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I Cut A Snake In Half

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Talk about weird blog titles! Maybe you are thinking I meant to write, "I cut my snack in half" and then tell you about fewer calories.

Oh, how I wish that were so.

Instead, I thought I would write about two pieces of garter snake that are laying in my back garden. I did it. I am the culprit.

The gardening started out with such positivity. I wanted to remove 2 plantings of Japanese sedge that are taking over my garden. Just as I wedged my shovel under the roots and tried to gain leverage using the brick border..... the ground became a frenzy of motion.

The thought of murdering a defenseless little snake sickened me. The day before I had spied "him" moving along a fence and I thought, "Great! Keep eating all sorts of bugs and flies, little guy."

The next morning I found out where he had been calling his home-- along the brick garden border; enjoying the warmth of the sunshine.


I know that snakes have a bad reputation with ladies (usually) but feel saddened that my inpetuous gardening energies cut him in half.

By the way-- it got me so riled up that both those sedge plants are history too!!! That was a tough job and took me hours to accomplish.

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PEWILK 5/20/2010 12:02AM

  Aw. Even Buddhists say taking a life is different if you don't know you're doing it. Perhaps he's gone on to greater things?

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MSLZZY 5/19/2010 2:35PM

    Just see what a mess you get when you run over one with a lawnmower or weedeater! Lots of pieces-ewww!

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EGRAMMY 5/19/2010 2:03PM

    I'm looking for a snake hunter....

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4DOGMOMMY 5/19/2010 11:45AM

    Definitely caught my eye! Sounds like pulling out the sedge plants burned lots of calories. You'll have lots of spark america points.

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Time To Enjoy The New Deck

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The past few weekends have been a blur of activity at our house. We ripped apart a wooden deck that had been 8 X 10 feet bordered by two "after thought" gardens. Believe me, the two little gardens were kind of ugly, difficult to tend and bordered by broken & leftover patio stones.... not my idea of a garden.

Once the deck was dismantled and the rocks and stones removed, we had a good idea what we had to work with. We easily doubled the deck demensions and designed two privacy walls for either ends. (Our neighbourhood is densly populated.)

The ground under the original deck had to be levelled and allowed to drain. It had been a soggy mess in days of old. (Now perhaps there will be fewer mosquitoes??)
We reused the wood from the original decking and bought enough to double the size that had been there.

Last night, we finished staining, added some solar lights to the wall posts and put our round table in place. WOW!! It looks like a piece of art.

Now, from our bedroom, we have a large deck, over a well-drained foundation with all the focus on our larger, well-planned garden. It was a lot of work, but I appreciate seeing the simplicity of the larger deck area and fewer 'piece-meal' gardening areas.


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DEBBIEKAY1 5/13/2010 4:05PM

    Sounds wonderful! I would love to see it!
Enjoy your new peaceful space!

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MSLZZY 5/13/2010 3:03PM

    emoticon emoticon Enjoy! Summer is coming!

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IUHRYTR 5/13/2010 11:31AM

    Now I'm a bit envious. Sounds like a beautiful and relaxing place to spend time. Hope you enjoy it often. -- Lou

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MOXYJONES 5/13/2010 11:09AM

    Pictures or it didn't happen!! (and I need the inspiration- creating a front patio is the current summer plan)

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What Is Your Favourite Colour?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Does anyone know which colours are supposed to be "in" for the summer of 2010? I used to follow the designer recommendations but lately I am just wearing whatever is in my closet.

I like to wear blue and sometimes red. If they are not in fashion this year, well, I'm just outta luck. I am supposed to wear blue and black at work, but my coworkers are often in all black. By tradition, black seems to be an important part of every fashion season. So I guess we will be "in" while we wear our "uniform."

Today I stepped outside the box and bought some fabric so that I may sew an outfit for my sister. I am trying to encourage her to keep doing her exercises to free up a frozen shoulder AND keep inspired through Spark People. (She was the one who told me about this site.)

