Monday, 16 April 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-04-16

Linking up to Sandra at Diary of a Stay at home mom 

Been a busy week.  
Tuesday had to go vote against union dues going up.. of 800 people, only 55 went and half of these were union reps... so if it passes I don't want to hear any criticizing.. pfff!  That was only our section of the union, we will know the result of the votes beginning of June.  Afterwards I got a cake for dd's upcoming bday at costco and a few things to add to her gift at Winners.

Wednesday was a new yoga class.. yoga with balls.  I would've called it massage with balls, absolutely no yoga in there.  I had bought fitness balls at Christmas and didn't know how to use them so that's why I am following this class.  it's from 4:05 to 4:50 at my workplace.  We did upper back this week.. ouch!! It hurt for a few days.  Next week is the feet.

My daughter was to come and spend the weekend and have her birthday celebration. (She lives 2 hours away from us), but my husband decided to go to my parent's house instead to pick up the gazebo we bought in the small ads since the weekend temperatures were crap anyways (3 hours to and 3 hours back).  We picked up my daughter on the way Saturday and she came with us.  Had lunch at my parent's with my sis and my brother and then to my other brother's for supper.  Great family time.  Dropped off dd on the way back and got home at 00:30.

My daughter's birthday is the 18th so she will be coming next weekend - I put the cake in the freezer.


The weather
Rain, hail and snow for today.  Will go out only if necessary.
The rest of the week is a little warmer so gray and rain all week until Saturday.

What I'm reading
Ongoing - The myth of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
and Les enfants du Cap by Michelle Rowe

On my tv ... way too much!
La Voix
Walking dead Season 7
Unité 9
'O
L'échappée
Survivant désigné
La liste noire
District 31
Regular programs are ending so should be able to catch up on recorded shows at some point.

Menu - planning
Monday -  béchamel sauce for dh and salmon for me
Tuesday - Chinese macaroni and spring rolls
Wednesday - soup & grilled cheese
Thursday - ?
Friday- ?
Will figure it out later today

On my to-do list
Regular housechores.
Laundry 
Menu-planning
Vaccum basement - DONE
Prep gym clothes for tomorrow and work clothes
Work on some crafts
Blog
Phone dentis to cancel next week's appointment
Go pick up 2 parcels at post office
Call for an osteo appointment (my left hand fingers are starting to be numb again sometimes)


What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
Working on a new pair of knitted socks and a shawl with pockets

Looking forward to
Painting class was delayed to this week - so looking forward to starting that on Tuesday.

Simple pleasures
Staying inside when it's yucky and slippery outside!

From the camera

Supper at my brother's house


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Monday, 9 April 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-04-09

Linking up to Sandra at Diary of a Stay at home mom 

I finished 3 more handcrafted Christmas gifts this week.  My husband got the ceramic tile off the bathroom floor (more dust everywhere and more cleaning up!)

It was my son's 25th birthday on Saturday.  He requested steaks on the grill for his birthday supper (we had it on Friday as he had a party on Saturday).  He was lucky with the grill, between 2 days of snow!  


The weather
Should be better than last week!  We had 8 inches of snow last Wednesday-Thursday and a few more inches Saturday.
This week should be around 0C temps with sun :)  we are missing the sun!

What I'm reading
Ongoing - The myth of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
and Les enfants du Cap by Michelle Rowe

On my tv ... way too much!
La Voix
Walking dead Season 6
Unité 9
'O
L'échappée
Survivant désigné
La liste noire
District 31
Regular programs are ending so should be able to catch up on recorded shows at some point.

Menu - planning
Monday -  Chicken fingers (not done last week)
Tuesday - ?
Wednesday - Egg casserole with beans
Thursday - Spaghetti
Friday- ?
Will figure it out later today

On my to-do list
Regular housechores.
Laundry 
Menu-planning
Vaccum basement
Prep gym clothes for tomorrow and work clothes
Work on some crafts
Blog


What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
Felt ornaments are finished!  I need to start a reader's shawl - will figure out if I do it knit or crochet and want to start a new pair of socks.

Looking forward to
2 new classes starting at my work place.  Painting on Tuesdays (at noon for 4 Tuesdays) and Yoga with balls on Wednesdays (9 wednesdays from 4:05 to 4:50).

Simple pleasures
Sitting in my rocking chair on the patio with the sun in my face

From the camera

Happy 25th Birthday Maxime!  He is such a good person :)


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More handmade gifts for Christmas 2018

I've finished 3 gifts for my nieces and my nephew for Christmas 2018.

