Thursday, February 23, 2017

Writing Challenge from Thomas Kinkade Deck

In a Romantic relationship, the gestures and gifts that matter most are the ones that show that one person is really Receptive to the other person's wants and needs -TX

A. Name something someone gave you that you really wanted.
B. What would be a nice thing for one sweetheart to give to another?

Romance has never been a big thing for me.Which is probably a good thing... recently for a valentine gift I received half a dozen milk crates. I have a cube shelf that they fit into perfectly and I had wanted a whole set of them for easier storage.

It was the perfect gift for me but was it romantic? Not likely to anyone but me. To me it indicated that he had listened to me and gotten me exactly what I wanted. That is what makes it romantic, HE HAD LISTENED TO ME! and gotten me the perfect gift.

In addition to that he had taken me to a place where the dresses I love could be found at a cheap price and gotten me a set of them. Three days worth which is fantastical in my opinion. They are called Caftan or Kaftan and the style I like was popular in the 1970's and can also be found in the Arabic states, Morocco and Pakistan.

They would make a great gift for anyone who needs light-weight clothing that isn't tight to the body. As a fibro sufferer they suit me to perfection

Other gifts you can give your sweetheart are the usual flowers and candy or if they are like me a craft supplies or a gift card from their favourite store works well too.

Romance in my opinion means listening to your partner and getting what they want. If you listen we always tell you where our interest and desires stand at any given moment.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Would You Rather #9

Would you rather be able to teleport anywhere or be able to read minds? 
I like the idea of teleportation that way I can go anywhere I want to go and there is so much of the world I want to see

Would you rather die in 20 years with no regrets or die in 50 years with many regrets? 20 years with no regrets, regrets make you bitter and angry which can get progessivly worse as you age

Would you rather be feared by all or loved by all? Loved by all, fearful people are often angry and rebellious but if you are loved people will do most anything you ask

Would you rather know when you are going to die or how you are going to die? (You can’t change the time or method of your death.) When that way I can take care of any loose ends I have and know how much time I have left to do the things I want and need to do

Would you rather be transported permanently 500 years into the future or 500 years into the past? History is a tricky thing, going forward could put you into an EDEN  or HELL on Earth depending on how the world goes. At least in the past we know the basics of life and know what we would be getting into and the 1500's were not a bad time as some you could end up in.

Would you rather never be able to use a touchscreen or never be able to use a keyboard and mouse? Tricky but I think I would definitely miss a keyboard and mouse so life without a touchscreen would not be too bad

Would you rather be able to control fire or water? I would prefer to control fire because then I could decide what burns and for how long, I could save forests & homes and burn garbage 

Would you rather have everything you eat be too salty or not salty enough no matter how much salt you add? Hmmm that one is a hard one as salt is used for so many things and I like it a lot. I think I would have to go with not salty enough, too much salt gives you high blood pressure which can kill you.

Would you rather have hands that kept growing as you got older or feet that kept growing as you got older? How am I to choose that either one would be a colossal pain in the butt. I suppose I would have to go with feet as the bigger they are the more solid your connection to gravity, the less chance you have of falling which has become a great fear for me.

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life? (both are amazingly delicious and can be any type of sushi / taco you want.) I like sushi so unlimited sushi sounds good to me. Can you imagine a sushi jelly sandwich. Sushi does not have to be made from seaweed and rice it can be made from anything. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Would You Rather #8

  1. Would you rather be alone for the rest of your life or always be surrounded by annoying people? Alone for the rest of my life, I've dealt with enough annoying people in my life.
  2. Would you rather never use social media sites / apps again or never watch another movie or TV show? I would rather stop using social media, there are other ways to meet people but I do not want to give up movies
  3. Would you rather have an easy job working for someone else or work for yourself but work incredibly hard? I have always worked for others and I like it just fine.
  4. Would you rather be the first person to explore a planet or be the inventor of a drug that cures a deadly disease? I think I would rather be the inventor of a miracle drug although if exploration was a real option I would love to be considered
  5. Would you rather have a horrible short term memory or a horrible long term memory? I would rather have a horrible long tern memory, in fact I would love to forget all the bad stuff from the past.
  6. Would you rather be completely invisible for one day or be able to fly for one day? I want to be able to fly, I could fly to places I want to see.
  7. Would you rather be locked in a room that is constantly dark for a week or a room that is constantly bright for a week? I would rather be locked in a constantly dark room.
  8. Would you rather be poor but help people or become incredibly rich by hurting people? I would rather be poor and help people.
  9. Would you rather live without the internet or live without AC and heating? Oww that is a really hard choice, honestly I think I would rather live without heat or AC.
  10. Would you rather have a horrible job, but be able to retire comfortably in 10 years or have your dream job, but have to work until the day you die?  I think if it is my dream job working til the day I die it would not be a chore while working in a horrible job ten years would seem like forever.

