Friday, December 28, 2007

Friday's Feast - A final for 2007

Two posts in one day. Who'dya thunk?

Appetizer
Name 2 things you would like to accomplish in 2008.
This will sound cliche, but I'd like to lose some weight (you see I said 'some' not all 50lbs). And I'd like to be more active with my girlfriends. Which I suppose actually means find some friends to do things with.


Soup

With which cartoon character do you share personality traits?

Anyone who knows me will know that I have to say Spongebob Squarepants. The only difference being is that I think my IQ is a little higher.

Salad
What time of day (or night) were you born?
I was born on a Friday morning at 6am.

Main Course
Tell us something special about your hometown.
Hometown has meant many places over the years. I barely remember the town I was born in and lived for the first 10 years, but it has a special place in my heart. For the last 22 of my 45 years, Victoria has been my hometown and I LOVE IT!! The West Coast! The Pacific Ocean! The weather (not nearly as much rain as you might think). Green Christmas'! I met the love of my life (Christ) and my husband here (15 years apart). I love this city! What can I say.

Dessert
If you could receive a letter from anyone in the world, who would you want to get one from?
I totally concur with Christine on this one. There is no "one" person, and I will gladly exchange a card or letter or postcard with anyone who will participate.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Story time

I read a wonderful story over at Catie's, and I encourage you to get your coffee, get comfortable and sit down for a lovely read. You'll need to set some time aside to do it (5-10 minutes or so), but I promise you won't be disappointed.

We had a lovely Christmas - just Hubby and me, and the rest of the week is slowly unfolding. I - alone - am at work yesterday and today, but its not bad. I could really get used to working 9 - noon each day. But this too shall pass.

It looks like Hubby and I will be off to the In-Laws for a little more Christmas over the weekend, and then settle back into a quiet New Years Eve and Day.

My cold had dulled down to a slight cough, but I am no longer a voice over for Kathleen Turner. Of that I am truly thankful.

In case I don't come this way again for several days, do have a wonderful and safe New Years.

God Bless each and every one of you.

LJ

Monday, December 24, 2007

You better not pout, you better not cry


I'm still sick.

What gives?

I went to work today. I thought it would be busy and all, but I could have just left the answering machine on pronouncing our church' three Christmas Eve Services (5pm, 8pm, and 11pm) and be done with it. That's all the office presence that was really needed. Such a change from previous years.

Hubby and I are headed over to a friends house tonight for dinner. I'm not sure if we're going to be taking in any of the services, I really don't feel up to it. Besides, who wants a hacking, sniffling woman sitting beside them. And thats just everyone else around me these days.

So I think I will just submit myself to our closest friends and keep it at that.

Christmas day (tomorrow) will just be Hubby and I (and the cats), and I think I'm pretty cool with that. I may not even leave my PJ's!

With that ... I wish you all a wonderful Christmas Day. I pray you are surrounded by people you love, and love to be with you! God bless each and everyone of you!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Almost down for the count

It's turned out to be a good thing that I'm 'apathetic' about Christmas (more like pathetic today). You see, I'm sick. It all started with a sore throat on Monday, and worked itself up to a weird head by Wednesday. I went home from work at lunch yesterday and slept until dinner time.

This morning - and keep in mind I'm a receptionist who answers phones - the throat feels better, but I have no voice. Or more aptly put I sound like Kathleen Turner from "Body Heat" (1981). My co-workers are egging me on to talk, just so they can laugh at me. How fair is that?

I laid on my couch last night thinking "I really should be writing in and addressing our Christmas cards." ..... "I really should be wrapping the gifts that are piling up on our kitchen table." ..... "but I don't feel like it".... "So I won't."

This too shall pass. I'm am more than ever thankful that we are not traveling this Christmas, nor are we entertaining. This is an obvious sign to me to slow down, and take care of myself.

Happy Thursday people!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Apathy

I'm trying to find the right words to sum up how I'm feeling these days. The one word that comes to mind is "apathy". I have a complete lack of excitement, commitment, involvement, or enthusiasm for this holiday season.

Don't get me wrong - I'm no Scrooge. He at least had passion for his dislike. And I do like Christmas. I like was it truly represents - an endless array of Christmas Concerts, Over indulging, and a great deal insincere hoopla!

Crap! Now I'm beginning to sound cynical too! I was trying to avoid that.

No ... again I kid you - I do like what Christmas represents. The birth of the Christ Child - God's own son. I recognize fully what Christmas is supposed to be. I'm just finding it hard to get excited about it this year. Last year I had a reason to be apathetic. I was clinically depressed! That gives me some permissions.

But this year - I have no excuse. It's a week before Christmas and the Christmas cards that I have made are still sitting on my kitchen table. Waiting to be written in, enveloped and sent off. I have parcels that need to get in the mail (don't even talk to me about wrapping them), but I determined last week that they were not going to make it to there destinations on time - so why try.

I did, however, go shopping on the weekend. For the most part I'm finished, but for the most part - my hearts not into the gifts I did purchase or make.

What Is With Me?

The cartoon that I had in my last post is so absolutely true!
I want to escape! But my 'escape' button isn't working.
Calgon, take me away! (does anyone remember that commercial - other than Christine?)
Stop the world I want to get off (but not in that permanent way)
I need a vacation. Want to get awayee-ay!

So forth, so one. You get my drift.

Under no circumstances to I want to be mistaken for complaining. I'm not complaining, I'm just tired and cranky.

Bartender - give me a rum and egg nog - hold the egg nog!
I'm trying to find the right words to sum up how I'm feeling these days. The one word that comes to mind is "apathy". I have a complete lack of excitement, commitment, involvement, or enthusiasm for this holiday season.

Don't get me wrong - I'm no Scrooge. He at least had passion for his dislike. And I do like Christmas. I like was it truly represents - an endless array of Christmas Concerts, Over indulging, and a great deal insincere hoopla!

Crap! Now I'm beginning to sound cynical too! I was trying to avoid that.

No ... again I kid you - I do like what Christmas represents. The birth of the Christ Child - God's own son. I recognize fully what Christmas is supposed to be. I'm just finding it hard to get excited about it this year. Last year I had a reason to be apathetic. I was clinically depressed! That gives me some permissions.

But this year - I have no excuse. It's a week before Christmas and the Christmas cards that I have made are still sitting on my kitchen table. Waiting to be written in, enveloped and sent off. I have parcels that need to get in the mail (don't even talk to me about wrapping them), but I determined last week that they were not going to make it to there destinations on time - so why try.

I did, however, go shopping on the weekend. For the most part I'm finished, but for the most part - my hearts not into the gifts I did purchase or make.

What Is With Me?

The cartoon that I had in my last post is so absolutely true!
I want to escape! But my 'escape' button isn't working.
Calgon, take me away! (does anyone remember that commercial - other than Christine?)
Stop the world I want to get off (but not in that permanent way)
I need a vacation. Want to get awayee-ay!

So forth, so one. You get my drift.

Under no circumstances to I want to be mistaken for complaining. I'm not complaining, I'm just tired and cranky.

Bartender - give me a rum and egg nog - hold the egg nog!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas Survey

Plagiarized from Lindzee

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Wrapping paper mostly. I tend to buy paper in bulk, and it lasts for years. However, I save all the gift bags I’m given and re-issue them. I’m still working on bags we got wedding presents in from 5 years ago.

2. Real tree or artificial?

Although I’ve always been a huge nay sayer for artificial trees, last year we bought one. And I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but it came with lights. The cost of a real tree is getting way to high, it just didn’t seem reasonable anymore. That said, in a couple of years when our artificial trees looks shabby and cheap and we try to dispose of it …. we’ll have a different problem on our hands.

3. When do you put up the tree?

I try to hold the husband off as long as possible. I do have a minimum of not before December 1st.

4. When do you take the tree down?

Whenever we get around to it after December 27th, but generally the first weekend after January 1st.

5. Do you like eggnog?

Yes!

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

This is going to sound weird, but the gifts that were my favourite to receive were also the gifts that tended to be returned, and not replaced. I.e. – the Christmas I received a knitting machine. I was so excited, and barely got to try it, and it was returned. A game that I really wanted, but now can’t remember the name – opened, played feverishly, and vanished from site to be returned. Just keep in mind that I put the “Fun” in dysfunctional, when it came to my family.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?

