Thursday, October 30, 2008

On our front lawn we have a humongous pine tree (of some sort.) It is so big that when I've gone to Google Earth, you can see the tree on our property. When I first saw the tree I imagined how great it would look decorated with Christmas lights, but really it's so big, I wouldn't know how to go about finding some one to put the lights up for me. I think I'd need a crane, or a fire truck just to get up near the top. So, no lights as of yet, but we've always had about 50 sparrows that love to adorn the branches. And, of course, Mr. Mao loves to watch them from his perch in the picture window.The hospital where I work also has a Veteran's wing and sometimes I wander over there on my lunch break. They have a cute little artisan shop there where you can buy various crafts that the Veteran's have made. Note: Canadian Veteran's at this place tend to be in their 80's-90's. Anyway, one day I saw this Bird Feeder and immediately thought of my sparrows.
They love it! And I've noticed how chubby my birdies are getting. And it gives Mr. Mao hours and hours of entertainment.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008's still cold so I've decided to run the bathtub. The thing is, it takes 10 minutes to fill the tub downstairs so I thought I'd write a post while I'm waiting. (Hopefully I won't forget about the tub! That would not be good.)
I'm starting to think about Christmas and what I'm going to get people. I usually donate money to World Vision in a my mom & brother's name, and also for Greg's dad & MIL2. Two-four could most likely use the donation herself, so I'll have to think of something for her, besides a monetary gift. This year, I'm thinking of those digital photographs. You know the ones I mean? You download your pictures onto it and it flips through the pictures like an album? So, I'm wondering if I could pre-load it? Scan pictures and send it to this frame? Does anyone know if this can be done (OK....all 5 of you who read this blog of you must know!!!)
I like the idea, but have no idea if it will actually work the way I'm thinking of.
Some years, I am really on top of things and I start my shopping at the end of summer when things are on sale, or sometimes, even the winter before! Is this crazy or what?! I have boxes in the cellar under my stairs and god only knows what is in them! I'm not so much of a packrat, but I do like buying nice things when I see them for a nice price. For instance, the last time I was in Seattle, Pez and I went to a glassybaby factory and there were some babies for sale for $5 each! How could I resist? I ended up packing about ten of them in my suitcase and freaked Pez out. She worries about things like that...
Speaking of which, I guess I will have to be more careful in the future about how heavy my bags are. I understand you now have to pay some exorbitant price for extra weight. Hmpft! Glad I already brought back my Oma's silver ware from Germany.
Speaking of which, I should find and clean, and maybe even use this Christmas.
Gotta check the tub.
Smell ya later.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's October 21st, and it is SNOWING in Toronto! I simply can not believe this, it's just too soon! It's not sticking to the ground or anything, but it is definitely flurrying. And, with the wind chill it is minus 1 Celcius. Where did summer go? I just washed a pair of shorts today (never mind that I still have 57 loads of laundry to do...) Ugh, winter is most surely not my favourite season.
My last post included a lot of griping and moaning about work. To be honest, it's not so much the job that bugs me, because I like the job, but it's the staff and all their whining and whinging that I can't bear. Sometimes I just want to scream at them to grow up and deal with it! Bunch of babies. So, I will stay with this position as it really is a good one and their is a lot of personal growth potential for me. I do miss bedside nursing, but I also realize that I'm not getting any younger, and with 20 years of working still ahead of me, I do need to consider the future and what I'm physically able to do.
Anyhow...I'm going to keep this short and sweet.