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Sight Supervisor

Published May 12, 2014 by inanortherntown

The town is growing at a rapid, some might even say alarming, rate. Since moving here 17 months ago, two new shopping plazas have opened, two new elementary schools are being built and a new subdivision with 600 homes is currently under construction.

All of the construction is near where I live and I’ve been a weekly “sight” supervisor for one particular plaza. Now that the weather has warmed up, I’ve increased my duties to a daily routine.

Reason #1
My favourite grocery store is coming there and from the outside it looks big – I’ve heard (from other sight supervisors) that the produce section will a major focus. (side rant: you can buy rotten produce here – stores don’t even blink to leave manky, slimy fruits and vegetables in the bin. I’m can’t figure out the logic, do they think I’ll decide to buy malodorous cabbage because the cauliflower and broccoli are rank?? WELL, THINK AGAIN.) Ahem. Moving on…

Reason #2
There will be UNDERGROUND parking – the first in town. This is huge!!! I will gladly get up at o’dark thirty to secure an underground parking spot while procuring my organic vegetables. Just think, when I exit the store, I won’t have to unearth my car from the snow or ice. AMAZING!!

Reason #3
Starbucks is opening up their second standalone store and it’s in this plaza. It’s within walking distance, I could take Baaj for a walk and mysteriously end up here!!!I’ve been peering in the window trying to gauge the progress and tonight my question was answered:

Walking distance to Nirvana

Walking distance to Nirvana

I know that I should be supporting independent coffee shops but there is only one in town (and it’s not within walking distance). The stand is cleverly hidden in a sports store. The barista is so affronted that you’ve found him and he has to get up from reading his book and actually make a coffee that he gets huffy. And rude. And stomps around. One time he told me that the special of the day was buy 1 coffee get 1 free but it didn’t apply to my order (I was paying for 4 coffees) because he had to tell me about it. I asked him how else would I have known but he just rolled his eyes and took my money…….That was……amusing ūüėČ


Amusing Things ….. Day 3

Published May 3, 2014 by inanortherntown

Today I am amused by my very own pretentiousness.

Way back in Ye Olden Days, when we first were married, we enjoyed a cup of coffee together before we went out to work. We were in the honeymoon phase of life and everything was shiny and glorious.

Until that one fateful day when someone complained that their morning swill was tepid and uninspiring and they WERE NOT PLEASED.

And thus the first stone on the road to pretention was paved.

We began by tossing our electrical coffee maker Рit was important to our marriage that our morning cup of coffee was hot.  We decided to purchase a glass carafe and filter cone and to boil our water to the correct temperature in order to enjoy a hot cup of coffee.

THEN, we quickly came to the conclusion that the best part of waking up was NOT purchasing gigantic red tubs of  pre-ground coffee.  For the sake of our happy home, we simply must procure whole beans and a grinder in order to enjoy a hot and delicious cup of coffee in the morning.

And lo, the second stone.

It wasn’t long before our whole beans had to be organic…….fair trade…..shade grown……..single source.¬† Our marital bliss depended upon¬†on enjoying a hot, delicious, and ethical cup of coffee each and every morning.

And with that, there was no turning back.

All was well, until this year, when I couldn’t find paper filters to fit our size cone.¬† I drove to four grocery stores before finding two lone boxes on a dusty shelf.¬† Something had to be done!!! Our very morning tradition was being threatened.

I found a reusable stainless steel filter but it wouldn’t fit on our coffee pot and with that…..the CHEMEX entered our lives.


The Chemex, cue harp music, is the only coffee pot to be display at the Museum of Modern Art. It is beautiful and functional!!

All was well, our way of life was no longer threatened.  We had a beautiful coffee pot and permanent filter. Our coffee ritual was once again secure.

Until one day, someone (and it wasn’t me this time) decided that their organic, fair trade, shade grown, single sourced fresh ground coffee wasn’t blooming enough.


And now we have arrived……this ridiculous kettle with bloom inducing spout is a permanent fixture on our stove.

Blooming Enough

I giggle every time I look at it – but I’d never go back.¬† The hot, delicious, ethical, beautifully made, blooming enough coffee every morning¬†is too good ūüėČ

Wrap It Up Friday

Published February 1, 2013 by inanortherntown

Cultivating my attitude of gratitude for a great day.

In order of importance:

1. Our hot water tank died abruptly last night – thankfully we were able to find a plumber who made house calls so in less than 12 hours we were back up fully civilized.

2. Bayswater Tea mails out tea orders. I phoned this morning and my Divine Temptation tea was mailed out this afternoon! Huzzah!

3. I was sure the bubonic plague was circulating amongst the elementary school set; it seems I can remove the facemask as it is just a very nasty cold.

4. The afternoon was spent playing checkers and drinking tea.

Currently reading: The Trail of the Spellmans – Document #5 by Lisa Lutz. This is my favourite type of book – it’s amusingly absurd and incredibly well written. Highly recommended!

I Love Working From Home

Published January 28, 2013 by inanortherntown

The coffee is always perfect and the fridge is filled with my favourite things.

The snow has been falling pretty steadily over the past few days and some of the snow drifts in our back yard are waist high. The temperature is expected to drop to -39 by tomorrow.

My husband has done nothing but look through the kitchen window and just stare…

If the weather gets much worse, I may have to let him in.

snow drifts

All Decked Out

Published January 26, 2013 by inanortherntown

I’ve started receiving garden catalogues in my mailbox. Spring must be just around the corner, yes? Surely the mad men of advertising wouldn’t mess with my sanity?

It was decided that today was the day to shovel the deck – we’ve received about 10 inches of snow over the past week – which really added to the already huge amount just sitting there. I was going to document the hard work in progress. Instead I made some coffee and just watched.


Behold! The Deck:

All of the promotional videos for “life is better here” – are filmed with lush green lawns and people outside without their parkas. I almost can’t believe that this snow will be gone before next winter!

Huh, just had a thought – maybe those videos aren’t filmed here at all? Maybe it’s all a ruse? Surely the mad men of advertising wouldn’t mess with my sanity?

Happy New Year

Published January 1, 2013 by inanortherntown

You guys! Here’s my fortune:


I think I know what it is:


Also, it’s warmed up 25 degrees. This makes me ridiculously happy. I know I’ll toughen up soon but for today? I’m taking the zero degree temperature as a sign that 2013 will be a fantastic year!

Here’s to a year filled with adventures and over flowing with laughter xoxo

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