Sunday, April 29, 2007

Blog Silence

Several of you bloggers out there already know, but if you don't tomorrow is a Silent Blog day in to remember those who lost their lives in the Virginia Tech massacre. So many people loves their lives for such senseless reasons - one minute their life is going about as normal and mundane as can be.

~M, wakes up late for class and scrambles to get all her stuff ready before she heads for class. On the way out the door the phone rings, its mom just a quick call about Dad's birthday party on the weekend coming up. M, barely has time to talk and no time for even a quick 'I Love You''. Sadly M, gets to school without being further delayed. Extremely tired she stops for a quick cup of coffee from a vending machine and heads to class. That's the last time M's mother will ever speak to her - later that morning someone with an extremely serious mental condition goes on a rampage killing M and several others. M's life full of potential and endless possibilties is cut short, among several others this sad and horrifying day. ~

This keeps running through my head - it's a fictional scenario - but one that really pulls at my heart and makes my heart ache for all the families affected by this tragedy. Anytime someone is taken from this life due to a horrendous criminal act - it's senseless.

For all victims and their families who have had to deal with any senseless tragedy this day is set aside for you. Today I will light a candle and say some prayers for all the souls whose lives have been cut short due to such senselessness and the families whose lives that have been torn apart.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Friday Feast


Appetizer
How fast can you type?
Hmmmmmm, self taught so probably about 50 wpm.

Soup
What is your favorite online game?
I used to play a few online games - I downloaded a version of Bespelled but I also like Word Whomp at Pogo. I love word games....lol.

Salad
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 as highest), how intelligent do you think you are?
Gosh this is a tough question - there are things that I'm a 9 with but I would probably say 6 or 7...maybe even a 5 who knows.

Main Course
Name three of your best teachers from your school years.
Mr. Jakubowski, Mr. Shaw and Mr. Dittrick.

Dessert
What are your plans for this upcoming weekend?
Yardwork, raking the lawn - housework(belated spring cleaning), plus I have to clean my room because I'm getting my new bed delivered on Wednesday. I don't know how I am going to get out of bed on time. I already lay there too long and my bed is not extra comfy by any stretch of the imagination.

Snacks
Check out the new addition to my side bar - The Hunger Site - to donate one cup of food each day, all you need to do is make one click at the Hunger Site. Sponsors donate food for every click that is made, also they have a great store filled with some amazing Fair Trade items. Every item that is purchased at the store results in more cups of food being donated. It's a great and easy way to help the hungry, even if all you can do is make a click each day. We have a Fair Trade store in our city and I plan on checking it out and making a purchase each month - as this helps the poor in Africa and other countries.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Patio Pink Coaster



I was a bit bored at lunch hour today - did a bit of blogging and then decided to pick up my knitting. I was planning on doing an old fashioned dish cloth and I thought, hey why not make some coasters. They knit up very quick and they're nice and absorbent...plus washable. So using the old fashioned pattern, I cast on 4 stitches and knit the first row. Following the pattern of K1, M1 and K to the end until I had 25 stitches, then to decrease K2, K2 tog, K to end until there are 4 sts remaining and cast off. It knit up really quickly and I love the patio pink colors - they'll be nice to use on the patio table outside.

I have made coasters before, see the flower on my desk! I use this one all the time at work. I have all the knitting done for the Knitted Give-A-Way Contest, don't forget to sign up and put a link on your blog to be entered. The prize grows the more people sign up. Last Wordless Wednesday I put up a pic of one of the hanging towels that will be in the prize, next week there will be another hint of what's to come.

Just having a quiet evening here, my DS and I took our dog for a walk - he wanted to treat his ol' mom to some ice cream. It is so nice to be able to do stuff like that with him - he still asks me to go with him on walks...I am blessed. Oliver is pooped and has crashed on the couch. I think I'll take my tea and my new coaster and sit beside him and knit up some more coasters.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Goof Ups!



Thirteen goof-ups I've made at least once.

1. Baked a whole pumpkin pie, had it all dished up with the whipped cream and then the looks of horror as my family discovered I had forgotten to put sugar in the pie! Let's just say that pumpkin pie is pretty disgusting without sugar in it.

2. When I was 13 I decided I wanted blonde hair - got myself some Sun-In and sat outside and read a book. Well it did lighten my hair, but let's just say orange was not the color I was going for, unless I was planning on going to clown school....which I was not!

3. I decided it was time to get my drivers license - I had been driving for a year with my learners. Extremely confident I waltzed into the test office and proceeded to take the test in my boyfriend's Camaro - yep, I did fail. I can just imagine the conversation the instructor had with his comrades at coffee...."Can you believe it she just waltzes in here with a Camaro, all cocky and full of herself...I mean did she honestly think she'd pass."

4. I once started cooking a pot of stew and I had a bit of oil in the pot....*blush* ok a lot! I didn't have a lot of cooking experience. Well the oil got Hot, really really Hot! Next thing I knew the whole place was filled with smoke. It was so bad that I had to bundle up my son who was 2 mths at the time and go to my in-laws for the afternoon.

5. When I was 10, my friend and I were going to help out our town with garbage clean up around the town dump. We packed a lunch and started walking - and we walked and walked and we walked. We got to the dump and didn't see anyone we knew, turns out we walked to the city dump instead. We were very tired and just ended up eating our lunches.

