Sunday, September 30, 2007

My baby is four!

Another long time between entries here! We just got back from a two week vacation in the Okanagan Valley. We went especially for a family members wedding , but were really happy to spend some extra time there as well. Got to cruise the old " hood" and check out all of the old hangouts! It sure has grown in the past five years.

We came home to fall in full swing. It has been pouring rain and pretty cool as well. The house was just so cold when we came home! We caved and turned on the furnace ( I like to keep it off until the end of October if I can help it) . We also had to put up the dreaded plastic on the windows. I hate the filmy look and lack of fresh air, but the house is too drafty and too much of an oil guzzler without it. It feels nice now, especially with the addition of an electric heater in the living area. Its the first time I have felt really warm and cozy in this house ( 5 years!) ... a big difference from the first couple of years when we could only afford to heat the house enough to keep things from freezing... you could still see our breath! Its not always enjoyable to have to wear hoodies and toques and multiple layers in your house all winter . As much as I am for energy conservation an all!

So today we are all getting over a bit of a cold. It is really raining and windy outside still... a real chill out kind of day! We used the rental car for the last day we have it , to head out to the farm for some harvest veg. They werent in full swing yet, but we picked up quite a bit of goods for super cheap... made some delicious juice to help boost our systems, and a huge gluten free carrot cake for the birthday boy! I cannot believe that he is four already! My sweet little bug!

Thursday, September 6, 2007


The morning adventure so far consisted of me trying to somehow get a bird out of the house. It flew in a doorknob hole on the back porch... we always have birds exploring that hole! I frantically paced the kitchen with a towel in my hands waiting for it to land somewhere. In my mind I remember something about the darkness calming the bird enough that you can gather it in the towel to take outside. I got it under the towel a couple of times but it wriggled its way out trying to bite me the whole time. I admit I wasn't exactly feeling confident about the whole thing! I felt all panicked inside while it flew all over slamming into the window and flying up to the fan and every high spot ... wrecking my towel plan entirely. In the meantime it had scared birdie diarrhea all over every surface of my kitchen. I resorted to opening the backdoor and repeatedly walking through it while making cooing baby talk trying to " show" him the way out and coax him through! Good lord! lol some technique that is! Happily he did find his way out! And we all cheered!

On another note... the landlords are coming by today to take care of the HUMONGOUS chunk of the chestnut tree that fell off into our yard. Thankfully we weren't out there when it happened!. They seemed a little annoyed that I called them about it... but I want the rest of the tree checked out to make sure it isn't rotten. And besides... with my gibbled arm and no chainsaw... or truck for that matter... I have no idea how we would remove it anyways. This pic doesn't do it justice... the trunk part of the branch that fell is at least twice the size of my trunk. The fence is completely snapped in half in a couple of places. Now there is a huge bite out of this beautiful old tree. it has created a nice little nook though to sit under.... that is the only shade available in our yard all summer, so that is a bonus!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


A couple of months ago I made a trade with another mama for our old futon we were attempting to get rid of. I wanted to just give it to her , but she generously insisted that there was no way!Today she dropped by with the booty... a brand new bunch of mama and family cloth!!!!! Yippie! She brought a half dozen organic cotton velour pads with pockets, six inserts, 3 nighttime cloth and a couple dozen family cloth wipes! Sweet! A wet bag will be on the way as well. What a great trade! ( nice toes in the pic! lol. I tried to edit that out but it managed to sneak its way in there somehow!)

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Another exciting week flies by...

We hired a babysitter for the first time last weekend on a whim. Decided to take advantage of the break in the weather and head out into the forest to enjoy some of the local mountain biking trails. It is so beautiful in the mountains.... with all of the rain this summer the mushrooms are flourishing already! So the crappy part is that I took a pretty hardcore tumble over my handlebars and plowed through the dirt. I am not sure what i hit... but i went down hard! Clint heard me hit twice and looked back to see my bike hit me on the way past and land a good 6 metres in front of me facing the opposite direction. I started to get up but couldn't really. I kept blacking out. I fully passed out twice... one of the times had convulsions. I kept vomiting everywhere. Finally after about half an hour the blacking out joy subsided and we were able to hike out of there. After a nice ER visit I came home to enjoy a nice week with the boys one armed. Looks like i will be in a sling for up to 6 weeks. A week later the brutally bruised ribs and various other minor injuries are looking better... the arm/ shoulder/ upper surrounding area, are super sore still. Oh well... at least it was something that WILL heal though.

on an updated note A( littlest guy) woke up barfing this morning. Not looking so hot. I hope we don't all get it!.
Hope this week is better!