Monday, June 12, 2017

Woohoo!

I am really happy to announce that the books in the green room are gone to their new home!

WOOT!

200 boxes....OMG


All gone!

 A big weight is off my chest!
I feel I can move forward, enjoy life and have fun!

 Speaking of fun....
we went to an amazing church basement sale....
and of course we are not even out of the car that we spot these beauties...
I need to add Charities to our list of vintage addictions....
the wood will be refinished and we will enjoy those in our 2 living rooms.

 This sweet thing I spotted in a container in a flea market in eastern Ontario....
I just saw the color and knew I had to check it out! 
The seller wanted $7 and I offered $5.....
DEAL! 
I kept it close to my heart until we came to the car...
Good thing I always pack bubble wrap and newspaper in the car!

 This past weekend was actually the first weekend in a long time without rain
and really cooler temperatures.....So we went to garden centers for supplies!
I bought a new papyrus plant for the water garden as well some water lettuces and originating plants.
It doesn't look like much now but as they grow it should look good.

One fountain started...one more to go!
this one is the easy one.the size is manageable and not
too heavy...the other one another matter!

The rhododendrons are in full bloom.
My Dad loved them so much.
And he was always pushing me to buy some...
To tell you the truth they scared the bejesus out of me!
But now that I have 15 in the garden...it is okay.
we do our best and that's it!

What more can we do?


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Update

Last week I went to a garage sale one street over and found a couple of treasures....

 Someone on Facebook wrote that it all looked so Canadian!
Really?


 We have been boxing up the green room books....
they should be GONE by the end of the month....


I can almost feel the empty room.
When all the boxes go, I will lie on the floor and make 
dirt angels!
on the shelves now are the 10,000 dads that no one wants either.....

collectors, hoarders beware of the worry and grief you will leave
your kids when you die!

I also worked in the cookbook room and cleaned out 2 shelves. we would've brought them
to the charity shop but it was raining again.....

Have a great night!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

So sorry

So I discovered that I have a set amount of personal web time..meaning that if i spend all my
time checking out everybody's finds on Facebook then I have no energy to share on Blogger....

we are purging slowly but surely....

Purging is really hard under normal circumstances but associated with grief....Ay caramba!

 I spend way too much time on Facebook
on the Pyrex and all vintage group...
so informative and entertaning 

I saw this at Quebec Goodwill (Renaissance)
and believe it or not I won the exact same plate on a sale blitz
at work about 22 years ago....



This is the crystal chandelier in my stepdaughter's apartment.

I just realized that is so overdue for a good clean....rats!

This will be a project for a long weekend!


be well, be safe and keep on thrifting!





Sunday, April 2, 2017

It happens

Everyday I want to post, everyday I get sucked in the Facebook Group Pyrex and All Things Vintage....

God oh God, this is sooooo addictive!

Here in Quebec, winter is still here.....Spring seems to be very shy!

 That's a picture of the yard on Friday night.


Here Meghan is make sure everything is secure outside....
such a sweet soul.


I have started exercising regularly. We have a great opportunity at work to take yoga classes 3 times a week for a really, really good price.
so I have been taking advantage of that. 3 days , 3 teachers 3 different styles...and I love it!

I also found out that I have 8 classes left from a package I paid for in November....Yay!

So last Thursday I took a stretching class and That was wonderful as well. I didn't sweat too much!


I have been big batch cooking too. Last weekend we, yes WE made 120 pork dumplings....
It was super fun and delicious!



Unfortunately the pictures I took yesterday for this post haven't downloaded yet....so I will finish this
tomorrow...I hope!

Finally! a picture of my tamale making session....

It was really hard work, but very delicious!

I froze a bunch!

Today I went driving.....for 2 hours. Still on my learner's permit at 51 !
I feel this is the right time, I am very confident and the driving is quite smooth.

I donated 2 boxes of cookbooks and didn't bring anything back...
That is always a plus....

Still working on my giveaway prizes, 
yes there will be more than one!

Stay safe and keep on thrifting!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

What a difference a couple of inches make....


The kitchen is half the size of the one I had when we lived in the burbs....

so when we moved we just plunked the microwave in the corner that made sense at the moment.

Of course I forgot to take a before picture....



This is where the microwave was before and the utensil pot was on top of it.


 This is the microwave new home.
It gets along great with the jadeite bowl, the vintage timer,
the vintage match holder and the report jadeite S&P
It will look ever better once everything will be painted....
We should start next month by sections.....

Also I wanted to share this picture full of precious cacti.
It is from a little cafe near my job.
I pass by every morning and last week they had all these adorable cacti in the window!

I want them All!

Next day they were gone...

Crazy enough there's no more snow here in Montreal...
Usually we should be suffocating in snow...

we woke up to freezing rain...later it turned to rain

Winter coats are too warm to wear!

I hope spring is around the corner!  

Monday, February 27, 2017

Super good deal

Last week, I spied a pork loin at $1.99 a pound (Canadian).

When I asked the butcher about it, I hadn't realized that it was an entire pork loin.

 As you can see it was quite largest 


I was surprised at the quality for the price.
Meat was really nice, fresh and not too fatty.

So in total I got 5 packages for stir fry  and 16 chops.

