Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cleaning house....


is the crabgrass in the lawn of life. Sister Immaculata has learned some clever tips that she would like to pass on about housekeeping in general....and no, she didn't get them from Martha!
  *When hosting a party, make sure that the kitchen and bathrooms are spotless. For the other rooms, just turn down the light, light the candles, and make sure that the liquid refreshments are flowing!
  *Tell visitors/friends/family that your venetian blinds are made of white velvet. (unless you really have time to clean those dust magnets!)
  *When unexpected guests arrive, throw on a coat, grab your bag, and just tell them you were on your way out....
   *always keep the vacuum cleaner in a visible room, and tell guests that you were just in the middle of cleaning.
 *always keep a large variety of "get well" cards on the mantle, or anywhere else in plain view. How can you possibly clean when you have been "under the weather"?
   
  

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Beautiful Music....

made by a couple who have been married for 62 years. (He is 90 years young!) They spotted a piano while visiting at the Mayo clinic, and the link will take you to the results. Thanks to "Sister Carmel Popcorn" for sending this along! This is too good not to share!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Check out some new blogs!


I just received the One Lovely Blog Award from Anna of House of Mouse. Anna, thank you very much! Now, the rules tell me that it  is my turn to pass it on...
Here are the rules:
  • Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
  • Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
(bear with me as I gather the info needed for other blogs...)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sister Mary Sunshine, reminding you to....

wear your sunscreen/sunblock! It is amazing how fast the sun can change the color of your skin, even just while in a car, or incidental bits of time spent outdoors. Not wanting to minimalize what can become a serious situation, it is still necessary to point out that....
  1. You can't just own the sunscreen or buy the sunscreen...you have to actually apply it! (buying and owning things like diet books and cookbooks do, however, work by osmosis that way...)
  2. You have to apply enough sunscreen to make it effective. 
  3. You have to re-apply most sunscreens after being in water.
  4. You should not use sunscreen that is "expired". (the sunscreen you bought in 1998, for that southern vacation you had, should be replaced.)
5. Avoid the sun during the late morning, early afternoon, if at all possible. 

Sister Mary Sunshine makes sure that she has been covered liberally in sunscreen, and wears a protective hat and glasses to set a good example. You may or may not choose to wear a habit to the beach, though!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Art in the Garden!

If you might be looking for a "one tank" trip in southwestern Ontario, consider visiting "Winter Wheat" near Sparta, Ontario. Not only will you be able to view some of Lucy Ogletree's folk art, and a great collection of decorating accents in the shop, but you can freely wander the grounds and see how "garden art" at its best. There is even a little house at which to stop and enjoy some free refreshments! Our little group combined other visits in the neighborhood...two wineries, a tea room in Aylmer for a great lunch, and a visit to Linda Sanderson's Studio in Sparta as well. A wonderful way to spend a day with friends!
     Next time you are removing a tree from your property, you might want to consider not removing the whole tree, and "dolling it up" like the one at Winter Wheat! A very clever use of those facial features that you can apply to a tree and adding a potted plant at the top for a hat was clever indeed!  Makes me appreciate the creative nature that some people have to dream up such an idea. In the meantime, I just might borrow a few of those ideas myself!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Dad's Garden...

was planted six years ago, after Dad passed away. Some very thoughtful friends and co-workers purchased plants in his honor, and that summer, this little garden was created. The red-bud tree looks particularly wonderful at this time of year, and was one given to me by a very dear friend. Thankfully, despite my limited gardening skills, the tree and the other plants in the garden still survive...even though I have a bad "habit" of crowding too many plants in one spot! 
   Dad was a very intelligent self-made man who could build, fix, carve anything...a very talented man in so many ways. Sadly, he developed Alzheimer's disease which progressed rapidly, which robbed him of his memory to do all of the things that he liked to do, and caused a very long farewell.  He loved to spend time in the garden, and it is fitting that he have such a memorial in my garden!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tagged....again!

Quick post to note that I have been "tagged" by Sue at "Barton Originals". (you should visit her blog just to see the great photos that she unearths for her blog!!) 
  Here is what I am supposed to do....mention the person who "tagged" me (Sue!) and link back to her blog...and then I am supposed to "tag" six other blogs...will have to get to this part later, but for now, will complete the part of the "tag" that is about me....
   Six things that make me happy....
     1. family and friends
     2. good books
     3. creating in my workspace....as soon as it gets back together!
     4. finding "deals" while "thrift" shopping....(and trying to limit the purchases to what I really will use
     5. Purging the extra items that I no longer need (including some of the treasures I found while "thrifting"....)
     6. Phone calls and emails from my son.
   
Please comment with your own personal "six"!! Tagged.....you're "it"!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The "Sisterhood" celebrating "Motherhood"!

"Happy Mother's Day" to all "sisters" who are now moms, grandmothers, aunts....any "sister" who has been an influence in a child's life. Notable quotes about mothers....

"So Judith decided against ballet and became a clerk. And John, the teenage pacifist, joined the Navy.  Patterns of childhood changed overnight as in a shaken kaleidoscope and you were left wondering if anything you ever said or did or tried for had any part in their making.  But sometimes, unexpectedly, you'll hear them say something with firm conviction - and they are your words and it is your voice.  Echoing down the years from a day half forgotten - a day of non-event, a day lost among other days.  Children take what they need from us - not what we offer."
                                                                 -Pam Brown-
 
"Mothers are inclined to feel limp at fifty.  This is because the children have taken most of her stuffing to build their nests."
                                                   -Samantha Armstrong-
 
"Never give you mother a list of presents to choose from.  She'll go bankrupt trying to buy them all."
                                                         -Pam Brown-
 
"No matter how old a mother is, she watches he middle--aged children for signs of improvement."
                                                     -Florida Scott-Maxwell-
 
She broke the bread into two fragments and gave them to the childeren, who ate with avidity.
"She hath kept none for herself," grumbled the Sergeant.
"Because she is not hungry," said a soldier.
"Because she is a mother," said the Sergeant.
                                                      -Victor Hugo

My own thoughts on mothering are that our children do not always follow the script that we have for them. In our minds, we think that we know what path is best for them, forgetting that it is their life to live, not ours.
 We could live for a year on the words we have to "eat"....(things like "My child would never.....", "I would never....", etc.)
and finally, as far as motherhood goes....
We do the best we know how to do at the time... Our babies will always be our babies.

Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Another test!

Just in case you don't have enough to do, please take the time to try to do this test. Everyone once in a while, these sorts of activities are forwarded to my mailbox, and I am doomed if I open the link....usually because I have to try it a few times in order to have any success! 
   Interested in reading any comments from those who try this test, and are willing to share their results. (notice, I have not shared mine....nor did I share just how many times it took me to complete the test to indicate any level of intelligence!)
  Have fun!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

If the Shoe fits....


then, buy it! Somehow, not one but two pairs of shoes fell into my possession this weekend. The "Sole Sister", (a.k.a. Mother Shoe-perior) would think me a kindred spirit indeed! 
   Thankfully, this "sister" is not a shoe "snob". Basically, if they are comfortable, and match something in the wardrobe, those are the only prerequisites....and like real "Sisters", a lot of what is bought is black! 
   At Christmas, the "Sole Sister" was one which was ordered for friends who shared the love of buying footwear. One especially "fun" order to make up was one which included  a list of the recipient's real shoe collection...and there wasn't a black pair in the bunch! As a matter of fact, all of the shoes mentioned were navy...apparently, this customer looks high and low for shoes in that colour. Included in the list for this "sister" was a pair of navy pumps with rhinestone trim for evening wear. (midnight mass)!
   Time to go hide my own shoe purchases now!