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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Selection Saturday - NHL and NFL

This is how you know that winter is here to stay.  You start making up lists of your sports teams.  It's like our own hockey and football pool.  Only difference is that it's just for me and Jeff.  That's right we have finally decided to pick our teams to make it more exciting when we are watching these games.  There is no prize, no initial fees or weekly pot.  Just a simple game of your team vs my team.
We picked our teams for the regular season and then look them over once the playoffs begins.  OK you must think, we have way too much time in our hands.  Maybe a little, we are both retired.  But truly I do this stuff while watching the game so I actually don't waste my other time doing my hobbies.  You must be wondering which teams we have and did I make the right choice.  Who knows, it was all pure luck, except for some teams who are my favorites already. Good luck to both. LOL

NHL:  MY PICKS:  Lightning, Senators, Canadiens, Sabres, Devils, Penguins, Capitals, Flyers, Blues, Jets,  Avalanche, Kings, Flames, Ducks, Oilers.

JEFF's PICKS: Leafs, REd Wings, Bruins, Panthers, Blue Jackets, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Hurricanes, Predators, Starts, Blackhawks, Golden Knights, Canucks, Sharks, Coyotes.

NFL: MY PICKS: Cowboys, Giants, Rams, Cardinals, Vikings, Packers, Saints, Falcons, PATRIOTS, Jets, Chiefs, Chargers, Steelers, Browns, Titans, Colts.

JEFF's PICKS: Eagles, Redskins, Seahawks, 49ers, Lions, Bears, Panthers, Buccaneers, Bills, Dolphins, Raiders, Broncos, Ravens, Bengals, Jaguars, Texans.

           
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Fortunate Friday - Very lucky to have my SIL

It has been a long time since I had featured someone very important in my life.  Today is my favorite SIL's (son in law) birthday. Oh I forgot to mention, I only have one SIL.  I am using Fortunate even though it's not monetary but it's like I won the lottery when my daughter married Mike.  In 2010 when I retired I was not really sure how to explain how I felt about leaving my one and only daughter.  Even though she's a grown responsible woman and very independent, deep down she is still my kid. The only thing that made it easier to leave was that she was in good hands, actually change that, she's in excellent care of my SIL. I knew in my heart that he will always be there for her.  He also has an amazing family and they just embraced my daughter as one of theirs.  I could go on and on but today I just want to thank him and wish him an awesome happy birthday.  Maybe he might stumble upon my blog today so he will know how much appreciate him as my son in law. 








Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tempting Tuesday - Dress making

Have you heard of The Great British Sewing Bee show?  Last Tuesday while searching for something to watch while other shows are being recorded, I stumble upon this show.  We started watching it, mainly me because Jeff was on his laptop reading or watching You Tube of something about RV's.  Anyway, I got really excited and some memories of stuff that I use to do back then.  In my teen's I remember learning how to sew from a couple of aunts (each side of the family).  If anyone can recall Bell bottom pants, bright colored dress with geometric shapes, and micro mini skirts.  Anyway, I did some sewing then, making my own patterns for pants, etc.  So when I saw this show, I wondered if I can remember show to make my own patterns for whatever it is that I can make.  For the next few days I will attempt to either make pajama, a skirt or maybe even a dress.  Although I know I cannot wear them until summer time, it will be a challenge. I could pretend I am part of that sewing bee.  But for now, I will still to simple sewing stuff. It's really time to get busy just in case my neighbor and I decide to do a girl's night of early Christmas shopping - home made gifts for special family/friend. So far I have potato bags, fabric wallets, credit card holders, cell phone charger holder, cleaner pad, pin cushions and maybe some kitchen towel with special embroideries, not to forget some baby bibs, binkie holders, burp pads.  I might need to take inventory so I can figure out how many more to make, just in case.  Two weeks is probably all I have to add more items of everything.  For now the dress or pajama making will be put on hold.  By the way, I also had an idea and made patterns for my home winter slippers.  Here are all my samples of the above items for the maybe sale. I better get going as my neighbor just informed me the sale will be the first week in December. 

