Tuesday, July 31, 2012

{thankful 2}

I am going to try to post every day some things I am thankful for this week...
follow along...

-that I found bran. These muffins are amaaazing.
-iced chai.
-the ability/availability of being able to buy healthy choices of various foods...
-that it cools down in this part of California at night...
-my family. ♥ them.
- that my brother found the sweetest, amazing, funny, best girl to marry!!! I love her like a sis already:)

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Thankful today for-

-my cell phone which lets me easily and conveniently communicate with my family and friends via text message or instant chat or actual talking :)
-that James taught me to use the 'big saw' and that I can cut my own wood for my projects and not have to wait for him!
- This house. yes, this green, lovely, hard-wood floor laden, yellow-tiled house. this. house.
- My computer.
-air conditioner.
-My big yard. hello 0.56 acres. IN TOWN!!! seriously. 4 years ago I would have rolled on the floor snorting if some one told me that 0.56 acres was HUGE. Well, I am here to tell you today.
-My vinyl cutter.
-the lovely people who find my little store on etsy . I love working with them on their special orders.
-that James fixed our bikes and now we can ride... again.I love riding bike.
- That our friends want us. James & I. to go tenting with them. (rare sighting.)
- they claim there is no bears or any wild animals where we will go camping. and that we will ride bikes down to a very awesomely cool swimming hole.

I decided I would tent. Because who can say NO to sleeping beside a creek, and riding bike to a swimming hole? Could it get better?! (ya, a camper.with a door.)

ps. I am not a Friesen for nothing.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


I was challenged by fellow blogger and dear dear friend  to write 15 things about me that you (most likely) do not know...
It got my brain going.
Here goes...

1. I weigh more than I look. Like think 15 - 20 pounds more than what you think. (if you know what I look like ;)

2. I tend to head to Target or Marshall's around the corner when I am feeling sad, lonesome, or just down. I do not have to buy stuff to shake it, I just have to 'get out'. (although I often do buy.)

3. I hate to spend more money on something than is necessary. Like a sweater I know will go on sale, I'll wait. Toilet Paper?  I do NOT buy the cheapest, you have to wad  it up so much you end up using 3 times as much!!! Fabric softener, I do not buy the 'off brand' it has to be Downy. ( trust me I have tried it!!) Sugar- Market Pantry ( the 'off brand' at Target grocery) works fine instead of spending the 1.50 more to get S&H brand. Tea-Bags- sure the off brand is fine but- You have to use twice as many so whats the point. I buy Liptons and spend the $2 more.

4. I would much sooner be painting signs or designing wall art than cleaning. I would also sooner be cooking than cleaning. and if some one offered to sew me a dress in exchange for me cleaning their house. I'd do it in a heart beat. I can not stand a dirty house. But the deepest parts of my creativity have the stronger pull so yes, my house is not as clean as my brain tells me it could and should be.

5. The time I spent in Gallup, New Mexico at the home for abused and neglected children holds a HUGE place in my heart. Huge. I was my very favorite person while I was there. I have never  again been that same person and I hope someday to find a place that makes me to be that person again.

6. Do not dis my country. Canada. The hair on my neck (do I have hair there??!!) will stand up and yes. I will speak. very loud. Also don't ask me ' so when are you going to 'Canada' next?' ( I will then inform you that the country of Canada is waaay huger than the U.S., and I possibly in a very dry sarcastic voice will say something, well, very sarcastic.) I am from Alberta. It's a province. My country has a Prime Minister. and it is beautiful there...

7. I have always wanted to be a R.N. I still dream of it, often. But right now, if I could just be a nurse aid again I think I could be happy :)

8. I will not wear the colour 'baby blue'. I very much dislike it on me.

9. I drive very very nicely here. Stop the full 3 seconds at every.single.stop sign. (much,much to the dismay of my supposedly laid back husband.)  Driving 110 km/h or about 70 m/h is fast!  ( I may or may not still be part Baerg?!?!)----Because I still use my Alberta drivers license.

10. It is hard on me to buy something that has 'high fructose corn syrup' in the ingredients. That word if I say it slowly sounds like ' Your kids will all be born with diabetes' to me. I am kinda turning into a partial piece of a health nut.

11. I drive a '97 Honda. The wheels on it are worth more than the car. I call it my 'Bomb'. with all due respect, of course.

12. I used to love crowds and being with people...but when I moved to California I sorta became a 'home body'. I love being in my house. It's safe and no body can see me. Although, I do not like to just sit all day with nothing to do...(unless I have a good book I am reading)

13. I work with James,  he services swimming pools on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We go into about 75 back yards every week. Skim leaves, brush all the sides, test the chemicals and make sure the equipment is working. Some pools are plain, with just concrete and water. Some back yards are really truly like those you see in magazines. Waterfalls made to look like the mountain ones, out door kitchens, water slides, and exotic plants. I do a lot of 'back yard' dreaming :) (pun any body?) Monday and Friday are my days off but, I have been waitressing Thursday and Fridays eve's at a restaurant here. Plus I have my Etsy store. ( I keep busy.)

14. I am the 5th child out of 6. The 4th daughter. I am told by others that I fit into my family perfectly. My family tells me I am adopted. go figure.  ( at least they are honest eh? :) ) I grew up building towns in the sand box and tee-pees in the trees. I am told I could carry a tune at a young age and read a lot more books than the average 10 year old. Driving a combine and learning to 'use the can' out in the middle of a wheat field are all part of my story :)

15. somebody  told me that Verbena could grow in shade. some body was so so wrong. :(

16. I have a set of golf clubs that are mine. (how strange)

Monday, July 9, 2012


Have you? I have. I have even done worse. Thrown (basically) clean clothes into the hamper just so I don't have to put them away.  

So tell me. Have you done this?
 If not. Do you just have that much self discipline or do you just Love folding all those socks and what-nots?! 

Be honest. I need to know if I am normal :)

Monday, July 2, 2012


Outside my window... HOT sun. clean car. re-planted flowers
I am thinking... that I shouldn't have eaten that 2nd cookie :s
I am thankful... that my cut wasn't worse, and that I was able to fix it up my self. **
In the kitchen... only a *few* dirty dishes. Brown rice cooking in my rice cooker.
I am wearing... the comfiest maxi-dress I bought at Marshall's. 
I am creating... a painted wedding memory board.
I am going... focus on getting stuff done before 5:30. 
I am reading...Country Living :) waiting for some 'new' books to show up on Amazon!!!
I am hoping... that this baby shower I have to go to tonight goes smooth and that I don't suffocate ;) lol.
I am looking forward to... Jon and Chy's wedding :)
I am learning… to use a scissors to open packages. NOT a knife.** 
Around the house...Clean clothes, that are folded and ready to be put away. My palm sander, paint and brushes. 
One of my favourite things... My white watch James bought me from Charming Charlie :)