Weekend Share – January 28, 2018

“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.”
John Ortberg, When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box

Good Sunday afternoon, my Readers!  Didn’t write one last week because frankly, I had had a rather non-happening kinda week!  Didn’t want to bore you to tears with a whole lotta nuthin’ 😉

Only thing of note that did occur the previous week is that François, my ever-handy man, removed the last of the carpet and the !&*?! glue.  He finally gave up using an ice-breaker and scraper and went to rent a machine.

Oh!  Silly me!  How could I forget mentioning being invited for supper at our former boss’ house last Thursday. D’oh!  Was nice to get together a few of us from the restaurant of the golf club plus François (we allowed him to come even though he works the driving range 😉 )

Me, François M., Thérèse, Jimmy and François L. (host)


Before I get started on my past week, I want to share an upcoming writing challenge a fabulous blogger, Frank, from a Frank Angle, will be initiating at the beginning of February.  He is calling it the “If” challenge.  The goal is to write a post based on the word “If”.  Never mind my telling the whats and whatnots, just click here for the deets!  When the official date has been chosen, I shall be sure to mention it.  One thing is for certain, Frank sure knows how to get his readers involved.  He’s had wonderful challenges in the past and I’ve participated in quite a few, even wore the honorary title of Maître D.  Just sayin’ 😀


We had horrible feelings of déjà vu of 1998’s famous Ice Storm.  20 years ago this last 4th of January.  I was 8 months pregnant and will never forget that crazy time.  Actually, we made the best of it and hung out with my sister Tracy (also pregnant) and her husband Sébastien.  We had a great two weeks together!

This time, first came the snow, then the freezing rain, then with more rain on top.  Many people had to do without electricity for hours on end.  We were very lucky in my ‘hood.  Not even a flicker. Still.  As it did NOT turn into the storm of the century, we could just enjoy the prettiness of it all.  I just wish that on the days I went out with my camera the sun was shining.  When it did, I didn’t go out.  Ah well…

On Tuesday, François took me to the Canadiens vs Avalanche hockey game.  Let’s just say the Canadiens have not been on a wonderfully positive streak lately.  That said, I declared they would win.  And they did!  4-2 (which really should have been 4-1 but they got a tad cocky).  Before that, I brought François to Ye Olde Olchard Pub on Mountain Street.  He’d never been and enjoyed it quite a bit.  It’s a go-to place before sporting events so we made sure to be there at what my sister called Early-bird Hour to ensure we had a good place to sit.  And frankly, there are worse things to do than sit in a wonderful pub, where servers wear kilts, for 3 hours…  Then off for a walk down the street to the Bell Centre.


Took another walk with Zeke on a day that promised sun but did not deliver…


On my way back, I came across some rosehips and got inspired for a little Haiku.

And really loved the effects of the icicles on my neighbour’s house

Icicle Lace

Sat down on my front stoop and realised my Yew (thank you David, for telling me what my tree is!) was decorated for Christmas – just a tad late!

Ready for Christmas

One last icy image – that may just appear in a FF coming soon!

I haven’t posted a food pic for a while so… here’s my “Jamie Oliver’s Proper Chicken Caesar Salad” which went over quite well…

I made my pizza last night – with a mix of all my leftover flours (1/2 white, 1/2 whole wheat plus some semolina), expecting it to be a total flop but, not according to the men in my life!  I completely forgot to take a picture last night, so here is a quick shot of the leftovers… looks edible, even though I just took it out of the fridge, eh? 😉


Now, hopefully I have not put you to sleep.  I wish you all a most fabulous week filled with love and laughter!

A few of the 10,000 things that make me happy

  1. Ice storms – they may cause difficulties but they give great photo ops!
  2. My gas stove – allows me to make food for my guys
  3. My eyes – they permit me to see the world around me
  4. My legs – they get me from one place to another
  5. My camera – allows me to capture my world



Gratitude Sunday – March 1, 2015

Oh thank GAWD!  February is OVER! Does that mean we’ll get warmer weather and a sign of spring?  I’m not asking for much… just maybe a little closer to zero Celsius would be nice.  Don’t want to be too demanding… They are predicting +1ºC on Wednesday.  I will not, however, get too excited.  Still, it would be a nice change from the nostril-sticking-together, to-the-bones, rather-stay-curled-up-in-flannel cold we’ve had during this past month.  All over the country (and our neighbours to the south of us) records were broken for cold.  Apparently, it was the coldest February in 115 years.  One hundred and fifteen years!  Seriously.  No wonder we were all bitching in harmony.

OK. I promise not to complain about the weather unless it truly forces me to.  I am a fairly tough broad and can handle pretty much anything but it was just getting a little ~ much.

This past week there were plenty of moments to be grateful for.  It’s funny how this gratitude thing works.  I was thinking that I had spent the week curled up, miserable and sad but as I look back, there were mere moments.  This gratitude thing really does work.  You can’t help but feel better, more positive if you are focusing on the good instead of the bad.

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For our concert, the music started, Bryan took the microphone and turned it to the audience and we sang the whole first part… It was AH-MA-ZING!

Gratitude List

  1. Thank you Cathy for inviting me to be your date to the Bryan Adams concert – and for dinner at Ye Olde Orchard Pub!  What a fantastic evening: great show, super company and good food.

  2. I am so glad I remain friends with my ex-boyfriends – especially when they are in the legal field and know what I need to do, help me fill out what needs to be filled out, register what needs to be registered and transfer what needs to be transferred.  I cannot thank Daniel enough for his help these past two months and know he will be there for what still needs to be done.

  3. I finally got a chance to make the “high-heel cupcakes” that I’ve been dying to make ever since I saw a picture of some.  Fun stuff.  Thanks Anna & Yolanda for the orders!

  4. Is there anything better that a hot bath by candlelight?  What a way to warm your bones when nothing else seems to work!  I don’t indulge that often as I have a ridiculously huge tub (for 2) which completely empties the hot water tank of hot water before it is completely full!  Good thing too, because by the time it is full, only cold water is coming out and I would scald myself!  I know because I foolishly thought I would get in before it was full. Yeah. No.

  5. So happy for Patti & Georges that they got their house!  ‘Twas a nail-biting supper before our movie night (The Kingsmen) waiting for “the call” which finally came announcing that their offer was the winner.  Fun stuff!