Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloweeeeeeeeeeen Appppppppppples!


Halloweeeeeeeeeen Appppppppples! Or perhaps you always used the standard 'Trick or Treat'! Whatever you yelled as you went from house to house in your ghost costume or fairy princess there was something quite spectacular about this occasion. The excitement would build as you new Halloween was approaching. Costumes would be planned - maps of how you'd get to all the houses in your neighborhood. My favorite costume as a child was the time my mom made me into an angel. As an adult I've dressed up on a number of occasions my all time favorite was the year my mom made her 'infamous' Headless Horseman' costume. I drank through a straw through my shirt all night long and somehow for the costume prize I got beat out by an outhouse....lol! That headless costume was by far the best ever!

Tonight I'll be settling in with some spooky movies on t.v. eating some Chinese food and answering the door to give out treats whenever I hear the children holler TRICK OR TREAT!

Have a happy Halloweeen!

Looking for a scary story - check out This Eclectic Life for a Texas Ghost Story - if you dare....lol!
DH has a great post of his favorite extreme pumpkins - there are some great pics!


When dogs get attacked by Halloween costumes!


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween Candy


If you visited my office today you'd be able to take a little bit of Halloween goodness with you. Each year I put out a little dish of mini chocolate bars - everyone who pops in always thinks it's neat and I love to share and of course have a nibble now and again.

When I was a kid trick-or-treating wasn't nearly as lucrative. The bag was filled with rocket candy and gum with the occasional package of sunflower seeds and the rare chocolate bar. These days the candy the kids come home with is almost all chocolate with the other small stuff like Tootsie pops, double bubble and even chips!

The rule when I was a kid was that all the 'chocolate' candy had to be kept in the fridge. This was of course supposed to be to prevent melting.....mmmm hmmmm. I know what you're thinking and it's true the fridge idea was the parent's way of pilfering the good stuff...naturally! As a parent I'm very aware of the pilfering rights that parents get to the Halloween goodies! Have you ever pilfered, even taken one little candy? I'd be surprised if there was someone who said 'no'! It just seems to happen - I guess we figure after we outfitted them in their costumes we should at least get a bar or two.

One Halloween when I was 10 one of our neighbors a young bachelor in his early twenties(a RCMP) was giving out candy and it soon spread like wild fire that he was giving out full size chocolate bars and bottles of pop! Let me tell you that was the neatest thing ever! You know he had so much fun handing out the treats and seeing the happy looks on our faces as we grinned through our masks at him as he placed the large sized goodies into our pillow cases.

I always look forward to handing out the candy. Last year I was so disappointed as we had only 10 kids come by. I had bought for over 100! The weather was great so I'm not sure why there were so few. I think a lot of parents plan alternate activities for their kids such as parties and mall trick-or-treating.

I am once again prepared to hand out treats and I hope to see more kids. What was your favorite Halloween candy? I would have to say mine was the packages of sunflower seeds and whatever chocolate bars I could get.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Well we had an interesting weekend. On Friday it seemed like the house was too cold. DH turned up the furnace on Saturday and nothing happened!!! This wasn't good as it was getting chilly outside - there were a few snow flakes in the air. We thought our thermostat was broken and that it was stuck at 17 C. We have been wanting a new digital thermostat anyway as it saves a ton of money to have it programmed to go down at night and when we're away and to warm up when we're there.

Well we replaced the thermostat without any problems and then we attempted to turn it up and for a few moments it would run and then stop....sheesh! Finally when DH got back from Church he called the people who put the furnace in when we bought the house and his first question was did we have any open containers of liquid fabric softener in the laundry room(same room as our furnace)...he didn't think so. The repairman was confident that this was our problem - from what we described, kicking in about once an hour and then trying to run and shutting off and this keeps repeating and the house doesn't warm up.

Thankfully the repairman told us how to fix it. We had to turn the power off to the furnace and clean the heat sensor off.

DH didn't know but last week I did spill fabric softener on the floor in the laundry room - this did cause our problem but because it wasn't cold outside we didn't realize the furnace wasn't running properly.

So if you have a newer furnace with an electronic ignition don't keep opened bottles of fabric softener in the same room - the vapors in it are strongly attracted to the heat sensor of the furnace like a magnet and then a fine coating gets on the sensor and it can't tell if it needs to run so the furnace will try to kick in and after a few attempts of it not knowing if it's needed will shut off and try again in an hour.

