Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Build

For those of you who want to follow along in the excitement of our new build, I will post photos here. Just of the house mind you. I will spare you photos of all the other aspects of the build - like sorting, giving away and kijijiing a million items in an effort to not move anything but what absolutely has to be moved in six months. (wait!! make that just over 4 months!!)

Kijiji - an interesting phenomena. I have posted two items for free in the past week and both were picked up within 5 hours. I am always happy to see something of no value to me, go to a home where it is valued. I have also posted two items at very good prices and not even a nibble. I have appreciated people actually showing up when they said they would and being very thankful.

Yes, every waking and non working hour seems to be devoted to finding, filling and sorting boxes. They are EVERYWHERE!! I am putting them either in the back of the car to go to the World Serve store (two large trips already) or to church for the winter clothing drive to the Light House or to recycle or to the ultimate keeper pile quickly taking over the garage.

I will spare you photos of meetings with the bank, lawyer, builder, technology people, appliance people... and the list goes on. And me rearranging the furniture a million times in an effort to "stage" the current house for the market.

It is an adventure to say the least. And despite the many, many things on our to do list, busyness with both our jobs and life in general, we are enjoying the ride. Saturday morning is date morning and that means a visit to the house to survey the progress, a few photos and then off to breakfast together to go over the "to do" list one more time. This is about when our builder gets an email from us. He is beyond patient!!!

The basement is almost ready - 75 % packed up, cleaned, cleared and staged. Eva and Norah were over for an afternoon of Valentines crafts with Grandma yesterday. Norah headed down the basement to play as we waited for craft #1 to dry and I heard her explain in a loud voice. "WHAT happened down here??!!"

Grandma: "I cleaned up"

This weeks photos!
We have the beginnings of our new home.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Summer Fun!!

To the pool with Mom today.... and grandma and grandpa - but we didn't get wet until the skies opened up and that rain came a pouring down.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Science Fun

We froze various colourful items in ice over the past week using a very large thick vase. Today we started the excavation with a little warm water, some salt (very cool effect) and finally a hammer!
Lots of team work and lots of fun!!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Miss Norah

She is growing up.

I have noticed that despite no comments I actually do have traffic on this blog site. Or so the stat counter tells me. Thank you!
So I will be a little more diligent about posting. It will be mostly photos because I do NOT have a way with words but I do have a way with my camera.
And, you know, a picture is worth a thousand words. This may be true but since I am in the business of creating and saving memories, some of these memories are worth far more then a thousand words. In 30 years when I am gone, they may just be priceless to someone.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Portrait Session

They arrive and I set up the living room using window light and a reflector. Eva "sits' for me for about 10 minutes while Norah plays the piano. Then Norah 'sits' for me for about two. Maybe not quite.  But we capture some beautiful moments in Grandma's living room.

Saturday, 6 February 2016


What a perfect day for building a snowman!
Uncle Harold had all the parts to make the perfect Olaf to!
And then the snowball fight started...

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Christmas Crafting

Sleepover! And that means some activities with Grandma. This time it was two major crafts and some cookies to decorate. One of the crafts is a surprise so you can't see it yet. It is a Christmas gift for Mom and dad - all wrapped and ready to go under the tree. 

 It started with lunch because I knew once we got to the cookie decorating 
it was all down hill from there. 

Finger lickin' good fun. 
Eva had a method - ice all the cookies and then add the sprinkles. 
Only the icing kind of started to dry..... so more sprinkles! 
Then more icing, Then more sprinkles. 

butter and icing sugar held together with a little flour.

more mmmmm

 We spent over 3 hours working on these two crafts.
That's an orange garbage bag on Grandma's table because as Eva says "Grandma you're the smartest" 
Yes I am Eva, yes I am! 

 Eva stuck with it - Norah took breaks to provide background music on the piano. 
" I am playing Christmas songs Grandma! "

 Took until after bath time for all that modge podge to dry
but we are pretty impressed with our Christmas candles. 
And even more impressed with Mommy & Daddy's Christmas present!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Parker Palm Springs

I love this place.
I love the humor here - you have to go to their web site and see a few of their videos. They capture the feel of this place - FUN!! Classy FUN!!
I want to stay here - next time we visit.

And the Food at Normas was seriously delicious!! The service outstanding!! The surroundings - well I had to make myself put down the camera and eat. We picked a perfect morning to eat on the patio.
Such friendly people!

So here are a few photos. Just a few, I wish we had another hour to explore and I would love to have seen INSIDE Gene Autry's home but, well someone was staying there. Even resisted peeking in the windows.

Welcome to the Parker Palm 

 Norma's Restaurant

 a little salt n pepper

 I love me some salmon with my Eggs Benedict

 Gene Autry's home

 The Lobby

 MORE fabulous chairs!!

 This lamp is about 4 maybe 5 feet tall

On the way out David said "That was better then Ripleys 'Believe it or Not' "
I couldn't agree more!!