August 07, 2013

The Big Move and First Impressions

We've done it.  Packed up our household, drove for two days, and ended up in our new digs in Edmonton.  Yes, break out the cowboy hats...we are Albertans.  (Actually, I haven't seen one cowboy hat in the week we've been here...maybe that's a Calgary thing).

Can't say too much about Alberta yet, as we've only just arrived.  But the first paper we recieved had this cartoon in it. (click for bigger image).  I think they like the stereotype about themselves.

Funnily enough, on our first weekday here, Hus got two jobs! 

The move was exhausting, and we've been busy setting up house and taking multiple shopping trips to get garbage cans, and shelf liner, and picture hooks etc.  I hate to buy all of that stuff, but we thought we'd better get it over with so we can get on with enjoying our new house and new surroundings.

As for first impressions...I love our new neighbourhood.  It is very established, with many senior citizens living here, and it is so quiet.  It is a typical suburb with most of the houses build in the late 50s.  I keep wanting to take pictures of all the cool period houses and yards, but that might be weird and unwelcome.  Our house was built in 1959 and we are the second owners!  As we do a few projects around the house, I'll be blogging about it.

There is a huge park and lit cross country ski trails literally three houses down from us, and Saskatoon berries are abundant.  I'll be picking some tomorrow.  In North West BC, their time has come and gone.  I was so sad to let them go to waste there, but I'll still be able to freeze some here!

Rufus is settling in fine.  Here is a picture of him in the backyard on our first night.  If you look closely beside the door, you can see where he "christened" the garage.

On our dog walk tonight a hare crossed our path.  He has never seen one before and was straining on the leash like a crazy dog trying to get at it.

As for myself, I've been settling in in one particular spot to read, and plan and write multiple shopping lists.
This is a little corner in our living room.  On the other side is a built-in closet.  I have no idea what kind of wood this is, but I love its rich colour.  My knock-off Eames Chair fits in well.  It was a gift from Hus when I finished my last degree.  The lamp is from my parents.  They've had it since before I was born, and the poster came from our trip to London two years ago.  There is hardwood underneath the carpet, but we've decided to keep the carpet in place at least until winter has come and gone.

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