Please VOTE!

Hello again,

As some may know, we have a Provincial election happening in Alberta. Some people are very invested in what is happening while others seem to not care at all. I am one who follows it all quite closely because I feel it affects me directly. I think it affects us all directly.

I think that it is incredibly important to vote and it is a privilege to be allowed to vote. I am tired of hearing people complain that there isn’t anyone worth voting for or they don’t care who gets in. I get frustrated when I see that people want to spoil their ballot or not vote at all in protest. Maybe if we would all take voting seriously and vote the best people in/the least of the evils, the politicians would see that we care and maybe they would do a better job of being accountable. Right now, it probably seems like people don’t care or don’t notice what happens so they can do what ever they want to do. Or politicians feel they can be lazy and it won’t matter because not enough people care to vote them out. Why should they try to be the best they can be if we make it obvious that we just don’t care? There is no reason for them to be better than the next guy. Right? It is like with the PC Party. They seem to figure that they will continue to get voted in no matter what they do. They think there are no consequences for their actions because no one is going to vote any different. But I think that people have actually finally had enough and want change. If you want someone accountable and worth voting for, maybe you need to take the first step and show the politicians that you care what they do and they need to do a job worth getting voted back in for. I know that politicians will always be less than honest and all of that, but maybe, just maybe they might try harder if we show that we care about what kind of job they do. I would think that Not voting means nothing to them and spoiling your ballot is just silly in my opinion. How will that actually change anything?

I am not here to tell you who to vote for. You will not see me calling anyone names for who they choose to support. But I may call a person out on not voting at all. There are countries where people do not have the option to vote. They would probably give anything (even their lives) to have the opportunity to have a say in who is in their government or change who is in power. Would any of us risk our lives to vote? I know this will likely not sway anyone to vote who wasn’t planning on it but I have to say something. I have to try to convince even one person to vote who wasn’t going to. I can not sit by and keep quiet. Thanks for taking time to read this and I hope you take the time to vote.

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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 22

Hello again,

Here is the list for this week.

1. Snow. Yes I am actually thankful for the snow…. this week anyways. :) We had lost most of the snow and our perennials didn’t have enough snow to keep them covered so we needed snow. We got it this week. :)

2. My books. This week I got the books I had ordered for myself for Christmas and I am so grateful for my books. I have a lot and it is nice to have the selection that I have. :) I am so grateful for the ability to buy the books that I have bought and to get the good deals on the books that I do.

3. That every day isn’t a bad day. Yesterday was a very bad day physically for me and it made me grateful that every day isn’t like that. So I guess I am also thankful for the bad days because they remind me of the good days and make me more grateful for them.

4. My toque and scarf. I have a favorite toque and scarf that I have been very grateful for this week. It has been incredibly cold for the majority of the past week.

5. Catnip. My cat is so funny when he plays with catnip toys. It is amusing to watch and makes me laugh every time. He will only play with catnip toys as well so I am grateful to have something that keeps him moving. Plus I enjoy the time I spend with him when we play together.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post. :)

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Posted by on January 9, 2015 in Gratitude challenge Extended


Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 21

Hello again,

Another year gone and a new one has just begun…. I am looking forward to what ever lies ahead in this coming year. This week has been interesting just like every other week it seems. :) I hope you have had a great Christmas and new year. :) Here is my list for this week.

1. A very productive visit to the chiropractor. I have had pain in my lower back for a couple of weeks and he was able to fix it which was so nice. It was rather frustrating dealing with it on top of everything else. I was so thankful to have that pain go away. :)

2. Getting chosen to review a new book by Daniel Patterson who is a great Christian author. I get to read through it for free and post a review on Amazon.

3. Another brand new year to start fresh once again. I know that each day is a new day to start fresh as well but there is something wonderful about starting a new year. It feels like a brand new chapter in my life. I love using it as a time to reflect on the past year and to look at the year ahead and make plans. Not resolutions though but plans and goals. New Year resolutions just get broken so I don’t do those. I am grateful for 2014 and all that I learned and did this past year.

4. A warm house to live in. The past week has been both quite cold and warm. We have had -30 as well as +2 this week. The -30 temps always serve as a great reminder how blessed I am to live in a warm house.

5. My family. We may not always get along but I am grateful for them and the good times we have had, as well as the support I have received from my family. Reflecting on the year reminds me of what really matters and my family matters a lot to me.

Thanks for reading my blog!