My sister was remenicing about a bubblegum pink satin dress she used to 'visit' at an Oriental boutique back, back, back in the teen years. She never purchased the dress but she remembers it being embroidered with a dragon or phoenix and thinking it was the greatest garment. You've seen these dresses before: mandarin collar, deep slit from hem to the knee, little cap sleeves and a combination of snaps and frog closures (they look like knotted cording).

I have this same sort of long dress called a "chemongsam" in red satin, and I used to lend it to her if she had a fancy Christmas banquet to attend.

Do you think I can find a hot pink one for her? An embroidered one at that?!? Nope.

... and that's why I visited the fabric store. I found the bubble gum pink but rather than a satin, I chose a shantung which is matte with a bumpy 'slub' on the fashion side. It is satin finished on the 'wrong' side. Hmmmm. Dare I sew this fabric inside out so that it shines? I am thinking not.

Also, instead of making a full length gown, I am coaching her into being happy with a Chinese-styled jacket with the frog closures. (You can get SO much more wear out of a jacket....)

Anyone buying this arguement?

Turns out the Oriental satins come to the shops nearer to holiday season and there is no guarantee that hot pink will be in the collection. But I digress...

I bought enough pink shantung for a jacket, 4 black frogs and black piping to highlight the mandarin collar and cuffs. For good measure, I bought some black shantung to make a little black dress too. I plan to add a few pink features up near her face on the bodice area.

OK, it's no chemongsan but:
1) it doesn't have to be dry cleaned .... once it is sewn up and worn.
2)There will be no embroidery either. Couldn't find a dragon or bird applique for my creation. sigh. I figure it will be fancy without being over-the-top.
3) Pair it with pants or a long skirt and it could take her to a dinner function, a date, party or wedding.

Let's just hope, when I sent this two piece outfit to my sis, she will love it just cuz she once used to drool over a favourite bubble gum pink satin dress.

Call it Sister Logic!

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GABY1948 5/2/2010 7:50PM

    What a wonderful sister you are! She will LOVE it just because YOU made it!

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SOCKGIRL1991M 4/30/2010 10:16AM

    That sounds like it's going to be beautiful! That's nice of you to do for her, and to remember she use to visit that dress. Will you take pictures to show us before you give it to her?

I'm sorry that I can't help you with the "in" summer colors. You'd think, with me being a teenager/college kid, I'd have some sort of idea, but I don't. Fashion's never really been my thing. I figure if it looks good and you like it, wear it.

My aunt, who is /much/ more fashion forward then me, says that yellow, green, purple, orange, and turquoise have been in the stores a lot, so they are probably the colors for this summer.

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CLAIREMZM 4/30/2010 8:28AM

    I am impressed, first, that you can sew like that! Wow. I never learned to sew, so (haha sew, so!) I'm amazed when anyone can sew something.

I think the jacket idea is very nice, but then, I'm a practical kind of person. (Gee you would think I would have learned how to sew, then.) As others have said, I suspect your sister will be thrilled with whatever you make. What a caring and sensitive sis!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 4/29/2010 11:46PM

    This is so sweet of you, and I know she will love it.

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MSLZZY 4/29/2010 11:18PM

    Pretty neat ideas. Hope she likes it!

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FREDDY1232 4/29/2010 11:06PM

    Sounds like the dress will be beautiful. I always wished I had a sister. I was the youngest of 5 brothers..
I am sure your sister will love it. And any thing you make for her with a lot of love has to be really special..

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SHERRYK5 4/29/2010 7:46PM

    Sounds like you and your sister are close. Your a great sister to make this for her. Good Luck I know she will appreciate it. Sisters are the Best.

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NEWAGOTAN 4/29/2010 7:43PM

  purple is in!

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Ordered a Pair of Spectacles Today

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

At my new job (almost 2 months there now) the company tests vision and hearing. If people want us to order them, we will get them set up with glasses, contact lenses or hearing aids.

Today, I went through all the steps in the process to order a pair of glasses for a customer and then for myself.
Both pairs were progressive lenses, so there are going to be 3 powers within the lenses: top= distance, mid = computer screen and the bottom = reading area.

