Well, so much for the snow…

November 30, 2010 § 4 Comments

I’m beginning to wonder whether it’s the actual weather patterns or just my age but I’m getting increasingly annoyed at how our local climate changes so drastically from day to day.

Today we’re expecting a high of 7 C (which is about mid 40’s for my American friends) and rain.  The same is being called for tomorrow except that it’s going to be even warmer.

Now, I can deal with the cold and the snow as long as it’s consistent.  This up and down however wreaks havoc on my senses and I don’t know whether I’m coming or going.  One day I need a scarf and mitts and the next I’m too hot in my winter coat.

On the bright side though, Hubby insists that we can afford to buy me a decent used car to replace the leased one we have to return.  Frankly, it’s not that big of a concern to me at the moment.  I suspect though that Hubby is more keenly aware of my moods and the first chance I get to go out and do some Christmas related running around and can’t, I’ll be much less agreeable about the whole thing.

He’s probably right.  He usually is about this stuff.  That’s what I get for being married to the same man for 15 odd years.  😀

Okay, Where am I and Who’s This Chick That’s Replaced Me

November 29, 2010 § 5 Comments

So, in addition to being really excited about Christmas for the first time in nearly three decades, I’m also not myself in the sense that pretty much the worst that can happen to me right now (barring anything truly tragic like an illness or loss of life) and I’m like, okay…whatever.

I just lost my wheels, my mode of transport, my physical freedom.  Perhaps being keenly aware that it’s totally my fault helps me to not get too upset about it.  Rest assured, if it were anyone else’s fault I’d likely be screaming bloody murder.

Anyway, the lease on my car is up today…which I only discovered today.  I really thought I had another year on my lease.  So, when the letters started coming in from the car company I just thought they were the usual promotional pamphlets and other crap they send me a few times a year and I ignored them.

Oops, my bad!

Hubby is trying to deal with them now and his last communication to me about what’s going on ended with “arseholes”, so I don’t think it’s going very well.  We were hoping to extend the lease toward buying it but apparently they want ALL the money or the car and SOME money.


See, that’s all I can muster.  Instead of any frustration, urge to curse or other such tantrum tendencies, all I can think is that it’s a great thing Hubby bought that Jeep.  Maybe this is the universe’s way of saying we should keep being a one vehicle family.

The only real problem is I don’t drive a stick and at this stage of the game, I have no real desire to learn.  It may very well be that necessity takes care of that or I’m getting a bus pass.

It’s Christmas Time!!

November 29, 2010 § 4 Comments

For reasons unknown to me, I’m more excited about Christmas this year than I remember being since I was a kid.

Normally about this time I start getting antsy about what’s not done, getting bogged down emotionally about the amount of work ahead and just plain anxious about the whole thing.

However, this year all that uncomfortableness has so far escaped me and I’ve been happily welcoming the coming of the season.  I’ve been humming Christmas tunes while cleaning and putting away the Hallowe’en decor and my birthday stuff.  I’ve been excitedly making list after list while staring out the front window at the falling snow.  I’ve even made myself hungry just thinking about cookies, pies and Christmas dinner.

Though we have yet to bring up the old (and I mean old as in nearly my age – seriously, it’s near antique status) fake evergreen, yesterday I placed the Nativity in its place of honour atop the piano.

Unfortunately, the Angel that usually hangs above baby Jesus’ head fell off while I was taking it out of the box.  For now I’ve leaned her up against a post next to the Shepherd until I get out my glue gun and set her back in her rightful place.

And today it was all about boxes, bows, labels, cards and wrapping paper…

Wait…where’s the wrapping paper?  For the first time ever in the over 20 years I’ve had my own household, I am utterly deplete of Christmas wrap.  Wow, weird.  I’m definitely going to have to stock up this year.  😀

How are your holiday preparations going?


Lost in Fiction

November 25, 2010 § 10 Comments

I’m reading Harry Potter – The Deathly Hallows right now…I’m about 2/3 the way through.  Though I had heard of the phenomenon that surrounds the young wizard, I hadn’t read the books or even seen the movies until The Prisoner of Azkaban came out.

Though I’m one of those people who eventually gets on board, I’m only inclined to buy into hype after the fervor has died down.  The thing is, now that I’ve been following along for a few years and I know I’ll finish the book before the weekend is over, I’m wondering if I might not wait until the second movie comes out before I watch the one just released.

Will I merely end up disappointed by, but no less compelled to own copies of, the surely limited theatrical versions?  Will it be Lord of the Rings all over again?

And wow, things must be pretty good around here if this is my biggest concern today.

Woohoo, I’ll happily take that.  😀

“Uh, do you have condoms?”

November 23, 2010 § 7 Comments

And yes, just like that, I threw myself into the fire of parenting a young adult male…who is incidentally still living at home.

Now there’s incentive to finally get out on your own eh?  It’s bad enough I check after him when it’s his laundry day, maybe this will finally light the flame of independence.

His response was nothing short of mortified…”Mom????!!!!”

I made no bones…

Me: What? You’re going to a young woman’s apartment, in the evening, you’re cooking dinner for her and then are planning to watch a movie, right?

Son: So?

