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Monday, November 29, 2010


As I sit to write this, I'm totally exhausted from foolishly doing too much housework in one afternoon. After I walked the dogs and put supper on to cook, I decided to take everything out of my china cabinet and handwashed and dried it all before putting it all back. It took me about 4 hours and my lower back is paying the price. Oh, and I only broke one thing!!!!

You are probably wondering why I've entitled my blog "family". Well, as I went through each piece in the china cabinet I sort of reflected on where the piece came from and whose table it graced before arriving in my home.

I have a tiny cup and saucer that my maternal grandmother was given on her first birthday September 25, 1902! Apparently all of the children since her used to drink warm milk out of it for Sunday dinner.

Then there are the shot glasses owned by my paternal great-grandfather. I never knew the man but apparently he liked to drink! They've been taken out every year for the past 30 years and have never been used!

Oh, and the little brown teapot treasured by my mom when she was a child. It used to make the "most delicious" tea according to mom when she was 6 years old and was visiting the aunt she was named after.

I also have a "toast holder" which held toast up instead of laying it down on a plate. I don't understand that concept really but I know it graced the table of my now 98 year old grandmother since she was a wee little one!

I also have the china that my maternal grandmother received as a wedding present. She was married in New York City which was quite the distance from the isolated coastal community here in Newfoundland where her and my grandfather were raised. Apparently they disliked the set but thought it was too good to leave behind when the sailed back to their home and it has been in our family ever since.

So, I've been reflecting today. As I carefully washed and dried each piece I tried to imagine the tables that each piece had graced over the years. How much joy and tragedy did each piece witness? If only the pieces could speak but sometimes things are better left to ones imagination!

On the top of my page, I've posted a picture of a toast rack I found on Google...it is very similiar to the one my great-grandfather used

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OLDERDANDRT 11/30/2010 2:44PM

    Sounds like the same kind of stuff I've been doing the past few days!!! Finding so much stuff I haven't looked at for years and been on quite an emotional roller coaster!! We need to remember to take it easy, tho and not work so, so hard. But it's so easy to bite off more than I can chew!! hehe..Happy remembering!

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GAYLE-G-63 11/30/2010 10:40AM

    Lovely story. And very touching. Thanks for sharing.

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JHADZHIA 11/30/2010 12:11AM

    Sorry you overdid it and that you broke something :(
What a historical treasure of your families' memories! Be sure you keep a careful record of each piece and its meaning, so that when you pass it on to the next generation, they know the significance of everything! Would love to see a photograph of everything!
Hope you have a good sleep, you have earned it!!

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LESLIES537 11/29/2010 11:21PM

    emoticon blog! A toast holder?? I don't understand that either but I'm sure it's really neat! I want pictures! emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/29/2010 10:18PM

    Great blog. I have a hard time treasuring knick-knacks, but mine don't have this kind of history. I do, however, treasure the recipes that have been passed down through the generations. I think of the people who have shared these treasures when I prepare these family favorites.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/29/2010 10:09PM

    wow! my family will never entrust me with such treasures! I am a clutz

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HOPEFULANGE 11/29/2010 8:41PM

    You have a toast rack! There's one at the museum where I work. I think it was used so the toast didn't get soggy lying on top of each other...at least that's what I tell our visitors! emoticon

It's great to have things like that. It's a little piece of the story of the person that owned it. Glad you took the time to reflect (and got a workout at the same time!)

I'm also wiped from doing too much. A friend is coming to stay for a week and this morning decided to come a day early! I cleaned up, fit my workout in, cleaned up some more, and put up a few Christmas decorations! And now, 30 mins before bed I get to sit down!

Keep up the good work!

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KAYDE53 11/29/2010 8:29PM

    I do this as I get Christmas items out, reflecting on their origin, and whoever gave them to me, and what the meaning is behind them! It make for a very special time!! emoticon emoticon

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    What an interesting blog! I thought about each Christmas ornament when I put them up this year, thinking of the kids and how old they were when we got their different ornaments! Time is an amazing thing! emoticonfor a great blog!

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Christmas Social

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I've just got home from the Christmas social my workplace held at our local golf course. I posted a picture or two so you could all see what I finally decided to wear. As you can see I ventured past my comfort zone and wore the top I thought was too clingy.

