Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tidying Tuesday - Very productive

At the beginning of the year, I decided to do some tidying shortly after watching the video of
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.  But I did not really use any of her suggestion because my stuff were already organized and just need tidying up.  I started with the kitchen and then our bedroom, the storage room under the stairs and last area was my Sewing/Craft room.  In the kitchen, my pantry needed a bit more work and I ended up buying more baskets to hold some items.  While the storage room downstairs were mostly organized but since we inherited some more Christmas wrappers, bags and decorations, I had to tweak what Jeff had compiled.  When I got to my room, although there was not a lot to reorganize, I decided to get a couple of nice storage box for the sewing items that are complete and ready for sale.  The boxes were from London Drugs and they were very inexpensive.  It was the perfect box.
Under my cutting table I had a box of gift bags, empty boxes, new and used tissue papers.  
Of course, I had to organize it and now it is tidy.  No more items that won't be useful.  There are a few storage bins that needs tidying but I am putting it off until next week since I had to finish some sewing projects that were overdue.  

Fabric Coasters

Reversible Placemats

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Straightening Saturday - It's a new year

During the holidays my daughter suggested I watch this new episode on organizing.  The show was Tidying with Marie Kondo.  So I watched the one episode.  Then I realized it was something that will help people who does not know how to organize their home.  I am sure those of you who knows me and has been to our home, knows that I am Mrs. Organizer.  But I have to say that, although she has good ideas, I have my own way to fold, arrange and rearrange to make everything belong to its own place.  We have been in our home for over 1.5 years and I have re organized my pantry at least 4 times.  Last weekend I decided to more tidying up specifically the items that was given to me by our neighbor.  There were some Christmas decorations, wrappers, bags, etc.  I went through all the three bags in a couple of hours and kept only what is truly usable.  Then I straightened by sewing/craft room to have the items I need regularly be easily accessible.  There were also a box under my cutting table that needed some tidying up.  Once completed, I decided to do some sewing since I was getting excited about this new fabric I got last November.  Anyway, here's what I have accomplished when I get a little excited about a project.  I made a total of nine fabric pouch that can be used as a cosmetic case, pencil pouch, etc bag or whatever you need to get organized when you travel. 

Remote controls caddy for my neighbor.
The completed pouches ready for selling.

Getting fabrics ready for cutting for my pouch marathon.

Minions cosmetic bag set.
My new set for my new purse. The fabric was such a great deal - only 0.92 cents 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Terrible Tuesday - More stupidity

One of my followers sent me a photo of another stupidity regarding the mail system.  So this is a follow up from my post last week.  I thought I was finished with that topic but after my
friend from Ontario sent the photo below, I cannot help by share this because it is definitely related to the previous topic.  Now you have to really zoom in to see what the package says and then see how the package is placed inside the mail box.

I just remembered another story about those mail boxes that are now being used in newer areas where the Postal Carrier do not deliver to each individual homes.  We were so excited to bring our home made mail box that Jeff and I made a few years ago.  We placed it in front of our home and then found out that we actually have to go down the street to one of those community mail box to pick up our mail.  Almost forgot about the story.  Jeff was on his way home when he noticed that all the doors were open at one of the other mail boxes. At first he thought someone had broken in the mail boxes. He stopped and parked his car while another person arrived and was wondering what had happened.  The other person was just picking up his mail.  Jeff being a good Block Watch Member stayed there in the hopes that the Postal carrier would come back to close the doors.  He waited for a while and no sign of him.  Another person checking the mail told Jeff that he just saw the mail truck.  So the 2nd person went driving around to find the truck to tell him to come back.  While this is happening, Jeff is still there keeping an eye on all the mail as well as packages inside the boxes.  After a few minutes the postal carrier in the truck came back to lock up.  He apologized to Jeff but thanked him.  If Jeff had called it in to the police or post office, the postal worker could have lost his job or have been disciplined.  The end.  

