Monday, 19 February 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-02-19

Another week upon us!  I was sick most of last week with a good head-cold.... hurt from the neck up, headaches, sneezing, eyes crying.  I missed 3 days of work because of this.  Did not want to share my germs and the headaches didn't let up, had to take tylenols every 4 hours.  Did not do much at home as I spent most of my time on the couch :(

Was feeling a wee-bit better by Friday afternoon.  Friday night was game night with my husband, my son and his girlfriend.  We did Valentine's supper at home on Saturday with my son and his girlfriend.  Raclette and then chocolate fondue for dessert.  Watched 2 horror movies afterwards with Valerie.  My son had gone to a friend's house and my husband was puttering around the house.

Got the results from mom's scans - all is ok. :)  they will do another one in 6 months just to see.  Her headaches are less now too.

The weather

Above 0C temps for the week with LOTS of freezing rain in the forecast for Tuesday :(


What I'm reading
Passages - Connie Willis - am finding it a bit long.

On my tv
The Olympics 
La Voix (new edition started last night)
I recorded all season 5 of Walking dead.  Want to view all previous seasons before though.
Viewing my Frasier dvds ... so funny!


Menu - planning
Monday - Meat pie 
Tuesday - Ragoût de boulettes
Wednesday - Homemade pizza
Thursday - Spaghetti and meatballs
Friday-Hamburgers

On my to-do list
Last weekend:
Regular housechores 
Laundry 
Bake muffins, prep a ragoût de boulette for menu this week
Declutter bedside table
Do paperwork
Declutter medication cabinet
Menu-planning

Monday (day off work):
2:00 go to knitting lady so she can show me how to do the heels on wool socks
3:00 appointment for a facial
Stop by bank
If time stop by the dollar store to pick up some things for my son's cat
Prep gym clothes, lunch and work clothes for tomorrow
Stretching exercises
Post here.
Rest of the week will be work, work, work, work.

What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
working on socks.  
Finished the cotton yard for crocheted dishcloths.  I now have 11 to be given for Christmas gifts.

Looking forward too
Sunshine!  4C today with sun.  

Simple pleasures
Petting the cat

From the camera


Valentine flowers :)

Quote of the week




Monday, 12 February 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-02-12

Morning friends!  Back from a 5-day trip to Hallendale Beach, Florida.  Me, my husband, my daughter, my sister, brother-in-law, nephew and at the last minute my brother came with us.  In fact he booked the night before and left from a different airport and got there at the time we were leaving from Montreal.  My uncle picked him up at the airport.
A bit cool the first few days but hot afterwards... too much sun in not enough time for the skin ;)
We went to the casino (5-10 minutes), dog race, Miami beach, Aztec RV resort (to have supper with some friends), and my uncle's campground.
Our Airbnb appartment was great too.

The view from our 23rd floor balcony (Penthouse appartment).

We rented a van for the 5 days and it was perfect for the 7 of us.

Had an hour delay on our way there as they had to defrost the plane. 

Back to our normal routine.  Been doing laundry and catching up on household chores this weekend.  
Waiting for mom's scan results this afternoon.  Sister in law's operation went well last week.


The weather

We had freezing rain during the night, uggg! 
Monday = -5C, Tuesday -9C, Wednesday 0C, Thursday -2C, Friday -1C


What I'm reading
Passages - Connie Willis.  
I read Parce que je t'aime de Guillaume Musso during my vacation.

On my tv
The Olympics 
La Voix (new edition started last night)
Recorded shows


Menu - planning
Monday - chicken 
Tuesday - sheppard's pie
Wednesday - Meat & tomato macaroni
Thursday - ham in the crockpot
Friday?

On my to-do list
Last weekend:
Regular housechores 
Laundry 
cook hard boiled eggs, bake muffins, prep a sheppard's pie for menu this week
Put away luggage
Download more ebooks
Post some vacation pictures on FB
Menu-planning

Monday (day off work):
Massage therapist appointment today at 10.  
call back for gastro appointment
Cook chicken
Prep gym clothes, lunch and work clothes for tomorrow
Up early to watch some olympics!

Rest of the week will be work, work, work, work.

What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
working on socks


Looking forward too
Sleeping in my own bed!

Simple pleasures
Chatting with my friends by internet


From the camera

Supper outside in Florida.  Beautiful night and good food.


Quote of the week





Monday, 29 January 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-01-29

This weekend we had a bday party Saturday evening for a friend's 50th bday.  Lots of dancing and chatting - was a fun time.

Sunday was a lazy day, had a splitting headache all day, even got to nap a little (which I never do!)


The weather

Monday - 10C in the forecast
Nothing major in the forecast about the same temperature all week except for Thursday which should be around - 3

What I'm reading
The forgotten library - AM Dean

On my tv
Blue Moon (season 2)
Liste noire
Les américains
Notre vie
Souviens-toi
Survivant désigné
Toi et moi
Un gars une fille
O'
L'heure bleue
La fugueuse
Unité 9


Menu - planning
Monday - beef, mashed potatoes and gravy with carrots on the side
Tuesday - pork chops & potatoes in the crockpot
Wednesday - pizza on english muffins
Thursday - cabbage rolls
Friday?

