All in a day

All in a day
Bring it on 2015, I'm ready for you (or so I like to think!)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy Birthday Derek

My middle child Derek turned 31 on March 11th, yesterday we
had a family dinner at my place to celebrate and honor his
birthday.  Derek's girlfriend bought him a crown, 
looks good on ya son! ;-)

The cake was made by Derek's girlfriend, she did 
an amazing job with it.  As it turns out not only is Taylor Hall
both of my sons favorite Oiler's player, he's also Elyssa's 
favorite, she recognized the jersey number immediately when 
the cake was served! 

Happy Birthday Derek, wishing all of your hopes
and dreams come true! 

An Elyssa and Mommy moment...

 My oldest son Shayne, Elyssa's daddy...

Right and an Elyssa and Grammy moment... 

And we were missing one person, my daughter, 
well she's still clear across the world and doesn't return home
until April 19th... she's busy having the time of her life
and there's going to be plenty more family dinners for her to attend! 

We have so much fun when we all get together.
I am blessed with wonderful, amazing children
and one wee princess who couldn't resist getting in 
the last word as she walked out the door... she said to me 
"See ya later Miss Muffet!"  lol That's what I call her sometimes!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

That's a Wrap

I've been madly working on this final paper, yup, FINAL paper
this past few days, the paper is to be no more than 30 pages without
the title page or references and it's supposed to be  
approximately 7500 words.  I'm not too sure who was doing the math, 
because my 30 pages is much more than 7500 words... I'm digressing
though.  Here's where I was at yesterday...

Needless to say I required some incentive to start with my edits, 
as it so happened yesterday morning I was booked in for grad photos, 
for those who don't know me, I'm on the left, and the other lady is
 one of my colleagues. We were goofing around after the photos were done,
 guess you wouldn't be able to figure out who instigated 
this one... or would you? ;-)

After two long grueling days, I am now down to my final edit,  
however this is going to wait until morning when I can see straight. 

There, that's more like it. I'm within page range, words are over 
a considerable amount, however I'm not going to worry about this,
maybe I should have used bigger words?  lol 

Finally, it's almost 3:30am and I believe I'm getting delusional,
on that happy note... that's a wrap! 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dirt Road Angels

Saturday night I took a time out and went to listen 
to The Dirt Road Angels.  These ladies sing like angels,
or what I'd imagine angels to sing like. 

Meet the Dirt Road Angels:
Top left to right:
Shawna Lynne, Danita, Dahlia 
middle left is Shila Marie and middle right Karen 

If you'd like to hear them sing, here's a link

I'm totally wowed! And the break did me good. :-)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

One Word at a Time

Well these studies are getting to me, I'm reaching the
point where I no longer want to write, I'll do almost
anything to procrastinate, but what fun procrastinating! 

I went to a seniors crib tournament and wouldn't you 
just know it, one of the ladies we were playing against
got a 29 hand! 

Yesterday it was a pedicure, did that ever feel
amazingly wonderful! 

I've even been trying new recipes collected from
facebook... these are French Toast roll ups and 
they're delicious! Especially with the Maple 
Syrup we're so famous for in Canada! 

Last Saturday evening I even went out on a date, 
hope to do that again with the same individual 
real soon, but time will tell. 

I've taken on a research/writing position with the 
University, just a temporary one and now I'm asking
myself WHY... I have a 30 pg. paper to write and now I'm
taking on more writing... yup I must be nuts!

 Now it's time to get this keyboard smokin' and come up 
with some type of brilliance... as they say if you can't dazzle them
with brilliance, baffle them with BS and I don't think at
this stage of this educational journey I can baffle anyone
with BS... just sayin'. 

The one good thing about all of this, this is my FINAL
paper, the paper to end all papers and I'm DONE... 7
years of education, where has the time slipped away? 
As I survey my surroundings, I think that I'm seeing some
of my answers... time to write! 

Also a quick thank you to those of you who have
traveled this journey with me, your encouraging
words have been immensely appreciated!  Now anybody
out there want to tackle a 30 pg. paper for me? ;-) 
One word at a time, I shall get through this! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far...

The day has finally arrived for my beautiful daughter, 
I picked her up to take her to the airport.  Her destination...
backpacking through Australia for two months! 

Here is Michelle all set to go, yup this is all 
she's taking with her. 

And me being, well being a Mom and all, I had to 
get in one more photo before we said our farewells
at the airport. 

After my experiences visiting Australia two years ago I know 
how much fun my daughter is going to have, she'll have the time 
of her life!  She's not at all shy, she loves to travel and is
adventurous, she's a lot like me which is a good thing I
do believe.  As the saying goes, the apple doesn't fall far 
from the tree, this is so true with the immense amount of
 similarities my daughter and myself share. 

Right, today Michelle also turned over the postcard I sent to 
her from Australia when I was there, she had it on her 
fridge and had forgotten what I wrote to her. 
Here's what I sent...

Well what can I say? I have a daughter who listens to her
Momma?  lol

Cheers Michelle, have a blast and if you choose not to 
come home, let me know asap so I can plan a trip over 
for a visit! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Babies and Photo Shoots

I've had the pleasure of doing two different baby photo shoots.

