Monday, 16 October 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-10-16

The weather
Monday is 10C with sun and some clouds
Mar.17 oct.
Risque d'averses
 40 %
 Près de 1 mm
 19 km/h S.-O.
Mer.18 oct.
Généralement ensoleillé
 10 %
 14 km/h O.
Jeu.19 oct.
Risque d'averses
 40 %
 Près de 1 mm
 25 km/h S.-O.
Ven.20 oct.
 0 %
 24 km/h O.
Sam.21 oct.
 10 %
 13 km/h O.
Dim.22 oct.
Ensoleillé avec passages nuageux

On my reading pile
Still reading Into the Blue – Robert Goddard

On my TV
Finshed 1st season of blue moon (excellent!) and season 2 of Nation Z (so-so).  Plodding along with season 2 of 6 ft under.
Sunday was H.Potter Movie Marathon with Val.

On the menu for this week
Monday - Sausages and mashed potatoes
Tuesday - Ham-egg quiche
Wednesday - Spaghetti
Haven't yet decided for the other days

On my to-do list (last weekend)
Wash outside basement windows - DONE
Deep clean all kitchen cabinets and declutter as I go - DONE
Deep clean linen cabinet - DONE
Change bedding in dd's room - DONE
Regular housechores - DONE

What I am knitting and crafting
Continuing my knit scarf (have 1/3 done)
Need to finish felt cookies for Halloween costume

Looking around the house
Beautiful Fall colors outside the windows.

From the camera
Hampton Beach summer 2017

Simple pleasures
Sitting down with a cup of tea and knitting.

What I am wearing today
Jogging pants, running shoes, cami, long sweater... housechores uniform!

Quote of the week

Don't less the silly little things steal your happiness

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-10-10

The weather
Monday & Tuesday unseasonably warm 20C.  However the rest of the week will be more Fall-like temperatures of 14C to 16C.

On my reading pile
Doomsday book (Connie Willis) – finished it this morning.  I liked it.  A book about Time-Travel in Oxford – England during the Black Plague.
I just started Into the Blue – Robert Goddard

On my TV
Way too much!  My dvr is full and can’t keep up.  I’ll have to stop watching some of the series.  They record faster than I can watch them.
I’ve got in the local shows:
Mémoires vives
Unité 9
Faits divers
District 31
L’heure Bleue
Occupation double à Bali
La Voix
Les Simones
Blue Moon
Others :
6 ft under
Nation Z
La liste noire


On the menu for this week
Nothing!  Had visitors over the weekend so did not menu plan.  Monday we had store-bought frozen tourtière.  Tuesday was leftovers.  Wednesday was sheppard's pie. No idea for the rest of the week

On my to-do list (last weekend)
My to-do list for next weekend isn’t written down yet.
Halloween decorations – DONE INSIDE – need to do the outside
Vaccumed all 1st floor – DONE
Halloween bags – 100 DONE – need to buy more candy
Participate in local White Geese festival (supper + evening but visit the farmer’s and crafter’s markets)

What I am knitting and crafting
Continuing my knit scarf (have ¼ done)
Started making felt cookies for Halloween costume – received the blue tutu from China last Friday – need to find a blue sweater to complete the lot.

Looking around the house
Halloween everywhere!!!  My son’s girlfriend helped me set up everything.  I'll put pictures soon.

From the camera
Family pictures from last weekend at Mont Ste-Anne.  We took the gondola up the mountain ($20 per person to-from)… only half an hour left before the end of the day so it cost $50 for the 6 of us.

Something fun to share
During the last weekend mom & sis watched some of my Christmas movies while I was decorating for Halloween!  They chose the Little House in the Prairie episodes.
Today I had a French grammar class at work – got the head working!

What I am wearing today
Jeans, black boots, long striped black-white sweater and black vest

Quote of the week
This quote represents me fully!

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. – CS LEWIS

Monday, 2 October 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-10-02

The weather:
Fall weather finally!  13C with sun today and upcoming week is from 16C to 20C.

