Sunday, February 28, 2010

Today's Flower......

It's been snowing here in my neck of the woods (see the post below), so I decided I needed a spring like photo to cheer me up and remind me spring is only a couple more months away.......yes I said  A COUPLE!!  I can almost smell that lilac, roll on spring.

For more Today's Flower photo's please click on this link

Snow, snow, and more bloody snow!!

My apologies for the strong language but I am not happy!!  I had to plough the driveway twice on Saturday and the second time is was the wet heavy snow.  The weather man forecast light snow/flurries of up to 4cm.  Light snow my behind, we must have got another six inches of the bloody stuff.  It did stop in the early afternoon and did get above freezing, so melted a lot on the decks, but even so.  Hopefully this is the last snow storm for this winter (as I touch wood when I say that), however I don't think so, March can be a nasty month; and remember that saying:

"March in like a lion, out like a lamb" 

The forecast for Monday is variable cloud's, with a possibilty of 1 cm of snow and temperature around the freezing mark, to me that is more lamb like than lion like don't you think?

I took some photos of the snow coming down.  It all looks very picturesque, but roll on Spring.......

My dear friend Leiani has decided to start a blog.  She has a great family and I love the way she writes.  Please pop by to say hello and welcome her to blogland, here is the link to her blog.

It's the last day of February, did you remember to put your money in your Daily Savings Pot?  I have $75 in my I have no idea, but I do.  If you're not sure what I am talking about check out this link

Today's Money Saving Tip:

Hide your credit cards. Take your credit cards and put them in a safe place in your home, not in your wallet where it’s easy to spend them. If you argue that you need it for “emergencies,” just be sure to keep a small amount of cash hidden in your wallet for these emergencies. Don’t keep plastic on you until you have the willpower to not use it even when you’re sorely tempted.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ever wished you had stayed in bed for the day?

Friday was one of those days.  Woke up with a headache, always a bad sign.  It had snowed over night and was still snowing.  We probably only got around 6 inches, but in places on our driveway it had blown and settled so it was well over knee high.  It was a miracle that dh got his pickup out of the driveway.  When I went outside I couldn't even see his tire marks on the driveway as more snow had laid.

Lets just say my poor old snow blower struggled and I had to have it as high as possible.  It was the worst I had seen it this winter.  So by the time I had cleared out the driveway and brought all the logs in and cleaned off the decks I was just plain pooped. 

I had to hoover up in our bedroom and hoover up the flies and lady bugs {{SIGH}}  Where they come from I do not know.

Dh came home a little earlier than normal, as the roads were bad.  He went into the bedroom to do some more work in there and has ran into another problem, the ceiling is sloping and the closet we have moved will not fit properly now, so there is going to be more work to be done there, now.

I swear this was supposed to be an easy project, but its proving to be one issue after another, again a big {{{SIGH}}}

I am on varnishing the closet doors and have them in the attic, so hopefully they won't stink up the whole house, no such luck!!!

On a more positive note, we got mail on Friday and she took my other mail!!

Supper was good and easy, as I put a big pot of stew on in the crockpot.  Made enough to feed an army so I guess I know what we will be having for supper for a couple of days.

We got the oil tank filled for the heating and we had only used half a tank this month and it wasn't as expensive as prior months, at around $370.  The forecast is looking as though its only going to get warmer, so that's also good. 

So I guess in the scheme of things, things could be worse........

We are nearly at the end of our second month in the Daily Savings Club, did you remember to put your money in your pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

How many no spend days do you have each week?  Try and add another no spend day per week, and gradually add more and more days until you are only having one or two no spend days per week......

Friday, February 26, 2010

That woman will be the death of me I swear.......

As I mentioned at the end of last year, our mail lady retired after 56 years on the job, and we now have another mail lady.  Well I don't know if she is just playing with my mind of what, but she is driving me crazy this new mail lady.

I live on a rural route, with a mail box at the end of my driveway.  I was told if I put my flag up on my mailbox and put my outgoing mail in there, the mail lady will pick it up.  Never had a problem with this with Eva.  So four Fridays ago I put mail in there first thing in the morning, put my flag up, it wasn't picked up until Monday.  Never mind, it's a one off right?  Following Friday did the same thing, it wasn't picked up.  So I call in at my local post office and say, was our mail lady working today, and they say yes she was.

So I call the main post office and say, I am right in thinking that you will pick up mail in my mail box if I put the flag up, and she confirms this, so I say well this is two Friday's in a row she hasn't picked up and even on the prior Friday I had no mail, which is also unusual, as it's rare that I don't get mail every day.  Which brought me to the conclusion we don't get mail delivery on a Friday!!

