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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Canada Day

Well, Canada Day is almost at an end!

I'm sure you're wondering what I did to celebrate our nation's birthday - NOT!

But I'm going to tell you anyway. I scrapbooked!

I got quite a few layouts done, which is great since it takes me a while. I can't just crank them out. I have to be in the moment, let my creative juices flow, go through a lot of trial and error. Granted most of them are of the kids, but that just made it fun. Since I don't have any kids of my own, doing these layouts were a lot of fun. I got to run with themes that were different and fun - yes I know I am overusing this word but there is no other word to describe it!. Of course, my journalling isn't done...I always leave that last. It's the part I struggle with the most.

By the way, since I have brought up journalling, does anyone have a gold metallic pen or fine tip marker? I did a LO on black with lots of gold accents and thought some journalling in gold would be just the thing. Oh, and if you have a silver pen, that would be great too. I have another LO that needs some journalling in silver. I thought I had one, but I can't seem to find it.

I even used up some of my stash. Trying to be very supply savvy. I think they turned out well. I tried to use a different colour scheme for the 'Fall Frolic' LO. Normally I would have gone with the tried and true fall colours, but this time I drew from Em's shirt colours. This is something I NEVER do. And for my first time, I think it turned out well.

I've been hanging on to the 'fun in the sun' ribbon for a year and a half, knowing I wanted to use it for a page of K and Em. I actually used some fish brads that have been in my stash for years with no hope of ever being used. I did have to pick up some paper at Nick's, but I honestly had nothing to work with.

I wove a soccer net for my 'Soccer Star' LO. Took a lot of patience, but it turned out well and made a lot of these pictures work.

And this last LO is the one I need a gold marker or pen for. Can you even get a gold pen? I know there are silver ones, but gold? I used some of my leaf brads that have been sitting in my stash gathering dust. Three down, three dozen to go.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Stampin' up! Catty Is OUT!

The SU catalogue revealed!

Last night, that is. At our demonstrators house, with a bunch of the girls.

First of all, I have to say that I was much less 'wowwed' by this year's catty than last year's. But ya know what? There are a lot more new stamps in this year's catty that I would buy and USE. That's the key - USE. Last year, I found lots of stamps that I loved, but if I bought them, I really didn't use them much. I can already tell that this will not be the case this year. Thank goodness the first groups meeting is actually MY party. Because I already have my first purchase picked out. And it's a big one!

What have I picked out? you ask. Well, chipboard, of course! They now have chipboard alphabet and shapes...granted only one style, but that's ok. Gotta hav'em. I am also going to order the Letter Prints and Letter Patterns stamps. Why? Because they would make some great patterns on the chipboard! Duh! It's all about chipboard, baby! And I plan on getting the new colours they have out. Yes, I said new colours! 6 new colours every 3 months, I believe my demo said. Now, I don't want all 6 colour ink pads, just three of them. But I will get the paper in all 6 colours. My only beef with the new colours is that SU didn't offer the inks in Stampin' Spots. Just full ink pads. And I am very tempted by three, yes I said 3, Christmas sets. Because of that, I think I am going to sell my retired Christmas verses, so I can justify buying the new 'Glad Tidings' and 'Many Merry Messages'. Of course, the minute I saw the new 'City if David' set, I really liked it. Now, I usually don't have any reason to make religious Christmas cards, but this year I just might, so I can buy and USE this set.

On another, perhaps more disappointed note, I have to say that I am not sure Queen of the Tay should be allowed to buy stamps anymore. (Sigh!) The ones she really liked - well, I don't know how to described them. I think it is her Scope habit. It's seriously compromised her stamp buying ability. (Really big sigh!) And let's be honest. She'll buy these stamps and then just borrow mine! So she might as well just save herself the money. Or better yet, run all her stamp buying by me. Now, I can just imagine Queen right now, reading this. She is probably flipping me the bird. Hehe!

