Thursday, August 30, 2007

Reasons You Should Enter my Knitted Give-A-Way

If you've visited here before you may know that I've done a Knitted Give-A-Way Contest. I had so much fun with it that I am doing it again. So I present:

13 Reasons to Enter my Knitted Give-A-Way

1. Knitted dishcloths are so durable, you'll never want to use a store bought one again. You'll soon wonder how you ever lived without them.

2. They come in a rainbow of colours.

3. They'll be knitted up in various patterns - I may even try out a new pattern just for a challenge.

4. Knitting provides a great stress release for me, you don't want to see me stressed do you?
5. I love to knit and I'd love to knit these just for you!

6. It's a fun way to meet more bloggers - you can pop by and see the other entrants and say 'hello'.
7. I have a ton of dishcloth cotton and my DH is getting tired yarn falling all over the place when he opens the closet door. It's true, I've seen him give me the evil eye...honest!

8. If I'm busy eating, I can't snack on chips etc. and in theory help me in losing a few pounds.
9. Knitting in the car helps to control my road rage and these dishcloths are the perfect project for my daily commute.

10. If you win the give-a-way you can brag to all your friends, both bloggers and non-bloggers. Official contest winner bragging rights are a bonus.

11. If you haven't learnt to knit, these might give you the incentive to take up knitting yourself.

12. I knit to reduce stress - you don't want me stressed out, do you?

13. It doesn't matter if you're single, married a bachelor this contest is open for everyone. If you don't need dishcloths, let me tell you that they make great gifts. Whenever my kids give them as gifts the recipient is very thankful. Anyone would be glad to have them as a gift. They're great shower presents. My brother-in-law puts a special request in each year at Christmas for them. So they must be good.

Are you still here? What are you waiting for - go and get yourself entered for these super cool handmade cloths!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Deep Thought

As you know I have a very busy office week so my posts will be rather brief. I heard about this through the radio this morning and I thought I'd share the video with you. It speaks for itself

This is kinda like a minor traffic accident. You know you should not be slowing down to look at it but for some dumb do.
Check out this video of a Miss Teen USA contestant answering a very "deep" question. **sigh**

Monday, August 27, 2007

Pay it Forward

While visiting A Secret Garden Grows Here I found a great idea that she was sharing. Everyone likes to get something special in the mail right? If you do read below on how to participate:

How to Participate:
I will send one homemade item to the first three people who reply to this post wanting to participate and pay it forward. I don't know what the gift will be yet, or when you'll get it (sometime in the next 365 days, I promise!) The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. So who's game???

Environmentally Friendly?

Do you remember in the early 90's the big hubbub was all about over packaging? I do. I remember companies scaling back and consumers demanding the changes.

It seems lately we've gotten away from that and this video is a prime example of how far it can go. There are so many little things we can do like sign up for E-Billing that do make a difference as well as our normal recycling we can use a regular mop and not a swiffer that needs refills etc.

I'm BAAAAAAACK - well almost

Just a quick post today - I am back at work after three weeks so I am a bit behind. I'm going to try to get back into blogging this week, but it might be a little slow coming. That's the one downside to my job is the work just piles up and I have a ton to do upon my return.

I have to say it's quite nice to be back - the space is so quiet, very unlike home lately. I have a hard time finding any quiet with a 14 year old dd at home, who's mission is to drive me insane...thankfully she hasn't succeeded just yet, although she's giving it the ol' college try.

Don't forget to enter the contest for the knitted dish cloths - I am drawing for the random prize on September 7th - so there is plenty of time to enter and spread the word. Read THIS POST for all the details on how to enter.

Friday, August 17, 2007


Well a few of you have asked for my donut recipe so I thought I'd give you the link to the one I found at it has optional ingredients(nutmeg and lemon rind) - I didn't use these at all so I'm not sure how they'll turn out if you do use them.

I don't have a donut cutter so they're not perfect in shape - but I gurantee they were tasty. I was going to take a picture of the whole recipe but I got to it the next day and there weren't too many left.

I dipped them in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar - using a baggie - but you can get really creative if you like and do glazes etc.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Domesticated Goddess, me?

Well I am into my second week of holidays and we have no actual plans.

So what does TeaMouse do in this case - I get domesticated and this is where I wonder what life would be like if I didn't have to work to pay the!

Today is grocery shopping with the DH. I get to do this once a year as DH is the sole grocery store shopper. It wasn't always this way but DH and I take advantage of Sobeys 10% days and these fall on a Tuesday, and with me working all day he is the only one who can sneak out of the office to do the shopping. So it will be an interesting experience for me as I don't know the 'routine' and I'll probably put all the wrong things in the cart just to mess with his!

When we get home from grocery shopping I think I'm going to treat the family with their yearly homemade yeast donuts. These are a lot of work and take a good portion of the day, but they are soooooo worth it. My mouth waters just thinking of it.

Then I'll probably check out our wasp situation. No, we don't seem to have a nest anywhere in our yard but we have a ton of wasps. I suspect someone nearby has a nest. I bought one of the Raid wasp traps and they do work exceptionally well, but they are expensive. We looked online and found a pattern to make your own using a pop bottle and some flat pop - it works great! The best part is you can re-use the pop bottle. In just two days we've collected something like 20'ish! It's kind of annoying as anytime we go outside we can't really enjoy it for their quite persistent at buzzing around everyone.

