meandering simply

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

180 on my part

Beautiful. I love love love this. Please watch it.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

charming and winsome

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Last night we went to a charity auction. We don't know the lady, but she's 40 years old and recently had a stroke. Now she is paralysed. The auction was to raise money for their family to have their house modified to accommodate her wheelchair.

It was a very nice evening; live entertainment, a huge selection of decadent desserts and lovely auction items. We went with a dollar amount in mind that we were going to donate, knowing we didn't need anything. As usual there was a lot of hype around the auction, and soon I got in the spirit. There were tons of things to bid on, but I didn't want to bring anything home. I have more than enough stuff.

However there was one little something that grabbed our attention and it wouldn't require us to bring home anything. It was condo accommodations for a week in Hawaii. We whispered back and forth about it being a little too quick to plan for our anniversary, would we take the kids, how much would we be willing to pay, how much were airline tickets, etc... We finally decided we'd be willing to pay $500 for this.

When the auction began, we knew we were way out of our league and our original donation plan was looking more and more practical. Gordon wrote out our donation check and Hannah delivered it to the wishing well. Meanwhile we all sat watching the deep dish apple pies sell for $400 and Saskatoon pie go for $375. It was fascinating. We were thinking the condo for a week was going to be astronomically out of our reach.

However when it rolled around the auctioneer started the bidding at $500 and no one bid. So I started it at $200. From there it kind of took off as did my brain. When the bidding exceeded $500, Gordon started gently nodding no to me. That was all the confirmation I needed to know it was pre-ordained that I should keep bidding. But still the bids were climbing slowly. I looked to Gordon for direction and he nodded no. Being "one" with this man, I knew what I had to do. I shot my hand up at $700.

Gordon lost presence of mind at that moment. He yelled out, "Raaaa-CHAEL." That didn't mean anything to me. Rachael started asking, "why are you yelling at me?, why are you yelling at me?" I watched the auctioneer to be ready for my next move. Gordon grabbed me. Our table broke out in pandemonium. Deborah was yelling, "Are we going to Hawaii, are we going?" Hannah was yelling, "Mama it's just 25 more dollars. Raise your hand, raise your hand." Deborah raised her hand at $750. Gordon kept yelling, "no, no". Rachael still didn't have her answer so she kept asking "why did Dad yell my name?"

Somehow I returned to planet earth and realized my husband was near stroke condition. I didn't want the next benefit auction to be for us. As I was thinking that, I heard the auctioneer yell, "SOLD!" I sat stiff and then humbly whispered, "I didn't get it did I?"

Thankfully I didn't get it. But I got some sort of sick adrenaline rush, as did we all. We started laughing so hard. My face felt nearly aflame. I looked at my darling family and everyone looked nearly aflame.

Gordon is a smart man. He knew he couldn't risk me sending my brain on vacation again through this auction. "Let's go," he ordered. We all followed.

As we were walking to the car, Rachael again asked Gordon why he yelled at her. He said her name was the first word that came to mind when I bid $700, so he yelled it out.

We laughed like lunatics all the way home. (Except Deborah. She was seriously miffed that I was so close and stopped bidding.) She doesn't understand the nuances of marriage like I do.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

romie boy

Roman, the main man. 9 months.

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generational titles

There was "silent generation", then there were the baby boomers, then my generation which was Generation X, and now there is Generation Y. So named because.......

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Monday, April 21, 2008

aristotle says

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle


Sunday, April 20, 2008


Can anyone tell me what is wrong with this picture? Hint: Today is April 20. My backyard should be turning green. The snow keeps coming. Grrrr.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."


Hannah's New Job

I hate to brag on my kids, (as in I love to brag on my kids but that seems proud so saying I hate to brag on my kids before shamelessly doing so makes it appear humbler). Hannah is remarkably confident in some areas and it's nearly amazing. She has so much initiative in certain areas and I find myself wondering where on earth she got it. I was 16 before I was brave enough to push the button at Sonic and talk into that little speaker. Well Hannah isn't cut out of that piece of cloth.

