The bland and boring days of winter are making me look around and think it is time to really focus on getting some decorating done. I found this brightly coloured infographic the other day to help inspire me to work on some ideas. What do you think?
The experiment with waxing the wood seems to have worked. It still looks smooth and shiny. We can’t use a lot of water on it but that is the only downside. Other than that it cleans up nicely and the smell of the wax is nice.
Last year I made a list of “to do’s” for 2012 for both the schoolhouse and the condo. Did we do them?
Paint front door – uh no. Haven’t done this one yet.
Put down flooring in vestibule. – see above
Paint vestibule – I am beginning to sense a pattern here…
Replace eavestrough – hey this one I can say, “sort of”. We didn’t replace but we did take them down and fix the one that moves water over the hydro meter and into a rain barrel.
Complete herb garden – not really.
Build nicer garden along the front of the house – again this is a “sort of”. I put in a new perennial garden at the front but we’ll see if the boiling summer of 2012 ravaged it completely. It also turned out to be a lot less sunnier than I thought so things may have to move.
Clear out the back bedroom – yes and no. We started cleaning it out but managed to fill it again to make space for our winter tenant.
Paint bathroom – nope.
Revive the composter – let’s hope for the spring?
Research and install if feasible some new lighting – Well sort of once again. Our tenant has fixed the overhead light which is great. He’s also installing a solar flood light (these exist? Who knew?)
While this wasn’t on the original list I’d like to point out most of our time (and money) went to two things: Removing two fallen trees on the property and replacing just about everything you can on a well system.
Come up with a design for the living room – done! I finally have a master plan. I just have to figure out how to pay for it.
paint upstairs bathroom – done! I’ll post photos soon.
fix dining room chairs – less done. And by less I mean not at all.
Paint kitchen – totally done! Pat painted and I got bitten by a cat in the process.
Buy new living room furniture. picked out but not bought.
Hide the dreadful air conditioner cord that is in the dining room – not done and it still drives me mad.
Fix all the general irritations – not done and still totally irritating.
Make alterations to the dining room so that the overhead light isn’t going to cause any “concussion-like symptoms” to my guests – nope.
Re-organize and decorate the office and make it better accommodate my home office space (which requires space for documents, files and coffee) with our home computer (this requires space for chips, beer and other accoutrements that accompany video games and well, this blog). – mostly. This isn’t too bad.
Get more frames for art and photos – some of this is done. We’ve got a couple of new things and a couple of things ordered. But they are all still in a pile…
Oh and jazz up the ol’ patio. last year’s garden was a good start but we need more life out there – started. We’ve new planters and I have almost finished repainting the furniture.
Again while not on the original list, I’d like to point out that we also had repairs to our dishwasher (still doesn’t totally work), washer and dryer so that is where the couch money went.
So that is where we are at. I’m not going to add anything else until we get this lot done. Fingers crossed for 2013!
One day I will have a pantry that will rival that of Michael Smith.
I don’t watch much on the Food Network and I think most foodies are a-holes but damn that guy’s pantry on Chef at Home kind of rocks.
We just bought some basic jars at Ikea to replace the “olde tyme” fruit-covered ones my grandmother game me two decades ago (yeesh). These look a little better here in the condo and I want to start collecting some good sturdy ones for the schoolhouse that keeps items fresh and keeps our friends out of our food.
So for now I will content myself with a few items clearly displayed on my condo counter.
There are many blog posts and websites on what to put in your pantry and all that but we are not about food here. But in case you are interested, here are a couple of good ones:
I like the look of all of these. Simple, organized and chock-a-block with what you need. I think that when you put this stuff on display you may be more likely to use it. Since we put out our new jars I’ve already baked.
And clearly I have proven this theory with our clearly displayed bar (see photo at top). It is well used and well displayed.
We Canadians are generally prepared for the likes of most natural disasters.
We value our homes and like to ensure they are kept safe. If you live out west, you know about avalanches and earthquakes. Easterners know more than enough about surviving floods and ice storms. If you are from Saskatchewan, you have likely figured out how not to die from boredom and so forth.
We’ve contemplated getting the schoolhouse emergency-ready with differing heating systems and generators. Storing foodstuffs and water and all those important things the Federal government advises us of.
However we have no plan for zombie attack. So when I saw this infographic I thought, “well that makes sense.” And also, ”I can’t believe I have gone this long without a plunger gun.”
After many years with a great distaste for olives I have done two odd things this year.
First I started eating olives. I guess I got over that part. And second, we’ve just painted the upstairs bathroom an olive sort of green. Who would have guessed?
Now you might say, “Ariel, olives come in many colours.” And then possibly mutter, “Dumbass” when you think I am not listening. obviously that is true and it’s fairly evident given the picture above. Now who is the dumbass?
That’s a sort of olive-green with a bit of sage thrown in I guess. It looks good I think. It isn’t as olive as the name suggests and it looks nice with our brown tile and black-brown cabinets. Watch for impending, non-olive related photos to support my case.