Not much need for words with these photos, except
I adore children and it was such a pleasure to be
able to coddle new babies again, it's been a 
while with my granddaughter going on... gulp, 
5 in a few short months! 

The first photo shoot I did was for a friend, this
is his first grandchild and such an adorable wee fella, 
the baby this is! ;-)

Sang himself to sleep ;-)

The next photo shoot I did the wee fella was
awake the entire time, not too keen on having
his photos taken but with patience and a few
feedings we managed to get him soothed. 

And while I was doing some of my edits I got to
thinking one of the photos would make a fantastic
birth announcement.  Naturally the name of the child and
all information on this photo is fictitious, but check out the idea... 

And other than this, I've been to numerous meetings, for both
volunteerism and networking purposes and I'm still doing
edits to get my desk cleared off so I can get focused not only
on my studies, but also on a short term research/writing
position I've taken on... yikes, but exciting all at the same time! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

It's become a tradition for me, my adult children, and
naturally my one sweet precious granddaughter, to all
come together at least once a month for a family meal
and to spend some quality time together. 
We did this on Saturday and the time we share together
... priceless.  

Auntie Michelle, my youngest child, bought
Elyssa a few different magic tricks and gave them
to her for Christmas.  They had to practice a bit, 
then it was showtime! 

Uncle Derek had to blow on the magic bag
which was empty in order for the magic to happen.

and ta da... boxes of flowers came out of the bag!

They performed a few other tricks as well then
 Elyssa informed us that she has magic money ears,
she got her Daddy to show us. 

It was a wonderful evening, phenomenal food, tons of
laughs, and I experienced the real magic...

the magic of love my family shares
when we all come together and play! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Motorcycle Show

There's a motorcycle show in my city yearly and there's
some awesome bikes on display.  I found myself back 
in the Harley area more than once and here's a few I love. 

This first photo the sales rep shot for me, he
suggested I enter this picture online where
Harley is giving away riding gear and lessons. 
Both I'd love to win! 

This Super Low Rider is something for me to consider
when I'm ready to buy, it's comfortable for me and doesn't
intimidate me as much as some of the bigger bikes. 

Ran into a friend and she asked for a few shots, 
I obliged and played with the photos and I'm
rather pleased with this one.

There's also something about the colors of the Indian motorbike... 
I love these colors! 

I also had the opportunity to chat with the author of this book, 
Motorcycle Therapy and you bet I bought his book, 
I'm interested in what he has to say.  The author is Jeremy Krocker, 
he has two books out, this one and Through Dust and Darkness. 
I'll read this one first, it's a shorter read and soon enough I'm going
to be totally immersed in reading academic readings...

Speaking of academics, today I applied for graduation in June...
mixed feelings over this one but it's time to get it done and move
forward. It's been a long haul, some years more challenging than
others, however, I know that one day this too will be a distant
memory, a positive experience for sure! 

One more course, I've got this one in the bag...
I hope! lol 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lighting Up My Life... the saga continues

Thank goodness I have some pretty amazing friends, 
I've wanted to have new lighting in my home for some
time now and it started with the LED strip lights behind my tv...
that was a few posts ago but I'll include a few more photos to 
show what's been added now...

I had a single light (which was beautiful) off to the one
side of the tv, but it didn't put out hardly any light. 
My friend went on Kijiji and found this pot lighting for
$10, then he painted it and installed it today, 
he even added a dimmer switch to it and I'm absolutely
loving this!  But we didn't stop there. 

In my kitchen I (I bought it and my friend did the install)
 added pot lighting as well and I also used strip lighting on top 
of my cupboards, loving this too! 
And the old ceiling fan, it was huge, way too big for the small
space it was in. Today I found this smaller ceiling fan
and I absolutely love how this looks. 

It's amazing how lighting can change the look and feel
of a room, now what's next on my agenda... hmmm 
maybe finish decluttering. I'm starting to get concerned, 
I'm actually doing things I've wanted to get done for
a long time... what's up with this? lol 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Amazing Talent

I went out to listen once again to Sarah Smith, 
this lady has an amazing voice, one which often
gives me goosebumps when I hear her sing.  I didn't
take along my DSLR this time, only my P&S but
I hope to get better photos of her in the near future. 
For now, my P&S photos will have to suffice. 

Sarah Smith, from Ontario...

Shine Bright, if you click on the name of this song it'll
take you to one of my favorite songs sung by this talented lady.

Here's another name to watch for, Karen Claypool, (in this video Karen is
in the white gown... wow, I just found this rendition of Hallelujah and WOW!)
This young lady is astounding! Sarah invited her up to sing a song and
Karen obliged!  

It was a real treat to hear Karen sing, she
has an amazingly powerful voice. Karen does a solo
act and is also a part of The Dirt Road Angels Band. 

We are so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing
 talent.  As for me, well I love music, music which makes my 
heart dance and caresses my soul. 
I also enjoy music which  makes my feet dance but when I get 
goosebumps (people-bumps) like I did listening to Sarah and later 
by Karen it's been worth it to venture out in -100 and drive on icy roads... 
okay a wee bit of exaggeration on the -100 but enough of winter
already!  It was only about -30, only being the key word there!