Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!
We've had a nice, quiet couple of days. For Christmas we got some new friends!! We met two couples in town who are very close to our age, and are very, very nice. We've been having lots of fun getting to know them a little bit, they just seem like amazing people. So Yay, that was nice.
Jai made an amazing Christmas feast - turkey & stuffing & roast potatoes! Yum yum! The turkey took a little longer than we expected, but it turned out perfect.

We got some very nice presents. Jai got me my very own curling broom, I can't wait to try it out. And we both got snow boots, now all we need is snow! They're calling for snow tomorrow, so here's hoping! Emma really liked her present, too.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Pretty, pretty, pretty

This is our pantry as it looks today!
And here are some pics from our walk earlier today:

Pretty, pretty, pretty!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Hello. Well, the last couple of days have been filled with things that don't look impressive but take many, many man hours to complete. Mostly sanding and scraping. Two days ago we sanded all the drywall mud in the pantry until our walls and ceiling were flat. That took both of us working with hand-held mouse sanders almost all day. Now that is a dusty, crappy job. The last two days have mostly been spent scraping paint. There were three layers of paint colours used in our pantry. No one at any point used primer, they jsut covered over the parts that were chipping off with a little extra paint. In some places, you just had to touch it for the paint to chip off, and in some places (sometimes only inches away) it took forever to scrape down all the layers. Whew!!!!!!

We have rehung the shelf brackets, and tomorrow we should be able to prime the whole room. This is a picture of one of the piles of paint chips - lovely colours they had picked out, hey?

Three days ago we tripped over to Dartmouth to attend the Goulden family Christmas. It was great fun, everyone was there, even Santa! Unfortunately we left the camera in the truck and then carpooled to the party, so I have no evidence to show you. I'm quite sure a great time was had by all, though. Jai and I felt like we must have met all the Gouldens now, but Errol was able to name a few more. Gary, if you're reading this, do you think you could get Debbie to send us her meatball recipe? That sauce was just delicious and I keep thinking about it. Thanks!

And poor little Webbie had his eye biopsy today. They were going to give him a gas to make him unconscious, but he was so well-behaved they didn't have to. Yup, we have the bravest bunny ever.

And also the world's only three-eyed cat.

To close, for tonight, thank you to everyone who sent us Christmas cards, they look just lovely and make us feel loved.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Sanding and Mudding

Hello. We've been plugging away on getting the pantry done. So far we've put up the new drywall and 1-1/2 coats of mud (ran out partway through.) We've started sanding down the shelves and brackets, and we picked out our paint colours. I'm expecting more of the same tomorrow.

In other news, I got the job at the library that I applied for, so now I feel like I can tell you about it. It's only an 8-week contract, but basically I will be doing all their programming - one-on-one computer tutorials, kids programs, and anything else that we think would be fun. Is that the perfect job, or what? I start on January 2. It's only 20 hours a week, so I will have lots of time still to work on the house, but it will be a nice change for a little while.
We went to town hall today to check out the plans for the condo development going in behind our house. The way they appear on paper, two of the buildings will be built within a couple of feet of our property liines. Obviously they aren't actually allowed to do that, but no one has called us back ever about buying any of our land, so we're not sure what's going on there. I guess we'll have to wait and see. We both feel like it would be pretty nice to keep our entire backyard, too. I just ordered an herb gardening book off Amazon!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Christmas came to Court ST.

Hello! Another victory for our curling team. Our skip came second in the bonspiel this weekend, and he was playing awesomely last night, it was so cool. Plus Jai and I made one or two shots of our own, and even had rocks that scored points. Jai said he couldn't get to sleep last night, he was so excited by "our scinitillating triumph" (direct quote.)
Today Jai finished getting the last of the plaster out of the pantry while I had a job interview with the library. Then we had Christmas. We went to the Christmas tree place about two blocks from our house, and I think Nova Scotia just grows better Christmas trees. Maybe it's all the snow. All the trees in the lot were great, and they were all the same great price. We walked away with a gorgeous nine foot tall tree for $18. We've gotten two Christmas packages in the last two days - one from Grandma and Grandpa, and one from Aunty Gen - thanks guys. Still only one card on our imaginary mantel, though. I hear rumours of my cards arriving in their expected places, so I'm hoping we'll get more soon (hint hint!) Check out our tree, it's the best one ever:

That's Jai with his hearty cup of nog. Skoal, everybody!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Hello! We don't have a lot of news, Jai has had a cold for the last couple of days, and has been spending all day in bed. At least, it was probably a cold, and not some weird bubonic plague sickness from 1880 when they sealed the walls that we just tore down. This is what our pantry looks like as I write:

It's not so pretty.
We had our first dinner party tonight - not at our house, of course! Our neighbour Pearl invited us over to have dinner with her and Steve and Aida, another couple from town. It was really great - delicious food and super nice company. We baked cookies today so we would have something to bring over. They turned out pretty good (almost, but not quite, as good as Grandma's!) I even took a picture of them before they were eaten:

Now those are pretty.
Jai's feeling better now, so we're hoping to have a productive day tomorrow. No promises, though, because we finally get our truck back! Yay! We have no idea what it's going to cost, because they never called us to let us know, even though they said they would. When I called on Friday to ask what was going on, they said "it's almost done, we just have to get it up on the hoist and rotate the tires." I was afraid to ask, because it turns out it did need a whole new heater coil. Jai doesn't think it will be that expensive, so we'll see. The owner seems really nice, and he's in our curling league, so I don't feel like he is going to rip us off or anything. Plus it's a pretty small town, and that kind of thing tends to get around.
Tomorrow should be a big night, as first we have a town hall meeting, where the mayor is officially stepping down, and then we have a curling game. People around here are already joking about Jai running for mayor. It can't happen in this election, but we figure it's a good sign for his BIG FUTURE PLANS (mwa ha ha.) Just kidding, turns out we're not even allowed to vote in this election, since we've lived here for less than six months. Oh well, it will come around again, and THEN......

