Thursday, 27 August 2009

Busy Week


Is it really a week since I last posted? I don't know where the time has gone. Earlier this week, I was surprised to discover that I have a distance learning module due for submission next week and I hadn't even started it! I don't know how I overlooked the submission date, but it came as quite a shock.

Needless to say, I have spent the entire week with my head in a book, barely coming up for air apart from when I needed to make yet another cup of tea. My head is buzzing with research articles relating to evidence-based midwifery practice.

The reason for all this feverish activity is because we are planning to escape the city for a short break ~ but I am only allowed to go if I finish my homework!

As I have so much to remember these days, I was really happy to discover these pocketcards ~ what a great idea! I could only afford to buy one set, but I have my eye on a second one for emergency skills.

Oh well, my tea break is over, so I have to get back to reading about home birth. Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Summer Storms

This has certainly been a summer for storms. July was one storm after another and I seemed to be out in most of them. Thankfully, I was safely tucked up indoors when this evening's storm hit.

We have had a day of hot and very humid weather, so the inevitable storm rolled in at around 7 p.m. The sky had looked threatening for a couple of hours before the rain started.

The photographs don't really do it justice ~ the wind was bending the tree branches and as you can see, it was so dark that the street lights came on. I tried to get some photos of the lightning, but the camera just wasn't fast enough.


The thunder has rumbled off into the distance now and all is calm.
P.S. We got off lightly ~ I heard late last night that southern Ontario was hit by numerous tornadoes, including one in Vaughan, which is just north of the city ~ many homes badly damaged.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Progress

I have spent a little time this week working on my cross-stitch. Do you remember the hole?

Now you see it....



Now you don't....

I think that I have disguised it quite well. I am so relieved that I have managed to salvage this piece because I have been working on it for a year now. I would have been devastated if I had ended up having to throw it away and start again.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Locked Out

Well, yesterday afternoon didn't go quite as expected. I had planned on doing some laundry and then putting my feet up for an hour or so in the afternoon. In fact, I had discussed this plan with my dear friend Tracy of Pink Purl earlier in the day. I went downstairs at 2 p.m. to put some towels in the dryer and when I came back up, I couldn't get in!

No, I didn't lock myself out ~ the door locked itself! We live in an apartment and I reported a faulty lock to the landlords weeks ago. They sent someone to look at it, who told me that the problem was 'cosmetic' and just a loose face-plate and therefore, nothing to worry about.

If that person had been there yesterday afternoon, I would have given him a piece of my mind! I was stuck on one side of the door and my husband was stuck on the other. We tried opening the door with a credit card (no luck!) and he pushed a key under the door for me to try from the outside. He even managed to get the handle off the inside to see if he could turn the lock, but that didn't work either. In the end, we had to call a locksmith. I spent two hours in the hallway, which was an unpleasant way to spend a hot day (no air conditioning in the hall, unlike our nice, cool apartment!) and I was hoping that rescue would arrive before I needed to use the bathroom! Typically, all the neighbours were out.

Eventually, the locksmith arrived and I had to resist virtually dragging him up the stairs. Even he couldn't get the lock to open, so there ensued a lot of noise and mess as he drilled the lock out. As my husband pointed out once we were reunited, it certainly isn't as quiet as it is on the films! He pointed out to my husband that at least he was stuck on the comfortable side of the door.

The story doesn't end there though, because then we had to pay him and we didn't have cash at home. He didn't accept Visa, so I then had to head to the bank to get some money. What an afternoon!

He did put a new lock on the door and once we managed to sort out all the keys and dispose of the old ones, we felt ready to face the world again. The only problem now is working out how on earth I get this lock open....

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Summer

It is hard to believe but we are almost half-way through August. Where has summer gone?

We had the most spectacular storm last weekend, but as the camera was in the car at the time, I didn't manage to get any photographs! There were tornado warnings issued for rural areas south-west of us, but I didn't hear of any actually touching down. The winds and rain were unbelievable gusting at 100 km/hr and the sky was pink when the lightning appeared.

It got dark about an hour before sunset and this added to the drama. Thankfully, I arrived home from work long before the worst of the storm hit. It seems that every time I venture out these days, I get soaked in the latest torrential downpour.

Speaking of work, I started a new job a couple of weeks ago, which is why my blog has been somewhat neglected. I am trying to combine working part-time and going through orientation with studying for my university course and it is all a bit too much. I feel that things will settle down once I get into some sort of a routine, but our home is neglected and the laundry is piling up; I couldn't find anything to cook for dinner last night and all I really wanted to do was put my feet up.

It looks like I am going to have to catch up with the laundry as well as doing lesson preparation for this weekend's class ~ I think that I forgot to mention that my new job involves teaching expectant parents about preparation for labour, birth and breastfeeding. This will be my first weekend of teaching on my own and some of these classes have as many as 24 participants.

I hope that your summer is going well and thank you for continuing to visit my blog. Your comments are appreciated and I will do my best to visit in return when I have a spare moment.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Back To My Roots

No matter how long I have been away, I am still drawn back to my Yorkshire roots. Whenever you tell someone in the U.K. that you are from Yorkshire, they immediately refer to images of bygone days. I remember when I returned to the north of England and my leaving card at work was full of references to flat caps, pit ponies and clogs!

Anyway, for those of you who are not from God's Own Country, as Yorkshire folk like to refer to it, I would like to bring your attention to the fact that today is Yorkshire Day. A time for celebration of all the great things about this beautiful county.

Wherever Yorkshire folk may roam in the world, they are still proud to call Yorkshire home.
Happy Yorkshire Day!