Not Even a Touch

I don’t have much to share as there was not even a touch of excitement to my day. I have slept for most of it, again!

It has taken me absolutely all day, but I finally have clean sheets on my bed and have showered. My grandma always used to say that when you didn’t feel well you should shower and get dressed and make yourself look good and you would then feel good. I’m not sure if a shower and fresh sheets have that power, but hopefully they will work a miraculous recovery!

My friend and Mom both asked if I was knitting or reading, when I said no, they both came to the conclusion that I am really sick. 🤣 A very interesting ruler for sickness!

Well I hope everyone is healthier than me!

Have fun!



🎼Are You Sleeping? Yes I am🎼

I literally did not wake up until 10:30 this morning. It felt so good to finally sleep! I have spent all but two hours of this day asleep so I don’t have much to say.


Yesterday I finished the latest book I had gotten from NetGalley, Stay With Me by Jules Bennett.

This book tells the story of Olivia and Jackson. It is not part of the Monroe Brothers series, but is definitely a worthy addition to Haven. Olivia and Jackson knew each other from her dad’s airport as kids, but she moved away with her mom and never came back until she needs to deal with the fact her father left her half of the airport, and Jackson got the other half.

I read this book in one day as I couldn’t put it down! I liked how once again there’s a strong friendship storyline in this book, though with three men and three women, I guess we can see where Bennett is going with this. I liked how it was more than just a basic will they get together storyline, the airport and the decisions around it, has a big presence throughout the book. Olivia and Jackson both seem very realistic to me. Olivia wants to get in and out of Haven and doesn’t really want to deal with her emotions, while Jackson has cut himself off Ashe doesn’t plan to be hurt again or to let his family be put in that position either. I also liked the fact that Olivia is five years older than Jackson.

I think anyone who enjoyed the Monroe brothers series will equally enjoy the start of this new series. As well, anyone who likes small town romances. It would also intrigue someone who is looking for an older woman, younger man romance.

Thank you to NetGalley for the free advanced copy in return for my honest review.

I am now reading The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn. I’ll let you know how it is.


I haven’t touched my knitting today:(

I hope you all have done more than me today!

Have fun!


The Children Got Me!

Exercise: Nil.

At about 3am I texted my running buddies to tell them I wouldn’t be showing up today. I finally had to admit that I am sick:(

I ran across the street this morning for some oranges and chicken noodle soup and ended up having to buy the ingredients and make my own soup as they didn’t have any gluten free and dairy free. I really dislike food allergies when I’m sick and just want to lay on the couch. To add insult to injury I realized when I got home that I paid twice for the chicken:(


I have had many naps today and don’t really last too long on my feet, but managed to get the chicken noodle soup made for lunch and some cranberry orange upside down muffins made and frozen for my recess snacks this week. Yes, I am trying to lose these five pounds, but I know myself well enough to know that if I deny all treats, I’ll just go crazy one day. One small muffin a day should do the trick!

This muffin recipe was again from my The Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread recipe book. It was quite easy and quick and they taste delicious. I really love how these cookbooks also give the calorie count for the treats too.

I just probably wouldn’t serve these for a special Christmas morning as they didn’t come easily out of the pan and so weren’t as pretty as o guess they could be.


I finished my socks a couple of days ago and unfortunately still had some of my New Hampshire yarn left, so… what to make with it to use it up? I decided on mitts but tried two different patterns with no success. Nothing But Knit has recommended the recent sock pattern to me that I loved so I decided to ask her if she knew of a mitt pattern. She suggested the World’s Easiest Mitts by Tin Can Knits. I have now finished one mitt and can say I’m loving this pattern. It comes in many sizes and for all different weights of yarn. Thank you Nothing But Knit!!! I think you just became my knitting pattern advisory board as you’re two for two, though I should probably learn your name🤣

Hopefully the second mitt will get done tomorrow!

I have so many things in mind for after that, such as a heating pad cover, another pair of socks and now I need to get something for a baby done by next Sunday!


I have made good progress on listening to Wives and Daughters with all the knitting, but have also managed to read two other books too. That’s what happens when you can’t breathe so you can’t sleep.

