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Sunday, October 31, 2010


This month's theme is "Urban Landscape" over at the photo contest blog Stardom Awaits!. There is a lovely array of photos over there for your viewing pleasure!

If you would like to participate in the voting please click on the above link. The voting will be open for approximately 2 weeks, and the winner(s) announced at that time. Thank you!

Good luck to all of our entrants!


Thursday, October 28, 2010


(By the Witchy Hippie Chick)

Happy Halloween everyone, have a safe and fun time!


Monday, October 25, 2010


Okay yes I am bragging, a little bit. I don't normally do this sort of thing but it was such a nice gesture that it tickled me pink!

Dave is "Auld Scot" in our Stardom Awaits! photo contest blog, and both he, myself and his wife Elizabeth (also in the photo contest blog) like to take pictures and write poetry. When I shared this poem with him via email he liked it and published it in the paper which he edits, then sent me a couple of copies. His words: "Now you're internationally published Jude!" How cool! It made me smile. :-)

Damn, how we go from sunny and green to this in one day! Today we woke up to some white stuff on the ground. And it's COLD. Damn, we didn't make it to Halloween this year. Waking up to darkness isn't my favourite thing either, I don't know if it's just me, but I am awake quicker when it's light out. When it's dark it feels like it's still the middle of the night. I don't think the snow is going to stay though, but it's definitely colder now. Highs of around mid 30's (F) will make a cold night for the kiddos while trick-or-treating.

I think in Canada we should have Halloween a month earlier while it's still nice out.... who's with me on this? Let's have a march and then a sit-in. We can wear flowers in our hair and chant peace songs and ....... oh wait, wrong decade...

I hope you are still having beautiful autumn weather where you are. Have a good week and take good care of each other!

Love Jude

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


It's a good thing the mornings are cooler now. It will help me to wake up on my walk to work. Don't you just hate it when you can't sleep, but still have to be on the job all day? Bleh.

I'm fighting off some bronchitis again. And it seems like half the people in my office are sick, and the other half extremely tired. Whazzup wit dat? Our flu shot clinic, which I organize every year with the Victorian Order Of Nurses, is next Wednesday. Those of us who participate will be glad to get the extra boost for our immune systems, and it's really nice that our company pays for it. I've done this every year now for the past 12 years! :-)

Poor hubby. I worked the late shift again yesterday and when I got home he was soooo tired from his workday and vegged out in front of his TV. I had just got myself in the door and went to rinse out my "go" cup in the kitchen sink when I realized there was water running but under the sink instead of in it...... Uh-Oh. So I called him and he came to check it out. Some piece had broken off where the water hose is hooked up to the tap under the sink, and after cleaning the water up he had to get dressed and go out to a hardware store to find a replacement part, then come home and install it. By the time he was finished he went straight to bed, and was snoring loudly within minutes. *sigh*

It's a busy week for me. I'm working an extra day (Thursday) and going out for a birthday dinner that night with my best pal Michele and our close buddy Leona. The next day is laundry day for me and then dinner out for hubby and myself with a couple we haven't seen in years. It will be fun dinner-dates!

My friend Shilo at work gave me my first Christmas order to do, some of my soaps, lip balms and spritzers. No bath salts on this order. I'll have to stock up on some glycerine for the soaps, it's almost that time of year again!

I hope you are all well, and having a good week. Take good care of each other!

Love Jude

Friday, October 15, 2010


Congratulations to Elizabeth, both photographs are yours! There was only one vote between the 2 shots, and I think you may have broken a record!

To all of our entrants, thank you for some truly beautiful photography. :-)

And a huge thank you to our voters, as without you we couldn't do this.

Stay tuned for the end of October for the next contest, the theme will be "Urban Landscape".

See ya then!

Friday, October 08, 2010


There are few things in this life here on Earth that are absolute. One simply cannot bank on much to be guaranteed. The fact is true that we are all only here for a relatively short time frame in the Big Scheme Of Things. But besides the fact that we WILL be taxed up the bunyakas for everything except maybe our thought processes (shhh don't give 'em any ideas), the only other thing we really can take to the bank is knowing there will always be changes in our lives.

