Monday, 20 November 2017

Memo, Mail & Me Me: It's Monday Nov 20th

Good Monday Morning & what a powerful day it is.  I trust that everyone is well.


There was a combo memo/email received late Friday.  One of our students that works at the clinic part time has decided to give up the position as it's her 4th & maybe final year at university, she wants to spend more focused time on her studies.  I must admit I am not disappointed, JM is rather a difficult staff member for various reasons but of late it is primarily her lack of attention & focus on the job at hand which has lead to several errors. Previously The Boss has indicated he would like to dismiss her, but her resigning saves him the headache.  I must admit, I was impressed & thankful that she did give us several weeks notice, so her last day is late December just before we shut down for a Christmas break.
The dread of resume reading - again!
Again on the email front, I sent out an email to previous student employees to ask if any of them know a friend or school mate that would be interested in a part time position.  I found this saves time & dollars posting on social media sights such as Indeed.  I was quite surprised when one of our non-student previous employees replied she would be very interested in this part time position!  It would be a great fit as she was a good worker, the patients really liked her & I wouldn't have to spend any time training her, maybe just refresh her on some of our clinic protocols.  The only negative is that when she quit the clinic she gave absolutely no notice.  That lack of courtesy still rattles my chain.  I am thinking long & hard about this one ...  What would you do?

The fur girls have been not very helpful while I was in the living room making some preparations for the soon Christmas decorating.  In particular Sooty was up on everything in that room & knocked over a plant stand with pot (no plant in it).  Thankfully she wasn't hurt & the pot did not break, but let me tell you I was not happy with her naughtiness.  
Did I Do That?

Just a short 30 minutes later she was entertaining Mr Man & me with her antics in a rather too small box with a catnip heart.  
 
Sooty giving us cuteness overload


Where as Smokey is much more an observer & sat in the window to watch the snow flurries


Oh cats!   

This Sunday was a mixed bag of weather & for me a mixed bag of emotions.  I talked to my best friend, who lives in Calgary, Alberta, for a short 2 hour conversation.  I miss her terribly, I miss her with such an ache in my heart.  She is my friend that is a safe harbour for my heart & soul.  


Then at church on Sunday, one of the ladies told me she liked my beret (hat) she said she had one too but only wore it on days that her hair was unwashed & behaving badly.  I was so taken back by this compliment that seemed to also smack me about the head.  
 
Snow Flurries Across The Open Field

 Then to finish me for the day, we were running errands in the city closest to us & I found in one store the perfect birthday gift for one of my in town friends, who I am meeting for lunch on Tuesday.  AJ is an ugly Christmas sweater & hot chocolate fanatic.  When  we got home, I unpacked my bags & saw that the gift was not in any of them.  I called the store right away, yes they found it still sitting at the cash, so they have put aside for me to pick up, which means about 1 1/2 hours round trip to go fetch.  Darn.
 
AJ's Birthday Gift


I just remind myself, that this to shall pass ...  

Happy week ahead everyone & to my American friends Happy Thanksgiving this Thursday. Remember turkey is the only food you can gobble.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Take Three Thursday - Tree Bathing


In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.   The idea is to take photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in. What have you noticed this week? 

Have a peek at what others have found this week:
Maggie at: FarmersWifeDayByDay  

Linda at lindasphotoblog.blogspot.ca 
Karen at Random Reflections 
Artful Journey at nanskidrewski.blogspot.ca

 This week my Three use a throw back of photos with current noticing.  

I have recently been reading, watching, attending & listening to a lot of information about our world, our environment.  It stresses me to think how careless we as humans are with the only place of residence for us.  Every where we look there are effects from global warming, the delayed results from over consumerism, the attitude that it's there for our taking.  One suggestion was that we need to re-connect with nature so that we can appreciate it so that we save it from us.  Nature also heals us & provides for us to live a sustainable life.

One of the things I have "discovered" or probably more likely late to another party, is something called Forest Bathing.  It was developed in Japan in the 1980s as a method of preventive health care.  The Japanese call this Shinrin-yoku, Forest Therapy.  Maybe this is the natural out of doors version of Hygge.    You can read more about the wonders & science of Forest Bathing here:  Forest Bathing

After accumulating stress, I always find myself naturally drawn to walk in some of my favourite woods.  My three this week are three of those places.  All three do have a water element within which makes it easier for me to entice Mr Man to walk with me.  We both always feel better for these walks, even if someone takes more encouragement to get out there ... I'll say no more.

