But we had a good time, the weather was perfect and the Coop 6 oz burgers were a hit. Here are some pictures. Summer in Saskatchewan - isn't it great? But hey I think we deserve it with our winters.
Sunday, 29 June 2008
But we had a good time, the weather was perfect and the Coop 6 oz burgers were a hit. Here are some pictures. Summer in Saskatchewan - isn't it great? But hey I think we deserve it with our winters.
Saturday, 28 June 2008
Friday, 27 June 2008
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?
WITNESS: We both do.
WITNESS: We do.
ATTORNEY: You do?
WITNESS: Yes, voodoo.
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: Uh, he's twenty.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you kiddin' me?
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby)was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Uh.... What do you think?
ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Are you kiddin' me? Your Honour, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Now whose death do you suppose terminated it?
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All my autopsies ar e performed on dead people. Would you like to rephrase that?
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy on him!
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Huh....are you qualified to ask that question?
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Thursday, 26 June 2008
42. Thankful to have Mark home. That means he can help his Dad fix a few things around here. They are off to Home Depot together as I type here tonight. I told Mark to keep an eye on Dad - he is starting to like Home Depot...especially the tool department!
43. Thankful to have the back gate fixed - it opens without dragging on the ground. YEAH!
44. Thankful for a parking spot right in front of the hosp today. Right in front!! I was running off from work to get a mammogram done.....finally....(yup - if you are over 50 you need one too) Deb was covering me at work - took me 44 minutes from the time I left the store until I got back. They were very efficient and fast. I don't think Deb even noticed me gone. hehe - thankful for great traffic, a perfect parking spot and very efficient staff.
45. Thankful that I can travel. I caught the travel bug four years ago after NEVER leaving a 40 mile radius of home. Now I am thankful for the health to travel anywhere I want. (just never in a helicopter)
46. Thankful for my Dad - such a hard worker and very principled. I used to call him extremely strict when I was a teenager. Now I am thankful for his strictness and realize he was setting a standard for me - the same one I set for my daughter (who BTW calls me way too strict!). But his unwavering example of good morals, community spirit, hospitality and kindness have, I hope, rubbed off on me.
47. Thankful for a home to come home to. I know this sounds odd - but really, what a blessing to have a place to rest my weary head, to refresh myself, to get clean, to be loved and to love, to share a meal with loved ones, to be warm, to crawl into a cozy safe bed. A place where I can leave the world and all it's evil and hurts behind and feel safe and secure, rested and rejuvenated. That is something to be thankful for. Are you sitting in your place of rejuvenation right now? Okay maybe it is a small basement apartment or a tiny house in need of great repair - but it is home and home is a wonderful place to have, especially if you have someone to share it with.
48. The Bible. There is no other book I can turn, read and be lifted up by, be given hope beyond all hope, be renewed, be corrected, and be consoled - all perfectly. It feeds me better wisdom than ANY book in this world can. It is full of His richness. It is my daily Bread.
49. Our BBQ in summer. It makes meals so easy. I am getting very good at devising meal plans that requires that all parts of the meal be done on the BBQ. David does the BBQing. Do you see my method here? I set the table and make the salad. He pours the wine. I think this is a good arrangement.
50. Saskatoon. Ten years ago we lived in the lower mainland of Vancouver - that meant freeways everywhere sometimes for over and hour. In Saskatoon you can be anywhere in 20 minutes. Appreciate it folks! Slow down, let people cut in, go the speed limit. Really, this is a nice sized city and it is easy to get around. If you get ornery because traffic is slow, try driving across the Portman Bridge in Surrey B.C. at rush hour especially if one of the other bridges is out of commission - you can sit there for two hours. So I am thankful for Saskatoon - perfect size. (well I think we should have an Olive Garden and maybe IKEA and a few other stores but I am still thankful).
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Student Mark Cortens with the Maniitoba Emergency Services College wipes the rear window of a car during the MESC fundraising car wash at the Corral Center on Saturday. MESC students washed cars and held a barbecue to raise money for the fire college grad fund and the Manitoba Burn Fund.