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Posted by on January 2, 2015 in Gratitude challenge Extended


Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 20

Hello again,

This past week was a very busy one with Christmas which is why I am late with writing this post. I apologize for that. I enjoyed Christmas this year as I do every year. Here is my list.

1. Lunch with my dad at A&W. My dad is very busy so getting time with him can be quite tough.

2. Free chocolate. Yes free! I combined the checkout 51 deal with a sale at London Drugs to get free m&ms and twix. :) 20 packages in total. I got 4 x buy 5 packages and get 5.00 off on Checkout 51 and London Drugs had the M&Ms and twix on sale for .99. I was so excited! I only paid .80 in GST. I am quite thankful for that because it was exciting and I love M&Ms and twix. :)

3. Days are getting longer again! We had our shortest day on December 21 and now the days are slowly getting longer again. The shortest day here has 7hrs and 41min of daylight. So it is exciting and wonderful when the days start lengthening again.

4. The first day of spring is now less than 3 months away. :) Of course, winter stays past the first official day of spring but things are starting to melt by this point usually. :) I am so thankful that winter does end each year and spring comes.

5. A wonderful Christmas with my family. We celebrated Christmas on December 26 so everyone could be here and it went really well. I got to spend a lot of quality time with my nephews as well which is really nice because they are growing up so fast and I don’t manage to see them as often as I would like.

Thanks for reading my blog! I really appreciate you taking time to read it. :)


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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Gratitude challenge Extended


Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 19

Hello again,

Despite the fact that I keep thinking today is Thursday, I managed to realize it is actually Friday and made it on here to write my post and it is on time this week! :) So here is my list for the week. :)

1. Realizing that a towel laid on the windshield keeps the frost off. I have a hard time scraping my car windows because of my back. So I have had a difficult time this winter dealing with frosty windows pretty much every morning I have to go in. I decided to try draping a towel over the windshield because it was all I had available last night. Surprisingly it worked! I didn’t have to scrape the windshield. :) I am so incredibly thankful for that. :)

2. My back is better than it was a week ago. Last Friday was horrible. Slowly it has been getting back to normal or I guess what I consider “normal” until I get surgery.

3. My cat makes me laugh. This week especially. He seems to know what makes us laugh and seems to do it to get us to laugh. Maybe I am incorrect but I think he likes making us laugh.

4. The beautiful frost this week. I love frost as long as it isn’t on my car. ;) I was able to go outside for a bit and take some photos of the frost which has been super thick and gorgeous this week.

5. Redbox. For those that don’t know, Redbox has kiosks that you can rent movies from. I have always walked past them but never tried to rent a movie from one. I signed up recently for emails from them and got a code for a free movie on Thursday. It is super easy to use and you can’t beat a free movie. :)

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

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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Gratitude challenge Extended


Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 18

Hello again,

This post is definitely late and I apologize. I have spent most of the past few days unable to be up much due to my back and writing on here also kind of slipped my mind a bit. But better late than never right? So here is my list.

1. For all the things I have that take my mind off of the pain when it gets bad. Music, television shows/movies, and books are all examples of what I love to use to focus on when the pain is really bad so I don’t notice the pain so much. I have used them excessively the past few days to deal with the pain that has been quite high. I finally watched the second hunger games on Netflix, read through 2 books and listened to a lot of music. :) I don’t know what I would do with out the distractions.

2. FINALLY getting winter tires!!! My goodness could any company/store have taken any longer to order something for me? Sorry. I am supposed to be thankful. lol Now I won’t slide so easily. I actually got stuck on our driveway the day I went in to pick up the tires. lol tires hit the ice and just started spinning and sliding. I have never had all season tires that are so useless on ice. They are what came with the car when I bought it so they are probably not great tires. But I have great winter tires now and that will make a huge difference for driving. :)

3. Getting through the week. I was supposed to have surgery this week that would fix the pain that has kept me down. It was canceled. Quite disappointing. To be honest, I fought back tears on Monday when I thought about the surgery I would have had. It felt like all the stuff I was hoping for was taken away. I know it will still happen, just later than expected but it was still disappointing.

4. PInterest humour. I am sure I have mentioned this already but it really helped me this week as it does every week. :) Also things friends share on facebook that are funny are so helpful to make the day brighter. :) No matter how bright or bad your day is, humour is always wonderful. :)

5. Baking. I don’t know exactly what it is but I tend to feel better emotionally when I bake. Maybe just the act of feeling that I accomplished something or maybe it is something else. But I enjoy baking and sharing it with people. :) Today I was able to do some which was nice. :)

Thanks for reading my blog. I really appreciate it!

