Western Catalpa Tree, Thou Art Mine Enemy

First-time home-owners get messed around a lot. It’s due to a naivety we have and a natural trust in the previous home-owners that has not yet been shattered. Of course no one would ever sell a house that sucks! Well, for the most part, regarding the house itself, we lucked out on trusting the previous owner. We haven’t had so many house problems (barring the near-flood and the subsequent destruction of our basement’s brand new carpet), but we’ve had a lot of yard issues. In … Continue reading

Lemons to Lemonade: From Flood to Ice Bucket

This past week with all the back-and-forth freeze-and-thaw (so many hyphens) a window well flooded in the back yard. The water then found its way into a crack in our foundation and into the laundry room, which I found Tuesday at midnight. There was a lot of water-bailing that happened that night (and a thank you goes out to Miklos’s dad for stopping by to help us out). A couple of buckets were left full of water and froze over.  Today I turned one over … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Santa!

Hope everyone had an excellent Christmas.  Here are a few of the highlights from mine. Yep, it was all street lights, nieces and woofs (or they were the most willing subjects anyway).  I’m okay with that!  Got a link to your holiday pictures?  I’d love to see them! Share the post “Happy Birthday, Santa!” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

5 Christmas Gifts I Wish My Dad Wanted

Ho ho ho… goodie.  Christmas is already back.  If you’re stuck for gift ideas for your dad, or any other man in your life for that matter, you’re not alone.  Men tend to be a challenge for holiday gift-giving because they seem to either have everything, or, in the case of my pops, they never give you ideas about anything they’d like. I decided to search a few “Gifts for Him” pages to get an idea of what I can gift ol’ Dad this Christmas. … Continue reading

It’s Been Such a Long Time

Back when I used to have 80-100 page views a day (40 or so of which were because of a weird stalker type setting my blog as his homepage), sifting through referring links and search terms was a daily exercise in fun.  I don’t so much get that anymore, maybe because I’m too ADD to figure out Google Analytics (so stalkers, free-for-all time! I won’t even know you’re here!).  Flickr however is a different story.  Flickr makes it easy to figure out where people have … Continue reading

Warm Heart of Winter

This has to be the greatest January for weather in all my life (and maybe yours – I don’t know you).  Of seven (7) days, just one (1) has reached -21°C with the windchill, and only days later it’s as mild as last May would’ve been if it didn’t rain so much that I never went outside to check the temperature, except to let the dog out, but who even checks the temperature when they’re dealing with a mud-soaked defiant animal?  If Canada could go … Continue reading