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The Simple Things In Life!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

For my lunch, I started nibbling a snap pea and realized... "I would rather have these than candy or gum!" My neighbour shared his snap peas and I am enjoying them and experiencing BLISS!

Yesterday I went shopping in a bulk food store and brought home a little baggie of multicoloured pepper corns. When was the last time you experienced the fragrance of fresh pepper? For me, it is one of my favourites.
At the same shop, I took a long joyful whiff of the Earl Grey tea bags. Anyone else think the bergamot in those tea bags is just the loveliest smell?

My lunch today? A big thick slab of beefsteak tomato on an English muffin. They fit together like it was meant to be. I added 3 slices of cuccumber and just HAD to have an Earl Grey tea. I don't have any air conditioning, but that lunch was easy and cool like a summer meal should be.

Use your senses today and savour each and every scent, taste and texture of your meal. Sometimes it is the simple things in life that pay dividends.

What have you enjoyed today?

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/7/2010 8:34PM

    My daughter also loves snap peas, sounds like you had a healthy and lovely lunch.

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FREDDY1232 7/7/2010 8:08PM

    mmmmmmmmmm. I can just taste the cucumber and tomato. And I also love english muffins and earl gray tea. I have english muffins for breakfast with honey and peanut butter. Any way you make them they are great. What a lovely lunch. emoticon emoticon

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PEWILK 7/7/2010 5:30PM

  Mmmmm, lovely lunch!

Today I had to attend a meeting of the office, and got to enjoy the wonderful warm sunshine!

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POOKAQUEEN 7/7/2010 3:53PM

    Your lunch sounds wonderful!
I love the smell of tea too! It's always sweet, fresh and light smelling. Love it!

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Thank You, Spark Calendar!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Today I got an email reminder of my neice Nicole's birthday coming up in early July. I used to always get the date wrong...

I seem to think her birthday is July 20-something when actually she was born on the ninth.

The ninth of July! Why is this so difficult for me to get straight in my memory? I'm not even trying to clown around on this fact.
Even when I USED to think I was sending a birthday card really early... I was already way, way, way past the date.

BUT THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. I was reminded by Spark People's Calendar this morning (June 29th) and I will have Nikki's card in the mail today. It will be up to Canada Post to get it four provinces to the east in time for her big day.


I suppose paper calendars work for others, but I must move around too much or not document important dates some years... and the accurate date is lost for future reference.

Try the Spark People calendar for yourself and see if it is beneficial to your life. I know it has helped me!

Have you used it? Are you using it now???

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L*I*T*A* 7/6/2010 1:53AM

    i use it too for all those birthday and anniversaries too....great tool............thanks for reminding us to use it........blessings and hugs........lita

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MSLZZY 6/29/2010 2:25PM

    I use it for really special things but rely on my brain for the rest. Use it or lose it! It drives DH crazy since I can remember phone number, birthdays, anniversaries and what have you without a calendar. emoticon

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Where is your cell phone?
Mine is in my purse on 'lock'.

Divorced a year and 3 days.

Your hair?
Chose 'auburn' for the month of June.

Your mother?
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.

Your father?
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.

Favorite drink?
Earl Grey tea.

What room are you in?
Open concept 'computer room' just off kitchen & side door foyer.

Your hobby?
Sewing tea cosies, reading, watching HGTV and my new gardens around the house.

Your fear?
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!!!

Your pets?

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!)

Your life?
Not as predictable as most people thought I would be....

Your mood?
Good & mellow. Content too.

Missing someone?
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)

Your car?
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?
Fuschia pink

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?
Spitfire Grill

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
Visiting Bryce Canyon!

OK, it's your turn... and I'll compare answers.

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SPARKPIXIE 6/29/2010 11:50AM

    I love to watch HGTV too, but I miss a lot of the older shows. Seems like nowadays its all about real estate instead of decorating! I miss Decorating Cents, Design Remix, FreeStyle and more.

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102633 6/26/2010 10:41PM

    Plenty of info here to get to know someone with the name of GospelClown.

Sorry I don't have the time right now to answer all of the questions.

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My Favourite Form Of Exercise

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?

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    It's funny you posted this because just recently I've gotten the urge to go roller skating and I've even thought of eventually becoming a roller-derby girl. lol It's weird because I've never really done roller skating besides being at a birthday party held at a roller rink, it was a lot of fun then and I'm sure it's the same now... Just wish there was somebody to go with!

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ALYFITN 6/21/2010 8:06AM

    I love roller rinks! I'm not as good a skater as you, but have fond memories of group parties when I was younger. Our town also closed its rink. Our liability system hurts us in many ways. emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/21/2010 6:19AM

    Our country school would have a picnic at the end of school and twice we went to a rink in a nearby town. It was glorious. Sadly, the rink was flooded at least 3 times and has since burned down. The glory days are over. The nearest rink now is 65 miles away. Great memories! Thanks for the trip down memory lane! emoticon

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Today Is My Birthday.... So, What is Flag Day, Folks???

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.....


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SPARKLOVE 6/18/2010 12:53PM

    Flag day is the birthday of our American Flag. It is a good time to check our flags for wear and replace . I have seen cheese cakes decorated in the Flag using strawberries and blueberries. I never made one , but it would probably be fun and yummy to do so. Have a fantastic weekend. Joy

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TATTER3 6/15/2010 6:16AM

    Happy birthday!!!! Praise the Lord for you!!! Celebrate and know I'm thinking about you!!!

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PEWILK 6/14/2010 2:47PM

  Happy birthday, fellow Canuck. I hope there's some rhubarb in your future soon!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 6/14/2010 2:41PM

    Have a great birthday Karen

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MSLZZY 6/14/2010 2:35PM

    Happy Birthday! Hope it is a happy day!

We hung out our flag today and the flags were hung around town. All-American holiday! emoticon

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1GROVES2 6/14/2010 1:47PM

    June 14th is the date the US flag was adopted in 1777. As Americans we honor our flag. It is a reminder to everyone that freedom is not free,it is earned with integrity and bravery.
God Bless the USA emoticon

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BIGDAD1211 6/14/2010 1:42PM

    Happy Birthday My Friend! Enjoy it!
In Jesus Name
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CLAIREMZM 6/14/2010 1:42PM

    After I told you people don't usually decorate cakes to look like flags, I went to my e-mail and found this link: http://www.pillsbury.com/Recipes/Sh

It's called Layered Fruit Flag Salad!

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CLAIREMZM 6/14/2010 1:37PM

    Happy Birthday!

Just to let you know, Flag Day is the annual observance of the significance of the US Flag, really more of an awareness kind of thing. It's been unofficially observed since 1877, and officially observed since 1949. I suppose some people might bake a cake and decorate it like a flag, but they're more likely to do that for Independence Day on July 4th. Here's a link I found if you're really interested: http://www3.kumc.edu/diversity/nati

ntally, the country of Haiti observes a flag day on May 18th, and that just happens to be my sister's birthday!

Have a great day!

Comment edited on: 6/14/2010 1:38:30 PM

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SMALLONEDAY 6/14/2010 1:36PM

    happy birthday to you have a great day

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