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Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Tiny House, BIG hail, and Renovations

Well, we are here.  :o)  I've hardly heard the dogs barking...it's been nice.  We were not able to move in early so we had to entertain all the kids on Canada Day weekend.  Son1, Jenna, Jude, Hubby and I all walked to George Lane Park in High River on July 1st.  There was music and events and we stopped for pie at Evelyn's Diner.  We could see the fireworks that night from our backyard.  Sunday we played cards outside and just relaxed.....I twisted or pulled something in my back Saturday and it was not fun!  I had a hard time getting comfortable or doing anything.  Daughter1 took another week off and continued to pack while the guys moved things....we have a utility trailer and rented a big U-Haul truck (for only one day but in hindsight we should have kept it for at least two days!).  Monday they were both loaded right up ready to go bright and early Tuesday morning when we did get possession.  Long story short....it all got here.  Hubby's shop is almost all organized and the other garage is FULL of my stuff.....mostly quilting.  This is where some of the renovations come in......the unfinished basement will be finished....a bedroom, bathroom, utility/laundry room and the rest will be left open...so basically half of it lengthwise.  That will be my sewing area.  Hopefully there will be room for a bit of a sitting area on one end and a tv.  The framing is starting next weekend.  Flooring upstairs will be replaced.  Off white carpeting does not work for us and the dogs although it is nice and cozy!  LOL  Light fixtures, painting, and little things here and there to make it our own need to be done.  Nothing major upstairs!  This is a (bad) pic of our little bungalow on a rare cloudy day.  (the sunroom is on this end...my favourite room)  We haven't had many cloudy days since we moved but we have had a couple of thunder storms.......





 ....which included HUGE hail last Sunday.  Thank God they weren't all this big but I have never in my life seen hail this big!  The sound on the roof was awful!  Hubby and I wondered if we were jinxed as far as the weather goes!!!!!!!!!!!!!  No damage...can you believe it but I think it was because of the direction it came from and that we are really well protected here with trees.




At the end of the week we moved, it had been so hot so we took the babies to Little Red River...lots of people were floating down the river...it's shallow (where we went), warm and sandy.  The babies LOVED it! (I think Son1 and Papa loved it too!!!!)


Here are these two digging in the driveway!  We will have to get a sandbox one day!


Jude turned one year old this day!  Oh these two are growing up way too fast but are getting more and more fun!!!!  

So one day, when I can get my sewing/quilting room all set up and all the major renovations are done and I'm done painting....I'll be able to really relax!  (and SEW!!!!)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

On The Move!

Just taking a moment to write an update.  I laughed at my previous post about renting! That idea didn't last too long.  We had decided to go north of Calgary to look at houses...Didsbury or Olds, as it would be half way for the kids to come and see us and Hubby would be able to come home every night from work.  When doing a property search an acreage came up even though I hadn't ticked the acreage box.  (was someone sending this to us???) We had arranged with a realtor to look at places and added the acreage to the list......long story short, the acreage will be our new home!  Here is a google earth picture of it.....it's the one on the far left...top one...nice straight driveway.  Wish I knew how to circle  it!!!  There are two garages/shops on the property and Hubby is beyond happy about that!  The house is a little bungalow....when I say little, I mean little.  We will be going from over 3000 square feet to just over 1000 square feet!  But the area is so peaceful and quiet and everything is immaculate!!!!  An older Ukrainian couple own it and you could seriously eat off the unfinished basement floor!  This place is about 35-40 minutes from Hubby's work so he is also looking forward to coming home every night and sleeping in his own bed!  

I have been packing like crazy because we get possession of the new place July 4th (but they are letting us in early...likely this weekend)  I know I am packing waaaaaay too much stuff!  I had a garage sale last Saturday and got rid of some stuff but still have a ton leftover to be donated.  This picture is a tip of the packing iceberg!


Daughter1 has taken the week off to help me pack and this little munchkin goes to daycare and then comes for supper.  I will miss these impromptu visits but will have to make the most of long weekend visits!!!


Son2 is coming tomorrow and then Son1, Jenna and this cutie patootie are coming on Friday!  Can't wait to see this little walking machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


So things are falling into place.......I hope.  Have to get to the lawyers to sign papers soon.  I met the buyers of our house the other day.  Super nice couple with three kiddos.  They will liven up the neighbourhood for sure!!  

Well, off to get ready for the day.....Daughter1 will be here soon!  


Monday, June 5, 2017

My Head is Spinning!!!!!!!!

These last few days have been CrAzY!  Let me fill you in!  
But first off I treated myself to some peonies.....LOVE this flower....they are beautiful and they smell wonderful!  They are all open now.

Daughter1 surprised me with this mug!  <3 


My friend is in the hospital in Edmonton....recently diagnosed with leukaemia (AML) and is undergoing chemo....her treatments are finished but she has to stay in hospital for a total of 30 days.  She sent me this picture....the bird picture is something I painted for her...I also made one for her daughter.  I was so touched that this is something she will be looking at for 30 days.......I hope my prayers and positive vibes come through it.  I need her to get better......


