Picking Up Our Parental Duties


The view we awoke to, was slightly different than the previous mornings πŸ˜…


I had no idea where we had driven to the previous night, and asked Mike how long it would take to get back to his parents.
He said we could text his mom to have cappuccinos ready, and that would be about how long it would take πŸ€ͺΒ 

So, about ten minutes later, we pulled into the driveway, Lake being held up in the window to see who was arriving πŸ€“


We greeted him with gusto and he began babbling and wanted to go back and forth within seconds, between Mike and I for a few moments πŸ€ͺπŸ’—


The RV was slowly unloaded, bedding brought in, refrigerator emptied, and our things being hauled back to the top of the house to our room.Β 
Some of Lakes cousins came for a visit later that afternoon, so he was preoccupied with them, and they with him πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ»


I tried to catch up on blogging.


I wrote but I did not catch up, as this post is the very proof of that fact πŸ€ͺπŸ™ˆ

Oma took him out for a bike ride and then later that evening we got to catch up over coffee and sweets in the living room.


Where Lake promptly made himself at home upon the coffee table.


You leave for a few days, and the opa lets the little guy take over πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ


Memory has once again failed me as to what occurred during much of this day, but I believe we stayed around the house for the most part.
We did go out to a Dutch grocery store or two, to purchase the last of the Dutch items on our β€˜take home’ list.

For humours sake, I photographed the size of their sugar bags.


It was so funny/unbelievable to me the first time we went grocery shopping there when we lived in Europe, and this was the size of sugar bag I was told they use πŸ˜… Memories πŸ€ͺ

We were going to the brother and sister-in-laws for supper that evening, and as they are in Germany, we got to stop at a German grocer too 😏 Where I remembered to take a picture of the flour bags as well πŸ™ˆ


Schnitzel round two was partaken of.


And enjoyed just as much as round one had been πŸ˜‰


After dinner and dessert, important things like massages took place πŸ˜‰



I woke up to the boys making coffee, and heating up some breads purchased the day before ☺️



After Lakes morning nap, we went out to do a little afternoon shop perusing.


Finding things that we could not take home with us πŸ€ͺ

We had to get back home for the little to get in another nap, and while he slept, Mike went out and got us ice creams πŸ˜‹


He also got me another margarita pizza and himself, the Chinese loempia, one last dish on his β€˜to eat’ list πŸ˜‰


Though Lake had supposedly done very well when we were away, napping easily and sleeping through the nights, once I returned, he showed his emotions about our having been away.
Requiring me to rock him fully to sleep, lay him down as gently as possible, before tip toeing out of the room, hoping I wouldn’t have to do it all over again if he twitched open an eyelid.
That went on every night, until we left.
Where as before we’d went on our road trip, we were able to lay him down with a bottle, leave the room and that would be that πŸ˜…

Five Senses Satisfied

Thursday March 1st –

After a sliver of the lemon meringue tart from Eva’s for breakfast (which was delicious 🀀) we and my sister and her littles headed off to explore the small but sufficient town of Cedar City.


We perused through three stores that were joined together, two of which held many a lovely thing to be seen 😁
It was quickly realized that it was a good thing we were flying home and wouldn’t have space for much, or the temptations would have been great 😬

Such as these, the most perfect platters in the most perfect colors.


Or perhaps these adorably illustrated classics.


And more but it’s only painful to reminisce at this point 😣

We passed through a couple more shops and then went for lunch at the Park Place Eatery.
Which had many good reviews, none of which would be repeated by us after our time there 😜 Continue reading “Five Senses Satisfied”

Made In Canada

Monday Oct 23rd –

It was the husbands first day on the new job 😎

After interviews and paperwork, hisΒ trial of working for Kraft had begun.


I went to our house and got the almost completely finished upstairs, cleaned out, so that some unpacking could slowly begin.

It felt SO good to have even a small space of the house clean enough to walk around in with no shoes on and your hands not feeling grimyΒ πŸ˜œπŸ‘ŒπŸ»


I had arranged a special meal for Mike that night, in honour of his job and all the work on the house which he has done so far.

