:: School is officially done for the year and we now have one high school graduate, who will be celebrating with a party here with family and friends next weekend, more festivities than ceremony at her request. Finding a suitable date was difficult, between her job in town and other plans, which include a weeklong workshop for young birders at an Alberta observatory where she’ll be a participant as well as a team leader, and also a 4H Ambassador program, and her brothers’ summer plans. N is an escort for his good friend at today’s public school graduation ceremonies and in the middle of the month is off on a 10-day 4-H tour of the Northwest Territories. A leaves Sunday for a 5-day 4H counsellor training program. Each of the boys is counselling a 4H camp in August, and N also has 4H provincial judging for the second year in a row.
:: March and April were warm and very dry, but May and June have been hot and wet, very unusual, especially the moisture. It’s greener here in June than it’s been in 22 years, and the garden is doing beautifully.
In house progress, the metal panels are up in the garage, the drywallers have almost all of the boarding done, the siding has started going up, and we spent a day in Edmonton last week buying the remaining vanities at Ikea’s bathroom sale and also ordering the 48″ Bluestar RNB range in cobalt blue, which was as exciting as it was nerve-wracking. It’s a huge splurge, made possible by the Ikea vanities as well as the Ikea kitchen, and vinyl plank flooring instead of hardwood, etc. And I’m amortizing the cost of the new range with our current one, a 1950’s O’Keefe & Merritt gas range which we bought for $25 when we were first married, which works out to about $1/year. The salesman also tried, unsuccessfully, to talk us into a Bluestar wall oven, a $13,000 Liebherr refrigerator, and a $4,000 Bosch dishwasher (yikes). I’ve agonized over the Bluestar for several years now, but for our needs it ticks almost all of the boxes — eight burners, big oven, built very simply with few bells and whistles (including manual cleaning) so it shouldn’t need much in the way of repairs (much like our vintage range).
Also ordered when found on sale at Sears — the Electrolux 30″ Wave Touch dual fan convection single wall oven (model EW30EW55PS), which I read about at the AJ Madison website; I don’t plan to use the self-cleaning feature.
The metal siding going up in the garage,
With the siding finished, after our neighbourhood picnic (minus the tablecloths and jars of flowers, and with the addition of our Ikea purchases),
We had an interesting time getting all of this (below), and a bit more, in the back of our pickup truck last week, swathed in plastic to drive home through a thunderstorm; the vanities are Ikea’s 48″ black-brown Hemnes Odensvik with one sink and four drawers, on sale for $545. Each vanity will be placed between two Hemnes high cabinets, also on sale, for $209.
Some of the siding,
The colour is Mountain Arbor, which is a moss or olive green,
The corner of the back porch, with the doors that lead to the dining room and kitchen; we tried various window trims, including something a bit wider than this, but found it was too wide. Then we discussed porch ceiling material, and I seem to have successfully negotiated in favour of tongue and groove vs. perforated metal soffit. I’ll find out for sure when it goes up.
The arch between the kitchen and foyer,
The shelterbelt trees have been thriving with the almost constant rain,
The house and front yard, just after the boys finished baling the first cut of hay,
It’s kitten season again,
Also duckling and gosling season,
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