Saturday, April 30, 2016

I love my tent but it's too small

I still love my roots Barron Canyon 4 tent but apparently we didn't give it much thought when we bought an inflatable mattress. We thought the higher one would be awesome as it would take us so much higher then the ground. This is true, however we didn't think of how high my tent was or how big.

This is a queen size camping mattress. While I had established that it would fit in the tent I didn't give much thought to how much room we'd have left.

I had bought a BESTEK 300W Dual 110V AC Outlets Power Inverter with Dual USB, and it was easy to inflate the mattress using the Grand Vitara.

Inflating matress at Plaisance

For our next camping trip we will be using my sweeties, tent which is a 6 person Coleman summer tent. Sadly one of his posts is damaged. We have it duck taped but the first wind storm, the tent will collapse. And though Coleman sell pole kits, it doesn't work with their 6 person tents. I checked around and could not find tent poles that are 240" long. I measured the damn thing, it didn't even fit in length in my bedroom!

Friday, April 29, 2016

One year anniversary

Today was our one year anniversary.  Hard to believe where I was a year ago, this super anxious girl, but I fell head over heels for my sweetie.  He's absolutely perfect. He even got me roses to underline our year together :)

I got him something too, whenever it does arrive. It took me forever to decide what to get him and then I had my kind of luck that week where everything went stupid.  So I got something on Amazon and with my luck it will arrive for our 1 year 1 month anniversary.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Me Yesterday:
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Nathalie Orianne: The only thing I never want to hear when I'm totally anxious is "relax" . Makes me fume on top of anxiety. ..
Oddly enough the best thing to offer is "would you like to take a walk with me? " it helps me calm down. This is me. Others with days of severe anxiety may differ.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Things I sewed for my grand daughter...

Top and pants finished yesterday

PJ's and diaper shirts, finished in the wee hours

Little dress

Pj's finished last week

Sunday, April 24, 2016

THings I found in my big trunk.

Knitted things from my mom, sewn things I made when the girls where little. I even have both of their first pair of shoes!

Friday, April 22, 2016

I wore a purple coat today

As it happens I have 2 spring jackets, one is a black trench coat  from Simons that I adore, the other is a purple coat I picked up at Costco.  I wore the purple one today because it is lined and slightly warmer then the trench coat.

As I was putting it on, my bf commented "Ah you're wearing purple today" thinking I was commemorating Prince. Nope. I suppose I preferred Michael Jackson to Prince. And while I'm sad both are dead,  it doesn't bite me like the death of my parents did, or even the death of a co-worker over a year ago.

It seems 2016 is a year where lots of well known musicians are dying but it's not surprising that some of my favourite musicians are dying, since I'm over 50.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Veggie Poutine!

Doesn't that look delicious? Veggie Packet at New York Fries. Yum!

Zombies still work at the KFC/Taco Bell in Pierrefonds....

I've blogged and complained about the extra super slow service at the Taco Bell/KFC outlet years ago. Since my bf moved in with me, we stop at their drive-through regularly.  It is slower then molasses in January. I've been thinking they only hire Zombies.

The service is so incredibly slow, that yesterday we were parked in front of the speaker for at least 8 minutes before the queue started moving. There was 5-6 cars, from the window to the speaker. We must have spent 20 minutes waiting in the car. He had time to show me 2 different versions of Judas Priest Painkiller and show me the difference between the drums in the studio version and one of the live versions.

Don't get me wrong, the staff is polite, the order is filled with no mistakes, you even get service with a smile. But slower it's hard to find. The idiot behind us, who didnt' get to order for the first 10 minutes he was in line thought honking might improve things. What a douche!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


I just want to say happy 4-20 :)

The liberal government used today to announce their legalization plans. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Newborn clothes

This week-end I went crazy sewing baby clothes. Snaps are a pain in the ass. Whether you use snap tape or put them on yourselves it's a PITA.

Emergency trip to Fabricville for Snap tape

Pyjama made with left over found in trunk

Diaper shirts almost finished

2nd PJ finished, first fabric ever bought for Madeleine.

Aren't they cute?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Syrian Consultate in Montreal Closed!

Finally Canada closed down the Syrian consulate in Montreal.  The Consul, Ms Nelly Kanou is a regime sympathizer and supporter. Many of the Syrians I knew in Montreal did not want their papers renewed there after Canada closed the embassy in Ottawa in 2012.

Finally Jean Coutu saw the light. Here is the news about it.

