Saturday 8 February 2020

He warms my heart

We had a cold start to the week, with temperatures well below normal for early February.  When I woke to -20C (-4F) on Tuesday with windchills of -27C (-16F) I once again cursed my ancestors.  I understand why they came here....I just don't understand why they stayed.  At least I have a warm comfortable home, I'm not so certain they did.

By mid-afternoon the outside temperature was up to -6C (21F) and with the sun the sun room warmed up enough for the cats and I to enjoy it.  Of course, they have fur coats and I don't, but with a hoodie (or a bunny hug as we call them here in Saskatchewan), I was quite comfortable.  I got through several chapters of Jeffrey Archer's Heads You Win.  I started reading it sometime in December but put it aside for another book.  I haven't yet decided if I like it or not and I'm nearly to the end.  I enjoyed his Harry Clifton series but this new book doesn't have the same appeal.

I was out of the house on Tuesday for coffee with several of my former co-workers.  One couple was heading off the following day for a month's vacation.  They'll do a seven day cruise, a week in Florida and then two weeks in Mexico before returning.  One fellow was just back from a couple of weeks in Palm Springs, and two other couples will be in Phoenix in April.  Sigh....I'm so jealous.

On Wednesday I attended stitch and chat.  We were five this week, and I had missed last week so there was lots to catch up on.  I took along my crocheting as it is easy to work on while we're visiting.  At home I got a few pieces of the lamb sewed and stuffed, but I'm moving slowly on that.  Not sure why, just not in the mood.

Eli and his mom came into the city on Thursday.  She had a doctor's appointment so left him with me.  He was such a good boy, he played with his toys, watched Paw Patrol (me too), and ate lunch together.  I was able to get dinner ready to go and do dishes, while he amused himself.  When D returned, we visited for a bit before I headed out to my nail appointment.  I arrived home around 4:30, just in time to pop the casserole in the oven (Spanish rice). D had plans to go for dinner with her friend L, so it was Eli, C and I at the table.  Eli has never had Spanish rice so I made a couple of chicken nuggets for him.  He ate some of the rice, some cucumber, and some cheese but ignored the chicken.  Note to self: no need for chicken nuggets.  

He spent the rest of the evening chasing his uncle C around, had a bit of chocolate cake for dessert, and then it was time for his bath.  This kid loves water, and I warmed up the water twice before I could convince him it was time to get out of the tub.  He played a bit more with uncle C, had some grapes for a snack, and I tucked him into bed to watch another episode of Paw Patrol.  Midway through the episode he showed up in the living room telling me he wanted something to eat.  I gave him a few Cheerios and his glass of water, and he popped back into bed.  When he finished his snack and his show, it was time for lights out.

That's when he put up a bit of a fuss.  He cried for his mom, before saying one more goodnight to his uncle C.  I tucked him in and lay down with him for about 10 minutes and he was out like a light.  He's an early riser so I wasn't surprised that he was up by 6 a.m. The first thing he wanted was a cuddle with G'ma.  He brings me such joy!  D had another appointment on Friday morning, and when she returned they were off home.  Eli was ready by then to go to his "treehouse", his name for home.  

I did a bit of shopping that afternoon, picking up such exciting items as furnace filters and Mr. Clean.  I did swing by our thrift stores.  I found a brand new flat double sheet in dark grey for my daughter for less than $10.  At the second store, I bought...surprise, surprise...more yarn.  They don't often get it in so when I spotted several bags on the shelf, I couldn't help myself.  I came home with two bags for less than $10.  I don't think I'll ever run out of yarn.

Friday evening, I met friends C and D at a nearby Applebee's for dinner.  It was a nice evening, catching up as I haven't seen D is several months.  Today, there isn't much on the agenda.  I do need to wash floors as an almost 3 year old tends to spill.  Tomorrow I'm heading out to the farm to lend my sewing machine to my niece and help her with a project.  I'll take a look at her mom's machine while I'm there to see if I can figure out why it isn't working.  I've told her I want to be home by 2:30 p.m. so I can watch the curling finals for the Alberta and Manitoba women's provincials.

That was the week that was.  Not very exciting and no photos to share though I'll probably have some tomorrow.  I rarely go out to the farm without my camera - I'll share those in the next post.

Hope the weekend is going well for all, and have a good week ahead!


  1. It sounds like quite a pleasant and fun week.
    Have a nice weekend.

  2. Your Grandson is a spitfire :) I get wanting to be south but being on a cruiseship is the last place I'd want to be right now. 2 in Quarantine and possibly a 3rd. And they confine you to your cabin - you paid to be in jail basically

  3. Oh, I have to echo Cheapchick's comments re: cruise ships right now! No thanks, no matter what part of the world you're cruising in.

    You've had another busy week! Or at least it seems so to me. It sounds like it was good. You certainly have no time to be bored in your retirement. LOL.

    Take care!

  4. It takes a brave soul to sign up for a cruise right now. All it takes is one person with a fever and you are stuck in your cabin for two weeks.
    Eli is such a cutie and that he is a snuggler makes him all the more adorable. Sounds like you had a productive and fun week.

  5. Warmth does sound pretty darn good right now, but not good enough to sign up for a cruise. I'm glad that you had time with Eli this week!

  6. I'm happy to hear of the time you are able to spend with Eli. He warms your heart so much that you don't need the weather to do that. :)

  7. I wish we had a stitch and chat group! Sounds like fun! Send that warmer weather this way I think we are headed back to the deep freeze at the end of this week. :)

  8. Eli's fondness for the bath reminds me of me. One of my early memories is when I must have been about four or five, and I was with my brothers and their friends. My mother called me to come in for my bath. I must have displayed some delight because one of the older boys (he was probably nine or ten) mentioned something about me being the only kid who likes his bath. I still do! But with Eli around, I know I'm not the only one.

  9. Love my stitching group. I have promied no new shopping to I need to go check out my thrift shop for craft supplies,

  10. It sounds like you are having a marvelous winter, even though we have those cold days.

    God bless.

  11. I love the day you told us of. I would and have had similar ones and they are a joy. Chocolate cake ain't bad either! :-) By the way, saw a commercial on TV twice now with a baby in an outdoor saucer that kids like to slide down hills with, and several men sweeping in front of him as he drifted along the side walk. Thought of you and Eli!


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