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Archive | July, 2017

Random Cleaning

19 Jul

Do you ever do that thing where you start to tidy up something small and then it grows to a slightly larger cleaning job and before you know it you’re on your knees scrubbing the floor?

No?

Just me?

Okay then… πŸ˜‰

I was tidying up the apartment a bit and got to the sweeping the floor stage. I figured I’d sweep the floor tonight, vacuum tomorrow (it is late and I don’t want to disturb the people who live above me), and also mop tomorrow. Realistically I probably wouldn’t have ended up vacuuming or mopping tomorrow, but pretending I was going to usually gets me out of doing it in the moment. πŸ˜‰

Well…after the sweeping I thought “can’t hurt to pull out the Swiffer and use that quickly in the bathroom”. So I did.

Then I thought “I’ve already got the Swiffer out, might as well do the kitchen floor also”. So I did.

Then I thought “This Swiffer sucks and did not do a good job, maybe I’ll just do some quick spot cleaning with a rag to get the obvious parts the Swiffer failed to clean”.

Instead of grabbing a spray bottle of cleaner and a rag I ended up filling a bucket with Mr. Clean and hot water and grabbing a cleaning sponge, those ones with a scratchy side and a soft side.

Next thing I know I’ve pulled the freakin stove out from it’s spot, pulled the broom back out so I can sweep behind the stove, and then I’m scrubbing the walls that were hidden by the stove and I somehow ended up on my knees, scrubbing the floor.

How do these things happen? *rolls eyes*

Ah well, least my floor is clean! πŸ™‚

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Garden Fruit

8 Jul

For all that I like to hike, and dragon boat, and I get so grateful to finally be able to escape being inside when work is done, I am not really an outdoorsy kind of gal. Shocking I know! πŸ˜‰

This extends to being in gardens. I like gardens in theory, but in reality they are filled with bugs, and spider webs, and wind, and too many icky things for me to enjoy myself. I never relax in gardens because I’m always keeping an eagle eye out for the next bug to wander my way. And yes, I know I am crazy.

My landlords were away for a while and they asked me to water the hanging baskets because the sprinkler system they have set up wasn’t working properly and two baskets were being neglected. They also asked me to keep an eye on the strawberries and pick the raspberries.

Pick the raspberries!

So, not only water some plants but touch them! Touch! Eek!

I put it off for as long as I could but eventually I had to go out there and water stuff, and pick fruit, and you have never seen a person look more uncomfortable than me picking raspberries.

Turns out flowers in hanging baskets are kinda delicate so they may not recover from the time I “forgot” to water them…I am much better with cacti. Indoor cacti that is. I have two and they are doing great, even with the cat chewing on them now and then.

The strawberries, well, I don’t know how to gauge how well the bush is actually doing. It is super tiny but it did create these…

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The little one was still attached so I left it. The larger one had come off the bush so I took it inside. I would’ve put it in the compost but my landlady kept texting asking if I had eaten it yet so I scrubbed that sucker so clean there was no way there was any trace of a bug footprint left and I ate it. It was actually pretty good. Smaller than strawberries from Safeway but more flavourful.

Then the drama of the raspberries! I’m in the backyard plucking the raspberries from the bush and every time I slightly change the angle I am looking at the bush by I see more raspberries ready to be picked. They were hidden amongst the leaves, near the back of the bush, generally in harder to reach areas that involved my hand going deep in to the bush to be able to grab the fruit. I was so not ok with this. Then! Oh the horrors! I was picking a raspberry and an ant got on my hand! My hand! I did the whole shaking my hand thing and that ant went nowhere, clung to me for dear life. So then I continued to shake the hand while the rest of my body started to move and jerk around and I almost came in to contact with a spider web! A spider web, just right there, in the open, waiting to ensnare me and make it easier for the spider to creep from the web on to me, *shudder*.

That was when I called it quits.

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This was my reward for my dramatic time in the garden. I could have gotten a lot more for a lot less stress at the grocery store…just sayin! They are quite tasty though, and free since all I had to do was pick them and not buy the bush or put effort in to growing them lol.

I am so incredibly grateful that raspberry bush is in the backyard and out of sight…

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It’s Canada Day!

1 Jul

WooHoo! It is Canada’s 150th Birthday today, time to celebrate! Or ya know, go to work if you work today…like I do… πŸ˜›

There will be parties, fire works, events of all kinds all across the country…it will be epic. Not gonna lie, I’m a little bummed I’ll miss out on the festivities but I look forward to hearing the stories from everyone who got to celebrate.

As with every Canada Day since I started this blog I am about to bombard you with YouTube videos celebrating the day, and possibly a cute meme or two if I find some I want to share.

Enjoy!

Okay, so “bombard” may have been a strong word, I fully intended to bombard you all but I can’t find as many videos as I thought I would, le sigh. So instead I will leave you a link to a story that is about as Canadian as it gets…

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/herding-cattle-in-saskatchewan-leave-it-to-beaver-1.3373151

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canada day water fight

canada flat tire

canada slippers

 

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