Sunday, December 31, 2006

I have left the building!

Or rather I will be leaving the building. I spoke to the boss and gave her the word. I am taking the new job. My little Chinese girl I work with is unhappy I am leaving but she understands. Our new girl who calls me her "second Mom" is disappointed too. Too late to get cold feet now.
Tuesday I am going out for "curry" with a group of ladies (customers from the store), I will tell them at the restaurant.
In honour of this change of jobs and the New Year I got rid of the blond. Poor Carl came home to a brunette. I don't think he likes it much but I said lets wait a week and if it doesn't lighten up a bit ( the hairdresser said it would) Then I will go back to blond. To tell the truth I am not sure I like it either. I had gotten used to being a blond. Hmmm. I have a feeling it is going to be a little tense at work for the next 2 weeks. I am going to my new job on Tuesday (my day off) to start learning. I spoke to my son on the phone yesterday and his concerns were that this guy be "legit". I didn't realize that I had made it sound so casual. Last night we were at a card party with my new boss and other than his wife brought the job up to me, on the side, he and I did not discuss it. Our social time will be separate from work time.
Anyway, my son asked me these questions:
Are you happy in your current job?..........sometimes
Can you see yourself doing this for another ten years?.........nope
Is there any chance of expanding what you do?..........not likely
Is there any chance of making any more money?...........ditto
Is there any room for any advancement of any kind?....... nope
and the biggy,
What are the chances an opportunity like this will come along again?.........well duh, at my age?
So I have done the deed. Evenings and weekends off. Wow. It has been years since I had that.
So here goes, New Year, New Job...{:0) hair colour... }:0( ...

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Which way is up?

Which way to go........
O.K. I had the job interview yesterday. Whew there is a lot to this job. Three phone lines ringing in at once could be stressful. But, you know I looked at the other aspects and I think I would like it. The whole structure of the job is entirely up to me. There are things that have to be accomplished but how I go about it is my baby. My own office....needs to be cleaned and spruced up...and organized and my own bathroom! He said there are two bathrooms but as, and I quote,"Men are pigs" he will tell the other guys not to use that one and I won't be expected to clean their bathroom just the one I use. The pay is awesome. I am in shock over that however I think I will earn everypenny. He is thinking of moving the office to a new location in the future but he did say I could paint if I wanted. But it will be O.K. I may finish that wallhanging I was making, the batik stainglass one with the dragonflies. These guys are not prepared for a girly girl. I have just about decided to take the job. I want to talk to at least one of my kids just to bounce it off someone. Carl said whatever I want to do is fine with him he just wants me to be happy wherever I work. I am trying not to think about the money. There is a terrrific amount of responsibility. I sat at work last night and thought about it and you know there has to be more to life than counting beads. I like the teaching but I feel I am in a rut. I could be organizing advertising or dealing with suppliers more and the part timers could be doing what I do. Forty years experience in the workplace could be better utilized. This would cetainly call upon all my skills and I have another computer program to learn. I am old enough and smart enough to realize there will be things that will not go well, that is the nature of any job. You just have to suck it up and find a way. Now to drop the bomb at work! Oy vey, this is not going to be received well I can tell you. O.K. I have decided to take the job I would just like to bounce it off somebody and get some feedback. I hate change. It's ok once you do it it is just the transition!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Stupidity !

The topic of adoption came up in a conversation today. I could not believe the words coming out of this woman's mouth. Get this...she said adopted children get in to trouble more than other children or some such rot and then tried to justify it by saying something about not you not knowing the genetic make up of adopted children and they are pre disposed to get into trouble.
You know that moment when the blood in your body goes to your brain? It is the opposite of fainting. You suddenly achieve the ability to rise off the ground and become an avenging angel. I turned on her and yelled in her face. I AM AN ADOPTIVE MOTHER AND THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "THE BAD SEED", THAT MYTH WAS DEBUNKED YEARS AGO. IF AN ADOPTIVE CHILD GETS INTO TROUBLE IT COULD BE BEACUSE THEY HAVE FELT DESERTED, UNLOVED AND LIED TOO!!! MY ADOPTED CHILD IS NO DIFFERENT THAN MY OTHER CHILDREN. CHILDREN OF THE MOST LOVING AND CARING FAMILIES SOMETIMES GET INTO TROUBLE. I was so pissed I could have slapped her. I walked away from her before I did. I did not speak to her for the rest of the day. I am still in a rage. She tried to back pedal and say she and her husband had considered adoption at one point but I was walking away from her. She does not want to bring this subject up again in my hearing. How is it possible in this day and age that someone can be that freakin stupid and ignorant. I throw my hands in the air!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Very interesting!!!

I got a phone call today. That in itself is not unusual but this one was. I have a job interview on Friday morning at 9 am. Don't get me wrong I like my job, albeit I do get frustrated. This job interview comes at a time when I received a very complimentary Christmas Card from my present employer. Hmmmmm. At present I work in a retail environment, this "other" job is an office manager for a privately owned company. They have approached me! I would be working independently with my own office. I am not sure if I want to make a change right now but if the job is right and the money $$ is right...well, I guess I will have to wait and see what happens.
There would be perks with this other job too. 5 days a week probably 8-4, nice I could take that especially in the summer. Lots of customer interaction. Two bosses...hmmm we would have to set out some rules for that from the get go . I will just have to wait am see what I am offered. I guess it is time to dust off the resume.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Don't go shopping today!

That was close! I had just turned into the parking lot next to the mall when two young men collided their cars. I didn't see it happen so I hightailed it out of there and came home. But for the grace of God go I, my father would have said. The traffic is horrendous the people are ignorant. Forget it, if I go out I will walk over to the mall. *shudder* The mall lot is so ful lof cars, people are parking up and down our street and walking 2 blocks to the mall. Shoppers in London seem to have a lot of disposable income.
The above picture is a proposed glass bottom and glassed wall walkway to be built over the Grand Canyon. The fee will be $25.00 Yeah right! Pay to be terrified??? I wouldn't walk across the Bridge at Capilano, Vancouver Island, B.C. and it was a damn site less terrifying than this. Howsomeever, it swayed in the breeze. Not for me I prefer solid ground.
Work tomorrow morning, only one more week of all this seasonal joy and we can get back to normal. Working retail just takes the joy out of the season. I have been off 4 days and I am starting to get a little squirrely. I like my routine. All the things I thought I would do and I haven't done a thing. I think it is time to go put my feet up again.
Christmas was very nice this year, lest you think I am a total Grinch. I got to see my other two grand daughters and my other 3 children their significant others including a NEW girlfriend. She seems very sweet. Lordy I feel old some days. My grey is growing out and I am torn whether to go back "au natural" or keep up the blond. Men never seem to have this problem everyone says they look distinguished. O.K. enough rambling. I am out of here. I wonder what we have to eat????hmmmmm

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas, and don't be afraid to say it!

