Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Five Simple Tasks Everyone Should Know...

Shelly from This Eclectic Life posed this question recently on her blog.

1. I think everyone should be able to cook a few basic meals. You don't need to be a celebrity chef in the kitchen, but you should be able to boil water, cook an egg etc. My grandpa couldn't cook to save his life and it would always put stress on my Granny if she was unable to be at home for surgeries etc. I think this is something I have to get to with my DS, I don't want to send him out in the world being unable to cook basic meals.

2. Laundry/Ironing. I think everyone should be able to sort and do laundry and know how to fold and put it away properly. As for ironing, I almost never do it - but when it needs doing you have to do it. Nothing looks worse than rumpled clothing, or someone turning a whole wash load of whites pink - including boxers!

3. Everyone should know how to type. In high school we took a basic typing class in Grade 9. I don't remember doing that well, I had a hard time getting my pinkie finger to do any of the work. Later on we got our first computer and it didn't have a lot of games, but it had this cool typing tutorial and I found it fun to use. I managed to teach myself to type at about 45 wpm. Nothing frustrates me more than to watch someone trying to type with 2 or 3 fingers - it takes them forever and they make a ton of mistakes. With us being such a computer generation I'm surprised they don't put more of an emphasis on keyboard skills in school.

4. I think sewing is a great skill. Again, you don't have to be a fancy seamstress - but it comes in handy when pants need hemming etc. I don't consider myself a good seamstress at all and I've had several 'hair-pulling' moments as I sewed costumes like dinosaurs and angels. I also loved the moments when I could sit confidently enough with my sewing machine and sew my DD a box full of barbie clothes for Christmas. This skill can be as simple or as complex as you desire it to be. Even my DH is capable of using the sewing machine to do a simple hem or repair.

5.Basic First-Aid! This will come in very handy when you have little children. I myself don't know CPR or how to do the Heimlich Maneuver, but I think these are essential skills when you have little kids. My DD once choked on a quarter when she was two. I had no idea what to do - in a panic I picked her up and flipped her over my knees and hit her back until it came out. You'd be surprised at the injuries kids will get - it's good to know when you can handle it and when it's time to head to the E.R.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Monday Funnies

I received this little joke in an email and I thought it might give you a Monday giggle. I am going to try to work harder to get a Monday Funny each week - I don't know about you but it's not easy to head back to work after a nice weekend and some humor sure helps.

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. Well for example, the other day I went into town and went into a shop. I was only in there for about 5 minutes, When I came out there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said, "Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?" He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi turd. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So I called him a s#!%head. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes.The more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote.
Personally, I didn't care. I came into town by bus. I try to have a little fun each day now that I'm retired. It's important at my age!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Eight Things About Me - the 2nd Edition

I've done this meme before but Jenny McB at J's Thoughts and Musings has it up and I know she's done it before so I figured why not. I like to do meme's and it gives me the day off from thinking of what to write...so I'll have a stress free weekend.

I am not going to tag anyone specifically, but if you'd like to take a day off - leave me a comment and I'll pop by and learn more about you.

1. I am petrified of bees/wasps/hornets....really any flying insect that bites, besides mosquitos(they are just annoying). It's such a problem that I'm actually embarrassed about it. I have a difficult time at outdoor picnics and other places where people other than my family will be present. They already know I am a big baby - but I don't want the whole world to know...wait oops! I guess I've let the cat out of the bag.

So I have what is called Fear of bees or bee stings one of common fears among people. Apiphobia (from Latin apis for "honeybee") or melissophobia (from Greek melissa or "honeybee") is an abnormal fear of bees.

2. I don't know if it is because I am a mom or not, but I easily am overcome with the 'guilts'. If you're a mother you may have had a similar attack. I get these over everything. I feel guilty if I take a nap. It's true! I feel that I should be doing something more productive with my time. If I'm knitting I feel guilty that I'm not reading enough and the list goes on and on. I wish there was a cure for the 'guilts' but I haven't found one yet...well maybe chocolate - but, well you guessed it that is just another way to get the 'guilts'.

3. My mom has been fiddling with drawing since I was a kid. Whenever she'd get bored she'd sketch drawings of ladies. I was always impressed with them, and I hoped I'd be able to draw like that. Over the years my mom has painted more and recently she did a beautiful picture of Spiderman for my nephew. I didn't realize she could paint that well. We've tried to get her to take a class, just imagine what she could do with a little instruction. No luck, she takes it as an insult. She keeps insisting that I have some talent in me - she says I'm so creative that I most likely can paint as well. I don't know if I can or not, but I am going to have to take a class soon and find out. Soon you may be bombarded with looking at my progress, you just know I'll have to take pictures of my works.

4. I tend to be a reality T.V. addict! It's probably my most secret addiction. Thankfully I am not tied to the t.v. as we have a DVR which enables me to watch t.v. on my time. I am currently watching Big Brother 8. It's kind of like eating junk food - I'm not sure why I watch, but I can't stop. It began with the first season...which I thought was the best so far. It was amazing to watch the dynamics of these people/strangers living together. In that season of BB, they actually got along. Over the years CBS has got quite creative at stirring the pot to create drama for the t.v. audience.

