Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Officially Fall

Wednesday hodgepodge.... hosted by From This Side Of The Pond, click the link, follow her blog and join in the fun!

Here we go with this weeks Q & A

1. It is officially fall here in North America...I realize not everyone who participates in the Hodgepodge lives in North America but if you do, what's your favorite memory of Summer 2011? If you're not in North America, what's your favorite memory of the season just ending on your side of the world?
I spent most of the summer complaining about the heat so I'm not sure what to choose as my favorite memory.  I think it would be the family picnic we went on in August.  My brother came in town from Ottawa and my nephew came in from Kingston (Ontario) so we had a pretty nice time with food.  Even though it rained a bit, we were sheltered under loads and layers of trees so didn't really feel the light rainfall. 

2. Your favorite nut? You know I mean the edible kind, right?
My favorite are pistachio nuts.  I love those!   Second on the list would be peanuts in the shell. 

3. What activity puts your sense of balance to the test?
I'm not too sure... sometimes I'm just so tired I'd have to say walking!  LOL

4. How would you describe your sense of humor?
My sense of humor is "twisted" and just down right crazy-silly. 

5. September 28th is National Ask a Stupid Question Day...what's your stupid question?
I got a runny nose right now, do you think perhaps I'm catching my husband's cold?

6. Roller skates~hula hoop~jump rope...which activity would you most enjoy? Yes, you have to choose.
I'd enjoy roller skates.  I used to roller skate back in the day... waayy back, like in the early 1980s when it was the hit thing to do.  There was a roller rink near our house and on weekends I went a couple times with some friends from school.  Spent more time on my bum than standing but those were fun times! 
I won't bother with the hula hoop, it's likely to fall to my ankles in one spin and jumping rope was fun when I was a small, thin, flat chested girl.....

7. What's your most sentimental possession?
My most sentimental possession is a red velvet christmas stocking that my paternal grandmother made for me when I was 3 years old.  Almost 40 years later and I still hang it!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I'm glad it's fall, this means Thanksgiving is coming up, a long weekend in early October (I'm Canadian remember! We celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October).  After that comes Halloween and a major excuse to buy lots of candy even though I know that no children will stop by.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Project 365: Aug.23-Sep24

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Well, finally I'm getting to upload the latest photos for the Project 365.  I know I failed miserably on this project but I should score some pitty points for effort!  I do enjoy taking the photos but the uploading always slips my aging mind.

So my last post was on August 22.... yikes!

Tuesday August 23

Now you know I'm going to take a photo of this every chance I get!  I caught it behind many trees.  I'm going to try to get the same shot in the fall when the leaves change colour!

Friday August 26

I took this photo of some trees that just looked so full and blooming. 

These lovely flowers were begging to be photographed!

Tuesday August 30

I collected some craft books from my sister.  Most of them were mine for starters, she just kept them in storage at her place.  Since I'm in need of them now and she could use the extra space, I've taken them off her hands!

Also got a stash of craft supplies from my sister too!  Basically it's stuff she doesn't use any longer but knows that I could make use of it, like lace, pom poms, ribbons, and cross stitch frames to name a few.

Wednesday August 31

Guess it would help to mention that I was on vacation this week eh!  I had a "staycation".  Can't even call it a balconville staycation since I spent no time whatsoever on my balcony!  I did clean out the trunk though!

That's it after I cleaned it out.  all the junk disposed of, the craft book that were in there are now on the shelf

and all that remains are a pair of hand-me-down running shoes from my nephew when his feet were small like mine, my unfinished wedding scrapbook album, winni the pooh, oomfoofoo the doll, and Francine the teddybear in the pink sweater along a bag full of socks and mittens my grandma knit for me.   Then I turned around and spotted these that still had to go in....

The teddy that Tony gave me for Valentines Day back in the year 2000, and a bag of left over christmas wrap, ribbons, bows and bags.

And my creepy musical clown!  Vintage!!!!!  In remarkable condition too, still plays that go-to-sleep lullaby.

Thursday September 01

Went to get a much needed haircut.  Passed by the university on my way to the salon and spotted a bike.

Sold our desk since we no longer have use for it because we sold the computer the week before.

Thursday September 8

You can tell school is back in session as pretty much every bus shelter I came across looked like this... full of graffiti.

Friday September 19

Went out for dinner with the lady who planned our wedding.  She bought me flowers to thank me for building her website.  click here if you want to see it.  Would have helped if I'd have taken the photo when as soon as I got the flowers eh!  ;-)

Thursday September 22

Bought some nice sweet peppers at the outdoor market... saut├ęd them up nicely, yum.

Friday September 23

Signs that autumn is really here!  FALLEN LEAVES!!!!  ok I know the photo is dark but it was night time so what can I do, the ipod doesn't have a flash.

Saturday September 24

Baked oatmeal raisin cranberry cookies.  They tasted really good too!

...and there you have it.  I know lots of days are missing but I did my best!

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Minute In Susan's Mind

The creative juices are flowing within me today!  Wow! 

