Monday, 22 February 2021

Happy Homemaker 2021-02-22

Bon matin!

Last week I managed to wash basement pantry and defrosted the freezer, washed it and loaded it back up.  Also washed main bathroom and did lots of laundry.

I also had my 1st haircut appointment since last October, it sure makes a big difference.  Have a new hairdresser as mine moved away.  I was just so happy to see someone and chat that I did not pay attention to what she was doing and when I got home...oh my ... she had made a brushing with a bob at the back of the head... looked like an old lady.  I washed it right away and it is fine now.  Next time I'll tell her no bob, no brushing, no spray net.

Kids went to the aquarium on Saturday and seems Xavier enjoyed it all.  He spent Saturday night here and Sunday.  We went over to their place for pizza on Saturday.  My husband helped my son move his old dryer out and took it to recycling.  They will be getting a new one Wednesday.  
We took a long walk Sunday morning with Xavier all bundled up in his slay - that child sure loves to go outside.  It was sunny and no wind... a bit cold (-10C) but fine.  While he napped Sunday afternoon I shoveled a bit off the patio to set down a chair and read a little in the sun until the wind started up.

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



The weather (in celsius)
Mon.
Snow
-1°
-9°
Tue.
Snow showers
2°
-1°
Wed.
Snow showers
3°
-6°
Thu.
Partly cloudy
-4°
-17°
Fri.
Mostly sunny
-6°
-13°




On my mind
Busy weeks ahead for telework.  Hoping all family is good since we don't see anyone.

On the breakfast plate
 2 eggo waffles with Nutella (wanted to empty and throw jar away) and a glass of oat milk

On my reading pile
14 by Peter Clines

On my tv
The office (season 4)
Toute la vérité
Toute la vie
L'échappée
District 31
Big brother celebrities (local big brother)
Star Académie
Pennyworth (Season 1)
Les Beaux Malaises
5e rang

Interesting youtube vlog I saw this week






On the menu this week
Lundi -  Béchamel with hard boiled eggs for my husband.  Shrimps & rice for me
Mardi-  Meat pies
Mercredi - Hachis (cubed potatoes & chicken in gravy)
Jeudi -   Grilled cheese
Friday - ?

From the camera:




Not sure if I had posted the last painting I did - colors are way more vibrant than it looks on the picture


Looking around the house
Not too bad this morning but I want to declutter and reorganize more.  Been looking at videos of new ideas for organizing.

On my to-do list 

Monday
  • Post here - DONE
  • Vaccum main floor - DONE
  • Mop floors - DONE
  • Vaccum basement - DONE
  • Menu-plan - DONE
  • Morning routine - DONE
  • 1 load of laundry
  • MAYBE work 1/2  hour for the office
  • 1:00 osteo appointment
  • Bake muffins
  • Finish knit socks (just need to put yarn threads in)
  • Cook some hard-boiled eggs
  • Paint afternoon if I have time

This week
  • Morning routine - 
  • Telework
  • Friday - haircut appointment
  • Wash basement freezer ?? (big job)
  • Wash basement pantry

In my crafting basket
Finish socks.
Crochet baby blanket - NOT enough yarn so will let that go.  Trying to find something else - maybe a diaper cover as I bought rabbit years and tail.. would make a nice baby prop picture.

Quote of the week 














Monday, 15 February 2021

Happy Homemaker 2021-02-15

Good morning!  

Last week was another busy week of deep-cleaning the house.  I washed LR furniture and couches and the staircase.  So mostly I am done with main floor (still have to air curtains, wash blankets and pillows... waiting for the right temperature).  Behind fridge and under microwave to do too (need my husband's help for these.. heavy).  oh and my closet, 2 entry closets (waiting for change of seasons) and the pantry.

Had to call cable company again.. of course the cost went up again... have to start thinking of letting go of things ... update our way of using tv and internet

Saturday for our Valentine's supper we picked up steak-frites (we cannot eat in restaurants here because of pandemia).  Don't know if it was that or my dinner (lots of cheese) but I was sick part of the night :(

My grandson was here from Saturday afternoon to Sunday after supper.

