Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Theres still 2-3 feet of snow in the raspberries and blackberries so pruning them will have to wait another couple of weeks. I feel like Im coming out of hibernation like the bears.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I always found crossing off finished items from the to do list to be very satisfying. This week the bathroom grout has been sealed, caulking done, carpet-to-tile wood threshold made, and the income tax papers dropped off. But the biggest procrastination of all...my citizenship papers are ready to mail.
Here we are, a happy little band of immigrants in 1957, happy that we weren't seasick and throwing up for the first time in 11 days...
as we approached Newfoundland, first stop on our way to a new life in Nova Scotia. What is it with the Brits and their obligatory neckties? We're on an immigrant ship for heavens sake.
So Ive been a landed immigrant for 52 years and it was a great shock after 9/11 to find out I would now have to have a $50. plastic card to prove it! Enormous amounts of paperwork later...(what record of landing??) I got my card only to find out they would charge me another $50 or more every 5 years to renew it. The final straw was driving over the Maine border this February to be told, you have a British passport so you have to pay $6.00. I was about to hit the roof with righteous indignation when wise hubby shushed me , muttering in my ear about the folly of arguing with american border guards. So feeling thoroughly discriminated against, this week I downloaded the citizenship papers for the final insult, $200.00 after being a contributing Canadian taxpayer all my adult life!! Well, at least I'll be able to vote legally, (somebody should have told me that years ago I guess) and being over 55 I dont have to write the test. Yay !
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I had some lovely tile colors that reminded me of the sea and sand and the foam that floats about where they meet, so after some hammering and jigsaw puzzle work, (a LOT of jigsaw puzzle work) a free form sort of flow emerged...
The focal point , the boat tile, was a piece of wall art that I soaked in the bathtub to loosen and get rid of the glued on masonite backing. My original idea was to set it into the floor but as this is the B&B bathroom and some of our guests are heavyweights, it seemed a safer proposition to stick it vertically on the tub.
Warning to the un-initiated: Do not attempt a tiling project without a really good set of knee pads, especially if you are past 55 ! This took more than a week of knee work.
This is the bathroom mirror reflecting the shower curtain opposite. Some leftover bits of tile represent breaking waves around the electrical plates, more tile and shells on the mirror base to remind guests of the lovely beach nearby that awaits their discovery. Tomorrow the pedestal sink goes in, and the toilet, and I can at last say "finished".