Thankful Thursday {ONE HUNDRED Little Things I Am Grateful For Right This Minute Edition}

Gratitude It's the little things grateful thankful small stuffHello! I know. I know. (Honestly, I am not even sorry. I won’t apologize. I love you. You love me. We are good. I know this. We are not saying sorry for taking care of our own needs anymore. Nope. Cool? Cool.)

BUT! I said I would take action, you guys, and I totally did. (more on that later)

I am not here to talk about anything other than gratitude via a MONDO list of little things.

I think people get way too caught up in the BIG things. Life is made up of so many things. Big things, little things, annoying things, funny things, terrible things, disastrous things, joyful things. We would all be so much better off if we really appreciated more of the little things.

In space (the outer variety), you have to sweat the small stuff. (That is what Chris Hadfield says. HE would know!) I say, we need to start sweating more of the small stuff in our everyday lives. Except in this case “sweat” is less about worry and more about attention. Paying attention to the small things on the daily that make our lives better, more enjoyable, happier, fun!

Do you understand what I am (let’s face it) over-explaining to you? Cool.

No? Keep reading. It will become obvious soon enough.

Here, without further ado are ONE HUNDRED little things I am grateful for right this very minute. (Feel free to go grab a glass of water before you commit to reading the whole list. 😋 #mandatetohydrate)