It is not "Happy frikin' Holidays" it is MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I went to my nail salon yesterday. When I opened the door the smell of incence from the Buddah shrine in the corner filled the air. Right in front of me was a huge Christmas tree filled with decorations. As I was leaving my lovely little Vietnamese couple wished me a Merry Christmas. Now this is an excellent lesson to all those "politically corrrect" jerks out there. My friends are happy to share my holiday and do not feel threatened. *Sheesh* I refuse to say Happy Holidays to the customers at the store. My Chinese co worker who is not a Christian would say Happy Holidays and I would say Merry Christmas. The customers would always respond to us with a big smile. The politicians could take a lesson!
My Mom is out of the hospital and at my brother's for the week. I went to see her on Friday before I went to work. Today Carl and I are off to visit overnight at my son's. This year I will get to see all my children and grandchildren within a week of Christmas. Pretty nice!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

My 15 minutes of Fame

Early in the fall of 2005 whilst surfing the net one day I happened across the Echelon Press web site. They were announcing a book idea for 2006. The book would be 12 "novellas" or short stories, one for each month, and as a "Reader Appreciation" they were looking for character names and personalities. The public were invited to fill out a form and tell why you should be chosen. So I did and then promptly forgot about it. In about Jan 2006 or so I heard back that I had been chosen and would be featured in the story for September. Yeah right, I thought. Well, yesterday I got an email from Yvonne Eve Walus of New Zealand with a copy of her story attached. So there I am! How about that?
When you click on Echelon Press go to "Readers Win". see me there? The only Canadian in the group!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

All fixed!

Well, the silly car is all fixed now and there is a dry wind blowing through my savings account. As I was saying to Carl I remember a day when I didn't have a saving's account to deplete. I still needed some help to pay the bill, but, at least I didn't have to return my Christmas shopping.
So when the winter winds blow and we start talking about the vacation we would like to have taken this winter, Carl can blow the snow out of the driveway with his snowblower and then we can sit in my car in our bathing suits with the heater turned up full blast.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Just as I feared!

The good news is the transmission wasn't damaged. After that it is bad news like a snowball.
I have to get a new rad, new transmission lines plus fluid, the engine has to be cleaned and I have to have a new thermostat. When the lines blew, water, transmission fuid and anti freeze all mixed together and my engine is full of a white goo. Parts, labour ($85.00 and hour remember) and taxes ( let's not forget the government, after all they just voted themselves a 25% pay increase) will bring the bill to about $1.300.00. Sorry, I just had to pause and wipe my mouth I gagged again.
I will be left with $37 in my savings account and I will have to borrow some money from Carl to get this done. Of course I hadn't finished my Christmas shopping, I have 5 minutes left on my phone and the car payment is due. If this is what you get with "good Karma" all the bastards out there had better watch out!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

I am devistated!

Today I went to Loblaws at 1pm to pick up some cookies for the "Bead and Break", which I host every Wednesday afternoon at the store and is held at 2pm.
My car acted funny at the stop sign and then I pulled into a parking space. To cut to the chase my car "bled" it's transmission fluid all over the parking lot!
I called Carl who came and looked at the mess and said," Well where do you want to go?" My car is only 3 yrs old so off to the dealership we go. Back to the car. The tow truck comes which is covered under my purchase agreement with Dodge. No charge there. Probably the only break I am going to get. Weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth!
Evidently the transmission hose has exploded off the rad ( read: Now the rad will have to be replaced) and they will call me tomorrow with a more detailed report ( Read: More money) and an estimate! They charge $85 an hour I make $11. I was gone 2 hours, to buy cookies, now I owe the store 2 hours work, which means I have to go in early on Friday.
Now, I am faced with having to return my Christmas shopping to pay for my car repairs. Sarah the new girl at work, (she drove me home) says I have good Karma. Bless her, from her mouth to God's ear!
The last 24 hours have been the pits. My ex sent me a Christmas gift after I repeatedly told him to leave me alone. I promptly went to Canada Post and sent it back. I should have looked at the return address before I signed for it. I was thinking my mother had sent me something. This of course caused undo stress for my present man and me. *big sigh* Oh Joy Oh Bliss!
We received a beautiful Christmas card today from Carl's cousin and his wife. I needed that when I got home. They are such a sweet couple.
I am waiting for Carl to get home from work. I didn't get any lunch today with this whole fiasco , but, my appetite suffers when I am under stress. As my dear friend in Nova Scotia would say "fmg". *sigh* again.
I think I will go get some bread and butter.......and a box of kleenex......I am feeling a little over whelmed.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

What's On Your Christmas List?

I had an interesting conversation with my dear man last night. I pass this on to those of you with men who seem to screw up at gift giving time. This is what he said:
"Men have a difficult time shopping for their wives. If we see some lingerie we like we are afraid you won't feel comfortable wearing it or it will be the wrong size or you will think it is unflattering."
(Proving girls that our men do not percieve our bodies the way we do). He went on, " Women go shopping more than men. We haven't a clue where to find most things anyway. Women usually do the laundry (not a sexist remark..the truth) so you see when something needs to be replaced."
Men are afraid of not getting you something you really want because women usually expect us to "know". (If we can't read their minds they sure can't read ours).
So I sent him an e mail this morning with four suggestions, and the stores where they would be sold and in order of preference. We will see how well he makes out.

O.K. I got tagged!

Four Jobs I've Had:

Wow, which four do I pick.

Manager of the Video Department at Steve's TV - the best
Selling Wedding Dresses - the worst
Variety store with a lunch counter - the first
Owning my own Wool Shop - the scariest

Four Places I have Lived:

Fort Erie, Ontario
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Milton, Ontario
London, Ontario

Four Favourite Foods:

Crunchy Salads with ranch dressing
BBQ salmon
Ice Cream

Four Movies I'd Watch Over Again:

Enchanted April
Pride and Predjudice
Phantom of the Opera
Sense and Sensibility

Four TV Shows I Enjoy:

Grey's Anatomy
Studio 60
Naked Archaeologist

Four Places I Have Travelled:

Dublin, Ireland
Cardiff, Wales
Pompeii, Italy,
Oaxaca, Mexico

Four Places I would Like to Visit:

Back "home" to Wales
Valley of the Kings and Luxor, Egypt
Easter Island
Macchu Picchu, Peru

Monday, December 11, 2006

Mystery Beads

I bought some carved black beads. They are described ubiquitiously as black jet jade. Now this curiouser and curiouser because jet is neither jade and jade is neither jet. Jet is really coal and they are both black.
I have ten 10 mm beads and one approx 12 mm. They have flowers carved around the hole (what a waste) and a Chinese symbol carved on the front.
They are very lightweight and when I rub them between my hands they become very glossy.
Here is a little quiz: I have always pronounced "necklace" as neck-lus ( emphasis on the beginning of the word) I am hearing more and more..neck-lace ( emphasis on the end of the word).
What do you say?

