Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!!

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I certainly won't be feeling nor looking like this, seeing that we are staying in New Years Eve and I am finishing off a bottle of home-made wine that we received from our new friends Mary and Diane. After a few days of rain/sleet/ice and HIGH winds it is glorious sunshine today, even though it is only about 40 degrees. We are supposed to meet Dixon's mother and her husband, who are vacationing in Victoria, January 1st to spend the better part of the day with them. Of course there are wind warnings posted for tomorrow so we'll see how the weather is. I'm sure we can meet them and I was planning a trip up to Sydney for lunch at a great little waterfront restaurant we've been to a few times. Here is a view from the restaurant that I took a couple of years ago when we were here on vacation - this is the SUNRISE at some ridiculous hour of the morning.

We are looking forward to the new year in our new home. The job hunt will kick into high gear after the holidays so wish us luck! We've been told to be patient but I'm starting to wonder if I'll have to take some part-time job, in the interim. Oh well, if I have to then I suppose I'll have to.

I'm already getting anxious to get the greenhouse up and running. I SO just want to get a small bag of potting soil and plant SOMETHING! I think I get that from my Grandfather on my Mother's side. He and his wife came to the US from Russia in the early 1900's and even though we was a master carpenter in Russia he spent many years farming in the Midwest. I just love the smell of good soil and have no problem getting my hands dirty in the garden. I also have a yen to do some woodworking, again probably from Grandpa, but the gardening bug is stronger and that takes priority. I've had a new compound miter saw in the box for probably more than 3 years (I got it on sale at a REALLY good price!) and just NOW managed to unpack it and start reading the instructions. There is a large workbench in our garage and the end of the bench will be the perfect place to mount the saw but of course I have to get bolts to hold it down! If it ain't one thing it's another, eh? Of course, as another excuse, it's pretty cold in the garage so the saw will have to wait until it warms up a bit.

With the impending visit from Dixon's mother and her husband we have managed to get our butts in gear and get more of the house in order. Now, understand, the house is not a mess, it's just that there are certain things that, due to low priority, have been sitting in boxes and not found a proper home. We have tackled some of those issues, hung numerous pictures/prints on the walls and spruced up the bathrooms. It is really starting to look like home, finally, and I can't wait until we are working and I can start spending some money on this place. The things we brought with only go so far.

Well, Happy New Year to each of you and we wish you a very happy and prosperous 2008!! I know we are certainly looking forward to it!!

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas!

I just want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2008!

I found this photo at webshots and just had to share. I thought it was terrific and embodies the holiday season.


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Golden Compass

The trailers for this movie are intriguing me, and I just found out about this little game on their website. You answer 20 questions to find out what your Daemon is, the animal personality equivalent of your human form. is mine.

It claims I am Solitary, Shy, Spontaneous, Dependable, and Responsible. Yeah, maybe so, but a SPIDER??? I really do not like spiders, but maybe that is the quirky twist to this game. Perhaps subconsciously you really are akin to one of the animals that you fear/dislike the most. Hmmmm......
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Monday, December 17, 2007

Dec. 17th???

Well, I can't believe that it is almost Christmas!! Maybe the mild climate here is throwing me a little out of sorts, seeing that there are roses and some other things blooming in the garden, or perhaps due to the lack of any snow, but it sure does not feel like Christmas is just a week away. There is so much greenery in the yard, and everywhere else, that it kinda reminds me of the time I was in Hawaii for vacation right before Christmas. Of course they have palm trees and hibiscus and much warmer temperatures but it's kind of the same feeling. When one has spent 46 years in a climate where there is usually snow at holiday time, or at least freezing cold, and then you find yourself somewhere that is warm and green, it just doesn't seem right. Maybe I'll have to start cuddling up by the fireplace with some hot cocoa to put me in the mood. I have been getting some decorations up around the house and that has helped me feel a bit better, but I'll still be missing friends and family over the holidays. Phone calls help a bit but there's nothing like Aunt Loretta's cranberry relish with orange zest, chopped walnuts and cinnamon to make me feel all warm and cozy. But I did find some wonderful cranberry tea at the grocery this weekend, and when I add a bit of cranberry juice to cool it off, oh my how that hits the spot. Back in the States there is a little coffee shop we would eat at two or three times a week and they used to make a Cranberry Herbal iced tea that was to die for! They would brew a wonderful herbal hibiscus tea from a small supplier in rural Minnesota and then add 1/3 white cranberry juice. It sure hit the spot on those warm summer Wisconsin evenings but alas they discontinued it and I was forced to find other sustenance. I did attempt to replicate it at home but it wasn't quite the same. Lately I have been adding a touch of cinnamon to the coffee grounds before I brew, for just a hint of old Vienna to warm me up on a chilly morning.

