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Feb 24, 2014

BLOGGERS WHO HAVE MOVED ON

In the 5 years that I have been blogging I have “met” some amazing people. I have met artists, moms, business people, caretakers, young people, not so young people. Writers and creators. People who support others in the trials of life even when their own trials are mindboggling.

What is it about blogging that brings so many people from different backgrounds together in such an informal, close group?

Here is what I am thinking about today though. There have been some bloggers who have just disappeared. I think about them and wonder what is going on in their lives. I wonder if they are okay.

I don’t think in these cases it is always just a lack of time. I think there is more to the absence. Lack of time results in sporadic posting or commenting. Not a complete vanishing act.

Some have had devastating life events happen that I know about but others have just disappeared. Not only are they no longer on their own blogs but they do not comment on the blogs that they used to visit regularly.

It is like thinking about your friend from high school that you lost touch with. You think about them and remember them but you have no idea where they are or what they are doing. magnifying glass

I wonder if they realize how many people think about them and care about them? I know for a fact how the blog community at large regularly ask me about some people. Checking to see if I have heard from them. Sadly I haven’t.

Not that these people owe any of us an explanation. I just hope if any of them cruise on by here they know they are thought of often….and I am pretty sure they all know who they are. I can think of 5 of you right off the top of my head.

Take care. Be well. You are thought of and missed.

Feb 23, 2014

TIME IS ON MY SIDE

I have been working 4 X 10 shifts at work which result in an extra day off those weeks. When the business needs allow one of those days can be a Friday. When all the stars align then next week the day of can be the Monday resulting in a four day weekend. blog.lion-in-tree

This is brilliant. It is just wonderful.

I was off Friday. I lounged around in the morning having extra coffee. I went to Costco and filled a cart. I came home, had lunch and put some ribs in the oven.

I visited on social media sites and blogs. I read a book on my Kobo reader.

I cleaned my kitchen and put away the Costco stuff.

Friday night I was on my Rock Music of Our Time Facebook page (Come join us. Lots of fun) until late enjoying the posted music of the group and posting tons of fabulous rock music myself. Day 1….a great success.

Day 2 (Saturday) I slept in, snuggled in a warm bed. I pulled out my reader and continued with my book propped up in bed until the want of coffee forced me to get up. Did I mention I have the house to myself? Ahhhhh.READING IN BED

I played a hidden object game on the computer that morning. Just a little something to stimulate my mind. I love those games and played this one from start to finish.

Time to pull out the slow cooker for a couple of beef roasts. The house smells of onion and garlic and the cooking beef. The snow is falling lightly and I feel so content and relaxed.

The phone rang and it was my mother-in-law. We talked for an hour and half and it was so nice. I was not in a hurry. I was not tired. I was happy to have a visit on the phone with her. inge

The afternoon was filled with the cleaning up of my bedroom closet. Packing up items for charity. Folding and hanging. Sorting. All in preparation for a move hopefully in the near future.

More reading, more social media, more computer time. The TV has been off. The snow has been falling but not sticking. It melts on the roadways right away. I don’t have to go anywhere.

By the time my pot roasts are ready I am not hungry but I package them up in vacuum sealed bags in their gravy bath for the freezer. One day when we pull them out for dinner on a busy work week I will smile and remember this loooong weekend of mine.

So today is Sunday. I awoke at 7:30 and again picked up my Kobo reader. I want to finish my book. I have now finished 7 books since I got my reader for Christmas. I used to read all the time but over the last few years have not found the time to relax and grab a book. With the reader I order books through the library and make a point of finishing them before they have to be returned. This is free…FREE PEOPLE… I am happy to be a reader again.

I pull myself out of my warm cocoon and make some coffee. I have some things planned for today. I am going to shower and get dressed. Woohoo. I am going to make my famous meatballs (click here), again loading up the freezer for those mid week meals.

There is a new library book waiting for me that I hope to start today but I am going to also do my laundry and maybe attack a couple hall closets.

There are lots of chores in my weekend but the most amazing feeling is that come tomorrow, Monday, I am still off work. I feel as if I have had a vacation. I will head back to work on Tuesday with a renewed energy and outlook. frikipix_sleeping_cat

This is a most wonderful long weekend and it is doing me a world of good.

