Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Patriotic Retirement

Something to think about:
There's about 40 million people over 50 in the work force; pay them $2 million apiece severance with three stipulations:
1) They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings.
Unemployment fixed.
2) They buy NEW American cars.
Forty million cars ordered...Auto Industry fixed.
3) They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage.
Housing Crisis fixed.
All National financial problems fixed for a mere $80 million, not $3trillion

Coloured Folks

~this was written by a black gentleman in Texas
when I was born, I was black
when I grew up I was black
when I went into the sun I stayed black
when I got cold I was black
when I was scared I was black
and when I die I'll be black.
Now you "white folks....
when you were born you're pink
when you grow up you're white
when you go into the sun you get red
when you're cold you turn blue
when you're scared you turn yellow
when you get sickyou're green
when you bruise you turn purple
and when you die you look gray
So, who are you calling Coloured folks?


~copied from the Fort St. John Coffee Talk
While shopping for vacation clothes, my husband & I passed a display of bathing suits. It had been at least 10 years and twenty pounds since I had considered buying a bathing suit, so I sought my husband's advice. "What do you think?" I asked. "Should I get a bikini or an all-in-one?" "Better get a bikini," he replied, "You'd never get it all in one."
He's still in intensive care.

In the morning Hubby & I hit the road, driving to Kenora, Ontario. We are taking three 8-hour days across the Prairies...Northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and just over the border into Ontario. Look for pictures and Road trip stories :)

A New Pair

Dad & Mom's old laundry set was worn out after 16 years of service. Well, to be precise, it was the washer that was hicupping. Rather than have Mom deal with that on top of all else, we bought, delivered and installed a new pair for them.

Out with the old...

and in with the new...

the dryer...

The washer! Look how user friendly this is for those who have a hard time reading the small print...lok at the pictures beside each function and the row of lights above them to tell you what cycle is going. Very handy :)

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Monday, June 15, 2009


So....if mid-week is hump day, then is mid-month hump day as well??I mean...if those who determine these things have come up with a title to celebrate mid-week, then doesn't it stand to reason to also celebrate mid-month...just curious :)

I have just about everything ready to throw the Bridal Shower this evening for this wonderful Friend :)I'm looking forward to a very casual, fun evening celebrating love.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Full Saturday

Yesterday afternoon came around hot and sunny. Perfect for a Strawberry Tea with Girlfriends.

Afterwards I came home, picked up Hubby and we headed out to my Brother & Sis-in-law's place out in the country. A perfect afternoon for a drive. Here you see the huge addition (in the back) they are building onto the existing log home, making the living space huge!!

And a perfect afternoon for Nephew to hang out on the pond in a row boat :)

And a perfect afternoon for Niece and us to have a wiener and marshmello roast.

Can't forget the! A perfect ending to a hot day...just lazing back with Hubby (l) and brother(r)

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Yes, I'm alive....

Yikes, it's hard to believe I haven't posted anything since Monday. It's been busy and we've really taken advantage of this gorgeous weather. We've been outdoors enjoying the yard, working in the small raspberry patch and just sitting in the shade :)
Today we went out to my parent's place for lunch and then our oldest son and Hubby built a new set of steps to their porch. Mom & I sat out on the porch swing and watched the guys work...that's the way to get the job done :)
We go out to visit my parents every week (they live a half hour drive from town) and since Dad is unable to do anything around the house, Hubby has been doing the few little things he can to help.
Now it's time for me to shower off the Off we had to slather on us. Mosquitoes came in swarms before the thunder storm rolled in.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Tis the Season....

