Rummage Sale and Park Time

We are recovering this week from our rummage sale last weekend! Friday and Saturday we had our first ever rummage sale out front and did some pretty good sales.  We finished up selling a last few large items over the week and ended up with several hundred dollars and a lot less clutter in the house!

We went from this inside our mudroom (plus there was more stuff outside and in the basement that we also added to the sale):


To this! A nice clear mudroom with a window again! I think the rabbit and bird were wondering why they were living in a dark dungeon all of a sudden. SO much better!


We also sold several large items including a motorcycle, our large loom,and some giant Nutrena feed signs. There were some items left from the sale so we donated about 3 boxes of leftover clothing, shoes and toys to Good Will plus we have another box of items to drop off at the consignment store and another box that will either be donated to a different local group or end up in consignment… not sure which yet.  Plus we have one last large item, our treadmill, which is going to get hauled downstairs this weekend and I already have a tentative buyer who is going to come look at it!  Then we should be pretty well done and cleared out for awhile 🙂

Joe ended up having to go out of town Monday – Wednesday so the day after our rummage sale he was really busy trying to mow the lawn, pack, pick up his car and catch up on workouts and things around the house.  We decided to just have something easy for supper so James and I went to town and hit up a park and then picked up some food for us.  Mostly at the park James wanted to check out the construction equipment although we did do a little bit of playing too.  Unfortunately there were a bunch of teenagers at the top of the slides being rude and swearing etc. James is too small to go down the big slides yet but if he was a bit older and wanted to use them I would have told them to get the heck out. Totally inappropriate to be hogging playground equipment (and they weren’t playing on it, they were using it as a hangout/fort/little gang area) as a teenager and then using bad language to top it off!


Above: James and I on our way to look at the truck but splashing through rain puddles on the way.  James selected to wear that hat himself, it was really warm out.  Below: The giant playground.  They did add a smaller kids area closer to the beach too which was pretty fun and James played on that and then went on the swings too.  He loves swinging!


And here are a couple other pictures from this week.  James and Cora were ready for Dad to come home on Wednesday and they were keeping an eye out.  If you mention Dad around Cora, especially at the end of the day, she goes barking to the door searching for him and then James thinks he is home because Cora is barking so he runs to the door too and waits.


This is from this morning.  James and I went out shopping early and he was tired and hungry when we got home so while I was getting him some food he crawled up to sit with Cora!



Little Updates, Painting, Cleaning, James and Loads of Pictures! (Part 1)

It’s been awhile since I’ve done just an update post so I have loads of photos and split my post into two different ones so no one was overloaded!


I can’t remember if I posted this or not but this is a tasty chicken stew Joe made for us with homemade little doughnuts. I think it is actually a Vietnamese breakfast food but it was tasty for supper too!


James bugging the dog.  She was really sweet to tolerate him and I made him get down.  He is learning to pet gently and be kind to animals.


James learned how to roll open the back window.  Sometimes when Joe leaves for work or a bike ride he goes up on the stool and rolls open the window to watch him.


James also learned how to push a chair over to the counter or washing machine to see what is up there.  I needed something from those cupboards and he watched me climb up on his little chair and followed.  Quick learner!



We got the snack tray for James’ BOB stroller.  I was a little disappointed by it’s design but I had read reviews so I was warned it might be a bit weird.  It is very high and wouldn’t work for a younger or shorter baby at all, James at 18 months can barely see over it.  It will work though and it is super easy to put on and off so I can always take it off and place it in the basket below.


I thought I would plant some grass in the front yard except I didn’t buy even close to enough.  But, since this was like a week ago… as of now the grass is coming in nicely in the little patch I seeded!


James enjoying some seaweed snacks. He really likes them!

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I finally got around to painting this ugly beast.  James helped me! He still has some nice oil-based paint in his hair but it will wear off eventually.  I also then realized that the bright white radiator made the rest of our white trim in the kitchen look dingy. So I used the rest of my paint doing the trim.  I’ve got a little bit left to do but ran out of paint so I will finish that next week.



We started a chalkboard wall for James! I painted this much but now to hang the little cups and probably cut a bit of trim for the top I need Joe’s help! I will post more on that later.


Luckily Joe spent all that time power brushing the yard a couple weeks ago because this week, for the first time in at least the 6 years we have lived here, they came to clear out all the gravel from the ditch! James and I were creepers and we sat in the yard watching the big trucks do their work.  I’m sure the crew loved that.

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Cowboy James and Cowgirl Cora.

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We haven’t done a ton of planned activities lately… we’ve been spending more time outside, at the playground and in the backyard but this day was cold and rainy so we had a little sensory box.  I saved loads of toilet paper rolls and we played with those and some little puff balls and bubble wrap and just random little toys in a box.


Our Weekly Activities and Kitchen Floor Update

This week our main ‘activity’ was being sick! James had an off and on high fever that we ended up taking him to the doctor for, I was still sick… better and then worse (today is definitely better) and Joe finally caught it and now he is in the worst of it. Hopefully soon we all start feeling better, yuck!