So on Thursday, I have outgoing mail.  Figure I should be safe as it's Thursday and I generally get mail delivery on a Thursday.  So put my mail in the box at 8am, well before she delivers, put my flag up and think that will be good!!

Go later on to pick my mail up, as my flag is up, and she has delivered mail BUT has left my outgoing mail????  So now what??

I get on the phone to the supervisor at the head office and say listen help me out here, as I am mighty confused.  The outcome, is my mail WILL be picked up on Friday regardless and she has no idea why I haven't had any mail delivery on a Friday for the last month.

Now I was talking to Eva about all of this and she was saying, our house and my neighbours house north of us, is slightly out of the way, so it's easier to miss us, than go out of the way.  As I told the supervisor, I am used to getting mail more or less every day.  Now I am down to four days a week, I am not impressed.  Have to say neither was she........

This poor mail lady must hate me, but when I am told I can do something and what I am doing is correct then it's not my fault.  Also I do keep the mail box area ploughed out, so she can't even use that as an excuse, that she can't get too it for the snow.

You can see a photo of our mail box here

I got little to nothing done on Thursday, thanks to was their 2nd birthday and there was promise of big bucks all day, but you had to stay close to the computer all day.  I did get the first coat of varnish on one side of the closet doors.  Then I did some more paper piecing and some other bits and bobs.  I suppose with it snowing all day it was an excuse to rest up!!

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Savings Box today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

Join the Daily Saving Club, more info here!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Skywatch Friday

Today's photos looks as though there is no sky........well you can't see it for the snow coming down.  We're forecast for another 4 inches or so in the next 24 hours, and at the rate it is snowing, I don't doubt that prediction!!  Hopefully it's a better day where you are.......

For more Skywatch Friday Posts, please click on this link

Well I have finally gone and done it...........

I have joined Facebook.  No idea why I did, as I have no clue what so ever with what I am doing.  I figured I could maybe see photos of the nieces and nephews in Britain and keep up with what they are up too.

Honestly though I don't see the point of it all?  I would rather send an email, but I guess people would prefer using Facebook?  I am assuming there is a Facebook for Dummies page where it explains what to do?  I hope so, as I can see me spending a bit of time on that page.

There seems to be all sorts of pages and all sorts of other stuff going on.  A friend sent me an email and he said, " Facebook used to be “good” now they have to much garbage on it and your page gets filled up with people sending games/gag gifts/junk and more junk."

So I guess one thing I am asking you today, are any of you Facebook users?  What are the do's and don'ts.  What is the best thing about Facebook, and what is the worst thing about Facebook?

Dd is away on vacation at the moment, lucky duck, soaking up the sun on the beach in the Dominican, otherwise I would have bombarded her with all these questions.  Ds never goes on his Facebook page and is super busy with work, so that's why you've all been nominated to answer my questions....LOL

Tracey sent me this joke, and I had tears rolling down my face as its so funny.  This would really be me:

(there is the odd word that may not be appropriate for young eyes!! So be warned)


If you read this without laughing out loud, there is

something wrong with you. This is dedicated to everyone who

ever attempted to get into a regular workout routine

Dear Diary,

For my birthday this year, I purchased a week of personal

training at the local health club.

Although I am still in great shape since being a high

school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would

be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal

trainer named Christo, who identified himself as a

26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic

clothing and swim wear.

Friends seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started!

The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my




Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but

found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club

to find Christo waiting for me. He is something of a Greek

god-- with blond hair, dancing eyes, and a dazzling white

smile. Woo Hoo!!

Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines.. I

enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his

aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!

Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my

gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he

was around... This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!!



I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out

the door. Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy

iron bar into the air then he put weights on it! My legs

were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full

mile. His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel

GREAT! It's a whole new life for me.



The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the

toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth

over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals.

Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to steer or stop. I

parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.

Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams

bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky

for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets

this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.

My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put

me on the stair monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a

machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by

elevators? Christo told me it would help me get in shape and

enjoy life. He said some other shit too.



Asshole was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth

exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full

snarl. I couldn't help being a half an hour late-- it took

me that long to tie my shoes.

He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not

looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny

bitch to find me.

Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine--

which I sank.



I hate that bastard Christo more than any human being has

ever hated any other human being in the history of the

world. Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic, little aerobic

instructor. If there was a part of my body I could move

without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it.

Christo wanted me to work on my triceps... I don't have any

triceps! And if you don't want dents in the floor, don't

hand me the damn barbells or anything that weighs more than

a sandwich..