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
This is another page from the year 2001 - I am actually getting through this year quite well and hope to be finished scrapbooking it before the year 2008 is over. Then I might feel like I am actually gaining in some way - you know catching up so that some day I will only scrapbook current photos. Hopefully photos of grandchildren. Okay at least I hope to come close before they start arriving.
That is my motivation - to get caught up on all the years by the time grandchildren start to arrive because at that point you are going to see a gazillion pages of babies and little people.
For this layout I used Basic Grey - archaic line, chipboard letters from Heidi Swapp, Thickers and Bo Bunny and I used rub-ons from Scrapments and Maya Road, and a little ribbon from the stash.
There you have it!
Have a wonderful day, enjoy the sun, enjoy the thunder storms. I just love a good thunder storm and pelting rain that cleans the air and the streets.
Monday, 23 June 2008
So here is another Hawaii layout. I have used the new textured card stock, some paper tropical ocean paper from the vacation section, Prima flowers...and more Prima flowers - which are all in stock last time I looked. I used flowers from the 'painterly petals', 'Belle Fleur', and the 'artful collage' prima lines, with pebbles in the middle, and more pebbles. I also used the new Prima bling - "center kissed" ...very pretty. ohhhh these are 'pertiful', as Laura would say.
Rub ons came from a nifty little Tropical "Swatch BOOK" which is jammed packed with great tropical rub-ons - 137 designs and 250 letters...mmm I like this! Thank you Laura for talking me into this one! There is one left at JSI. And finally I used the new Heidi Swapp "clear extras" (overlays) from the "world traveler" and the "care free" line. Very subtle and very effective.
And here ya go!
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Saturday, 21 June 2008
This is a "Winged Weeder", the best little garden tool I have ever owned. Bought it at the local spring garden show and I am going to buy the larger size as well. This tool just skims through your garden slicing off those weeds at the roots in no time. It still worked as well today as the day I bought it four years ago. Love it. So at 7:30 this morning I was out there doing the front garden...just in case Angie wonders by. hehe (see comments on last post)
2. Sat am bike ride with my sweetheart (and a coffee and biscuit too). This is our Saturday morning tradition and we haven't been able to do this for a few weeks.
3. Check the repair on the linoleum in laundry room and put felt under the dryer legs. Balance the dryer while dh runs to the office for notes for meeting this am.
4. DH returns from office and together we return the leftover boxes of maple hardwood for refund and .....pay the bill. 'Think of the points dear, think of the points' my dh continually reminds me.
5. Return the U-Haul trailer before we get dinged another day
rabbit trail.....We have been in Brandon MB at Marks graduation for the past three days and brought home all his furniture and belongings with us in a U-Haul (are we good parents or what?!) The Mazda and U-Haul were parked in the back of the Brandon hotel. Thursday night we discover that someone has spray painted the side of the U-Haul bright blue. Oh great - and I declined the insurance - so a $700.00 deductible on any damage. sigh. (should have taken a picture) David and I get up at the crack of dawn Friday morning (that is 7am actually)- head to Tim's for coffee and breakfast and then the home hardware store next door to the hotel. We spend $30 on graffiti cleaner, rags, rubber gloves and such, in hopes of saving $700. The stuff worked - it came off - ALL of it! phew!! And phew again - that stuff smelled! Now it is time to pack up, head over to Mark's place and start hauling stuff and furniture out of the basement apartment. And were off on the 6 hr drive home to unload it all into the garage last night ....like I said are we good parents or what?! I think Mark appreciates it though. ....end of rabbit trail... more firefighting pictures to come. What a handsome dude - nice guy, available to the right gal...I digress.
...back to this morning Sat..... the U-Haul gets returned - $10.00 less then we expected. Glad to have that emptied and safely returned san graffiti.
It is now almost 10 am. On schedule - way to go! The day is flying by but the "to do" list is shrinking. YEAH!!
