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Aug 16, 2014

OH GOOGLE YOU BE SO SILLY

The other day at work I need to update a document and needed to add in a horizontal line that could be typed on like for a signature.

It needed to look like this.

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Everything I tried wasn’t working. The line kept disappearing when I typed letters in that space replacing the underline. The person signing would not have the option to use underline so it had to be part of the actual document.

Naturally I took to Google to get the best advice on how to do this. I did a couple searches about adding in the signature line into a Word document. I tried a couple of sites but the information wasn’t what I was looking for.

I tried phrasing my question differently hoping to get better results and these are the search drop down choices Google started popping up with. It remembered I had previously been searching for info on using a Word document so naturally it started pulling up more from Word. And then…..

I was laughing so hard I almost fell out of my chair.

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Aug 7, 2014

SEEMS LIKE A GOOD IDEA

OR WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO?

I regularly would have people from work over for get togethers after hours. Our job is often very stressful and we need to let off steam regularly.

We would eat and yack and sip and yack and laugh and yack…. always a nice evening. I lived very close to our office.

Since I have moved about an hour away from work those get togethers are not happening any more….. unless of course we do it on the weekend and it becomes a sleepover…… What? Quick shaking your heads!!! It will be fine. Really.

Oh my. Maybe you are right.

Am I ready for the giddiness of a sleepover? The pyjama party pranks. The silliness that comes with late nights and beverages.

I think we need to check all phones at the door so no cameras are documenting the silliness.

Do I want these nice people to see me in the morning before my cup of coffee?

Well maybe if I keep them all fed and watered it will be okay. We will be having this for breakfast along with some other things. Recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook. blueberry baked pancake

Aug 6, 2014

A SHIP REVEALED

Four years ago, while excavation was taking place at the World Trade Center site, a curved piece of wood was noticed sticking out of the ground.

There were archaeologists on site during the excavation to monitor the grounds for any potential finds. I don’t think they expected to find anything quite like this however.

Click on the photo to see the rest of the pictures at CNN

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The ship was found about 22 feet below ground south of where the World Trade Center once stood.

The land was river bottom and the ship is believed to be a Hudson River Sloop of Dutch design used to carry people and cargo over the shallow, rocky water.

For whatever reason it was sunk and eventually covered over with trash and fill materials that were used to extend the Manhattan shoreline.

They were even to identify the wood that was used to make this ship as being from colonial-era Philadelphia.

Seriously. There is a Tree Ring Research lab at Columbia University and they can tell where and when the wood was taken. In this case it is an old growth forest in the Philadelphia area cut down about 1773. Seriously…..again….

Imagine what we are covering up today that may be found hundreds of years from now. Sadly I don’t think it is anything good.

 

Jul 21, 2014

BEEP, BEEP, I’M COMING THROUGH

Since we have moved my commute to work is almost an hour long. It is all highway driving and I don’t mind it….much.

I have to say though many people have no clue what the rules of the road are. They have no road etiquette.

The speed limit for most of the way is 110 km or for those of you south of the border that is 68.3508 mph. We are moving at a fair clip. 205825_10150352513520469_7045817_n

For most of the way there are 2 lanes of traffic but in a few places there are 3 lanes.

I need to confess something here….. I speed. The roads are dry and the traffic is not heavy for the most part. Don’t judge!!!! I know, I know. When it is wet I will slow down.

I am usually in the fast lane. Passing the cars in the slow lane along with many others. We zip along until we have passed the slower cars and trucks then when we have done so we shift lanes back to the slow lane until once again we are coming up behind someone going the speed limit or slower.

A quick shoulder check and then back into the passing lane to go with the flow of traffic.

Sometimes this does not go as planned though. Sometimes a large truck will change lanes to go around a slower going motorhome and they don’t move their big, heavy butts back into the slow lane. This is annoying for two reasons. 1. they don’t go as fast as the rest of the lane and 2. you can’t see around them when traffic is slamming to a halt for some reason.

Some people get into the fast lane and pass one car and then stay there in the fast lane. A huge gap forms between them and the next car in front of them. They are blocking the fast lane. Cars are lining up behind them yet they don’t move over. Cars follow closer and closer (not me… I never tailgate) until  suddenly for whatever reason the traffic must slow down in a hurry…Next thing you know cars are slamming on their brakes in order to not crash into each other. Leave some space people. Think about it.

But then what happens is you leave a space for a safe stopping distance and people from the slow lane cut right in as if you left it just for them. Most times they do this then slam on their brakes because they now realize they are waaaayyyy too close to the car the just separated me from. Where does that leave me? Mashing down on my brakes.

You best not be tailgating me because I will make it very clear I don’t like you that up close and personal. Back off or I will continue to slow down to leave enough room for my car to move out of your way if the traffic is coming to an abrupt stop.

I haven’t succumbed to road rage as of yet but I have shaken my head at many of them.

So what about you? Do you hug the slow lane and never venture out of it unless the lane is closed down?

Do you nudge people out of your way?

Do you let someone else do the driving an just close your eyes?

Jul 14, 2014

SUNSET TO TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

This was the sunset tonight from the deck of our new home. It just kept getting prettier and prettier.

