Sunday, July 15, 2012

busy days

I have a student staying with me for six weeks this summer - a guy Leo from Quebec through the YMCA Summer Exchange program. We are having a lot of fun so far - he's a pretty easy going fellow and Troy and myself are having fun getting to know him and taking him around and showing places. He went camping this weekend with the other students from Quebec I can imagine they didn't get much sleep last night and you don't get that good of a sleep when you are on the ground. I'm sure they had lots of fun though and their young they can bounce back and be fine - unlike us older folk :) We have been really busy, but a good busy and looking forward to what more of the summer will bring!

Sunny July

This summer has been crazy so far. I can't believe we are half way through July already! Yesterday I went to a beautiful garden party with some of my friends who were hosts. It was quite magical their yard is just marvelous and it really inspired me to go and buy flowers here in the community to start my own little 'secret garden'. I did some weeding today which was helpful. I think in the fall I'll buy a whole bunch where I can get some at really good prices. I don't want to have to plant things every year I'll buy ones that come up year after year. Some tiger lillies that a friend gave me to plant are blooming now and they are so beautiful :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Young Arts Collective

One thing that came from National Youth Arts Week was the fact there is no 'exploratory' type art groups/classes for young people. I had a conversation with two different mom's about this and I said, "Well I guess that means we are going to have to create our own!" So that's what I'm working on. Last nigh we had an information night at the Mahone bay Centre with a group of 13 year olds and their parents. We talked about what they would like to do and see from the group. It as great. Now I get to go shopping for craft supplies - I love that! I think we are going to start of with claymation kind of stuff. I think it's going to be really fun!

National Youth Arts Week

Here`s a video to wrap up National Youth Arts Week happenings that I was apart in for Bridgewater. I`m even in the video talking about the art shows I helped organize!!!

National Youth Arts Week Bridgewater from Lighthouse Media Group on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

old and lovely

I like antiques. I never really thought I did until I find myself drawn to older things at yardsales. I can't help myself. I never really got dressing tables, the purpose of them, but they really are beautiful! I like old cool mirrors and things that overall look rustic. I just like the look of things. I've always been attracted to older styles. I guess that's why I live in the type of house that I do. I like things with character. I dont really get the whole 'modern' stainless steel look. I don't know how anyone can be 'homey' in a place all furnished in a modern style. hmm.

business

Tuesday! What a beautiful day. I guess it doesn't really matter to me. I've been helping my parents out a lot lately with their real estate stuff. They are super busy and don't have the time to put into marketing, so i'm their little marketing girl! I actually like it even though my brain gets fried after a few hours. I find real estate very fascinating how it all works like manteo real estate and things like that. I find business' interesting in general. I don't really want to be a part of them but I find them interesting to say the least. Troy's business stresses me out and it's not even mine - i can't even imagine having my own. My aunt who was visiting from Whitehorse said that they don't really have any second hand clothing stores in Whitehorse. If i were to start a business that's where i would be. I know how much they thrive in small towns around here, let alone a big city! It would be perfect!

art

I used to paint all the time then got sidetracked with felting - but I'm happy to say that I'm back into painting and I really enjoy it. :) I did a large painting and finished it up to put it in at the cafe for national youth arts week. I'll have to post it when I get it back which will be tomorrow. I'm going to hang it up in my bedroom - that was the originaly plan anyways. I really enjoy doing art and painting with the children that I look after at the moment too. This photo is a clear example of that! I like compiling all the work and things they do into a neat binder for the parents.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

swing low sweet....

When you're little you have dreams. My dream #1 was to become a mermaid - that didn't happen. My dream #2 was to have a house with a veranda and a patio gliders or porch type swing. I don't have a veranda but I have lot of space to build a deck so that will have to do ! We have a sweet little porch swing that I use to use as my couch when I was living in the city. It was really fun because you could rock your little heart out inside. It was defintely unique. Troy has his standard rocking chair - always has wherever we have lived. A rocking chair was the first real gift I had given him :)

in due time

I always dream about vacations. I really want to go back to Kenya next year. I really wanted to go this summer but was unable to pull it off - just way to much stuff going on. It all worked out in the end though. It's not so much of a vacation when I'm there but it is for me. I love it there so much and my 'Kenyan family' are so sweet. I miss them so much it makes me sad when I think about them. Soon hopefully I'll see them. I always get packages in my email for resort type vacations like hotels.orlandovacation.com. I'm sure it would be really fun to go somewhere and just RELAX but that's not idea of a good vacation to me. I guess if it was somewhere's where I really wanted to go then it would be awesome. I'd love to do some travelling in Europe. In due time.

rock a bye baby!

