Sunday, March 30, 2008
The autopsy results revealed that Jeff died of a pulmonary embolism. It was most likely cause from prolonged periods of sitting while running the boat.
I hope one day I can live again.
If anyone can think of a way that I can make money to stay home with my children, please let me know. I am afraid. I want to be able to raise our children the way we had decided was best. How will I do it (homeschool, SAHM) with out a source of income? What am I going to do?
A wonderful loving heart stopped beating on March 25, 2008 when we lost an amazing, crazy and kind man, Jeff Chandler.
Jeff was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia on 1962 and lived in Nova Scotia until moving to BC in 1988. He was a devoted commercial fisherman and loved to be at sea. He was the skipper of the Cape Morien. Jeff loved to laugh and make people laugh with him. He was a very large man who resembled a Sasquatch; but was a true teddy bear at heart to those he cared for and to children and animals (except fish, of course). Jeff always had a story or fish to share with anyone around. He loved playing with his children, having a job to do,and building in his workshop. His dogs, Eli (Bucket-head) and Freckles will miss him terribly.
He leaves to mourn his adoring wife and best friend, Jackie, daughters, Olivia and Jessie (1st marriage), sons Briar and Glenn(1st marriage), parents Rita and Gary Veinot and Aubrey and Sheree Chandler, siblings Lisa (Gordie), Tabitha, Amanda and Jake all of Nova Scotia. He also leaves many saddened family members and too many friends to count in both BC and NS.
He was predeceased by his son, Kyle, his brother, Craig, grandparents, Gerald and Beatrice Cross, and grandmother Felicia Chandler.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Sands Funeral Home. Viewing will be Monday 3-4pm. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, April 1st at 2pm. A Reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, a trust account has been set up for the care of Jeff’s small children...
Also, any stories of Jeff and his life that you can share would be very happily received to be included in a book so his small children may know and remember him through these stories.
*some of the obit info has been removed*
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I tried so hard to save you, Jeff. I tried. I am so very sorry. I wish I could go back and try again. I would have given my life for yours.
I miss you....endlessly.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I found this and had to try it myself. This one, Liv and I actually made for my sister for Easter but couldn't keep it a surprise and gave it to her right away. We tried with various types of paper but found many of them too floppy and flimsy. We settled on Amy Butler mat paper. It was the perfect thickness. It even allowed me to roll the edges up on the top and bottom a bit to make them more 'life-like'.
I made this one and thought I'd keep it for myself. I think I may make myself another as I would really like some vibrant blues in there too. Anyhow, I'm addicted....
It looks like it is sitting on my lampshade. It's not in real life.
Friday, March 21, 2008
BUT, I will say that I do not suggest hosting an Easter egg hunt in a field where many sheep and goats have recently grazed and therefore POOPED. *internal shudder* Chocolate and crap are brown. People walk on the brown poo and the brown (although mostly tinfoil wrapped) chocolate eggs that are strewn on the ground BESIDE OR ON the poop and little hands pick it up and eat it....the chocolate and the crap. Gives new meaning to crappy chocolate, doesn't it? Now what are the signs for E.Coli so I can keep an eye out for them?
We did have a moment of hilarity, though, when the kids were waiting for the Easter Bunny's appearance....
and saw this....
That slayed me!! It was so....odd. This beautiful natural setting suddenly marred by this mangy, moth-eaten, ill-fitting costume of an ENORMOUS rabbit. He hopped into the setting, waved, hopped out and sat behind a tree occasionally peeking out and waving. I can imagine that he was tuckered out from leaping about in that ridiculous rabbit-shaped monstrosity and had to sit down and smoke a cigarette. (Not that I condone smoking at all, it just looked like that sort of situation). I don't know WHAT I was expecting but it reminded me of that scene in 'A Christmas Story' where Ralphie goes to see Santa. Pure hilarity!
Liv later told me that she didn't think that it was the 'real' Easter bunny because she could see hair out the back of his gargantuan head and his eyes were way too big.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
This week I'll be putting a bunch of work into the garden. So much to do! You're actually 'supposed' to wait until the last week of March to plant around here, but I am throwing caution to the wind!! What a rebel I am!!
Liv and I have been searching for 'signs of Spring' for the last few months. Yesterday, we took some pictures of the ones we could find. Aren't they glorious?
Happy Spring everyone!! (and Happy Fall to those in the Southern Hemisphere!)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
We had a great time! I do think that Krista and I got more out of it than the kids. They enjoyed the measuring, we enjoyed the mixing (by the way, the 'batter' was SO thick that it kept climbing up whippers into the beater!! Wow!) Clean-up was actually A LOT easier than I had expected.
