Never be afraid to make use of existing knowledge

http://creativewithkids.com/printable-kids-packing-list-with-pictures/

Whe you see great content don't be afraid to copy the URL and paste it here so you can find it again! Above is a great link to keep to help your kids know what to pack as it includes pictures.  Keep it handy, and find other good links to save here.

Being prepared in a storm...

Do you have a safe spot in your home for a storm situation? I recently realized I had everything but it was scattered all over the house. We live in an area that is fairly blessed with seasonal average weather, but from time to time we experience severe winter storms and in summer, threatening thunderstorms that bring tornado warnings... We had such a warning just last week. As my Neighbour and I were heading into the Big City my husband phoned and said, get into the basement together, there's a tornado headed for Little Town!

So we reluctantly turned around and headed into our basement. It's nicely finished and comfy with a family room, and we had a few years ago decided that for nice steady temperature, peace and quiet, and more space, we'd move the master suite downstairs as well. Going to the basement was no hardship...

But then I started to think... Ok meds are in the ensuite. Check. Bottled water in the garage, ran and got that. Flashlights and candles and (old style, straight to the wall, no electricity required) phone were all up in the upstairs back closet, so I ran and grabbed that. Also, the back up electricity and surge protector device was upstairs in the office so I grabbed that and cords for the cell phones as well... And my new laptop! And the radio that required batteries was in the back closet too, and batteries stored elsewhere...

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.

Inspirational Quotes

This will be my first quote, because it reminds me of how I try to live my life...

"Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only the best, be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. 

Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger." 
— Norman Vincent Peale

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