6. The front of the Mazda looks gross - clean it up. I should have taken a picture first - how many bugs are there between here and Brandon? Cazillions! And they are stuck like glue to the front of my car. ..heated up and melted on there.
7. Tackle the back yard weeds - ALL of them - wear sun screen! Much larger garden then the front. David is off to a meeting (volunteer stuff) It is hot out there. DH arrives later (didn't volunteer for anything and kept his mouth shut - the meeting was short - good job dear!) and we are done by 12:30. Working fast to get out of the heat.
8. Eat something before you faint. And so here I sit with my salmon and cucumber sandwich - actually it is now gone and so is the Classens pickle - should have taken a picture of that too! haha
9. Paint the front hall - last room to paint. DH to run out and get semi-gloss for the two metal doors.
10. You may now scrapbook or check your google Reader if it is not 10 pm at night. Have a beer - you deserve it!
That is the adgenda for the day and I plan to complete it all and sleep well tonight.
An IKEA delivery (due in 1 week) (so, so, so excited) and the reno's will be complete. A few 8X10 black photo frames needed to complete the front hall and some art for two walls on the fam room - also looking for a very funky and different floor lamp - any suggestion on where to look?
Hope you day is warm and full of blessing and you too get to cross lots of stuff off your "to do" list.
Friday, 20 June 2008
31. I am thankful for Don's photo. They know their stuff and they have great service. I was in there the other day to ask their expert opinion on my new wide angle 12-60 lens. I have sent it back to Olympus twice and while they give great customer service, the lens is still not working for me. I had one staff and the owner of Don's confirm that yes the lens has a problem and not my camera and then the owner of Dons handed me a new lens and said they would send my old one back as defective. Wow!! Here I was expecting to package it up again and send it off spending a week or two in wide angle withdrawal. But now I have a new lens that works. Well I will soon find out at Mark's graduation anyways. So yes, thank you Don's photo for always coming through for me!
32. I am very thankful for my husband. I am having trouble figuring him out these days. There is this transformation taking place that I am stunned by. After 30 years of me doing all the yard work, he has taken it on this year with gusto! I mean real gusto. He inspects it every night, reseeds any little bald spots and keeps it cut and trimmed and well watered - really well watered if there is a golf game on TV. After supper he says "Would you like to join me m'lady in a walk around the manor?" I stare at him dumbfounded and then out he goes to do his nightly inspection. I just stand at the window amazed. He putters around out there and I retreat to my computer and blog. I mean you have to LOVE that!!! Okay sometimes I join him and tell him how fabulous the lawn look. If you come for a vist - please take note of how incredibly green and perfect the lawn is. :) Then watch him smile.
33. Iam thankful for my husband...again. He is at this very moment installing a rack for gardening tools in the garage. Himself! Alone! A year ago this guy didn't know where to find the drill in the garage let alone use it. I think he aspires to be more like his friend Larry who has every tool and actually knows how to use them all. David is extremely intelligent and a hardworking man, but not a handyman. For years I have fought with the rakes and shovels bonking me on the head .... Not any more! Well, I don't do the gardening now. hehe Like I said I am a little dumbstruck but thankful, very thankful.
34. I am thankful for microwave ovens. Really, how else can you have a hot meal on the table 15 minutes after you get in the door from work? Okay they were leftovers but REALLY good leftovers.
35. I am thankful for leather furniture. It arrived today. Oh...my...it smells soooo good. It feels pretty nice too. The family room is getting very full again and we no longer hear echos when we walk. I am thankful just being able to get new furniture in there...I think I might have mentioned this one already but the new couch arrived today.
36. I am thankful for U-Haul trailers, otherwise I have no idea how we would get all Mark's stuff home from Brandon this weekend. I am tired just thinking about it. But I am thankful. David says he doesn't know why they are called U-Haul. He thinks they should be called "WE- Haul" since that is who is doing the hauling. LOL Love this guy!
