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Fill In The Blank’s Friday

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Here we go…..fill in the blank’s Friday, blanks taken from The Little Things We Do

1.  The holiday season is  a time to enjoy the beautiful lights and decorations and Christmas music and keeping secrets and waiting for the excited look on the kids faces when they open their presents….even when they are all grown up.


2.  When it comes to holiday decorating… I only decorate my living room and the decorations all need to be put up high enough so that the dogs can’t get at them and eat them.   
3. The thing I look forward to most about the holidays is  the Christmas music playing at work and sitting at home in the evening enjoying the lights on my Christmas tree.
4. My favorite holiday tradition is wrapping Christmas presents with my husband in our secret location while we blast the Christmas tunes, then Christmas Eve we pick up all the gifts and bring them into the house after the kids have gone to bed. This is a tradition we started the first year we were married and wanted to keep all of the presents away from the little snoops. It doesn’t seem to be as big of a deal now that we are down to one little snoop, but we will probably still do it because it’s still fun.
5. This year my Christmas plans include  having my mom spend time with us over Christmas, December 22nd through January 3rd…can’t wait!! Also to have the kids over since all but one have moved out.

6.  My favorite holiday food is  the turkey and stuffing, my husband and I have perfected our stuffing recipe and make more than we can ever eat.
I hope everyone has a great Christmas!!! 🙂


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This year I am going to be 50 years old on my birthday…..which is not until Wednesday, by the way! However last night my husband and children took me out to dinner and presented me with my second birthday present… family ring!!

My Family Ring

I love it!!! I really love that it has everyone’s names beside their birthstone so that as I get older and more forgetful I can remember the names of my children and what order they are in. 🙂 …… maybe it will help prevent me from calling them all each others names too, you know what I mean, where you go through all of your children’s names until you get to the one you are trying to say……not that I ever do that.

Oh yes, I must also mention my decoy gift which was the top box in my gift bag…..meant to throw me off, but I dug to the bottom of the bag right away, I’m on to their little tricks……nice try Shana. 🙂


We went to Turtle Jack’s for dinner and the restaurant is right beside the theater so it was really busy on a Saturday night, and they don’t take reservations so we had a bit of a wait. I had trouble deciding what I wanted but finally settled on their Chicken Parmesan, it was quite tasty, but of course the birthday dessert was the best…..I even shared it….a little.

Skor® Brownie Obsession

It was great to have a dinner out with the whole family. Those can be hard to plan when everyone is so busy with their own lives.

After dinner I used my earlier birthday present to take the picture of my ring…That would be my Canon Rebel T4i, which my husband gave me early because he couldn’t wait any longer to see my reaction when I opened it……another gift which I absolutely love.

My early birthday present.

I’m loving this turning 50 thing…’s been going on for a whole month now. 🙂 And yes I feel very loved and spoiled by my family.

The New Droid

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I have mentioned before that I prefer doing laundry over other household chores. Well doing laundry hasn’t been that fun over the past few months. Our beautiful washing machine died on us this summer and since we couldn’t afford to get it fixed right away, we set it aside and rented one from Easy Home… might think that is an odd thing to do but the $20 a week we spent on rent was worth not spending time and money at the laundromat.

The washer we rented was a top load that made a lot of noise, used a lot of water, and I’m not sure it actually cleaned the clothes very well, however that being said it was still better than wasting time at the laundromat.

This past week we finally called someone in to look at our broken washer and see about getting it fixed. The service call was $60 and the repair guy basically plugged it in put it through the cycle….empty and we all believed it was fixed……Happy Day!! That evening we put 3 loads through and it worked, no problem……then, problem. It struggled with the switch between wash and rinse, and then rinse and spin. If you’re familiar with front loads they have a safety feature where they lock and you can’t open the door until the cycle is finished. That’s a problem when you have your daughters work uniform in it washing and it stops without finishing the cycle and you think the door will never unlock and let you get your clothes back. Fortunately it did eventually finish its cycle and unlocked itself.

Obviously the washing machine was not fixed. So we called another repair company and their service call was $75, and their verdict was….buy a new one. The bearings were shot and the cost to fix it was equal to the cost of a new one give or take a hundred dollars or so.

Today we said good-bye to the droid that served us well for the past 6 years……

Good-bye little Droid

and happily welcomed the new droid into our home.