What Does the Oracle Say this Month

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Zen Garden

Goal: To create a small table top zen garden using what I currently have

What I Have: small square plastic pan, blue sand, golden brown stones, plastic aquarium plants(if I decide to add them)

What I have and ideas of what I want to do with it.

First Edition

Second Edition

Still need to get in the habit of using it but it is a beginning

Fashion Doll - Winter

Goal: Alter a fashion doll/barbie to represent the season Winter

Design Ideas:
Doll I planned to use and inspirations for the finished doll
When I began I thought I would go Goddess but now I'm wondering if I should go Old Man Winter

Word of the New Year 2017- February

The things I am reminding myself of this month

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Reading Challenges of February

The 10 must reads on my list for February

  1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (a book by a person of color)
  2. Little Women by Louisa M Alcott (a book you loved as a child)
  3. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton  (a book about an interesting woman)
  4. Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris (a book you got from a used book sale)
  5. Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers (a best seller from a genre you don't usually read)
  6. About a Dragon Dragon Kin Series, Book 2 by G.A. Aiken (a book involving a mythical creature)
  7. Beastly Duke & the Winsome Bride: Regency Romance by Charity McColl (author), Pure Read (author) 
  8. Midnight Riot Rivers of London Series, Book 1 by Ben Aaronovitch A book by an author whose name begins with A Swap
  9. Shield of Winter (Psy-Changeling #13)by Nalini Singh 
  10. Her Perfect Mate X-Ops Series, Book 1 by Paige Tyler

Of the 10 the first five are for the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 the others are books already on my holds list and should be coming available sometime in February

Added to replace ones already Read:
Red Rising (Red Rising 1) by Pierce Brown - (Author was Under 30 when he wrote it) Completed Feb 22
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (a book with a cat on the cover) Completed Feb 4th

MCM: Reading Challenge: Authors beginning with A

My Choice: Sparkle Abbey (Sparkle Abbey is the writing team of Anita Carter and Mary Lee Woods. Visit the authors at http: //

Why I chose this author: Other than the last name beginning with A she writes cozy mysteries and I love cozy mysteries. Her series is called: Pampered Pets Mystery Series

Story Line: 
Disgraced Texas beauty queen, Melinda (Mel) Langston, owns Laguna Beach’s Bow Wow Boutique. Mona Michaels, Mel’s most despised client, owns a star dog, Fluffy, who’s worth millions. When Mona is found whacked in the head with Fluffy’s Daytime Emmy, everyone wants Fluffy, but someone won’t stop at murder to get the pooch.

Secrets. Blackmail. Mel tackles the case like a dog with a bone. But can she dig up the truth before the killer buries her?

My Reaction: Big Thumbs Up! If it makes me want to keep reading no matter how late it is then I consider it an interesting book. I've liked the first two books of the series and the third one is sitting on my library shelf waiting for me to get to it. Get Fluffy is the second book of the series, the heroine of this one is the cousin of the heroine of the first one. I read it in 24 hours it is that interesting. 

reading Challenge 2017-January: Read a book written by someone under 30

My Choice: Red Rising (Red Rising 1) by Pierce Brown

Why I chose this book: Young writer and the title caught my interest.

Story Line: Slave discovers he's a slave, gets help to infiltrate the owner elite, passes tests to become owner elite

My Reaction: Fast and slow though for the most part it kept my interest throughout the whole book and intrigued me enough that I want to read #2 of the series

ESG: Reading challenge #7: Read a book with a one word title

My Choice: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (also meets the popsugar requirement of a story inside a story)

Why I chose this book:

Story Line:

My Reaction:

Project 365 Week #5

Didn't take any photos this week. The layout this week shows you what I did instead

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Favorite Photo of January

Despite being nearly rotted through it still
stands on its own roots
When I first left home I lived on the top floor
of this house.

Jackson Creek after the recent storms
This Gazebo stands outside our building
come summer I'm going to draw on it

Friday, February 3, 2017

50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? Hmmm I feel 90, look about 45 and think I am still 21 a lot happened in that year and it's where my mind goes most often

Which is worse, failing or never trying? Never trying because you can't win or lose unless you at least try!

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do? This one is going to take some time I think. We do things we don't like for one of three reasons: a) because it is expected of us like going to university when you would rather go to college as your parents expect you too; b) because there is no choice like taking a job for the sake of a paycheque not because you want it; c) because we do not see any other path open to us right at that moment. As for not doing the things we like, the reasons are similar but the one I find is most prevalent in my mind is that I am not good enough to pursue the dream and the day to day often prevents me from seeing that I could if I were willing to take a chance. We tend to trick ourselves into not believing we are worth it.