Ah yes.

And in my little life comes another.

I have worked for the past dozen years at the Alberta Motor Association. That is CAA, or for you folks in the U.S., AAA. We are all affiliated. Same same.

A few of you may remember about 5 or 6 years ago when my job position changed. A whole LOT. Our department "integrated" with another, which basically meant that we lost 3/4 of what we did to our Travel Department, leaving us with a small group that we have built into what is Member Services. We specialize in memberships, Advocacy, Driver Education etc. We have taken our membership to over 900,000 in the province of Alberta and we are on our way to 1 million members.


Well we have been informed that we are now "Blending" with our Registries Department, which would be DMV for my friends in the U.S. There will be 4 "pilot centers" in Alberta (and thankfully ours is not one of them) who, beginning in January of 2011 will start the process of changing over and ironing out the bugs for the rest of us.

What does this change all mean?

In a nutshell, in our 2 departments we will have to be trained to do each others' jobs. That doesn't perhaps sound too huge. You might be thinking, "yeah AND, Jude?" Just for starters, what happens if some staff are just NOT interested in the type of work the other department does? They have a choice to stay and do it, or find another job, basically. And, before writing exams for Registries alone, the training for ONE person takes months of working in that department daily, forget about working back in your own Member Services Department. And that's for a full time employee. For someone like myself who works a few days a week I'm wondering how long this will take. Not to mention our Auxilliary staff who only work one day a week. How many years will it take to train them? Okay so there must be a simpler take on this than a lot of us are seeing so far, I'm sure there is really. Perhaps the actual "Blend" will just be a gradual thing even though we will have had renovations so that we can all be in one spot together.

We will all be blended into one department which by the way we have to think up a name for. ("Megistries"?) And we will all be working side by side. We will have 2 computers each, one for Registries Services and one for Member Services, as obviously they are 2 different systems with Registries being a Provincial Government thing.

Life does guarantee one other thing.... Shit happens! And so do Changes.

We all pretty much felt panic and depression, worry and disbelief in the first days after being told about this. I think most of us are resigned to it now, and even though our centre won't be blended for at least another year or so we are looking for positives in the situation to grab on to. Me for instance. I just want to work out my last few years before retirement there, working for my fabulous boss and my co-workers and not have to look for another job somewhere else where I have to start all over as an old bat at almost-60-years-old. So I will do what I have to do, and keep trying to bolster up the emotions of some of the staff there who are still really upset.

The change will definitely be huge in one respect. In our department it's all smiles and the best "customer service" we can muster up for everyone who walks in the front door. It's a mind-set. In Registries, it's all "business". You know, you-need-this-form-and-that-form-before-we-can-issue-a-death-certiciate-sir-we-cannot-register-your-vehicle-until-you-show-us-proof-of-insurance-ma'am-NEXT PLEASE!

So the mind-set of this new "blend" could very well blow our brains. I laugh when I think of it as how we will have to constantly interchange these:

It's been 8 days since I found out just what is coming down for us, and I'm starting to feel ready to "take it on man!" and get it the hell over with. After all, with every change that's hit me in the face so far this lifetime, I've managed to make the most of it. So I can do it again.

OH! There IS one other thing that is guaranteed.....

Once a month we'll have our Photo Contest over at Stardom Awaits! If you haven't already voted for "Scenic", head on over! There is still a week left to place your vote.

**I almost forgot!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING to my Canadian friends!** :-)

Take good care of each other, and if YOU are going through a big ol' change in your life right now, take heart that it will all work out in the end. I promise.

Love Jude

Friday, October 01, 2010


It's that time again folks, another photo contest is underway over at Stardom Awaits!. The theme is "Scenic" so get your eyeballs ready to check out some pretty stuff.

If you would like to participate in the voting process please head over there and vote for your ONE favourite photo. Thank you! The voting will be open for approximately 2 weeks, and the winner(s) will be posted at that time.

We do this just for the fun of it, and for the love of the hobby. The only prize the winner gets is a cyber pie in the face, but they get to choose the flavour. Heh heh

I've included here a few of my entries that didn't make the cut:







Best of luck to all of our entrants!

Love Jude