A Canadian replication of a Dutch meal.


I had made ‘nasi balls’ the week before and froze them in preparation for that day.

The outcome wasn’t bad but not as close as I would have liked for the amount of work they were to create either 😜

Applesauce, mayo and curry ketchup were the dipping sauces put out along side fries Dad had picked up in town.

We re deep-fried them, to try to get that extra outer crunch that is needed when consuming fries… it worked😏

Chicken fingers and Caesar salad were also prepared in case there were those who wouldn’t be satisfied with just nasi balls and fries πŸ˜‰


But that wasn’t all, Dad had also picked up soft serve ice cream, which I then served in cones with ‘disco dip’ sprinkles for dessert.



They were spot on to how the Dutch snack bar ice cream tastes, so I was thrilled about that πŸ˜‰

All in all, for being a ‘fake’ Dutch meal, it was a pretty good mimicry if I do say so myself πŸ˜‰


Mike was pleased.

Tuesday Oct 24th –

A morning like most.



Catching up on the writing I was getting behind on, laundry, more house things packed away, more house things looked at online, supper preparations etc.

Leftover ham had been turned into chowder and was served with cheese bread ☺️



Why don’t men like soup more?!

On a dull, fall day, when warmth and comfort food is the obvious answer, why is soup still just ‘tolerated’?

That’s how it is with my dude at least πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ™„

Couture, Cousine, Cleaning And Construction

Tuesday July 11th –



A day to the city for a collection of reasons 😁

Mother/Daughter date.
Clothes if per chance any caught our eyes.
New foods to test and satisfy our need of delicious things.
A cement order to drop off for me.
Costco for all.
Art things to inspire.

… you get the idea 😏

If not, well, I hate to say it but you may be slightly daft 😘


Firstly I had returns to do and my, did it feel wonderful 😍
The sense of NOT needing and getting money back for things that were needed… it’s a hard feeling to beat πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ

Everyday should start with hefty returns πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Then to old navy were I happily scoured through the kids sales πŸ˜„
For me 😎

I love when the kids section is big enough for adults πŸ™ˆ

Lets just say the day was off to a good start😜

We went and wandered around Art Placement, eyeing up all the supplies and tools and imaging the greatness that could come from them 😍




Then it was lunch time! πŸ˜„


Una Pizza and Wine  on broadway was the decided upon establishment and it turned it to be a good choice ☺️



An open kitchen allowed for full viewing of the food prep area.
Our server was really friendly and all of the menu options looked appealing.
After much contemplation we settled on a caprese salad for a starter and a tiki pizza for the main.


Both were tasty, the salad having the odd smattering of salt throughout the colorful tomatoes, cucumber and mozza.
The pizza had a thin crisp crust, not too crunchy, not too thin, though the ‘shaved’ pineapple on top, was indeed shaved… being paper-thin πŸ˜‰

A unique aspect that I never would have thought of but absolutely loved, there was a book on tape playing in the bathroom?! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

We left very satisfied (though slightly in suspense since the book on tape had begun a pivotal moment as I left 😬 ).

I’d recommend you try it if you’re in Saskatoon for lunch πŸ˜‰


We peaked in a few nearby shops, seeing many lovely things and walking away from them all😜

Fable ice cream was another place on the ‘to try’ list and I’m glad it was πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ¦



Had Mom not heard of it via Instagram, we’d never have seen it from the road.
No signage was there and it’s a little wee store from with this tastefully simple, black board out front.


We both got a single scoop of roasted pistachio ice cream in a waffle cone.
Ice cream and cones being homemade.
Now, the taste?


The roasted nuts and creamy ice cream in the delicious and crunchy waffle cone, made my mouth and heart sing.
The price?

