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Why Should We Buy Organic?


This girl is so adorable, I want to eat her! However, through this video, I learned yet another reason why it is important to buy organic...

Whether you like the application of "organic" as used to denote food that has been naturally raised or not (winking at certain family members of mine), the point remains that how your food is raised affects the food, the environment, and ultimately, you. And sometimes, a simple science experiment is all we need to prove it.

Be well!

Wonderfuller

When I first saw the video for OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass", I was floored. The complexity of the video was made marvellous by the creativity that went into it (so original!) AND that it was done all in ONE SHOT!!


Apparently, you CAN improve on perfection (although the bit with the piano made me wince a little):


All I can say is Oh. My. Gosh.

(Behind-the-scenes on the second one here.)

Lyrics:

This Too Shall Pass lyrics
Songwriters: Kulash, Damian; Nordwind, Tim;

You know you can't keep letting it get you down
And you can't keep dragging that dead weight around
Is it really all that much to lug around
Better run like hell when you hit the ground

When the morning comes
When the morning comes

Can't stop those kids from dancing but why would you want to
Especially when you are already getting good?
'Cause when your mind don't move then your knees don't bend
But don't go blaming the kids again

When the morning comes
When the morning comes
When the morning comes

When the morning comes
When the morning comes
When the morning comes

Let it go, this too shall pass
Let it go, this too shall pass

(Let it go, this too shall pass)

Where the Wild Things Are

This fall, I saw (and captured on pixels) quite a lot of wildlife. Besides the foxes mentioned in August, there was also this bear, not a half-mile away from my house across the field.

Black bear taking a drink

Also, this moose, who looked like he was hoping for a quiet morning basking in the sun's rays in our sheltered yard, and got a little more excitement than he bargained for in Koda!



However, I'm not sure which is "wilder"--the four-legged critters, or these three monkeys on any given day!

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Uh... make that four monkeys! (Photos taken November 2009.)

Old Song, New Post

So, I meant to blog this a year ago, when I recorded it. I forgot. And I may have pulled my usual stunt of being overly-critical of my own voice. Oh, well. I wrote the song to be an encouragement. Be encouraged, my friends.

Are you ready for your leap of faith?

 

He Is Holding You
Words and Music by Talena Winters
Copyright 2009.

Every life has moments such as these
When you're hanging from the trapeze
The known a thin bar beneath your knees
But He is holding you

You don't see the net that's down below
You're just terrified of letting go
Take your leap of faith and you'll know
That He is holding you

Your ship may be safe in harbour
But that's not what ships are for
So let it go, let it go

Now you're flying high through the air
New horizons opening everywhere
You're no longer afraid to dare
'Cause he is holding you.

He is holding you
He is holding you
He is holding you
He is holding you.

Baby, Just Say "Yes"!



This might just be my new favourite video.

The fact that I've been trying to arrange a real "anniversary date" (which is now 1 1/2 months overdue) for two weeks is certainly helping.

I hope you enjoy it, too!

(Facebook viewers, you are going to have to "view original post" for this one--I'm not taking the time to repost, 'cause this girl needs SLEEP! Time to go snuggle up to Romeo.)

"This is True Love... you think this happens everyday?"*

Our wedding day also happened to be our college graduation day. We didn't know that they would coincide when we booked the church! Needless to say, neither of us made it to the cap-and-gown ceremony. But I liked my other gown and Jason's suit better.

For our first anniversary, we were moving out of my dad's basement (where we lived during our first year of marriage while Jason completed another college course) down to Calgary. We celebrated amongst piles of boxes that friends had helped us haul into a tiny rented apartment the day before--we were too broke for a date, but we were hopeful and excited about finally being "on our own."

I honestly don't remember many other anniversary dates right now. I know that we have had lovely dinners and romantic nights on the town, which were amazing and marriage-building. But it seems like the ones that are a little less "expected" are the ones you really remember.

For instance, we will always remember how we spent our tenth wedding anniversary--snuggled up on a single hospital bed, trying to watch a romantic movie whilst being interrupted by nurses and visitors and still finish in time to pick the kids up from the sitter's at a reasonable hour...