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And off we are into another week.  I must say that this weekend I got pretty much quite a bit done.  I actually finished the stitching I was doing for a lady at our church.  It's another baby announcement similar to the one I did last year but in yellow/gold colours for her second child.  I also am about 80% completed building the website for Tony's barber.  It's just a simple website nothing fancy but done in flash and is turning out pretty well.  We should have it up and running by this time next week.  I baked cookies for a coworker.  And last but not least, the ..... christmas ornaments for my aunts are completed.... phew, almost said what they were!  I'll photograph them later, right now I'm typing on a difficult keyboard and my fingers are tired and I just finished an hour of pilates exercise so I'm done in for now.  I'll post the photo updates to project 365 later.

That's All Folks!

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Proverbs 17:22 -
"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." (NIV)

Church at St Andrews,
Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia, Canada

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Remember When

The Station Wagon:  What families drove before the Mini Van.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Signs Of Autumn

Signs of Autumn
By Lew Duffey

Trees dancing in a brisk breeze,

Leaves scurrying across the ground.

Their colors range from green to yellow and from gold to brown,

As more of them disengage from the trees to fall to the land.

The nights get cooler, as do the days.

The clouds seem to rise higher in the sky where they form bands.

Autumn’s beauty can be appreciated in so many ways.

You can sit on a park bench and watch the leaves fall

Or walk through the woods and hear the birds call.

You lose yourself in the  clouds flying up high

Or watch as the geese fly south as they take to the sky.

It’s a colorful time and there is so much to see

One must take time to admire the work as the tree

Prepares itself for the oncoming winter with its rain, wind and snow.

It is all part of our creators plan as we watch seasons come and go.

From spring to summer and fall and to winter,

It is exciting for us as each one we enter.

Enjoy, and Praise God!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pilate's Of The Caribbean

I think the short time I had taken off from my jogging routine has taken it's toll on my aging body.  Though I remain in denial that I am getting older, my body, every now and again, gives me a wake up call by cramping up.

Today was one of those days!

I went for a jog this morning, the usual 2.5km run, only I've changed the course I used to take with it being kind of dark in the wee hours of the morning I now jog on the main roads where folks driving by on the bus or in their cars can ogle me, giggle at me and even honk their horn to encourage me or yell out their windows advising me that I dropped a lung a short distance back.

Upon completing my morning run today I came home and did some Pilate's.  Not sure why I did that since I already felt like I'd been hit by a mac truck but I did a half hour of Pilate's anyway.  Did you know that YouTube carries many Pilate's workouts?  I got one from there and did it.  Those women are really flexible, me, not so much.  Who knew that Pilate's could beat the heck out of my belly!?  Well, I sure need it anyway because I came home from work this morning with the button to my jeans held closed with a rubber band because it was just torture to seal it in the button hole.  I figures, hey I got a long jacket on so who's going to know! 

So I jogged, and did Pilate's afterwards then got a case of insomnia and couldn't sleep.  Talk about adding insult to injury! 

I'm doing it again tomorrow!!!  I'm apparently a glutton for punishment.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Minute In Susan's Mind

I had this conversation tonight while munching on chocolate...

What is it about chocolate that people go crazy for? 

Personally I just don't see what all the hype is all about.  Maybe because I've munched on too many pieces in the last ten minutes but seriously, I'd get more satisfaction from twizzlers, jube jubes or gummi bears.... even a bag of chips would to more for me than this plain chocolate.  I probably wouldn't be complaining if it were a box of Turtles or Pot of Gold Caramels or better yet, Quality Street!!!  I'm all for chocolate covered raisins (oh how I love those) and chocolate covered almonds are simply awsome but this plain chocolate is just too plain.  Nothing to it... dull .... boring..... blah!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Subway Joy Ride

This is a true story, it happened to me and not a friend of a friend of a friend of mine!

I went for a joy ride on the subway Thursday morning.

Ok let me start from the beginning.

It was pretty much the crack of dawn when I jumped on the bus to the subway station just before the rain started then made it down town.  Yes it was a rainy day and I guess it would help if I mentioned that it was also pretty chilly out and I didn't have an umbrella or a proper jacket on.  I had an errand to run down town so while I was down there, figured I'd kill two birds with one stone and I went to do some banking but it was early so the bank was closed but there is an ATM machine ..... and it was out of service.

I was in a shopping mall and no I don't have one of those G4 high class technology cellular phones or whatever they're called so I searched the pay phone booths for a yellow pages and found ..... NONE!  

I used my old school cell phone and called 411 to get the address of another bank location in the area and once again jumped on the subway and went for a ride to the next bank location. 

Unfortunately I took the wrong subway exit and had to walk two blocks in the rain without an umbrella or as Mom would say I was running the roads half naked in the rain trying to catch myself pneumonia. The up side is I got a good look at the crowd statue. 

