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Oh, why did I do this? I haven’t posted in over a month (I’m sorry if my three faithful readers missed me) but I’ve been so busy. I know everybody says that, but I mean SO busy. I’ve had 18 hour days for a month straight. Four to five hours of sleep a night and full days of physical labour and spending tons of money that I don’t really have on my house. My charming little 1913 house, the one I wasn’t planning on moving out of for some time. Here’s the short version/timeline;

Day 1: I hear that a house I love on my street is going up for sale. (I haven’t even seen the interior.)

Day 2: We get pre-approved at the bank so we can make an offer before the house is listed.

Day 3: We get to see the house before it’s listed.

Day 4: We make an offer, contingent on the sale of our house.

Days 5-35: We bust our asses getting our current house ready for sale. It’s been through three rounds of renos in the past ten years, but we tackle every little thing that we never got around to, pack up half our lives into a storage pod in the backyard, paint nearly every wall and basically work like maniacs every waking hour that we’re not at work. When I say “We,” I should tell you I mean “Me.” My husband was on a marking deadline at his job (he teaches English at a university) And was swamped. He helped where he could, but I was definitely at the helm of this shizz. I hired my brother Adam, who recently moved to town and as it turns out, is a really great handyman! So, that was amazing. There’s a zero percent chance I could have done it without him. He is way more skilled at repairs than I am, and was at the house working nearly every day for a month.

My house went on the market four days ago and I’m having a daily heart attack…I just want it to sell and be over with. It’s hard to keep everything spotless for showings (I feel like I can’t even sit on my furniture, cuz I’ll wreck stuff.)My kitties are all living in my mom’s rec room (which is where I am right now- I’ve been having frequent slumber parties with them, but I miss having them at home so much.) I’m terrified about trying to sell a house in November in Winnipeg, because who wants to buy a house and move in knee-deep snow and minus 20 temperatures and I’m pretty stressed. I spent a small fortune fixing this place up in such a small amount of time and feel like I’ll never be out of debt again. Ever. At least I’m not as stressed as I was last week. I’ve had two full nights of sleep in a ROW! I’ve left my house for something OTHER THAN WORK AND HARDWARE STORE RUNS. I’ve broken down is stress-fuelled tears more often in the past month than in the past two years. I’m not sure it was worth it, honestly. If I had known how awful, how stressful, how expensive, how taxing it would be on my husband and I…I wouldn’t have done it. On the plus side, the house looks fucking great.

 

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Zombie-Apocalypse Team and What’s In My Purse

I did one of those “What’s in your bag?” posts! What a dork.

My Gillian Welch purse (I picked it up at a show during the Harrow & The Harvest tour) isn’t overly big, but it’s READY. Trust me, you’re gonna want me on your zombie-apocalypse-team, cuz in addition to the stuff you see, there’s a pretty decent first aid kit in that pouch. I’m a walking pharmacy.

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Embroidered change purse, GLOW IN THE DARK TOONIE, Day of the Dead wallet, keys, Bach Flower Rescue Remedy, hotel pen, Saje Immune Booster and Peppermint Halo for headaches, movie ticket, hand sanitizer, gum, reusable shopping bags and a granola bar for when I get hangry.

PS: My zombie apocalypse team has the following people, for the logical reasons listed. (*I’m kidding, I’m not really this way. But JUST IN CASE.

Dad: Good in a crisis, and a good shot. You’ve seen the Walking Dead. You know this a thing!

Uncles Kurt & Mark: Practical, could build a shelter out of scrap wood and old car parts. Uncle Kurt probably has a basement full of canned goods left over from Y2K, too.

Francine: My gardener friend, grows things, knows the uses of medicinal plants and knows how to attract and care for bees.

Kristen: My friend who’s a good cook and knows how to can things so we can SURVIVE.

My friends Tracy, Jenn and Karen who are at LEAST as organized as I am. WE CAN REBUILD. There’d be charts and graphs and an inventory system and whatever blankets we could scavenge would be perfectly folded.

Mark: The best chef of all of us. And knows his way around an outdoor grill.

Scott: We might need a judge in this new utopia.

Campbell: My fella. He’s not exactly handy, but he’s really strong. Whew! He can stay!

My friend Dave, cuz we love him so much and he’d otherwise never survive. He can take care of the cat colony. There’s obviously a cat colony.

Emily: She works on a farm and knows how to care for livestock!

Bestie Annette, cuz we’re gonna need a doctor.

(We’re accepting applications if you feel like you’ve got something to contribute!)

Remember when this was a post about my purse?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willie Watson

Whirlwind decision-making there, Ayns.

It was a lazy afternoon at the shop and I was glancing through facebook to avoid doing any actual work, when I saw a post about the upcoming Willie Watson tour. He’s one of my only favourite musicians that I haven’t seen live, so I thought I’d better check the tour dates. If you’re a fan of old folk and Americana music, high and lonesome vocals, guitar playing and banjo picking, or if you just like people who look like they’ve time-travelled to the present from the 30s Dust Bowl, I think you should check him out, too.

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I didn’t figure he’d be playing Canada, but I thought I’d look. There were no Canadian dates, but then I saw that he’d be playing in Seattle (WHERE MY BEST FRIEND LIVES) on September 15th (WHICH IS THE OFFICIAL ALBUM RELEASE DATE) so I checked flight prices from Winnipeg to Seattle, figuring it was probably gonna be too spendy. $310 (Canadian) RETURN. I texted my fella to ask if he wanted to go, but he can’t get away. I texted my bestie Annette, to see if she and her family would be in town and up for visitors that weekend. She didn’t respond within 14 seconds so I bought myself a flight, three tickets for the show and hoped for the best. (I was very excited and I am not patient.) Luckily, I heard back from her, and she, her husband and I will be going to see Willie at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center!

This all happened in about 4 minutes.

It looks like this summer my bucket list for bands and musicians is going to be complete! (Until I find more favourites…the world is full of possibilities.)

MY TOP 10 BANDS/MUSICIANS BUCKET LIST 

Bob Dylan

John Prine

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

Levon Helm

Kacey Musgraves

K’Naan

The White Stripes

The Who

Beck (tickets for August 2017!)

Willie Watson (tickets for September 2017!)

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to AynsleyKnowsEverything!*

*Bald-faced lie.

Welcome to my website! This is all pretty new to me, but I’ll learn as I go. (I told ya, the website name might be stretching the truth just a little.)

I guess I should tell you the whos, whats and whys of this new adventure in Blogland. Then you’ll know if you should stop reading now, or follow me forever and tell all of your friends how great this new site that YOU discovered is. It’ll obviously be the latter, right? There! Now you understand my ego, and you’ve realized I’m a Leo. That’s a good first step.

Other things to know about me…I’m the buyer and manager for an eclectic boutique/bookstore, I collect and sell vintage decor, I love art, reading, food, traveling and home design (the more bohemian the better.) The SS Crazy Cat Lady has set sail and I’m on it. Like, I may not be the captain, but I’m definitely in the ‘first mate’ category. My darkest secret is how much I like soapy television shows geared to teenaged girls.

I’m a sarcastic smartass with a gooey centre. (My friend Ainsley just made me aware that might sound gross, but what would you expect from someone who can’t even spell her name correctly?)

I live in Winnipeg, Canada and I like it, even though we’re pretty murdery here.

So, thanks for stopping by! We’re gonna talk about my favourite things; design, decor, DIY projects, home renos, books, cats (duh), music, art, food, thrifting and traveling. I hope you’ll stick with me on this new adventure!

 

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