Friday, December 29, 2006

Non-Dripping TeaPot sets the Heart A Fire


A dear lady from our Church gave me and hubby a teapot for Christmas - with a postIt stuck to the side clearly said 'Guaranteed not to drip'. The poor old one that we use at the office leaks like a sieve! Good thing for the blessed lil' tea stopper. The downside to the tea stopper is how stained it gets. I try for reasons unknown to me, to give it a good cleaning every couple of weeks or so. For a day, perhaps it will look like it originally did - a little slice of lemon, all fresh and clean. This is a very short lived look for the poor old tea stopper, for after a couple of pots of tea with the good ol' leaky pot it's completely brown and I'm sure to most folks looks rather disgusting.

So when I get a pot that doesn't leak, not even a D R I P....well I am happier than a pig in, oh you know!

Now tonight I'll enjoy my TyPhoo tea by the potful without a leak in sight!

God Bless You Agnes!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Our Tree


Our Tree, Oliver is inspecting it for the first time!

More natural shot w/o the flash - all lit up!

Oliver getting up close and personal with the tree.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Santa Within


Hard to believe that in only six more 'sleeps' as we used to say as kids - Christmas will be here
Stockings will soon be hung by the chimney with care. Children all snuggled as bugs in their beds. All waiting up in hopes they'll hear just a faint 'jingle' of the bells on Santa's sleigh.

I remember the Christmas I found out about Santa Claus. I must have had some lingering feelings that the kid who told me must be wrong. That night I was adamant that I would wait up and 'see for myself. I remember it being completely dark - even mom and dad were sound asleep. I could hear the distinct sound of bells.....slowly at first and then they got progressively louder. I carefully and very quietly snuck out of my bed. I opened my door so quietly even my sis who was sleeping in the bed next to mine didn't hear. As I peeked outside my room into the darkened hallway I saw the back of Santa. He was just as I'd pictured him....red suit, black boots.....sack full of toys. I guess a part of me wasn't ready to let go of the mystery of Santa, nor will it ever be.

On Christmas Eve as my hubby and I eat the treats that have been so carefully selected for Santa and break off the end of the carrot to make it look like Dasher had a nibble we'll do so just filled with the spirit of St. Nicholas. When I stuff my hubby's stocking with all sorts of treats, I know I'll have a grin from ear to ear, as will he. We'll snuggle up in bed just like two little kids and we'll be so excited for Christmas morning that we'll be up all night giggling and talking.

Yes, I also do believe in Santa just like dear Hubby and I watch on Christmas Eve as the local news gets a radar image of Santa and his sleigh and I just smile inside knowing that all the little girls and boys will be filled with such excitement that they might just hear Santa's sleigh on the roof or hear the bells and if they're really lucky they may even catch a glimpse of the good ol' chap and they too will always keep the spirit of St. Nicholas alive and well in their hearts for the rest of their days.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Birthday Cake Success



I was pleased that the cake I made for my niece's birthday turned out so well. I think she was quite pleased with it and she of course had to have a piece taken from the top of the stocking where all the goodies are....lol!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas meme

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Hot Chocolate.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Wrapped.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
colored lights on the tree, white ones - icicle ones on the house

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

Yes, all the better to catch my sweetie with.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
First Sunday of Advent until the Epiphany.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Cabbage rolls with sour cabbage.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child:
Coloring Christmas pictures with my mom.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I found out in grade 2, another kid at school told me. It was the same year I got my snoopy watch.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
No. We open them in the morning before breakfast.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
It's a hodge podge of different ornaments, no particular theme...with beaded garlands that look like cranberries and candies.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
As a kid I loved it...now that I have to drive - shovel etc. I like it only for Christmas. There is something special about coming out of Midnight Mass and there is a beautfiul fluffy snowfall.

12. Can you ice skate?
I can skate, but I can't stop - unless you count running into a snow bank...lol.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
The boxful of barbie clothes my mom sewed for me and my sis.

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Being with the family.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Trifle.........mmmmmmmmmm Trifle!

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Going to midnight mass with the family and our big family breakfast.

17. What tops your tree?
An angel.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
I love watching people open gifts - so giving.

19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Silver Bells

20. Candy canes:
They make good decorations, but they're too messy to eat.

21. Favorite Christmas movie?
Miracle on 34th Street(original)

22. What do you leave for Santa?
Cookies and milk.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christmas Favorites

I remember the Christmas I turned 15. I absolutely got nothing out of it at all, the Christmas spirit had taken a Mexican vacation and left me behind to deal with the festivities.

Every year since, I have been afraid that I would experience this lapse in spirit. Thankfully it hasn't happened since. It must have been a teenaged angst thing.

But growing up Christmas was never such a big deal in our house. We didn't attend Church so the festivities consisted of going for a Christmas light drive on Christmas Eve and then turning in early so that Santa would come - and then waking up to gift opening. With my mom this sometimes would happen at 3am. I remember one year that we were woken up at 3am and after we opened all of our presents we were promptly sent to bed....:(! My mom has always been way over excited to give the presents. I remember thinking how completley unfair it was that we had to go back to bed, I had just received the best barbie ever!!!!! Mom had even sewed both my sister and I an orange crate full of barbie clothes!

Now we may not have had a lot of traditions but what we did have made me appreciate them even more. One thing we always had was dinner at Granny's. There was never a better meal than that Christmas dinner, but doesn't everything taste better at Grandma's!!!!

When I met my dear hubby his family had huge traditions. I remember the first time I saw his parent's house at Christmas time. It looked like someone had bought out the entire Christmas aisle and set it all up in their living room. That was way way back when the tinsel style decor was all the rage. The ceiling sparkeled as ropes and stars swayed to and fro. I felt like I had walked into the North Pole!

We've carried on many of these traditions and added a few more. These days we still decorate quite a bit, but we do so with a bit less flash and shine and more traditional with green boughs and ribbons, but we still have plenty of twinkling lights to make the house merry.

His family always had a big breakfast on Christmas morning with all kinds of special treats, fresh croissants, bacon and fresh OJ. This has been a wonderful tradition to continue on with and each year the kids start asking what we'll have for breakfast. I'm a big fan of waffles with strawberries - I think that will be on the list this year when we have hubby's folks over for breakfast.

Now that we are in our first home - this Christmas feels just that much more special. I'm very happy to be celebrating our first Christmas dinner with my family. I have my Granny coming over(she is 92) and she is just so excited to see the house all decorated. She always loves how we decorate - she has always been impressed with the 'North Pole' look. Still at 92, she has that little girl in her that just loves to see the twinkling lights and decorated ceilings.

Now I'll share an unusual tradition that we've begun together as a family. I found a pattern years ago for a crocheted pickle. The tradition is that you leave the pickle out on Christmas Eve and Santa hides it in the tree. Come Christmas morning everyone takes a turn to find the pickle. Whoever finds it, gets a special gift. We've always ensured that this was a gift that the whole family would enjoy, a game or a movie for the whole family.

Even as our kids grow and begin turning into young adults - they still crave all of the tradition that we've created to make Christmas extra special. They'll never let us forget on Christmas eve to leave the pickle out for Santa!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Irish Hiking Scarf



I discovered a great 'kint-a-long last week and I just had to try it. I'm hoping to get added to their site soon, but here is a picture of my scarf I have just begun. To see the pattern or to join their group go to their site.


It is such a joy to work on - and I love the cabled look! This time the scarf will be for me.

On the needles One poncho - 2 dish cloths - and 1 Irish Hiking Scarf....for me. I can't wait until it is done, then of course I'll need to make a hat.

