Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017-September Read an Author you haven't before

Hollow Earth Trilogy Series: Hollow Earth by John Barrowman Carole E. Barrowman

All three books of John & Carole E. Barrowman's HOLLOW EARTH trilogy. Book 1: HOLLOW EARTH. Book 2: THE BONE QUILL. Book 3: THE BOOK OF BEASTS.
Long ago, the Order of Era Mina bound all the beasts of myth and legend into the pages of a single tome. They called the prison they had created the Hollow Earth - a nightmare world built to keep our world safe. Over centuries, their Order grew strong: the men and women with the power to bind and animate the magic of this world learned to live in secret among us, watched over by their constant companions, the Guardians. Each Animarus was tasked with the protection of this world. Each Guardian was tasked with the protection of an Animarus. And in time the history of the Order was forgotten, their relics lost, and the Hollow Earth became nothing but a story.
Now, twelve-year-old twins Matt and Emily Calder are about to discover this world for themselves...

Hollow Earth was a bit of a surprise for me, I don't know why I expected a different style but I did. It is a great book though I find I need a break now & then because the style seems a little dry to me. It puts me in mind of the droning voice of a teacher more than lively storytelling. That is probably just me.

Also it is a young adult book so it is possible that I heard teacher but they would hear storyteller.

I love the premise and it is a quick read. I am interested enough that I have read the second and will read the third one in the series if only to find out if they do find Hollow Earth.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Chasing dreams

LOL such a fanciful title and not indicative of where my mind is right now, least I don't think it is.

I heard myself say "I like routine" today. If you have been following my blog for awhile or read any of my earlier posts you will know how strange that seemed to me.

I have, since I was old enough to walk on my own, been an explorer, curiosity has always been my biggest failing.

Is it a failing? Not so much but it has lead me down some interesting paths in the last 50 odd years. So when did I decide I needed to have a routine to be comfortable? Not sure about that either.

It may have begun when the fibro cut me off of most of the activities I liked. Exploring Toronto was just about the happiest I'd ever been. The last day I felt that way sticks in my head still.

I'd started out with a map and a plan. I was excited because it was a trail I'd never been on before. I don't know how long I walked before my back began giving me trouble but I do know that by the time I found a bus stop my back was a frozen, muscle locked, deep pain. The bus ride home was excruciating and I popped four Tylenol when I did get there. Plus a lot more and had a hot shower before the pain finally reached a reasonable level.

That was when I made an appointment with my doctor. That visit was when he diagnosed me with Fibro and proved it by giving me an example with one of my arms. I had been having pain off and on for awhile and fatigue had always been an issues because of the Dysthimia, I just figured it was normal for a 47 year old with depression issues. Since then I have been babying myself, not pushing my body in any way because I feared that pain.

When menopause started a couple of years later I lost my interest in sex which for 30 odd years had been my central focus. I found myself getting scatterbrained spending whole weeks just playing Farmville and Solitaire on my computer. I was 53 or 54 when I decided enough was enough and I started concentrating on creating daily routines so I did other things besides play games and read.

Now ten years later I'm at a point where I feel I need to change things up a little more. Physical activity for exercise is boring but this past week I rediscovered my happiness in exploring. During a business trip with the Professor I found that seeing new places and doing new things actually cheered me up and gave me a bit of my youthful glow back.

Obviously travelling on my own is a bit problematic but nothing says I cant't start checking out the trails around here and going into parts of the city where I haven't spent much time. All I gotta do is allow my curiosity to guide me once again. Besides the places I knew have all changed and I would like to see how.

The doctor will be pleased he's been after me to get more active since obesity was diagnosed as a disease. Yeah I'm obese, the scale says I am 100 pounds heavier than I should be. Not sure what that is in kilos I never really bothered to learn the metric system.

Anyway that's my thoughts for today ... hope you are having a good one

Monday, August 14, 2017

Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy for Reading Challenge 2017-August

Read an author with the same initials as you: Cherylann Marois - C.E. Murphy
Urban Shaman - eBook
This particular book has been on my to read list since the spring so I was glad that it worked for this months prompt.

The heroine, (yes, strong, female, my favorite type), is an odd mix of black Irish and native Indian. These both have strong mythologies and the heroines straddles both of them as does the story.

From page one I was engaged in the story, so much so that I read it in one day. I simply could not stop!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I feel all fidgity and tired at the same time and I don't think it is the fault of the gelato. I was babysitting this morning for a few hours then had to mail out some letters. I bought ice cream and the bus was taking too long to come so I walked home.

I feel like I should work on some of the swaps I have coming up but nothing is due for a week and it only takes a few hours to make something suitable. At the same time my bed is calling my name.

Think I will lay down for a bit even though it is nearly 4 pm. Maybe I'll feel better afterwards

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mental Struggles

Have you ever had a memory or a thought take up residence in your mind and refuse to go away?

I am having such a struggle with myself at the moment. The worst thing is that it is a matter of jealousy and anger.

I love my husband but he is a wuss where his brother is concerned, (sorry hon but it's true), and that has caused some friction between us on occasion. Since their mother came to live with them I have refused to spend my usual week a month at his place. It was only a few days ago that I figured out why.

When I moved to be closer to my job it appeared that I had left my husband but I hadn't not really we just took a small breather. When I came back I did not feel like I belonged there, not really, and it only got worse which is why I jumped at the chance to leave a second time.

I made a simple request a room where I could do my crafts. I need natural light and I put forward two options, the spare room or the day room. Both of these were vetoed by his brother and I ended up in a dark basement room surrounded by computer bits.

It hurt me really badly that he refused to fight for what I needed instead of bowing to his brother. Now that his mother is there she has all the things I needed. A room of her own to do with as she pleases and a bedroom. OK I didn't want a bedroom of my own but the other, I needed it.

