A Blog Award!

September 30, 2010 § 7 Comments

How cool is this?  My dear friend Cate @ Moments of Whimsy has graciously awarded me the “Cherry on Top” Award for “beautiful blogs with that little bit extra”.  I’m tickled as pink as the lovely graphic up there.

The rules are that I answer a question, pass the award along to 6 of my favourite blog writers and of course let them know I did so and then thank the person who gave me the award.

So here goes…

1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you, and what would it be?

Actually, the answer would have to be no, I wouldn’t go back and change one thing.  There are so many things that I would change if I could go back that limiting myself to just one would be like eating just one potato chip…get real.  😀  Seriously though, my mistakes, missteps and acts of poor judgement have only encouraged me to try harder to avoid regrets and to live my life more aware of how my choices affect others.

2. Pass the other award along to 6 of your favourite blog writers.

Colleen @ The New Unschooler is one of my dearest bloggy friends and it feels like we’ve been in the trenches together forever.  Colleen’s unabashed posts and gripping honesty has made me braver and more willing to share the highs and lows of unschooling teenagers and of life in general.  Moreover, I am always inspired by her fearlessness in traveling the world, opening her heart and home to friends and strangers alike and her generosity…did you know she spearheaded a campaign to build a library in Africa?

Shady Lady @ Unschooling Royalty is an awesome lady whose kindness and thoughtfulness is only surpassed by her adoration of Lizard King and Princess.  Shady writes passionately about being a later in life Mommy, her struggles and her passion for and joy in unschooling her daughter.  I can always rely on Shady for a supportive word, a round of applause or even just a virtual hug when it’s needed most.

Lisa @ What the Heck Was She Thinking is a kindred spirit and she rocks my world.  Lisa is an in your face, in the best way possible, soul who just puts it all out there.  Her posts are honest, hilarious and with just enough cheek to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Dana @ Roscommon Acres is this century’s Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Documenting her large family’s move to the country, Dana writes poignant and riveting posts about the adventures she and her brood face. Writing about everything from scaring off coyotes with a box of cereal to watching part of her land go up in smoke to homeschooling 5 kids (with another on the way) to the loss of a beloved family pet.  I have literally sat on the edge of my seat while reading her blog and I never ceased to be moved and impressed by her writing skills.

Heather @ Swiss Army Wife writes posts that are a grab bag of powerful and eloquently expressed insights about unschooling and living a freer life, interesting things like beekeeping and the adventures there in and gluten-free baking…particularly cupcakes.  Really, go check out her site and tell me you didn’t drool.

Okay, I’m going to beg out at 5 because including Cate (who gave me the award) that pretty much covers my blogging community.

3.  Thank the person who gave you the award.

Cate, you are the big sister I never had, never met and who lives over 8,000 miles away.  There are days when a simple comment from you on my blog can change my entire outlook and make me feel truly cared about.  It’s been one of the greatest pleasures in my life to get to know you, share our commonalities and revel in our differences…though there aren’t too many of the latter.  😉

Thank you so much for this award and moreover, for your friendship…I truly treasure it.


Three Plus Two Equals Mayhem or Not

September 27, 2010 § 6 Comments

When Son moved back in a few weeks ago, he brought with him two dependents.  No, not children…phew.  As much as have pined for a baby in the last few years, I know I’m not ready to adopt the moniker of Grandma.

Not yet anyway.  😀

Meet Strippers…

She’s really timid and I was surprised when she sat and actually posed for this pic.  She hardly comes out of Son’s room and that’s usually only when he’s home and is sitting in the living room.  Most definitely she is Son’s cat and they truly adore each other.

Then there’s Panther…

I absolutely LOVE how the light is reflecting from her eyes in this pic.  I can’t tell you how well it defines this kitten’s personality.  She is such a little firecracker!  She’ll easily spend 20 minutes bounding back and forth through a series of rooms chasing shadows and having the time of her life.

When Son moves out, he’s taking Strippers and we’re keeping Panther.

So, how do our 3 cats feel about this…

The two that could be reached declined to comment.  Herc and Rosie were found napping and expressing little to no interest while Darth could not even be located.

Five cats…sheesh!

A Meme – Fantasy Edition

September 27, 2010 § 3 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve had a meme come my way and I thought I’d make one up.  I don’t formally tag for these things but I do enjoy reading people’s answers so if you want to steal it please feel free.  Just leave me a comment to let me know so I can check out your answers.

1. If you suddenly came into enough money to do whatever you wanted, what would that be?

Build a Medieval Theme Park.  No kidding, I would buy a large plot of land and build a medieval village.  I would host medieval fairs, SCA events, LARPing activities and class trips for kids to experience medieval life.  There would also be rustic camping facilities, a water source for swimming and fishing and gardens both floral and vegetable for people to get hands on experience mucking about in the dirt.

2. What is your ideal vacation?

A castle tour through Europe. I would just love to tour Europe and visit famous medieval castles and estate sites.  The tower of London holds particular fascination for me.

3. Do you have a favourite fantasy novel?

“LOTR – The Two Towers” is my all time favourite fantasy novel.  Not that I didn’t enjoy the other two books in the series but I got really swept away by the love story between Eowyn and Faramir…sadly, as far as I’m concerned, the movies did not even come close to doing that part justice.

