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

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

On my TV
Modern Family
Les Américains
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
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


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


  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ayurveda
  • Fodmap
  • Chinese medecine
  • Reflexology
  • Acupressure points
  • work on grammar
  • work on listening
  • Work on couple
  • RAK
  • Make time for family / friends
:) what are your goals for 2018?

Word of the year

I think my 1st one was in 2011 

2011- Patience
- one step at a time
- breath
- Enjoy the moment

2012- ????
2013 - Tranquil
"Free from agitation of mind or spirit; free from disturbance or turmoil"
2014 - Self-improvement
Improvement of one's condition through one's own efforts.

2015 - Aspire
"To strive, aim towards a goal"

2016 - Simple things
- Be grateful for the little things in life
- Simplify life
"Here's to the moment when you realize that simple things are wonderful and enough" Jill Badonsky

2017 - Dare / Oser
To have the courage to try
"If you have a dream just don't sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality"

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

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Gifts I received for Christmas 2017

 Gifts I received for Christmas 2017:

From coworker:
  • A box of chocolate snowmen (white, milk and dark)
From my mother-in-law
  • $50
From my youngest sister-in-law:
  • Mr Tea's bio teas
From my parents:
  • Pj's
  • 3 bars of Lindt chocolate (hot chili and sea salt)
  • Crochet dictionnary
  • Flat iron for hair
From my niece Kasandra:
  • Beautiful bubble gum ornament
From my brother Eric:
  • Picture blocks of my nephew and niece
From my brother Stephen
  • Homemade kombucha (5 bottles)
Gift-exchange brothers / sisters (my sister picked me)
  • Beautiful yarn bowl
  • L-Glutmate protein (for my IBD)
From my son:
  • Lavendar bath products
From my daughter:
  • Bath bomb with jewelry inside (have yet to use it and get the jewelry)
  • David's Tea classic teas
From my husband (or rather from me to me :) )
  • DVD Walking dead seasons 3 and 4
  • DVD New Year's Eve
  • DVD Christmas switch
  • A wool sweater
  • Cranberry dark chocolate
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • PJ
  • Salt lamp
  • soft-fluffy gray infinity scarf
  • bracelet, necklace and ring set
  • 2 other bracelets
  • Small set of fairy lights
  • Pistachio nougat 
  • 6 silicone muffin cups
  • box of small Lindt chocolate
  • 1 long necklace
  • 1 lottery ticket
  • Pack of bamboo knitting needles
  • Leg ornament from a Christmas story
  • Hampton beach ornament
  • Minnie-Mickey hot-chocolate mug

Great gifts!

Monday, 18 December 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-12-18

Last week before Christmas!  I am pretty much ready.  Everything has been baked, wrapped and decorated.  Just maintenance.  I did make a low-fodmap spaghetti sauce during the weekend and made a few casseroles for the freezer in case I have guests over the holidays.

DH's construction site is finished and he has been home for the last few weeks.  we thought it might be for the winter month's but he will know tonight if he starts at another construction sight right after the holidays.  Ooops... thought he would renovate the bathroom over the winter months... it might be delayed!

The weather
We had over a foot of snow last week, roads were slippery... uggg!  Tomorrow is 5 to 10cm of snow and then more snow over next weekend.

On my reading pile
10 adventures around the world from Pierre Dupont - very interesting to learn about people and places - Still reading 

On my TV
Christmas movies! - LOTS of Christmas movies
Finished 6ft under series

On the menu for this week (may be changed)
Since dh is off work - he's in charge. 
I have a rice-meatball casserole ready to reheat for 1 meal.  Some spaghetti sauce for a spaghetti night also. 

On my to-do list 
Wash basement fridge (did that today)
Regular housechores
Laundry (never-ending!)
I'm starting to think 2018 planning...

What I am knitting and crafting
Still working on the scarf - ongoing

Looking around the house
Christmas lights everywhere and a Christmas movie on tv

From the camera

Found this picture on the net... I want a 2-tiered stand for a hot cocoa bar!
I've made one in a tray for this year (1st time) but it doesn't have the 'oumpf' of a 2-tiered one. 

Simple pleasures
Soft pjs and fluffy socks

What I'd like to do
I'd like to ge on vacation right away!! but they are coming up.  I'll be off starting Thursday night and back to work on January 10th.

Quote of the week
Christmas isn't a season, it's a feeling
Edna Ferber

Monday, 11 December 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-12-11

I've missed posting last week... it was quite a difficult week.  DD was sick and got exams done at the hospital.  She probably has crohn's disease :(  I've been battling with that for over 10 years and it is quite an ordeal.  She is off work until January 8th.  She is spending part of the week with us.

