La la la la la

Grocery shopping with my children in the nineties… that tunnel traffic was crazy what are we going to have for dinner maybe a frozen lasagne that will be quick before we get the boys to cubs and daughter to karate oh my god wasn’t I supposed to make brownies for daughters school tomorrow will they…

Is a beast

530 am. 16 degrees inside and 0 degrees outside. The heater didn’t come on, he is asleep. Construction continues during the winter months even when most of the islanders are gone. Thankfully, everything E and I need is here now and we aren’t so much constructing as puttering. But we have family on two other…

are over achievers

Beginning the first year we were married we made a gingerbread house every Christmas. I would make the gingerbread. E would design and make the structure and later when we had kids they would gather around the kitchen table with bowls and bowls of candy to decorate. The houses became more and more complex. At…

Your morning coffee

5 am and I’m awake. The house is 18 degrees and it is 1 degree outside. The dogs are still in bed with E. I have taken my turn with the four online scrabble games I’m playing. I’m losing in all of them. You tell me a word I can make with… IIIOAEQ…….. sigh. I’m…

proof Santa exists

As was the custom when our kids were young, family dropped in on Christmas Eve. The winter of ’92 or ’93, their uncle brought with him a wooden puzzle he had had since he was a kid. He couldn’t remember how to put it together and hoped his nephews would help.. They were 3 and…

within my element

On our walk back from the fire hall the other day we were near what E and I, perhaps unimaginatively, refer to as deer hill.  For anyone on the island trying to picture where we were… it is the hill before gossip corner where we always seem to see deer.  The dogs were off leash…

all my notes

Okay, my quilt squares are done and the sewing machine has been put away until January. Time to get on with Christmas. A little bit of decorating, a little bit of baking and a little bit of getting back to my book. For those of you sitting on the edge of your seats waiting for…

Wish me luck

The table is set, so to speak. I had my sewing machine, ironing board, and a million dollar view. Now I have my material, it’s time to sew my squares for the island quilt. This is the day. I have much to do this week. Quilt squares, Christmas baking and Christmas decorating. I have one…

to my book

Since midnight on the 25th we have received 53.26 mm of rain. Or in words that matter, 1250 gallons of water off of our roof. Good for our water tanks bad for the dogs. They weren’t happy with my uninterest in walking very far. The rain broke and we went back to our routine of…

back to sleep

E takes fourteen pills a day. Eight in the morning and six at night. These aren’t drugs which treat symptoms like arthritic stiffness or iron poor blood. If he doesn’t take these pills as prescribed, his body will reject his new heart. Toss it out like the town drunk at last call. In addition to…

would be correct

Ok, that disgusting job is done.! E finished the insulation under the flooring of the new room.. There was a lot of swearing. I know, cause I could hear him underneath me as I sat in the new room watching for the sea lions to go by and drinking my coffee.  I did a bit…

science, who knew?

Yet another gorgeous sunny day today. Not sure how much longer they will continue but I’m not complaining. My body is unable to accept daylight savings so I am up very early.. I am reminded of all those years struggling to get to work for my 7 am shifts. Admittedly a lot of those nights…

Have beauty covered

I am aware the new tank is not particularly good looking and if I was living in a house in the city perhaps it would be in a closet. But I don’t have a closet and I want free hot water so there you go… Note the box and correctly placed tank for science to…

boss around here

All of you who were concerned (no one) that we were about to blow ourselves up with the published setup for the new water boiler, don’t need to worry anymore. I posted pictures too early. The boiler must be higher than the coil in the wood stove or the natural cooling mechanism can’t take place…

or two off

E went under the house to plumb the water boiler into the system and remembered we had procrastinated putting the insulation under the flooring of the new room. He couldn’t ignore it any longer so spent the last several days on his back in a 36 inch space stuffing insulation between the floorboards and then…

E’s back happy

As promised, today we measured our water accumulation after completing one month with a fully functioning rain water catchment system and it’s requisite rain. This month we had the family for Thanksgiving, we have showered and bathed as we felt, we have washed dishes when they were dirty and our clothes when we wanted. We…

keeping a secret

The objective of the game played on the nature channel which I tuned to in front of our house today, is twofold. The first objective is multi faceted. The animals need to find their food and eat that food before someone else gets it. The second objective and certainly the most important for the fish,…

Got his dinner

Grandma called them collywobbles. Truth is, I never actually heard her say the word collywobbles and I can’t imagine a situation where Grandma would need to talk about some fellows bits and felt the need to use a word like collywobbles. But Mom always maintained that she picked up the term from Grandma. Whatever you…

the damn thing

On my winters schedule of events, it is time for me to sew my squares for the island raffle quilt. When we moved here I bought a $50.00,  fifty year old sewing machine off Craigs list.. It goes forward very reliably… Nothing else. I decided that I would like to explore sewing a little further now…

Beneath the soil

Traditionally my garlic is planted by the light of the October full moon. Preferably, yet rarely it is planted while naked. Stories are told of the health benefits of eating nakedly planted garlic but they remain unproven, by me. The rains are supposed to start on Monday so I felt the risk to plant my…

His job too

Endless days of sunshine. Temps sitting at about 16 degrees. Waters are flat calm. We are hardly using any firewood. It is a good chance to use up the stacks of bark we have. E lights some bark and a few pieces of fir around 4 Am and then we let it die out during…

wearing a harness

A common problem when stealing a tree peony from your Mother’s garden before you sell her house, is hastily planting it incorrectly in a new planter. I planted the root too high in the soil, thereby giving new life to the grafted bush peony. The beautiful tree peony hadn’t a chance. Today, I pulled the…

on the dog

My mother in law used to buy her daffodil bulbs by the pound. Every fall she would scatter fifty pounds of them at the base of the trees on the property and then bury them where they landed. The look now, forty years later is a naturalized sea of yellow in the spring. It is…

do do cake

When a dog gets to be twelve years old and has fought off otters  (an otter victim) and scary puppies you would think he would be able to rest easy and have a care free life. Not to be, for our wee Sami. Apparently, he has eaten something. It could be anything living in this…

a huge handicap

My daughter brought a book for the dogs last weekend. Inside a Dog, What dogs see, smell and know.  Truth is our dogs aren’t getting along as well as we had hoped. Yesterday, was the first day they didn’t have a fist fight. This morning, they even woke up next to each other on our bed and…

She was right

The shoes were back. There was a time I couldn’t get through my front door without navigating the giant pile of runners strewn at my suburban front door by our kids and their friends. Our kids and their shoes came for the weekend. The turkey was in the oven, the dogs were asleep, the baby…

Last post in

Beautiful day today. Colder that is for sure. Not Calgary cold, but there is a definite chill in the air which wasn’t here last weekend. It was a momentous day when all of the old house that was coming off, had come off. Many giant burn piles and barge loads of crap later, it was…

all systems go

October 1st. Burn pile day. The fire ban is over. All around the island you could hear the matches strike. Although other areas of the province had already lifted their ban, this island maintains ours until October 1st. If there was an emergency everyone’s wells are dry and their water tanks near empty. There is…

to go anywhere

The island is emptying. Everyone else seems to have a plan for travelling far and wide. We are happy for them but we are only too thrilled to be staying here. We really should get the exterior of the house finished before winter. But, as with all of the jobs we don’t enjoy, we had…

Here this weekend

First day of school for our five year old boy. It was 1991. We had registered him for all the requisite after school activities. Soccer, swimming and Beavers (pre Cubs). Three year old and new born were at home.. their turn would come. Saturday morning at swimming lessons. A pool of five year old boys…