Featured Image: View from my front door
The view from my front door

Welcome to ‘Gaelyne’s Sanctuary’. If you’ve visited in the past (welcome back!) you probably noticed I’ve given my site a new name and look. I’ve spent several months working on this revamp – mostly trying to find the time to work on it. I chose the name ‘sanctuary’ because I found working on it has given me a sense of peace while the rest of my world seems to be falling apart. My husband was fighting lung cancer, so life was a little crazy then. It’s a place where I can come and make one small corner of the world a little brighter.

I have a variety of interests but they boil down to cooking, writing, taking photos and playing Bingo on Facebook. I hope you enjoy your visit and feel free to talk to me in comments or on the contact page.

What's in my Sanctuary?

My Blog

I had a few off-site blogs before deciding to have a blog on my own site. I don't blog very often, but when I have something I want to share, I'll write about it. The topics range from general, fitness, cancer, diabetes, vaping and maybe a rant here and there.

Recipes

I love cooking, sharing recipes and enjoying myself in the kitchen. Most are recipes I wanted to share with my kids or have available so I wouldn't lose them. I don't do fancy stuff, but I like challenging myself with learning to cook something I've never made before.

Photos

I enjoy taking photos with my camera and have a few projects I do such as Photo of the Day, and 12 of 12 days and a group on Flickr and Facebook called Challenge Friday. If I happen to cook something I'm pleased with, I'll often take a photo of it for my pic of the day. Mostly the photos I take are snapshots of my life, which is pretty mundane, I think. But my world is different from what my family in the USA experiences so sharing seems a nice thing to do.

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Photo a Day 2019

These photos are my Photo a Day 2019 selections.  I don’t take pics everyday, but I try to on most days, even if it’s pretty

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Photo a Day 2018

These photos are my Photo a Day 2018 selections.  I don’t take pics everyday, but I try to on most days, even if it’s pretty

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Challenge Friday

I’ve joined another photo group, where a challenge word is given on Fridays and we have a week to take photos that represent our interpretations

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Random Instagram Pics

My Facebook Fitness Page

17Mar20 I installed this on my own, and aside fro 17Mar20  I installed this on my own, and aside from a small leak in the connector that I fixed the next day, it went very smoothly.  This bidet was bought before all the hoopla about toilet paper, but I hadn’t had time to install it. This particular brand worked so much better than the cheap one I bought on ebay too.  #2020pad #yougetwhatyoupayfor #bidet #diditmyself  #toiletpapercrisis2020
05Apr20 Saying G’night to my family overseas at 05Apr20  Saying G’night to my family overseas at around 1am.  Those jammies are so comfortable I ended up wearing them for a good share of the day and hardly getting anything done.  I enjoyed the heck out of every ‘lazy minute’ too!! My face and head are finally starting to heal up from a recent bout of eczema.  I hate allergies.  #2020pad #bedtimeselfie #gnight #jammies #jammiesallday #eczema
03Mar20 My new favourite way to enjoy coffee. I 03Mar20  My new favourite way to enjoy coffee.  I was trying to reduce the amount of milk I use because it raises my glucose even though it’s not supposed to.  So a splash of milk and bigger splash of almond milk.  I wasn’t prepared to LOVE how it tastes!  But I do!  YUM!  Anyway, this pic is for Challenge Friday and the theme is ‘opening’. I love the style of openings the long life packages have these days.  Also, my coffee is from @urbanbrewpods are delivered to me and also make my coffee extra special.  #cf20 #openings #urbanbrewpods #ubmoments #coffee #almondmilk
25Feb20 Since it was Pancake Tuesday and I had a 25Feb20  Since it was Pancake Tuesday and I had a new mini waffle maker to try out, I tried my hand at making cinnamon roll chaffles.  The dark colour is from some really excellent imported cinnamon that a friend gave me.  And of course, what’s a waffle without some bacon? #waffles #chaffles #cookingforone #cooking #2020pad #cinnamonrollwaffles #bacon
15Mar20 Sunday night dinner. I found frozen pier 15Mar20  Sunday night dinner.  I found frozen pierogies recently so decided to have them with my Sunday dinner.  My ex-husband was Polish and there are few dishes I really miss.  This is one of them. They were excellent.  I had them with some seafood chowder.  #2020pad #cookingforone #cooking #pierogies #seafoodchowder #sundaysarespecial
06Mar20 I had a dinner date with a friend and we 06Mar20  I had a dinner date with a friend and we amused ourselves with his miniature crossbow that shoots toothpicks.  #2020pad #miniaturecrossbow #amusingourselves #thatwasfunletsdoitagainsometime
25Feb20 While shopping at Aldi I found this cute 25Feb20  While shopping at Aldi I found this cute guy and took a photo because I thought he was cute. It’s only him. He was there all on his own.  There’s more to this story but … later.  And, for Challenge Friday, he just happens to have a lot of seams!  #cf20 #seams #pig #piggy #stuffedanimals
03Mar20 Sign of the times at Coles. #covid_19 #vi 03Mar20 Sign of the times at Coles.  #covid_19 #virus #publicpanic #handsanitizer
28Mar20 Putting baking paper in the bottom of the 28Mar20 Putting baking paper in the bottom of the airfryer was a brilliant idea.  Clean up is so much easier - No more grease to deal with as it can be removed in one lot and often the pan underneath is still clean.  Why didn’t I think of this a year ago?? #2020pad  #cookingforone #cooking #airfryer #timesaver #easycleanup
04Mar20 My first programmed workout on my new row 04Mar20  My first programmed workout on my new rowing machine, and this is the PM5 monitor I ordered that arrived today. I installed it myself with no problems at all.  I’m trying to find the right damper setting for various purposes (long rows, short rows, etc.  The first 6 minutes was at damper 10 and I was meant to hit 16 for my strokes per minute but got close with a 17 average.  The 5 minute set was at damper 8 with a stroke setting of 20, which I matched for the entire 5 minutes.  I’m so damn happy to finally be hitting the correct stroke rate!! #rowing #darkhorserowing  #homegymlife #keepmoving #2020pad #concept2rowing #concept2pm5
30Mar20 Someone from the neighbourhood dropped th 30Mar20  Someone from the neighbourhood dropped this off for me.  It was expected on a Wednesday and was found on the weekend two blocks away and down a side street.  One reason why I love this area - lots of honest and really good people live here.  #2020pad #missingparcelfound #faithinhumanityrestored
18Mar20 That was fun and I may go for longer next 18Mar20  That was fun and I may go for longer next time, if it’s not too late in my day like today was. I rowed while @shanefarmer did his live bike time today. I was several hours late, but the video still helped make my home gym feel a bit more friendly. Here’s my results, and you’ll have to excuse my camera angle - I wanted to share how much I enjoyed the video!  #rowing #darkhorserowing  #homegymlife #keepmoving #2020pad
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