Wednesday, April 23, 2014

So Long (for Now) ...

Come Saturday, we will be vacating the Boring Beige Rental, which only just recently (and one would never have thought it possible) is now being referred to as the Beautiful Beige Rental, often used in combination with these entirely unexpected sentences ... “I love it here! Please don't make me leave!!!”

Has it been six months already?

Time flies when you're sitting around knitting endless pairs of socks in a comfy recliner.
And having hot showers and doing laundry whenever you please.

The behemoth of a computer and printer cannot come with us, and is being packed up for storage tomorrow.

Blatant self promotion. Sorry.

We will be moving to this quaint hotel, built in 1904 and having rather sketchy wi-fi service. Thank heaven there's a saloon. 

Thursday, April 16th.

Is that a sprinkling of snow?
Why yes. It is.

While there, the insomniac  will be following your blogs on a much tinier tablet; if she refrains from commenting on your posts, it's because she's having difficulty typing on it. And if she does attempt a comment, please cut her some slack for the multitude of typos she will most assuredly make.

Haven't quite mastered the whole Touch Screen thing ...

And once it finally quits snowing (we're hoping by late June) and we're not up to our hips in mud, we will relocate back to the Crappy Little Trailer in the Spooky Forest. But clearly not until we figure out where to put all the stuff we have jammed inside ... just in case you thought that was an exaggeration.

Words fail ...

And by that time, she will be reduced to conducting her business from this miniscule and extremely difficult-to-see device, and probably won't even be reading blogs any more since Canadian cell phone prices are the highest in the world.

Not to mention, a person needs a magnifying glass to see anything ...

Hopefully not too long afterwards, we will relocate to our Final Destination. It had better not be too long. Neither of us are particularly excited about getting reacquainted with Mr. P. Potty.

Or maybe we'll have to move into the Carriage House
before the Little Gothic Cottage ...

What's one more move, after all?

The Attic will remain open during all this shuffling from here to there and back again. Shipping days have now been changed to twice weekly - Mondays and Thursdays - to avoid endless trips from here to there and back again, trying to figure out where the items being purchased have been stored.

Friday, April 17th.

Obviously, this was the day we moved the Attic stock ...

EVERYONE is tired of it ...

During these tumultuous times, be prepared for even fewer blog posts than the already dismal schedule of one per month you've been experiencing since our move from the Gothic Mansion. But also consider yourself fortunate you won't be subjected to endless posts on topics such as furnaces, rough-in plumbing, wiring, insulating, septic systems and all the things being eliminated due to the dwindling bank account.

Necessary, yes. Exciting to write about - not so much ...

The insomniac  hopes to return to blogging in the fall, after we've settled in, with infinitely more riveting topics along the lines of, “How to Mix 20 Different Colours of Wood Stain to Get Your Kitchen Cabinets to Match the Exact Colour You're Seeing Inside of Your Head.” Now there's something to look forward to, eh?

So until we meet again, the insomniac  wishes you endless nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties. I'll miss you all.

IA

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  1. Good luck, safe travels, and may the light of the moon guide you home. Much love, Insomniac. Much love!

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    1. Thank you, Professor! Right back at ya! :D

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  2. Good luck, see you in the Fall (or earlier, hopefully)!! And if you change mailing addresses, PLEASE let us know via FB or one of those other methods you will have access to! I will still keep sending the occasional card or note, you don't need to answer unless you wish to. HUGS to you!!!

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    1. Thanks, Lucretia! The mailing address stays the same, and once we move into the hotel and I'm stuck in a tiny room with only a TV for entertainment, I think I'll take some of those letters I owe everyone down to the saloon and start replying. Be prepared for some very incoherent correspondence! ;)

      First I have to figure out where the letters are though ...

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    2. Probably in the Spooky Trailer, heheheh... ;-) I'll have to send you another card so you have something to start off with!

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    3. If they're in the Spooky Trailer, then I'm afraid they're lost forever! Bwahahahaha!