Well… my heart kind of hummed then 😜
$13 and two, single ice creams later we were extremely happy with the flavour but for the size… I wouldn’t be spending $13.00 on a small, sweet treat that often, but that’s just me personally ☺️

We walked and shopped and did city things and then went to Costco…always the last hurrah 😬

On our way home I had to get Mom to stop so I could deliver some cement decor pieces that had been ordered.
The lady who’d ordered them had ever so patiently waited for me to bring them by and for that patience I decided to make a little something extra for her.




And so it became and shall always be, the ‘Patience Pot’ πŸ˜„πŸ˜œ

We got home, passing many a beautiful canola field set against the gloomy skies ☺️🌦🌾




Groceries and all the goodies were then unpacked and supper sat down to with Mike and Dad.
A Costco chicken and Greek salad.
Fast, easy, good πŸ˜‹

The rest of the evening was recoup from city time 😜

But all in all, it was a good day πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ‘ŒπŸ»


Wednesday July 12th –



Mom drove me in to town and dropped me off to clean a house while she did errands.

Cleaning was, cleaning.


I say that, but honestly, though I haven’t done it a lot yet, I can say that it’s the best job I’ve had and I don’t even really dread it the night before 😜
(Coming from someone who hasn’t had that many jobs I know… but still πŸ˜¬πŸ™ˆ)

Mother picked me up and we went out for lunch with a friend from church 😊



The Rusty Owl was the restaurant of choice and pizza once again the dish to be eaten 😜
The margarita pizza was very tasty, fresh basil adding a lovely aspect.



One last thing was on the agenda before heading home and that was to buy primer.

Yes folks, we are almost at a priming stage on the house!
Mikes been working on it a ton and it’s had some big changes the last week, so right now, progress is steady and an update will be posted in not too long 😊


Too ‘Matcha’f A Good Thing

Friday July 7th –




It was time to test the chai pudding 😬

The scent was still there, though possibly a tad less strong… it looked pretty in the cups with the granola and fruit but my hopes were not high.



The first spoonful proved my suspicions πŸ™„

It wasn’t disgustingly repulsive, I just don’t need to EVER eat it again πŸ’πŸ»

The taste was a subtle seaweed like flavouring but for me it was the smell that was the worst…Mom couldn’t stand the color and that was entertaining to me because the color didn’t bother me in the least πŸ˜‹

Anyways… we tried it and now we know 😜

Dad came home from work early and I made us all a snack to hopefully tide us over until that evenings supper.



Mashed avocado with some mayonnaise, salt and pepper for the spread, boiled egg slices on top and a little wee bit of pesto basil sauce on some, hot sauce on others, all eaten on jalapeΓ±o bagels πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Once they were devoured, we were Waskesiu bound! Continue reading “Too ‘Matcha’f A Good Thing”

Fears Eased, Thirsts Quenched

Saturday June 3rd –




We were up by 5:00 to prepare ourselves, load the truck and gulp a coffee before hitting the road to go to our friends in Birch Hills, who were letting us borrow yard space for the big, town garage sale day.



The morning was overcast and chilly and we feared we were in for a slow, pitiful day but luckily the day took a turn for the better.
Along with beautiful sun came gusting winds now and then, which proved tiresome for some of the hanging items which were being blown violently to and fro and not staying in place… but it was still more bearable than the earlier forecastπŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

It was still chilly when Mike and I went to take a peek at the garage sale across the street.
So when I found a sporty, thin jacket, that fit, looked alright and was only three dollars, I was extra pleased to add the extra layer until the sun came out πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ˜

(Mike had been working near that area all week so he had driven to meet/help Mom and I that morning.)

As the morning became more bearable, the people traffic picked up and items began leaving the tables.



Mine included!πŸ˜πŸ’•πŸŒΏ

For being a yard sale attraction and not a specifically handmade/new item focused event, I did pretty well with my creations.
Greatly easing the fear of people not wanting any and the day being a bust πŸ˜‰

Mom took her turn to go out and peruse and then Mike and I went out.
Finding a dresser he bartered down to $25 πŸ‘ŒπŸ»



Continue reading “Fears Eased, Thirsts Quenched”

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