Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

From The TeaMouse Family To
You and Yours
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
and a
Wonderful New Year!

Christmas Tree/Decorating Extravaganza

I'll leave this post up at the top through Christmas - stop by and visit these sites and see some beautiful Christmas trees and decorating. If you have pictures up on your blog of your tree or your house decorated please leave a comment and I'll link you up here.

Pour yourself a cup of cocoa, eggnog or some other Christmas cheer and visit everyone and say Merry C

Here is my Sister's Tree

Here is a picture of mine lit up

1.Lovin Comfort Knits - I've never seen a tree decorated in silver and blue, but it's simply gorgeous! She also has a Gingerbread Parade to view.

2. Colours of Dawn - She has a Thursday Thirteen of her Winter holiday decorations.

3. Cura Animarum - DH's post is up with pics of our tree and our Nativity Scenes.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #35 Christmas Fun

Merry Christmas - I scoured the www and found out some fun sites for you to check out, enjoy!

1. Can you guess these Christmas Carols from the pictures - great to print off for a Christmas party.

2. Another Christmas Carol quiz - guess these ones from a short descriptive sentence...also great for a Christmas social.

3. Christmas Carols - Ever want to do a sing-a-long and you can't remember the words. Here are the lyrics for several Christmas carols.

4. Christmas fun- Games, puzzles, jokes and more.

5. Christmas Crafts for kids - Have some kids to keep busy, here are a few fun crafts that they might enjoy.

6. Northpole - This site has it all from recipes to crafts and more.

7. Fun Christmas Coloring Pages

8. Elf Yourself - or your friends

9. Decorate and send a free Ecard

10. Christmas Movie List - with reviews

11. Wife Saver Breakfast recipe

12. Homemade Gift Ideas - Still have someone to get a gift for, check out some of these unique ideas and avoid the crazy shopping malls.

13 Pop Bubble Wrap - Looking for a stress buster? Why not go and pop some bubble wrap with this virtual bubble wrap popping site.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Afghan Complete

I am going to have to take a lint brush to this - but it's done..yay!!! I love the colour combination and I'm sure he will too. This is the afghan I made for my DS for Christmas. Now I am almost there just one more pair of pocketbook slippers and I'm finished.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tree Show and Tell!

This is our tree - I just bought this one this year. Please dis-regard the knotty pile of yarn on the half wall. My rotten lovely dog Oliver got into some cotton yarn and he did that to it.
So here our tree sits and waits for Christmas Eve before it will guard all of our gifts. This is a first, usually the gifts go under right away. I wanted to do it different this year so the gifts will go under on Christmas Eve. The tree skirt I crocheted about 10 years ago - I suppose I should get another one of these days.

My DH posted more pics of our family creche if you want to see them pop over and visit. He also has a great You Tube video up from the movie The Nativity.

So are you going to show everyone your tree?

If you do show your tree please leave a comment and I'll pop by to see it.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Humor and Frustration

Ok first some Christmas Humor:

A little boy named Tommy wanted a red wagon for Christmas.
He thought and thought about how he could write a letter to Santa.
He thought about this a lot, he didn't want to leave anything to chance so
he decided he'd write his letter to Jesus instead.
He started off like this "Dear Jesus, if you give me a red wagon for
Christmas. I will be good for one whole year." As he wrote the words down
he began to think, a year is equal to 365 days. I've never been good that long
before. He started again. "Dear Jesus, if you give me a red wagon for Christmas
I'll be good for a whole month." Again he thought to himself a month is
really a long time. It was a month until Christmas and that seemed like it was
very far away. He erased and started over. "Dear Jesus, if you give me a red
wagon for Christmas, I'll be good for one whole week." Now Tommy was getting nervous
after all the thoughts of behaving, he'd never been that good at behaving. He tried again.
"Dear Jesus, I would like a red wagon for Christmas. If you give me a red wagon, I promise
to be good for one ENTIRE day!" Phew, he was certain he could do it and then he remembered
how he always got into some trouble every day and he always heard "TOMMMMMY" at least
once a day. Ok, he had it now the perfect plan.
He went downstairs to the living room and carefully took the Mary statue that they
kept on the prayer table. He wrapped it carefully in some towels and he began to write again.
"Dear Jesus, if you ever want to see your mother again, you'll make sure I have a red
wagon under the tree for Christmas, signed Tommy."

Now for the frustration.

I was almost finished my DS's afghan last night - just 3 rows to go and I ran out of one of the colours. I didn't just run out of any colour - oh no! I ran out of the colour that I have to buy a whole pound of yarn for....lucky me! I guess I'll be doing some more black projects in the future.

Monday, December 17, 2007


Yep, that's what it looks like when it's off the foot, does it look like a
I made this pair for my Granny.

Holiday Eating 101

I got this emailed to me and I just had to share it with you, enjoy and be merry!

Holiday Eating Tips

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy . Eat the volcano. Repeat

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like Frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of EACH. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read the above tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Remember this motto to live by:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Have a great Christmas & Holiday Season!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Janey's New Cloth...

