4.17.2014

In the Garden: V.1


Something about vegetable gardening gets me all giddy. We planted a chunk of our vegetables last Sunday and these picture were taken one week later. It never ceases to amaze me how fast they grow. Even just in the span of 8 hours. It is still too cold to let these guys out into the greenhouse so for now my living room has been taken over. I have never documented my growing so I'm to use my blog as a way to track my garden this year on top of starting a garden journal. I also started a little garden box that keeps my seeds safe and garden stuff all together. Here is some unsolicited advice if you are new to gardening:

- Don't be afraid to start from seed. It is way more economical and can be re-used the next year if you have leftovers.
- Soak your seeds in a bowl of water overnight before you plan to plant them.
- Read the package. Different seeds need to be started in different depths and soil types.
- Water them!!
- Don't do it all at once. If you are starting early, not everything needs to be planted at the same time. Do a some one weekend and a few more the next. Wait until it's warm enough outside for shorter growing season plants. Gardening is no fun when you are stressed out trying to get everything planted in one go. I wont even bother to start carrots, parsnips, onions, and potatoes until the end of June.
- Read up on what works in your area. I have tried a few things that just can't work in my area. Even though cabbage and broccoli grow nicely they tend to attract bugs and I don't have time to babysit them constantly. It's just not worth it to have these in my garden. I am trying turnips for the first time this year which are notorious for pests in Alberta but I am going to try companion planting it with hairy vetch. That plant supposedly harbours good bugs that eats the bad ones! We will see how that goes!

Happy Gardening!

Cucumber


Spaghetti Squash


Marigolds 


Green Zucchini


Yellow Zucchini


Corn


Cucumbers stretching for the light


Cucumbers


Marigolds


Tomatos



Living room set up. Its doesn't seem like that much space is taken up even though we have 115 marigolds, 64 corns, 8 tomatoes, 32 squash, 32 cucumbers, 64 zucchinis, and 8 pumpkins.

4.15.2014

Thawing Out


I am forever tweaking my blog design. I never seem to be happy with it for very long. It is really difficult to pin -point what I want it to look like here for some reason. Summing yourself up in a navbar and name isn't as easy as one would think. I like simple designs and easy navigation and while I liked the set up and imagery of my last look, the top photo was always competing with my posts. So I decided to get rid of it and bring back a more simple header. I am still not 100% satisfied with it but I am afraid I'm not sure I ever will be. Maybe someday blogger will expand and give more options or I will leave but for right now I will continue to experiment!

We spent a day this weekend at my mom's in the country again and much to my delight the water was flowing in the ravine. We finished adding a door to our greenhouse (by we I mean David as I laid on a bench in the sun and occasionally handed him a tool).









It is difficult for David to work on the greenhouse when the cats (mainly Bebe) are obsessed with him. I made an "attempting to work with cats" montage:



4.13.2014

Birthday Day: The Big 2-7.

I find a photo an hour posts to be quite interesting for some reason. I guess the curiosity of how others spend their time interests me. My regular day has 9 of the best hours wasted at a desk at work so I never thought I would really be a candidate for these types of posts but it was my birthday last wednesday and I decided I wanted to try and get photos of how I spent my day. I used my phone for ease and definitely did not get a photo an hour but here of some highlights I did manage to get:



- I woke up and one of my favourite shows happened to be on so I stayed in the dark in bed and watched it.
- When I decided to finally leave the bed I moved waaaay over to the couch with a blanket and drank coffee.
- My grandma has been a chef at the same downtown restaurant for 40 years. I went down for a visit/free breakfast/get 2 bags of chicken fingers/pick up my cake (Birthday = Eating all day).


























- Next I was off to the hair salon to cut my hair. Don't worry as you can see it's still too long to fit in the camera frame… I may have just wanted someone else to deal with it for the day.
- I came home and opened my present from David. A new 35mm camera lens! whooooo!!
- Back to the couch with blanket for a blogging sesh.

- After we went out for supper at one of my favourite restaurants. Famoso. I generally despise pizza but I can't get enough of their artichoke, pepper, and olive flatbread. I may have got too excited and started eating before remembering to take a photo.- I was so full when I came home I couldn't even break into my cherry cheesecake the grandma made me so I flicked on the pajamas, watched 21 Jump Street and headed for bed.What a perfect day!

4.11.2014

Between Lenses: Warmth


I missed the last Between Lenses but I am back! Of course spring brings so much more sun which of course literally translates to more warmth. Warmth means its finally time to get the garden started. We have started our seeds in the front room and these are our marigolds popping up. We may have gone overboard as we have 115 seedlings of just marigolds. Including all the vegetables, our living room is packed right now. I hope to plant my marigolds all over the garden to keep all those pesky bugs away. You can also blend the stems, buds, and leaves up and and use as a natural pesticide on your plants and a mosquito repellent on you and your pets!




4.10.2014

Resolutions V.4 - Current Projects

Every now and then I am going to check in on my resolutions and see how things are going. Just a bit of a way to keep me accountable for the resolutions.



I started my pottery class last night and it was great!  We didn't get on the pottery wheel yet but worked on a bit of table work. I made a ring dish, a little salt cellar, and a small oval tray. I can't wait till next week to make some new things and continue working on those! It is 3 hours once a week so I think I will definitely be able to get some nice pieces done!

I have also been continuing on with my nalbinding-turned-into-knitting resolution. Here's what I've been working on!

Baby Toques


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Tis the season for babies in my life I guess and that mean baby shower gifts! These toques are great for nalbinding practice. I can whip one up in about an hour or two now. First up a co-worker had a baby that this light sea foam hat is for. It's still cold enough that she will get some wear out of it this year. The blue hat is for one of my oldest friends. She isn't due until June so I thought I would make it big enough for the baby to wear next winter. I am also going to be an aunt again in September so I foresee I will be making more use out of my new skills!

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The Cushy Cowl


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I finally finished the cushy cowl from the pattern I got from Sheep and Stitch. I made mine much longer and narrow because apparently I can't follow directions. It's not perfect. There are a few holes and mis-stitches. Purling when I should have been knitting and so on but overall I quite like it and I definitely will be making more for next winter!

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Another Scarf


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I am practicing counting my rows and making a bit of a pattern just for some extra practice.


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No Idea...


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There are so many things wrong with this thing, I don't even know what it is going to be! Apart from the obvious holes there are way too many stitches on my needles and it is difficult to stitch when reaching the ends. I can't wait to run out of this ball of yarn! Either way it is good practice for small stitches. Maybe I will sew the ends together and make a small circle scarf?

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4.08.2014

Driftwood Beach, Alberta


I've held onto these photos for 9 months now. I really really didn't like the lighting. The sun had set over the mountains and left it really dark on the side of the lake we were at. While I liked the photos, the colours seemed really meh to me. Cue the B&W. I don't think I've done an all black and white set on here yet. This post on the abandoned American Military base is the closest I have come but it's more blue and white. 

Anywho, this is Driftwood Beach. It is naturally littered with driftwood and I picked out my favourites. Sadly as I was walking back to the car with my haul I noticed the DO NOT STEAL DRIFTWOOD FROM THE BEACH sign. I had great plans for my new walking stick but I had to leave it in it's natural habitat. 









4.04.2014

Driving by Alberta


I don't find rural Alberta terribly exciting but I recently took advantage of a little road trip to visit a friend who lives in the middle of nowhere. I didn't have much time to stop and take photos of the "sights" so most of these were snapped as we were driving.