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Annual Christmas Drive

One of my fond memories from being a kid was the annual 'Christmas Light Drive'. Mom would get that excited look in her eyes and a goofy grin and tell us kids to get dressed 'we're going for a drive' is all she'd say. That's pretty much all she did have to say, it was that time of the year. We had already noticed the odd house with lights on and it always got us excited for the 'annual event'.

Now it wasn't like it is today - where mostly every block has half of the houses lit....OH NO! We would pile in the back of the big Chevy Oldsmobile in our jammies with the feet and snuggle up under an old car blanket and head off for the 'drive'. This would consist of at least 1 1/2 hours. We'd pretty much cover the entire city and maybe we saw 40 or so houses, but no matter how many we saw or how many times we took that drive - we were always in awe when we saw the twinkling lights hanging from the eavestroughs. Dad would get that twinkle in his eyes as he'd point out the extra special ones and he'd drive so slowly I could almost swear we weren't moving at all.

After our big drive we'd head home and mom would tuck us into our snuggly warm beds and I felt so excited that I could barely sleep. For when we went on the 'Christmas Drive', Christmas was always really close. (It was back in the day where folks put their lights on in the few weeks just before Christmas.) We'd try to fall asleep on those nights, my sister and I, but more often than not - we'd stay up all night talking about those lights. We always picked a favorite and would drive past it at least 3 times(no we were not stalkers...lol)

Things are a lot different now. For one thing, if you told people you went for 1 1/2 drive to see Christmas lights...they'd figure you were off your nutter. The price of gas alone would scare the pants off of most folks. No, today you don't really see the parade of annual "Christmas Light Drive" trekkers. In most cases you reall don't need to plan a special night to see these wonders. Christmas lights have become almsot standard in most neighborhoods...putting in an appearance in most cases as soon as Halloween is over.

That being said, whenever I see the twinkle of the lights...I get that little kid feeling again and it takes me back to days long gone when that was the most special treat of all!
In honour of my old family tradition - I'd like to share this video I've found of an amazing Christmas light display.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Is it ever cold today! It is one of those days where I just want to snuggle up on the sofa with a nice steaming mug of tea(maybe even my stash of Ty-phoo)....thanks again sis! Maybe I'll get some knitting out or watch some of our dvr'd shows with hubby and Oliver.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh there I am daydreaming again at work. Well at least I am doing it on my lunch break.

I've joined hubby's online bible study. At first I felt totally outta my league, but hubby(dear hubby) kept insisting that I had plenty to offer. Well I find the experience to be very rewarding. It's great to see every one's interpretations on the readings.

I don't know if it's just that it's Advent soon or what, but I've added another blog to my addiction. Here I will take some time each week or every few days(depending on my mood) to allow myself to explore my faith and to put into words what I am feeling about it. It may consist of prayers, reflections or maybe just something I've found interesting and thought I'd pass it on. I hope you will drop by my LogCabin and stay for awhile.

I made my poppy cock last night - wow was it ever easy - and sooooooo good! It's also a good thing that I am passing it on as gifts because it is extremely high in fat *sigh*. I will probably make hubby and kids a batch and maybe some for his folks. His dad has a big sweet tooth.

I didn't end up doing any knitting at lunch - just sat here and started my new blog - ahhhh I'll get to it tomorrow.

Peace and God Bless

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

One Word MeMe

The Only Rule? One Word

1. Yourself - Comfortable
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse - Close
3. Your hair - Dry
4. Your Mother - Creative
5. Your Father - Fun
6. Your Favorite Item - computer
7. Your dream last night - None
8. Your favorite drink - Pepsi
9. Your Dream Car - Vue
10. The room you are in - office
11. Your ex - cheater
12. You Fear - dark
13. What might you want to be in 10 years - happy
14. Who you hung out with last night - family
15. What you are not - optimistic
16. Muffins - bran
17. One of your wish list items - vacation
18. Time- lacking
19. The last thing you did - lunch
20. What you are wearing - casual
21. Your favorite weather - Fall
22. Your favorite book - Notebook
23. The last thing you ate - Chocolate
24. Your life - hectic

TaDa!!!

Here is the sweater - I did it!!!!! Actually this was such an easy thing to do....but shhhhhhh, let that be our little secret! Hubby wants one but he's so thoughtful, he said I should make myself one first...*G*!

Oliver our cute lil' beagle boy

~Oliver's so cute look, he also uses this one when he is sorry. He is sorry quite often, poor guy! It's not easy been a pup pup!~
~Oliver doing his favorite thing, chewing by Mom's feet~
Oliver in his winter jacket that Grandma brought over, doesn't he look thrilled?


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Knitting Lottery


I think I just won the knitting lottery, really! I guess if you're a knitter it doesn't take much to make you feel happy. A lovely lady just dropped off some yarn, pattern books and needles off for a group to use. She asked me if I knit, and when I said I did, she told me to take whatever I wanted first....woooooo hoooooo! Now I had visions of scarves, socks and sweaters spinning around in my head - gave myself a shake and said sure!

Well I got some wool, enough for a couple of projects and needles galore, including a lot of circular needles(which I currently don't have).

This is turning into a great day!

I received my Christmas parcel from my sis - she's such a sweetie. She sent me some Ty Phoo tea and some low fat snack bars which she claims are awesome. I can barely wait for tea time. As you can tell from my blog name - I love tea! :) So getting a new tea is a special treat indeed. And what a perfect day for it too. We are currently experiencing our first snow storm of the season, so a nice cuppa sounds lovely right now.

We went home at lunch to let Oliver out and feed him - he's getting so big! I'll have to take some pictures of him soon - he's already getting his big boy beagle face. Next Monday he goes to the vet and he'll lose his pride - but hopefully become a better pet. He's been getting better every day and we'd like to keep him a good pet.

He's been hilarious with the snow. He doesn't like it on his paws, but he sticks his whole head in the snow bank....he's soooooo cute. I think he's beginning to get used to the snow now as he's finally just doing his business when we take him out, rather than chasing the snow and pushing it around with his snoopy nose.

I'll post some Oliver pics soon and the sweater project now that it is completed.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Christmas is here, or is it?


This year we are posed with an unique situation. The Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve fall on the same day. As this happens only once every 7 years or so we may get confused and become more focused on Christmas and leave Advent in the dust. As Christians we know the speical meaning of Advent and hopefully this post will help to clarify why it is important to keep the Advent and Christmas seasons separate. Make sure to attend both special celebrations this year.

It's that time of year agin - well almsot! It will be Advent one week from today. But looking around you may think Christmas is just a day away. I thought I'd take some time to post about this joyful season of Advent, but let's not get it confused with another separate but beautiful season of Christmas.

This is a bit hard to do as the stores get busier and busier with shopper after shopper stocking up on wrapping paper, bows and egg nog(gotta have the nog)! In the last few years I've noticed the signs that Christmas are on the way sneaking in a little earlier each year. This year I heard people commenting with much dismay that they saw Christmas trees for sale in August at Costco....let me tell you this got people talking. Then as I was purchasing new Halloween items I no sooner had to look across the aisle and there, just a little peek of red, green and gold! Tinsel and lights just waiting on the sidelines, just waiting for Halloween to just get out of it's way. It's kind of like when you put all that stuff in your closet and it is stuffed to the brim and as soon as it's opened.......BAM, your stuff is everywhere and you are wondering how it is that you got all that stuff in there in the first place. This is what happens with the Christmas items. Once they get the word, BAM - - - - Christmas literally explodes. By the time Christmas day is over, the majority of people are all Christmased out. By the time the last of the turkey is gobbled up and the last of the wrapping paper has been disposed of - for moste people this is the end. Christmas is officially over. By boxing day, the precious Christmas tree will have been given its eviction notice and be sitting on the curb.

