Thursday, August 17, 2017

Is Walking an expensive hobby?

It can be. However it doesn't have to cost you a penny, if you have a decent pair of walking shoes and comfortable clothes to wear.  After all, all you are doing is walking around your neighbourhood/trails/parks, which costs nothing.

As with everything in this day and age, even walking is getting technical and you can buy things to make your daily walking trips even better and more state of the art.

I have "sort of" fallen into that trap with my new Fitbit.  The last one I had was perfectly fine, but I wanted one with more bells and whistles.  So that cost me $226.00.  Money well spent as far as I am concerned, but pricey all the same.

I then spent $110 on a pair of decent walking shoes.  I could have put up with my other walking shoes, but as I need my feet to be in tip top condition while walking, it was money well spent.

Clothes to walk in.  I will say I have not fallen into that trap of buying fancy lycra leggings and tops to strut around in.  One, because I have perfectly good clothes to walk in and two, me and lycra are not the best friends.  You should be pretty thin to wear lycra.  When you have extra rolls of body fat you don't need to squeeze it into lycra so you look like a stuffed sausage!

I will say though I may invest in some fluorescent clothing soon, as the amount of times people have nearly ran me over.  I would love to say I am so skinny so they can't see me, but that is not the case, and as the mornings and nights are drawing in, it may be a wise investment.  Wal-Mart has a $6 yellow fluorescent man's t-shirt that I can pop over my current clothing!!  And yes I walk towards to traffic, so no excuse of me not seeing them either.

A popular item around here are Nordic Urban Poles

If you click on the link above it tells you more about them. It does say this in the information:

"These premium-quality Urban Poles are built for fitness and engineered for performance, safety and comfort. Burn up to 46% more calories than walking without poles, and easily strengthen your core with the help of our unique strapless ergonomic handle that engages your core muscles as you walk."

I haven't got them but will say they do look a handy thing to have when the weather gets icy and I know I have a weak posture.

A lot of people walk around with ear buds in listening to one thing or another to pass the time.  I have an ipod nano mini, that I have had for years, that I use occasionally:
Can you even get them now?  Mine is a red one.  I do like to let my mind wander when walking, so don't need music to keep me entertained.

Do you have things you need to have when walking?  Or things that are on your wish list?

Walking stats for Wednesday:

Miles Walked: 5.64
Steps Walked: 13,300
Minutes exercised: 86
Floors climbed: 22

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How I have benefited from walking.

Yesterday I seemed to focus on the negative aspects of walking, today I will focus on the positive things that have happened since I have taken up walking.

  1. My overall health has improved.
  2. I have lost weight.
  3. I am sleeping better.
  4. I am meeting people; generally the same ones every day.  We always say a quick hello or a few words as we pass one another.
  5. I am seeing more wildlife which is always a plus.  We have so many rabbits around here.
  6. My leg muscles seem so much stronger with walking up and down the hills.
  7. Although I still puff and pant I don't feel as though I am going to die after doing a three mile walk😎
  8. With losing the weight and walking I have stopped taking one of my prescription pill's.  I am hoping to cut another one out in the next few months.
However with saying all that on Tuesday morning, my legs felt like a hundred pounds each.  I was having an off day, but did still manage to walk.  

My stats for Tuesday:

  • Steps walked: 10,800
  • Floors climbed: 19
  • Minutes exercised: 57
  • Miles walked: 4.58
We are half way through the month of August and I am "hoping" to lose another 6 lbs before the end of the month.  I seem to have reached a "plateau" at the moment and can't move over a certain weight; so I need every bit of encouragement I can get.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Is Walking Good For You?

In my humble opinion it is, but it's not without it's pitfalls.  My feet and legs took a beating when I first started walking.  

My first "injury" was a nasty blister on the bottom of my small toe on my left foot.  A couple of days after that popped up I had a medical pedicure and the lady decided to pop the blister and pour acid (it felt like acid 😬) antiseptic fluid on it to keep it clean and I about jumped out of the chair.

