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Living out of boxes and other ramblings...

I meant to start blogging daily but things have been busy. However, things seem to be getting back to a somewhat normal routine? So with any luck my blogging will become a regular thing once again!

Dh is back to work tonight (so very grateful!) and I've started back with my sewing business as well! It's a huge adjustment here and things are going to be far tighter budget wise here than they were in Ontario, but we knew this. Now that we know Dh's wage & hours (not nearly the same as what they were in Ontario) we know how much I need to bring in every month to make ends meet. In Ontario my income was mostly 'extra', but here, it's an absolute must. I have faith that I can do it though, I've always worked hard and that won't stop now.

Getting used to a tight budget once again is going to take some time to get used to, and we're going to have to watch our pennies carefully. So I'm going to be tracking our spending in September, every penny. Or nickel I suppose now that Canada doesn't have pennies. I'll post more in a day or two with my September goals, etc...

In the end, it's a trade off I suppose. We are away from friends & family which is hard, but it is so insanely beautiful and peaceful here... everywhere we go we have a view of the ocean, or can simply go for a walk to collect shells, walk along the seashore & hang out at the ocean for a few hours. The neighborhood we now live in is absolutely amazing, we are truly blessed to have found this beautiful home in this incredible neighborhood. Every day my favourite sounds are the fog horn at night, the seagulls waking me up every morning & the Church bells ringing their melody at noon. As I'm sitting here writing this blog post, it's 8:30 at night and it is calm & peaceful. You don't hear people at night, you don't hear cars, you don't hear sirens, you don't hear people partying, you literally only hear the chirping of crickets.

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I still have a good amount of unpacking & organizing to do, but it's hard to get everything done when we're waiting on furniture items to still be delivered. I also need to order a huge amount of coat hangers so we can start getting our closets organized as well. We did bring a BIG boxfull, but they'll be gone soon, so definitely need more. I'm *trying* to avoid purchasing even more furniture, but I think in the end I just may have to order a couple more things. But I'm waiting until I know for sure what I can do... maybe we can make do, we shall see.
I posted our boxes on Kijiji and I think that I should be able to give most of them away thankfully! I have 2 people who are supposed to pick some up so hopefully that happens tomorrow! I also have 4 or 5 boxes of "stuff" to donate, nothing has really sold yet, except a pair of boots which my mom snatched up! LOL!! She sent me $$ which I promptly turned around and ordered one of these from IKEA for my sewing projects! Thank-you mom!! Xox
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I'm excited for this little gem!! It's going to tuck in between my sewing desk and the corner of my sewing room for current projects, orders, etc... once I receive my hutch and this and have my sewing room *exactly* the way I want it I'll share photos! Hopefully by next weekend or so!

Tomorrow I think I'm going to tackle the girls bedroom for a couple hours and see what I can accomplish. The main thing is to see if I can get their clothes organized in the closet - they have no dresser right now which is one thing that we brought with us, but unfortunately it doesn't fit. So, it's been repurposed as a game shelf and barbie keeper in their playroom downstairs. I'll snap some photos of their bedroom tomorrow and maybe some of my readers will have some good ideas for organizing their closet which are budget friendly!

Today Mya and I went for a 3 mile walk around town. It's funny getting used to a small town because honestly almost every single person you walk by smiles, nods or greets you. I need to make that a habit myself... it's really not the same in a city of 500,000K people. We walked to Canadian Tire to take back an air mattress that popped on us, I took Mya to Mr.Sub for lunch, we stopped by the library and popped into the thrift shop for a peek. On our way home we stopped by the most beautiful gift shop I've ever seen! It's filled with beautiful gift items and I'll definitely have to do some local Christmas shopping there when the time comes!

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Mya of course wanted to move right in, honestly so did I.... the entire shop is a gorgeous, amazingly maintained Victorian home. Every square inch of it is maintained to perfection! Next time we stop by I'll try to get photos of some of the gorgeous items they sell. I purchased a small bottle of locally made Cape Breton maple syrup and resisted everything else I wanted and everything Mya begged for.

Well on that note, I'm going to sign off for the night, and see if I can't get a half decent nights sleep tonight!

Have a great night, thanks for stopping by!


Boxes anyone?