  1. MY Things (Capital. Julian & Elise. My babies. These are little things that are big things now!)
  2. Tacos! (This needs no explanation, yes? If you need one, try this.)
  3. Avocados. Heavenly. (Bonus points if you find a perfect one!)
  4. Fixing broken stuff! (I had a broken kettle. I don’t anymore. Yay!)
  5. Podcasts! Holy happiness in audio form. (Need suggestions? Try these. I will add more later!)
  6. My good scissors. ‘Nuff said.
  7. Old Navy dresses. Seriously. Inexpensive and made for every body.
  8. Houseplants! (PURE JOY!)
  9. Arbonne Energy Fizz Sticks. (If they bring Blackberry back you will hear my SQUEE!)
  10. Queer Eye! (Can you believe?? So good!)
  11. STRANGER THINGS! (Sorry sorry. Yelling. I know! BUT! OMG! Have you watched yet?!?)
  12. The Peadymobile. (Yes. I am so grateful for our 13 year old car.)
  13. Great Value Gluten Free Maple Leaf cookies. (I probably shouldn’t be privy to this info.)
  14. Luna the Wonder Kitty. (I mean. Can you say furry little miracle?)
  15. Flushing toilets. (Think about it.)
  16. My ability to fix a toilet. 🙂 (Oh, you knew there was more to that one! Ha!)
  17. Fans.
  18. Aging, but holding on for one more day, portable air conditioning units.
  19. Electricity!
  20. Nova Scotia Power. (Seriously. Six and a half hours without power during a heatwave is no fun!)
  21. Plantstagram! (There are so many kind & knowledgable houseplant *instapeeps.)
  22. Yellow. (the colour)
  23. Thing 2’s social media “influencer”/advertiser/inspirational character voice.
  24. Scotch Tape!
  25. Shoelaces.
  26. Bumblebees!
  27. Daisies!
  28. My favourite yellow bath sheet.
  29. A linen closet perfectly organized* and chock full of clean towels. (*Hah! This is clearly a fantasy.)
  30. Fun socks!
  31. People who wear fun socks.
  32. Grown up, adult-like people who wear fun socks to their very much professional jobs.
  33. This ARTBUCKS™️ Dad Cap from Art Pays Me.
  34. The stack of books to be read on my bedside table.
  35. JVN! (If you don’t know him, you should. He is a gift to this world.)
  36. My iThing.
  37. Cute mugs.
  38. Sassy mugs.
  39. Funny mugs.
  40. Inspirational mugs!
  41. Potting soil. (Made in Canada, no less.)
  42. The Avocado tree I grew from a pit! (Amazing!)
  43. Courage.
  44. Happiness.
  45. My *excellent* sense of humour.
  46. Tears.
  47. Safe spaces to let those tears flow.
  48. My cousin Julie’s last round of chemo!!! (Excellent. Still lots of healing to do.)
  49. Grit.
  50. Inside jokes.
  51. My siblings.
  52. People who send me photos of daisies, their daily cuppa, pretty food, and their water bottles.
  53. Being someone else’s soft place to land.
  54. Being trusted by people with their precious and private stories.
  55. My ability to listen when strangers just need to talk.
  56. Patience.
  57. My Badass button. (It’s a thing! Remind me to show you sometime.)
  58. Random self-planting Wave Petunias.
  59. Deer.
  60. Urban birds.
  61. The weird Chickadee who seems to have forgotten the rest of its song.
  62. Fiery sunsets. (Did you catch tonight’s, here, in Halifax? Gorgeous!)
  63. My Lemon Rosemary’s (that overwintered outside–not in any good way) comeback.
  64. The idea of being on a podcasts. (How will we narrow a topic down?!)
  65. The idea of being on a cooking show. (I am thinking about what I want to learn!)
  66. Remembering I need to book those things! (Whoopsiedoodle! Mom’s are tired, yo.)
  67. My friend Mary. 😊 (You can find her here.)
  68. Numbers like this -> 2:22, 11:11, 5:55, 4:44. (Do you see them, too?)
  69. Audiobooks. (Seriously. Why have I not been listening all along?)
  70. Library holds coming in.
  71. The snazzy new checkout machines at the library! So fast.
  72. Potential coffee dates.
  73. Planned coffee dates.
  74. Past coffee dates.
  75. My Hoya plant from Lori of Farm Fresh Style. (Now to learn how to make more!)
  76. How much summer is left of summer. (There is a LOT of summer left. Revel in it!)
  77. Meal plans.
  78. Simple suppers.
  79. Lunches that seems to appear as if by magic.
  80. Having good ingredients on hand at all times. (The power outage served as a reminder!)
  81. Things who seem to get that stuff does not equal love or happiness.
  82. Things who appreciate the stuff the do have.
  83. Guitar lessons.
  84. Instruments that live out in the open. (Are you a guitar keeper or a guitar player?)
  85. Violin practice in the middle of July.
  86. Memories of my Grandmother (Mama) calling my Grandfather (Papa) “Abie”.
  87. Boiling water in a pot on the stove for tea when my survival skills kicked in this week. (Ha!)
  88. Thing 2 finding and reading old school work. (Like stories from Grade 2.)
  89. My prowess at reading developmental writing. 🙂
  90. Thing 1 playing his electric guitar for us during the blackout. (with zero irony)
  91. My ability to follow through when it comes right down to it.
  92. Donating clothes that no longer fit! (Me, to be clear.)
  93. Ice cream.
  94. Chip Wagon Chips from Glace Bay!
  95. Cape Breton, generally speaking.
  96. My sincere joy at hearing dear friends’ great news.
  97. Empathy aplenty when the news is not great.
  98. Beach days!
  99. New bathing suits. (Plural!)
  100. You for reading this entire list. (Seriously. Thank you.)

Whew!

I did it!

Goodnight.

 

*Plantstagram accounts I love will be shared in a future post.

 

Happy New Year! Welcome To 2019. Let’s Make It Great!

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Happy New Year, everyone!

At this moment in time I am mostly hoping the shock of seeing something new published here is not causing any of you heart palpitations. Unless they are in the good pit-a-pat, “Oh we missed you!” kind of way, in which case, by all means palpitate away!

Today is January first and I have made myself some serious (and not-so-serious) (I mean. My happiness must account for something, right?) promises that I will keep.

Please note, I did not say “intend to keep”. I said, “I will keep”. BIG difference. I can intend until the cows come home (except for that one weird one) (you know the one right? No? Oh, I will get to that this month … but I digress …), but without will nothing happens. My will is strong. It is back with a vengeance (of kindness… no worries there … unless you crossed me <cue ominous music and single eyebrow raise> Ha ha!) and I feel determined to make this year one filled with joy and success.

