Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Humorous Day

Humorous Day is being observed today! It has always been observed annually on April 19th.

Humorous Day is a day to find the humor in any situation that happens to be thrown our way. A day to remind us to see the bright side and to realize that most things are really not as important as they at first may seem.

I remember something I saw  or read a long time ago about a girl that could find the silver lining in anything. I do not know what it was called but I liked her optimism. It wasn't the glass half full kind but rather an extreme version of it.

I am trying to think of an example but I am not as optimistic as I once was, still it made me laugh. This is the kind of thing Humorous day helps us remember: Your cat dies and while you are sad you remind yourself that now you can give another, needy cat a new forever home where it will be loved and cared for. 

Always look for the happiness in everything, the positive action stemming from a negative event.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oracle Says: Believe

Believe in the magic of possibilities and unexpected gifts!

The magic of possibilities: A possibility can be good or bad of course but as with most things there is a 50% chance it will be one or the other.

There is a common wisdom that says that what you believe is what will come to pass, so if you believe that the choice is the right one chances are it will be, for you. The operative words here are "for you".

Another person may make a different choice, one opposite to yours or kitty corner to it, which is right for them. That is what possibility is, probable but really different for different people.

The difficulty a lot of people seem to have is that their belief system is the only right one. I am not just talking about religion here but in all things. "My opinion is the only one that counts and you must believe as I do"

So wrong but it is perhaps the one statement I hear in sub-text all the time from nearly everyone. You believe what you believe and I believe what I believe and both possibilities are the correct one. This is my opinion and you are entitled to choose a different one but don't condemn me based on it. After all we are both right.

The magic of unexpected gifts: Ever notice that when you really need something and you focus on it, it comes true. It requires you to voice your need for there a few mind-readers in the world. Even a casual mention to someone can always finds its way to the right ears and lead the listener to who ever listened to the listener to provide what you need.

The unexpected gift can be anything from a letter from the past to a new car at a reasonable price just as your current one bites the dust. I believe that anything can happen and if you need it badly enough it will.

Monday, April 17, 2017

101 Things Progress- March 2017

Link to my full list: Day Zero List

My start date: January 20 2017

My end date: October 18, 2019

  • Total number of goals completed: 7
  • Number of goals completed this month: 7

  • Total number of goals in progress:
  1. Read 26 books I've never read whose authors last name starts with a different letter of the alphabet 2/26 Letter C
  2. Read 150 books in 2017 using PopSugar and other Reading Challenges plus GoodReads to track it 40/150 IP
  3. Watch 26 movies I've never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet 6/26 The list of movies I've watched are on this page: Movies A to Z
  4. See 10 classic movies I've never seen 6/10 These are marked on the Movie list
  5. Watch a movie from every year I've been alive 27/56 Refer to Movie List 
  6. Listen to a new artist every month 2/12
  7. Complete a 'Walk To Mordor' challenge ( It’s 1779 miles (2863 km) from the Shire to Mordor following Frodo and Sam’s journey.) 3.5 km/2863 KM 
  8. Watch 200 Movies 27/200
  9. Design Altered Fashion Doll- Winter and create it
  10. Create a budget and stick to it
  • Number of goals in progress worked on this month: 4

  • List and description of goals I've completed this month:
  1. Read 26 books I've never read whose authors last name starts with a different letter of the alphabet 2/26 Letter B completed
  2. Don't eat sugar for a week (5th-11th) Giving up sugar for Lent
  • List and description of goals I've made progress on this month but haven't finished yet: 
Altered Fashion doll - In progress but incomplete because about half way through the month I decided to go with old man winter instead of a winter goddess so I have to redo the design

  • List and description of goals I've abandoned/failed this month: Failed the no-Spend part of the month but not until the last week of February. Made it through 3 weeks though!

  • List of goals I hope to work on/complete next:
Add another 15 books by the end of April to my current total of 40
Add two more letters to the Movies A-Z
Add at least one more classic movie
Listen to a new music artist
Add another 5 km to my Walk to Mordor
Take a photo of the same place every month for year Choosing the place and taking my first photo
Take a photo for every letter of the alphabet. Hope to complete this in one month

  • Your favorite goal worked on this month: March was not a good month for me and spent lost.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ESG: Reading Challenge #9: The Pocket Wife

This time the task is: listen to an audiobook

The Pocket Wife

An amazing talent makes her debut with this stylish psychological thriller—with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white-knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep—in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend during a breakdown.

I like audio books that are like Radio plays and this one while not as well done as it could have been had enough variation in the accents and voices the reader used to differentiate the characters. The story itself kept me listening, I finished the whole thing in one day about 10 hours of Audio.

