Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Randoms

Just a few things....



Eggnog is still available! Anker ran to get a few things this morning, and he brought home some eggnog!! I should also ask my mom for the recipe, as she makes a great batch! Yes, we know that realize that it is made with raw egg :) Also, why ruin eggnog with rum or vodka? I like it straight up!!!

My mom and my aunt have been horribly sick! I think they on the mend, but it was pretty scary for them for awhile. Also, I am SO thankful that I never got sick (though I know that I could still).

One of the things that I wanted to do for one of my goals is to try to do more meal prep, or at the very least, make more decent dinners. I also am starting to share my Bible app's verse of the day on IG/FB.

I/we got a diffuser for Christmas. We really love it. I will probably have to get the expensive oils now. LOL.  It came with 3 oils, and I also gone one from Steeped Tea (they are getting into Health and Wellness items, which I am not sure is a good idea...but it is what it is...lol), and my friend gave me some DoTerra oils, and I still have some Young Living oils that I will probably use as well in it. One thing I don't want to do is get the cheap oils from the dollar store.



I am still in my Hallmark movie phase. W-Network (we don't get Hallmark in Canada), has been airing movies for WinterFest. Yup, I am sad. There are a few on YT that I want to watch that came on HMC, but that we haven't gotten yet (not sure if we will), so I hope to watch them soon.



We might go to my parents' this weekend. It was the first time that I/we haven't been there for either Christmas or New Years, and it was really strange. We M (my maiden, and my SIL's last name) ladies want to see On the Basis of Sex, so if it is playing here in town this weekend, we will go....so Anker and I might not go up to the ranch.

Anker looked on his PWD account, and it looks like instead of completely cutting him off this time like they usually do, they are giving him $400. This could be a good thing or a bad thing....maybe they have changed things, in the fact that even though they "cut him off" b/c I have made "enough in the year, they might give him the bare amount to help with rent and some food, OR they might be changing it so that they only give him a certain amount if I make a certain amount that month. Anyway, if it is the former, we are happy (though I won't be too excited fully until we see the $ in our account next week, and when he will get the full amount (or figure why not the full amount) next month.

I was a domestic goddess the other day after work: I came home, did laundry, made granola bars, made a healthy dinner (which took two hours...which is why I never make dinner), and took down all of the Christmas decorations. The tree is still up, but Anker is taking a few decorations off/down each day. Trust me, that doesn't happen very often.

Mom came into town last night (was supposed to be today, but she came in early, due to a snowfall warning), and we had dinner at Wendy's and then she gave me some gifts that the family had given us, but since we weren't there, well, she brought them to us. Anker got Turtles, and I got soap, a glitter mask, hair ties, a grocery list, and I can't remember what else.



I am back to reading People and US, but will no longer read Hello and InTouch (unless maybe the main articles and/or when I am given them). I am also back to watching Y&R. I also love watching Frasier. Those guys both crack me up!

Work has been going really well. Ask me in the same in a few weeks, and I might not feel the same way! Seriously, though....things are going well. Now, how many more days until Spring Break?

We got some snow last night/this morning. I forgot about to take a picture of if this morning...oops! It was the first time that we have seen (other than a few skiffs) since we were away for the first big snow fall at Christmas! At least it stopped mid-morning, and the roads were fine going home.

I video-chatted with my sister last night. I find video chatting kind of awkward, to be honest. It is like we are "together", but we aren't. We just sit there and find things to talk about..haha :) Not really, but I do find it awkward. Plus, you have to be decent for the camera!!!

Oh...I am not sure on if I mentioned this before, but just before Christmas, my grandpa nearly died. I think if he hadn't been found all slumped in his chair by my gramma (who lives in another wing on the other side of the building), or my aunt (or maybe both), he probably would have died! We are thankful that he was found, and he is doing well.

I feel overwhelmed with all the things there are to watch, and read (and do). I mean, all the dvd movies (library), movies and shows on TV, Netflix, plus my series and movies that I have at home on DVDs. Oh..and blogging, journalling :) I have talked about this before....:) I just do what I feel like doing (or sometimes I don't know what I feel like doing, and just sit doing..well, nothing), and then move on to the next thing.

The library on this side of town is closed until next Tuesday. Lord, help me! What AM I going to do? Well, actually, it hasn't been all that bad! I might end up going to the downtown branch either tomorrow, or on the wknd, if we don't go to Vavenby.

