Condense your crap.

Ok, so the title lacks imagination. Get over it.
We have a rather extensive collection of DVD's and CD's. We don't have a TV up north but we do have a tiny portable DVD player that comes in handy when the weather goes to the dogs and the kids are perched on my last nerve. I can't live without music so the CD's aren't going anywhere either. That's a lot of stuff to store. Enter the CD binder. We have managed to condense our collections into two binders.
I am amazed at how little space this all takes now. The binder on the right holds 153 CD's and the binder beside it holds 148 DVD's. Both have room for more and we spent the extra $$ on the three ring versions that allows you to add pages instead of buying another whole binder. (The small binder on the left is Dave's backup disks of his photography). Oh, and that tiny device beside the binders is the afore mentioned DVD player....cute huh!


Our neighbor in Kingston has the misfortune of having her kitchen window face our backyard. This poor woman has seen things that no one can explain or understand. She has watched us build 30 foot tee pees, tie dye bolts of fabric across the lawn, make bow drill fires, carve bone into necklaces (very stinky), and she has watched all the males in the family jump in and out of a very large maple at heights that make me queasy.

Dave is out of town so I served up dinner tonight and then left the boys to eat while I finished up some other tasks. I suddenly realized that things were much too quiet. Sure enough there were no boys at the kitchen table and no lasagna to be seen. I called. Silence. I called again. More Silence. I decided to take out the recycling before I tackled the project of locating them. As I was walking back up the driveway you can imagine my surprise at finding them sitting on top of the shed in the backyard. Eating lasagna. In the dark. As a mother I felt it was my duty to ask the obvious question. To which I got the following answer: "What else would we be doing? We're eating dinner and watching the moon rise." Well duh. How did I miss that? I'm sure our poor neighbor has called her friends about my son's high altitude pasta picnic but at the moment I feel nothing but pride. I will deal with her questions tomorrow.

Drum beat

I woke up this morning with the need for the powwow drum. Maybe you did too and just don't realize it yet. Here is a drum song courtesy of Broken Walls and, oh yeah, my boss.

Rising Oatmeal

Fall is bread making season! I love kneading, punching, smelling and eating. It's an all encompassing experience! Here is my favorite bread recipe to date:

Amish Oatmeal Bread

1 pkg. of dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp.)

1/2 cup warm water

1 cup quick oats

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup brown sugar or molasses

1 tbsp. salt

2 tbsp butter

2 cups boiling water

5-6 cups flour

1. Dissolve yeast in warm water

2. In large bowl combine oats, whole wheat flour, sugar, salt, and butter. Pour boiling water over all and mix well. When mixture is cooled to lukewarm stir in yeast.

3. Stir in approx. half of the flour. Knead in remaining flour in really large bowl or on floured surface.

4. Place in greased bowl. Cover and let rise until double (about an hour). Punch down. Shape into two loaves and place in greased bread pans. Let rise again (45 min- hour).

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 min. Cool on rack, brush tops with butter for a soft crust.

And TRY to keep people out of it till it's cool!

Native Folk

Since watching the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music awards on Friday both Dave and I have been humming this song... I simply can't get it out of my head.  Now some kind folks would listen to a CD and insert a new track but I choose to bring you all down with me and make you humm it for the next 3 days instead... Evil, I know.

Full Moon

A magical entity that depends on the glow of another... reminds me of us, reflecting back the things that are projected towards us. Challenged me to only project that which I would want bouncing back.

This past week was the full moon. I have a new appreciation for the moon now.... when you go outside late at night it's the difference between needing to light the lantern or being able to see everything as clear as daylight! I never used to know the phases of the moon but now I keep a close eye.

These are some of the moon pics Dave has taken recently.
If you want to keep up on the Moon Phases check out this Website at Stardate.


This past weekend we celebrated my grandmothers 90th Birthday.  My wish is that I'm as foxy at 90 as she is!

No Waste shopping at Bulk Barn

I recently viewed a video on Facebook of a supermarket that creates no waste.  All of the containers are reusable and you simply fill, use, ...