On another note we finally met up with Mary and Diane for brunch on Sunday. I found them online through their blog and we have corresponded back and forth a bit. They moved to the area here from Las Vegas so we were anxious to make a connection and see how they are managing life in Canada. They have indicated that the job hunt may take a bit longer than we would expect but they said to hang in there and be patient. If only we could tell the bank account the same! HA! They are great gals and I do believe we have made our first friends here! They may even talk me into making my own wine, which seems to be a very popular thing to do here, even though there are wineries all over the place that you KNOW I will end up checking out. They indicated that summer farmer markets on the island are incredible, with a lot of organically grown produce, so I am kind of anxious for summer to get here.

The weather lately has actually been really good, with very little to report as far as storms go, so I am crossing my fingers that it stays that way. Dixon's mother and her husband are arriving Jan. 3rd for a week long visit and we are looking forward to that. We have to get the house a bit more organized as far as accommodations go but company coming is always a great motivating factor to get the house in order.

Another bit of news is that we finally found a couple of things that are cheaper here than back in the States: electricity and water. We received a bill for each last week and were pleasantly surprised when we opened them up. Two months of electric was less that one month of electric and gas at the old house (no gas here) and water came out at less than $10 per month!! And that is city water! If we were on the well water, with questionable quality, it would be $0. We'll leave the well water for the yard and greenhouse though and stick to city water for the household needs. Oh, also, Sydney is doing just fine on her new medication, which is a relief. She really is a tough little gal and seems to be very adaptable. Now if we could just get her to stop pulling on her leash when we walk to get the mail....

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007


If you find yourself in a new place, and are a bit apprehensive to set out and explore, I say go for it! Excitement and the wonder of discovery will soon displace those fears. Our new home is on 1.89 acres and most of it is fenced and secure and landscaped and friendly. On three of four sides of the property our land actually extends beyond the fence line but I have been leery of exploring due to wildlife, or the possibility of, in the area. I'm not talking bunnies and squirrels here, I mean bears and cougars! So I have stayed inside the fenced area and felt just fine, thank you very much. Yesterday Dixon decided we should explore our yard (!) so I hesitantly went along with his scheme. We started out at the bottom of the lot, down the hill from the house, and I ventured outside the fence for the first time. This area is rather open and somewhat flat down to the neighbor's house so I felt pretty good about being outside my usual comfort zone. As I proceeded to the west to find the corner of our lot the terrain turned rather rocky with large boulders that I had to navigate over. As I approached the area where we thought the corner would be I could hear the neighbor's large dog start barking. I figured he must have seen me from their yard so I proceeded cautiously. The further I went the more the dog barked and at the point that the bark turned into growls, and I could hear rustling in the undergrowth, I told Dixon I had gone as far as I was going to and that if he wanted to find the corner of our lot he would have to come out here and do it himself. Well, he did just that! We traded places and he proceeded quite a bit farther than I had gone, not afraid of any dog. As it turned out he found the corner of our lot, right about where he thought it would be, the dog posed no threat and he returned to the fenced yard safe and sound.

