Camping at Killbear Park after 30 years!

This will be home for the next 5 days.

I’m finally taking a holiday after 5 years!!! We leave today at noon, we’re going camping at Killbear Provincial Park, I haven’t been there since I was about 13 or 14.

For the last few days I’ve been so excited that I’m already planning for next years trip, I just hope it’s as fun as I think it will be….

I bought a new bathing suit last night haven’t had one of those in a looonnnngggg time and after I tried it on I realized why!

Wish us luck, we have a new tent that we’ve never put up , may take awhile.

My beautiful Golden co worker

My co workers had been two beautiful Golden retrievers named Lincoln and Caddie short for Cadillac, we would keep each other company through the day and go for walks at lunch.  Lincoln and Caddie have both since passed away.  Lincoln was in his 17th year and Caddie passed very suddenly he was only 7.  I still miss them both, even as I’m writing this my eyes are welling up thinking about my buddies.

Lincoln and Caddie in the 2011 OSPCA Calendar.
Photos taken by Kirsten N.

I now have a new co-worker named BMR

That’s BMR on the left…I think.

He was the runt of the litter, and was so tiny when he came to his new home in Minett, we’ve spent a whole year and a bit together,  he spends most of his days monday to friday with me as the other two did,  and his other family on weekends and in the evening :).  

I still often forget who he belongs to :).

I remember carrying him outside  many,many times a day helping to house train him giving him a biscuit each time he went out.  We’d sit and play forever when “the boss” wasn’t around until he’d fall asleep in my lap while forcing me to organize my time very well. 

He’s very entertaining to have around and he’s great company, we  go for walks a lunch time and any other time we can fit them in. When I’m eating my lunch as I’m doing now he sits with his head on my lap just looking up at me…then gives up and lies on his blanket behind me and huffs, I could go on with the BMR stories but it would become a great big novel in no time.

I have had many co workers over the last few years and these dogs have been the best.  They love to see me everyday, enjoy my company, slobber and drool on me and listen to my jokes 🙂 and make me smile when I’m having a really crappy day.

Thanks Lincoln,Caddie and of course BMR.

Santa Pup BMR Christmas 2011

I’m just tired

Every so often I just get tired, tired of working, tired of cooking and cleaning, tired of the constant debates with the kids, tired of my responsibilities,  and tired of being so damn happy and positive all the time!

I am just tired today, my body feels heavy and I have aches and pains and my brain is not working to its usual full capacity 🙂 

No Mother I was not drinking last night!  I’m tired of that too.

So I think I’ll just go to bed .

I usually “Count my Blessings”  but am too tired for that as well.

Tommorow is a new day!

Kick in the crotch!!

I have a very close friend who often says “I could just give em a kick in the crotch!!”  when she gets angry, annoyed or frustrated with peoples rudeness and disrespect.  This is for Dorty:

Any time someone:

Oh I’m sorry did the middle of my sentence interup the start of yours? “kick in the crotch”

Puts their indicator on at the last-minute to turn the corner “kick in the crotch”

Doesn’t hold the door for you at the store,  just lets it go in your face or doesn’t say Thankyou for holding the door open them “kick in the crotch”

Races you to the last pack of  $1.99 cheese slices “kick in the crotch”

Talking loudly or eating bags of chips at the movie theatre “kick in the crotch”

Spits gum out of their mouth at the entry to the store right in front of you (for Paula) “kick in the crotch”

People blocking your way in the grocery isle even after you say “excuse me” pretending they don’t hear you. “kick in the crotch”

One of my biggest kick in the crotch moments would have to be…….Spitting I absolutely hate it when I see people spitting anywhere other than the bathroom sink! A definite “kick in the crotch” moment for me.  Just plain and simple rudeness drives me crazy and always deserves a “Kick in the crotch”!

Whats your kick in the crotch moment??

Something to think about:

Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”
Edmund Burke

To say “I’m sorry”

I think it’s very hard for many for people to admit when they’ve been wrong and to apologize, to say I’m sorry. Including myself

I received an apology from someone today and it meant so much to me.  I think it meant more to me because this “certain someone” often does not apologize or give out compliments freely or easily and it was truly from the heart.