My second "injury" was the arch on my right foot.  Thought I was starting with plantar fasciitis, but it seems to have calmed down.

After that I have had various muscle strains in my legs, which come and go.

My biggest downfall is thinking I can walk more than I can, when in fact all I end up doing is hurting myself.  I also did not use the correct walking shoes to start with.  I ended up buying a pair of these walking shoes:

They are fine but I am still wearing them in, so not 100% perfect at the moment.  

Then due to the weather I have got sun burnt.  I have also had more mosquito bites this year than in past years, as my main walk is first thing in the morning to try and beat the heat and if it's damp out that's when all the biting insects are around.

I go for one long walk in the morning just after 6am of around 3 miles which takes around an hour.  Then I do one or two shorter walks during the day depending on how much time I have and also what the weather is like.  My "goal" is to have logged between 4 - 5 miles on my FitBit every day.  Some days I do a lot less other days I do more.  I vary my walks every day, so I don't get bored.

This is one of the hills I walk up most days:
As per my FitBit it's equivalent to climbing 6 floors in a building?

Yesterday was a good walking day as I had three good walks and logged the following:

  • Miles walked: 7.53
  • Steps: 17,770
  • Minutes exercised: 131
  • Floors climbed: 34
Today, I may not do any, who knows!!  I do what I feel like doing.

Here is a link to an interesting article that asks, Walking For Exercise: Is it enough by itself?

Tomorrow I'll tell you what benefits I have noticed due to my walking.

(I am struggling with the editing on this post, tomorrow's should be back to normal, I hope!)

Monday, August 14, 2017

I'm back and you'll never guess what I am doing?

Just looked it was the end of March when I last posted???  Crazy, crazy, crazy.  So I'm hoping to be back to posting daily because I am doing something that the long term readers will say, "No way is she doing that!!"

I am exercising.........I know what the heck, for someone who is allergic to exercise (honestly I am!) even I can't believe I am doing it.

First a bit of a back story.  You may or may not remember back at the end of September/beginning of October of 2016, I ended up in hospital with blood clots on both lungs and I was lucky I didn't die.  Now no one in the medical field blamed it on my weight or lack of exercise, but other people said that.  I was a sick bunny until the beginning of this year and have felt better and better with time.  I did the occasional walk, but nothing exciting.

As I live in Canada, we spend half the year bundled up in layers but eventually by May/June those layers come off and up pops our Summer body.  I saw my neighbour back at the end of June for the first time without those winter bundles on, and what a change, she had lost 27 lbs doing the Weight Watchers programme and looked great.  So that is what inspired me to get off my backside and start exercising.

My method of torture exercise: walking.  I put on my dh's Fitbit Flex and off I went.  I then decided to watch what I eat, as the word DIET for me has the following meanings:

  • starving
  • failure
  • not a happy bunny
I was going to join Weight Watchers, but I was not into the whole "lets talk as a group and see who is doing well or not."  Plus I couldn't be bothered trying to work out all those points etc.  I have no issue with people doing that, but it just isn't for me.  So I am doing my own thing and as I said I am not dieting (bad word), I am watching what I eat.

Back to the FitBit, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.  Did I mention I LOVE it?  Who knew walking so you could reach those 10,000 steps could be so addictive.  Add friends/family to your FitBit account and then you add a whole new level of competitiveness to the mix.

As I said I borrowed dh's FitBit flex to start with, then our son gave me a FitBit Alta, which I loved, but as I walk a lot of hills (I know hills!) and I wasn't getting credit or badges (YES you get badges πŸ˜„) I decided to upgrade to a FitBit Charge 2.

I should be paid by FitBit for all this praise shouldn't I 😏

So how well is all this working for me you ask?  Well here are some figures for you; since June 24th, 2016, I have:

  1. walked around 250 miles total
  2. averaged over 10,000 steps per day
  3. averaged 70 minutes of exercise per day
  4. lost 18 1/2 lbs
I have a long way to go and what I am doing works for me and may not be the way for other people to do it.  I am into my eighth week of doing this.  Over the next few weeks I will share with you what works for me and what doesn't.

