Saturday, October 21, 2017

New Adventure time

I am in Toronto for the next week and I have a plan! I am going to as many stationary shops as I can that are reachable by bus. I packed a heap of projects to do but left them sitting in their nice wicker trunk beside my door. So now I got to go get more writing paper and in the process I can look at the great fountain pens they carry. Plus I have an excuse to pick up stickers and background papers! Yay me!

So how many stationary shops are their in the GTA? More than ten! Yep you heard me there are more than ten of them in the city.

The first one I plan on going to I discovered many years ago. The Papery is in the Yorkville shopping area and has been there for forty years. It is also where I first discovered writing paper and fountain pens. Though I'll be going to their St Clair and Yonge branch since it is closer.


There is a place called Page and Panel near the Toronto library so I can go there and to the library in one shot. I have never been to the main Toronto Library Since its on the same Train line I might do both of them in one day.

There are at least 4 in Koreatown that will be another days trip though they are in the Yonge Bloor Area as well

As for the rest of the days I'll be resting and doing laundry and working on a couple of Projects.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017- October Read an Pulitzer Prize Winner

Advise and Consent

The Landmark Masterpiece of Political Fiction


by Allen Drury 
Allan Robertson


I do not like Politics and this is the first book of political fiction I have ever considered. When I chose it I had no idea how many pages it was. I chose an audio book and it was 32 plus hours long! I have been listening for three hours and quite frankly I do not want to listen any more.

``Pulitzer Prize winner Allen Drury has penetrated the world's stormiest political battleground—the smoke-filled committee rooms of the United States Senate—to reveal the bitter conflicts set in motion when the President calls upon the Senate to confirm his controversial choice for Secretary of State. This novel is a true epic showing in fascinating detail the minds and motives of the statesmen, the opportunists, the idealists. From a Senate old-timer's wily maneuvers, a vicious demagogue's blistering smear campaign, the ugly personal jealousies that turn a highly qualified candidate into a public spectacle, to the tragic martyrdom of a presidential aspirant who refuses to sacrifice his principles for his career—never has there been a more revealing picture of Washington's intricate political, diplomatic, and social worlds. Advise and Consent won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was on the New York Times Best-Sellers List for 102 weeks. It is a timeless story with clear echoes of today's headlines.``

It sounds good but honestly I can`t get into it. Perhaps it is because I live in Canada.

Friday, September 29, 2017

September 29th

I am having a sad day today. It is raining out, I didn't wake up until nearly 2pm and I am still tired. I have things to do and places to go and I can't even get motivated enough to make a coffee.

My head aches, my back aches and I am inches from crying for no reason. It has been a long time since I felt this trapped, walled away from the rest of the world.

And I know there is nothing I can do about it without forcing myself. That other voice in my head  is in command to day. The lazy, sad voice that says everything can wait until tomorrow. I've been hearing it all week.

Despite it I have been doing things inside my home I just can't make myself go outside. Not today and today is the day I really need to. Not yesterday either.

I know what I need to do I just can't do it today. I will go read and hopefully find the energy to take care of the bills and things I need to take care of.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Day 2- What do I want my 58th year to look like?

1) I want it to be the year when I wind up some of the small projects that have been hanging round my mind for a decade or more.

  • Finish the weaving I've been working on
  • Knit 4 more blocks for knitting sampler
  • Sew 2 more crazy quilt squares
  • Quilt the completed squares
  • Complete one more element doll and one more Season doll
2) I want it to be the year when I finally make real progress on my weight loss goals.
  • 52 weeks 52 pounds or from 100 kg  to 75 kg

3) I want it to be the year when I visit a few places as a tourist
  • Bancroft 
  • Ottawa
  • Barrie
4) I want it to be the year when I completed 12 online courses.
  • This one I need to investigate a bit more as I have different ideas of what I want to learn than I did four years ago
5) I want it to be the year when I cleaned myself every other day and my room every week.
  • Self Care has to become my biggest priority as I am having more and more health issues. A clean body and a clean environment is necessary for me to be comfortable
6) I want it to be the year when I consistently cooked healthy foods every day.
  • As  indicated in #2 and #5 I have some things I have to start doing even if It means I have to force myself to cook from scratch
7) I want it to be the year when I went to bed at the same time every night and got up at the same time every morning.
  • This is also part of the above goals as adequate sleep will provide me with the energy to do what I need to do.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Here we are again!

