Saturday, 2 July 2022

Christmas in July 2022 - Day 2

 

CIJ day 2

I’ve found beautiful cards on Pinterest, some with tutorials and some without.  I will put a few up during CIJ… which is the best time ever to start on handmade cards…. says the girl who has NOT done handmade Christmas cards but has always wanted to.

Do you make your Christmas cards?


This one was on Etsy but is no longer available.  It could be easily done and a cute craft that can be shared with your children.


Friday, 1 July 2022

Christmas in July 2022 - Day 1

 CIJ day 1

Seems our 1st day of CIJ is a Friday so it’ll be the start of Friday Night at the Movies.  In staying with our team I am suggesting:

The Christmas Card


Released in 2006: A soldier serving in Afghanistan is deeply touched by an anonymous Christmas card sent by a woman in California. Upon completion of his tour of duty, he returns to the United States on a romantic mission to find the woman who wrote the card.

Starring:   Edward Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans, Lois Nettleton

Here’s a fun preview: "The Christmas Card" with Alice Evans - YouTube

I rather liked this movie and hope you enjoy it too.

Here’s a hot drink to go with the movie: Vegan chai hot chocolate recipe | BBC Good Food





Ingredients

  • 350ml oat milk (use barista-style for a creamy texture)
  • 1 tsp organic cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • ½ tsp ground coffee
  • 1 organic vanilla bean pod, split (or use 1 tbsp vanilla extract)
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • vegan whipped cream and shaved semi-sweet vegan dark chocolate, to serve (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1

Pour two-thirds of the oat milk into a saucepan. Add the cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom pod and coffee. Bring to the boil over a medium-high heat. Cook for 1-2 mins.

  • STEP 2

Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the vanilla and agave. Froth the remaining oat milk using an electric milk frother or the mini whisk attachment on a hand blender. Strain the hot chocolate into two mugs, discarding the cinnamon and cardamom pod, then gently pour in the frothed milk.

  • STEP 3

Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg, if you like.

 

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Christmas in July 2022




June 30th 2022

Welcome to CIJ 2022!

I have been doing Christmas in July blogposts for many years now.  One thing I haven’t dedicated time to are Christmas cards.

I will also continue with Friday night at the movies.

Hope to see you all for Christmas in July 2022.  Please tell me if you are also doing blogposts for Christmas in July 😊, so I can follow you and share your links if you want

Monday, 27 June 2022

Happy Homemaker 2022-06-27

Good morning 

A rainy one here but still hot.

Work

A 3-day week with my Monday off and Friday provincial holiday.  Our team supervisor will be leaving for another job, the new cw that was to help us is also leaving, another cw was helping us out 2 days a week and changed job and the young girl helping me out will finish her school in December so she is starting to look for a new job for Fall.  Sigh... I'll be the only one left to work for that area...  All of this made me give my name in another area (doubt it will work since they do not have a job with my job title but... it would be full-time telework and a job I would like).

Had dinner at restaurant with a groupe of cw- friends... 9 of us and 6 are retired.  One is not doing as well (he had brain cancer) as the others.  It was so much fun!

Personnal

We had a 4-day weekend as Friday was St-Jean-Baptiste day (provincial holiday).  It was a hot weekend... the 1st one since the one we had had in May.. so lots of outside chores to do.  

Friday night we went to neighbors as they were having a fire outside then we went to dh's cousin who was also having a fire outside.  We went to bed after midnight!

Saturday we went with neighbors to walk in the small town next to us and got some ice cream. 

We saw the grandkids on Sunday (they were babysitting ddil's younger sister - 3 years old- during the weekend).  Anne-E spent the day here with us (they did not have space in the car for 3 car-seats and had to take the young sister back to her house).

DH's uncle died on Sunday morning (father to his 5 cousins).  He has been sick for a few years.

Sunday was also my birthday... 57!  yay less years to retirement.. as you can all guess I am so over my job situation.  DH gave me a big garden gnome from Costco's.  

Let's join Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom .  



