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Friday, May 6, 2022

                                           May the force be with you


IT’S STAR WARS DAY!

For those who celebrate this day and who are considered Star Wars fans.

Today I am embracing my inner Star Wars geek and trying to learn the ways of the force! But I think I have a long road ahead of me.

I know a little bit of the series but once I get to know the story, somehow it changes!


Usually, when I write a blog issue, I jump right on Google, this time I have been listening to a Podcast called “STAR WARS STUFF”  as well with guidance from my husband to start reading the books, starting with “ Episode 1 the phantom menace”

As well, I was thumbing through Tik Tok and came across a minister in the states that does Tik Toks on Star Wars and other movies and relates them to everyday life, it was very interesting!


I was listening to the podcast episode and they were talking about the history of star wars day, it was not actually May 4, the original star wars day was May 25, 1977.


For the real star wars geeks, the month of May is pretty much an iconic month, some of these days include:

  • May 1st 501st day 

  • May 4th May the 4th be with you

  • May 5th Revenge of the 5th

  • May 10th Solo. A Star Wars Story 2018 

  • May 14th George Lucas’ Birthday 1944

  • May 16th Attack of the Clones 2002

  • May 19th The Phantom Menace 1999

Revenge of the Sith 2005

  • May 21st The Empire Strikes Back 1980

  • May 25th A New Hope 1977, 

Return of the Jedi 1983 

  • May 27th Obi Wan Series release 2022 

Sourced from Chris Lingard 


Okay so let's talk about having Star wars with our life, I finally had to go to google and I found the answer in the question part of google.

Did you know that:

The Rebels' battle against the empire was based on the Vietnam war…

The Knights Templar was inspired for the Jedi council

Just to name a few.


As I was embracing my inner Star Wars, I was asking my husband multiple questions about where I should start for this blog, he answered all of the questions. So for the person in your family that is a fan of the franchise, Christmas and birthdays should be easy, just add to the collection, may it be a book or something else.


There is so much of this franchise that I really don’t understand, but I can tell you that I do have a lightsaber, but there are people that have production accurate costumes and belong to an actual group.


I can definitely tell you that this issue was hard to do because there is so much I could touch on, such as star wars vs star trek, and of course, there is Star Wars a religion. I know this issue may have been a little plain, but my inner star wars was screaming to come out.


I want to leave you with a quote that I heard from the podcast that I have been listening to “ Look forward to those dreams, and aspire to them as hard as you can!”


May the force be with you !




Tuesday, April 26, 2022

                                                          Shopping!

Have you noticed lately that when you go to the Grocery store, the prices are through the roof!

I sure have!

Did you know, for a family of four the average grocery bill is $863.00 a month, I’m shocked! That was found on www.ramseysolutions.com

They also gave some really good ideas for stretching the grocery bill for example “ If you have leftovers take them for lunch”


Take-out food isn’t getting any better, with new restaurants popping up here and there around Owen Sound, for example, look at Heritage grove plaza with the new Burger King and Firehouse Subs right across the road.

I’ve lately been trying to stretch meals some nights or even if the fridge is full from dinners from the other nights, we will have leftovers night and that cleans out the fridge most of the time.


I was having dinner with my family and this topic came to me, with a few questions in mind;

  •  How do other family members try to cut their shopping bills in half or even how do you stretch your grocery bill?

  • Are we the only family that has this problem?

As well, I was thinking about single parents and people that are low income or have large families.


So I started looking at some ideas to help everyone.

I thought of a few such as:

  • Don’t go shopping hungry 

  • Have a shopping list

I thought that I would expand this list so I went looking a little further, here is a site that I found that also may work.

  • See what’s on sale/check the flyers 

  • Use coupons wisely

  • Get to know the prices-write down the regular prices of food that you buy

  • Buy in season

These are some ideas that I have found from www.unlockfood.ca

So with all of the technology that we have today, there are so many apps that can be used, when going grocery shopping, such as “ Flipp” and “Save.ca” which I have on my phone.

For the people that choose not to use technology, you can use an accordion envelope and sort the coupons into the right spot for later use.


There are so many ways we can cut our grocery bill in different ways.

There is also a video that caught my eye, from global news about “ 12 ways to save money on the next grocery bill” www.globalnews.ca

There were some points that I didn’t even think of, such as if you have an optimum card or even a PC financial card and use the points from them to get free groceries,

I have also expanded my search to “ How to save money on groceries 2021”

The first thing that came up was ;

25% by generic brands instead of name brand

23% Make a grocery list and stick to it!

And that’s only a few.

I know what I want to do, cut my bill in half and save money and follow some of the tips that I have shared with you.