6. This goes hand in hand with the dump - you see we were tired from all that walking we had walked a long way. My friend decided to hitch hike*gulp*! A city worker picked us up and drove us home. We both got such stern lectures I don't know which was scarier the ride or the wrath of my mom after she found out what I had done.

7. While DH was at work one day I decided to bbq the kids up some hot dogs for lunch. I had never used our propane bbq before but it didn't seem that difficult. I was ready to light the bbq when my neighbor came running out of the house 'you can't light the bbq after the lid has been closed and the propane on'....gosh knows what would have happened if she wouldn't have noticed me being a goofball!

8. I once told my DH to get off the bed or I'd close him in it. Well he kept lying there being lazy and I wanted to get some housework done. He was on an old hide-a-bed and yes I closed him inside. The problem - he got stuck. I couldn't even open it to pull him out. I had to very carefully reach for the phone and call the RCMP. When they arrived I had to let go of the last grip I had on the bed. When they arrived at the door asking where he was I pointed at the hide-a-bed and said "He's in there". I'll bet that gave the boys a bit of conversation for a few coffee breaks. Thankfully he was a PJ wearing man.

9. This is a mistake I often make - I put on a nice skirt or dress, rush out of the house and later on at the function I notice that I have major static cling. I can't walk without my whole dress clinging to me....horribly embarrassing!

10. Putting my foot in my mouth. I must find my feet very tasty. I have a bad habit of saying things like 'those seniors' etc. then I realize I am surrounded by people who are technically seniors...only I don't see them as seniors as they don't act like what I think a senior to be. I'll get the 'you know I'm a senior comment' and I feel soooooooo small! I can backpedal faster than you can say senior citizen.

11. Buying lipstick. I don't know why or what it is that I do wrong, but I never seem to buy the right lipstick for me. It looks great in the store, I shell out the cash....get home and try it on....and it's the wrong color. I'm always giving my sis a new lipstick that just doesn't work. I do the exact same thing with foundation...so now I just use tinted moisturizer. How the heck am I supposed to know what shade my skin tone is!

12. Clothes shopping when I have PMS. For some reason at this time I am drawn to clothes shopping like bees to honey. I wear the item, wash it and then realize it is way too big....another one bites the dust.

13. Tonight I did it again - with my baking. I made a batch of scones. I realized when I got home that I was out of salt so I scooted off to the local store and picked some up. I worked away at my scones, had them all cut out and ready for the oven and then I saw it - the box of salt - just sitting there unopened and I realized I FORGOT THE SALT!!! Now I don't know what the salt was supposed to do as they seem to have turned out fine - they rose just right and they seem to taste just fine.

There you have it, just a few goof ups that I thought may give you a giggle or two!

Admin Professional Day - Lab Tech Week

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I want to clarify for y'all what a Administrative Professional is - to tell the truth I was unsure of it myself and I am one. Well I guess in the last few year's the re-named what I had always known as Secretary day to Administration professional day. I guess it's a bit more fitting as we do a lot more than what some of our older titles say i.e. receptionist, secretary, office assistant and on and on. Basically we are the people in the offices around the world that handle all the administrative stuff.

My job is a bit different as I work for a Church so I handle the weekly bulletin, Sunday offerings, payroll, paying the bills and the accounting entries, taking hall reservations, preparing sacrament certificates and entering sacraments into the registry, and the list goes on. So today is the one day that is set aside to thank people for these jobs as generally they're not high paying jobs and there is a lot of workload - the flip side is I work at a church and my work environment more than makes up for the lower pay.

A big yell out to all you Lab Tech's this week too! I don't know if you get enough recognition for what y'all do or not! I was first reminded of Lab Tech week from J's Thoughts and Musings - she's a lab technician and she's written some informative posts about what she does. Then on the way to work today the RedCross had sign out front for Administrative Assistant's and Lab Tech's so I had another reminder that they are also having a special week. So a big Happy Lab Tech Week to all of you!!!!! Thank you for all you do!

Wordless Wednesday - Administrative Professionals Day!


From one Admin Professional to the rest of you - Have a great day!


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Prize Mania!!


I just got my prize in the mail from Amy for her last contest!!! I got 6 books plus a cute little Chick-fil-A Cow! Of course Oliver wants that cow but he's not going to get it....no way! We don't even have Chick-fil-A here in Canada so he's very unique. Thank you so much Amy!!!!! Pop over to her site now and sign up for her new Scavenger Hunt contest beginning May 1st. It will be a lot of fun, and you could win cool prizes!

How many have you read?

I first found this over at Book. Lists. Life. I have tweaked it a bit to suit my blog.

Bold are books I have read, Italics means I haven't read it but I'd like to and (** means I have no intention of reading that book and if you see this ##I haven't heard of that particular book.)

Well after going through this list, I feel like I've been living in a bubble - there are a lot I haven't heard of and a lot more that I want to read. This will be a good reference for me to keep track of those I want to still read.


