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Spring storm!

There is nothing like a blustery looking day to make you fly through mowing the lawn in the hopes of being done before the rain hits... The big black clouds tease you into thinking the rain is finally going to fly. Just in case, I set the sprinklers up and turned them on. Sure enough, less than an hour later, the rain begins to fall- for about 30 seconds. So I continue to water. Moving the sprinklers around is relaxing for me. It makes me feel good to know I am giving all my my plants what they need. And if it does rain all night long, there's really not a problem. Except for the water bill if you leave the tap on all night! So I'm going out to shut mine off right now...

How to have the perfect wedding!!!

So its finally happened!  When you first discovered, "It's a girl!"  you thought about the future she would have, and no matter what you say, at some point, you thought about her wedding day.  Now, you have news of the engagement and the many lists and cogs of your mind start to form...

the rings? what will they look like and who will carry them down the aisle?

Who else  will be in the wedding party?

What colours?

Where will the ceremony and reception be?  

Who will preside over the wedding?

Which music will be played for the various parts of the ceremony?  You can't play "Here comes the Bride" for the whole thing?

Who will play the music during the ceremony? Are they any good?  Any special music?

What dates will they choose?  How will that work for the key guests?

O yes, the list of guests to invite... can elderly guests come to the wedding?

the wedding shower...games and a funny bow hat- and food and who to invite?

Putting words out there...to find your way back again

It is a bit odd typing words into the computer that you are not sure will ever be read.  Unlike an author, whose works are proof-read, and debated by a variety of publishers, and then, hopefully, sold around the world, anyone can jot down a few words and send it out in the world-wide web, into the "blogosphere" as it were!

The web is like a brain in many ways- full of useful information, if you can find it, and a lot of chaff and electrical shorts as well.  How you work with these things on a daily basis gives you the wheels to make each day turn into the next.  Whether you chose to allow yourself to be lost in the chaff of the web or life, is up to you.  There are side-bars to life and the internet.  

The goal is not to be lost in a side bar, to continue to make progress towards that unseen, sometimes unspoken end game: a completed internet search with required info in hand or mind, a product reviewed, a research project turned into a thesis, a new business established, a vehicle purchased, a family moving on in its life, a family tree that reaches back to the 15th century or a life to look back on and smile.  Just don't lose your connection to life in the web...

No list is ever complete...

"No list is ever complete"...This is a comment I recently heard.  There is truth to this statement, but without some kind of list we are left trying to remember, which is often an unsuccessful fight.  With so many ideas and things running through our thoughts and minds between work, home, family and volunteering, it is invaluable to have a quick note to refer to help keep us on track.   There is no shame in writing something down.

I keep pen and paper next to my bedside so that if I think of something in the night that is keeping me from sleeping well I can just reach over and make a quick note to follow up with in the morning.  I would never want to keep my computer in my bedroom, as it is a distraction from sleeping and even the noise, quiet as it is, is not restful.

I feel another decade is slipping away and finding options to be kinder to myself seem to be a great idea.  The things I stress over, others barely notice- so I need to give myself permission to relax and try to focus on what is truly important - the relationships around me and the overall potential long-term impact I leave on the planet.  I wish you well if you chose to pursue a similar option.

Never -ending paperwork...and stuff

"Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not." Thomas Huxley

Excellent words of advise, as I try to prepare for the wonderful long weekend ahead, a number of 'deferred' items keep using up space in my mind and my heart.  If only...  why didn't I...  I should have...

Someone much wiser than I once said, 'you need to quit SHOULDING all over yourself.'  The only problem with that is one must STEP UP as required so there is no reason to should on yourself...

Lists can help.  But they can also make you feel like you are overwhelmed and drowning...  

Here is a distraction... in this series, what comes next? OTTFFSSE_ _

This is my life... 

what was I saying? 

Ah yes, overwhelmed by things to do and lists... break your list down into areas or categories, and pick one item that deserve an A on each list- a must do.  Then determine which is the TOP A and then do it! Now- no excuses, until its done.

Let me know how that works for you... then start on the next A.  This IS what the experts say...

Wild Fire consumes town of Slave Lake, AB Canada

 We hope and pray for the best for those directly impacted.  The Red Cross is stepping up to help match people missing to those looking for them in the midst of this event.  What an amazing group!  This small town had to be entirely evacuated due to raging forest fire with 80-100 km winds racing the fire fighters and people trying to get out with smoke-filled highways blocking their escape.

