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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What a Difference a Year Makes!

I remember writing my post last year around this time talking about my breast cancer........has that really only been a year???  Seems like a lifetime ago!  But things are different this year......new (old) home, no health issues, new job.......life is good  🙋

Today is my 54th birthday......one more year and senior discounts at restaurants, Shopper's Drug Mart, etc!  Woot woot!  😆  I was planning on sewing something...anything in my almost organized sewing area:

Instead I am sitting down here in the cool basement (Hubby has to put the baseboard heaters on one of these days...the furnace isn't cutting it!) doing nothing....but that's okay too.  He is taking me for supper tonight but first we are going to find more cupboards (for all my scrapbooking stuff) and maybe a wardrobe cupboard for down here and then I can get the rest of these boxes unpacked!  (all the ones you DON'T see in the above picture!  hahaha)

Last week I went to where I now get my hair done, and had a pedicure and got nails again!  



Please excuse the feet...they look like the shape of duck feet without the webbing between the toes!  Oh well......my nails were pretty and we are working on getting rid of my old dry heels!  (TMI?? LOL)

Kim...look what I found!!!!!  I like it...not as good as the cherry I usually get but it's fun to have pumpkin spiced yogurt!!!  'Tis the season!!!!!!!



My first day of work went well yesterday.  The little guys I work with were exhausting and made me question whether or not I am too old for this sh*t!  But I will work on them......and hope to see improvement soon.  😼  I do love working in the classroom though...those little people are so fun!  The staff at the school seem amazing and very friendly!  It was dress like a pirate day but I haven't been able to access my emails yet so missed it!  I'll be ready next time!  I miss tomorrow as I have a Dr appointment in Calgary (just my usual) but there is a Professional Development Day on Friday I have to go to......in Foothills School Division the PUF EA's didn't have to go to them but here we do.  Hey, we get paid for it so whatever!  😃  I hope to get a bunch of stuff done this weekend too.  We may have a full house for Thanksgiving so I need to stop procrastinating!! 🦃

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

It's Getting Close!

It's a wonderfully rainy day today....started yesterday afternoon and is to continue through tomorrow.  Then it can stop!  We have things to do on the weekend but more on that in a bit!

Friday night I went to this little guys house!  Saturday his Mommy and Daddy were golfing in a tournament and so we had the whole day together.  He is BUSY!  When he is awake, he is not still.  We spent some time in the backyard between nap times and eating (he is an awesome eater!) and he wore Grammy out!!  But I loved every minute of it!  Look at that face!!!!!  💖💖


Sunday he came with his Mommy and I to the mall shopping.....I was going only for Bath and Body Works soap but also bought a t-shirt, chocolates for Hubby 😉, and coffee from Starbucks for the Keurig.  Of course I also had to buy this cutie an outfit...picked out by his Mommy of course!  I had a great weekend.  💗

Home on Sunday to the flooring in the basement all done!!!!!!  Woot Woot!  Here is the bedroom down there....we put the bed together last night.....the walls are a bit more blue than this I think.  The color is Smoke by Benjamin Moore (color matched at Home Hardware).


This will be my sewing area.  Hubby got the trim on last night except around the doors which he will get to this week.  I still have to paint the doors and frames.  The flooring guy we hired is likely in his 60s....he commented on how nice and clean the basement was to work in and then proceeded to tell Hubby he didn't like my pink wall!!!  Really?  😆  Good thing I wasn't there to tell him it was a good thing he didn't live in this house then!  🙄


This is the sitting room area:


And the stairs which we haven't done anything with yet and won't bother until all my stuff is hauled down........the door leads to the mechanical room and we have to build some sort of doors for the under-stair storage (which needs to be sorted out!)


