It’s been a pretty busy little while for me. Christmas, house construction, and some outings. In November the weather finally cooled down, so Steve and I were finally able to rake up the leaves. It was funny because we had a lot of fallen branches from the trees all around us, that we kept throwing in the back corner of our backyard, and this fall we decided to actually get rid of the sticks and fallen leaves in that corner along with raking up the leaves. So as a result, after all the raking and stuff, we ended up with 33 freaking bags of leaves in the front yard! We were only able to rake the same weekend they were picking up leaves, as they finally fell off the trees as it finally cooled off. It’d been a warm fall this year so it was crazy. So crazy that weekend, that’s for sure! Though, the backyard does look a lot better with all the tree scraps gone. Heh…
We also went to Pink Lake in Gatineau Park, in October, which was just gorgeous. The water was an unbelievable turquoise colour, and we were checking out all the fall colours there. You can see the link here for the pictures. It was a bit hard to get around for me, because then I was still out of shape and sore from all the surgeries and downtime I had earlier in the year.
We also went to Limerick Forest in the end of October to continue taking pictures of fall leaves, and it was even harder to walk around then, with all the massive hills and stuff, but I was slowly improving with my strength and energy by then. It was pretty tough, for sure! You can see pictures of Limerick Forest here.
Steve and I also worked on the house, finishing up the front foyer by adding trim, mostly to the front foyer and the kitchen, I believe. I think the only thing we need to put down trim in is the back two bedrooms. And fix up the bathroom walls and finish with the trim there. But overall, the house is finally looking better. And we got a new foyer closet door, and put it up. We still have to paint it along with the trim in the doorway to the basement, but the main floor looks halfway decent now. Lots of work, and lots of little, annoying stuff that has to be done. It can be a pain sometimes. It’ll be nice to have it done. We also got the big closets for each of the closets in the three bedrooms painted and put up. It’s finally nice to have them up and hiding all the mess we have in the house. LOL! We do have a lot of stuff…more like my mess actually. I like my stuff, and I’m trying to go through my stuff and see what I can get rid of. It’s not easy, that’s for sure.
Steve had been working on the house during the summer on and off, putting up new gutters and eavestroughs, as the house comes with none. He kept trying to do it with his dad, and kept putting it off because I kept getting sick a lot (with the pacemaker surgery and then the gall bladder stones-blockage/removal surgery) in the spring/summer. He even put up a post and a clothesline in the beginning of the summer after a year of me nagging him. I wanted to have one up, so it’d help save electricity in the summer from less usage of the dryers. I know Steve isn’t much of a fan of line dried clothes, but I wanted him to be able to conserve electricity and do things the natural way. Because the house came with no clothesline, we had to put up one ourselves. It took a while, but it’s finally up. Came in handy in the summer, for sure. I used it a bit until I got too sick to. Yay me…hopefully I get more usage out of it next summer. It’s too cold to use it right now with all the snow. Heh…but anyway, I had not noticed that the house when we bought it, had no gutters or anything, and it clicked in my head a year after we got it, after Ken was talking about putting some up, so Ken and Steve started working on it. At one point I had to help him put up the other side. He learned how to do it through Ken in one side of the house, and then I helped him with the other side. It was definitely a pain. We only got two sides of the house done, and we still have like, 5 more sides to do as our house is a split level house. Oh joy. LOL! But at least some sides are done. We’ll do more next summer when I’m feeling better. Ken might help with more, but I’m not too sure, I know he’s an older man so it’s a bit hard for him to do, but Steve now knows generally what to do, and does most of the muscle work anyway.
