Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Getting Our Hands Dirty

This week is all about physical labour.  Monday we pulled most of the 3 rooms that are receiving carpet apart.  Installation is scheduled for Thursday and Friday.  Today after the end of business we will pull apart the office.  For now we are sleeping on a mattress on the floor as our bed takes too long to take apart to leave until the last minute.  Our house looks like a gigantic storage facility - but if it wasn't open concept this would be a whole lot more difficult.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Garage Sale Time!

The keepers - Italian hand painted bird mug .25 cents, 2 mexican wine glasses - $1
 Yesterday Mom and I went to a couple of garage sales - being the long weekend in Canada there weren't that many but we didn't let it stop us.  First - the keepers.  A cute large hand painted in Italy mug.  Super cute and I love the colours - and I could not pass it up for the cost of a quarter.  And of course, Mexican glass - two wine glasses for $1 total.  I love Mexican glass, each hand blown, slightly different shape.  In Mexico this stuff is quite costly but fortunately I seem to find a lot of it on the second hand market at dirt cheap prices.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Beautiful Week

View from Seal Bay Park, Comox
 Last Sunday we took Buddy for a short hike through the rain forest, there is a neat park called Seal Bay Park that ends at the bottom of the hill at the ocean.  The tide was way out - and there were lots of little tiny sand crabs about.  The one below looks big in the picture (if you can spot him, great camouflage) but he was the size of a quarter. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

A Week of Planting

April was an expensive month - but things are happening around the little island pad.  All of the veggies are in the ground for the year.  3 different kinds of tomatoes, a dill plant, some cilantro, a sugar snap pea bed, and a couple of pots of cucumbers.  The strawberries have been transplanted into pots off the ground to try and help with loss to rodents. All the cost for the strawberries was last year so this year any that are harvested are free!  There are lots of flowers on them already, I think I will get a much larger strawberry crop this year.  I had all the pots already, ended up buying 3 trellis pieces for the peas at the dollar store - but everything else including bamboo sticks and cages were reused from previous years.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

SomeBuddy was sick this week

This week was a bit crazy - we spent most of it trying to nurse our furbaby back to health.  I have no idea what he picked up but there were several sleepless nights with having to take him outside every 2 hours as some internal bug raged through his system.  I had already had a vet appointment booked for Friday for his annual checkup and shots but instead cancelled that and moved it up to Thursday as I was afraid he was dehydrated.  I bought baby non-flavoured electrolytes and made some chicken and rice to try and get him back to health.  Fortunately the vet gave him a shot in the butt to help him stop puking (sorry) and a liquid oral treatment for what was coming out of the other end, both of which worked fairly quickly.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Celery Is The New Steak

So the week gearing up to Easter I was on the hunt for celery.  The partial limp celery head in my fridge wasn't going to cut it for turkey dressing.  Store #1 - my cheapest go to grocery store was sold out of non-organic celery but I could buy organic celery hearts in a bag (why must it be in a bag I ask, really super wasteful) for only $6.99.  Um, no.  Store #2 - my slightly more expensive go to store near my house.  $5.99 for a head of celery (not in a bag) non-organic. WTF?  Yes, I swore,  in real life I swore loudly.  Since when is celery per pound higher than meat?  I used to buy a head regular price all the time for $2.99, on sale for $1.99.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Easter Preparations

Easter 1970 - my first one (me in the middle) and our first in Canada
I have been continuing to purge and clean, this year's Spring cleaning unlike any other.  I came across this old photo of Mom, my sister (I don't talk about her as I don't get along with her) and me.  I was born in August 1969.  We moved to Canada in January 1970 from the USA and this would have been late March as Easter was early that year.  I still remember that old toybox in the bottom left of the picture.  Easter always meant a small toy, usually home made (I think Mom made that stuffed rabbit in the background, she used to sew), and some chocolate.  When I was older we always coloured eggs and hid them inside if the weather was crappy and outside if the weather was good.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Purging, Cleaning, Organizing

It seems I have gotten rid of my sinus issue - I actually think I may have developed some minor allergies at this point in life as now am taking allergy meds every day and most issues have sorted themselves, I feel much better.  It is beautiful when every tree/bush is in full bloom or growing new leaves but it sure does affect those with allergies.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

It's Springing

 Finally our trees have started to bloom, so pretty in the streets.  Many apple and plum trees with pink blossoms.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Bits and Bobs on Sunday

Another lovely weather week here on Vancouver Island.  Buddy is such a sun seeker, he really enjoys lying in the sunshine.  It got up to 17 degrees Celcius and he asked to go out far more than usual.  We are supposed to get two more days and then a full week of rain.  I don't mind though as it has been tough to work when it is so beautiful outside and Buddy sits there grunting at me all day to let him out.  We also need the rain, although we got a lot of snow in February, our most in 40 years we have had very little rain this winter.  I do not want to see a repeat of other summers with many fires and drought.