Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Erfa's "Thyroid" Disaster, Paleo Diet and a White Fence

Once again I'm a deliquent blogger and I truly apologize for that. I have been dealing with thyroid issues caused by unknown changes to my dessicated thyroid medication called
"Thyroid" manufactured by the Canadian company Erfa and I am not the only one. There is a blog post by Janie Bowthorp on her website's blog
Stop The Thyroid Madness
about it from June and I am so thankful for her being our voice in this serious matter that has put those of us affected through the wringer.  Once again, I have been doing the bare minimum in my life as a result and it is so very frustrating. Couple that with an extremely tight budget as we get caught up from Todd being off for two months with sciatica means we have not done anything too exciting this summer. As well sitting on the wifi connection while on the computer still leaves me very drained physically so I have been avoiding it when I can.
Since this is the only dessicated thyroid available to us in Canada (they have about 3 other options in the US) it is nothing short of a disaster to my well being. Even though Erfa has admitted to moving their manufacturing facility to a different company and using a new machine to compress the tablets, they stand by the fact that they have not changed anything at all with their product. Back in 2009 Armour, another dessicated thyroid product was changed unknowingly to patients and people also saw a return of their hypothyroid symptoms. It is a crime that this can happen. It is wreaking havoc on my life and I pray for some sort of a miracle that they go back to whatever they were doing correct.
If you know of anyone who is taking Efa's "Thyroid" and has not being doing well since the start of this year then please direct them to Janie's blog so they can see what others have been experiencing.

And about a month ago we embarked on a new diet direction, the Paleo diet to see if it helped me feel better.  It has been wonderful and there are so many health benefits to it that I feel are helping us both and even my mom has given it a try. This diet takes more time and effort but is well worth it when your day is not plagued with the side effects of eating grains, even gluten free grains.
Today I whipped up some Paleo approved zuchinni pancakes from the "Nourishing Meals" cookbook for breakfast which are easy and delicious.

A couple of weekends ago, my honey started staining the fence and gate on the east side of the house white. 
He left the small recessed areas of the lattice for me to do.

And I managed to get them done on the inside of the gate first, which of course was dumb now that I think about it since no one sees this side very much.

And then this past weekend the weather was fence staining perfection with little humidity and clear blue skies. Because the fence is a couple of years old, a week ago Todd powerwashed and then sanded the entire fence and the we both spent two full days staining it a nice pure white on the outside.

Every one of our neighbours think it looks nice but one guy we have never seen before wanted to know why we were painting it white and said it looked just fine as a wood fence. I wanted to throw my stain roller at him as he walked away and my honey wanted to ask him why his shirt was so ugly but we just smiled and replied, ah well this is much cleaner looking.

My limelight hydrangeas have monstrous size blooms this year and I'm not sure what I did to deserve them but they are gorgeous!

We just love how pretty and fresh it looks. Earlier in the summer Todd  had to remove a large juniper and a sand cherry on this side of the house that had died  and we hope to level out the yard and and add fresh sod before the snow flies and perhaps transplant some plants from the back garden. 

But now the Benjamin Moore Weston flax house colour looks so faded and dingy so hopefully we can rectify that next year and paint it a nice warm grey along with repainting most of the windows that need it as well.
This side has nonworking gates that in the event that we need access to the yard with any equipment etc. then all we have to do is unscrew them to open them up.

This is the back of the yard at our neighbours driveway and we still need to get a second coat on it.

I picture some nice easy to maintain shrubs along this street side but that too will have to wait until next year but for now I am so pleased with our fence. Now if I could just convince him to one day install a cute shorter picket fence for the rest of the yard which I think will be absolutely perfect for our charming home.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Nantucket Chic Zoey Cabinet

Time has flown by in a wink since I last posted. Both my honey and I have had our share of challenges with our health these past months, and it has meant that home renovations and projects of any sort have not happened. Things are finally returning to normal and this weekend I was quite excited to take this absolutely adorable cabinet I've had for some time from seriously shabby to fresh and lovely.

Here she is with one coat on the inside of the dreamiest ocean blue that I custom mixed (seems to be the way with me) from a number of different blues I had on hand and on the outside with a soft white that is just natural white base.

It is solid wood and I love the carving detail.

