oh, rosea

1403497322.870688.IMG_55121403497324.748746.IMG_5506A few weeks ago my husband and I had gotten into a small, silly argument. Later that night after I came home from work, I had a beautiful little plant waiting for me called an Echeveria/Rosea. Rather than getting roses I received a Rosea! It’s a cute play on words though I don’t think that it was intentional. Even though my husband had already apologized, he knew that buying me a new succulent would sweeten the apology. He was right. Hey, I’ll take them anyway I can get them.

1403497324.089131.IMG_5508Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetFriends, today we get possession of our new lot! I cannot believe how quickly June flew by. I thought that the time would drag on but instead the 30th came very quickly. We are planning on having it mowed today, and to officially break ground. Huzzah! C’mon Little Barn, we want you built already.

1403497322.207782.IMG_5514Have a wonderful week! I’ll see you in July. :-)

Emory

P.S. Happy Canada Day … tomorrow!

waskesiu (part two)

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_10.jpg IMG_9.jpgThe last two days that my husband and I spent on our vacation in Waskesiu were filled with sun, sun, a little rain, and more sun. While we do prefer rain and grey days, have two of the former and mostly two of the latter felt like a nice dichotomy. It was really interesting taking some pictures in gloomy weather, and the next day taking photographs of the same sites in blue skies. It’s a great reminder of how weather can really set the mood when you are photographing outdoors. I noticed that certain shots and angles don’t always work when the sun is glaring off of certain objects, while seeing the reflection of it in others makes for a really beautiful shot. Anyway, enough of yet another photography lesson.

On the last morning of our trip we parked our vehicle in front of a hotel and took Truman for one last long walk. Neither of us wanted to go back, especially since later that afternoon we had planned to meet our contractor at our property and plan out where everything was going, and the next day was to be our appointment at the bank where we would be applying for our new mortgage. We did have a really great discussion on how we do need to take more trips. In the last four years we had gone on less than five, and all except one were within Canada. Instead of spending money on vacations we spent it on renovations. That worked really well for us as a couple, although it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. However, now that our house has sold and the renovations made us our money, I sort of feel like being selfish and spending our hard earned money on ourselves. If only for a little while. My mum always says that youth is wasted on the young. So why not be young and dumb again? Well, young and cautious and well-traveled. ;-)))

<3

Emory

waskesiu (part one)

IMG_3.jpg IMG_11.jpgIMG_13.jpg IMG_5.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg IMG_15.jpgIMG_16.jpg IMG_6.jpgTwo weeks ago I had mentioned that Geoffrey and I were going away to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary. We visited a national park in Canada that we went to around the same time last year. It’s quickly becoming our anniversary destination. We love going there in June before school lets out because it feels as if it’s a beautiful ghost town which happens to be in the midst of a forest and surrounded by lakes. It’s just so serene! We also like how it always seems to rain when we are there. Because we are not beach people, when we do go to a beachy destination, we tend to spend our time going for walks rather than just laying around. The rain is so good for keeping away mosquitoes and even people. We love having the roads and trails to ourselves as well. Hmm. I’m beginning to see a pattern of anti-social behaviour! 

Our first few days at Waskesiu were rainy as per. We walked, ate, watched movies, walked some more, took photos, went to coffee shops, walked again, and I even got some blogging and HS Store time in. It was heaven. Why, oh why, can’t we have vacations at least once a month? No, I suppose that it’s that much more special when you hardly do get away. I’ll take an annual or biannual vacation over a daily one anytime.

While we did stay in a motel, sleeping in a hammock looked pretty appealing. Here is a link for those first-time hammock users.

<3

Emory

boomerang into baba’s

IMG_7.jpgIMG_6.jpgIMG_3.jpgIMG_4.jpgIMG_2.jpgIMG_1.jpgIMG_5.jpgWhat was originally going to be a quaint little post on our new digs has now turned into yet another link to another recent article this time pertaining to our living situation. I stumbled across it on Friday on the utterly hilarious and informative and trashy website Jezebel. Do any of you guys read it? I only just started and I cannot get enough! Anyway, the main goal of the piece is to showcase the very real trend of our generation (twenty-somethings to thirty-somethings) moving back in with their parents after graduating post secondary school due to their massive incurred debt loads and inability to find a job in their chosen career path. We are apparently known as the “Boomerang kids.” This article resonates with me to such an extent that it was never a question as to whether or not I would mention it on my own blog.

With five solid years of a useless university degree under my belt, I am only where I am now due to a significant amount of hard work, a little bit of nepotism, and a crap load of luck. I currently cannot count the number of jobs that I have, but I will try for you today.