 Monkey for Anthony

Pusheens for Naomie and Océanne

Monday, 2 April 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-04-02

Linking up to Sandra at Diary of a Stay at home mom 

It was a short work week with my usual Monday off and then Good Friday.  Friday was spent at home doing regular housechores and getting ready to spend 2 days at my parents' house for Easter.
We went to see my nephew play hockey - it's his 1st year and he made the winning goal! Then we went to my cousin's house for dinner - 1st time we got to see his house (our fault).
The kids went shopping in the afternoon.  Supper was at my parents'.  The kids went to play bowling in the evening and they had a great time.
Sunday was Easter dinner.  Cold and windy but it was a good time.  Mechoui (pork loins) with homemade fries (30 lbs of potatoes), salads, chocolate fountain and fruits for dessert and tons of other desserts.  Headcount was 52 people.

The weather
Sunny and cold today.  A cold week in the forecast.  Easter weekend was gray, windy and cold.

What I'm reading
Ongoing - The myth of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
and Rapt by Robin Cook.

On my tv ... way too much!
La Voix
Walking dead Season 6
Unité 9
'O
L'échappée
Survivant désigné
La liste noire
District 31

Menu - planning
Monday -  Chicken fingers
Tuesday - Cabbage rolls
Wednesday - pork chops & potatoes
Thursday - Hamburgers
Friday- ?

On my to-do list
Friday:
Regular housechores .  DH got the old sheetrock off the 2 walls in the bathroom that had ceramic tile on it.
Laundry 
Had to clean the whole bathroom again.

Monday
Menu-planning
Vaccum basement
Prep gym clothes for tomorrow and work clothes
Work on some crafts
Blog
LAUNDRY!  We spent the day outside for Easter and had 2 fires going so everything smells of smoke.
DH is off work too, so now he is gone to do the groceries ☺


What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
Working on socks.  
Have the felt ornaments cut out for my nephew and 2 nieces.  Now I need to sew them.

Looking forward to
DD will probably coming to spend a few days at home this week as she is on vacation.

Simple pleasures
Eating sushi!

From the camera

Me with my little sister and little brothers :)

Let's not forget Easter this year was also April's fool's day!

Egg hunt prep

Funny food

Putting up a big tent to cut out the wind


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Monday, 26 March 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-03-26

Linking up to Sandra at Diary of a Stay at home mom 

Happy belated Rudolph day!  Rudolph day is the 25th but will be celebrating today as I am alone at the house today.

The weather
Windy and gray weekend.
Should have a few days above 0C this week, with some sun to begin the week.  Then rain on Thursday.... it'll make the snow go away - and it's time too.

Nice to have next Good Friday and Easter Monday off.

What I'm reading
Ongoing - The myth of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
and La vieille lade, tome1 de Lucy-France Dutremble

On my tv ... way too much!
La Voix
Walking dead Season 5
Unité 9
'O
L'échappée
Survivant désigné
La liste noire
District 31

Menu - planning
Monday - Béchamel sauce with hard-boiled eggs for my husband.  Rice and sausages for me.
Tuesday - Macaroni with ground meat, veggies and tomato sauce
Wednesday - ribs and rice
Thursday - smoked meat sandwiches
Friday- ?

On my to-do list
Last weekend:
Regular housechores 
Laundry 
Deep spring-clean my daughter's closet
Had to clean the whole bathroom again as dh broke off the tiles on the walls and there was pink dust everywhere.
Bake muffins

Monday
Make bed
Yoga / breakfast / shower
Menu-planning
Vaccum basement
Prep gym clothes for tomorrow and work clothes
Prep macaroni
Cook hard-boiled eggs
Work on some crafts
Call medication company to fill in the papers so the pills get paid by insurance.
Go pick up a package at the post office
Blog
Put away a few heavy sweaters until next winter

This week I need to prep stuff for spending next Easter weekend at my parent's house (gifts for nieces and nephew,  candy (for a candy bar), etc....)
We also have an appointment for eye exam on Thursday night.

What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
Working on socks.  
Prep a ziploc bag with supplies need to make felt ornaments for nephew and nieces.

Looking forward to
Easter - family time at my parent's house.

Following another free class on Udemy.  

I did one last week - by Elizabeth Heck Home health and herbal remedies .  I found it very interesting.

Simple pleasures
Getting new wood earrings I ordered from AllieExpress - China for only a few $$

From the camera
Demolition of bathroom tiles on the walls.