And that's it for now. I have yet to run through the book a second time. I am sure I will find MORE that I ABSOLUTELY have to HAVE! I always do. Toodles!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Tasty Tuesday!

Tasty Tuesday is here and do I have an interesting recipe for you!

This recipe will turn even the most die hard tuna-hater into a tuna-lover!

Ok, so maybe it doesn't look too appetizing. But it taste amazing!

Tuna TV Special

1 can water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
1 small onion, minced
4 tbsp Cheese Whiz
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp pickle relish
1 tbsp mustard
6 hamburger or hot dog rolls

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.

Spoon the filling in the rolls, dividing evenly between them. Wrap each roll in aluminum foil.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil to serve.

Be careful! It will be VERY hot!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Word Google!

It's Monday. Horror of horrors. Need I say more?

So, it's google a word day and since Canada Day is only days away, today's word is:


1. The first site is 'Gouvernement du Canada'. No, no, not in english. In french. Hmmmm.... Canadian isn't even a french word and the first site is the french version of the gov't site? Disturbing.

2. Second site is A great website for the latest news or you local television listings. And to see just how much of the media CanWest actually owns - most of the major Canadian newspapers, Global TV, CH TV, eight of the 'specialty channels', and a radio station!

3. Canadian Universities. A list of them all.'s a U of Waterloo altruistic of them.

4. Wikipedia's page on Canada.....Well, that's a lot of info. And a lot of it, I had supressed from grade 8 social studies class.

5. Wanna hazard a guess what #5 is? Yup, you got it! That great patriotic site - Canadian Tire. In a long line of historical and patriotic hits, we get Crappy Tire. Well, isn't that special?

Here's a bit of interesting info - Did you know that it was started in September 1922? And that in 1940, there were 105 stores? And today there are 423 stores and 202 gas stations? Did you know the owner, J.W.Billes died in 1956 and left all his shares to 23 charities?

6. Ahhhhh....CBC Television. Home of boredom. I mean, really, would it kill them to pick up some interesting Canadian shows? CTV does. Is there a law out there that says CBC has to air the CTV rejects? The only thing worth watching is Hockey Night in Canada and Rick Mercer.

7. Hit #7 is the Canadian Diabetic Society. Ok, they do good work, so I can't poopoo them. Damn their do-goodyness!

8. Library and Archives Canada. Wow. I almost fell asleep reading the title. Man, this is one snooze of a site. Next!

9. Ahh, yes! My friend - Canada 411. Where would I be without this gem? Lost, probably. Interestingly enough, this is where I have done committee research. My only beef with Canada 411 is that crappy message you sometimes get - 'due to the portability of phone numbers blah, blah, blah' . Why not just say someone switched to your competitor or that it's a cell phone, instead of sending me into a coma reading that crap?

and the final one....

Drum roll please!....

10. The Canadian Red Cross. Dammit! Another bunch of do-gooders. Do they have to be so giving and charitable?! How am I supposed to snark them?

And that's it for today....not nearly as good as the last one.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Weather, Work and Whatever

What the hell is with the weather!?! One day it's raining, the next, it's hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement! Of course, the next two days are supposed to be rainy! Followed by a hot, humid Hump Day. Followed by more rainy weather.

I spent the day working my butt off! Iit's hot enough to poach my brain in my head and I think it's a good day to go outside and work in the sun. I took lots of breaks, but I got everything finished. Everything meaning the front gutters cleaned out, all the Christmas lights taken down, my dead rhododendron dug up, and my bastard neighbours ivy trimmed back. I was going to tackle moving my forsythia, but I was too lazy. Or maybe I was too hot. Musta been too hot, cuz I came inside and moved all my bedroom furniture around and cleaned everything in it. Oh, and I made a big supper for my mother and I in between all that.

The Holiday Weekend looms in the not so distant future. Normally I would spend it with Neeta and the kids, but that's pretty impossible this year. So, who wants to have me over? LOL!

I know you think I am joking. But really! Who wants me?

I'll bring Fuzzy Duck!