Aug 28, 2013

Toronto in August

Even though I am more than ready for pumpkin everything and snuggling under blankets (sorry Summer people!), I do love this city in August. It gets this light about it...and the cicadas start their end of summer song.

The heat in August is always something else too. Like, it's hot. The hottest. Humid and hot. That's why this delicious banana chocolate ice cream is the best. Freeze some bananas, throw them in your nutri-bullet (or whatever you have that blends), put in some scoops of cocoa powder (I put two scoops for two bananas), add some water or coconut milk (or regular milk if you are into that), blend, refreeze, eat. It's that freaking simple.

Evening summer drives are also the best. The shadows are long and the city is pretty. We have been saving up to buy our own car, but it wouldn't be smart to try and find something until I get a job, and have been at that job past my probation. In the meantime, we just use Zipcar, which we love!


I wanted to drive along the Lakeshore, through pretty neighbourhoods with lots of trees.

The clouds on this night were putting on a good show.

Love of my life. Almost 9 years!

Our legs are exactly the same length. He is taller than me, but our legs are the same length. I like telling people this.

Haha. There were a lot of gnats. Clouds of them. Scaredy cat.

People live here. Right on the water. We drive around a lot, especially around super rich neighbourhoods, wondering if the people who live in the gorgeous houses are thankful for what they have. Because we are jealous. And then we wonder what they have had to give up to have all of that. It's our way of making ourselves feel better. 

These are the things that are beautiful and meant to be enjoyed in this life. And hey...they're free!

I never want to leave this city. I like getting out of it as much as I can, but I can't imagine living anywhere else.

Currently I am trapped in one room of my house, because there is construction going on in the rest of it. Well, only in the bathroom and a bit in the bedroom, but it might as well be all over the house because the two oafs working on things like to spread their mess FAR and wide. I have no use of a toilet, and my poor cats are trapped in here with me. I know that nobody likes this kind of thing, but I REALLY HATE THIS KIND OF THING. It makes me crazy. No amount of zen thinking and telling myself everything is fine, helps. I hate it and it makes me crazy.

So I'm trying to drown my misery by having a Buffy marathon. And trying not to think about how much I have to pee, and the mess I am going to have to clean up later.

What are you all up to today?

Aug 23, 2013

DIY Halloween

All images were taken from Top Dreamer Magazine 2013. So please don't sue my ass!

I was at the Cloverdale Mall a little while ago and guess what I came upon in one of the stores? That's right...

A Halloween display.

Blame the mall for this post, not me! I know its early (incredibly!), but I happen to love Halloween almost as much as I love Christmas, and I REALLY love Christmas! (123 days, but who's counting?). So, with Halloween being 68 days away, I figured these DIY Halloween projects were something we can all start thinking about to spook up our homes once October rolls around.

Who's looking forward to the most spine-chilling day of the year? And what are some of your Halloween traditions? 

Up To No Good: Abandoned House Edition...The Ice House 3

After a lovely week away at a friends cottage (post coming soon!), I am back to wrap up the Ice House series. We ended the last post with me talking about getting the heebie jeebies the more I walked through the house, and the rest of it did not disappoint! To read part 1 and 2, go here and here.

Animals had clearly been through here. Notice the teeth marks on the vitamin B bottle. Why they didn't eat it since they were trying so hard to get to the contents inside, I don't know. Maybe they weren't feeling depressed.

I thought I was going to fall out of this window. There is no reason to think that...I just kept picturing it giving way under my weight.

Weird unopened SQueezit package. Kind of gross.

Krista making her way down the scary death trap stairs.

Me thinking about walking down them, planning what I was going to hold on to if anything gave way. Also, I have an alien hand.

The stairs down to the basement. I always have to go down into the basement, no matter how creepy it is.

And this one was DEFINITELY creepy. I got scared when I opened up the door. Like actual, for real scared.

Tried it, it didn't work. Haha.

And then my flash decided to work again, yay!

In case you were wondering if I went all the way down there...NOPE! Too terrified in this house. This is as far as I got. I was afraid the steps were going to crumble under me, and then I would be stuck in the scary, scary basement, by myself, while Krista went to find something to get me out. The thought is terrifying me now!

Thank goodness, back outside again. I couldn't wait to get out of there.

Krista yelled out: "This is how people get ticks you know!". Oh Krista. She is always wearing shorts and flip flops on these expeditions (at least she is in the summer!). We are always caught off guard by the houses we find. Maybe she should throw a pair of pants and proper shoes in her trunk! Abandoned house hunting gear.

We saw a barn in the distance. Through the trees was a pond that had swelled over its banks.

We walked to the barn below, which was really just a huge rusted metal shed slapped together haphazardly, and from the sounds it was making in the wind, we decided not to try and get into it. It sounded like every horror movie sound of rusty knives and chainsaws and claws, all thrown together telling us to keep the eff out!

And so concludes the Ice House series! Where will we go to next? I have quite a few coordinates saved to my phone of places that are supposed to be amazing. Hopefully we can check some out this weekend and have some adventures!

Everyone have a great weekend...get up to no good!