Monday, April 22, 2013

Living Room Shuffle

There have been some living room updates afoot in our house! This shuffle has been a very long time in the making. About a year ago I ordered fabric to make curtains for the living room. (I ordered it last May....and finished my project last week!) Last summer Dan & I also had a new tv table made, and just before Christmas I got it sprayed at work. Our Christmas gift to each other was a new tv (which we bought only about two weeks ago). So yeah, we're not going at warp speed or anything over here. Anyway, here's what it looks like today:


We haven't made any major furniture changes other than the tv. Just re-arranged! And finished those blasted burlap curtains. (Which are a pain in the ass to make, but I am pleased with how they turned out!) 

I am really liking the arrangement so far. It's nice to sit in that corner chair and see the rest of our house and outside too. Much better than facing the corner and the tv all the time. We also like that now our living room doesn't scream TV! which it did before. Since we moved it you can't see it from the front door, which is so much better.


Here's the view from the other direction. I have been lobbying for a new rug (before baby comes! because EVERYTHING has to happen before then!) I still like the one we have, but since we switched the layout up a bit, now it looks to small (and is). So far I am undecided between this one and this one. Maybe neither is right, I don't know. Rugs are hard!


My favorite part of our new arrangement is now this little niche is more in view. Of course I have some updates I want to happen here too, but we'll get there eventually! Namely I'd like to paint the back wall behind the shelves. Not sure what colour yet, I just want to make it something fun and unexpected.

That's the latest & greatest at our house. What's going on at yours?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

FYI

I found this interesting, and just wanted to post it here for all to see! 

Top 5 facts About the BC Dairy Industry:

1. Canadian farmers receive $0 from the government. 
- American farmers are subsidized by the US government by about 50% to help cover the cost of things like labour, feed and irrigation.


2. Production costs in the US are lower than in Canada.
- It's warmer in the US than in Canada, so American farmers are able to take advantage of a longer growing season which helps lower their costs.

- Input costs such as land, feed, and irrigate are cheaper in the US.

3. Canadian milk is a high quality product.
- Unlike American dairy cows, the use of growth hormones is not permitted with Canadian dairy cows..
- The high level of quality of Canadian milk is guaranteed and standardized by a nation-wide program (Canadian Quality Milk program).


4. The price of milk in American border towns such as Bellingham and Detroit is deliberately lower because American retailers are using milk to attract customers into their stores.


5. Buying Canadian milk supports the local economy and creates employment.
- The BC dairy industry contributes over $1.2 billion to provincial GDP, to which dairy producers alone contribute $560 million.
- The dairy industry supports over 15,000 jobs such as farmers, vets, truck drivers and researchers.