The Jar of Awesomeness

Happy New Year!!!!!

I found this and thought it was a great project for the start of the New Year!

I have affectionately called this “The Jar of Awesomeness”

Start on January 1st with an empty jar.
Throughout the year write the good things that happened to you on little pieces of paper.
On December 31st, open the jar and read all the amazing things that happened to you that year.

Ta Da, that’s it ūüėÄ ūüėÄ

heart to home

heart to home

If you’re a crafter this is a really great website she’s got all kinds of stuff posted including a Diaper Wreath….recipes and more.

Birthday wishes left for my Dad

I had a short visit with my Dad on New Year’s Day, it was his birthday.¬†My Mums too¬†

Dad¬†suffers from Parkinsomism, that nasty cousin of Parkinsons¬†¬†I’ve written about before.¬†

My Dad lives at a long-term care facility which is the most caring, respectful, home away from home facility around.

I met my Mum and my sister there, we had so many laughs, some at Mum and Dads expense..:D

When the residents have a birthday coming up the staff¬†post it on their respective doors¬†however Dad didn’t have one, instead someone left this poem on a card attached to the door knob.

Snowflakes are like the years we’ve lived
each one special and unique in its own way
have a unique and memorable Birthday.

It was decorated beautifully with of course snowflakes and a jolly looking snowman.

I thought this was a very sweet gesture, for someone to have taken the time to write this down and put it on a beautiful card for him.

Thoughts on this first Tuesday of Twenty Thirteen

Happy New Year!!

Happy Birthday Mum E and Dad E…both my parents are new years babies and both born in the same year…what are the chances??

My maiden name begins with an E so I’ve always put it on the end of mum and dad to make of course Mum E and Dad E. genius don’t cha think? ¬†ūüėÄ

Annyywayy, let’s get back to my story:)

We usually don’t go out to celebrate the¬†New Year , we often stay home, watch movies, eat, drink and maybe stay awake long enough to see the new year in.

Friends of ours invited us over along with approximately 38 others for a New Year celebration.

Andreas spouse “allows” pppffttt her to have a New Years party every couple of years. ūüôā

I am so glad he “allowed” her this one!!¬† Andrea loves to entertain, is a fabulous cook, and a wonderful hostess.

She had prepared Lamb, pork, chicken, salads, potatoes and more, she’d made up cheese and cracker plates with home-made pickles and varieties of nuts and other munchies.

After dinner there was of course dessert, she’d made cheesecake, apple crisp, chocolate mousse pie and about 4 other delicious looking pies and cookies.

We all had a wonderful time , Kevin made sure¬†that¬†everyone’s¬†glasses were never empty and was a gracious host as well making everyone feel at home.

We all pitched in and helped with the tidying up, and then congregated downstairs alongside the wood stove to keep us warm and watched the countdown to the New year on tv.

All of us were given tiaras with New Year across the front, party hats, noise makers, and champagne that had been chilling in the “Canadian cooler”¬† the snow bank and anxiously awaited the countdown.

snowbank cooler

Many of the men were¬†wearing their tiaras , I¬†wish I had some photos to post I’ve never seen anything so funny and my Paul is just over six feet tall quite a big guy proudly wearing his tiara with all his other buddies!¬† Kevin and Andreas new dog Casey joined in on the celebration by adorning a tiara himself.


Finally the clock struck 12 and a brand new year began, and with that came hugs, clinking of glasses and my favorite part the smooching :).  What I loved the most about last night was being together with our good friends and  meeting new ones.  Paul and are very blessed to have the friends that we do!!

Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting, Kalimantan, Borneo 2007

I also need to apologize to Paul, I was not the easiest date to take out last night, as I have mentioned in a previous post or two I have gained about 25 pounds and my wardrobe is quite small, I had worked yesterday, and have been suffering with a very sore back for the last few days and I have a strange rash adorning my neck like a hideous necklace…I was a bit of a brat before we left, “I have nothing to wear”, “I look awful”,”I think I’m just going to stay home” poor guy ūüė¶¬† He was quite patient with me and said lets just go over for a drink and then we’ll come home…well as it turned out¬†he was the one waiting in the car for me last night, even had to come in and find me to say for the fifth time “let’s go”. ūüėÄ