As our house sits about in the middle of the lot we then decided we would attempt to venture UP the hill to see where the two upper corners of the lot are. Now, for comparison, this area is much larger than the lower portion outside the fence and is heavily wooded with a lot of undergrowth. Again I was leery so he charged up the rock and boulder strewn hill that borders our land, determined to find out how far 'up' our land went, and I stayed in the comfort of the yard. As I watched and he disappeared from sight we kept in voice contact, me staying inside the fenced yard-my safety zone. In a few minutes I heard someone greet him and figured it was the neighbor farther up the hill whose home we can see from our front yard. They spent quite a few minutes talking and it turns out the neighbor is actually the developer who built the eight homes that we are a part of. He showed Dixon where the lot line is and supplied some additional info on the area. We now have it figured that this guy can be a font of information, if needed. Anyway, this all transpired on Tuesday and Dixon talked me into exploring on Wednesday, to see where the upper lot line is.

I strapped on my hiking boots, bundled up against the late fall temps, and trudged up the rock and boulder hill right behind him! When we got to the top of our lot I snapped the pictures in this post. The view from there was incredible, even more so than from the house, and I was so glad that I sucked it up and ventured outside my comfort zone. We then climbed and ambled through the brush and forest, in search of the fourth corner of our lot, but that area is way too overgrown and dense and we gave up. We saw a lot of evidence of rabbits, which I have seen in the yard already, and deer, which we have not been sure were in our area. Apparently they are but the fence keeps them out of what is now OUR garden. It's hard to see the elevation change in the pictures but we figure from the top of our property to the bottom there must be a change in elevation of at least 100 feet, maybe more, which to a city boy like me used to flat surfaces is pretty incredible.

After all this, my point is - don't be too afraid of exploring, in the end it is usually very much worth venturing outside your comfort zone, even if for just a little while!

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Potato Salad!

Quite literally!! I was stumped as to what to write today so I decided to post my mother's recipe for warm German Potato Salad. It is a bit time consuming and it gets somewhat messy when peeling the potatoes, but when you are done, and you take the first bite of this salad when it is still warm.....Oh My GOSH! It is SO yummy!!! I figured with the holiday just around the corner one could always use another recipe.

What you will need:
2 pounds Potatoes, cooked-peeled and sliced - set aside
2 hard boiled Eggs, cooled and minced
2T Onion, minced
1/2 pound Bacon
3T Sugar
1T Flour
1 1/2 t Salt
1/4t Pepper
1/2 cup Water
1/3 cup Vinegar

Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces and fry in pan until crisp. Drain on paper towel BUT save 2T of the drippings. Combine sugar, onion, flour, salt and pepper. Stir into the drippings you saved in the pan. Gradually add the water and vinegar and heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Add potatoes, bacon and eggs. Turn down heat and cook on low for 5 minutes, or until the potatoes are heated through. Serve warm. Serves approximately 6.

Now, when I make this I use a large electric skillet and I double the recipe, which makes quite enough for a larger dinner party or family picnic. I come from a large German family so there are never any problems with leftovers. I used to make this for special occasions at work also and everyone absolutely loved it.

I realize this is not about some new custom I discovered in Canada, it's more about me taking some of my history and life along on a journey to a new land. As time goes by I'll uncover exciting new things to share with you but it's a slow process and sometimes you'll have to be content with some of my life traditions. I hope you have a chance to try this recipe and, if you do, certainly let me know what you think of it.

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Sunday, December 2, 2007


Well, I don't believe it was supposed to do this here, but it has! Nothing like a snowfall to put one in the holiday mood, eh? It started snowing on Saturday, continued through the night and changed over to rain Sunday afternoon. We have received 1-2 inches of the heavy wet stuff but areas north of Victoria have much more. We've been hunkered down at the homestead, fearing any vehicular travel would result in sliding off the road because we are not sure of the locals' expertise and swiftness at removing the snow from the roadways. We were supposed to meet two gals today for coffee, comparing notes on our relocation to Canada, but we postponed due to the weather. We'll give it another shot next weekend. It seems there might be quite a few folks in the area that have moved from the US and I am anxious to find out!