The weather has been extremely hot and we have not been out on the deck in the evenings because of that but I could see this through the blinds of the bedroom when I went to bed.

It wasn’t quite this nice when I first climbed into bed but after about 10 minutes it looked like it would catch fire it was so red. It was well worth getting out of bed to take a photo with my cell phone.

As I write this it is 1:30 in the morning and it is still so hot outside that you could be sitting out there in a bathing suit and you would still be warm. This is very unusual for our lower mainland weather. new house sunset

Jul 1, 2014

HAPPY CANADA DAY

What a glorious morning. Woke up at 4:30 and opened up my patio doors to let in the cool, cool air while wrapping myself in a soft warm blanket. The birds are singing at the top of their lungs. The sun is coming over the mountain. This is your birthday Canada.
Happy Canada Day to all my friends and family.... and join me later this afternoon for a nap because what kind of fool gets up at 4:30 in the morning when they don't have to....

Jun 12, 2014

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

One more sleep.

We have lived here for 31 years, 6 months, 12 days.

1645 weeks

11,517 daysMy houseFriday 13th we will living in our new home although we will still have our old home until we put it on the market.

We have made many changes in our home over the years. We completely landscaped the quarter acre lot and filled it with garden beds and trees. New fences. 2 new roofs. 2 new hot water tanks.

A brand new kitchen about 12 years ago. All new double paned windows and steel doors with a beautiful French door out to the back deck.

One, soon to be 2, remodelled bathrooms. A huge deck in the backyard that hosted many, many parties.

But we are also giving up terrible traffic noise, having to lug laundry up and downstairs,  groceries upstairs, lack of closet space and all the garden maintenance that is too much when you work full time. OverloadedWe are trading it for a home in a quiet, gated community overlooking a golf course. It has the garage, laundry room, powder room, living room, kitchen, dining room, office and master bedroom suite with a full bathroom and walk in closet all on the same level. It also has a full downstairs with 2 more bedrooms, bathrooms, rec room, den, media room and sitting area to use when we need the space for parties or guest visits.

The grass area is minimal and so are the garden beds. I will garden in pots which is so much easier.

We will sleep well at night once we get used to the quiet. We will replace our old furniture over time as we decide how we want the rooms to look…and when I say we I mean me lol.

We will have friends and family over for visits and will barbecue on that top deck overlooking the golf course and a magnificent view of the valley. I cannot wait to watch a thunder storm from there.

My excitement level has reached such a high level I have to remember to breathe. When I next talk with you I will be living here…..CHILLIWACK


   

Jun 8, 2014

FOR THOSE WHO MISSED IT THIS IS NOW 3 OR MORE MEMES FOR TUESDAY


 I posted this originally 5 years ago. It was a fun post and I thought we could revisit it again today.

I got up on a Monday. I was feeling blue or maybe yellow, I don't know. I felt like I was going to have a metamorphosis for sure, but into what I couldn't say.

Tuesday had me searching for three or more of something, anything. Grains of rice or pretty poppies. Which to choose. Rice is pretty interesting.

I was speechless wordless when Wednesday rolled around. I didn't know what to do. Should I go outdoors or show you what is on my walls? If I show what is on my walls or outside should I describe it or stay wordless?

By Thursday I am so exhausted from all the memes I think I will Treat Myself. Apparently I was just about the only doing this so treating myself may be retired. The ladies are all so busy setting the tables they don't have the time for treats. The dishes are filling their cupboards and some are spilling into other rooms too. Forget what fork to use. I want to know what happens to people who spill their red wine across these beautiful tablescapes.

Then when Friday hits we finally have something to put on those lovely dishes. Foodies everywhere cook and bake and create. We all moan and groan with delight and some of us plan our grocery list to cook up the foodie offerings that look so darn good. Some of us just lick the screen.

Saturday is the day to make small talk. Chit chat. Lists of six. Of course us overachievers always have to add just one more. The real overachievers will write it in a pink font.

Sunday is a day of rest for bloggers. Ya right. We repost a favorite one from the past but we end up writing a whole new post to explain why we chose the old post and then we update the information that has changed since we posted the old post so that we don't have to come up with a new post on Sunday so we can have more time to ourselves to take pictures of our gardens and tables and food and collections and walls and redecorating and thrifty finds and and and...
And where does Mr. Linky fit into all of this? He teases us and laughs at us. He plays games with us. Doesn't he know what day this is? Keep your fingers crossed that he will show up.

Oh yes. Please note the Mosaic for this Monday at the top. Make sure you visit all the lovely hostesses for these memes. They always put on a great event and the other bloggers never cease to amaze me with their creativity and talents.
Have a good week.
  1. Mosaic Monday
  2. Metamorphosis Monday
  3. Blue Monday
  4. Mellow Yellow Monday
  5. Three or More Tuesday
  6. Wordless Wednesdays
  7. What's on Your Wall Wednesday
  8. Outdoor Wednesday
  9. Treat Yourself Thurday
  10. Tablescapes Thursday
  11. Foodie Friday
  12. Small Talk Six Saturday
  13. Sunday Favorites
I know I have missed many of you but I have run out of time. I have to get some awards out yet today.

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