Refinishing hardwood floors in the nursery.

Well, after having the garden well set up and the chicken coop built with the chickens in, we decided it was time to keep working on the nursery. Before we know it, Nathan is going to be needing his own room. For now, sharing one is ok.

Since we’ve insulated and re-drywalled the room we’ve also primed it ready for painting (still can’t decide on a colour…guilty!) Next we decided we would refinish the hardwood after all. We hummed and haw’d about it, but decided in the end it just makes sense to do it while the opportunity is there. When Nathan is older, it’ll just get harder to be able to do. Or so were assuming.

Here’s the progress from before and after, gotta say, we are VERY pleased with the results! Tim is one talented guy. My talented guy, making me a very lucky gal. (I already knew that though 😉 )

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before & after

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Pickles and Casper; Houdini Chickens?

We’ve been doing some great progress on our indoor renovations, first the bathroom done and then the first of three bedrooms. With the good spring and summer weather coming on though, now is the time for our outdoor projects and garden tasks to get done!
We started this back in February, we’ve been so busy between the pregnancy / our baby’s birth, getting the garden started, and starting the chicken coop (let alone all the everyday tasks and work days!) I haven’t had much of a chance to share what we’ve done;  So this is only the beginning with more posts to come.

First on the list has been to start on our garden rows; tilling, weeding, and building up the rows all from scratch converting a grassy patch into a beautiful abundant (hopefully!) vegetable garden. We have a few starter rows set up and our field tilled and ready for other rows to be put on, though we think we’ve let it sit barren for too long and we’ll most likely be re-weeding /  turning the remaining area all over again. Having tilled in February and it now being the beginning of June (soon to be hubby’s birthday), you can see why that is.


With the garden being started this left the chickens a problem, especially being free-ranging our yard they were especially attracted to our newly made garden rows and plants that were sprouting and the fresh soil hoping for some bugs.
Since then we’ve fenced them into a large area instead of having it around our first rows we started. Of course with chickens you get the mischievous ones, and we’ve had some escape artist problems with Pickles and Casper almost doing it daily.

We finally had been able to figure out where they were escaping from and remedied the problem. We had to put additional barrier above the wire fence with lines of fishing line, as well as put rebar staked in at certain areas of the fence where they were sneaking underneath. We also clipped Pickles and Casper’s wings (only one) to help discourage them from flapping their way over, although easier said than done with Casper (She still managed to make it over once, luckily wasn’t too hard to get her back in; Pickles is no problem, she’s far to heavy to flap over!!)

Finding out how they did it was a frustrating one I have to admit, having a 6 week old baby it was near impossible to keep a full eye on them to see if I could sneak a glance at how they are getting out, I was far too occupied and with Tim at work that left no back up to keep watch! We did finally figure it out, though it was a little tough to accept the fact that these two chickens were not only outsmarting us but baffling us all the same. Pretty impressive I suppose…

So with the pretties all penned up, we’ve started adding more rows now to the garden which has been pretty exciting! Having it be beginning of June, we are quite late with a few things for planting but hopefully the summer will be a bit of a longer one to help extend the growing season and the harvest period. We shall see!

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For now we’ll be content knowing that we’ve got some good potential for some lovely nutritious fresh food and the beginnings of building a strong foundation with our soil.
To the new relationship with the ground we walk on, here’s to new adventures too!

Perhaps with the nicer weather our cat, Oblivion, with get less lazy and join us for some quality outdoor time 😉

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Renovations

Well, we’ve been very busy bees for this whole wintertime…
After having just moved in, trying to get settled in, life just keeps sending us new adventures to keep up with – good thing we both love challenges!

We are finally at the point where we just about finished the bathroom, other than a mirror, caulking and some trim there’s really nothing much else to it other than a little decor and some little finishings, phew! That was certainly a very complicated drawn-out adventure of a renovation!! One thing after another, decisions to be made, things needed to be repaired unexpectedly, etc. it was certainly a huge project but I’m so happy we’ve just about got it done!

Between us both working full-time, midst construction, trying to unpack and keep things reasonably sane we also discovered the exciting news of our pregnancy!
The world works in mysterious ways, and funny enough likes to tell you that it knows timing much better than you ever would…and I have to agree.

We have this thing about both of us where we like to be prepared, like really prepared, for absolutely any next step in life we take together. This is a great thing except that sometimes it can backfire and you end up just waiting and dreaming vs. actually living it a lot sooner when it is possible but perhaps not entirely “ideal”.

Regardless we are so excited to be able to welcome a new addition to our family. During this time of me writing I am currently 35weeks 3days, and we are in the middle of a new renovation – the nursery! Don’t worry, we are both completely sane despite how crazy this sounds! Thinking about it, we decided now would be the best time to do it to avoid dust, moving our settled child, etc. to be able to do it later on. We’ve decided to gut the entire room to re-insulate, re-drywall and re-finish the beautiful hardwood flooring that is in there (desperately needed). It’s going to look so good when were done!

Funny thing though is that we get so excited to be doing it, we forget to take before photos! The bathroom is one that we definitely missed on, though I did manage to capture the nursery fully broken to it’s bones. I’ll be sure to post finished photos too and share the nursery when we’ve got it all decorated and put together, Yay!

I’m so lucky to be with a man who is so capable of absolutely anything…he really is a most wonderful person and on top of it all an amazing tradesman. Due to funds being of a specific amount, we would really be unable to have done any renovations if it wasn’t for him doing all the labour, including help from our most wonderful family members.

Now I’ll just have to figure out the most perfect gift to give them all as a huge thank you.