You take the good, you take the bad...

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A random handsome boy we met on our walk to the yard sale today. A yard sale with used board games for $10 & $12. I dare say they probably didn’t make a killing today... 

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You take them both and there you have the facts of life.... 

I feel this is quite fitting lately. 

We lost a dear friend this week... we just found out about it yesterday so i’ve been a little bit quiet & withdrawn today. We knew this wonderful man for 20 years, so it’s hard to take and feels like a kick in the gut. I’m friends with this wife and his daughter, my heart is absolutely broken for them and I can’t seem to stop the tears from flowing today... 

I feel especially bad for Dh as he was close friends with him and he hadn’t seen him since we moved back to Ontario. There’s a lot of guilt there, and guilt will eat you alive if you let it. It’s not his fault, obviously, but sometimes there’s no getting over it. My mother in law passed away 17 years ago and I *still* feel guilty that I didn’t take the kids to see her in the last 2 weeks of her life because they had colds and I didn’t want her getting “sick” as it was dangerous for her. A lot of good that did... I know better now however, and I know it’s not “my fault”, I realize at the time I did what I thought was best, and that’s all you can really do, isn’t it? 

There’s not going to be a funeral or visitation (it wasn’t his wishes) so i’m not exactly sure what to do to ‘help’ in some tangible way. Any suggestions? 

I managed to get in some sewing today, but I haven’t finished what I had hoped to accomplish today. I just don’t have it in me. So I’m choosing instead to rest & relax tonight and will finish them off tomorrow morning. I’ll write out my “to do” list for the week so it’s fresh & ready for tomorrow. 

On that note i’m going to keep this post short... I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Hug the ones you love! 

 


Five Things Friday!

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Good Morning! It’s a bright & beautiful Friday! I love a good “Five Things Friday” post, so here we go! 

  1. FACEBOOK: I’m currently taking a “Facebook Hiatus” on my personal FB account. I haven’t been on Facebook since last Sunday morning and I have to say, “it’s a good thing!”. I have chatted with friends on messenger and obviously used my business page, but other than that, nada. And so far, i’m not missing it. I think i’m definitely going to be extending my FB break, perhaps to a full month. FB is such a huge time waster for me, on Instagram I quickly scroll, like & comment on a few posts that catch my eye, post what’s needed, then off I go. I don’t do twitter or any other social media platform really, so it’s just FB. Lately I just don’t have the patience to deal with all the BS on FB. When I do go back, i’ve decided that i’m going to drastically cut back my ‘friends’ list to those whom I actually interact with back & forth. 
  2. SWIMMING POOL: I’m hoping to get the rest of the pool set up today! Saltwater filter installed, more water in the pool, so on and so forth! It’s supposed to be a HOT weekend so it will be a good few days to warm up the water! One of the men helping with pool set up is a retired electrician so i’m grateful that he’ll be helping (or more like me helping) to set up the filter! 
  3. SEWING: I need to hustle this weekend! I think i’m going to try to finish up a couple NCW’s and start on a few STB’s (Sew Together Bags). My sewing room is also a disaster so I need to organize and clean it top to bottom before I even start sewing! I also need to finish pkg’ing up a few orders and get them ready to mail today! 
  4. LAUNDRY: Oh my goodness... I am starting to think that I will never, ever, ever be caught up with laundry. *sigh* I always plan on doing laundry later in the evening when it’s not so expensive, but then I don’t want to spend 3 hours in the evening on laundry after i’ve already been doing housework and working all day!! So it ends up mostly piling up until the weekend hits. So guess what i’ll be doing all weekend? Yep, you got it! Laundry, laundry, and more laundry!! 
  5. PATTERN SALE: Our pool is quite expensive: we’ve paid just as much for “pool accessories” and associate expenses and all the costs associated with it are adding up! Ouch!! I’m dreading our next water/hydro bill, so I’ve put all my Craftsy Patterns on sale to help offset the costs associtated with our first pool! The price of each pattern has already been discounted 25% and can be purchased directly through Craftsy! My patterns are beginner friendly and have wonderful reviews! You’re also able to create items on a small scale and sell them! So it’s easy enough to make your $ back! 

Those are my 5 Things for Friday! I’m off to be productive today, enjoy your day!! 

 


Our summer fun...

The kids have forever wanted a swimming pool. This year we decided to let them have one... so now we are in the process of getting it set up for the summer! We had our yard guys level out the ground; where the pool is there must have been a garden before and the soil was good so it was a great spot for the pool. We still have lots of our yard left to enjoy, with the nice addition of a swimming pool! 

We won’t be going anywhere this summer at all... except to whatever London has to offer, which is usually fabulous! Lots of outdoor concerts & festivals which we’ll enjoy together! But other than that, we won’t be going anywhere! 

So we set up the pool with help and have started to fill it up... i’m hoping that the filter system will get set up tomorrow. We’ve decided to go with a saltwater filter system rather than the chlorinated system. Saltwater has numerous benefits which I like: 

 

  • Because they have lower chlorine levels, salt water pools are much gentler on the eyes and skin.
  • Research indicates that salt water systems may be safer than chlorine pools, which force owners to store and handle unsafe chemicals. Likewise, studies suggest that regular exposure to heavily chlorinated swimming pools could pose long-term health risks.
  • Salt water pools also produce softer-feeling water, which many find desirable.
  • Because the salt cells produce enough chlorine as needed, the pools require far less maintenance when compared to traditional chlorinated swimming pools.

 



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Getting there... 

 

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All set up and ready to put in a few inches of water to smooth out the bottom... 

 

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And cleaning out all the leaves & bugs that fell in throughout the afternoon... lol! RIP. 

 


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We had to run to Canadian Tire this afternoon for a few things... salt, outdoor extension cord, etc... Then we grabbed some jumbo pool noodles and Mya grabbed a pair of googles. Hot pink with rhinestones. This kid... hahaha!! 

Also, can we talk bathing suits. Shopping for a bathing suit is horrible... they’re either minuscule and something you’d see on the cover of Sports Illustrated or they’re animal prints with rhinestones and big gold hoops. Neither of which are my style. I am looking for something athletic with shorts and a tankini top preferably. I’m hoping finding one won’t be like finding a needle in a haystack. Oh, I am also not wanting to spend $100 for a bathing suit to wear in my backyard... is that asking too much? I haven’t worn a bathing suit in years, so I really don’t know what to expect. We check Old Navy and WM and found absolutely nothing. Well, Mya found a 2nd bathing suit. So we’re at 2 for Mya and 0 for the rest of us. 

Onwards... I got absolutely nothing done today work-wise. It’s after 11pm and I need to clean the kitchen then think i’m honestly going to sneak down to my sewing room and get some orders pkg’ed to mail bright & early tomorrow and see what else I can accomplish this late at night. I need to plan out the next few days of sewing as well... tomorrow i’ll definitely have to be on my game and hustle!! 

On that note, i’m off! 

 

Do you have any exciting summer plans or trips planned?