Saturday, February 27, 2010
I went home for Friday, and it rained and rained and rained into the parlour. So I had painted this wall two years ago, then last year water poured through the far window. So the flashing was repaired last year for both windows and some shingles were replaced. I painted the wall again: one coat primer and two coats of paint. Then yesterday the water poured into the room again. This means that the shingles need to be replaced. But this is not the worse wall. The south side is a much larger wall and it needs to be replaced too. But flashing was replaced there last year. So I painted it the year before and then again last year.
This morning I finished the interior painting as much as I can now. The carpenter is coming next week so we can go over finishing the interior - but now I think the treasury will be spent on the exterior, and the interior will wait and wait and wait.
So now the decision - shingles again, or throw in the towel and have siding put up. I am thinking of throwing in that towel. I have better things to do with my time than to be constantly painting houses.
There is always sunshine after the rain.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Bonita's laundry periodically changes the view from my window. I do not think that I could live in a place that is so oppressive that clothes lines are banned. Aren't we all supposed to be going green. At the moment my clothes are strung out in the bathroom.
On another topic I was told today that Walmart employees are lined up before the store opens, and they put their hands on their hearts and sing the Walmart Song and that I could look it up on Youtube. I did, but I don't think that this is it:
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Back to the diet - the boring diet - but boring is good compared to:
- Funchal Madeira. I was horrified at the pictures coming out of Funchal. Last year Joanne and I walked those same streets in the sunshine enjoying our first land fall after crossing the Atlantic. Now the flood waters have wrecked havoc. Check out this great MSN Video: 'Scene of absolute devastation'
- And Kate is home after surviving the capsizing the tall ship, Concordia, and over forty hours in a life boat. Her family are very active members in my congregation: Check out this great MSN Video: Canadian sailing ship sinks
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Last Sunday was a lovely warm sunny day in Portland Maine. We had a delightful brunch in a funky place and then walked through the city. Here is the ferry dock. And then in the evening we went to church - well the church had been converted to a trendy upscale restaurant. We had a wonderful Valentine dinner. The diet was blown to pieces. Here is the website: http://restaurantgrace.com/.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Some mystery person goes through Portland in the darkness of Valentine Eve and posts thousands of red hearts in the down town. It seems that they were on the funkier, funner, (morether fun?) shops But this is one of the exceptions. A heart is affixed to John Ford's chest. He hailed from Portland and has a statue in his honour as well as stones marking each of his movies.
Here is the trailer for "How Green Was my Valley":
Friday, February 19, 2010
We celebrated the New Year by going to see The Golden Dragon Acrobats. It was a fantastic show. At one time acrobats entertained the emperor's court in the Forbidden City, now the world has come to an auditorium in rural Maine. The world has become so small, but the opportunities to enjoy it have multiplied beyond imagination. Here is the promotional video.
And meanwhile back in Halifax my grandson was at the Tet festivities as the head in the Dragon Dance.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
And here's my car! A snow day in Halifax, but later in the afternoon I made my way back to Truro for another important meeting.
Check out this great MSN Video: Storm batters Nova Scotia
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
On the banks of a Maine river after a flood. if I had a good camera I could have made marvellous close ups. The yard high chunks of ice with the sun shining through them - fantastic. There were children playing on the slabs, with careful parents watching. It looked like fun. And now an interview with my favourite: http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-CA&vid=b161d2f5-3388-4262-a6a5-2202f8a7a8d3
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
So the cats don't like the cat food. Maybe Miss Johnston will lose a bit of weight. Maybe I'll follow up on Debbie's suggestion (see comments) and use it for the next potluck, which is coming up next week when we have our annual meeting. And it will be gluten free! There are no grains in the mixture. (Maybe that's the problem.) I could serve it in a white sauce (bechamel) with perhaps a touch of curry. Only a touch, however, as folks around here seem to be adverse to spicy food. More's the pity. But I do want them to eat it all up, so I should cater to local taste.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
They came right over and gave the new gourmet kibble a try, but then they walked off, not liking it any better than the cheap grocery store stuff. The no grain, chicken meal, sweet potatoes, peas, chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries and raspberries, along with the venison and smoked salmon, of course, just didn't cut the mustard.
Monday, February 8, 2010
So a new cat food for the girls, they start tomorrow. This delectable mixture consists of venison and smoked salmon. I pointed out to the saleswoman that my cats could not read and would not know a deer if they met one and nor a salmon for that matter. This is a "Rocky Mountain Feline Formula" and we live on the Atlantic coast, so it's a bit far away. So I read the label, and it's from Montana. Are there really salmon in Montana? So what is this? Are the cats getting the smoked heads and tails? And what about this venison? Is it road kill? Do you think the girls will like it?
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I often stop on my way back and forth from home at at co-operative fair trade cafe "Just Us" in Grand Pre. It was a very cold winter day. This is the garden. And here is the garden shed.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I went home to do a bit a painting before leaving very early this morning to get back to work. So in this minuscule ell shaped hallway there are five portals, three of which have doors. This makes for a lot of picky painting. It's finished except for the touch ups, and then I'll get onto painting the floor, carefully, because to do so will block the way to the facilities. This will require some thought. But I am ahead of the game, I know my type. This is a excellent website. Wait a bit before you type in your name - any name will do. http://www.pentagram.com/what-type-are-you/