I don't know if anyone has ever been so happy to receive a consolation as Janey was. She has posted some pics of her 'pity rag' and she doesn't even want to use it to wash goodness! I am so happy that she likes the cloth - I tried a new pattern and it was a lot of fun to make it. Check out her blog if you want to see what I sent her and congratulate her on her win.

Thursday Thirteen #34 - All about Christmas

With 12 days to Christmas here are some of my favorite Christmas foods, memories and more!

1. I love homemade cabbage rolls. When I grew up my mom would make them with rice and hamburger and if we were lucky sour cabbage. When I met my DH his family prepared them a more traditional Ukranian way of just rice, onion and butter for filling. His mom cuts the cabbage leaves in half and she rolls up the tiniest cabbage rolls ever and they just melt in your mouth!

2. Perogies are another family favorite. My favorite way is with cheese and potato but I have bought some from the Ukranian Co-Op that had just cottage cheese and they were quite good. Homemade is best followed by homemade ones purchased at the co-op and if all else fails Cheemo are really good for store bought.

3. Christmas music. I love listening to Christmas music. This year I tried to listen to it in November and I just didn't enjoy it, I've been listening to some daily since the beginning of December and it's so relaxing.

4. Baking -Whether I'm making it or eating it, it's good fun. My favorite Christmas baking has got to be Jam Jam's followed closely by butter tarts and whipped shortbread.

5. Snow - It's beautiful and relaxing to watch fall softly down and it's a lot of fun to get out and enjoy by going tobogganing or even just a walk in the park. I love to hear the snow crunch under my

6. Gift giving is so much fun. I love to watch people open their gifts and see the reaction on their faces - it's the best feeling ever.

6. My favorite gift as a child was the box of barbie clothes that my mom had sewed for me. I was thrilled with all the outfits. My Barbie was the envy of all my friends when I brought her trunk full of clothes along to play.

7. The year I disliked Christmas the most was the year I turned 15. I remember sitting at the table and thinking I have no Christmas spirit - I was truly a grinch that year. It must have been a teenaged moody thing.

8. I love Christmas stockings - it's one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning. Santa wraps up each item individually and it's a lot of fun to open and watch everyone open theirs.

9. Hearing everyone say Merry Christmas after Midnight mass and sending and receiving Christmas cards.

10. Cold winter nights snuggled up inside where it's warm watching Christmas movies!

11. Decorating! I'll never forget the first time I saw DH's parent's home all decorated for Christmas. It was a truly amazing site. It looked like the North Pole. We carried on this tradition and one year we had my Granny over and she was thrilled with all the decorations and she said it really was a Christmas wonderland!

12. The Annual Christmas Light Drive - this was/is always good fun!

13. All the quality family time - dinner with family - Christmas parties with friends and co-workers all the wonderful merriement that goes along with the Christmas season. Family game time as we play games on Christmas day as the smell of turkey roasting wafts through the air....good times indeed.

I wish you and your's a very Merry Christmas !

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Recipe Review

My Jam Jam's were a success, just like Granny used to make! They are lighter than I remember, I was supposed to use golden corn syrup and I thought I needed white - but they still taste the same. I know they're not Christmas shaped but when I was little my Granny had cookie cutters in the shapes of diamonds, spades, hearts and clubs and that's what she used to make her jam jam's, so these remind me a lot of her. I told her I was bringing her some Christmas baking and she's really looking forward to it. I also want to try to make some of the fudge she used to make when I was little. She always had fudge at Christmas.

If you like Ginger Snaps at all - you must make these. I have never made them before but I'm sure glad I tried the recipe - they are so easy to make and they taste delicious! They look just like store bought ones when they are done - too easy! I may make another batch before Christmas yet, they are very popular at our house.

Tonight I'm going to make some chocolate no-bake's - I have to search for a recipe as Oliver ate the cookbook that had the recipe in them. I also plan on making Rice Krispie treats with red and green rice krispies.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Are you feeling like a Grinch?

Are you feeling at all Grinch-like this year? If so pop on over to Grinch Name - Discover your true Grinch Name mine is Frownymonster Wickedpoop! That sounds terrible doesn't it! I have to admit I had Grinch like feelings this weekend. With a hormonal teenager coming at me it was hard to stay in the Christmas mood - I didn't get any of my baking done that I had planned to do. I don't know why I let her get to me like that? I have to keep myself going regardless of if she is unraveling.

For more holiday fun you can Elf Yourself or Scrooge Yourself...using photos of those you know you can create a little holiday fun, my mom had sent me an email with us in it and it is hilarious - she even had Oliver as an elf. It's some innocent Christmas fun from Office Max.

I did however finish up a lot of projects and get the ends weaved in on a lot of them(why oh why do I save that for the end) - I found a ball of Navy dishcloth cotton when I was out shopping on Saturday...that was the highlight of the shopping trip. I have been wanting to make a ballband dishcloth in the Edmonton Oiler colours of Navy and Orange. I was beginning to think this wouldn't happen as I didn't want to do anymore yarn orders before Christmas. I looked all over town at all the LYS and Michaels and there they were sitting at Zeller's of all!