1.**The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. ##Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. ##A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. **Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. ##A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (J.K. Rowling)
17. ##Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King) - started to read it years ago and then life got busy and I didn't finish it.
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. ##The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. ##East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. ##Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. ##Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. ##Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. ##The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. ##The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. ##The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True(Wally Lamb)
39. ##The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. ##The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. ##The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. ##The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible - Ongoing
46.##Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She's Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. ##The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. ##Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. **The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. ##The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller's Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. **Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. ##The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. **War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. **Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. ##Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. ##One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. **The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. ##Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. ##The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones' Diary (Fielding)
72. ##Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. **Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. ##The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. ##A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. ##The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. ##Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. ##Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. ##Wizard's First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. ##Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. ##The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. ##Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. ##Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. ##In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) - seen the movie
93. ##The Good Earth(Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. ##White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. ##A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. ##The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. ##Ulysses (James Joyce)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Transformation?

How does it happen when your body starts transforming itself and you don't even think you've done much to deserve it? Well that seems to be the case with me. In the last month I've really increased my walking and now I've begun to ride my bike too. I stepped on the scale and I am down to my lowest weight since last year when the DH and I went on a diet. I was very happy to see that, let me tell you! Then this morning I'm feeling all spunky and self confident after my 40K bike ride yesterday(and nope, I am not sore today....nope, nope, nope) - I was however sore last night. I could have really enjoyed my new bed last night. Anyway I decided to get the ol' tape measure out as the tape measure never lies. Turns out I lost an inch on my waist.

I think I've finally found out how transform myself. Exercise regularly, be careful what I eat and limit the snacking and voila - a shrinking TeaMouse! Honestly I haven't done anything that spectacular and yes the change is slow, but I am changing. I still eat my ice cream every now and again and once in blue moon we have chips too, although I don't like to do that too often as they don't seem to agree with my stomach. Maybe for me this is the way to do it, focus on moving and less focus on the eating and maybe, just maybe I will be transformed.

A couple of years ago, I was addicted to playing on the computer and rarely went outside. I can't even think of all the time wasted. When DH decided to give up the computer for Lent I thought he was insane - I told him he couldn't do it(of course this is because I didn't think I could do it). Yes it was hard, for the first few weeks. I did have the computer at work so I could blog and browse the www but no game playing. By the end of those 5 weeks I had actually kicked the computer habit. Now I go on once in awhile at home(not the whole weekend or every evening), but I am doing so much more - walking the dog, riding bikes, reading, knitting, crocheting and enjoying the yard. My skin actually has color and I am feeling so much better. I guess it was probably the best thing I ever did, as I didn't really realize what I was missing until I gave it up. For me the game playing was getting in the way of living a full and complete life. Let the transformation continue!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

TeaMouse Mountain Climbing

Well I am pleased to say that I made it through the weekend without any major upsets. We had Confirmation at our parish on Saturday and that means a private dinner with our pastor, pastor's assistant, Archbishop and my DH....stressful for me, I can't even explain how much so. Thankfully as soon as we got to the dinner our pastor offered us wine, it was all I could do to not toss it right back like a sailor - I was tempted to have a stiff drink of scotch like the men were doing - thankfully I remained lady like with my red wine and I sipped it in a proper manner.

The meal was delicious pork medallions in a mushroom sauce, barley & brown rice pilaf, broccoli and cauliflower in a cream sauce and of course some little brussel sprouts - of which DH passed on. Mmmmmmmmmmm brussel sprouts. I have a recipe somewhere for sprouts in a cream sauce, I will have to dig that out.

Anyway after I made it through the dinner I felt on top of the world - conquering TeaMouse mountains one mountain at a time.

So this morning we were free to have some leisure time so what do DH and I decide to do? Well take our bikes out for the first ride of the season. Oh yes and we look so cute too in our matching Schwinn Classic bikes. The only thing is, we decided to time how long it would take to ride to and from work. Yep!!!!! So we rode off on our 40+ km trek to work and back. Needless to say I'm a bit sore, but thankfully we've been doing a lot of walking so I'm not too bad off. Now if you don't hear from me tomorrow, I'm probably all seized up in bed!

Speaking of bed! DH and I made a big purchase today - yep a new bed!!! I am so excited. You just know it's time to buy a new mattress when you wake up feeling like you've been through an entire evening of aerobic activity! After riding for the morning I just wanted to stay lying on the bed at Sears, I wonder if they would have noticed if I just snuggled in for a nap? So on May 2 we will be the proud owners of a new, super cozy bed. I may never want to leave it.

It was also time to buy one for our DD and it will arrive just before her birthday - she'll love to snuggle up in it I'm sure. Right now she doesn't really sleep in, but I'm afraid with the new bed she may turn into brother....he could sleep all day!So now I'm busy knitting away on the 2nd tea towel for the Knitted-Give-A-Way Contest! It's in a nice bright green, I'm having so much fun knitting I may just have to do this contest again.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Happy Friday

Just some light fun stuff as today I am crazy busy preparing Confirmation certificates for the children of our parish who are being confirmed this weekend. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Your Blog Should Be Purple

You're an expressive, offbeat blogger who tends to write about anything and everything.
You tend to set blogging trends, and you're the most likely to write your own meme or survey.
You are a bit distant though. Your blog is all about you - not what anyone else has to say.


Appetizer
What is your favorite kind of bread? Well I make my own with my handy dandy bread machine and it's got to be Multi Grain - but every now and again I crave that nutrionless whitebread toasted with jam.

