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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Spring is Here?


Does it look like spring is here to you? I took these pictures today March 26th, 2014. Please note that the snowbanks in the pictures above have all been cut back. I'd hate to see how high they'd actually be had the city not come and taken a good part of the tops off them. Some years I've been starting to think about grilling. Can you even find the BBQ in that first picture? 

There was a funny post on Facebook today that was perfect for this part of the country: "For the Easter egg hunt this year I won't die the eggs. I'll be like, Good Luck finding them." 

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone and don't let the weather get you down. It can only get better from here ....  right!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Silly On Sundays 14 Kitchen Mishaps

Do you ever cook something that you've never made before and it's God Awful? Or burn a pan because you were too busy to check the oven due to being on the computer playing a stupid game or reading something really interesting? I sure have but when I make a terrible tasting dish I have hubby conditioned to eat it no matter what. He knows if he tells me the truth I more than likely won't cook for at least two days. This something he's learned over the years, it didn't happen over night. Still though I know when he doesn't like something that I've made because he very quietly eats it without saying a word. When asked what he thinks of it he'll say, oh ya it's good.

I find Gordon Ramsay can be a really funny guy. Put him and Ellen together and I'm laughing like a hyena. So for today's SOS post I thought I'd share a video when Gordon was a guest on the Ellen show. Hope it makes you laugh like it made me laugh. 


 


If you have a funny story, a joke, a funny poem, or had or did something silly lately please share it. If you'd like to join in on the fun of this blog hop you can link up below or share it in the comments. Grab my button if you'd like and hope that every one has a very silly Sunday.

 Always remember what Charlie Chaplin used to say: 

"A day without laughter is a day wasted." 


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Anger Ignited - Flash Fiction Challenge





ScottishWildcat via MorgueFile
“You've got to be kidding me; she actually said that about me! Where the hell does that woman get off telling you anything about me? She sits there upon her high horse dreaming up tales to tell, which have absolutely no truth to them whatsoever. Does she not have a life of her own to worry about? Someone needs to stop her, and now!”


As I stormed out of the house I stopped and to grab my trusty baseball bat from the hall closet. "Enough is enough, and this will end today. God help me”, I yelled in frustration.




This is a post for a Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch. If you or someone you know likes to write flash fiction please stop by and join the fun. Each week on Wednesdays Charli provides us with a new flash fiction challenge. You have until the following Tuesday to submit 99 words. This weeks challenge was to write a hyperbolic response to a frustrating situation. 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday and the Magical Powers of Baking Soda

Baking soda magical ..... seriously??? Not quite but almost. Let me explain.

Tupperware strainer that is 25 years old


I've used baking soda to clean out Hubbies gungy Thermos as well pots and pans. For the thermos I put about 2 tablespoons of baking soda in the bottom, add some hydrogen peroxide, (about a cup or so), put the lid back on, and let it sit overnight giving it a good shake from time to time. When you empty the thermos it looks brand spanking new.

If you're going to try this I suppose I should tell you how I put a small dent in my kitchen ceiling. One time added a little too much hydrogen peroxide and when I went to open the thermos it popped off like a champagne cork and went straight up to the ceiling. To avoid this loosen the thermos lid slowly making sure you have a good grip on it.

Back to the picture of WW ..... not so wordless today but oh well ....

The other day +Kelly  and I were talking about baking soda and somehow my Tupperware strainer that is almost 26 years old wandered into our conversation. Funny how stuff like that happens. I was telling her how I need a new one only because mine is so discolored and it grosses me out just looking at it.  Kelly says to me, easy peasy fix woman, use some baking soda and scrub that crap off. Boy did I ever feel silly as I slapped myself in the head ... only because this hadn't occurred to me. Doesn't that strainer look as if it were brand new? I should have taken a before picture because I'm sure most of you would have thrown it out long ago too, if you'd seen the way it used to look. 

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Silly On Sundays 13 Coaster Collection

Hi and Welcome to Silly On Sundays. We've now hit week 13 and I hope this signifies a lucky week. 

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This past summer I was out looking for coasters. We'd gotten a new coffee and end table to go along with our newly renovated living room so off I went on a coaster hunt. Surprisingly the stores in town didn't have that much of a selection. One kitchen store I went into said that they couldn't get coasters. What???? Why not? The answer I got was that people weren't buying them as much anymore as they once did. I found this a little strange and unbelievable so I continued on with my hunt. 

