Sunday, 31 August 2014

Not the same Sunday

It was the same old, same old kind of week.  No matter how hard I try, things at work continue to drive me crazy.  My friend C says I need to learn to laugh it off, but frankly, laughing seems like a lot of effort.

On the home front, I'm trying to get my craft room into shape.  I went looking for my sewing machine in the storage room, which is the last place I recall seeing it, but it isn't there. I've checked all the closets, the back area of the basement, and cannot find it anywhere.  I've only got one more possibility - ask my daughter.  She has a tendency to "lend" items to friends, even when they don't belong to her.

I'll get my chance to ask her when she comes over this afternoon to do laundry and watch the Rider game with me.  I hope she knows where it is.

Weather wise, it's been a mixed bag.  Cool and wet, warming up, then cooling down again.  On Saturday, just as my son was leaving for work a brief thunderstorm rolled in.

It was pouring so hard the gutters couldn't contain the water and it spilled over onto the patio.  The photo shows the line of water.

Within minutes the storm had passed and though it remained cloudy for most of the day, we didn't get any more rain.

Today, I've been putzing around the house, doing a little tidying, while watching Criminal Minds re-runs.  So far, at least two of the episodes are new to me.  Or maybe that's just my menopause memory kicking in.  The Rider game starts in about 90 minutes, so you all know what I'll be doing then. ;)  Go Riders!

It's been a pretty average weekend, but as the title suggests, today is a different kind of Sunday. Tomorrow I don't have to go to work because it's Labour Day weekend, with the Monday statutory holiday.  I can't tell you how happy I am to have an extra day off!

I'm hoping to finish the craft room, maybe even put a couple more pages in a scrapbook for the cats I started years ago.  But if the sun is shining I'll take my coffee and a book out to the deck and enjoy a few hours of the last few summer days.  Ahhh...what could be better than a day just to do as I like.

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Not a wordless Wednesday

If you hear screaming coming from my direction...don't worry, I'm just trying to cheer up!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Wet and worn-out weekend

The view from my front window this morning. There is a system moving through the southern part of the province bringing lots of rain and much cooler temperatures.

I think (I hope) we're on the edge of it.  We're only forecast to get 20 mm (3/4 inch).  Other areas, south of us, have already gotten 50 mm, with more expected to fall today.

Unfortunately those areas have had more than their fair share of wet weather this summer and more flooding is expected.

Our temperatures have dropped like a rock this week, from highs of near 30C (86F) to just 12C (54F) today.  When I got up this morning it felt a little chilly in the house.        

It's a good day to stay indoors, do a little baking, and watch football.

I mixed up a batch of apple spice muffins.  They look a little anemic don't they?  I think the oven was too warm so they baked too quickly, without browning on top.  Oh well, they taste pretty good.

I used a basic muffin recipe from my Canadian cookbook. This was my parent's gift to me when I graduated high school.  That makes it...37 years old.

As you can see, it's well used, the spine is broken and yet it's still my go-to cookbook.  I bought a newer version a year or so ago and I still use the old worn-out book.

Speaking of worn out, I finally broke down and visited the doctor's office on Friday.  The diagnoses is tennis elbow.  Of course, I had to use the well-worn joke, "I've never played tennis in my life".

The remedy is continuing to use the arm brace, icing the arm a couple of times a day, taking an anti-inflammatory for pain and lots of time.  So except for giving it a name, the doc told me nothing new.  And yet, today it feels better. Weird!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday Funny

Okay, I'm a little odd...but I found this very funny!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Random Saturday

This week has been painful. I'm still not sure what I've done to my right arm (since I refuse to go to the doctor again) but it is still giving me grief.  I've been wearing the brace and resting the arm by limiting use.  Typing is slow as I try to use one hand.  Hence, if you haven't seen a comment from me in the last week, please know I am still reading, just not commenting much.

The wrist is less achy, though the elbow and shoulder are still sore. Of course that may be my fault, as I painted my daughter's old bedroom last weekend. I finally found the perfect color chip at Rona.  It is called Berber carpet, which is odd because Berber refers to the loop not the color.  But in any event, it nearly matches the original color.  The room needed to be painted as she had marked and taped the wall (four years ago) to repaint it and never got around to it.  With the normal scuffs of daily living and removal of the tape and pencil marks, it desperately need a refresh.

I'm planning to turn the room into my craft area, and have slowly been moving things up from the basement.  I used to do a lot of scrapbooking, but since moving here I really haven't done anything. Then there is the sewing machine that has been gathering dust for years.  Maybe if it is within easy access, I'll get back to using it again.  At least that's the hope.

We've had heat all week.  Temperatures have been in the high 20's, low 30's (Celcius) with humidity making it feel 5-10 degrees warmer.  The humidity is unusual, as it's normally dry here, but with all the rain and flooding this year, it's not surprising.

I love the heat and humidity except at night.  I don't know if I'm merely feeling the heat or if it's a hot flash/night sweat!  All I know is, it's uncomfortable.

The forecast is for rain today of about 10-20 mm.  Of course it will rain, it's the weekend, and the Rider game is this evening.

I don't know if I believe that every cloud has a silver lining.  But sometimes things turn out better than one might think.  A few weeks ago, the parking lot next to our office was converted from a mix of daily and monthly parking to monthly parking only.  I've been parking there for years, initially with a month-to-month contract.  Then last year sometime, the monthly rates were raised to the point where it was less expensive to park at the daily rate.  So I cancelled my contract.

Then the daily rates were increased to $12 a day.  I kept parking there as it was convenient to the office and since I'm usually spend a week up in Saskatoon each month to six weeks, it was still less expensive than a monthly contract.

So I was really p'od when I couldn't park there anymore.  The nearest lots are a couple of blocks away from the office, so less convenient especially when winter arrives.  One lot doesn't provide electrical service but another does, but both are less expensive to park in.

As I was walking to the office the other morning, I had epiphany of sorts.  I realized that rather than causing me a disservice the parking company actually gave me a gift.  Not only am I getting a little exercise (not much, but a little), but I'm also only paying $8.35 a day to park.  It is costing me between $60 and $70 less to park every month.  Bonus!
While it is tempting to take my savings and go shopping, I've got some painting left to do.

When the kitchen cabinets were installed (nearly two years ago), the molding on the part wall was removed from the living room side.

I had found some gray paint but it didn't match so I just did a line at the top.

Today, I'm going to repaint this wall.  I am NOT going to paint the rest of the living room. When the time comes for that to be done, I'll be calling in assistance.  I'm nervous enough on the step ladder and the peak of the ceiling is waaaayyyy too high for me!

Have a great weekend everyone.