Friday, July 31, 2009

Complain No More!!

Construction is well underway on King Street here in Brockville. As of yesterday, this is what it now looks like in front of the house. Look at the size of that "man eating" hole! There once was a maple tree there! In a previous posting, I did a bit of complaining of what was happening along the street. However, after taking a little stroll down the street to check out the ongoing mess, I came to noticed that I'm not alone with this construction...

My neighbour, two houses down the street, has this huge pile of dirt in front if their house.

Further down, is another neighbour that was fortunate enough to get this "johnny on the spot" plunked down at the end of their lane way. (I didn't look to see if there was hand sanitizer or magazines in there for the workers)

This neighbour across the street now has a big hole in their front lawn!! They also took out part of their drive way yesterday.

So needless to say, I will no longer be grumbling about the railroad container housed at the front of the house, the excess noise of the digging and pounding (the noise would remind you of an "unbalanced load of laundry in the washing machine") and the dust and dirt. The next posting of the progress on King Street will be the finishing phase...stay tuned. It won't be happening any time soon! Only three months to go until completion. Yippee!! (In case you were wondering, there has been no further sightings of "Mr. Deltoid". I'll be on the alert!)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Neil's Completed (Almost) Corner of the World!

After three months of weekend work, many hours of planning, several trips to Rona and Home Depot, the cottage kitchen is about 95% completed. Just the final section of the cupboard top and the back piece of the cupboard where the stools sit need to be installed. Neil certainly out did himself with this renovation!! I am so proud of him and pleased with the final outcome! We now have a bigger kitchen with lots of floor and cupboard space! The ceiling is tongue n' groove pine and the flooring is hardwood stained a dark chestnut color. We spent most of Neil's holidays last week cleaning, unpacking and putting the cottage back into order so that we can finally put our feet up and enjoy the summer months.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

New Environment on King Street

The construction on King Street has begun. The city is replacing the sewer and water lines under the street. It started with cutting down of the old maple trees along the boulevard (I had to walk away and cover my ears and eyes during this process). Then the machinery rolled in. Parked out in front of the house is an old railroad cargo container. It houses their tools and other miscellaneous items. Why they chose to dump it off, right in front of the house and obstruct the view of the street for the next two months is beyond me!! I am thoroughly convinced that they are testing me!! Neil says that I should remain positive and look on the bright side. (He can be such a "Pollyanna") So, I took his advice and spotted this guy...Mr. Deltoid, with a 1" thick tan. Okay, I can make this work!! Positive thinking!! Neil, you're absolutely right!! The noise begins at 7 a.m. right through until 7 p.m. The good thing is that there is absolutely no traffic!! You can hear crickets at night! In the evening, I walk down the centre of the street to check out the progress. It kind of gives one an eery feeling! Expected date of completion...October 30th! Oh Lord!! Welcome to my world!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Spring Fling Round Robin #3

If you will recall a previous posting of the centre block that I submitted to the "Spring Fling Round Robin #3"...this is the final outcome!! I absolutely love it!! A big "thank you" goes to Round #1; Amy Lobsiger, Round #2; Carol Bloomhardt, and Round #3; Wendy Frieden who did the machine quilting and binding. I've been walking around the house trying to find the perfect place to hang my quiltie. The first comment out of Neil was "Oh wow!!". He thinks it is really cool that you just send off a centre block and it comes back looking like this! A big "thank you" also goes to Margaret, our hostess. I think you are doing a great job organizing the Round Robin and keeping on top of things (believe me, she doesn't miss a thing!!)

Monday, July 6, 2009

A Day at the Cottage

I was able to go to the cottage yesterday since it quit raining (only four days worth). The last thing that Neil said was "Be prepared to work". What??!! The kitchen is in its final stages of completion involving moving stuff back into the cupboards. We have almost three times the cupboard space that we had before. However, when I arrived, the sun was shining and the skies were blue. All of our cottage neighbors were out on their docks/boats. So the idea of cleaning and unpacking the kitchen stuff suddenly was no longer a priority! I guess that it didn't help with me saying to Neil "It's just too darn nice outside to be working inside. Lets grab a couple of chairs and sit on the dock and enjoy the weather". (Works everytime! Neil is such a push over!!). Chelsey and Jackson made a surprise visit to the cottage in the afternoon. They had been camping nearby and had had problems with their Coleman stove. So they arrived good and hungry! I love it when the kids are with us at the cottage. Or I should say, I love it when we have company at the cottage since everyone knows that there is always some sort of activity going on and lots of food to accompany. We then went out in the boat (after feeding them) to the kids favorite "swimming hole". Of course, Dakoda wasn't far behind since she knew there was a ride involved. Lord help us if we ever left her behind! I'll post pics of the newly renovated kitchen...stay tuned!