Showing posts from 2009


I'll be glad when 2009 is over! Good riddance to a very bad year! I can't think of anything good that came out of that year, really I can't. The husband made less money but seemed to be at work during every event and party that was planned. I haven't had a holiday in over 13 years and 2009 was no exception. I didn't even go for a haircut in 2009! I just made do trimming my bangs. So now I have long flat graying hair, really attractive, NOT! I think pretty well everything broke here at one time or another and we struggled all year to just survive.

So I for one will be glad to see the back end of 2009 it was a year that sucked, maybe even the worst year I've had for a very long time. When I think of what I would like to begin in the new year I want to crawl up in a ball and go to sleep. Everything will take more energy than I have these days. This house needs so much work and money and I have neither of these. The husband would live in a cave and never…

I'm gonna cry!

I'm sitting here as the bathtub hot tap is running full and has been for over 20 minutes. Why, you ask is the tap on full for 20 minutes? Well it's because I can't turn it off and there is no shut off valve behind the taps where there should be. I have no idea what else to do but leave it run. I'm really worried that the hot water tank is going to break because of all the cold water that is going to be coming into it so quickly.

I have my daughter to thank for this disaster. This child has no idea how to turn a tap off. She will start turning it one way all the way and then give it a few more just to make sure it's not off. Well of course it's not off you silly child, the water is running full on! The tap is stripped now. ARG!!!

So here I sit in tears knowing that this is one more thing that we can't afford to fix. My husband is worse than a moron at fixing anything and with my bad back and sore knee I can't kneel down to fix anything like that …

Random pics for your enjoyment, or not

Here's a picture of our fat orange cat. Now I remember why I don't post more pictures, it takes forever to upload them! I don't know if it's my computer or Blogger but it takes so long I almost nodded off. So if I don't post pictures often that's why.

Here's a picture of our Christmas tree. I don't know why I'm posting it now but we'll be taking it down soon, maybe tomorrow. It looks pretty lame in this picture but it looks much prettier in person.

Oh and I forgot to say we have some snow now. Not alot but the ground is now white. It happened a few days after Christmas. We are supposed to get more snow for the next few days and I've got my fingers crossed.

New Years Resolutions

New Years Eve looms. It's a time to take stock and look back over the past year. Time to decide what you want to do with the brand new year. Already I'm sick of hearing about all the things I'm supposed to want or do. I'm supposed to want to eat well, exercise and be healthy. I'm supposed to want a simpler life where I take time to enjoy every moment. I'm supposed to help my loved ones and others. I'm supposed to want to work for the environment to help stop the destruction. The list is endless and one thing is no more important or valid than the next. What happens to me is I become overwhelmed by all the people telling me they know what the right way to live a life is.

I want to hear someone say it's okay to live a life where you eat what you want, don't exercise much. I want to hear that what I'm doing is good enough, I don't need to work on anything because I'm perfect just the way I am.

Who wouldn't want to hear that? I …

Eat dirt

It's really difficult to be a middle child. I know cause I'm the middle of four with an older sister, younger brother and a youngest sister. They all have their places and got their own attention but I was not allowed to have wants and needs because someone else always came first. I learned very quickly it was best to keep quiet and be invisible. I wouldn't wish that childhood on anyone.

For me it continues with my mother and oldest sister always ganging up on me. Mom will start with a rude comment about something I've said and basically tell me my opinion is wrong and I should be quiet now. It always blows me away when another adult thinks they can talk like this to someone else and not get decked in the face. I'm still not allowed to voice an opinion and when I do first mother dog then her yipping little lap mutt have to start barking.

Sad thing about this is the yippy little lap dog (aka older sister) is in no position to judge anyone. She hasn't had …

It's Christmas Eve!

I actually like Christmas eve better than Christmas day. Christmas eve is fun cause of all the excitement and waiting while Christmas day is the end of anticipation. Christmas eve still has possibilities like you can still rush to the store to pick up one more thing but by Christmas day it's done and the stores are closed.

It's 1:18am and I can't sleep. I had to take a nap this afternoon because of my headache so now I can't sleep. Stupid headache!

