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1.What is your name spelled backwards? Euqilegna
2. What did you do last night? Started to crochet an afghan…several times 😉
3. The last thing you downloaded onto your computer? A devotional post
4. Have you ever licked a 9 volt battery? When I was younger, yes
5. Last time you swam in a pool? A little over a year ago
6. What are you wearing? A purple blouse and a denim skirt
7. How many cars have you owned? One, A BMW, but sadly, only for insurance purposes because I don’t have a driver’s license.
8. Type of music you dislike most? Rock, rap, country, pop, alternative and on and on
9. Are you registered to vote? Yes…
10. Do you have cable? Yes.
11. What kind of computer do you use? Lenovo
12. Ever made a prank phone call? Yes, lots when i was younger
13. Tell about one of your scars: When I was  5 our neighbours had a swing set with the double swing. We used to push it as hard as we could and then jump off when we ‘reached our destination’ because it was an airplane (again – we were 5 😉 ) I jumped but caught the swing edge and sliced a little piece of my thigh open. I have a little half moon scar there now, but it was big and bled a lot back then – I think that was the last time we played that game – hahaha
14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? Neither
15. Furthest place you ever traveled? France or London, whichever is furthest from Vancouver?
16. Do you have a garden? Yes…we have a little vegetable garden and a couple flower ones.
17. What’s your favorite comic strip? Calvin and Hobbes
18. Do you know all the words to the national anthem? Yes, I think?
19. What is your favorite coffee flavor? Hazelnut or Mocha
20. Best movie you’ve seen in the past month? I haven’t seen any
21. Favorite pizza toppings? Mushrooms,  pepperoni, green peppers, black olives
22. Chips or popcorn? Chips
23. What cell phone provider do you have? I don’t use a cellphone.
24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells? Uh, no?
25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? No.
26. Orange Juice or apple? Neither; water
27. Who were the last people you sat at lunch with? My husband
28. Favorite chocolate bar? Snickers 🙂
29. Who is your longest friend and how long? My sister, and my friend Michelle – we’ve been friends for over 20 years.
30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato? Last summer
31. Have you ever won a trophy? No
32. Favorite artist? Monet – I saw the panels at Musée de l’Orangerie and they were breathtaking
33. Favorite computer game? I don’t really play them much but I was into Tetris for a while.
34. Ever ordered from an infomercial? Lol, no
35. Sprite or 7-UP? Sprite
36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school/work? To work, yes.
37. Last thing you bought at Walgreens? I have never been there
38. Ever thrown up in public? Yes
39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or finding true love? I already have true love so a million dollars might be nice
40. Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes…the Lord knows…
41. Can exes just be friends? Kind of. I am friendy with my ex…not best buddies, but we get along okay
42. Who was the last person you visited in the hospital? Does me last summer count? Or my sister when she had her first baby 11 years ago.
43. Did you have long hair as a young kid? Yes, until I had it chopped off a la Dorothy Hamill in ’76 or ’77
44. What message is on your voicemail machine? The electronic one that comes with the answering machine because we keep forgetting to personalize it, lol
45. Where would you like to go right now? The beach
46. What was the name of your first pet? Cindy. A poor tormented little grey kitten that may have been a he despite the name – this was when I was 4 – I remember chasing it behind the hydreangea bush trying to catch it.
47. What kind of back pack do you have, and what’s in it? I have a cheap blue and grey one for when I go (hahahahaha) to the gym
48. Last incoming/outgoing call on your phone? Incoming…Ttoy calling from work to get a grocery list…Outgoing…Troy calling a coworker about a shift change
49. What is one thing you are grateful for today? My family…my salvation…I could list so many things – My daughter is in London with grandma and having a nice time and her small cold isn’t the swine flu because she is on the mend – i was worried for a bit 🙂
50. What do you think about most? So many things
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I need to step up my bible memorization so I am going to be sharing a weekly set of verses here. All verses will of course be in KJV. Feel free, if you want, to memorize along with me. 🙂

Psalm 139: 1-6

1 O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me

2 Thou knowest my downsitting and my uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways

4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.

5 Thou has beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

When I was on the coast in April to watch my niece and nephew for a few days I did a lot of thrift shopping. While in one of the Value Villages I found this cookbook for $2.99. I haven’t actually made anything from it yet because when I got home I stuck in my cookbook shelf to look at later and promptly forgot about it. We had a thunderstorm earlier today so I turned off the computer and in my boredom picked it to flip through.  It looks like it contains a lot of inexpensive-ish recipes that aren’t overly complicated to cook.

This is one I am planning on making because our zucchini is coming in now.

Zucchini Cheese Soup

2 large zucchini, cut into quarter inch slices

1/2 lb bacon

1 onion, finely chopped

1 green pepper, finely chopped

2 cups water

2 tsp salt

1/2 stick butter

1/2 cup flour

31/2 cups milk

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Fry bacon until crisp. Remove and blot on paper towel. Reserve 3 tbsp bacon grease and discard the rest. Saute the onion and green pepper in the reserved grease. add zucchini, water and 1 tsp salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer  minutes. In a medium sauce pan melt butter. Add flour and 1 tsp salt, stirring constantly to make a thin paste. Gradually add milk, very slowly, stirring constantly until all the milk has been added. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the consistency of gravy. Add Worcestershire sauce and cheese. Stir in vegetables and mix well. Spoon into bowls and top each serving with crumbled bacon.

Some random pictures from our trip. The mountain images are from the Coquihalla Hwy – I wish I could describe the heights and depths. The photos don’t do them justice.

Welcome home

This is what we came home to yesterday.

Apparently there was a brief but heavy windstorm here on Saturday evening. Someone on my Facebook list said her husband clocked the gusts at 107 km  (66 miles) per hour. Trampolines, shingles and patio furniture were flying about. Trees all over the area were downed, cutting power lines. I guess a portion of our tree decided to get out of the way.

There is a huge crack in one of the top branches that needs to come down before the next storm but a professional crew will need to be called in because of nearby power lines and stuff. So for now the landlord’s son came with his friends and their chainsaws and turned the mess into this new mess tidy pile in our back driveway.

We’re here…

We arrived in Vancouver on the Greyhound this afternoon.  We stopped off at Coquitlam Centre and did some shopping at the Value Village for an outfit I could wear to the wedding. I found a pretty skirt and a sleeveless sweater that will look nice and keep me cool since it is supposed to be hot on Saturday.  I also found a pair of ecco mary janes, a Country Woman sample issue and a Country Sampler magazine, all for a whopping $31.

I am exhausted. I am no longer used to the city and its noise and busyness. On top of that, my mother is losing her hearing so the TV is a little loud and she is shouting a bit and I have to respond in the same manner in order to be heard. *sigh*

I’m off to bed now. Tomorrow is another action packed day.

Just because

Bed In Summer
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~