With all of this activity it's easy to lose sight of what is important. As Christians we are urged to keep the spiritual focus amidst the consumer driving materialistic society. In this midst of this Advent season let us as Christian people strive to keep this a season of waiting, rejoicing and hope. Let's make sure to keep the needy in our prayers and be sure to be generous to those with less. And as we decorate with boughs and tinsel let us also make sure to keep a space for the coming Lord in our hearts.

It doesn't take much to ensure that you keep a prayerful place in your heart at this time of year. There are lovely Advent weekly prayer books to guide you and your family through Advent, day by day with readings and reflections to help us focus on what is important. I know we as a family use the Word Among Us, Advent booklet. It's a great way to pray during this season. If you are baking for your family, why not bake a few dozen cookies and take to a senior centre or to a soup kitchen. Consider going through some of your own belongings, are there things that you can let go of to enrich another's life? If you simply don't have the ability to donate monetary items, please take time during each day to pray for those who are in need of food, clothing shelter and much more.

May God Bless you and Yours this Advent season with a joyfilled season filled! Happy Advent!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Dot On


Last night I gave a talk at our RCIA group on the Liturgical Year. I always am amazed at how many new things you learn as you prepare for a talk like this. I had been in a discussion via email with one of the other leaders on what was included in the Triduum. From everything I had read incluced Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil - but apparently it goes right to Easter Sunday night and ends with vespers....who says you can't teach and ol' dog new tricks?...:)

I had the group do a multiple choice quiz prior to leading the discussion. It was really surprising to some of them when they heard the correct answers. I don't think anyone realized that lent ended on Holy Thursday for e.g.

We had a great discussion with a lot of good questions and sharing. All in all a big success. I'm very grateful for that. I don't do these things easily so when I get an evening where I feel it 'worked' I am just tickled with myself...lol! Thanks be to God! My prayers as we drove one kid here and one kid there on the way to the meeting were definitely answered.

I think due to the fact that we are in our last week of Ordinary Time and moving into Advent that we all kind of really got into the Advent part of the discussion. Even when I was preparing it, I spent a lot of time thinking about what Advent means so I thought I'd do a bit of blogging about this special time a bit more on the weekend.

I'm trying to blog at work, but it's just one of those crazy Fridays!!! TGIF!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Blog Envy


Well I am ashamed to admit it *blush*, but I have blog envy! There I've said it, I have put it out there for the whole blogging world to see, or not as the case may be.

My hubby's site is gaining popularity at such a quick rate that my lil' ol head is spinning. Sheesh! I knew had a way with words and I did know this from the beginning, but dang I have to come up with something and quick. There must be something I can say or do to surpass his readership....hehehehe! I told him that if his blog gets any more popular I am going to become a computer geek and destroy his blog with my cyber talents.

Well I'll just carry on blogging in my style and not concern myself if anyone cares to read my ramblings.

So I get a call today at work from a New Line Cinema Rep - what do you know, they want to give us 10 passes to see The Nativity Movie next week. What a sweet gift. I had really wanted to see this movie. I thought as a Catholic, I should make it a priority to see the real Christmas story and I want to encourage movie makers to continue to make these types of movies.

So on the way home our son stopped to pick himself and his sis a burger for supper. Yeah he's sure enjoying having sheckels in his pocket since he got his first job. ~at least he's generous~. Anyway, we're sitting their waiting and I mention these free passes and my hubby - ~the kind generous soul ~ that he is says, "Hey, maybe we can sell them on Ebay"....and he roars hilariously like that was the funniest thing ever. I thought it would be funnier if we tried to sell his a** on ebay....then he thought about that for about a 1/2 second and wondered if he could pedal his behind on ebay...lol. What a goof.

But seriously have you seen the things you can buy on ebay. I had read an article in our local paper recently about a finding in a small town that went for $85.00 on ebay. The interesting article in question. A shoe that had been found after flood cleanup that they were sure had the face of Jesus on it in dirt. So maybe my hubby's behind could make a fair price....thoughts to ponder!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Carla Simon: Hi Carla and more

I've been inundated recently with these types of emails. I am getting approximately 30/day. They've somehow even managed to get some of my info to make them look more believable....they'll have hi ####lee or something with my first or second name or my work's name somewhere in the subject line.

Honestly if I wanted these great stock tips wouldn't I just go about finding them on my own. What on earth do they think they'll accomplish by bombarding us with them over and over again. Like one day I'll open one up by accident(probably their thought) and I'll exclaim....OH MY GOODNESS, and I've been deleting these emails? After I smack myself senseless and reply immediately giving them all of my savings, college funds and fun money.

YEAH RIGHT!!!!

Come one folks, give it up! Your mass marketing techniques are not working, in fact they are turning people off of your whole business.

Would you honestly buy a product if you saw nothing but that products commercials non stop for 2 months. Picture a really cheesy commercial for ummmm let's say Cheez Whiz(I like the whole cheese thing, just go along with it). So we play this commercial of a guy digging in the neighbors garbages looking for jars that have just a wee bit left over and he finally succeeds and has enough jars to make himself a midnight snack of a cheez whiz sandwich. Ok, now think about seeing nothing but that commercial day and night for a whole month straight.

Did you seriously think about it?

Ok, I mean cheez whiz is a nice spread on occasion. I like it on crackers or toast or if I am being adventerous, celery.

But, if they played this commercial non stop. I would be sick of it, it would be like I ate nothing but cheez whiz sandwiches for a month straight.

Whoever can develop software to prevent these types of spam email will make millions!! I think I should get right on that. I can see the money now, and oh how much cheez whiz I could buy with that!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween


Well it's the day all the kids wait for all year long, Halloween. Tonight the cutest little ghosts and goblins will come marching to and fro with big grins on their faces as we all put some little treats in their candy sacks.

I love to see the wee little ones. They always seem to get an extra helping of candy from me.

Tonight my son plans on being the one to hand out the candy, and he will do so of course with the scariest of masks that he could possibly find. I guess it's pay back time for all the times he was spooked by some over zealous Halloween enthusiast.

I plan on spending the evening exercising and being thankful that I didn't buy any kind of candy that I'd like to indulge in. I'll sit back with my water and maybe a few pretzels and watch some ridiculously scary movie.

I remember when I was a kid we had this rule that all the candy bars had to be placed in the fridge in a big bowl. The premise of course that this kept them fresh...yeah right thanks mom and dad...lol! Those candy bars God bless them didn't last more than 2 days. Mind you that was back in the day when it was a rare thing to get a chocolate bar. The most common treat in my day was sunflower seeds and gum, anything else was a bonus. One time I went trick or treating and a young neighbour handed out full size pops and full size chips and bars. All the kids were talking about that for years. Now as an adult handing out my own candy I realize it's just as fun to buy the treats.

I hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween. Drive safe, there will be a lot of excited trick-or-treater's walking around in the dark, with only candy on their minds.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Stretching


While I've convinced myself with the help of hubby and some wise older ladies to do some stretching in my knitting. I'm always saying I can't do this or I'll wait until I retire to do that. I've decided to take a leap and make a sweater. Now, it seems like a fairly easy one - not much assembly but for me it's a definite change. I got the Sally Melville - Book 1: The Knit Stitch for Valentine's Day a few years ago. My knister(my sis) put me on to it. It's a great book, with many great patterns with very good instructions and how to's. The best part....all K...no purl!!! I don't mind purling once in awhile but I prefer just the straight K stitch. Considering there is no purl there are some amazing patterns in the book. Some that will take me years to consider trying. Isn't that a beautiful sweater. I've already got hubby wanting the man version(of course he says, after you make yourself one). Silly hubby knows I never get around to knitting anything for myself...he's such a gem!!!! I'll have to tell him how sweet he is later...:)

For now I've decided to start with the Einstein Coat. I'm going to make it for my 2 year old nephew in Bernat Softee Chunky in the colour (Denim Ragg). I thought it was a great way to get my feet wet, so to speak. So now I've got another project on the go. This will be great for when I get tired of the endless pink poncho's I am making.

So I'll keep you posted to my trials and tribulations as I stretch myself as a knitter.

On the Needles ~ Sarah's Poncho, Hubby's scarf and now nephews sweater!

Peace and God Bless,

TMouse

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Mother's Make Good Jugglers...What's Wrong With Me?


Well it has begun once again - that's right school is back in session. I woke up a bit earlier than normal as I had an idea the morning would be a little hectic. After having 2 months off for good behavior I've been sentenced once again to the 'school morning blues'. Calls of 'Mom, where's my jeans' and 'Mom, he/she is looking at me' have now been added to my regular regimen. Why oh why is it that only 'mom' can do all of these things. Dad is there too, but nope...must ask mom. Now add to that our recent addition to the family...awwwww aren't puppies cute..lol! Now the morning goes like this too...'mom he's biting my toes, Oliver down..etc'. Lunches being made, tea on the go....puppy has to pee. Is there time left for me? I can just see myself heading off to work and realizing I forgot to put deodorant on or I have a curler stuck in my hair.

If it were a perfect world I'd be just as organized at home as I am at work. When I'm working everything is in it's place and gets done on time. I even have my pens colour coordinated for goodness sakes. Put me at home and I have no idea where that permission slip for climbing Mount Everest went. I can barely keep track of which days they go to school and which ones they don't. Although these days it should be fairly easy as they seem to have more days at home than
school. Yes, as most mother's breathe a sigh of relief as their little one's jot off to school this morning. There's at least one mother who is already missing the lazy dog days of summer and praying that this year she'll become one of those good juggling mother's.

Peace and God Bless,

TMouse
Lord,
Let us pray for all students and teachers returning to their classrooms, that they may meet their challenges with patience and understanding, while remaing focused on Jesus as their guide, Amen+

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Blogs from Hell

I was a little bored last night and hubby was on his computer playing Sims so before Canadian Idol came on...I searched blogs. Although when I use the 'next blog' function I generally come up with interesting blogs sometimes they are totally inappropriate. Last night I found one like this that almost made me sick. I obviously flagged it(not sure what that does), but there really should be a better system to track mature content. Now I've stumbled upon some mature stuff but this was beyond sick.

I realized that I can no longer use the 'next blog' function to find new and interesting blogs. Then I was going through my fav's link list and I found a site that had a Christian Knitter's webring. Now I say to myself how cool is that? I knit and hey I am a Christian too. Hopefully they'll let me join their webring.

Out of curiosity I did search the blogger site for Catholic knitter webrings....nada! I was a little surprised. There were bloggers for musicians who knit....even physicians who knit...but no Catholics. Odd, I am Catholic and I know plenty of women who knit. Maybe we're the quiet sit alone and knit type...I don't know. Are you Catholic...do you knit and do you blog? And, not even in that order. I'll add anyone who has a blog about knitting as long as it's a good clean site. Leave me a comment and I'll add you to my links page...:)

One thing I like about seeing other people's knitting is that it inspires me. I am by no way an advanced knitter(yet...she says firmly). I would like to expand my knitting knowledge. That is in my 'things to do' file(right now it's 3 drawers full)....but seriously, I'd love to do this and I'd really enjoy seeing other's knitting projects. There are some pretty good knitter's out there, if you are one pat yourself on the back.

I am a self taught knitter. I learnt a bit from my Granny and the rest I picked up in various books. I think my biggest mistake is not having enough confidence. I must work on that...positive thoughts produce positive results...lol

On the needles Sarah's poncho and hubby's scarf

Peace and God Bless,

TMouse

Monday, August 28, 2006

M O N D A Y

That's what I reaized when I woke up to Oliver jumping on the bed and chewing my hair, it was indeed Monday morning. The wonderful weekend was over. I think I am still getting used to the fact that my summer holidays are over.

The weekend was great, I didn't finish the book yet but I am about half way. It's about a woman, Susannah, who is wondering what if she had taken a different 'life path'. I'm sure there are times we've all thought about it. It's a very good read. I didn't end up reading as much as I thought due to the fact that I wanted to get some knitting done. I am almost done the first half of Sarah's poncho. After that I have one more poncho to go and then I can begin the scarf and hat set for the boys. I have a very simple pattern picked out but they turn out so nice. I'll post pictures when I complete a set.

Oh there is a woodpecker out my window, no two. What a rare treat. Oh I was going to get a pic, but as soon as I moved they flew away. We don't have a lot of interesting birds around here, so that was a treat. Usually I see a lot of squirrels throughout the day. They are always looking for or hiding their nuts...lol! Then the crows follow them around and wait until they find something and they chase them away.....bad crows! I find them to be the most annoying birds ever.

Well with us having another glorious day for weather, maybe I'll get to go out for another bike ride. I'm really enjoying the evening bike rides. I'm still in awe over my spiffy new bike, and now that hubby has one to we just look too cute riding together. I'd love to get my daughter a similar one for her birthday next year.



OMG, too funny. There is a squirrel out front chasing, that's right chasing all the birds away. I've never seen them do that before. He must have a good stash around here. Too funny! His tail was all puffed up and he was charging the birds. 'When Squirrels Go Bad' and other scary tails...lol!

Peace and God Bless,

TMouse

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Faith


I was sent this picture with a few others in an email today. The subject heading was 'Times you really need to trust the pilot'. Now most people would assume in this situation that what you have is 'trust' in the person in charge. I would go further to say you'd have 'faith' in the pilot. When you take a leap of faith you completely let go and give it up to someone else to handle.

Sometimes faith is referred to as letting go of the branch as you dangle from a tree. This situation too would require a lot of faith. I don't know about you but about this time I'd be praying like crazy to God to get me home safe. I'd then have faith that He would indeed help me with that. I would have faith that no matter what the outcome everything would be ok.

Think of a time when you had to have complete faith - how did it work out for you? It's good to remember and reflect upon the times in our lives when we were feeling helpless and alone and by a simple act of Faith we were taken care of. So when the world is getting hectic and things seem to be too much, just take a meditative moment to reflect on those times when you thought things were impossible. Then you'll realize that with God and faith all things are possible and you'll 'let go' of the day to day worries.

Peace and God Bless,

TMouse

Friday, August 25, 2006

Susannah's Garden

Well I picked up Susannah's Garden from the library and I'm really enjoying it. I've settled in with a cup of tea and my good book. I really began to enjoy her as an author after I read 'A Good Yarn'. From that moment on I was hooked. She has a great series called 'Cedar Cove'. These are a good fun and quick read.

I'm trying to find some good mystery writers as well. I think I'll head to the library when I finish this book and try out some new authors. The library is a great place for trying out new authors.

If anyone has a favourite author they'd like to reccomend, I'd love to hear from you. I'm always on the look out for a good author. My tastes range from classic novels to romance books so don't be afraid to give me a suggestion or two.