Son2 is coming this weekend to help us pack stuff down so I really need it to stop raining by then!  I have ALOT of stuff but it will be nice to have help with the big heavy cupboards, etc.  By next week I hope to have things organized!!!  I'm so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Saturday afternoon we are going to Daughter2s exhibition game and will meet our friends Chris and Willi for an at-the-arena visit!  😃 Maybe we will get to see Daughter1 and our granddaughter too.  Next week is a busy one as I got a job!  It's only part time in a kindergarten class but next week I start on Tuesday, my friend Sue is coming for a visit Wednesday, I have a Dr appointment in Calgary on Thursday (I already had to take a day off work!!) and then I go into work Friday for a PD day.  Whew!  So I will be unpacking, sorting and organizing on Sunday and Monday and every evening for sure!!!!  I don't think it will take me too long although I think I will be short on storage since the big cupboard that held my kits may not fit down the stairs (gotta love old houses!).  Oh I'll make it work!  

I've turned the furnace on and it truly feels like fall......I have yet to decorate at all and my plan is to have a few things out by Thanksgiving weekend.  I don't have a mantle now so I won't need much out.  It's all good!!  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I Love Hearts!...and all things Pumpkin Spice!

I have become obsessed with finding heart shaped rocks!  LOL  Last weekend we took a drive down to the river and while there I found 5 more to add to my collection.....look at that one on the bottom right!  It is absolutely perfect!!!!!!  When we asked my granddaughter what it was she said "heart" right away!!!  Not sure what I will do with my collection.......I'll have to look out for creative ways to display it. 


Last week I ventured into Red Deer and stopped at Value Village....I LOVE thrift shops!!!!  I spent quite some time there (I need to look at everything except mens clothes!  LOL) and found these pjs!  Got them home and all washed ready for flannel season.....I hope they will fit me!  


This top was the only full price purchase I made as far as clothes go.  It was at a shop beside, what I thought, was a quilt shop.  Turned out they only sold machines.  Anyway, I couldn't resist this one either!


Daughter1 has taken a course on eyelash extensions and needed to do 5 models before she could become certified.  I was model number 3.  She did another yesterday and has one more booked for this week.  I'm excited for her!  And I think she's really good at it.  Now, I know she will get faster....this took three hours but her daughter did interrupt us a few times.....I had to lay there, eyes closed for that long!  I would nod off but start to snore so that woke me up!  HAHAHAHA!


Here is the current state of my sewing area of our basement.  Hubby put up the proper lights and I chose daylight bulbs as I didn't want to think I was working with red fabric that was actually orange!  The sitting area at the other end has warm light bulbs....they will be on a dimmer and can be on with or without these brighter ones!  The flooring guy was to come and start today but is delayed until Saturday which means I have time to get the second coat of paint on both this big area and the bedroom I painted yesterday.  That far wall with the chimney (it will be removed!) is going to get a special color!  This sewing room with not be all neutrals (because right now it does look boring!) and I am excited!  I will be sure to take a picture when the color is on!


Here is a picture of my new bathroom light fixture.  I need to frame the mirror now but baby steps!  (and that countertop has to go!)


I finally took my vehicle for a long overdue oil change yesterday.  Sundre has a Jiffy Lube and I have never been to one.......I was impressed with how thorough they were.....Hubby said it was because they wanted to find things to sell me!  LOL  I thought they did a great job for a great price!  Friendly, the place was super clean and it was so nice to be able to drive up and get right in!  I'm sure the 4 Runner is happier now too.  :o)


Because Red Deer is the nearest Starbucks (waaaaay too far to drive for a drink!) and it's Pumpkin Spice Latte season, I came upon a couple of things to add to my Baileys (which I haven't tried yet!) 



Both are "okay" and are most definitely NOT Pumpkin Spice Lattes! I'm sure I will enjoy one or two this weekend when I am up grandparenting my grandson!!  

Must get going to get more paint.......I hope my arms and hand will be able to move by tomorrow!  I also have trim and doors to paint!!!!!!!!!  UGH!  It will be over soon....Oh and trim upstairs too......double UGH!  hahahahaha!  "Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming....."

