Sunday, November 29, 2009

Meet My Animals!

I am sure I have talked about them before, but just for fun, here are my animals!

Fleury is a 3 1/2 year old Chihuahua. Everyone wants Fleury. She is the sweetest dog in the world, she would never hurt a fly! She is gentle and quiet and great with kids. My little cousins often haul her around, and she lets them with no fuss. She is a shy dog, hard to train to do tricks, but she is very loyal. When we left for Europe she missed us so much she didn't eat properly for a while! We drove all the way to Texas for her, and she was worth every penny and minute we spend doing it. Eric has been quoted to say, if every Chihuahua was like Fleury, he wouldn't mind 10 in the house! Her breath smells bad, she she licks her feet all the time. I think she might have allergies!
Remy is a 2 1/2 year old American Kennel Club registered Chihuahua. Nobody likes him but me! He is loud, obnoxious, he looks like a gremlin and he pees on things because he is intact. Nevertheless, he is very sweet, and all he wants is someone to give him love. He is very eager to please. He is very smart and VERY easy to train. He is so tiny, just 4.5 lbs, and he lets you do almost anything to him. He doesn't like kids much, cause my brother teases him. He has the cutest prance when walked on a leash. He would probably be a great show dog! Despite all his flaws, I adore him. He is a heartbreaker! He is from a breeding in Southern Minnesota. He lives with my mom most of the time.
Finnley is a 2 year old Irish Setter. He is FULL of energy and very rambunctious! He loves attention and getting scratched. He can run for miles and not get tired. Bike rides are his favorite. He loves food and will eat almost anything. He destroys stuffed toys in seconds! He is stubborn but very intelligent (true to his breed). He loves people, and is great with kids unless they are small enough for him to knock down. He does not usually like new dogs and will sometimes try to attack them, but he is getting better at that! He hates the Chihuahuas, especially Paris and Remy, so they have to stay seperated all the time. :( I am taking him to agility now and he loves it! We got him from a breeder near Detriot Lakes, Minnesota.
Maeve is a 5 year old Irish Setter that I adopted from work. Her old owner brought her in to put her to sleep because she ran away too much and didn't like her new puppies. Well she is the best dog in the world! She tolerates the Chihuahuas being mean to her and kids tugging on her. She is very smart and easy to train. It took her a long time to build trust with us, because she had bad experiences before she came to live with us. She sometimes shies away from new people, but she is NEVER aggressive, unless she is putting Finn in his place! She had 11 puppies last year and she was a great mom!
Sevens is a 5 month old male tabby cat who I adopted from work. He is the newest addition to our family. He was supposed to be an outside cat, but he has totally stolen my heart and is mostly inside. He does go outside quite often and he loves it. He is a very cuddly cat, and loves to be held like a baby. He likes to lick noses. He and Fleury are best of friends, and play fight all the time. It is so cute to watch them. He is very picky and will only eat his own cat food, and not the dog food, which is actually really nice!
Paris is a 4 1/2 year old Chihuahua and was my wedding gift from Eric. We bought her in Minneapolis on our honeymoon. She is a great dog. She is very smart and easy to train. I am taking her to agility classes and she loves it and is really good at it. She knows lots of different tricks. She is a very sweet, loving and loyal dog. She likes to run through the bush and explore by the church and the school, even though she is not supposed to! Remy is over for a visit now, so hopefully Paris will be having babies in two months! She is a fantastic mother!
Chai is an approximatley 20 year old Quarter horse I rescued from the meat market. He was bought as company for Zaiyah, but has turned out to be a solid riding horse! We had a few issues in the beginning because all he wanted to do is go home, but now he is great! I am so grateful to have gotten him!
Zaiyah is my very first horse! She is almost 7 years old. She is very sweet and she loves people, but it takes her a while to build trust. She went for training in the spring, and was doing really well and I was loving riding her. Then we had one rough ride and I have been scared to get on her ever since. I have taken her on one trail ride since, and she was good towards the end. But I just haven't got the nerve to get back on her without Kathleen around! She is for sale now, because I need another horse I can trust as much as Chai. But then again maybe I should just keep her and ride her in the arena for a while before taking her out again! I really do love her!

