Showing posts from August, 2006

August "ings"

Loving: Ribbon. Boy oh boy is there alot of ribbon in my world right now (hint hint).
Wanting: The wardrobe that Kia has for her Barbies, for myself. Seriously, why are the dolls in this house better dressed than me?
Craving: To have every room in this house clean at exactly the same time.
Forgetting: I don't know, I forgot...
Cleaning: Is something I should be doing so that I can fulfill the craving comment mentioned above. I think I can...I think I can...
Painting: Been doing a bit of painting everyday. I really enjoy the results of painting, if not the process.
Planning: To invite some folks over for a September firepit and dessert night. Need to get moving on making this happen.

Back to School Shopping - DONE

Well, the backpack is packed with everything an emerging grade 2 student could want. Pens, pencils, scissors, pastels, duotangs, kleenex and the like are neatly labelled and organized. Her new school clothes have been hanging in her closet for almost a month! The only items we still require are shoes. Gonna hit the store later this week for those. Somebodies feet have grown and she's a size one this year. Afterschool activities this year will be swimming and hip hop dance class. Hopefully in January we'll trade off swimming for skating lessons. Fingers crossed on that one.

What am I doing to keep myself busy this year while Kia is in school? I'm in the process of starting a small business venture. Nothing huge, but something I'm passionate and excited about. Stay tuned as my website should be up and running early September. I can't wait to spill the beans, but want to be able to clearly communicate the product to you when I till then...we wait! …


Painted more of the fence yesterday. It's coming along very slowly...but we'll get there. Deadlines and finish dates seem to cramp our style, so I'm not throwing any out there. It looks better than it did at the beginning of summer - so that is something.
Our pumpkin has taken over the backyard. It's like some vegetable social experiment. It's sprawling and tumbling down to the patio and making a distinct turn towards the barbeque. It's really quite fascinating to watch as you can literally see it growing. I will have to post pictures, it is something to behold. And of course only the most tiny of pumpkins have begun to's a gift; my ability to grow monstrous things that produce nothing.
One week and a day till grade 2 starts. Waaa and yippee all at the same time. Feels like it's time. We had a good run this summer, no regrets.Kia was taken to Montana's last night as reward for reading 24 books this summer. We did not count book…

For Allison...

I started responding to your blog, but quickly realized I should just make it a post because I was getting rather long winded! My dear SIL wrote in regard to a shooting near their home: Very scary. I called up Craig and told him I wanted to move. But is that the answer? To run? Maybe. Maybe not. I grew up in this neighborhood - this end of town. The *Northeast*. Calgary's Hood. And I've always stood on my soapbox and cried "it's not that bad". Maybe it's time to get off the soapbox. But doesn't this happen everywhere in the city? in every town? So what's the answer? I don't know anymore.My response:

Flowers can grow anywhere. There are those that can plant themselves in the middle of any adversity and come out looking like an exquisite flower. When we lived in the North East I was the same way. Constantly sticking up for my neighbourhood even when it was lashing back in my face. Bullets coming through the wall of a townhouse I shared with room…

The Happy Birthday Boy

Russ is in High Definition Heaven. He is manically giggling and plotting with his new toy (see post below). It is really quite funny. We had a lovely supper (bbq ribs and homemade fries) and are just about to go enjoy some German Chocolate Cake. Russ also received new dress pants, white shirt and tie.


No offense to my relatives that work there (yet they knew it sucked before me) - but currently I've been on hold for 79:18 minutes waiting for customer service. WTH? I bought Russ the Shaw HDPVR box for his b'day and want the thing up and running for when he get's home from work. So they give you a simple phone number to call and have your machine activated. Ya...not so easy (minute 80 just ticked by). Anyways Russ saw it when he came home for lunch, so I'm not letting out any secrets. I've got stuff to I'm gonna have to hang up before I even get a living and breathing human being. This is making me crazy!!! 82: 07 and counting...

