Sunday, September 30, 2007

On this nasty, rainy, cold and windy day I just wanted to remind myself and of course you my faithful readers why I am going south in less than 10 days!!!!!!! Have a great sunday....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Picked up some friends from the airport this afternoon and just snapped a couple of pictures of the Nanaimo River, sorry I posted one twice.
Well it finally happened..after 14 years living in this town and all those years dedicated and committed to the recreational and outdoor activities, to participate in the growth and developement of the youth soccer referee program. To assist in the continued success of the downtown core. To the priceless and devoted times I let those lovely old ladies in the Granary restaurant oggle my dashing legs, especially walking slowly past the tables of those special ladies who were near sighted. Nanaimo City council finally decided to honour my efforts with the opening of the Pearson Park, situated close to the Pearson Bridge in downtown Nanaimo. What a fine looking park with beautiful flowers and palm trees close by. You should all be so lucky and honoured to be reading the blog of some one so famous.
Of course none of the above is true but it sounded like fun.....Just wanted to take a picture of the little park that I happen to have the same last name....back to reality...

Friday, September 21, 2007

TO START YOUR WEEKEND OFF ON A GOOD NOTE!!!!! An elderly man in Louisiana had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice with picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and looks it over. He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny- dipping in his pond.

He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted to him, "We're not coming out until you leave!"

The old man frowned, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked."

Holding the bucket up he said, "I'm here to feed the alligator."

Some old men can still think fast.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Great news.....I heard from Eileen and she is now at her daughter's home, the surgery went really well and she is doing as well as can expected and she did sound to be in great spirits, isn't that just the best news today!!!!!
I also have some other good news, through a house sitters website that I belong to on friday evening an advert appeared wanting a house sitter for a home in Costa Rica....well to make a long story short I applied, along with many others, but I was selected and I have booked my ticket and I leave for Costa Rica on the 12th October returning 11th November. This is just a fantastic opportunity for me to visit another country that was on my list of places to go, to be able stay in a lovely home, do some sight seeing and learn about the culture and customs of the "ticos" local name for the inhabitants of Costa Rica. This is no way interferes with my plans just that when I come back on the 11th November will spend a couple of days getting Ramona packed and leave for my journey south. Enjoy the first day of fall tomorrow and wish you all a great weekend...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Quite a few times on my blog I have referred to my Dad, our relationship and the kind of special man today is the day for MOTHERS!!!
My Mum passed away on Valentine’s Day, 1995, she went to bed after coming back from a 7 week holiday in Portugal with my Dad and in the morning she was gone. Even with my compassion and caring I know I would have found it so difficult to see either one of my parents suffer with illness and infirmity. My mum was the greatest lady I have ever met!!!! She was an absolute adoring wife and mother and her compassion and loving and caring attitude cannot be beaten. I have never known her to say an angry word, her smile was priceless and she was just the best Mum. On those odd occasions (OK on lots of occasions) when I mis-behaved all it took was a look and that dreaded word, ‘LESLIE” from my Mum to make me whimper, she knew I couldn’t stand being called that.!!!!!!! Well I feel especially blessed and proud to have an opportunity in later life to have been around another special woman and one who I sometimes call “Mum”. Eileen is the lady in the photo at Ken’s Birthday party last month, with the sunglasses and the BIG plate of food. She is also a special lady and is the partner of Roy, who you have read about, who is now coming up to almost two years in the Care facility here in town. Through out all the days with Roy and her own bad health Eileen has remained brave, strong, caring and kind. Today Eileen is in Williams Lake, staying with her family, as she has to have a very serious cancer operation tomorrow. I am staying in her lovely town home and wishing her love and great caring tomorrow. One of the few things that make me so cross is the attitude of some children who are not respectful and caring of their mother’s. Please keep Eileen in your thoughts today and the next few days and if you are blessed to have your Mother with you, give her a hug, tell her you love her and enjoy her, blessings…Les
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Saturday, September 15, 2007

What a busy few days I have had, the Senior Games finished today and I ended up officiating at 7 of the soccer games. I think the whole games were a great boost for the city and I tip my hat to all the volunteers, the events that I saw were so well handled and staffed, now if they could only issue us soccer refs with ear plugs!!!!!!!!What a bunch of whining old men they were!!!!! Today was a reality check for me and a good day. After doing the two games I was scheduled to ref a mens game on a local First Nations Stadium in Ladysmith. the first two photos are of their club house and fields. It is a huge complex and very well maintained on the reserve. As expected all the fans were First Nations and the men were very competative and played hard but I want to tell you what happened during the game, but first you need a little bit of a reffing lesson. The majority of games that I referee I have two assistants, they are the people with a flag at either side of the field that run up and down the line and help me with seeing if the ball is in or out, help judging off sides and general a second and third pair of eyes for me. These assistants are qualified and usually very competent. In this game this afternoon, the league they play in does not supply these assistants, so the protocol and instructions I give are to two volunteers, one from each team, to help run the line, because they are not qualified they are instructed to only indicate ball in and out of play and nothing else, especially not to signal for off sides. Well the First Nations team had a gentleman doing this on his side of the field and the game was tough and hard but not dirty. Anyway this gentleman doing the line was always raising his flag for off side and I asked him twice only to flag for ball and in and out of play. The next time the ball went down his side up went his flag again. When the ball was out of play I just shouted out to him again only to signal the ball out when the coach of that team, the First Nations team just cracked me and every else up when he shouted to me "You should let him signal off side after all he is an honest Injun!!!" Every one laughed and it was a great and funny comment which only a member of their band could make.
Sorry this was sooooo longgggg, have a great weekend.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