Yes – two in fact, but this year only one of them went up.

8. Hardest person to buy for?

Father-In-Law!!!!! ( still don’t know what I’m going to do for him)

9. Easiest person to buy for?

Me.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

This question should be directly after question 6. But in my unhumble, ungrateful opinion …….. there was a Christmas when I was 8 or so, and being the youngest in the family it was always my duty to be the present deliverer on Christmas morning. This particular morning I saw a certain gift leaning up against the wall by our Christmas tree, and my gut told me what it was. I made sure to hand out all the over gifts first. I was procrastinating, I didn’t want to open the long tall gift wrapped thing. But eventually the time came, and I could barely contain my parents and their excitement. The parcel was downhill ski’s, and I wanted no part in them. My older brother, 12 & 14 years older, were avid skiers and my parents felt duty bound in my following in the footsteps. I think I officially used them on a ski hill once, and that was it. Ungrateful child!

11. Mail or email Christmas cards?

Snail Mail! Hard to send homemade cards by e-mail. They just won’t fit into the cd slot.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

I have two – White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye (circa 1950’s), and the 1970’s version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

All year round really, but I begin in earnest when the malls are open later in the evenings.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Yes, mostly ones from my mom. She never realized that she’d given them to me the previous year.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

Whatever I shouldn’t

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?

Doesn’t matter. We have no preference.

17. Favorite Christmas song?

No favourites.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

When I was single it was always travel – to one of my brother’s places. But now that I’m married, its mostly stay home.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? I can! Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen! Rudolph doesn’t count because he’s fictitious.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?

Angel.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

MORNING!!!

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?

Bad, consumer driven commercials about what you’ve gotta have, or gotta get for someone else.

23. What I love most about Christmas?

Time off! And visiting with friends

24. Have you been naughty or nice this year?

A little of both.

25. If you’ve been good, what would you like Santa to bring you this year?

More time off.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I'm a day late on my Monday Blog readings, and I decided to follow the advice of Christine and repost an old favourite post from the past. This post was actually written back in the old days of my Diaryland account, but it still stands out to me. I re-read it today and still like it, I'm not exactly sure why. I liked my humour, and I think I had most of the comma's in the right place. Grammar is not one of my gifts. And I don't think there is a single, breathing, non-shopper female out there who can't relate. Forgive me as I generalize. (And - it's not about cats) So, I lay it at your feet to be the judge of my work.


Written March 23, 2004

Interaction in a Mall

I don't know about you, but this time of year (the casual bounce between winter and spring) always makes me very reflective and introspective -- -- of my wardrobe. Each morning I look into my closet in total disgust and wonder what heinous pieces of material can I put together today?

I am not a fashion hound. I was far more fashion conscious in the mid 80’s. A bit on the “out there” side, but chic none-the-less, I definitely made a statement. However, over the years as my weight has yo-yoed so has my taste in habiliment, combined with my lack of desire to shop, I think I’m bordering on frumpy. Not a good place to be when one gets meditative on ones wardrobe.

Friday last I had an errand to run for work down to Sears. After completing my task I felt it appropriate to take a quick look at shoes. I love shoes. I would have more shoes if my conscious would allow me. Darn my financial sensibilities! I have been looking for some specific styles to compliment and enhance my existing duds (a laugh given the state of my ‘existing duds’).

Kind of a catch 22 really. Do you match new shoes to old clothes, or new clothes to old shoes? Which came first the shoes or the rest of the outfit?

I balk at the price tag on some shoes, and the point they expect your toes to shape into on others. Who designs these things anyway? Low and behold, in the bargain bin, I find a pair of shoes that are the right price, colour and basic design. Typical for me – I hum and haw . . . . will they go with this dress? . . . . with that pair of pants? . . . . are they right for what I want to achieve? And the root query for all my apparel questions – Is this choice just as frumpy as everything else I own?

I see, waiting for her mom, a seemingly ‘trendy teen’. “Would she wear shoes like these?” I ask myself, except I don’t just leave it to an internal pondering. No – I sally up to the lass and say –“You look like a trendy teen – what do you honestly think of these shoes?”

She gets a kind of funny look of her face. I can’t quite tell if it’s a look of “Why is this tasteless woman asking me this?” or “Those are the most grotesque shoes I’ve ever seen. Don’t come near me with them!”

However – she replies “Well . . . . They’d kinda look ok with Capri pants . . .”

To which I’m sure I get a funny look on my face, because little does she know that I don’t do Capri pants. But I respond with a shrug – “not very trendy, eh? Thanks anyway” and I wander back to the rack, deposit said shoes, and leave the store.

Those darn shoes – they stuck in my mind for the rest of the evening. I contemplated them in different scenarios, accompanying different outfits. The ewww’s and ahhh’s from all my friends and of course the approval my thoughtful husband.

To heck with what that young, slim, blond, snippet of a girl thinks. I’m buying those shoes!!!!!!!!!!! And traipse back to Sears the next morning I did! In fact not only did I get the shoes, but I also manage to score with two new skirts and a top. I RULE!!! And I shopped successfully, and without harming anyone.

No humans were hurt in the implementation of this exercise, with the exception of my husband receiving the evil eye when he stated his opinion of the new shoes.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I'm sorry

I'm sorry I can't respond to your e-mails today. Something crashed on my computer.


I'm sorry I can't respond to your e-mails today. Something crashed on my computer.

Sometimes email 'forwards' are worth opening up. And no, this isn't on my my cats. But he/she is awfully cute!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Not Working Out

I don't think things are working out with Pirate. He hasn't settled in, or made himself at home at all!





I should have saved this for wordless Wednesday.

Scrooge until December 1st, but not this year

I generally hold off any kind of Christmas decorating, or playing of music until at least December 1st. The husband has asked me every day this last week "Can we put up the tree yet??", and I've managed to hold him off.

I am, however, going to a Christmas Craft Fair today, AND a friend sent me this video. I can't not share this video.

Please enjoy it. And You can consider yourself the first to hear it from me - Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Another list of things

I know that every Province and every State have lists like this, and most e-mailer's get one at least once a year, but today I thought I'd post my Provinces. I agree with most of these statements. And I challenge you, that if you don't understand one - just ask someone (or me) from British Columbia to clarify. Or might have some that you share if you're not from these parts - I'd love to hear all about it.

Enjoy:

You Might Be From B.C., if...

1. You know the provincial flower is actually Mildew.


2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.


3. You use the statement 'sunny break' and know what it means.


4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.


5. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.


6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.


7. You stand on a deserted road in the rain waiting for the 'Walk' signal.


8. You know that if it has no snow, it is not a real mountain.


9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Blenz, and Tim Horton's.


10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.


11. You know how to pronounce Squamish, Osoyoos, Nanaimo, and Tsawwassen.


12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.


13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai food.


14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark while only working eight-hour days.


15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.


16. You are not fazed by 'Today's forecast: showers followed by rain,' and 'Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers.'


17. You cannot wait for a day with the forecast 'showers and sunny breaks'.


18. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.


19. You know that Dawson Creek is a town, not a TV show.


20. You can point to at least two ski mountains, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.


21. You remark the mountain is 'out' when it is a clear day and you can actually see it.


22. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 5, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.


23. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 10, but keep the socks on. (Ew!)


24. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.


25. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.


26. You recognize the background shots in your favourite movies & TV shows.


27. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you can't find the old ones after such a long time.


28. You measure distance in hours.


29. You often switch from 'heat' to 'a/c' in your car in the same day.


30. You use a comforter in the summer.


31. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer) & Raining Again (Fall).

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Some Yuk Yuks .... or maybe not

1.Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.

2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything."

3.Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

4. A dyslexic man walks into a bra.

5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm and says:" A beer please, and one for the road."

6.Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"

7."Doc, I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of Home.'"
"That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome."
"Is it common?" Well, "It's Not Unusual."

8.Two cows are standing next to each other in a field.
Daisy says to Dolly, "I was artificially inseminated this morning."
"I don't believe you," says Dolly. "It's true, no bull!" exclaims Daisy.

9.An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.

10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.

11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.

12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident.
He shouted, "Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!"
The doctor replied, "I know you can't - I've cut off your arms!"

13. I went to a seafood disco last week...and pulled a mussel.

14.What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

15.Two fish swim into a concrete wall.
The one turns to the other and says, "Dam!".