I wrote a bit about it on my Tempered With Kindness Facebook page (which I hope you have liked) and well, I am sharing it here because I often stopped myself (last year) from writing or hitting publish when I felt it was mundane or not exciting or filled with flashy events. Meh. Life is TOO short! This is my space to share all of it, right? Mundane to magical. Silly to spectacular. Unimaginable to unfiltered as– well you know what all the cool kids say. 😉

Here is what I shared today.

“In 2018, while I was really trying to focus on what was truly important to me (and letting go of many things I loved, that simply were not meant to be), I passed on opportunities that might have made my life easier, enriched, or successful, in the long run and definitely some things that would have made me happy. I tolerated things (not a big fan of that word, btw) over which I would be outraged on another’s behalf. I lived a year of letting things wash over me. It was what I needed to do at the time.

2019 is a new year and I am here for it. 🍾🥂

I am well rested. I had what can best be described as a week of sloth during the holidays -and it was glorious!
Now I am ready for new opportunities, leaping, taking some risks, and ultimately, simply saying yes to more things.

I hope you will be here for the hijinks that inevitably will ensue. Thank you all for your love and kindness and most of all your steadfast support through a year of spotty blogging and not very much excitement. This year is going to be very different. I can feel it in my bones. (Incidentally my bones are pretty insulated at the moment. Ha ha! Just me? Oh, god. I hope not! Meh! More on that later!)

Onward we go!”

I said what I needed to say. I tempered it with kindness.

I said what I meant. I meant what I said.

I said it. I meant it.

I’m ready. Let’s GO!

 

Are you ready for this new year? What are you doing today, right this minute, to help make this a good year for you? All those baby steps add up. Actions matter. (Oh! More on that later, too!)

If you happen to read this, I would be thrilled beyond belief if you were to reach out, say hello, share a comment, or let me know you are also here for 2019 and all the good things we will make happen.

 

⭐️Credit where credit is due (and I will be talking a LOT more about this this year, too!): Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

 

Riddle Me This.

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What is it about Sundays?

I mean, there are other days to have an existential crisis, right?

Why must Sunday always be the day for these questions that bother me so to crop up and, well, bother me so?

I spend so much time trying to make sure other people are not stressed out that by the time Sunday rolls around my resources are depleted and I am left with all the thinky thoughts.

Meh.

It’s okay.

It’s fine.

I’ll be fine.

BUT!

I have a question and I am going to pose it here. I realize this is less a blog post more a query, but guess what! Some days are like that and you are here and maybe you are wondering about these things too, so why not just ask? Right?

Okay, here goes.

Can you be enlightened and disillusioned at the same time?

That’s it.

Please mull it over and leave your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks!

Happy Sunday! (Anyway.) 😉

 

 

 

Credit where credit is due Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

 

 

Zen & the Art of Shameless Self Promotion (or “We Are Going To Be Friends”)

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Good morning! (This is being written in real time with minimal edits because if I stop to save and/or edit I will delete it and that would completely defeat the purpose and be a huge waste of time. So, no. Today I am the boss of me. YES! Even the bossiest part of me. Shall I continue? Yes. Yes I shall.)

So.

Hey! I am glad I am here today and I am especially glad you are here today (whichever day that happens to be) because I need to say something and well I could keep saying it to myself – I am a wonderful listener and I think all my ideas are totally brilliant – HAH!, but that isn’t getting me anywhere. I think I should invite you in. Are you cool with that?

So, you know I work in Social Media, right? I mean. I LOVE Social Media and in some ways it loves me back, but through a series of recent events I have come to realize I enjoy getting paid in actual dollars and so I want to use the powers I possess to (maybe) make a bit more of a living wage.

I have two kids (Thing 1; 16 and Thing 2; 12) and there are braces and University degrees to pay for and I have a crazy dream that one day I will own a house (small) with a yard (BIG) and I want to do what I can in the time I am on this planet to live my life to the fullest and make a happy home for my family (and friends, too!). The rapidly aging car is also serving as a constant reminder these days that death is imminent and well, we have to hope for the best and plan for the worst and cars do not last forever, nor do they pay for their own replacements, so I need to dig deep and get my hustle on way more than I have been.