Yesterdays Post!

Obviously I cannot handle posting once a day! At least I have been posting much more regularly than usual! I will do two today, even if the second may not interest you.

Yesterday I went to RABA for the first time in a long time. Kelly Ann's tap dancing group was performing there, so we went to watch. Their dance was really good! But socials and dancing are just NOT my thing, so we didn't stay late. During the day I set up a Partylite booth in Gimli at the middle school's craft fair hoping to get my name out there a little bit. I didn't sell anything, but I hope I will be getting some phone calls from there. I would really like to get my business started there. I am trying to earn the Partylite incentive trip, but I have ALOT of work to do to get there! If you can help me by having a party that would help so much!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

More Cards!

So I decided to make more Christmas cards today! I made 8, four of each kind in the picture. I love how it is not traditional Christmas colours! I made up the design myself, and I really like the way it turned out. I love stars!
Tomorrow I will be going to the a craft and trade show in Gimli to set up a Partylite booth. I hope that it can finally get my business going there! I need to expand my area!

Friday, November 27, 2009


Hehe! Forgot to post again last night! Man I am bad at this posting once a day thing! I just don't have anything interesting to post about, really!

Last night Eloa took me to a card making party at Bonnie's! It was fun, and the cards we made are so nice! It motivated me to make my own Christmas cards this year. I have all the supplies, I just have to find the time to do it! I have like 100's of dollars of Stampin' Up stuff, but because one card takes me like an hour, I rarely use it! Here is a picture of them!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Forgot to post yesterday! This is my makeup post! Yesterday I went to Curves for the firtst time in over a year! And yes, I was still paying for it *cringe*! Anyways, I am glad I went! I am going again today! I hope I can keep this up.

Last night I watched Orphan. Good movie, you should watch it! Eric and Colton watched it twice in a row, because I got home from small groups and wanted to watch it right after they finished it for the first time, and they agreed!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Christmas Decor - Sans The Tree

Here are the decorations I put up today! It's not perfect, and the tree is still missing, but it sure make it feel more like Christmas! The last picture is of my living room without flash. I love that kind of light! That alone makes it feel warm and Christmasy!

Monday, November 23, 2009

For Lack Of A Better Post

This blogging every day thing is really getting challenging! I am kind of out of interesting things to blog about!

Today I cleaning my house, hoping to decorate, but that never happened. I was going to do that and post picture of my decorated house! There goes that post idea!

I attempted to shop for high protien foods today, but that is proving QUITE the challenge. I really need to get some protien powder so I can add it to my morning smoothies and stuff! If any one has any good ideas or recipies for meals that have a balanced amount of protien and carbs I would love to know! Tofu is NOT an option however. Ew.

New Plan!

Almost forgot to post today! Not that I have much to say. I am still pretty sick, coughing like crazy, nose running like a faucet, sore throat, kinda feeling dizzy and tired. I am scared I am getting a fever, my temp is slowly going up. Last night it was 96.8 and tonight it was 97.9! I hope it doesn't go up even more!

In other news, I am starting a new health plan. I know I have tried so many things that have failed. But this time around I am going to be relying on God and not just my own strength to get me through. I will be keeping a journal and setting weekly goals for fitness and nutrition. I am also reading Thin Within again. I don't just want to get healthy, I NEED to get healthy!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Date

Yesterday I attempted to surprise Eric with a romantic getaway to Misty Lake Resort. It did not work so well. He came home about an hour and a half too early. I was planning on packing all of our stuff and dropping off the dogs at my aunties ( I was not sure how I was going to explain where they were to him though) and telling him that we were going to supper, and then once we were there telling him we were actually staying the night. Well, he saw me sneak the bag to the car. So I had to tell him we were going somewhere for night, but I would not tell him. I told him it was someplace in Winnipeg, but we were going to Misty Lake for supper cause we had gift certs for the restaurant there. But when Eric asked me to explain our plans for the next day, I said, eat breakfast, drive to the city..... oops! I could not lie my way out of that one! I had to tell him we were staying there for night! He was still pretty excited nonetheless!