We did have one casualty from the weather - a cute little Japanese Maple in the front garden. It was still full of leaves and apparently the weight of the snow was too much and it split three ways, almost down to the ground. It was Dixon's favorite in the garden but with a 2-3 foot split right down the trunk I really don't think we'll be able to repair damage to that extent. He has already said it has to be replaced and it is probably a $100 tree! Otherwise everything else looks fine. I'm praying that the snow melts off the greenhouse so it does not sustain any damage from the weight. I don't think it will, due to the heavy aluminum frame and double pane glass, but one never knows. At least it is covered by insurance.

On another note, I found the following online a while ago and Dixon and I just laughed out loud. How much more hypocritical can the US government BE??!!

"MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin won a big endorsement in a parliamentary election on Sunday but the United States urged Moscow to investigate opposition charges of widespread fraud."

Well, that's it for now. I am now off to gather the Christmas decor boxes from the garage to take inventory of what actually made it here from the old house. 'Tis the season....

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Friday, November 30, 2007


Nothing profound today (like there HAS been) but I was organizing the garage and listening to Diana Krall on the i-Pod and I noticed the fantastic colors of the sunset. SO, my post, at the end of a work week, is tonight's sunset to maybe put you in a contemplative mood and reflect on the upcoming holiday season. This really is a great place to live!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Okay, I usually don't post twice in one day, but I just found this and could NOT pass up the opportunity to share. Chuckle, get mad, or both - let me know.

"Your pet is a member of your family. So says the Palm Beach Community College.But your human domestic partner isn't.The pets of Palm Beach Community College employees will qualify for discounted group medical insurance beginning in January, but domestic partners are still barred from receiving similar benefits. School officials sent a memo last week explaining the new voluntary pet benefit available via payroll deduction through the private company Veterinary Pet Insurance. And it's not like the college's pet insurance scheme is restricted to just dogs and cats.Full-time college employees can receive a 5 percent discount on services because of the college's enrollment in the program, which covers dogs and cats, but also hedgehogs, frogs, guinea pigs, geckos, iguanas and sugar gliders - small flying mammals native to Australia. You can buy college sponsored health insurance for a frog. But your adult human partner? Well that's a different story..."

Holiday mood coming up!

Well, it's getting to be that time of the year and I am slowly getting into the Christmas mood. We are even getting ourselves an early gift today - satellite TV!! After almost two months without TV this will be a treat. Of course what does that say about me if I am "suffering" from TV withdrawal??? I'm not really a TV junkie, there are just a few shows that I really like and I have been missing them - Heroes, Brothers and Sisters, The Amazing Race. I ended up getting kind of lost with Lost so I bailed on that one. And I have missed so much Survivor that I don't dare try to catch up at this point. There is a great site that I found where you can watch episodes of your favorite shows - Check it out if you get a chance and browse through their selection. I think you'll be impressed. They are having some growing pains due to a very popular similar site in the UK shutting down and TONS of web traffic now heading their way. They have had to upgrade servers lately and you may still find issues with download time, but give them a chance.

With our constant exploring and price shopping we have changed our initial opinion that things are a bit more expensive here north of the border. If you shop around and have numerous options, for groceries as an example, you can certainly find things on sale and make that a good time to stock up. We've been grouping errands for the same location because it takes us a half hour to get to either Sooke or Langford and we don't want to be running back and forth every day. We have been getting most of our groceries at Real Canadian Superstore. (check their website for weekly flyer and use the shopping list feature-very handy) The cool thing with them is no more plastic bags! You have to bring your own bags or cloth shopping totes or they have large plastic totes you can purchase for $2.99. I've seen people with the totes fill them up as they shop, unload onto the register conveyor and then load the items right back into the tote for the trip home. Kind of a neat routine but I can't get Dixon to spring for 1 or 2 totes. The downside is that we always seem to forget to toss our plastic bags into the car before we leave. Maybe when I am done with this post I will just go put 6 bags in each trunk and we'll be all set. Now THAT is something that a woman would have thought of right away, before even the first excursion, NOT after she had forgotten them numerous times. Women are SO practical sometimes!