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Peanut, Renos (the saga continues), Remembering....

This peanut came for a sleepover on Saturday.....she is chatting so much more and can respond to questions and carry on a bit of a conversation (well, more one sided on Grammies part but still.....) and is becoming so much more fun!  It was a beautiful day so we went for a walk in the woods and came upon patches of squishy moss.....so off came our shoes and we walked on the moss and had a sit down where we found ladybugs, watched a squirrel chirping at us in a tree and collected pinecones.  Next time we will pack a picnic!  

We have had more fires in our fire pit this summer than we have had in the last 5 years in High River. I LOVE it!  The days are still warm (HOT this week!) but the nights cool off a lot so sitting out at the fire is absolutely perfect!!


The renos in the basement are continuing.....this was a pic of the drywall hung but our drywall taper/mudder Steph has been here since Sunday getting things all patched up and is doing a great job!!!  She is a hard worker!!!  Here before 7:30 and steady until after 3!  She said she will be done Thursday...........then paint, flooring, trim and I can move my sewing stuff in!!!!!!!  I hope I have enough room!!!!  LOL  With drywall up the room looks so much smaller!  I'll make it work....there's a room down there we will use as a spare bedroom....it might also house some cupboards of craft supplies and stamping stuff!  :o)


When we bought this house the previous owners left a BIG wall unit.  We realized it could come apart and once we got rid of the carpet also realized the pieces were on wheels (bonus!).  It was solid oak and built very well.  When I was up in HP I bought some Country Chic chalk paint originally to do our kitchen cupboards but thought I'd start out on these bookcases that were part of the wall unit.  THREE coats later (why didn't I prime first????  That paint is not cheap!) they are done.  

Before:


After:


I haven't painted the desk Hubby made.....I'm still deciding if these will stay here as the color is more yellow and kind of clashes with the wall color......I know I can use them in my sewing room.........but we will see.  This is how they are staying for now...........I had originally wanted to make curtains for the shelf area so that you wouldn't be able to see all the office stuff on the shelves....but until I decide where they will go I will hold off even filling the shelves.  

A gal I knew from HP posted a pic of this Baileys on FB the other day............I haven't tried it yet but I will!!!!


It has been six years today since this amazing woman passed.......ending her pain and suffering from that damn disease called cancer...she fought a long battle...and fight she did!  As painful as it has been to lose her, knowing she was pain free was a comfort.....but I miss her every day....wishing she was here watching her great grand babies, and just being here.......being my mom  <3 


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Less vs More

Well, I am taking a break from painting....this time a couple of small bookcases.  I need to get them done so I can organize some office stuff.....there are things I need but have no idea where they are.  Being unorganized is not my thing!  hahaha  I have to paint the desk too but haven't decided on a color....or if I am going to stain it.......I can get organized with the shelves so they are the most important.

Last weekend we loaded up the dogs and headed north.  Our dogs are really great travellers....I'm thankful for that because it is a long drive!  Here they are, curled up on their bed snoozing away! :o)


We were at my Dad's the day of the eclipse.  As you can see, we had cloud coverage and even though it felt like the lighting changed, we couldn't see anything (this picture was taken on my cell phone on selfie mode lol....it was taken over my shoulder....I did not look at the sun!)  It was pretty uneventful really.  Some of the pictures off the internet are beautiful.  We were no where near "totality" (that's the phrase right?) so it wasn't that big of a deal.


Here is the shelf/towel holder I ask my Dad to make from the picture off of Pinterest.  It's perfect!  Smells a bit like the finish he put on it but over time that will wear off......now to pretty it up a bit.  



We also picked up a tiller that was my Mom's.  After Blair did a minor repair it worked great!  My garden is all tilled and ready to relax over winter and be raring to go next growing season!!  I'm sure it will be worked up a few more times beforehand.  I'm excited to have a bit of a garden again.



