Saturday, April 22, 2017

This Week

I was just about to write “Is it Friday again?” and realized that it’s not. It’s Saturday. The days are hard to distinguish lately. The most amazing man in the world and I often find ourselves asking each other “What day is this?” and 9 out of 10 times we’re confused. Sometimes we check a calendar and other times we don’t because it doesn’t really matter.


We are making solid progress here even though there’s still a lot to do. In addition to our closets, the pantry, our kitchen and dining area being ready, so is – drum roll please – our bedroom! Scrubbed and painted and beautiful. Next stop: the office. We’ll probably start tackling that tomorrow. Or Monday. But most likely Monday. Because we like taking days off and running away from home.


We have gotten into a really good rhythm with this house. We work hard and then we slack off just as hard. Tuesday was one of those Olympic gold medal slack days. We took off late morning, drove into Montreal, stopped in IKEA where we strolled through the entire store at a very leisurely pace, had lunch in the store’s restaurant (I had the most amazing salmon wraps!), drove back home in the afternoon and...slacked off for the rest of the day. We had gone there to check the lighting but didn’t come back with any. Sometimes it goes that way.

Speaking of houses, sometimes we watch those HGTV shows where everyone seems to have million dollar budgets. And we laugh and laugh and laugh. Because, really, how realistic is that? Those amounts leave out just about most of us. It seems we’re not the only ones that chuckle about these outrageously high budgets. Here are some hilarious tweets:



Today is Earth Day. It was first celebrated in 1970 and was created by an American senator to bring awareness to the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean, something that the human race has a hard time grasping. A careless and callous attitude towards our environment is foolish. And dangerous. When will we ever learn? I dunno. Maybe when it’s too late.


And that’s it for now. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

43 comments:

  1. I sooooo look forward to the time when I don't know what day it is, either. I think that is the beauty of retirement - "work" hard when you want, don't when you don't. I have a hard time finding the lighting I want, too. Inevitably, the kind I want is always the most expensive.

    I was nodding and smiling at your comments about home shows. What do these people do for a living???? Or what kind of loan is being approved at the bank? Too many people get into big trouble by living way beyond their means. (There, I have no qualified for fuddy-duddyism). Have a fantastic weekend! -Jenn

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    1. It baffles the mind, Jenn. I shake my head at these budgets. Sometimes the jobs they say they have just don't seem to fit with the budget they announce they have. It can't all be a mortgage, can it? Perhaps they have cash in the bank? But still... So crazy.

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  2. Happy Earth Day! I love those HGTV shows, those are funny jokes. Yay for Ikea!

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  3. I only have to look at my computer to be told what day it is, plus the time and date. And it reminds me of everything birthday I forgot, and that I can't spell. Soon it will be telling me to brush my teeth.

    When I go to Ikea I can get in and out in 30 minutes. I go in the evening, and make sure I know just what I want. As long as I remain focused and don't get side-tracked by some wacky picture frames, I'm fine.

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    1. Getting in and out of Ikea in 30 minutes is quite an accomplishment! I've done it myself once and it was like a marathon.

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  4. Good to know you just work all the time. Let me second that thought about Earth Day. Our environment could not be more important. Rivers and lakes have improved greatly since the EPA began monitoring air and water.

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    1. This is our home and we must take care of it, especially for future generations. Every little bit helps!

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  5. Okay. I'm going to say it.

    These young people today! They want the biggest and best right for the get go. They won't buy a crap house and work to fix it up. When I bought my first home it was a tiny 2 bedroom condo. It was $82,000

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    1. When we were selling our previous home, most of the young people had a wish list from here to the next life and a cheap price to go with it. It was astonishing. The older couples were the ones that didn't complain as much, although we did run across some.

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  6. That salmon wrap sounds delicious! I like IKEA. Always fun to look around the store. Good routine you have doing work, but allowing for time to play.

    Betty

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    1. It was the first time I tried the salmon wrap at Ikea and it won't be the last. It was so good!

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  7. I love salmon and your salmon wrap sounds quite yummy!
    It certainly is a good time to think and reflect on 'Earth Day' and what it means.

    Enjoy your weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. It is always a good time to reflect on our earth. Taking care of our home is very important!

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  8. I've also been struggling to keep track of the days!