Troy and I went hunting in the woods a few weeks ago and we found some pretty cool stuff. Tons of old bottles, cans and this sweet nasty old baby carriage. People say it's kinda creepy - and I guess it is. Since this picture was taken I have spray painted it black and it looks a million times better. So cute. It's going to go in our garden type project we are builiding.

barn

Troy and I are organizing a barn party for this summer. We are going to have another 'heritage party' which consists of watching all the of one minute heritage clips from television. We have been discussing also some things we want to get done to the house this summer - a deck possibly - put in a stove - put in some new windows to name a few. When we need to get the roof done we are looking at getting a metal one. buildings of metals and roofs are pretty durable and don't have to be replaced pretty much ever if you take care of them properly. They are pretty sweet. The barn has metal siding which is a huge bonus but we'll have to shingle the roof at some point so we are thinking a metal on would be good.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

myths

So Troy and I have been watching mythbuster's marathons on a weekly basis. It's pretty great show. I like the silly one like hypnosis and hammers hitting hammers - everyday things. I wonder if using tanning machines before you go down south to get a tan helps you not burn while you are there. That would be one that I would like to know the answer too since it seems like a lot of people do that around here. Is the grass always greener on the other side?

then there was 12


12 little chickies all in a row. Well, ok, not in a row -but in my house, in a dresser upside down the two star hotel! Feed, water and newspaper baby. We've had them for almost 2 weeks now. This weekend we are going to put them our in their coop we think. It's been pretty warm so we think it'll be okay. They are chirpy! They are getting more used to us we think and don't seem to be freaking out as much when you try and pick them up. Maybe i'm being hopefull though? They are so sweet!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

child sized

I've been trying to collect a few things for my self-employed work as an early childhood educator. I'm getting a nice collection of art supplies (of course - knowing me) but next on my list is other things like music and seating. I've love to get some little chairs and/or bean bag chairs that are child sized. It's nice to start getting these now - because then when i have children I'll already have them. That is if the children I look after don't destroy them first! :)

embarass city

I have this terrible things that happens everytime I wear a name tag. I always forget to take it off. I end up going somewhere and people looking at me funny - then realize later once I get home - or change my clothes that i still have it on. It's even more embarassing when it's a paper one from a workshop or meeting. Oh well. I don't feel like I embarass easily but maybe I'm wrong. This week is going well - just really busy with a lot of different little things going on. I don't even know where to start really. A little stressful. Looking foward getting through some of my 'to do list'

Do It Yourself

I've started a new blog just for "Do It Yourself" DIY - Party DIY. I made mozzarella cheese on the weekend! I bought a yogurt maker as well so I'm going to try that out. I'm trying to grow my own food and vegetables and I have twelve little two week old chickens upstairs at the moment! I'm trying to live a more wholesome life but having fun at the same time - and making time in the life for everything. I want to try and get my life set up with this lifestyle so I can easily continue on when I have children and my life gets even more crazy. Not preggers yet - don't start shouting yet! More to come on that blog!

Monday, May 21, 2012

gift problems.

I always get stuck on what to get people for gifts. Well I should revise that, my dad is the hardest to buy gifts for. My mom's pretty easy. i got her a sweet handmade pottery honey jar for her birthday. We both love our honey! My dad on the other hand is so difficult. A mens diamond watches? A book? Something techy? Something for his tractor? So tricky. Does anyone have any suggestions out there for hard to buy fathers? His birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I have to start thinking about it now!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

until that day

I'm a simpleton and I like it that way. At the coffee house I had to explain to people that I don't know how to use an ipod! I have never really used a blackberry or iphone. I don't really get how ipads work. Technology moves way too quickly for me. I'm still using my sisters mp3 player that she gave to me about eight years ago! (It is on it's way out) I couldn't probably figure out how to use traser watches. I'm a compass kind of girl. Old technology smooths me. I do enjoy my laptop, but that's really about it. I have my old school phone that I bought second hand. It works fine! Until the day when my old technology dies out I will not convert! That is all




Youth arts week Bridgewater a success!

National Youth Arts Week! Whoa! What a success. This past week has been absolutely crazy! Hanging art at the Wildwood Cafe, organizing stuff for free range art at the mall and then implementing it on Saturday. Amazing coffee house on Friday night (photo taken by Leon). It's been really inspiring and powerful. I really enjoyed getting to know some of the youth in the community and build relationships. People really showed their talents and I feel like I've made a few new friends which is so exciting. I can't wait to see the video of the whole thing come together!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day Everyone! I hope you pick up a piece of trash today, or inform someone on how to save a little bit of energy. Maybe you will even go and plant a tree. I made a compost bin the other day - that's my contribution! It's rainy here today and suppose to rain all-week! Finally we are getting the April showers we have been waiting all April for. I think they have let up a bit today which is nice to have one afternoon.

Friday, April 13, 2012

National Youth Arts Week

National Youth Arts Week is coming up soon May 1 - 7th. I'm very excited to say that I'm part in organizing some bigger things for the week. Including some fun things possibly at the mall, a coffee house, a video project, sidewalk art, etc. I'm exciting for things to get off the ground and start the calling around and more organizing. We had a really powerful meeting tonight with a group of adults, young adults and teens. Everyone shared in some unique, great ideas. I think we are really going to put Bridgewater on the map for being a hip place for NYAW! More to come !

