A balmy day ahead...

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Well, it's balmy if you take into account that the last 2 weeks have been sitting mostly -25c to -35c!! So the mercury going all the way up to 1c with a windchill factor of -5c this afternoon is a nice, nice day!! And that's a good thing because we have to be out & about this morning with lots of walking, so knowing that I probably won't freeze on the spot gives me a sweet sigh of relief!

On my list today...

  • Dr's appt
  • Pet Valu for cat food
  • Giant Tiger for some food items and to check out their selection of thermal curtains
  • Amazon.ca order put through
  • Researching & hopefully finding an office chair to order/purchase. I need a good quality, ergonomic,comfortable chair for my sewing room, but don't want to spend a fortune and I'm hoping for a lighter colour (white/tan) in leather or more likely with my budget, leather-like.
  • Decide if i'm going to apply as a vendor for a very large, very expensive craft show in the spring.

And that's probably about it really! Without our stuff, there's really not much for us to do, so I'll just wait and know that, God willing, in a couple of days the moving truck will be here and I'll be happy as a clam unpacking and getting the house set up finally!!

Well on that note I'm going to cut this short as I need to get it in gear so we're ready to leave on time! Have a fabulous Monday everyone!!

 


Saturday things...

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Weather & Boredom: Happy Saturday! We are currently living in a blizzard of a snow globe world... we have several feet of snow, at least, and we're sitting at a bright & sunny -33c (-27.4F), so to say it's chilly would be a grand understatement. I have *zero* intentions of stepping foot outside this weekend. I have caught a cold and my chest hurts, so staying inside where it's warm & easy to breathe is a good thing!

I'll sit around this weekend doing not much of anything. I'm totally & completely bored but it's far too cold to go anywhere to do anything. I really wish I'd have brought a hand-stitching project or something with me though. I have a couple books to read and that's it. Nothing to work on which I really miss, but such is life.

My awesome sister and brother-in-law stopped by the other night with a huge box of boards games & movie to keep me busy, so that was nice and we've been working our way through those. But I miss being creative more than anything at this point. If it weren't so bitter cold I'd run up to Michaels and find something "creative" to work on until our delayed truck arrives (this Wednesday - I hope!!). However, I feel horrid with this cold and it's too cold so that settles that. Boredom it is!

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Health care once again! We have a Dr's appointment on Monday - how freaking *INCREDIBLE* is it that we have a doctor and 24 hour medical care once again!!! Amazing!! Our Dr took us back in 30 seconds when we asked and I'm so grateful to him! He's such a wonderful Dr so this is a major bonus for us! It's supposed to be a normal winter temperature on Monday so I'll probably do some extra running around as well! The Dr's is near a Giant Tiger store so we'll pop in there to look for some curtains and pick up a few household items. I'm also hoping to get to the Quarter Master shop if possible as well because they carry organic/GF things that I can usually only order online. I'm out of my Namaste Food mixes so I've only been eating protein & veggies lately, which is all fine & dandy, but when I cut carbs my weight drops really quickly, and I'm trying not to lose any weight. When we moved to Cape Breton I dropped 10+ lbs and for those of you that know me personally, you know I can't really afford to lose 10lbs.

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Money, money, money! I've been trying to figure out our new budget but without any sort of income coming in yet, it's just not possible. So I'm trying to keep spending to a minimum and we'll hopefully be able to have some sort of budget in place for February. The heat is set to 20c, but is going off non-stop in this cold, and I'm trying to get used to running stuff only in the evening hours after 7pm. I do miss that about Nova Scotia, no stupid "time of use" crap. I'm paying off the last of our Nova Scotia bills with just one more final cell phone bill waiting for us I believe, but that should pop up in my inbox sooner than later.

I paid our movers which was a hugely gross amount, and that tidy payment made our bank account look mighty sad. We are definitely needing to get our income streams going again but I'm trying not to stress and having faith that we'll make it work as we always have. Hard work is a good thing!

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Meal planning! With sticking to a tight budget comes menu planning, which I'm honestly horrible with and generally slack off after a bit, but I do know it's one of the very best ways to keep our grocery budget in line. With a few of us having food allergies, it will always cost us more to feed our family than it would a family who can eat anything at all, but having a menu plan will definitely help all the same!

I'm thinking about having some "meal themes" for Dh & kids that I can shove different meals into and was hoping my readers could help me with ideas! Keeping in mind that none of us are vegans, nor do we want to eat beans & rice every night. In fact, beans are out as I'm allergic and nobody else likes them.

Here are my "themes" for meals and I'm sure I'm missing many!

  • Soup & sandwiches - self explanatory
  • Breakfast for dinner - BLT's, pancakes/waffles & sausage, quiche, (nobody eats cereal here unless it's the girls for a dry snack)
  • Pasta night - spaghetti & garlic bread, ummm... yah, not very creative here either apparently.
  • Casserole night - I generally don't make casseroles so I'll definitely need suggestions & ideas here!
  • Roasted "meat" night with all the fixin's - Whichever meat is on sale (Chicken, Pork, Beef) with potatoes, veggies, gravy & buns.
  • Pizza night - self explanatory.
  • Mexican night - tacos, ummmm ??

And at that, I can't think of anymore!!

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Can you add any "Meal Themes" or meal suggestions to my list?


Sewing room redo!!

Things are going really well with the redo of my sewing room! Before we started the room was a *VERY* dark plummy-mauve-brown colour.. it's really hard to get a good photo of it, but I took a quick video and posted on my IG account if you want to see the true colour (@cpeicheff).
These photos are in the morning daylight hours *and* with the the lights on. It's such a dark, dreary room. Absolutely depressing.
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I absolutely HAD to get rid of that purple, there is no way in God's green earth I could work long hours in a purple room, and those who really know me, know that. LOL!! It made the room look like it was closing in on you, and the painting job was done horribly. You can see not much effort was put into it at all. I figure if you're going to do something, may as well put your all into it and do it right!!
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And... my new sewing room colour! Bright & fresh! It's called "Misty Isle" by Behr in the Marquee line which is a primer & colour in one. It wasn't cheap, $80.00 for the can, but I definitely feel like I made the right choice! 2 coats of it on my walls and you would NEVER know what likes underneath.... *wink*

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Today we're going to give the doors a fresh coat of white and paint those horrendous baseboards as well. It's not even the natural wood, they painted them that colour to "match" the floor, but they are really orange toned which will not work with my grand plan! I also need to fix some purple splotches on the celing because they didn't bother, so some touch-ups are in order as well. A fresh coat of white today and I'll share photos! I'm soo excited to see it finished!

On that note, I'm off! I shall return, enjoy your day!!

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Do you have any home renovation projects "on the go"?