Nice to see things coming together!
And of course our full time employee cleaning up the grounds.
And, it was a beautiful day! Other than the fact that we woke up yesterday morning to -4C (23F), it was sunny and it quickly warmed up. I think the high was around 9C (48F).
But that cold overnight froze a waterline that had already been turned on, and I came out of our house to see water spurting out of a faucet on the side of the office building! The entire faucet had popped off the copper fitting. Doesn't look like it had been soldered on properly. I quickly shut off the valve inside and I'll get that fixed today.
Speaking of water leaks, it turns out there has been one in the house as well. Just a steady drip, but it was enough to soak one corner of one of the bedrooms, and well as the little cubby hole where the hot water heater is. Looks like it's been dripping a long time. I tried fixing the coupling, but it only made it worse. I ended up shutting off the water to the house and had to buy a new fitting. Seems fine now.
In the morning, Ruth and I cleaned out the eaves troughs. They definitely were never done last year, and the one at the back had possibly been longer than that!
There was stuff starting to grow in here!
Yes, I was holding the ladder for her. Only moved away to take the photo!
The stuff on the bottom was starting to compost.
So, we got them cleaned out and now one of the guys is coming with a big pressure washer to finish the job and clean the outside of the house.
At 1:00pm we took off into the big town of Swift Current. The local nickname for that place is "Speedy Creek"! Too funny. Once a week we go and do our grocery shopping there and pick up any items we need for the campground. It's about a 45 minute drive each way.
For the campground, we picked up a chainsaw blade and a new cartridge for the laser printer, as well as some miscellaneous office supplies.
But for us, we needed groceries. Many of you have been wondering about our gluten free diet, so here's the entire list of what we bought. We're still stocking up on general condiments and things as well, so it's a little higher than normal.
2 jugs of 4 litres 2% milk $4.70 ea Fresh tomatoes $0.78
1.75 litre jug orange juice $2.51 Fresh mushrooms $1.27
1/2 litre molasses $2.97 GF Hollandaise sauce $1.27
Small all natural peanut butter $2.64 2lbs lean ground beef $8.50
Zuchinni $0.68 16 Oxo cubes $3.47
Bag of snow peas $2.47 1 lb butter $3.87
Bag of 12 corn tortillas $2.37 3 loaves GF bread $3.78 ea
Boneless skinless chicken breast$10.00 Fresh broccoli $1.56
Bag of roasted salted peanuts $4.00 4 litres spring water $1.73
Bag of frozen blueberries $4.47 2 dozen eggs $2.89 ea
Tinned tomatoes $1.00 Curry paste $5.27
Jar of mayo $3.94 Ketchup $2.77
Lemon juice $2.00
That was all at Walmart. Total there came to $97 or so. The gluten free bread was on sale at $3.78 each and Ruth can't make it for that price. Somebody asked for Ruth's gluten free bread recipe. You can find it here...
Next up was a stop at Bulk Barn, a Canadian bulk foods store.
GF puffed millet cereal $2.01 GF rice flour $3.25
Various bulk spices $2.06 GF tapioca flour $1.14
Sliced almonds $1.37 Ground flax seed $1.43
Yellow split peas $0.95 GF potato starch $3.32
GF pizza crust flour blend $5.19
With our 10% seniors discount (ha!) that bill came to $19.29.
At the Wholesale club we bought
Astro yogurt $3.98 Iceburg lettuce $0.97
Mustard $0.88 6 sweet peppers $3.88
5 lbs carrots $3.28
That came to $13 or so.
Then the local Co-op store had GF Chex cereal on sale at $3.99 each and they have the best deli in town where we bought chicken breast sandwich meat at $5.97. That came to $14 or so.
Then off to Giant Tiger (a Canadian discount store) where we bought
three 1 litre containers of Allen's vegetable juice cocktail at $1.00 ea (unsweetened)
3 lb bag of red delicious apples $2.98.
jar of minced ginger $2.09
Kraft BBQ sauce $0.99
Kraft strawberry jam $3.47
Two tins of tomato sauce $1.15 ea
Tin of coconut milk $1.98
So $17 or so there.
Total of everything came to around $161.
Out of time...gotta go get some things done!