Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Its all about Balance. The other day was bad, but today was a great day. One minute I'm in a down mood, then things begin to look up.
Balance, Karma, Ying Yang.......things always seem to level out.
Thanks to all the lovely comments and emails from my last post. It seems like when you put bad energy in a post and then warm supportive energy comes back in.
Then this afternoon I was at the post office mailing a package to the winner of my blog giveaway and when I returned to the office I had an email that I had won a blog giveaway. Kind of cool - have a giveaway/win a giveaway! I'll post my winnings when they arrive!
Balance makes sense. I think we are handed the bad stuff every once in awhile so that when good things happen, we truly appreciate them.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Today was our weekly respite day. Dear Auntie gets a break for 4 hrs (imagine 4 whole hours......note the sarcasm!) For those caregivers out there - 4 hrs is a nice break to do something for yourself. Just as I was letting in Rosie, our respite worker and preparing to return to work after lunch, the phone rang. It was a relative who was calling to say he and his brother were coming to visit. Auntie told him it was a respite day today and his response was " We are not staying long". They stayed two and a half hours!!! So much for Auntie's break. Now, these guys are from town AND retired, so they could visit any day...........but I guess some people just don't think.
But Incident 2 is even worse. Today a co-worker sat in front of me complaining about how terrible and horrible it is that her grandparent is forced to share a nursing home with Alzheimers patients!!! "HELLO.......remember who you are talking to???" She went on and on about "those people" and how awful it was for her family member to have to tolerate!
Honestly I couldn't believe it. I should have said something but I was so stunned that I just sat there with my mouth open thinking......"please clue in and stop talking". I knew if I opened my mouth I was either going to lose my temper severely or start crying uncontrollably. After a few minutes I just made a quick excuse and left the room. Its still bugging me!
Now, I know that we ALL have said things we regret. I know I have. Sometimes you do say things to the wrong people at the wrong time, so I am trying to chalk it up to just not thinking. But it definately bummed out my day. And I'm still not sure if I should have said something or maybe just walking away was the best option. Anyway, I really needed to get that off my chest.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I woke early and decided to bake a double layer chocolate cake with boiled icing as a surprise for tonights supper. The two cake pans were filled and in the oven by 7:30am and when I took them out a little later they looked fabulous. Was the baking curse over? Had I finally figured out all the little tricks? Wouldn't everyone be pleased and surprised when I presented this cake??
Ahhhhhh, wait - too easy! When it was time to remove the cakes from the pans and onto the cooling racks......they wouldn't come out! Arrrgh New non stick pans plus I sprayed them with a little PAM. So I shook them a little.
WELL, they came out all right........in CHUNKS! OK now I'm seriously ticked off. But what would any great cook do in this situation???
I hid it in the pantry. If nobody sees it, did it really happen?? HAHA I'm feeling better now, even a little smug!
So after a great roast chicken and veg supper I retreated to the pantry to bring out dessert. Chocolate cake pieces, with ice cream on top and drizzled with caramel sauce. THEY LOVED IT! And nobody was the wiser! "Oh just a little dessert I saw on the internet!" (Shhhhh...)
In between the baking and cooking I hooked more on the Old Rose Chairpad. I will have a picture for my next post.
Oh, by the way, this is my 99th post. Hmmm I wonder if I should do something special for my 100th? Stay tuned!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
His family and friends sponsor this fun night. What many people who attend don't understand is that we totally sponsor this event. Every penny that is donated through ticket sales, food sales and auction is all given to the charity. Our little group donates ALL the food, pays the rental for the venue, ALL expenses. I think this just goes to show the character of the man we honor.
He was the BEST!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Great fun. Today I'm off work for a vacation day. I woke early and put 2 giant pots of chili on to simmer. Tonight is our little fundraiser for the Palliative Care Program at the hospital. Curling, silent auction, and chili or chowder supper. My friend Terri, the event organizer and I are meeting for lunch to get organized and make sure we have all our little lists checked off.
I'm sure it will be a great night for a great cause.
I hope I am able to post next time that we exceeded our totals from last year!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
But I hate (yes, I know I'm whining) drawing out the pattern. My last rug - I totally winged it. Just hooked along with no guide. But I'll never pull that off again.
I've puttered away my weekend ---even resorting to housework (gasp!). Then in the ultimate procrastination - I started and finished knitting Auntie a big warm scarf.
One positive thing was that I brought my work laptop home for the weekend and got all my weekly reports done today. Thats a first. Starting a Monday with no lingering to-do's. (smile) Maybe I will get a gold star at Tuesday's Directors meeting......but not holding my breath!
Its a short week for me as I have Wednesday afternoon and all day Friday off. So, how much trouble can I really get in - in 3 1/2 days??? Oh oh, I hope I didn't just mess up my karma.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Now the only thing left to do is figure out how to tag this rug. I'll have to put my creative hat on for awhile and think of something crafty. I'm so proud I finished a whole week ahead of the event and plan to take a vacation day next Friday to help the organizers set up etc. (OK - set up is actually code for have a few afternoon drinks with Tim's family and friends) Last year we raised $3,333 in a couple of hours for the Palliative Care Program at the hospital in memory of Tim.
Do you think we can beat that total this year? I hope so. Its such a great cause for such a great friend.
Enjoy the weekend!!!