First large snowfall

We had our first large snowfall last night and today. It started off with freezing fog and mixed precipitation yesterday afternoon but turned to snow right at bedtime about 11 p.m. and kept all through the night until about 3 p.m. today with lots of wind as well. We woke up this morning around 6 a.m. to no power and had no power until about 10:30 a.m. which is quite common during the winter around here. We got about 10 cm of snow total, some parts of the Maritimes got upwards of 30 cm!

This afternoon just a few hours ago I decided I needed to take a break from typing and went outside with my Cannon and took a few photos. Nothing spectacular but still pretty all the same. Here are a few of them and I’m sorry they all ended up slightly out of focus because I didn’t use the autofocus and apparently I need new glasses.

Apple trees
The first one is of the apple trees which I am in love with (the trees not the picture). It’s our little mini apple orchard that has 4 trees.
The second picture I took was of a barn up the hill a little behind us. I really love the barn and wish I had a better lens to take a better picture but honestly I could have gone farther back on our property still to get closer.
Not really exciting but here’s what’s left of the wood pile outside, most of it is stacked inside the lean-to to get dry. I thought it was pretty.
I tried to capture the water dripping from the ice but I am not sure how to do so, it still made for a pretty picture though I thought.
This is looking towards the road which is to the far right in the picture and covered in snow.
Last but not least is our little bird feeder in front of one of the corner windows in the living room, which needs some tender loving care, actually it needs to be re-built.

Eddie and I decided that the next big snowfall we are going to go out when it dies down a little but the snow is still fresh and make a huge snowman in front of the apple trees and decorate him. I can’t wait for more snow.

Feeling sick & a to-do list

I have been thinking a little about some things I want to get done around the house both inside and out. I wasn’t feeling that good yesterday and started writing this post then and am having a hard time concentrating so I figured I would give up on work for the evening and just watch TV or read and write another blog post for tomorrow. I’m not sure why I feel sick but it started last night with some nausea and a headache and today I have felt really sick to my stomach and just a general uneasy/unwell feeling. I’m guessing a bit of a stomach bug or something. I took some gravol and fell asleep on the couch for about 90 minutes. I woke up feeling about the same.

We got up at 7 a.m. and were supposed to be on the road by about 7:30 to 8 a.m. with my Mom to Halifax to do some packing and cleaning the apartment but my Mom left Brighton about 7:10 and got as far as the exit to Digby (2 exits before us) and she couldn’t see 2 feet in front of her it was snowing so bad. She’s uncomfortable driving in the snow so we rescheduled for Tuesday and are going to go up than with her and maybe Dad too and do some packing, cleaning and sorting through our stuff as we are going to get rid of some things.

In the meantime, I have been thinking a lot about the outside of the house. The picture above is the front of the house. Dad and Eddie need to fix the window because it leaks but it is a nice big single pane window.  I want to rebuild the bird house myself and plant some flowers around it. They will also be redoing the deck in the spring/summer. There are 3 apple trees around pack (somewhat neglected) and a raspberry bush. My Dad mentioned planting a garden for us. So I’ve kind of come up with a to-do list of things I want to do around the house both inside and out. I have to run some of it by Mom and Dad as they own the place but it’s mostly things that need to be done anyways. The shed needs to be painted as well but I love the property. My parents eventually plan to retired here so it would be nice if it is all done by the time they do.

Outside I want to prune the apple trees and raspberry bushes and look into what else we can plant. I want to get Dad and Eddie to build us a little vegetable garden box so I can plant some veggies. I want to create a few areas around the house to plant some flowers. I have to check because there might be a few places, everything is badly overgrown. I need to do a little research as I have never really done any of this stuff myself, other than helping my parents from time to time, but my Dad is good at gardening and enjoys it.

Inside my Dad and Eddie will be dividing the bedroom back up into two smaller bedrooms from the larger bedroom with small little room through a curtain that it currently is and they are supposed to be doing that sometime in the next month or two, maybe early in the new year. We need a second full bedroom as we plan to apply to be foster parents in the new year and the room needs to be finished before we do. It’s a bit hard to see in the picture below because the rooms are so small and with furniture in them it’s hard to get in a position to take a good picture but there is basically a false wall between the two rooms with a curtain as a doorway and the door to the left in the picture is actually the door to what will be the second bedroom. I want to finish a few little things like mouldings, door frames etc, that were never finished and maybe paint the living room as well. I don’t mind putting our own money into it as long as Mom and Dad are okay with the things we do as eventually the house will go to Denton and myself anyways, that and Mom and Dad would likely reimburse us anyways and we wouldn’t do anything without running it by them anyways.

