03/08/2012, Kingston, Ontario
It's a bit different navigating public transit than charts on water. We discovered yesterday if we take bus #71 just outside our building that arrives about 18 minutes after the hour we can get to the RioCan and Cataraqui Centers. The rest of our needs can easily be met on foot. Cabs are not expensive here either so for a fancy evening out that would be an option.
The apartment is coming together and we have gotten some nice things from Kijiji, Craig's List and You Bid Local.com. We are awaiting Cogeco today so we can be connected to the outside world via land phone, High speed internet and cable TV. The land phone is required for allowing guests into our security building. The last things we are in need of is a double bed for the guest bedroom, a knife block and a rolling pin. I made quiche last night and rolled the crust with a beer bottle.
The guest room is also my knitting supply room. As I unpack my stash its hard to believe I had all that on Close Knit.
03/06/2012, Kingston, Ontario
We are transitioning into land life. The biggest challeneg will be trying to live without a car. Yesterday when Al was installing blinds he needed a masonary drill bit. I walked up to Canadian Tire (Ace Hardware-ish like) then to the LCBO (Liquor Control Board Ontario) and to Loblaws (Publix). The round trip took me 70 minutes and although it was cold, in the sun it was pleasant. Last night was my first really good sleep in our new abode. I rose early though and caught the sun rising over the city.
03/05/2012, Kingston, On
The last 6 days have been a whirlwind of finding suitable furniture and getting organized. Last night we enjoyed our first Sunday supper and it was the first meal I'd made in the apartment. All the kitchen is not unpacked yet. But enough was found to put a nice pork tender loin supper together. Bridget is adjusting pretty well to apartment living. As you can see it has been an exhausting time for Alistair and Miss B.
On another note, its soooo cold here this morning (-15C) we saw two Blue Jays towing a squirrel just to get him going.
02/29/2012, Kingston, Ontario
We Have an Abode
We signed the lease on our apartment and can start moving in tomorrow after noon. Our new bed arrives on Friday. Today we got a duvet, and bedding. We also culled through our combined stuff in my basement and it looks like we have everything to set up a kitchen. I got a pail, rubber gloves and Pinesol, to clean it my way. I believe it will be in almost pristine condition but I want to be sure I have cleaned the cupboards my way before I start to fill them. My sister and I will pick up the table and two chairs and the antique chair on Friday. We are culling through the online kijiji and Craig's list for a suitable couch and we have a few other venues to check out for furniture to repurpose. The important things are lined up,... a good new bed, table to eat off of and utensils. The rest will fall into place. There is a company here that we can bundle our TV, internet and land line AND have the ability to suspend the services if we travel on the boat for extended times. So that will be a pleasant savings.
02/28/2012, Kingston, Ontario
Life in Kingston
We are currently at the menagerie on Frontenac St. We checked out three apartments yesterday, two were a bust but the first one we both really like. We did the paper work and are expecting to hear this morning that we get it. Its on the 9th floor facing east, with a pretty good view of the city. The building to our pleasant surprise has a fitness room and an out door pool. There are some picnic tables and barbeque pits for use. It is close to the grocery store and some good restaurants. It's a bit of a hike to walk downtown, it can be done but I think Alistair won't walk that far. We will get new bikes and it will be a nice ride down to the Tues/Thurs/Sat. Farmers market. It is a pet friendly building and if the paper work is all in order we could possibly move in on Thursday. We need to look for a new bed and hope for a speedy delivery.
Its cold here and Bridget is not impressed and neither are we. But the sun has been shining. Its almost March 1st so we will at least be heading into spring so that's positive.
02/25/2012, Syracuse, NY
SALES IN WEST MARINE AND KNITTING INDUSTRY ABOUT TO PLUMMET IN USA
That's right folks, the USA won't know what hit them. There will be no more influx of our cash into West Marine or the various knit shops I frequent south of the border. Later this morning we will cross back into Canada. We awoke this morning in Syracuse to 2 inches of snow ARGHHHHHHHHHHH Bridget was not impressed. She was very confused as to where to let it all go.
The weather held nice into Virginia, but we saw the temperature drop in Pennsylvania and we had dense fog, rain and sleet. Looks like the drive today will be wet snow conditions.
Bridget's coat got finished in the St. Nick of time. Because she is so slender I made some modifications along the way but I think she looks very in VOGUE.