Sunday, April 8, 2012

worker bees

Right now I'm only working about 25 hours a week, and I'm totally lovin' it. It's starting to be a little stressful on the pocketbook but I love having the extra time! I don't know how I did it before! I guess I'm good at managing my time but still. I love it! I have time to clean, organize, cook yummy meals -it's great! I know a lot of people who hire out cleaning people like carpet cleaning holly springs nc and I totally understand, especially working parents it must be hard to find the time to get anything done.




dreamers

I'd like to say that generally, I'm a happy person. I like, but sometimes don't like that I'm an introvert. I like the perks that come with being an introvert, but I sometimes I wish I had so limits or boundaries to my comfort level. I don't enjoy that I have to wear contacts, or that my hair is too poofy but I'll live with that. Eventually I'll probably end up with progressive eyeglasses but I can totally live with that. I wish I could travel more or that I had a job that was flexiable enough for me to travel or had a 'travelling' type job. That would be awesome. Dreamers gotta dream, right?




beautiful gardens

Spring has sprung. The crocuses are up, the tulips are starting. I went next door to the house that is repossessed and the bank owns it right now and took a bunch of the tulips. I worked with Troy a little bit yesterday afternoon and we cleared out a lady's old garden with a whole bunch of ornamental grasses, so booyah some more free plants. I love it! I can't wait to have a beautiful garden! We are doing some work around the house with some ornamental gardens. Troy's really good at making things look nice yet rustic at the same time, which I like. I'll post photos soon!

All that glitters

One of the few things I miss about city living is farmers markets. We have some down here but in Bridgewater it's only in the summer. Lunenburg's market is on Thursday's which are never a good time for me since I'm always working. Boo. The one market in Dartmouth was interesting because it had everything from used books to produce to buying gold. I always wonder about the whole 'buying gold' thing like how you can buy gold online from Golden Eagle and sell it too. I found a men's wedding ring one time, held onto it for a year, tried to find the owner before I sold it. I made $60 of it which I thought was pretty good!

clean freak

I've been going through a bit of a cleaning stage, I must be nesting or something ! haha. I'm working today on this Easter Sunday at the YMCA front desk but that's okay. It will probably be pretty quiet. I like keeping things clean and organized around the desk, it just makes me feel happy! It doesn't need to be professional like house cleaning services holly springs or anything, just enough to keep the dust down and things looking 'spic and span'.

the tomato queen

So I bought the new book The Year Round Vegetable Gardener and it was been provden very helpful! I like how simply everything is laid out. I started making some quick notes on when to grow things. I'm so excited that I have 7 tomato seedlings that have now sprouted!! I have never grown anything from seed before. Well one time when I was still living in Dartmouth I started to grow a chestnut tree from seed (a very large seed at that). It grew quite large until my cat decided that it tasted delicious. Oh well. I'll post photos soon of my tomato plants!

Friday, April 6, 2012

this little life of mine

I know I shouldn't be thinking of looking for life insurance but I'm a pessimist I just can't help it. I keep hearing stories of people who die suddenly of aneurysms. Those things just freak me out! You are just bumping along then pow, boom, all gone. I've been thinking of 'the bigger picture' a lot lately and I'm decided to go 'back to my roots'. I mean that in the form of back to the way things were when life was a bit more simple. Making your own things. No much thing as frozen meals, that kind of thing. I think I'll start finding the enjoyment out of simple life lessons. How to make my own cheese and yogurt. How to grow my own food. I think it would be nice. I think I'll find peace. And if I find a bit more peace then maybe I'll find a less stressful life, then maybe I'll live a more wholesome life. Oh, this could go on and on!

little chickies

So many things on my life list, and in particular so many things I want to accomplish in 2012. Somy boring stuff like, pay off my car, put money in savings, blah blah, some more exciting things like take a trip, hot air balloon ride, learn a language, grow my own food, that kind of thing. Troy and I are getting out little baby hens in the beginning of May, I'm so excited! We looked everywhere for some heavy duty chicken wire and finally found some last week. They had some beautiful wooden fencing and swimming pool fences as well. There is just so much to choose from!

love/hate relationship

Why aircanada? Why do you have to have seatsales? Why do you have to have seatsales to nearby places that I could just hop on and then stay for a few days and come home. I love you and hate you at the same time. There is 50% off in Eastern Canada. I could get a flight to St. John's Newfoundland for like $200 which is crazy dirt cheap and I'm so half tempted to go. I'll book it for Troy and it can be a late summer surprise to get him through the rest of the busy work. It's so tempting I may just have to do it!

Tired.

Today is Good Friday. Troy had the day off so he decided that we would do some lawn care stuff and I agreed to help him. So now, I'm exhausted and going to bed very soon. So tired and I'm sore and have bit of a headache. Did you know there is such a thing called Migraine plastic surgery? Really. What will they come up with next?! I mean that in a good day - unqiue things, gagets and toys come out everyday, we just can't keep up with it all! My mom, dad and sister came over for supper this evening. They brought the meal and I made the dessert - blueberry crisp. I have so many blueberries still left over from last summer in my freezer. I just can't use them all!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

until that day comes...

