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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tristen's bedroom change............................

Last time Tristen was over he wanted to paint his bedroom, woo hooo. I am not sure I would have gotten Gerry around to doing it any time soon. I had all the books and stuff from Laura's house to find a place to keep until I can get my garage sale next year. I packed as much as possible in the closet in Alex room, just don't open the door. I had to move the desk out of Tristen's room onto the landing and still nowhere to put the rocking chair. I will certainly have to get rid of a lot of things next year.
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I think Tristen had fun even if Gerry did not but at least it got done.
Then they had to clean off the car and shovel some snow
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I think he was tired by the time he went home
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Anyway, after that I was able to get that room finished. Almost..........
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I have a few more pictures to hang and some plates I want on the wall.
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Although it does not really fit in, I put the blanket my Mum knitted on the end of the bed.
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I moved the desk from the room downstairs up to his room, it has already been damaged unfortunately
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I bought a regular record player for all my records and put it in that room
I did manage to get the books on the shelves, some day I will put them in some kind of order.
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The chair was my grandmothers and was the last place I saw her, my last visit with her before she died. The blanket was a garage sale find and also not really something that fits in but ah well.
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This painting was one that was in my living room for many years back when it was decorated with all my "Indian" stuff. It was then delegated to the basement bedroom until Gabby moved in. Cooper has that room and so I really didn't want to leave it there. My parents bought the painting for me. The Arrow heads came from a museum. Some day I should get it appraised.
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I am sure that I will find many more things to do before it's finished. The closet is organized and packed to the brim with Tristen's toys. He was very happy with the room and now it's more a boys room than a babies room.
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Monday, January 15, 2018

selling our house...............

We finally finished yesterday cleaning the house that Laura was renting. We met with the real estate lady, Janel Brown. We listed it at the price we wanted at 169.9. We had to put time and a little money into it to get it ready for sale. So we finished that up yesterday and went over it with Janel. She listed it today and got 4 showings on this first day and one tomorrow. She called awhile ago and said she had two offers. Now that means that if they still want the house they have to bid on it and we will take the highest bid over our asking price. Listed January 1st.
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Now we will be meeting with Janel on Wednesday (Jan3) at noon and see where we are at. It would be awesome if we got it sold that quickly, first day out.
When she comes over I will ask what she thinks about this house (our own home). If we can sell it without doing all the updates that would be awesome. We would have to think about it though. Do we really want to sell it? What would the advantages be. Well a smaller home and possibly no or a very small mortgage, that would make our life a lot easier. Tristen does not want us to sell it. It has been a family home for so long, but we have to think of us now. It is too big. A lot of work, especially the garden. On the other side it is so close to everything, within walking distance almost at least to get to a store. The doctors, hospital and all of that.
I would like to be out in the country on a few acres. How realistic is that?
We have so much STUFF we would have to get a storage unit to store it all until we could sell our things but it has to happen some day so we should consider it.I would not mind building a house up on the subdivision that this house we are selling is on. Gerry does not want to build.
He wants to find one to fix up, that would be fine except how quickly could he get it done, I really do not want to live in a mess. So we will pray, check our options and pray about it.
January 13 2018
Well the meeting went well and we accepted the first offer. If all goes well we will close at the end of February.
Jan 15 Monday.
So, I am picking this up later. The inspector came today and all went very well with that. The new people have plans for the house and anxious to get in. Here are some pictures.
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Living room
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Main bath
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main bed and bath
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This has been my baby getting this all turned around and attractive. If all goes well we should be done by mid February. As always, the Lord is in control and we will trust in Him and all will work out for the best.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Not since 78...........

