Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Restaurants and Eating Out

Welcome back to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4 in memory of Toni Taddeo and hosted by Annie at the blog, Cottage by the Sea.

Today's theme is restaurants and eating out.

1 Do you like eating out with friends or would you rather have them over for a meal?  
I would love to host friends for a meal but I no longer have the energy to do all the cleaning, shopping, food preparation and cooking, hosting guests then cleaning up. So whenever possible I meet up with a friend for one on one casual dining or coffee dates. I save the hosting for the odd holiday meal but the past few years of course I haven't had anyone over for any meal.  When I finally complete downsizing, organizing and refreshing my small home I may enjoy hosting again.  But then again, maybe not.

Vietnamese Pho Soup

2. Let's go out to eat. You pick.  Where are we going ?
If it's possible I like going to a lunch buffet where each of us can choose the things we like, take our time and savour all the goodies. But the hotel I liked to go to for buffet lunches hasn't reopened the service since Covid and I doubt they will again. It means I'll likely choose an ethnic restaurant (Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, African, primarily Ethiopian or Kenyan). I also like western food but these days it's hard to find such a restaurant. Sometimes I get to Denny's for their salads and sandwiches and there is the odd restaurant that serves the mom and pop style food I like.  Yesterday I had a Clubhouse sandwich for the first time in years. I don't eat out so frequently anymore unless I'm travelling. Then I eat almost all my meals out unless I stay in an Air BnB and it is properly equipped for cooking. I occasionally eat lunch or dinner out when I stay in an Air BnB and cook the odd meal. It's nice to have a place to make simple soups and meals and to have a place to put fruits and drinks.  It's a lot easier on the budget and eating out several times a day also gets boring.

3. What are you going to order tonight?
Normally we order chicken wings, pizza or Chinese food. All of these tend to be more economical than other foods. If we dine out we often go for steak, ribs, Greek food or Vietnamese food or other ethnic foods. My DH likes beef, chicken and fish in that order, pork less so. He isn't adventurous enough yet to try the type of fish we serve on the west coast of Canada.  I  prefer chicken when eating out and I also cook a lot of chicken.

4.  Are you going to have dessert?  
It depends what we eat. I likely won't add dessert unless I'm going for lunch and taking hours to eat because eating the meal is filling enough.  The one place I used to go quite frequently to meet friends is no longer open for buffet but they used to have many different desserts on offer and they were all good. You could take a sliver of each item you liked if you didn't want to over do things or you could simply have one item of your choice. I'm always amazed at how much some people can eat and they always seem to be the skinny ones!


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Small Projects Keeping Me Busy

Hi everyone,

If you've been following along you know that I am in a decluttering mode and I'm working on a few small household projects. I've made a list of projects I've completed and that are in progress. This list is for anyone interested but is mainly a way for me to keep track of the tasks to be done and progress made as well as to look back on things later when I surf through memory lane, lol.

Anyone who's done household projects knows that all the costs add up even when you do the work yourself. I have gone back and forth between doing things myself or hiring someone. I really don't have the funds to do things the way I would like in this time of rising interest rates, increased supply prices, dramatic decline in housing sales and prices and uncertain economic times.  

I've considered various alternatives to what I'd like to do and decided to try my hand at many of the smaller things myself rather than 'go big' at this time.  I'll getting a bit of help from Jonah and my brother. They are both very busy but they can lend a hand here and there especially where more strength or stamina for a project are needed.

Without further ado, here are the things I've been working on in this month.

  * shopped for Spackle, grout, dremel tool with bits, wrenches, screwdrivers, paint for bathroom walls and bathroom cabinets - done

* filled holes, sanded & painted living room window wall and trim - done

* washed and painted walls and cabinets in 2 bathrooms - in progress

* washed and painted bathroom doors - in  progress

* decluttered bathroom products in master bathroom - ongoing

* organized one wardrobe in master bedroom - in progress

* removed and replaced grout in master bathroom - in progress

* changed bathroom seat cover in main bathroom - in progress

* installed light fixture in dining area - in progress (someone else will actually do this one because of 'special' issues

* ordered a lazy susan and tiered shelf for organizing kitchen/bathroom counters - delivered & unboxed

 * donated Kitchen Aid Food Processor (too large) and bought a smaller one that will be used more often, and Breville Juicer (I had 2 of them), water bottles, cups, mugs and various odds and ends.- done (but more downsizing will be done)

* organized under sink in main bathroom and kitchen with shelving - in progress

* vacuumed and washed carpets in front rooms and high traffic bedroom areas - done

* shredded several small tubs of papers, journals and calendars - in progress

* shopped for 5 small succulents plants and one large yucca plant to replace & beautify the front room - done

* shorten a linen tablecloth - in progress

* hem 4 pair of pants - in progress


Next projects (no timeline) will be done on a prioritized basis.

* put up shelving in master bathroom - priority

* redo the silicone seal around the toilets and tubs - priority

* replace the bathroom towel holder in 2 bathrooms - priority

* replace the flush valves in 2 bathroom toilets - priority

* replace door hinges in 2 bathrooms - priority

* replace and upgrade the bathroom shower head in main bathroom 

* replace light fixtures in 2 bathrooms 

*replace electrical switches and covers in kitchen and bathrooms

* replace door handles in 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms

* paint the window sills and trims in both bedrooms 

* replace 2 kitchen cabinet doors 

* replace all kitchen and bathroom cabinet knobs

* replace flooring in master bathroom, entry way, kitchen

* install wall lights in the living room and  master bathroom

* replace fireplace tile surround & hearth

* paint the fireplace mantle

Now that I've listed everything I want to do, it seems like a lot. Many of the relatively new metallic items like bathroom door hinges & toilet paper holders have rusted and need replacing.  They will likely get an upgrade in hopes they will last longer. Other things have just deteriorated with age.  

Progress is made in small steps and limited by health challenges, energy levels and day to day household and outside appointments and activities.  I may post before and after photos as time goes by but only if I remember to take photos and if there is any change that might be noticeable to someone else.

How about you dear reader?  Have you done any small house projects lately? Were you already experienced at household repairs or were you learning just like me?