Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Overful Plate

With less smoke, we are seeing more sunshine and warmer temperatures. We are having a bit of summer in our area, something we thought would never happen with all the smoke from the wildfires.

Lifestyle

Life has been stressful these last few months. I am coping but only by a thread. Trying to beat last year's goal was difficult and it took its toll on several of us. Add to it inventory and wildfires and I was not sleeping well. Then time crept on and we started wondering about the Spousal Unit's check up on Sept. 7. How well will he be is a constant concern as we get closer to the date. Should we or shouldn't we sell this house was thrown onto the table for us to mull over. Less sleep was result of that as my plate was overflowing and my mind was overactive. I was becoming a wreck.
We talked and got no where so I headed to the basement to clean it up. Best thing I did. I was really in hiding and I was okay with that. I also realized my SAD was back and started on light therapy. Life improved and so did our discussions.
As we hauled out boxes to the thrift shop and paint to recycle, we talked. The talking spilled over to the dinner table. We have a plan that covers the following.
  1. We will be selling this house as the real estate market is hot in our community. We should make a tidy profit.
  2. We will wait until after Sept. 7 to make a decision on where we will live. It all hinges on the Spousal Unit's check up.
  3. I will probably stop working.  
  4. We will enjoy our trip to Nova Scotia. We want to look around the area Son lives in, go to their fall fair, see some areas where my family lived and have fun.

Sewing

I ironed some of the fabric I had laundered yesterday afternoon. I actually got 8 or 9 pieces done and ready to be put into a box.
My plan for sewing is to finish up the black gown for the dolls and then sew Grandson a pair of pillow cases for his bed. Lime green, grey, white and black soccer ball themed fabric. My wish to sew bags has gone on the back burner as I need to declutter the basement living room prior to going back to Nova Scotia. Truth be known, it really needs to be done by the end of the month.

Knitting

I have been knitting on the toque but only two to four rows at a time. I seem to fall asleep in the evenings. The toque will get done even if I have to knit in the mornings before work.

Today

 I work a middle shift and get home off at 7 p.m. I work the late shift tomorrow and early on Saturday. I am hoping to get a bit of work done tomorrow before work. That remains to be seen. Sunday is a rough day for me as I will be tired but I will push on to get things done.
Until the next time.............................

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

House Cleaning Continues

After a couple of days of sunshine and clear skies, the wind blew and the smoke came back. Not as thick as before but still enough to affect people. Cooler mornings are allowing us to go out and do a few things.

Lifestyle

We were outside this morning cleaning up the front of the house. The house has been swept off, porch hosed down, and the basement stairwell cleaned up. We ended up our outside time pulling some weeds. A great time outside for both of us.
Inside the house, I cleaned the second bedroom and a small hall in the basement. That included putting our pictures in a box until we decide what to do. While I was doing that, the Spousal Unit did a bit of work in the laundry room and I can now finish cleaning it up. It was a job well done for both of us.
I washed some cottons and while they were drying, I ironed some cotton I had washed a while ago. It is all folded up and ready to be put away.
At this point, we had a headboard, four boxes and a tub full of comic books. We put them in the Explorer and took them to a thrift shop. I am happy it is all gone as it was stressing me out being in the area I had to clean up next.
In all it was a good day. Tomorrow, it is grocery shopping, laundry and cleaning the upstairs. It will be nice to have the house clean when I go back to work. While working, I will put together a game plan for the sewing room.
Until the next time...........................

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Few Clear Sky Hours

Yesterday we saw the sun, the hills, and the planes landing at 9 p.m. The smoke left at 4 p.m. and, with the sun, came a hot day. It got to 36.4C or 97.5F. This morning, there is some smoke once again in our valley due to fires both to the east and north west of us. Not like before but it could thicken up during the day.

Lifestyle

With days and days (about 5 weeks) of smoke, we lived in a 1 km or 5/8 mile bubble of visibility. It was gloomy and we had to have lights on all day. People not only complained about respiratory issues, they complained about their SAD. It hit me Wednesday like a ton of bricks. Out came my lamp and I took more Vitamin C and D.
We have been busy cleaning up the house. We are working in the basement apartment and have done quite a bit. The rooms that are done are empty except for some items I have stored in the closets. Those items will be examined and dealt with.
As we clean up, we are replacing all the light bulbs with LED bulbs. It was a goal of ours and it will be done soon. With cleaning came light repairs which causes the air to turn blue. We aren't good at changing out light fixtures.
Outside, we are sweeping down cobwebs, sanding to paint and cleaning up the yard. We want to get some work done as it is keeping us active and feeling better mentally. Less smoke in the air means we can work outside and get some jobs we wanted to do done. We are behind in that department.

Sewing

I have done no sewing and no tidying up in the sewing area. I am getting closer to tackling it. Another space that needs to be looked at and thought out. It works but it certainly gets messy in a hurry.
The store has a new thread in and I am planning on getting some. It is designed for active wear. I'll report on it when I do an outfit for the dolls using the thread. The dolls want a t-shirt and capris out of active wear fabric in a bright and cheerful color.

Today

I am off work today and will tackle the second bedroom in the basement. It probably won't get finished but I'd like to get some of it done. If I have time, I need to get items into boxes to go to the thrift store.
Until the next time.............................

