Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It's the Summer Soltice and it's Hot Hot Hot

It's the longest day of the year. Or it will be at 7:09 pm tonight. As of tomorrow we will lose a second and the countdown to Christmas begins. My neighbour still has his Christmas lights up.

But it is HOT HOT HOT. The car said it was 37 C. As I pondered what that would be in Fahrenheit, I did a big da.... It's 98.6F. As a nurse we always took a patient's temperature and 37C/98.6F was normal.

Which means way up here in the great green north, it is hot.

And I don't really mind the heat. Sure I have air conditioning at home, at work and in the car. At work, I'm bundled in a sweater. But losing weight sure reset my thermostat. I guess all that stomach fat kept me unseasonably hot.

I think the rest will have to be bullets:
  • Stephanie from Dreams of Skinny... mentioned today that she wished she had been born in the mid 1950's. That me! And I do remember Kennedy, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Leave it to Beaver, walking to school. I don't really think I'm nostalgic about the 50's, 60's or 70's though. Except I'd be younger. She also said she is going to Disney. I am so jealous. Give Jacquie a big hug for me if you meet up with her.
  • My 2 week vacation starts this Friday night. Guess what my big plans are? First I'm visiting my BFF and we are taking down her above ground pool. Next Thursday, I have my final appointment to have my teeth redone. I'm having veneers, bridges, crowns put on all my teeth. Right now I have temporaries in and it is hard to chew. But I'll have a great smile! I really have an exciting life.
  • My daughter's wedding is in a little more than 3 months. She has everything, and I mean everything planned to a T. Spreadsheets galore. We just have to wait. I have my dress (I'll post a pic when I have it fitted). But have to find shoes. Have I ever mentioned how much I HATE buying shoes. I know, I'm weird. OMG, I just realized I'll need a purse too! Here's the contender:
  • I am cross-stitching a bride for her and am about 9/16th done. I think. Maybe a bit over half done. A new picture of my progress will be posted at the end of the month.
  • Which leads to Canada day which is July 1st. I'm having a big party with my sister and her family. I've been pinning (on Pinterest) lots of ideas to celebrate.
  • I've been working hard in the backyard, trimming, cutting, moving plants. Redesigning. I just love gardening. Except when it is 37F.
  • I wish I had more time. I want to get some scrapbooking projects done and there is just no time between Nordic walking, cross-stitching, gardening and tearing down pools. And add in shoe shopping and this girl needs a vacay!
To keep cool, I've been trying out a few Frozen Pom-aritas but might move on to the Vodka Lemon Slush. Yummers
Frozen Vodka Lemon Slush.
Vodka Lemon Slush
That's it for now. Hope you are all keeping cool.


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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sharing a Secret—a new love in my life—Pinterest

The cat's out of the bag.

I’m a Pinner, meaning I go to blogs and websites and Pin stuff to my Pinterest boards. 

Here are My top Pins (they should link to the original website, but if not, click the link underneath):
I never would have thought I’d enjoy ‘Pinning’, I thought it was a gimmick. But in 4 short weeks it has led me to finding some wonderful websites and blogs to follow. These Pins allow you to link back to the website where you found something you liked instead of saving it in your favourites. 

Did you know...
You can clean water stains off stainless with a lemon? I found that trick two weeks ago and now I wander the house with my lemon, cleaning my taps. 

And I made THE best Lemony lemon bars in the world which most pinners are calling Lemon 'brownies' . But I made them. And ate them. Yummy! (see above link for recipe) 

I now have so many links to new websites and let me say, there are some great ones out there which show you how to do almost anything. Want to remove nail polish from a rug? How about finding inspiration to redecorate your bedroom. Or find some cool crafts for the kids this summer. Learn to knit and sew and make all sorts of gooey desserts. Decorate your backyard for a party. Find wedding inspiration. Get a good chuckle from a quote someone has posted. 

If you are inclined, click the Pinterest Button to the right and follow my pins. 

If you think you have something on your blog that you want people to pin, the instructions on how to add the button to Blogger are here. You can see my Pin it button at the bottom of this post. 

If you don’t have an account, you need to go to Initially I started following many of my friends from Facebook—Carm is a prolific pinner, as is Grace and Kristin and Angela and… oh so many others in this world. 

But be warned. 

You will find some wonderful stuff and some really weird stuff. I've already reported some porn and it is swiftly removed. 

Right now the fried pickle recipes are being pinned and re-pinned constantly. 

Haven't really gone for that recipe yet!

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