Monday, 30 January 2023

Happy Homemaker 2023-01-30

Good morning 

Recap of last week:

Tuesday - In-town work - had a hard time with parking reservation (more and more people have to go back to the office), so have my reservation for this upcoming Tuesday.

Wednesday at noon did my Fodmap / mediterranean diet class... I need to read the papers and plan my menus for upcoming weeks with that.  Hoping it'll help find which foods I am intolerant too (I know onions - but I do like them!).

Thursday dh picked up Anne-E at daycare and drove her home after supper.  Xavier was home with DS as he had been sick on Wednesday at daycare.  Funny thing happened, cable company stopped by the house and the guys were running around the backyard... seems we had some leaks??!  anyhow they came back the next day and all was back to normal... weird.

Friday took the afternoon off for endodontist appointment.  will do the root canal at the end of march as they have full schedules.  cost $320 for consult and will cost $1025 for root canal.  After the consult we went to costco's for a few errands and $600 .... later we got out of there. 

Saturday paid bills, checked some vitamins online, may have to order them there.  Dh picked up grandkids before lunch.  DH had bought skates for Xavier and he brought him skating a little.  They spent the night here as parents have a party and asked if we were available.  both have small coughs.  Xavier had a good night but not Anne-E, nose running and coughing.  They left Sunday morning with parents for swimming class. 

Change of plans for this morning... both grandkids are sick so they will spend the day here.  ddil will try to get a doctor's appointment today for them and I woke up with a back ache... was hurting a bit yesterday but this morning... as if I had twisted all wrong.

I finally stopped procrastinating and did the cable company call... should be ok on my next bill, but we'll see.

I received my shein order last week .. 2 bathing suits (for the tops as bottom /tops don't take the same size).  these are not returnable but both tops fit.  bottoms will be given to ddil or dsis as they are good for mix / match.  will return the kimono though, so that's prepped and ready to be dropped at post office.

Got myself a sweater, a summer blouse and a skort at costco's.  So for summer I need t-shirts and shorts and I'll be set.

Let's join Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom .  - Some categories have changed a bit and the order has changed.



The weather (in celsius)
Going to be a cold week!... look at Friday and Saturday... brrrr and that is without the windchill factor.  yikes!


Mon
Snow showers
-9°
-14°
Tue
Mostly sunny
-12°
-21°
Wed
Mostly cloudy
-9°
-14°
Thu
Snow showers
-4°
-19°
Fri
Partly cloudy
-17°
-29°
Sat
Mostly sunny
-22°
-24°

Looking around the house
Valentine's decor is up.
House has been picked up.  

Thinking and pondering
Hummm... we will be gone 1 week in March... might need to start spring-cleaning earlier this year.
Was sick to my stomach on Saturday night.. hoping it goes well on vacation.  Will restart fodmap protocol next week.

On my tv tonight

Big brother (local edition) saison 3
Indéfédendable
L'oeil du cyclone
Stats
.. and some more shows that are dvr'd


Listening to or interesting blog I saw this week



On the lunch plate
Chicken salad 

On the supper plate
Sausages and rice

On the menu this week
  • With the fodmap protocol all I know is cut down white bread, pasta, grains, dairy products... so whatever is left... meat, veggies (have to check quantity that is acceptable and which ones are lowfodmap), and 1 fruit (not apples or pears which are high-fodmap) per meal.
  • DH can fend for himself
  • ...
On my reading pile
Will choose another book, the one I had started this week is not to my liking.


