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2017-05-18 09:16 am

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Monday night, I had food poisoning. Whatever I ate for dinner, I guess the particular Teriyaki Experience wasn't careful with their food handling. I had tofu and rice. I had a bit of the runs, then finally brought up my dinner (then my lunch, then my breakfast) and felt better and left work. I stayed at work for a couple of hours in case I had to poop urgently and that wouldn't be possible on my 50 min transit ride home. I did take a taxi after I puked. I called in sick the next day because I felt awful. After some Gatorade I felt better but I didn't really feel 100%-ish until yesterday (Wed.)

Other than that, life is good. James keeps adding more words. We just met with the funded speech therapist, and she says he is still behind, but okay, and she gave us more tips.

Brendan still is looking for a job. He did a Chyron course in the US, in New York state. He worked a week of temp work which could have turned into full time, but sadly it didn't.

I had some vivid weird dreams again last night. Brendan and I were living in a university residence. WTF with the school dreams.

The weather just got hotter. It went from 15C to 27. :O
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2017-05-13 06:49 pm

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Brendan found some temporary work. It's in his field, i.e. he's a video editor, and the job is editing. Hopefully it turns in to full time but time will tell.

The grass is finally growing in the backyard - some of it.

I am so tired today.
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2017-05-07 10:04 pm

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Today I did some gardening. I mowed the lawn and did some edging around the lawn.

Last week, I worked on the area where the massive deck used to be. The soil left underneath, was sloping TOWARDS the house, so I was afraid that the water might run in towards the house when it rained. Our basement no longer floods anymore, but it is a little damp, and every little bit helps, to keep it dryer. So I was digging up the soil, to do 2 things: re-grade it a bit so it sloped away from the house, and dig up the weeds that like to grow now that there is no deck. I ended up deciding to sow grass in the 4 foot strip closest to the rest of the lawn. I want to get the grass growing ASAP so I have less weeding to do. On the rest of the area, we will put in patio slabs or something. So I didn't re-grade it 100% the way I wanted, because the part near the existing grass had to be roughly the same height. So the grass isn't growing yet.

I removed the grass closest to the house, a 2" strip or so, the part that the lawnmower can't reach. Usually people have a weed whacker or something, but I decided, if the lawnmower can't reach it, I am going to get rid of it.

I emailed 2 surveyors and one answered. I am going to go with him, email him to tell him that he has the job, tomorrow. I want to survey the lot so that we put the new fence on our property. The fence will be 6 feet high (the max it can be in our city) and it will be between what will become our patio, and the neighbor's driveway. When we moved in, we discovered quickly that our deck, was like a stage, that the neighbor and other people across the street, could see when we were eating. So that kind of sucked. So the deck was finally torn down last summer and I want to put in a fence, and we will finally then have a space where we can do family stuff without everyone looking.

Once the fence goes in, I can start putting in flowers. We have 2 shrubs, one is a flame spirea that is almost dead. The other is a yellow flowering shrub. They are now both in the middle of the yard due to their location beside the deck. So they will be moved to beside the fence or somewhere like that, but it's best to move them in the fall. I think the yellow flowering one is the only one that will survive the move. Once we know where the property line is, then I can move some other perennials. I think that our yard contains about 12 inches of the neighbor's property - that the existing fence is in the wrong spot. I don't want to replace the fence yet, and freak out the neighbor (she's weird and set in her ways) however I will get some lumber and make an edging where our property ends for future reference - so that when she moves out, we can get a fence right on the property line or just inside it, etc. and I won't have to move any shrubs or flowers that I wanted to keep. Anyhow it's pointless to plant anything before the fence goes in. I intend for the fence to just be on our side of the property line so she can't say anything.

There was a property line stake, kind of an ugly 3 foot long angle iron stake, beside our deck, and the neighbor has since pulled it out :/ Hopefully she does not pull out anything that the surveyor puts in this time.

Brendan was gone for about a week. He left last Saturday and returned this past Friday. James asked about him maybe every 2nd day. Now that Brendan's back, James has stopped eating. He is drinking his bottles, peeing and pooing. However we would be thrilled if he would start eating again. I think he is overly stressed about the changes, with Brendan being away. I am sure he will settle down soon.
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2017-04-12 08:36 am

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I am sick. I have a crusty cold that started on Monday.