16.Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft.
Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.
After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse.
"But why," they asked, as they moved off.
"Because", he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."

18. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother.
Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."

19. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him ..(Oh, man, this is so bad, it's good).....
A super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

20.And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make them laugh.
No pun in ten did.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I'm not dead yet


Ya gotta love old ladies with conviction!

On a side note: I'm not dead yet either, just busy burning the candle at both ends, and hoping I survive until Christmas. CHRISTMAS!!! I don't even want to think about Christmas yet, but I realize its just a little more than a month away.

So much to do, so little time to do it. And that has nothing to do with Christmas.

I'm finding my work very consuming these days. Last week alone we had two funerals and our Annual General Meeting. This combined makes for a very busy office, held together by one wee woman. Well, actually thats not entirely true. I'm far from wee and I'm not the only one who works in this office - it just feels like that sometimes.

I'm sounding ungrateful. Forgive me. I know not of what I speak. I am a blessed woman. I work in a job I love. I work in an environment that I love. I have a happy healthy home and husband. I want for nothing.

I'm just tired and cranky. At least I don't have family feasting over my bones while I'm still alive.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Coming up for air

At the moment ... I can kinda sorta come up for air from my desk. I still feel like I'm playing catch-up from being away the first week of October!!!

The time-change that we had over the weekend is playing a number on me too. At the moment it is actually 2:53pm, which a week ago would have meant 3:53pm, and I would have been getting ready to go home. But I'm not and I can't, but I feel like it. That, AND my body is like clock work - I pretty much always 'hit a brick wall' around 2 or 3 in the afternoon - everyday. I reach a point of no return, but have to keep on moving.

I've hit my wall today!

I've accomplished the major task on my desk for a Thursday - preparing our Sunday Bulletin. It's at a point where I now take it home and have the husband go through it and find all my faulty spelling and grammar.

Yet - - I have an hour and a half to go, and no will power to move on to another task. So I blog! Blessed you!

In other useless news - I called the vet today. Our fair young Pirate has a date with destiny tomorrow. Pirate will be losing some jewels! And he doesn't even know it. I wonder if he'll still love me? He has to stay over night, so it will be so strange and quiet around our house tomorrow night. I just hope that our other cat Digit isn't lulled into a false sense of security. She may very well think we've ditched the wee fellow, and can go back to ruling the roost by herself without fear of unexpected pouncings.

I rather hoping the for all his annoying habits, she'll kinda miss him - just a little.

The animal hospital told me that Pirate is not allowed any water or food after 10pm tonight. The food won't be so hard, but the water ..... that will be difficult. It's not that he likes to drink it, its more that he'll really miss the play aspect.

Did I tell you that he likes to takes showers with us? He absolutely L.O.V.E.S. water. We can't put the water bowl down without him diving in with both paws just to sloosh all the water back out again. And he is beyond fascinated when the hubby goes in to pee. Lets just say Pirate is not unfamiliar with "golden showers", albeit unintentionally on my husbands part. Hubby has yet to figure out how to fend off Pirate and maintain aim.

Don't even get me started on the time we used to use "2,000 flushes". If you recall, it makes your toilet water blue. So was Pirate after he fell in.

Water is a cheap toy, but a messy one, and I think Pirate may feel were punishing him for something by locking him out of any room with plumbing.

Well, I've probably spent enough time away from the things of "need", and I must return to my grindstone.

Blessings

Friday, November 2, 2007

Halloween Schmalloween!

We aren't big Halloween celebrators, however I do enjoy seeing the little kids all dressed up, and hopefully knocking on our door. After purchasing last minute mini-chocolate bars on the 31st (which made my chocolate fiend hubby happy) I set up the bowl of goodies by the door expectant for wee ghosties and goblin's, or thematically speaking princess' and mini-Harry Potters.

Six o'clock came and went ....

Six thirty came and went ...

I nibbled on one little chocolate.

Seven o'clock came and went .... and not one child ....

Seven thirty came ....

and finally at 7:45 there comes a loud rapping on our door. Based on the size and volume of the come hither sound I thought it must have been someone we knew. I opened the door expectantly to find 5 teenage boys holding out their pillow cases.

No "Trick or Treat". No "Please". Just 5 boys thrusting their candy filled sacks at me. And then ... "Your our last stop so give us lots".

Let me tell you, these children did not endear themselves to me. I did give them some candy.

Not only did I not get the sweet little deserving children at our door, but I was rudely reminded of the lack of manners in the teen generation! Or maybe its just teenage boys on a sugar high.

Needless to say, shortly after that I pulled in the candy, turned off the porch light, and called it a night.

The husband is happy - he's got a lot of chocolate at his disposal and I am desperately trying to work on my discipline skills - and failing.

Next year - No Halloween at our house!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Then and Now

Since Ricky posted like this today, I thought I could get away with it too.



Look at the picture on the left ....
now look at this one ....

Passages of time can be an alarming thing.

Oh ... and I guess this can double as Wordless Wednesday.

Stay safe tonight for anyone venturing out.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Headlines

I am not one to blog about the headlines .... but I'm going to this time.

I have been glued to the news regarding the fires in California. A very dear friend of mine here has family that has been evacuated. They are safe, but at this point no one knows if there home is.

I can not imagine the sense of loss one must experience when everything you own is burned to the ground. Yes, I realize that we are more than the sum of our parts (or belongings), but as I look around my home at the memories, mementos, my cats .... I am deeply saddened.

I did read today that our Canadian water bombers have gone down to give assistance, but in part if feels too little, too late. On the other hand, anything that can be of assistance at this point must be a positive.

They are in my prayers, and in specific - I pray for a change in the weather/wind.

Friday, October 19, 2007

For Fans of "The Golden Compass"

(This is my second entry of the day. Make sure to update yourself on my continued travel antics.)

I've been reading my way through the Philip Pullman series "His Dark Materials". I'm on the last of the books, and am so looking forward to the first book "The Golden Compass" coming out in movie form for Christmas. I heartily recommend this series to young and old readers alike. A very jaunty adventure of a young girl, her daemon, alternate universes, and the age old battle of good vs. evil.

If you take this quiz, drop me a line and let me know what your daemon turned out to be.



P.S. - For those who were wondering - my hubby finally received his offer for the new job. We are both excited and feel that God has been behind everything. Even to the point of the day he went into his present job to give notice. His two bosses both gave him affirmation, but warned him that they would be coming to get him back when they got a big contract they've been waiting for. This was a huge relief to me, and a God answer to prayer.

Hubby starts at the new place on November 5th. Yay!!

Rocky Mtn. High Part 2 - geriatric gyrating

(My week, in a nutshell, has been very busy. The one thing about taking a week off of work is that you have to make up for it when there is no one to come in and do your job. Alas .... I'm indispensable (not))

To continue with the wedding from my last post.

In every family there is always that one 'member' who stands out among all the rest. No matter the craziness, or saneness of a family there has to be that one relative that we all die of embarrassment over. You cannot convince me otherwise. Up until my mom's passing we would have all agreed that it was she that brought us the most laughs, but often mortification when in public. She could always be counted on to be the first one to put her foot in her mouth, and be completely oblivious to the situation.

I had thought that with mom's passing that we would have a few years grace before some one else took up the mantle of absurdity (odds are it will be me in future years), but the wedding weekend proved there is a new reigning queen.

Thankfully, it is not someone from my families side, but from my sister-in-law (mother of the bride) side - Aunt Tilly.

I'm not exactly sure how old Aunt Tilly is, but I would guess her to be in her late 70's going on senile. If there was an audience to be had, her antics grew larger. At first it brought a giggle to the group, but the performances became old quickly.

On the Friday we/anyone available, reported our manpower reception hall to decorated according to the brides wishes. In my nieces case - this meant large quantities of brown tulle, and large paper spheres to be hung from the ceiling. One such length of tulle was not quite long enough to be used, and was immediately snatched up by Aunt Tilly to be adorned on her person like a mink stole. At first we all thought "Ah .... isn't that cute. I wished I thought of that .... ". Then after a while the waltzing to no music in the corner began, and we thought "OK. .. that's a bit odd .... she's a bit odd .... but we have a lot of work to do here." But after 3 hours of her it wasn't funny or cute anymore.

God Bless Aunt Tilly. She was completely happy, incognizant and sober in her own little world. And many of us held our breath in wait for what she would do next.

