Signs and Fences with My Sisters…

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This past weekend was our Sisters weekend in Washington State. Two sisters from Washington State and two sisters from California got together for fun and fellowship. Our sister Vera is in the midst of lots of change in her life so we thought it would be good to be together and celebrate being sisters for a weekend.

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We started the weekend off with a Raclette meal together on Friday evening. The weather forecast for the weekend was dismal but on Saturday morning we were giddy because the sun was shining and it promised to be a day without rain. We headed north on Interstate 5 to Mount Vernon, Washington to see daffodils in bloom. We were blessed with sunshine all day long. We said thank you to God many times during the day. We had a couple of spontaneous stops before we reached our 1st planned stop in Mount Vernon, Roozengaarde, to muck about in the daffodil fields.

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This is the entrance to a beautiful garden at Roozengaarde.  Forsythia acts as a natural fence on this side of the tailored garden at Roozengaarde. Soon this garden will be in full bloom with tulips like this photo below from last year.

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The sea of yellow in the background are the rows and rows of daffodils.

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Besides these signs and fences here is another teaser shot of the fields of daffodils with a fence in the background.

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Sisters wknd 059My sisters, Kathy, Lana and Vera.

I’m linking up to signs, signs hosted by Lesley and Good Fences hosted by TexWisGirl.

Today is my recuperating day after all the fun I had with my sisters. Part of recuperating will be getting back on my daily track. Hope your day is going well.

We Gathered First at the Table…

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The sisters from youngest to oldest, Lana, Ellen, Vera, and Kathy.

There is so much to share from our sister weekend so there will be several posts to document our time together. On Friday I picked up my two older sisters from the airport. Even though they flew with two different airlines they coordinated their flights so that they landed within a half hour of each other. We came home to enjoy Marg’s overnight french toast which was delicious. I was so consumed in serving my sisters and all the schedules in my head that I forgot to take a photo. After our brunch we spent a couple hours at Goodwill and a Persian market and bakery.

For dinner we decided on sharing the Raclette eating experience with them.

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Our youngest sister, Lana, arrived later in the afternoon from southern California. Her home is in Washington but she works in California (long story). Lana and her husband Steve got to our house for dinner and we all gathered around as our daughter Katie explained the Raclette method to everyone.

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It didn’t take long for everyone to get involved in the grilling experience and we had a leisurely time grilling meat and veggies, melting cheese and enjoying our food and conversation. For dessert we had good ole fashioned banana splits! I introduced my sisters to Fixer Upper and enjoyed some episodes. We made plans on a starting time for our full day of fun planned for Saturday.

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My next post will be all about our garden stop in Mount Vernon!

Today my sister Vera and I did a little shopping and enjoyed a meal at a Persian restaurant before I dropped her off at the airport. Tomorrow will be a recuperating day for me. Hope all is well in your world…


It’s been 5 years since we’ve had a “Sister weekend”.

We made some good memories then and it’s time for some more…

Last time on the first weekend of April 2011 we took the Clipper to Victoria for a weekend. This time we are staying in our homes in the Seattle area and venturing out from here.

Last time we were in Victoria we met up with Pondside and she gave us a grand tour of the area. My sisters and I loved spending time with her. She is a blogger that I so admire for her work ethic and her caring heart for all the people in her life.

I’m hoping to show my sisters our fields of daffodils this time around. Here’s hoping for decent weather and rows and rows of daffodils!

I’m getting things ready at this old house for my sisters. Trying to plan some easy meals in between our outings. I’m thinking about breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and desserts. I’ve got two guest rooms ready for my oldest sister Kathy and my next oldest sister Vera. My younger sister, Lana, lives walking distance to me. Kathy and Vera live in southern California. I’m picking them up from the airport on Friday morning. I hope to share some of our adventures on my blog next week.


I was so sorry to hear that Sally of Smiling Sally Blog has passed away. She hosted Blue Monday for years. I participated in the past but haven’t for some time. She was always encouraging and positive and kind.  I love what bj said in her comment on Sally’s blog…

Bye, bye, Sally…you are now in the best BLUE of all….Blue Heaven.

On her blog she has this verse as her favorite so I know I will see her again in the future in heaven…

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. I John 5:13

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The last stop on our Victoria tour with Pondside was Hatley Castle. I can imagine how beautiful this location would be for a wedding when everything is blooming.

I really do thank God for many wonderful people I’ve met through blogging and blossoming friendships that continue. Pondside is one of those people who I thank God for bringing into my life.

The 4 Bagdanov sisters together at a castle in a foreign country…how great is that!?