Soup
When was the last time you bought a new pillow? Pillows - now this for me is a touchy subject. I had been using this same pillow for about 13+ years(I know gross), but finally after stitching it closed over and over again it finally bit the biscuit. Now I was in a dilemna because I couldn't sleep without my pillow - I take it camping on trips etc. I tried one pillow that seemed so soft but after a bit it became a pancake. The trouble was the pillow I had before was filled with foam chips and it never got flat - so last year I finally found a new one and it's down filled and I LOVE it! So now when the time comes to get a new pillow at least I know I can find an equally good replacement. Aren't you glad they asked me that?...lol!

Salad
Approximately how many hours per week do you spend surfing the ‘net? Probably about 5 - 10. I use it for the news, to find recipes...images for my blog...patterns and more. It's my 'go-to' solution for most every question.

Main Course
What’s the highest you remember your temperature being? Hmmmmm, I assume they mean my body temp...if so it was 103.

Dessert
Fill in the blanks: When I get the Confirmation Certificates done, I will be thrilled!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Things about Saskatchewan


Here are several intersting things about Saskatchewan - ways to tell you are there and other unique facts.

1. You don't bother to pack your winter clothing away come summer, you never know when you'll need that favorite sweater. Seriously the only month we haven't had snow is July.

2. Shorts weather consists of anything above 20C - that for my American friends is a balmy 68F. Summer is short in Saskatchewan and we make the best of it.
3. We protect the Canadian Goose - in fact these poo machines are so protected that if you kill one you could get jail time. In the spring we are often subjected to stop for a 'goose crossing' as they travel to and forth.

4. A Saskatchewan Mountain - yes it's possible take a look! Do you see it? That's our famous home grown mountain - who says you need mountains to ski.

5. Al Capone and his gang would travel by train to Moose Jaw, SK and run booze through underground tunnels during prohibition. These tunnels are used today for a booming tourist industry as people from all over come to see the tunnels come to life as actors re-enact and take you back in time to the days of Capone and the gang.


6. Come to Saskatchewan and never turn your clocks back or forward again. Yes, we leave our clocks on the same time year round.

7. Unlike our fake mountain we have on the prairies a point of land higher than Banff, Alberta...yes indeed in Cypress hills in the SW corner of our province it reaches 1392 metres. This is the highest point between Labrardor and the Rocky Mountains.

8. Home to over 100,000 lakes! Fishing is a big pasttime and many fly in camps in the North bring in many tourists from around the world.




9. The truth is out there...Numbers released by the Winnipeg-based Ufology Research Institute show Saskatchewan posted an all-time record of 98 reported UFO sightings, and Maidstone accounted for more than half of those reports. That’s a big chunk of the total 736 reported sightings across Canada.

10. There is a lake in Saskatchewan where it is impossible to sink. Lake Manitou near Watrous is so rich in minerals, that people float. It is said that the lake is three times saltier than the ocean. Early settlers took home barrels of the "healing" water. The Plains Indians used

11. Regina, Saskatchewan is home to the longest bridge over the shortest body of water.In 1929 when the depression hit - the government to create jobs had Wascana lake deepened using hand shovels and dump wagons they had enough dirt to make what is now known as Willow Island. OnNovember 10, 1930 the bridge was dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives during World War I.
12.In 2003 this lake made history once again when a decision was made to drain the lake and deepen it. This was a huge project that went from fall to spring seeing a final finished project in 2005. To see the both the beauty of this lake and history in the makin as it's drained and deepened you can view this video . This urban revitalization was a historical project that made this beautiful man made lake and park even more beautiful to last for many more generations. More pictures of the process.Before
The End results


13. By the time you're done reading this you may need a cup of coffee so pull on over to Davidson, SK where they know coffee, I hope you're thirsty!



More Contest Fun

Do you think you have 3 funny posts to share - if so then click on the link to go to This Eclectic Life to enter her contest.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Spread the Word

Today is the day - visit BooMama and make a donation and then pop on over to I Should Be Folding Laundry and enter to win a prize. You need to put a link up to support BooMama's efforts to raise money for Heather.
Use the linky on my sidebar to go directly to BooMama's page for Heather.

Wordless Wednesday - A hint of what's to come in the Contest


For more contest info

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Contest - Good News

It seems that many of the bloggers out there are getting excited about contests and why not contests are fun and I particpated in my first one through 5 Minutes for Mom when they had their Blog Party. It was a lot of fun and I entered a prize through my business blog and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. I love getting and receiving parcels - it's nice to receive something else besides bills. Here are some more cool contests you can enter including details of my up and coming Knitted Give-A-Way Contest. Check back later tonight for more information and to enter to win.

I was just over at Mommy of Three and she had a post up about a contest that QuietRomance is having for a coach purse giveaway...and of course you know that I love contests....yes indeed! So I have entered and I want you to all have a chance too to win so pop on over to QuietRomance's place and enter to win.

More contests if you're interested: Amy of Amy's Random Thoughts will be doing a Blog Scavenger Hunt beginning May 1st. It sounds like a lot of fun and from what I can tell the more people you refer to the contest the better your chances are of winning....hmmmm that has my curiosity piqued. I was a winner in her last contest and soon I will have some new books to read...I can't wait! I'll post a pic here when they arrive.

