Friday, June 29, 2007

Grade 12 Graduation



Ok, I did it! My son has graduated high school! Somehow, probably by the Grace of God I did not fall apart.
When they first began to process into the Exercises - I began to cry. The moments of his life flashed through my mind like a slideshow.
All of the firsts went through my mind. I remember when DH and I decided we wanted a baby - when we found out I was pregnant - the times DS tried to arrive to early and the hospital visits on an IV drip to prevent it!
The birth of our bouncing baby boy at 5lbs 8oz,
today he towers over his Dad and I at over 6ft.

So many memories we've had together,
I look forward to all the new milestones that we'll share as we watch him grow into a fine young man with his own hopes and dreams to fulfill.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Daughters Grad




Not so wordless, the Farewell turned out ok but what really blew me away was how beautiful my DD looked! She's really turning into a young lady. This is the picture we took of her wearing her new ring that she got for Grad.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Grade 8 Farewell

Tonight is our DD's Grade 8 Farwell or as she insists we call it 'Grad'!

It seems like just yesterday that I got her all dressed up for her first day of school. She had a huge smile on her face and she was ready to face the world, although she was adamant that she wasn't going to learn to read! She did learn but to get her to read is like getting a child to take medicine...lol!

Now she is starting to look like a young lady(although very immature)! I'm hoping in these next four years of high school that we begin to see some positive changes. She's a bright girl with a good heart! Her current grown up wish is to become a radio DJ!

Here is a picture of the gift we got her for her farewell. It's just gorgeous and if you get a chance to pop by the Hunger Site's Store you'll see some other great fair trade items. For each item purchased cups of food are donated. For this purchase 50 cups of food were donated.

For those of you who don't know it's also the week of my sons Grade 12 Grad so it may be a tad bit quiet around here until next week. I am going to try to get some stuff posted ahead of time. Have a great week!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Monday Funnies!


Excerpts from a Dog's Diary
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat's Diary

Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.

They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.

In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow --but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.

The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now . . .



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Sunday, June 24, 2007

A Father's Words

My DH had asked me to make a photo montage yesterday - I had no idea what he was up to until he asked me to read some words he's written for our DS who is graduating this week. I of course was moved to tears and if you're so inclined pop on by and read what he wrote. He is the writer in the family and it pretty much sums up how I am feeling as well.

It's a weird kind of feeling sad and happy at the same time and yet I can't help but wonder where did the time go. One bit of advice I'll pass on to you parents with young children is this: Cherish every moment. Don't tell them no when they want to play with you - unless your busy, and if you are re-schedule it for a later time. Cuddle them every day and tell them you love them! Turn ordinary time into special times. This IS the stuff they and you will remember for always.

Sorry I'll get sappy if I continue - Peace and God Bless!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

What I'm Up to...

I didn't get too many squares made during the week as life got a bit hectic so I figured I'd spend some time today making squares. Last night I popped over to Yellow Rose Garden and I was inspired by her bright squares - and you know what that means. Mmmmmm Hmmmmm, a trip to the yarn store. Look what I found!

I did find some extra spare yarn to make into squares this morning - to date I've made 15 squares. I've sent a package of 10 on its way last week. I'm hoping to get another 15 made by early next week.


I have this extra yarn from my DD's ripple afghan! The yarn I purchased solely for the use of the Love to Share Squares is the same kind. I bought some more of the bright blue and the lilac. I just love those colors!


This also inspired me to do something else I have been much too delinquent with - donating blood. I was crocheting those squares this morning when it struck me, I'm doing this for kids with cancer, when was the last time I donated blood. I was a bit embarrassed to realize it had been a long time. The last time I went, it was to a mobile clinic and I must have been really dehydrated because I stopped bleeding and they were very impatient with me. I know, I know I shouldn't let a bad experience stop me from doing these things - that's why today I am back on track and now I have regular appointments to go every 56 days. This time was a bit better, I was a little slow but it didn't stop and with a little wiggling of my fingers I was done in a decent amount of time.

So now I'm off to tear into that wool and make some squares!

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Salad Anyone? What's your favorite Salad?

As you know we are hosting a family bbq next Saturday in honor of my DS's Grade 12 graduation. Not everyone can make it to the banquet so we thought a family bbq would be a great way to whoop it up.

I plan on making a nice Greek salad and I just got an interesting pasta salad recipe that calls for Kraft Dinner or all things. Apparently it's supposed to be quite good. My mom made it for some company at a bbq a few weeks back. I'll give it a go this weekend and have a taste test run. I think my mom used the shell K.D. with extra cheese. As usual, I am looking for more recipes. I thought I'd share the K.D. one with you and two of my personal favorites, enjoy!