The 'next' came the following day after the wedding, and at the reception itself. Hind-sight / fore-sight - when planning the seating arrangement for a wedding reception keep in mind how close you place a potential heckler to the head table and MC's stand. Word to the wise.

The meal was wonderful. The room tastefully decorated. The bride and groom giddy with romance. The 187 (majority of which were under the age of 30) knew exactly where the open bar was. The party was all ON!

The position of "Maid of Honour" was shared by two young University friends. One of which was the kind who was not afraid to speak her mind. The kind of young lady that as they age would grow into the likes of my mother or Aunt Tilly.

I digress .....

It was time for speeches and toasts. The "Maids of Honour" were giving their speeches to the bride, and "speaks-her-own-mind" was up, she talked at length about how popular my niece had been in University. How lucky the groom was to have met and caught the bride. How all the young men in University had wanted to "bang" her (my niece, the bride . . . . .)

An audible groan could be heard throughout the land, and the temperature in the room rose several degrees due to the heat from many blushing cheeks - majority of warmth coming from the bride. Although, the look on my brother's face (father-of-the-bride) was one of extreme discomfited pain.

That said, when the tides turned and it was time for the bride and groom to respond, they handled the remarks with a grace and class that made me proud for my girl.

On to the dancing, and back to Aunt Tilly ....

The DJ started up the music around 9:30, and I danced (awkwardly) with my husband for the first time in our lives together. Strictly rock and roll, but I like it.

I found that the music really divided the generations. The folks who were over 30 tended to like the 70's and 80's rock, and country music. The under 30's waited, and drank, at the bar for just the right fast song. And then there was Aunt Tilly ...

Although she had lost her brown tulle stole, she was still quite content to waltz around the dance floor without a partner, and regardless of the tempo. Little did we know she was winding up for the grand-slam floor show later.

Hubby and I left around mid-night, many of the older revelers had left, but the bride, groom, and youngin's were just getting started. This included Aunt Tilly - whom I might impress upon you as being quite sober.

Because I feel that I have spent most of this entry dissing Aunt Tilly, I will not give details to her late night antics now. With the exception to say that there are pictures to prove of a shirtless, muscled young man playing pony to a rough riding, geriatric gyrating elder. Aunt Tilly knows that her hips ain't broke and she knows how to use them.

Please forgive me if you are offended at my tales of Aunt Tilly, speaking ill of my elders and all. But I've been to many weddings, and dances etc. and I've never quite seen this kind of behavior from a person let alone a woman. Aunt Tilly deserves our respect and prayers, and quite possibly an assessment on her capacities. But she does make for some good story telling.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Rocky Mountain Times Part I

We took this same trip just a year and three weeks ago, but for vastly different reasons.

The last time was to lay to rest my mother who had passed away on August 31, 2006. We travelled with a sad, empty feeling. This time, however, was for an exciting, happy occasion that I wouldn't have missed for the world - my oldest nieces wedding.

What a juxtaposition. What a contrast. Same highway, same scenery, same mountains and pretty much the same people.

I digress. I think you pick up what I'm putting down.

Living on an island can have its good points and its bad points ..... we'll actually very few bad points. But one that always seems a challenge is getting off the island. We are dependent on the ferry system. So you have to travel at the mercy of a ferry schedule for you hour and an half sail to the mainland. We left Victoria on the Thursday with the best of intentions of catching the very first ferry off the island in the morning - 7am. We forgot to keep in mind that we were heading into Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend. We arrived bright and early - 6:30am - to find that the 7am sailing was already full. And the next sailing was at 9am, and 50% full.

The best laid plans ....

So, we settled in to a fresh cup of coffee and our local newspaper, and waited .....

They give the announce that the 7am sailing is now loading .... and the departing .... we wait some more. The low and behold they announce that due to an increased influx of travellers they will be adding an additional sailing at 8am!!! Nice! This meant that we would only be one hour behind our days schedule, and not two.

The trip itself was rather uneventful. The weather cooperated, and after many stops for more coffee we arrived in Jasper at 10pm. We were exhausted so we opted to check in with the B&B and not the family (until morning).

Jasper is lovely in the fall. The poplar trees turn a brilliant yellow, which proves a beautiful contrast between the green of the coniferous, and the grey/brown colour of rock. If you're fortunate enough to make it out to one of the surrounding lakes you had the addition of the brilliant glacier blue of the lakes to add into the mix. Stunning. It almost makes me want to move back there again. But not quite.

Friday was mostly meet and greet with family and old friends, and new family as we also met up with the grooms connections. I always enjoy being with my family, and their friends, much the the intimidation of my hubby. He enjoys them, but I think he finds them all very overwhelming. We live a comparatively quiet life, and one that does not include much socializing at the bar. (The "Jasper Brewing Company" pub was "the" meeting place. Very nice beer, I highly recommend it if you find yourself in the neighbourhood).

Once again, I digress.

The wedding itself was planned to be outdoors out at the Airstrip. A beautiful setting. Unfortunately - I completely forgot my camera - can you believe it!!! So you'll have to take my word regarding the beauty that surrounded us. There was a Plan B if it chanced to rain - all you hockey fans would have got a kick out of this ..... Plan B was center ice at the Recreation Centre. I almost wished .... it might have been warmer.

I'll stop here for now. I have to share with you the antics of a certain Aunt (who was not me)! but for now you'll have to wait.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Update - not

We're back.

Loads to tell.

Don't leave me yet.

I'll write soon.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Monday, Monday - Just looks that way

I am living in anxious, excited, anticipation! After today I have two working days left, and then I'm on holidays until the 15th!!!!

This may sound callous - but I kinda hope they have a little bit of a struggle next week around the work place. I don't wish anyone unwell, but for some reason they think that anyone can sit in my job and do it with limited or no training - Receptionist / secretary / go-to girl & bookkeeper! What are they thinking?

Today I spent an hour with one of the ladies that will be filling in, to show her how I produce the Sunday Church Bulletin (one small area of many). It isn't straight forward if 1) your not a Mac user, or 2) you've never worked in a graphics program, or 3) you can't multi-task.

And the weird part of all of this, is normally I would wear it all - the stress, the worry of knowing that some people may have to fend for themselves. But I'm not. I'm so looking forward to my nieces wedding this weekend. I'll be seeing family I haven't seen in years. And I'm looking forward to having no agenda or time pressures next week. T and I haven't even figured what we're going to do after the wedding - drive home? Sightsee Alberta? It doesn't matter. It's all good.

And the extra-ordinary cool part - - well not quite as extra-ordinary as the wedding - - is that the hubby may very well receive news that he has a Brilliant new job. He's going for a "technical interview" tomorrow morning (please pray). This is the final stage of the hiring process for this new company. We are both extremely excited, and feel that this move is to a good place, and at the right time.

I just want my husband back. I want that sparkle back in his eye, that skip in his step, and to out from where he is. The time has come.

Oh how I blather on so ....

As always - I'll keep you posted ..... :-)

Friday, September 28, 2007

Fridays stuff

I can hardly believe its Friday already – AND the end of September. October starts on Monday!!!!!

I am terribly excited though – next week is a short work week for me, as I start my last time of holidays on Thursday. Hubby and I are off to Jasper for my oldest nieces wedding next weekend. I keep fairly close tabs on my three nieces via Facebook. (Yes – I joined those ranks, but I don’t quite understand the addiction to it.) The benefit of this has been that I’ve been able to see pictures from their adventures, and in particularly recently pictures from the variety of Bachelorette parties that have been thrown for my girl Les.

I look at the pictures and think how young they all look, how much fun they’re having, and ‘darn’ but why can’t I be doing those things. A specific example is that a group of friends, and Les’ twin sisters took Les to the ski jump hill in Calgary. I can’t think of the name of it. When there is no snow, they convert the dramatic drop to a zip-line that seemingly lasts for miles. How much fun would that be??? I’m mean seriously – I would be screaming the entire time, but loving it!! I’m jealous; it looks way to cool for words. And to do it with a group of friends!!!!

This is when I realize that I’m not that young anymore. I don’t do cool fun stuff like this now. I am very close to my nieces, and I’d like to think that I could do stuff like this along side them, but then I realize that I’d probably stick out like a sore thumb. I would be the ‘older person’ that’s amongst them. I look at them and don’t immediately see the age difference, but the fact is that they would look at me and think along the lines of their parents – old.

