Happy Easter๐Ÿ’

… And a Happy Birthday to my little big sister Lorraine ๐ŸŽ‚

January 23rd – Cooking for Kat

It is another quiet weekend for Kat and I.ย  The two of us are mostly just relaxing while Dan is at work.ย ย  I got the sidewalks done yesterday, so today I just have to get out and shovel off an area of the patio for Kat to do her business.ย ย  Kat will come out to supervise.

The Patio ๐Ÿ™„

I made Kat a new batch of food yesterday so thought I would share that kitchen performance today. I freeze it in small bags and take out enough for a few days at a time. She also gets her dry kibble, although for now we have to soften it for her so she can heal from her dental surgery last week.

Chicken livers fried in a bit of olive oil, fresh ginger, sage, and curry.
Chopping vegetables.
Cooking orzo in chicken broth – added gelatin for Kat’s aging joints. Cooking vegetables – carrots, parsnips, turnip, celery, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and okra.
I made the mistake of putting the cooked chicken livers through the food processor. Kat doesn’t seem to mind but it is not something I would do again. ๐Ÿคข

After making Kat’s food and spending a bit of time shoveling snow, I wasn’t too excited about making supper. Chef’s Salad it was, with a glass of Pelee Island Merlot to dress it up.

Lettuce, radishes, green onions, celery, tomato, cucumber, artichoke hearts, boiled eggs, ham, sunflower seeds, homemade croutons, and peppercorn ranch dressing.

That’s it for today! Take care and have a great Sunday! ๐Ÿ’ž

Day 2 โ€“ Pawsitively Adorable

This is a reblog from some time ago. Just thought these pics were too cute not to reshare. ๐Ÿค—

I couldnโ€™t get too deep into my June โ€˜Accent the Positiveโ€™ challenge without sharing some moments with our precious Cavalier Kat. Our lives would not be the same without her. ๐Ÿ’ž When Dan and I decided (ok Dan agreed๐Ÿ˜‚) to get another dog, I wanted something small and manageable. Dan wanted a โ€˜real dog โ€“ [โ€ฆ]

Day 2 โ€“ Pawsitively Adorable

December 22nd – 3 More Sleeps

Every day is still a day to celebrate the season!  I have gotten a few things accomplished lately and could realistically be ready for Christmas any time now.

We packaged up a few things for son Dan and family.ย  Dan sent it out for three day delivery on Monday and Amanda let me know they got it yesterday. (Way to go Canada Post!)

I wrapped presents – without a single glass of wine ๐Ÿท.  Not that I need wine to do anything,  but it helps if that anything involves rolls of paper, sharp instruments, and sticky tape.

I received the last of the Christmas gifts that I had ordered for Dan and the birthday gift that I had ordered for granddaughter Genie.ย  Dan drove me to ‘Chocolate Regina’ to pick up a small box of gourmet chocolates and we stopped by a the recently renovated restaurant at Casino Regina for lunch. The food and the restaurant were both very nice but the rest of the renovations left a lot to be desired in my mind. I am not a fan of clutter and chaos and that seems to be what they were going for.

Bernard Callebaut chocolates are amazing! Definitely not a treat we buy every day but they are Christmas worthy.

I have done a bit more cleaning up and decorating around the house. I love this little candle and these placemats that I picked up from The Dollar Store.

I also ran to Walmart to pick up a few last minute things while Dan was at work yesterday. Their Christmas displays are running a bit low but they brightened the place up by adding shelves of Valentine’s chocolates and Easter bunnies. That is not too wierd. Who buys Easter bunnies in December? ๐Ÿฐ

Today I am going to try to get a bit of baking done and wrap the rest of the gifts.

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!๐Ÿ’ž

December 11th – The Christmas Tree

I have been MIA for a couple of days. Dan and I have been working on getting things in order in case I am less than capable next week after my hernia repair. If nothing else, we are ready to celebrate by rocking around our Christmas Tree. (I have the chair to rock – Dan and Kat can lounge on the sofa. ๐Ÿ™„)

Considering the scarcity of trees this year, we were fortunate to find the perfect one for us!
All decked out in lights and ornaments.
I lost my Father and Dan lost his Mother shortly before we met. We celebrated our first Christmas together with my Mother and Dan’s Father. Dan had these ornaments made to hang on our first tree so that all of our parents would be with us.
Some pretty glass ornaments that have survived years of kids and grandchildren.
Child friendlier ornaments
I found a few of these snowflakes in our ornaments. No idea where they came from but they are so cute and sparkly.

