Tuesday, September 23, 2014

C'mon Down!

Since we are all moved in it became apparent we needed some new furniture. The priority on that list was the dining room table, it was looking decidedly ghetto (Brad HATES it when I say that, but it's true).

The table was our first purchase when we moved into our second apartment over 12 years ago.  Add to that moving three times, two kids and well, it's looking a little haggard.  Plus the chairs that came with it have long since fallen apart and so the seating at this point is somewhat of a hodge podge.

It didn't stand out so much in the old house, so it really wasn't a priority.  Fast forward to new house, where we have a very open concept living/dining/kitchen area.   In comparison with the new cabinets and hardwoods it just exemplifies how old this table is.

I had been looking for awhile. In fact, Sunday night as I was ordering some bar stools for the island online, I almost purchased a dining room set as well, but I changed my mind at the last minute as I felt it was too pricey.

Looked online at the Brick, Dufrense and didn't really see anything that I liked.  I didn't want something crazy high end, although I did want leather/leather-esque seats.

I don't really know what made me think of Kern Hill Furniture, but somehow I ended up on their website.  Kern Hill is a Winnipeg Institution.  The iconic radio ads saying "C'mon Down to Kern Hill Furniture Co-Op" have been around since the 70s.  Plus, there is something to be said for buying local.

You know what?  Their prices are really competitive.  We found a table/chair set that we liked...

The price on the table was so good that I started looking around the store for living room stuff.  From the get go I knew that I wanted a leather sectional. Kern Hill is actually a Palliser dealer.  So one thing led to another and we bought this..

With two exceptions;
1. Ours will be chocolate brown leather. 100% leather on every surface. I found out that some couches will have leather seating and then a leatherette match on the sides to keep the costs down.   That wasn't available on this model, so it's all leather which didn't exactly help the price point. Gulp!

2. We deleted the arm rest on the left side and added a bumper instead. So the right will have the chaise and the left will have a rounded edge like this:

We then realized that our coffee table wouldn't work with the new sectional configuration, so we got this Ashley furniture circular one:

The coffee table is cool in that it has these four stools that pull out for extra seating if you need. Slick.

The beauty of dealing with local guys is that there is sometimes flexibility with pricing.  The sales guy came back with a total for all the thing we wanted.  It was reasonable to be honest, but I am a Winnipegger born and bred and I want a deal.  So I told the guy we'd think about it as we were going to check out the Palliser Outlet on Kernaghan.

He told us to hold on and he'd go see what he could do.  He came back and had knocked $700 off the combined total.


Dining room/Coffee table will be delivered within the week.  The sectional is a custom order, so that one will take about a month or so.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Tryouts, Goose Camp and one heck of an afterparty

That was a busy weekend.

I have begun to realize that 9 out of 10 weekends are like this however.

This weekend Brad went out to the cabin for Courtney and Dale's wedding social.  I would have loved to go, but I had to stay back and work.  So Brad went on my behalf.  He also went to get in a little good hunting before the social.

It was Brad's first time goose hunting and they did well. I am not sure if Dale shot the goose or Brad did, but either way Brad came home with a dressed bird for the freezer.  I don't think I've ever had goose.  Our freezer is starting to have more wild game than regular chicken and beef.  Pretty cool actually.

After Goose Camp (or that's what I called it), they all got ready for the social.  Country folk know how to party.  Brad went with my Dad to the social which ended somewhere north of 1 am.  Not to be swayed, they (all the guests) headed over to the Glenboro bar to continued the * ahem* well mannered frivolity.  Once the bar closed, they headed to the campground.  No one wanted to drink and drive, so many of those who live on the outskirts of town (Brad included) set up shop in the campground.  There were campers, RVs, tents... you name it.  They all arranged them in a sort of circle with a campfire in the middle and partied till the sun came up.

Honestly, it sounded awesome and I'm sorry I missed it.