      I just got your last card, and I think  I put it in the box of stuff that's going to the hotel with us. But I could be wrong. I usually am. ;)

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  3. Oh, my, what an adventure...! I hope you'll get to your 'Final Destination' soon, because I can't wait to hear about all 20 different colors of wood stain and furnaces and sptic systems...but until then, I wish you all the luck...just don't disappear on us! :P
    Have a nice move!! ^^

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    1. Yes, it is an adventure. We are REALLY looking forward to the Final Destination as well. Probably more than anyone can imagine! And seriously - you're interested in a Wood Stain post? ;)

      Thank you - we'll need a little of your good luck wishes for some warmer weather, I think! :)

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  4. Good Luck, Honey... it's really a big adventure... but the house looks so beautiful...

    ... and: I've nominated you just now: http://mkslittlecabinetofcuriosities.blogspot.de/2014/04/i-was-nominated-liebster-blog-award.html

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    1. Thank you, Madame Kismet! It is looking wonderful, and we're so excited to get in there!

      And thanks for the nomination, although I probably won't do anything with it for the moment, if that's okay with you? I REALLY don't like typing on that tablet. :P

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  5. Here's to wishing you a wonderful summer and a quick conclusion to the construction of the Little Gothic Cottage. May things soon settle down for you.

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    1. Thank you, Nightwind. I'm looking forward to some settling down myself. I always knew I was a homebody, but this adventure has just confirmed how much of one I really am! Did you notice the Carriage House? Second floor dormer window on the right side - that's where your coat is going to come to life! :)

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  6. All that moving would assuredly suck but the " final destination" looks so worth it! Keep warm!

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    1. Oh, we will, Mark - that's why the trailer's out of the question until at least June! :)

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  7. That is such a cute hotel! The picture looks like the set of some kind of quirky TV show.. about an Insomniac and her hubby moving to their dream Little Gothic Cottage in a Spooky Forest in the Wilds of Alberta perhaps?! ;D

    Best wishes for the rest of your journey to the Final Destination!

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    1. Isn't it adorable, Little Gothic Horrors? And that's why I picked it, because it has so much character! The restaurant downstairs has a tin ceiling that I'm in love with! And it still has the old-fashioned hot water radiators for heating. Ours is the only room in the hotel with an attached bathroom; all the other rooms share! LOL

      Thanks! Looking so forward to all this being over with. I hope your house hunting is progressing. :)

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  8. Love the hotel...love the owl...love your post...waiting in anticipation...

    ...:)...
    blessings

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    1. The hotel is really cool, Sacred Keep - and so was the owl! :)

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  9. What an intriguing hotel---kinda wild west looking. Hope all goes well for you! The crappy trailer looks just like my basement :0

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    1. Oh, Cochrane is a very Wild West kinda town, Tilda. Most saloons around here only play country music. Ewwww.

      Yeah, the Crappy Trailer is just a smaller version of what our basement used to look like. The sea can we have out there looks exactly the same. After we move in, I think more downsizing is in order. ;)

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  10. May the Moving Gods smile upon you. See you in the Fall!

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    1. Thank you, Debra! I'll be reading your blog - makes me laugh. Hard. :D

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  11. Kindred spirits, you and I-- I am still at my own hotel after all this time... and it has been such a detriment to my mental health not to be able to do over half of the things I love doing!

    Also, it's pretty awesome to know that we both have the same desktop background! That furthers my point about us =P

    Good luck! And may we both be in our permanent homes soon!

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    1. Oh no, Madame MM - still in the hotel? I agree, when you can't do the things you love, it does make the time pass slowly, doesn't it? And truthfully, I am very tired of knitting, so I got a couple of old and very worn needlepoint things off eBay and will start working on restoring those at the hotel. But still, I'm itching to get at that sewing machine. So many ideas that I'll have forgotten about by then probably! LOL

      No way, same background? That's eerie! :D

      I wish you and your hubby all the best Madame MM, and hope you haven't much longer until you're all settled in and able to do the things you love, too! I hope you're liking the town at least?