SO this week I share some of my favourite nature bathing sites.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Memo, Mail & Me: It's Monday November 13th

Good Morning! It's a chilly one.

On the memo front, I received a rejection letter from our workers compensation board denying my claim for my injury at work.  If my claim had been accepted it would have meant that any physio or massage treatments I needed from my fall, would have been completely covered.  My claim was rejected because my boss did not pay premiums for this coverage (I was not aware).  And yes I agree, considering I work for a physio/massage clinic, you would think my boss would offer to waive the costs for at least a few treatments!  I'll say no more ...

On the mail delivery, we received one of the many glossy & very colourful flyers for Christmas decorating & gift guide.  Canadian Tire is a national brand & it's roots, I believe started out in automotive parts & needs but over the years has expanded to be an everything store other than grocery or pharmacy.  Canadian Tire is what many call a national treasure, they even have their own dollars. Every Canadian has a stash of Canadian Tire dollars at home in the junk drawer.

Out in the garden, I finally got the rose huts on, just hours before the first snow fall.  We had record low temperatures for this time of year & I think many people, including us, got caught out with the sudden deep freeze & with so many gardening things still to be done, like drain the water barrels.


In the shopping cart this week was a couple of purchases needed for the house; a dehumidifier for the main floor of our house.  We run one in our basement but being that our house is 4 levels; affectionately known as a back split; we decided we needed one on the main floor to help with the moisture build up on all the new double glazed vinyl windows!  I'll say no more ...
Another purchase was a set of icicle Christmas lights.  When Mr Man & I were shopping a few weeks ago I stopped & admired these lights.  I think the light running up & down the plastic icicle makes them look so like real melting icicles.   Mr Man bought me a string of 20.  I am not sure where we will hang them.  The string is 10 feet with 20 lights so not enough for the whole front of the house.  AND no, we aren't purchasing any more strings - got that Mr Man!?

Now that Remembrance Day is over, in only one day, stores & shops are in full on swing for Christmas.  McDonalds started issuing their holiday cups, which are 3 different designs & exclusive for Canada.  McDonalds in the US of A has a different pattern(s).  I am not a Starbucks fan so I have never got caught up in their red cup program.  Canada's other iconic shop; Tim Horton's will have 3 holiday designs released this week, along with the traditional chocolate donut covered with candy cane sprinkles.  Now this is a tradition I can get behind & if I do too often, I will have quite the behind!

In this week's church service, the visiting minister told us that we are either goats or sheep.  I have absolutely no idea what those metaphorical references were about, so while I ponder which I am, I hope everyone has a wonderful & warm week ahead.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Take Three Thursday - Colour Right To The End

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.   The idea is to take photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in. What have you noticed this week? 

Have a peek at what others have found this week:

Maggie at: FarmersWifeDayByDay  

Karen at: Random Reflections 

This week what I am noticing is the deep colour veining on the maple leaves that have fallen off the trees.  There are some rich colour combos in the leaves & I like as I walk about to see bunches of leaves that have been artfully grouped.  

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Five in Five On The 5th - November's Builders

Joining in with Sandie's Five in Five On The Fifth at: Sandie At Itchifingers

This month my five are of the nests that the busy busy squirrels have been making in the trees about the neighbourhood.  There is one tree that has 3-4 nests in it, which we have named the condo tree.  Squirrels can be territorial so the majority of trees will have one nest.  Most of the nests seemed to have been built in a branch crotch, but one brave little soul built at the very top of a tree. I am worried for him in the midst of a winter wind.

In the trees on our property it seems our squirrels aren't that good at nest building as they have all fallen apart.  Mr Man & I often wonder if we built nest platforms would the squirrels use but then again it's a really bad idea as we don't want to encourage the squirrels to nest & raise a family in our yard as they can be quite problematic & destructive.  I also question their logic, why not built your nest in an evergreen tree, that way you, Ms Squirrel will have more protection from the winter elements.  

Thankfully our beloved chipmunks nest underground!

Condo Tree


The Risk Taker - built at the very top of the tree





Monday, 6 November 2017

Memo, Mail & Me - It's Monday November 6th

Gracious me, it's Monday strolling in already. It was a very wet, damp dark weekend with lots of rainfall both Saturday & Sunday.
 
 For a memo this past Sunday was the date on the calendar to turn our clocks back an hour.  We have a lot of clocks in our house!  Thankfully, computers, security systems & the TV all look after themselves. 
 In the mail, we received an invitation to attend a showing of designer jewelry from our local jewelry store.  Over the summer I had taken in several rings to be repaired & sized,  now we are on their hit  invitation list.  I do like jewelry but I really have more than enough.  When Mr Man gets stuck in what to buy me for birthday, anniversary or Christmas, he gets me earrings.  Some of my favourites are my pearl & diamond studs or all the blue opals from Australia.  I tend to wear stud earrings rather than dangling ones.