Easy Pasta Salad(kids will love this)
2 boxes Kraft Dinner
1 med red pepper chopped
1 med green pepper chopped
chives or onions chopped
1 c chopped celery
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup mayo
4 hard boiled eggs
Cook Kraft dinner as usual. Mix in cheese & set aside
add together chopped peppers, celery. onions and chopped eggs. Then stir in
the mayo and sprinkle with paprika. I sed 1 extra egg to slice
and set on top with paprika'

One of my favorite summer salads(all amounts are approximate, as I just throw stuff in as I go). Use as much of each as you prefer.

1 head romaine lettuce
1 bunch red or green leaf lettuce
1/2 iceberg lettuce
1 cup craisins or raisins
1 cup chopped pecans or sunflower seeds
2 carrots shredded
3 stalks celery
1 apple, peeled and chopped
Cheddar cheese cubed
Kraft Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

Mix ingredients together and top with creamy poppy seed dressing!



Broccoli Salad
1 - 2 heads broccoli
1 red onion sliced
1 cup chopped pecans or sunflower seeds
Bacon(if you like)

Dressing:(I usually make this to taste, I never measure so I hope these amounts are accurate. I usually put enough mayo into a bowl and start adding bits of sugar and vinegar until it tastes just right)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup sugar

Fry bacon until crisp, crumble into pieces, set aside.

Chop broccoli florets into bit sized pieces, add chopped red onion and nuts.

Mix ingredients for dressing and set aside.

Before serving mix the dressing into the broccoli, top with crumbled pieces of bacon.
What is your favorite salad? I'm looking for some good salad recipes for the summer. I'm trying to watch what I eat and I love a delicious salad. If you want to share a salad recipe, please leave a comment so I can come and check it out! Does anyone have a recipe for a rice salad, using a vinagrette dressing and frozen vegetables? I've tried this years back and haven't been able to find a recipe for it since.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Hamster Dance?


It's going to sound absolutely terrible. I don't even know if I should admit it or not. I'll probably have the good parents hounding me at the door. Oh ok, I'll tell you!

My DD's hamster died yesterday. We've had him with us for 8 months and as far as I'm concerned it has been 8 months too long. I was surprised to hear he had died, but at the same time I was really happy! I know, bad, bad mother!

But you have to hear it from my side before you judge, really you do! She got her first hamster a couple of years ago for Christmas. I've never had a hamster but she really wanted one. We put her off for some time and finally we surprised her with one for Christmas. It all seemed to be going fine, she picked out an adorable little hamster who she named Dorothy.

Dorothy was a real 'hit' in our house. I even loved that little rat. Then one day my daughter started screaming bloody murder. I hightailed it up the stairs to see what on earth had happened. There my DD was sitting holding little Dorothy and crying her eyes out. "Mom, mom something is wrong with Dorothy! Something red is on her stomach, I think she's bleeding." Well dear friends rest assured, that wasn't blood sticking up in the air from 'Dorothy's' little tummy for all the world to see. Yes that's right, our beloved Dorothy was a 'HE', and was in the process of 'running one up the flag pole' just to see if anyone would salute!

At first she was absolutely horrified that she had been calling 'him' Dorothy all this time. After a short time we convinced her that this would have no lasting psychological affect and all would be well. He was aptly re-named 'Romeo'.

Unfortunately Sweet Romeo only lived 11 months. When the time came that he passed away peacefully in his sleep we again dealt with our distraught DD. A little private ceremony in the back yard would suffice. A coffin was chosen from our own private collection, a wonderful Royal Bank' Check box, decorated in blue and white of recycled cardboard construction. Romeo, forever the environmental activist, would certainly have approved. A few murmured prayers and a shallow grave dug were all that was required to bid fair Romeo adieu.

The plan was always that this would be the last. After our Drako the guinea pig fiasco (who knew those blessed little bast- rodents could live so durned long?!) However, somehow I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed.......nosiree! I decided that DD was so upset that the only reasonable answer to her overwhelming grief was that she needed another hamster. Yes, I did say that I decided that. I thought that up all by my little ol' self.

So DH and I stopped after work one day and picked out another hamster. We made sure to get one that was a different color as we didn't want to try to replace 'Romeo' in that way. I thought a new hamster would cheer her up.

As it turned out, we not only managed to pick out one that didn't look at all like the legendary Romeo, but we also managed to find the most 'evil' hamster in the store. From the first time she held him until he died he was a biter. She could never take him out of his cage without fears of being bitten. He didn't enjoy snuggling and he never became part of the family. Just a few days ago she was trying to find him a new home. She wanted to find him a happy home - she just felt like he didn't like her, even though we tried to explain endlessly that some hamsters are just that way and that in general, rodents with the small cluster of nerve cells that serve as their brain are largely emotional sociopaths.

I bought this hamster with full knowledge of the little things that annoyed me - the smell(dang that is NasTy), the mess - ohhhhhhh the mess. I was tired of finding little hamster poos all over the place.

