Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Weekend

My weekend holiday was gloriously grand. It was full of reunions, celebrations, friends, hugs, knitting and yarn. There was much driving, little sleep, hugs, tears, and getting sick (that was a downside). It had its downs but that just made the good that much fuller. The adventure started 11pm Thursday with the drive to Moncton. I was in St. John by 9:05 am to pick up Nata so we could be in Black Harbour at 10:15am so that my car actually got on the 1:30pm ferry. It did, and we arrived just in time for Nata to make the wedding rehearsal.

After we were settled in Pa's Place and the rehearsal was over, Nata and I joined in the eve of wedding preparations. Our primary jobs were cutting with sandwiches and arranged trays. Nata has mad sandwich cutting skills. And some how a sandwich tray creativity contest came about. Not sure if anyone one but it was fun, this was one of my trays:

These two are the best punch makers of all time!
No two cups of punch are ever exactly the same.
The girls have mad punch making skills.

Saturday was all wedding. Mid-morning Selinda and Amy arrived at our rental to dress. I hear they set the record for fastest wedding hair-prep time: 20min between the two of them. After a few pictures it was off to the church. Then wedding, pictures, reception, cake and the bouquet tossing. I did not catch the bouquet....

And I got to hug Missions Buddy. I love her!
After the reception, we had some time before the ferry, so Nata showed me Grand Manan from North Head to Swallowtail.

Then from Saturday evening till early Tuesday morning I spent with my dearest Steph. She introduced me to her knitting group, included me in their spinning day, and totally enabled my yarn habit (but suggested a cute pattern perfect for my hand dyed mohair so it won't just sit in my craft room longing to be knit).

It was a grand time, even if I came down with a fever, napped most of Monday, and made for horrible company. I was with good friends and it was grand.
Life is good and this weekend is proof.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Knit Night

Note: This post is by Steph

Tonight I took Liz to my knitting group. We meet at Starbucks and knit and chat and talk about any number of things. Since Liz was visiting me today I thought it would be wonderful for us to get a night out, and for me to share one of my favorite people with my group.

The group is very diverse. From stay at home moms to scientists, from nurses to drag queens. The only thing most of us have in common is knitting or spinning. That is one of the best things about the group, because we never run out of things to talk about, never get stuck in a rut and always have a lot of fun.

Liz fit right into the mix and made friends. It was a great evening, and I'm so glad she was able to come. Also, it was fun to help her buy some yarn and start a really great project, because knitting is wonderful.

Liz and knitting together, two of my favorite things, what could be better?

P.S. This is Liz: the beautiful yarn in the picture was hand-spun by Steph. She has a spinning wheel and a drop spindle and makes incredible blends of fibers. She even dyes some of them her self. If you are looking to buy some original yarns you should consider some of her skeins. They are wonderful.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 59

FOR TODAY: May 29, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...Best Friend's yard.

I am thinking...I'm getting sick.

I am thankful for...weddings, celebrations, and reunions.

From the kitchen...became a sandwich cutting and decorating pro this weekend.

I am wearing....pjs...its nice having internet available when I wake up.

I am creating...a baby blanket.

I am going...to the a spinning (fiber and spinning wheel) party.

I am reading...only the books that I took with me this weekend which are: Magic Kingdom for Sale -SOLD!, Sophie's World, Searching for God Knows What, Stardust, B is for Burglary, 6th Target (audio).

I am hoping...not to be sick.

I am hearing...the children, the girl is singing a long she's making up as she goes -very cute.

Around the house...when I left my bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and hallways were all CLEAN and CLUTTER-FREE! As I shared in the last Thankful Thursday the is living room and office are still needing work but we're celebrating the wins as they happen. ALSO, I think I'm almost to the point where people can come over to help me with the remaining sorting and decluttering.

One of my favorite things...Weddings and driving in the rain and fog through wooded areas -it makes the greens so much greener.

Not on my computer so pictures will have to wait

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thankful Thursday -Missions Buddy

I am thankful for...
Selinda Ingalls -My Missions Buddy!