Life has been a little stressful lately. Troy's mom isn't in a steady decline, more like a drastic one and it's been really rough. Things are looking up once and awhile and she has her good days and bad days but lately it's been more bad than good. She stopped by for a visit yesterday with Troy's father and sister and she was in a good mood and smiling so that was nice to see. I tried to take some photos of her smiling and eating birthday cake with Troy because I don't know if there will be another opportunity. I'm glad I got the photo and video at Christmas time that I did. I don't look forward to the day that she'll end up on a patient monitor somewhere. I guess I'm a pessimist so I think like that, but I'm trying to stay as positive as I can in light of the situation.

that would be the live

From my couchsurfing post from eariler... I really do have the travelling bug. Oh how I wish I didn't have responsibilities! I would just travel all over. I guess I sacrificed things like that in order to get married and own a house. I guess I'll be ahead of those people who don't buy a house until they are in their mid-thirties or fourties. There is nothing wrong with that for sure, but I sacrificed for this decision, and I'm totally ok with that. If I'm lucky we will have our house paid for even sooner than 25 years :) That would be really nice. Retire early... ahh... :)

the world i would know

I always thought to myself - if I ever had time to kill I would... that is if I ever won the lottery, or for some reason didn't have to worry about money or working for a living I would... Lots of things of course but one thing (well a few things I guess) would do would to take a lot of courses. I would buy some welding supplies and teach myself, take a carpentry course, mechanics for sure, all the trades really so that I could fix things myself. I think that would be great. Also of course courses in agriculture, language, philanthropy, that kind of thing. I can only dream and be jealous of those who are a "student for a living" that would be amazing. I just wouldn't want to the student loan afterwords.

power to the nation

Mom was telling me that the new Lunenburg school is suppose to be the most efficient school in Nova Scotia heated by solar panels and a wood pellet furnance. We are hoping for an open house so we can go and check it out. It looks like a beautiful school from the outside. I'm always interested in heating sources and ways to power. Some places even have incentives like nj electricity. It's a great idea to help people think a little more green with an added bonus. It doesn't hurt that's for sure.

folk festival in July

I'm a little obsessed with a website that I found... couchsurfing.com. I have a profile on there now accepting people to stay with me and hoping to find a place to stay and meet some cool people for my potentail trip to Rhode Island this summer for the folk festival there. Some of my favourite bands will be there so I'm excited! I love travel - and this will be a mini vacation but I think it will get me through!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

farmer life

Troy said to me the other day, "I just want to be a farmer and grow my own food..." what a nice dream that is. Maybe in a few years once we have some things established, asparagus patch, large blueberry bushes we can start storing food away and save money that way. Maybe eventually have a u-pick and make some money off it too. Troy got himself a little tractor in the fall be he continues to look for sales like bobcats for sale, etc.
It's nice to dream about a simple, quiet life, maybe not so quiet once we have children, but it will be a different kind of 'busy' and i'm looking foward to it!
Since Troy got sick last year with IBS and his stomach hernia we have been looking more and more into different kinds of medicines and treatments from osteopaths to Hormone replacement therapy and everything in between. We need to look into getting some sort of health insurance as well, or try and figure something out along the lines of how we'll do it. I guess we probably will try and figure something out when we start having children and they will need work done (dentist, eye exams, etc.) Hopefully our children have Troy's eyesight and not mine - that would be awesome. He's got perfect 20/20 and last time he went for a checkup they told him that he wouldn't have to come back for many years. Wicked. I'm not the lucky one there.

april fools day

No one played an April Fools Joke on me today. Nice. I guess the day isn't over so I better watch myself. I can't believe it's April already. Three months of 2012 are already over! I keep my plans of 2012 in my head and try to help myself get them done. I'm working on my life list and continue to add things. I have a lot on there and am trying my best to get it all together. A few things at a time.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

normally abnormal

This week I'm going to try and get to the Y for some workouts. I really need to get myself back into shape! I think lawncare will help with that, once Troy gets started back up again. The people at the Y are funny sometimes talking about the best best testosterone supplements and how to get bigger muscles. For me, and my attractiveness to men, muscles don't do anything for me. They are there, and yes, you are strong, but that doesn't get my crank turning. I guess some women find it highly attractive, but not I. Does that make me abnormail - in the minority? I dunno :P

around the house

Elliott is laying on me. It's hard to get any work done around here when you have the little kittens waiting to be pet all the time. I did some nice cleaning around the house today. I still have lots more to do, but I will get it done in time. I just continue to use my soapnuts for cleaning which continues to work out nicely. I don't need any fancy armani perfumes or anything to make my house smell nice. It's full of natural fairmones baby! I'm looking forward to this week. I think it will be a nice change of pace for me. I don't know what I'll get myself into, maybe some trouble! haha.

