Saturday, November 24, 2007
Another mystery, what happened to my mother's family and where are they all, is now starting to unravel. A simple post on a geneology bulletin board in 2005 has led to a young man named Paul Sharman contacting me - my grandparents are his great great grandparents through my mother's sister, Mary. So he is the same generation as my grandchildren. He's hooked me up with another relative through my mother's sister Carrie - apparantly I still have a first cousin alive in the old neighbourhood, Bermondsy, London. He's 82 and his son Thomas (and wife Janice) have contacted me as well.
I'm so very excited! Now when I go to England, I'll have family connections to make - visits and new friendships to build.
All because of that little paragraph on a bulletin board on the internet.
Ya gotta love the net.
check out my new cousin twice removedl:
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The other day the family came over and it was a cacaphonic melee. You couldn't hear yourself think, let alone talk or anyone else for that matter. We took some pics and here are some of them.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Evan is sure enjoying the water. Like his older brother Derek, he loves water and I think is part fish. I'm sure if I offered him Gillyweed to be able to swim under water for an hour, he'd just love it.
I bought a wonderful book in Gibsons the other day - Charmed Knits. A book full of wonderfully bewitched patterns for the knitting wizard in all of us. I love it. Nathan asked for a wizard's robe - which will make a lovely housecoat around the house! A wizard's wand pouch will add to it and give him the opportunity to dress his part for halloween!
I love the last book of the Harry Potter series. J.K. really pulled it all together nicely and brought out images of the gospel that resonate within each one of us - making the ultimate sacrifice for others! I think I'll review it for one of my columns.
Anyway, I'm back to being a lazy vacationer, enough writing for now!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Birthdays are so special. We only have them once a year but it is a time when we can get together with people we love and let them know how much they mean to us. It was so nice to play with the babies and kids, I've missed them by working so much these days. One day I'll have the time to spend with them, but I'll have to make a point to plan it soon - semi retirement! I wish!
Anyway, life goes on and on and on!
I'll post pics soon as I get them on the computer!
Monday, June 18, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
So, even now I'm at a conference and it's about writing!!! Write! Canada. I'm hoping to improve my writing and work on a future that includes more writing.
So pray for me that I'll learn stuff, meet inspiring people and make contacts that will benefit me in the future.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I get to work and slowly sip on my Tim's while I turn on my email. Oh my gosh, look at all that red... Ok, so I'll get started reading them but then comes the mass invasion, one after the other people enter my office, 'hi', 'how are you today','what's up' and my personal favourite 'whoa, are you ok?' So, it's almost 1030 and I haven't finished reading the emails. Check the voice mail. More interruptions. Crisis in the parking lot. Staff meeting, I'll check the emails later.
This is a normal day. There is usually very little difference from one day to the next. And it's amazing that anything ever gets done when what seems like chaos and disorder is the main course. However, there is a kind of order in the chaos - chaorder. Not only do things get done, a lot of things get done.
However, in all of this, some things get left out. I've been wanting to phone my friend, Linda, however, by the time the chaorder is over it's too late to call her. She's tucked away in dreamland by the time I get my boys settled down in the evening - the time difference is three hours.
I'll have to settle for trying to remember during tomorrow's chaorder. I've found that if I program my phone to beep and remind me to do something, I'll get it done.
Monday, May 14, 2007
My brother Terry always likes to write a little verse in all the cards he sends. He's a real character who likes to laugh and always has a questionable joke for me, being careful not to tell me anything too extreme!
Everyone is so different - for these occasions, I just am happy to know that my family love me and want to spend time with me. I have no need for anything really, but I'll always take a gift certificate for knitting supplies or books!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
I am so delighted. My editor from the Salvationist.ca sent me a note saying that they entered three of my articles to the Canadian Christian Press Awards and my articles won. You can read about it on http://www.salvationist.ca/2007/canadian-church-press-awards-of-merit/ and read the entry for May 7th. I was really tickled pink!
I've been doing a lot of contemplating lately about what I need to challenge me. Sometimes I think I need to do something different with my life. A move, or a change, perhaps. Then I think, no way, I'm not leaving here - I love what I'm doing. But I know that at some point we may be asked to do something different. What that will be I don't know.
