Monday, July 26, 2010
It has been a whirlwind of fun, friends, summer time adventures, good food and a bit of family turmoil thrown in for good measure.
In the throws of packing for our holiday, hosting our first WOOFER ( http://wwoof.ca/user/register/Host ) and getting the house/ animals ready for the house sitters I feel I have somehow been on autopilot but managing to get everything and then some accomplished.
At this moment I feel as ready as I'll ever be and we are ready to fly.
Oddly there seems to be just as much preparation for 10 days away as there would be for a months holiday.
Regardless we are super pumped to be heading to Las Vegas for a family get away.
I know what you are thinking....Las Vegas in the summer!!??
But it is our 10Th anniversary and we are going to celebrate in style and maybe even renew our vows in a tacky touristy Chapel of Love with a faux Elvis as our main man.
You only live once.
Here is a photo of Carlo our woofer and now I can say our friend.
He did some great work, even in all this heat.
We headed up Mt. Washington the other day and had an amazing walk around.
The Whiskey Jacks were in love with the Goldfish crackers we were giving them.
Not too great for them I am sure.
Food is definitely on my mind these days as we are about to head into unknown territory for me.
How will I eat in Las Vegas?
Guess we will soon find out.
So this is a summer holiday goodbye for now.
Hope you all enjoy the nest two weeks, until I check in again and share our Vegas adventures.
Lots of love.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
A relaxing Sunday morning at the beach led to 3 1/2 hours of hanging out, the girls and I, playing house.
The view was lovely and I had the luxury of sitting, absorbing the sunshine into the core of my being.
The tide came in and brought with it more adventures as we built sandcastles and such, letting the water reak havoc on our creations.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
We hit the farmers market and the grocery first thing this morning.
The rest of the day was spent in the yard and catching up on chores.
I have a quirk about not filling the dehydrator completely (kind of like the washer and dryer) so I try out new snacks and such to fill in the gaps.
Today I am trying spicy Brazil nuts, crispy citrus peels, macaroons, raspberries, tomatoes, Thai spiced peppers and to fill it up while making a batch of pizza flat bread.
MMMM!!! Good eats coming up tomorrow.
With friend over to play and all the kids in the pool, the sound of summer was loud in the air.
Now here is my GRRRR!!!! of the day.
When I tried to put the umbrella into the table, SMASH!!
A really nice mess of splinters of glass on the front lawn.
What a drag.
So what do I do?
Cannot vacuum it, wipe it, or use any sort of cleaning tool.
It is a straight up, hands on, pick up piece by piece, sort of job.
A job that took over an hour and now I am left with grass littered with tiny slivers of glass.
I guess I will have to dig out the grass and soil and replace with new lawn.
So much for a nice relaxing dinner Al fresco.
At least the lemonade was delicious with its mint and pansy ice.
Do you remember a while back when we gathered the frog eggs?
Here is an update....
I tried to take pictures along the way.
Here one is with a long tail and small legs.
Soon we will put them back into the pond they came from and say a thank you for letting us learn from them.
Friday, July 16, 2010
First tubing, well actually dingy, trip of the summer.
I was hesitant as this river is notorious for its rapids and it ability to strand people on its banks and rocks, but all went well and they had SOOO much fun.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I have wanted one for years and have done more than my share of research into them.
I have struggled with the financial aspect but after much debate figured it is most definitely a sound purchase.
So today I drove the 2 hours to get my blender, a Vitamix, from Costco for a steal of a price compared to other places.
Once a year they come to Costco and this is the week.
I have been waiting almost 8 months for them to be here, now the wait is over.
My life will never be the same.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
At 900 square feet we have learned to be frugal with our possessions making each piece count and how to utilize vertical space.
There are days ,when it feels like we are bursting at the seams, that I simply shove any extras into the crawlspace.
Out of sight..out of mind sort of thing.
This is the reason why it has become full to the point of scary.
we have been planning (for a few years now) to gut out the crawlspace to clean, re-organize and purge.
What a task it has turned out to be.
The stairs down to the little door in the depths of the house....
lead to this mass eruption of stuff.
And that is all it is stuff.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Well I am sorry to say that it just may be that, but its what I have to share for today.
So much has been going on around here I feel as though we are in a tornado.
I will catch up on that another time.
I have decided to focus on the fun stuff and not share the "boring-er" stuff.
So here is the fun we had this weekend.
J took the girls and I up to his job site and we got to see the island from a vantage point many people will never have the chance to do.
It is spectacular to be able to see so far all around you especially with this gorgeous weather.
Hunting for newts wasn't all that prosperous but still enjoyable.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Built months ago we have been waiting and listening to the action for quite some time.
I am uncertain what kind of bird, I assume it is a sparrow of some kind.
I should just look it up in one of our many books but haven't.
Instead I have been enjoying the racket they make and grungingly cleaning the mass amounts of poop and hay and such that covers my front door step.
The peeps and chirps of the chicks, as they longingly watching for mama, is irresistable to listen to and now fun to watch as they have immerged from the nest to roost on the ledge.
But not without some fun pictures.
The photos are great for the girls to be able to see what is going on up there without interupting them much more.