Burning of a field

Today is May 5, 2017.  The field beside us is burning their field.  I have never seen it done before so I found it quite amazing.

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The green grass is where our property starts.

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The smoke was blowing away from our house.

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Zooming in on the fire.

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Now you can see the black dirt.

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This was taken from the back of our property.

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Another photo from the back of our property.

Cleaning Up the Orchard

Today is May 8, 2017.  I’ve been cleaning up the Orchard since the end of April, weather permitting.

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The orchard look to the south.  I had to rake in between each tree and get all the dead grass out.  The grass was really high, so it probably hadn’t been done in years.

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The orchard look to the north.

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The orchard looking west.  The big dirt spot is where there were four boxes of grass.  I think they must of been for rabbits.

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This section shows how tall the grass had gotten.  The grass is wrapped around the branches which makes it really difficult to get out.

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A few bags of leaves and grass, so far I’ve filled 10 bags.

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I found this in another part of the acreage.  I’m not sure what it is, it looks like a jaw bone but part of it is wood.

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Then when I opened it up it looks like teeth.

More finds

Today is May 7, 2017.   In April I spent a few weeks cleaning up, weather permitting.

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I found six tires in the grass which had been flattened by the snow.

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I found an assortment of metal, some of them are car parts.

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Whoever put in the Saskatoon trees decided it would be a good idea to put plastic in between the trees.  This is a cover for a phone book.

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They also V8 plastic to put between the trees.

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A dog food bag in between the trees.

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Roof tiles in between trees.

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Thick plastic in between the trees.

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A toy gun.

I never know what I’m going to find next!  I believe many people contributed to all the garbage on the property.  This is not something people should be doing.  The garbage dump is 10 kilometers from the acreage.

 

Time to let go

Friends come and go, sometimes for a long time and sometimes for a short period. Recently I’ve had to let someone go, I really didn’t like how I was treated.  I’ll call her friend 1.  It all started back in 2014, when we worked together.  I was told by another employee that friend 1 had turned on me.  She was telling things about me, how she didn’t like how I worked.  I didn’t do my work properly.

Friend 1 ended up being ill shortly afterwards and had to quit.  I chalked her turning on me, to her illness and let it go.  I contacted her a few months afterwards, we would meet for coffee once a week.  Friend 1 seemed nice to me again.

I lost my job in December of 2015 and friend 1 was very supportive.  She seemed to be on my side.

When we purchased the acreage in June of 2016, she told me that she didn’t want me to move out of town.   We both had always dreamed of owning an acreage and having the peace and quiet.  I was really surprised since I thought she would be happy for us.  Friend 1 lives out of town on 2 acres.

Last October another coworker ended up having her job eliminated.  So I invited friend 2 to join us.  At first friend 1 didn’t seem too happy to have friend 2 with us.  I noticed friend 1 would talk in my direction but not in friend 2’s.

Fast forward to a few months ago.  Friend 1 started talking to friend 2 more and would leave me out of the conversation.  She made a few condescending comments about the acreage.  She told me I was too old to be living on the acreage that I should have done it 20 years ago.  That would have been impossible since I was living in another province and married to someone else!

I have been subjected to friend 1’s jibes that she probably thought would pass over me. She told me that the garden is too big for me and that I wouldn’t be able to maintain.

Friend 1 said the front of our house needs to be improved.  It is enclosed at the front door, I like it because in the winter it keeps the extreme cold out.  In spring it works well as a greenhouse. Quite frankly I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks.  It’s an old farm house on an acreage.   To be able to see the front of the house you have to drive up the driveway.

When I was preparing the bathroom for painting, I told friend 1 and 2 about the walls.  The wall above the shower had a circle and it had a raised edge.  Friend 1 turned to friend 2 and said what else is she going to find!

The last meeting on March 29th was the last straw.  Friend 1 and 2 were talking the entire time we were together.  I couldn’t get a word in, it seemed that friend 1 was doing it on purpose.  She had a habit of cutting in and talking about her experience.  No matter what the subject was.  It didn’t matter if friend 2 or myself were talking.  I find that to be rude and really irritating.

I sent Friend 1 an email letting her I would no longer be going for coffee.  Friend 2 would contact her, so they could get together.  She sent an email back.  “Why what happened?  I’ll miss you!”

The response really didn’t bother me because I knew that she didn’t want me coming for coffee anymore.  I also let Friend 2 know, that she was a good friend and I hoped we would still see each other.

