Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday October 30

Gerry had the afternoon off work today, so we went to run errands, including a flu shot. I have never gotten one, but Gerry had one last year and swore that was the reason he wasn't sick last winter. I was a bit concerned that I may have side effects with it, but so far only had a bit of a sore neck and arm- which was minimal. Plus I got to talk with the health nurse who shed some light on a few other health issues I had that I need to now approach my doctor about.

Made some brownies this morning that I have to share the recipe with everyone.When I come across a good recipe, easy and not too many ingredients, I do like to tell others.This one being Jane Davis's Brownies. Easy, quick and turned out great!

Erika, ( youngest daughter), was working full time casual, with her job ending soon, so she applied for a job within the company and got on full time as an Assistant Account Manager. More responsibilities, but a steady job for her and good benefits.

Yesterday was Gerry's birthday, so treated him to a show in town: David James and Big River - a Tribute To Johnny Cash. I grew up playing my dad's Johnny Cash records, plus with the Walk The Line movie, was always a big fan. The show was great and David James sure sounds like him- be sure to check out the link above and listen to the UTube video. Anyone else a Johnny Cash fan?

Attend To Your Home Comfort Before the Next Polar Vortex

Last winter’s polar vortex not only affected the majority of Canada with subfreezing temperatures, but it also wreaked havoc on utility bills. According to The Farmers’ Almanac and other weather predictors, a polar vortex is expected to rear its ugly head again this winter.

Now is the time to take simple steps to prepare yourself and your home for the cold, unforgiving season ahead. These simple steps will help ensure your home is comfortable and your favorite place to spend winter!

 • Seal up gaps and cracks: 
Air leakage represents 25 to 40 percent of the heat loss from older homes and is a contributor to escalating heating bills. Even your doors and windows can let warm air out. The good news is that you can fix that with a few simple insulating and winterizing do-it-yourself projects. For example, a product called Great Stuff Gaps & Cracks is a window and door sealant made by  Dow Building Solutions. Fill the gaps and cracks around doors and windows, plus small spaces like electrical outlets and plumbing pipes for a cozy energy-efficient home. A full list of cost-reducing ideas is available at

Keep the critters out: 
Give unwanted vermin a cold reception this winter. While sealing your home, think about using a product that has the added bonus of keeping rodents, spiders and bugs out. Also in the Great Stuff line, a pesticide-free sealant called Pestblock will seal up those entry points and save money on energy bills at the same time. 

Schedule an energy audit:
Hire a professional to conduct an audit of your home to help identify areas of energy loss and the projects that could improve its overall efficiency. For a small investment, homeowners can improve the comfort of their homes and reduce their energy bills. 

Change the rotation direction of your ceiling fan:
Today’s fans have a small switch that changes the rotation direction. During the winter months, turn your fan clockwise so that it sends the warmer air collected near the ceiling back down to your main living space to keep you and your family warm and comfy all the way to spring.

Prepare your fireplace: Before you ignite that warm, crackling fireplace, make sure to put a screen at the top of your chimney to keep out rodents and birds. Hire a chimney sweep to remove soot build-up from last winter.

Additional winterization tips, including information on where to purchase products  can be found online at  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Our 3rd Anniversary

It was our 3rd wedding anniversary today- 8 years together though. 
Sent Gerry some flowers at his work- but don't have a picture- 
these are the ones he gave to me. 
He knows how I feel about him spending on flowers- but I can't yell at him too much on our anniversary now can I?


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review: Danze Bathroom Faucet/Taps

Danze helps people feel better about their homes and about themselves in a multitude of ways. But we found out that not only is Danze great for homes but also RV homes.

Our taps ( in above photo) in the bathroom of our RV started leaking. This tap was actually originally a bright gold and we spray painted it when we got the RV. It looked like something out of Las Vegas washroom.Very flashy! But not long after Gerry noticed it was leaking.

Gerry said it needed replacing so we had to look for something. We came across Danze online, where we found many bathroom styles to review, for faucets/taps. But the one that caught our eye was Reef™-Two Handle Centerset Lavatory Faucet, in the brushed nickel. We love the modern design and the color that also goes well with alot of the other gold coloring we had already in the RV.
As you can see the replacement really is stylish.

On the Danze web site, you'll find more than just shopping though. Creating inspiration, they also offer Design Trends, Tips and Tricks, ideas for Remodelling, and Bonus Ideas. There is a wealth of information on their site, along with great bathroom and kitchen fixtures. 

To learn where you can shop for Danze products, click here.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday, October 25

Gerry busy today outdoors and me cleaning and puttering indoors. We hear we're suppose to get snow tonight so he's putting up outdoor Christmas lights. He was also cleaning the inside of his truck,(still trying to sell it), and taking pictures to re post on the local Buy and Sell groups on Facebook. Want to sell his truck, and my car to get one vehicle for when he retires next Fall. So hopefully we can sell .

He did some Fall tree trimming, cleaned the bottom side of my iron, we went grocery shopping and he installed some new bathroom taps in the RV and more, on his "honey do" list.

Jake and I had gone to the shop earlier to find him for a "coffee break" and the wood stove was on in there, so I added some more burning materials to the fire and made it toasty warm in there. Sure is a nice heat when we have little sun now, shorter days and even the indoor heat just isn't the same as heat from the wood stove.

Check out the new bed set we got from Sears- sold some things, and bought a much needed set. Donated the other older set to charity.

Ria,( daughter in Honduras) sent us a few pictures of a monkey she was making friends with that she saw on some of her travels in the area. People were telling her not to touch it because it bites. She said the monkey has been tied up for years she heard. She just wanted to give it some love. I think if I was tied up and the monkey, I would bite too. She runs the petting zoo here in the summer, and has worked in the past at a vet office. She has little fear of animals hurting her. She gives them respect and she gets it back. 

