Sunday, August 28, 2011

Somebody Cares

Somebody knows when your heart aches,
And everything seems to go wrong,
Somebody knows when the shadows
Need chasing away with a song;
Somebody knows when you're lonely,
Tired, discouraged and blue;
Somebody wants you to know Him,
And know that He dearly loves you.

Somebody knows when you're tempted,
And your mind grows dizzy and dim;
Somebody cares when you're weakest,
And farthest away from Him;
Somebody grieves when you've fallen,
You never are lost from His sight;
Somebody waits for your coming,
And He'll drive the gloom from the night.

Somebody loves you when you're weary,
Somebody loves you when you're strong,
Somebody's waiting to help you,
He watches you - one of the throng,
Needling His friendship so holy,
Needing His watchful care so true,
His Name? We call His name "Jesus"
He loves every one, He loves you!

Author unknown

Friday, August 26, 2011

Art Exhibition

I had a conversation the other day about stuff on the fridge.  With kids heading back to a new school season and parents clearing the fridge to make room for new class schedules and the hopeful new A+ report card, I'm just cleaning my fridge and putting back everything that's there.  Sure I may not have kids of my own but let me tell you, I have a fridge load of artwork!

Let me explain...  This artwork below was drawn by my nephew "J", it's the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in case you were wondering what those green men were.  The winged red-eye character is Batman and the orange spider looking character is Spiderman.  This is stuck with magnets to the side of our fridge.  It has been there for years.  When he was little he loved those comic book characters!


Another one of my nephews, also holds the initial "J", was a big Harry Potter fan when it first came out in the cinema many years ago.  I'm not sure if he ever read the books but I do know for sure that he's seen all the films.  He even had a colouring book and coloured this Harry Potter page for me! 


This pretty drawing I received from a little girl at church!  I had stitched her something to put on her bedroom door and in return she gave me artwork!  I told her I'd put it on my fridge and that's exactly what I did.  How cute is it that she's wearing  glasses?  I think she drew me!!!


Believe it or not, the drawing below is supposed to be a portrait of my husband!  My nephew.... who is, yet another...with the initial "J" drew this one night when we babysat him and his sister.  He laughed when he showed us the drawing and I liked it so much it made part of the art exhibit on our fridge!


Below is a colouring page that my nephew "B" did for me.  I like how he coloured it in, he tried to put "I Love You" on the blackboard in the drawing.  I thought that was so sweet!



Below is a drawing of the beach that I received from my niece "M" when she was I think only 2 years old.  Her family had just come back from a beach vacation and I asked for some artwork for our fridge and she drew the beach.  See, look closely, you've got the blue waves of the ocean, and the brown sand.  Then she prettied it up by gluing some fun foam shapes to it that include a heart, a circle an upside down number 5 and a backwards number 7.  The rooster is a magnet holding it to the fridge and not part of the artwork by the way.



My niece "S" coloured this angel drawing for me!  Two of them actually, one is a male angel, the other is a female angel!  One is on the front of the fridge, the other on the side of the deep freezer.


Let's not forget the school artwork that kids bring home.  My nephew "B", the same darling who gave me a colouring page, also gave me autumn leaves glued to a paper.  You know, all kids do that in art class come autumn.  Most of the leaves have since dried up and fallen off.  I did my best to preserve it since I've had it for about ten years now believe it or not... as you can see there are only three browning leaves still hanging on to the wrinkled page (two near the top, one near the bottom of photo).  I also kept the tag from a Christmas gift I'd received from him.  The magnet that says "Sue" I got from him a few years back when he went on vacation.  He said they didn't have Susan so he got the next best thing!  How sweet is that!


"B" also drew my goldfish.  When he was about 2 years old I had a goldfish I promptly named "mister fish".  He drew me a picture of mister fish, see, the blue water and the goldfish swimming around.  (use your imagination ok, he was two at the time he drew this). 





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Project 365: Jul.18-Aug.22


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Finally I'm getting up to speed on Project 365 
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 Did I mention that as fun as this is, it is quite difficult for me!  Good thing I'm not being graded on this as I'd be bringing home a failing grade!

Ok so I'm going to pick up where I left off according to the photos on my ipod. 




Monday July 18



Took that photo of the sunset. Pretty hard to see since it's an ipod photo but if you look up in the sky you can see the round sun.  The photo doesn't do it nearly any justice!

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Tuesday July 19


This broken garbage lid drove me nuts because not only does it look really sloppy, but the squirrels can now get into that can.  I'm not a fan of squirrels.

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Wednesday July 20



I jogged in a different location today and spotted this drain hole marked for repair.  What bugged me about it is I'd just passed one in far worse condition that wasn't marked for repair so I have to wonder if the folks at the city works would like to borrow my glasses.