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a mystery with a bit of crazy in it!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Whats in my purse?

The contents of my purse is not as much as some women I know though it won't fit in my pocket. :)

The red book is my notebook and my wallet
Wipes, kleenex, glasses, my paperwork from ODSP
A hat just in case, bag of halls.

Thats it!
I am currently using this library bag as a purse as it is big enough to work as a shopping bag as well

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Dythymia and Fibromyalgia

What I really want to do is write a nasty letter to someone to try and explain the impact these two things have on me and my life. However I prefer not to start a war in a public forum because I am absolutely certain the person in question would not respond well. And I need that public forum at the moment

This however is my personal journal so I feel quite comfortable airing my grievances here. In attempt to feel less lonely I joined a snail mail group. You have seen it mentioned many times over the last few months but as happened before I find that there are always a few people who take things far too seriously.

Last Monday I decided to take my cart and go grocery shopping , I walked the cart to the store and I walked it back full of groceries something I would not have usually done but it was a lovely day. By the time I got back home I was worn out. As it happened I had used up not only Monday's Spoons but the ones for the rest of the week too. Add to this the fact that the weather was grey and cold which always increases both my depression and my pain and you can imagine the week I have had

It was not until today that I had any energy to do anything except read and sleep. Yet I can not really tell people that I slept all week because they truly do not understand that that is not an excuse but a authentic symptom of my own particular combination of illnesses. Someone who has never experienced chronic pain and chronic low energy levels as well as a depression that never goes away can not even begin to understand what life is like for me.

I could write the nasty letter but it would only make my experience that much worse and at this point I'm about done with all swaps that require me to send snail mail not just the electronic kind. As happened the last time I got involved there were people who treat it more like a job than a hobby. These people take all the joy out of it for me.

I have decided that after this month I will no longer participate in anything except electronic swaps, its just too frustrating for me.

Monday, April 3, 2017

My favourite picture of the month!

Though you can't see them very well this is a flock of wild turkeys. Altogether there were over a hundred of them in this field. I wanted to get closer but wasn't able because we were on a highway.

The Courtyard entrance by Colossal Books
This is the entrance to the courtyard from something that made me happy this month. It looks just like the pictures of Old England type streets doesn't it?

Favourite profile deco of the month
Loved this from one of my partners of Wacky Holidays in March! It's for PI day

Weed out Hate: Sow the Seeds of Greatness Day

About Marc Daniels and the Weed Out Hate Initiative

In 1946, my grandfather, Ross Daniels, invented the Ross Root Feeder®, an irrigation tool that to this day nurtures the deepest roots of trees and shrubs and connects millions of home owners to nature. My goal is to carry the torch and take my grandfather’s vision to the next level—to better connect future generations of gardeners, and kindergartners, with nature for the higher purpose of improving the fabric of society.
In a similar manner that root feeding unlocks stagnant soil for facilitating absorption of nutrients and water through the tree's root structure for optimal fruit harvest, Weed Out Hate root feeds our children for yielding fruits of the connections to nature, friends, family, and society. Weed Out Hate removes the obstacles that prevent us from feeling and drawing upon the strong roots that we already have. It's a great treatment for enriching and stimulating our education roots. It empowers even the smallest child to condition his future self as well as the future garden by learning to remove acculturated prejudice in a similar manner that one extracts weeds in the garden-roots and all.

Click the title to find out more about this initiative. Weeding out hate at root level sounds like a great idea but how do you do it?

Marc Daniels began this movement by handing out sunflower seeds to children in front of a church. The idea seems to be that by joining gardening and love together we start the movement towards less hate in the world. By literally getting back to our roots.

But how would I do this? Well I would start with my grandchildren and their friends. I would invite them to a planting party. There would be ground that could be planted and seeds to plant there. Also food and drink. I would have planting races and other garden type activities to drive home the love each other part of the party.

I think by involving children of all races and colours in to getting their hands dirty, we show that we are all created equal, plus getting dirty is fun. That in a few weeks you will have flowers or other plants to show for it only makes it more fun.

Make gardening a regular thing!

Can you think of other ways to make this work? I would love to hear from you!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Reading Challenge: A book by an author who's last name begins with B

David Baldacci's The Finisher

From the book: Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but a forest filled with danger and death. And she always believed it — until the night she saw Quentin Herms run away. Vega knows Quentin didn't just leave — he was chased. And he left behind a trail of clues that point to a dark conspiracy at the heart of Wormwood. To follow the clues will attract the attention of influential people willing to kill to keep their secrets. If Vega wants to stay safe, she just needs to keep her head down and her mouth shut. There's only one problem — Vega Jane never walks away from a fight. Master storyteller David Baldacci introduces an unforgettable heroine who must think fast, hit hard, and defy all odds to uncover the truth.

