Monday, 24 October 2011

Learning

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”
~Michel Legrand


I’m learning that I may not always have time to post each and every single day.

The more I do, the more I want to post; but, there isn't enough time to cram it all in. 

I am going to try to get in at least one solid, wordy post per week. A Thought Post, if you will. A post that will require me to sit down and write.

Maybe tomorrow? 






Because tonight I made some home-made Granola and a couple more bookmarks.






Night night!! 

Thursday, 20 October 2011

More Birthday Celebrations!!

“The way I see it, you should live everyday like it’s your birthday”


I know, I know….a Paris Hilton Quote? Really? Yes. I love it. Even if she said it!

Tonight ‘I’ made supper! That is a HUGE deal, as it probably only happens once a year. It’s not that I am not capable, it's just that I have no patience for cooking and my hubby loves to; so why would I?
But tonight…tonight was a Birthday supper! My husband and one of his friends have celebrated their birthday together for years. We went on a pub-crawl over the weekend but they didn’t get cake, so I thought they should have their own special Supper WITH CAKE. So I made supper and the other birthday boy’s wife brought the cake!


It was a delicious evening. 


[don't mind the glare!]

Pecan-apple-endive-orange pepper salad, baked sole, sweet potato and home-made corn bread




Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Days go by



Everyday is something. We’ve just got to remember that.
~Anonymous


I’ve been wishing this week away like crazy! Today still feels like Monday and Friday feels like it will never arrive.

I’ve been complaining too much and I need to smarten up. You know when you just get stuck in a rut and can’t quite seem to pull yourself out of it? That’s this week.

Why is it that all of our days can’t be good days? Why can’t we jump out of bed every morning ready to face the world, with a smile on our face? Oh, right, because we stubbed our toe when we were on our way from bed to shower. Oops…. there I go, complaining again!

The thing is, when I experience times like these I seem to forget that these days will never be given back to me.

I need to remind myself that just because it’s getting cold out, doesn’t mean that I need to hibernate the happy side of my brain along with the bears behind the house. [Good one Natasha!] I just need to remember how to keep my energy up and spirits positive when the going gets wintery.  

I had coffee with a friend tonight and it was just nice to sit, chat and vent -Even if we had to sit on the world’s most uncomfortable bench in Crystal Palace; which is outside of Starbucks since their café area is way to small and never has any available seating. Having one of these so-called weeks, it was a much-needed coffee date. So, Thanks to her. Thanks also to my other coffee date lady out there. I’m a huge fan of these nights and I need them more than they know.

Nighty Night
~from little Miss Positivity, right?



But…

Ps- Did I mention I am going to open my own adorable Coffee Shop some day? 

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Arts and Crafts Day

“Some people cannot see a good thing when it is right here, right now. Others can sense a good thing coming when it is days, months, or miles away.”
~Maya Angelou


Everyday is good; especially days like this…




A Saturday Art Course with my Mother-in-law

Starting out with plain canvas -adding little extra designs with stencils and putty




Covering with a few different colours rubbed on to combine




Darkening the corners to give it the antiqued look


Tracing the flower pattern and outlining with silver


Adding some shadows that will give the flowers some depth




Filling in the petals with 'Stained Glass"


Adding the little tiny beads to the centre of the flower [my Favourite part!] and the green "Stained Glass to the stems



All done! My Mother-in-law in the background working hard on her painting


Taaada!!!


How proud are we!? 

It was just one of those feel good days! 

Monday, 17 October 2011

Time Management







 “So many books, so little time.” 

~Frank Zappa


Tons of stuff on the go! Work is crazy busy, it’s too nice to not be outside as much as possible, I’m trying to run as much as I can, I need to get some reading done, I have 92 more bookmarks to knit before December 3rd…the list goes on!

We had a busy but fun weekend. I finally had a weekend off from work but it was just so jam packed that come Sunday night, I was just as exhausted as I was Friday afternoon! 

I took an Art Class with my Mother-in-law on Saturday. I am hoping to post some pictures on that tomorrow night. It was so therapeutic and refreshing! I needed it for sure!!