I was looking forward to Mon and Tues, I had different work hours and got home around 8pm, so before James went to bed. Well I think he didn't know what to think. He wouldn't go to bed Monday, poor Brendan sat up with him for awhile watching TV. Last night James was hyper. So yeah I think I should start looking for another job so I can spend more time with James in the evenings. When he starts going to school it will be difficult (normally I get home at 11pm when he is already asleep
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2016-12-31 12:57 pm

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Hi!

I have heard some stuff about Livejournal, so I am reviving my presence here on Dreamwidth. I welcome my LJ friends adding me here; I am the same person as kamomil on LJ.

I welcome new friends as well! I am in my mid 40s, Canadian, I work doing graphic stuff, for fun I do crafty stuff. I am totally not into fandoms or movies, I have limited interest in TV shows. I am a ham radio operator. I like doing home reno stuff, small stuff. I am not the most dedicated commenter, but when I comment I am doing it genuinely. I do read a lot without posting all the time.
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2016-12-31 11:14 am

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If anyone is on dreamwidth.org, I am kamomil there as well.

Apparently the Livejournal servers have been moved to Russia. So I am reviving my Dreamwidth account, and adding friends there, in case LJ goes 404 unknown or something. I wouldn't care, except for this crap about the US and Russia and the US election.

The fact that they moved the server to Russia, may have been the reason I could not access m.livejournal.com for a few days.
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2016-12-22 12:24 am

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Livejournal has disabled m.livejournal.com. Now it's almost unusable with my phone. F you, Livejournal.
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2015-10-30 12:41 am

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Today was the Halloween dress up day at Early Years:
photos under cut )
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2011-11-10 11:46 am

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So yesterday I got a photo of the 3 cats sleeping on the bed.

The cats are still hissing at each other, Lucy getting in her fair share of hissing now. I was watching TV this morning and Lucy came up on to the bed for some snuggles. Ezra was glaring in disbelief at us. I guess that with time the snarling will die down, I don't think they are actually pulling out their claws.
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2011-08-25 05:13 pm

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So this week is going considerably better than last week. No more itch!!!

At work, several people are on vacation, so i am working with some people i don't normally work that closely with, and it's been a fun week.

My digestive system is giving me grief, good thing i have a bowel specialist appt on monday. Hopeffully he is ready for my Rose Nyland style way of explaining things. My problems go back 20 years, guess i'll play it by ear as to what he needs to know from me.

My memory is getting shocking again lately, when we go somewhere far, I hold up my hands to Brendan and say "if I ask later, i have left my jewellery at home" in case I forget where mys rings are and panic. Maybe all i need is to book my vacaton time; maybe i need a neurologist. It'll be a year in Nov since I got a concussion. (and yes, i had to ask Brendan about that.)

Sorry about the crap typing, i am on Brendan's ipad, we are going to see a band in ottawa
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2011-08-15 07:02 pm

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I went to the drugstore earlier today to get Benadryl and calamine lotion... we went up north this weekend and I got bitten by bugs. I have a few red clustery patches on the back of one leg, and a few in other spots. Ugh until I got the Benadryl and calamine I was going crazy. It's still itchy, but it's feeling better.

I had today off, it's my 3-day weekend. I had no plans, and wasn't on the internet yet, I had a nice few quiet moments in the garage, thinking about how I would arrange stuff. I had been placing things, like tools, the lawnmower, my bike and and other stuff around the perimeter, but I want to be more efficient and hang some stuff off the floor so that I don't have to lean over something to get something else out. One side has a workbench, there are 3 windows, so I can't decide where to hang the garden tools. Not like it's a pressing issue, but it was nice to do nothing this morning and clear my head, to just enjoy the moment instead of rushing through.

I went out on my bike, it's been raining on and off throughout the day. I was delayed a bit at the mall because it was pouring down rain when I wanted to leave. I sat and waited, then realized I could go get the rest of the stuff I needed to make chili, so then I did that and it wasn't raining and so I went home.

Mr. Kitten is still being kept away in his bedroom. I let him out for a few hours at a time when I'm watching TV, puttering around the house, or when I'm trying to sleep in. I have let him out at 7am and gone back to bed, just to have some peace and quiet, which doesn't really work, because he comes and plays and how can I sleep through that?