Now the house is warm and cozy and I don't have to wake up and run to the thermostat to heat the house up as it's already warm when I wake up at night...these digital thermometers are great!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Ball Band Fun



Here is my 3rd ball band dishcloth - I am now on my 4th, they are a lot of fun to make and a great way to do relaxing knitting in the evening. I love selecting two colours especially if one is variegated.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Fall Into Autumn Swap Goodies

Well I received my package for the Fall Into Autumn Dishcloth Swap - my secret partner was
Barbara of Coffee Yarn - let's look at the wonderful package she sent me from Minnesota!

To see any picture close up, just click on them!

Unopened!

The box opened up!

Oliver was going crazy to see what was inside the box!

He couldn't keep his sniffer away - maybe he smelled the wonderful soap or candy!

Here is the entire package. The contents are: 1 beautiful box painted by Barbara herself...lovely!, a beautiful card, Teas that include Constant comment, Lemon Lift, Vanilla Chai, Hot Cinnamon Spice, Lady Grey(I am curious about that sounds great), These next teas are all by Revolution Golden Flowers Herbal tea, Green Early Grey, Organic Green, Tropical Green and Sweet Ginger Peach, lovely, Some lovely blue cotton Stork yarn, Wild Ginger Triple Milled soap set from Thymes in Minneapolis(this stuff smells so wonderful), Halloween socks, candy corn candy dish, Halloween candy, Jack o'Lantern Candle holder, with a black candle and two beautifully knitted dishcloths - one with a Jack o'Lantern face and the other is an illusion one of a candy corn!
This is the beautiful box that she painted - isn't it gorgeous!
Here is the box filled with all my wonderful teas!

This is the illusion dishcloth - sorry I couldn't take a better photo to show the illusion, but visit this page at Coffee Yarn and see what a delight it is.

My pumpkin dishcloth!

My Halloween socks - see the bat at the back - too cute!

My wonderful soap set!

My Candy Corn candy dish - I'm going to have to fill this up with the Halloween mix candy!

Thanks a Million Barbara - this was my first swap and I am just thrilled with everything! I've enjoyed getting to know you and I love reading your blog!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pass the Mitts Please

Well my friends I have a problem - it seems huge to me. A few years back I was in need of a hair color bad! I had no regular stylist so I used an over the counter product that was supposed to be all natural and good for your hair(ya right). Anyway when I put it on my head itched and burned pretty bad. A few weeks later I had a scalp condition that needed medication. The doc said it was from the hair dye and that I should just use another one - but dying wasn't going to be something I had to stop doing.

I've had a dry scalp every since this first episode and I've dyed my hair a few times since then. I've recently decided to try to grow my hair out, but I wanted to do this gracefully. I don't like roots showing so I have been putting a temporary wash out colour in. I did this for the second time this week and the colour didn't burn or make me itch during but afterward....oy! My scalp itched so bad it was driving me nuts and now it's flaking terribly and I have to smack my hands to leave it alone - maybe I need to wear mitts...lol!

So now the predicament - how to let it grow out gracefully, or do I just deal with roots. I'm not 40 yet, not for a few years - but I am at least 40% grey and I'm not too sure how bad it is because I've been coloring it for so long I have no idea what it even looks like. Or, I can chop it off Jamie Lee Curtis style and I'll know for sure...lol.

Does anyone else have such a bad reaction to hair colour, if so what have you found that helps the symptoms?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fall Into Autumn Swap

Yay, my partner Cass got her parcel yesterday! You can see what she got if you pop on over to her blog!

So far I've really enjoyed this swap experience, it was my first one and I'm learning more as I do my second one the Knitters Tea Swap 4. This time my partner is not a secret and I'm enjoying interrogating getting to know her. Her name is Cassie and she lives in California.....wow! I am going to get a parcel from California...that is totally cool. I shopped for her at my new found LYS and they have some pretty neat stuff there. We've agreed to have our parcels sent by October 30th - we negotiated a different deadline than was previously suggested....it just means more time to shop....yay!

Our day got off to a rocky start - our car battery was dead. It turns out DS who drove parked the car in the garage turned on the interior light and forgot to turn it off....grrrrrr! So he owes his Dad for the boost.