5. I think I have the mind of an inventor(not a successful one). I am intrigued by how things are made and how they work. Over the years I've come up with great ideas - then I find out that they've been in place and I just didn't know it. Some of my big ideas have been - the car wash that moves around the car(this is brilliant), Fake Automobile alarms - this is ingenious...it's just a little laser light that you install on your windshield and your car will look like it has a high tech alarm. I've also thought of a case for lipstick that has a gel lining inside - this way you could freeze it ahead of time and your lipstick wouldn't melt. Alas, I think of stuff too late for it to be of any use - or I have no idea how to make it happen. I think up stuff - and that's where it ends.

6. I'm afraid of the dark - Ok there I've admitted it! I guess all of those traumatizing times as a child have scarred me for life. I could never sleep in a pitch black room - but at the same time I can't sleep with a night light on either, it drives me nuts.

7. I hate reading instructions. If anything we buy comes with instructions DH is the one who sits patiently and reads them. I can't be bothered - there are functions on my cell phone that I have no idea how to use as I won't read the handy little manual that came with it.

8. One of my favorite shows of all time was "Little House on the Prairie". I used to wish that I had lived back then - maybe it was Pa and Ma, they were the best parents ever! Life was so simple, yet so happy all at the same time. If I ever had the chance to try to live like they did on that 1900's House program I would jump at it. It would be interesting to live like that even for a short time.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Brain Teasers

See how many of these you can get right. I'll post the answers in the afternoon on Thursday - check back to see how many you got right!
Don't let your brain shrink like Homer's use it or lose it.

***As promised the answers are now here, scroll to the bottom for them and see how many you answered correctly.***

1. There is a town in Northern Ontario where 5% of all the people living in the town have unlisted phone numbers. If you selected 100 names at random from the town's phone directory, on average how many of these people selected would have unlisted phone numbers?

2. Charlie Chromedome went for a walk without an umbrella. He did not wear a hat and he did not take refuge under a shelter; yet not one hair on his head got wet. How is this possible?

3. Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain on earth?

4. Clem Walton, a wealthy hermit, lives alone in a small cottage bordering the twon of Proton. Being partially handicapped Clem had everything delivered to his home. The mailman was delivering his war veteran's cheque one Thursday when he noticed that the front door was ajar. Through the opening he could see Clem's body lying in a pool of dried blood. When Shadow arrived he surveyed the scene. On the porch were two bottles of warm milk, a Monday's newspaper, a local hardware store catalogue, charity flyers and unopened mail. The autopsy confirmed Clem had been dead for several days. Who does Shadow suspect of foul play and why?

5. How would you arrange the letters in the words new door to make one word? Note: There is only one correct answer.

6. Even if they are starving, natives living in the Arctic will never eat a Penguin's egg. Why not?

7. Often talked of, never seen,
Ever coming, never been,
Daily looked for, never here,
Still approaching, coming near.
Thousands for it's visit wait
But alas for their fait,
Tho' they expect me to appear,
They will never find me here.

What is the poem about?

8. Mr. and Mrs. Plum have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Plum family?

9. What are the next two letters in the following series?

A E F H I K L M.....

10. What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment, yet never in a thousand years?

11. A man and his son were rock climbing on a particularly dangerous mountain when they slipped and fell. The man was killed, but the sone lived and was rushed to the hospital. The old surgeon took one look at the young man and said, "I can't operate on this boy: he is my son."

How could this be?

12. Which one of these would see most clearly in total darkness? A leopard, a bat or an owl?

13. How many each species did Moses take onto the ark with him?

Answer Key:

1. The answer of course is zero. You will not find unlisted numbers in a phone directory.

2. It wasn't raining.

3. Mount Everest.

4. Shadow suspects the newspaper delivery person. The absence of Tuesday's and Wednesday's newspaper indicates that the delivery person knew there was no one there to read it.

5. The letters should be arranged as follows: one word.

6. There aren't any penguins in the Arctic. They are native only to the Southern Hemisphere.

7. The poem is talking about tomorrow.

8. There are nine Plums in the family. Since each daughter shares the same brother, there are six girls, one boy and Mr. & Mrs. Plum.

9. The next two letters are N and T. These are the next two letters in the alphabet composed only of straight lines.

10. The letter M.

11. The old surgeon is the boy's mother.

12. None. In total darkness it's impossible to see anything.

13. None, it was Noah's ark.

Leave a comment and I'll pop by and visit your TT.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Wordless Wednesday - Flip Flops

What they looked like before. Want to funk up a pair of flip flops check out this pattern here. Thanks Jenny McB for the tip. I used Bernat Boa in Tweety Bird to do this pair.

More Wordless Here

Leave a comment and I'll pop by and visit/comment at your site.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Low Libido - Try Exercise!!