I was thinking today (as I often do when I'm painting) about a friend of mine in High River.  We worked together for almost three years but she had never been to my house.  When we knew it was sold, and before I started packing, I invited her over to see it.  I had never been to her house but I knew it was smaller than ours.  She loved our house and kept asking if I was going to miss it.  I said the one we were moving to was so much smaller.....a lot less house for sure!  People are always asking for pictures of our new house.....of course I would like it a bit more finished before I send pictures.  Then I catch myself feeling a bit embarrassed (is that the word?) because it's sooooo much less house then the one we came from.  Are we programmed to think that we should always be "moving up"?  Bigger, newer, better??  That as a couple in our 50's we should be living the dream and in our dream house with everything perfect and high end? This house is a third the size of the one in HR.  This house is decades older than the one in HR.  This house needs some updating and renovating.  But I do know one thing.....the house in HR never felt like home and this one does.  We haven't had the whole family here for a holiday meal or special occasion and I know it will be a lot more "cozy" than the one in HR!  Once the basement is finished here I hope we will have space for everyone to sleep, even if that means bringing out the air mattresses.  Not sure what we will do to fit in enough seating around some sort of tables to eat our big family meal.  But we will make it work.  Our house may be less but so is our mortgage payment.  Our house may be less but so is the time it takes for me to clean it.  Our house may be less but it's one that Hubby can come home to every night after work because it's a shorter distance to travel.  It is our home......and that makes it so much more.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Big Squeeze 2017


It's been a continuation of the whirlwind called renovations but I had to take time out to have my annual mammogram.  I was really trying to keep my mind calm.....I tell others not to worry about things until there is something to worry about so I was trying really hard to heed my own advice.  The requisition from my Dr doing the Brachy Therapy (sp? I can't remember how to spell that!  LOL) gave me the request for the mammogram stating to also do an ultrasound 'if necessary'.  I went back to the radiologist in Okotoks who found my spot last year......why mess around and go to someone who is NOT the Dr with the highest breast cancer detection rate in all of Alberta??  When I went in for the mammogram the technician said that more often than not, once you have had a diagnosis you will need an ultrasound after the mammogram (wow, does that mean most people get "it" back again??) so I was prepared for that.  After the big squeeze, which once again wasn't near as bad as I had imagined even in the boob with the scar tissue, the tech went to find the radiologist to make sure she didn't need to take more images before I went for an ultrasound.....so I sat and waited.....knowing that an ultrasound meant there was something there they would want a better look at.  When the tech came back, with a big smile on her face, she said Dr Lo said there was no need for an ultrasound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He would send his report to Dr H (at Tom Baker who I will see this week.)
  I wanted to jump for joy!!!!!  


Because my appointment was early Friday morning I went and stayed at my friend Sue's the night before.  We had a great visit and she brought me to my mammogram because afterwards we were heading into Calgary to go to a quilt shop (turns out we went to three!)  I celebrated my "victory" by doing a bit of shopping and treated myself to a few goodies!!  LOL  

When I got home Friday I was expecting the flooring, trim, etc would be getting finished and we could get the main floor of the house back.......nope.  But the one guy came back yesterday and it is all DONE!!!!  (I'm supposed to be cleaning so I can get started on painting our bedroom but I haven't started yet....not that it will take me long to clean this tiny house!  LOVE IT!)  So we took the dogs and went for a drive....and went to the Dickson Dam.  I didn't get many pictures but it is freaky driving on a road where the water is high on one side and waaaaaaaay down low on the other.  Here's a pic of the actual dam and the low side.  



I have finished painting the living room, kitchen, hallway, kids room and bathroom.  I had a vision and sent my dad a picture of a project off of Pinterest and voila it's done!  We will hang our towels on the pipe and decorate the rest! Can't wait to pick it up this weekend when we head north.


Saturday we went into Red Deer to Home Depot and found a light fixture for the bathroom (I love it!), a new ceiling fan (I love it!) and a fixture for the back entry (Love it).  (they aren't hung yet because nothing is simple around here!) We still need to find a few more light fixtures to replace the dated ones here and a ceiling fan for our bedroom.  Slowly but surely it will all come together.....ssssslllllooooowwwwwlllllyyyyy!

