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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Rain, rain, go away!

Well, last Friday, Saturday & yesterday's rain has confirmed that our roof still leaks. Which is not good since the contractor was due yesterday morning to start repairing the water damage to our two front bedrooms.
So we spent most of the weekend emptying the rooms and re-organizing our upstairs so we still have somewhere to sleep and still have access to the clothes in our dressers while the work is being done.
Last night was our first night sleeping in the double bed. Cozy!

The contractor opened up part of the ceiling and took out the section of the wall which needs to be replaced. He couldn't do much beyond that as water was dripping down in various spots.
So last night we made the decision that it would be best to replace the roof entirely as it is 17 years old.
Luckily our roofer can start the job tomorrow morning so hopefully it will all be fixed before the expected rain on the weekend. And then the contractor can start up again on Monday.
And then I will be one step closer to having my upstairs back in order.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

On a rainy fall afternoon

What to do on a cold and rainy afternoon?
Time to do some cooking (I had a frozen cabbage to get rid of so I now have lots & lots of soup for my lunches) and catch up on some blogging.

What's up? Well Tim's curling season is in full swing. His first bonspiel was in Boucherville already a month ago. The girls (Catherine, Vanessa & I) got to hang out while the boys (Tim & Eric) curled.
Vanessa is 7 months old now and on solid foods (if you can call mushed veggies and baby cereal "solid") so feeding her is a bit more involved. But she just gets more and more adorable and certainly more expressive.

We got our roof fixed and hopefully that will take care of the leak that caused water damage to our 2 front bedrooms. Now, hopefully, someday, maybe, we'll have the damage repaired. The contractor we were hoping to hire to do the job has been very unresponsive to even giving us a quote so we're kind of torn at this point whether to hire him but our insurance company cut us a cheque this week so, what to do, what to do...

We had my family over to celebrate my mom's birthday 3 weeks ago.
We had a simple meal with salad, potatoes and tournedos on the bbq. I found a recipe for apple cake with all whole wheat flour (if I recall correctly) and it turned out very tasty. The apples were from the organic farm basket we've been getting weekly & splitting with France. (She was supposed to get the cabbage I mentioned earlier but I kept it since it froze in the basement fridge.)

That Sunday we picked up France and went walking on Mont Rigaud and enjoyed the first day of autumn. We didn't get home in time to say our goodbyes to Anja, our German border, who moved out that afternoon. So we can now prance around the house to our heart's content without fear of freaking anyone out!

Tim had a spiel in Longue Pointe that week but I did not go to see him play and enjoyed some time alone at home & doing some errands around town.

I tried my hand at making pickled beets and tasted them earlier this week and they are quite good. So some of you might get a jar if you're lucky!

Last weekend was Thanksgiving and the highlight of the fall season for me. We went on Olaf's annual canoe camping trip in Saranac Lake in upstate New York.

Despite the rain on Saturday and Monday, we had a great time.

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Canoe Camping Saranac Lake 2007

And now the weather is actually more fall-like so I guess it's time to put away the sandals and capris til next year, sigh.