I finished that cloth for my BIL and I did another 12 rows on my DS's afghan - only 23 more to go!!! I started another pair of pocketbook slippers for my Granny and I weaved in the ends and sewed the pair up for my mom. Someone had suggested they were called pocketbook because they can fit in your pocket...that could very well be as they are very transportable. I just love knitting them and soon I'll make myself a pair.

Tonight I'll get some more of my baking done. I popped over to Jean Pare's website as I've since lost my Cookie cookbook of hers and my kids really want jam jams (these are such a good cookie, and they are great to fill up the cookie jar - use your favorite jam in between, I always use Raspberry) and I"m also making DH's favorite of Ginger Snaps and I may even make some Sugar Cookies and ice them with colored whipped cream cheese icing and lastly I will whip up a batch of the Chocolate No Bakes (I don't use peanut butter when I make them, but you can try it and see if you like it) ....phew! Now I won't get this all done tonight...but maybe I can make two at least.

Friday, December 07, 2007

I say Merry Christmas!

I'm getting plain tired of this 'Happy Holiday' BS - let's call the 'holiday' what it is for pete's Christmas it just becomes nothing. You could then choose any day and exchange gifts, eat turkey etc.

I was watching a t.v. movie last night and I noticed the station ran a little "Happy Hanukkah" splash between commercials. That's great, and if it's ok to say Happy Hanukkah, then why is it not ok to say Merry Christmas.

Why do I offend when I refer it by its name rather than this politically correct terminology? Are you really bothered of I say Merry Christmas and you don't celebrate it...likewise should I be offended that the t.v. station chose to splash a 'happy hanukkah' message while I was watching a t.v. program...after all I don't celebrate hanukkah.

I absolutely refuse to purchase a Christmas card that says 'Happy Holidays' instead of Merry Christmas - let's not forget what it is we are celebrating and why we celebrate. If you are not Christian and don't believe that Christ was born then why are you celebrating Christmas? You may as well create your own holiday like they did on one Seinfeld episode in which they celebrated the Festivus holiday.

If it's true what they say about Christmas shopping being the main revenue source for retailers then by gosh and by golly they should call the holiday what it is. Instead of trying not to offend non-Christians alike they are in effect offending all the Christians who celebrate CHRISTmas!

Pocket Book Slipper Progress

I finished one of the slippers I'm making for my DD last night. I decided to add a button hole on the strap and attach a button. I'm very happy with how they turn out, except I have big feet that are wide and for me it's a task to get them to fit so I may have to make mine a bit larger if I can figure out how to do so. This green is one of the colours in the afghan I made her for Christmas.

I worked on the one for my DS last night and I have about 20 rows left to go and it's done...thank goodness. I'll take updated pictures of it's progress later today. It's grown a lot since and I love how the colours are working up together.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Thursday Thirteen # 33 - what I've been up too lately

Life has been crazy busy and I just haven't gotten around to blogging like I usually do and I just haven't felt so creative, so to save you from horrendously boring posts I've been doing all this other stuff:

1. Recovering from a nasty cold virus. It started out with a vicious sore throat and then moved from a cough to a sinus cold.....Achoo!

2. I helped organize and run a santa market for our parish. It was a lot of fun even though I was sick through it all. It was so nice to see the big smiles on the kids faces as they shopped for their family members. Thankfully I was a cashier and I didn't have to wrap as we had some kids buying arms full of goodies - and why not at the very reasonable price of .25/!

3. On Saturday when I got home I just crashed and had a two hour nap - I think my body was demanding I take the much needed rest.

4. After the long sleep we had it was time to set up the Christmas trees and get them decorated. For the first time ever we had two trees to set up and decorate. The kids did the one in the basement and DH and myself did the one upstairs. It's a 71/2 pre lit tree with LED lights. It has a ton of lights and it's so pretty! I didn't get all my decorating done so this weekend we will have to put up the green boughs and other decorations.

5. I've been finishing up some of my Christmas shopping, now I only have two more gifts to buy...yay!

6. I am still knitting like a mad woman. I finished a pair of pocket book slippers for my mom in a nice red(her favorite colour) and I stared a pair in a grass green. With this pair I want to try doing a button hole on the strap and putting a funky button on it...this pair will probably be for my DD.

7. Dishcloths are getting behind. Every time I turn around I find that there are more people I want to make them for and I'm running out of time! I feel like I'm a knitting machine. I finally had to take away my Christmas countdown from my Facebook account as it kept reminding me of how fast time is going by....oh yeah and I've been on my Facebook account a bit. I have four scrabble games going with my friend and one with my sis!

8. We had DH's parents over for his birthday on Monday. I ended up buying his cake on the way home as I was just too worn out and sick to make one, plus this bakery makes the best cakes! Even though I wasn't feeling good I enjoyed that cake!

