Sunday, January 8, 2017

New Year!

Happy New Year to all my readers!

2016 was a very important year for me. It was hard, sad, good, teary,happy and then some!

I am finishing a week's vacation where I mostly slept, cleaned,cooked  and slept some more.

I feel so stoked, so energized. It is a wonderful feeling! The sky's the limit!

This year I made achievable resolutions....

NO MORE credit card debt and less procrastination at work.

I added a new one today....Taking better care of myself; drinking more water, eating less sugar, moisturizing more....moving more....

Those I should be able to achieve not like losing 75 pounds in 3 months and becoming an Olympic athlete.

I am also grocery shopping from my freezers. So far with frozen turkey breast I made turkey tacos and there was enough left over to make turkey ramen with edamame (from the freezer too), lasagna with ground beef , Italian sausage and Portuguese bacon all from the freezer, last but not least was a big freezer container of traditional french Canadian meatball stew (ragout de boulettes) served with boiled potatoes and parsley for supper tonight...with left overs for lunch tomorrow!

I say it is a win-win!

Since the beginning of the year we brought 10 boxes of books and stuff to various thrifts.

 Of course I didn't donate any of my beloved Xmas Pyrex!
Way too precious!

And tonight I am watching the Golden Globes...

And I am wondering what the hell Nicole Kidman was thinking when she
embarked on her plastic surgery journey. She was so beautiful, so natural....
and tonight I only saw the plastic doll face....So sad

And Felicity Hoffman! She is a character actress, playing real women and tonight she
looked like an orange Barbie.

I am thinking there was a BOGO on Botox! A lot of foreheads look ironed!

Just what is wrong with wrinkles, expression lines, and creases ?

On this note...I will sign off and go moisturize!

Sleep tight!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Last working Day of 2016

Praise the LORD, SWEET JESUS alleluia !!!

All I did today at work was write letters....Sorry you can't surrender your policy right now....Sorry you can't have a loan, you have reportable gain....etc....

I wished it would've been a super slow day....but they were still plenty of cases to take care of before year end.

and I found myself thinking about what I told my doctor yesterday

When Dad died, I inherited a crown of some sort and every now and then , I will need to go out with my crown and mingle.

I know human nature and I am positive people will say these things...

oh that's his daughter? I thought she would be slimmer! She's fat,she's chunky....

Who's her mother again? She looks like her father, how come she didn't go in the trade...

Her Dad had money, how come she's dressed that way?

To this I answer:

I am who I am. I am middled aged, proudly tacky and I don't care if you think I am not up to your
artsy standards.

I am artsy,vintage, tacky, fun, crafty, thirfty, genuine,loving and one hell of a good cook and I don't have anything to prove to you!

So talk to the hand!
I'm all that and a bag of chips, in fact I'm the whole party mix!!!

Here I am visiting the new company building...

I sure hope I will move there in 2017!!!


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Life goes on

The ballet evening was a great success! We had a lot of fun.

 However the representation honoring my father was not on the 27 but the 28....

A bureaucratic mixup! Oh well...

Yesterday was the 11th month anniversary of my Dad's passing ....Of course I was sad and nostalgic but it is expected.

Dad's cat; Meaghan is slowly but surely getting used to life with us and the other cats....

She's quite the princess and talks a lot!

I am positive that in 2017 she will cuddle more and maybe even sleep
in the bed with us.....
Fingers crossed!

Even if 2016 has been traumatic and strange I can't say that I'm waiting eagerly for it 
to be over.

Time is just passing, it is the circle of life....
Happy, sad, birth, death...

And in between laughter, tears,joy, thrifts, pets, food and friends!

Sleep tight! 

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Nutcracker blues

Back in 1987, for the 30th anniversary of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, my Dad designed

the Nutcracker's costumes. Every year since then, in October, the costumes were pulled out of storage, refurbished and repaired for the new dancers.

Dad would attend all the fittings to make sure everything was up to his standards.

Here is a clip:

I saw this wonderful Holiday ballet, a lot of times....

But with Dad's passing I was sad at the thought of not seeing it EVER again.

To my great surprise, I was contacted by my Dad's agent earlier this month and it seems that as part of his contract I am entitled to tickets....and they are planning a special evening to honor his work....

So we are going to the ballet !

I'll tell you all about it!

Boxing Day

will I go shopping on Boxing Day?

NO a big N-O NO. I don't like crowds and I don't need anything! How nice is that!

I have enough food in the fridge and freezer for a couple of days....

Besides I'm just interested in getting reduced wrapping paper.

The good stuff is expensive! I like the hallmark one with the lines on the back for easier cutting.

I was able to drag my butt out for an hour long walk....

I was thankful I chose my warmest coat because it windy and cold- Minus 11 celsius or 12.2 Fahrenheit.

After my walk.....I just vegged out , like this!

I did't buy wrapping paper....I bought lemons and veggies.

We had a lot of freezing rain....the sidewalks are skating rinks!

The sofa beckons again....Have a great evening!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Xmas!

First of all, I want to wish the merriest and brightest Xmas ever to you and all your loved ones.


Like baking gingerbread....and wrapping presents..... 

 Under the watchful eye of the blowmolds....

And I was able to put the finishing touches on my 'buffet'.

I also took the time to reflect on 2016.
This was an extremely difficult year.

As many of you know my father passed in last January.
There was a lot of sorrow, tears and uncertainty.
But there was a lot of joy and laughter as well....
 I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I am very 
resilient, I might stumble but I will get back up stronger than ever.

What's planned for today?
longing in our pjs, watching tv and eating leftovers.....

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Slowly but Surely

In some ways Xmas is like a marathon.....

and it certainly feels that way this year!

Tree? check

Xmas candies? check

Xmas cards? check

Caramel corn? check

Meat pie? check

Meatball stew? check

Shopping? DONE!!!!

 2 large meat pies in flamingo utility Pyrex pie dish.
what is really cray-cray is that I didn't buy any aluminum 
pie plates...REALLY???

So that is when creativity helps you!
Meat pie turnovers!

A bit blurry, but really delicious and really easier than a regular
meat pies!

Even if I am a bit behind...I'm feeling great!

Right now I am watching SNL Christmas Special!