21 January 2017
Do you like show home tours? Well, you're in luck. Today my friend K and I went to a few show homes just for the heck of it and we began with the STARS Lottery Home 2017. I'm going to take you along too but you get to skip the ice, fog and cold and enjoy from the comfort of your home. Located in the up and coming area of Griesbach in Edmonton, this lovely two story house is on a corner lot with an attached double garage up front. I didn't take photos of the exterior so a photo of the flyer will have to suffice.
Here are some photos of the interior, beginning with the foyer and main floor and continuing upstairs to the bedrooms, of which there are three, and a media room. The laundry room is also on this floor. The basement is unfinished.
The entrance and main floor
The main floor
The master suite
The bedrooms and laundry, all on the second floor
Media room above also included a bar with sink, upper cabinets and a small fridge.
It was a nice house; nothing over the top but not particularly blasé either. Could you see yourself living here?
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25 December 2016
The house was loud, the voices cheery, the laughter full as we gathered together as a family to celebrate Christmas. We filled our bellies and enjoyed the company of loved ones we don't get to see often and those we do and still love to be near them more. It's a boisterous gathering full of turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, foot comparisons, cute chocolates, adorable pups, good friends, .... wonderful people.
Christmas Eve eve we took a road trip in -20 C or so (with the windchill) weather to an acreage an hour out of town to see 5 acres of lights. It was beautiful .... and cold!!
All in all it was a joyful celebration of the birth of our Saviour. That's what Christmas is to me. It's Jesus, hope, charity. love. family, togetherness, joy.... I am reminded of Dr. Seuss' quote from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas .... "maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more." I hope your Christmas was something more...
Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year. Cheers!!
30 November 2016
27 November 2016
You can imagine my surprise when I saw melon coloured poinsettias this week!! Thanks to revolutionary select breeding, new colours and patterns on poinsettia leaves are becoming increasingly available but how will the public respond, I wonder. Here are some photos of those beautiful plants, the traditional and not so traditional. Which is your preference?
14 November 2016
For inspiration, I've included a few photos.
|An unusual colour scheme chosen to complement the magnolia leaves.|
|A selection of centrepieces|
|An undressed urn drop-in ready to decorate.|
03 November 2016
01 November 2016
With Halloween by the wayside, November dawned with a dusting of light crystal snowflakes. As I walked out on the deck this morning, the air was warm enough for the snow to stick. Miniature crystals perched on flower petals, as if gently dusted there. I look out the window now to see more flakes falling, their presence much more significant than an hour ago.
This is not to be long-lived though, if our Beetlejuice weatherman (Global news' Mike Sobel) is to be believed. The next few days, into the weekend we are forecast to see temperatures in the teens (Celsius). A joy we haven't experienced in a few weeks! There's hope I will get my bulbs planted yet!
As chilly as it may be today, tomorrow and the next few days should be brilliant!! I watched a video this morning of my 18 month old grandson doing the Monster Mash dance. What a hoot! It melts my heart to watch him and am so grateful for the videos shared on social media by his parents and his grandmother.
I sit here now contemplating the day ahead. Today should be a good day to clean bathrooms, visit the library and do some reading. A flu shot is scheduled for the middle of the day, I am reminded. Next week we continue the set up at work for the "floral department" for Christmas. I look forward to the upcoming weeks immensely as I really enjoy designing with greens. The fragrance of cedar, spruce and fir alone ought to put everyone in the spirit.
How was your Halloween?