Ah, cruel cruel world!

In the mean time – I’ve got me some workin’ to do! So today, I will leave you with my Friday Feast.

Appetizer
How are you today?
I’m tired, and extremely grateful that it’s Friday. But most of all – I’m doing great!

Soup
Name 3 television shows you watch on a regular basis.
New Season brings all new shows. I would be lost without a TV because it really is down time for me. The three shows I don’t like to miss are: Ugly Betty, Survivor: China, and CSI: Las Vegas. Which, coincidentally all premiered last night. I was in TV heaven.

Salad
What’s the scariest weather situation you’ve experienced?
Weather situation on land - I can’t think of one. But once while taking a catamaran ferry between Seattle and Victoria we hit some high winds and high waves, causing some extreme rocking and rolling. This was a little unnerving to say the least. I was not thrilled at the prospect of taking a swim in the ocean in the middle of January. I kept reassuring myself that catamarans are not prone to flipping, especially ones as large as we were in.

Main Course
If you could wake up tomorrow morning in another country, where would you want to be?
Disneyland!

Dessert
What do you usually wear to sleep?
Whatever will keep me the coolest (I’m a little furnace), short of naked. I don’t do naked; I find it makes me feel very insecure and vulnerable, which only leads to a bad sleep. It’s not worth it. I long for the days when I wore flannel, all wrapped up comfy and cozy. Now, I’m perimenopausal. Nuf’ said!

Monday, September 24, 2007

A Monday Meme

* Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the questions.
* They MUST be real places, names, things ... NOTHING made up!
* If you can't think of anything, skip it.
* You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
* If your name happens to start with the same letter as mine, sorry, but you can't use my answers!

My Name: LJ

1. Famous Singer/Band: Lover Boy
2. 4 letter word: Love
3. Street: Landsdowne
4. Color: Lavender
5. Gifts/Presents: Lingerie
6. Vehicle: Land Rover
7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Lucky Charms
8. Boy Name: Larry
9. Girl Name: Lucy
10. Movie Title: Lawrence of Arabia
11. Drink: Low-ball
12. Occupation: Librarian
13. Celebrity: Lindsay Lohan
14. Magazine: Ladies Home Journal
15. U.S. City: Lafayette
16. Pro Sports Teams: LA Lakers
17. Fruit: Lime
18. Reason for Being Late for Work: Lack of sleep
19. Something You Throw Away: Lipstick
20. Things You Shout: LIAR!
21. Cartoon Character: Lil’ Dot

Friday, September 21, 2007

Fashion and Food - kinda

We're heading up island to a wedding tomorrow. I get to try out my new dress ensemble that I specifically purchased for my nieces wedding next month. The wedding tomorrow is my the hubby's Uncle. This will be Unk's 3rd wedding, but to be fair - his second marriage lasted 30 years and she died of cancer over a year ago.

However, I get the feeling that this wedding is causing a bit of family controversy. On the upside - I'll get to visit with my sister-in-law that a barely know.

Well that was all Blah, Blah, Blah wasn't it? It must be Friday, and I'm trying to post more than just the "Fridays Feast".

Appetizer
What is your favorite type of art?
Art is subjective – didn’t anyone ever tell you that??? Art can be a brilliant cello soloist, a Michelangelo sculpture, a child’s finger-painting, or one of my paper-craft or photo cards. Do I have a favourite – not really. Do I know what I do and don’t like – most definitely!! Can I explain it to you? Nope.

Soup
When was the last time you got a free lunch (or breakfast or dinner)? Who paid for it?
Tuesday, one of my co-workers (the creepy one) took me out. I got cornered and couldn’t say no. Even a free lunch has a price.

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how emotional are you?
Today? In general?? How about a 8, or 8.5. When watching the movie Braveheart, I cried during the battle scenes where all the horses were killed by giant spears, arrows and swords. I couldn’t care less about all the men getting killed … but watching the horses was horrid. Don’t even get me started on Romantic Comedy’s when things don’t “look” like they’re not going to work out like they’re supposed too.

Main Course
Approximately how long do you spend each day responding to emails?
Because I sit at a computer all day at work, and e-mails are a big part of my job – a few hours if I had to break it down. E-mails are a HUGE part of my life – professional and personal.

Dessert
To what temperature do you usually set your home’s thermostat?
In the summer we have no control – hot outside – hot in. But in the wintertime, daytime temperature (when we’re home) is usually around 70 and nighttime temperature we turn it down to 62 or 63. As yet, we haven’t had to turn the furnace on – thankfully. But the time is coming soon. Sooner than I’d like.

Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Post Anniversary, Post Dentist Post

Our anniversary turned out to be a kind of non-event. By the time that Friday evenings roll around we’re both wiped out. We had talked about going out to a nice dinner, maybe even the restaurant that T took me to the night he proposed. But when he got home from work on Friday neither one of us had the energy to get all dolled up for each other. What does that say about out relationship?

We did, however, still go out for dinner – just not as fancy as we had originally planned. Funny thing though – both hubby and I had our taste buds all wrapped around “Prime Rib Night” at our not-so-fancy Anniversary meal restaurant, but once we sat down and began to look over the menu – we both ended up being a fish & chips kinda couple.

I am a little disappointed in one teensy, little area of our anniversary. And I recognize that this is a bit of a pity party of one – but it’s my blog and I can write whatever I want too!

My husband didn’t buy me flowers. I don’t think it even crossed his mind.

For some reason, this didn’t / doesn’t / hasn’t sat will with me. What a terrible, selfish woman I am. Please forgive this petty heart.

Pity Party Over.

Back to reality and regular life on the planet.

I was back at the dentist today. Yippy! (sarcasm dripping, just a second while I get a napkin) He had to fix the same tooth he worked on just a couple of weeks ago, and he give me the news that I need a root canal on another tooth. I’ve never had a root canal, but the whole name of it sends chills up my spine. Even when the cute spin doctor tries to candy coat (no pun intended) the situation. He even showed me someone else’s x-rays, to explain the procedure and how ‘eeezeee’ the hour and a half event would be.

Who’s he kidding??? EEEEZEEE for WHO???

The big question for me now is – when should I plan this toothy happening?? During my holidays in October??? Or during a regular workday so I can take the day off and drown my painful sorrows on the sofa??

Ya know …. This is just more proof as to why God chose not to give us children. I can barely stand my own whining let alone any children and a husbands.

I know, I know – I gotta get over myself!

Maybe tomorrow. We’ll see.

Friday, September 14, 2007

An entry NOT involving a cat - REALLY

Today – September 14th – is my hubby and me’s 5th wedding anniversary. I am blessed.

It hasn’t been easy, and this last year has been particularly difficult – at least for me. I’ve struggled with expectations, and often wondered … where is this all leading. But, I wouldn’t trade hubby in for anything. Next to God – T is the love of my life.

I look back at five years and also wonder where is all went. It’s happened so fast. It seems like I was just living in romance la-la land and planning the wedding. I blinked and woke up five years later, and all connubialed!

This morning my husband presented me with a little gift of a pewter heart on a necklace with matching earrings, all to be kept together (when not being worn) in a little pewter heart shaped box. Very sweet. And a very lovely heart-felt Hallmark card, that says so much.

I presented him with a homemade card (can’t get away with anything less) and a Chimenea. He likes to burn things, and like to sit outside. The odd dilemma in this choice of gift is that in the municipality that we live in you are not allowed make use of these items in your yards. However, the Fire department turns a blind eye to the whole thing. So frankly, I’m not sure if we’ll ever be able to use it – but I sure like the thought of trying. (I’m a true misfit at heart).

Speaking of homemade cards …. Ahem …… Earlier this summer I participated in the blogging worlds (ok – actually just a small universe inside the larger realm) “Great Summer Give Away”, and I offered up 6 of my homemade cards. Last Friday, if you recall, alluded to the fact that I was finally going to mail off my creation to the winner.

Today I received an email from Laura to say that she’d received my cards and had posted them on her site. I had forgotten to take pictures of them before I mailed them off, so I was pleasantly visually pleased to see them again. I hope that she will put them to good use.