Anyway, I felt quite comfortable and received a few compliments on my changing body. That got me thinking that next year I'm going to try to find a dress! Wow!

My husband and I played taxi for several of my co-workers and we all have sore facial muscles from laughing on the way home. I drank water all night and did a lot of dancing...or what I call "dancing" as I'm not the most coordinated on the dance floor. Had a lot of fun which is more than I can say for past years when I sort of hid in the background, too self-conscious to let my co-workers see the "real" me.

Please check out my new photos...I've posted one of me and John for you all to see! emoticon

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RIMAJO 11/28/2010 8:29PM

    You look gorgeous!! Good choice on the outfit, I bet you were stunning at that social.. Watch out world, Susans on the move!

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TEMPEST272002 11/28/2010 4:01PM

    It's great to hear that you are feeling more confident and more able to let loose and have a little fun. I think you looked fantastic in your party outfit!

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HOPEFULANGE 11/28/2010 7:22AM

    Good choice! I love the top - I commented on your pictures! See, you pushed a little and you now have a new comfort zone! I hope it makes you feel good!
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JLITT62 11/28/2010 5:41AM

    It's amazing to watch ourselves come out of our shells, isn't it? Love your outfit -- love the lovely smile even more!

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JHADZHIA 11/28/2010 1:09AM

    So glad you had such a good time! Having sore facial muscles from laughing isn't something I have heard of in a long time -that is great!! Well done being comfortable with your body and being able to relax and dance!!

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MARLINDA5 11/28/2010 12:14AM

    Sounds as if you had a nice time and nice to get compliments - emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/27/2010 11:19PM

    That is great that you felt pretty in your new shape! Somehow, I missed the pictures! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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T'was a Quiet Friday Evening

Friday, November 26, 2010

T'was a quiet Friday evening
When all through the house
Daddy was napping
and Lou was asleep like a mouse

Mommy was checking out SparkPeople
Maddy curled up by her side
So much to do but tired
From their afternoon outside

The fresh air was wonderful
Just cool enough for a hat
Mommy has so much to do
She doesn't know what to be at

Had to make time for a walk
If that was all she did
The weight is not going to come off
If all in the house she hid

This is kinda getting silly
But I didn't know what to write
Had to get my blog spark points
So I wish you all a great night!

Happy Friday night friends!

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GREYPARK 11/28/2010 12:46AM


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You clever bum you!!!! I was expecting something entirely different when I started reading. LOLOL

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JLITT62 11/27/2010 5:39AM

    I always so admire people who can write poetry!

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JHADZHIA 11/27/2010 12:29AM

    emoticon Fun blog! Know the feeling! I need the points, but don't always feel like writing something..
Sleep well!

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GAYLE-G-63 11/26/2010 9:22PM

    That was great! :-D

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HOPEFULANGE 11/26/2010 6:04PM

    What talent! Great rhyme! I'm headed out for my walk now...hopefully it's not too cold out!

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OLDERDANDRT 11/26/2010 5:42PM

    Aren't you the creative one!!! Poet!!! Come on! Let's get out htere and make it happen!!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/26/2010 4:46PM

    That was a lot of work for 3 points. I think taking the trivia test and posting to the message boards is a much easier way to get three points. Nonetheless, I'm glad to be kept updated.

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REMEMBER2BME 11/26/2010 4:04PM

    Love it and super creative. Good 4 u for getting out and walking!

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Never too late to learn

Thursday, November 25, 2010


As most of you know I am a Canadian so what I have to tell you might come as a surprise. For the past week or so, the commercials on American television channels have not been about Thanksgiving but about something referred to as Black Friday. This piqued my curiosity as all I knew about Black Friday was that retail stores in the U.S. have some amazing sales.

So, when I got to work this morning I did a little bit of research. (That is one of the many blessings of being a Library Technician...I get paid to research)

I thought the term Black Friday was something negative and apparently there was a stock market crash over 150 years ago that started the whole thing. But then, in the 1960's and 1970's Black Friday came to mean a day of complete mayhem as shoppers kicked into Christmas mode. The term "Black" refers to the financial records of the stores. If they make a profit it is written in black but if it is a period of loss the figures are written in red. I guess all the shopping that goes on means the store's accounts are in the black!