One day in November, Steve decided that we should go out and take some pictures of us in the Mac Johnson Trails park. I had no idea why but he just wanted new pictures of us to put up in the house. I was tired, I remember that, but the weather was halfway decent, not yet cold and hadn’t snowed yet. So we went out and took some pictures and got a few good pictures of both of us. I even considered printing them out for Christmas and giving them out but then changed my mind. Oops! I got exhausted I guess, from all the stuff that was going on. I guess I’d have to wait to see if my family even wants any of the pictures. Fun! Here’s the link to the photo shoot, that we used with Steve’s phone. Steve wanted to do this one weird pose and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to keep my balance for it, because the place Steve chose I was like, it’s too close to the water! LOL… yikes! He had to kneel down and I had to be on top of his back and balance myself to kiss him. The docks wasn’t at all steady so I didn’t like doing it at all. But the picture turned out interesting, that’s for sure. You can see the pictures here. It was just crazy that’s for sure, but Steve can be a bit of a crazy man.
Christmas was good this year. Steve and I went to Steve’s dad’s son’s house in Brockville to have dinner there and open presents. Since most people that we know lived in Brockville, we all met there and had dinner and just talked to everyone. It was a nice visit. We had our annual family photo shoot (it’s been three years or four now for pictures with Steve’s dad’s side) and we did it in the dark outside on the deck. I have no idea how it turned out as I haven’t really looked at the pictures yet. I still need to go through all the Christmas pictures – though we didn’t take that many this year for Christmas. Oops, I guess! Anyway, the November get together was good, had dinner in mid November, so it was nice. Ken is now in Florida enjoying his time there. Of course. Over Christmas Steve ended up getting a really bad cold flu that he started a few days before, and he was sick for a good week or so. I was worried I would get it over the New Year’s but I got a milder version of what he had, so I was pretty decent. Maybe it’d come later, but I have no idea. Steve’s was really bad. His was a flu-flu… he was out of it a lot of the holidays. It was nuts too because we got the flu shot in November and he proceeded to get the flu. Funny. We woke up on Christmas morning, and he had a really hard time getting out of bed. We had tried to figure out what to get each other. Steve gave me ideas, and I gave him ideas. He said he would get me a new TV stand as he saw one in Canadian Tire, a deal on it, and said it would let him get more for me if I would get it. There was nothing on display or anything so I just picked it up. My old TV stand had been damaged several times by movers so I was done with it. The new one is a similar kind so it will easily be scraped off. I wanted something more durable, and stronger, that wouldn’t get scratched up and damaged so easily. But it’s not too easy to find a stand like that, in a reasonable price, that’s for sure. Oh well, but I got a new TV stand and it looks good, less massive than my old one. Steve had asked for some things for Christmas and I ordered one thing that Steve had really wanted, a custom Ash vs Evil Dead board game. They said it should be ready by December. A few weeks before December they announced that it wouldn’t be ready until April! So I had to let Steve know that his one gift wouldn’t be ready and so I started forwarding him the emails of the updates I get from the game makers. So it’s all wait and see. It was expensive so I better hope it’s worth it, that’s for sure. That’s their battle, trying to get everything decent enough to be worth the price that we all pay for the game. LOL! Craziness. So what was left we just opened up on Christmas Day and there was a lot of silly stuff in there. Steve even got me a silly emoticon winter hat. Nuts, for sure. You can see the picture below. Goofy, that’s for sure!
I got some blu-rays – Bad Moms, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, and Miracles from Heaven. Also got some books, clothes, and some tupperware. We relaxed at home, and knew we had to go to my mom’s place soon as she decided that she would like to get Christmas over with in one day. She had booked Christmas dinner out at a restaurant in Picton, Ontario at Isaiah Tubbs Resort, so she planned on stopping at my brother’s house on Christmas day as he lives in the Belleville area. So we were planning on going there before we went to dinner, and then the day of my brother said that one of his kids get nervous when they have too many people over, as Kelly’s mom was planning on dropping by that day. And plus, Steve was sick too with a cold flu and they didn’t want to get it, as their kids are sick all the time. Heh…so my mom decided to opt out as my brother asked for us to come earlier in the day so that Zaiden wouldn’t get too stressed out, but that would mean all four of us would be sitting around in Belleville waiting for our dinner reservations. So we decided not to and my mom would go to Belleville a different day to exchange presents with them all with less people around. So we relaxed and hung out at my mom’s place. Steve was so lucky, he was so sick that day, that’s for sure. Heh… Blowing his nose, sneezing, coughing all day. I got some gifts from my mom, the biggest being the new bed set. I used to have a bed set that suited my old bedroom in the house my mom is living in, I used to have peach walls there, and now that I am in a house I have light blue walls in the bedroom and the bedspread doesn’t suit it anymore. So my mom found a bed spread set for us for Christmas, so that was nice. Here’s a picture of it here.
