Monday, August 21, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy new week, blogging pals! How is everyone? Did you have a nice weekend? What did you do? Where did you go? Who did you see? Share whatever you'd like in the comments. I'd love to hear all about it.

Saturday afternoon we drove to the West Island in Montreal to watch the most amazing man in the world's very close friend playing on stage with his two bands at the rib fest. A lot of people go there for the food but since I don't eat much meat, I'm not a fan of ribs or heavy sauces, and I steer clear of pork and fried foods, the smell from all those stalls was really overwhelming. I could feel my stomach doing somersaults at the very thought of eating anything from there. I thought the most amazing man in the world would want to try something from the competitors but he wasn't in the mood for any of it. Luckily we found one vendor that was selling veggie type foods with more wholesome ingredients and we got something light to eat. Hey, we all have our eating preferences. Yesterday was a very quiet, slacking-off kind of day because we need some of those, too.

And right now I'm going to share some funny stuff with you, so the day can start off with a smile. Let's get to it.

Have a great day ahead!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This Week

Have you ever made a decision that you thought was smart and it turned out to be the opposite? When that happens, the most amazing man in the world and I say “We had a bad case of the clevers”. That’s what we were inflicted with recently. We ordered a kitchen table and instead of having it delivered, we thought we’d save on substantial shipping costs and go pick it up. Our first mistake was not getting the measurements of the box. Our second mistake was planning to pick it up on the west island of Montreal because “it would be a fun day trip”. We found out that the box didn’t fit in our SUV. Yeah. To make a long story short, we couldn’t pick it up and they wouldn't deliver to Ontario and it would have cost a fortune to rent a van, so the most amazing man in the world had to sheepishly ask a friend with a trailer for help. We’re still joking about this incident and our “bad case of the clevers”.

Last night we watched a 2008 documentary called “The End Of Poverty?” that left us a little anxious and even a little angry. Because humans can be really shitty. Narrated by Martin Sheen, it explains how global poverty didn’t just happen. That it began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in seizure of land, minerals and forced labour. It goes on to explain that the problem continues today because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies imposed upon poor countries by the wealthy ones. You’ll learn how 20% of the planet’s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than earth can regenerate. If you’ve ever asked yourself why poverty still exists when there is so much wealth in the world, consider watching this film. We watched it for free on YouTube. Here’s the link: The End of Poverty?

Speaking of watching stuff, did my Canadian friends ever watch the TV show ‘The Littlest Hobo”? The series (1963-65, 1979-1985) follows the adventures of an unnamed, extremely intelligent and heroic German Shepherd who wanders from place to place befriending and helping people in need. And when his job is done, he heads off to continue his cross-country drifting and his adventures in ‘saving the day’. I was a huge fan of this iconic Canadian television program and for the longest time I wanted a German Shepherd. Of course that was never going to happen but one can certainly dream. The reason I bring this up is because I ran across the show’s intro recently and decided to watch it for old time’s sake. Well, let me tell you, the theme song, which is quite catchy, has been playing in my head for days. And now I’m going to share it with you. Go ahead, click on it. I dare you.

Incidentally, the song is “Maybe Tomorrow” by Terry Bush and you can find the original and full version here.

Once upon a time I used to enjoy paint-by-number kits and I’m thinking of getting back into it. I figure it’ll be a great way to relax, just like it is with adult colouring books that I have quite an assortment of. I’m not the most gifted person in them but I like to dabble in different types of arts and crafts. They’re not only fun but also a very creative form of meditation. Does anyone do this type of painting? Do you enjoy other forms of arts and crafts? Share your thoughts!

Maybe I should start with an easy one.

Yesterday I finished my 23rd book of the year, which means I surpassed my 2017 reading challenge on Goodreads where I committed to 22 books. I’m 10 books ahead of schedule and I’m curious to see what the count will be at the end of the year. Do you enjoy reading? I’m a shameless bookaholic. Right now I’m enjoying ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’, the fourth novel in the Millennium series. The creator of the first three was Stieg Larsson. Tragically, he died of a heart attack in 2004 and the series is being continued by David Lagercrantz.

That’s it for today. I seem to ramble on in these posts and I hope I haven’t put anyone to sleep.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope each and every one of you had a nice weekend. The weather has been pretty nice, albeit it a little humid at times. And have you noticed that we are losing daylight? It's getting darker earlier each day. Hmpf...not something I'm happy about. But what can you do?

Yesterday evening we went for a nice long walk. Do you enjoy walking? If the weather is just right, the most amazing man in the world and I can walk for a very long time. And have some really interesting conversations along the way. Sometimes, by the time we get back home, we've come up with solutions for many of the world's problems. *snort*

Now let's get to the funny stuff!