Maybe you can see better in the picture below, in between the two doors you can see where the old wall was and in the bathroom picture further below the hole to the right of the bathtub is right on the other side of where the light switch and thermostat is and the door on the right actually opens into the bathroom right now. The door on the left is for bedroom #1 (master) main bedroom and opens into the living room. So yeah the door on the right will be for bedroom #2 (small). The bedroom I think would have been the same size at one time but he took some of it which were supposed to be a closet in the bathroom, which was never finished. Once the wall is removed and a new one put back where it was a long time ago each room will have its own door. We also need to install a light in bedroom #2 and an electric heater, the wiring is there already for the heater but the heater was out in the shed broken so my Dad is going to buy a new one.

Secondly, they also need to finish the bathroom as right now there is a giant hole in the wall/closet. So to the right of the bathtub that will be a linen closet to my understanding and then where the towel rack currently is the sink is going to be moved there and the walls all finished and the toilet moved closer to the tub so we can make a little entryway into bedroom #2 as right now the only access would be through the bathroom, you would need to go into the bathroom and close the door to get at the door for bedroom #2. Not the best set up so Dad wants to try and make a little entryway/hall for the second bedroom apart from the bathroom. The tub is going to be refinished and a new tub surround put up, new walls and paint and new flooring as well (some of the floorboards also need replacing).

I can’t wait for it to all be done and should be before summer hopefully! Right now the bathroom is a bit of a nightmare for someone terrified of spiders, at least the winter shouldn’t be too bad. It’s too cold for them, but spring is going to be a pain so hopefully they will get that done before it warms up to much. We will likely stay at my parents for a few days while they do it. Paint fumes really bother my Asthma. If you’d like to see more pictures of the house you can find them in this post.

I’m having a bit of a hard time getting into a routine but I know it will be easier once Edward has a job and I have some quiet time to type and get some things done. I have to say he has been wonderful though and has kept the place clean and tidy and has chopped wood, cooked, cleaned and all the other housework while I type. I just find it really hard to get myself up in the mornings before 9 a.m. I really struggle even if I go to bed by 11 p.m. I still can’t seem to get up and get moving. Tomorrow. My goal is bed at 11 p.m. and up at 7 a.m. but I am really struggling with it.

Digby, Nova Scotia

So we are somewhat moved into the cottage in Digby. Here’s some photos of it. It’s small so it’s a bit hard to get good pictures. There are none of the washroom because it has a big hole in the wall where a closet will eventually be and it is being redone this spring so I didn’t bother. I will do some before and after pictures later. The kitchen is fairly recently redone and the wood stove is pretty new.

The living room is a pretty yellow color that looks kind of rustic. There are a few things that the previous owner only half ass finished so there are some holes in the walls lol. We covered my mom’s love seat with a blanket to help prevent our cat from scratching it and to protect it some. He’s claws are clipped and I have some of those nail caps I need to try and get on him tonight or tomorrow. Currently I am sitting on this couch typing. I am working right now for my Mom doing transcription again. I am looking for a job but haven’t found aything yet.

This is the wood stove. It’s small but perfect any bigger and you wouldn’t be able to get around it throws off a lot of heat and has a fan in the back. It heats the whole place but there is electric heat as well.

This is a couch the previous owner made. The cover for it hadn’t been put on yet and was just sitting on it. Again with the cat I want it covered. There are two really nice windows. The one to the left in the picture is leaking so they had to put plastic on the outside of the window for the winter. Dad’s going to see if he can fix it or get it fixed in the spring.

We have a fairly new kitchen with black and stainless steel appliances. There is a nice Fridge which is currently not working right. We are going to defrost the freezer tonight and see if that fixes it, if not Dad is going to call an appliance repair person tomorrow. There is a nice stove and large microwave and also a dishwasher.

There is a small dining room/utility room on the other side of the kitchen with a washer and dryer and when we get our table and chairs from Halifax they will go there. There is a lean-to portch outside the back with a door to it to the right of the washer and dyer which you can kind of see from this picture below.

And lastly the bedroom(s). I only took a picture of one part of it where the bed is but facing the opposite direction is another room that is right now a big walk in closet or smaller bedroom. It was 2 rooms at one point but someone changed it. So this winter Dad and Eddie are changing it back to two rooms. The door for the second room is actually in the bathroom at the moment but they are going to change that around at some point and make a little entry way if they can. The woman who lives beside us at one point and they are going to ask her to show them how it was I think.

Edward went to orientation for his job yesterday which was about an hour but they are going to call him sometime in the next few days to give him his schedule. It looks like it will be 3 days on and 3 days off, 12 hour days. He can do 4 if he wants and there is overtime available.

I am hoping we can get back up to the city this coming weekend to do some cleaning up there and bring our table and chairs and some more boxes.