Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I've moved!

Well, not me really. I have a new blog. I am now at I am trying to find a way to merge the two but not sure if I can. In the meantime, come and visit me at Works of Heart!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

LOVE these cards!

Convention may be 11 months away, but I have started creating cards to swap. This year, I only had a couple of months and ended up with only 15 cards because I had hardly any paper to work with and little time. This time, I have oodles of paper and embellishments, and I am making time every evening to create a card or two.

I always start by sketching an idea and noting the paper, ink and embellishments I want to use. Then I decide on sizes and note those as well. My cards don't always end up the way I draw them, but that is okay.

So the recipe for these cards:

- Card bases - cardstock of choice cut to 5 1/2" X 8" and scored/folded at 4" to make 5 1/2" X 4" card

- B&T Duo paper of choice cut to 3 1/2" square

- Cardstock squares - 3" square (tear around edges if you want)

Ink edges of cardstock and B&T. Adhere one 3 1/2" B&T to card front leaving room at the bottom of the card for the sentiment. Adhere 3" cardstock square on top of B&T. (Add any ribbon before adhereing.) Add images, embellishments, and sentiments as desired.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Voice From the Past

The phone call came at 3:30 this afternoon and went something like this:

Me: Hello?
Caller: Sorry to bother you, but I am looking for Jan Gray.
Me: Well, I USED to be Jan Gray, but am now McCormick.
Caller: This is David Brown.
Me: Oh my God. You mean New Zealand David Brown??
Caller: The very same.

This is when the grin on my face got huge and I nearly fell off my chair. David and his wife Nina, and I had lost touch about 19 years ago as our paths went in different directions. I have often thought of them and wondered what they were up to. I searched Facebook, hoping one or both of them would be on this vast social network, but to no avail. And here I get a call out of the blue!

I met David so many years ago when he was an instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and my then husband was one of his students. Nina was also a student and once she graduated, they started dating and the rest is history. David was the best man at my ex's and my wedding, and we were friends for some time. The my ex and I moved to Vancouver and then to Halifax and we all lost touch. When I returned to Edmonton in 1987, I met up with David again and we met a few times for coffee. Then we lost touch again for 19 years.

David and Nina now live in Victoria, B. C. and I so want to see them again. It has been far too long and there is so much catching up to do...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Ben Stein - A Very Profound Commentary

I was going back through some emails looking for one in particular, when I came across one sent to me several months ago by a friend. I had glanced over it at the time thinking "Oh crap, not another one." Today I actually read it. It really got me thinking about all the things we did in school that are not allowed any more and the things we were taught by our parents and teachers. We started the school day by singing Oh Canada and reciting the Lord's Prayer. We were punished if we did something wrong. We were taught to respect our elders and to not give them any lip. We were taught that life is precious and that it is not okay to hurt others. When I read this email, I wanted to share it with everyone. So here it is in its entirety. A message from Ben Stein:

My confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'
In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem ( Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said okay.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not, then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Holy cow! Where has the time gone??

It is September already and the leaves are turning. The Maple in my backyard is gorgeous in its Autumn Red, and the ferns are turning brown. Time to clean out the dead stuff and get ready for that dreaded "w" word - Winter, and with it the "s" word - snow!! EEWW!! Time to think about putting away the lawn-mower and getting out the snow blower. Now THAT is a depressing thought!

Autumn brings with it - hmmm, what does it bring? I see plants dying, geese heading south, and Christmas decorations in Costco! Christmas!? Already!!?? Three months away and already there is stuff out. WAY too early to be thinking about that. Or is it? If I start now, maybe I will be able to get everything done this year that I had planned on. All the baking, all the gifts I want to make. But then again, I could say to heck and talk the old guy into going away for a week instead. Say, December 23 to 29 or something. I would love to spend Christmas in Disneyland. Spent New Year's there and it was a zoo. But a fantastic zoo!! Or maybe a cruise. Christmas at sea...

Oh well. Keep dreaming. As for now, I am going to keep hoping the snow stays away as long as possible and when it does show up, there is not much of it and it only lasts a few weeks. As I said, keep dreaming...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Muscles? Is that what they are? They hurt!!

Okay. Been working out at the YMCA for a few months now and have been gaining muscle and losing fat. Note I say losing fat, not losing weight. It turns out fat weighs less than muscle, so the muscle I have gained is keeping my weight up there where I don't want it. Good - my clothes are somewhat looser. Bad - there is still too much fat hanging around.

So I spoke with my trainer and man, did he change up my routine! Monday, Wednesday and Friday now has 20 - 30 minutes of cardio and then weights for a half hour. Upper body Monday and Friday, legs on Wednesday. Tuesday and Thursday are what I now refer to as Torture Days: 45 - 60 mins of cardio and then 10 - 15 mins of abs (side and front planks, pendulum leg lifts and sit ups on a balance board). Anyone who has done planks knows these little beauties are real killers! But I will have Abs of Steel in no time! I hope...

Now I am so tired I can hardly move. I think when I get home tonight, I will have supper and go to bed, and supper is completely optional.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Weather, garage sales, and other stuff

So, could someone please tell me why I continue to live in Alberta? It is May 4th and we have the blizzard of the century going on outside the windows. Y-U-C-K!!!!!! Just yesterday, I saw flower buds on my lilac bushes, and on the weekend people were buying up bedding plants for their gardens. And now this!!??

One of my bus buddies was in Cuba the week before last - when we had the great weather - and ever since he returned, our weather has been awful! Hmmm...Wonder if he will go back there and stay for a month or two...

Going to my sister's after work tomorrow to help her get ready for a major pre-move purge this weekend. It is amazing how much 'stuff' a person accumulates over the course of several years. And why move it when you can sell it and make money to PAY for the move? Sounds logical to me...

Amanda called this morning to say her car - aka my Echo - wouldn't start. Her friend had left the interior light on and the battery ran down. I told her to call Toyota Roadside Service since I paid for the service but have never used it. Her response -"That's okay. I plugged the car in." Oh dear. At least the engine will be warm...

So much for my ramblings today. Stay indoors, and if that is not possible, stay warm!