Check back later this evening for my contest details. I think I'll be keeping it pretty simple too folks, very similar to how Quietromance has done hers. All you'll have to do is post about it on your site to link back to my contest post so that everyon is able to use my Linky to be entered to win - sounds like fun. I hope you'll all enjoy entering and I'll have fun creating the prizes...I am sure.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Movie Reviews

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This weekend we bought a really cheap dvd player and promptly returned it. I figured at the price we paid for this Diamond dvd player from Wal-Mart if it lasted a year it would be not too bad. But no, it stuttered continuously so we took it back and got a Philips brand - so far so good.

We watched Charlotte's Web on Saturday night - what an amazing movie! I don't even like spiders and I almost cried when Charlotte died. Wilbur was some, terrific and humble pig. The animation that they did with the pig was perfect - it didn't look phony at all and I loved the way the animals conversed together. I've read the story to my kids when they were younger and I loved this live movie version of it. They did a great job bringing this classic story to life. I give this movie 4 stars!

Last night we watched Superman Returns - I was blown away with the Christ theme throughout the movie. When Superman is saying good bye to Jason he says to him 'You will be different, sometimes you'll feel like an outcast, but you'll never be alone. You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father and the father becomes the son.' There are so many more quotes like this from the movie - you'll just have to check it out yourself. This movie is all that I expected it to be and more. I am a huge Smallville fan and my only complaint was that I would have liked to see Tom Wells as Superman in the movie - but that is just a personal preference. I give this movie 4.5 stars!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Picture Perfect?


I wonder if I'll ever have a state of perfection in our house. Now don't get me wrong - the place isn't a disaster zone, well not unless you include my kids rooms. I'm pretty sure they're growing some pretty interesting life forms in their rooms. This is a no win siutation. I can have my daughter clean for an entire day and then the next day it's like no one has cleaned in eons. Such is life with teenagers!

Things that get me frustrated are coats being dropped on the floor, toothpaste spewn across the mirror and I don't know who decides to paint with it on the counter but sheesh!

No my home is not immaculate. If company is coming over I do have to get in gear and make it 'visitor friendly' but it's not a pig pen, but it's not a museum either. When we have people over I don't want them to be afraid to sit on the furniture or drink a beverage. I want to feel at ease and I want others to feel at ease also.

We all know people that have these kinds of houses and to me they are so uncomfortable. They have everything in its place and there is no sign that the house has ever been in any state of messiness. A picture perfect home will never be mine. Our house is our home and therefore it's got a lived in look and feel to it. I will not try to make my home look like a photo in a magazine. I don't want to know that I spent all my free time with a swiffer when I could have been outside walking the dog, playing cards with the kids or even having a family movie night.

No my friends, life is too short for me to spend it like Mrs. June Cleaver. I want to 'live' life to its fullest and for me that means getting outside and seeing the world and if the sink has some toothpaste in it I say who cares!

What do you say? Is an immaculate home your top priority, or do you live with a little bit of mess so that you can do other more important things? Speak out, I want to know what the general consensus is on this. For now I'm going to go upstairs and prepare some homemade pizza and we'll have a family movie night and watch the new Charlotte's Web.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Friday Feast

Appetizer
When you were a child, which crayon color was your favorite?
I always loved the purples and pinks.

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest), how likely would you be to change jobs if it required you to move?
Probably a 3, I HATE moving and we just got our first house. I suppose if the money was better and I could do the same job....maybe but a very small maybe.

Salad
Take all the numbers in your birthday and your phone number and add them up, one by one. What's the total?
Interesting, there are only 3 different digits in this combo without using the area code and there are different ways to add this up. The combo I get is 75.

Main Course
Have you ever "re-gifted" anything? Definitely! And, if I get another turkey platter I will re-gift it again. I mean seriously how many times can the same person give you the same gift...sheesh! As long as I know someone without a turkey platter I am good to go.

Dessert
Name something you need from the store.
Fixings to make a salad - it's a beautiful day here and I'm looking forward to a nice crisp salad with dinner - I love Kraft creamy poppy seed dressing.

More Friday Feast

TGIF!


Sighing a huge sigh of relief that this work week has come to an end......*sigh*! From the person who called me up to complain that it's my fault that they missed Easter mass because they only listened to part of my telephone message and they don't know that we never have a 5 p.m. mass on Holy Saturday to the seemingly kind gentlemen who snapped completely when a mistake was made in the Easter memoriam insert - I was and still am very sorry for any mix up this has cause but please give a girl a break, I am not perfect! Going home was no escape - DH and DD were both violently sick with the flu and I was so worried that I myself would come down with it - so far so good.

What you may ask is life like for a Church secretary? Well for most of the year it's quite hectic - the phone rings constantly for a simple request to the most bizarre. I enter in all the donations that we receive each Sunday and balance and post that in our Church software. Then it's time to prepare the bulletin(of which some typo always seems to grab so much attention and a few select few make sure I am aware of such error), and the Intercessory prayers for the weekend. I also prepare all baptism certificates for current baptisms and updated ones for all the people getting married. I also pay all the bills and enter all of our income and expense into our accounting software. Welcoming new parishioners seems to have fallen to me also, as our welcoming committee is pretty much non-existent. Yes life is busy most days, my office is a hubbub of activity - parishioners popping by for tea and we can get sidetracked for an hour at least. It's ok, it's all alright with my boss - he's not a clock watcher and as long as my work gets done, he has no problems. The only thing is that it makes the day more rushed and it's so hard to say ‘hey I have to work'! I feel like part of my job is of a pastoral sort and there are times when a parishioner just needs someone to listen and I guess I am a good listener.

