Wednesday 31 August 2011

A Camera, an Award and New Blogs!

Today is the first day back to reality for our little family.
After three weeks of vacation, Hubby is back to work and we're back to our regular programming.
Or something like that.
As much as I LOVE time off (does a momma ever actually get time off?), I have to say I'm looking forward to getting into my normal cleaning/baking/cooking schedule...I'm just uptight like that. Get too far away from my routines and I start to get the shakes. : )

Hubs worked quite a lot of overtime this summer in order to provide the financial freedom (staying out of debt, remember?!) to travel a bit over our vacation. As things turned out...we mostly stayed home and worked on our bedroom reno (that's me doing the happy dance over here)...which also meant that there was extra moolah left over fooooorrrr....a new camera!! Oh yes!!! Insert another happy dance here!

Last night we took a little family walk before bedtime to get in another geocache hunt - Hubby's latest obession - so I took the opportunity to snap a few pics.

Hubs will be horrified when he sees that I posted a pic of him in his grubbies.
So...umm..quick! Look at the trees!!
Can you see the leaves starting to turn color? I think this walk is going to be gorgeous in a few weeks with all the changing colors!

Going back to the new's a big upgrade from the little point & shoot I was using before. That one had 7.2 MP and this one has 18 MP. Which brings me to this...I have heard that pictures taken with high MP and posted (I hope I'm using the right lingo here) can slooooow a blog right down. But then someone else told me that Blogger automatically resizes the pics when I upload them, so that it won't slow down. I haven't got a clue. I am seriously about as clueless as they come.
So here's where I need your help. Slow loading blogs drive me bonkers. My time is limited and if it takes me half a day to open up a blog, I won't likely even bother going there. Obviously I don't want to do the same thing to you! Please, please, please...if you notice a significant time difference in opening my blog from now on...PLEASE let me know! Leave me a comment or fire off an email (you can find my email address under my "contact me" tab)! And thank you!

Now - onto some other fun stuff!!

What an honor to be given this award from Kara of Hobbies of a Homemaker!
Thanks so much for thinking of me, Kara!
Now I hope you all will swing by and pay her a little visit! She's got a sweet little bench makeover that I know you're gonna want to check out!

After accepting the Versatile Blogger Award, the blogger must:

1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share seven things about yourself
3. Pass this award along to 10 recently discovered blogs 

Here are 7 things about me:

I had to give this a lot of thought!

1). I trained as a hairstylist straight out of high school, but hated it because I felt so horrible if I didn't manage to please my customers. I lasted seven months. From then on I worked as a receptionist, office manager, deli worker (to recover from the stress of office management!), back to office work and then finally as an assistant manager at a home decor boutique...and then on to my favorite job ever...becoming a STAY AT HOME MOMMY. Love it and I don't ever want to change it!

2). Hubby and I were born just a few months apart on the opposite coasts of Canada. Eventually we both ended up in Alberta, but when we "met" via email (a set up by my sister in law and his mama!), he was living in Thailand and I was in British Columbia.

3). I have a serious crush on my sewing machine (okay, she's not technically "mine" but whatevs, she lives at my house - thanks, Mom!), and I really wish I had more time to spend with her on a regular basis.

4). Hubby and I dream of one day moving onto an acreage...we have the landscaping all planned out already! And I will have a chicken coop, a greenhouse and a big ol' garden there!

5). Creativity energizes me, whether it's music, interior decor, cooking or photography (albeit very amateur attempts)...when there is little to no opportunity to express creativity in one way or another, I become a very low and deflated person.

6). Hubby and I love, love, love ethnic foods and thankfully our kids have happily gone along with all the different flavors from a very young age!

7). My heritage is Swedish, and although it's been many, many years since I've lived there, I still get "homesick" for the beautiful countryside, forests, yummy breads, cheeses and pastries, and the red & white farmhouses. My parents have recently moved back there, and I would love to bring my little family back there to visit someday.

Here are 10 new-to-me blogs that I love and I know you will too. Check 'em out!

I'm off to get started on my day now...I have some projects lined up that just need their finishing touches. I can't wait to share them with you, so stayed tuned!
Our headboard is still a work in progress, and I can hardly wait to share that one too.
As for the closet doors...well, um...let's just say I can't wait for that one either, but...errr...I'm not promising anything anytime soon on those!


  1. It's fun learning more about you! Me and my husband can't wait to move onto a farm with acreage someday too! Have a good day! Kara

  2. Thank you so much for making my day!

  3. Thank you, Evie! What a nice surprise! I'll do my best to earn the honor! ; )

  4. Ahhhh, thanks so much for the shout-out! It's nice to 'meet' you!! My hubby and I are headed for country acreage at some point, too. :-)
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground


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