On my to-do list
Over the weekend
  • Wash main bathroom
  • Groceries
  • Laundry
  • Vac main floor
  • Dust main floor
  • Print fodmap class documents and take notes

Monday
  • Post here
  • Deep-clean pantry (not done last week
  • Prep for in-town work on Tuesday
  • cook big pack of costco sausages
  • Send papers for insurance ...
  • .... babysit sick grandkids... so possibly nothing will get done
Decluttering
  • 2 plastic shelves that are all crooked.. dh made new ones out of wood
  • 1 Christmas projector we had brought from mom's (not working well)

Upcoming this week
Tuesday: In-town work
Wednesday noon - 3rd class of Fodmap - Mediterannean diet

To relax this week or In my crafting basket 

Nothing changes but things are NOT getting done.
Knit socks
Crochet pillow cover

My simple pleasure
watching the snow fall outside while staying inside all snuggled up 

Lesson learned in the past week
Stay calm... no use getting upset with other people's incompetence... they will not go faster or be smarter.


From the camera:





Quote of the week








Monday, 23 January 2023

Happy Homemaker 2023-01-23

 Good morning friends

Recap of last week:

Tuesday - In-town work and got my glasses readjusted.  DH picked up grandkids from daycare and ds's car from garage.  We delivered the lot to them after supper.

Wednesday - ddil & ds worked in town so dh picked up grandkids at daycare so they could have supper here.  

Saturday did not do much (went to give our sympathies at the funeral parlor followed by groceries).  DS, DDIL & Grandkids arrived around 4:00 for supper (fondue chinoise), followed by games and some funny tv show.  they all slept over and left Sunday after breakfast as grandkids had swimming lessons.  Xavier is now in a group where they go in the pool without the parents.  Another funeral parlor to go to around noon.  Stopped by The King of the Pie to get a coconut pie, a meat pie, a strawberry pie and some donuts.  When we got back home did some housechores and some cooking.

Let's join Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom .  - Some categories have changed a bit and the order has changed.



The weather
Mon
Partly cloudy
-1°
-7°
Tue
Snow showers
1°
-17°
Wed
Mostly cloudy
-11°
-12°
Thu
Snow
-3°
-13°
Fri
Partly cloudy
-9°
-16°


Looking around the house
Main floor isn't so bad but basement needs picking up after having grandkids this weekend.
Valentine's decor will be going up this week.
It's Home, cozy and homey.

Thinking and pondering
I have to get rid of the things I'm procrastinating about... like call CABLE company AGAIN... prices keep going up from month to month.  They have no competition here (only 2 companies) so they do pretty much what they want.
Started doing the 12 week class (once a week) about fodmap /mediteranean diet.  Did the 5 day Ayurveda challenge ... well I watched the videos, now I need to apply what I learned.  Trying to work towards my goals ... slowly..

On my tv tonight

Big brother (local edition) saison 3
Indéfédendable
L'oeil du cyclone
Stats
.. and some more shows that are dvr'd


Listening to or interesting blog I saw this week
FB ayurveda 5-day challenge (but it's in French and you have to be part of the group so can't share)

On the lunch plate
Brocoli soup
chicken salad sandwich

On the supper plate
Lasagna

On the menu this week
  • Lasagna
  • Veggies and sausages
  • ...
On my reading pile
Ni vu ni connu by Vera Kurian


On my to-do list
Over the weekend
  • Wash main bathroom
  • Groceries
  • Laundry
  • Vac main floor
  • Prep cantaloup
  • Prep a pan of veggies for the week
  • Brocoli soup

Monday
  • Post here
  • Prep spaghetti sauce in the crockpot
  • Dr.'s routine appointment at 10:00
  • Deep-clean pantry
  • Prep a ginger drink recipe
  • Cook some hard-boiled eggs
  • Prep for in-town work on Tuesday
  • ...
Decluttering
  • 1 toy hat
Upcoming this week
Monday - Start of a new exercise challenge - 15 min. a day.  Routine doctor's appointment and results from tests done in December
Tuesday - 8:00 am endodontist for my sore tooth for a root canal... this is just the consult for $300!   This one is waying on my mind... getting there in traffic, going to work in traffic afterwards, cost, tooth not yet repaired, still hurting.   pfffff.. just got a call they are cancelling for tomorrow morning and will call me back at another date - was not happy and told them so.. my dentist said it was an emergency and took 2 months to get that appointment which they confirmed last Friday.  so for now back to square one.... 
They just called again.. was supposed to be wednesday afternoon... they changed that to Friday afternoon... sigh... I am NOT  a happy camper.. and now I have to take a half day off work for half an hour... go to town (40 minutes from here)... pfffff  
Wednesday noon - 2nd class of Fodmap class

