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Friday, 26 October 2007

Mean Girls

If any have watched the movie "Mean Girls" it portrays how mean these creature can be. I think back to my days as a teenager and ya we could be mean, but not any where near the level that the teenage girls of today take it.

I am seeing this first hand with my daughter who is afraid to go to school, to be home alone or even be shopping by herself all because of one girl. The irony of it all is that they were friends. My daughter found out that she was talking about her behind her back, confronted the girl who of course denied it. This was confirmed to my daughter once again by a very reliable source so my daughter told the girl she didn't want to be her friend. Now the scorned girls as she sees it has been threatening to send people out to our place, or attack my daughter at school. This MEAN GIRL has recruited about 6 other girls that have told my daughter that she messed with the wrong bitch and is going to pay for it.

I have spoken with the RCMP on this matter, my daughter is to meet with them today. The RCMP have told us a couple of routes to take and in the end if this girl breaks them in any way even by having someone do the dirty work for her there will be charges laid to those that do the dirty work and her for getting them to do it. It has even got to the point that my daughter is thinking of moving away so that she can go to school, get her grade 12 and Graduate.

This girl was phoning our house and my daughters cell very 10 - 15 minutes from her home, her place of work and her boyfriends place. If she calls again from her place of work I am going to call her boss and have a chat. I was trying to avoid that to protect my daughter as I didn't want to give this girl another reason to go after her, I am at the point that I will call and hope she gets fired on the spot.

I did find out about call trace *57 this puts a trace on the call after you do this to the same number 5 times it is disconnected by SaskTel. The girl has started calling from blocked id, my daughter is afraid to answer her phone if she doesn't know the number. Today I am having her cell phone number changed.

I don't remember ever being this mean as a teenager.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Home Decorating with Corinne & Lesa

We all have seen those home decorating shows such as "Trading Spaces" and "Whose Designs Is It". Well the other day at lunch I went to the mall with a friend, Lesa. The plan was to get away from the office environment and look around the mall.

Our first stop was Zellers which ended up being the only stop. We started out in the house wares sections. Lesa picked up a couple of items she needed, before long we realized we needed a cart. Did you know that Zellers has joined the ranks and is now charging $1 for their carts. I guess to many have disappeared over time. So anyways Lesa says I need a shower curtain lets go check them out....we spent the rest of our time in the bath section. By the time we left Zellers, Lesa had nearly everything she needed to re-decorate her bathroom.

With a second trip the next day back to Zellers Lesa was able to get everything else needed except for a soap dish. Yes the bathroom is now the nicest room in her house, so she says. I remember when my bathroom was the nicest, newest room in my house. You know you've made a difference when your teenage boys notice that the bathroom looks nicer than before.

Home Decorating with Corinne & Lesa, an new series for television, probably not but a lot of fun for two girls needing to get away from the office scene.

Friday, 12 October 2007


Snow......that fluffy white stuff that we all like to see around Christmas showed up yesterday afternoon. Here it is not quit mid October and we are seeing signs of winter.....Yes I know this is Saskatchewan and I should know to expect anything when it comes to the weather.

I remember back in 1997 or 1998 when it snowed something like 3 feet of snow at Thanksgiving. The snow was up the railing on my deck. Our power went out for 72+ was getting pretty cold in the house. My youngest daughter decided to go outside to make snow angels, she didn't even have to lay down to make them. She walked out on the deck, leaned back and made a row of perfect snow angels. Her sister and brother helped pull her up so not to wreck the angels. Our 1977 GM truck looked more like a semi than a half ton after all that snow. My husband's god daughter had spent a night with us before the power went out, she couldn't understand that the power being out meant that the lights wouldn't work....she say I know the power is out but could you turn on the lights its dark in here. We finally had to tell her the lights were broken for her to understand. That snow lasted until spring, made for a long winter.

Snow.......according to the forecast it should be gone by tomorrow. It is hard enough to adjust to it being dark before 7pm, I'm not ready for the fluffy white stuff just yet.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Life's Goals

Yesterday as I sat in the waiting room of the doctors office with a migraine I was reading a magazine that had stories about the lives of people affected by 9/11. One article was wrote by the mother whose daughter was working on the 104th Floor of the North Tower that day. She tells of how her and her husband watched on TV as the North Tower collapsed, knowing that their daughter was gone. A feeling that I can't even imagine, nor want to ever imagine.

4 years after the mother fears that she is loosing her daughter all over again...this time she fears that her daughters memory is fading until the day computer wouldn't start up and she used her daughters laptop. Unsure of hot to turned on the laptop as she looked at the keyboard it was like her daughter was standing there with her guiding her in how to turn on the laptop. She explored all aspects of the daughter laptop, the pictures, games and more until again she felt like her daughters memory was slipping away from her until she decided to open a folder titled "Top 100". Thinking this was a music file and running out of things to explore of her daughters life she clicked on it opening it, only to find her daughter in there, not music or photos or games but her life, arranged into a number list of goals. On her list were things like: "Be a good friend", Keep in touch with people I love and that love me"....the list of numbers rose to 37 before it stopped.

The mother realized that her daughter was home with them and with God. Her daughter would be with her in the way she lived her life from now on. A small list was able to help a mother deal with her grief.

After reading this story it got me to think about my life and the goals that I have accomplished and those that I would like to accomplish, my dreams of unseen places and things I have left undone. I have decided to make my own list and not just keep it on my computer but in my bible, close to my heart and to God.

