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!
  • Regina
  • Amsterdam

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!!!!

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/