Anyways, Misty Lake is a pretty nice place. We got the room with a huge Jacuzzi tub, king sized bed and a fire place! The also have two outdoor hot tubs, one indoor, and a pool. We only used one of the outdoor hot tubs because the pool was too cold! The food was pretty good in the restaurant, but not the best I have ever had! While we were there, we realized we have only done something like that ONE other time in the 4 and a bit years we have been married! Kinda sad I would say! It was money well spent though!

Today we went to the city and hung out at the forks for a bit. In the afternoon we went to see New Moon. We didn't have to wait in like and we were lucky enough to get there early to get decent seats! It was a pretty good movie. We went to Montana's for supper cause it is my favorite, then home.

Today I am pretty sick, coughing lots, runny nose, sneezing. I really thing my cold was even more aggravated by the H1N1 shot I got on Friday. I didn't want to get it, but I had to because of the turkeys. :(

Friday, November 20, 2009

All You Need Is Love

The other day at College and Career we were having a discussion. I am not sure how it started, but basically we came to the conclusion, all you need is Love. Think about it. If everyone in the world treated everyone else with Love all the time, I believe most of the world's problems would be solved. I challange you to think of a situation that could not be solved by Love? Other than illnesses/accidents of course!

What do you think?


Thanks everyone who is now following me! Makes me feel more loves! There are some suprises on there though!

Anyways, I don't have time for along post today, because it is almost 1 am! I just got back from the Lights concert in Wpg with a few of my small group girls. The concert was awesome! Lights is very good live! We had a fun time, and our car was safe. Unlike Joel & Gina's! I think it was Gina's car that got broken into and LOTS of stuff stolen including a bunch of cash! Just make me sick! I know what it is like to have your vehicle broken into!

Alright, off to bed now. I am very excited for this weekend, I have some pretty awesome things planned!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Follow Me?

I really have no clue if anyone even reads this blog anymore! I was so sketchy with updating it for a long time there, lots of you probably got bored! Plus my posts are not exactly the most thought inspiring, hence the lack of comments. Anyways, to the point. I have added a "Followers" list to my sidebar! So please go ahead and add your pretty little head to that list! Thanks!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Weather

I know, it is very cliche to talk about the weather. But how could I not! After cold, wet summer this dry and sunny November is amazing! Every day without snow is like a bonus! I am so thankful for this! I am trying to take advantage of it as much as possible, by riding and walking and doing outside chores. But I get up at sunrise and drive home from work at sundown on the days I work so the last couple days I have not really had a chance to enjoy it! I do try to go for one or two short walking during the day while I am at work, either to the store or to get the mail. I am really hoping for a green Christmas, or at least green right up to it! It will make this winter seem alot shorter! I wouldn't be suprised if it didn't snow at all this winter. Of course, the one year we finally decide to invest in some winter tires!!!

Roger's Video Direct

I have been meaning to post about this for a while, but every time I started I went back to the site to check out the plan, and ended up chaning my plan twice!

Roger's Video Direct is an online movie rental store, and I LOVE it! The movies come straight to your mailbox, and they each come with a prepaid return envelope! You pay a flat rate per month, depending on what plan you choose. You can keep the videos for as long as you want, and there is no late fees. That is why I really wanted to do something like this, because our late fees at D&T's was over $100 once!! We just cannot get the movies back on time! We either forget or don't want to make the extra trip to town. We have for sure saved lots of money doing this!

We started out with a 2 DVD at a time plan, but I found it was too long of a wait between DVDs. Probably a week and a half at the most. And when you are paying monthly, you want to get as many DVDs at a time. On that plan you could get unlimited DVDs per month. So I upgraded to the 3 DVD at a time plan, and that one worked really well. We usually always had a DVD unwatched, or else one was on the way. The most we had to wait was 2-3 days between DVDs. That plan was also unlimited DVDs per month.

