Posts Tagged ‘Girl Guides of Canada’

I’m copying someone else who is famous for this… but I think it might make me write more.

  1. My house is a mess again.  It seems to be my default position and that is fine if I want to be a hermit, but I don’t want to be a hermit.    I let the cleaning lady lapse (didn’t call her back and she has stopped calling me) and that was dumb.  I need to invite people into my house so I am honour bound to clean for them.
  2. Someone is coming over… I’ve invited a Real Estate Agent to do a property assessment for a possible sale. 
  3. Moving?!  Yes, I’m considering moving to another town in the next year. Reason 1 – Proximity to family.   For the last 18 years (!) I’ve lived at least four hours away from family and up to seven hours away.  They’ve all got families who are important to me and I’ve decided that it might be more important to be closer to them than it is to keep slogging it out where I am.  The driving factor for me is the idea that I might be 90 minutes from everyone.  I have to also realize that it also means that they’ll be 90 minutes away (and drop-ins are possible) from me.

    Reason 2 – I think I need a change.  I’m single and alone and, a bit lonesome.  Maybe a new city will goose that situation a bit. It can’t hurt, can it?  Maybe I should do something like this.  

    Reason 3 – for a number of years it has become more and more difficult to drive away from the Lake.  Every time I return to the city I spend a moment or two looking up jobs that I could do in Myhometown, Ontario.  Unfortunately the lifestyle to which I have become accustomed will not be supported by the “salary” of a seasonal DQ scooper. But there is a city within 90 minutes that has career type places to work and pools and libraries and other family members from whom advice and a possible temporary place could be got.  Thus the plan was hatched.

  4. Reactions from family have been mixed.  Some think that it is homesickness.  Some see my point completely.  Some think it would be a great upheaval.  Some think it would be a great way to upgrade my standard of living – selling the current Chez Cara will likely finance a better Chez Cara in the new city.  They all know that I’m obsessive enough to make sure I’ve researched the heck out of it before I make any decisions. 
  5. I’m almost finished an Elizabeth Zimmermann Pi shawl for a very favourite person.  My Mom’s neighbour asked for a piece of artwork.  Art to me is EZ and I hope she likes it. 
  6. I got my first Brownie Inquiry for the year. 

A Bientot.


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1. The Felted bags are now morphing back into slippers using this Martha Stewart pattern but will likely add leather bottoms (recovered from old leather goods).

2. I have lots of the tea towel toppers – I’ve been selling them at work.  Excellent prezzie for my co-Guiders, some thank you gifts, hostess gifts, and any unexpected gift opportunities.

3. A&K have asked for Wine.  Easy peasy, and inexpensive.  It is nice to have someone ask for stuff.

4. J still wants Colonade (see previous post for link).  Have purchased yarn for it with her approval.  I figured the element of surprise is good, unless you end up spending HOURS on something they never wear.  So, as J is particular, I need to consult before giving.

5. I don’t know how I’m going to fit this in, but it is so cute!  The first site has a better picture but the second one has a variety of poems that go with it.  (Snowman Soup1 Snowman Soup2 – beware the loud music though)

What’s left?  Parents need gifts – but they say they don’t need anything.  Erg.   The hat parade must start (lots of fish hats) and a few real ones.   Plus a few puppy prezzies.  First deadline is Dec 5 for a birthday.  Oh!  Mustn’t forget D on Nov 30.  I’ve got something in mind for him but it isn’t done.  Whoops.

Friday is the Science Centre sleepover for Brownies.  Of all the boneheaded ideas, why would I want to spend a night in a drafty museum with 30 kids?  (Answer – because I love these kids and they’ll have an absolute blast!  Also, if I want these kids to come camping, I need for them to try out being away from their parents).  And I can sleep on Saturday, right?

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To steal a theme from the Yarn Harlot (www.yarnharlot.ca) (she did this today).  She always makes me laugh.

1. Brownies was really good tonight.  It is another testament to planning and preparation. We did “Building Up” by making towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows.  Very fun.  It also couldn’t have happened without Snowy, Spotty, & Grey Owls and Mum J coming too.  Love them for all the support and planning they do.