1. I’m a Research Assistant at the University (for 5 years)

2. I’m a Library Assistant at the Public Library (for 3 years)

3. I’m a Blogger (for 1.5 years)

4. I’m an Online Store Owner (for 1.5 years)

5. I’m a Freelance Writer (for 6 months)

6. I’m a Professional Photographer (up-and-coming)

There. Whew. That’s more than I like to admit. There I am, working away at six jobs a month/several a day, while my university graduate of a husband has one full-time job that does not require any education. Are we a product of our generation? As Mr. Big in SATC would say, “Abso-f*cking-lutely!” Would I change it if I had the chance? I would honestly say no. I love all of my jobs and love that I get to be a creative person as a grown up. I am lucky enough to have a husband that has a steady job so that I can experiment and work my buns off and discover just where exactly I belong in the work world. Not only that, but to relate back to this post, I am so blessed to have parents who have always treated their front door as a swinging one, and who get excited when every so often they hear from me, “Guys, I’m moving back home for a bit.”

While our stay in Baba’s house will only be for a few months, how lucky are we to have ended up on an acreage with no mortgage payment, no bills to pay, free food, a free babysitter for our dogs when we work, constant company next door, and a brand-new house to ourselves? So lucky! It’s funny how months of searching for an property in the country turned into us buying a lot in a village but, for the time being, living exactly in the setting that we strove for and at no expense.

I wholly agree with this article, and that there is no shame in moving home when times are tough, or even when times are great and you just need a place to stay and save money. If this is the way of the world for people my age, rather than fighting this trend, why not jump on the band wagon and give it a go? It may turn out to be the best decision that you have made since prior before choosing your ill-fated university degree.

Emory

IMG_8.jpg“Everyone Will Live With Their Parents Forever And Ever Amen”

Six years after the economy shit the bed, let’s check in with the “Boomerang kids.” If you guessed “long-term cultural trend” rather than “recessionary blip” sometime back in 2010—ding ding ding! You’re a winner! Your prize is this wadded-up copy of the Wall Street Journal full of dead bugs.

The New York Times Magazine just dropped a big piece on the phenomenon, complete with a really great photo essay. America’s young adults just aren’t leaving the nest like they used to: A fifth of people in their 20s and early 30s live with their parents, and 60 percent receive some financial support. And it’s not just because they missed mom doing the laundry:

Nearly 45 percent of 25-year-olds, for instance, have outstanding loans, with an average debt above $20,000. (Kasinecz still has about $60,000 to go.) And more than half of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, meaning they make substandard wages in jobs that don’t require a college degree.

For all the talk of entitled millennials, recent grads are dealing with a giant, stinking trash heap of garbage economic trends. There’s the fact that anybody graduating during a recession never makes up for the lost wages, sure, but the term “entry level” has also become a joke. A college degree barely gets you in the door, because companies won’t train new employees anymore. Or, as the Times depressingly puts it:

Today, about a third of young adults will earn a four-year-degree, and many of them — more than a third, by many estimates — are unlikely to find lifelong secure employment sufficient to pay down their debt and place them on track to earn more than their parents. If they want a shot at making it into the top 20 percent, they now need to learn a skill before they get a job. And for many, even with their parents’ help, that’s going to be an impossibility.

No wonder they call economics the dismal science! HEY-OOO!!! (Christ.)

But lest the Times‘ boomer subscribers despair their kids will goddamn never leave, the piece also points out that moving home (for those lucky enough to have that option) can also be seen as a pretty savvy financial move. Take the example of 28-year-old Adrianne Smith, who moved in with her parents after quitting a job as a behavioral analyst. But she did it deliberately, to save money to open her own clinic treating kids on the autism spectrum.

Even 27-year-old Annie Kasinecz, who’s lived with her mom for four years and cycled through several temporary gigs while agonizing over her long-term plan, gets a bit of buck-up-kid encouragement from Clark University psychologist Jeffrey Jensen Arnett. At least she’s actively seeking the right fit. (And at least she’s not racking up anymore debt, living on credit cards or god forbid borrowing to go to some grad school that won’t provide any better job opportunities.)

I wonder how reassuring Kasinecz finds that? The Times piece ends on an “i unno” note. We’re stuck with the trend but hey, nobody knows how it’s going to play out! But it’s probably a lot easier to feel sanguine if you’re not actually in the economic trenches, here, spending day after day scrolling through useless job boards and firing resumes off into the void.

