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Archive for May, 2011

www.Wonder, by Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J Sawyer’s books take the scientific “what if” all the way to the society level. The technique provides a thought provoking and engrossing read. In WWW:Wonder, the of the vast consciousness spontaneously emerging from the infrastructure of the World Wind Web elicits major societal concerns. Webmind has already had one attempt to destroy it prior to the start of this book. He has proven his worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon still see Webmind as a threat to be eliminated. Caitlin Decter-the once-blind sixteen-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with, Webmind must continue to protect her friend in this final book.  Although, now that the word is out about Webmind, she can recruit family and friends around the world to help.

The theme of maturation continues in the final book of this trilogy WWW:Wonder. Hobo, half chimpanzee, half bonobo, has made his choice to follow his peaceful instincts. His connection with Webmind becomes official. Caitlin continues to mature as her relationship with her boyfriend and other classmates evolves. Caitlin and Hobo’s development play counterpoint to the emerging intelligence of Webmind. This theme is wonderful for the books’ young adult audience, as they should also be exploring choices and consequences. I loved how this theme was followed through the plot with the splitting of Webmind, and the questions evoked by the epilogue.

I really enjoyed this trilogy. Especially the discussions with my husband and son who also read the books.

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Finally started my gardening

This weekend I had enough with all my excuses so I told myself I had to finally start working on my yard. I procrastinated until Monday but then I got some flowers and replanted the barrels at the end of the driveway. I weeded only about one third of my smallest flowerbed. Baby steps I know but I did start.

This week I need to finish weeding. I would also like to work in compost and put down cedar mulch. Monday my daughter needed to go to the dandelion festival and my middle boy wanted to see a movie. I did both. The Dandelion Festival had dandelion pancakes, newspaper hats, and face painting. She did it all. I looked into different ferns. I would love to put some in my front bed as it is generally shaded. I am not sure if the bed is wet enough for ferns though.Later we went to a movie “Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides” in 3D. It was good. I loved one on one time with my son. We laughed and relaxed together. Problem is I did not plan well, as it may rain for the rest of the week. If I do not touch the flowerbeds again until next weekend they will be weed beds. Oh well, family fun must sometimes come first.

Last night, as part of my focus on health (and in order to get my yard done quickly), I worked on the bed in front of my house. It looked like rain any minute but never more than threatened. I mixed in some good compost and moved some flowers from around the bird bath. I even had a bit of red cedar mulch left to put on the bed. It looks good and got some rain overnight to help everything grow. I will have to finish it tonight. The plan is to work in the coffee grinds that I got from Starbucks. I am hoping this will keep down the slugs. I seem to have lots in my yard this year. I will take some pictures as soon as things start looking the way I want.

Bowen Therapy WOW!

Bowen is a new type of therapy for me. My year of focusing on my health has led me to try a new diet that is working, so I am much more open to new things. A twitter friend @wellbanancedpei, is a registered therapist who does the Bowen technique.  It is a very gentle technique which allows your own body to do the work. The moves are done then the therapist leaves the room for a couple of minutes. Every few minutes she came back to do something else. There is no music and very little talking. I think it is one of the most relaxing massages that I have ever experienced. I may have fallen asleep a couple of times. I had interesting sensations of heat while waiting between moves. Last night pain and tingling moved around my body, but the bottom line is my hips are not hurting at all after one session… Whoo hoo!!!

Of course the scientist in me had to find out — How Bowen works

Several mechanisms have been postulated as to how the Bowen Technique works. The basic Bowen “move” distorts a muscle or tendon that is not under load and then rolls over it at a precise location without sliding on the skin. As a result, the spindle cells and Golgi tendon organs down-regulate the muscle’s resting tension level via the central nervous system. The surrounding fascia becomes less solid and more fluid, allowing greater movement of blood and lymph through the tissue, and enhancing nutrition to and waste removal from the site of injury. The lack of distracting skin stimulation and the limited number of precise moves focus the nervous system’s attention on the essential points. Pausing at certain crucial times in a sequence of such moves allows time for the nervous system and fascia to respond and begin the healing process. The body continues to respond for several days afterward unless interrupted by injury or strong external stimulation, including trauma, heat and bodywork. (http://www.bowendirectory.com/?p=4&ID=213&d=1)

Solar Powered Cheryl

I woke up this morning to sun. I had energy and felt wonderful. It is amazing how I am keyed in to the weather. When I went in to wake my son, sun was streaming into his room. He has a beautiful water view. It was actually sparkling today! I bounced out of bed and went to make scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast for my brood. Generally, my poor orphans are required to forage for breakfast as I have not been a morning person for most of the winter. I got to chat with all the kids before I left for work.

