December 9, 2013
Not a screening but an actual diagnostic scan.
Slightly terrified here tonight.
Things are moving quickly.
If you have a prayer or two, a blessing to spare, though we are strangers, I'd appreciate a moment of divine intervention. I'm feeling rather selfish tonight but I have too many things left to accomplish and this curve ball, so unexpected, was never part of the plan. We've paid our dues as a family and cherish every moment we have but please, can't we have a break? Can't we live long and healthy lives? Why us? Why me? Did we do something wrong? Was I not good enough? Why? Why? Why?
Okay, selfish rant over.
I'm off to try and re~frame my anxious mind to think positively that tomorrow, the scan will be clear and our worries will fly away.
Thank you for your kind thoughts.
December 7, 2013
Borrowed this wonderful graphic from Joy & Comfort. I love the snow falling so gently to the ground and the lit lamp post. Reminds me of our backyard right now. So Christmacy, despite the cold!
Although we initially planned to stay in all day, we bravely ventured out in -32 degree Celcius weather to drop our daughter off at her preschool's bake sale. Then we headed over to Costco to pick up some groceries and a few extra's for the Annual Candle Light Memorial Service we have planned for our community for tomorrow night, for parents who have lost a child of any age. Costco was busy but not crazy and we had no wait at all at the check out. Headed over to Home Sense and bought my administrator a neat Christmas gift, then to Michael's to buy her a gift card from our Board of Directors. Final stop was Tim Horton's, where my lovey bought me a delicious and so warm Gingerbread White Hot Chocolate and a Raspberry Bloom Donut. Scrumptious!!
We trekked home and basked in the warmth of our cozy home, with our shopping done for the weekend and no where to go until later tomorrow night. Can't wait for the warmer weather to arrive on Monday!
How was your Saturday?
Were you snowed in?
December 6, 2013
I'm sure this is a sentiment shared by most communities across Canada and the U.S. today! Freezing here, with a current temp of -30 degrees Celcius. With the windchill, that's a chilly -42!! Thankful that I can work from home. So appreciative of a work environment that offers this kind of flexibility. I don't have to worry about traveling in to the city. Working from home for me is much more productive anyway. I get too easily distracted by my co-workers, so being on my own means more work is done, in a shorter period of time, without the fatigue-causing drive down the highway.
The only time I truly need to go out is to take B to preschool this afternoon. No snowfall just cold air, so driving is okay. Loving my winter tires!! Can't believe the difference already. So glad we made the investment this year for my car so I can be less housebound on those icy days. Looking forward to Monday, when we're promised a very balmy -10!!
Wishing my blog readers from all coasts of
North America today a peaceful, hopefully
an at home day, snugly and warm.
November 30, 2013
It was a quiet birthday day
at our cozy house today.
Both my dh and I had birthdays
this month. His was on the 19th.
Mine was today. With our recent
bouts of whooping cough and
pneumonia, we truly took it easy.
My winter tires were installed.
We shopped for baking goods.
We bought a few groceries.
We ordered yummy pizza.
We snuggled down for
a long winter's nap!
Big storm on it's way.
Content. Blessed. Warm.
How was your day?
November 28, 2013
On this snowy, but sunny Christmasy day, I spent some time writing letters. Years ago, as a teen, I had a couple of pen pals from overseas. It started as a school project and continued well into my young adult life. Then we got married, bought a house, began our family and suddenly all my time was taken up by tasks that had meaning but didn't leave me much time for writing letters. My pen pals also grew up and we all agreed mutually that our writing days were limited. We fondly said goodbye and moved on.
But I have truly missed getting letters in the mail. I love Christmas for so many reasons but one thing that I can't wait for every day is to open the mail box to see more cards and letter inside. So much fun to open each and read the notes about our family and friends lives. Last spring, I found an International Pen Pal site and registered my info to find a writing buddy or two. I've found two great women to write to, one just a bit younger than me and one older. We are sharing letters, marveling at how similar our lives are at times and embracing the differences that make us so unique. I love peeking into their lives and they seem to enjoy my return letters. This week, I'm making them both a Christmas gift to add to the letters that are ready to go.
Love opening our letter box now. Instead of bills, occasionally, there is a heartfelt letter to warm my soul!
Do you enjoy writing letters?
Do you or did you ever have a pen pal?
November 20, 2013
I've lived in this country all my life and snow, sleet, slush, rain, rocks and rumbly roads are part of the landscape. The weather can change in an instant and we're always ready, from keeping the gas tank full, as well as the other essential fluids and watching the forecast to plan for our daily driving. I'm a great driver, having taken not just the new driver's training but additional courses on defensive driving and winter strategies. With all that prep, you'd think I'd be completely ready for anything. Yet, I have a confession to make. For almost 30 years, I've driven every winter without snow tires. My "all season" tires have always been just fine. I'm able to work from home if the weather is not great and I don't need to go to work at the same time as 95% of the other drivers, so my risk is lowered for a wintery crash. I do believe that part of good winter driving is the driver, not just the type of car, the road conditions or whether one has snow tires or not.
