Monday, 13 November 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-11-13

Well I knew I would skip sometimes and I did last week as it was a frantic week.  I usually work 4 days a week with Mondays off, but had to work on Monday (took Friday off instead), which upset my schedule.  I had taken notes of what I wanted to post about, so will add more this week.  I had Thursday off (2 exams at the hospital - nothing to worry about) and Friday, so it's been a nice 5 day weekend.

Halloween - we got 299 Halloweeners (road was closed with animation in the street).  I would have probably needed an extra 100 bags of candy.  It was fun to see all the small ones.

Here is a picture of me at work for Halloween

On Nov 4th we visited the Haunted Village D'antan with both children and their girlfriend / boyfriend, my sis and brother in law- it was nice but the wait to see the different houses was way too long.  we were there from 6:45 to 10:30... at 0C... when you wait in line it gets cold!  We all slept over at my daughter's appartment.  We had brought our inflatable mattresses, blankets and pillows.  My parents joined us for breakfast next morning.
We also got to visit with my uncle who is in a facility (he has Alzheimer's).  He did recognize me.

Last Saturday (nov 11) invited a few of my husband's cousins and their wives over for supper, as well as brother-in-law and sister-in-law.  I had made a big batch of ragoût de boulettes, some veggie soup. Appetizers was cheese, olives, crackers and grapes.  dessert were frozen profiteroles.  We played mime during the evening.

The weather
Today is a cold - 8 this morning, should warm up to 2 C, I think.  Around 1 to 4C all week.

On my reading pile
The game - Anders de la Motte.  Will read book 2 as I finished book 1 last weekend
Coup de Pouce magazine - Christmas edition.

On my TV
It - from Stephen King (the old version)
I'm thinking it's time to watch more Christmas movies.  Regular programs are in their last week before the Holidays

On the menu for this week (may be changed)
Chicken Tournedos
Stuffed bell peppers
Smoked meat sandwiches

On my to-do list 
Order mini-tourtières for the Holidays (buying them from a local organisation this year)
Christmas decorating
Check dentist appointment
Updated gift list
Regular housechores

What I am knitting and crafting
Restarted my knit scarf
Started a new pair of knit socks

Looking around the house
Christmas boxes in the LR and a few Santas are up in my corner armoire.

From the camera

A picture of me and my husband taken at brother in law's 60th bday

Simple pleasures
Christmas movie + tea!

What I am wearing today
jeans, running shoes, sweatshirt.  An indoor day today.  

Quote of the week
There is beauty in simplicity

Monday, 30 October 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-10-31

The weather
Today is 15C with lots of winds & rain... a Fall storm they are saying.  In some places (where my cousin lives in Abitibi) they are having it all in snow.

Have not watched the weather channel so don't know about the rest of the week but I do know it'll get colder.  Hoping for better weather tomorrow for the little Halloweeners.

On my reading pile
Mississippi by Hilary Jordan

On my TV
Started a new series Kidnapped

On the menu for this week (may be changed)
Monday - Stuffed bell peppers
Tuesday - Halloween so has to be fast and easy.  Crockpot veggie soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
Wednesday - Chinese noodles
Thursday - smoked meat sandwiches

Last week nothing on the menu was eaten.  Monday I ended up in the hospital for a kidney stone and had to go back on Tuesday to be sure all was gone (it was).  Wednesday I was out for a haircut , Thursday we went browsing for a new washer (not bought yet) and Friday was groceries.... so no menu plan was followed.

On my to-do list 
- Regular housechores
- Schedule an echography - DONE today & switch lung RX so I only have to go once for all at the hospital.
- Wrap some stocking stuffers
- Pay bills
- Reserve supper & evening at a haunted village for next week
- Get the kitchen ready to receive Halloweeners
- Get Halloween decorations down and back up in the attic
- Put away Halloween costumes
- FB chat with 2 friends who have health problems
- Friday trying a new therapy for my stomache problems, so will be missing half a day of work.

What I am knitting and crafting
Knit scarf is on hold - have to see the knitting lady before I continue
Need to start a knit pair of socks
Halloween felt cones will be for next year

Looking around the house
Ready for Halloween tomorrow night!  Cat-stuff (bed, climbing tree, food, and toys) are all over the LR as we are babysitting the kitten Keisha until Tuesday night.  It belongs to my son's girlfriend.
Christmas wrapping paper, scissors and scotch-tape.  Wrapped elf gifts, stocking stuffers for the kids and mom's stocking stuffers :)

From the camera
Disco night Halloween party

Simple pleasures
Rainy weather and candles

What I am wearing today
Jeans, cami, comfy gray sweater and croc slippers.