My art corner


I've been obsessed with Pinterest lately. I took a few minutes to take photos around the house to things that I've made or created. I took this photo today of my little art corner and put it up. I really like how I organized it all so it's nice to share and maybe help others. There are so many beautiful things on the website that people make and do that it really is inspiring. It's hard to explain. There is a lots of children's activities too, which is nice. I'm going to write some of them out tomorrow to use for home child care that I'm doing now :)

strum the melody

Weekend is over. Onto another week. I've been trying to find solitude in bits of time that I have during the day. I look foward to it really. Working on my painting, reading, cleaning, cooking, playing music. these are things that I look foward to. I'm try to teach Troy a little bit of guitar which is nice and makes me happy when I hear him play his chords so nicely. I like looking around at new and beautiful instruments. These mitchell acoustic guitars are astounding. I popped in the folklore centre the other week to look for autoharp strings and they had a nice array of guitars, banjos and autoharps. It unfortunately make me want to learn to play everything in there. Someday!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

dreaming my way into spring

2012. We are almost 90 days in, and what have I done? I've spend a lot of it stressed, but things are looking up. Things are changing, the weather warming and birds are singing. I feel like things are looking up and I have lots of things that I want to accomplish this year. I need to find a hot air balloon ride, read lots of books, grow my own food, travel a little, help Troy with his business, work on the house, etc.

I want to pay off my car in the next few months. I want buy some spring hinges for the doors, replace some windows, chop and stack wood, finish my flooring and find my way around my land. Explore. Some of those things aren't optional, but I can still dream, right? :)

Folk Festival dreams

I'm realllllly thinking about going to the Newport Folk Festival this summer. The line up is amazing. Iron and Wine, The Tallest Man on Earth, Blind Pilot (my new obsession), First Aid Kit are my top favourites. I'm looking to see if I can get a few people on board to join me to share the fuel and hotel costs. It's about a 1300 km one way trip, so double that to get back. It's quite a hop but it will be totally worth it. I may even take a pit stop in Boston if I have enough time :)

work it out

I'm working front desk at the YMCA this afternoon. It's a fun little weekend job. It's usually pretty quiet which is nice. I like talking to all the different people and I've gotten to know quite a few of them which is nice. People are always talking about work out routines, safe diet pills that work, weight lifting and healthy eating. For awhile I was going to the gym on a regular basis but i've really slacked off and need to get back into it. It's harder to with the nice weather. I guess it's better to get outside and enjoy that. I'll be working hard in my garden's this summer which is exciting and I can't wait to get them started!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

one hundred percent.

I stopped by some nice shops in Lunenburg today. I'm going to try and get all my Christmas shopping done really early this year so I can focus on things like baking and... well... relaxing. There wasn't a whole lot of either of those two things this past Christmas. I don't like how Christmas turns into a crazy thing... I want it to be relaxing and chill. I saw some cute handmade charm bracelets at one of the shops. I'm going to go for 100% handmade this year. I've done close too 100% in previous years, but I'm going for the full thing :) I think I can do it! I'm excited for the challenge!

cheese maker :)


I want to make Cheese!!! I'm reading "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. It's a fun read and I'm getting inspired to do all kinds of things - grow asparagus, make my own mayonaise, cheese and yogurt... hmmm... :)

so beautiful

Summer is here. No. Really. It is! I swear. Yes, yesteday was the first day of spring but we have summer weather. We have had the last two days - hot mid July summer weather. I don't think it's going to last but man it's been nice while it has been around. People out with their gmax motorcycle helmets on their bikes, fancy vintage cars, scooters, it's a beautiful thing. I'm sure the convertables were out too. It's been an interesting week with my new job. I guess I'm technically self employed now which is nice :) "Check" off my list. I guess I still have bosses, so what does that mean? I'm not sure. Weekend's almost here, but that means more work ... boo!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

life is good

Troy and I have been staying busy. Troy's started up with lawn care again so the house fixing up stuff has been put on hold a little bit. That's okay though. We have a whole bunch of laminate flooring - enough to finish up the upstairs we just have to find a couple of free empty days - yah right I wish! It's exciting - today was 17 degrees. This made me more happy that I thought it would! Spring is in the air, summer too! I was so over winter a long time ago so it made me really happy :)
A few more days of work then some free time! So exciting!

autoharp!!


Autoharp. $100. Sunday flea market. A steal!
I was sitting downstairs and heard some interesting sounds coming from upstairs, and this photo is what I walked in on. Troy drumming it up while picking the autoharp at the same time. Oh my heart - be still! It's a fun little instrument to play and very very easy. Just push a button here, strum and presto. It's a pain to tune - but that's all the fun in it, yes? :)

chickens and compost

Is it silly to get excited about these things?

Chickens and composters.

