Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Dear Blog readers,
Today there was a facebook post from Atheists of America who want to 'keep the merry, and dump the myth'.  If someone doesn't want to celebrate Christmas because they don't believe the Son of God loved them enough to come here and live and die and rise again so they could be reunited with God, (theme of Christmas), and they don't want to celebrate the pagan mid-winter holiday (date of Christmas -Jesus being born when it was warm enough to sleep outside), then why are they participating in this? Why not stand down, as the Jehovah's Witnesses choose to do?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I love hockey

Why do I love hockey? Because of the wonderful men and women who play hockey.
We have been suffering through the hockey lockout. Instead of competing with hubs over whether my team or his is better, we've been watching football and English 'footie'. It's been made easier by the balmy weather, but now the cold is setting in, and I wanted some hockey.
Just the other day, I was ranting to my hubs that the players should just up and play a game! In fact they should donate the proceeds to charity and have a hockey only game for FUN.. no violence, just skill.

Wouldn't you know it? The very next day I heard about Operation Hat Trick. A bunch of NHL'ers headed to Atlantic City and played a wonderful game of hockey (I'm sad that I didn't get to watch), and distributed proceeds between three charities.

Great guys, eh?
Read more here:  Operation Hat Trick 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Time off for Good Behaviour

I went to a Christmas party the other night. Lots of people were enjoying a glass or two of wine. Some got a little rowdy. As a teetotaller, I had the perspective of watching their behaviour.  Okay, I confess: it was our club Chrismas party/ year end celebration, and my mum was there too. She was quite exuberant (this is our normal state), and wound up by being with friends and a the consumption of a glass of wine.  (Sorry for tattling, Mum - one of my faithful readers- but there is a point). [Also: I don't drink because we are a family of lightweights, but never remember til the next morning.]

So at one point our president was addressing the room and Mum came to tell/ ask me something. Mum didn't notice the president talking as she was focused on finding me and telling me the message before she forgot. Unfortunately, she kinda interrupted Madame President. Sooo, I have sometimes noticed this behaviour differential with myself and my children.  Should I be proud, embarrassed, or both, when my children behave better than me?

This is not to say that my kids always behave better than me... just sometimes. When they do, I wonder: If they are better behaved, did they learn it from me? I should therefore know better.  Did they adjust more quickly to a societal change? Should I then be embarrassed for being slow? Or do I just accept that they made the wiser behavioural decision, and learn from it?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


TWO awesome free courses:

TONIGHT (Nov 27): Judith of Savvy Vegetarian talks about plant protein, and
Thur Dec 06: Jennifer Cornbleet talks about going RAW :) not so difficult after all!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blog props: Raw on $10 a Day (or Less)

Raw on $10 a Day (or Less) is a super fantastic site for Raw Foodies, Frugal Eaters, and those who like fun deliciousness!  These recipes are not difficult even if you have no 'equipment' (blender, bullet blender, immersion/hand blender, food processer, dehydrator).  The site is easy to navigate, has great 'you might also like' links, a recipe index, and beautiful photos.

Go on, get over there and check out Lisa's page!  Raw on $10 a day is also on facebook.
Go ahead, make your day :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Israel and Palestine

I want to knock your heads together (while you still have one) for being so silly and stubborn! And not just you, but many other countries/groups who also waste precious time and energy fighting each other.
Here is my solution, as posted to a friend's facebook comment:

 I have an idea. Gather the leaders together for each side, both Palestinian and Jewish.. Make them argue the case for the other side. See what that leads to. They have the same grandfather.. let them start behaving like they were created by the same loving God, and not like savages.
If you break the least part of the law... you break ALL of the law...
Love God, and love your neighbour AS YOURSELF. <This one in particular is old as dirt, we should know better.
This applies to all nations.. if we took care of our neighbours, we wouldn't be in such a pickle. No one has the right to be haughty or the need to be downtrodden. <3 <3 BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE

Much peace and love to all involved. When one person fights, those around are hurt whether they want to be involved or not. And now they have taught their children to be ugly and hateful as well. :'(

Friday, November 16, 2012

Midpoint of Nanowrimo

Word counts is all anybody talks about when it's midway through Nanowrimo. Are you anywhere close to the 25,000 midpoint?  Somehow I've managed to get within spitting distance of it. Not exactly reached out and grabbed it, but if you gave me a leg-up, I could get it.

