One And A Half Treasures

Friday Oct 20th –

Mother and I went over to MY place and worked on getting the trim upstairs all patched, sanded and repainted, which took up a good chunk of the morning.

Once we finished up there, we headed over to the sisters to enjoy a delicious, beef barley soup for lunch, before we all headed back to Moms, to rake leaves πŸ˜πŸƒπŸπŸ‚

The strong winds the previous day had actually blown many away but they have one massive tree, along with many other, smaller but still leafy trees, so there was an abundance to be raked up and hauled away none the less 😬

8 truck boxes to be precise… and that wasn’t even all of them 😜


Unfortunately no, that is not Mike and my’s truck πŸ’”πŸ˜œ


I skipped out on the last bit of yard work to get things ready for supper and watch the littlest human.

If I’d rather watch a kid, you can tell how high on my enjoyment list, raking is 😏😜 Continue reading “One And A Half Treasures”

Jem Moment: Pinterest Dream Becomes Reality

Michiel gave me the disheartening news that the grey couch I liked at Jysk, was no longer.
So I had glanced online to see if anyone happened to be selling anything that would work for us.

First, I spotted a ‘kidney’ couch, in good shape and for only $50, which we considered unique and well priced enough to look into the cost of re-upholstering.



$1200, plus material, was the estimate we received back and that was more than I was willing to put towards a couch that was not only used, but not my dream couch 😏

So, I kept scanning, looking at the listing for the larger city until finally deciding I might as well peak in the town 20 minutes away from us, though it usually didn’t hold as much.

This is the first thing that caught my eye after one little scroll of the thumb… 😍 Continue reading “Jem Moment: Pinterest Dream Becomes Reality”

Sales And Salutations

Saturday May 6th –

Rise and shine it’s market time!

The ‘Everything Country Sale’ was being held out on a large acreage around an hour away from our place and since it sounded interesting and we had no other Saturday plans, we decided to go.

There were many different craft vendors, livestock and food set up, so we began our meandering post haste.

Unfortunately, the popularity of antique/vintage items is well known by now, so it wasn’t the best place to find great prices on that type of thing but there was of course still interesting things to see and get ideas from.

It was hard to resist buying a baby duckling or two, with their sweet little peeping faces peeking up at me but resist I did.
Mostly out of fear that Mom wouldn’t let me keep living with her if she returned from her weekend with Dad and I had a duckling in her houseπŸ˜¬πŸ™ˆ

The other birds about made Mike and my hearts hurt… maybe that’s the normal when it comes to transporting and selling chickens,turkeys and peacocks but it doesn’t seem right.
Even if I do just eat them later 😜

The small, less than one by one foot boxes holding two birds with no water, the beautiful peacock having been built into his cage, his tail feathers fit through wooden slats, causing him to be stuck in one position alone, without water, while loud strangers gawked and freaked him out.
Had he not been 250$ I would have bought him just to free him πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‹

An overpriced, hardly warm burger was bought and eaten and then we finished our look about, which ended up with us buying a sign to hang in a future home… and a bag of cotton candyπŸ˜‰

The maker of this sign didn’t have a business card, does anyone know who made this by chance (Saskatoon area) ?? 

A moving sale and green house were stopped at on our drive back towards the highway, both places were left empty handed but not without having seen interesting things 😊

Jake’s burgers was stopped at for another attempt at lunch and also to get some free wifi, since searching out new things for our new beginnings here has sucked up what data we have on the cell phones 😜

One quick stop in Rosthern resulted in groceries for that nights supper and a Pura Vida bracelet for me, from a little local store.

I follow the bracelet company on Instagram, liking their product and the story behind it but I didn’t expect to find one of their bracelets there.
I’ll happily be wearing it, the colors reminding me of the ocean I so love πŸ’™

Pizza was on the nights menu and I used the dough recipe from my Uncle in Ontario, throwing some bruschetta spices in for the fun of it πŸ˜‹

Hawaiian ish and a random combination of meats and mushrooms made up the two choices with a watermelon and caesar salad which completed the main course for us and our company πŸ˜‰πŸ₯—πŸ•

One month in and it was the first time we’d managed to get together with some friends but finally we did and we enjoyed an evening together, catching up and discussing life πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹




Sunday May 7th –

‘Twas a damp spring morning but all the green buds popping out on the trees kept spirits light😊

We were postponed from church that morning since we had ‘secret project’ matters to attend to and it only worked to have such and such done, then πŸ˜‹

(No ones offered up any guesses yet? πŸ˜‹
Is no one curious as I? πŸ˜³πŸ™„)

We headed to town for some Starbucks coffee and wifi and the drink was made super well.

Which is always so relieving after you pay much too much πŸ™ˆπŸ˜œ

Then off to church we went, making it out to that evenings service and also managing to see some faces we’d been missing since arriving

Completing (and adding to) The List

Friday Dec 9th –

Nom, nom, nom πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»β˜•οΈπŸ’•

We had some stuff to get done pre Canada and Friday was the day to get it done!

We got ready and then went into Doesburg to get a start at it.
First place we stumbled upon was a new little shop with an assortment of handmade items and there we were able to check an item off the list, which hadn’t even been on the list πŸ˜‹

(Does anyone else write things down on their list just so they can cross it off to feel good about what they got done ? πŸ™ˆ)

I looked around an antique type store while Mike went to get a parking ticket and I found some goodies that needed to leave with us, so when Mike got back we went to buy them but before we could do that he got talking to the owner and she showed him a very old, literally giant-sized, atlas. 

It was very cool but not 150 euros cool, specially when Mike doesn’t have his own office and our apartment space is already limited without a giants book in it, no matter how cool πŸ˜‰

So it was left and a linen map from the 1930’s was purchased for him instead πŸ˜‹


Next, Mike showed a store with a super impressive camera collection πŸ˜³πŸ“½πŸ“·


Continue reading “Completing (and adding to) The List”

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