May 27, 2016 § 2 Comments
October 6, 2015 § Leave a comment
I believe a good test of any marriage is a major DIY home renovation project. No matter how much they agree on the end result, getting there often involves two different people with VERY different ideas as to how.
Case in point…meet Hedgezilla
Hubby: It’s got to go…it’s growing into the eaves and pushing on the roof.
Me: I agree. Let’s call someone.
A WEEK LATER:
Me: Did you call someone about the hedge?
Hubby: Oh yeah, I called BUDDY. He’s going to lend me his Dad’s chainsaw.
Hubby: But for now, I have this…
Me: A handsaw? (Le Sigh)
HOURS LATER: BUDDY with chainsaw showed up and in no time a knife fight become a battle of the electric sword.
All told this story actually spanned two days, I condensed it. The rest is not important. Hubby won the battle and didn’t lose any eyes.
He says it’s a combination of determination and will. I say it’s a combination of arrogance and luck. Either way, we got a big chunk of our house back. I can’t wait until it’s all finished and comes together.
May 21, 2014 § 2 Comments
The forecast had called for rain but we were lucky to get a gorgeous sunny day instead. This is great news for our flowers, grass and gardens. We’ve had too much rain already and not nearly enough warm sun.
So, finally, things are happily growing where they should be…
That’s the front garden with violets, daffodils and a hosta sprouting out of last year’s autumn leaves. I have to get in there, clean it out and put down some fresh soil.
This, however, is totally out of place…
It’s a two toned tulip growing, quite happily, in the middle of the most weed infested part of our lawn. I can only imagine that some local squirrel stole the bulb from one of our more ardent gardening neighbours and buried it there knowing full well no one would look for it on “this” lot. 😉
We need to dig up that whole patch of lawn so I’m thinking about transplanting the tulip and bringing it inside. A matter for some research. In any case, it’s really nice to have something other than snow, cold and boredom to talk about.
May 18, 2014 § 1 Comment
I recently ended my procrastination about Spring cleaning and finally cleaned out the mudroom. A long awaited chore that bounced from list to list until I eventually forgot to write it down.
I just woke up yesterday morning and decided I was going to do it.
Weird how much that accomplishes, just doing something. Instead of planning, debating, discussing, and writing endless lists about…the only thing that actually changed anything was just getting in there and doing it. I know, it’s not Plato, but it’s still a pretty good metaphor.
May 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
Spring took its sweet time this year
Life gets restless under relentless
So easy to give over to irrational fear
I’ll never see the grass again I whined
So caught up in looking at the ground
I couldn’t see the sun when it shined
I’ll never be warm again I’d bemoan
Consumed by the chill in the air
And absorbing it into my willing bones
Waiting for an end is a great way to ignore a potential beginning
Lamenting about losing is a great distraction from focusing on winning
Or even trying for that matter
All ends are merely markers
For where something else started
This poem is dedicated
To all my dearly departed
Whom, if were here at this moment
Would slap me silly for such self-indulgence
April 14, 2014 § 3 Comments
Update: We never did get the promised kaboomies yesterday afternoon though it rained pretty steadily until this morning.
Around noon today the rain turned to this…
We had some heart pounding, out of skin jumping, adrenaline rushing thunder last night. Woohoo! I love it and it’s my favourite part of a good storm. Don’t get me wrong; the rushing wind, pelting rain and blinding flashes of lightning are awesome too but a good bout of raucous thunder just makes it so much better.
Unfortunately, it only lasted a few minutes then it moved on and down to a distant dull roar, awwww. It’s okay though, we’re expected to get another storm this afternoon. Judging by the jump in humidity and wind velocity in the last hour, it won’t be too much longer. Weeeeeeee!
Anyway, the remnants of winter are mostly gone now and the relief is palpable.
Neighbours are out raking out their lawns, kids are on their bikes and I even have some bulbs sprouting in my tree garden. My windows are open, finally freed from their plastic cages and letting in the long awaited Spring air. A good thunder storm is just icing (or bacon if you’re Hubby) on the cake.
July 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s been six weeks, thereabouts, since my last post. The summer is almost half over and I have no idea where the time went.
We just got back from Niagara Falls for Daughter’s birthday, part two (we went last year) where she turned the big 18 and got herself a tattoo…yoink! Not my baby anymore indeed.
I wish I could regale you with camping stories but unfortunately our camper trailer has been in the shop for the last three weeks. Apparently its not easy to find parts for a 30 year old model. Whodathunkit?
We’re experiencing a weeks long heat wave, today we have a humidex of 43 degrees CELCIUS. That’s stupid hot no matter how you measure it. It’s one of those years where I’m bowing down in utter gratefulness for the pool, especially because we don’t have central air conditioning. One small window unit and fans is how we’re managing the heat indoors. Well, that and going to hang out at the local that does have air conditioning. 😉
In other news, well…there is no other news. I’ve opted to skip this month’s Organize 2013 post because it’s just too darn hot to even think about organizing, let alone actually do any.
I hope you (looking at you Shady!) are having a wonderful summer so far. Perhaps cooler temps will encourage more regular posts on my part.