The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and

nutrition teacher. Why couldn't it have been someone softer,

like the drama coach or the choir director?



Satan left a message on my answering machine in his

grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up

today. Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the

machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to

even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight

hours of the Weather Channel..



I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so

I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also

pray that next year my husband will choose a gift for me

that is fun-- like a root canal or a hysterectomy. I still

say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have

sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Saving's Pot Today?

Today's money saving tip:

Want to lose weight, don't eat as much!!  You'll save money right away..........

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A bit freaky......

One thing I don't talk about on my blog is politics and religion.  What you believe in regarding those two subjects is your business and has nothing to do with me.  However this post is about religion, well sort of.

So I have started going to church on a Sunday in a nearby village and I love it.  The Reverend is really nice and I enjoy his sermons.  The first week his sermon was good and I thought yep I agree with what he was saying and something he said hit home with me (can't remember what now) and that was good.

So this last week or two the weather has got a little warmer and because of that the cluster flies and the ladybugs have been out and about in the house again.  I have been cursing them up and down and been vacuuming them up whenever I see them.  So I go to church on Sunday and sit down.  I look at the stained glass windows and lo and behold there are cluster flies on the windows.

So I am feeling slightly better, thinking well we're not the only ones with these rotten flies.  The Reverend starts his sermon and talks about Lent and how Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights.  He then went on to say about how one of his Clergy friends when in Israel had decided to spend the day in the desert to see if he could get a taste of what Jesus went through.

So this friend, said he discovered how silent it was, how hot it was, and how many flies there were, and that Satan had used this things to try and break down Jesus and himself.  At this point my ears pricked up, with the flies comment.  I have been cursing these flies up and down these past couple of weeks and here is the Reverend talking about those same rotten flies.  I thought wow that is so ironic and so freaky!!

I was relating this story to the Reverend on Monday and said I didn't want to know what this coming week's sermon was about, but if I turn as white as a ghost and run for the hills, then I guess what ever you are talking about must be very relevant to what I am going through at the moment!!

Then on yesterday's post I posted that joke about the Diary of a Snow Shoveler.  I prepared that post on Monday evening, and it posted as normal at 1am our time on Tuesday morning.  Meanwhile Tracey emailed me that same joke in between hands......freaky or what!!

There are just too many coindenceses happening to me at the moment.  I must admit I can't wait to see what the Reverend has to talk about this coming Sunday........

A sermon about lying

A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17."

The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Savings Pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:Reevaluate the stuff in the rooms in your house. Go into a room and go through every single item in it. Do you really need that item? Are you happy that it’s there, or would you be just fine if it were not? If you can find stuff to get rid of, get rid of it – it just creates clutter and it might have some value to others. You also improve the perceived value of your house – and you’re likely to get a lot of cleaning done in the process. It’s a frugal win-win-win.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Another column and more English Paper Piecing....

Another week, therefore another column from me for the Eden Valley Messenger  I would love it if you had an extra minute to pop by and have a read and leave a comment.  If you know of anyone else who may be interested forward it onto them as well please?  A couple of other bloggers were kind enough to mention me and my column on their blogs this past week, Expat Mum and Smitten By Britain, so a big thank you to them for that!!  If you have another couple of minutes to spare, pop over to their blogs and say hello, they would love that.

I just finished this table runner, it's around 25 inches by 12 inches.  It's dusty pink, brown and cream.  All the hexagons are hand sewn and hand sewn on the table runner.

This is the back of the table runner.

Below is the material for my next project.  As with the table runner, I have no idea what I am going to make yet.  I will figure it out as I go along.

It was a quiet day around the acreage on Monday.  As predicted it started to snow around lunch time, so much for the Spring like weather on the weekend, back to Winter weather again.

I am not at this point yet.....but could be there shortly!!

The Diary of a Snow Shoveler

December 8

6:00 PM. It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!

December 9

We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the Whole World? Moving here was the best idea I've ever had. Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life.

December 12

The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry, we'll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a nice man, I'm glad he's our neighbor.

December 14

Snow lovely snow! 8" last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life!

The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way.

December 15

20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer.

The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska, after all.

December 16

Ice storm this morning. Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like heck. The wife laughed for one hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17

Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere.

Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. God I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20

Electricity's back on, but had another 14" of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling. Took all day. Darn snowplow came by twice.

Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they're lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he's lying.

December 22

Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white crap fell today, and it's so cold it probably won't melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to poop. By the time I got undressed, pooped and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter; but he says he's too busy. I think the jerk is lying.

December 23

Only 2" of snow today. And it warmed up to 0. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she nuts!!! Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she's lying.

