Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy Spring Equinox!


Happy Spring Equinox!!!

I'm so happy that this day has arrived, even though you wouldn't know it looking out my window that spring has sprung!! Just the fact that the days are longer brings me so much joy. Tonight for dinner I made Poutine with Homemade Baked Fries. Delish! :)


For dessert, and to symbolize the Sun, I made some yummy Lemon Squares! It's also the Full Super Worm Moon tonight! It should be quite glorious if you have a clear sky!

I've taken quite a break from this blog! I think that once you get out of the habit of something, it's really hard to get it back. I thought often about writing here but came up with nothing! I have however been writing on my "Thoughts" blog. If anyone is interested, I started a 30 day Self Love Challenge. We're on day 18 now and here is the schedule so far: 30 Days of Self Love.

Because of my cabin fever all winter, I wanted to do SOMETHING to help myself, so I created that challenge and it has brought my mood up and beyond what it has been since the beginning of the year.


We are still in the midst of property hunting. There were some good possibilities and we came very close to planning a visit to a property in Nova Scotia, but after our broker sent us more photos, we realized it was TOO much work to get it in a livable condition.  The owners had bought the house at a "tax sale" for 11k and did a quick (and very cheap) flip on it. At first they listed it at 99k but had no bites, so over the years they lowered it to 65k. Even if it were half that price, it wouldn't be worth all the repairs that need to be done!  


Planning to buy a home in another province is tricky, you really need a good honest broker to help you weed out the ones that aren't suitable. We found this nice little house with 4 acres of land in New Brunswick. It was a great possibility, but then we discovered a big problem (for us). It has no wood stove or even a chimney. For the price they were asking, it would have cost too much to have a chimney installed and to purchase a wood stove. So the search continues! 

But crunch time is fast approaching! Our goal is to finalize a purchase by end of April, early May LATEST! Wish us continued luck! 

I have to say I miss visiting your blogs my friends. Now that my emotional slump is waning, I'll be back to my usual self, thanks for hanging in there with me! xx

42 comments:

Mama Pea said...

So good to see you back here! Sellers are just now thinking about listing their properties so I have no doubt your real estate agent is going to be showing you lots of places within the next month or so. How exciting is this new adventure of yours? I'm so eager to follow you on your quest for the perfect place for you, Alex and the furry kids. :o} Happy Spring!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A self love challenge is a great idea!

NanaDiana said...

Hi Rain,
It is nice to see a post from you. I have taken breaks off and on and once you get back into posting it gets easier. Even short posts help keep you motivated towards continuing the blog.

Good luck with your property hunt...we will soon be on the search ourselves as our house closes next month. wishing us both good luck.

Happy first day of spring- xo Diana

Nicole Thomas said...

Happy spring equinox sis. I have to pop over to your other blog ... the challenge sounds very interesting.
My goodness...i cant believe you're getting so close. What happened to the cabin that u showed me ?? Was it ruled out ?? I wish u soo soo soooo much luck !!! I am just on my way out to do some moon watching and talking. Ill send some good luck thoughts out into the universe for u. The kids and I had a very festive sunny day :) I am so happy that this winter is over...almost anyway. I need to come here more often. I so often think I should write my blog again ... but then it never happens. Again good luck and happy spring ❤

Christine said...

So nice to hear from you Raine, the food looks yummy!

baili said...

Glad to hear from you dear Rain
missed you alot !

i really wish you good luck for buying property process
yes chimney will be costly but i loved the house so much
perfect for both introvert souls :)

i pray may you succeed till the end of this moth my friend!
hugs and best wishes

Kristina said...

Glad to see you back!

Sandi said...


"Full Super Worm Moon"

It's funny how we name the moon phases. Worm?? Why do we call it that? ;-D


jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi rain! glad to see you posting! i've missed you! it's so exciting that you will be making a house decision soon. lots of them should be about to come on the market. the poutine looks wonderful. that is one of my favorite things ever and i rarely eat it. hugs...joyce

Rain said...

Thanks Mama Pea :) It's true actually, I've been getting lots of results from my searches lately. I have subscribed to about 6 realty firms and the emails are slightly overwhelming, but I'm seeing the market pick up a lot! It's very exciting!! Happy Spring!!! :) xx

Rain said...

Thanks Debra :) I needed to do something to focus on the positive and cheer myself up! :)

Rain said...

Hi Diana :) Happy first day of Spring!! So happy winter is "officially" over! :) Yes, the househunting is a lot of fun, but it's a bit overwhelming for me! I was a homeowner before the burnout happened in 2003, I was renting a condo, then the owner asked if I wanted to buy it, it was very easy...this is from scratch, eek! :) I'm trying to stay positive about it! I wish us both luck on the hunt!!! :)

Rain said...

Hi Sis :) Happy Equinox! :) I know...isn't it insane? How many years have we talked about this and it's only months away now!!! Yikes, it's a little scary but so exciting! I guess you saw what happened to that cabin in the other post! And yeah, P.E.I. is an option if we find the right location, lots of land and far enough away from other houses that is!

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) It's been a long time huh? I intend on keeping in touch with everyone from now on because I really missed being on the blogland! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Baili :) Oh yes, those two house were really inviting, but one was just way too much work, there weren't any bathroom fixtures installed at all, we would have had to do a lot of plumbing...and the blue one is so nice, the location is great, but the chimney...in our climate, we need a back up heat source! Thanks for your best wishes! :) xx

Rain said...