I'll do a book review of Susannah's Garden once I finish it - at this rate it will probably be done by the end of the weekend.

Peace and God Bless,

TMouse

Poncho

Well as promised here is the picture of one of the completed ponchos. It's for my 4 yo niece. Her favourite colours are pink and purple. I loved the self striping feature of this yarn. I am going to try more of it for future projects.I have two more ponchos to knit up and then I need to start the projects for my two nephews soon as well. That being said poor hubby's scarf has been on hold since last winter. I got busy with another project and by the time I had time to work on it, it was too warm for a scarf....lol! I'll have to make sure to get his scarf done before the winter winds begin a blowing.

Peace & God Bless

TMouse

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Hippety Hop Hop


I had a little visitor today at work. When I see animals it always brightens my day. Here is a picture of the cute little bunny. It made me realize that it's been some time since I've blogged. When I got here and I saw that I hadn't blogged since We Got the House...I knew it had been ages. Time to get back into the swing of things.

A lot has been going on since then. We have moved into the house and painted our son's room red. (Don't even get me going on that...could be 5 pages on the why not to paint with red paint diatribe). Thankfully it's done now and he is thrilled with it.

The summer has seemed to go by so quickly, it's actually a little sad. I'd love to boycott September if I could but all the signs around me won't let me. You can't shop at a store without being bamboozled with Back to School signs. I did manage to get my kids school supply shopping done. I would have been a basket case if I didn't get it all bought and tucked away at least a week before school starts. Is it me or are those lists just getting crazy. I half expect to see a list one day with things like, teacher's agenda, office steno chair, chalk and whiteboard markers. I mean really, how did our ancestors ever learn a thing without 36 colours of crayons and markers.

We did manage to get a bit of R n' R this summer. When the lazy dog days of summer come upon us all the weekday evening meetings cease so there is a lot of extra time for us as a family that we long for all year long. Not being able to go on a holiday was something we realized would happen when we bought the house but knowing it and living it are two different things. It just seems like we've had almost a non-summer. We did manage a small camping trip, which did nothing but make me realize why I dislike camping so much. I kept thinking I have a nice house a cozy bed and all the creature comforts I can afford...what on earth am I doing out here washing dishes in a bucket and sleeping on an air mattress...lol! The kids loved it though, so that was worth it to me.

We didn't manage to get too caught up on sleep as we have a new addition to our family. Yep, we got a new puppy. Now I have never had a dog before, let alone a puppy. They sure tap out your resources, but they are adorable. He had his shots on Tuesday and on Wedensday he had a lot of tummy distress and he was very lethargic. I have to say it was hard to see such an active pup act like that. Thankfully that all seemed to pass and he appears to be his normal self full of P & V!! Isn't he adorable? He is already spoiled rotten. I can't seem to pass a pet store without buying him a new toy.

Well we are having a rainy day here, it's nice change from the hot dry weather we've had almost all summer. I have a book on hold from the library to pick up - Susanna's Garden by Debbie Macomber. I think it will be the perfect night to read. I'll brew up a nice cup of hot tea put on my cozy jammies and curl up with the book. It should be a perfect evening.

I did manage to get some knitting done over the summer. I am making my nieces all a poncho for Christmas using the Bernat Boucle. They are adorable. I'll post pics of them at a later date. Surprisingly they knit up very fast and they are so cute and snuggly. I now want to find a nice pattern to make my nephews a scarf and hat set. I am really big on homemade Christmas gifts so I have to get quite a headstart on them. I have been thinking for the brothers/sisters and parents that I would like to do some of those 'Gifts in a Jar' they seem to be very cute and you can do so many kinds.

Well I guess I do have to get to work here and pretend to be accomplishing something here today. Work is still slow but I have to be here.....lol.

Peace & God Bless

Tmouse

Thursday, March 16, 2006

We got the House!


Well as I mentioned in the earlier post, we were in the process of bidding on and applying for a mortgage. Thankfully I am pleased to say that it was approved and now we're only awaiting for the home inspector to give his thumbs up on the property.

If everything continues to go well, and I trust in God that it will, we should be in our new place by May 31....yeah!!!! What an exciting and amazing time this will be. I know there is a lot of work to do and Ihaven't moved in 5 years, but I am actually looking forward to this process. It's going to be a great time to really re-evaluate the stuff we want to keep. I know there is a lot of stuff that we're just hanging on to. It will be great to down size!

I just wanted to get back to thanking God. I have thanked God so many times since we received the approval. I truly feel that we were specifically called to this home. Everything seemed to just fall into place. Every time there was a bump it was soon smoothed over.

When I first saw the house I knew right away that I HAD to look at it! My hubby too had the exact same feeling as me. Now, I have been looking at houses for over a year now and this is the first time I just had this strong feeling to see the house. The people who own it now are a very nice couple and as soon as I met them I felt at ease(amazing considering that I had never done this before). It just seems that each step we took, even meeting with our mortgage broker all felt so scary until they happened and then a wave of calm would wash over me. All of this tells me that we are making the right decision. Thank you Lord! Thank you to all the people here with us and those who have gone before us that I had asked for prayers. I know God heard all of our prayers and He knew what was best for our family. I am very blessed and I hope I never forget that!

Peace and God Bless,
TMouse


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

My Gorgeous Trailing Aftrican Violet



















I absolutely love this plant. It's the first African Violet that I haven't killed! LOL It also blooms fairly regularly. I have it on my office desk at work and it L O V E S that spot as it's just thrived!

It has been on a hiatus and wasn't blooming for a month so on Monday when I got to work I was overjoyed to see it blooming again.

My little 'spring' treat!

Medallion Dish Cloth


As I mentioned yesterday I am also working on this medallion dish cloth. It turns out so pretty and it's relatively easy. You can make one up quite quickly.

Directons:
Cast on 15 sts
Row 1: K
Row 2: Sl first st, k1, yo, k 12, leave 1 st on needle.
Row 3: Turn, sl st, k 14
Row 4: Sl st, K1, yo, k 12, leave 2 sts on needle.
Row 5: Turn, sl st, K 14.
Row 6: Bind of 2 sts, k 11, leave 3 sts on needle.
Row 7: Turn, sl st, K 11.
Row 8: Sl st, k1, yo, k 9, leave 4 sts.
Row 9: Rep Row 7
Row 10: Turn, sl st, k1, yo, k 9, leave 5 sts.
Row 11: Rep Row 7.
Row 12: Bind of 2 sts, k8, leave 6 sts.
Row 13: Turn, sl st, K 8.
Row 14: sl st, k1, yo, k6, leave 7 sts.
Row 15: Rep row 13.
Row 16: sl st, k1, yo, k6, leave 8 sts.
Row 17: Rep Row 13.
Row 18: Bind of 2 sts, k 5, leave 9 sts.
Row 19: Turn, sl st, k5.
Row 20: Sl st, k 14

You can change to another colour at this point or continue in the same color.
Repeat the last 20 rows forming the second section. Continue alternating the two colours or the same colour until 8 sections are completed. Bind off 15 sts.
Finishing:
On wrong side weave two free edges together and stitch up the middle.
I can't recall where I got this pattern, if it's your's please let me know and I'll put your link in.


Peace and God Bless,

TMouse

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Petal Dish Cloths
















Well I am working away on the 'white dish cloth' order for my grandma. I've had to get a little creative so I don't get bored with the colour white.

Here I am working on the second one. I just finished one at lunch time and I managed to sneak in some time to start up a new one. This is a 'Petal dish cloth' . You can get the pattern here.

