• Everyday Stuff
  • My cat, the elastic thief

    I thought this was too cute not to share. My cat the elastic thief. I am careful about keeping elastics hidden because he will steal anything not nailed down. However I failed to take into consideration his determination and apparently how smart he is too!

    Since not much has gone on in the last 10 days I have not bothered to post, figured it was about time. We are getting a snow storm (go figure) again this weekend with up to 50 more cm’s of snow. However the last few days have been really warm (well above 0°C anyways) and some of the snow is melting, still lots there and more to come but we had a few days of spring like weather, more to tease us then anything I am sure.

    I have been doing good at work and have had a whole month without a cold or getting sick somehow and work is starting to slow down some and the work is starting to make more sense to me. I had a few weeks of feeling so lost and not understanding what I was doing that I just wanted to quit but believe it or not a 30 minute chat with a colleague helped immensely and I am understanding more and catching on more. [...]

  • Photography
  • Ross Farm Museum

    I have really been itching to go to some museums this summer. I love history, especially the local history. This morning after we got up we decided to head to a farm museum that is about an hours drive from the city, called Ross Farm Museum. So we headed out of the city with Cory’s cousin Scotty and went for a little drive. From the brochure:

    A Brief History…
    In July 1816, six companies of Nova Scotia Fencible Infantry disbanded at Halifax and spread out onto free land offered for past service. Captain William Ross, leading the men, was asked by the Earl of Dalhousie, Lietenant-Govenor of Nova Scotia to take 172 disbanded soldiers and their families and start a new settlement called Sherbrooke (now called New Ross).

    The Ross Farm Museum is located on 60 acres (25 hectares) of the original 800 acres (325 hectares) given to granted to Captain Ross. Five generations of the Ross family lived and worked on the farm between 1816 and 1969, when it was turned into a museum by the New Ross District Museum society after purchase.

    You can see heritage breeds of sheep, chicken, pigs, cattle, oxen and horses that were common in rural Nova Scotia farms in the 1800’s at the Ross Farm Museum.

    Domesticated animals are an important part of everyday life at the museum. The oxen help cultivate the land, harvest crops and move heavy objects. Many objects from the early days of farming in Nova Scotia are on display at the museum.

    Rose Bank Cottage

    Above is Rose Bank Cottage, the main house on the farm. It’s a working farm, meaning that they still farm the land, bake, blacksmithing, and tons of other stuff. It’s been a really long time since I have been here and have been wanting to go for a long time.

    Main bedroom

    This is the main bedroom in the house, all furniture is period furniture from early 1800’s to the late 1960’s when the house was turned into a museum. It was made locally and came from the house or other houses in the area. Not all of it belonged to the Ross family however I believe this bedstead did if I remember correctly.

    Churning butter

    The butter above was churned fresh while we were standing in the cottage watching. It was really cool to watch. There was biscuits and real butter and lemonade after the butter was churned. Unfortunately due to health regulations  they are not allowed to serve the fresh churned butter, so it was store bought for us.

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  • Health & Wellness
  • Symptom or side effect?

    Getting to and staying asleep has become a bit of a chore lately. I have been waking up every few hours and suffering fro what I can only assume is some sort of sleep paralysis. The first time it happened I thought I was either having a bad dream or some sort of paranormal experience. Ya my brain just automatically goes there!

    I woke up out a dead sleep in the middle of the night. I could hear Cory beside me moving in his sleep. I could feel the weight of the cat on my feet and felt completely awake, however I could not move at all. It lasted what felt like minutes to me but I am sure was only seconds. I was really freaked out and had a hard time getting back to sleep.

    I usually take 30mg of Amnitryptoline before bed. It was working really good for a bit. Now when I fall asleep, two to three times a night, I get the sensations of falling. I’ve had this before but not this bad. It happens almost every single night to varying degrees. [...]

  • Everyday Stuff
  • I hate gift wrapping. Merry Christmas!

    I really do. It’s the one Christmas thing I could really do without. I usually go for gift bags, but Cory wanted to wrap them this year… and where is he? Not here helping me, that’s for sure! His excuse? He has to work… Okay I know, it’s a good enough excuse when it comes down to it, but did I mention, I hate gift wrapping!

    In all seriousness, I am happy he is back to work, though his doctor really could have waited one more day. Who puts someone back to work on Christmas eve? He is happy to be going back to work. So for that reason I am really happy for him. I think he was getting bored being home.

    He’s off at 5 today and then we are driving 2 and a half hours to my parents place for Christmas. This will be our first Christmas spent together. Last year we were together as a couple but he spent Christmas here in the city and I went to Digby to my parents. We have decided for the time being to stay together and alternate Christmases with his parents and siblings and mine. [...]

  • Everyday Stuff
  • The black cat

    We have somehow acquired a black cat. We noticed him (I don’t know why but he just feels like a “him” to me) a few months ago when Max was at my Mom and Dad’s in Digby (230km away). The cat showed up shortly after Cory’s friend Rodney came over one day and seems to come and go whenever he comes over. Your probably wondering what the heck I am talking about right now… he’s not a live cat. A ghost. That’s right. We have a ghost cat.

    So here’s the story. A few months ago we had to have some work done in our apartment. We aren’t supposed to have animals. So, Max got shipped off to Mom and Dad’s for the time being, until our land lord finished and we could safely sneak him back in. That night, I took Max half way to Kentville, NS to meet my parents. While I was gone Cory’s friend Rodney came over to use our internet. [...]

  • Health & Wellness
  • I need sleep

    How many nights can a person to without any sleep? I spent another sleepless night last night. I went to bed around 11. But I was tossing and turning and could not get comfortable, it just hurts all over. There is nothing worse then constantly watching the clock tick down the time till you have to get up in less then an hour and then you finally fall asleep. 2 extra strength ibuprofen and 2 extra strength Tylenol later. Only to be awoken by the cat 5 min before you have to get up. Talk about frustrating.

    That’s been my nights for the past few months. After 4-5 nights I finally get one night I sleep but I still wake up feeling tired and sore. I just don’t know how to get to sleep. 9 times outa 10, I get up and come out on the couch (still don’t sleep but at least I’m not disturbing Cory’s sleep as much) or he gets up and comes out on the couch (sometimes cause I keep waking him and sometimes cause he’s in pain himself). How do two people with chronic pain sleep together? King size bed… that’s how. Our queen even isn’t cutting it. [...]