Archive | May 2013

How Old Am I?

How Old Am I?

As you know, I asked my contacts to guess how old I am.

Today is my birthday, so it is only fair that I give the correct answer to that question.


I have had a wonderful time with Ra, Debbie and my grandson Connor at Ra’s place today. A home cooked meal of ham, scalloped potatoes, and green beans was awesome, as was the birthday cake….and I have a “doggy bag” in my fridge.

So… here’s the scoop! Dave, I think you were just being kind when you said “ 80”. Judith was a little closer with “82-84”, but both are wrong.

I was born May 9th, 1923… which makes me 90 today!mom, roses


May 9th.

A guessing game.

Tomorrow is May 9th.

Nonie Grace’ birthday!!!

When I look back, so many memories flood my mind. So many changes over the years. From Vancouver, where I was born, to Beaver Valley in the Cariboo, back to Vancouver, then to Langley.  Then back to Vancouver again. And that’s just some of them!

I remember some of my birthdays! There’s quite a few of them!Norma

The reason for this post is to see how many of you can guess my age! I wont be insulted if you think I am older than I really am…  and will feel good if you guess younger!book

So, give it a try!cards

Wanderings of my mind

Has summer arrived?

It really feels like it today. It is supposed to be breaking records.  I know it feels like summer… and the beach is crowded with others who think the same way!P1020071

We have two patio areas here where I live… one on the sunny side, and one on the shady side.  Begonias for the shady side have just been planted and that inspired me to take my camera with me to photograph them. The sunny side will have geraniums (already planted)The “fill” plants are still waiting to join them.P1020074

As you probably have figured out, I wander around in my posts! Summer reminds me of the summer cottage we had at Boundary Bay, on the Canadian side, when I was a kid… 7 or 8 years old. We had big bonfires on the beach at night, roasted marshmallows and wieners… and told stories.

Braden’s had the cabin right behind ours. He was the minister at Ryerson United Church, where our family attended. Bernie Braden, their son, was a real comic, and he was always there. He later became a famous actor in Londion, England.

My brothers and sister used to go at night and watch the rum runners crossing the border between Canada and the United States, with the police chasing after them! Quite exciting, but I “wasn’t old enough to go.” It was still exciting to hear them tell what they had seen.

Jigsaws and Flowers

There is always a jigsaw puzzle being worked on in the craft room. There are a few people that work on them “all the time”. Occasionally I work on one for short periods of time.

I am their official photographer. They have a record of every puzzle they have done.P1020068

This morning I took my camera down and photographed the one they finished yesterday. There was already a new one started! This post is not about jigsaw puzzles… this is just “background” stuff!P1020065

As I turned around I was putting my camera back in the case, and happened to look over at the desk that belongs to the person in charge of recreation….and there, on her desk, was a gorgeous tulip!

Needless to say, I got the camera out once more and took a couple of pictures! And I am sharing them with you. Enjoy!


Back in the 1920’s my father had an export business… Russell Vogler Export Co. He exported logs to Japan. He was financially quite well set. He had a new home built at the corner of Angus and Forty fifth in Vancouver, and we moved there when I was three years old. I was a little too young to remember, but I was told!

With his business, he had to “get up with the tides” and go to the booming ground. Mom always got up with him and made sure he had breakfast before he left.

2005:04:01HAnd painted China ( my Mom)4Mom was a morning person. So am I, but not as much as she was. She would have pies, or other baking done before anyone else was up. She looked after the house, with no outside help.

She had some hobbies to keep her busy! One of these was painting on china. She had patterns that she would trace on the china wear, and then paint them. I think this was when I had started school, so that she could work in peace!pears plate

Years later, on one of my birthdays, she gave me a whole set of hand painted china! I still have some of it, but it is on a shelf over the stove, and I can’t reach it. Luckily, I have pictures, so I can enjoy them without getting them down from the cupboard.

In 1928, when the stock market crashed, they were caught up in it, too… so dad moved our family up to Beaver Valley, in the Cariboo where we could “live off the land” for a few years, before moving back to Vancouver.