So when this devil dear hamster left us to go to that big hamster cage in the sky, I wasn't the least bit saddened. I was happy and overjoyed that this was the final small animal pet we'd ever have to take care of again. After two hamsters with DD and a guinea pig with DS that seemed to have the life span of a cat, and a bunny that won us over completely - it was finally the end to the small pets in our TeaMouse home. So maybe I did a little jig(alone of course) and had a little smile on my face. After all who could blame me after the pet zoo we've had run through our little home in the past 18 years.

I am not insensitive to others feelings. I made sure to treat DD with kid gloves. Certainly, even though she didn't have the same connection to this hamster it still hurt, and maybe more because it reminded her of what she had with Romeo and how she still missed him. Jasper still had a little ceremony to say goodbye the box (good ol' cardboard again...tried and true for all your rodent burial needs) prayers were murmured, tears were shed and hugs were given out freely. And if a little grin was shared between DH and myself when we were sure no one was looking, well no one needs to know about that do they?

Farewell little Pets, it was not always fun, but in each of your own small ways you became a part of our family, if only for a little while.

Here's to Shakespeare(our beloved bunny), Drako(the everlasting guinea pig), Romeo(the sweetheart of all hamsters) and finally Jasper(although a big grump, he still managed to become a part of our family's story and his grouchy endeavors are sure to become as legendary as any of the others antics). May you all rest in peace while we get used to how our home was supposed to smell all along.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Things I love About Summer


It's official - Summer is finally here. The long months of winter and shoveling heaps of snow are long gone. I can almost barely remember driving to work when the tires would have been better if I'd replaced them with some ice skates.

I never used to be a big summer person - I know how odd! Over the years I've come to appreciate a good summer filled with all that summer should be. Here are 13 things I LOVE about summer!

1. Being able to ride my bike. I love my sweet ride! Today me and DH rode our bikes to work and I feel so darn energized it's not even funny. If you enjoy bike riding this is the bike to have. It's even very cozy for my derriere..lol!

2. Road Trip - Oh yeah! I love to pack up the car with some road snacks and head off to the wide open road and feel the wind rippling through my hair - oh wait I have AC. It's a fun summer past time. Whether it's just off to the beach for the day or a longer day trip, it's great fun all around.
3. Gardening in the yard. I've had such fun planting trees in our back yard and I've been lucky enough to have perennials graciously given to me. So I've been in the yard puttering. My latest venture has been container gardening. It's a great idea especially if you live in an apartment or if you don't want to dig up your yard. We bought these huge Rubbermaid containers and we've got peas, carrots, beets, green onions, cucumbers, squash, radishes and lettuce planted. I'm just like a little kid - every day I have to go and see how it's coming and what is coming up. Of course the radishes had to be the first ones up.

4. Family barbeques. I love to open up the backyard for a bbq. We break out the croquet or Bocce and pull up lawn chairs and enjoy the great outdoors while we all sip on a nice cool beverage. We get to have a family bbq next Saturday in honor of my DS's grade 12 grad. I'm looking forward to all the visiting.

5. Reading outside. I don't know why, but I love to read outside. It's so nice to curl up on the lounger with a nice book and a cup of hot tea or some cool iced tea. That's the perfect lazy summer day.

6. Listening to a nice summer storm. I love to watch the lightning and listen to the thunder as the rain pounds down. As long as I know there is no threat of a tornado I can enjoy a nice summer storm. I'll even settle for a nice rainy day - rain falls are so peaceful to listen to.

7. Garden Market! It's so great to visit the local garden markets and buy the fresh veggies as soon as they're ready for eating. Nothing tastes as good as vegetables right from the garden. I sure hope mine turn out this year.

8. You Scream I Scream - we all Scream for, yep Ice Cream! There is nothing like a cold ice cream cold on a hot sunny day! I'm trying to be a good girl, but today the temp is getting up to about 28C so that's pretty darn hot! I may have to cool off with a nice cone.

Speaking of Ice Cream scroll down after if you'd like a recipe I just got for an easy ice cream cake. I've been assured it's good although I haven't tried it yet myself. If you make it you'll have to let me know how you like it. It looks so easy, I'm sure I'll try it.

9. Late Nights. In the summer time I turn into a night owl. I love to stay up as late as possible, and I savor all the time I have. It's so nice when it's not dark when I leave for work and when I come home again. I wonder what it would be like in the land of the Midnight Sun. My mom once lived in Iqaluit which is close to Greenland and she had summers with all light - it only ever got to dusk. Now she is not a night time person at all - but I think when she lived there she managed to stay up past 8p.m.

10. Sandals and shorts. I love to wear sandals, I hate wearing shoes with my feet confined. My toes like a little wiggle room - and if they had their way they'd be barefoot. I also love to wear shorts and summer dresses. I wear shorts all year round. Well, in the house anyways. Crank up the heat, mom is in a shorts mood!

11. Afternoons at the beach. I love to sit in the sand and watch the kids play in the water. I'll put my aqua socks on and give it a go as long as the lake isn't freezing cold. I love to float around in the lake and just relax. Pack up a big picnic lunch and you have another perfect summer day!