As I conclude this issue, I just have one question for you.

Do you have ways to cut your grocery bill in half?


 


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

 To Mask or not to Mask 


 So it’s been a couple of weeks since the mask mandate has been dropped, but really hasn’t!

I’m not just going to jump off the deep end or get negative about it.


I don’t know if you’ve noticed but some people are still wearing them.

I’m still wearing my mask at work, as well as my husband, while he is at work and my children often wear masks at school when necessary.

When I leave my home, I bring my mask with me just in case I need it, the common question I have now is “ Do I need a mask?”


I have been thinking about this for quite some time!

The other thing that I have been thinking of as well is, “ What is life going to be like after Covid is gone?” 


As the weather changes, “ How do you see your family dealing with the new changes?

Are you looking forward to going back to that favorite spot that you frequent before covid came to be?

What about those playdates, or social gatherings that you had.


There are so many questions within the next step of Covid, as well as having a normal life again after.

If you look at it, we’re slowly moving in the right direction but, still being cautious while we are out with the public.

This brings me to this thought, when my kids are out in public they have the automatic sense of wearing a mask, but realizing that it is not necessarily needed, it’s become second nature for them.


I thought I could find some more information about this topic, so I went to Google about the topic, but I came across a news article from CTV News about the mask mandate and how we still have to wear masks in hospitals, long term care settings and in conjugating areas, which I think is a great idea.


I have come to the conclusion, that my family and I will wear our masks when we are out with the public to stay on the cautious side of this pandemic, as the numbers are slowly coming up.


I would like to leave you with this old saying that has stuck with me “ It’s better to be prepared, than not to be prepared at all!”

In other words, it is better to have that mask than not to have one at all.


Stay safe my friends!


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Slava Ukraine

Slava Ukraine

I recently experienced something, that I have never experienced before!
I’m talking about the Ukraine Vigil, that was held on the front lawn of
St. George's church on Sunday, March 13, 2022.

As this small group of people stood there under a grey and lightly
snowing sky, as well as a damp evening, we listened to different
people offer prayers and many stories to help with the
reflection, thinking of the Ukraine people fleeing the bombing of
their country and their home.

As we received a candle and lit them, we stood and listened to a
piece of instrumental music called Slava Ukraine from
Marcus Paus, it was beautiful!

As that song was playing, I kept thinking about all the families
that have been displaced and walking along the road with just one
bag of belongings. We then heard the Ukraine national anthem,
I was getting all choked up!

As a Mom and having my girls there, I just kept on thinking of the
fathers that had to say goodbye to their wives and children and
had to join the front lines, and the women and children
traveling to a different country to start a new life, not knowing if
they’ll see their sons, brothers, and husbands ever again. Then, my mind went to all of the children that have been orphaned, I feel so distraught.

Since this war has started, I have heard and seen, so many
stories about families fleeing the country, as well hearing about
pregnant mothers giving birth in bomb shelters or even in an
underground subway station. It just blows my mind that this is happening right now. As people came up and offered prayers and spoke, I just wanted to go up and hug them, and say “ We’re here to help!”
But really! While my youngest was standing there with her candle all I
could think of was what questions she would have for me after the
vigil was over, and she had a pile of questions, such as “ Mom
how can I help the little children of Ukraine?”

As things were progressing, the vigil was moving and to me I felt
very moved emotionally about the whole program. With my family and friends there, I felt a sense of closeness yet somberness.

When President Volodymyr Zelensky has spoken about his
country he had said some powerful stuff and I want to leave you
with a quote from him.

“When you attack us, you will see our faces. Not our backs, but our
faces.“
Source: https://quotepark.com/authors/volodymyr-zelensky/

Slava Ukraine

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Fresh Start!

Happy Belated New Year!

As I was getting my children and husband ready for school and work this morning, I was thinking in the back of my head, what I should do with my day?

I thought, it’s my day off, I could do the mom thing and clean the house and prep dinner, but that was already half done. 

 

I was really thinking about it and there was this feeling that I had, it felt like an old friend coming back to say hello again! It was blogging for the family ministry at St. Georges!

 

So here in my peaceful house, I am starting a fresh page for this year, and I am going to be blogging about my experiences as a Mom and family and sharing it on the family ministry blog. 

 

I just love it when January comes around every year.  I think, “how can I make myself better?” How can I make something that I was excited about last summer and work it into getting back into the workforce after being off for four years? So, when I sat with my family in our home, watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, I was thinking, I want to let go of 2021, to concentrate on 2022, and make it a positive year.