With that I was interested!

So I chose David Baldacci who I thought wrote mainly detective stories, I like a good mystery but other than the Memory Man had read none of his books. 

I came across a book called "The Finisher" on his Goodreads page and decided to give it a read. I'm glad I did! I finished it in two days but only cause I had to sleep, I did not want to put it down.

I'm a sucker for a girl hero so that was the first plus for me. There is a feeling of otherworldlyness right from the beginning of the book. Which is a second plus, I love stories that seem to occur on other planets.

 It is a love story, a science fiction story and a fantasy story,  (read there is magic here), all of which makes it a great book in my opinion.

It is a great amalgamation I think and highly recommend it! 

Something that made me happy this month

This is my BFF, he is also my forever love. He and I have decided to take advantage of his new work schedule by travelling and exploring a little more! This year I think we will probably stick to the GTA as his mother has moved in with him and he doesn't want to be too far away in case she needs help.

This quaint little English village is not in England but rather in a nearby city called Pickering/Ajax. We came here because there is an occult/ new age shop here and I wanted to get a new tarot deck.

He pointed out this faerie deck and after reading the back I just had to have it! The cards are beautiful and feel comfortable in my hands. I haven't done a reading with them yet but will soon.

I loved that little bench! and wanted to visit the ice cream store that it denotes but it was not in the cards for that day. I think the best part is that the little alley in the middle opens up to a full fledged courtyard. You can see some of it behind Rob.

I definitely want to go back to Odyssey Books for another tarot deck and they had a quartz pendulum I would love to get. Plus of course I want to try out the ice cream shop and the pub.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Poetry and the Creative Mind

"Each year during National Poetry Month in April, the Academy of American Poets presents a gala celebration of poetry’s important place in our culture, and its impact on the lives of readers and artists working in other disciplines. The event—Poetry & the Creative Mind— features leading and legendary actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures on one stage sharing their favorite poems. This year’s event will feature Meryl Streep, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Alexander, Wayne Brady, Maurice Hines, Madhur Jaffrey, Sebastian Junger, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Amanda Palmer, Meg Ryan, National Student Poet Joey Reisberg, and more." 

For myself Poetry has been a lifeline throughout my life, in fact allowing me to release the poisons that were making my soul sick simply by putting it down on paper. Once it is on paper it doesn't look nearly as bad as I thought it was and I was able to move past whatever was causing me trouble at that time.

For more information about Poetry Month go to the National Poetry Month Home and for ideas on how to celebrate Poetry Month take a look at this page: 30 ways to celebrate national poetry month.

I plan on doing a few of them myself. Over the years I have tried to celebrate this month by writing a poem a day for 30 days but have never quite managed it though I have written a couple of hundred poems. I have been debating rather I should try again this year or if I should just share poems I have already written or rather I should forget about participating completely

In 2011 I joined the 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge for the first time. It was the reason I began this blog in the first place. One of my goals at that time was to write 52 poems in a year each one in a different style. The first style I tried  was an Abcedarian

Now how does poetry reflect the creative mind? Well the first thought I have is the rapper who has to make up poetry on the fly to beat his opponent, back when rapping was a way to settle gang issues. That takes a very creative mind.

Another example of how poetry helps the creative mind is by creating very dense word images to describe something. Which can then be made into an actual image just from the description.

All I know is that for me poetry came before crafting and crafting came before art.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Writing Challenge from Thomas Kinkade Deck

Beauty is found in anything that delights the senses, nourishes the Soul, fires the imagination. - TK

A. What was the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?
B. Name five beautiful things.
C. Name a beautiful sight, a beautiful smell, and a beautiful sound.
D. Can you see anything beautiful within sight of you now? Name it.

Nurture - Word of the Year

How have I nurtured myself in March?

I have spent time outside enjoying the air and mixing with people after a winter of near confinement.

I have spent time with my son and his two oldest children, once a week and it has been super.

I have travelled and seen some things I have not seen before.

I have showered a few times (trust me that is something worth saying for me).

I have spend time chatting with my neighbours. I have also gone with one of them on a trip to a reserve for cigarettes. (baby steps there but I am doing it)

I indulged myself by purchasing the pieces for two new crafts, I made a yarn wreathe and I have a weaving frame on which I made a mug rug.

