Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Walls are Back Up!

Wow, it seems like all of a sudden so much has been done on Mom and Dads remodel! The heat pump is in, the wiring and plumbing is done and the drywall is completely installed! The man that hung it, did it all by himself, then taped and sanded it. Mike put a coat of primer on it then Jose sprayed the final coat of texture on. He is a working machine!! He did a nice job too.
The first picture above is of the master bathroom and closet, the next two are of the master bedroom. This area used to be the kitchen/laundry room/back porch and guest bathroom.

Above is the new kitchen/dining area.

The original ceiling was left in the living room. Notice the entry closet...that used to be the doorway to Mom and Dads bedroom. We hope we don't find them in the closet sleeping too often. LOL (just joking guys!!)

The plan is for Mike and Jessie to spray the primer and ceiling paint on tomorrow...then on Thursday and Friday we will paint! We have most of the paint...but still need to find a color for the kitchen. Hummm....I have a few ideas.

Jessie is getting the foundation for his house put in this week. He will be ready to build as soon as the remodel is through.

We got the blueprints for our next house too. Mike will get started on that after the third cutting of hay is in. It is a really cool house!!

My baby Dixie is growing fast! She is changing colors, and is quite a mixture right now. She is such a sweetie..I am enjoying her a lot.

The last picture is of Dixie with her grandma Mandy...How sweet!!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Nova Scotia

We recently returned from our trip to Kingston, Nova Scotia. We had a great time...except that DH was sick in bed a couple of days...Bummer. Kelly and Ryan have a really nice place and 3 terrific dog kids, Nevaeh with ball, Daisy laying down, and Kyisha (all were rescue pets).

We went to the beach...it is very rugged and the water is cold, not something you would want to swim in.

Kelly and I went to Annapolis Royal to a farmers market (above), we had lunch at a sweet lil cafe, then walked up to an old fort site on the hill. It was built in the 1700's, with the trenches all dug by hand.

We had fun walking through the streets and poking around in some of the shops.

They took us for a drive through the countryside... that is one our favorite things to do! So many old beautiful houses and picturesque little homes along the ocean side.

Kelly prepared a delicious Indian meal for us. We started off with a Mango Lassi (yogurt smoothie) and Samosa's (potato & pea stuffed pastry) with mango chutney. Then we had two kinds of chicken one being Butter Chicken, rice and naan (Indian yeast bread). Kelly made everything from scratch and it was sooo good!! Very spicey! YUM!! The atmosphere was complete with Indian music playing in the background while we dined!

One morning we got up and drove to the town of Digby, it is famous for it's scallops. We had lunch down by the waterfront, browsed through several shops then headed on down to to a tiny town at the end of the penisula to go out whale watching. There were about 10 of us on the boat and the conditions were quite foggy. Before long we found a humpback whale with her calf. They are HUGE!! Every so often they would deep dive with a wave of their tail and be gone for 5-10 minutes. They would turn the boat motor off so we could hear them blowing through their blowholes when they came up. Then we were off following them again. We ended up seeing 5 humpback whales and learning alot about them. Very Fun and Interesting!! A Great Day!


The next day Kelly, Mike and I went on a drive to the south shore to the town of Lunnenburg and to Mohone Bay. That was a beautiful spot too.

We went shopping, Kelly made us wonderful food (she is a terrific cook!!), played with the dogs, and went to the lake. Ryan even taught me how to canoe! It was great...even though we did end up in the water (well we had all 3 dogs in with us and our navigation was a little off...LOL). The best part of the trip was just being with the kids though...I miss them being around sooo much. I'll end with a few pix from the lake, see the tiny frog in Kelly's hand?