Personally, as someone who hates exercising I am amazed at how much I love doing all this walking.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Quick and Easy Makeover

Popped into the garden centre on Sunday and they had buy two get one free on all silk flowers.  So I spent under $25, as I needed florist wire as well and did the following:

Started out with my plain wreath:

Bought three stems of silk Forsythia, cut them down into individual stems; only used two of the three stems:

Ended up with this, very Spring like:
Put the third stem in a vase in the house for a little Spring colour in the house. 

I was looking at Spring wreaths and they were $50 + for the nice ones.  My Spring bulbs are finally peaking through the soil.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Some photos.........

I did post these on Facebook, but will share with you as well.

Miss P turned 9 months old on Wednesday:

Both baby and mother are a lot happier due to getting more sleep!  Her favourite things in life are food, crawling and eating soil from the house plants.  She still has a "fetish" with the heating vents as well.

On Tuesday it was crazy hair day at daycare, and Miss N went like this:

She was a unicorn.  The "horn" is made of tin foil, shaped like a horn, with Miss N's hair wrapped around and and held in place with hair elastics and sprayed with hairspray.

As I said to dd, all Miss N's friends would love it and all the other mother's would hate dd for being an "over achiever!!"  She just laughed.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A quiz for you.......

It's harder than you think. Google is OFF LIMITS ! 

Every answer must start with the FIRST letter of your LAST name. Ready? Go!

Last name................ T*******
Animal................ Turtle
Girls Name..................Tara.
Boy's Name.............Thomas
Colour............. Turquoise
Name of Movie............. Titanic
Something you wear.....Top Hat
Drinks............... Tonic Water

Food..................... Toast
Item in bathroom....... Toilet
Place............... Train Station
Reason to be late....... Tripped up

Your turn.....

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Cheap" Hydro/electricity

I mentioned on Sunday I put my oven onto self clean as it was "cheap electricity" day.  As you can see above we are charged different rates for different times of day for our electricity usage.  Until April 30th 2017 this is what we pay:

Weekends & Holidays:
All day Off-peak $0.087 per kWh

7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.On-peak $0.180 per kWh
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Mid-peak $0.132 per kWh
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.On-peak $0.180 per kWh
7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.Off-peak $0.087 per kWh

So I try and work around the cheaper times of day to use hydro in the house.  I can't always do that, but I do try to avoid using it on the on peak times if I can.

This is not a new thing and we had the same thing when we lived in Britain.  Our hydro bills are a very sore point here in Ontario as we pay an arm and a leg for hydro due to the "other things" they tack onto our bills.  In most cases the actual hydro we use is minimal, but add on all the other stupid charges and some people are having to choose between heating their homes and eating.

When we lived at our last house it was the delivery charge that killed us as more often than not it was more than what we had used in electricity.    Since we moved back into town the delivery costs are not as much.  

We generally average just under $100 a month for our hydro bills over the year.

I am quite sure you all have your own hydro/electricity stories......

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Icky, Icky, Icky

Daughter sent me these photos the other day, knowing full well I would whine on about them.  I do not like this sort of thing........

I hate it when kids get all messy like this when eating.  I always have the dishcloth on hand when they eat over at our place.  Miss P is a very independent eater, so likes to be hands on.  Dd finds it easier just to let her get on with it so always puts food on her tray and if need be feeds her by spoon in between hands.  Miss N was exactly the same and I have a similar photo of her doing the same thing.

I still think it's icky......

Monday, March 13, 2017

I don't remember how long it's been since

I have done any sewing.  It seems forever.  

I bought a pattern (pdf format)from Thread Riding Hood  to make a child's skirt out of two fat quarters of material.  Both N's are into wearing dresses and skirts at the moment so I thought I would make a skirt each for them.

The pattern is so easy to follow and she gives you step by step instructions.  I did not use fat quarters as I had other material available.  Can't wait to give them to the girls.