How're you doing? It's way too soon to be throwing in bizarre plot twists and zombie scenes, so just stick with the plan, push a little harder, and NO EDITING! :D That's for December.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ketchup Catchup

Hey, can only stop for a second - a nano-second that is... by tomorrow night I need to be at 25,000 words. I'm currently almost at 17,000. And I'm sposed to go out tomorrow to hear my friend read her poetry. Gah! So stretched! So worth it!  I have a plot and I'm running with it. It is so much easier to write an intense action scene than to get from one action scene to the next. Very interesting.. Mwah! Behave, and remember: no editing until December!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Nano status: a little behind ( | )

So, we're just over a third of the way in, and the word count is.... 1 day behind. Oh come on! That's pretty good! I don't write on Friday nights, and I've had two plot derailments already. I'm on Chapter 8 or something like it and the MC has finally met her man. Well, maybe her man. They're only about to have coffee - we'll have to see how it goes. 
I understand these are normal events in Nanoland.  My husband (who does NOT write) helpfully suggested I could just write something else. He doesn't know that my characters and I collaborate on the plot. Like a carver trying to release the sculpture hidden within the tree. It's interesting so far, I think... -EEK! Self doubts! Nooo! Stay back! There will be NO editing until December!!!! *left hand slaps right* Get away from the delete button. WHEW! That was close.
This has been very helpful, thank you. I can see now that I must interweave my characters in the mid section of the manuscript.  Well, ta-rah! for now...  

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nano nerves

I don't know if I'm being affected by the impending storm, but I'm getting really wound up about writing this story.  It's not going to be fictional for once, and it's supposed to be enlightening. Boo! Unknown territory! Yuk! Why Why WHY am I doing this to myself????

Anyone else have pre-Nano tremors?  how do you do character outlines for REAL people?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

nano..what? NaNoWriMo!

It's almost November, folks; and, for writers, that means nano time.. where we each try to write 50,000 words between Nov 1 and Nov 30. (Yes, of the same year - silly rabbit!)  Head over to for more info.

I have entered 4 times and completed the challenge 3 times. It has actually been a few years since I've completed a challenge, so it's about time I got back down to business. My handle is crazynance if you want to look me up. Comment below and I will add you to my friends list.  Got to go, there are plots to be hatched!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

and I'm back

Been a long time since I wrote my blog, yeeeeahhhh~
Ok, so the appeasing rock'n'roll intro should have taken the edge off the lack of posts around here.

The rain has started again. In the fall, it rains and rains, and slowly the days get colder. One day you wake up, and the rain is now snow.  But for now, we are still oooo-ing and ahhh-ing over the beautiful colours of the turning leaves, and scuffling through the fallen leaves on the sidewalk as they crunch underfoot. My neighbours have Hallowe'en (All Hallows Eve- Oct 31, as Nov 1 is All Saints Day) decorations up. There are mock gravestones, and ghosts and monsters in many porches. On the evening of Oct 31, as it gets dark, the children start coming around door to door for candy.  They say 'trick or treat' but they mean 'Please give me candy'.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Updating my goals

September already? Where has the time gone? What have I accomplished in 2/3's of a year?

I have decided to use this time to discover what my goals are and to take care of things like refreshing my budget etc.  Budget refresher because one of our big events has been accomplished, so it's time to revise where the payments were going. Due to some circumstances that I keep expecting to change very soon, there appears to be a downward spiral in my finances! This is obviously not a good thing. As I said, I expect it to be redressed shortly.

The goals part is really hard.  I know it's valuable and necessary to have goals, I'm just really bad at writing them down. If you don't write them down, you don't move towards them, and you don't take specific steps to make them happen.

