December 3, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Well, it’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. We’ve even had snow for a couple of weeks already. The last few years have seen us staying green well into December to the point of concern that we might not have a white Christmas. A definite must have up here in the Great White North.
So, the tree is up if not yet decorated (the pic is from last year). Half of my shopping and wrapping is done and a third of my baking is already in the freezer. It’s been fun making the usual preparations, with one tiny drawback.
I’ve been doing most of this stuff either by myself or with other adults. The kids, well…25 and 18 hardly qualify anymore I suppose, are not the least bit interested in participating in all this Yuletidiness.
I really miss having little ones around to do this stuff with. The excitement, the chatter, the glitter, the mess, the giggles, the oohs and aahs. It really is not the same, as much as I love Hubby and my BFF, without the delightful queries of a child learning how to tie a bow, the observations of how making a hole at the top of a painted cardboard ornament is tricky and asking if they can use blue icing for the Santa’s hat sugar cookies that are finally cooled. Well, of course you can!
So, I’m just drifting through parental limbo more observer than participant as my grown children start their journeys into young adulthood. Might I add, without nary a sign from either of them (both are happily single without much interest in dating) that there are any grandchildren in my near, or even distant, future.
Anyone got a pre-schooler I can borrow?
November 25, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Well, that’s what they say anyway.
So I’m back after only a few weeks ago being sure I was done. I suppose I needed a break from feeling like I should be blogging. Besides, I didn’t feel like I had much to say. It’s been quite a year, year and a half really, and as it sometimes has a way of doing, life has been moving much faster than I could keep up with.
There was a time when I would have easily, perhaps even eagerly, written about the events of the last 14 months. I would have felt justified in my need to get it out, see it in text and share it. Perhaps I’ve grown out of that need or perhaps I’m just avoiding it.
Maybe though…maybe I’m just deciding to experience it. No blurbs, no poems, no essays. Just sitting with these thoughts and feelings and finding a way through them without dramatization. Almost a foreign concept for me who is so accustomed to overt outward expressing. (Read: I’ve been known to be a major drama queen.)
Anyway, this leads me back to the Organize 2013 project Shady Lady @ Unschooling Royalty and I started in January.
This month, especially because I just had my 3rd 40th birthday (just seems cooler than saying 42nd), I’m realizing the value of inner organization. Priorities, long term goals, even aspirations and dreams sometimes need reorganizing as much as any bookshelf or closet.
To that end, for the rest of the year, preparing for Christmas notwithstanding, I’m going to work on sorting through some worn out ideas, dust off some old hopes and put a shine on some goals. Wow, that was pretty cheesy eh?
Oh well, it stays. And I leave you with this quote from one of the most lovable losers to ever come out of British television…
“Yeah, well, everyone dies. You’re born, and you die. The bit in
the middle’s called life, and that’s still to come!”
Dave Lister – Red Dwarf “Future Echoes”
September 17, 2013 § 2 Comments
I LIKE Fall. I LOVE Fall! No, wait, I ADORE Fall!
Fall is my favourite time of year, always has been and always will be. Used to be it was my favourite because my birthday is in November and who doesn’t love their birthday? Family, friends, presents, cake…birthdays are the bomb!
Well, they used to be and then I turned 40 and frankly, it’s just not the same anymore. So even though I’m no longer crazy about my birthday, I still love this time of year.
Here’s a list of my favourite Fall things:
1) The cooler weather…I HATE humidity and we get it pretty bad here in the Valley. It can be stifling and make a person, even one with as sweet a disposition as mine (Hubby, you can stop laughing now), cranky and irritable. By the end of Summer I can be a full on biotch and right quick to snap. Believe me, by September, a cool Fall breeze is most welcome around here.
2) The changing leaves…well, darn it they’re just so pretty, aren’t they? Hues of red, yellow and orange decorating the trees are almost as nice as Christmas time in these parts.
3) Returning to the sanctity of my kitchen. I really do LOVE cooking but not so much in the Summer…see article 1). If we’re camping, that’s one thing and I’m pretty good with a Coleman stove but to cook indoors during oppressive humidity, well, no thanks.
4) Yard work…I know, I know…normally, I’m not a fan of yard work or gardening in general. As some previous posts can attest, I have tried very hard to grow a green thumb and have made several attempts at veggie gardens, flower gardens and even gardening in pots. Meh, not for me. But Fall yard work is different and more like cleaning and organizing than actual gardening. Trimming hedges, turning beds, putting my gnomes away for the winter and cleaning up the deck, I’m all for that.
