Sunday, October 22, 2006

What's In A Name?

Just in case you ever wondered where our town got the name MAPLE RIDGE from!

There are two main roads that run parallel to each other and east/west. Both of these main thoroughfares, are lined with maple trees. They are part of what makes our town so homey. The colours in the fall are glorious. The leaves that drop into the streets and gutters are a thrill for folks to rustle through as they travel along the sidewalks and they also keep our city crews busy with the clean up of them. Soon the branches will be bare of leaves but will be strung with pretty lights for Christmas. Both these photos were taken at the corner of Lougheed (pronounced low-heed) Hwy and 224th street. Keith pulled up in front of the Fuller Watson store to order a part for the dishwasher. I couldn't just sit in the car with all those trees there. Both Dad and I got out and took a few photos. The pic on the left is due east along the Hwy and the pic on the right is kitty corner looking north towards the Golden Ears Mountains. This shot looks westward. Yes Bobbie, that was me you saw squatting in the gutter on Saturday morning!
The photo below, was taken at the airport. The reason "why vee are" at YVR (the code for Vancouver airport) was to drop of My cousin for her return to Scotland via Manchester. We had a bit of a surprise when we got to the airport at noon. Her flight had been delayed until 12:30 at night! YAY!!! A few more ours to spend with Little Lee! We went for lunch then back home. Shortly after this picture was taken I started to feel like I was getting a cold. We had a nice evening and my sister Sheila came over with her kids for one last get-together, then Mum and Dad left once again with Lee at 9:30 to head back to the airport. By the time I went to bed at 10pm it was full blown. So I called in sick for my 7 am shift. I still feel "sinusy" have sore eyes, ears and throat, and ache all over, but hopefully will feel better in the morning. It is amazing how you can go from feeling perfectly fine to Blah within a few hours. I only wish the recovery time was as swift!
Heidi, Mom, Me, Lee(Eileen) and my Dad.

This was taken from in front of my house, looking westward as the sun was going down on Thursday. The clouds looked like something from a Renaissance painting as it silhouetted the maples and cedars along my street.

Talked to Kaylas Dad,Norm today. He says she is sterting to be allowed to sit up for 45 minutes at a time now. She started her Chemo again this past week. And has been eating alot better lately. She may be leaving the hospital soon and heading into reahab to build up her muscle tone (three weeks of bedrest have caused some muscle wasting. Also she will be looking forward to trying out her prosthesis before too long. Norm also said that Kayla recieved a package of DVDs from one of my blog friends some time ago. Sorry for the delay Monica, in thanking you for that thoughtful gesture.

Hope everyone has a great week.


Bobbie said...

Fantastic pictures, Susan! You really captured the fall colours. The boulevard down 224th looks so pretty this time of the year. Hope your cousin enjoyed her visit in Canada.

Thanks for the update on Kayla. I think of her often.

Take care and hope you feel better soon.

Dick said...

I like your photos and sometimes the best angle is the odd or uncomfortable one. The curb line leads the eye right into the photo. I am sorry you are not feeling well but at least it sounds like it got you a day off from work! What did your cousin think of our part of the world?

deni said...

I'm glad to hear that Kayla is doing so well.

Bless her heart and may she continue to recover.

Herman Verbrugge said...

You live in a very beautiful part of the world Susan. Your pictures are fantastic, especially the last one is so colorful and I am impressed by the mighty mountains of Canada..
By the way, I live in Holland not in Germany. It so confusing ;-o
I live in Holland, internationaly they call it most of the time The Netherlands. We speak Dutch and not "Deutsch = German". So, this was an update. and thank you for stopping by on my blog.
I couldn't write this in an e-mail because I don't have GMail.
Best whishes to all of you, but in particularly to Kayla.

Trucker Bob said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my place. It was nice to hear from you.

As the others said, great pictures. Also enjoyed the slide show.

Ms. Vickie said...

As always the photos are great Susan, I love Maple trees they happen to be one of my faorites and it is because of the beautiful colors in the fall when they change. Imagine that a Georgia girl who is all surrounded by pine who loves Maple---we do have a few maples though.

It is great news hearing about the improvement of Kayla she is a fighter. She is always in my thoughts and prayers no matter what.

I hope you are feeling better soon and thank you for your special kindness, thoughts and prayers as I continue to fight. You are a very special lady.

Heather in Beautiful British Columbia said...

Hi Susan, it's nice to meet you and read about Maple Ridge. (I know you have some great antique shops there!!!) I'll be back to read more later. Thanks for leaving a comment - they seem hard to come by - so I appreciate every single one.

Barb said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Sorry to hear you have that nasty cold that's going around, we have it at our house too. Thanks for the update on Kayla :)

Chana said...

What beautiful pictures you have posted. can i pls borrow some leg of yours? my goodness, what great pair of looking legs! my goodness, i couldn't get my eyes from them. you are such a great looking lady sweetie..happy, content husband i say you have ;p

glad Lee finally got on a plane safely..what a delay! it was nice to have unexpected time together but still..

i'm sorry that Kayla needs more chemo but i'm so glad that if she does she will have it..i hope she kicks butt and they get all those nasty cells..oh i don't want anything but great news from her. her recovery and her future is important to me too now..she is so young and so many people do so much wrong and their lives are just peachy..and then there are the angels who suffer so..

hope that life for all of you is filled with peace, good news. your family is blessed with love and unity..

Sharon said...

Nice pics. I hope your cousin had a nice trip.

Best weshes to Kayla. It's such a long road, when she's recovered she's gonna have to make up for all the "kid-time" she's been missing out on. Too much serious stuff and not enough teen-ager stuff.

ellen said...

Lovely photos. I'm so glad to hear that Kayla is growing stronger; she is always in my prayers.

Gary said...

I was in Montreal once and was very much impressed with how they have planted mapled all over the city. I love Maples. We have a few in the forests down here, but they don't color up because it just isn't cold enough.

Thanks for the update on Kayla.

Michael Manning said...

I love your photos--so relatable and thoughtful!

Tab said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks for your thoughtful comment at my blog.YOu have a big heart and soul :)
Watch out for the wind blowing in tonight or tomorrow.Finally ..some Fall action! LOL

August95 said...

The trees are just wonderful right now. Thanks for sharing them.

Keeping Kayla in my thoughts and prayers. She sure is a trouper.

Monica said...

I'm glad to hear about Kayla. The DVDs are also from Karen. :) I have to confess it was hard to choose some for her because I thought I'd have it made if I just had Julia pick them out...but not liking the average teenage movies put me to the test.

However, if she needs a "refill" just let me know.