Monday, 14 May 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-05-14

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

Been a busy week but even busier weekeend.  
Saturday we had help and it took the whole day to put up the gazebo... it wasn't new so it was harder to install.  Kept everyone here for hot-dogs & hamburgers for lunch and for the ones left in the evening ordered pizza.  Then we had a 25th anniversary evening... we went from 10:45 to 11:30, quite an exhausting day... some sun but so windy it was cold!  
Sunday was more outside chores - cleaning up leaves between the stone wall in front of the house, finish washing patio guard rails and cleaning up inside of gazebo (took all afternoon... screens, double windows, etc..).  DD sent me a mother's day note in the morning.  DS bought me flowers and cooked the steak for supper.  We had invited mil, bil & sil.  I called mom for mother's day too.
Today I have a mile-long to-do list so better get cracking if I want some time in the sun this afternoon.

Summer rental is booked!  My sis booked up a hotel for 4 days at Hampton Beach :)



The weather

Mon.
Partly Cloudy
24°
13°
Tue.
Partly Cloudy
22°
4°
Wed.
Sunny
19°
12°
Thu.
Partly Cloudy
19°
7°
Fri.
Mostly Sunny
19°
11°

What I'm reading
180 jours et le coeur plein - Julie Marcotte
The day to day life of a 1st grade school teacher with her own 3 children and her 20 school children who have all kind of life problems - very nice book.

On my tv 
Walking dead Season 8 - finished was was dvrd will have to look up the rest on the net.
Lucifer
Criminal minds
SWAT
Mme Lebrun
Toi et moi

Menu - planning
Monday -  Chicken kebabs with rice
Tuesday - Stuffed bell peppers
Wednesday - Spaghetti
Thursday - Smoked meat sandwiches (not done last week) for dh.  I have a retirement party for a co-worker so I might be having supper over there.
Friday- ?

On my to-do list (for Monday)
Regular housechores
Laundry (more winter clothes)
Menu-planning - DONE
Bake muffins
Call for a construction permit for the bathroom renovations
Prep some overnight oats for my breakfast 
Prep gym clothes for tomorrow and work clothes
Blog
Work on my painting for paint class - not quite finished the painting even though classes are over.
Yoga this morning.

What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
Working on a new pair of knitted socks and a shawl with pockets - ONGOING
Work on my paint-class painting (a cardinal)
Wood-slice ornaments - ongoing.

Looking forward to
Next Monday is a Holiday, so hopefully we will finish up the outside work.

Something interesting I watched (a few months back)

Complete guide to the low-fodmap diet (Audrey Inoue)
https://www.udemy.com/low-fodmap-diet-elimination/learn/v4/t/lecture/9420972?start=166
I had it for free, was one of the people who rated the class .

From the camera


                                                    Flowers for mother's day



Quote of the week


Monday, 7 May 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-05-07

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

A very busy week at work - a co-worker is retiring and I'm picking up half her workload and I had to take up a part of the workload of another co-worker who is absent quite alot for whatever different reasons.
Fun things
Tuesday had paint class at noon.  Wednesday dinner with work team with games - was fun.  Thursday was Spanish conversation at noon and Friday had a yoga class at noon (in replacement of a coworker).
Last weekend was spring chores inside and outside.  1st weekend with some sun and not quite as cold.


The weather


Mon.
Sunny
14°
3°
Tue.
Mostly Sunny
20°
7°
Wed.
Mostly Sunny
18°
9°
Thu.
Scattered Showers
23°
6°
Fri.
Partly Cloudy
11°
3°


What I'm reading
YELL from Mathieu Biasotto

On my tv 
Walking dead Season 8 - finished was was dvrd will have to look up the rest on the net.
Lucifer
SWAT
Mme Lebrun
Toi et moi

Menu - planning
Monday -  Sheppard's pie
Tuesday - Corn on the cob and spaghetti
Wednesday - chicken vol aux vents (not done last week)
Thursday - Smoked meat sandwiches
Friday- ?

On my to-do list
Regular housechores
Laundry (and wash my bedding)
Menu-planning - DONE
Prep some overnight oats for my breakfast (was quite good last week)
Prep gym clothes for tomorrow and work clothes
Blog
Figure out where we want to go for summer vacations
Finish washing inside windows and putting up screen windows (started this on Sunday)
Finish cleaning up flowerbeds (started this on Sunday)
Work on my painting for paint class - last one this week and it has to be done
Tuesday: (off work) go to osteopath, bank, pharmacy and get my coat repaired and lots more on my to-do list.

What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
Working on a new pair of knitted socks and a shawl with pockets - ONGOING
Work on my paint-class painting (a cardinal)
Wood-slice ornaments - ongoing.

Looking forward to
Monday and tuesday no work!  Next Saturday evening with friends for a couples' 25th wedding anniversary.

Something interesting I watched
Home health and herbal remedies : Essential favorites by Elisabeth Heck on Udemy - it was a free class.  I really liked it.
https://www.udemy.com/
You can do a research for free classes on there.

From the camera


Pink socks I finished last week

Quote of the week




Monday, 30 April 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-04-30

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

For those who don't know I work 4 days a week (32 hours), which means Monday is my day off - I try to keep some 'ME' time on Mondays.
Last Tuesday I ended up at the local hospital (almost a clinic) because my ovary was hurting and diffused pain in the kidneys... blood tests, urine test and radios.... finally couldn't quite put a finger on it so I went back home until it either passed or to go to the other hospital for further tests.  I realized it was probably another kidney stone but this one is just wondering around.  Usually when I go for a kidney stone it's stuck so it's not the same symptoms.  So I took some medication I got last Fall to make it pass.  Don't know if it did or not but whatever as soon as I took the medication I felt fine.  FYI: I have passed 3 stones at the hospital (seperate occasions), 1 while waiting (one that was not stuck) at the emergency room, 1 in New Orleans, and now this one - so it's getting quite a habit!
Yoga tune-up class with balls this week was hamstrings - yikes!  it did help alot though, but up until now my favorite one was the feet.
Since I missed Tuesday at work I caught up on my paint class Thursday at noon - so I did not get my Spanish dinner with friends.  
Friday was some errands (for wood).
My husband is making the wooden platform outside bigger because the new gazebo we bought is bigger.
Rain all weekend! And still raining alot this morning.  Oh and NO MORE snow on the ground!

