Moving Progress + Publishing Time on the Blog

We received a call late Thursday night letting us know that our boxes and furniture would be arriving Saturday. Woohoo!

I rounded up the dogs early Saturday morning for our sunrise walk and was greeted to a bouquet of wild flowers on our door step. We have some of the sweetest neighbors! Not only did the flowers brighten up my day, but knowing that it was the last time we’d have to sleep on the floor of the new place topped it all off for me.

We ran to Home Depot following our walk in search for a shower curtain rod, endless screws and picture hanging accessories and some extra light bulbs. That darn rod was so hard to get down off it’s rack holdy thing. Yes, that’s a technical word.

Then, we headed to the Angrignon Loblaws just a couple of kilometers away from our house in search of a natural foods section. Thanks Gabrielle for the recommendation! The store had everything that we were looking for and then some.

Ah! Including almond milk… how we’ve missed you so.

And; just because I knew I wouldn’t be able to find my big knife that same day, we bought some peeled, washed, and ready to cook butternut squash for dinner that night. How handy is that? I just baked them in the oven with a bit of mashed medjool dates, coconut oil and salt. Delish!

We got home with just enough time to set up the remaining pieces for my office,

tuck away the puppies for all the action that was about to ensue,

and welcome the moving truck with open arms.

We really, really missed our things. It feels so good to be writing this all cuddled up on our sectional as opposed to painstakingly trying to survive another moment sprawled out on the floor.

When our things were originally loaded in Airdrie by AMJ Campbell, they’d placed numbered tags on each item to make moving in a lot simpler. Upon arrival in Montreal, the movers gave us a sheet with those same numbers on them and called out the number from each item when they brought something into the house. It was a two man job making sure that we had everything and all items were accounted for.

While the same cannot be said for our experience with the sales people and our account manager at AMJ Campbell, our driver, Ron, was so patient, calm and professional throughout the experience.

The movers helped us assemble our bed, but I didn’t get to sorting through the boxes and boxes of clothes I now regret not going through and donating a large portion of it before we moved. I’ll reserve that project for tomorrow.

Kevin looked so happy to be surrounded with the things that made up our home back in Alberta. His first order of business was to set up the sectional in our new living room and get our entertainment system all set up so we could have a relaxing evening watching a movie.

I somehow managed to unpack the entire kitchen, basement, and organize the garage in the following 4 hours. On top of that, I was actually able to prepare a meal last night with two frying pans, spices, and serve the feast on a plate, a plate! And… we ate at the table, not the floor!

Come the end of the day, the puppies looked much happier and at peace knowing that this was our new home now. They found their same cuddle spots – under the couch for Pebbles and curled up to the side of the couch for Lexy and we all nestled in for some relaxing time in from of the TV… then we each had the best sleep we’ve had in over 2 weeks.

This feels like home.

Today, Kevin and I are taking a break from it all and heading into downtown for the Art Tattoo Show so we can find me an artist in our new city, then head to Crudessence for a late lunch. I love that we’re only a 20 minute metro ride away from my (new) all-time favorite restaurant. They’ll be seeing a lot of me, I just know it.

Publishing time on the blog

Although our first week here had a bunch of sleep-ins as we got accustomed to the 2 hour time difference, moving from MST to EST means that the publishing time for the blog will change slightly, about 2 hours earlier than what it was previously. I’m still committed to a Monday to Friday schedule with a couple of weekend posts sprinkled in when I’m dying to share something and, as always, am open to recipe suggestions as I get my photography setup all organized in the new place!

Have a great Sunday, everyone :)

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  1. Hi, if you live near Angrignon that means you are also near Verdun. There is a store called Marché Branche d’Olivier on Wellington Street which you are going to love. They have all sorts of natural and organic products, Oriental foods and spices, vegan and gluten-free products, bulk legumes, middle eastern specialties, natural and organic soaps, shampoos etc. Also their prices are more than reasonable. For example you can buy 2 boxes of Almond Breeze Almond milk for 5$ compared to 3.75$ a box in some Maxi stores. Here is the address and a map :

    • Wow thanks! I’ll head over there next time I run to Loblaws. Looks like it’d be a 15-20 minute drive from my house. Sounds magical!

  2. I almost went to the tattoo convention, too! Had I known that you were going, I would’ve totally gone. Did you manage to find a tattoo artist? Have you met Josi at Art Cyniq? She does awesome work and will most definitely be doing my next piece,

    Good to see your place, and your new life, is slowly coming together. I enjoy reading every bit of your adventure. Thanks a bunch for sharing all that with us!

    • It was so-so. There were a couple good artists there – Olivier in Wonderland… OMG, ridiculously amazing work. There was another one who I thought was pretty good. Grabbed his card, but can’t remember his name. I didn’t meet Josi and don’t remember seeing Art Cyniq but there were a lot of booths there, easy to get confused. I’ll go check it out now!

      • Oh, Olivier IS amazing. He’s the one who did the cupcake on my shoulder. And it is through Glamort that I met Yannis, who did my latest piece, and his lovely newly wedded wife Josianne, who will be doing my next piece. I’m even thinking of having then work on a joint project for me. That could be really cool! You can check out Josi’s page on FB here : Get this… one of her mostest favoritest things to draw is FOOD! Gotta love that girl! ;)

        • That is too cool, thanks for sharing her page with me! You know, I’d never thought to get food tattooed on me. Strange because it’s a huge part of my life. Love her work, is the cupcake on her Facebook page yours?

          • No… my cupcake was done by Olivier. I’d have to try and find a picture. Or maybe take a new one. I really like the one on Josi’s page, though. For sure, she will HAVE to ink some food into my pores! Probably some candy and ice cream too! But shhhhht… don’t tell anyone! ;)

            She really does brilliant work! Too bad you didn’t see her at the convention…

  3. what a sweet gesture from your neighbor. I love reading your blog and I wish you all the happiness in your new jobs/home. I can’t wait to see pics and more recipes, too! Did you repaint the whole house? If so, I Love all of your color choices. I love the purple walls!

    PS You can donate your clothes to me! :0)

    • Hi Susan – thank you, that means so much to the both of us. So far so good. We’re really falling in love with this new city. Yes, we repainted the whole house minus the hallway. I chose a palate for it but couldn’t get it done in time so it’ll be a project I embark on in a couple of weeks. (plus painting is a lot of work, yikes!)

  4. Excuse my sense of humor, but I think it is so funny that you’re sleeping on blankets on the floor! I suppose I don’t know where else you would sleep, I just got a small laugh out of that photo. Your new house looks great already, looking forward to seeing photos after the move-in is complete!

    • haha no worries at all ;) We had air mattresses under the blankets, they’re just a bit difficult to see as they were rather thin. We’re happy to be in our bed now, that’s for sure.

    • Ah, you’re not the first person this week to request that Indian food come back to the blog. I’ve continued to experiment with it, but got caught up in eating endless bowls of eggplant curry this summer! I love the idea of making uttapam. I’ve had it a couple of times and love, love, love it! Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll try my best and can promise that I’ll post more Indian themed meals soon ;)