However, I do know that sometimes we get sidetracked from our path with many temptations. One of the ways the enemy likes to sidetrack us is with pride. Yes, pride. I spoke about pride last Sunday at our service - that's because God has really spoken to me about the subject. I hate that! The path He has before us is for "us" not for others. And their path is not ours. What will be, will be God's will.
So, in light of all of these revelations, I'm going to get back on track. I did get sidetracked, I wandered off the path. However, even that wandering, in and of itself, becomes a part of the path that I follow, till it leads to growth in character and maturity in the Spirit.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Well, Nathan has been sick with stomache flu and he's passed it on to Evan. It seems that the flu bug just doesn't want to leave us alone. I'm taking Nathan to the dr's this week to have him checked out - he's been sick a lot this year and missed a lot of school. Hopefully, we can get him on the mend soon. I'm not sure how much more stuff Ed and I are gonna want to wipe up!!! Poor boy!
Well, life has a way of taking the mickey out of you sometimes. It's been a trying time - looking for balance and peace. I noticed that for the last few years, February and March are not good months for me. It seems like the busy time from September till now ends up with me very tired, flared up and feeling generally lousy. I usually check out in May and count the days till vacation. This year we get five weeks holiday and I can't wait until I can relax at my trailer and snooze under the canopy listening to the breeze. Those dreams will sustain me till then.
I bought a new book today - a new author. I was at Chapters spending my gift card from Derek for Christmas, and I was quickly browsing through the mystery section and noticed a book - "The Various Haunts of Men" by Susan Hill. Hopefully, I'll like it. The last time that happened I ended up with over seven books by Stephen Booth - he's turned out to be one of my favourite mystery writers now.
Life has a way of making sure you keep your sense of humour. Today I received an email from someone about balance. Instead of forwarding it, I'm going to print it here:
A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience
raised a glass of water and asked: 'How heavy is this glass of
water?' Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter. It dependson how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a
problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right
arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the
heavier it becomes.' He continued, 'And that's the way it is with
stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or
later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to
carry on. '
'As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. '
'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now,let them down for a moment if you can.' So, my friend, why not take a
while to just simply RELAX. Put down anything that may be a burden to you
right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while
Life is short - Enjoy it !
Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
- If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague
- Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
- When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
What? Rip the whole thing out?
So she did and then I did.
First I started with the edging. I had to do some snipping, which meant I had fluffies everywhere from the yarn - Sirdar's Snuggly Bubbly, a yarn with little nubbies every inch or so. I was good with that though. Not as bad as the dog hair lately. Once I got through the edging, I was ready to find that elusive end and begin to take it apart.
The only way to do it is to rip. Just grab it and rip away, rolling it all back up again into a ball. Roll after roll, rip after rip. Now I've started all over again. This time in the right size for Mailea. Even though she's six, she measures only a 22 chest size which is what they usually give for a two year old. She's a good head smaller than the others in her class but no one will know what size the poncho is, it will be made just for her.
Ripping out the poncho made me think of a prayer I know well...
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
and the wisdom to know the difference.
It hit me like a Tsunami. One minute I was fine, the next minute the head's in a bowl. My goodness, at least now the chicken noodle soup is staying down (or in) and we're all on the mend. We're watching though cause little Sean had a relapse this morning after everyone thinking he was over it.
Next year I'm making sure I don't forget my flu shot.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
My two babies are finally together again! Seeing Allie Cat and SydSyd together is just wonderful. SydSyd is not sure at all just what to make of Allie Cat and I think she's a bit jealous when Nana is holding her. Allie Cat is just sweet though, just like her mom, gentle and lots of smiles and cuddles. SydSyd is just like her mom too, well, Sarah, we won't go into that, will we!
I'm so happy that Sheena and Mike and their babies are home now. It seemed forever and a day that they were gone and now here we are all together again. And let me tell you that when we're all together - it's absolute chaos. But together with chaos is better than not together at all. I will put up with chaos - I'm actually getting used to it. When I'm really tired it's hard, but if I'm well rested I'm up for it.
Say good bye, Syd & Allie, see you again soon!