37. Weeds - my garden is full of them - and I am thankful, because that means everything is growing like crazy right now and I can always pull the weeds out -it is on that list I haven't got to this week. But what will be left after the weeds are disposed of is going to look fantastic!
38. My water bed. It is the best bed in the whole world. (so you would think I would stay home a lot more instead of taking off every weekend in June!!) We bought this water bed in 1986. I know you probably were just a kid. We have replaced every part of it at least once. It has a whole bunch of super baffles - so no waviness. And comfortable? It is just a haven for me after a long day...or 9 hours in the car coming home from one of those weekend excursions.
39. My very patient son Paul - my computer whiz who spent 2 long distance hours on the phone with me the other night walking me through some computer stuff. He has such a gentle way about him and he put up with my very short term memory for those two hours. "No Mom, remember we did this three times already - just type the same thing" sigh....
40. My very sweet and gentle daughter in law who remembers to send a card to my brother on his 59th birthday when I haven't sent him a card in ...... um....never.
Life is good because He is good! The blessings abound because of Him. And I am thankful.
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
I had these two photos of our "cottage" that we stayed in on Oahu. It was right on the beach although it was not a great beach for swimming. I was really deliberating over a title... beach cottage, vacation home. But they were so bland. Then Ralna walks by, looks at the page and says Sand Castle! It was perfect! Indeed it was a castle on the sand and how easy is it to find a rub-on in the travel/vacation section that says sand castle!
Ralna has done this many times before. I once had a picture of the kids on the back deck playing their badminton rackets like they were guitars. I was pulling my hair out trying to find a title and Ralna takes one look and says "Rocken Rackets" ....How does she do that???
So hey, if you are stuck on a title - bring your page into JSI and Ralna will help you out. She may start charging though. :) hehe.
I used the new Beary Patch Romantiques paper. It is so soft and classy. I have three pages on the go using this line.
Monday, 16 June 2008
21 - The sun is shining - I am thankful for it's warmth, beauty, just the way it makes me feels so good. What joy to wake up to it's warmth and brightness....feels sooo good.
22. I am thankful that I have the health to actually DO all the things on my "to do" list today. Time may be against me, but I have the health and ability to get them done.
23. The new furniture for the family room arrives today - so I have so much to be thankful for there - #1 being my job that allows us to to this reno. But I think I already listed that. Thankful that we can finally get rid of the furniture my husband had in his bachelor apt 30 yrs ago. YEAH!! We bought new drapes and put them up on the weekend. There was a bit if a discussion over that! David felt to do it properly meant to have someone come in, measure, pick the fabric and have them custom made. Wowsers - do you know what that would cost???? I am the budget keeper. He agreed to buy, take home and look at four panels and a rod from Home Outfitters (I had a 10% off coupon on it all) They are perfect! They look fabulous - at a fraction of the cost. David is happy, I am ecstatic. LOL Life is good!
24. My flowers are growing beautifully. I am thankful for the rain, the refreshing, cleansing, sweet smelling rain. A 20 minute rain shower provides more nutrients to my garden (and my soul) than three weeks of carefully measured fertilizer. Rain - it is an amazing gift from God.
25. My son Mark - I am thankful that he has given his all to firefighting school and will graduate this week with very good marks. I am also proud (can you tell?) Thankful that he has found new friends in Brandon, especially in the collage and career group at church, thankful that he has a servants heart and loves to volunteer, thankful that he loves the paramedic side of firefighting and likes to help people. Thankful for answered prayer.
26. I am thankful for my daughter persevering through two jobs this summer, little sleep and almost no recreation - she is growing up. :) More answered prayer.
27. Thankful that the lump in my daughters neck is likely from an infection and not some other more serious causes that had me worried for several days. I am also hopeful that the antibiotics will take care of this. Thank you Lord for answered prayer again.
28. I am thankful for my clean hardwood floors and that I can run the new dusting mop over them three times a day - just because they shine so beautifully! Makes me giddy!! okay I need a life.