It often doesn’t change what someone has said or done but it helps the hurt feelings feel smaller and makes you feel a bit brighter knowing that someone cares enough to say those two little words,

” I’m sorry “.

Fun Friday Cocktail – Guadalajara Sour

Guadalajara Sour

The bartender Michael Bowers has taken to garnishing this cocktail with a twist of grapefruit, which he squeezes away from the drink before dropping it in. “Grapefruit oil can be really overwhelming,” he said, “especially here, where its purpose is to augment the aroma of the rosé, not overtake it.”

I will be making this tonight!!  All my favorites in one and easy too!!

Ingredients

3/4 ounce lemon juice

1  3/4 oz Blanco Tequila 

3/4 ounce simple syrup – recipe below

 3/4 ounce chilled rosé.

Combine the tequila, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled rocks glass over fresh ice. Hold a spoon with its back side facing up on the surface of the drink and slowly pour the rosé over it.

 Yield: 1 drink.

 Simple syrup

 1 cup of sugar

Put the sugar into a saucepan with 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir a minute or two, until the sugar dissolves. Take off heat and cool to room temperature. Store in a very clean jar; any solid particles may cause crystals to form. Refrigerate, tightly covered, up to a month.

Yield: 1 1/4 cup

Note: Simple syrup may be made in larger or smaller quantities with the same ratio of water and sugar.

Memories and Melancholy

This is extremely funny and quite frankly eerie, my friend and fellow blogger Polysyllabic Profundities posted a story today called “A Flood of memories from a single smell” , I had been working on mine  and was just doing the final “tweaks” this morning before work and figured I’d finish it up over my lunch break today, I received an email that she had posted and there it was! I was floored!! I called her at work to tell her what happened and she suggested I post anyway.  She and I bump into each other once in a while at the gas station, grocery store but we don’t call each other everyday and discuss our blogs, thats what makes it kinda creepy,  I guess the saying is true as she said “Great minds think alike” 🙂

I spent the better part of Sunday with my family, we all met for a “picnic” at the long-term care facility which my Dad now calls home, they have a “Celebration room” that families can book for a couple of  hours so that the residents and their families can get together and enjoy a meal or celebrate a birthday, anniversary or just because.  We’ve booked this room for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and for the big 70th birthday my parents celebrated this year.  Each time we all get together we have so much fun my Mum and Dad usually  can’t stop laughing at how my brother sister and I have never grown up we still taunt and tease each other like we did when we were younger, my Mum usually ends up saying something like..( British accent) Show some decorum girls really! and leave your brother alone!   Pfffftttt leave my brother alone the golden boy are you kidding??

After our “picnic” we took Dad out for a walk to the park where the kids could play and we could visit.  My brother, sister and I were catching up, and I mentioned this feeling I’d had earlier in the week, I just wanted to be a kid again and have no responsibilities , have my meals prepared and snacks and to have my mum organize my days, and just have fun and then I started feeling really sad and crappy , missing those fun-filled (cliché) carefree days.  My sister said it probably had to do with the cooler temperatures and rain because all of our family vacations were spent camping in tents on ground sheets in August not only cold but rainy, and it was just bringing back a memory!  She often feels this same way in August but she also remembers which I’ve totally put out of my mind,  swimming in the lake and getting out freezing just to put on a  cold wet towel!  We always had fun even though I/we gave my parents grief constantly about camping , for years we ate outdoors unprotected from the elements, rain, wind, sleet 🙂 and had mosquitos dropping in pancakes, pots of beans and cereal , birds flying over head leaving calling cards on your head which is good luck,  I learned one summer ,  good luck?? Really Mother??  So at my mothers request I’m taking my two youngest girls camping for 4 days so they can experience camping in August too, my mother will be there to prepare my meals, and organize my days. 🙂 Even though camping for many has changed with RV’s and fancy trailers, for us we’ll be sleeping in tents on the ground again during the lovely month of August!

