Thursday, August 30, 2007


Thought I would share more old photographs...going down memory lane is always fun. Some of these taken in front of the old house bring back memories of summers spent at my grandmothers house. You see my mom and my grandmother on the front porch in this first photo. My favorite aunt (Irene) also lived there back then , while caring for my grandmother ..Memére is what we called our grandmother ...Memére lived in the Saskatchewan prairies...part of the small community of Lac Pelletier..Back in the day, my Pepére (grandfather) had the general store and post office for the region. Memére and Pepére had 15 mother is the youngest. I will try to find some old photos of when my mom was young for future posts if possible..untill are some of me ....

 Me 1.5 yrs old(1964)

My older cousin and I

Above is an cousin of mine and I...again at Memére's house. There were always cat's around..good for hunting prairie mice lol.

Below is one of my favorite photo's of my sister Nicole..isn't she cute!...but then, it's not hard to look cute as u sit next to your older sister (moi) who appears to be choking the life out of a kitten!!!

My sister and I choke a kitten.

I used to sit in my dad's shoes to watch TV

Above...I used to love to sit in my dad's shoes to watch TV...there are more then a few photos of me doing this.

Below..Is a photo of me that apparently won a contest. My mom hadn't entered me in a baby contest but the photographer who took the photo did...I won *Cutest Baby* apparently lol.'s me

My mom with my sisters.

Above.... Is my Mom and two sisters...I'm not sure why I'm not in this photo but wanted to include it because for 1,my mom was totally HOT and its easy to see why she is still a lovely lady to this day and 2. my sisters are so cute on here..SO unlike how they are today!!!....KIDDING....not. LOL

Below....Me, trying to sit like a proper young lady with my sisters.

This is me, trying to look mature and my 2 sisters.

Ah the memories...some good, some bad...but they are important parts of me. I was fortunate to have grown up in a small town in the BC Rockies..climbing trees, playing baseball with the boys..building forts in the forest..organizing acorn fights and digging caves in the deep was often an adventure because we found ways to amuse ourselves...outside, more often then not.

Do my pics from the past remind u of your childhood? Any good stories to share? let me know....

PS..not sure why some of the photos are cut off on the right...can't figure out how to fix it just click directly on the photo to see it properly..thanks.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


To bad I forgot to take a quick pic before the wallpaper came off and the light fixtures...but u get a basic idea of how this bathroom is layed out. Below u will see a piece of the wallpaper that was behind the toilet bowl...and see why I wanted to get rid of it in the first place lol.....

Chris has worked so hard to get it all gutted. As you will see in the following photos....the yucky drywall u will see next to the tub...was where we knew there was mold and water damage due to a very bad plumbing job done many yrs ago...and just a bad bathroom design. The damage just kept getting worse the deeper we looked. So rather then redo all the tile work and plumbing around a tub we never liked in a dark corner of this bathroom...we just decided to get rid of it..put a corner shower unit in there the bathroom more room and light. The floor tile that we had replaced a few yrs ago...had already started to crack, and grout was cracking...we now know because the floor wasn't level...another reason to do it right this will be a good investment to the house also.

I have made all my choices in materials...the anticipation is so fun. I can't wait to see it all finished. We are very fortunate that we have my dear friend Marc...coming to help Chris with stuff he knows little about. Chris as u can see isn't afraid of hard work..but being a scientist...he has never really had to deal with construction stuff like plumbing and tiling. Marc is a pro..and is willing to give up alot of his free time to come give us a hand with all the important stuff. We can deal with the cosmetics no problem.

So just as a precurser to perfection...I have loaded these BEFORE u can all be as anxious as I am to see the finished product lol!

Oh and donations for pain killers will be u can hero is a bit sore these days .....

Decor-reno 006 Decor-reno 005 Decor-reno 012 Bathroom Downstairs...remodel 10 Downstairs Bathroom 4 Downstairs Bathroom 3 Downstairs Bathroom 2

Sunday, August 26, 2007


This week has been exhausting..but so worth it...Chris had the week off. We planned to do some home reno projects that have been way over due. The upstairs bathroom really needed some upgrading. The bath and sink are that kind of fake marble that's molded...over time u see hairline cracks form where the colours differ...we couldn't afford to change the bathtub but the sink needed to go.The cabinets were in great shape but outdated and painted them all a chocolate brown, new knobs and hinges and voila..they look great (I think)..and changed the light faucets.....What do u think? Here are some before and after pics...


BEFORE-Bathroom 1 BEFORE-Bathroom 2  BEFORE-Bathroom 2


AFTER-Bathroom 2 AFTER-Bathroom 3 AFTER-Bathroom 4 My basket shelf 1

Amazing how paint can change a room...add a new shower curtain and accessories..some organizing shelf..and it feels like a brand new room....I love going in there now lol...hope the novelty lasts for a long time.

We also took down a whole hallway of wallpaper and painted it. We then started on the downstairs had wallpaper all over it...all curling..was like that when I bought this house 6 yrs ago but never got to doing something about it. We removed it all thinking we would just paint..but found major probs...we knew there was some water damage but with more Major worse then we thought...Given that we would have had to redo all the tile work around a bath that was badly planned in there...we decided to gut the whole thing...the mold issue was serious..the floors were not level so the existing tile work was we have a major job to do..will post pics soon...its now down to stud.....all demolished by my own he man stud Chris lol. So much hard work...the fun part what u end up with...totally different..and a great investment for the house. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Meet Tayo (pronouced -Tie-yo). He is a pure bred Shitzu..2 yrs old, healthy ,neutered and full of playful delight. Very good natured and potty trained.