29. I am thankful for my camera that allows me to capture all the wonders of His creation and continue to be in awe of every one of them.
30. I am thankful for my Mazda - love that car. It is so me. It is just the right size for me. And I will never, ever again be able to own another car that does not have heated leather seats.
Sunday, 15 June 2008
Saturday, 14 June 2008
We were in Jasper for a conference last week - and so my absence from blogging. The mountains and the mountain air kept me out hiking and eating way too much. We were sooo busy that I only got on the lap top once to retrieve a few e-mails.
However I did take hundreds of pictures and will share a few with you tonight.
Thursday, 5 June 2008
We are about to enter the summer and BBQ season shortly. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity, as it's the only type of cooking a 'real' man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved.
When a man volunteers to do the grilling, the following chain of events are put into motion:
(1) The woman buys the food.
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
Here comes the important part:
(5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
(6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.
(7) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN.
And most important of all:
(10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Okay here are the pics for those of you asking me. It is almost finished. Man it feels good to have those workers leave my house and to just clean up. I find the overstimulation of banging, grinding, constant noise along with sawdust EVERYWHERE and fine, fine dust in every nook and cranny....well a tad bit overwhelming. But they have left, I have vacuumed a million times and gone over everything with a dust cloth or a damp cloth. I am exhausted but I cannot let the sawdust and dust just sit there!! Thankful to have Monday off work to be here to oversee- thanks Laura! And evenings to get to the cleaning and a little drywalling. Will it ever end?
So we are seeing a hint of the completed vision for a new family room.
The lino people still have some messes to repair....or tear it out and start again (to be decided) BIG SIGH!!! , and the hardwood installers (great guys) still have the two steps into the family room to finish up. But we are really close!! We now have a beautiful dance floor...well at least until we get some furniture back into the room.
I am blessed! I am tired! Life is so good!
Sunday, 1 June 2008
The back hall is done. But not without a list of problems. Ah renos. I was so discouraged.
At coffee break on Thursday I heard a few more reno issues from a few gals at work. Mine were small in comparison. The problems will get fixed eventually ...but I tell ya - this scrapbooker cannot live with a crooked toilet for much longer!!
I love the new back hall. Today we painted the back door and so.....all is complete - well at least as far as we can go until they come back and fix all the .....mess ups!
The front hall light is installed too. I was at work for this adventure as well. The switch box for the light sits 1/8th of an inch lower than the switch box beside it. WHAT WAS HE THINKING!!!!
Again - this scrapbooker can not live with this! I will phone them tomorrow. ....sigh again!
Used to be workers were looking for work and cared about how it was done. As if there reputation was at stake. Man if I was this careless at my job I would be fired. At least I should be!
Enough complaining. I need a little dose of reality here.
So here is my random list of the next ten things I am thankful for. The first ten are here.
11. In ground sprinklers - man, what a great invention. No more moving that sprinkler around the yard every half hour, getting sprayed in the face with every adjustment.
12. The colours on the wall in my "office" - still like them a year later.
13. My husband - helping me with painting the back door this afternoon, then bringing me a refreshment (as in Corona)
14. Summer. I think it is here..finally!
15. That the vegetable garden has been reduced to a few herbs and one large pot with a tomato plant in it. This I think I can handle!
16. The upstairs hall looks fabulous - finished painting it last night. Wow - should have done that sooner.
17. My washer and dryer. We finally replaced the old guys last Christmas and our clothes have never been cleaner nor have I been able to dry them so fast. I did not know what I was missing.
18. My job with the Saskatoon Health Region (hence the reno and 17 above)
19. The most comfortable bed in the whole world.
20. The downstairs shower - it is NOT energy efficient, which means if you turn around and face the jet stream you may get your faced ripped off but man it is wonderful on the back after 6 straight hours of using a paint roller on an extension pole.
Have a blessed week everyone. I am hoping to have time to play with my new flocking! I will try to post the process. ohhh awe