Monday, December 29, 2014

Change Is Here!

Change starts now!  I'm taking back control!   

This past Sunday in church our pastor reviewed some of all the topics we heard throughout the year, he also said a new year is a blank slate just like a new day is.  He mentioned how many have their resolutions that begin on January 1st simply because it's a new start.  Fresh start!  He also said a fresh start is a good thing.  We take a look back at ourselves personally and review where we've been and what can we change going forward.



Going forward, well lets just say that I'm really tired of being thrown under the bus.  I'm really tired of hearing about what someone said to someone else about me.  Get over yourself already will you!!  I'm really tired of trying to fix relationships that shouldn't have gone sour in the first place but then again, some don't even have a clue as to what's going on around them anyway!  Ha! 

So I'm done!

CHANGE.

Renewal.

I've found a greater peace with God and with myself as a person.  I'm not in high school so I really don't want to play high school games.  I not a fan of "pretend, pretend", I out grew that ages ago.

I'm not who I was. ... And that's a good thing.  Those who really knew me then and know me know are well aware of this and compliment me on it.  I'm not looking for compliments though, I'm just looking to please my God .....and my Mom. 

Things are already looking up...because "the Light unto my path" is bright! 


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gotta LoseIt!

 I'm so glad I didn't buy any chips, cheese puffs, chocolates,jube jubes or any other junk food this Christmas!  The loseit app is slowly keeping me accountable for eating soo much.  Problem is I'm gaining weight solely because my irritable bowels are  dung hoarders!  

LOL at "dung hoarders"!  

Ok it really is no laughing matter!  I just have irritable bowels and am trying to make healthy adjustments lately but with the holiday baking ... Well...

Fruitcake
Banana bread
Fudge
Biscuits 
Sweet bread
Black cake (also known as rum cake)
Chocolate chip cookies

I rest my case!  


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Nap Time

 Yup, I intend to get plenty of rest.  I'm still rather busy trying to get the photography done for my Etsy shop but I'm also making use of the time I took off work to recharge my batteries! Nap time!


Friday, December 26, 2014

Greeting Cards By Snail Mail

 One of my most favourite things about Christmas is the greeting cards by snail mail.  The kind you can get excited about when you open your mail box (providing you actually GET your mail from whomever checks that box, just sayin') . 

Most folk who know me are well aware I don't celebrate any other thing through out the year.  I mean sure I have the dinner for Thanksgiving, and eat jelly beans on Easter after I come home from church but I don't usually give greeting cards for them....except to my Mom.    And, if anyone hasn't heard from me in a while, they know me well enough that their Christmas card is on its way!  

This instagram photo is an early shot of our card line.  We got the mini clothes line and pins at the dollar store and just connected two together and strung the empty line along the wall when we decorated and waited for the first card to arrive.  

The first card was from my Aunt Patty in Toronto!  And for a few days it was the only card displayed there...then the rest started arriving.  

Not sure how many are displayed  in the picture but last count was thirty!  We had cards from friends and family here in Montreal, as well as Toronto, Nova Scotia, New York, Colorado, Chicago, the Philippines, England, and the West Indies.  We usually drop about fifty in the mail each year.  I didn't find a great card assortment in the shops this year so God willing, I'll be ordering some online in the next few days to put aside for next year.  I got that idea from a friend!  It never occurred to me to do that!!! 

Anyway, I'm just going to enjoy the decorations we have up for a few more days.  Un decorating will happen on January 3rd before heading back to work on the 5th.  

Merry Christmas!!

The Day After

 My husband and I didn't exchange gifts.  We mostly do that when we know we intend to travel.  We upgraded our Olympus digital camera for a Canon "big thing I don't need" as my nephew said.  Anyhow we need the big Canon for when we go away to England later on in 2015, God willing.   Husband and I never really exchange gifts even on other holidays like Valentines or Easter.  That's just the way we are I suppose.  Besides, I'm just not into that flowers and candy business, just remember me at Christmas and we're good.  

One thing we always do is exchange greeting cards at Christmas and birthdays.  Funny thing is each year the card we get for each other on Christmas always seem similar to each other....did that make sense?  What I mean is this year the card I got husband spoke of our friendship and special love.  The card he got for me pretty much discussed the same.  Last year if memory serves me, the cards were about quality time.  We had a good laugh at that coincidence on Christmas morning though.  

No shopping rush today though because its a rest day.  Still not feeling up to par but still smiling at the memories of our Christmas dinner.... That turkey wing was fabulous.  I said "fabulous" in my Samantha Jones voice by the way.




Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas To All....

 Another Christmas has past us by.  I've been busy as a bee stitching ornaments for the children at church and for friends and family.  I'm down to just a few left that will be delivered by New Year's Day, God willing.  I've still got to make it to the post office to mail a Christmas box for my brother and his family as well as a box to my husbands sister for her family as well.  We were late with the box assembly to get them out in time for Christmas but we have faith that Canada Post's Express Post will get them to their recipients on time for New Years Day.

