What’s in a Gnome?

May 31, 2011 § 4 Comments

Okay, so it seems you all (all three of you who read my blog) are asking for an update on my little Gnome family.  First a little history.

For Mother’s Day last year I received my first Gnome as a gift from Hubby.  I never expressed, or had for that matter, much interest in them but Hubby saw one and thought I’d like it.  It was LOVE at first sight.  He was just so darn cute.

This is him, Bob.  Because I was new to Gnome adoption I had no idea that the little critters like to be named.  Not being able to come up with one on my own, I held a blog contest to Name my Gnome.  Cate’s daughter B won the draw and the rest, as they say, is history.  At the moment Bob’s job is to guard the garden supplies and just be his adorable self.

This is Noliet, nope not a Gnome but an equally valuable member of my garden family.  She got her name from Shady’s daughter Princess who suggested it for the contest.  I liked the name so much that even though someone else won, I knew I would use it and as soon as I saw this little froggy, she was Noliet.  Noliet is in Hubby’s veggie garden watching over the beans.

This is Mr. Gigglesworth, another suggestion from my contest.  Doesn’t his name suit him?  I giggle every time I look at him.  He’s in my veggie patch, though he’s too busy smiling to worry about the squirrels that got at my onion bulbs.  But who can stay mad at a face like that?

This is Fred.  He’s named after Hubby’s father who passed away before we met.  My father’s name is Bob so I thought it fitting to pass on another patriarchal moniker.  Fred is on planter patrol, a job he seems to have no trouble working into his tinkering schedule.

These little guys are the twins, Merry and Pippin.  They’re much smaller than the others and so they live indoors and keep a watchful eye on the house plants.  They usually do a good job but every so often the turn their backs and a frisky cat will knock over the aloe vera.

There you have it folks.  I hope you enjoyed reading about my Gnomes as much as I did writing about them.  😀


Project 2011 – Week Twenty-One

May 27, 2011 § 7 Comments

Another week, another Project 2011 post.  I’m rather impressed with myself that I’m still plugging away at it.  I’m not generally known for my sticktoitiveness and I often give up on things like personal goals relatively quickly.

I’ve been looking at the last few months as practice of sorts. I haven’t really made nearly as much progress on my goals as I would have liked or thought back in January that I could by now.

After much thought and deliberation, I’m going to augment my Project 2011 – with a Summer 2011 goals list.  The intention is to take the mediocre progress I’ve made and really put in the effort for better and more satisfying results.

So here we go:

1) Project 2011 – Increase my physical activity.  I got plenty of exercise this week helping my friend with her garden and then working on my own.  We also got our gazebo up and I got some planters made.  The best part is that all of that exercise was outdoors in the fresh air.  Bonus.

Summer 2011 – Lose 20lbs.  I know I’ve said before that the extra weight isn’t that much of a concern. I’m a liar. It bothers the heck out of me.  Having spent most of my life underweight, my psyche is having a very hard time processing the extra pounds.  The worst part is that I know it’s because of too much fat, sugar and wine in my diet and not enough healthy food and proper exercise.

2) Project 2011 – Work on my novel.  I think I’ve written two out of the lasts twenty-one posts where I actually made progress with this goal.  It’s not so much an aversion to finishing it as it is never really seeing it as anything more than a cute hobby. It’s difficult to make time for something you don’t take seriously.

Summer 2011 – Write at least two pages EVERY DAY.  The reality is, I have the time. I don’t work outside the home and despite the fact that we homeschool, Daughter is almost 16 and very independent.  I have to really let myself believe that it’s a good story and one that’s worth writing down.

3) Project 2011 – Kinder to myself.  I’m happy to say that this is becoming a habit that is doing wonders for my emotional and mental health.  Who knew that being nice to yourself would help you have more faith in the world and people in general?

Summer 2011 – I’m going to keep this one as is because it’s working for me.

4) Do something crafty. For the last couple of weeks this has been put on the back burner while I’ve been cleaning, purging and sorting the contents of my home.  It’s very hard to feel inspired to be creative when you’re surrounded by boxes and piles of crap. A trip to the local donation centre is definitely in order to help with this.

Summer 2011 – Finish knitting Daughter’s Dr. Who scarf.  15 months is a LONG time to be working on the same darn project and while it’s not at all complicated, it just seems to be never ending.  Also, I’m anxious to get started on knitting socks for next winter…not something I’m willing to even consider while I still have the scarf looming over me.  (geddit?)

5) This goal is already a Summer 2011 one – working on my gardens.  So far, it’s going very well. I’m finding that I really enjoy planting flowers and veggies and it makes me feel immensely satisfied.  Though it has been raining pretty constantly for going on a month now, I’ve taken advantage of every break to get some flowers in and my veggies started.

