Saturday, June 26, 2010
Where is your cell phone?
Mine is in my purse on 'lock'.
Divorced a year and 3 days.
Chose 'auburn' for the month of June.
Lives in Scarborough, Ontario and I am a spitting image of her. (She's 2 inches shorter.) We sound very close too, when we speak on the phone!
My mom is a competitive tap dancer.
Still lives in same house with mom that they moved into on their honeymoon. Dad loves to sing to the seniors in their town. (Karaoke king!)
Your favorite thing?
Gifts from family members who have passed on: a figurine of Karen vintage 1950;s from grandma. Handmade tatted tablecloth from great-aunt Margaret and the sterling silver from grandma again-- one piece each birthday for 21 years.
Your dream last night?
Still at work and forgetting to write down invoice numbers in client files.
Earl Grey tea.
What room are you in?
Open concept 'computer room' just off kitchen & side door foyer.
Sewing tea cosies, reading, watching HGTV and my new gardens around the house.
Being unable to carry the mortgage on my own.
Where do you want to be in 6 years?
I enjoy this senior community and these houses built on one level!
Where were you last night?
Worked until 9pm and went to bed when I got home.
Something that you aren't?
Right handed. A scholar.
Homemade Bran with Raisins, Cinnamon and Buttermilk!
Wish list item?
Homemade dining room table.
Last thing you did?
Ate dinner on back deck.
What are you wearing?
Navy long skirt, white blouse and satin scarf. Bare feet!!!
Few... nice neighbours, highschool buddy 4,000 km away, pen pal in Toronto,
some clowns back in my old district! (No, they really are clowns!)
Not as predictable as most people thought I would be....
Good & mellow. Content too.
Lots of folks in my previous province.
If I got a tonic water out of the fridge, I might put a dash of bitters in it. (Angostura Aromatic Bitters)
2006 Toyota Yaris
Something you're not wearing?
Your favorite store?
Capital Iron (a real original mixture it there.... even some fabric!)
Your favorite color?
When is the last time you cried?
Too long ago to remember.
Where do you go over and over?
Try to get over to visit Merl and Shirley (neighbours)
Five people who email me regularly?
Mom, Dad, Sandra, Sparkmail, Rob
Favorite place to eat?
Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
Visiting Bryce Canyon!
OK, it's your turn... and I'll compare answers.
Monday, June 21, 2010
If you guessed roller skating, then you would have guessed correctly!
I used to go to a roller rink 6 or 7 times a week at one time in my life and what a good form of cardiovascular exercise it was. It was a great way to meet people and also to enjoy music.
I started roller skating when I was an at-home mom and I skated at adult sessions twice a week in the morning. Mostly that group was comprised of seniors and they were very social and friendly. What a way to get hooked!
For two and a half hours I used to skate in a circle indoors on "quads" mostly but sometimes on rollerblades and I would get into the zone! I knew the words to every song and I could skate flat out fast or zigzag like I was surfing.
I even learned how to waltz on rollerskates! WOW! Only a few of us dared waltz on our blades but I figured that out also.
Then I started skating mid-week after dinner -- that crowd was a bit younger on average than I was, and the music was different but still enjoyable.
I was one of the skaters who stayed on the floor until I just HAD to get a drink of water.
I rarely roller skated during weekend afternoons because the demographics just didn't fit. Saturday & Sunday afternoons used to be kiddie birthday parties and pre-teen sessions. There was only 'so much' bubblegum music that I could stand: The Spice Girls, Boyz 2 Men, rap and other "kiddie tunes".
How do you kick it up another level when you find a recreation that is so much fun? You start to do it competitively and then you try to help to teach others! That's what I ended up doing...
Saturday mornings were slotted at the rink for lessons at many levels of ability. I used to like working with the beginners and I didn't care what age they were. Can you imagine showing people how to fall correctly? Once I got them over the fear of a tumble, their talent would naturally kick in.
The competition side of roller skating, for me, was quite a joke. I was in the senior class so we were not expected to do jumps or spins. Our dances were done with our arms out like a cross and it was all footwork: toe taps, leg crossing and nothing going backward. We used to wear sparkly costumes, gauntlets & skate covers... what a hoot!
There was only one other town I used to travel to for competitions and staying in a hotel and cheering on my "homies" was an entire weekend's effort! Other times the other town came to our rink to compete and then we got to host the event.
The awards were medallions on multicoloured ribbons and sometimes a certificate. We used to take so many photographs of our friends all glammed up!
Remember when insurance costs started to skyrocket? That was the beginning of the end for roller rinks. The liability costs put an end to my favourite form of workout. The rink closed.
I tried using my inline skates outdoors but it was never the same as the culture of the roller rink. (sniff, sniff)
Do you have memories of skating in a roller rink?
Monday, June 14, 2010
Every year I read on the calendar that today is American Flag Day. Huh.
We don't have a Canadian flag day to my knowledge, so I often wonder aloud--- "Why is this on the calendar and WHAT is Flag Day?"
