Summer! Good Friends – And Our New Store Launch

Hello everyone. How are you all? We’re all fine here, although it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride and a huuuuge learning curve which has been both exhilarating and panic-ridden all at the same time.

We launched our online store, and I became mired in learning all about FaceBook ads, SEO, social media marketing and the like. It quickly became apparent that dropshipping was not the route we wanted to go. Most of the suppliers are in China and the shipping times are just too long. Nobody wants to wait more than two weeks for their stuff.  And I wasn’t very happy with the quality of the products either. I don’t just want to sell all sorts of random home decor stuff, I want to sell a specific type of home decor. More of a farmhouse/beach style like some of the items in the picture below.


We found 3 suppliers in Canada who sell these types of products and, as soon as we have our business license (hopefully by the end of this week), I can start ordering these lovely things and stocking them in our store. We will be using a fulfillment warehouse to pack and distribute our product with shipping times of between 2 – 5 days instead of 15 – 30. I know that more than a few of these items will be making their way to my house!

The tomatoes that I planted from slices I buried in soil in April

grow your own tomatoes from tomato slices

are now fully grown and starting to flower. Yesterday I saw the beginnings of a tomato on one of them, so it looks like the dandelions I left in for the bees paid off!

grow your own tomatoes

The lavender and herbs are also flourishing in that bed


 This year we had some volunteer poppies cozy up to the roses

which continue to bloom every year without fail

and we had more strawberries this year than ever before. They were delicious, too. Juicy and sweet.

And lots and lots of wildflowers this year – all over the place

A few weeks ago, we finally got around to cleaning up this eyesore

The remnants of last year’s vegetable garden. Even though we still have garlic in there, I couldn’t bear it any longer, so down she came

and we cleaned it all up as best we could so as to let the garlic continue to grow.

The patio got a bit of a tidy up also. We hung some lanterns

and turned some little glass yogurt jars into candle holders and hung them up along the beam

and then moved the chimes where they could, well, chime

and then just generally cleaned up the whole area to make it a pleasant place to enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine

By that time, it had been over 6 months since we’d been to Vancouver and I was starting to get cabin fever. So I took myself off for a girl’s night out which was just what I needed. I made a couple of new friends too!

The following weekend, Tori and I (and the dogs) spent the weekend at a biker event. We stayed in these cabins

and camped and ate and drank and socialized. It was really cool to see all our friends and people we hadn’t seen for a few months.

Meanwhile in Tenerife, David, my eldest son, has found his niche in the tourist industry and will soon be opening his own coffee shop there. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we can visit him and see this beautiful part of the world. David’s the one on the far right.

And in Edmonton, Neil is having a good summer. We’ll be visiting them in September for his 4th birthday.

Until next time …

But First, Tequila








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