12. No schedules! I like the kids being in school as there is less fighting to deal with, but I really love summer in that you don't have to have the kids organized for school each morning. Our house gets crazy hectic with screams of 'Where's my jeans with the sparkles on the back' or 'There is no lunch meat'. I am very unorganized at home and it drives me nuts. As soon as summer arrives I relish in the freedom I get from having to remember to buy lunch meat or wash that 'certain' pair of pants for the right day.

13. My main reason for loving summer so much is that my DH is home all the evenings. During the year he's out a lot at night and on the weekends too. So summer means 'us' time! We stay up late and watch t.v. even though we have work in the a.m., just so that we can truly savour all of our time together. I used to be a huge fan of winter - and I still am to some point. I am a big Christmas Nutter and that will never change. Still for quality family/home life/and marital bliss the summer is the best all around.

Oreo & Fudge Ice Cream Cake
Prep: 10 min Total: 4 hours 10 min(incl freezing)

1/2 cup fudge sundae topping warmed
2 cups thawed Cool Whip Topping(divided)
1 pkg(4 serving size) Jell-O Chocolate Instant pudding
8 Oreo Cookies
12 Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches

Pour the fudge topping into a medium bowl. Stir in 1 cup of the whipped topping with a wire whisk until it's well blended. Add in the dry pudding mix; stir 2 min. or until well blended. The consistency of fudge topping can vary depending on what brand you use. If your fudge topping is too thick to spread easily then stir in 1/4 cup milk.

Chop the Oreo cookies roughly into chunks. They don't have to be the same size. Add them to the mixture.

Arrange 4 of the ice cream sandwiches, side by side, on a 23 x 12 inch piece of foil; top with half of the pudding mixture. Repeat the layers.

Top the pudding mixture with the remaining 4 ice cream sandwiches. The layers create a nice striped effect when slicing.

Frost the tops and sides with the remaining 1 cup whipped topping. It doesn't have to look perfect.

Bring up the foil sides. Double fold top & ends to loosely seal the packet. Freeze at least 4 hours before serving. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly before serving. Store leftovers in the freezer.

Makes 12 servings

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Wordless Wednesday - My lil' Graduate


I'll try to get around to see a few Wordless Wednesday's while I'm at work, because tonight I'll be busy hooking my way to Share a Square. How many have you shared.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Big Transistion

Yes it's finally here our son is graduating from Grade 12 next week. We are trying to figure out how life will work as he turns from a teen under our responsibility to an adult this summer.

I am not sure how you all have dealt with this issue - but what happens when his room isn't clean? Does he still do chores? How about coming and going at the wee hours of the night?

My mind is scrambling to figure out how I am going to adjust to this new lifestyle he'll be having in just a short time.

He's undecided yet about what his plans are for after high school. He's a bright kid who never liked school and therefore never applied himself. Last year I received a letter in the mail from his school and I almost fainted when I opened it to find out that he had made the honor roll! Now that was a proud day for this Momma Bear!

You see when he was in Grade 10, we did a little bribery to get him to focus on doing his assignments and studying - it obviously worked! The problem was that this year he got himself a job and the bribery that we used previously was retired.

I had hoped and prayed that he'd continue on this road of studying hard and getting good grades. I really wanted to see him attend university this fall, instead it looks like he's going to try to get into mechanics. I am fine with him being a mechanic, I just think that he is wasting some of those 'smarts' God has blessed him with.

So now me and the DH have to sit back and watch our DS for the next few months to see if he'll take his own imitative and get his life on track or if he'll free fall. He's got no more than two months before we step in an give him a friendly boot in the rear to get him on track.

I know we're not the only ones who have had to deal with this transition period. Do you have any advice? I'd love to hear from others about what worked and didn't work for you.


Have you Shared a Square yet? I've sent 10 and I've started my next batch!!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Love To Share Buttons

To get the word out about the Love to Share project you can use the HTML code provided below to but a button on your blog/website. You will need to remove the asterisks before you add the code to your side bar. If you have any problems please let me know by leaving a comment. I think Shelly from This Eclectic Life may have a link for button HTML code but I thought I'd add this so those of you who don't know about the project or can't participate because you don't crochet can add it to your blogs and help spread the word. Thanks so much!

Schmutzie from MilkMoney or not Here I Come, has also made some great buttons for your blogs. I love the granny square she used for her button. Check them out for a nice variety of options for buttons to use.

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Five Reasons Why I Blog...


Thanks to JennyMcB from J's Thoughts and Musings for this tag.

When I started blogging I had no idea that I would end up liking it. My DH had a blog and he was right into it and I couldn't understand what the big fuss was about. Then I began to read other people's blogs and I was drawn to reading them and then into writing mine more often. Now I am a 'blog addict'. I think somewhere in the blogosphere the must be a Blogger Anonymous that I should really join up with. So here are five reasons I Blog.