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




The weather (in celsius)
Mon.
Snow showers
-6°
-9°
Tue.
Snow
-6°
-11°
Wed.
Mostly sunny
-7°
-18°
Thu.
Mostly cloudy
-7°
-12°
Fri.
Snow
-7°
-10°


Tuesday and Friday we should have quite a few inches of snow.

On my mind
Wanting to finish all the cleaning and getting back to normal housechores. 
Hoping vaccines get here quickly (only 3% of the population has been vaccinated, we are way behind lots of countries), so that we can get back to a new normal and we can go see family.

On the breakfast plate
 2 rains-bread toasts with a banana and a glass of water

On my reading pile
Finished my book this morning so have yet to pick another one.

On my tv
The office (season 4)
Toute la vérité
Toute la vie
L'échappée
District 31
Big brother celebrities (local big brother)
Star Académie
Pennyworth (Season 1)
Les Beaux Malaises
5e rang

Interesting youtube vlog I saw this week

5 RENTER FRIENDLY PEEL & STICK PRODUCTS | REMOVABLE UPGRADES - YouTube

I don't agree with all the uses (bathroom counter) but there are lots of quick and easy ideas there.  Gives me things to think about.  I also saw a few more of her videos and like the Ikea shopping ones.


On the menu this week
Lundi -  Tourtière (from the freezer)
Mardi-  Ham & potatoes in crockpot
Mercredi - Smoked meat sandwiches
Jeudi -   Grilled cheese
Friday - ?

From the camera:

Xavier playing peek-a boo



Looking around the house
Wanting to take down Valentine's decor.  Is it too early for St-Patrick's day decor?
I also want to declutter more.

On my to-do list 

Monday
  • Post here - DONE
  • Vaccum main floor - DONE
  • Menu-plan - DONE
  • Morning routine
  • Wash Xavier's bedding
  • Work on a baby blanket for future baby
  • Pay cable company
  • Paint afternoon
  • Take down Valentine's day decor
  • Wash main bathroom
  • Teams meeting at 10:00 for work
This week
  • Morning routine - 
  • Telework
  • Friday - haircut appointment
  • Wash basement freezer ?? (big job)
  • Wash basement pantry

In my crafting basket
Need to finish knit socks (am at toes).
Crochet baby blanket


Quote of the week 












Monday, 8 February 2021

Happy Homemaker 2021-02-08

 Good morning!  

Last week was another busy week of deep-cleaning the house.  I do the main floor in the Spring (this year it's in January / February) and the basement in the Fall.

I did the LR, the kitchen and the kitchenette (except cabinets which get done in Fall so the dishes are all clean for the Holidays).  I do have a few things left to do (air out curtains ... too cold and windy these days, LR furniture to wash, behind fridge, underneath the big microwave (need help to take it out of it's hole), ... and a few odds and end.

This week I'll try to do the stairwell.  Then I can back to more decluttering... the less I have the less I have to clean up!

My husband made 3 chicken pot pies and one strawberry pie on Saturday.  My grandson was here from Saturday afternoon to Sunday after supper.

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




The weather (in celsius)
Mon.
Mostly sunny
-8°
-17°
Tue.
Partly cloudy
-7°
-13°
Wed.
Partly cloudy
-6°
-19°
Thu.
Mostly sunny
-9°
-19°
Fri.
Cloudy
-12°
-19°


Colder this week than last week.

On my mind
Sunday was to be my niece's 19th bday - she died 12 years ago.  So so sad.

On the breakfast plate
 1 oat bread toast with peanut butter and a glass of water

On my reading pile
L'illusion by Maxim Chattam - finished it on Saturday... not my favorite one of his.
La dernière fois qu'on l'a vu c'est au Perrette by Claude Champagne

On my tv
Bull
The office (season 3)
Toute la vérité
Toute la vie
L'échappée
District 31
Big brother celebrities (local big brother)
Star Académie
Pennyworth (Season 1)
Les Beaux Malaises
5e rang

Interesting youtube vlog I saw this week






On the menu this week
Lundi -  
Mardi-  
Mercredi - 
Jeudi -   Grilled cheese
Friday - ?
Have to think about it

From the camera:

Painting I did last week

I want to buy a portfolio to put these in (they are on watercolor paper not canvas)


Looking around the house
Looking much better now that spring cleaning is getting done.