I will not be eating any birthday cake because I don't like it. I would opt for a pie (Rhubarb or mom's pumpkin spice) but that isn't going to happen either.
Do you bake a cake and decorate it like the USA flag? Do you hang a new flag today? I think it's a great idea, but I just don't know what the traditions and ideas are.....
HAPPY FLAG DAY, folks!
Friday, June 04, 2010
I was watching Ty Pennington rip down another home for needy family and was impressed again, how the community stepped up to lend a hand.
I know that the show is loud and obnoxious, the finish is usually predictable and most of the designs shown are nothing that I would want to live with on the long term... but sometimes I watch anyway.
The family who lost their hubby/ dad to mold in the basement really showed how grateful and surprised they were for the gift of the new home. They saw a beautiful residence. It was healthy and safe for them. Each of the bedrooms had been designed with one tenant in mind. And they felt that they had arrived "HOME".
That reminds me on a verse in the Bible that tells us, no PROMISES us that we will have a home... a virtual mansion in eternity to live with God.
John 14:1-3 (King James Version)
1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
There will be a place for me and a place for you. There are many mansions and our place is being prepared personally and in God-style. How awesome is that?
We look forward to being with Him, so that we are not kept in a fine place alone.
We will be received and invited. We will be right where we want to be... with God!
There won't be a heavenly bus that has to be moved to see the beautiful place made just for us and I'm so glad there won't be that obnoxious megaphone of Ty's either.
Want to be neighbours??? Now that's thinking "extreme"!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Today I was so very thankful for having one day off alongside my partner. I soon will be having my weekends opposite his schedule.
He had some collections to do for his work, so we planned to get on the road by six a.m. and we were actually earlier than that this morning.
We travelled a very scenic part of our province: the road twists and turns as it gains altitude. The mountains were cloaked in morning fog. The yellow of the Scotch Broom (wild, untamed bush), the purple of the wild lilac and the brilliance of the flowering rhododendrons did not escape my appreciation.
We were in the vehicle together and making it an OUTING!
There was next to no drizzle, the breezes are mild and it seemed to me as if the world was quiet, sleepy and very "zen". I guess there are advantages to driving before others get out of bed.
When the duties of work were over, we went to a favourite restaurant for breakfast and we know how important the first meal of the day is, right? We enjoyed a succulent breakfast at The Pioneer House Restaurant and I drank more coffee than I should have, but I didn't finish all the herbed & savory potatoes. I enjoyed two scrambled eggs and rye toast. Super YUM!
There was a shopping list to attend to next, so I went in one place and he went into another. We managed to find everything we needed, plus I found a few more plants for my garden. (Those were more in the "wanted" category than the "needed" category.)
I was enthusiastic to add a few more marigolds, impatiens, three geraniums (and my splurge)... a calla lily to my backyard garden. What a nice little shopping experience.
My fellow found the ceiling tiles he needed for work and I helped him to load the truck. Soon we were off looking at the sleepy little town of Duncan. Little did I know that I was soon to be surprised...
In the middle of town we found a farmer's market! We actually stopped and checked it out.
What a marvelous bunch of stalls there were to explore. I saw hand-turned wooden bowls, bought three homemade jellies: Gooseberry/ginger/rhubarb, Lavender Jelly and Green Gage Plum. I've never tried any of them before.
We bought a piece of art that was cut out of metal in the shape of a hummingbird. I know it wasn't laser-cut, but it was something like that. We plan to use this art piece as the focal point of a cedar gate we have been commissioned to build. (It's gonna look wonderful!)
I found a lovely cedar trellis that was locally made. It is just the thing for my future hollyhocks to grow against. It was a bargain at $20. At another stand, we tried a selections of cheese and bought a spicey one to share later in the week.
For a quick lunch, we shared a veggie and cheddar crepe cooked right before our eyes at a stall. It was all yummy meltiness. There were 3 colours of bell peppers, some onion and a shake or two of hot sauce. Hmmm.
When we had exhausted all the nooks and crannies of the farmer's market, we started for home, but not before we popped in at a coffee roasting shop. I ordered a latte and he had a medium roast.
It turns out that the owner is interested in a property that DH is looking to lease. We enjoyed a delicious beverage as the men chatted about square footage, electrical power and exhaust fans. I chose to people-watch and nod a lot. It was bliss. We got a quick tour of the coffee man's roaster and we were back to the truck to head for home.
We had a drop off at his shop (work) and enjoyed a lightly travelled highway back to home. Gosh, but it was an exhilarating day.
In one 8 hour adventure, I feel as if I had a mini holiday and we were only 60 miles from home. I haven't plugged in my dietary choices for the day, but it was all so enjoyable that I am not feeling guilty in the least.
There was a bit of walking, patting dogs, loading and unloading the truck and then the planting of my bedding plants. That's got to be worth a few burned off calories.
I highly recommend a stay-cation or a mini adventure at your earliest convenience. You don't have to buy a thing! Shop, stroll, smile at strangers, point at the artwork or a flowering tree. Breathe deeply of the spring air. Pack a snack and let the breezes direct your next adventure!
I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
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