2.  Next week is science experiment night.  We get to make Blue Goo.  I did remind the girls to wear play clothes.

3. I’m working at home for two days.  I could get used to this.

4. I drink way too much pop.  Diet Pepsi.

5. I need to go to the pool tomorrow.  I didn’t go today – or Saturday.  Thursday’s class is going to kill me if I don’t go tomorrow.

6. I love The Big Bang Theory.  Sheldon and Leonard make me happy.

7. I think I might sell dish cloths at work.  Is $2.50 for a crocheted dish cloth reasonable?

8. Weight Watchers is going ok, but I’m not following it as well as I should.  Chocolate cake on Monday was delicious but too many points.

9. Pictures are closer to being framed correctly.  Sigh.  Now must get guts to make holes in my walls.

10. Clothes fairy dropped off yesterday.  I love it when someone fashionable decides she doesn’t want some stuff and thinks of me.

11. Finally did the Guiding paperwork that got me the bank card.  Used it today for the first time.

12. Love the Ikea globe lights so much.  This is the little one but there is a bigger one.  I think I like the little one best.

13. Wireless isn’t working.  Works for a bit and cuts out.  Have wired the thing now, but wireless was way more convenient. Any ideas?

14. J likes Colonade for Christmas.  Must figure out colour though.  But have been wanting to give it a crack so am glad to have a giftee who will wear it.

15. Have to put a bunch of stuff in storage.

16. Am I going to the Lake on Friday?  Don’t know yet.

17. Holidays are sort of figured out.  Now if only the weather people could arrange for snow after I’m finished the drive to the lake for Christmas.  If the weather people are listening, I need a clear day on Dec 18 or 19.  That’s all.  Thanks.

Ok… that’s enough.  I’m pooped and ready for bed.  Goodnight all.

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Do you remember your Brown Owl?  If you were a Brownie as a girl, you likely have fond memories of the woman who lead your Brownie Unit.  Mine was wise, patient, imaginative, fun, musical and caring.  There were some other amazing owls too –  Tawny Owl and Snowy Owl – but I loved Brown Owl best.

Margaret Atwood sums it up better than I could in Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing (page 149)

“When I was nine, I was enrolled in a secret society, complete with special handshakes, slogans, rituals, and mottoes.  The name of this was the Brownies, and it was quite bizarre.  The little girls pretended to be fairies, gnomes and elves, and the grownup leading it was called Brown Owl.  Sadly, she did not wear an owl costume, nor did the little girls wear fairy outfits.  This was a disappointment to me, but not a fatal one. “

Margaret goes on to say that in pursuit of various badges, she ended up making little books by folding pages and sewing them together.  She then gave them to Brown Owl who, of course, liked them. Margaret Atwood had found her first audience.

“Then a few years ago a friend said to me, “Your Brown Owl is my aunt.” “Is?” I said.  “She can’t possibly be alive!”  But she was, so off we went to visit her.  She was well over ninety, but Brown Owl and I were very pleased to see each other.  After we’d had tea, she said, “I think you should have these,” and she took out the little books I had made  fifty years before – which for some reason she’d kept – and gave them back to me.  She died three days later.”

From Lady Oracle:

“It was hard to believe that an adult, older than my mother even, would actually squat on the floor and say things like, “Tu-whit, Tu-whoo” and “When Brownies make their fairy ring, They can magic everything!” Brown Owl acted as though she believed all this, and thought that we did too. This was the novelty: someone even more gullible than I was.”

And check out Cat’s Eye where Margaret’s Brown Owl is “still blowing her whistle and supervising the knot tests”.

My Brown Owl was Mrs. McRae.  At the time, I no idea what her real name was, she was just Brown Owl.   I wonder if she knows what an impact she made on me.  Because of her, I love the outdoors, pick up litter without thinking about it, I can sew, and I can light a match (one year we made a craft which required one package of matches to be burned per girl – the burnt matches were glued in a pattern of a cross for Easter – I don’t think girls today would be allowed, but it was cool to be trusted then).  Because of her example I am able to do anything, including be Brown Owl and have my own Brownie Unit.

In the words of the Brownie Story … “Twist me and turn me and show me an elf, I look in the water and there see… myself”.  Maybe I’m gullible, but I do believe in the magic of the wise old Owl.

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