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Looking Up#3: Looking on the Bright Side

I have had a reality check.

My BFF treated me to dinner and explained that not having a job during summer in PEI is not necessarily the worst thing that could happen to me. She pointed out the mathematics of it all… the decreased costs offsetting the decreased wages. And she pointed out that I’ve barely had full weekend with my kids let alone weeks with them in quite some time.

And ya’ know what?  I feel much better.  I don’t think I quite realized how much my pending unemployment was weighing on me until it eased up a bit.  I’m worried, of course, but I’m not sick over it (and I think I may have been on my way there).  Looking up at the brighter side really has made the world of difference to my disposition.

Think how much better my kids will get along if there is I’m there to referee keep things running smoothly.

Think how much better my garden will look if I actually have time to weed it fiddle a bit more with it.

Think how much more I’ll have to blog about if I actually get the opportunity seek adventures and outings.

I’m thinking she’s right… and somehow or other, everything is going to be ok.


Looking Up#2 – Strike the Pose

You may recall that May’s NaBloPoMo theme is about looking up… so if I may direct your attention momentarily way, way, way up… to more divine subject matters…

Tomorrow, my dear Dolittle is making her Confirmation.  To prepare for this event, each of the young adults being confirmed had to attend confession.  On Saturday, I took Dolittle to the church to complete this step in her preparations.  I am still giggling about the conversation on the way home:

Dolittle: The priest has an accent.  He was kind of hard to understand sometimes.


Dolittle: But I’m guessing you’re not supposed to high-five the priest.

Me: Ummm.. No.

Dolittle: Because he was there with his eyes closed and his hand up in the air, and he was mumbling something I couldn’t understand, so I thought maybe he wanted a high-five.


Dolittle: And I gave him one.

Me: You high-fived the priest in confession?

Dolittle: Yep.

Me: What did he do?

Dolittle: He just opened his eyes, and I said, ‘Sorry, Man!”  Then he started to laugh.

I have no idea what they talked about, but I think it may have been a confession neither she nor the priest will forget for a while! 🙂

May NaBloPoMo

The may theme for NaBloPoMo (they do a monthly theme for those wishing to extend the challenge past the November one) is LOOK UP.  Momentarily I considered taking up that challenge.  I need to pay more attention to my somewhat neglected little blog.  I need to start sharpening my optimism, givien my pending unemployment.  It was like happenstance right there in my email box.

And then I remembered how hard NaBloPoMo is, put the thought out of my head, and went to bed.

This morning I got up early to do a little work at home before getting ready for the work day.  That’s my usual daily routine.  I get up before everybody else, turn the heat up to get the dampness off the house (if required), turn on the dryer or dishwasher( if required), plug in the kettle or coffee machine (always required), and wait on the deck for the dog to finish his morning business before I sit down at the computer to do paperwork for part-time Job 2.

Only this morning, right at the moment I stepped out on the deck and closed the door behind me, I realized that I had not unlocked the door.  We have one of those doorknobs that stays locked from the outside unless you unlock it from the inside.  And the second the door clicked closed I knew what I had done.  So I spent the first 15 minutes of my morning running around outside in my jammies and LOOKING UP to knock on the windows.

The irony has not escaped me.

I am not herein committing to 31 blog posts in 31 days.  But, we’ll see….. maybe….. possibly…..

Photo Meme – Part 1

Well, there were only 5 requests in the photo meme, so technically I could have put them all in one post, but for reasons outside my control (ie, it’s too dark to take a picture from my kitchen window at the moment and I haven’t figured out where my favourite place in town is) this will now be a two part post.

LSM wanted to see the one item I’d save in a fire after my family was safe.  I am presuming pets are family because otherwise, the obvious answer would be the dog.  This one took some thought… because I have discovered I don’t really have strong preservation feelings about any of my material possessions.  So, I came up with two practical answers.  One thing which would be extremely useful to save would be this:

My computer helps me feel connected, and has copies of many many photos and documents in it.  It would truly stink to not have those.  But technically, I would no longer have a place to live and plug it in, so really, how important would that be?  So, I came up with something I think is probably even more practical to save…

…the keys.  Because really, if I had the keys to the van, I could get the family (and pets) safely out of Dodge and harm’s way. Also, I should note, that it would even be more pratical if I saved my husband’s keys because his car is newer and in much better shape, but I can’t drive a standard so it really wouldn’t be as useful to me in the big picture.

