Thursday, April 28, 2011


How many times have you heard that word today? Maybe, we could design a button and every time you hear the word, awesome, we could push it to "bleep" out the word.

However, I heard an interview yesterday on the CBC about The Book Of Awesome by Neil Pasricha. After listening to this young man's explanation of how The Book of Awesome developed from a blog to a book, it got me thinking. At the end of it, the word awesome, from at least his perspective, was not so horrible.

The awesomest (if I can use that word) part about it is the realization that if you enjoy the simple things in your life, you will be happier and more complete in your life. It's the thousands of little things in life that are important or as my mother says, it's the moments that count.

So today, think of your own awesome moment or call it something else, if that word creeps you out!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

I am selfishly savouring the last few hours of the first long weekend of the year. This long weekend was just what I needed. The weather was not good on Friday, great on Saturday and rainy/cold today, but that didn't matter.

We were able to do some hard pruning of the winter damage on my willows, raked part of the lawn and even put out some solar lights. To me, holidays are never about the commercial value of them and all about the spiritual value.

Oh yes, and of course, some quiet hooking on the window project. Looks very nice, if I say so myself.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Coming Along!

Along with the beautiful weather, the snow finally disappearing, tulips and crocus popping up, I have been working on the group project. I not only designed this piece but drew it out myself.

I found that the book, Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain, has helped me out alot. I couldn't draw a straight line before using this book, and now, able to draw my own designs.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Daffodil Day!

It wasn't until I was out at lunch time today, that I noticed it was Daffodil Day! On my way out of the store, I stopped to purchase my small bundle of daffodils. I chatted with the three ladies for a few minutes. I introduced the fact that I am a 11 1/2 year survivor and each one, in turn, told me their "survivor" age.

One lady, more than thirteen years, another 10 years and the last one, just two years. The 13 year survivor explained that her husband was now battling the disease and was terminal.

Today, if you see the daffodil display, think about your own survivor story or someone close to you, their story. Keep the hope alive and we can see that some people are able to survive this disease because of all the support which enables research through funding.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ghost Work?

New Word: ghost work?

Definition: the tasks and duties of laid-off or fired employees that must then be done by the remaining employees

Example: The ghost work has been taken on by surviving employees, without their former colleagues' expertise.

Kim's blog post today made me think of my own word of the week and also, a new word for 2011, ghost work.

In an office haunted by the ghosts of laid-off employees, those workers who dodged the hatchet aren't necessarily the lucky ones. They must excel at their old jobs to avoid still looming staff cuts and must also juggle extra, unfamiliar duties.

I think I am going to make a sign for the bumper of my truck, "I'd rather hooking" and see what reactions I get!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Well, finally, spring has arrived on the West Coast of NL and here is my proof! Tulips coming up and small fishing boats leaving port in search of crab as the season has opened.

I seem to only be blogging now and then, as I have been on the busy side with the Day Job. I have been working on my hooking project and enjoying it quite alot. Pictures to come on the progress later this week!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

No Joke, April, that is!

I suppose everyone has the same story this spring. More and more snow. After a beautiful sunny, warm day on Friday, a spring storm blew in yesterday. But not enough to cause any real problems.

Here is the progress on my new project, View from the Window. It is coming along slowly as I am trying hard to stick to the plan of 50% tee shirt material. I have to congratulate anyone who uses this material regularly, like my dear fellow blogger, Anne Kirby. I am not sure I really like it, but I am persisting.

Sadly, one of my rug hooking members at work, has resigned from her Day Job and will not be hooking along with the new project. Maureen as you may remember, is destined to be a great hooker! I am glad that I started her on the fibre road with her hook, in hand.