As I liked this pattern so much I think I will have a look through her other patterns here and see what they have.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cough, cough

Dh is at work today and as today is cheap hydro/electricity day, I thought I would put my oven onto self clean.
For those of you not in the know, what happens the oven heats up to some crazy temperature and turns all the stuck on bits to ash.  Three hours later when the door has unlocked you take a cloth and wipe it all out.  NO chemicals, just a lot of heat......

However despite no chemical smell and despite my oven not being overly dirty it still stinks while you are doing it, and I have to have the extractor fan on, so that is why it's helpful that dh is not about with his bad chest.  I love my self clean option as it kills my hands having to scrub things by hand now.

Do you have a self clean oven or do you have to clean it all by hand?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Things you notice when visiting other people's homes........

I was reading this article "The seven surprising things house guests notice when they visit your home (and why they DO judge you if it's messy) " which was featured on Daily Mail Uk.

1. Cleanliness and Mess
2. Bright Walls
3. Pleasant Smell
4. House Plants
5. Art and Books
6. Furniture Placement
7. Light Sources

To be honest they are not really a surprise.  

I always notice if people's houses are a mess.  Bathrooms are a pet peeve, as I like to use a clean bathroom.....

A bright wall always catches your attention; don't you think?

The smell of a home can go either way, stinky or overwhelming.  There is a happy medium when it comes to smells in a home.  The smell of something baking is always attractive.

House plants do look attractive if they look healthy, half dead ones don't; I think I would notice the half dead ones before the healthy ones?

Art and books; not thought about that before, if the artwork is a large piece than I guess I would probably notice it.

Furniture placement wouldn't be something I would notice as it's that person's personal preference as to where they want things.

I do notice light fixtures, only because there are some really nice ones out there, but if they don't catch my eye, I wouldn't notice them.  I do however light a decent light source for certain tasks.

What is something you always notice when visiting other people's homes?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Round and round my head they go...

you know those songs that you can't get out of you head like this one:

 well this song is stuck in my head now:
I thought it was Meghan Trainor but it was sung by Little Mix, who I know zero about. However Meghan did write the song. This song sung by Meghan is as catchy and very similar in my opinion and is now stuck in my head.  
 no need to thank me.........😎😎😎

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

(Insert rolling eyes emoji here!)

After doing more painting I popped out to run a couple of errands.

I went to Michael's, arts and crafts store to pick up some items for the little ones for Easter.  Went to pay for everything and I gave the cashier a 50% off coupon, which she used and then she applied a 10% discount.  Now being the honest person I am I asked her why she did that. 

Her reply," it's a discount when you are 55 or older."

My face much have been a picture, as she then said:

"You are 55 or close to it aren't you?"

I said yes, and paid for everything and walked out of the store rolling my eyes.........I have just dyed my hair for heavens sake.........I will be 53 next week, so I guess I am close.

Went to Chapters the book store after that and there was a guy in his low 30's in the store with a little fluff ball of a dog.  Got a little  closer to them and the dog had a harness on and it said service dog and in red words "IN TRAINING."

He was in front of me at the check out, so I said to him, "he's a cute little guy (the dog) what is he training to be?"

His response was that it's his service dog and the dog's training will be done when they have some certain test done.  Wasn't sure what to say after that, I just assumed that as the dog was "in training," it wouldn't have been assigned it's final owner, but I guess not.

The harness on the dog also had PTSD on it, so I guess the owner has been diagnosed with PTSD.

As my dh said the poor guy was probably curled up in a corner now having a relapse after dealing with me!!  Again I just rolled my eyes.........

Busy day for me, with all that eye rolling!!!πŸ˜‰

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hello my name is..

Gillian and my name means:

Girl name origins & meanings:
  • Latin : Graceful, blessing; variation of Juliana

Girl name variations

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Been a few days again......

Last week went by in a flash, and I am not sure why.

I was actually out and about a bit which was unusual for me.

I did a bit of clothes shopping for myself.....which doesn't happen too often.  Managed to use a $50 off coupon when you spend $100 and a $20 off coupon when you spend $20.  So spent less than $80 and got five pairs of knickers/underwear, a thick pair of winter tights/pantyhose, a skirt and a top.  All good quality and will last me for ages.