Finally Spring Crocii

Finally got some crocus that survived the snow and cold and managed to bloom for me this weekend.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Meet the new Drummer

For the Montreal Judas Priest Tribute band Painkiller.

My boyfriend auditioned on Saturday for this tribute band. He's been a huge fan of Judas Priest since he's been 11 or 12 and saw them live many times since. At some point it was his favourite band. These days he doesn't have a favourite band, loves too much music!

In the year I've been dating him, I haven't seen him so excited. It's been years he's been looking for a band to play with and this one meets his expectations.

Is it Caturday?

Not fond of taking selfies tbh

Was that the squirrel or the bunny that ran by?

Thursday, April 14, 2016


This is some of the sewing I've done in the past few months. Have to get good photos showing off my new dresses. Most of my time recently has been spent making maternity and baby clothes.
Gauze retro dress

Cotton sundress

Stretch Sateen with Gores!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Went to Club Tissu

Sunday I went to club Tissu.Was hoping to get some baby cotton knits and possibly some white snap tape. Realized they no longer have a baby cotton knit collection at the one in Laval. I guess it didn't sell well last year so they no longer have it. Instead they had cotton knit prints for close to $30 a meter. Bleah.

I did find 2 types of baby terry cloth for $5.65 a meter, that was a great price, bought a meter of each, and I found a Rayon knit that I knew if I didn't get Sunday I would never get.

Rayon is green-blue, the terry cloth is the bright colours.

Underwear pattern
They had the Jalie men's underwear pattern I wanted.  But they didn't even have white snap tape. They had dark blue and black. Who would use that for baby wear?

I had to get my white snap tape at Fabricville today.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hi ho Hi ho Oh sewing I must go...

Cutting a PJ

There are 3 PJ's with feet, 2 without feet, 3 diaper shirts and 1 long sleeved shirt. that I cut this week-end

Saturday, April 09, 2016

My poor BF lives with 2 crummy females....

Yes. My poor bf. The inhumanity. He lives not with one but 2 females, that like eating in bed and are very messy eaters. Yes Zoey and I leave crumbs all over the bed.

Nights where he works, and he comes in and snuggles next to me in the morning, first thing I get asked, is, you were eating in bed again.... and no matter how hard I try, it seems I leave giant crumbs....

This isn't new. My mom used to get mad at me for leaving crumbs .....

I'm just a little crummy....

Friday, April 08, 2016

Last Care package to Halifax

Newborn size little knit dress

Purple maternity/nursing dress
Two of the items that was in my last package I sent to Halifax. There were also a wrap around maternity top in blue and a pair of PJ pants for my SIL. Still have not heard back if they actually fit !

I think my daughter looks radiant pregnant in the purple dress.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Love the new Spring Rayons

Fabricville had a 2 day sale with 50% off their spring fabrics. I went after work yesterday with my bf to check out the rayons.

The reddish-green one is a Rayon poplin, the softest rayon ever. The green and black one is a voile, so thin, so nice. The bluish print is a crinkled rayon. I haven't found any in years.  Very happy. Now I have so many dresses to make.. Oh My!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

It had to happen sooner or later....

Went to value village for lunch today. Apparently they have senior discounts for people 55 and up and somehow the woman at the cash decided I was a senior today. Not only did I get 10% which is the usual but they must have been a seniors discount day on senior day because I got 30% off everything I bought today. My friend in her mid 20's got zero discounts.

American Eagle shorts I found

Not going to complain, but usually it's 20 year old cashiers that think I'm over 55 or 65, not a woman my age. I suppose she was just being nice and I guess I can't complain....

But today I got the seniors discount for the first time in my life....


I'm a SENIOR now!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Gluten free mashed potato latkes

I had mashed potatoes left over from dinner on Thursday night and I couldn't help but think about Chenoi's mashed potato latkes, which sadly are NOT gluten free.

I took some of Bob's Gluten free flour, and put it in a small bowl along with some galic powder, onion powder, thyme, and oregano and mixed it well. Didn't even put pepper, me the pepper queen.

I made balls the size of golf balls with the mashed potatoes, and dipped them in flour mixture and flattened them. I cooked them in coconut oil until they were golden on each side.

They were delicious, my bf ate several.

Delicious mashed potato latkes eaten with apple sauce.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Driving around Montreal.

From a distance I thought this church was a Mosque. But no it's actually a Catholic Church. Will need to take more photos from different angles. This church is unique.
Church I need better photos

Montreal seen from the overpass near Super Hospital.