For me, I was sorting through my 2018 planners & have them ready to transfer dates & appointments in.  This year I have gone with a smaller desk daytimer without all the fancy extra pages.  I haven't used them in years so I decided against the expensive version. Simple is the key word for 2018.  I keep a small slim line for my purse.  

Staying with me, I attended another card marking workshop Sunday night.  At this time of year I am really cautious driving at night with all the wildlife about, especially the deer.  Even with putting the clocks back an hour, it was very dark both driving there & coming home as we had torrential  rains all day/evening Sunday, so that added to the darkest of the roads.  But fun time making the cards.

From my fall 2 weeks ago, I am feeling loads better, although still stiff in my neck & turning my head to either left or right is tight & difficult but I think it's not as bad as that Monday.  Hoping everyone has a fab week ahead.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Take Three Thursday - Determination

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.   The idea is to take photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in. What have you noticed this week? 

Have a peek at what others have found this week:

Maggie at: FarmersWifeDayByDay 



I am always impressed & amazed at the strength & determination of Mother Nature & her children, the trees.  I noticed on some of my recent walks that some trees have more to overcome than others.  


Tree One:  the tree's determination to just grow where it was planted, overcoming another one of Mother Nature's children, rocks.  This is one very determined tree.


Tree Two:  in spite of a man made obstacle, the wire fence, this tree just decided to embrace it's obstacle & grow around, through & over it.  Well done tree.

  
Tree Three:  this is a lucky tree because there was a man made obstacle to creating the fence, these people decided to work with the tree's natural branching growth & built around rather than taking the easier option of just cutting it down or cutting off the difficult branch.

Some how I think there are several lessons in these trees.  Well played Mother Nature, well played.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Memo, Mail & Me: It's Monday October 30th

And here we are again, arriving at Monday.  Good morning all.

The burning bush is glowing in the season's finale
Most of our chipmunks have received the memo from Mother Nature that these are the last days to gather food stores for the winter.  Chipmunks don't hibernate in the true sense of the word.  What they do is called torpor, which means they slow down in their breathing, heart rate & metabolism but do stay underground in their burrows for the winter, so hence the need to gather enough food to see them through November to March.  This is a photo of Arnold, he lives under this wooden barrel which I use as a compost container.

Our mail box was over flowing this week with very colourful grocery store flyers from 5 of the 7 stores.  Lots of pretty pictures of yummy food.  None of these 7 stores are local to me, I need to drive into the city 20 minutes away.  I use to read all these flyers thoroughly, marking all the deals & then driving from one corner of the city to the other (7 in total) to take advantage of any sale price.  But one day I realized something.  I was not saving anything.  It would add about 45-60 minutes to my shopping routine & my time is valuable; I put lots of extra kilometers on the car because none of these shops were close to each other, which translates into added gas usage.   Now I just choose two stores which are fairly close together & plan my other errands around these locations.  Both are doing comparison matching, which means if I take the flyer to the store that maybe doesn't have the sale on a particular item but one of the other shops does, I just present the flyer/item to the cashier & they then match the price.  What about you, do you have a favourite grocery store? 



Not sure if it's the weather change, but the fur girls are quite busy, running about the house at the oddest of hours.  Plus I swear these cats have mountain goat in them,  we are finding them up on top of the bookcases in the family room & "war room".  There's no fighting taking place in the "war room" it's called this because of all Mr Man's war books, which number over a thousand,  contained in 7 bookcases.
 
Smokey Puss - who loves tissue paper to play in
Sooty Paws, who seems to love trouble


On the me front, last Monday on my way into work, I tripped at the entrance, landing head first on the cement walk way.  I so scared myself that I just lay there to be sure nothing was broken when a lady who was driving by, saw what happened, pulled a U-turn & came to help me up.  I cracked my head pretty hard & had an immediate goose egg, cement burn (scrape) nasty headache &  skinned knees.  It happened so quickly I didn't even have time to put out my hands to brace myself.  I called Mr Man to come & get me to take me to our doctor's to be check out.   I do not (thankfully) have a concussion but head trauma (the swelling) & lateral whiplash, which translate to when I fell I jarred my shoulder & neck.  Now I get to be a patient at the clinic I work at.  Let me tell you, several of them need to take a sensitivity workshop.  The RMT told me "oh well, it could have been worse".  Yes you are right, it could have been, but really you tell patients that are injured & hurting this?  Another staff member said "oh I can't see the goose egg - I guess you're ok now".    On the boss front - I told him as soon as it happened but he has yet to call to see how I'm doing! 



