Friday, January 30

What is this strange material?

After 25 days of sleeping in the kitchen and wondering if it would ever end waiting, the flooring was ripped out and replaced with this interesting laminate.
It looks like wood, feels grainy like wood. But it's not!
Here is the kitchen:
I now wear slippers and socks when I am out of bed, and wandering the new flooring.
They locked us in the living room and I had to be awake by 9 am on this special day, which threw my sleep schedule off. I didn't feel well that evening so I played hooky, skipped work, called in absent.
The husband did most of the tidying up after the guys left, which was nice because I had just done a very through cleaning of the house, the day before and the laminate layers didn't think it part of their job to clean up and remove the mess they left behind.
I'm thankful that he took the initiative, because I thought we had an agreement, in which I did the dishes and he kept the bathroom clean. But sadly, I find I'm doing both because my grime tolerance is much lower then his.
Anyone want to come visit and see my new flooring?

Thursday, January 29

You've Got Mail

  I grew up in a rural area, where we had to walk 2 km each way (23 minutes according to Google maps) to pick up our mail from big green boxes. I have fond memories of a little red wagon, my mom and sister, on warm sunny days. We walked because my mom loved to walk and get us out of the house. Some days we would pick up the mail on the way to town, it was always a treat to be allowed to unlock the box and gather the treasures. Fast forward to 2006, they shorten our address, dropped the rural route to our street address and, (We still don't have the address posted on the driveway yet) changed our postal code, and gave us red boxes on tall legs.  Fast fwd to 2008, in St. John's they have the same red boxes, and no one on our street gets mail delivered to their doors. We all walk to the box and pick up our mail! Normally this would be a bright spot in my day, but it's been so windy and cold here, I dread the 0.1 km walk.  So twice a week I go pick up the mail.  
 Yesterday everything in the box was for me! My new visa card (long story), some gift certificates from a recent Partylite Order, and a handmade bookmark from my MIL.
  The bookmark was a surprise!
I've been participating in online swaps recently because I love getting things in the mail.

Yesterday I mailed off my Kitchen Swap Items.. Now I eagerly await my package in return.

What is your favorite items to receive in the mail?
Edit: My dad posted our address on our driveway last week, March 2010

Wednesday, January 28

I've been struggling with what to blog about. Why do I blog? Who cares what I blog?
 I am finding I am slipping into my winter funk again. This happened a few years ago, when I didn't get much sunshine or outside time.
 Maybe it's more my thoughts just get stuck in a dark abyss and I have a hard time wrenching them out. I sleep 12-14 hours a day. My countenance stays cheery but my brain feels like it's drowning. I become anti social, I hate being in crowds. I just wrap my self in my little community of people (here it's the cat and husband) I watch a lot of TV/Movies. I hate working out, and getting physical exercise in a gym.  Normally I would go sledding or snowboarding, but here on the East Coast, it's too cold to even walk to the post office.

So just hold tight while I work though this, I will be back, and I will start commenting on your blogs again too once again.

Friday, January 23

Squared x3

This is Daxter's favorite thing to do, when the Mister and I are playing on our computers
Tada! I tried a knit 3, purl 3.
This is the true color, and for some reason this photo looks odd.

Saturday, January 17

Be back in a Week..

Gone Fishing...

(Actually I'm working a few different projects, like possibly a new blog and just enjoy life in general)

Photo: Jewel in QCI

Friday, January 16

Who is holding the reins today?

  • Tell the devil today, he is a liar, He will not take your joy, your peace or disturb your spirit. 
  • Tell him he cannot sleep in your bed - there's not enough cover. 
  • Tell him he cannot sit in your chair - you will not give him a cushion of comfort. 
  • Tell him he can't touch your body - it's covered with the blood of Jesus! 
  • Tell him he cannot audit your finances - you've changed accountants! 
  • Tell him he cannot enter your home - the locks have been changed. 
  • Tell him to leave your workplace - he's not on the list of things to do today. 
  • Tell him to take his hands off your children - because you've had hands laid on them. 
  • Tell him you have no time for nonsense, criticism, or fears - you are on a mission, and you walk by faith. 
  • Tell him no more tears, heartaches or headaches - because there's another, He that restores your soul.
  • Tell him, today, you have a gentle, powerful inner peace within, that consumes you and leaves no room for confusion. 
  • Tell him, today, you will respond soothingly to a crying child, a tense spouse, or an impatient friend. 
  • Tell him, today, you will find no fault with a relative, friend, or colleague. 
  • Tell him to leave your tongue alone - for today you will not talk about anyone, before placing God at the beginning of your thought.
  • Tell him, wherever you are,  God is. Tell him, God said, "My people will abide in a peaceful habitation... and in a quiet resting place." (Isaiah 32:18)

Today, tell him he is a liar!