We did do some fun things this week, just not everything we had planned and not everything that didn’t happen was because we were sick either.  I had one super fun activity I wanted to make but it required pretty thick dowel rods and when I went to the hardware store I discovered that a single 3ft 1.25 inch dowel rod cost over $20. And I would have needed at least two… so that activity wasn’t going to happen!

Here are some photos of what we did do!

James and I put tape shaped on the floor and then I made paper shapes to match them so we could work on shapes and colours.  Mostly he wanted to just throw the shapes all over so the activity I had in mind was a fail… I guess he is too young.  What did work was hopping from shape to shape shouting ‘Circle!’, ‘Triangle!’ etc. and he had fun doing that instead! So in the end it worked out!


The same time I was making shapes and trying to interest him in my activity he was pulling these wooden beads out of the activity drawer and asking to thread them so we did that too.  He needs a little bit of help yet but does pretty good and is more interested in it than I would have thought he would be! The activity drawer he pulled them out of isn’t actually his to go in either.  It is more of my drawer to keep things we have planned or bits and pieces of activities but he knows how to open it and reach blindly up over his head and grab fun stuff.


That same day (this was Monday and we were both feeling pretty good that day) we practiced our stick-out-our-tongue selfie technique.  I probably have about 30 photos of James and his tongue.  As a bonus he had a cute shirt on and was also wearing pants! I had gone to the consignment store over the weekend and picked up 9 or 10 shirts for him (most for the summer and a couple for fall), along with one more pair of pants.  It ended up being about $28 but I had $17 in my account from consigning so in the end it was a pretty nice/cheap shopping trip!



I think this might have been the same day too… I guess we had a really productive Monday.  We took James’ bug/treasure catcher outside to hunt for treasure.  We came inside with several rocks, some sticks, a pine cone, some kind of animal bone and half of a practice golf ball.  Quite the collection. I hate to throw it away but I really don’t want him to play with some weird animal bone all over the house so we sort of ‘forgot’ about the treasure box for a few days and now I can probably safely get rid of them!




And it was time to get out the slide! He totally ‘gets’ sliding now so he had a lot of fun! He has been waiting to get this out for so long. It was next to one of our buildings in the snow so it got mostly buried but he could still see the top of it sticking out and kept asking to get it out but I couldn’t because it was snowed in.

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This is from Wednesday! Monday and Tuesday James seemed a lot better but Wednesday just nailed him. We dropped Joe off at work in the morning and by the time we came home James needed a nap already (after being up about an hour and a half). Then after he woke up we ran to town and did a couple of errands where he tried to fall back asleep while he was in the Wal-Mart cart and then did fall asleep in the car as soon as he got settled into his seat and before we got out of the parking lot!  Then a couple of hours after we got home he took another 2 hour nap! He was just not feeling very good and I ended up taking him to the clinic that night to get checked out and then to our own doctor the following day for a followup where he ended up with some antibiotics for an ear infection that he got from having a nasty cold/virus.


By Friday James was starting to feel better again.  In the couple hours before bedtime he managed to figure out how to turn the tub water on and lift the shower tab so he doused himself in cold water, climb into the litter box 4 times, eat some crayons, take out every toy imaginable plus empty several cupboards, empty the dogs food bowl handful by handful for her to eat, then figure out how to open and lift the 14lb jug of cat litter to pour it into the dog bowls.  He also helped me with some laundry. I emptied the dryer into a laundry basket and then was switching clean clothes from the washer to the dryer. I thought he was right behind me just hanging out and in reality he was taking the clean towels from the laundry basket and putting them into the toilet to soak up all the water.  He was definitely feeling better! 🙂


Joe did a ton of work on our floor this week too so James took advantage of that and helped dad do some remodel work!

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This next photo is not an activity but I thought it was cute.  Everybody loves this chair and apparently Cora and Ocean are friendly enough to sleep like this now. Ocean used to sleep on Buddy and it has taken 5 years but I think Cora has finally mellowed enough for Ocean to sleep on her too!


These next photos are from today! It was gorgeous outside! James and I are not better but are getting close.  Joe is definitely still pretty sick but he still did a bunch of work on the floor (I didn’t do a single thing on this project unless you count I took James to get supper yesterday while Joe was finishing up some nailing work!) and now we no longer have a gap or uneven floor between our rooms!

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It isn’t quite finished yet because we need to get some sort of trim for the front but it is mostly done! It looks uneven on the front because it is uneven on the front.  We had to match the two floors and since our house is very old our floors are not remotely even or level! I think the kitchen is close than the living room, the living room is visibly uneven, so Joe leveled the step with the kitchen floor and then made it meet wherever it had to in the living room. Someday we will probably need to redo the floors and then Joe can probably do some work with the jacks in the basement to even out the flooring then.

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SO much nicer! No gap, no rugs covering the gap, no holes in the floor, and it actually extended the kitchen floor about 20 inches… all of which are making the rooms seem larger and different than they were just a few days ago!