The weather (in celsius)

Mon
Rain
26°
13°
Tue
Mostly sunny
24°
12°
Wed
Scattered showers
25°
13°
Thu
Partly cloudy
24°
15°
Fri
Scattered thunderstorms
28°
18°


On my mind 
My aunt who is battling with cancer and only has a few days left.  She is 68.

Upcoming this week
Next weekend my sister and brother-in-law will be coming here.  We have a music show Saturday afternoon and will go to the restaurant afterwards and take a walk in old-Quebec if the weather permits.

On the breakfast plate
Oat toasts and oat milk

On my reading pile

La fille du pasteur Cullen Tome 3 by ucy Diamond

On my tv
Absentia (2e saison)
La pecheresse (saison 3)
New Amsterdam
Movies from Lifetime channel
Christmas movies 

Interesting youtube vlog I saw this week

None


On the menu this week
Spaghetti and....

From the camera:
Happy Birthday grandma!




Latest painting on watercolor paper







Looking around the house
Needs to be vac'd and picked up

On my to-do list

Over the weekend

  • Wash patio furniture
  • Vac gazebo
  • Wash guard rails
  • Wash 4-place swing (dh put new pieces on it and repainted it - looks good now)
  • Get the big sunbrella installed
  • DH mowed the lawn
  • Laundry
  • Wash main bathroom
  • Dust kitchenette
Monday
  • Post here - DONE
  • Vac main floor 
  • Make a recipe of spaghetti sauce... will do it in the crockpot in the gazebo so it won't smell up the whole house.
  • Post here
  • Finalize CIJ blogposts 
Decluttering 

To relax this week or In my crafting basket 
Read 
Work on a pair of knit socks
CIJ blogposts 

Quote of the week

Monday, 20 June 2022

Happy Homemaker 2022-06-20

Good morning 

We had grandkids for supper and sleep on Thursday night (my son was out of town for business for 2 days and ddil had to pick him up at the train station Thursday night).  

Normal work week but my promotion is finally on my pay!

We went to my parent's house over the weekend for Father's day.  Tried to go see my aung (she only has a few weeks left with her cancer but she was not able to see us on Saturday as too sick and Sunday was her helicopter tour to see the place where she was raised). I did manage to empty mom's fridge of some stuff gone bad when she was in the spa with dad.  We saw my sister outside as she now has covid too.  I played some games with niece on Saturday and took walks with mom.  My brother had us over for supper on Sunday night.  We left at 8:30 and got home at 11:30 pm!  

So this morning is putting away weekend stuff and regular housechores.

Let's join Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom .  



The weather (in celsius)

Mon
Sunny
21°
8°
Tue
Partly cloudy
21°
13°
Wed
Mostly cloudy
24°
13°
Thu
Showers
22°
14°
Fri
Scattered showers
25°
15°


On my mind 
Summer vacations coming up... trying to get someone to go clean my parent's house while we are away with the parents in a cabin for 3 days.
Got a doctor's prescription to try out bio-identical hormones, so have started that this week.  we'll see if it does any good.
Housechores, planning for the 3-day weekend, things I'd like to do during the summer ..

Upcoming this week
Lunch for a cw's retirement -  June 23rd.
Friday is a national holiday - St-Jean-Baptiste so I have a 3-day work week.  will try to only go in-office 1 day.

On the breakfast plate
Raisain-cinnamon toasts and oat milk

On my reading pile

La fille du pasteur Cullen Tome 2 by ucy Diamond

On my tv
Absentia (2e saison)
La pecheresse (saison 3)
New Amsterdam
Movies from Lifetime channel
Christmas movies 

Interesting youtube vlog I saw this week

None


On the menu this week
Chicken and??  we brought a big grass-fed chicken from dad's house last weekend.  He still has 4 in the freezer and wants to get rid of freezer since mom can't cook anymore.  

