Saturday, 31 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Beautiful Duet - I just love these photos of Paul and Allie playing a duet together. Makes my heart real warm. The rub on in the lower rt corner reads.
"These are the MOMENTS I want to remember forever."
Love this musical paper too!
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
To cope I am posting a few pictures that came to mind when Cheryl reminded me in her comment in my previous post, just how beautifully HOT it is in Mexico!!!
Since I am here and not there I am just going to reminisce a bit.
Ahhhhh ......Mexico 2007
This is for you Kate. Clocks - I know how you love em as much as I do. We unpacked them this afternoon at JSI - only three of them and I got one. All three clocks come in each package.
heidi swapp 6x6 transparency overlays - mini clocks. Brand new and very fun!
In other news, #2 son arrived home safely late tonight - as in 11:30 pm after 11 hrs on the road from Thompson, Manitoba. Glad to have him home. Wish he would leave at 8 in the morning when he does this!! I am now off to bed in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. I am thinking I may not make that 6am spin class at the gym in 6 hrs.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
The best part of these memories is that Allison kept her homeschooling journal while we were on this trip and I absolutely love her fun description of all the exciting things she did with her friends. There is no more meaningful journalling than that done at the moment of the event. I scanned her journals from her book and reprinted them on matching blue card stock.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
I made a promise to myself to stop doing this. And the easiest way to keep this promise is to not bring a lunch. The hunger makes me stop what I am doing, put on my coat and head out and pick something up. And I feel much better after this break.
I have two favorite lunch spots (besides Earls! ) One is Tim's because I can get the lunch soup and bun special for under $5 - wow. The other is a little place with yummy homemade soup and sandwiches that is located on the second floor of Charter House Interiors on first Ave at 24th st downtown. I posted about them on my family room reno post
Last Wednesday I called David at work and said - meet me there for a quick soup and sandwich - and it was quick - like 30 minutes. We both had to be back at the office for 1:00 pm meetings.
Now you have to walk through the store to get to the stairs to the second floor diner and there is always something that catches my eye and usually at a very good price. This speedy lunch date we happened to run into a sale - BOGO half price.
And look what I spotted!!!
Well I took it home and wouldn't ya know, it was perfect...so
And that's not all. While we were there, we spotted this cool guy!
It was love at first site and when we both see something and look at each other and say - oh isn't that neat - it would look great on the shelf... well it is a done deal....
and he was on sale for $17 - so I grabbed him too.
A bit of a conversation piece anyways. haha
Saturday, 24 January 2009
No unwelcome tasks become any the less unwelcome by putting them off till tomorrow. It is only when they are behind us and done, that we begin to find that there is a sweetness to be tasted afterwards, and that the remembrance of unwelcome duties unhesitatingly done is welcome and pleasant. Accomplished, they are full of blessing, and there is a smile on their faces as they leave us. Undone, they stand threatening and disturbing our tranquility, and hindering our communion with God. If there be lying before you any bit of work from which you shrink, go straight up to it, and do it at once. The only way to get rid of it is to do it.
-Alexander MacLaren (1826–1910), Scottish preacher
Tranquility? what's that?
Time to just Do It
Friday, 23 January 2009
“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?”
...you may find yourself answering, “No, I do not believe there is a God.
I know there is a God.”
~Ernest Boyer, Jr.
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
One is from 2002 - some very bad pictures but an event I still wanted to archive. I used some of that "get it done in five minutes" paper from bZOO along with some Basic Grey sticker letters I found at the bottom of a pile of stuff that needed to find a home.
The second layout was a more pleasureable experience - scrapping some wonderful photos from this past Christmas. I called it "I'll be home for Christmas", because the house looked so warm and inviting and filled with Christmas spirit and yet three of the kids didn't make it home this year. So "even in their dreams" they were home and I have pictures to show them what they missed. In some small way they were here. My phone bill can attest to that!!
Have a blessed day and get out there and enjoy this balmy weather...it may not last too long.
Monday, 19 January 2009
For those of you south of about 45 degrees latitude who get bored looking at Palm trees, this may seem odd, but let me explain.
It has been cold here. Miserably cold. Try to imagine minus 40 F if you can. It freezes your nostril hairs in seconds. It gives a whole new meaning to cool crisp air. It is dangerously cold and it can get, well, rather depressing after the third, fourth, fifth week of it.
When it is THAT cold you spend fifteen minutes layering and bundling just to go out and hope your car, which has been plugged into a warmer all night, starts. You scrap off the ice and while the poor thing tries to thaw and circulate oil, you shovel the driveway of all the snow, piling it into big mounds at the side of the driveway, because where else are you going to put it?.