This morning I popped into the kindergarten class I was working in.  They presented me with this adorable picture!!!!!  Each grape was a picture made by the children.  The purple ones were from the class I worked with the longest and who I saw today.  They were to be pictures of them and I.  I think the kids were surprised I was there and I received many great hugs!!!!!!!!  I hope to pop in again before the end of the year.


I have signed up for this class that starts tomorrow night.  If you can, zoom in on the flowers in the basket.....cute! I really shouldn't take the time to go to this class but it's only for two evenings so I should be able to manage.......because........


We found out today that our house sold.......here's where the craziness comes in.  My friend Pam came for a visit and arrived Wednesday....she came with me to my Dr appointment in Calgary Thursday.  While at our stop at a quilt shop I got a call from the realtor we have had show our place a few times.  He asked if one of his associates could show our house....I said "sure"  So Pam had to withstand me cleaning and us driving around for over an hour on Friday only to find out our realtor had told me the wrong day! The showing was to be Saturday....and what else was Saturday???  My purging sale!!!!!  So I bumped the sale time up to end at noon, Pam left around 11, my friend Sue helped me at the sale and I quickly tidied up and Hubby, the dogs and I left again.....Lonnnnnng story short, we have accepted an offer but we have to be out by July 10!!!!!!!  Conditions are to come off next week......I am kind of panicking thinking of everything I have to do!  We are hoping to just rent for a bit while we figure out what and where we want to be!  Saying my head is spinning is an understatement.  We hadn't listed officially and had kind of thought we would wait until next spring!  LOLOL  Oh what is life if not unpredictable!!!!!   Here is my celebratory drink at supper tonight with Daughter 2


I will work on purging unwanted stuff and by then the conditions should be lifted and I can start packing!  Garage sales will be happening for the next few weekends.  I've got this!  hahaha (wish me luck!!!!!!!!!!)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Feels Like Summer!

We have had some amazing weather and I had Hubby in a motivated mood to get a few things done this weekend!  I do feel guilty asking but hey, this is his place too!  hahaha!!!  We planted a few more shrubs and some more perennial plants in the back flowerbeds yesterday.  We also gave them a good soaking.  I think the beds look much better and will really look good when the old plants start filling out and flowering.  I haven't bought annuals for my barrel planters yet.....one of these days.  I am just waiting for our big hail storm.  Maybe this year we won't get one.....fingers crossed!!!!!!!!

I am having another quilty purging sale this Saturday.  I didn't have one last year and still have a bunch of stuff to "relocate" (right Kathy!) to someone else's home.  I went through the kit cupboard and found more to add to it.  Here are a few of the things I decided to part with....I have some wool felt kits and a rug hooking kit to add as well....they are in another room.



Oh, good intentions!  And don't think the cupboard is bare.....FAR from it!!!!!! But I purged last week before Heritage Park Quilt Show in Calgary and decided I wasn't going to tempt myself this year.  *patting myself on the back!!*  But my friend Pam is arriving on Wednesday and I know we will visit a few quilt shops (I have a Dr appointment in Calgary Thursday so we might as well make a day of it!) so I hope I can have some restraint.  


This peanut spent most of the day Saturday with us....her Mom did too.  Here is a shot of a snapchat Daughter1 had sent me one day....she has discovered that she can take her clothes off!  Oh she cracks us up.....doing funny things like pretending to pass you something then pulls it away and laughs!!!!!  Hubby wants to teach her to say "psych!" when she does it!  The expressions she makes (this is one of her new ones) and just her overall personality, keep us laughing for sure!!!



And this is happening with the other peanut!!!!!!  He is always on the move so the fact he is starting to walk already does not surprise me!!!!!!!!  (I hope the video works!sorry I can't get it to work....so computer illiterate!)



Look at the facial expression when he starts!!!  Another one who cracks me up!!!!!  Time for a visit soon!!!!!!!!! (even though we just saw him on the long weekend!!!!)


I am working through my to-do list for the day....it's a long one but I am making headway!  Another beautiful day out there!!!!!!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great Long Weekend!

May long weekends are typically met with rainy or snowy weather.  This years was amazing!!  Hubby and I headed north to our hometown for a visit.  I took this picture to show the bugs on the windshield......Northern Alberta has a lot of bugs!  LOL  The drive was nice and quiet but lonnnnnng!


We arrived late Friday afternoon and on Saturday I went to town to visit my favourite shops.....the quilt shop was closed for the weekend......I get that retailers need a long weekend too but I won't say I wasn't disappointed.  The bank account was happy though!


My favourite giftware store was open though!!!!!  I had a great visit with Erica and made some purchases.....the BIG one I will reveal at a later date (it's not even here yet!)  But I LOVE my new mug!!!!!!