When you say the word exercise how do you feel? If your like most people you'll probably say tired or sore, or a combination of. I too used to believe these things. I mean how could exercise do anything but make me tired and achy.

I was running on my elliptical last night. Now to tell the truth, I haven't been on it in some time. I have still remained active with daily walks - Oliver wouldn't have it any other way. I would sit and watch T.V. at night and wonder if the elliptical would still be an option. Would I have to turn the tension down or go at a slower pace.

Well last night DH took Oliver for a walk and I just couldn't bring myself to head out into that humidity. Our weather lately has been HOT and with our high humidity in the areas of 60 - 90% I just find outdoor activity too much. I come home soaked in sweat and everything is sticking to me...so I decided to let him walk Oliver.

I didn't want to avoid activity so I got the courage up to get on the elliptical. I started out nice and slow to warm up as I listened to the Bee Gees, Staying Alive. Soon I was running along at a good pace - I didn't turn the tension down and I even added 5 extra minutes to my routine. I was so impressed, I felt great - I felt thin, sexy and oh so healthy.

That's when it hit me. So many people have no idea how invigorating exercise is for you. Exercise doesn't rob you of your energy, it pays you back and with interest. An added bonus of an increases libido- it's true! It is so good for you and the sore and achy feeling you get soon pass and leave you with happy muscles that are more than happy to carry you around all day. I may not have been immediately transformed to my desired weight, but it gives me the self confidence to push to get there. It makes me realize that I can do it - and my goal is attainable.

How has exercising changed your life? Have your opinions of exercise changed over the years? Do you think I'm insane for enjoying exercise? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mmmmmmmm Cherry Cheesecake

I didn't realize that Dream Whip was a Canadian thing..oops! Dream Whip is a powder that you mix with milk to make whipped topping. I don't know if there is a similar product in the U.S. or not. If not the yield for one pkg. of Dream Whip is 2 cups. You could use cool whip or as has been suggested whipped cream.

When I made this recipe today I went with another tip from Shelly who had suggested using chocolate crumbs for the crust. I bought two Keebler chocolate crusts and I've got my pies chilling in the fridge. I'll post a picture later of how they look with the chocolate crust.

After writing this out yesterday I had to run out and get the ingredients to make it. I did use the low fat cream cheese by Philidephia(the brick ones) and for the whipped topping, I used skim milk as that is all DH wants to buy now...lol! The Dream Whip alone tasted kind of blah, but once it was all mixed into the cream cheese it tasted excellent.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I was visiting my good friend Shelly at This Eclectic Life and she wrote a great post about cherries. She had asked for cherry recipes and I thought I'd share this with you all.

You may have heard of it but if not it's a great easy dessert to make and it won't make the house hot - now that's a plus this time of year.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake:

2 pkgs. cream cheese 80z bricks...Philidelphia or whatever brand you prefer(you may use light to reduce calories)

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

4 tbsp. white sugar

2 pkg. dream whip(you could also use light cool whip). The dream whip yields 2 cups per package.

1 cup sugar

2 cans cherry pie filling

1/2 cup melted butter.

I make this using a 9 x 13 pyrex cake pan.

Crust:(or buy the prepared crusts in regular or chocolate, you would need two crusts for this recipe unless you cut the recipe in half). This cuts the work drastically!

Mix crumbs, sugar and melted butter together. Pat gently into cake bottom.
CheeseCake Mixture:

Prepare dream whip according to instructions(set aside).

Whip cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until smooth. Mix in dream whip until well mixed with the cream cheese.

Spread mixture over crust and refrigerate. Chill at least 3 hours.

Spread cherry pie filling over entire cake, or serve cherries as you dish up each portion.

I gurantee this is a delicious dessert - my mother-in-law gave me this recipe years ago and we make it all the time, its a family favorite.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Meet The Turnblad's

That's what my DD and I did last night. She managed to win tickets to a preview of the movie HairSpray.
I was feeling a little tired and cranky and I thought do I really want to see a movie. I had no idea what the movie would even be about. I was expecting to see a 'hot' John Travolta and instead he was transformed into the plus sized Edna Turnblad.
This movie had me smiling from beginning to end and singing along! The premise of the movie is that Tracy Turnblad wants to dance on a local t.v. show. Travel back in time to the 60's, where the kids have dancing fever. Everyone is creating their own 'moves'.
Niki Blonsky gives a stellar performance as Tracy Turnblad. She explodes on the screen with tons of energy and her never ending 'smile', which is so infectious.
This movie managed to tackle some big discrimination and integration issues, all while maintaining the fun and upbeat atmosphere of the 60's!
I definitely recommend seeing this movie!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Camping Pictures

John Macoun a naturalist spent a lot of time in Pine Cree park as he studied the plant and animal life. He later wrote in his journal that he never saw any more beautiful place than the plateau of Cypress Hills. He loved this spot so much, that he made a sand cave in the side of a hill so that he could spend large amounts of time there.

