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. 🌲
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! πŸ’ž

December 5th – Snowing❄️

‘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. πŸŒ¨οΈβ˜ƒοΈπŸŒ¨οΈ

That is it for today, folks. Take care and have a beautiful Sunday! πŸ’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 πŸ˜‚
Playing with his ‘big brother’ presentπŸ’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. πŸ™„

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. 😁

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? 😏
Road narrows ahead πŸ˜‚
Maybe a quarter of the vehicles at ‘Happy Valley’. Everyone looked so HAPPY. πŸ€—
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. πŸ’ž

September 21st – Sharing is Caring

I am pressed for time today, so once again I am just sharing a few random ‘pieces of my mind’.

This one needs no explanation as to what was going through my mind when I brought in the mail this morning. 🀨 (In case you can’t tell, the city found four coffee cups when they scanned our recycling).
I invited Mark and Dom over for an early birthday supper for Mark tonight.Β  We still had leftover carrot cake so I baked them each a cookie for desert.Β  πŸ˜‚
Full Moon last night
What is that little blue bean?
And where did it go? 😳

Those last three photos were all taken one after another and I was almost in the same place. (I was a bit closer to the fence for the middle shot). We see those little blue beans often – sometimes alone, sometimes in groups. No idea what they are. Sometimes there are some behind our house, sometimes beside our house, sometimes on the power poles. Wierd. πŸ€”

That is all I have for today! Take care and have a good rest of the dayπŸ’ž

September 15 – Huggs

Since I have run across the subject of hugging  in a number of articles and blogs that I have read lately, I thought this would be as good a time as ever to share ‘a piece of my mind’ on hugs.

I grew up at a time when people hugged fairly frequently.Β  I am not a touchy feely type of person, but I have always envied and admired the huggers.Β  To me, they display and embody the confidence and security that I have typically lacked.Β Β 

Hugging was known to be therapeutic for the young and old alike back in those days.Β  Infants and the elderly failed to thrive when deprived of human touch.Β  Hugging was healthy. Now, that does not necessarily seem to be the case.

Two things seem to be the driving force in the current decline of hugging.Β  The first is obviously the global pandemic that we have been experiencing.Β Β  Any and all touching has been discouraged to control the spread of Covid – which makes total sense.Β Β  The second is the obsession that we seem to have with sex these days,Β  which makes little to Β  no sense because most hugs are totally platonic in nature.Β 

Maddy & Prim – Sisterly Huggs

One thing that I find rather bizarre is that with the decline of hugging, there seems to be an increased dependence on ‘support animals’.Β Β  Why is that?Β Β  We can’t handle human to human contact, so we are turning to our animals?Β  Most hugging goes on between close family and friends, so why would we prefer to hug our pets?Β  Because they do not challenge us the way other humans do? My family and friends have certainly challenged me over the years. πŸ™„ My dog, not so much. 😁

While so many seem to flounder on the subject of hugging these days, why is it that so many big men are still big into hugging? Gold miners hug. On tv, they spend as much time hugging each other as they do digging for gold. Alligator hunters hug. They shoot alligators and they hug. Sports people indulge in a lot of contact, on and off the sports field, but they seem to be more into handshakes and back pats than hugs. It often looks like they are going in for a hug but can’t quite do it. Except for wrestlers. Wrestlers are hardcore huggers.

Teachers do not hug. There is zero physical contact between teachers or with even the youngest students. Office workers do not tend to be huggers. Maybe at Christmas. My bosses all hugged me at Christmas. Visiting supplier reps would hug coming and going. They would hug me. With my boss it was more of the sporty handshake/back pat thing.

I don’t have a solid opinion on hugging figured out as yet. Outside of Covid, I think hugs are natural and healthy but I still have my limits, despite getting older and supposedly needing more human touch. πŸ‘΅

Anyway, that is it for today. Feel free to share your thoughts on hugging in the comment section below.

Group Hug – Grandpa, Genie, and Casey Dog

Take care and have a great day! See you tomorrow. πŸ’žπŸ€—

September 13th – Shop Locally

Shop locally they said! It will be fun they said!

Obviously, my ‘piece of my Mind’ for today is relative to shopping – everyone’s favourite pastime. Except mine. 😟 When I do shop, I definitely prefer to shop locally – and I avoid self-serve cashouts. If I am going to support local stores, I will support the employees who work as cashiers.