1. I have met some pretty cool people through blogging. I was getting to a point that I know several bloggers can relate to. It's that point when you realize you've been talking to yourself for, what seems like forever. You have no audience to speak of. Then something amazing happened, I began to get traffic and then I began to get readers and all of a sudden I had people that I visited daily. Now the first thing I do in the morning is check in with my Blogroll family and see what they're up to. I feel like we are true friends and not just 'blogging buddies'!

2. Since I began blogging I've found some really neat patterns for crochet and knitting. Not long ago I joined the Crochet Ripple Along. I found the CAL through someone's blog. I saw pictures of these gorgeous ripple afghans in such vibrant colors. I was immediately 'hooked'(pardon my pun) and I had to both join the CAL and begin my own ripple afghan. There are so many talented people that are a part of that group and I get inspired to crochet just by checking in daily. I've also become a part of the 'Love to Share? Share a Square. Afghans for Kids with Cancer'. So now I am not only crazily rippling away but I'm a granny-a-holic. I really am turning into a Happy Hooker. I've just sent a package off to Shelly from This Eclectic Life - I managed to make 10 Granny Squares on the weekend. They are so much fun to do and so quick to make.

3. The blogging world consists of so many people from all over the world. Through blogging it feels like the distances and the borders just disappear. It's so wonderful to meet people from all over North America and beyond! I love to go to blogs from different countries and learn about what life is like for them. I'd love to find someone who lives in Tuscany and blogs - I dream to go to Tuscany.

4. Creative Juice - I've never been a huge writer - writing is not a strong point for me at all. I struggle to find the words to write in a pre-made birthday card. Even though I am not a good writer blogging taps into that creative side of my brain and gets me doing things I never thought possible. I would have never thought that I would enter writing contests, but I do and even though I know I'll probably not win one - it's great fun and I thoroughly enjoy it. Again I am also inspired by other peoples creativity - from recipes to crafts to weight loss tips - there is so much creative inspiration out there in the blogosphere and I am so addicted to reading about it.

5. Relaxation - Just like a good book or a good movie a good blog takes me to a nice happy space. If I'm down in the dumps or I just feel like being somewhere else, I can pull up a good blog and just let the words take me away. Some of the blogs I read have such talented blog authors, the writing takes me to so many different places and I experience so many different feelings. I love to take my break at work with a nice cup of hot tea and a good blog!

So why do you blog? I'm going to leave this open ended for anyone to do this meme. If you'd like to blog about this leave me a comment and I'll pop by and see why you are blogging. It's great to see the different reasons why people blog.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Love to Share? Share a Square!


Here is my first mailing that will be off to Shelly this afternoon!
I managed to get six squares done and I am really enjoying making them.
The best part is that I don't have to sew them together, I always dread that part of a project.
Do these look like fun? Do you want to learn how to make your own?
Click on the Love to Share Button in my sidebar to learn how you too can be a part of this great project of making afghans for kids with cancer.
If you want to learn how to crochet try one of these links - if you get stuck, you can contact me at mrs_tea_mouse at hotmail dot com
To Change colors - this is the method I currently use, this link has pictures on how to do it, look for the image labeled Slip Knot 2B. The same site has very good images of each step of making a granny square. The only difference is we are fastening off and changing colors for each row.

Love to Share? Share a Square - Blog Roll

These wonderful people are part of the Love to Share? Share a Square project! If you are participating in this project please let me know and I'll add you to this blogroll! If you haven't heard of this wonderful project - click on the button to read all about how you too can participate!

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Happy Hooking and More!

I'm a happy hooker! *no not that kind, sheesh*. If you stumbled upon this blog for that reason - you really should get some good karma back by advertising this little Texas Sized Project.



I love to crochet and I love to knit. I was approached by Shelly at This Eclectic Life with an idea of making crocheted afghans for kids with Cancer. The project instantly called to me - I wanted to see it become a huge success! It's such an easy thing to do - making a small crocheted granny square in whatever yarns I have available - you know how there are always scraps of yarn left over? Well this is a great way to put them to work and for such a great cause. The squares crochet up in no time at all and if we all get working on it - we can make a lot of kids happy. Click on the banner below to take you to Shelly's site that has all of the information.

Shelly is going BIG with this project and why the heck not! Do you have a group of ladies that can meet up at a coffee shop, after a Bible study or at one of your ladies groups? If so why not print off the pattern and all the information and see if you can't make your own group effort for this wonderful cause.

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I am so gosh darn excited! I finally made the decision to buy myself a spanking new computer! It should be here in about a weeks time. I've had my current one for about 4 or 5 years and it's maxed out with it's RAM and everything I want to use my computer for is a RAM hawg! Sheesh I really think the software guys are in cahoots with the computer guys to make us want need bigger and faster machines.