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? Interesting question, no I can say that I have done most everything I said I would do and a lot more besides.

What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world? I would change one tiny thing that I think would make the world a very different place, I would remove the thought that any one race or person is better than any other. If we no longer hate each other for our physical differences perhaps we could learn to work towards fixing the earth in a way that would benefit us all

If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Happiness is so hard to define, I am happy with my life as it is for the most part and the things that would need to be changed for me is a whole chapter in my book of life. If you have read my bio page you will know what I'm talking about. One simple change... oh dear I was supposed to choose a type of work for this in that case I loved working in the food industry especially when I was serving customers. Something about feeding hungry people makes me feel good.

Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing? I have never truly believed in anything except for getting through to the next day and I do that well right now. I am where I want to be with an income that is sufficient for my needs, what more do you need.

If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? I wouldn't have! I lived my life until I turned 40 and it was only after that I settled down. See my 40th birthday was in 2000 and I really didn't expect to see the end of that year when it came and went and I was still here I had to rethink and create another life for myself.

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? Why would I want to control it? Too much control takes all the fun out of life as far as I'm concerned.

Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? For most of my life I have tried to do the right thing for me and I worried a bit about what was correct even though I seldom did it.

You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do? I would ask them why they were talking about her that way since I knew her and had not seen any of the things they were talking about. I am assuming if I respect them that I will feel comfortable speaking my mind because I trust them.

If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be? Respect your parents but if they are not good ones make sure you tell someone who will help and protect you.

Would you break the law to save a loved one? No, if I love them and they have done something wrong then they are accountable and must pay the price.

Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity? Not that I recall I have always been a live and let live kind of person

What’s something you know you do differently than most people? I can not think of anything other than I am a naturalist and most people are not.

How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy? Each person is different and so have different things that make them happy

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back? Travel around the world, the biggest problem is the lack of money

Are you holding onto something you need to let go of? Not that I am aware of, I have worked through my issues. About the only problem I find is forcing myself to do what I think others expect me to.
If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? I like where I live but I would love to live in France because that is where my families roots are

Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? Sometimes especially if I feel antsy but no I know it doesn't speed things up.

Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton? I would be a joyful simpleton more laughter, fewer worries.

Why are you, you? How does one describe that? I am curious, friendly it is just who I am.
Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend? Yes as much as possible

Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you? I think losing touch with a good friend who lives nearby is the worst thing in the world.
What are you most grateful for? Continued life without serious health issues

Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? I wish this was possible though I'm not sure I'd want to lose ALL of my past memories I know there are some I would gladly give up but I am certain I want to keep making new memories

Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first? Knowing the truth is difficult without some sort of challenge or total faith in the person speaking to you

Has your greatest fear ever come true? Not yet but I haven't reached the age where it becomes less a possibility and becomes a probability

Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now? I don't remember any incident from five years ago so I think whatever I was angry about I am no longer angry about.

What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special? Fathers Day at the Peterborough Zoo when I was around 10. It was the first time we could really afford to do it. We bought KFC and spent the whole day just looking at the animals and having a picnic. It was special because we got to eat KFC something we never saw at home.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? If not now, then when? If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose? Passionate and alive are not words I use to describe myself. I prefer a laid-back easy-going style. The most alive I feel is when I complete something I din't figure I could do like walk almost 2 km in one shot.

Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever? Yes it happens every time I spend time with an old friend. We talk about all kinds of things and it always feels like we've had a great conversation.

Why do religions that support love cause so many wars? These kinds of religions also have a set of rules like the Christian 10 commandments that they think will make the world the best place to live IF everyone followed them, when the zealots are rebuffed they decide if the words don't convince others than maybe action will. A lot of the time I don't think they mean to cause a war it just happens. Passion does strange things to the mind.

Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil? Yes and no, you or I can say without a doubt that beating a child is evil, but the person doing it may not see it as evil but as necessary discipline. You define good and evil for yourself and only yourself. If enough people believe something is good while its opposite is evil that becomes the rule the society lives within.

If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job? Just a million? Hmmm yes I would because I know I could invest some and put some in savings and have money to live on for the rest of my life.

Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing? More work that I enjoy doing cause then the time spent flies.

Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before? Sometimes, I get deja vu a lot especially when I'm going through my bedtime routine but its not a bad thing just comforting.

When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in? When I went back to school to learn about networks and stuff because I thought I would be happy working in computers.

If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
The names wouldn't mean anything to you but I would visit my brothers and sisters and their families, my grandchildren and the three people I consider friends. Then if I had time I'd visit my paternal cousins then my maternal ones.

Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous? No! I have no desire to be either of these things so sacrificing 19 years of my life for them would be a waste of my time.

What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Being alive means only your physical body is present in the day to day; truly living means your whole self is engaged in your day to day.