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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in Gratitude challenge Extended


My Review of Canadian Tire Auto Service

Hello again,

After my experience with Canadian Tire, I really felt the need to share how I was treated but I didn’t want to just post a rant about it. No one likes reading rants. At least I don’t think so. So I feel it is better if I keep my cool and share this experience as a review instead. As you may have already figured out, I am far from happy. I would like to share now why I am quite unsatisfied with the Canadian Tire service I received.

I have researched winter tires and different stores that offer them for quite a while now. I wanted to choose the right place to buy them from and not end up paying more than I should or have a bad experience. Although I guess research should include reviews of the store as well which I didn’t think about doing sadly. I found that Canadian Tire offered sales on good tires and had a payment plan that I could pay for the tires over 18 months. I liked that. Overall, most places were about the same price and I thought Canadian TIre would be a good place to go. The payment plan was what drew me to Canadian Tire in the end because buying tires isn’t cheap by any means and I don’t have a lot of money to spare.

So I walked in to Canadian Tire on November 8th of this year to order them. They had a 20x points event that day which is why I went then. I was pretty clueless about tires and what was best. So I asked some questions and I had to run out to my car a couple of times to check things for them like what number was on the side of the tires. I wanted rims with my tires so they could be switched a lot easier each time and it is also much cheaper to do because you can do it yourself. Apparently, they had run out of rims so they had to order some in for me. I asked how long it would take and was told usually around 4 business days. I thought that wasn’t too bad and ordered them. Had I known it would take over a month to get them, I would have gone with someone else right then and there. Yes. Over a month. I had to prepay for the rims so I did get around 20.00 in points or Canadian Tire money as it is called.

I waited patiently for the first week and expected a call of some kind in the week that followed. No call came. So almost 2 weeks after I had initially gone in there, I tried calling to see what was happening. I was told that they had rims coming on the truck and I would get a call the next day. Well that wasn’t too bad I thought. I never got a call the next day. Or any time in the next week either. I had very little patience by this point. 3 weeks and still no winter tires. I tried calling again 3 weeks after I had ordered the tires. This time, I waited on hold for probably 10 minutes before finally hanging up. I had better things to do with my time. My dad offered to stop by there the next day and I was all for it. My dad gets results. :) Although he didn’t have much luck either and told me just to cancel the order. After all, I had back surgery the next week and I couldn’t really wait any longer. But my back surgery was canceled unfortunately so I gave them a little more time. I called again on December 6th to cancel my order and get my money back but I apparently couldn’t do that over the phone.

On December 8th (monday of this week), I walked in to the store and told them I was canceling my entire order. I wasn’t waiting around any longer. This is ridiculous. He tried to get me to put the winter tires on my current rims and I was completely against that because it is quite expensive each time and I don’t want them touching or messing with my good rims. I have heard stuff about Canadian Tire in the mean time and I don’t want to take any chances. I got quite mad and really let the guy know that either I get my rims and my tires or I will cancel my order and there is no way I am taking anything else or paying extra money to have tires switched on my one set of rims. After letting him know this, he conveniently remembered that a shipment of 11 rims came in a few days earlier. Funny how he didn’t remember that before I threatened to walk out. I wish I had threatened to go elsewhere sooner. Maybe I would have had winter tires sooner. It is funny how getting frustrated and raising your voice a bit can help people to remember items that are in the back. He obviously needed the help as well since he couldn’t remember about the rims that he had before I let him know I was serious about wanting my money back to go elsewhere.

Today I actually discovered a website called and basically laughed that people hate the store so much that there is a site dedicated to how much it sucks. There is a section specifically for the auto service centre. I wish I had found that before going there. My dad told me already awhile ago never to let Canadian tire do any work on my vehicle but I didn’t know the service for buying rims was so bad too. I urge everyone who reads this to consider going elsewhere for tires and auto service if you don’t already. I tried to email Canadian Tire as well about what was going on and that proved to be pointless as well. Do not go there. Just because it is called Canadian TIRE doesn’t mean they are a good choice for tires. If you want more reasons to avoid the store, just go to the website I shared. I will gladly pay a bit more if it means I will receive better service in the future.

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Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Review


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