Family & friends who takes care of me & occasionally spoil me rotten.

Other than needing to get back on the fitness bandwagon, I’m pretty much ok with me right now. Yes there are financial issues & work stuff I need to sort out (see below) but me, personal life, I’m ok with where I’m at. I have an amazing set of friends to spend time with and my sister is living with me so I don’t even have to leave home if I want to talk to another human bean! I’m not missing the whole having a man in my life thing & everything that goes along with that… even the heavy lifting problem has been solved now there’s two of us in the house. I’m not ruling anything out but it would have to be something pretty spectacular… as they say, “What sucks about knowing love at first sight exists? Knowing that love at first sight exists.”

I currently have my sister as my roommate because her husband of just over 2 years decided to write her a letter & leave it, along with his wedding ring, for her to find when she got home from school one day back in October.

With my sister moving in the animal count has gone up by two, her cat Tucker (devil in a tuxedo) and her dog Diesel who is a Maltese Shih Tzu cross & is smaller than any of the cats. Trouble is, the extra cat has upset the already unstable pecking order & is causing chaos, makes our lives interesting in a Chinese proverb kind of way. Diesel is actually the easier of the two, he rarely gets too close to the cats & backs off when warned. Merlin loves him & tries to snuggle when he’s on a lap, much to D’s distress.
Ariel slimmed down over the summer as they weren’t on free choice hay. I’ve started feeding her a high protein feed when I ride as the winter hay was a late cut & low in protein. Hoping to build up some muscle before spring but that’ll depend on how much the weather cooperates. At least she’s sound (touch wood) unlike this time last year. SHE’S SO FLUFFY!

Is much fuller now that Naomi has moved in, what with an extra person, two animals, most of her stuff & a car, all of which needed room made for them. We’ve pretty much got ourselves sorted out, although there’s some stuff that’s being stored in odd places until I can get the basement sorted out (see projects).

The Waters Rising – I started reading an e-book from the library not realizing it was the third in a serious. I’d read the first & initially thought maybe it was the second but there was too much missing. Sure enough, a whole book’s worth, luckily the library had a hardcopy of the second one.
Once Upon a time. I’ve seen the first two seasons but Naomi’s just finished up the first. I’m watching the odd show as she works her way up to what I haven’t seen.
Whatever’s on my phone, Naomi gave me the new Floyd album for Christmas so that needs some listening to.

Eagerly Awaiting
The possibility of Veronica coming up to visit before Naomi starts her internship in June , down near Boise, Idaho. Seeing Mum & Dad in May when they come up for Naomi’s graduation from vet school… the Dr. will be in the house.

I’m just playing the game as & when I feel like it, picking & choosing the events to go to. I mainly go to visit with friends, see the people I wouldn’t otherwise get to see. Every so often I get the urge to find out all the stuff about all the things but I’m not all that good at doing the research, I tend to get side tracked by life… seems to be true about my hobbies in general. During the week my evenings are either taken up by riding (2-3 days) or by household stuff… the days I’m not riding I should really be working out but haven’t been. At the weekends, most of one day is usually taken up down at the barn & the other with all the chores I didn’t get to during the week. During the summer there’s puttering around in the garden, in the winter there’s decluttering, sorting & projects like the basement.
Well that came out a bit more whiney than intended.

Naomi & I are doing some sister bonding time while being crafty… anyone who knows us knows that this may end in tears but time will tell. The project is to turn a composite picture frame into a jewellery hanging device. She saw pictures on Pinterest & we both decided that if they turned out they would be a good way to store jewelry in such a way that we can see what we have & therefore maybe wear more/different pieces more often. Michael’s was raided, designs have been pondered & now construction needs to take place. A trip to Lee Valley will need to be made for finishing touches & we hope to do that on Thursday evening. I’ll post pictures when I’m done, if it turns out!
The main project for the winter is to sort the basement out. Right now it’s completely undeveloped & the cats have free run of everything. This makes storing anything, not in totes, problematic as the cats will sleep on almost anything & I don’t want everything covered in cats hair plus they have a tendency to knock over stuff. Also it means I can’t leave anything out in my work area, tools, materials, projects, etc. can’t be left out between times I’m able to work on things, so things never get started. While I don’t want to develop the basement I would like to separate out two areas, one for storage & one as a workshop. So the plan is to finish the floor with something I can paint on, won’t scratch easily & is easy to clean then put up some walls… I may be calling for help when I get to the wall part!

Still doing the same ole thing… I’ve been doing the same thing for 7 years not & I’d really like to move into something new. I don’t see much in the way of technical opportunities in house. I started putting out feelers back before the oil price dropped. Had an interview before Christmas & I’m still waiting to hear back, last message was that I was still in the running so we’ll see. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are told no hiring for now though. One advantage of staying where I am, it’s stable while we go through a downturn, disadvantage is the pay. Things have been tight financially for a while… Naomi comes with all the benefits of a roommate minus the rent, she’s a student & while I know she’d like to help out, I know she can’t afford to & needs to save the pennies for when she’s working away from town

Thinking On
What I want & where I want to go.
Part of me wants to stay put, find a new job, maybe take some more schooling.
Part of me wants to move to the acreage I found near Rimbey, it has an indoor arena & stalls & everything I needs for Ariel. It has 15.5 acres where I could set up gardens & orchards & bees & maybe that in the ground greenhouse. But that would mean finding a job nearby, easier said than done right now & my bosses boss said no to me moving to RD… & I know how much work an acreage is, I barely have time for my hobbies now.