She has many, many great patterns for dishcloths.

Dish cloths are the perfect project to work on as they travel well. You can work on them anywhere and they can be as simple or as complicated as you're comfortable with.

The other one is completed, but I've folded it in half as I forgot my yarn needle at home.

I will probably alternate working with other colours too, after all it's close to spring and I'm just dying to work with some of my bright cottons.

Peace and God Bless,

TMouse

Monday, March 13, 2006

S T R E S S!!!!!

That's the way I am feeling right now. I've never in my life experienced this kind of stress. As I sit here and type my whole body is vibrating and I can't make it STOP!

Why the stress you ask? Well, my husband and I are taking a big step in buying a house(trying to). We've put in a bid that was accepted by the vendor and now it's up to the bank and well the CMHC. When you don't have 25% down they have to insure the mortgage. What a lot to worry about.

Well tomorrow we meet with the bank and after that it's out of our hands. I feel so much pressure to 'succeed' in this purchase...for my kids, my hubby and all of my family. Everyone wants this for us so badly and we want it so badly too. We've been married for 16 years and well we did it all backwards....got married really young had the kids right away etc. etc. etc. Needless to say buying a house was never an option until recently. Our new jobs give us money into an RRSP each year and that is now our down payment....Yeah! Thank you GOD!

I feel truly blessed to even be in this position to be considering a home purchase, I truly do. I have to ground myself in that too. I've had a lot worse times and look where we are today. I have to give God all the praise and thanks for every step every good thing that has happened is indeed because of his love for us. God, please help us with this stress. Help us to relax and take things as they come. Everything will come in due time. If for some reason this is not meant to be, please help us also Lord to deal with that as well. Now more than ever we call on you God to be our rock. We make this prayer in your name forever....Amen +

Please keep our family in your prayers that we will be successful in this purchase and if not, be able to deal with the loss.

Peace and God Bless,
TMouse

Friday, March 10, 2006

Idol Predictions come close to the mark

I hit the girls dead on. I had predicted Kannik and Ayla would be leaving last night and I was dead on! I wasn't however prepared for Ayla's reaction. I felt so bad for her, she was really disappointed. I think if she lets her emotions out regularly and puts the emotion into her singing she will do amazing.

Now on the men. After watching the show this week I had changed my mind to Will going home but to be honest I couldnt for the life of me think of who the other guy would be. Now, I am definitely not a Gideon fan but I thought the perfromance this week was great. He was my initial pick to go home this week as I just felt his ego may be too much for some to take. Watching him sing out his song last night I truly felt it unfair that he was leaving over some of the others. I think that must have come down to a likability factor.

Now is when it gets really tough. I like most all of the Top 12. I think the competition this year is pretty tough. I do have some people that I think will not be the Idol and they are as follows: Kevin, Bucky, and Melissa. Now that's all up in the air for now, I am curious to see what happens once they have stylists working with them and vocal coaches. I may be very, very surprised. I don't think there is anyone who really doesn't deserve to be in the Top 12.

My fav's remain Chris and Mandisa and Taylor.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Movies and T.V. Talk

I watched Pride and Prejudice on the weekend and I must say what am amazingly good movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will definitely add it to my collection.

Yesterday I picked up the latest HP movie. It was on for a fantastic price and we are all HP fans at our house. We'll watch it on the weekend but the kids have no idea that we bought it yet. We had every intention of seeing it in the theatre but it just didn't work out as planned. So we'll have a movie packed weekend.

I have the Walk the Line movie on reserve at Blockbuster. It wasn't in and as it is a guranteed rental I can rent it for free. I was watching the Academny Awards and I think Reese Witherspoon did a great job and I'm itching to see it.

Watched the Idol last night and I just don't know what to think. I'm almost convinded Kannik will go home, but who will follow. I didn't like Lisa's performance but I still think she is quite a strong singer. I'm wavering but I'm still pretty sure the second one will be Ayla. I just don't think this competition is for her. I think she needed to break out of her 'sports' persona and this was a good way to do so, but I don't think she needs Idol to be successful. She is extremely talented and things are going her way already.....let's give the others a chance. Poor ol' Kelly Pickler didn't even know what a minx was...teehehhehehe!

Amazing Race is up and running again, back to it's normal show of teams of TWO!! This made my hubby soooooo happy. He couldn't stand the one from last season with the families. I have to admit I only watched it if there was nothing else on the tube. So far the teams all seem fairly well matched. I was glad to see the 'Glamazons' go home. Hmmmmmm, favourite team so far. I guess that would have to be the 'Hippies'. They are such a riot to watch.

Well here's to another great evening of T.V. How will Chris Daughtry wow us tonight? I can't wait to find out.

Peace and God Bless,
TMouse

Monday, March 06, 2006

First week of Lent

I have to say I've done pretty good so far. It didn't get too tough for me until the weekend. That was when it really dawned on me, I can't go on the computer. See the rule I created is a bit tougher than just game playing. I can go online to check email in the a.m. and once again in the p.m. and other than that I can do any banking and info searching(recipes....ect.) but other than that there is no computer at home. I do my blogging at work during my breaks. This is really TOUGH!

I have a teenage daughter at home that is extremely moody and confrontational. Usually when she gets me in a funk(which seems like everyday lately), I go on the computer and veg out. Now that I've lost my escapism I feel totally lost with myself.

I've been renting movies like crazy and reading the last HP book all the time!

I mean these things are both great but there is something so relaxing about playing the Sims or joining my hubby in a good NWN game.

I think though that if it wasn't somewhat of a struggle it wouldn't have been worth giving up. I know it's supposed to be hard, that's why it's something we need to give up for a bit.

I haven't gone to the sims website lately but I'm thinking of popping in today. I'm really curious about the expansion 'Open for Business'. Of course it was released just as Lent began. I just tell myself it's just one more thing to look forward to at Easter time. Maybe I'll buy both that and the University expansion. So far I only have the NL expansion and I totally loved that.

I had a character that I wanted to turn into a vampire. ( I don't know why).....now he can't go out during the day and he looks kinda goofy. I couldn't do it the normal way as he didn't know anyone well enough to influence them to bite him.....soooooooo, I used the cheat to make him a vampire. Then I jacked up his influence ability and he bit two others. I think he'll be drinking a potion to reverse it pretty soon as I just don't find it as cool as I thought it would be. The neat thing though is seeing them go to sleep in their coffins. Maybe I'll start all anew at Easter with a clean slate....towns. I'm really interested in trying the legacy thing. I do have a family where the children are grandchildren of the first family I created, sadly their dad died in a tragic kitchen fire....ACK! I'm not sure if they count as legacy or not.

Well now that I did all this Simtalking I'm just jonseing for my sims.......I miss the SMUSTLE!

Peace and God Bless,

TMouse

Friday, March 03, 2006

Black Bottom Cupcakes and Movies

That's right Friday is here, let's kick up our heels and dance! It feels like Friday came awfully fast but I'll take it yesiree Bob!

Last weekend we were quite busy so you don't really get that rested feeling to begin the new week and needless to say you begin to drag your behind a bit. This weekend should be a bit better. Hubby has to go to work a bit but the rest of us have nothing on.

I had a nice night last night too. My daughter and I did watch a movie and I made some BlackBottom cupcakes(recipe at the end of the blog). We watched Elizabethtown.....YUCK! It was absolutely horrible. How on earth could they have given that two thumbs up. Thankfully my daughter was just loving the experience and didn't seem to mind too much that the movie was horrible! I should have just gpme with Pride and Prejudice but she had already seen that at the theatre with a friend and I thought she'd like something new. I also was unprepared for the part in the movie where the widow goes into a diatribe about her neighbour and his 'boner'.

