Archive | July 2012

free again!

So we ended up with more free furniture (which was made in Montreal by R.S. Associates Ltd. I figure in the 1960s-ish). I’ve been looking for something that would work for our living room tv stand. And ideally something that would work for the kitchen and ALL my baking supplies and serving dishes (I have an obsession with serving dishes, I can never have enough).

Before we went to pick up the entertainment unit (thanks to our friend who didn’t mind helping us out with his truck) I made sure it could split in two. One – so we could use it for both purposes and Two – because I knew it wouldn’t fit in our living room well otherwise.

So here it is all set up!

I love how it hides everything and we don’t have a stack of DVDs hanging out anymore! It looks so much better.

Our kitchen shelving all organized – complete with my KitchenAid (I love that thing)!!

Happy Wednesday!

diy dresser

For the past several weekends I have been working on refinishing my husband’s childhood dresser. Tada! Finally done!

It was quite the process and my first time refinishing furniture. Lots of good fun and with a few sanders I borrowed from a friend!

                             

I scored the handles from IKEA on sale in the winter and knew I would be doing the some point in time so I stashed them away. Success! Then with the dresser I used the leftover white paint from the washroom reno so only had to purchase some sanding paper and stain! We still have lots of stain left so I might just end up doing another project at some point.

Here is the final product. I’m very satisfied!

     

Happy Monday (night)!

family visits! (days three, four and five)…the end.

Last week…

Peter went back to Calgary on the Thursday – sad how fast the time flew by! Diana and I decided it was about time to enjoy the nice weather with some wine tasting. Since we live in the beautiful Okanagan surrounded by wineries the options were endless! We thought trying out the Naramata Bench Wineries might be a great option.

Out first stop was in Naramata at a Lavender Farm where we enjoyed walking through the farm with a glass of lavender lemonade. The sent was and sights were beautiful.

the beautiful lavender farm

On our drive towards town we stopped into several wineries including Lake Breeze Vineyards, Ruby Blues Winery and Poplar Grove Winery.

The first stop at Lake Breeze was Di’s first official experience at a wine tasting! It was a fun experience to share together. While I love my deep full bodied reds Di prefers a crisp white sweeter wine.

first winery stop

Di’s first tasting and bottle!

filling up the box with wine 🙂

I think Di’s favourite stop was at Ruby Blues, not only did we get a great story but the wines were really yummy!

winery stop #2

beautiful vineyards

Our last stop at Poplar Grove turned into taking a seat at the restaurant to enjoy a few appetizers with a stunning view.

enjoying Poplar Grove

Friday we decided was a ‘bask in the sun’ kind of day. Following a little raspberry jam making (with our very own homegrown raspberries) we decided to head to the channel.

making jam

The channel is nothing more than floating – we have a two person inflatable tube (with a cooler in the middle) and at the start we pay someone at the little station $2 to fill it up for us. Then it is pure bliss in the 30+ degree weather. Around here it is a very popular summertime event…you can go whenever you want and it is incredible how much it will cool you off! Since the float only took us 1.75 hrs we decided the beach and a swim in the lake was necessary. We decided to hit up another winery (I mean how can’t you when there are so many to choose from!) south of town. We went to Blasted Church Vineyards had a tasting and Di topped up her wine load with another two bottles! Another one of her fav spots! The day was lovely topped off with a bbq at our house with some great friends.

Saturday was Di’s last day with us. Sad face. We decided to make the best of the day and started early by hitting up our local Farmers Market. I love going to the market even though I found I haven’t made it there nearly as frequently this year as I have in the past. Either way it is always a lovely time. Afterwards we took Miss Moose for a quick walk and then went to Kelowna to walk around. Trying to fit it all in before Di left!

out with Moose

The highlight of our visit to Kelowna (for me anyway) was purchasing my new cherry pitter! So exciting! The night before I made a cherry pie but had to pit all the fresh cherries by hand, so not practical! I realized a pitter probably didn’t cost all that much…well let me say I used it that night and it was the best $16 I’ve spent in a while!

All in all I had a wonderful visit with my siblings. I am looking forward to our next get together in whatever city we might be in! Thank you for visiting, you are both amazing people. xo

(all photos credit to my sista!)

family visits! (day one and two)

YAH! We have visitors. My sister Di is here from Nova Scotia and my brother Pete came in with her from Calgary!