Autumn shows us how lovely it can be to let things go ...

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Take Three Thursday - Cones of Pine

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.   The idea is to take photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in. What have you noticed this week? 

Have a peek at what others have found this week:

Maggie at: FarmersWifeDayByDay  


This week as I have wandered about, I noticed that the evergreens, white pines & some maples have been producing an abundance of cones.  Some of the evergreens have so many that from a distance it looks as though the tree is dying.  But it does seem that I was not the only one noticing as there was an article in our local paper about this written by a director of the Arboretum at the University of Guelph.  This abundant production of cones is called Masting.  "trees will try to outsmart the seed predators like squirrels every once in a while producing these huge crops that there's no way the squirrels could possibly eat them all & that way there are going to be some left over to actually sprout & grow. Once sprouted they're pretty delicate & fragile & have to survive being eaten by deer & rabbits". The director went on to say "the abundance of seeds being produced could be intensified by last year's drought & the tree evolutionary survival mode kicked in this year."


brown spots throughout the tree are cones all the way down the tree




Mother Nature you are simply brilliant & amazing even though right now you seem to be having mood swings ... I'll say no more.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Memo, Mail & Me; It's Monday October 23rd

A big wave & greeting of good Monday morning.  How is everyone this morning?  Well & happy, I trust.

A very intense red sky one morning last week.  Red sky in the morning sailors taking warning.
looking from the front door south east

We have been experiencing absolutely delightful weather these last few days & I took Betty The Bike out for one last seasonal ride.  It's a lie - remembering how to ride a bike can be a forgotten skill.  I was quite wobbly & the hand brakes seemed to stick so that I ended up, just dragging my feet to stop.  Plans are that next year I will do more bike riding ...


Nothing on either the mail or memo front, but I do have to report on some finds.  

Found in my shopping cart;  I shouldn't have but oh my goodness these are SOOO tasty.   I'll say no more.

Found this in my Christmas scrapping stash!  No idea how long I have had, but it's a Christmas card making booklet.  I have ideas for this new found gem!  I am still wafting back & forth on what I'll do for my December Daily, but this kit was a great diversion from that decision.


Found in the garden this last of the season rose in bloom.  Ah memories!

In my next photo I am not showing you dirty kitty dishes but what caused shrieking, jumping, heart palpitations at about 4:45am when  it is still very dark outside.   I wandered into the kitchen which is lit with a small night light (for the cats) & what I saw made me jump about a million miles upwards & let out a shriek.  A snake in my kitchen!!!  On went the big overhead lights, while formulating all kinds of plans of what to do next but this is what I found; 


not a snake but a piece of cord that the girls must have found & were playing with & then got bored with & left it just lying there!  Turns out this piece of cord was from a pair of Mr Man's sweat pants that were in the laundry basket upstairs!  Cats!

And speaking of Mr Man - he was busy installing two solar lights on either side of our gate; he had found them on sale a few weeks back but with all his business travel he only just had the time this weekend to install.  Oh yes, he had his first eye injection shot with the new local doctor & he was quite impressed with her technique.  She puts 4 drops of numbing agent into the eye, spacing each one out a minute apart.



Hoping everyone has a wonderful week ahead.  Me, I'll be ploughing through a course required book; Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Wolf.  So far, I am not enjoying but who knows it could just catch me by surprise.
 

 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Take Three Thursday - Creativity

In an effort & sometimes what feels like a struggle, I wanted to be sure that I wasn't missing the little details in my life.  Many of these "little" things have actually made up the big parts of my life.  So with that in mind, I have decided to post three things I noticed in the week & post them here on my blog in Take Three Thursday.  The three things need only be connected by either colour, theme, shape, event, idea; well you get it, how ever they connect for you.  

Please join with me although there is no formal link in, I am happy to add you if you leave me a note in the comments.  What have you noticed in your life this week?

Let's see what others have noticed:

Maggie At Farmers Wife Day By Day

This week, I not only noticed & tried to stop the comparison thief from stealing more of my creative juices,  I created three cards.  

Card creation is a new adventure for me & while I will never be at the professional levels, I am enjoying. 

The cards are a combination of stamping, embossing, paper embellishments, Washi tape & wood bits. The foil doily & glitter paper were really fun to work with.