Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rolling in the dough now...

Rich I am not, from this children's book adventure I'm on. But hey, that's $4.25 I wouldn't have had if I hadn't gone on the journey! 

I'm working on more. The newest one has struck my fancy and taken over my desire to finish the second one I started. I guess there's always a fresh excitement when I first finish writing one and begin getting feedback from people. This new one will hopefully be a joint illustration venture between Thor and I. That would be amazing to have both our names on a book together. Eeeeee! 

For now, there's still Mom's Are Magic. Feel free to purchase your own copy on Amazon or CreateSpace! Every mom or expecting mom should have a copy of it, and Grandmom's should too! 

Woohoo! Still not rich though.... 

Jules :Oj

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from me to you.. from my heart to yours, dear friends. May you be blessed, loved, safe, and warm as you welcome in the new year.

 Love Jules :O) 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Funny text error...

This was texted to me by accident yesterday. I thought it was funny. Poor Willy, probably never got his message and is going to miss out on the easy hook up opportunity his friend was telling him about. I couldn't help but respond anyway, even though it wasn't meant for me.

I laughed at the "want a ride today" bit because in conjunction with the singles site, I wasn't thinking of it being a car ride. #guttermind

Jules :O)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

It's the most exhausting time of the year...

My life from October until January is always hectic and busy. I've got so much stuff to get ready for work and family. I've managed to get everything except one thing done. Here's what I've gotten done so far: 
  • Thor's birthday.
  • Foster guy's dental, ophthalmologist, hearing and annual exams all done and reported on.
  • Foster guy's annual service plan written.
  • Shovel a foot of snow. 
  • Annual service plan meeting (this is a huge deal and stressful, always).
  • Foster guy's birthday party preparations and party.
  • Travel to see Thor a couple of times.
  • My mom's birthday.
  • Shovel a foot of snow.
  • My son's birthday.
  • Christmas shopping.
  • Gift wrapping.
  • Shovel 1.5 feet of snow.
  • Tree up and house decorated to enliven the Christmas spirit. 
  • Christmas banquet to attend.
  • Work with my retail store and contractor as needed.
  • Shovel daily.
  • Attend my own medical appointments.
  • Take son to doc to assess his new med for ADD.
Things I still need to do and an quickly running out of time:
  • Send out Christmas cards. I'm afraid they're all going to be more like Happy New Year cards now.
  • Attend Ugly Christmas Sweater party.
So I guess I'd better get on the Christmas Cards. The thing is.. do I really need to send them out? Maybe just to a select few, like my Grandma, and a few elderly people in the States to let them know I'm thinking about them. I think that's what I'll do. That's easier to accomplish, rather than the 50 I send out every year, and it's much more economical. Then, to friends and cousins, I can just design my own e-card and send that out. I sort of can't wait for the new year to begin and things to settle down, with a lot less hustle and bustle and stress. 

Decision made on the card front. Julie out. 

Jules :Ophewph!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Charming Valley...

Radium. December 7th. Friendly Innkeepers. Hot Springs. No major snow. Frigid temps... but I was never really cold because I was with Thor.

Here's a photo of a deer that went walking past our mountain view window at the Inn we love to stay at (taken through the window). She was the first of her herd to walk within view and stood there for some time, ears listening intently, making sure it was safe to carry on. Later on we saw a herd much the same as this one in Invermere on our way to a local artisan's craft Christmas market, which had lots of great local talent, including a lady who hand makes jewelry out of bicycle tire tubes that was pretty interesting. This valley really does have its charms.

The people that live local to the area aren't fond of the deer, nor are they all that fond of the sheep that have made their cozy little town their home. I was at a playground where the sheep all wanted to hang around the swing set, and the Grandmother cawed and cackled and shoooed the sheep all away, cursing under her breath so her grand daughter didn't hear. But I heard. And you know what? They are doing the best they can to adapt to an area that humans overtook. An area where they once just roamed free because it was their natural habitat. So I think that if the deer and the sheep want to wander through town and nibble on a plant here and there, that's probably just their right to do so. I don't know. Maybe I'd feel differently if I lived there all the time, but to me, it's charming and seeing the wildlife always makes me smile. 

Jules :O)

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Wake up and smell the coffee...

Evidently, whether you chose light roast or dark roast coffee can affect the level of caffeine that you are drinking. The first time I had even heard of this, Thor and I were trying to check out of a motel in Radium but the clerk talked our ear off. I commented that I liked light roast coffee better, because it doesn't taste burnt to me, and she informed us that she'd heard that the lighter the roast, the higher the caffeine content, and the darker roast coffee's have less of a caffeine content.

So I decided to look it up, and it appears that it can be true. Of course, this varies with the actual quality of the bean itself and some very high quality beans aren't as likely to lose their caffeine as they are roasted. But lots of them do. And a quick side note, did you know that coffee manufacturers roast their beans to hide the crappy quality that they are, so the darker the roast, the less confidence they might have in their actual bean to begin with. This, of course, isn't always the case, but it appears it's most often the reality (aside from some totally high quality beans found around the world).

The other factor on caffeine seems to be how quickly the coffee is processed. A slow drip (conventional coffee maker) that takes longer to make will be higher in caffeine than something that spends less time in contact with the beans, such as espresso, believe it or not.

So the next time you are ordering a dark roast with a shot of espresso to stay awake, consider a nice mild light roast coffee, slow dripped, the traditional way rather than a Keurig type of thing that only takes 1 minute to brew.

Here's just one little article I read about it as I did my quick topic research. Interesting.

Jules 8O)