Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday June 20/17

Hello everyone! Are you getting ready for summer? I know I am. :)

What's new? Not much. I put my back out last week and three trips to the chiropractor and 1 massage later, I'm almost back to normal! Thank Goodness, as LG put his out the week before, and his is slowly getting back in place...

I had to miss work, as I could hardly stand because of the spasms...  I am thankful for paid sick time. LG doesn't have any benefits to his job, so if he misses time, he doesn;t get paid... Which explains a lot of my faster healing time...

we are getting ready to head to PEI this weekend for the week. Everyone is looking forward to spending a week doing nothing but walking, talking and eating, with a few other things thrown in the mix.  Suppers are planned out, 5 in total,  Friday night is leftover night ( stuff gets frozen, no worries) and one night we'll go out for supper. The dogs will be coming too... I'll have to try and post a few photos this year...

Things are good, and i just wanted to stop in and say hello! I hope everyone has a great start to the summer. See you all in July!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Working on my Stuff...

Yes, I am a terrible blogger as of late ( the past year or so to be exact)... LOL

I'm struggling to find the balance between two jobs, an aging parent( I'm the only one who lives in town),  a boyfriend, friends, dogs and the house...  Oh, and the constant struggle with money...

Going to the gym is non-existent now, but my body is craving the stress relief. I do walk the dogs almost every single day still! I try to include my mother in dog walking, as I get to spend time with her, while doing something productive. It's got its challenges being the only one around on a daily basis for an aging parent.  ( My siblings are good to help doing things, but they live away and have preteen children).

I work very little at my pt job. I don't want to work Saturday or Sunday, as it the time when LG is off work. I will work Saturdays in the winter, as LG likes to snowmobile, me not so much... My boss struggles to understand my work schedule ( 2 days, 2 nights, 4 days off...). I also find it a challenge now to work more than 8 hours on my feet... The joys of getting older.

My FT job, it is what it is... I have 12 years, 6 months til retirement. Who knows, I may do something wild and crazy and leave some day...

LG is great, I have no issues with our relationship. :)

Spending time with old friends, is something that I an definitely struggling with.  There doesn't seems to be enough time in the day to see everyone and to get everything done....  I know that these relationships are at an impasse right now, and I'm open to any thoughts ideas, etc. I'm a shift worker, so I'm always at odds  time wise with my frineds with 9-5 jobs.

My house is a disaster... Messy, disorganized, and in need of some tlc...  Which at this point in time I cannot find the funds for... I need a roof most of all, and I may have to look at borrowing the money when I remortgage, to do the roof... Which I really don;t want to do, and maybe I need a minor miracle to come into so cash to pay for a new roof...

I'm a constant learner when it comes to managing my money...  I still struggle, and i can;t see to get a grip on it... Yes, I know that I over spend... I just need to figure out where to cut. I thought that i would find it easier whe i quit smoking, but somehow it's worse... But hey, my lungs are clean.. :)

Gotta go, my cleaning list is calling me. Miss you all!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

I'm still here! LOL

Some how, time keeps on ticking by and I can't see to make the time to sit and write anything of some significance.  I did get all the stuff donated to the SPCA. The books are still here, but they will be going to their new homes soon... I've been busy with both jobs, family and LG and DB and the dogs of course. ( And I can't forget the marathon phone calls with my one and only DD).

Life is good. My on;t thing is that I've gained a ton of weight... and I feel like poop... I an still tobacco free, it'll be 9 months on the 1st. I've decided that on May 1, I'll be taking control over my fitenss levels once again... and by Christmas I hope to be back where I was two Christams ago... :)

Miss you all, will read and writer more. I'm home on my break from work. The night shifts are going well. It's been over 2 months now...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The road to H@ll is paved with good intentions...

Today is March 7. I have good intentions of blogging more that once every few weeks. but time seems to be slipping by so fast!

It's been a week since Lent began ( I'm a non practicing Roman Catholic, but I still find solace in many of the practices of the church, not all of them lol). I saw on FB, the recommendation to gather one item a day to donate during Lent and then pass it forward when Lent is over in 40 days. I like the idea od good deeds and good intentions, plus the added bonus of ridding my home of items that are still useful, but no longer serve a purpose here in my home. My first place to donate to is going to be the local SPCA ( I'm going to drop 12 items off there in the next two days, old sheets, blankets, etc).

My next items to donate will be books. I'll be donating the books to the local autism centre, the local library, and a women's shelter. My magazines are going to a local seniors home.

The rest of the items will go to the Sally Ann. There are things like a rice cooker, a food slicer, a toaster oven, etc...

I also want to go through my Christmas stuff and get a bin ready for DD of her things. Plus, I have lots more papers to get through... I've got a lot of paper shredded, now I just need to get the rest in some semblance of order.  LOL.

My house is getting a little cleaner, and I disposed of everything from my last job, with the exception of a few pieces of paper and a Tigger stuffie that makes me smile every time I see him.