I purchased a lot of vegetables and actually ate quite healthy this month, though giving up sugar for lent hasn't worked quite right I have managed to cut way back. I find as long as I have fruit I do not miss it as much.

How about you? Have you nurtured yourself? Tell me about it!

Oracle Says: Synchronicity

dance with the magical movement of spirit

Dance with spirit. Spirit is a talented and remorseless companion. She is the part of you which loves life and drags you with her to the newest most exciting thing in your world. She presses you to join in even when you are sure you have neither the energy nor the desire to do so. And you know what she is usually right.

Synchronicity is the coming together of disparate elements to form a new and interesting whole. Be it becoming part of a social group of like minded individuals or joining in to save the trees because it means the whole world will be better for it.

The magical movement of spirit is what guides us to speak with a stranger so that we and they feel less alone, (though I seldom think about that it is just interesting to talk to someone I haven't met yet). It is the spirit that moves us to seek the other, be it in church or in other belief systems. It is our need to belong to belong somewhere or some how. We all have that need though some of us would rather not admit it even to ourselves.

Embrace the dance and join in the world in some little way. Even if that little way is just to go outside our home and speak with someone new.

Friday, March 24, 2017

20 Questions

  • What country, city, state do you live in now? Have you always lived there? Where did you live before?
I currently live in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. I have not always lived here, I was raised northeast of here in and around Buckhorn. Since I left home I have been to British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec and have also lived in Toronto and Hamilton here in Ontario
  • Do you have a nickname or nicknames and do you still use it/them? What is/are your nickname(s)?
I have several nicknames a couple I still use. My first nickname was Cherylann it is what all of my older relatives called me. My dad nicknamed me little iodine after a cartoon girl who was always getting into mischief and my mother called me Charlie for reasons I do not wish to share. My first husband called me gypsy rose and when I got on the internet I christianed myself Wildchild. A couple of friends also called me Cher after my favorite celebrity. These days I use Wildchild on swap-bot and Cherylann most everywhere else
  • Are you in a relationship, engaged, single, married, widowed, divorced or it's complicated? Do you have a large or small family?
My current relationship is complicated we were never formally married but we were married in our own minds. I left after seven years to pursue a job, when I came back we tried to make it work but it just wasn't in the cards. We still consider ourselves married but we reside in different cities and thus different homes.
  • When is your birthday and how did you celebrate your last birthday?
I am an October child and I did not celebrate my last birthday beyond gifts from my children and my partner
  • Did you do well in school? How far did you go in school? Do you have a degree? What type of degree do you have?
I was a straight 60%er (c student) mainly because I just didn't work hard at school. I have received a couple of certificates but not an actual degree as I never finished college, never got to university.
  • Where have you traveled to? Which place was your favorite? Is there a place that you would like to travel to?
As I stated above I have been to British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, I have never been out of Canada. I would go back to B.C. in a heartbeat if I could. I am hopeful I will get to see Paris, France around my 60th birthday. That is the place that is at the top of my bucket list though I would not be adverse to a tour of Europe and Asia.
  • What hobbies do you have? What is your favorite hobby?
I collect e-books, embroider, write a blog and several other things. Mostly stuff you can do by yourself. My favorite hobby is collecting books. I want a full e-library of every title I have ever read or want to read.
  • What crafts do you do? What is your favorite craft?
I do many crafts, currently I am concentrating on ATC's but could switch to knitting, weaving, miniatures, dollmaking or a number of paper related crafts should the mood cease me. I don't have a favorite craft though I used to love knitting before my hands began to go bad.
  • What is/are your favorite color(s)?
I have three favorite colours: Red, Purple and Green
  • What type of music do you enjoy? Who are your favorite musical artists?
I like all kinds of music and my favourite musical artists are Cher, Meatloaf and Simon & Garfunkle
  • Do you enjoy reading? What type of reading do you enjoy? Who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot, a book a day if I can. My favorite genre is fantasy, (the unicorn kind not the other one), science fiction and cozy mysteries. My favorite author of all time is Piers Anthony followed closely by Spider Robinson and Anne McCaffrey
  • What types of foods do you enjoy? What is your favorite food? What foods do you dislike? 
I like all kinds of food and my favorite is anything with pasta and /or shrimp in it. I dislike Octopus and squid and all those other sea animals that taste rubbery
  • What is the strangest food that you have ever tried?
Escargot and I only ever tried it once
  • Do you have any pets? Tell me about them.
I do not currently have any pets.
  • What type of movies do you enjoy? What are some of your favorite movies? Who are some of your favorite actors and actresses?
I like a good action movie like Terminator or the Matrix. A good comedy when I need a laugh, I love Madea. I do not have any favorite actresses or actors at the moment, most of the ones I liked are deceased now.
  • What are your favorite holidays? Do you have a holiday experience that you would like to share?
Christmas used to be my favourite but these days I think I like Easter better. Nothing to tell.
  • What type of television shows do you enjoy? What are some of your favorite television shows?
I don't watch TV like most people. I tend to binge watch shows. Currently I am watching House.
  • How did you spend your summers when you were a child? How do you spend them now? Do you have any special summer plans?
Summer was swimming and camping, marshmallow roasts and spending time with my family. These days I don't do much, mainly stay inside to escape the heat. This summer my partner and I are planning on exploring Toronto and area in a series of road trips.
  • Is there anyone special who you lost touch with and later reconnected with them? Tell me about it.
An old friend or two have come back into my life over the last year. There isn't much to tell, I connected with them on FB then IRL.
  • How do you deal with stress? Is there something special that you like to do that helps you deal with stress?
I avoid stress as much as possible. If I do feel stressed I watch a movie or read a book.
  • Do you have any special holiday plans coming up? What holiday are these plans for? Are you going out of town or staying home?
No holiday plans exactly, I want to get all my grandchildren together and have a painting party but it hasn't gone beyond the thinking stage yet.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Do More Art PROJECT ~(^.^~) *March*