On Christmas Eve, husband and I got up early to try and avoid the store rush, to no avail I might add!  We ran some last minute errands and then I baked another fruit cake for my eldest sister who had requested two this year!  Later on we relaxed at home prior to attending our church service that evening to sing Christmas hymns and listen to verses from the Bible on the birth of our Lord and Saviour then off to my Mom's place to sit and chat for a while while snacking on egg rolls, chicken nuggets and sausage cocktail weenies that my nephew so enjoys.  All in all, Christmas Eve was pretty nice....and calm.  I also managed to get a nice long walk, in the drizzle rain, during the day.  No complaints, it cleared my mind and felt good.  

I'm not feeling 100% today, and I'm somewhat tired.  It was a very windy day today, rained most of the night disolving most of the snow so travel was easy peasy.  We just had a nice time with my Mom, nephew and two sisters over a small quiet and intimate dinner.  This year we all had pretty much planned on going small and just staying home and relaxing.  Just like the good ole days when Christmas was intimate and not "big" and "overdone".  So many years recentlynwe've had rather large and overwhelming celebeation gatherings but this yer we just wanted to avoid all the drama and It worked out very nice, dinner was delicious, dessert was an ice cream log that was scrumptious.  And now we're home, chillaxing on the sofa and I'm enjoying a nice big cup of hot tea.  

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. 


Monday, December 22, 2014

Keep It Down


As difficult as it is, I'm still trying not to over indulge on snacks and beautiful baked goods this holiday season.  I joined a few challenges on the loseit app and one of them is to keep my calorie intake below my daily max point.  It plays with your head let me tell you!  I'm dying for egg rolls but am indulging on mashed turnip instead.  Big difference but I really don't want to gain too much this month.  



I'm walking more and exercising at home a tad but that will increase when the new year rolls around.  I really want to drop the pounds befor out trip to England late next summer!  

I just really need to drink more water!!!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Elf On The Shelf

I've got a love hate relationship with the elf on the shelf.. I really do want one but I'm really afraid they come to life when I'm asleep or not around and that's just real creepy.  I've got a crazy vivid imagination, probably from watching too much TV or from reading too much but still, it's creepy.  I'm afraid one day I may look at it and his cute little face will be sinister. 

Think I'm crazy?  Look here, I found this photo on Instagram and the elf teamed up with Chucky and is shredding the toy snowman!  That's just wrong.... And creepy. Poor little snowman.  


Monday, December 8, 2014

Happy Shopping!

I've never been one to finish Christmas shopping early. I try every year, I have a plan mapped out and a list of what to get for each recipient but I never completely finish the shopping until the week before Christmas.

Nothing has changed this year.  I'm still struggling with the last 7 gifts.  

I get enjoyment out of getting gifts for folks especially if it's something I know they really like or need.  Having to ask someone what to get for them is ok too because it makes the shopping a lot less of a hassle.  I may be one of the few folks who enjoys Christmas shopping mainly because I spend more time looking at the store decorations and listening, singing and even dancing to the Christmas music playing over the store intercom than I do searching for the gift I'm there to buy.  

Happy shopping!!  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Susan's Favourite Things 2014

Welcome to another edition of Susan's Favorite Things!  Much like Oprah's, this is a list of things I like but my list won't include 72 items like hers did!  No, that's just cray cray.  My list will be 12 items, you know, like the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS but with my favorite things of 2014!!!

Ok so first start humming the song "these are a few of my favorite things..." in your best Sound of Music voice!

My list once again this year, is in no particular order.





RECYCLED GROCERY BAGS


I always have one of these babies folded and tucked inside my backpack or purse just incase I stop in a shop.  No way am I paying five cents for a cheap plastic bag that will rip and tear before I even leave the store!!!


BUCKET HAT


I wore bucket hats while on vacation in the Southern Caribbean earlier this year.  These hats aren't expensive, come in a variety of colours and patterns and are quite stylish.  Look good while keeping the sun off your head!  I've got a yellow one that's reversable... solid yellow on one side, yellow floral on the other  side!  pretty cool. 



ETSY
With Ebay now recommending sellers use some international shipping setting, shipping costs to Canada from the USA are insane!  Ridiculously insane!  Like $15 to ship a small two inch plastic craft frame that can fit inside a standard letter envelope for a buck or two.  Craziness!!   I've all but stopped using Ebay and now get all my craft supplies on Etsy.  Besides, Etsy sellers are far more personable... better customer service up in here!



NEXT ISSUE


I do like reading magazines and getting a ton of them for $11.25 Canadian a month after taxes is a super deal.  The best thing is for that price you also get a year of back issues per magazine! So you know I've been reading the Prevention magazine from cover to cover!!!  The only down side is the magazine selection is quite limited.  There are no crafting magazines, no knitting, no crochet, no cross stitch, no woodworking and if you want the gossip rag mags you need to upgrade to the $15 per month before taxes.  This is the only thing that bugs me about this service, now if only their service could combine with Zinio's selection I'd be the happiest woman on the planet!


IPAD MINI


Husband bought me an ipad mini for my birthday in 2012 or was it 2013?  I can't remember but either way I own one!  It's awesome.  I read magazines on it (Next Issue & Zinio apps), I play Candy Crush on it, I do the facebook on it , the google plus and the instagram and log my eating habbits and sometimes I blogger on it.  I have tons of apps and it has become an extention of my left hand...