Drywall hanging should start in the basement soon.  Some drywall was delivered yesterday........I might bring out a sewing machine, etc and sew at the table in the sun room soon......once the remaining two rooms are painted.  :o)  I need to feel fabric and hear the hum of my machine!!!  Soon!!!!!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Renos....Can We Be Done???


As promised I have some progress pics for you.  (This will be a long post!) This seems to be taking forever but the guys doing it come after work so instead of taking two full days they are doing a few hours here and there.  Besides helping these young guys out with some extra money and the fact they are doing a very nice job as they are fussy, it's a bit of an inconvenience because they arrive here at 5:30 and, up until after yesterdays shift, I wasn't able to use the kitchen then which is when I would be preparing supper for Hubby.  They are here until 8:30 pm and afterwards there is clean up for me which is not what I want to do at 8:30 pm.  Whining aside, it is coming along and should be 100% done by Thursday night! Tonight is the rest of the hallway and bathroom and then trim.  

   In the listing for this property it said there were hardwood floors under the carpet...fir. I am so thankful we decided to change the floors instead of refinishing because, yes there was hardwood under most of the living room and down the hall, but there was a HUGE patch job and plywood in front of the stairs to the basement and the kitchen.



What a mess.....self levelling stuff was needed and our carpenter even did a bunch by hand...literally spreading it with his hand.....then it had to be sanded.......well....THE DUST WAS EVERYWHERE!!!  I seriously wanted to cry............I'm sure I will be finding dust in nooks and crannies for awhile......

Here is the flooring we have chosen.  I need to do a lot more painting (I'm finishing up the second coat on the hallway today and will do a second coat in the kitchen when I am done this post) then the bathroom.....then two of the bedrooms as I haven't found a color I like for the spare room.  I can then paint some of the furniture......the oak wall unit and bookcases and then the kitchen cupboards.  Oak be gone!!!!  HAHAHA! (I've never really painted furniture before...yikes!)


My accent wall.....where the two bookcases and "desk" will go.  The floor is done there now.


I will be so super happy when this painting is done.  My poor carpal tunnel hands and arms are taking a beating.  Drywall for the basement will likely happen next weekend....then taping, then more painting and more flooring!  Will I be ready for Thanksgiving????  :o)

This little dude went to his Daddy's stylist and had his hair cut.....pretty fancy!

This little princess came for a visit last weekend.  She loves her car!


She LOVES her quad rides with Papa!!!!!


Yesterday afternoon I popped into Olds to get paint.  Before I stopped at the paint shop I went to a quilt shop.....I was looking around for a bit (for fabric for a valance in the kitchen and curtains for the bookcases as they will be holding office stuff, etc....I'm sure I have suitable stuff in my stash once I can get to it!!!).  Anyway, I was going to take one more look around the front of the store, came around the corner and there were two gals I knew from my old home town!  They were coming back up from their trip to Montana and Idaho (I believe).  We had a quick visit because they were going to be driving all the way home yesterday and I knew they wanted to look around the shop.  It was nice seeing them and catching up on a bit of hometown news.

When I got home I had a headache (NOT from the visit....I was starving and hadn't drank any water all day!).  The guys came and were sawing and pounding so I wanted to find a nice quiet spot......well, I tried here but it's on the side of the house where the sawing takes place!  I ended up going way out to the "pond" and had a nice sit-down with a couple of magazines.


When Hubby got home we had supper outside at the back of the house, had a fire in the fire pit then decided to take the dogs to the river.  Of course I had to look at rocks and these are what I found!


This one is so neat.....I could not get the small rock out of the big rock!  I wonder how long it's been in there and how it got there and got stuck!!!!  


Off to paint.........*sigh*  One day it will be done but it won't get done unless I do it!  LOL!