Getting into mischief

So it has been WAY to long since I blogged and I am vowing to myself to get back to it.

So much has happened to our home and our family since my last blog in the summer:
1. The contractor we hired has completed his work. So many big changes throughout the house.
2. My husband got laid off in October so financially, the work on the house has had to slow.
3. We are expecting another baby!! A girl!!! Due April 28th!
4. We have been hard at work ourselves building fences, refinishing the kitchen, drywalling …

Here is a little sneak peak of some mischief I got into a few weeks ago:

These are our beautiful original stairs covered in a 30-40 year old green carpet.


After months of questioning the condition of the wood underneath, my curiosity got the best of me. So, with my husband permission I proceeded to remove the carpet from the bottom stairs. And was I happy about it!

After I got the carpet up I realized that the underpad had become dust from decades of being walked on, and that if was also very stuck to the wood. I spend the next hour carefully scrapping of the old underpad, being very careful not to take any of the finish off.


Once I got all the underpad off it was just a matter of giving the stair a good wash and voila:


There is some damage to the finish where there was a preexisting runner. Once I get all the stairs done and some spots cleaned up then I will cover the damage with a new rubber.


Outdoor beauty

It has been a busy July so far and most of our efforts have been concentrated outside. Here are some pics of the beautiful things in our backyard.





I was able to add some colour to the garden by spray painting an old bedframe and cast iron planters in a bright purple.


We have also taken out more old cedars in preparation for a new fence.


We have also begun a kitchen reno that I will be updating on very soon. I hope everyone else’s summer has been as fun and productive as ours.

Sometimes there is a very simple way of making something more beautiful.

Like removing granny style curtains.


To reveal beautiful original trim work and a huge tree.


Or doing away with the country curtains


To let in light and inspire new ideas.


Now that Night School is over and I can finally come up for air, it is time to get back to some quality family time and working on the house. This weekend it was project veggie garden.
One of the things we love about our new place (officially named Victoria Manor) is the amount of space we have in our backyard. Luckily the people we bought the house from were definitely into gardening and left behind a sizable veggie garden.

We spend Saturday working the garden by hand (unfortunately the roto-tiller we borrowed did not really work). Ben was able to visit a family members farm and pick up a VERY fresh load of cow manure, which we then spent hours spreading and mixing into the garden (along with bone meal and peat moss).
We were dirty, literally covered in poop, getting eaten by Mosquitos and loving every second of it.



Once the soil was all prepped, Sunday was planting day. I planted a pile of seeds when we first moved in and it was finally time for them to make themselves at home in the garden.
It took all day to get the garden organized, set up and seeds distributed. But the final result is amazing. In total (including 2 other gardens not shown) we have tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, strawberry, cucumber, broccoli, carrots, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, beans, peas, zucchini, leeks, basil, parsley, chives, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, pumpkin, garlic, sweet onions, red onions, green onions.



My absence from the blog has not been intentional and it is something I think of often. Life is essentially just crazy right now. The night school class I am teaching ends in 2 weeks, we are approaching summatives and exams at day school and life at the house is busy too. We have spend around 50 collective hours in the garden and working on the lawn.

And to make matters worse, my son dropped my iPhone (the main way that I blog) in the toilet and my camera is not transferring to my computer. So blogging has become difficult. I am getting a new phone delivered by the end of the week and I will continue to search for the transfer adapter for my camera.

I have some great pics of the work done on the gardens that I am excited to share. We are loving the nicer weather.


This weekend we are having our first party at the new house. We have invited all of our family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers (and if you know us and have not received an invite, so sorry, please contact me for details, you should come!).
We are hoping to have around 60 people there so hopefully the weather holds. The main goal of the party, other then to have a party, is to show off the house before we make any major changes. We have got the report back from the structural engineer and are organizing quotes from the trades with our contractor.
Looking forward to a busy weekend of working on the house, cleaning, gardening, partying, marking and hopefully sleeping!

We have been in our place for a month now and our bedroom has left much to be desired. Whether being busy with work (2 jobs), concentrating on other rooms (babies and kitchen) or just trying to get done the daily chores (dishes, laundry, showering, etc) our bedroom just wasn’t a priority. Don’t get me wrong, we had our bed and side lamps set up but clothes were still in boxes everywhere.
It was my mission this weekend to unpack my clothes, ALL OF THEM!
Unfortunately our current bedroom (temporary till the attic is done) does not have enough room for our dresser to Ben’s clothes. Therefore, he had had to store all of his clothes in the spare room and I have had to function without a dresser. I spent many hour on saturday unpacking and organizing my clothes. I think the closet turned out great:


Now our room is clear or boxes and is much more relaxing.

It is complete with a view of the huge tree in our front lawn.