December 24

6". Snow packed so hard by snowplow, I broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the man who drives that snowplow I'll drag him through the snow by his nose and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I've just been!

Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the snowplow.

December 25

Merry -bleeping- Christmas! 20 more inches of the slop tonight. Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she's a fricking idiot. If I have to watch "It's A Wonderful Life" one more time, I'm going to stuff her into the microwave.

December 26

Still snowed in. Why the heck did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She's really getting on my nerves.

December 27

Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze, plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1400 to replace all my pipes.

December 28

Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. THE WITCH is driving me crazy!!!

December 29

10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

December 30

Roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver he is now suing me for a million dollars not only the beating I gave him but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up where the sun don't shine. The wife went home to her mother. 9" predicted.

December 31

I set fire to what's left of the house. No more shoveling.

January 8

Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?

Oh the joys of Winter!!

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Savings Pot today?
Today's Money Saving Tip:

Is less better? Perhaps it was due to the booming economy, perhaps "keeping up with the Joneses", maybe its ego, but for many of us, we often seem to insist on the biggest and the best, no matter what the cost. When a $15,000 new car may be more than acceptable, we stretch the seams of our budget to afford a $25,000 vehicle. We buy $25 shirts with $35 designer labels attached. We opt for the $100 dinner at the trendy restaurant when a $20 meal would have been just as delicious. Think about where you are spending the family money--and how--to see if there couldn't be savings found with minor changes in habits.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Isn't this the most pitiful sight you have ever seen?

What do you think is wrong with poor old Molly?  Well seeing the bath towels there should give you a hint.  I had to haul her upstairs for a shower and she knows that's what's going to happen.  She won't go upstairs with me when I have my dressing gown on, as she knows what's going to happen, so I have to carry her upstairs!  What you don't see from that photo is how she is shaking.  Its a pitiful sight, it truly is, and it wouldn't be so bad, but it's all over in 15 minutes at the most.  I don't know, I have tried reasoning with her, that it's for her own good, as the shampoo I use eases the itchiness on her skin, but that doesn't make her feel any better!!!  I can't win.

Then when I let her out of the bathroom, she runs around the house, rolling around on any rug that we have down, quite a funny thing to watch.  As I am typing this she is sitting beside me, and I have to admit, she smells worse now than before, as wet dog smells worse than a dry dog if you ask me....LOL

On Sunday afternoon I was sitting sewing and looked up to see the two horses and wagon going over the field.  By the time I had grabbed my camera this was the only photo I had chance to take before they went behind the trees.

(click on the photo for more detail)

While I was outside I took a random photo of a Chickadee at the bird feeder.
Dh worked Sunday morning.  After church I went to get my grocery shopping, so we both arrived in the house within minutes of one another.  After a late lunch dh went to do some electrical in our bedroom, while I sat and sewed.

The sun was shining and it was above freezing I am sure in the sun.  It felt like a Spring day; however when you are reading this on Monday the snow should be coming down AGAIN!!!

Did you remember to put your mone in your Daily Savings Pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

In the winter when the sun is shining make sure you open all your curtains/drapes, or pull up your blinds, to let the sun shine in and warm up your rooms.  Do the opposite in the summer, in the heat of the day close your curtains/drapes and blinds to keep your rooms cool.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Today's Flower

Despite the fact that we still can't see the flower gardens for snow, I know in a few months time my poppies will be flowering, so here is a reminder of what they will look like eventually!!!

For more Todays Flower posts, please click on this link

Our day out........

We went to the National Home Show in Toronto on Saturday.  We had VIP tickets so for once we went through the "Dream Home"  It was very, very modern, and not my cup of tea at all.  However there were a few things that we liked.

The garage was really neat and I said to dh he should get the tire rack made up to store my winter tires on there. Yes that was some sort of fancy dancy tv in the garage!

(as always click on the photo's for more detail)

This is a doggy shower in the mud room,  It took me a couple of seconds to click what it was.  I suppose it's a handy thing if you have a dog, or even kids with muddy boots.

I love this sink, it was one of a pair in the master bedroom, and I could see those fitting in our house.  Wasn't sure what exactly you would clean them with, I suppose something that is non abrasive?

I have to say we were disappointed this year with what was exactly on show.  We have also clicked that before we make enquiries about anything we have to make sure they are willing to service our area where we live.  It takes us a good hour outside of rush hour to get to downtown Toronto, probably an hour and a half in rush hour.  So a lot of people won't even consider coming out to our area.

We want to try and get the basement windows replaced, but I had wanted to get a couple of quotes this time.  So I think we'll use the local guys again.