I think I have missed my calling. In music class, we are learning to play the ukulele, and I gotta say, I think I might start up :) #midlifecrisis I used to play the piano once up a time, and the rest of my siblings can play either the piano, violin, or guitar. So...maybe??? :)

Anker and I had a date day last Saturday. It wasn't much, but we went and ran a few errands, including checking out a store that we hadn't been in yet. I also ran into Wal-Mart and I grabbed the first magazines that I have bought (other than WW) in months!

Some fun family news! Will share when I can!
















TBBT Asks: Keep Me Entertained

Hi Friends! I am linking up with The Blended Blog for their weekly question and answer section (or whatever it is called...ha!)

  1. Book(s) you have read multiple times: I generally don't re-read books. I will sometimes re-read through parts of Danielle Steel books.

  2. Favorite book/author of all time: In the Secular world, I would have to say Danielle Steel, and in the Christian world, it's Francine Rivers. I loved Secret Daughter by Shilpa Somaya Gowda. I hope to read Golden Son by her sometime. I also generally don't like present tense books, but this one that I read a few years ago, and it was great!

  3. Favorite TV show to binge: I don't actually "binge-watch" shows in NF....I usually end up watching them on DVD, or while they are still airing. But if I were to bing watch something, it would probably be FRIENDS (but I do have all the seasons on DVD). Oh, I was watching Last Man Standing before they took seasons 5 and 7 off NF! 

  4. Favorite new-is TV show: The Good Doctor, and I love New Amsterdam! Yes, I love hospital shows!

  5. Favorite movie of all time: Probably the Sound of Music, or...I also love Made of Honor....I try to watch a wedding-themed Saturday, as Saturday is usually Wedding Day around the world (though we got married on a Friday!). I love that movie! I also love The Wedding Date.

  6. Movie you are looking forward to watching: We ladies hope to watch On the Basis of Sex this wknd. #ChristianFeminist. There are a few that have already come out (a few months ago) that I want to watch.

  7. First concert you attended: I cannot remember the first concert that I attended. I went to a  Sandi Patti (Patty now) when I was 12..but I think the first one before that was Connie Scott. I am old, people.

  8. Ultimate concert: Probably either Chris Tomlin or Michael W. Smith (for Christian), or Keith Urban or Carrie Underwood (Country). In all honesty, though, that many people in one place kind of makes me gag. Too many people....one word...anxiety.
  9. Favorite music artist/band: Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood

  10. How do you listen? CD, Stingray Music (through our cable provider), or YouTube


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Five on Friday (Sunday)

Happy Sunday, Y'all!!! Here it is on Sunday, with only a few hours to go before I go back to work. I am kind of ready...but kind of not. I think, though, that I actually do more when I am back at/to/in may routine (cleaning, etc). How weird is that?

Here are some of the Favourites from the last few weeks:

1) Day Planner
I bought myself a day planner the other day for $5! I kind of have a love/hate relationship with them. I love them in the fact that I like to see things written down, and writing things down in a list does help me, but on the other hand, I do use my phone a lot for appointments, etc, so I don't tend to use my physical/paper one as much, therefore, it just creates a heavy weight in my purse. LOL. I wandered around our local mall the other day, and I was kind of looking around for one, and when I found one that I loved for $5 (marked several times down from $40), I thought I HAVE to take it! I barely fits in my purse, so I don't know on how (or if) I will be able to carry it around. I do have another "mag/book" bag that I take a long with me most of the time, so maybe I will use that to carry it.





2) Victoria Trip

We had a wonderful 5 days in Victoria! I will blog all about it soon; hopefully this week. We had a great time, and definitely one of the highlights of the year.

3) Christmas Break

I enjoyed a great 2 wk Christmas Break. I slept in, I read, I watched movies, I coffee'd, I even got in some shopping, visited with friends and family. It was glorious!

4) Warm Winter

When we left on Dec 25th, there had been virtually no snow in our area (up the hill there had been a fair amount). While we were away, I saw on FB that it had snowed HARD on Wednesday (26th)! I laughed so hard! Well, we came back on the 30th, and it was COLD, icy, and a lot of snow (well, enough)!!! Thankfully, this last week, most of it has melted. I am not sad about it. Sadly, I think that we haven't seen the last of Winter, but for now, we are happy.

5) Tea Loot

I hosted an online Steeped Tea party before Christmas, and I was able to get lots of stuff, for under $20!!! They have even gone into essential oils and bathing items now. Their hot chocolate is to die for!




