Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall Fun at home in BC

Back home to reality and the selling off of stuff continues...I do hope to have my living room back for Christmas.

The rain has arrived and the evenings are cooling off so painting has slowed to a minimum...everything is basically painted except for the gutters and eaves troughs. We are looking into a couple quotes to replace them...if not they might not get painted until the spring as we have almost finished the front but the other 3 sides are still blue! The door will have to be painted too but should we do it a yellow or a red???

We have managed to get out and enjoy our beautiful province a bit...

We went to Richmond Nature Park and was thrilled to find these amazing Muscaria Mushrooms. I have searched for them every fall for years and have never been lucky enough to find them. This week I scored and knocked them off my wishlist of things I want to photograph someday!

We also went to the pumpkin patch and collected some pumpkins.

Yesterday we enjoyed a wonderful roast dinner here with family as Ian's mom arrived from Toronto this week for a visit and today of course we celebrated Halloween!

Hoping you all had a safe and Happy Halloween!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Aayla and Happy Thanksgiving to all

Happy Birthday sweet Aayla!!!
We celebrated yesterday with a tea party with family and friends.

House painting is coming a long slowly but surely (the blue trim will disappear and become a dark brown, as will the gutters)

but now we are going to be taking a bit of a break. Today we will have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with family and then Ian and I are heading to Jamaica for a week of rest and relaxation all by ourselves!

So Happy Thanksgiving everyone and we'll be back in a week or so :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

House Prep...AKA getting it ready to sell

Welcome wishes going out to The Solla-Mates of Happily Hitched: An RV Blog. Thanks for joining us as we begin this next journey :)

In order to sell our home in the new year we not only are selling off all our "stuff" left over from daycare and from the store we closed last fall, but we are finally painting our house which we have wanted to paint since we bought it in 2007. We have always hated the colours. (It's funny how when you decide to sell your home you find the motivation to deal with the issues you haven't liked about it for others to enjoy instead of you yourselves!)

While away this summer both of our neighbours painted their houses so we called to get quotes to paint ours. One company wanted close to $5000.00 and the other wanted $7800.00!!!

We decided to try our hand at painting it ourselves so now with our own time and energy and $1200.00 worth of paint and painting supplies we have begun!

In between our West Coast rain showers we have been pressure washing 4 years or more of dust and dirt off of that horrible grey and blue paint which makes the colours stand out even more!

And masking off windows and eaves and beginning the painting process.

We are gradually working our way around the house in one LoooOOOoooog slow process but little bit by little bit the house is being transformed. We have most of the main colour done, just trim and eaves troughs to do.

So we have put sunshine on order but the 5 day forcast looks like this :

Short Term ForecastUpdated: Fri, Sep 30, 2011, 21:00 PDT

OvernightOvernight: 12:00 AM - 5:59 AM
MorningMorning: 6:00 AM - 11:59 AM
AfternoonAfternoon: 12:00 PM - 5:59 PM
EveningEvening: 6:00 PM - 11:59 PM
OvernightOvernight: 12:00 AM - 5:59 AM
 Mainly cloudyCloudyCloudy with showersLight rainCloudy with showers
 Mainly cloudyCloudyCloudy with showersLight rainCloudy with showers
WindcalmSE 5km/hSE 5km/hSE 5km/hSE 10km/h
Relative Humidity88%87%88%94%94%
Rain--less than 1mm1-3mmclose to 1mm
So it doesn't look like much painting is going to get done any time too soon :(