Sunday, May 23, 2010
oh hi! yes i am still here.

actually i am out there. enjoying life. just thought i would check in.
posted by Rachel at 5:28:00 PM -
Sunday, May 31, 2009
This one's for Kim.

hmmm. well it appears that i have only updated this blog once in the last year. i guess life got busy. or complicated. or both. or none of the aforementioned.

so here is an update:

life is spent enjoying my garden. i finally have a vegetable garden again with lots of space to grow stuff. this year i planted tomatoes, peppers, spinach, lettuce, mesclin, broccoli,and cauliflower.

i also have an extensive herb garden and off the top of my head i have planted: basil (2 varieties), chives, garlic, rosemary, oregano, sage, summer savory, fennel, chamomile, lavender, cat nip, mint, marjoram, lemon balm, caraway, chervil, coriander, parsley, saffron, tarragon, and thyme.

there are also apple, peach, and pear trees in the back yard so this summer/fall should be a spectacular harvest.

and to keep it all green, i picked up a composter. here are some pics of the garden. it has already doubled in size so i will try to get some newer pictures up this week.

in 3 weeks i will be going back to school to upgrade some courses and take a new credit. i am going to be going to mohawk college sept. 2010 for nursing. i have to upgrade my grade 12 english, grade 11 biology, and i need another science so i am most likely going to take chemistry. physics is the other alternative. going back to school is very exciting and i qualify for second career so my tuition and living expenses will be covered.

if you follow me on facebook you will know that i am participating in the weekend to end breast cancer. my target goal is to raise $2000.00 (but hopefully more). the past 2 weekends i have spent having yard sale fundraisers. they have been so successful that i am already at $823.00. the coolest part is a lot of the stuff i have sold have been things i have picked out of the dump (also known as dumpster diving) or donated by friends and neighbors. enjoy some pics:


i got myself a nice digital camera too and have been taking lots of pictures. my favourite is in black and white.

here are a few teasers of my nephew. i will devote a separate post just for him hopefully sometime this week.

other tidbits of info include me joining the rec center. i am swimming for exercise and i like to go for long walks. ive done a bit of running as well as there is a track a few blocks away. trying to be a vegan. almost completely vegetarian. it's hard but worth it. ultimately i think it would be great to be a raw vegan. here is a blog i really like: crazy sexy life

k thats all for now. im tired.
posted by Rachel at 10:55:00 PM -
Monday, May 18, 2009
100 Ways To Keep Yourself Happy

