Welcome to my blog, where you'll read about my family's progress in renovating our home - a custom-built board and batten (minus the battens) house built in 1975 on a rare 5-acre conservation-type piece of property in small town Ontario, boasting spectacular views of the village from the ridge at the back of the property (which I like to call, Ridgeview). When we moved here in the summer of 2010, the house had original carpets, flooring, cabinetry, windows, and decor. All it needed was a little TLC and a creative mind to remodel it, and so we got started...

You'll find links to some helpful home improvement sites and local contractors.

I also write inspirational poetry and quotes...so you'll catch glimpses of some of my work, and find links to my favorite sites and blogs, or you can follow my Poetical Soul blog (click here or the link at the top of the page).

Hope you enjoy your visit.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Snow Fairies

It's snowing again!  I love watching the snow fall - the bigger and fluffier the flakes the better - add a little breeze and watch the flakes dance around before they hit the ground. This site always brings joy and makes me laugh inside, especially in the quiet hours when everyone else is asleep, when all there is to experience is music and the quietness of snowflakes dancing.  Watching the snow dance in the quiet hours inspired me to write this poem:  

Snow Fairies
(©Linda Spencer)
Snow fairies are dancing in the sky
And what a beautiful dance it is
Swirling, twirling all around
Eventually landing on the ground
Not a care do they have,
Those snow fairies many
All they do is dance, and dance plenty
Quickly, slowly, waiting for the wind’s direction
By the millions they come down
And sometime even float up, and circle ‘round
Could watch them for hours, if not for things to do
Join them even, into the midnight hours
As they dance to Nature’s song
Laughing, laughing all the while.
Time to enjoy the snow while it's here!  Happy winter :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Finding the "Pink Bat"

We are often faced with problems - on a daily basis.  The challenge is seeing the solution to those problems, seeing the "pink bat" as in this little clip.  http://www.flickspire.com/m/hwnw/PinkBat.  So next time you're faced with a "problem", think of it as an opportunity...Things always look better when you do.

Friday, November 25, 2011


It's hard to believe that 15 months ago, our home was a dated 35-year old wood structure with overgrown shrubs, vines, brush and fallen trees that seemed to be dying.  It was difficult to picture how we would revive it and make it full of life again.  Although our country home is far from being a completed masterpiece, a lot has been done in these past months - paved driveway, removed shrubs, replaced windows and doors, replaced roofs, painted, and now on our way to re-siding the house. 

With the help of many friends who pooled together to clean up some fallen trees, our yard looks so much bigger than before, and we have wood to heat the house for the next year.  Who would have thought that four big trees could be cut, split and piled and cleaned up in a few short hours.  This is just one example of how friendships and social networking can help you accomplish what you want and need to do (I have always placed a high value on friendships but have come to learn and experience that they are truly invaluable, and I cannot thank them enough.  When you're in need of anything, all you have to do is ask a friend for help.). 

With Christmas just a month away, it is now time to start decorating - but only after we do some room shifting... 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fall again...

It's hard to believe that we're half way through October already.  I just can't seem to get into the harvest and Halloween spirit this year.  Maybe it's because life is busy (we've had no weekends at home to do any yard work or decor).  Maybe it's because the house looks like a renovation disaster, with no siding and half papered exterior, leaving it exposed to the elements (rain, bugs looking to hibernate, falling leaves - and there are lots of them!). 

Last year at this time I had started to upscale my harvest decor for Halloween decor.  We had just moved in to this place a few months earlier, and it was a cool house to decorate for this season - lots of trees to provide fall colors, orange garage doors, unfinished pine board siding, original 1970's decor (including plaid wallpaper and brick patterned linoleum in the kitchen), original butcher's block and hanging pot rack with metal hooks in the kitchen, old overgrown shrubs.  Everything was perfect for a Spooky Halloween House, and house party of course - it's was picture perfect!

This year, we've removed the overgrown shrubs, we've taken down the hanging pot rack with metal hooks, replaced all the windows and doors, and did some painting.  It's still spooky looking, but not Halloween House material this year.  Looks like we're going to sit this one out.