There is a particular style of house we have always liked and now we are living in this house . it came about almost as an accident, we weren’t really in the market or looking for a house but here we are. There is so much about this house that we love that sometimes it seems like we are in a dream. There is definitely lots of work to upgrade and restore it to the place we want it to be . We have had a new septic system put in and are now waiting for spring to get the grass growing it might grow back over winter but I kind of doubt it. The natural gas is in and a new furnace is ordered. I am getting ready to put up some christmas lights, by some I mean lots.we already have some little solar lights in some of the trees. The pool is ready to be winterized and the fence is ready to go up as soon as I have a weekend free with some helpers. we have taken some old paneling off the living room wall and are ready to refinish the plaster and repaint. There seems like a lot of things to do and there will be some that won’t get done for a long time but is such a great feeling to sit in the evening and just enjoy where we are.
I am back driving the school bus after a seemingly short summer . I spite of the plans that I had made I didn’t manage to get out on any long trips in fact I didn’t get out on any short ones either. We had lots of visitors and got some work done on the house ,we still have lots to do. There have been fires all around us but fortunately for us none here but we have had 3 weeks of smoke that covers the sky so we cant even see the mountains it is very eerie. Last might we got a few minutes of rain and then wind so today the sky was relatively clear. it has been 13 weeks since we had any rain and what we got yesterday was hardly measurable. As a reward for being back to school I went on a 3 hour ride on a loop to nearby town it was great to get out even if it was just nearby. Deb’s dad is visiting for a couple of weeks so we have been taking him around to see various things in and around town. today after my ride we went to see some friends who have an orchard and got some apples. Our neighbor across the road also has an orchard and brings us fruit so we are well looked after. because of the smoke there hasnt been much direct sunshine so the pool has cooled off. I made a solar heater of coiled black vinyl irrigation pipe but it hasnt done much with out the sun,we may have to close the pool soon 😦 . The Gas company was busy bringing the gas pipe to the house so next will be the new furnace and fire place incerts . I am in favor of gas pipelines. We have taken the panneling of the living room wall and this week we will stert refinishing the plaster and getting ready to paint .
I had a very busy weekend starting with Friday night. The fire dept. sponsored the daughter of one of our members for the Oliver Ambassador program and I had to go to the presentation night, and just as I got to the parking lot after it was finished we got a fire call. It was a minor event and I went direct in my full dress uniform the rest of the fire crew had a good laugh and asked if I intended to fight a fire like that. Saturday was our town’s festival and the fire department had some of our trucks in the parade and were able to cool some of the people with our spray. Saturday evening I was again at the ambassador pageant and am happy to say our candidate is now the Oliver ambassador ,we are very proud of her. Sunday was the Fire dept. annual family slip and slide,this is our summer family picnic. Now it is time to relax by the pool with a glass of wine.
Molly Is Now the Oliver ambassador
fire trucks on parade with our families
ambassador candidates with their little buddies on the fire truck
now it is pool time enjoying the good life
It seems like I am always up to something but I can’t remember what all I have been doing . I do know there has been lots of small jobs around the house that have been done then on the work front we have been super busy at the winery and are sold out of Melbec and almost out of both our Cab.Franc and our famous rose’. then there is the Fire dept that has been busy . The most fun call (if you can understand a fire call being fun) was the river rescue that was successful and several of our guys got to go for a swim. 2 ladies were trapped on an island in the middle of the river which is way higher than normal and flowing very swiftly. The rescue went exactly as we practice and I was happy that I was able to be the officer in charge and that it went the way I wanted with a great outcome.
Since this is the motorcycle season we have unfortunately had to be called to several incidents one that did not have a good outcome . Because I ride a motorcycle I am always more aware on these types of calls . There are lots of happy things going on . The fire dept. did a big fund-raising car wash for another dept that lost their firehall in a wild-fire ,we raised a substantial amount and had a lot of fun. the summer has brought us some unexpected visitors.
life is good. I can’t remember when we have been as happy
I have been busy building screens for the windows. The first step is to get the window open that has been painted shut with several coats of paint. This is a very time consuming job that requires hammering a small paint scraper into the space between the window frame and the window jam without cracking any 80 year old glass. so far I have made 10 screens and each one is a different size, some are very close in size others ate totally different. I managed to get this job done with very few mistakes and almost no waste. I am not really a carpenter so this is a great accomplishment for me. Meanwhile we had the excavator in to dig a test hole for the new septic system, that is the sewer system if you are not connected to a town system, we are very fortunate in that under the layer of top soil we have sand and light gravel which is the absolute best for drainage it is also very easy for the excavator to dig in so it goes quick which is good as I am paying by the hour. To celebrate all our accomplishments we are using the pool every day. The pool has a fence which will be replaced by a nice new vinyl one as soon as the contractor gets it installed. There is a lot of construction taking place in our little town so the contractors are not in a hurry to do small jobs. There are major forest fires all over the province but we have been lucky so far but it has continued to be hot and dry so we are very nervous. I took a couple of hours off today to go for a motorcycle ride just to unwind and get my mind off of everything else it was very refreshing unfortunately i has been so long that I forgot how to use my go pro so no pictures from that .
pool with the temporary fence
the yard before the excavator tests
during the test
after the test not looking too good but it will get better
I read that people only post good things especially on facebook. I would like to say that we have lots of hard times lots of issues with our new 80 year old house but the reality is we have never been happier ( well there were a few nights) things in our lives are going better than our plans . For years we have talked about a style of house we both like but we never imagined that this year we would be living in this house. we have both driven past his house and have always said what a great yard now it is ours and we keep shaking our heads thinking is this real this yard this house and a pool we are so blessed. Do we have problems yes indead do we always agree not usually but we work it out and our reward for all the years of giving to others and sacrifice is that now we have our dream house and we do still have a ton of work to do on it but we are happy to be where we are
We had a busy day on a project that needed to be done before we could put new flooring in the kitchen
this will not be the permanent table but it will be here till we get a new floor put in and then a new table. The cupboard between the fridge and stove will be changed to one on wheels that will pull out and a have a leaf at the back to make a larger counter , at least that is what the plan today. This is a heritage home and we want to have some modern convinces(dishwasher) but retain its true character. An amazing thing I know the grandson of the man who we think built the house, he built several houses in this area that are all somewhat similar and are from the same time period and have all been kept to their original state. as a reward for our hard work .