Words To Live By:

"The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you finish the work."

Friday, February 19, 2010

Canada Remembers

The stories of those who have served our country in both World Wars has always caught my interest.  How easy to forget the willingness to serve and sacrifice, the bravery, the suffering that so many others faced while we sit in our comfortable homes untouched.

I am a member of the Canada Remembers group on Facebook.  When I logged in tonight, I saw the group had posted an article regarding the death of John Babcock, 1900 - 1910.   He was the last known Canadian World War I Vet.   I'm a softie and the thought that we have come to this end of an era brought tears to my eyes.

Here is a link to the full article on the Veteran Affairs Canada website:  http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=feature/john-babcock

To all the Veterans who have served, we remember your bravery and sacrifice.  Thank you, Mr. Babcock.  Your courage is inspiring.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sweet Escape

love to read... and that just might be the understatement of the year.   Books are my friends and treasures, an escape from the routine, stress and sometimes boredom of every day life.  

I'm a fiction lover at heart.  My favourite genre of all-time is historical romance but I enjoy a good inspirational book, chick-lit, popular fiction, fantasy, mystery and I've been known to pick up a thriller from time to time. 
 
While most women have visions of dream kitchens or closets floating in their head, I dream of a library all to myself.   The thought of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, wall-to-wall books, comfy chairs, a cozy fireplace and a big bright window makes my heart flutter.  It goes without saying that should I ever find myself with such a retreat, I also dream of the time to enjoy it!

Some of my favourite authors from various genres include Nicholas Sparks, Francine Rivers, Nora Roberts, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Debbie Macomber, Dean Koontz and Jodi Picoult.  I listed some of my all-time favourite reads in my complete profile but I'll list them here for your perusal:
  • Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers
  • A Walk To Remember - Nicholas Sparks
  • The Zion Covenant - Brock & Brodie Theone
  • Ordinary Heroes - Scott Turrow
  • Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
This list is by no means inclusive and I'm always looking for an unexpected treasure to add to my list... so, fellow book lovers, what's on your bookshelf?  Who are your favourite authors and what's your next great read?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Christmas In February

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love a bargain!   I keep an ongoing list of individuals I need to buy for throughout the year and keep my eye open for those deals that work.   I have a tub (or 2) in the basement ready for gift-giving... including some last minute type gifts.  

Post-holiday is a great time to find those bargains, whether looking for next-season decor, stocking stuffers, gift sets, etc.  And when I say post-holiday, I don't just mean Christmas.   You can find some spectacular deals after any major commercial holiday and save yourself a bundle. 

Not only am I always on the lookout for gift-giving or decor items at a steal, but my eyes are always peeled for craft kits and treats for rainy days, goody bags, Halloween, school celebrations and more.   As I browse some of my favourite sites (Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, and American Eagle), I'll often take a quick detour to The Oriental Trading Company.  I've never purchased but they have fantastic craft ideas without having to necessarily invest in a kit.  With my own two monkeys and a handful of random daycare kids at any given time, we like creative but simple activities.  (If you have any websites you frequent, please share!)

The Oriental Trading Company site also has some adorable decor items.  I just love these melting snowmen:







Maybe one day I'll actually make a purchase and let you know if it lives up to my online shopping standards.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A New Ambition

While sorting through some bookshelves the other day, I found some old familiar friends:  my journals.   As I flipped through and read some of my musings, poems, etc. from days gone by, I was struck with a sense of melancholy - almost as though an essential element to who I am had gone missing.   I pondered why I've let this escape, well, escape me and all the usual excuses come to mind... no desire, no time, no inspiration.  This musing in turn had me think of other avenues of expression I've pursued and allowed to lie dormant - so here I am to resuscitate my "blog" in a new (and hopefully improved) format.

Please forgive my occasional rants, ramblings and numerous spelling and grammar (or is it grammer?) mistakes.  (I've had to correct myself 100 times in this sentence alone.   At times my fingers move faster than my brain or I have difficulties conveying my thoughts in a sensical manner).  

Welcome to a glimpse of the inner workings of my mind as I touch on all that is relevant (and often irrelevant) to my daily life - mainly my family.  You'll also be exposed to the odd menagerie of news, info, gadgets, deals and more that I've stumbled across in my journeys.

I invite you to relate to my life, encounter my love(s),  share in my laughter and experience the elements of me!

♥ Linds