We had a great time together on Sunday as we always do, when my Dad moved into his “new home” he gave my brother his car a beautiful Buick Regal, Dad always loved cars, loved to drive them, draw them, paint them and collect model cars ,  loved the antique car shows , my oldest daughter just bought a car a couple of months ago which he hadn’t seen yet and I finally bought a car last week .  Dad was able to see both vehicles on Sunday, he slowly made his way around both cars checking things out and seemed quite pleased with our purchases. (Dad has parkinsonism and has lost his ability to speak loudly and clearly but uses his eyes and facial expressions very very well.) Then my brother thought he’d show him the Buick now 10 years old, I quickly walked over and leaned against the car to hide a small patch of rust.  Mr. Golden Boy proceeded to show him where his two youngest daughters have artistically  put Dora stickers on the driver’s door, and where my sister in- law dragged the side of the car along the mailbox turning into the driveway,  oh lets not forget the best part…wait foorrr iiitttt the front end had been damaged when Goldie took out a deer on his way home from work!  I looked at my brother and mouthed “Stop it, enough” with a goofy look on my face thinking ” Golden Boy you are so lucky Dad can’t say anything too quickly or loudly right now!” 🙂 

I often wonder what Mum and Dad are thinking about when they see us all together with our children, do they feel the same way my sister and brother and I do when the weather turns and do  they think about those lovely August camping trips with fondness or disdain? 

My family is famous for making memories and odd traditions such as having Pizza and McDonald’s for Christmas Dinner with my Dad in the “Celebration Room”, and me chasing all my kids around the house like a crazy woman chanting “I’m gunna git the hot spoon” yeilding a hot wooden spoon from a pot of pasta,  they still  jump and scatter when I mention those words, it’s quite amusing actually, but with that for me always comes a bit of sadness I think for me it’s just that we’re all growing older and I don’t ever want the fun to end.

Fun Friday Cocktail – The Woo Woo with Sex on the beach

 

 

Woo Woo

Basically a Sex on the Beach, minus the orange juice. A good one to make in bulk!

Ingredients:

1 part vodka

1 part peach schnapps

4 parts cranberry juice

Ice

Add a slice of peach to jazz it up

2/3 oz. Schnapps, peach

1 1/3 oz. vodka

1 1/3 oz.  cranberry juice

1 1/3 oz. orange juice

 

My mother Looovvveeesss Sex on the Beach she had her first experience in Hawaii a couple of years ago. 🙂

This one I think is very close if not the original recipe

 

Sex on the beach

1 1/2 oz vodka

1/2 oz peach schnapps

2 oz cranberry juice

2 oz orange juice

Add vodka and peach schnapps to a highball glass over ice.

Fill with equal measures of orange juice and cranberry juice and stir.

Substitues could be pineapple juice instead of orange juice or Midori, Chambord instead of Schnapps.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Poopourri – what a co-ink-e-dince

This it too funny! My friends a.k.a  Mildred and Minerva were talking about this yesterday.   Minerva had said “have you heard of poopourri?” and of course I laughed and said “isn’t it potpourri?”  She said there was this stuff you could buy at the store called poopourri just put a couple of drops in your toilet bowl and voila no more stink in the commode! I really thought she was kidding until I opened my email this morning and received my weekly newsletter from Crunchy Betty one of my favorite blogs/websites  I’ve attached part of Crunchy Bettys’  blog/website below.

And

I also found this stuff online it costs about 10.00 for 2oz  this particular one had Lemon grass, Bergmont and Grapefruit in it. I love the little quote on the side of the photo 

” Spritz the bowl before you go and no one else will ever know

This is their ad below I wish I’d thought of this!!   

website is www.poopourri.ca

 

PooPourri Ad

The best part drum roll Crunchy Bettys’ own poopourri:

 

 

Eucalyptus Oil For Preventative Bathroom

Measures

That’s right. Eucalyptus oil.

Two to three drops in your toilet water, before doing your business, will nearly completely eliminate any odorous evidence that you’ve done anything.

