Category Archives: Reading

back into my routine.

Sorry I haven’t posted in so long again.. Dan convinced me to go to the city with him so I spent the weekend there with no laptop stuck in a hotel room. Shopping was pitiful. Everything was so picked over I could barely find any clothes that fit me. However i went to winners and bought a new hairstraightener and a cook book.

I’m pretty excited to start cooking out of this book. I thought what a better way to start the New Year resolution of eating healthy and managing my weight. I think tonight I’m going to make the roasted vegetables. I’m hoping my hockey billet is going to a hockey game tonight because I love the time alone in the house to cook and clean. Last night I did laundry, took down Christmas decorations and shovelled off the sidewalk and driveway! GO ME!

I guess thats what happens when you aren’t home over the weekend though, I feel like I have so much to do! I just need a weekend at home with nobody coming over or visiting so I can get stuff done. But thats what the holidays are about… spending time with everyone else right.

My New Years Resolutions:
1. manage my weight better by eating healthy and exercising (curves 3 times a week)
2. enjoy life no matter what happens.. I need to stop getting myself into these depressive ruts
3. manage my banking account a bit better.. lol.. I need to keep track of when payments are coming out
4. smile!
5. be more creative… start scrapbooking again…

Thats all I can think of so far.. and I mean I don’t need to loose weight.. just inches around my belly more than anything I think. And exercise helps that more than anything I think.

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The Birth House

birth house

 

I have finally finished the book “The Birth House” by Ami McKay.

My Aunt read the book and thats where I found out about it. When I asked the lady in the book store where I could find the book she light up and said it was one of the best books out right now. I have read the book from cover to cover and I loved every word. This book is filled with so much  knowledge about the history of Scots Bay, it also includes the Halifax explosion and the war that was going on at the time.

Dora Rare was the first female born in the family in five generations. Nobody is to sure if its a blessing or a curse. And because of that she doesn’t really have too many friends except her six brothers and Miss B. Miss B is the midwife for the community and Dora soon learns all of her secrets. Then there is the Dr. Thomas that arrives promising painless births… My favorite part in the whole book is when Dora buys the Vibrator to get rid of the Hysteria… Dora is set to be married at the age of 17, and soon after discovers her husband is nothing but an alcoholic who beats her whenever he feels like it. He makes he stop the midwifing and “witchery”. Dora and a couple of the other ladies in the community set up an OKS (occasional knitters society) to knit socks for the men at war and to of course gossip. Soon after her husband unexpectadly dies she is catching babies and with the help of the Willow Book, supplying Scots Bay with herbel remmedies and pretty much answers to every kind of ailment. She cured the Spanish Influenza with Onion Baths and Onion Syrup. It brought tears to my eyes with the storis of the still births and miscarriages, and made me laugh out loud with the vibrator and some of the cures such as laying a woman upside down and speaking to the baby between the legs to get him to turn around. I just can’t imagine the things they went through.

 This book just was such a wonderful piece of knowledge of what life was like back then. It makes me want to fly out to Nova Scotia to see everything out there and just “be there”.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. I know Dan’s mom has the book now, and my mom has asked to borrow it.