Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday May 19/16

May is at the halfway point. Wow... Time really flies as you get older.

This past week has been one where I was the calm among many storms, which included my sister/cousin having a house fire, the house is still standing, but the smoke damage has made the house unlivable. The house will be stripped to the studs and redone. She is handling it really well so far. The hardest part for her has been the loss of cat and of those small mementos from her children. We had a good talk about it, and it's a chance to begin again. All memories connected to her ex are gone, all the furniture, pots, pans, dishes are gone... Time for her to begin over, in many senses.

I was rather surprised with my reactions to all the chaos this week.  Before, I'd be a mess, but I'm grounded these days, and it made a big difference.  I'm  was off  for 5 days, and I enjoyed every minute of it.We got a small batch of fiddleheads on Sunday, and well, I didn't get them clean enough... BOO... In the garbage they went after I cooked them. Lesson learned, they need to be soaked asap after picking...  I'm looking to purchase a few bags this weekend to get ready... At 3.00/lb, it'll be money well spent. We'll try to get some again...

I go back to work tomorrow and today I ran errands, cooked lunch for LG, went to the gym, walked the dogs and did a mountain of dishes...  I've got my meals ready for the work week, and I'm off Sunday, so that's a blessing! Work two, off one, work one, then off for 4. :)

I hope everyone has a great long weekend!


Monday, May 9, 2016

May 9/16

This past week has been busy but good. Like most Canadians, the wildfires in Fort Mac have been on my mind. Like most people, it's had an impact on my life. Little things like having cash on hand, gas in the tank and knowing where important papers are. Watching the news feed and reading what friends have posted has been overwhelming by times. Seeing the wonderful things that people have done for one another has been heartwarming.

I hope that everyone who's is a mother lad a wonderful mother's day. I spent the morning looking for fiddleheads... They'll be out in full force soon... and I will post photos when I get my winters supply. I'm guessing that it'll be next Sunday, which will be a very full day of picking, cleaning and blanching...  It'll be so worth it next winter to be able to eat the little green nuggets that taste like spring...

I had a lobster sandwich for lunch on homemade bread... yummy... supper, i BBQ'ed steaks and everyone else had made salads... dessert was a ice cream roll...  I talked to my darling daughter last evening and had morning coffee with my momma, and spent part of the afternoon with LG's mom, supper was with my momma and my sister/cousin and mom's brother, wife and daughter. I couldn't have asked for a better day.

Today I have a mammogram and ultrasound booked. I will be at the hospital all morning and this afternoon I need to vote and do some things around the house. I work at my pt job two short shifts this week and then I work 3 days at my PT job and then I'm off for 5 days.

Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2 /2016

Time really does fly when you get older... May already? The grass is turning green, the trees are budding, the fish are running, lobster season opened...

What's new around here? One dog was at the groomers and had a shave... She looks cute, but she is cut very short.... I've been doing some cleaning up and out, both here and at LG's house ( I cleaned out a cupboard at his house, as there was some long expired food items LOL, and that's the only thing I've done there). No worries here, as I use up all of my stuff...  LG and I are continuing at a very good pace.

We have very similar mindsets when it come to shopping and food. Buy what you needs, have a stockpile of things that you use on a regular basis, watch the sales. as far as spending huge amounts of money on clothes, neither one of us buy these things on a regular basis, and I prefer to spend a large portion of my clothing budget on good foot wear ( sneakers for the gym and walking, good winter boots).

We are going to pick fiddleheads and get them ready for the winter. Plus there will be pickling and bottling of stuff this summer. Strawberries and blueberries are on the list to be picked and frozen for the winter.  We're planting a garden at his house for the summer...  I'm not sure if the tomatoes that we planted from seed will survive, but we'll try again...

His son and I continue to build our relationship. He's a good kid with a soft heart. He's very comfortable with me now, to the point that he'll bring friends to my house for supper and to hang out. I engage him when it comes to making meals, and he is a good helper.

My momma is under going some medical tests right now, and she is very stubborn. She hates to say she needs help, and I told her that it's not a sign of weakness, but one of strength when you can reach out to others. ( This has been a huge lesson for me to learn, but I finally get it!)

Work is work, I choose not to dwell on what's happening there. I'm working very little at my PT job these days, she's hired a lot of people for the summer. It's ok however, as I no longer want to work all the time! I just need to get the money figured out.

I completed my taxes and owe 2500... Yikes... I will get it paid off, eventually!

That my friends, is a quick overview of my life these days.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WEdnesday Aoril 20/16

One more day to work then I'm off for three whole days. I need to get some stuff done around here in a very bad way!

I purchased some much needed summer clothes this week end. I had very little in the way of clothes for spring summer and decided it was time. I just need a couple of white tee's and I'm done. I have plenty to do now.

I've not managed to get to the gym at all when I'm working my 12 hours days. I'm beat when I get home. I did walk the dogs tonight, so that was a huge bonus. I am still trying to find the right mix for myself and working rotating shifts... It's been 8 weeks and it's ok... Not great, but it pays the bills...

LG and I are still going good. HE's a good balance for me... which I need... lol

The dogs are still adjusting to the changes too. They're pretty well behaved, so I'm thankful for that.

