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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Shhhh...It's A Secret

Hi Friends,

A few months ago my hubby was looking for the entrance to get down underneath the main floor bathroom as we'll be doing some renos and he needs to know what our options are.  He couldn't find it anywhere.  The bathroom isn't located in the original  home but an addition that was put in some time later...we have no idea when.  Therefore, you can't access it through the basement but we knew there HAD to be a way.  There was a spongy spot in the dining room floor which is next to the bathroom so he decided to pull the carpet up in that area to access it.  Nope!!!  No entrance there.  Instead, we found a secret.  Shhh...don't tell anyone.



We found this cement safe built into the floor.  We remembered at that point that somebody once told him that he had installed a safe in that room many years ago, we had forgotten all about that.  To our surprise, we found it.

When he pulled back the carpet, this is what we first saw.  Not too exciting lol.  Just the carpet underlay haha!!



Step 2 - still quite boring!  Hang on friends, the excitement is starting to build...



Drum roll please...there it is, the safe.



When he began to remove the top of the safe it was so exciting.  What would we find?  Money, jewels?????  No...just an old tea towel.  How disappointing, the story of my life LOL!!  We figured it was placed there to keep dampness away.



As you can see from my favourite striped helper, it isn't that large.  He's a big boy though.



The cement slab that had to be removed to access the safe is about 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) thick.  It's heavy!  You can see it on the right side of this photo.


This photo gives you a little better view of the depth of it.


Remember, it's a secret.  Don't tell a soul!!

Thanks for visiting!

~ Kelly ~

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Moving Day

It's here...it's finally here!  Moving day.

In the last 2-3 weeks my daughter, Alyssa,  has been working hard on finding an apartment for herself and her two kids.  It has been a long haul since they moved in with us - 8 1/2 months to be exact.

When she first moved in with us last May with her daughter, Lily, it was to be a temporary thing but it quickly worked into 6 months.  Early November we expected that she would be moving back out on her own but it wasn't meant to be.  She gave birth to her second child, Morgan, in mid November and ended up staying longer, we weren't sure if we could make it but really didn't have a choice.  It has been quite difficult at times as my hubby and I are very quiet people and there has been a lot of noise lol.  It has also been a very rewarding experience.  We  have had the opportunity to watch Lily grow and learn about many new things and see Morgan go from newborn to smiling and cooing to us.  Yesterday was a day full of both excitement and sadness.  Excitement that we finally had our house back haha!!

Morgan was doing a lot of cooing in this photo, he's sitting in his bouncy chair which he loves dearly.



Although my daughter is only living about 15 mins. down the road, it's going to be strange for a while.  When we arrived home yesterday after moving their contents to their new apartment, Lily's rocking chair was sitting in it's usual spot and I felt a wave of sadness.  That little girl has become such a huge part of our lives.  We planning on seeing her often but as grandparents instead.  We'll be able to send her home lol.  On the other side of things - our quiet house is wonderful.  I can actually hear myself think, it's been a long time since I could do that.

Lily with Blackie around the time she moved in with us.


The one thing my hubby and I were looking forward to after they moved out was to get the house back in order.  The contents of nearly ever room have been shifted so it's going to take a bit of work to accomplish this.  Today we were able to get some of that completed.  It felt good!  Hopefully we can share these photos with you soon as things come together.

Thanks for popping in as I always love your visits.

~ Kelly ~