I don’t remember when we last had a Christmas tree. I am so glad that we got one this year and that we got it all decorated up! I hope you enjoyed the little tour.

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day. ๐Ÿ’ž

December 6th – Deck the Halls

Last night I decided to celebrate the season by changing our decor to something rather more seasonal. It wasn’t a heroic effort but it was a start and more than I have done in recent years.

The creche has always been the first seasonal piece to get unpacked. It has always been humble and after forty some years it is definitely looking ‘authentic.
With our temperatures plummeting and our snow accumulating, Frosty is not looking at all out of place.
One of so many musical pieces that have joined us over the years. For whatever reason, they scared the wits out of granddaughter Genie when she was a tot. We couldn’t go down the Christmas aisles in Walmart for years without traumatizing the poor tyke.
Our only tree so far, but I am seriously considering going all out and getting the real deal this year. ๐ŸŒฒ
Santa and the Mrs. hanging out with the Christmas elephants. (Santa and Mrs. Claus are quite sizeable ceramic creations that Dan made – long before we met.

That is it for today folks! Take care and have a great day! ๐Ÿ’ž

December 5th – Snowingโ„๏ธ

‘The weather outside is frightful’ so what better way to celebrate the season than by sharing a few photos of our authenticcally Christmassy landscape.

Looking out our backdoor
Out to feed our furry and feathered friends
Different trees and bushes sporting their winter look
Ground cedar by our front steps
Snow covering the neighbourhood
Temps are celcius so yes it is as cold as it looks!

With a few more inches of snow to come and winds picking up, this will be an excellent day to curl up in front of the fireplace with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, a good book, and a warm dog. Celebrating the season the Canadian way. ๐ŸŒจ๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ๐ŸŒจ๏ธ

That is it for today, folks. Take care and have a beautiful Sunday! ๐Ÿ’ž

December 4th – Tasty Treats

Today we celebrate the treats that are a central part of the holiday season.

The stores are filled with sweet and salty snacks that will make their way to our table – Mandarin oranges, nuts, gourmet chocolates, Christmas candies, and the like. But, despite the tempting array of readily available delicacies, there is nothing more festive than spending a few hours preparing (and sampling) our own homemade treats to add to the mix. Yesterday, I started the process with a couple of our favourites.

Carmel corn and nuts as per Mother’s recipe
Frank’s Red hot sunflower seeds – not a traditional Christmas recipe, but they do help to keep me from overindulging in the the nuts and chocolates.

There are a couple of more snacks that I will make before I move onto the more serious baking of butter tarts, cookies, slices, cheese cake and the like. So much tasty goodness to celebrate this month!

That’s it for today, folks. Take care and have a delicious day!

November 19 – Grandparenting

“I find it funny when people brag about being younger than me… Like having lived less is an accomplishment. Makes me to want to pat them on the head, lol. I’m comfortable with who I am Michelle M. Pillow

Making Pizza
Making the Rules as You Go ๐Ÿ˜‚
Playing with his ‘big brother’ present๐Ÿ’ž

22 hours later, Dom has gone to find Mom and baby brother Logan are home from the hospital!

& The freezer is defrosted & cleaned!
& The new stove is almost good as new. ๐Ÿ™„

That’s it folks. Hope your day was a great one!

Sunday Drive

It has been a beautiful day here today so we went out for a bit of a drive this afternoon. I thought I should share a few of the shots I took. ๐Ÿ˜

Stopped by the side of the road…
Scenery by the side of the road…
The Littlest Hobo’ (that was not her litter)
The road ahead
Oops… Train’s a coming around the bend..
Waiting for the lonnnngggg train to pass. Who would have thought that was a main rail line? ๐Ÿ˜
Road narrows ahead ๐Ÿ˜‚
Maybe a quarter of the vehicles at ‘Happy Valley’. Everyone looked so HAPPY. ๐Ÿค—
Deer Valley Golf Course
House at Deer Valley
Stone house at Deer Valley

At this point we had to turn back to the city via the paved highway!

Time to put together a pizza for our supper! Take care and have a nice evening. ๐Ÿ’ž