    I enjoy those HGTV shows and it does get quite a bit crazy... I always think, "Would I want to wash 4.5 baths?" HELL NO!

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    1. @ HBF - you are SO RIGHT! Of course, they probably all have maids.

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    2. Hannah, in our previous home we had four bathrooms. Two full and two half. I hated it! LOL...

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  9. Yes, on those budgets. Gone wild nuts. And to be honest, some of the HGTV shows that I loved, well, I cannot watch them anymore. I tried a few times. But since I dumped 95 percent of my personal stuff, those renos and all the crap, just nuts to me.

    We are redoing our kitchen but super duper basic and doing it ourselves. Not this crazy high budget shown on tv.

    Glad you guys have found your groove. Most exccellent.

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    1. A lot of those shows are just not realistic. Most people couldn't afford half of that budget. And forget the high end stuff. That's out of reach. We're doing all the work ourselves here, too, and we're choosing reasonable products with reasonable prices. When we're at the hardware store we see some very expensive stuff and shake our heads. I'd rather spend my money on other things!

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    2. We found new flooring at HomeDepot. A friend sent me what it looks like on her floor. When I get on email this week, I'll shoot it over to you.

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    3. That's super. I'd love to see it. We haven't really started choosing but we figure by June we will be.

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    4. Okay dokey. I'll send you the picture tomorrow. Have to transfer it from phone to email which is no biggie. My friend did her kitchen and showed it to me after I had to pass on the other kind.

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  10. I'm so afraid we will learn when it is too late, Martha! I'm glad that you are moving forward so well on your house, and that you are giving yourself some slacking off time. Terry and I sometimes forget what day it is ~ It's wonderful to be in retirement! Take care!

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    1. Sometimes I feel the same way, Louise; that we'll learn when it's too late. But I hope not. I like to be a little optimistic. And there are some amazing people around the world doing amazing things!

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  11. I love those memes, especially the second. I LOL'd in earnest :)

    Speaking of home makeovers and earth day ... it seems to me it must be awfully hard on the environment to do home makeovers. But then my mantra is the good old saying "use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without" and is not everyone's cup of tea :)

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    1. LOL'ing in earnest is a fabulous thing :) I do that on many blogs, especially yours. And on your comments, too. You have such a great sense of humour!

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    2. I think we'd have a good time if we got together, Martha - laughing is good!

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    3. I've no doubt about that. We should have been neighbours :)

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  12. Good control when you can stop and take a day off. Too many times we panic and try and work to finish and become stressed.

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    1. We figure if we don't take time off, we're going to burn out. And that would be bad!

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  13. I love IKEA! That sounds like a great way to spend the day. I watch Flip or Flop on HGTV and I can never figure out why they destroy cabinets and walls that look perfectly fine to me.

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    1. I know! When I hear them saying "these cabinets are horrible; they must go" about perfectly fine cabinets it freaks me out. At the very least, donate them!

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  14. I love those tweets! So true, those shows crack me up really but I don't think I am supposed to laugh at them!
    You are right, every day should be Earth Day. x

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    1. I laugh at them without guilt, Kay! LOL... Because they are somewhat ridiculous at times.

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  15. Have a wonderful weekend, Martha!

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  16. Hahaha. The Boy Scout will have a decent attitude while we get things done but he becomes that flying dog when I say let's go golfing. A glow of radiating light comes off of him. It's hilarious.

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  17. Of course I never forget what day it is! I just forget what month that I'm in :)
    I used to love watching HGTV when they had more down to earth shows for "regular income" people.
    I very seldom, if ever turn it on now.
    You and hubby are working so hard together to get your home the way you both want it. I am happy to hear that you take some time for yourselves once in awhile~

    Big Hugs~

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    1. That would make for a good show, Jan. "Regular Income People". That's what most people are. And it is hard to find a home within that 'regular' budget!

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  18. Getting there I see! I SO know who I will contact for the best cleaners to use if and when we ever move!
    How handy is tat?....so close to everything now! Our Ikea will be ready by the fall I believe....it will be a zoo for months!!
    Have a great week Martha and enjoy those Olympic Gold Medal days off!! lol

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    1. I see a lot of Olympic Gold Medal days in our future, Jim, especially since biking season is here! LOL...

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