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Stringing Sunday - My new guitar feels good

At first I was not really sure if I needed another guitar when I have a 12 strings guitar that Jeff gave me a few years ago.  The problem with 12 strings is that if you don't play it enough, your fingers get really raw and it is very painful.  So my solution was to get a 6 string guitar that I can practice more often and hopefully my fingers with get better with time.  Now this new 6 string that Jeff bought was very inexpensive.  It was a great deal except that it had steel strings which is similar to my 12 string guitar.  Then I started thinking, what if I change from steel to nylon strings.  My very first guitar had nylon strings but unfortunately when I got divorced, I decided it was to much to fight about, so I left it with my X.  I don't even  know if he still has it or maybe he has sold it. LOL.  Anyway, I ask Jeff if he can order some nylon strings on Amazon, and sure enough it arrived just before Christmas.  But during the holidays we were busy and did not have time to make the switch.  After New Year's I asked Jeff if he could try switching the strings.  Of course he had already checked online and watched some video on how to do it.  One evening, he just did it, tuned it and the next day I started practicing.  Boy, does it ever feel good.  I could actually play for about half an hour before my fingers start to feel it.  After a few days, I could go for about an hour.  It's really sad that a long time ago, I use to play more often, knew a lot of the old songs, etc. without depending on the music sheets.  Now with everything available on line, I could look up new songs and learn them.  By the way, the playing is just for me and once in a while I try to sing along with the music.  Just another hobby to do during the long and cold winter nights.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Failure Friday - Stupid or not paying attention

In our mail box today, we found an envelope addressed to someone who use to live in the home now own.  Before I start my ranting above how stupid are, let me state the fact that we have been at this address for exactly 18 months.  Prior to that the house has been empty for almost a year and the previous owner are still receiving mail all through out the 18 months.
What is even a bit annoying is that there are at least three other names that mails are addressed to ours.  First of all, are this people not letting their friends and relatives know that they have moved.  OK, I can understand if they were the previous owners but even that it's way over the amount of time to keep forwarding or writing return to sender.  Last Christmas we received a package for someone who hasn't been in our home for over a year.  This year, the same people sent a Christmas card to the same people.  But the real reason for this post is the mail we got today addressed to some family name.  Again this name has not lived in the house for over 3 years.  The envelope did not have a return address so I cannot even write "Return to Sender".  At the back of the envelope, it's written, "Please note our new address".  I looked at the envelope again and nowhere is the new address written.  So I decided to open it, because it might be inside the card. I know, I should have not opened it, but I thought well, if the new address is written inside, I could write it outside the envelope and return it to them.  But my hubby, says, if they are that stupid, we can't help them. If their friends/relatives do not want to update addresses, etc.  we are not Canada Post and technically we cannot do this anymore.  So I guess you know where that envelope landed.  From now on, if the mail does not have our names, there is now forwarding anymore.  There won't be any "Return to Sender", "Incorrect address", "MOVED over two years ago".  I asked Jeff if using stupid was a bit harsh, he said, some blogs have words you can't even say. LOL
Canada Post offers the following services:

Mail Forwarding for moves
Mail Forwarding for temporary relocation
Mail forwarding package

When you move, you can change your mailing address online and redirect your mail using the Mail Forwarding tool from Canada Post. The process is simple, and the fee is the same as you pay when you go to a postal outlet to fill in a form.Jan 31, 2018

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Toasting Tuesday - Happy New Year

How do you spend new year's eve when you get to our age?  You don't want to attend those big parties because you can't stay up late anymore.  The music are too loud and you can't last more than a couple of dances.  Since we have a pool table in our entertainment room also known as the House of Commons, we have invited a few of our neighbors and decided to have a pool tournament. We will be serving lots of appetizers and of course some treats.  Since most of them live in our area, they will just be walking to and from our home.  It is actually the safest way to celebrate new year's eve.  There might be a couple of people that is out of our neighborhood, but I know she plans to sleep over.  We weren't planning on doing anything and it just happened when people start asking what we are doing for NYE.  I am sure you are probably wondering what type of appetizers we will be having and of course
the sweet treats for later.  I will provide the list at the end of this paragraph.  But before I do that, I would like send all the best for 2019.  May you have a healthy, wealthy, and a happy new year.  It will be the year of the PIG and according to the Chinese astrology, According to Chinese astrology , 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest! 2019 is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life.
  • Mini quiches
  • Pigs in a blanket (fitting for ringing in the new year
  • Lasagna
  • Garlic bread
  • Cucumber with blackened shrimp
  • Salad
  • Dry Ribs
  • Asian noodles
  • Pecan tarts
  • Pineapple coconut bars
  • Baileys and coffee ice cream
  • Deep fried oreos with raspberries