Well I have put some veggie chili in the crockpot, and I think I will head out again on my bike, maybe shopping, maybe to just bike around.

Ugh I didn't watch any Coronation St. last week, I will have to sit down and watch a few tonight on the PVR.
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2011-08-15 07:00 pm

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I went to the drugstore earlier today to get Benadryl and calamine lotion... we went up north this weekend and I got bitten by bugs. I have a few red clustery patches on the back of one leg, and a few in other spots. Ugh until I got the Benadryl and calamine I was going crazy. It's still itchy, but it's feeling better.

I had today off, it's my 3-day weekend. I had no plans, and wasn't on the internet yet, I had a nice few quiet moments in the garage, thinking about how I would arrange stuff. I had been placing things, like tools, the lawnmower, my bike and and other stuff around the perimeter, but I want to be more efficient and hang some stuff off the floor so that I don't have to lean over something to get something else out. One side has a workbench, there are 3 windows, so I can't decide where to hang the garden tools. Not like it's a pressing issue, but it was nice to do nothing this morning and clear my head, to just enjoy the moment instead of rushing through.

I went out on my bike, it's been raining on and off throughout the day. I was delayed a bit at the mall because it was pouring down rain when I wanted to leave. I sat and waited, then realized I could go get the rest of the stuff I needed to make chili, so then I did that and it wasn't raining and so I went home.

Mr. Kitten is still being kept away in his bedroom. I let him out for a few hours at a time when I'm watching TV, puttering around the house, or when I'm trying to sleep in. I have let him out at 7am and gone back to bed, just to have some peace and quiet, which doesn't really work, because he comes and plays and how can I sleep through that?

Well I have put some veggie chili in the crockpot, and I think I will head out again on my bike, maybe shopping, maybe to just bike around.

Ugh I didn't watch any Coronation St. last week, I will have to sit down and watch a few tonight on the PVR.
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2011-07-31 04:41 pm

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So I went to church again today - we were planning on going to Manitoulin Island midweek, but the boyfriend said that there were no music jam things organized amongst his cousins, and I wanted to stay home & finish sewing and painting stuff, so we decided not to go.

So I don't know if I have put anyone's nose out of joint because I go early, and pick a seat up front. If that's anyone's regular seat, oops. Two old ladies in their 80s sat beside me. The James Taylor soundalike guy was playing music again, he must be subbing in for someone else because the organ guys played for that timeslot, I thought. But I think it's all mixed up because of the summer, because I'm pretty sure I saw a choir lining up to sit down one week.

The ladies beside me said "are you new?" and introduced themselves, as Sister something, I immediately forgot their names. Yay! I wanted to start meeting people, and I'm glad someone noticed I was new... well noticed in a positive way.

I had been meaning to go to Scarborough Town Centre. It's the closest thing to a Square One that is close by. There are other malls, but they don't have everything I want in one place.

So after church, I went. I found all the places I will likely be shopping at. I made mental notes as to where things were.

Then I started missing Square One a lot. I mean, I know where everything is there. I also still miss going for walks near where I used to live in Mississauga. There was a lake a few streets south of my apartment building, and a river heading north, and my apartment was in between the two, making for nice places to go for a walk.

I'm trying to get acclimatized to this area, going for walks and trying to get used to the streets and neighborhoods around here, hopefully I can go regularly enough so that I know where I'm going :) But somehow the Mississauga walks keep popping into my mind if I let my mind wander. I mean not all the time. Often enough that I am reminded to get out and see the neighborhood, maybe that's a good thing?

The kitten is wearing on my nerves. If he hears us go by, he starts his pitiful meowing. I showed him to my 2 cats again this afternoon, and they didn't run away, but Bella started growling :O
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2011-07-29 05:37 pm

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well I spoke with the volunteer shelter person yesterday, she told me that in order for the kitten to be listed to be adopted, he needed shots, deworming & flea treatment, also he needed to be fixed. He's probably too young for that. It needed to be done at a few specific vet clinics, for the cost to be covered by the shelter - well what happened is I made a $30 donation, and the clinic will do it for that price... which is probably a $100 cost at the local clinic, so well worth it. It was annoying this morning, figuring the wonky way of payment, but I did it and they have set up an appointment for us tomorrow - which is amazing because I was annoyed at the prospect of having to go before work. I work evenings, so I can't go after work. I take transit, so it takes more time to get from A to B.

