I have never been a person to make a bucket list. Mostly because I feel I don’t have anything to put in it, the bucket.
Enjoy a walk and view Niagara Falls, dress warmly
However during December I sometimes get depressed. It is mostly because of the lack of light. It is also because there is a lot of expectation leading up to December 25th and then it is all over. Some times it went well and some years it didn’t go very smoothly. This can lead to dreading the holiday season and having your spirits drop. So over the years I have been incorporating many fun events through the month of December so there is less emphasis on one day. So this year I am making a bucket list.
Listen to choirs at the Niagara on the Lake candle light walk
- go to a holiday concert
- go to a candle light walk sponsored by a town
- go to a mall and don’t shop just enjoy people watching and the decorations
- go on a tour of outdoor skating rinks
- go tobogganing
- have the neighbours over for an open house evening
- go to a dinner theatre
- walk around your neighbourhood and enjoy the holiday lights every night
- play holiday music
- participate in a gift giving program, help the less fortunate
- watch the world junior hockey tournament on television
Visit your local dinner theatre like Oh Canada Eh!
- buy a poinsettia from a fund raising group
- grow an amaryllis plant
- buy an advent calendar for yourself
- visit Niagara Falls in the winter – cold but amazing
Let me know what would be on your bucket list.
Plant a bulb and watch it grow
La Rocca Canada Day cake purchased at Sobeys
Having a party and looking for some great trivia?
- 77% of the world’s maple syrup is produced in Quebec,
- in Saskatchewan a hoodie is called a bunnyhug,
- Canada is the best G20 country in the world to be a women and
- the correct number of points on a Canadian Maple leaf is 11.
Here’s a link for more trivia
On April 10, 2015 I had the opportunity to attend the World Championship Synchronized Skating Championships in Hamilton, ON Canada. It was an event that I just decided to go to a the last minute. It was a fantastic evening. There were 25 teams of 16 skaters, females and males, from 20 countries . Canada, Finland, Russia and Sweden were represented by 2 teams each. Two surprising countries in the competition where Mexico and Turkey.
I watched the short program for each of the 25 teams. A routine may consist of:
- straight line sequences,
- block pattern where they travel in a square or diamond pattern across the ice ,
- circle step sequences,
- spins in unison,
- pass through where 1 lines pass through the other line and
- many of the skating elements you have seen in other skating competitions.
It very exciting to be part of the crowd when the Canadian teams entered the arena and the crowd went wild. If you have a chance to go to a World Championship Competition for any sport go out and support the participants. I knew nothing about Synchronized Skating, I learned a lot and had a great time. The Pan Am games are coming Toronto Canada you have a chance to learn a lot and have a great time too.
A lovely spiral
Line Skating Pattern
When I was at the National Home show in Toronto last month I stopped by the Straga Products booth. www.stragaproducts.com They make lovely wooden cutting boards that can be personalized. They make great presents for weddings, birthdays, client appreciation, etc. What would you have written on your cutting board?
Personalized cutting boards make a great gift
The holiday season is here and Black Friday has come and gone and Cyber Monday is completed. Why talk about shopping now?
Do you need it or want it?
Developing good shopping habits will save you money. Now is the time of the year when you can get lots of practice developing good shopping habits.
Buying for the Wrong Reasons
- It was on sale
- Too good a bargain to pass up
- I may find a use for it some day
- Someone else I know may need it one day
- It feels good to shop
I am sure we have all experienced these reasons for purchasing items at one time or another. Usually these types of purchases are items we don’t need, use, want or even like. They cost us money, not save money. If you have made a purchase for the wrong reason, you can return it.
How to Buy
- Shop for things you need not want
- Shop for things that fit into the space you have
- Shop for things within your budget
- Determine how you will use the item
- Know where you are going to store it or display it
- When you buy something new, give something away.
I participate in Professional Organizers Blog Carnival along with many other organizers. Janet Barclay has developed this site to help people get a lot of ideas on many organizing topics. This month the blog site is about everything related to the holiday season and gift giving. I hope you enjoy reading it. Read my submission on Clutter free Gift giving. http://organizedassistant.com/?p=34727.
Everything you wanted to know about gift giving
Mind over Clutter.ca has 3 hour packages designed to help with any number of tasks in the home and office. Considering purchasing an
- Income Tax Receipt Organizing Package
- Holiday Cleanup Package
- Streamlining Your Office Package.
Packages can be designed to fit the individual needs of the person receiving the gift. Purchase your gift package in November for $120.00. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase your clutter free gift of time.
Give the gift of time
The computer swallowed Grandpa,
Yes, honestly it’s true!
· He pressed ‘control and ‘enter’
· And disappeared from view.
· It devoured him completely,
· The thought just makes me squirm.
· He must have caught a virus
· Or been eaten by a worm.
· I’ve searched through the recycle bin
· And files of every kind;
· I’ve even used the Internet,
· But nothing did I find.
· In desperation, I asked Mr. Google
· My searches to refine.
· The reply from him was negative,
· Not a thing was found ‘online.’
· So, if inside your ‘Inbox,’
·· My Grandpa you should see,
· Please ‘Copy, Scan’ and ‘Paste’ him,
· And send him back to me.
··· This is a tribute to all the Grandmas & Grandpas, Nannas & Pops, who have been fearless and learned to use the Computer………
· They are the greatest!!!
We do not stop playing because we grow old;
We grow old because we stop playing …
NEVER Be The First To Get Old!
The pastor at The First Mennonite Church in Vineland, Dr. Carol Penner, decided to donate her kidney. Her decision started a chain of 4 donors and 4 recipients. She has written about her decision in her blog at http://thefirstmennonitechurch.wordpress.com/?s=kidney