I have been keeping the “social” in Social Media for as long as I have been using Social Media. I do not want that to change. People love to say that things are “not the same” and that it was “better before when people were chatty” and “actual conversations were happening”. Here’s the thing. If I am there, it is chatty. If I am there, there will always be conversation.

I guess what I am saying is this, if you want Social Media to be a certain way then you must forge that path. Forge, as opposed to follow. I mean, that’s what a path is, y’all. You make it. So, do the thing that makes it enjoyable for you.

If you enjoy chatting with a certain person or love following a celebrity or hamburger conglomerate, so be it. You do you!

It comes down to that saying about if you cant find a nice person BE one. You have to be that thing. Seek the good. See the good. BE the good. There are so many ways that Social Media can have a positive impact on the world. Stop looking at the things that drive you bonkers and make you want to toss your devices into the sea. Start focussing on the good stuff.

“The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.”

― Nishan Panwar

I want to be your good stuff, you guys.

I have the power. (Peady Powers are real and they are spectacular!)

BUT!

I can only do so much all alone. I can keep writing and sprinkling kindness around like confetti – and I will – but it would be immensely helpful if more actual people could see me. Read my words, see my silliness, like my photos, and maybe, just maybe, feel a teensy bit more hopeful than before they did.

So, I am asking for your help. Please. Will you help me?

If you see a Facebook status or share on Tempered with Kindness that you enjoy, like it. Take the second or two you happen to be there and actually click like or even share it. It will maybe let Facebook know that my tens of readers are loyal and kind and that more than 12 of them would enjoy seeing a post. (Yes. Facebook actually limits what you see. If you want to see more of a certain thing, person, page, you have to make a point of liking those things. Some people also suggest going to your notifications and choosing “see this first” so you will see an actual person, writer, blogger, page or fun thing you love rather than something that pays to be seen. Think BIG businesses with even bigger budgets.)

If you use Twitter (still my favourite!) please follow me – and tell me you have by saying hello or starting a conversation – and I will come see you and we can actually connect. I have met so many fun, smart, kind, and interesting people through Twitter. I love hashtags and have come up with several through the years. One of my favourites is #tweepstopeeps which I use for friends I have made via Twitter who have become friends IRL (in real life!). So, come to Twitter and say hello to @Peady and let’s show the Twitterverse the power of positivity and kindness because we are #connectingnotcollecting. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all sunshine and roses. I am a parent of a teenager and tween – we are all about #keepinitreal – there are plenty of sarcastic comments and a multitude of “ARGH!” moments. It’s life! Come vent.

Instagram is a really big platform. Everyone is using it! Teens, pets, GINORMOUS brands, your Orthodontist, your favourite gluten free snack. I mean, it is really easy to feel lost in it all. It’s not exactly all about the numbers (remember: connecting not collecting), but to some degree they do matter. I am SO stuck in Instagram. I engage. I share. I tell little stories about my day or photos. I am me – as I always am – yet I cannot seem to get eyes on my posts. Again, just like Facebook (they are owned by the same people) if you like something or want to jump in and chat, please actually take a second and double tap (even from way back… you know… where the trouble’s at?) so I can see you and so you can see me.

I never want engaging with me to feel like a task. I want to greet you the same way I would if I bumped into you at the library or grocery store. Maybe seeing each other would require a put-down-all-the-things BIG hug, maybe we’d chat a while, maybe someone would have a baseball cap pulled low to avoid eye contact because Moms are TIRED, yo! It’s all good. I just want you to know I am here for a reason and so are you and should our reasons align on any given day, it’d be cool to connect. Wouldn’t you agree?

My hope, here, there, and everywhere, is to be able to continue spreading kindness, sharing the good, pointing out injustices in places we can help (because I need hopefulness in my life!), and connecting like-minded individuals for good.

It will help me to get my message out if more people can see it, read it, connect with it.