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  12. Yeah... more moving in the snow! I do not envy you for a second. LOVE the hotel, I wonder if it is haunted? It reminds me of the Hotel Jeffery by my dad's house - which was on a show about the ten most haunted hotels in the states. I'm crossing my fingers that your house is finished sooner than later!!!

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    1. Seriously, why didn't we move to Vancouver where there is no snow. Oh, I know - because I don't like rain! LOL

      Isn't it cute? And OMG, I never thought to ask whether it was haunted or not. Maybe I'll have something to write about sooner than I think! And yes, sooner rather than later would be beyond awesome. :)

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  13. And the adventure continues...
    Keep safe, warm and, if possible, sane:-)

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    1. And continues ... and continues ... and continues. Haha!

      Keeping safe and warm are easy, Variations on Light. Sane - well, it might already be too late for that. ;)

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  14. Oh Ms Insomniac, we will miss you too! I hope you get the chance to throw down a couple of lines now and then. And I hope the stubborn snow will cease. Take care!

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    1. Awwww, thanks, Ms. Misantropia! If I get any good pictures of wildlife that don't require much text, I'll post those. As for the snow - more forecast for this weekend. I wish I could remember where I put my thigh-high rubber boots. :P

      I'll be awaiting your post on the return of Cinnamon Man!

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  15. Good luck! I don't mind any typos, if you comment on my blog! Your fairytale house is looking beautiful already! Oh, that poor owl looks so miffed at all the snow!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! Now yours would be the last place I'd want to make a typo; you being a writer and all, I'm sure they'd bother you the most! :)

      Everybody is miffed at the snow. But he does look quite perturbed, doesn't he? LOL

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  16. Oh my dear, I really feel for you! So much snow and so many moves to make!

    Still...your move into your beautifully Gothic new home is getting ever closer.

    You must be feeling quite excited about that.

    Looking forward to future posts. Take care :)

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    1. Every time we move and take less and less with us, I realize how little we really need. I am definitely getting rid of more stuff once we get moved in. Really. I am. ;)

      We are getting excited! On the good days when we don't have snow and the sun is shining and everybody is able to get out there and work, it really does seem close. You take good care, too, Yvonne! :)

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  17. I do wish you a happy trip and even happier final move to your new lovely home.
    I'll be missing you !
    Lots of love.

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    1. Thank you, Violette! I know when all the moves are over and we're finally in, we'll look back at this and laugh. Haha. ;)

      I'll still be reading your blog for as long as I can!

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  18. It's still snowing!! oh my goodness, I hope it all stops pronto, and the mud too, no good for all of these moves! your carriage house is looking spectacular, how wonderful and the hotel looks inviting and cosy - I'm so excited for you, one move is one move closer to your beautiful new home! I will miss you but will look forward to any updates and news, good luck x x x

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    1. I know, right? Apparently, Mother Nature never got the memo that it's supposed to be spring! LOL

      I love the hotel - other than the fact it's just one room, I won't mind it there. Better there than out in all the mud, that's for sure! I'll be reading your blog for as long as I'm able, Sandra! ♥

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  19. Best of luck! I'll miss you while you're gone, but I'm also excited for more pictures of the Cottage when it's done!

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    1. Thanks, Guin! Never fear, whether I'm posting or not, I'm still taking pictures like a madwoman! :)

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  20. You'll be missed, hope you can find yourself things to keep busy with (maybe pick up some lights to polychrome?). The hotel, while utterly charming, is certainly no Spooky Cottage. And that trailer! Suddenly I don't feel so bad about sending you pictures of my basement...