I grabbed this book off the pile under my desk. I had read it years ago, but reread it today. I enjoyed three of the four stories and think the last was my favourite. I was expecting the stories to be connected in some way, but they weren’t. It was okay with me and I think anyone who enjoys historical romance would enjoy it.

I also read this book which is the story of bubbly Valerie Carmichael who has crushed on her older brother’s best friend Logan Mathis her whole life. He comes back to town and opens a bar and Valerie ends up working for him.

This book pretty closely followed the typical older brother’s friend crush plot line with the necessary blowup at the end. I did feel as though the male character really needed to be fleshed out more and both characters did stupid things that drive me crazy. It was a light, quick read but didn’t stray too far from the stereotypical romance lines:(

Now I am halfway through another book from NetGalley.

Well I’m exhausted just from typing this so I’m going back to sleep.

Have fun!


Not Quite Right


I got up this morning and dragged myself out for a run. I wasn’t feeling quite myself but figured fresh air would help. My plan was to go out the opposite way so my run would be more than my usual thirty minute loop, but not my ten in route. I just got into the trail when Runkeeper paused the workout. When it had done so twice more within five minutes and then told me I had run 2.2km in those five minutes, I gave up, erased the workout and went to fix the settings. I started up again, only to have my shoelace come untied, just got back running and the other came undone. I figured the third time was the charm and I would help it out by turning and doing my usual route- it was better than nothing. Right after that I slipped and slid across the leftover ice, straight into the puddle. I was obviously being told something so at this point, I went home. I figured I would try again later, but that didn’t happen so I guess today is my rest day. It seems such a waste as the day started like this, but turned out beautifully!.


I had decided that as I had no commitments and it wasn’t snowing, today I would go to the bakery three towns over and have a dairy free, gluten free cinnamon bun. I saw them at the GF Expo and have been trying to get there ever since. It took about forty minutes to get there, and I was almost drooling by the time I got there.

Of course, life isn’t that easy today. I walked in and asked for the gluten free, dairy free cinnamon bun only to be told that they are a special order item. I was so upset!!! I’ve been thinking about this for months! I ended up with a dumb maple blueberry scone that was too sweet. Zena’s Gluten Free Bakery, I’m not happy with you!


I finished Fast Burn by Loti Foster today. Thank you to Net Galley for the free advanced copy in return for an honest review:)

I ended up enjoying this book very much. At the beginning I was annoyed with Sahara Silver. She thought she could say whatever she wanted just because she was the boss? She thought it was important for bodyguards to be sexy?? Ugh annoying. However, Lori Foster once again won me over. I came to know Sahara Silver and Brand Berry as complex characters who I wanted to see succeed in their relationship and their problems. Just when I was starting to doubt the friend dynamic in the book, Loti brought in some social time between the fighters, their wives and Sahara and Brand and made me a happy reader. The book is full of twists and turns and complex situations so even when you get a glimpse or an idea about something, there’s still a surprise around the corner. Another great Loti Foster Read! Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I have since almost finished another book, but I’ll tell you about it tomorrow. I have a few pages left to read.


Ever since I read a blog post last week about blueberry scones, I’ve been wanting one and after this morning’s fiasco I figured I could do better. I used this recipe from the Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread

The only change I made was to use buckwheat flour instead of quinoa and they turned out really well. Too well almost as I had one for lunch and another for dinner. I’m going to turn into a scone if I keep this up!!!


The best thing about my day is that my feet have been warm in my new socks all day. I have casted on my next project which I’ll share tomorrow. I have also gotten seven more yarns put into my Ravelry stash today. I love having my Yarns in there as then when I look at patterns on Ravelry it tells me which yarns I have that will work for the pattern:)

Have fun!



A much calmer day than yesterday:)


My day was quieter and calmer today but that might be because I only had fifteen children today! I don’t think I’ve ever had that small of a class before! It was quite lovely!

The highlight of my day was the success of one little boy. My carpet roller who just cannot sit still on the carpet was moved to a chair today. It was amazing! I spoke to the children this morning to explain that he wasn’t in trouble and we talked about how I do different things for different people- some get extra reading help, some work on being quicker, etc and this little guy sits in a chair rather than on the carpet. He’s an angel on the chair, or at least today he was, and I’ll take it!!! It made such a difference to the day!