9. We've been getting little bits of snow every day and we have been playing around with the new snowblower. I actually got to use it last night - it works great, but my hands were getting cold - maybe I need some ski!

10. I took my DD out shopping last night, she is having a formal next week and she needed a nice dress. I saw one right away that caught my eye and it looked great on her. She said it was a breath stopping dress because I stopped breathing when I saw her in it. It did take my breath away, she is turning into a young lady and it seems like it's happening over night.

11. I've started watching my Christmas movies/t.v. specials. It's fun to do while working on my knitting projects.

12. Christmas baking - thankfully I am almost done. I didn't quite make my deadline of having it all done by the end of November, but I only have two more things to make. I also have some holiday Rice Krispies that are just screaming to be made into rice krispie treats.....I still love those, what a big kid I am.

13. We had my DD's Improv Games to attend last week. She had so much fun and it was so much fun to watch. Unfortunately they didn't make it to the final round but they were competing against the Grade 10's and 11's as the junior spots were full. I was quite proud to see her up there in front of everyone.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Let it snow, let it snow and let it snow some more! What a beautiful sight out my office window today. Gentle snow flakes are falling lightly and I've got Christmas music streaming from my media player! I am really getting into the Christmas spirit.

We put up our two trees on Saturday and I have to finish the rest of my decorating....on Dec. 17, 2007 I'll have a photo tour of my house decorated for Christmas.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Happy Birthday to you...

Happy Birthday to my best friend. I hope you enjoy your Chinese food! I love you tons! Here is some humor for your special day (K)!

Movie deleted as I didn't watch it all the way through - not quite as funny and a little disturbing...oops!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #32 All About Snow

Now that we have our first real snowfall that isn't going away I thought I'd write a post all about snow and what I like and dislike about it.

1. The best snow to make snowmen out of is slightly wet snow so you need a mild day to do it otherwise the snow is dry and it will not form a ball. On a really cold day the snow crunches under your boots. My sis misses this type of snow as she gets wet snow and it's not the same.

2. Snow can cause all sorts of mishaps from vehicle mishaps to power outages.

3. During a blizzard there is snow and windy conditions that can make the visibility drastically reduced. During a blizzard people will go home early from work, kids can get dismissed early - but in all my years there has never been school shut down for a blizzard - this typically happens in small towns where children rely on a school bus to take them to school.

4. My favorite 'snow memory' is of making a fort in my back yard. There was a ton of snow that year and the fort was just perfect, we even made benches to sit on and we sat and played in the fort.

5. Shoveling sucks! I didn't realize how much so until we bought our house. We have a huge drive way and a huge cement pad. I usually love snowfalls but last year I was so tired of it that I cringed when I saw the forecast. This year we caved in and bought a snowblower.....bring on the snow now Mother Nature!

6. Winter activities that you need snow for are outdoor ice skating, snow angels, snow ball fights, tobogganing, building a snowman, making a snow fort, skiing, snowboarding and of course snow mobiling. If you dress appropriately these activities are a lot of fun!

7. Hot Cocoa is the perfect drink after playing in the snow - try this recipe.
Or share one of your own with us.

8. In our province we've only had one month where there was no snow - can you guess which one it is?

9. Don't eat yellow snow!

10. The prettiest snowfall is the big fluffy flakes that fall straight down! It usually happens when it's not too cold outside and it's absolutely breathtaking.

11. After a few good snowfalls all the local stores will sell out of shovels and people have been known to steal shovels from peoples yards. Kids will come door to door, shovel in hand trying to make a few dollars by shoveling your walkway.

12. Snowy nights provide the perfect excuse to stay inside and snuggle up with a loved one while sipping a nice hot drink - very romantic!

13. As I sit writing about snow I'm reminded exactly how long I'll be staring at it. We got our first snowfall at the end of November and it will probably be here until the end of March. By that time I'll be tired of it and it will not be as pretty as it is now(all perfectly white) - it will be all brown and mixed with road salt and sand.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

When the Postman rings twice...

The other day I was at work and enjoying a nice cup of soup in our lunch room when I heard the doorbell. Of course I am on my lunch hour and I don't want to be bothered by questions some kind parishioner may have. I just continued to eat my lunch and enjoy a bit o' knitting as I sipped a nice cup of hot tea.

After all the sign out front clearly states our office hours - so why ring the bell?

Once I was done my lunch I resumed my work for the afternoon, about ten minutes into my afternoon the doorbell rang once again. There was the scariest postman I have ever seen. He looked like he hadn't seen a razor, or a shower in over a week. He glared at me with scary black eyes and slammed my parcel down on the spare office desk! He didn't say a word, just glared at me with his beady little eyes. If looks could kill...well you get my drift.

I felt like I had been transported into a Stephen King horror flick! If I get impaled by a letter opener you'll know who the culprit is - (scary ass postman - with the beady black eyes).

Monday, November 26, 2007

Riders win Grey Cup 2007!