Maybe everybody else on this planet knew about the term Black Friday but this is one chickie who didn't. I could never understand the connection between Thanksgiving and something with a "dark" connotation. Now I know..or at least I think I do.

So, that wraps up my blog. It is true that it is never to late to learn!


P.S. On a side note....my grandmother....who will turn 98 on New Year's Eve...just learned a new card game at the home she is living in! She is so proud of herself and I'm so proud that she still wants to learn!

Happy Day to all of you!

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CBEVNOW 11/28/2010 1:53PM

    Not all, US shoppers go nuts. I would not go out into that madness for any thing.The stores have started this and some people just have to do it, like being a kid, because someone else does it.This is not Christmas to me. My 2 cents worth.

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LESLIES537 11/26/2010 12:06PM

    I didn't know that either! I learn something new everyday! emoticon

p.s. That's really neat about your mom! Bless her heart!

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WILLOWWINDS 11/26/2010 10:18AM

    Yes we were thinking alike I guess.


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HOPEFULANGE 11/26/2010 9:23AM

    Ha ha! Thanks for the info - I thought the same as you. Black meant something dismal...I also thought about the stock market crashing etc. etc. emoticon

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MEMARE 11/26/2010 7:10AM

    Great informative blog. emoticon
To me Black Friday is like some of the others have said... A great day to stay at home!
A great day to work on all those leftovers preparing healthy meals for the week.
A great day to prepare the house for the next holiday! Christmas!

P.S. It's great that your grandmother is still spunky enough to have the desire to learn!
I love it! emoticonGive her a hug!

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Oddly Black Friday here in Australia refers to a very bad bushfire last century. It's amazing how one thing can mean an entirely different thing from one country to another.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/25/2010 6:22PM

    I actually knew that, but for me, personally, black Friday is a sort of madness. You couldn't pay me enough to make me participate. I'll be home staying warm.

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JHADZHIA 11/25/2010 2:49PM

    Thanks for the info Susan!! I didn't know what it meant other than the US shoppers go nuts lol. Its bigger than our measly Boxing Day apparently..
Don't know if I would ever want to make a trip south of the border to experience it. Shopping when its busy tries my patience. I like to go at times when its deserted lol.
Enjoy your day!!

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 11/25/2010 12:36PM

    From one Canadian to another I can tell you that the fact that you did not know the true meaning of Black Friday did not come as a shock. I too only knew about the shopping deals so I was surprised at what it really represented so thanks for sharing.

I love that you can go to work and research things AND get paid to do so. I know I love how helpful the people are at out local library...not to mention how RELAXED they are. It is a warm welcome from the typical help you get from day to day encounters that he have.

and as for your grandma, I think there must be something in those "ole newfie gals" as my grandmother would put it.
she is 98 and will be 99 in March she still does crosswords and was dancing the Newfie jigs right up until last year when she fell and broke her hip.
God love them both!!

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GOGIRLOLDER 11/25/2010 12:05PM

    I don't do the shopping on black friday. Thanks for the information though. It makes me feel pressured to shop like that, like overeating or something! I love the library, that's where I fulfill my shopping need, no eating and it's free! Great for your grandma, I hope to keep my brain sharp too! Happy Day! emoticon

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MOM4407 11/25/2010 9:17AM

    You are so right. This term black I thinks means Madness. After a wonderful time of family getting together and really thinking about our blessings. The masses are thinking how greedy they can be. Last year one the ladies I would with started shopping at 3am on Friday to get the best stuff for her and her kids. She walked around with this god awful purse and shoes. Needless to say she lives pay check to pay check. Her husband cut up her credit cards.
I will shop online instead.

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SHERYLP461 11/25/2010 8:39AM

    Don't feel bad, my mother never participated in the madness so I didn't know about it until I was old enough to be interested in finance!
Good for Gramma!!

