Fall Favorites

It’s been a while since I have done one of these so I decided that today is the day.

Fall is and always has been my favorite season, for lots of reasons.

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Here are my thoughts on some Fall themed questions that should give you an understanding of my love for this season.

  1. What is your favorite Fall indoor activity?

My favorite thing to do on a cool Fall evening is to sit in my comfy chair and knit or crochet. Mittens, hats, sweaters, baby outfits, blankets, and I have even completed a pair of socks, but sometimes I have difficulty sticking to just one project before it’s completed because I’m anxious to start on another one. I generally make more things then I need for myself just because I enjoy seeing the completed project. I usually sell or give away a lot of what I make.

  1. What is your favorite Fall outdoor activity?

The Fall is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities. My favorite thing to do in the Fall is take my camera and walk or hike through the woods in different locations taking pictures of the beautiful Fall colours. My husband and I try to go hiking on weekends whenever possible. We haven’t gotten out much this Fall but I don’t think the hiking weather is over yet.

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  1. What is your favorite Fall colour?

The colours of the leaves are very rich this Fall and I love the bright yellows and oranges, but my favorite is always the red of the Maples. These colours are three of my favorites at any time of the year but because they are natures colours in the Fall it makes life even more enjoyable in the Fall.

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  1. What is your favorite Fall sound?

I have two favorite sounds of Fall, both related. I love being in the woods on a windy day and hearing the sound of the dried leaves rustling in the trees overhead, but just as much a favorite is scuffling through the leaves on the ground as they scatter as my feet push through them.

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  1. What is your favorite Fall landscape?

My favorite landscape in the Fall is a body of water surrounded by trees with leaves that have changed their colours and is reflected in the still waters like a mirror producing twice the splendor.

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  1. What is your favorite Fall temperature?

Fall can have a full range of temperatures from extreme heat to extreme cold, but a Fall with temperatures somewhere between those two extremes is what I look forward too. The heat of the summer is past and the cold of winter is not quite here yet. The days and evenings are cool and crisp and perfect for wearing jeans and sweatshirts.

  1. What is your favorite Fall clothing item?

When the temperature is too warm for heavy coats, mittens and hats, but too cold for sandals, shorts and t-shirts it is perfect for sneakers, jeans and sweatshirts, my favorite Fall clothing.

  1. What is your favorite Fall smell?

I love the smells of Fall, both inside and outside. I look forward every year to the smell of our turkey cooking for our Thanksgiving dinner. If our children decide at some point that they would like to take over the preparing of the Family meal for Thanksgiving I believe I would still have to cook a turkey myself (even if it was just a small one) just to have that delicious smell fill my house.

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My other favorite smell of Fall is one that I’m sure not everyone understands but I love it….it’s the smell of dead leaves. I grew up in the country on an expansive piece of property made up of hay fields and forest.

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The colours of the Fall leaves are always so pretty but eventually they drop to the ground and begin to decay. The thought of finding the smell of anything decaying may not be appealing to most people but this particular smell is a favorite of mine in the Fall. IMG_0120xWhat is your favorite Fall meal?

I would have to say my favorite meal in the Fall is Thanksgiving dinner. My husband and I cook all kinds of hearty meals in the Fall but my favorite is most definitely our turkey dinner. The turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, squash, corn, all smothered in rich and delicious turkey gravy, followed by pumpkin pie and whip cream and/or raspberry cheese cake for dessert is a meal that I look forward to without a doubt more than any other meal we prepare. Of course the result is that I always eat way too much, but it is so worth it. (Oh we cook turnip too as it is a vegetable my husband enjoys, but I can’t include it as a favorite of mine.)

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  1. What is your favorite Fall memory?

One of my favorite Fall memories would have to be of the first day of school, every year. No matter how warm the first day of school was it was always exciting to wear the new “back to school” clothes. Sorting through all of the new school supplies, back pack, lunch bag, pens, pencils, pencil case, notebooks, and even the “I’m only going to use it once or twice” math set. Getting on the bus at my grandparents’ house (their house was closer to the beginning of the bus run) to pick the seat that would be mine for the year. Showing up at school and seeing the friends that I hadn’t seen all summer and getting back into a routine. The first day of school was certainly more favorable then all the days following it.

