Monthly Archives: September 2008

You Just Never Know….

I wonder how we survived without internet before?  Do you ever wonder?  Everything is just a few clicks away including good friends, their inspirations, their ideas…thoughts…joys… and I so love it.

I have a lot of interests and I can be quite spontaneous.  Reading everyone’s lovely blog has given me more interests, awareness and inspiration.  Remember some time back I visited Tootsie and made what I’m calling a    Teapot Part Garden Birdfeeder? 

I made one for my girlfriend’s birthday….put one in the wheelbarrow at the cottage… ….

then I had my table “adorned” with these cute little one cuppers…    Are they not sweet???? 

A lady at work thought it would be an ideal gift to take a “High Tea Wedding” and asked me to make one for her.    I decided after making one that I’d continue making the others so she would have a choice….    

   I added little tags with instructions and  adorned each one with an organza bag of birdfeed…     and brought them all in to work.   Everyone just thought they were so cute and I sold them all.   I was sooo surprised and happy that others had the same response to them as I did.  I ended up with 7 additional orders.  The fun turned into some profit along the way.  You just never know….


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Busy Week & Outrageous Brownies and Sick!

Really tired….and didn’t realize it….

This week sure has been busy.  I am again facilitating Personality Dimensions to many first year student classes.    This week I have 5 of them scheduled.  Two yesterday, one today, one Thursday and one on Friday.  Each session is almost 3 hours.  On top of that my regular work is busy.  I sure put in my time with lecturing in that workshop, then getting the students oriented on  using PD cards  to determine their preferred Temperament style.  Then we have a mass confusion while I try to get them into groups to work on some questions, they present to the class and then I tie it altogether for them.  In between that I run from front to back,  to side to back to front to side of the class, clarifying what it is they are doing.  Its rather crazy I think but I love it anyway.

Anyway…. After  6 hours of that yesterday I couldn’t wait to get home to have a soothing cup of tea and put my feet up.  At the time it never occurred to me that I really got home 2 hours later than usual as a result and it was too late for me to be drinking tea if I was going to plan on sleeping that night…  caffeine…

So I was up most of the night, wandering  around and blogging and crawling back to sleep and walking…you know?  It was not much fun.  Today I dragged myself through another busy day catching up and then I had a another late Personality Dimensions workshop and got home 2 hours later again. .   Somewhere between feeling tired and wanting to relax I had chocolate on my mind.  Somewhere I forgot the reason why I was sleepy when I decided I would make the 10 minute each way walk to the store for “exercise sake”, to buy chocolate for the Outrageous Brownies I was going to bake.  Back at home I changed into comfy clothes and started melting chocolate only to realize I had no flour!!!  I changed BACK into my outdoor clothes  and walked  my sore feet to a closer convenience store to buy the flour….so that’s why I forgot to take pics of the process of making these brownies I wanted to share with you….especially to show you allll the chocolate going into it!  This is the Outrageous Brownies recipe   full of all goodness!  Try it and if you do be sure to come back and let me know what YOU think.  YUMMMMY!

But…this is how they look coming out of the oven.  At  9:45 p.m. last night this is finally how all my dishes look after I’d cleaned up after mixing the brownies.    and like this   and this   …just a helter skelter of a wash….  It’s a bigggg pan of chocolate a whole 36 oz of chocolate … 3 different kinds and nuts too!  AND I can’t dare have a taste tonight because… know…I’d be up half the night again.   You know…sometimes you just forget how tired you are until you are realllly tired.    Nite nite….

update…now I never did post that last night.  I was just tooo tired!  Today I brought in a big plate of the brownies to share at work.  Soon after my tiredness and headachy and achey feelings of this week sprung on me and I realized I’ve been fighting some kind of “bug” thats been going around at work.   I came home and have been sleeping it off all afternoon.  I’m sitting here for a minute sending these pics to you and back to bed I go.  Nite nite again….

Hope YOU have had a lovely day.



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Kathleen’s Giveaway and SuperCommenter Award Presentations

Kathleen at Magikquilter has a lovely giveaway taking place on her blog.  She is putting together an assortment from her Laura Ashley and Liberty of London fabrics and lace and buttons that will make a pretty project!  Take a look, enter and congratulations to her on her 100th post!


