Winter 2013

Good Morning!  It’s our first snow fall here today…nothing much to speak of really, we’ll see what happens as the day goes by!

This weekend my sister came over for some Christmas fun, we (sort of) decorated my banister, we looked at old pictures, listened to Christmas music and had some Christmas cheer (by the mug full). We also ventured outside and decided to take some pictures.  Enjoy!  (There’s also a picture of me riding on Snoopy’s motorcycle but I couldn’t find it)


I love this picture and I love that Gracie is standing there looking at us!

I love this picture and I love that Gracie is standing there looking at us!

Check out Gracie talking to us about how cold it is outside and how ridiculous that she has to stand out there while we fool around!

Check out Gracie talking to us about how cold it is outside and how ridiculous that she has to stand out there while we fool around!

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My sweet puppy!

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She’d climb me and sit on my head like a hat if I let her.

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My Twin Sister!

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When we were little (like 3 years old), we used to put our hands on each other’s heads for nearly every nice picture my mom tried to take….I’m sure it drove her nuts.

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It’s our 6 year anniversary this month!


Kissy Faces

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Haha, the look on Gracie’s face is hilarious. “I do NOT want to be a part of this…I’m scared!”

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Must hug mom Right Now!

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11 more days and we will be 35!


Birthday Goodness

 This past weekend was filled with birthday goodness.  Nice meals with friends and family, a couple of treats, a couple of drinks, lots of tea and a little home-work thrown in for good measure (don’t want to get spoiled!).  I am so very grateful for everyone and everything in my life; I am blessed beyond measure in my relationship, I have family & friends both near and far who take the time to wish me well at this time of year. 

I give you the birthday weekend of goodness a picture at a time! (in no particular order….because for some reason I can’t sort these pictures)

This was us on Sunday evening, watching Christmas movies all together on the sofa.  Grace forgets she's 70 pounds and climbs right on!  Having a snoring boxer head jammed under your chin does not suck though!

Sunday morning started with me waking up snuggled between Ray and my dog.  Trust me, waking up buried under a heap of blankets and duvets, sandwiched between a sleepy, warm man and a snoring, snuggly dog does not suck!  No pictures of that, obviously, but this was our Sunday evening, after birthday presents had been opened and dinner had been made, eaten and cleaned up, we all piled onto the sofa to watch a holiday movie. 

So beautiful, an early morning snowy walk!

So beautiful, an early morning snowy walk!

 Grace's first snow fall on Saturday morning.  She definitely did not appreciate it!  I loved it though, felt so festive!

 Saturday morning started early, I got up with the plan of taking Grace for an early morning walk before I was off to birthday brunch.  How excited we all were to look outside and find that it would be Grace’s first time seeing snow.  She’s came to us from California so snow is not something she’s ever experienced (neither was rain based on her intense dislike of it!).  We got all bundled up and headed out for the trail.  It was big fluffy flakes and a bit of wind so she thought she was under attack every time the wind blew the flakes into her face.  We headed into the trail where it was less windy, but I’d left the house too early and it was still too dark in the trees for us to be in there alone so we turned around and meandered through our snowy neighborhood instead.  Grace didn’t love it, but I did, it was chilly and festive and snowy!


My honey spoiled the crap out of me for my birthday.  The food processor I've been wanting and a Japanese slicing knife that is so flipping sharp it scares me!

My honey spoiled the crap out of me for my birthday. The food processor I’ve been wanting and a Japanese slicing knife that is so flipping sharp it scares me!

Sunday afternoon I baked cookies while Ray napped for night-shift and then he gave me my birthday present.  I was so excited to see the food processor but I was absolutely floored to get the SHUN knife.  It’s an absolutely beautiful tool, perfectly weighted and insanely sharp.  Insane!  I’ve never had a knife that sharp!  Part of me felt guilty because Ray completely spoiled me this year and, because I’m your typical woman, I immediately assume that I don’t deserve nice or expensive things and I feel badly.  I put a stop to that immediately though, nothing ruins someone’s gracious giving quicker than the receiver telling them that they spent too much.  Ray’s an adult who happens to be in love with me and he went out and selected this gift for me and that is all the reason I need to believe that I deserve it and to enjoy it fully! 

My sweet sister also spoiled me this year with a vintage necklace that I LOVE and plan to wear as often as possible!  It’s even prettier in real life and I love it!    