Fans took to the streets, there were parades of people and cars up and down the downtown and main streets - horns honking, people running along side cars giving high fives - a few crazy kids streaking. This was an exciting win for us Rider fans - it has taken us 18 years to win again and the city went crazy with excitement. This video was taken on Albert Street and I will share how crazy it was with you.

I was glad to take part in some of the crazy good fun. I was the driver and DH, DD and DS had their windows rolled down and screaming and waving at all the people as I honked my horn and waved at everyone. It was our own prairie victory parade.

The Grey Cup is coming home!

The other video is how crazy they got in Saskatoon!

Twas The Night Before Grey Cup

Twas the night before Grey Cup, and all through the Dome,
Not a creature was stirring, but the gophers back home.
The players were nestled and snug in their beds,
While visions of Grey Cup Rings danced in their heads.

When out on the field, there arose such a clatter,
Kent sprang from his bed to see what was the matter,
Away to his window, he flew like a flash,
Threw aside the Green Curtains, and Silky White Sash.

And what did he see with his wondering eye?
But a sea of Green Revelers and a furry brown guy.
“That looks like Dominguez, and Flick and Fantuz!”
“Its way after curfew! Do they want us to lose??”

So, out of his room and down to the field,
Coach Austin stormed out with a fury to wield.
As he went through the tunnel, the ground shook with a beat,
From the dancing and prancing of ten thousand feet.

“Hey Coach,” cried a voice, “Whatcha doing down here?”
It was Szarka and Schultz, and they were handing out beer!
Chucky and Chick were grilling up Dogs,
With Burgers being served by O’Day and the Hogs.

Crandall cooked Hot Wings, Joseph grilled steak,
While Cates, Holmes, and Hughes helped Makowsky serve cake.
“This is nuts!” Austin shouted, “It’s one-thirty AM!”
“I expected some revelry, but this is mayhem!”

Eric Tillman tapped Austin, “ You’re not Eagle Keys -”
“But I’m not Berry, or Gotta, or Gregory * so PLEASE!”
“You’re all waddling around here like Wascana geese!”
“And in need of a dance coach like Donald Narcisse.”

“Now, you’ve all had your fun, so back to your rooms.”
But then Austin’s nose picked up the barbecue fumes.
Then Green Is The Color rang out through the air,
As Congi and Boreham played Banjos with flair.

On Davis, on Johnson, on Coach Ritchie Hall,
Even old Alex Smith flashed a smile after all,
On Lloyd, on McCullough, on Hunt and on Perry,
On Kornegay, Frazier, and yes, even Kerry.

The skydome then filled with a soft greenish glow,
And the whole Rider Nation set poised for a show.
An S and a wheat sheaf then formed in the air,
And a smile took the place of Coach Kent Austin’s glare.

Then everyone there, the players, the fans,
They formed a big circle by all holding hands,
Then right in the centre appeared the Grey Cup,
Which Fairholm and Ridway and Elgaard picked up.

They handed it over to Ritchie and Kent,
Who called Kerry and Eddie, and off the Cup went.
It was passed round the field, past heroes to present,
While Gainer dug holes for the Blue Bomber Pheasants.

That music was heard coast to coast people say
And they say Rider Pride grew three sizes that day.
Everyone left there dreaming of Blue Bomber doom.
And they sent all the Banjos to Troy Westwood’s Room.


Dedicated to the Fine Folks in the Rider Nation!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Christmas a different gift giving option...

My DH just wrote a post about the new child we adopted through CCCI that is Christian Child Care International - he has written quite extensively but I thought I'd give it a boost too as I'm very happy with their accountability and cost saving measures and their dedication to helping all children have an education and a good quality of life.

After reading the post he wrote I found out there are more ways we can help other than making a monthly commitment to sponsor a child. I like that I can go there and buy mosquito nets for people in need, a stove for a family or even sheep and chickens. Even more exciting is that you can buy this in someone else's name as a gift. Do you have a hard to buy for person, someone who has everything. If you buy a gift on behalf of someone else they will get a card that tells them exactly what was bought and the difference it will make to the person/community.

So you could make a difference this Christmas! Not only would you be helping people in need not with just another 'charitable' gift but actually giving people what they need to get a leg up in the world. Imagine what a pair of breeding rabbits would do for a community or a dental and doctor visit for a child. These are just a few of the things you can buy from their catalog. You can do all that and even get a tax receipt for your generosity.

This is just another way we can give thanks for our blessings and share our abundances with others.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Swap Package arrives in gorgeous California!

My swap partner Cassie received her package and she loved everything! I am so happy she liked it, I decided to be risky and buy a few more big items so she has some things she was wishing for and a few surprises. Thanks for being such a great swap partner, I have enjoyed our emails.

Holiday GiveAWay

Splat Designs(the wonderful person who created my wonderful template) is having a contest for a template give-a-way....why would I enter, seeing as I have such an awesome template? Well just on the way to work I was thinking how cool it would be to have a Christmas themed template seeing as I am so crazy over Christmas. I'd love to be able to switch to a Christmas colored, themed template for the holiday season. If you'd like to win a template go on over and check it out, she does the most amazing templates....ever!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #31 - TT Headers

For all my American Friends, here is a Thanksgiving TT gift for you, take any you like to use for your TT's.

