Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Nothing Is As Planned





It seems that our latest two hires at the clinic have decided it is too much for them.  On the same day within hours of each other, our newest hired physio therapist quit & then the latest receptionist decided it was too busy for her.

I will be absent from blogging for a few days as I will be focused on replacements for the clinic.

Nothing is as planned ...  "the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."  Socrates


Monday, 18 September 2017

Memo, Mail & Me: It's Monday September 18th


 
 Good morning beautiful people.

A very light check in this morning. Nothing to report on the memo or mail side of my life.

As for me, I am hoping that our new hire is able to work on her own, without me as her hovering help. Her first shift is Tuesday. I will be at the dentist at lunch time on Tuesday, so of no practical use to anyone then! My fingers are crossed.


I had two very enthusiastic helpers with Autumn/Thanksgiving decorating.

I am preparing for Autumn's official arrival this Friday; in our part of the world, she arrives at 4:02pm, so I can be in the garden with tea in hand to greet her.  It is also Bilbo & Frodo's birthday on Friday.  There will be cake & of course we'll be watching The Fellowship of The Ring.

I am reading Grief Cottage; there are a couple of characters that I like, not overall loving ... but nothing is going to come close to my best read ... The Thirteenth Tale.  I'll say no more.

Monday is the perfect day to correct last week's mistakes & it seems like a fresh start to dig in & begin a new journey of success.




Thursday, 14 September 2017

Take Three Thursday - Abracadabra

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  
 
Eileen at: A Bracelet of Days  


This week was my own creating of cards & in particular that I have ventured into stamping - that's right me, I'm stamping, I'm making that commitment to paper of an image!  I attended a workshop for the crafting of these cards.  Not only was the instructor very helpful & confident in my ability to stamp, a couple of the other regular participants were on hand for little experienced tidbit sharing.  I have signed up for another workshop in October.

I created these three:

The first card is a combination of using a punch (cat) & stamping the jar, water, fish & phrase, then the stamped fish is highlight by using a metal diecut - the inside of the card has 3 stamped fish which was intended to be only one first, but the other 2 are covering up a little over zealous-ness use of ink ... it was a very interesting way to stamp & highlight the water in the jar.  I think I wanted the cat to have a face but the instructor says that the cat is looking at the fish in the jar, so we are seeing the back of the cat.



 The second card is again a technique of die cutting & stamping.  The background is stamped on using a grid template & a finger dauber.  I was assured that this the easiest method.  I chose to stamp some falling leavings & then on top two die cut leaves, one of which I backed with a solid die cut leaf; stamping the phrase, which had me thinking that it was wrong, but the stamp is made to put the phrase at an off angle.  Inside I stamped leaves in opposite corners.  Oh yes, the finishing with a metallic ribbon & bow.



 The third card was the most involved of stamping, glittering, & embossing with a small die cut deer.  The trees are die cut from glitter paper, very sparkly; all those snowflakes are individually stamped so it was time consuming.  The phrase of Peace on Earth is first stamped, then sprinkled with embossing powder, a shake off of extra & heat is applied which puffs up the words.  The snow mounds are free hand cutting.  Inside is a row of stamped snowflakes with glitter powder to highlight.  Phew such stress with so many techniques.


One Google source says Abracadabra is an old Herbrew phrase meaning "I create"   Dan Brown, the author says the word is derived from the Aramaic phrase, avrah kadavrah, which translated means “I create as I speak.” 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Memo, Mail & Me: It's Monday September 11th

Good morning all.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful week & weekend.

