Sunday, 31 March 2013



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Friday, 29 March 2013

Moving on...

This weekend I'm going to a 2-day conference. I won't be able to use my Sunday as a day of rest and worship but since the conference is on Horticulture Therapy, it will probably bring both, anyways. I have known about the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association for a few years now but for some reason, I never went out and got my membership. About a month ago I saw that there is an annual conference that is going to be in Guelph this year. Finally, I sent in my registration and $$$. Yeah! One more step closer to my dreams. I'm hoping for lots of connections and collaberating. I hope to learn some new things and be inspired by other peoples lives and projects. I'm looking forward to it but it still feels a little surreal. I hope that I will finally get over another bump and keep moving forward.
Oh, and I reworked my resume, built a cover letter and applied for a new job closer to the area we both want to settle down it. I'm not counting on getting the job and if I do I'm not sure what I'll do since it's still quite a drive but it seems like a smart thing to do right now. Phew, another bump.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Swann DIY Security Camera (Color)

Swann DIY Security Camera (Color)

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013


(I won't be naming any companies just so I can be at least a bit anonymous here. Try not to mention them in the comments either, if you feel inclined to comment. Thanks)

Last week I was encouraged by a few people to go ahead and put my resume in for a job that seemed way beyond my abilities. I got my resume in on the last day it was due (because I procrastinate, of course). Two days later I got a call from my supervisors boss saying she would like to chat with me about another opportunity. Yikes.... so I call her back and she explains that besides the job opening that I applied for, another counsellor in the same job is taking a 2-3 month paternity leave and would I like to cover that for him. Holy cow.... I didn't think I'd actually GET the job! I'm nevous/excited/flattered/nervous etc. Honestly, I don't know what to do! I don't have any experience as an actual counsellor and its been a few years since those university courses. I'm apprehensive because I don't want to seem like I don't know what I'm doing! duh! I'm super flattered because they thought of me. I've probably only worked about 100 hours with the company and yet they thought to offer this job to me (although very possible there was no one else). I'm excited because next week is my last week at my retail job. I probably will miss it and I definately won't quit but I'll have to take a leave because there's no way I can work from 8:30-5:00 Mon - Friday and then want to work in retail on my Saturday. If that's what I need to do to keep the job, well, I'll do it but I'd rather not. I'm really happy that I have this short term learning opportunity because no matter what, it can't be a bad thing. Even if I don't go on, it will still be a good learning experience and resume builder. I'm excited that this seems to be a big turn in my life. This is what I've gone to school for. This is the job that I've said I was waiting for. Now it all seems so surreal and I'm wondering what in the world to expect and what have I been expecting. For a long time I've felt embarrassed and pitied for not having a "real" job, until I came to terms with that. Now I'll have the job that will seem like career material.... ewww... a career. I don't know what to think of that. I'm really going to miss my free mornings and days off during the week. The commute is going to be a bit brutal but the pay raise will make it worth it. Plus I'll be driving while 2 of my favourite radio shows will be on.
I met with the guy that's going on pat. leave today for a few hours. It was really really good to chat with him. Some was formal chatting some informal. He went through some counselling counselling but also encouraged me. He empowered me.... he gave me confidence and a lot of excitement to start this new thing in my life. He cautioned me not to get burnt out and to make sure that I really follow up on gardening and horticulture therapy directions for both personal reasons and carreer reasons.
This really has hit me like a brick wall. I wasn't expecting it or really looking for it. And it's so sudden. I need to find my boss and tell him I need to leave. I really don't want to tell my co-workers first so I'm going to have to keep my mouth shut. Then.... I need a new wardrobe... and shoes. Oh boy!! Good thing I have a few days off next week.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Look what we came home to:

Dad found a hummingbird nest.... somehow. It's tiny! Really, this nest is probably about the size of a toonie.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Where to start....