I just can't help myself. I'm turning into a little excited farm girl. I picture myself going out in my rubber boots to collect the morning eggs and this really excites me! I picture my large composters and putting my nightly scraps in and stirring it around. I ordered a dozen baby chicks yesterday and they will arrive on May 8. :) We have a coop already and I'm considering putting them in the barn too, I'm not sure yet. I'm also considering getting some meat birds, I'm not sure yet, maybe next year for that.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

mellow sunday

It's been an intersting 2012 so far. Started a new job, quit job, found new job and we aren't even in April yet. It's been a bit sad and I have been finding it hard to be happy - but now that my work has changed I see things starting to lift and become better. I was really uphappy with my job, so I've glad that things are coming together in that area of my life. I've got a few things that I want to really accomplish this year. Now that I'm 25, I'm starting to look back and forward at the same time with what I want to write my on life list - what I want to do.
I have plans for the kenya farm, but i'm also prepping for next time I go and want to take computers with me for the use ofmedical computers, or for students at the schools. It's something that the other Canadian girl is focused on as well, so that's nice if we can work it out together.
I'm feeling mellow today. I have to leave for work in less than an hour, but... nisawa :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

March

Wow. I can't believe it - it's almost March. It's almost my birthday - I'm almost 25. It's almost summer. It's almost half way through another year - ok, okay. I'm getting ahead of myself but still. Wow January and February went by SO fast I can't believe it.

These last 2 weeks I have been useless. I've been trying to shake this terrible cold and finally went to the walk in clinic today and got medication for a sinus infection. I guess that's what you get for working with toddlers. $25 and 6 pills later... seriously! Let's hope this helps.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

the love of art

I want to take a little shop soon in the city to buy some art supplies. I want to get a really large canvas to paint for the bedroom and one for the living room. That would really spice things up a bit in here. I love art and I hate looking at a blank wall. They disgust me! Some shops are great and have everything from paints and canvas’ to necklace display stands. Lots of different neat things. Troy’s in the city everyday so I should really just get him to pick up a few things for me. We’ll see!
I'll post photos of the paintings when they are complete!

The office

Feeling pretty crappy today, getting a major cold, headache ( i think migrane really ) the works. Troy and I lounged all day long and finished off the UK Office. He'd never seen if before so it was all new to him. I might get into a little obsession now again with the USA version. We'll see. :)

My favourite bit, last episode:

V Day

Valentines Day is coming up. Tuesday

Troy and I don't usually do anything, but this year we may be going out with my brother-in-law and his wife. They are really great people so it will be nice to sit somewhere and chat with them away from 'everything' I like this time of year that everything is 'rainbow and sunshine and butterflies' (love terminology) but it's the opposite of sunshine and meadows. Lots of free online dating sites and yummy chocolates in the stores start to consume you but it's all in fun whether you are with someone or not. As long as people who 'are attached' don't take it too far.

downsizing

My dresser looks pretty amazing. I went through and got rid of another whole garbage bag of clothing. Oh it feels good! I kept a few funny shirts but ones that I know I will wear. I've downsized big time. I don't even have that many clothes in my closet at the moment. I am invited to a little 'girls night out' and I don't even know if i have anything to wear since i always just borrow from other people aka. my sister. :) We'll see!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

i work out

I've been a machine lately!

I've been working out almost every day for the past few weeks (just taking a few days off in between here and there). I don't really feel a difference. I know when I had the good habit before I felt more awake during the day and more rested at night time. I don't feel that, or not yet at least. I've been doing the bike and what they call an AMT machine. I really want to get into biking in the spring time with Troy - doing some trails some I'm trying to build up my leg muscle so that I'll be able to do long distances.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

tv dreams

I can't give up a good deal! Even though I'm trying to be a minimalist, when I see a good deal like Black Friday deals, I get an itch. Troy really wants a nice TV. I can't blame him, it's something that he'll use a lot, or kinda a lot, maybe a little since we don't have cable, but he hooks his computer into it. We just have our little tv sitting on his amp right now, not even on a little shelf or anything. It would save some space though, maybe we'll get one next Christmas, that's a good idea!

my thing

A girl at work has horses.

Horses. Aren't really my thing. They look nice, their pretty but I don't have any desire to pet one, ride one, or anything. I think they are super intelligent and the girls who ride them look beautiful with their horse riding helmets, jackets, etc. but they aren't my thing. Other farm animals, sheep, I like. I'm hoping to get some sheep and other animals in the spring which is really exciting! Also looking forward to doing some major cultivation of fruit plants and vegetables. Can't wait to turn this blog into writing more about that very soon!

