Monday, May 24, 2021


 We're finally getting close to moving in.   Several of the items I mentioned the other day took longer than planned.  Surprise!  The internet did get hooked up yesterday.  The bed arrived on schedule last Thursday and the appliances on Friday.    The appliances were to be hooked up today but then the guy remembered today was a Canadian holiday so re-scheduled for tomorrow morning.

We've been down to the house every day cleaning and now moving on to organizing mode.  With some clear direction as to what is needed, I've been out buying some of the things we need to make it more of a home.  The bedroom suite is all set up and ready to go and the big desk is in place in my office/photo room.  With a reduced size from our previous house, fitting in everything we think we need is challenging.  We had about 2667 sq feet with the main floor and basement in our last house while this one is 1323 on one level.  That sounds like a whine but it isn't supposed to be.

Yummy gluten free breakfast

Saw this sky on our walk the other evening

Iris at Karen's

My desk

The view from our deck, The creek is just above the pavement in the center.

Our house with the mighty McIntyre Bluff rising above

Iris at Karen's

 Iris at Karen's

Iris at Karen's

Iris at Karen's

Iris at Karen's

Iris at Karen's

The big iris bed at Karen's

Tuesday, May 18, 2021



Wow, been a long spell since I posted a blog.  While I’ve posted quite a few photos on Facebook lately, there just hasn’t been enough for a blog.  We have been on pause forever, it seems.  We did finally get the keys to the house on May 14th.   However, there have been a few bumps in the road since then.

The promised clean and ready to move in house didn’t happen.  The drywaller made such a mess then because it wasn’t cleaned up properly, the other workers tramped through it for weeks.  The cleaning lady they hired came back last Saturday evening and we watched her mop the floors five times changing the water each time.  Even after five, the water was still dirty.  The walls hadn’t been wiped down well either and shelves and tops of doors and cupboards still had a layer of drywall dust on them.

We pointed out lots of issues when we had out walk through on the 14th and as the floor got cleaner, more issues popped up such as scuff marks.  Aileen finally started cleaning herself and has about eight hours of cleaning in so far.  While doing that, she has found more items like glue spills, scratches and other marks.  We clearly aren’t impressed with the quality of clean up by the company.

Our internet is scheduled to be installed tomorrow, Wednesday.  The bed comes Thursday and the appliances Friday.  They should be hooked up next Monday.  We have been moving some stuff in but have been holding back waiting to hear what they plan to do with the floor.  If nothing happens soon we’ll get the rest moved in and if it needs moving, they can look after it.  As far as the layout of the house, we are very pleased how it turned out.  Aileen is looking forward to using the kitchen.  After the appliances are in I will post some photos.  I will say it is 1323 sq. feet, three bedrooms and two baths.

As for the rest of our time, we have continued to work around the yard and gardens here at Karen’s.  She tells us the yard hasn’t looked this good in years so she’s pleased.  We still get out for our walks most evenings and Aileen for her earlier walks.

First trailer load moved to the new house

Karen and Bev were our first company and we had our first meal on the deck

Karen and Sydney visiting while Aileen gardens

A friend gave Karen some Fall Crocus bulbs and there turned out to be hundreds if not thousands


Sunset through the Acacia tree at Karen's


The carport and deck being added on to our house

Karen's Wisteria that she planted about fifty years ago

Pink Dogwood

Wet Wisteria