Friday, December 6, 2019

A Funny Today

You may have already seen this but our town had a whopper of a Christmas blooper advertising the Christmas parade this year.  Instead of pictures with Santa, they advertised pictures with Satan.  I immediately picked up on the typo and hubby and I had a good laugh.  This is a free paper that is delivered to every household in town.  Apparently, this gaffe gave not only our town a good laugh (what else can you do but laugh?) but the news picked it up and apparently it made the New York Times and Late Night with Seth Meyers along with many Canadian news outlets.  The town sort of embraced the error and along with Santa there were a couple of Satans at our parade.  I actually wanted to go to it because of the error but unfortunately, we were traveling back from Alberta that day.  We just hope someone didn't lose their job over it.  Obviously, more than one person proofed it including the Downtown Business association so many people overlooked it.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

I've not gone underground

So we are back from our 4 night trip to Alberta.  It was minus 17 degrees celcius for most of the time we were there - we are sure wimps since we left.  I was cold the whole time.  I do not regret for a single moment moving out to Vancouver Island.  It did dip just below zero at home while we were gone but it really happens so rarely and yet we still have 4 full seasons here, which I like.  The days leading up to the trip were filled with madly trying to finish painting the living room and decorating for Christmas as I like to have most of it done before we leave on our annual December trip.  When we were putting up the outside lights on the house I found this in our gutter. Some bird must have dropped it on our roof, either an eagle or a crow.  It was fully petrified - didn't even smell so must have been some time ago. 

Monday, November 18, 2019

All In!

A very quick update of our living room.  We are now all in.  See the picture below - yes, there is still painters tape and newspaper on the mantle - but we love the new colour.   We have to do a couple touch-ups today but this paint is both paint and primer, costs more but only a single coat is needed if going over an existing painted wall in good condition.   The initial grey we picked out with a touch of blue was just too light, almost an off white so we drove to the store and picked out classic silver.  I wanted drama and contrast and this has it.  The living room will remain in chaos for several days so you don't get the pretty after shot.  We've decided to do the other wall this week in late afternoon when our workday is mostly over.  This is not an easy job, we have 9 ft ceilings in the entire house, and you can barely see it in the 2nd shot but we also have a 10 foot tray ceiling in the living room which will mean renting a taller ladder than the one we have.  It is also hard on the body to paint up that high.  Best we do it now as later in life I can't see us doing this.  We are both very happy with how the wall looks - we may need to pick out some new art for above the fireplace (thinking something figural and metal) as the orange heron at sunset shot no longer works there.  I took that photo of a heron at sunset and hubby had it nicely framed so it will be moved to the bedroom.

All of our other furniture will go nicely with this new colour - as well as all of our kitchen renos as the quartz countertop has areas of grey and our subway tile is a shade of grey as well.

As for the expensive gallon of paint that was too light, we will either use it in one of the bathrooms or the utility room so it won't be wasted.   Anyway, I appreciate all the suggestions.  We are very happy with the result!



Sunday, November 17, 2019

When One Thing Leads To Another

So back in 2012 when we bought our home we never changed the interior paint colour except in the bedrooms which were pink.  We simply matched the paint and did touch-ups which in some cases meant painting the whole wall.  Our home is an open concept so painting the kitchen, dining room, living room and two large hallways is kind of a big undertaking.  I've never been in love with the builders beige (which hints more towards peach than brown), in fact have pretty much hated it but we've lived with it.  After we decided to stay rather than sell in the Spring we changed out the carpets, rearranged rooms and ordered new bedroom furniture.  We put hubby's drum kit back in the spare bedroom as even though there is a proper room for guests it still fits in the corner.  Who wants a room only used 10 days of the year when family is over?  We also still have a treadmill in there as it folds up, and yes, it actually gets used.  Our old bedroom furniture is in there and provides lots of extra storage.  In fact, the house now mostly works for us.

All except one thing - the natural gas fireplace has always been super blah and the paint colour.  So on Friday we did one thing - painted the bottom half of the fireplace a rich magnetic grey.
Thursday - builders blah beige

Friday, November 15, 2019

Rodent Prevention

We have had a little rat family that has taken a liking to our birdseed under the feeders recently.  We don't believe in poisoning (as it harms so many other creatures like eagles and owls), didn't want to use kill traps with Buddy in the yard so - we ordered 2 live traps and hubby bought a little square feeder which acts as a bird patio to collect the seed as the birds are a little messy.  The birds love it.  We added the stove pipe as the rats can't climb it - they previously figured out they could climb up the hanger and over to the feeder.  It's not the prettiest but it is effective and we love feeding birds so it is a win for everyone.  And two little rat members have been relocated to greener pastures in a nearby park far away from our house.  When you live on an island you have rodents such as rats as they come with the Ocean so you do what you have to deal with them.  Fortunately, none have ever entered our house and hubby put screens under our sheds to prevent them from nesting under there. 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Elvis has left the building - Again and Again!

I've been busy - with scouting Christmas stuff for resale, volunteering and working.  The title refers to this Elvis record which I keep finding and reselling.  In fact, last week I sold one on Tuesday, found another on Wednesday and sold that one on Thursday!  I am trying to ramp up my tiny sideline business a little bit.  The last couple of years I have just played at it but I enjoy looking for stuff and reselling it. My favorite is reselling Christmas stuff.  I used to just stick with vintage but now I look for any quality Christmas stuff. One day, when hubby does actually semi retire I want to ramp it up even further.  Retirement for us means many streams of income, not all passive.  This side gig doesn't make a huge amount of money but is one I enjoy and now is the time to get better at it.  I've spent the last two weeks trying to sell more on Facebook Marketplace and actually had good success.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Election, Book Sale and Family Visit

A busy week at the island pad.  Monday I survived working the election.  Yes, survived.  Nothing like being on your feet for 14.5 hours straight with 2 10 minute breaks.  It took 2 days afterward to recover.  And I was one of the younger ones working it!  Oh well, it's done.  Only a couple of ill-prepared cranky people.  Funny enough they were all around 25-30-year-old men versus cranky old people like I expected.  In Canada you can't vote on election day if you don't have the proper ID or paperwork and you can only vote at a specific place.  In advance polls there are a lot more options but because our system is still entirely manual with hand counts (mainly a preventative measure for security as they wait until other countries master electronic voting without outside interference) things have to be done the way they are done.  Oh, and one lady who said her 10-month-old was in the car with her husband and she simply could not wait in a 20-minute line....ok then.  Go home.  Really I think she expected to let her go to the front.  Um, no.  People are just thoughtless some times.

Saturday, October 19, 2019


We've entered that weird time of year right before Halloween when the weather is miserable and all the stores are stocking both Halloween and Christmas stuff.  It was pretty stormy this week with rain every day and one day 70km winds (43mph) so at lunchtime we hopped into the truck to do a bit of ocean storm watching.

It doesn't look too bad in the picture but I stepped out of the truck to take a photo and got completely wet!  The kite surfers were certainly enjoying it, albeit in full scuba suits to keep warm.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving at my friends house and this week has been spent mostly at the Dentists.  After 3 visits finally yesterday an old filling was removed from my molar and a new one installed.  Apparently I had a cracked tooth but there are more cracks appearing.  The new crack caused an infection.  After that left when the filling was looked at was crumbling so all that had to come out and a brand new filling put in.  The Dentist is hopeful the new filling will keep the tooth from further cracking and thinks this should end my current dental issues.  Never one to pass up a freebie I made sure to pick up a travel sized toothpaste sample each visit.

The four visits added up to $460.  That plus Buddy's dislocated hip last month at $1600 we are hoping for no unexpected bills to crop up anytime soon.  Thankfully I had saved all the money for Christmas early as well as the travel account looks nicely full so even though we reduced our paychecks things are ok.  Our December trip to Alberta is funded plus our Mexico trip.  There is even enough for our next Spring trip to Ontario and Quebec.  Never charge holidays, save up for them.  There is huge peace of mind when you come home and you don't have any lingering bills left.

Friday, October 11, 2019


Yes, Canadian Thanksgiving is on Monday.  I am so thankful this little hairy creature is on the mend.  It was four weeks ago today that we took Buddy to the vet and found out he had a dislocated hip.  The picture above was taken on Tuesday.  He was anticipating his first short walk since the incident.  We are not allowed to walk him more than 2 or 3 blocks.  He got a haircut this week and I am pretty sure that made him feel more like himself.  Our groomer (also the lady we got him from and who sits him when we go away) had to give him quite a close cut to make his shaved areas blend in with others.  We are not those dog people who regularly dress their dogs in clothing - but - Buddy is small and gets cold easily but loves walks.  Hubby bought that red jacket last year....I thought he was crazy but we use it quite often in the winter.  The temperature has dropped sharply here and we are seeing frosts every day now.  

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Mom and Daughter Weekend At Salt Spring Island

Mom and I are back from our two-night adventure to Salt Spring Island.  Fortunately, Buddy was well enough that hubby could take care of him while we were gone.  He continues his recovery but it will be a couple of months until he is totally back to normal.  He is still on a leash in the house for one more week.

We left home on Friday morning early wanting to make the 2-hour drive and then 1/2 an hour ferry to Salt Spring so we could get there at a decent time.  The forecast called for possible rain.  As we were waiting in line for the ferry dark clouds moved in.  As soon as we got on the ferry all hell broke loose - nonstop hail for 20 minutes and thunderbolts hitting the bay all around us.  Since we moved to the island I have only seen hail once and only for a couple of minutes.  I have heard thunder but never seen lightening here, they are both an extreme rarity.  It was so loud in the car I was beginning to fear that the hail would grow larger into the vehicle damaging kind we used to get in Alberta.  Fortunately, it stayed pea size or smaller but when it was over several inches covered our windows.  Just as we reached the other side it turned to rain.  A very unusual storm indeed as neither Vancouver Island or Salt Spring Island got the hail or lightning, just out on the water.