I had a really good run today, my tee shirt was drenched when I finished.  I know, it's kind of gross to photograph a sweat drenched tee but I had to for the sake of this blog! *grins*
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Wednesday July 27



I really don't like when cars stop at the red light but they stop all over the desgnated section marked for pedestrians.  Check that car, he's well over the thick black line where he's supposed to be BEHIND.  He really should just run the red light and be done with it eh.

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Wednesday August 3


Sunrise!  And if you look close you can see the lit cross atop St. Joseph's Oratory.  I took the bus this morning and had to snap that.

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Thursday August 11


Advertisement posted on a bus shelter.  It's in french but it pretty much translates as follows:
All Alone
Hello, My name is Antoine and I am a young caucasian male of 25 years.  I'm looking to end my solitude and am looking for a young female to fall in love with.  Regardless of origines, race, my ideal female always loves me, always with me.  I'm considered sympathetic, agreable, optomistic, serious, easy and open and I've got lots of passion.  blah blah blah.... If interested please email antoineaz86@gmail.com  he's waiting. 



This photo is grainy, sorry, but it's of a guy photographing the large flowers on the street medium.

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Friday August 12



University de Montreal in the distance.

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Saturday August 13



Took this terrible shot of the moon from my window.  Believe me, the moon looked really nice that night, just that my photo came out real crappy.

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Monday August 15



I've always wanted to stitch these magnets and finally I did.  They are about 4 inches long and about 1.5 inches deep.  They curve in at the top and bottom so are filled with fiberfill.  They're so cute.  Was going to sell them on etsy but there seems to be too many sellers and not many buyers over there so I'm going to wait til Halloween and give them to the two little girls in church.   Besides, I get greater pleasure giving away my crafts than selling them.... for once laziness has nothing to do with it!

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Tuesday August 16


Check out this beauty! 

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Wednesday August 17



Made chicken and dumplings in the small slow cooker.  Found the recipe on line from blog hopping.  Someone had posted it on a monday make thing I think... I can't really remember but I'm sure I got it from noseying about on blogspot and that it was on someones link up blog hop thingamajigs.



The dumplings called for ready made biscuit dough but I only found croissant dough which did NOT make good dumplings I may add... however, the left over dough did make some real good croissants.  Next time I won't use my pizza pan to bake em because that thing is a hot mess, so not photogenic!

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Saturday August 20



Family picnic at Mount Royal Park.  Or "beaver lake" as it's been known to us.  We went up there just before noon, stayed til about eight pm.  Had a lovely day with family.  My brother was in from Ontario visiting with his family.  My nephew loved the ducks....



He was feeding them hotdog buns and they were swarming him!  He loves animals I hope he grows up to be a vet or something like that.  Oh and by the way, the pink flip flops he's wearing are his moms!  He didn't want to get his white sneakers wet and muddy by the lake!  How cute is that!!

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Monday August 22



Strolled through the card section of a drug store and spotted the Thanksgiving Day cards on display... and right alongside them were the Halloweeen Cards.  What, no Back To School cards?  Can you imagine... a Hallmark card that says "Glad you're going back now I can sleep in".  *giggles*

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And there you have it!  Until next time....



Monday, August 22, 2011

A Minute In Susan's Mind


Why are Monday's so difficult to handle?  I woke up pretty early, went for a short jog because I had to (I'd slacked off too much last week).  It looked like it was about to storm, was very windy and dark and I was tired/lazy/achy so I kept it short and sweet.  Today just felt like a very loooooonnnnngggg Monday!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Footprints


Footprints

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.

Carolyn Carty, 1963




Thankful Thursday


Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful that I am able to recognize my mistakes.  Actually, I'm thankful that God points them out to me from time to time.  Most recently I've been judging someone based on their current life choices and someone else based on a past incident and it's caused me to become angry, spiteful, resentful and just down right mean. 

It took a few choice words from someone I look up to saying "we're there to pick them up if they fall"  that caught my attention. 

That statement caused me to pause for a moment. 

To stop and ask myself why didn't I think of that! 

Later on I prayed to God asking that my tongue be held when something angry is about to slip past my lips.  That my spitefulness and resentfulness be replaced with gratitude.  That my mean spirit be replaced with a loving and joyful one. 

God wasted no time in answering that prayer!  Thank you!!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Fab 40

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and here is todays Hodgepodge....

1. Using what's in your frig right now what sort of meal would you be able to make for guests who are knocking at the front door this very minute?

Let's just say I hope my visitors already ate before knocking on my door!  I can make them a bologna sandwich and we could wash it down with some apple juice.  Grocery day is Friday so there's more cold air in the fridge right now than food items.

