Monday, 23 October 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-10-23

The weather

Partiellement couvert
20 °
11 °
19 °
14 °
16 °
9 °
Partiellement couvert
13 °
4 °
14 °
4 °
Ensoleillé dans l'ensemble
15 °
7 °
12 °
9 °

Unseasonably warm once again.

On my reading pile
Still reading Into the Blue – Robert Goddard

On my TV
O', District 31, OD Bali, Unité 9, Mémoire Vive, L'imposteur.
There is a Halloween special from Oct 25 to Oct 31 on Ciné Pop, will record a few old horror movies.

On the menu for this week (may be changed)
Monday - 20C so it'll be Steak and potatoes on the grill
Tuesday - Pasta with ham
Wednesday - Soup and grilled cheese
Thursday - smoked meat sandwiches

On my to-do list 
- Regular housechores
- Massage therapist appointment on Monday
- If we are going to the Halloween party on Saturday I have to figure out Disco costumes
- Extra chores (might or might not get done) - wash oven, jennair, and fridge
- Finish Halloween bags
- Menu plan
- Pay bills
- Get a hair cut

What I am knitting and crafting
Continuing my knit scarf (have 1/2 done)
Halloween costume is DONE
Might start on felt ice cream cones

Looking around the house
All exterior stuff is put away except for 1 chair on the patio for those warm sunny days that are left.  Laundry needs to be done and a few things need to be picked here and there.

From the camera
Picture taken last spring of my parents, me and my sister.

Simple pleasures
working in my Chritmas, Fall and Happiness journals

What I am wearing today
Jeans, black sweater, running shoes.

Quote of the week

There are times when you realize that simple things are wonderful and enough.... Jill Badon Sky

Monday, 16 October 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-10-16

The weather
Monday is 10C with sun and some clouds
Mar.17 oct.
Risque d'averses
 40 %
 Près de 1 mm
 19 km/h S.-O.
Mer.18 oct.
Généralement ensoleillé
 10 %
 14 km/h O.
Jeu.19 oct.
Risque d'averses
 40 %
 Près de 1 mm
 25 km/h S.-O.
Ven.20 oct.
 0 %
 24 km/h O.
Sam.21 oct.
 10 %
 13 km/h O.
Dim.22 oct.
Ensoleillé avec passages nuageux

On my reading pile
Still reading Into the Blue – Robert Goddard

On my TV
Finshed 1st season of blue moon (excellent!) and season 2 of Nation Z (so-so).  Plodding along with season 2 of 6 ft under.
Sunday was H.Potter Movie Marathon with Val.

On the menu for this week
Monday - Sausages and mashed potatoes
Tuesday - Ham-egg quiche
Wednesday - Spaghetti
Haven't yet decided for the other days

On my to-do list (last weekend)
Wash outside basement windows - DONE
Deep clean all kitchen cabinets and declutter as I go - DONE
Deep clean linen cabinet - DONE
Change bedding in dd's room - DONE
Regular housechores - DONE

What I am knitting and crafting
Continuing my knit scarf (have 1/3 done)
Need to finish felt cookies for Halloween costume

Looking around the house
Beautiful Fall colors outside the windows.

From the camera
Hampton Beach summer 2017

Simple pleasures
Sitting down with a cup of tea and knitting.

What I am wearing today
Jogging pants, running shoes, cami, long sweater... housechores uniform!

Quote of the week

Don't less the silly little things steal your happiness

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-10-10

The weather
Monday & Tuesday unseasonably warm 20C.  However the rest of the week will be more Fall-like temperatures of 14C to 16C.

On my reading pile
Doomsday book (Connie Willis) – finished it this morning.  I liked it.  A book about Time-Travel in Oxford – England during the Black Plague.
I just started Into the Blue – Robert Goddard

On my TV
Way too much!  My dvr is full and can’t keep up.  I’ll have to stop watching some of the series.  They record faster than I can watch them.
I’ve got in the local shows:
Mémoires vives
Unité 9
Faits divers
District 31
L’heure Bleue
Occupation double à Bali
La Voix
Les Simones
Blue Moon
Others :
6 ft under
Nation Z
La liste noire


On the menu for this week
Nothing!  Had visitors over the weekend so did not menu plan.  Monday we had store-bought frozen tourtière.  Tuesday was leftovers.  Wednesday was sheppard's pie. No idea for the rest of the week

On my to-do list (last weekend)
My to-do list for next weekend isn’t written down yet.
Halloween decorations – DONE INSIDE – need to do the outside
Vaccumed all 1st floor – DONE
Halloween bags – 100 DONE – need to buy more candy
Participate in local White Geese festival (supper + evening but visit the farmer’s and crafter’s markets)

What I am knitting and crafting
Continuing my knit scarf (have ¼ done)
Started making felt cookies for Halloween costume – received the blue tutu from China last Friday – need to find a blue sweater to complete the lot.

Looking around the house
Halloween everywhere!!!  My son’s girlfriend helped me set up everything.  I'll put pictures soon.

From the camera
Family pictures from last weekend at Mont Ste-Anne.  We took the gondola up the mountain ($20 per person to-from)… only half an hour left before the end of the day so it cost $50 for the 6 of us.

Something fun to share
During the last weekend mom & sis watched some of my Christmas movies while I was decorating for Halloween!  They chose the Little House in the Prairie episodes.
Today I had a French grammar class at work – got the head working!

What I am wearing today
Jeans, black boots, long striped black-white sweater and black vest

Quote of the week
This quote represents me fully!

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. – CS LEWIS

Monday, 2 October 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-10-02

The weather:
Fall weather finally!  13C with sun today and upcoming week is from 16C to 20C.

On my reading pile:
Doomsday book – Connie Willis.  Recommended by my friend PamelaG. 