Friday, December 08, 2006

Why I May Not Get To Work Today!

That big white blob on the left is my red car.The blob on the right is Carl's Jetta. All this fell after I got home from work. Which was about 8:45 last night. These pictures were taken at 6:30 this morning. I carved a path through the powdery snow to the road so Carl could get on the van, they sent from work, to drive him to the yard. There is no way I can dig my car out. London is buried. The guy next door has a snow blower and stood there watching me while I shoveled. Um, excuse me, but have you ever heard of KARMA? I had to carve a path for poor Chloe to get down the side steps and out onto the yard. She was ready to walk right off the patio. She would have drowned in the snow. We must have got 3 feet!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

What day off??

I did so much yesterday I need today off to make up for it. Iris called from work to say that the meeting was cancelled today. No big loss, I don't think we accomplish anything at it anyway.
Yesterday was baking day. At least I got started on making some cookies for Christmas. Carl was thrilled when he got home work and even though I had assured him I had tested them and they were fit for human consumption he said he had better check too. I even had a pot roast in the oven. AND I did the "L" word, AND I went grocery shopping, AND did a little Christmas shopping. Which by the way turned out to be a bust. I bought this neat little tactil beanny elephant thing for my granddaughter and when I got it home I discover it is stained. I am going to the OTHER Wal Mart in the city after work and look for another one. That bummed me out. Didn't watch a movie, Didn't get to knit a stitch. Big excitement while I was in Wal Mart they arrested some woman for shoplifting. You should have heard the screaming and carrying on. She had a potty mouth too. I live a sheltered life let me tell you.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Let it snow!

Today is my day off and I just have to get up the intestinal fortitude to go out to the store and buy some butter. It is not buying the butter that bothers me . It's going out in that white stuff....shudder
December has arrived and for all the children out there I am happy. After all Christmas is coming and that is what it is all about right?
Other than that I have to do some laundry and I will probably do some knitting and watch a movie. I can't seem to connect with some of my friends via e mail or messenger and according to my site counter no one has read anything here in over two weeks, excepting my daughter, so I don't know what to think.
I got my certificate printed out from Nano and one of the girls at work even inserted my name in it for me while it was in pdf format. When I can afford it...sigh...I will buy myself a frame. My Christmas shopping is almost done. Just waiting for next payday. I think things like insurance and rent should be free in if..lolol That's ok I am still in my budget.
I need something to eat.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Christmas Shopping ??

I started this post out by saying that yesterday I had started my Christmas shopping and I hoped to finish it today. Not going to happen. I have hit a wall with my grand daughters. There is not a copy of "Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses" to be found in London and the coocoo clock I wanted for Meg that cheeped like a monkey is way out of my budget. Damn. Now I am stuck.
I wonder sometimes why I bother to keep writing here except it is like talking to my self.
Sorry, Corinne, I know you stop by sometimes.
I didn't get one comment on my "Winners!" post. Then again the purpose of that was to challenge myself; which I did so why should it matter?, because it does.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I am a WINNER!!!

With two days to spare I have completed my challenge! I here by award myself a copy of "Victorian Lace Today" Jane Sowerby's newest lace knitting book.
Thank you to my beautiful daughter who challenged me to do this!. I am pumped today!!
Now maybe my life can get back to normal.*G* Today is payday and I am getting a colour cartridge so I can print out my winners certificate.
Happy dance...I won..I won...Happy dance.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Panic is setting in!

Time is running out and I am so close. As of this morning I am over 35,000 words but I am getting worried that I won't make it. I really want to do this. Tomorrow is my day off and I should be able to get a lot done providing my story goes somewhere. I feel like it is beginning to bog down. I wonder if this is normal or is it the pressure of having to be done in 3 days?

Friday, November 24, 2006

Dexter, an off the wall program!

Dexter, is a moody FBI profiler, a specialist in blood spatterwith a Cop sister who has just been promoted to Homicide. At least that is what everyone believes. He is really a serial killer. Now, there is the twist. Of course he only finishes off the bad guys that the court system lets slip through. This program is on Showtime but you can get it if you have Roger's On Demand. It started this season . I am waiting for episode 7 of 12. If you are into something different watch "Dexter."

Where has the week gone?

The week has flown by! I can't believe I only have 7 days left for Nano and I am halfway there. I am going to have to do 4000 words a day to make it with breathing room. Nuts! I had a marvelous time babysitting my grandaughters ,well at least 2 of them, last Friday night and Saturday. I came home and collapsed. Yee god's I guess I am getting older. Naa, more out of practise. Sandy would be proud of me. I actually stood up for my self at work yesterday. One day that door mat will be completely gone from my back. I talked to my son last night and there is a chance he might bring his girls to London for a visit on Saturday. Now that would be nice. Carl and I have a Company Christmas dinner dance to go to in the evening. I have it on good authority, aka Iris from work, that movie to go and see would be "Happy Feet." She recommends it very highly. I have to get some words on my Nano before I go to work this afternoon.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My Aching Back!

My brain is suffering from word overload and my back is killing me while I type. I either need a more comfy chair or maybe I will turn the screen so I can sit on the loveseat and type with my feet up. I am begining to think I am going to run out of words. I have never written this much in my life. I never did buy any chocolate I found a left over squashed Halloween mini candy bar and ate that. It was good for about a thousand words. I don't think I want 30 more candy bars.
The picture is of a fountain that was uncovered in Pompeii. A Similar fountain is in my story....oops i mean "Novel". The rich certainly lived in luxury. Ok I need to take a break. My goal is to get 5000 words done today. The month is half over already. I am going to take a break and go watch an episode of "Dexter". If you haven't seen it he is a profiler and a serial murderer. It is different! It is on Rogers Demand.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Why Should We Remember?