Hello new Droid.

Here’s hoping the new droid enjoys his new home and serves us as well as his predecessor. Welcome home little droid, welcome home. 🙂

Our November Hike

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This summer my husband and I hiked Starkey Hill. It was pretty…..pretty hot and buggy. We told ourselves that we would come back and hike it again in the fall when the temperature was a bit cooler and the mosquitoes were no longer around to carry us away. Well today was that day.

Since I got my new camera I have been dying to get out play with the settings to take pictures in different light. I thought we would just go for a walk around our own neighborhood but my husband suggested that we hike Starkey Hill again. I was game for sure….a chance to play with my camera and a hike to work off the bacon and egg breakfast from Angels Diner.

The hike was great, we met all kinds of other hikers and dog walkers and there was that very special moment when my husband was hiking behind me and out of the blue he said, “These jeans you’re wearing……they do nothing for your butt.” Well I guess I will be donating these pants to goodwill, I can’t go around wearing jeans that are not flattering to my behind.

All in all it was a great day for a hike, most of my pictures turned out alright but I still have some work to do and some things to learn.

Fill In The Blanks Friday….November 17th

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It’s fill in the blanks Friday time……I know, I ran out of time on Friday but I still wanted to do it. I get the blanks from My Little Blessed Life and she links up with The Little Things we Do.  Check out both of their blogs.

1.  My best quality is   I always see the best in people and then it seems to take me by surprise when I finally realize that everyone isn’t as nice or as smart as I expect them to be…..maybe that’s not actually a good quality.

2.  One of my less flattering qualities is I talk too much, especially after work when we are driving home from work and I am on a rant about someone at work who drove me crazy that day with something they did or said (proving to me that they are not as nice or smart as I expected them to be). I also tend to talk too much when I meet up with someone and I need to learn to say “see you later” and move on because I have somewhere to be……usually my husband is waiting for me to tie my tongue in a knot and get moving……yes I definitely talk too much. 🙂
3.  I’d rather be taking photos with my new camera than going to work most days lately. I need to figure out how I can combine the two things. 🙂
4. Something I have been challenged with lately is  getting used to the management styles of two new bosses at work.
5. I am looking forward to  my mom coming to spend Christmas with us!!!! Can’t wait to see her again!!! 😀
6. A super random factoid about me is  I really hate doing the dishes….I would rather do laundry all day than wash and dry dishes, it’s what I don’t like about baking or cooking a big meal…..the dish washing afterwards.
7.  I want to spend more time relaxing at home with my family and less time thinking about what is or isn’t happening at work when I’m not there……something I have to work on.

It’s Not Halloween….So Why The Pranks?

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Got up early this morning to let the whining pups out….I thought about going back to bed but started playing with my new camera so we could say I got a little distracted. 🙂

My husband got up about an hour later and said he was going to go to Tim Horton’s, which is a pretty normal thing for him to do first thing on a Sunday morning. He stepped outside the door and then called me outside. (I took my camera with me thinking maybe he saw something very picture worthy and I would be all ready for it.) Well little pranksters…’s not Halloween so what the heck is this all about?

The front and roof of our car.

Shana’s windshield.

Our car and Shana’s car……not our neighbors cars nor anyone else’s cars on our street……just ours. Maccaroni…..and it’s not the cheap stuff either, and whatever is on Shana’s windshield……looks like oats of some sort.

Anyway, merry pranksters, we are not amused. My husband’s trip to Timmies is also a trip to the car wash to get rid of our noodles and whatever the crap is on our rear window.

Our back window….not going to touch that.

I will soon wake Shana to let her know she has also been pranked by someone or someones who probably thought they were being very funny.

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Myriad Shades of Gray

It comes as no surprise to me that many Christians, and especially pastors, struggle with Remembrance Day, or Veterans Day as it is called in the United States, Armistice Day in other parts of the world. The struggle is born out of the fact that war is generally considered to be a bad thing, and not all wars are created equal. Some it is easy to see the necessity of the conflict and so can be regarded with some degree of honour; others, unfortunately, are much harder to justify and are the source of the philosophical struggle. How does one honour the fallen in an unjust war without giving credence to the conflict we opposed so strongly?

The most common response to this is, “We are not honouring the war; we are honouring the soldiers.” But for many this is a difficult concept to buy into because in their minds…

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