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Friday, December 12, 2008
Nice Job, Pascal
Well, I had a hat all picked out to send to Petr Sykora for his hat trick last night (see below) and then Pascal Dupuis went and got HIS first career hat trick. I just love Pascal. I used to say John LeClair had the sexiest eyes in the NHL but he retired. So, Pascal has claimed that title. His are such a wonderful green with thick, long eyelashes. Pascal, gotta do something about those eyebrows tho.....

That's Pascal on the left. Max (on the right) has sexy eyes too

Anyway, congrats on the hat trick; only took you 8 years- so 5 fewer than Petr....
posted by Teri Springer @ 9:05 AM   1 comments
Holiday Meme From Gerrie
Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Either- I put Amaretto in my hot chocolate for extra warming power

Does Santa wrap presents or set them under the tree? We no longer bother with this except for with my sister's kids (boy- 9, twin girls-7). I told everyone to make a donation to the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center for me this year and the boys already have their gifts; my BFF and I exchanged gifts Wednesday and then went out to dinner.

Colored lights on tree or white? Actually, my tree in Canada is white and pre-lit. I decorate with green and blue ornaments and ribbon.

When do you put your decorations up? Well, I will get there Sunday so, sometime after that.

What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Don't have one.

Favorite Holiday memory as a child: My dad's brother got married at Christmas time (don't remember the exact date but it may have been Christmas Eve) when I was three. I remember how beautiful the church was. Right in the middle of the (Catholic) ceremony/mass I asked (after a hymn and in a very loud voice in a stone church) "Mom, when are they going to play Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer??" The other thing I remember was riding around on Roosevelt's shoulders at the reception. His wife was my Aunt Marge's housekeeper/nanny and I remember Roosevelt as the biggest man I had ever seen (considering my uncle was 6'4" he must have been pretty big). Years later I saw a photo from the reception....I hadn't even realized that he was black! I guess because our family was pretty much colour-blind. Annie and Roosevelt WERE family.

When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Don't remember, maybe 8 or 9. I think my next door neighbor's older sister told me.

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? We used to wait until Christmas morning when I was a kid. In my ex's family we would go to Granny and Pa's (later, sister Shelly's since she had the largest house) on Christmas Eve but saved the immediate family gifts for the morning.

How do you decorate your Christmas tree? See above. I have a HUGE collection of ornaments here in Michigan but, since I go to Nova Scotia, I quit decorating here too. Someday I hope to move everything up there so I can go hog wild.

Snow! Love it or Dread it? Love it, love it, love it. It's snowing right now and it looks beautiful!!

Can you ice skate? My mom was an ice dancer and competed; her partner was a guy by the name of Michael Kirby who was, I guess, pretty famous. I had skates on my feet as soon as I could stand. Am I any good?? Heck NO. Just call me "Grace."

Do you remember your favorite gift? My first horse.

What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Family and helping out others less fortunate than we are (I do this all year but I can get more out of family and friends at this time of year- that good old Catholic guilt.

What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Christmas cookies.

What is your favorite tradition? Baking cookies.

Which do you prefer, Giving or Receiving? I love to give.

What is your favorite Christmas Song? I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? Yum!

Ever recycled a Christmas present? Actually, yes. I just don't need more stuff so, if some wonderful but misguided soul buys me something I find someone who would love it and give it away.

Ok, time to go bake more cookies! I'll be outta here (and sitting at the airport) in 24 hours.....
posted by Teri Springer @ 8:38 AM   0 comments
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Way to go, Petr "Gunn"
I am sitting here, grinning like an idiot. One of my favourite NHL/Pens players, Petr Sykora, FINALLY got his first hat trick (3 goals in a game) tonight. Petr has been in the league 13 years without one (870 games, 44 two goal games). Now, it isn't unusual for a guy to go his entire career without a hat trick, but Petr, as his nickname would indicate, is a sniper- known for his goal-scoring ability. Funny because, earlier in the game he had put the puck in the net for what should have been his 1st hat trick, but the referee waved it off- saying he had lost sight of the puck and was going for his whistle when the puck went in. But, after he put in #2, I had a feeling that he would get it tonight (I even said to myself- outloud- yes I do that- "tonight's the night.")

Petr- I am so happy for you.

The Amazing, and adorable, Petr Sykora

Now, Max, you need a goal too.

In the meantime (ironically enough), my eldest child (Jamie) and Team nXI and my 3 billets (Joel, Jon and Ace) are in Pittsburgh (at least, they should be by now) for the weekend. And Ace's dad is at the game. No fair, Shawn!!!