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    1. I have five, no six, maybe seven boxes full of old lights that have now been rewired and CSA approved and are awaiting their makeovers. I shouldn't have any trouble keeping myself busy, Mayfair Mistress (or Mistress Mayfair as I sometimes make the mistake of calling you). It's a cool hotel - you'd love it - tin ceilings and everything!

      Um no, you shouldn't feel bad about your basement. If that's what the trailer and the sea can look like, you can well imagine what our old basement was like! ;)

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  21. That hotel looks interesting. You must take lots of photos, especially of the ghosts who surely inhabit the place. Here's to dry roads, hot showers and an early move-in date. Preferably into something with said hot showers, which I suspect that trailer hasn't got. Even if you could get to the facility.

    Take care of you and I'll keep sending you Pinterest stuff and wait to hear from you. Hey, its only four months to September.

    Ali

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    1. The camera is coming with me, Ali. If nothing else, I can occupy myself taking pictures of everything in sight!

      I'll second the dry roads and hot showers. And no, the trailer wouldn't have running water let alone a hot shower. So the hotel is definitely a step up. Four months ... when you say it like that, it almost seems close. :)

      I'll look forward to the Pinterest stuff - that's the one thing I can actually see on the phone!

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  22. Fall? Booo :(
    But hey, time flies by as you said and I guess it sounds worse than it is. ;D
    I agree. I love my big computer and big screen - I hate using the internetz on anything smaller.

    Good luck with everything and we'll see you soon!

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    1. I hope it flies by, Sandra ... I'm getting bored to death. And I doubt I'll spend much time on this tablet - I like my big computer, too!

      Good luck with the diet; see you in the fall! :)

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  23. all the best with everything =) nice to see some progress your way. keep smiling =)

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! There's definitely progress but patience is not one of my virtues, I'm afraid. Nice to hear from you and hope all is well on your end! :)

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  24. Exciting times ahead! :)
    Stay positive and hope to hear from you soon.

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    1. Exciting times indeed, Persephone! :)

      Settled in at the Rockyview Hotel yesterday and despite the sketchy wi-fi, feeling optimistic again. It's the moving part I can't stand - once I'm there, I'm okay. And today it almost felt like Spring - that definitely helps! :)

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  25. Oooo it looks like definite progress is being made. Good luck and I hope that all goes according to plan.

    See you in the Autumn. :-)

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    1. Yes, things are moving along! We are coming up to the rainy season now though ... you know, right after the snowy season ends. ;)

      See you in the fall, Rachel - Hallowe'en might be a good time! :)

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  26. Inspite of leaving all the comfort in your rental apartment, I'm sure you have a lot to look forward too. I hope you will be able to move in the house soon and that it will be that comfort gothic home you wanted. Take care of yourself and your spouse and enjoy the summer when it will arrive. They say here in Sweden that a cold spring means a hot summer, a warm spring means a cold summer. I'm sure your summer will be sunny and enjoyable while our's will rain away. I have already planted, sowed and consider to let my lemontree outdoors. Hugs <3

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    1. Living in a hotel isn't so bad, linnea-maria. As long as we're out during the day keeping ourselves busy, it's okay. And soon there will be work out at the cottage for me to do, so then the time will pass quickly.

      Oh, I hope for both our sakes the summer will be sunny and warm! We had to take our huge jade tree out to the land and leave it outside after we left the rental because we had nowhere else to put it. It froze already. I hope your lemon tree flourishes! ♥

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  27. Sorry even I dropped out of your blogging... long time since I commented.
    It seems like you are having real winter there... so far. That owl is adorable! I've never seen owls in nature myself.
    All the best with moving! I'd love to see your Gothic cottage :)

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    1. Hey, Hindustanka - good to hear from you! And you've been busy with other more important things, like that new little person who'll be arriving in your lives very soon! I'm hoping we'll still have wi-fi by then so I'll be able to see pictures of the little bundle of joy. Good luck with your new adventure, too! :)

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  28. Good Luck with everything! It'll all be worth it when you finally are able to get settled into your lovely new home...and I am really looking forward to some tips and tricks for finding just the right colour (okay, for me, the right black) of wood stain, lol! :)

