Tuesday, August 31, 2010
We are also responsible riders.
If you are a user of ATV's, skidoos, off-road bikes, and off road vehicles here in the Yukon please click on this link to fill out an opinion survey on the Safe Operation and Use of Off-road Vehicles.
Then go and become a member of the Yukon Off-Road Riders Association. Fill out their survey as well. You can also find them on facebook.
Both of these surveys will take just a few minutes of your time. The government needs to hear from responsible riders. Even if you only use your off-road vehicle a couple of times of year for hunting, to take photos, or a family ride in the snow please go and take this survey. Have your voice heard!
Just one more thing- please join our family in asking for a helmet law. We have seen tragedies that could have been easily prevented had a rider just been wearing a helmet.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I have my sewing bin all packed with three more pairs of mittens and a pair of booties on the go. A store here in town just sold two pairs of mittens and one pair of booties. Good timing since I just spent a bunch of money ordering new leather!
Have a good weekend everyone and thanks so much for the encouraging comments on my last post. I am blessed to have so much support.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Summer sucks ass. Veggies? Naw. How about hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire. Walks? Not in the +25 weather we had a lot of this summer and the hellish bugs. Sun to keep me energized? How about the sun to cook me so fast I have to hide in my basement.
I got off track. Really off track. Since March I have been losing the same 5lbs over and over again. I am mad at myself for wasting all of this time. The only thing that has kept me from going off the deep end has been Tina.
Tina, another awesome blogger who used to live in the NWT, is trying to lose some weight as well. We started a blog together to encourage each other. A goal was set of each of us losing 50lbs by Feb. 1st. What is on the line? A trip to Edmonton, thanks to my awesome husband, to finally meet Tina after years of talking online. Once a week we check in on this blog and share how we are doing. Without that this summer I know I would have done a whole hell of a lot worse.
I haven't talked much on my weight loss on the blog this summer probably because I have been hiding from everyone!! So time to come clean and tell everyone how lazy I have been. And I need the encouragement everyone was so generous with over the winter and spring. I feel odd asking for encouragement, but honestly it really helps me. And if that is what it takes, then I will ask for it.
Today was my check in day with Tina and I am going to share what I wrote on our blog here today too:
Last week I was doing great and then it all went to hell. Snacking went overboard, meal sizes were ridiculous, and then I got my period. Just call me camel this week. I weighed myself and it says 286.8. Fuck.
I am mad. Mad at myself for not staying on track. I did it for months last winter and my weight dropped easily. People keep saying oh don’t worry, you are just at a plateau, but I know better. I am being lazy. I am not planning my meals ahead of time, I am not using my scale to measure my food, I am not keeping track of my calories, I am not walking every day.
So how do I get out of this funk? Same as I did last winter when I made up my mind to change my life. I write it all down. I make my charts, I keep track of calories, I plan my meals, and now I think of Tina kicking my ass if I don’t hit my 50lbs and meet her in Edmonton.
This morning I ate my breakfast and after I write this I will put it all into my food planner online. I made Matt take the truck to work so I will have to walk to playgroup, even if it does rain which looks probable. I am going to print off my goal chart and put it on the fridge. I am going to make Matt take his granola bars to work so I don’t snack on them. I am going to make my lunch before I leave the house this morning so I am not rushed when I come back after playgroup. I am going to plan my supper and take whatever it is I need out of the freezer. I am going to put my kitchen scale on the counter to remind myself to use it.
I am going to do it all.
Monday, August 23, 2010
We took a very kid friendly trail to a tower above Little Salmon Lake. It is about 16km each way and the view at the top in unbelievable.
We left our kids in the care of our friends and took off. Matt and I drove 100km up the North Canol road. It was so muddy that it took us three hours to get that far, and since the ferry goes back across the river at 5pm, we turned around at that point. Not a single caribou or moose came out to greet us and our guns. And I am officially re-naming that road as Chicken Road. Grouse everywhere and of course that season doesn't open for another week.
After that drive we weren't quite ready to head home. So we drove up to the Faro mine site, got the quads off the trailer and went riding for a few hours. I hadn't had the opportunity to explore up there at all since we moved to Faro, but I already cannot wait to go back! The sub-alpine terrain is gorgeous and the trails go on for miles. I just want to see over each hill!