This terrible event may seem like it is far away from you, but what this emergency should do for the rest of us is bring to mind the need to be ready.  

If we have things in order, and most precious things that cannot be replaced or hard to replace items either in a safe deposit box or gathered in an easy to locate spot, when a calamity strikes, you will have a bit of comfort.

What WOULD you wish to save if everything was about to be lost? If you needed to be away from your home and in a strange location for an undetermined amount of time?

I am honoured...

Apparently I have a site worthy of SPAM!!!  I arrived to the site this morning to find several comments and blogs of gobbledygook junk words and links, obviously posted by someone much wiser of key words and searches than I.  

I'd like to think they were just trying to help me out, but I fear that they were just dragging anyone away to another site.  Another lesson of the internet- it is a WEB that is VERY connected. 

Ah yes- it is also the day after the election!  And electronic media has had its effect. #tweettheresults.ca became the highest tweet in the world yesterday, with the first illegal tweet apparently coming from Australia.  The reason I mention this is that it was highly organized people who had a plan that worked with every single candidate, as well as media specialists who had goals in mind.  They would have used lists!  And those online may have ultimately brought about change to Elections Canada that allows the media to report results as they arise.  Currently, they do not allow any broadcasting until the polls close in your area.  Like how the rest of the country is voting would really cause me to change my vote.  Perhaps it would encourage more people to vote if their preferred party was behind.  I'm not sure.  

As for popular vote vs winning per constituency, this should send everyone to re-visit how Canada votes.  Canada's is not a system of % of total votes for representative numbers, otherwise the Bloque and Green would have more people in parliament, rather you win per area for a single member to represent you in parliament.  We are to be looking at the party and the platform and vote for the candidate of our choice. Who the leader is, may be subject to change.  We are not meant to be like the USA where when they vote, they vote with the leader in mind.  I think the approach in Canada may be changing- just look at Smiling Jack.   If our system of elections doesn't work anymore, we will have to elect a group who would be interested in changing it.  Although, I can't see Canadians every getting behind any one party by 51% so it could become generations before we have a majority party, if this system changes.  And it can be very hard to govern and get anything done if every step and action is debated

Anyway, Spring and the Election have brought change of a sort.  The weeds in the gaarden look oddly familiar, but I do know how to deal with them.  I'm just not sure I WANT to yet.  That's a blog for another day...  Gotta Wanna.  Take care.

What is Lists by Lois about?

This is a website that seeks to bring together all the knowledge that we have from our experiences and share it with those who are having that experience for the first time, or the hundredth time.  Whether we're getting ready to do gardening, go snowmobiling or going to watch the Mets play, there are things you need to bring with you, and steps you need to take.  The information in our head becomes a list that we check through to successfully get through everyday.  This is a spot to share and store those lists, as well as get information from the list writer and personalize the list for our own use.  Grocery shopping? With your internet ready phone you can creat a permanent list and pull what you need out for that week.  Taking someone little fishing for the first time?  We hope to have a list for that.  So, the website is mine but the content belongs to everyone. I want to make this be a great spot for you.

Another improvement!

So while I was having dinner with a friend last night she expressed confusion about my website.  What is List by Lois for?  I  explained it was for her! She looked puzzled.

They are looking at building, and this weekend they are heading out to a "home show" of sorts and she had just been explaining to me all the questions they would have for potential contractors they would be able to work with.  I told her that the Website would be a great place to write out her questions and it would then be there for anyone else working on a similar process.  And I saw a light bulb go on.

She said "My son is in another country right now. They had planned to be away for a year. I could get him to sign on and put the up a list of the steps he took to prepare for the trip and get his paperwork in order for the trip."  Right! That's the idea!

We all walk around with a plan either on paper or in our heads.  That's a List waiting to be born!  Share your knowledge, experience and even struggles to get things done - right here.

Whether it's deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life, laying out your garden, rebuilding a truck or canoeing the Nahanni River, I'd be so glad to have you share that with the rest of us.

O and the New Improvement?  An Editor you can access for the Body of what you enter.  You can pick your lettering and colours and other things, as well as spell check, so give your list a drive and check it out.  It's great to have technical people who can adjust this as we go!

Private Messaging

Eventually we hope to add private messaging so if you have questions of a list creator, you can message them outside of a general forum. This feature is not active on the site yet, but will be shortly. thank-you for your patience!

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