January 11th – Oops!

I was so excited about sharing my amazing Saucy Butterscotch Pudding yesterday that I forgot to include the recipe. 🤦 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. 🧸

Keeping it real. 🙂

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 !💞

August 30th – Quiet Day

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

Blue eyed Dom💞

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

There’s not a lot of anything else happening today.  We got our Canadian Tire bill in the mail this morning.   Years ago, when I was alone with my teenagers, I worked long hours to provide for us.   At the end of the month, I would sit down to write cheques for our rent and for any bills I had to pay.     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. 😊     

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

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

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

Another beautiful sunny day 🤗

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

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. 🌞

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. ☔. 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. 😬
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. 🌞
With the weather passed, our squirrel dropped by for a few peanuts. 🤗

Twelve days down, eighteen to go!

Wishing you a wonderful day, regardless of the weather and I hope to see you tomorrow. 💞

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. 🌞

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. 💩
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. 😊

Keep safe and have a beautiful day🌻

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 clear🤷
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!

Summer Saturday

It has been a relatively uneventful day today. I was up at six a.m. compliments of Kat – our little dog has to eat.

Kat

After coffee and checking out the news (such as it was), I got ready to go shopping with Dan. Our first stop was Superstore. I ran in to the smoke shop to get Dan cigarettes. (I haven’t smoked since 2010 – I should never smoke again but I am keeping my options open). The clerk was none other than Grandpa’s Genie. I ‘accidentally’ left the cigarettes on the counter so Dan would have to run in to see her. 🤣

Genie (& Kat) – such a Grandpa’s girl🐞

We travelled on to Walmart to pick up a few items. There was a big sale on TP. We should now be good through to the next pandemic.

We came home. I changed into shorts and a light top to give Bob the Boulder a bath with the pressure washer. It was supposed to be 31 above (celcius) – it was not.

Bob the Boulder

I froze my butt off and took all the shrapnel I could handle before going in to change – again! I put on a black sweater and pants (the closest I have to a ski-doo suit) poured myself a glass of wine and headed back to the frigid outdoors.☃️

Sunshine!

There wasn’t a cloud to be seen. It was hot as hell! I powered through the wine and headed back in to change into something cooler while Dan made us icy cold Caesars. 😊

Fortunately we picked up hotdogs and buns for supper. After wine and a Caesar, I am not up to cooking anything too challenging. 😉

Bye for now. Wishing everyone a great weekend🌞

R & R

Dan and I had a productive day yesterday so today it is all rest and relaxation.  Dan left to go golfing at 6 am so it is just Kat and I.  We are going for a walk and then spending the day hanging out in the yard.  It is supposed to be a sunny 31 degrees above (celsius) so should be a perfect day for doing next to nothing.

Yesterday we got our new boulder, Bob.    Bob is not terribly huge but he got as far as the corner of the front lawn and he is not moving. He will however get a shower the next time I water out front. 
The pool is up and almost full.
We found the ladybug planter I bought Dan a couple of years ago, cleaned it up and set it out.
We went to Uncle Wiener’s Discount Store (that is a real place 🙄) and bought privacy screen to install along the inside of our front chain link fence. It was not fun to install, with about a dozen cedars growing up to the fence, but we got it done. It does a pretty good job of providing privacy. From the street side, you really cannot see into the yard. ☺️

I also got a bit more yard clean-up done and washed down the patio set (again) so we are pretty much ready to spend some time enjoying our yard.

Have a great day and keep safe🌞

Monday!

Monday is here and the sun has finally returned. Other years, I would be at work glancing out the front windows of the office, to see the sun across the street. The office faced straight north so the sun was never on our side of the street. Now I am retired and the sun is mine to enjoy every day that it shines.

Yay Sunshine!

I was just out watering the plants. Being out in our yard is so relaxing. I love nature. I love all forms of life – except for a few people. For the most part, I ignore people I do not care for but I do struggle with those who are arrogant or cruel.

I prefer to focus on the people and other life forms that I love.

I am not sure if rocks are considered a form of life but I love them. We have several rocks around our yard and Dan is supposed to be getting a BIG one from one of his friends shortly.
We have our first tomato! It is a beefsteak, so hopefully it grows a bit before it ripens or it will be Kat’s first tomato of the year.
A couple of these blossom have finally opened all the way. They have the strangest texture. They feel like tissue paper.
I bought this Hosta for Dan years ago. We have probably moved it four times but it has finally found its happy place. It is huge and getting bigger every year.
Dan is refinishing a couple of our frogs. He still has to paint the horns gold. I don’t know when I became a hoarder but I hate sending anything to the landfill – even rusty old frogs. 🙄

Have a good week, all! Hopefully I will have pictures of peppers and cucumbers to share soon.