I don't know where to start. I haven't posted in while and I have so many good post ideas! I've thought of a good list of books that I have read more than once and a list (a long one) of things that customers have given me (mostly food stuff). I could write about how I got pulled over again.... and how I got let off again....

But Dan wanted me to post a picture of our latest and most exciting news:

Earlier this week we had a heated discussion about how long it's been since he crunched up the last truck and how I DON'T WANT TO CARPOOL ANY MORE! And so, I guess the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Three days later and we have a second vehicle. I don't know if the timing is bad, or if it'll turn out to be a lemon. We need to get it saftied and e-tested but its already in our driveway and it looks GREAT. Dan drove it home (about 45 mins.) away and he said it felt good. The guy who sold it to us was selling it because it was his dad's who had died late last year. The inside looks great and so far, I already like it better than the last truck. It's a 96 Ford Ranger and so it's already 2 years newer than the last one. The tires are great. Breaks feel good. We'll see what needs to be done for the rest. I feel so relieved and happy but still.... I feel like I should hold my breath for just a little bit longer.
Oh, and we got the price dropped.... considerably.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Check it ouuutt....

Yup, that's my baby... rolling over! This is about her 3rd time rolling over but it started on the date this video was taken... March 7. So she is 4 months and rolling over. Noted.... I know I'm not going to remember that detail. Good thing we have blogs to remind us.
And, since I'm uploading from my phone here are a few more faves I found that describe the last month or two.
grrr... I'll work on those pictures later... I can't seem to upload them.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Things customers have given me...

Okay, it's time I write this list before my incredibly terrible memory lets it all slide through the cracks. For the first few years at work I would describe myself as quiet and unsure. A few years later and I am the person who has worked at this location the longest. I know the oldest stories, why that part of this wall is broken, a lot of part timers who have come and gone and, most of all, our regular customers. I'm almost cocky now. New employees are warned to stay on my good side (cuz I'm picky about part timers) and I'll take on the grumpiest of customers. Maybe boredom of the same ol job has promoted growth in these other areas that I wouldn't necessarily say I was strong at. Dan is always telling me that I have to be more assertive... I think I just use a different "mask" at work. Anyway, the point of that is that I know plenty of the customers and they know me. I probably talk WAAAY too much about my personal life but it's nice to be familiar. Most of the regulars know that I like gardening, farm life and my family. All of them knew when Gavin, Grace and Jaela were born. I've even shown a few of them pictures. But then again, I've been shown pictures of their kids and grandkids too. It does get a bit creepy when a customer who I don't really recognize comes in and asks me about something that I totally forgot that I told him about. I forget what I all say to people. On the other hand, it is soooooo nice to have people ask about how I'm doing, or my sisters, or my farm or my garden.... and then, sometimes, they come in with gifts! And the list is getting quite long. So here it is, things customers have given to me:

