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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
In Response to Comments
For Vicky and Cathy:

I will try to post pics of the socks- 1 pair done and about 1/2 done with the second sock of the second pair....I get lots of knitting done while waiting for Joey at therapy 3 days a week. Also will take some pics of the design wall.....

Vicky, hopefully I will be a lot closer to you in the summers starting this year. I have yet to make it to Newfoundland but I will make it up there some time!!

And yes, it feels kind of wierd to think of myself as single again but we both agree that we get along much better not living together. The judge got a chuckle out of us....I think he was relieved after listening to the couple before us (oy...).

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 7:57 PM   2 comments
Couple of Pictures
I mentioned a home called "The Captain's House" in the meme I posted a few days ago and had a few inquiries about it. It was built in 1816 and the current owners have spent the last 3 years restoring it. So, if you have 2.5 million Canadian laying around, it's a beautiful property.

The Captain's House

This is the building I am looking at. It has commercial space on the first floor and living space on the 2nd and third floors. Only problem is the kitchen is on the first floor and the master bedroom is on the 3rd but the bathroom is on the 2nd. Oh, and the 3rd floor ceilings are only 6'...a tad claustro for me at 5'10" and impossible for my 6' 4.5" son. Still, if it passes inspection it has possibilities.
posted by Teri Springer @ 7:48 PM   0 comments
A Great Read
I am a voracious reader. I inhale books. Sometimes I deliberately limit myself to one chapter a day just to make a good book last longer. I couldn't do that with this book...it was that good.

If you don't read any other book all year, please read "Lily's Ghost" by Cheryl Drake Harris. It came out this past July and I just picked it up the other day at Target. It is her first book and, if she continues to write like this I have found another writer to add to my list of favorites. The story is about a doctor, Lily Townsend, who serves in Viet Nam just before and up to the Tet Offensive. The story actually takes place 11 years later when she is married with a 5 year old son. The story moves back and forth between her present and Nam. I won't say anything else except read it and let me know what you think.

Oh, and, if anyone is interested today I am officially a single woman. The judge waived the 180 day waiting period for a divorce that is required in Michigan when there is a minor child involved. Of course, it's already been over 90 days since we filed. So, I am now divorced...

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 1:02 PM   3 comments
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Fat Tuesday
Today would have been my mother's 77th birthday. Yes, I still miss her. Looking back I realize tho that the woman who was inhabiting her body from early 1999 when she had her cardiac arrest until she died in 2003 was not the mother who had raised me. I am convinced that being "dead" for however long she was down resulted in anoxic brain injury.

She was less accepting of people's differences. More quick to judge, and do so negatively. More critical. More angry. At the time I found myself avoiding spending time with her. Shortly after her death I found myself angry with her (not because she had died but because she had become so mean) and I never really mourned her dying. When my dad remarried I really saw just how mean my mother had become and I don't think my dad ever realized it but his entire view of the world was colored by her. The worst was how she treated my younger son. He has ADHD and was undergoing psychological treatment as well as occasionally seeing the psychiatrist. I asked my mother repeatedly to not interfere with how I disciplined my son but she always had to butt in and say mean things. She accused him of pretending to still believing in Santa to get more toys...he was only 8 years old. My dad developed a dislike for my son based on all the things my mother said about him (nothing nice). After our trip to visit dad and Janet in Nova Scotia last summer my dad told me he had really been impressed with Joey and really enjoyed him. He still doesn't realize that the prior dislike was due to my mother's brainwashing.

Janet has changed his life. He is no longer so easy to anger, so negative. Janet sees the good in everyone and she is so full of life and happiness. I am SO glad they found each other.

But, I really believe that, looking back, my mother's personality changed significantly after the cardia arrest. Not immediately but gradually. With this realization I can now forgive her for how she treated my son and move on.

I prefer to remember her as the slightly disheveled but loving mother who I dragged out of bed at the crack of dawn on her birthday in 1962 to watch TV with me when John Glenn circled the earth. She didn't even stop for a cup of coffee.

So now, thanks to Brenda, we all know the color of my brain. The description fits pretty good.