This Month I am thinking about creating a abstract weaving using art fibers and completing the fashion doll I didn't get to last month

I haven't done any weaving since public school so I had to begin at the beginning  with a weaving frame and a very basic mug rug. I have begun the abstract weaving, It is about the same place as the mug rug on the loom in the first image.

That fashion doll is still waiting for me to get to it, instead I focused on making my first yarn wreath. It is just a simple wrap right now because I am not sure what kind of decoration I will be adding to it as yet. That is what the felt is for. I will post the finished item when they are complete.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

~ Random ASS Survey #2 ~

What are you afraid of? I fear very little but my biggest fear is to end up without my memory.
Have you ever been searched by the cops? Me personally no but I have had my house searched
Do you close your eyes on roller coasters? I don't do roller coasters any more but when I did I didn't close my ideas
Strangest place you've gotten laid? In a park at night.
When's the last time you've been sledding? Not for 20 years since my kids were little
Would you rather fall sleep with someone else, or alone in bed? I really like having my whole bed to myself
Do you believe in ghosts or poltergeists? I believe in ghosts not so sure about poltergeists.
What is your favorite song right now? My favorite song right now is, you know I don't really have a favorite song just a favorite genre which is old rock and roll
Do you consider yourself creative? I do consider myself creative. I like to knit and paper crafts.
Do you think O.J. was innocent or guilty? I never thought about it.
Do you care about any celebrity gossip? I don't pay attention to gossip.
Can you honestly say you know ANYTHING about politics? I know nothing about politics
Do you play poker? I do not play poker.
Have you ever been awake for more than 36 hours straight? No I have not most times I can't even make it 24 hours
Do you have a favorite commercial? I do not watch TV so I  don't have one.
Do you remember the name of your first love, and if so who? My first love was called Buff and I was in first grade.
If you're driving in the middle of the night, and no one is around you, do you run a red light? I would not run a red light.
Do you have a secret that no one knows but you? I do but I am not going to share it.
Are you into sports, and if so do you have a favorite team? I am not interested in sports.
Have you ever been streaking? No
How often do you remember your dreams? Not so much anymore I used to.
What's the one thing on your mind right now? Getting better I've been sick the last couple of days.
Do you have a favorite restaurant? I like A & W and Red Lobster
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I were able to focus really well and get things done.
What is your best feature/talent? I am a good listener.
Do you like sushi, and if so what is your favorite? I love sushi I like anything with salmon in it.
What do you wear to bed? I don't wear anything to bed, I always feel like I'm chocking if I wear clothes to bed
Favorite TV show? Right now I am into House.
If you could sleep with one famous person, who would it be? Michael Landon
Do you know anyone in jail? I know a few friends of my son are there right now.
How often do you drink [alcohol]? Not at all It makes me sick.
What food do you find disgusting? I try a lot of different foods some are good some not so good but disgusting would be raw octopus
Have you ever made fun of your friends behind their back? No I don't it is rude.
Have you ever been in a fight? Once or twice mostly to defend myself
Do you believe in angels or demons? I am not  sure but I hope so
Favorite color? Green
What is your favorite store to shop at? Talize and ValuVillage
What's the worst thing you've done and gotten away with? Nothing that I'm willing to share.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

