Hello All!

Hi folks!

Long time no talk!

I’ve been away from the blogging scene for a while. I was actually over at Blogger for a while but I could not get the hang of it whatsoever. I’m still not sure I’ve got the hang out this either but it is definitely better.

I am hoping to be re-committed to this whole blogging deal as of right now. So all new crafts, recipes, life things, yoga things, and photography things are on their way soon!

I hope y’all stick around for a while.

Love you!

Michelle ♥

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New Project: Learning how to knit!

Hey y’all,

So I have started a new project today! I am going to teach myself to knit. In the past, I have never really been into knitting. My grandma tried to teach me when I was about ten, and I started a scarf. All I knew how to do was a simple knit stitch and I have spent the past 9 years or so working on this scarf which is about a foot long now. Today I gave up on that and used the yarn and needles I have to re-learn the basics.

So I took to Pinterest to find some tutorials and I found this link here to be very helpful and straight forward. Today I worked on casting on, re-learning the knit stitch, learning the purl stitch, and casting off. I think for the next few days I’m going to spend a bit of time practicing these basics before I attempt a real project. My first attempt went really well. I remembered the knit stitch and the purling was a little tricky but I think I got the hang of it. Casting off was definitely rough so I’m going to spend some time on that.

These are some photos of the progress I made today!

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A few rows of plain knit stitches

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Followed by a few rows of purl stitches

I’m going to post some updates of my progress and any projects I actually start! Do any of you knit? Any tips and tricks for a newbie?

Lest we forget : Remembrance Day Post

Hey y’all,

Today I thought I would share a few words because it is Remembrance Day here in Canada. Remembrance Day, celebrated on the 11th day of the 11th month, is a day to remember veterans and soldiers who have served and are still serving in our military, and armies all over the world. This tradition began at the end of the First World War and has continued ever since. Throughout our country, and other countries, ceremonies and moments of silence are being observed.

For me Remembrance Day has always been an important day. In elementary and middle school, we had ceremonies in the gymnasium with videos that always made me cry, a band last played the last post, and military members sitting along the sides. At my high school, John McCrae SS, named after the famous poet/doctor from WWI, we held a ceremony open to the whole community.

Even today, Remembrance Day is still important to me, especially with a loved one active in the military. I am still not sure about my feelings concerning today’s military and how the world works, but I do know that all active and unactive soldiers and veterans are some of the bravest people out there. So today is a day to take a moment to appreciate and remember the sacrifices they have and will continue to make in order to protect our country and people.

In Flanders Field – Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Fall Nature Photos

Hey y’all

I just wanted to share some photos I took earlier this fall when I was out on a walk with my mom. These were all taken by me, at Jack Pine Nature Trail in Ottawa, in September.

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My favourite picture ever of a chickadee with its wings out.

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Leaves changing colours.

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Red leaves.

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Chickadee.

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Blue jay at a feeder.

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Interesting plant I had never seen before, called a White Baneberry.

Thanks for looking everyone! Have a wonderful day!

Snack Time: Microwave Mug Brownies

So I have a serious sweet tooth.

If it’s not meal time, I want to be snacking on something sweet. This usually cookies or ice cream because that’s what is in the house. Sometimes, when I’m weak, I’ll buy candies or what not at the store and stash them in little containers around my room. Lately though I have discovered a new treat. Mug brownies. One day I was desperate for something and we had absolutely nothing in the house. I remembered that making brownies and cakes in the microwave was a possibility, so I started googling. The results were wonderful and it is now my go to snack. It’s delicious, quick, and the ingredients are almost always on hand.

From start to finish, the total time is not more than 5 minutes. Cooking time is only 1 minute in the microwave on high! Follow the steps below for deliciousness in a mug.

  1. Start by melting 2 tbsp. of butter/margarine in the microwave (usually about 15-20 seconds)
  2. While the butter is melting I usually start to gather my other ingredients.
  3. Once melted, add 2 tbsp. of water, a splash of vanilla, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Next stir in 2 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  5. Next up is 4 tbsp.  of sugar and 4 tbsp. of flour (heads up the flour is the hard part, I usually do 2 tbsp. at a time)
  6. Microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  7. Your brownie will look like it is not fully cooked but trust me, it probably is. (Although every microwave is different so I could be wrong)
  8. You can add another ten seconds if you like, but the bottom will start to overcook and that’s no good if you want a moist, gooey brownie.

So I hope y’all try this out next time you’re craving something sweet and chocolatey! You can always add to this. Put a scoop of ice cream on top, or some whipped cream and fruit. The options are endless!

Enjoy! have a wonderful day!

Halloween Decoration DIY

Hey y’all,

Today I wanted to share a little craft I did for Halloween. In the past, my pumpkin carving experiences have mostly been messy, frustrating, and just generally unsuccessful. So this year I decided to switch it up and try something new. I got mini pumpkins and decorated them like little spiders, bats, and mummies. No carving necessary!