My parents are and were both veterans of WWII .My father, who passed in 1994, was a Sargent in the Army Medical Corps. stationed at Camp Borden, Ontario. My mother, Private Davies CWAC , (Canadian Women's Army Corps) was the Colonel's Secretary. As my Father, was to joke in future years, The Colonel may have been the Colonel but My mother, Hannah, was the force to be reckoned with. At 81, believe me she still is!!
My Grand father, whom I still worship and called "Ernie", was with the Queen's Own Rifles( ONce a Queen's Own always a Queen's Own) at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. The Canadians won a major Battle at Vimy Ridge and it is a wonder that my grandfather survived when Ten Thousand Canadians lost their lives in 10 days. Can you begin to understand the terror of that? We who live with CNN every blessed minute. He was 16 years old! He lied to serve his King and Country. We are so spoiled. These are the people we have to thank for our attitudes. My Grandfather was in charge of the mules who dragged the caissons carrying the cannons to the front lines. Their lives in the trenches were filled with the horrors of the cold muck and dying of their comrades. They used candle wax to kill the lice that lived in the seams of their woolen uniforms. If you weren't careful the hot wax would burn the cotton thread and the uniforms would fall apart.
Can you understand that? Can you even imagine what he went through? He was so proud of me I was the light of his life. His only granddaughter. I was one of the reasons he had fought against the "Hun". Then I had 2 brothers and he was in his delight. But the evil that had filled his soul in his youth and the forgetfulness that only comes from "drowning your sorrows" finally took him from us. Too young... too young to loose him.. I could not say his name for almost 20 years without breaking down.
The Vimy Memorial was opened in France in1936. There was a lottery draw and my Grandfather , who at that time was working for the Toronto Star Newspaper, had his name drawn as one of the invited guests to go to France , by luxury ship , and be there for the unveiling. There was some concern about his pay envelope and how my father, my young aunt and grandmother would manage in his absence. While he was gone on everypayday a limosine would draw up in front of my grandparents house on Manor Road in Toronto and a pay envelope would be delivered to"Nana" compliments of the Toronto Daily Star.
If you ever heard Irving Berlin's song " Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning" you have to know my grandfather was the Bugler. He had an incredible sense of humour and I am sure he loved every minute waking everyone else up! My Father, who wrote in a biography of his father, said that, "He was a faithful husband, a loving father, an Irishman and a gentleman. " He negelected to say, an example to us all.
So on the 11 th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour if you think of no one think of the comrades of Ernest Harold Cottrell, Queen's Own Rifles 1914-1917 who in whose memory we began this day and in whose memory we wear the poppy:

In Flanders Flelds the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row
That mark the place; and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you with falling hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
in Flanders fields.

To my grandfather, my parents , my brothers, my son and to all who have stood up and said "In this I believe!"
Thank you!

Yes I am still alive... witnessed by my totally awesome word count. don't break your arm patting yourself on the back my dear Daddy said.
So I have not had any time to blog, knit and hardly to bead. I have been so consumed with this "novel(?)" I am writing. I am either researching or daydreaming which BS I am going to propound on next. I now realize the need for chocolates. I think I had better buy a box tomorrow. I am writing tomorrow from 8 am until noon. That is my goal. How many words I will actually type is yet to be seen. I don't hit the word count until I "come up for air" and I am amazed at how fast it adds up. Ask me that when I am on the second 25,0000..Mumma!!
I am exhausted I had 2 classes today and the seconds one was by far the most active. I really have to get the ladies to sit at the end of the table. I spent the 2 hours running around the length of the table. I am knackered. I had a wonderful lean cuisine for dinner. Wall paperpaste and soggy socks. I think it was fettucine alfredo. Ya right. I want bread!!! and wine and cheese. My next blog will be of a more serious nature.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Beta Blogger

I switched to the Beta version (blue) but when I "view blog" I see the other (pink) blog. I don't get this at all. Can you let me know which blog you see? I am hoping when I republish this now everything will be OK. The Beta version is much better when you want to upload anything from pictures to html right onto your blog. I am waiting to see how much better it works after that.
Of to work now. I am going to Nano after work before I am on here again. See ya

Have I done it again?

I get an idea and away I go without thinking it through completely. My gal bladder put a cog in the gears so to speak . But then again I knew I had that when I started. Of course I am talking about my university courses. I realize now I should have signed up for just one at a time. I didn't realize there would be so much work to do. So I think I am just going to work on one at a time and I can get an extension for the other one. Just making that decision has given me some relief. Now I am in the middle of Nanowrimo. Oh, geeze why do I do these things. I am enjoying it though. I will put my energies into getting the English credit and then reward myself with the archaeology course.
With that thought I have put my english books aside to take to work this morning. I am going to start taking my full half an hour breaks. I usually take 10-15 minutes and then go back to work. Well, that 30 minutes is mine and I could better use the time reading. I will keep this up and keeping a journal is something I am required to do and anyway I like the venting process. It is always easier to think when you put the words down in front of you. It unclutters the mind.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sunday morning blahs.

Oh I am tired. We went out to dinner last night with friends and of course I ate too much. The cesear salad ( created at our table) was wonderful. Considering the last time I ate one was in Jume and that precipitated the whole gal bladder attack thing, well, I really enjoyed this one. Dinner finished up with cherries jubellie oh joy oh bliss. Then we were off to Gord and Dot's place where we sang kareoke..what a hoot. No sleeping in today we both have to be out to work. I wish I had the time right now to do more on my Nano. I had an idea where to go next. Shucks.

Friday, November 03, 2006

I am feeling a little pleased with myself!

I admit to feeling a little smug. Yes, I know, "Pride goeth before a fall." My germ of an idea is beginning to grow and I am amazed how the words are running out of my fingertips. Tomorrow I really want to get a lot written in the morning while it is quiet and I am fresh. The shower is a really wonderful place to think. It must be all that water pulsing on the brain. I actually solved a storyline problem I had. I should write it down before I forget. I am going to backup this "novel" and use the term loosley, for fear something will happen and I will loose all the drivel I have written so far. No wouldn't that be a killer?
I am going to get my nails done before I go to work. My budjet will allow for that one little extra other than that I am broke until next payday. all my obligations are covered but that 52 hours hurt worse than the
My spirit doll is progressing along very nicely. I am almost finished the beading and will start on the construction next week. The image at the top is a hint what I am going to tackle next. More to follow. I have to check the class schedule, I know I have 2 in one class tonite I hope that's the only class I have today. ttfn

Thursday, November 02, 2006

On my way....

Last night I sat and wrote almost 2000 words of unmitigated drivel. Then I sat down and tried to plan where I am going in this story and what my outline or goal will be. Things are not looking too promising..lolol.. This will never be published..The re write would be horrendous. about the only thing I would keep would be the title.
I posted a word counter but for some reason I can't see it. I cleared my history but it still isn't there. Hmm I will check on the computer at work and see. Does anyone see my word counter? I may have to S.O.S Richard.
This is the dreaded 10 hour day today. I am less than impressed with work lately. I guess being away for two and half weeks and them coming back to find that nothing had improved was a little sobering. I feel so underappreciated. It sucks to be in this position. Oh well, I don't really have any other option so suck it up and get to work.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightening they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn to late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze light meteors and be gay,
Rage rage against the dying of the light.

