Changeable Seasons

Our snow is pretty much melted, the sun is shining, and our temperature is warm enough to pass for late fall or early spring.

While Dan and I have seen enough of the white stuff for this year, Molly obviously loves it. I didn’t manage a You Tube worthy video, but I did get a short clip of her romping around the dog park. Mostly, she just liked to run around in the snow, which was a good thing. I forgot to bring her ball and all of the sticks were buried. I tried tossing some snowballs for her. She would run after them but kept losing them when they hit the snow covered ground. ๐Ÿคฆ

We are keeping busy getting ready for winter these days. Dan finished cleaning up the yard yesterday and went out to get a new set of tires for the Jeep. I have been digging out winter coats and boots, and today I kicked off our fall indoor cleaning, starting with the kitchen. It is so nice being retired and having the time and energy to give each room a thorough cleaning. (I never get tired of appreciating my retirement. ๐Ÿ˜Š)

That is about our life right now. Getting ready for winter in the daytime and relaxing in front of the fireplace at night. Despite Molly’s thick coat, she does enjoy being front row centre when the fireplace comes on. Preferably, as close to Dan as she can get.

That’s about as close as she can get. ๐Ÿ˜‚

That is it for today. I will be back tomorrow for my weekly workout update.

Take care and have a great day! ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒž

A Walk in the Park…

Our weather has improved to the point that I have added an outdoor walk to my daily fitness routine. ๐Ÿšถ

Yesterday I ventured far enough to take in Patricia Park. Due to health issues, I never made it that far last summer, so I was pretty excited about this excursion.

The walk there was a little treacherous because some sidewalks are still covered with snow, ice, and water – not to mention coffee cups, masks, and disposable gloves. ๐Ÿ˜’
But I made it to the park, which will look way better once the grass is green and the trees have their leaves.
There were a few little puddles. ๐Ÿ™„
And a couple of big puddles. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
And a spiffy new bridge over the water channel. ๐Ÿ˜Š
There is a new playground that I passed on McKinley. ๐Ÿค—
This is what was left of a beautiful wooded Par 3 golf course. The trees were annihilated to make an off leash dog park – because, you know, dogs have an aversion to trees. It is all part of our city’s 12.5 BILLION dollar plan to be a renewable Net Zero city by 2050. ๐Ÿคฆ

That was it for my walk. It will be way nicer in a few weeks but for now it is great to get out in the fresh air and sunshine – and my future body will thank me for the exercise that I am getting now. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Take care and have a great day!๐Ÿ’ž

February 8th – Spring Update

My update today will no doubt be one of favourites to do as it the subject is such a joy to me. On March of 2020, I put together a collection of my favourite spring photos to celebrate the kickoff of my favourite season.

This post was written on the last day that I was gainfully employed. Much has changed in the past two years, much has changed for the better, and one of the best changes has been the amount of time that I now have to enjoy and appreciate SPRING.

For my update to this post, I add photos of some of the special springtime moments that I have had the privilege of enjoying over the past couple of years.

Spring Cleaning
Out in the sunshine with Kat
April showers bring May flowers ๐ŸŒธ
Grandpa’s Bleeding Heart
A new bath for our feathered friends ๐Ÿฆ
Spring seedlings ๐ŸŒฟ
Walking the paths in Patricia Park ๐Ÿšถ

All heartwarming memories of warm spring days. I am so fortunate that events conspired to move up my retirement plans. I love all of the opportunities that retirement has brought – but I particularly appreciate these days with yet another spring on the horizon. ๐ŸŒž

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!

February 4th – Summer in Saskatchewan

Back in November of 2019, I was looking forward to the return of summer. Moving into February of 2022, I am beyond excited as I anticipate the coming spring and summer. ๐ŸŒž

The only way to update this 2019 post, is to add a few ‘Summer in Saskatchewan’ photos from 2020 and 2021. For anyone living north of warmer weather, I hope this is a little something to brighten your day and warm your heart. ๐ŸŒน

The beauty of a Saskatchewan summer! It cannot get here soon enough, even if it is well worth the wait.

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

January 11th – Oops!

I was so excited about sharing my amazing Saucy Butterscotch Pudding yesterday that I forgot to include the recipe. ๐Ÿคฆ It has now been added and the post updated here or you can just check it out below!

From ‘The New Purity Cookbook’

Our ventures out and about yesterday went well. Kat was a perfect little pup when she went for her blood tests – and she aced them! She is ready and cleared for surgery. We brought her home and went our to run the rest of our errands, rounded off by a nice lunch at The Barley Mill. The food was good and the portions generous.

Neither of us were up for much at suppertime, so I grilled a couple of porkchops, made a box of macaroni and cheese, and served with some fresh broccoli. We do not used boxed macaroni and cheese as a rule. In fact, I am not that into pasta other than the occasional plate of spaghetti with tomato/meat sauce or fettuccini/shrimp Alfredo. Dan loves pasta and does make homemade macaroni and cheese for work lunches. We bought a couple of boxes of this Cheetos Mac’N Cheese at a specialty food shop in a gitchy mall here. Dan got overpriced Mac’N Cheese and I got a jumbo Gummy Bear which I wrapped and gave to daughter-in-law Amanda for a wedding present. ๐Ÿงธ

Keeping it real. ๐Ÿ™‚

It is a beautiful 2 above Celsius today. Dan has some shovelling to get caught up on, so I made a heartier than usual breakfast this morning.

