Friday, December 19, 2014

The Death of the Christmas Card.

A couple of months ago Canada Post raised the letter rate to $0.85 ($1 for a single stamp) for domestic letters which caused many people to grumble about mail, and many vowed that they didn't need to send letters anymore. Yes, Canada has one of the most expensive postal systems in the World.

We don't have much family and don't know a lot of people so we often didn't get that many cards - but this year it's really sad. The very first card we received was addressed to "Pizza Lover" and was from our local Panago Pizza. About two weeks later, the second card arrived - from our vet. (Does it all make sense now? )


So Sad.

December 19th and two Christmas cards. Even though I mailed about 15 cards, I didn't get any back. It almost feels like Valentine's Day in elementary school (before they started to dictate that every kid must receive a card).

 I thought maybe they'd become a status symbol -you know,  because the cards cost money and the stamps were expensive only those with money could afford to send them, then they'd become trendy again. No?

I guess not - or not yet.

What's your Christmas Card inventory? Is this a trend everywhere, or is it just me?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Here's to new friends

Last night after class,  I went out for coffee with a fellow dancer. We were in classes together for several months before she switched to a different night but every now and again we see each other, and she always gives me the tightest hugs.

It has been a long time since I've met someone that I could talk that easily with and look in the eye when we talked to each other (eye contact is really important isn't it?) And next thing we knew it was 11:30 and I had to go because I have to get up at 6am for work.

I really hope that we're able to meet again  soon. What a wonderful visit I had. Definitely worth feeling tired today. Have you recently met someone like that?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Is it beginning to look like Christmas? Is it?

Decorating my blog for Christmas is way easier and a whole lot faster than my house!

This year I'm trying to figure out what to do because we don't really have room for a tree. I'm thinking of picking up some floral decorations to pretty up the room. My biggest battle is that I seem to be doing all the decorating just for me since no one comes to our house for a visit. And the hubs and kid only help when I've bitched about not getting help.


Sunday, December 07, 2014

Ground to a ?

I know I have neglected my blog for a while, but I must admit that I was shocked to see it was so long since my last post. By now I assume that nobody still reads my blog.

I had poured all that I had into work for the past three months, watching my inbox climb from a little over 100 emails to over 700 emails. And all can't just be dumped somewhere, they all must be dealt with somehow. I put in a lot of overtime and I busted my tail to invoice as much work as I could because it was our 2nd quarter end and the 1/2 year number was really important to the big bosses in the USA. In the last week I invoiced over $220K which is a lot of my department.

The following week we had a Western Canada Regional Meeting. I asked the manager of the region how we did and he told me it wasn't too good. What a let down, I busted my tail at great personal expense for nothing! A couple days after that, my manager sent a message to congratulate us and said we did really good. Typical large corporation, the numbers don't mean anything because the stats can be manipulated any way you want them too.

But hey, I busted my tail for a 'thanks for all the hard work" email. Grr. I know I've been doing this long enough, and I know I should've have expected anything more based on past experience, but I really truly believed I'd have a little more feedback than that.

And to make matters worse, I've gained back all the weight I lost last spring so I'm coming up to Christmas having to figure out how to not feel so heavy and bloated. I had wanted to take some time off in December, but the work keeps pouring in. I'm at the point where it's just going to have to be that way since I can't work any smarter/harder than I do. Let the chips fall where they may.

I need to look after myself first. Do you ever get like that? Allow the world around you to take over ?

I really need to be careful this month.

On the plus side, I have lots of orders for knitting, and so I must now pick up my needles and speed knit for the next two weeks. I'm so happy that people want my items!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Owl and the Gang

Sheesh, another week has gone by. Well I do have a very good reason - I have several knitting orders that I am working on completing. I've done a couple of owl hats, a couple pairs of wrist warmers and some cowl/hoods - two for little kids and two for adults.

here's one set that I just finished for a little girl who turned 9 this past week:

Her mom took her hand measurements in her sleep. She told me her had was 15 cm around (not including the thumb) so as I was knitting at the kitchen table I happened to pick up a bottle of hot sauce and found that it was 15cm around, so I used that to size her fingerless gloves. Purple is her favourite colour and she is thrilled with the set.

The one odd thing was I could not get an accurate read on the colour. I tried three different cameras and different settings and they came out wrong - often blue and not purple at all. The yarn as a deep grape colour but I just couldn't capture it.

Anyway that's what I've been doing. Taking advantage of some orders before sales die down in January.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Still Remembering

November 11th is a statutory holiday which means people like me get the day off. Although I don't join in memorials away from home, I do spend the morning remembering usually based on various programs on TV. On Tuesday evening I watched a really interesting documentary about the Liberation of the Netherlands and Canada's part in it. Some of the stories I had heard from my mom and some of course were new.

It still amazes me that my mom's family didn't loose anyone despite bombs destroying the building next to them and trigger happy Germans who shot at little kids. It also amazes me that even though the country was seriously affected by such a horrific event, my mother and her brother barely missed any school. I believe she said there were only something like 5 days missed. What a testament to the people of Holland as well as my mother's family.

 66 million people died during World War II, that seems so hard to believe yet it did. I wonder if there will ever be a time where there isn't a war. I wish we could follow John Lennon's plea to 'give peace a chance'. Don't you?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Day to Remember

Thank you to all the men, women and service animals who have given their lives for our freedoms, and thank you for all their families as well. But most of all I want to thank the Canadian troops of the Second World War who came marching down the streets in the Netherlands to announce the war was over.  My mother and her family survived and my mother fell in love with Canada (and eventually a fabulous Canadian Prairie boy) I am here because of them!

I will never forget. 

And I thank you.