and when you’re bored……

that was me yesterday. I don’t know if it was because we stayed out late at a Christmas party,  then proceeded to have a fitful sleep and felt overtired during the day, but definitely something was off.  It started out with me trying to get my family to go for a walk, decorate for Christmas, do anything really, but they were not having it. They were completely happy lazing around and doing squat on this particular Saturday. I have to admit, I am not usually one to sit still for long, but often, I can be persuaded to watch an afternoon movie, eat popcorn and chill, but somehow yesterday was not that day. I was just plain antsy. Long story short, I could have gone out and done a hundred things……on my own….. to keep myself from being bored…but I didn’t.  By the end of the day I was regretting that I didn’t spend my time more wisely and get some things done. I knew it wasn’t a painting day, feeling the way I did (although I did draw out a rough sketch for a commission , so not all was lost), and I probably just should have had a nap…. but alas, I lazed around. And I was bored.

Therefore, today when I got up, I immediately showered and dressed. I ate breakfast and had coffee and went for a walk. I practised my guitar and read some of a book. I did a bit of laundry and phoned my dad.  A great day, not overly busy, but also not BORED. Weird how one day can be so different from the next, and maybe all that you need is a little sleep.

Next time : 50 things to do when you are bored:


  1.  colour
  2.  write a letter
  3.  write out xmas cards
  4.  paint your nails
  5. clean your jewellery
  6. bath your dogs
  7. play the piano
  8. dust
  9. laundry
  10. make your bed ( I didn’t say they’d all be fun…..)
  11. go for a walk
  12. order pizza
  13. make popcorn balls
  14. play the guitar
  15. eat!
  16. dance
  17. yoga
  18. read
  19. design your next house
  20. make a xmas list
  21. arrange some flowers
  22. have a bath
  23. get a foot rub
  24. phone your seesters
  25. watch a movie
  26. organize a drawer or closet
  27. refold your towels (oh getting desperate….)
  28. make homemade xmas decorations
  29. play with your pets
  30. write a blog post (!!)
  31. study something you want to get better at
  32. sing
  33. write a bad song
  34. draw a crap picture (or a good one if you’re lucky!)
  35. sketch a self portrait
  36. play crib
  37. do a puzzle
  38. play Yahtzee
  39. make homemade granola
  40. get rid of things you don’t use or need
  41. clean out the garage
  42. have a glass of wine
  43. do some push ups
  44. kiss your loved ones
  45. tell a joke
  46. research west jet sales
  47. make a list of how many ways Trump is a doofus
  48. shave those legs
  49. did I say eat?? Yeah, definitely eat.
  50. make cookies (and eat’ em!)




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i blinked

and my daughter started her first job. Whaaaat? She is 15, and has had many babysitting jobs over the past few years but this is a job job…… one that she got herself, made up a resume, searched out, applied and was hired. ALL without any help from us. What happened there? She went out, bought a dress, a blazer, a pencil skirt and blouse, respectable shoes and darn it, turned into a whole different kid! Tonight was just orientation and I guess it went well, but i was probably more nervous about it than she was….another milestone and that’s me, feeling just a little bit older tonight.

Speaking of feeling old, Gary is sitting beside me, engrossed in a Victoria Secret model show….that really helps. Yeah, I used to have long endless legs once too……oh wait…. no…… where’s my ice cream?

Christmas is coming and fast….. almost December already and lights are up, carols are playing, xmas decor is everywhere you look.  I am trying hard to avoid the retail frenzy this year and buy thoughtful gifts. Anyone have any great ideas for mother in laws? Always one of the hardest for me. Thoughts welcome:)


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  • Lesli

    Good for Jordan! You’ve obviously done a good job raising a person that will be able to take on the world! Pat yourself on the back 🙂 One thing I ordered for my Mum is a gift set of Kiehls whipped body butters. They absorb quickly, aren’t greasy, smell great and wonderful for Winter. I love them!

buying some dirt

Gary and I are now the proud owners of 0.4 acres of dirt, just down the road from our place. The possession date was today at noon, and I suggested to Gary that we should take a bottle of wine and have a picnic on our new lot but, not only was it rainy and cold, he didn’t get the romantic gesture I was trying to make.  I guess it isn’t the first time we have bought a vacant lot…. actually it is the 4th.

We have built 3 times before since we’ve been married, and renovated our present home fully, so maybe it just doesn’t seem that romantic anymore… is probably just a bonus that we are still married after all of that!

Now there is the little matter of selling our home. Once that is done, we can get down to business planning out the home we will build to suit Ben’s needs. ( and the rest of ours) What I need from you guys is any advice on your favourite things about your own home…… do you use the reading nook in your bedroom? Do you ever actually close that barn door or is it just expensive decor? In floor heat? Induction heat stove? Natural gas? Built in coffee makers? One thing I know is that I love the look of a window seat, but have never been comfortable sitting in one, so…. no more window seats. I also thought about a large laundry area, but then, if I know me, and I do know me pretty well by now… I will fold my laundry wherever the rest of my family is….same with reading…. I used to think I would sit alone in a quiet cozy nook to read, but no…. I sit where the family is watching noisy TV because it’s where I want to be….. after 3 builds and a reno, I have figured out a few things (like a smaller bedroom and a larger closet, definite heated floors in the bathroom…) but there will be things I don’t think about even though I’ve got plenty of time…… throw it at me people …..  thoughts welcome!

On another note, Charles Manson died today. Normally I don’t like Mondays.

inside voice.



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  • Laurel Schultz

    Congrats on your new dirt🌟🌟 I like the romantic gesture, it’s a girl thing I guess🤗 Sounds like you have a good start on what you like and want. 😊

  • Shauna

    I’ve got some lists for you for what to do and what not to do for sure!! Exciting that you get a chance to do this again and you will still be in the hood!!

  • Paul

    you didn’t mention STUDIO SPACE…you need to get your priorities inline… LOL

  • Helga

    Love all the drawers in my kitchen island…and we use our 8 foot barn door quite a bit