One Down

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We are down to 11 chickens.  Jess had to kill one today.  Our lovely puppy Elsa got a hold of one and bit her feathers and part of her back off.  We decided to wait a day to see if we could see some evidence of healing, but the other chickens started pecking at her today.  We had heard that if a chicken had any blood on them, either their own or another animals, the rest of the flock will try to peck it to death.  We will have to train our puppy to not eat chickens, or restrict access.  It’s a sad chicken day.

On a happier note we received our order of 11.5 tons of wood pellets on Friday.  Even though it is unseasonably warm today, we had a cold week filled with a constant fire in our wood stove and hot water bottles in bed every night.  Jess has been busy organizing our 4 cord of wood for the season.  We don’t have sufficient outbuildings so we have a wall of neatly stacked wood in our front hall.

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Our kitchen is mostly installed.  Jess will be running our propane piping for our stove this week, and then we are good to go.  Our gym has a fresh coat of paint, and our trim is being installed today.  It has been a long renovating haul, but we are coming to the end.  I’m looking forward to a clean, renovation dust free home to spend my winter.

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Now I must go and spend the rest of my afternoon cleaning up the gym for our fabulous concert on Wednesday.  I can’t wait!

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Sheesham and Lotus

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I am still reeling from our last concert.  It was so amazing.  I am thrilled that we have another fantastic band coming to play in a little over a week.  Sheesham and Lotus and Son are playing with Ali McCormick.  You may of gathered that information from the above poster, but if not, I’ve got your back.  I am really looking forward to seeing them play as they are great musicians and are all entertainment.  They put on a damn good show!

This is the last concert in our series for this year.  We hope to do more shows next year.  We have a few more musicians on our list that we would love to showcase.  It has been a steep learning curve, lots of work, and enormous fun with some of Canada’s top talent.  We are blessed to have a venue in our home, and the wonderful support of our friends, community, and friends in our community.

So put your fun shoes on, and let’s hang out and listen to some great tunes on Wednesday the 26th.

My Kijiji Kastle

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I’ve always liked a bargain.  We didn’t have much money growing up so I started earning my own as soon as I was old enough.  I started babysitting when I was twelve.  When I had saved enough cash I would make the trek to Kensington Market to buy my wares.  Gone were the days of back to school shopping at The Biway or Willy Wonderfuls.  I could get unique vintage finds at a fraction of the cost of the chain stores.  It is possible that my outfits resembled those worn by a homeless hippie instead of a teenage, but I thought I looked cool.

I soon lost all my babysitting gigs, as it seemed like the perfect opportunity to have friends over.  Word got out around my neighbourhood that I wasn’t the ideal candidate to watch their children.  I was resourceful.  I spent a few years tagging laundry at Sketchley Cleaners , before I started my long career working in restaurants.  All my extra earnings went to second hand goods.  Rarely did I buy new.  To this day, my favorite thing to do is to rummage through a quality thrift store, or a yard sale.

Online bargain shopping has served me quite well as of late.  I found our current home on Kijiji, and that seems to be working out so far.  I have also been shopping for a kitchen.  I honestly did not realize how expensive kitchens are to buy new at the big box stores.  Even when I opted for little to no perks in my kitchen, the price tag was enormous.  We were dreaming of a giant kitchen in our gym.  When “giant” in is the description, it simply costs more.

So I started looking for a bargain.  I spent weeks trying to figure out how we could pay less.  Hours were invested trolling Kijiji for the perfect kitchen that wasn’t broken, ugly, or from the 1980’s.  My time was well used as I found the above photo in a very simple ad “18 feet of kitchen cabinets.  High end German kitchen.”  We were certain it was a scam but needed to investigate.  We texted and called the number in the ad.  I fretted that the seller wasn’t responding in a timely manner.  Jess drove to Toronto to check it out.  The kitchen was disassembled in a Russian guy’s garage.  Jess took his word that all the parts were there and left a deposit.  Two days later our kitchen was crammed in a U Haul trailer and at our door.

It now sits in our gym.  There are some second hand issues we must overcome.  There is a large hole in our island where a cooktop use to live.  There are a few scratches, and some wear.  It used to be a showroom kitchen.  I am not in love with the countertops but for 1/10th of the cost of a new kitchen I can be easily swayed with some sweet talk and a well cooked meal in my affordable kitchen.

Our contractor and plumber are scheduled to arrive on Monday, and I can’t wait.  The temperature has dropped.  Last night, I wore a scarf and  thick sweatshirt over my sweater to cook dinner.  Memories of a very cold kitchen are already haunting me.  Our gym is toasty warm, and I’d much rather cook in there.

Buying used is good for our earth, and our bank books.  It takes a little more time than buying new, but you can always find a little treasure in another person’s trash.

 

 

 

Flying by October

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Well another month has flown by.  We were busy.  Two of my girls had birthdays, and birthday parties, there was Thanksgiving, Halloween, a girl’s weekend getaway, a successful school fund raiser, and the fabulous 24th Street Wailers concert.

The concert was mind blowing.  The gym was packed, and the audience was dancing, clapping, and singing along with the band.  We had our best turn out so far.  The 24th Street Wailers brought down the house.  They were incredible.  If you ever get a chance to see them live, run to the theatre.  They tour all over North America.  Catch a little bit of their show right here.

I almost forgot my promise to myself that I would take some time for me this fall.  So I enrolled in a beginner painting class.  I love that for three hours a week my focus is creativity and colour.  My exercise regime is still quite lame, but I have heard of a good yoga class close by that I’ll start tomorrow.  I have many writing projects percolating in my brain that will soon need an outlet.  I will have to keep busy this winter if it is as bad as it was last year.

Jess has started volunteering at the new County radio station.  He has a regular show called Stuff with Jess on Wednesdays from 10-2pm.  He is really enjoying it.  You can stream him live here.

Another month gone, and November is looking good, full with visiting friends, and time to work on house projects.  I am really excited about our last concert in our series – Sheesham and Lotus with Ali McCormick.

It’s going to be a fun month.

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