It’s now April 25, 2017 and no word from Friend 1.  Luckily Friend 2 and I are meeting for coffee every week.  We have such a good time and many laughs.

The Bathroom

Today is April 2, 2017.  The last few days, I have been washing the walls in the bathroom.  I will be painting the bathroom.  The colour that is in there right now, is a light brown.  The colour of milk chocolate, not appealing at all!

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The bathroom after we moved in.

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I painted the walls the same colour as the living room.  It is a dark grey, the handles on the drawers I spray painted silver.  I was quite happy how they turned out.

Heavy Rain

Today is April 2, 2017, last night it rained all night.  This morning a lot of the snow was melted and with it a lot of water.

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Our driveway with the two vegetable gardens on either side.

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My vegetable garden

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My other vegetable garden.

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The ditch about to overflow!

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The ditch on the other side.

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The trees are surrounded by water.

DSC_0014I couldn’t even see the culverts, they look like whirlpools.

DSC_0015The culverts across the road.

A video of the rushing water.

A video of the culverts.

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That’s a lot of water.

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We still have snow!

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The beaver’s house, we don’t know if he/she and family are still there.  I’m hoping not so I can walk to the other side.

What people will say

It amazes me what people will say.  Do they not have any kind of filter?  Children don’t have a filter and they say whatever is on their minds.  Hearing children say the darnedest things doesn’t bother me, sometimes it can be cute.  Seriously people, think about what you are saying and that other people have feelings.

One example is when I was living with my ex.  I said I hadn’t heard from my girlfriend for awhile.  His response was, “Why would she call you?”

I called him out on that, I said, “What do you mean?”

He replied, “Nothing.”

There is no reason to be that nasty.

I think I am becoming more like my mother!  There was this time when a couple of women where my parents were volunteering had done something to my mother.  She refused to have anything to do with them.  It wasn’t the first time they had done something to her.  They came to my father to see if he could do something.  He told them there was nothing he could do.  Later he told me that they had done three things to my mom on different occasions.  My dad said “You know the saying in baseball?  Three strikes and you are out!  Well that is how it is with your mother.  Do something once she is okay, two times she still is okay but three times, she will have nothing to do with you.”

I think it also depends on how people perceive you.  I am quiet and listen to people, I won’t voice my opinion.  I guess I’m just checking people out and don’t want to cause any waves.  After awhile my true personality comes out.  People are usually pretty surprised that they can’t control me or take advantage of me.  I can only take it so long and then I will let the person have it.

There is one person who has been causing me grief lately.  I worked with her and she was always nice.  Then one day she started saying things about me.  I was really taken aback but I put it aside.  A few of us have been getting together for awhile but the last few weeks I’ve noticed a change in her.  She dominates the conversation and will talk about things I have no interest in. It’s so much fun not being a part of the conversation, NOT!

I’ve had confrontation with people I work with, siblings and friends.  I’ve had people say to inappropriate things to me about my children.

My son was diagnosed with Leukemia as a young child, here are a few things that were said.

1.  My ex’s friends wife said, “You can’t have any more children because the next child will get cancer too.”

2.  A neighbour had said she was going to visit my son in the hospital.  He was home on a day pass, so I called to let her know.  She said, “I would never go to see your son in the hospital.”

If her children were outside playing, sometimes I would go outside with my son.  The next thing I knew she was bringing her kids inside.  I’m sure she thought my son was contagious.

3.  When my son was first in the hospital, I received a call.  It’s was my girlfriend (we are no longer friends).  She said, “I’ve been trying to get a hold of you.”

I told her I had just come from the hospital, that my son was diagnosed with Leukemia.  She said, “Oh my god you are just so funny!”

I said, “I would never joke about a thing like that.  I have to go now.”

She said, “Call me when you have time.”

I have not heard from her since that time.

4.  My sister was over when my son was having his 4th birthday.  She saw all his toys and said, “Oh Nancy!”  She gave me such a condescending look.  My child has cancer of course I’m going to spoil him.  I felt such guilt he was so sick.

Time is much too short to be around people like that, my life on the acreage is quite fulfilling.  I don’t need to go out visiting people who don’t appreciate me.  I don’t care if you are my friends, family or social media friends, I won’t take any kind of bullshit.

If you don’t take the time to want to hear what I am doing and don’t want to be apart of my life so be it.  People will come and go in all our lives.  There is a reason for them being there but when it is time for them to move on let them go.

I could go on and on but my point is this, think about what you are saying or doing.  We are not here to hurt each other.  We should be helping each other in the best way possible.