Beefs & Bouquets May 9

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A special thank you to our wonderful server at Fibber Magees pub. He made us all feel welcome and we loved his wonderful sense of humour, not to mention the tasty meal he served us. Great to see a young man who enjoys his job so much – his employer is lucky. We’ll be back. From the seven ladies from the church downhill.

A field full of sunflowers to Harold and Sandy for all their hard work and generosity. True friends forever. From Ron.

Never-ending Bouquets of Red Roses for Andrea at Ono Work and Safety. Thank you for helping my son get started in the work force. For all your work and safety needs, Ono is the No. 1 place to shop.

A big bouquet to Dodi at Wal-Mart for going above and beyond when I ordered a necklace recently.  Thank you so much.

A rare bouquet to Don Cherry. If a male reporter entered a women’s locker room, he’d possibly end up in jail.

A Huge Bouquet of Lilies To Mid Island Auto Collision on Terminal Avenue for restoring our car after our rear-end collision. The staff’s commitment to customer service is second to none. We appreciated the extra effort they took in cleaning our car inside and out. Thanks for a job well done, our car is like new again.

A big thank you to the guys who helped us get our car started recently at the Real Canadian Superstore on Metral Drive.

Heartfelt thanks to all who attended and donated their time, merchandise and services to the Raise the Roof for Hospice dance. It was an incredible night filled with fun, laughter and warmth as we enjoyed and danced to the music of Nanaimo’s own talented Jo and the Bros band.

A bouquet of white heather to the Pacific Gael pipe band and their guests for putting on a great performance recently. The rendition of Amazing Grace was truly memorable. Looking forward to next year’s show. A bouquet also to the ladies of the church for providing lovely refreshments.

A bouquet to the NDP for saying that if they are elected, they are going to disallow campaign contributions from unions. Now I won’t have to worry that my union dues will be going to a party I don’t support.

A huge bouquet to the students, staff and parents of McGirr Elementary School for their continued support of the Justin Smith Coin Drive and Memorial Scholarship Fund. Once again your generosity has made this annual event a great success and we are forever grateful. Thank you for helping our son’s memory live on.

Another huge bouquet to Jemima, Monty, Otis and Jonah for your lemonade stand in support of Justin’s Coin Drive. We are forever grateful for your kindness and generosity.

A natural bouquet for the colours of spring, especially the many shades of green and the browns and reds of trees.

a bouquet. The Cedar Horse Club would like to send a huge bouquet of flowers to the people and organizations that donated items toward our silent auction. This was a successful event and part of the proceeds were in support of the Hope for Horses Society and the Errington Therapeutic Riding Association. A big thank you to the Timberlands Pub for accommodating this event and proving great food and services.

bouquets to the Nanaimo News Bulletin and Greg Perry for the gentle, caring cartoon of Rita MacNeil.

thank you to the lovely young girl in Dairy Queen for buying my partner a cone. How nice of you. Hope you enjoyed your ice cream cake.

a huge thank you to Paul, the associate pastor of First Baptist Church, who helped my husband and I when we had a flat tire. He lent us his phone and drove me to the ferry terminal.

bouquets to Dr. Hunt and all the wonderful nurses and hospital staff who were efficient and comforting during my surgery and one-night stay a month ago.

piles of pucks to K2 Construction/Hazelwood Construction for donating tickets for Bayview Elementary School students to enjoy a Western Canada Cup game. Thanks also to Graham Calder.

bouquets to Meals on Wheels, Kiwanis Lodge and all of the wonderful volunteers at both of these organizations.

Kudos to the city’s engineering department for the brilliant new sidewalk between the Island Highway and the south side of Norwell Drive. You’ve made it so much safer for pedestrians and electric wheelchair riders to reach the lights. Now we have to encourage people not to block it with parked cars.

A big, beautiful bouquet of thanks to the fantastic nurses, care aides and hospice volunteers in the palliative care unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for providing wonderful care and support for our dear friend, Kathryn. You are all amazing people.

A bouquet of happy days to the rainbow trout I caught at Long Lake. I’m sorry I pulled you into the boat by the hook in your mouth. You were just looking for some supper on a beautiful evening. I just wanted to say hello. Hope you’re doing OK.

Magnificent bouquets of Magnolias to Sonya Sommers who kindly introduced a struggling, impoverished mom to the tulip tree and the secrets of peat moss and manure. Sonya’s gift, nearly two decades ago, provides inspiration for new flower gardens when it blooms every spring. Always remembered fondly.

A big beef to my neighbour for calling the Regional District of Nanaimo before coming to me with an issue. I have always been a live and let live kind of person, but when someone messes with my livelihood, the gloves are off. What comes around goes around.

A beef to the teachers’ union, which can dictate to the employer how to administrate the teaching conditions.

a beef to the many people I’m seeing around town who don’t wear helmets when riding bicycles, especially parents who put helmets on their children but do not bother wearing protective headgear themselves. You are teaching your children that it’s OK to break the rules when you become an adult.

A bouquet of sweaty yoga pants to women in fitness classes who wear purple or grey spandex tights. The majority of workout tights are black for a reason. It’s no treat to be in the back row.

a gross beef about strawberries sold in grocery stores these days. Seems like almost every time, the day you buy them, they are red and juicy and delicious, but after just one night in the fridge, they become grey, mouldy and inedible. You have to wash and freeze them if you hope to enjoy them beyond that first day.

A beef to the Vancouver Whitecaps goaltender. Every goal scored on the Whitecaps he throws his arms up in the air as if to say to his defenders, ‘why did you let that one in?’ I’ve never seen any professional athlete throw his teammates under the bus like he does.

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