Putting the final touches to our new home

Putting the final touches to our new home

I haven't had too much to blog about the last couple of days as we have been putting the final touches to our new home and trying to get to know the city a bit better.

On Monday we went to the storage locker that we rented when we got to Calgary and took the last of our stuff back to the apartment. This meant we could end our rental before the next month's payment was due, so we only ended up paying one month of fees which was great. 

It took a few trips back and forth from the truck to unload everything and then we spend a few hours unpacking boxes. Of course, it was at this point we realized that we had nowhere to put some of the things, so they remained in boxes. Our office (second bedroom) ended up looking like a storage container itself, so we decided to work out what storage solutions we needed and try to get everything finally put away. 

In our bedroom, we have two large wardrobes (his n' hers) and to save space we decided we did not want to buy drawers, but instead confine all our clothing to the wardrobes. So, we decided to get some clothing trays to fit in the bottom of the wardrobes for things such as t-shirts, underwear etc. We also needed to furnish our second bedroom which we will use as an office. So, it was off to Ikea again!

We managed to find some nice clothing trays which were good value and fitted perfectly into the bottom of the wardrobe. We also got desks, well, not desks per say, but a table top and legs that we can use as a joint desk that now fits perfectly across the office. This also allows us to both see out of the window, which is nice. 

Taking of looking out the window. The last few days we have seen a lot of haze across the city caused by the wild fires in British Columbia. Now, I know that the air quality is compromised by this and that the view is not as good and you can smell and taste the air, which is not good, but I am fed up with the locals moaning about it. When we went to the storage unit, the woman there was doing nothing but moaning about the air quality and it is dominating the news.

 Calgary shrouded in haze

Calgary shrouded in haze

But people please, we have a bit of bad air at the moment. We have not been displaced, we have not lost our homes, we are not firefighters battling raging fires. Get some perspective and be thankful.

View from our balcony on Monday.

Rant over....

Another item we purchased yesterday was a table and chairs for our balcony. I had trouble finding these when searching online until I realized they are known as bistro sets, who knew? So, now we have a bistro set and it's lovely to be able to sit out and relax on the balcony and enjoy the view and watch the city go about its business. 

Our apartment is definitely starting to feel more like home now that we have all our personal possessions here again. 

First steps to becoming Albertans

First steps to becoming Albertans

Calgary Stampede fireworks

Calgary Stampede fireworks