Wednesday, July 28, 2010

***Whine Alert***

OK - today is officially day 12 of this "cold"...I spent most of the night on the side of the bed coughing my lungs up....and now I am getting ready for work. I tell you I am feeling very pouty and sooky today. If there was a day I could just curl up and sleep the day away I think today is the day.

So the Dr. say's my "cold" may be working its way toward bronchitis or pneumonia...ummm....hello....that doesn't sound good!

I feel like I should be wearing a Hazmat Suit at work. there is one guy that walks by and I can actually see him hold his breath and when I see him in the hall, he looks down and practically scales the opposite wall to stay as far away from me as humanly possible!!

Well, I have whined enough, I suppose. Thanks for letting me vent. I now must take my snotty self off to work.

Hope you all have a better day than I am going to have!


Sunshine :^D

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


It's the middle of the week and I still have no voice. It's improving, which means I now sound like I have half a bucket of gravel and a bull frog in my throat.

The weather in Winnipeg has been spectacular! Of course that means the weather has been awesome while I have been too sick to use the pool. I have been worried that if I get water in my ears I'll end up with an ear infection on top of it all! So I watch the boys play and hope the weather holds so I can get my fun time in the pool.

On the up side of things, the boyo's and I went to our local Chapters and bought two new books to read together. They are actually murder mysteries and get of them is by John Grisham!! Who knew he wrote teen books!? I'm as excited about reading the books as the boys!

(5 ratings, 1 review)

The #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author delivers his first book for younger readers. In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he's only 13 years old, Theo Boone thinks he's one of them. But Theo soon finds himself dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial.
OOOohhh!! So excited to get into this one with the boyo's! The other one we got is called "The Billionaire's Curse"

(3 ratings)

"Fast-paced, humorous and fun, The Billionaire's Curse [is] highly recommended."
-Magpies Magazine (Australia)

I think we did some great shopping at Chapters today. Now, for my darn throat to heal enough for me to read with the boyo's.

Years ago, when reading to the boyo's I developed different voices and accents for each character in the books we were reading. It's still a hit and I love reading with them! Soon enough they will think it's lame, so I'll have fun with them until they tell me they're too old for that silly stuff! ***sigh***it's gonna happen isn't it?!

Thanks for stopping by everyone.


Sunshine :^D

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Well, every year it seems that our son Patrick arrives for the summer with a cold or some sort of illness...this summer was no exception. However, the exception this summer is that I have managed to catch it! Dang it!

This is my long weekend and what did I wake up to this morning?? A wicked sore throat! I got up anyway and headed to the grocery store to get some supplies to make a super big breakfast for my boys! As I walked around the grocery store it occurred to me that I was really not feeling the best...prolly not the best time to figure that out right? I was after all driving myself!! OY!

Home I came, made breakie, woke up the boyo's and fed everyone...then went straight to bed and spent the day there! Read a book. Drank cold drinks, had a Popsicle (what happened to Popsicles? They are sooo not the same as the ones we had when we were kids) and slept on occasion....totally rocking day off huh??

Tomorrow, no matter how horrible I feel; we are heading to Selkirk to see the doggy Olympics. We are going to the Selkirk Fair and Rodeo to take in the attractions...that is dependent on the weather as well.

Today we had lightening & thunder today that was saying that I mean in the scariest, most terrifying incredible way possible!! There was one flash of lightening that sounded like it was literally ripping the heavens apart!!!

Well, I am off to take some meds and go back to bed. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunshine :^D

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


EVERY SUMMER SHOULD HAVE A GOAL...ours find the best hotdog in Manitoba

So, the summer is passing one day at a time and we have been exploring all of the "summer" food places we have heard about over the winter from our friends. Lessee, first we went to Dingo's Wild & Crazy Dogs...totally a hot dog restaurant on the chi chi Corydon strip...

Lessee what to say about this spot? We took the boyo's and they were quite impressed by the 250 different varieties of soda pop. After much discussion and consideration Rob and Malcolm chose some sort of Sasparilla (Root Beer to you and me) and Patty chose a blue cream soda...I, forever the cautious one chose a reliable domestic brew...Diet Coke.

Then onto the hot dog choices...Rob and Patty chose the Canadian Hot Dog and fries and gravy...this means a 10" hot dog with cheddar cheese, bacon, secret sauce and crunched up barbecue chips on top. I chose the Millionaire dog and fries (no gravy) the dog came with coleslaw (starting to go off-colour)(**I will come back this later on), chili and mustard. and the smarter dog with mustard and ketchup with fries - no we are sitting there three customers came in - a single gentleman and a pair of ladies.

As we hoe through our food with knives and forks because the dogs are impossible to eat on their own without wearing a good portion of stain making condiments; the owner prepares an order for the gentleman...then he has taken the order for the ladies and he takes out a bag of shredded cabbage to make new coleslaw and he proceeds to tell the ladies - ***apparently completely forgetting that I am sitting there*** - "I need to make new coleslaw, the stuff I have here is starting to turn." ***AHEM*** I just paid a kings ransom for my "turned" coleslaw hot dog!!!