Had a morning out with all five grandchildren at Jungle Land  I must say I am not familiar with these indoor playgrounds, but if I had young children I would be going with them on a regular basis, especially in Winter when it is bitter cold outside.  The older three used so much energy and even the two babies were kept busy.   There were a number of other children there and lets just say other peoples parenting skills left a lot to be desired.  It also shows which children have learned how to share and which children need to work on their sharing skills!!!

Went to knitting and have now finished one side of my poncho.  Need to get back into it and work on the other side.  Pleased with it so far.

Had a run out in the car on Saturday up into Muskoka.  Hadn't been up that way in a long while, it was the road we used to go back and forward on to take our son back and forward to university, so brought back many memories.  It was bitter cold, but the sun was shining brightly.

For the next three days I am going to be painting our spare bedroom.  I have been "threatening" to do this now since the New Year, so finally going to do it.

I am getting back into doing Swagbucks again and have just cashed my points in for another $5 Amazon giftcard.  If you want to check it out and decide to join up, I would love it if you would use my referral link:

I am going to be posting more on how I am earning/saving money shortly.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Why should I....... if the house is clean, the laundry is done and there are meals on the table; but I do?

......say I am fine when people ask, rather than saying; no I'm not?

......agree to things, when really I don't want to do them?

Your turn.......why should I/you..........

Monday, February 27, 2017


If you look on the middle left hand side of this photo you will see a house and a garage door partially open?  Can you see it?  To the left of the arch, just below our blinds?

I am confused a couple of our neighbours constantly leave their garage doors open a couple of feet during the day; why?  Is it too air them out?  Is there a benefit to doing this?  Granted they only do it when its not raining or snowing; but I am still confused as to why.  If you have a garage do you do this?  Should I be doing this?  Lots of questions.........

I didn't want to post a closer photo as they do have a car parked on the left hand side of the garage, it is a double garage.

I answered in the comments, but am putting it here.  no animals, that particular neighbour is not an animal lover, and no laundry, no one does that.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

How to negotiate with a 3 year old and win!!

Miss N. has a teddy which she carries around with her EVERYWHERE.  Teddy is a bit worse for the wear but Miss N. loves him.  When dd was doing Miss P's  8 month photos, she asked Miss N. if she wanted to have her photo taken?  She said no, but teddy wanted his taken.
Below with Miss N. is Annabelle.  Annabelle was given to me Christmas 1967, so she will be 50 years old this coming Christmas.  At the same time I was given a pram to put her in.  It turned out I preferred the sit on tractor of the neighbour boy and he loved my doll and pram?
 Miss N. has taken a shine to Annabelle and carts her around with her when she is at our house.  She wanted to take Annabelle home with her.  I said fine but then I keep teddy...........
 Annabelle is still with us, and teddy went home with Miss N!  Just in case you're wondering, teddy loves to eat Shepherd's Pie and uses the toilet just like Miss N!

Saturday, February 25, 2017


I was reading a blog post over at John's and thought I would add my two cents with my own blog post.

What happens after you die has changed so much over the years.  Once upon a time you would have a church service for the deceased, the  clergy would say many heart felt words about the deceased; whom he would probably have known.  There would be special funeral hymns; Abide With Me being a favourite.  Everyone would be wearing somber colours and there would be a wake/tea after wards to remember the deceased.  The deceased would be buried, occasionally someone would be cremated and be buried in a church yard/cemetery where loved ones would visit regularly and put fresh flowers on your grave on special occasions.  At least that was how it was when I was growing up.

Cremations are more popular, nowadays.  Anything goes when it comes to clothing worn at a funeral.  Here in Canada we can view the body in the days up to the funeral; like a lying in State situation.  Music can be anything from the funeral hymns to country music and popular music.  The last funeral we went to the great grandchildren and grandchildren drew and wrote messages on the casket/coffin.