Cell phone charger holder

Baby's first set

Microwave potato/corn bag


What a girl wants - set for your BFF

Shopping bag - just when you need one

Crochet hooks holder






Sunday, November 12, 2017

Solitaire Sunday - Staying indoor

Being busy and being productive is a result of staying at home when the snow is coming down and the roads are not clear and visibility is a bit low.  Honestly I don't really mind since I could finish all the several projects that were put on hold due to the move.  Aside from old projects, I ended up with some new ideas as well as different order from family and friends.  . It's like solitary confinement in a good way.  I enjoy what I do for hours and hours and sometime it's hard to realize how much time flies by.  Instead of writing more words, why don't I just share what I have completed.  The two bottles are for my friend Dorothy while the two mini African frames are for my sister.




My sister said that these two will match perfectly to her living room decor.

Final item for the day, just needed a quick case for my paint brushes.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Family Friday - Country artists so together

After watching the 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards night, I can now declare my loyalty to the country music and their artists.  I just love that part when each artist accept their awards and the talk about family - like all of them - as one big family who resides in Nashville, TN.  A couple of years ago, Jeff and I plus my MIL had to go to Tennessee for a family emergency.  We had a day free to spend the day in Nashville.  We walked the downtown area, check out the stores, restaurants, bars and the whole experience was nothing but amazing.  Everyone was so friendly and happy.  There's live music every pub and restaurants that we passed by.  We weren't planning on buying some footwear, but we stop by one store and they had a deal -  buy one pair of boots and get two free. We did it, one for Jeff, mine was free and also for my MIL. I guess that could the beginning of being part of the country family.  Actually maybe even before when we visited my BFF Susan in Texas.  I did buy my first cowboy boots and still loves wearing them, except not during winter.  So back to country family.  Here are some of my favorite artists and a list of favorite songs old and new.
  • Carrie Underwood - Before he cheats
  • Sam Hunt - Body like a back road
  • Martina McBride - In my daughter's eyes
  • Rascal Flatts - Prayin' for daylight
  • Lady Antebellum - Need you now
  • Kenny Chesney - You had me from hello
  • Kacey Musgraves - Christmas makes me cry
  • Lone Star - Walking in Memphis
  • George Strait - I cross my heart
  • Alan Jackson - Remember when
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Winter Wednesday - It's beginning to look like Christmas

White fluffy snow reminds you of Winter Wonderland, right.  But not at the beginning of November. It's too early.  Everyone said that they don't get snow until about a week before Christmas.  Well, they are all wrong.  It arrived on the morning of November 2. You might ask, were we prepared?  Of course we were.  We put on our warm pants, -32C boots, Hudson's Bay Canadian mittens, toque aka beanie, bola and ear muffs, turtleneck, fleece jacket, winter jacket, OK you get the picture.  We had to get out that day as we had a couple of appointments to get too.  So first Jeff shoveled the driveway so we can leave.  When we came back he shoveled again. Then before he took me to my volunteer training and then after we got back.  The next day more snow arrived.  Not really sure who ordered them because we definitely did not.  So Welcome to Canada is what it said.  Today more of that white stuff arrived and I can't decline the delivery. I know it's free but it's just way too early for such.  Honestly, I think Jeff is taking this really well.  It's me that has become a WUSS or woose, doesn't matter how you spell it, that's me at my age.  I don't like cold, slipper stuff anymore. OK I made my declaration, winter is not my favorite season.  But we now live here, so there.  Actually I don't mind being stuck at home since we don't have to go outside. I keep myself truly busy with my crafts, sewing, blogging, baking, music and of course tennis and golf on TV.  Yes, I found my winter sports and it's not outdoors.  There's a sports center that offers Squash and Racquetball, with a small gym and a nice bar (a little too noisy for us).





