Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
You washed your hair and couldn't do a thing with it
Your new diet really doesn't seem to be working out
You pulled a muscle when you tried to exercise
And your new hat looked better on you at the store
You keep misplacing things
Then the lunch you had didn't seem to agree with you
You feel trapped
Uninvited guests showed up at dinner time
Monday, December 14, 2009
Not the kind that makes your nostrils stick together,
The kind that makes it impossible to take a big breath
The kind that freezes your water pipes if you forget to plug the heating tape in
Makes your car impossible to start if you forget to plug the block heater in
and forms ice on the insides of your windows.
But there is a select group of the human race
(okay, that part is debatebable)
who pray at night, if its going to be cold anyways,
dear god, please let it be -32C.
For -32C is that magic number that all kids look forward to
They peer out the window every 20 minutes all evening
Excited at every drop in the temperature
Even the teenagers
More excited than the on night before christmas
Kids who live in less wintery parts of the country
Sometimes get "snow days"
A day off school because the inch of snow that fell overnight
Has completely snarled the traffic
We don't get snow days.
We are prepared and accustomed to it
We prefer driving in the snow
Because it fills up the potholes in the road
But we do get "cold days"
When the mercury drops below that magic number - -32C
The powers that be have decided that is the point
To call it off
today is a cold day!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
(But I will visit your blogs as soon as I can, I miss y'all!)
Monday, November 23, 2009
He wants attention.
He hooks his claw into my sweater,
Turns his back to me
So, Mr. Poss, you don't have to wonder why I posted these embarrasing and unflattering pictures of you, (which definitely do not show your handsome side,)
On the World Wide Web
For everyone to see!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I am back to school....which involves 30 hours a week, plus my home business hours, which are 2-3 a day, plus family, housework, me time....you get the idea.
More on that later.
It so happened that today I could devote my morning to studies...3 hours.
Things I learned this morning....
- Don't fall back asleep after the kids have gone to school
- After one hour of computer learning, take a 5 minute break
- Use that break to perform small household tasks.....put away a load of laundry, fill sink with hot water & dirty dishes, feed the dog, sweep the kitchen floor, etc.
- Don't grab a snack out of the cupboard everytime you get up
- At lunchtime, don't give in to the desire to take that nap you missed this morning, find your boots, toque, mitts, and go for a bushwhacking walk. Your dog will love you for it.
- During that bushwhack, you may find within 15 minutes of your home, a beautiful view that even after 7 years you didn't even know was there! (note to self..take camera next time)(note to self again...I bet Dagmar knew it was there!)
- When you get home, having 2 pudding cups would destroy any benefits of the walk & just make you feel guilty....you'll feel better after having some carrot sticks.
- Finally, get back to the job at hand.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
when it comes to scheduling out of town appointments,
If you need to do 3 different things,
You can count on 3 different days.
Not often does it all fall into place
As easily as it did yesterday...
My son needed to go to the orthodontist to get his braces off,
Then wait 4 hours while they made his retainer
And come back.
He also needed a follow-up CT Scan
From his springtime accident
(which thank-god, is hardly more than a memory now)
Besides that, I needed to take an "Accuplacer" Exam
Which, put simply, is an exam to prove to the funding department that since I graduated more than 20 years ago,
I am still smart enough to succeed in upgrading my education
All this needed to be done in Williams Lake, an hour & 15 minutes drive from here
(If you do the speed limit......so it doesn't take me quite that long)
So I, by some stroke of good fortune,
Managed to get it all booked for the same day.
The Gods were shining on me.
The only kink in the armour was that I am still slowly recovering from the flu,
And can barely keep my eyes open & my body upright for more that 2 hours at a time.
Whether or not its H1N1 we don't know as the docs have given up testing everyone
They just hand out the presriptions for Tamiflu
Which didn't even help.
But there was no way I'd get all those planets lined up so perfectly again,
So I told Jeremy, make sure you've got your license,
Cause I may not be able to drive the whole way.
The braces came off,
The exam was written (& passed with flying colours except for the algebra part)
The CT Scan was done
New snowboard bindings were bought
The Superstore was visited
And the retainer was fitted & placed.
Supposedly, when I am supervising Jeremy driving,
I'm not supposed to fall asleep.
Well, it doesn' exactly say not to in the manual,
But its probably one of those "givens"
I couldn't help it,
we made it home in one piece.
And I went to bed!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
So, I'll just post the link, that should work too.
To watch an amzing video of collaring and tagging baby bears who are so little their eyes aren't open yet, for the means of tracking them in a Provincial Park, not for any hunting or injury purposes, that you all just HAVE to see, click here.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I was home alone for dinner.
Yeah! I don't have to cook tonight!
I can eat whatever I want!
That's where the trouble began.
I knew one thing I wanted for sure...a bag of Maynard's Wine Gums
I went to the corner store
(which is not really on a corner but you know what I mean)
Picked up a bag,
But I had no money, only my debit card.
I didn't want to pay for two bucks with a bank card, cause that would look dumb,
so I looked around for something to add onto it.
A litre of chocolate milk should bump it up a bit.
Those bags of kettle corn at the the till look really good too
Might as well pick up a bag for desert.
Well, the kettle corn became dinner
Washed down with chocolate milk
And the wine gums became desert.
And I proved once again
That I can't be trusted home alone,
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
We all know kids have the knack of asking the wierdest questions that require the most inventive answers. Note to parents with young children.....WRITE THEM DOWN! Because you won't remember them.
My 15 year old asked me one yesterday though, that was one for the record book. We had our dog neutered yesterday, and he was full of empathy for the dog & wondered if he knew what had happened, if he felt different now that he was a "eunich", etc.
Then he asked.."What do they do with the balls after they cut them off?"