By now your care should be toasty warm because you just burned about $15 in gas to get it that way!
And you do this every day!! So you can have nice big piles of snow like this.
...actually you have to press a button on your ignition key. Voila, the car starts and you head into the shower - much more civil. You may still have to shovel the driveway though. Check the snow gauge.
When it is minus forty however the car may just refuse to start in which case you go back to the old way and may even need your neighbor to come over and attach big long electrical chords from his nice warm car battery that came out of a heated garage to your car battery which is refusing to speak to you because you left it on the driveway all night.
Another wonderful invention which I have in my northern survival kit is the heated seat. You sit down on your car seat and your bum starts to warm up. It is like a built in electric heating pad. Your hands may be frozen, your windshield iced up, your toes icicles, your fan blowing ice particles at you, but your bum is warm. Stop for a hot coffee on the way and things start to look up.
It has been like this more or less since before Christmas and the furnace has been doing overtime and charging accordingly since then.
But this weekend, things changed.
When the temps rise to a balmy 30 F or 1-2 Celsius up north here, you head out there in your bathing suit and shovel a spot on the front lawn for your lawn chair. Okay, not really, but you at least go for an invigorating walk.
And that's what we did early Saturday morning.
This, for those of you who have never experienced a Central Canadian winter, is a snow gauge....
It basically tells you from the kitchen window how long it will take you to shovel the driveway and how late for work you are going to be.
We do get summer. It is way too short but we do get summer and I for one am ready for it now.
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Yes I bought one of those diaper bags I told you about. Boy it can hold a lot of things.
I know... but I am keeping it for some special Mom.
Well, one day I will be a Grandma and
well, just thought these were sooo very nice.
And they are. beautifully sewn by Tina in Manitoba.
They are roomy and filled with pockets on the outside and the inside.
And also very soft...and oh so pretty.
Tina's sewing skills are really superb!
And I just discovered that she knits too!
This is so solid and well made. AND I suspect that once you remove the support in the bottom of the bag, it can be thrown in the washing machine.
I will have to ask Tina about that.
So head on over to Tina at Bits of Scrap and Check out her blog and you can get one too.
You can also check out some of her pictures on her first bag here.
They are $45.00 plus shipping.
Tell her I sent you. ;)
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Matthew Welling, left, received a bone marrow transplant from Steve Karas, right.
It turned out that Karas, 51, of Newton, Massachusetts, was a perfect match.
"My heart went a hundred miles an hour, and I couldn't even conceive of what this meant," Karas recalled.
He had signed up for the National Marrow Donor Program registry 17 years ago and had never given it another thought.
The call to donate came out of the blue.
Karas remembered hearing, "It was a little 1-year-old boy with this horrible disease called osteopetrosis, and the only cure was a bone marrow transplant, and would I be willing?"
He said there was no other answer than "of course."
Read the rest of this story here.
Friday, 16 January 2009
It has a resonance to the Auto industry's position in the economy.
Click on the cartoon to have it open in full so you can read the print.
Shouldn't society encourage this worthy pursuit of preservation of the family (pictures)?
Scrapbooking is a serious business! And when the word comes down that this month's household budget for food will supersede any new scrapbooking supplies....Well! Where are we to turn?
Government subsidies I say and why not? They love to hand out our money to anyone who asks.
Yes this is very serious!
Well it was, at least, until Paris Hilton decided to show up at CHA with her new line! Thanks to Kate for this link....
Your thoughts on a new line of scrapbooking supplies from Paris Hilton??? and on gov't subsidy for scrapbookers who have been stifled by the family budget keeper???
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
I decided to take a reprieve from the 2002 pictures...because I had all my Christmas photos organized and on my desk...not to mention all the Christmas paper out from my last project - Christmas cards.
So Christmas 2008 at our home is now captured.
Here is some great golf paper from Creative Imaginations. It is from the "Old Guys Rule" line but there is nothing OLD about these guys. Just some cool dudes ready for some "Tee Time". Love this paper and the Jolee's embellishment.
Alas - back to the 2002 pictures because I just HAVE to get them done. And 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 AND 2008.
I am determined to get caught up ...because I just have to. And I won't tell you why just yet...but soon.
On a more newsy note...
Number two son, Mark, my firefighter arrived home safely from Thompson last night. I am thankful to have him safely home after 11 hrs on the terrible northern highways and that following a 12 hr shift. Crazy guy, but he is home and will head back early Friday morning, hopefully with more sleep going into the trip home.
Mark is making this whirl wind trip for a job interview with Saskatoon Firefighting Dept tomorrow morning. If you have any connection...make them work. :)
I want this guy back home!!!
