In April I kept my appointment to get the snow tires on my car switched out for the summer/all season tires. Naturally this guaranteed another couple of snows. The weather has been mostly sunny with a bitterly cold wind. I came back from the UK expecting the season would have started to turn, but I’m still waiting! Anyway, it still doesn’t compare to last year’s awful extended winter.
I had an anticipatory Spring shopping freakout. I am undecided if I should have regrets about it! I bought Spring travel clothes of the type that I only ever wear when I’m on vacation. I even purchased an extra layer for each outfit, knowing I would need some warmth. I haven’t been able to wear any of it since travelling, because of our weather. I will need to add the new stuff to my workday wardrobe when it is nicer out. I’ll do a roundup in an upcoming wardrobe post!
I wrote about my April trip to the UK here. Upon returning, I booked my next trip, to a family reunion in the Canadian Rockies in July. I haven’t been there or seen this set of relatives in five long years! I can hardly wait to see everyone. It will be Rom’s first view of the Rockies, and Link will be joining us there. We are splurging on a night in Banff during the tourist high season. The environment in the Rockies is spectacular – so majestic compared to our quaint little tableaux on the East coast!
Back at work, I am doing several extra Saturday and Sunday shifts in April and May. I normally only do one a month. I have enjoyed working with some staff I rarely see on weekdays, but the chopped-up schedule makes me feel like I need another vacation! Naw, just a “proper” weekend.
I have domestic matters to attend to. The gas-powered lawnmower bit the dust last fall so a new one is required immediately. I tried a manual, rotary mower in my yard and it just did not work on the variety of broad-leaf weeds I have (at least my yard is a diverse ecosystem!) An electric mower is also out of the question because the yard is over 6000 square feet; too much for me to manoeuver with a cord.
At the time I bought my last mower, cordless rechargeables were new to the market. I had bad luck with a cordless, rechargeable weed whacker (string trimmer), so I bought a gas mower to avoid the risk of early battery failure. I could do the lawn with the self-propelled gas mower in 75 minutes; not a small job. The new cordless mowers have a battery life of 45 minutes at best and most say 30 minutes realistically.
I do feel compelled to give one a try. Even though I used less than 20 litres of gas a year in the old mower (half a car fill-up), I just hate buying gas for it, bringing the gas container home in my car, filling the mower, and storing gas in my shed. The air pollution and noise are nasty. I will be buying a cordless soon (with 2 batteries) and I will let you know how it goes. If anyone out there has one (or can advise for/against brands), let me know!
My other domestic project is one I’ve been dreaming about for many years – painting the whole interior of the house including ceilings, closets and trim. I know – my dreams are rather workmanlike! When I moved into this house 12 years ago, it still had the original builder’s coat on the walls, and it has never been painted, except for Link’s room and the two bathrooms. The whole house has had a lot of wear and tear. I am desperately awaiting the freshen-up. We both hate painting and will not be doing a lick of it ourselves. We hired a local guy whose crew can do the entire little house (900 sq ft x 2 levels) in four days! We will be run ragged moving all of our books and furniture. We have the equivalent of ten 6-foot tall, 3-foot wide book cases (8 of which, I will note, are Rom’s – and you thought I was the librarian!)
The project should start within 2 weeks. I am looking forward not only to the results, but the opportunity to declutter and clean the entire house. (Um, I guess that is a little weird, but being forced into it works for me!)
I did a ton of reading in April, including 3 books during my vacation flights and all the time on public transportation. I’ll save that for another post, but all the titles are on my Goodreads page, as always.
I’ll leave you with some snaps of the “stuff” I bought in the UK. With the exchange rate and airline luggage allowances, we don’t buy a huge amount, but I always find a few things:
I would love to hear how April went for you.