Fried a little bacon and green onions in butter
Whipped up an omelet and wrapped it up in a warmed tortilla with some slightly melted cheese.
Wrapped and ready to go! (Mine had shredded marble cheese and salsa).

That’s it for today. Take care and have a great day!

November 24th – Smile

With our overcast skies and the chill in the air, this seems to be a perfect day for a few “words of wisdom” on the ever sunny smile.

“Let your smile change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile.” – Will Smith

“The greatest self is a peaceful smile, that always sees the world smiling back.” – Bryant H. mcGill

“if you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.” – Maya Angelou

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Theresa

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

“A gentle word, a kind look, a good- natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” – William Hazlitt

“Smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.” – Tom Wilson

“A fake smile may fool the crowd, but it will never eases the pain.” – Kelly Brook

That’s it for today! Let’s take care, turn that frown upside down, and SMILE !๐Ÿ’ž

August 30th – Quiet Day

Dan is resting for work tonight.ย ย  Dom is here for a few hours so I have been trying to quietly entertain him.ย  Dom is six so quiet isn’t that natural for him.ย  I made his favourite for lunch (leftover pierogies with sausage).ย  He ate them while watching cartoons.ย  The good news is he ate all of his lunch andย  managed to do it without stabbing himself with his fork. ๐Ÿ‘ (I know, Grandma should make him eat at the kitchen table but Grandma’s a bit of a rebel).

Blue eyed Dom๐Ÿ’ž

After lunch we went up to the playhouse for a while but the wasps were pretty bad up there today.ย  We came back in to play with Playdoh and marbles.ย  The marbles were not quiet. For the record, they were not my idea.ย ย  We are back to watching another cartoon.ย ย  In a bit, we will head out to pick some peppers for Erin.ย  That should be a fun bit of entertainment.

There’s not a lot of anything else happening today.ย  We got our Canadian Tire bill in the mail this morning.ย ย  Years ago, when I was alone with my teenagers, I worked long hours to provide for us.ย ย  At the end of the month, I would sit down to write cheques for our rent and for any bills I had to pay.ย ย ย ย  I was always so happy, relieved, and grateful when I had the funds to cover all of our expenses, fill my gas tank, buy groceries, plus stash a few dollars away into savings. ๐Ÿ˜Šย ย  ย ย 

Fortunately, we never had a month when I came out of this exercise unhappy!ย 

It has been many years now since I have had to wonder if my hard earned money would cover our regular expenses plusย  the miscellaneous costs or raising a family.ย ย  Now, when I go to my bank account to transfer funds to cover bills,ย  I know that our funds will be more than adequate. ๐Ÿ˜

But twenty years later, I still get excited when we receive a bill and I open my bank app to pay it.ย ย ย  I am so grateful and happy that we have the funds to coverย  every expense we incur.ย ย  It just never gets old. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃย 

Another beautiful sunny day ๐Ÿค—

Wishing all a great day! Take care and see you tomorrow. ๐Ÿ’ž

Day 12 – Weathering Saskatchewan

Day twelve of my June ‘Accentuate the Positive’ celebrates the diversity of our Saskatchewan weather.

We seldom have dangerous weather but we do get damaging hails, occasional tornadoes, and our roads get treacherous during a winter storm.

In the past 14 days we have had +31c days, snow, more +31c, fog, thunder, lightening and rain, flash flooding, and wind! Now it is calm and sunny. ๐ŸŒž

Wind gusts of 84km yesterday afternoon
After the rain yesterday morning. Our walkway beside the channel. We walk BETWEEN the two metal posts.
Rain yesterday morning. โ˜”. We needed the moisture. We also need to mow the lawn!
This snow was actually in mid April (this landing is about three feet off the ground). We did also have snow at the end of May but I did not take a picture of it. Snow is snow. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
Fog alert! This photo was taken about one short block to busy train tracks.
Sun shining down on the birdbath. It is usually a busy place on hot sunny days. ๐ŸŒž
With the weather passed, our squirrel dropped by for a few peanuts. ๐Ÿค—

Twelve days down, eighteen to go!

Wishing you a wonderful day, regardless of the weather and I hope to see you tomorrow. ๐Ÿ’ž

Spring Has Sprung in Saskatchewan!

I did not have far to go to enjoy some beautiful spring weather today. We are experiencing a very unseasonable warm spell. Yay!!!

It is +3 celcius today, a high of +5 expected tomorrow,  with minus single digits forecast for the next two weeks.

Kat and I went out for a while to enjoy the day. I worked at clearing our sidewalks and Kat’s patio path. It got so warm, I had to take off my winter coat to cool down. ๐ŸŒž

Kat hanging out, enjoying the sun.
Kat’s path – the snow is about 5 feet deep in the back yard and on the garden so she didn’t have much room to wander and do her business. ๐Ÿ’ฉ
There was sun to be seen – just kind of hiding behind the tree and some passing cloud cover.

If the beautiful weather was not enough to make my day, I came in to find that Dan had finished the laundry I had started, before heading outdoors. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Keep safe and have a beautiful day๐ŸŒป

Weekend Wandering

Dan was working days this weekend so I spent a lot of time relaxing and wandering around with Kat. I wish summer would last forever!

Saturday afternoon – the weather Channel said Regina was sunny and clear๐Ÿคท
Roaming along the storm channel behind O’Neil High School
Cattails along the storm channel
Busy blue skies
Elphinstone Street
Wild flowers
Ferns in a city park

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!