4. If an alien craft came down from the sky and you were offered a tour of the galaxy, would you go?  Why or why not?

Not a chance!  I don’t even like to fly in an airplane…no way you’re getting me out of earth’s orbit.  This is where Hubby and I would part ways as he sees it as the chance of a lifetime.  😀

5. If you could have a lunch date with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?

I would have to say Marguerite D’Youville.  Canada’s first patron saint, she founded the Grey Nuns in the mid 1700’s to acquire funding from the Catholic Church in order to assist the poorest and most vulnerable people in her community.  In 1991 I graduated from a school for young single mothers called the Youville Centre, so named in her honour.

I would love to discuss with her the hardships she experienced and let her know that the work she did made a significant difference in the lives of so many others, even over 200 years later.

Okay, I can’t think of any more fantasy type questions so I’ll leave it here.  Please feel free to add on to this meme if you’re so inclined and let me know of your answers.

Happy Monday!

More Rain and Other Stuff

September 21, 2010 § 5 Comments

It’s wet again here – another week of rain forecast for this week.  At least we had a really nice weekend and I got to enjoy my deck two days in a row.

Daughter’s application for her High School courses is ready to go and as soon as we get our hands on the final piece of required documentation, she’ll be all set.  Yikes, my baby is starting high school!  Yay, it’s totally her decision and she’s really excited about it!  😀

She also starts an Improv class this week that she’s really looking forward to.  It’s so refreshing to see, especially being the introvert she usually is, putting herself out there and really loving something so extroverted.  It also helps that I took theatre in college and it’s like watching her follow in my footsteps.  With the added joy of knowing her feet are much more firmly gripped than mine were.  😉

Son is settling nicely into his new job and is making the most of the opportunity to set himself back on the right track.  By the end of December he’ll have everyone he owes paid back and have over $2,000 saved up.

Hubby and I have agreed to use the opportunity of Son being home (with the ensuing support) to pay for a college course that he is keen on taking.  The local community college offers a Bartender course, complete with Smart Serve certification (a provincial prerequisite if you want to work as a server of alcohol) and Son is really excited.

I’m just basking in the glow of happy, mostly grown up, making their own decisions kids right now.  😀

But still, I’m not forgetting that I’m my own person and my medieval dabblings are slow going but they are still moving and I’ve managed to get some content together for my website.  I still have tons of pictures to take, costume projects to finish and a PayPal account to set up.

Along with all that, I’ve really wanted to get some landscaping done.  I want to plant bulbs under the maple in front so come spring I’ll have flowers.  I was also hoping, now that the deck is done, to start attacking the overgrowth in the backyard.

Bob the Gnome and his friends are buried under foot tall Dusty Miller, weeds  and some really tall yellow flowers that look like Black-eyed Susan but aren’t that have come across the fence from the neighbour’s yard.

It’s rather a mess out there but with rain being called for the next seven days…meh, I highly doubt I’ll get to it any time soon.


Maybe It’s My Almost Forty

September 20, 2010 § 1 Comment

You stand there just so and I second look
As a fire builds like I’m twenty and we just met

You smile an innocent grin and I melt
Feeling all aflame down under

I’ve shared your bed for over 15 years
And yet my passion for you still brings me to tears

Conversely, I’ve screamed my distaste right in your face
I’ve held my hand up in a no longer willing stance

I watched you walk both away and back
You’ve watched me do the same

And maybe it’s my almost forty
But there’s no man sexier to me than you

And just looking at you gets me all worked up
And just being around you makes me want to get funky

Maybe it’s my almost forty
Maybe it’s just because you’re still here

In any case…
What are you up to tonight?

Summer’s Over – It’s Official

September 17, 2010 § 1 Comment

It’s officially the end of Summer for us when we close the pool – last year notwithstanding when we didn’t close it until the 1st of November…but that was sheer laziness on our part.

In any case, this weekend we’re closing the pool for the season but we’re still hoping for a nice enough October to at least enjoy our new deck for another couple of weeks.

The new roof is on and the rain held off long enough that our chimney is finally done too.  And now I’m looking forward to the first fire of the season.  Nothing says comfort like the smell of burning wood, the warmth of the flames and a hot toddy in hand.

I have to admit that it was a bit rough going these last few weeks with the overwhelming humidity, the air conditioning dying and a constant barrage of workmen coming and going.  There were a few days in there when my frustration had me in tears.

And as I predicted, I really did miss camping this year. I went up to my friend’s cottage for a weekend and that was nice but all in all it was like tasting a yummy cake without actually getting to eat an entire piece.  Mmmmm cake.

All things considered though, that small sacrifice allowed us to put enough money and time into the house to increase the overall value by 10%.  That’s not chump change and though it’ll mean a quiet winter and a very modest Christmas, it also means that come next Spring there will be no looming expenses.

In the 12 and a half years we’ve owned this house, that’s NEVER happened.  It is such an awesome relief.

It also helps that we are finally the Jones’ (as in keeping up with) in that everyone who comes by admits to being a little envious of our updated digs.

Frankly, if it weren’t mine, I would be too.  😉

I hope that’s not bragging and just homeowner pride…ah well, if it is bragging, too bad…we’ve earned it.

She Wants a New Look

September 15, 2010 § 4 Comments

Daughter very recently begged me to cut her hair.

Now we’re talking, all one length, nearly sitting on, Crystal Gayle type locks here folks.

It was not easy for me to do and I tried to insist that we let a professional do it.  But she was adamant that she wanted it done with.

So I put her hair in a ponytail and snipped…midway through she asked, “So can I colour my hair?”

Oh, okay.  Innocently I asked, “Do you want to go lighter or darker?”

She replied, “I was thinking blue and red streaks.”

Oh, Lord!  😀

She wasn’t exactly sure the look she wanted so I did up the following pics to help her decide…

Anyone want to guess which one she chose?

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