Monday, December 15, 2014

Makes Me sMile Monday

Receiving Wayne and I's Christmas gift to each other:
5 nights at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, BC
at 50% off!
to be used in 2015 - exact date to be determined...



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

True Confession Tuesday

Fact: I don't mind my popcorn a bit burnt...

Fact: Stanley hates burnt popcorn...



Confession: Sometimes I purposely burn my popcorn
so that I don't have to share it with Stanley...





Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Money Well Spent



when you are married to a 'Social Butterfly'
and could not possibly care less about socializing and partying
and it's -42c (-44F) out and it's Office Christmas Party time
and all you want to do is go home...

you slap a $20 bill in his hand for a taxi ride home
give him a kiss goodbye
tell him to have a good time and remind him
"don't come home a drinkin' with lovin' on your mind"...

cause this anti-social introvert will be
curled up in bed sleepin'
under an electric blanket
wearing socks...

just sayin'...



Monday, November 24, 2014

Makes Me sMile Monday

Cat's under Christmas Trees




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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

Ok...so let's see if I am ready for this weekend:
  • Get Stanley to bring up my Christmas tree tonight (check)
  • Fluff branches and put lights up tomorrow night (oh wait...)
  • See if I bought new tree lights last year (hmm...I'll do that tonight)
  • Decide you need more room for tree (wish my living room was bigger)
  • Get Stanley to move living room furniture around (change my mind 5 times)
  • Get Stanley to move love seat to basement (change my mind)
  • Get Stanley to bring love seat back upstairs (put it in the 1st place it was)
  • Get Stanley to lift decoration boxes to living room (offer Stanley a beer)
  • Get Kurtis out of the house Saturday (he's working - perfect)
  • Banish Stanley to the basement after heavy lifting is done (yup)
  • Banish Banjo to the basement with Stanley (no problem)
  • Ensure lots of David's Tea is made (mmm...Vanilla Chia...)
  • Load new favorite Christmas tunes onto my ipod (double check!)







Yup!  I'm almost ready!! 






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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Do Not Hate Me...


...because I love all the Christmas decorations out in stores already...






I bought some new decorations November 1st
this is normally the weekend I put up my tree
(remember that Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October)
it's not getting put up today

but perhaps tomorrow...

joy

:)





Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

small tokens of memories
they are simply rocks
bits of sea glass
and tiny little shells



they sit in little glass jars
upon my kitchen window
reminders of holiday bliss
they make me smile

sometimes I open them
and try to smell the ocean
and sometimes I can
and it makes me happy




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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Something Had To Change

Let me first assure everyone
we are all alive and well here in Southwest Sask!

And except for the snow that started Saturday night and has yet to quit...
(but it is mid-November on the Prairies of Canada after all)
life is slowly starting to fall back into place.

First off - nothing has changed with Banjo.
He is as sweet and as grumpy as ever.
And #1 son is doing fine.


The biggest CHANGE last month
was that Wayne, after 17 years at the same company, quit his job.
I won't say too much since I know people he used to
work with read my blog, but let me just say that...

September was HELL on us and
it is so wonderful having my Stanley back!

He has been at his new job for 5 weeks now
and he is at home a minimum of 10 hours more a week.
Happy.
Relaxed.
Stress free.


Me?
Well somewhere between June (above photo) and July of this year
my hair decided to get natural curls.

I've had arrow straight hair all my life
whether I've had short or long hair.

Hormones?
Age?

Whichever.
I like it.


I've also had a couple of non-serious
health issues I have been dealing with the last few months.
Many doctor/specialist appointments later...
all is looking well and it's nothing that
more sleep
continued clean eating
continued exercise
less work
and less stress won't cure.

I have promised myself to:
  1. Get back behind my cameras that have been sitting idle for far too long
  2. Get back to blogging - I miss it and my blogging friends
  3. To leave the monkey's at the circus when I go home
  4. To follow my HEART, my HEAD and my SOUL more
Because...
at the end of the day...


"Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management.
Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices."
~ Betsy Jacobson

There's always choices - it's whether you are prepared
for the consequences of those choices or not.

"If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all those picnics?"
Marie Dressler

Ants have never been accused of being lazy
yet they still always find time to go to a picnic.

"Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time."
Stephen Swid

You have to decide what your personal time and sanity
is worth to you and what you are willing to risk losing if you don't have them.

"If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul."
Logan P. Smith

We all leave this world in the end...don't leave your soul behind.


Hmmm...all wise thoughts indeed.


xo Catherine


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Essential Consequential Changes


September 2014 is gone in less than 20 hours
big changes coming in October
priorities were appraised
choices were made

what is most important in your life
what are the consequences if you continue as you are
continuing as you are is not an option
so changing is essential


"I think everyone should get rich and famous and do everything they
ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer."
~ Jim Carrey


Thank you to those checking in
Yes - I'm still alive and doing well
I'm just focusing in another direction right now

xo Catherine



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