The thing about being a secretary in a church is that for 10 months of the year you run off your feet - more so before Christmas and just about non-stop around Easter. Then comes Summer and it's like the world just stops....absolutely everything grinds to a halt, even including my tea visits from my dear friends. It's this time of the year when I wish I could bank time and put it away for weeks like I just had. I love the summer time, even though it's boring - I get caught up on stuff that just had to wait during the year. I've got my rainy day project of entering all the baptisms into our church database(just try deciphering all that handwriting) since we opened in 1955 to cleaning out the filing cabinet etc. But mostly it's just such an easy time to work - I can get in a bit of reading and still get all my work done and get caught up.

So after a week like this, I am excited to head home for a relaxing weekend. Our weather here has turned beautiful and I'm looking forward to taking Oliver for a nice walk in the park, maybe heading for a nice soft ice cream if the urge hits me.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

New Links To Return To - Link Love

Link Love was started from Shelly at the Eclectic Life. I was tagged by this link love from Jenny and I'm just getting to it. Life has been hectic here since Easter but today I took some time to visit a few of the TT'ers and check out their site beyond their TT posting. Here is what I found. Now I don't know how to make this link love appear like Shelly and Jenny but I hope you'll still visit the people below - they have some good sites.

1. Writer Cramps - She lives in Belgium with her husband and 4 cats who provide her with lots of stories and picture ops. She paints beautiful pictures and she loves cats - check out her paintings to see what I mean. She's even involved with cyber-cruises, and they sound like a lot of fun.

2. Skittles Place - This is a great blog to make you laugh! I was laughing out loud at my desk...good thing I have an office to myself. Needless to say I'll be heading on back.

3. Books. Lists. Life. - The first thing I noticed was that we are part of the same CAl - Ripple Along. So we have crochet and reading incommon and I love her lists!

4. Crazy Working Mom - She's got some great ww photos and some meme's, plus she loves to read and I just loved her post about Ass Hat Awards that she dedicated to Circuit City after their layoff extravaganza....a definite good read.

5. Yellow Rose Garden - She has a beautiful blog template! Also she's made some wonderful TT headers for you to use. I nosed around a bit and found myself very captivated with her posts so I'll be going back for more visits.

Thursday Thirteen - Books I want to read this summer



In no particular order these are books that I want to read this summer. I am a lover of books, there are some I can read again and again....but I usually wait a few years before I do that so I am due to re-read some again and others are new on my list.

1. Tara Road - Maeve Binchy - This is the first Maeve Binchy book I read and I fell in love with her writing. Since then I have read many others but this one always remains my favorite. I don't have a current copy of it as my sis borrowed it and then she wanted to re-read it herself...so I'll be getting a copy to re-read for a nice summer day.

2. Back on Blossom Street, Debbie Macomber - Debbie first took us to this street in 'A Shop on Blossom Street. She then returned there with 'A Good Yarn' and now we're back on Blossom street and it goes on sale May 12...I am excited indeed as I loved both of these previous books.

3. 6 Rainer Drive, Debbie Macomber - I have read all previous 5 of these books in the Cedar Cove Series and I am looking forward to the next installment. It's been on sale for a bit, but with Christmas etc. I haven't been buying many books and I'm due for a good read. The nice thing is they are on sale in paperback so they're priced right for purchase.

4. 74 Seaside Avenue, Debbie Macomber - Yes this is the most current book in the Cedar Cove Series. It won't be on sale until September but I'm still going to include it in my list and hopefully we'll still have summer weather to read by.

5. Tales of London Series, Lawanna Blackwell - I have read her Gresham Chronicle series and I fell in love with the Victorian era theme of it. I'll be putting these on my list of books to buy.

6. The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks - I have seen the movie - loved it!!!!! Now it's time to read the book.

7. Summer Sisters, Judy Blume - I've been meaning to read this book for sometime now and for some reason I keep not getting to it.

8. The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin - It looks like a fun - light read.

9. Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella - These have been on my 'to read' list fr a bit and I see they are getting good reviews and I figure summer is a good time to try a new author...see #10 for her again...lol.

10. Shopaholic and Baby, Sophie Kinsella - It's getting good reviews and it looks like a nice fun read.

11. Sisters, Danielle Steel - I haven't read this author in quite sometime. I felt her writing was becoming quite formula like. I'll give her another shot - it might be a light read on a nice beach day.

12. Alibi Man, Tami Hoag - I'm kind of keen on reading a mystery...I read Nora's Roberts 'Northern Light's and I liked the mystery feel of it. If I don't read this one maybe I'll get brave and read The Shining by Stephen King...I've been meaning to read this one for years.

13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling - Of course the best for last. I never thought I'd read these books but we've been buying them for our son for gifts off and on for the past 7 years and somehow DH began reading them and then so many other adults I knew read them. I have to say they are quite well done and since I read all of the others - I am looking forward to reading the final book in the series, although I'm nervous how she's going to end it!



Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Wordless Wednesday



Thinking Blogger Award


Wow, I am shocked to say the least! Jenny from J's Thoughts and Musings has tagged me for the Thinking Blogger Award! I'm pleasantly surprised to be tagged from Jenny for this....thanks J!!! I don't know how much my blog makes others think, but I enjoy writing about my day-to-day happenings and other stuff that inspires me to get typing at the computer. I enjoy meeting new bloggers and reading about all of you. I've met so many of you from the comments that you leave on my blog. That is generally where I find my new blogs to read. If you're an anonymous lurker, leave me a comment or two and I'll pop on over and say 'hello'.

I obviously can't nominate Jenny, but she knows I love her blog so now that I have thanked her the tough part comes in deciding on 5 blogs that make me think. Of course I visit Jenny's regularly but I have the tough choice of choosing 5 more - and some of you have already received this award...hmmmmm! Well here they are in no particular order. I had a bit of a hard time with this. I've chosen blogs that I've just recently discovered from comments they've left, to blogs that I've been visiting for sometime. When you visit these lovely blogs, make sure to comment - that way they too can find more blogs to read.

1. Living Life in Full Color! - She is a photographer and an author with an upcoming book about her life at 13 and I'm just waiting for it to come out so I can read it. Life was very different for her then, they lived in a spider infested trailer with no electricity or running water. Her toilet was a pail that they had to dig a spot for regularly to dump. I'm excited to read how she came from there to where she is today. Her photographs are absolutely stunning. I am an amateur photographer and I am inspired by her work and seeing her photos inspires me to take out the old Pentax and get snapping.

2. Less Lisa - She is on a weight loss journey that has its ups and downs, I too am on this same journey and I get inspiration from her before and after photos and by reading her posts I see that I am not alone in my struggles each day.

3. Scribbit - I am new to reading her blog but she has lot's of neat stuff to read. She lives in Alaska and she shares what life is like for her and she has such interesting things to share including great craft ideas, recipes and more. I think she deserves a thinking award. I've just been at her blog and been inspired to make several crafts.

4. This Eclectic Life - Shelly lives in Texas and she's a professional storyteller and her blog never disappoints. Sometimes it really gets you to thinking and other times it's just plain enjoyable...I love her Texan Talk and I'm sure you will too. She's been honored for this award twice already so it just goes to show you that she is definitley deserving of it even x 3 as the case may be.

5. Mommy of Three - A stay at home mom with money saving tips and a love of reading! Her new post today on whether or not to continue with Easter bunny traditions is thought provoking.

I tried to come up with some uniquely different blogs for you to visit - they are all worth checking out and each one has it's own unique flavor that keeps me going back for more. Pop on over and visit their blogs and tell them I sent you on over. For all of you who have been tagged please create your own list.

Here are the rules:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter

Happy Easter!

I have to say this has been a most wonderful Easter! I truly enjoyed all of the Triduum and all the quality family time. This year the Triduum really hit me. I felt so emotional as I really 'got' what Jesus did for us on the Cross and on Good Friday I thought in Church...I am so glad that we only have to go into this dark space for one day. That being said, to enter fully into the death and resurrection of Christ is extremely meaningful experience.


These eggs were colored by my big kids 13 and 17, even now they had a good time bejewelling and putting on stickers.

Our family dinner at my mother-in-law's place was awesome. She did up a lovely turkey and all of the fixings. It was so cute to watch our nieces running around the house to do the Easter egg hunt that Gramma had prepared. They were so excited. The youngest one is too little to hunt for eggs but she had no problem finding the ones the other girls had found and she sure figured out fast how to open the plastic eggs up to find the treats inside!

DH had to go to Church again on Sunday for some baptisms and while he was gone I prepared our Easter breakfast feast. We had waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, bacon and some O.J. It was delicious! After breakfast I was totally exhausted...we didn't get home from the Vigil until about 2 a.m., we sat and visited with our pastor and a few friends over some wine...great times! So I had my nap and felt refreshed.

Luckily enough I have today off as well, so I slept until 8:20 a.m. and have been having a leisurely morning, however I think Oliver may just be ready to go for a walk soon - and after the breakfast and dinner I had...not to mention the Easter treats....I think I definitely need it.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

See you on Monday!


So if the www, is just a weeeeeee bit boring for the next few days it may be because I'm not blogging. Yes, I will be taking a break for the Easter Triduum. Beginning tonight with Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper, we will be both attending Church services and prayer services. I'll be back to the blogging world on Monday.

I wish you all a joyous and Blessed Easter!

Peace and God Bless,

TMouse

Thursday Thirteen - Funny Uses for Duct Tape


1. Repair upholstery.

2. Mute function for humans.

3. Girdle

4. Make a wallet out of it.

5. Seat covers in your car.

6. Make a space suit so you can walk on the moon.

7. Shower curtain.

8. Why wax?

9. Patch ripped clothing.

10. Bandaid for really big cuts.

11. Make lawn furniture.

12. Do it yourself Rust repair for your automobile, can also be used to recover the car instead of new paint job.

13. And my all time favorite, holds temple in place on broken eye glasses. ( I actually think my parents did this to me as a kid - maybe that explains a lot)!

I borrowed most of these from 101 Uses for Duct Tape I kept it clean for the family friendliness of my blog. We used to have a show here on CBC called Red Green and he always did crazy things with duct tape, and DH always loved that and he figures duct tape is a cure all. So this one is for you DH...love you!

More Thursday Thirteen

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Ginger Baby



More Wordless Here

Books I would re-read!