That is the honest truth. (Is there any other kind? What a weird phrase!)

So, please come and find me in all the places and say hello. Seek the good. See the good. Share the good. BE the good.

Thanks for listening and for helping me to work towards my goals.

Dreams are good.

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Goals get things done!

Now, I am going to hit publish before I hit delete. It’s like a constant race against time over here, you guys! 😀

Make it a great day! I hope to see a lot more of you soon.

My Current Mindworm : {A Semi-Regular Series} Prémonition (Coeur De Pirate)

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I can not get this song out of my head. Honestly. I have tried. I keep hearing it on CBC radio and I can’t not listen when it comes on. It’s so good! It pleases my ears. Seriously. My ears have the capability of being pleased and happy. Think, ice cream truck jingly chimes, birds in spring, the sound of an approved purchase on the POS machine at the Apple Store or baby giggles.

Yeah. Like that.

We are talking Hamilton level mindworm here, people! This is getting serious.

So, what’s a Peady to do?

Why, share it with you, of course. This is a three pronged attack to mindworm solution finding.

First of all, I get to hear the song again (YAY!) for completely legitimate, non-losing-my-mind-as-I-type reasons when I go to find it so I can get the details correct in the title of my post and for information sharing purposes.

Secondly, I get to (finally) stop wondering if there is a video (there is!) and share it with you after first watching it myself. Again, this is quality control not obsession, thank you very much.

Here it is!

Thirdly, I get to wonder what the heck that was all about as I puzzle over this music video and if you watch it we can discuss this and puzzle over it together. Oh, I do love a good wondering session.

So, shall we?

What the heck was that all about?

Doesn’t she have a cool voice?

Do you love this song? Do you even know it at all?

If you had a choice would you rather hear the music and skip the video? (Close your eyes and listen. Seriously. Completely different experience.)

Or do you enjoy the visual component, too?

I find myself more confused than anything, to be honest.

It’s obviously a love story gone awry, but why? I need more information!

So, tell me, what songs or artists have you been listening to a lot lately? Are you able to simply move on or does your brain compel you to listen one more time? Can you predict when a certain song will hook you from the first few bars or notes?

When is the last time you really (like, truly, madly, deeply) loved a song?

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

In the meantime, I think I’ll watch this Coeur De Pirate video again and try to figure out whether they were going for sexy or scary because – I have to be honest with you here – I am seriously conflicted.

 

 

 

Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

Saturdays Are Best : Write It Out Edition

Good morning!

It is 10:14 on Saturday March 10th and I have been up for way too many hours for what is supposed to be a relaxing Saturday morning with few obligations. I tried so hard to sleep in, but honestly there are a whole bunch of things on my mind and I am the kind of person who wants everything to be in perfect harmony all the time and this ol’ world hasn’t quite gotten the memo about my perfect 7.5 billion part harmony plan.

The entire world is an awfully big goal, mind you. I get that. I mostly want my teeny tiny part of it to be harmonious, but this week even that has been … well … not good. I mean, if I were Simon Cowell in this situation or even an Elementary School Choir Director, I’d be all …

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Regardless, I must keep calm and carry on. I mean, right? Isn’t that all any of us can do?

Learning to roll with the punches – ugh so violent – go with the flow is an important life skill. You can’t freak out every time something makes you want to freak out. You just can’t. You’d have no energy left to notice the good things. You’d be in a constant state of sadness or stress or downright panic.

I know this because I have been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt.

Well, no. Not quite. I never did actually buy the T-shirt. The T-shirt wouldn’t fit me because I eat my feelings – because STRESS! (but I digress …)

All this to say, it has been a weeeeeek!

Where was I going with this?

Oh, yes! I have a lot on my mind and when I try to avoid certain things they get more and more naggy in my brain. (Seriously? Naggy isn’t a word? Naggy should absolutely be a word. There. I have used it three times. It’s mine! I am leaving it. Gosh darn it!) Do you know that feeling? It’s like when you have to pay a bill or make a dentist appointment or have a conversation that you really, really, reeeeaaalllly wish you didn’t have to pay/make/have? Like that.