Meanwhile, back at Twick, I had to get Logan to his hockey tryouts.  Considering I don't have my licence back (still waiting on a neurologist appointment come January), my Mum drove us.  I was somewhat nervous because Logan hadn't been on the ice since March.  But I needn't have worried.  He did a great job.

Second tryouts were Sunday at Glenwood. That rink hasn't had proper heat since the boys started playing hockey years ago. Before the season started last year, they posted signs that they were working on renovations including new seats and heaters.  Well the season came and went... No heat.

So we all sort of figured that in the off season they would have got is sorted out.  Nope.  Just a sign posted that they are still working on the heat.

In and amongst all of that, I was marking papers.  It s a completely different course than I used to marking, so it's a bit of a challenge in that regard.  However, I think it'll be good for me.

Sunday night I was pretty done.  Just sat on the couch nestled under an enormous afghan and watched some Outlander.

Jamie is ma favorite teuchter 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sad Week

It's been a sad week.

First we lost Brad's Grandad.  Grandad was in his nineties.  It had been a very hard go of it for him. Grandma had a stroke last year and has been in the hosptial ever since.  This was obviously difficult, but made even more so by the fact that Grandad is blind and Grandma was his eyes. The transition without her being around him was extremely difficult.  So we take solace in the fact that his struggle is now over and he is in a better place.

Rest in peace Grandad.

Then later this week, my friend Debbie lost her step dad Rick.  Debbie is an only child like me and I really empathized with what she was going through.  Being an only child is difficult in these situations because you don't have any siblings to help you through the process. Yes, you may have a spouse or close friends, but it's not the same.

Brad and I went to the funeral today to show our support for Debbie and her family.  Her boys were very brave and did extremely well during the service.

Rest in peace Rick.

That's the strange thing about getting older, it's a gift, but it comes with the sadness of having to say goodbye to loved ones.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mattress is ordered.

Friday night we ordered the bed.

It will be delivered on Tuesday.  Which will make it just over a week since I started sleeping on the floor.  

The new mattress is called "Wistful" which isn't exactly a name I would associate with a comfortable nights rest, however, if it can help me get 7 hours of sleep without my back going into spasms, I could care less what it's called.

After buying a mattress, we then went grocery shopping.  Now if that isn't a fun Friday night when you are a 9 or 11 year old boy, I don't know what is.

Saturday Logan had a bowling get together with his friend Cam.    Logan has been missing Cam since he changed schools this year.  Cam if you recall has special needs, but to Logan, he's just Cam.  It really warms my heart to see them together and whenever Cam says "Logan", my heart melts a little.

This visit was amazing. Cam has grown so much!  Plus his speech has gotten so much better, he can bowl on his own AND for the first time (for me, not Cam), I saw him smiling and laughing.  So cool.

Sunday was my marker meeting.  I am marking papers for CGA again this year, but I am marking a new course, so I wanted to sit down with someone who has marked it before.  Brenda was gracious enough to give up an hour of her Sunday to sit down with me.  I feel much more confident about it now that I know how the program works a bit better.

 After that it was a short visit with Jill and Jason (and their fur babies Ruby and Lacey) before we headed home.

Sundays are rapidly becoming my favorite day of the week because on Sunday evenings Outlander comes on.  Holy Mother. So good.  The book (which is now a tv series) was even name checked on my other favorite show...

Yup.  Pretty much. But the setting is gorgeous and the story line is solid.  If you haven't read the books,  DO.  So worth the read.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Camping in my bedroom

I need a new mattress.

Ours is done. Kaput. Finished. Defunct.

When you sit on it, it makes a symphony of clunks and creaks, which is not only indicative of how old it is, it truly does wonders for your self esteem.

I have been having sore backs when sleeping for a few months now.  It is getting progressively worse.  Monday night, I actually was so sore during the night, that I just moved my pillow and slept directly on the floor.