That's one thing that really picks at me, why do movies throw in one stupid scene that makes it un-viewable by pre-teens. Do we really need some of that language or a boob shot to enjoy a show.....I'd like to think not. Foul language in some movies is part of the movie just as it was in the movie 'Crash'. It's a very dark movie that makes you cringe in parts but it has such a strong message and the language wasn't gratuitous. I generally go to familymediaguide.com for great parental guides. This site has very detailed profanity, sex, violence and it gives examples of how they are portrayed in the film with a colour coded system...green for suggestive, yellow for explicit...etc. Unfortunatly I forgot to read the whole page about this movie.

Tonight we have some of our t.v. shows taped to watch and the movie Flight Plan to see. We generally tape the shows through the week so that we have something to watch when we exercise. Last night we had a 'Survivor' fiasco....yep....it didn't get taped!!! AHHHHHH! I still have to go to CBS and see who got voted off. We didn't however miss American Idol. Boy it was sure fun to see thatBrenna get voted off. She was something else for sure. There is confidence and then their is just conceit!!! She got put in her place and I doubt Mr. Clive Davis will be ringing her phone. Can you imagine what a nightmare she'd be to work with!!!...can you say D I V A? All in all, I think America did a good choice with their votes last night. I think it will be really interesting to see how the Top 12 goes. I predict Kannik and Ayla will be voted off next week for the girls and for they guys.....that is tougher. I really like Kevin, I think he's a great kid who can really sing but I'm not sure if he can make the next round. My precictions for eliminations for the guys are: Kevin and Gideon.....I don't feel at all confident in my male predictions but it's the best I can guess. I do think that Chris will give them all a run for their money and Mandisa too!

As promised:
Black Bottom Cupcakes:
1 8oz. pkg. Cream cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 c. sugar
pinch salt
Combine all together and add 1 6 oz. pkg. chcolate chips...mix and set aside.

Mix:
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. water
1/2 c. oil
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
Fill muffin cups to 1/3 to 1/2. Drop spoonful of cream cheese mixture on top. Bake at 350F for 20 - 25 minutes. Yield: 18 cupcakes.

These are easy to do and very delicious, they can be frozen and used later. ....but I'm sure they won't last that long.

Peace and God Bless,
TMouse

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Lent, a time for re-evaluating

Well Lent has begun. We had a wondeful parish celebration for Ash Wednesday when as we placed ashes on the forehead said 'Receive the good news that Jesus has passed from death to life'. What a wonderful way to begin our Lenten Journey. We begin the journey acknowledging that Jesus rose from the dead. I was moved deeply as I placed the ashes on the foreheads of those who came before me. Seeing each person come forward you get a much stronger sense that you are doing this as a whole community.

The homily talked a lot of the things that 'get in the way' of our relationship with God and others. During the homily I realized how much my lenten observance was exactly what God was calling me to do. I felt like God was speaking through our pastor directly to me.

Lent has always been a great time for our family to re-evaluate. This year my husband started with the idea of giving up the computer. I'll admit I wasn't too keen at first (ok, I was angry). As we were eating our meal of perogies yesterday we all talked as a family about what we'd give up and give this season. After my husband and I told the kids about the computer my daughter was the first one to pipe up that she too would make that same decision. Driving to Mass yesterday evening my son had still not made up his mind of what he'd give up. I suggested the gamecube but he immediately exclaimed 'no'. In the end he came to the decision with a little guidance to also give up the computer for Lent. It should prove to be an interesting time for our family.

Last night I was sitting in the living room reading the latest HP book and it just felt nice. My husband was also reading and our daughter was watching some t.v. I think she really enjoyed having us be with her. She is a very social person who doesn't like to be alone. Now I admit when she talked almost non-stop part of me was having to realize that this is all normal...and no, I don't need to hide my life away in my room in front of the comp.

That is exactly why we needed the break!

As a family that has older kids, we all tend to just do our own thing. We miss some of that quality family time. We all go off in our own directions and by doing so some people in the family end up feeling left out and alone. I'm hoping this experience of not using the computer for 40 days will make us all realize that we have to make more effort to stop all going in a different directions and spend more time together.

Tonight I'm planning on a mother/daughter movie night and we'll watch Pride and Prejudice. One of the biggest evening problems for me is that my husband works a lot of evenings so our shows are all taping and I can't watch t.v. Now with the computer off the list of 'things to do' I will have to get more creative. So far my reading has picked up immensley and this movie night will be a lot of fun!!!

I'm still trying to decide what to do for supper tomorrow night. I am thinking of making up a nice pot of vegetable soup and making some homemade rolls. We often eat a lot of salmon during lent and perogies...but I want to get a bit more creative. I'll use some more of my work time to locate a few good ones. If anyone has any good lenten meal recipes pass them on to pepsisplace@yahoo.ca


Peace and God Bless
TMouse

Sunday, February 26, 2006


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Knitting Thoughts

It has come to mind lately that I haven't done as much knitting as I used to do. In my previous blog I have explained the no computer game playing for Lent. I'm hoping now that I can use that time to be more creative.

I have done some nice knitting projects but I'm very afraid to make the jump and try to do a sweater or something that takes assembly as well as picking up of stitches. I did make my daughter and I each a dickie this winter. I was amazed that I was able to figure out how to pick up stitches. I have a great book called 'The Knit Stitch, by Sally Melville'. It's quite good with many pictures to show each step.

Why can't I just take the next step and attempt a sweater? I think that is why I've been a bit off of my knitting lately. I am tired of making scarves and dishcloths!!!! For Christmas this year I made our family members each a 1/2 dozen dish cloths and now my Grandma also wants some but she wants a dozen....all in white!!!! Bore city! Obviously you can see why I am losing interest in my knitting. There is only so many dish cloths you can make before you go nutz!

The Projects:
I've currently got the dish cloth order on task, I'm making a scarf for my husband and I'm crocheting a throw for the living room. Of these the main importance is the scarf...if I don't finish it soon he won't even use it until next year...wait...STOP! Even if I finish it this month he won't use it until next year. Maybe I can put this one on hold and just work on the dish cloth order for my off project.

Now, what to make. I'm so eager to try a sweater it's not even funny! I just hope I don't go and buy a bunch of wool and then it turns out that I'm a flop at it. Does anyone out there have any experience on how hard it is to make a sweater? My sis is an avid knitter and she assures me that if she can do it so can I. She said that the hardest part is the assembly. I'm a fairly confident knitter. I can read patterns, do a basic cable etc. The pattern difficulty I stick to is usually up to ntermediate depending on the pattern. I can do very advanced stuff in dish cloths. I'm looking for a easy sweater pattern, preferably in a teenage girl size so that I can practice on a smaller project.

Things I want to accomplish in my LifeTime:

1. How to knit sweaters.
2. Become a great photographer
3. Take a trip with hubby to either somewhere tropical or Europe.
4. Attain goal weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I'm sure there will be more, these are just the ones on my mind at the moment.

Well we'll see how my knitting goes this Lent. Hopefully I will have some pics that I can share of my progress and *crossing fingers* completed project. I will post a picture later of the dickie I made myself...it's currently in the wash.

Off to find a pattern, hopefully and let the creative juices flow.

Peace and God Bless,
TMouse

Friday, February 24, 2006

Giving up the computer for Lent????

