The No. 1 ย Ladies Detective Agency

I feel like I need to post some love for this series of books I have thoroughly enjoyed (by Alexander McCall Smith). I remember I tried to read the first book in this 17 book series (I know,  who knew there were that many?!) before I ever moved to Zambia; I couldn’t get into the story, I felt it was moving too slowly. Now,  seven years back in Canada & I’ve savoured each & every book in the series. I remember thinking about 100 pages into one of them that nothing had happened,  but still,  I couldn’t give up the beautiful characters Mma Ramotswe & JLB Matekoni. Or the reflections of life at a different pace- & the explanations of the sights,  sounds  & smells that characterize Africa. And no,  I never visited Botswana (where the novels are set)  but I will get there- I simply must. 

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Oh…& I started a book club with a friend from work.  It seems a pinnacle of nerdom but I can’t believe how many people have expressed an interest in participating. Fun!  

End of an era

It’s official,  my bucket of bolts (aka 2004 Nissan Murano) is out of my life.  I had a difficult relationship with her over the years…& after putting $1,100 into her I threw up the white flag when the mechanic told me a further $800 may do the trick ๐Ÿ˜ข.

After many dealerships & 1 too many horrible used car salesmen I’ve finally found my new ride (especial thanks to my patient hubby)… car shopping is brutal.  I don’t understand why we (as a society)  allow people to behave so menacingly- but that’s another story for another day. 

The new chapter is a gorgeous 2013 pearl white Mitsubishi RvR… she’s a beauty. Ivy & I are looking for the right name-  a little classy & a little sassy would be the perfect balance-  let me know your ideas… ๐Ÿ˜

Fall routines

It’s hard to believe the long days of summer are noticeably turning into shorter Fall days with cool mornings & evenings. This is my favourite time of year. I love the smells,  colours,  & harvests.  I’m also looking forward to a little more structure in the coming weeks-  Ivy is starting new preschool classes that will allow for a little more “me” time (yes, I’m saying that knowing I’ll still have Isaiah to care for… but he’s so easy-  knock on wood).

Here is beaming Ivy after her first dance class ๐Ÿ˜

We squeezed in a family picnic on a September day where temperatures soared to over 30 degrees. 

We got to catch up with Alaina & Olivia before Olivia’s 1st day of school ๐Ÿ’ƒ

Ivy’s little friend Cole turned 4- they are seriously too cute. 

We had a special day at the farm berry- picking & harvesting some fresh veggies.  Ivy got to pick her own apple right off the tree & was it ever delicious! 

We were able to take my mum- in- law to the mountains before she returned home. We had a lovely time in Calgary & Banff โค