Then I was about to blog about it, and when to check out the plans and realized the 4 DVDs at a time plan was the same price as the 3 DVDs, but you could only get 11 DVDs per month. So I checked my sales history and saw that it was only possible to get 7 or 8 DVDs a month with the 3 DVD plan, so I might as well go with the 4 DVD plan! At least it would be even less time between DVDs. And actually I have found we usually have 1 or 2 DVDs sitting around waiting to be watched with that plan! I am very happy with it.

If you want, you can exceed the 11 DVDs a month (in a billing period), but you will pay a bit extra. Also, the DVDs are shipped off a list that you make. You can rank them with the ones you want to see sooner, and they usually ship the highest available title off you list.

You can rent Seasons of TV shows off there, which is what we have done ALOT of! Now we don't have to go and spend the 50 bucks per season but we can still catch up on a lot of shows!

Also, if you indicate online that you have sent a DVD back, they will send you a "refill", which means they will send you another DVD before the recieve the other one! You only get one refill at a time. And if you REALLY want to see a movie, you can rent it for $5 over and above the cost of your plan. And they will send it out to you right away.

I am very happy with them. They have really thought of everything! There is an awesome selection and it will really save you money if you rent alot of movies (or forget to take them back!). They have a two week free trial!

I Forgot Again!

I realize I am totally not doing the blogging once a day thing! Oops! I have just been so busy this weekend!! I worked on Saturday and then had my brothers birthday party. Then he stayed at my place for night. Sunday morning I went out to the island for a Partylite show in the afternoon. It went AWESOME! Eric came out with me and we stayed overnight. We came back today around lunch. I totally forgot about my massage appointment in the morning, which sucks! That is like 25 bucks down the drain! And my shoulder is going to be killing me. That is about it for an update. I am still planning to do the extra posts to make up for the days I missed!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Self Dye

My beautiful blue faded out to this yucky greenish yellow, so I bought some purple dye and did it myself! I love the way it turned out! It doesn't stand out too much, which I love. And now when it fades, I can retouch it myself! It was so easy to do! Probably took me 20-25 minutes!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Flowers for me!

Yesterday was a nice day off. It was gorgeous out, so in the afternoon I went for a ride on Chai, and ran into Kathleen and Madison on the road! They allowed me to ride with them for the remainder of their ride! That is the last bit of riding I will get in until at least Monday! I am so thankful for this nice weather! Being November, I am very grateful for every day we have without snow! It is a gift! I would be glad if we had no snow for Christmas! I have never experience a "green" Christmas that I remember!

Today I had a really rough day. I was just down all day, and for the last couple days actually. I barely got to see Eric let alone talk to him about how I was feeling. Not that I needed to. When I got home from work today supper was basically ready and he had flowers waiting for me on the table! I guess he just knew thats what I needed this week! I LOVE HIM!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Partylite Fundraising! Interested?

To whom it may concern:
Hello! I am very excited to present to you Partylite’s fabulous new Fundraising Program! It is simple, easy to use and profitable. Your organization will receive 35% profit on all sales!

Crafted exclusively of highly refined paraffin, Partylite is focused on creating the highest quality candle possible. Additionally, Partylite wicks are lead-free, ensuring a clean burn and maximum performance. Partylite has been in Canada for 17 years, and is well known for its quality candles and delicious scents.

I have included a sample order form for you to see. There are two types of products available, Mini Barrel Jars and Bestburn Tins. They come in a set of two for $18, which is an incredible value. In our catalog two Mini Barrel jars would cost $25 and Bestburn Tins usually cost $20 for a set of two when available. There is four sets of each available for a total of 8 different sets in our 8 most popular scents to choose from.

This fundraiser is great for organizations and projects big or small. Here are some examples of what your group can do. We will use 10 sets per seller as an average, but there are no limits to what you can achieve!