Here, for $12.86 it is definitely a GOOD deal!

Woot!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Win Win !

another kitchen post!

I believe I complained a couple of times about my cooktop.....

It is a 1979 Jenn-air. The vent works perfectly and I loooove it!

After the repairman came and told me parts for this model don't exist anymore....I installed the grill.

So I had 2 burners and a grill. when you use the grill the vent turns itself on at the highest setting, it makes a lot of racket and the grill never really gets hot enough....

So I have 2 burners....

sometimes meal planning is really hard because of only 2 burners...

 
 I got the idea to buy a stand alone burner.....
I found out that Canadian Tire sells those....


 So we gathered all our Canadian Tire money,
$18.25 in total
and I bought myself this...
 I only paid $4.35 !

I am so happy, it works really well!

Yeah! Until we find parts for the cook top or save money to get a new one...
Those are expensive!
So I'll take my little extra burner any day!

Stay thrifty!


The rack

It occurred to me that it was about time I shared some pictures of my apartment.

I have a lot of custom quirky details....

Like the rack

 There isn't really a lot of cabinets to put pots
and pans, so Dad had this installed when he was living there.
We lowered it and now this is where the pots,
pans and strainers hang out (get it?)

 In the background you can see my Turquoise and Butterprint Pyrex
and yes that is Pyrex in the cabinet!

At one point the kitchen was yellow...but Dad got sick of it
and had some faux finish done on all the wall and cabinets.....

I am not a big fan! lol

Oh well one thing at a time!

Be well!

Out thrifting....

I haven't been thrifting in a long time...I would like to say forever, but that is just not true

Saturday we decided to go on a road trip...first Lake Placid...changed our minds because of weather and politics....

then we opted for Cornwall, Ontario and then i saw the weather update...not good a foot of snow or more...

so that is when we opted for Valleyfield, Qc.....My Dad lived there as a child, we had a VR there for some years and it is still an area we enjoy...

First off here some things I left....


 I was tempted by the fondue plates...
I have been craving cheese fondue and chinese fondue...

 Nice Corelle teapots plus a Pyrex coffee pot

 I had never seen plastic Cinderella bowls...Unknown maker.

 Those kitties were a hoot but too expensive at $10 each....

 The 4 bowls were $20. A good price but I already have them..




 These are the goodies that came home with me....

A large Fireking Jadeite bowl, a stainless steel tissue box cover,
a vintage S&P set (corn) , a vintage tin and a big beer glass.

The shakers were .50 the pair, the tissue box cover was $5 (great because retail they
sell for $30-$35), the tin and the glass were free....
My biggest find was the bowl!
That dealer had no idea what that was and he let me have it for
$5. Yes $5!!!! WOOT!

I'm keeping the bowl for the time being....

Here's a close up from the tin....

It felt really good to go for a car ride, to thrift, to hang out....
NICE!

Till next time! 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

But once in a while......

I am quite disillusioned  with the human race nowadays...

So much hate, negativity, violence.....aaaaarrrggghhh!

It is everywhere: social media, tv,newspapers, near the water cooler, in the bus, the subway

Sometimes I can't take it anymore! It stresses me out and I am sure I am not the only one!!!

But once in a while...I see something that gives me hope that all is not lost...

That there is still some love and understanding....

 I saw this on a lamp post. It says:
If you're cold take one
the ziplock was full of winter gloves....



 Then the next lamp post was this....

Same thing: If you're cold take one.
In this bag you could find woolen caps (toques)

That made me feel warm allover!
Some people still care.

Thank you!!!

This afternoon on my way home I found this darling Ikea
turquoise cart.

WOW and the beat price EVER! FREE!!!  

It needs a good scrubbing but overall it is in great shape!

WOOHOO!

I had a great day, I laughed and laughed and it felt good!

I hope you laughed today

Saturday, January 28, 2017

1 year

This is the first anniversary of my Dad's passing.

I apologize for the picture, I got a new printer and I can't seem to figure out how to crop out the picture.




This was taken when he was working for Dralion for Cirque du Soleil. He always had a cap on. He is either drawing or taking notes on the performance.

This is how I remember him, always trying to make the design work, always tweaking costumes.

My Dad, my protector. I always felt protected when I was with him.

Sometimes i feel so alone in the big sea of life....and then I remember that Dan and Vero have always had my back and even if I feel sad they are there to support and love me.

Meghan is thriving, and everyday she's more at ease with the other fur babies

I love you Dad

Always XXX

Valerie

Thursday, January 26, 2017

I have a secret

I have a secret, it was in fact a secret goal....

I wanted to reach 1000 posts by the end of 2016....and well that did not happen!

It should happen by early February and there will be a giveaway.

I have no idea what I will give away....



On the way home last week, I saw this frame on the sidewalk....

 It appears to be an Amerindian print.
I found it quite lovely.


 I nearly brought it home but we have a lot frames, more than walls actually


I made some homemade perogies stuffed with cheese, potatoes
and caramelized onions



SOOOOOOOO GOOD! Really time consuming but
definitely worth it





Do you remember last years's post about my Dad and lemons?
He would've been over the moon because they were 3 for a dollar!

My Dad lived for cheap lemons!

See you soon!