Well really, you would think I had more sense than that but it seems that I did not do this here before. In fact it looks like I haven't done this online since 2003 and that in another blog altogether.

So what am I rambling on about? No less than a "Its my birthday what do I want the next year to look like?"

As I was reading over the one I did in 2013 I realized that a lot of what is on it still hasn't been done. It seems that for the last four years I've just been drifting.

"OK so this is not going the way I thought it would... what do I want my 54th year to look like?
  • I want it to be the year when I wind up some of the small projects that have been hanging round my mind for a decade or more.
  • I want it to be the year when I finally make real progress on my weight loss goals.
  • I want it to be the year when I start doing a bit of travelling.
  • I want it to be the year when I make enough progress against my mental demons that I am able to function like a normal human being even if it is only for a couple of months a year.
  • I want it to be the year when I finally start to get my life back.
  • I want it to be the year when I  find a couple of peers I can spend time with as friends.
  • I want it to be the year when I use what skills I have to help others like knitting for charity or telling stories to sick kids.
  • I want it to be the year when I complete a 52 week project or three.
  • I want it to be the year when I downsized my stuff to 250 items all together or 25 items in each category from clothing; craft supplies; ornaments; Christmas stuff; office supples; linens; paper books.
  • I want it to be the year when I read at least 52 books
  • I want it to be the year when I completed 12 online courses. 
  • I want it to be the year when I cleaned myself every other day and my room every week.
  • I want it to be the year when I consitently cooked healthy foods every day and cleaned the bathroom once a month.
  • I want it to be the year when I went to bed at the same time every night and got up at the same time every morning.
  • I want it to be the year when I took my medication and vitamins daily as perscribed never over or under dosing myself ever again"
That was then, today and for the next dozen days I am asking the same question but with a different age attached. What do I want my 58th year to look like?

This is the question before me today. Of the things I wanted in 2013 which things are still valid? Which ones are valid but undone? Which things are still valid but I have completed them?
Green for Valid. Gray for Valid and completed. Red for Invalid:
  1. I want it to be the year when I wind up some of the small projects that have been hanging round my mind for a decade or more.
  2. I want it to be the year when I finally make real progress on my weight loss goals.
  3. I want it to be the year when I start doing a bit of travelling.
  4. I want it to be the year when I make enough progress against my mental demons that I am able to function like a normal human being even if it is only for a couple of months a year.
  5. I want it to be the year when I finally start to get my life back.
  6. I want it to be the year when I  find a couple of peers I can spend time with as friends.
  7. I want it to be the year when I use what skills I have to help others like knitting for charity or telling stories to sick kids.
  8. I want it to be the year when I complete a 52 week project or three.
  9. I want it to be the year when I downsized my stuff to 250 items all together or 25 items in each category from clothing; craft supplies; ornaments; Christmas stuff; office supplies; linens; paper books.
  10. I want it to be the year when I read at least 52 books
  11. I want it to be the year when I completed 12 online courses. 
  12. I want it to be the year when I cleaned myself every other day and my room every week.
  13. I want it to be the year when I consistently cooked healthy foods every day and cleaned the bathroom once a month.
  14. I want it to be the year when I went to bed at the same time every night and got up at the same time every morning.
  15. I want it to be the year when I took my medication and vitamins daily as prescribed never over or under dosing myself ever again"
Only three invalid ones that is kind of scary. That four years has made so little difference. 1/5 invalid, 1/3 complete actually when you look at it that way it does not seem too bad until you consider it took me four years to get 1/3 of them done. Tomorrow I will take a look at the Valid ones and figure out how and when I'll work on them.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017-September Read an Author you haven't before