First things first... Dh & Child #2 are on the way home & should be here in about an hour!! I've missed them SO MUCH!! Child #2 was released from the hospital yesterday and was cleared to fly, so will be at home to recuperate. This has been such a hard week for everyone and I am so grateful that they are on the way back to me!!
Ok, back to my post!
The truck arrived yesterday morning around 9:30 am here in Cape Breton. I heard it coming I have to say... it's an absolutely MASSIVE truck, wow! And before someome asks, no, it wasn't filled with *just* our stuff. Haha! We were the last stop.
It had been absolutely pouring rain until they arrived, then it kindly stopped for most of the move. These guys worked so hard, and did a great job! And like they say about Eastern'ers , they were very friendly & helpful as well!
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I kid you not that my JUKI was the *VERY FIRST BOX* they brought in the house! Is that awesome or what? The box is a little after damaged, but it was packed very well, so my machine should be fine. And no, I haven't unpacked it yet as I think we're going to be switching the dining room with where I was going to have my sewing area. So I'll actually have a sewing room!! And we may just tuck the dining room table to the back of the living room as it'll take up a lot less room than my sewing desk and whatnot would. It's not a 'sure thing', but it's a thought.
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A little peek into my kitchen... is it not just the cutest country kitchen? I love the colour and love that it's very 'country'. I'm not a big modern fan when it comes to houses, they're too "cold" for my liking. So these dining chairs are where my sewing room may be...
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Since I did a horrible job with labelling boxes, (no time, no energy) most of the boxes were simply piled up floor to ceiling in the dining room and living room where I've been tackling them for the last 36 hours.
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36 hours later... these are some of my boxes with fabric and sewing supplies inside. The rest of my boxes are piled on and around my sewing desk which is currently in the living room.
I can say now that I've unpacked *most* of the house, there are boxes in the bedrooms that need unpacked, clothes hung, organized, toys to put away, etc.. and I'm not unpacking our Christmas stuff (obviously) but every single box has been opened and is in the right area IF I could lift it. Some of them I couldn't budge, so I'll be putting Dh to work this weekend to be sure!! There is a huge pile of apple boxes that I'm hoping to give away, and a big fat pile of boxes that Maria broke down for me and we'll either recycle or give away. If they're not gone before the next recycling day, they'll be recycled however. I'm not hanging onto all these boxes. No way, no how.
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I think I was most excited that I found my coffee stash and coffee maker *RIGHT AWAY*!! Almost like someone up above KNEW I needed (and deserved) a GOOD cup of coffee! I tried 4 coffees from restaurants etc in the last 2 1/2 weeks and yuck! I now know that I am indeed a HUGE coffee snob, but I just love my Kicking Horse 3 Sisters coffee beans so very much... there is no comparison. I did have a little single cup coffee maker to use until my real coffee maker (BUNN) arrived, but it's just not nearly the same.
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I was excited to find my Day Designer planner today as well! I haven't used this for the last 3 weeks and you can be sure that it'll be used daily, once again, as before. I even splurged on a new pkg of pretty stickers before we moved that I packed in my backpack with me for when I found it... haha! It's the little things right? *wink*
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And on the subject of moving, this queen sized boxspring shouldn't have been moved with us as there is no way in God's green earth this sucker was going to fit upstairs. Older homes, smaller homes. Soo... I've listed it on Kijiji & a local Buy & Sell FB group and may have a bit. I listed it crazy low as I simply need to get it out of here. It takes up a LOT of room, obviously.

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I also listed a few pairs of boots (like these gorgeous leather boots below!), the girls boots from last year and a pair of mens boots on a local Buy & Sell FB group. Hopefully they sell, along with a few other items. Again, if they don't sell sooner than later, I'll probably end up donating them instead. I ordered new winter boots for the girls and I, and will share our choices when they arrive! I've heard good things about these and they're definitely not my "usual style", but my style has now changed to WARM and won't fall on my face. *blank stare* hahahha!!

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And on that note I'm going to fill in my planner for the weekend and wait for my missing 2 family members to arrive!! If it were warmer and not rainy I'd sit outside to wait for them! It's soo peaceful and quiet here, I am simply in love with this beautiful neighbourhood. I'm getting off topic...

I shall return tomorrow! Thanks for peeking in!


It's down pouring...

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But I don't care, because after *seventeen* days the moving truck will finally be here today!! It will be so nice to finally get our stuff, start to unpack, sort, organize and settle in! It's been quite the challenge these last couple of weeks and it's trying for everyone. I can't wait to have my bed, more kitchen stuff, my sewing stuff, and the girls are soo excited for their belongings as well!

In about 2 hours the movers should have the truck in my driveway, ready to unload!

My goals for today:

  • Set up dining room table
  • Unpack & organize as much of the kitchen stuff as possible
  • Get the girls bedroom set up
  • Put together my sewing desk & hutch, then find & start unpacking my sewing stuff - I am so excited to create again! I have 4 custom orders on my list and plan to start making RTS (Ready to Ship) items next week as well!
  • Have a pile/spot for things to donate/sell. Not everything we brought with us is going to work here.

With Dh & child #2 still in Toronto - please send prayers, fairy dust, good thoughts, etc... things did not go as smoothly as we had hoped and there have been complications. I'm trying to hold it together and not lose it with being sooo far away, I figure the best thing I can do right now is focus on my girls and what needs done at hand.

On that note I'm off to eat some breakfast so I have energy for the long day ahead.

Have a wonderful day!