Husband and I were talking about meals for tomorrow and the big day. He never wants to make anything special. He just goes about with no planning or thought to everything in his life. Drives me nuts cause I'm a planner. I got him to commit to Christmas eve supper and Christmas day brunch but even that was a compromise. He doesn't see the fun in having something special or doing anything out of the ordinary. I don't think I've ever met such a boring person and I'm still in amazement that I actuall…


I've been struggling with a migraine since yesterday. I keep getting the visual aura plus my neck is sore. Lucky I haven't got the full blown headache just a mild one but I've been taking migraine meds with caffeine and codeine in them and they seem to help. I used to get migraines when I was a teenager but grew out of them. I suspect that perimenopause has me going through puberty backwards and boy does this suck. My face even breaks out horrible now and again just like when I was a teen. I'm too old for this crap, bring on menopause cause I'm done with all these hormones!

So we are going to be having a green Christmas as per the weather report. I guess it will be okay but I really don't feel like Christmas much unless I'm stuck inside with the snow falling. I love that warm cozy feeling. Oh well we'll just have to pretend this year.

I'm contemplating doing some more baking but with this lingering headache I'm not sure I'm up to it. …

Still no snow

Boo hoo! It's now raining and all our snow if melting fast. Not like we had much anyway. I can't quite believe we are going to have a snowless Christmas. Can you believe it? I can't. I live in Canada for goodness sakes, in the mountains no less! I want to put in a complaint to Mother Nature. It's just not right.
So that was my whine for the day now on to something else. How about I ask you if you have all your shopping done? LOL! I can see your face and you want to smack me, I know it! You are rushing around trying to get it all done and I am sitting here all smug laughing at you. It's not like you don't know when Christmas is coming. It comes once a year on the same date. You could plan in advance and work to get it all done so you can actually enjoy a bit of the time and not get all stressed out and cranky. But I see that the stress and rush is part of the fun for you so I'll be quiet now. Some people just aren't having fun if they are…

Please Mr. Weatherman

Oh curses!!! Our lovely snow is supposed to turn into rain. Who wants slushy snow for Christmas? Not me that's who! There is nothing worse than slushy snow. I've got my fingers crossed that the weather reports are wrong and we'll continue to get snow and the rain stays away.

Last night as I was laying in bed I was composing my song called "Making Memories". Of course I didn't write it down but here's what I remember of it.

The ground is iced white
Icicles sparkle from the eves
It's time, time, time time
For making memories

Fires crackle in the grate
Snow drifts are shoveled
Presents are wrapped
Cause it's time, time, time
For making memories

A special feeling is in the air
Magic and wonder grow

Sorry that's as far as I got before I drifted off. I'll finish it up when I have some time and post the finished version.

Less Stuff, More Time

I've been so busy reading all the wonderful blogs I'm following and what they are up to that I've kinda lagged at writing anything in my own blog. So here's a summary of what I've done in the last few days. We got the tree up and decorated. Finished up the shopping. I still want to bake a few more things but if I don't we won't die.
We still have no snow and it's really cold out there. I want some snow for Christmas dang it!
I've spent the entire weekend chauffeuring the kids around and haven't had more than 2 minutes to do anything I enjoy. I don't think I like being a single parent every weekend, it sucks.
I have a couple of presents left to wrap and we are pretty much done. I just wish I had some fun party or event to go to. I'm pretty much on my own most days and alone with the kids when they are off school. The husband is working as much as possible but that kind of defeats the whole idea in my view. We could do with less stu…

Nearly naked

Yesterday I went out to shop for a new blouse. Just something I can wear at Christmas, nothing fancy. I found many blouses that didn't fit. But the most puzzling thing I found was that most of these blouses were see through. Like when you hold the material up to the light you can actually see through it although it's not a mesh or supposed to be that sheer. I could actually make out my husbands features when I held up this one blouse.
There were of course a ton of blouses that were sheer and had a cammy underneath them. I get that these are supposed to be see through a bit. It's the other fabric that gets me. Who buys blouses so thin and see through that the fabric is almost like a sheer? It's not a fashion statement.
I have another problem with these blouses too, it's winter! I'd freeze if I wore any of these blouses even inside the house. They look like something I'd wear in summer not winter other than the darker colors. Sheesh!
So a heads up t…

A Green Christmas

It is freezing here! Tonight it's down to -12C. We have had a week of clear sunny weather and if it doesn't snow soon I'm going to become an ice cube. The snow acts as an insulation barrier on the ground and on the roof so it actually keeps things warmer. Now we have the cold we just need some precipitation.
My daughter keeps complaining that we don't have any snow yet and it's almost Christmas. We had a couple light snows that melted fast and then nothing. There is nothing worse than a green Christmas unless you live in Florida or somewhere warm where it's supposed to be green.
Not only do we have a real green Christmas tree but the grass will be still green so it's going to be a very green Christmas unless we get some snow and fast.


