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.


Tracey said...

I don't understand people who can 'window' shop! I refuse to go unless I have money, even if I don't actually buy anything!
I love

Gilly said...

Oh Gill that trifle looks divine! Its my husbands fav dessert!

Cathy said...

Hello Gill
Gosh its years since I made a trifle - they don't freeze so its hard when theres just the two of you
Might try doing a little one sometime from scratch and then I can half the ingredients
Take care

Kadeeae said...

Have to say that woodwork is surely one of the stranger things I've seen on a dryer, lol. But whatever works, eh?!

Shopping- It's not one of my hobbies like some people, but I do enjoy a bit of window shopping if there are lots of 'eclectic' type shops with different styles from different cultures . . . like "hippie" shops too - the ones that have lots of incense, candles and spiritual type goodies ;-)

Prairie Farmstead Ponderings said...

That old wood is really neat, Gill. I bet you could find somewhere to use the pieces that seem 'damaged' ~ it sure does have a lot of character!

Decadent Housewife said...

Oh you are so inventive - sherry trifle sounds delightful.
I made shish kabob - the men here don't like fluff.

Scrappy quilter said...

It's a holiday here too...Louis Reil day. Not doing much though, staying inside and getting rid of "stuff". Hugs

Chicken Boys said...

Mike made a dump cake from you recipe this weekend. He used cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple. And he topped it with a thin layer of cream cheese icing. It was sooooo delicious!

John Going Gently said...

love the new blog design

MyBulletinBoard said...

Love your clothes dryer. What a neat design. Gotta get DH to make me one. . . . . I have one of the old-fashioned kind. Sometimes I cover the top rail with saran wrap to dry noodles.

Liz, in the Republic

Sue @ Smiffy's Blog said...

OMG that trifle looks delish! Sue x