Thursday, July 30, 2009
An old photo album (previously used for a great collection of hockey cards) that my youngest gave to me because he knows I love to scrapbook.
A "night cap" that Corben sewed (unknown to me while he was at it!) for me after we had finished one of The Little House on the Prairie books. (Remember how Laura used to wear a nightcap to bed??) Note: This cap looks much more smashing on the bear:)
And then there was last night....when I went to bed and on my nightstand was an encouraging and sweet note from my daughter. After she must have listened to one of my "concerns" yesterday while I was talking to a friend...she wrote to tell me how much she Does love me, and left a verse at the bottom of the note..."Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
A maple sugar sucker that Adam "sneakily" went and bought - one for each of us- on our camping trip.
I'm not writing all this proudly to brag about my kids or what I've taught them....I think it was just all an eye-opener to realize that what we do or say or teach- whether we know it or not- does have an impact. I DID feel discouraged when i thought they weren't taking a positive thing in....but they are. Somewhere amongst my jumbled up stumblings as a mother...they are picking something up that's positive.
Go "teach" something today....who knows who will pick it up:)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
She showed the phone to her kids and told them this was the type of phone she had when she was little. They spent a few minutes trying to figure it out...she sat and watched while they pushed down on the numbers thru the holes- not knowing how to dial. It sounded kind of cute when she described it all to me.
Later on that day my kids started asking me funny questions- like; if I had TV when I was little? - if we had flush toilets? - what kind of cars did we drive? And then I had to tell them about all the "neat" things we DID have....remember when there were drive-in movies, and "drive-in up to a speaker with waitresses on rollerblades A&W's"? And gas was only in the .20/litre range? And the milkman delivered milk to your house in plastic bags thru a little cubbyhole in the wall of your house? And when you went to the library you actualy had to SIGN a book out but only after you found the book using the alphabetical index card method:)
I remember things like that when I was little....and I started thinking I was Way too young to be reminiscing about "when I was a kid" things! I thought that's what grandparents did!!
There is something I really really miss from when I was little. Letter Writing. I miss sitting down with a new sheet of stationary and my favorite pen, seeing how neat I could write every word, picturing the person on the other end getting my letter. I miss walking to the post office and finding a letter addressed with my very own name on it, opening it up like a chocolate bar and devouring every word written back in response to my lettter, having something tangible to hold from a very special person in another part of the world - even if it was only a city away.
I MISS letter writing. I think the last real letter I wrote was a few years ago. I don't even know if I own pretty stationary anymore. In fact- I can't remember the last time I bought stamps for something other than sending a cheque for something I thought I needed....and even that I can do on-line now.
Rotary dial phones can be left back in the old days....but I think letter writing needs to come back for me. I'm going to go write a letter........
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
It's so nice to go camping with kids that are "older"! One night we were up listening to parents try to calm their baby down....every 3 hours on schedule! Now...I get to watch while THEY make the breakfast:)...and other things!?!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Guess I should explain....I have a very part time job, but as of late it hasn't been very part time. Okay...it's not very glamorous. At all. And when I give you my title you may just yawn and shut your computer down...but: I AM A CLEANER. Of new houses....and lately- an entire apartment complex. The apartment was just completed this spring and I got the contract to clean it.
First of all...I'm not embarrassed by my title of mere Cleaner. I find something very satisfying ...walking into a newly built home, seeing sawdust, drywall and paint all over the place, and a couple hours later walking out the door looking back at a spotless home ready for someone to take possession of it. I like cleaning! Love it actually:)
So when this Apartment Complex came up I jumped at the chance. I began back in April, and I am done- all 81,000 square feet as of July 20th, 2009. All 95 kitchens, 95 toilets, over 300 doors, a few hundred windows, countless cupboards......all CLEAN! I am very glad it's spotless now....and will never- ever- ever take on another apartment building again in my life:)
(And a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to my helper Jo:)) Staff Party is tomorrow:)
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Seeing that my next 2 days are going to be spent at work...(my very last 2 days on the apartment suite- more on that later!)....I thought I better write this now. I think Mondays get a bad reputation- the start of a new week...and everybody seems to dread the day. So, I think on Mondays I'll just write on my favorite part of the weekend.
This weekend was wonderful. Alot happened, and I think it was all good. But one of the most perfect parts was Friday night. I've always had a dream that I would one day own a home where people I love could come and relax, visit, enjoy food and togetherness....together! Friday night was one of those nights. It was perfect out....weather calm and sunny, hardly any mosquitoes:), yummy BBQ, cheap but good wine:), homeade ice cream, but best of all.....people I love to share it with.
I am so very blessed.
Friday, July 17, 2009
On the way home I couldn't help thinking of how perfect the day was...and how blessed I am to live in this spot. The only "person" to stare at me as I biked with bed-head hair and no make-up/sunglasses....were the big old black cows. Everywhere I looked was color, and as much as that canola gives me sneezing attacks during the month of July....it IS beautiful.
No rain today...I feel like just dancing in the
sunshiney-ness of it all! :)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I've been saying lately that I think holidays are over-rated...and that it's alot of work to pack up and organize yet another get-away trip. But these past few days reminded me just how many moments I can miss by not sticking my foot out the door into unknown and "dangerous" places:) And I think I learned more about my 3 boys in the last few days, than I have in the past year I've spent with them running them to hockey. soccer, and music practices. Yay for the outdoors, flimsy tents, burnt marshmallows, and even rattles on the ends of snake tails!