The Christmas rush is on and I haven't got as much baking done as I hoped to by now. Oh well I don't really need to eat all that junk anyway. I remember when the kids were little and I never got to sleep for over a year due to my baby crying and not sleeping. I was so tired that I didn't bake anything at all and I'm surprised that presents were bought, wrapped and a tree was put up that year.
Now I'm not struggling with lack of sleep but total lack of energy. Coffee only perks me up for a bit and then I have a huge crash. If I'm watching tv when the crash comes I'll actually nod off!! Now that makes me feel like a really old person falling asleep in my chair. UG! I'm way too young to act that old.
So I'm looking into some type of a fitness regime. I don't want any pieces of large expensive equipment in my living room that I don't use though. I want something that is compact, inexpensive and I'll actually use. I guess that will h…

The Art of Writing a Letter

Do you ever have those moments when things come together? You know like Oprah calls them "ah ha moments." I had one last night. It was only a small one but it made me smile.
I was reading this book called "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It's about a writer after the WW II. It's set up to be a bunch of letters being send back and forth between the characters. There are some short notes sent by telegram too. As I was reading these letters it suddenly occurred to me that these letters reminded me of interactions we have on the Internet today. We can pass quick e-mails or chat online. The only difference is the time between the contact. Even some blogs I read are like letters it's just that you don't address your blog to anyone in particular. E-mails to people are letters but we can send them off and know they arrived in a couple of minutes.
The telegrams in the book were short and witt…

It's all too much

That's how I'm feeling lately. That it's all too much. I won't go on about all the things that are getting me down but they are piling up lately. So I've decided what I need is some retail therapy. Yes I am going to go spend some money that I don't have on some things that I may not really need. LOL!
Actually I was going to go and buy some Christmas craft things for my daughter and a couple friends to make Christmas gifts for their teachers. I thought maybe some felt stockings that they can decorate and put gift certificates, candies or whatever inside would be fun for them to do. So I need those supplies.
I really need some new clothes. The hoody I wear all winter to stay warm has holes in it and I just got wax all over it. I also spilled wax all over one of the tee shirts I wear all the time. I can get the wax out but it will stain as the shirt is a light color and the wax is a dark green. So I need some more shirts and some kind of a sweater to we…

Even Worse!

Remember when I told you about my younger sister who was having marital problems? Well it seems she has moved back in with her butt head husband. Now why would that be a bad thing you ask? Why would trying to make your marriage work be such a bad thing. Well, let me tell you. Her butt head husband has a girl friend and is refusing to stop seeing her!
Ya, I know, I thought the same thing. My sister is a smart, slim, attractive woman and I just cannot see how she can lower herself like this. Unfortunately for her the church she goes to believes the man is the boss and women must bend and bow to their husbands. Sad really especially since said husband is such a butt head!
Now I like to stay out of other people business but it's so hard not to just come out and say to her "What the hell are you thinking?!"
She is doing what she usually does too which is to avoid her family. She was supposed to come to my dad's birthday party but at the last minute told my mom that…


I got out of the house but only went up to my parents place cause it was my dad's birthday party. At least we had cake. Unfortunately I still feel the same itchy frustration that I can't seem to scratch with anything.
It was a rather sad weekend for me. My daughter's friends are doing that exclusion thing and she's the one being left out. I never did understand why kids do that even when I was a kid I never did that especially to my best friends! So she's at home sad and bored and I'm not much help to her other than to try to find some fun things we can do together. It's too bad my daughter made friends with this bully. This friend used to get mad at my daughter if she played with other girls. She also loves to make sure that my daughter gets left out of things but still calls her "my best friend." That kind of best friend we can all do without.
But being a good mom I'm trying to be impartial and let my daughter make her own decisions. …

Shack Wacky

Almost December but I've already broken out my holiday cd's and started listening to them. Well, actually just one and it's more like blues/jazzy type Christmas songs by Colin James. And tonight I'm sad to hear that one of the bands from my youth was in town and I didn't know about it. I would have gone to see Trooper for sure if I had known. So now I'm feeling a tad miffed. I guess I'll just have to listen to some of their cd's. Nothing better than live music though and especially when you know most of the songs and have been singing them for decades, yes I said decades!
So here I sit like a lemon on a Friday night. What the heck happened to going out once in awhile. The kids are old enough to be left on their own for a bit but we still never go out. We only have one theatre in town and it's showing both Twilight movies. I'm not too interested in seeing a teenage vampire romance. Missed the Trooper show :( Can't really afford din…

Fake or real?