Now the next photo in the meme is brought to you at the request of Quadelle who wanted to see both my shoe collection and the state of the messiest room in my house.  That presented two problems:  1)  I don’t have a “collection” per-se… I have mostly very worn unimpressive footwear that were scattered in various places (some at work, some hidden away til summer, some I could only find singles to, some my daughter thinks are hers, etc) making the photo a tad more difficult than it seemed; and 2)  I’m really too embarrassed to show you the entire state of my kitchen, which has way too little storage and always looks as if the tazmanian devil has recently breezed through.

So, as a compromise, I present to you the shoes currently kicked off at the door of the messiest room of my house 🙂

Stay tuned tomorrow for my favourite spot in town and the view from my kitchen window.  (And my apologies for the bad photography).

Weekend Update

Once I recharge my camera, I will post my responses to the photo meme.  (I’ve had some great suggestions so far!)


I feel a little like this weekend was just a big bundle of stress.  Yet, thinking back there was no one standout moment or conflict.  Just me, trying to raise good kids with a seemingly endless stream of “no you can’t”s, trying to smooth things over when some adults act like children, trying to just feel like there is some semblance of peace around here.  Some days are like that.  And sometimes you get a string of days like that.  Let’s just wake up to a do-over.  And let’s try to come up with 5 bright spots from the weekend:

  1. I’m still blogging through Nablopomo.  Barely.
  2. I got an unexpected great deal on a Christmas gift for my parents.
  3. I also finally got a new frying pan in a door-crasher special (which may not sound like a huge thing, but if you’ve seen what I’ve been trying to work with for a very long time you would completely understand how exciting that is).
  4. WordPress helped me find Bohemian Rhapsody sung by the Muppets
    (which is so good it should count as more than one on this list)
  5. “Elf” was on tv, so Christmas programming has begun.

So, not earth shattering stuff, but a few positives to focus on.  Now, to put this weekend to bed.  Night, night.

It’s begining to look a lot like Christmas

…except for the complete lack of snow

…and unseasonally warm temperatures

…and the lack of any decorations of any kind around here except for the tree.

OK… maybe it’s begining to look a little like Christmas.  But today I went to the local Santa Claus parade with Rainbow so it’s begining to feel a lot like Christmas.  I wanted to take pictures for you, but Dolittle had apparently already “borrowed” my camera.  Apparently accidentally.  So I’ll just have to tell you about it…

I was struck by how, in that one small corner where I sat snuggled in a blanket with my daughter, it felt like hope.  Neighbours huddled together in groups laughing, the collection of letters to Santa, shining smiling faces waved to the crowd calling out to neighbours they knew, and shining smiling faces waved back.  The parade was a collection of things people cared about: firefighters, veterans, churches, sports teams, causes (SADD, Humane Society, etc.).  The dogs dressed up for Christmas, the Santa hats, the ten million times I heard Feliz Navidad (sometimes sung badly, but always sung with heart)… it was a joyful lift.  For that hour or so, I felt connected to my community rather than isolated in my own life meanderings.

Honestly, I originally was not that enthused at the idea of going.  But now, I feel like the season is here.  Santa is in town, people.  He knows if we’re good or bad.  Let the games begin.

Friday Fill-In

Today’s meme is from Friday Fill-In (and if I might say, wow some of those picture meme ideas from yesterday’s post are really making me think!  Stay tuned for those!):


1. Wait! Wait, don’t forget your glasses, your lunch money, and/or your house key… someone around here is always leaving without those!
2. A required blog post followed at once by a blank mind, is becoming far to common an occurence around here!
3. The trouble is Christmas is getting so darn close and I don’t have it planned out very well.
4. My brother is many miles away.
5. With a faint pop my bubble of hope for January work crashed today… but it’s back now.
6. It never feels just right when the sky is shadowy and ominous.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sleep, tomorrow my plans include work and laundry and Sunday, I want to visit and/or bake!

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