Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Winter Olympics

Tomorrow is the official start of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
All eyes around the world will be on Vancouver,Canada and on the athletes from each participating country.
Because of this I want to show you some pictures taken by Jake of the Olympic flame as it passed right close to our home on January 7.
We live at the corner of 1st and Wardrop and that is exactly the route of the flame.
The RCMP,(Royal Canadian Mounted Police),were on duty.
The way this gentleman is dressed is indicative of the temperatures on that day.

The torches meet and the flame is passed on to the next runner.
Inspite of the bitter cold,these people are still able to smile.
Carrying on with the flame.
All this has brought to mind a verse from the Bible.
Matthew 5:16 says, Let your light shine before men,that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Just as the Olympic torch bearers held their light high,we need to let our Christian lights shine brightly.

On a different note,Connie from Reaching Out and Up has suggested that we list 5 of our favorite things.
Here goes,in no particular order,
1. Spending time with my husband
2.Snuggling with my Granddaughter
3.Chatting with my son,sometimes for a long time on the phone.
4.Homemade ice-cream,YUMMY
5.The blue of the sky on a spring day.
If I could add another one it would be,Connecting with my blogging friends.

I am looking forward to hearing what some of your favorite things are.


Valerie said...

I am so excited! IT looks wonderful! I stopped home form work and was able to make a quick check of some blogging things and was glad it all worked out for you. It looks great!!

Montanagirl said...

Wonderful Post today!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

I love watching the Olympics. That was neat that the torch passed by your home. How exciting!!!!

Some of my favorite things right now are:
-Sitting by the fireplace with some hot tea or coffee watching the big snowflakes come down
-Eating some of George's homemade Chili
-Watching the birds at the feeders
-Taking pictures and learning all about my new camera
-Looking forward to a Surprise Trip over Valentine's Day!!


Dorothy said...

It must be exciting to have the Olympics so near! I always try to watch as much of it as i can and love the human interest stories.

Five of my favorite things are:
1. Spending time with Jeep. A road trip is always nice. Just being home and doing nothing special or sitting my him in church and listening to him sing with all his heart!
2. Bird watching, and especially seeing a new bird!
3. Spending time outdoors with my camera and trying to get a good picture.
4. Snuggling with Jeep in the reclining love seat while watching a good movie.
5. Hearing Jeep say, "Honey would you like......" because I know it's going to be a good thing. It's either that he's going to cook or we are going on a road trip, or some other wonderful thing!!!

Unknown said...

Great post and wonderful pictures! When the torch came through Whitehorse it was dark. I got some OK pictures but nothing too spectacular.

5 of my favourite things... well hmmm...

1. taking pictures
2. hangin' with my dog and cat
3. clean sheets day
4. snuggling with Mr. Handsome
5. watching the Northern Lights

Not an all-inclusive list obviously. ;o)

Mary said...

How wonderful to have this bit of history right at your door! I love your favorite things! Sounds perfect to me. God is good!

Mary said...

Well, I forgot to list 5 things:
1. my family and being with them
2. taking photos
3. all of nature...birds, butterflies, animals, flowers, scenery
4. sunshine...I could use a little right now!
5. chocolate :-)

jalynn01 said...

How wonderful to get picts of the torch being passed. Wow! that had to be exciting.

5 things
1.Looking at old pictures and or listening to old music
5.Getting out in nature.. walking, seeing, smelling, breathing fresh air... all of it.
May I add ..Thanking God for all of it.

Diane said...

Great post, Ruth. You really had a great vantage point, didn't you. That girl looks like she's pretty proud to be carrying that torch. I love your beautiful Valentine banner, too, gorgeous!!

Diane said...

Five favorite things -
1 - The smell of fresh air sheets
2 - A good day with my husband
3 - Talking to my girls on the phone
4 - Walking my dog
5 - My art room and time to create things

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Ruth: So nicely shown and said, I love the Olympics and will watch many events. I love your new template.

Karin said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing those photos! What a great idea to document this special moments of the flame! Love that we also need to let our light shine so that God be glorified!

My 5 for today are:
1.Going out to Red Lobster for a special date for hubby and me.
2.Getting ready to visit our daughter, son-in-law and the grandkids in southern Alberta for a week by myself.
3.Putting on a special Valentine Program/Tea for our Seniors this afternoon.
4.Listening to a trusted friend share difficult struggles and being able to pray about that.
5.Catching up on my blogfriends' posts!

Blessings and hugs,

Pat said...

How cool--having bearers of the Olympic flame run right through your town. These are wonderful photos, Ruth! One of the things on my list of favorites would have to be chocolate. Thank you for your nice birthday greetings!

Regina said...

Wow such an awesome captures!
Have some favorite things. I'll share next time:)
Enjoy The Winter Olympics.

Becky said...

Everyone looks happy despite the cold, and I'm wondering if they will have enough snow in Vancouver?
Enjoy the Olympics in your country. How proud you must feel.
Some of my favorites are:
1.Spending the day with my husband, no matter what the weather.
2. All of nature, and being outside taking pictures.
4.Going for rides.
5.Going out to dinner. We don't go as much as we used to.

George said...

I think it's wonderful that you were able to see the torch on its journey. I hope you have a very successful Olympics, although the start has been marred by the death of the Georgian athlete.
I really like your list.

Mary said...

I thought the opening ceremonies last night were wonderful! Very creative and beautiful!

Dorothy said...

Just wanted to say that the opening ceremonies were AWESOME!

Naturegirl said...

Loved reading about your favorite things..your #4&5 are mine too!
The torch went through our area in Ontario Canada in autumn.
I enjoyed the dazzling opening ceremony!

Tina said...

Hi Ruth,
What a wonderful experience to witness the passing of the torch!!Your photos are very nice and what a treat to get these shots so close to your house!!! A grand memory for sure.. The summer I spent in Greece, I was staying in a small town in north central Greece and also got to witness the passing of the torch..what a thrill that was. Very nice opening ceremonies last night.. :)

Leah said...

You got some beautiful pictures!! Good for you!
My favorite things:
1. Christ
2. My Family
3. Reading
4. Chocolate
5. Photography

A Lady's Life said...

this is great! :)

Anonymous said...

There was a tragic death there already. It is a shame but these people take some monumental risks and almost always get away with it. Happy Valentine's day ♥

D said...

Beautiful header photo. Happy Valentine's Day to you and Jake, Ruth! Hope your day is filled with much love and kindness. Sending ours your way, Diana and Pete ;)

Joyce said...

I watched the opening ceremony on TV but am so happy I peaked in at your blog today to see your wonderful photos.