Thanks, Patty! Thanks, Gautami!   Finishing Business

A while backI was honoured to receive a Super Commenter’s Award from Sally.  I don’t know about all the ettiquette at blogland but I think I should have forwarded on this award.  In any case I would like to pass them along and I believe the rules are as follows:

1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and a link to his/her blog so that it can be visited by everyone.

3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link of the blog that presented him/her the award.

4. The award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5. Show these rules.

Blogging is a wonderful form of sharing and meeting new friends and can’t be complete without acknowledging that we’ve actually been there.    It wouldn’t be as special without exchanging thoughts, comments and support.  I would like to pass the award along to 5 Super Commenters who brighten my day with their comments:   Kathleen , Shelly,  Faith , Dawn, and Penny .   Visit these ladies and their lovely blogs and don’t forget to leave them a comment! 

I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it.
William Faulkner

Have a lovely day!



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Blue Monday

Blue Monday   Sally  from SmilingSally is hosting Blue Monday  today.  Be sure to go to her blog and see all the other lovely blue goodies.  I am participating today and found some more blue in my home and I took a picture outdoors as well!  I had worked for 7 years part-time in a home-furnishings store, in addition to my fulltime job.  Beside the cash was a big basket with some very dry soil and a crooked african violet sat lopsided on one side of it.  It had huge leaves, a long, bare spine and it was always, always FULL of flowers.   It was amazing because it never saw real light and I used to call her “Matilda”.  When she was rather dry I’d take the whole basket to the back and give her a good soak.  Then she’d just sit there again flowering….and become really dry and so the pattern continued.  

We knew our store was going to close at some point.  Without our knowing it our manager took 14 leaves from Matilda and rooted them.  She potted each one and they grew leaves very quickly.  We had a farewell party once the store did close and we were all touched to tears when we were given a little pot of “Matilda”.  I’ve had her for 3 years and she is so large and has beautiful leaves but has only flowered one little flower…until right now.  I was so excited to see these little flowers sprouting.  Baby Matilda… 

I was given this ceramic container full of cookies.  I have managed to keep it in my kitchen and inside I place receipts I want to keep for a while and not lose. 

I also want to show the hydrangeas again that are growing in a neighbour’s yard at the cottage.  Oh how I love them.  I love this colour and hope to plant some myself next year. 

A couple of years ago when the Love Bunny and I went to Vegas we purchased  an F.A.O Schwarz  mug for him and one for me.  We keep them at my place.  His is the blue one and mine is red.     Its a great size mug with great size memories.


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Friday Trivia #2 About Animals

I don’t know about you but I really love to read trivia questions.  I am NOT however good at playing Trivial Pursuit.  I think those things don’t stick in my brain very long….today its so darn interesting and tomorrow I’ll think now what was it I read??? well its almost gone that fast…

I am sharing some animal trivia with you today.  There are some very interesting animal facts out there…some worth remembering and some?…well some not so worth fretting over cuz you forgot already…

After reading what was the most interesting snippit of information?  I would never have thought that its physically impossible for a pig to look up into the sky…!

The first bird domesticated by man was the goose.

There are more chickens in the world than people.

Chickens absorb vitamin-D through their combs from sunshine.

The average hen will lay 227 eggs a year

Roosters can’t crow if they can’t fully extend their necks.

A group of geese on the ground is gaggle, a group of geese in the air is skein.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

Chickens that lay brown eggs have red ear lobes. There is a genetic link between the two.

The female pig is the fastest barnyard mama. Miss Piggy gestates in three months, three weeks, and three days.

The underside of a horse’s hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.

The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ head enables it to see all four feet at all times.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs, because a cows’ knees can’t bend properly to walk back down.

Lots of animal trivia.

A female swine, or a sow, will always have a even number of teats or nipples, usually twelve.

A pig is a hog — hog is a generic name for all swine — but a hog is not a pig. In the terminology of hog raising, a pig is a baby hog less than ten weeks old. Source: “2201 Fascinating Facts”

Twelve or more cows are known as a “flink.”