Hollow Earth Trilogy Series: Hollow Earth by John Barrowman Carole E. Barrowman

All three books of John & Carole E. Barrowman's HOLLOW EARTH trilogy. Book 1: HOLLOW EARTH. Book 2: THE BONE QUILL. Book 3: THE BOOK OF BEASTS.
Long ago, the Order of Era Mina bound all the beasts of myth and legend into the pages of a single tome. They called the prison they had created the Hollow Earth - a nightmare world built to keep our world safe. Over centuries, their Order grew strong: the men and women with the power to bind and animate the magic of this world learned to live in secret among us, watched over by their constant companions, the Guardians. Each Animarus was tasked with the protection of this world. Each Guardian was tasked with the protection of an Animarus. And in time the history of the Order was forgotten, their relics lost, and the Hollow Earth became nothing but a story.
Now, twelve-year-old twins Matt and Emily Calder are about to discover this world for themselves...

Hollow Earth was a bit of a surprise for me, I don't know why I expected a different style but I did. It is a great book though I find I need a break now & then because the style seems a little dry to me. It puts me in mind of the droning voice of a teacher more than lively storytelling. That is probably just me.

Also it is a young adult book so it is possible that I heard teacher but they would hear storyteller.

I love the premise and it is a quick read. I am interested enough that I have read the second and will read the third one in the series if only to find out if they do find Hollow Earth.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Chasing dreams

LOL such a fanciful title and not indicative of where my mind is right now, least I don't think it is.

I heard myself say "I like routine" today. If you have been following my blog for awhile or read any of my earlier posts you will know how strange that seemed to me.

I have, since I was old enough to walk on my own, been an explorer, curiosity has always been my biggest failing.

Is it a failing? Not so much but it has lead me down some interesting paths in the last 50 odd years. So when did I decide I needed to have a routine to be comfortable? Not sure about that either.

It may have begun when the fibro cut me off of most of the activities I liked. Exploring Toronto was just about the happiest I'd ever been. The last day I felt that way sticks in my head still.

I'd started out with a map and a plan. I was excited because it was a trail I'd never been on before. I don't know how long I walked before my back began giving me trouble but I do know that by the time I found a bus stop my back was a frozen, muscle locked, deep pain. The bus ride home was excruciating and I popped four Tylenol when I did get there. Plus a lot more and had a hot shower before the pain finally reached a reasonable level.

That was when I made an appointment with my doctor. That visit was when he diagnosed me with Fibro and proved it by giving me an example with one of my arms. I had been having pain off and on for awhile and fatigue had always been an issues because of the Dysthimia, I just figured it was normal for a 47 year old with depression issues. Since then I have been babying myself, not pushing my body in any way because I feared that pain.

When menopause started a couple of years later I lost my interest in sex which for 30 odd years had been my central focus. I found myself getting scatterbrained spending whole weeks just playing Farmville and Solitaire on my computer. I was 53 or 54 when I decided enough was enough and I started concentrating on creating daily routines so I did other things besides play games and read.

Now ten years later I'm at a point where I feel I need to change things up a little more. Physical activity for exercise is boring but this past week I rediscovered my happiness in exploring. During a business trip with the Professor I found that seeing new places and doing new things actually cheered me up and gave me a bit of my youthful glow back.

Obviously travelling on my own is a bit problematic but nothing says I cant't start checking out the trails around here and going into parts of the city where I haven't spent much time. All I gotta do is allow my curiosity to guide me once again. Besides the places I knew have all changed and I would like to see how.

The doctor will be pleased he's been after me to get more active since obesity was diagnosed as a disease. Yeah I'm obese, the scale says I am 100 pounds heavier than I should be. Not sure what that is in kilos I never really bothered to learn the metric system.

Anyway that's my thoughts for today ... hope you are having a good one