Category: Thinking Stuff

My Dad, My Rock

When I lost my Dad I felt like a part of me had died too. Grief was a tangible object that I held in my hand all the time and couldn’t put down. Like a jagged rock. I wasn’t ready for him to leave. He wasn’t ready to go. As the months and years went by I started to put my rock away in my pocket for little bits of time. I’d always put my hand in my pocket to feel the sharp edges. They were still there.  Grief was like that for me - a constant, ever present companion that hurt…

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5 Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Post

Today I want to tell you why I don't feel like writing a post. I'll start at the least important reason and work my way up. I have great excuses: I don't feel very creative right now. It takes a lot of effort for me to push ideas out, develop them, edit the heck out of them and then publish them. The words are one thing but even my favourite part - the images, takes so much energy. I am just not feeling it right now. I think all the creative bones in my body have decalcified since the year…

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5 of my “Intentions” for Me this year

Intentions are less threatening & more 'verb-like' than 'resolutions'. When you say 'I intend to do something,' it's more like a statement, or a prediction, something you have already worked the details out in your head for. It's visualized. If I say 'resolutions,' it feels negative to me. It's as if I've resolved to do something I really don't want to do. But I have to do it anyway. I'm being forced. Resolutions, in my mind, are vague and come from someone else. Intentions, on the other hand, come from me. I am in control. I choose what I will do.…

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A Big Compliment – Liebster Award

What a nice surprise! Allison from AccidentallyAllison has has nominated me and 10 other bloggers for a Liebster Award. Thanks Allison!  I've done some research into what this means and have discovered that it is an award given by bloggers, to other bloggers. It is to recognize their hard work and dedication to this craft. Apparently German in origin, it seems the word Liebster has many meanings including dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. All good things! I have to answer 11 questions that Allison has created and then create my own for my list of…

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My Husband Loves Me

Here's my mushy one... ( And no it's not Christmas related. ) My husband loves me when he peels me four clementines and leaves them in straight lines My husband loves me when he puts clean sheets on the bed - while I am curled up in a ball with them warm from the dryer My husband loves me when he makes me a virgin cesaer exactly the way I like it - with a cup of tea My husband loves me when he makes me crackers, with cheddar and olives - and mayo on the side when I’m cranky (which…

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My Favourite Musicians

I'm not sure at all how to decide who my favourite musicians are. Do I go by the vinyl I collected in the day? Or what is on my iTunes? Or what I hum in my head all the time? This is very tough to say. Music has always had a dramatic place in my life. They have helped me move through different emotional states, identify my feelings and move along. I identified songs that were significant to me at some part of my life last year. They were linked to deeply personal situations. Now though there are so many songs and bands that I…

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Treasure Hunting

There are few things as exciting to me as walking into a thrift shop with an hour or so of free time. It's retail therapy at it best. $20, an empty shopping cart and a whole world of mysterious possibilities. There's treasures to be had m'hearty! There's so many different types of second hand shops to choose from these days. You've got the 'big box' stores like Value Village, Goodwill Industries, and the Salvation Army Thrift Stores on the one side and the tons of little ones for seemingly every charity and church known on the other. Prices, cleanliness, store organization and quality seem…

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Give the “Gift of Hope” this Christmas Season!

Thank you for having me back on as a guest poster, Carin. Holiday season is upon us now that it is officially November! Invites to Holiday corporate parties and festive get togethers are already on their way. If you are planning to do a 'Secret Santa' with your co-workers and/or family this year, why not consider something different .... like donating to a special cause as a group.  Instead of giving "Sue" another funny mug or "Ted" a set of wacky plaid socks, consider making a donation in their name or in your group's name. Whether your group is your…

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Bloggy Feels

I have been looking at ton's o blog's 'About Me' pages lately and have noticed how many people started writing for therapeutic purposes. It's really so fantastic. We write to inspire, vent, work through and help ourselves and our readers. What a great thing the internet is. It's a place where you can share feelings with people all across this planet. I have vented on this blog about my frustrations, exercised the demons of my childhood, cried with grief about missing loved ones, and shared my excitement and joy of my children's successes. Plus, if you look around you will…

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5 of the Coolest Pins

Here are my favourite EclecticSoapbox Pins of late... #1 Taco Star #2 The Ugly Pumpkin #3 Preparing for the Big Leap #4 Life is a Sexually Transmitted Disease #5 Bras Off  

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Sandbox Memories

I grew up in a place called Scarborough. It was the little town that grew and when I was a pre-teen it became a city. Then it was gobbled up by what we used to call 'Downtown' - it became part of the massive city of Toronto, or the 'GTA.' When I was little I wanted so badly to leave home. My childhood was rife with conflict and many bad memories. My family had broken there. My siblings and I scattered as soon as we could.  Speaking of the squirrel chronologs,  I'm about to share a bunch of random memories with you... My house felt…

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This Nest is Best

Grim #LifeReady I've been thinking a lot about my financial future lately - usually between 2 - 4 am. It's just a thing I do occasionally. Most days actually. Well ok if I'm being completely honest, all days. Things have gotten - difficult - lately. An opportunity to discuss how I feel about my financial readiness for the future has come up. So here goes. 5 years ago Hubs was laid off from a job he'd had for 15 years since graduating. I'd been employed full time up until we decided I'd stay home to raise Things 1 and 2. Then…

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The Horrors of a Learner’s Permit

Sometimes... I feel like it will give me a heart attack. This is the year we have had two G1 drivers in the house. In case you don't know what that means, it's a level of driver's license that means a fully licensed driver must be in the car at all times. Sober. It's a learner's permit basically - stage two. horrors If the student has attended a driving school they will be allowed to apply for their G2 in 8 months. Otherwise they must wait a whole year before attempting it. They can drive everywhere except federal highways. ( The…

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A Sock

By Thing 2 Once upon a time there was a sock. This sock wasn't a normal sock, rather a talking sock. One might question why a sock can talk, but one should stop asking why the sock can talk. It's just an abnormal sock. One day, when taking a walk, the sock stopped. Looking off into the distance, the sock spotted a dog. The dog was massive. It had big teeth, powerful paws and drool dripping down its large slobbery jaw. The sock started to sweat. Why today of all days did the darn dog have to dally on over…

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Ladybug Ladybug Fly Away Home

Your house is one fire, your children are alone.... It seems to be that time of the year when I'm spotting Ladybugs everywhere. I saw a toddler with Ladybug boots on today and decided I needed to share with everyone. Here are the pictures of lady bugs I've collected very recently: They say Ladybugs only eat aphids but this guys surely seemed to be enjoying this blueberry. Having a snack on my blueberry. I have this glass Ladybug attached to my screen door to warn people that it's open. We've had one to many people march through the open door only…

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