Prior to coming to Canada 28 years ago I had only seen one dead body, my grandad and that was only a quick glimpse.  Since coming to Canada I have seem numerous dead people, even watched someone take their last breath.  It seems to be more open and welcoming, and more involved here in Canada.  When I think of funerals in Britain they are a more staid somber affair.

I swore I would never get cremated, but over time I have changed my tune.  I know that our children love us to bits, but I also know they would never visit us if we were buried somewhere.  Realistically they are busy people and it would just be another job for them to do by making the trip to the cemetery once or twice a year.  I would rather they remember us as we were and when they think of something that reminds them of us.

Things have changed when it comes to remembering the dead.  What are your thoughts and have you changed your ideas on what will happen to yourself after you die?

On a lighter note.  The kids gave me an envelope for Christmas, I opened it and the first thing I saw were the words URN INSERT.  My first thought was, "do I look that sick?"  However upon further reading it was a membership for this from here:

I get four seasonal inserts for a pot/urn for the garden.  It has nothing to do with death!!!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Learning something new

Would you believe I have been knitting now for nearly two years?  I am not an expert knitter, still haven't knit a pair of socks but I am a bit more confident than I was when I first started.

I still go to a sit and knit not every week, but a lot of the time and the last time I was there, a lady had brought in a pile of books that she didn't want and asked Angie to sell them and donate the money to charity.  So I had a look through them and picked out a couple including the one below, you can read more about the book here (it's an Amazon link).

What caught my eye was this poncho.  I remember having a poncho back in the 70's and thought it looked simple enough while trying out new to me stitches.  Did you have a knitted poncho back in the 70's? 
I did have a few issues, so turned to Angie for guidance, and this is where I learned something new and something so simple that you wonder why I didn't think of that.
The pattern involves purling two stitches together and then a yarn over.  I was getting mixed up with all of that, so Angie suggested I put in stitch markers everytime I did a pattern repeat so I could make sure I had enough stitches on my needles. 
Those stitch markers are a blessing it makes is so much simpler for me to see where I am.  I am quite excited to see how I make out with this.  The yarn I am using is Patons Misty, which is 48% acrylic, 32 % nylon, 10% wool and 10% mohair.  So it should be quite light to wear and pretty with it.  It is a pale green with a bit of beige in it, very Spring like.

I have to thank Angie for lending me her large stitch markers, mine are smaller and wouldn't fit around the 9.00 mm needles.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Instant Pot, decluttering and Netflix........

Remember my Instant Pot post from Tuesday?  It seems everyone who has one loves it and uses it.  I am still on the fence, so will wait until the Black Friday sale in November and revisit the idea.  I think I can manage to live without one until then.

I am still working away at decluttering.  I have been trying to sell a number of unwanted items online with mixed results.  We have a local Facebook site for our area.  I have to shake my head at some people.  They are all gung-ho wanting your items and then just muck you about.  Other people its a simple transaction that goes by without a fuss.  Having a yard sale is a no, no where we live, another one of those delightful rules we must abide by........

Loving Netflix still.  We are now on season 9 on Midsumer Murders, and every episode we say, "we didn't see that coming!!"  We have yet to figure the plot out on any of those episodes........LOL

My mam had a big birthday last week.  Here is one of her cakes; my younger brother had this one made for her:

When you ask her how she is; she always says "I'm fine."  And she is always cleaning, that's why there are all the cleaning items on the cake.  Love Mrs. Brown.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Music Concerts

Over the years we have seen a number of musical acts in concert in Toronto.  Toronto is just "down the road" (1 1/2 hours) from where we live and a large city so all the big musical acts perform there.

However we haven't been to any recently because we can never get tickets.  Adele was here last year; tickets sold out before we could get through, Lady Gaga is coming, again tickets all sold out right away.........BUT.....go back a few days later and you can get tickets but at super inflated prices, from people reselling them.  A couple of "good" seats, not the best seats by any means but good ones are priced at over $2,000 each, who can afford prices like that?  The "nose bleed" seats were heading towards the $200 mark.  We saw a Shania Twain concert in "nose bleed" seats and swore never to sit in those seats again as they are too far back.

