Showing posts from May, 2008

It's seven o'clock and I want to rock

I don't really want to rock. I just have that Elton John song in my head.

Busy weekend in our world. We had a sitter last night and got OUT. YAY for getting OUT. I don't know why I have to capitalize the word, but apparently it means I really really really needed to go out with my husband.

This morning Russ headed off to the Cuboree with his cub troop (for 14 hours) and I headed to the Medicentre with Kia. 3 hours later, we leave, none the wiser and with no medications to treat anything because apparently the chair Kia was sitting in has restorative powers and she was healed. I want to kill her. Well, no, I don't, but I'm seriously baffled. Even though there was a moment in the washroom as I was trying to catch her pee in a cup that will forever bond her to me, I could have lived without it.

So then we gave ourselves pedicures and manicures. Because it seemed like the appropriate course of action to take after our morning adventure and we even adhered little diamond-like…

Some photos from tonight

Here are some photographs taken around the yard tonight. Just felt like sharing the goings on today...and a picture or two of what's blooming in the garden.
I loved the way the light was shining on Keeks as she jumped on the trampoline. It reminded me of long summer nights from my own childhood.

The garden is my constant source of labor and love. So many beautiful flowers are in bloom, the vegetable garden is almost all in, the rock garden is coming along and I can't wait to show you pictures of it. I want to get the back fence painted first...but once that's done, expect pictures!

In other yard/gardening news: The fire pit is full of branches that have fallen over the last few windy days, time for a weeny roast. Russ mowed the lawn tonight even though he is under the weather (thanks babe). I fill one shopping bag full of weeds everyday. EVERYDAY. How is this possible! I put cedar mulch down to mark my pathways in the garden so Kia will stop stomping over my carrots!

1001 posts

It's my 1001th post.

I have nothing astounding to share. I'm just happily living my life, trying to make my "life flowchart" make weekly, if not daily climbs and tiny spikes in the upward direction.

I have a marriage I treasure, a daughter that is AMAZING, friends that I adore, work that brings me joy. I try to learn from my mistakes, and I make many. I try to approach my challenges and trials with fresh eyes and new perspectives. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and let them grow and learn on their terms, not mine. Sometimes, this frustrates me but I figure someone out there is frustrated by me, so we're even.

I think back over these 1000 posts and I'm so glad that I took the time to pause and share a part of my day in this forum. We've moved, changed jobs, experienced kindergarten to grade 3, had many church callings, been in a car accident, lost loved ones, had spiritual insights, traveled, created things, began businesses and more. Thi…

Bright and beautiful garden inspirations...

So much great garden inspiration to be found in exploring other peoples gardens and photos of such. Enjoy!

Just watch...

We kinda sensed it coming, but it didn't make it any easier.

Crazy for Composting

I want to be a good steward. Dude, I've watched, "An Inconvenient Truth". I have even made an attempt to swish and rinse our milk cartons for recycling. I'm not biking to the grocery store and I don't drive an electric car charged by a solar powered outlet, but I'm improving. Like many of you, there are certain areas of "going green" that hold a stronger appeal to me personally than others, and for me, it's composting.

I grew up with a vegetable bowl by the sink. A place where the tea bags, potato skins, and vegetable peelings were tossed and then taken outside to compost. It was a part of my childhood and we reaped the benefits of this practice in our vegetable garden every year.

The county I live in has adopted a somewhat radical and forward thinking waste removal system ( for an Alberta county) that is coming online in June. I'm excited by this and hope that it brings a greater focus on waste reduction within the residents of Strathco…

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Dear American Idol,

I keep hearing people say that, "Idol is in trouble." I haven't given it much heed until last nights final with the David's. I found that the concepts expressed by the judges, and 50% of the music chosen by or for the singers, was completely irrelevant.

It seems that the judges embrace redundancy. Let's manhandle songs like, "Imagine" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" over and over again. Seriously, how many idols have sung these songs? How many times have winners been provided "winning songs" that quite frankly, suck.

How can the idol industry sustain itself with a repertoire of music that is over promoted within? I must add that I certainly am sick of seeing potential "idols" that have grown up with American Idol as their only musical school. It has become a source of musical inbreeding and has limited the creativity of potential true artists lik…

2 by 2 Quiz and Tag

Two everyday things you couldn't live without: Cetaphil and my computerTwo of my favorite songs: Same Mistake by James Blunt, Good Mother by Jann ArdenTwo things I want to do before I die: renovate my kitchen (har har), travel to exotic places like Egypt, Turkey and Italy (see how I made that 3 things).
Two stores I shop at: Chapters and HomeSense (though Safeway and Costco get most of our money...I enjoy shopping at the first two more)Two things that scare me: "carnies" and the rides they "manage"Two snacks I could eat everyday: anything home baked, salsa and tortilla chipsTwo people I'd be lost without: Russ and KeeksTwo nicknames I've been given: Boo and Mommy
Next two places I want to go on vacation: (please see answers to number 3 and also add) Disneyworld and sailing through the Galapagos Islands
Two favorite spaces in your home: back yard and the DenTwo of your favorite restaurants: Mikado's (Japaneses cuisine) and the Silver Dragon in Calgary…

Living the beautiful life

Living the beautiful life takes a lot of work. I'm sure for some people it's only a matter of finding the right "help", but for all intents and purposes, in my life it is about "being" the help. Our trip to Victoria, wet my whistle and inspired me to take our yard and garden to the next level. Since that trip in November, I have been plotting, sketching, reading and daydreaming about what I want to do in the garden this year and quite frankly over the next few years.