Now …. I have to get my untalented butt back into crafting mode as I have 6 more cards to send off to My Ms Violet. I promised her some prezzies shortly after the summer give-away. Thankfully – the fall always brings out the homebody crafting person in me – so it shouldn’t take long.

Anyway kids – don’t except candy from strangers and don’t eat yellow snow. There is my advice for you for a Friday! Go have some fun!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Enough about cats already!!!

You Are: 40% Dog, 60% Cat

You and cats have a lot in common.
You're both smart and in charge - with a good amount of attitude.
However, you do have a very playful side that occasionally comes out!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wordless Wednesday









I'm a first timer at this "Wordless Wednesday", and I know I've already defeated the purpose by putting these few words here, but if you're going to play along please leave a comment and see what you got "not" to say :P

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Another Pirate Story

Are you tired of hearing about silly little Pirate kittens? That’s too bad, ‘cause I got another one.

Pirate must be part water rat – he just can’t get enough of playing in it. So much so that in all the “how to discipline your kitten” books they always recommend using a spray water bottle to deter them from whatever deviousness they get into - - he pretty much begs to be sprayed. It makes no disciplinary impact on him what-so-ever.

I digress ….

Last night I thought I would draw myself a bath. So I started said bath – with a furry onlooker of course, and wandered off to tell the hubby what I was doing. It had momentarily crossed my mind that I should check in on monster rate – just in case he might ‘inadvertently’ fall in and potentially drown. I went back down to the bathroom, and it was obvious that immanent dunking was mere minutes away. Pirate was precariously perched on top of the faucet filling the tub.

I giggled, and backed out slowly to get the hubby for this photo-op, but no sooner had I called down the hall then a large “splooooosh” occurred in the tub.

At this I laughed heartily and loudly, and ran over to Pirate to rescue him from the depths of his misadventures. He had a very startled look on his soaking wet face. Scooping him out and cuddling him too me I grabbed a towel and quickly wrapped it around him. His repetitive tiny sneezes sent another ripple of giggles through both the hubby and I. TOOOOOO CUTE!!




Curiosity did NOT kill this cat. I had my bath, and he sat on the side of the tub alternating between cleaning himself and watching the water.

Silly Pirate.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Moody, Monstrous, Muggwhumpy Monday

I am SOOOOO blessed!!

Yet I'm feeling negative, tired, and down. Mostly tired. It was a busy weekend, after an extremely busy week. Our church had our annual "Open House" yesterday after service. Lots of people and chit-chatting, questions, direction pointing, introducing, etc... etc ... etc.

It was my job to man the office and invite people in to have a look around. I found it rather funny that people had one of two reactions to coming in the office:

Very tentatively - - "Can I really see the office!!" with almost awe and wonder plastered on their faces. I never really realized that the office held such mystery and fear.

or conversely:
"Where's Pastor J's office, I and want to take a souvenir", or "Does Pastor A keep candy in his desk?".


Who knew people could be so strange about a church office?

Speaking of our church office - - - is anyone interested in coming in to be my holiday relief from October 4th to 14th? I promise it'll be easy, and the pay is not that bad. I can't find anyone yet. I don't know what I'll do if I can't. Part of me thinks these folks should just fend for themselves, but the part of me that has a work ethic thinks it wouldn't be fair or nice to do that. So I suspect I won't.

God will supply - right!?

Anyway - TTFN. I'll be posting a new picture on Wednesday. Then I can actually have a "Wordless Wednesday" like Christine sometimes does. I've always wanted to play, but never had a picture to post.

But you'll have to wait.

Blessings - LJ

Friday, September 7, 2007

Friday Fill-In

1. I admire _my cats lifestyle_(LOL!).
2. I crave _Salty foods (today)_.
3. I dislike _sardines (but the hubby loves 'em)_.
4. I enjoy _crafting_.
5. I wonder _about dying_.
6. I want _to be debt free_.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _doing nothing_, tomorrow my plans include _finaly mailing out my "Great Summer Give Away"_ and Sunday, I want to _sleep in_!

For those that haven't given up on me - please play along with this meme (you don't have to call it Friday Fill-In), and comment here so we can compare answers.

My week has been extremely hectic. I have decided that THIS week is the tester to see if I can actually handle the new job description I walked into in April. And I came to the conclusion that ....

I can do this, but not EVERY week - Please Lord, don't let THIS be the norm!!

I'm exhausted, and prayerfully hoping that Pirate (the kitten) doesn't wake me up between the hours of midnight and 9am. Yet, somehow ..... I don't think I'm going to get this prayer request. I am seriously considering wearing a turtle neck and a balaclava (3 hole ski mask).

Ya wanna know why?

Between 3 and 7am I every night, I get a purring wake-up call. A suckling, paw kneading, wake up call.

I'm not asking for much. I just ONE solid nights sleep.

But he's so darn cute! ..... annoying at time .... but cute.

I'll keep you posted.

Good night!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Island hopping, Cloths shopping, Dog popping

I had a brilliant weekend away on Pender Island visiting my girlfriend. J lost her mother to bone cancer in May (after only being diagnosed in February) so we cried together, laughed together, grieved together, had a general over all wonderful weekend. I actually felt a little rested and more relaxed when I got back. We never made it to the “Fall Fair”, but that was perfectly fine. Instead we did a little browsing in the few shops that Pender has. One of those places is amongst my favourites – the “Nu-to-Yu” – a second hand store. AND it was our lucky day - $5.00 for a bag of cloths. We shared the bag and I came away with a new blouse, blazer, Capri pants, and a possible dress to wear to my nieces wedding in October.

One of the other stops we made was at this WONDERFUL bead studio. We spent over an hour going over the beads and possibilities. Awesome!!! This little studio is way out in no-mans-land, and if you didn’t know it was there you’d never find it. The woman that runs it only has it because its her hobby. She certainly doesn’t make much, if any, money on her sales. I picked up two strings of fresh water pearls in lustrous earth tones for $10 a string, and another little stone to hang off the bottom of it. It will go beautifully with the dress I picked up too. Now I just need the time to string them all together properly. I’ve googled the instructions on how to string/tie pearls, there is a special technique involved ….. man, how do I get myself into these things?

Monday came and (for me) I knew that summer was over. Everything was moving into high gear at work. New ministries getting ready, planning for our annual ‘Open House’, end of the financial fiscal year – the fun never ends. But it’s all good, just a bit of an adjustment.

I want to take a moment and address some things that came out of my “don’t boil hot dogs” entry.

1) I don’t ‘love’ hot dogs, but I’ll eat them anyway they get cooked. Whatever is the fastest.
2) As a kid I ‘loved’ to eat them uncooked, but have since grown out of that.
3) I have absolutely no idea why my husband and his mother say “you CAN’T boil hot dogs”. I’ve asked them, and even they can’t give me a reason why other than – it’s simply not done. If they ever give me an answer – you’ll be the first to know.
4) When the husbands not looking, and we’re not BBQ’ing – I boil our hot dogs.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Random Thoughts

I’ve been a bad blogger lately. But I’m not going to beat myself up over it (much). I was even trying to encapsulate the last two weeks, and this is what I came up with.

1 - My 11-month freedom from migraines is over, and I had a 5 day low grade migraine last week. That takes a big chunk of out my functionality.

2 - We’ve had VBS (Vacation Bible School) for 100 kids here all week. After such a quiet summer, this has been a shock to my system. And proven to me another reason I don’t like being on reception.

3 – We went to a wedding last weekend. I actually thought I would have a chance to dance with my husband, but the music/dancing didn’t start until after 10pm - too late for an old fart like me. I have NEVER danced with my husband. We had an afternoon wedding. Maybe I’ll get my chance at my nieces wedding in October.

4 – I haven’t got much sleep lately. Pirate has a habit of wanting to ‘need’ me between the hours of 3 and 5 am. And by the word ‘need’ I mean crawling up on the bed and burrowing his little head into my neck and hair, and nuzzling me like he would his mother. This licking, sucking, burrowing, and paw needing all accompanied with a loud purrrrr. It is possible to be cute and annoying at the same time.

5 – I was awed and amazed at the response to entry on to boil or not to boil (a hotdog) that is the question. I never realized such a silly little topic could garner such varied, and plentiful responses. Thank you – that was fun stuff.

6 – I am woefully behind in my card making. I haven’t quite finished making the 6 cards I need to make to send off to Laura who won the “Great Summer Give Away”, but – under extreme pressure – I did manage to make the card needed for the wedding we attended. I need a ‘muse’. I must find a ‘muse’.

