Cape Breton is very *GREEN*

Literally and figuratively.

Arriving in Cape Breton from London, Ontario was a big change in many, many ways, garbage & recycling being one of them.

Here you sort your 'trash' by 5 categories:

  1. Paper - self explanatory *except gift wrapping supplies, those are trash.
  2. Plastic/cans/jars
  3. Water bottles/juice boxes/milk cartons *these can be returned for $.05/each.
  4. Food waste/napkins/paper towels go in a huge green compost bin. We purchased small compost bags to tuck under our sink and fill in the kitchen. Then when they fill, we bring the bag outside so we're not in and out to the bin a gazillion times a day, especially in the winter!
  5. Garbage - Anything that doesn't fit into the 4 categories above.

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The first few days were a total mess, we had no idea what we were doing. Now I think I have it down pat. One of the first things we did was to purchase bins from the dollar store with Sharpies to label them to make it easier on everyone. We tucked them under the sink to make them easy to use.

Blue bags are how you must put out your recycling here, so we bought a big box and have a feeling we'll be needing more soon as with this move, we've had bags and bags and bags of cardboard to recycle. Dh has to cut up all the cardboard into small enough pieces to bag, which takes time and fills bags quickly! So far it's just been from new furniture but when our moving boxes arrive... it'll be brutal.

Then we have a bag of white kitchen bags, which you're allowed one per week. Or a green garbage bag, but we generally don't use those much.

We keep the recycling bags in the basement under the stairs (I will give a house tour after it's all unpacked & set up! Truck arrives on Thursday!! It's about time! By the time the truck arrives it will have been 17 (or is it 18?) days since they picked up our items. Weekends don't count apparently...

Anyway, I thought this was all insane at first, but now it really is awesome and I don't know why London doesn't do it the same way. I did notice here that when you buy water, you're pretty much paying double the price tag as there are fee's for buying water. We don't usually buy water but Dh hasn't adjusted well to the water here (It took me almost a week to adjust as well) but he's being more stubborn so it's going to take him longer to adapt unfortunately.

One thing here which I thought was kind of odd, we haven't seen even one squirrel as of yet. I thought those were everywhere... apparently not. We are abundant in Seagulls and BIG ravens/crows around here and the they get into your trash! I'm thinking that's why perhaps people put their trash bag on top of the composting bin? Little buggers... lol! In London it was skunks or racoons which would get into your trash, here not so much! It's a huge ravens hanging around everywhere! I feel like I'm in a Disney movie... haha!

Well on that note I'm off to bed. Dh and child #2 are in TO for the week which means I get to sleep on a real mattress all by myself this week! I certainly will not be taking that for granted!

Sweet dreams for me tonight I hope... I'll check in again tomorrow! Hope everyone had a fabulous day!

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What trash/recycling system does your city/town use?

Do you love it or hate it?


An Ocean walk kind of day...

I have decided that a long walk around the ocean shore is just the absolute best way to end a long day...
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An ocean front Bed & Breakfast (stunning right!?)

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Some things in life are just meant to be, the fate is in our stars.

I hadn't intended on going to the ocean today as it had rained for most of the day, I'm running on just a few hours of sleep, and my stress level has been at an all-time high. Last minute though I decided why not... a walk to the ocean may just be what the doctor ordered. Especially since I hadn't been yet and Dh leaves for TO tomorrow with child #2 for the week.

Tonight I met an older man on the beach who stopped me to chat for a while. He knew exactly what I've been feeling & exactly what I needed to hear. Everything I've been feeling over the last couple of weeks he had insights & a life story for, without my even saying a word about my life, my worries, or why we were even here. It was really amazing to be honest. We stood on the beach together and spoke for 15 minutes or so, I learned that he was a widow, an engineer in his time and his wife had been a school teacher. Apparently my husband had saw him on the beach the other night with the kids and he told them what footwear is the best for the beach.

He had so much wisdom to share with me, I really am grateful that I was meandering along the beach behind everyone and he stopped me to chat. And I'm especially thankful that I took the time to talk without worrying about time... to just be.

Sometimes, t's a good thing to go at your own pace and just "be".


Furniture building & organic meat...

Dh & child #2 are gone in a couple of days so I'm trying to put together as much furniture as possible before they leave. So today we tackled the girls beds... they're beautiful & simple beds and I'm quite happy with them! We ended up having our neighbor chop up the ladder and gaurd rails to use as extra planks on the bed as they didn't have a lot of support, especially not for Maria who does not weigh 50lbs like Mya.
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I have a little night table in my cart at IKEA that I'm going to order to tuck in between the two beds for books and to hold a little reading lamp as well. The double dresser they had in their last bedroom definitely won't fit, so I'm iffy as to what I'm going to do. We have a cube shelf on the way which I think should tuck into their closet. There are also 2 hanging bars in their closed with a shelf, so I'm wondering/hoping that perhaps we'll be able to fit all their clothes in the closet combined and do without a dresser. I'm really not sure though and I'm going to have to wait until the truck arrives and I can see what works and what doesn't.

Cute little thing isn't it? It's in my dwindling budget and will work for the girls, so I just need to find a cute little reading lamp and that'll be a good start for them!

On another note, I'm so happy to have found a local farmer who has grass fed, organic beef, chicken & pork! Thyme for Ewe Farm is my new meat source and they are delicious! I purchased a few items last weekend at the market to try and received my first larger order today of fresh beef and pork! I split up the steaks and the ground beef into smaller pkgs and have a nice little stash of delicious organic meat in my freezer! I'm a happy camper!! But I'll be even happier next month when they get in bacon! Yum! I haven't found any organic bacon yet, so I'm kinda missing that and am hesitant to try store stuff.

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Tonight I actually had the energy to make a nice dinner for dh and kids too! Roasted chicken with baby potatoes, corn & gravy. They all cleaned their plates so it was a nice, warm & filling meal for them! Up until today I've been making "easy" meals but I'm trying to start with my menu planning and sticking to a budget. Ideally I'm going to make a list of meals they can all eat together, which will make my life easier. Maria doesn't eat beef, so there has to be a variety some nights, but I know that meal planning is going to be a huge help!

Next week it's just the girls & I, so I'll see what they're interested in having. I can't make a lot of meals that they've been asking for (spaghetti, etc..) until the truck arrives with all of our kitchen stuff. I have a very small supply of pots, pans and baking sheets so as I'm planning meals I need to think to myself, "do I have enough cookware to actually make this?". It's an interesting process to be sure... lol!

Well I should run, I have to throw on a load of laundry, tidy up a bit before bed and say a prayer that the truck arrives sooner than later, or at least before I lose my mind! LOL!!

Have a great night & thanks for reading!