Now that we have that ear-worm firmly lodged in our skulls…
We’re heading off the island today to check on the house construction progress, leaving Mum to mind the cats and catch up on her DVD viewing.
Then we’ll tackle a little (ha!) demolition project. You see, due to an error (pointing no fingers) the incorrect roof trusses for the garage were delivered and installed. Strangely, the truss company didn’t want them back. I couldn’t stand by and let all that new lumber get cut up and thrown away so I said we’d take it. They lifted the entire roof off in one piece and set it on the ground off to one side.
It looks like a small house!!
And it needs to be disassembled. So with the help of some friends, a chain saw, and a few pry bars, we’ll be salvaging enough wood to build a garden shed and a chicken coop. At least. Like I said, it’s a small house!
Do you have any ideas for what we can build with the leftover wood?
Here’s a sunrise from last week.
Happy Birthday to my dear hubby!!! I’m so glad he was born. I’ll be baking his “cake” today. Cake is in quotes because he prefers an apple pie for his special day. I bought a bag of locally grown MacIntosh apples, my preferred type of apple for baking, when we were in the Annapolis Valley earlier this week.
In other news, the house construction is coming along beautifully.
I love love love the colours we chose and I can’t wait to get in there.
Something truly exciting happened last week in our neck of the woods. A new Ikea store opened – the only one east of Quebec.
And it’s huge, the size of four football fields. I’m not sure if that’s Canadian football or American football. There is a difference. Canadian fields are longer by 12 yards.
Either way the store is ridiculously enormous. No, I’ve not visited the new Ikea yet. I do my utmost to avoid crowds. Any gathering of over twelve is a crowd, IMO. The attendees who waited in line (some over night) and clogged the roads on opening day numbered in the thousands. I’ll wait until the excitement diminishes a tad before shopping there.
But that won’t be tomorrow – National Frugal Fun Day. Being frugal in Ikea is an impossibility when confronted with all those stylish and fun bits and pieces.
Do you have an Ikea store nearby? Do you shop there often?
P.S. If you have an extra minute or two, come visit me here to see pictures of my furbabies:
Once again we have our hearts set on an excursion into the wilds of Kejimkujik. Barring any nasty weather we’ll be kayaking and camping for three days and two nights. As much as I’ve been moaning about the recent heat and humidity, I’ll take another couple weeks of mild weather. Regardless of the daytime temperatures, the nights will be cool as soon as the sun sets so I’ll be packing additional layers. Nothing beats a thick wool sweater for instant warmth. And nothing is worse than shivering in a tent.
After the last trip got cancelled we decided to eat some of our camping food. The chocolate covered almonds were the first to go, obviously. <grin> We also ate one of the suppers – a dried-prepared-pasta-side-dish-from-a-foil-packet (hint hint) along with a can of flaked ham. It was yummy but could be even better with a few tweaks. We’ll add a few shakes of garlic powder and a couple shakes of crushed red pepper to make it more robust. We’ll also take freshly grated parmesan, because everything tastes better with parmesan. Except cake and cookies and all those other things that don’t taste better with parmesan. I frequently tweak recipes I make from scratch so why not a prepared mix?
Do you have a favourite prepared mix that you like to spice up? Or a fun recipe you’d like to share that you think would be good camping food?
P.S. I just realized as I was formatting this post that there weren't any pictures. How boring! So here's a picture of the crokinole board in use. The aim of the game is to get one of your markers into the centre hole. But if your opponent has a marker on the board you have to hit it off first. A controlled flick of a finger and careful aim is needed.
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