Showing posts from March, 2011


A lightbulb moment. That used to mean a brilliant idea or a moment of great enlightenment. Now it means a dim expensive mercury-filled twisted idea.

I hate curly light bulbs, but it's becoming increasingly more difficult to find the standard style ones, and in fact they will be illegal to sell by 2012. So I am starting a light bulb collection.

I was reading an article about hydro rates in Canada increasing by over 50% in the next eight years. It blah-blah-blahed about how/why the rates are going up. The final sentence in the article read "Switching to compact flourescent and LED bulbs can save money."  Yeah, whatever.

Sure you might pay $8 to light a standard bulb for a thousand hours compared to $2 for a useless curly bulb, but the old bulbs themselves are 50 cents instead of 5 bucks for a curly one - which you need to burn three of to get enough light to read by. Alternatively, you can buy the new LED style bulbs - Superstore had 'em for $25 each. I'm not part…


My fantastic blogging record in 2011 sure went for a big poop didn't it.

I want your money.

Alrighty then....
Production is well under way, I think I'm ready to start the distribution side of things.
As I alluded to in a previous post, I want your money. As part of my annual fundraising for Relay For Life, this year I am offering original watercolour blank greeting cards. These are the original paintings, not prints.
I have posted a sampling here but have more images posted in a Facebook Album. The cards cost $4 each (which includes the cost of a stamp for me to mail it to you) or you can purchase a 6-pack for $20.
Alternatively, you can sponsor me through my Relay for Life web page for a minimum of $25 and you will get a tax receipt and I will send you a random 3-pack of cards. But please feel free to not limit your donation to $25  :) I'll send you the correct number of cards to correlate with your donation amount.
As far as sending payment, you can email me the money to elzie @ (if you are techno savvy living in the 21st century) or you can email, comment …

Pickin' through the stuff

“How can you carry anything in that?” I am often asked when people see my purse which is about the size of two boxes of Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese. I can’t. And that’s the whole point of being a small purse owner.
My purse holds my driver’s license, bank card, iPhone and a pack of gum. And really, what more does a girl need. Life has taught me there is just too much stuff to pack around. Take what you have to and discard the rest.

I refuse to head out shopping already weighted down with stuff bought last week. I will not face today with baggage from yesterday.

Last year I tried to be in vogue and bought myself a fashionable large leather bag. Everything I normally carry fit into one small pocket. I literally wandered through the house trying to find things to fill my new fashion statement with. A water bottle. A writing pad. A 10-pack of Kleenex. Just stuff. Stuff I knew I did not need in an average day yet I willingly chose to let it weigh me down. The purse lasted about a week and now s…

All the gobblety gook numbers...

"It's too good to be true" is, under most circumstances, an accurate statement. However, when it comes to the government's Registered Disability Savings Plan, it really is good, and I'm watching the results unfold before my eyes.

The intention is for the the program to be available for individuals with a disability for twenty years or until they reach the age of 49, which ever occurs first.

You can read the details on the website, but the short story is, if the individual contributes $1500 to the savings account during the year, the government match it up to 3:1 and potentially will add another $4500 each year. Even if you cannot afford to contribute any money yourself, just by having the account the government will deposit $1000 each January.

The numbers in Jed's case are this: If he contributes $125 per month (or a combination of lump sums totalling $1500 per year) for the full twenty years (of course, this assumes the government continues the program) h…

Livin' the good life

As the Cougars wind up their regular season hockey games, Jed's time in the dressing room is coming to a close. I will call the GM next week to see if he'll be the dressing room attendant during the play-offs as well, and verify that things are good from their angle and hopefully they'll have him back next year.

He is really enjoying being accepted and included by the team. He often gets a ride home with one of the players and they are always teasing and joking with him like he's "one of the boys." It's been good for him.

This opportunity has also allowed him to cross paths with lots of celebrities which he normally would not.

Last week Heart was in town for a concert. Albert attended. Jed did not. However the Wilson sisters and the band attended a hockey game and Jed got to hang around them for the evening. (Not that he knew who they were - he's too young for that. But he does know the song Barracuda)

He did manage to get a free ticket to Toby Kei…

Bring on the two's....

He's a two year old unlike any other. Okay, I'm probably marginally biased and I am so so proud to be Xander's granny, but I really find him to be quite entertaining and brilliant. And cute too.
March 3rd was Xander's second birthday and the sixth is Jade's birthday. We combined them both and Thursday was dedicated party day. We started off with family breakfast at our house. Normally for birthdays we do family dinner, however Jade prefers breakfast foods and it worked better for everyone's schedule. (And that got Granny out of having to supply a cake)
Xander stayed and played with Granny for the afternoon while Mommy and Daddy went home and set up their house for his 4 o'clock party.
It was a full day and even Xander voluntarily climbed into bed at the end of it. Granny was pooped too!