nearly there….


Pierre having a word with the Virgin of Guadalupe!!!

It took us just over three and a half hours to get to the summit and it was a tough climb…we enjoyed lunch and some of us were doing this!!!!


We took a different route down and came across this wonderful area





It was a fabulous hike we saw no one and it was serene and beautiful..we were gone nearly 7 hours and we reckon we did about 13 miles and got to 9200 feet sounds high and it is but remember that San Miguel is at 6200 feet.

Stopped at the grocery store and came home and straight into a wonderful Epsom salts bath, then dinner and then watched a great soccer game from England and followed that with another win for my Flames over the Canucks in hockey


…any comments CROFT!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!