Lunch on Saturday was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!  I took my Dad out to Christies Greenhouse and had lunch at The Farm Truck...a food truck owned and operated by our friends Carey and Diane Perry and their "daughter-in-law" Morgan!  It was GREAT to see them too and the food!!!!!!  DROOOOOOL!!!!!!  We met Son2, Jenna and Jude out there so Jenna and I split the poutine and beer bread burger and then had the toffee pudding for dessert (no pic!)  They are fully booked for the summer and I can see why!!!!!



Sunday these guys came out to my Dad's and then a whole bunch of people came for supper.....my brothers and their crew (except one nephew) and family friends.



BBQ and wiener roasts; friends and family....life is GOOD!!!!!

My poor 4 Runner when we got home!  Hubby took care of that yesterday and got it all cleaned up!  


I've been "subbing" at the high school and this is my last week.......high school has changed ALOT since I was there.....I much prefer the young kiddos!  Not that the teenagers are rude or bad just different then the young 'uns!!  LOL  This afternoon and Friday afternoon....then I will have fulfilled my commitment!  Tomorrow I have a Dr appointment in Calgary so was unable to work.

My friend Pam is coming next week to visit for a few days (yippee!!!!!) and I am hoping to have a quilty garage sale on Saturday morning.  I still have quite a bit leftover from a couple of years ago but I need to add to it too!  That will be next weeks job!  

Always something that needs doing!  Keeps life interesting!!!!!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sniffle, A-choo!

Yep, caught a doozy!  It seemed to come on quickly....is it a cold or allergies?  I don't know if I have allergies but this is most definitely in my eyes too!  I think I need to take a trip to the drugstore for allergy medicine....can't hurt right??  My nose is sore and red and I feel just rotten!  My Dad is coming for a visit and is arriving tomorrow.  He is planning on staying until Sunday so I can't feel this bad.

Have I mentioned what wonderful neighbours we have???????  GREAT ones and if/when we decide to sell and downsize (coming soon I think.....listing anyway, who knows about selling!) I will MISS these neighbours!  Where else can you go and have an NHL referee cut your grass???


Kowel's are an amazing family!  All of them.....Tom's wife is so great too....and they have very nice kiddos.  He knows Hubby is out of town for the week so just came over and cut the grass for me.  

I have decided to do the appliqué for the Buggy Barn quilt in wool.  There's not a lot to appliqué and I have enough wool, it will be easy and quick to do.  I picked out colours today but that's as far as I got....soon!  My next set of Kim Diehl fabric came today!  Yikes....I haven't done last months blocks yet!

Once again I feel the need to manage my time better.  I have so much that needs to be done.....I'm desperate to get purging the whole house.  I'm trying to start by selling my tabletop quilting frame and machine that I have only used it once!  It needs to go....if we do sell we will be looking to downsize and I doubt there will be room for this frame.

Off I go to the drugstore before I'm really flat out!  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sewing, Shish Kabobs and Snow

Whoa it's been awhile!  

Not too much to report.  Proof positive my life isn't that thrilling!  hahaha  (and for that I am thankful!!)

We had our spring break from work last week.....first having the whole family here for Easter (where we broke from tradition and barbecued shish kabobs and hot dogs for our "Easter" meal Friday....and it was GREAT!) and I got lots of grand-baby cuddles; the girls and I went for pedicures Saturday and the whole weekend was just wonderful.  Hubby took Monday off from work so we were able to have a quiet day together.  My week off went so quickly!!!  I started a new project (when I have a million projects already started!) a Buggy Barn project called Hearts Come Home  I have the blocks pieced.  On four there are bits to appliqué....representing the seasons.  I'll do that before I sew the blocks together.  Colours aren't true but here they are:


As per usual, the procrastinator ME worked on getting paperwork ready for the accountant last week too.  I really dislike when something is hanging over my head and I start losing sleep over it so I have to just "do it"!  It really didn't take me long!


Today I was supposed to meet my friend Pam in Calgary.  She was there with her daughter who had surgery.  But this happened:


My family can tell you how much of a chicken I have become when it comes to driving.  I felt so bad!!!!!!  She said she had brought some hand work to do to keep her busy.  :o)

Later on in the day this happened:


Welcome to southern Alberta!!!!!!  ARGH!!!!!

I had a super busy day at work yesterday...we did screening for next years kindergarten kiddos....I had thought it would be an easier day but I was wrong!  I left work feeling super exhausted!  But having plans on meeting Pam today I forced myself to do my housecleaning and some laundry once I got home.  That meant, when plans changed today, I had no chores left to do.  I really accomplished nothing.....I sat and watched several episodes of Call the Midwife on Netflix, crocheted a dishcloth, and made banana bread (the house still smells amazing!).  I didn't have any walnuts (I love my banana bread with walnuts) but it turned out very tasty and I can bring it in my lunch tomorrow (nut free)!



Crappy weather is in the forecast for the next couple of days.  This is the end of April Mother Nature.....come on!!!!!!  Hubby cut the grass on Sunday (just tidied it up) and now there's more snow to come?  I'm sure it won't stick around, like it didn't today.  Good sewing weather and I should work on getting this top done.....and more Kim Diehl houses as the next ones are on the way!  I am NEVER out of projects!!!!  :oP