 

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Doggy Dental Surgery

My husband and I are off work tomorrow for the beginning of the Canada Day weekend. How are we spending the day? Taking our little Emma in to the vet to have extensive dental surgery done.

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The vet told us a few weeks ago that she has never seen a dogs teeth like hers, gums receding and holes in the sides of her teeth. She thinks something traumatic must have happened in her mouth, maybe even before we got her to cause such a problem.
We don’t know how many teeth will be pulled since the vet won’t know for sure until she can take a good look but if you think going to the dentist yourself to have a tooth pulled is expensive…..let’s just say I’ve been asked a few times what we are doing for our summer holidays and I just say “doggy dental surgery for Emma”.
We have to have her to the vets by 8:10 am and she will be there all day. It will seem awfully quiet to be home without her, while we wait to hear when we can go pick her up.
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I think Emma will be the most upset about not getting her treat at bedtime tonight, even more then not eating or drinking anything in the morning. Every night at bedtime she runs up the stairs and jumps up on to our bed and patiently waits for my husband to come up and give her the treat. She knows I don’t have it so if I come up before him she just keeps looking around me so she can see him come through the door knowing that he will for sure have something for her. Then the drooling starts and the longer he takes to give her the treat the more drool pours out of her mouth. It can be kind of messy but it’s a ritual that has been going on for several years now.
Hopefully everything goes well tomorrow and she bounces back quickly so she can feel better and resume her regular routine….and ours.
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Christ Like Love

The other day I read a Facebook status on my friend Laura’s wall that said, “I want to love like Christ does.” She went into detail and explanation on her post but those 7 words made me stop and think about my own life and how I don’t live or “love” like that.

So many verses in the Bible talk about Christ’s love for us. To be able to show that same kind of love towards our family, our friends and even those that are not our friends is something to work towards. We can easily love those who are lovely, but we should all take a look at how we treat those that are not so lovely.

Proverbs 10:12 (NASB)

12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.
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Matthew 5:43-48 (NASB)

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.10392583_502855593193824_8761902336248001847_n

Luke 6:35 (NASB)

35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
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John 13:35 (NASB)

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John 15:13 (NASB)

13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
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Romans 12:9-21 (NASB)

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit,serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. 

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.10533037_500531350092915_5655848325491653566_n

1 Peter 4:8 (NASB)

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1 John 3:16-18 (NASB)

16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.11700517_701170063362375_7816906330618796293_o

These are just a few of the verses I found that speak pretty clearly about how Christ loves us and I have posted them here to be a reminder for me as I journey through this life that I need to show love to all people, not just the people I like, but also the people who I disagree with and find it difficult to like based on their words, their actions, and their life choices. I need to work harder to demonstrate Christ like love to everyone that I come into contact with everyday. 🙂

We All Get Stressed At Times….Some More Than Others

Everyday we seem to get caught up in dealing with situations or people that we find stressful. Usually our level of stress is higher or lower depending on our own mood or emotions at the time of the situation. On any other day the same situation or conversation may not even be something you take notice of.

Have you ever noticed that some of us, (I am including myself here as I know my husband will read this and include me) let the smallest things upset us while other people just seem to be able to deal with the same thing in a completely calm and rational way? Frankly it can also add to our frustration when others don’t react as we think they should based on our own reactions.

In an effort to try to combat some of the things that can cause us to get over-anxious, or frustrated, or stressed, or upset I found some helpful tips that we should all try to apply to our lives each day and hopefully relieve ourselves (and those around us) from some of our more “stressful” situations.

Forgive yourself for mistakes and poor choices in life.

Forgive others for wrongs or perceived wrongs towards you.

Stop judging your life by the actions or words of others.

Don’t get personally involved in other people’s situations, especially if they are negative.

Don’t worry if decisions you have made are right or wrong, the decision is made.

Don’t get caught up comparing your life to everyone else’s, it is not a contest, and it is to be lived on your terms not theirs.

Don’t take everything personally, everything is not about you.

Don’t sweat the small stuff, and most stuff is the small stuff.

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Don’t handle every situation like it is an emergency, if it is not it can wait.

Do something nice for yourself.

Do something nice for others.

Stop allowing others to make you feel pressured in any situation.

Don’t just complain about things, if it is possible to fix, do so.

Don’t obsess over things you have no control over. Some things will just happen.