Things are changing. We've had some really great mild winters, without mountains of snow covering our roads. We've also had a couple of brutal seasons, with snow up to our roof! As we are moving out to the country, our driving will be different, so we decided it was time to incorporate snow tires into our annual car expenses. Alberta has also toyed with the idea of making winter tires mandatory, like Quebec has done. So we're being proactive! Two year ago, we saved and saved and then bought dh a set of winter tires for his car. He can also work from home like I can but tends to at least go in to the office for the morning, so safe driving is a must for him. We got the best deal, after lots of shopping around. The day we arrived for the tires to be put on, after several delays at the dealership, they informed us that the tires were on back order and we'd have to wait for another 2 weeks. What?? This was early in the season and the snow had not yet arrived. However, in our region, waiting can be tricky. Besides, we had planned our day around the tires being put on and had gone up very early to be on time. So we stood our ground, insisted they correct their error and keep us happy. We ended up with the Michelin Latitude X-ice tires, expensive and quite a bit more than the other tires we had ordered. They were happy to give them to us for the price of the lower quality tires. That did the trick and all was well. Tires on, well before the snow arrived.
This year, it was my turn. I got a great deal on my tires but just like getting his tires done, it's been a bit of a struggle. Starting in September, we did our research, decided which tires to buy and where to buy them. Went in to buy them but ran in to an issue with supply. In the end, I was able to order them on line and they should arrive in the next few days. Today, I went in to make an appointment to have them installed. And here's where the issues came in. The store is no longer taking appointments the traditional way. Instead, what they are doing is having people line up as early as 5 a.m. to get a one of the daily "cones" when they are handed out at 8 a.m. ~ think soccer cone. Once the cones are all gone, if you didn't get one, you have to come back. Then the "winners" with the cones get to stand in line to wait for their turn to get the time their car will be worked on. For many, this is an all day affair. Considering it starts at 5 a.m., I'm out! As they were explaining this to me, they pulled up my order on the computer and noticed that my tires were not being sent to that store, but to one in the city, which then changed things. As each store may have their own process, I'd have to go to that store to find out how they will install my tires. I then said that I wasn't planning on having that store put them on, that it was the only store they would allow them to be sent to. And that's when they said "that's because we can't do any more installs. We're too swamped as it is." What?? So now I have tires arriving, without being able to get them installed in town. I then asked if I had my dealership install them, will they refund the automatic install fee that I had already paid. Yes was the right answer. Great, now I'm happy as I know my dealership had said they could install them the next day. But, here's the but, the warranty would be null and void!! Not the manufacturer's warranty, the one the store has that includes things like free rotations, free flat repairs, free this, free that. Now I'm stuck! So they sell me the tires but the process for installation makes no sense.
Calmly, I ask for the manager's contact info. They kindly take my info and promise the manager will call me in a day or two but with a warning that the situation would not change.
Don't mess with a mama who's suffering from whooping cough and pneumonia all at once!
Two hours later, the manager kindly called me, listened as I explained my frustration and ta~da, just like that, in the blink of an eye, I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT!! Now, how hard was that!! He was kind, understanding and was able to provide me with what I wanted all along ~ a decent time to bring my vehicle in for the tire install. He also confirmed that it is a crazy system and unfortunately one that will just be getting worse next winter. And he also said if we do this install, the warranty is in effect for the life of the tires and we are then free to get them installed at our dealership. So next year, I may just bypass here and get them done there. Easier if I can have an appointment. I seriously could not fathom crawling out of my warm bed at 5 a.m. just to get a cone!! Maybe that works for others, but not me.
That's my winter tire story to date. Hopefully on install day, all goes well. Wish us luck!!
November 18, 2013
I had a whole other post planned out for tonight, complete with pictures. Then I realized that this is my 300th post. Not 300 for the year, but 300 in total. It feels like I just celebrated my 100th post, so this snuck up on me without any fanfare, until tonight!!
So how will I celebrate 300 posts?
Well, here's the exciting news .... I'm going to bed!! Yup, still recovering and the snow is falling outside, the house is cozy, there is nothing really great to watch on tv, everyone in my family has drifted off to their own space and my bed is calling me. It's probably the final night I'll have the big bed all to myself, as my husband is still sleeping on the couch downstairs until his cough settles down. I'd rather he be up here but he'd rather be down there, where he feels he won't disturb my sleep. I don't sleep well on my own but am coping.
Tomorrow is my dh's birthday. He wants to celebrate on the weekend as he's too ill to participate any other way right now. I agree, for his sake, of course. My plan now is to at least have a little cake and a special dinner for tomorrow night. And then we can celebrate 300 posts at the same time.
See how sneaky I am!! Getting 2 celebrations into 1 evening, with 1 cake.
How do you celebrate a blog milestone?
Or do you?
November 17, 2013
Reading: Our annual return for the Canada Revenue Agency for our centre, which is a Canadian Charity. It's due on the 30th but I want to send it in this week. However, the program won't open on my laptop, so I may have to complete it at work. Easy, peasey form to do, but would have been even better if I could have done it while cozy in my bed!! Clearly, someone somewhere doesn't want me working from home today ....
Listening to: Cough, cough, cough in my house tonight. Yuck!
Watching: A touching program called "Letter to Jackie Kennedy" with different actors reading and beautiful photography and videos to accompany the words.
Cooking/Baking: We've been so sick, popsicles and fruit have been our staples. Tonight, our daughters brought dinner home. Heaven!
Happy I accomplished this week: I am glad I was ubber prepared to be sick. The house was tidy, the cupboards full, both cars full of gas, garbage out, recycling done, even our Christmas decorations were brought up and laid out to be put up. Less guilt when laying in bed, not able to do anything more than roll over and change the tv channel!
Looking forward to next week: Feeling better, because I will be better, right??
Thankful for today? Beautiful friends who snow blow driveways and sidewalks and daughters who bring dinner home!
Do I believe in good/bad luck and coincidences? Yes, absolutely!
Join in by visiting Carla's site. Enjoying reading and if you have a piece of cake like the one above, you're set for a lovely time!!