And you my father there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

- Dylan Thomas

Now if that doesn't bring a tear to your eye then you have no Welsh blood in you!! *G*

How many of us remember memorizing poetry when we went to school? Somethings shouldn't be changed. Memorizing expands the mind and allows us to recall beautiful words at the oddest moments. Even though I got it wrong, the gem was still there....sigh

One sleep to NaNo!

Well, this is it. One more sleep and the Nanowritmo starts. I think I have about 50 words in my head right now and once I get them into the computer I am going to be totally in a panic. This is really going to be writing off the cuff. Then I am terrified I might loose everything and then it would have been for nothing. Oh wail, moan and gnash of teeth!What a suck I can be.
I am soooooooo glad I have the day off today. I am pooped. I am not bouncing back from my surgery like I expected. It calls to mind my mother making statements like, " I am getting to old for this..etc." No, I can't be there yet. My brain is umm maybe 30 tops.
I will not "go quietly into this good night". Now, who said that? Hmmm, maybe Shakespeare, I am going to have to look that up.
Today I have to run (?duh) over to Wallymart and pick up some candy for the little ones. I was in there the other day and the lineup was horrendous. I was about to go and look for candy when a line opened up and I jumped in. I was in there buying a set of sheets. Oh joy oh rapture, these sheets are mico fibre fleece. Move over flannelette you have been replaced. They are so soft and fuffy but light. I heard about them while visiting with my mother on Saturday so I went to check them out. Wal Mart has the set with the fleecy pillowcases and Zellers has the set with cotton pillowcases and a satin binding on the sheets. I figured the satin only gets ratty anyway so I went with the fleece in total.....midnight blue... very nice. I slept so well last night. My feet never got cold!
I feel the urge to buy some yarn. I am going to conquere this addiction!! *G* I just have to remind myself that I have 52 hours coming on this 2 week paycheque and that should sober me up. Ah well this too shall pass. If I am doing Nano I won't have anytime to knit. I still have eyelash yarn I can knit into more mobius scarves. I am getting so tired of knitting that stuff. I will be glad when it is gone. Ok I guess this is it for today. I am going to open a file in word and get it all ready for tomorrow. I still have to figure out how to get a word counter on here.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

A visit with Mommy

Yesterday I went to visit my 81 yr old mother. Everytime I walk into that house I expect to see my father at the kitchen table reading a book. Sigh, somethings in life we just never get over. He died in 1994 and I miss him everyday. The house is so quiet with him gone.
I had taken some quilting fabric, I am downsizing, for the I.O.D.E. sale. For the uneducated *G*
that would be the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire. For those of us who went to school in Canada you may remember literary awards being given out at your school. Well, the IODE were the ladies that provided those awards and bursaries. My mother is still active in that group and with osteoporosis and rhumatoid arthritis she still manages to be an active member.
I took her car out for a drive and we went to a little restaurant along Lake Erie for lunch. It was good to see her it has been months since I have felt up to going anywhere.
The clocks went back last night and I was glad of the extra hour's rest. That visit tired me right out.
I had better get a move on I have to pick up a part timer to work with me this morning.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Snow, rain, sleet, clouds!

What a dull shitty crappy day. I needed to see some colour.
This is Knitting in the Andes and I scanned it from an advert in my knitting magazine. I just want to run out and buy some Manos del Uraguay wool...drool slurp.
Oh big sigh, can't buy any yarn until next month. In the meantime I am knitting out of my stash.
I am exhausted. This working full time is the pits. I am still tired from my "experience" and I am not up to 100% yet.
I have accomplished more in the last 2 full days at work than anybody else there and yet I don't get paid the big bucks. Ain't life the pits. One of these days I am going to tackle her about my salary!
Today she called me twice to ask me questions on what to do with certain things about the store..well duh... It's your store not mine. Been there done that! and learned a big lesson!!!!
Geeze. I should be charging a consultant fee. She is big on having consultants on a retainer. Me me me next...lololol.
I am going to put my feet up and snuggle with my dear man!

Friday, October 20, 2006

First full day at work

I worked myself up to it and today put in a full day. That gives me a whopping 16.5 hours for this week. ouch I can feel the payday pain.
It is a good thing the trip has been cancelled to the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival I would have spent money I shouldn't have. Oh well, I will stay home and be good. I actually have a project I want to try so it looks like it's me and the dining room table tomorrow. Carl has to drive for a wedding so while he is gone I will put a chick flick on the TV and see what masterpiece I can come up with. Failing that I can always have a nap. *grin*
In an effort to be a little more orgnized I have cleaned out my closet. Everything is now hung in groups, ie: jackets with jackets, pants with pants etc. When I stepped back to look at what had survived the "purge" I discovered that I am left with black and red some navy and a little pink. Hmmmm I think I need to brighten up my wardrobe. Of course now that I am broke I will have to wait or get to knitting up some of the yarn in my stash. I have yarn for a white cardigan, black pullover and a black jacket. Hmmmm. Not much incentive there. Speaking of which I finally..drum roll.. finished the yellow throw. Now I just have to block it out and I can curl up on my loveseat with it this winter. Tomorrow I have to go get my nails done it has been over 3 weeks. yikes, maybe I will stop off at my fave yarn store...dum de dum dum...daaaa.
Dominos is cooking supper tonight. Thin crispy crust..oh joy.. I haven't had pizza since before that terrible gall bladder attack in June. Ok I guess that's it for now. The poor puppy is starving.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Officially Bored

I am officially bored. I must be better. Tomorrow I am going back to work for at least a couple of hours. Yesterday I found a new hairdresser. This is the fourth one since I moved to London. There is nothing worse than trying to find a hairdresser who can give a decent haircut. I needed a change so I said cut it and colour it!! Poor Carl didn't know what to think when I came in the door. It is good for me and him too..lolol.. I must change my avatar too.
Sandy sent me the yellow yarn so today I want to get that throw finished. The old Neiman Marcus Cookie story is going around the net again. My son sent it to me so I thought what the heck? I will try it out this afternoon. Iris will be so happy to see me back to work I will take her some cookies too. For anyone who is interested go to to learn about the urban legends that circulate. Click on "food" and you can read all about the cookie story. It started as a cake and has been going around for years and years.
The batteries are dying in my mouse I had better finish this now and buy some batteries today. It is most frustrating.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Done In

Decided this morning to put on real clothes, jeans and a sweater, and go out in the car. I went to deposit my g.s.t. cheque and picked up a few things at the grocery store. It was freezing cold out there. sheesh. Now I am totally done in, exhausted. I am going to crash this afternoon and probably fall asleep while I am watching a movie. The fresh air felt good and I enjoyed getting out of the house even for a little while. Maybe I will do the same tomorrow. There is no way I am ready to go back to work yet. I have no stamina. I feel good enough to be bored but weak enough to lay in bed. Carl has gone on a 12 hour run so I won't see him until late tonight.
Chloe went with me she loves to ride in the front seat. She is not going to like it when I go back to work. Poor puppy.

Almost Human

Here I am a week later and I feel almost human. No stamina to speak of but at least I feel better.
Now, onto the interesting stuff. I have an idea for my NaNo project and a title. It is a beginning. I was surfing for information on an unrelated subject when I came across a gem of an idea. Isn't that the way it goes? I decided to write in a historical fiction genre. All this because I found a picture of an articulated ivory doll that was discovered in the ruins of Pompeii. Here everyone thought Barbie was an original idea. Hah. I am going to print out a copy of the picture and use it to guide me while I write.
This past week I have been reclining and knitting up a storm. I have finished up some old linering projecys as weel. Oh, about the border pattern, well as no one reads this ..lolol.. I finally sat down and unknit about 30 rows and wrote down everystich before I finally got the hang of the pattern. Then I re wrote the rows in reverse and voila I have my pattern. It seems to me I did this once before. Sandy says she is sure I did. What can I say..shrug of the shoulders. This time I wrote it out in a notebook. Now here is the hysterical part. I am going to run out of yarn about 5 patterns from the end. No panic, sos call to Sandy, who has a part used ball of the same yarn. She is mailing it up to me and finally I will have it finished! That has been hanging around for at least 3-4 years. I started that back when I had the store and it has been closed for 2 years, 5 months, and 13 days but who is counting?
I have had a couple of emails from the ladies at the store. Everyone misses me. That feels good.
I do not know if I am going to work next week. I am going to have to take this day by day.
Time to go rest.

Monday, October 09, 2006


It's over! I just need rest. Carl is wonderful he is so gentle and has helped me so much in the past 3 days. I have to go lay down again.
Getting better every day!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Today is the day!

Today has finally arrived. I admit I am nervous. I am just putting in time while I wait for the clock to move. It is 7:30 and I have to be at the hospital for 9am.
Just to add to frustration I have lost all my bookmarks in my firefox browser. The computer gods do not like me. Ernie sent me instructions which both Carl and I followed to the letter. Nada... nothing
Ah nuts.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Okay, Okay

I know, I no sooner start to complain I can't get something on here and "pouff" it appears . There must be a delay. Next time I will log out and then log in before I start to complain.
I am in the "throes of a dilemma," I have searched for a pattern for a knitted edging and I can not find it. The urgency is compounded by the fact that I am three quarters away around a lace knitted throw and now can't finish it. Last night I even went so far as to unknit a portion, writing down every stitch, in the hope I could decipher the pattern. Didn't work. Pout. I am posting a picture of the work in progress. No one reads this other than my daughter and me but I thought ,"Hey, if there is a chance?" Maybe the knitting faeries will send someone to read this. I found one similar but not close enough. In true Elizabeth Zimmerman style I am knitting it to the body of the work as I go along. We are having a dandy of a thunderstorm ( read the Shih Tzu is terrified), Mother Nature is beautiful in her fury.
I am on the countdown for peppermint tea bags. Question is how much of this stuff will I drink after my surgery? Yesterday, while enjoying my girlfriend's company, I quaffed back a couple of mugs of ginger tea. MM very nice, I think I shall pick some up today.
Today I am going on a rescue mission. My granddaughter has lost her "Pokemon" cards. This is a crisis and she is stressing, not a good thing, so Grami will help out by sending her a package in the mail. I have to pick up some black perle cotton as well.
I had to write that down right now or it would leak out of my brain the next time I went to remember something. Here is a semantic question. I didn't write it down. Did I type it? This is not a typewriter. Ah, I guess I keyboarded it. Sounds awkward, doesn't it? I ramble on and on...

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Is it just me??

I have more problems trying to post pictures or icons, sheesh. When I look at the template I can't find stuff that is there. I thought I would place the Writer's Icon on the sidebar. Well, it is not working,mmmmm??

Last Swim of the season?

Today I am going to see my girlfriend and maybe if the weather clears up we will get in a last swim of the season. She said Ernie turned the pool on last night so the steam should be rolling off the top like a spa by the time I get there.
We were off to the Festival on the weekend. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the parade and the wine tastings. I ended up with another gall bladder attack by the evening, damn. I had taken my pills "just in case" and sure enough I had to take them. Several times. I couldn't keep them down long enough to work. I finalyy knocked myself out with the pain pills. What a disappointment to my much anticipated weekend.
I will be glad to get my surgery on Friday. I just hope they can still do the easy proceedure. I feel like crap right now.
I am participating in a "bead swap". It should be fun. I send my bags to Inuvik, NT and Tracy will send me back 3 bags from someone else. We should do that with yarn but the postage would probably be too steep.
I hear this morning that the government is increasing the old age pension about the cost of a Timmies. Sheesh ..bastards. They waste millions. Harper spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for a photo op with George Bush.Talk about a waste of skin.
Carl is being my "disc jockey" this morning. While I sit here typing he is playing wonderful old stuff on his computer. I love my life.
Talk to you later.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Last Day

This is the last day of work before my vacation week slash surgery time off. Of course I am trying to finish up some of the things on my desk before I take off. Today I will be going in for 10 am instead of 2pm. I have to make up some hours from Wednesday. Tomorrow we are off to the Grape and Wine Festival with Gord and Dot. I have to figure out what I am going to wear and what I am going to pack. Must remember to take Chloe to the vet today at 5:30 to be boarded for the weekend. I will just dash home on my dinner break. I have a class today too. I had better print off another pattern just incase I don't have one in my file. I will be glad to have this time off. I am so tired and worn out.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

What is going on?

Either my computer is possessed or the server is being a bitch. My last two posts never seemed to make it to the blog.
I am sure I waxed eloquent too. What a shame they are gone forever into cyber space.
Both times I had saved them as a draft and finished them later then I know I hit post. Oh well.
The funeral yesterday was rending. I was emotionally exhausted when we got home. I saw the same thing on the faces of everyone else there. Sandy's little boy is a beautiful child,only 3 years old, at least Richard will have him to hang on to.
I saw people I haven't seen in 10 -20 years. I wonder if I look that old? Probably, sheesh and here I thought I was doing pretty good...lolol
Two more days of work and I am off until after my surery. I have a lot to get done today. I have to go get some comfortable clothes to wear.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The middle of the night.

I woke up 3 times tonight. Carl set the alarm for 6am I guess I am just afraid of it not going off or I am just dreading today. Probably the latter over the former.
I wrote a paragraph the other day and saved it to a draft. Somewhere it disappeared, how annoying is that? (Now, that is a fractured sentence)
I finally received a call from the Dr. My surgery is booked for Octoer 6th. Just what I needed one more thing this week. Mind you I am glad they called. The nurse said she was calling the waiting list and my name had come up. She reminded me this was Thanksgiving weekend. Evidently some people had turned down the chance to have their surgery because of the holiday. Stupid. I said if it was Christmas you could have me!
So lets see....Sept 23 - Sandy passed away, Sept 24 - Stan left us 1990, Sept 30- Carl and Dot and Gord and I are going to the Niagara Wine Festival, Oct 2 - Carl's 60th birthday, Oct 3 - day I met that bloody cowboy, Oct4 - day I married Stan, Oct 6- gall bladder surgery. I should send this to a soap opera writer I bet they would have a field day.ROFL
I am looking forward to this weekend it will be good to have some fun. I want to pick up Carl's birthday present before we go away so I have it ready for Monday morning.
There goes the alarm. Time to get up.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

"Dog" is in the dog house.

My signature is number 82,383 on the petition to keep Dog the Bounty Hunter out of a Mexican court. Poor "Dog" it is going to take a lot more than that. Ironic though that he skipped bail. See, what did I say about lawyers? He recieved "flawed legal advice." I rest my case.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Saturday afternoon

I am sitting here waiting for my children and grandchildren to arrive. This has been an upsetting morning. I received news that my children's Aunt Sandy, my sister in law for over 20 years passed away last night. She was about 18 mo old when I first met her. I watched her grow up an although we had a sometimes tempestuous relationship, I still grieve for her. She adored her older brother and was jealous of me and I was jealous of her. How sad that it takes the years to be able to gain perspective on a situation. The truth is we should not out live our children. My heart aches for her mother and father and the rest of her family. She was only forty one and the mother of a little boy 4 years old. My family have just arrived I will finish this later.
Today was a birthday party for my granddaughter Meaghan. My children had decided to go ahead and have the party today and not say anything to the younger children, time enough for that tomorrow. Everyone has gone home now and I am just sitting here having a peppermint tea. I must be getting old. I am worn out with all the company. We had a wonderful time all things considered. I wish my youngest could have been here. I will see all my children again this week at the funeral. Right now I am going to bed.

Friday, September 22, 2006

To organize or not:

Carl has just left for work and I am just sitting here with my peppermint tea. This morning I have to get my cleaning done. All the children are coming tomorrow for Meaghan's birthday party. That would be the the big and little children.lolol. Right now I am debating on wether to go back to bed and grab a little more sleep or suck it up and get to the housework. I have to get my class sheets ready for today as well, I am teaching a class at 4 and another one at 6. The student handbook came from the AU Student Union and don't you know I had just bought one. Well, isn't that always the way? Now, I have no excuse, at all, I must get my study plan filled out. Next weekend we are off to the Niagara Wine and Grape festival. I think that's what it is called. Anyway, it should be fun and I am looking forward to getting away for the weekend. Three more days and I will have been with the store for a year. Time flies when you are getting old. I think I have less than 2 patterns to finish on the silk poncho. I wanted to take that with me to the festival. Yesterday I had to go out and buy a sweater I was so cold. Now, that is just a travisty! I have so much yarn to knit and so little time. Better get to it.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Athabasca University

Athabasca University is Canada's Open University and I am a registered student.
Some people may say I am forty years too late but I beg to differ. Let me tell you a little story.
In the nineteen sixties I was in high school. While my girl friends were thinking of getting out of high school and getting married, I was thinking about going to university. My marks could have been higher I just needed my goals confirmed to give me that added incentive. My plan was to go to the University of Toronto, major in Anthropology and then go to work at the Royal Ontario Museum. I have alwasy been fascinated by puzzles and history. What greater mystery is there than why cultures evolve and why are we different and yet so much the same? The mandatory appointment with the guidance teacher arrived. I was ready with all my information. I laid out my plan before her and this is what she said,"You can not possibly expect your parents to send you to university. You have two brothers who will someday get married and have to support their families. They should have the opportunity to go to university. You will only get married and stay home anyway." My hands shake as I type this. I never told my parents what happend. You see, in our house teachers were treated with respect because as my mother would say, "Never criticize a teacher they have an education you do not." My mother eventually found out about 30 years later when she over heard me talking to my cousin. All my girl cousins have post secondary educations. I always felt less intelligent than everyone else because of my lack of a degree. I can remember visiting the Museum of Anthropology in British Columbia and looking at the the students walking around the campus and I said to my travelling companion, "I wonder if they know how lucky they are to be here?"
Now it is my turn. I am registered in my first two courses, English Composition and Introduction to Archaeology. It is not likely that I will ever work at the R.O.M. or participate in an actual dig somewhere. I will study. I will learn more. I will be content knowing that I do this for myself. This is a life goal for me. We all need to have something to attain to.
Remember that Guidance Teacher? Well, her daughter became a lawyer. You do not want to know what I think of lawyers in general.

Where did the day go?

My, my it is almost 5pm and I have had a busy day. I went out first thing this morning and had a pedicure and got my eyebrows waxed. That is what my friend refers to as "maintenance."
Then I went to Staples and picked up a binder and some post it flags and some other paper "stuff" and then I went to the store and dropped off a disc..mistake. A customer spotted me and tried to corner me I laughed and said, "I am invisble it is my day off". I went out and priced monitors for Carl's B day. There is a nice HP with built in speakers at Future Shop. Shame on Future Shop and Best Buy not one sales rep even asked me if I needed help. What do they clall that? Racial profiling? Short blond female looking at monitors..ignore her she probably thinks they are tv's.....Wait till I have the cash in my purse! God help them. Ummm oh I took Carl's shoes to the shoe repair dude and took my suede skirt to the tailors. It shrunk in the closet! Went to the sub shop and got myself a 6" veggie sub..yumyum. I have laundy going now.
Screwed up my knitting, I will have to take out the last 3-4 rows.NUTS. Changed my avatar..again
OK I guesss that's it. Well, if anyone has had the intestinal fortitude to read this far I salute them.
I promise to be more erudite in the next blog.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Agonizing over my paragraph

I woke up at 4 am with great thoughts for my paragraph conclusion. I have two little paragraphs to write for my english course. I did both of them and they were sent off to the tutor. Now, she wants me to add one or two sentences to one. Rats, I can not seem to come up with anything. I was happy with it the way it was. It is my own fault I didn't read the instructions.
I started this before I went to work this morning. Just got home from work and I have throw something in the oven.
No ideas on how to finish that paragraph either. I will re read what I wrote this morning but I doubt it will have improved during the day.
(be back later)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Another work day!

As predicted, the store has been busy. I am working today which is the last day of the sale. I am at the demo table so I can't really complain. I get to work on projects all day and talk to customers. It is still exhausting being charming all day..lolol..and answering the same questions over and over. The owner is taking Iris, Richard and me out to dinner after work. It is so nice having Richard back to work for 2 days. We are missing him but I am happy for him that his new job is exactly what he wants. I wouldn't know about Athabasca University if it wasn't for Richard telling me. Here is a picture of the front of my spirit doll. I am working on the back. Then they have to be sewn together and stuffed and then I will hang it. I will keep you posted on her progress. The carved bone face hasn't photographed well. I am looking forward to Tuesday, my day off, as this has been a crazy week. I am getting too old to work 6 days out of 7. Yikes, I just sounded like my mother!
Sandy e mailed me the pattern for the white sweater. I can start that as soon as I finish the silk poncho. Three more pattern repeats on that. Maybe more if the yarn holds out. I am looking forward to going to the Creative Sewing Festival this year with Corinne. Just like old times. No shopping until I get the white sweater knit up.....or at least almost finished
Carl and I are going to the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival this year with Dot and Gord.This should be a fun weekend. We always have a good time together. I must remember to take Gord a bottle of my homemade chili sauce. All my grandchildren will be here on Saturday for Meg's birthday. Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather holds up and we can BBQ. I had better go and get ready for work...groan

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Home early on a Thursday!

Normally I work for 10 hours on a Thursdaybeing home early is a novelty. Here I am home at 5:30. I will make up for this on the weekend. The big Three Day Anniversary Sale, doncha know. My poor Hun is off driving some one somewhere I can't keep it straight,anyway he won't be home until late. I have a wild salmon lean cuisine in the oven and a glass of wine beside me. I went to the library and got a vhs of the "other" Sense and Sensibility movie, but with 6 remote conrols I can't figure out to make it play.... nuts. I put in an SOS phone call but he must be busy I will have to wait until he notices the missed call and he will call me back. I am totally useless when it comes to electronics and sports......
Not to worry. When he gets home he can always burn it to a dvd for me and then I can watch it on my dvd player in my den.
Bless his heart he phoned and talked me through it. What a lovely time watching a "girly" flick!
Miss him though. I promised I would iron his tux shirt for tomorrow, he has to drive for a wedding. This is the first time he has asked for a really big favour,"Would I mind pressing his shirt for him?" See now he owes me one//lololol
O.K. Back to the movie......
Oh.. wait a moment.. don't you just love this face?? On the Bead Artist? Wish I had one to use in some bead work. By the by mybead embroidered "Spirit Doll" is progressing nicely. I will post a picture when it is done. See ya.....

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


It worked!! It may be a little thing but it is the successes in this life that keep us going.
Today I am working a split shift. Unusual for the store but we are having an after hours sale for the "members only". The anniversary sale is this weekend and I doubt I will have time to post at all let alone get any reading done. I am taking my English book with me today. I have to read an article by David Suzuki and then critique it. Four hundred words. sheesh I still haven't finished my chapter in my archaeology text either and I have a self quiz to do on that one. I had better get a move on if I think I will be ready to write my exams in November.
I was out pre Christmas shopping and I have to say I do not like the Bratz line of dolls. They look like mini hookers! We used to think Barbie was exsessive, but she has nothing on Bratz. The 12 Dancing Princesses are more my girls style.
My next challenge is to figure out how to set the clock on this thing. I have 7:45 am but it will say I posted at some God forsaken hour of the morning. Time to go.....

I am mystified

Well, a few minutes ago I was so proud of myself. I actually managed to post my logo and move my avatar to the sidebar. WhenIi preview it looks great. But when I republish nothing has changed everything is the same. I checked the template and yes everything is in it's new position. I re booted ,signed out and signed back in and still nada. Obviously I am doing something wrong. So now I will post this and see if that changes anything. Here goes.....

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Day Off! Ha!

I need to go back to work to recover from a day off. I didn't get any reading done and knit about 2 rows on my coat.
I did clean out the closet. Packed away my summer stuff,dug out all the long sleeved stuff, refolded everything and put organizers on the closet shelf. Threw out all the old sentimental stuff I should have throw out when that good for nothing Cowboy left me. grrrrr Shredded a journal I had kept for 13 months. Finally. Finished. Done. Over. Whew
Went to Crappy Tire, WalMart, drug store, came home, back to Crappy Tire, put clothes in the dryer, filled out a rebate form, looked up an address and printed out a map for Carl. Scanned a manual that came with the item I picked up for Carl at Crappy tire. That would be the second one I bought the wrong one the first time around, Why do men ask us to go to Crappy tire? I for one always get the wrong item. damn. The second time he gave me a picture. My own fault I offered to go...cut my tongue out!
Oh the microwave beeped I want to get a meatloaf in the oven. Nuff of this "Suzie Homemaker" stuff for me.
OK I still can't post the really cute avatar I made myself. Nuts.
OK thats all for now,

Monday, September 11, 2006

What were you doing 5 years ago?

For years the question was,"What were you doing when Kennedy died?" I was changing into my gym suit, ( In those days we had to wear a purple (school colour) gym romper. It was hideous! Anyway I digress. Now of course the question is "What were you doing when 9/11 happened?" I was ironong a white shirt and watching the morning news. The world has truly become a scarey place. I worry for my granddaughters. It is 8:21 and I have to get ready for work. I will definitely have to get a hold of my daughter. It took me ages to find this page to post again. I have zero tolerance to this high technical stuff. My brain just shuts down..reminds me a physics class..yuck
Good grief this is boring I will have to be more interesting next time. Providing I can find this again.

Monday Monday

This is a Mommas and Poppas moment. Funny how things pop into your mind. Oh well, Ths is as good a beginning as any. I have been reading my daughters blog and decided this is a good idea. My English Course(University level...rates capital letters) says I am supposed to start a journal so here I am. Don't know a damn thing about how to use this thing but I will check with "Feyrhi" and find out. brb