Other than that, my life is moving at a very fast pace... 10 more days til the 1st of May... And I've booked off every Sunday in May... Sweet!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I'm still here...

For those of you who are still reading, thanks for hanging in there...

It seems as of later, once every two weeks is about what I can seem to sit down and write...

Life is defiantly busier now.... I worked a bit too much then past few weeks and right now I'm tired... I'm still adjusting... LOL...

Here's a few things that I've accomplished in the past few weeks or things I'm thought of...

1. When all of my consumer debt, LOC is paid off, I will have 1400 extra in my pocket a month... Why on earth I didn't do that particular calculation before, I have no idea, but I think that's incentive enough to get more stuff paid off!

2. It's been 10 years since I started working part time... Yikes...

3. I'm almost 7 months in to a relationship with LG...

4. I've had my foster dog for almost two years now...

5. I haven't been spending tons of money these days... Which is good...

6. My gas expense has increased slightly, as LG lives 45 kms away from my house... one way...

7. I've got sore legs from the gym this week, so sore I had a hard time sitting on the flush...

8. My house is suffers from intermittent cleaning... Working interferes with cleaning...

9. I love going to Costco... LG, his son and I went yesterday, armed with a list and enough sense to pick up a few things that we both forgot about... Plus we started a list of things that we'll need next time. We just like shopping together... For food, and necessities, neither one of us are big clothing shoppers or buying clutter...

10. No worries, LG and I still have our separate homes ( and will keep our separate homes for a long time). I like being able to come home and have some down time, plus he has cats, I have dogs... 

Life is ticking along... And I'm enjoying this new stage..

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tuesday March 29/16

It's been a few weeks since I've actually posted anything. I've written a few blogs, and saved them but never posted them.  I've been a major slacker!

What's new in my world? Not a whole lot to be honest.  I'm slowly adjusting to working back to shift work. Do I like what I'm doing? No, it's a major step backwards and quite frankly I'm bored out of my mind. I miss doing paperwork and being on the move. Now, I sit and watch and just be... I understand the rationale behind the decision, as they're switching things up to develop others, but for those of us that have been there since the beginning, it's disheartening. I'm staying optimistic and am grateful that the job does not define who I am, but is a means to help me do the things I love to do.

I am fortunate that I love my PT job and that it is a source of joy. I'm always on the move and interacting with people. I get to do some paperwork and I get to enhance peoples joy too! Who doesn't like to go out to eat and have the servers recognize them?

DD is doing well. She's starting a new job today, and she has an interview for a PT serving job today as well. She also works PT as a nanny, so she is busy.

LG and I are still going strong, It's been over six months now and I have no complaints. We talk about everything and anything. He's been very good listening to me talk about work and the changes. He's a very good cheerleader  and provides good guidance when I need it... Plus he's an amazing hugger and nothing beats a good strong hug at the end of the day. We don;t see each other every day, but usually 4 times a week. We talk every day on the phone, usually in the morning and in the evening.

The dogs are still trying to adjust to the new schedule. It's not been easy for them, and I'm still trying to find the balance for them.

I've been averaging the gym twice a week. Between the weather and my schedule it's been rough. I miss my 5 days a week gym routine and my daily walks with the dogs...  I've gained a few pounds too... I will get them back off again soon.

Easter was good. We had a turkey dinner with LG's parents at lunch time, and a roasted chicken dinner with my mom at supper... I took the day off work and was happy with the decision.

I've booked off my vacation time for the year, and as of right now, I'll be working 7 Sundays this year. I may take off another 2 or 3 still.. It's my least favorite day to work.

That's my friends is what is happening in my small corner of the world!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Home again...

My/Our trip to visit my DD went well. We rent a spot through airbnb for our stay and it was great. A ten minute walk to the metro and DD's place. It was like a home away from home and having space to move around was really good. A spot to unwind and very quiet. It had a washer and dryer, so we came home with no dirty laundry. We toured around the city, ate some yummy food and desserts... The hockey game was good, the biodome was amazing, taking  the metro was a daily adventure and just walking around was good. We finished off the trip with a stop to IKEA, which blew the boys out of the water... I bought a movable island for my kitchen and LG bought a new dresser for DB...

We traveled well together, and the only time we got turned around driving was on the way home. I missed the exit and it took us about 5 minutes to get swung around. Not a big deal. WE arrived at LG's house just after 1:00 am, and unloaded their stuff and I was on my way home by 1:15. I was in my driveway by 1:40 and had the car unload, played with the dogs and was in bed by 2:15.

I assembled the island yesterday, went to visit LG's parents last night, and in the day time I went to visit my mother and sister, plus my momma and I walked the dogs in the afternoon.

The time changes tonight, I work tomorrow at the restaurant, plus Monday and Tuesday at lunch. I have Wednesday off, then back to work on Thursday.

So far I managed to have two chats on the phone with friends, a visit with another, walked the dogs, ran errands and lunch out with my mom. It's after 6, and I'm tiding up the kitchen and using my new space to get ready to do some cooking! I moved the utensils to the  drawer in the island and placed the dish clothes and tea towels in the only drawer... 


That's my week in a nut shell...

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Who am I said Sam? I am.... a mother, a daughter, a dog owner, a PF