She really is a perfect slim size for a front entry or a little princess's bedroom or even a flat screen tv console. 

and after two coats of paint.

Please ignore the big black inversion monstrosity that is taking up space in our dining room. My sister graciously loaned it to us to help with my honey's sciatica and it is helping along with regular chiropractor appointments. I am just so thankful that he is getting better.

I've chosen this gorgeous shade of a tropical ocean so that it would make a statement if it is being used as an open shelf cabinet or with the doors on for some closed storage.
It's always good to have choices!


The detail on the end is lovely too.
I have to give it a third coat of paint and a matte poly and finish the doors that have been modified a little. 
I will share more soon.
 I promise.
I hope you are having a fantastic summer so far!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Value at the Village, Sarah and Tommy, Mom's Art

I realize it has been quite some time since I posted and that is mostly since I have spent more time focusing on the every day tasks of life, eating (well), sleeping, walking, relaxing and doing more of all of that (except eating). Projects in the house are still there waiting on our attention but I am no longer in a rush, doing what I can when I can and trying to create other moments in life.

So Mom and I recently enjoyed a day out together and one of our stops was to Value Village. Mom who is a crazy book lover (must be the librarian in her) spotted this large coffee table book by the infamous sea explorer, Jaques Cousteau and graciously let me have it to buy. We all grew up watching Jaques Cousteau and loved all he brought to us through his research and adventures with the undersea world. 
It was a mere $5.00, truly an unbelievable deal.

I removed the glossy coloured jacket to reveal this stunning white and grey scheme with a simple beautiful font and I knew it would be a perfect addition to our living room.

I have yet to read this incredible book that is full of such amazing information that Jacques dedicated his entire life to but the pictures alone are stunning.

And as we were waiting in line at the cash I spotted a back wall of frames and pictures that we hadn't seen and decided to check them out while mom saved my spot in line. I spotted this heavy beautiful banana weave laundry basket with a hinged lid sitting right beside the frames and when I saw the price tag ($7.99) I wanted to yell 
so I quickly picked it up and headed for the cash. 
We walked out and I couldn't believe that I just spent a measly $13.00 on a stunning book and a basket that would normally cost $80.00.
So I get home and after showing Todd (so he'd believe I only spent that much) I cut the tag off and it was then that I noticed a piece of paper stapled to the price tag and when I turned it over it had that days date written on it with someone's name and "not paid for ". 
Neither I nor the cashier saw it because the writing was facing the wrong way and it was then that my heart sank.
Someone had found it before me and asked a staff person to set it there and hold it for them perhaps while they shopped. It was late and the store we went to was a 45 minute drive away so there was no way I was taking it back.  I still feel guilty when I toss my laundry into it.
This actually happened to me once before and also to my friend so if you ever find a good deal or something one of a kind and put it on hold at the front of the store, don't trust that it is safe if it's sitting somewhere that someone else can come by and pick it up either on purpose or by accident. Better yet, pay for it and put it in your vehicle and then go back in for the rest of your shopping.

I thought I would share another wonderful eye candy book that was a delightful Christmas gift from my nephew Rob and his sweet girlfriend Laura. It is written by the founders of the Brighton England store, i gigi, Zoe Ellison and Alex Legendre.
They have mastered the art of taking antique and found objects and incorporate them into design in a visual blend of texture and tone in it's simplest perfection.

This last picture of Alex's home is my favourite. I love the rawness of the table and chairs contrasted with that incredible drippy chandelier above.

Joanne and I went to this years IDS show in Toronto and had a great time and a photo op with my favourite designer Sarah Richardson. Not sure why she had to scrunch down though! I was a little nervous and when she scrunched down, silly me, looks like I did a little too. Dang, wish I'd worn my high heels. Ha!
We also listened to Sarah talk at the main stage and she is on fire, the lady has so much charisma and energy and such a passion for design, she is truly a superstar. 

and we also had a pic with her design partner the funny and oh so incredibly talented Tommy who was wonderful manning the booth all weekend that displayed Sarah's new fabric line which is available through her website. I have to say that Tommy is the real deal, so friendly and funny.You have to check out Sarah's fabrics, they are all gorgeous and so true to her style.
                                                              Sarah Richardson Design

We also listened to Suzanne Dimma, editor of the wonderful Canadian House and Home magazine speak with Mark Challen on the main stage and after Suzanne was gracious enough to speak with a couple of us who had questions. I told her I was stumped about our coffee table, whether to paint it or stain it and she said paint it which I wasn't expecting to hear. She was so nice and easy to speak with and it was great to hear her advice yet I'm still unsure what I will do. 