Oh yeah, the memories!!!...the best I can say is that its an independently run operation with lots of pop choices...the dogs...totally expensive - the 4 of us ate for $61!!

Not making any recommendations here.

Next -
we tried another hot dog place we have heard lots about - last night. We went to Half Moon Drive In, in Lockport Manitoba. We should have learned by now, right??

Now this place is totally cool in appearance. Its a believable 50's diner. Loved the atmosphere and the onion rings were awesome! The hot dogs...not the best. Even though they claim to have Canada's best hot dog!! We are pork hot dog fans...not beef. These were beef. ***sigh***

We ordered 3 hot dogs, two fries (medium) one onion rings (one size) a poutine and a double cheeseburger (The smart child strikes again)- also we got 2 medium fountain pop, one large fountain pop and one bottle of pop (Rob has to be different!! ).
The order came to $46 - better on the pocketbook at least than Dingo's dogs...but...we still haven't found a hot dog that we like.

Recommendations: The fries, onion rings, poutine, hamburgers and even the fountain pop were awesome...but the dogs have that casing that snaps when you bite into it and they are beef dogs...just wrong!! So very wrong! Therefore, we continue our quest for the perfect hot dog here in Winnipeg.

Wish us luck!! Thanks for stopping by!!


Sunshine :^D

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


The day has finally arrived! We got in the pool today after work. The boys had so much fun, it was wonderful to see them enjoy the pool.

Rob put the two pool loungers together. I did what every loving, supportive wife would do at a time her hubby is embarking on putting together something that has 3 million pieces! I went inside and made supper!!

Rob just reminded me...he tried to do a handstand in the pool and swallowed half the pool and snorted the other half up his nose...not pretty folks...and then he spend a considerable time at the side of the pool hacking, gacking, snorting, turning an unattractive shade of purple and making sounds that no one really wanted to hear...OMG! that man is dying! Someone should man is hurling his guts up....***slowing backing away - maybe no one saw me and I can get away before this gets any uglier than it is already....nope...stuck here...hearing the whole ugly episode**** It was lovely...did I mention that during the construction phase of the evening...he swallowed a mosquito...more hacking, gacking and ugly noises ensued...oh it was a lovely time in the backyard oasis today!! LOL!!

Off I go to tuck the boyo's in. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunshine :^D

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Went to the Movies...

Today the four of us went to the movies...we went to "The Last Airbender"

Can someone explain to me how taking 2 boys (one still gets kid prices) and two adults to the movies came to just under $100??!! I mean holy smokes BATMAN!! This is getting crazy!

The tickets were $51.25 and then the snacks were $43.00 We didn't go crazy with snacks either...we bought 3 large pop, 1 large popcorn and 2 medium popcorn...THAT'S IT!!!! How can people who make minimum wage afford going to the movies?? How did kids afford to go to the movies??

When I was a kid (11-18) I went to the movies just about every fact if I liked the movie I went twice! I saw the movie Grease 8 times in the Theatre...Grease 2 at least 6 times, Xanadu 4 times and others at least twice!

That wouldn't happen these days! Why have the movies been priced out of the average person's pocket book?? is this because the "stars" of the movies are making such horrifically high salaries? Is it the cost of making the pictures? What is the justification of charging us this much money to see a movie...when I can wait three months and buy it on DVD for less than $2o?! I don't get it!

OK maybe its because we are going to these supposedly wonderful "super complexes" to see our movies? I for one have no interest in playing video games, buying pizza or other things before I go into the theatre...I want popcorn and pop! I would love to get Jellytots but those don't seem to be made anymore unless they are the "tropical" flavour...what happened to old fashioned - normal flavoured Jellytots??

I digress, what movie did you all go to see last and what did it cost you? I suspect it's not so much to go to the movies for my friends stateside. Looking forward to your comments.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunshine :^D

Friday, July 2, 2010



We are so pleased to see our new pool almost complete. We bought it in May and it is finally being installed. We had hoped it would be installed sooner but Mother Nature and the company we bought it from didn't really work together. But, today is a new day and the pool is almost complete. We have to say that the workers they use are awesome! They are incredibly hard workers and seem to be doing an amazing job.

{this is the style of pool we got - we don't have a deck yet - that will be next year and we are thinking of going all the way around with that upper deck section for easy entry into the pool. Can't wait to get in and splash around with the boys!}

Our new grill finally arrived today as well. We will be breaking that puppy in this weekend. Its a real grill so we will now be able to actually grill with even heat and try out all of those awesome recipes we have seen and never been able to do on our Canadian Tire $88 bbq! Let the fun begin...***drool***

Well off I go to COSTCO to buy the new goggles for the boys and sun screen for Malcolm - our peaches and cream skinned boyo.

Hope you are all having a great day! Thanks for stopping by!


Sunshine :^D