On my reading pile:
Doomsday book – Connie Willis.  Recommended by my friend PamelaG. 

On my TV:
Ongoing with 6 feet Under.  Halfway through season 2.

On the menu for this week:
Chicken vol aux vents , steaks, smoked meat. 

On my to-do list last weekend:
My to-do list for next weekend is not written out yet.  During the week I work during the day so don’t accomplish anything in the evenings! I get home and am beat so weekends are for the to-do lists.  Which is why I’ll post about the last weekend to-do list.

Outside windows (front) –still have to do the rest of the house but those are the worst ones – glad it’s done!
Deep-clean 2 entry closets –put out the mittens and hats in the Front closet.  Put away sandals.
Low-fodmap crockpot spaghetti sauce to make 2 lasagnas for the freezer
French onion soup for the freezer
One load of summer clothes taken down to the basement
Regular housechores

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:
Working on my scarf – finally advancing a bit.  One of my friends on MHH sent me a link of how to do a ‘lifeline’ and it sure helped a lot with the unknitting!

Looking around the house:
My to-do list on the coffee table along with my knitting.  
Looks nice outside with lawn mowed and all flowers and shrubs cut (except for the hedge which dh is hesitating with).  
Halloween totes have been pulled out from the attic and are now sitting in the basement.

From the camera:

Don't always have new pics, so I'll pick some random pictures I have on the computer.  An old picture of March 2017.... it's a-coming!

Something fun to share:
Started a new class at noon two weeks ago - Stretching (we have some classes available where I work during lunch hour - $).  1st class was just ok, but 2nd one was quite good. Hoping it helps to pull the kinks out of this body! :)

What I'm wearing today:
For now I'm still in my pj's getting this post ready.  I'll just put on some jeans and a sweater.

Quote / saying:

Monday, 25 September 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-09-25 - Happy Rudy day!

The weather:::
TOO hot!!  High of 30C with humidity of 40C... Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... uggg!  I want FALL!!

On my reading pile:::
Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

On my TV:::
Still watching season 1 of 6 feet under yesterday and have started Nation Z.  I prefer Walking Dead, Nation Z is a bit full of easy jokes and nonsense.

On the menu for this week:::

Pizza on english muffins, baloney with mashed potatoes, hot chicken sandwiches with gravy & fries, ribs & rice and wednesday we will eat out as we have errands and dh is going to a hockey game.
My food prep today was:  cut up a pineapple, cook green beans, cook some hard-boiled eggs, make a veggie potage, make muffins.

On my to-do list:::
  • Cut off flowers and plants - DONE (did the front of the house today)
  • Put away some summer clothes - one load of dresses and skirts is now in the basement
  • Regular housechores
  • Start taking down screen windows .. too hot
  • Take off swing benches - DONE
  • Demantle patio table - DONE
  • Too hot to do much more

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
My scarf is started but I had to change to a more bulky wool... so now I need to go buy more wool to continue!

Looking around the house:::
  • Chocolate cookies on the LR table (yep that's me!)
  • Zen garden on the other LR table
  • A clean counter
  • portable fan in my bedroom
From the camera:
A picture of a supper we had on Saturday night with friends - potluck formula.  We had a great time

Something fun to share:::
Today is Rudolph Day - 3 months from today is Christmas!  September Rudolph day movie is my favorite - You've Got mail!

What I'm wearing today:::
Jean shorts & a cami with gougounes

If you want a different life you must be willing to do something different - HAL ELROD

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Happy Homemaker 2017-09-19

I picked this up from my friend Pamela's blog:

and I decided to give it a try.  Don't know if I'll be good enough to do it every week but for now, here goes:

The weather:::
Too hot for the season!  Highs between 20C and 25C all week with sun.  Today was 26C + humidity 32C. When is Fall coming??

On my reading pile:::
Joséphine Jobé mendiante by Micheline Dalpé.