Hannah's greatest passion is animals. Recently I heard her on the phone asking for a job. I dropped what I was doing to go look and listen. There she sat on her bed with the Yellow Pages in her lap. Without a hint of self-consciousness, she phoned every place that she could find and told whoever answered the phone her name, her age, her love for animals, and that she was looking for a volunteer job with animals. (She opted to say volunteer because she knew she was too young for a paying job at those places.)

She got a (volunteer) job at a horse stable. She worked her buns off this past Saturday and is going back tomorrow. She led ponies around while birthday party kids rode them. She groomed horses. She cleaned saddles, fed goats, shoveled ca-ca, and I don't know what else. I sat at a nearby picnic table and took small walks the whole six hours. From a distance I could see her glowing, smiling, practically sparkling in her glory. Filthy, smelling like goats, slightly sunburned cheeks, she was radiant with joy. I was so proud.

On the drive home right after telling me about her blissful day, she laid down and nearly fell asleep. She has counted the days till Saturday all week. Tomorrow she does it again.

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rachael's quotes

I just finished reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. In it, one of the mothers tells one of the daughters her mother, "is in your bones." I like that. My mother is in my bones and my kids have me in their bones. We can't get away from each other totally.

Case in point: Rachael is on and I was reading her quotes yesterday. I was amazed at how she chose quotes that I could have chosen. I am so in that child's bones.

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. " — Buddha

"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. " — Ambrose Bierce

"I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick. Not wounded. Dead. " — Woody Allen

"A gentleman is any man who wouldn't hit a woman with his hat on. " — Fred Allen

"I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. " — Fred Allen

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

rock-a-bye baby

Sweet Roman, catching some zzz's.
I can almost feel his padded little body when I look at this picture closely enough.

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regarding Marcia

I have a couple sick girls, so I'm home today being busy with this, that, and the other. I've done tons of laundry and hung it out on the line. Yes! The clothesline is back in season. It's wonderful.
I've not been keeping up my blog very well and I'm sorry. But with all my little jobs, - they total near 40 hours a week - and with the family, the workout (and the recovery), the hobbies, I simply don't have as much writing time. Perhaps I'll eventually get better at the juggle.
I saw this picture of Marcia Brady in the news today. Remember Marcia from The Brady Bunch? She sure hasn't changed much in 30 years.

feeling better

These new workouts are really helping me. I cannot believe how much better I feel, much less how much better I look. I went out yesterday and bought a new white dress. Wow, it feels great to feel confident. And heels -- I can't remember the last time I wore heels and didn't hate it. I guess I'm trying to say I am feeling good. I still need more strength training. I want to lift and shape the breast area more too. That's my biggest downfall. Can anyone suggest some good exercises for that?
Drats, when my friend snapped this photo, she missed Gordon. He's proud of me and the lifestyle changes I'm making.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hittin' the Water

One of my 2008 goals was to join a Dragon Boat Team. Well, I'm in. I'm the newest member of Wahine-Kei-Waka Dragon Boat Team. I hope to take us to gold. Just joking, I actually hope to stay alive and not terribly humiliate myself. Anything more than that will be bonus.

I've started my cardio training and for two days in a row, I've nearly died. So if by chance I do die, please know that it's been a pleasure keeping this blog.


Friday, April 4, 2008

when the boss is sick

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

teacher Hannah, student Bear

The kids are on spring break. They're being creative. Yesterday they started "Pet Project Pound" and have successfully put a stop to animal abuse in their world, their imaginary world. It's quite cute.

Today they are teachers and their students are none other that Bear and Lucy, the faithful dogs. I thought I'd record for posterity Bear's report card:

"Bear has done an exceptional job this term. He could be an amazingly skilled pup if he were to pay more attention in class. He is easily distracted and we need to work on that tremendously. Bear showed great interest at the start but that enthusiasm soon wore off. He continuously refuses corrections and doesn't listen to his teachers. On the other hand, his sit, lie down, roll-over, stay, no, and down have been a big success. He is very well house trained I have noticed. He has good interaction with other dogs. Way to go Bear. Signed, Hannah Dykstra"

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