Five Things About Me

Well I did it. After I mentioned how I haven’t been sick at all this school year and how I am an immunity super hero…I was sick on and off for two weeks. Ugh. I am finally getting better now. Because of this I haven’t really been creating anything or doing anything interesting, so I didn’t feel like I had anything to write about.

Rather than not blogging, I have decided to just do something easy. So here are five random things that I would like to share about me.

1. I like to read. When I find a book that I really like to usually sit down and read the entire thing at once. If I’m reading a book I don’t like so much, it takes a few weeks. Some of my favourite books are: anything by JD Salinger, Margaret Atwood’s “Year of the Flood” (which is part of a trilogy, but can also easily stand alone as a novel), Jane Urquhart’s “Away”,and Thomas King’s “Green Grass Running Water”.

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Homer doesn’t read so much as he lies in piles of books.

2. I drink a lot of tea. I only really drink tea and water, with the occasional juice and sometimes a pop if I am out somewhere.

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I also like playing Yatzee.

3. We have a pet crayfish. He is bright blue and named Vinn.

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4. My dream trip would be wondering around Europe for a few months visiting museums, castles and just taking in the views.

5. Both of our cats sleep curled up with us nearly every single night. Sometimes I wake up stiff because of this, but I still wouldn’t have it anything other way.

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April Goals

The day before April it was as if Spring just all of a sudden arrived (kind of). It’s warm enough for no winter coat now and I’m finally back in sneakers after the long months of boots. With the changing season comes some of my favourite things. Walks outside, eating breakfast beside a sunny window, Cadbury cream egg McFlurries, and some of my less favourite things; Homer meowing at the door for hours wanting to go outside, and mud.

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(That’s his eager, ‘take me outside to eat grass’ face)

This is kind of a crazy month for us. We have both been so busy lately. We are hosting Easter at our house and we have visitors coming this weekend so we are trying to finish painting the living room. This has made the house a disaster zone. Right now it looks like this:

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(No those aren’t spots on the camera, there were actually that many holes that had to be plastered, I think the previous owners practiced darts on every wall)

There is plaster dust everywhere.

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My goals for this month are fairly light because of the busyness and because I’m sure I will be doing a lot of backyard jobs.

1. Train/exercise 3 times per week. In May we are participating in the WWF CN Tour Climb. Where I will be, you guessed it, climbing the CN Tour, a total of 1 776 stairs. We definitely need to start training.

2. Finish my quilt. I’ve been working on a triangle quilt. I’m so sick of cutting triangles, but I only have 94 left to go. Then I can start the fun parts.

3. Clean up the garage. Since we moved we the garage has been a dumping ground. It is a huge mess! We will be having a garage sale at some point and getting rid of most of the junk (hopefully). Then we can create some organization systems for in there.

4. Clean up the yard. The winter wasn’t kind to our yard this year. Once the ground fully thaws I want to clean everything up and plant some flowers. Most of our vegetable seeds having already been started inside.

I know the month will go fast, so I’m just really hoping to get outside and enjoy it!

I really wanted to end this post with a picture of some beautiful Spring flowers for you, but alas all we have are tiny green stumps and garlic shoots. Not so pretty.

Back in Action

We have returned to an shoveled driveway, needy cats and dying house plants. It’s good to be home. Our holiday travels were as usual filled with excess. Too much food, too much driving, too little time. We clocked about 32 hours of travel time, which is slightly less than usual, but still waaaay more than I want. Despite all of this, our holidays were great.

Being away during ‘The Great Ice Storm’ was stressful though. The power was out here for two twelve+ hour stretches so I was very worried about the cats being too cold. Happily, upon our return, they both seem happy and healthy (though Daisy hasn’t more than a foot from me since I came in the door).

The trees in town did not fare so well. When we were driving into town we noticed tree branches, and trees split in half all over. The damage in town has been cleaned up and there are now piles of cut up branches on lawns waiting to be collected. Our trees all seem okay, but there is a huge branch that fell into our yard from a big tree behind our yard (in the conservation area) so we will have to figure out what to do about that. Luckily there was no property damage, but I am very sad for the trees. Tomorrow, if the temperature gets high enough not to cause frost bite (18 Celsius below zero today) I’m going to go take a closer look at the trees, just to make sure.