Kenya love


Things are coming together for the Kenya farm project and I'm really antsy to go back hopefully this summer and try and do some more work. I'm waiting for more updates from Drew who's visiting there now and who's been a huge part in making this whole thing possible. I've put fundraising on the back burner at the moment, but next week I'm going to start looking into getting some things off the ground. This is a nice photo of Brian, Gaspe, Susan and Rose at the site where the farm will be! updates at www.kenyafarm.org

Valentine's Day

Hey! The one holiday a year I never give any thought too. Valentine's Day. It's not that I'm not romantic, that's not it. I just never really have been 'into it', maybe when I was a kid when you would pass out little cards and notes with candy to your friends. Cinnamon hearts, wowszers, I almost forgot about those. Funny, when you are a kid it's about cards and little candies, when you become an adult it's about hotel rooms, womens lingerie, wine, etc. Now I like the wine part haha! Maybe that's how I'll celebrate this year, a nice bottle of local wine. Sounds like a good idea to me!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

2012 list

So. I've been trying to think of different things that I was to accomplish so far this year. The list is getting quite long. Let's rhyme off a few things:

Start organic farm in Kenya
Pay off car
Meditate on a daily basis
Learn Swahili
Give blood
Take infant mental health course
volunteer in my community (more)
start a recipe box
learn to play the accordian

It's a pretty good list so far. I should add some mad skill ones like learning to stand on my head, spoon or tube bending like at tube bending at DFTCorp.com. You know something totally random like that. Welding? I could pick up welding? or become a carpenter? haha!

Mother Mother

New favourite band. Mother Mother. They are awesome. Their videos are pretty swanky. They are Canadian too which is even better! Check out this video of one of their songs. Hayloft this is one of my favourite songs by them at the moment.

I'm sad tomorrow is Monday. Today was a nice relaxing day. I was a tad bit productive but not too much. Not really looking forward to tomorrow. Work all day then a staff meeting, boo! I'm planning on working out at the gym in between though so that should be fun. I'm trying to get points for my olympic team!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

did you know?

Sometimes when you find a nice video online you want to preserve it, keep it for yourself on your computer to watch over and over again without having to watch it online over and over again. download youtube is a pretty cool thing where you can download videos from youtube onto your computer. Sometimes you can even extract a song so you don't have the video but you have the song to listen to which is pretty cool. Give it a try and see how you make out!

add it all up

I don't really enjoy shopping. Of course for fun things I do, but I don't like when you get to that point where you run out of things like duracell procell batteries, shampoo, cooking oil, etc. Those things can really add up! I have been doing well trying to save on things through and not overusing items. Since I've chopped my hair I obviously don't use as much shampoo which is nice. I've been trying to limit lots of things really to try and make things last longer.

Kenya Farm

I got a KENYAN UPDATE!

Since my friend Drew from Alaska is there doing some ground work at the moment I've been getting more and more updates which is really exciting! I am going to be updating my www.kenyafarm.org blog later on this afternoon with some photos and info. It's truely exciting to see the money that I have sent is making a difference to get some things started. Things are racking up to be a lot more expensive than what I thought they would be... but that always happens. Check the blog later for updates!

come together right now

I'm so glad it's the weekend. Even though I had to work this morning I'm happy. I got off at 1:00pm so that still left me with lots of time. I'm going to try to do some de-cluttering this weekend. I'm going to try and let go some of my clothing... back to the whole 'trying to be a minimalist' thing. Even though I really don't have that much, clothing is something that I'm trying to rid myself. I get attached to some things and I really don't want to be, since I know I will never wear it, or it will be a long time before I do. I'm going to be doing some shopping (after I pay my enormous power bill) for silly things like corner round and ceramic switch plates. But this may not happen for awhile. I'm excited to finally see things coming together.

Friday, February 3, 2012

longing for summer

So when I think summer I think street artists. I know it’s a weird “first word that comes to your head” kind of thing. When I was 13ish years old I went to the local annual street artist festival in the city. There I was a bit inspired! I bought a set of devil sticks and practised all summer. I recently came across spinabolo and I was like ‘what’s that?’ then I checked out the photos and remembered watching street artists at the festival and see that amazing things they can do with ‘play things’ like these! It’s really incredible. I’m longing for summer…. Only a few more months to go!

Train trip 2011

Today I was reminising a little bit. Today was the day that Troy and I were returning from our trip last February, the trip that took us on a five week, elopement, across Canada adventure. For Christmas I gave Troy a photo book about our adventure so it's really nice to have that to capture the memories. I do long to be back then though. Freedom, adventure, love, it was amazing. I had a lady today tell me that she didn't even realize that I was married, it was so funny. I get a kick out of that still, the longer time passes really. :)

Baby love

I can't help myself.

Babies hypnotize me.

We had a little visitor in our room today at work, a little baby less than two weeks old. I miss my old job where I would just hold babies all day. My arms feel so empty. baby items make me all gooey like personalized baby bibs, little socks and sneakers, etc. I know a lot of ladies right now that are pregnant and there are a lot being born in this town, it's a mini baby boom!

in the next little while

Troy and I have a lot of decisions to make in the next year - well, in the next few months really. We are looking at our options, trying to piece together what we are going to do to the house, especially when the warm weather comes. We have some work to do on the outside that's important as in the inside. We are thinking about our basement flooring options. We are thinking of doing a layer of concrete and using it as a cold storage, especially if we get our garden up and running. This is exciting for me !