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Random Thoughts on Wednesday...

-I found this link to Christmas Tour of Homes at A Spot of T and you just know that I am going to have to participate, Christmas is my all time favorite season - and it isn't just because I was born in December!

-It's snowing out today and it's such a beautiful gentle snowfall and I just want to snuggle with a big mug of tea and a good book or some knitting. It truly feels like Christmas is coming, I want to listen to carols and put up the tree.

-Replacing honey for sugar in tea is quite a treat and such a smooth taste.

-I've wasted more time at work making gift boxes today, why are they so addicting to make?

-Busyness, oy! I've been so busy working on Christmas gifts I rarely have time to blog.

-Did I mention that year end is a busy time too - I've just prepared the envelopes for next year! The next thing will be finalizing year end and preparing tax receipts.

-Our home team is in the Grey Cup Finale - Go Riders Go! This is their first time competing against a rival prairie team and we're confident they'll be successful!

-Time to plan a Grey Cup party - get the menu planned and buy some beer, Rickard's Red here I come.

-It bugs me when other people use my tea mug at work!

-I get really annoyed when people leave rude comments - honestly if you don't have anything nice to say then you should just shuddupa your face!

Like I said just a bunch of randomness.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Recyled Crafts - Uses for old Christmas cards...

A lady at church once showed me how to turn an old Christmas card into a lovely gift box - they are so simple to make and they make perfect gift boxes for those little treasures. I was surprised that I remembered how to do it this morning and also that you can find instructions online.

It's a matter of using a ruler and doing some simple folding and cutting and in seconds you have a handy gift box that you can decorate or leave as is. I was going to put directions here but I've found them online already and they are very good instructions. If you have any questions feel free to email me at mrs_tea_mouse at hotmail dot com.

I made this one here this morning at work - in 3 minutes.

If the cards have writing on them you can use the front for gift tags or Christmas tree decorations by simply getting creative with fancy scissors ribbon and other decorations.

What do you do with your old Christmas cards?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Weekend Tasks Accomplished

I made my butter tarts(they turned out delicious), colored my hair and managed to do all of that with an excited dog following me around! If the kids want more baking they'll have to figure out that mom needs help with watching the!

We had snow and then it promptly melted the next day. It was a beautiful day yesterday so when DH got home we took Oliver for a walk to the pet store and got him some new chews and looked at Christmas gift ideas for him. I think he's going to get one of those engraved dog tags and they had some great rawhide chews in candy cane shapes that looked interesting. I already bought Ginger a cat nip filled denim toy that she'll go nuts over! Last year they got big things so this year he'll get a bunch of chews and she'll be happy with cat nip as she won't eat any cat treats or even people food. I can't even treat her with wet cat food as she refuses to eat it...isn't that the oddest thing ever!

I didn't get much knitting done on the weekend as I was pretty much the one watching Oliver, although we did get out for a walk both days...which of course I do need. I have to find a way to get exercise back...the routine I've been doing just doesn't fit with our schedule and if we miss too many days we're not ready for the changes that are made regularly. I think I see more of the elliptical being used and doing some free weight training on our own.

Tonight I have to get re-focused and start getting my dishcloth projects and DS's afghan completed as I think we're at 36 days until Christmas....Yikes!

Friday, November 16, 2007

We have Snow!!!

Yes, we have some snow now. We got a small amount of snow in the last few days and it hasn't completely melted and it looks like we have more coming tonight and tomorrow! We have been really lucky so far, some years we have it before Halloween.

It looks like Life in Westcliffe has won the pity dishcloth, you can contact me at mrs_tea_mouse at hotmail dot com with your mailing address and I'll get a cloth in the mail to you today!

I had a great relaxing evening last night - after coming home to a mess my DS had made after he was angry about his chore list....(he slammed the fridge door, not realizing a jar of candied cherries I had in there had a loose lid.....let me just say one word STICKY) after that I was ready to relax indeed. Me and Oliver snuggled up on the couch as I watched the recorded episodes of All my Children that I've missed for the last 5 days and I worked on 'believe it or not' the DS's afghan...I'm almost at the half way point....yay!

So far the plans for the weekend should keep me pretty busy - we I am dog sitting for my MIL while she goes to a birthday party. So I'll have to wrangle entertain two dogs for a few hours as DH has a weekend obligation that will keep him from home.

I plan on getting my butter tarts made..........mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm!

I hope to get a hair color in my hair - hopefully it's not as itchy this time. My hairdresser told me a little trick to help with it that I'm going to try(you add a packet of sweet and low artificial sweetener to the dye), apparently this works on even the most sensitive of scalps, so we'll see.

Then if there is any time left - I will of course be knitting and crocheting.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #30 ~ Knitting in bed and more signs you know you're addicted

Thirteen Signs that you know you are addicted to knitting(I posted this last December, but I am once again addicted to knitting so I thought it would be a good post to resurrect)!