I am currently [aka:still] reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; it is AMAZING and I believe that’s why it’s taking me so long to read it. Normally, if I love a book, I devour it; this book though…I am trying to savor every single sentence. Read it. You’ll see.

The issue is RBTW is next week and The Night Circus is NOT this month’s selection. Needless to say, I have a lot of reading to do. 210 pages left of The Night Circus and 383 pages of The Lattern by Deborah Lawrenson. A grand total of 593 pages in 9 days. Let’s cross our fingers, shall we?

The cool fall air is lovely, isn’t it? It’s so nice to come inside after a long walk with a red nose and cold hands only to warm up with a cup of tea and some knitting needles.

Happy Monday! 

Thursday, 13 October 2011


“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”
~Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Feeling like a little Pioneer


“A pioneer is not someone who makes her own soap. She is one who takes up her burdens and walks toward the future.”
~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich




This weekend was really great. I mean, it was extremely busy; but it was really great.

I may not be an amazing cook or have the patience to bake, but I LOVE pretending to be a little pioneer; who lives in a small cabin in the middle of the woods jarring preserves to survive. What?

No, seriously. I had so much fun cutting up tons of apples and waiting forever for them to turn into something ouber healthy and delicious. Not a lot of ingredients in these sorts of recipes but a lot of time that needs to be set aside to accomplish the yummy, rewarding outcome.

This week has been insanely busy at work, so I am somewhat slacking on the blog posts. I am overtired, overworked and overnotreadingenough! I apologize for my slackassness; but sometimes I’ve just got to take it easy! Though some of you had a nice relaxing long weekend, [not that mine wasn’t relaxing, well…no it wasn’t. It was fun though] I had to squeeze in work with all the fun stuff; so that definitely sucked the life out of me and I am suffering this week because of it.  I might not even be making sense right now.

I also discovered this weekend that I quite enjoy blogging with pictures. It was fun to document my apple butter process. It’s exciting to get to share with you guys the stuff I run into –like Mom’s coffee find at Winner’s. Seriously, that shit is getting me through the week!

So, here’s a HELLO from ME to YOU. This little Pioneer is hitting up the Bathtub!!

Nighty Night!





Quote Note: I’m both - the pioneer who’s making her own soap and working to be the pioneer who’s walking toward her future coffee shop. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Crisp and delish

Our relationships with others are important.  And also important is our relationship with food.  It's not just something that is necessary for survival, but a vast array of deliciousness.  All food can be beneficial for your health and enjoyment if you will let it.  That means not stressing out about what you eat and picking foods that you feel will be best for you.  If you are going to eat something which you believe is unhealthy make sure you don't feel guilty about it.  Guilt and stress are much more toxic for your body then any desert or salty schnack out there.  So every time you eat, treat food as your friend and remember to savor... every... last... bite.

Just a yummy thought
-Alon Attal


A walk in Mapleton Park



Pumpkin Butter and Cream Cheese = Amazing breakfast food!



Absolutely Delectable coffee that my mom picked up at Winner's. Definite fall treat! 


My afternoon snack today: Apple Butter, Balkan Style Yogurt, Mom’s homemade granola.
Yumm!! And- Full of good stuff!




Sunday, 9 October 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


















“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
~Maya Angelou









This is going to be a picture post ~ ENJOY!! 



 Jars of Pumpkin Butter and Apple Creme Sauce that I made Friday night




The weather was amazing on Saturday. A little 'hot' for Apple picking; but we'll go again when we can wear scarves! 

Wagon Ride to the Orchard





My bag says, STUFF. The F just happens to be the only letter in the picture ;o

We celebrated out Nephew's 3rd Birthday along with Thanksgiving at my Sister's

Then it was time to make the Apple Butter:

Started with this.








Finished with this - yummy, appley goodness





So, these are the goods we brought to the LeBlanc's with us :
Pumpkin Butter, Apple Butter, Apple Cake, Apple Pie and Cheesy Mashed Potatoes!
 



Friday, 7 October 2011

It's cold outside.


“Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.”
~Robert A. Heinlein







Seriously? Is it really this cold out?
It even hailed yesterday!


Happy Friday!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Being a Maid Of Honour












“Why did you do all this for me?" he asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 
You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
~ E.B White, Charlottes Web



I think someone found her Wedding Dress tonight!!