Making home made pizza for supper so must run off and get that started! Time does slip away once I get on here !


Jon and Erika Donate Blood

The 2 hour experience was a good one for both Erika (daughter) and Jon today who gave blood for the first time. They even signed up to go back again.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure I would be brave enough, plus my blood is very low in iron. But kudos to them for the good deed they did.
Has anyone else given blood before? Or needed blood?
To learn more on how you can donate, contact Canadian Blood Services.


A&W Canada Gives Canadians What They Want

A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.  continues to respond to Canadians’ desire for simple, great tasting ingredients, farmed with care. Effective October 20, A&W is the first national quick service restaurant in North America to make the groundbreaking move to serve chicken raised without the use of antibiotics.

This move joins a number of other ingredient changes (including beef, eggs, onions, tomatoes & potatoes) as part of A&W's ongoing commitment to serve fast food made with simple, great tasting ingredients that have been farmed with care as well as with the environment in mind.

At A&W, great burgers come first, so it’s only natural that the entire A&W Burger Family® offers 100% pure beef, raised without the use of hormones or steroids, with no additives, preservatives or fillers. 

Love it- healthy fast food! This is great for people like me as well who have digestion and stomach issues. The healthier food can be made, the better. We don't eat alot of fast food but when we do, A&W is right on the top of the list of where to make a stop. We don't have one in our town, so we enjoy the treat when we do travel. Thank you A&W!

A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. is 100 per cent Canadian owned and is one of the strongest brand names in the Canadian food service industry. A&W is the nation’s second largest hamburger restaurant company with 819 locations coast-to-coast.  A&W Restaurants feature famous trade-marked menu items such as The Burger Family®, Chubby Chicken®, and A&W Root Beer®. For more information, please visit

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday- October 23

                            (View across the street out our front window)

Gloomy, gloomy out side but the weather is still holding up- warmer than normal this time of year..but still no sun and no blue sky. Cannot wait till we are able to get away in the winter, and go south to some blue sky, sun and color! Gerry has decided he will be retiring come this next Fall. It will mean he will lose his benefits but he doesn't want to stay there any longer. It would be wrong to keep working for additional years just to qualify for retirement health benefits. We've talked about this and we'll just buy them. He has some days off left to take before the end of the year and since we're not travelling anywhere, he's just going to be taking some Friday afternoons off. Nice. Makes the week that much shorter for him.

We are both talking about getting the flu shot this year. No charge. Gerry had one done last year and credited it to not having a cold all winter. I told him I guess I could get one done too. It's promoted alot around here. It's good to be healthy. I know I'd love to eat more healthier or have more healthier foods always available, but wow is it only me or is the cost of eating healthy crazy expensive? I use coupons when I can- combine with a sale item, but that doesn't usually help with the cost of meat or fresh produce for that matter. Living up North doesn't help either. We know- we've seen how prices vary when we're travelling south and then once we start coming closer towards home. I will only pay certain prices though for food. If it's above what I think is reasonable in my opinion, I just wont' buy it. Who else feel this way? 

On another note, I've been spending more time entering contests online but not winning like my daughter Erika does! She wins almost daily. But she does win alot on Instagram , Twitter parties, province specific, etc., Betters her odds. She wins alot of gift cards which is a big help for those extras, and things she wins she can't use, she sells which also helps them out. 

Till next time-


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Women

This holiday season, when shopping for your mom, sister, daughter or friend, remember that the most meaningful gifts are the ones that come from heart.

Here are some great gift giving ideas we have rounded up this holiday season:

T-Fal  Fresh Express-

New T-Fal Fresh Express™ is fun to use, safe and easy to clean. It quickly grates, shreds, or slices a variety of fruit, vegetables, cheese and even nuts!
Makes things so much more easier in the kitchen, especially when entertaining and prepping or for when you are looking at food prepping and freezing large amounts of foods.

  • Express slicing and grating in a unique compact design – fresh food fast!
  • 5 cones for a choice of food prep needs
  • Thin slicing – cucumbers, potatoes
  • Thick shredding - beets, cheese
  • Thin shredding – zucchini, onions, bread crumbs
  • Wavy slicing cut – carrots, fruits
  • Grating – parmesan
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Available at: Hudson’s Bay, Canadian Tire, Walmart, Target, London Drugs, Home Outfitters, Sears
  • Suggested retail price: $102.99

***Watch this spot for more gift giving suggestions.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday October 19th

Well, this is one that should have been in our Quick Tips- "don't open your Halloween candy before Halloween!" I bought some candy last week and thought it will be fine as long as we don't open it. Well Gerry decided he wanted some Cheetos and I thought okay, well then- I'm eating some of the chocolate bars then, and we let loose-lol. Should have set my foot down.No willpower. Half the box of the mini bars are gone now, so my punishment is me having to replenish what we ate. Normally the money for treats will come out of the household grocery fund but I'll be taking it out of my own personal stash now.
Guess it's best not to have it in the house till the last possible moment before Halloween, OR do not open those boxes. How many others have opened their Halloween treats that they bought for Halloween? If the weather keeps up like it has been though it may not be too bad outside for the kids. Mild but cloudy.

It's on Gerry's to do list as well  to put up Christmas lights before the snow comes. Too cold on the hands once that happens. 

He's been working under the trailer since yesterday. Putting up all the insulation that had fallen down over the years. He said now that it's all up it may help keep the floors warmer.Also checking all the pipe work. A person tends to forget about these things that are "out of site and out of mind", but certainly something everyone should be thinking about and that is getting our homes ready for Winter.

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