Bad Blogger

It’s been a whirlwind of a month (or more!).  Unfortunately, it has also taken a toll on this blog.  The intent was to try and keep it updated as much as possible but work got really busy (was working 12 hour days) and then I finally got to come home on some R&R.  It has been great to be home but time has flown by, it seems like I only arrived a week ago and yet it is almost time to head back to Kabul.

Secret Sister Swap

I had joined Carla’s secret sister swap but have yet to actually post what I received and from whom.  Well, without further ado, I wanted to thank Joanna (That Thing I Made blog) for the lovely package.  I really didn’t expect the parcel to be sent to Afghanistan, I thought I would get to see it when I got home so you can imagine my surprise (and delight!) when I got her parcel.

  I got a couple of great books (on gardening/canning), some fabric squares (love Seuss!), a Quilting magazine, some Purdy’s chocolates (which were awesome and I am not embarrassed to say that I didn’t share at all!!), a handcrafted bird and a photo/print of a bike in the snow (very cool!).  Joanna’s husband crocheted a scarf and I thought it was totally cool, one of my favourite items – for sure.  The shortbread egg did not make the trip very well.  Unfortunately it takes mail forever to get there so baked goods don’t do well during the summer months.  Thanks again Joanna!  I really liked my stuff 🙂

Puppies and Dogs

So, we picked up our new addition a few weeks ago and he is so precious!  Gala and his are getting along well although she is insecure so she tries to steal all the attention from him.  If you try to pet Findlay, she will shove him out of the way.  He is pretty laid back, for the most part and so he lets her get away with it now but we always tell her that he *will* get bigger lol and then she better be careful 😉

Rest & Relaxation

My time at home is almost at an end, time rally flies.  Not that I have done much since being home.  Mostly helping out around the house, getting errands done (vaccinate the dog, bring the van to the garage, kids doctor appointments etc…) and enjoying the time spent with my family.  Luckily the weather is great, or has been these past few days.  Another positive thing about this R&R is that I was on a late one so when I get back to Kabul, there will be less than 2 months before I am home again.  The plan is to head to Newfoundland for a solid 3 weeks of kicking back and enjoying the slow pace.  Ryan *loves* Newfoundland and spends his days outdoors (which we love), the dogs will have acres to run around loose and plenty of rivers and creeks to explore.  We are also hauling a few second-hand ATVs that we picked up so I am sure Mark will be teaching Ryan how to (safely) drive one.  I think I need a crash course too 😉

Well, I should get back to it.  Here is a picture taken of me shortly before I flew home, it was taken outside of the city.

And one final cool picture before I go.  Tank graveyard, leftovers from the Russian occupation.  Looking down into the barrel.  And, it looks like two eyes and a nose….. 😉



Labour Day Weekend

It has been a great weekend so far!!  Drove home on Thursday and on Friday, once Mark got home from work, we drove into Ottawa to pick up Gala.  Ryan has been so excited and was outside playing with her at 6:30 Saturday morning.  The weekend weather has been gorgeous and we have taken full advantage of it.  Today we took a walk to the Petawawa dog park, and strolled around the neighborhood for about 2.5 hours.  Everyone was pretty tired and so we relaxed on the deck in the afternoon.  Here are some pictures from the weekend:

Gala in our backyard

Ryan and Gala playing in the backyard, love the look on Ryan’s face….

Gala in the pool, she loves it.

Some quiet time with Evan.

Can’t believe the weekend has passed so quickly and I will be back to Valcartier tomorrow.  Luckily only a few weeks left.  On the bright side, I have been reading a lot!

I decided to participate in Carla’s Sunday night chit-chat, you are supposed to start off with a favourite picture.  I chose this one that was taken with my iPhone.  When I was in Brossard, Quebec, we stopped for lunch at a micro-brewery restaurant called Les Trois Brasseurs.  I ordered the “Maxi Poutine”, the fries were deep fried using beer.  MMMMmmmm.  Bad for your waistline though….