I am finding that since I got all this dish cloth cotton I'm having a hard time staying focused and working on the shawl for my MIL. Maybe it's a good thing. I've got a dishcloth on the go and I'm starting to make some headbands for my DD and my nieces to put with their Christmas gifts. They knit up so quick! My one sis has put in her annual request for a basket of dishcloths for Christmas. I want to make her a Tweety cloth and I'm going to make a ball band cloth for her DH in the Edmonton Oiler colors of Navy and Orange. She said he'd love that, he's a huge Oiler fan. I guess you can take the boy from Edmonton but you can't take Edmonton from the boy...lol!

I had started a scarf for my mom and so far I've barely worked on it and then my sis mentioned that she'd probably like a basket of dishcloths too! Egads, that's a lot of cloths. I wonder what is a sufficient amount to make. Keep in mind that I'll put in some other goodies too, a nice dishsoap and some lovely handmade soaps. I've found some that are great for the kitchen that would be perfect.

I'm perusing some Avon books that one of the parishioners has dropped off. I like to find little items for DD's stocking in it. I find that what generally happens is I forget how much I've purchased and she ends up with too many. I'm trying to really watch more closely this year.

I am actually wearing sandals and capris! Yes, it's supposed to get up to 24 here today...woo hoo! I'm looking forward to having the window open and going for a walk later today!

Monday, October 22, 2007

All about my Knitting Weekend

I got a parcel notification in the mail on Friday - my DS would normally have been at home, but he picked up an extra shift at work. Wouldn't you know it, that's when I get a parcel delivered. Since I wasn't at home, they took it back to the post office depot for me to pick up - the aggravating part was that I couldn't pick it up until the following day after 1:00 p.m.

I wondered all night where the parcel was from. Was it from my Fall Into Autumn DishCloth Swap partner, peaches and cream yarn I ordered online, or a package from my mom who is sending me a shawl she crocheted for my DD and my niece? That is a lot to wonder over if you're a curious George like me.

Well I was finally relieved to pick it up on Saturday to find out what the package was. It was the box of Peaches and Cream that I had ordered online. I have to say I wasn't disappointed and even though it cost a bit more due to shipping it was totally worth it. I opened the box squealing like a 3 yo on Christmas morning. Oliver was jumping up and down beside me wondering what all the fuss was. I think he thought it was a box of doggie treats by the way I was acting! I opened the box up and started pulling them out one by one examining each colour. I have to say I sat there and looked at them for awhile before I would even consider opening one up and taking the ball band wrapper off. I know I am such a yarn geek! For those in the U.S. this is no big deal but for me it was huge - all I can get locally is Bernat Handicrafter Cotton. There was a time when London Drugs would carry Lily Sugar and Cream but they don't anymore. I was so impressed by both the quality of the product and the colour selections. I will definitely be ordering again.

I went to another LYS this weekend looking for something for my partner in the Knitters Tea Swap 4. I'm so glad I took the time to try to visit this shop. It's more of what I think a yarn shop should be like. It's in an older area of town that we call Cathedral area. It's in an old house and as soon as I entered it I knew this was going to be a great place. They have tons of yarn and they even spin and dye their own yarn right there in the shop. There was a lovely seating area with two couches, some coffee tables all nestled in by a fireplace! Even though the poor lady who was opening the shop when I got there as soon as the clock said 10:00 a.m. was having a hectic morning and opening the shop wasn't going as planned - she was always there to help me out and make suggestions of items that I could purchase that would please my swap partner. They had tons of needles including the wonderful Addi Turbo's I've been hearing so much about. I'll definitely be going back and if they have enough people in January I just may take a sock making class.

Speaking of Addi Turbo's - I don't know how I missed this(probably because I didn't realize what a gem they are), but I have a pair of them that I must have been given my someone here at the church. We often get estate yarn and knitting items donated. Anyway they are a really small pair in a size 2mm circulars and the cord is short - but I think if I play with them a bit, it will give me an idea of whether I can get used to circulars or not. I did play a bit on the weekend with my Aero circulars and I can do it, but when the yarn comes off the cord and onto the needle I had to be constantly trying to pull it over and I found that annoying - I'm not sure whether this is normal for circular knitting or not.