On the memo front, Mr Man had an appointment at the big hospital in Toronto on Friday & he will have to begin another 6-7 treatments that involve an injection into the eye.No reason for why he has bleeding behind the eye (again).  He's been through this treatment before BUT a memo has been sent to our local eye specialist that gives permission for the eye injections to be done at the local clinic.  We just need to receive confirmation that it can be done.  It would save so much travel time & anxiety.  The treatments are spaced out at 6 week intervals, so with winter coming, we have all our possible body parts crossed that Dr Bob says yes - driving on winter roads to/from Toronto are not how either of us want to spend time.  This was one of my brave activities ...
Drive Into Toronto - A Dark & Rainy Morning

The weather continues to be a prime topic for radio, TV & discussions.  The world seems to be in the midst of fire, the shakes, wind & water - yeah it does sound just like a list of symptoms listed on that menopause brochure we have in the waiting room at work!  Massive out of control forest fires are still raging & growing in our western provinces.  Mexico was not only hit with a massive earth quake but a hurricane.  Several Caribbean island have been totally destroyed & several southern states in the US of A are heavily damaged by 3 hurricanes in a row; Harvey, Irma & Jose.  Prayers for all affected by Mother Nature's mood swings.
 
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And speaking of weather, as it turns cooler locally, I see evidence of change in the farmers fields of soy & in my own garden.  Sunday we had big clear blue skies & lots of sunshine.
Farmer's Field of Ripening Soy

Burning Bush (Winged Euronymous) Changing Colour

I cannot find any explanation as to why my white roses, Glamis Castle, always get red sprinkle spots on the last flowers of the season.  It's not an insect & it's not a mold.  I wonder if it is "reflecting" back to it's root stock breeding.
 
David Austin Rose: Glamis Castle

 On the mail front there should have been lots of cards wishing Mr Man a happy birthday, but he forbids anyone to celebrate, mention or wish him a happy birthday.  He's always been like this, hates his own birthday but takes great joy in celebrating mine.  We did go out for a special brunch but it was not a birthday celebration.
Poached eggs in Yorkshire Puddings
Oh yes, another memo piece ... on Thursday at 4pm one of the latest hires sent me, by email, her resignation; when her shift was done at 5pm, she was done - no working any notice! She found a job that is 40 hours & pays more.  She knew when she was hired this role was & would always be part time.  Talk about timing,  I had popped into the clinic just as she sent - she was rather surprised because she was uncomfortable facing me knowing she wasn't giving any notice.  What could I do or say but wish her success in her new job.  Thankfully someone contacted me directly within the hour to express interest in applying.  I interviewed Friday, new person starts Monday.

Monday please be good to me, I have high hopes that the start of the work week is a good one ...

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Take Three Thursday: The Good, Bad & Fallen + 1


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 Eileen has found at: A Bracelet of Days

As I go for my walks about the neighbourhood this week what I have noticed, since the kids have gone back to school, is the array of condition for the basketball nets.  I thought about using one of these photos for the PSH - toy found outside June-September, except these are left out all year.  

This net is set in cement so it won't be going any where & most of the time there are 2-3 cars parked in the driveway making a full on game rather difficult.
This net is also set in cement but the net has been missing for at least 3-4 years.

This one has been laying on its side for over a week now - maybe a feeling of the owner having to return to school & its routine.

I can honestly say I have seen only once, at one of these nets, a game of hoop shooting & I walk about the neighbourhood a lot & at different times.  I am not sure why such an expensive item is individually purchased & then left to, to .... decay, fall into dis-repair!  The local school has a really nice court, it is paved with court lines painted on & there are two hoops set up (nets intact)at either end of the court. It is also available for players all week, all year.  They even shovel the snow off it!   Ah maybe that's the rub, it's official & well presented.

BUT THIS is what is used all the time, all year, every day, every season, by boys or girls & there is one at almost every home - the hockey net!  Car! (if you're Canadian, you'll understand that).



Tuesday, 5 September 2017

5 in 5 On The Fifth - September's Emptiness


Five In Five On The 5th is Sandie's lovely meme, please join with me in seeing what everyone else has shared at Sandie's link in at: Itchifingers

This month my 5 are all about the emptiness of a park we often visit.  Today when we took our tea to sit by the river, we noticed how empty the park seemed, even for early in the afternoon.  Only 24 hours ago the park was teeming with life & activity of all ages but today was the first day of the new school year.  I am sure that many of the families normally filling the park are collecting the little ones after school & heading off to the mall to purchase items on the school lists.

