Saturday, October 17, 2020

What I have been up to

 Well as you know...confinement is what it is...we enjoyed a couple of months of freedom and then the second wave hit. 

I miss the freedom...Going to the office, in the big city all by myself....ordering a bagel for breakfast...

Walking in the underground city..a maze of malls, tunnels, shops and restaurants. I miss the delicious ramen at Marusan with black garlic oil. 

My eyes miss seeing the buildings and colors of downtown Montreal. The office tower is closed. I could go in and work all alone...but my better half doesn’t like it...because I suffer from asthma. 

I used to work 3 days a week at the office, which means 9 meals out (bad girl) . But it kept me sane. 

Covid has forced me to cook a lot more and at the same time gave me the opportunity to make more time
Consuming recipes like perogies from scratch....these are so good! 

And who doesn’t love a good upside down pineapple cake? 
I haven’t made one of these in more than 5 years! 
Very good! 

And of course I am overloading in YouTube videos...lots of great recipe ideas...lots of different lifestyles...and I love learning things! 

Old family recipe stuffed peppers from Jehanne Benoit a Quebec classic.

This is a new one ...Swedish meatball..headed for the freezer
I I bought a spelt cranberry apple bread and it was so full of holes I decide to make french toast...delicious and I froze extras for other breakfasts.
Last but not least...this is zucchini, cheddar beer bread..
Smelled great but way less tasty than I expected!

So in a nutshell..I watch a lot of youtube ...homemaking videos with lots of recipes...which I try when they sound good.

I am definitely very lucky. I can work from home, can pay my bills and feel oh so very blessed. 

Do you feel blessed? If so please share! 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Stocking up

So I  am not calling this prepping...because I have seen some crazy stuff on you tube....

I was pretty freaked out in March on my grocery trips so I just want to avoid this repeating.....

We have been pretty good eating from the freezer and the pantry...but once in a while I need some oysters!

But when I read that Melbourne was going back in lockdown...well it just might be a question of weeks before we are forced into lockdown again....

Because it will come back ..even if we all hate it!

So better be prepared before everyone starts freaking out about toilet paper again!

At least you have cute kitties to look at! This is the first time that Meghan (white and black) has touched Boubou....

In the meantime...stay safe and wear your mask!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

So How you doing???

Here is it in a nutshell...on December 26th 2019, we both got sick....really sick. 

I even had to sleep sitting up because I could not catch my breath...we tried to see our physician or any physician and everything was booked solid. We had to share my inhalers...I know it is not recommended...but you have to do, what you have to do. 
We stopped feeling like death warmed over around January 9th 2020. 

I am so grateful I was able to work from home......

Do I think we caught Covid-19 early? Hell yeah! 

If China acknowledged it in late January it means it had been roaming for awhile....

It is my opinion and I am sticking with it. 

2020 so far has been the year of disappointments...multiple vacation plans cancelled, confinement....
Again I am so thankful to be able to work from home....the crazy grocery trips....

I remember the second week of confinement...going to a grocery store and no potatoes, no onions or carrots...just the weird vegetables that I rapini or fennel....

No fresh meat...I got the last ripped box of frozen ribs.....

No milk, no eggs, no canned good, no flour, no toilet paper

That really freaked me out. When got home I was soooo tired I had to take a nap.

I was really happy to be confined with Dan and the cats because we were always happy and grateful.
And that is really important in these crazy times....

This is a picture of deserted downtown Montreal...I have never seen that before! 

So that is it for today, stay well, stay safe and wear your mask!!!

Friday, August 9, 2019

A nice month

I know that August has just begun...but I am feeling good.

feeling good in my new space, feeling good in my head...I finally feel like I belong.

I don't need a huge space, I don't need a trendy neighborhood....Turns out I needed a smallish duplex, in a quiet neighborhood and a wooden fence.

When we bought the house, there was no fence in the back and I felt uncomfortable sitting outside like an over easy egg...

but it all changed with this...

 How can part of a fence make so much difference?
I don't know and it is between my 2 ears for sure!
But it makes a world of difference!
We have been hanging out in the yard nearly every day!

 I can hear my babbling mini Niagara (really loud)

 And tend to my mostly herb garden.

 Today I felt so good and inspired by all the local produce that I am making a lasagna with lotsa vegs
inside....for the freezer and probably a Mexican lasagna for the freezer as well.
I have strong squirrel genes and I like to make reserves....

in case you are wondering...we are still not totally unpacked and that is quite
alright alright alright...

I will explain in the next post!

Be well and stay thrifty

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Now what?

Now we are all looking in front towards the future and doing the bast we can.