A few weeks passed by and still I'd not been able to find what I was looking for so every time I'd go out for lunch or a beer I'd help myself to the coasters that came with my drink. You're allowed to do that right? Hope no one sends the coaster patrol after me as I'd hate to be locked up. 

My sons girlfriend Meghan noticed one day what I was doing and she started grabbing coasters for me as well. Then my my mother in law jumped on the coaster wagon. I now have more coasters than I know what to do with. But hey one can never have too many coasters right. 

A few of my favorites


I suppose the silliest thing is that at Christmastime I ended finding a set of six coasters at the Mariposa Market in Orillia. Of course I bought them! I wouldn't actually steal a set of six. 

Loon Country by Jason


Backside of Muskoka Brewery Coaster
My newest and most favorite of all. I love the artwork that went into this.


Front Side of Coaster


Do you think it's silly to have a coaster collection that is slowly turning into an addiction?

I did a bit of reading and found out that there are a lot of people that collect coasters.

What do you collect?

Anything silly happen to you this week? Please share it with us and join in on SOS.

My co-host +Kelly Umphenour has been cooking up a storm a with a silly story over at RealHousewife.


If only I'd have gone to Amazon I would have found these. 





Ten Things of Thankful

Each week I think to myself how am I ever going to come up with ten things, and then some weeks I skip this blog hop altogether. Then I begin to feel guilty that I didn't participate. One week leads to the next and I start thinking I'll skip it again. Truth be known I enjoy reading others TToT and since I skipped out on it last week I feel I need to just do it! So let's get started.




1. Thankful that I'm getting used to not feeling guilty when I nap during the day. Even though I usually wake up like a bear coming out of hibernation (family not thankful at all) I'm finding the more I nap the less grumpy I am. 

2. During the week I cooked a turkey I had bought during Christmas because they were on sale for 88 cents a pound. I can never pass up a sale like that. Thankful that my family didn't all walk out on me last night when they asked what was for dinner, and I answered with one more night of turkey. I wasn't about to waste any of that Tom the Turkey and it actually fed 4 of us for 4 nights. Oh and did I mention I made a turkey lentil soup that was to die for. It was delicious if I may say so myself. If you'd like the recipe I have it posted over at +Squidoo
http://www.squidoo.com/turkey-lentil-soup
To view recipe please click here

3. Thankful that when I'm tired hubby has no problem filling in and helping out by ordering in.

4. Thankful for posts on Facebook such as this one:


5. Thankful that I've found so many people that like to play Scrabble and Words With Friends. I only wish that +Stephanie Henkel and +Susan Kaul would let me win once in a while. 

6. Thankful that my mother in law liked the poem that I wrote her this year for Mother's Day, and didn't think it was lame. 

7. Thankful that I've been able to go an entire week without a craving for a McDouble. Not sure if I'll make it through the weekend without one though. Did you know that there's 390 calories in one of those little buggers. Not to mention the 380 calories in a medium fries. Who can have a burger without fries!

8. Thankful that I have another +Dean Sault  book sitting here waiting to be read, since I just finished Ghost of Lost Eagle. 

9. Thankful that more people are starting to join in on my Silly On Sundays blog hop. 


10. As always, I'm thankful for all of you who come by and read what I have written. 


If you don't already participate in TToT and would like to, follow one of the links below. 


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Friday, March 14, 2014

Finish the Sentence Friday - Decades

My favorite decade was the 80’s, although I’m really torn because the end of the 70’s were pretty good too.

I graduated from high school in the late 70’s and it seems that then is when life began. I moved out (actually my step-monster kicked me out) of my parent’s home a few months short of graduating from high school. Luckily a good friend and her family took me in for a short period. I had my own car, apartment, and job at 19. Big difference from what the kids now are like. I think we were far more mature back then. Maybe we just had to be whether we wanted to or not. Life was fun and full of partying. Concerts were only what 8 dollars back then so we got to go to many. It’s only rock n roll but I like it.




It was in the 80’s that I moved back to Canada, met my husband and life sure changed. It was all for the better of course. If I could go back and change anything at all the only thing I’d change is maybe to have met him sooner in life than when I actually did. I was married and had my twin boys this decade too. Talk about huge changes, this was the decade for that. Becoming a wife and then a mother …. all within a ten year period … Wow! So yes I did pick my favorite decade – the 80’s. 
Our Wedding Day



Our Twin Boys


This has been part of a blog hop called Finish the Sentence Friday. If you'd like to join in on the fun please link up over at Janine's, Finding Ninee, over at Stephanie's or Kate's blog. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Flash Fiction Challenge -March 12

The following 99 words are for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch.