....for sunburns, if you do not carefully protect your skin. I know this...I mean, how often is it put before us in commercials, advertisements, signs posted at campgrounds and beaches....yet we seem to forget the discomfort, heat and damage sunburn does to us every year after the long winter passes. I'm just as guilty and did get sunburned yesterday while out visiting our son and his family at the campground. I didn't even sit out in the sun for long at all!! I certainly wasn't in a bikini, like this cartoon gal was(God spare the vision that would have been)...but still the UV rays penetrated thru the shade of the trees. I am on meds that make me sensitive to the summer sun, so I see I need to carry a bottle of sunblock with me anytime I'm going to be out for any length of time...lesson learned :)

Friday, June 5, 2009

A "Handmade" Bridal Shower

I scrapped 3 LOs today. I am hosting a Bridal Shower for one of my friends and since this is a second marriage for both, she has requested no gifts nor traditional Shower or Stagette. She is a scrapbooker so I thought that rather than the usual cards, I made a LO for us gals to sign and Congratulate her. I also scrapped the Invitation. We are a group of friends that are in a Bible Study together so I also scrapped a Blessing Prayer for the Couple. she can go ahead and add these to her Album.
I have been on a Card making stint these past several months and decided to make bundles of 6 cards, tied with ribbon, to give away as gifts for the couple games we're going to play :)

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

The "Sweet Smell" of Revenge

"She spent the first day packing her belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases.

On the second day, she had the movers come and collect her things.

On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candle-light, put on some soft background music, and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of spring-water.
When she had finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of the curtain rods.

She then cleaned up the kitchen and left. When the husband returned with his new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days.
Then slowly, the house began to smell.

They tried everything; cleaning, mopping and airing the place out.

Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were steam cleaned.
Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters, during which they had to move out for a few days and in the end they even paid to replace the expensive wool carpeting.
Nothing worked!!!

People stopped coming over to visit..
Repairmen refused to work in the house.
The maid quit.

Finally, they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move.
A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they could not find a buyer for their stinky house.

Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls.

Finally, they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.

The ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going.
He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house

Knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was, he agreed on a price that was about 1/10 th of what the house had been worth, but only if she were to sign the papers that very day.
She agreed and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork.

A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home........

And to spite the ex-wife, they even took the curtain rods


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Happy Birthday, Son!!

Wow! You are 29 today, Son!! How did that happen so fast? Enjoy the final year in your 20s before entering a new decade :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Does This Sound Even a Little Familiar?

It's a warm day and my, my, just doing a bit of work outside, even in the shade was sweaty work....but I'm not about to complain :P We've waited SO long for this lovely summer weather, so it's wonderful to sit and inhale all the delightful scents coming from blossoms and foliage. Even the heat off the roads gives off a hot tar smell.

I went to the Chiro this morning and then over to Walmart to buy a new mop. I have taken the old mop to the point of new baldness. Since G was to mop the floors, he protested against using such a pitiful mop, so I bought a new pays off to have Hubby do chores once in a while :)

We got home and did the chores. I cleaned the bathrooms thoroughly, even sorting thru lotion bottles and stuff that gets cluttered and are almost empty anyhow. I think I have to use every last tiny bit of product before throwing it away, but seriously...after a few years of having a particular summer shimmer lotion, can I not just toss it with maybe several applications left?? At times I'm SO Dutch!! The other thing I tossed were the bottles of body spray, that I love to use in the summer just fo0r a light scent, but by now some were old and needed to be tossed. So, I feel like my bathroom is tidier with less junk hanging around :)
I'll leave you with this little chuckle....and I mean chuckle because this has happened countless times to me...LOL!

*Suspicious Delivery*

There was an unexpected knock on my door, and like I always do I first opened the peephole and asked, "Who's there?"

"Parcel post, ma'am. I have a package that needs a signature."

"Where's the package?" I asked suspiciously. The deliveryman held it up.

"Could I see some ID?" I said, still not convinced.

"Lady," he replied wearily, "if I wanted to break into your house, I'd probably just use these." And he pulled out the keys I had left in the door.

Monday, June 1, 2009



Busy little bees
You flutter to and fro,
Visiting the flowers,
To help the garden grow.

When you're busy working,
I know that summer's here
Because your buzz-buzz-buzzing sound
Is all that I can hear.
Marie E. Cecchini