Here's my wrist cut all closed up :)
Comparing the veins in both wrists I realized how much I lucked out on the positioning of the veins in my left wrist!


This is the offending tool:

My cat steals things... he has "his box" down in the basement where he hoards his stolen goods. So far he's taken numerous ziplock bags, a sharpie & a wooden spoon... the other night I caught him with a ziplock container (complete with lid) in his mouth, trying to make a quick getaway!
Friday morning I hear a crash... go downstairs & there's my sugar container in pieces on the floor. Not sure why he'd be up on that counter seeing as he's never bothered with it before. Today I find the answer...

Yes... he was trying to steal my bag of butterscotch coffee beans when he knocked off the sugar container.
Having failed then he must have gone back yesterday while I was out... when I didn't see the bag on the side or in the panty, Tomos' box was the first place I looked!
So this latest project tried to kill me when the gouge skipped off the inside as I was hollowing it out & slashed across my wrist!
I'm fine, it just cut the skin & I patched myself up with wound closure strips.

It's not quite finished. I need to paint the border & the "sideburns". On his mask they were a reddy brown but I think I'll do mine blue. The black needs another coat too. The design at the top is 2 wolves & on the chin is a frog. The spikes would have originally have been grizzly bear claws.


Polar Bear

Oct. 6th, 2012 05:23 pm
Latest creation!
"Panda" soapstone from China.
This is what I made today:

Pictures this way... ) bed linen for the new house?!

All the new plants planted.
Last veggie raised bed built... now I just need to fill them with dirt & plant my seeds!
Bees moved to new hive.
And now some pictures of the progress...

Pictures this way... )

I ordered some plants online... they arrived safe & sound today!

In pots (these will be indoor plants):
Meyer Lemon
Kaffir Lime


Aronia Berry
Careless Gooseberry
Somerset Seedless Grape - blush/red
Skookum Seedless Grape - white/green
Anne Raspberry - yellow
Brandywine Raspberry - purple
Early Black Raspberry
Taylor Raspberry - red
My bootcamp trainer's daughter, Shaunie, has qualified to represent Canada at the World Junior Games in Spain. At 16 she's the youngest on the team & competes against girls considerably older. Is she good? She won the bronze medal for the 60m hurdles last year at the Youth Commonwealth Games... she was 15, the youngest on the team & the youngest competitor in her discipline... so yes, she's good!
Unfortunately, being under 18 she doesn't receive any funding so she has to rely on donations & sponsors. Please help me to help Shaunie go to the games... either by personal donations or by asking at work if you think your company would be willing to sponsor her or both! I can supply you with a corporate sponsorship letter if you think your company might be interested.
Her website is

The grass is ris... well rising anyway.

Lots of pictures... )

I suspect you garb type people already know about this site, I came across it while looking up Turks Head knots.

minyata I thought you might be interested in this post:


May. 1st, 2012 08:56 pm
In addition to the snowdrops that have spouted I now how crocuses (croci?!), tulips & daffs.
So far only the snowdrops & crocuses have flowered.

Snowdrop Single - Elwesii

Blue Pearl

Plus some I dug up from the old house!

Dutch Master
Tete a tete
(I bought these as an indoor arrangement last spring & planted the bulbs out in the fall)
Plus some I dug up from the old house & a bunch I "pick'n'mixed" at the garden centre & have no idea what is what! :)

Pink Lemonade
& again plus some I dug up from the old house & a bunch I "pick'n'mixed" at the garden centre & have no idea what is what! :D

I also planted some summer bulbs in containers that I put outside during the day & bring in at night.
So far 8 of the Murielae and 2 of the gladioli have sprouted.

Acidethera - Murielae

Peach Melba

Freesia - "Fragrant single mix"
Today I made Marty:
I mean the garden of course!

The snowdrop was a snowdrop... although not quite like the ones I remember from the UK, it's still pretty!

I thought viola's were annuals that reseeded profusely...
more pictures this way... )


Apr. 3rd, 2012 08:02 pm

I would say these were messengers of spring except what I'm pretty sure are dandelions have been green for at least a week!

Curry Soup

Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:12 am

Dice carrots, onions & celery, cook gently until soft (I used olive oil).
Add minced fresh root ginger, garlic & spices (I used whole coriander seeds, cumin (would have used whole if I had any!), Garam Masala, Madras and Curry Dip spice mixes from Epicure Selections -
Add stock (I used vegetable as I’m doing the veggie thing right now but chicken would work too) & cubed sweet potato. I cooked them for 10 mins.
Add quinoa & extra stock/water, I added ½ cup quinoa so I added 1 cup of water. Cook for 15 mins if it looks like the quinoa is absorbing too much liquid add more.
o add chicken, I’d cube it, add it once the veggies are mostly cooked, brown it & get it mostly cooked before adding the stock... I’ve made a squash & chicken curry this way with less water.


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