Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Parental Visit

The parental visit starts today and I'm kind of excited! :) It's 5:30am out here and I can't sleep anymore. Their flight left Ottawa just about half an hour ago and they land in TO around 6am (here-time), then their flight to Regina leaves about 50minutes later and they should land out here around 10:15am. With the time difference, it doesn't seem so bad!

I'm so glad they got to travel during the day so they can see all the colorful fields out here when they land. I never got to see them because we flew at night and well... it was still Winter out here then. Right now, it's gorgeous so I'm really happy for them!

I haven't seen them since February and I miss them a lot. It's a different kind of miss, we've been over this, but a miss nonetheless. The fact that they are both flying out here today to see us makes me miss them even more!

I have to admit that I have a great relationship with my parents. We respect each other and even if we drive one another absolutely insane, we do so out of pure love.

I'm glad they are easy to entertain because there isn't that much to do out here for a whole week. We'll do some touristy stuff like visiting the Tunnels and Temple Gardens Spa out here in MJ and we'll also check out Regina, maybe we'll go to the RCMP Museum or something like that. I know my parents would be equally content just hanging out here with us and being a part of our little routine. I have to admit, our little routine is quite the bore!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summer cleaning --oy!

We spent the ENTIRE weekend cleaning, organizing, moving furniture around and all that jazz! Now, it's 9pm on Sunday night and I am just about ready to crash! This weekend felt like a week but for all sorts of good reasons.

The house wasn't filthy or anything and we didn't do any tooth-brush scrubbing either. We did a ton of Spring Cleaning stuff like washing the curtains, getting some carpet stains out and moving furniture around in the living room. It just felt awesome to take the time and do that kind of thing together. Usually, I'll do all that stuff while he's away to keep myself entertained, so it was nice to have him around to help.

We have family and friends coming for the next 2 weeks so we figured it was now or never! Of course, we picked the warmest, sunniest, most humid weekend of the summer thus far.

We also finally bought a ton of crap we needed for the house. Decorative and functional things we've been putting off to later for some reason or another. I am happy to report I finally have a functional clothes line so I can stop using the dryer for every little thing. If it weren't for kitty hair, I wouldn't mind leaving stuff to dry on a clothes rack somewhere in the house, but Jack doesn't approve.

Jack also got a new collar Js picked out for him. Lucky kitty! Js in in a baby-phase... I'll save that for another post.

I'm really happy about how our home turned out here! I really like it! Sure, it's not that huge and it's an MQ, but it's our little chunk of world and we enjoy it!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sucky weather sucks.

November weather sucks when it's July. Seriously! Ugh! It's been two long and cold days of rain, wind and funnel cloud warnings. Welcome to Saskatcha-rain!

Aside from shitty weather, things are just ducky out here! My parents are coming next week (eek!) and we're trying to find ways to entertain them. We need to come up with a "Plan B" in case it starts to piss buckets on our lovely province.

In the last week or so, I'd say we've had 2-3 weather warnings ranging form severe thunder storms to funnel clouds and tornadoes. I was under the impression I moved to Saskatchewan, not Kansas! Hold on to your skirt, Dorothy, the golf-ball hail comes next! I promise to take and post some photos if we get some of that.

If I have to wear a jacket again tomorrow, I'm going to scream.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Canada Day goodies!

I guess I forgot to blog about those a bit ago! I baked some delicious goodies for Canada Day!

C-Day Cherry Cuppy Cakes

I tried really hard to make some red icing but I didn't have the proper food coloring so Js had to bring some pink-decorated pastries at work. They are cherry-cake-in-a-box with some maple flavored french vanilla icing.

Peanut Butter Maple Leaf Cookies
- Simple and delicious!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Canada Day in Hill-free SK

No Parliament Hill this year for me! :( ... in fact, no hills at all! It was quite convenient to watch the fire works though.

We spent a relaxing day at home. Friends were supposed to come over but plans got changed and most of them ended up going to Regina for the day. I didn't want to go to Regina. I didn't want to be reminded of how much I love Canada Day and how far away I was from the core of the action, Ottawa.

I remember, a couple years ago, we would start drinking around noon at Laframbo's place and stumble our way to the Hill for the evening concert and fire works. Then we'd rush back in the mob of people, trying not to loose any friends to the crowd. Oh, the hangover!

On days like that, I miss Ottawa. I miss having everything right there, a couple blocks away. I miss knowing where everything is and the places to avoid. I miss ordering pizza and not having a $8-$12 delivery fee because we live outside the "city". I miss going to concerts whenever I feel like it and I miss having to choose which bar I want to go to.

I really like it in Saskatchewan, it's got it's perks. (Mind you, I haven't had to survive a winter out here yet! Ask me again in January!) I love the warm weather, this community and the small town charm.

I think, next year, I am going to sit on the small hill behind our house to watch the fireworks so I'll be able to say I watched them from the Hill... even if it's the only one in Saskatchewan.


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