Monday, July 10, 2017

Holidays are Over...

..for now.
I will take another week for Halloween.
I was lucky to take two weeks.
We decided to finally tackle the roof.
Hubs is doing the project solo.
It is a big undertaking but, it is going extremely well.
I have been taking pictures of the progress to help Hubs and for mementos.
Hubs has had previous experience with this sort of work before, just not to this scale.
Our roof was eroding at quite the rapid rate.
You would be sitting outside on the back deck and if a wind blew, you would be sprinkled with bits of shingles.
Not quite the ambiance we had in mind for sitting peacefully outside.
Here are some of the many photos I have taken:

The awful, flakey green shingles are being replaced a dual grey colour. When Hubs applies them, they have an interesting texture. It almost reminds me of the images I would see in fairy tales, how the castles were constructed. We are very happy with the progress!

We have also been enjoying a bit of nature.

I am keeping a close eye on these raspberries! Jackie always beats us to it.

Saturday we enjoyed Comiccon in Montreal.

Little Man found another video game sword to add to his collection and I found some issues of Daredevil that I had not even ready yet!
Hubs enjoyed all the costumes and creativity. People really do outdo themselves. They get right into character. I love seeing that kind of passion!

Yesterday I went kayaking.
I never thought that would be a sentence that would emerge from my mouth.
I have some weird tan lines from the life jacket but it was worth it.
Our town has events throughout the year and post them online or in the newsletter that is delivered to our mail box.
A friend had signed up to go with someone who, at the last minute had an emergency. She thought I might be interested.
Ok, let's give it a go.
Since I had never done this before, I actually googled what to wear when kayaking.
I was a little panicky.
Thankfully, there was little to fear.
The kayaks they provide are fairly light weight and very stable. No need to fear about tipping over.
We did not experience any sort of Gilligan's Island revival.
It was a great day!

Now we draw to end of my vacation.
There is still work to be down on the roof, but Hubs has that well in hand.
He also has one more week of holidays.
He can work during the morning then call it a day as a retire to sleep in the afternoon.
It was not exactly relaxing, but productive!

Since we are experiencing a bit more rain this morning, I am going to enjoy Daredevil and finish my coffee.
Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

First Day of Summer

I'm enjoying my morning off. I am being entertained by Jackie and our yearly visitors.

I'm relieved the Wren has returned.
What makes it even more special, his mate returned with him!
We spotted the pair yesterday.
So, this morning, I set up the camera on the tripod and made several attempted to capture these feathery neighbours.
What a wonderful change.
Last year, he was all alone. He built his nest and day after day for about a month, he sang his little heart out trying to attract a mate.
This year, they are working together to build their happy little home.
He is trying to impress her by finding the perfect stick!

Most of my garden is flourishing.
My tomatoes are really starting to take off.

My raspberries had some blossoms.

Now I just have to get to the berries before Jackie!
I have a few really interesting plants this year.
This one, took forever to bloom.

The gentleman at the nursery said the flowers would be blue.

I am perfectly happy with the purple. When it finally blossomed, I was very impressed.

The other is a Parrot plant.

It has quite the tropical feel. When the temperature falls below 10 deg. C., we have to bring it inside.
I love these little beak like attachments!

We also have the beginnings of a lemon on our little citrus tree!

After reading a little bit online, I thought it would be a few years before we saw another lemon. I can't wait to see if this one matures.

The only downside surrounds my honeysuckle plant.
There are these little bugs that are suffocating the flowers.

They stop the flower from opening.
I'll have to do more research to see if I can figure a way to stop it from my killing off my flowers.

I've also finished a pair of socks!
The perfect pair to commemorate the Summer Solstice.

My Jack of the Green are complete with that yarn I had been saving for quite some time!

There are other things still going on but, I have to process them myself before I can figure out how to put it in words.
Last day of school for the Little Man is today. It was quite the struggle.
We still have to find out if he graduated.
We are making some lifestyle changes.
Trying to be a bit more healthy, food and exercise departments.
It is rooted in esteem issues. I will have to try and express this later.

It has been quite a long morning.
I'm off to fix a bit of lunch and settle in for the afternoon.
A few more nights, then I start my holidays!
I hope you are all well

Friday, June 9, 2017

June Already!

Spring has just flown by.
Jackie and I have been enjoying the sun the past few days.
This morning I am trying and failing to explain why we are indoors.
Jackie does not like the term, "rain delay".

My craftiness has suffered the past few weeks as I was down and out with a horrendous cold.
We have tried to make up for my missing weeks these last few days.
With the gorgeous sun shining, we were able to explore our estate.

Some of us are confined to the great indoors and must watch from protected confinement.

It does not factor into Napoleon's way of thinking that he does not really like outside. Each time he has planned his escape, he gets as far as the edge of the deck, then morphs into a giant puff ball. If anything, he is a poster child for perseverance. He does not give up, ever!

I am out of the sock madness challenge.
The last pattern was a gorgeous mosaic knitting style.
It just left me baffled. I will frog the attempt and pretend it never happened.
I am currently working on on Jack of the Green.
It is the perfect pattern to go with my Mystical Moose, Moose Manor Hand Painting yarn.

I have mentioned this one before. It changes colour when placed under different light sources.

This is my work in progress so far:

It is a fun knit, especially if you love cables.

I also have new glasses! I'm lucky in that the strength of my eyes diminish ever so gradually. That being said, things were still a little too blurry for me to enjoy things, like watching hockey while sitting on the couch, feeling comfortable driving long distances, watching nature go by as I sit out on the back deck. I hate to miss anything. That is good motivation to get off my butt and get my eyes checked out.
So here is a very rare picture of me in my new glasses!

The lenses transition. I have never had this sort of eyeglass before. So far so good. I do enjoy the freedom of going outside and not needing my sunglasses to avoid the glare. The only downside I have experienced is driving. I still need proper sunglasses for driving. The roof and tint on the windshield prevent the lenses from doing that magical transition thing. So my sunglasses are having their lenses swapped out with my new prescription.

I have also started up on my oil painting again.

It still very much a work in progress but, I am enjoying the process.

My tomatoes and herbs are also in their respective places!

When my plants go in the ground or in the pots, that is how I know my summer has officially begun!

I'm still recuperating from my cold, but things are slowly coming together over here.
I hope you are well.
See you later. :)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Enjoyable Days

Not too far from me, Mother Nature has wreaked havoc.
There are many regions that experiencing massive flooding.
People are evacuating their homes or trying to save what possessions they own.
The armed forces have been called in to deal with the state of emergency.
I am lucky.
My region is just experiencing a lot of rainfall.
While we are confined indoors, I binge watch The Handmaid's Tale and knitting my socks, with a bit of help.

These are Symphony Socks,

I have never really knit with beads before. I had a bit of trouble trying to use a crochet hook to incorporate them. The hook just did not fit through the bead. I tried using a piece of dental floss. That method worked but, it was rather fiddly.
Hubs saw my struggle and went to work on creating me this little hood from a paper clip.

I hope you can see the picture. It really is quite a small little hook!
These are ones I am currently working on called, Jeck.

In between bursts of rain, Jackie and I try to walk.
We have seen quite a few interesting things and creatures.

At home the Tulips and Daffodils are doing well.

The Tulips have some very interesting colours.

What a fun few days.
I really did enjoy them.
It is a bit early here, but I am sleepy.
Off to bed I go.
I hope you are well.