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CHLOE453 11/25/2010 7:56AM

    LOL...Black Friday has always been a day (in our family) where you dont go outside or you will get run over!! The stores are packed to the brim, the restaurants are overflowing and some people are just plain insane on this day. People have actually been trampled to death when the store doors have opened for their deals. No sale is worth me personally going out on this day. Even though you have celebrated Thanksgiving alwhile ago...I hope you have a truly wonderful and safe day today!! Take care.

P.S. I am also soooo proud of your grandmother!!!

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NUTSFORFOOD 11/25/2010 7:46AM

    This is quite interesting, never even knew of a "Black Friday", then again, I stay in SA.

Oooooh I would looooove to be paid to do research! I just absolutely LOVE looking up random facts - recently I did research on the First World war and genocides, and came across some real interesting info (not that I had anyone who would really care about it to share it with....). My favourite is natural science and health science though.

Oh, I'm currently a teacher, so at least I get to look up SOME extra work for my students....

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Five years ago today I learned what love is all about

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


First of all I would like to wish all of my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow. We celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving back on October 11th and I really appreciated the well wishes I received then.

Okay, you are all wondering what happened 5 years ago. That was the day my father went for surgery on his esophagus. He had been diagnosed with cancer a few months earlier but was in such perfect health that they figured they could just remove the tumour and he would lead a normal life.

Things changed very quickly and John and I were called to the hospital and were met by the most ignorant intern who told me (in a hallway) that I should go home and get Dad's affairs in order as he only had 6 months to live. I remember falling to the floor and sobbing hysterically.

Apparently when prepared Dad for the surgery they discovered the cancer had spread throughout his liver and there was nothing they could do.

Dad was told this when he woke up and I had a deep conversation with the doctors (luckily the intern was nowhere to be seen as I might have clocked him!)

I really thought my life was over as Dad had always been my best friend. I'm ashamed to say that I thought more of Dad than I did my husband. To make matters worse I think my husband knew that.

Well from that day I came to appreciate and love my husband more and more. Without him I don't think any of us would have made it through the next 6 months. Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep and John was by my side.

When I reflect back on this time I try to rework the "I only had my father in my life for 40 years" to "I am so lucky I had my father in my life for 40 years". The way Dad handled his illness and sickness taught me so much about love and how John took over made me the happiest girl around.

John and Dad had many private conversations during those months and John told me that Dad was concerned that his death would cause my depression to take over my life. John reassured him that together we would move on and we have! I'm more in love with my husband now than ever before.

I often wonder if Dad had lived would John and I share this wonderful love or would I have always compared him to my father who I thought was perfect.

Anyway, my love story which initially began back in 1989 when I met my husband really blossomed on this day back in 2005. And for that, I'm very thankful!


P.S. I still miss my Dad but I know his spirit lives on in my heart. He is in a better place but his love still surrounds me and my family!

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BUTCHIEGIRL 11/26/2010 9:56AM

    Parents always have ways of teaching us our life lesson. It sounds like your Dad not only taught you a life lesson but gave you the wonderful gift of Love.
So happy for you that you were freed up to love your husband for all that he is. Sorry for you that you lost someone so dear to you.

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CBEVNOW 11/26/2010 1:29AM

    A very beautiful story .

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JLITT62 11/25/2010 5:46AM

    What a bittersweet story -- so sad about your Dad, obviously, but so sweet that you found out what love truly means.

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Susan that was a lovely story. I lost my Dad when I was 27. Got a call at work that I had to come home, he had a massive heart attack and died straight away. It's hard when a parent dies, you were lucky you had a wonderful husband who gave you the shoulder you needed.

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TEMPEST272002 11/24/2010 9:47PM

    What a touching, beautiful love story. I'm so moved. You truly are fortunate to have been loved by two amazing men.

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HOPEFULANGE 11/24/2010 5:06PM

    You never know how people are going to act in hard times until you have to face it. I'm so glad you two came through stronger for it, and it's wonderful that you recognize it. I hope you've told this story to your husband!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/24/2010 12:35PM

    thanks for shating you wonderful story

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MEMARE 11/24/2010 10:12AM

Thanks for sharing this, it brought tears to my eyes. And makes me thankful for my own hubby.
We have so much to be thankful for whether it's October or November...or any day of the year!

Have a great day
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