I downloaded a book called Amber Frost off of the Ontario Library Services website.  I love that with my library card number and pin code I can download available library books.  I have about 10 on hold (the max) and another 10 or so on my wish list.  So much better then spending money on books you may or may not like.  I download them to my phone but I believe you can download them to Kindle/Kobo and iPad.


No plans.  May watch “Storage Wars” that are recorded or the movie “Contagion” that Mark hasn’t seen yet.

Listening to?

Right now Ryan and Evan are watching Scooby Doo.


We made homemade mini pizzas for supper.  I would like to bake some muffins tonight and maybe get a soup started.  All depends on how long we can maintain energy, everyone is pretty tired today 🙂

Happy you accomplished this week?

Picked up the dog and got her settled in.

Looking forward to next week?

It’s my mom’s birthday next week, hoping to drive to Laval and hang out with her a bit.  Also looking forward to seeing my younger sister and her kids.

Do you collect anything? Purple elephants? Unicorns? Etc… 😉

Not really.  Got a decent collection of stamps for card making though.

August Update

A month has passed so quickly!  Once we got back home from Newfoundland I spent a week trying to get things at the house organized, it’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate over the years.  When Mark and I were in Shilo we had a small 900 sq ft PMQ and two young babies and we were happy as hell.  Now we are sprawled out in a house twice that size!  We have too much crap 🙂  Anyhow, Mark has been selling some stuff on Kijiji and I have made numerous donation to Value Village.  Then I spent another week at work, or mostly at work, getting ready to leave for CFB Valcartier.

Speaking of Valcartier, I’ll get some pictures of the base and post them here when I remember to take my camera with me.  Training has been steady but there has been a fair amount of time off (read:  lots of time off).  I have been doing a lot of “running” although I am slow as hell.  Hopefully, if my will power holds out, I’ll be able to lose a few pounds.  I am going to be in Valcartier until the end of September although I am heading home again for the Labour Day weekend.

We are getting a dog!  I went home this past weekend because Mark found a dog that he and Ryan fell in love with.  We drove to Ottawa and visited and decided then and there that we had to have her.  She is an18-month old  Australian Shepherd and her name is Gala.  We are very happy to be getting a dog that needs a good home (she has had a few families already) and no worrying about training and dealing with a puppy.  Mark is planning on picking her up in a couple of weeks which should give him time to get things ready at the house, and I can ensure we have all the stuff we need (bowls, leashes, brushes, toys, etc…).  Ryan is so excited he can barely wait.  I think this dog will be a great addition to the family and she is absolutely going to love visits to Newfoundland!


Our holidays in Newfoundland are almost over.  Ryan is heartbroken, he has so much fun playing outside, especially down by the river, taking Uncle Rick for long walks.  Last night I had my very first Jig’s Dinner:  Salt Beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, carrots/turnips, gravy and a turkey with dressing.  From what I understand the turkey is not necessarily part of a traditional Jig’s Dinner, but either way, there were not many leftovers!   There was also some rum involved but that was optional 😉

Took Evan for a stroll today and snapped a few pictures.  He tends to look down a lot so without someone else to get him to raise his head it’s hard to get a straight-on shot.  Here is one of my favourites, taken right in front of some freshly baled hay.

I decided to play along with Carla’s “Sunday Night Chit Chat”.  Here are her questions:

What are you….

Reading? I just finished a fluffy romance I bought on Kindle (From this Moment by Bella Andre).  Sometimes you just need an easy read… going to look for a good dystopian fiction novel to read next.

Watching? Everyone is watching Swamp People right now, waiting for it to get dark.  We had bought some fireworks so the plan is to set them all off tonight.

Listening to? Swamp people in the background.

Baking/Cooking? Not much today, we did leftovers and easy stuff on the BBQ.

Happy that you accomplished this week? I am on vacation 🙂  But I did get some laundry done and hung on the line.

Looking forward to next week? Next week is my final week of holidays before I start pre-deployment training in Valcartier.  I have plans to get all my stuff organized and packed.  Also, I want to start going through my closets and do some purging,  pack up some hobby stuff that I won’t be using and get things organized for Mark so that he is not completely lost without me LOL….


Max Relax

The last few days have been really nice.  No schedule.  Have taken several walks through the countryside, Mark showed me the pastures where they use to keep the cattle.  Downside:  I have been bitten by both mosquitoes and horseflies, and I have a touch of hay-fever.  The land here is beautiful and the pace is much slower than what I am accustomed to.

Here are a couple of  pictures from the walk today.  Have to charge the camera and take some more later.

Playing with rocks by the Grand Codroy River

In the pasture (between front of the house and river)

No plans for the next few days other then heading into Port-aux-Basques to pick up some building supplies and a hitch for our van.  Mark is going to build a new garbage box for the end of the driveway.  I need to look for shoes for Evan, the ones he currently has are getting a bit snug.

May need to find a book store too, stupid me forgot to bring any reading material!!!


Codroy Valley

We arrived in Newfoundland yesterday morning.  The day was a write-off for me.  I found out that evening, during the ferry crossing, that I get seasick.  Maybe the grey skies and rain played a part but I felt nauseated and completely at odds.  It rained most of the day but towards suppertime the sun came out and Mark and I had a chance to go for a short walk before the rain started again.

Today has been another lazy day, enjoyed hanging about with nothing on the schedule.  Ryan played in the back with his kite, and is now at Bingo with Nanny.

The house

View from the road by (the end of the driveway)


C’mon Spring!

I am totally ready for the weather to perk up (and warm up!). I finally started on some of the landscaping for the front of our house, and just a little more to go. I picked up a couple of cedar hedges and bushes at WalMart and now I just need to get the border edging and it’s complete, for now. I eventually want to add some flowers for colour but until the risk of frost is behind us, I am not planting anything that could die.

I also want to do a little rock garden around the cluster of trees we have out front (which will save me trying to mow around them) and will provide a sunny spot for my rose bushes and a few more bushes I will pick up at WalMart this week. Since there is a very good chance we are going to be moving again next year, I want to make sure our landscaping is well established – curb appeal is so important, especially around here where it will make our house stand out.

I haven’t had a chance to sew anything at all yet BUT I have a plan.  I am going to print off a few patterns/instructions at work this week and then this weekend I will try and get a project completed.  Hopefully I will have something to show off this weekend.

Mark your calendars:  Mark and I will both be heading into the field next week for 10 days in Meaford.  I am going to try and remember to bring my camera so that I can take a few pictures and “share” the experience.

Carla is having a blog give-away (hers are the best!!), if you are interested you can find more info HERE or click on the picture in the sidebar.

Carla’s Sunday Night Chit-chat has turned into my “Monday Night” chat….

Evan and Oma during her visit (21 Apr 12)

What are you…


I just finished “The Magician’s Guild” by Trudi Canavan and I am waiting for the library to get me the next two in the series.  I put a hold through our local library but the books were “missing” so I have to wait for an inter-library loan.   Luckily, I found some books to buy at the library for 50 cents apiece (score!).  So I will be starting “Innocent Mage” by Karen Miller soon.


The Voice:  Tonight is the vote for the “Final 4” so I may watch that, although I prefer to just PVR it and fast forward through the crap parts LOL.

Listening to?

Mark is watching “Scared Straight” because there is, quote,  “nothing else on”…. I may have to go in there and change the channel.  I did recently download “Payphone” by Maroon5 through iTunes.


Spaghetti & Meatballs!

Happy you accomplished this week?

Got the cedar hedges planted 🙂

Looking forward to next week? 

Mark and I are going into the field for a military exercise, guess I will cross my fingers and look forward to good weather 😉

Thankful for today?

Our nanny.  Evan has been sick and it sure does take the stress off knowing that he will be well taken care of while we work.