We have had some snow. We have had a load of snow. Not since the Blizzard of 78 have we had this much. It was good that we did not have winds enough to make it a blizzard. There was so much coming down we could not see across the road at times.
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We woke up to about 22 inches of snow, after that we got more, all day long it snowed. This morning was not so bad. Gerry had to go and pick up Tristen. Luck we had a break. We could not have got him yesterday. Everyone was told to stay off the roads if possible. So many accidents and cars in ditches.
So Gerry dug out and snow blowed enough to get the truck out and then Tony went out and tried to get the snowblower working. Tony enjoys doing that stuff. Gerry does not, he hates being cold haha.
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The dang thing kept cutting out, guess it will have to go away again and get fixed.
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He kept at it and even went and got some guy out of his driveway who was stuck.
Meanwhile, look at some of the snow building up in the garden.
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The snow is so pretty. The fish pond disappeared.
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It had to have been bad out on the roads. Imagine if it were also windy
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The kids stayed inside all toasty and warm
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Meanwhile Tony was still outside working on the drive. He flagged down a guy in a truck with a plough. Asked him if he wanted to earn a few bucks. The guy cleaned out our drive and Tony paid him the 20 bucks the man had given him for helping him out of his driveway......Tony enjoyed his morning.
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The man made short work of it and now we have a nice clean driveway, but.......it is still snowing
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I went out twice to feed the birds. The only ones braving this storm have been the Blue Jays and a Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker
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I had to go out and clean off the feeders and the 2nd time there was a foot of snow on the dish again. Meanwhile I went out front to take some pictures. I could not remember how many steps we have haha, so I had to slide my feet down the steps knee deep. On the way back my boot came off so I had one bare foot and almost fell over. Now that would have been a great picture but no one to take it.
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The snow was over my knees.
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The mail man came and I said arn't you glad I blazed a trail for you? He was sort of cranky, who could blame him he was early and no paths cleared.
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Looking down the road
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So pretty and a safe place for the birds out of the storms. Bunnies also like the pines with an abundance of leaves under them
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These little guys were freezing so were their balls. (excuse me, the glass balls in the basket)
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The Christmas stuff will stay up now until the snow is gone. That may take awhile. Meanwhile. No BBQs for us just yet and the Poodles are not so happy to go outside, they prefer the piddle pads until it gets warmer as the day goes on. They do enjoy a good run when the paths are cleared off.
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It really is amazing isn't it. It looks so pretty and all that moisture goes into the ground and soaks down and into the Lakes. We get the "Lake effect" snow here as well as the storms that go through.
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Bella says "No thanks" but as soon as someone else joins her they go running around in the snow and come in covered in snow balls and sit on heating pads until next time.
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Everyone went out this evening so hope they have safe travels. It is still snowing. The sun came out briefly during the day, maybe half hour or so. Gave the Jays and doves a chance to feed. I did not see any little ones around. They must be huddled up in the nooks and crannies of the trees. Stay safe and keep warm. At least the cats are staying inside.

Happy New Year everyone.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dear Robin..................