This is a photo of the Direct Energy Centre where the show was held.  That is the CN Tower in the back ground.

Next door to the Direct Engery Centre, is BMO Field where Toronto FC (Football/Soccer) play.  Notice the big wind tower in the background.

Food is so expensive at these shows that we decided to have a late lunch and we had left the show by 1:30pm.  So we headed into Brampton, and had fish and chips at the Heritage Restaurant.  They have the best fish and chips around our area.  They even had knitted tea cosies for their tea pots ever so cute, the same as this one.  They have a lunch time special of haddock and chips for $5.95 and you get a plate full.  We shared a dish of mushy peas, so guess we'll be "gassy" tonight...LOL

We also lucked out today, as Home Depot were having a 20% sale on all their interior doors, so we picked up the four closet doors.  They should have been $89 each, we paid $71.20 each, so the savings nearly paid for one door.  We could have done without getting these at this moment, but couldn't turn down that savings.

So tonight I am going to go through my bag of goodies I got from the Home Show, and read up on all the things we looked at.  Oh and dream about what we could do if we had the money!!!

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Savings Pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

If you're going to eat out at restaurants, eat out on a lunch time, as more often than not it's cheaper and if you eat a large meal at lunch time, you probably won't want much to eat later on in the day.

Sorry I didn't get around to visiting your blog today (I am writing this Saturday night)........

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Second post for Saturday, but it is so funny........

As they say little things please little I have a little mind.  If you have a young child, especially a boy in the house, they will adore this:

I was in tears laughing at this!!

Bit of a catch up..........


Well she likes her new food.  I have her down to 1/2 steroid pill per day, she's chewing her paws, but nothing too drastic.  I am picking up some of this Holistic Blend Organic Bee Pollen now this is supposed to help with the airborne allergens, who knows, it's worth a shot.  I need to get it into her system six weeks before the grasses and trees start growing again, so this will be the right time to start this.  At this point I am willing to try most things.

I ended up donating all her biscuits (had brewers yeast in them), all her old food; fish and sweet potato flavour and her shampoo, it had oatmeal in it, to the local animal shelter.  I also gave the vet her Omega 3 supplement, as that is fish based.........

Finally her back leg seems to be fine, she's a bit stiff going up the stairs otherwise she is fine.

As of Friday I can see patches of grass on The Acreage, finally.  The sun shone all day on Friday, so melted a lot of snow.  Which in turn let me see where all the dog poop was.  Considering Molly is a small dog, she poops a lot!!  I also dug out the end of the driveway where the snow had blown over.  It must have been knee high again in a couple of places.  Right beside the road though it's a mud bath, so that will be the next thing I will be complaining about, all the mud.

I finished the staining on Thursday and as I predicted I had the headache from hell on Friday and still have it.  That stain kills me, but its still much too cold to have the windows and doors open.  However on a more positive note, with the wind chill we are now only in the minus 8oC to 10oC, which is balmy hot!!

Now with having all this sun on Friday, those new blinds of ours came in handy.  Oh and that isn't a dead dog, that is Molly sound asleep on her ottoman!!  She was snoring again, I think that dog needs her adenoids out!!

An exciting photo of the close up of the blinds!!  If you enlarge the photo you can still see the snow.
The closet situation is on a go slow.  Dh is working six days a week at the moment, and like with any job we start in this house we have ran into problems.  This time its the electrical.  One of the plugs/sockets was to move.  When dh had a look in it, the guy had wired it wrong, and to cut a long story short that is only of interest if you are electrically minded, which I'm not, dh had to rewire it and pull new wires in, or something like that, and that involved taking up part of the attic floor.  I am actually writing this as it saves me telling my dad when I talk to him next.  Then he has to move the telephone jack again not a five minute job, and on and on it goes..........

I have to say it a bloody miracle that neither me nor dh have been shocked with these plugs in this house, dh is rewiring as and when he gets the time.  He's putting in a new electrical panel this summer, so he says.  As I have said before I have little to no interest in all of this, as I am of the opinion why do something yourself when you have someone else (dh) who can do things a heck of a lot faster and better than I can; that groaning and whining is my dad........I am so going to get a lecture next time he talks to me.....LOL

I have added more links to blogs on the section above my header photo.  If your's is not there please let me know, as due to me being nearly a year older, I have a tendency to forget things!!

We are having a day out from The Acreage on Saturday, as I got two free tickets for the National Home Show in Toronto  I was hoping to see if Stihl or Husqvarna were there as I need an industrial strength brushcutter this spring, in the hopes I don't burn out the motor this year!!!

Well that's my exciting news for today.  I will try and remember to take lots of photos at the Home Show.

