Monday, September 18, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Our weather has been pretty amazing lately. It looks like summer has finally found us. What's nice is that it's warm during the day and cool at night. You couldn't ask for better. I hope that this is the start of what will prove to be an amazing autumn season.

We are continuing to be busy around here. Today the most amazing man in the world is going to start laying down new flooring in the downstairs spare bedroom/art room. And I'll be painting quarter rounds to be installed later this week. Things are moving along nicely and we're excited that most of our indoor work is completed. Next spring, outdoor stuff...including lots of gardening! Can't wait. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Shall we get to the funny stuff? Here we go...

Wishing you all a great day ahead!

Friday, September 15, 2017

This Week

It’s been a really busy week for us. We finished painting the bedroom downstairs from top to bottom and it looks beautiful. The most amazing man in the world will install new flooring soon and we’ll be good to go. This will be a spare bedroom but it will also be my photography/art room. Right underneath the window I will add a long folding table that I will use to take images on for my other blog and it’ll also be used for artwork.

Speaking of artwork, I’m drawing every day and having way more fun with it than I ever imagined. I’m starting to get more and more comfortable with each image that I work on, and now I’m colouring all of them in. Here are a few of my latest attempts to get beyond stick figures.

This time of year I think about my kids when they were little and feel my heartstrings being tugged. I love this period of my life, but when I hear the school buses going by in the morning, I miss those days when I was a young mom. Wouldn’t it be fun if we could visit earlier periods of our lives? Go back for a day or two and do all those things all over again? And then zip back to the present? It would certainly ease that nostalgic ache.

And speaking of kids, you know what my younger daughter did this summer? Last month, she and her boyfriend went to Portugal for two weeks and they had the most incredible time! Talk about an amazing experience for these two young people. She shared some photos and it looks like a beautiful place. I’m so glad baby girl did this. It’s something she’ll never forget. Traveling teaches you so much about the world. Have any of you ever been to Portugal? I’d love to go  there (and to a thousand other places) one day.

A few weeks ago I bumped into a display of espresso cups in a store and sent a few crashing to the floor. I was mortified! In all my years I’ve never broken anything in any store and this was a horrifying experience. I offered to pay for whatever had broken but the sales lady wouldn’t accept. She said not to worry about it. I worried about it for the next week. Have you ever accidentally broken anything in a store?

I recently ran across a moving tune that I’m going to share with you. It’s sung by American reggae singer Matisyahu and it’s called “One Day”. It expresses hope for an end to violence, and a new era of peace and understanding. A world where we can all live together in harmony, and celebrate and embrace all the beautiful diversity on this planet. Is that too much to ask for? And why haven’t we gotten there yet? Sometimes this world tires me right down to my very soul. *sigh*

Anyhow, I’ll include the song below for you to listen to when you have time. And I’ll also wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging pals. How are you all doing? I hope life is treating you well. And if it isn't, I hope things get better. We have been very busy around here for quite some time and this week will continue to be the same. Today will include paint and paint brushes with a side order of relaxation squeezed in to recharge our batteries. I've fallen behind on my blog but that's nothing new. Once our house is fully settled, I'll get back to more blogging. What I am finding (or making) time for each day is drawing. Whether it's for an hour or just 15 minutes, I'm putting in time for practicing this new hobby. I find it very relaxing. I'll try to do a 'This Week' post on Friday or Saturday and share some photos of my progress and some thoughts. Until then, here's some funny stuff for you.

Have a good one!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. How are you all doing? How was your weekend? What's new? What's going on? Go ahead and share whatever you'd like. I enjoy hearing from you.

Today is Labour Day, so a lot of people are enjoying an extra day off. But it's too bad it's rainy one. I'm sure a little sunshine would have been welcome. Since just about every place is closed, the most amazing man in the world and I are going to stay home and get some work done around here. What's your day going to be like?

Enough of the blah, blah, blah. Here are a few images to get you laughing.

Have a good one!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

This Week

Happy September, everyone! I can’t believe the fall season is almost here. We’ve been so busy this year with our move and all our house stuff that 2017 has just been zipping right by without us even noticing.

