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Saturday, May 28, 2011

And So Comes the Spring!

Well, most of you will be at least mildly satisfied to know that our spring here has been much the same as the spring in the Lower Mainland.  We have had a few nice days that just whet the appetite, but for the most part it has been cool and rainy.

Despite the poor weather Ron and I are planning outdoor home improvements.  We've procured a patio set and barbeque and have plans for prettying up both decks.  We've had a few run ins with horrible little black flies that bite and cause weird marks with a red centre and pink around the outside.  The bites itch for weeks...not pleasant, but I think we'll invest in a bug repellent something or other (suggestions are more than welcome).  I'm in the midst of planting a nice little herb container garden for the back porch, so we can have fresh herbs at least for the summer and the back yard is looking quite smart, freshly mown, despite the pervasive dandelions.  (Ron and I have decided that they're pretty instead of trying to eradicate them.)  Here are some photos:

We are going to post final pictures of our bathroom, as we have it all accessorized, but are having problems finding the right time of day to get photos, but here are some teasers.

A place to dry your toes.

66 inches of soaking room.


I'm slowly editing the first draft of my novel, I might post a bit just to get some feed back.  I have secured a critic (no, not a professional one) to have a read, but I think additional input will be good.  I have an idea for another story, but am not sure whether it's something that can be played out in a novel or just a short story.  I have to finish the first one before I worry about the second one, anyway.
We'll be having visitors at the end of July which is quite exciting and hope that some others get a chance to come out (even though I know there's a hundred more interesting places that the cost of the airfare could take you!)  We offer good hospitality and a nice peaceful place to de-stress - with the added benefit of LOBSTER.  Yummy!  (Sorry, 'Chelle, I know you can't have any...)

Be well and know that you're in our thoughts!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Over the Hill (and through the woods)!

If you can stand it, I have another cake to blog about.  This is my last one for a while, so you'll get a bit of relief from the cake-fest.  (But be warned, there is another bathroom update pending!)  The principle of the cake is climbing a hill and the path is strewn with items that represent stages in our lives.  Here are the photos of our most recent creation:

Middle I come!

Partying leads to...

...unexpected surprises!

Oops, the last steps a doozy!

The cane is hooked in to the back like someone slipped over the edge. and tried to save themselves.  (I thought it was funny)  I even had little crumbs from the pathway on the base in the back, like too many people flirted with the edge. of the cliff.  It was fun to make all the little add-ons, but of course I thought of tons of clever things the night before the cake was to be delivered (and therefore, completed).  It was a chocolate mocha cake with Oreo cookies and cream filling and mocha buttercream.  YUMMY (if I do say so myself)!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Well, yes, you guessed it.  We pumped out another cake for this past weekend.  I've felt a bit like a cake factory lately, but word of mouth is spreading, so more inquiries are coming in.  This will be short and sweet (excuse the pun).  Here's the pics:

Building the Tiers

Checking the Layout

Finished Product

Detail of Topper and Writing

So another cake under our proverbial belt and a few more coming up.  The next one is for a birthday with an over-the-hill theme.  Take care!  Until next time.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Where's the Beef? Not for the faint of heart!

Most of you know that things are just a little different here on PEI, at least different than our city life in Vancouver.  There's a little something here called the Easter Beef Auction.  Now, I don't have all the details, but around these parts, it's quite the thing.  Imagine my surprise when I saw this posted on a board in the lunch room at work (Excuse the quality, I had to scan it and convert to a JPEG) PS: they wouldn't let me name him:

The two people (mid-steer) are the Branch Manager, Marc and the Assistant Branch Manager, Tracey.  Yes, the branch had bought a cow.  (Puts a whole new perspective on "don't have a cow, man!", doesn't it?

You can see where this is heading, can't you?  Have you noticed that all those commercials for "embarrassing" products offer to deliver them in unmarked bags and boxes.  Well, a few weeks later a truck pulls up to the back of the branch and box after unmarked box gets piled up in hallway.  "The beef's here!" cries one of the staff excitedly.  Now, I kind of knew that this was coming, so it didn't freak me out too much, but there were 21 boxes of prime PEI beef and one of those boxes was for me.  (Cash bonus???  No, no, we give merit increases in beef, that's how we roll!)  So here's the beef:

Now, I don't want you to think that it's all just hamburger, oh no, there's also a roast or two and a few steaks.  Poor Humphrey, (I named him anyway) but this is the reality of food.  Anyhow, this whole thing has made me more appreciative for the meat we eat and I'm not sure what we're going to do with it all, as Ron doesn't eat beef, really. 
That being said, I did make a shepherd's pie (well, cowboy pie, I guess) and it tasted fine.  So there's another tale from the country.  Chalk that up to things I didn't expect to see when I moved to the "Gentle Island".  (At least for humans the jury's out for livestock.)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Another Day; Another Cake

We've been enjoying the luxuries of our new bathroom, but as you all know there's no rest for the wicked.  I delivered another cake today, but at least I got to try this one.  It was for a baby shower for one of the girls at work:

I've shamelessly stolen the idea from the Internet, but a newbie has to start somewhere.  I have another order for the coming weekend (a three tiered baptism cake) and a summer order for a 50th wedding anniversary. 
While I was chatting with the girls, Ron spent most of the afternoon packaging up cardboard from the reno and just general accumulation to get ready for recycling pick up tomorrow.  (They only pick up blue bag stuff once a month around here.)

The grass is getting greener and the trees have started to show some green, which is exciting as it seems about a month later than it should be, but spring has arrived and Robin Redbreast is hoping around the yard along with flocks of Canada Geese that seem to prefer the farmer's field.  We've had no signs of squirrels, so we're preparing to return the trap we borrowed. 

Next week watch for an interesting "Country Life" story...'til then, our thoughts go out to all of you!  Wish you were here.