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Saturday, January 5, 2019

New Year Thoughts and Musings

Happy New Year! Can you believe that it is 2019??? 2019, people!!! As I said in an Instastory...they can put a man on the moon, but they cannot make a decent concoction for medical procedures! Ha!!! Next year will be 2020!!! Think of the jokes that will start appearing (probably soon) about that.

Well, I kind of posted a blog-like entry on my Instagram today, so I thought I would post it more elaborately here.

**This is what I wrote on IG**

 I cannot blv that Christmas break is OVER!! I am trying to soak the final few hours in! Last night, I was in a bit of a funk, but today I am better. I didn't know what to do...read (books, mags, blogs??), watch tv/movies; walk, journal, devotions, clean, go to the library, or even make some meals....or should I blog? I ended up watching a part of a movie, then Anker and I ran uptown to do a few things. We came home at around 2, and I have just being laying low. I should do a few things (clean, meal prep), but I just have been reading some magazines, and made a few calls. We had an early supper of leftovers at 4, and now I have relaxing. I have Stingray Music on the TV, and I am airing out our bedroom. Anyway....these last two weeks have been amazing, and I am not fully ready to go back on Monday, but I partly am. I am ready to see my friends and the kids again. I am ready to make money again....lol. I will miss having the full day to do what I want, but I am kind of ready to get back into routine. I am thankful that I can have an awesome job where I get these long breaks...when I can recharge my brain and my soul. I need these times to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate...I think more than ever these last few years. Maybe it's bc I am getting older, or it is bc I work with kids, or it could be that my brain gets too overwhelmed and overstimulated. I am finding that I am becoming less and less of wanting or needing to be around people, and more and more wanting to be on my own. It's weird....I know. It's the time of my life, I guess, and I won't make any excuses for it. I love being around people, but I also like my downtime. Some people have a "word" they do or try to be each year....I have never done this before, but I am thinking that this year I might. What word should I do/be? I will think about and get back to u! Looking forward to what God has for in 2019!!

So, so that it didn't become a book, I thought I would elaborate a bit more.....though I will probably just be repeating myself. New Year is a like a blank book...with 365 pages ready to be written....I saw that on IG and FB somewhere....I definitely agree. I love that each day is a new page to write on, and every year is a blank book with pages ready to be filled. I definitely think that as I get older, I am finding that I am wanting to more and more alone, and less and less with people. I love hanging out with my friends and family, and of course, I need it...but I also love to have some of the wknd to be alone...to read, journal, etc. People invigorate some people, and to others, they tire and stress them out. I love a bit both :)

Another year gone sometimes has me thinking....or maybe it is just this year! Seriously, usually with every birthday, and the end of a year, I do get thinking about life (and of course, much more over the course of the year). Life is fleeting. It is mess, and it is hard. It is also fun, exciting, blessed/a blessing, happy...well, you get the idea. Everyone has their own way have living...they have their own truth. Everyone's on a journey of some kind. No one is walking an easy path, and if they are (say, or look it), they are lying (to themselves and to you). Whether you are single, married, divorced, widowed, trying to have a baby, suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, child loss, suffered the loss of a parent, family member for a close friend, we all are on our own journeys. No ones lives and journeys are the same. 

Ok...enough reflection....:)

Thoughts on Last Year:
I was thinking about 2018, and I have to say that it was a pretty good year. Well, let me retract that....it started out kind of rough for me, health-wise. I had some weird Menopause (?) or PCOS (?) issues, that then followed some various weird pains. Then, as quickly as it came, it left. I did see a specialist, but so far, nothing else has happened...Yay!!! As far as Anker's health, it is been pretty good....so we can't complain in that department. We are thankful that neither of us got sick when everyone else got so sick...we attribute that to God, and the flu shot!!! I don't eat super-healthy, and I didn't get sick.....so, I am super thankful. I did get sick the beginning of September, but it was only for a few days. Ok...sorry, I went on a bit of a tangent...Ha! So, back to this year...I think I can say that it was a good year, and probably even better than 2017.  The highlight was probably going to my parents' (yes, each and every time); I think we went 4 or 5 times (or I did). I also loved doing some house sitting for my friends. I loved going to my cousin's wedding on Victoria Day Wknd, and our Family picnic on the Holiday Monday. I also went to Calgary twice with my sister, and that was super fun! Of course, going to Victoria to see family was really fun!!!! And, I also decided to start reading books again this summer...and I decided to stop reading two of my trash magazines. #growth I also have started putting money away in an account that I can't easily access (for the summer, or whenever we really need it). 

