I am a planner person

I like to plan but have a hard time keeping up or other things get in the way. I found a digital planner I love. It is called the Boss Planner. Comes in white or black backgrounds. You can customize it. Hand write or type, add photos, use highlighters, stickers, geometric boxes, circles etc. So many options to create your own unique structured plan.

I use my Boss digital Planner as a general ledger of what I have to do. Then at night I put in what I accomplished and goals for the next day and I can move things around if I did not get an item completed. I keep all my appointments , zoom meetings and shop mailings and deliveries in the planner. It has a budget tracker, reading, plan for success etc. I also included in my purchase the fitness planner which includes goals, habit tracker, water intake, meal planning and grocery list etc.

Where to get it https://bosspersonalplanner.com/

Well part of my plan today is to set up my new echo dot with clock. My alarm clock is so old that it does not play music it plays static all the time. Most importantly, it takes forever to reset the clock on it when time changes or power goes out even for a second. Time for a change…

I love my Echo dots I have 4 now (3 regular black echo dots and the new echo with clock)

Echo Dot (3rd gen) – Smart…CDN$ 54.99 Shop now

I will move the regular echo dot into my office where I can now listen to audio books or music on demand. I have an old clunker of a stereo system but it just takes up so much space. As I am trying to streamline my online work I do need to hang out in my office more.

I also need to package a couple of orders received on Etsy this week. Canada Post service is so slow these days buyers are complaining that their orders are coming so late. Problem is I send out my orders and it is totally out of my hands. Reviews are getting trashed on Etsy sites that is discouraging to some Etsy Sellers. Please check out my shop online. https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/HandmadebyCAGrenier

Ok now to get on with my day coffee done, plan done now it is action time. Have a great day/week/weekend. Catch ya later


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Not as Bored these days

Ok so Ontario is opening up little by little. As of Friday last week hairdressers and other service people have been able to open. However those that have ventured out are noticing that people are not behaving. They are not wearing masks, adhering to social distancing or the ten people rules. They say the highest contractors of the Covid19 virus are young people teens to 25 you know that period where we feel invincible…

Neighbor works for a long term care home and they have had a couple of staff test positive but they did not work with residents. They did have to implement lockdown but are now out of it.

Enough on that I turn 65 this year and have to get myself in that mode of thinking I still feel 50ish in my mind although my body reminds me regularly I am not. I have been retired and creating art, cards and other items. I have supplemented my income through selling in the Artisans Shop in the ByWard Market for the past 4 years however it is closed and will not reopen so my online shops is the only place to find me now. Small business and local business are suffering…so please support us.

My Doctor is offering on phone appointments but I am good as long as my meds are up to date or refillable. My sister in all of this had to have a stent put into her artery going to the heart to encourage better blood flow. She went in for some tests doctor told her she needed the stent right away that it could not wait and took her in immediately. It will be another week before we see if it really helped.

I have become obsessed with Evermerge not a very difficult game but never the less obsessed. Any other Evermergers out there?

I have not even been able to work in the backyard the pollen from the popular trees in neighbors yard piles up and flies everywhere. The effects are not immediate but once inside I start to sneeze, watery eyes and runny nose lasts about half an hour. I am on a daily allergy pill or it would be much worse.

What is that white fluff, anyway? – Toronto Gardens
Picture from Toronto gardens

I lost my honeysuckle disappointed for sure so I planted morning glories to cover my balcony trellises that I created to give me some privacy from immediate neighbors.

Well I better get on with my day Check out the online shops.

Keep on Keeping on…


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A little bored today

I was a little bored today so I put on my owl socks and a new series called Broke. I had to do groceries in my mask and gloves. Ordered a prescription to be delivered. Got an order that I need to process (highlight of the day) and still have a crap load of stuff to load into the general store. Hand knitted slippers and under the crocheted category shopping bags, washcloths, hats in three styles messy bun/pony tail hats, beanies and pompom hats ….let me know if you are interested and I can prioritize.

I need to plan my time wisely and it is not working well. Dog and Cat have me up at 5 AM to go out and then feed usually I am up creating listings, or making cards, jewelry etc. now I fall asleep on the couch wake up at 10:30 and feel groggy all day. Need to stop that for sure…

The most exercise I get is going up and down the stairs and taking the dog out to the backyard. He is an older dog so no interest in taking long walks unless I carry him halfway…lol good for me not so great for him.

I did find a live stream by one of my favorites JournalArtista but has to go before it was over. Good to see her back online it has been some time. Live streams I can work and listen and spend time with friends in the art comunity all the same time so that was a bonus too.

Well that is about it chat soon. Sharing is caring… Let me know what your weeks are like. Ontario is talking about opening things up soon but schools are now closed for the year. There will be major restrictions still but at least it will feel less confined. It will also be interesting to see what the new normal will be as the Province and Canada gets back to work.


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We are in the 7th week of Home isolation

I was able to go grocery shopping with a neighbor up until last week now he has been exposed to Covid19 in his job because someone was not taking precautions. Now he has to be in isolation for 2 weeks. Come on people if you think you have a fever, cough etc. wear a mask, wash your hands and take all the precautions you can, just saying…

I am 64 years old and have a compromised immune system so I can not really go out and shop because I need to take a bus.

Other than that I am doing well received 3 orders in the last 2 days to prep and mail. That makes me very happy.

New listings in CA’s General Store and many more to come.