They didn't really have any exciting colours of dishcloth cotton at the LYS so I went to Michael's. I had a couple of colour choices in mind to make a Ball Band dishcloth. I found what I was looking for and I set out to leave when I started hearing Christmas music calling to me. I followed the sound and was led to the Christmas tree display - without my DH to talk sense into me or to help me talk myself out of it I decided to buy a new tree. Now I don't feel too guilty as it was on sale and it's pre-lit with LED lights so it will use less power - not to mention that I've had the same tree for almost 10 years and it wasn't a very expensive one when we bought it, but our apartment didn't allow real trees at the time. Now that I enjoy putting up the tree right before Advent it's important to have a tree that will last more than 14 days. I know my sis gets trees that last forever, but our trees are shipped in more than a month before Christmas and if there is no snow yet - they just sit and start dying and by the time we get them home they don't have a lot of life left in them.

I went home excited about my tree and receiving my package of yarn and I set down to figure out the Ball Band dishcloth that everyone else seemed to know how to make. It took me a bit, for some reason I was goofing up with my yf and yb and I had a band of colour where I wasn't supposed to. After two trial runs I was running full tilt and I am happy to say I finished it yesterday morning. I went right from that to my new stash of peaches and cream and I started a basketweave dishcloth with the Victorian Christmas Ombre.

I think there will be plenty of dishcloths being made in the next while. I have to say whomever wins the DishCloth For a Year Give-A-Way will be very lucky indeed! I'll be posting some pictures later of some of the new cloths I've been making - it will give you an idea of what to expect if you are the winner of this contest.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ebaying fool

Well I've finally done it - I've begun to browse the wonderful Ebay shoppe's and to start bidding like a mad woman. I was so insane with bidding I actually ended up outbidding my dear sis as she tried to win a present for me for my birthday! Yes I am the bad sis now. See what I won though, isn't it beautiful! These aren't my needles - I haven't had a chance to take pics of it with my stuff in it - but I put my needles and accessories in it as soon as it came in the mail and then I just sat looking at it...I'm such a geek! It's truly a beautiful knitting roll - all handmade and a wonderful asian print fabric.

Sorry again sis! You were definitely on the right track with this little gem!
Then yesterday afternoon I got bored at work so I was browsing Ebay again and I decided to look for some charms for my Italian charm bracelet. I found some cute ones and then I decided to order a bracelet and some charms for my 5 yo niece who turns 6 in December.

Is it just me or can Ebay be totally addicting? Well if all goes well I'll open up my own Ebay store front after Christmas. I don't know if it will be a success or not - but I have really nothing to lose. I'm thinking of selling some dishcloths, hanging kitchen towels, knitted headbands etc. If it doesn't work - more stuff for my Craaaaaazy give-a-ways.....lol...! Maybe, just maybe I'll make a little extra pin money to support my own Ebay addiction!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #28 - Things I like


I was reading my good friend JennyMcB's TT and she asked the question 'What are your likes for a Thursday Thirteen?' So I will post my likes.

1. I like that my latest dishcloth for a year give-a-way contest has created some fun posts. I like giving away things I make a lot! I also like that people aren't afraid to show me their dishcloths or beat people with wet noodles to win this contest, or so the rumor has it. Don't let them have all the fun enter today!

2. I like to snuggle up with a warm cup of tea, my pooch Oliver and the DH and knit while we watch t.v.

3. I like that even though I complain about doing exercises that I continue to do it. This week it was kicked up a notch so we'll see how it goes, but I like that I am able to do it even though it's getting more intense.

4. I like Christmas a LOT and I like shopping for and making Christmas gifts.

5. I like flannel pj's fresh from the wash

6. I like the smell of homemade bread baking.

7. I like tea breaks at work when I get to sit with L and DH and have good conversations.

8. I like being inspired by other people in all areas including knitting and weight loss. I'm inspired so often and a lot of it is due to reading other blogs.

9. I like being married to my best friend.

10. I like teaching R.C.I.A classes even though it makes me so nervous I could almost faint.

11. I like that the coffee cake I made on Monday turned out so well. Next time I won't forget to put in the pecans.

12. I like smelling fireplaces burning when I go on a walk in the fall/winter.

13. I like to get snuggled by my cat Ginger every morning and every night. She is truly the most snuggly cat I have ever met.

What do you like?