Here is Oliver taking a walk in the brook! At first he didn't like the icy water on his paws, but he soon got over it and kept wanting back in.

Here is a picture of our tent. We set it up so the entrance opened on to the brook. It was very beautiful, but don't even ask how my hips felt after sleepin up hill....lol!

These steps built into the side of the hill lead up to the sand cave that John Macoun lived in while he studied the wildlife of the area.

This is the cave that he stayed in. I think over the years it has been reinforced. The cave is small about 2 x 2, with a sand floor.

This is the view as you look down from the cave.

A picture of the little brook that winds through the park. The water was ice cold as it comes from an underground spring. Thankfully there were some small foot bridges that we were able to sit on and dangle our feet to cool off. I spent a great part of Saturday with my feet in the creek while I read.

This beautiful view is what you see from up by the hermit cave. It was quite breathtaking, and certainly not anything I have ever seen in Saskatchewan. I can see why John Macoun loved this park and why he spent so much time here.

Some wildflowers

White tailed deer - unfortunatley I was slow getting out of the car and they were spooked as soon as they saw me coming out. They were out for breakfast.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Wordless Wednesday

Ye Ol' Tea Shoppe

'Ye Ol' Tea Shoppe'

While reading the book 'Back on Blossom Street' by Debbie Macomber I can't get the image of my 'Tea Shoppe' out of my mind. You see, I have this dream and for me it's a big dream - the kind of dream that you get when you win the lottery kind of dream. Still, I dream about it nonetheless, why not...it doesn't hurt to have dreams, does it? I've had this dream for the last 10 years, maybe one day it will become a reality!

I want to open a 'tea shoppe'. This would be a different kind of place, a place where fine china and linens would be set upon little round tables. The building would have to be a lovely 1900's Victorian style home that is converted. The restaurant would take up the main floor and the second floor. The main floor would have a wide open area with a fireplace(for those chilly winter evenings). Round tables would be set up - not too close as to be confining. Victorian style tablecloths and linens would decorate the round tables. Fresh flowers to decorate the Fireplace mantle and the tables. Lovely chairs decorated with lovely slip covers, nice and comfy so you don't mind sitting for awhile.

Upstairs would be a couple of smaller rooms with a few tables, each with their own unique decor. If you continue up to the third floor, this will be a special 'gift shoppe' room. Here you'll find treasures of handmade crafts from local crafters. There will be knitted slippers, homemade jams, finely carved trinket boxes and oh the possibilities.

You may wonder what you'd find to eat at such a fine 'tea shoppe'. That's a good question. I'm sure you'll pop in after hearing of our famous cinnamon buns or our homemade lemon meringue pie. Whatever you're craving, we'll have the finest baked goods for miles around. Not to mention that our tea will be fresh brewed in the pot...none of this standing 'hot water' they serve at restaurants. Our menu would contain more 'simple' food items. Whatever they come in for, everything would be fresh and made from scratch with only the finest ingredients.
I want to have a shoppe that instantly transports you back to a simpler time. All of the decor will be Victorian, from the wallpapers to the pictures hanging on the wall. Even the cash register will be an antique - it will all give you that feel that you have stepped back in time. A time when life was simple and manners were of the utmost importance.

The goal would be to create a place where everyone would feel welcome to come and sit and enjoy visiting with friends and family over some fine pastries, superb tea or coffees. For larger gatherings, the upstairs rooms could be reserved. These rooms could be reserved out for birthday parties, anniversaries or small family gatherings. This would make the event that much more private - you'd feel like you were in your own Victorian home!

So alas this is one of my dreams - I do dream big when I dream. I would love to have something like this to go to everyday. It would be great to have it open for Brunch on Sundays and during the week open from the afternoon on for those special 'tea time' gatherings as well as lunch and dinner. I don't know if my city has a great location for such a restaurant - perhaps in the Cathedral area would suit it best. This area of town is filled with delightful homes from the early 1900's. Many have been converted already for restaurants and other businesses. So what dreams keep you going?

Refer A Comment - Two Contests

Stop by and visit Shelly from This Eclectic Life - post a comment on these posts, and let her know that TeaMouse sent you on over. Once you're at This Eclectic Life, you too can enter to win this contest. The prize is a gift certificate from Amazon for $25. It's a pretty sweet deal, and not a lot that we have to do except refer people to comment on the following posts. Sound good, are you in? If so check out these links and leave comments at each post. Don't forget to enter you must go to this POST and let Shelly know you want to participate, read all the instructions about how to enter, and sit back and wait to see if you win....easy as 1....2......3!




Yes, she did talk to a worm!

More Contest Fun

Leanne is the creator of this contest. Stop by her site using this link and let her know TeaMouse sent you....make sure to leave my url...www.teatimeramblings.blogspot.com. Once you are at Leanne's place you too can enter this contest.