On my TV:::
Started 6 feet under yesterday and have watched 2 episodes.  Have all season 1 dvr'd.

On the menu for this week:::

Coq au porc with potatoes and green beans, pork tenderloing with rice, soup with leftovers and corn on the cob, raspberry pie, strawberries, fresh bread, spaghetti, and Friday probably McD's (yep it coupon time)

On my to-do list:::
  • Put away gazebo for winter - DONE
  • Put away gazebo chairs - DONE
  • Cut off flowers and plants - Done on both sides of the house and back.  still need to do the front.
  • Schedule Mammo and massage therapist - DONE
  • Buy 2 new Fall carpets - DONE
  • Put away some summer clothes
  • Regular housechores
  • Start taking down screen windows .. too hot, only took 1 down
  • Take off swing top - DONE
  • 1 thing a day declutter - DONE for this week

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Started a scarf.. just not working out right now.. .will have to work on it a bit more.

Looking around the house:::
  • Fall decor is on the mantel 
  • knitting on the LR table
  • fresh tomatoes from neighbor's garden on the kitchen counter
  • in the office I see felt cookies all cut out ready to be made, my husband's guitar, a blank paint canvas, journal declutter (slowly rewriting old journals and keeping only important things written).

From the camera:::

Start of the cruise season in Quebec city.  This boat is anchored near my office.

Something fun to share:::
I finished knitting my 1st pair of wool socks

What I'm wearing today:::
Capri jeans, black t-shirt, sandals

Make today the day to learn something new

Well this was a fun experience!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

2017 - 1st pair of knitted socks!

One of my goals for 2017 was to learn to knit socks.  I found a lady who taught me ... I went to her home a few afternoons this summer.  This pair was with old wool from my grandma's.  Not quite the same gray and they may be scratchy but I'm still happy.  Now I have to start a 2nd pair right away so I don't forget how to do them!  My daughter bought me wool for at leat 4 more pairs... so I'll be busy this winter :)  I'll be making Christmas gifts for next year!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Moose pillow 2017

I found some fabric for $1 (I think it was a dishcloth) with a moose on it and bought a $3 pillow-form at the dollar-store.  My son liked the fabric, so now he has a new cushion on his bed :)

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 25 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 25

CIJ day 25 / jour 25

Merry Christmas in July!!!

A playlist for Christmas in July:

Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)
Carly Jamison – I’m Getting A Ukulele For Christmas
The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
Ella Fitzgerald – Christmas Island
Caribbean Island Steel Drum Troupe – Jingle Bells
Janet Devlin – Happy Holidays
Colbie Caillet – Christmas In The Sand
Bellamy Brothers – Tropical Christmas
Lord Kitchener – Father Christmas
Noelani And The Leo Nahenahe Singers – Little Drummer Boy
Jimmy Buffett – Christmas In The Caribbean
Kenny Chesney – All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan
The Holly Lane Band – Deck The Halls
Nat King Cole – I Saw Three Ships
The Dukes Of Surf – Aloha Christmas
The Hawaii Calls Orchestra – Numbah One Day Of Christmas
Lord Douglas Byron – Surfin’ Santa
The Enchanters – Mambo Santa Mambo
Kalei Gamiao – Winter Wonderland
Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad
Don Ho – The Song Of Christmas
Lord Kitchener – Christmas Greetings
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hot Christmas
Jake Shimabukuro – Ave Maria
Lucky Luck – Kanaka Christmas

If you follow the link you’ll get to watch all these videos on youtube.

Hope you enjoyed my Christmas in July posts for 2017.  Have fun!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 24 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 24

CIJ day 24 / jour 24
Smell of Christmas game

Here is a poem about the smells of Christmas from Lillie Williams.  It is a lovely poem.

