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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Odds and Sods

This has got to be the weirdest time of year! The weather can't decide what to do; linger with fall or go full blast into winter. We live exactly half way from the banana belt city and the snow belt area of cottage country so we are affected by both.

An area one hour north of us got hit with a 1 1/2 foot snowfall last Friday but we just barely got a covering. My husband, who is a cross-country skiing fanatic, was down in the dungeon of our house where he was madly waxing his skating skis as soon as he'd confirmed that they'd opened up the ski clubs. He skied 25 km on both Sat. and Sun. and was tired but happy to be able to say he's skied twice already.
Alas, this was short-lived because last night and today were quite nice and sunny and it will be mostly gone. It was just enough to whet a skier's appetite, I suppose.

I, on the other hand, have been nursing a cold since last Wed. and have been just dragging and napping! The last exercise I did was a week ago. It bothers me when I get off track and routine, especially with something so important to my health. Hope I get back on this week. Strangely enough, this is the first time I've been sick with a regular bug in a year. (Heart attacks don't count as regular bugs!) I wasn't at school to catch germs from kids most of last year and I have been going into the school recently to help, hence the cold! I had to cancel a visit with a great old friend and will do it later this month.

My Canvas for Diabetes job needs to be completed so I must hit the street again soon. I don't think I'll get too many as most of the addresses they gave me are stores and restaurants.

Meanwhile, I love the Christmas songs my choir is learning for our upcoming concerts and local "gigs"! I sing second soprano and the parts are very pretty if not tricky!

There's a mish-mash blog if there ever was one! A bit of everything....just add it to the soup I guess some weeks are just like that!

Mother of Invention, stirring the broth!

25 Comments:

Blogger Maggie said...

I'm doing the soup diet too! Hope you are feeling better soon. I am the same way about routine. It really bugs me to get thrown off track so completely. A little bit is ok, but being derailed for days makes it hard to catch back up! Hang in there.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Maggie: Thanks. It had to come sooner or later. A matter of germs! I did go to aquafitness class this morning but took it a little easier!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger Barbara said...

I understand completely your frustration with not being able to exercise. I'm in the same boat. It's all I can do to drag myself out of bed and show up at work. My doctor says that colds take 5-10 days to go away, so I must learn to be patient. But meanwhile I feel all that progress I had been making in the exercise arena just slipping away.

I love Christmas music -- a holdover from when I was not Jewish. The little-known carols are sometimes the best. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger Diana said...

Think of the time as a bit of rest to heal the muscles. You'll bounce back after a week or so back into it.

I adore carols, too. There's one I remember as a kid, on a record we had, called the Watts Nativity Carol. I've tried to find it and haven't been successful. It's incredibly beautiful.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger brooksba said...

Sorry to hear you've got the bug. Yucka. Recover fast!

The weather has been playing that, "Ha, ha! Tricked you!" game on us here. We're not too much into snow yet - but the cold keeps coming and going. Each day, it is a lottery to decide which jacket to wear - the autumn one or the winter wool.

I do love Christmas carols. I miss singing in a choir.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Barbara: Exactly! You feel like all that hard work building up fitness was wasted and you're starting off at ground zero again! I'm hard on myself too and I keep thinking I'm a slug now.

Some the arrangements of the old carols are so interesting and very cool!

Diana: I hope you're right. I went today and actually got my heart rate up! We'll se how the muscles are tomorrow. My husband has been giving me neck and back adjustments which always help, and I've had massage weekly.

I'll ask my choir director if she's heard of this carol.

Barbara and Diana: We are doing the song, "Believe" from The Polar Express, a Whoopi Goldberg Gospelly type "Jamaican Noel", The First Noel/Pachelbel's Canon which go beautifully sung together, and "You Raise Me Up". All these are in 3 part harmony. I sing them all the time!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

How did I miss you? Anyway, Thanks. I know you love to sing and would love my choir! We have a lot of fun, too!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Anonymous colleen said...

The weirdest weather I ever experienced was when I visited my cousing in Brekenridge Co. It was June and we had to take a snowmobile up to his cabin!

I love you photo caption idea. Company coming!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife took Ambien for several years. It left her with little memory and her sister-in-law gave her samples of her Lunesta, which she said made her crazy. Angel tried it and experienced much weirdness. Yes, since my wife depends on drugs for stability, I'm cool with whatever works...but I am so very thankful that I can survive without anything but an occassional aspirin.

Great photos as always, Mother.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger Richard said...

Don't knock nice weather in November.

I remember a number of very cold, snowy October's from my youth. So having less snow to shovel and less cold to manage with is fine by me.

When I was younger I really enjoyed the cold and snow. As I get older, I just find it cold.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Stephen: You are so lucky indeed! You seem to know just what to do for yourself as far as counseling goes to get you back on track. Sometimes it sounds easy, but I'm sure it's not.

I used to take a lot of tylenol but since I developed elevated liver enzymes, I only resort to it when I am in extreme pain. Other than that, I'm on 4 heart meds and 2 kinds of insulin, which so far are doing their jobs!