We sat the big pot in water while we went to play outside and it had all dissolve by the time we came back in. Wee-hoo!
Krista - Thanks for the marshmallow making fun!
Rach - I love your comments and your blog.
Purple Grasshopper - Your artwork is fabulous and I love it.
Christina - Thanks for making my daughter's ....years with Maisy.
Kirsten - I know you'll never do this, but you are a fabulous sister and I am SO lucky to have you!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I stumbled upon this book at the Sally Ann quite awhile back. It has crafts and recipes that are SO easy but a tonne of fun. We have made the play-dough in here two times and it lasts and stays pliable for ages. We made it about six months ago and it is still going strong! It is softer and smoother than the store bought stuff and not feeling rough from too much salt like most homemade recipes.
I thought may be someone else out there could use a fabulous play-dough recipe: 500 ml (2 cups) flour
250 ml (1 cup) salt
5 ml (1 tsp) cream of tartar
25 ml (2 tablespoons) oil
5 ml (1 tsp) food colouring (optional, but more fun, in my opinion)
500 ml (2 cups) water
-Mix ingredients in saucepan over medium heat while stirring constantly. It's done when dough starts to leave sides of pan.
- Remove from saucepan and knead for a few mintues once it's cool enough to touch.
*We just keep ours in a closed container when we're finished.
A totem pole!
Anyhow, everything else is growing and will being going into this beautiful dark yummy soil soon! I can't wait! Wee-hoo!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Just a few months ago, I wrote a post about liberating the blog from being primarily about our family and make it a source for the unburdening of MY mind. The majority of my mental release has always been creative (okay, that and talking).
As a child, my creative outlet was painting/drawing, reading or imaginative play. As a teenager, basically, whatever supplies the art class provided became my medium and, again, reading. It was at this time that I had decided that I would LOVE to illustrate children's books. My favourite illustrator/author was always Steven Kellogg.
As I got older, my life veered onto different tracks and into different towns. I worked in a pub for seven years where I would sit and draw on quiet nights and even took some distance education college courses. When I moved from that little town, I moved in with Jeff and started going to school in the hopes of getting a degree in Graphic Design.
Weeellllll, life happens so differently than we plan so often and we were very shortly expecting our fabulously amazing little daughter. I didn't continue with school after Olivia was born, but I have tried to keep 'crafty'. In the last while, I have noticed that I haven't been drawing... at all. I find myself looking at other people's art work longingly and enviously (nicely, though!) wishing that I could do something even remotely as beautiful too. I don't completely know why I haven't other than the business that comes from raising little ones; but I think I lost my artistic mojo. I am mourning it.
I was searching and searching for my portfolio to take me down memory (and hopefully, inspiration) lane only to find it missing! I thought I had searched every nook and cranny, thinking that it had been lost in our move six months ago, when I finally looked one last time in a closet that I know checked before and FOUND IT!
I am so pleased to have it with me and to look through the artwork again. I am finding that the much of it isn't finished. I would love to try to work on getting myself confident enough to try drawing/painting again...just even doodle. It seems so long ago and a different person who worked on these things. I wish I could go back in time and push myself a little harder.
I know that some same that the path you're on is the path you're meant to be on....but I still wonder. Do you ever wonder? Is there somewhere else that you thought you'd be?
I so do not regret my life or my family. They are the BEST things that have ever happened to me....I am just having a major case of the 'what-ifs'.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I made some leaves (to signify Spring) for the front door wreath. It still had the hearts from Valentine's on it. I toyed with the idea of eggs or chicks but decided that there is no such thing as 'Labour Day eggs'. ;) I may add some flowers soon....
We had an amazing lay-on-the-floor-and-make-cupcakes-and-sing kind of day. It was fabulously relaxing and SO needed. The sun came out and we blew bubbles outside. It felt like a Sunday from when I was little - quiet and mellow.
Friday, March 14, 2008
We've been working on our seasonal tree to get it ready for the coming of Spring by making cherry blossoms out of four layers of flower shaped tissue paper and a dot of yellow paper in the centre. I suggested that we remove our display of the birds that we ahd seen at the birdfeeder recently, but I met with some reluctance. So the birds will now be in the company of flowers!
I think they turned out very pretty....a bit sparse as someone got tired of making them before I had anticipated, but pretty nonetheless.
I find these moments when they are playing quietly and enjoying each other's company so much as close to heaven as I can imagine. I love to watch them and listen without them knowing. I love the names that Liv picks for them, 'Clarabelle and Rabbie'. I love how Briar plays along and copies all his sisters movements. They are so sweet.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I've made a few of these eggs with removable ducklings from wool in the last couple of days. I'm hoping to post them on Etsy later today.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
It does, however, look like Olivia has incredibly hairy arms....