 

 Taking time and being a family and experiencing neat things in and around Grey County and sharing them with other families. Some moms are standing up and clapping saying, “thank you!” Some are probably saying “Oh Good! You’re back! Where did you go over the last bit? Well friends, I am back, and I want to share the love of family ministry with you and not leave you in the dark or just not write at all. 

 

So I have made a fresh start, by writing some more about different topics that come to me from time to time and trying to make this blog successful. I hope that this has made you think about your own fresh start. It might be something within yourself or around your home or with your family. Stop and think about this because I certainly have been lately.

 

I always love to hear from people about their thoughts and feedback on different topics, or something that would be interesting. Let me know if there is something in particular that you would like me to write about. Here’s to new beginnings in 2022!


Caylee

Friday, September 24, 2021

Back to School and Covid

Well it has happened! The kids are back to school! Some parents were happy to see their child(ren) going off to school and able to meet up with their friends and meet their new teacher, and having those minor academic goals ready to set for their classroom. But wait that was pre pandemic era! This year has been a little more complex! For some parents, myself included I was waiting to hear the details for the 2021-2022 school year at the beginning of August, but there really was not much, all I kept hearing was that the government was using the same protocols before the kids went to online classes. But a week before my girls went back to school, we received a letter from the principal that every child had to have a Covid screening done every day before they came to school. (Simple enough!) I am not trying to vent, or trying to be negative, but it is really starting to scare me that, sometime, somewhere during the flu season, they are going to say “ School age children will be doing their schooling online for the rest of the year!” There goes the mental health of our children, because they are separated from their teacher that they may be getting along with and their classmates. I can tell you, my girls were not happy day in and day out that they were not able to see their peers, as for my oldest, it was especially hard for her because she was an introvert, and being in the classroom brought her out of her shell. I do have to make a point, as we are going into the fall season and that is typically flu season, what is Covid going to be looking like? Are we going to be back to square one, where the kids are online and learning? Or will the kids have a normal school year? As I was taking kids to school this morning, I noticed that the primary kids have big red dots to stand on for social distance, as well they are coming outside at the end of the day and staying with their groups until they are dismissed by their teacher, which I think is a great idea. I thought I would share a few ideas for you, to help with Covid: 


• I pack in my daughter’s backpack a pencil case size so she can put her masks in it and when she gets home they go directly into the wash. 

• When the kids come home they wash their hands before and after snack. 

• For the home life I wipe down the high exposed areas, (door knobs, counter tops)
 
• As for the air I put my home diffuser on with some citrus scent, to help clean the air. 

• Most of all ......sleep 

I could go on, but these are just a few things that I do between my house and the kids and I thought that I would share them with you, from one parent to another parent! Friendly help from one parent, to another!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Can We Make Another Person Happy?

The last couple of weeks have been really busy!

In our household we have been busy with our house, trying to get at least one family trip, in (we went to the Toronto zoo), and now trying to get the kids ready for school, which has been a little chore in itself.

As that has gone on for the last little bit, I kept on thinking about different topics, but the one that came to me the other day was this; “Can we make another person happy?”

I know I am tackling a big topic here, and there might be different sides to this. I thought about it for a couple of days, and finally came to the conclusion, let’s write this out.

Google and I have become good friends lately with different definitions and explanations of what different words mean, but this one I thought really hit home.  Well, the good news is: No one and nothing can cause you to be happy. In fact, people and things don't cause happiness at all. It's what you think about those other people and things that determines whether you feel happy or sad. ... Just as money can't make you happy, other people can't make you happy either (resourced from Google search)

As I was writing this, I found a blog post that says there are actual ways to make someone happy, which is called 24 quick ways to make someone happy! www.positivityblog.com 

Some of these ideas are pretty good, for example:

Opening the door for someone
Giving a smile 
Picking flowers

Just to name a few...

Let’s look at a relationship. Can we make our spouse happy?

I came across a short youtube video the other day about this topic. It was a video with Will Smith, and this video really made me think about marriage and what I have now.
Here is a quote from Will Smith about this;
   
"You can make a person smile. You can make a person feel good. You can make a person laugh. 
But whether or not a person is happy is deeply and totally and utterly out of your control"

This video will make you think. The link is Will Smith “You can’t make another person happy” on You tube.

I, once in awhile like to sit down and watch one of his movies, and the one that hits home with me and this topic is “The Pursuit of Happiness”

After reading the pros and cons, and watching that video so many times, I have come to the conclusion, that yes you can make yourself happy by surrounding yourself with friends and family that you can trust, as well you can make someone else happy by just doing the little things for them.

So I ask you, Have you made someone happy today?