So let's get this HHM started:


The weather

Bruine intermittente mêlée de pluie
C

Bruine intermittente mêlée de pluie
mar 
mai
Généralement nuageux
12°C

Généralement nuageux
mer 
mai
Averses
18°C

Averses
jeu 
mai
Possibilité d'averses
17°C
60%
Possibilité d'averses

ven 
mai
Alternance de soleil et de nuages
17°C

Alternance de soleil et de nuages
sam 
mai
Pluie intermittente
13°C

Pluie intermittente
dim 
mai
Alternance de soleil et de nuages
13°C

Alternance de soleil et de nuages



















































What I'm reading
Ongoing - The myth of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
and Gray Mountain by John Grisham

On my tv ... way too much!
La Voix
Walking dead Season 8
La liste noire
Lucifer
SWAT
Mme Lebrun
Toi et moi

Menu - planning
Monday -  Stuffed bell peppers
Tuesday - rice-chicken casserole
Wednesday - chicken vol aux vents
Thursday - ham in the crockpot
Friday- ?


On my to-do list
Regular housechores - (vaccum is done upstairs & downstairs, as well as main bathroom)
Laundry - Done (need to iron on of my son's shirt still)
Menu-planning - Done yesterday while I was cooking
Mop kitchen floor
Bake some cookies
Try prepping some overnight oats (never did this)
Basement bathroom and deep-clean the cabinets in there
Prep gym clothes for tomorrow and work clothes
One thing a room declutter
Blog
Figure out where we want to go for summer vacations
Had lots of outside chores to do but with the rain will get done on another day.


What I am knitting, crocheting and crafting
Working on a new pair of knitted socks and a shawl with pockets - ONGOING
Finished a pair of pink knitted socks.  Today I'll get the loose ends in and block it so they will be ready to add to my box for Christmas gifts.
I have taken out my acrylic paint and got everything ready on the table today... I'd like to test doing a wood slice ornament for Christmas and give the base-coat to a wooden birdhouse to make a gingerbread house with it.

Looking forward to
Balmy temperatures coming up!

Simple pleasures
Chocolate! 

From the camera

This is what the gazebo we bought 2nd hand should look like... I'm hoping it does!

Quote of the week


Monday, 23 April 2018

Happy Homemaker 2018-04-23

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

Hope everyone had a good week.  Work week was so-so - had the feeling something weird was in the air!
Some good moments nonetheless... a lunch with some co-workers (friends) on Wednesday, a celebratory break for our young Chinese coworker getting married on the 22nd, another lunch with team-coworkers on Friday.   Paint class started on Tuesday and then wednesday after work class of massage with balls for the feet (felt soooo good!).  Trying to find the massage balls I THINK I bought for Christmas so I can do those massages here too. 

My daughter & her boyfriend came Friday night as well as my son & his girlfriends.  Kids were here all weekend.  Had a birthday supper for dd on Saturday night.  One of my brothers and his girlfriend came too (he is her godfather) and one sil & bil (her godmother).  She seemed pleased with her gifts too ($$, subscription to Good-Eating magazine, scented candle, healthy snacks, capers in salt).  The kids had gone to the dollar store in the afternoon and bought some balloons, trumpets, bubbles, popcorn & popcorn bowls, then they got some wine, cheese and bread too.

Sunday was brunch at other sil's for my nephew's birthday.  Got there around 10:30 and I left around 3:30.  DD had left around 1:00 and DS around 1:30.  Then I enjoyed some time on the patio because we finally had some sun and it was warm!


The weather
Ensoleillé
15°C

Ensoleillé
mar 
24 avr
Ennuagement
15°C

Ennuagement
mer 
25 avr
Possibilité d'averses
C
60%
Possibilité d'averses
jeu 
26 avr
Averses
10°C

Averses

ven 
27 avr
Possibilité d'averses
14°C
70%
Possibilité d'averses
sam 
28 avr
Possibilité d'averses
12°C
60%
Possibilité d'averses
dim 
29 avr
Pluie intermittente
C

Pluie intermittente












































What I'm reading
Ongoing - The myth of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
and La Fabrica by Marilyne Fortin

On my tv ... way too much!
La Voix
Walking dead Season 8
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 - haven't caught up yet!

Menu - planning
Monday -  Chicken burgers on the grill
Tuesday - Spaghetti
Wednesday - croques-monsieurs
Thursday - pizza on tortillas
Friday- ?
Will also bake some muffins today and cook some hard-boiled eggs

On my to-do list
Regular housechores.
Laundry 
Menu-planning
Prep gym clothes for tomorrow and work clothes
Call knitting lady and see if I can go this afternoon to finish toes of socks
Blog
Go post dd's income taxes at the post office
Pay bills
Pay income taxes
Put away some winter clothes
Wash some boots
Wash some coats
Figure out where we want to go for summer vacations

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

Looking forward to
Not seeing snow anymore!  Should be all melted by the end of the week

Simple pleasures
Reading a good book

From the camera

My daughter's 27th bday supper


Kids having fun!

Quote of the week



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


Quote of the week