We did word practice, analyses our box and drew it this morning (the start of the box project), did a math drill, learned to count back to subtract, and made First Nation moons in art. The math was actually the highlight for a lot of the children as we used the smartboard!! Amazing, how little it takes to make them excited sometimes🤣


After work, I headed over to see my nephew. My brother arrived home exhausted so I took my nephew out for about forty five minutes to give my brother a break. What do you do with a ten year old who doesn’t say what he wants to do….

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 He’s the perfect excuse for my bad habits:)


I arrived home and really didn’t want to exercise at all. I thought I should go for a run as it was still daylight but the motivation wasn’t there. I sent this to my mom and she reminded me I would love myself after I ran. I was having an amazing run and felt really fast, but of course my phone had died by then.😏😞🤣. I at least got smart enough to manually enter the time and distance that I did after it stopped, but I’ll never know how fast I was flying:(

I guess I really should call my service provider next week and find out what they can offer me:(

Oh yes I also got an email about the updated race events in my area this year. It’s nice it was also offered in map form this time. There happens to be a race in April and one in June that are on routes I do regularly so I’m thinking those might be the two for me to try🤔


My goal was to finish the next kids book club book by Sunday, but I managed to read it in a day!

It was a quick and good read. A little mysterious and I know it has a moral, but I couldn’t tell you what it is. It has a death and a magic wardrobe in it, so I probably wouldn’t go younger than nine or ten on this one.


I managed to finish my Socks last night!🎉🎊. I love them! The rose city roller pattern on Ravelry was very easy to follow and they provided a great fit for me:). I didn’t love how they Madeleine Tosh light merino kept splitting on me, even though I was being super careful! I will definitely be getting lots of use out of my New Hampshire socks and even better I got them entered into the newest HPKCHC quidditch match:)

Unfortunately I have lots of this yarn left, so I think I’m going to cast on a pair of mitts. I found a kid pattern to try, but it is driving me crazy already so if anyone has a suggestion, I would love to hear it!

Well I’m boiling eggs and making chicken stock out of my chicken from this past week, so I’m off.

Have fun!


A Mixed Up Day

It wasn’t bad, but I felt like I was continually changing things at work. Here’s a picture though to prove we actually had blue sky and sunshine and most of the snow is gone:)🎊🎉


I was in charge today and with our secretary away, it meant getting to school early and making sure that everything was alright. It appeared to be. My co teacher and I planned and then once the children came in, the day went sideways. We had a parent talk this morning for which we had tech problems and then the kids weren’t understanding her big words like analysis so they were squirmy! My volunteer came in and was reading with the children so I had to change around my math lesson, but then I thought we were starting the box project with the other grade ones so I stopped doing math, but then it turned out we weren’t. So we did our planners at that point as we were still missing some children. Then I ended up having a meeting that took up my entire prep:(. We then had another parent talk with more tech problems and the parent gave out pens during the presentation so the children just played with those and broke them and then they all wanted new ones:(. At this point it was the end of the day and we hadn’t even done our monthly jobs such as the home reading draw, changing desks, counting group points, making new group posters, so we did that instead of starting the box project. I guess we’ll start that tomorrow. Oh and let’s not forget the fact that I had toys from a parent to hand out. Don’t even get me started on that!!!! Grrrr😖

It was just a nutty day!

Book club:

I was glad to escape at three o’clock and go to the school book club:). We didn’t so much discuss the book, Miss Bixby’s Last Day, so much as we just discussed what genre of books the children enjoyed. It was such a neat discussion and I love being able to have those conversations with the older children.

I had to prep for next week so do didn’t get home until I had just enough time to change:(


It was athletic yoga tonight and wouldn’t you know it- she emphasized abs. Almost every single exercise was ab centred. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that sick in a class before:(

I know that my colleague has signed up for the class again, but at this point I am thinking I might just get a pass to the rec centre and go to regular yoga classes as I feel like I need more stretching than anything. I already do weights at least twice a week, if not more! Maybe I’ll see if Lyndsay wants to do it too:)


I am drinking the Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea tonight. I got it to try for helping with my stomach and so far I’m really enjoying it. The peppermint actually nicely compliments the green tea base.