From the camera:
Something I'd like to try out


Looking around the house
Needs a normal clean up

On my to-do list

Monday
  • Post here - DONE
  • Laundry
  • Vac main floor 
  • Wash main bathroom - DONE
  • ?? I want to try a new paint tutorial too
  • It's going to be nice out so might put everything aside and go read outside this afternoon
Decluttering 
  • Had 2 bags prepped for nieces which were delivered this weekend
  • 1 pen
  • 1 hanger
To relax this week or In my crafting basket 
Read 
Work on a pair of knit socks
CIJ blogposts 

Quote of the week





















Monday, 13 June 2022

Happy Homemaker 2022-06-13

Good morning 

Recap of last week:

Work was very busy as we were to be on strike all this week but there was tentative agreement that will be needed to be voted on so strike-week was cancelled which is a good thing.  Since everyone thought we were to be on strike the work week was very hectic.  Our parking was to be free all year to help us with our going back to the office.. all that was cancelled and it will be $7,50 a day starting in July... I am so over how things are going these days

We had grandkids (and the dog) all weekend starting Friday (dh picked them up from daycare) as kids wanted to celebrate their 5 years together in a cabin.  Used to be easy to put them to sleep but getting harder nowadays... Xavier would run to go to sleep... now he wants us to stay with him until he falls asleep and it takes a long time.  Anne-E is easier but she wakes up crying often.  It was nice having them but I have run out of energy.  We learned on FB that my son gave ddil an engagement ring during their weekend.  UPDATE:  they say they will get married in 2-3 years.

Saturday was a running marathon here (1km, 2,5 km, 5km, 10km and 21 km), dh was volunteering for the parking and had to be there at 5:30 in the morning.  I got the kids ready when they woke up and we went to see the festivities in our street.  Saturday night dh went to a party for his cousin's birthday... I was to be quiet with sleeping kids... ha!  I had been awake since 3:30 (no one's fault) and wanted to go to bed early... couldn't get Xavier to fall asleep before 8:30 and then Anne-E woke up 3 times crying from 9:00 to 11:30 .... so forget the sleeping this weekend.

Sunday the grandkids were picked up at 3:00 by their parents.  We then chatted outside with neighbors until 5:30.  

Only thing accomplished was laundry this weekend.

Let's join Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom .  



The weather (in celsius)

Mon
Scattered showers
22°
11°
Tue
Scattered showers
21°
12°
Wed
Mostly sunny
26°
15°
Thu
Scattered thunderstorms
25°
19°
Fri
Scattered thunderstorms
24°
13°
Should be a balmy week... with more rain.  well the grass is green!

On my mind 
Work... conditions, coworkers, in-office (gas, parking), etc...  years left until retirement... penalties if I take it earlier.  Officially I have to work until 61 for no penalties, otherwise it's 6% penalty per year... which means.. I've been there 20 years (count 2% per year for pension fund... which equals 40% of my regular pay)..  4 years left X 6% year: 24%.... So if I retire right away it would mean 40% - 24%= 16% of my pay for retirement... yuck!  On the other hand I really am at my witt's end.
Going to my parent's house next weekend and trying to help out a little.  It really is gettting quite complicated with mom's Alzheimers and I think dad is depressed.  sigh...  UPDATE:  Dad has covid as well as one of my brother's family.  We will see by the end of the week how things are.
Upcoming this week
Planning a lunch with some cw's for the retirement of a colleague. UPDATE:  Will be June 23rd, I have to confirm restaurant reservation.
Prepping for the weekend at my parent's house.
Doctor's appointment (routine check)

On the breakfast plate
Toasts and oat milk

On my reading pile

La fille du pasteur Cullen Tome 2 by ucy Diamond

On my tv
Absentia (2e saison)
La pecheresse (saison 3)
New Amsterdam
Movies from Lifetime channel
Christmas movies 

Interesting youtube vlog I saw this week

None


On the menu this week
Absolutely no idea

From the camera:


Painting I did with a Jesse Robertson free tutorial - Molly's Cottage in Ireland  It was alot of work with different techniques.


Looking around the house
Ugggh.....