Well maybe I am a sucker for new technology, but I am happier than a pig in well you know! My DH and I have to give up our snacking so we look at this as our reward for eating healthy etc. so we don't end up with Type 2 Diabetes or some other ailment. DH's mom just got diagnosed with type 2 and she is on medicine and so are all of her sisters and her dad died from complications from diabetes. So we're on the move to get healthy and hopefully this reward will take the place of all our snack money. Oh, don't worry we're still going to be moving even though we'll have new computers to play with - we also have a lovely puppy named Oliver that calls to us every day for his hour long walk.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Love To Share? Share a Square. Afghans for Kids with Cancer



Shelly from This Eclectic Life is on a mission. This dear friend of mine wants to put together enough afghans for all the children who attend Camp Sanguinity next year. This is a camp for children with cancer.

In order to make this a successful mission we need YOUR help! If you crochet great! If you know someone who crochets, you can tell them about the project and pass on all the required information(how to make the squares and where to send them), if you don't crochet you could advertise the project on your blog, or this may be the time to learn a new hobby - it's totally zen!!!! Read below as I've taken some excerpts right from Shelly's Blog Post about her mission.

Is Shelly out of her mind? Probably. To make 140 afghans with all small squares, we will need 6720 squares! If you really help, my mail carrier is going to go postal!

Here’s my idea. I’ve found a granny afghan pattern that is very simple. It requires 24 small squares and 6 large squares, but it could work with just 48 small squares. If I can get people to send me the crocheted squares, then I’ll ask folks in my community to put them together; I’m not shy. With every square you send, attach a signed “best wishes” card (you can give an e-mail address to the child if you want). Each afghan will be put together with squares and good wishes from at least thirty different people.

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. ~Author Unknown

Now the question to you is how will you help?





Thursday Thirteen - All About Dad


If you read my Dear Dad letter, you'd know that I didn't have a dad growing up. He and my mom got divorced when I was one and he lived two provinces away. It wasn't until I met my DH and his family that I really knew what a Dad was like. I immediatley adopted him as mine. He was everything I thought a Dad was. When my DH and I became parents, I could really see what a Dad could be like. Here are 13 special 'Dad' things I've experienced.

1. The first Christmas I spent with my DH's family I was blown away. My father-in-law decked the whole house up like a Christmas wonderland. I watched him put up the glittery tinsel be-decked balls and he had a big grin on his face. I was astonished at the work that he went into to make the house sparkle. He truly has a knack for creating some special Christmas memories. The whole house decked out and hospitality galore. That was when I learnt how to create lasting memories for our kids.

2. DH and I continued these Christmas traditions for our children. We didn't have a lot of money but the tinsel decorations that were in fashion were pretty cheap. My granny came over one year for Christmas and proclaimed 'This is Christmas Wonderland'. It was great to see the look on her face. That year we had no fireplace, but DH wouldn't let that stand in the way of creating childhood memories. He proceeded to spend a few hours secretly in the basement. Later he came upstairs with a big grin on his face. He created our own fake fireplace from cardboard boxes. The kids absolutely loved it. That year at Christmas we proudly hung our stockings pinned to the cardboard mantle.

3. My DH has always had a passion for writing. When our DS was 3, he wrote him a story that was all about him and a gopher named 'Green Apples'. It was a great story, and to see the smile on my DS's face as his Dad read him his very own story that he wrote was a memory I'll treasure always.

4. Our DD, came home from kindergarten one day before St. Patrick's Day talking all about the leprechauns and how they played tricks on people on St. Patrick's Day. I guess they had talked about this during class and she was adamant that they'd be visiting our house as well, even though they never had before. That night DH decided that we had to make it happen. We put the kitchen furniture in the living room and the living room furniture in the kitchen, the milk was turned green and so on. Well when DD woke up we could hear her screaming throughout the apartment, "the leprechauns came, they came, I knew they'd come". Of course we had a bit of a gigle knowing who they really were.

5. DH and DS have to go on at least two fishing trips each year. They pack up some sandwiches and head off before sun up and head off. They've yet to come home with a catch. They're usually full of mosquito bites and filthy, but they each have huge smiles on their faces. I don't think they'd miss it for anything. Each year our DS once again mentions how they have to plan their 'annual trip'. Even though they never catch anything, there is never a question in DH's mind of 'if' they'll go but rather 'when' they'll go.

6. Dad's say 'I Love You'! This never fails to bring a smile to my heart. My DH tells the kids he loves them at least once a day and even though they're both teenagers they both want a bed time hug and they always get it.

7. When we were younger our cars would break down a lot! DH's Dad was always there to the rescue. Whether it was to help find a part and take the time, even during the middle of winter in an un-heated garage to help DH install it, or to come along while we searched for another used car. He never complained when we sought his advice or needed his help. His door was always open and he was willing to share his knowledge with us.

