Monday, October 16, 2017

Nearly SOLD

Fall has arrived in our part of the world. There has been frost a couple of mornings, rain/snow depending on your elevation, and cooler winds. Today is suppose to be one of our warmer days with some sunshine and then it will be cloudy. 

Lifestyle

Our house is near being SOLD. The owners did their own home inspection and their realtor and themselves told us they found nothing wrong with it. They love the house and are envisioning themselves living in it. 
We are in the process of buying a newer fully finished home in Nova Scotia. When our buyers remove their conditions and we get the final copy of their contract with us, we can finish our contract on that house. 
Packing has begun and I have the sewing room and electronics almost all packed. One more box and I am done. I packed the sewing machines yesterday and only have the embroidery hoops, a few odds and ends, and the small TV to pack. Then it is on to the guest room, linen closet and pictures. I have to set up a box for knick knacks. By Oct. 28, I hope to be down to packing the kitchen and closing up a few boxes here and there. We move out on Nov 8. 

Sewing

Starting a store project sold the house and I never got it finished. It will be done next year. 
The new house has a 13 x 25' room in the basement I will claim for a sewing room. I will set up a corner for jewelry making and my yarn stash. 
Other than my sewing cabinet, ironing board and small table for holding pressing items, I will not have any other furniture. I need to buy a chair, cutting table, and a couple of items for housing notions.

Knitting

I decided not to take the cube that held my yarn as I was told it doesn't move well. I will get another one that I can put the yarn into. I did pack all the fabric containers that goes in the cube to house items in the closet. I will buy new containers for the yarn in a neutral color (mine are lime green).

Today

I work today and tomorrow and would like to sort paper work in the evenings. With all the purging we are doing, I am hoping to take only the necessary paper work with us to Nova Scotia. 
Until the next time......................

Saturday, September 30, 2017

We Are Home

We arrived home on Wednesday and literally staggered off the plane exhausted. We struggled to stay awake and I went to bed at 7:30 p.m. and slept for 11.5 hours. We are slowly getting back to normal.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Nova Scotia. Son, Daughter-in-law, and Grandson were so kind to us and took us touring every day. The Annapolis valley is beautiful; lush and green.
One of our first tours was around the area where the family lives in Hants County. We went to Hantsport and stopped at the edge of the town and walked down to see the Minas Basin. The tide was out so we walked out on the floor of the basin. The loading dock was used to load gypsum on to ships when the tide was high (twice a day for 4 hours). It is no longer used. The Minas Basin is huge as it goes from where we were to Truro.
The blue water above Greenwood is the Bay of Fundy and the blue water above Wolfville is the Minas Basin.
We toured around the area looking at the apple orchards and saw how much they grew in the valley. Their growing days is similar to ours though they have more rain and humidity.
On Friday, we headed out to Lunenburg and it was wet due to Hurricane Irma.
Chester is where 103 meets the road we were on. We stopped and did a bit of shopping and then went to look at Mahone Bay.
We then headed to the town of Mahone Bay and stopped for tea and a snack. On the way to Lunenburg we stopped at Martins Brook cemetery to find my great grandparents headstone. While walking back to the car, I found my grandfather's second wife's parents' headstone.
We stopped in Lunenburg to get drinks for our picnic lunch. Across the street was this lovely building.
It was a home in its day but is now a dining room and hotel. After we ate lunch, we toured around Lunenburg and saw the old homes that are now homes or stores.
Lunenburg is a world heritage site and is preserved for its best example of British colonial settlement in Canada. What we noticed was how narrow the streets are and how it is built up a hillside. It is a very unique town and we enjoyed looking at the buildings. For me, I saw where my father's family lived when they came from Newfoundland. We went back another route coming out at Middleton in about the middle of the Annapolis Valley.
On the weekend, we attended the Hants County Fall Fair. It has been running for 252 years making it the oldest fall fair in Canada.
We toured the cattle barns and then did the building that had sewing, fruits, vegetables, and baking in it. There were garden tractor pulls, old and new equipment and the rides. We had a great day at the fair.
One of the dogs who is trained to work. They had show times at the fair where the dogs worked for their owners.
Our last tour was to Grande Pre in Kings County. Grande Pre is another world historical site as it was dyked by the Acadians about 1680 and today it still reflects how the people (known as planters) farmed.