Speaking of house stuff, we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! 75% of our lower level is finished. Washed, stripped of carpeting, painted, new flooring installed. The 25% that still needs work is a small bedroom that we will begin to tackle on Monday. We needed it to store furniture and unopened boxes while we worked on the rest of the area. Now it’s empty and we’re ready to go. Once that’s done, we’ll move our cleaning buckets, painting trays, paint brushes and rollers to the living room at the front of the house; the last space to be renovated. Well, there is a tiny laundry room downstairs that needs to be refreshed but we’ll leave that till we no longer need to use the utility sink in it to wash stuff. No use making it all pretty and then messing it up while we do work around the house. But we’re almost there! *doing the happy dance*

I am continuing to practice and learn about drawing every day. Since last week when I mentioned this new hobby, I finished my first sketchbook and started a new one. I’ve subscribed to a whole bunch of YouTube art channels and each day I choose some artist’s step-by-step lesson and follow along. It’ll take time before I venture off on my own but in the meantime I’m having a blast. Here is one page that I filled up yesterday morning.

And speaking of art, I treated myself to a pack of sharpie markers earlier this week (image below). Look at all the pretty colours! 30 beautiful markers. I can’t believe how ridiculously happy this simple purchase makes me. I still haven’t opened the box. I’m not ready to take apart this magical display.

As I write this, I’ve got my tabby cat sitting on my lap and purring away. Every morning after I feed her, she does this; her way of thanking me for taking caring of her. And she’s polite about it, too. She doesn’t just jump on my lap, she waits to be invited. She stands next to me and stares up with adoring eyes as if I’m some goddess and waits until I look down and say the magic words “come on”. There is a look of joy on her face when I say this and then she jumps on my lap, gets comfortable and snuggles up against me. She’s very sweet. And she has good manners.

It’s been awhile since I shared a music video, so I’ll end this post with one today. This song is called ‘Bloom’ from The Paper Kites, an indie rock-folk band from Melbourne, Australia. Take a moment and listen to it. It’s very beautiful.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. Was the weekend good to you? I sure hope so. Yesterday morning I was out and about running some errands and picking up a few things, the first stop being for pet food. Because the cats rule in this house. It was the most amazing day where the temperature is perfect. Not hot. Not cold. Just perfect. I wish every day could be that nice. Perhaps it's a hint of what type of fall season is coming up. I sure hope so.

And now I'm going to share some funny stuff with you because I've got a very busy day ahead and need to get on with it. Enjoy!

Have a good one!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

This Week

It’s Saturday again. Where did the week go? Has it been a good one for you? Mine has been pretty quiet. I’ve been keeping busy and staying out of trouble. Not that I’m one to get into trouble but at least I’m keeping that trend going.

Speaking of trouble, I’ve been trying to read/watch as little news as possible this week. Everywhere I turn, there is always some bad/crazy/scary/stupid shit going on. Being bombarded by this type of news becomes exhausting after awhile. Sometimes I need to tune out for my sanity and concentrate on more pleasant things.

Here is one pleasant thing I’ve been enjoying this week:

That’s right, drawing. I’ve decided to give it a try and get beyond stick figures. I picked up an inexpensive sketch pad and some inexpensive drawing pencils and I’ve been practicing a little bit every day since Tuesday. I confess that these amateur drawings are not made up. I subscribed to a few YouTube channels that teach you step-by-step how to draw certain things and that’s how these came to be. Baby steps, but still. They are a step in the right direction. Eventually I hope to be drawing using my own imagination.

I’m still eager to work on some paint by number kits but they didn’t have any at our local Michael’s craft store when I dropped in earlier this week, so I’ll either order some online or check other stores in Vaudreuil or Montreal when I next visit those cities.

My email continues to be bombarded by this type of stupidity:

I could be a millionaire if only I’d answer one of these *cough* generous people. *roll eyes all the way to the back of my head*

You know what else makes me roll my eyes all the way to the back of my head? People losing their shit over stupid things. Like this story, for example, where a man cut a horse’s bangs and some people lost their minds over it. And said some really nasty things. Holy horse manure, people. Pull yourselves together. Yes, he shouldn’t have cut them because (most importantly) it’s not his horse but the world is not going to end because of it. The bangs will grow back and I'm sure the horse's self esteem hasn't been affected. UGH, first world problems.

I just finished a big bowl of oatmeal and my belly is happy. It’s one of my favourite things to have for breakfast. Funny thing is I didn’t discover it until I was in my late twenties. It’s not something I ate growing up. Do you like oatmeal?