8. Growing up I had a step-dad for a bit and he was really the only Dad I knew. I remember one day that we were eating supper and Dad(I've always called him Dad) wasn't eating. I didn't think much of it at the time and Mom assured me he wasn't hungry. It wasn't until years later that I was talking to my mom about him and she mentioned how when times got tough if there wasn't enough food for everyone, he just didn't eat. I've had my ups and downs with him as is normal with a step-parent. This really blew me away that he'd go without supper just so us kids would have enough to eat, and that he never made a peep about it and if my mom didn't mention it I never would have known.

9. Dad's can build anything....ok, maybe not but they'll sure try. There are the endless hours spent on building kites and birdhouses not to mention the model airplanes. In our house it was always DH's job to build the presents that needed building. We'd be up well into the wee hours on Christmas Eve's and the eve's of birthday's so DH could assemble a bike or build a doll house. He actually reads the instructions, where I am completely lost, well until it comes to putting the stickers on. I am sure he had many late nights building toy after toy when the kids were little.

10. In our house DH is 'guy with all the useless knowledge', or at least that is what we tease him about all the time. But if you have an odd question about whales or why the sky is blue, it's Dad that the kids run to. He never tires of answering the endless barrage of questions. He answers them in great detail and always explains so they understand. He explained it so well that our son when he was 3 years old loved to impress the grandparents and anyone who would sit through it the story of the digestive system!

11. DH was also the official 'tooth puller'! For some reason it always had to be dad. One day when DH was out and DD had no choice she came to me crying about a tooth needing to be pulled out. I managed to do it without causing her too much emotional stress, but she never asked me again. Apparently dad has the magic tooth pulling touch! Our DD has never been good about having them pulled, it was always a 'big deal' but somehow he had the patience to always do the job and do it well.

12. When our DS was three, we had our first camping trip. It was my first camping trip ever! DH wanted so much to be able to take his son to the great outdoors that he even managed to deal with a LW who hated camping and it poured rain. We were using only a small pup tent at the time and no matter how gloomy it looked, or that we had to stay inside this tiny tent with a 3 year old, DH managed to keep all our spirits up. He is a huge optimist and he manages to make even our miserable times fun. I think our kids really enjoy having someone who is upbeat and can turn even a rainy camping trip into a fun time.

13. My best dad moment was the first time I got to hug my dad. I had met him in person when I was 23 but he didn't seem willing to hug him and the whole time I just wanted to hug him. Now whenever I see him there is always a BIG hug hello and a BIG hug goodbye. We live miles apart and when we do get together it's so special. I wish I could get to know him better and have him be a bigger part of my life, but I know that he loves me and I love him. There is something so special about a hug from a parent, and I am glad that I finally was able to get mine.

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!



I've read a few of the TT'ers and I'll try to link to the ones I found particularly entertaining.

Susie J - Reasons not to have a sleepover - come on you know you got to read it!
Nature Fact File - Facts About Tigers, their first TT! I like tigers and all cats so I found this interesting.
JennyMcB with - 13 things Paris needs. Everyone is doing this with their names, this was a good read.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Outsmarted Once Again


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Previously I had entered JennyMcB's Limerick Writing Contest. I thought I had done pretty good, I wrote about my crazy life with two teens.

Well this morning I am alerted to the fact that I have a new comment on my Limerick Post. Turns out my DD while home alone had snuck on the computer and read my blog and put up a version of how she sees it. So without further ado here is her limerick:

there once was a mom named teamouse
who lived a really calm house
with a really sweet daughter
who loves to read harry potter
She would have no need to be in a nuthouse.

If you read my other limericks you'll see a drastic difference between hers and mine. This is probably how she really sees the world too, I've read the reports that claim a teenagers brain is not fully mature/functional so perhaps she really sees the world in this way.

In any event she really outsmarted dear ol' Mom yet again!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Eight Things I Know - Pass it on!


Well I've been tagged by Shelly at This Eclectic Life to do a Meme created by Damien at Riley Central it seems he and I have something in common, he just turned 38 and I am going to turn 38 at the end of this year. Hard to believe but true.

I'm so thankful for being tagged by Shelly, this is something I think I've been wanting to write about. As I get closer to 40, I learn more things about myself and it's amazing that when you're twenty and you're all over confident and you think you 'know it all'. Hmmmmm, I hate to break it to any of you(I don't actually think I have readers that young, but just in case) you don't! I love growing older if only to become more wise and more comfortable in my own skin. There is something so freeing about it.

So without much further ado, here are 8 Things I know!

1. There is nothing better for your brain like a 'good book'. I recently went book crazy and ordered a ton of books from the library. These included some from my How many have you read? and some authors that I used to read.I just finished reading The Devil Wears Prada. I could barely put this book down it was so enjoyable. I'm now reading The Grapes of Wrath and soon The Time Travellers Wife. What I've realized is that there are times and places to read good literary classics and fun good time reads. All that matters is that you read!