- 20 Sellers x 10 sets = 200 sets x $18 = $3600 in sales x 35% profit = $1260
- 50 Sellers x 10 sets = 500 sets x $18 = $9000 in sales x 35% profit = $3150
- 100 Sellers x 10 sets =1000 sets x $18 = $18,000 in sales x 35% profit = $6300
- 150 Sellers x 10 sets = 1500 sets x $18 = $27,000 in sales x 35% profit = $9450
- 200 Sellers x 10 sets = 2000 sets x $18 = $36,000 in sales x 35% profit = $12,600

As an incentive to your sellers, once your organization reaches sales of 300 sets, I will give an 8GB Ipod Nano to the highest seller. If you reach 600 sets, I will also offer an 8GB Ipod Touch to the highest seller and an 8GB Ipod Nano to the second highest seller. Reach 1500 sets I will give the highest seller a choice of a Nintendo Wii, 8GB Ipod Touch or the 8GB Ipod Nano, with the second and third highest sellers getting the remaining prizes!

Each order form has room for 14 customers. I would recommend at least 2 order forms per seller + 50. Orders can be shipped directly to each individual seller, who then can deliver the products to their customers. Please contact me if you have any questions and to schedule your fundraiser! Now is the time to start, as these sets make great Christmas gifts!

Lindsey Dueck

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I realize I forgot to post on Sunday. And yesterdays was kinda cheap. So I will do two today! Or tomorrow.

Sunday was mostly spent with family, eating, walking in the bush, knitting, hanging out. Monday I went to see Cam speak in the high school. Then I had a bunch of business stuff to do in town and a Partylite order to unpack. Also I had to drop some stuff off in Arborg and work for an hour to train the new girls in the Arborg clinic. Then I was off to the city for a Partylite meeting in the nicest neighboorhood in Winnipeg. That is where the picture of the house is from. I know it was hard to see, but that is the house of the first Partylite consultant in Winnipeg. SO BIG and so gorgeous inside! I had a really good meeting, got lots of good idea. Learnt LOTS about our new fundraising program. It is actually quite awesome! The group gets 35% of sales, and it is a very simple and streamlined program. If you know anyone that needs to do some fundraising, let me know! The product that is sold is actually cheaper than in the catalog! It really is a great deal!

Monday, November 09, 2009

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Saturday, November 07, 2009


This morning I work up at the Brandt's house. We had a really fun small groups sleep over, but I am sad Megan couldn't make it. We had a tonne of amazing food, because Luella is an amazing cook! My tire was flat again. Stan changed it for me cause I am pathetic. I left at around 12:30.

At home I fed the horses and started brushing Chai for a ride while he ate. But then Zaiyah came up and was staring at me cause she wanted to be brushed too. She is so much easier to brush that Chai. Her coat is silky and smooth and easy to get the dirt out. Chai's is long, curly, dry and discoloured and the dirt gets stuck right in there and it is hard to get it out. They are both starting to grow their fuzzy winter coats, but I think I need to get Chai checked for Cushings. He does had a few patches of soft fuzzy hair that he didn't have before, so I have hope that with the vitamins and good food and deworming he is getting his coat will shed out in the spring to reveal a nice one!

I took Chai on the ride, but I really wanted to take Zaiyah. I am considering finding some boards around the farm and finishing off my arena this weekend so I can finally ride in it and get back on Zaiyah. It was quite the interesting ride! Kathleen's horse Pizzaz got spooked after he let out a huge fart and she got tossed off. Pizzaz turned around and started galloping home. Both Jared and my horses also turned around galloping behind Pizzaz. I could not get Chai to stop for a long time. Jared was far ahead of me and he caught Pizzaz and walked him back to Kathleen. Thank God she was ok!

When I got home Eric and I took the Irish Setters for a walk. They pull SO much! But it was great for them to do something different and get some exercise. And of course it was good for us too! We are trying to go for more walks and exercise more. I really need to get healthy already!

Friday, November 06, 2009


Ok, this is going to be a lame post cause I don't have much time today!