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Monday, 19 March 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-03-19

Linking up to Sandra at Diary of a Stay at home mom 

My husband worked on Saturday but on Sunday he decided to start the bathroom remodel - he did tell me it would be long because he'll be doing it during weekends only.  uggg all the dust everywhere from breaking the ceramic wall!  but it'll be so much better afterwards.

The weather
We had a cold weekend, temps of -16C during the night and -8 during the day with lots of winds.
Should warm up starting tomorrow, temps around 0C all week with no snow in the forecast.. and sun!!

What I'm reading
I've started 2 books.  One is a personal developpment book so I can't read it all in one shot because ... well that's me... not a story.  The myth of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
and La vieille lade, tome1 de Lucy-France Dutremble.

On my tv ... way too much!
La Voix
Walking dead Season 4
Unité 9
'O
L'échappée
Survivant désigné
La liste noire
District 31

Menu - planning
Monday - meatball stew and potatoes
Tuesday - sloppy joes
Wednesday - ham casserole
Thursday - Crockpot dump soup + grilled cheese sandwiches
Friday- ?

On my to-do list
Last weekend:
Regular housechores (vaccum basement, wash main bathroom)
Laundry 
Crafting
Finish a low-fodmap course on Udemy
Deep spring-clean my daughter's bedroom (walls, ceiling, floor, furniture, window, air out the curtains).  Her closet is still to be done.
Electrolysist appointment on Saturday

Monday
Menu-planning
Vaccum 1st floor
Prep gym clothes for tomorrow and work clothes
Bake muffins
Prep ham casserole
Prep sloppy joes
Laundry 
Ironing
one-thing-a-room declutter 
Work on some crafts
Dentist appointment at 12:30.

What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
Working on socks.  
Made a St-Patrick's day laundry line with Leprechaun mini clothing on it on Saturday (see picture below)

Looking forward to
Seeing the sun.  It has been so gray in the last few weeks that it'll do us good to see the sun.


Simple pleasures
Can't wait to sit outside in my rocking chair and knit in the sun.

From the camera

The cat seems to be really happy to be wearing the st-pat's top hat... little does she know Easter is coming and bunny ears would be cute ! haha



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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Making gifts for Christmas 2018

I finished a gift for Christmas 2018.

I won't say who it's for in case they visit the blog but let's just say I've had a ziploc craftbag ready for this craft for at least 3 years!



Monday, 12 March 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-03-12

A very weird week emotionally at work:
a co-worker's wife commited suicide :(  they had just come back from a one-week cruise. Another co-worker told us she is leaving for another job this week (my desk neighbor) :( . Then my ex-boss came by and told us he has been away since November, had a horse accident and was lucky not to be paralysed - he says his life will change from now on - he will concentrate on important things.  He has lots of therapy to do to come back to normal.
Ouf! what a week 

I applied on 2 other jobs - don't really want to change job but if I want a career advancement I guess I'll have to change :(  

On the home-front it was much quieter which is a good thing!  we did have a small snowstorm during the week and roads were slippery but I drove in to work with my husband.


The weather
Around 0C all week - so quite balmy.  A few flakes each day and more than a few on Tuesday. 

What I'm reading
L'appel de l'ange - Guillaume Musso

On my tv
La Voix
Walking dead Season 3
La fugueuse
Unité 9
'O
L'échappée
Survivant désigné
La liste noire
District 31

Menu - planning
Monday - Macaroni chinois
Tuesday - Casserole poulet / riz
Wednesday - Vol aux vents au poulet
Thursday - Smoked meat sandwiches
Friday- ?

On my to-do list
Last weekend:
Regular housechores 
Laundry 
Bake cookies
Bake muffins
Prep the chicken casserole
Prep the Macaroni chinois

Monday
Yoga exercises
Menu-planning
Deep clean pantry
Wash sink
Prep gym clothes for tomorrow and work clothes
Wash my bedding 
Continue Low-Fodmap free e-course
Journal declutter
one-thing-a-room declutter 
Work on some crafts

What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
Working on socks.  
Started a set of Charlie Brown felt ornaments - FINISHED!
Crocheted a St-Patrick's top hat for the mantle yesterday.

Looking forward to
The 'green' of St-Pat's day!  Here's a picture of how Chicago celebrates St-Patrick's day




Simple pleasures
Decluttering - getting rid of things we don't use anymore... the AFTER, when there is space, is what is pleasurable.

From the camera


Crochet hat I made yesterday to put on the mantle - Happy St-Patrick's day!

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