Thursday, 4 December 2014

Some Life & Christmas Decor

December already! The New Year is approaching fast. Where does the time go? It has been a trying time the last couple of months. More pet drama! This time our little pup, she started experiencing pain in her tummy or back end. Blood work showed all normal and she was still eating and going potty on a regular basis. The morphine type meds from the vet didn't work, actually made her more sick then I requested a anti-inflammatory pain killer and got Metacam. Only one dose and she was cured, back to her normal self until 5 days later had a relapse, so another dose and now its been 7 days......knock on wood. I like to write about our pet issues in case there are others out there with the same pet problems who can relate and could learn from what I've learned. The other issues has been dental for myself. These little white teeth can sure cause some PAIN! Couldn't eat for 14 days... all better now and a little weight loss was a bonus.
And finally there was a loss in the family. My husband's 96 year old grandmother, she told it like it is, as she saw it. My kind of woman. RIP
This Christmas season I started decorating early on November 15. I usually wait until the 25th but I couldn't wait to set up our new slim Christmas tree. We have such a small living room and the old tree took up about half the room. 6ft wide on the bottom, it was crazy. So I sold it for what I paid for it and found this full slim tree for cheap. The tree has 400 tips less than our old tree but I did manage to get almost all of the ornaments on this smaller tree.
I do love our tree, filled with things we've grown up with. Ren and Stimpy, Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbell, Batman, The Simpsons, Loony Toons, The Grinch, Rudolph, SpongeBob...etc...
Below is an assortment of Christmas décor I've got in the dining room and kitchen.

 Vintage Elf on the Shelf in a Christmas vase filled with vintage balls from Poland.
 Deers among the little trees. I wish I could find some more of these bottle brush trees.
 Faux deer head from Homesense I got last year.
 Vintage Santa mugs.

Collection of Gingerbread men.
So that concludes Christmas around my house for now.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Organized the Garage

Winter made a sudden appearance a couple of weeks ago but this week the weather is turning around and today I'm back in a pair of shorts. With the early snow and frost I sadly lost my tomato plants early. It was a bad year for them, they bloomed and started to grow tomatoes right away but they never turned red, never ready to eat. I may have been able to harvest 10-15 tomatoes for bruschetta but that's it from 4 tomato plants!

I really want to show you my big project I've been working on, our garage. We built the garage about 6-7 years ago and it has never been really organized. It was my husbands space who was to keep it clean and organized but time after time, the hours he spent in there I saw NO improvement. I really wanted to get my car in there for winter so I kicked him out and organized it myself. Here is the BEFORE...

What you can't see is the 2 inches of sawdust in the centre of the garage and that everything was covered in sawdust from when we did our flooring and baseboards, so that took some time wiping down and brushing off everything.

Here is the beautiful AFTER shot...the only thing I'm not happy with is the bikes. I had them once hanging up but you just end up walking into the handle bars or tires. I've been wondering about a bike tent for outside or a pully thing to hang them in the rafters?

I was so happy with the color I chose for the pegboards. It took me a couple days to figure out what color to paint them so the tools didn't blend into the background and would look great with the other main colors of red, black, and grey. The color is Rustoleum spray can in Lagoon.

The day after I sprayed the pegboards, I got our weekly flyers and waalaa Target was having a container sale and they happen to have the matching turquoise. I bought all the 5 big crates they had and got some clear bins too to help organize the stuff we were keeping.

My husband better keep it this way. :)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Bunch of Apples

Summer is starting to whined down and that means Apple Pies!!! I've had to harvest some apples from my apple tree, the red apples were starting to fall off so we picked 32 apples yesterday, about half of them and today I'm turning them into apple pies. 

I was playing with the pup and thought my little corner is looking pretty so I snapped a picture to share with you. I took the metal bin out and placed my old books there with some little white pitchers. I also removed the mirror for the little painting (not a print) is a scene in Europe, not sure if its a place in France or Italy?...

There hasn't been much going on around here to type about, money is super tight due to a job change, me not working and pets with medical issues. Hopefully things change soon, or I change..... sigh

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Jasper Alberta CANADA

Went on a little getaway, mother and son trip to Jasper this past weekend. It was a much needed getaway after dealing with the needy pets 24/7 and a break for my son. We went before school is out and it was a good idea. The highways were bearable, low traffic and the sites and Jasper were not over runned with tourists yet. 
One goal was to travel down to Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon. To get there you must travel down Maligne Lake Road and we were so fortunate to encounter lots of wildlife as seen below. A black bear, moose, mountain goats and a caribou. Every year I've gone through the mountains sometimes seeing nothing or only seeing a deer but this was just amazing!!!

School is out in a couple of days and I hope we can take a few day trips this summer..... any suggestions?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


Howdy, everyone! Beautiful day here today. I spent a few hours cleaning the inside of my Kia Soul. Love this little car except for the interior. The interior has a lot of hard plastic that scratches super easy and now looks like crap. The other thing is the super super cheap flooring which seems like a cardboard. I've just had to put up with it. :( The exterior is still rocking, silver and 18inch bling rims. I wonder if the newer models have corrected these flaws?

Onto some décor. We have finally begun the flooring on the stairs. Yup, its taken us almost 8 months to get back to it. We got 5 steps done and 7 (I think?) left. Then some trim and paint.

This pass weekend we went to a few garage sales and a big one supporting St. Albert Boy Scouts. Found this little table there for $10 and a tin white jug. Not bad... But looks like I may have to repaint the table. Whoever painted it, didn't prime or sand it and the glossy paint finish is flaking off. Like my flowers?...their fake. :)

Like many other parents yesterday, I ran to the store and picked up the Lego Movie that came with the minifigure, Vitruvius. I wish it had his staff. We watched it last night and afterwards I so felt like building something with Lego.
So there's my happenings for today, what I did, my kooky thoughts, thrifty buys, and Lego love.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Our Cat's Health

After my last post a couple days later, our cat relapsed. Vomited 6 times from 4-5am... then every hour for the rest of the day until there was nothing left, poor guy. Consulting with the vet again, got some meds to get his GI track moving and some graval type meds to stop the puking. Frustrating, he then stopped eating for 5 days. After many types of soft can food opened, he finally liked one Babycat food and he started eating again. He is on the mend again and even has started on a tbsp of hard kitten food a day. The kitten food because it breaks easily, the other hard food seemed to harsh for his system. Its one day at a time. The crappy thing is he needs to eat more often in the day and if you leave the soft food out it dries up.

Here is a pic I took this morning giving me the tongue.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Sick Kitty

It has been a difficult few weeks for our family. The worst day was on my birthday. Our 7 year old, 15.4 pound cat had exploratory surgery due to constant vomiting for 4 days straight. Xrays didn't really show anything but a funny bend in the intestines. He wasn't keeping anything down and started to collapse when he puked. In surgery they only found thick inflamed intestines and a marble size non-cancerous cyst that was 2 inches away from the stomach in his fat which was not related to his vomiting.

It took him 2 weeks to recover. Stitches came out last Thursday which gave me major hibbie jeebies when the incision split open a little... ewww.

Our cat lost 2 pounds through all of this but it has given him a little more bounce in his step. He has become twice the cuddlier now too. We never did find out why he was sick but I think it has something to do with him pigging out and gorging on food without chewing it, causing the irritation in his intestines. We are now breaking his food in half to help keep the irritation down and food down. So far so good.

He still hates the dog and now the vet.... you can see the dog looking over the couch behind him in the photo below.