Plans:
I don't know what this year brings...I don't know of any major plans, or changes in our lives. We will just keep on keeping on!!! My friends and I are thinking about going to Phoenix, where our other friend lives, but I don't think it will happen, as I have to get a passport. As far as any other plans for this year go, we really have no clue! We just take things day by day. 

Goals:
I don't do goals or resolutions. I have in the past....but I usually end up breaking them. When we were growing up, our family would have promises that we would make in the coming year. Yes, my family still does this...and when we go home, and if we are there, we participate in it. We do it on Christmas morning, after Dad reads the Christmas Story, and we have communion. When we were young, it was something like, rubbing someone else's feet, or making a sibling's bed. As we got older, it was something more "mature" (for lack of a better word), or intentional, like spending time with someone in our church or community, or spending more time with God, etc. As for me, this year... I will hopefully start to exercise at/on our school's gym equipment. It's free, and easy access, so why not? A few others at work have done it, so I figure I might as well try it! We are trying to continue to put money away (that sounds a lot fancier than it is), so we have a few bucks if and when we need it. I also want to try to read through the Bible in a year. My Bible App You Version has one (it does every year), so I am going to at least attempt to try it. And of course, working on our marriage is a good thing. I think I need to pray on how I can do that...Marriage is kind of different for everyone...our marriage is different b/c he doesn't work, he is older, and he is health issues. I think maybe that God is making me realize that *I* could/should be the change for/in our marriage, instead of me trying to "change" or "improve" him/or or "make"him change or improve our marriage. Everyone seems have a word they want to be or do each year. I don't know of a word that I should do or be...maybe intentional? Kind? Maybe a bit of both?

On a more lofty Goal, I also want to try to make some money from my blog. Like I said in a post last night, I really don't know on how to go about doing that. I actually looked to see if there is a blogging conference that I could attend, and the closest one that I could find was a digital marketing/social media one in Calgary in June....so, maybe my mom and I could go together?? :) (I just checked on it again, and the one I was talking about really doesn't fit in with what I want to d
o...bummer...) Regarding my Tupperware, I have decided to give that up, as I wasn't making any money at it, and in all honesty, I am not a salesperson. Actually, that isn't true....I think I am a salesperson, but I just don't think I have the drive in me to sell something that (let's be honest) is pretty expensive. That being said, maybe you have to be a good salesperson to "sell your blog", or to "sell yourself" for/in your blog as well....hmmm...:) Well, one can hope!! You can't blame a girl for trying, right?? Here's to a wonderful 2019!




Friday, January 4, 2019

Final Summer Post & 11th Blogiversary

Oh my goodness! You would think that with all this time off, I would have had more time to blog! I am slowly going through my blog drafts, and I HOPE to get the Christmas blog out soon!!!! I hope that it will be at least this month by the time I post about it!

These last few blog posts/events haven't really been in order, but that doesn't matter, right?

Ok, well, going through blog posts, I realized that I HAD written about the last bit of summer....:) I was going to write about the wknd that we went to the ranch, but I had already written about it...you can find that post here, so I will not bore you with that again. I think I was going to write about my friend's and I day of fun, but I just wrote about that, too. You can read about that here. So, essentially, there will not be much about summer in this post.

So, the only thing that I will blog (which has long since past) is my 11th year Blogiversary (or is Blogaversary??), and Dude, it's a thing!!! I cannot believe that I have blogging for (now over) 11  years!!! I wish I could say that I have made some money, or that I have made my blog a nicer "place" to visit, but it has just pretty much stayed the same since I started 11 years ago. I don't have a lot of followers, nor do I have a ton of "traffic", either. The most that has changed is my writing, and what I now write about. For the record, my blogiversary is Aug 24, 2007...crazy! You can read my first post here.

I am thinking of starting to try to make a bit of money from this blog, but how does one start???? I know that a person can, as I follow A LOT of blog/bloggers who do make $ off it. Anyone who has any answers (preferably Canadian bloggers, as it may differ from on how Americans can get paid/sponsored, but my American friends, please feel free to message me as well!).

One thing that I want to start up again (I might go back and "update" some recent posts), is to put "labels" on my blog posts again. I don't know if they actually help people find the post that they are looking for (FYI: I think I have WAY too many labels...lol), but they actually helped ME find the posts that I might want to find, instead of going through nearly 1,000 blog posts.