101 Things Progress- February 2017

Link to my full list: Day Zero List

My start date: January 20 2017

My end date: October 18, 2019

  • Total number of goals completed: 7
  • Number of goals completed this month: 7

  • Total number of goals in progress:
  1. Complete a 365 day photo challenge 5/52 weeks The completed photo spreads are: Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4; Week 5
  2. Read 26 books I've never read whose authors last name starts with a different letter of the alphabet 1/26 Letter A complete; Letter B check March Reading list
  3. Read 150 books in 2017 using PopSugar and other Reading Challenges plus GoodReads to track it 21/150 IP
  4. Watch 26 movies I've never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet 6/26 The list of movies I've watched are on this page: Movies A to Z
  5. See 10 classic movies I've never seen 3/10 These are marked on the Movie list
  6. Watch a movie from every year I've been alive 24/56 Refer to Movie List 
  7. Listen to a new artist every month 2/12
  8. Complete a 'Walk To Mordor' challenge ( It’s 1779 miles (2863 km) from the Shire to Mordor following Frodo and Sam’s journey.) 3.5 km/2863 KM 
  9. Watch 200 Movies 24/200
  10. Design Altered Fashion Doll- Winter and create it
  11. Create a budget and stick to it
  12. Don't eat sugar for a week (5th-11th) Giving up sugar for Lent
  13. Whiten my teeth
  14. Create a Zen Garden
  • Number of goals in progress worked on this month: 11

  • List and description of goals I've completed this month:
  1. Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind"  This was part of a swap and was not easy to complete but I did manage to complete it. The post with my answers is here
  2. Go to the dentist for a check up Had an appointment on Feb 3rd. I need to go get the work done but put it off for a bit
  3. Design and create a Zen Garden You can find the results here
  4. Go on a road trip On Sunday February 26th we traveled from Toronto to Peterborough via London and Midland
  5. No Spend Month February Challenge was not a complete failure but I did spend money I should not have near the beginning of the month and one small order to Amazon near the end of the month but no Wish or Ebay
  6. Wear nothing black for a whole week This goes with the next one and I will add the story of that week later on this week.
  7. Wear a skirt or dress everyday for a week  See above
  • List and description of goals I've made progress on this month but haven't finished yet: 
Altered Fashion doll - In progress but incomplete because about half way through the month I decided to go with old man winter instead of a winter goddess so I have to redo the design

  • List and description of goals I've abandoned/failed this month: Failed the no-Spend part of the month but not until the last week of February. Made it through 3 weeks though!

  • List of goals I hope to work on/complete next:
No sugar for a week
Add another 15 books by the end of March to my current total of 21
Add two more letters to the Movies A-Z
Add at least one more classic movie
Listen to a new music artist
Add another 5 km to my Walk to Mordor
Take a photo of the same place every month for year Choosing the place and taking my first photo
Take a photo for every letter of the alphabet. Hope to complete this in one month

  • Your favorite goal worked on this month: Of all of them I have to say the road trip was the most fun even if I was exhausted afterwards

Thursday, March 2, 2017

ESG: My favourite picture of the month Febuary

I have been wanting a loft bed since I moved here so for my gift to myself for Valentines I bought one from Wayfair. It is not set up the way I wanted it to be as of yet but it works for now. Later I will rearrange the bottom so that it is a seating area and sleep up top. Soon at I figure out how to make it not so wobbly.
My Valentine Gift to myself

I love the look of this Garden on this rainy day. It is spectacular in spring and summer but right now it has a surreal kind of beauty which is peaceful

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Something that made me happy in February


It is the only thing I can think to call it. It was 684 km and lasted from 9:30 AM to 8 PM.

We left my boyfriends house in Scarborough and grabbed gas and breakfast at a local gas station/Tim Horton's. We traveled to London with only one stop for a bathroom.

Once we picked up my niece from her home for the last six months we stopped at an A & W for lunch. Sadly I never wrote down Tori's address in London though I know it was off Highbury. We spent most of the meal discussing what would happen next for her. She had not been ready for college and had failed the first semester so she was headed home.

After lunch we hit the road again this time headed North on the 401 to Midland which is where Tori's mom lives. I slept part of the way while Rob and Tori talked. It was not a conversation I could have helped with and the long hours of driving were starting to tell.

We stopped somewhere, another Tim Hortons between London and Midland so that Rob could rest his hands a bit. At this point he had been driving for nearly five hours with only a couple of small breaks. Neither Tori nor I drive so we could not spell him.