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Super Fast Knitter

Apparently if I want to be a super fast knitter I need some of these needles. After Christmas I want to make a throw for the couch in a ripple pattern and darn it if it doesn't call for circular needles(circs). I really want to get used to using circs - I've been trying but the ones I have are really old and the cord that joins them is very stiff. My sis told me that these are amazing needles and well worth the price. I'll be watching on Ebay for a few pairs.



One of the ladies who knits blankets for the church charity program just made one all in one piece with knitting and even though it's in multi colored mostly acrylic cheap yarn it looks great! I love the idea of it all being in one piece. I am not a big fan of sewing seams. This one was done in a waffle weave pattern and the one I have a pattern for is a ripple. I'm going to keep looking and see if I can find more afghan patterns that are knit in one piece. If you have any suggestions let me know.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Technorati, do you love it or hate it?

If you were here yesterday you may have read my angry post about technorati. I have since deleted it due to technical reasons. I had gone to their page and found out that I was considered a D List blogger and according to them I had zero people linking to me in the last six months. I wasn't sure what I had been doing wrong, or why the people who linked to me weren't counting. I figured well I'm a D, that's that! I was going to be proud of being a D blogger too! As far as I'm concerned it's not what letter I am assigned but whether people enjoy the blog that matter and the most important thing is do I like it! Yes folks I blog for my own personal satisfaction as well - but of course I like that people pop by to visit - I like the comments and I like meeting people and reading their blogs.

So after my long rant about Technorati - today I went back again and it had changed and was showing 171 links. It must have been a technical error that gave me my D status. So I feel a bit foolish - I kind of went flying off the handle.

The fact still remains the same, I am happy about my blog and whether or not I ever make the A team is not going to change the way I feel about my blog or the blogs I read. I will never judge anyone on their blog for their rating. I may drop off if all your posts are PPP - sorry I just don't find commercials that entertaining - hats off to you if you can write them as I just am not that creative!

Easy Washcloth with Lace Edging


I adapted this from a LionBrand pattern. I didn't like sewing the lace edge on separate. This edge is crocheted on and will last much longer. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at mrs_tea_mouse at hotmail dot com, or leave a comment

Cast on 32 sts using your choice of cotton yarn.
Work until piece measures 8", bind off and weave in ends.
Cloth should now be an 8" square.
Using a 4.5 crochet hook join in any corner space with a sl st.

Row 1: Ch 1 and work sc evenly around the cloth. I did 36 down each side and 3 sc in each corner space. Ch 1 turn.
Row 2: Work 1 dc in every sc space, working 3 dc in the corner space. Ch 3 turn.
Row 3: Skip first dc and sl st into next dc sp. *Ch 3, sk next dc sp, sl st into next dc sp* do this around from *. To end join with sl st to top of first ch 3 sp, bind off and weave in ends.



Monday, October 15, 2007

Time To Shop

Well I finally broke down on the weekend and started my Christmas shopping, usually I've started already but I just haven't been ready. The problem really is that it just doesn't feel like it should be the middle of October already - I'm still trying to wear my sandals and capris and for the most part the weather has been cooperating. I suppose if we had some really cold days with the threat of snow I'd be more prepared. Instead we've been having gorgeous weather and rainy days, which is almost unheard of in October.

I decided to shop the easy way, I went online and browsed. I found the cutest little Mary Engelbreit coloring books for my nieces. I think they'll be a big hit. I want to make them each an edible treat too - I'm thinking maybe Christmas coloured popcorn balls...suggestions? They range in ages from 3 - 7.

We can't decide what to get for our son, what do you get an 18 year old that will be leaving soon and can pretty much buy himself what he wants....lol! Maybe a set of luggage suggested the DH - good idea, but will he think we want him to leave?

I also picked up a Harry Connick Jr. Christmas CD - it sounded wonderful. If you don't know me you wouldn't realize what a Christmas fanatic I am. I start playing Christmas music once Remembrance Day is over - and sometimes sooner. I actually want to play it today, but I must resist the temptation or I'll be tired of it when the time is here to enjoy it!

I think for my Dad and his girlfriend I'm going to whip up a batch of homemade snack mix, which is just delicious and some certificates to rent movies. It's so hard to buy for him - he lives far away and I don't know him well enough to know all his interests and I want a way to incorporate his GF into the gift as they are quite an item these days.