I recently read a blog at nosimsforlent and it got my husband and I into this discussion about what we planned on giving up for Lent this year. I was thinking of chocolate but I know that's not going to work at all. Sure I could probably give it up, but who would be able to live with me and besides I had given up Pepsi before and treats so it wasn't a huge stretch for me.

But this idea of not playing on the computer, what on earth would I do with my time?....the fact that I even had that question in my mind means that I've become way...way too attached to this and isn't that a little bit of what we're asked to do during Lent. To give up some of those things that we think we can't live without. The things that are preventing us from being closer to Jesus, spending time with the family, friends etc. That's when it really hit me....I HAVE to do this. I think there must be more to life than sitting in front of the computer like a zombie.

I am a Sim Addict as well as my husband and I are 'die hard' NeverWinter Nights players so this will definitely be very interesting. It will be intersting to see what else we do with all the extra time. We were talking at lunch and I said to him 'what did we ever do before the computers?' It just seems like that's all we do for game playing in our house. The kids have their games that they play on our PC's and when they're not doing that they've got themselves plopped in front of the game cube zoning out!!! I mean honsetly is their life w/o the computer? So now we have to go back to the way things were. Card games, backgammon, reading....going outside...omy!

I can just see us on Easter Sunday evening all stuck in front of the comuter zoned right out having the time of our lives. Just like the year I gave up my pepsi, when I had that first glass it was the best tasting pepsi I ever had!!!!!

I think we'll definitely find that we spend more time as a family. I think that is a huge priority that I am lacking in. Don't get me wrong we do things as a family but when I get home from work and I'm all stressed out from a crazy day of dealing with people that all I want to do is just zone right out and for me the best thing to do is turn on the computer and take myself away.....

So now the plan will be to cram in as much computer time as possible before Ash Wednesday...lol!

Good luck to everyone who is doing some type of Lenten observance. It will be a great way to put the stumbling blocks to our faith aside for the time being...and learn how to create more time all year round for God, family and friends.

Peace and God Bless!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Frustration and Humor

Well here it is Thursday afternoon and I have had no email all day! Isn't it amazing how you can come to rely so much on internet and email. I feel completely out of touch. Thankfully I still have my internet connection, what would I do w/o that....omy! I guess I'll try to fill the missing space with a bit o' blogging!

Don't you just love some of the jokes that make you lol sitting at work. I got one sent to me the other day entitled 'The Last Blonde Joke You'll Ever Need'. A man was at work one day and he got a panicked call from his fiance. She was so upset that he could hardly make out what the problem was. As soon as his lunch break came he quickly sped over to her to see if she was ok. She answered the door with tears just pouring down her face. Something was really wrong. Concerned that he get to the bottom of it right away he asked her about it. He finally calmed her down enough that she was able to explain how she had been trying to assemble this 1000 piecc puzzle since late the night before and she had yet to find one piece that fit together. She was feeling quite dumb and so embarassed. She wanted him to help her with the puzzle. He asked her to see the puzzle box and she told him it's right in front of you on the table. After he had a good look at the box he got up and made them each a nice cup of tea and then he explained to her that........are you ready for this......it was the Frosted Flakes cereal box and now he'd help her get the cereal back in the box.

I get so many of these types of emails as well as some that are just plain stupid. I recently got an email that was about a supposed missing child. The basis of this email is that the more people see this picture the more likely it is that the child will be found and be brought back home. I mean honestly if you're child is missing is this all you can think to do? That's where I really like going to one of my favourit websites , www.snopes.com it's a great place to find out what is true and what isn't. The next time you get an email and you think something just isn't right go to snopes and do a search. There are so many, many hoaxes out there. Also, sometimes it's also just as amazing at what is real. How many received the pictures of the indoor skiing in Dubai? That was something to see alright. I can just see those guys all hot in the sun one minute and bundling up to go skiing the next.

Some more humor for you...A husband and wife were going to go on a holiday to the Holy Land. His mother-in-law insisited on going with as she wanted the opportunity and she had no one else to travel with. Begrudgingly the husband agreed to let her tag alone. Well wouldn't you know it the mother-in-law had a heart attack and died on their trip. After meeting with the funeral director to discuss the costs(the wife was too shook up to deal with it). He was aware that to have a nice funeral there would cost him $750(way cheaper than back home), or to have the body sent home would be somewhere to the tune of $10,000.00. The man only took a couple of seconds befoe he told the funeral director that he would indeed go with the second option. The funeral director was simply astounded at this decision and he couldn't help but to ask why he dediced to go that route. The man was quick to respond. "Because 2000 years ago you buied a man down here and three days later he rose again, I can't take that chance."

I have heard that joke many times and every time I hear it I have a little giggle. All of us who are married have at one time or another had bad experiences with our in-laws. I have to say I'm pretty lucky. I get along fairly well with my mother-in-law. My only sore spot is that she doesn't spend near enough time with my kids than the other grand kids. But she does mean well and deep down I know she loves them all equally. I'm sure one day when I am a mother-in-law I will feel a little differently about these kinds of jokes/but hopefully I still have my sense of humor. I think I will need it in order to not become one of 'those mother-in-laws'.

What can I say I've had a few jokes told to me today...I'll go with one more. This one is a hoot. A man died and as they were carrying his casket out of the church the pall bearers slipped a little bit and the casket hit the corner of the railing. Wouldn't you know it all of a sudden their was a knock from insidet he casket. The man was still ALIVE! Well some years later the man did indeed die again. As they were carrying him out of the church the wife whispered to the sturdiest pall bearer. "Now don't you hit the railing on your way out!" Hehehehehehehehe

There's a little light humour for your afternoon tea. Sometimes it's good just to sit back and enjoy life. It's a cold day here but the sun is shining brightly and spring is indeed just a hearbeat away. Soon the tulips will be poking their heads up out of the wet soil and the birds will be chirping their lovely melodies. Take light in the fact that winter is almost over and we have another spring ahead which will be full of new and different experiences.

Peace and God Bless,
TeaMouse

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Afternoon Cravings and more

Anyone else have the 3:00 p.m. donut/sugar craving going on? I am just going nuts. I don't know why at this time of the day I go into hunger overdrive. I mean seriously, all I've done today is sit at an office desk and work. I'm not a ditch digger, concrete pourer or moving man. So what is up with this hunger thingy?
I know it's definitely getting to be time for a cup o' tea. I checked in the staff room nothing there to eat. I found an old granola bar in my desk that I have no desire to eat. Of course did I stop there oh no! I have an emergency stash of chocolate. Oh ladies, you know exactly why I have that. Well shocker of all shockers....I don't feel like chocolate! What the *&* is going on? Don't you just hate when you get those super specific cravings or worse a very evasive type of craving. You know the kind. It's 11:30 on a Sunday night and you just have to have something but you don't know what. Off you go(bundled up in a parka and boots) for a 5 min drive to the local convenience store. The clerk looks at you like you're a potential shoplifter as you peruse aisle after aisle...now remember I did say convenience store. ...looking for that one thing you just have to have. Finally after feeling a little embarassed by standing by the chooolate bars for 10 minutes you just grab something...anything, does it really matter...YES! It is another failed craving attempt...*sigh*! Maybe next time you'll know what you want before you head off to the store like a crazy woman.
Speaking of food, I just found a great recipe for a low fat dessert on the box of HoneyMaid graham crackers. I'll make a point to put it in my net post. I'm always on the look out for something low fat, low cal that is delicious. I mean hey, I don't want to spend all my time running on the elliptical.
Well I'm signing off for now, this whole blog thing is so completely new to me. I'll try to get back soon.