Time to spring winter

Is it safe to come out yet? Is winter finally over and spring on its way?

Winter is leaving. At least I hope it is.

Winter is leaving. At least I hope it is.

I generally don’t like to complain about the weather. Partially because Canadians shouldn’t complain about the cold but also working from home means I can avoid most of it. This winter though, has been nothing but a cold, crappy disaster from start to finish when it comes to the schoolhouse. Mice infestations, frozen toilets, no heat and a near propane explosion have tested the limits of patience in our household.

So here’s to spring and with it some vacation time to do some serious clean up.

2014 came in like a popsicle that’s been in the freezer too long.

I’ve always relished the Canadian winter but yeesh, this year, I’m having doubts.

I hope I insulated my plants well enough!

I hope I insulated my plants well enough!

It has been a long, cold winter this year. We headed up for New Years and were surprised at the amount of snow. Our next trip I am sure will reveal more snow!

I usually don’t like to complain about the cold winters but this one might just be the exception.

Snowy side yard

We hope that the snow and ice on the back porch, that has fallen from the roof and entrenched itself, will be gone sometime in May…

Aloe there!

I bought a tiny little aloe plant at a church sale a few months back thinking it would likely not survive, let alone grow.

Oh how wrong I was. Despite having little to no luck with them in the past I seem to have created the right conditions for this one.

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It sits on my little wobbly nightstand next to whatever pile of books I am working on, my lamp, the “charming” bowl I made in pottery class at the Gardiner Museum and my 1985 Sony Dream Machine which is still ticking. Well not ticking but you get what I mean.

So other than sunburns, which are few and far between in a Canadian winter, what do I do with it?

Aloe 002

I’ll take any and all suggestions. In the meantime I’ll do a little research on the subject to find out more. I’m also wondering if I should transplant it now or wait until the spring?

If I didn’t have a schoolhouse I’d live…

Who wants to live in the ‘burbs with a bunch of houses that look the same when you could live somewhere interesting?

If I didn’t have the schoolhouse I’d go for something pretty dramatic I think. I’ve recently found a few options that suit my fancy. That is, if budget, nation, gravity, and a few other factors were not an issue.

If I didn’t have a schoolhouse I’d live…

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In a houseboat in Paris
Well who wouldn’t? This recent article in the Guardian had me sold from the first image. I like boats, I’d like to go to Paris, I look good in a beret. This ticks a lot of boxes. Seriously I can totally pull off a beret.

Houseboat living in Paris – in pictures
I wonder if our cats would get seasick? Or would they benefit from a diet of wine and fish? And while I’ve never lived on a houseboat, I did watch a lot of Beachcombers when I was a kid and most Canadians of a certain age really wanted to be like Relic.

In a treehouse
BeWILDerwood - The Curious Treehouse Adventure Park

I didn’t have a treehouse when I was a kid so this may be a latent wish fulfilled. I spotted this collection in a Photo of the Day spread on a recent book called, Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air. I suspect the view is pretty bitchin’ and you would always have that nice fresh tree scent around you.

Living Amongst the Trees
Not sure how cats would feel about the tree life but access to a lot of scratching pole material might sell them on it.

In a castle
Eilean Donan Castle

OK so we’ve all been watching Downton Abbey and we’ve seen Monarch of the Glen. We all think of our homes as castles but what if they actually were?

Castles, if you don’t live in North America, aren’t that hard to come by apparently. Some of them even come with transferable titles so you can really become Lord of the manor.

Castles for sale in Scotland
There would be a decided lack of central heating but prospects of tower rooms and dungeons is enviable. Those guys that want you to rent their water heaters will stay away if you keep your portcullis closed and that welcome mat that says “Welcome to our Castle” will finally make sense. And hey, all your nerd friends would want to come over and play:

  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Game of Thrones
  • Really anything nerdy with castles

On a really big boat
Crashing Wave

The World – Residences at Sea is basically a lot of condos on a really big boat. This cruise ship floats along year-round visiting different ports of call and residents can live there all the time or hop on anywhere they want. The 2013 tour includes the Caribbean, South America, Canary Islands, Morocco, Ireland and the Black Sea. Suddenly a long weekend in Niagara Falls doesn’t seem so hot.

In just about any of these places

Source: wackyarchives.com via Jenny on Pinterest  ********************************************************************************

This Pinterest collection by Jenny Mehlenbeck has a lot of enticing options. I’ve just started to follow this page with “P”interest.

Admit it. You are thinking about me in a beret right now aren’t you?