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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Wascana Park Walk

Finally a nice day and we did the 4k walk around the city side of the lake, the Blue Trail!

RIP Ton Van Duren

 

Our old friend, rock, helper in so many situations (like this pic, DJing and so much more at our wedding in ’96!) is no more :'(

He fought his cancer hard, but the new stem cells wouldn’t have it 🙁 Ton van Duren, you were one of a kind! We’re blessed to have 30 years worth of memories with you ❤

Wishing Dinie, family and other friends strength to deal with this tremendous loss..

Rest easy Ton van Duren (May 3, 1965- April 7, 2018)

Winter Updates, 10 Years Canada And Vacation Plans!

Winter has been dry and cold, we’ve seen -36 without the wind chill!! Our New Year’s Eve party was a success again and so much fun! Then I was busy with making Valentine’s Crittens and then there were the Winter Olympics and oh yeah, it was our TEN YEARS IN CANADA anniversary on the 18.. wow!

We also planned our next vacation. It’s going to be a double exciting one! Dad hopes to turn 100 on August 24, we will be there for almost a week. Then we add a week of Crete to that trip… going back there after 13 years! Back to Kalives, to Christi Apartments this time.

Merry Xmas And All The Best For 2018!

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

Can’t believe we’re already near the end of the year! At the same time, trips in the first half of the year, to Kelowna (BC) and to Holland, already seem so long ago! After these wonderful trips, we had a great camping season here in Saskatchewan – not the longest, but warm and dry 🙂

Work has been good too, although it looked like Marlies was going to lose her casual office job due to reorganization, but she got very lucky and was able to renew her contract after all. In the meantime she researched other work-from-home options and expanded her website business Feel The Fire by adding a crafts store. All her creativity under one roof! She’s been quite busy crocheting cute little kittens (crittens) since, for crazy cat people like us!

Merry Xmas and best wishes for 2018!

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

Expanding Feel The Fire!

Things are going to change at Feel The Fire!!

In recent years I’ve been working hard behind the scenes. Besides working with clients, I spent many months moving my sites to a new web host, Antagonist in the Netherlands, and doing any updates where needed (made this whole blog bilingual, for one).

And the last few months I’ve been working on something really exciting: expanding this business… with a crafts store! My whole life I’ve been creative in various ways. Crocheting, knitting, drawing, painting, printing, digital artwork, web design etc. I’ve always dreamed of having my own store with my handmade items and now I’m finally doing it! These days it’s mainly crocheting and drawing/painting that I do and it’s only natural to me that I make this part of Feel The Fire. All my creativity under one roof! It will be part of that website and in the new year I intend to create a shop for it, for now I will be selling some items through my Feel The Fire Facebook page. And of course you can contact me directly as well!

They Are Keeping Me!

Great news! Nothing signed yet, but heard last Friday that due to changes in the team, I can keep my work-from-home office job after all!!! I will continue to work on expanding my business, this past month has learned me a lot about where my heart is. But very happy I still get to do it with the financial backup of my current dream job! Thanks to all who gave me advice and tips (via my posts on Facebook) on home work, I will still also research those options in case I can use it in addition to all of the above! 🙂

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!!!!