Anyway, above all else this blog and its lack of bloggy joy has been in the forefront of my mind and I am feeling rather pragmatic about the entire situation and have decided that I am going all Sid Vicious on the situation. I am going to continue with Tempered With Kindness and I will write here when I can and I will make no apologies for not doing it the “right” way. (HAH! Whatever the heck that even means! Can you say flavour of the month? I can. I can also – and probably already have – eat it whole, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for me.)

For instance, maybe this post will have a big, beautiful, blog worthy photo. Maybe it won’t. I haven’t decided yet. I am sure we will all find out in due time and I know my patient, faithful, forgiving, tens of readers will respect my decision even if it isn’t the one they would have made. Right? I am not wrong to have this kind of faith in you, am I? No. I didn’t think so. You are my favourite. You really are.

There are approximately as many reasons why I haven’t been writing here as there are off-key voices in my Human Population Choir. (Oh look! We have a name now! Look for us on iTunes any day now with our 100% Hamilton repertoire.) That is a whole lot of reasons! Somewhere in there, there are also a whole lot of excuses and feelings of self doubt. I am pretty comfortable with my humanness, though, so I am not looking for reassurance or bad blogger asylum.

The truth is, if I want to write – and write well – I simply have to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and write.

Without making promises.

Without making excuses.

Without making apologies.

Without overthinking.

Without considering all the reasons why I shouldn’t.

Without worrying about who I might bother by speaking my truth.

Without guilt.

Without shame.

Without perfection.

I will write.

I will write.

I will write.

(Look! Three times! It’s mine!)

It is now 11:55 (I’d tell you what else I have been up too, but you already know how Saturday morning Mom duty goes, I bet, so I won’t bore you with the details.) and I am going to hit publish. (OH! YES I AM!) I am going to hit it right now. I am not saving another draft. No. I am publishing.

(No photo. Oh well. sings I did it myyyyyyyy waaaayyyyyyy!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wordless WEdnesday : Announcing That I Am a #WEFamilies Ambassador (Right Out Loud)

 

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You may have noticed a little badge down and to the right on my blog. See it there? The one with #WEFamilies on it. Or maybe you never noticed at all. Perhaps you only ever use your iThing and you don’t see anything that resides in the sidebar. You can turn your phone sideways and it should magically appear! (Don’t you love learning new things? I’m a giver! Tee hee hee.)

I’m so excited to announce that I am a WE Families Ambassador!

I decided that today was as good a day as any to announce that, here. I have been sharing all things WE for years now, but I was asked to be a WE Families Ambassador late in November 2016, just before WE Day Atlantic.

Obviously, I said yes.

Then life went a bit sideways. As life is known to do. Sometimes that happens, right? I know you know exactly what I mean.

That being said, I have been working behind the scenes here, (there, and everywhere) and decided that I am going to make WEdnesday* (wordless and/or wordy) a semi-regular thing. Out in the open. See? Right out loud!

I won’t always have a WEdnesday post, but sometimes I will and when I do I will share some of the cool things WE are up to with a #WEFamilies twist.

Now, before this so-called (and lets be honest “wordless” is a pretty glaringly obvious misnomer now) Wordless WEdnesday post gets any longer I am going to hit publish!

I hope this Wordless (Hah!) WEdnesday made you smile and I also hope you will follow along as WE do our best to make the world a better place one action at a time.

I have always loved this Hemingway quote.

Never mistake motion for action.

Honestly, these days I find it is especially fitting. After all, that is what #WEFamilies are all about.

*See what I did there?

25 Things I Have Been Busy Doing That Have Prevented Me From Blogging


The B word.

No. Not that one. The other one. The really, really, really, horrible one.

Yeah. That one. You guessed it.

BUSY!!

None of us can escape it these days it seems and so I thought maybe instead of apologizing for it or for not blogging consistently I would swing by and post something off the cuff with zero apologies for people who don’t understand and with the confidence that most of you are in the same boat and will absolutely be able to relate.