Here's what I've got so far:  I want to be more fluent in French.  I should be completely bilingual by now.
I want to take another trip to England, and one to New Hampshire.  I'd like to edit my manuscript and see about getting it published. And, uh.... that's it for now. :)  What about you?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

God's protection

After reading an fb post about my friend receiving a call from her daughter's cell (mum in UK, daughter in Thailand) from a Thai man [naturally this completely freaked mum out, imagining her daughter had been kidnapped or whatnot- is not the case, daughter is fine],
and then this: Identity of woman's body parts

could you imagine being a parent who did not know precisely where their daughter was?  Terrifying.

If we've raised healthy happy exuberant kids, they have no problem wandering off into potentially dangerous situations - I thank God everyday for His protection of my children.

Monday, August 20, 2012

in the doldrums...

There are a few places in the ocean where, although the Trade Winds blow responsibly up and around the coasts, the water in the middle of the oceans is still... the air is still as well. These spots are called the Doldrums. So when the winds of change and the current of excitement seem to have ceased and left you languishing, you may say you are in the Doldrums.  Now that wedding is over, the proposal at work has been submitted, and we're just waiting for news.. we are in the Doldrums.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Top 5 priorities.. not what you think!

I was reading Mark and Angel's blog and as usual it is awesome.  I would revise the order and choice (and definitely the reasoning) of their top 5 characteristics affecting your happiness: Love, Forgiveness, Hope, Encouragement, and Peace.
I give my reasons below. What are your top 5?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

30 years in

and marriage is wonderful. I now have the best key to a relationship.
 If this is supposed to be the love of your life, filter everything he (she) says through this:
I am the love of their life- would they try to hurt me? if no, then ask them to restate what they've said.
If they used 'hot button' words, let them know that these are words that especially light your short fuse, and to please use other words.  After all, you don't deliberately try to hurt them (I hope), why assume that they are trying to hurt you?
This would probably work for most things people say to us- perhaps what they've said is coming through their cultural/emotional/situational filters, and we need to hunt for the nugget of the statement while sloughing off the husk.  Save a lot of problems, we would. :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The dog days of summer

Judging by the rate of change of people's blogs (mine included), you'd think it was August already - the dog days of summer, when it's scalding hot, eggs purportedly are fried on sidewalks and nobody and nothing moves quickly, if at all.  Everyone is enjoying the weather, hiding from the weather, out on holidays, entertaining guests, etc.
My excuse:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The sad samosa

Last night on his way to work, my darling hubby bought me a samosa. It was a lovely thing, the size of a hardball, with spicy vegetables inside.  I warmed it up, and as I was enjoying my first bite, I wandered outside in search of a cool breeze. 
Next thing I knew, I felt a biting on my arm! A ladybug was doing its best to devour my forearm! The samosa went flying as I scrambled to free myself from the jaws of the ladybug.
Poor samosa! It was so delicious, yet it lay there in the dirt on my deck.  (There was no 5 second rule, as it landed beside my garbage pail.. bleh!)  After anticipating this treat all night, it was a huge disappointment to lose it after just one bite.  Added to the hurtful attack by the ladybug (o!picture of innocence! sweet ladybug, how could you?), I looked down to see my dog lapping up the last bits of samosa crumbs. Thanks, dog!
How do we deal with these sudden losses/disappointments? Do we cry? Thrash about? Have a tantrum?
Or do we appreciate the good things we have; be thankful for little things others cannot access?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Stomach - a raving lunatic!

Back in November I switched to a much more raw vegetarian, bordering on vegan, diet.  I don't know if I've gotten lax or what, but my stomach asks for some really weird stuff sometimes!  I ate almost an entire bag of chips (crisps) last night - the large bag.. not the individual serving size.  Is it just hot, and I needed the salt? Or did I crave excitement in my food?  Anyway, when the stomach starts screaming, it's very difficult to shut it up.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A-camping we will go...

