Prep Time

 

This week we have been prepping. 

Our pond was cleaned and refilled with clean water, we tilled our garden – making it an extra couple feet out both ways. We raked the grass – usually not a big deal but we had cut down three giant dead trees so there was a lot of little sticks and wee tree bits all around. We burned it and then tilled again. I started weeding the gravel around our pond. Tilled again. Then I started cleaning between the sheds; we moved into our home two years ago, and since we have cleared dumpsters worth of garbage – actual garbage out of the backyard. Because the pigs we bought our home from were dirty, messy, corner cutting people. 

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Evan helping out!

So regardless, I pulled out a crazy amount of rotten wood, not like branches and yard debris but actual lumber, good quality lumber. A sign from the floral shop a previous owner had here. Old boots, fishing rod, metal poles, more lumber, garbage, rotten boards and some good boards. I have leaned the board we could salvage (not very many) against the shed to dry off and hopefully I’ll be able to use them for my raised garden bed and cold frame.

Today I will be getting seaweed and hopefully clearing out from behind the sheds to get rid of all signs of previous homeowners. I am pulling garbage bags out from the dirt every time I did… because that is what they used under everything as a weed barrier.

I also need to finish weeding around the pond and for dandelions in general and plan for the layout of our garden. 

I also started more plantings on the window sill, lavender, a couple sunflowers and bean plants that were on clearance, wheat grass and of course my formally eggshell tomato plants that don’t seem to be growing the way I expected… I wonder why. Not enough sun?
We don’t really have window sills, all the sills were just shallow and barely there. Not nearly enough space to sit something on let alone a plant. 
Today is cloudy and miserable – perfect day to do yard work I think!

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Herb on our one window sill
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Basil I’ve been using for soups/pastas along with jiffy beans!
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Little plant-lings that were just such I good deal I had to indulge.
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Sunflowers too!
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Soaking the wheat grass seeds!
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Trellis frame idea that I want built

War has begun – commence the gardening!

Today the war began. 

Not just any war but the yearly Dandelion war. They are the first plant to get green, so today while the grass was just losing it’s brown winter tinge I began. Three giant bucket loads. Three. Into the green bin. I didn’t even survey the whole lawn because I’m soon getting ready for work. Three giant buckets full. Then I started in on the weeds in the pea gravel surrounding our pond. Raked all the sticks out of the garden and then Mike and I decided to extend the garden about two feet out and a foot width wise. 

Mike cleaned out and refilled the pond yesterday and this morning – what a job! I’m glad I was working – well… slightly.

One more day to get the tilling and weeding done. Then the weekend will be over and it will be just me to work on it on Monday. Nothing feels quite as satisfying as lawn work. 

Pictures to come! Garden will be a beaut.

Sunny Cheer!

Dog Woes

Last night/Early this morning I was woken up by Mike having – a bit of a freak out. A well deserved freak out. We went to my parents last night and the dogs got into the pantry and found… chocolate chips and before you ask – no we didn’t rush them into the vet . Why? Because it’s expensive and as much as I love my dog(s) we don’t have an emergency fund for times like these. However I did assess the amount eaten/their body weight and paid close attention to their actions making sure they didn’t;

  • Drink excessively
  • continuously pant
  • have chocolate brown liquid oozing from their nose

Luckily they had seemed fine and I thought for a moment that they were probably going to puke. But they didn’t and we went to bed. Well… then they did. Of course I’ve saved you all from the horror and disgusting truth of what we woke up to. But let me assure you it was gross. Very Gross. 

Then Lexxi started to obviously feel better. She was begging for my breakfast, fighting with Baxter. So I went for groceries. Now she’s a beautiful Dog, I love her but when I came back. She was soaked. To the bone. 
Let me just help you all along with a visual. I left her in the backyard, our small, dry fenced in backyard. So I opened the gate and there she was muddy and wet. 

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We have a pond. She jumped in it for a swim. What a turd. Lets hope she didn’t tear the liner. Guess we will be fencing that in. 

Love her. But what a turd.

Hiking on the Trail

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oops my finger got in the way!
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Giant Rock Walls and pathways all over!
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A view worth the trek.
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And what hike is complete without my trusty pup?
Hiking on the Trail
Ants. Ants. Ants.