Books I've truly enjoyed:

1. The Gresham Chronicle Series by Lawanna Blackwell - Book 1: The Widow of Larkspur Inn, Book 2: The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter and Book 3: The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark.

I enjoyed these books as it takes you back to such a more simple time. They are set in Victorian England and they take you back to a time when courtship had proper rules. In the first book we see a widow who is left with nothing when her husband dies - from this she takes her young children to the only piece of remaining property that is left - the Larkspur Inn. It's a joy to see how she tranforms herself from a young girl to a lady. This is the book that had me in love with the series. In this book you meet the other characters for the next two books in the series and it's a natural progression to see what happens in their lives. A true gem!

Next on my list is to read her Tales of London series.

2. Where the Heart is, by Billie Letts - I loved how Novalee's life is transformed in this novel. The story begins with her being abandoned in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma, and it's not an easy road for Novalee - but in the end she does prosper.

3. Tara Road by Maeve Binchy - In this book Ria's life is about to be turned upside down. What she thought was a normal and great life turns bad quickly and she meets up with Marilyn and the two exchange homes for the summer. This is by far my favorite of Maeve Binchy's novels. In second place to this one would be Circle of Friends - This book tells the tale of two childhood friends from completely different backgrounds. Secrets and lies will eventually test their friendship.

4. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - The New York Times Book Review
This is beyond a doubt one of the most remarkable first novels produced by an American writer. It is also one of the best. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Not too much else I can add here, but this is one of my favorite books of all time. I may just have to pull it out this summer for another read.

5. The World According to Garp - John Irving - This book is definitely not a light read, there are some great reviews of it at the link provided. I read this book about 10 years ago and I couldn't put it down. Even when you wanted to turn away because of the harshness of some of it - I just couldn't. I think I should try readint his Cider House Rules.

6. To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee - This book is true literary art, if you haven't read it yet...it's a must!

And my final choice today:

7. The Book of Ruth - Jane Hamilton - This is definitely a thought provoking book and not a light read. For more information use the link. I had to be in a certain frame of mind to read it and when I was there I couldn't put it down, but at times it's indeed hard to read.

As you can see my taste in books is all over the mark, pretty much like the music I listen to. These are just a few that I could think of that really drew me in and became page turners.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Monday Funnies

Well I was lucky enough to win on Amy's contest. The prize- some really cool Christian books. I'm really excited as I don't normally win a lot of stuff. I used to win a lot on the radio when I was a teenager...the biggest prize there was my DH...lol! I don't even bother to play the lottery for I feel I am just throwing a money away - and a casino...just forget it, so I'm pretty psyched. I hear she is having another contest this time a scavenger hunt - check her out regularly so you don't miss out.


Something funny to give you a Monday Smile!



Sunday, April 01, 2007

Palm Sunday

Well recently I blogged about being thankful to God for giving me the strength to consider being a narrator for the Passion reading on Passion Sunday.

I had this strong desire to call up the lady in charge of the Lectors of our parish and ask her if she had a Narrator for the Passion on Palm Sunday. At this point, she had yet to consider anyone for the different positions and she was thrilled that I was volunteering as she generally has to call a lot of lectors before she finds anyone who is willing to do any of these readings. After a long talk and a few comforting emails back and forth, I felt sure that I was doing the right thing.

Keep in mind that only a few months prior to doing this, I could barely lector if there was more than 3 paragraphs. Soooooo, I practiced at the rehearsal and after the rest of the lectors left I continued reading until I felt comfortable doing so. I felt like I had this all under control - but of course there was that little part of me that was nervous that I would flop once I got up there, and this was not the day to do it - not at all. For one thing, it is such a holy day and the lady in charge of lectors would be attending the mass that I was lectoring at.

I have to say that I woke up today with complete confidence in my ability to narrate the Passion. When we got to church our pastor pulled me aside and asked me to not read too slowly, he felt that the lady who narrated at the evening mass prior had read too slowly and today we had another mass to follow. Of course I am thinking - gee, how fast will I read...will I read too fast and upset the person in charge of lectors, or will it go slowly and I will disappoint our pastor.

Thank goodness I managed to somehow read it at just the right speed. I really felt at ease doing this reading and I truly felt Gods presence with me as I did so. After I got back to my pew from receiving communion and I knelt in prayer this refrain was running through my head....(Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord). It is really through His strength that I was able to do this and I am very thankful for it.

The rest of the Mass was just beautiful and more than a few times I was so moved that I felt tears forming. How I could keep from being moved during the singing of the song (Were you There.....were you there, when they crucified my Lord, Were you there when they nailed him to the tree.....Ohhhhhhh Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble....tremble). It is a very moving song.

I feel like I am in the right frame of mind to enter into this Holy Week and I look forward to all the celebrations, prayer services and Adoration that will be a part of it.

If you would like a nice prayer to say to help you prepare yourself to begin Holy Week, I invite you to pop over to my other blog LogCabin Catholic.

Tonight we will settle in with the family and watch the (Jesus) movie - we watch it until the part where Jesus dies on the cross and resume watching it on Easter Sunday once Jesus is resurrected. It is one of our Easter Traditions.


I wish you all a blessed Holy Week!

P.S.
Thanks to Amy for the great fun that her contest provided! I really enjoyed the questions, reading others responses and of course discovering all those new blogs to read. Now, if I can just find more hours in the day....lol!