Monday, December 31, 2007
We have "The Future File" which John pulls out every New Year's Eve. Every year, we make a list of our favourite memories from the year, our biggest surprise of the year, and our predictions for the coming year. Then every year, we look back on our previous memories. Everyone who spends the evening with us joins in, so we also have a record of who we spent each New Year's Eve with. (we even took the file with us one year when we went out for dinner)We've been doing this for 15 years and it's a wonderful memory keeper.
When the evening is done, the file gets put away and stays hidden until the next New Year's Eve.
Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
In the afternoon, John's daughter and grandson (Mr.J) joined us. After opening presents, and a nap for Mr. J, the five of us headed over to Cody's dad's place (yes, my ex) for Christmas dinner.
We are so very lucky to be close friends with Ian and his wife Diane. It was a lovely Christmas dinner. The only bad thing about it was that it was at someone else's home...no leftovers for us! (we love turkey, and the home made turkey soup I make the next day). Not to worry...we're going to cook our own turkey on our Big Green Egg on New Year's Day.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
But, skipping ahead a few years...now a birthday on the 23rd is a good thing because at least one of "the kids" is home for Christmas and therefore able to join in the birthday celebration. Now the best gift we can receive is our family home visiting. This year, only Cody could make it home. But the three of us had a fine afternoon and dinner.
We picked Cody up at the train station at 3:00 and arrived home to find the kitchen in a bit of disarray. It seems that Cassie was a little upset at being left behind, and managed (I don't know how) to pull things from the top of a cabinet. If you have been reading this blog, you know that we have learned that the kitchen counter is fair game for Cassie. Now we also know that the top of our pantry cabinet is also fair game. She (along with a little help from some friends named Mulligan and Cinder) ate a 2 pound bag of flour, a box of baker's chocolate, and a bag of dried cranberries...all complete with packaging. Yes, I know chocolate is toxic for dogs. I was very worried, but no one seemed to have any ill effects (although there was plenty of outside excursions the following day).
After the clean up (welcome home Cody!) we decorated the tree. Cody put the finishing touch on the top...
Time for John's birthday dinner...starting with home made carrot soup. The next course was a spinich salad with warmed apples baked in maple syrup and balsamic vinegar dressing. The main course: baked ham, cheese & brocolli scalloped potatoes, and a mixture of green & yellow beans & carrots. And for dessert...
A two layer home made chocolate fudge cake with a mint flavoured whipped cream layer in the centre. Topped with a chocolate glaze and crushed candy canes...and a dollop of whipped cream. I'm not fond of cooking (John looks after that very well on most days!) but I love making John's birthday dinner. Maybe not so much talent goes into the meal, but lots of love. Since I know he reads my blog...Happy Birthday John! You are my partner, my love, and my life. Thanks for sharing your birthdays...and all the days between...with me.
Friday, December 28, 2007
She was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer on September 27th, 2004 and passed away peacefully at home exactly 3 months later. I am forever thankful to her husband for taking leave from his job to look after her so that she could spend her last few weeks in her own home.
I have had a tin full of her costume jewelry in storage in our basement. For some reason, I brought it upstairs a couple of months ago and it has been sitting on my desk ever since. Every so often, I'll open the lid. The smell of her perfume is still there after all this time. (a very unique scent called Tabu that I've never know anyone else to wear).
Then through the wonderful world of blogs, I discovered a woman in California that makes wonderful jewelry. I contacted Jamie, and she has agreed to work with Dorian's costume jewelry to make some new pieces for me. I am thrilled! I love Jamie's sense of style. Her etsy shop is Simply Me Art...."traveling back in time at the same time looking at a beautiful moment in the now"
Stay tuned to see what Jamie creates for me.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
As I mentioned in an earlier post, we had our first showing 6 days ago. The same people came back for a second viewing just a day later. That went very smoothly on our side, since we had done a mad cleaning the day before. Just another quick vacuum, and I had time to wash the wood floors. We packed up the 3 dogs and cat into one car and John and I went for a drive and had a nice lunch while our crew waited in the car. (we were told they wanted 1 1/2 hours for their second viewing).
We were terribly excited. Well, I was terribly excited. John was a little more practical about the whole thing. According to our agent, we were in "the top two".
Well, we came in second. We took a drive by the house that won the competition and we couldn't understand the decision...but then again, I guess we might be just a little biased?