I could always knit up more dishcloths for my sister and her husband. I usually give them a baker's dozen and they love them. Everyone seems to enjoy getting them for gifts. What condition are your dishcloths in? I dare you to take a photo of your rattiest dishcloth and post it on your blog. If you do, you will automatically be entered to win my Dishcloth for a year give-a-way! What an easy way to win yourself some gorgeous handknit cloths for your personal use or stash away and pass them out as gifts - they make great little gifts for teacher's, wedding showers and more!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Hold Me!

Well after 3 failed attempts our 18 year old DS has passed his Driver's Road Test. I'm going to have to get one of these babies for the window! But seriously he has waited until he's mature enough to drive - he didn't rush out just to have it, and that I am grateful for. I will be a little nervous for the first bit as he drives alone, as I'm sure every parent is!

Update: Our son took the car out last night and drove him and a friend to a local gaming place...it was a success....and I made it even though I didn't think I could let him go...I did it! Today he drove himself to work. I think these short trips will be great to get him used to driving. I like the idea of sending him to the store thanks JennyMcB!! I love your support, you have been there before.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Thursday Thirteen -#27 - Think Pink



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - I've been noticing pink items everywhere lately and I've just ordered a few from a local office supply store. Here are 13 things that you can purchase and a portion will be donated to breast cancer research. Wear your pink with pride!

1. Hope, Faith, Love - Charm Bracelet


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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Array of Dishcloths

My (not-so-wordless) Wednesday


Here are some of my cloths - I've just made an order at Elmore - Pisgah for some gorgeous Peaches & Cream cotton yarn! They had a lovely Victorian Christmas ombre that I'm so excited to try.
I've tried looking locally for some nice Christmas colours or just something different - tonight I finally decided to take the plunge and order up....I am so excited!! Never mind how much it costs to ship - it will be worth it!
Want to win some of these? Check out my Craaaazy TeaMouse Dishcloth Give-A-Way!

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving from TeaMouse

With thankful hearts we count our blessings!

Friday, October 05, 2007

The '5 Me' Meme

I've been tagged by Single Parents Unite to share 5 things about myself that I have never shared before. Indeed just as it was tough for Lori to do this it is equally as hard for me. I bare pretty much most of myself on her. Here goes:

1. I moved a LOT as a child. I would estimate that I attended 20 different elementary schools in different cities and provinces. Somehow I still turned out ok! I think God was watching over me.

2. I am extremely shy and I will avoid small talk at all costs. I have in the past quickly turned down the other aisle if I saw an acquaintance for fear of the dreaded 'small talk'.

3. I don't like any shell fish and I don't eat much fish, unless it's name is Highliner. I'm not allergic, I just don't like seafood. I'm the only one in my house that doesn't like it and they are constantly trying to get me to eat shrimp...it's not happening.

4. I had several cats growing up. One cat we adopted from another family named 'Boots'. Boots was a gorgeous black cat with eyes as blue as the sea and he had perfect white feet. One day my friend knocked at the door when I was getting home from school. She told me she thought my cat had been hit by a car. I went running with her and found Boots in the ditch. It turns out that her mom was the one who hit him on her way home from work and that's how my friend knew. It's no one's fault really...as a grown up my cats have always been indoor cats.

5. I've never broken a bone or needed stitches. Pretty good considering I was hit by a car while riding my 10 speed when I was 15. I did go to the hospital but all they did was clean my wounds. Years later it turned out that I couldn't breathe through my nose and I had to have an operation to fix it. I think this is when I injured my nose as I slid on my face...yikes!

Well who to tag.....I'll pick.

J's Thoughts and Musings
Middling Monettes
Up the Hill Gang

Amy's Random Thoughts
Mommy of Three



Thursday, October 04, 2007

My Typhoo!!!!!!!!!

See my TEA!
My TEA from my SIS
I'm so lucky!
This is such delicious TEA
lucky lucky ME

Thanks so much PinkRoseCottage SIS!

I was sooooooo surprised when I heard there was a package from you,
I had no idea what it could be or why even.
I'm going to savor a lovely cuppa in just a few minutes!

Love Ya,
TeaMouse Sis

In other News

Want to know what a hardworking DH and I were doing today read this post!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #26 - A time to be thankful


Often it's so easy to get down in the dumps about what we don't have or how the kids behave and on and on. For me as a Canadian I am celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend. It's always a good time to reflect on those things that we are thankful for.

