Sunday, February 15, 2015

Turning the corner...

The last two months have been taken up with dealing with family issues, it is so nice that my input is done and it is now time to look to the future. Spring is just around the corner and there is much to look forward to.

The final touches at Dad's Condo
In 1986 Vancouver hosted Expo 86 and I had the good fortune to build the water fountain at Horseshoe Bay.
Top left Arriving at Departure Bay Vancouver Island. Blue Berries getting wood shavings, gravel on a wet area of driveway. Birds eye view around the yard from woodshed roof. Center bottom Departure Bay.
Some spring flowers around the yard, reflections from window my younger sister made long ago.
I have been thinking about some fellow bloggers with health issues and being into natural health I suggest 2 things; Apple cider Vinegar (Organic) with Mother and fresh squeezed  Lemon juice to balance your acidity check it out. 


Have a great Sunday and a Great Week
Rob

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Upgrading Dad's Condo...

My dear Dad moved into a retirement Village in mid-December and it is quite nice and is a real community. My sisters and friends have done a lot of hard work to take care of a life time of memories and all that makes up a home. This makes us all look at our lives and think of downsizing. Now empty, Dad's condo needed to be upgraded - flooring, plumbing and painting plus lots of little jobs such as lighting and trim.



Looking back at a happy day (above) visiting at my sister's place, she has a really nice home.



This is where Dad has his new suite, it was Robbie Burns Day when I visited and pipers came to help everyone celebrate.

What a great bunch of folks.
Dad was just on the way to his suite and he really enjoyed himself.

So what work was done at Dad's condo?

On to the work that was being done at Dad's condo. The walls were patched, sanded and painted. The carpets were removed. New flooring and baseboards and various trims were installed. The living room and hallway ceilings were painted. All the ceiling lights were updated. Two kitchen blinds were replaced. There were a great many dump runs involved.

Then there was the bathroom.

The bathroom was the biggest job. The sill to the shower was rotten and the entire shower area was removed down to the cement and 2 x 4's (this included tile removal). The bottom 2 pictures (below) are from the bathroom.



A peek at the living room cement floor levelled after tearing out the old rug (in top right picture above).

More shots of the shower and the underlay for the hallway flooring.




Here are a few shots of the living room flooring, trim around the fireplace and a picture of the tile for the bathroom being installed.


So, everything was finished and I was packed to head home. During the night the water pipe in the den leaked and water went into the hallway, closets and doorways of the bedroom and den.







The drying was in the hands of a Restoration Company. Fortunately the leak was caught before major damage was done. I pulled up the flooring and underlay that was wet and the Restoration's fans were on for 4 days. Strata didn't cover water leaks so help had to be hired to replace the areas that got wet. Another expense in the long list of things that can go wrong.

Thanks for visiting.

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Little Christmas decoration...

It has been a little hard to get into the Christmas Spirit this year but there is much to be grateful for. Happily my Dad is out of the hospital after nearly 2 months recovering from a fall/hip surgery and rehab.

I am going to see him tomorrow and I am spending a few days to help him adjust to his new suite and routines. It will be great to have some family time and to lend a hand...


Spent some time today cleaning up my office porch and made a Holly display in an old copper boiler plus added some flowers we picked up, oh so nice! A 21 inch maple leaf and a poor picture of Pookie.


Some shots of recent high water taken at the local pub.


Mushrooms on firewood, a nest in the holly and our Holly.


Buddy after the groomer and new decorations for the doors.


Cheery leaves, Middlenatch on a blustery day, reflecting ducks (mallards) and Taz in his new spot.


A palliated woodpecker (not my photo), a better Pookie photo and some garden colour.

I hope that you are able to be with family and friends over the Christmas season. Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Lot on my Mind...

There are times when one has a lot on ones plate everyone has different ways of dealing with what life throws their way. I am not one to back down to bullying be it be some misguided individuals, company or government. When there are so many issues some action is necessary no mater how small in order to make a difference and maintain balance in ones life .
Looking at my Mother's Peace Rose and flowers helps me relax!

My favorite 50's truck, whimsical smalls and reading a motto makes me happy!

A Hummer, the sun streaming through the trees in the morning and a Squirrel hanging about!

Cleaning up the back 40 works for me!

A trip to the seashore is good!
What helps you deal with what life throws at you? Be Happy and Grateful take it easy on yourself...
A Old Barn and summer flowers make me happy!



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall around the Homestead...

One thing leads to another around the Homestead, one main thing is gathering the falling leaves. Roof maintenance is high on the list, cleaning the gutters leads to cleaning moss, leaves, cones, needles and whatever comes to rest.

Looking at my carport/office the roofing is getting close to being replaced. 
When originally done we used interlocking big mistake they are obsolete now. Lots of leaves and wind fall to be cleaned up, a deer in my neighbours yard.

A lot of pruning, here it is Honeysuckle Mandarin by the garage and another on the power pole, it was massive as it hadn't been done before.
We took our dog Buddy for a sunny walk at Miracle Beach park, lots of old growth Fir, the old and new.

 Part of my morning thing, that pesky roof, Taz, Barberry and Pookie.
It is cold and clear the air is fresh a good day to go for a walk... 

Have a Great Day!!!
Rob

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