The prompt for this week is to write 99 words, no more and no less, about someone that has had to part with a prize possession. Charli is taking submissions until noon on March 19th, 2014. 


hotblack via MorgueFile 


Looking at the older couple in the hawk shop brought tears to my eyes as I overheard them discussing what they could get for the woman’s diamond that she was toying with on her wedding ring finger.

From what I could gather they had just lost their home due to a fire, and had nowhere to go. Selling the diamond was their last hope for somewhere to stay that night and for a bite to eat.


In my heart I wanted to help but didn't want to interfere, afraid that their pride would be shattered. Then I spoke up.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Sweetness of Chocolate and Peanut Butter

There's nothing quite like the taste of melted chocolate over peanut butter. A few decades ago I used to mix chocolate ice cream with peanut butter and then top it off with chocolate sauce. 

Having a craving lately ... lately ha .... who am I kidding, I can't seem to get rid of this sweet tooth I've had for weeks now. Yesterday while perusing Pinterest I came upon this delectable delight, checked my kitchen cupboards and discovered I had everything I needed to make these peanut butter bars. The hardest part of making them was keeping from eating the batter. 

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oh MY!


After I had the batter in the pan and the chocolate drizzled all over the top the long wait began for them to harden. Was the wait worth it? You betcha it was!

Happy Wordless Wednesday Everyone!

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Silly On Sundays - Silly Dogs





HI and welcome to yet another SOS. Today I thought I'd talk about silly dogs. I've always thought my female dog was just being plain lazy by eating all the time while laying down. I worked at a dog kennel a few years back and never once did I ever see a dog lie down while mowing down on their breakfast or dinner, and started to think that Maggie Magz  had learned this habbit from my husband who loves to eat on the couch in front of the TV while in the horizontal position.


This video is of a Great Dane puppy named Jessie that is I think now around 16 weeks if I'm not mistaken. I've been watching her grow since +Dean Sault first brought her home. Don't tell my dogs but I'm in love with this dog, and think that she's the sweetest pup I've seen in a long time.





When you're a large or giant breed dog I can see the purpose of being in the horizontal position to eat as it's a long way to go to bend down to get at that food.

Now they do sell at the various pet stores or on amazon dog dish stools that grow with your dog. See what I'm talking about below.

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Sorry for the amazon mess above but I couldn't get the code to copy properly for some reason. 

This dog food bar stool will grow with your dog as your dog grows. It raises from 12 - 18 inches. This is great unless you feel your dog should lie down while eating. I'm exactly sure which way is healthier for the dog but I'd think the normal way to eat would be standing up for them. Now I understand that Jessie was tired this day that she ate in the video but for all you dog lovers out there this dog dish bar stool may be just the thing that you're looking for.

I would like to get a few of these for my pups but they're seven now and I don't really want to start trying to change the way they've been accustomed to eating all these years. 


While I have your attention, or think I do I must share a book that I'm almost finished reading. I have 20 pages left to go. You know how you know you're getting to the end of a book that you just love but know the end is near and you don't really want the book to end.... Well I'm finding this with Dean Sault's book called Ghost of Lost Eagle. This book is a western romance and I must say that it is the first western romance book I've ever read. It has not disappointed me at all. Dean is such a fantastic writer and I'm so glad to have met him. I can't wait to read all of his books. If you're looking for a great author to start reading I suggest starting with this one. 
http://amzn.to/1hWtpUy
This book is available in paperback or on Kindle. 

Be sure to stop by and see how the RealHousewife's old dog teaches owners a new trick. 

Thanks for stopping by today for Silly On Sundays. If you'd like to join in on this blog hop all I ask is that you share something silly yourself.

Have a Silly Sunday everyone!











Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Flash Fiction

The following 99 words are for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch.

The prompt for this week is to write 99 words, no more and no less about the aftermath of an avalanche. I misread the prompt and you'll see what I mean once you read my 99 words. 



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As we were racing down the hill I felt a strange and eerie rumbling going on as the earth shook beneath my skis. I looked over at my son who most likely did not hear or feel anything as his music was probably cranked.

Scared to turn my head but feeling I had to; I saw the white cloud approaching behind us.  Quickly I motioned to Allan that we were in big trouble.  Seeing the look of terror on his face we both knew deep within our souls that this might indeed be the end for both of us. 

Wordless Wednesday - Freezing Water

Would you jump in the icy waters?