Here are 13 things that I am thankful for or glad to have.

1. My DH! Of course he has to be #1! He's my best friend and so much more. I am thankful to God each and every day for us meeting. Whenever life seems unbearable he's always there to cheer me up and he's my cheerleader when I think I just can't do another leg lift or chair crunch. When he was away on retreat in September, I realized just how attached I really am. I guess it should be no surprise, we literally grew up together being married so young. DH, you are the best.

2. My kids! Yes, they are something I am thankful for. At times I want to pull my hair out but I really love them with all my heart and all things considered they are pretty good kids. My DS who always has a smile and a hug and it's so hard to be mad at for too long - my DD who although her moods drive me around the bend, is the most generous caring person I know. When she's not on her emotional roller coaster she's such great fun! I love that I have both a son and a daughter...I get to experience all the boy stuff and still do all the typical girl stuff.

3. Our home! Yes it took us a few years to get it as we did everything backwards. It's nice to know that this is 'our place'. We also bought just in time in our area as houses skyrocketed in the last few years and our house has almost doubled - it's insane. I feel bad for those young families just starting out, I know what it's like to want one and not be able to get it.

4. Sisters - I have two great sisters. They are two completely different people and I am lucky enough to be close to both of them. My little sister lives in the same city as me and we try to make time to get together for coffee once a week. It's been harder with her in University, but it's nice to get together. My older sis lives quite a ways away, but we chat on MSN and email a lot. We have so much in common, including our love of knitting. I miss her a lot. I wish we could sit and have tea and knit. I'm thankful for being able to be close to both of them and even though I can't see them as much as I'd like we find ways to keep in touch and that helps a lot.

5. My job! It's not high paying or glamorous but there are some great perks and my boss is great and I have no one looking over my shoulder. I love running the office.

6. Knowing how to knit and crochet. My knitting brings me such peace and relaxation, I can't imagine not having it. I love my new Clover Bamboo needles and crochet hook.

7. My puppy Oliver and my cat Ginger! Oliver is the greatest pup ever! love how he follows me around the house and snuggles while we watch t.v. at night. I love taking him for his evening walks. Tonight was especially wonderful as he was running through the crisp fall leaves. Ginger is an old gal but she still loves to snuggle. She has a bedtime and morning snuggle every day!

8. Of course health is something I am thankful for. I may be exercising to get lean, but I am generally healthy and anyone with good health should be thankful. I see death often in my job and it always reminds me to take the time to enjoy life while you are still able to.

9. Being able to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and extended family and my Granny. I'm so happy that we are able to use a facility that will allow her to not have to worry about stairs. I think this will be one of our best Thanksgiving's yet.

10. Good Friends - need I say more - Hi to all my online friends, you are the best!

11. A super cozy bed and a lovely green bed ensemble that I totally love and it goes great in my room - it's my 'quiet place'.

12. Our stash of wine. Gosh the DH makes the best zinfandel......mmmmmmmm delish! I love being able to enjoy wine whenever I want and not feel guilty. Now I just need him to start making his soap again and I'll really be a happy camper!

13. I'm happy to have a new computer - it's pretty sweet - if only I could figure out why my keyboard goes into different languages multiple times each time I type, I'd really like it even more. Either way I am thankful for it. It helps me keep in touch with all my family, blog, make new friends and play games.

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Tales from the Scales...


Waking up this morning I put myself through the usual scale torture - the sucker is out to get me I swear!!! Not only did it not indicate a loss for all my hard back breaking exercise torture , it had the nerve to be up at the highest I've seen in years. So then my wonderful sweet and adorable DH gets on the scale, and yes the scale must be a woman - he was down another 2 pounds....good grief!

Hold on to your hats folks - it wasn't pretty. I yelled I swore using words only a sailor could appreciate and I'm too much of a lady to repeat them, but I'm sure you get the picture.

That's when the dear sweet man I married very gracefully and ever so gently explained that it was 'the time', yes he had to remind me of water retention.

Now it doesn't totally make me feel better, but I'm still starting off the day with steel cut oats and 'not' a donut and I'll try really hard to resist those 100 calorie Dairymilk bars I have stashed with my unmentionables. Maybe just maybe in a few days I'll be the one smiling after I step on the wench scale.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Tex Mex Vegetarian Wraps


For the recipe - see the comments
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Another award for moi.........how delightful


I feel quite honoured to have won this award from my DH, we blog about completely different stuff - him the deep theological and me the lighthearted life of a crazy mom/knitter and all other quirkiness that stems from that.