My dear cousin, do you remember? you are a few years older than me, not by much but you must have some very similar memories as I do. Did you play in the pits? The Cement works pits that is? I would go there with Mick Bird and his little brown dog (who shall remain nameless) Mick wanted to hunt rabbits and I fear he may have had different motives to me. I say that because as he and his dog were sticking hands and noses down rabbit holes, I sat on a bank and saw a wee rabbit right next to me. I was petting it, he saw me ...... he yelled and the rabbit ran. Apparently I was supposed to have caught it and I have no doubt what it's end would have been, now, not then. I had no idea he intended them for the stew pot. Apart from that we would climb the cliffs of chalk and look for fossils. I know you had to have played there too. The Blue Waters was the perfect playground though. The mud would harden in summer so that one could walk across the crust.
(the troublemakers, Harry and Cecil Hines)
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That reminds me of my Dad. My Dad and Uncle Cecil were "babysitting" Uncle Alan, the baby of the family. He was probably about 4, I am not sure. It had to have been after church because Alan was in his best Wool suit. They happened to be birds nesting and ventured over to the sewage works where birds would nest in the walls between the beds of sewage. It was naturally off limits. I mean, who would want to drown in sewage right? well, off they went Alan in tow. Walking on the walls between the beds of sewage looking for nests when suddenly a shout........they were seen. As it was summer the beds had crusted over much like the mud did at Blue Waters except this was not mud. Well Harry and Cecil quite nimble on their feet took off running hopping from wall to wall. Alan being smaller and somewhat chubby was left behind fairly quickly. So, he decided upon a short cut across what looked like a solid crust. It was not. In he went. The boys doubled back and pulled him out before the warden caught up with them, feet not touching the ground they whisked him over to the Washbrook. Aptly named in this case. You remember the Washbrook? Yes, Sticklebacks and frog spawn right? well Alan's wool suit was stripped off and duly scrubbed. As was a howling Alan. Upon return to the house (St Omere) they pushed Alan inside and took off not returning until Granddad Burt had gone to bed.
(sweet Auntie Annie)
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I am sure your experiences with the Washbrook was a bit different.
I loved The Blue Waters. We would slide down the banks and catch Sticklebacks in the pure Springs that came out of the chalk. The little engine that drowned in the pit was visible in summer when the water was low. We could hear the pump house groan and moan at night like a tormented ghost. Maybe it was the cement works engines, I don't know but it was a horror to me as a child.
Were you at home still when they found the skeletons over on the edge of the pits? Some lucky worker happened to see a head roll down the side as he was cutting out more chalk? Well there were a couple at least and my Dad took me over to see them when the archaeologists were working there. I had nightmares for ages after that and with the noise from the pump house as well.......I looked under my bed ever after. I still remember vividly the dream of a skeleton chasing me home from school.
(someone gave me a perm, how dare they. On the lawn at St Omere)
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Did you climb the old mill that was still standing at the top of Mill Road, I think every boy in the village did. Did you explore the Baulk? Or did you stick to the places over closer to where you lived? Like Rabbits Lane. Rabbits Lane led to the fields and beyond that to Dog Kennel walk.Back then it was just a footpath. One could stand on the bridge and watch the steam trains go under and become enveloped in the clouds of steam. I guess when I was small I ran away with our dog Jerry, and was found playing down on the railway tracks. I had ran off with a little boy down the road. I wonder who that was?
(someone who never lost his twinkle)
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I loved St Omere. I am pretty sure you must have lived there too at some point. I remember details of the downstairs. The black fireplace in the living/dining room with blue and white tile around it. My dog Jerry ate a balloon and threw up under a chair. The middle room was large and had that Bay window and a pantry under the stairs. The kitchen was like a galley and quite small compared to the other room. You stepped up to go into the living room. Beyond the kitchen was the bathroom. All concrete and brick and cobwebs. The door led outside to the toilet. WHo used that bath I wonder? They must have froze. The front room was probably off limits because I think I only saw it briefly. Outside though, that's what I remember most. The wonderful gardens. Apple trees near the road and a lawn, the slab over the well. I remember someone playing a trick on me, throwing a ball in the air and me not seeing it come back down. I was told it kept going off into space............well. Next to the lawn were trees that seemed to divide the property so that beyond that were vegetable gardens and Rabbit hutches. I doubt they were pets. I know on the side closer to the house were big patches of Rhubarb.
(Me and Jerry)
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I have pictures of me and Jerry playing there. Next door Uncle Bill had chickens. I loved to help him feed them, the smell of the chicken feed was pleasant to me. Beyond the gate was Muddy Lane and we could get through a hole in the fence and into the Cemetery. I loved going there. Auntie Annie would take me with her to tend the family graves. Last time I was there the grave stones were all lined up along the walls. A shame. I loved it there. I suppose Annie knew them all in her lifetime. I had not thought of that. For me the names all came together when I did our family history. I was thinking the other night, all that work. What will happen to it all. None of my lot would keep it. Jason has no kids and neither does Justin (not from him anyway) and Laura really is not into that stuff and neither are her girls. So...........I suppose it will all be lost again until some future relative takes it on and starts over. We never did find the John Hines we lost somewhere in the 1700s..............
(me playing in the orchard collecting apples I think)
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The village is gone now, at least the village I knew. All the wonderful memories will stay though. When we would go to the local butcher and get the meat fresh (ugh) I no longer eat meat. I was a very naive child, I saw the animals going in back and never put it together with the ones in the window.
Mr Green would deliver our milk on Bidwell Hill and the baker delivered the bread. I think mum worked in just about every store in the village at one time or other. we walked to school every day. You went to Bottom School, I went to Top School. I seem to remember for some time the kids from Bottom School would walk up to Top School for lunch and Mr Higgs was the crossing guard. He was a shoemaker/mender. I loved the smell of leather and sawdust. Another shoemaker on Bedford rd was a Mr Robinson I believe. We know our Gr Grandfather was a shoemaker and lived opposite the Crown. That house is no longer there. Most things are gone now.
(Grandfather Spittles house)
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The ponds are gone and don't you wonder about the houses built on those spots if at some point they will sink? Dad would tell me about how the wagons and horses would drive through the ponds to keep the wood of the wheels from drying out.
(this is me learning to walk with Harold and my mum)
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I can't remember when the houses of Woodlands Ave were built but did you live at St Omere before you lived there? we did while waiting for a council house. We moved in to Bidwell Hill when I was 4. We lived with my Grandparents for a time, Mum apparently could not get along with Granddad Burt. So I have no idea how long we lived there but it left a lasting impression.
I remember going upstairs once to see Granddad who was in bed for some reason. The ceiling had fallen on his bed. How did that happen haha...........no idea but I remember the bed. It was iron. Would love to have that now.
Well cousin, I will shut up now. Hope you enjoy a few memories if Carole will read this too you. Love you now and forever.