Let’s just rename everybody from 15 to 35 Generation ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Because fuck it, IDK, LOL.

by Kelly Faircloth

an essential guide to tiny homes

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.48.00 PMHello, friends and hello, Wednesday! As some of you perceptive folks may have already noticed, I often quote other literature that either pertains to or directly inspires a specific blog post. I just cannot help it. As human beings, we naturally create comparisons in our mind in order to comprehend, well, everything basically. That’s how we function. Us creative types take it one step further. Not only do we compare other work that we like to our own, but we are basically just recycling what we have seen and are adapting it and calling it ours. Some are really good at this (Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q., or various works from Banksy, or how Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir inspired the whole Impressionist art movement), while others are blatantly ripping off others (for instance, the lawsuits against musical artists like Johnny Cash, The Beatles, and Coldplay). However, I do not see anything wrong with this, as long as we give credit where credit is due. If not, then it is plagiarism. This is how we become inspired and how we keep on pushing ourselves to grow creatively, through seeing, hearing, or reading these influential pieces. If we always keep the bar higher than the level that we are at now, there is no telling how far we will go. Am I right?

That said, the reason behind that big rant of an introduction is that this week I will be posting an article from Saskatoon HOME Magazine. However, it is one that I wrote! It is my most recent and highest paying freelance job thus far, and I could not be more excited than I am right now to share it with you. What is it on? Small houses of course, what else would I be experienced enough to write about?

Oh Little Green, you keep on guiding us even after we have left your four sheltered walls. You are like a wise Buddha as well as a comforting Mother. I wish that all life lessons are just as clear, and just as enjoyable as each one that you have taught us.

Emory 

5“Tiny Homes: An Essential Guide”

The average house in North America has increased by nearly 1000 square feet since the 1970s. Yet over the last decade there has been a shift in some segments of the population towards the building of much smaller houses. It is called, appropriately, the Tiny House Movement. This movement is founded in the belief that a tiny house of 300 square feet can offer just as many life perks as one 3000 square feet or more. They grant the homeowner power of homeownership at a more affordable price point minimizing the feeling of being “house poor”, while also lending to a potentially greener lifestyle.

If you are the proud owner of a tiny home, here are some essential tips to help you make the most out of your space.

Look To The Walls

When your house has a lack of floor space, make use of its wall space. Now is the time to get creative with storage units. Make use of long and narrow shelving, pieces with multiple cubbyholes, and wooden crates of all sizes. Hang your electronics. Use flat surfaces on top of your furniture and appliances. Jamming in crafting or reclaiming items to fit the unique needs of your home is more often than not the best solution.

Why Swing When You Can Slide?

Do not hold onto the idea of interior swinging doors when sliding doors are the better option. They will free up several square feet of much needed floor space. If you build your home, choose sliding doors that are installed directly into the wall. If this is not a possibility, then purchase an inexpensive barn door kit. Either option is more attractive and distinctive than traditional swinging doors.

Let There Be Light

It is imperative for every room to feel as light and airy as possible. Windows naturally illuminate an area while good quality windows can save homeowners hundreds of dollars a year on electricity and heating bills. Lighter shaders of paint instantly create bigger and brighter rooms. Horizontal and vertical stripes on a wall give the illusion of added length and height. Donate or recycle any low hanging, low emitting yellow lighting and invest in units that give off a generous amount of illumination. Quality lighting can do wonders for small rooms.

Away With Room Labels

Do away with the titles of conventionally designated rooms. Each room must serve its own unique roll. If the original function of a room itself is not necessarily needed, then change it into the one that will be valuable to the overall home. This may mean turning an attic into a bedroom, office into a bathroom, or entryway into a dining room. Just because the rooms in your house were designed to serve a particular purpose does not mean that you have to stick with it.

Go Green Or Go Home

If you plan to live in a tiny home, you have made the decision to live greener than ever before. With a lack of room for major or oversized appliances, you may find yourself ridding your home of a dishwasher, dryer, microwave and even a toaster. Your garden may only be watered with purified grey water while your roof may suddenly be covered in solar panels. Want to reduce your output of sewage? Try installing a Loveable Loo (a particular brand of eco toilet). A greener lifestyle is not only healthier for Mother Earth, but for a home’s inhabitants as well.

Less Is More

This mantra holds great reverence in the Tiny House Movement. Keep in mind that you only need to possess the bare minimum. Truly love every item that you do own, and to get rid of those that you do not. Do not let your closets or cupboards overrun with items. Custom build your furniture if nothing else fits. Purge your home of clutter a few times a year. The bottom line is that there is simply not enough space for all of your stuff.

Bigger Is Not Always Better

In these earth-conscious times, owning the largest house on the block is no longer a bragging right. Tiny homes are a great lesson that can teach us the distinction between what we want and what we need, how to live within our means and how to reduce our carbon footprint. Rather than a house becoming a product of its inhabitants, it is tiny homes that shape those who live in them. Size is all relative.

Emory Ann Kurysh

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