Then on to some relaxation. I am working on the Einstein sweater in a cornflower blue for myself.....this is the first thing that I've made for myself besides a scarf or a dickie. I'm very excited and hope to have it ready by fall. I also want to do a few more squares for Love to Share.

Gee, I could really get used to this lifestyle - if only I won the lottery....*sigh*. The only negative has been my dreams. Lately my dreams have been invaded by work people...I guess I still have work on the brain.

I'll post pics of my donuts on Wednesday!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Circuit Training - Yowch!

Do you ever scoff at something and then later really regret it? Well I had the brilliant idea to do this recently. I had signed up to get a workout and meal plan emailed to me daily. I was sent a workout that contains 4 days of Circuit Training and 1 day of any Cardio and two days off.

Well I saw the days exercises and thought - BWAH....that won't be a workout! Yes I actually scoffed! Somewhere the exercising God's smited me - just know it!

Let me tell you, I am no longer scoffing at the power of Circuit Training. I've got muscles hurting that I didn't even know that I had. I have to get the courage to do this again today and tomorrow before I have my first 'rest' day.

Also, did you know jumping rope isn't as easy as it was when you were a kid? It's true! Well at least for me and DH. By the last circuit set I had to run in place rather than attempt to jump rope. I am hoping this will soon improve and I will be a jump rope!

Don't believe me? Get out your child's rope or take a piece from the garage and give it a go - see how long you can jump for.

My newest little treat is the light Jell-O - for when I am craving something sweet, what tips do you have for healthy snacking?

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Eye Comment - Do you?

Have you ever thought of the 'take a penny, leave a penny' philosophy? I believe it can also apply to comments for us bloggers. Often times I visit people's blogs and I comment and they never return the favor. As us bloggers know, comments make our day!

Would you like to be a part of the 'EYE COMMENT' movement? If so right click on either of these images and put them into your sidebar with this HTML code. This will let your visitors know that if they comment on your blog, that you will return to their blog and leave a comment.

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NOTE: Remove the ASTERIKS when you put the code into your sidebar.

I will create an 'EYE COMMENT' blogroll here on my site for all who are interested in participating, so it's important to place the images on your blog with the HTML code. This will direct interested bloggers back here to get the instructions on how to join.

Once you have the EYE COMMENT button up, leave me a comment. I will pop by and visit and of course, leave a comment and I will then add you to the EYE COMMENT blogroll.

Any questions? Email me at mrs_tea_mouse at hotmail dot com.


Friday, August 03, 2007

Makeing A Change....One Square At a Time!

I'm am trying to help my good friend Shelly from This Eclectic Life. Shelly got this Texas sized idea of crocheting afghans for kids with cancer. It's a great idea and it's for a wonderful cause. She can't do it alone or with the very dedicated 18 people who have already so generously crocheted squares and sent them to her. To date Shelly has been able to assemble these squares from all over the U.S. and a couple other countries into 3 afghans!!! That means 3 children already have afghans to snuggle up with and they will feel the love that went into each and every one of them.

I have the utmost faith that this project will be a huge success - won't you help be a part of it. If you crochet you probably have odds and ends of yarn to use up - what better way than to transform it into a gift for a child, a child who has cancer and could really use all the extra prayers and comfort. It really only takes a bit of time to make a few squares and a small amount of money to mail them off to Shelly.

As I was thinking of what to write on this post I recalled an article I had read in my local paper about Hilary Duff. I really liked her outlook on volunteer/charity work. Hilary Duff who was in Edmonton recently for a concert took some time to help serve food at a shelter. She had this to say about works of charity: "A big misconception of charity work and celebrities is that it takes a lot of money,” she said. “It doesn’t take a lot of money. Your time is the best thing you can give.” How true is that. She had also asked her concert goers to bring non-perishable food items for the needy of Edmonton.

Although Hilary Duff could simply write a cheque and be done with her 'charity' work, she understands the importance of giving of her time and by doing so she is an excellent role model for her young fans. She is teaching them that everyone should volunteer of their time in some way.

Shelly is asking all of us who do crochet and send her squares to ask our friends, neighbors, daughters and even our mother-in-law's. I realized that I haven't asked my own teenage daughter - what better way to help show her how to be charitable than to get her involved in a project like this.

If you crochet would you consider helping with this project? Could you spare a square? If you don't crochet but know people who do, why not mention this project to them, or help to advertise by placing a link to the project on your blog. You can get all of the information from buttons to why the project began and what the goal is by visiting Shelly's Update Page.

Here is a couple of pictures of my current progress for the project.

11 Finished Squares

33 Unfinished - these need the ends weaved in.

To see read more posts that I've done for Love To Share click on the Lable 'love to share' at the bottom of the post. Here you'll see any progress pics and information on why I've decided to volunteer my time for the project.

If you are participating in this project, by either using a button on your blog to advertise or by crocheting squares email me at mrs_tea_mouse at hotmail dot com and I will put you in my Love to Share Blogroll!

