January – The Nothing Month

Helloo lovely readers. I saw something on Facebook this morning which made me realize that January seems to be the only month that seems to go on and on and on. It read “It literally feels like January 74th.”  Nothing happens in January because we’re all tired out from the December festivities.

In past years, I’ve used January to declutter and give my house a deep clean, but this year it doesn’t really need it. I changed my cleaning strategy last year so I wouldn’t have to endure Saturday clean-a-thons which took away from enjoying my weekends. I mean, who wants to spend all of their days off cleaning? So, I’ve been cleaning a different area every day for 20 minutes (because, who wants to spend all their evenings cleaning?) and it’s been much easier to keep everything clean AND enjoy my days off.

Buuuut, we have been tackling some projects that we’ve been planning for some time, but haven’t actually got around to. Some of our furniture is in dire need of freshening up. What worked five years ago, or even two years ago, is not working now. I want more of a beach house look since we are now living in, well, a beach house.

This end table, for instance (yes, that little red one in the corner). The red has definitely run it’s course

and so, last weekend, I painted the bottom white and the top a lovely dark blue

upcycled end table-beach decor

In a day or two, I’ll paint the bottom part below the tape the same dark blue as the top. Pretty cool, huh? I love how fresh it now looks. Check back here in a week or two to see the finished product.

We also started on one of the two kitchen islands that we bought from Ikea about a year ago

Ikea kitchen island

We intend to paint to two colours – the first one being white – can you see a pattern emerging here?

Ikea hack - kitchen island

Hopefully we’ll get round to finishing it next week.

Nothing is escaping our paint brush! Our TV stand is going to get a white-washed look, but before I painted the whole thing and risked hating it later, I took out a shelf and experimented on it first, and I loveit! Check back here in a week or two for the finished product.

tv stand makeover

Winter hasn’t really visited us here on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. We’ve had the usual rain and it’s been bit foggy in parts

but the temperatures have been quite warm for this time of the year. My rose bush has been in full bloom up until a few days ago and we even had a whole bunch of new buds, which probably won’t flower now

The bulbs are starting to poke their heads through the soil also

We had a bit of break from the rain last weekend, so Tori took me into the mountains where we encountered some spectacular views. The road was 4-wheel drive only, but well worth it. The weather didn’t make for a very clear day, but the view was beautiful all the same. This is Sechelt from our first vantage point

and then a little further down the road, more stunning views

Shortly after that we came to a little bridge and a waterfall

Not sure what Tiki thought of it all. Judging by that look, she probably wanted to get out of the car

We kept going along the dirt road

and encountered signs to watch out for falling rocks. I wonder how much longer before this one falls – yikes!

And then more lovely waterfalls

Looking down over the other side at the water rushing downhill, I would not want to fall into that. This photo doesn’t do it justice, but there was some pretty strong-looking white water

and then we meandered along the forest road until we came out at the main road to Sechelt. On the way, we encountered one house in the middle of the forest. If we were in a fairy tale, it would have been the witche’s house in a clearing surrounded by trees. Creepy, yet fascinating.

All in all, it was a lovely drive, except for the huge potholes 🙂

On the Sunday night, we experienced a full blood moon and an eclipse of the moon. Apparently this happens only 3 times in 100 years. I’ve never seen this before and it was the most mystical thing I’ve ever experienced. This is a photo take by one of my neighbours.

And that’s all for January.

 

But First, Tequila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine – Finally!, Fall Flowers & a Bear

Seeds

Hello Bloggy Friends and Family,

It finally stopped raining here, so I’m hoping my brussels sprouts will recover – they are looking very unhappy indeed. I took the opportunity to get outside and putter around. I harvested the rest of the tomatoes as it’s getting below 10 deg. C at night here – and then I pulled up the plants leaving our little vege garden looking a little bare

Fall Vegetable Garden

So I sat in the sun and enjoyed my drink and admired the nasturtiums. Found this lovely little pine leaf on the table

Autumn Fir

I didn’t really want to go inside on such a beautiful evening, so I wandered around the back and found these pretty little flowers blooming in the middle of all the dead leaves

Fall Flowers

and came across Mr. Spider making himself at home on one end of our deck. I left him there to eat all the mosquitoes and other bugs

Spider

The leaves on this shrub are turning purple

Fall leaves

And the seeds on this tree look like dragonflies – or butterflies, depending on the angle (come on! use your imagination – faeries?)

Seeds

My rose bush is still in bloom and there are more buds on the way

 

Rose bush

I was given this rose bush when it just a tiny little thing for Mother’s Day about 8 years ago. Since then, we’ve moved house with it 3 times, uprooted it from its pot into a flower bed and back into a pot, and it hasn’t skipped a beat. Last year, it developed Black Spot and I had to cut it right back and spray it with organic black spot killing stuff – but it survived to bloom another year.

Last Sunday we had a visitor for breakfast, helping himself to the apples in our back yard. Our apple tree is about 20 feet high (really). I guess it grew that way seeking the sun. So we don’t really harvest them. I mean, who’s going to climb up the tree? So, the wildlife are welcome to them

Black Bear

While he (or she) was in the process of trying to reach the apples, he (or she) broke a couple of branches and shook most of the apples to the ground. A couple of hours later he (or she) came back to finish them off

I’m sure they were very delicious. We’re off to Vancouver this weekend for an Anniversary party, so come back next week to see how that went.

 

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