7 – I had a wicked 2 hour session with my psychologist last week - this may very well have prompted the migraine, but it also prompted some very deep introspection. How is it possible to love and hate something at the same time? Thankfully – God is with me every step of the way.

8 - As much as I’m a stubbornly clutching to the vestiges of summer, I’m looking forward to life/work coming back to a balance of normality. Whatever that looks like. With September comes a new ministry season for the church, and with that comes new challenges, energy, and excitement. I love my work, it has been, and continues to morph into something new for me. Learning how to balance what three people used to do in this office will be interesting to say the least. I’m up for it, but only time will tell if I will be able to manage it well. Even in this though – I know that God is with me, and promises to be faithful even when I falter and question.

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Well …. ? How’s that for random thoughts.

I’m off to Pender Island to visit my girlfriend. It’s Pender’s “Fall Fair” – what an oxymoron!!! Who has a ‘Fall Fair’ in August – only an islander!

Happy Friday everyone.

P.S. I finished Harry Potter book 7 last weekend. Now I'm on to "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman. Yummmmm - good reading!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pirate is A Star!

I can't believe how quickly time has flown by since I last posted. I merely blinked!

But on a cool note - if any of you have ever looked over my blogroll you may or may not have noticed a link I have to a site called Cute With Chris. This is a quirky little site that I enjoy visiting because "Chris" has a great sense of humour, is Canadian (living in the states working on being in TV or movies), and posts cute pictures of kittens and puppies. So, on a lark I sent in a picture of Pirate for a weekly posting of Chris' "Cutedown". Please go check it out, and vote for my boy Pirate!!

I'll write more soon, but at the moment I've off to the dentist chair and that seems like a lovely respite from the Vacation Bible School running at this moment here at the church!

Blessings,
LJ

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Never boil hot dogs??


My husband tells me that you should never boil hot dogs.

Which is not to say that you shouldn't have boiled hot dogs, just that you should not cook your hot dogs 'in' boiling water. His mom tells me that you are supposed boil up your water, then pop in the dogs and turn the burner off, and let them sit to cook.

I've always brought the water to boil, popped the dogs and and let them cook in the 'boiling' water. Mom-in-law says that,s bad!

Have any of you ever heard such a thing? I've never.

What say you? How do you cook your hot dogs (veggie or meat)?

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

I love Chinese food

My Fortune Cookie told me:
Those shoes were a mistake.
Get a cookie from Miss Fortune

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Reunion of sorts

Time is flowing all to quickly. It's the end of a Tuesday work day after a long weekend and I'm oh, so ready to go home. But I'm not complaining - I love my job.

On a very cool note - for me - my big brother and his wife arrived this afternoon (another reason I want to get home). In all my 22 years of living in this city, this is the first time they have ever stayed with me - AND for a couple of days. I can hardly stand myself!!!

As a family its been quite the year, so these opportunities to visit are so wonderful. So I've been looking forward to this for a couple of weeks now.

The weather has taken a turn to the cooler, of which I am not impressed. But life is like that sometimes. I'm sure it will turn nice just as they're leaving us.

On that note - I'm off to enjoy my brother and his Mrs. and a fine whine wine for an evening.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

War Wounds

I understand more than ever why people get their cats declawed.

I pray this phase doesn't last much long, my legs can't handle it.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Paper cuts hurt less

I believe I'm turning into a human pin-cushion.

For some reason our new kitten 'Pirate' has taken a particular liking to my right leg - top to bottom many tiny little paper-cut style wounds decorate my body parts. My hands are both equally dinged. And for some unknown, uncatagorical reason my nose is of immense interest to him, yet he has been extremely gentle with this apendage (if I can call it that).

Digit is still very jealous, and I think so is my husband, although he'd never admit to it. Pirate seems to have taken to me big time. Which is not really wanted to happen, but am not disappointed either. How can you resist a kitten that follows you EVERYWHERE!!

I had hoped that Pirate could be more of Hubby's cat, since Digit is mine.

Oh well .... deal with it!

It's going to be a lovely long weekend and I'm very much looking forward to it. We have no big plans, and thats perfectly fine too. Although - I am on the hunt for a dress to wear to a wedding in two weeks, and my nieces in October. I'd like to find something that I can wear to both, but we are talking two very different climates. We'll see.

Later Gang and have a very blessed long weekend (if you have one)

Thursday, August 2, 2007

A very quiet week - too quiet!

I know I'm not supposed to admit this .... but .... I am bored senseless at work today. I pretty much caught up on the entire weeks worth by Tuesday. And one can only clean and tidy so much before its all done.

Our office has been terrifically quiet this summer, but I know that this is the calm before the storm. Come mid August the entire planet erupts around here as a mad frenzy of planning ensues for the fall and winter.

To keep myself occupied I've been sneaking in reads of Harry Potter book 7, but only when the boss is out of the office, or its coffee break and there's no one to talk too. I've also been catching up on my blog and internet reading - usually reserved for the evenings when I'm at home.

Next week should be more exciting. There's a change up in vacationers around here, some coming back and other beginning. And my big brother is coming to visit for a couple of days. He's the one holding me in the picture on the right. He and his lovely Mrs' should be arriving on Tuesday, and staying for a couple of days.

My brother is very allergic to cats, so we've set up a cat-free zone for them (humans) to sleep in. Hubby and I purchased a Screen House and a queen size blow up bed. I've still got to figure out how to hang some sheets on a couple of the sides to give them privacy, but for all intents and purposes - this should be a good fix for them.

Well, this has managed to take up all of 20 minutes of my morning, and I've got an hour before I can take lunch. Oh La ....

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

May I Present ...

Pirate



And his Pack

Pirate Pack Isn't Just a Menu Option

Although, if you've never eaten at a White Spot you have no idea what I'm talking about.

What I do mean is ..... we picked up Pirate last night. The most adorable little kitten I've seen in a long time. I tried to take some pictures last night, but none of them caught him in his best light - being a sneaky, fluffy, little, Pirate and all.

He's settling in nicely, but Digit is not to sure about this tiny blitzing wonder. In fact - she's quite peeved at hubby and I, and given to very negatively verbalizing around Pirate. What I can't seem to convince hubby of though, is the fact that no matter how much straight talking about acceptance and tolerance that hubby gives to Digit will she relax in her posture.

I am firmly convinced that Digit will calm down and become more accepting. She's always shown herself to be a polite hostess when we've had other visiting cats (Stinky Pete a stray from last summer, and most recently Daisy). But kitten seems to be able to push all Digit's proprietary boundaries - for now.

In the meantime we are trying to affirm Digit in the place she holds in our hearts. She will always be our #1 cat, and we really did make the decision to get a second cat as a companion for her.

I'll get a picture or two posted as soon as possible.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Playing Hooky - kinda sorta

It's Sunday morning, and I'm at church, but obviously I'm not "in" church. I found out late on Thursday that I would be 'on deck' on Sunday. Some how, somewhere, someone decided that it would be a good idea to have all of our Janitorial/Facilities team on holidays at the same time. Who authorized that???

Thankfully - I don't have to clean toilets. But I do have to make sure that the myriad of doors are unlocked, coffee percolator's turned on, elevator unlocked, and much more more.

I will sneak in and get a little of our guest speaker’s sermon this morning - just not at the moment.

I've grown kind of blasé about attending church these days. I spend so much of my time here during the week that I find it very hard to come in and sit or be part of the congregation on Sunday's. I suppose I could come to our evening service "The Place", a congregation I have less interaction with - therefore I am able to be more anonymous. But I find this younger crowd, next generation of believers to be too casual.

I was always taught to be reverent, quiet, and respectful when in church on Sunday's. You come in, you worship, you listen, you digest God's word, you have community. But I find this next generation of folk to almost come strictly for the community. Some think nothing of letting their children run around during the service. Some think nothing of sitting close to the front (which is a good think) but getting up and leaving half way through the service, and rarely quietly or un-noticeably. I find it hard not to judge, but here I fail miserably.

I find it all very distracting, and takes away from my time of coming before the Lord on the Sabbath.

I guess though I've got to work on 'getting over myself'. It is important to join together and worship together as a community. All those that come out on a Sunday ARE my community. They ARE my brothers and sisters in Christ.