While you think about that, I’ll wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy new week, blogging pals! How is everyone? Did you have a nice weekend? What did you do? Where did you go? Who did you see? Share whatever you'd like in the comments. I'd love to hear all about it.

Saturday afternoon we drove to the West Island in Montreal to watch the most amazing man in the world's very close friend playing on stage with his two bands at the rib fest. A lot of people go there for the food but since I don't eat much meat, I'm not a fan of ribs or heavy sauces, and I steer clear of pork and fried foods, the smell from all those stalls was really overwhelming. I could feel my stomach doing somersaults at the very thought of eating anything from there. I thought the most amazing man in the world would want to try something from the competitors but he wasn't in the mood for any of it. Luckily we found one vendor that was selling veggie type foods with more wholesome ingredients and we got something light to eat. Hey, we all have our eating preferences. Yesterday was a very quiet, slacking-off kind of day because we need some of those, too.

And right now I'm going to share some funny stuff with you, so the day can start off with a smile. Let's get to it.

Have a great day ahead!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This Week

Have you ever made a decision that you thought was smart and it turned out to be the opposite? When that happens, the most amazing man in the world and I say “We had a bad case of the clevers”. That’s what we were inflicted with recently. We ordered a kitchen table and instead of having it delivered, we thought we’d save on substantial shipping costs and go pick it up. Our first mistake was not getting the measurements of the box. Our second mistake was planning to pick it up on the west island of Montreal because “it would be a fun day trip”. We found out that the box didn’t fit in our SUV. Yeah. To make a long story short, we couldn’t pick it up and they wouldn't deliver to Ontario and it would have cost a fortune to rent a van, so the most amazing man in the world had to sheepishly ask a friend with a trailer for help. We’re still joking about this incident and our “bad case of the clevers”.

Last night we watched a 2008 documentary called “The End Of Poverty?” that left us a little anxious and even a little angry. Because humans can be really shitty. Narrated by Martin Sheen, it explains how global poverty didn’t just happen. That it began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in seizure of land, minerals and forced labour. It goes on to explain that the problem continues today because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies imposed upon poor countries by the wealthy ones. You’ll learn how 20% of the planet’s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than earth can regenerate. If you’ve ever asked yourself why poverty still exists when there is so much wealth in the world, consider watching this film. We watched it for free on YouTube. Here’s the link: The End of Poverty?

Speaking of watching stuff, did my Canadian friends ever watch the TV show ‘The Littlest Hobo”? The series (1963-65, 1979-1985) follows the adventures of an unnamed, extremely intelligent and heroic German Shepherd who wanders from place to place befriending and helping people in need. And when his job is done, he heads off to continue his cross-country drifting and his adventures in ‘saving the day’. I was a huge fan of this iconic Canadian television program and for the longest time I wanted a German Shepherd. Of course that was never going to happen but one can certainly dream. The reason I bring this up is because I ran across the show’s intro recently and decided to watch it for old time’s sake. Well, let me tell you, the theme song, which is quite catchy, has been playing in my head for days. And now I’m going to share it with you. Go ahead, click on it. I dare you.

Incidentally, the song is “Maybe Tomorrow” by Terry Bush and you can find the original and full version here.

Once upon a time I used to enjoy paint-by-number kits and I’m thinking of getting back into it. I figure it’ll be a great way to relax, just like it is with adult colouring books that I have quite an assortment of. I’m not the most gifted person in them but I like to dabble in different types of arts and crafts. They’re not only fun but also a very creative form of meditation. Does anyone do this type of painting? Do you enjoy other forms of arts and crafts? Share your thoughts!

Maybe I should start with an easy one.

Yesterday I finished my 23rd book of the year, which means I surpassed my 2017 reading challenge on Goodreads where I committed to 22 books. I’m 10 books ahead of schedule and I’m curious to see what the count will be at the end of the year. Do you enjoy reading? I’m a shameless bookaholic. Right now I’m enjoying ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’, the fourth novel in the Millennium series. The creator of the first three was Stieg Larsson. Tragically, he died of a heart attack in 2004 and the series is being continued by David Lagercrantz.

That’s it for today. I seem to ramble on in these posts and I hope I haven’t put anyone to sleep.

Have a wonderful weekend!