Thursday, January 10, 2013


It's been a nice week for me. Maybe not so much for Emilie who has had the flu since Saturday. Poor girly. But I enjoyed the cuddle time and she's back to school again today. I've been "single mom-ing" it lately as Sindre is still off making money in Poland. And I have to say, it's going pretty well, running things here by myself! Yay for me!

I started something this week. It's been something I've been thinking about for a long time. I quietly set a goal  for myself, not really daring to say anything, afraid to say it out loud. Not that it's a big, huge thing, but it's kind of  big for me. I decided, quite a while ago, that I would run 10 kilometers by the time I turn 40. 10k is definitely not a marathon, but it's something. Definitely more than nothing....which is where I was a few years ago.

I did C25K (Couch to 5K) a while ago and I can really recommend it! I was pretty much starting out at a zero fitness standpoint. I had a lot of excuses though and I kind of needed them to keep it from being overwhelming. I wouldn't run in the morning, after dark, in the rain, in the cold, in the snow and I avoided anything that looked like a hill. I've shed some of my excuses over the past few years. I'll run in the morning. And after dark. I hate the bad weather though. But no more excuses. This time, I'm ALL IN!

So this week I started C210K. It's been great! And it's fun starting it at a standpoint of semi-fitness. I'm keeping it challenging by running in the hills. GO ME! And I'd love some company! Here's a link to the program. Be warned! It's addicting. ;) Click here!

In other news, work continues on the house. I'm getting so impatient! I'm so excited to get started on the interior. I took some pics on the way home from my run the other day. It was so pretty at sunset.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Back to Life.

It's been a wonderful holiday. *happy sigh* It felt long and relaxing and that's pretty much all that one can wish from Christmas break. Lots of family time, presents, food and snow.

The house has had a nice long holiday break as well. Which, really, was a good thing cause there was sooo much snow during the break. The carpenters started back yesterday and it's been perfect weather! Today was 10 degrees celsius and mostly sunny. Ahhhh. Remember my post about spring? Well, that's the feeling I had today. I'm trying not to get my hopes up. It is the beginning of January after all. But, was sooo nice to feel the warm air!

Anyway, now that it's not either pouring down rain, hurricane force winds, or snow storming, the carpenters took the chance to start putting on the new roofing on the back of the house.

You can just see in this picture the tear drop shaped granite tiles that are original to the house. They've been there for 85 years so they've got great patina and are quite charming. 

However, the front of the house has new, red-brown, roof tile that was put there a few years ago. It made more sense to remove the back ones to check that everything was ok under there, than to replace the front which we already know is in good shape. Which is kind of a shame but money doesn't grow on trees. Apparently.

Here's what the front side of the roof looks like:

So today, they had just taken off the old granite tiles and had exposed the wood (which looked great!) and were starting to put on new asphalt boards.

We're going to save as many of the granite tiles as we can. Maybe we can use them for a little playhouse for the girls someday?