Me: (slapping my forehead) Okay, be coy all you want. I’m just saying I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you take precautions is all.  As much as I am looking forward to being a Grandma, I’m hoping for another few years yet before I have to start knitting booties.

Son: Mom!!

Me: (channeling Sophia Petrillo from Golden Girls) Picture it!  1987, this very city.  Your father and I were teenagers shacking up in a world gone mad…okay, not really.  Still, there I was a young girl of 16 and I met your father…

Son: Okay, I get it!  Please stop.

Me: Seriously dude…(yes, I actually talk like that) when I was your age I was mere months away from getting pregnant with your sister.  You were already 6 years old.  I’m just sayin’.

Son: Fine, I’ll stop and pick some up.

And that was that.  I jumped back out of the fire and have since gone about my business as though I weren’t a bit singed on the edges.

Truth is, I don’t know if he actually did or not…pick up any condoms.  I also don’t know if he needed any.  He came home about 2:00 the next morning and since then I’ve managed to resist the urge to interrogate him.

It’s a fine line I’m walking these days, parent wise.  Just when I think I’ve gotten the hang of this balancing act…they go and tighten the rope on me.



Does This Cozy Make My Pot Look Big?

November 22, 2010 § 3 Comments

That’s immediately what came to mind when Hubby commented, “A little snug, isn’t it?” as he watched me wiggle this tea cozy onto my tea pot.

Well, you want it snug to keep the heat in don’t ya?  Besides, it yanks off real easy so there’s no worries about spilling a pot full of tea just trying to get the cozy off.  (Oh man, you wouldn’t believe the jokes I’m telling myself…but this is a family blog so I’ll refrain and just let you all imagine your own dirty puns.)

Anyway, that’s the tea cozy and the pot that goes with it, that I made out of the leftover curtain fabric.  It was a fun, quick sewing project that I really enjoyed.

Instead of re-inventing the wheel as it were, I’m just going to link to Beth @ The Rusty Bobbin where I got the idea and a basic pattern.  Her instructions were clear, easy to follow and came with some very helpful photos.  Her site is fast becoming a favourite of mine.



Trade Ya! – Peanut Butter Cookies

November 22, 2010 § 3 Comments

Okay, here’s the deal…

I’m going to post one of my favourite cookie recipes and if you’re up for it, you post your own favourite cookie recipe on your blog and link back here.  I’m hoping we’ll start a chain reaction of recipes that people can refer to for the upcoming holiday season.

My recipe is classic Peanut Butter Cookies…

1 cup of softened unsalted butter
1 cup of smooth peanut butter (crunchy is fine if you prefer it)
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of packed brown sugar

Stir well

Add 2 lightly beaten eggs
1 tsp of vanilla

In a seperate bowl mix together until well blended

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp of salt
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda

Add dry ingredients 1/2 cup at a time to butter mixture
Stir until well blended and dough is soft and pliable

Roll cookies into 1″ balls and place evenly on an unbuttered cookie sheet
With a floured fork, press down on each ball leaving an impression

Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for about 12 minutes

Makes 4 dozen cookies

Okay folks, your turn now.


And Moving On…

November 22, 2010 § 6 Comments

I had a great day Saturday, lots of one on one time with myself and great meal with my family here at home.  No fuss, no muss.  I got a host of perfect for me presents from a webcam with built in mic to a basket loaded with all kinds of lavender bath stuff.

Anywho, as always once my birthday has passed my mind immediately wanders to getting ready for Christmas.  I’m debating putting off my kitchen redo until the New Year as I’m planning to do a lot of baking and I’m hosting dinner for the in laws this year.

I want to shake up the meal some this year, as much as love my standard dishes, I’m eager to try a more diverse menu. Any and all recipe recommendations are greatly appreciated.  What are your family’s holiday favourites?

Well, until I get out the Christmas decor, because first I have to clean up and make room for it all, I will have to rely on this pic from last year of Herc under the tree…

in order to get the ball rolling on the ol’ yuletide spirit.   😀

Happy Birthday To Me

November 19, 2010 § 3 Comments

Tomorrow is my birthday and Hubby is taking Daughter out for the day so I get the house to myself.

A whole day to wander, ponder, putter and do whatever I want.  I’m not sure exactly what I will do but I know what I won’t be doing…


I’ll be surprised if I even bother to get dressed.  No, I won’t be running around naked…it’s -5 C here…but I likely will not get out of my jammies.

I’m so looking forward to it.

Have a great weekend folks.


As Long As I’m Still Trying

November 18, 2010 § 22 Comments

Ran into a long lost friend
More than that, a big piece of our past

People who knew us way back when
People who knew the best of

Back when we believed we would conquer
Back when we were pioneers

When we were all for one and all for the vision
When we were an enviable group of gatherers

People with whom we shared our strengths and weaknesses
People with whom we were a totally unrelated family

At first, it was a taken aback surprise
Until the words flowed and we were sharing like no time had passed

And maybe I’m naive to think we could go back
But as long as I’m still trying

Then I know it’s not my fault, then I can be sure
Then I know it’s a matter of time despite my intentions pure

And it reminded me how much I miss
And it set me to challenge myself, to be braver

We’re not dead yet and I have yet to forget
How much you still mean to me

As long as I’m still trying

Where Am I?

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