After a few hours of quadding in drizzle and just above freezing temperatures we finally called it a day and went home. We arrived home right around 7:30pm fully expecting our kids to greet us at the door. But our friends worked their magic and both boys were sleeping when we walked in the door.
The only way that day could have gotten any better would have been us arriving home with a moose or caribou in the back of our truck. But I am not complaining!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Instead of quadding, Matt and I are going to drive up the North Canol Road to look for either caribou or moose. Our freezers are nearly empty and need a refill before winter. Wish me luck; I haven't been out hunting since shooting caribou up in the Arctic nearly four years ago. And I shot that poor bugger in the rump- worst shot ever!!
My first caribou!
Kugluktuk, spring 2006
Needless to say, they are no longer white. They are a nasty shade of off-white with highlights of purple (blueberries), blue (blue pen), brown (dirt, poo, chocolate cake), red (strawberries, red pen), orange (mac'n cheese) and a lot of unknown colours from who knows what!
On our trip south this summer I bought some vinyl fabric to re-cover the chairs and just got around to it last weekend. They look fabulous now! And the best part- I can now just wipe off any messes! Absolutely necessary for a house with two boys.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The front yard has been dug up, walls built, dirt moved around.... There is still a lot to do, but I am starting to see what the finished product will be like.
The backyard has some dirt on top of the fill finally! We still need a heap more to get it deep enough so we can sod it next year. Matt has marked off the swing set area and will soon block it off with wood and fill the entire area with sand. The fire pit is in place and trees pruned back. The other big project for this level will be flower beds to go around the wall to make it look pretty and more importantly to keep the boys in!
A friend's husband made this awesome fire pit for us! How fantastic is this! I see many a night sitting around a warm fire with cold beer in my backyard over the years.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
For anyone not familiar with Etsy, it is an easy to use and navigate website designed for handicrafters to sell their wares. A seller receives their own page and pays a very small fee to list their items for sale. Once items sell, you pay a small percentage back to the website. I have made one purchase from another seller and that too was an easy process.
So please check it out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/wentnorthcreations
There is a way on the site to request custom items, but I am still trying to figure that part out! Hopefully I have it set up soon.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
He now weighs about the same as when I met him ten years ago.
You look fantastic Matt!
-taken Christmas 2009
-taken just two weeks ago, August 2010
He now weighs my goal weight. Uggg.... so far to go! Will be nice though to weight less than him one day.
Make sure to smack his ass and tell him how great he looks!
It was so wonderful!
I spent almost the entire day hiding in my sewing lair. For the first time ever I was able to start and finish not just one, but two projects! I also took the time to teach myself how to use the walking foot for my sewing machine and to make some new patterns for ideas I have. Matt met me for a peaceful lunch at the restaurant and then it was right back to the lair to make a little bag. Then I made a delicious roasted chicken supper without kids underfoot.
A kid free day was exactly what I needed. I will definitely try to give myself a kid free day now once a month. But now in order to pay for it, I need to sell more of my handicrafts! I think I will be starting an Etsy account this fall to make it easier. Right now I have these lovely black leather and seal mittens for sale! They have rabbit trim and pile lining. They are a small fit, fitting a hand length of 6.5 inches (finger tip to bottom of palm. Leave a comment or email me if you are interested in this pair or would like something custom made to your size.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
But I wanted something new to try.
So this week I went through some patterns I had been given and tried the first one- a canvas top one with moose split on the bottom. The plan is to use my cheap hide for the process of perfecting the pattern and then shell out for the pricey stuff. But a fail. Wholy crud was it ever ugly. Not what I wanted at all. So then I pulled out the pattern a friend in Whitehorse gave me and wow! Perfect! I ended up recycling a beaver coat I had purchased and again using the moose split for the bottom. I think I did alright for my first try! The pattern is nearly the same as what I make my baby booties from.
Check them out:
I still have to make linings for them and ties for the top. I have no clue how to make yarn ties, so thank goodness for the internet. I am betting someone has a tutorial online to teach me how to do it.
Normally on the top of the foot that would be fur too, but I didn't have enough beaver to do it. I kinda like the look of the increased leather. Other more talent people would add beadwork, but even though I was taught how to bead when we lived in the NWT, I really don't like doing it. I have no talent for making pretty pictures out of beads.