I hope you, your family and your trees had a wonderful holiday (and that it isn’t so darn cold wherever you are)!

Goings On

Lately we’ve been:

Hanging pictures onto our newly painted walls.

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Organizing under sinks.

Building cat forts. Got to use the guest bed for something, right?

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Shoveling.

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Travelling sans cats this year (they’re at home with a pet sitter). I miss them terribly.

Considering our future kitchen reno.

Planning travel for the summer.

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Crying over Season Three of Downton Abbey.

Spending time with friends and family.

Easy Pumpkin Craft

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(Try to ignore our nasty carpet in these pictures, we just bought new flooring and will install it as soon as my arms re-attach themselves from carrying 1500 pounds of flooring out of Home Depot, then into the house)

I saw this and just had to make it. It’s the perfect crafty decoration in my eyes for two reason. One it used things that I already had and two, I can disassemble it at the end of the season and not have to store it.

The directions are pretty straight forwards. Get some jar lids (the rings), make sure they are all the same size. I think I used 24 (the source I got this idea from painted her lids, I prefer them unpainted, especially for reuse purposes). Get some string.

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Watch out for the string entourage. They can smell string from miles away and will flock to it.

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String your jar lids onto the string, all pointing the same direction.

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Put the lids into a circle shape and tie the ends of the string together fairly tightly, this may take some co-ordination. Especially if you are fending off the string entourage.

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Use an elastic to make a bunch of cinnamon sticks (I just broke them off to the size I wanted, but there is probably a better way to do this). Stick the bunch into the middle of your pumpkin.

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If you’re feeling fancy you can add a ribbon or something.

Step back and admire how crafty you are.

Two Funny Things…

I came across this post about how to see if any of your pictures have been pinned. So I checked it out…and apparently the only thing pin worthy around here is Homer. I mean, I agree and all, I just thought it was funny. Thanks for the love Abbey K!

In other news, a few weeks ago my mom bought me this chick mug. I thought it was amazing and I knew just what I wanted to do with it. I picked up some succulents at the greenhouse and voila:

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Chickulent Chuck. If he isn’t pin worthy, I don’t know what is…other than Homer of course.

Photo Book- Year Two

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It’s that time of year again. I’m back to making photo books (this year I’m making two- one wedding one). I’m using Picaboo again because I got another deal. Seriously, never pay full price for one of these things. I’m fairly frustrated with the website this time though. Nothing seems to have changed so it might be just me (or my increasingly slow computer).

I’m just at the point where I’m going through my pictures and choosing which ones to use. I’ve noticed that we don’t take very many pictures of ourselves. We honestly have more pictures of Homer in boxes that we do of ourselves from this year.

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Okay, this is Homer ON a box, but you get the idea.

Going through the pictures, I can see the stuff that we’ve done, but it’s almost like we’re absent from it. I know it’s because we are the ones taking the pictures, so it is hard to include ourselves. But from now on I’m going to try to make an effort to take more people pictures. I want us to be included in our family photos. This year we will become masters of the timer setting on our camera!

Beans and Rice

Beans and rice is something I make quite often because it’s easy, it all goes in one pot (except if you use dried beans) and it tastes even better the next day for lunches.
My method is pretty simple. I soak some beans a day or two ahead of time in the fridge. I use whatever kind I have, black, kidney, this time I used mung beans, which worked out really well because they are tiny so they cook fast. Mung beans are also good for those who don’t really like beans because you hardly notice that they are there.
I chop an onion and put in an oiled pot to brown, then add some chopped garlic (I used two cloves), and a chopped pepper or two (whatever colour you have). I then add some spices, usually cumin and chili powder and a bay leaf, but you can get creative. I let it cook for a bit then add a can of chopped tomatoes. I throw in however much rice I want, then add broth or water and a few splashes of hot sauce. Let it cook, stirring every once in a while to prevent it from sticking. If it looks like it’s getting too dry add more broth or water. Once the rice is cooked it is ready.
We either eat it on tortillas, or by itself with cheese grated on top.

The picture isn’t great so I threw in one of Daisy in her new favorite spot to make up for it. Enjoy!

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