Friday, May 30, 2008

My Juliet's progress

I'm working on this Juliet sweater as a KAL with my sister(her's is now done) - I think mine will be done by early next week as I'm now on the lace bottom and it's knitting quite quickly as the wool is chunky. I am really enjoying this knit and I can't wait to wear it.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Peeps I want to know more about Meme

I was tagged by Michelle from PinkRoseCottage Knits I want to know more about’ meme.

The rules: Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1) What was I doing ten years ago?

I was celebrating my ninth wedding anniversary.

2) What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:

1. Dance with my new DVD - Dancing with the Stars workout - it's a great workout.

2. Knitting - my sis is way ahead of me and finished the project we were doing as a KAL - she doesn't think it suits her, but I think it looks great on her....I'm - pretty sure I'll be wearing mine.

3. I will also be knitting at lunch time and on the commute home as I am still working on a stash of dishcloths for Etsy and I've also been asked to make a set of coasters for a friend so I'll have that to do as well.

4. Help DH with the yard - I mowed the back on Saturday and then it started raining so we need to get that finished tonight as it's looking a little shaggy.

5. Play Scrabulous and Word Twist on FaceBook and hopefully rule the next game with my friend!

3) Snacks I enjoy:

Do you want a book! I like both sweet and salty but usually salty is my default and of course ice cream(that's a big weakness), especially when the weather warms up.

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

a. I'd buy fancy homes for people in my family in secret and then take them to their new homes and surprise them.(this is copycated from Michelle, but it is definitely on the top of my list).

b. I would build my dream cabin in B.C. so I would be closer to my sis and have the beauty of the mountains. It would be a traditional log cabin - perhaps her husband who is an architect could do the drawings - oh dare to dream! I'd also either buy an older home in the Cathedral area and renovate it or buy a lot and build a modern Victorian style home.

c. Set up trust funds for both my kids and all my nieces and nephews who needed help to fund their education. I say who need as I have some in town who already have this done for them. I'd also buy gifts from Chalice in behalf of all our relatives and start a housing co-op as well as setting up scholarships and bursaries for various programs including Theology - as well as donate a huge donation to our local parish and have the hall kitchen totally renovated as well as some other big projects. I'm dreaming big.

d. I would get help losing weight and then take the trip of a lifetime and the honeymoon I never had, probably to a few places as I want to go somewhere tropical but I also want to see Tuscany - it would be an extended trip.

e. Open my own business - I definitely want a yarn shoppe but I have always dreamed of a owning a tea shoppe, It would be one of those or a combination of.

5) Places I have lived:

B.C., Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba

6) Jobs I have had:

Cashier, Fast Food Clerk Mc'D's and B King, Telephone Sales Associate, house cleaner(needed a job), Administrative Assistant.

7) Peeps I want to know more about:

Anyone who wants to participate - leave a comment and I'll come and visit.

Friday, May 23, 2008

DLP Cat/Dog Toy

My DH surprised the family yesterday with a DLP projector. I have to say it's the ultimate way to watch big screen T.V./Movies at home. The screen is 79" and there is absolutely no distortion and the picture is so clear.

So we were enjoying watching our t.v. shows and then I noticed a red light on the screen - well the DLP's are used a lot for media presentation at meetings so it has a laser pointer on its remote. Well Oliver went crazy chasing that little red light around. I wish I had a video camera, he had no idea where it was coming from and for about 10 minutes after it stopped he was looking around the living room trying to find it.

The fun wasn't over yet, after Oliver went to bed we had Ginger going - let me say it takes a lot to get her moving. She is 13 years old and usually sleeps her days away. She was playing like a kitten. I think though, that she knew that we initiated it but once she got going she was hooked and chasing the little red light all around.

So the screen is great and an awesome way to watch a large t.v. and a bonus of a cat/dog toy too!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Long Weekend and movies

Wow what a busy weekend. My mom was down for a visit(her husband is ok - they never found anything wrong) - so we had a 'chick flick' night and saw the movie 'Made of Honor', it was good as romantic comedies go, nothing hugely surprising but it was an enjoyable watch.