Stop over analyzing every situation.

Things that have not happened yet, may not happen so don’t waste time worrying about what might

happen in the future.

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Take words like stressed out, worried, or pressured out of your vocabulary.

Don’t create unnecessary drama in your life, relax.

Don’t be materialistic. More stuff means more stress. No need to keep up with the Jones’.

If it’s not your problem don’t make it your problem.

Don’t get caught up in gossip.

Try to remember that most situations don’t last forever and you will get through it.

If a situation won’t still matter in a few years don’t dwell on it, move on.

Don’t put unrealistic demands on yourself and your time. Do what you can, the rest can wait.

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Don’t rush through a meal, relax and enjoy.

Try to cut spending to save for the future and become free from debt.

Don’t create problems to focus on, there will be enough without making them up.

Don’t try to do everything yourself. Know when to ask for help.

Exercise every day; it will help your mind and your body.

Play with your children or pets every day.

Find a hobby or activity that is just for you.

The beginning of every conversation should be positive.

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Eliminate unnecessary commitments.

Accept that things can take longer than you think.

Always be early (not too early) so that you don’t feel hurried.

Remember that negative situations in life teach us important life lessons.

Help others whenever possible.

Laugh at yourself, you know others are.

Create a “to do” list but don’t add to it until you have completed something from it.

Read for pleasure as often as possible.

You should LOL at something every day.

Be thankful for the small things and show that you appreciate them.

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Get rid of anything or anyone that makes you miserable.

Don’t stress out trying to get everyone to agree with you, that will never happen.

Be sure to smile at everyone, every day, whether you feel like it or not, you will soon feel like it.

If you’re feeling down about something, look around and help someone else who needs a hand.

Every day try to see your future in the most positive light.

Take every opportunity to be encouraging to others.

Tell the people you love how you feel daily, even if you’re temporarily mad at them.

Life isn’t always fair but it is still a gift, practice gratitude.

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Yes, the list is quite long and while I don’t believe that by applying these techniques to our lives we will never feel stress but at least it may eliminate some of the “over stressing” in our lives and allow us to be happier and healthier individuals. 🙂

Just My Opinion

I have this blog so that I can express my thoughts and feelings on things that I find interesting or that bother me or that i just feeling like writing. Maybe there is interest in what I write and maybe there isn’t but I do it for me so if you are interested, great, if not, so be it.

For those of you that know me well you realize that I am a Facebook user addict. Because of my interest in addiction to Facebook I feel the need to comment on the fact that so many Facebook users are constantly complaining about what others do on Facebook.

Facebook does not belong to you or to me but was created and set up as a social media outlet. I post things about me and my family that most of you could care less about but the fact that you don’t care doesn’t make any difference to me. When I post something on Facebook I have at least one person in mind who is interested, the rest of you can choose to care or not it makes no difference to me. I realize that not all of my 215 Facebook friends care that my husband and I had a date night and checked into a restaurant or are attending a hockey game or that I wish to save a certain recipe so I share it on my page so I can find it later, or that I think something is funny and so I write about it or that my kids are doing whatever it is that they are doing.

Things show up in my news feed everyday from my Facebook friends that I sometimes never read because I am not interested and sometimes I do read them because I am interested, but I get to decide what I will waste my own time reading and what I will not, its my time to waste which is actually what Facebook amounts to…..people wasting time together, but also as a way to connect and share with others, for whatever reason.

I also  play several games on Facebook for my own enjoyment, entertainment and time wasting. When I open a game to play a box appears that allows check it if I wish to send extra lives or extra moves to people the game has selected, generally people that play the game. I do not read through the list of names to decide who might or might not be interested in getting an extra turn or an extra move, because frankly how would I know that, but I do click the box and move on to playing the game because if I send you a life I assume you will also send me one when you next log on to play. That’s just how it works.

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I won’t apologize for sending you game requests that you have no interest in nor will I stop sending to you if your name is in the list. I also get requests every day for games I have no interest in and they show up in my notifications. I open my notification list, glance at it and if there is nothing of any interest to me in it I close and and it ends there.

I will never ask any of my Facebook friends to stop sending me requests of any kind nor will I ask you to stop posting recipes or videos or dumb little pictures with sayings that not everyone finds as funny as you do or status updates about you or your family that I myself may have little or no interest in or anything else for that matter. Your Facebook page is for you to use as you see fit and mine is for me to use as I see fit.