Getting ready to take the plunge 





This picture was taken at the 2014 Orillia Winter Carnival held on Lake Couchiching in Orillia, Ontario.
If you'd like to read the full story and see more pictures of this event please stop by and visit me over at HubPages

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Silly On Sundays #11 - Trapped

Hi and welcome to Silly On Sundays. If this is your first time here and you're wondering what this is ..... Silly On Sundays or SOS is a blog hop that +Kelly Umphenour,  my co-host, over at RealHousewife and I do on Sundays. If you'd like to join we'd love to see you link up below.

There are no rules whatsoever. All we ask is that you share something silly that you saw, heard about, did, or something someone else did. Share a funny picture, video, or even tell a joke. Funny or silly poems are welcome too.


The silliest thing that I read about this week was about this woman in Toronto, Ontario, that was trapped inside The Bay all night. The Bay is a very large department store. If you'd like to read the whole story that I read you will find it here.

Apparently Emily Keeler who happens to be a writer said the experience was terrifying. The store had closed, was locked up, and there she was all alone in The Bay. Here's the silly part of this entire thing. She was tweeting. People were tweeting her back with suggestions on what to do. Someone gave her the phone for the police. Obviously this was some kind of a joke that she'd set up herself ... or was it? You can see all the tweets back and forth at the link above. When asked to be interviewed by City TV News, she refused. 

The things we do in Canada for publicity and attention :)

Does anyone remember this kids TV show called Today's Special? I used to watch this with my boys when they were little. When I read about Emily being trapped in The Bay I thought of this show.



That's my Silly On Sundays for this week. 

Thanks for stopping by everyone and have a great Sunday! 
Do something Silly today.



Ten Things of Thankful Almost

Some weeks it's hard to come up with an entire ten things for TToT, and some weeks it's easy. This is one of the harder weeks for me but I'll give it my best go and may fall a little short but at least I've tried right?

So let's get this party started.




Thankful that I live in Canada
Even though I feel as if I've been in a frozen tundra this winter I am thankful just the same that I live where I do. Right now the reason being is if I lived say in the USA I'd have to be forking out thousands and thousand s of dollars for my health care. Don't get the wrong idea, not everything is covered here like some people think. There are even Canadians that say we have free health care. Nothing is free these days. For instance, not all chemotherapy drugs are covered under our health care. If you happen to have an additional health care package where you work, more than likely it will cover a partial amount of the cost for the needed drugs.

Thankful for my husband's sense of humor 
I must say that my hubby has by far one of the best sense of humors I've ever encountered. He keeps me laughing.

Wednesday Night Television
There are not too many nights that I actually sit down and watch TV, but on Wednesday nights I do. Criminal Minds followed by either Homeland or a new show I just started watching called 19-2. 19-2 is a show that is based out of Montreal about two cops that are partners who are on the Montreal Police Department. The show is a little on the dark side but one that I enjoy. 

Music
I've always been thankful to have music in my life. I'm a rock n roller from way back and the minute I hear an A.C.D.C. song it's like an instinct to crank it up. 

Fuzzy Soft PJ's
Most days you will find me sitting at my kitchen counter, (even though I do have an office on the second floor of my home), on a bar stool typing away in my fuzzy soft PJ's. I do eventually get dressed but have been know on many days to not get dressed at all. Thankful that I'm able to work from home and not have to go outside in the freezing cold.

MacDonald's, Grill Cheese, Bacon, and Hot Dogs
For the past couple of weeks I've lost my taste buds due to chemo. Many foods that used to taste really good to me no longer do. Reasons unknown to me .... I've started craving MacDonald's food. I went for years refusing to eat there but recently that is one of the foods I crave. Hopefully my taste buds will come to their senses and say no to MacDonald's food as I know how unhealthy those burgers and fries really are. As for the hot dogs, the other night I told everyone I wanted kid type food and so I made hot dogs for dinner. My family is so used to me cooking a huge dinner complete with meat, potatoes, veggies, soup and or salad at least 5 or 6 nights a week, so it made me happy that they enjoyed the dogs. 

+Lizzi R .... would you look at this, I made it to six so far :) The other night Lizzi and I were chatting on Facebook and I told her there was no way I could come up with ten this week and asked her if she minded if I did a 5/5 split of thankful and un-thankful. 

My Red Winter Coat
I bought this coat last winter but never utilized it the way I have this year. This coat has a very large hood with faux fur around it. It goes half way to my knees and when it is all zipped up to the top it goes right up to my nose. With the frigid -27 C temperatures of late I've been thankful for this coat that keeps me toasty warm.