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    1. Thanks, blackhrtgurl! It will be worth it in the end, but I'm probably not the best personality type for this kind of adventure ... I'm good up to a point, and then I JUST WANT IT DONE! Know what I mean? :P

      I have yet to find a decent black stain for our cedar trim. They all turn a muddy brown ... definitely not the look I was hoping for. And even the wood for the kitchen cabinets doesn't look good in Minwax Ebony - how disappointing!! They might have to be grey. Close second, I suppose. :)

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  29. Well, maybe go with a really dark grey then, (while avoiding battleship grey, lol) and I think that could look quite nice. Grey is quite a sophisticated colour that looks dramatic enough and goes with anything without over taking it. My sister has used it in combination with dark red in her home and it does look great :)

    Oh I know what you mean about wanting it all done... I can assure you I would be a total space cadet having to do all the moving and sorting and planning and, oh, I'm getting tired just thinking and writing about it all, lol! It seems your doing well all things considered.

    Looking forward to the future results :) Carry on!

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  30. Hope all is going really well for you Insomniac, and that you're spending a lot of time in that saloon - I found that was the only way to cope with Canadian winters ;D

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    1. Judging by the amount of hootin' and hollerin' going on when the saloon shuts down at 2:00 a.m., drinking does appear to be a popular way of dealing with a harsh Canadian winter, Gothic Flamingo!

      Things are chugging along ... I'm far too impatient. :)

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  31. Oh my... I am tired just reading about your many mini movings prior to the really big move. Best wishes to you.

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    1. You know what I'm mostly tired of (and I never thought I'd see the day these words would be uttered by me) ... I'm tired of eating in restaurants, Fran. I actually miss my awful cooking! :)

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  32. Thank you so much for your blog! (which I have just discovered via a question about what happened to the Riley Home on Crowchild Trail.)
    I'm so happy that someone who loved the home has restored it to it's elegance. We're also hoping that the new owners continue on with it's style as one of few memories left in the city of it's youth. I've read your new exploits and am in awe of your drive! Your new home will be fabulous and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished results!

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    1. Well, I'm glad you found the blog, Bonnie ... just in time for my summer vacation! LOL

      I believe the new owners will love Riley Lodge just as much as we have. We went back a few weeks ago to assist with the start-up of the pond, and I'm very grateful they didn't invite us in. I think I would have cried great buckets of tears. I guess I'll always think of it as Our House (just don't tell Bob and Leona that, okay?) ;)

      I'm excited to get into the new house and start working! It's been a long boring winter with no projects, but I've been given the green light to start staining in the conservatory next week. Woot!

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  33. I hope you're well, insomniac! Is it getting warmer yet? Its nearly summer in Napa. Have you started staining yet ? Xxoo

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    1. Hey, lightning x ... good to hear from you! I am well, albeit Bored to Death. It is getting green and more spring-like, although it went down to freezing the other night and it was COLD in the trailer! Might give it a few more weeks before I try it again!

      The drywallers should finish up this week and then I can start staining in the conservatory! Woot!! In the meantime I've started some stained glass classes and am working on some inserts for the upper conservatory windows to keep myself from going insane. :)

      How are things on your end? All settled in and ready to start some renovating of your own? Haha!

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  34. I hope everything is going fabulously for you and the weather finally started improving *fingers crossed*! x x x

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    1. Things are moving along quickly now that the snow has finally stopped (June 10), and the builder is hoping to have us in by the end of July. And, trust me, my fingers are crossed for that too! Thanks for checking in, Sandra! :)

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  35. Oh wow it snows for a long time in Canada. I will miss you until the fall and I hope the hotel isn't too bad. The new house is already looking like it's going to be lovely!

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    1. It really does snow a lot here, Caity ... and we're just hoping we'll be able to move in before it starts flying again! :D

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