Saturday, 14 February 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Today has been a cozy one, staying in after last nights freezing rain and then a good snowfall. For Valentine's we decided not to purchase cards or puny chocolate gifts and instead each of us is cooking, baking something for everyone to enjoy. I made my first batch of cinnamon rolls from scratch. It was a very intimidating recipe and very time consuming, I was ecstatic to find my dough had risen and that I didn't kill the yeast. They turned out wonderfully perfect. The recipe I used I found it on pinterest which lead me to this blog Lauren's Latest blog, she did such a great job showing step by step with pictures and recipe on how to make these beauties.

 

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Its Something...

Each year around this time my heart gets that little pull to do something for someone who isn't doing so well. A Random Act of Kindness.

We stopped at the 7-Eleven Store on the way home yesturday and as we were going in, a man looking a little down and out, drunk, kindly asked us which way was downtown. We told him and went on in to get what we needed. As we were about to exit, he had come into the store looking around, not causing any trouble. The clerks started following him and I could see he only had a little change and was trying to count it for getting a possible coffee. I decided to give him our 7-Eleven Big Bucks, which we get for free everytime we fill up for gas. It was $5 worth so he could buy something hot to eat and maybe a coffee. He so appreciated it, trying to focus on my face and the smile was priceless.

He didn't ask for a handout but he was there, it was the right moment for us and hopefully for him.

Will... that is my story, its not much, but its something...

Saturday, 27 December 2014

A Zombie Christmas

Happy Holidays to all! Christmas has now past with no break downs, disasters, everyone happy and healthy. We kept gift giving small, spent less $$$, it was all around good. Never felt like I should've got this or that or more.

I made our Turkey dinner on Boxing Day and it was the first year it cooked quickly and was done early.... 3-4 hrs early. I don't really know how that happened, but it did.

Gifts for the family this year was The Walking Ginger Dead or Gingerbread Zombies I made using zombie cookie cutters and a salt dough recipe, paint and sealant. I had a blast making them. Nothing holy about these guys, aren't they awesome!

 
Yes, I'm a fan of The Walking Dead show. :) 
 
 
Errrr, aggghhh BRAINS!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Some Life & Christmas Decor

December already! The New Year is approaching fast. Where does the time go? It has been a trying time the last couple of months. More pet drama! This time our little pup, she started experiencing pain in her tummy or back end. Blood work showed all normal and she was still eating and going potty on a regular basis. The morphine type meds from the vet didn't work, actually made her more sick then I requested a anti-inflammatory pain killer and got Metacam. Only one dose and she was cured, back to her normal self until 5 days later had a relapse, so another dose and now its been 7 days......knock on wood. I like to write about our pet issues in case there are others out there with the same pet problems who can relate and could learn from what I've learned. The other issues has been dental for myself. These little white teeth can sure cause some PAIN! Couldn't eat for 14 days... all better now and a little weight loss was a bonus.
 
And finally there was a loss in the family. My husband's 96 year old grandmother, she told it like it is, as she saw it. My kind of woman. RIP
 
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This Christmas season I started decorating early on November 15. I usually wait until the 25th but I couldn't wait to set up our new slim Christmas tree. We have such a small living room and the old tree took up about half the room. 6ft wide on the bottom, it was crazy. So I sold it for what I paid for it and found this full slim tree for cheap. The tree has 400 tips less than our old tree but I did manage to get almost all of the ornaments on this smaller tree.
 
 
I do love our tree, filled with things we've grown up with. Ren and Stimpy, Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbell, Batman, The Simpsons, Loony Toons, The Grinch, Rudolph, SpongeBob...etc...
 
Below is an assortment of Christmas décor I've got in the dining room and kitchen.

 
 Vintage Elf on the Shelf in a Christmas vase filled with vintage balls from Poland.
 
 
 Deers among the little trees. I wish I could find some more of these bottle brush trees.
 
 
 Faux deer head from Homesense I got last year.
 
 
 Vintage Santa mugs.

 
Collection of Gingerbread men.
 
So that concludes Christmas around my house for now.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Organized the Garage

Winter made a sudden appearance a couple of weeks ago but this week the weather is turning around and today I'm back in a pair of shorts. With the early snow and frost I sadly lost my tomato plants early. It was a bad year for them, they bloomed and started to grow tomatoes right away but they never turned red, never ready to eat. I may have been able to harvest 10-15 tomatoes for bruschetta but that's it from 4 tomato plants!

I really want to show you my big project I've been working on, our garage. We built the garage about 6-7 years ago and it has never been really organized. It was my husbands space who was to keep it clean and organized but time after time, the hours he spent in there I saw NO improvement. I really wanted to get my car in there for winter so I kicked him out and organized it myself. Here is the BEFORE...


What you can't see is the 2 inches of sawdust in the centre of the garage and that everything was covered in sawdust from when we did our flooring and baseboards, so that took some time wiping down and brushing off everything.

Here is the beautiful AFTER shot...the only thing I'm not happy with is the bikes. I had them once hanging up but you just end up walking into the handle bars or tires. I've been wondering about a bike tent for outside or a pully thing to hang them in the rafters?




I was so happy with the color I chose for the pegboards. It took me a couple days to figure out what color to paint them so the tools didn't blend into the background and would look great with the other main colors of red, black, and grey. The color is Rustoleum spray can in Lagoon.

The day after I sprayed the pegboards, I got our weekly flyers and waalaa Target was having a container sale and they happen to have the matching turquoise. I bought all the 5 big crates they had and got some clear bins too to help organize the stuff we were keeping.

My husband better keep it this way. :)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Bunch of Apples

Summer is starting to whined down and that means Apple Pies!!! I've had to harvest some apples from my apple tree, the red apples were starting to fall off so we picked 32 apples yesterday, about half of them and today I'm turning them into apple pies. 



I was playing with the pup and thought my little corner is looking pretty so I snapped a picture to share with you. I took the metal bin out and placed my old books there with some little white pitchers. I also removed the mirror for the little painting (not a print) is a scene in Europe, not sure if its a place in France or Italy?...


There hasn't been much going on around here to type about, money is super tight due to a job change, me not working and pets with medical issues. Hopefully things change soon, or I change..... sigh

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Jasper Alberta CANADA

Went on a little getaway, mother and son trip to Jasper this past weekend. It was a much needed getaway after dealing with the needy pets 24/7 and a break for my son. We went before school is out and it was a good idea. The highways were bearable, low traffic and the sites and Jasper were not over runned with tourists yet. 
 
One goal was to travel down to Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon. To get there you must travel down Maligne Lake Road and we were so fortunate to encounter lots of wildlife as seen below. A black bear, moose, mountain goats and a caribou. Every year I've gone through the mountains sometimes seeing nothing or only seeing a deer but this was just amazing!!!
 





School is out in a couple of days and I hope we can take a few day trips this summer..... any suggestions?