Spring has sprung… in my basement

Dear friends,

I’ve been neglecting my writing this past week! My apologies.

We’ve had a rough month to say the least – maybe 2013 isn’t my year?

So mother nature has commanded Spring to open the floodgates of thawing Canadian ground, heavy rains and general muddiness.

It has caused THIS to happen in my basement….

Yep – that’s an additional 2 inches of water in my basement folks!

Oh did I mention my fiance is gone for the next two weeks?

I’m an “independent woman” and can handle this… right? Right!

Needless to say, after making sure the water had been drained, I escaped for some much needed cuddle time with the puppies!

puppy cuteness overload!
How can you stay stressed when you go to visit THIS?
How can you stay stressed when you go to visit THIS?

So, my basement floor is being ripped out, the drywall is going to be replaced and a NEW floor is going in! WAHOO – retail therapy 🙂

Maybe this :


Could turn into this?


Ohhhh, or this?


Or this?


Or my personal fave, this:


As long as we’re having a bit of fun and wishful thinking – which do you prefer?

Newton would have loved the last choice – he LOOOOOVED being groomed. It’s been 3 months today that we’ve lost him, and I still miss him every single day. Today, thoughts will be had, words will be spoken, and he will be wonderfully and still tearfully remembered.

Even though this is a difficult day, I’m choosing not to write about how sad this is. As sad as I am, it helps to concentrate at our task at hand. We’ve decided to look at the positive in this disaster clean up. Starting fresh is my motto for this year, so I suppose it’s fitting that this decided to “spring” up on us now (haha – pardon the pun).

Some other great news. I have a new boarder with me for two weeks. His name is Kobe, he’s a Golden Retriever/Lab mix. He’s still being socialized to the cats, he finds them a bit terrifying. So they are kept separate except for the few instances I’m around for corrections. Stay tuned for a post all about Kobe!

Frankie running the show yet again…

I personally think he has Rottie in him as well, but his mom refuses to believe it…. So sad when I see such a wonderful and powerful breed have such a bad rap with people.

Nonetheless, he’s a great snuggle buddy. I can’t wait to try out training techniques to see what he responds to!

Snuggle buddy for nap time

I know I’ve been a bit all over the place with this post, I promise to put a bit more effort into the next one! Anyway, stay tuned for the next post – which I promise will not be weeks away!

Thanks for reading,



Renovation Revelations!

My life with renovation

This was my  choice of procrastination method when I should have been finishing up the first renovation project (kitchen).

I was really hesitant at first about painting the fireplace (hello – non reversible!), I’m really happy that I did. It just brightens up the entire space – What a face lift!

Revelation # 1 – If you’re in doubt, go with you intuition.

Revelation #2 – Paint that ugly fireplace, it can’t get any worse…

Revelation # 3 – Don’t be scared of color (I’m loving the grey/purple combo – Thanks to JR for the inspiration) – OWN your space.

Revelation # 4 – I’m stealing this one. When we were scared of doing something as it may make the space too quirky for resale, A family member told me to remember that we will be living here until we decide to sell. It can always be switched back (unless it involves tearing out walls). LOVE your space. I truly believe your home should be a reflection of your lives.

Side note: Don’t cha love the bike wheel clock my uber talented Mother in Law built us?