Your Brain is Purple

Of all the brain types, yours is the most idealistic.
You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense.
Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places - or a very different life for yourself.
posted by Teri Springer @ 3:50 PM   4 comments
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Special Night for the 1967 Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that the 1967 Stanley Cup Championship team will be reunited and recognized in a pre-game ceremony when the Edmonton Oilers visit Air Canada Centre on February 17. The game also marks the 80th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs first game in 1927. Several players have confirmed their participation for the game next month including; George Armstrong, Bobby Baun, Johnny Bower, Brian Conacher, Ron Ellis, Aut Erickson, Larry Hillman, Larry Jeffrey, Red Kelly, Dave Keon, Jim Pappin, Marcel Pronovost, Eddie Shack, Allan Stanley, Pete Stemkowski, and Mike Walton.

I am just blown away watching this. I grew up with the Original 6 in the NHL and 1967 was the last year for the Original 6. Even though I lived in Detroit I always loved it when the Leafs came to the Olympia Stadium. Of the guys listed above, Bob Baun played in Detroit and one of his sons was our paperboy (they lived down the street). Frank Mahovolich, who is also there was a big favorite of mine both with the Leafs and when he played in Detroit. Terry Sawchuck, who was 37 when he took over for an injured Johnny Bower (who was 42) in net was a special friend of mine- like many goalies, he was not the most outgoing guy off the ice but he was always kind and friendly to me (a rink rat even at the age of 4). I really am enjoying this. What a great team the 1967 Leafs were.

The 1966-67 edition of the Toronto Maple Leafs captured the franchise’s 11th Stanley Cup and fourth of the decade. The team defeated the reigning two-time Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens in the sixth game on May 2, 1967 as Canada was celebrating its centennial.

Ten members of the 1967 Maple Leafs would later be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A total of 11 players from the 1967 team played on the three other Stanley Cup winning teams in 1962, 1963, 1964. They are: Johnny Bower, Larry Hillman, Bob Baun, Allan Stanley, Red Kelly, George Armstrong, Dave Keon, Bob Pulford, Eddie Shack, Frank Mahovlich and the late Tim Horton. Terry Sawchuk, Bruce Gamble, Horton, and coach and general manager Punch Imlach are the only gentlemen from the 1967 team that are deceased.

Some of you may recognize the name of Tim Horton and not even realize that the shops with the best coffee ever were started by this defensive great who died at much too young of an age (as did Terry Sawchuck).

Thank you 1967 Leafs for a wonderful and exciting season.

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 7:16 PM   2 comments
Friday, February 16, 2007
What's Going on at Chez Loon-a-tic
By now I think most regular readers (hi Gretchen) know I am having my basement finished. This will add close to 1600 sq. feet of living space to my condo. Yes, it's a mess....especially at this time of year. Good thing I was already planning on having the upstairs carpet ripped out and replaced (mostly) with laminate.

Anyway, here's a brief tour of what's been done so far (click on photos for a full size view):
this is the view into my dye studio from the door. Explains clearly why I can't do any dyeing. The sink is behind the air mattress and the counter is to the right....somewhere.


Next is a view from what will be the recreation/home theater area into Joey's room.


And here we see the reverse view from Joey's room into the entertainment area. The far wall is where the entertainment unit is going. On the right is where the bar with sink, mini-fridge and microwave will be.


The entertainment area is "L" shaped and I am standing in the bottom of the "L" looking towards the storage area and dye studio. The hot water heater will be gone and replaced by a tankless unit that will go in the subcloset behind Joey's walk-in closet. The sub-closet already has the water softener in it. That way the only structure that will be in the way in the studio will be the furnace. I would have moved that too but it would have cost too much. The studio will have a 9 x 12' design wall that is the back wall of the bathroom. I am putting smooth ceiling tile up as I have found it to be great for a design wall and it's easy to take down to replace damaged tiles (they are 2' x 4' and go up easily with drywall screws).


Finally, a shot of my blood orange tree. At this point it had 5 fully open blossoms and the sun room smells wonderful. 4 of the 5 are nearly spent but there are many more waiting to open. Now the question is if any of the blossoms will result in fruit. Also, I am still waiting to see if the Key limes and the Meyers lemon will bloom this year.
posted by Teri Springer @ 10:32 AM   3 comments
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
New Meme
A new meme from Diane via Melody.

Two names you go by:
Teri, Mom

Two parts of your heritage:
Irish and German

Two things that scare you:
Travel- so much can go wrong
Severe illness

Two things that make you really happy:
Watching my sons in sports
My new family (sister, brother, bil, nieces & nephew and my dad's new wife)

Two everyday essentials:
nap
reading blogs

Two things you are wearing right now:
Spa pants
waffle knit top

Two of your favourite current bands/artists:
Diana Krall
kd lang

Two things you want in a relationship (other than love):
dependability
respect

Two truths:
Life is short- make the most of every day
Spend lots of time with your kids when they are young- once they hit 16 and have a license they won't be very interested in spending time with you again until they are adults.