Winter Carnival & Polar Bear Dip
I've not been to the Orillia winter carnival since my twins were little guys. Tomorrow my son's girlfriend Meghan and I are off to watch the polar bear dip. It always amazes me that these grown men, not sure if there are any women dipping or not, jump into the lake at this time of year. Do they end up getting sick due to doing this? Not really sure but I'm taking my camera with me and hope I'm hoping get some good shots to share here during the week. A visit to the ice castle is always fun too.

New Blog
Happy that I started a new blog where I can keep some of my online recipes. I have so many of them on HubPages, Squidoo, and here on Everything Susan. Because I'm trying to get a bit more organized I've started yet another blog called From My Kitchen to Yours. I'm always looking for followers so if you'd like to stop by and check it out, you can click on the link or click on the tab up above that says recipes.

I'll leave you with one of my Crank It Up feel good songs....


Okay I got to nine and I'm going to stop here for now.If I do come up one more  I will add to this list and skip the un thankful part, which I had originally thought of doing.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Becoming a Grownup - Finish the Sentence Friday

Wanting so bad to participate in this weeks FTSF because it has been awhile since I did, my mind kept drawing a blank. It was driving me crazy and so I went to our Facebook group looking for sympathy I guess. I read  few other peoples posts and the first one I read really made me stop and go WOW. If you've not read +Kristi Campbell 's yet I won't spoil it for you. All I can say is that she's one amazing mother. No I didn't mean that the way it may have sounded.

My Mom and I

This weeks finish the sentence Friday is .....




Almost there, (Grownup) but not quite
The most unexpected part of being a grownup is once I got here I was so freaking happy to be here. When I was a little girl I always wanted like most kids do, to be all grown up. I remember I couldn't wait for the day to arrive where I no longer had to live with my parents. To have my very own space, job, car, and someday family, was all I ever wanted or dreamed about. I even imagined myself being swept away on horseback by Prince Charming. Maybe he was actually rescuing me from the evil step-monster, but that's another story in itself.

Most people once they are all grown up are always saying, Oh to be young again, to be a child again without any worries or concerns, don't wish your life away, once you're an adult life will never be simple again. 

I say:

Hell no! I never ever want to go back in time. I like being an adult and being a grownup. Sure there are responsibilities that come with being an adult but to me there's no place I'd rather be. 





If you'd like to join in on this weeks or next weeks FTSF blog hop please visit anyone the the fabulous hosts below....
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Silly on Sundays 10 - Hamilton Beach

Saying Goodbye

Our old Cuisinart coffee maker finally got a send off this past week. It had its last CLR clean out and it was time to say goodbye. No longer could it carry out its duties as a coffee maker. It was just not up to getting that cup of java hot anymore. Freshly brewed is not that tasty when tepid.


All in all it had been a good coffee maker, one that I'd say I was proud of, and happy to have know. But hey we all get old, worn out, over-used ... and yes, sometimes even abused.

So out with the old and in with the new ... without further adieu let me introduce Hamilton Beach to you.



HB is not exactly as attractive as C was, but I couldn't pass up a 1/2 price deal at Canadian Tire.
HB came with a 5 year warranty ... hmm ... doubt it will last that long in this house, but we'll see.
There is no carafe with the Hamilton Beach Brew Station .... This was the selling feature for me.

Friday night I had set the HB up so that on Saturday morning all I needed to do was to hit the brew button. Yes I could have set it up with the programming thing but I didn't know what time I'd wake up on Saturday morning. With my luck I would have slept in and the coffee would have been cold by the time I got to it.

Normally my cup of choice is my Tim Hortons coffee mug. Someone was a wee bit behind on their kitchen duties (moi) and the Tim's mug was dirty, so I chose a mug that happened to have a black inside. As I was getting my first cup of the day I was looking down at my mug thinking it was at about the 1/2 point of full, or empty ... (depending on your point of view). Then I started thinking (I think way too much) cups with a light coloring on the inside would be a much better cup choice for this type of coffee maker.......

The next thing I knew there was coffee pouring over the top of my cup and all over the counter top. Apparently when I thought it was at the 1/2 way point it was in actually at the full point.

Today I'm sitting here enjoying my 2nd cup in my Tim's cup :)









Thanks for visiting today. If you'd like to link up for Silly On Sundays and share something funny, silly, stupid, a joke, a video, a poem .... anything you want, please do so below. Feel free to grab my button along the way.









Have yourself a very Silly Sunday!




Be sure to stop by my co-hosts blog because today she's talking all about "Nuts".  +Kelly Umphenour never disappoints .. LOL.









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