Monday, November 6, 2017

Monetary Monday - Early Christmas gift ideas

Just in case you have not counted, there are only 48 days before Christmas. Are you ready?  Have you made your naughty and nice list?  Are you one of those that just buy gift card because you don't know what to get that special person?  Today I am trying for the very first time to see if I can monetized my blog by convincing my readers or followers to check out my blog for special gifts for that some one.  Every week I will feature some items you can choose from and order.  At this time unfortunately I am not sure how the billing and shipment will be covered.  With the help of Jeff, hopefully I can have it all set up in a week.
You are probably wondering why I am doing this.  It seems like everyone is telling me that it is a great idea to sell the items online.  The problem is I don't think I have enough audience to do it.  Maybe if you can tell a friend or family to check out my blog, then somehow my audience will eventually grow.  As this is just a trial, I would like to offer a prize for the first one to comment on the featured item.  

Potato bag aka corn bag.  Instructions included inside the bag.








Saturday, November 4, 2017

Snowy Saturday - That white stuff

Really! November 3 that white fluffy stuff arrived and stayed.  Welcome to our first winter in the beautiful British Columbia.   It has been seven years since I last live in Ontario where we have winters.  Yes, I admit, that I have lived in much more colder areas like Yellowknife and Whitehorse where you will have to put up with seven or eight months of winter.  But I guess your body adjust to whatever climate you are experiencing.  So now it is time to toughen it out again.  Back to layering clothes, warm socks, hat aka toque or for Jeff it's called a beannie or maybe even wearing a bola.  Not to forget warm gloves or mittens and scarfs.  It is definitely much more time needed to get out of the house.  You maybe wondering, how much snow came down - a lot.  The first day Jeff shoveled 4 times and the next day, he only did one time in the morning after we got up.  I helped him with the little tiny blue shovel he bought for me. Truly, I needed a much bigger shovel to make a different.  Anyway hopefully none of my followers or readers experience what we went through for our first day of winter.

The first morning of winter for us.

Our back yard, still early in the morning.

Reminded me of the part of Santa's coat.

On the road looking over the mountain.

Jeff shoveling the third time that day.

Almost sunset and the roads have been cleared.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Frayed Friday - OMG what happened

A few days ago, I had purchased some fat quarter fabrics that are 100% cotton.  I decided to wash and dry them prior to cutting.  At first I was going to put them inside my delicate wash bag but then I forgot.  When I ask Jeff to check it out for me and place them in the dryer, he came up with all the fabrics in a bundle.  He was so good and started unraveling each and everyone of the pieces and tried to cut all the frayed one, trimming the threads. Finally all the threads were gone and he place it back in the dryer.  Nothing happened inside the dryer.  All I needed to do was iron them and they were ready for cutting.  I have completed 10 potato bags and have 6 more to sew.  My friend Jean will have the first choice as she had ordered 6 bags.  The rest I will keep handy just in case some of my neighbors wanted to get them for the last minutes gift giving for Christmas.  By the way, if you remember what happened to our Minion nativity, Jeff finally put them back together and it will be ready for the holidays, just need a small star.  Today I had to ask Jeff to make me another loaf of the cranberry raisin bread. It is so nice to have an in house baker.  We haven't bought bread for at least a couple of months.  Have a great weekend.



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Territorial Tuesday - Birds in the park

While my sister was visiting us, we decided to check out one of the park in our area.  It was a nice crisp morning and there were not that many people around.  Before we got too far, I noticed a small stage and I instructed my sister to follow me.  We asked Jeff to take a video of us.  What my sister did not know was that we will be doing some type of dancing.  I took my phone and found a song that we would dance to.  Jeff was holding his camera for the video and my phone for the music.  Luckily we finished the video before a couple who was walking in the park was heading in our direction.  Unfortunately, I cannot show you the video, but we had a good laugh watching it later.  As we continued our walk in the park, we noticed a lot of pigeons.  Apparently there was a a group of people feeding the birds.  As we get closer they started flying towards me, and of course I started to scream because it reminds me of the movie "The Birds".  I started walking towards another area of the park and took some photos of the ducks who were so calm and almost posing for the photographer.





The people who were feeding the birds.

