Hello dear readers. It’s been a while and yes, this seems to be the norm lately, but I’m glad I have a fairly forgiving audience. Thank you. I was going to get on here and write a snide post about world affairs but to be honest I don’t feel very snide today and what good does it do anyway? Sure, it makes us feel good to get sarcasm out of our system but it doesn’t really change anything. So, since changing the name of my blog to “Close to Home” I’ve learned to focus more on things I can change and I’m doing a pretty good job in my little world.
My biggest change of late is weaning myself off of Facebook. Whoopdie-do you might say but it’s a relief for me. Over the years since I started on Facebook I’ve gone through varying degrees of addiction from posting multiple times a day to deleting my account entirely. I quickly learned that deleting my account was not really worth while since, sadly, it’s the only real way stay in touch with people. No one emails any more and I’m terrible at mailing letters (not writing…just getting the letter into the mailbox). So, I’ve decided to keep my account but not to post unless it’s an absolute necessity, ie trying to get the word out about an event, etc. I haven’t posted in over two weeks. I could get into my reasoning but do you really care? Well, okay, I’ll give you one reason. The things I really like to talk and think about, no one wants to read or respond to on Facebook. Good enough?
So instead of clicking away on my Android Facebook App, I’ve turned my energies elsewhere. Mostly to creative endeavors. This month has been particularly busy with children’s birthdays and visiting family and friends. Both of my kids were born in April. One at the beginning and one at the end. Great planning, eh? Well, in one way it is…I get everything over-with within a few weeks. But in another way, it’s exhausting. I put a lot of effort into their birthdays. It’s fun for me to apply my creativity and I love for them to have memorable events every year but…and this is a big but…I do not want to spend a fortune. My son’s birthday was at the Canadian War Museum. They have a wonderful venue there and three really fun birthday theme options. Anastasi chose the one called “The Ultimate Fort” where they spent time, in two teams, building forts out of massive cardboard blocks and then competing in bean bag tosses of various sorts. They also did a scavenger hunt in the massive vehicle room of the museum where there are tanks, missile launchers, a jet, and various vehicles including one riddled with bullet holes. For a crowd of 10, ten-year-old boys, this was perfect! And all this for $120. Aside from mailing the invitations, all I had to do was to produce a cake which took me the better part of the day before. It was a really cool cake, if I do say so myself!
My daughter’s birthday party was at home. We decided on a camp theme which was really fun to put together. Naturally, being a control freak, I put the onus on myself to do everything. Previous to the past week I collected inspiration photos and pinned them to my boards on Pinterest (a very useful Social Media app) so that by the time I needed to organize and create I knew what I needed. I spent the entire week (during my “free” time), running from the dollar store to the craft store to the party store and back again. Then creating, printing, cutting, pasting, and stringing various banners, water bottle labels, and craft ideas. There was even a makeshift tent and a fake fire pit (wood, red tulle, and a cool burning lightbulb) thanks to my friend and neighbour, Karen. A small group of 6 girls made for a very calm and fun party. The girls split into two teams and did an outdoor scavenge hunt, collected items for and created fairy homes, made dragonfly and s’more crafts for their camp hats, and played camping with their wonderful imaginations. A two-hour party turned into a four-hour playdate. I enjoyed every moment and I think the girls did too.
As the month comes to a close, I finally have a day to relax and enjoy the weather. It’s been a long time coming, the warm weather, and I am LOVING it! It’s 20 C (68 F) and sunny…a perfect day for putting around in the garden and getting rid of winter. I focused on my little herb garden. I pulled out the dead herbs, namely rosemary and oregano (it’s really a shame they can’t survive the winter), marveled at the robust herbs that seem to thrive in the cold (chives, mint, and thyme), and transplanted my raspberry bushes to make way for a small extension on the deck. Sometimes I’m surprised we Canadians actually survive the winter and they don’t find us curled into little pasty, starchy balls in the far corners of our basements by the television, muttering and drooling to and on ourselves. But we are definitely more like chives and less like rosemary (my deep thought for today). As I sunk my fingers into the fresh, cool earth, I felt alive again. Thank goodness there’s always spring and it’s here without a doubt. Yay!! Enjoy it fellow Canadians. For those of you in warmer climes…be happy for us, will you? 🙂