An IKEA Carpenter

Wendy and I went to IKEA yesterday.  Is there another store like it?  I mean really – I sat in a beautiful leather rocker/recliner like I would see in the best furniture stores and then there are the little remote holders that hang over the arm of your couch (chesterfield for some).  They have lights, whole kitchens, candles and plants, even offices and closets!

We picked up an extra piece of furniture for ourselves.  We have looked at it before and the timing seemed right in picking it up.

Like most IKEA packages it weighed a ton!  Wow is that stuff heavy.  I might be in a flat box but the density of that stuff is incredible.

We immediately brought it home and (once I struggled to get in the back door) I started to pull out the pieces.  First of all I have to say – there was one piece that was real wood!  That’s right Phil – “IKEA” might be Swedish for particle board, but this had one main piece made out of real wood!

It has quite a few drawers in it, and so it took me some time to lay out all the pieces.  Luckily I checked out all the pieces before doing anything with it.  Wouldn’t you know there was one piece with a significant dent in the finished surface.  ON to 1800IKEA and then a quick return trip to the store.

When it comes to organization I have to say IKEA’s is in impressive.  They had the replacement piece in my hands and me back out the door in less than 5 minutes.  Congratulations IKEA – it was a good experience.

The furniture is together and works well.  I stood back and Wendy said: “You are an IKEA carpenter”.

I believe I am!


The Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market Adventure

We’ve begun to real feel at home in Edmonton in the past year…now we know some of the local shortcuts, discovered a few of the best places to eat, drink coffee (tea for Wendy) and we have been to the Farmer’s Market.  The market is fast becoming a favourite though we’ve only been a very few times.

Castlegar BC

Driving in the mountains is so beautiful.  I confess I would like to stop about every 10 minutes to take another photo.  Here’s Wendy and I high above the town of Castlegar BC.  It is where the Kootenay River and Columbia River meet and was an important place on the route of traders when the waterways were the highways!

We were sorry to leave warm, dry BC…but it is nice to get home and good to report on day two of our journey that the bad drivers seemed to have stayed home!

A few thoughts about us as a family and our interests.