This weekend Dan and I went shopping locally for a toaster oven to replace our aging and failing four piece toaster.

Before we headed out I checked online for our best bet so we would not waste the entire day shopping. Specialty shops were rediculously expensive. Hardware stores listed every make and model at every price point – not available in stores and out of stock online. πŸ™„

We headed to Canadian Tire. They had fifteen display models – thirteen of which were a brand that is so consistently dysfunctional that I refuse to even consider it. The other two models were absurdly overpriced. They had two or three models that we liked and that were reasonably priced. They were packed away in boxes which did not display actual oven sizes. We were able to get a hold of a very helpful clerk who helped Dan open the most promising box to actually see and measure the enclosed unit. We liked it, but the dimensions were so close to our maximum space available that we decided to keep looking.

We went to Walmart and found the perfect oven on their display shelf! Perfect size, perfect price, perfect brand! There were no boxed units to match on the shelves below the display. Once again we were fortunate to acquire the assistance of a very helpful clerk. She spent some time searching their store inventory before advising us that they do not sell that model. 🀦 She checked the other Walmart stores in town for availability. The good news was that the south Walmart sold that exact unit. The bad news was that they were out of stock. πŸ₯Ί

We went to Superstore. Nothing in their display, nothing on their shelves, no clerks to be found.

We came home. I cleared off the cupboard, scrubbed the counter down with bleach cleanser and Dan rearranged it to make room for our soon to be purchased new toaster oven.

We returned to Canadian Tire and picked up the model that we had initially liked, took it to the counter to pay, and my Canadian Tire card was declined. Seriously? No reason whatsoever why my card would be declined. Dan tried his card and it worked fine. Same account AND I am the actual cardholder. 🀨 When we left the store, Dan went to the Canadian Tire gas station and used my card to fill the Jeep. Now my card worked! πŸ™ƒ

We came home and Dan set up the new oven. I put a few things away and straightened up the kitchen. Dan got rid of the packaging and I tried out the new oven by making a perfectly browned piece of toast. 😁

And the oven knob was missing from our stove – WHAT THE HELL!

After tearing apart half the kitchen, scrubbing the floor, and checking every conceivable in place I could check, I found the oven knob under our paper towel stand. 🀷

Ta Da! New toaster, convection oven, air frier.
My shopping trip reward – lunch at The Tap😌

So that is it for today. Another successful local shopping trip complete. I am really impressed with how good the service has been at most of the stores we have been to lately. I am almost excited about going shopping for a new microwave. 😧

Take care and have a great day! πŸ’ž I have my catscan tomorrow morning but I will try to put out a new post when I get home. (It could be health and hospital related. πŸ˜‚)

August 29th – Spring Returns πŸŒ„

Seasons are never a one and done thing in Saskatchewan. This morning the sun is shining, the air is warm, and Kat and I were out enjoying it all. I was even back under my tree, listening to some peaceful music and meditating in the heart of nature. πŸ’—

So nice seeing everything looking clean and green, hearing all the little birds chirping and peeping and rustling in the branches. It is a perfect Saskatchewan day for some serious rest and relaxation.

We are having Tim’s Chinese for supper so I have plenty of time to putter around and take Kat for a bit of a stroll this afternoon. I am feeling so grateful for this beautiful day! πŸ€—

Wishing all a lovely Sunday afternoon! Take care and I will see you tomorrow. πŸ’ž

August 25th – Time Flies!

It seems like we were just cleaning the patios and planting the garden and here we are with autumn bearing down on us! The seasons seem to pass faster every year. 😳

Dan emptied the pool this morning πŸ˜₯
Grandpa’s Bleeding Heart is done for the year. 😟
The wildflowers around the birdbath are looking rough.

I have never been a fan of autumn but there is still much to be grateful for. I am grateful for the fresh garden produce that we are enjoying every day, grateful that I have Dan to manage much of the heavy fall cleaning, grateful that I am not facing a winter of dark and icy drives to work (YAY), grateful for the end of mosquitoes and other bugs, and of course I am grateful that I am still here to enjoy each and every day!

Kat’s new food chock full of goodness and fresh garden vegetables and herbs.
At least the petunias are still blooming!

Wishing everyone a great day. Take care and see you tomorrow!