So this year it's all about manual labor. It's about working the soil, adding nutrients, pulling weeds, moving existing plants to new parts of the garden and finishing the rock garden. It's about finishing the fence, refinishing the concrete and extending the garden in a different direction. It's about placing perennials in places they can flourish, and understanding how to care for these plants over the years. Then mostly it's about constant maintenance. Weeding and lots of …

44 Questions - tagging whomever wants to play

1. Do you like blue cheese?
nope. not even a little bit.

2. Have you ever smoked?
no, but I have been tempted. when I was a teenager and my dad came out of the "smoking" closet, so to speak.

3. Do you own a gun?
not yet.

4. What flavor Kool Aid is your favorite?
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointment?
i used to, but now, i just want to get the issue dealt with.

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
i think they are meant for a campfire.

7. Favorite Christmas movie?
i don't really have one, does Sound of Music count?

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
water and lots of it.

9. Can you do push ups? Girl or boy version?
sadly, no amount worthy of bragging about.

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry?
favorite piece that i own is my wedding ring. my favorite type of jewelry is hands down, necklaces.

11. Favorite hobby?
12. Do you have A.D.D.?
no, i tend to give too much attention to certain things.

13. What's your weight? under 200. that's all you…


An image like this one, from an old Martha Stewart magazine, is the kind of photograph that makes me want to spend days labouring in my garden. Saturday I was in the zone. I was so excited about working the soil and prepping the flower beds you would think I was digging for chocolate the way I went at it. I worked a good solid 5 hours and really just made a dent in the work that needs to be done, but it was a satisfying dent!

Happy Mamma's Day

Beautiful flowers from my family... I feel loved and blessed. Wishing happiness to my friends and family members who still value the role of Motherhood in the world and for all the wisdom and encouragement you have offered me personally over the years...thank you.


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Awww...look at the bunny!

Kia has yet another blackened eye. This is her third, for those keeping count. The first one was when she was 4 and cracked her eye on the fireplace stone, the second when she was playing hide and go seek in the dark at church with some friends and they ended up running into one another in the dark, and this one is from the trampoline.

Her friends were bouncing her on the trampoline and trying to "break" her position. Her own knee came up and clocked her in the eye socket. I saw the whole thing from the kitchen and sadly, I thought she was faking, and so did the girls, as we all became distracted by the Jack Rabbit Bunny that likes to hang in our backyard and poor Kia lay deserted, in misery, on the trampoline. My bad!

Well, today it looks terrible. It looks like maybe she was in a street fight with the neighborhood bully and lost big time. It's not swelling but there is a distinct purple bruise all along the eye socket bone above her cheek. As a parent when your k…

Spring Cleaning

Spring has taken it's sweet old time coming to Northern Alberta and even as I write this I have my doubts concerning it's genuine arrival, but I'm playing along. Last night the family headed outside and raked the flower beds, as well as swept the patio. It's starting to look somewhat tidier back there but the amount of work remaining is staggering.

Russ was kind enough to cut some firewood while we were out, and big strong stud that he is, ended up breaking the ax in the process. Quite a conundrum for the provider of the family to be axless. We'll have to head on out to the general store and buy us a new one.

The firewood is for a fire pit I'm hosting tonight for my Laurel's class. We are going to roast yummy things over the fire, visit and enjoy some fresh air. Let's hope the rain stays away! I bought the cutest marshmallows for the occasion. Check these babies out (cuteness!):

Both Sides Now

Bet you didn't know that one of my favorite songs of all Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now. I love the remake she did in 2000 especially. It's haunting. I connect to this song so much, because so much of what she says is about me. How I've let dreams stop me from living in the moment. How I've loved. The things I've desired, the moments of life that have blessed me; taken my breath away. Then the moments of heartbreak and loss... It's about the great mystery of love. Not just about the love story of love, but the heartbreak and challenge that sometimes come with loving. The perspective we only gain through our mistakes. The healing balm of forgiveness. The deep, melodic, experienced voice of Joni as she sings this song, often moves me to tears.

False Eyelashes & Shiny New Faucets

You are looking at a Silver medalist. Keek's class did great! They danced at the Standing Ovation Dance competition in Ft. Saskatchewan this weekend and were awarded a silver medal. She had the biggest smile on her face while she was great to watch her enjoy the moment and remember all the steps as she performed in front of an audience and judges.

The false eyelashes are hard to get used to. They go with the "falsies" because kids seem to react better to them than the mascara, which they rub and smear. Only one more competition to go and she gets to miss school for this one, which will be at the University of Alberta in a couple weeks. We all went out to Montana's to celebrate on Saturday after the dance and Russ said he had the best Ribs of his win win for everyone.

Speaking of Russ, the man who "rocks", he installed a new faucet in the kitchen for me. Not a simple task. We live in an old house. We have copper pipping, so addi…


Have a fabulous weekend! Ours is BUSY...will share more on Monday.