You get to choose from the following prizes if you win Leanne's contest:

See how easy that is? Very. What do you win? Hmmm… I’ve been tossing that one around. I think I will give the winner a choice, because having a choice is such a cool thing. The winner can choose from one of three things:

1. A lovely signed print of one of my hundred thousand photographs
2. a climby squirrel t-shirt
3. a custom 8×8 monochromatic oil painting (person or pet, single subject).

Sunday, July 15, 2007

A Different Granny Square

I just got back from a weekend camping trip and I decided to look for different squares for the 'Share A Square' program'. I found this little gem at 'The Crochet Collection'. The patterns there are free so I thought I'd share it with you.

I just did a mock up to see what it would be like. The instructions were a little confusing at first - or maybe I'm just dead tired after my trip...anyway I like how it turns out and it's a nice change from the regular granny.
A couple of notes. I used a 5.00 mm hook(H). The pattern calls for an (I) hook and the size was supposed to be 61/4 inches. When I switched to the (H) I was able to make it 6 inches.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Back on Blossom Street - a great read!

I was so excited yesterday - I got an email notification that the book I had requested was in. Back on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. I just started it last night after supper and I'm already into chapter 7. This will be my companion on our weekend camping trip - what a perfect surprise!

The wait was definitely worth it, the story has pulled me in and the first few chapters refreshed my memory of the characters. I love that Debbie ties knitting into the book. In the first part of the book there are a couple of patterns for prayer shawls. I've been really interested in making a prayer shawl for sometime. This may just be the kick in the pants I need to get going.

The story pulls you in from the beginning - if you are familiar with the characters or if you've just picked this book up for the first time, it's a definite page turner. I would recommend that if you haven't read the other books, that it would be great to read them in order.

The series starts with The Shop on Blossom Street, where we first meet Lydia. She is a cancer survivor who is just beginning to get her life back on track. The opening of the yarn shoppe 'A Good Yarn' is her first step. I love how this book brings these 4 very different women together.

A Good Yarn is the next book in this series - a sequel that allows us to learn more about Lydia and her relationship with her sister. As well we are introduced to three new characters who have signed up for a knitting class. Now we're Back on Blossom Street, we will be introduced to more characters as the next knitting class is about to begin. They will be knitting prayer shawls. I can't wait to find out more about each of them, and to catch up with all the other characters and see what is new. This book to me is like catching up with an old friend.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Camping Fun

We're going on a camping trip this weekend - I plan on taking my camera as my DH assures me the spot is just perfect for the 'photo bug' in me. Here are some reasons that I am looking forward to camping and things I I am looking forward to in the future.

1. The best part of camping for me has always been the breakfasts. At home DH is the chief bottle cook and washer, but when we're in the great outdoors I take over. I guess cooking on a 2 burner stove with few utensils really appeals to me. I love to cook scrambled eggs, bacon and toast or pancakes. The mornings are so perfect when we camp, and I truly love spending the time around the picnic table cooking and sharing with my family.

2. I love that we're able to 'get away' from it all. The phone that rings constantly, the email messages - the noise of the T.V's blaring and even the constant whir of the AC. When we are in the great outdoors we can actually hear the birds chirping and the bees a buzzing. I'm looking forward to the peace and quiet.

3. Not to sound like a nut or anything, but it's a lot of fun to sleep in a tent under the stars. I like waking up and hearing the birds chirping and see the sun shining through. The air mattress may not compare to my cozy bed, but there is something about snuggling up to keep warm under the starry night!

4. CampFire! I love to gather around the evening camp fire. The kids love to toast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa as we listen to DH play the harmonica or play one of his old radio show collections. Grab a bag of spitz and we can settle in for a long evening of tales and music.

5. This will be our first camping trip with Oliver. I'm curious to see how he enjoys it. He just loves to be outside and it will be fun to see him curious about the new surroundings and sleeping arrangements - not to mention the long car ride...lol!

6. Walks through the lodge pole pine forest and games of Bocce to waste the time away on a warm summer day.

7. Reading a good book, while I dangle my feet in the creek to cool off.

8. I was checking out RV's as I think in the next few years DH and I want to do some traveling. I found just the perfect one for us. It's not too big and it's also not too cramped. Isn't it sweet?
10. With this, we plan to travel all around Canada and the U.S. If you see us don't be afraid - we're that polite Canadian couple. There are so many places I want to go to visit and this is the baby to take us there - our little home on wheels!

11. Now I have to think of all the great places that are a 'must see' for us. What places in the U.S. do you think are a must for the tourist - is the Grand Canyon a good place? Here's your chance to put in your 2c.

12. I can't think of a better way to get around to see some great cities than take our home away from home with us. I don't think we need to get a huge full size RV as soon it will just be the two of us and Oliver.

13. One of the best things about the whole camping experience is just having the bonding time with the family. Whether it's over the campfire, a game of bocce or taking a hike through the woods. We always come back with such great memories and a little more 'close' having braved the great outdoors....lol!

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Here are some great TT's I've found so far, stop by and say hello from TeaMouse

1. Shelly from This Eclectic Life has done a great TT on those crazy personality tests we all seem addicted to. I was a Boston Cream, check her post out to see what donut you are.