Hubs has convinced me to book some time in a campground... over the long weekend.. I am less than exuberant about going anywhere/ doing anything on a long weekend.  I hate traffic and crowds. I know - I'm a party pooper of the worst order.  This is to encourage and refresh my darling hubs and probably to do me some good too - grouse grouse grumble grumble!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A few of my favourite things

There are some items in my house that some would say it's time to throw it out. These items are old, used, broken-in, loved.  There is my old Bible- bound in a dark red leather,gold-leaf onion skin pages, broken spine, maps falling out, hi-liter everywhere. My rough-looking old sweater and cap, my jeans, and Jesus.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

2 months til the wedding!

My middlest baby will be married in 2 months.  They've been living together for a few years now, but somehow it seems it will be more special, even more wonderful when they say 'I do'.  It's a weird year for me - both sets of  parents of the couple are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversaries, my sis turns 40, and I turn 50.  My eldest daughter will be moving farther away, my boy will likely be moving to Edmonton, and we may be moving to Calgary.  I will have to guard against stress related illness: *makes note to increase parsley and kale, raisins and molasses intake*.   There is only one way to combat stress; I suspect it is by joyful celebration of all the changes, most of which are not really changes per se, but changes in scenery as we float down life's river.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Taking my own advice

Tonight I told someone that if they want to get to sleep by a certain time, they needed to get off the electronic devices and turn off the tv an hour before.  Well, I've passed that deadline, but I'm going to sign off all of these bleeping (literally- this is not a filler for swearing) machines and get into slow time- the relaxation mode required prior to sleep.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Thank God for Mondays! I'm pooped!

That's right - bet you never thought you'd hear it, but there it is. I'm glad to be at work, because I'm exhausted!

We saw all the kids on Friday, I drove one to and from a party (45 min return trip), went to church Saturday morning, managed a 2 hr nap, stayed up late, got up at 7.30 Sunday morning and started cleaning. 4 hrs later we went and got some subs and coffees/teas and drove miles to a park to eat them. Ran the dog by the river, bought frozen treats, drove all the way home with a wet stinky dog, then did gardening for 2 or 3 hours. Made dinner, and FELL into bed. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Let's ALL eat cake!

Today I was asked by a friend to find some diabetic friendly cake recipes, which led me here: Diabetic Cakes at All Recipes UK  Now, of course, I want to bake cake.  As it happens, I must be up at 6am tomorrow to get Boy up for work, so I may be baking a cake!  I have the blueberries, have converted Centigrade to Farenheit, and just need 55 minutes!  I could have it in the oven while I walk Le Dog, and come home to cake-baking smells! Nom! I'll let you know how it goes...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Funeral for a friend

We went to a funeral yesterday... sadder than usual as the man was only 44 and had passed very suddenly from a heart attack.  The complete shock of it made it so hard to assimilate as our new reality.  It underscored the shortness of life - whether it's things we need to say, or apologize for saying, or things we need to get done - the phrase "no time like the present" really hangs around the mind at a time like this.
We wonder what things Trevor left undone and unsaid, and what things he was glad he had 'gotten around to'.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Battle of the Bulge and the Mind

The sun is shining, the grass has had its first mow, flowers are everywhere, and trees are budding.  It's definitely time to lose those last few pounds!  
What? You don't follow the logic? My daughter's wedding is in August and I want my dress to fit (and I'm tired of looking at the bulge). There's no time like the present.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

No updates

That's right: zero, zip, zilch, nada. Still have no clue where to or if I'll be moving.

But the grass is green and it's time to repair the mower to get through that jungle I've been growing in the back.

The flowers are up, and the birds are singing... anyday now I'll stop wearing my parka.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Excitement in business

You know when things get really wound up at work and you aren't sure what the outcome will be?
Yah, so... I've had a month like that.  I'm still not exactly sure where I'll land, but I could be moved from this little town (can you say 'provincial'?) to either Ottawa (nation's capital) or Calgary (out west! like by the mountains out west).  Hubby would have to change jobs to follow me; we're not sure if it's for 6 months, a year, or not at all; the Boy is still in college; my daughter is getting married in the summer at THIS end of the country...

STOP! Deeeeeeeeeep breath, everybody... hoooooold it..... and let it out slowly..... OK. Are we calm again?

