Photo Dump

Big photo dump! Here’s what we’ve been up to the last couple of week:)

This cat, she’s killing me with her cuteness. She’s so sweet and gentle and has this crazy connection with Jonathan (more on that later). And, when she’s super cozy and sleepy at night she starts to wink. Always. Sigh, I know I will be the crazy cat lady when I’m old.

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This is as much baking as I’ve got to do on my own/with Jonathan (yes I’m counting pancakes as baking because that’s all I’ve got). I thought I’d get to do this more, but apparently quiet afternoons of tea and sunshine and baking are a myth of parental leave.

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We got Jonathan this spinney Ikea chair. He loves it and I think he’s almost done his first novel.

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I started embroidering. It’s terrible – I can’t stop. I’m so serious I bought these I’m-so-serious-about-embroidery scissors to prove it. I’m on my third project and I’ve abandoned all my other sewing and quilting projects which is a problem as there is a pile waiting to go.  And this guy, even though he’s about to turn ELEVEN next week, he still likes to bake a pie (and murder it) with his step mama…well he pretty much can bake on his own own but I pretend he needs my help;)

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Last week I would do errands and then park in the preschool lot 30 minutes early so I could listen to Canada Reads. I’ve listen before, but this year I was hooked. I’m half way done February by Lisa Moore and man alive, it’s good. I also put up these girly fabric circles (thank you Pinterest) on our wall…so far Gord doesn’t seem to mind;)

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It was my birthday last week and Gordy spoiled me. We had 2 nights of respite and even got away to Banff for one night. It was so nice and appreciated. I got spoiled with presents including this air plant, my first. Hope I can keep it alive!

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We’ve been spending time at the zoo (I’m one visit away from bringing my pillow and moving into the botanical gardens…the smell, the humidity…)

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Off for dinner and then some wine and cheese with my love…I think I have a serious cheese problem developing… more on that later too;)

Tea

I decided that instead of sitting at Starbucks a couple times a week while Jonathan is in preschool (it’s far from our house so I have nowhere to go…on the other days I do productive things like grocery shop and visit my work that’s close by) I would join a gym.

So, before I go into Chai withdraw, I decided I would need to learn to make my own. It worked out really well and I’m on my second cup as I write this. All I did was google a couple different recipes and then improvised my own because of the ingredients I had. Other recipes used Cardamom and not all spice or nutmeg; real cinnamon sticks not ground; only milk no cream etc. So it could be possible to have it taste even more delicious depending on the the right combination. But I think I did pretty root-tuting good;)

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Here’s how I did it:

2C water
2 black tea bags (I used decaf red rose orange pekoe)
1/8 and 1/4 tsp of ground ginger
1/4 tsp of all spice
1/8 of nutmeg
1/4 heaping tsp of ground cinnamon
6 cloves - approx.(mine didn't smell super strong so I put a few 
extra in)
1/4 C of sugar (probably could have used slightly less)
2 C of milk
1/2 C of heavy cream

Boil the water and spices and tea bags for 5 minutes. Stir in sugar. Add in milk and cream and bring back to a boil while stirring so as not to burn. Watch out it boils over FAST. Strain over a cup to keep tea bags and cloves out and enjoy! This made about 4 regular sized tea cups worth…mmmm.

And now, I will go buy my membership…oh dear.

The Prairies

A week or so ago we took a wee road trip to Bassano to take some pictures and have some good ol’ small town prairie fun. It  was nice to leave the city on a hot afternoon/evening for a few hours – I don’t think I would want to live in the middle of nowhere, but I sure like visiting. AND I had dinner next to a REAL cowboy in a REAL small town which is just like all my childhood fantasies come true (except, as a child I thought I’d be having dinner with the cowboy and living with the cowboy on my ranch and riding horses all day long…details). Anyway, we had fun and then we photoshoped the heck out of the pictures so there they are:)

 

 

                                                                                                           If you look closely you can see Harry’s on 
                                                                                                                                   the right side (Gord actually knows Harry) 
                                                                                                                                    and that’s where the cowboy was…I’m 
                                                                                                                                   pretty sure that’s his truck out front.

 

 

 Hope you are all having a wonderful week:)

Hammer Time

 It may look a little girly, and perhaps it is in it’s flowers and lightness. But this little thing is the handiest little thing in my kitchen drawer. My mother in law gave it to me a couple of Christmas’s ago and I swear I use it at least once a month.

Oh my, the knobby bit on the curtain rod that makes the end look pretty fell off, don’t worry I’ll get my girly hammer and use the tiny tool. Door knob came loose again on the linen closet? Easy peasy. If you ever see one, I strongly suggest you buy it and stash it in a convenient location so when you need a wee tool you don’t have to go digging in 4 spots that your husband stashes tools, or out to the garage to find a that magic stick of metal in -30. You can thank me later.

It’s the little things.