Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sunday Night Chit-Chat ~ September 30, 2012

It is time for another installment of Sunday Night Chit-Chat!  Go on over (after you read my post) to My 1/2 Dozen Daily to see what other people are chatting about.

Allen totally surprised when he opened his DSi…he didn’t even ask for it


  • UGH, I am still reading “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”  I think I will never finish that book, lol.  I am obviously NOT reading a darn thing!


  • I don’t know what we’ll watch tonight.  I am sure we’ll find something decent on.  Dexter, season 7, starts tonight, but we don’t have the movie networks

Listening to?

  • The hamster going around in her wheel.  It is a silent wheel, however she is very odd in that she pulls food and shavings up into it.  It ends up making a bit of a racket


  • Allen chose broccoli and ham casserole for dinner.  Possibly one of the cheapest and carb laden things we make, lol.  It’s easy, so that’s good.  I baked a cake and Amy decorated it like a Pokeball

Happy you accomplished this week?

  • I finished two custom orders and almost finished a third one.  Here’s 2 new hats I made this week:

Sock Monkey Hat (pattern courtesy of Little Bucket Boutique on Craftsy -click on picture for link)

Seattle Slouch Crochet Beanie

Seattle Slouch Beanie (pattern Courtesy of Sweet Kiwi Crochet click on picture for link

Looking forward to this week?

  • An all day scrapbook crop, Thanksgiving and a 3 day weekend!

Thankful for today?

  • That I actually have the room on the credit card for the little emergencies life throws at you.  This time last year we did not.  I don’t like to use it, and we wouldn’t have if the EF hadn’t already taken a hit, but I am glad it is there and that we have the means to pay it off.


What is the grossest thing you’ve ever eaten?

  • A few years ago, we all went to a Farmer’s market in Gravenhurst while we were on vacation.  There was a little place selling stuffed olives.  I LOVE olives, green, black, kalamata, doesn’t matter.  I purchased some garlic stuffed olives and Shane got anchovy stuffed olives.  He let me try one and I popped the whole thing in my mouth.  It was, perhaps, the most foul thing I have ever tasted.  YUCK.  I couldn’t even bear to swallow it, and Shane laughed his butt off at me.  He also offered me his hand to spit it out into.  That’s a true friend, LOL. 

Hope everyone has a great week


Murphy keeps coming to visit…

We just got both cars paid off in full.   I put my last payment towards my Crapalier  Cavalier in July.  I really want to see if I can hold off buying another car until I have to renew my plates in March 2014.

But Murphy keeps coming to visit us, for both the car and the van, showing us that it will be time soon to purchase 2 new-to-us vehicles.  First my signal lights went…not the bulbs, but the actual mechanism that makes them go (don’t ask me what it was, I know nothing about cars). Luckily that was an easy fix and Shane was able to fix them for under $100.00.  Dug that out of the emergency fund

Then the wipers went on the van.  Shane was able to fix these himself, but the parts were approximately $300.00.  UGH.  But they go now and that’s all that matters.  Another hit to the fund.

Today, we got a flat tire.  We knew we needed 4 new tires and we are saving for them.  However, I think this is a sign we should replace them now.  We only just started saving for them, so we are going to have to put them on credit.  We don’t have a ton left in the emergency fund.

Double UGH.

It’s the last thing we wanted to do, but safety is important and we just can’t park the vehicle until we have the money.

SIGH…1 step forward, 2 steps back on the paying down debt.  Thankfully, we’ll be able to pay it off within 6 weeks, but we’ll still accrue some interest.

Murphy can go home now.  He’s worn out his welcome.

Addicted to Pinterest

Anyone else?  OMGosh, both Amy and I are completely and utterly addicted to Pinterest.   We’ve been pinning like crazy!

Amy has been busy pinning and making stuff from the ideas she pinned, and I wanted to show off a few things that she’s done already.

We love this little saying and seen it done in several different ways.  This was pretty easy.  Amy printed out the saying on a plain white piece of paper.  She modge podged it to a $2.00 canvas from Dollarama, painted it and distressed it, and glued jute around the edges, and voila!