I'm flipping through a flyer today and notice something, something I've been noticing alot more of lately. It's how we always have to make something natural into something fake. I'm not sure if this is so someone can make more money or what. It makes me want to scream "Fake Christmas trees are tacky, ugly and so not environmentally friendly!" We think the same thing when we see some old lady who has plastic flowers all over her house. But why do we tolerate fake Christmas trees? And if a few needles in your carpet is your lame excuse for buying a fake tree you should think again. I've seen needles from fake trees in my friend's carpet. Take your smug fake tree attitude and take a close look at what you are really buying into.
Let me set the record straight for everyone. Christmas trees are grown on tree farms. It is illegal to go out and cut trees down, no one does that today. Tree farms are environmentally friendly and make jobs for people.…

I've Lost My Will to Read!

The last of my Christmas orders came today. The only things I need to get is some stocking stuffers for the kids stockings. Those are easy and fun to buy. I've got my husband a small video camera cause he's obsessed with taking video and my new camera only takes still pictures.
My "Pioneer Woman Cooks" cookbook came today and as I was looking through it I knew I wasn't going to keep it. It was meant for my older sister. She's the one who will appreciate all the farming references, horse and dog photos. My older sister used to live in Saskatchewan in a small town amongst the farms. Funny how you buy things and then just know they are for someone else. At least I don't have to buy her a gift for Christmas. She's gonna love that book!
There are so many good things for sale before Christmas that I always end up buying myself stuff and then thinking that someone else would love it more and thus it ends up as a Christmas present. Makes my shopping …

High Expectations

It's been pouring rain here for the last couple of days and totally thwarting my attempts to go outside and take some pictures. So instead I took my son and we went and got our H1N1 and flu shots tonight. I usually get a flu shot but my kids don't mainly because I have to pay for the shot and so would the kids but tonight they were giving both free so we took them both. One in each arm.
Then my husband took my daughter after gymnastics and she got hers too. So now we are all set for the flu season to arrive. Hopefully these shot will stave off the worst flu's and we'll only get mild colds. And those nasty stomach viruses can just stay away entirely cause I refuse to get sick with one of those again.
Anyway I was printing out recipes tonight. This made me wonder why. I mean, I am the worst cook on the planet plus I really don't like to cook. But for some reason I love the idea of cooking. I love to look at recipes and think about making them. I have a stack…


Well I learned something today. I learned that I don't need to install anything on my computer to download the pictures from my new camera. Unfortunately though when you download the pictures the computer likes to hide them where I can't find them. I finally found all the pictures we had taken, pictures we'll delete later cause they were just taken around the house as we learned to use the camera.
So now I know how to use the camera, and can download the pictures to the computer. But the hard part is what to take pictures of. I know you are all waiting for some pictures cause I've been blathering about this stupid camera for awhile now and even promising pictures. It's just now I feel like I have to post something really good, something show stopping. Cause now I have to justify the money I spent on the camera with great pictures. I'm not sure I'm up to the task.
I look at other people's blogs and read their witty fascinating writing and look at …

I'm calling the police!

To start off let me tell you about where we live. We live on a street that has two houses that have no one living in them. One house is right next door to us. The people that own the house kept it after the woman's mother died. I guess they just couldn't sell the house. They do keep it up and come into town every month or so and make sure everything is okay. Their house isn't a problem to live next door too.