5) Down time…ahhh, blessed boredom. Summer is a hectic time around here for the same reasons as everyone else but I’ve got the added busyness of 7 family birthdays between the middle of July and the first week of September. That’s a lot of dinners, presents and way more cake than my waistline needs thankyouverymuch.
So, I suppose that’s it…my top 5 favourite things about my favourite time of year. Stay tuned as I plan to start posting my favourite Fall recipes over the next few weeks.
Cabbage Rolls, Pulled Pork, Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce, Chicken Pot Pie and Beef Stew. Oh heaven’s, now I’m hungry.
September 9, 2013 § 2 Comments
Well, I’ve been ducking this post for quite a while.
I know this was supposed to be a monthly update but what can you do? Summer is short enough and I wasn’t wasting a second of it doing stuff just because I said I’d blog about it. And really, I didn’t do a whole lot of organizing over the last few months anyway.
But now that Summer is pretty much over and the cooler weather has set in, the urge to get back it has struck and I only have 4 months left before the end of the year. Yikes!
I just finished straightening up the dining room, even going so far as to remove the leaf from the dining room table that I had left in all summer. I put away all the miscellaneous stuff that tends to gather there and even put down some new place mats I got at the thrift store last week. Spiffy!
Going with the motivation from that, I tackled the top of the fridge. It always amazes me how much crap ends up, up there. I mean really? Anyway, that too is now all nice and tidy. For how long is anyone’s guess but it’s done and I took a picture just to prove that it is at least sometimes neat.
Well, that’s it for now. Later this week it’s the camping gear. We have to sort and organize it all before putting it away for another year. Le sigh. That’ll be its own post though.
Hope everyone had a great summer!
August 29, 2013 § 2 Comments
July 17, 2013 § Leave a Comment
It’s been six weeks, thereabouts, since my last post. The summer is almost half over and I have no idea where the time went.
We just got back from Niagara Falls for Daughter’s birthday, part two (we went last year) where she turned the big 18 and got herself a tattoo…yoink! Not my baby anymore indeed.
I wish I could regale you with camping stories but unfortunately our camper trailer has been in the shop for the last three weeks. Apparently its not easy to find parts for a 30 year old model. Whodathunkit?
We’re experiencing a weeks long heat wave, today we have a humidex of 43 degrees CELCIUS. That’s stupid hot no matter how you measure it. It’s one of those years where I’m bowing down in utter gratefulness for the pool, especially because we don’t have central air conditioning. One small window unit and fans is how we’re managing the heat indoors. Well, that and going to hang out at the local that does have air conditioning.
In other news, well…there is no other news. I’ve opted to skip this month’s Organize 2013 post because it’s just too darn hot to even think about organizing, let alone actually do any.
I hope you (looking at you Shady!) are having a wonderful summer so far. Perhaps cooler temps will encourage more regular posts on my part.
June 4, 2013 § 2 Comments
Well, another month and another organize update. Can you believe we’re half way through the year already?! I’m boggled to tell the truth.
In any case, Spring is fast turning into Summer and we’ve been busy with outdoor projects for the last couple of weeks. Raking, planting, weeding, digging etc…
One of the longest standing outdoor projects has been the removal and replacement of the 40 some year old shed in our backyard.
It would be a simple project except that it houses our 300 lb pool pump that needs a solid pad underneath it. Up until now, because we’ve never had one, we’ve been lucky that we’ve had no issues. In any case, that’s what this organize project is about.
Here’s the shed gone and the pool pump. Not much to see really, nonetheless, it’s a definitely a step in the right direction.
Well, I spoke too soon. Having called a couple of friends to no avail, Hubby got tired of waiting around and, citing physics as his friend, moved the pump himself. I cringed and pleaded for him to wait but I guess a man’s gotta do. In any case, he lived and didn’t even pull a muscle so I guess I overreacted. He’s nearly finished the pad and has decided that it’s much cheaper to build a custom shed ourselves (the Royal “our” I suppose) for $200 than to purchase a pre-fabricated one (that we have to put together anyway) for a minimum of twice that cost.
Hopefully it’ll all come together in the next couple of weeks and I’ll have Part 2 of the update ready.
Thanks, as always, to Shady @ UnschoolingRoyalty for inspiring and encouraging these monthly organize updates.