Welcome!

We are Nico and Marlies Wobben and in February 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is an RN at the General Hospital and I (Marlies) work from home, as an administrator at Canada Life and for my own web design business Feel The Fire. And we have 7 cats!
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My Dream Job Is Ending Soon! :(

Office job ends – will creative entrepreneur opportunities triumph or will it be back to fluorescent lights and stale office air?

A good week ago I learned that at the end of the year, my casual, work-at-home office job for Canada Life (Great West Life technically) will come to an end after almost ten years! Work has been so low that I’ve only worked 10 hours/week (instead of my usual 25ish) for months. And since some of our work has been moved to an India team a few years ago, our headcount had to come down. Not sure what they have in store for the permanent full-timers in the long run, but right now it’s the end of the line for the three casuals who were still on board 🙁 We saw it coming, but it still sucks!

My brain immediately went into overdrive and I’m researching my creative options first (like expanding my website business and starting a web store for crafty/artsy stuff), as I’m dreading to give up my freedom and would prefer to do home-based jobs. I realize though that I may just have to dust off my dressier clothes and look for ‘normal’ part-time or casual (preferably data-entry non-phone) jobs out there…

Happy 150th Canada!

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Holidays And Best Wishes For 2017!

We want to wish you all a happy holiday season! Here’s our traditional Xmas mail & card:

2016 came with some health challenges, but the bad back problems I ended last year with, improved a lot because of a good chiropractor and a lot less sitting (got an adjustable desk). It turns out to be the piriformis muscle causing problems when I sit too much and luckily not the discs. Not to complain though, we also lost a few people way too young, in their thirties. So be grateful for the little things and hug your loved ones!

Our motorhome travels took us to several provincial parks again over the summer (never enough free weekends!) and for the big vacation, we took off to Northwest Ontario for a few weeks. Wow! Quite impressed by that Canadian shield, gorgeous rugged scenery, much more mountainous than expected.

It was also the year I chopped off my long hair! Nico still has his long luscious grey locks though 😉

This year we will host our Dutch New Year’s Eve Party again, so if you’re in the neighbourhood, come join us!

Merry Xmas and best wishes for 2017!

Nico & Marlies
Tess, Gandalf, Rider, Smokey, Sheldon, Penny & Arya =^.^=

RIP Adam Sagan :'(

Adam noooooo!!! You were going to beat this!!!! You fought so goddamn hard!!! Can’t believe that I won’t be sharing a Denver sandwich with you anymore…. rest easy bro :'(

In May Rachel went to visit him and brought him some gifts (I made a blankie) and a Denver’s sandwich from our Denver’s Pizza restaurant he loved so much!! Priceless! The other pic was in 2015 in front of this restaurant. We’d always tried to get together if he was in town with a band!

My condolences to the family… what a fight he put up! Despite the news of family members letting us know they were about to say goodbye two days ago, Adam didn’t actually draw his final breath until this morning. What a trooper. No more pain, rest easy now Adam ❤

Jordan Sagan – December 7, 2016 ·
Today on December 7th, 2016 at 9:56am, brother Adam Sagan took his final breath. His loved ones were there by his side, and he fought with everything he had until the very end. All of your support has been amazing, thank you all so much!!!!

Answers About My Back And Leg Pain!

Today I had an EMG at the hospital, where they checked my leg / sciatic nerve because of the issues I’ve had. All was well, and it looks like it never was a sciatic nerve issue, but irritation of the piriformis muscle in the same area. What he told me about it exactly matched my symptoms and what I did for relief. I’m still not all healed, I still have to limit sitting, but there still is slow progress, my walking is improving, I do my stretches and according to the neurologist I just have to keep doing what I do and I should be fine 🙂

Kitchen / Bathroom Reno

After wrecking my back in November, it took me months to slooowly finish the cabinet doors. In May I was finally done, and I cried a little! Here are a few before and after pics!

Short Hair!

When growing out your red dye becomes too ugly, there is only one solution… chop chop!! It’ll grow again… but wait, I’m actually liking this a lot! :O

Meeting Shawn Again!

We hadn’t seen Shawn Drover (who we met in his Eidolon days) since he was in Megadeth, back when we still lived in Holland! So great to see him again!! His new band Act Of Defiance was playing the Exchange with Untimely Demise \m/

Happy Holidays And Best Wishes For 2016!

It’s almost 2016 already… what did prairie life bring us in 2015?

First of all, a nice car upgrade (2011 Dodge Journey) in January! In April we finally had our roof redone and in the summer we had many great camping trips in our beautiful province again, together with our kitties. In September/October we went to Europe to attend the Progpower festival in Baarlo, which is always like a big family reunion :), to visit family and friends in Holland and to spend a few days in Luxembourg and Germany.

Recently we’ve had Boyd do some renovations in the upstairs bathroom and kitchen, but unfortunately I (Marlies) haven’t been able to finish my part yet, which was refinishing the kitchen cabinet doors. I hurt my back with that and had to stop for now. My doc suspects a bulging or herniated disc and esp. a pinched sciatic nerve is keeping me pretty immobilized for now. Hopefully it will heal soon!

So because of this, the holidays will be fairly quiet for us, but we’re looking forward to spending it with friends: supper on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and a small get together on New Year’s Eve instead of the usual big party (sorry, we can’t host one this year because of my back). I hope your holidays are filled with as much love as ours!

Merry Xmas and a very happy 2016!!

Nico & Marlies
Tess, Gandalf, Rider, Smokey, Penny, Sheldon & Arya =^.^=

Dillan

Welcome to this world Dillan! Kris and Dana’s son was born on July 14th! I made this blankie for him 🙂