My sister and I always try to get a photo like this when we are together.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Frigoriffic Friday - It's getting really cold

If you can see some snow on top of the mountain, it means that it's getting cold, right.  For me, I don't need to see that white stuff.  I just know when I go outside and feel the cold wind and the chill in my bones.  Yes, that means winter is around the corner.  Although we are still experience some warm days, the evenings are getting cooler.  I am truly hoping that I can still golf until the end of the month.  When the sun is out and the sky is blue, I get so excited and then I check the temperature, ooops, it's cold, sometimes really cold.  What will I do indoors?  So far I have about six potato bag order from my friend.  Then I will need to do a couple of bottles, painting the base coat and then designing using acrylic paint.  There's also some other sewing project that I need to finish for my collection.  I was planning of having a small Christmas boutique for the ladies of our neighborhood.  In order to have gift items for the holidays, I truly need to get busy sewing items for the sale.  But here's what I have done lately as well as some stuff my sister and I did while she was visiting.

Placemat, bib, binkie holder and a bowtie for a baby shower.

The bed scarf that my sister made while she was visiting.

Beer batter bread that Jeff baked this week.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Memories Monday - My sister is back

It has been a while since I saw my sister who lives in Edmonton.  Luckily she decided to check out where we are and stayed with us for ten days.  Since she has been in the Okanagan many years ago, we really didn't have to do a lot of tourist spot.  We spent most of our time at home doing crafts, baking, cooking and  just catching up.  When I said a while, I guess we have not seen each other for a couple of years.  It seems that we were so busy with our lives or just enjoying life.  Of course her visit would not be complete without a bit of shopping for great deals.  She did mention to her coworker that she probably won't do any shopping since Edmonton is a much bigger city so much wider variety of stores.  You are probably wondering what we actually did so I made sure I took photos of the different items we did.  Almost forgot, she cooked a couple of filipino dishes that I can't make for our dinner after she leaves. 

My sister made a nice Roast beef dinner with all the trimmings.

I sewed this scarf for my sister.

This is her new cell phone charger holder for her room.

She crocheted five dish cloth for our kitchen.

I painted an empty Bailey's bottle with an african design for her living room.

She showed me how to bake a yummy butter cookies for Christmas.

I made this tote/shopping bag from the leftover material.
Finally, we woke up to the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, I thought I was dreaming.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Memories Monday - Celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving

As the saying goes, "it's better late than never".  We have been busy for the past week entertaining our very first guest to our CPBB.  Our friends J and G from Discovery Bay arrived a week ago and left this morning, which is Wednesday.  So it's not so bad, I am only two days late.  We took them for some beautiful scenic drive from Vernon to Penticton.  During their stay we ate our breakfast and dinners at home but had lunch out since we seem to be out around noon.  We tried several restaurants like the Turtle Bay Pub in Lake Country, the Match pub and grill at the Penticton Casino.  For their last night, they took us to dinner at the Alexander's pub in Coldstream.  The other fast food we tried are Fatburger in Kelowna, Station BBQ and Wings tap and grill in Vernon.  For our first Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner, Jeff was in charge.  He did everything except for the cranberry sauce which I made and Jean made the baked cauliflowers.  We couldn't decide what to have for dessert so we ended up with a store bought apple pie which was not too bad.  Of course I remembered to take some photos so I could share them with you all.  Hopefully everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving with their families or friends or maybe decided to do something different.  This day would not be complete without giving thanks, for having great friends and caring family and for having a good life with very little stress.








Sunday, October 8, 2017

Scrumptious Sunday - More yummy treats

Before I share all the recent yummy items that Jeff and I have been making, I wanted to tell you about our first food truck that we stumble upon while shopping in Kelowna.  It's a yellow truck parked along Highway 97 and it's called YLW which is also the code for their airport.  It's a taco/burrito truck.  Since we have a lot of those type of trucks where we came from, we thought of giving it a try.  We were surprised that it was actually a very good food truck that serves great mexican food.  The menu was not extensive but enough for a quick bite for lunch.  Jeff tried the chicken taco and I tried the pork belly.  What was so great about their taco is that it's home made and it does not break while you are eating the tacos.  All the items in the tacos were fresh and crunch and very flavorful.  The cost was not as cheap as compared to the ones we have in San Jose, but it's still reasonable.  Jeff and I got busy making treats this past week preparing for our first visitors.  He made his mom's double chocolate chip cookies and I made some Beef Empanadas.  Of course he also made another bread for our guest to try for breakfast.