I am that friend!

Have a good one!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

This Week

On Monday I drove to Montreal early in the morning to accompany my mom to the hospital for her blood test. She takes an anticoagulant (blood thinning) medication for her arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and has to have her blood tested regularly to make sure the right amount of medication is in her blood stream. This will reduce her risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and also reduce her risk of bruising or bleeding. My mother has been doing this for decades and the regular monitoring has kept her healthy.

There were a lot of people at the hospital but the employees were so organized and efficient that we were out of there in no time. Her results were good and she won’t have to go back until October. We returned to her place around 9 AM and had some coffee. About an hour later, I headed out to run some errands for her, including some banking and groceries, and when I got back around noon, I discovered that she had ordered a pizza (best food ever!) during my absence, so we had lunch. We had a lovely time together and it was a really good day for her; one of the best she’s had since she fell and hit her head in June, which landed her a mild concussion and a long list of problems. She is by no means fully recovered but Monday was a hopeful sign that things will indeed get better. All she really needs - and wants - at this time is patience and kindness.

I headed out around one but instead of hitting the highway, I decided to treat myself to a quick visit to IKEA. It seems that everyone else had the same idea because the place was packed! I had forgotten that it was a civic holiday and many people were off from work. You’d think they’d be outdoors enjoying the day, which was a really nice one, but nope, they were all at IKEA. I took a leisurely stroll through the store, bought nothing (borders on a miracle!) and got on the highway around 2:30. The drive started off amazingly well and I was excited that I’d be back home in record time. Not so fast! Halfway in, it all went to hell. And what should have been a 50 minute drive turned into 2 hours. Three construction zones and one minor accident made sure of that. By the time I got home, I felt like I was going to lose my mind. Well, at least I arrived safe and sound.

Earlier this week I made the most delicious frittata in the history of delicious frittatas that the most amazing man in the world and I devoured! All thanks to Rain who shared the recipe for it. Have you met her yet? Go over here and visit her wonderful blog. And here to her other blog where she shares her cheese making adventures. She is such a lovely person and I’m happy she’s part of my blogging circle. Thanks, Rain!

This week I also discovered that one grocery store and a couple of pharmacies offer almost all of my favourite natural, cruelty-free and healthy products in every category (food, cleaning supplies, bath and body). This is what happens when you thoroughly go through a store instead of rushing through it. You’d think I would have done this by now instead of waiting until we’ve been here for almost six months. Better late than never. Now I can shop locally when sales are on in addition to online shopping.

Yesterday I spent the day cleaning. Our place never gets really dirty because there’s only the two of us now, but it does accumulate a lot of dust bunnies, most of them clumps of cat hair. One of our fur babies sheds so much (the one on the right in the image below) that I wonder how she hasn’t gone bald by now. Her abundant fur is soft and beautiful and all over the house. I always know it’s time to run the vacuum when tumbleweeds scatter across the floor as I walk. But you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. These furry girls bring so much joy in our home.

How can you not love these two furry faces?

I think it’s time to wrap this up because I’ve talked your ear off! Have a terrific weekend, everyone. Relax, have fun, be happy.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging pals. How are you? And how was your weekend? Ours was a very social one. How social, you ask? Well, on Friday we met for dinner in Vaudreuil (40 minutes away) with the most amazing man in the world's buddy and his girlfriend. Lots of fun. And late Saturday morning my best friend called and asked if we'd like to go out for dinner that night, so we drove back to Vaudreuil that evening and met with her, her husband and her son, and that was a lot of fun. And earlier that day, about an hour or two after I'd made plans with my girlfriend, my older daughter sent me a text asking if we'd like to meet her and her boyfriend for brunch the next day. So yesterday we drove back to Vaudreuil for the third day in a row. That, too, was lots of fun. Three days of being with people. A lot of interaction for us introverts.

And guess what's going on today? The most amazing man in the world will be staying home but I am heading east again. No, I will not be going to Vaudreuil again but I will be driving through it as I head into Montreal. My mom has to go to the hospital for a blood test and I'll be going with her. She needs someone to accompany her and since my brother is on vacation with his wife, I'll be stepping in. After we're done, I'll hang out with her at her home and maybe run some errands she might need doing. More socializing for me. After this, I'm going to hibernate for a bit to recharge my batteries. There's only so much 'people-ing' I can do in such a short period of time.

I'll be heading out the door soon but before I go, I'll leave you with some funny stuff. Enjoy and have a beautiful day! I'll catch up on your blogs later today.