On other news, I am heading into five weeks of full time (plus) over the next six weeks. That's what happens when you work two jobs and holiday coverage is needed. I can do this!! I am not that old!!!
Don't expect much in the way of scrapbooking, but I do hope to post now and then because it is my little time of relaxing at the end of a hectic day when dinner is cleared from the table, the dishes done and a load of laundry is put on. This is where I relax until my head hits the keyboard (ouch). About a 20 minute span of time!
Blessings to each of you!
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Unfortunately I wasn't able to use it Friday evening as David and I were enjoying a lovely supper out at John's Prime Rib with some friends. And my Saturday hours were filling up fast too. However, I woke in the wee hours of Sat morning with a very dizzy head. And it was then that I remembered the last time I had that wonderful gravy at John's that I had a similar experience. So all my Saturday plans were laid aside and I slept in. I know, VERY unusual for me. Dear husband brought me my decaf in bed, bless him.
A few hours later I was feeling well enough to read so I dug into the E-3 manual and about four hours later was beginning to get a grasp, literally, on this powerful camera.
Now instead of being dizzy, I was feeling over saturated with all this new knowledge. I spent the next 6 hours taking photos with the E-3 and my E-500 trying to decide if I would fork out the hefty price for this new toy. Despite it's bells and whistles being in completely different places than my E-500, I actually have become quite adept at finding my way around the E-3 and spent a good portion of the day working in manual and A priority. I really tried to use every options it had, including all those fun flash options.
I am still not totally convinced an upgrade to the E-3 will be worth it's big price tag but I do have to admit that the E-3 has the fastest start up and auto focus I could ever imagine. You can count to two from the moment you pick it up, turn it on and have a focused shot taken. It is that fast.
It also has a very nifty playback screen that gives live view. One of the first DSLR's to do this. And this screen actually rotates for those tricky shots. But is this neat feature worth the price?
My E-500, while only an entry level DSLR takes very nice pictures, but the E-3 seems to have just a little more depth and clarity to the pics. I liked them a whole lot.
One disappointment for me is that I like to shoot without a flash. My camera is big enough to draw attention to me without a flash going off, so I prefer to be subtle and not use a flash unless I am doing some macro shots or taking pictures of cutlery! haha
I like to up my ISO for those dark situations. But upping the ISO means noise and graininess and I was hoping the E-3 would wow me with noiseless shots at ISO 1600.
Not even close!! While a tad better than my E-500, there was noise at ISO 600. This was very disappointing and apparently it has something to do with the Olympus 4/3 system - the very system that allows live view. I will take a clear high ISO over live view any day.
Which left me wondering if I shouldn't have gone with Nikon or Canon. But, with this investment in lenses I have, I wasn't going to go there in my thinking. And besides no one makes lenses like Olympus. I guess you can't have it all!!
One fun aspect of the E-3 is the ability to use off camera flashes (strobes) so I had fun with that today and discovered I can take some pretty cool shots with off camera lighting.
This revelation was also a little bit scary because remote flashes are pricey and the umbrella's and stands also pricey. Not to mention that this might cause my husband to put a stop to hauling my camera equipment around for me.
Now.... on to some of the results of spending the weekend with a new camera.
Again through the living room window.
The results of having my head in a book, my hands on a camera and my butt on a chair all weekend. I learned lots though. Felt like I took an intensive course all weekend and I guess I did.
And tomorrow the E-3 goes back to Don's. sigh....
Friday, 9 January 2009
The Olympus E-3 ~ my dream camera!!
It has the FASTEST auto focusing of any professional camera!! Click, click, click - all in focus with incredible detail.
And I have three days to play with it!!
Three days to be totally distracted with this new toy of mine...
and then Don's Photo photo wants it back!!!
But until then, I plan to put it through every test I can and take a thousand pictures!!!
Here she is... and isn't she beautiful???
So, if I don't blog for a few days you will know what I am doing.
sigh... and then she has to go back.
The specs? Check this out! And this!
The E-3, the flagship of Olympus' Digital SLR line, combines speed and durability in a splash-proof magnesium alloy body. Early to embrace Live View and Dust Reduction features in a dSRL, Olympus now appears to offer the fastest autofocus in the world. Body-Integrated image stabilization , a 10-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, Supersonic Wave Drive and one of the largest and most accurate viewfinders prove Olympus is not sitting on their laurels but is still an innovator in photographic technology.
Are you ready for the "World's Fastest Autofocus" dSLR? Used in combination with the Zuiko Digital SWD ED 12-60mm f2.8-4 lens, the E-3’s new AF system is the world’s fastest.