Monday, February 8, 2016

Menu Monday

My goodness it is the second week of February!! Spring will be here before we know it.

I did not cook the ham yesterday. Instead we ate up most of the leftovers in the fridge. A clean fridge makes a happy Jackie.


Eggplant Parma along with what remains of the salad.


Chicken Breasts, rice, and carrots.


Tuna Casserole, carrot and pepper sticks, dip.


Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad.


Fish Fillets, homemade fries, salad.


Baked Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad.


Ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Windy, Slippery, and Just Plain Ugly

We attended the usual Mass today, but there were not too many people there. At least there wasn't until Mass had already begun. You see after the rain yesterday we got snow and then the two mixed together to make the streets a sheet of ice. Cars were sliding all over, mainly because people still figure they can drive at the same speeds they usually do on clear roads. Watching a car sliding around in front of you as you are nearing an intersection is not conducive to relaxation.

Father Brian spoke today on how we all of gifts and need to find ways to use those gifts for the betterment of our communities. I have found over my lifetime that it is always the same people sharing and giving. I know that those in our church community who seem to give and share are getting older and it is very hard to get the younger generations to step up. There needs to be a way to reach out and show them that they are needed, that they have gifts to share as well.

I spent part of the afternoon in the sewing room. I managed to finish the majority of my coat. I have lots of hand stitching to do as well as a good pressing on the front facings. To all intents and purposes however once those are done and a buttonhole or two made the coat is done.

Here is a picture of the back.

Here is a picture of the front.

I am not really happy with the collar, but with pressing and pulling out the corners it should look better. I think the interfacing I used was a bit too thick. The picture is a bit blurry as well because the hanger kept twisting on the railing.

Still, all in all not a bad first attempt at a coat. I learned a great deal that will come in handy if I decide to give this another try.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Every once in a while a choice needs to be made...

Today was one such for me. I could stay home and sew, or visit my sister-in-laws mother who fell just outside her apartment on the way to church a couple of weeks ago.

I chose to go and visit and I am glad I did. I got the biggest smile from Gen as I walked in the door of her room. We talked for awhile and then her husband Gordon and my sister-in-law Shari showed up. I visited for a bit longer and noticed that Gen was getting tired with all the visitors so I left and came home. I did promise to check in on her again early this coming week.

I came home and did spend a bit of time in the sewing room. At least all the 1/4" hems are done now. The pinning of the lining to the coat can wait until tomorrow, there is no real rush to get this coat completed, other than in my own mind.

The phone rang and it was my friend asking me to come over for coffee. She sounded strange so of course I said yes. Turned out her doctor's appointment late yesterday afternoon was a bit scary. They found red blood cells in her urine and now she has to go to the hospital every day for a week and leave a urine sample. When she asked why her doctor said "Well, we are checking for cancer." and walked out the door. She is very upset and worried. I just sat and let her talk it all out, held her hand and told her that many times doctors are not sure what the cause of something is and so they check for absolutely everything. Even worst case scenarios. She seemed in better spirits when I left. 

I came home and completed the last 1/4" hem and noticed my sewing room was getting darker and darker. Looking out our front window I noticed the trees bending in the wind and realized the Alberta clipper that was forecast had hit. Now the wind is howling around the house, the trees are continually dancing (I can see a few broken branches on the grass) and the rain has come. Rain at this time of year is not a good thing. Ice rinks for roads will be what we wake up to in the morning.

So glad that I am snug and warm, at home. Going to do some embroidery and think about the choices we make.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Frugal Friday

My five frugal things for this week.

1.   Packed a lunch for my subbing gig this week.

2.   Had 4 no spend days this week.

3.   Walked for exercise every day this week.

4.   Stuck to the menu plan for the week, no changes.

5.   Read a free book downloaded onto my ereader.

and one extra

6.   Using up leftovers very well.

I have spent time in the sewing room and managed to get the lining for my coat finished.

Tomorrow I will spend a bit of time hemming and then sewing the lining and facings into my coat. Hopefully I can finish it by Sunday evening.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Today I subbed as an EA at one of the schools in the division. The same one of the two I always seem to be booked at.

I ache all over, even my ankles are sore!! I don't think I sat down for most of the day.

Overall it was a great day, the morning however did leave something to be desired. The girl I was to be working with came late, did not want to work, hid under a counter when she got in trouble, and just caused as much chaos as she possibly could.

I think I may just be getting too old and running out of patience. At one point I was ready to haul her to the office, kicking and screaming if she so chose. I did manage finally by the afternoon to get her working a bit. I guess she has been causing a problem for the last month or so.

I work in the same school on Monday of next week, but this time it will be as secretary for the day. Should be a bit quieter. At least I hope.

Off to soak in a nice warm tub and perhaps get rid of a few aches and pains.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Thrifty Tuesday

I would love to say this was the thriftiest of all Tuesdays, but it wasn't.

I had to go shopping and buy Harvey his low dose aspirin and his weekly gum dose so decided that perhaps I would shop for groceries, thus saving a trip later in the week.

The shop was mostly dairy and fresh veggies and fruit. Considering how much the cost of everything is rising I kept the bill to just over $100.00 (or just about 45 pounds). I did manage to save almost $11.00 on my bill though and that makes me happy.

I made chili tonight and made enough for another meal later this week, plus a tin foil TV dinner type for Kris. This saves me time on those busy days and gives Kris a chance to save a bit of cash towards a down payment on a house or on a new car down the road a piece. That is if he still has a job. This economic downturn in the oil patch is slowly but surely trickling down to other areas.

My friend (the one who is having so many problems with her knees), works at 7-11 and she says they are extremely quiet. She figures the boss is going to have to start laying off people very soon. She just hopes it isn't her.

I went for my usual morning walk (I will be missing this tomorrow morning as I am subbing) and then a shorter afternoon walk.

I spent time in the sewing room working on the coat lining. I did manage to get a bit done, but man is that lining fabric ever slippery!! Even using the walking foot I had a few problems. Just going slow and steady. Hoping to finish most of it by the weekend.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Menu Monday and Monthly Goals.

While the days are getting longer, they sure are not getting much warmer. We do have days of lovely weather and then boom the temperature drops and snow is forecast. Not complaining though because as far as winters go this one has been pretty darn good so far.


Finishing off the leftover Deviled Tuna Bake along with the bits and pieces in the crisper made into a salad.


The Chili that did not get made last week due to the abundance of leftovers that needed to be used up.


Pea Soup from the freezer along with some egg salad sandwiches.


Leftover chili on pasta.


Pancakes with maple syrup.


The last package of frozen cooked chicken made into a casserole. Serving a salad with this.


Baked ham, scalloped potatoes, peas and carrots. If there is any leftover salad we will use it up here.

Some of these may look a tad familiar, but by George they are going to be completed and not put away to be finished later.

1.   Finish the red coat.

2.   Finish the embroidered quilt up to the name (since I don't know who will be gifted this).

3.   18 No Spend days.

4.   Work on more quilt squares.

5.   Work on rug. (Just a few more rounds should see it done.)