On the other side of our house is our messy neighbours who I have posted a couple of pictures of what their yard looks like. And right next door to them is another house that no one lives in. It's a pretty strange house because at the back is a really ramshackle old part then there is an add on middle part and a newer end. So three different additions to this house and all of them pretty crappy. Anyway to get on with the story, I noticed that this house had two windows open. Now you don't want an abandoned house with open windows cause that just attra…

Now I'm Mad

I just heard tonight about something that has me fuming. I know it's not my business and I'm not going to stick my nose in but I just have to get it off my chest. My little sister and her husband are going through a divorce. She is staying with my parents right now while he is living in their house. She is still helping to pay for the house and gives him her cheque of which he gives her an allowance. This isn't even what I'm upset about.
One day while he was at work she went to her house and picked up some of her things. These were things that only belonged to her like her facial care products and things that her boys had given her as gifts. She didn't take anything else from the house. Well he gets all upset and tells everyone she is stealing from him. His mom even e-mails my sister telling her how upset she is about her stealing stuff from her son's house and cleaning out all the towels and stuff from the bathroom. Well most of the stuff in the bathr…

Blog Rock Stars

I've been reading other blogs, big blogs, blogs that make money and everyone knows their names. I don't know why but it kind of ruins their blog a bit for me when I know they are so big and popular and make money off their blog. The next thing they recommend may not be something they actually think is great but something they were given free and they feel they have to advertise. I kinda hate that a bit.
These blogs take on the look of a giant ad with some amusing writing in between. When I started to read these blogs it wasn't for the ads or for the product recommendations. I read these blogs because they wrote fun stuff or stuff I could relate to or stories I liked to read.
I've noticed that what happens when you become a blog rock star is your blog has many ads on it. Then you blog starts to look slick and the quantity and quality of your pictures improves. Then there is the odd product recommendation which quickly speeds up into at least one or more a day. The…

Back up

Ya so, you are still waiting to see pictures taken with my new camera. I know. It's not like it slipped my mind or anything it's just that I have to install something on my computer. Installing anything on this computer is done after much praying. Said computer likes to crash if you so much as ask anything new of it. She's a bit hysterical.
The disc is sitting there. I can see it just in my peripheral vision. I almost installed it today but thought better of it. I have to back up stuff first. Well actually I have to figure out how to back up stuff first. Does anyone back up their stuff on their computer? I've been hearing about it for years but never really bothered cause at the time I had more important things to do. But now that I have videos, pictures and other important stuff on my computer I don't want to lose all that. I do have most of the pictures on discs so that is good but my husband did that and of course there is no rhyme or reason to how h…

Don't Hate Me

Cause I just got a brand new camera! It's a Canon Rebel digital. It has so many bells and whistles on it I'm afraid to touch anything. So far I've got the strap on it after much cussing. I got the battery charged and the SD card inserted. I even got the SD memory card to format. Now if I could just figure out how to look at the pictures once I've taken them.

One would think that the giant screen on the back of the camera would show you your picture after but that would be entirely too easy. So it's back to pushing buttons and reading a 200 page owners manual. Oh how I hate those owners manuals. And the little icons are the worst. You can't even tell what the squiggle is supposed to resemble.

So I promise as soon as I figure out how to take a picture and download it onto the computer I'll share something. Just keep your fingers crossed that my brain cells that are still firing can manage to learn something new.

Oh and the most embarrassing thing ha…

That Something

I am trying to get a jump on all the Christmas shopping by doing it early. I guess it's not too early cause it's already November. So far I've got most of the kid's presents. I just need some stocking stuffers. My family will receive homemade gifts of some sort. I'm still debating whether I have enough time and the skill to knock off a couple of scarfs or mitts. They are simple enough to do but I'd have to relearn the skill and that may not result in quality good enough to give as gifts.
I've got some jam I made and I think some cookies would work too. My husband makes a yummy almond rocca type candy so he'll make that. We have a pizzeli iron so we'll make some of those to give away too.
I just wish I could think of something to give my parents. Parents always have everything they need and if they are of a certain age (late 60's early 70's) they don't need anymore stuff. So the trick is to make them something they can consume in …


So I'm sitting here with nothing exciting to say but I can usually ramble on for awhile to fill up a page. My daughter is coming home from school early tomorrow cause of parent teacher conferences. Lucky for me the teacher is doing her conference by phone so I don't have to go out to the school. I guess the easy kids get the phone treatment and the rest the teacher wants to talk to the parents in person.

And then next Wed. both kids are off for Remembrance Day. These kids don't have one month where they go the entire month. There is always one day or more that they have off during the month. Plus here they have a two week spring break which frankly sucks cause the weather isn't good at that time of year and the kids are bored inside. We don't have enough money to have a holiday and the ski season is over by then so I'm stuck at home with the kids for two weeks every spring. UG!