Pistachio Salad

For Krystin... :) My parting gift to you.

1 large pkg pistachio pudding
1 large 19 oz can of crushed pineapple (do not drain)
1 large container cool whip
1/2 pkg mini marshmellows
1 can mandarin oranges (drain)

Mix pudding with pineapple plus juice until thick. Mix in cool whip. Mix in marshmellows. Mix in oranges. Refridgerate.

Calaway Park

A quick synopsis of our day at Calaway Park. We went with our friends Kari Lynn, Richard and their three girls, Hailey, Aubryn and baby Maigan. We spent a solid 8 hours at the park and didn't get on all the rides. Missed out on the coaster, log ride and a few others.

Some pics and stories...

The first ride. This picture makes me howl. Kia is literally reaching over to try turn the wheel. Back seat driver alert!

Russ went on with two of the girls. The ride goes on and on and on and on... poor Russ.

It looks like an ordinary strawberry. Don't be fooled. This ride was the undoing of Russ. He got in and made that little strawberry spin at warp speed. From the expression on the girls faces they are LOVING every minute. Russ was a tad greener when it finally ended. Time to take in a stage show methinks!

Aren't they adorable. Got that Mom sparkle!

Russ went on this ride as a solo rider. No other takers from our group. You get in there and they really pull on that belt.…

What a difference a few months makes.

Front flower garden, originally uploaded by Sabren. Alot of life and growing can be squeezed into a couple front flower garden. Flower bed planted in may and photo taken tonight when we got home from Calgary. Update on our weekend to follow tomorrow.

Blogger Summons

This one is about Media. Sharing some of your favorite movies, books, magazines, songs, artists, whatever you want.

3 Movies I can watch again and again
1. Emma
2. Moulin Rouge
3. As Good as it Gets

3 Magazines I love to buy
1. Canadian House and Home
2. Writer's Digest
3. BHG Scrapbooks Etc.

3 Songs I listen to on repeat
1. Good Mother by Jann Arden
2. Easy Silence by Dixie Chicks
3. Collide by Howie Day

The Cuteness is Killing Me!

Kia was having an exceptionally cute day today. Seriously can't take it kind of cute. Momma, buy me a pony and I would kind of cuteness. And check out the new jean jacket with the bling around the collar...Stylin'!

On Opportunity.

Leo Buscaglia : The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.

Life Lesson for today

Kia has about 100 Crayola twistable crayons, in every form available. It's not like she went out and bought herself that many. I think I have some form of dementia that causes me to buy these, even when some part of my brain knows we have them at home already. I remember liking something similiar as a child and not ever getting it. Lesson: It's never too late to have a happy childhood folks - but even I realized that it's time to stop. All good things must come to an end. That, and she'll have crayons at her disposal until she's in her 80's.

On top of that, we have an embarrasing number of markers and pencil crayons but a fairly modest amount of the regular old crayons. In this area I can show restraint. :)

the U in You

Man, life is something that takes so much focus and dedication. Every single day. It's so easy to let a few things go and then time passes you by and you find yourself drowning in tasks, chaos, things that need doing and you wonder where you've been. How did things get away so quickly and why is it so hard to get it back on track?

Lately I have been dedicating little spurts of time to the things that need doing in my life. Weeding the East side of the house, tending my petunias, composting, doing laundry, writing a friend an e-mail, sitting and reading Kia a story, or playing playdough and talking. It's all so simple, but it provides such a huge payoff to me. Line upon line, precept upon precept. Feeling grateful that I can do these things.

Kia came to me today, climbed up on my lap and cried. I held her, rubbed her little back and listened as she talked about her worries about going back to school and starting grade 2. A wave of wonder and worry hit me for her, wan…

Life from our Pistachio Green House

Well, this summer is sailing by and what a miserable week of dreary and mild weather we've had! I am tired of these moody summers with 2 days of heat and 10 days of mediocrity, bring on the blistering heat that forces you down to the basement and into the pool for relief.

