Growth spurts

Today I took my boy to Costco to get his passport photo done. And mine, too. Both of us are due to renew…

It appears a trip to Switzerland is in the works. My girl child is pestering me to death, and my family in Europe had given us a standing invitation, so now I’m finally figuring out what dates would be suitable.

For that we need current passports, of course, which is why we were at Costco. They have good prices there. 🙂

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Just Do It

This morning I’m mentally and emotionally preparing myself for the inevitable.

I’ve been prepping my brain all weekend in between trips to outdoor and indoor rinks, as well as ‘wet’ rinks (pools) 🙃 to accept the fact that Monday will be the day to make it happen.

It has to happen today. No matter what.

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Holiday break family togetherness

We’re in the midst of a lot of family time, right?

Everyone is home. Constantly.

And, this is the case for another week before school and work begins anew…

Help me…

😂😂😂

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Trekking toward Christmas – part I

Me and shopping do not get along. 🙄

Not usually, that is. There are odd times every blue moon or so when I actually feel like browsing though stores and looking at things, touching and trying on things, fantasizing about things and even very occasionally buying things.

But this does not happen often.

Now we’re in the first week of December and Christmas is looming. ⏳

Christmas. This is another thing that I am ambivalent about.

I have these visions of nicely decorated rooms, scented candles, cookies and other special treats lying about, relaxing music to listen to…

It doesn’t often work out this way. And I realize this is entirely my own fault.

I have a case of the If-Onlys.

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Broken fridges, and bootie wearing pooches

Do you see what this is?

Why yes, those are snow covered coolers.

There’s snow on my coolers because this is Canada and this year snow decided to come early.

But why are there coolers on my back porch in winter?

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Random acts of kindness: when strangers suddenly talk to you

I was feeling down and blah when I went shopping at Winners. The boy child needs sports shirts, he only has two that fit and they’re in the wash. I thought, today is as good a day as any, so I took my depressed state to the store.

I stopped at Walmart first. I hate Walmart but they have boy clothes that are affordable. Nothing appropriate was found so I left, happily, with a slight spring in my step. Na na I didn’t spend money in your store today…

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Plastic bags and the bulk food store

I have a dilemma on my hands.

Tonight, while my daughter is at her outdoor baseball practice, I will be visiting the Bulk Barn. They closed the store near our home, so the next most conveniently located one is near the diamond where she practices.

I love the Bulk Barn. I get all my nuts and seeds from there to eat during my low/no carb diet spurs I go through every once in a while. I get oats and specialty flours from there, spices and sprinkles for the child-baker in this house… I even get dog treats from there if we’re dog sitting.

The Bulk Barn in Canada has specialty containers you can purchase, or bring your own clean ones, to discourage from plastic bag usage. It’s no secret that there is too much plastic polluting our world today. I’ve written about this before (see further reading below), and am keenly aware of our own [mis]-use of plastic.

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Can you be an ecologically responsible consumer in today’s wasteful society?

I’ve been overwhelmed with wasteful behaviour lately.

And I keep thinking, just let me get through this day, this week, this stretch and I’ll change for the better. I’ll make better choices AFTER this happens or that is over with.

It never works out that way.

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