Looking forward to checking out how everyone else is doing.

Gardening and Other Adventures…

May 25, 2011 § 8 Comments

First off, I finally got finished with the Lego.  I ended up tossing out a small pile at the end because I couldn’t take it anymore.  So most of it is now packed up and ready to be given away but I did keep some of our more treasured sets and pieces.  You never know when I might have the urge to tinker with them.  😀

The rain has held off for today so we’re looking at our third day in a row of mostly sunshine.  We took full advantage and set up our gazebo…

on the deck.  And yes, it was raining when I took the picture. I did say “mostly” sunshine.  😀

The best thing I got done though is my downsized veggie garden.  A tomato plant, rhubarb, peas, green onions, lettuce, basil and oregano.  If it were a piece of art I’d call it “Evolution of a Salad”.  Anyway, because this is the first time I’ve tried to grow veggies on this side of the yard, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

How’s your week so far?

I Can See Clearly Now…

May 24, 2011 § 5 Comments

…the blur has gone.

Seriously, I knew that my eyes were tired and sore at the end of the day. I knew that I had trouble reading small print up close. But it wasn’t until I actually tried on a pair of reading glasses and noticed the difference that I realized…well, the difference.

With the glasses on, I don’t have to squint and despite how subtle, there’s a definite feeling of relief.

My new profile pic is one Hubby just took.  I still haven’t decided how I feel about my new look.

Holiday Weekend

May 22, 2011 § 4 Comments

It’s Victoria Day Weekend here in Canada.  A tribute to our Royalist beginnings but more a celebration of the beginning of summer and the very temporary legalization of fireworks.

This year though, Spring took so long in coming that most of us are just taking advantage of the break from the constant rain to work outside in our gardens, get summer vehicles ready for the road and just gripe about the unusual amount of rain.

And by that I mean the day and half we just had without rain that ended in rain just a short time ago.  It is pouring as I write this, with thunderstorms predicted in the next few hours.  We might even lose power.


I LOVE thunderstorms and losing power. It’s like an adventure. We light candles and maybe even a fire, we get scared by the thunder but know it can’t hurt us and we live a more minute to minute existence.  Maybe it’s just me, but I find it exhilarating and tons of fun.

Still, I’ll never understand people who like roller coasters.  Yikes.


Project 2011 – Week Twenty

May 19, 2011 § 5 Comments

Our fearless leader Cate @ Moments of Whimsy is MIA so far this week.  Not to worry though, I know she’s a busy lady with a lot on her plate right now and that she needs us to have her back and keep the project going.  So ladies, let’s keep at ‘er.

This week, I…well…I…

Okay, I pouted because it’s been raining EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Every morning I’ve woken up to grey skies, wet gardens and the steady fall of rain drops.

So I turned my attention inward and have continued on with my now bordering on obsessive need to tidy, organize and clean.  It’s not a bad thing, I know.  But mid purge, it looks like cupboards of crap have exploded in every room of my house.

In my head I know what’s going on.  That pile there is being donated, that pile there needs to be sorted, that pile there is waiting for garbage day and that pile there…I don’t know yet what I’m doing with that pile there.

This morning though the rain stopped. No, the clouds did not part and sunshine did not fall with gentle warmth onto the landscape.  The rain just stopped.  Good enough!

I went outside and dumped 4 bags of fresh composty type dirt onto the garden under my tree. I reveled in the humidity and hard work of carrying, dumping and raking it all out.  I even thought about how I could translate the experience into my novel and I pat myself on the back for a job well done.

Physical Activity – done
Worked on Novel – done
Kinder to Myself – done
Did Something Crafty – nope
Worked on Gardens – done

Gee, and to think when I started this post I thought the week was a write off.  Off to check out how everyone else is doing.  😀

Lego My Memory

May 17, 2011 § 8 Comments

Along with purging Daughter’s room and cleaning out the closets came a virtual treasure trove of Lego.

Pictured is about half of it.  There are buckets worth of coloured bricks and various pieces, all mismatched and dusty.  I tried really hard not to think about how much we paid for all of it…I mean, seriously…that shit’s expensive.

I’m still not yet sure what I want to do with it all but the idea in the lead is to give most of it to a friend’s son.  In any case, the lot needs to be cleaned and sorted.

So while I’m doing that…washing and drying and sorting…I’m also remembering.  Sweet memories of building imaginary places, the hours spent sorting sizes and colours for just the right look and of laughing ourselves silly as we crashed it all down.

I was just looking to be nice and not give away dust laden toys.  I wasn’t counting on the emotional attachment.  I mean really, it’s just Lego for goodness sake.

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