Supplies needed:

  • Mini pumpkins! As many as you like (I did 6, 2 of each kind)
  • Black paint (make sure you use acrylic, I started out with kids paint that was washable and it just peeled when it dried)
  • Paint brush
  • Googly eyes
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Cardboard
  • Toilet paper, gauze, or something similar
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black marker
  1. First off I washed my pumpkins, they were a little dirty. Let them dry before trying anything.
  2. Second I painted 4 of them all black and left them to dry. Like I said before, acrylic paint works the best. Anything washable will crack when it dries and peel off, not to mention wash off if it rains.
  3. While the black ones were drying, I did the mummies. I used toilet paper because it was readily available. I used strips long enough to go around my pumpkin once, and ripped it in half longways to make it thinner. I glued these to my pumpkin. I made a small rip in the toilet paper to make room for the eyes to peak out. I glued the eyes on with hot glue and used a marker to draw on a mouth.
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  4. I cut out my bat wings from a cardboard box and painted them black, and left them to dry as well.
  5. Once the black pumpkins were dry, I used a wooden kabob skewer to poke 8 holes for the spider legs. Then stuck my pipe cleaners in. Glue on some eyes and you’re done. Add more than two to make them extra creepy.
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  6. Finally I hot glued the wings and some eyes onto the last 2 pumpkins for the bats. Note: this is tricky, I found it easiest to fill a groove in the side with hot glue and put the wing in that, as opposed to trying to glue it on the flatter/rounded parts.
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Overall this is a super easy craft! I had much more success than I have had with traditional carving in the past. There are so many different ways to approach this idea and the possibilities are really endless. It is definitely something you could do with kids as well.

Are there any certain crafts you do for Halloween? Did you do pumpkins? Let me know!

Have a wonderful day!

A Wonderful WordPress Welcome

Hi guys,

I just wanted to write up a quick post about how great the WordPress Community is. I would like to thank all those who were incredibly supportive of my blog.

The positive responses from people on here was unlike anything I’ve seen on any other social media. Usually when it comes to starting a new account of some sort, people tend to ignore what you are doing. It’s hard because you are trying to learn and figure out how the whole thing works, but people are the opposite of helpful. I have found here people welcome you with open arms and are quick to offer advice on how to make your blog successful.

Welcome to the blogosphere! I hope you have an awesome blogging adventure 🙂 – Jeyna Grace (comment on My First Blog Post!)

For anyone thinking of starting a blog, I strongly encourage you to use WordPress as your platform.

Thanks for reading, have a wonderful day!

Discovering my Fear of Heights

Recently I have discovered that I have a fear of heights. I think I have had this fear my whole life but I denied it. I think that denying actually sort of worked and helped me overcome the fear most of the time.

I always got that sort of queasy feeling whenever I was up high, like my stomach was flipping around. But in my head I would tell myself, “you’re not afraid of heights, it’s all fine”. I somehow found myself in these situations pretty often actually. My sport of choice during high school was competitive diving, which means I jumped of high towers into water. Not exactly the sport for someone who is afraid of heights, right? Whenever I got to the top of the tower my stomach flipped but I jumped anyway because if I didn’t then I failed. Even though everyone once in a while, I landed flat on my back and there was a huge smacking noise and an audible gasp from everyone on the pool deck. And for some crazy reason, you shake it off and try again.

Lately, I have taken up rock climbing. Not outside on the side of a mountain or anything, just in a climbing gym. This is where I really discovered my fear of heights. In a climbing gym, there are two “types” of climbing, bouldering which is climbing walls about 10 ft. high without a harness, or regular climbing which is with a harness where you actually climb about 50 ft. or higher. I only boulder because you need extra training to climb higher with a harness. Climbing without a harness is scary. The floor is basically crash mats but if you fall wrong you could easily still get hurt. Because the walls are relatively short, you can climb to the top and not even realize you’re that high up until you’re done. I found that while I was climbing I felt fine, but as I got over the top and was standing above, I got a fast rush of adrenaline and my hands shook and my stomach did that flippy, queasy thing. It was a great feeling and a scary feeling all at once.

It was during this time I realized that I have had a fear of heights all along. But overcoming that fear and doing these scary things is way more satisfying than simply not doing it because it’s scary and there’s a chance of falling. There is a lot more to gain than there is to lose when it comes to conquering your fears. Even if you don’t succeed the very first time, you now have a goal, something to accomplish. And even just trying the thing that is scary is a small accomplishment within itself. Doing it over and over again to improve is simply something to work at. I think this applies to almost every fear, and I understand that some fears are harder to overcome than others. But you should always at least take a step, no matter how small, toward overcoming that fear because you will always be stronger after. And when someone asks you about it, you can say you tried, even if you never plan on doing it again.