For my first pair of fur mukluks, I am impressed with myself! Now readers- I need feedback on ways to make these better. Any suggestions? Or maybe you have a fantastic source of smoked moose hide that you want to share with me? Or idiot proof directions for making yarn ties? Please share!
And my friend in Whitehorse who gave me this pattern is going to send me her pattern for canvas mukluks. How lucky am I! Thanks Lena!
He stared at them for a while (they had a nice orange brown colour), took one nibble and then said, "Mom, these pancakes are yucky for my tummy." He refused to eat anymore.
Meanwhile, Cavan ate two pancakes lickety-split and then screamed until we passed him Hunter's plate.
Whenever I make pancakes, I make enough that the boys can snack on them for the next day. This morning I gave Cavan one as a snack and Hunter requested one for himself. He stared at it, took a bite and then said in a surprised tone, "Mom, these aren't so bad after all!"
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Three days in three years. That sure isn't much.
I love being a mom, but the lack of me time has been a struggle, especially when we went to having two kids. Last fall and winter I was eating to cope with what I believe now was postpartum depression and I was exhausted all of the time. I thought then that my desire to have more me time was selfish, but I am now coming to realize that it isn't selfish- it is necessary!
My husband is fantastic with giving me a break when I need it. He does most of the bedtime routine with the kids and they spend a lot of time outside with him so I can clean or cook in peace. But that break is never more than an hour or maybe two- enough time to clean and maybe have a few minutes to return emails without a kid in my lap.
Last year a friend here in town started operating a dayhome and I began sending Hunter there once every couple of weeks. It gave me some quality time with just Cavan and I was able to get a lot of house work done while he played with Hunter's toys without fear of his big brother taking them away. I found it worth the money to have that break for a day. Plus I get receipts and can always claim that expense at tax time.
This Friday my friend has space to take two kids and I have been going back and forth on the idea of having an entire day to myself. One minute I am thinking things like why am I wasting money when I don't work, am I not a good enough mom to take care of my own kids, how horrible will Cavan be since he is so sucky for mom right now, maybe I should keep one kid at home and on and on. But then I start thinking that yes I need the break! I have a list of sewing ideas a mile long that I want to try, I want to go fishing without kids, I want to go berry picking without kids, I want to go quadding without kids... Now I know that is more than I can do in one day, but it still gets me excited about eight hours kid free.
Talking with Matt last night he told me I deserve the break. We have decided that once a week I will send one kid to the dayhome and once a month we will try to have both kids go for the day. And on these days I will not spend the entire day doing housework. I will spend time doing tasks I want to do such as sewing. It will cost me about $230 a month, but that isn't a bad price to pay for my sanity!
Monday, August 9, 2010
My parents camped with us and we spent a lot of time out in my father's boat. The fishing wasn't all that great, but I got a lot of relaxing time and Matt drank a lot of beer so we were happy! I even got to read three novels and start a fourth while I was there. Amazing how many books I go through when the internet is no where to be found!
The boys were dirty within minutes of waking up and by the end of the day I am pretty sure they were dirtier than the ground in our site. They had a blast playing with their grandparents, taking turns driving the boat, poking at fish, throwing rocks, swimming, driving their gator around he campground, picking up girlfriends from the site next door, eating treats from grandma and chasing the squirrels. The weather was around 30C everyday, but it still cooled off in the evenings making it nice for sleeping. This was the best vacation with family I have ever had! I hope we can do it again another summer for sure.
The bugs were nasty though!
Both kids were covered in bites and Hunter even had this one right at the top of his butt crack!
Relaxing with a gorgeous Yukon view!
Cavan driving the boat. The poor kid had so many bites on his face he looks as though he has chicken pox!
So one afternoon Hunter wanted to try swimming in the lake with his water wings. He wanted to catch up to his grandpa who was floating past at that moment. He stepped into the water and declared it too cold and ask me to carry him out deeper. So I did! Once I got about mid thigh he told me that was good and to let him swim out to catch the boat! So I obliged and dropped him into the cold lake! That kid clambered up me so fast I am not sure his swimsuit even got wet!! I had a good laugh, and he decided he would wait for the boat to come to shore to get him.
Matt caught a gorgeous trout!! Had it been just 1/4" longer we would have had to have thrown it back. Instead it was turned into fish burgers and is now in my freezer. Yum!