Well, whatever happens, happens.  More updates as I get them.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Teaching on prayer

I am slated to lead the Bible study this Sabbath. The lesson is prayer. How does one presume to teach on prayer?

Isn't it a very personal expression of faith, worship, and devotion?
Doesn't it depend on the situation?
Are there some better and worse prayers?
Should we even bother?

Firstly, because God tells us to pray.  He wants that communion with us.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Store dates in the fridge... :(... :P

I have unfortunately learned that dates must be stored in the refrigerator. *SAD FACE*
Due to bodily reactions, I have to accept that my bucket of dates, which is only half gone, is actually way gone. Double sad face: I forgot to bin it this morning (this is garbage day). Drat!

Isn't it weird how some people put things in the fridge that others never put in the fridge?  Condiments... I always put my condiments and jams in the fridge.  My mum? She never used to, and we all lived. Maybe cuz there were 7 of us in the family and condiments didn't last long, I don't know.  In recent years we have browbeaten her into using the fridge for ketchup, mustard and relish, etc.  Still can't get her to move the jam inside.

I have only just recently started keeping more of my fruit on the counter. This probably won't continue in summer due to fruit flies, but for now, they are on display and handy for consumption.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Everybody love everybody

Hi peeps,

I heard this on someone's youtube vid.  You know, the ones where there's no talking, just cards with written stuff?  Well, the moral of this one was people have dark junk hiding inside them, and we all need love, so everybody love everybody. Throw lifelines, not cement shoes. Smile, compliment, encourage. Be a master craftsman with your words, your gestures, and your time.

That is all. :)  Be happy, rejoice in the love of God.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

State of the dead, eternal salvation/damnation-separation

My blogger friend has made a wonderful post (here:
Written not with ink- Wednesday words  2012-02-01)

Here is my extremely wordy response.

The loss of salvation is not eternal torment, because what kind of loving God could torment someone eternally? And why would Cain (who killed his brother) be punished 5500 years longer than say... Hitler? any of the sadistic killers running around now?

So first of all, when you die, you go to sleep. You know nothing. Jesus consistently referred to the dead as being asleep. David is often referred to as 'sleeping with his fathers'. The saved will come back to life at Jesus' return and get our new glorious eternal bodies.  The unsaved will all remain dead (asleep) until our thousand years in heaven are over and the New Jerusalem comes down to earth.  Then the unrighteous will come back to life.. see that they had opportunity and did not take it, and every knee shall bow and confess that God is righteous, and then the unsaved will be burned up (causing their soul to be eternally separated from God).  The worse the crimes of that person, I guess the longer it takes? Anyway, at that point the earth will be remade to its Edenic glory. Sin (selfishness) will be no more.

Anyhoo... I think it is not always a person's entire lifetime that they have to accept salvation. If they keep rejecting the call on their heart over and over, they will stop being able to respond to the Holy Spirit.  Also, there is the possibility of sudden death in which case you may or may not have time to call out to Jesus.  Some people are converted on their deathbed. Some of those are then healed and go on to live a Christian life.

I think the worst enemy of God is what people say about Him without checking the Bible.  Read HOSEA for instance. God uses the example of a man redeeming his adulterous wife and saving her. He likens that to how He has wooed us while we still were rebellious and hateful to Him.  He chose one of the stubbornest tribes on the face of the earth to be His chosen people- to show that He doesn't give up on anyone. <3  God is love. Sin is the breaking of His laws (which are about selflessness).  Fortunately, God's grace (unearned favour) abounds. Also He pours out wisdom to those who ask.

God rewards those who seek Him - it shows they have faith that He exists and waits to bless us. Give thanks and blessings always follow.

Free will is why some are lost. They choose to believe the devil's lie that God doesn't want the best for them and that His life is exciting.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Eating for Energy- progress and secrets... :o

I'm writing in smaller letters because there are secrets involved (the secretiest kind of secrets!) and we don't want anyone to get hurt.