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My brother, trusty dog and I went on a hiking adventure this week – part of the get fit challenge Mike and I are doing. That black gob? A giant ball of ants we found. Ever see a ball of ants like that? We hadn’t. Quite the shocker.

This path was uphill most of the way, winding and fabulously difficult. 3.5 hours of wheezing and huffing and puffing. Great work out.

 

Detox – week 1

I’ve been trying to step up my exercise and eat much healthier – no snacks before bed; less sugar; less bread; no pop; less chocolate.

Today I started the Jillian Michaels Detox – one week of drinking 8 cups of water/steeped dandelion root tea/pure cranberry juice and lemon juice. 

I think it’s delish! In fact it’s 2pm and I’ve drank it all. I’m debating making another pitcher of the detox drink. 

After walking the dogs last night I felt way more energetic this morning, I did my workout and planning for another walk this evening. Hopefully all goes well !

Garden Prep

This week is beautiful, I work this afternoon and evening so I will not have the opportunity to work in the yard but I spent last night planning for the new yard layout. So our garden is in a good spot but It needs a pick me up. Also I want two raised garden beds. To house lettuce, herbs, carrots and beets which can be covered during the cold months and continue to grow! I’ve been following various other blogs and I’m very excited about this. 

Luckily Mike is as Handy as he is Handsome (That’s a lot!) so he will get ‘er done for me!

These are my inspiration. I want two 6×3 2 feet high beds. I will paint them white or perhaps a dark brown so that the green will pop. 

 

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Addictive Muffins

You know whats great, Donuts. But you feel guilty eating a donut. 
So I made muffins today.

Donut Muffins.

That’s right deliciousness of a donut… but feels like a muffin. 
This is what I call, a win.

So I would have taken a picture, but I ate two. No, okay, I’m lying I ate three. So I had to put them in a container before I jumped into more. 

Here is the recipe and my giant double stamp of approval. These are easy and delicious.

  • ½cup white sugar
  • ¼cup margarine, melted
  • ¾teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½cup milk – I used skim… healthier? 
  • 1teaspoon baking powder
  • 1cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼cup margarine, melted
  • ½cup white sugar
  • 1teaspoon ground cinnamon

The last section is for topping the doffins… munuts? I’ll keep working on the name.

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 mini-muffin cups.

Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup margarine, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Stir in the milk, then mix in the baking powder and flour until just combined. Fill the prepared mini muffin cups about half full.

Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

While muffins are baking, place 1/4 cup of melted margarine in a bowl – I thought 1/4 was excessive, I used a melted tablespoon – but I also used a regular muffin tin and got maybe 8?Image

 

In a separate bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of sugar with the cinnamon. Remove muffins from their cups, dip each muffin in the melted margarine, and roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture. YUMMMM

Our weight loss challenge.

Mike and I went to Jamaica last year – unhappy with our weights. That was a year ago this week and since then I’ve gained.. sigh… almost 30 pounds. Mike has gained about 15 but he has lost some muscle and gained fat.

Today after having tried to get things done and really accomplishing nothing we made a challenge to each other. Timeline starting tomorrow we will have two months – Monday June 10th we will each weigh in and whoever has lost the most weight will get $200 out of our budget to spend on whatever.
I’m been slowly working on getting fit but hopefully this will be enough incentive to get more into it. Nothing like a playful competitive rivalry between partners. Not only could it end up helping us relationship wise – not that theres anything major wrong with us but it could help us slim down and that is what it’s all about.

Cheers to all and Good luck to us!

Paint-o-rama.

Our Bathroom reno was on a bit of a stand still, but today we picked up paint and primer and mike is cutting in – the end is near! I’m so excited to have a completed bathroom.
I decided on Behr’s new Folk-Song colour – I think it will look fabulous. A pop of colour against the whites and grey tones in the rest of the bathroom!

Painting away!
Painting away!

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She's tired
She’s tired

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It’s my nanny’s Birthday Today- Happy Birthday to Nanny! That picture was at my Sisters Bridal shower – we were making a wedding dress out of Toilet Paper for one of the games. 🙂

Best Grandma Ever!
Best Grandma Ever!