July 25, 2011

Summer Activities

Summer fun for everyone.  Here's the highlights of the past week...

Cleaning up bedrooms and getting rid of stuff we don't use anymore.  Like this guitar.  Anyone in the Cold Lake area need a guitar?  Anyone?

Getting my nails done in a new fun summer way.  Thanks Brandy from Kix!

Adding something I've always wanted to the backyard.  A new-to-me water barrel from my friend Teresa.  Thanks again!  A storm that night filled it too.  Yay!

Making treats with my young man.  Great job in the kitchen Dan.

Harvesting lettuce from our garden to offset the cookies.

Watching this guy find his creativity again.  He has always drawn so close to the paper. I wondered if he had a visual impairment when he was younger and now I know it's just his intensity.  PS...I love the freckles.

There is so much more but these are my favorite photos that I remembered to take.  Mike built me a foot rinsing station outside and filled it with stream rocks too.  He is awesome.  I bet you're jealous.

Summer camps are done and everyone is back home.  Tanned and looking a slight bit taller.

We have tickets to our first football game this Friday in Edmonton.  Edmonton vs Toronto.  This should be fun.  Then we are off to Drumheller for a dinosaur visit.  

What are you doing with your free time?

July 18, 2011


What is a great way to teach your children to give to
their community and to those in need? 
Get them to volunteer.

Luckily my daughter Meaghan loves animals and asked me earlier this year to volunteer at the Humane Society.  Since she is only 10 she needs an adult to go with her.  Hence "we" get to volunteer when time permits.  Lately we have taken in a few dogs to foster so that they get  a break from the cages as well as an opportunity for our dog to socialize.

This past weekend we did something we don't usually do.  We fostered puppies.  They were brought in on Thursday and cannot be adopted for 10 days.  

A. Dor - A- Ble

I was hesitant at first but Meaghan did amazing.  She stayed up when they whined and cleaned up after them quickly with no complaining.  I was so proud.  Man, they poop and pee a lot.  We got Rico when he was older so I never went through this with him.  The poor babies had worms too, which I also had never dealt with.  Good thing the kids were on "pick up" duty.

Today they go back to the Humane Society so that they can find their forever homes.  All good puppies and all a treat to take care of....and then hand back.

If you are looking to volunteer or just want to take home a great pet, please visit the Lakeland Humane Society in Cold Lake, Alberta or one close to you.  You won't regret it, and neither will your children.

July 11, 2011

Stress Cleaning

When I need to think stew about something or just want a little space, you can usually find me cleaning or organizing something.  I think this is how I became a Professional Organizer in the first place.  

This weekend I was under a little stress and felt the need to get some things in order.  I worked on the budget, which helped me focus a bit more.  Then worked on the gardens which just makes me want to cook more.  (Tons of lettuce, spinach and mesclun mix is up!)  Then I tackled the garage.  I have been putting off the garage because it is grimy work.  At the end I had a huge pile of recycling to go out and a good pile of garbage too.  Whew!  Not to mention that I had breathed through some thoughts and feelings.

On top of it all, I spotted some trees that were cut down across the street for the new electrical lines going underground.  Well.  I had a thought of upcycling one or two for my backyard.  So over went with the vehicle and picked out a couple.  One proudly sits at the front door for a seat and the other is my new end table in the backyard for my plants and decor.  (I'll take a photo today now that the rain has stopped for a minute)

I slept well last night.  

Next time you need time to think a few things through, dig into a pile of stuff you are avoiding.  You are productive and can figure out how "important" those stressors really are.

July 5, 2011

Running List

As I am getting ready to road race again I am reading a few great books:
Triathlon 101 and The Thrive Diet
I'm sure there are some updated versions around too.

One of the exercises is to write out 50 reasons to Run and if you can 100.  This is to keep you motivated on those days you don't want to get up and out. 
So here's my list:

I'm 40. I need a challenge. I need a goal. To do something with my husband. To be alone. For weight control. To say I did it. To be a good example. For the end. For the beginning. For the celebration. For the attention. For the music. To be in a crowd. To get off facebook. To get off Pinterest. To get off my butt. To share my success. To get abs. To make a point. To see my results. To improve my pace. For strength. To calm my demons. To forget. To get rid of the "should have, would have, could have". To be with friends. To be a part of something.  To be healthy.  To stay healthy. The rain won't melt me.  The snow won't kill me.  There is an indoor track near me. There is a trail beside my house. To breathe easy. So I can eat pasta.  So I can eat cheese. So I can drink ice tea. So I can eat treats. So I can eat pizza.  To sit and relax on my days off. Because the glass is half empty.  Because the glass is half full.  I'm 40

What are your reasons to run?

July 3, 2011

Just Breathe

It has been a busy few weeks.

Mike was away.  Taking another helicopter to Montreal with an airshow stop along the way.

The kids finished school.  Great grades and effort for everyone.  I can't believe I have a child going into junior high next year. 
The weather was wet to say the least so I ran outside during a short break in the rain and put grass seed on the lawn.  It has since gotten much greener.
One night we had a storm creep up on us that brought this:

Yup.  That is hail bigger than marbles.  I just went back inside and didn't look until morning.  Last time we lost the gardens and had huge holes punched into the greenhouse.  This time....nothing.  It was like it never happened. Awesome!

Mike got home and had to do a parade the following day.  Change of Command.  For the first time I was escorted to the front seating.  It was so nice to see him in his dress uniforms.  I rarely see him out of his relish.

He's dead centre being passed by the big guys.  Sorry about the light.  The hangar door was open to the right and I don't know how to take photos in that light.

The airshow went by and Canada Day too.  Here's what my wonderful husband made for me over the last few days:

 Right outside my back door so we have a place to relax in the shade.  Dan brought me the tree stumps for my planters and the rock was dug up by Mike.  I love it.

So you can see that I have been taking it easy...ha ha.

We are going to embrace the summer and all it's activities.  Take each day at a time and take photos.