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

A Holstein’s spots are like fingerprints — no two cows have the same pattern of spots.

A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

A pig’s penis is shaped like a corkscrew.

A pig’s skin is thickest at the back — 1/6 of an inch.

The “wild” horses of western North America are actually feral, not wild.

Over the average lifespan of 11 years, a dog will cost you $13,350.00.

When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny.

The way to get more mules is to mate a male donkey with a female horse.

A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won’t.

Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.

Today’s cattle are descended from two species: wild aurochs — fierce and agile herd animals that populated Asia, North Africa and Europe — and eotragus — anantelope-like, Asian forest creature.

Horses cannot vomit.

Goat’s eyes have rectangular pupils.

A 1,200-pound horse eats about seven times it’s own weight each year.

A capon is a castrated rooster.

A Cornish game hen is really a young chicken, usually 5 to 6 weeks of age, that weighs no more than 2 pounds.

A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

A Holstein’s spots are like a fingerprint or snowflake. No two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots.

A normal cow’s stomach has four compartments: the rumen, the recticulum (storage area), the omasum (where water is absorbed), and the abomasum ( the only compartment with digestive juices).

A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.

It is physically impossible for pigs to lookup into the sky.

Brown eggs come from hens with red feathers and red ear lobes; white eggs come from hens with white feathers and white ear lobes.  Shell color is determined by the breed of hen and has no effect on its quality, nutrients or flavor.


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9/11 Remembered – Always


God Bless The USA

Where were you on September 11, 2001when tragedy struck at the World Trade Center? 

For me it was just another morning at work in Canada, as it was suppoed to be for many others in New York.  My son called to tell me to put the radio on that there had been a terrible accident…that a passenger airplane had just hit the World Trade Center!  In one of our offices was a little TV and my co-workers and I rushed in to turn it on.   We saw the 2nd airplane hit the building and quickly learned it wasn’t an accident.  It was so devastating…everything around us was buzzing…and then we had silence.  It just couldn’t be real.

In all the aftermath, as in the United States, we in Canada and across the world realized how vulnerable we are.  Since that day we have seen and felt the pain of the families, friends, co-workers, neighbours, everyone involved with that day and who continue to try to understand. 

I’m not an American.  My significant other is,  but that doesn’t matter because I would still love Lee Greenwood’s song “God Bless the USA” (click to hear it at the top).   It has wonderful strength and passion as do our Neighbours.  So when I hear the words I think of the U.S.A.,  and I think of Canada and I think of the everlasting hope for peace around the world.  May it begin with this new day……as we remember 9/11.


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“A friend is a gift you give yourself.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson,

I was thinking about this past summer with its sunny skies and warm weather, the fun and special times with family and friends.  And I thought about Kirsti.  She is my oldest and dearest, my best friend.  We’ve known each other since we were 15 and we went to school together.  “It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” – by John Leonard   

Kirsti and I have shared so much together throughout the years.   Shortly after we started hanging out I got her her first job working at Kresge’s.  We worked in the snackbar together.  “Your friend is someone who knows all about you and still likes you.” – Elbert Hubard. 

Now we sit and talk about our school days together and what we’d get into and what we talked each other out of….and we laugh.  “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”  – Henry Ford

We stood for each other at our weddings and we are godparents to each others eldest child.   We had a wonderful time this past Labour Day weekend when she and her husband visited and spent the night with us.  

We exchanged belated birthday gifts… 

we laughed wholeheartedly at silly things   

“It is a sweet thing, friendship, a dear balm, A happy and auspicious bird of calm…” – Shelly


 I tried on my new belt with garden utensils just perfect for container gardening.   My gift from her had a balcony gardening theme to brighten my time outdoors on the balcony.     “Friends are like flowers, beautiful flowers; friends are like flowers in the garden of life.”  – Unknown 

I am blessed to have Kirsti as my best friend.  I know I can always count on her because she takes the time for our friendship even when her day is full and sometimes that can be difficult, and I know, because I have those same days with her.     “Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.”  – Unknown

Who is your best friend….your spouse, your child, your parent, your dearest friend….what has brought you two together?

Have a lovely day….


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