Have discovered my old CD library as well so listening to Macy Gray, Sade and some other oldies..

Just a quick check in. How are my peeps doing let me know…


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I am so busy and I like it

As we all are sitting at home practicing physical or social distancing, I have not stopped working. Building inventory for the shop, reaching out to family members to help out making items to make this truly a general store for you of good quality products and variety.

My cards are my mainstay and another of my best tools is my is a trimmer. I have both a guillotine

and a basic one from Fiskars

A good paper trimmer is essential in card making or scrapbooking clean precise cuts make the project look professional.

Happy crafting


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This has been a horrible week so far

It is like my luck went from good to bad overnight. Tuesday I went to put a pod in my Keurig and the point that punctures the bottom of pod for the water flow broke right off.

Wednesday Drama in the shop area and we have some sketchy individuals frequenting the shops around us they started to come into ours and we ask them to leave. Security can not do anything unless they do something but that is just it we don’t want them to do something so we just have to tell them to leave if they persist then security can do something.

Wednesday night came home to a post office notice saying I owed more money for customs charges and that I have to go to the post office to pick it up.

Today I called the dentist office to have them look at a tooth that was driving me crazy and it had to be removed…and I now need a partial plate so I can eat whoopee and a whole bunch of money.

We have now two cases of the covid19 virus in Ottawa that are confirmed. All Schools in Ontario will be closed for three weeks instead of one. Testing centers are being set up. Most if not all sports teams are cancelling the season, And so on…

It better turn around soon…oh did I mention tomorrow we have a weather warning Rain will begin late tonight west of Ottawa and move eastward. Across most areas the rain will end early Friday afternoon. Many areas may receive total rainfall amounts of 15 to 25 mm.

Have a great day…Have you ever has a week from hell like the week I have had?


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Today was a little rough today

Everything I wanted to do got half done. Tried to work on cards area to messy clean it up a little dog needed to go out. It was a beautiful day outside but I had too much to do inside. loaded a couple of more items on Etsy and on CA’s General Store but I really need to do cards but wait have not eaten yet. Made myself something to eat. Finally got back to the cards needed to clean up more. Made room for my Cricut so I could make something critical for my cards and low and behold had to download the new download for Cricut now it is lunchtime and walkies for the dog.

Sidetracked again Amazon delivery of my new Fitness tracker so I needed to set it up. Did that trouble getting it off the 24 hour clock but finally did.

My other tracker watch died a sad death in the pocket of my jeans…oops this one is waterproof…fail safe I hope.

I took the dog out one more time the software had finally down loaded and I managed to cut out enough of the items for my cards. Now it is suppertime where did the day go.

I managed to glue together a few of the pieces and make one card and the glue clogged up that finished me for the day. Made supper took the dog out for a longer walk only managed to earn about 1889 steps today…hopefully will do better tomorrow.

I am in the shop tomorrow not sure what excitement there will be school trips, tourist buses who knows hopefully some sales.

When you have unfulfilled days what do you do?


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Today the clocks sprang forward and it has been difficult

Time change for me has always been a challenge as with most individuals…All I seemed to do all day was doze off. So much to doooo…zzzz. At least in between snoozes I have managed to do groceries and laundry. I also decided that I needed a small crockpot the one I have is huge feeds probably a family of 7 comfortable. Being that I am 1 person with a limited freezer space I thought it was a little excessive. We really only use it at Christmas when the gang is all here for the ham.

So I Checked on Amazon and ordered this little red number that happens to go with my decor the Hamilton Beach 3 quart for only 29.97.

Tell me how you cope with the time change?

Oh and Happy International Women’s Day


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My Second Crafting Tool I can not live without

The second most used item I use in my studio is my Mini Misti stamping tool. The Misti has been copied and in all its incarnations I still love my Misti. Silicone/acrylic stamps and rubber cling can be used in the Misti, I can make as many multiples of the same card as I want the stamp won’t move. Perfect every time unless the user messes it up.

Let me know what stamp tool you use and why?

Happy crafting


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These days what is my typical day

Zoey the cat does not like to wait around in the morning and likes to have her food by 5:30 am. Bear the dog is quite happy with that schedule because he is need to go outside for his first relief of the day.

Next I feed the dog, make my coffee and play Gummy drop and Wordscapes just to get the brain working and engaged. Next I make a list of what needs to be done for the day (later in the day everything goes to hell in a hand basket). Then I either go upstairs to the computer or downstairs to the studio.

Unless it is Tuesday or Wednesday which are my days in the Artisan Shop Ottawa in the ByWard Market Square Building. I am part of a collective of about 8 artisans where we share the space, time and rent.

ByWard Market Square Building

But this week I decided to try to build CA’s General Store and look for affiliate or associate links to generate some supplemental income. I have been lucky that starting this week I have an affiliate link with Beadfx and now Amazon so there will be products with links in my blogs. I am putting it right up front. Amazon requires me to have 3 linked sales per month so I need to build my following and would love if people recommend my site.

The book I am reading right now has been recommended to me so far so good a little raw at the beginning but seems to settle. “Startling, unclassifiable. . . Full of mysteries — all originating in its characters’ troubled psyches — and full of terrors that can’t be explained.”—New York Times

Well that is it for today. Need to get on with my list before life derails me from it…

Question of the Day: How do you cope with sticking to your plans for the day and life getting in the way?

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