To relax this week or In my crafting basket 

Nothing changes but things are NOT getting done.
Knit socks
Crochet pillow cover

My simple pleasure
This week is the 25th... which is Rudolph day... hoping I can do something 'Christmas'... probably watch a Christmas movie with some hot chocolate.
It is also my 'ME' day... the day of our birthday in the month (26 for me)... so I'll be having some coconut pie on my day :)

Lesson learned in the past week
Takes less time to do some things than we think and would be better to eat the frog than procrastinate!


From the camera:

Nothing


Quote of the week






Monday, 16 January 2023

Happy Homemaker 2023-01-16

Good morning!

Recap of last week:

Tuesday - In-town work for the 1st time in over a month.  Was nice to see people again... one I had not seen since beginning of Covid.

Wednesday - ddil & ds worked in town so dh picked up grandkids at daycare so they could have supper here.  When they left town the back window of their Tucson had fallen in the car! and the breaks stuck and are shot.  So they had to stop at a garage on the way back and leave the car there.  DH picked them up and drove them home.  Grandkids slept here and dh brought them to daycare Thursday morning.

Friday ds picked up his car after work and stopped by with grandkids so they had supper here. We booked Punta Cana with sis & bil, brother &sil, cousin + his wife form April 19 to 26.  I'm very nervous, last time I went on a one-week all inclusive was more than 15 years ago in Cuba and have has stomach problems since then (du to?? virus, bacteria, genes, antibiotics... no idea but have had Crohn's disease since).  ... what will be, will be.

Saturday, started some deep-spring cleaning and a little decluttering.  Sunday was mass (paid for mil & fil by us) and nothing much during the day.  I did order a few beachwear things, hoping some of it fits and finally started on my yucky paperwork.  Supper at a Chicken place with sil & bil.

Today will be housechores and more paperwork

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



The weather
Mon
Snow showers
-5°
-7°
Tue
Snow showers
-4°
-6°
Wed
Cloudy
-2°
-7°
Thu
Partly cloudy
-3°
-8°
Fri
Snow showers
-4°
-8°


On my mind
I HATE having appointments of any kind and I have many coming up.
Trip - Have a list of things to do so I can try to be as healthy as possible for that trip.
Think I will sign up for a Fodmap/mediteranean diet class (it is virtual with a local nutrionnist accredited by Monash university), it is expensive but I think it can only do my health good - DONE - I registered!
Have a few things to take care of (procrastinating)... Union things (DONE), financial things... beurk.  should try to do them and get that off my shoulders.

Upcoming this week
Tuesday: have an appointment to adjust my glasses (had a box knock them off my face when deep-cleaning the craft closet).  Will drop off some gloves & hats for the homeless at the same time.  Tuesday night - Union meeting by zoom.
Wednesday at 9:30 - zoom meeting with nutritionnist before start of the fodmap/mediteranean class from 12:00 to 1:00 1 wednesday every 2 weeks.

On the breakfast plate
 1 bowl of millet cream, 1oat toast with peanut butter.  With a glass of oat milk

On my reading pile
Ni vu ni connu by Vera Kurian

On my tv
New programs started this week, yet again too much to watch.... waaay too much...

