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February, 2019


The Hydeaway…

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Loving my office even more as we settle into it. Second winter but first one with the stove and laundry operational. Laundry is a breeze, we had that dialled in when it was in the miner cabin.

The stove however we are still learning about and had a big break through this past week. Of course there is no user manual with a stove that was built in the 1920’s so we have been gathering information as we go. When we first got it, the grate was set for coal so Barry got them moving and changed them to what we thought must be the wood setting… worked much better. There are 2 doors on the front and the one to the fire box was screwed shut. Inside there was a solid metal piece that looked like it lifted out. After visiting Hildur one day and checking out for stove, Barry realized this was the coal setting… we lifted the solid piece out and unscrewed the door and our lives changed forever!! It feeds easier, it breathes and burns better… wow! Yay! That little stove is amazing! We feel so fortunate to own it. Now I think I will be able to cook some stuff on it. Before it was too hard to hold a temperature.

We turned the boot room into a splitting room, it’s just so much easier to have the chopping block under cover. I fact we like it so much, the boot room will be getting s boot room of its own that will be the wood splitting room, won’t be insulated or have a door. This building keeps getting longer, I will be entering up at the well!! Hahaha. The boot room will get insulated and finished like we had planned.

You can see my little chopping block, both sides are lined with wood, the stove takes smaller pieces so I spend a fair amount of time chopping… good exercise.

The blue barrel we use to melt water for laundry, it has a cattle heater in it to melt snow then it is pumped into a tank inside.

Pretty view from early December…


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So much going on with work too.

I started the year at Troll but had to step away in January. There is an employee (who was there last year too) who I really don’t get along with and he was making things very miserable for me so I decided it wasn’t worth it. I am looking forward to going back next year when he’s gone. Still doing a lot of work for the hill so in close contact with them… Barry is snowboarding today. It’s been nice to have some weekends off. :).

Back Alley deSign is getting really busy and it can’t keep up with everything so I’ve had to put in my notice to Jafa. I will work until April for them, I went down to part time at the beginning of the year so I am able to work on more BAD stuff. I also have jewellery to make and neck tubes to print and pet portrait commissions waiting and Frog snot to make and, and, and… the list goes on.

In January I went to a gift show in .Toronto with Dave and Cheryl for a week. That was a great trip… except it was minusamilliondegrees with the wind chill factor (-30’s). We found lots of good products, it was worth the trip. My seasonal 5 month job has expanded to closer to 8 months with the new store… I like that! We are also opening something in the old Frog building, maybe a Christmas store.

Ian who builds the log homes was already on Barry about coming back as soon as the weather permits so Barry will be right back at it with the log homes in Wells then he will jump on the saw mill to get things going for our LIVING ROOM!!! Foundation is ready! We are excited!

Barry’s has a show at the Quesnel Art Gallery in September so he is busy painting… he has completed 2 and both have already sold… doh! He can’t paint them fast enough!

So as usual, lots going on! Stay tuned for some new projects we are launching…


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It’s been a pretty good winter, we went all the way to February 1st before we saw really cold temps. It did reach -33 and was cold for a few weeks. Amazing how I’m getting used to it.

These are random winter pics, the first one was a -33 days… I love the ice art on the windows.

This was December…

I took these yesterday…

Paxon Alexanda Tregoning – November 14-17, 2018

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My heart aches too much to put into words how I feel about this little guy but this blog is important to be sure he is remembered. Love you Jess and Scott.

Living with cats….

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I am really enjoying being a crazy cat lady!

I spend my first moments every day with Jack. He gets his drink of water (photo below) then the fun really begins while I wash and brush my teeth. He loves bubbles! I try and make as much bubbles as I can and he has the best time playing in them. It sure is a nice way to start the day, hard to be grouchy with this big guy around! He is so awesome!

Donn has become the biggest snuggler and I could not be happier! She still needs her space but when I pick her up, she turns on her biggest purr and snuggles right in. Barry can still barely pick her up for a few seconds. She’s Mommas kitty. She does the weirdest stuff…

I bought them a teepee for Christmas thinking Donn would like it because she loves a good hiding place,

Jack got in it immediately and uses it. So cute!

The Mini scare…

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We had another dog scare, this time it was .Mini. Her and Lily run as fast as they can everywhere, it’s always a race. Barry was checking the property and they went flying down a path and by the time Barry got to them at the end of the path Mini was limping. He hadn’t heard a yelp or anything but she was defiantly not putting any weight on it at all. We tried to keep her quiet and waited a day because this is happened before and by the next day she’s OK. But after two days she was still favouring it in a big way. This was of course during the Christmas holidays. Dave Copp who owns Lindsey veterinary in Penticton is related to Hilder at the ski hill and he has a cabin there. He was up for Christmas and agreed to have a look at her. He wasn’t able to really touch her because she was so freaked out and worried about him and the strange house she was at, he gave us a few scenarios of what it could be. Worst case she would need surgery because it would’ve been something torn in her kneecap best case she’s twisted it or pulled something and in a few weeks if we keep her very quiet she may be OK. So as you can see by the first photo we put her on a huge lockdown. This is a live trap that we use to remove larger critters off the property that we don’t want to kill but need to be removed. So she had to be in this live trap for a few days and then she started showing some improvement so she got put on the leash which was tied to a 2 1/2 pound weight which she could not pull. Hahaha, little peanut. That was the best babysitting system ever. So it took about 4 weeks in total and she stopped limping all together. Phew!! Dodged a bullet there! So now she isn’t allowed to go on the trails if the conditions aren’t perfect. She’s just too small and sometimes there is a layer of thin ice that she breaks through and that is dangerous for her little bones.