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Savings Pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

Ask your real estate agent for tickets to local events, especially if the company she works for is sponsoring the event!!  Remax is sponsoring the Home Show, and our real estate agent works for Remax!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Gassy or Fart? Bathroom or Toilet?

When I open my mouth to speak, it's obvious I wasn't born in Canada; same with my dh and my dad.  When the kids start talking they are Canadian through and through.  The only way you would know they were British is by some of the words they use.  However there are certain Canadian expressions I prefer to use though rather than the British versions; and one of them is "gas or gassy."  I personally find the word "FART" not a pleasant word.  No idea why, just don't like using that word

Being gassy sounds more ladylike than saying farting in my books.  Breaking wind isn't an expression used over here, pumping is I think more of a British word, I will say trumpeting now and then, but "gassy" is my all time favourite word.

However for me being gassy can also mean I will burp as well.  I am especially gassy after I have had a carbonated drink like Cola.  Carbonated drinks make me burp something rotten, so I rarely drink them.  Again it's not ladylike to be able to burp the full alphabet after drinking a can of pop, now is it!!

I also like to say I am going to the bathroom rather than going to the toilet.  I think if you say bathroom, it sorts of give's the whole situation an air of mystery as to what you are exactly going to do.  Whereas if you're going to the toilet, well you're using the toilet...

Finally one other Canadian custom we have embraced is taking your shoes off when you go into a house.  It always horrifies me now when people walk into a house with their dirty great shoes on and walk all over your clean carpet?  Now in our case it doesn't matter as we have wood floors which are generally freezing cold.  However any house we visit that has a carpet on the floor, we immediately take off our shoes, unless the place looks dirty..........

(Mental note to oneself, if I visit a house of someone who reads this blog and don't take my shoes off, they will think I think their house is dirty now, so must remember to take off my shoes!!)

Finally, something I find funny.  Dd works for an international company and often they have conference calls with people around the world.  For some reason whomever they deal with in Britain must have a stronger accent that all dd co-workers have trouble understanding.  Meanwhile dd is chit chatting away to him no problem, while the other's sit there with a puzzled expression!!  She translates as the meeting progresses!!

A man was driving along the highway, and saw a rabbit hoping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the rabbit, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of the car and was hit. The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road and got out to see what had become of the rabbit.

Much to his dismay, the rabbit was dead. The driver felt so awful be began to cry.

A woman driving down the highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong.

"I feel terrible," he explained. "I accidentally hit this rabbit and killed it."

The woman told the man not to worry. She knew what to do. She went to her car trunk and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead rabbit, and sprayed the contents of the can onto the rabbit.

Miraculously, the rabbit came to life, jumped up, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped down the road. Fifty feet away the rabbit stopped, turned around, waved at the two again, hopped down the road another 50 feet, turned, waved, and hoped another 50 feet.

The man was astonished. He couldn't figure out what substance could be in the woman's spray can! He ran over to the woman and demanded, "What was your spray can? What did you spray onto that rabbit?"

The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said: "Hare Spray Restores Life to Dead Hare. Adds Permanent Wave."

I groaned at that last line!!

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Savings Pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

Give up expensive habits, like cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. Those habits cause money to flow away from you with nothing in return. Call up your fortitude and work hard to kick the habits and you’ll find that money staying in your pocket instead of burning up and floating away.

I don't do any of those things, she says as she shines her halo!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Skywatch Friday

The sky is full today, not sure if we're getting snow, but it is cold and blustery, a typical February day. These photos were taken at 12.30pm Thursday February 18th.

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Just call me the "Staining Queen," and a funny..

Truth be told I would prefer the title "The Dancing Queen," but not going to get that title anytime soon.  So I guess Staining Queen will have to do for now!!

I went to the trim store on Wednesday and picked up the door trim along with the corner blocks and the plinth's.  As they were all unstained I set too staining them all.  There are three more door trim pieces out of the photo.  I have to stain them all again on Thursday, so that dh can put them up on the weekend.

The down side of this staining though is the house stinks of stain, so I can see a migraine in the near future!!

Oh and on the right hand of the photo is our treadmill all folded up, so I am proud to say that I DO NOT hang laundry on my treadmill like some people do........ I just don't use my treadmill at all :0)

Here's a photo of Molly down the basement investigating my staining skills!!  Her foot is a lot better I am pleased to say.

Things Housepet Beagles (and most other doggies) Must Try To Remember....

 I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.

The garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff.

I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm lying under the coffee table.

I will not roll my toys behind the fridge.

I must shake the rainwater out of my fur BEFORE entering the house. (MOLLY!)

