Various Rambling

I’ve been thinking a lot about quite a few things lately and now that I”ve sat down to write about it, all of a sudden I can’t seem to formulate the words I feel are there.

Lately I”ve been thinking a lot about a friend I use to have that I’ve lost touch with. Continue reading



This post (as with many of my others) is long overdue.

I think I inherited my tardiness from my dad.. when I was a kid we’d be ready to go to church on Sunday and then he’d decide he wanted to come along, but first he had to wash his hair. I remember sitting in the car looking up and seeing the bathroom light on and him rubbing his hair with a towel while we were waiting. Without fail we’d come into the service during the music or even as the sermon was just starting. I don’t think I”m always that late, but I seem to always running about 5 minutes behind everyone else.

Anyhow, there is a bit of news in my life.

1. My sister is having a baby!!! I’m so excited for them. 😀  She’s due on the first of October, and I’m going to make a little layette for the new niece/nephew. Just a small blanket, a hat, some booties and a sweater if I have time. I also have a million projects in my head that I’m going to make for them! ooo a whole life of cute projects to make for a little youngster! Valerie and Mat are going to be amazing parents.

2. The place I work had a fire a few months ago. The entire thing is quite ridiculous..  the building manager or someone hired a person to get rid of weeds around the building. This person decided TORCHING THEM would be a good idea. There are lots of problems with his notion that it would be a good thing to do: fire is not the answer to weeds (have you seen how much of those types of plants come up after a forest fire has gone through? weeds thrive after a fire.); he was walking around with a propane tank and a hose with fire coming out of it (wtf is wrong with him?); and WHY WOULD YOU PUT FIRE AROUND AN OLD BUILDING?!?! the tiles around the front of the shop only have wood behind them, and who knows how old or dry or anything that wood is…

There are no words for this stupidity. He was totally irresponsible, he could have endangered lives (thankfully the fire was after store hours), he ruined merchandise that the store didn’t even own (we are a consignment shop), he has cost the business an incredible amount of money (even with insurance coverage), and he has put the employees out of work. WTF.  I could go on and on, but I don’t think people want to read this.

3. I started using proactive. This is a good thing and a bad thing… the good is that it’s made my face look and feel a lot better and I have regained quite a bit of confidence. the bad is that I am not a fan of putting chemicals like that on/in my body (with the exception of hair bleach so I can do turquoise or something fancy).

ignore the funky look on my face, it was intensely bright out.. the whole point is that my face was so irritated and red and full of acne.


not taking into account the makeup which is quite sheer on my general face area, you should be able to see the improvement. I still have some scarring, but that’s fading fairly quickly.

I have been trying really hard to clean up my beauty routine, I have a bunch of shampoo to use up, but after it’s finished I’m going to start cleaning my hair in a way that doesn’t strip the natural oils so efficiently. I hate throwing out things so I tend to try to use things up before I switch to a cleaner alternative. I have been using mineral and natural makeup except for a couple colors of eyeshadow that I’m just looking for a good alternative to.

I didn’t like the moisturizer I got with the Proactiv set (the green tea moisturizer). It just didn’t hydrate as well as I like, I have extremely dry skin. I’ve taken to using a teensy dab of coconut or castor oil and just warming it up and working it into my skin. The castor oil especially is really calming for my irritable skin and I don’t have to reapply moisture through the day. With conventional moisturizing creams I would likely have to apply it 2 or 3 times to get rid of the dryness.

I’m planning on blending up a little castor oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil for a blend for my skin that is a little bit lighter than just castor oil alone. The oils really help restore the luster(?) to my skin after bombarding it with the Proactiv.

In the next couple days, I have a couple yarn projects to post on here for y’alls viewing pleasure.

Does anyone else have natural beauty or other secrets? I love to hear about cool ways to use items in the cupboard or schmancy ingredients.

Xmas with the Millers

Christmas Kitty!!

Christmas was good for us. I don’t have a lot to say, so this post will mostly be pictures.

our awesome dollar store xmas tree
eggnog and sourdough french toast with maple candied BACON!

Will made candied cranberries, and we did cornish hens with a sourdough, pear, bacon and eggnog stuffing (OMG SO GOOD) and a side of  yukon gold buttermilk mashed potatoes with a hint of truffles, some butter poached radishes and carrots, and a fantastic dark chicken au jous instead of gravy. After the chicken came out of the oven, he ladled hot oil over it so the skin got nice and crispy. I also made some yummy buttermilk biscuits/buns

sugar encrusted jewels of deliciousness
in progress
le husband at work
2 out of 3.. don't they look scrumptous?
fancy plating
our table! excuse the box of things I neglected to bring out to the recycling
and Dessert!! eggnog rum and whipped cream with some nutmeg sprinkled over and a cranberry perched on top

It was a very good day, friends, presents and food. I really liked spending the whole day with Will, which doesn’t happen that often with work and all that jazz.

I leave you with CRANBERRIES!!!

yum yum yum in my tum tum tum

A new addition

Today Will and I picked up our new cat!! Her name is Snowflake, and she’s about 6 yrs old. plus she’s gorgeous!! 

isn’t she amazing?!  I love her.. I don’t know about her name though.. it’s a bit unimaginative.. I was thinking of Volmae cause of the white and pink thing.. not cause of the misunderstood villain thing. Snowball is a big cat.. it’s like holding a small child when I pick her up. She has adapted quite well to our apartment, I’m happy.. I was a little worried.

part of the view from our apartment window

more when I change the batteries in our camera, and I have this place looking more presentable for my liking if I’m going to take pictures..

Exciting stuff!

the general store, which is super awesome btw

 I went to the Huble Homestead yesterday with my sisters because on Canada Day my older sister’s legs were really hurting, and it was raining a lot. It’s probably my last trip with them before I move down to New Westminster.

Elinor, Mat, and Valerie

   There were so many beautiful flowers and it was gorgeous out there.. not incredibly sunny, but at least the rain held off until we were just heading to the car.

Today, I got my hair trim, which was cool. My hairdresser that I’ve had since I was like 6 years old is pretty cool, and it was nice to catch up with her a little bit before I leave. She’s one of the neat people you meet that really make you happy cause she is so accepting of differences and she has a good head on her shoulders.

Will’s mom got a new puppy today!! he’s so gosh darn cute!!


  She hasn’t chosen a name for him yet. He was so so cute when he was running through the grass, and he’d try to step over it but it was too tall for him so he’d fall over!! XD

The other dogs, Ricky and  Bubbles had totally different reactions to them, Bubbles (Ricky’s momma) didn’t want anything to do with the puppy, but Ricky was all over it, taking care of him and licking him and sniffing him and playing. I was really impressed cause we weren’t expecting that reaction.. but I didn’t think it would be a bad situation, it was just a thing that was super sweet to see.