Other stores we've 'discovered':
RONA: GREAT for fixing up the house and very helpful staff. Fun stuff in the greenhouse but pots are kind high.
Home Depot: similar to the stores in the US, flooring dept. in Langford is a disaster and help is kind of sparse. HUGE selection of pieces/hardware for assemble it yourself furniture, in case the factory in China/Bulgaria/wherever forgot a piece. I found this selection very interesting.
Canadian Tire: WAY more than an auto supply store! Like a mini-RONA.
Home Hardware: This one is in Sooke and they are loaded with all kinds of stuff. Staff is super helpful!!! They didn't have something I was looking for so the clerk suggested I go to the auto/marine supply distributor behind them for the part and they had it!! They have a good Christmas catalog available in store with lots of decorating ideas. Their website is good and there are links to their furniture division, which uses a lot of reclaimed and recycled wood! The closest retail outlet for the furniture is in Duncan, none in Victoria.
Serious Coffee: Numerous locations around the Island. Very similar to Starbucks but with a local flavor.
PetSmart: New outlet in Langford and you can take your dog/cat/pet in with you!! Very helpful staff and sign up for their saver card.
Village Food Market in Sooke: EXCELLENT grocery experience but can be pricey. Again check their website for weekly specials and you can get some deals for sure. Wonderful produce, deli, bakery departments. Nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread and theirs is no exception.
Western Foods in Sooke: Nice selection, a bit pricey also, but the deli smell when you walk in the door is incredible.
Pier 1 Langford: A bit smaller than the stores I was used to in the US but the same basic item selection.

In the seven weeks that I have been in Canada I have had one or two bad service experiences, wherein the staff member seemed to be annoyed at having to help someone. These were definitely the exceptions and, other than these, EVERYONE has been so friendly and helpful.

Another good source of information and savings is the Welcome Wagon. Once you arrive you can schedule a meeting with one of their reps for your area and you are treated to all kinds of coupons, goodies and offers from local businesses. This is a great way to get to know the community quicker than usual and our gal in Sooke was terrific! The page to sign up online is

Well, I've been typing away long enough and I think our installer is almost done with the satellite installation so, for now, thanks for tuning in and check back again!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Workin' it!

It is Saturday and I feel like someone put a tiger in my tank, so to speak. HA! We got a lot accomplished on Friday, including getting new BC plates for my car, and today we have, so far, cleared out the office so that we could set up Dixon's new computer desk. It's a neat little desk that we picked up on sale at RONA, which is a Canadian version of Home Depot except I like RONA a lot more. Whereas Home Depot is, to me, more contractor and tradesman friendly, RONA seems to be more consumer/DIYer friendly. They have a great selection of items to fix up and upgrade the home and I STILL have to explore their greenhouse. It looks fab from the outside and I am SO in need of some greenery inside the house. I just have to make sure that I buy things that the cat won't look at and lick her chops.

Anyway, the office is looking MUCH better and both of us now have our computers located in the same room. Prior to this when I was online Dixon was upstairs at the kitchen table with his wireless laptop and I felt like we were disconnected for hours at a time. Now we can browse online and compare notes side-by-side.

Not to toot my own horn, because that is now how this is meant, but today I turn 47 (ACK!) but have not received one call from anyone. I did receive cards from a previous co-worker and Dixon's Mom, which was great. Oh well, no big deal, really, it is just another day. BUT, I made reservations for us to go to Fuse Waterfront Grill tonight for dinner. Here is their web address We have been there a few times during previous visits to the Island and, at the moment, it is one of our favorite places for a nice dinner. Food is fantastic and service is ALWAYS with a smile.

So, with Thanksgiving over in the States I can now put myself in the mood for Christmas! I think it was an additional five boxes of Christmas items, plus a tree, that arrived Thursday in our batch of goods shipped to the house. In addition there were many boxes of Christmas items that came on the U-haul with us so I should be in really good shape to decorate the new house. We have many sets of lights and, with quite a few pine trees in the front garden, I am looking at options for ourdoor decorating. The only drawback is that we will be the only ones that see the outdoor decorations because we are so far off the main road. I am thinking of lights along our deck, which would be visible from across the harbor and out on the water. I'll post pics after I am done, for all to share in.

Today has started out very cloudy, with a chance for rain later, but looking out the office window now I see some breaks in the clouds over Washington State. With any luck some of that will work its' way to our side of the water!

Thanks for tuning in and keep us in your holiday thoughts!

Doug, and Dixon

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Glorious Sunshine!

The warmth of the sun sure got me in the mood to get things done around the house today. I SO wanted to get into the greenhouse but I'm afraid that will have to wait until we get a plumber and electrician to finish hooking it up. And then there is the issue of outfitting it with tables and soil and compost! Good thing the previous owners left a whole bunch of plastic nursery pots in various sizes. Another thing I have to do is find someone that would be able to come out to the house and help me identify things in the garden. Coming from the Midwest almost everything here looks so different, plants I have no clue about, for now. And that is even after taking some horticulture courses, but again that was in the Midwest, not the Pacific Coast.

Plans for the upcoming week include getting my car certified and licensed for British Columbia, job hunting and getting a haircut. We also have to start thinking about replacing some pieces of furniture that did not make it onto the moving truck because we still have too much crap! When will we learn???

One more tidbit of information about me is that I am somewhat captivated by My Space since discovering it last year. I've met some great people on there, some of my existing friends are now signed up thanks to me and I am always looking for great musical talent to expand my personal music choices at home. The following is a fun little link that I found, thanks to a newfound friend out East, and it was a nice distraction for a few minutes on a sunny Sunday. Enjoy, and check it out for your year, if you dare.

In 1960 (the year you were born)

Dwight Eisenhower is president of the US

Sit-ins being after 4 black college students in North Carolina refuse to move from a deli counter when denied service

A U-2 reconnaissance plane belonging to the US is shot down in the Soviet Union

Hurricane "Donna" strikes the East Coast causing over 100 deaths in the US and the Antilles

John F. Kennedy defeats Vice President Richard Nixon in the presidential race

Cassius Clay (who later took the name Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight

Michael Stipe, Tony Robbins, Bono, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Jeffrey Dahmer are born

Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series

Philadelphia Eagles win the NFL championship

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is the top grossing film

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is published

The Beatles make their debut in Hamburg, Germany

The Flintstones debut

Friday, November 16, 2007

Deja Vu!

Well, the rain has given us a break today, for a few hours, and WHAT am I doing??? Climbing on the roof to clean gutters and remove lumps of moss from the shingles, very similar to not-so-long ago in Wisconsin, except that was removing leaves. It seems that nobody has done that for quite some time, due to the level of crap that was in some of the gutters, and I would venture a guess that it was never done, seeing that the house is just 8 years old. There were things that looked like some sort of mutating giant slimy worm, long and black and shiny and as big around as a cigar. Thankfully these were plant material and not living organisms, otherwise Dixon would have found himself up the ladder instead! There were lumps of moss the size of tennis balls growing in some of the roof valleys and they were very easy to pluck and throw over the house to the garden area. What fun that was! I even placed some in areas I thought perhaps they would find hospitable to sustained growth. A giant ball of moss is actually a very beautiful thing if you take the time to examine it up close. It is made up of MANY slender bright green plants that, when seen together, look like a mossy green fuzzy orb. They are actually very cool and I felt bad for just tossing them over the house. But I am over that now. :o)
We were cleaning gutters for maybe two hours and, just as I was finishing up on the top roof, the rain drops started to come down ever so lightly. We scurried to get all the equipment put away in the shed and lo and behold - the rain never amounted to anything more than those few drops I felt on my head. Whew!