Thanks Kristina! :)

Rain said...

Hi Sandi :) I know, the Moon names can be funny. I certainly don't see any worms outside yet!! :)

Rain said...

Hi Joyce!!! :) I've missed you too! Yes, the market is definitely picking up...it's very exciting. After we choose some places to inquire about, get all the info...then the visits start, that's going to be a challenge! Hugs to you! xx

Lisa said...

Welcome back! I'm enjoying following your house hunting journey!

Rain said...

Thanks Lisa :) I hope in a month's time I can celebrate the closing! :)

Sam I Am...... said...

You were missed!!! A lot!!! So glad you are back and how exciting to house hunt. Spring is the time they put them on the market so keep yours eyes peeled! I like the ones you chose but can definitely see why you didn't go with them. Good decisions!
I love house hunting. I go on realtor.com just for the heck of it...it's Pinterest for house lovers. Keep us up to date! So exciting!!!

Rain said...

Hi Sam :) Yes! realtor.ca here in Canada, I LOVE that site!! :) There are so many new properties popping up so quickly I feel like I can't keep up, but I'm pacing myself! I will definitely keep you up to date!!! :)

John M said...

My daughter just bought a house in New Jersey. It took her a while to find one she could afford in a nice neighborhood. I hope you find a house you can love living in.

Share my Garden said...

Dear Rain, I'm glad that life is on the up. I always find February a bit of a bummer but when it is over everything seems so much more promising! I've got my fingers and toes crossed that a really nice house comes your way very soon.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

It’s difficult to resume blogging after a long break. I was wondering what happened Tonya but figured life had you preoccupied. I’d love to try making lemon bars. Actually lemon raspberry bars. We got some at a bakery last year and loved them! I have yet to try making a recipe I found. Maybe this summer I’ll find the time. We’re still looking at homes,too. Nothing yet to make us scream, “Stop the press!” We usually find fault everything that crosses our path! With patience and hard work the wait will be worth it once we find exactly or close to it what we want. Best of luck to you guys with your hunt since the deadline is approaching fast! Thanks for stopping by to check out my A2Z theme reveal. TTFN!

Stefanie said...

I like how you coordinated dishes with the spring equinox. How patient you are on this property hunt; continued good luck wishes to you and Alex. Looking forward to your felted knitting post.

wisps of words said...

That last one is so cute. Such a shame, that it isn't equipped with a stove/chimney. I'd think, in your weather, most houses would be so equipped....

Good luck with the search!!!!!

Martha said...

Happy spring, Rain! We are getting a big dump of snow tomorrow. How's that for bringing in my favourite season of the year? LOL

Good luck with the house hunting! The right one will pop up. Just keep believing. And letting the universe know what you want ;)

1st Man said...

Happy Spring! How exciting (albeit frustrating) the house/land hunting. We will send good vibes out to the Universe for you to get the land you are meant to have!

OMG your food looks so good. Do you know I've never had poutine? I'm sure someone here in Houston makes it but it's not going to be like what I bet I would get in Canada, ha.

wyomingheart said...

Happy Happy Spring, Missy Rain! Great to see you back and I am sending all my energy to the dirt fairies, that you find your special piece of dirt to start your homestead!

Rain said...

Thanks John :) It's taking a long time, I actually started looking last October!!

Rain said...

Hi Rosemary :) Thanks! Yes, February is usually a very low month for me, but this year with all the snow, things got worse, we rarely had sunshine too so it was difficult. But things are looking up now!! :)

Rain said...

Hi Cathy :) I wish you both great luck in finding your new home too! It's such a long process, though it's exciting, it's easy to get overwhelmed and so disappointed! But we are not giving up. NO MORE RENTING... :) I've never tried lemon raspberry bars, but that sounds very delicious!

Rain said...

Hi Stefanie :) Thanks! I know our dream home is just around the corner...can't wait until April when the market picks up a bit more! I'll have my felted piece done in the next few weeks! Thanks for your help!! :)

Rain said...

Hi Wisps of Words :) Yes, we absolutely need a stove/chimney for alternate heat. If that house were a little less expensive, we wouldn't mind assuming the cost of installing one. We're still considering it! :)

Rain said...

Hi Martha :) Happy Spring to you too! :) On my Charlie walk this morning, I really set out some intentions to the Universe about what I am hoping for! :) I know...we got that dump of snow overnight too and it's still going, booooo! :)

Rain said...

Hi 1st Man :) Happy Spring to you too! :) Thanks for the good vibes, we'll take all we can get! :) You MUST have a poutine! You will get addicted!!! :)

Rain said...

Hi Dino :) Thank you! Happy Spring to you too! Oh thank you! My dirt fairies are still sleeping under all the snow so thank you for sending energy on my behalf!!! :)

Becki said...

What wonderful pictures of early spring in your corner of the world. Today, the sun is shining here and snow is a not-too-distant memory. It could still snow here, but we have the happy assurance it won't hang around for more than a day now if it does. Love that frozen waterfall!!!

Becki said...

Whoops! I commented on the wrong post! There's no snow here. But your food sure looks yummy! :) Glad you're back, Rain.

Rain said...

Thanks Becki :) The snow is always unwelcome to me this time of year, but I'm trying to make the best of it! Thanks! :)

Magic Love Crow said...

Happy Spring! Your food always makes my mouth water!! Wishing you all the best with house hunting! Big Hugs!