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,

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.

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.
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,


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,


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 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,

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,

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) 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,


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 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 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' 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.

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,

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

Peace and God Bless