Wednesday, September 27, 2023

What's Up Wednesday


What we're eating this week...
Sunday - Salmon burgers
Tuesday - Chicken Shawarma
Wednesday and Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Out for Q's Birthday
Saturday - Pizza at Q's Birthday Party

What I'm reminiscing about...
Earlier this month I took a trip to Nova Scotia. I got to visit with family and one of my best friends from when I was growing up.  Lots of memories shared :)

What I'm loving...
We have been having a great September for weather. I like the cooler temperatures in the morning but it's always quite pleasant during the day.

What we've been up to...
Helping Q with his reading, encouraging E to practice his guitar, and getting them both ready for their cross-country race next week.

What I'm dreading...
As part of our renovations, we have decided to replace our old radiators with new ones and get a new boiler.  This means some of the work needs to come down to the basement where we are living to remove piping and make connections to the new rads. I am wondering how that will all work out with us being down there.  Dave is hoping they can get a bunch done while we are away next month.

What I'm working on...
Getting those last minute things done for Q's birthday party this weekend.  We are actually doing a joint party with one of his buddies so the moms are sharing the burden which has been nice.  On my list this week is preparing some fruit and vegetables and pre-ordering the pizza. Favour bags, drinks, and cake was on the other mom's list :)

What I'm excited about...
We have been doing a good job of eating well, not drinking, and not snacking at night.  That said, I am excited to go out on Friday night for Q's birthday and treating ourselves to pizza and beer.

What I'm watching/reading...
Dave and I are watching Dopesick and The Morning Show, and we are watching The Office with E.  Amazing Race starts this week so we will be watching that one as a family. 

My books for September will be shared on Monday. 

What I'm listening to...
No change from last month, '90s-'00s Hip Hop and Chris Stapleton.

What I'm wearing...
A few fall finds I wrote about last week.

What I'm doing this weekend...
Celebrating Q's 7th birthday.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
Thanksgiving, Halloween, E's birthday, and DISNEY!! (and Universal)

What else is new...
I had a fall cold last week and I took a different approach of powering through with revolving doses of Advil Cold and Sinus.  Although I certainly did not feel 100%, my symptoms were pretty contained. Not sure if this is the best way to do things, but I'm on the other side of it now.

Linking up with Shay

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Weekend Recap

 I started out my Friday in a fun way, on the golf course! It was a bit of a networking thing with some people I know in the insurance industry.  We golfed at Lambton Golf Club on their 9 hole course.

One of my best shots was on No. 2.  This was my tee shot on this par 3.

I worked for the rest of the day at home, and then went to pick up Q from school.  He was not eager to leave. 

After supper we finally watched the season finale for Amazing Race Canada. 

On Saturday morning Dave golfed.  E went for a run.  And then Q and I headed to High Park for his last soccer game.  Coach Dave joined us shortly thereafter.  But E stayed at home because he was being picked up for golf before we were set to get home.  

Everyone gets a medal but these boys did win. 

Q got an popsicle and we watched a bit of a t-ball game.

I went to the grocery store when we got home. I posted about what I picked up yesterday.

E was home for just a short time before he had to go out golfing again with Dave for a Night Golf event at their golf club.  Glow in the dark balls, cups, and lots of glow sticks.

Meanwhile Q and I went for a walk for some ice cream, and then we watched Ultimate Beastmaster.

After the boys got home we watched the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, it was great! It was made by the same people that made Mitchells vs. the Machines so it was humour I appreciated.

With the Japanese Grand Prix happening in the middle of the night for us, we got up at 6:30 watch the recording on Sunday morning. 

Dave headed off to the golf club for his Fall Classic tournament, and the boys and I went to church.  We were recognizing Orange Shirt Day on this day.

After church we went to see about getting some new shoes for both boys.  E was successful in finding new sneakers,  but we couldn't find any indoor soccer shoes for Q.  We all had some screen time when we got home, but then Q went to find a friend and we walked to the park to play for a little bit. 

We made supper, cleaned up, and got ready for the week.  

