November 25, 2015

A Little News from The Island

Hello my Lovelies.  Hope all is well with each of you today.
 
Making progress.  Yesterday we took my car in for something or other (ha ha) ... so it's back home with me today.  Nice to have some wheels.  Renting a car these days is incredibly expensive.  Oh -- haven't shown you what I'm driving.  Here it is -- ta da .....
 

 Very handy for hauling all sorts of 'stuff' and great to transport paintings.

Had a lovely drive through the country side the other day.  The terrain is very beautiful, however I must say, it's going to take me awhile to adjust to the weather.  Drove out to the organic farm with a view to stocking up on veges which would do us for a couple of months.  Of course, had to have a lovely lunch while we were there to warm up!  

When we got home, Ray built a 'cold box' to store the bounty ... so we now have lovely organic produce at our finger tips.  Just like the old days.  I really like it.

 Large baking potatoes, smaller potatoes for boiling and mashing, apples and some lovely carrots.

Leeks, garlic, cabbages, beets and squash.  Yum.

Dinner last night consisted of mashed potatoes, beets, cold slaw of cabbage, carrots and onions with a fine dressing and squash.  Delish.
 
I'm over at my house this morning, the man from Shaw Cable has just arrived.  Hopefully, I will get internet that works.  So frustrating having to go somewhere every time I want to check on something.  

We shall see how it works this time.  Hopefully check in tomorrow.  In the meantime take care and enjoy the moment.

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
 
~ Susan Sontag


November 20, 2015

Slow but Sure ....

Hello my Lovelies.  So great to see and hear from you. 

We've had a couple of lovely days full of sunshine and a 'little' warmth.  Working on the house.  The electrician is coming this week to put some switches and plugs back where they are needed after we demolished the walls.  The plaster is on the walls now - although not in these photos.  Yup!  Getting on with it.

 Watching the gulls from a chair in the sun.  The salmon are running up the creek where they will lay their eggs and die.  Ah!  The cycles of life. The gulls are getting hungry.

 My new electrician.  Will be doing the wiring this week. 

 Making progress.

Ray.  My rock through this episode.

Take care.  Thanks for dropping by and leaving your great comments.  Means a lot to me.  Enjoy the moment.

(about my house in Mexico.  "Quinta de la Luz")
“This house sheltered me, I spoke, I loved within those walls. That was yesterday. To-day I pass on, I see it no more, and I am different, changed in some infinitesimal way. I can never be quite the same again.”
 
~ Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

November 19, 2015

Enjoying a Little Sun

The sun is actually shining!  Although is it cool, it's very fresh and lovely.  I'm still enjoying the beautiful essence of the pines and slowly adjusting to what will be my new home.

Lots of renos going on at the house -- first coat of primer should go on this week - then I can try samples of the paint I have chosen.  Will keep you up to speed as it happens.

On the weekend, while Ray was working on the roof, I sat in the sun by the pond, enjoying nature and the duckies who were also playing in the sun.  I soaked up all the ambiance I could as there will be more cold and rain to come. Trying to keep myself in the moment.  

Got a very sore toe from walking with no socks on.  Dr. Ray fixed - all tied up with a red ribbon.  Had to laugh.

 ha ha ... toe feels better already!

 Ray working on his studio (building in progress)


 I know the ducks don't look real -- but they are!!  So beautiful.




That's it for today my Lovelies.  Still no internet at the house - so it's very inconvenient to try and keep up with everything.  Hopefully, next week Shaw will get their act together.

Take care.  Thanks for dropping by.  Enjoy the moment.

November 12, 2015

Starting Over ....

Hello my Lovelies.  Still on Vancouver Island .. frozen to the bone.  Culture shock big time.

Today, after a good week of attempting to get things sorted, I am cold, wet and cranky.  I know it's culture shock.  It will take time to adjust again.  

In the meantime, until I am skipping through the cold, damp, WET, atmosphere and loving it .... Ray and I have been knocking down walls at my house, making two small rooms into one large bedroom.  Fells much better.  Ray did all the heavy work -- I simply carried all the wood and panels outside and kept things clean underfoot.  As Ray is a MAN,  he didn't bother to turn the electricity off at the breaker.  Sparks, and the noise which accompanies them, flew helter skelter, while I covered by ears, eyes and screamed a little.  SHEESH!  Having the walls plastered and primed ready for paint.  

Internet is hooked up so I feel connected again.  Miss my vonage phone.  Will have to wait for that.  In the meantime, here are a few photos of the renos.  Only just begun .... lol








 Last piece of wall coming down - 2 hours of hard, fast paced work!


Time to celebrate!

That's it for today.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  Enjoy the moment.
 
Whatever good things we build end up building us.  Jim Rohn
 

November 4, 2015

Hugs from Vancouver Island

Here I am.  The Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island.  COLD!   .... but beautiful.  

Been attempting to get some Medical lined up without too much success.  Will keep trying.  Have already had some lovely drives in the beautiful country, enjoyed the ocean, eaten at beautiful country farm restaurants .. all organic, and enjoyed local wine.  Shopped at the new Farm Market with everything you could imagine including an apothecary full of every imaginable remedy - all natural. Just my speed.

Disembarking from the aircraft, my first impression is the heady smell of the pines.  Can't get enough of that.  Being in the high desert for six years, one forgets the beauty of the forest, the changing colours of the leaves, against the backdrop of the ocean, and green rolling hills.  A different kind of beauty.

Some photos from our latest drive.  Didn't take my camera, and as you can see I'm an amateur at taking photos with the phone.  Not ONE of them I took is in focus ... consider it an arty touch!  lol

 You really forget the vastness of it all .. the beauty and the strength.


... and how the sky meets the mountains, the mountains meet the sea, the sea meets the shore and it all blends into such beauty ... just at dusk.




So ... after frolicing in in the woods by the ocean, having a lovely walk through the forest, we had dinner at Alderlea Farms, where they grow all organic, and have a lovely restaurant overlooking the hills.  Could not have been a better, more relaxing afternoon.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Enjoy the moment.  Over and out from "God's Country"

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.”
 
~ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar―