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A little bit about me and a lot about the things we do.

Monday, 25 July 2016

The Almost Perfect Weekend

The ingredients for a perfect weekend must include two things: 
  • Ron must be off
  • it has to start on a Thursday!  

So this is how it happened that our weekend was almost perfect.

On Thursday, Ron started his regular days off.  The weather was wonderful and so we got our exercise and lawn work done in the morning.  Normally we would be on the road on such a perfect weekend but I had an afternoon interview.  I went there with fear and trembling because I'm a bit of recluse these days.  I had a massive headache due to nerves but somehow pulled off a decent interview.  The evening was spent unwinding from the tension.  So an almost perfect day.

On Friday, we left early in the morning on the motorcycle for an oil change.  We enjoyed a nice tea/coffee break while we waited.  We then drove to Olds and had a delicious lunch at Tasty Thai.  After lunch we had a financial retirement planning meeting at the bank.  It's almost a perfect plan to retire at age 60 if we can find some more money each month to tuck away.  Ron then had physio while I walked the town and found out that I got the job.  It was almost a perfect day but the clouds moved in just before we got home and we got a little wet.  Brianne and her friend from Ontario came over in the evening for Catan and I won both games...pretty perfect.  Not so perfect that Andrew couldn't play because he was out keeping the citizens safe.

On Saturday we enjoyed a restful day and then rode the motorcycle to Drumheller to see the Passion Play.  It rained a little on us before we got there but the sun came out while we were watching the play and it almost dried my shoes and socks for the ride home.  The play was quite spectacular in the outdoor theater with the badlands making the perfect backdrop to the stage.  On our way home, it poured.  So another almost perfect day...rain, rain go away!

On Sunday, Ron washed the bike and truck before church.  It was a good service and then I went for a long walk while Ron washed windows.  Perfect!  In the evening Andrew, Brianne and Kaitlyn came over for dessert and Catan.  Another almost perfect day but Kaitlyn won both games.

So another almost perfect job.   Well actually it's pretty perfect.  If you look at what I bring to the table : experience as a pastor's wife, school secretary and an executive assistant....then a perfect job job might be an administrative assistant in a Christian school.  Yup!

To add to it being perfect...they are flexible in letting me have days off with Ron! 

So I'm going to enjoy my perfect week before I come out of retirement, work a couple of days and then go on holidays.  Sounds pretty perfect to me!

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Our Rachael

One of my biggest pleasures in life is being a mom.  From the time I was young and playing with dolls I could only imagine the joy of having children of my own.  I was thrilled when I had two bundles to love and care for.  As my children grew, so did our family.  The kids' friends became like our kids and we are close to some of them still today.

When we were in Deschambault Lake and so far away from our family the young members became like our boys.  We are still in contact with them and are excited to hear their news (like a recent engagement) and see their pictures.  We formed a special bond. 

Moving to Alberta meant that we could be closer to our son and it has made me so happy to be able to see him every couple of weeks. 

I have also been blessed with two amazing Alberta "daughters" who are very special to me.  One of those girls is Rachael and this week she let me share with her on a special day.  It meant so much to me especially knowing that she would have loved to have had her mom be with her.  Rachael lost her mom last summer and this was the first time that I have seen a real smile as she was planning for her first home.

Rachael began looking for a house a number of months ago.  Recently she decided that she would build one and so she set the motion in action.
She chose the layout for the house after viewing the show homes that were located close to where her new build will be.

 The above photos aren't great but it gives an idea of how nicely designed these homes are.  Jayman Homes then invite the home owner to an all day event to design their homes.  Rachael asked me to join her for the day and I was more than thrilled to share this adventure with her.  We really had no idea what to expect and the day was packed full.  We arrived around 8:30 a.m. and this is where I saw that smile as we waited for the designer to greet us.
We were escorted to a work table where the questions began.  We were offered tea, coffee, water and snacks...and warm cookies at 10:30 a.m.  They know how to treat their customers.

We started with the kitchen.  There is so much into planning a kitchen.  Cupboards, counter top, flooring, the edging for the cupboards, the hardware for the cupboards, the appliances, the sink (shape, colour, size), taps....
Granite Counter Top/Cupboard Below/Sink Colour to the right

Cupboards with counter top to the right with back splash
Once the decisions were made for the kitchen (and it took us quite awhile) we moved to the flooring department.
The kitchen floor was chosen....a  bit of a rustic barn look.  Something that looks quite stylish but should be good for Tuishi (Rachael's HUGE dog).

We chose some tiles for the front entrance.
It is still up in the air whether carpet will come to the front entrance or if the kitchen floor will go through the whole main floor. 

Moving to the upstairs we chose the look for the guest bathroom.
Cupboard at bottom of picture/Counter top on left/Flooring top right
Rachael's ensuite is big and is going to be beautiful.
Counter top
Bathroom Flooring running into Bedroom Carpet
Once the floors, cupboards and counter tops have been chosen we went to the walls.  Oh, and it doesn't stop there...baseboards, doors, railings with all different colours, styles and shapes. 

Paint, baseboard and flooring
It's going to look pretty good!  She even had to decide on what colour of register covers she wanted.  They really do think of everything.
After a full morning, we were taken to a room where our lunch was waiting.  We had lots to discuss over our pizza.
The afternoon began with a look at the exterior of her home.  It is a semi-detached home and since she bought the one side before anyone else has spoken for the other side she gets to pick the colours....well kind of.  With such strict builder regulations the choices were rather limited due to the agreement that your house cannot be the same colours as so many of the houses that you are connected to. 

Her house is this design:
And the colours that she chose will make her house look quite spectacular.
The main colour will be the Windswept with it being complimented by the Pebble Kaki colour.  The house will be trimmed in white and to add that splash of colour ....her door will be the red shade.  She even designed her garage door to have the two main colours incorporated into it.

At that point our minds were a little overwhelmed and we had to sit through a bit of a long session about hookups for this and that and a security system video.  Rachael said that she might have nodded off for that.

We then went to discuss window coverings....different styles, colours, textures and kinds.  At the end of this session it was 4:00 p.m.

It had been a full day and still there is so much for her to decide.  It was a wonderful experience for me and I was so happy to be with Rachael and see her so excited about her first home.  It will be fun to watch the process and see the completed project.

Thanks Rachael for letting me be a part of this experience with you.  You are a special girl and I hope that you will find many years of happiness as you turn this house into your home!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Fields and Clouds

Ron's third day off was yesterday and we hadn't really done anything so we decided to get some activity in before he went back to work.  We started out with a 45 minute walk around town to enjoy the sun and stretch our legs.  After that we got on our bikes and went for a 45 minute ride and stopped at the BC fruit truck down town and picked up some peaches, corn and cherries.

It seemed like such a nice day that we decided to go for a motorcycle ride for our afternoon tea.  I grabbed my camera to take pictures of the colourful fields along the way.

The sun on the canola made the fields almost fluorescent.  As we drove west the clouds started to darken and so we turned north and enjoyed our tea in Olds.
As we began our way back home I became almost as interested in the clouds as the fields.
They were hanging so low and although they seemed light and fluffy over us we started to feel like the dark ones were moving in on us.

One thing about being on the prairies is that you can see the storm coming and almost get around it.  We are definitely not storm chasers...we are runners!

As we were heading east the skies grew darker and darker so Ron turned south to try and make it home before the storm caught us.
We wondered for awhile if we would beat it but soon we were on the road towards home and we could see the Three Hills in the distance.
Yup, that's the three hills of Three Hills.  We made it home just before the clouds opened up and let out the rain that they had been holding.  This time we missed it!