Friday, December 08, 2006

That's a shot from a recent road trip we took. That's the edge of a stray dog, the camera was too slow to catch him. Dig the sign, though - classic. We actually tried to find Delusion, and couldn't.
Of course, it wasn't all that recent of a road trip since the truck is in the shop right now. They've had it for four days, and I don't think they've actually looked at it at all yet. In retrospect, it was a bad idea to tell him we weren't in a rush for it. Especially around here, where the pace of life is s....l..........o...................w. Oh well, we don't really need it at the moment, I think both of us just feel like we do, because we don't have it. Tonight, for instance, we were both craving Chinese food. There's lots of Chinese food places in the Valley, almost every little town has one, except Bridgetown. And none of them deliver. Jai's been feeling under the weather for the last couple of days, and today I'm feeling pretty horrible, so we had to settle for takeout from the Pub. We got the most Oriental dishes they offer - it was good, but not quite the same.
Other than that, we have been working on two main things over the last couple of days - Christmas cards & packages, and the pantry. Got all the Christmas stuff done finally, and sent off yesterday, so hopefully everything will arrive on time. It should, but of course the people in the post office will never tell you that it will, definitely.
Jai spent most of the day tearing down plaster and removing ceiling tiles covered in Mouse poo, and I spent most of the day stripping paint off one side of one shelf. Somebody, at some point in our house's 130 history, was storing their tar in our pantry, and allowed it to spill all over this particular shelf. Several someone elses tried to cover it up with paint. Luckily stripper is a strong enough chemical that it actually melted the tar, but it was still a lot of scraping, and it's still not totally done. I was trying to convince Jai that we could spread out all the shelves in the backyard and rent the floor sander again, but he wouldn't go for it. At this rate, I will still be working on the shelves at Christmas, so I might have to come up with a Plan C.
Also yesterday we had to rush Webster the bunny to the vet (in a cardboard box, because of course the bunny carrier is in the back seat of the truck!) because he had a runny nose. His eye lining has been buliging out of his head every time he licks his left side for the last month, but it always goes back in, so we figured it was harmless, if a little gross. But now it looks like the best case scenario is an infection, and if they eye drops we have to give him three times a day don't clear that up, then it's probably a tumour. Needless to say, we're really hoping the drops work.
We got a call from the lawyer yesterday that the deeds have finally been transferred into our names, but we're a little worried that it took so long, the developer will have changed his mind. We called him yesterday when we heard, but haven't heard back yet. So we'll see.
Other than that... yesterday was really cold. We walked all the way to Tim Hortons (1/2an hour each way), but it was still kind of fun being all bundled up. Our house had icicles all over the front. Today was much warmer, and very windy. And I guess that's just about all my news. Sorry for the lack of pictures. To make up for it, we finally posted the video of our tree lighting ceremony at town hall for you to watch and get that warm, Christmas-y glow all over. So grab a mug of steaming hot chocolate, light a candle, and check this out: (just copy the link and paste it into your browser window.)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Back in the Winner's Circle!

Yay, we won our curling game! We know it's not about winning, but tonight's game was really fun cause the other team was very close to our skill level, plus they were all cool, funny guys. We happily paid for their drinks.

We've got some snow here in Bridgetown finally! It's so pretty!

It snowed all afternoon, but it's not snowing anymore. We're really glad we don't have to drive anywhere!

This afternoon (while it was snowing) Jai and I took apart the pantry. It was really gross and filthy, dirty work. We're going to try and salvage as much of it as we can because we really like the original layout, but everything needs to be stripped and redone. The plaster all has to go, it is just hanging off the wall.

We also dropped the truck off at the shop so they could undercoat it and fix the heater core. Good timing, eh? Yeah, I'm stretching it a bit for news...

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Finishing the Bedroom

These are some befores:

And these are some afters:

Yay, we finished the bedroom shelf. I think it looks great! Now all that's left is to do the trim around the ceiling, but that is a small job that has to wait until we get into town to buy more trim. Other than that, after I build some bedside tables (which might be a while, with all the other jobs) we're counting the bedroom as done!

We've been having a Christmas-y weekend. Last night Bridgetown had it's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. It was tons of small-town fun and charm. It was a really rainy night, so the kids choir cancelled and only about twenty people showed up, but we were all full of spirit, and they even closed off the street with the fire trucks, even though we were all standing on the sidewalk. Hooray. We got a video of it, but Jai has to figure out how to put it on Youtube, so you all can join in the fun and count down from 11, just like you were there. After the Tree Ceremony, it was Midnight Madness, where every store in town stayed open till midnight and had big sales. We were home pretty early 'cause there's only about ten stores but we did get free hot chocolate and we bought our very own game of Scrabble, which we played late into the night.

Today we went to the craft fair in Annapolis Royal. It was great fun. The quality of stuff was really great to see, especially after we were so disappointed by the Halifax show we went to. This was a real old-fashioned craft fair.

We won a door prize by walking in the door. There were lots of people there we knew, which was really fun, and we met a really nice girl who moved to Bridgetown a year ago, and her and her husband actually looked at our house. So we're hoping she'll stop by to see what we've done.
Oh, and also I made Christmas shorbread. It's so yummy, and it made the house smell sooooo good. I even took a picture:

And everything was so Christmas-y that the sky just had to spit out a few fluffy little snowflakes to send us off to bed tonight. You have to look really hard to see them, but they're out there.