-Leek - this was one of my first gifts. He came in a few times with leek for me. I wasn't working but my co-workers knew it was for because it smelled strongly and had dirt on it. ??? (shortly after he started getting creepy so I stopped talking to him)
-A recipe for "Cassia bud pickles". I love this customer. We talk often about gardening and chickens since he has both. This recipe took 10 days to make so, even though I don't like them at all, I can't throw them out. I don't know what to do with these old jars of pickles. This same customer also made ...
-Home made fudge - he made it for halloween and gave it out to his friends. One of his friends who got a lot of it came in and gave some to us. I love this lady. She does detailing on cars and offered to give me a deal for our car. I've never gotten around to it.
-Amazing home made cookies - this customer started out as a real JERK. No one liked him. He finally retired from his business and then cooled down a bit. Now he's in business with his daughter who grows, harvests and mills her own wheats and grains for baked goods that she sells in Toronto markets. This guy jumped into her business and has his own bakery and mill set up close to our store. He comes in once in a while with packages of AMAZING cookies for us. I think he's hoping we'll come by and buy some but I haven't gotten the chance yet. I make sure that I always advertise for him when he comes by though.
-Chocolates and other goodies - from a small handful of customers at Christmas time... nice.... since we're all chocolate junkies.
-Croquets!!! That's right. A customer came in who had overheard us talking about droppies. He asked if I was the one who liked dutch food. We started talking about how he learned how to make croquets etc etc and had made some the night before. Ten minutes later and he brought in a package of 8 frozen ones. Isn't that awesome? I made them that week and brought them into the store so some co-workers could try them. We all loved them... they were very good. I'm impressed. Especially since he's not even dutch!
-An offer from a short Italian old man to paint our bathroom. Our store is so old and gross. There's so many problems with the building I don't know why they are putting any money into it at all. ... well, they don't put much money into it which is partly the problem, i guess. And the employee bathroom gets it the worst. I don't think it's been painted since the 80's. It's so gross. There's constantly cobwebs in all the corners. I tried to clean the walls a few years ago but they dried just as dirty. We were talking about this when the old Italian guy comes in. He had a look at it and said he would come by and paint it for us. This was last week and it hasn't been done yet so I don't know if it's going to happen but I'm almost glad it hasn't... i'm afraid he'll bill us for it after.
-Carpet - this one is really strange. A customer comes up and says "hey, I know you.... you have a golden retriever, right?" yup. Well, it turns out he's the flooring guy for this new subdivision. When we first moved in, when Chloe and I would go for walks, the construction guys would watch and laugh as I threw Chloe's ball down the road and she would take off after it. He remembered me from that. Well, I told him about THIS problem (grrr) and he said he would come by with some carpet next time he was in the area. I'm going to see if he can fix it in anyway.

I know there's more but I can't remember it. If I do, I'll add them to the comments. What a good list though, eh? It's not a very classy job, but it's not that bad either. It's got its up sides, that's for sure.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

A week later

Yikes! Here I am a week later after saying that I'd be posting everyday. Ya right. One step at a time. I remember when I had internet access all the time I started narrating my life in my head as if preparing for all the posts I would write about. I think that's too much. It feels like it has been a busy week but really, we haven't really done a lot. The week just goes a lot faster when there's more people in the house. There's something to do every night of the week and we're always upstairs socializing with the family. We're having family dinners almost every night of the week and Larissa, Caleb, Dan and I even went and visited with O&O once this week. I love the family dinners and the spontaneous visits in the kitchen that we're having. I haven't seen Brittany much yet this week but Larissa's been here a lot this week since James has been working nights and long hours. Tonight was mom's first baseball game of the season plus it was a double header night. It's probably been about 10-13 years since I've gone to see a baseball game. We used to go a lot when I was a kid but when Amy went off to university we stopped going... i think. I loved those summer evenings. There's a fun energy at baseball games. Tonight was cold but I know there'll be lots of nights that we'll be wishing it was a bit cooler. We had blankets and went for a coffee run in between games. Larissa kept score and I started to re-learn the baseball cheers and hollers. Mom's team has been undergoing a lot of changes which means that they need some practice. I think if they get in the right niche and play like they know they can win it they'll do awesome. Plus, the could use some fans too. There was about 5 of us there and we were all new fans this year. The more people, the more fun. Either way, they lost the first game but tied the second one... which they really could have won.
With baseball (cheering) once (or twice) a week and 3 different friends within 10 min. and camping for the weekends I think my weeks are going to fill up pretty fast this summer. Dan and I still don't have a lot of answers about our summer schedule and how it's going to work but things are really falling into place perfectly as if "it's meant to be" (i don't really believe in that saying). Soon enough we'll know more and we'll start to see how everything is going to work out. I'm not really worried though. I'm more excited to see what this summer is going to bring. This week has been a good one anyway.
To all moms: Happy Mothers day. My mom, Mom W, Oma W, Oma W, Oma Z, Oma D, Amy, Larissa even... happy mothers day! I love yas all!!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Thanks Cass

Cass gave me her old dead dog's bed for Chloe to sleep in. Here she is curled up in it.