After the rest stop we continued on to my sisters home. We visited for a bit while Rob worked on Tori's laptop. It was just before sunset when we left. We stopped for gas and then drove straight through to Peterborough. At that point we just wanted to go to bed.

We stopped at Popeye's Chicken and got dinner then went to my place. Rob had to be back in Toronto the following afternoon but had enough of driving for the day so he stayed over.

The next time I go on a long trip like that I am going to take photos and collect souvenirs. Oh and stop a lot more often to take a look around. For my first really long trip in a couple of years it wasn't as tiring as I had thought it would be but I was still very glad to get back home.

The best part of the trip for me was seeing the land as our directions changed and catching a glimpse of the land changes from nearly spring to deep winter and back again. I would have liked to stop in some of the small towns and villages we passed but we were on a tight schedule. Next time!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Writing Challenge from Thomas Kinkade Deck

In a Romantic relationship, the gestures and gifts that matter most are the ones that show that one person is really Receptive to the other person's wants and needs -TX

A. Name something someone gave you that you really wanted.
B. What would be a nice thing for one sweetheart to give to another?

Romance has never been a big thing for me.Which is probably a good thing... recently for a valentine gift I received half a dozen milk crates. I have a cube shelf that they fit into perfectly and I had wanted a whole set of them for easier storage.

It was the perfect gift for me but was it romantic? Not likely to anyone but me. To me it indicated that he had listened to me and gotten me exactly what I wanted. That is what makes it romantic, HE HAD LISTENED TO ME! and gotten me the perfect gift.

In addition to that he had taken me to a place where the dresses I love could be found at a cheap price and gotten me a set of them. Three days worth which is fantastical in my opinion. They are called Caftan or Kaftan and the style I like was popular in the 1970's and can also be found in the Arabic states, Morocco and Pakistan.

They would make a great gift for anyone who needs light-weight clothing that isn't tight to the body. As a fibro sufferer they suit me to perfection

Other gifts you can give your sweetheart are the usual flowers and candy or if they are like me a craft supplies or a gift card from their favourite store works well too.

Romance in my opinion means listening to your partner and getting what they want. If you listen we always tell you where our interest and desires stand at any given moment.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Would You Rather #9

Would you rather be able to teleport anywhere or be able to read minds? 
I like the idea of teleportation that way I can go anywhere I want to go and there is so much of the world I want to see

Would you rather die in 20 years with no regrets or die in 50 years with many regrets? 20 years with no regrets, regrets make you bitter and angry which can get progessivly worse as you age

Would you rather be feared by all or loved by all? Loved by all, fearful people are often angry and rebellious but if you are loved people will do most anything you ask

Would you rather know when you are going to die or how you are going to die? (You can’t change the time or method of your death.) When that way I can take care of any loose ends I have and know how much time I have left to do the things I want and need to do

Would you rather be transported permanently 500 years into the future or 500 years into the past? History is a tricky thing, going forward could put you into an EDEN  or HELL on Earth depending on how the world goes. At least in the past we know the basics of life and know what we would be getting into and the 1500's were not a bad time as some you could end up in.

Would you rather never be able to use a touchscreen or never be able to use a keyboard and mouse? Tricky but I think I would definitely miss a keyboard and mouse so life without a touchscreen would not be too bad

Would you rather be able to control fire or water? I would prefer to control fire because then I could decide what burns and for how long, I could save forests & homes and burn garbage 

Would you rather have everything you eat be too salty or not salty enough no matter how much salt you add? Hmmm that one is a hard one as salt is used for so many things and I like it a lot. I think I would have to go with not salty enough, too much salt gives you high blood pressure which can kill you.

Would you rather have hands that kept growing as you got older or feet that kept growing as you got older? How am I to choose that either one would be a colossal pain in the butt. I suppose I would have to go with feet as the bigger they are the more solid your connection to gravity, the less chance you have of falling which has become a great fear for me.

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life? (both are amazingly delicious and can be any type of sushi / taco you want.) I like sushi so unlimited sushi sounds good to me. Can you imagine a sushi jelly sandwich. Sushi does not have to be made from seaweed and rice it can be made from anything. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Would You Rather #8