Thanks.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Colleen:Snowmobile in June?!! Yikes! That sounds like Northern Ontario! (Thanks...I love making up captions...I should do that on my blog sometime!)

Richard: I'm with you! I hate the deep freeze and hate driving in blizzards, ice and snow. There are no mitts that will keep my hands warm. I have such profound neuropathy in my hands and feet, they really hurt if I'm out even for a bit.

My husband is a snow freak because snow=skiing,his all-time favourite exercise. He does the Gatineau 55 km race, now called Keskinada. He can't wait!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger fennymun said...

Cold weather is approaching us in a slow motion but definitely not as cold as at your place.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I like the title of yours as well. I come across yours through one of the comments you had made on one of the blogs I visited.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Fenny: Thanks. Funny how that snowballs blog to blog!

I used to teach in a high school for foreign students from Hong Kong, called Eastern College in Toronto. They were the nicest kids ever.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

 
Blogger Pauline said...

I picked up my cold (now in its 7th day - salvation is at hand on day 10?) from the 2nd graders I teach, bless their little hearts. They sneeze and then say, "Can I hold your hand?"

Hope you're feeling better soon.

I sang in a school choir eons ago - now I just sing along with the radio while I wrap presents :)

I like your mish-mash entry. Soup is fun. You never know what's going to boil up next.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soup is good for cold weather!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

 
Blogger Clive said...

Well, there goes Dave down the ski trails...

Thursday, November 09, 2006

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

Hey moi! So, you're not feeling well? No wonder you weren't feeling up to working out the globe thing - you should've said!

My brother, when he was younger, used to go fishing a lot. He had this hand-warmer thing, that you put glowing charcoal in, and have it in your pocket. I borrowed it one time - toastie!! :-) Maybe this could be the answer to your cold hands... Cold feet I'm still working on myself...

Thanks for stopping by. Did you recognise yourself in my poem? today? :-)

How did the collecting go last time... did they smile?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Blogger ate this the first time!

Pauline: I used to keep that liquid anti-septic gel on my desk!!

I am better, thanks!

It's like throwing anything you've got in the fridge in the Soup For The Day just to catch people up, especially when you don't have any ponderings to share.

Old Lady: Soup's always on here and you're always welcome to try some. It's different every time!

Clive: I'm afraid so! But it makes him so happy...and very knackered, as you'd say!

Annelisa: What a neat poem about your blogger friends! Thanks for including me!

I only got one more donation and that was from my husband! HA!
It was sad that one lady who told me to come back was very sick with cancer and couldn't even come to the door. I won't go back there because I feel so terrible that I'm asking for something.
I'm just handing in what I've collected.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

 
Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

Wondering if you hit the cross country skiing circumit as well? And whether you have a small digital camera you carry along. I can't imagine how great the opportunities to shoot would be.

This is, I'm sure, old advice...but I've been told the holy trinity of winter health is Vitamin C - 1,000-2,000 mg - Zinc and Garlic tabs.

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Kilroy: I used to up to a few years ago but then got some joint problems. I only did about 6 km each time and just classic, not skating style. My husband does both and enters World Masters Cups...he's an extremely talented athlete.


You're right though..I should start going there at least to get the photo gallery going!

My husband does all that plus takes oregano and sometimes echinacea.

RE: link...Sure! But I warn you, I don't really know how to link things well besides the one I have on the sidebar now. Technology and I have a mutual hate relationship..it is way beyond me...I can't even follow the instructions how to put links to my other posts or anything else, within a post! (Ask Annelisa..she'll verify that I'm hopeless! Poor girl tried to help me post that Globe for Peace thing!)

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

I know what you mean about not wanting to go back and collect that donation from the old lady with cancer. One of the staff at work offered to sponsor me a week or two ago. Then, that Friday, her husband died unexpectedly of a heart attack... I really thought she would be too wrapped up in her grief to think about such things as the donation (and, well, I won't be surprised if she does forget. But, she came back in to work this week, and when I went to offer condolences, it was she herself who reminded me to collect it from her!

Sometimes people, no matter how ill, want to do their bit. Especially if they feel they want to make a difference now, while they can. I've been told I shouldn't deny them that feeling, and that 'power'...

Re computing - I reckon, if I could have a couple of hours with you at your house, you would get the hang of it all no probs! You just need to play (that's how I've learnt it) - most everything's reversible. Just don't save until you're sure it's right! :-)

Saturday, November 18, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

That is neat that she still could think of you but maybe that helped her not dwell on her husband's death and to feel she was doing something for the living.

So hop the next plane! I'm too afraid to push buttons and sometimes can't remember what I've done to make something happen so I can do it again! LOL! I'm surprised I'm even doing a blog at all.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Watts Nativity Carol is sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and is available as a downloadable track from WalMart ... on a collaboration album with Marilyn Horne (Christmas with Marilyn Horne and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).

It is beautiful.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

 
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