Selinda is the bestest Missions Buddy a girl could have. We met back in 2000 while taking XD our freshmen year at BBC. Then we both were in the global program. I still find it strange that I now have friends I've known longer than four years. Anyways, sometime over the four years we went from strangers to classmates to friends and finally to planning our internship in Africa together and the became "missions buddies".

The five and a half months we lived in Swaziland were some of the greatest and worst times in my life. She was there with me through it all from language learning and culture shock to the joys of connecting with people. We had crazy adventures from geckos to cobras and many firsts like seeing the Indian Ocean. She sat with me the day I learned sister had cancer and it seemed my whole world had turned black and laughed with me over situations of preaching without a translator. Good memories. I am blessed to have a friend like Selinda.

I'm so excited that I am going to see her tomorrow! Selinda is getting married on Saturday and so the whole weekend is going to be a joyful reunion and time with dear friends. I love her and am so thankful for her. Yay for Missions Buddy!

P.S. Added thankfulness and joy due to Selinda's wedding: a cleaner apartment. Yep, since I am away, and the cats wanted to be fed, I had to have the space clean enough that I would feel comfortable with someone else in the apartment. After hours of cleaning and decluttering the entry, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom are done -completely clutter free! The living room and "office/storage" room are another story but we're not going to talk about that...must celebrate the wins.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 58

FOR TODAY: May 22, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...signs of spring.

I am thinking...happy news makes me happy -I am very happy.

I am thankful for...friends.

From the kitchen...hmm, lots of avocados. On Tabi's recommendation I've tried it on toast with a bit of butter = Very Tasty!

I am wearing....flowy white shirt with purple prints, flip flops, light purples tank under a flowy white blouse.

I am creating...something ceramic. A friend and I have a date at the Clayground today and were going to paint a dish or something else ceramic.

I am going...to the Clayground.

I am reading...Magic Kingdom for Sale -SOLD!, Sophie's World, Searching for God Knows What, Flatland, Love Wins, When Nothing Matters Anymore, Comforting Teens In Crisis, and Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (audio).

I am hoping...for a productive cleaning week (four days till clean house deadline).

I am hearing...Doctor Who.

Around the house...its still a work in progress.

One of my favorite things...time with friends.

I received a cool email today from my boss from my time in Japan full of pictures and memories of my year in Japan...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

One Thousand

The lack of words these past fifteen days has been due to my silly search for the "right and best" word to commemorate and celebrate this post - the Bowl of Stew(art)'s One Thousandth Post.

Yep, after six years (and a few months) Bowl of Stew(art) has reached 1000 articles. Some were decent, some were horrible, some were fun and even witty, and more than a few were just waste of space but post by post we've arrived at thousand. It feels big; it feels like it deserves eloquent words and thoughts on remembering the past and looking to the future. It was my pursuit of these appropriate words that killed my creativity and just made writing the post very stressful. Hobbies shouldn't be stressful. A friend pointed out 999 was also very big and the 1001 will be even bigger and I should just write. He's write.

And so I've decided that I will not try to make this about an epiphany, or philosophize, or pull out a spiritual truth from my experience. Instead I am going to celebrate. Step by step, post by post I reached one thousand and that makes me happy. So, I celebrate with blueberry pie and return to regular blogging tomorrow.

Theme Song of the One Thousandth Bowl of Stew(art) post:

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Thankful Thursday -Moms!

I am thankful for mums!

Debbie Stewart is very dear to me. I love my Mummy. I would not be the woman I am today without her influence in my life. I am so thankful for her. She is my spiritual hero, a walking concordance, a good listener, a wise thinker, and very real genuine follower of Jesus. Mom, if your reading this, I just want you to know I love you. You are the best mummy and my friend!

She is my one and only Mummy but I have been blessed with other women and mentors in my life who have taken me under their wings over the years. I am also thankful for each and every one of them especially my Grandma and Aunts!

I am thankful for my Mum and for my all "moms"!

P.S. Mum and Grandma I bought cards over a week ago they just haven't made it to the mail box yet. Happy Mother's Day!

Survivor Redemption Island: May 11

Thoughts On Last Nights Episode:
1) This has been a very spiritual/faith heavy season. Survivor is not a game that Christian values mesh with. Those that claim faith are doing a good job at living with integrity. I don't think I could have given up family love to show love to the people who voted me out. To top that, I believe the choice wasn't strategic but because he wants to follow Jesus.

2) I really hope Rob wins the title Sole Survivor...he has been trying to win for almost a decade. His climb to earn the immunity was awesome to watch. Bearly able to move, totally spent, yet still striving to finish.

3) Philip isn't crazy. He is a genius. Choosing to be the villain so Rob keeps him to the end. He knows what he is doing.

4) It's impressive that an alliance of six kept strong this long. I hate watching them turn on each other. I love and hate this game. I hate seeing someones dream crushed.

5) I am a contradiction...I also love the blindsides.

Predictions for Next Show: May 11
No idea who is going to go next week...this has been the hardest season to predict. Philip? A girl? Philip? Rob? I don't know. My best guess is that Rob will be safe. He still has the immunity idol.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

A Confession, A New Hero, and A Choice

I bought three books tonight. Yes, it is true, after only four days since my declaration of book buying abstinence I have failed. BUT I had a good reason. If I had made an exception this situation would have been the exception. Here is my story and an introduction to my new hero:

A few weeks ago, while picking up a few inter-library loan that had arrived, I noticed a poster announcing that Lesley Livingston would be visiting the library on May 3rd. I had read and enjoyed her first novel and she's a real live author coming to my area! So I signed up to attend the gathering. I admit now I was very excited. However, I fear new situations, meeting new people, and the uncertainty of attending an event you've only heard about from a poster or an ad. As a result, I find I try to bury my anticipation under low expectations. It is a defense mechanism; I'm trying to fool myself into thinking I don't care or I'm not a little nervous because it is better be expect disappointment and be pleasantly surprised than having expectations shattered.

So earlier this evening with great anticipation and some trepidation I headed to the library. Arriving a little late but just in time to slip in the door as Lesley (not sure what the protocol is for using author's names in blogs full name seems too long, first names seems to personal, Ms. seems too formal, and just her last name seems to academic, oh the things I wrestle with at 1am) began to share. The whole time was amazingly awesome. It surpassed even my deep unspoken expectations; it was joy and joyfulness and cupcakes and new books!First she gave a summary of the first novel without spoilers, then she read an excerpt from her other two books, shared about her next book that will be released this summer, her next writing project, showed book trailers which were fun and yet still causes me to ask "when did books get trailers?" and finished by answering questions before signing copies of her books. It is at this moment I walked over to book table and bought all three books (thank you family birthday money went to a good present tonight which also makes the shopping okay). She signed all three books...with different inscriptions! = AWESOME!

My impressions on meeting Lesley Livingston (based on the hour meet-up) she is amazing. She is fun, witty, creative, inspiring, and full of life. She can laugh at herself and make a crowd feel at ease. She was genuine in her appreciation of complements and even took the time to explain how a woman's positive reaction to the book was very affirming. I said something very dumb that I was glad to meet her and that "she was a cooler version of me" or at least the me I hope to be someday.

I had a lot of fun. And while the night wasn't about how to write or her writing process there is one piece of wisdom I am taking away. Lesley said, "90% of writing is editing and you can't edit a blank page." It reinforced my personal need to story write daily and deadlines. Not sure where this will lead me but I think I am going to go work on my Elf-land-quest-Abby story before bed. And I am going to write everyday for a minimum of ten minutes and it will be fiction writing (emails for the office, blogging, and facebook status will not count I promise).

Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 57

FOR TODAY: May 1, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...greyness.

I am thinking...that head scarves are beautiful but hard to wear, friends are awesome, and I want tea.

I am thankful for...Tabi and watching Lost.

From the kitchen...tried some new veggie dishes. They were yummy,

I am wearing....sandals, purple shalwar kameez and dupatta.

I am creating...a clutter-free home.

I am going...to my friends for dinner then to watch Doctor Who (I hope).

I am reading...Sophie's World, Searching for God Knows What, Flatland, and Love Wins.

I am hoping...for a nap.

I am hearing...children.

Around the house...things are progressing slowly but steady.

One of my favorite things...hugs.

A picture or two from the last week...

Birthday Brownie

Pre-Birthday Sunrise