Blog #1-COM0014 Winter Vacation 2015

I love my home and unfortunately I do not get to spend much time in it! So for me, my favorite place to have vacation these days, is my home.
This past Christmas I truly enjoyed going through our old recipe books to find new/old dishes to serve during Christmas Eve and over the Christmas holidays. This year I used an old stuffing recipe for the Turkey, and some nut and chocolate chip cookie recipes that were delish! While eating appetizers and sweet desserts, we decorated our Tree from Oma and Opa’s forest, and all of us made some more sparkling decorations for the branches!

Christmas Decorations   Hand Decoration

We had long walks through the forest, and many friends and family members came over to the home, sharing stories and pictures from the year gone by. We had a dance party, sang songs, played piano, a Karaoke night that went longer than expected, and many days to sleep in past 6 A.M. – to sleep past 6 A.M. is a gift and a vacation all on its own! I/we spent a lot of time outside as well, on bikes and scooters, as the sidewalks were clear! Although we did not have snow before Christmas, on December 28th while Santa Clause was soaking in the tub, our little patch of the woods received a huge blusterous snow storm! This storm allowed us to enjoy our beautiful fireplace, and watch the show put on by Mother Nature.

Christmas Snowy ~Snowy~

The next day, my daughters created Snowy! Apparently they are claiming he is a Cousin to Olaf – from the Movie Frozen for those of you who may not be aware of the adorable Disney Snowman. We had lots of fun decorating him as well with dried out Echinacea Flowers, and items from the kitchen. Snowy was ready for the New Year’s Eve party and Fire Works!

2016 arrived, and I enjoyed every minute of my Winter Vacation – my Staycation – in my – in our Home.Home Heart

COM0014 – Blog #1: What I did on my summer staycation

After a very long and horrible Prince Edward Island winter, I was looking forward to a nice, warm (ok hot) and sunny summer. It took a little bit to get here but once it did, it really was great.

While I like to travel away to other places, it takes a lot for me to leave my home province in the summer. Prince Edward Island regularly serves up great entertainment, food and beaches and I took all of that in.

I am a beach person and spent time at my favorite spots, as well as some places that I get to see less frequently.   From West Point to Basin Head and with a good mix of PEI’s North Shore in between, I got to enjoy the sun and the sand fairly frequently this summer.

Ross Lane Beach

Ross Lane Beach

Living on an island means there is an abundance of coast line and much of it can be appreciated as beach space. My go to spot is Ross Lane Beach, which is part of the Prince Edward Island National Park. Located a short drive from Charlottetown, on PEI’s north shore, this is a quiet little beach with parking, sand and proximity to friends’ cottages.  I took this picture around supper time after the surf guards had finished for the day.  It was too nice a day for me to go home.

When I have a little more time I enjoy spending time at Basin Head Provincial Park. Situated in the eastern part of the province, the beach and surroundings make for a great day trip from Charlottetown or other parts of the province. Named Canada’s number one beach by in 2013, this surf guard supervised location is known for its ‘singing sands’.   The sand squeaks when you walk in it – take a listen to it here in my short video – apologies in advance for the voice over by my friend trying to tell me a story.

So when I wasn’t busy soaking up the sun and the sand, I spent some time enjoying some other things PEI has to offer – the food and entertainment.

About half way between Charlottetown and the Confederation Bridge (PEI’s fixed span link to New Brunswick) you will find the community of Victoria-by-the-Sea. Known for its little shops and theater, ‘Victoria’ also is home to a few nice places to eat including the Lobster Barn Pub and Eatery. It serves LOTS of local flavours and has become one of my favorite spots!

I also had the chance to take in one of PEI’s local favorite pastimes – story telling. The Four Tellers was staged at the King’s Playhouse and ran to sold out crowds Monday evenings throughout the summer. This popular source of entertainment, generally humourous, included stories of local characters from the past and present and sometimes most often embellished.

Have you had the chance to visit PEI? What was the favourite part of your trip??


Jay’s Permanent Staycation

For anyone who has bought a home, new or older you know how much continuous work is involved. For those that have not bought a home and those that have but there home was new you may not know that when you buy an older home that every screw on the poverty is loose, everything on the property needs adjusting, I mean everything.

Staycation – guess I did not get a whole lot of the leisure part but some people consider hands on stuff and building leisure?

Do you like AEROSMITH? Permanent Vacation

When I bought my new home I knew there were going to be lots of little things that needed work and even a few bigger things so I had a bit of an idea of what I am getting myself into, a bit…

One of the things I knew about was an old shed attached to the back of the house on my north east corner. The roof was leaking and the wood was rotting out. This would have been a nice shed if it were not for the whole in the roof (nice boot print right under the phone line that connects to the house – suspicious?).

I booked off a week at the beginning of August knowing that I would have to tear this shed down, cart it away and then build another one.

I had a few questions to consider?

  • How long could it take to tear down a 150 square foot shed anyway?
  • What tools do I need, isn’t a hammer and a crowbar enough?
  • How many people do I need to tear it down?
  • What do I do with all of the crap after it is torn down?
  • What kind of shed should I build to replace the old one?
  • How much is all of this going to cost?
A black and yellow 12 inch prybar

12 inch Prybar

Just to put some of you out of your misery and save you time in case you are just reading this out of politeness because you are taking the COM0014 course at Algonquin.

COM0014 Blog Post 1 – What I did on my vacation.

I tore down an old shed and built a new one.

I feel like the project happened in 3 main phases

  1. Tearing down the shed
  2. Getting rid of all the crap
  3. Building a new Shed

The process was a more intensive and even painful experience then I expected (literally))

A wooden splinter sticking in an index finger

Splinter in my finger

In respect of the size constraints of this post being limited from 300 to 500 words I regret to inform you that getting in to any details on each phase will have to be explored in future posts in other assignments.

Anyone else taking staycations?

Do you need a vacation from your staycation?

Word of warning

Tin sheds take 10 times longer than the suggested setup time. Looks good when done, working great.

Tin Shed made by Arrow

Arrow Tin Shed

Arrow Steel Storage Building