Saturday, 29 June 2013


Remember my veggies I planted in May? They’re doing very well – much better than the ones I started from seed last year.
Celery, Herbs, Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumbers
Please ignore the grass. We're killing it off.

Here’s the cucumber plant. There are five or six little cucumbers growing so far.

My gold and green peppers are doing very well. The habanero peppers are starting to grow but are still very tiny.

My celery is looking very green and healthy. I can’t believe how full the leaves are.

I have lots of mini tomatoes. The plant is still flowering so there are lots more to come, and some of the current tomatoes are starting to turn.

The only unsuccessful veggie this year was my lettuce. It went to seed at the start of June. I’m not sure why but I’m thinking it’s because it was too hot outside. I took it out and replaced it with a couple herbs.

Thankfully the cage J built is keeping them safe from the dogs and I should get to enjoy the fruits veggies of my labour this summer.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Book Club and Lemon Cookies

We had another book club meeting last week. We were a small group but everyone knows June is a busy month. This time we read The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. To be blunt, I hated it. I didn’t enjoy the writing, or the plot, or the characters, or anything about it. I would definitely not recommend this book.

For our meeting I wanted to take something baked but was short on time so went with Lemon Cookies. You can go here to see original post with the recipe. They’re quick, easy, and delicious. As always, they were a hit.

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Southern Alberta Flooding... Close to Home

As you may or may not know, I live in Southern Alberta. As you also may or may not know, Southern Alberta is currently being devastated by horrific flooding. As of last night there were 28 current emergency alerts, 9 of which are considered “imminent life threatening danger” and there were an additional 3 that have been lifted. They're saying it's the "flood of a century".

I was going to put a picture or two of the flooding but every time I look through them I am so saddened. Instead, above is the Bow River and below is me on the bank of the river in Canmore. This is a place J and I visit several times a year, dream of possibly moving some day, and is where we got married last July.

Thankfully, my community is safe and dry, as we are in between the two rivers but not close to either of them. Unfortunately, many others are not so lucky. People all around us (literally, within an hour west, north, and south) are under mandatory evacuations from the water or from the potential for flash flooding as the water moves down stream. Please keep my fellow Albertans in your thoughts and prayers right now.   

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Friday, 21 June 2013

Odds and Ends Around the House

Because my space for this month is my closet J and I have tackled a few extra improvement projects around the house.  These perhaps aren’t the most exciting things but, seeing as this blog is also a reminder for me of what has been done, I thought I‘d share.

To start, when my closet was emptied, J spent several hours in the attack reattaching our ceiling fan hose, as there was some lose space or something wasn’t vapor-barriered or something. To be honest, I have no idea what he did up there. My job was to stand on the toilet and pass things up through the hole. 

While the attic was open, I redid the weather stripping around the hatch. If you look in the corner, you can see J's foot up there. This was something the home inspector told us to do when we bought the house and we did. Unfortunately it was coming off. Seeing as we have now finished everything we need to do in the attic, I put on a few fresh pieces.

Last but not least, we’ve been noticing the toilet in the hall bath has been making noises and flushing randomly. Turns out it needed a new gasket and was leaking. Rather than just replacing the gasket, we bought a new dual-flush, insulated tank toilet. In our area if you switch to low water appliances and buy them locally (instead of going to a big box store in the city) you get a $50 rebate on your water bill. I wanted one for environmental reasons but the rebate was an added bonus.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Painting My Closet

I love my closet. It was one of the selling features of this house. It’s very large and strangely shaped, with double closet doors that open to about 2/3s of it and the other 1/3 being hidden behind the shower wall. Also, it's in the ensuite bathroom, which sounds odd but is so convenient. 

Here’s me in the closet when we first bought the house. This is not a great photo and I debated posting it but decided that, because I was excited enough to have a picture of me in the closet, I really should share it with you. Also, it looks white in this photo but it isn't. It's actually builder's beige like the rest of our house.

At first I wasn’t sure how to best make use of the space so I put in a few random pieces of furniture and called it good enough. This is how it stayed for the first couple years.

Eventually I was annoyed with the way I was using the space so I bought a shelving system at Canadian Tire and a few extra shelves at Walmart. I didn't fix any holes or attach it to the wall but just moved it into place. It was much better and worked well for another couple years.

Which brings us to recently. 

I have been working to lose weight and be healthier (yay WW) and have started hating my closet. I have realized I have too much clothes and very little of it fits. It’s too big, too small, worn out, awkward, whatever. I’m working through it as my June space. While working through it, I decided to repaint the walls white. Remember my post about white closets?

J took the closet doors off and I took everything out of the closet, patched the holes, and prepared my supplies.

I then painted the closet white. It took two coats and I actually ran out of paint so part of it got finished with leftover ceiling paint. Oh well. I can’t see the difference.

Once the paint was dry I put all my shelving back in. Now it’s all clean and fresh and ready for me to start moving my clothing back in. Check back at the end of the month to see what I’ve done with the clothes.

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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Beaded Beachy Pendant

I made this piece of jewelry a few weeks ago. I love it and think it has a beachy feel, probably because of the colours. Rather than do a tutorial, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

I had planned on giving this as a gift but once it was finished, I decided it really wasn’t the style of the person. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it: keep it, give it to someone else, put it on Etsy. Until I decide, I’m just going to leave it hanging over the lamp in my office and continue to admire it.

On a separate topic, I can’t wait to show you what’s going on with my closet! My boys are gone on a father-son camping trip for the weekend and I’ve been taking advantage. I’m hoping to get it finished before Monday so I’ll post about it then.

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