1. You wake up in the morning, and before you have tea or are knitting!

2.You go near the yarn aisle and Hubby starts to twitch....I swear its happened!

3. You consider buying a new house - as your's doesn't have the space needed to store your treasured yarn and accessories. Every closet and drawer you open up has yarn spilling out of it.

4. You ask for yarn and knitting books for Christmas - omitting diamonds and perfume.

5. Pass on the chips and dip - I gotta knit! No time for snacking with my sticks a flying.

8. You always have more than one project on the go, and generally three or more.

9. You take your knitting everywhere, city bus, PTA meeting and the staff Christmas party, and you've been banned from the movie theatre after that last incident*blush*.

10. You buy a King Size bed just for the elbow room, poor hubby and all those needle size bruises.

11. Summer vacations are planned around your ability to be able to knit - no white water rafting for this knitter - give me a cabin in the woods with a nice rocker any day!

12. The owner of your local yarn shoppe gives you a personal phone call when the newest yarns arrive.

13. You're on a first name basis with the FedEx man, who brings you your weekly yarn purchases that you made online.

If you've admited to even three of these, you are probably like me, a confirmed Knit-A-Holic! I knit pretty much every opportunity I get. I generally knit in the car on the way to work -
It's ok hubby is doing the driving, you didn't actually think I knit and drove at the same time did you?......Hmmmmmmm that would indeed be a talent that I coud get used to. I think I listen to rather than watch most TV shows. For me knitting is the perfect past time. I can do it pretty much anywhere and at the end I have something to show for it.

I'm very happy to say that I finished my MIL's shawl lasat night. I'm now working on my Mom's scarf and dishcloths that are being given as Christmas gifts!

Happy Knitting!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What I've been up to...

I just discovered how delicious honey is in tea! I received a box of Snapple's (Honey of an Apple) tea from my swap partner Cassie. I brewed it up and used some honey to sweeten it and it was just delicious. I've now used it in my regular tea and my Typhoo as well and I think it is much smoother.

I'm almost done my shawl for my MIL - I have about 8 inches left to go and then I can bind that baby off. It's going to be hard to part with for sure. I ended up going to my local yarn store to purchase some Addi Turbos in 4.5 mm after using the ones that Cassie sent me I just knew I had to finish that shawl with circular needles and boy am I ever glad I did! They work wonderfully. Now I have to get cracking on my DS's afghan and more dishcloths as well as a scarf for my mom....phew.....almost there!

We went to a great craft sale on the weekend and I picked up the present for our boss - all of the office staff chip in. I found this wonderful flaming rock candle(this gives an idea what they look like ~ this isn't the company I bought mine from) and he always has candles burning so I thought it was quite a unique gift.

I got my Christmas baking started and I'm so happy! I really want to get most of my stuff done by the end of November. I really want to be able to enjoy Advent without feeling stressed out. I had to run to the store yesterday and the stores are already crazy - thankfully I'm just about done my shopping as well. I will have that all done by the end of them month too ~ if not I'll lose my mind come December, I can't stand huge crowds and getting overheated while I decide on this tie or that!

I finished the pity cloth for my contest and soon I'll announce the winner, so far it looks like Life in Westcliffe is in the lead - I will wait until Friday and then announce the winner. If you haven't voted yet, go here to vote for who you think is most deserving of the cloth.

I'm also mailing out the first cloth to Dawn - she'll be receiving one cloth a month for a year - that's 12 cloths in total! I'm so excited to start mailing them to her and I know she is excited to receive them.

Christmas music is all synchronized with my mp3 player and I have my playlist all compiled. I can now pop my player and plug it into the auxilary outlet in the car and have Boney M or Harry Connic Jr. singing me a Christmas tune.

Oh did I forget to mention, I am nutty for Christmas!!!!!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

At Home Baking

Today is my in lieu holiday of Remembrance Day so I'm going to start on my Christmas baking. I'm making Whipped Shortbread and Magic Santa Cookie Bars(recipe below). I figured I'd get a head start on my baking this year and hopefully prevent the Christmas blues that I come down with when I feel like I'm rushed and running out of time.

Magic Santa Cookie Bars:

1 can (3oo ml) Sweetened Condensed Milk regular or low fat
2 cups graham wafer crumbs
3/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cups white or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup mini marshmallows

1. Comgine graham wafer crumbs with butter, press evenly into a parchment lined 13 x 9 baking pan.

2. Pour 2/3 Condensed milk over crumbs.

3. Sprinkle with pecans, chips, cranberries, coconut and marshmallows; press down firmly. Pour remaining condensed milk over top.

4. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 25 - 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool thoroughly and cut into bars. (store loosely at room temperature.) Makes 24 bars.

If you have a favorite (must-have) cookie recipe that the family absolutely must have each year and you'd like to share it, please leave a comment or post about it and let me know.

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Anne's November Contest...

