Welcome To Our New Flooring! Main Floor – October 2005

Alternatively, this entry could also be titled …

Goodbye 2005 Winter Vacation!

We have been thinking about this for a while now. We moved into our condominium in November 1997. We have not done anything with the flooring, except in our back room where we put laminate flooring in .. the kind that has everything in-one-piece from Home Depot …

Well, this past summer it was time to plan for new flooring. All the reasons made sense, which would include, but not be all inclusive …

* The dog keeps peeing on the carpet in the same general spots and it smells
* It’s ugly! The carpet is about 25 years old
* Vaccuum’ing is such a chore

Of course, good reasons NOT to get new flooring were always in the back of our minds …

* It’s expensive – this time we’ll have someone ELSE do it – all at once
* Yvonne likes the room temperature cool .. (I would have fireplace on all the time if I had my way) .. Am I going to have to wear slippers now?

So – check out our Photo Gallery …. rather than trying to get a good picture .. everytime I was getting coffee I took my camera out and snapped pictures .. it’s all there .. and I separated into three categories …..


Or .. just go to the Main “Floor Renovations – October 2005” Folder

Some Teaser Pictures

We redid the kitchen, that had 12 inch peel-n-stick tiles and extended it into our living room where we normally eat. Believe it or not .. the entire main floor vinyl is 1 piece, plus the stairs plus the bathroom .. I was out at the post office and wished I’d taken pictures of them laying down this huge 1-piece cut

Our living room is sunken, and we replaced the crappy carpet with laminate .. the color tone matches somewhere inbetween the darker ceiling wood lines and the back room original laminate we laid down ourselves a few years back in the late ’90’s

When you come in the entrance, we decided that because you see the stairs on the right, we would extend the vinyl up to the top floor of the stairs. Next year, in 2006 .. our plan is to do the top floor with new carpetting all around, except the bathroom .. (you heard it here first!)

“The Ottawa Wedding #1” Trip – June 26, 2003 to June 30, 2003

June 26, 2003 to June 30, 2003

Yvonne, Hart and Herbert (Yvonne’s dad) flew together to Ottawa, Ontario to attend Stephen Smith & Christine Chambers’ wedding at Saunders Farm, in Munster Ontario. We stayed at the Algonquin College Residence, went site seeing to Parliament building and took an amphibus tour, and basically walked around downtown and toured the markets! We also visited Yvonne’s relatives and had a splendid time! Hart was impressed with the Transit system and Yvonne really impressed with the beauty of Ottawa!

We call this “The Ottawa Wedding #1” because, well .. we hope there will be a wedding #2 with Stephen’s twin brother Derek. 🙂

*** Both of our ‘tourist’ pictures and Steve & Christine’s wedding appear in our Photo Gallery

“Our Honeymoon” Trip – September 4, 2002 to September 7, 2002

September 4, 2002 to September 7, 2002

We just got married on Saturday August 31, 2002, but we had to wait to return stuff, equipment rentals, unused alcohol, and costumes on the following tuesday, as Monday was a holiday. On that day as well, we signed a 4-year lease on a new 2002 Honda Civic LX. We registered it and picked it up on Wednesday at noon and drove out to Falcon Lake Resort Hotel in the Whiteshell for a few days in the “Couples Room”, including Hot Tub! it was nice, the hotel had a restaurant, we walked, had time together, played on the waterslide, drove out to HART’s old cottage at Jessica Lake, visited West Hawk Lake, and then it was time to go.

“Hemet, California” Trip – December 21, 2001 to January 21, 2002

December 21, 2001 to January 21, 2002

This was a major trip for us, in asmuch neither of us had ever taken off such a big block of time for a vacation. We drove from Winnipeg to Hemet California, with Maxxie, where Hartley’s parents have a trailer there and spend 3-4 months each winter there.

This is how we drove 3,735.5km in three days:

Leave each day at about 5:30am and drive until it gets dark…
Winnipeg, MB – Grand Forks, ND – Sioux Falls, SD – Lincoln, NB (Day 1)
Lincoln, NB – Salinas, KS – Albuquerque, NM (Day 2)
Albuquerque, NM – Flagstaff, AZ – Phoenix, AZ – Hemet, CA (Day 3)
Arrived in Hemet, California at 5:30pm

We were tourists and shopped a lot. Of all the things and places we went to .. here they are:

Cabazol Complex, Coco’s, Hadley’s, Soboda Casino, Factory Outlet Stores in Temeculah, SouPlantation, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Mimi’s Cafe, Palm Springs’ Farmers’ Fair “Flea Market”, Marriot Hotel Palm Desert, Hemet Chinese Buffet Restaurant, Swimming at the clubhouses in the trailer park in Hemet, New Year’s Eve on $4.00 USD, Santa Monica and Farmer’s Market, Visiting HART’s cousin Ellyn in Santa Monica, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach, saw movie at the Promenade, Hiking trip in a provincial Park, Pacific Palasade and ate at Mort’s Deli, Casa Del Mar Hotel and $10USD drink, (PS: Hotel rooms were $595usd a night, facing the beach), Roller Blading along Santa Monica Boulevard and Pier, Walking all day down Venice Beach, World Cafe, Getty Center Museum, Looking for a closer look and pic of the Hollywood Sign, Sand Diego and Old Town Trolley Tour, 2-hour Harbour Cruise, Fish Market, Idyllwild, Stopped in the washrooms of the San Luis Obispo’s Madonna Inn (it’s a waterfall – neat), Salina and tried saving a stray dog, San Fransisco and Pier 39, Eureka, Bandon and driving up the Pacific Coast Highway waaaaay past darkness in winding roads, Lincoln City Oregon, SNOW storm leaving Spokane Washington about 3 inches, to Sandpoint – through Canada at Kingsgate, B.C., Swift Current, Speeding ticket outside REGINA – (118km in 100km on Trans Canada Highway) – back home to WinTERpeg, Manitoba!

“Shooting Star Casino” Trip – May 17, 1997 to May 19, 1997

May 17, 1997 to May 19, 1997

We drove south of the Canadian Border into Mahnomen, Minnesota USA to stay at the Shooting Star Casino and Hotel. It’s about a 4 hour drive from Winnipeg. It’s really a nice quaint hotel and entertainment center out in the middle of nowhere, on an Indian Reserve. I believe we made some spending money on the trip and detoured around to Fargo, North Dakota and Grand Forks before heading up back to Winnipeg.

HART and YVONNE’s Vacations


I would like to document all our vacation trips here to remind us that we NEED more vacation trips!

We got Zeus the Cat on June 10, 1998 (Born October 5, 1997) and Maxxie the Papillon on February 28, 1999 (Born April 27, 1998) .. It makes sense why vacations are dwindling. We also got Sophie the Papillon on September 7, 2002 (Born July 20, 2002). Here are our vacations in reverse order!