Sunday, October 16, 2016

I'm still standing

Hi guys!  I'm still here. It's been a wild couple of months but as of tonight I can start getting back to normal.  My "special project" at work is done.  I am the chief electoral officer for our town, a task I have done for the past 20 years.  I thought I had seen it all until this election, which was held yesterday.  I  have NEVER been involved with anything like this one. It was the most vicious, controversial mess I've ever seen.  At times it made the US presidential race seem like child's play.  I was insulted, threatened and spit on.  Many other staff were threatened as well.   On top of this I was working day and night for weeks, including weekends.   I'm exhausted but I survived and managed to come out unscathed.  I may have worn out my "big girl panties" because I had to wear them a lot.  Lol    But we have a brand new Mayor and 5 new councillors so I'm hopeful the wounds created recently in town can heal.   I arrived at work yesterday at 6:30am with my team and we didn't leave until midnight.  I then had to pick up Abby at the neighbors, who graciously babysat her for the day.  Today I've just tried to rest up a bit and regroup.   Thanks to those of you who checked up on me.  I'm baaaaaack 😄

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Knock knock......

Is anybody still here??  I sure hope so.  I never intended to stay away so long but life gets in the way.  So lately I have been working on what amounts to basically 2 full time jobs.  Beside my regular full time job, every 4 years I serve as the Election Official for our town.  So I have been doing all that work evenings and weekends.   5 weeks of it left and then I can breathe again.  It's has been so busy and hectic I am starting to crumble.  So many legislative deadlines and short timelines.  My brain is at capacity.   If you've been reading my drivel for awhile you know I'm kind of particular.  So I take my job seriously.  I have delivered 5 past elections to the town with NO legal challenges and under budget so I put a lot of pressure on myself to deliver again. I've had so much on my mind that when I'm done work for the night I just turn off and can't think anymore.  The other day I was walking through the parking lot at my office in the morning and I had to look down to make sure I had gotten dressed and wasn't still wearing my pyjama pants.  TRUE STORY,   That's when I knew things were bad. Lol.  So that day day I asked my boss to meet with me at the end of the day.  We had a great talk and we worked together to prioritize some things etc.  That was the first night I slept well in weeks.  It just helped to talk it through and help me feel a little more in control.   I thought tonight I should do a quick post because some of you were beginning to worry.  (I loved that part).  So I'm OK but just a little brain dead.    It might take me awhile longer before I get back to visiting you but I will do my best soon.   Abby says hi too

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sweet rain drops

Sometimes circumstances make us feel differently than we could have imagined.  Case in point - you've rarely heard me say what I said multiple times today.........."Yay, it's raining!"   And it's supposed to rain all weekend and I'm happy about it. 
  I regularly hear my sweet California friend Kim from the blog Field of Dreams talk about wishing for rain.  I never really appreciated her perspective because we are usually complaining about too much rain in the summer.  Not this summer.  It has been major drought conditions with wild fires popping up across the province.  My lawn is patchy brown and actually crunches when you walk on it.  I have faithfully watered my flowers though because I paid too much money to let them die.  So here I sit, listening to rain drops and ignoring the fact that my hair is huge and frizzy.  I don't care.  It's Friday and it's raining and it's all good 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A few finds

Yesterday we had an Artisans Market downtown.  I planned to stay away because I am beyond broke and have no self control but a friend convinced me to go with her.  I made 2 tiny purchases so that wasn't too bad.  I could not resist the little pottery tea bag holder.  Isn't it cute?
There was another potter who had sweet little cups with a dent for your thumb.  It felt so great in your hand but I couldn't spend $20 for a small cup, especially since I would likely break it within a month.  But it did feel great in the hand. There was also a lady with handmade hardwood spoons of all sizes.  They also felt great in the hand.  I don't know about you but I'm so tactile, I have to hold and feel all those types of things.  But I passed.  (So impressed with my self control)  But I weakened when I passed the Bear Claw table, dipped in cinnamon sugar. Yummmmmm
Later in the day a coworker called me and said the house next to her was being sold and the family had a bunch of stuff to give away.  So I scored a project for next summer.  This will be painted and become a bench to hold flower pots, I think. 
I think it will look cute against the side of my garage with some colourful pots.  That's all this weekend. It flew by too fast 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Randomly back

Not much new but I thought I should let you know I'm still alive and kicking.  I haven't been on the computer much (except for work related).  I've taken on an extra project at work for the next few months and it is giving me lots of after-hours work.  My dining room has been converted to a satellite office for the time being.
And it's been HOT, and I may have mentioned a few thousand times - I don't do well in the heat.  We have had no rain and high humidity.  Ughhhhh
Seriously, on this day I thought I'd die.   Abby wasn't very lively either .....  This was the only spot that had a cross breeze and she claimed it 
I was forced to institute a mid-week happy hour to survive and ensure I was properly hydrated
I hope someone is still reading this despite my neglect.  I plan to catch up with everyone else on the weekend. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016


I'm still here although there hasn't been much happening.  My Vermont company is still here and they are keeping me busy.  3 weeks down, 1 to go.  I'm exhausted from it.  I'm used to a quiet little life and although I love them it will be nice to get back to normal.   We have been eating well with all the fresh farm vegetables out.  I thought I'd share this, it's my favorite thing this time of year.  It's really only good when the veggies are new and fresh - baby potatoes, baby carrots, fresh peas........yummmm  
Unfortunately the fresh strawberries are almost gone but I made the most beautiful pie yesterday.  Just look at that lattice work!
No hooking has been done but lots of knitting.  Lately the needles are making me happy.  I'm trying some different dish cloth patterns  
Of course, quality inspected by Miss Abby .
Sorry I haven't been visiting blogs lately but I'll catch up soon.  I'm trying to limit my screen time.  I had a little eye accident and badly scratched my eyeball.  It's getting better but I find too much computer time gives me a headache since I still can't wear my contact lenses.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Running on empty

I try and keep the blog light and focus on the positive.  Lately I am finding it difficult to live up to the blog name "Glass half Full".    There is a little unpleasant family business going on. I won't get into it here.  Hopefully it ends soon and I can get back to normal   I'll post again soon when things lighten up