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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Superstitions

Hi everyone! It's a beautiful spring like day! 16 above my friends! The snow is melting at a ferocious pace, and my car is disgustingly dirty. I have been looking forward to a warm day like today so that I can chip at the ice on my curb! The thawing of ice and snow leave a puddle on the sidewalk in front of my house, which in turn freezes and thaws. I get a sick satisfaction of chipping away at the ice so that the water can flow to the sewage drain one house over. A few blisters, sore arms, and a claw like right hand later, I can happily see from my front window that the is water flowing to the drain. Ahh, bliss :)

So today I want to talk superstitions. Superstitions are a funny thing. How some people are superstitious, while others aren't so concerned. Don't break mirrors! Watch out for black cats crossing your path! Don't walk under a ladder! Don't even mention Friday the 13th!

Have you ever noticed there is not an aisle 13 at Save On Foods? I worked at one while finishing up university, and only noticed then. No aisle13 at the grocery stores cracks me up. Even if there is no 13 listed, it is still the 13th aisle. Hmm, I don't know if the other grocery stores have an aisle 13, I'll have to check.

I'm sure all cultures and groups have their own superstitions, but the Chinese are extremely superstitious. I'm going to talk about just houses right now. I haven't done any research, I'm just going to tell you about the things I've heard from my own family. We are of Cantonese background, so I'm not sure if the following apply to all or most Chinese groups, or just the southern ones.

The Number 4

Chinese people in general don't like the number 4. It is because it sounds like 'die', as in death. The tones are slightly different, so they're not true homonyms. But the Chinese love their puns and it's close enough. Anyways, some people refuse to have the number 4 on anything. License plates, house numbers...The number 4 has actually never bothered me. It's been in all my house numbers, both as a child and my own homes as a grown up. I'd even say it's one of my favourite numbers, since I had 4 people in my family as a child, and my own family now as an adult.

Parallel Doors

My parents had their current house built when I was around 9, so I'd heard about a few things about what is 'lucky' or not lucky. The front door and back door can not be parallel and line up. Otherwise, money that comes into the house will flow directly out of the house.

Front Door at an Angle

Similar to parallel doors. the front door should not be at an angle, it should be parallel to the sidewalk. I think this one has to do with luck and fortunate not having an easy way into the home.

Stairs Parallel to the Front Door

Stairs should not line up to the front door, otherwise luck will not enter the entirety of the house.


And there's a whole bunch of feng shui stuff that I don't even know about!

Have a great day! Don't step on any cracks, or you'll break your mother's back! ;)







Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day

Hi everyone!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner.

According to Wikpedia, it began as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more saints named Valentinus. Legend has it that during imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell. February 14 became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By 18th century England, the day had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by offering flowers, sweets, and sending greeting cards known as "valentines".


I don't know, I feel it's so commercialized now: Valentine's dinner, Valentine's flowers, and all premium priced. I had worked in a floral shop during university, and flowers, especially roses, were super expensive, the shops don't make that much money on them on that day, the prices at the greenhouse suppliers are increased due to supply and demand. I've told my husband he's lucky I'm low key and don't need anything for that day, haha.

I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer. I like all the red and pink, and I'm not normally a hearts kind of girl, but they're sweet for the occasion. I had stocked up on Valentine's last year for the girls, so they're starting to write them for classmates now. A is busy practicing her newfound writing skills. I like that the boxes of Valentine cards are enough for the whole class. We did some Valentine crafts last Monday the PD day, so over the weekend, I swapped out the Chinese New Year decor for Valentine's Day decor. 
I did make some cute felt Valentine pins, pictured in my last post. My girls will wear them tomorrow, and we also gave some to a couple family friends. Maybe I'll even make a heart shaped cake or cookies!

The black heart in the picture is pretty cool. I got a package of them from Dollarama, and you scratch out the design, revealing pretty colors underneath.

XOXO
SWAK (remember this one, sealed with a kiss!)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Good Morning Sunshine!

Hi everyone! Auggh, my Netflix isn't loading, does anyone else have that problem when they try to sign on through the tv? Loading it onto the ipad or through whatever PS box my husband has has never given us issues, but through the tv? Bad bad bad.

Well, I didn't realize it has been this long since I've posted anything. It was a busy couple weeks of CNY, lots of eating. Last Wednesday was busy, line up for kindergarten registration, (don't even ask, the program at the high school is in high demand), in school field trip for C, signing up for the kids' swimming through the City, and I'd gone back and forth to C's school 4 times that day.

I've been feeling lazy lately. But lazy and creative, I've been back into making felt crafts these past few weeks, in addition to using the knitting loom like a mad person. I've made lots of felt food off and on over the years. It started as toys and accessories for my friends' kids (the oldest in the group) and then I've made some for my other friends over the years, as well as for my girls. I love felt, it's so versatile, and better yet, it doesn't fray! Maybe felt is my calling and I can do something lucrative with it. First, I better build a stock.


I can't believe it's Thursday already! It was a short school week, as the kids had a PD day on Monday, so we did some crafts and some baking. I'd picked up a cast iron waffle pan last week (at Superstore for $10!) so I played with that on Monday, knowing I need to get the hang of using it before making real waffles. It's nice in that it won't scratch, I have an electric waffle maker and two of the teflon coated plates are scratched. I'd looked into the cast iron ones before as a potential replacement, but they were expensive, so I was happy to see this cheapy one in the flyer to try out.


You can see one of my fails above. Actually, it's not bad, but the pan needs a lot of spray to make it non-stick. You need to really watch the temperature, I got some crispy ones too. And I've always been on the fence about whether I like our gas stove, but it's good for cast iron pans. I can't even imagine the damage I would do if I used the pan on our old ceramic topped one.


And here's my pretty one, staged for my Instagram shot. Yum! I just used some Bisquick for the first trial run. Looking forward to trying other recipes. Note so self: remember to grease the pan!

It's been cold in Edmonton again. The kids have been sick off and on the last few weeks. I've cleaned a lot of vomit, in the car, on the toilet (so close, but C missed and got it all over the grooves), and alas, the shaggy rug ('Girls, if you need to throw up, don't do it on the hairy rug, do it on the hardwood!) Now C has a cold. It's supposed to warm up again this weekend. No wonder the roads are wrecked here, up and done 20-30 degrees each week.

It's almost Friday! Happy Friday Eve! 💜