Monday, 23 February 2015

My Bucket List

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts with me.  I was away for the weekend so I have yet to catch up with everyone.

Here's my bucket list as promised:

1. Visit Terceira, Portugal - where I was born



2. Live in a house with a covered porch and a real fireplace



3. Go on a Mediterranean cruise



4. Sleep in a thatched cottage in England




5. Enjoy a glass of wine in Provence



6. Swim with dolphins




7. Ride a hot air balloon


 8. See a Broadway play



9.  Be at my granddaughters' university graduations




Most of  the items on my list are pure fantasy, some are closer to reality, and some could actually happen ... you just never know, right?


As always, thank you kindly for stopping by.









Friday, 20 February 2015

What's On Your Bucket List?

What have you always wanted to do but haven't for whatever reason?


Are there any countries or places you would love to visit?  What do you want to experience, feel?  


Are there any special moments you want to witness?  Is there someone you've lost contact with and would love to see again?


Is there a goal you want to achieve in any particular area in your life ... is it social, financial spiritual? 


What I really want to know is ... What's on your bucket list?


I'll share my list with you on the next post.

As always, thank you kindly for stopping by.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Housework ... Tell Me How You Really Feel

Do you leave your housework to one designated day of the week, or do you do a little everyday?


 I'm in the a little everyday camp.


Because I have so much stuff to dust, I would never get it all done in just one day.


I vacuum every other day and clean the tub and toilet two or three times a week.  The kitchen counter, stove top and sink, get a thorough wipe down after supper.


In all honesty, I hate dusting most of all; not that I enjoy any housework, really.  My sisters, I have five, all much older than me (I'm a menopause baby), say they love housework.

Could it be a generational thing?


What about you?  Do you enjoy it?  Does it give you a feeling of accomplishment?  Tell me.


As always, thank you kindly for stopping by.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Today, I ...

Found a frame for this picture of my granddaughter, Emily, who celebrated her first birthday on Valentine's Day.


Do you like it?  I love it because it describes her perfectly in just one word! She looks very serious here, but she was over the moon with the pink, heart-shaped balloon!  You can barely see it ... but I wanted to capture the blue in her eyes, not the balloon so much ...

the frame

Found my sixth mismatched plate ...  the boarder is reading black, but it's blue.


Here's a sneak peek of the set so far ...


Finished the harlequin blanket ... well, I still have to weave in the tails and add a border, but it's all put together!


 And finally, I made a huge pot of vegetable soup for dinner ... and it smells delicious!


Nothing wildly exciting or out of the ordinary, my day... but I enjoyed every single moment of it!

How was your day?

As always, thank you kindly for stopping by.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Hey There, Ben Here!

Hey, I'm Ben, the miniature French poodle.


I'm not really French though, I was born right here in Ontario, Canada.  I found mom & dad when they came to visit me, my brothers and sisters, and my fur mom, on a farm a long, long time ago.
I remember I was playing with my siblings while fur mom napped, and there they were.  I took one look at them and ran right over; mom says I'm nosey.  I guess she's right.

Anyway, I sat my little but down at dad's feet and that was it.  Mom picked me up and looked into my eyes (I could tell right then she was a keeper), I gave her nose a thorough once over with my little pink tongue, and they were mine.  I was home.

Mom says my first night away from my fur family was pretty rough.  Even though I had a huge, comfy bed (my nae-nae) all to myself, in a big crate she bought just for me, I missed the warmth of my fur mom's body and competing with my brothers & sisters for just he right spot next to her.  Mom says I must have been very hungry too, because she could hear the crunching sounds above my low, feeble whimpers.  But when the crunching stopped and the crying continued, she scooped me up in her arms and took me into her warm bed.  And I fell asleep.

If you've been here before, you know how much mom loves me.  I think it's safe to say she's over the moon, head over heels, and hopelessly in love with moi.  There you go, one French word!

She even gave me my own page.  Up there, see?

Mom's been busy working on this funny looking thing for my buddy, Brooklyn.  Her name is Rarity and she's a unicorn.


Now that it's finished, she's back to working on this, which is just fine with me because I get to sleep under it while she works away on it in front of the TV.  She always asks how I can possibly breathe under there, but I manage just fine.


Well, I think mom's up; I smell coffee.

I hope you'll be back to visit us soon!

Love,

Ben





Saturday, 7 February 2015

On Being Frugal

I've noticed a trend towards frugality making its way through Blogland.  It's been given cute names like stopping shopping and ending spending.  These noble souls have decided, probably for the first time in their privileged lives, to do without ... what a concept.


For me, being frugal has been a way of life, and it has served me well.


My mortgage was paid off when I was in my late forties.  We have two cars, both cash purchases, and we are debt free.


We don't take fancy vacations or go out to eat on a whim.  Special occasions are planned and budgeted for.  And as a result, they are appreciated that much more.


I think spending has gotten out of hand; it seems shopping has become a hobby, something to do to pass the time, not out of necessity when the cupboard is bare.

It's easy to say that you want to save money, but living a frugal life requires a conscious awareness of who you are and what you value.  It's a journey, not a 30 day process.

“There is no dignity quite so impressive,
and no independence quite so important,
as living within your means.” 


As always, thank you kindly for stopping by.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Amuse-bouche

 "Served to wet the appetite before a meal and to offer a glimpse into the chef's approach to the art of cuisine."




















Now that you've had your appetizer, click on the My Tiny Bungalow page or the main.  

As always, thank you kindly for stopping by.

Linking to:  The Dedicated House, Mod Vintage Life, Cozy Little House, A Delightsome Life