One of the things that I love about my blog is that people that I have "met" through them. Of course, there is IG, and FB, but there is something about "visiting" people through blogs (ok, so I haven't been reading a lot of others' posts lately...I will say that I have slacked off a lot in that area) that I have really enjoyed. I have a few "friends" that I have met through blogging that I have on FB, and IG. I don't think that I have met any IRL, though, so if you read my blog, or follow me on IG (or FB), and are coming through the area, and would like to meet, then shoot me a DM, and I would love to meet you! (Also, I "follow" over 200 blogs/bloggers, yes, I know I have a problem, and no, I don't read all of them every day!)

Anyway....I just wanted to blog about that :)

Also....here is a picture of this years Christmas Coffee from Starbucks! No, it has nothing to do with my post, but I just like putting in a picture in each post now.

I've Been Sitting on Some News.....

This title/post was sitting in my drafts for ages, then I deleted it...and now I decided to do a blog post about it after all.

The short story.....I became and aunty again via adoption in October 2017! My brother and his wife (parents of H) had a baby boy, who they named Judah River Maxwell. The adoption became official in September, but we didn't know that it had until around Christmas! He is the most adorable thing, and H loves being a big brother (and Judah loves his Big Brother!).

I was itching for them to share it on FB (which they did), when his adoption became final, so that I could start saying "the boys" in my blog posts, IG, etc. So, when they finally did, I was super ecstatic!!! Judah has been such a wonderful addition to our family, and is such a dear. I love being his aunt!!!




Wednesday, January 2, 2019

To The Ends of the Earth

Well, this post has been in my drafts with only a title for MONTHS now....and since it has been, well, months since this happened, I had figured that I had better get this out and published before too much more time passes. Also, as I am writing and publishing these posts from the last few months, the events that I am writing about aren't necessarily in order of my posting them..Ha!

So, the last weekend of August, Anker and I went to my parents' for the last few days of freedom before I went back to work. I will blog more about that later (like maybe in Feb..lol). I wanted to post more about part of the reason WHY we went....:)

If you have been a semi-long time reader of my blog, you might recall my talking about my sister, Vienna going to the Philippines, to do her Midwife course. She was there for 2.5 years, and really loved her time there. She came back March 2017 (you can read about her homecoming here), and since has spent over a year in Canada at our families ranch, working for our bro, hanging out, making pies, and figuring out life :) After A LOT of prayer, etc, she decided to go back there again (in a different area...near Manila), but not primarily to do midwifery (though she hopes to do that eventually), but to minister to a wonderful group of women and children who's lives have been devastated by poverty, abuse, and the sex-trafficking industry. She is working with Safe Refuge International, and loving it.

 She constantly blows me away at her willingness do what the Lord requires of her, go wherever He wants her to go, and to be His hands and feet, and to go to the Ends of the Earth, and to love the unlovable. I love her willingness, and her tender heart for others, and for Jesus. She actually puts me to shame (both in her walk with God, and her adventurous spirit). I am so proud that she has such a spirit of adventure, and that she has chosen this tine of her life to serve God and to serve others. You want to know where I was when I was her age? I was slumming it in Calgary, and working at/in a semi deadens job :) I know that times have changed, and kids are growing up fast (thanks to the internet and social media), but I could no more have been in the Philippines than flown the air!!!

So, on the last Sunday in August, Vienna did her "good bye" speech, and then our church body in Vavenby laid hands on her, and prayed over her. Then, a week later, Mom and I sent her on her way to new (or old) life in the Philippines. Thanks to technology, we talk in at least some form every 24 hours...I think I talk with/to her more now than when she lived two hours away! Well, probably not, but it feels like we do, which is probably a good thing. Even though we are almost 16 years apart, as we grow up, the years' gap matters less :)

Anyway, she does have a blog, and you can view it here. If you feel it in your heart to donate, you may do that on her blog as well. She is essentially a missionary, which means she isn't getting any money for what she does. Thankfully, it is pretty cheap to live (especially where she is) in the Philippines, but any amount of money helps go towards her expenses, etc. Or, if you would like to find out more on where she is (or to donate), you can go to the SR website listed here above.



Randoms

Just a few things.... Eggnog is still available! Anker ran to get a few things this morning, and he brought home some eggnog!! I shoul...