Might be a few changes in the menu

On my to-do list
Regular housechores
Laundry
Finish packing for Florida vacation
Dentist appointment, get some US$$, pharmacy pickup on Monday
Contact Airbnb owner for some info
Gym & yoga


What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
working on socks


On my bedside table
Himalayian salt lamp, regular reading lamp, a box of kleenex, hand cream, tv remote control, ebook.

Simple pleasures
Today was being able to stay in bed warm as late as I want :)


From the camera

A picture I found on the internet and a craft I'd like to make at some point.



Quote of the week

Coming up for us next week, so won't be posting...



Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-01-22

A bit late in posting because I changed my day off work from Monday to Tuesday this week as they were saying a snowstorm on Tuesday.

Finally my daughter's diagnosis is in - Crohn's disease.  She has more bloodwork and a tuberculosis test to have before starting some injections every 2 weeks. Luckily she has insurance because the cost of the medication is prohibive.

We had a full house last weekend with the kids and my son's girlfriend and kitten.  I had a governement exam Saturday all morning (got home at 12:45) and I can't say I found it easy. Will have results in a few months.  Mother-in-law also came for supper Saturday night.  

So here goes:

The weather

Monday - 14C
Tuesday - Snowstorm with freezing rain and winds in the forecast.  It is now noon and we have had about 3 inches of snow.   seems to be turning into rain.  For now it looks fine here but watching the news it's not the case in town. High of -4C.  They are saying the worst is yet to come this afternoon.
Should be colder towards the end of the week but back to 0C for Saturday.

What I'm reading
Pain blanc, pain noir Tome 3 - Micheline Bail

On my tv
Some recorded shows and since it is Rudy day this week, will watch a Christmas movie this afternoon
Have decided to delete 'Modern Family' , didn't like it enough and have enough other shows to watch.

Menu - planning
Monday - pork chops in the crockpot with rice
Tuesday - chicken fillets with fries, will also make a soup
Wednesday - lasagna
Thursday - spaghetti
Friday?

Might be a few changes in the menu

On my to-do list
Regular housechores
Laundry
Cancel Sears credit card - done this morning
Schedule gastro appointment - left message they will call me back
Wednesday - hair cut & colored
Schedule massage therapist appointment for February and ask for last year's receipts for insurance - done this morning
Start packing for Florida vacation

What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
same old, same old... socks and dishcloths

Looking around the house
yoga mat on the LR floor.  On the LR table, journals (for journal decluttering), yarn bowl, a big box of Lindt chocolate, crochet & yarn, teacup.  In the guest room - open suitcase with clothes and shoes.  

Simple pleasures
Celebrating Rudolph day with a Christmas movie and some knitting (socks for Christmas gifts next year!)

From the camera

A picture I found on the internet and that I am using as my FB profile picture.



Quote of the week




Monday, 15 January 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-01-14

Back to work since last Wednesday.

My daughter's medical results were non-conclusive so she has to see a specialist this week for treatment - probably ulcerative colitis since endoscopy was good and bloodwork was good.  She is still having problems though and she is off work until February 3rd.  Then she is on scheduled vacations for 1 week.
Have had results for other family members (some good, some not so good) and still waiting for results for another family member.  2018 will be a though year healthwise :(

On another note, we have now made reservations for 5 days in Florida in February (me, my husband, my daugher, my sister, her husband and 1 nephew).  we will be renting an Airbnb (1st time).  Plan tickets are bought too.  We don't usually take vacations (other than regular construction vacations) because of my husband's job, this year is an exception.

I also have some government exams to do on Saturday the 20th (for promotions), crossing my fingers.  

We were invited to 2 supper parties on the 20th also but in another town (3-hour drive), so we declined both because of my exams.


The weather

T. ressentie:
Nuit:
P.D.P:Pluie 24 H:Neige 24 H:Vents:Ensol. (h):
Lun.15 janv.
Généralement ensoleillé
-14°C
 -22
 -16°
 10 %
 -
 -
 19 km/h N.-E.
 7
Mar.16 janv.
Ciel variable
-10°C
 -11
 -16°
 30 %
 -
 -
 16 km/h E.
 2
Mer.17 janv.
Ciel variable
-9°C
 -11
 -13°
 30 %
 -
 -
 7 km/h S.-O.
 3
Jeu.18 janv.
Nuageux avec quelques flocons
-7°C
 -11
 -15°
 40 %
 -
 Moins de 1 cm
 11 km/h O.
 2
Ven.19 janv.
Averses de neige isolées
-7°C
 -11
 -12°
 40 %
 -
 Moins de 1 cm
 10 km/h O.
 3
Sam.20 janv.
Nuageux avec quelques flocons
-2°C
 -5
 -3°
 60 %
 -
 Près de 1 cm
 10 km/h O.
 2
Dim.21 janv.
Nuageux avec éclaircies
5°C
 2
 2°
 30 %
 2-4 mm
 -
 21 km/h S.-O.
 2






On my reading pile
Pain blanc, pain noir Tome 2- Micheline Bail.  

