Snuggles & Snacks

I’m lucky to have had an extra long weekend this past round thanks to my work having a holiday on the second Monday of November & not booking me to work on the Tuesday following that. Usually having a three day weekend is stellar, but four days off randomly without asking makes me constantly feel like I’m not where I’m supposed to be (ie: I messed up and I’m at home while I’m supposed to be at work). 

Regardless, I was feeling a touch run down earlier in the week, so the extra extra day off made a big difference in how I was feeling. I’ve been getting nice long sleeps at night, not necessarily uninterrupted, but long sleeps nonetheless. And taking it easy when I can throughout the daytime. 

This past Sunday I experienced my first pregnancy nosebleed. I hadn’t had a nosebleed in AGES so it was quite unexpected (if you read the last blog post, that was part of the reason I needed stain remover). Otherwise I haven’t had any crazy pregnancy issues pop up – we go in for a full day of appointments soon, so I’m hoping good luck and good health keeps me trucking til then. 

On my Monday off I woke up with the hubby (he got his holiday on Friday) and had some breakfast shortly after he left for the day. Usually my days off begin the same way: breakfast and The Weather Network on TV. Monday was no different, though after a while I switched to the fireplace channel to listen to some classical music while I thought about my day. 

I managed to sort out my priorities for the day and pulled a cottage roll out of the freezer to defrost; ran a hot water + bleach mix through the washing machine (empty) to get it all tidied up (sometimes the cats close the door and it can get a bit musty smelling in there…yay front loader); and put all of the remaining laundry away that the hubby did on Friday. After that I got dressed into some gym clothes, filled up my water bottle and headed out for a workout – Monday is almost always legs day for me, just with lighter weights now. I finished with a near 30 minute walk on the treadmill after lifting.

Lunch was the next priority – two fried eggs (yolks broken) on a whole wheat tortilla with a dribble of ketchup and some shredded cheese + a banana walnut bran muffin for dessert…But then I wanted a salad too and was cold, so I made a hot cocoa. 

The rest of my Monday consisted of snuggling with my kittens under my big homemade ripple blanket while blogging and crocheting a baby blanket (for my own little nugget, oh my goodness). I’m following another pattern from Attic 24 – The Granny Stripe. I’ve made blankets a plenty with this pattern and it never gets old. My favourite blanket that I’ve made with this pattern was for my Grandma; a bright and colourful stripe using red heart acrylic yarn. She loves it because it’s nice and heavy and keeps her very warm. For my current blanket, I’m making a winter white and grey stripe using Bernat Blanket yarn (it’s very thick and soft & I imagine it will work up very fast too).

To round out my Monday there was more snuggling with the kitties and a photography attempt at capturing the super moon. We saw it on our Sunday evening stroll, but thought it was supposed to be biggest on Monday night…we were confused haha. To make up for it, enjoy a picture of one of our kitties.

Fingers crossed I have some super moon photos ready to go by next post!


Time Well Spent

This past weekend was magnificent I terms of time spent with family and friends. My hubby returned late Thursday night from his adventure toMassachusetts  where he was sight seeing and visiting a good friend. He toured Salem, took a train into Boston, and even put his feet into the Atlantic Ocean! I find this amazing because the last time I touched the ocean I was 4 years old…that was nearly 26 years ago. 

I am such a lucky lady to have this adventure-prone hubby because he will go into random places if I request him too. This came in handy on his trip because I wanted to try a new concealer that Sephora in Canada doesn’t carry (Tarte Shape Tape Concealer). He happily picked up a tube each for my sister and I and I’m very pumped to try it for her wedding … Which is in 19 days!!!

On Friday we drove into the city together and I toddled into work while he went on more adventures: waterfalls, lunch breaks, etc to pass the time until my shift was done. After work we made the hour ish drive to surprise my Gramma with a visit. My mum was also going to see her and my brother decided to tag along. I wasn’t aware that they were taking her out for dinner or anything, so the hubby and I arrived and no one was home. We went on in and made ourselves comfy. When mum, gramma, and my brother arrived, the conversation took off and we chatted and visited well into the nighttime hours. At about 10pm we called it a night and made the long drive back home catching some unfortunate construction en route. I was lucky enough to be passenger and I think I fell asleep half way home.

On Saturday I woke with an awful stomach ache (an unknown issue I’ve developed in the past 2 yrs with no apparent cause other than food intolerances), so I rested with the heating pad until things improved enough to be productive. The hubby and I made a trip into town for mints at the bulk barn (to help soothe my tummy) & to the grocery store for supplies to make a kickass potato salad. The hubby really impressed me by making his own mayonnaise for the salad & hot damn it tasted great. We toddled 15min over to the next town to celebrate our friend’s birthday (the friend we run with). They hosted a sizeable group complete with two babies, parents, and a whole lotta friends. We enjoyed a lovely delicious BBQ, different sides, and a cherry bomb cake with cream cheese icing.

Many zzzles were had that night. Sunday was a mostly lazy day minus meal prep and mowing. The backyard (hill included). But once that was done I started a new crochet blanket and ate dinner. After dinner the hubby suggested a walk to help digest in the hopes of my stomach being more friendly. It was a great idea because we saw a Great Dane on our walk. I got to snuggle her a bunch… Her name was Stella and she was awesome. Post walk, we caught up with the neighbours over tea and fudge before calling it a night and an end to the weekend.

This coming weekend is a long weekend for us (extra for me) because of Labour Day Monday… The true end of summer because the day after Labour Day is “Back to School” for anyone still enrolled. My little brother will be beginning his final year of nursing – the time has flown, though I’m sure he would disagree.

Check out some snapshots of the weekend below. 

Until next time,


gramma moving too quick for my camera
kendra with her very interesting gift bag
Meester Miao being himself.
… there are no words.

On the Hook – Rustic Ripples

In one of my last posts, I mentioned a big ripple blanket that I was working on. Today’s post will be the big reveal of my finished giant rustic ripple blanket.

I am a big fan of crochet, and to a lesser degree, knitting. I first learned to crochet from an old friend – starting with the basics. I thought I could create a whole blanket out of “single crochet” … and I guess you could, but it would be very boring and would eat up a LOT of yarn.

By some magic, I came across “attic 24” – a blog by this lovely mum in England who has created numerous free patterns for the colour happy people of the world. Everything about her creations make my heart sing – colour everywhere! Her “tadah” moments are my favourite because you can really see how much she LOVES each item she creates. Another great thing about her blog is the picture heavy tutorials and GREAT explanations. I learned most of what I know about crochet from Lucy @ Attic 24 . I really suggest checking out her blog and tutorials.

One of my favourite patterns is Lucy’s “Ripple Blanket” I think I’m on my 3rd ripple… maybe 2nd? Either way, I made one for my dad for father’s day a few years ago & finished my own rustic ripple adventure while on recovery. I’m used “Woolspun” yarn by Lionbrand. I came across it at Michael’s craft store just after my wedding. It is 80% acrylic & 20% wool – has a really nice softness and a bit of a shine. I’ve chosen all warm rustic colours (dark oranges, mustard yellows, warm brownish colours.. and to give it a pop, a lighter wheat colour and a dark reddish colour). Look out below for some pictures of this super cosy blanket!

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Our cat (Meester Miao… or “Mister” for short) enjoying the new heavy duty rustic ripple!

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A close up of the happy warm ripples as I trudged through the rows. Check back in later for more fun crafts and happy things.