I just wish they’d do things MY WAY!! LOL!!

Oh me … Praise God for the wonderful works He does. Praise God for making people all different in so many ways. Praise God that He doesn’t strike me down with the lightning bolt I so deserve. Praise God for the way He loves me mercifully and with much grace.

Praise God for His sense of humour!!!

Friday, July 27, 2007

We Have A Winner!!!

The winner of my "Great Summer Give Away" is Laura Williams.

I am so honoured and pleased that I had 9 women who wanted to be in the draw. That is just the coolest compliment I could get.

I hope we can do this again sometime soon

Happy Friday - and blessings on all who participated - on all the blogs in this Give Away.

LJ

Thursday, July 26, 2007

A friend for Digit

We just got back from visiting a friend who's cat had kitten.

Guess what? I know you'll guess this ...

We're getting a kitten!! We'll be able to pick 'him' up next week some time, he just turns 8 weeks on Sunday. At present his name is "Pirate" because his mom's name is Cookie and my friends named all the kittens after kinds of cookies - Oreo, Oatmeal, ... With one exception - "Roy".

Anyway, I was pretty sure that my hubby would not be interested, but he surprised me. I'm not sure that we'll keep the name "Pirate" - unless Poolagirl makes him an honorary crew-kitty, then maybe we'll have to.

All in all though - I hope that Digit will get along with the new household member. She is the reason we're getting Pirate (no, no selfish wants and desires here LOL!). We didn't do her right with Daisy, so I am more than ever determined to make this one work.

Well .... wow ..... this is my second entry for today. You still have until tomorrow at 7pm to get in on the "Great Summer Give Away". Don't delay!

Thursday stuff

Please make sure to check out the previous entry and the "Great Summer Give Away". It's been a lot of fun, and so far there have been 8 people wanting to enter the draw for my cards. I'm honoured! I really didn't think I'd get anyone at all. So - PLEASE sally on up to the bar and get your name in there!

On a different note, once again Christy posted a fun meme a few days ago. So, here I go:

…time you laughed?
Last night at the Theatre watching “Hair Spray”. That John Travolta plays an interesting woman!

…time you cried?
All to often lately. I began to think about my mom this morning. She’s been gone for almost a year (August 31st), and sometime it all just catches up to me.

…time you felt guilty?
I was born feeling guilty. It is a solid tool used by the devil himself. Not to worry though – I’m working on this very subject in therapy.

…time you shouted at the TV?
I can’t remember an incident like this. However, my co-workers can attest that I’ve been known to shout at our office photocopier on many occasions.

…time you had a hangover?
Well over 25 years ago, when I was young and senseless.

…time you hugged someone?
My hubby this morning as I left for work. But I also work at a church, so there are often people who come in that need a hug or want to hug me.

…time you couldn’t sleep?
Again – an all-together regular occurrence that I’d like to dispense with. I’ve done well this week.

…time you kissed someone?
My hubby when I left for work this morning.

…time you exercised?
Uuugh! Not my strong suit, and I actually can’t remember the last time I took a good long walk. Now we’re tapping into the guilt question.

…time you ate something really unhealthy?
Define “unhealthy”. I can justify just about everything.

…time you had a dance?
I honestly can’t remember. I have NEVER danced with my husband, and for the most part my dancing days go back to my hangover days with the exception of a few weddings. I used to love to dance, even if it was a poor imitation.

…time you went on a shopping spree!
My last birthday. What fun I had!!!

…time you spoke to your mom?
My mom passed away almost a year ago. I think I talked to her a week or two before that. She lived in another province, and we didn’t talk regularly.

…time you said “I love you”?
To my hubby as I left for work this morning. Right after I got my hug and a kiss.

And your last word is?
Live, Love, and Laugh as God intended you.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Great Summer Give Away

So I’ve decided to play along with a Great Summer Give Away, which I found on Christy’s site, but originated with Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer (see link – hopefully).

What I will gift up is a six-pack of homemade (by me) cards. You can chose the colours you like and the themes (ie. Birthday, Thinking of You, ….) . I will chose a winner on Friday, July 27th, and post it here. All you need to do is leave me a comment, and don’t forget to let me know how to get in touch with you.

This Give Away is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike. I show no partiality.


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I will try to post some pictures of some samples I have later today. I’ve been a stamper and paper crafter for 15+ years, so I can assure you that you will not be disappointed in my work.

Please, please, please enter my Give Away, and make sure to check out what others are posting.

Blessings,
LJ

Friday, July 20, 2007

Friday's Feast :-)

It’s Friday, and it’s still raining (after 4 days – and 4 more days to come), so I don’t think we’ll be getting up to too much excitement this weekend. But in the meantime for your reading pleasure I present today “Friday’s Feast”. Bon appetite!

Appetizer
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how much do enjoy watching sports on television?

Easy-peasy = A “1” is higher than I’d rate my enjoyment of sports on the telly. Neither my hubby nor I are big sports fans, although T does enjoy the occasional NASCar race. Which for the life of me, I can’t understand the enjoyment of. Guess ya gotta be there.

Soup
If you could completely memorize any one work of fiction, which one would you pick?

Right up there with watching sports on the television is the idea of memorizing a work of fiction. Can’t make me. Not gonna do it.

Salad
What is your favorite breakfast food?

Coffee. It is one of the 4 major food groups isn’t it? But seriously, once in a while I savour and enjoy good old bacon and eggs (easy up) with a side of toast.

Main Course
Name something fun you can do for less than $10.00.

Mini-golf. Rent WarioWare for the Wii. See a movie (yes – you can still find a theatre with tickets for less than $10 bucks). Bus to downtown to wander around on any given warm/dry summer night – the buskers in the inner-harbour are free entertainment. Bowling.

Dessert
How long does it usually take you to fall asleep?

This depends. Some nights it can take up to a couple of hours. Some nights it can take less than 30 minutes. Falling asleep, and staying asleep are not one of my strong suits. I thank the Lord for travel pills (always make me groggy, and they are non-addictive), and prescription sleeping pills.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Harry Potter Meme

We saw the new movie on the weekend. I've loved the entire series, and can't wait for the new (and last book) to arrive at my door next week.

If you take this meme, let me know how you turned out.


You scored as Remus Lupin, You are a wise and caring wizard and a
good, loyal friend to boot. However sometimes in an effort to be liked
by others you can let things slide by,which ordinarily you would protest about.

Remus Lupin

80%

Ron Weasley

70%

Harry Potter

70%

Sirius Black

65%

Albus Dumbledore

65%

Hermione Granger

65%

Ginny Weasley

60%

Severus Snape

60%

Draco Malfoy

55%

Lord Voldemort

30%

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Newbie Vs Vetran

Even with the advent of Daisy’s passing I am still determined to get another cat. I have reconsidered the appropriate age for our future adopted cat from the same age as our Digit (8 + years), and am now leaning toward an under 4 year old. Hubby on the other hand is completely fixated on getting a kitten.

I haven’t asked him, but I am convinced that he has never had a kitten and doesn’t know the work that is involved. Most of my cats have been taken on as kittens, with the exception of Digit, who was 3 years old when I adopted her. I am well aware of the work that kittens can be. Don’t get me wrong – kittens are absolutely the cutest, most adorable little balls of fluff that exist on the earth (emphasis on “fluff” so as to exclude human babies – nothing beats a human baby in my cute/adorable book), but kittens can do more damage in no time flat than most tornado’s I’ve seen. Not to mention the “accidents” that happen when training said fluff ball where the litter is kept.

We would definitely have to kitten-proof our home before we got a kitten, but even as I write all this I’m beginning to think the kitten direction is the right direction. Digit would handle a kitten well, and I think she still exudes the energy that would only be encouraged by having a kitten around.

But there are some many older (anything over 1 year) cats that are in desperate need of a good home. You need only take a quick glimpse a any animal shelters web pages to see that. But I suppose that getting an older cat is much like purchasing an older car – you would be (potentially) inheriting someone else’s problems. Which I recognize might sound mean, but you have to remember what we’ve just been through.

I digress ….

Ultimately I want a good fit for our household; a cat to be a good companion for Digit, and a friendly cat for hubby and me to love.

I want to know what you think? I recognize that you may not be a cat or even a pet person. That’s ok – I want to hear what you’ve got to say.