You know that you are having serious mattress issues when sleeping directly on the floor is a vast improvement over sleeping on your mattress.

So this weekend will be mattress shopping.  This needs to happen as I can't imagine sleeping on the floor while your spouse sleeps in a bed is healthy for any marriage.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rider Recap

It was a busy weekend.

Friday night I cleaned house.  My first big clean in the new place - bit of a wake up call... takes me way longer.

Zach had a buddy come over Friday night which is good. He's making some new friends at the school and I couldn't be more pleased for him.  It's a fresh start that seems to be working out for him just as I hoped it would.

Logan is doing ok.  It's taking him a bit more effort to adjust which is so strange because I would have figured of the two Logan would have adapted easier.  They are always surprising me.

Saturday morning Brad went for a ride with his friend Dave. Dave's big bike tour is coming up so he is in full training mode.  While they were off, I watched Dave's boys.  Then when they came back, Brad took Logan, Zach, Conner, Rylan and Seth to the Bomber Appreciation event at the stadium.

**Conner is a big Riders Fan and was clearly not into the festivities Ha ha!

Saturday night was  the Rider/Bomber fan party at Dave and Beth's.  Everyone was decked out in either Blue or Green and the trash talk was flowing. It's kind of bitter sweet in that usually that is the last big outdoor party of the year.  You can feel it in the air.

Sunday was the Banjo Bowl.  We got there early so that we could tailgate with Debbie, David, Sean, Erin and David (along with everyone's respective offspring!).


Tailgating is rapidly becoming my favorite part of the whole thing!  After the tailgating we took the boys over to Bomberville.  Zach and Logan both got to try their hand at kicking a field goal.

The game itself was kind of intense.  First we were doing great, then 2nd quarter sucked balls.  Then we made a late push and almost tied it up only to throw an interception and that was the game.


Two games back to back beaten by the Riders.   Less than awesome, but the Riders and the Bombers have the best fans in the CFL. No kidding.  Say what you want about the Riders, but Rider Nation is no joke.  Those folks are hardcore.  Bomber fans are no slouch either, it's widely known that our stadium is the loudest in the country.  Teams actually have to practice with pumped in crowd onise to prepare for games here.

So all and in all, great weekend.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

First Day

Boys were super excited for school to start today.  They had an epic summer filled with wide open country spaces, fishing, trips to Alberta, a new house, pool parties...

But today was the day.  Back to a NEW school.  Zach was pumped, never actually seen the kid this excited for school before.  Logan was less so, I think he was trying to get himself excited, but he wasn't actually feeling it.  He was nervous (again, wouldn't admit it) and had trouble sleeping last night and his stomach was upset this morning and he didn't want to eat.

It was actually interesting in the fact that this was the first time I have walked the kids to school.  Usually we drop them off at daycare in the morning and when it's time, the daycare staff walk them over, same goes for the end of the day but in reverse.

Now, I walk them and Brad will pick them up.  It's not a FAR walk, but just shy of the 1.6 km cut off to qualify for a bus.  We are 1.4 km.  The plan for now is to walk to school, but in the winter, we might hop a city bus if it gets really cold.

To get to school we have to walk through some picturesque walkways that go past a man made lake.  It's gorgeous, but a goose poop extravaganza.  Plus the amount of Canada Geese that congregate are something else.  It's best not to piss them off.  Geese look all mild and mannered, but those suckers can be viscous when they are angry!  Did you know that they hiss? Completely terrifying.

So we go to school and located the doors that each one had to line up at.  Logan lined up right away.  Initially he wanted me to wait with him until the bell rang, but since none of the other kids had their mums with them, he quickly abandoned that idea.  Zach opted to play on the playground opposite his door until the bell rang.  I really hope his hockey buddy Greg is in his class.  That would be amazing.

It was pretty seamless actually. Walked to school, dropped them off at the doors and stood at bus bus stop just in front of the school.  Made it to work by 9:10 am. Not too shabby.
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