Even though everything was 2 weeks behind in blooming this year the Peacocks came out in all their glory to treat us to some beautiful color and grandeur!

This post is my finale to our Sister Weekend in Victoria, B.C.

Back to Victoria on Vancouver Island

It’s been a whole month since my sisters and I took our weekend trip to Victoria. I want to get back and finish my posts from the wonderful weekend we had. This post is all about the panoramic views we experienced during our time with the dear lady of Pondside.

Here we are looking out from the Gonzales Observatory towards the U.S.A.

This view is looking back towards the Inner Harbor of Victoria.

It was a little climb to get to our worthwhile view.

Here’s Pondside pointing out the castle we had visited the day before. From the observatory we drove through some beautiful neighborhoods .  This next photo is of the Oak Bay War Memorial.

Municipal Engineer ASG Musgrave oversaw the project and sculptor Hames Saull, a former Canadian Airman, who made his home in Victoria after the war, was chosen to design the monument.

Using his wife as the model, Saull created the sculpture in concrete. – with a granite/concrete facing. It faces the water, standing nine feet tall on a rock outcropping with the Garry Oaks of Uplands Park as the backdrop. The designated site features the central figure (Mother Peace) standing looking down, her arms protecting the 97 names of Oak Bay’s 1939-1945 war dead. The inscription reads:
“Roll of Honour” “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

From here we arrived for lunch at Adrienne’s Tea Garden at Mattick’s Farm.  It was good home cooking at this restaurant and we all enjoyed our choices. I was a real bad blogger and didn’t take one photo at lunch!

After lunch we drove to Mount Douglas Park to get some more great views.

We really were amazed at all we could see from Mount Douglas Park. On a clear day you can see Rainier, Mt. Baker, The Olympics and more.

My next posts from Victoria will include Hatley Castle where we enjoyed the grounds including some beautiful peacocks. I’ll finish up my Victoria posts with our last stop there.

Our Canadian friends head to the Polls today to cast their votes in their 41st National Election. Praying that the right people get voted into office!

Ross Bay Cemetery ~ 2

In my 2nd post of photos from Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria, B.C. there are a few photos from the Military Section of the grounds.

To the memory of those who died for King and Country in the Great War 1914-1919


This next Tombstone I found very weird. Not exactly what I’d want watching over my dust.

This angel is a lot more comforting than that bird!

We got some sunshine today and it was such a welcome relief.  I did some shopping for our Easter Meal and stopped in at one of my favorite cooking equipment stores. When I got home I was able to mow the lawn and it was so much easier this week than last.

We were very saddened this past Sunday to hear about a devastating tornado that destroyed some military housing and damaged several more military homes at Camp Lejeune, N.C. This is the Marine Base where our son-in-law is stationed. He was not at the base at the time but someone in his unit got the call that his wife was injured and his toddler was in critical condition because of the tornado destroying their home. Please pray for this family as the mom is needing medical attention and the toddler is still in critical condition. Thank you.

Photobucket replaced all my photos with these blurred out versions and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

Ross Bay Cemetery ~ Victoria B.C.

I mentioned previously that my sister Lana and I really enjoy visiting old cemeteries. The Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria was one that we were happy to discover.

Ross Bay Cemetery has the oldest surviving formal landscape design in BC and is a superb example of a Victorian-era burial ground. Its profusion of unusual trees and plantings, winding carriageways, graves with intriguing marble, sandstone and granite monuments, all bear witness to the people buried here.

This walk to the cemetery was part of our Sister Weekend. Lana is far ahead with Kathy and Vera trailing…

Many famous Canadians and Americans are buried here, including Sir James Douglas (BC’s first governor), many subsequent premiers, coal baron Robert Dunsmuir (who built Craigdarroch Castle), Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie (the “Hanging judge), Emily Carr (world-famous artist), Billy Barker (discoverer of gold at Barkerville) and Nellie Chapman (the ‘Miners’ Angel who was featured on a US postage stamp).

This is my first of 2 posts from the Ross Bay Cemetery.

This week I’m laying low and considering a challenge to slow down during this Holy Week. I want to reflect on what Christ has done for us. Looking forward to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday services with a Saturday in between where we have a baking day here at this old house baking our Kulich (Paska) and making our Seerney Paska (Sweet Cheese Spread) for the Kulich (Paska). We’ve decided on our Easter menu and we will have our traditional lamb marinated and grilled, Shish kebabs. We call our lamb kebabs Shashlik.

Hope your week is going well.

Photobucket replaced all my photos with these blurred out versions and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.