Christmas movies
A coeur battant
Alerte
Big brother (local edition) saison 3
Bull
Discussion avec mes parents
Doute raisonnable
Hotel
Indéfédendable
L'amour est dans les prés
La confrérie (saison 2)
La vraie nature
La voix
Larry
Le bonheur
L'échappée
L'oeil du cyclone
L'empereur
Léo
Le bon docteur
Le résident
Les bracelets rouges
Les mecs
Les moments parfaits
New Amsterdam
Nous
Pennyworth (season 2) - Decided to stop this one.
Personnes d'intérêts
Sans rendez-vous
Stats
Virage


Interesting youtube vlog I saw this week





On the menu this week
No idea but from the freezer again.


From the camera:

Nothing


Looking around the house



On my to-do list
Over the weekend
  • Wash main bathroom
  • Laundry
  • Install new curtains in my bedrom (will borrow sil's vapor iron to use on them)
  • Deep-clean and declutter: craft closet, office armoire, bathroom closet
  • Union survey... oops 2 days to late to fill it.  there is a union meeting Tuesday night by zoom.
  • Register for the fodmap/mediterannean diet class
  • EPQ - change some financial placements I have that were coming to their due date
  • Take pictures of passport and send to sis
Monday
  • Post here
  • Catch up on blogs
  • More financial things to deal with
  • Vac main floor
  • Dust main floor
  • Prep for in-town work tomorrow
  • ...
Decluttering
  • Papers from Halloween notebook + some Halloween patterns (still have a box of Halloween patterns).
  • Papers from work desk
  • 4 old pens
  • 2 baby spoons
  • More Papers from file cabinet
  • 2 cardboad boxes that I had kept for crafts
  • Will be given to my niece: 6 pillowcases, sticky notepad of New York, 1 frame, 1 set of fairy lights, 1 bag of pastel crayons, 1 beautiful jar, 1 wood canvas 
  • 3 small metal buckts brand new to put crayons will be given to ddil for the grandkids
  • Apx 30 business cards
To relax this week or In my crafting basket 
Knit socks
Crochet pillow cover

Quote of the week






Tuesday, 10 January 2023

Decluttering 2022

Resumé of 2022 decluttering  (will help me stay focused)

Going through old posts and copying here (and looking at my calendar where I write down things)