Mathetes is the Greek word for disciple, and the role of the disciple (per the Great Commission) it to make more disciples. I'd like to take the opportunity to award five other bloggers with this award and badge for acting in the role of a disciple of Christ. These five all share the message in their own creative ways, and I admire them all for what they do. In the spirit of this award, the rules are simple. Winners of this award must pick five other "disciples" to pass it on to. As you pass it on, I just ask that you mention and provide links for (1)this post as the originator of the award (Dan King of management by God), (2) the person that awarded it to you, and then (3) name and sites of the five that you believe are fulfilling the role of a disciple of Christ. If you know of other deserving recipients of this award, and would like to start a new string, then please post a link to where you've started in in the comments to this post. I would love for many deserving bloggers to be blessed with this recognition.



I'm not really into tagging people and such so I'm going to just revel in my award and be thankful that the DH thinks I'm a disciple!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Squares Galore...


Well I finally did it I mailed the parcel to Shelly. I had 37 squares plus the lovely afghan that the church ladies donated. I am quite forgetful and things sit in my trunk forever before they get to their destinations - maybe that's why I always owe the library when I return books...hehehehe!

Here's a pic of the squares I sent, do you feel you can contribute - can you spare time to make even one granny square. I know Shelly would love to have any and all you could provide. Use the Love to Share button in my sidebar to find out about how you can help make squares or advertise for the project.

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I am so freakin blessed, it's true! My work has some rental space that we rent out and had the DH ask our boss if we could use it for hosting our Thanksgiving dinner and we can!!! This is going to make my life so much easier, so much so that I don't even mind carting all that food to and fro. We'll have plenty of space and it's wheelchair accessible so my Granny who now uses a walker can get around easily. The last few times I had her over it was nearly impossible to get her up and down the 5 stairs into my house.

What's on your menu for Thanksgiving? We have a turkey on order from a local Hutterite colony and the stuffing will be President's Choice Cranberry and I add pecans...mmmmm. Homemade cabbage rolls with sour cabbage, perogies, sauerkraut and sausage, mashed potatoes, salad buns and my MIL`s homemade pumpkin pie, made with fresh pumpkin and served with a dollop of Cool Whip. I think I just gained 5 pounds typing that all out.

Gee this keyboard is driving me Nuts - it keeps switching to French on me or Multilingual and it can do it several times in a post.....grrrrrrrrrr!

Well time to run, DH and I are going to enjoy a game of NWN and relax a bit!

Yarn Ho!


I bought some really cool yarn today after visiting a LYS that I have never been to before. The yarn in there made me drool - there was some deicious silks, soys and bamboo sock yarn.

I was still too afraid to buy sock yarn especially at 11.99/ball when I'm not sure if I can do it. I still have some sock yarn here I bought before from Bernat, but I did buy some bamboo dpn's. I am hoping they are less slippery to work with as I attempt socks(probably not until after Christmas).

This Hacho yarn is hand dyed from Peru and a portion of the money from each sale goes to maintaining a school for the employees children. I love stumbling into Fair Trade items.
I think this lovely yarn is going to be a pair of PocketBook Slippers for myself *smile*! I'd love to buy the 9 balls needed to make myself the Ripple Shawl. There were some glorious colours. It feels so luxurious. I have never bought yarn in a Hank before so I'll have fun trying to roll this into a ball - oh the problems that I adore :)!

I've seen hanks of yarn at such wonderful quality they were 77.95/50g hank....egads! The problem I had was that a lot of the yarn there isn't labeled the same way say LionBrand would be with the grams and yardage and needle size suggestions. I'd have to speak to the owner, who wasn't in yesterday. I was also hoping I could sign up for a knitting class(I want to take on on socks), but they've done that class this year already and the next class is for mitts. When I did attempt socks I did eventually cast on and start knitting the cuff(with the help of some internet tutorials) but I could see a mistake early on and then I read ahead in the pattern....yep I know a bad idea. I then got terrified and stuffed it in my wool basket and I haven't picked it up since, but soon I will be brave and try again.