John got us a very funny gift – a picture frame, saying My Children Meows. And a antibacterial hand wash that says: Thanks for Scooping My Poop, with a “I mean, what else you got going on?” motto on the package. Just a crazy antibacterial hand wash, for sure! LOL! We also got some money as well for anything for the house, or things we need. Anyway, when we drove all the way to Picton, it was quite a distance away…ugh. But when we got to the restaurant it was really cool looking. Really big and very nice there. There were a ton of people there, and the food was pretty good. A big Christmas dinner buffet. It was pretty cool.
When we got home, we stayed at my mom’s for a little bit, and then headed home. We both were exhausted from the day there, that’s for sure! Just a full day, and with Steve being sick it really wiped him out. I was all creaky and sore from the past few weeks so it was driving me crazy. Steve and I had switched sides in the bed because Steve wanted to see if he slept better on my side of the bed, and if I was okay in his side of his bed. He was always really sore, and always having trouble sleeping, and I kept snoring in his face all the time. So we switched. I still slept fine on that side of the bed, my snoring was better, it wasn’t to Steve’s face (apparently I snore only on one side?) and when I did it was away from his face. However, I found that that side of the mattress wasn’t up to par. I used to have this mattress with my ex-husband – we both bought it a while back as my ex-husband complained that my old mattress was too hard and I think it was also a double. So we bought a cheap mattress with a new bed frame, and he was happy again. However, my ex-husband was a heavy set man, so the mattress in the long run got damaged pretty badly from his heavy weight. The funny thing is he only used it for a year or two before we broke up. Crazy. I guess it was because it was a very cheap mattress? One side of the bed, where I sleep on, was fine, still firm, and his side of the bed was…springy and soft and sloping. Owww. Every morning I woke up with an extremely sore back. I have a bad lower back so I like my mattresses firm. Ugh…so, Steve and I decided to look in the Boxing Week sales in Leon’s on mattresses, and we found one that was a pretty good deal, so we bought a new mattress. Yay me. And while we were purchasing it, Steve was eyeing those UHD TV’s that Leon’s was selling, that were on sale. He really, really wanted one, and since it was on sale, and he didn’t have to pay it up front, just month to month for now. So he ended up getting a new TV, one he had been drooling for ages. Typical.
The mattress got delivered and we’ve been using it for a few days now. I would say my back is slowly improving, but it’s not completely better yet. Steve says he sleeps pretty good on the bed, so all wait and see for me, I guess. It’s only been a few days now since it was delivered. New Years was quiet for both of us, we just stayed in and watched the celebrations in New York City on TV. I just can’t believe it’s 2017 now… time just flies on by.
I’ve also been editing a lot of old photos from when I was a kid since January 2016, going through the negatives and scanning them up and editing them. I find that most of them look so much better than when they were originally printed so it’s pretty cool. I even scanned them up so my mom could go through them and see if she wants any of them printed again and replacing her old photos. It’s pretty cool. I know it’s too bad that my mom threw out some of her older negatives. She only had some groups of negatives and those came out pretty nice. Steve’s are pretty cool, especially the ones of him as a kid. But it sure takes some time to edit them and get them ready for online viewing and to be printed. I’m still waiting for my mom to pick them out online, but I’m not sure if she knows much about how to do that. LOL!
I think that’s it. There was lot to say for sure! Oops…