Di + Pete in Calgary pre-visit

It is the first time we have ever been alone to spend time together which wasn’t in our hometown or without our mom or dad around (not that it is a bad thing but rather a fun new experience).

Our hometown (@ a family friends wedding)

They arrived Tuesday around noon so we packed them into my car and we went out for a nice sibling lunch. Following this I gave them a mini tour on the way to our house since they hadn’t seen it yet. 🙂 They are our first guests beside my awesome handyman Dad who spent 3 weeks with us when we were just moving in/renoing. (Side note: We forgot to even get 1 photo of the 3 of us together!! sad face)

Tuesday night Di and I took in a Summer Okanagan Wine Festival event! It was the ‘Battle of the Benches’ event (a fellow blogger has shared a bit about the event). There were over 30 wineries participating and 100 wines to taste! We did not nearly taste them all (since by taste I mean fully consume – no spitting or pouring out here), and if I did I would have been lying face down on the grass, but it was a fun experience and one my sister had never taken part in.

Di and I at Battle of the Benches

Live Music!

food + wine…OK!

Pete hung out with R (my husband) and went for beer and dinner at a pub/restaurant. It seems as though they enjoyed themselves too.

Wednesday turned into a day of touring around and our second attempt at teaching Moose to swim…we were actually somewhat successful.

Walking Moose along the River.

And when we weren’t at the beach we were enjoying ice blocks c/w toys!

Most of the visit we has 30-35 degree weather which has been wonderful (but a total adjustment for my East Coaster sister)…but better than all that rain for visitors! So between the lake and ice cream I think we were successful at staying somewhat cool!

Best ice cream place!

“i scream you scream we all scream for ice cream”

Happy Sunday & family visits!!

(photos credit to my sista!)

life’s quest…

I’ve had a few thoughts lately about life, family and a career as a self-employed woman…these posters I saw by Holstee sum it up perfectly. However, I just need a backup plan…

As a follow up to the sentiment of the posters…I also read an interesting article recently, Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, published by the Atlantic.

It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.

Followed by an interesting TED Talk presentation by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, and her opinion about Why we have too few women leaders.

Both the article and the talk I thought were worth posting as I am glad I took the time to delve into the information.

While all these things have been flooding through my mind we have had visitors for almost a week! So although I’ve been MIBA (Missing In Blog Action) my mind has been racing. Stay tuned for upcoming posts from our first house guests!

Cheers, h

neighbours

neigh·bor  [ney-ber]  Show IPA  noun

1. a person who lives near another; 2. a person or thing that is near another; 3. one’s fellow human being: to be generous toward  one’s less fortunate neighbors; 4. a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his other fellow humans: to be a neighbor to someone in distress.

Neighbours can be great, ours are thankfully. They all welcomed us to the neighbourhood which was really nice and have been very friendly ever since! Last week one of our neighbours stopped by since he was trimming their side of the hedge and asked/offered if he could do the top on our side which meant that we would have a bit of cleanup. Naturally I hesitated and then said yes and thank you! Upon trimming the top he offered to do the sides as well…clearly I didn’t want him to feel he needed to do our yard work so I was like ‘oh don’t worry’ but he insisted it wasn’t a big deal. So we suddenly had a nicely trimmed hedge. YAH!

trimmed hedge

After making hoards of strawberry jam I thought it might be a nice gesture to give them a jar of jam as a ‘thank you’. So I attached a little note with twine saying “Thank you for taking the time to trim the hedge! Enjoy, H & R”. I dropped it on their front doorstep before I went to work yesterday. Hopefully their family enjoys our little thank you.

jam (sorry about the bad BB pic)

I greatly appreciate friendly neighbours. They are pleasant to talk to, considerate of our environment and always make sure their children keep the noise level down (even though we keep saying we don’t mind!). Yah for wonderful neighbours.

P.S. we have a plum tree in our front yard!

Happy Friday (TGIF)!

raspberries

Tonight I came home after work and saw all kinds of beautiful and rich looking raspberries in our backyard.

raspberry bushes

Since R wasn’t home I thought I’d take a few minutes to grab whatever was ripe. Well there was plenty more than I has expected!

yummy raspberries

Moose didn’t understand why she couldn’t eat them!

I thought I would take advantage of the surplus of berries and make some raspberry tarts. Yum. They turned out pretty well; tart, moist and yummy.

Tarts!

Can’t wait to pick more looks like we will have them growing for a while longer!

Happy Wednesday (night)!