Anne is hosting a contest and I'm going to enter it after finding out about it on Lovin Comfort Knits. Please stop by and visit and let Anne know I sent you over.

Anne is asking for us to share three of our favorite patterns. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. They are all easy and knit up very quickly.

My first is Irish Hiking Scarf - it is so beautiful when it's done and I love doing the cables! I made this one for myself last winter.

I discovered a pattern I had printed off of the internet and I just love it. I'm making my first one now - see isn't it pretty! You can find the pattern here.

I've also knit up these ponchos for my nieces - they are so easy and they knit up quickly!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #29 - What I loved about my Crazy DishCloth Give-A-Way!

Here are 13 things I've loved about my Dish Cloth for a year Give-A-Way!

1. JennyMcB started the ball rolling with a hilarious post. She was going to try to pull an Ocean's 11 kind of master plan. Unfortunately Georgie and the boys backed out due to the weather in Canada getting too cold. I think DH was getting ready to put bars on the windows.

2. JaneyWan from Life in Westcliffe got creative with her post and showed the internet her ratty dishrags. That spiraled and a few more were brave enough to show me their dish rags, I had a lot of good laughs at seeing those pictures pop up in hopes of winning new cloths for a year.

3. I ordered some lovely yarn from Peaches and Cream - this was my first ever online order and I am glad it took this contest to get me to try their product. It makes lovely cloths.

4. I've found new patterns such as a Homer Simpson and a Tweety Bird dishcloth(although they call it yellow bird so they don't get their butts

5. I now always have a small project to take with me when I travel to and from work. DH can drive and I'll just knit, knit and knit some more.

6. I loved reading about my contest in the News!

7. I decided to try the Ball Band dishcloth that everyone is making and I love it.

8. DH thinks I look sexy when I!

9. I can't eat chips while knitting - so less snacking.

10. Knitting is cheaper than therapy so I'm saving money....j/k lol!

11. Oliver loves having his mom cozying up with him on the couch every night.

12. I just loved reading all of entries....Grace's poem was perfect it could have been my contest slogan!

13. From the entries to the comments to thinking of the contest it has all been so much fun. I looked forward each day to seeing if there were new entries or what zany things people would say in their comments. I ended up cheering you all on and the only sad part was not being able to give you all dishcloths for a year - it's true! Thank you all for the good laughs that we've shared over this wacky contest idea of mine it has been the most fun I've ever had through a contest and I know I'll have to do it again! Although the winner has been chosen there is still a chance for some of the entries to get a bonus dishcloth - check out this post to vote for who you think deserves the dishcloth the most...Caution ugly dishrags ahead!

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My Pink Lemonade Washcloth

With some of that lovely Peaches and Cream yarn I got in my swap package I have knit myself a facecloth and crocheted a ruffled edging on it. Isn't it pretty? I even used my Addi Turbos to knit the cloth - I think I can get used to circulars - these ones don't snag the yarn at all as it transfers from the cable holder to the needles.

Dawn from Colours of Dawn won the DishCloth For A Year Give-A-Way! Now you can vote on who is most deserving of a dishcloth go here to vote now! The person with the most votes will get a knitted dishcloth sent to them.

And the Winner Is...

I was craaaaaaaazy as a TeaMouse and I was up all night tallying the votes. Here is a list of everyone who participated and the points they accumulated. Congratulations to all of you - you all did such wonderful posts and it was hard to determine the winner. In the end it came down to the creativeness of the post as that earned the most points. Make sure to scroll down and vote for who gets the bonus cloth....this is based on pictures you posted of your scary dishcloths.

JennyMcB(J's Thoughts and Musings): 45

JaneyWan(Life in Westcliffe): 27

Shelly(This Eclectic Life): 28

Dawn(Colours of Dawn): 57

Kitten(Kitten's HomeSchool): 19

KnittySue(Newbie Knitting): 15

Grace(Lovin Comfort Knits): 18

So the winner is Dawn from Colours of Dawn!!!!!! She snuck in an extra creative post yesterday and managed to scare up some extra points by getting her readers to beg me to give her some cloths....apparently some folks are traumatized by the sight of her cloths hanging on ye' ol clothesline. Don't despair neighbours of Dawn, she'll soon be receiving her first nice dishcloth via Canada Post. Dawn will have to email me at mrs_tea_mouse at hotmail dot com with her address and I'll solver her dishcloth woes.

Now remember how I was going to have a bonus dishcloth sent to the person who has the saddest dishcloths - well we can take a vote. Please vote according to the person you think deserves this pity dishcloth the most. Have a look at some of cloths and vote on who you think needs a new knitted dishcloth th most.....poll is at the bottom.

Life in Westcliffe

J's Thoughts and Musings

Kitten's Homeschool

Knitty Sue
I am not sure if this poll is actually working properly - please leave a comment with who you think needs the dishcloth more. I'll tally up the votes in a few days and announce the winner.

pollsWho should receive the pity dishcloth?
LIfe in Westcliffe
J's Thoughts and Musings
Kitten's Homeschool

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