Friday, August 4, 2017

This Week

So I cleaned the grout between the tiles on the bathroom floor. On my hands and knees. And with a lot of elbow grease. It is a job that I have always hated but a job that sometimes needs to get done. All part of being an adult. I couldn’t ignore it anymore because the tiles in our upstairs bathroom are a light beige and the grout is supposed to be light, too. But it was almost black. Very VeRY VERY gross.

Here is a before and after shot. (The image quality is a little poor but whatcha gonna do? The tile colour is more like what you see on the right.)

Much better, no? Isn't the grout on the left pretty gross? Well that's all gone now.

And what’s my go to cleaning method? This:

Squeeze onto grout, wait 15 minutes, scrub, rinse. Repeat if necessary.

Yup, a toilet bowl cleaner. With bleach in it. And whatever small scrubbing tool I have on hand. Like a toothbrush. Works like a charm.

Moving on...

Yesterday I joined Snapchat, an image messaging and multimedia mobile application. I’m sure some of you know all about this app but I’m a total newbie at it. I couldn’t add the app to my smartphone because the operating system on my phone is too old, so I downloaded it to my tablet. I can honestly say that I haven't the foggiest how this thing works. Why do I torment myself with these things that I’m not that interested in to begin with? Because my kids hang around there and share a whole bunch of photos that I’m missing. “Mom, we share a lot of photos on Snapchat. You should join.” So I did. And I’m totally confused. Ah well, I’m sure I’ll figure it out in time. All those years I worked in computers should come in handy, right? We shall see.

Also yesterday, the most amazing man in the world started laying down new flooring in our basement/playroom/TV room area. Can you say ‘bursting with joy’? It won’t be long before we start moving some of our shit stuff in there. And opening up boxes. Yes, we still have things packed in boxes. I've forgotten what's in most of them.

I used my slow cooker twice this week. It’s been a long time since I plugged that in. In fact, I’ve been slacking off quite a bit on home cooking. It’s been pretty sporadic. I’ve been so consumed by this house and all its chores that I have lost sight of that. So this week we’ve been eating well and loving it. I even made a delicious lemon bread that we both enjoy. The recipe can be found here.

Here is something that makes my eyes roll behind my head.

Every now and again I read (for the umpteenth time) about “shark-infested” waters. Or some ocean or beach or lake or river that has been ‘infested’ or “invaded” by specific fish or whales or alligators or turtles, etc. I can’t tell you how ridiculous I find this. These animals live in the water. It is their habitat. If there’s any type of infestation, it’s from humans. That’s who doesn’t belong in the water. Can we be such an arrogant species to think that we rule everywhere? Yes, yes we can.

That’s my two cents on this. Hold on while I put away my podium...

And I think that’s all I have to say for now. How was your week? Share in the comments below. And make sure to have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone! We are on our fourth day of - drum roll, please! - sunshine and warm weather. Can you believe it? This is some kind of record for us. And it's wonderful. It makes me want to skip with joy. Maybe I'll do just that. Be right back...

Okay, I'm back. That was enjoyable...

Yesterday I met up with a couple of old friends for breakfast in Vaudreuil, which is about 40 minutes from home. We had a lot of fun! These two women and I have known each other since we were 12. And even though it's been awhile since we all got together, it's like we saw each other yesterday. That's what it's like with some friends. When we were in high school, we three together with two other girls were inseparable. We spent every day together, had a blast and created some memorable - and hilarious - memories. I'm just thrilled that I'm able to see them regularly now that we've moved closer.

I've decided to clean the grout on the bathroom floor tiles today. I hate doing this but I've put it off long enough. When grout gets dirty it is disgustingly dirty. I can't stand to look at it anymore and I've been searching for other projects around the house as an excuse not to do this. Today I will be brave and tackle this. I'm going to take before and after photos to brag about the results document the transition of this home.

Okay, enough slacking off. There is work waiting for me. And there are these funnies waiting for you.

Have a great day ahead!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

This Week

Happy Saturday to all. I hope this week has been good to you, and if it hasn’t, I hope the weekend is kinder. What’s new with you? Seen any good movies lately? Read any fascinating books? Done anything fun and exciting? Gone anywhere interesting or unusual? Do tell in the comments below. Inquiring minds want to know.

As for me...

Yesterday I did ab-so-lute-ly nothing. The most amazing man in the world met up with a couple of very old friends in a north eastern area in Quebec and I had the place to myself all day long. I declared it a lazy day and made sure I was as unproductive as I could possibly be. I was very successful at it and gave myself a gold star for effort. Or lack of. Sometimes doing nothing is wonderfully satisfying.