I will not eat the cats' food, before or after they eat it.

I will stop trying to find the few remaining pieces of clean carpet in the house when I am about to throw up.

I will not throw up in the car.

I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc.

I will not lick my human's face after eating animal poop.

"Kitty box crunchies" are not food.

I will not eat any more socks and then redeposit them in the backyard after processing.

The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.

I will not wake Mommy up by sticking my cold, wet nose up her bottom end.

I will not chew my human's toothbrush and not tell them.

I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, or my people will think I am hemorrhaging.

When in the car, I will not insist on having the window rolled down when it's raining outside. (MOLLY!)

We do not have a doorbell. I will not bark each time I hear one on TV. (MOLLY!!!)

I will not steal my Mom's underwear and dance all over the back yard with it.

The sofa is not a face towel. Neither are Mom & Dad's laps. (MOLLY!!!)

My head does not belong in the refrigerator.

I will not bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for Mom's driver's license and car registration.

Thanks to this site for those tips!!

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Savings Pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

Wrap your water heater and pipes with insulation to avoid wasting energy.

Just thought I'd mention I cashed in my Swagbucks again last night for another $5 Amazon e-card, so that makes $30 worth for doing very little!!

(oh and I felt the urge for a larger font today??)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I give up...............

Poor Molly has now hurt her back leg, on what I have no idea.  I had to carry her upstairs as she can't manage them.  Although she is managing to hobble up the basement stairs?  Those voles and mice outside the patio doors are too big a temptation for her.......LOL

It must be bad as she is not attempting to get on the ottoman, the couch or the chair!!  She is managing the three steps on and off the deck and can walk down the stairs as normal.  So I will keep an eye on her and see how things go.

Then poor dh went and hurt his back on Sunday morning.  He was walking out to his truck to go to work, by the time he got into the truck he was in agony.  His laptop bag is so heavy, it's full of "stuff" and he must have carried it wrong.  It's been a long time since he has been in so much pain with his back.  Backs are funny things though, I first pulled mine out, by bending over to put some clothes in ds chest of drawers.  One minute I was standing, the next thing I am on my knees in sheer agony.  He is talking about going to the chiropractor to has his back cracked, he goes once a month anyhow.  Hell will freeze over before I let a chirpractor touch my back!!

Here is a link to my column on the Eden Valley Messenger.  As always please pop by and have a read of it.  I am talking about how our house disguises itself as a "Wildlife Hotel" on the side.  If you know of anyone else who may be interested in it please forward it onto them.  The Eden Valley is a small area of Britain, which is overlooked, so the more people we tell about it the better!!

It was Shrove/Pancake Tuesday on Tuesday and we were supposed to go to the local fire hall for a pancake supper.  However I wasn't feeling 100% and dh's back was still sore.  So I made our own pancake supper:

Now I have to say although it looks good, I now realize why we don't have pancakes very often I find them very dry, even though we put butter and syrup on them, along with bananas.  Still it made a change.

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Savings Club pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

Shop with a list and then STICK TO THE LIST! This one tip alone can save you a lot!! Impulse purchases tend to be expensive as well as unnecessary.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

English Paper Piecing and another birthday!!......

Want to wish my mam a Happy Birthday for today...........hope she has a great day.

I was busy finishing of my table topper on Monday.  All the hexagons are hand sewn together, then appliqued on top of the material. I machine quilted it to finish it off. (click on the photos for a larger photo)

This is the front:

This is the back:

Close up of the back:

I was thinking I may sell this in the summer for around $50 to $60, what do you think?

I also finished a small tablemat, it's approx. 8 inches accross.  I hoped to get maybe $10 for this.  This is all hand sewn and has a heavy duty interfacing between the fabric layers........

The front:

The back:

I also took a couple of cuttings from the Fensham Lemon Geranium, again to hopefully sell in the summer.

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Savings Pot today?

Money Saving Tip:

Looking for a sewing or quilting pattern?  Check the internet there are a lot of free patterns online; or go to the library and check out a book on sewing or quilting.  Same with knitting patterns look online.

Know someone who quilts, knits or sews, see if they will swap patterns with you!

Monday, February 15, 2010

And what do you have drying on your clothes horse/dryer?

Well newly stained baseboard/skirting board, don't you???

When we stripped out the attic last summer we saved any woodwork that may be of use in the rest of the house.  There was a lot of baseboard in the attic, but not all the way around the attic, so we knew we couldn't use the original baseboard up there are again.  Meanwhile we needed some more baseboard for the closet we are building and so we pulled some from our stockpile.  A lot of the baseboard was damaged, so we can only use bits of it.  As you can see on the bottom of the photo, that piece has quite a bit of damage on it, so I only stripped what we can use.  You can see some of the original stain/varnish on the right hand side.  I have stained it English Chestnut to match the rest of the wood.