2. SusieJ has done a post of what actually happened when she left for the lake house. She did an earlier 13 about all the things she had to do before going on vacation. See what happened and what she didn't plan for - it's a fun read.

3. The Middling Monettes has done a post on all the things her boss wants here to do while he goes on a vacation. I think it's an interesting read, it's amazing what people will think you should do for them.

4. A Spot of T has a great 13 this week. Her great sense of humor comes across in all her posts and this one is no exception. The list is of all things on her 'To Do List'.

5. Stop by J's Thoughts and Musings and prepare to drool. She's got some great summertime foods listed there. I got hungry just reading this great list.

6. Colours of Dawn has a great list about why she loves doing laundry. It took me back to some great times of washing clothes in a wringer washer. Funny how a post can get those memories going. Thanks Dawn!

If I get time I'll update this a bit more - there are some great TT's this week! Keep leaving me comments on where some great 'tourist' locations are in the USA. I'm looking for great places to visit. Is there a great diner that I must try, or some other attraction that makes your town, city special? Please share any of your home town secrets with me.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Sharing the Love

First let me say sorry for this not being a totally wordless post. I think you'll understand why as you read below.

Here is my pup Oliver snuggling up with the new afghan that I just received. The lovely ladies at my church have a knit/crochet group where they make afghans and the like for the needy. After getting involved with Share a Square, I thought I'd be brave and ask them if they'd donate an afghan for the cause.

Here is the lovely afghan that they donated for the Love to Share program, isn't it wonderful! I had a hard time getting Oliver away from it, he wanted to snuggle up with it. I can't blame him this afghan looks very snuggly.

If you've never heard of the Share a Square program, you are missing out. You don't even have to be a crafty person to help with the program. You can simply place a button in your sidebar to advertise it for us. We have many like the one below. Love to Share, has officially gone International - there are people from all over the world participating to help make afghans for kids with cancer.

I know that none of these ladies from the crochet group at my church will read this blog, but I want to give them a huge *Hug* and a big *Thank You*!!! Ladies you are incredible and it's people like this that remind you of the goodness that still exists despite all of the depressing news stories we are bombarded with every day. There are still little angels in this world making it a better place.
More Wordless Here

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Coffee Dazed

I think it is official I am a 'Coffee Dazed, Tea Tottler'. If there was an exam on what I know about coffee would I fail? Well I just had to find out after my latest visit to Starbucks.

My dad often gives me a Starbucks gift card for my birthday and to tell you how often I use them, I have had one card for a couple of years - ok so you now know I'm not a big coffee drinker. That being said, I still felt I knew a bit about coffee. Surely I would know enough on how to order it, wouldn't I?

Yesterday I had to run to the store to get some cream for our delightful supper of southern fried chicken and cornbread...mmmmmmm good! Anyways, while I was at Safeway I decided to get myself a coffee. I had one a few weeks back that I truly loved. A nice mocha coffee was just what the doctor ordered. So I negotiate my way through the checkout line, get my 2 year old gift card out of my wallet and wander over to the in-store coffee shop.

I'm trying to remember what coffee it was that I had last time. I know it was mocha and it had some whipped cream on top, hmmmmmmm! Looking at the menu, I didn't see anything that even remotely resembled what I had last time. There's lattes, frappucinos, tea gosh!

I must have looked completely lost as the coffee Barista came to my immediate rescue.
"May I help you?", she asks with a big smile. "Yes, ummmmm I would like a coffee. I think it was a mocha latte or frappicino." Then she stares blankly back at me. Hmmmm, this isn't a good sign. Did I ask for the wrong thing, is there something stuck between my teeth? She then proceeds with a few more questions to find out what exactly I want. "Was it a hot beverage?", "Yes!" I reply, she doesn't think I'm a total idiot. "Did it contain coffee?", ummm isn't this a coffee shop? "Yes, it contained coffee." "Ok, did it have whipped cream and chocolate drizzled on top." By George I think she's got it! "Yes!" Finally she gets down to the brass taxes, "That is a mocha". Great, I'm going to get some of that delicious coffee after all. "What size would you like?" Now this is where it gets a bit trickier, the sizing at Starbucks isn't as simple as small, medium and large - why that would be just too easy, but I know this, I've ordered coffee before. "Can I have a verti please?" I say all smugly that I finally got something right. The Barista looks a little puzzled and finally says "Did you mean Venti?" Of course that's what I meant - now that I am totally embarrassed. Struggling to maintain some of my dignity I exclaim, "Yes, that's what I meant." Did I leave it there....oh no, I had to finish with the big explanation, "You see I rarely order coffee, I'm a tea drinker!"

I'm not sure if the Barista needed the extra info or not, but it helped me feel better about my inability to order coffee without needing assistance. Now if I would have taken this quiz prior to ordering coffee I would have known I was way out of my league. I'll let you pop on over and see how well you do. I myself got a whopping 32% on the 'Coffee Quiz'. This may explain a bit of my problems.