Two favorite hobbies:
knitting
reading

Two things you have to do this week:
Make some decisions about decorating the basement
Sort through books and get them packed up to ship

Two stores you shop at:
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Any hardware store

Two shows you like to watch:
Grey's Anatomy
Men in Trees

Two things you'd buy if money were no object:
The "Captain's House" in Chester, Nova Scotia
A big boat

Two wishes for 2007:
Good Health for my family
That my older son's aspirations and hard work in his career start to bear fruit


I do have some pictures to post but blogger is such a PITA about it now and I don't feel like getting riled up so I will do it tomorrow. I will say, my sunroom smells delicious because my orange tree is in bloom!!

teri...who has a little bit of spring in the midst of a blizzard
posted by Teri Springer @ 5:00 PM   2 comments
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Hockey Day In Michigan
Ok, so they stole the idea from "Hockey Day in Canada" but it's nice to see. The Western Michigan University game will actually be televised at 4:30 EST and then the Michigan vs Michigan State game. Too bad I will be watching the Dallas Stars at 3:30. And "Hockey Night in Canada" tonight- can't miss "Grapes" (Don Cherry in "Coaches Corner")during the first intermission.

Construction is coming along. My basement now is all framed and most of the plumbing is in. The guys from Best Buy came out this morning to help work up the plan for the home theater and separate zone speakers in the studio so I can have some music down there. Next week is more plumbing and wiring. Can't wait to get it all done!!!!

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 11:26 AM   0 comments
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Da Bears
Well, I was hoping the rain would be to the advantage of the Bears who play outdoors...so far no such luck.

The announcers DID mention my late uncle, Bill George. For those of you who don't know, Bill preceeded That fiesty Lithuanian, Dick Butkis and taught Dick a lot. Bill is credited with creating the position of middle linebacker. He played in 8 straight probowls and was #61. He ended his career with the Los Angeles Rams.

On passing plays, George’s job was to bump the center and then drop back. George, noting the Eagles success at completing short passes just over his head, decided to skip the center bump and drop back immediately. Two plays later he caught the first of his 18 pro interceptions. While no one can swear which middle guard in a five-man line first dropped back to play middle linebacker and create the classic 4-3 defense, George is the most popular choice.

Certainly he was the first to star at the middle linebacker position. It was his ability to diagnose and react quickly that led the Bears to believe he could move that step or two backwards and become a super middle linebacker – a demanding position requiring sometimes pass rushing and sometimes pass defense, along with sure tackling, the speed to move from sideline to sideline, the agility to avoid blockers, and a keen sense of anticipation.

During the 1950’s and early 1960’s, the Bears were known for their outstanding defensive teams and George was a major part reason for their fame. A ferocious all-out player, he was named All-NFL choice eight times – seven consecutive seasons (1955-1961) and then an eighth in 1963 when he was the leader of the defensive that figured in the Bears 14-10 championship win over the New York Giants.

He was also selected to play in eight consecutive Pro Bowls, 1955-1962. In addition to his eighteen career interceptions, George also recovered nineteen fumbles, and in 1954 scored 25 points on thirteen PATs and four field goals. (Profootball HOF web site).

Sadly, Bill was killed in a car accident in 1982 while on a sales trip. Bill once saved my life when I was about 4 or 5 years old while we were at my family's cottage at White Lake in Montague, MI. He was, and will always be, larger than life to me.
Bill George
posted by Teri Springer @ 7:45 PM   3 comments
Friday, February 02, 2007
Updates
Thought I should update my blog a bit so I have posted a more seasonal photo....

The snow (with all the drifting) is now well over the tops of my regular boots so I will have to resort to my Yooper boots. It is down to 14 degrees and the sun is just setting.




But in the sunroom, the orange tree is progressing nicely. Everyone keep good thoughts that the buds don't drop off before they open.

posted by Teri Springer @ 5:18 PM   0 comments
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Teri the Strange.....
My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Eminence the Very Viscountess Teri the Strange of Oxbridge by Camford
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title


Yep...it fits.

t
posted by Teri Springer @ 10:49 AM   0 comments
About Me

Name: Teri Springer
Home: Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
About Me: Studio Art Quilt Associates for the Atlantic Canada Region (New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Quote:Apples and Wine: Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough & smart enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Now Men... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the hell out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
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