I almost choked on my coffee. I told him they put them in jars & pickled them. He didn't fall for it.
So, if anyone knows what they do with dog balls.....let me know!
(I put J's picture because I couldn't find one of T looking "inquisitive" in a rush)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Mrs. E, at Easy Street, is a teacher and has handed out an assignment...a short list or essay on the simple things in life, the things we enjoy & would miss if we were to die.
So here's mine:
"If today were my last day,
And tomorrow was too late
Would I say good-bye to yesterday?"
What would I say good-bye to?
What would I miss?
The pleasure of seeing others smile, even more being the cause of their smile.
A nice hot cup of tea in the evenings,
And an ice-cold glass of lemonade on a summer afternoon.
The pleasure of reading, the pleasure of crafting
The pleasure of learning.
Hot candlelit bubble baths in a deep tub,
Singing in the shower.
Walks in the hot summer nights, in the crisp scent of fall,
In the briliantly blue winter skies, and in the promising renewal of spring.
Feeling a cat sleeping on my legs, seeing a dog ecstatic to see me, and hearing the never-ending chirp of birds.
The ability to use all my senses, to see unlimited shades of colours, to smell freshly cut sawdust, to hear the quietness of falling snow, to taste riches like chocolate, cheescake, and fuzzy pork chops, and to feel the warmth of my husband's skin next to mine.
There is so much I would have to say good-bye to, so much I must appreciate time & time again
(the first 3 lines are from a song....by Green Day I think, the whole song would be perfect for the occasion)
Friday, October 23, 2009
There are cat people
And there are dog people
As much as I do like (okay, maybe even love) my pup
I am most definitely a cat person
Dogs are fun to be with and good for walks,
But you, or at least I, can't sit there and watch a dog doing his thing
And marvel at his muscular liquid beauty
In awe of his being
Amazed at every little part of his body
Just like a parent watching a newborn baby
Only a cat has that ability
Even the big mean cougars & panthers
inspire the same alluring awe,
Display the same admiration
For all that they are
Cats can find comfort anywhere,
As I was thinking out this post
Inspired of course by my cat lying in the sun
I thought of the cats I've owned
And where they found comfort
As a teenager I did a lot of jigsaw puzzles
And Ceaser would lie in the open box
Come to think if it
I'm lucky he didn't think it was kitty litter!
Cypress liked to lie in the bathroom sink,
And also cuddle up to our shepherd-sharpei dog
Jasper would crawl into the open topped guinea pig cage
Again, I'm surprised he didn't use the shavings as litter
Blue would find the highest perch possible
and look down on his kingdom
and its subjects
Snoopy would invariably locate the empty baby-carrier
And Possum, shown here, absolutely loves the fleecy blanket
we use for napping
The one thing they all had in common though,
Is the knack they had for finding the lone patch of sunlight in the room
How can a cat, sleeping on someone's bed
Instintively know, in his sleep,
That if he gets up & goes to the living room
Pausing for some kibble on the way
He will find the sunshine that wasn't in the bedroom?
Cats are truly amazing
And if reincarnation is a reality,
I want to come back as a cat
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
When I logged on this morning, I did not intend to spend so much time, in fact, any time, rearranging my blog. But it looked too summery, with the blue colour scheme & bathing suit picture.
Oh well, it is what it is.
How do you like my "new look"? It still needs some finishing touches, like unblurring the header photo (How do I do that without making it smaller?), but its getting there. I notice I still don't have the option of "centering" my text as I'd like to.
The Russell Fences are typical for my neck of the woods, I always like them. I think it was an ingenious way to build fences without tools. And this picture is from last year, most every year it looks like that in the fall, but this year, with the unseasonably warm early fall and then the drop to -15C within two days, the leaves basically turned black & died on the trees, and have only now fallen down. Makes me wonder what kind of suprises Mother Nature has in store for us this winter!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
A misconception that Canadians believe about Americans, which may in itself be a misconception (are you following me?) is that Americans don't know a heck of a lot about Canada. This could in part be perpetrated by Rick Mercer's "South of the Border" TV Interviews, which consisted of interviewing Americans on the street and convincing them to agree with ridiculous statements about Canada. The intent was to satirise American ignorance of its neighbour and the world in general. Examples included:
-Persuading Americans to congratulate Canada on adopting the twenty-four-hour day,
-Congratulating the Canadian government on building a dome over its "national igloo" (apparently a downsized version of the United States Capitol) to protect it from global warming,
-Asking Harvard students and professors to sign a petition asking Canadians to discontinue the practice of abandoning the elderly on ice floes.
-Asking presidential candidate George W. Bush – who had previously stated that "you can't stump me on world leaders" – for his reaction to an endorsement by Canadian Prime Minister "Jean Poutine". Bush responded diplomatically and said he looked forward to working together with his future counterpart to the north. However, the prime minister's name at the time was Jean Chrétien; poutine is in fact a French-Canadian fast food dish of french fries, gravy and cheese curd. Also, Chrétien had not endorsed any candidate at the time.
Anyways, we don't live in igloos, but my walk today, which planted the seed for this post, could almost convince you we do. Mind you, this is the middle of October! This is the same park I featured in a previous, fall-time post: (Oh crap, I forgot to change the settings on my camera..these are taking a while to upload)
Does this or does it not look like a giant toothbrush???
You wouldn't catch me wading in there for a drink!!
The waterfalls aren't quite frozen yet, but they will be soon!
We left our marks (although as you can see I wasn't wearing my winter boots yet)
The leaves aren't even off the trees yet, in fact, some are still green!>
Tim Horton's was great after the chilly walk, although I took this picture because it really looked like all 4 vehicles were attached to each other...ANd I knew that really couldn't be!