We've had a lot of ups and downs in the last ten years, but our love just keeps getting stronger. I love you, Honey. I can't wait to see where this adventure goes in the next ten!



Love Is Gonna Break Through
Chris Rice

Hear a newborn baby cry
Hear the farmers pray for rain
One more soldier gives his life
A homeless man begs for change
But change won't come easily
What does this have to do with me?

And my heart pounds with a thunder
And I stop and wonder
What should we do with life's surprises?
(Everyday the sun rises on us!)
Like a swing set in a graveyard,
Like a bloom in the desert sands
(Look at my tremblin' hands!)
'Cause it hits me like lightning
That love must keep fighting
And somehow, every time
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!

World inside a clear blue sky
Teeming with humanity
Tears and laughter intertwine
Our comedies and tragedies
And History is a runaway
But not so far that Love can't find and save

And my heart pounds with a thunder
And I stop and wonder
What should we do with life's surprises?
(Everyday the sun rises on us!)
Like a swing set in a graveyard,
Like a bloom in the desert sands
(Look at my tremblin' hands!)
'Cause it hits me like lightning
That love must keep fighting
And somehow, every time
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!

It takes my breath, it's come to this
We all bleed red, you can't resist
The changing wind, the roaring tide
C'mon, get on the winning side

Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!

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Thanks to your prayers and a good God, Jason should be coming home tomorrow. He's not out of left field yet, but he is definitely getting there! You are all such a blessing, and your comments and words of encouragement have meant more this week than you can ever know. We love you.

*Westley to Buttercup in William Goldman's The Princess Bride

A Lighter Note...

The kids and I have been getting some laughs from the uber-talented Tim Hawkins this morning, and I just wanted to share this video with all my friends, especially those with young children.



Jason was doing better yesterday when we were there, but the doctor had decided that he needed more testing to find out what's wrong with him (besides pneumonia.) They took ten vials of blood for a battery of tests that we won't hear about until next week. Also, Jason will now be in the hospital until at least tomorrow.

Thank you to all of you who have sent kind thoughts and wishes our way. I printed them off to take to Jason and lift his spirits.

I'll keep you posted.

Obsession?

My dad once compared me to Emma on Corner Gas. I hadn't seen the episode (Season 3, "Dog River Vice") at the time, but he figured that if I ever took a bet that I could stop knitting longer than someone else could stop doing something, I would end up just like Emma and be knitting the air with my hands.

I don't know if I am quite THAT bad. But I have been known to knit at stop lights. And during baby showers (the gift wasn't quite done!) and the occasional church annual general meeting. And during many a game of Scrabble or Settlers of Catan (sometimes people take a really LONG time on their turns!)

Therefore, you can imagine my surprise (more like dumb shock) when, last Wednesday night, I discovered that nine years ago, while teaching myself the purl stitch from dim, dusty memories of my grandmother's instructions at the age of five, I taught myself wrong!! And have been doing it wrong ever since, which is why my stockinette stitch pieces always had crossed stitches on them. (I just thought everyone's knitting looked like that! It wasn't until someone commented on it that I began to notice that no one's knitting looked like that! Why, yes, I'm a natural blond, why do you ask?) It worked, it just looked a little odd--and I am fairly certain that is why I have not always been able to get various techniques to work for me. I immediately found videos of how to do it the right way, of course--but it will take a while for the new motions to become as ingrained in my muscle memory as the old ones are were. (I keep telling my fingers that it's a "were!")



However, despite comparisons to Emma and Chicken Run's Babs (above), I still don't think anyone could top this:


Family members, take note: if I ever run out of yarn, make sure you hide the scissors!

Reliving Great Olympic Moments

I could talk about the fourteen gold medals that Canada won. And don't get me wrong--I am totally stoked about that.

But this... this is what reached into the part of my heart that has often wished that life really was like a Broadway musical, and that people would spontaneously break into a choreographed dance in the street.

I guess I'm not the only one...

imagine1day's Official Dancing in the Streets flashmob | Vancouver Canada 2010 from Jered Love on Vimeo.