What is your coffee IQ?

Monday, July 09, 2007

I'm a Schmoozer - it's official!!!

Well I have to say I was totally shocked when I went to visit my dear friend Shelly at This Eclectic Life today. She has awarded me with the Schmoozer blog award! Thanks A Million!

If I've turned into a Schmoozer I must be breaking out of myself a bit. I am the definition of 'shy'. It's true, if you look up the word shy in the dictionary there is a picture of a little 'teamouse' smiling shyly.

Of course Shelly has picked some people that I would have chosen like JennyMcB and SusieJ! I am sure there are a lot of bloggers who deserve this award - if you know someone who hs the power of schmooze let them know by presenting this lovely award. I'm going to have to think for a bit on who I can award this to.

I've also been blessed with 3rd place in her contest This Blog Blows my Dress Up! Wow - is all I can say to that. I am glad my sense of humor wasn't too 'off'. Sometimes the weirdest things are funny to me. I think my DH's sense of humor has finally rubbed off on me - it took almost 18 years but he's finally done it! Check out the blog post to see the winning posts and to read all of the entries(there are some very funny reads to keep your funny bone in shape).

Friday, July 06, 2007

Absence does make the heart grow fonder...

Well it's been 5 days now and I am missing my DD like
C R A Z Y!!!! After my DS's graduation she headed back with my mom to visit with her in Edmonton for a couple of weeks. I was so anxious for her to go - we butt heads and fight so darn regularly! Now that she's gone I'm missing her so much. She's my little 'chatty Cathy'! The house is so awfully quiet without her.

Thankfully my mom has unlimited calling so DD can call me anytime of the day and she's attached herself to Gramma's computer and she uses MSN to do chats with me using a webcam so I can even see her. Technology is great isn't it?

So the house is quiet as our DS works and I can almost see what it's going to be like in a few more years when they've both grown up and moved out. It's an odd feeling!

I wonder if it gets better. Monday night I was crying so much about missing my DD and not just that, but the knowing that soon my DS would be going out on his own. It's been a tough month as it all came to an head. Previously I had been concerned about what my DS would do. It didn't seem at first like he could decide and now he's thinking Navy!!!!

I don't know, but I may need some Valium to get through this.....lol! You see it's not just DD being away for two weeks that is causing me the stress, it's knowing that I'm about to have a grown man for a son. A grown man who will most likely be leaving home in a few months. Somehow I am just not prepared for it. I think I've been living in denial for some time and I've come crashing head on into reality. I don't know, but I think I may already be feeling the beginnings of the 'empty nest' syndrom....argh!

I do know that I must take the time to treasure all of our family moments together. This summer there will be camping trips galore, some with just the DH and DS and others as a whole family as well as a family vacation to Edmonton. I think we'll paint the town red, for I don't know when we'll have the occasion to do so again and when we do the dynamics will be completely different.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Welcome, we've been waiting for you!

My DH did this meme and it was an open invitation to anyone - so of course I had to try my hand at it. This is an open invitation to all of you if you would like to do this meme, please leave me a comment so I can come and read your responses.

1. What is your favorite word? Sweet - must be my kids rubbing off on me.

2. What is your least favorite word?
Hate - It is probably from being a kid and my mom would drill it into my head to never say you 'hate' something or someone and when my kids say it, it drives me mad.

3. What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
When someone can open themselves up to me, with complete honesty nothing held back.

4. What turns you off?

5. What sound or noise do you love?
Rain falling.

6. What sound or noise do you hate?
Screamo Music

7. What is your favorite curse word?
Fricken - the alternative to well you know. Somehow this doesn't seem to bad to say, although it probably is.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Owning a business, more particular a quaint tea shoppe. I'd love to serve homemade pies and gigantic cinnamon buns. The tea would be served proper, none of this hot water that sits around for hours in the hopes that someone just might order a cup of tea! If I ever win the lottery, I`ll make this a reality.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
Storm Chaser - one word(Yikes)!

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Welcome, we've been waiting for you. Help yourself to the buffet, the party is just about to begin. (Of course, the best food would be served, endless wine and all of my family and friends would be together for the ultimate party).

I'm a Rockin' Girl Blogger - Really!

Well I first want to take the time to apologize for my absence from the blogosphere lately! I've been up to my eyeballs in hectic. I hope to get back to visiting my fav blogs now that everything is simmering down a bit for me. I also need to thank a couple of people for awarding me with the Rockin' Girl Blogger award - sorry it's taken me some time to post about it - but better late than never.

In the last while Shelly from This Eclectic Life nominated me for the Rockin' Girl Blogger Award this is what she had to say about me:

who is possibly one of the nicest people on the planet. When I first met her, I thought that she might be so “nice” that she wouldn’t care to be friends. THEN, she let her hair down with a rant or two, and I realized that, though she is indeed nice, that girl has a wild side, too! She’s got a great sense of humor and a huge heart.
I'm so very touched that she had these things to say about me! Thanks a million Shelly!