1. Never put yourself last.

2. When you extend a helping hand to one person, be careful not to kick someone else in the teeth.

3. Always own a pair of old, faded jeans.

4. Count your blessings every day.

5. Acknowledge your successes along with your downfalls.

6. Burn the candle that has been in storage for the last two years.

7. Strive for progress, not perfection.

8. Remember, the voice telling you that you cannot do something is always lying.

9. At least once a day sit and do nothing.

10. Don’t close your heart so tightly against life’s pain that you shut out life’s blessings.

11. Celebrate all your birthdays no matter how old you get.

12. Examine your life for limitations and ask yourself why you put them there.

13. Plant a tree, pull weeds, or get your hands dirty.

14. Diminish your wants instead of increasing your needs.

15. Cry when you feel like it.

16. Rejoice in other people’s triumphs.

17. Don’t wait for someone else to laugh or express joy.

18. Forgive yourself for any mistake you make, no matter how big or small.

19. Keep good company.

20. Never take a pill for a pain you need to feel.

21. Use your enthusiasm to put yourself in forward gear and give yourself a spark to move ahead.

22. Look in the eyes of the ones you love when you are talking to them.

23. Remember that one is a whole number.

24. Walk in a summer rain shower without an umbrella.

25. Do a kind deed for someone else.

26. Keep your eyes and ears open to get the messages you need from people and events in your daily life.

27. Be patient.

28. Eat something green.

29. Change what you can and leave the rest alone.

30. Walk hand and hand with truth.

31. Make laughter and joy a greater part of your life than anger and grief.

32. Embrace solitude instead of running from it.

33. Be zealous, not jealous.

34. Forgive anyone you’ve been holding a grudge against.

35. Slow down and enjoy the present.

36. Walk in others’ shoes before judging them.

37. Send yourself a kind message.

38. Remind yourself that the company you keep is a reflection of what you think of yourself.

39. Go on a picnic.

40. Accept your fears, no matter how crazy they seem.

41. Don’t let other people’s opinions shape who you are.

42. Say a prayer.

43. Never attribute your accomplishments to luck or chance.

44. Know when to say no.

45. Look at the positive side of negative situation.

46. Remember that you are a spiritual being in a physical body.

47. Avoid seeking out other people for constant approval, because it make them the master and you the slave.

48. Go fly a kite.

49. Avoid fads and bandwagons.

50. Accept the things you cannot change.

51. Look inside instead of outside yourself for answers to life’s problems.

52. Remember that all feelings are okay.

53. Shield yourself from bad influences.

54. Stand up for what you believe in.

55. Respect the wishes of others when they say no.

56. Seize every moment and live it fully.

57. Give away or sell anything you haven’t used in the past five years.

58. Never downgrade yourself.

59. Take responsibility for what you think, feel, and do.

60. Pamper yourself.

61. Never say or do anything abusive to a child.

62. Let yourself be God powered instead of flying solo.

63. Volunteer to help someone in need.

64. Refrain from overindulging in food, drink, and work

65. Finish unfinished business.

66. Be spontaneous.

67. Find a constructive outlet for your anger.

68. Think about abundance instead of lack, because whatever you think about expands.

69. Think of yourself as a survivor, not a victim.

70. Cuddle an animal.

71. Be open to life.

72. See success as something you already have, not something you must attain.

73. Experience the splendor and awe of a sunset.

74. When you score a base hit, don’t wish it were a home run.

75. Learn to be in the present moment.

76. Instead of believing in miracles, depend on them.

77. Take a child to the circus.

78. Change your attitude and your whole life will change.

79. Never turn your power over to another person.

80. When your heart is at odds with your head, follow your heart.

81. Always remember that the past is gone forever and the future never comes.

82. Live your life according to what is right for you.

83. Acknowledge your imperfections.

84. Plant a tree and watch it grow.

85. See “friend” instead of “enemy” on the face of strangers.

86. Watch an army of ants build their houses and cities and carry food ten times their weight.

87. Believe in something bigger than yourself.

88. Let the playful child within you come out.

89. Make haste slowly.

90. Work through your problems step by step and one day at a time.

91. Accept compliments from others so you can see the truth about yourself.

92. Sit on the lawn without worrying about grass stains.

93. Don’t condemn yourself for your imperfections.

94. Do a humility check periodically by loving the truth about yourself.

95. Tell someone you appreciate them.

96. Never live your life according to what is right for someone else.

97. Talk less and listen more.

98. Admit your wrongdoing and forgive yourself for it.

99. Thrive on inner peace instead of on crises.

100. Affirm all the good things about yourself.
posted by Rachel at 9:50:00 PM -
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Taken from my dad's website...thanks dad for doing some research for me on this film after our conversation the other night.

ZEITGEIST”…Attacks Jesus, Christianity and the Bible!


Zeitgeist is a 2 hour movie that’s been floating around the internet for some time now. The first half of the flick is an outright attack on Christianity while the remainder of the film deals with the 911 conspiracy, U.S. banking and finance as well as mind control in the United States.

Here’s the formula. You take something that sounds reasonable (and mix in a little truth). Don’t worry about backing it up, coz you’re preaching to the converted so there’s no need. Plus no one else knows anything about ancient pagan gods so who’s going to argue? Then you find references in the Bible that may support this theory.

This production is full of inaccuracies, erroneous dates and calculations, but, it is done in such a scientific and professional manner by those speaking in soft, gentle but firm voices that you can easily get sucked into their false teaching! Someone is going to have a lot to answer for in the day of the Lord!

The film Zeitgeist is the most profound anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-American government piece of propaganda I have ever seen. I find Zeitgeist difficult to counter without a tremendous amount of time, study, expense and faith. Zeitgeist challenges every single notion we hold as true and dear. Hence, I forewarn the nominal Chrisitan.

For any Christian not firmly rooted in the Word, this movie does a good job at being able to shake the very foundations of Christian faith and the validity of the Bible.

I urge you NOT to view Zeitgeist! It can and will shake your belief in Christianity. If you have watched it and have many questions about it I suggest you speak with your pastor about it and hopefully, you have one that is up to date on current issues and media productions such as Zeitgeist.

I am listing a number of links on the internet that deal with rebutting or refuting Zeitgeist from a Christian perspective.

I particularly recommend the first three links produced by Scott Johnson and can be found and downloaded at by searching for Zeitgeist.

Zeitgeist Movie Rebuttal Part 1

Zeitgeist Movie Rebuttal Part 2

Zeitgeist Movie Rebuttal Part 3

Here are some additional links that may be helpful:

Zeitgeist Refutted

Refuting Zeitgeist

Christian Forum Refuting Zeitgeist

Analysis and Response to Zeitgeist

The Debunking of Zeitgeist Mythology

If you have or are going to watch Zeitgeist, you will need the info at the above links to help you deal with what may be going through your head!

I STILL would rather you NOT see this movie. It is the best attack on Christianity by Satan that I have come across in my lifetime so far and it shook me!

The Bible tells us that in the last days even the very elect may be deceived!

Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Mat 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

Brethren, I encourage you all to stay in the Word for if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for almost anything. If you don’t know the Truth, how will you recognize the lie?

posted by Rachel at 9:21:00 PM -
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

50º Fahrenheit (10 C)
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
Canadians plant gardens.

35º Fahrenheit (1.6 C)
Italian cars won't start.
Canadians drive with the windows down.

32º Fahrenheit (0 C)
American water freezes.
Canadian water gets thicker.

0º Fahrenheit (-17.9 C)
New York City landlords finally turn on the heat.
Canadians have the last cookout of the season.

-60º Fahrenheit (-51 C)
Mt.. St. Helens freezes.
Canadian Girl Guides sell cookies door-to-door.

-100º Fahrenheit (-73 C)
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Canadians pull down their ear flaps.

-173º Fahrenheit (-114 C)
Ethyl alcohol freezes.
Canadians get frustrated when they can't thaw the keg.

-460º Fahrenheit (-273 C)
Absolute zero; all atomic motion stops.
Canadians start saying "Cold eh?"

-500º Fahrenheit
Hell freezes over.
The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.
posted by Rachel at 8:13:00 PM -
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
so what's up with me...? entire being is crying out for spring and some kind of hope...these winter blues are really getting to me.
posted by Rachel at 11:28:00 PM -
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Excerpted from an email from my dad...


Greetz family, friends and coworkers!

Some time ago I sent you an email regarding a product called MagicJack.
It as a small item that plugs into the USB port on your computer and then you take your normal Bell phone and plug the phone line cord into the Magic Jack.
You can now make any phone call including long distance calls to anywhere in Canada and the United States.
The cost of the service is $19.95 per year! You heard it correctly! $19.95 PER YEAR!
That works out to about 5 1/2 cents per day!

I ordered my MagicJack on Friday, February 1, 2008 and it arrived yesterday, Friday, February 15, 2008.
The price of the product which includes your first year's subscription is $59. including the taxes, shipping and handling.
Your one year of service starts as soon as you register the product online at which time you will also pick and receive your phone number.

The software, which by the way, is embedded right onto the MagicJack, installed effortlessly.
With great anticipation and my old Bell phone, a Nortel Vista 350, you know, the one with the big green screen, hooked into my MagicJack,
I made my first long distance phone call to my work buddy John who lives in Hamilton.
We spent an hour and a half chatting up a storm and the sound quality was excellent with no echoes, static or drop-offs.
This product is truly amazing!

No...I am not selling this thing nor am I involved with the company in any way!
I just like new technology!
I don't have a Bell line here in Elliot Lake as I always have used only my cell phone.
Since moving up to the Lake, my cell phone bills are approximately $350. per month!
I am now a fixed income guy and this is just way too expensive.
So...I took a chance on the MagicJack.
Its brand new on the market and has been getting a little air play on CNN and a few other U.S. stations.
Funny thing, MagicJack's Canadian headquarters is on Upper James Street in Hamilton, the city I just moved from!

Below are 2 links to this product, the first one their national site in the United States and the second one, the official Canadian site where you will order your product if living in Canada.

As I wrote you before, I don't generally send out this sort of stuff but this truly caught my eye!
I am totally thrilled about the product.

There is but one the company is brand new, they do not as of yet have Canadian area codes yet.
What does that mean?
MY NEW NUMBER IS 1-646-XXX-XXXX but only until MagicJack starts providing Canadian area codes.
If you see that on your call displays, fear is I!
It means you will pick an area code from anywhere in the States. I chose one from New York state and in the city of New York as well.
When I make a call to anywhere in Canada or the States, its free, aside from the $19.95 annual cost.
I can receive calls from anywhere in the world. living in Hamilton, say, calling me will be a long distance call to New York. This is temporary.
Its long distance to call me in Elliot Lake for all of you anyway.

By the way, should for example take a holiday in Panama, take your MagicJack with you and you can STILL call free to Canada and the U.s. providing your laptop has access one way or the other to internet service.
The service includes call waiting, call forwarding and voice mail.

So I told you I would send out an update once I got the you have it.
Do with the info what you will but my ANNUAL phone costs are always going to be $19.95

Gimme a ding!
posted by Rachel at 10:35:00 AM -

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