JAM WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER


These are small but they pack a punch.  The sound quality is great if you want to listen to your music on a speaker and not on headphones or earbuds.  I've got two of these, a blue one I leave at work to listen to my ipod touch with and a silver one I have at home for when I'm in the kitchen and want to listen to online radio streaming from my ipad.  They run via bluetooth wireless connection or you can connect the wire to them and if your mp3 player isn't bluetooth compatable.  They could be made a bit better to let you know when the charge is running out but otherwise I love them.



PINTEREST
 

And it's free!  Yes, one thing about Pinterest is it has made surfing the internet so much easier for crafters like me!  Looking for a pattern, why Google it when you can search in Pinterest.  Looking for a new hair style, search Pinterest!  Looking for some decorating ideas?  Pinterest is the place to be.  Create your own boards of things you like, and pin on!


CUPCAKES

I baked cupcakes for our Church's Harvest Party and for family gatherings and have become obsessed with the little buggers!  I can eat one whole cake and not feel guilty for cheating on a diet!  BECAUSE ITS A CUPCAKE!  Any flavor cake mix and pretty it up with a fancy coloured paper liner and some icing and sprinkles... oh the joy!!!  *dreamy sigh*  Problem is I never stop at just one.



CARNATION MILK

I love this stuff in my coffee.  Only in coffee though because it's too rich.  I find it gives coffee (or hot chocolate) a nice creamy taste, better than cream in my opinion.  I tried it in tea but not fond of it.  I always keep a couple cans in the cupboard. 



SONY HEADPHONES

I got these white  headphones by Sony earlier this year.  Husband has the black pair.  The sound in these things is Amazing!!!!  (Ya, I said "Amazing" in my excited Oprah voice)  I enjoy the sound when listening to audiobooks nice and crisp.  And also classical music and jazz sounds so incredible in these. I can listen to what I like without disturbing my husband.  The only thing we do not have in common is our taste in music!  He's a reggae, soca, old gospel person, I'm a classical, jazz and contemporary christian person.  Go figure. 



TIM HORTONS COFFEE


I love the new Tim Horton's Dark Roast coffee.  Large decaf with two milk on the side.  Ya, I'm not fond of them adding the milk or cream for me because they will stir it in with the nasty spoon that was sitting in the  cup of rancid water for hours going in and out of thousands of cups of coffee leaving residue in the water that gets transferred to your coffee... no thank you, just put the milk on the side and give me that large decaf please.  mmm... smooth!!!!



THAI EXPRESS

Oh... My... Goodness.... have you had their General Thai Chicken and rice?  
I HAVE!  With two spring rolls and a fortune cookie too!!  It's a bit steep in price though like almost $15  the general with spring rolls, cookie and a beverage but oh goodness gracious is it ever good!  Just adding to my hips and back fat.  That's all it does.    Sigh. 




And there you have it!  Favorite things ordinary joe can afford!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Naked Tree


So right now our Christmas tree is posing nude in our living room.  I assembled it last Thursday while I was supposed to be watching the Macy parade on TV but ended up watching a Christmas movie on the Lifetime channel instead.  


I haven't put lights on the tree yet because I want to get all white ones.  We have the multi coloured LED ones from last year but I seen a tree that had combined the bright and dim white light on and it was remarkable!  So nakey tree will continue to break the internet until Friday when I can dress it up!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Memories: First Snow

I was on my way from the grocery store, just picked up the last of the ingredients for the Christmas fruit cake and it began to snow!  I had to gingerly walk along the sidewalk because that light dusting layer is slippery.  

And then came the wonderful memories.... when we were kids, Mom had this pair of rubber style boots.  They weren't rubber, more like man-made materials leather-look style you know.  The boots had a flat square heel but were terribly slippery on snow because they had no grips whatsoever!  

My sisters and I were never fond of these boots (even on Mom's feet) but when it was the first dusting of snow we actually argued over who would get to wear them because they were perfect to run along the sidewalk then stop and let yourself slide.   They were awesome to slide in!  I think I only got to wear them once because my feet were too small.  We used to try going out in our running shoes to slide like that on the first snowfall but the Mom-radar caught us every time "GET YOUR BOOTS ON SO YOU DON'T CATCH YOURSELF PNEUMONIA".  

Monday, December 1, 2014

Retro Toys: Lite-Brite

Remember the Lite-Brite toy?  
Ok, you have to be born in the sixties to truly remember those!  They were hugely popular in the 70s.  We had one when we were kids.  I think the true owner of it was my eldest sister but we all shared our toys so it was more "ours" than it was "hers".   Santa Mom got it for my sister at Christmas.  We loaded it up with batteries and started poping those the pegs into it to create lit up pictures.  I really don't recall it being something we played with too often since it required batteries and in those days rechargeable batteries weren't invented yet!  And if they were, we didn't have em!!  But I do remember it was something we loved to use whenever we had batteries.

Are these things still on the market?  I saw them on the Elf movie last night and it just brought back all those fond Christmas memories.