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33)
While you are making these statements of faith and fact, try reading the devil his rights just like the police do for anyone they arrest!
(1) You have the right to remain silent.
(2) You have the right to a fair trial - to be given to you by the saints before they drop-kick you into the pit of hell forever.
(3) You have the right to know that anything you say or do CAN and WILL be held against you.

Wednesday, January 14

Toasty Toes

I have been sitting here looking at this spring/pastel bumpy yarn, wondering what I can create. 
I have made so scarves, I am ready to be challenged. I want to make socks, They I've been browsing my new favorite site Knitty, I've figured out that I need more tools and patience. 
The patterns are free, and yarn is easy to come by.
(tons of 80's sweaters at the Value Village that I can unravel)
I need to get my mom to look at home, 
because I am sure that have a wack of needles from my last attempt at knitting.
(needles are so expensive brand new) 

Tuesday, January 13

Some days  I feel like this cat... :D Have you ever had a day like this? What did you do to make it better?

Monday, January 12

plumb outta thoughts

So how about you ask me questions and I will answer them.... Sound good? Ready? Set.... GO!

Friday, January 9

Happy Birthday Husband

Today Mr.Shiny turns 27!

 When he came home from work (being after midnight) he was allowed to open his gifts.  I bought Mens face scrub from Body Shop, a photo album, dark Lindors, a calligraphy marker (when he opened the album he thought it was going to be a book. (oops)  So I think I may have to find him a nifty and unique writing book. I also bought a book for both of us to use. It's called the Dimwit's dictionary and it's very amusing and entertaining.
  I made a cake, by request,  it's Chocolate Fudge/Cherry/Brownie. But no eating that until after dinner, which won't comprise of perogies because I couldn't find them or anyone to ask about them. (I search the frozen foods at least 3 times)

Sadly I have to work both Saturday and Sunday but the good news is the birthday boy gets to relax, so that ties in the day of silence, which was on his birthday request list. (Among a Wii and Mac computer)

Wednesday, January 7


on a compliment.
  Mr.Shiny: "You know that you look very pretty with out make up on?"
Me:(slightly stunned feeling) "Oh?"
 Mr. Shiny: "You should never wear make up."

Later trying to dig some detail out of him, the response I was given is, "You look more natural without it"
 So it's been a make up free week, in honor of him and his birthday!

Here is my finished baby scarf!

I've started another scarf twice and taken it a part twice now too.
We shall see what conspires from it.

Friday, January 2

Have you?

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child (I have to world vision children)
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb - I've been around lambs, and petted them. But I can't remember if I've held one.
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run - Back in the day.. playing with siblings yes.
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors - Both of my parents are from USA... (I've been there)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling - Almost....
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater - I wish!!
55. Been in a movie - We made lots of movies as teens.

56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching - I've seen them on the ferry!
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving - I want to do this!!
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (Sprained a finger)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox - My  Mom thinks I've had them...
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous (Stephen Harper)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person (I've been in to Alama, Mexico, does that count?)
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

What would you add this to list??

Thursday, January 1

Cleaning & baking

I started this new year off with some cleaning, after sleeping until mid afternoon.
I decided to vacuum the entire place. Which lead to my dismay finding out the futon was covered in mildew, possibly mold.. (It was under our mattress)
So it's now residing on the fence outside. Our bedroom looks like this:
 Our Mattress is now in the living room, and I'm waiting for someone's W.O.W. account to expire, so he will do the dishes and then watch a movie with me.

After my cleaning was finished, I was inspired to make Orginal Chipit Cookies, but I realized I had no eggs. So I went to and found this interesting recipe
Butternut Balls

Love messages on Butternut Balls..... Decorated with Mint Chocolate Chips!