I’ve been there, done that. I’ve experienced that moment- my eyes welled up, I felt butterflies in my stomach and my whole entire self knew it was the one. It was the most calming, blissful and exciting moment of the wedding planning process. Once I had the Dress, I knew that everything else would fall into place. It’s something that until you actually experience as a bride, you can’t fully understand.

To stand by and witness my best friend feel that, is an entirely different thing. It was such a cool moment to realize that, oh wait a second, what’s going on here? Why is she being so awkward right now? Why is she looking away from me? Wait….umm…are those tears!!! What’s happening? Is this it? Is this the one? She cried, I cried, her Mother-in-law to be cried.


I am so, so, so glad I was there with her for that moment.

Love you M. 



[and it's not one of these ones! ]


Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Gotta slow it down


“That is my problem with life, I rush through it, like I'm being chased. Even things whose whole point is slowness, like drinking relaxing tea. When I drink relaxing tea I suck it down as if I'm in a contest for who can drink relaxing tea the quickest.”
~Miranda July



I bet you were worried for a minute weren't you? Don't worry! My posts aren't going anywhere!

I have decided that I ought to take a tiny break from reading. Well, not necessarily a break, I'm going to slow it down a bit. I just started this really great book, The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern and it's excellent, but I also have to have The Lantern, by Deborah Lawrenson, read in time for my next RBTW meeting and I also have a million and one FUN FALL THINGS to accomplish this month. So.....taking a break from the books until at least the 20th of October.  I am totally ok with this because it's time to knit! It’s time to make pie and get out the crock pot!

I love lists and I have decided that listing is going to become part of my blog. It seems as though I have a list in my post every couple of days so you might as well get used to it!


This is what I have planned for the Fall!

  • ·      Knitting - My sister in law and I are partaking in the Botsford Christmas Bazaar; so I have a TON of adorable laced/knitted bookmarks to get cracking on! I made 1 last night! 4 finished in total, 96 more to go!  
  • ·      Apple picking
  • ·      Apple butter making 
  • ·      I would also like to try making Pumpkin butter -- hello YUMMO!
  • ·      PUMPKIN CARVING
  • ·      Thanksgiving Dinner! - aka: TURKEY eatin’ time!
  • ·      Halloween costume making
  • ·      The hubby and I are throwing around the idea of hosting a Halloween party -if we do, I intend on taking full advantage of our empty basement space and look forward to setting up some super fun games -ex: Bobbing for apples!
  • ·      Running in the cool crisp fall air!
  • ·      Taking long walks with my hunny and Beaner!
  • ·      Squeezing in one last Hike at Fundy!
  • ·      Celebrating a few more Birthdays!
  • ·      Lots of Pumpkin Spice latte drinking!



Speaking of Pumpkin Spice, my hunny and I are headed to Starbucks in a bit for just that kind of latte! Happy Wednesday!!!! 

Apple Butter from Corn Hill. I need to make my own! Love it!




Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Long winded on a Tuesday

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”
~ Bertrand Russell

There I was last night, all motivated to get my run on and now I'm like....eeek.....I have 54 days to prepare myself for this. Is that enough time? If I run at least 3 times a week, that is only 24 runs; am I going to be able to do this? Sure! It's only 5 k, no biggie. BUT - I haven't had a good run since June. I took too much time off, I slacked off big time, I had too many [1 scoop cotton candy, 1 scoop turtle tracks] ice-cream cones this summer and that is sure to weigh me down! No, no, I can do this! I have an amazing support system; I have a super stellar sister-in-law that's doing it with me. I have the memories of how good it feels after each run and the pride in myself that I feel after I accomplish a long run! I can do this!
There it is - totally unedited - that was my brain this morning; full of yes, no, yes, no, yes, no, yes, no?! [Picture Chris Kattan, from the movie, Corky Romano here]. The thing is, I knew that if I paid the fees and registered for the run, I would have to make the commitment to do it. There is no turning back now. I have to!
The nice fall weather will be awesome to run in!! And it's just one more reason for me to get out and enjoy the fall weather on a regular basis. Plus, I'll be all in shape and feeling wonderful come December! I'm not always the little bubble of life that everyone thinks I am once the cold, dreary weather hits, so this will get me geared up and prepared for the winter. I'll be going into it feeling fit and great, which will hopefully trigger some 'let's keep this good stuff going' thoughts and help me to work hard to keep up with working out during the cold winter months.
It's funny how must of us understand ourselves and our bodies enough to know what's good for us, to know what we need to do to keep our body and minds feeling good. It's also very interesting how although we are very aware, we still let go, neglecting ourselves and our goals; only to fall into a slump where we get mad and regret the choices we should have made but didn’t. That's me! I have a bad habit of doing that to myself and I need to kick it!
Yesterdays post title got me thinking about motivation --- what does and doesn’t motivate me? 
Given all the super cool things in this world and in my life, I should have a ton of reasons to be motivated!
Things that motivate me:
  • ·      Making a commitment and having to stick to it - having paid hard earned money to 'be able' to participate does the trick!
  • ·      Sunshine or crisp fall air - weather that makes me want to get outside and exercise or just enjoy the great outdoors!

