Can’t sleep so naturally I’m writing a post…lol

September 7, 2013

What I really need to do is hit the gym and walk down to the ocean and back up again. (Steep hill for about 4km round trip) That will make me tired enough to sleep thru the night.

What I did was garden for an hour or two and I dug up our potato harvest.


Now you might be sniggering at my so called potato “harvest”, but it’s not too bad for the seven plants plus a couple forgotten potatoes left in the ground from last year. I really try with this little urban space. 🙂

Actually, it’s not an intensively cultivated space. It’s more of a potager; an ornamental veggie garden with a lot of flowers mixed in. But it’s so fulfilling to grow my own food. (Oh, there are a few garlic bulbs too! Very excited about those!)

Inside, the sun is shining thru the windows today and my things are back. (remember I left two months ago with all things still in storage?)

There’s still so much work to do on the house. Niggly little things, like, some nails have been pulled out of the old plaster walls during removal and the moving things back in crew said they weren’t allowed to rehang the paintings if the nail wasn’t there, so I have to patch the plaster, drill new holes and rehang the paintings myself.

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Over the past two months the floors have deepened the colour beautifully and I think that maybe I’ll move the carpets back in for the winter. I don’t think I need to keep the carpets off for a full year.

The floor finish looks good and has that deep gloss of the original 100yr old floor, but the finish in the dining room is very shoddy and looks like an amateur job. There are spots of “crumpled up” varnish…do you know what I mean? Like if paint was left to drip and run down a wall. Like that. And there are spots where the finisher didn’t have enough varnish on his roller and so it looks something like if you were painting a wall with not enough paint on the roller and the old wall paint was visible in places.

I’ve called a meeting with the project manager and will see what is to be done. I can safely say that I would not recommend this floor company to anyone and I hope the project manager has a solution. (like a new and competent floor company to re-do the dining room)

I’ll chronicle the problems later in the daylight.

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I have to buy a long ladder. And this presents the problem of trying to find a place to store the ladder. Long aluminum ladders are ugly and…well…long, so present a tiny problem with hiding the darn thing so I don’t have to look at it in my lovely space.

I need one to deal with the Virginia creeper and English ivy which are trying to take over the windows, and also to deal with the leaves which will end up in the eves as soon as my two large maples and my neighbour’s huge copper beech decide it’s time.

But for now I love looking at the fresh, green curtains and am looking forward to seeing the Virginia creeper turn red. Chloe made me this flower arrangement as a welcome home prezzie and put it in my bedroom. I put it in the living room because the chrysanthemums are too lovely not to be around all day.


And here’s Morgan. That little cat is being Velcro cat from hell. It’s like, “oh good, you’re home, I’m going to sit on you!” I was sitting there a few minutes ago and Morgan cuddled up and before I knew it, somehow I was relegated to three inches of the sofa with Morgan doing her “longest cat in the world” impression.

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Yeah, she does look smug about that. 🙂

The Sunday Whirl thru jet-lag
Hey! Jet-lag is great for producing random thoughts.

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  • Reply Evalina September 7, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Very lovely harvest! Sorry about the floor…

    • Reply Veronica September 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you Evalina. It’ll all work out, don’t worry. 🙂 I’ll keep you posted.

  • Reply Claudia September 7, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Your home looks lovely, Veronica. Love the light and shadow play in the rooms. And, as someone who hasn’t started to grow any vegetables, those potatoes look wonderful!

    • Reply Veronica September 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you Claudia. 🙂 I hope they taste as wonderful as they look. We’ll find out. I have master gardener status with the botanical gardens here in Van so if you ever want to know anything just ask. 🙂

  • Reply Judy September 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Veronica, your floors look beautiful from my perspective. And I bet those potatoes will taste extra good being from your potager. I have to say I love the ivy and Virginia Creeper growing on houses. My hubby would have a fit though. We have Virginia Creeper growing on our fence and it is really beautiful when it changes colors..Welcome home..Judy P.S.Morgan is beautiful. I used to have one who looked identical. Her name was Annie. And she was a REAL brat!!

    • Reply Veronica September 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Judy. Those floors will be whipped into shape one way or another, oh yes! I love the Virginia creeper and ivy too but here on the west coast we have to be a little careful because there is a possibility that carpenter ants might use the vegetation as a superhighway to the wood of the house. But my vines are growing up the brick face of the chimney so I think it’s ok. Morgan is beautiful and I hear people tell me they had identical or similar cats too. I’m happy to hear your’s is a brat because my friend Catherine has one called Sable who is the sweetest honey cat in the world. (At least mine isn’t the only brat cat of her type…lol) 🙂 Hugs 🙂

  • Reply Sabra Bowers September 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Ah, it is good to see Chloe again. So sweet of her to have flowers for you!

    • Reply Veronica September 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you Sabra, she is so sweet and thoughtful. (Almost finished the forsythia 🙂 )

  • Reply Bill September 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Instead of a ladder try stilts … they’re so much easier to store.

    • Reply Veronica September 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Oh yeah! I can just see that. I’ll be trying to get some serious work done and look for the stilts and find them either on Robert as he runs away in huge strides sniggering or find Chloe and Robert having a duel. 🙂

  • Reply Daryl September 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

    maybe there’s a way you can camouflage the ladder so when you arent using it its not glaring out at you? the floors, the house looks gorgeous …. you are so never coming to my mess

    • Reply Veronica September 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      I so am! 🙂

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