I forgot to pack my knitting for work today so I am on the couch now and ready to power through these last 33 rows so I can wear these socks tomorrow!

I’m off to knit as fast as possible🤣

Have fun!



Hi all, sorry there was no post last night. For some reason I was so tired that after knit night, I just fell asleep:( on the couch no less!

I’ll give you a quick recap of yesterday and promise to have a post up tonight!


It was a bit of a mad dash as every available second I was working on my report cards. We did have an amazing morning though where my students worked on their journals about snow so quietly!  We actually even got to have an author’s chair after, first time all year!

I had not planned much math as we were supposed to have a visit from the local librarian, unfortunately, she was super late getting to my room so we only got a ten minute talk:(

The afternoon my students loved – silent reading, gym and centres.  I got my report cards finished and submitted during this time, so we were all happy!

I’m having problems with two little boys in my class whose behaviour is just not right for going into grade two. I think one’s problem is that he just got back from a skiing trip on Tuesday and the other’s problem is that he leaves Saturday for a trip to London.  I’m trying to be patient and understanding, but they are driving me crazy!  In good news though, another boy who is working on not being last to do things, is doing fabulous!


I had bootcamp after school.  I laughed when I saw how many ab exercises there were when my stomach is still hurting from Monday’s dairy incident.  We did pike sliders, slider pushups to knee tucks, frogger jumps, lateral and front raises, plank leg lift and v-sit, uppercuts, squat and walk with a band, tricep kickbacks, running, bicycles, squat with a side leg lift, torso rotations, speed skaters, and probably some more that I have blocked!

It was still a good workout and I really felt the torso rotations with holding the medicine ball!


Last night was knit night and it was great to finally have the chance to have it again as we have been snowed out the past couple of weeks.  I worked on my second sock and am to the point where I only have forty five easy rows left. As I write this, I hope I put it in my bag to work on at lunch!

Well, I have to get back to work, I’ll talk to you all later!


Have fun!


Almost Starting Over

Just when I thought I was done and going to celebrate, I realize I’m not:(


Today started off neat with a high school teacher coming to tell us about the differences between teaching high school and elementary. Smart woman, she brought pictures of a locker for the kids to decorate and they loved it!!!

We had another math drill, Library time, silent reading and science. We introduced our last element of the animals in winter unit- adaptations. The students listened to a story and then we brainstormed all the adaptations and the animals that do them. No amazing lesson, but the best thing was that the boy with behaviour issues in the other class nailed it!! He was giving one right answer after another:) I taught his sister last year and know that the family is very into science (Dad is a geologist). It was just so neat to see him shine and then to be able to give Mom this happy news after school was super too! It was a good reminder of why I struggle through teaching seven different subjects every day!

At lunch we had another meeting about report cards which I wasn’t super happy about. Then this afternoon I sent my reports to my mom to have her read them ( I know she just loves it when I do this!)🤣 and she called me on them:( Said they read like first drafts. If anyone ever wonders where I get my bluntness from….🤣. I sat down and gave myself forty minutes to try to improve them. I only got through five and felt like crying several times, but I did get a “great job” on those five. I guess I know what I will be doing for all my spare moments over the next few days as they are due Friday. It is report card time that I really notice that I always took speech therapy instead of English:(. I should probably just apologize now for the writing in this blog! I will try to fix them though as the choppiness is what I have noticed in other reports too and as my mom said when I complained it was taking forever, is that they’ll be around forever too!


I did leave pretty close to when I planned to and got out for a run. I’m hoping the snow will clear up completely soon so I will have other running routes available to me as doing the same loop every day is not exciting. I was not as fast as yesterday, but I noticed that my splits were within seconds of each other which seems like a good thing! It’s another run done. I won’t make my mileage goal for February but it’s a short month and we’ve had snow so I’m okay with that. I’ll try again for March:)


I really wanted to be reading and knitting but I needed to clean my place up first for knit night tomorrow night.


I have to admit I did the bare minimum for someone to come over and sat down with my needles. I got the second sock casted on and the cuff done. It’s going much faster than the first one, thankfully!

Have fun!