Quote of the week

“Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” 
From my favorite film.... You've Got Mail

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!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Moose pillow 2017

I found some fabric for $1 (I think it was a dishcloth) with a moose on it and bought a $3 pillow-form at the dollar-store.  My son liked the fabric, so now he has a new cushion on his bed :)

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 25 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 25

CIJ day 25 / jour 25

Merry Christmas in July!!!

A playlist for Christmas in July:

Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)
Carly Jamison – I’m Getting A Ukulele For Christmas
The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
Ella Fitzgerald – Christmas Island
Caribbean Island Steel Drum Troupe – Jingle Bells
Janet Devlin – Happy Holidays
Colbie Caillet – Christmas In The Sand
Bellamy Brothers – Tropical Christmas
Lord Kitchener – Father Christmas
Noelani And The Leo Nahenahe Singers – Little Drummer Boy
Jimmy Buffett – Christmas In The Caribbean
Kenny Chesney – All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan
The Holly Lane Band – Deck The Halls
Nat King Cole – I Saw Three Ships
The Dukes Of Surf – Aloha Christmas
The Hawaii Calls Orchestra – Numbah One Day Of Christmas
Lord Douglas Byron – Surfin’ Santa
The Enchanters – Mambo Santa Mambo
Kalei Gamiao – Winter Wonderland
Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad
Don Ho – The Song Of Christmas
Lord Kitchener – Christmas Greetings
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hot Christmas
Jake Shimabukuro – Ave Maria
Lucky Luck – Kanaka Christmas

If you follow the link you’ll get to watch all these videos on youtube.

Hope you enjoyed my Christmas in July posts for 2017.  Have fun!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 24 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 24

CIJ day 24 / jour 24
Smell of Christmas game

Here is a poem about the smells of Christmas from Lillie Williams.  It is a lovely poem.

The smell of Christmas
Looking through the kitchen 
Window starring at the sky
Singing soft melodies
As the hour passes by
Snuggle beside my oven with
 A cup of coffee in my hand
Watching the snowflakes fall
Like a blanket covering the land
The smell of pine aroma 
Lingers in every room 
 And baking apple pies
 All after noon
The smell of Christmas
Somehow fills the air
Lights twinkling on the tree
And toys everywhere
Friends and love ones
Sat down for a talk
With the holiday season
Embedded in their thought
Children around the fire 
Place eating cookies, and
Drinking milk
Dad relaxing in his chair
After a long tiresome trip
The holiday season is
Bringing good cheer
And the smell of Christmas
Lingers near
On a cold winter morning
Drinking hot tomato soup
And a jolly old man in 
His little red suit
Ham, potatoes, to 
The table they bring
A feast so good, its
Fit for a king
Prayers and love
That fills the air
And the smell of 
Christmas is everywhere.

Copyright © Lillie Williams | Year Posted 2012 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 23 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 23

CIJ day 23 / jour 23

Christmas books
Laura Ingalls

An old-fashioned Christmas – 4 love stories

Love all those Gooseberry Patch books!  Full of recipes and ideas

Country Home old-fashioned Christmas

Friday, 21 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 21 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 21 Week 4: A Real Christmas

CIJ day 21 / jour 21
Friday Night at the movies!

Arthur Christmas (animated film)

Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Enjoy the movie and don’t forget your cup of hot chocolate and Christmas sweater while you watch it.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 20 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 20

CIJ day 20 / jour 20
Christmas recipe

If you follow the link you will find a photo tutorial

Cherry Cheesecake Shooters
Prep Time:   3 Hours
Difficulty:    Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Servings:     18 Servings
·         2 bags (12 Ounce) Frozen Sweet Cherries
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Whiskey (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Juice Of Half A Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2 packages 8 Ounce Cream Cheese
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 12 whole Graham Crackers (the 4-section Rectangles)
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Almonds
Combine the cherries and honey in a medium saucepan and cook it over medium heat until hot and bubbly. Pour in the whiskey and stir to combine, then let it cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the butter until it melts.

Mix together the lemon juice with the cornstarch, then pour it in. Continue cooking for 2-3 minute until thicker. Add the almond extract.

Pour into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours, or until chilled.

Crush the graham crackers and spoon into the bottom of mini wine glasses.

Add cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk to bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whip them together until fluffy.

Fill a pastry bag or zipper bag with the filing. Snip off the end and pipe a big helping over the crumbs in each of the glasses.

Top with a big spoonful of the cherry topping.Top with sliced almonds.

(Note: Mix 2 tablespoons melted butter into the crumbs if you’d like them to be a little more moist.)
(Note: 1 package of cream cheese makes for a more pudding-like texture; 2 packages makes for a thicker texture.)

Thanks Pionneer Woman!