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Monday, October 21, 2011

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Up early this morning .. after taking care of little kitty kats, I decide that I can spend some time on this early morning .. tapping away at the keyboard.  So I select my lovely “Chante France” online radio and soon I’m typing away! http://www.chantefrance.com/# listening to lovely music.    I’ve listened to this station for many years … and still love listening to the music.

This weekend has been a mixed bag of weather.  Saturday started out rainy and cloudy and later changed to full sun.

Yesterday the day fared better … bright and sunny all day long.  Early morning we went out to a local lumber place to purchase the final items to finish off our newly finished room at the front .. now our front porch is fully enclosed.

It’s so much fun to finally utilize space that was never ever used.  We’d used the front porch only as a place to pass through .. en route either to the interior of the house or exiting from it.    Now we have a fully enclosed room.  We look forward to finishing the final details.  Paint.  Flooring.

Of course, draperies were needed .. so I made my way over to the local Fabricland.   Only thing was, the store didn’t open till an hour later.  What to do.  Went for a walk around the mall and discovered that all the stores, except for the large drug store … didn’t open till an hour later also!  Hmm….

Met a young mom out with her brood,  turns out they’d arrived an hour too soon for their morning activities also .. so they were setting out for a local restaurant before the hockey games were due to start.  We enjoyed a good conversation, I commented on how well she was managing a little child who was acting up.   He had challenges and they were dealing well with them.  Patience and understanding sure go a long way.

Then I wandered over to the sports complex .. a Home Show was taking place .. however, I decided not to go .. I usually buy something that I never use from these things.  I still have the super fantastic cutting tool that was being demonstrated at the last show I went to.   It’s downstairs somewhere in a box.  Hmm.. perhaps it’s time to dig it out and use it!

I enjoy wandering aimlessly around, with time to spare.   Looked in the windows at the newest library .. closed now, and will open in a few hours.   Check out the exercise programs offered.  Finally ..  meander over to my car, where I solve Sudoku until the fabric store opens.

A steady stream of cars and pedestrians come and go .. I’m not the only one who thinks that the store opens at 10 am!

Finally, the doors open and customers stream inside.  I make my way over to the drapery section, crossing my fingers that the lovely ready-made drapes are still there.

Ok, this is one of those situations where time simply disappears ..a time warp where nothing exists except for the here and now (as Cesar Milan says!).

I visualize the windows that need drapes .. .and determine the number of drapery panels that are needed.  Next, I look around, selecting and cancelling .. a variety of colours.  Some I adore, wild, bold prints.  Nope … a neutral type is more suitable.

Looking for texture .. I put aside some dull gold colour with silver threads running through.  Another pair catch my eye .. a sold colour heading, lovely round rings to hang from the drapery rod.  The lined drapes are a subtle gold colour, with tiny squares of stitched designs.  I do a quick calculation .. even with 50% discount, this will set me back a few hundred.

I make myself do another walk around .. and what do I find .. but 6 panels of drapes that are the twins of my new computer room drapes .. only in a different colour tone .. and omg . .these are truly on sale!!!  So I select the 6 panels (the remaining panels available, lucky me).

Next comes the search for modestly priced drapery rods.   I hunt and hunt through the selection offered .. amazed at the costs, even at 50% off.   Finally I select just the right rods.  Simple, understated, with lovely muted gold leaves set at either end.  Perfect!  And.. they cost more than the panels.  Oh, well, c’est la vie!

I make my way home .. happy with my purchases .. and even though it’s nearly 2 hours since I set out on my shopping adventure .. it’s still early afternoon.

Mugs of Y tea prepared, I chat with my busy DH who is working at full speed to finish all of the work necessary to seal in our “new” room for the winter.   We joke as we make plans for this space … the possibilities .. frivolous .. practical .. fun.

Finally I wander outside .. the sun warms up the yard .. the birds are temporarily absent, visiting other yards I’ll bet.

I look at the pile of bricks where, yesterday, the little Juncos’ were taking turns posing ..  and nearby, the medium-sized plant saucer that was being used as a bath by some of the others.   Early morning on Saturday, I’d looked out the kitchen window and thought that I saw motion in the saucer and at first glance just thought that there was a heavy drop of leaves from the wild and crazy tree.

Looking closer, I soon made out the blurring of wings being flapped about in the water.  OMG, the birds were taking a bath!  Unable to take photos (any outside movement would have caused all birds to fly away) ..I contented myself with just watching and enjoying the living antics of these most wonderous little beings.

Which reminds me .. yesterday, we’d gone to Dakota Cafe for breakfast and on the way out, picked up the latest copy of the newsletter, the Patrician.  Driving away, I opened up this edition and .. was so happy to see a photo of little birds ..printed in the front of the publication!  http://www.flyvfc.com/database/October2011.pdf  This edition is pack full of information on fun trips taken by members.  And the publication is first class .. produced by an amazing designer, Christie Hall.  She’s quite an amazing designer!!

Anyway .. I do go on and the sun is starting to shine.  So I’m off to one of my two leaf sources to fill up several bags of the beautiful leaves.  There are two raked mountains of leaves to be bagged and taken home.

Oh, happy day.

I plan to work away later on … placing newspaper mulch down as a base, starting at the right side of the back yard.  And onto this base I will start shovelling that (magic) Miracle Mulch!

There are still garlic bulbs to plant …. I might just fill some deep pots with soil and bulbs .. and then I can move them about in the full summer sun.

And I plan to propagate some more plants .. like the Santolina .. and then thin out some raspberry canes for placement elsewhere in the yard.

So many fun things to do.   And by occupying myself fully in the yard, I again successfully avoid continuing on the sorting out of my computer room!  Yippee .. that can wait till a rainy day.  Which is also when I’ll be finishing adjusting the drapery panels.  Taking apart the side seams and then pressing, pinning and sewing new seams.    Making two panels out of four.

Boredom?  Not in my life thank you very much.


Now .. on with my lovely daily life.

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