The area is very unique as the dykes are extensive and go around the jut of land into the Minas basin.
We drove around to the cliffs you can see in the distance. We had lunch in a brew house and then drove to the top of the cliffs to see the lay of the land.
 You can see the tide is out once again in the Minas Basin.
We were amazed at the acres of cabbage grown (dark green), how many acres of grapes and the number of wineries there are. Hops are also grown and there are breweries in the area also.
On our way back from this tour, we actually saw the tide coming in.
You could not see the mud flats 2 hours later. We walked on the New Minas Basin floor at the lowest tide and it was covered when we saw it on our way home.
Our trip was fabulous and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. The people were friendly, the food was excellent, and the weather was warm. It got hot (29C) and we lounged around the pool while our grandson swam. You can't ask for anything more than that.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Future

It has been a while since I wrote anything. There wasn't much to write about but smoke and decluttering.


The weather has cooled down and we had a good rain a couple of nights ago. The mornings are cooling off with this morning coming in at 5C or 41F. I had opened the windows last night and we woke to a very cool house this morning. I had to run the furnace to warm it up.

Lifestyle

The Spousal Unit had his check up with the oncologist and all is well. He is feeling better and is dealing with boredom now that he has finished painting the outside of the shop.


He is puttering on the inside tidying up and packing what he wishes to move. A slow process but he is doing well with it.
We are in holding mode at the moment. The house is cleaned every day for viewing. We can be out of the house in about 30 minutes at this time. Three viewings in 24 hours was great practice. Even Elliott is cooperating and going into his carrier without a fight.
Elliott had his check up and is still overweight. He is on a new diet now and is doing fine with it. He has a toy he loves to play with. Fighting with feathers on a stick is fun. He also has to have dental surgery, something our previous vet missed. That will happen next week.

Sewing

The sewing room is cleaned up and not in use at the moment. I have purged the books and patterns and put what I kept into boxes. The others need to go to the thrift shop. I have put away the fabric except for the doll's black dress and I will be putting it away also. It is hard not to be able to go down and sew for an hour.
I am buying the last of the fabric I need for a craft project. The cotton is on sale and I can put it away. I am thinking of putting the fabric into boxes ready to move. At least the Christmas cottons. Will decide in a couple of weeks. I know I will be sewing up a storm when we get settled.

Knitting

I have been knitting a toque from a kit and there is a mistake in the pattern. I have to figure it out and then finish it and take it into the store.
I have to order Grandson some yarn for socks. He wants his football team colours which I can now get. It is part of the Touch Down yarn that I can buy from a yarn shop in Edmonton.
Other than that, my yarn is sorted and ready to be boxed up. Another holding pattern but I may put something on my needles or finish up a project that stalled.

The Future

I am not sure how much I will be able to post in the next while. While I am off line, I plan on rethinking the format of the blog and will be cleaning up and getting rid of useless posts. I have 2 years of posts to look at and make decisions about. I also want to look at the pages I have created and clean them up. Any links will be kept unless they are broken.
At this time, I will be posting when I can and if not, I will be back when life slows down.
Until the next time...................

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hottest Day; Record Broken

We had our hottest day for this summer yesterday. The sun shone and the temperature rose to 38.5C or 101.3F. The smoke moved in again and it held the temperature up longer than normal. It is 15C or 59F this morning and the smoke lingers. We broke the high temperature by 2.9C (1967).

Lifestyle

I saw the doctor and have to pick up a new prescription for my lovely underactive thyroid. I also have to go on high blood pressure medication and eat better. I am sure it will all come together when I am on the meds for a few days.
The Spousal Unit has half of the shed painted and it is looking good. Better than the yellowish-tan primer that was on it.

Sewing

I spent time doing mundane things that didn't require a lot of heavy lifting or hard work. I sorted all our patterns into a box and tossed 25% of them into the thrift shop box. Once done, I went through all the books and binders in fabric tubs and sorted out 25% of the books. The rest don't quite fill a box. The binders came upstairs and I put all the information not on the tetra drive on and put what was missing in the binders onto an external drive to give to a friend who does machine embroidery. Then I checked the craft pamphlets to make sure they were on the tetra drive and will put them into the staff room for staff to have. The empty binders will go to the thrift shop as they are in excellent shape.
I did look at the fabric but need to put the boxes back into a closet before I touch the fabric. I also need to take the two large bags of garbage out to the garbage can. Once that is done, I can start on putting away fabric and tidy up the notions. I am moving ahead that I hope to dust, sweep, and wash the family room end of the suite.
I am putting together a game plan for the sewing room as it needs to be looked at carefully if we pack. I want it all into boxes in a very short period of time. I know it can be done.

Today

We need to grocery shop, find a painter, and get my prescriptions filled this morning. This afternoon I hope to clean up more in the sewing area of the basement. I know I will be busy but at least I will be in the cool of the basement if the temperatures are high.
Until the next time.............................

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Few Sewing Ideas For The Future


The hot weather has returned with the past two days being about 35C or 95F. As we head into fall, we can have these lovely hot days but we also have cooler nights. I do love it when we wake up to cooler temperatures.

Lifestyle

I see the doctor today to see about my thyroid. I am thinking I may get a prescription change as I am tired even though I am sleeping better.
The outside of our house is getting its make over. The front steps are painted and the shed is about 30% done. The Spousal Unit is feeling stronger though he does not paint outside when it is hot.
I have the upstairs cleaned and am keeping it clean on a daily basis. I am pleased that it is easy to keep looking great.
I have had no time to work in the basement so I am behind on finishing up that space. It is frustrating to say the least.

Sewing

I will be spending some quality time in the sewing area these next couple of days. I think I have a purge coming on. And it will happen.
I have been thinking about my Christmas sewing. One of the ideas I had was to make table toppers and napkins. Now it is place mats and napkins. I also want to make microwave soup bowl holders to go with them. The fabric is:
  • Placemats out of a directional print with cardinals on it (black, red, grey)
  • Napkins out of a grey/white snowflake print
  • Soup bowl holders out of a black with a white snow flake print lined with white with a red snowflake print.
These may or may not get done this year but I will have the fabric and ideas to do later on. I will be doing a lot of sewing one way or the other.
The doll dress will be done when I finish cleaning the sewing room. I will be rethinking what I will be doing with the dolls -- selling clothes vs pattern making vs both. I do want to take Pixie Faire's course on pattern making before I make a decision. I really am thinking of signing up for the October course even if it could be a busy month.

Today

I am going to the doctor's, the cat hospital (to board Elliott while we are away) and work in the basement. A busy day.
Until the next time.................

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fire Becoming Contained

The wildfire that has plagued our area and caused a lot of destruction is finally being contained. It started July 6 and people are finally breathing easily after 7 weeks of terror. We who live in the city had the big fire 45 km (less than 30 miles) away. The water bombers are still active and we watched 3 or 4 come in last night at dusk.
The air quality is much better. Our visibility is 40 miles. With it comes hotter weather and we hit 37.1C or 99F yesterday. We are having summer and people are happily going on their holidays. They can be fined if they start a fire even in campgrounds. But they can go to some areas now the orders have been lifted. And the evacuees are heading home after weeks away.
We are still working on the house and it is slow going. I have to clean it up on Saturday before the real estate agent arrives to talk to us. I am tired at night until last night. The store has been so hot that I left fully dehydrated and exhausted. We got the a/c units working properly again and I left work feeling better. Tired but not dehydrated or exhausted to the point of falling asleep in my chair or wanting to cry over nothing.
The sewing room is coming along and I have some items to put away in the upstairs' closet. I need to get on with it and quit looking at items one at a time. I feel like I am not making progress. The Spousal Unit is able to work in the mornings and is painting the front porch. It is looking amazing. The white railing pops out against the freshly painted posts that are the same colour as the house.
Today, I work the early shift and tomorrow I need to have blood work done prior to going to work. Friday I work early and I have Saturday off.
Until the next time.........................

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.............................