It was the first week of school and there were plenty of nerves, mostly on my part. All my girls are off to school all day this year. I drove them to school and walked them into their classrooms. My oldest two already had friends in their class, but my little one went in fresh. She put on a brave face when she sat down at her desk, but she held on tight to my hand and I had trouble pulling it away. I would of stayed with her the whole day if I wasn’t new in town. But since there is already a rumour that we have started a cult at the school, I thought it best to leave her to fend for herself. I got in my car and cried all the way home.
She spent each recess of that first day, adjusting her leg warmers, by herself under the slide. The rest of the week was filled with nightmares, a hospital visit and strep throat. She was back at school on Friday and came home with a smile on her face, and names of new friends.
We went to our local fair this weekend. It was an afternoon filled with barn yard animals, pulled taffy, and topsy turny rides. After going in the poultry barn, Jess is convinced we should get chicks. I think we may need another dog. The girls are campaigning to each get a dog for their birthdays this year. Although we have the room for them here, I’m quite sure we would be hard pressed to find somewhere to stay in Toronto with five people and four dogs.
Other exciting news is that our boiler from China arrived on Friday with minimal damage. The thought of having some heat this winter is very appealing. Jess is outside insulating the exterior of the crawl space as I write. Once that is done, they will start work on the radiant heating system.
I also ordered my wood stove this afternoon, so we should be right as rain for this season.
Kijiji has been my best friend this past week. We had a guy drive 4 hours to see our old boiler. We charmed him with tales of peak oil, high heating prices, and climate change and it seems to have worked! We are currently negotiating price and really hope it works out. A couple came by and acquired two large salmon coloured carpets that have been living in the library for the past 40 years. They said the carpets would be perfect for their fixer upper.
We still have some outstanding urinals if any one is interested. As the ad says, they would make a great gift!