Also, because we are all very busy, I have decided that a numbered list is the most efficient way to share what it is I want to say. A list is so much easier to digest, right? (I mean BuzzFeed is practically 100%  made up of listicles and BuzzFeed would never steer us wrong.)

So without further ado, I give you ~

25 Things I Have Been Busy Doing That Have Prevented Me From Blogging 

(I may need to work on the name of the list. Meh. I’ll worry about that later.)

  1. Being consumed by the news of the world.
  2. Worrying about blogging.
  3. Worrying about not blogging.
  4. Eating too many carbs.
  5. Worrying about eating too many carbs.
  6. Missing lunch dates with dear friends.
  7. Worrying about missing lunch dates with dear friends.
  8. Missing coffee dates with some of my favourite people.
  9. Trying to find time to organize coffee dates with some of my favourite people.
  10. Worrying about never having coffee dates with some of my favourite people ever again.
  11. Trying to build a business.
  12. Worrying about building a business.
  13. Wondering who the heck I think I am that I can build a business.
  14. Worrying about why I don’t think I have what it takes to build a business. I do. Shut up brain!
  15. Working online all the time. All. The. Time.
  16. Worrying about working online so much.
  17. Not exercising.
  18. Not eating well.
  19. Forgetting to take my iron.
  20. Worrying about why my iron is low.
  21. Being tired.
  22. See number 19. Derp.
  23. Over promising and under delivering.
  24. Worrying about letting *everybody* down *all* the time.
  25. Flipping rapidly back and forth between ALL THE FOMO and considering hermitage as a valid lifestyle.

I have limited my list to 25 things because I know you’re busy, too. Who has time to read 26 things?!? Slackers! That’s who! (I’m considerate like that.) This list could easily have 100 things.

I have one husband and two children. A lot of my busy is for them and/or because of them. I know I’m not the only one delivering the occasional lunch to school, but waiting for nearly 30 minutes for a kid to come and fetch it might be a uniquely me experience. (This week. Grr. I was so annoyed. Totally learned a new thing, though. Apparently, High School lets out at 12:30 for lunch. Mmhm. It’s nearly the end of November, you’d think maybe someone might have mentioned that by now, but you’d be wrong.)

Anyhoo …

Life, right?

So, before I can think myself out of hitting publish I’m going to hit publish.

How has your Fall been? Are you also suffering from the B word?

How are you handling the news of the world?

Do you have a surefire remedy for wanting/not wanting simultaneously to do ALL the things?

Feel free to mull those questions over (and to post answers in the comment section!) while enjoying one of my favourite busy day mindworms.

Summer Snack: KISS Edition

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We just had an awesome and delicious snack and I am not exaggerating one bit when I tell you the kids can make it themselves. I whipped it up this time, but next time they’re on their own. Frankly, it’s just as well. I don’t think I can be trusted all alone with its deliciousness.

Have I piqued your interest? Are you curious? Are you sitting on the edge of your seat?

Well, okay then. I’ll tell you what our scrumptious afternoon snack was today. It was so simple you might just think I am silly for blogging about it. Then again you didn’t think to have this today, did you? Oh ho ho! I’ve got you there, haven’t I?

Okay, okay. Enough with the suspense already!

We had juicy, fresh, local strawberries dipped in white chocolate. Ta daa!

So easy! Right?

Here’s what I did.

Pick or buy fresh local strawberries. Ours were bought, but most definitely local and oh so fresh.

Clean them and remove any that might be iffy or mushy or underripe. Taste test 17 just to be sure.

Get some good quality, white chocolate. Today we used Baker’s, but white chocolate chips, white chocolate melting wafers, white chocolate chunks from your bulk food store, etc., would all work fine.

Break the chocolate into individual squares. Or if using larger blocks chop it up using a serrated edge knife. This will help it melt faster and also will give you a chance to taste test the chocolate to make sure it hasn’t gone bad. It hasn’t. Taste it anyway. You know, just in case.

Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. I used one of my trusty little square dip bowls from President’s Choice. (More on those later. It’s a very short love story.)