Monday, September 25, 2023

Weekly Groceries

I always love seeing what people are buying at the grocery store so this weekend I took some pictures of what I bought to show you.  I was just at regular old Loblaws, no fancy Trader Joe's for me ;)

I do like to do orders for pick up, but sometimes I have to actually go to the store and shop.  This was a pretty typical grocery week for us.

Starting with bread products - mini muffins for breakfast (typically I would make muffins but we are without an oven at the moment), brioche buns for burgers and smaller ones for the kids' lunches, pitas for shawarma, microwave rice, Oreo minis for the kids' lunches, and Ryvita crackers for me. 

Pantry items - Tide pods, crispy onions for salad toppings, Tostitos for our chili, honey for hot lemon drinks, chick peas and lentils for a salad, chilli peppers and tomatoes for chilli, and Advil

Produce - The kids like cucumbers, pears, and melons for their lunches, Dave likes bananas for his shakes, I like avocado and radishes for breakfast, lemons for lemon water, and the other things are for chilli (green pepper, jalapeƱo, green onions, and garlic)

Dairy/Meat/Freezer - Small milk and cream to fit in our small fridge, waffles, frozen vegetables, ham for sandwiches, ground turkey for chilli, chicken thighs for shawarma, plain yoghurt, tzatziki, and salmon burgers.  I also got eggs but they didn't seem to have made it into the photo!

Friday, September 22, 2023

Friday Favourites


We had a big week of sports related favourites.

E and Dave went for a run on Tuesday morning before school.  E is practicing the 3K he needs to do for cross country.  He got to wear Dave's Apple Watch.

E also got in a round of golf with some friends.

Q started his off season baseball training. He will do a 6 week session for the fall, and then we hope to get him signed up for the winter session too.

Dave was one of the co-captains for his golf club's mens' league, and his team won the league!

I had a celebrity sighting this week - Jillian Harris was at Alobar Downtown when I was there for lunch on Tuesday. She is just as tiny and pretty as you think she will be! I did not talk to her.  She was in town for her new cookbook promotion with her co-author Tori.

On Thursday I gave an update on our renovations, not much progress, but some.

I also talked about my experience with Invisalign.

More sports ahead this weekend.  I'm golfing this morning. Dave has two golf games planned, one with E, and Q has his last soccer game on Saturday.

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Renovation Update

Not too must has changed since August's update.  We have been slightly delayed on a few things as we were waiting on an HVAC assessment.  Since we will now have insulation and will be putting in some air conditioning, we needed to know how many radiators we need and where it would all go.  We have just now gotten that sorted out so work can resume.

Our kitchen, which is not being renovated, has come out from behind its plywood walls.  

Electrical has been roughed in.

Lining up where the pot lights will go

The new fireplace in the front room has been installed.  It is slightly tucked away where the old firebox used to be. 

Our ensuite shower, it will have a shampoo/soap niche.  We will have glass walls but no door.  The less hardware the better.

The plumbing for the new bathroom had to be tied into the basement plumbing.  Dave had to take down the cabinets and counter, and move the washer and dryer so this could be achieved.  In true Dave fashion, it was no big deal and he got it put all back in record time and we were barely inconvenienced. 



The drywall still needs to be patched up, but it will be fixed up when the main project is done and they have to come down to fix the flood damage.

Our skylights have been installed.

Plumbing upstairs in the ensuite.

This is our attic, where the air conditioner will be placed.  We will also have a new hatch to access the attic, it used to be in Q's closet in the most awkward place ever.  

Our wall sconces for our bathroom and bedroom have arrived, along with the bathroom vanities.  We are pleased with them so far.  In what may be a controversial decision, we are not installing a main ceiling light fixture in any of the bedrooms, it will be pot lights all the way.  

Once the HVAC is placed, they can do a bit more framing around it (although we are hoping to keep the bulkheads to a minimum).  Then we need the inspector to come before they can start add the insulation and start closing up the walls with drywall.   Hoping our October update will be a bit more advanced.