Saturday 27 February 2016

Six Tiny Stories


* {1} Once all villagers decided to pray for rain, on the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.**
    That's FAITH**
** {2} When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs > because she knows you will catch her.**
    That's TRUST**
** {3} Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning but still we set the alarms to wake up.**
    That's HOPE**
** {4} We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero  knowledge of the future.**
   That's CONFIDENCE**

** {5} We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.**
     That's LOVE**
** {6} On an old man's shirt was written a sentence 'I am not 90 years old.... I am sweet 16 with 74 years experience'**

       That's ATTITUDE**
Have a good week and live your life like the six tiny stories!
May you always have love to share, health to spare & friends who care...

Special "thanks" to my Auntie Gladys who emailed the above to me.  Life reminders are also as"special", as the person who is thoughtful enough to think of you.

This is all she wrote this day, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday 25 February 2016

Gone Fishing

Yes my Rob had "gone fishing", and that would be "ice" fishing not regular off the dock fishing, although there has not been much ice in the open waters it was totally possible.

Rob used to go on an annual ice fishing trip, and did so the first year we moved up to Bruce County, but until this weekend past had not.  The guys made their annual trip the weekend after Valentine's Day, so there would not be any conflict of interest with the wives/girlfriends, very smart guys.

The first night there there had been 2 fish caught, and Rob's was one of them.  It was like a "cat fish" he explained to me, however without the barbs, whatever type of fish that had been.  The other guy had caught a "weird" variety as well (1st photo).

Along with my Cousin Jim, Rob and another guy, had headed out last Friday to Mattawa, up past North Bay, for a 2 day ice fishing excursion.  It took them a day to travel up there on Friday, and they returned back home on Monday.  Just  nice little get away for everyone (including wives/girlfriends).

While they were gone I was more then entertained .....

My son, Paul, made a surprise visit by coming up to spend the day with me on Saturday.  Everyone was happy to see Paul !!!!  We ended up going up to visit my Mom, having a luncheon out together, then going for a quick visit to my brother's before Paul headed back home at 3 pm.  It had been a good day.

The remainder of the weekend I was sufficiently amused and entertained by these three, Bandit, Leo, and Portia.  As anyone can tell by these photos, Leo the cat has most of the rule in our home except when Bandit might think otherwise and puts the run on him ..... never a dull moment at our house.

We have experienced a wintry storm the last day, however the Sun has returned this afternoon, and I hope Winter had had its last "hurrah" with us (wishful thinking on my part I am hoping not).

That is all she wrote this day, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Spoiled To The Bone

I don't think I am exactly "Bad to the Bone", but I surely might be "Spoiled to the Bone" ...... as after I got the roses from my wonderful husband, Rob, last Thursday ....

.... he had came back later in the day with this lovely ring set for me !!!!  Yes, I was not only surprised but quite taken back as well.

A number of years ago I had lost the diamond out of my engagement ring Rob had first bought me when we had became engaged about 21 years ago.  How very thoughtful and touching he bought me a whole new set rather then replace the diamond.  He does have good taste, and I do like that it is both white and yellow gold.  Once again, thanks Honey, and I really hope you enjoy yourself on the ice fishing trip you will soon be going on !!!!

Last Friday I had spent the whole day and evening on the couch as there is apparently some kind of "bug" going around, and I am thinking with the stomach pains I was having I must have gotten a bit of it.  No worries though as by Saturday I was much better.

Sunday Rob and I decided we would make a trip down to Costco in Kitchener to pickup a few things we needed.  Our drive didn't start out so great as it was -25 *C and our van heater lines had been frozen up. Thank goodness the Canadian Tire had been open at 9 am in Hanover as we stopped to get some Methyl Hydrate in the rad overflow which thawed the lines out almost immediately.  Thank goodness as we were almost perished with the cold !!!!  Trust me from Hanover on the trip was much more pleasant.

The kids met us at Costco, so we had a wee bit of a visit with them.  The Grandkids were in their glory as they LOVE going around to all the areas were there were samples being offered.  I have to admit I also enjoyed a couple of food samples myself.

I have gotten out twice so far this week for a walk.  I would like to get out everyday, but some days it isn't always possible so I make the best of what I have.  It is nice to have a friend to walk with, and I would much rather go with friend then walk by myself. Thanks Sharon.

Once the nice weather arrives again I might start walking early mornings with one of the dogs to get some more walking time in, and hopefully start getting some of this excess weight I have put on, off.

