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I am still struggling to get myself into some kind of routine that isn’t staying up way too late and sleeping in. I need to start being productive. I have a list of things to do that I have been ignoring. I keep adding to it and not crossing anything off.

This past Thursday was bright and sunny and all I could focus on was the dirt and dust in my home. Fridays are long work days so I knew Saturday would be the day for chores. Last year, August or September, I bought new doorknobs for all the doors inside my apartment. When the handle on Diva’s door came off in my hand late last year, I changed it and also the one on Princess’s room to keep things even. Especially since it was Princess’s idea to change the door handles. And then I rested…

So yesterday I changed 3 of the six remaining doors. I then dusted like it was my job. It was gross. Then I vacuumed the living room and hallway. We threw out some crap and put some other stuff in a bag for donation. Unfortunately no one is open to take these treasures so I will be adding them to my sister’s pile in my mother’s garage as I do not have any space for junk.

My place looks better but there is still so much more to do. I have yet to tackle my bedroom and it needs assistance. It is overdue. So I am going to try to get up at a reasonable hour this week and work on it bit by bit. I only recently emptied the suitcase I used in November … 😒😳🙄😲

I did my taxes today. I was procrastinating as I knew I owed and since Trudeau gave me that extension I figured I had time… but since my taxes are done with my daughters I didn’t want to delay them too much as they are eligible for all kinds of rebates I am not. They are both getting back money so I’ll be hitting them up for meals out. LOL

Even though I owe a small fortune and am now working way too much for very little, I still feel privileged. Life is still good. We are still healthy. There is lots of food in the fridge and freezers. Ironically I have more money in my accounts and a smaller than normal credit card bill this month. It has got me thinking about how much of my spending was just on crap and unnecessary. I know most of it went in my belly and it was how I socialized. It is bringing to front that I should change my ways. I think our “new normal” will help with that, whenever we are allowed out again.

Hope all is well in your world and you are healthy.

A quick update

Oh gosh time is flying. The past 2 weeks have gone by in a blur. I have gotten into a reasonably good routine of working and exercise. I could do with a bit more socializing but one thing at a time.

Last Sunday, I had intended to write a post, but my cousins’ Grandmother died and her funeral was on Saturday and Sunday was spent hanging out with some of my cousins. We had brunch and wandered the city, going into many unique furniture stores. I need to stay out of these places, as I feel in love with a $2300 couch … O_o

I have been battling a head cold for the past week or more. I need more rest but I just can’t seem to slow down long enough to get well. I tried going to bed earlier most of last week and it seemed to help. Now if I could only lose the cough, life would be ideal.

Last night I went to see Trevor Noah live and he did not disappoint. I took transit downtown which is a change for me. But I figured that would be the better financial decision and it gave me time to read. It was an easy ride down and back.

Today I surprised myself with how productive I was. I cooked, cleaned and did laundry. If it could stay this way all the time … I would be dancing in the streets. I still need to dust but I am slowly going to get to it.

I have been trying my best to declutter. It is a work in progress. I started small with my spice cupboard. I threw out quite a few spices that expired in 2014. My plan moving forward is to reassess my spices every January. This was I can get rid of the ones that are not in use.

My intention is to finally do my kitchen renovations, late summer. To get ready I want to reduce the amount of things I own so there will be less to store, plus I could certainly own less.

My closet is my next target. I turned all my hangers the wrong way last year and I need to go through which ones I can let go and give away the ones I haven’t worn in a year. It helps that I am no longer that size and my style has changed a bit.

Enough talk about cleaning, time to motivate myself to workout.



Small advances

For the first time in at least 5 years I did a morning work out and you know what? It didn’t kill me. And this was with my late bed time and early morning wake up, a total of about 4 hours sleep.

I’m beat but I am glad I knocked it out this morning as I was beyond tired when I got home. Although habit had me putting on my workout clothes when I came home from work. lol

From the weekend’s list of things to do, I managed to empty out both bathroom cabinets, donate 2 bags of stuff and take the 2 boxes of CDs that have been sitting in a corner to the used CD store to sell. They pretty much gave me back 2 boxes as they only took 45 CDs. Which netted me $80! Not bad for crap that was collecting dust in my dining room.

The next thing to figure out if I am going to try to take the rest to another store or just donate them. Any thoughts?

Long weekend!!

We were sent home 3 hours early yesterday. Gotta love that long weekend policy of leaving early the day before a holiday. 😀

I have a full weekend planned of cleaning and tidying up. I know you are jealous. I can feel it.

My Aunt & her friend are coming to visit for 5 days, so I need to get my place in tip top shape. They will be staying in Diva’s room, so I am grateful for the long weekend to tackle that jungle. Even though Diva was away most of August her room is still a hot mess. 🙈

I hope we can get this done over the next 2 days and then relax on Monday.

While I was out I realized that my entire next week might be thrown for a loop and I really need to figure out when I am going to put exercising in my day. Somehow I doubt my Aunt wants to see me sweating and jumping around in my living room. So I should go to the pawn shop today and get another DVD player.