2. I know that drinking 8 glasses or more a day is good for me. When I stop drinking my water I can tell the difference right away in how I feel. If I could pass on any advice it would be to drink more water. I once read that most people walk around dehydrated all day and have no clue. We drink all sorts of coffees, teas, lattes and more but water consumption seems like a last choice. I didn't realize how dehydrated I was until I actually drank water. I rarely have to take medicine for a headache anymore and I don't feel slow and sluggish.

3. I know that time is extremely important and I shouldn't waste it. At times I know I still do. But I know that I should take the time to tell the ones I love that I love them and to make time to be with them. I don't know the hour or the day that I will leave this life and I truly should live each day like it could be my last. That's not an easy thing to do, as somehow I get too complacent with life.

4. Red nail polish is a bugger to remove! There is nothing more annoying than trying to get my red stained fingers and toes clean. I have yet to find an easy way to do this, if you have a tip let me know!

5. Forgiveness is just as much for the forgiver than the forgiven, even more so. It isn't easy to forgive, but if you do, you'll free yourself of that anger and hurt and it's truly rewarding. Forgiveness doesn't mean that you forget. It means that you no longer carry around the anger inside and you become a happier person because of it. Having Faith in God and being able to forgive is a true blessing!

6. Good footwear can safe you a lifetime of problems. It's true, I've got the orthotics to prove it! Stiletto's may look ultra chic and those funky flip flops may look like fun but all they do is cause future problems. Have you seen feet with bunions? Thankfully I got diagnosed with a heel spur before my feet got too bad. They still look nice, they just can't take the abuse of flat shoes with no support anymore.

7. Down time is extremely important for a happy me! If I don't take the time to relax with a good book, knitting, crochet or even a computer game I'm pretty darn hard to live with. At my job I deal with people all day long. Some days it's not too bad and other days there seem to be people under foot all day. On a day like that I just need 'quiet' to rejuvenate. It's nice to have workspace that I don't really share and I'm pretty used to having quiet in the office - well with the exception of a phone that sometimes rings constantly.

8. Enjoy the body you have. If you don't, you'll inevitably make it worse. Take a look at Michael Jackson or Cher. It's easy to see what happens when we are dissatisfied. I once convinced myself I was 'fat' to later realize that at the time I thought I was 'fat' I was indeed thin - except I had now pole vaulted to the 'need to lose weight' category. I think everyone sees themselves as worse than they are. The best weight loss advice I ever heard was not to use a scale, but a tape measure instead. Weight will fluctuate up and down depending on what you ate, what time of the month it is etc. The tape measure will tell you the God's honest truth, it will even compliment you for turning the fat into muscle instead of a scale going up when you just know you had to have lost weight. Also, you can tell it in your clothes. If you think you've lost weight but the scale is telling you another story, go ahead and try on that pair of jeans that were a little too snug. You'll soon know if you've lost or not.

So that's my 8 Things that I know. Shelly had a great idea of posting the links of people who have been tagged.

People Shelly Tagged:

SusieJ
Comedy Plus
J's Thoughts and Musings
TeaTime Ramblings
The Savy Boomer
Duward Discussion
Artist by Nature
Pass The Chocolate

Now I am going to tag 8, but feel free to participate - this is an open invitation to all who are interested.

Never a Dull Moment
Single Parents Unite
Up the Hill Gang
The Middling Monettes
Knitting & Losing
Wild Daisies
A Spot of T
It Coulda Been Worse - FiddleDeeDee

Friday, June 08, 2007

JennyMcB's Blogging Limerick Contest - Here is my Entry

This banner is clickable - try it out and jump directly to J's Super Cool Limerick Contest!!!!!


There once was a lady named TeaMouse
Who rambled about her noisy house
With two pets and two teens
Who all acted like princes and queens
They sent her to live in a nuthouse

Do you think you can write a Limerick about your Blog? JennyMcB has tons of tips on how to write a Limerick. I've had so much fun re-learning how to do this. I ended up writing four and I didn't even think I could write one, so give it a shot. Do you want to read more of the limericks that I wrote? If so scroll down and have a look and you'll soon see how easy it is to count those syllables and do a 9,9,6,6,9 rhyme!

There once was a lady named TeaMouse
Who rambled about her noisy house
With her two growing teens
Who once sat on her knees
She dreamt of quiet days with her spouse

There once was a lady named TeaMouse
Who rambled about her noisy house
With her two growing teens
Who once sat on her knees
She moved into a tiny outhouse

There once was a lady named TeaMouse
Who rambled on about her nuthouse
With her two growing teens
Who grew out of their jeans
She was soon to be in the poorhouse

Thursday, June 07, 2007

13th Thursday Thirteen - Headers

Oops I had a duplicat - I just changed it to add the apple one at the end.

I've been fiddling with making headers for TT - below are 13 of them. Help yourself to any that you like, enjoy!!!

If you want to take any of these images simply right click on the image and choose save as. Then you can upload the image to blogger in your post.
















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!