I've been spending quite a bit of time online lately, finding all sorts of interesting blogs that other people are posting, and someone else in the house seems to be getting a bit irritated at times. Well what else can I do - we are out in the forest with nothing closer than a half hour away so it's not like I can just zoom down the road a piece to do some window shopping. Although, the Sooke Christmas Craft Fair is this weekend, all local artists, and I SO want to check that out. I'll let you know how that goes, if it materializes.

Otherwise we continue to put things away and fine tune the house. We have to take my car for certification next week and then new plates, so we will both be happy when that is taken care of. Monday coming up we have another vet appointment for Sydney, just to get her blood checked to make sure she is doing fine on the new medication she started a few weeks ago. We are crossing our fingers that she will be, mainly because the pills are about one third the cost of the monthly injection she was receiving. Of course if she has to go back to the shots we will do that but she appears to be just fine with the new pills.

Well, that is about it for today's update. As I discover how to add things to this blog profile I will be doing so.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The daily grind.

Well, here it is Wednesday and we have managed to get a few more things accomplished over the past few days. We now have one auto fully approved by BC province and outfitted with BC plates and all the proper insurance. It was a fairly easy process, once we had all the paperwork, and took the better part of a day, between getting it certified at Canadian Tire and then driving over to the insurance agent for finalization. Now we just have the other car to do and we'll be all set.

We did speak to a dear friend in the States and it turns out her boss and his partner are going to be in Vancouver for five days in early December, for a work conference. It turns out they would like to spend a day or two on Vancouver Island and have asked if they could stay at our place. Seeing that our ultimate goal is to have a B&B we said yes, figuring this would be a good test case to see how we handle people we don't know staying in our home. We have a two room suite with full bath on the first level that would more than accommodate them and we need to get that set up in the next few weeks before their arrival. We have also begun the job search so I'm not sure if we'd be here all day when they visit, or if one or both of us might be working full time by that point, but we can always delay starting a job I suppose, if we have to. I think this will be up for quite a bit of discussion over the next week or so.

We did a lot of shopping yesterday, to get things for the house to replace a lot of stuff that was not able to fit onto the moving truck for the drive out here. We still have quite a way to go before the house is to our liking but we are off to a good start with the basics, like a trash can. We do need an area rug and some blinds for the dining area, and fast, seeing that the sun just pours in during the day and we want to limit fading of floors/furniture. The issue that I am faced with is finding just the right decor for this place. I do NOT want to just get the first thing we find that will fit, regardless of how it fits in with our grand scheme of how this house will eventually look. Due to our location we are thinking a decor that fits in with this wild West Coast area and I would like things that are sophisticated and comfortable, without being pretentious. With the extensive garden I would like to carry a nature theme into the house in some way, be it wall decor or furnishings. I think we will stay away from modern shiny chrome and such and lean more toward the warmth of wood and natural materials.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Settling in Sooke

Well, first let me introduce myself. My name is Doug and I am originally from Wisconsin, Milwaukee to be exact. At the age of 46 I have moved with Dixon to Vancouver Island in gorgeous British Columbia, Canada. We decided that a change was needed. So we applied for permanent resident status, packed up the household when that was granted and drove to Sooke, BC in a fully loaded U-haul. We arrived the beginning of October and are still in the process of getting settled in to our new home. We have a gorgeous hillside home on two acres overlooking part of Sooke Harbor but mostly a view across The Juan de Fuca Strait to the Olympic mountains in Washington state. NEVER in a million years could anyone have told me that I would be living in a glorious place like this, but here I am and still pinching myself. Along with the great home we have a wonderful hillside garden in the front yard and the centerpiece of that is a brand new greenhouse that the previous owners never had a chance to finish. SO, here I am, blogging, and I will be looking for advice on West Coast decorating and greenhouse gardening.
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