Why a 3rd dog? gf called me up to tell me a lady she is aquainted with was looking for a home for her dog...if she didn't find one she planned to have him put down. WHY? U may ask.....It would seem she just didn't want him anymore...and her bf has a dog so.....

Oh, did I forget to mention this woman has a little girl?....Yes, she didn't seem to mind giving her child's dog away....My gf called me right away..and ofcourse we have room in our hearts for another she calls this lady back to tell her she found him a home..then the lady says...get this...

Oh well I was hoping to find a place close by so my daughter would be able to visit...if not ...maybe sell him...

So my gf says...hmm, well you daughter wouldn't go see it if it was dead.....and my friend has already rescued her other 2 dogs, she is more then willing to take this one off your hands but she is not paying for it!

Lady says ....Is Saturday ok?


Some ppl make me sick!! She dropped her dog off at my gf's place, didn't even say goodbye or kiss her dog .......just handed over the leash and walked away........why does this still surprise me?

We recieved him Sunday...there was a few tense moments between all the dogs lol...but for the most part it went well. We have renamed him Tayo (Tie-yo) and it took him less then a few hours to know his name. He has already figured out where he must sleep after the first night of crying poor thing but we were firm and last 2 nights have been fine..on his coushin next to the bed on Chris's side...he has been accepted by the Clochette and him finally started to play together yest. Was fun to watch...we are certain that Shinoo is relieved that there is another to entertain the little give her a break....the part about sharing mom and dad with him is another story though lol.

So with out further ado....introducing ...Tayo

Tayo 2 Tayo 3 Tayo 4

Thursday, August 16, 2007


A LONG LONG TIME AGO.......25 YRS AGO INFACT...This was me.

The story goes...I was walking down the street towards the store where I worked after my coffee break...minding my own business..having checked my watch to make sure I wasn't running late...when.......all of a sudden I notice....

Going to work (1982ish)

a total stranger pointing a camera straight at me! As you can see I was taken aback...and thinking WTF! Who are u and why are u taking photos of me??!!

Caught offguard (1982)

He hastily tryed to assure me he wasn't a stawker and he would even give me the photos he took the next day if I wanted. He was also on a break and as a proffesional photographer he just liked to take pics of what ever he wanted..including pretty girls lol. He seemed sincere and we made plans to meet the next day in the resturant I usually had my break at. So.........the next day...

Coffee break(1982)

Dave took another photo of me..and as u can see, I was totally at ease...He turned out to be a very kind and harmless guy but mostly a great friend for many yrs.....25 yrs later...we are still in touch with xmas cards across the country from eachother....the last photo was one he took of me in sitting in a nice parc in Lethbridge's only a coincidense that I have the same dress on from the coffee break pic above lol.

Park in Lethbridge (1982)

Ahhhh how the time flys by....hard to believe it's already been 25 yrs since then...19 yrs old but already on my own 3 full years by then. The only thing I regret is not having that body anymore lol...but thats's nice to have a few blasts from the past ...makes u realise how much you have learned or grown since then...

By grown I don't mean in width either lmao!

I have scanned other moments from the past for fun, will share then in future..

..Does this make u want to scan some old pics ?? if so let me know so I can go see!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


I got this in an email and just couldn't resist posting it..u will see why...

I have 2 large dogs, and was buying a large bag of Purina at
Wal-Mart and was in line to check out.
The woman behind me asked if I had a dog?
Duh? On impulse, I told her no, I was starting The Purina Diet again.
Although I probably shouldn't because I'd ended up in the hospital the last time.
But I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes
coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that
the way it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and
simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry.
The food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.
I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was
now enthralled with my story, particularly a tall guy who was standing
behind her.
Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me?
I told her no, I'd been sitting in the street licking my ass and a car hit me.
I thought the guy standing behind her was going to need help as he staggered to the door laughing.

Friday, August 10, 2007


I had promised to scan the proffesional pics taken at the prom so here there are. They took 3 in all. The background is quite dark. I am assuming, to highlight all pretty bright prom dresses that are the *NORM* .. which is kind of lends well to Cleo's rather dark look if you ask me lol. She was lovely as far as I'm concerned...but mom's are rather parcial lol.

What do you think?

PromNight2 PromNight1

Saturday, August 04, 2007



I totally went for it. I had to make a change anyway so why not go for something totally new and funky! I have lost so much hair that my scalp was really showing on the top. So thin that I knew I had to go really light so it wouldn't be so evident. It worked!! It's DIFFERENT for sure but I like's a new change for a new me...(untill it starts to grow back lol)

Today I finally hit 60 lbs LOST! So it was fitting that I got a new do to make this day and help hide the side effects lol.

NEW DO! um uh... Geez, I'm all NOSE!

I took these with the cam when I got home from the hairdresser. It's actually growing on me lol. Cleo said I looked younger. Chris loved it and I think its funky.

Tomorrow I got to a house warming party. Many of the ppl who will be there haven't seen me since last year! It should be fun!!! hehe

What do u think of my new do?