I've also taken back control over my eating habits, and I'm starting to feel better. Focusing on eating more veggies, less refined things. Plus I love to bargain hunt for good food...  

 the weather is getting better. :) Which means dirty dogs... and dirty floors... lots of sweeping and quick mops happening!

I keep finding pieces of paper that I've written hopes and dreams od over the years... It's quite interesting to see how many of them have happened! I guess what they say is true, writing it down is more likely to make it happen!

It's March break here, and the land of the 3.00 movie matinee, my sister, nephew and DB and I enjoyed fantastical beasts and where to find them this morning. For less than 15.00, BD and I went to the movies, with popcorn included... :) He's spending most of his time with his mom over March break, but will spend every second night with his dad.  I don't think that he shared that with his parents, but tells me this stuff... LOL

I'll be working my first shift in three weeks at my pt job tomorrow.  I'm excited, as I managed to have 150 for everything last for 2 weeks... Gas, groceries, etc... I still have 19.46 in my account... :) 

I did my taxes and for the first time in years, I'll be getting a small amount of money back. I'll buy some extra RRSP's next year ( about 600.00) and I should break even.

I think that is enough for now! Happy Tuesday!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hello all! I'm still here!

I've been off work for almost three weeks and I'm going back tomorrow... My blood pressure shot up and  they sent me home from work. I've been kicking back, getting my house cleaned, dogs walked and healing. My FT job is a high stress job. A lot of my health issues have a direct link to my job.  Shift work, high stress, long hours all play a part. I've gained a ton of weight, all on my middle...  After discussions with the Chiropractor, it's my cordisol level along with hormones that are out of whack.

I've felt like shit since I quit smoking ( ironic isn't it). I've got almost 7 months in now, and it takes up to two years for all the toxins to be released from the body. Think of it like an onion, the toxins are slowly being released layer by layer...  I'm impatient and I want it fixed now! But i have to slow down and heal...  Now, it's up to me to work at improving my health one day at a time! Oh and after nine years, I get to get an xray of my back... LOL. Better later than never.

I've been cleaning out my house while I was home for almost three weeks. I've shredded, disposed of and started a donate pile for both the SPCA and the Sally Ann. I'me slowly going through the "Cure" to get the house in order.

I'll be doing my income taxes soon and I'm hoping that I break even this year! I over paid last year by 550.00. Oops...

LG and I are doing good. We see each other 4 or 5 days a week, and talk on the phone every day. In March we'll have 18 months in... Now, how is that for news! I'm very grateful that he's here!

I found while cleaning, a list of weekly ideas for this blog...  I may start writing more, as in the past this has been a huge stress buster for me!

I'm starting back on the rotation of t2 days, 2 nights this week, so wish me luck! I'm sure that i'll be a hot mess come Saturday morning... But i will survive and thrive!

:) Sam

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Feb 2/17

It's ground Hogs day! And Shubanacadie Sam didn't see his shadow! Early spring! One can hope!

What's been happening around here? Lots...  See the photos? These were taken a week ago, after the ice storm that pretty much crippled parts of New Brunswick!

I lost my power from Wednesday the 25 at noon until Saturday the 28th at around 10 am. I lost a little bit of food, mayo, ranch dressing and a few other things. My freezer items went to my mom's and  I've been slowly bringing things back. I made out lucky, there are still people with no power and power crews from Maine, Quebec and  Nova Scotia are still working on getting the lines back up. If you're interested, google New Brunswick ice storm, and you'll see some amazing images...

Friday, January 13, 2017

Jan 13/17

Hello all! I survived going back to work... I am looking forward to starting nights again... when that is going to happen is anyone's guess.  LOL

I'm working a little more than I want to at the restaurant as I need to make up the  difference for my new heating system ( 1000).  The quote from the company I had come in was a whole new system for 6600...  Minus my 1000 deductable. The insurance company received a quote for 6600 for just the furnace., minus the 1000 deductible. I went with having an entire new system put in. It's a bigger unit and considering that I've spent over 2000 in repairs on the old one that was installed in 2012... A much better idea. My insurance rates will increase somewhat, but I'm ok with that. They're also going to send a check to have the duct work cleaned and they're going to pay the difference in my heat bill. :) All in all it will have been close to 10,000 in costs...

The new outdoor unit and furnace are here, waiting to be installed on Monday. The check arrived today, so I need to get to the back to deposit that! I can give the contractor 5600 on Monday. :)

The dogs are good, I'm going to walk them in a few minutes. LG is good, DB is sick with a virus right now... Poor kid... He doesn't like to be sick. My girl is doing good. She had a quiet Christmas, and is hoping to get home for Christmas 2017.  I've got to run, as the dogs need to be walked, I have to go back to the physio and get ready for work too. 

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Who am I said Sam? I am.... a mother, a daughter, a dog owner, a PF