Halloween went fine although my daughter managed to lose me and I was driving …

Halloween is for kids

At least that is what I thought but both my kids have taken off and I'm stuck doing all the Halloween stuff. Sheesh! I've carved a pumpkin, put out the graves in the front yard, got the porch cleaned off and got all the other Halloween stuff set up. I should have two helpers here today but they seem to think their friends are more important than their mom! When did that happen?

One child I'll forgive cause he's 13 now and thinks he's too old for trick'or treating. And in his defense I'd say anyone that saw his over 6 ft frame would think he was too. So now that he's too old to go out for candy or dress up in a costume he's gone over to a friend's house for a sleep-over. One kid down and one more to go.

The other one has her costume and did carve one of the pumpkins with me but right after took off to go play with her friends. The husband is of course at work and won't be home until late. I'll be dragging around with my daughter a…

Gate Night

When I was a kid on the night before Halloween all the older kids in our town would roam the streets soaping windows, throwing eggs, TP'ing houses or whatever mischief they could think up. I particularly remember this one Gate Night after my parents had just cut down a bunch of huge poplar trees that were in our front yard. My dad had worked many weekends digging out 4 or 5 big stumps. The stumps were sitting out there ready to be cut up or removed in some way. They were huge stumps. Stumps so big that it would take several strong men to move them. The only way my dad had got them out of the holes he dug was with a truck and a chain. The holes were all neatly filled in and I'm not sure how or when he was going to have these stumps removed from the yard.
Anyway a group of rowdy teens on Gate Night came by and decided it would be a great thing to move these stumps out to block the road. I remember peeking out the windows in fear as we watched these kids push and shov…

The crap hit the fan!

Seems this woman "Hitler" (this is a board member I complained about in a past post who I now refer to as Hitler) was offended at this past meeting. The real funny part is she was offended by something that happened when she wasn't even at the meeting. So someone had to tell her and put a bit of spin on what she was told. This someone is a paid employee and isn't even a board member. This someone is the one who is always stirring the pot and telling tales. If we could fire him we would!

So Hitler was offended and couldn't deal with it without letting everyone know about it in an e-mail. Then the offending party apologizes and says he will resign for fear of offending anyone else. Yes, I am dealing with adults here. Adults with the brains the size of peas and the social skills of baboons! No, I'm sorry baboons have better social skills than these people do so my apologies to all baboons.

Then the tattle teller composes an e-mail calling for calm heads a…

Still here

Well my head didn't explode but it almost did. My face got red several times and I had to take 10 deep breaths to keep the explosion from occurring but I still have my noggin this morning and although I'd like to say I feel all better, I don't. I still feel rather unsettled. I'm not used to this and I wonder if perimenopause is playing some mean trick with me. I'm usually a pretty calm reasonable person, really I am. It's just that yesterday it all got to me, every little stinking thing was bothering me. No idea why, nothing really happened.

I think I'm just going to take some more time and be extra nice to myself since no one else is going to do it. So last night I went out and bought myself a beautiful scented candle. I'm lighting it every night and going to count my blessings even though I can't think of many right now. I'll keep reminding myself that at least I have my health and don't live in one of those developing countries w…


I'm having a melt down right now. I'm so fed up with everything. My life really, really, really, really sucks. I have a sheet for a wall, no privacy, no closet for my clothes, my clothes have to be kept in piles around my room cause there is stuff in front of my too small dresser. I sleep on a futon, I SLEEP ON A FREAKING FUTON!!!!!! My back is killing me. I can't move around without pain so I'm getting fatter. I didn't think it would be possible but it is, I'm getting fatter. We live in an absolute dump. I can't even get dressed in my own bedroom and have to get dressed in the bathroom every day. Everything in our house either doesn't work properly or is broken. We have no money and that stress alone is enough to give me anxiety attacks. My stupid husband is oblivious to the facts and lives his life in a fantasy land where only his wants and needs are ever met. I haven't had a hair cut in over a year. My hair really needs to be color…

Now you can see the snow!

Here it is the first snow pictures. You can kind of see the snow is still coming down in the pictures and how the grass is white with the snow.

I'll take some more pictures if it gets prettier. I just love it when the snow gives everything a pretty white coat, don't you?

What a View!

I just looked out my kitchen window to see this. Yes that is the neighbour's mess and not mine. You can't really see that it's snowing but I thought I'd share what a horrible view we have out our kitchen window.