I would suggest to all of those out there that are bothered by what others do or post to feel free to delete the “friends” that are bothering you or delete Facebook because it is clearly not for you.

That is just my opinion and I don’t even care if anyone bothers to read this. I posted it because I felt like it.

Now on to Candy Crush to try to beat the next level. Candy Crush players…..send me a life or tell me to get one!! LOL

Somewhere down the road

This post was written by a friend of mine about some of the same people I know and the same community I called home for most of my life. Reading this made me a bit homesick and a bit  teary eyed and really made me miss my Dad. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane Christy. 🙂

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This weekend my husband and I went to a beautiful outdoor wedding. The weather was perfect for the end of September, with just the right amount of warmth from the sun and light breeze for the occasion. The festivities were set right on the water, with the guests sitting on wooden benches nestled amongst the trees beside the winding path down to wedding altar.

The gorgeous bride was in the youth group my husband and I ran many moons ago, as were her sisters and friend who were three of the five bridesmaids. The minister was my husband’s best man in our own wedding 18 years ago, and his wife was my first roommate in university. This all made for a delightful afternoon of reminiscing and celebrating the future.

If I were to segment my life into different periods, I think I would do so based on the places I…

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Sleep Apnea and CPAP Machines

It seems to me that Sleep Apnea is a pretty common condition these days which makes me pretty sure that at least one person who reads this is currently using a CPAP machine. If you are one of those people…..please tell me how you managed to get used to actually sleeping with that contraption attached to your face.

I have only had my machine for two nights now and I realize that’s not a long enough time period to decide that I will never get used to it but that is how I’m feeling about it right now.

Anyone I have spoken to who uses one of these machines praises it to the high heavens….. “The best night’s sleep I have ever had.” “I couldn’t sleep without mine now.” “If I miss a night of using it I am useless the next day.” “You should definitely get one, you will feel so much better, you will wish you had gotten it sooner.” Well seriously I don’t know how much time it will take to feel any benefit from using it.

On night number one, which was Thursday night, it seemed like I was waking up every few minutes or so to try to adjust the mask over my nose, and once I was awake all I could hear was the whooshing of the air which sounded louder to me then sleeping with my bedroom window open in the summer and hearing the city bus stop and start outside of our house. By the time the alarm went off Friday morning I was exhausted from being awake most of the night. My co-workers asked if I felt refreshed from my first night’s sleep with the machine and I gave them a full blown rant of it being one of my worst sleeps ever.

Last night I got all set up for sleep number two with the machine and for some reason I thought I would have a better sleep than I did the first night…..so wrong! I had no trouble falling asleep which was around 11:00pm but that was short lived. Every time I rolled over I felt the need to grab the mask and adjust it and I felt like I couldn’t breathe and the mask was suffocating me (a little over dramatic here, but it was pretty annoying). By 1:30am I couldn’t handle it any longer and I ripped the stupid mask off my face and shut the machine off hoping to just get a normal night’s sleep. I might as well have left it on after all because I was too annoyed to fall back to sleep until around 6:00 am this morning. Thank goodness it’s Saturday and I didn’t have to go to work today because I was having trouble focusing on anything I was so exhausted.

From what I have researched and been told by friends and my doctor, sleep apnea is a condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing stops or becomes very shallow, you move out of deep sleep and into light sleep and as a result the quality of your sleep is poor which makes you feel very tired during the day. My test results showed that I was stopping breathing 70 times an hour, which seems to me to be quite frequent. They say, if left untreated there is an increase in the risk of high blood pressure (which I have), heart attack or stroke. It could increase the risk of heart failure and could make irregular heartbeats more likely. So for the sake of my health I thought I should give this CPAP machine a try since everyone I know who suffers from sleep apnea has said it has made a huge difference in their lives.

Well here’s the thing, if I can’t sleep because I have this thing attached to my face or I can’t sleep because I have sleep apnea wouldn’t I be better off to at least wake up unrested without realizing that I didn’t sleep well? I’m obviously not sleeping either way.

My question to anyone who uses one of these machines is….“How did you ever get used to it and how long did it take until you did get used to sleeping with it, and do you truly feel better for using it?” Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated.