Monday, 29 March 2010

Saturday, 27 March 2010

City Perks

Well, this am we went to a new coffee location - City Perks (there is an 's' on the business card and the windows). It is on Princess and 7th near City Hospital. Owned and operated by Coralee (and Michael)- they have owned it for three years but it has been around for about ten. Great decor, real community feel and very good coffee. The place was hopping by 9:30am
Loved the mugs!
We will be back.
We were thinking that when the weather is warmer it is a good 30 min bike ride from home - mostly down hill.
Which means the hard part will be heading back home after the cinnamon bun. :~)

God give the children of Haiti a better life.

God give the children of Haiti a better life.

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This Too Shall Pass

This is for my kids - cause this is something they would do. Well maybe not on this scale. But I know they will get a kick out of it.

Hope you do too!  

BTW - I got this off of Jenny's Blog, mother of 13 (#13 being in the oven). Thank you Jenny - and I absolutely love that photo of all your kids at their sister's wedding. It's framable.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon

Look what I bought - for all you people that don't visit my 365 blog - I thought I would share this with you. Can't wait to use it.

and for that little girl in my life.....

Sunday, 21 March 2010


Walked in the door from 5.5 hrs on the road today, put the laundry etc away and was busy putting my camera equip away when I spotted this photo sitting on this paper. It is simple, but it works. 15 min tops. Loving pink. Lovig MME "quite contrary" line. Perfect girly stuff. Check out the MME LUSH brad on the flower, bottom right.

Good to be home!
Another weekend filled with things to do....  I am too old for this. I need my weekends to recover and power up for the following work week. So I will do NOTHING next weekend.... except perhaps a little scrapbooking, the gym and maybe a bicycle ride with sweetheart? Think it is too soon to get the bikes out?
Glad to have Mark home for the week.

Friday, 19 March 2010

My Sweetie Pie

Oh My! I need a nap.
EDO today - Earned Day Off AKA - "NO the SHR will NOT pay you overtime!"
It also means Everything Done in One day, so I made a list last night of all the stuff I have to get done on my EDO....groceries, car insurance paid, put highlights in hair, frame and hang four pictures for the guest room (did this while the highlights were baking for 49 minutes), hang the mirror in the guest room, get the weeks laundry done(four loads), pay the bills!!!!!(depressing), go to the gym (yup got there at 0620 hrs), and prepare a pork roast dinner for son Mark arriving home from Thompson today (last update at 1603 hrs ~ Melfort). The roast is in the oven and the potatoes are done!

So I said to self
"Self! If you can get all this done today you may scrapbook"

Yeah self!!
Isn't she just the sweetest most beautiful baby? She is even cute when she spits. And I taught her how to spit.

Then I said to self "Self, you had better have a power nap after you upload this because you aint going to make it through supper."

Monday, 15 March 2010

The Demise of Intermission Coffee House

I have posted about Intermission Coffee House many times. Here , here and HERE and a few more.
If you never visited this local establishment, then you missed something special.

Today was a very sad day indeed. My husband and I have been regulars at Intermission Coffee House since it opened about 2 1/2 years ago. It is owned by young couple with three children trying to make a go of it. The coffee is excellent! The atmosphere is relaxing and we have met some very nice people there.

But it seems that Saskatchewanites would rather support Tim Horton.

We both arrived at our usual coffee spot at 7:30 am this morning to find it papered up and closed - permanently.
I wanted to cry. Partly because it is a great place, but mostly because Intermission House didn't make it and that is such a terrible shame!

Personally, we are  willing to pay a little more for good coffee in a nice atmosphere. In Victoria (and many other cities we have visited especially on the west coast) there are little coffee houses on every corner - people slow down, they chat, they get to know one another over a cuppa coffee. It is a little bit of community - a community of assorted people chatting about the weather, the RoughRiders or politics.... over a coffee and cinnamon bun. Even for 5 min on the way to work - people talk to one another.

But in Saskatchewan we just want to line up, never say a word to the person in front of us or behind us, better yet go thru the drive thru and avoid all conversation and get cheap coffee.

I am not complaining about Tim's coffee - I like it - it is just that I would rather support a young family with my purchase and somehow I don't think Mr Horton is struggling to put a meal on his table.
And I like the community atmosphere in a small family owned cafe. 

So we buy our coffee at the little cafe, our meats at Summet meats (sole ownership) and in summer we enjoy the farmers market. If we ate more bread we would buy Jim Downey's bread on Central Ave. And occasionally we do. For us, it is about meeting people in our community - and supporting one another and not some unknown wealthy entity.

So I am sad, very sad, that my favorite coffee shop is closed. I am sad that even though Rob worked 11 hr a days, 6 days a week for the last 2 1/2 years, roasting the finest coffee I have had, he just couldn't make it. It just doesn't seem right. It isn't right.

So here it is... my last photo of Intermission coffee house.

Wishing you all the best and the Lord's blessing on whatever path you take from here, Rob.
Going to miss my vanilla bean decaf and the African Fog.
Going to miss sitting in those comfy chairs with my sweetheart on a Saturday morning sharing one of your scrumptious cinnamon buns. 
We are going to miss you and all your great customers.

Monday, 8 March 2010

September 2009 - 365 photos

My life last September captured in one page.All caught up with the 365 photos.
Now I need to get back to 2003 and get going on all those old photos.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

My attempt at Gardening

Scanned some photos from 2003 - wanted to remember those days when I actually worked at my garden. I rarely do any gardening now ( ah the life of full time work), but I do reap the benefits of all those hours I spent establishing my perennial garden years ago.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

February 365 Calendar

Wow - it is March already!! I am now half way through my 365 photos in a year.
Here is my completed calendar for February 2010

Monday, 1 March 2010

Real Scrapbooking.

Had trouble sleeping this past weekend - must be this getting older thing. But hey, what better thing to do then scrapbook a few pages for a couple of hours before climbing back into bed in the middle of the night.

Here are some pages with photos from our recent Romantic Getaway to Mexico.