The smell of Christmas
Looking through the kitchen 
Window starring at the sky
Singing soft melodies
As the hour passes by
Snuggle beside my oven with
 A cup of coffee in my hand
Watching the snowflakes fall
Like a blanket covering the land
The smell of pine aroma 
Lingers in every room 
 And baking apple pies
 All after noon
The smell of Christmas
Somehow fills the air
Lights twinkling on the tree
And toys everywhere
Friends and love ones
Sat down for a talk
With the holiday season
Embedded in their thought
Children around the fire 
Place eating cookies, and
Drinking milk
Dad relaxing in his chair
After a long tiresome trip
The holiday season is
Bringing good cheer
And the smell of Christmas
Lingers near
On a cold winter morning
Drinking hot tomato soup
And a jolly old man in 
His little red suit
Ham, potatoes, to 
The table they bring
A feast so good, its
Fit for a king
Prayers and love
That fills the air
And the smell of 
Christmas is everywhere.

Copyright © Lillie Williams | Year Posted 2012 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 23 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 23

CIJ day 23 / jour 23

Christmas books
Laura Ingalls

An old-fashioned Christmas – 4 love stories

Love all those Gooseberry Patch books!  Full of recipes and ideas

Country Home old-fashioned Christmas

Friday, 21 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 21 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 21 Week 4: A Real Christmas

CIJ day 21 / jour 21
Friday Night at the movies!

Arthur Christmas (animated film)

Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Enjoy the movie and don’t forget your cup of hot chocolate and Christmas sweater while you watch it.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 20 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 20

CIJ day 20 / jour 20
Christmas recipe

If you follow the link you will find a photo tutorial

Cherry Cheesecake Shooters
Prep Time:   3 Hours
Difficulty:    Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Servings:     18 Servings
·         2 bags (12 Ounce) Frozen Sweet Cherries
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Whiskey (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Juice Of Half A Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2 packages 8 Ounce Cream Cheese
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 12 whole Graham Crackers (the 4-section Rectangles)
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Almonds
Combine the cherries and honey in a medium saucepan and cook it over medium heat until hot and bubbly. Pour in the whiskey and stir to combine, then let it cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the butter until it melts.

Mix together the lemon juice with the cornstarch, then pour it in. Continue cooking for 2-3 minute until thicker. Add the almond extract.

Pour into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours, or until chilled.

Crush the graham crackers and spoon into the bottom of mini wine glasses.

Add cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk to bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whip them together until fluffy.

Fill a pastry bag or zipper bag with the filing. Snip off the end and pipe a big helping over the crumbs in each of the glasses.

Top with a big spoonful of the cherry topping.Top with sliced almonds.

(Note: Mix 2 tablespoons melted butter into the crumbs if you’d like them to be a little more moist.)
(Note: 1 package of cream cheese makes for a more pudding-like texture; 2 packages makes for a thicker texture.)

Thanks Pionneer Woman!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 19 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 19

CIJ day 19 / jour 19

Sand snowmen / summer Santa pictures

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 17 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 17

CIJ day 17 / jour 17

Craft day

If you follow the link, the tutorial is available

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 15 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 15

CIJ day 15 / jour 15

Pictures for Christmas in July

Enjoy the pictures and your party if you have one!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 14 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 14

CIJ day 14 / jour 14
Friday Night at the Movies!

A Hallmark movie – Christmas at Cartwright’s.  Starring Alicia Witt, Gabriel Hogan and Wallace Shawn.

A single mom gets a holiday job as a department store Santa to help boost her finances, and then an angel enters her life and brings about some positive changes, including the spark of a new romance.

It has all that is needed in a Christmas movie…. Santa, love, elf, a mean person, …  Of course, it’s obvious when she dresses as Santa that she is not a man, but nobody seems to notice.  I like Alicia Witt, I find her so pretty and Wallace Shawn as the elf is terrific.

Hope you enjoy the movie!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 13 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 13

CIJ day 13 / jour 13

Craft day!

Items needed:
·         Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 2oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
·         Epsom Salt
·         Mason Jars
·         Brush
·         Optional: twine, Christmas picks

Photo tutorial can be followed through the link

These are beautiful for gifts or for yourself