The Happy Homeowner: On Plumbing

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.   While renting from landlords who didn’t communicate well and hated to do maintenance on the property I became an elementary plumber, fiddling with the tank mechanisms of the toilet and plunging all things great and small.  (I took more than a few courses from Toiletology 101.)  I learned that […]

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Choosing Health

It’s been a bit of a break in blogging lately. I’ve posted very sporadically. It isn’t that I haven’t had things to write, I have. It isn’t that I haven’t had time to write, I have. It’s just that this blog is very personal and lately my inner life has been raw. Even for an […]

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Out with the Old

Albeit a few days late, the boys and I celebrated Boxing Day today. We dumped all the baskets and methodically sorted out toys to give away. Our entire home is a cluttered mess so this is only a drop in the bucket of what needs to be done, but it was a great start. The […]

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Awesome/Not Awesome

Awesome: Landing in the Land of the Long Brown Cloud I was pleasantly surprised that, instead of the churning apocalyptic orange haze I normally see when we land at midnight, the sky was clear. It was beautiful and peaceful. Not Awesome: Getting only four hours of sleep because the toilet is running and the smoke […]

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Renting Rant

(I’m sorry in advance for the whining.) Are people idiots?  Seriously. In our 9-unit complex we’ve had the following problems in the past year+: * someone dumped two bags of cement down the drain wherein lies the pump to keep the garage from flooding * someone had been feeding the local cats to ensure our […]

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The Cat Came Back

… with a vengence. We had a break for several good, long, happy months.  Unfortunately we have been marked more than four times this month.  I know it’s because the litter of feral cats is now prowling around at the resident territorial neighbourhood cat is back to mark his land.  I’ve planted lavender in the […]

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It’s Phobia Time!

Yes folks, that’s right, Little Red has reached that beloved developmental stage: phobias.  I had hoped he’d develop a fear of something obscure and out of the house, as Kyra had done when she was afraid of a mannequin at the Science Center.  Unfortunately, his phobia is within our home. Now before I tell you […]

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Balancing Dreams

“I really like it here,” he said before we’d been on the island for very long.  I just smiled.  I like it when he humours me.  “Victoria is really nice,” he insisted.  “Well,” I said tenatively, not sure how to proceed, “if you get a job here I wouldn’t cry.”  Don’t-get-your-hopes-up-don’t-get-your-hopes-up.  There was no way he […]

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It’s the Little Things

I ventured down to the nearest outlet mall this morning, as Little Red is moving into 3Ts and I didn’t have any clothes for him!  (And I felt like I needed some retail therapy.  To most people retail therapy is dropping a few hundred dollars on the credit card from the mall, to me it […]

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Renting Rant

It took two weeks after we got our new phone number for my landlords to make the change in our intercom (although they had told me they’d do it that day.)  I don’t like the new intercom because it comes in through our telephone and I never know if it’s someone at the door or […]

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