January 2022
  • a few things from basement cabinets
  • 4 small Christmas decor items
  • Oil infuser with reeds (was smelling weird)
  • 3 tiered-plastic tray (bought a wood 2-tiered one last week)
  • A dymo that was broke
  • 3 empty cell boxes and 1 wireless mouse box
  • Lots of cardboard I had kept for crafts
  • 1 puzzle (with 1 missing piece)
  • 2 very old liquor bottles
  • My husband burnt a box of old pay slips and filled up recycling box in the kitchen with more papers
  • 2 wool hats (will be put in the homeless bag)
  • Another old liquor bottle
  • 6 empty bottles of pencil leads (combined it all in one)
  • Old pay slips
  • Returned mom's 2 tupperware containers by my sister this weekend
February 2022
  • 1 BIG metal arm made for computers or monitor ... but really old - dh had picked it up on a job site, never used and never will be used.  It is now gone to recycling.
  • Empty boxes from the garage
  • 1 singing Christmas stuffed toy (brought here from mom's) - doesn't sing anymore
  • 6 sweaters (bought 6 new ones)
  • 2 thermometers & control
  • Heart monitor belt - brand new from mom's - don't need this
  • 1 tub of ds's stuff will be givent to nephew and the rest to the thrift store.
  • 1 sippy cup
  • 7 markers + 1 old paint tube
  • 6 cd's + 1 empty cd box
  • 4 empty boxes
  • Old body perfume bottle
March 2022
  • Hair dryer (but will need to buy another one, this one had sparks flying out)
  • 1 old smoke detector
  • 1 sweater
  • Hygge agenda
  • 1 bracelet from union for strikes
  • 1 tupperware (glass one that broke)
  • Unsubscribed from many emails 
April 2022
  • DH put a bunch of luminaries for sale (7) on Marketplace but for now they are still in the house.  STILL HERE
  • Boxes and cardboards from the attic
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 agenda
  • 1 plastic bracelet
  • 1 pair working boots
  • 1 Halloween costume returned to my son
  • 1 musical toy
  • 2 boxes of luminary inserts picked up from a job site dropped off at the thrift store
  • 1 belt
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 1 jeans
  • 1 slip garment
  • 1 beach-summer skirt & top (given to niece)
  • 1 pj top
  • The 4 tires on Markeplace finally sold and are out of the house!
  • 1 sled (broken)
  • 1 photo frame (rusted)
  • 1 small toy car
  • 1 pair of winter socks
  • 2 mittens with no match
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • 1 umbrella cover
  • 1 earmuff
  • 1 scarf
  • Decorative flowers to put on boots
  • 1 handmade rabbit (givent to my niece)
  • makeup purse
  • old expired medication
  • nail file
  • 2 old spot-cleaner bottles for the couch we have had for over 30 years!
May
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 metal camper decor item (came from mom's)
  • 7 shirts (dh's)
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 1 pants
  • 4 vests
  • Saying cards
  • Prep to mariage papers shredded after 32 years
  • 2 sweaters
  • 2 dresses (too small :( ) - one brand new with price tag still on... sigh...
  • 1 shirt
  • 1 wood necklace and earrings
  • 1 handbag
  • DH finally sold 13 window shelves
  • 1 wooden rocking chair (it was mother in laws and has been up for sale for awhile), finally out of the house
  • 2 capris
  • 2 shorts
  • 1 pair of jean
  • 1 old tv table (recycling center)
  • 3 pots of old paint (recycling center)
  • 1 book (sold at garage sale)
  • 1 puzzle (sold at garage sale)
  • 1 cooler (sold at garage sale)
  • 7 books
  • 1 raincoat
  • 1 puzzle
  • 1 baby mobile
  • 1 art print
  • 55 hangers
  • 1 blouse
  • 1 skirt
  • 2 baby dresses
June
  • 1 baby walker (new ones don't walk) given to neighbor who has a new grandbaby
  • 1 purse
  • Had 2 bags prepped for nieces which were delivered this weekend
  • 1 pen
  • 1 hanger
July
Well seems like July had no decluttering at all!

August
  • 1 set of maracas
  • 1 pool air mattress (was leaking)
  • 1 plastic cover for outside swing table (was all cracked)
  • 1 singing frog
  • 1 foam mattress (will give to dniece for her animals)
  • 1 bag of shredded papers
  • 1 backpack
  • 1 umbrella
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • Old boxes
September
  • 10 magazines Coup-de-pouce
  • 1 livre randonnées au Québec
  • 8 baby toys
  • 1 water hose
  • 1 child hat
  • Expired medication
  • 1 bathing suit 
  • 1 recipe book
  • 1 handmade decor item that has done its time
  • 3 pants
  • 2 capris
  • 5 vests
  • 5 sweaters
October
  • 1 baby carriage (used to be dd's 31 years old and used by grandkids)
  • A few bottles of paint thinners (disposed of in a proper way)
  • 3 waterguns
  • 3 caps
  • 2 baby hats
  • 1 tupperware container
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 wine glass
  • 1 glass
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 soup cup
  • 2 teething rings
  • 2 baby bottle nipples
  • 5 mini spoons
  • 1 oil brush
  • 3 foil plates
  • 4 tupperware containers
  • 3 no-name plastic containers
  • 1 soap hoalder
  • 1 corningware soup cup
  • 2 small children toys
  • 1 baby stroller (dh had picked it up for free last week but it is too small so we sent it to the thrift store
  • Emptied 2 boxes of Halloween stuff (gave away 1 cauldron, 1 styro head and 1 plastic curtain to a neighbor who does a big shing-ding for Halloween and she was very happy to receive and me to give)
  • onstruction hats
  • 6 small toy cars
  • 1 lot of small toy accessories
  • 1 pumpkin (given to ddil)... she left with a few other things but I wasn't here so all I know is she took 1 box of Halloween... which is fine.  I had told her to take stuff.. was hoping she would take more ;)
  • Apx. 10 magazines in recycling
  • 10 books to give in the Free-Library box
November 2022
  • Nothing from here but 5 big garbage bags from mom's
  • 1 small usb Christmas ornament
  • 2 summer sweaters
  • 1 sweat pants
  • 2 camis
  • 3 old tootbrushes from basement bathroom
  • 2 sweaters
  • 1 set of Christmas string lights
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 curtain panel
  • None at home
  • 1 bag of 'stuff' of mom's to be sent to thrift store
  • 2 garbage bags of junk at mom's
December 2022
  • 1 box of Penguin Holiday decor given to dd
  • DH got rid of the old oven
  • 1 old game board with missing and broken pieces
  • 1 necklace of christmas lights broken 
  • A few odds & ends in children's toys
  • Big window sold on marketplace... hoping it doesn't come back as the guy called back saying it wasn't what he thought... will lower the price
  • 2 Christmas garlands
  • Silver branches for decor
  • 1 pj bottom
  • Snowman earrings (given to niece)
  • Book light (given to niece)
  • Christmas pin (given to mom
  • 2 strings of Christmas lights
Wow! I'm impressed and some stuff did not get put on the list... recycling, mail, small stuff I throw away .