Ok, so I've discovered that to re-energize yourself (particularly useful at breakfast) it is helpful to consume fresh celery and english cucumber. *drool*  Just thinking about fresh celery can start the pickup, and when I hear the 'crack' of the celery breaking off its base, I can hardly wait to sink my teeth into it.
Since I am low on iron, it is also useful to consume ..... are you ready for this?.... sure?... ok... molasses. It has high iron and calcium. oh, and it's tasty.

So my breakfast the last two days in a cereal bowl: banana pear apple (1 ea in chunks), 1 rib celery in chunks, about 3-4" of english cucumber in chunks, some nuts (cashews or pecans or walnuts), sprinkled over with ground flax seeds and drizzled with approximately a tablespoon of molasses (which flowed freely despite it being January - myth busted), and then about 1/2 c of rice milk. Oh the sweet rich deliciousness of it! How did I ever survive on flakes before?  Sometimes I grind a combination of nuts in the coffee grinder first, and add dried fruit like cranberries and raisins.

It's refreshing, delicious, energizing, and keeps me going til lunch! Try it.  What's your secret?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Eating for Energy- progress

So I started Eating for Energy by Yuri Elkaim back in November, and I thought I would give you an update: I am learning what to eat without actually looking at the menu and recipes! Isn't that great?  It's like when you progress from looking at keys to free typing!  I now remember to soak and sprout beans and nuts. It's fun! It's like going to a spa for all your meals.. too bad there is no masseuse in the package (sad face!).

[Christmas was an ode to shortbread cookies and fruitcake... but I didn't gain weight, I just didn't lose any.]

I lost about 10 pounds right away, and have sort of levelled off. But I expect more to come off as the weeks go by.  It was the Christmas break that caused the levelling off, so it should be better now that the sweets are gone.

I have also been able to keep my nails neat and unbitten. Only took 49 years.  It's all progress.

What have you made progress on?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Wii Cardio workout requires a yoga stretchout afterwards

Yes, yes, that's right, old chap... talked myself into a spot of Cardio workout - boxing to be precise. Wouldn't you know it? The old leg muscles started screaming after the workouts.  I have now had to start Bikram Yoga (no, no... at home, silly! I can't afford a studio!) Since I can't afford a teacher, I have resorted to Ye Olde Intarwebs - the source of all informashuns.

Step 1- aquire pictures of poses.  Check and check. I first noticed the poses on my blogger friend's site, Antony in London.  Looked interesting!
Step 2- try it out! I am proud to say I have completely mastered one pose already.  The dead body pose. Yes, you just lie there on the floor. It's awesome! And I can do it. There are a few other poses I think I'm pretty good at, but obv need more work.  The key to remember with yoga is that different body types will naturally find certain poses easier than others. Don't sweat it! Just do what you can while working with what you've got. :)
Step 3- keep at it.  One day (hubby assures me lottery win is unavoidable) I shall have a boxing teacher and a yoga teacher.  O Happy Day.
Step 4- get hubby in on it. It helps that he can see me wavering and falling all over the place. lolz Gotta start somewhere, right?

Okay, so what new things have you started?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Under Siege by cold virus :P

Hello all my pixel pals!

Yes, it's true- despite heavy loads of fresh fruit and veg, it has still been quite a battle to evict the virus and regain health.  This virus has me stumbling, fumbling and forgetting. Srsly!  Plus you aren't a welcome visitor with an active germfest going on. :( Pooh.  I really like visiting.

I really miss my workouts. Can't workout while snuffling and having a hack attack.

Glad to hear all my bloggy friends have been updating with new posts - it's great to know that your holidays went off practically hitchless, and you have all survived the food overdose.

Now I just want to eat more more and more raw food, read more Bible, and have a little timeout.  This is going to require putting down the knitting needles, or sitting in front of laptop while reads to me from King James Version.  This is a good option, and I think I will take it up.  Maybe biblegateway would like someone to record a different version, like the good news or the Message.  That could be fun! Especially if everyone did a different chapter! (skuttles off to plot recording of different version).
Okay, I'm back.
I heard from Adam that he is keeping a reading list. So far, my carryovers from 2011: Pilgrim's Progress and Eating Animals.  My new forays for 2012: Christmas in Wales Anthology.

What's new with you?