Sunday, 7 October 2007


As the smell of honey glazed ham, cabbage rolls, pumpkin pin and turkey fill my house we await with baited breath for supper. This is one of the few occasions where my family has the opportunity to gather together for a meal. Someone always seems to be off to here or there. My dad will join us for supper as always, I wouldn't have it any other way. I am truly thankful that we have this opportunity to gather together not just for the meal but for the love & friendship that family brings to each other.

Today it seams more than other days we reflect on what we are truly thankful for, our health, family, love, car to drive to school, a new job and many more things. If I was asked to list what I was thankful for I would need a while to list the things but the top things that I can list that I am not just thankful for but grateful for are that the Lord Jesus Christ is my Savior, the love of my family & friends for I am blessed with a wonderful family and many friends, my health for with out it I wouldn't be able to enjoy the many things I do, for my job for with out it me and my family wouldn't have the luxuries that we do, for my dogs, Timon and Rocco they have helped me to better understand "Unconditional Love". These are just a few of things that I am thankful for.

For me today is also a time to remember my loved ones that have passed on, to be thankful that they were a part of my life and for the many things that they contributed to my life, helping me become who I am today. As I cook my turkey I think of my grandma Gardner....I cook my turkey they way she taught me, my stuffing recipe is the one that she used so many times with a couple of additions. My pastry recipe is the same that my grandma used to make her pies. A lot of my secrets to cooking Thanksgiving Dinner or Christmas Dinner come from my grandmother....the many things she taught me over the years.

From my home to yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Things......Humour in a Box

The other night we had friends over to watch the football game and supper.

After supper and the dishes were done we sat down to a game of "Things Humour in a Box". The game is played in rounds with the number of players being the number of rounds. Each person takes a turn to be the one to read the questions and start the answering. This is a game that you can play over and over and never have the same answer.

Questions like:
• THINGS...™ people do when no one is looking.• THINGS...™ your parents forgot to tell you.
• THINGS...™ you can never find.• THINGS...™ dogs are actually saying when they bark.
• THINGS...™ you shouldn't tie to the roof of your car.

The object of the game it to guess who wrote each answer down. For each correct guess you get a point and also knock that person out of the running to gain points in the round. The person who wins the round gets 3 bonus points as well.

That night 6 of us played two rounds.....we had a blast. It is amazing how much my husband and I think alike. A couple of times we answered with the exact same answer. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

One one of my turns to be leader as I was reading the answers to the questions aloud I was laughing so hard I was crying....well try reading the answers with out laughing is nearly impossible at times especially when the question leaves it wide open to anything for an answer.

Now I am looking where I buy this game. Our friends got theirs as a Christmas gift one year, she found one game last year at a game kiosk in the Mall in Saskatoon last year. I did find a Canadian Website where I can order the game so I don't find one in PA or Saskatoon this year I will order one from the web.

Things.....Humour in a Box, if you get the chance to play the game I am sure you will find it enjoyable and humorous.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007


I never thought I would see the day that my children would be afraid to go to school.....and it wasn't because of a test or unfinished homework....but for their physical safety. Friday September 28, 2007 many students of Carlton Comprehensive High School stayed home out of fear for their lives......Carlton has a student body of about 2000 kids....from what we have heard there was only about 300 students in school that day. My youngest daughter received a phone call from a friend telling her that she wasn't going to school because another girl was told by her volleyball coach that it wouldn't be a good idea to go to school on Friday.

What caused this mass fear in students, parents and everyone. The weekend prior an 18 year old student from Carlton was killed by 5 youth 14 - 16 years old......there was talk about gang turf wars, gang initiation, that after a court appearance of two of the youth charged there was going to blood shed.......the clincher was that there was going to be a retaliation for the death of the youth...with threats of a school shooting not just at Carlton but at each high school. With rumors like this going around it is hard to act as if nothing is wrong....I think we need to hear that they know for certain these are rumors and nothing will happen....but they couldn't tell us that nothing would happen only speculate that it would be alright.

I called the school on Friday morning to talk with a principle about this issue. Apparently I wasn't the only parent with concerns, I told them that I was keeping my kids out of school for the day and that yes these are probably just rumors but what if it is true and something happens. I heard from someone who seen it themselves around 9am they went to pick up their son from school to find police posted at each entrance to the school, from what we heard they were there for the start of school, lunch time and after school. The fear was unbelievable, kids were being called, receiving emails and text messages from their friends saying don't go to school.....its not safe...there will bloodshed today......The police stated on the radio that these are rumors but they are taking them serious, doing extra patrols in the area, talking with staff and students to stay on top of the situation. It is hard to keep everything business as usual in cases like these.

I have been afraid of many things in my life but nothing like the fear I felt on Friday for the safety of my children and the others in the school. We always hear about school shootings and gang wars on the news and we always think it will never happen here but it can happen here. Thank God it didn't happen here on Friday. I am sure like many others I was in constant prayer that day for the safety of my kids, the staff & students at Carlton not just for Friday but for every day.

I am grateful that nothing happened and it seems it was only rumors. I am grateful that the Prince Albert Police force recognized that at the time they deemed them only as rumors but they still increased their patrol at the school and was watching out for the safety of everyone.

Now back to our normal life.....but it will never be normal....the way it used to be. I know my kids are watching more and like I told them if they feel there is danger get out of there without thinking twice.