This week I spent a considerable amount of time on one of my favourite online e-commerce site,, which I mentioned in an earlier post. It’s a Canadian company that offers more than 40,000 products, including the country’s largest assortment of green and natural and cruelty free brands. I made my first order with them back in May and I can’t tell you how pleased I was with it. Not only did it arrive quickly but everything was packaged securely and with care. There was even a hand written “thank you” message with a smiley face from the individual who put together my order. Love the personal touch. I will continue to order from them as long as this type of exceptional service continues.

On Thursday I stopped in at the Michaels arts and crafts store near our house and guess what I saw there? Halloween decorations. In July. I thought putting them up in late August was bad enough but this takes the cake. No gold star for Michaels. And no gold star for the other stores around town that have had back to school supplies on display since mid July. Because every kid wants to be reminded about school not even halfway through their summer vacation, right? I suspect that Santa should be showing up sometime next month in the stores to promote holiday commercialism. Sheesh.

I’ve been receiving a lot of emails lately telling me that I’m the beneficiary of a huge amount of money. And also emails telling me that there is a shitload of money waiting for me in some overseas bank. All I have to do to receive my inheritance and become filthy rich (14.5 million dollars richer to be exact), is make a small investment and share some information. Like my bank account, phone number, driver’s license information, full address, bank name, age, hair colour, shoe size, blood type and how many times a day I go to the bathroom. Okay, the last four bits of information weren’t requested in the emails. But the silliness fits in perfectly with the stupidity of these messages. Thankfully, they all end up in my spam folder.

Guess what I see outside my window this morning as I type this? Sunshine. And clear blue skies. We had the same kind of day yesterday. And it may continue into tomorrow. HOLYMOLY. Three days in a row of honest to goodness summer weather. With the sun making an appearance. One (or many) of you must have sent this over. It must have cost a fortune in shipping and handling fees to mail in the sun. So, thank you! Of course, there is rain forecast for many of this week’s upcoming days but for now I’ll enjoy these beautiful days.

And that’s it for now, blogging pals. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, friends! How are you all doing? Would it surprise anyone if I said that it's raining as I type this? Of course not. That's the way it goes around here. On the positive side, I've never seen a summer look this green and lush before. Usually by now it's very hot and dry, and the plants struggle.

I finished painting the trim and doors on Saturday in our lower level and the area looks amazing. Next step is laying down flooring that we're hoping to get to later in the week. We are happily moving forward indoors but not on the outdoors. I did step outside a few weeks ago to clear some weeds and get rid of some unwanted plants, but with all this rain, the weeds have returned with a vengeance. Ah well, there's only so much I can take on at a time.

Now let's get to the funny stuff, shall we?


Have a good one!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

This Week

It’s Saturday? Okay, if you say so. One day just seems to blend into the next around here and I don’t even notice when the weekends roll in. This week has been very busy. And productive. Our playroom/TV room/exercise area/lower level has been stripped of carpet and we’ve painted the ceiling and walls. Today I am finishing the trim and doors, and this coming week flooring will be laid down. We are definitely over the halfway mark of cleaning and painting. After this we’ve got a small bedroom downstairs, the front room/living room and a tiny laundry room to wash and paint. That’s it. Next week I’ll be able to say that the majority of the indoor work is finished. Can you say overjoyed? That’s how I feel.

On Monday I was back in Montreal. This time the drive there and back was much better. My brother and I accompanied my mother to her doctor’s appointment. I wanted to attend, hear what he had to say and ask a couple of questions. She is still feeling ill since she fell and banged her head last month on the cement tiles in her garden. This accident, which the doctor confirmed to me may indeed have caused a concussion, has turned her cherished weekly routine topsy turvy and it’s really upsetting to her. He told her she will be fine but it will take time until things return to normal.  But she questions whether he’s just saying that to make her feel better, convinced that she’s never going to get better. I suspect that in addition to whatever symptoms the fall has brought on, she’s also dealing with fear and a lot of anxiety. Possibly health anxiety.

I talk to my cats all the time. They each respond differently and it’s rather amusing. Our black cat, Nacho, tries very hard to understand. She answers back sometimes and always listens attentively for any words that are familiar to her. And when she hears one she knows like “food” or “no” or “Nacho” or “down”, she’s thrilled and rubs up against me. Or rather, she jumps up against me. She is very excitable that way.

Our tabby cat, Mocha, on the other hand, stares at me with big, round eyes like I’ve just sprung a pop quiz on her. Occasionally she’ll make a faint meowing sound if I toss out a familiar word but mostly she looks horrified. What is she asking? What if I answer wrong? How much time do I have? This behaviour is adorable.

Okay, enough about cats or anything else for that matter. I’m sure you’ve all got better things to do. So I will stop right here and wish you all a beautiful rest of the weekend!