To my surprise I've been awarded this award yet again from The Middling Monettes! This was a pleasant surprise. I gave her some link love and she's returning the favor - thanks so much!

There are so many great bloggers out there but I do want to take the time to mention a few and award them with this award also.

JennyMcB - J's Thoughts and Musings - I've been visiting JennyMcB for what seems like forever. This blog does 'rock'. I loved her Limerick Contest! She even had me writing a limerick, that shocked me! I think you may have been nominated before, but I want you to know that I think your blog rocks also.
Spot of T - I've just recently stumbled upon this site and I love it! There is some great humor there that keeps me coming back for more.
Single Parents Unite - I am growing quite fond of this blog. I found a great recipe there for a taco skillet that is so easy and delicious.
Susie J - I found this blog through This Eclectic Life and I'm not disappointed, she loves to share her life with us and I feel honored to be able to read about her and her family. When she wrote the post about the Lake House Part I, I found myself anxiously awaiting to read Part II.

There are probably a lot more that I could award this too, but with time constraints I am going to limit myself to four as that is a reasonable amount. I think everyone in my blogroll rocks, that's why they are in my blogroll to begin with!!!!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Celebrates 100

The good folks over at the Thursday Thirteen Hub have asked us TT'ers to do a Thursday Thirteen on our favorite Thursday Thirteens in honor of their 100th

Next week will be the 100th edition of Thursday Thirteen! To celebrate, we would like to invite you to write about your thirteen favorite Thursday Thirteen posts.
So in honor of that here are some of my favorite TT's including a few of my own. Enjoy!

1. This Eclectic Life's - A Ghost Haunt

2. My Love Story

3. J's Thoughts and Musings with - Modern Conveniences (isn't it amazing what we now just can't live without). I had to replace my cell ph yesterday after an unfortunate "tea' accident - yes it really was tea.

4. 13 Uses For Duct Tape

5. This Eclectic Life - All About Bacon(this is a hilarious post) - She takes bacon seriously.

6. SusieJ - 13 Reasons Not to host a Sleepover - I'm sure there are more than that, but this was a good read. I can relate so much to the sleepover. My DD is the sleepover queen!

7. SusieJ - Kid Quotes - These are sooooo cute and somehow I missed this before. I'm glad I had a chance to read it.

8. Single Parents Unite - Things to Make you wonder

9. The Middling Monettes - Buyers Remorse - Purchases that you regret!

10. A Spot of T - Be my friend Ad

11. Crazy Working Mom - Interesting Facts

12. Crazy Working Mom - Signs You've Grown Up (how many have you experienced...lol)

13. All About Dad

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Graduation Cake

More Wordless

Why Camp

Well, I now know that I must be certifiable! I've let the DH purchase a new tent. After all the howling and screaming of NEVER EVER camping again!

Why then am I considering camping again? Why am I willing to leave the comforts of my delightful AC to head out to the hot outdoors to sleep on an air mattress while wearing two pairs of sweats so I don't freeze?

We've had some pretty horrible camping trips. There were the times when we had to sit in a pup tent for two days while it did nothing but pour outside. Then there were the trips where the storms scared me so bad that DH was packing up the tent in the pouring rain(yes he is a gem)!

To the trip a couple of years ago when we had a great weekend until the storm hit. Our trip was going perfectly, we had all the right supplies. We had even purchased a screened tent house to get away from the bugs. I was drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated and then we had that perfect day. The sun was shining it was hot and great beach weather. Then the storm rolled in and for the first time camping I had my cell phone with me. So what do I do you ask? Well I called the weather line to see what was happening all to be met with shocked horror to hear that there was a tornado watch for the area. We scrambled for safety into the safety of the service centre. There we huddled in safety while other 'seasoned' campers came in and out to have their night time showers.

Well even though we've had some 'bad' experiences we've also had some great times. The first time DH took our little family on a camping trip I don't know if he knew what he was in for with a city girl like me. He dealt with my phobias like a pro all while giving our 3yo the best camping trip of his life!

So sure I can sit and snuggle up all cool and cozy in my house, but to get the best 'summer' experience I have to break out of myself a bit and go into the great outdoors.

This year we'll try out our new tent - see the front screened porch, this is so I have somewhere to hide from the pesky hornets and other biting pests. Our first trip will be in a few weeks with just DH and I and our DS. It will almost be like that first trip, just us 3 amigos. They tell me they have the perfect spot that is very relaxing and peaceful by a little stream.

We'll pack our camping food and I'll get to wake up bright and early and do camp eggs and bacon - the best breakfast ever! Nothing beats campfire and campfire food. We'll pack our decks of cards and even our mp3 players and a good book. If this trip goes good, we'll have to do more when DD gets back from her visit with Gramma. It will be a nice way to spend some quality time with the kids as they are growing up fast. I am pleased to no end that DS still wants to camp with us!