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Gratitude Challenge Extended: week 7

Hello again,

This week has been a busy and eventful one. :) One of the highlights has been having a couple over that my dad knew when he first came to Canada when he was 18. They had not seen each other since before my dad met my mom so I think it was quite a nice reunion for them and I got to meet two really nice people. :) They came yesterday and left today so we got to visit a lot. :) That is one of the reasons I left writing this post until now. So here is this week’s list. :)

1. No Snow this week!!!! Wow it has been such a turn around weather wise from last week to this week. The snow last week was quite a strong reminder of what is just around the corner. But I am so thankful that it didn’t stay and we have had some really great weather again this week. :)

2. Meeting a wonderful couple this week and I hope we will manage to stay in touch. :)

3. Amazon ships to our door now. We live out in the country and for the longest time we couldn’t get anything shipped right to our door. Now Amazon seems to use UPS all the time now (at least for us) so it comes right to our door step and I don’t have to go in to town to pick it up still. It is so incredibly convenient!!!

4. Celebrating birthdays with friends. This past Sunday my family and I were invited to come celebrate a birthday with friends of our family. It was wonderful to catch up and celebrate this person on their birthday. It was fun. :)

5. SUTP books!!! The new SUTP books are out again and it is so exciting getting the new coupon book. :) This past year we saved so much money using the coupons.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post! I really appreciate it!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Gratitude challenge Extended

 

Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 6

Hello again,

It is crazy to think I am already on week 6 as it feels like just a couple of weeks ago that I started doing this. Time really does fly by doesn’t it? Here are the 5 things I am grateful for this week.

1. Our greenhouses. We have 2 permanent greenhouses and one temporary one that goes up in the fall to cover the tomatoes. I am so grateful for them because they stayed above freezing when we got a low of -6 this week. Although I think it may have gotten colder here since we live out in the country.

2. Electricity. We had a planned power outage (Fortis had to turn it off to work on something) for almost 7 hours this past Sunday and it really reminded me how much we use it for day-to-day stuff. Funny how losing something for a bit reminds you of how much you appreciate it.

3. Warm bed to snuggle in. This week was quite chilly. We had snow falling for about 3 days. We still have some snow left on the ground right now as I type. It is almost gone though. But I really appreciated being able to climb into a warm bed at night and be nice and cozy. Getting up each morning reminded me how warm my bed is because it was so chilly in my room. It always makes me thankful for my bed as I get up and feel the chill in the air.

4. The ability to rest when I need it. I realize I don’t always rest when I should but I have the option to do it if I want to. I am grateful for that. Some people don’t have that option.

5. Cooler weather. While I love the heat and sunshine, I also enjoy cooler weather. I get to curl up in a warm blanket by the crackling fire with a good book. I love snuggling in blankets. Something so comforting about that and I miss it over the summer because you can’t do that when it is hot. lol Well I suppose it is possible if you don’t mind cooking. lol

It never ceases to amaze me how many things there are to be grateful for. Even if it feels like my life is falling apart around me, there is still stuff to be thankful for. Doing this each week is fun. I like sharing this stuff. :) I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing it. :)

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Grey Hairs

Hi again,

Today I want to discuss a topic that has been on my mind lately. Grey hair… or hairs I suppose. I have grey hair already. Not a full head of grey hair but a fairly substantial amount is turning grey. It started after my first back surgery back in 2007. Apparently the stress that my body was under started turning my hair prematurely grey. I don’t know if that is correct or not but it makes sense. I recently saw an episode of Dr. Quinn where someone tried dying their grey hair and which caused me to think about grey hair a bit more. I also saw someone today that has let her hair go grey this year and I thought she looked great which got me thinking even more about it. My thoughts are about whether it is a bad thing to have grey hair visible? At my age?

I was only 24 when I started getting grey hair if I am doing correct math. I don’t care if you know my age. I am not someone who is ashamed of my age or needs to keep it secret. At least not yet. ;) At the time, I was shocked and horrified that I was getting grey hair. I mean I hadn’t even reached my quarter life crisis yet! Apparently that is a real thing now and supposedly I went through it too. lol Thankfully because of my natural hair colour, it isn’t obvious that I have grey hairs unless you look closely. I slowly got used to it and accepted it. Sort of. I discovered hair colour which has been quite fun so I suppose I haven’t entirely accepted it if I am covering it up. Recently however, I had let my natural colour grow out mainly because I haven’t had a chance to colour it. I didn’t really care that my grey hair was visible and I enjoyed not having to worry about the roots being a different colour. Anyways, someone in my family (that will remain nameless) noticed how much grey hair I have now and they have been bugging me to colour my hair again. Maybe they just miss my hair being a different colour though. I got tired of them saying I should colour my hair so I did. I went really drastic. I thought that should satisfy them. It did. I am not doing it to please anyone, I just got tired of listening to the suggestions and it is fun for me to go different colours. For about a week though, I got a bit of a shock each time I looked in the mirror. lol