The activity centre - empty
The mininature train - closed
 
The carousel - closed



The picnic pavilion - empty
The Enabling Gardens - empty

"We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage.  We will welcome summer's ghost." ...Henry Rollins


We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost. Henry Rollins
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Monday, 4 September 2017

Memo, Mail & Me: It's Monday September 4th

Gracious me, it's the first Monday of a new month & it feels by the weather change, like the first of a new season.  Night time temperatures are hovering at about 6 (C) 42 (F).  It's too soon!  

In Canada we are celebrating today as a paid day off work - Labour Day & then tomorrow, Tuesday, the little darlings return for a new school year.  It is the second most wonderful time of the year!


Which reminds me to put in a note about the final link for the seasonal photo scavenger hunt (SPSH) - it's Sunday September 30th.  I do hope everyone has had fun with the list.  Please let us all have a peek at what you found, whether it was 1 or 10 or 25 of the items, it was/is all about getting out & having fun.

On the memo front I received this memo earlier in the weekend from the Universe;   Can you imagine a life with no fear?  What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? - Max Lucado 

I have been giving this a lot of thought in regards to the direct "fearful" things in my own life & as things in the world are reaching very tense moments. 





Even though things in the garden are winding down, there is still a certain lushness about it.  I am so relieved & pleased that the garden where the new fence was installed early in the season, grew & flourished in spite of those big work boots trampling about.


 
On the mail front, I received the course catalogue for several schools' night classes on offer;  funny not one of them offers Transfiguration ...  

Reading;  while I still had the chance I re-read, The Thirteenth Tale & again I cannot say enough about this book.  When I returned this one to the library (reluctantly) I picked up my latest request, The Blinds. 

I hope everyone has a marvelous week ahead.  May I suggest that we all do one brave & fearless thing this week.


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Take Notice Thursday: A Most Unwelcomed Visitor

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  
 
Eileen at: A Bracelet of Days

This week what I couldn't help but notice was the destruction of one of my finch feeders - that darn black squirrel.  Mr Man has threatened to trap & re-locate him, although I worry that it's too late in the season to move him into another territory.  Yes he drives me crazy, but I don't want bad things to happen to him, I just need him to stop being a destructive squirrel.


Part Of The Destruction

We have purchased a child's water gun to discourage him climbing up the feeder & moved the feeder more into the centre of the garden & away from the trees and/or fence used for launching purposes.  Bad Squirrel!


Monday, 28 August 2017

Memo, Mail & Me: It's Monday August 28th

Monday has rolled around rather quickly this week.  The start of the business week.  Do you consider Monday to be the start of your week or is Sunday the start for you?  For me in all my list making & planning it is Sunday that is the start of the week. 


This photo reminds me of the season as it is right now, the Summer rose embraces the Autumn coneflower.

Reading:  I just finished the best book I have read in years, "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield.  This was her debt novel.  There wasn't anything that I didn't like about it.  She captured a drama, a love story, a ghost story, a murder mystery, all into one marvelous book. I cared about the characters & I wanted more. I cried a little at the end.  I understand it was made into a BBC TV movie in 2013, which was not released this side of the pond.  This is a book that I am putting on my, dare I say, Christmas, wish list.  I will read this book again. I give it 10/10.



Visitor:  the easterly neighbour's new cat, Cleo came to visit & she was not welcomed at the front door by one of mine.  Sooty Paws was making some very aggressive sounds to warn this kitty off, who couldn't care less about all the growling. 

This is a better photo of Cleo, in my back garden; she was visiting my chipmunks! Again not welcomed & my chipmunks are all safe.  I do think she is very pretty.  Just after this photo was taken, she wandered into the westerly neighbour's yard, where their two large dogs made it very known she was not welcomed.
 
Mail:  more lovely birthday greetings in the forms of cards & postcards!    Lovely!

Discovery:  I found at the local farmer's market something I could have used as a kid - an egg apron!  Simple but an ingenious idea; rows of little pockets to put the freshly gathered eggs into.  These aprons were selling off the rack so quickly & I know a couple of the ladies that purchased are not egg gatherers, so I asked "why" - one lady said it was perfect for her daycare business to put bits & bobs in so they would be handy at all times; kleenex (tissues), bandaids (plasters), candies (sweets).  My favourite was the egg apron with the roosters all over it - that is funny!
Source: Internet
First Harvest:  this is the first of my heirloom tomatoes, I like the ruffles/ripples around the tomato & when cut they look so pretty. Oh the toasted tomato sandwiches I will enjoy!  I grow only one plant so not enough for canning.