On my TV
Modern Family
Les Américains
Rupture
'O
Hubert et Fanny
Notre vie
District 31
Lacher prise
Les pays d'en haut
L'heure bleu
Unité 9
Blue moon season 2
Survivant désigné
La liste noire
Toi & moi

On the menu for this week (may be changed)
Monday - cabbage rolls
Tuesday - Spaghetti & meatballs
Wednesday - smoked meat
Thursday - sausages and mashed potatoes
Friday - ?

On my to-do list 
Regular housechores
Laundry 
Dentist on Monday (10 min - just to see how the whitening is going and schedule some dental work on front teeth)
Schedule Gastro appointment for February
Contact designer for bathroom redo plans
Journal declutter
...

What I am knitting and crafting
Socks and dishcloths

Looking around the house
Puzzle on the kitchen table, yoga mat on the LR floor, knitting on the LR table, fireplace is lit... nice!
Simple pleasures
Lunch with some co-workers on Wednesdays :)  we chat and laugh alot

From the camera
Not much on the camera since I emptied it on the hard-drive.  Found this one of me (I need it to open my airbnb account).  Taken last summer in 3-Rivières.

Quote of the week

Monday, 8 January 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-01-08

Christmas is over for 2017.  We had lots of great family time.  I've posted lots of pictures on FB.  
Everything is now washed, mopped, dusted, put away.  We are back to a normal routine. I have kept a few lights on the mantle and a lighted birch tree in the LR so it's still nice and cozy in the evening.

The weather
We've been freezing for the last week and a half! cold temps like we usually get in February.  After the snow, the cold - winter will be hard this year.

On my reading pile
Pain blanc, pain noir - Micheline Bail.  

On my TV
Still have lots of recorded Christmas movies to watch and this week regular programs are starting for the new season.

On the menu for this week (may be changed)
Monday - sheppard's pie
Tuesday - sloppy joes
Wednesday - sausages / mashed potatoes
will have to check the freezer for the other meals. 

On my to-do list 
I decluttered and deep-washed the office closet.  Got rid of a few things but it's still too full!
I decluttered and reorganised the office armoire & desk.
Regular housechores
Laundry (never-ending!)
Update blog with 2018 word & resolutions, Happy homemaker
Plan 2018 crafts (review ziploc craft kits)
Finalize 2017 Christmas budget
Return to work on Wednesday (arrg)!

What I am knitting and crafting
Knitting some socks and crocheting some dishcloths

Looking around the house
A bit stark after taking down all the Christmas decorations

Simple pleasures
Planning 2018 crafts

From the camera


My parents with my nieces and nephews enjoying a cup of hot chocolat with marshmallows near the fire outside with - 20C temps.

Quote of the week



It says it all!



2018 goals and word

I posted my 2018 word of the year in a previous post:

2018 - Take the time
- to love the little things
- to do what makes your soul happy
- to live
- to breathe
- to enjoy the NOW


Here's how I found my phrase.  

I was brainstorming and I found this saying:
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly"  Buddha

Hygge 

Take the time
- to get healthy
- to work on relationships
- establish good foundations

- Don't give up ... great things take time..
- Little by little, day by day

Now for my goals (resolutions)

Health (I have IBS & IBD)

  • Drink more water (6 glasser per day)
  • Osteopath (4 to 5 times a year), reflexology, massotherapist (once every 5 weeks)
  • Nutritionnist? follow-up
  • Work on fodmap menus
  • Probiotics
  • self-massage
  • Learn auto-hypnosis
  • Less sugar

Exercises

  • Cardio (3 X week - continue as I'm doing now)
  • Tai-chi - want to restart doing tai-chi
  • Try exercise balls
  • Yoga (3 X week - continue)
  • Do a stretching routine in the evening
  • Deep-breaths (when waking up, at night and before meals)
  • Add some musculation exercises
  • Feet exercises
  • Work on shoulders... would love to have my hands touch in the back!
Bed-time routine
  • Earlier bed-time... try for 9:30
  • Do bedtime routine around 9:00 (wash teeth, etc....)
  • Stomach massage with castor oil, followed by a hot pad for 30 minutes 3-4 times a month.
Spirituality
  • Mindfulness
  • Read every week on personal developpment
  • Decluttered home = decluttered life
  • Work on Happiness notebook
  • Hygge
Bad habits
  • No swearing
  • Less FB time
  • Less TV (more music)
  • Less negative
Learn / creativity
  • Spanish
  • Make knit socks for gifts
  • Plan trip to Florida and summer vacations
  • Aquarelle /paint (use youtube tutorials)
  • drawing
  • crochet
To try
  • Oil-pulling
  • Neti-pot
Research
  • Ayurveda
  • Fodmap
  • Chinese medecine
  • Reflexology
  • Acupressure points
Other
  • work on grammar
  • work on listening
Relationships
  • Work on couple
  • RAK
  • Make time for family / friends
:) what are your goals for 2018?