Poetry From the Nine Year Old

Liam, age nine, came to me with this little poem he wrote.

What if we read?

What if we read while we sleep,
Sleep while we eat,
Eat while we walk,
Walk while we talk,
Talk while we dance,
Dance while we hear,
(hear someone talk,)
Hear while we think,
Think while we say,
That we would do everything at the same time,
every day.

Goal Planning Monday – Week 86

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week’s goals:

1. Comment on everyone’s links that join up here. Not done.

2. Promote Goal Planning Monday on facebook/twitter. Not done.

3. Since I am on a roll, read another book. Partially done. I tried but the book was really, really bad. I read about half before giving up. I read a few paragraphs to Mike and he was like, “You are right. That is really, really bad.”

4. Sign up for Epicure. DONE! Looking forward to it. I am sure  you will see a lot more recipes and things on my blog now. I love women and babies but food makes me happy (not that I have much motivation to eat anything but I can make pretty things for everyone else and perhaps that will give me an appetite).

5. Drink water. DONE!

This week’s goals:

I’ll be back with more a little bit later on this afternoon but my main goal this week :

1. Spend time with the children and work on our relationships. Everything is a little bit hectic and crazy here. Pretty much everyone is acting out. I got up and came downstairs this morning and after 15 minutes I wanted to run away and hid in my room for 45 minutes. I want to love (or at least like) what is going on right now but it is going to take some serious work so yes, this week my main goal is to be present to my children fully.

Think Back Thursday ~ Close Ups


I’m joining my friend, Debbie, for Think Back Thursday, her weekly photo meme. I have so many pictures that I take with the intention of sharing but never get around to it so this is the perfect meme for me!

This week’s theme is close ups and we were challenged to use the special features on our cameras to take the photos. I’ve actually been meaning to blog about some of the things that I’ve learned from using my new camera and this is a good theme to share one of my little tricks.

In this photo the lighting is very harsh and the image is not clear.

In this picture, a piece of white paper was held above the flower to diffuse the light. The detail is so much clearer. It is one of my favorite pictures.

The same day as the above photos where taken. My camera was new and I was playing around. I used a paper to diffuse the light again here.

I’d like to say that I was trying to get a picture of the fly but it was purely luck that he was in focus!

Close ups – Not only for flowers. Here’s Georgie Porgie, one of our rescued kitties.

Mikula wanted in on the action, too.

Berries from our yard.

I hope that you’ll think about linking up either this week (I’m late so I’m sure you can be too) or next at Debbie’s Digest. It is so fun to share photos and memories!

Goal Planning Monday ~ Week 85

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

Happy Labour Day! The summer has flown by in many ways (and dragged oh, so slowly in others). There’s a bit of a chill in the evening air. Things are slowly getting back into a routine. Homeschoolers that have taken the summer off are getting back into their more formal schooling and public school kids are heading back to class. Fall activities are starting up. The harvest is ready to start coming in. It’s the perfect time for some goal planning so I hope you’ll join me!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

This week’s goals:

1. Embrace the belly. DONE! I do hope to be rid of the belly soon, though. A very complete set of blood tests will be done tomorrow and a CT scan sometime in the near future.

2. Leave the iPod downstairs at night. Not done.  I’ve been using it for music, not researching, so it is all good.

3. Have our meals focus on meat, vegetables, and rice. DONE! Had soups and stews for the most part.

4. Read. DONE! I did complete a book but I didn’t do it in the relaxing manner I’d detailed.

5. Follow up with lovely medical professionals if I haven’t heard from anyone by Thursday morning. Done. I actually called early and saw my GP on Thursday because I’ve added fevers to the mix. She will be following me until we can figure out what exactly is going on.

6. Blog. Not Done.

7. Participate in Think Back Thursday. Done. You can see my bench picture here

8. Comment on the people that post here. Done. If I missed you I am sorry. I think I got everyone.

This week’s goals:

1. Comment on everyone’s links that join up here.

2. Promote Goal Planning Monday on facebook/twitter.

3. Since I am on a roll, read another book. The one I have in mind is shorter than last week’s but I don’t think it will hold my attention as well.

4. Sign up for Epicure. I miss feeding good people great food. I’ve been hesitating because there’s a little part of me quite worried about my health and I hesitate to start too many projects, especially since I am getting busy with potential doula clients, but the kit is cheap and if I really can’t promote the business, then I can at least eat it.

5. Drink water.

 

Think Back Thrusday (A few days late!) ~ Benches


I’m joining my friend, Debbie, for Think Back Thursday, her weekly photo meme. I have so many pictures that I take with the intention of sharing but never get around to it so this is the perfect meme for me!

This week’s theme is benches and I actually have a few pictures of benches to share!

Picture taken summer of 2009 at The Highland Village in beautiful Iona, Cape Breton. We took pictures from all angles as Mike was hoping to build several of this benches for our yard but he never got around to it!

My children on the above bench this summer. Ruadhán ran up to the bench and said, “This is such a lovely bench.” So we all had to sit on the bench and get a photo!

“Bench” made by our internation student, Julien, from France, summer 2011. Lovely day at Cheticamp beach. There was no way our student was going to sit on the ground so he resourcefully came up with this solution!

And here is the student himself. Morgaine loved him. We spent a lot of time playing at the park near our beach. This picture was taken the day before he left for home.