It is kind of pathetic but I feel a little jealous because she is sure of her place in the house and in their lives, I have not been sure of anything for a long time. I also worry what she thinks of my arrangement with Rob, it is the opposite to what she had with her husband.

Anger and jealousy can make fools of us all I guess. I want to be brave but I am not sure I have it in me.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Let's Get Organized - Email Swap

Time to do something about the clutter that seems to accumulate! For this swap, you will commit to cleaning up and clearing out any one area of your home or office, inside or out.
Do you have a junk drawer, messy craft room, overstuffed closet, tool shed that's a hot mess?
You will take before and after pictures of the area you clean, and email the pictures to your partners. Please take at least 2 pictures before you clean up, and 2 pictures after. Include a short paragraph about the project.
I hope this motivates you to tackle a job you've been putting least that's what I'm hoping for myself. Nothing like the accountability of having a deadline looming to make sure you get going on a project!
I chose to work on taming my collection of envelopes and stuff. My main goal is to make my in/out tray a productive tool instead of a catch all.

Before Photo
After Photo

The second part was a bag I'd been throwing stuff into instead of putting things away.

Before Photo
After Photo

The biggest chore of all is this milk crate that has become the dwelling place of everything I don't have space for.  My aim is to empty it as I had done the others so that it could be used for something else.

Before Photo
After Photo
Everything has now found a new home and my craft stuff is more organized though I still need to go through those other two boxes. My biggest headache, that crate is done.

Monday, May 29, 2017

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

Post 501 if it matters to anyone but me :). I am proud of that even if it has taken me six years to get here.

Welcome to my blog!

My goals for this month were: I need to design some labels for my label bags and I want to complete or at least get the backing for my first big weaving project done.

The labels were the easiest of course since that is computer work. I ended up with something very simple:
Address label with line-drawing Rose

The weaving took a lot longer but I expected it to as I had set the size of the frame to 9" x 12" and the background yarn was only a medium weight.

Half way done the backing

The back is now complete

The design elements
I chose the Autumn colour scheme because I was born in October and I love those colours. The design yarns are also in that colour scheme. Though the green has the most texture, orange and black and red and brown are also in there.

This is what it looks like today:

Design in Progress
I do not have an image in mind it is all done without forethought. I think it looks cool but others my feel differently. I am about half way through my tub of design elements so this is the design half done. :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My favourite picture of the month April

The Professor with two of our grandchildren
This was the first time they had ever sat on his knee. Up until now they were very wary of him as they saw him seldom. This and the paintings made this Easter extra special for me!

The first green I saw this year
This stump is outside my window and I was so happy to see green after so many months of grey and white.

Something that made me happy in April!

This year I took charge of the Easter celebration with my daughter because I had a plan I wanted to carry out.

For the meal I brought a huge meal deal from KFC
20 pc with two salads french fries and gravy. It was a big hit!

The next thing I did was pull out paint, brushes and canvases and asked each child to make me a painting to hang on my wall as a keepsake.

The Tools
The Results
Now all I need to do is get them hung!. I have paintings from the older two and will be adding them as well. I think the oldest girl (4) shows the most promise but the baby girl is too young to know yet, The boys all went for abstracts of the three of them I am torn as to which shows the most promise. I am not good with abstracts

I have my keepsake and my grandchildren had a good time what more can one ask for!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

MCM: Reading Through The Alphabet #3- C

Chinatown Beat (A Detective Jack Yu Investigation #1)

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Detective Jack Yu is assigned to the Chinatown precinct as the only officer of Chinese descent. He investigates a series of attacks on children and a missing mistress, shifting between the world of street thugs and gangs and the Chinatown of the rich and powerful.

Detective Jack Yu grew up in Chinatown. Some of his friends are criminals now; some are dead. Jack has just been transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white. Unlike the others, confused by the residents who speak another language even when they’re speaking English, Jack knows what’s going on.

He is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly and respected leader of the charitable Hip Ching Society and member of the Hong Kong-based Red Circle Triad, is gunned down. Jack learns that benevolent Uncle Four had a gorgeous young mistress imported from Hong Kong. And she is missing.

To solve these crimes, Jack turns to an elderly fortune teller, an old friend of his, in addition to employing modern police methods. This debut mystery powerfully conveys the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown, as well as the attitudes of its inhabitants.

Before I started this book I had never read anything by this author, but his name started with a "C" and it was a mystery/detective story which is a genre I like.

It took a lot of getting used to because it is written from a NYC Chinese point of view which made it seem like an alien world to me. After I just let it flow into my mind though it was evocative and kinda scary.

Both the prejudice Jack Yu encounters in daily life from all sides and the attitudes the people of the area are different and is quite sad. Prejudice is alive and well.

I have decided to continue with the series as once I let myself flow into the book it did carry me to a very different and interesting life.

Monday, April 24, 2017

ESG: A typical thing

For this swap you will take 5 pictures of different things you feel are typical from your country/state/city.
This is a wheelchair ramp, this style is typical of the ramps people have that require them. In the area where I live maybe one house in 10 has one. That is because a lot of older folks come here from Toronto.
These are cedar trees and they are our most common evergreen. They are valued for their scent and that it takes a lot to kill one.
Right now everywhere you look the trees are putting out new leaves. This is typical of spring around here.
The garbage can I suspect you recognize but that blue thing on top maybe not. The blue bins as they are nicknamed are the bins we use for our recycling. Most every home has at least one, some have as many as three, depending on if they sort the different materials we recycle or not.
While one of these in someones back yard is unusual, these bottles are quite popular in smaller offices and homes. It is a typical water bottle for a water cooler.

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.