Thursday, March 31, 2011

Life is so twisty-turny

Isn't life funny? I took a present to my friend today (the present was a very late office warming gift) and it turned out to match a Christmas gift someone else had given her! nice!
I randomly read the Canada Jobbank website and saw jobs applicable to two different friends, to whom I passed the information. double nice!
We drove to last Sunday and by chance only Hubby's youngest sister was there, so we spent the whole afternoon with her. triple nice, as that is a rare treat.
Minutes after I got terrible news about someone else's health, my brother arrived with his son, so I got multiple hugs. Quadruple nice.
Now don't try to tell me that God isn't looking after all my needs, and my friend's needs too. <3
I just love it.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sunny Rainbow Salad

Yummy Rainbow salad: romaine and red leaf lettuce, fresh dill, Engl cucumber, alfalfa sprouts
Whole wheat and regular rotinis, al dente
baked squash with nutmeg
a few bits of mozzarella
olive oil, oregano

This is an especially bright and sunny salad with multiple colours, textures, and flavours.
Spring is coming!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

That's not vulgar - it's sweet potato and bulgur!

This is my first post about food, and I don't have any pics (cuz I wuz hungry!). The first item is one of those simple combinations that you could go for years without ever hearing about. Suddenly, it crosses your radar, and you think "WOW! Why didn't I think of that sooner?"  It could be something in an article or that someone else mentions, or you could put it together by accident (or when you are desperate).

A Squee Moment

I got an email notification from the gas company this morning as my husband drove me to work. Lovely, I thought, there goes another packet of cash!  But lo, and behold, when I accessed my online account, they actually owe me a dollar! :D :D LOL!  

We recently renegotiated our mortgage, and in all the fuss of figuring out the new numbers and new dates, I paid my gas bill early. So I have a credit balance and do not need to pay.

In our house, this is defined as a Squee moment.  Like when you wear something after a long time and find money in the pocket, or go to the grocery store to buy something expensive and it's half price (like my slow cooker from Walmart that was only 15$ - my hubs says this doesn't count cuz I wasn't planning to buy a slow cooker that day, but I passed the ones marked with the wrong price of 27$ and didn't buy it even though I needed one.  I DID however plan to buy the 30$ coffee maker when I found it for 14$, so nyah nyah, Hubster!)

Monday, March 28, 2011

News Flash

I'm a great Auntie again! Woohoo!  Little Jack was born early (VERY early) this morning in Sarnia.  This one has lots of black hair just like my first baby.

I need some crochet patterns for sweaters and hats!  I already completed one little project in the toy category.
There should be a pattern library or something. Oh, wait... would that be the intarwebs??? :D lol.

Gotta go, just wanted to let y'all know! <3

Friday, March 25, 2011

Eating - Necessity and Habits

Although it is necessary to eat, it is not necessary to eat well.  What I mean is, you can survive on some pretty rubbish food and not drop dead (well, not immediately anyway).  Eventually, the salt and the fat and the sugar will kill you.  It will be slow, painful and involve lots of medicine.   If you like eating 15 pills for breakfast, don't bother to keep reading.

However, if you want health and vigour and long life, some choices should be made.  Remember, the idea is to make small, consistent, PERMANENT changes to improve your life and your health.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Il faut practiquer si on veut apprendre une langue

Aujourd'hui, moi et mon frere ont essaye de parler francais pendant notre dejeuner.

(gak- lack of accents on my keyboard!)  He has recommended some great resources and now I am itching to get started ... again. hehehe

Monday, March 21, 2011


I have managed a successful toilet transplant.  It only took a few hours, some advice from Mr Crazy, and a little sweat.

We have been bucket flushing for almost six months, so this is a major step forward. My kids were embarrassed and fed up (although somewhat more muscular from lifting the bucket), and people stopped visiting.

Now, how long will it take to get the old toilet off the back deck? (Yes, it is in full sight of the road; why?)

I also managed to install some new smoke detectors, and changed my kitchen light bulbs back to the old fashioned kind. Apparently, those twirly CFLs are bad for people with Diabetes, which Mr Crazy has.

Sign of the times...

Is it a bad sign when I have to calm my stock broker?  Really.  I told him, "you just have to tell people to grow a spine and leave their money where it is for now".   I'm not sure why he laughed so loudly.

The melting snow that had piled up by the back wall of my house gained entry again this year.  After mopping the floor (6 buckets later), I went outside and in true curling style, I swept the meltwater away from the house wall.  I can see that this summer there will be a project to re-elevate the patio bricks that have sunk a little bit. 

That project will be vying for attention with the project to repair the wooden frames of my lower windows, and the aluminum siding that desperately needs painting, a deck to paint, a barbeque to prep, and the gardening work.  Inside there are also painting jobs, a toilet repair, a shower repair, a shower re-caulk, a wallpaper strippery in the kitchen, and a closet repair. Wowzers.  I can hardly find time to do basic housework, when am I going to do this extra stuff?

Did I mention that my dad is talking about signing me up for a Masters programme?  *le sigh* 

(cross-posted from LJ Mar 17)