2. What is something about yourself that you hope will change but that probably never will?

My pesimistic view on things.  I try hard to always see the glass half full but most of the time it's half empty.  It's not that I don't want to see the good in things or that I don't like to "think positive" and claim that I'm being "realistic"... it's just that I'm always looking for the bottom to fall out.  I've been praying for my attitude to change and I find that since I've taken this issue to God I've been less likely to think negatively but I still do from time to time.  I guess with more prayer and being more self aware I will notice more the silver lining than the dark storm cloud it surrounds.

3. What's something about yourself that you hope will never change?

My sense of humor.  No matter what the situation is, I can always find humor in it.  Like when I popped a button on my pants a couple months ago, instead of stressing that I needed to shed some pounds I cracked up because I could have taken someones eye out with that button the way it flew across the room!  I hope my sense of humor never changes!

4. Do you usually send serious or funny greeting cards? Why?

Most of the time and depending on who the recipient is.  I always send my brother funny birthday cards saying he's "over-the-hill" but I'll send my mom a serious one.  Christmas cards are always serious and never with funny images on the cover.  Like I said, it depends on who I'm sending them to and what the occasion is.

5. Bird watching, shell gathering, or star gazing- your choice for whiling away the hours?

Star gasing!  I love watching the stars.  Problem with living in the city is the street lights make it difficult to admire the stars properly.  I remember in September 2009 when my husband and I went on a cruise, our first night we sat on deck and watched the stars.  They were so beautiful they took my breath away.  I admit, that's one thing I'm looking forward to on our next cruise in the spring, I hope we have at least one clear night so we can watch the stars!

6. Do you double or triple check things? If so, what?

I double check if I unplugged the iron on Sunday mornings before leaving for Church.  On more than one occasion I left the house with it plugged in and still turned on!   I double check the doors are locked before going to bed or when I leave the house.  I think I've got some sort of memory lapse thing going on or I'm just obsessive compulsive...

7. What's your favorite place for people watching?

Shopping malls!  My sister and I used to sit on a bench in front of the shopping mall eating peanuts and people watching.  Looking at their outfits to see if their shoes match the outfit they're wearing.  We were younger then and didn't realize that footwear should be comfortable not fashionable!  We obviously know better now that age caught up with us!  LOL

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I can't wait for winter!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Football Season

Football season is upon us yet again.  I love football!  And yes, I can actually say I am a fan of our Montreal Alouettes!  The winner of the Grey Cup two years in a row.  Back to back wins agains that green team who lost the first cup because of too many men on the field. 

Ouch, that's gotta hurt!

I'm not clear on the rules of Canadian football but who cares, it's pretty much the same as American football and yes, I love me some American football too. 

Tony likes the Dallas Cowboys, that's been "his team" since back in the day and he's really loyal to watch every possible game they play.  And yes, he's also a loyal Montreal Alouettes fan as well.   As for me, when it comes to supporting an American team, I just pick a team a season and go with the flow... mostly to annoy Tony.  Last season I supported the Minnesota Vikings because my husband was annoyed with Brett Favre.  This year I'm supporting the Colts even though I have no clue which city they're in.  I just know that Tony has no love lost for the Colts so that should make for a fun moment in front of the television set eh!  *giggles*  

I read that the Eagles are the team to watch this season since they're scooping up lots of large talent and are "the team" that could possibly make the Super Bowl but no, I'll stick to annoying my husband supporting the Colts.  But in the meantime, wow, those Montreal Alouettes play a wicked game! 

Go Als Go!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Esty Issue

There's one thing that I noticed about etsy and it's bugging me like crazy.  

The currency exchange.

I hadn't really paid much attention these past couple times I surfed etsy to see what's there, and stumbled onto something I really liked and would actually consider buying but this morning I noticed something... an item selling for approximately $2.00 American I would have to pay $2.05 Canadian to purchase it.  Whereas on ebay and item selling for approximately $2.00 American would convert to $1.96 Canadian. 

The conversions on ebay are more realistic since the Canadian dollar is currently worth more than the American.  I woudn't be grumbling if the exchange was dollar for dollar and a couple pennies really ain't much but I'm just not feeling etsy's conversion rates, which is quite upsetting since I really wanted to purchase that cute item I saw. 

Kind of makes me rethink the whole "selling on etsy" thing all together! 

Ok, it's early in the morning, I'm tired, I'm apparently kind of cranky too so take this blog with a grain of salt eh!.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Etsy

I'm giving in to peer pressure! 

I know, I know, how often does THAT happen eh?!

I've constantly been told that I should consider selling some of the crafts I make.  Mostly I just make Christmas ornaments or magnets, just knick knacks that keep my hands and mind occupied while the rest of me tries to relax and unwind.  So, I've opened an account at Etsy.  I had one before but only to shop but never really used it so I deleted it and re-created a new account so that I can eventually turn it into a store and what happens happens. 

I'm not looking for big sales, in all honesty, I'd be surprised if I get a sale at all but since family and friends keep nagging me to sell them or to "make more so I can sell them for you"..... I'm taking on Etsy. 