  1. Would you rather be alone for the rest of your life or always be surrounded by annoying people? Alone for the rest of my life, I've dealt with enough annoying people in my life.
  2. Would you rather never use social media sites / apps again or never watch another movie or TV show? I would rather stop using social media, there are other ways to meet people but I do not want to give up movies
  3. Would you rather have an easy job working for someone else or work for yourself but work incredibly hard? I have always worked for others and I like it just fine.
  4. Would you rather be the first person to explore a planet or be the inventor of a drug that cures a deadly disease? I think I would rather be the inventor of a miracle drug although if exploration was a real option I would love to be considered
  5. Would you rather have a horrible short term memory or a horrible long term memory? I would rather have a horrible long tern memory, in fact I would love to forget all the bad stuff from the past.
  6. Would you rather be completely invisible for one day or be able to fly for one day? I want to be able to fly, I could fly to places I want to see.
  7. Would you rather be locked in a room that is constantly dark for a week or a room that is constantly bright for a week? I would rather be locked in a constantly dark room.
  8. Would you rather be poor but help people or become incredibly rich by hurting people? I would rather be poor and help people.
  9. Would you rather live without the internet or live without AC and heating? Oww that is a really hard choice, honestly I think I would rather live without heat or AC.
  10. Would you rather have a horrible job, but be able to retire comfortably in 10 years or have your dream job, but have to work until the day you die?  I think if it is my dream job working til the day I die it would not be a chore while working in a horrible job ten years would seem like forever.

What Does the Oracle Say this Month

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Zen Garden

Goal: To create a small table top zen garden using what I currently have

What I Have: small square plastic pan, blue sand, golden brown stones, plastic aquarium plants(if I decide to add them)

What I have and ideas of what I want to do with it.

First Edition

Second Edition

Still need to get in the habit of using it but it is a beginning

Fashion Doll - Winter

Goal: Alter a fashion doll/barbie to represent the season Winter

Design Ideas:
Doll I planned to use and inspirations for the finished doll
When I began I thought I would go Goddess but now I'm wondering if I should go Old Man Winter

Word of the New Year 2017- February

The things I am reminding myself of this month

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Reading Challenges of February

The 10 must reads on my list for February

  1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (a book by a person of color)
  2. Little Women by Louisa M Alcott (a book you loved as a child)
  3. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton  (a book about an interesting woman)
  4. Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris (a book you got from a used book sale)
  5. Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers (a best seller from a genre you don't usually read)
  6. About a Dragon Dragon Kin Series, Book 2 by G.A. Aiken (a book involving a mythical creature)
  7. Beastly Duke & the Winsome Bride: Regency Romance by Charity McColl (author), Pure Read (author) 
  8. Midnight Riot Rivers of London Series, Book 1 by Ben Aaronovitch A book by an author whose name begins with A Swap
  9. Shield of Winter (Psy-Changeling #13)by Nalini Singh 
  10. Her Perfect Mate X-Ops Series, Book 1 by Paige Tyler

Of the 10 the first five are for the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 the others are books already on my holds list and should be coming available sometime in February

Added to replace ones already Read:
Red Rising (Red Rising 1) by Pierce Brown - (Author was Under 30 when he wrote it) Completed Feb 22
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (a book with a cat on the cover) Completed Feb 4th

MCM: Reading Challenge: Authors beginning with A

My Choice: Sparkle Abbey (Sparkle Abbey is the writing team of Anita Carter and Mary Lee Woods. Visit the authors at http: //

Why I chose this author: Other than the last name beginning with A she writes cozy mysteries and I love cozy mysteries. Her series is called: Pampered Pets Mystery Series

Story Line: 
Disgraced Texas beauty queen, Melinda (Mel) Langston, owns Laguna Beach’s Bow Wow Boutique. Mona Michaels, Mel’s most despised client, owns a star dog, Fluffy, who’s worth millions. When Mona is found whacked in the head with Fluffy’s Daytime Emmy, everyone wants Fluffy, but someone won’t stop at murder to get the pooch.

Secrets. Blackmail. Mel tackles the case like a dog with a bone. But can she dig up the truth before the killer buries her?

My Reaction: Big Thumbs Up! If it makes me want to keep reading no matter how late it is then I consider it an interesting book. I've liked the first two books of the series and the third one is sitting on my library shelf waiting for me to get to it. Get Fluffy is the second book of the series, the heroine of this one is the cousin of the heroine of the first one. I read it in 24 hours it is that interesting. 

reading Challenge 2017-January: Read a book written by someone under 30

My Choice: Red Rising (Red Rising 1) by Pierce Brown

Why I chose this book: Young writer and the title caught my interest.

Story Line: Slave discovers he's a slave, gets help to infiltrate the owner elite, passes tests to become owner elite

My Reaction: Fast and slow though for the most part it kept my interest throughout the whole book and intrigued me enough that I want to read #2 of the series

ESG: Reading challenge #7: Read a book with a one word title

My Choice: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (also meets the popsugar requirement of a story inside a story)

Why I chose this book:

Story Line:

My Reaction: