The Old Switcheroo...

Been an interesting time on the old home front these days.  As of the last update Mike had quit his job in Calgary and taken a position in Nanton at a local construction site.  Unfortunately that job did not work out for him and he ended up quitting not long after starting.  At the time this was a bit stressful...after all I haven't had a "real" job in almost 7 months and now Mike was out of work as well but as we found out, sometimes you need there to be a void so something else can fall into your life and by the end of the week Mike had a job working with one of our neighbours!  In another stroke of good fortune I was also offered my old Airdrie job back so I'm now able to commute in once a week and work from home the rest.  So essentially we have switched; I'll do the 8-5 job and he gets to work with our neighbours and learn new skills that can help us on our farm.

 Mike's new jobsite!

Mike's new jobsite!

Sam is enjoying dads new job as he gets to go to work with him and play with the neighbours dogs. He isn't great at figuring out how to fit in their pack dynamic though.  Typically when a ball is thrown one dog catches it, the next dog brings it back and the third dog places the ball in your hand.  When Sam is involved he usually just takes the ball and runs away while the other dogs wonder "who invited this guy?"  Sam is loving being included though and has really grown super attached to Mike.  I feel like I am being pushed out!

 It's exhausting being a jerk...

It's exhausting being a jerk...

I've been busy working for a different neighbour the past few weeks.  My "barn building" job turned into a general helper type job.  The guy I work for is possibly the most patient teacher ever and I'm learning a lot about using equipment and operating machinery that I would never have imagined I'd be comfortable with!  Next week I am farm sitting and feeding his cows and horses while he is away...so I will be unsupervised and using huge tractors!  Scary!

 Off to work!

Off to work!

 Unsupervised!

Unsupervised!

 On Wednesdays we wear purple...and use chainsaws!

On Wednesdays we wear purple...and use chainsaws!

I've kept up riding for the lady across the highway but after starting my Airdrie job again I'm not sure how long I'll be able to continue.  That sucks a bit as I'll really miss my "girls" out there!  First world problem: having to start back at a job you love with great people means you won't have time to ride 4 gorgeous horses a day.  Womp-womp!

 "But Erin, won't you miss petting my velvety nose?"

"But Erin, won't you miss petting my velvety nose?"

We stopped at BVR (the horse rescue we volunteered at when we lived in Airdrie) last weekend.  We dropped off a whole truck full of horse blankets someone had donated and I picked up a saddle. (I bought myself an Xmas present, Mike got a PS4 haha.). Was nice to go out and see everyone but we didn't stay too long.

 Seriously, a whole truck load!

Seriously, a whole truck load!

Been feeling very Christmas-y lately!  Mike got the lights up on the house (he wanted them on the peak but it was just too hard to get them up there which I'm kind of thankful for!) and he bought us a new tree as our old one was just a little too big for the space we have.  We stopped at the Christmas market in town and this weekend we had a few people over for a Christmas shindig.  Maybe it's the new surroundings or just being more in touch with seasons but I'm feeling much more festive than usual.  Also they make gingerbread flavoured Kahlua so that helps too!

 No necks broken here!

No necks broken here!

 Tiny but all our decorations fit!

Tiny but all our decorations fit!

 Sam can hardly contain his excitement!

Sam can hardly contain his excitement!

 Nick and Christie stopped by to pop some caps and try out the rural experience.  Pretty sure this should be their Christmas card for next year.

Nick and Christie stopped by to pop some caps and try out the rural experience.  Pretty sure this should be their Christmas card for next year.

We got counter tops and a kitchen sink and while Mike has been at home we've knocked off a lot of the last small house things that needed to get done.  He even put up shelves for me in the utility room so nothing in on the floor anymore!  I brought home a big load of old fence wood from my job so we've been busy chopping that up and are almost finished that and the old scraps of house wood.

 Oooh, functional...

Oooh, functional...

So now we start a new chapter. Will be interesting to see how it all shakes out! Ask me in 2 weeks ha ha.

 I'll miss my morning view!  And George, the bird in this picture.

I'll miss my morning view!  And George, the bird in this picture.

 And my evening view!  I've seen like 30 owls this week and this is the best picture I've managed to get.

And my evening view!  I've seen like 30 owls this week and this is the best picture I've managed to get.