 

How to Use Essential Oil to Cover Your Tracks

  • Before sitting on the toilet, place 2-3 drops of oil into the water in the bowl
  • Do, you know, it
  • Flush
  • Walk out of the bathroom, confident that you’ve left no evidence of what you did in there

Now, of course sometimes you (or your husband, who I’m very certain is probably going to be encouraged to use this the most) will overpower the abilities of the oil to some degree. But those times will probably only be after Taco Bell – and you’ll feel so terrible anyway, it’s not like you’ll be in public. (Shame on you.)

And – you don’t HAVE to use eucalyptus. Peppermint, lemon, wintergreen … any relatively fresh and clean scented essential oil will do the trick. Heck, you could even mix some to tailor to your preferred scent.

I use eucalyptus oil as the example because a) it’s the strongest-smelling essential oil I know, b) it smells to me like a bathroom SHOULD smell, c) I like to spell out the word eucalyptus and d) it’s one of the least expensive essential oils.

Why This Is the Coolest Weird Trick Ever

These bottles are SO small, you can hide them anywhere:

  • Tuck a bottle in your purse for on-the-go emergencies
  • Keep a bottle in your desk drawer for unfortunate workday calls
  • Tape a bottle to your husband so he doesn’t forget
  • Tuck a bottle on the back of your toilet or bathroom cabinet – it takes up SO little room
  • Or, you could make a giant sign like I did, for guests

Seriously. I can’t get enough of this stuff. It almost makes you excited to go now, doesn’t it?

(PS – Eucalyptus oil should never be ingested, so keep out of the reach of your little ones.)

Peach Fuzz

I have alot of European blood flowing through my veins much of it I believe must come from the Mediterranean (explains my love of red wine and good food!)   I have an olivey (is that even a word?)  complexion and a darkish (word?) thick full head of hair which is a curse most days especially with the humid summer we’ve had and with this curse and age comes the dreaded facial hair.  I have my eyebrows waxed usually once a month, which again with age are starting to grow up into my temples and forehead! (how do you like me so far???) I started going to a new place in a town near me and it’s run by a beautiful, petite asian woman with a very strong accent.   The last time I visited her she was preparing my eyebrows for the not so much-anticipated ripping of the facial hair.  She was looking at my face and said ” Ohhhh you have alota hair eh?, I can do your lip?” I politely said as my face is getting red and hot “oh no thankyou just my eyebrows” she continued with “Ohhhh  how bout your chin I can do your chin?”  I once again said “no thankyou” at this point any shred of dignity and femininity  had left me!   Once she was finished I paid her, with no tip this time,  and dragged my crushed self to the car, I still couldn’t help but laugh.   I have not been back to see her as my self-esteem could not take it.

Note: This has become yet another family joke.

Which brings me to why I decided to write this post, here it comes Deb a copied piece of info…:) I found some great information on this website earthclinic.com

This is my personal uncopied note Deb calcium interferes with iron so this “concoction” is best taken with a non – dairy product like Rice Milk or in tea or hey just straight up or on toast!

Blackstrap molasses is known to help with facial hair, anxiety, anemia, arthritic pain, joint pain and acne .

Traditional Recipe

1 Tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses, first thing in the morning.

Iced Molasses recipe:

1 Tablespoon Blackstrap Molasses

Hot Water

3/4 Cup Milk or Soymilk

Ice

Add molasses to a glass and add just enough hot water to cover the molasses.  Stir until dissolved.  Add ice  then top off with either Milk or Soymilk.  Try vanilla or chocolate soymilk. 

Another recipe is from someone in Micanopy Florida:

1 cup water

1 Lemon Ginger tea bag                                         

1 tsp molasses

1tsp honey                                                                                                                                            

Cover and let steep for 5 min.

Marilyn Monroe was known to lather up with shaving cream for an extra exfoliated, hair-free face.

Fun and interesting sites to visit    

www.crowsfeetcupcakesandcellulite.com

www.earthclinic.com