So with the absence of sunshine, Kia and I have been indoors for most of the week. Lots of art projects, forts, and barbie play has been going on in the playroom. We've made an extra effort to work on math and reading; preparing for back to school. I've been working on a few of my own special projects and Kia has been lending a hand. To encourage Kia's reading, I've set up a reward for her to work for. Kia loves Montana's, the restaurant. So when she reads 24 books, Russ and I will take her out to Montana's for supper as reward. How many kids would want that? Lol.

Highlights of the week:
Shopping on Tuesday paid off as I was able to find all the items necessary for my current "project&qu…

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Yesterday we headed over to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, which is located about 20 minutes east of us. It's a large area that is government run, a place where the great Ukrainian history is preserved and honoured. The buildings, furnishings and agricultural techniques are historically accurate. They all work together to tell a "living history" approach - which is supposed to allow the person visiting the site to experience history in a very personal way. The staff are costumed and living and working as if we walked back in time. Speaking the language, telling stories from their perspective, inviting you into their homes as if you were guests for a meal. It was a lovely day and very informative!

Spinning Wheels

Totally feel like my wheels are spinning and I'm not getting anywhere. There are so many labour intensive jobs that need to be done around this place and both Russ and I lack the drive to get them started. We want them done, we know how much happier we would feel if they were, yet we resist and fall into our lazy patterns and nothing happens. Tell me we are not the only ones. Then tell me where to get the much needed motivation we require or at the very least, I require.

Here is a brief sampling of things that we should do (Outside only):
Finish staining the fence whitePower wash the eavestrough, the house, the driveway, the back portion of the fenceRepair a few leaks in the eavestroughReseal the backyard stamped concreteWeed the back gardenSeed back portion of garden with grass seedPrepare south end of garden for dry river bedMove all the river rock stone to area and placeReplant bulbs and split some plants to fill in areas around dry river bedRepaint around the windows on Nor…

New Goodie at SBO

Amy, Julie Ann and myself are doing a fun new thing at SBO. Members submit a photo that needs editting and if yours is chosen, one of us will do some editing to bring something new and fun to your photo. It may be that it's just dark, maybe it's missing some much needed drama...we'll do our best to help bring out what you want and maybe show you something you didn't expect!

Check it out!


Two months ago I planted the veggie garden.

This is the garden last night with two of the local fauna...

My pumpkin has trailed down to the patio and will soon be knocking on Russyl's workshop door. And my garden has certain affinity with chickweed. I, on the other hand, do not. Oh, and I think the carrots consumed by these two girls was well into the double digits by the time this photo was taken. It seems carrots really do energize bunnies:

Aubryn slept over and they are still having a blast together. It was so cute at bedtime. I read them one of Kia's favorites: "Tacky the Penguin" they totally wanted me to read it again, but I told them that they could read it together. I wish I video taped it. They were both so supportive of one another as they sometimes struggled with words. And when their was an especially fun and boisterous line, they would each repeat it in character voice and all. It was a moment that highlighted everything wonderful about learning and friends…

Three Thoughts for Hump Day

Thought one.
I'm reading the book, "Wicked, The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" by Gregory Maguire. I was so excited at the prospect of this book...of it's creative birth and it's link to the movie and wonderful musical (which is a favorite CD track played in this house). But I must admit that I have not really been enjoying it. In fact it's safe to say, I'm completely disappointed with the book. Whaaa. For one thing, it doesn't write the story like I would, and my way is better. :) And I hate when a man writes about intimacy from a women's perspective. Always leaves me feeling foreign and misrepresented. Too much info for some of you, I'm sure, but it's my name in the sidebar folks so suck it up!
Thought two.
Camping for almost two weeks wasn't so bad. Yup, I said it. There is something comfortable about having your familiar bedding and modge podge of things decorating your tent space. I still prefer a bathroom within 6…