Beefs & Bouquets, May 17

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A bouquet to the Samaritan House for putting on the Sweets for the Streets fundraiser. We thoroughly enjoyed the treats, entertainment and all the goodies we won at the silent auction. Great way to get awesome deals on items we needed while supporting a great cause in the meantime. Look forward to it again next year.

An enormous bouquet of fragrant Spring flowers to the Kiwanis Sunrisers for their generous donation to Nanaimo school district’s Skills For Life programs. Thank you for making such a positive difference for the special needs teenagers in our programs.

A huge bouquet of flowers to the supporters of the FUAL beer and burger fundraiser for the Lantzville Farmers’ Market. Thank you to Royal Canadian Legion branch 257 for hosting the event, to the donors of items for the silent auction, and to all the supporters who came out for the event and bought items at the silent auction.  We look forward to the first market on May 27.

A bouquet to the person writing in about the noisy pigeons. I am sorry I am so loud, I am just so in awe of this beautiful place and want to tell all my friends about how lucky we all are to be here. I will try to keep it down if I can. Love from the pigeon.

A great Big Thank You Bouquet to Bart Briggs at Fairlane Building Inspections for service above and beyond.

A huge Synchro Smile thank you to all of our friends, family and community sponsors. Your support assisted the Nanaimo Diamonds masters team in reaching its goals as athletes and the team will participate in the FINA World Masters Competition in Riccione, Italy this June. We are sure we will hear everyone cheering for us when we are there June 9-14.

A huge bouquet to the students, staff and parents of McGirr Elementary School for their continued support of the Justin Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. A special thank you to Blair Paterson for his amazing dedication to the school’s annual From the Heart coin drive in aid of our son’s scholarship. Your generosity will never be forgotten.

A SUMMER BOUQUET to Tip Top Tailors. What a transformation: our son, who wore shoes held together with safety pins during high school, was turned into a GQ university grad. Thanks again, Greg, for all your help and excellent customer service.

A bouquet to the beefer who complained about all of us deer devouring the gardens in north Nanaimo. Thank you so much … the flowers were yummy. Cordially, the deer. P.S. Can’t wait until you plant more.

A huge bouquet to the concerned parents regarding Bill 22. This bill is the biggest disaster to education this province has seen, and yet it’s only upon the reluctant withdrawal from extracurricular activities by teachers that a hue and cry is heard. Fellow parents, what is important? A quality, adequately funded public education system or temporary withdrawal of extracurriculars?

A big bouquet to Five Star Embroidery for always providing such friendly, efficient and professional customer service. Our baseball team always looks great out there thanks to you.

A huge bouquet of thanks to the supporters of the recent Nanaimo Navy League and Sea Cadet beer and burger fundraiser, including more than 40 silent auction donors, the 200 ticket  buyers and the many volunteers. We raised almost $4,000 to support cadets ages 9-18. Bravo Zulu.

A BIG Bouquet to Peter and the staff at the Diners Rendezvous for allowing me to host my parents’ surprise 30th anniversary party at your resturant. The food was fantastic, the service was great and the room looked gorgeous. Everyone had a great time and was so impressed with the venue.

A big bouquet of seven no-trump hands to the man who washed many dishes at the Bridge for Haven fundraiser recently at Brechin Church. We appreciate this contribution and we are sorry he didn’t get to play bridge after all that.

A beautiful bouquet of chocolate lilies and hostas to a wonderful mum. Thank you for everything you do, especially since you are the only grandparent on our school’s parent advisory council and you worked so hard at the plant sale when this parent could not. I am super proud of you.

a bouquet about The Full Monty show performed at Nanaimo Centre Stage recently. A wonderful performance and fantastic director.

A big, big thank you to the person or persons who found my car keys in the washroom at Woodgrove Centre on Saturday afternoon and took them to the information centre. You saved me a lot of trouble. Thanks also to the ladies at the info desk.

an endless supply of rotten, stinky beef to the person who took my wallet and dumped my ID at a bus stop on Boundary Road. If you need money, get a job. an endless supply of red rose bouquets to the woman and her niece who discovered my ID and went out of their way to find the rightful owner.

A beef to the Harper government for cancelling the Katimavik program. This is a life-changing Canadian experience for our youth, as a recent testimony I read outlined.

A beef to the person operating a remote control sailboat, who threw the boat on my fishing line, causing me to lose my first fish. And a beef to those who budge people out of their spots. Westwood is a big lake and we were there first.

a beef about my pet peeve – women who douse themselves in perfume and then go out in public places. Phew.

A HUGE beef to the person who beefed about the deer eating the gardens in the north Nanaimo area. We moved into their home and destroyed their natural environment with our building materials and pollution. One of the beautiful things about living on this great Island is the wildlife, so shame on you for complaining they ate up your $12.99 tulip planter box to stay alive or feed their young.

a beef to an employee at a local dealership. I asked to talk to a mechanic about a problem I was having with my vehicle. He refused my request. I bought three vehicles at this place in the past 10 years, but next time I will look elsewhere.

A BEEF to the person who thinks it is OK to have two dogs on their lap while they drive and has the audacity to write about it in here. They “help” you drive? I have been working with dogs for years and I have never seen that trick. You must be a fabulous trainer. You are putting yourself, your dogs and everyone around you in danger. Take your dogs off your lap and concentrate on the road.

stinky dog breath to the person beefing about my dogs sitting with me. For your information, my dogs aren’t driving. They’re keeping me company and I have my arms around my little darlings to keep them safe while I drive. You act as though it’s against the law or something or do you just hate animals? I personally love them and if you don’t like the way I drive, get off the road.

a beef to my pot smoking neighbours. The smell is so bad some days, I want to gag.