I have to admit I actually don’t know the normal age to start getting grey hair. I don’t know when women start colouring their hair out of necessity rather than for fun. I am bombarded with messages in the media that I am supposed to colour my hair to cover the grey hair. But why? Why is it so important to hide grey hair? I am not against colouring hair. I find it fun and I do it myself. But why are we colouring our hair to cover up the grey hair? I need to say here that I don’t think it is wrong to cover grey hair if you want to. I am not saying people shouldn’t. Feel free to do what you want to do. I won’t judge. I am just wondering why we want to cover the grey hair. I am curious. Is it the pressure to do it? Because I know there is a lot of pressure to do it and to look a certain way (don’t get me started on the whole thigh gap thing and all the other things the media bombards girls with about how we should look). Are we ashamed of looking older? Do we think grey hair looks bad? Do we even know the reason we do things sometimes? Is it one of those things that you just do because everyone else does it? Is it something we do for ourselves so we feel better about ourselves? I know I do it because I get bored with the same colour and I make subtle changes every time. But in some ways I feel I should be covering the grey hair as well. So if anyone reads this and has thoughts or opinions to share, I would love to hear them. :) Thanks as well for reading my blog. :)

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Randomness

 

Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 5

Hello again,

I think I really need to set reminder alarms to do these posts because I tend to forget. This week I suppose I can blame it on being sick and my mind being extremely foggy. I almost completely forgot to do this today but I guess I am barely getting it done still on Friday. :) Here are the 5 things I am very grateful for this week.

1. Thunder storms with no hail. We had another thunderstorm this past Friday night and I enjoyed it even more because it could very well be the last one of the season. It is getting to that time of the year where thunderstorms are getting less and less likely. It was also very nice to not have any hail.

2. Fresh zucchini. We finally got some zucchini this week. I planted it quite late so it is ready very late. I almost wasn’t sure if we would get any but we did and it is very good. :) I adore fresh zucchini from the garden and we haven’t grown any for a few years so it is that much better this year to have some. :)

3. Kleenex. Having a bad cold this week has reminded me how wonderful it is to have nice soft tissues to use. :) Not necessarily Kleenex brand but soft tissues of any brand. But the brand right now is Kleenex brand because it was the stuff on sale cheap at some point. lol

4. In Floor heating. Yes I caved and turned on the in floor heat at one point this past week. It was so chilly and just got too cold. Warm floors are so wonderful to walk on. :)

5. a Bountiful crop of apples. This year we had a ton of apples on our crab apple tree. It took a lot to pick and I even fell out of the tree at one point trying to pick the apples but it was worth it. :) We have probably around 60 cups of apple pie filling now and who knows how many cups of applesauce and we even gave apples away as well. I was happy to see some of the apples go to other people so I didn’t have to deal with them all. lol

Thanks for reading my blog!

 

Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 4

Hello again,

Today I am thankful that I chose to continue on with the challenge like this because my week has been nasty and doing this helped me get through. With this challenge, I am even more careful to keep my eyes open for the good that happens so that I can share about it at the end of the week for my weekly post. Doing this keeps me more focused on the positive which helps me get through the negative stuff easier. I won’t get in to specifics but this week I felt like it was one thing after another and I admit it was tough to get through. But the wonderful thing is that no matter how bad things get, there is always something positive to hold on to. So that is what I did when it felt like everything was falling apart and I was struggling with stuff. I hope now that the worst of it is over. :) I am just getting to this now because I have been sick today but I didn’t want to miss posting on Friday so I am here. :) Here are the 5 things I am grateful for this week:

1. Our Apple trees surviving the vole damage and producing fruit despite “professionals” saying that would be impossible. I have been harvesting the apples for the past week (since last Friday) and cooking them in to pie filling to freeze and use in desserts over the next year. We love the pie filling that we make with the apples and it would be missed terribly if we didn’t have it this year. I am surprised and grateful at how many apples we have as well. :)

2. That it hasn’t frozen yet. Last Friday we had our first close call with frost and we have had a few more nights with a risk of frost since then. But it hasn’t frozen yet and for that I am so incredibly grateful. It means that we don’t lose the apples, cherries or strawberries that we have yet to pick. The frost will not stay away forever but for now it has and I am so grateful. It has been a good reminder as well to get things picked because it possibly won’t be long now before it really does freeze.