  • ·      Rain - this kind of weather keeps me inside, able to accomplish things like cleaning out closets, organizing cupboards, getting some work done in the basement, whipping up some comfort food. Stuff like that.

  • ·      Weddings - gotta look good in those pictures!

  • ·      Being angry/frustrated/fed up - I clean sooooo fast when I feel this way. [To note: I am aware that this is not positive behavior; but, it's true]

  • ·      Doing something that I know for sure is going to make someone else's day. [That’s a really great type of motivation] 

  • ·      The fact that someday I am going to run my own adorable coffee shop.
  • ·      Last but not least – The quote above is so true!!! I'll go a little bit farther with it though because once I started keeping track of the number of books I was reading each year, I pushed myself even harder to keep it up. [Except now it’s kind of gotten out of hand. I am on my 32nd book this year and I’ll admit- I don’t really have time for that! I’ll also admit that because of that, I spend way too much time in the tub and not enough time with my hunny! Hee Hee!]



What motivates you? Take some time to think about this question and I bet you'll feel a whole hell of a lot more motivated!

***********************************************************************





One more thing—

I didn’t mention this yesterday, but I had a really great weekend with my hubby, friends and family! 
Above is a picture of us at Corn Hill Nursery in Corn Hill, NB.  We decided to go on a Saturday morning adventure for brunch instead of the Market this week. If you’ve never been, you should go! They have a great little café and it’s just a really lovely place!

More pictures below! 




A Cedar cafe Picture


Another one. Lovely eh? 

Got to see how apple juice was made


Little Beaner even got to come along for the ride!
Here she is,  chilling with her Auntie in the backseat.


Happy 25th!!!!!! xoxox


We also celebrated one of my wonderful lady friends 25th Birthday over the weekend! It was definitely a night to remember! There was a limo ride included in this evening; so, if you can only imagine how fun that must have been! It was!!!! Happy Quarter Century Girly!!!


Tomorrow's HUMP day!!! 

Monday, 3 October 2011

Motivation Monday



I ran 10k once and it felt amazing.  I’ll do it again.
~Natasha LeBlanc








Miss Movember, 5km Run/Walk
Nov 26, 2011
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Ok, so it might not be 10km this time, but it’s a start!!! It’s also for a really great cause!!! Ladies…. we might not be able to grow mustaches, but we can run!

I am so excited to have just signed up for Miss Movember.  This race will be Atlantic Canada’s first all-women’s running event. We’ll be running along the waterfront path in Riverview on November 26th to support to the ongoing fight against prostate cancer.

I may have had super cheesy, veggie and black bean quesadilla’s with loads of sour cream, salsa and fresh guacamole tonight for supper; along with some homemade chocolate chip cookies for dessert; and I may have opted to stay in tonight and read instead of get outside for a walk, but I just signed up for this thing so it’s time to get my ass back in gear! I have little over a month to get myself back to where I was in June. I can do this!!!!

I think back to April when I started the Running Room and how hard it was but I also remember how incredible I felt after each run. I say I gave it up in the summer because it was too hot but I realize now that I really shouldn’t have done that! This is going to be tough, BUT - I’m back at it! I am!!!