Pop the chocolate into the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir gently. You are not trying to whip it up, really, you want smooth, bubble-free, shiny chocolate. Place back in microwave for 10 seconds. Stir. This may be enough time, but if you need more melting time, be sure to use only 10 second intervals because you don’t want the chocolate to seize or burn. That’d be a shame.

Give the chocolate one final gentle stir and place in the centre of a platter.

Fill the platter with your beautiful, clean, fresh, local strawberries and stand back while the wolverines – umm – I mean children dig in!

See?

I bet you’re glad I suggested all that taste testing when you first started this little snack journey, now, aren’t you?

You’re welcome.

Five Fun Facts For Friday February Fifth

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Hi!

How are you?

Missed you!

Love you lots!

What’s new?

I have been crazy-busy and I haven’t been managing it very well.

However, I am a smart person and one of my strengths is knowing my limits. That is a very good thing. In the spirit of self preservation I allowed myself to not post here. (I was still posting there, and everywhere else, mind you. What am I crazy?!? Of course I was still posting. You should just go ahead and follow me in all the places that way when stuff happens you will know where to find me. You never know when you might need a little dose of silly and I carry it with me wherever I go. Picture a little jar of glitter or cupcake sprinkles. Yeah. Like that! I am armed and ridiculous. So… find me. We have all the ways to connect. Connect, people!)

December was when my last post went live.

Suddenly that seems very, very, long ago.

Meh.

In the grand scheme of things it’s not.

Anyhoo!

Here I am. Hi! waves

It’s Friday and I am happy and life is good. I have lots to be grateful for and I am really looking forward to the weekend!

This is my Birthday Week and since Monday was kind of a ridiculous day (notice a theme?) we are having a bit of a do-over before next week begins. The plan is to go out for burgers with the Things and then maybe catch a movie. (Ooh! That reminds me. I have to pick up movie admissions at Costco. That is quite the savings, isn’t it? I love Costco.) I know we’ll have fun! Who wouldn’t have fun with M&Ms in the giant bag of popcorn?

All this to say, all’s well. I’ll write more. I will.

I have plans.

So, without further ado, here are Five* Fun Facts For Friday February Fifth!

  1. Once again, for the third (?!?!) time since starting Tempered With Kindness, I have a new blog host. (This, in part, is why I have been reluctant to publish here.)
  2. It is Black History Month and there is a new Heritage Minute featuring none other than Nova Scotia’s own Viola Desmond. You learned all about her here, remember? Check out the new Heritage Minute here.
  3. I still do not have my 2016 Mom CPU! Oy. Not good. I cannot find one anywhere. Someone suggested ordering one online in January and that seemed silly because how long would it take to arrive, blah, blah, blah… it’s just a simple calendar… I’m sure I’ll be able to pick one up. How hard can it be to find a big magnetic Mother Word calendar for my fridge?! Well who’s the silly one now?! Derp. You all must have the exact calendar I want because there are exactly ZERO in my orbit. harumphs
  4. I have once again resurrected my CD collection and this time I am on a mission to keep them in my space. They need a proper storage solution, mind you, and I am accepting suggestions on this front. Do you have a CD collection? How do you keep them? Are they out of sight, out of mind or welcome in your world?
  5. I was featured in a BuzzFeedNews listicle (Great word, Joe!) and I almost died laughing about it. You can check it out here and in 14-16 months you are welcome to come shopping with me at Halifax’s new IKEA and we can BUY ALL THE FLEUFEGNUUGEN! Deal?

Thanks for reading and sharing and engaging. You are all my favourite!

Happy Friday!

Have you read any fun facts lately? Have any to share? Feel free to leave a fun fact in the comments. I will respond to every single one with another fun fact. We will all be so smart by the end of these shenanigans!

*Bonus fun fact: I love Frente! (The exclamation point is part of their name. What’s not to love?) Best Bizarre Love Triangle cover ever.

**Extra bonus fun fact: That first fact up there just will not format properly and I want to throw a tantrum. I am going to hit publish instead. Grr! shakes fist in technology’s general direction