Going to cottages on non-weekend days is the best. Since everyone else is still working it feels like a real holiday and you get to avoid the regular summer cottage traffic.
The muffalletta sandwich is a super delicious, easy to make and take cottage or picnic food. This one is stuffed with an assortment of roasted veggies, grated fresh beets, a variety of olives, capers, salami, cheese, arugula, bacon and artichoke hearts.
On the weekend we went to Kingston to check out the 2 day Wolfe Island Music Festival. Considering it’s their 13th annual, it’s still as sweet and charming as ever and has yet to explode like Hillside has.
We arrived by ferry (free!) to the island at about 1pm on the Saturday. Plenty of room to set up a blanket, picnic, enjoy the sun, take naps, snack and listen to some amazing music. My band highlights of the day were Wilderling and Forest City Lovers.
When I was little we’d go to Confederation Park to the “wave pool” to swim and hit the water slides all day long. I hadn’t enjoyed any swimming at all this summer (which I usually LOVE to do), so we biked down to Wild Water Works for a day of relaxation, sun and waves.
A bit of a nostalgic afternoon. I remember from when I was a kid at the end of a day of swimming I would close my eyes as I went to bed still feeling the movement of the waves sending me off to sleep.
*Wild Water Works, 585 Van Wagner’s Rd, Hamilton, 905.547.6141
We’re on to our last phase with the main floor renovation, which entails finishing the original 100+year old pine-plank flooring. To stay clear of the toxic polyurethane varnish smell that we’d just slathered the floors with, we decided to spend the day outside enjoying the hot summer day.
Down at Bayfront Park there’s a little corner that juts out just so. On this day this little peninsula had the most gorgeous breezy bit of wonderful wind (hot everywhere else but amazing here).
Sometimes when you paint and you use a roller that hasn’t entirely dried yet (and you’re not aware of that fact that it’ll be all wet and runny AND you’re about to paint a ceiling with black paint!), then you end up getting paint all over your face.
The good news on this day was that our bedroom is finally finished, well almost. There’s no trim and baseboards, but right now, I could care less. I’m just excited to move out of the cramped living space we’ve been occupying in the interim.
We added a fresh shiny coat of white paint to the bedroom floors too. Luckily the floors were painted after the black ceiling painting mishap. Can’t wait to move back in!
The Tammy Faye Bakker smears are from sweat and tears. It stings when you get paint in your eyes.
Indeed, doing floors is hard. It took Steve and our handy friend Todd 5 hours of straight hunched over hammer ripping, ear spliting, wrenching and sweating to lift up the 5 layers of flooring that were on top of the original pine plank sub-floor.
I think I pulled up about a million nails.
There was some repair work needed on a few of the boards. We found someone who sold old flooring, and although overpriced, they matched up pretty well. Steve replaced a few of the pieces that were rotting, and filled in the multiple holes.
And then on to the sanding.
We rented the heavy duty sander from the Depots. It is a super “heavy duty” sander meant for taking off paint and old varnish, and it’s a scary beast of a machine. The box in the photo is filled with how much sandpaper it took to sand our floors down. The sanding dust filled up nearly 3/4 of a garbage bag.
My mother celebrated her 65th birthday last month, and a week later retired. Together with a friend of my mothers, we threw a surprise retirement party. My mother is hard person to fool, but she was happily surprised, and enjoyed a delicious meal together with her friends.
This is such a cute sign made by the 81 year old husband of the surprise party planner.
These delicious snacks went great with our drinks. Japanese rice cracker bites, large fried rice crackers with sesame and shrimp flavour, and steamed salted fava beans.
The meal was delicious and was essentially part 2 of the Japanese/Korean bbq I hosted a little while back. We dined on kalbi short ribs and an assortment of other delicious home cooked Japanese dishes.
After the daily renovating Steve and I have been retiring to our backyard, safely away from drywall dust and the smell of paint, home to warm breezes and true summer night feelin’. Unfortunately we do not have a light in the backyard so hanging out in the dark-yard after dusk can get a little difficult.
On one particularly grueling day of renovating I was shocked to see Steve sill having the energy to drag out the ladder and proceed to hang up lights outside (hammer and all).
The lights created a beautiful warm orange post sunset glow a la Christmas in July.
We can now hang out in the backyard after the sun sets to play cards and have our own patio beers to our hearts content!
When we first moved into our house, we gave every wall a coat of fresh paint. After our paint job, upon closer inspection we noticed a slight soft bulging and straight repetitive vertical lines going across the wall at even spaces, and concluded that it was obvious that wallpaper was underneath what was already several layers of paint. So for this reno we decided to strip the walls down to the original layer of wall.
What an undertaking it has been. There’s been layer upon layer of wallpaper, telling the story of the decades, from 90′s to the 80′s, 70′s 40′s and down sandwiched amongst varying shades and coats of paint.
The colours of the last 1-2 layers of wallpaper were a soft rose and ghostly grey-blue. Quite beautiful, but in pretty rough shape and smelling old and musty.
I came across this video a little while back, and loved the gritty lo-fi sound, and catchy guitar hooks. So when I got wind that they were coming to town I was happy to be able to see yet another fantastic live musical act making a stop in Hamilton.
I can barely manage to keep a beat and breath at the same time. Meanwhile Paul Saulnier can rip it up on the guitar like something furious, wail and play the foot-pedal bass organ like a pro all the while keeping pace with the quick and steady licks of drummer Benjamin Nelson.
For more PS I Love You Videos you can check out Southern Souls acoustic sets of Starfield, Little Spoon, Butterflies and Boners, and Facelove here. AND if you want to see PS I Love you they’ll be doing another show October 3rd at This Ain’t Hollywood.
An honourable mention goes out to Hamilton’s The Mystics for their mad tambourine playing, and for taking us back to the days of rough edgy rock with their opening set.