Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thrifty Swifty

Over the past, oh, about two weeks I've been to a few garage sales here and there though most were the majority of them were fairly unexciting. I picked up a single flower power mug at one, then a set of six mushroom mugs at another. Today however was a bit of a goldmine for me. We actually didn't go into town looking for garage sales as it is a Thursday, and around here most are Friday and Saturday, so it was a bit of surprise to see two larger sales.

The fella and I stopped off at the first sale, a multi-family garage sale that mostly contained childrens items, kids clothing, and some other usuals. I didn't really find anything of interest, and Dustin just picked up a game controller, as well as a cordless drill in preperation for when we get ourselves a house.

The second garage sale we had almost missed, we were driving by and I just noticed it. We turned around and stopped off at the old nunnery at which they had plenty of old dishware. I was in heaven, though I was a little unsure since hardly any of it was priced out. So I picked our a small stack of dishes that caught my eye as well as this amazingly shabby chic wooden serving tray (which will fit nicely in my future blue kitchen!). At a grand total of $1.10 I should have picked up that extra stack of minty green glass dainty plates.

In the garden department, my pumpkins had been started indoors about a week ago. If you have pumpkins then you know how quickly they can sprout, mine were no exception. I didn't have enough small pots, so I searched the garage to come across a crazy collection of those slushee cups with the points on them that my Dad has been saving for some time now. I cut the tops off (where the points are) and poked a hole in the bottom of each one. I used these to start my pumpkins. How earth friendly am I?

In conclusion, the local paper shows a few more garage sales tomorrow so, perhaps more finds to come soon? We shall see.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Flowers & Flooding

Today, like the past few days, was a beautiful sunny day. Warm, but not too warm, with a slight cool breeze. I started to dig up my new garden, getting it ready for a nice large crop of mostly pumpkins (three varieties; giants, jack-o-lanterns, and pie pumpkins), corn, carrots, beets, and dill. I'm actually pretty excited about it, I haven't had a garden since I was young, so it will be quite the experience.

Other than vegetables I've decided to grow a few flowers in the flower beds in front of the house, which have gone unused for years. Years. It will be refreshing for the house, add a little bit of color and whimsy, something this place is missing. I greatly look forward to getting my own place, having sunflowers in front of the house, a big pumpkin patch in the backyard, and a little greenhouse so I can have plants growing all year long. Not an unrealistic dream either, we have been looking at houses in our small price range, and a greenhouse wouldn't be too much of a stretch. Eventually even a windmill or solar panels would be idea. Yes, if you hadn't guessed this house will be some sort of hippie heaven. Unique and eclectic. It will be beautiful.

While the fella and I were in town a few days ago we had noticed that the greenhouse was open and decided to go check out what they had. Greenhouses are pretty amazing really, and always so warm and inviting. They had plenty of colorful flowers of loveliness and each one would have looked amazing in a pot in my window, hehe. Though I did favor one plant in particular, the Osteospermum. They are a daisy-like plant, and I love daisies. Quite unique really, white and yet...they have this strange purple tint, with a darker purple center as well as some orange pollen. Just lovely. Dustin bought me one of the lovelies, and made my day. What a sweetie. I pulled out my rainbow striped clay pot that I had once attempted to grow basil in (unsuccessfully) and plopped it in there. As usual I had to document it with photos.

In a rather unrelated story, after finishing up a bit of digging in my new garden Dustin and I decided to enjoy what was left of the daylight and drive down to the local ski hill, since he hadn't seen it when it wasn't completely covered in snow. Now, we've been having serious flooding problems here in Manitoba and our area is no exception. We walked down the hill a bit to where the river beside had flooded up quite a bit. I took a few photos and we both sat down on some makeshift stairs that I believe once went to a dock for the summer.

The weather was prefect, the sun was slowly going down, and you could see where a beaver had started work to try and dam up the water. Silly beavers. Now while sitting quite calmly we noticed that the beaver was actually swimming toward nearby where we were sitting. I slowly pulled the video camera out of my bag, started filming, and the beaver walked up on shore quite close to us. We watched and stayed still. He proceeded to get angry at a rock, grunting and pushing it out of his way. Then, and I swear this is a true story, he turned around, farted (yes, farted) then swam away. I kid you not. We laughed. A lot.

Perhaps that seems juvenile to some, but man was it funny. What a once in a lifetime experience. It's silly times like those that really give you stories to tell and laugh about. Life is good.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rainy Day Vacation

Today was a rainy day. Now, considering that our water table is already too high and, it would seem, everyone has water in their basements, this is bad. Normally I adore watching the rain on the window, hearing it on the roof, but unfortnately today all I can think about is how many more pails of water will have to be sucked up and hauled out of the basement. Ugh.

Despite what's going on in the basement, I joined up on a happy Rainy Day Vacation postcard swap. Since I've been on a bit of a roll with postcards, I went along with my new found favorite style and used recycled newspapers and magazines once again. This time around I, of course, drew a rainy day umbrella instead of the sweet treats. Overall I think it came out ok, possibly not my ultimate best...I'm still unsure of the colorful hearts, but oh well. The postcard was appropriately photographed on a very rainy day. Fitting, I'd say.

Monday, May 9, 2011


For the first time in our almost 20 years of owning this 1948 home, our basement has taken on water. The water table in the area is high, pretty much ground level in fact. Many places surrounding here along the river are experiencing floods, so it's no surprise we've got a puddle in the basement. The water table is so high that the water is actually coming up through the floor. Insane? I think so.

So things have been a little stressful and busy here, having to shop vac up the pools of water forming, dumping that water into buckets, then carrying all those buckets up the stairs and dumping them away from the house. This cycle continues over and over throughout the day. With all of this going on our minds have been pretty preoccupied, so unfortunately Mother's day took a bit of a backseat.

At our house Mother's day is for my Grandmother, so it's unfortunate for her that we've been so busy with the water. When I woke up today I baked her up a fresh batch of chocolate cookies, since she's crazy about chocolate. While the cookies were in the oven I started work on a mini button bouquet of sorts. It was, admittedly, last minute and something I'd never tried before. Being my first time with this, and not having the proper wire (must too hard to work with...) they weren't exactly perfect, but nonetheless I wanted something to give her that was made with love. It may not have been a perfect day by any means, but I tried...perhaps when this water business is all said and done with, we can make it up to her. Time will tell.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Perhaps it was the crazy change in weather (summer weather to a snow blizzard...yep)...or just boredom, either way I signed into my swap-bot account for the first time in quite a while. I joined up for a few swaps some time ago, completed them, and had quite a bit of fun doing it. Yesterday I signed up for a few more and have been quite excited about them.

One of the swaps I joined was a recycled postcard swap. Not just any kind of recycled postcard swap, a dessert themed recycled postcard swap. Delightful. I thought up an actually pretty great idea for this project and promptly went ahead with it. Using old newspaper, the box packaging from some chicken pieces, old magazines, and my multi-colored pen I made up four little postcards that I felt turned out far better than expected.

This postcard swap is open for entrants until May 14th, so should you be interested and have a swap-bot account, be sure to join up. Who knows, maybe you'll be the one receiving one of these little lovelies ;)