When we bought the house, we didn’t do a ton of upgrades.  The powder room mirror was just a plain oval and pretty ugly.  The dollar store had bags of rocks and glass beads.  For about $6.00 and some hot glue, this is what we got (it isn’t quite finished as we ran out of glue sticks, lol):

We have a lot of kids (yeah, duh, you know that).  One of the biggest problems is getting some of them to flush the darn toilet after they use it and wash their hands every time.  So Amy made a couple of signs to put up in the bathroom as little reminders!  Just printouts and dollar store frames:

We also have this cute little swag.  Amy printed out some Halloween stuff, attached it to scrapbook paper and glued it onto more jute.  She also made that star out of a cereal box, paint and crackle paint.  Pretty cool huh?

We have so many ideas pinned that we still want to try and we’re pinning more by the day.  Is anyone else addicted?  Have you done anything from the ideas you’re pinning?  Also did you know that there is a site called Manteresting that is geared towards men?  It is the brain child of one of my favourite personal finance bloggers Ninja @ Punch Debt In the Face

We have a busy day today.  My kids are off to their dad’s place, Amy and Austan are going to Canada’s Wonderland, and Shane, the girls and I are off to do a whole bunch of errands.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

I am not very good at this lately…

Keeping up with the blog, that is!

LIFE is getting in the way.

School started, extra-curricular activities kicked in, I have gotten a TON of orders for my crocheting, and I volunteered to become a Beaver Scout leader.

Deep breath! 

I promise I will be back, I just need to get myself organized properly.  Once I can set aside a few minutes, I am going to try to make myself a schedule.

Meanwhile, why don’t you take a minute and peruse the blogs that I have listed at the side…they are awesome!

September Goals

Already 4 days into September!  Where did my summer go?

Today was first day back to school and everyone had a great day.  Here’s the whole gang…Meri insisted on wearing a backpack, she so wants to go to school!

I always love the first day of school…it seems like a fresh start!  So keeping that in mind, here are my goals for September:

  1. Save $200.00 towards our trip in November (this can come from extra money from the jars, custom crochet orders, overtime)
  2. No buying lunch at work…I have been guilty of this during the summer with my extra cash 😦
  3. Exercise at least 3 times per week.
  4. Eat healthier, no snacking after 7 pm
  5. Finish “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest and start on a new book.

I think that’s about it for this month.  I don’t want to get too ambitious!

Hope everyone had a great day.

What I have been up to…

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I have hardly had time to breathe, so it seems.  I am still dealing with the anxiety and panic attacks, so I am trying to relax more, exercise a bit and trying not to stress myself out.  My medication seems to be giving me a bit of insomnia, so I cut out caffeine after 2 pm (I cannot go without my morning java) and it worked a bit.  We’ll see how it goes for the next little while and I will talk to my doctor if it continues.  I am not even sure that the medication is working all that great.  We might have to increase or change my meds.

I have been busying myself crocheting in my down time.  It helps me to relax.  Bonus is that it’s making me some money!  Amy and I are going to Cornwall in November for a scrapbooking retreat and I am hoping that I will be able to pay for all of it with custom orders.  I put up a Facebook page for my creations and called it “Handmade By MaJ”  Since I published it on Wednesday I have already received 4 custom orders!  So happy!  Including a previous order, I should bring in $100.00.

My friend asked me if I could make a hat with the Pride Rainbow.  So I adapted one of the patterns I got at Playin’ Hooky Designs and put the rainbow in instead.  I think it turned out great!  I think if I added a bit of pink in there, it would make a great hat for a little girl.

I found this really wonderful free pattern over at Ravelry.  Isn’t it super cute?  I am thinking that these will make awesome Christmas gifts for my coffee loving friends and family.

I also thought other characters would look cute too…I saw a few Hello Kitty ones and I just fashioned my own pattern.

We are going to feed the munchkins lunch and then we’re going to take advantage of this lovely day and spend the afternoon outside.  I will be back tomorrow with some goals for September.  I always feel like September is a fresh start, probably because it’s back to school time.

Happy Labour Day, everyone!