Fast forward to my morning review of all the blogs I follow. One of my friends had posted that she was “solar powered”. I love that image Christine!! I am stealing it from you and agree that I am solar powered too. My mood just goes to crap if I spend too long out of the sun.

It is absolutely beautiful today. I cannot wait to get out and enjoy the day! After work of course.

Rainy day fun…

Another rainy weekend! Oh well… we still managed to have lots of fun. Knitting was great. I finished the dinosaur sweater. Tim delivered it on Saturday and took this great shot of my nephew in the sweater. I love Friday night knitting! A great group of women with lots in common and lots to chat about. It feeds my soul.

Saturday I was on taxi duty as hubby was running a 5 mile race with his friend. On the way we picked up another little girl, then went to the Riverside Market. I wanted to make a curry that I could eat for a late lunch. Tim even made it back in time to enjoy it too. I used Masema curry paste and coconut milk for the sauce and fried up all the veggies that needed to get eaten in the fridge along with a bit of chicken breast. It was great but very filling. I am taking it for lunch this week.

Sunday started with the girls going to church as my daughter was singing. It was beautiful. At home the boys made brunch with some amazing sausages from Clow’s (a local store). We cleaned the house together after that. It is so amazing how quickly it can be completed when we all work together. After my coffee, I went to watch my niece practice with her hockey team and dropped her birthday present off to her. I hope she likes it.

This afternoon, I covered some stools in our kitchen. (I really should have taken some before shots as the stools were VERY ugly). My fabric stash had a fairly large piece of black denim that I used. I did have to sew a seam to get enough for the third stool but for no cost I essentially have new stools for our kitchen. It is so great to get little chores finished that have been needing to be finished for awhile. I cannot remember when I had first planned to do this but it was way before Christmas.

The kids ate supper early while hubby played guitar and I did a photo shoot. Yes I still need to work more with this camera. Yes it was much more fun than facing the pile of laundry.

Rebel on Mother’s Day

I was sufficiently spoiled on Mother’s Day with wonderful cards, breakfast in bed, and a new camera (Cannon EOS Rebel T3i). It was a beautiful day so after the scheduled Sunday activities we went for a drive. I took my camera of course. Anyone who has heard me complain about my Dad and his new camera will now have me to deal with as well. {I should have learned by now that you never say anything. Once you complain about it you are bound to do it eventually.}

I took pictures of everyone and everything. I probably need some time before I really know how to use it. The kids were great sports with all the pictures. On the way home we stopped at Frosty Treat. A family favorite. I was all excited about being able to get a smoothie, but when I got there they did not have any. I was out of luck but the kids loved their banana splits and even shared a little with me. I can have bananas and strawberries… oops some ice cream got mixed in there by mistake. So much fun.

Rainy Spring

Although the rainy spring is killing my plans for my flower beds and garden. It is heaven for me to get time to finish up some of my knitting projects. I am going to take a few pictures to show you what I am trying to finish up and will link to the Ravelry patterns for the other knitting nuts out there.

The most urgent of my projects is a dinosaur sweater for my nephew. His birthday was last week. I am late again. I modified and combined from two patterns. The Steppe Sweater by Irina Makarow. The collar is so sweet and I had a few balls of bulky yarn in my stash. However, he absolutely is dinosaur crazy. The sweater is a solid black with a Patons green variegated dinosaur. The mean green dino by Mandy Powers provided the chart for the dinosaur. It is knitting up so quickly and so cute. I cannot wait to finish it.

I am also on the last sleeve of my son’s hoodie. I based it on a pattern that I had saved off yarn I bought years ago. It is the Hooded Sweatshirt #217 by Bernat Design Studio. We got our wires crossed when talking about colours. He wanted it all yellow with a brown stripe. I knit it with brown as the main colour using Briggs and Little Heritage yarn. It should be great for him while camping with the Air Cadets. It has to be finished for spring camping. I think this month.

Finally, before summer I am hoping to finish my first lace project. It is a shawl for a friend of mine. I based it on a Spring Lace by Martingale & Company pattern card I purchased at MacAusland’s Woolen Mill in PEI. I had hoped to be able to send it at Easter but since I am only about half finished my new hope is to finish it by the end of June. We shall see.