So then I got to that bank and lo and behold believe me when I say this, God as my witness I ain't lying... it was out of service too!  So I search for a pay phone booth again and grab the yellow pages that was shoved on the shelf below it and look up the 1-800 number for the bank.  I dial it with my non G4 technology old school cell phone and wait for a customer service representative to respond to the call.... then I grumble in the phone about being out in the rain with no umbrella and how I'm very tired and hungry and I just want to get my banking over with so I could go home and sleep and not have to get up early and go do it later but two machines are out of service what the heck. Because at this point, in my mind, it was his fault! 

The customer service representative probably got the impression that I may be a crazed lunatic and apologized for the whole inconvenience of my banking experience but I wanted nothing to do with his apology so I hung up on him like the very rude woman I morphed into at that time.... she's gone now and she wishes to apologize to the customer service representative for inconveniencing him with her rude behavior.

So anyway I then jump back on the subway .... again .... and go back to first bank location to see if now the machine is working.

Nope. Still out of service!

I decide to go home.

I jump back on the subway once again heading to catch my bus.  I miss the bus by ten seconds at best and have to wait 30 minutes for next one.  Ten minutes later I look at watch, the bank will be opening soon I could just go inside and do the transaction so guess what I did?

I got back on the subway.

By now I've been down town for two hours.  Since I have about an hour to waste before the bank opens I decide to get some breakfast so I get back to the restaurant across the street from the bank and get coffee, coffee, coffee and toast, eggs and more coffee.  

Ok now I'm no longer hungry.  But I am more tired than I was before I ate! 

I leave the restaurant and head over to the bank.  Still got a couple minutes before it opens so I decide to check the machine one more time.  

Lo and behold the machine works!  I use it.  In thirty seconds my transaction is completed.  

I then go back on subway to head to the station where I can go catch my bus.

By the time I get home, over 3 hours after the whole incident began, I'm over tired, wet, cold and more than cranky.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mason Jar Gift

I've got to pick up a box of mason jars this month.  I'm going to need them for a Halloween gift project I want to do for church.  I figure I can cross stitch a cute Halloween design for the lid and fill the jar with Halloween candies and tie a cute festive piece of fabric around the jar and give them to some of the families at church for their kids to share amungst themselves.

It seems such a cute and easy idea I may as well re-use it for Christmas too!  I bake cookies every year so I figure I can cross stitch a Christmas design for the lid and then fill the jar with home baked cookies and tie a pretty festive piece of fabric around it with a gift tag then present it to some of the ladies at church for a Christmas gift. 

Sounds lovely, it's a great idea!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Up A Tree

Believe It or not when I was a kid I used to climb trees!

I know!  Hard to believe eh?!

Oh I wouldn't go the distance to say I was a tomboy but I was a pretty active kid alongside my siblings. There was this one time, I recall it was late summer and my sister and I were just next door in the yard up a tree making noise to startle anyone walking by and before you know it she fell out of the tree landed on her back with legs up over a stump and wedged up against the tree itself. She also tore the bum out of her pants too ha! ha! ha!  But as God was watching over us mischief kids she wasn't hurt - not a scratch aside from her pride I suppose due to the torn seam in her pants displaying her panties *giggles* I guess just being in the next yard was a bonus so we were able to get her home quickly to change.  

I don't recall ever climbing a tree since then come to think of it. There are a couple "climbable" trees I come accross now and again and I noticed the one with the tree house built-in was recently cut down perhaps a casualty of the winds from Hurricane Irene but all in all trees evoke fond childhood memories for me.  Thank you God for the trees!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Moon Over Montreal

I hadn't noticed that last night was a full moon. That may explain why I was so jumpy all night hearing things and getting all crazy from my over active vivid imagination and to add insult to injury this morning I saw cyclists in the cemetery.


It's dark in there not to mention creepy.

Monday, September 12, 2011

September Rain

I love this time of year... believe it or not, the rain at this time of year doesn't bother me as much as it does in the spring.  I'm all set with my umbrella to make sure I don't get drenched so what's there to complain about?  It's a beautiful night!

Back On Track

Now that the "New Year" has begun I've gotten back on track with the jogging.  Isn't that what everyone does at the beginning of a new year... get on track with exercise?  

I'm taking on a new route because the old one got rather boring after seeing the same ole same ole all the time.  I figure now that I'm back to work after a somewhat rested week off... not really rested though, because I did some major house cleaning but not complaining as I did catch up on some sleep. 

Now as I was saying, getting back on track with the jogging and doing some new stretches for my lower back and crunches for my tummy (or flabby belly as it pretty much resembles).  I hope I can keep up the routine throughout the fall.  I guess the one good thing is I'll have some new photo opportunities!  

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy New Year?

I was listening to the radio the other day and the host was reading some commentary and referred to this time of year as "New Year".  Basically he was speaking about how families are running about purchasing school supplies and uniforms for their kids while young adults are standing in long lines waiting to purchase books on campus. 

Bottom line is pretty much everyones year revolves around the back-to-school-season. 

New school season, new schedules.

I'm not running about buying school supplies for anyone, nor am I waiting in lines to receive class schedules or purchase books but I can jump on the whole new year bandwagon.  I love this time of year, the buses run faster, computer peripherals are always on sale, as are those little juice boxes and granola bars!!  I love those!!!