Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sunny Saturday Smiles

I'm having an amazing day.  It's Easter weekend and there's a whole lot of hustle and bustle.  Lots of cleaning and preparation to do, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

So far today, I've put away 4 baskets of laundry, washed & dried 3 more loads to be put away, scrubbed the kitchen and mopped the entire main floor.  For those of you wondering, we have hardwood and ceramic floors over the entire main floor; the only carpet is upstairs in the hall and bedrooms.

To top it all off, it's a beautiful sunny and warm Saturday.  I've had the windows open all day and that winter smell has been replaced by cool fresh air.  I think it has definitely affected my mood!  I even bought myself a bunch of tulips at the store this afternoon.  I thought they'd make a great centrepiece and add to my cheery disposition today.

There's just something about sunny Spring Saturdays that make me smile.  

Wishing you all sunny Saturday smiles and a very Happy Easter!

Blessed Be.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Five Question Friday 3/15/13

Woo Hoo, we made it!  It's finally Friday! 
After a rough night last night; sick kids, arguments and a migraine, I'm ready to start the weekend.

To get things rolling, here's Five Question Friday!

Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP!

Oh, and remember (pay close attention...this is the important one)...HAVE FUN!

1.  What is the one thing you wish you did not have to teach your children?
I expect many parents will say "the birds & the bees", but I don't think that's the one for me.  Yes, that talk will be awkward, but it's one that needs to come from me and not someone else be it a teacher or peer.
However, what I wish I didn't have to teach my kids is that life is hard.  People can be mean and cruel and they will make you cry.  You will second guess yourself and your decisions; and often you will feel like shit.  But it's within that same lesson, that I'll teach my kids to be strong and caring, compassionate and empathetic.  Life is a bitch.  It'll build you up and knock you down; but, it's how you pick yourself up and brush yourself off that makes the difference.

2.  What are you going to use since Google Reader is going away?
Google Reader, what's that?  No, seriously, what is it?  I'm going to wager a guess that it's an RSS reader?  I've always used News Gator (Net News Wire for Mac), and I will continue to do so.  It's easy to use and houses all my RSS feeds in one neat space.

3.  British comedy; hilarious or strange?
I find this category hit and miss.  Some British comedies are utterly hilarious; Mr. Bean, for example!  Rowan Atkinson just makes me roll with laughter. 
However, more times than not, I find British comedy strange.  I just don't get that brand of funny, I guess.

4.  Do you prefer card games or board games?
I LOVE me some Euchre, Asshole or a good game of Bullshit! 
In case, you're not familiar with those games, they are all card games.  Growing up, we rarely played board games, so that's likely where my love of card games comes from.  It started with simple games like Go Fish and Crazy Eights, eventually graduating to Rummi or Gin and finally Euchre or Poker. 
My all-time favourte is Euchre.  Some of my fondest highschool memories are of the 6-man Euchre games we had in the caffeteria on spare or lunch. 

5.  Will winter ever end?
Of course, it will!  I just don't know when, LOL.  Not that I mind.  I like the snow and I don't mind the cold, as long as it's not that bitter cold.  I'm Canadian and proud to enjoy our four seasons no matter how long or short they may be.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mean Girls

Every night, we enjoy a family dinner.  We all sit at the kitchen table and eat together.  It's our chance to catch up with each other and what's happened that day at school, work, etc. 

Pretty mentioned she had spent recess walking with her teacher, so I asked if her friends were off ill?  She responded with "I don't have any friends any more".  What?  Pretty has always had an outgoing personality and has surrounded herself with many friends, so to hear she didn't have friends sent off a warning bell.  I probed a little further asking why she thought this.  She informed me that Jane's mom told her she couldn't play with Pretty anymore; which seemed very harsh.  I gently asked Pretty if she had done something to Jane  that might make her mom say this and Pretty said she hadn't done anything.  But, Pretty's friends have chosen "sides" and play with Jane at recess leaving Pretty to fend for herself.  The upside to this is that Pretty seems indifferent to it all; however, I'm not sure that's really the case.

Now, I know kids can distort the truth and be hurtful.  Perhaps Pretty and Jane had a disagreement or maybe something has happened that I don't know about.  I would hope in the case of the latter, Jane's mom would contact me to let me know.  I did email Jane's mother this morning to clarify things.  I would rather know if Pretty has done something, so I can deal with it accordingly, than have her wonder what happened to her friendship(s).  I somehow have a feeling that this is just the start of girl adolescence.  Girls are mean.  Plain and simple.  I don't know why and I certainly don't agree with it; but, there it is.  I have definitely been a victim of mean girls, and I would by lying if I said I didn't dish out my fair share of meanness too as kid.  But why do we become mean girls; is it survival of the fittest?  Is it learned behaviour.  Do we feel a need to put others down so we feel better about ourselves?

How can we teach our daugthers that it's okay to have disagreements and differences and still be friends and that differences can actually help us forge stronger bonds?

Sigh, as a mom I want to jump in and fix it; but, I know Pretty has to work this out on her own.  I can at least find out if there is a problem that I need to deal with or if it's simply girls being girls.  In either case, it's not going to be easy. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pop, No Pop

If you were to look in our fridge on any given day, you would find countless cans of Coke.  However, on my quest to a better me, I've decided to give up this guilty pleasure. 
In reality, I don't drink a whole lot of pop to begin with; maybe one can a day.  But the amount of sugar in one can is enough to affect my overall health. 

I'm on day two of no pop and I can't say I miss it.  If I want a fizzy drink, I've reached for a Perrier water instead.  I can't say I "feel" any better having cut out the pop; but, I know in the long run I'll be all the better for it.  And, that's not to say I won't or can't indulge every once in a while.  I may treat myself to a glass on the weekend or if I'm at a party; or when that pesky migraine won't go away without a dose of Advil and Coke.  I won't be drinking pop every day.

Now, if only I can get Mr. Twingle on board with this plan, we may be able to cut down our grocery bill if we're not buying so many cans of Coke :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday Musings

Happy Monday!  Here's hoping your week is off to a good start.

It's a cold, yet gorgeous sunny day in my neck of the woods.  There's something about the sun in the winter that makes me smile.  It's almost like it sets the mood for my entire day.  Does anyone else feel like this?

Come to think of it, I draw a lot of positivity from nature.  I've always loved the outdoors.  Camping, hiking, swimming and even just sitting reading a book will soothe my soul.  There's something about a crackling fire, the fresh warm breeze, the coolness of water and the smell of fresh cut grass that call to me.  In a moment of boredom, I googled "nature affecting moods" and found that many people feel and draw power from nature.  These people are often Wiccan.  I'm not talking witches and warlocks, though there are some that practice Magick. 
I'm intrigued by Wicca and how those that practice it, use nature to draw energy and positivity into their lives.  I don't really know enough about it though, so I think I'll add researching it to my, ever growing, to do list. 
I will report back my findings when I finally find time to dig deeper.  In the mean time, I hope you all have a wonderful week and don't forget to "spring forward" this weekend.