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