I am still baking cookies, between periods of the game, to send to 1) my good friend, Lin in Texas (she and her DH are vets- career USAF), 2) some wonderful guys I know in Pittsburgh, and 3) My 4 boys: Joel, Joey, Jon and Ace (we may have to change his name). I sent the chocolate, chocolate chip cookies I was saving for Christmas with Jon so they could have them on the bus on the way to the "Burgh". Then, I sent the broken, unfrosted sugar cookies with Ace and Joel (I doubt they made it to the bus- there weren't that many). Tomorrow I make the rum balls and almond cookies then pack them up and run to the UPS store to ship them out. I also need to finish wrapping Christmas gifts to ship to FLA tomorrow.

Oh gee, somewhere along the line I need to finish laundry and pack since I leave Saturday for NOVA SCOTIA.......I am sure gonna miss my puppy, Kaiser, and all my boys (kinda like "All My CHildren") but I also miss my sister, brother, BIL and nephew and nieces as well as being able to wake up in the morning and look out at the ocean.....

Back to knitting and hockey!!!
posted by Teri Springer @ 9:09 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Dangerous Borders
I stumbled across this on Jeanne Williamson's blog:



You can also read about her in this article, "Keene artist had hard time getting back into US, Woman was detained by Customs and Border Protection because of an SUV sketch she made for artwork," on October 4, 2008, by Lohr McKinstry.

I had to laugh...this could be me! Not that I have ever knit or crocheted anything like this but, oy, all the times I cross the border! Only once has anyone wanted to open my vehicle and look about (it was a woman, US border guard in Niagara Falls). The guys take one look at all the crap I have crammed in my car and decide not to even try! Funny thing is, she was detained at the same border crossing I use coming to the US from Nova Scotia! I have always sailed right through there....good thing because I usually have to have a pee so I stop at the Tim Horton's and use their facilities and grab another cuppa.

Today is supposed to be a baking day. I made a double batch of sugar cookie dough and it is in the fridge chillin'. Can I find my rolling pin?? Of course not. I was picturing it in my head and then realized the one I was picturing is in the right hand set of drawers in my kitchen....in CHESTER. I am pretty sure I have one out at the farm but it's really crappy out and I don't feel like driving over there so I think I will call my ex and see if our son can pick it up on his way home from the BB game tonight....Guess I could do some laundry today instead of baking.
posted by Teri Springer @ 12:22 PM   1 comments
Monday, December 08, 2008
Oops, I Did it Again
No, I am not referring to my not blogging for a month (ok, so YES, I haven't). I am referring to two other things.

#1-opened up my big mouth and have ended up with yet another kid living here. Turns out three of the players on the hockey team my son is assistant coach for were living with the head coach. NOT a good move under the best of circumstances. Even worse when said coach has 2 children under the age of two, a wife trying to cope with two children under the age of two AND a hockey coach husband with some, shall we say, personality quirks? Add to the mix 3 boys ages 16 & 17 who are very normal teenaged boys. YIKES. All three decided to quit the team and go home. Jamie and I talked them out of it. Of course, this meant we needed to find homes for them (sound like stray puppies). Guess who volunteered?

It really isn't that bad. I actually only got one of them full time. Of course, they played a home series this weekend (and shut-out the #2 ranked team in the country- TWICE), so I actually had 6 of them here playing rock band, etc. Plus my 17 year old and HIS friends.

I should own a grocery store......But I wouldn't trade these kids for anything. I might get frustrated, and exasperated, but they keep me young.

#2- Once again, I purchased a book I already had. Actually- twice. I bought TWO copies of the same book at the same time. How's that for brilliant? Actually, in my defense, the book had two different sub-titles, leading me to believe they were two different but related books. Nope; same book. That's as bad as the publishing companies re-releasing a book years after the initial release and putting a new cover on it. I've fallen for THAT one a couple of times (now I check the original publication date and, if it's a re-release, I READ some of the first chapter. That's usually enough to jog my memory). But, I have no excuse for buying "Three Dimensional Embroidery" by Janet Edmonds as it's sitting right here on the shelf in my studio! D'uh. And I even have a book inventory list I made in Excel so I can check by title or author! Of course, I didn't check.

So, anyone want a copy?? Half off and you pay shipping. Otherwise, my local library will be gaining another book from me (they are thinking of naming a room after me since that's where all my books go when I am done with them).

Sigh.

Now, what the heck do I fix for dinner????
posted by Teri Springer @ 2:47 PM   0 comments
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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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