So…. how you doin? 

Feb 17, 2014

TEENS TO BE PROUD OF

So often we hear the bad news about teens. The drinking games posted on YouTube that are killing teens. 

The stupid, risky behaviour, the nasty music, drugs, parties, vandalism, fighting. 

Well here in B.C. I am thrilled to share a video of some Kelowna teens who decided a different kind of teen challenge should be on YouTube. 

These young men went out grocery shopping and made up care packages to give to the homeless in their area. 

They said why not do something that down the road you can be proud of on internet instead of ashamed. 

You guys are awesome. Keep up the challenges. Let’s see if this can be a trending topic on the internet.





Feb 13, 2014

ME EITHER - COULDA PUT SOMEONE'S EYE OUT


Feb 10, 2014

STEP UP TO THE TABLE

Let’s file this in the “Signs of the Times” folder. Then let’s toss it in the garbage because it needs to go there.

My sister took me out for dinner Saturday night. We went to a nice restaurant and sat at a little booth.

Shortly after we were seated a woman came in and was seated across from us at a bigger booth and I heard her asking for a booster seat.

Uh oh I thought. This is an adult type restaurant. No kids menus. No coloring books. Here we go again thinking back to the dinner out we had on my birthday. You can read about that here. I will wait until you get back to continue.

Minutes later her husband came in along with their 4 young boys. The oldest appeared to be about 7 or 8 years old. I tensed up.

Turns out there was nothing to worry about with their behaviour. They were really quiet and yet I am still not happy. Why? Not because I am a grumpy old lady but because when I looked over at their quiet table of 6 you could see every one of them was using a handheld device of some sort.

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IPhones, gaming consoles whatever. They were not looking at each other. They were not talking to each other. The parents looked up when the server came to their table for something but other than the odd word here or there they completely ignored each other.

Yes they were quiet and didn’t disturb the other patrons but I don’t think this is a solution. I am really saddened. Sharing a meal with your family and not even looking at them is shameful.

These children should be learning how to engage in conversations with adults and each other. They should be learning to look the server in the eye and say thank you when she brings something to the table.

They should be sharing their day, their ideas, their problems. Instead they are staring into a screen and isolating themselves from the world around them.

The parents are once again taking the easy way out and instead of teaching their children what is acceptable behaviour they are “medicating” them with electronics. taber_No_Cell_Phones_Allowed

Also they are not even communicating with their spouse as both of them had their heads buried in their IPhones. This too is teaching their children how to relate to their spouse later on. Ignore them. Pretend they are not there.

It is a sad, sad thing. Step up as a parent or grandparent. Teach these young people how to relate to each other. How to converse. How to enjoy the company of your family at meal time. Also how to behave yourself. Not just for me of course but for the world at large and mainly for the kids.

Feb 5, 2014

LET’S GET MOVIN’

I have to say I am feeling out of sorts lately. I don’t like it when things are up in the air. I like to know what is going to happen when.

I don’t like it when I am at the mercy of the decisions of others. When I have to wait upon others to do things or decide things it makes me cranky.

We plan on selling our home this year. I think. Yes. No. YES. 3240728024_76f444292e_o

So now we have to get it ready to sell. Do we do it before our son moves out, working around him and his ever growing collection of his own furniture and household items he is amassing for his move or do we wait until he is out before we spruce up and show a house?

Do we sell and then not find the right place to move to when it is time to give up possession? I don’t want to be rushed to move out buying a place that really isn’t what I want. No! I won’t do that. Overloaded

So do you buy a new place and hope like hell you sell your old place? I would prefer to find the place I want…which I did but it sold before we made up our minds…that is another story….move into this new place at our leisure and clean out our old place and do the necessary repairs and fixes on an empty house so we don’t have to work around furniture and stuff to get it ready to sell.

I really don’t want to have to keep things clean and tidy, ready for inspection (doubt that I could) nor do I want to have to finish working a 10 hour day only to have to vacate my home so someone can poke through it. index

The housing market in the Vancouver suburbs is always booming. That is not a concern. The concern is that I am part of a family and I don’t get to make all the decisions….otherwise… we would be already talking about my new residence! Lol.

 

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