Anyhow it's scheduled for tomorrow, which is perfect! The shelter has assigned him the name of "Rags", my boyfriend calls him "Bud" which is the nickname of the person who used to own the house before we bought it in the spring.

I let Bud cuddle up to me for awhile, then put him back in his room. Then Ezra came looking for cuddles... everyone has to wait their turn now!
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2011-07-28 05:56 pm

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So we took Mr. Cat to the vet to scan for a microchip - none. They confirmed he is indeed a Mr.

I found a cat rescue organization that among other methods, places cats in Petsmart store displays so they can be adopted. My heart always breaks when I see them and read their little life stories. So I'll be glad if this fellow ends up there and getting adopted - I think it's less pressure for people to only see 8-10 cats at a time and not in a shelter setting, less intimidating.

This organization asks that you foster the cat till it can be adopted - easy enough for us to do, so it works out well for us all.

Only thing is, prospective adoptive owners will have to come to the house to see him. I'll have to get this joint cleaned up. There are tools and paint cans all over the kitchen and dining room, and just general disarray of everything not in its place. They'll arrive to see the cat, not me, but you can barely walk around some areas haha.

I am getting close to finished with the dining room. It's been the most difficult, because we "inherited" a few pieces of furniture from the previous owners. They asked beforehand, and left us the dining room table, chairs, sideboard and china cabinet. I liked the sideboard, but lol I have nothing to put in the china cabinet, maybe I'll find something ironic or something in an antique store. Anyhow, these pieces of furniture are massive and everything is in the house now, so emptying the room would be a hassle I figured. So I moved these items out 2-3 feet from the wall and I'm painting in that space. It's just a clutter of furniture and tools but almost done!!!!

I tried to do painting before we moved in, I got the 3 bedrooms done, and the bathroom and kitchen before we moved out of our apartment, but the living and dining room had to wait till recently.
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2011-07-28 09:35 am

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We have a neighbor who loves to make sure that we are a cohesive neighborhood... she loves to chat and introduce me to the neighbors. I am finally getting used to her!

Anyhow she came banging on the door yesterday, along with someone I assumed was another neighbor. Turns out he had a cat in his car with his kids, a stray that he was trying to find its home. He said it "had white on it" so I thought it was the youthful Siamese that I had seen hanging around a week or so before. So we went to the car, and the neighbor and I went "ohh" because it was a completely different cat. So much for white on it, which the Siamese could have been described as, it was a mackerel tabby kitten, black and grey, with a W on its forehead and some white around its nose. The neighbor then knew it wasn't a neighborhood cat, she knew of the Siamese's owner.

The man had been at a soccer game with his kids in the park behind our house. So he had found this wee kitten, didn't want to leave it there, couldn't take it home, couldn't reach the Humane Society or Animal Services because it was after hours. The park near the house extends for a city block in length, there is a wooded area section of it that says "caution after dusk: coyotes" so there was a real danger it could have become dinner for a coyote or raccoon.

So I took it in, figuring it's just one night, I can stick him in the spare bedroom, we have an extra litter pan etc etc.

So I get it in the room, give it food and water, it chows down, kneading the floor while it eats... still so young! I lift it and look at its butt to see if I can figure out the gender... no little balls but that doesn't mean much in someone so small. So it's still an "it".

When I close the door, it starts howling and mewing. So sad! It starts to get me upset at this point, wondering what I have gotten myself into.

I crack the door open a bit, and my own 2 cats circle around the door, I bring him out in my hand and my one cat hisses at him. I figured this would happen, I just wanted him to realize why I had him locked up. I put him back in the room, I opened the door a crack periodically to talk to him and let him know that I haven't forgotten him.

I read up on the internet about the humane society and the city's animal services... to see what his prospects are because I just want him out of there ASAP. I posted a little "found" thing on the humane society site with his photo. The humane society makes a big deal out of "surrendering" an animal, ie they treat it like a crime (a worse crime to leave it on the street or in a vacant house to fend for itself?) so I don't want to go there unless I have to.