Pink Ribbon

A women I met at my friend’s wedding back in October. We’ll she’s gotten a lot of recognition in the media lately for her blog. Her blog is unique in the fact that it’s account of her path with breast cancer. It has an interesting spin though, it has a raw, humorous outlook on the disease and living with it. I’ve been following it for a few months and it is always interesting to read. Check it out here: Calm Down, It’s Just a Little Bit of Cancer

Thursday, February 2, 2012

quality

I like quality over quantity.

I 'try' to live my life this way. This could be my motto, maybe? I think trying to have something quality (handmade organic clothing for example) is better than having a closet full of clothes that you forget about. plastic business cards I think are a neat idea. You would give them sparingly but when given would be an item of interest to those receiving it. Unique, that's what people strive for isn't it? Something different, something special. Don't know where I'm going with this, but just some thoughts.

Good night

I'm so glad that I don't have trouble sleeping.... usually. I go through fits every once in awhile where I can't sleep because my mind is racing with too many thoughts, but it's usually pretty good, lately anyways. I got my power bill in the mail today though so I may not sleep tonight! I'm glad that Troy doesn't need white noise machines or anything. He used to sleep with a fan on all the time but that must have been a phase. That used to drive me crazy, so cold! I would hate waking up in the morning because of it!

Transition Bridgewater

My community. Well... I love it. It's going to a 'Transition' right now which I'm proud to say that I have started to become invovled. The Community Christmas Dinner was a blast and I'm looking forward to becoming more invovled.
Here's a little bit more about what I'm talking about!

Thursday horrary

Almost the weekend - oh glory! Even though I have to work for a few hours on Sat. that's okay. I don't even usually count that - it's not tough work. I joined a challenge at work - Olympics. I have a team that I'm on and you get points for things like cario workouts, strength, healthy eating challenges, spirtual, etc. It's pretty fun and I've been trying to get lots of points! A girl at work said that 'online shopping' is taking over her life. I more or so dream about beautiful things I want that I can't afford like rustic bedding, handmade organic clothing, that kind of thing. I'm trying to become a minimalist like I mentioned previously so I guess I shouldn't like to window shop so much!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

scan away

To refer to my eariler post, I'm striving to be a minamalist. With that being said, it's handy to have a few things and some things I really enjoy. I'm not a crazy video gamer - but I do have to say I really enjoy my wii. I don't play everyday or anything but I get a good use out of it. My guilty pleasure is dancing games, I can't help myself. I love them. Other things that I can't live without is this laptop obviously, a printer / document scanning software, stuff like that. I'm talking techology stuff. I can live without gps', ipods, ipads, fancy smart phones, that kind of thing, that's no problem! But there are some essentials for sure. It's all about limitations.

Viva las vegas

I can't help it. I'm obsessed with online shopping (but i'm picky at the same time). I can't get enough of the groupon, teambuy type websites. If you are going to buy something anyways, might as well do it through the website and get it at half off! This one I saw today is a hotel package to Las Vegas for only $59 for a three night/four day stay! how crazy is that. I'm seriously half tempted to go and surprise Troy with a little vacation getaway... really! How crazy good. I read through the fine print and it seems too good to be true!

dance like no one is watching or if they are, ignore them.

So. I went out last Friday night with some ladies from work. It was a fun evening. I'm glad I didn't stay out too late, since I had to work in the morning. I realized my level of maturity, which is really quite high! I watched people smoke Rocky Patel cigars which is not a big deal at all, it was the fighting with knives and police being called that accomodated the smoking and drinking. It's all so juvenille and surprises me really once you just stand back and look at it how silly it all is. I had a nice time with the ladies. You just have to out and not pay attention to anyone else. We danced up a storm :)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I don't usually post like this

I don't usually post about other people's blogs, but I found this one eariler this evening and started to read and read. I love how much I connect with this blog and how much I am even more inspired. I want to go through all my stuff now before I go to bed!
www.mnmlist.com is the blog

a blog on in the 'ins' and 'outs' of being a minimalist and this is something that I really strive for. I won't consider myself one yet, but something I desire. There are some things that I find hard to part with. But it's a practice, right?

Music to my ears

I've been playing a lot more. This makes me happy. I've been teaching Troy some chords on guitar. He's been teaching me drum patterns. I think I will soon call myself a 'drummer' or add it to the list of instruments that I play. I'm in dire need of new d'addario strings strings though. I have a set on my blue guitar the moment that sound amazing. They were suggested to me awhile back and I bought them but I can't remeber what they were called. I guess I'll have to go searching! I've been inspired lately by a few things, which I won't get into too much details right now. I'm going to go to bed early. Do some yoga and snooze. Tuesday has taken all my energy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

onward to 2012

I can't believe I haven't written since christmas. It's been an interested last few weeks. I start a new full time job and I've been busy wrapping up the community christmas and starting some new projects. I've been working on my life list to decide what kinds of things i want to accomplish in the next year. I find it easier that way to list out my goals. I'd love to do some more travelling. Hopefully I can get to Kenya again. I want to visit the Magadeline Islands, maybe even rent an rv, get some rv insurance, load up on food and hit the road. We'll see. I'd love to have some friends to go with too... have to get me somet of them first! haha