And now we wait again. Hopefully it won't be another 2 months before we have another showing. Still positive. It WILL happen!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Later, after feeding dogs....eating breakfast...reading the paper....I was sitting at my computer reading some of my favourite blogs and drinking coffee. It was 10:30 and I hadn't showered yet. The phone rings, and it's a real estate office...they want to come and show the house at 12:30.
Of course, I said yes. This would be our first showing.
But. I had a lunch appointment in Ottawa (a 40 minute drive) with a friend at 12:30. I still had to shower. And the house was a disaster. (we had let things slide a bit thinking that no one would want to see the house until after Christmas) Yikes!
What to do? First, I told John about it and that I was going into "panic mode". Then, I phoned my friend and changed the lunch date to 1:00. John did a major vacuum and I ran around doing the rest. I put the dirty pots from the sink into the dishwasher (I usually wash them by hand but didn't do it the night before). I made the bed in Cody's old room. (the bed has been naked since he moved out a couple of weeks ago). I cleaned the kitchen, put away newspapers, dusted, cleaned 3 bathrooms (well, okay...I forgot to clean the mirrors but John looked after that), cleared out all the "dog stuff" and put it in the garage. I cleared out all the papers in my office and stuffed them into my roll top desk. Then I jumped in the shower. Off I went to clean off the cars and noticed that the neighbourhood guy who cleans our driveway forgot to clean our front walkway. I grab the shovel and shovel off 1 1/2 feet of snow from a 25 foot walkway. (so much for the shower!)
We did it! We put the 3 dogs and cat in John's car and he took them for a drive. I jumped in my car and drove into Ottawa for my lunch date. Phew!
And...I promise...I won't let the house get to be a disaster any more (ha!)
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
After spending 20 years raising him to be independant, it's time to let him go and live his dreams. I'm so very excited for him, but it's bittersweet for sure.
He's going to have so much fun. He'll be sharing a 2 bedroom apartment with Mike, who graduated from Theatre at the same time. They'll be living one floor above 2 very beautiful young women from the same program. I'm sure they'll go through lots of ups and downs together as they work their jobs, and all try to "make it" in acting.
But I'll miss him.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
So far we haven't had any viewings on our house, which is quite disappointing and a bit tough on the nerves of steel that we have. We purchased our new home in Nova Scotia with a closing date of February 1st after meeting with a real estate agent to discuss "realistically" how quickly our home here would close. We were assured that things would move quickly.
Now one month has gone by with no viewings. That's not to say that we haven't been busy. We've cleared out so much (to charity, to auction, to the dump) that it makes me wonder where we were keeping it all! I've painted a room with cathedral ceilings (formerly "Cody's condo"...our son's tv room outside his bedroom on the second floor) It was Marigold (aka orange) and is now a creamy colour called Wood Lily.
To top it off, I had been negotiating to sell my dog biscuit business. I thought it was a perfect fit. Someone experienced, in a similar but non competitive business. But we couldn't agree on terms.
When that fell through, it sent me on a bit of a tail spin. House not selling. Business not selling. Oh boy. Maybe we're doing the wrong thing?
New day. Back to positive. Things happen for a reason. True...I won't be able to package and ship biscuits from my new home. But. I do have other options. Better options. I'm working on those now. Keep your fingers crossed. Please.
We're also checking with the vendors of our Nova Scotia home. They are planning to build a new home, so we've asked them if they would consider a later closing than February 1st. Keep your toes crossed. Please.
So, everything looks much better. Not all roads to your dreams are smooth and straight. Sometimes there are bumps and curves along the way. That's what makes it interesting. And that's what makes changing it from a dream to reality truly rewarding.
Monday, November 26, 2007
To see the listing of our current home, click here. Once you reach the MLS page, you can click on "view multimedia". Then, choose between still photos under "photos" or 360 views under "panoramas". The panoramas are a little skewed. Basically, they are a series of photos that have been linked together to make it look like a video.
The house looks so good, I wonder why we're moving? Hopefully someone else will love the house as much as we have over the past 9 years. A few weeks ago was a blur of getting our home ready for people to view. We painted, did minor repairs, gave away furniture and clothes, threw away 10 garbage bags full of "stuff" (mostly old election signs from John's days on council which are of no use to anyone), and sent 8 green garbage bags of shredded paper to recycling. Phew! Well, we're ready for people to come. Now we just have to do a cleaning blitz before each viewing.
So far, it's been over 3 weeks and no one has been interested. But we're still hanging onto that dream. It will happen.
Choose your dream and work it. Dream big and go!