And enjoy ourselves

Renovations tend to evolve. We weren’t going to replace the original windows of the house, just add the new ones in the addition. But then we redesigned the kitchen and had to change the window above the sink and then of the course the newly situated bathroom needed a window… The window in the guest…

Your hands dirty

E got the 7 kilowatt Kubota generator working again. It was a dirty job. For the first time since February 2017 we have sunshine, walls, power, water and a roof all functioning at the same time!…… how great is that? It’s amazing how one adapts to this life.. If willing. You just have to look…

Of the law

There was an election issue relevant to our island last year and a local politician was available for questions on a radio talk show. Islanders could call in… Woman answering phones at the talk show: Hello caller, welcome to the program. Before I take your question. What’s your postal code? Islander: I don’t have one….

Its always something

We were able to harvest the last of our apples before the rains arrived. So much rain. Glorious rain. I know I said that I wouldn’t talk about our water again for a while. I lied. We have accumulated now 1700 gallons of water. 400 from last night alone. I lay in bed listening to…

Circle of life

Alice and John had three children. Each of the three had four of their own. From those twelve grandchildren came nineteen great grandchildren. Now it gets hard… The nineteen-great grandchildren have now had thirteen great great grandchildren.. whew .. don’t worry there won’t be a test.. but I do have a point.. Sunday, we went…

All have one

I know you are tired of listening to me talk about water but I promise this is the last time for a while. That sound you are hearing is rain. September seventh and the drought is over. We made it.. Four months with no discernible rain fall and very limited water from our well. A…

Something to do

Two years ago (fall of 2016) we moved into Soho (the family property) for the winter while we rented out this house to a work crew renovating a house here on the island. We froze at SoHo.. That house needs some major work on its heating set up. My slippers would be wet in the…

Tonight looks fake

E has been up at the top of the property installing the new water tanks. There is plenty of room up there but the ground needed to be levelled with a pick axe and raked before the tanks could be installed. There are five tanks up there now. It looks like a tank forest. We…

Wears many hats

Every day on this property challenges a variety of skills. The temperature has dropped to 21 degrees with sunny skies, no wind. Perfect conditions for getting things done. We no longer have the excuse of heat fatigue to sit about doing nothing…We accomplish the most in fall and spring. When our son and his buddy…

In the bathroom

This morning I let the puppy out the back door around 6:30 for a pee. Then I fed him on the back deck, with the door closed so the older dog wouldn’t bother him. When he was finished, both dogs ran along the deck and down to the water to investigate whatever dogs investigate down…

Not that competitive

We bought our groceries on Saturday mornings, back in the sixties, at Woodwards Oakridge Mall. Once paid for, they would be placed in bins on a conveyor belt and sent through the basement to the parking lot at the other end of the mall. Mom would pull up to the depot in the parking lot,…

but read books

I wasn’t going to write anything today, what with kids coming to visit and celebrations in the works for the twins birthday.  But I feel any confusion I might have left out there needs to be cleared up.. Point of fact, voices carry over the water. We can hear all of the conversations you are…

blog writes itself

“When I took the dog sled team down the Yukon to the next town.” My dinner companion last night began her story with that sentence. I looked up and blurted out that I could feel a blog posting coming. So began one of the more interesting evenings I have spent on this island. Ten of…

you share it

I have been asked countless times how I could possibly live on an island with no stores. The implication being that stores are the great reason to continue living in the city… No one has ever asked me how I could live on an island with no theatre, hockey rink or restaurants.. If they did,…

our lucky number

Pick a number between one and ten. You probably always pick the same number. Your lucky number, if you will. The number you always picked for your team jersey. We all know Gretsky’s and Lindens. E wore eight on his hockey jersey.  Mine was 22. The number on my cloakroom hook all the way through…

wash my feet

When my Mom was retired at sixty she started Tai Chi. She was a decidedly unathletic woman but she enjoyed the pace of it and eventually worked up to having her own sword  (that’s a Tai Chi thing). Later, in her eighties she recovered from an ugly operation unusually quickly because, the Doctor said, her legs…

In this together

In what seems like a lifetime ago, we poured foundations under our house as the first step of an eighteen month,   life long project to renovate this house. A very large gang of our friends came out on a cold March morning to heave that pail and tote that bucket. Much like the barn…

midnight and 7AMw

I will be completely honest here. Although, I try desperately to be a nice person, I am often unsuccessful. Take for example, my reaction to the weather forecast for this weekend, I am delighted that rain is expected. I know, I know. It is the long weekend. Everyone is expecting guests. Everyone has plans. Our…

just in case

A few months ago I mentioned our boat was in the shop after the engine seized up during a simple flat calm trip home from the city. E was alone in the boat and everything was going along as it should, when off of the outside of the U37 marker can, the engine went gasp, cough,…

our Community Association

We have a Community Association which essentially began and continues to exist, to protect our island from the devastation of a wild-fire. The islanders pooled their talents and money and with a lot of financial support from BC Lotteries we built and maintain an amazing volunteer fire department. We have a gorgeous fire hall on…

if you will

As a person who rarely attended science class in high school, I am unable to tell you anything about the life cycle of an eagle. Since moving here though, I have picked up a few things watching the avian family next door. Small Fry ( Glenn Frey, the Eagles … get it?) was a baby when…

in a heap

The difficulty level in this climate of growing zucchini is about the same level as you would have growing a weed.  Anne maintains that one plant will feed a family of four. My friend, planted twenty-six. Despite evidence to suggest otherwise is she is surprisingly quite sane. I planted four. I suspect I planted them…

wine beside me

When I moved to this island, I discovered that every woman I met living here had artistic crafty talent or amazing five-star chef like skills,  and I had none. I could neither stitch in a ditch nor stuff a tenderloin. What to do? I decided to pull a quote from a book I had recently…

hear my snoring

Okay, I tried. I really tried. But, the truth is, my ability to write is directly affected by my commitment to abstinence.  I just do not feel comfortable putting pen to paper (metaphorically) without a glass of red next to me. I don’t drink when I’m Grandparenting and since my sweet wee one left I have…

Caught our breath

I am the first to admit that I might, occasionally, exaggerate just a little bit, every once in a while, maybe. In fact I might be the greatest exaggerator ever! But, I would well be in the realm of accuracy if I told you that yesterday was incredible, of historic proportions here on the nature…

a cautionary tale

Dangerous situations can arise pretty quickly when you are out on the water. Living on an island we are out on the water more than most and the islanders are pretty diligent about our safety measures.  We see many who are not. To get to the Gulf Islands from Nanaimo there are two options. You can…

grand parent shuffle

When you live on, build on or even visit this island and you need something, you had better have brought it with you or you are going to do without. There are no stores. What is in your pantry or your workshop is what you have to work with. Sometimes, in a pinch, nuts or…

now our turn

We have just had a wonderful weekend with our son and two of his friends. Two friends who have been to the island before, when we still had Papa’s house.  We have known them since they were first learning to tie their skates at the rink on Sunday mornings. We also have the honour of calling…

to push off

When we moved to this house at the edge of a cliff we were left with the parting words of the previous owners. If you start to fall off the cliff, just push-off. The indication being, we would be clear of the rocks and be safe enough in the water. Sitting with our son and…

we ever lived

It was 11:15 PM, we were watching Sports Page, and our phone rang. E answered it and got a strange look on his face. He put the phone down on the side table and went into our bedroom and picked up the extension. A few quiet words spoken and I heard him call me “can…