On my TV:
Ongoing with 6 feet Under.  Halfway through season 2.

On the menu for this week:
Chicken vol aux vents , steaks, smoked meat. 

On my to-do list last weekend:
My to-do list for next weekend is not written out yet.  During the week I work during the day so don’t accomplish anything in the evenings! I get home and am beat so weekends are for the to-do lists.  Which is why I’ll post about the last weekend to-do list.

Outside windows (front) –still have to do the rest of the house but those are the worst ones – glad it’s done!
Deep-clean 2 entry closets –put out the mittens and hats in the Front closet.  Put away sandals.
Low-fodmap crockpot spaghetti sauce to make 2 lasagnas for the freezer
French onion soup for the freezer
One load of summer clothes taken down to the basement
Regular housechores

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:
Working on my scarf – finally advancing a bit.  One of my friends on MHH sent me a link of how to do a ‘lifeline’ and it sure helped a lot with the unknitting!

Looking around the house:
My to-do list on the coffee table along with my knitting.  
Looks nice outside with lawn mowed and all flowers and shrubs cut (except for the hedge which dh is hesitating with).  
Halloween totes have been pulled out from the attic and are now sitting in the basement.

From the camera:

Don't always have new pics, so I'll pick some random pictures I have on the computer.  An old picture of March 2017.... it's a-coming!

Something fun to share:
Started a new class at noon two weeks ago - Stretching (we have some classes available where I work during lunch hour - $).  1st class was just ok, but 2nd one was quite good. Hoping it helps to pull the kinks out of this body! :)

What I'm wearing today:
For now I'm still in my pj's getting this post ready.  I'll just put on some jeans and a sweater.

Quote / saying:

Monday, 25 September 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-09-25 - Happy Rudy day!

The weather:::
TOO hot!!  High of 30C with humidity of 40C... Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... uggg!  I want FALL!!

On my reading pile:::
Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

On my TV:::
Still watching season 1 of 6 feet under yesterday and have started Nation Z.  I prefer Walking Dead, Nation Z is a bit full of easy jokes and nonsense.

On the menu for this week:::

Pizza on english muffins, baloney with mashed potatoes, hot chicken sandwiches with gravy & fries, ribs & rice and wednesday we will eat out as we have errands and dh is going to a hockey game.
My food prep today was:  cut up a pineapple, cook green beans, cook some hard-boiled eggs, make a veggie potage, make muffins.

On my to-do list:::
  • Cut off flowers and plants - DONE (did the front of the house today)
  • Put away some summer clothes - one load of dresses and skirts is now in the basement
  • Regular housechores
  • Start taking down screen windows .. too hot
  • Take off swing benches - DONE
  • Demantle patio table - DONE
  • Too hot to do much more

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
My scarf is started but I had to change to a more bulky wool... so now I need to go buy more wool to continue!

Looking around the house:::
  • Chocolate cookies on the LR table (yep that's me!)
  • Zen garden on the other LR table
  • A clean counter
  • portable fan in my bedroom
From the camera:
A picture of a supper we had on Saturday night with friends - potluck formula.  We had a great time

Something fun to share:::
Today is Rudolph Day - 3 months from today is Christmas!  September Rudolph day movie is my favorite - You've Got mail!

What I'm wearing today:::
Jean shorts & a cami with gougounes

If you want a different life you must be willing to do something different - HAL ELROD

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-09-19

I picked this up from my friend Pamela's blog:

and I decided to give it a try.  Don't know if I'll be good enough to do it every week but for now, here goes:

The weather:::
Too hot for the season!  Highs between 20C and 25C all week with sun.  Today was 26C + humidity 32C. When is Fall coming??

On my reading pile:::
Joséphine Jobé mendiante by Micheline Dalpé.

On my TV:::
Started 6 feet under yesterday and have watched 2 episodes.  Have all season 1 dvr'd.

On the menu for this week:::

Coq au porc with potatoes and green beans, pork tenderloing with rice, soup with leftovers and corn on the cob, raspberry pie, strawberries, fresh bread, spaghetti, and Friday probably McD's (yep it coupon time)

On my to-do list:::
  • Put away gazebo for winter - DONE
  • Put away gazebo chairs - DONE
  • Cut off flowers and plants - Done on both sides of the house and back.  still need to do the front.
  • Schedule Mammo and massage therapist - DONE
  • Buy 2 new Fall carpets - DONE
  • Put away some summer clothes
  • Regular housechores
  • Start taking down screen windows .. too hot, only took 1 down
  • Take off swing top - DONE
  • 1 thing a day declutter - DONE for this week

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Started a scarf.. just not working out right now.. .will have to work on it a bit more.

Looking around the house:::
  • Fall decor is on the mantel 
  • knitting on the LR table
  • fresh tomatoes from neighbor's garden on the kitchen counter
  • in the office I see felt cookies all cut out ready to be made, my husband's guitar, a blank paint canvas, journal declutter (slowly rewriting old journals and keeping only important things written).

From the camera:::

Start of the cruise season in Quebec city.  This boat is anchored near my office.

Something fun to share:::
I finished knitting my 1st pair of wool socks

What I'm wearing today:::
Capri jeans, black t-shirt, sandals

Make today the day to learn something new

Well this was a fun experience!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

2017 - 1st pair of knitted socks!

One of my goals for 2017 was to learn to knit socks.  I found a lady who taught me ... I went to her home a few afternoons this summer.  This pair was with old wool from my grandma's.  Not quite the same gray and they may be scratchy but I'm still happy.  Now I have to start a 2nd pair right away so I don't forget how to do them!  My daughter bought me wool for at leat 4 more pairs... so I'll be busy this winter :)  I'll be making Christmas gifts for next year!