I have also been readjusting to my medication levels, plus enjoying getting some good night's sleep most evenings.  What a change going from sleeping only 2 hours per night to almost a full 7 hours !  yes I am loving this aspect of my life for sure.  I am also going to counselling each week, hoping to start on some Cognitive Behaviour Therapy soon, and in March I begin the trauma counselling, which will be very emotional.  I am hoping by the time I begin the trauma counselling my sleep patterns are solid, my emotions are in better "check", and I am feeling stronger so I can deal more effectively what is ahead of me.  

All good thoughts which have been sent my way do not go unappreciated.  I can not say "Thank YOU" enough.

I think that about sums up about what I have been up to a bit the past week, even though I am "spoiled to the bone" here, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday 11 February 2016

Lucky Girl

I have to admit, something I have always know, what a lucky girl I am to have such a wonderful loving husband.

My loving Rob came into the house this morning with a bouquet of Ecuadorian Roses ...... along with a "Happy Valentine's Day" greeting.

Are they not beautiful.  Eleven Pink Roses, along with one White which was to show his love for me even more (his words).  I couldn't have been more tickled "pink" myself.

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? we don't normally, however Rob must have thought I could use a "lift", which it certainly does give me ever time I look at the gorgeous array of roses within my vase.  Thank you Honey, I do Love you too xo

Can you believe the weather here in Ontario?????  it was -19 this morning when I got up, and it is still -11 even with the Sun out in full force.  We had a January thaw, now experiencing a February Freeze ..... brrrrrrrr.

Still despite the cold, my friend, Sharon, and I went out for our walk today.  I was so cold I thought my face was going to come off !!!!  but we did survive and I am here to tell the story.  Walking is invigorating, but that was a bit too cold even for me today.

Not too much going on with such a cold day outside, but you can bet your bottom dollar the home fires are burning hot in the wood stoves, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkereboard.

Tuesday 9 February 2016

It Has Been Awhile

I guess it has been awhile since I did a blog post, so much that I have had people contacting me wondering why .....

.... well I had a few bad weeks, and last week I even found myself "back paddling" more or less.  My medications had slowly been increased to the maximum, and I did not react too well to the increases.

Should anyone have experienced "restless" legs, then they would have an idea of what akathisia feels like.  This was one of the side effects of the higher dosage of Latuda I was feeling within an hour of taking a higher dose.  More on akathisia may be found HERE.  Not a great way to feel when getting ready for bedtime, and one that makes you feel you are going out of your head !

Back to the Doctor last Thursday took me back down from 100 mg to 60 mg of the Latuda.  I am feeling much better without the dreaded side effect of the akathisia, thank goodness.

What is Latuda? Latuda is a mood stabilizer for Bipolar Depression.  More on Latuda by *clicking* HERE.

One major event went on since my last long ago post.

Rob's 60th birthday has come and gone on the 31st of January.  It was a quiet celebration with just the two of us going out for dinner at the Harriston Park Inn, in Owen Sound.  More on the Inn by *clicking* HERE.

What else has gone on? really not too much more.  I am becoming very boring I am afraid, and truly not feeling too much like doing blog posts, or much more of anything else for that matter either at the present time.  I am hoping with the med adjustment this will all change for the better in the upcoming weeks...... wish me luck please.

I have been "back paddling" so much lately that I hadn't even made my bed for almost a month.  This is a huge "no no" for me, as it, if nothing else, was something almost guaranteed I did every day.

Good news ! since my adjustment in meds my bed is getting made once again on a daily basis, and I have even accomplished making a couple of dinners as well, Chili being last night's dinner.

I have also been out walking, as weather and time affords, with a friend.  We try to get out every day, however that is not always possible with both our schedules, so we make the best of what we are able to do when we are able to get out.  Hopefully once the weather breaks and Spring/Summer arrives I will see myself much more active then I have been.

I had mentioned that along with medications for the past Year that weight gain was part of the side effects.  Since on the Latuda my hunger level has finally evened out somewhat, and I have managed to loose 4 lbs.  Not a lot, but a start ......I will take the start and keep working on it from there, otherwise if I stop to dwell on it too long it will get me down.  Forward and Onward ......

What I have continued to be doing is the 52 week Money Challenge.  How has everyone else been doing with that?  I am working at it backwards again this Years, so I just deposited 49 dollars last week (hope I am right with the program with that dollar amount).

I haven't been using my new camera as much as I would like, however I did get a cool photo of our kitten, Leo, the other day ......

Cats are just so flexible, are they not?  Has Leo been getting along with our dogs, one might ask? yes he is getting along pretty good with them for the most part.  There has been a couple of yelps with claws making contact, however as of yet nothing too serious.

I have meetings today.  One at 5:30, and the other at 6:30 pm.  Until then I am going to relax somewhat, and be thankful there is leftover Chili for this evenings Dinner, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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