Friday, December 28, 2007


There are do-gooders in our world. They still exist. Do-gooders are not usually boisterous or loud. Do-gooders tend to work quietly.

Just like today.

We went to do a bit of shopping, mostly for food, but also for a few small post-Christmas items. We arrived at the cash and were waiting to pay, when the lady behind us asked if we wanted to use this gift card that she had in her hand. It was worth $20. She said she had shopped as much as she wanted to and offered the card. watchful...they show up when you least expect it.

p.s. - I hit 10,000!!! (thank you all for visiting).

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Fermenting Blog

This has been a busy Christmas season, and I seem to have neglected my poor blog. However, during my absence, my blog seems to have fermented, and in the process, appears to be approaching 10,000 hits! This is very cool, seeing as I have only been a blogger for about a year and a half.

Every now and then I peruse the Traffic feed, and sometimes I find some interesting fellow bloggers creating some equally interesting things. Take for example Finding life Hard. One day, I noticed this particular link, and decided to check it out. The blog has a link to a YouTube video called 'Harvey - my life as a dog' (although I am not a dog person - really!).

The video will melt your heart (really - I am NOT a dog person!!)

Signed KittyLady

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Transported Back in Time

Today, I visited a fellow blogger's site, where this Christmas is the first without a parent. Having been in that situation, I left a comment about how my Dad loved Christmas as well.

While this was sad for me, as this season surely can be, at that particular point in time I was transported back to my childhood home.

My Dad loved Christmas. He loved decorating the house, both inside and outside. There were paper bells (you know the ones....they're just like wedding bells, except that they were red or green and they unfolded and clipped together to form a bell) hanging from the doorways. Garland strung from the curtain rods. Inflatable Santas and accompanying scenery (thanks to my dolls who had to wait in line for their special). There were decorations that played music. Even the budgie's cage was wrapped in Christmas paper, complete with a bow.

Now, just last week, I was again transported back to my childhood. I have these really old ornaments that my parents had bought when they were first married. They are made out of a papier mache type of material, and are quite fragile. There are 2o Santa soldier (at least that's what they look like), a Santa in his sleigh, 2 small Santa boots and 2 large Santa boots. Once again, when I pull these ornaments out each year, I remember. It's funny how things like that can bring you back in time in a flash of a moment.

I guess my memories keep my warm too.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Warm in Heart, Worn on Feet

Today was my vacation day, and I spent it working on a local charity event called Christmas Cheer. Toys and food are donated from the public and corporate sponsors, and volunteers (comme moi) come and help to pack the food and toys for designated families in need.

This was my second year helping with this, and though my feet are a little worn, my heart is very warm. This day always leaves me both in awe and extremely touched by the generosity of the public. I was manning the canned tuna and salmon area.

1500 boxes of food were packed and distributed. Awesome.

If you get A-Channel News, you'll catch a glimpse of me with tuna and salmon in hand. I am wearing a red and white scarf.

Merry is surely coming......

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Holiday Thoughts

It's been crazy busy around here. Work has been crazy busy. Social life has been crazy busy. Add in the regular holiday prep crazy busy.

This is really the first opportunity that I have had to blog. Or any real interest. Just too crazy busy.

Anyway, through all of the crazy busy, I have managed to take some time to reflect. It always happens at some point during the season. When I pull out the Christmas decorations from years past, listen to the Christmas carols. It's a feeling of almost sadness.

But then, I manage to turn the sadness around, and that sadness turns to warmth. That warmth happens when I give.

For me, this is the season for giving, not receiving. There are so many people who have nothing. They may have lost everything in a fire. They may have had nothing to begin with. For me, it's a way to show thanks.

Yesterday I gave. And I will continue to give.

And I will be warm inside.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Fire Last Night in Town

There was a. See here huge fire in downtown Barrie last night. We were in that area earlier last night, about a block away from where this happened.

One of the buildings that was lost was the old wellington Hotel, est. circa 1880's.

This season is such an oxymoron type of season, full of joy for some people, but also full of sadness for others. This is a bad time of year for this to happen. There is never a good time for a fire, however, but many people are now without a home and lost everything. Knowing this town, people will chip in and help in whatever way that they can.

Luckily nobody was hurt or killed.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Friday's Feast - One Hundred and Seventy

Welcome to Feast One Hundred & Seventy
Friday, November 30th, 2007

Pull up a chair and dig in!
Friday's Feast is a meme of five questions
cooked up by the chef each and every week.

What is your favorite carnival/amusement park ride?
  • Always the roller coasters...all of them!

  • Soup
    How do you react in uncomfortable social situations?
  • *blush*

  • Salad
    On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy discussing deep, philosophical topics?
  • I enjoy those discussions, but only when the other person hasn't been drinking alcohol. Always best to be on the same wavelength so to speak.

  • Main Course
    Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, do you plan to?
  • I did not, and I may...we'll see.

  • Dessert
    Approximately how many hours per week do you spend watching television?
  • No matter what number I admit to, it will probably be wrong, so I have to take a guess between 10 and 20.