What are some of your fears? Have you tried to overcome them? What strategies work for you when it comes to dealing with your fears? Please share your opinions and experiences in the comments!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Who reading this has heard of the novel and/or movie Gone Girl? A better question is probably who has not. This bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn has swept the world these past few years and I’ve decided to do a quick review for y’all. Now I was a little late reading this book, mainly because of my lack of free time during the school year, but this summer I made time for it. I received a glowing recommendation from my mother, an avid reader, claiming this is the best book she has read in years. For those of you who have read this book, I hope you appreciate my opinion and share yours as well. If you have not read this novel, I hope my review will catch your attention and you’ll consider checking it out.

This book is written from the point of view of the two main characters Amy and Nick. They are both describing their marriage, Nick in the present, and Amy through past journal entries. From the beginning it is easy to see that there are problems in their marriage but there is a huge difference in the way these problems are explained by each party. Amy’s journal entries describe what started off as an incredibly happy couple. As time goes on it seems that Nick has lost all interest in their marriage and Amy is doing all she can to keep him happy. According to Nick’s present day descriptions, it seems that Nick is baffled by the person Amy has turned into. She is described as incredibly unfriendly, cold, and distant.

Amy and Nick are both writers and both lose their jobs due to the increase in internet media and the lack of jobs for newspaper and magazine  authors. After this, they both move back to Nick’s hometown in Missouri, a town that is going bankrupt, in part to care for Nick’s sick mother. On their 5th wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. An investigation is launched into her disappearance, and over time Nick is found to be the prime suspect. Evidence builds against Nick. Amy’s journal entries change to present day descriptions and we learn more and more about her and we realize maybe she isn’t the person we had believed her to be. Near the end of the book all the pieces begin to fall into place and we learn the truth.

This book is full of themes depicting lies, deceit, manipulation, and revenge all driven by childhood issues and dissatisfaction. Over all I found this to be a compelling and exciting mystery novel. Please share your comments and opinions on this book, I would love to hear from you. Who do you think was crazier, Amy or Nick? Who is responsible for this? Do you think Amy’s parents played a role in her behaviour?

If anyone is interested in how the author, Gillian Flynn, was able to come up with a story like this one, click here.

I’ve also read Dark Places, by the same author.  I recommend this as well. It is a short read but as a discloser, it is much darker than Gone Girl.

Thank you all for reading and I look forward to your comments. Have a wonderful day.

About me!

Hey everyone, I thought I should start off with letting you know a little bit about me.

I was born and still live in our capital, Ottawa, Ontario. I’ve spent my entire life, minus one year, in a rapidly-growing subdivision just south-west of the city. I went to elementary, middle, and high school here. I have worked my few part-time jobs here as well.

School & Work

Now I attend Algonquin College and am studying Medical Radiation Technology. A lot of people do not know what that means. Basically, I’m training to be an x-ray technologist. This means when you go to the hospital with a broken arm, I’m the person who takes pictures of it. It is a hard program, but overall, I’m excited about my career. Currently I’m in my last semester class. Starting in January I will be in my clinical placement for a year. This means actually working (for free, ugh) and applying all the things we’ve learned in class. After this is completed, we get to write an expensive certification exam. Then it’s the start of real life!

I did previously spend one year at Brock University in St. Catharines, studying Biomedical Sciences, but decided that the university life was not for me and moved back home to start the program I am in now. That is pretty much the only extended amount of time I have ever spent outside the capital region.

I’ve worked three part-time jobs so far. I worked at a fast-food burger place, a berry farm, and a seafood restaurant. All very exciting. Not really actually. Right now I’m working on getting a serving spot at my restaurant, but it is a hard battle.

Friends & Family

Basically I have my three closest friends left from high school and then a bunch of regular friends from high school, college, and work. There is also my boyfriend Matthew, whom I have been with for 2 years now. He is in the Canadian Military and currently training in Gagetown, New Brunswick. My family consists of me, my sister, and my parents, who are still married. We all live together, hopefully not for too much longer. My extended family is scattered throughout the area, but no one is more than about a 45 minute drive away which I like.

Hobbies

I enjoy reading, mainly suspenseful dramas/mysteries. I also like binge-watching TV series but I don’t have Netflix so I either do it the old fashion way aka buy the seasons on DVD, or get my boyfriend to download them for me. I’ve also started getting into photography but I’m still learning that one. Mainly I spend my time working, at school, doing homework, or trying to squeeze in time for friends and family.

So that is pretty much my life. It’s not overly exciting but I like it most of the time. Things are definitely going to be changing in the next little while so we’ll see how that goes.

Thanks for reading friends. Have a wonderful day!

PS. I’m still trying to figure this whole blogging thing out so if anyone wants to send some advice my way it would be much appreciated.