Monday, May 31, 2021

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy new week, friends! It's the last day of May. Can you believe it? I don't know where the month went. We spent the weekend in the garden doing the work that should have been done last week. That's because our mulch and top soil delivery didn't arrive until this past Friday. Ah well, that was out of our control. Anyhoo... We weeded and freshened up soil and topped everything up with mulch. Our dozens of cedars surrounding our property are pleased with us, I'm sure. Our bodies, not so much. We are totally exhausted. I have aches and pains in places I didn't think possible. Gardening is enjoyable but it's also very hard work. Today I plan to do absolutely nothing. I'm going to be like my cats and spend the majority of my time lazying around the house. I've earned it!

In entertainment news, we finished Marco Polo and started watching the latest episodes of Lucifer and The Kominsky Method on Netflix. A little comedy is in order after watching all the very serious and violent historical dramas we immersed ourselves in for weeks. I certainly need a break from that type of viewing. We're still in lockdown but restrictions will slowly ease up starting this week. We'll see how all that goes. What are you all up to these days? What's going on where you are? Share in the comments below!

Time for the funny stuff. I hope you smile and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Monday, May 24, 2021

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, my friends. And happy long weekend to my fellow Canucks and anyone else who is enjoying a holiday today. It's beautiful and sunny here today, so I see the most amazing man in the world and I taking a lengthy walk at some point. Spring is my favourite season and I just love this time of year. How about you? We're still mostly on lockdown but restrictions are starting to ease up slowly. I'm not in a hurry for things to be opened up because when it's rushed, the cases skyrocket and we end up right back where we started. But I am looking forward to doing backyard meetups with my kids and with some friends now that the weather is nice.

We are trying to keep busy in and around the house, and there's certainly quite a bit of work we want to finish this year in the garden, but it's mostly been quiet. We wrapped up the Vikings series on Netflix and after a few unappealing attempts at something new, we finally settled on Marco Polo, which, so far, seems okay. How about you? Are you reading/watching anything interesting? Share below!

Now it's time for the funny stuff. Enjoy! And have a wonderful week ahead.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, all you amazing people! How was your weekend? What's going on? Anything new and exciting? Nothing newsworthy here but that's okay. The past year had enough drama in it to last me a lifetime. I'm enjoying the peace and quiet now. Our weather is amaaaazing! Today I'll be out in the garden cleaning up and straightening things out. And on Wednesday, the most amazing man in the world and I will be out there working side by side. We have tons of soil and mulch coming in today or tomorrow and there's plenty to be done. I'm looking forward to it. We're squeezing in lengthy walks and appreciating the good weather. Our lockdown has been extended to the beginning of June and we'll see what happens after that.

And that's it, lovely people. I have a very busy day ahead, so I'll leave you with these funny images. Enjoy and be well!

Monday, May 10, 2021

Chuckles and Chortles

 Happy new week, blogging friends! How is everyone doing? How was your weekend? What are you watching? What are you reading? How have you been passing your time? Things have been quiet around here. We're still in lockdown and going for walks is about the best we can do. And that's perfectly fine because I love to walk. As the weather gets better, we'll also start riding our bikes. We're also going to push ourselves to get out, explore new areas and do some photography. Gotta keep our spirits up!

We've been watching historical and Viking type series. We finished Outlander and The Last Kingdom, and we're now watching Vikings. Have any of you seen any of these? If you have, what do you think of them? We are really enjoying stuff like this!

Finally, I'd like to thank you for the lovely and supportive comments you left on my last post. I really appreciate it and I am so grateful for all of you. Blogging pals are the best!

Now let's get to the funny stuff. Have an amazing day and week ahead!

Monday, May 3, 2021

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging pals! I’ve decided to try posting again once a week and see how it goes. Just a quick recap about what’s been going on.  Well, my mother died in February. It wasn’t from COVID, so I was able to visit her in the ICU on her last day, even though she was unconscious and basically on life support. She and I hadn’t seen each other since before COVID and we hadn’t spoken since last spring. I attempted to call her a few times but she was either cold or eager to hang up. I tried again on January first of this year and half hoped she’d be happy to hear from me. Instead, she just asked if there was something I wanted and when I said I just wanted to wish her a happy hear ahead, she said “okay” and hung up. She stopped speaking to me or calling me last spring. How did this come about? I hold my last remaining member of that family responsible: my brother. Last April, I accidentally found out that my brother and his wife had taken my mother to a notary so she can sign the house over to them; the house that she had willed to the two of us to share equally, along with all her other assets. They didn’t finish the process that day because my mother was hesitant but they intended to eventually get to it. A huge blowout ensued between my brother and I. He told me it was none of my business and that he had no intention of sharing this home with me at market value. He felt he was entitled to do this and that he was going to pick it up at a very reduced price. I called my mother to find out what was going on and I could not get any information. After that, she was cold and distant towards me whenever I attempted to call her and she stopped calling me altogether. My brother and his wife did take the house in September 2020. And honestly, I don’t know if they ever gave my mother any money for it since there has been zero transparency. Now here’s something to think about: My mother was diagnosed with cognitive decline a few years ago. I took her to the geriatrics department at a Montreal hospital for testing and a few weeks later my brother took her for an MRI. Her health was declining and it was going to get worse over time. I ask myself how long after her official diagnosis did my brother devise this scheme to take her biggest asset for himself (at a bargain basement price or even for nothing) and remove me from the equation? They did all this in secret (no one knew they were working on getting the house) and they did it during the peak of the pandemic last spring...and when some borders were closed between my province and theirs. I’ll never know the truth. It’s been a difficult year in every which way, the worst of it being my mother’s total rejection. I went to the ICU to see her one last time the day before she died even though she was already basically gone. But I needed that closure. As for my brother and I, I have removed him completely from my life. With a sibling like that, who needs enemies. The level of betrayal and dishonesty is beyond fathomable. As far as I’m concerned, the whole family is now gone: parents and siblings. I grieve for the dead and I grieve for the living dead. I went through a very dark period but I’m in a much better place now.

And that’s what has been happening...

So...what’s been going on with all of you? Please share in the comments below! And now, let’s get to the funny stuff because that’s what keeps us all going. Enjoy...and have an amazing day!