And since that isn't bad enough here's another view. Take note of the nice new patio chairs that they have just brought out right before winter. And notice the nice fence for the dogs. What they are doing with the birch logs I have no idea. Maybe it's their way to be artistic? Either way it looks horrible and we have to look out onto it daily. We've taken to closing our blinds. Sad cause that's the only window in the kitchen and we really need the light.

I have no idea why they put a fence in the middle of their yard. They said it was for the dogs. I think it's to hide the mess behind the fence although it doesn't do it very well. They used old pallets for the fence wood so you can imagine how well it's going to stand up over t…

Rainy day

It's been pouring rain here since yesterday. It finally feels like winter is approaching fast. We may even see some snow by the end of the week. Of course it will only be a light dusting of snow and will melt almost as fast as it falls so don't get your panties in a twist.

I'm calling today "Make My Day Monday." Why? Well why not? Monday is one of those days everyone hates cause it's back to school and back to work but for me it's me time. I'm sitting in my jammies still enjoying the quiet of the house. I've got exactly 6.5 hours before the kids come home. I can do anything I want! Well not quite anything but I've got all that time to do what I chose when I chose it.

So Mondays are good days for me. I should do laundry or clean something but it's dark and gloomy out and my husband just came home from his night shift. He's already up in bed snoring away. Maybe I'll join him there and grab a few more hours of sleep. Naw I…


Looks like the H1N1 vaccination will be available here early November. Of course by that time the virus will be in full swing and it takes 10 days for your immunity to build up after the shot not to mention it's only 90% effective. So I wonder should I get the dang thing or not?

They will also be offering the regular flu shot at the same time. I usually get the flu shot every year. The only reason I started getting the flu shot was when my kids were little I got really sick with the flu but of course had to look after a baby and a toddler. I remember laying on the kitchen floor to keep from passing out and my toddler screaming in the living room and the baby screaming in the baby swing. All I wanted to do was lay down and die but with two little kids to look after that just wasn't going to happen. There was dirty diapers to change, mouths to feed and babies to amuse. Mom's deserve to have sick time too but never get it so I figure the flu shot is the best way to …


I'm still mulling over whether to buy a new camera or not. I know I'd like one but I don't want anymore debt. Of course we use a camera often so it wouldn't be a waste of money. I wish I could just make a decision and be done with it. Is there something about getting older that means we can't decide anything anymore. And why the heck can't I type the 'n' before the 'g' anymore. I keep having to go back and correct that. ACK!

I'm pretty convinced that the Canon is my camera. All reviews are pointing to that one. It's a Canon SLR and I would look so cool taking pictures with one of those, like I actually knew what I was doing. Maybe my pictures would be better too.

I still need to make some more jelly. I wonder how long the grape juice will keep in the fridge? I'm getting so lazy in my old age and making jelly just seems like so much work. I know I've got the juice, the jars and now I just need to do a bit of work and…


I'm determined to take a good picture of my stupid cat. I've never got a single good shot of this cat. I blame it on the camera. This camera takes so long for the shutter to click that the cat always moves and the shot is blown. Then there's the torture we've inflicted on the kids over the last 5 years making them sit with contorted smiles on their faces for what seems like hours to them just to get one good picture which of course we never get.

I'm the mom who always goes to all her kids activities but never has a single good picture to show for it. I'm always way too far away or on the wrong side of the stage for taking pictures. The camera runs out of battery power or the lighting is bad. I'm so ready for a nice new camera.

Do you think anyone would notice if I just bought one of those nice new digital Canon cameras on my Sears card for $600? I don't have cash to buy anything but I've always got a credit card... I know it's a slippery s…


Weekends are long and boring when you're home alone with the kids. You're either driving them someplace or picking them up. Or you're home cause they're at a friend's and if you go anywhere you'll have to phone the parents of the friend and tell them you are going out and that's too much like asking them to babysit. So I've sat at home all day bored out of my mind.

Sure I could be cleaning something but no one is gonna die cause I'm a lazy cow. I almost went and bought some booze to amuse myself with but then thought better of it cause I've got all day tomorrow to get through. Don't need a hangover too.

I don't have any good books to read right now. The local library is not open on weekends. Can you believe that? What library isn't open on the weekend when lots of people want to go there? Stupid cost cutting measures in our small town that's why. Grrrrrrr!

The kids are watching Monster House. I wonder how many hours of…