Maybe putting a DVD player in my room will inspire me to get up and work out in the morning.😜


Finally tackled the oven

I am so sore. Partially from working out but mostly from cleaning my oven yesterday. I googled how to clean my oven without harsh chemicals. It led me to spraying my oven with vinegar and water, coating it with baking soda and kosher salt, then spray with vinegar/water again. Walk away for 10 minutes, then scrub away the grime. It worked well on the less stuck on crud but it still required some elbow grease.


It didn’t occur to me to take a before photo as you had some idea of how bad it was when the glass dish shattered. I also soaked my oven racks as directed by Jillee, they came out rather nice.

I didn’t get all the gunk off but it is much better than before. My fingertips have stopped hurting, but now my forearms ache. 😦

Baby it’s cold outside



Holy moly it is cold outside. I took Diva to work and decided to run a couple of errands while I was out. It is bright and sunny and so very deceiving. I just dropped off some things at Value Village, went to the library and to pick up my mail from my mother’s house. OMG, I nearly froze my little tushy off.

I spent some time trying to get my room under control. Bright sunny days tend to inspire me. I pretended to “KonMari” my closet but there are a few lot of items that need to be tried on. Even though I took a full black garbage bag of mostly clothes out, my closet still seems full to me. I will be conducting a second round in the spring, when hopefully I will be in better shape so the fashion show will go off a little better.

I have a filing cabinet in my room which I just realized I haven’t opened in at least 3 years. O_o So there will be some shredding in my future. I am sure there are a few pieces of paper I will need to keep like taxes, warranties etc. I will have to come up with a new way of storing them. Any suggestions are appreciated.

There are some boxes that are behind my door that have been there since I moved in almost 10 years ago. ^^’ They are also on the list to be addressed.

I am toying with the idea of moving my bed around and will revisit that once I get rid of all the extra furniture.

Adventures in fridge cleaning

What is that old saying?  No good deed goes unpunished? LOL  With my empty fridge I really had no excuse as to why I should not clean it.  In my naive and delusional state I thought I could just wipe down the shelves and be done with it.

Ahhh NO.  That was not happening.

Wiping the top of the shelf which to me was where the dirt should have been did not result in a clean shelf.  So I took out the shelves and washed them in my sink.

The top shelf is easy as is it actually 2 shelves that are half the width of the fridge.

With the middle shelf I should have called defeat when, while attempting to wash and rinse the oversized piece of plastic in my teeny tiny sink, I ended up getting water on my floor and foot.

I washed the produce bins next.  Again trying to rinse them off resulted with a soaked countertop and floor.  We will not even bother to mention my socks at this point.

The bottom shelf produced much of the same outcome as the middle shelf.  You would have thought that I would have been prepared and aware but nope not really. 😦

So there I was with wet feet and the additional task of washing the floor.

But at least my fridge was clean. 🙂

Because I like to change things up a bit I did attempt to put the middle shelf at the top of the fridge but for the love of a good sandwich it did not want to go.  I spent 10+ minutes trying before I said forget it.  Well I said other words but this is a family friendly blog. 😉

Clean fridge


By the time I was finished with the washing and putting back of the insides I really just wanted to kick my fridge so I barely looked at the door other than to remove anything that had expired.  I thought I would have more expired condiments than I did.  The black bean sauce had a 2011 expiry date.  O_o

Note to self: Clean out fridge at least once a year.

Expired condiments


As I was putting back all the food I learned that the water filter dispenser that I keep in the fridge had stopped working.  How did I find out you ask?  When the water I had put in the top to filter down to the bottom sloshed out onto the floor.

To say I was not a happy camper is an understatement.  The only good thing was that I had not yet cleaned my floor.

Clean empty fridge


Next time I might opt to just buy a whole new fridge.

This week-end’s plan

I am a little sore.  I let Jillian beat me up again.  Not as much as this time.  It’s a good sore.  If, and it is a big IF, I was a smart girl I would roll on my foam roller and ease out some of the soreness but sometimes I like to suffer. 😉  Makes me feel like I did some work.  Yes I am a little nuts, but you knew that already. 🙂

Anyhoo, this week-end is shaping up to be a bit busy.

On the list is:

  1. Laundry (why does this never go away??)
  2. Clean the bathrooms (will get my kids to do theirs)
  3. Clean my room
  4. Clean the kitchen
  5. Bake bread
  6. Make pine tarts or cheese rolls
  7. Figure out next week’s menu
  8. Read a bit
  9. Crochet a bit
  10. Trip to the library (going to send my kids)
  11. Make death by chocolate
  12. Quick trip to the grocery store

Today I am meeting an old co-worker for all you can eat sushi.  I really need to stop going to these places.  While I am getting better at not gorging myself it is still a very high calorie meal.  But it tastes so good.  It really is my kyptonite.

Since I still have South Street gift certificates I will use one and take my kids out for dinner.

Later tonight one of my girlfriends is having a girls night in.  My task is to bring dessert hence why I am making death by chocolate.  I will also pick up a fruit tray.  Given the all you can eat sushi lunch, I should eat light tonight. 😉