When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right? At the point where it is obvious that if I don't do it I would talk myself out of it.

If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? Perfectionism, it is a big problem for most people, myself included. Those pain in the ass voices in our heads the keep telling us we are useless and will never accomplish anything. It is difficult to ignore them.

What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? Yes absolutely, one of my biggest fears is of being judged and found inadequate as a friend, mother, sister, aunt etc.

When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing? This afternoon when I was settling down for a nap, I always listen to if as I get ready to go to sleep because I know it has to be slow and easy before I can relax enough to sleep

What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love? I love my children and my grandchildren and my boyfriend and my sisters oh wait what not who. What I love, getting things , all things, straight and organized in my brain and in my environment. I campaigned for a shelf that is 5 cubes x 5 cubes so that I could keep all my stuff neat and organized in one place.

In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that? Without a doubt I will remember nothing about this day, week, month, or year in five years time unless something monumentally good or monumentally bad happens to me in this time period called 2017

Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you? Hmmm, I go with the flow most of the time so others make the decisions for me, it causes less conflict and I prefer to avoid conflict as much as possible. On the otherhand I decide where I'll live, what I'll eat or wear or do so it is about 50/50.

101 Things Progress- January 2017

  • My start date: January 20 2017

  • My end date: October 18, 2019

  • Total number of goals completed: None completed to date

  • Number of goals completed this month: None completed in January

  • Total number of goals in progress: 
  1. Read 150 books in 2017 using PopSugar and other Reading Challenges plus GoodReads to track it 14/150 IP
  2. Give blood IP Have an appointment on Feb 9th
  3. Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind" IP should be completed tomorrow
  4. Watch 26 movies I've never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet 4/26 IP The list of movies I've watched are on this page: Movies A to Z
  5. Read 26 books I've never read whose authors last name starts with a different letter of the alphabet IP Letter A is on my reading list here: Februaries Reading List
  6. Complete a 365 day photo challenge 4/52 weeks The completed photo spreads are: Week 1; Week 2; Week 3; Week 4
  7. See 10 classic movies I've never seen 2/10 These are marked on the Movie list
  8. Reach my goal weight (From 230 to 130) currently 220 According to the Doctors scale on January 23rd
  9. No Spend Month - Feb 2017
  10. Watch a movie from every year I've been alive 10/56 Refer to Movie List above
  11. Listen to a new artist every month 1/12 - Cheondong cause he has the same birthday as me.
  12. Complete a 'Walk To Mordor' challenge ( It’s 1779 miles (2863 km) from the Shire to Mordor following Frodo and Sam’s journey.) 2 km/2863 KM This is refered to in the week 4 photo spread.
  13. Go to the dentist for a check up Appointment booked for Feb 3rd
  14. Watch 200 Movies Again this is included in the Movie List Page
  • Number of goals in progress worked on this month: All of the above were started and worked on in January or the appointments were made.

  • List and description of goals I've completed this month: Since I began on the 20th of January no goals have been completed to date

  • List and description of goals I've made progress on this month but haven't finished yet: See List above.

  • List and description of goals I've abandoned/failed this month: None to Date. I had one duplicate that I have not as yet replaced so the list is at 100 instead of 101

  • List of goals I hope to work on/complete next: Working on the 14 above plus
  1. Design Altered Fashion Doll- Winter and create it
  2. Design a Zen Garden and Create it
  3. Create a budget and stick to it
  4. Don't eat sugar for a week (5th-11th)
  5. Whiten my teeth
  • Your favorite goal worked on this month: I am loving all the movies I'm watching it is something I don't usually do

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February's Reading List with Goodreads links

The 10 must reads on my list for February

  1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (a book by a person of color)
  2. Little Women by Louisa M Alcott (a book you loved as a child)
  3. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton  (a book about an interesting woman)
  4. Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris (a book you got from a used book sale)
  5. Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers (a best seller from a genre you don't usually read)
  6. About a Dragon Dragon Kin Series, Book 2 by G.A. Aiken (a book involving a mythical creature)
  7. Beastly Duke & the Winsome Bride: Regency Romance by Charity McColl (author), Pure Read (author) 
  8. Midnight Riot Rivers of London Series, Book 1 by Ben Aaronovitch A book by an author whose name begins with A Swap
  9. Shield of Winter (Psy-Changeling #13)by Nalini Singh 
  10. Her Perfect Mate X-Ops Series, Book 1 by Paige Tyler
Of the 10 the first five are for the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 the others are books already on my holds list and should be coming available sometime in February

Added to replace ones already Read:
Red Rising (Red Rising 1) by Pierce Brown - (Author was Under 30 when he wrote it)
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (a book with a cat on the cover) Completed Feb 4th