I had my mom over for breakfast on Sunday and I tried out my new breakfast grill, it works great. It was nice to be able to have the visiting time with her. In the afternoon we went to visit my Granny and we both brought her a gift for Mother's Day. My mom painted her a beautiful picture of carnations and roses and I bought her a nice summer nightgown that she also really liked.

The boys wanted to see IronMan and I horned into their 'guy' time and joined them last night and I am glad I did. I have watched a lot of comic book movies with DH and DS but this was by far my favorite of all of them. If you like action/comic book movies you have to check this out - the special effects are great and Rober Downey Jr. was perfectly cast as Tony Stark.

So needless to say not much was done for knitting. I have to get on track as there are a few big projects coming my way along with eventually having enough dishcloths to start my Etsy shoppe.

How was your weekend?

Friday, May 16, 2008

Diamonds and more

This is a picture of the newest dishcloth/washcloth that I am working on. If you click on the picture you may be able to see the diamond pattern a bit better. The green is actually a sage green - it didn't photograph well.

Life has been crazy busy - I'm currently working on a sweater for myself and dishcloths for my contest winner and recently I decided to start up an Etsy shoppe so I am madly trying to get cloths made to add to my shop. I hope to have the shop running by the end of the month. I'm going to start with cloths and progress from there. I'll keep you posted about when it's up and running so you can check out my knitting - I named it of course surprise surprise - TeaMouse Treasures.

Getting ready for the long weekend here - so far we are having gorgeous weather, high 20's all weekend until Monday, which I think is supposed to rain - but that's ok, we do need the rain. I am hoping my mom is still able to come down. She was planning to come and we had a 'chick-flick' night planned to see Made of Honor. She called this morning and her husband had to go to the hospital by ambulance, so I'm waiting to hear how he is and hoping it's not his heart. If they come down I'm hoping to spend a lot of time with her as I haven't seen her since Christmas.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Spring Time in the Office

My DH just got back from some errands and he brought me some 'spring time' for my desk - aren't they pretty?

Last time he brought me purple ones and they were lovely and these yellow ones are just gorgeous!

Monday, May 12, 2008

My 'Write for Hope' Prize

A few months back I entered the 'Write for Hope' contest while searching for the pink PaperMate breast cancer awareness pens.

I was surprised when I was notified of being a potential winner and after doing the 'skill testing' question I was told I would receive a package of Sanford products and $500 would be donated to a breast cancer centre in my name.

I used to enter radio contests all the time as a teen/young adult and had lot's of success in winning stuff - but I've been away from that for some years and it was nice receiving this package in the mail today - I love stationery items.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Maybe I'm in the wrong business...

Years ago I worked for a local maid company - the work was well, you can imagine but the worst part was that the pay was really low. I ended up getting out of that field once I got pregnant with my DD and I had always wondered what it would be like to work for myself. Of course I thought of only the negatives and never gave it another thought, then with two kids at home I needed to work nights so we didn't have to put the kids into daycare - it was a choice I don't regret.

I recently got into a discussion with our housekeeper at the office. She does houses as well and they are averaging $30/hour to do basic housecleaning! Well I was floored - maybe I am in the wrong business. I never dreamed that you could clean up like that(forgive the pun). The nice thing about being independent - what I get from her is that she chooses the houses she does and the jobs as well as sets her own hours and of course the wage.

When you are cleaning peoples houses bi-weekly, unless they are really messy people it's just more of an 'upkeep' cleaning and it's not too bad. The worst jobs I had were the 'one-time' cleans and special project cleans(ovens, walls etc.)

Well it's food for thought anyway but I'm sure I'll manage to think of every reason it can't work rather than can as that is my personality. It would be nice to have the wage and the hours I choose but do I really want to clean other people's messes again?

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Riding in Style, it's so cool!

It is our DD's 15th birthday on Tuesday and we bought her a new bike - she loves the classic bike I have so we got her a classic version for herself. Check out these sweet rides!

This is our DD's - cool lime bike!

This is my sweet 5 star classic

This is my DH's blue 5 star classic.