3. Apple Pie. I have made 2 pies now since last Friday and there is something so wonderful about apple pie made from fresh picked apples from your own apple trees. Plus apple pie tastes so good! :)

4. Rain. This week we had a rainy day and I was asked by someone if I prefer sunshine or the rain. I said I love the sun but truth be told, I also love the rain. It waters all the plants and trees outside, it washes my car for free :) , and it gives me an opportunity to get things done inside that get left till I get an inside day which is a rainy day. :)

5. Hair Cuts. I got another hair cut yesterday. I am thankful for it because right now short hair equals less time spent on my hair. That means less pain for me when it hurts to do something like raise my arm to comb it because it is short enough that I basically don’t need to. :)

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate it! :)

 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Gratitude challenge Extended

 

Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 3

Hello again,

Sorry this is late but I sort of thought it was Thursday today. lol oops. I think I remembered just in time though what day it really is. :) It is still Friday even if it is Friday evening. :) I must admit that I had a tough week this week and I really didn’t feel like doing this still tonight. I wonder if anyone reads it and whether it is important to do if I would rather put it off till the next day. Would anyone actually notice? But I made a promise more to myself than anyone else (so the excuse that no one may notice is invalid) that I would do this so here I am…. even if it is almost the end of the day.

1. Visiting with Family. My sister, her husband and their 2 kids came to visit on the weekend and it was so much fun. :) I enjoyed playing with my 2 nephews and chatting with my sister and her husband.

2. Cloudy days. Yes I am thankful for cloudy days. :) They are the days that I can get things done inside and not miss nice weather outside. They are also days that it can be nice to be outside and not have to seek out the shade to escape from the heat of the sun. Not that I dislike the heat but sometimes it can be difficult to actually do much outside other than enjoy the heat and sunshine. :)

3. Calendars. the calendar sets me straight when I get the days mixed up. lol To be honest though, I find calendars very useful.

4. Weather warnings for risk of frost. I am so incredibly grateful to be able to know ahead of time when there is a risk of frost so I know when I need to cover the plants. I am hoping it doesn’t freeze though. I also love our old sheets that I can drape over things so they are a bit protected. :)

5. Making it through another week. Sometimes I am so grateful to see the end of the week and feel like I managed to pull myself through yet another week. This one was especially difficult but I made it through and that feels good.

Thanks for reading my post. I appreciate it. :)

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 2

Hello again,

I can not believe a week has already passed by! Crazy how time can fly sometimes and seem to stand still other times. :) Today I am sharing 5 more blessings in my life from this past week.

1. Supermoons and Meteor Showers. :) I decided to just lump these together since they sort of happened together. First the supermoon this week was amazing to see. :) I saw it and I was compelled to take a photo the one night. It was so beautiful. I sort of missed the meteors because of clouds on its peak night but I love them still. My older sister and I used to go outside and watch them and I enjoy reminiscing about that. :)

2. Summer heat. This year has been fantastic for heat which we haven’t felt in a few years if my memory is correct. I realize we have only maybe hit +30 a couple of times this year but it has been close so many times. We have a lot of humidity this year and if you factor in the humidex, we have gone beyond 30 a lot this year. I can not get enough of it. We live where we have snow for 6 months of the year, so we spend 6 months shivering and it makes the summer heat that much more enjoyable. Even if I am uncomfortable, I love it because it is better than being cold. :)

3. My eye glasses. It may seem like something small to mention but this week I had my glasses off for a few minutes and realized how little of my surroundings I could see clearly and enjoy without them. I would be unable to read or drive without them as well. I wouldn’t be able to see the flowers clearly either which is something I really enjoy taking time to look at.

4. My car. I have been extremely privileged to have my own vehicle to drive. It offers me independence to go where I need to go when I need to. I often think about how lucky I am to have it. It maybe isn’t the car itself that I am thankful for but what it provides for me. It isn’t a fancy car but a reliable car that gets me where I have to go. :)

5. My book collection. I basically have my own mini library of books I have bought over the years. I think I own close to 300 books. Between my mom and I, we own over 600. I have books that I love to reread sometimes and other books I haven’t read yet. I love being able to go to my book shelves and have a huge selection to choose from. I have been blessed to be able to collect so many books. Then there are my kindle books which I apparently have about 1000. Probably at least 95% were free. Amazon puts good books on for free for like a day or more. I stopped looking at the list of books that were on special though because I will likely never get to all the ebooks I have already acquired. lol This week I am reading through Ted Dekker books which are always amazing. :)

So that is my list for this week. I hope you enjoyed reading through it. Stay tuned for my Week 3 list next Friday! :)

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Gratitude challenge Extended

 
 
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