Better Than Nothing

Sorry I had to delay my post a bit, but I wanted to be able to show off a finished sock, however, I had to do my homework first 🤣


I was principal today so I didn’t get to enjoy running club with the children as much as I usually do as I was busy scheduling TTOCs and preps and checking on everything. We got everything settled in the end and the children did pretty good. We had them run the beep test. They only made it to level 5 so we’ll definitely have to practice this. I’d really like the snow and ice to melt so that we could get a baseline run for them. Hopefully by Monday!

Today was the 100th day of school and I usually make such a fuss and we get to do so many fun activities, but unfortunately we just didn’t seem to have a lot of time today. We read three books about 100 day, we made a mini book about what people brought in the class, we made a class book about what we’ve been told 100 times, and we had a sharing circle so we could show what we brought. In addition, we had gym where we did 100 exercises, we had music and we had a parent who is a welder come in and talk about his job. It was a very busy day, but kind of a letdown as it wasn’t as exciting as I wanted it to be:(. I’ll just have to do better next year!


I ate some dairy after school by mistake:( That is definitely my most vulnerable time. I seem to eat anything without thinking:(. I decided that this wasn’t going to change my plan to go home and go for a run!! It wasn’t a pleasant experience and my phone also died, but I ran and had a decent average pace:)

I was reading some blog posts tonight and was thinking that perhaps I should just start a training plan and then when I’ve completed it, I’ll look around for a race. Has anyone done this backwards approach with success? I should also ask if anyone has a suggestion for a training plan?


I started a new book for NetGalley on my lunch hour (the heroine is already bugging me), but my reading otherwise was my friend Lyndsay’s report cards. We traded today so I read hers and she read mine. Not quite as exciting as my usual fare!


I have completed a sock:). I love it and it fits really well. I however am not loving the yarn, which came as a surprise. It is Madeline Tosh: Toah Merino Light and I am finding that it splits way too easily. As well, there was a break in it:( Ugh I have to persevere though as I’d like a second sock!

Well that’s it for me tonight! I’m off to bed.

Have fun!



A beautiful, sunny day after all the snow:)


I got out this morning for a short run. The sidewalk had been cleared from my place to the park so I did a loop of it. I had thought to do two loops, but I struggled today, so one was enough!


Last week in the lunchroom, Lyndsay had been saying she eats cheese and peanut butter sandwiches. I got the details from her and tried it out. On a side note, the Kinnikick bread tastes awesome!!! I did it as an open face sandwich with just a layer of peanut butter and then a layer of cheddar on top. It was so good! I think this would be an awesome answer to those days when I am just hungry and can’t seem to get full!


I made muffins and cookies to take to my friend’s place today for tea. It’s a small price for baby snuggles:). I had looked last night and couldn’t decide on a blueberry muffin recipe and then reading Maureen’s blog this morning, she talked about blueberry muffins. Perfect timing! I used her recipe from Hereand it turned out great. I made three blueberry, three raspberry, three craisin, two raisin and one coconut. I had the coconut one and it was good!

The cookies I made were using steel cut oats and I still didn’t care for them. I’ll take them, but I’m glad to be almost done that package of oats! He recipe is from Here, though I made them peanut butter jam instead of peanut butter chocolate chip.


I finished the school book club book this morning.

This book has some excellent truths in it, though I found it difficult to always keep the characters straight! There were just too many similarities between them so halfway through a chapter I’d forget which one was speaking. And why do so many kids books have to be sad now?


This afternoon I had the opportunity to meet the newest son of one of my oldest friends. It’s always so awesome to see her and she’s doing amazing! She’s just one of those friends who is easy to be with. I stayed for about 2.5 hours as her husband had to go into work. It was an awesome afternoon!

Baby snuggles and kid playing is always awesome! I so love being Auntie Ali❤️

It started to snow so I left quick and got off the mountain they live on.

I don’t know how she does it though as I had to come home and take a nap, or maybe that’s just because it was Sunday afternoon and I could:)


I wanted to bake some more, but told myself I needed to work on my socks more! I am on the gusset decreases so hopefully I’ll have a finished sock to show off tomorrow and then I’ll have to do the other in just two days! I guess this is one instance where I can be happy that I have tiny feet!

Have fun!