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Life Goes On Admist the Smoke

Another smoky day in our neck of the woods. The air quality hasn't been as bad as it was last week. We are sitting at a 9/10 at 5 a.m. this morning.
The Elephant Hill fire is now at 110 000 hectares. The wind we had on Friday made it take off and it has started coming east towards Kamloops. We are still safe though many others are evacuated. Daughter had to move her horses once again due to the fire's direction. We do not need any more wind to stir up the fire and set it off again.   
Our temperatures have been in the low 30C (88-92F) and everything is growing well.

Our little peach tree is doing well and we will be eating fruit soon. The watermelons are almost ripe. With the temperatures where they are, everything is growing fast.
The upstairs of the house is now clean and I am ready to work in the basement. It isn't dirty but more dusty. I am hoping to have it done in two weeks. One early morning will be outside cleaning up the front entrance of the basement suite. Then it will be inside.
The yard still needs some tidying up. I am thinking early mornings to do a bit and then indoors. We did the big weeds at the edge of the lawn one morning and got it done before it got too warm and smoky. It all comes down to planning.
Elliott has a new toy and is thoroughly enjoying it. He goes inside it once in a while but he spends most of his time beating up the outside.
He still loves to help me knit.
And his favourite past time activity is to sleep in our chairs.
Sewing is on the back burner until the house is clean. It will happen again as I have the urge to sew.
Until the next time..........................

Friday, August 04, 2017

Missing In The Smoke

Am I missing?
I could be.
It wouldn't be hard.
The smoke from the wildfires is so thick, we have had visibility as low as 1 km. That is 5/8 mile.
Can't see the hills around us most of the day.
No planes in or out and the bombers weren't allowed to fly for parts of the day.
The air quality has been as high as 49/10.
That's right 49/10.
No outdoor activities.
Unless you go to Sun Peaks where the air quality is great.
If you have to work outdoors, you wear a face mask and you are inside after x minutes outdoors.
No mail service as the post people can't be outside.
Many people (me included) have had reactions to the smoke; eyes and nose running, throat sore and dry, and some shortness of breath when outside.
So thanks to lightening strikes, badly done back fires, arsonists, and carelessness, BC has
123
Wildfires currently burning
868
Wildfires since April 1, 2017
498,098
Hectares burned since April 1, 2017
I've had my bottle of water so back to bed. It will be a day off when I get up.
One full of smoke so more housework will be done.
Looking forward to the day there is no more smoke.
Until the next time...........................

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hot With Fires


It was hot yesterday. The high was 36.6C or 98F. With the heat came fire activity.

Lifestyle

We had seen that one area north and west of us had to be re-evacuated as the fire turned back into their area. They are all back in our city and they must feel stressed.
In the afternoon, we watched a lot of water bomber activity in the air going north. The planes were lining up to land at the airport. There was a fire near the ski hill.
A third fire was reported in the Fraser Canyon with the highway closed. Have heard nothing more about that fire.
In early evening, I got a text with a picture of smoke south and east of us. A fire was blazing on the way to Vernon. People were evacuated quickly, road closed and the water bombers lined up to load at the airport to supress that fire. Those planes were active until almost dark.  
We did watch the water bombers from inside the house as their landing path was going down the river to the airport. We can see all planes land and take off from our kitchen window. When the Spousal Unit went to water the plants last night, he saw four bombers lined up to land for more fuel and the fifth one was leaving the airport. Activity lasted until almost dark when they all came in for the night.
BC will continue to live on high alert. We are heading into another hot spell. Everything is tinder dry.
Life in our house was mundane. I degreased and scrubbed the tops of the kitchen cabinets. They were disgusting as no one had touched them since they were put in about 5 or 6 years ago as they were topped with crown moulding. We removed it when the kitchen was updated. They are now shiny and white and ready for me to continue cleaning the insides of them.
We did talk about the outside of the house and need to get a real estate agent's opinion on what to do out there. The yard is beautiful and we need to finish up around the shed and paint it. Our big question is how much of the house do we paint. The front and the trim around the doors and windows needs doing. Our question is -- Will that be enough?
Other than scrubbing and cleaning, I did not do much of anything else. Today I work the late shift and have tomorrow off.
Until the next time....................

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Whirling and Twirling Thoughts

We are starting our next hot spell. The temperature yesterday was 32.8C or 91F. Everyone was complaining as they had got use to the cooler weather. We need to brace ourselves for the next blast of hot air.

Lifestyle

My mind is whirling with thoughts and it is hard to shut it off. It comes when I do a lot of house cleaning after a renovation. Yup, I am cleaning for the second time after the renovation and am doing a deep clean. Every corner of this house is getting a good scrubbing.
Why do I do this thinking floats in my mind. Mostly because I find cleaning mindless work and partly because I may be looking at change. What is whirling and twirling in my head?
  1. Retirement -- Is it time to stop working and stay at home and do more with the Spousal Unit and my crafts?
  2. Move -- should we sell and move away to be closer to our Grandson?
  3. Dolls -- should I do pattern design, sell doll clothes at craft bazaars or both?
These will continue to whirl and twirl in my head as I clean the house. It is me and it will always be me. Will anything come out of it? Who knows, but I do know
  1. I want to buy three dolls to sew for. They are expensive dolls so I need to start budgeting for them.
  2. I need to clean the house and will do so as I have time. What I have done looks amazing.
  3. I will keep sewing for the dolls as I enjoy it very much.
The end result will be a clean house and maybe a plan.
Until the next time.....................