The next photos are from Port Morien’s Summer People Festival in 2009. Most of the town takes part in decorating their lawns with strange and funny characters. Here are just few that include benches:

We get around! This photo was taken this summer on Canada Day in St. Peters, Cape Breton Island.

Goal Planning Monday ~ Week 84

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

Happy Labour Day! The summer has flown by in many ways (and dragged oh, so slowly in others). There’s a bit of a chill in the evening air. Things are slowly getting back into a routine. Homeschoolers that have taken the summer off are getting back into their more formal schooling and public school kids are heading back to class. Fall activities are starting up. The harvest is ready to start coming in. It’s the perfect time for some goal planning so I hope you’ll join me!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Well, I didn’t really complete any of my goals this week. I guess some weeks are like that.

1. Get my kitchen under control. Partially Done. There are no more fruit flies (those nasty little buggers) but I wouldn’t call the kitchen cleaned to my standards.

2. Stop researching on the internet. Not done. Spent some time researching colonoscopies and if there was other tests that could be done instead. I have no desire whatsoever to have this test completed. Then I start looking up other syptoms and get carried away. See, that is why I need a research break!

3. Take (at least) a full week break from facebook (again). Not done. At the beginning of the week a dear friend ended up in the hospital and I’ve been following her story ever since (if you are a praying, energy sending, light and love type then my dear friend needs all of the above as she starts a new and unknown journey) and of course that led me to keeping up with others and posting my stuff….a wee addiction.

4. Eat. Yep. A goal. I’ll call it DONE! I still lost weight this week but I didn’t have to force the food as much this week and had a good breakfast every morning. Eating less at meals but making the bites count. I still feel fullish and everything feels really dry going down (some things are…..my cooking has not been the most inspired lately).

5. Finish my Intro to Wellness course. Not done. Lacking in motivation for it. It would only take me about 3o minutes to finish up but I can’t bring myself to do it. I’ve decided not to continue with it right now. I wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped to be and tuition is increasing a fair amount.

This week’s goals:

1. Embrace the belly. It isn’t going anywhere and has been getting me down and depressed about myself. I’ve been feeling cruddy and some of it may be some depression so I went out and bought some pants to fit and my goal is to get dress, get my hair down (like just up in braids or something) each morning and spend some time soaking up the sun and just being. If I don’t feel it, then I hope I can fake it, because there are wee children (especially, the oldest) that are feeling a tad concerned over Mum’s less than enthusiastic nature and tiredness.

2. Leave the iPod downstairs at night. I tend to wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back to sleep. I check in on facebook and play my farming game a bit but then I start reading various websites on medical tests and symptoms and that does nothing for me at all.

3. Have our meals focus on meat, vegetables, and rice. I think we could all use some changes. The more I read about GAPS the more I think we should look into it (another nighttime obsession) but it is so much work but we can do broth and work on cutting out most grains and stuff.

4. Read. A lot. It is soothing and I miss it. I used to do this read a chapter, clean a room, play with the kids/do schoolwork, read a chapter rotation thing and it works well for us. I’m reading a perfect book now with pretty short chapters so it lends itself perfectly to being able to read but getting a lot of chores and stuff done, too *lol*.

5. Follow up with lovely medical professionals if I haven’t heard from anyone by Thursday morning. Not a word from the messages I left early last week but I take it many doctors were taking the last week of summer off (or are totally sick of me). If anything, my friend’s story has taught me to keep going at it until every test is run. Sometimes doctor’s don’t know everything. I doubt I have anything too totally serious but it is best to keep going until answers are found no matter how sick of it you are.

6. Blog. About fun things. A really good idea came to me yesterday and while it would make a great article for Homeschool Horizons, it may end up on my blog instead. I just cannot seem to get myself together to write anything substantial for the magazine. I also want to post pictures from the Medieval Faire. I cannot believe a month has past already.

7. Participate in Think Back Thursday. I so should be able to do this and I have A LOT of pictures of benches  for this week’s theme (who would have thought *lol*).

8. Comment on the people that post here.

Your Doctor Said What ~ Swollen Abdomen Edition

You might have heard about “My OB said WHAT!?!?” Well, I bring you My Doctor Said WHAT ~ Swollen Abdomen Edition! (a week later and I am still shocked at some of the things that were said to me.

In triage. “Emergency room doctors are notoriously bad at diagnosing conditions that have become chronic.”

To the short of breath woman that has lost 7 pounds because eating has become difficult. “None of your organs are swollen to the point that eating or breathing should be difficult.”

After a rectal exam (fun times). “See. There’s no cancer. You’d have bleeding at the rectum if you had cancer.”

Noticing that woman is rubbing her back/flank to cope with her pain. “That’s your kidneys, but your kidneys were normal on the ultrasound.” (vaginally…..there’s no way they could evaluate one’s kidneys….my son had a kidney condition….we know about kidney ultrasounds).

When asked what to do if symptoms progress. “Well, difficulty to eat only becomes an issue when you reach a BMI of 18 – that’s about hmm, 100 pounds in  your case or if you cannot swallow fluids. Then we’d have something to be concerned about.”

Wanting to prescribe something so he can say he’s done his job. “I know you don’t have reflux but here, you should try the acid reducer for 30 days as a test.”