P & S Plumbing

I’m sitting here on Sunday morning wondering where my week off has gone. There was a lot of work…and a lot of fun. Alvin dubbed me & Pop “P&S Plumbing” as we spent the better half of two days fumbling with faucets & upgrading to ‘dual-flush’ toilets. We had a few hang ups along the way but with patience (Pop’s got a LOT of patience) we managed to feel pretty good about the improvements.  I’m like a little kid with my shiny new faucets & fancy flushing toilets (mostly I can’t wait to see the lowering of the water bill)!

There was fire (I could hardly contain my excitement)*giggling*


Look how gorgeous the new taps are (I’m sure the taps were the originals from 1987…hideous & leaky to boot)ImageImage

We even had to wrestle with a “P-trap”…thank goodness Tom has a good sense of humour.Image

And finally, securing a gorgeous new vanity. We’ve yet to finish it up with caulking and re-installing the mirror…but we’ll get there.Image

When did life get so good?

(This post was drafted sometime after Valentine’s Day…sorry for the delay)*grin*

I had to check myself the other day. Alvin bought me the most glorious lilies for Valentine’s day. And I heard my mind say: “Gorgeous. But they sure do stink”. I immediately felt ungracious and tried to tell myself I could never think something so terrible. We have since laughed about it because they really do have an offensive odour.

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I put on this bracelet the other day. When I snapped it over my wrist I tried to remember its story. Where did it come from & why do I love it again? Ah, that’s right- one of the Canadian gals that I met through my CGC internship in Zambia gave it to me after an epic visit we had in Swaziland (where she was working). The whole day I smiled sporting a bracelet I had probably not worn for many months. I love appreciating the small things & recognizing the lasting relationships I have been so fortunate to build.

Slowly but surely we’ve started putting some ‘homey’ touches into our new home. The first piece of artwork on our bare walls…we love it*smile*.

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Spring Fever

I suppose it was karma…

Today it is Pop’s birthday. About a month ago the family got together to buy Pop a snow blower for his birthday. Of course dad is thrilled with the machine but longing for a dump of snow – it is Springtime in Edmonton – anything can happen.

Talk about a test drive…it feels more like Christmas than Spring today. (But it is simply gorgeous…so I’m not really complaining)*grin*


I’ve got a number of other posts drafted…memos to myself on my phone of items that I really want to post up here – so hopefully over the next couple of days there will be a flurry of posts.

And I will be motivated to play on the computer if the snow continues to fall fall fall…

So much to say & do

I had to stop myself today & realize that I don’t have to do everything today. I want to:

– knit something for me, for a friend, & for my lovely house

– write more consistently here on my blog

–  dive into a new book (though I just finished an amazing one- an Angolan author I heard of through the blog link I referenced on a previous post). I never thought I’d love a book that was narrated by a gecko…but here I am- opening my mind.

– finish the laundry. Ha!

– watch the 2012 season of Lewis (formerly Inspector Lewis). Only 4 episodes & it’s all I can do to wait until tomorrow night’s date with Ma

– upgrade toilets & taps in 2 bathrooms

– run

– cook more…try new recipes.

I want I want I want. I have to stop myself…to take time to reflect & truly appreciate how grand life is & how much fun I am having now:

– Finally watched the Downton Abbey season finale- my word- what a heartbreaking finale

– Had my first ever East Indian cooking lessons with the parents to Tom’s best friend from ‘back in the day’. A truly special day and divine food.

– Hanging out downtown with Alvin just because

– incorporated the rowing machine into my Saturday morning workout (Al’s trainer friend Pete had me laughing so hard I nearly fell from the machine to the floor…sometimes people must wonder)

– Visits from Olivia & Lain- yay!

My recent mantra (including some hairy days at work) has been – one day at a time. There’s no use freezing like a deer in headlights because there is so much to see/do/want. Today I’m enjoying ticking off a few boxes & will enjoy the journey to continue doing what I love everyday.

An Unexpected Pleasure

When I glossed over my surprise trip to Toronto I forgot to mention one of my favourite parts of the adventure.

We went to visit our friend Kieran (aka Mabvuto- meaning problems…which is the “African name” that Kieran earned while coaching Alvin’s basketball team many years ago in Zambia). I’ve reflected a lot on how wonderful it is to have good old friend; friends who are really more like family and who have stuck around for years. On the flip side- I have to share how lovely it was to meet Kieran’s sisters & brother-in-law. A short visit turned lengthy- both spontaneous & warm. As Kieran’s sister left after spending many hours with me & Alvin she said “It has been an unexpected pleasure”.  Really? What an amazing compliment.I’m in awe of people so succinct*grin*. This rambling paragraph is meant to say thanks to the new friends who have so easily slid into a comfort level that usually takes years to foster.

I plan to continue celebrating such ‘unexpected pleasures’ in the coming weeks.