My mom has been feeling wistful about times gone by so when I saw this Lamb Chop at the store, I knew that Santa had to send it to her!

My mom has been feeling wistful about times gone by so when I saw this Lamb Chop at the store, I knew that Santa had to send it to her!

And finally.  On Saturday after the birthday brunch that my mom and sister and I had, my mom was feeling sad and wistful for days gone by.  Christmas tends to do that to people and this year she got hit a little harder than normal.  My mom moved into a condo, my grandparents sold their huge house and moved into a condo, this is the first year that dinner is at our house and I think that the amount of change going on during an already emotionally charged season was just too much for her.  So, when I saw this on Sunday, I knew that “Santa” had to get it for her.  She LOVED Lamb Chop when we were kids growing up and I thought a bit of nostalgia in the form of a plushie would make her feel a bit better.  “Santa” is planning to write her a little letter about not being sad about the past, not thinking about it as lost time, but as wonderful times that have made us all the people we are today!

This was a wonderful weekend, historically my favourite of the year and this year was no different!  Tomorrow is Official Birthday and we’re not doing anything much.  We’re making my all time favourite dinner; we bought a couple nice rib eye steaks, I’ll bake some yam and make Butter Mushrooms & Onions for the steaks.  And after dinner, instead of cake, we’re going to McDonald’s for Ginger Frost milkshakes….by my request!  Ray’s working nights so I’ll drag my snuggle-buddy into bed and close off #34 early.

Merry Monday!

Winter Schminter!

Happy Monday, it’s snowing here….in a place that does not deal well with snow.  I am from The North, we had snow, packed on roads and plowed up onto medians for 5 months of the year.  Shovelling was a daily (and sometimes mulitple times) chore.  We had block heaters in our cars and actual winter clothing, snow pants and big mittens, toques and earmuffs.  I grew up in a climate that had an Actual Winter and it didn’t bother me.  My sister and I used to walk to and from school (about a km and a half each way) every day.  The only time that we were given a pass on going to school was when the thermometer outside of our dining room window showed -40 or colder.  That happened about once/year.  Any other day we walked.  We put snowpants and winter jackets over our clothes, put on boots and mitts and braved the outdoors.  And now?  I hate the cold and I hate the snow.  When Ray took our dog for a walk last night he didn’t even bother asking me if I wanted to go (granted I was cooking dinner, but still).  I probably wouldn’t hate it as much if I had all the proper winter gear again….but since I’m always cold anyway (sitting here typing, my fingers may just shatter), going out into even colder doesn’t thrill me at all.
Yesterday I made Roasted Acorn & Butternut Soup.  It turned out alright…..because those are fairly sweet squashes though (and even more once you roast them), it’s difficult to season the soup.  We don’t like spicy and if you don’t season it properly it has the potential to become Pie Filling Soup.  I did alright with it and I’m curious to taste it again today once the flavours have melded.  I also made cheesy croutons out of large chunks of baguette, spread with some goat cheese and topped with a little sprinkle of marble and then broiled.  Very delicious!
I’m still on my Low Sodium awareness, I do not want a repeat of last week.  I’m convinced that the problem last week was something of a perfect storm of TOM, eating out and heart issue which caused the over-retention of sodium.  But I’m not taking any chances.  I’m being much more aware of sodium content (which is a good idea anyway) and buying sometimes more expensive but lower sodium products.  I used low sodium organic chicken and veg broth for the soup last night and when I was buying canned salmon for my lunch I found a low sodium one….460mg  per serving for the regular one and 85mg per serving for the low sodium one.  More expensive but that’s a HUGE difference.  The taste is slightly more bland but that’ll change as we get used to this.  
Tonight I’m going to BodyCombat at 4:30pm.  Ray is back on graveyard so he is sleeping now but will hopefully be cooking a small roast and some asparagus and red potatoes by the time I get home from Combat tonight.   We’re eating out once this week, on a Friday night date with our friends.  Given our recent record of eating out, I’ll take once/week as an acceptable reduction! 
I haven’t posted a Love List lately….and while you might not care, I do and I liked framing my day in a grateful manner so I’m going to try to do consistently again.

Love List ~  November 21, 2011
This morning I am grateful for:
my kitten hat
silly kisses at 6:15am
an absence of morning commute mayhem
warm soup for lunch