The weather
Snowstorm in the works for Tuesday and Wednesday.  Then it'll be a cold spell.

On my reading pile
10 adventures around the world from Pierre Dupont - very interesting to learn about people and places

On my TV
Christmas movies!

On the menu for this week (may be changed)
Since dh is off work - he's in charge. 
Tonight was cabbage rolls from the freezer.  

On my to-do list 
Clean up bathroom drawers.  
Clear out entry closets
reread my 2016-2017 Christmas notes to see what needs to be done
Prep the Saran-wrap gift for games

What I am knitting and crafting
Still working on the scarf

Looking around the house
Looks lived in ;)

From the camera
The girls are doing yoga

Simple pleasures
Christmas movies and knitting

What I'd like to do
Plan 2018 goals, 2018 word, 2018 crafts,....

Quote of the week
Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.
Dr. Seuss

Monday, 27 November 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-11-27

Happy Monday!  Less than a month left before Christmas.  I'd say I'm 85% ready, maybe a little more.

The weather
We had our 1st snow last Friday.  Still some of the white stuff on the ground (barely).  Today is -6 with some winds.  Week is to be around -3 and 4C on Friday.

On my reading pile
10 aventures autour du monde Pierre Dupont - seems a bit long (over 600 pages) more like a documentary so we'll see if I read it through.

On my TV
DVR is almost empty.  So Christmas movies this week.  Yesterday was Max Lucado's The Christmas Candle.  Today I have a few Little House in the Prairie christmas episodes.

On the menu for this week (may be changed)
DH's job site closed last Friday so he will be home to cook this week :)  
Yesterday he made 3 chicken pot pies and 1 cherry pie.  So one supper will be chicken pot pie.  the others will be frozen for the Holidays.
DH will be making sheppard's pie for Monday night.
Don't know about the other days but dh is in charge :)

On my to-do list 
Wrap, wrap, wrap.
Finish & mail Christmas cards
Christmas cookies, fudge, skor squares and rice-krispie squares were baked yesterday and frozen.
Regular housechores

What I am knitting and crafting
Crochet discloths

Looking around the house
Yarn, knitting needles and crochet on the LR table.
Dark chocolate, teacup, ebook and tv controller on LR side table.
Wrapping paper, ribbons and gifts on the kitchen table
Christmas decor everywhere

From the camera
Pictures of my 2018 Christmas decorations

Simple pleasures
A snow day!  When you don't have to drive and go out

What I look forward to this week
Essentrics and stretching classes.  Lunch with cw's.. we will each bring our lunch and play some games... we are starting our Christmas stretch.

Quote of the week

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-11-30

The weather
Lun.20 nov.
Nuageux avec éclaircies
 30 %
 25 km/h O.
Mar.21 nov.
Ciel variable
 30 %
 Près de 1 mm
 8 km/h N.
Mer.22 nov.
Risque d'averses
 40 %
 Moins de 1 mm
 18 km/h S.-O.
Jeu.23 nov.
Généralement ensoleillé
 20 %
 1-3 cm
 11 km/h S.-O.
Ven.24 nov.
Averses de neige isolées
 40 %
 Moins de 1 cm
 20 km/h O.
Sam.25 nov.
 70 %
 Moins de 1 mm
 10-15 cm
 17 km/h N.-E.
Dim.26 nov.
Plutôt nuageux
 40 %
 22 km/h O.

On my reading pile
Anders de la Motte - Buzz - book 2 of the game

On my TV
Regular tv programs are ending this week before Christmas, so I'll watch these.  Christmas movies will be watched this week, just haven't decided which ones yet.  I have a whole box.  Grand finale of our local The Voice for kids.

On the menu for this week (may be changed)
Steak, potatoes and carrots
Cabbage stuffed rolls
Chinese noodles
... Friday?
This can be changed

On my to-do list 
Regular housechores
- Laundry & ironing
- Sausages and bacon - DONE (dh just made them) for freezing
- Italian sausages to be cooked and sliced for freezing
- Mini-pizza muffins for freezing
- 1 or 2 desserts for freezing
- Prep half Christmas cards
- Wash oven
- Menu plan
- Wrap

What I am knitting and crafting
  Continue with scarf and socks
- Start crocheting dishcloths
- Make some felt ornaments

Looking around the house
Full Christmas decor with lots of lights everywhere, so nice and cozy.

From the camera

Picture taken of Le Château Frontenac in Quebec city this summer

Simple pleasures
Waking up and realizing you have the day off

What I am wearing today
Old jeans, comfy sweatshirt, crocs slippers

Quote of the week
Cold night
large sweater
warm tea
good books
soft socks
and box of chocolate