Sunday, December 30, 2012

To Party or Not to Party...

Here we are on the cusp of 2013.
In less than 30 hours we start a new year.

You got plans for New Years Eve?

Are you putting your 'party hat' on?

Or are you laying low...chillin' out...taking it easy...?


Being the 'wild and crazy gal' that I am,
I am sure I will be in bed sleeping by my usual 9 pm.

Sometimes I hate being predictable.
Predictable is safe.
Predictable is boring.

Don't you sometimes just want to
put that party hat on and give it all you got?

I've been trying to think of my word for 2013.

My 2012 was 'Courage'...
airplanes, hard conversations and Project Me.

Perhaps 2013's word should be 'Change'?

I'm ready for some Change...
but not too much...
I still enjoy things and people being predictable...

Wishing you a very Happy New Year
and everything you desire for 2013!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Let's Catch Up

Hello my lovely blog friends!
So much to catch up on...
but first:

Thank you to Linda at My Happy Place
for the cute Christmas card!

Also, a very big Thank You to
Catherine from Le Monde de Catherine
for the sweet gifts as well!

I was a very spoiled girl!
So many lovely things
I got for Christmas.
Missing from the photo are slippers
(I was wearing them while taking photos!)
and a cute little snow bird
that I will show you in a day or two.  

Banjo appears to be very
'pooped' from his busy

(Did this photo make you yawn?  It does me!)

Yup.  There was a lot of laziness
going on at our house over Christmas.

Our Christmas was very very quiet here
but still I feel very pooped as well.

And since I am off work today,
I will be relaxing,
catching up with blog friends,
watching movies and snoozing.  

And you?
Ready for some rest and relaxation?
Or are you still going strong?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Peace Health & Joy For You

I'm taking a blog break and will be back after Christmas.

Sending you all wishes of
for the Holiday Season!

xo Catherine & Banjo

comments are off - Merry Christmas!  :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Cheese Has Slipped Off My Cracker

How much brain loss can you blame on the "M" word ( know what I'm talking about here) until you feel you should go see a doctor to check for something worse?

Stupid stuff I have done this week: ( it only Wednesday?)

  • I had to walk back and forth from my kitchen to the computer room 5 times before I remembered what I was getting.
  • I went out at my lunch break to pick something up and drove to the wrong store.
  • I walked to the post office to mail a card and forgot the card.
  • I phoned an employee using their employee payroll number and sat wondering why their voice mail wasn't cutting in.
  • I needed to send something to my co-worker at another branch and I put my bag of snack crackers into the courier envelope and into the courier bag...MY SNACK CRACKERS FROM MY LUNCH BAG INTO A BROWN ENVELOPE AND INTO THE COURIER BAG!!! Are you kidding me?  What in the H-E-double hockey sticks was I thinking???  
I think the cheese has slipped right off my cracker.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

It's Your Choice

Christmas is around the corner.

Are you ready?

Do you let all the
'hustle and bustle'
of Christmas get to you?

Christmas is what you choose it to be.
Don't you think?

I am choosing quiet and slow.

Give yourself permission to say:
'thank you but no'
'that's enough'
'that costs too much'

Wishing you a stress-free week!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Another Week Ending

So let's see...

Bought a new handmixer Sunday
broke it Monday,
back to the store it went.

(I'm thinking this story does not inspire you to try my baking...)

Let's see if this one lasts longer!

My friend Corinne
(who looks after Banjo when we are away)
got herself a 'rescue' kitty from the SPCA - LOVE IT!
This little girl's name is Reggie.
She is about 1.5 years old and is a polydactyl kitty.
It looks like she is wearing mittens on her front paws.

It's my baby boy's birthday.
He's 22 years old today.
Happy Birthday Kurtis!

The weather has been an
unpredictable mixture of
this, that and the other thing.
I wish Mother Nature would make up her mind!

“What good is the warmth of summer,
without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” 

I don't know if I buy that...
but umm...

10 days until Christmas Eve?

Wishing you a most beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Are you feeling it yet?

For those of you a little slower
in jumping into the Christmas hoopla...
are you feeling Christmassy yet?

Please remember:
it is WRONG to put outfits on your pets.
I do NOT condone it...

unless of course
it's for the pure amusement of the humans...  

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Some of This, Some of That...

It's cold...

freezing fog
and more snow...

oh but it does make for a
beautiful winter wonderland...

So I had to go buy a new mixer on Saturday.
I think this is at least the 6th handmixer I've had
in 22 years of marriage.
I remember my grandmother's handmixer that
I'm pretty sure she had from when she got married
until she went into the nursing home.
And I would suggest she did
a heck of a lot more baking than I ever have!

Snowflake candy decorations!

Someone keeps knocking over the crystal
deer and trees under my Christmas tree... 

I'm looking at you mister...

Hope you had a terrific weekend!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Is it Friday yet?

Why YES it is!


My weekend 'to do' list:
  • A coffee/tea date with a new friend at 1:30 pm today - Hey Carolynn!
  • It's date night tonight - Boston Pizza with Stanley!
  • A little Christmas baking - all for Wayne's work
  • A little Christmas shopping - not many people to buy for
  • A little gift wrapping - not very many to wrap
  • Some movie watching - Christmas classics please!
  • Some snoozing - zzzzzzzzzz
  • Some catching up with blog friends - :)

Hope your 'to do' list is a short one!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Baking 'Musts'

I managed to slip in a little baking
in-between studying over the weekend.

Cranberry & White Chocolate Shortbread...
topped off with crushed candy cane.

It was the first time I've ever made them.
They were easy peasy!

But as it is always just
me and my boys here for Christmas
most of my baking goes to Wayne's work
or is given away to friends.

Christmas baking musts:
* Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares
* Oreo Cookies
* Shortbread
* Gingersnaps

How about you?

Do you have some
'must bake' favorites?

Or perhaps it's just some
'must eat' favorites.  

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Helping Paw

Thanks to Banjo's help,
I have completed my exam
and passed with a 97%!  :)

now for a nice big mug of tea
and some quality computer time
catching up with my blogging friends!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Studying In Progress...

I'll be back after I complete my exam on Monday.

Wishing You a Magical December!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Shout Out, Nobody's Talking and Eeeek!

Another weekend gone.  The last week of November is upon us.  How has that happened?

A big SHOUT OUT to Carolynn from A Glowing Ember who now only lives a 'hop skip and a jump' from me!  It was wonderful to meet you in person last week.  Thank you so much for the beautiful cards you gifted me.  And, thank you for the Skinny Peppermint Latte from Starbucks!  My treat next time... at Tim Horton's??  ;)

And... I am sad to report that I have had one Christmas decoration casualty.  I did not actually see who broke it and not Hubby, Son or Banjo are confessing to it.  They are remaining silent... covering up for each other I think... hmmm... 

The next nine days are going to be busy.  I leave for Regina today for work and will be home Tuesday night. A department party Thursday night.  Wayne's office Christmas party Friday night.  I have 5 assignments to do for a class that I am taking that have to be done before I write my final exam by the end of the day, Monday, December 3/12... EEEEK! 

Wishing you all a terrific last week of November!

Friday, November 23, 2012


Here it is!

see Banjo sitting nice
at the right of the tree below?

so far
no birds have been harmed...

oh but it must be tempting...

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

She's a Big Tease

Not me...

Mother Nature...

November 9


is she teasing us with this weather or what?


full Christmas tree photos coming soon... 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Lead Me Not Into Temptation (and a quick peek!)

feathery Christmas birds
laying out for the taking
and he's not even tempted...

he's too busy snoozing...


is he tricking me?

will Banjo be
Naughty or Nice
this year???


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