Onwards with 2023!!

Monday, 9 January 2023

Happy Homemaker 2023-01-09

Good morning!

Recap of last week:

Grandkids & ds spent Monday here with us.

Thursday & Friday grandpa babysat because daycare was closed.  

I teleworked on Thursday & Friday... thought it would be 2 slow days as not everybody was back at work... didn't turn out that way.  super-uber busy.

My bronchitis is better.  still some residual coughing.  Unfortunately with no more prednisone to take.. my stomache aches are back :(  ah well.

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



The weather
Mon
Snow showers
-3°
-7°
Tue
Partly cloudy
-4°
-17°
Wed
Partly cloudy
-8°
-13°
Thu
Snow showers
-6°
-7°
Fri
Snow
-2°
-3°

On my mind
We are thinking of booking a trip for 1 week in March in Punta Cana with 1 brother & sil, sis & bil and 1 cousin & his wife.  problem is it might be difficult at work because it's the week before the go-live project.. we'll see

Upcoming this week
Back at the office on Tuesday.

On the breakfast plate
2 oat toasts with cheese and a clementine and a kiwi.  With a glass of oat milk

On my reading pile
C'est arrivé la nuit by Mark Lévy

On my tv
Not much yet


Interesting youtube vlog I saw this week

Nothing


On the menu this week
No idea but from the freezer

From the camera:

Nothing


Looking around the house

I will continue my decluttering for 2023

On my to-do list
Over the weekend
  • Wash main bathroom
  • Vac main floor
  • Mop main floor
  • Dust kitchenette
  • Laundry
  • Pay bills
  • Work on ebooks (have over 2000 to file and incorporate in my excel spreadsheet)
  • print 'Gifts throughout the year list'
  • print the 7-day no sugar challenge
  • FB webinair about gut problems
  • 3 short drawing classes on FB
  • Try new curtain in my bedroom... it'll do so ordered another one for other window
  • Send pics to dniece if she wants curtains, toaster and office chairs - nope :(
  • Ordered some frames for the mantel, hopefully can put my paintings in them
Monday
  • Post here
  • Catch up on blogs
  • Declutter some drawers in the office
  • Picking up
Decluttering
  • 1 toaster
  • 2 sets of curtains (4 panels)
  • 1 tablecloth
  • Old wallet / old cards / old receipts

To relax this week or In my crafting basket 
Will work on knitted socks that had been put aside for quite awhile

Quote of the week