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