My boyfriend comes home, all interested in the kitten, guessing at his age, etc. and I am reassured that I have done the right thing. Seems as though he doesn't mind keeping him!

This morning, I figure I have the space for him, so I can keep him for a while to see if anyone claims him. He doesn't have to stay in a cage like in a shelter, and I have no deadline looming for him to leave. The bad part: I don't have a car to go drop him off anywhere; I am on vacation, when I go back to work I don't have a lot of time to go hunting down his possible owners.

So now I am going to call a few vet offices and see if anyone is missing him, then make flyers, get them printed out, and run around to peoples' mailboxes and put them in. My vacation days are precious because my work stress is atrocious, but whatever, he is safe with us for now and that's what really matters.
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2011-07-27 10:07 am

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guess I will continue where I left off on LJ.

I have a week off, it is a staycation - I am hoping to get some painting and stuff done to the house.

Yesterday I mowed the lawn for the first time in ages. What there was to mow of it. Most of teh grass is brown, I figured it would go dormant, but the place where the gas people dug it up, the replacement sod is completely dead looking. I am going to water it today... :/

The veggies are growing like crazy!

I've had a feeling of really being on vacation this time... I've had feelings like I had when I was on vacation in Ireland, eg. not being connected at all to my everyday routine. Maybe having the dining room completely in disarray is helping?

I gotta say I really don't like the styles on this site... but I don't think I have enough motivation to figure out the system. I know CSS but idk. I would be happy enough with the default style that is used in the menus, but beggars can't be choosers.
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2011-07-27 09:40 am

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well here it is, there you go.
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2010-10-11 03:29 pm

slow cooking

Cooking a prime rib roast in the slow cooker. It's 0.8 kg, so not huge, but more than 1 person can eat. I found mixed reviews of how to prepare it on the internet. 2 sites said "slow cooker is fine, sear it first to make it flavourful though" and the rest of the internet was "zomg do it in the oven instead, slow cooker is a waste" however it sounded complicated, eg start baking at 500 F for 20 min then x min per lb for a maximum of who knows how long.

(Now that I think about it, a further complication is that my household amenities are all in Fahrenheit temperatures, whereas the meat comes with a metric weight on the package. So when I cook meat, I have to translate the kg into lb in addition to any math for degrees per weight per time. I tried making a little chart translating cooking times into kg, but then I found all kinds of conflicting info on the internet about even meat cooking times, so I give up for the time being)

This is what I did, I followed what this Yahoo Answers answerer had to say. I seared it on the pan first with butter, to brown it, put my boyfriend's steak spices on it, threw it in the slow cooker with a cup of water, beef oxo packet, a half an onion cut up, and 2 garlic cloves cut up. I may not do the garlic cloves next time because I didn't like the smell of them when I opened the lid to put in the meat thermometer, so I flicked them off the meat into the broth, maybe I wasn't supposed to chop em up. My mom never used garlic. However the onions seemed a 100% natural thing for me to do. So it should be in the slow cooker for 6 hours or so now, seems simpler than babysitting it in the oven and changing temperature etc.

I am enjoying the slow cooking - I did a cottage roll a couple of weeks ago and it was FABULOUS. We consumed it in one day, I had figured for the size of meat, it would last a couple days. Again, I looked up on the internet and found lots of info but ended up doing less of what they said. They said that for a New England Boiled Dinner, you should pre-soak the cottage roll (basically brined pork) to leach some of the salt out before cooking. I was in a bit of a tizzy so I threw the meat & veg into the damn thing for awhile and it was great. The broth was indeed scummy looking but it tasted great so I didn't care.
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2009-04-29 01:38 am

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I heard this interview with Bob Barker. It was a bit magical to hear him speak - he had a lot of broadcasting experience prior to The Price Is Right, and sounds like an intelligent guy. It was interesting to hear him say "creating entertainment with unrehearsed audience participation" or something. It looked like a game show, but he had a science behind it. Also he liked to pick diverse ages and races to be in the audience... it was really interesting.

http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/qpodcast_20090428_14901.mp3

Bob's interview begins at 21:00. Also at 1:40, there is a discussion about the life of Bea Arthur. It's the same interviewer who interviewed Billy Bob Thornton, but these interviews went way better lol