So I guess I will have to make do with Youtube videos.  Oh and the reason I wanted to see Lady Gaga is that I would bet she puts on a great show with all the dancers and costume changes etc?  Some of her music is not to my taste, some of it is; overall though I know she puts her heart and soul into her stage performances.

Here is one of my favourite Lady Gaga songs:

and another one:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Instant Pot...........

It seems as usual I am way behind on the latest thing/trend.  For those of you not in the know like me it's a fancy pressure cooker, with many, many other features and people love, love, love them.

now if you click on this link it will take you to Amazon where I got the photo from.  I read through a couple of the reviews on these and everyone seems to rave about them.  Like many people the less time I have to spend in the kitchen the better, but are these a worthwhile item to buy when there is just two of you in the house?  They also seem to be quite expensive; someone did say to wait until Black Friday or other good sale days?

I am still not decided about this, so I thought I would ask you if you had one and why should I get one; or not get one as the case may be?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Been Busy.......

I have been busy decorating our bedroom.  Funny thing is dh walked in as I was painting and said it doesn't look any different colour wise to what it was.  My response was good, then if I have missed anything  you won't notice.  I painted it a pale cream/beige colour.  The biggest change is all the trim.  They were also painted cream by the builder, now they are a bright white.  Trim to my mind shouldn't be any other colour than white.  It makes the wall colours pop.

Someone else in blogland was also decorating and they were saying how much harder it is to decorate the older you get.  I have to agree.  I had been picking away at the trim all the week, so all I had to do on the weekend was paint the walls twice and paint the window trim and a little bit of the skirting/baseboard.  I managed to get one coat of paint on the window and baseboard trim, and one and a half coats of paint on the walls on Saturday.  I finished the walls and trim on Sunday.  I was so tired and my back and hands were hurting so much on Saturday, that I knew I couldn't finish it all on Saturday.

Fortunately I am still at a stage with my back that a good nights sleep cures the aches with my back and as long as I wear my braces on my hands through the nights they too recover,  and on I go the next day.

So we have had three nights sleeping in the spare bedroom which is in the basement.  We have large windows in both the bedroom and family room, so although not the brightest of rooms, they are not too dark.  I must say I am looking forward to being back in our own bed, as I had  a duvet and a bedspread on the spare bed, which is much too hot for me.  Dh loved it and was as warm as, I sweated like a crazy person.

So all I have to paint now is the spare bedroom.  Luckily I am not at this stage:

Do you enjoy decorating the rooms in your home?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Catchy tune from ad.......

This is also a catchy tune.

I actually like the look of the Kia Soul car.  Does anyone own one who is reading this post?  Or knows someone that does?  Any thoughts on this car?

Oh and a Happy Valentine's Day to you all.

Monday, February 13, 2017

$1.15 Million over asking price........

With the housing market being as crazy at the moment; but this article caught my attention.  The house was listed for $1.19 million and sold for $2.3 million.  This house is in Toronto but when you look at it, I wouldn't pay $500,000 for it, never mind over $2 million.  It looks better on the inside than on the outside.  I wonder if the buyers are going to tear it down and build a mini mansion in it's place?

We were out and about on Saturday having a drive by looking at some houses that caught our eye on MLS.  If you have bought and sold homes before, you like us know that the photos don't show everything.  We drove by three and of the three only one was a possibility and then it was too gut; which at our age is too big of a job for us.  Plus when I spoke to the real estate agent by telephone he was very abrupt, so that put me off.  A good sales rep would have asked questions about what we are looking for etc.  We are in no hurry to move so can take our time looking for the perfect home to retire too.

We are looking to move as we are fed up of paying condo fees that by this coming June will have increased by $120 since we moved here three years ago.  For what we get for that money it would be better in our pocket!!

We also got rid of our guy who shoveled the driveway of snow.  He confused the heck out of us, as we never knew when he was coming and most of the time we ended up doing it ourselves.  Plus it won't kill either of us to do it.  Mind you we got a blast of winter here on Sunday, so out came the shovels........