And there are more to come!


August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I've been listening to in the late spring and summer. Henry Rollins
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My Monday thought as I leave ... "August brings into sharpe focus & a furious boil, everything I've been listening to in the later spring & early summer."   Henry Rollins
August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I've been listening to in the late spring and summer. Henry Rollins
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August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I've been listening to in the late spring and summer. Henry Rollins
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henryrolli619066.html?src=t_summer

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Take Three Thursday - Take It Outside

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  
Eileen: A Bracelet of Days 


Over the last couple of weeks, we have been visiting other small communities that seem to have figured out how to invite visitors & make them feel welcome to sit & stay awhile.  One thing I particularly noticed was all the beautiful outdoor patios & not just because this is an item on the photo scavenger hunt.  Our little village is often bemoaning that there isn't any tourists or visitors.  One thing I think would help, is to have outdoor seating, cafe tables with chairs, an outdoor patio that invites visitors to linger (& spend money at our shops).  Right now our community is a drive through, people are either coming or going to the communities on other side of us.  

These are just 3 of my many favourites.  One little town had over 10 places to sit & enjoy a snack, a beverage or just a rest.



Street Side Cafe with clean matching table & chairs
Outdoor dining patio adjoining the B&B/Restaurant

Patio for a bristo

 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Memo, Mail & Me - It's Monday August 21st

Good morning & what a great Monday morning it is.  Time for a check in.
  Reading: Finishing book seven of my Harry Potter series annual summer re-read.  Still my most favourite book series. Each time I re-read the series, I pick up on something I had not thought about or really paid much attention to. 

Sad:  It was announced at church this past Sunday that our minister has decided to quit our congregation & return to his home province of BC (British Columbia), where his daughter & grandchildren still live. The search is now on to find a replacement, which I think will be very difficult.  Father M. was certainly a very relate-able minister & his sermons were of the quality that allowed no one to nap through!
Thinking: On several jaunts out last week through some very pretty countryside we were over whelmed with all the dead ash trees; trees that were once, 40 foot beautiful examples of a healthy tree, providing shade & a home for native wildlife.  The cause is that  horrible, nasty destructive Emerald Ash Borer.  I wonder is the horde from the east that Nostradamus talked about or is that from the Book of Revelations, is it this destructive insect.  One slip up of an import inspector's roster, allowed this insect to invade our trees in North America. They have (apparently) traced the insect's arrival in 2002 to one Asian cargo ship's untreated wooden pallets.  The  North American Ash Tree will be no more within 15-20 years according to the experts. This is why treating the trees is SO important, it gives the researchers time to find a cure.
Ash Tree Being Treated For Prevention of Emerald Ash Borer
 Doing: A wrap up of a year long online F/B workshop for The Artist's Way.  I have really worked at the morning pages & exercises which all were pretty revealing & opened up my crafting art thoughts.  I have done more new to me types of art in the last year than ever before.  I now need to work at continuing this openness to my crafting art.  I have signed up for two, new to me, art classes.  Who knows, maybe knitting or crocheting is a possibility!
My Sign That I Made

Worried: about Mr Man's eye.  At his last eye check up, it was discovered he has bleeding behind the eye (again).  We have a consult with the eye surgeon in Toronto (again). Not looking forward to that drive (again).

Lots of mail last week - birthday cards!


My leaving thought for the week is from Ferris Bueller's Day Off movie;  “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Take Three Thursday - Full & Lush

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 what I noticed was from last Sunday's adventure to discovering a new to us tea room.  This town had a lovely, friendly & inviting downtown area.  Some of what made it inviting was all the beautiful full & lush floral arrangements; lamp post hanging basket, huge cement planters along with some smaller planters.  There were also lots of table & chairs outside the cafes & restaurants, benches & lots of waste bins so that there was no garbage thrown about.  After tea, we wandered about for about an hour, just strolling up & down the street & window shopping.