On my to-do list 

Monday
  • Post here - DONE
  • Vaccum main floor - DONE
  • Mop main floor - DONE
  • 10:30 massage therapist appointment
  • 1:30 esthetician appointment
  • Drop off stuff at thrift store now that they reopen today
  • Go to the dollarstore for a few odds and ends
  • Cook some rice
  • Menu-plan
Tuesday
  • Morning routine - 
  • Wash my bedding and remake bed
  • Read HHM posts that I have not read on Monday
  • Try to get an appointment for a haircut, they open up tomorrow and my hairdresser moved, might take awhile for an appointment
  • Telework
Wednesday
  • Morning routine -  
  • Wash couches and LR furniture
  • Telework
Thursday
  • Morning routine 
  • Staircase walls, woodwork and stairs to wash
  • Telework
Friday
  • Morning routine 
  • Telework
In my crafting basket
I still have knitted socks that are started
Want to start a crochet blanket for upcoming baby, but need to check out my wool stash before.


Quote of the week 










Monday, 1 February 2021

Happy Homemaker 2021-02-01

 Good morning!  Welcome February


We had our grandson on Friday night and he left Saturday after supper with his parents.  He bumped his head on my nose and it is just starting to feel better. ouch!  This gave me a headache all weekend and it rang right to my ears.  

Sunday my husband worked so I was alone and did quite a few housechores.  Last week I had an ambitious to-do list, which got done, but I was so tired on Saturday.  I also have an ambitious list this week but I am giving myself permission NOT to do it all.

I finished the deep-cleaning in my bedroom, the office-guest-room, hallway and the bathroom. Muffins were baked and menu-planning was done.  Laundry also got done and vaccumed main floor. AND I teleworked too.  Of course morning routine got pushed to the side a few days so that I could start early with all this cleaning.

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




The weather (in celsius)

Mon.
Partly cloudy
-4°
-12°
Tue.
Scattered snow showers
-3°
-3°
Wed.
Snow showers
0°
-6°
Thu.
Partly cloudy
-1°
-8°
Fri.
Snow
0°
-2°

A milder week, so I will try to go take some outside walks.

On my mind
Lots of paperwork and housechores to do.
DDIL has an interview for a new job this week.
Missing my family.

On the breakfast plate
 2 eggo waffles and a glass of oat milk

On my reading pile
L'illusion by Maxim Chattam

On my tv
Bull
The office (season 3)
Toute la vérité
Toute la vie
L'échappée
District 31
Big brother celebrities (local big brother)
Star Académie
Pennyworth (Season 1)
Les Beaux Malaises
5e rang

Interesting youtube vlog I saw this week




On the menu this week
Lundi -  Soup in the crockpot with some meat pies
Mardi-  Sloppy joes
Mercredi - Pizzas on tortillas or on English muffins
Jeudi -   Grilled cheese
Friday - ?


From the camera:

Painting I did last week.. the bird isn't quite right but it's still colorful




Looking around the house
It looks ok but I want to continue with the deep spring cleaning.

On my to-do list 

Monday
  • Post here - DONE
  • Paperwork
  • Make some appointments
  • Start deep-cleaning the LR (ceiling, woodwork, walls)
  • Decorate a little for Valentine's day
  • If possible do another painting
Tuesday
  • Morning routine - 
  • Continue deep-cleaning LR (blinds, windows, air out curtain)
  • Read HHM posts that I have not read on Monday
  • Telework
Wednesday
  • Morning routine -  
  • Ceilings Kitchen and kitchenette
  • Telework
Thursday
  • Morning routine 
  • Woodwork and blinds in the kitchen
  • Telework
Friday
  • Morning routine 
  • Wash windows / air out curtains (that might be on Wednesday as it is supposed to be a nice day out) / wash blinds in my bedroom office and bathroom)
  • Telework
In my crafting basket
I still have knitted socks that are started
Want to start a crochet blanket for upcoming baby, but need to check out my wool stash before.