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Poison Garden

Who knew there was one?

It is at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.  The Alnwick Gardens are a 12 acre walled garden that features many gardens and other attractions.  It is now on my list of must see places next time we visit Britain.

I was reading this article about how it could take 1,000 years to clear Laos of unexploded bombs left from the Vietnam War......pretty poisonous situation if you ask me........

Not the most happiest post for a Sunday......

Saturday, February 11, 2017


we all have them, some small, some big, some you know you can achieve, while others you know you are going to struggle with.

One of my goals for this year is to declutter the house of things on a weekly basis.  Some things I will donate, some will be thrown out and some will be sold.  I have made a start on cleaning out cupboards and so far it is proving to be a success.  If I can remove at least 7 things per week, it means there will be 365 less things in the house by the end of the year.  Now lets hope I don't bring 365 things into the house!!!

Do you have goals set that you know you can achieve?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Odds and ends from online......

Saw this over on Mother Earth and thought what a good way to use up some old t-shirts........

Full instructions here 

Back when dd got married, both of us bought a fascinator from Blair Nadeau.  She has just released her 2017 Celestial Wanderer Collection; it is gorgeous.  I struggled to find one photo I liked the best as I love all the collection but did think this was pretty:
The shoulder chains/necklace is something I have never seen before and are equally as pretty:

This next link is for the you remember Zellers?  Remember when all the stores closed down?  Well there are still two Zellers stores open; one in Ottawa and one in Etobicoke.....they are not your usual Zellers stores though, they are more like clearance stores for The Bay and Home Outfitters.  You can read more about them here.

And finally my dream job has been posted online: A chocolate tester for Cadbury's, you can read more about it here.  Just wish it was here in Canada not the UK.  Can you imagine taste testing all that chocolate?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Update on the Grandchildren

As you know we have five in total, so I thought I'd update you on them all.

Our Little Princess Miss N is now 4 years of age.  She was 4 last month and her parents registered her to start school in September.......where did the time go?  She is a chatter box and a bossy boots...LOL  She loves everything and everyone and is a joy to be around.  I got caught in the middle of an argument about who Rapunzel's mother is/was with her and our other Miss N.  One was adamant that the wicked witch was her mother, while the other said it was the queen.  Don't remember how I got out of agreeing with one or the other!

Our little man is 2 years and 5 months old and is a busy boy.  Although he was slow to start talking his vocabulary is coming along leaps and bounds.  He's also an amateur "naturist," as he does feel that clothes are optional!

Little baby J is 8 1/2 months old and is our fledgling supermodel.  She has legs that go on forever that girl.  She is a petite little thing and is as quiet and laid back as they come.  Mind you getting a word in edge ways with the two siblings she has would be hard to do!!!  The photo below was taken at the end of January

Below is Miss P that photo was taken at the beginning of January when they were in the Bahama's for our son's wedding.  She is a mommy's girl and growing like a weed.  She has four teeth and is crawling and pulling herself to a standing position.  She will be 8 months old on the 15th of this month.  As I told her mother be careful what you wish for, as she was walking at 9 1/2 months and was always on the go!!  Miss P looks exactly like her sister did at that age.
 Then we have Miss N.  Like her older "cousin," she also starts school in September and is a bundle of energy.  She's now in the last class at daycare and they are preparing her for school.  She loves her gymnastics class, she enjoys swimming, but HATES doing swim classes.  She got ice skates for her birthday and only "tolerates" going skating.  I guess it doesn't help if you spend most of your time on your bum if you can't stand up!!  She loves her sister and has a lot to say at times.  She is looking more and more like her dad.
When the two Miss N's get together they interact with one another and it's fun to watch them both.  Generally the older Miss N "controls" the situation while the younger Miss N goes with the flow.  They love one another and are always asking for one another.

They are all going to an indoor play centre today.  I was invited but I have had a headache all week and going to a play centre with a pile of screaming, excited children is not my idea of fun, so I passed...LOL

Both of the children's mother's go back to work in June.......where has the time gone too?