I really like this song by Tim McGraw titled "Live like you were dying" it is a great song and the words I think could be a mantra for how we all could live our lives!!!!

He said I was in my early forties
with a lot of life before me
and a moment came that stopped me on a dime
I spent most of the next days looking at the X rays
talking about the options and talking about sweet time
asked him when it sank in that this might really be the real end
man what do you do
and he says
I went sky diving
I went Rocky mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu
and I loved deeper
and I spoke sweeter
and I gave forgiveness I've beed denying
and he said someday I hoipe you get the chance
to live like you were dying

He said I was finally the husband
that most the time I wasn't
and I became a friend a friend would like to have
and all the sudden going fishing
wasn't such an inposition
and I went three times that year I lost my Dad
well I finally read the good book
and I took a good long hard look at what I'd do
if I could do it all again
and then
like tomorrow was a gift and you've got eternity
to think about what you do with it
what could you do with it
what would I do with it......enjoy the song
What a great warm and sunny day for all the people taking part in the various games today. I was officiating at two games this morning, it is a while since I have done a senior mens game and after all the verbal abuse I now remember why, when will they ever learn to use thier skills and not their mouths!!! Took a few shots of one of the games this afternoon. Tonight is poker night so I suppose another lost 20 dollars!!!!! Enjoy...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

So did you spot my deliberate mistake??? Of course I did already post that last picture...this was just a test....sorry, hope you all enjoy the next few days especially here where the sun will shine...Les
Forgot to post this picture of one of the stands that were full of happy, smiling grey haired people (just like me!!!!)
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I went to the open ceremonies of the BC Senior games, being hosted here in Nanaimo this week. It was a very well organized event with over 3000 participants and hundreds of volunteers. These are some of the photos, the gentleman at the podium is a famous old NHL hockey player, Howie Meeker, who lives on the island. It was quite uplifting to see these hundreds of seniors some of them quite old and wobbly having the time of their lives. I imagine they will be extremely competitive and I will find out over the next three days as I am reffing some of the soccer games. The evening was warm and sunny and a nice evening.

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

What a warm and sunny day today, I took it easy today started out by watching some US tennis open from New York (on my list to go see one day) then went to watch the College soccer games. The first photo is taken maybe 2 minutes from where I used to have my condo, just a fabulous view of Long Lake. The next picture is taken down by Departure Bay beach where they intend to build condos but the land is on a burial site of the First Nations People, so they are excavating and digging and have already found many human remains. Then I went to watch the soccer game and I fancied my hand as a Sports action photographer. The forecast for the next week is a good one which is a start of a busy week for me reffing soccer games tomorrow and then on Thursday till Sunday it is the BC Senior Games being hosted locally in Nanaimo this year and I am fortunate to have been scheduled some of the soccer games so I am looking forward to those. I wish you all a great weekend...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

>>I had this sent me by e mail and I wanted to share with you... Attitude>>>>>>>>>> There once was a woman who woke up one morning,>> looked in the mirror,>> and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.>>>> Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today?">> So she did>> and>> she>> had>> a>> wonderful>> day.>>>>>> The next day she woke up,>> looked in the mirror>> and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.>>>> "H-M-M," she said,>> "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today?">> So she did>> and>> she>> had>> a>> grand>> day.>>>>>>>> The next day she woke up,>> looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair >> on>>her head.>>>> "Well," she said,>> "today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail.">> So she did>> and>> she>> had>> a>> fun,>> fun>> day.>>>>>>>> The next day she woke up,>> looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single>>hair on her head.>>>> "YEA!" she exclaimed,>> "I don't have to fix my hair today!">>>>>>>> Attitude is everything.>>>>>>>> Be kinder than necessary,>> for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.>>>> Live simply,>>>>>> Love generously,>>>> Care deeply,>>>> Speak kindly.......>>>> Leave the rest to God>>>> Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...>>>> It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Monday, September 03, 2007

A famous and tourist stop on Vancouver Island is the Coombs Market, a lovely store which sells just about every kind of food there is and also has a great restaurant and is noted for the goats that live on the grass roof of the building. Yesterday I went there with two special ladies for lunch and a visit. The place was very busy but the service and food was great. Today is the last day of what has been a cold and wet long weekend and this morning I am taking Ramona for a ride to Port Alberni for some minor tune ups. I wish all a great and safe day, if travelling, be careful, best wishes....
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