Quote of the week 








Monday, 25 January 2021

Happy Homemaker 2020-01-25

 Good morning!  Happy January Rudy day!!

Last week should've been a 2020 one.  Not a good week.

My cousin died suddenly in his sleep (he was 62), an athlete - autopsy will be done but probably his heart as they have heart problems on his father's side.  Here's a newspaper article about him.

L’Abitibi perd un inspirant coureur de haut niveau (lecitoyenvaldoramos.com)

There was also a work reorganisation in our small unit.  I will be one of the ones who will be sent in another area and my job will change.  I was not happy to be moved once again (7 of us will be sent in different areas).  However they did say this would lead to a promotion 'eventually'. Ah well, we'll see, qué sera sera.  At least the one who will be my boss seems nice and so is the one who will show me the job.  As long as we are in télétravail won't matter so much.  Just another stressful thing in this pandemic times.  Wish I was closer to my retirement, might've made a difference.. .would've been a good time to stop.

Had an osteo appointment on Friday, my leg has some electrical currents going through it, seems I have some nerves that are pinched.  Have some exercises to do.

We were to have Xavier on Friday night but he was running a fever.  My husband picked him up Saturday before lunch (he just had a slight fever) and he left Sunday after supper.  On Sunday he was not 100% ok but much better.  This morning his mom texted and she says he woke up fever-free and all perky.

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




The weather (in celsius)

Mon.
Partly cloudy
-7°
-16°
Tue.
Mostly sunny
-7°
-10°
Wed.
Cloudy
-1°
-6°
Thu.
Snow showers
-2°
-13°
Fri.
Partly cloudy
-9°
-17°

On my mind
New fonctions at work, pinched nerve, .... wanting to see family. Figuring out how I'll do my deep spring-cleaning when my weekends are busy - will try to do alot during the week.

On the breakfast plate
 2 oat bread toasts with cheese spread and a glass of oat milk

On my reading pile
Un viol ordinaire by Jeannette Bertrand

On my tv
Bull
Esprits criminels (Season 12)
The office (season 3)
Toute la vérité
Toute la vie
L'échappée
District 31
Big brother celebrities (local big brother)
Star Académie
Pennyworth (dvr'd it, haven't watched it yet - Season 1)
Les Beaux Malaises
5e rang

Interesting youtube vlog I saw this week


I have watched quite a few wardrobe declutter, but this one struck a chord.

On the menu this week
Lundi -  Roast with potatoes and veggies
Mardi-  
Mercredi - 
Jeudi -   Grilled cheese
Friday - ?
Haven't thought about it yet.

From the camera:

Xavier playing hide and seek :)
Tried acrylyic paint on watercolor paper, worked so-so, could not work on it more as paint doesn't blend well.  It was good practice though.  would've liked to work more on the barn.


Looking around the house
LOTS - in fact so MUCH to do that I've written down a list per day (AND I will be teleworking tuesday to friday)

On my to-do list 

Monday
  • Morning routine -   DONE
  • Post here - DONE
  • Vaccum main floor
  • vaccum basement
  • Menu-plan
  • Wash main bathroom
  • Laundry (2 loads)
  • Go through 1 file folder - shred unnecessary papers
  • Print out some documents for my husband
  • If possible do another painting
Tuesday
  • Morning routine - 
  • Deep-clean armoire in office
  • Send some papers to financial advisor
  • Print out some papers for financial advisor
  • Start reorganizing / decluttering my crafting drawers 
  • Deal with some paperwork on my desk
  • Read HHM posts that I have not read on Monday
  • Telework
Wednesday
  • Morning routine -  
  • Deep-clean dh's bureau and his side-table
  • Continue cleaning my crafting drawers
  • Telework
Thursday
  • Morning routine 
  • Dust kitchenette
  • Wash ceilings (bedroom, hallway, office)
  • Wash woodwork (bedroom hallway, office)
  • Telework
Friday
  • Morning routine 
  • Wash windows / air out curtains (that might be on Wednesday as it is supposed to be a nice day out) / wash blinds in my bedroom office and bathroom)
  • Telework
In my crafting basket
I still have knitted socks that are started


Quote of the week