On my to-do list

Monday
  • Post here - DONE
  • Laundry
  • 1:00 doctor appointment - DONE... good thing I checked my calender at 9:30... appointment was at 10:00!  was just in time.  Weight is the same as 6 months ago - 114 lbs.  He will prescribe the bio-genetic hormones - says it will take 1 month before I see results (small dosage to start with) and got another prescription for cold sore as I used up the one I had last week.
  • Vac main floor - DONE
  • Wash main bathroom
  • Mop floors - DONE
  • Pay bills
  • Prep for in-office work Tuesday
  • since I feel exhausted just don't know what will actually get done.
Decluttering 

To relax this week or In my crafting basket 
Read 
Work on a pair of knit socks
CIJ blogposts 

Quote of the week


















Monday, 6 June 2022

Happy Homemaker 2022-06-06

Good morning friends!

Recap of last week:

2 days of telework and 1,5 days at the office - I decided I can do like the others and do only half a day.  So my husband came to town at the same time and ran errands (costco returns) - this way no need to make 2 trips into town (me and him)... saves gas! and I worked the other half day from home.

So last week was NOT  a good declutter week as we picked up:

  • 2 tricycles (free)
  • 1 2 wheel bike for grandkids (free)
  • 1 pool seat for grandkids (free)... but this will be given away as we don't have a pool
  • 1 elliptical (free).. she wanted $100 2 weeks ago but had to empty appartment (in an elderly residence) so she was giving it away.
  • 1 table and 2 chairs for grandkids ($10)
  • 1 trailer ($$$)
Wednesday Xavier slept here - DDIL went with with Anne-Elizabeth to doctor's in the evening and DS had a ball game.  Anne-E has an ear infection and is on antibiotics.  DH drove him to daycare on Thursday morning.  DH sold the cement blocks in front of the house and the guy came from 9:30 to 11:15 pm to start picking them up... sigh... isn't that late on a weekday?

Friday my husband picked them up at daycare at 4:00 pm as both parents were working in town and running errands afterwards.  Grandkids had supper and their baths here and were picked up around 7:00.

Saturday was housechores and grandkids arrived at 3:00 (parents had golf and then supper and a music party afterwards).  
They left at 10:00 on Sunday.  

The guy came back for 2nd load of blocks on Saturday night - earlier this time - and loaded it too much and broke his trailer... sigh... so it was fixed in our entryway on Sunday.  They hired someone to weld it as the shaft had broken.  DH needs to remind them we are still awaiting 2nd payment.

Let's join Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom .  



The weather (in celsius)

Mon
Partly cloudy
21°
12°
Tue
Showers
23°
15°
Wed
Showers
22°
13°
Thu
Showers
18°
12°
Fri
Scattered thunderstorms
19°
11°
Warmer than last week but lots of rain!

On my mind 
Have a few things to do for Christmas in July... blogposts to plan, start Christmas ornaments for friends...
Need to start working in the basement

Upcoming this week
Thursday we have a team lunch at the restaurant so my in-office days this week will be Tuesday and Thursday.
Next weekend we have the grandkids from Friday after daycare until Sunday afternoon as kids are celebrating their 5th anniversary together (don't remember where their reservation is).

On the breakfast plate
Toasts and oat milk

On my reading pile

La fille du pasteur Cullen Tome 2 by ucy Diamond

On my tv
Absentia (2e saison)
La pecheresse (saison 3)
New Amsterdam
Movies from Lifetime channel
Christmas movies 

Interesting youtube vlog I saw this week

None


On the menu this week
Since my husband is still unofficially retired... no idea, it's a day at a time

From the camera:

Miss Anne-E on the phone



Looking around the house
Main floor looking fine but basement...ugggh


On my to-do list

This weekend
  • Vac main floor
  • Laundry
  • Wash main bathroom
  • Groceries
  • Dust main floor
  • Mop floors
  • Start prepping CIJ blogposts 
  • Paint Ireland with a Jesse Robertson tutorial
Monday
  • Post here - DONE
  • More laundry
  • Continue CIJ blogposts
  • Work in the basement
  • Throw away old purse and get stuff into another old purse
  • Put a 20 foot ladder on marketplace... sigh... sure wish some of the stuff on there would sell
Decluttering 
  • 1 baby walker (new ones don't walk) given to neighbor who has a new grandbaby
  • 1 purse
To relax this week or In my crafting basket 
Read 
Work on a pair of knit socks
CIJ blogposts to plan

Quote of the week
As of this morning gas is 2,16 a liter here... sigh!