It is too cold in the new basement for it to dry in a few hours, so I popped it on my clothes horse, close-ish to the fire where I knew it would dry a bit faster.  I am going to pick up the door trim this week from this store  This is the only place I have been able to find trim to sort of match our house.

It's family day here in Ontario.  Bit of a strange holiday if you ask me, because half the people don't get the day off.  Dh is working, as the factory where he is contracted out too don't get it as they already get "X" amount of paid days off that's allowed???  Future son-in-law works for the Federal Government and as this is a Provincial Government holiday they don't get it.  Ds, he's working, no idea why as he's a chartered accountant for a private firm.  I'm guessing that they're super busy and that's why.  I actually know they're super busy, but don't know the reason for them not getting the day off.  Dd is off and is going shopping.....she is her mother's daughter.  And me........well as one day seems to be like another I guess I won't be celebrating family day either.  Although dd did ask me to go shopping with her, but as I have no money I hate going shopping when I have no money, plus I have a lot to do this week!!

My contribution for Valentine's Day.....I made a sherry trifle and put heart shaped sprinkles on the top of it!

It was my classic sherry trifle recipe.  Cake, broken up in the bottom of the dish.  Drizzle sherry over the cake and let it soak in.  Make a jello/jelly and pour over the top of the cake.  Make a custard, let it cool and put that on top of the jello layer when it has set.  Whip up some cream and put that on top of the custard, put sprinkles on the top, and then dig in!!!!!

Did you remember to put your money in your daily savings pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

One of the easiest ways to save for a particular goal is to include visual reminders of that goal around your house.

Want to retire to a remote island at the age of 55? Place some pictures of exotic beaches on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror. The picture will stick out like a sore thumb and constantly remind you of what you are saving for. This tactic can work for almost any of your financial goals including cars, homes, college education, bags full of cash, etc.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Today's Flower

I got this bunch of flowers a couple of weeks ago from dh, and they are still going strong.  Thought I'd feature a couple more photos of them on this cold snowy morning.  Happy Valentine's Day.

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Busy day on Saturday and a Happy Valentine's Day....

We're not big on Valentine's Day in this house.  I will give dh a card but that's about it, and he will probably give me the same.  He has to work today, but will hopefully be home by mid-afternoon.

We had a busy day on Saturday.  Dh worked on putting the baseboard up in the closet.  Bit more complicated than normal as he had to join pieces and deal with other issues.

I did my usual morning chores, of doing the ironing, cleaning out the fire, bringing in the logs, picking up the poop and feeding the birdies.  Below are a couple of photos of Northern Cardinals.  The first one is a male and female pair.

Below is the male Northern Cardinal.
I then finished machine quilting the table topper, and cutting out and joining the binding for the table topper.  I just have to sew it on now.

After a lunch of cheese and cucumber sandwiches; it's ages since we have had cheese and cucumber sandwiches and they were good; we went to the city to run some errands.

I had ordered the closet organizer through the week, so we had to pick that up.  We also wanted to go to Lowes to check out a couple of things.  Glad we did as we were able to pick up some cordless Levolor  cellular shades like these that they custom cut to our sizes for only $58 a window.  There was also 15% off them as well.  I also got three spray cans of paint that covers rust, regularly $9 a can for just over $2 a can, in Hunter Green.  Not 100% sure what I will use that for, but I have a couple of projects in mind.  At that price you can't go wrong.

Got back home and dh did a little bit more in the closet, still a ways to go though.

Molly meanwhile was lying on the newly upholstered ottoman.  She looks depressed doesn't she....................though maybe not, it's her usual expression...LOL
When I was talking with Karine's mother on Friday, she though Molly may be a Beagle/Spaniel mix and I think she may be right, what do you think?

We are half way through the month, did you remember to put your money in your Daily Saving Pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

When in a store, always check out the clearance section, as you never know what you may find!!!  Also I am finding our hardware stores are carrying more and more blinds that they can custom cut to fit your windows at much cheaper prices than custom ordered blinds.  It's worth checking them out!!!  Make sure you get an employee that can use the cutting machines properly though, as it easy for them to make a mess of the cutting. We originally bought blinds from Home Depot, and they made a mess of the blinds, she didn't make a straight cut and they were crooked, and we had to return them!!!

Sunday Song

Doris Day is a favourite singer of a family member.  So this song is for them.