I still have many questions about the variety of lenses out there; yes, they are plastic but some are polycarbon, some are thick and others are indexed to be thinner and lighter. I ask a lot of questions... many times the boss thinks I should have all this stuff memorized already, but I would rather ask and get it straigh in my mind, rather than guess.

Learning is a tiring process. I read my notes but it is the DOING and the PROCESS that makes the most sense to me. The way I learn is hands-on!

When the glasses arrive, I will have to post a photo. "See" ya later!!

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DADOT62 4/29/2010 2:16AM

    No doubt in my mind, you will be as lovely as ever. Who knows, it may give you the courage to hid behind your glasses and do something really fabulous for yourself.


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LITTLE_QUEEN 4/28/2010 9:30AM

    Enjoy your new glasses

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LITTLE_QUEEN 4/28/2010 9:30AM

    Enjoy your new glasses

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MSLZZY 4/28/2010 7:00AM

    Hands-on is always the best and the information sticks with you better. Can't wait to see a new pic. I got my pair of progressives in December and they do seem to work fine for me!

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GABY1948 4/28/2010 6:45AM

    Wow 2 months went by so quickly...seems like you just started. I have progressives and have for years...love them!

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IUHRYTR 4/28/2010 5:55AM

    Like with many things, there are too many options for eyeglasses it seems. Glad you can keep them all straight. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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SOCKGIRL1991M 4/28/2010 12:49AM

    That's awesome! I hope that the order goes through well. Keep asking questions. It shows that you are interested in learning and doing the job right.

Brightest Blessings, dear!

- Mary

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Ya Win Some and Ya Lose Some

Monday, April 19, 2010

This weekend was very... strange.

We drove away from our home on Saturday to volunteer at the go kart track. That part is normal. But we failed to close the garage door behind us.

The garage was open for about six hours-- bicycles in the open, tools quite obvious, and let's just say it is full of stuff because we do not park the cars inside. When we came home, it appeared that nothing had been touched. So far, to our knowledge, we were protected from being ransacked. What a blessing.

You would think that would put our mindset into some sort of protectionism mode wouldn't you? But it did not.

Last night, we left the car locked but the truck unlocked... the driver's door was not latched (just pushed 'to' ) when we got ready for work. THIS TIME we had been robbed.
Small change, probably under a dollar was gone. A pair of binoculars in a console have been taken. The sunglasses are missing. A knife has disappeared. Groannnnnn.

We had spoken of this exact topic this weekend. Our vehicles in this neighbourhood have been vandalised in the past. But we were not thinking last night, I guess.

It the scale of everything, we were blessed and protected all Saturday while we were far from home. The looting of the truck is small potatoes to what could have happened.

Folks-- lock up. It could happen to you!

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PEWILK 4/19/2010 11:42PM

  How bizarre! Different people out prowling day and night, I guess. We used to have our car broken into repeatedly (when locked) - it was a Honda Accord and we learned that it was popular with car thieves. They never did more than take change however. After about 18 months no problem, so we think they moved on to BMWs... Too bad though as your area used to be considered burglar proof - welcome to city status!

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MSLZZY 4/19/2010 2:28PM

    Good point. We are kind of complacent here in a small town. We lock the front door every night but not the vehicles. Have to change that attitude today! Thanks for sharing.

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IUHRYTR 4/19/2010 1:52PM

    One habit I've developed with the car is, after I get out and close the door, to try to open the door. Many times I had forgotten to do the automatic lock and caught that mistake by trying the door. I don't have a garage so don't know what habit would work there. Glad things weren't worse for you. -- Lou

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RICHELLEMASON 4/19/2010 12:28PM

    We had both these things happen before, I'm glad your okay, take care and lock those cars...=)

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FREDDY1232 4/19/2010 11:49AM

    Sorry you were robbed. But at least as you say it could have been a lot worse. We have had our share of car prowling here too. hope today is a better day for you!

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