Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sundays In My City~ CellPhone Edition

Some days i am very thankful to have a cellphone that takes pictures...

One just never knows when the *Kodak* moment will strike.

Life can be a highway...

a funky cloud, looming near a rainbow...

or the calmness of early evening.
Captured, for viewing pleasure later.

Now, if only i actually had people to call on my cellphone...maybe i'd use it for more than pictures! (I am a -have cell for emergencies- type)

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Join us if you like! We'd love to see your neck of the woods!

ps-if you click on the photo, you should be able to see it in much better detail.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Soup-er Easy

Chicken & Spinach Tortellini Soup

2 (8oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp vegetable oil (*i substituted 1 tsp olive oil instead)
1 box of Campbell's Organic free range Chicken broth (or if you have homemade frozen, use it up!)
2 cups, packed and chopped spinach (yeah right, maybe only 1 cup necessary)
1 large coarsely chopped tomato
1 celery stalk sliced (i used two)
1 1/4 cups refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini (i only used 1 cup-hey, it's what i had!)
1 clove of garlic minced
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp black pepper

1. Brown chicken in oil, in heavy bottomed pan.
2. Add broth and vegetables. Heat to a boil.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
4. Simmer covered until cooked through--maybe 15 minutes.

See, i told you it was EASY!
And apparently, i like changing recipes... i only need to have a recipe to see what i could put in it? Then, i just throw it all in according to me!

I really love the Cook With Campbell's website! They provide many suggestions or ideas and even have some in a video format. I like that i can type in the ingredients i have on hand and it will give me a list of things i might be able to make.

This recipe took no longer than half an hour, so i encourage you to give a try! Yummy!

Broaden Your Reader(ship): Week3

I am participating in the 3rd Friday Follow and you can too!

If you'd like to 'meet and greet' with other bloggers,
(and hopefully find some new and exciting daily reading!),
this is the perfect chance!

Visit anyone.
Follow anyone.
(It's kinda like stalking, only better!)

There is a BIG bloggy world of possibilities out there!

See where the button takes you...

Friday Follow

If you are new to me, here are a few links to check out:

I look forward to meeting you!!

PS~i have added the McLinky for hopping convenience.

MckLinky Blog Hop

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The DaddyO Special!


Daddy's do not always do things the same way Mommy's do.

But that is totally okay.

For, it is through these Daddy moments, that both the kids and i giggle the most!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Topic for today is...


I began my love of Y&R when i was a child. I had a babysitter who watched it. That was the early 80's. What i love about Y&R is that almost all the actors stay the same. For. Years & Years. They also keep the 'bringing people back from the dead' to a minimum and i do not feel like i am watching "Crazy Salem".
I adore Victor Newman. No one is like him!
(Katherine Chancellor follows a close second)
It isn't the number one watched Daytime show for no reason at all...

Anyone else a 'closet' Y&R fan??

ps-i do not get to indulge in this show every day... but hey, who needs to?? Everything in Soapland takes years to uncover!

Monday, January 25, 2010


Okay, i am a little upset that i have only found out about this contest now... but, i did enter myself and OMG- i cannot even imagine how awesome this would be to win!!!

I am not thinking at all about...

What happens if i do win??

Who will look after my kids??
Can hubby even take this much time off work?
My inlaws are not in the country...
My mother lives too far away!

It's okay...i never win anything... and my reality-meter (because i am such a pessimist) says that i won't.

BUT...a girl can dream, right??

Anyone hold super powers?? Anyone know anyone working for Panasonic??

I promise i will not complain on my blog for one whole year... (ah, who are we kidding--how exciting would that be?)

God- if you are listening, i'd really like to win this...i've proven my gift-of-gab, have i not??
Let me use ALL MY WORDS to make these athletes shine!!!!

Pretty please?

ps~ This contest is about 5 Athletes... who all come from snowless countries, this Olympic winter games! Check out their stories, send them messages. LET THEM know how AWESOME they are!!

Music Mondays

Happy Music Monday!
(i had a hard time choosing today...)

Go visit Lady Java to see what other songs are making the rounds this Monday...


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sundays in My City~ Olympic Spirit Edition

At the moment, communities all across Canada are embracing the duty of the Olympic torch~! We are entering the final days of the journey to Vancouver... meaning, the games are almost here! What a fine way to bring out our patriotic spirit! This week, it was our turn to participate...

Here is a picture of the 2010 Vancouver Games torch. Pretty slick and modern these days. Oh, and yes, i do know this lady. She ran one of the first legs of the journey, in Newfoundland. I am so very proud of her- SHE ROCKS! This torch run will be one of the longest in Olympic history and will have 12.000 runners!!
The Preschool gang! Learning how to be good little patriotic Canadians...
The Sugary Sponsor: Coke is it!
Our bank service charges hard at work! Only kidding- but for real, those 'Black Eyed Peas' have MAJOR royalties heading. their. way. forever!!!~ Well, "I've gotta feeling" they do...
The torch making its way through town. I had tears instantly at the sight! I can only imagine the elation this runner must be experiencing. WOW~
And it is gone. See those guys in black, running along with the torch bearer? They are Canada's fine RCMP, getting a nice workout. :)

It means a lot to have this chance to host the Olympics. What a great way to introduce the idea of 'country pride' in our kids, while they are wee. I am not sure that they'll remember this; however, in 1988 when i saw the torch my first time, i probably understood as much as they do.