 Of course it looks like a storm blew in and dumped shit all over the place...
I can vouch that on this date it looks much better !
and as 2 people suffering from different mental illnesses and one of them is just retired
and the other one is working full time...
we just do what we can everyday. 
slowly but surely
 And since I took these pictures , I sold a bunch of stuff to my life saver...
I cannot tell you enough how I am grateful I found this great quirky lady!
 in love with it
 More of the mess downstairs...
everyday it gets better, everyday I feel more at home!

We call this lamp...the pineapple lamp.
I have seen it all my life and for some reason Dan fell
in love with it....I officially gave it to her...

so folks that is our progress so far. 
red living room 90% done
Bedroom 80% done
Dining room 60% done
Kitchen 70% done
Basement 40% done since this is where the bulk of the mess is...

So it is truly one day at a time...and we need to 
relax and have fun...
so being optimistic in 2 weeks everything should be done...


I will keep you posted on that!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Thank you Dad

Dad I hope that somewhere in Heaven you can read this.....

I want to thank you for that beautiful house, I really am grateful for this gift. However keeping it was not feasible even if we really liked the neighborhood.

The cost of living in this beauty was too much for us and our peace of mind.

at one point in your life we need to realize what we can and can't afford and that is how the cookie crumbles.

Your friends were not shy in voicing their opinions....they were sad I was selling the house. That house was full of beautiful memories for them...but now I realize full of stress and sorrow for me.

 Getting rid of the books was as difficult as one of Hercules 
challenge! WORD
 Carport after 1-800 you know...
thank you guys, you were lifesavers!

 Last pic of the kitchen...I will miss those curtains...

 dining room and whatever space all empty now

the white living room before my friend Denise came
to pick up goodies....

I have endured my Dad's friends opinions and judgement for the last 3 1/2 years...
so here it is...
I am artistic, but not an artist. 
I do not have the same set of values you have.
and that is okay. 
doesn't mean that I am inferior to you....
yes I got a lot of that vibe

so I sold my Dad's house so I could provide for my girlfriend, 
my daughter and myself.

so on that note...

have a great evening 
and stay thrifty!

Sunday, March 10, 2019


The house SOLD, the house SOLD, the house SOLD!!!!!!

What? What? What?

And it sold in less than 2 months...which is freaking amazing considering the price point.

All the stress fell and we caught this freak cold...If a cold and the flu had a love child!

That really kicked our butts...all the while trying to pack boxes, boxes and more boxes and trying to deal with the balance of my dad's stuff.

and working full it was good times all around!

This is also a very emotional time as I am purging, cleaning and finding this I was not aware of.

 My Dad was as shy as he was exuberant...Yes it happens
When he told me he had been nominated for an Emmy award for Cirque du Soleil's Dralion
he also told me he would not go and pick it up in L.A.
This is when he received it at his workshop.

 I took this picture from the TV.
I was watching the documentary that was released 
the year after his death. It was like visiting with him.

 This picture is from Google. He was in his early 20's.
His teachers had him pegged as a fashion designer
but he loved the theater.
So selling his house and moving is a huge thing but
it was a necessary thing.
I do not see our life as scrimping and scraping trying to get by 
, to pay insurance and those crazy municipal taxes....
So of my Dad's friends do not approve...
And to those people I say fiddledee!

And to this fuzzy bellied cat I say hello gorgeous!
Yoda loves to sleep on her back! 

When we move in my Dad's house we only bought
a sofa and a staked washer and dryer for small places.
this move we needed a kitchen table and we wanted a Tulip table
but after seeing the prices we opted for a lookalike not really Tulip table

 and those will be our dining room chairs. we decided to
refurbish our old chairs for the kitchen.
And after trying 50 plus sofas we decided to keep the 60's black vinyl
3 seater and put foam and new vinyl on it.

 Last week on a buy and trade Facebook site, I read
the message of a young woman who had recently separated and had 
2 kids and she was looking for this we could donate.
So I gave her these. She was so grateful and happy and I did not have to list them and deal with
weird classified buyers...

 I had to empty my freezer and look what I found...
pork chops from 2015! and they are not even freezer burned! 
I am my parents daughter and I will thaw them out and cook them.
My mother was a penny pincher and even if Dad loved to splurge he was really cheap on food!

 We also got through our first move.
Yes we will have 2 moves.
All my Dad's nativity is moved, 50 boxes, all the wood working tools
the freezer, the extra fridge and some furniture.
So that clears a lot of extra place for new boxes!

Seeing this makes me so happy, I feel tingly all over!
We have a red room right now and we love it, so this was 
a no brainer!

I just fined baking Dixie's Orange Cake from 
Pyrex prize recipe. This was a challenge from the Facebook group Pyrex and everything vintage!


That's it for tonight...Suddenly I am very, very tired

Take care faithful readers!