And so the living room is still a work in progress and the latest addition is a stunning beach scene my very own Mom painted.
I am tickled pink about it and just LOVE it!

She is so so talented.

And to pick up the intense colour of the painting I added a few globes as well as a gorgeous cotton knit throw that was a lovely gift from a sweet customer. 

I painted the coffee tables white as well and wish I'd done it ages ago as it truly evokes the beach house aesthetic I love.

Here is another amazing little water colour that mom did.
 I think I recall her saying, oh, I was just messing around that day.
What?!!! Pleeeeeease! 
She never thought it would get framed and is an odd size so I took it to staples to see if it would copy onto a size for a frame I already had. It isn't the ultimate thing to do as I want her original art framed but is such an inexpensive option. I realize as well that the white frame doesn't do it justice as well.

It worked but it did not copy the colour perfectly so I am going to find a darker frame and then a get a custom matte for it afterall.

House of Turquoise 
I have always, always coveted a large wall clock which usually cost hundreds of dollars but when I saw this one on Erin's House of Turquoise website, I'd new I'd found my answer. It will be so easy to make and in it's perfection, reads "Island time" with no working clock arms, means, when life is as care free as that, who cares what time it is.
So fun! 

The sun shone today with a chilly - 9 degree high going to - 19 tonight and even thought winter has dragged on I have enjoyed the fact that we have had our share of unusually sunny days, which makes me happy. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well and has enjoyed a healthy and happy Christmas season.
I know it has been quite some time as I have taken quite a break to recharge, dental issues were so great this year and took a lot out of me.  As well I suspect that I am very sensitive to WIFI connection, makes me feel very sick afterwards and since we do not currently have a hardwired connection for our internet I have been staying off the computer unless absolutely necessary. I am going to order a special energy pendant that apparently protects you from EMF's and helps with energy levels as well and am hoping it works so I can keep posting!
I will let you know if it does.

We have survived the ice storm that caused widespread hydro failure in and around the GTA. 
Today is already a mild 2 degrees and is such a relief for so many. We managed to keep our power the entire time and my heart went out to those who were without it for so long and over the holidays. 

Our poor trees toppled over and sadly many were completely lost under the strain of the thick ice.

I was up early Christmas morning and the sunrise although eery was quite beautiful, casting a warm glow over the frozen branches. 

Mom and Dad once again hosted Christmas dinner and Mom's decorating of the dining room in reds and green was gorgeous! I made and brought with us pecan roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potato custard (that tastes just like pumpkin pie) and gluten, grain, dairy free chocolate chip cookies that everyone tried and loved!

I remember this lovely little nativity scene since I was just a little girl and was so happy to see it displayed once again.

She even decorated the kitchen window with her collection of homes all nestled in a layer of snow and lights. 


I kept things on the simple side for our home in shades of white, blues and red. 

I found this heavy little pine cone wreath at Goodwill for $4.99 and I removed the garish gold bow and the plastic snowflake garland that was wrapped around it but kept the pretty pale blue ribbon and I painted a free cabinet door with chalkboard paint and gave it a Merry little message.

On the same day I also found this little red spray berries wreath also at Good Will and it was just $3.99. 

And just before the holidays in bad timing we experimented with a new hall colour, one on the upper level called Divine White by Sherwin Williams and one on the lower level called Pewter Revere by Benjamin Moore as well as started priming the stairs back to white from a teal blue. I really grew tired of it and the white is just so beachy and easy on the eyes. Divine White is the winner and I can't wait to add it to the lower level. 

 I sold my chalkboard that was previously hung here in our stairwell off the kitchen and so I had to come up with something else for the holidays. I used a lovely antique frame, wreath, hurricanes and a pot of fauxliage I already had for a simple and festive little vignette.

I look forward to a New Year full of new possibilities and answers as I plan to find a new doctor to help me get to the next level of health, so I can feel better all the time and finally realize my goals and dreams.

I wish you and yours a Happy New Year and best wishes for the coming year!