I'm going to post a few crafts on the site by September and if they don't sell within the time frame for each upload, then I'll just take em off the site and give em away at church!  Sounds like a plan that will make everyone happy!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge She Sells Sea Shells

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1. If you could work for any one government agency which would you choose and why?

I'd have to go with the Department of Immigration. I recently read a story how the Canadian gov't wants to deport an asian family simply because their son has a life threatening illness. Meanwhile the guy with a criminal record of spousal abuse gets to stay. I try my best to keep up with what's going on in our country with regards to the government but sometimes I get so angry! ugh!!!

2. How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologize?

It's fairly easy to forgive someone who refuses to apologize. I just think of it as a way of getting past the conflict and moving forward. If I were to wait for an apology from some folks I'd still be waiting and will likely be annoyed by the fact and then it'll turn me into a sourpuss. So just forgive and move on!

3. What is your favorite meatless supper?

A bowl of cornflakes but that's only if husband isn't home LOL.... Otherwise it'd be vegetables and fish or pasta with garlic & tomatoe sauce.

4. Wednesday August 10th is National Lazy Day...will you be celebrating? If so, tell us how so we can be lazy too.

Yes I will celebrate National Lazy Day but I won't be doing anything in particular to mark the occasion because I'll be too lazy.

5. As a child did you have any special back to school traditions and if so, what were they? If you're a parent did you carry on those traditions with your own children?

When we were kids, we'd have to go with mom to shop for "back-to-school-clothes" that SHE wanted (not that WE wanted). We wanted the fancy smancy denims, she got us the practical durable ones.

6. Write a summer tongue twister.

She sells sea shells by the sea shore.

7. Would you be interested in observing a surgery or do you turn away when the nurse brings out the needle?

I cower at the sight of needles. Funny, I don't when I'm at the dentist, I encourage the use of needles to freeze my head, but when I have to go to the doctor to have blood drawn I close my eyes. Now if I were to observe a surgery or even someone giving birth... .I'd quickly be observing the surgery room floor upclose and personal.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

It's still rather hot. The temperatures dipped just slightly but the humidex
kept it feeling too hot. Yes I'm complaining it's too hot, and six months from now I can personally guarantee you that I'll be complaining it's too cold.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nitch To Stitch

I've been busying myself lately with the home made Christmas ornaments.  I know, right about now not many folks want to hear about Christmas but in 142 days guess what?

My recipient list this year has grown, though I've eliminated some nieces & nephews due to their age... apparently they feel they're "too old for stuff like that", so they'll just get home baked cookies.  The younger nieces & nephews are still on the personalized ornament list and I've added a few children from our church and I still have to grab a few more names this Sunday to finalize the list and continue stitching. 

Then there's the plastic canvas ornaments I make for my aunts & uncles.  I'm almost finished those, just got 2 more to stitch and then I'm all done but I cut out a few extra patterns of that ornament so maybe I'll stitch them for a few of the ladies at church... we'll see, I'll take care of that at the last minute most likely. 

I've got the nitch to stitch and I figure may as well get a head start on the holiday stuff.  

Monday, August 1, 2011

Audiobooks

This week I seem to have stumbled onto something new that I already had.... if that makes sense!

I've been listening to audiobooks!  At first the only audiobook I've ever listened to was The Holy Bible.  I'd listen to it from time to quiet time depending on what I've already read but now, I've been listening to books that I'd otherwise have skipped on.

Just Wednesday I completed a romance book by Megan Hart who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors as of late.  I wanted her new book, Collide, in epub format to read on my ipod but ended up with the audio version instead and good thing too because I found the beginning to be quite slow but a couple chapters on and it picked up. 

Today I completed a shorter romance novel, a Harlequin Blaze romance by Tori Carrington but it was only the first of three in a miniseries.  The book was titled Reckless Pleasure, it wasn't too bad but the storyline I could have done without.  I mean sure it was romance but, basically it was a book about a woman who cheats on her man while he's off fighting in Afghanistan.  Not a good storyline, interesting read but definitely not a good storyline. 

I think audiobooks are a great way to get myself into a different genre as romance is pretty much all I read.  I'm a sucker for romance what can I say!  But seriously, I've got the second book to that Harlequin Blaze miniseries that I intend to listen to but also picked up The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest, all by Stieg Larsson.  These seem pretty interesting so I'm going to give them a listen and see how it goes. 

I strongly recommend audiobooks ... Think of them as listening to talk radio but with the ability to rewind when you feel you may have missed something!


Upgrade Required

I'm looking to redo this blog....

yup, nothing special just looking for a new layout or something like that.  I need something new to get me back into the bloging swing of things you know! 

Think of it as rearranging your livingroom before company comes over.  Ok maybe not so drastic but close enough!