A Letter

Today’s Prompt: Write a letter to someone, anyone.

Dear (you know who you are),

I went through some pretty dark times over the past several years. I really struggled quite a lot. I was struggling with things I didn’t even know we’re things at the time. You were there for me always. You were always there to lend support in any way you could, to share kind words, or even to just quietly listen if that was what I needed. During those years, when I was losing myself, you helped me to not lose myself completely. 

And now that those times have passed, though I still struggle just the same, you’re still always there. And I want to say thank you and I love you. I hope I have been as much a support for you as you have been for me. 

                      Much love,




On Wednesday night, there was a bit of excitement happening! A friend of mine and I went to a concert. The concert was Marianas Trench, with Walk Off the Earth opening, as well as a new artist names Keiran something-or-other….. I can’t remember his last name for the life of me. It was a GREAT time aside form a minor hiccup between acts which we won’t get into. It was a lot of fun, and we danced the night away. They put on a fantastic show. Here’s a little photo story to tell you about it!

Waiting for things to start
The main opener, Walk Off the Earth. An awesome Canadian band, who are SO much fun to watch live!
First song for Marianas Trench: Astoria, from their newest album of the same name.
Josh Ramsey, lead singer of the band, performed a song on piano at the back of the stadium. It made every seat in the house a great seat!
He even came up into our section!
And things got a little bit wild!

It was a great night, and a fun thing to do on a week night. I didn’t even suffer too much the next day at work.

Happy Easter 2012

Happy Easter folks! And what an eventful Easter weekend it has been…at least for me! It all began on Friday… (fade out to flashback ;))

Friday was a quiet family dinner. Nothing too exciting but it was a good evening with my family nonetheless. I love family time. It was very much a “feel good” evening!

On Saturday, it was a much anticipated day spent with my best friend. We met up at my place around noon and then just went gallivanting about the area basically. We made a stop in Talbotville at Picard’s Peanuts… Drove around the great metropolitan city of St. Thomas… Checked out Family Flowers, a local greenhouse and nursery just east of St. Thomas… Made a much talked about stop at Anything Used (a super cool store in Sparta, that is pretty much a big curiosities shop) and bought some Sparta Country Candles. It was a lot of fun and it was a much needed day out. I even had the opportunity for some photo practice at Family Flowers. Here are some of the best shots I got that day:

Greenhouse Outing
A cute little succulent! I can't remember what it's called...
Greenhouse Outing
A cactus planted in a wagon wheel
Greenhouse Outing
A cute little cactus... I want to buy one of these!
Greenhouse Outing
I love this colour. So vibrant!
Greenhouse Outing
Can't go wrong with red either

The entire day was great in general. Once we were done in Sparta, we headed to my mom’s as part of the plan was to drop me off there as I was staying the night. Bestie headed home, and my sister was kind enough to treat us all to pizza and wings for dinner. It was pretty tasty I must admit. It was hard not to stuff myself too full! Once we had recovered from dinner, all 4 of us (my mom, stepdad, sister and myself) all went for a walk across town to the coffee shop. It was quite an enjoyable walk…until the return trip… On the walk back to the house, we took a different route… the “scenic route” as the town calls it. We were walking into the park, and somehow I managed to twist my ankle and fell. Did quite a number on my ankle and spent the rest of the night icing it :S

Oh dear
Not fun!

Sunday was the “big” family dinner. I was able to walk the next day so that was pretty good. We made our way out to Grandma’s and were treated to an amazing dinner as can only be expected at Grandma’s house. The table was Easter themed too!

WOW Easter Dinner!

It was fun spending the afternoon with the whole family, but I was more than happy to be heading home after it was all over. It was also not quite as good as it could have been because Jay had to work the weekend as usual regardless of the holiday. Sadly, everything was back to business as usual today: job hunting. Received some not-so-good news on the job front. I just have to keep moving on and looking for work. Gotta keep on being optimistic!

All-in-all, it was a very satisfying and fun Easter weekend. Now if only my ankle would heal…

Wonder Bookmark – Finished!

So I have managed to accomplish one of my goals for this weekend. I have finished wonder bookmark! I am really loving how it turned out with the colour changes I made.

Wonder bookmark all finished!

It is missing all the french knots, but this is simply because no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t seem to get them right. Seems that I need a lot more practice with them! On the plus side, I did manage to make a few successfully. That’s a step in the right direction considering last time I tried I couldn’t make a single one!

One of my favourite parts about this piece was all the backstitching detail. I think it really makes it extra beautiful.

Wonder bookmark

I now have this finished bookmark all packaged away to be mailed to a very close friend. I can’t wait for her to get it! I hope she loves it! (It’s a bit of a surprise).

Not sure if I will start it tonight or wait until tomorrow, but the Vintage Colt by Glenniz on Etsy is next! I will be stitching it on the same fabric I stitched this bookmark: 18 count Aida in Oatmeal because I am totally in love with it 🙂

In anticipation of my next TUSAL post, I am finding that my original plan of collecting all of my ORT’s continuously throughout the year isn’t working so well! I will have to a) find a bigger jar, or b) collect my ORT’s one month at a time. This is yet to be determined but I imagine I will figure it out by March I! We shall see… 😉