Monday, July 23, 2012

South East Alaska State Fair; Haines Alaska

The South East Alaska State Fair is on this weekend in Haines Alaska. New this year, the zombie race. I think I might enter, if I'm feeling up to it.... I'd rather be a zombie I think. There's a parade of course, with the opportunity to enter your well dressed pet. There's loggersports, fishersports, beer, music and hippies. There's also fish in the river for catching. Here's one possible outfit for the dog;

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Gin & Tonic

There is something intrinsically refreshing about a G&T. Obviously it is partially cultural. The idea that a bitter, fizzy, alcoholic beverage can be refreshing on a hot day isn't universal. I hear East Indians believe that a hot spicy cup of tea is more refreshing. For those of you who share my views here's a photo of refreshment.

Shopping as Recreation

I've noticed amongst my friends, peers and colleagues that shopping has become a recreation. People shop for something to do. For an emotional lift. For fun. Sometimes because they want something, even more occasionally because they need something. Don't get me wrong, I do it to. I'll get it into my head that i 'need' something. Frankly, I live a pretty blessed life, there isn't a lot i really need. The whole advertising culture imbues us with the idea that we have "needs". Well, to deal with the fact that I am the target market for every marketer in the world and the way they make me feel I need to shop... I go yard saleing. I take my pocket money jingling around in a pocket, hop onto my bike and cruise the neighbourhood yard sales.

Today I found an Italian made espresso maker/milk steamer for all of $2. Less than 1/2 the price of a Starbucks latte. It makes excellent cappuccinos.

Then I found the perfect spinning chair. An old school chair with a drawer. I'm short, so the size is perfect. I figure I can put all my spinning wheel's accessories in the drawer. It was $20. 
My final purchase was probably the most entertaining. Our wonderful neighbours have been borrowing lawn mowers for 4 years. They have lawn and no lawn mower. So, I bought them an electric lawn mower. They really enjoy it already!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The dog approves of our Persian rug

After the dog's broken leg cost an obscene amount of money to fix we didn't have any cash left in the renovation budget to purchase the furniture we'd planned to finish off the lovely reno. We hit the yard sales and scored enough furniture to sit on. Well, the yard sale couch has given up the ghost, so we put the cushions on the floor on top of the Persian rug. It is surprisingly comfy. The dog very much approves. We hope soon to have adult furniture - it is being reupholstered in Chilliwack by Harvey as I write.

8 years later...

The whole thing exhausted the cat, Jack, who quite enjoyed telling us how much he enjoyed our company outside all day.

That Cat is a bit of a headonist if I do say so...

Yes, that cat. He managed to consume a half cup of very excellent Caeser salad (made with homemade dressing including a lovelying laid Yukon egg and $12 worth of Parmesan cheese), a pork meatball, and a 1cm cube of brownie for dessert.Then, he went for a cat walk on the newly painted fence to settle his meal.

Monday, July 2, 2012

New Canadians

Yesterday Chris and I trekked down to the citizenship ceremony held in a local park as part of the Whitehorse Canada day celebrations. Two friends are new Canadians. I have to admit I teared up a little. It must be my American side. Happy Canada Day!