Friday, October 24, 2014

What, what what ???? and EEEEEWWWW!!!

Sometimes I struggle to find a title to my posts.....I think this fits the bill.

It is nearly November which means the Holidays are just around the corner. In my boondock there is a big food drive (La Guignolée) early December. Last year I was not prepared for it, and I felt bad.

So this year I wanted to get a jump on it and start this weekend. First step: I go through my pantry and check what I have; sometimes I go crazy and buy too much tomatoes, so I'll give some of those.

I love doing this so I can clean the pantry at the same time! I check every can for the expiration date and the expired ones (depending of the date) will either go back in the pantry or in the garbage.

I try extra hard not to give expired items, I feel it is very insulting!

Boy was I in for a surprise!

I was so sure I cleaned out the pantry just 6 months ago! I found soup cans expired 4 years...WHAT? WHAT? WHAT???

I also found some cans all sticky....It smelled of maple syrup....So I cleaned and cleaned and never found the source of the leaking maple syrup.

Like I told Dan : It is a pretty interesting way to spend a Friday night! And as an added bonus I smashed a bottle of sweet and spicy asian chicken sauce on the pantry floor. There was glass and sticky mess allllll over. It took forever to clean up!

                                Now all the almond milk is at the same place,
and easier to juge how many to buy because we use about 4 liters a week and over all things are more organized and easier to see.


                                I have Stockpile Envy ( Extreme Couponing) I wish I had a year of toilet paper and feminine products...but it is not to be in Quebec...the supermarkets do not double the coupons and buy one get one free coupons are very rare....Oh well, I do have soup cans, tomatoes and olives to last me a while...

And Dan says I should not buy Kraft Mac n Cheese for quite a while....LOL unless it is a new amazing flavor.....

In the right corber you can see my 2 quarts of Fire Cider (which I named fire water....) I got the recipe from homespun seasonal living.com  it will help ward off colds and soothe sore muscles!

I can't wait to try it, I bet it is kind of funky tasting!

Have a nice weekend!
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Another 'Seen Around` post

 
 
To tell you the truth I wanted to blog but had no idea what to write about.
 
So I lookd in my picture folder for some inspiration....
 
 
                                I spotted these seasonnal beauties at my local grocery store...Pumpkins
                                make me happy, they are so bright and cheery!
                               
                                          I remember when this chip n dip was all the rage in the 90's.
                                          I also remembered how I resisted buying it . I had a co-worker who bought it along with other pieces, like a soap dispenser...I wonder if she still has them or they ended up in
a yardsale.
 
                                          AAAaaahhh no visit to the Value Village is complete without a Pyrex
                                          sighting !

                                          A cute Shenandoah casserole circa 1980's


I couln not resist taking a picture of this English Pyrex with a stunning ressemblance to Old Town Blue!

                                I always was a secret Bedazzle lover so this made me smile!

                                         And last but not least this plastic bead lampshade.
                                         it both enchants and repulses me....It must attract dust like the dickens...

                                         We are still getting the house ready for winter , caulking , prepping and purging (of course)....I am still working on the shed and some patio furniture needs to be brought inside. I am hoping for some drier weather to get ahead.....

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Who knew?

When I was in New Hampshire I went to the Salvation Army.

Of course I was expecting oodles and oodles of Pyrex....What can I say? I am a dreamer!

I saw this...

                               The infamous Bake a Round! I really wanted to get it but passed because I don't think I will be baking bread any time soon! But I figured that if I see one in the next couple of years...
I will get it.
And I could not resist getting this super cute Dunkin' Donuts for .99 cents
Imagine my surprise my I checked it out on Ebay and it was selling for $22.98!!!
That is an expensive mug!
 

Meanwhile in my little corner of the world, the trees are changing
and the days are getting shorter

                                                  The balcony is freshly stained.

                               And the mums are gorgeous.

                               We also startted applying fresh caulk around the doors and windows...
                                That is HARD work!

                                As you can see we are still takng care of business...

                                I hear the call of the flannel sheet! good night and sleep tight!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ROAD TRIP!!!

I was aching for it....It hurts

We had to do something about it....

So we did.

We jumped in the car and headed to the beach!

                                Aaaaahhhh the joy of the beach!


                                Salt air, waves and seagulls!!!

 We shared a huge lobster roll...and fried clams




                       The room was soooo great! Thank god for off season rates!

Across the street was the sea.

                                          And we even had 2 sinks! Funny thing...I had to be on my tippy toes
                                          to wash my hands!

                                          It was one of the best quick getaway EVER!

                                          We walked ,talked and sang a whole lot!

                                           I will post about our meals another day :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

It Finally Dawned Upon Me

And it was really time that dime fell ! I live in Quebec....At one point the temperature will fall and vegs will stop growing.

I've had a veggie garden for 10 years plus and I always try to wait until the last possible minute until I dig everything out...Crazy!

So last Saturday I decided to rip all the tomatoes out, because they won't grow anymore...Tomatoes do not like the cold...

So I kept all the big tomatoes (I will monitor them everyday) and all the cherry tomatoes that showed some sign of ripenning...




 So with h etomatoes gone I am able to let the kale grow a bit longeras well as the arugula

And I was really happy to see that the spicy yellow pepper was showing signs of re-growth!


So I might get  acouple of peppers before the frost!

Next year I will plant less tomatoes and more beans!

Sleep tight :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

So Soon

I can't believe how fast summer flew by!

It seems that just weeks ago I was planting tomatoes....

Yesterday was downright cold...7 Celsius (44 F)....BRRRR and cloudy. We worked all day outside, closing the veggie garden, mowing the lawn, cleaning the shed....

Here's some of the last harvest

 
So not too bad for a 6 by 3 box.
 
We actually got about 7 cukes and the cheery tomatoes will be plentiful.
I will need to bring all the other tomatoes inside to ripen because all are green.
 
Next year I will plant less tomatoes and more beans....
 
And now for some sight from the Morrisburg, Ont flea market....
 
 
 
A large doll head in a rain barrell
This is a must have for Halloween!


                                                   This was strange....

                                                    A garden lamp with fake flowers added on

                                                     I think it is meant to put near a grave...
                                                     The really freaky one .....to tell you the truth I was not confortable
                                                      taking pics,,,,,It is a swag with a light meant to sit on top of the
                                                      tombstone.....with fake flowers of course....

                                                      (Me NO like) 

                                                      Right now we are debating to start the furnase or not...

                                                      The NO side won so right now we will be wearing an extra
                                                       layer!

                                                       Back to DWTS.....who did you like? who you didn't?

                                                      Lert's chat!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Seen Around

 
Okay I can deal with Halloween stuff because it is in a month and a half...

But Xmas elves?  Way too early for me!
 
Now in the same drugstore I spotted a total blast from the past!
 

                               In my late teens/early 20s I lived on this stuff! French formula hair spray
                               Remember it was the 80's!!! I would use a can every 2 weeks, it was the stiffest
                               hair spray around! I put so much on I could walk in the rain and my hair would
                               stay dry! Good times!

                               Besides seeing these awesome things, what am I up to ? I have new responsabilities at the office and I am running like a hamster in the little wheel...and I am really tired at night....The fence is still not stained completely and I am praying for nice weather so we can finish it before the frost. And I started to close the veggie garden...

I am also hoping for some warm days so I can take a wee swim when I come back from work....

I kept the last pic for last because it really cracked me up,,,




   This is how you can tell the night has been heavy duty in downtown Montreal!

                              A forgotten pump in a planter. Is the woman looking for it?
                              I don't know. I always wonder how their owners lost the one shoe....

I guess we will NEVER know!