One day they'll get the importance. If we're lucky, they'll get to see it again in their life time, with their kids.

Bring it on Vancouver 2010~!

We've got the spirit! Let's do it, the Canuck way!

Unknown Mami

Visit with Unknown Mami and the rest of the gang for 'Sundays In My City'! Show us what you've got!
(Geez, sorry Mami...this week it seems i lived at your site! Darn contest!)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Mami Inspired Re-do

This is a picture i did not even take with a regular digital camera. I took it with my cell phone (which wins no prizes either). I suppose i could have come back outside with a real camera, but i was lucky enough the first time to even have my cell on hand... dog was tangled, THIS was beautiful! Mami suggested that it may also look nice 'embossed'...

So here they are! I am hoping that you will be able to click on them and see how they turned out?

Both are embossed at opposite ends of the spectrum.

I think it has the potential to be a very nice Christmas card...(hee hee yay! months in advance!)

Thank you Unknown Mami, for allowing me to look at my picture in a new light!

Friday, January 22, 2010

A little CatchUp! Not to be confused with Catsup!

We didn't get snow overnight, but the hoar frost is super amazing!
Looks... painted!

~Thank you. Thank you for leaving me your comments, telling me what you have done to help. Thank you for helping. I will be using my link to the Red Cross immediately after this post, to make our donation. $25 offered, up'd by you- 7 Links, 10 Comments, 20 Followers = $62

~While i do not entirely want to tell you about this contest Unknown Mami is hosting, i have to... because i really want to win!! I mean, telling you gets me TWO whole entries; however, it may also lessen my chances once you too, decide to enter. Ah, shucks, here we go! Tungsten ring, value up to $120! Tungsten is a steel-gray metal that is scratch proof! Pretty neat eh? The GREAT thing about this contest is that it is open to us Canucks too! So go see Mami and enter!
~This week a bloggy bud noticed that the coding in my button was a little off. And well, of course it was....uh hum, i made it myself. I get credit for trying though, right? Anyways, she was nice enough to help me fix it and i just really wanted to give her a big shout out for her assistance! I am very proud to say that i have done all the upgrades for my blog by myself (including a lengthy tutorial adding a 3rd column into my html coding- can we say nightmare?) and that somehow, in being a Mom, i have learned to use my computer more fully! Thanks Joe- for holding my hand and walking me through the steps! You were an invaluable teacher and i *think* i still remember how to do it again, if ever the need.

Well, i can't stress enough how happy i am that today is Friday! Ah, the weekend! Have a good one all! I look forward to a new week and getting to know a few new followers!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Broaden Your Reader(ship): Week2

I am participating in the 2nd Friday Follow and you can too!
If you'd like to 'meet and greet' with other bloggers,
(and hopefully find some new and exciting daily reading!),
this is the perfect chance.
Visit anyone.
Follow anyone.
There is a big bloggy world of possibilities!
See where the button takes you...

Friday Follow

I look forward to meeting you!

MckLinky Blog Hop

Bzz Bzz Bzz- the HoneyBee needs our help!

Yesterday i read a fantastic article in the Calgary Herald concerning the Honey Bee. We can wax poetic about the many ways to be 'greener', but these little guys REALLY need us to be 'greener' for their survival!

"To understand the importance of honeybees, consider that every third bite on your plate is a result of their primary role on the planet as pollinators, the most important group on Earth."

Honeybees: modern-day canary in the coal mine

Please take a few moments to read the article. It really does bring astounding insight into something we probably do not give enough thought to.

"Without bees, we cannot survive."

ps~ today is the last day to help us UP our donation to "Help for Haiti".

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Big ASS Dog is Right!

Meet Copper...our Alaskan Malamute. SHE weighs in at a cool 115lbs, with running abilities akin to 50km/h traffic--if something is good enough to run after! Example A: found a deer head. Well, we THINK she found it... ate it right. in. front. of me. Pure viewing pleasure-yuck!

Example B: Yes Copper, the porcupine WILL win! (250 quills later)

But then there are these moments,

where we just love her to death!

Do you have a family pet that you just love to death?

psst...the cats are reminding me that there are two of them!! It's a full household here!

PS~ "Help for Haiti" has a few days us UP our contribution!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Flash Mob!

This video ALWAYS makes me happy!

Today just needed a -pick-me-up...

If you haven't seen it before,


PS- look up FLASH MOB here. Oprah was super shocked--this is a clip from her 24th season kickoff party!

Perfectly Disguised

Click on the picture...and tell me what you can see?
(My malamute Copper is out there somewhere!)

PS~ don't forget to check out how you can make our donation to "Help for Haiti" bigger!