Thursday, November 27, 2014

Adventures in Falling Asleep

Bedtime has been an adventure for us since I was pregnant with my first child.

Many nights when I was trying to get comfortable in the later stages of my pregnancy, my daughter decided she did not like the position I was in and would bang about inside me so hard that the mattress shook until I changed sides.

She is now well into being 8 years old and it is still an experience to calm her down for bedtime.

We have tried to do the "bath, book and bed" routine but baths seem to wind her (and her 6 year old brother) up. The best way we have found to help the children fall asleep is to read a book out loud while they are in their beds resting and then sitting quietly outside their doors to ensure they do not talk and wake each other up (their bedroom doors are right beside each other). I find after sitting still in the dark it makes me sleep so I go to bed shortly there-after. I guess this is one way to ensure an 8 hour sleep!

What does bedtime look like at your house? I'd love to read about your experience in the comments below.

Monday, November 24, 2014


When I was a toddler, I initially learned to speak Italian. My maternal grandparents are Italian and cared for me while my parents worked.

When I was two I was admitted to the hospital. Apparently none of the medical staff were able to understand me as I only spoke Italian at that point, so my family immersed me in English.

They didn't keep up my Italian and to this day I regret that they did not. It did make it easier to pick up the required French in our school system but it is definitely not as fluent as I'd like it to be.

I would one day like to re-learn the language and I even have a "learn to speak Italian" audio-tape set around here. Somewhere.

Do you speak a second language? What inspired you to learn it? I'd love to read about it in my comments below!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Prank Calls

My 8 year old daughter drew the phone for this image.
How perfect!
Before there was caller identification it was pretty harmless to make prank calls.

When I was maybe 10 years old or so I remember doing a few random dials and asking "Is your refrigerator running?". The person would answer "Yes". Then I would (through muffled giggles) burst out "THEN GO CHASE IT!" and hang up and literally roll on the floor laughing. My favourite call was when I heard the person on the other end start to chuckle as I hung up.

It was completely innocent and fun and I'm sure something that would not work out quite the same today.

It's a fond memory and I was just thinking about it today before I read about this SITS November writing prompt idea.

Did you make prank calls when you were a kid or teen? :Leave a comment about what you did and what effect it has had on you in later years.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dark and Stormy

Thank goodness for the SITS girls and their November writing prompts. They are helping me to get more creative in my posting subjects.

My pick for today is "what do you like to do on a dark and stormy day?".

On dark and rain stormy days (usually the warmer months) I love to sit and watch the storms. A nap goes along nicely or and afternoon movie.

In the winter months I love to quilt (lots of lights turned on to brighten up my studio and my mood). I also enjoy lighting candles and doing a quiet craft while watching the snow fall.

I especially enjoy the excuse to sit down and rest and regroup.

I would love for you to share your answer to the question: what do YOU like to do on a dark and stormy day?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Social Media

Photo Credit

This month I've stepped it up with The Ruthless Crafter business.

I've made a conscious effort to make regular social media posts and interact with those communities. I even signed up for PayPal and made an online shop on my Facebook business page.

I'm so proud of myself for taking this seriously and now I have some custom orders coming my way plus I am starting to acquire followers in all forms of the social media accounts I have who are not just family and friends. Not bad since I only really got it up and running in August of this year.

What changes have you made in your life this month?