Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Already!

I'm not saying I'm proud of this, and I'm not saying I'm ashamed either. I spent 2 weeks of April watching 66 episodes of The Vampire Diaries. I watched while I ate, brushed my teeth, exercised on the treadmill, and while I should have been doing so much more. Now I have nothing. 

 I didn't actually take that many photos with my camera in April. 
I did make pizza pies with my pie maker. 
 Someone else made samosas for Kerry. I freeze them for his lunches.
 Chapters.ca took forever getting me this book. I will think twice before ordering there again. Amazon is much faster, but I had a gift card to use up for Chapters.
 Someone did this to the van, and then drove away.
 I won, again, at bunco. Now I have 2 gift cards for 2 different garden centres, and a plant to kill.
 Matt got me a bag of pear Jelly Bellies, all for me.
 I had more tests done.
 Wendy brought me back a bag of these! They are so good!
We are fully committed to eating better, making better choices, and roasted kale is yummy. So I took pictures of it, before and after. Sadly, kale seems to get saltier as it sits, and the left overs were not edible.
 The "pantry" isn't working anymore.  It's too full, and things get pushed to the back because it's too deep. 
 These are the before pictures, and it's not pretty.
 This cupboard is in the corner, so it's weirdly deep and useless.
 The junk drawer. There's stuff in there I haven't touched in a long time, but I still must keep it to maintain balance in the universe.
 I moved all the food to the shelf. I don't know if it will work. But it's worth a try. Yes, there are 3 jars of cookie butter. 
 All the spices and appliances got moved to one location. This is working. 
 The plates and assorted bowls, including those cheap Ikea ones that everyone loves, seem to like their new home. You may notice there isn't an after picture for the junk drawer, that's because after all that moving things around, I didn't get to the drawer. I'm pretty sure I'll just dump it in a box and label it "JUNK" and put it some where safe. 
 Emily turned 17. 
 I made them pose for a quick shot. It's amazing they all have their eyes open and are looking in my direction.
 I half-assed weeded this bed. Hence the sticks, and see those brown things on the cement, that's Scott's Turf Builder, it looks like rabbit food. The dogs love it. I hate it. 
 But it makes the grass happy and green.
I found some of these while weeding. 
My rhubarb is happy this year, after being rudely moved last year, and then neglected in the water department. 
This truck full of happiness came today. 12 yards of rock. All for me!!!!

After texting everyone I knew to tell them how excited I was about the rock, I decided that my work out would be getting those rocks from the front yard to the back yard. By hand. I can barely lift the empty wheelbarrow, but I managed to fill it half full of rocks, 15 times, and dump it in the garden. I got one corner finished. It was not nearly as bad as I though it would be. We have been putting it off for so long. Thank you, Jillian Michaels for the workout which enabled me to lift the wheelbarrow and dump those rocks.

I'm sure tomorrow, I'll be singing a different tune! I lost a piece of skin off my hand because I'm convinced my gloves are full of spiders so I didn't wear them. 
Don't forget to check Amelia's blog to see what she did in April!

Monday, April 08, 2013


If you haven't already signed up for Blitsy, you should.  It's a great site to get what you love at a huge discount! Like Tim Holtz products! 

I need to find another media, I am making tags all the time. But a person can only do so much with a tag.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013


March unedited. 
March went fast. 

 The penny was retired. What does a person do with them all? Pinterest has some good ideas. I might have to try some.
We did a bit of 'hiking'. Emily even came out with us. I didn't do any editing. The days have been dreary, and dismal, and I wanted to show that.
 There was a lot of "oh, look over there, that's {insert any place in Kelowna}, I didn't know it was so close to {insert any other place in Kelowna}!" Then we had to buy a treat. All trips out with E end in buying a treat. 
Then we decided to take a trip to the US! Yay for American candy and pop! Sadly, one of us doesn't have a current passport. Boo. So we went for a road trip and stayed in Canada. We went to the Summerland Research Station. It was dismal too. Not much was green. Not much was flowering. The most exciting part was the bear poop full of apples. And I wasn't allowed to photograph it. We stopped at Summerland Sweets and got our few months supply of syrup too.
 I want some of this grass. I love it.
 "Hey, go stand by my favourite grass!" I said.
"Ok!" she said, and after I picked my shocked self up and dusted camera off, I took a picture.
 There were a few crocuses coming up.

 M-R gave her the green hoodie. It's a great colour for her. Can't lose her anywhere!

I got this one as we were driving. It's 79% better than the one I got when we stopped to actually take a picture. 
Linus, sun-flare, sparse back yard. 
March means warmer weather, which means cooler drinks. So I bought us all one of these.
 One day, MM said "Let's go camping for Easter."  And I said "Ok." 
This is the view of Kelowna from where we stayed. 
The following camping photos are taken with the 50d. Amelia gave me the idea to take that instead of my 5d. I was worried the cold weather and leaving it unattended would cause me too much stress. 
 We took the Gramper out for it's first real camping trip in years. It's old, it's clean, it's paid for. We didn't even need to run the furnace. We couldn't have asked for a nicer weekend to try it out. 

 We had deep-fryed turkey for Easter dinner. Nothing lit on fire. That is until the ladies left the fire area, and someone wanted to dump the left over oil on the fire, and someone else thought a cup of oil would be a better idea. Then there were 8 foot flames and some people almost got bare bum spankings. 

Half an hour later, voila! Brown and yummy. I'm talking about the turkey. 

 A stranger took this photo for us. M said I looked like I didn't want to give him my camera. He came out of no where and said "I'll take one of all of you!"  She was right, but I'm glad I did. He could have done a little better, but it's not bad. By the way, we hiked, a long ways up, and we didn't die. 
 This one's one of my favourites. The Easter bunny found the kids. 

Be sure to check out Amelia's March. She's been under the weather so we'll cut her some slack. (I was a day late so who am I to judge?)