Thursday, August 02, 2007


I was visiting Kailani's TT this week and she is listing her own contest for a 50 Gift Certificate for Koo Koo Bear Kids. They have wonderful furniture, clothing and accessories(there is even an awesome sale going on right now). This would be perfect for anyone with little kids or anyone who shops for those little nieces, nephews and grand children.

She also had listed a contest give-a-way from 5 Minutes For Mom - This would be a great one to win also. They and BestBuy are giving a way a Flat Panel 37" LCD, HDTV. All you need to do is leave a comment on the give-a-way post and link up in a post to them and to BestBuy, what could be more simple. Deadline is August 17th.

Good luck to all who enter these contests!

Thursday Thirteen - Pet Peeves - 20th Edition

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have some pet peeves - maybe some of us more than others. Here are 13 of my pet peeves - things that drive me NUTS!
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1. When the toilet paper roll isn't re-filled. I find it in all sorts of interesting places but never where it belongs on the dispenser. It seems only DH and myself know how to do this task. I really should come up with an instruction manual for this task - hmmmm, I don't think that would work they'd probably just use the manual as a place to store the roll of tissues on.

2. Something that drives me nuts is being passed from the parking lane or being passed when I stop to let people cross the road. Do people not realize that sometimes cars stop for a reason? I almost go postal when I see someone coming along to pass me in the parking lane, especially when they do it in the school zone.

3. It never seems to fail that I'll buy something on sale at the store and I'll see the item come up at a different price. This always seems to happen at 5:00 p.m. on a Friday with a line full of people behind me tapping their toes impatiently. The dilemma do I point out the mistake to the clerk or let it slide. I did this once with some bacon and it took the clerk who came 10 minutes to find that I was indeed right and the were on sale 2 for 1. I wish items actually had prices on them. How often do you reach for something on the shelf and the shelf is missing its tag and you have to scurry around to find a 'price checker' machine? I agree that bar coding have made check outs faster but it's also made it a lot easier for pricing to be 'inadvertently' mis-priced.

4. Why is it that the reservoir for windshield washer fluid isn't big enough to hold an entire bottle of washer fluid - or why isn't the bottle of washer fluid the same size as the reservoir. Instead there are all these almost empty bottles kicking around the trunk until there is a desperate need for 1/4 cup of washer fluid - a windshield washer emergency. It might take you to the next gas station if you are lucky.

5. When people stop and leave random comments about my Wordless Wednesday and state that they find it's odd when they are called wordless and yet people feel the need to add captions.....heck it's my blog and if I want to add a caption I'm going to. Maybe next week I'll write a paragraph, that should get someones goat.

6. Local phone company who really only cares about you as a customer when you go to digital phone service. Heck you didn't care about me before when it was $35 to press a button to switch phone service or what about the time I wanted to go back to my bill from 3 months ago - yep $35. Stop phoning me and stop writing me letters, I am not coming back!! I guess they figured they didn't need to be big on 'customer service' when they were the only kid on the block.

7. People who don't pick up after their dogs - Ewwwwww! I would be mortified if I didn't pick up after Oliver. There is nothing worse than going for a walk and seeing all of that poo everywhere. I find that during the winter is the worst - I guess they feel like if no one saw it - it didn't happen.

8. Spammers! Yes, you drive me nuts! If I'm sure that if I needed debt consolidation, a 'string-free' loan or a college education I wouldn't need to get it through your phony sites. I'm not going to help you with your off shore account problems and I definitely don't want any Viagra - thank you very much!

9. All this focus on Global Warming. In the 80's and early 90's it was all about over packaging. We were all complaining and asking companies to reduce their packaging. Today so many things are disposable toilet brushes, swiffer cloths and the list goes on. It gives me the flavor of the month feel. If this stuff was important in the 80's and 90's, why is it no longer talked about?

10. Size 0! I mean honestly ZERO, is that really a size? What is next -1, - 10 etc. 'Hey I'm Susan and if I lose 10 more pounds I won't even exist anymore!'. I think the sizing is just all wonky. What happened to regular sizes like 5, 7 and 9?

11. Wal-Mart's 'Roll Back' pricing advertising. If they are actually rolling back prices shouldn't the prices be going down and not up - and if they roll back prices how come they have weekly sales? Doesn't sale mean that the price goes back to its original price when the sale is over?

12. Close Talkers - Ok I don't mean to be mean but I have a hard time with people who have to be right in my face to talk. I need some personal boundary space! I have a hard time doing anything with someone breathing down my neck. I guess I am just odd that way.

13. Food Pushers - ok this one really gets me. You know how some people just can't leave a 'no thanks' alone. The older ladies who insist I try the cookies they made - 'you can have at least one of each' they smile at me. Or the skinny girl who insists on sharing her weekly goodies - it may be her one treat of the week, but it's enough to make me fly off the wagon at rocket speed. I know they both mean well, but I really don't need to eat all of that baked stuff. I just wish there was a way to say no that wouldn't seem to offend anyone. Maybe I'm the only one who accepts these treats in order to not upset someone.

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