Friday, 18 January 2013

Wasn't It A "PARTY"

"Wasn't it a party?"  Could have been the whiskey, could have been the Gin, look at the mess I'm in.  My oh my it was the "Ontario's Blogger's Day" !!!  and check out all the new friends I made.

~  Snoopy on Facebook ~

Thanks everyone who participated and joined it !  I for one thoroughly enjoyed myself by dropping around to visit everyone's blog posts and reading all the "wicked" comments everyone left.  It was nice to see all the SHOUT OUTS and support of each other.  I am already looking forward to the next one, with hopefully seeing everyone again and meeting more new Ontario Bloggers along the way. 

Stay tuned ..... for the next future "Ontario Blogger's Day".

As everyone knows after such a great party we all have to return to reality, now don't we?   That's okay as I have had some fun reality the past few days that I really have no complaints about.  Let's see now where did reality set back in ....

"Tuesday night before the party was pretty "special".  Once I returned home from the "Bruce County "Walkabout" I put a lovely boneless Lamb Shoulder Roast into the Oven for my Rob and I.  I know I have never mentioned before how much I LOVE ME SOME LAMB ... my mouth is still watering remembering how good it was."

This lamb had not been from New Zealand, nor Australia, it was Ontario Spring Lamb purchased right in my own backyard from Dejong Acres Farm.  With Spring approaching at a steady pace, give them a call to place your to do so? just *click* on their name which will take you right on over to their website.  Enjoy the Tour.

Wednesday morning brought with it the beginning of a new VON SMART Exercise Program Session.  Not only had a new session begun, we also had a new location to go along with it.

"The Wiarton VON SMART Exercise Program now takes place at the upstairs of the Wiarton Community Centre.  It is so roomy and bright, really making you want to get moving and fit ! "

Throughout part of the exercise program one of my fellow volunteers had asked if anyone had made any New Year's Resolutions.  I had answered that mine was to be "kinder".  She in turn said, "Cindy, how could I possibly be kinder then you already are".  That made my heart "sing".  Thanks Cathy, how so very kind of you to say such a wonderful thing.

Would you like to learn more about a VON SMART Exercise program?  Please *click* HERE to find a VON office to inquire about participating or being a SMART Volunteer in your area.  Maybe some would like to know what SMART means?  Well that is an easy question for me to answer, as it means...


The remainder of my Wednesday had been spent ... I think preparing for the Ontario Blogger's Day???

"I do know for a fact I made Rob and myself, my "healthy" version of Hamburger helper.  The Hamburger Helper in the box is just plain "GROSS" !  with me trying to wean Rob off of it (I sure don't buy it, so guess who does?)  This version is just as easy with some browned lean ground beef and the preparation of a few fresh vegetables you will be well on your way  to .... "

This recipe has been shared @ 

Recipe please?  PRINTABLE RECIPE *click* HERE.

This takes me up to Thursday.  Everyone knows I was having myself  a PARTEEEEEH on Thursday.

Where was I? oh yes I am here and here now would be Friday.

"Everyone knows my "Crabby Cabbie" has been hanging out with the VON Piggy for Pennies, don't they?

"Well to date between The "Crabby Cabbie" and the "VON Piggy for Pennies" they have raised all this for Grey-Bruce VON.  Yes that scale reads "forty-two" pounds !  That sure is a lot of pennies."

It would take ME "forever" to roll up all those pennies, so I had to enlist myself some help. 

"I had to import the help all the way from YASS, NSW !!!  Can you believe that ????  Thank goodness I didn't have to wait too long for him to get here, since he is visiting just over at the other side of Colpoy's Bay from me."

"Our young visiting friend, Nathan, was so kind enough to come spend the day to help me with the rolling of the Pennies for VON."

"Bandit was thrilled he had a new friend.  Now would you think this could be classified as the "height" of nosiness?  Bandit almost could have jumped right into my camera getting himself that close."

Nathan and I never managed to get all the pennies rolled, but I would think we got more then half of them done.  A very good "dent" in the situation this is for certain.  We had a wonderful time visiting as we did this together, also enjoying a great lunch of Homemade Chicken Vegetable Soup along with a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  I was pleased Nathan enjoyed my Homemade Soup as much as he did to have himself seconds.

Not too long after lunch, Nathan was collected by my young friend, Ashley, gone back to her home where he has been visiting.   I carried on with my day by doing up the dishes, being in and out in some rather unruly cold snowy weather with the "Checkerboard Aussies", and then spent some time trying to figure out what to do about this week's challenge from ....

"Carla over at My 1/2 Dozen Daily"

This week it is :

Decluttering Challenge: Choose a closet, any closet, and clean it out!! Pick 2 closets if you're feeling really energetic & determined!! Take before & after photos so you can awe & inspire everyone else participating in my challenges as well! ;) lol!
Financial Challenge: Give. Find a way in your budget to "give" financially somehow... It doesn't have to be grand, you don't have to go hungry. I just want you to go that 'extra mile' for someone else. Buy a coffee for the person in line behind you at the coffee shop, hand a $5.00 bill to a homeless person on the way to work, throw a little extra into the collection plate at church, toss your change into the charity box in front of the register at the grocery store, etc... simply give.

I thought to myself I have been so busy this week, with yet another busy week ahead of me, how am I going to swing this?  I needed to somehow fit it in, so I put the "pedal to the metal" by applying some pressure to myself  ....

"I emptied out the whole bathroom closet this afternoon, piling it into the one spare bedroom.  Tomorrow morning I will get the laundry started then clean the closet from top to bottom, then force myself to begin sorting and decluttering everything that had been in it before putting only what is required back in."

Wish me stamina and luck, as for some reason I think I am going to be needing LOTS of both by tomorrow.

I am feeling pretty tired at the moment.  Guess I just can't party like I used to, "Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard".


  1. LOVE Ontario spring lamb. It's an entirely different flavor from the stuff they sell in the grocery stores from NZ.
    My late mother-in-law taught me to cook it in the slow cooker with a tin of tomatoes, about three HEADS of garlic well minced, and two onions, finely chopped. Oh. My. Goodness. It is to die for!

  2. WOO WEE! Have you been busy ! Ok now ya started it with the song, will be singing that for a bit now lol .We get our Ontario Spring lamb from a farm down here YUMMY ! When I was on our farm as kid we raised lambs and cattle and chickens and horses and ducks and rabbits and veggies and oh you get it lol ! You guys have a lot of snow eh? way down here near lake Erie we have none only cold and very windy ! The Ontario blogger pardo was awesome I met an am following some more lovely blogs thanks for hosting it ! Well got to go get our pot of tea Have a good evening and catch ya on the flip side !

  3. I haven't been able to come by for a few days as been too busy with work. Your beef and macaroni sound wonderful and look delicious and so does the lamb. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.

  4. Nice gob on Von Piggy! And good luck on this closet of yours:)

  5. Now I'm hungry for macaroni... and for lamb!

  6. I too love lamb, and haven't had it for sucha long time as its so expensive.



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