Today had an interesting mix of events. I went to a funeral, a pig butchering, a Partylite show and now I am off to a small groups sleep over. It is a busy day. I am so glad I only work three days a week. The two extra days I have up fill up so fast. I feel like my head is all over the place. Gotta go before the sorbet melts in the car!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Donut Driving

We just got our tire fixed 3 days ago. Today Eric came to work with me in the morning cause we were going to the city at 12. It was really nice to have him there, he helped me with lots of stuff. He even got to watch a spay! We had a really busy morning, and I didn't get all the stuff done I wanted to.

Our tire was low when we got to the city, so we went to super lube where they gave us a paper while waiting and filled up our tires for free. So really, the paid us to fill our tires! Hehe.

About 2 hours the tire was flat again, so we put our spare on. Now we have to drive 80 all the way home and it sucks. But as the always look on the bright side Eric says, at least we don't have to get stuck behind sickeningly slow drivers, because we are them!
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

A Wednesday.

Today was a very busy day. We had a bunch of surgeries today, which included a cystotomy, a femoral head ostectomy and lumpectomy. For the cystotomy, we opened up the bladder and cut out a funny looking tumor from a dog. The femoral head ostectomy is where you cut off the head of the femur and a bit of the end of it. In this case, the femur was broken high up to the pelvis so we just removed the broken part. It sounds barbaric, but it actually heals quite well and the dog goes on to have a relativly normal life. A lumpectomy is a lump removal, we took two off a Lab today. I also had to do a dental cleaning on a cat. Sugeries were not done till 2, and I quickly inhaled my lunch somewhere in between. I actually remained quite relaxed though, despite all the busyness!

After work I took Paris to her first Novice agility class. She is doing quite well! I am excited to be taking her again. She is so good at it and she loves it!

Then we had youth, which was lots of fun! I love youth, the kids are awesome. Then I went over to Kelly Ann's and we finished watching America's Next Top Model together seeing as how I deserted her yesterday for 90210. Tomorrow I am going to the city, hopefully Eric is coming with me and we can make some sort of date out of it! :)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

16 Minutes

Paris' Agility Classes
I have 16 minutes to blog today! Oops! I have been a slack blogger in the last couple months. To be honest I have another blog I have been focusing on. Maybe I will share it with you one day! But not today.

Today was day 2 of Finn's agility classes, and he was awesome. He stayed focused on me the whole time! And he didn't try to start a fight! I really think it was because we worked with him at home this week. We just need to keep it up. There is a good dog somewhere inside of him!

I started knitting socks today. I have about a 1/4 inch done. I was working in mittens but I borrowed some of the needles I need for those to Kathleen, and Eloa bought me this awesome sock yarn I am excited to try! I love knitting. I love knitting more than just a garter stitch scarf!
Here are the three sizes of mittens I have made. They are Children's small, medium and large:

Monday, November 02, 2009


I really love Daylight Savings Time in the Fall. It is so nice to feel like you got an extra hour of sleep and wake up and feel refreshed! This morning Eloa called and informed me she was coming over to help me out with stuff around the house. So I had to swallow my pride and accept her offer because let's face it, my house is disgusting. It was really nice to have her help, she kept me motivated to keep cleaning. Lately I have been having alot of trouble getting motivated to clean my house. I just don't know where to start. And when I finally get around to cleaning something, it seems it is a mess again 15 seconds later! I keep saying a need a week off to clean my house, but I most likely use none of that time for cleaning!

In other news, I have added a few more blogs to my list, check them out!

Saturday our youth group put on a Fall Family Fun Festival, and it turned out really well! Alot of people showed up and I was blown away by the donations for silent auction and candy that we recieved. It was definately a success, we even ended up making some money from it. It seemed like people really enjoyed it. We have cotton candy, caramel apples, popcorn and other food, about 15 penny carnival type games, pumpkin carving contest and a few other things!

Also, I am pretty sure I don't know how to use a "."! I just had to go back in the last couple paragraphs and replace a bunch of "!" with "." because let's be honest. I am not that excited or suprised all the time.

Sunday, November 01, 2009


So I have joined National Blog Posting Month. Click Here to get more info, maybe this will help get back into a blogging grove!
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