June 26, 2017
Happy Monday morning fellow blog readers and writers.
I hope your world is bright and sunshiny today. We
had a big windstorm through the night. All is well now,
though the wind is still present. A "strong breeze"
they are calling it .... hope it ends soon. It's sunny but
so very cool. I may need a warm blanket to cuddle.
We worked quite a bit in the garden again this weekend.
Pictures to follow once I have them downloaded. We
weeded (a never ending task), dug out our birdbath and
filled it with fresh water for the robins and their babies
(not hatched yet), set up the trellis and then planted the
clematis vine. I also sorted out my pots and we have some
annuals to get planted. If the wind goes away, I'll try and
plant those this afternoon. As much as we are doing, I
know in this first year of gardening that my little piece of
Heaven will still look a bit bare. It's going to take time for
everything to sprout, grow, creep and fill in. And of course,
as we go, each year, we will add to the garden. I dream of
the day when I'll be able to sit back and see the progress
and the calmness of the sun setting on such a beautiful
landscape. I'm patiently and eagerly waiting for the time
when I'll be able to post a picture like the one above and
say "how do you like MY garden?" One day, it will look
like this. I love the different colors, the different heights
and I'm sure the scent is amazing. One day, dear friends ....
.... one day ....
Since I was a young child, the smell of lavender has been a calming influence. I love the scent, the color, the feel and the look of this beautiful plant. A few years ago, we visited the Sacred Mountain Lavender Farm out on our favorite island on the West Coast. I asked if there is a chance that lavender will grow in our region but sadly was told "no, it's far too cold there." I'm not one to accept "no" as an answer to any query I have. So when we came home, I visited our local greenhouse and was told that "it wasn't really worth investing in a plant that likely won't survive our climate."
If you've read my blog for a bit, you know I LOVE a challenge! Told I can't to something, I find a way around it.
So guess what I've successfully grown in our garden at our old house for 4 years now? Yup, lavender! And guess what I just bought to plant here at the little house in the big woods? Yup, lavender! Still in pots this morning as I have to figure out the best spot to start these babies. Vibrant and full of sweet scent. The bees love them already. Hopefully the deer stay away. All the literature I've read suggests they are put off by the smell so we'll see what happens. Wish me luck ....
June 22, 2017
June 21, 2017
We've been carving out a wee bit of a garden at the front of our house. I love the sweet wild flowers and even the weeds that are blooming. Every single day we see more colors, more sprouts and shoots and it's filling in so nicely. My little flower beds around the veranda are ready for the perennials that I picked up the other day. I'm hoping to have them planted before the weekend. We've had a bit of cold rain so now I have to wait for a bit of a dry spell. I'll post pics of those once they are in to the ground. Our landscape designer said it will take up to five years before we will be really happy with our garden but I'm going to truly say today that I'm loving what is happening already and we know in time it will look even better. I'm so glad we chose this tiny piece of land with so much nature all around us. A bare spot would have been very disappointing. We lucked out with this acreage and it was worth the very long wait to find it in the end. Watching it bloom and grow is going to be a treat.
June 20, 2017
June 10, 2017
May 31, 2017
Now that we have made the decision to
purchase the vintage wooden shed, we
have to decide where on our land it will
be placed. A very big process to endure.
This is what our original plan has been all
along. Our white picket fence around our
garden boxes, with paths to walk around
and some type of statue right in the middle.
Now we're thinking about "attaching" the shed
to this idea. Almost like it's own little garden.
We were going to place the shed near the tree line
but after our big wind storm last week, that changed.
The more we think on this new idea, the more we
get excited about putting it all together. I think it
will look so sweet to have a vintage wooden shed,
looking out over the garden, with a white picket
fence surrounding it all. Very English, very Country.
And the dh says "very practical" ~ he is very smart.
My mom's hospital appointment went well but it was
so hard to hear her progression is moving quickly.
We have many decisions to make and I truly hope
we make all the right ones with her and for her.
My workshop was great. Small numbers but I was
warned it's often not a large crowd. But very well
received and we had a few laughs in between the
tough conversations around grief and loss. Thankful.
Not the best picture but we figured out
what we can use for displaying items in
our booth. This shelf was a dark green
but we've lightened it up with this lovely
shade. We have another unit as well and
look forward to our move in tomorrow.
The second half of my day will be spent teaching a
workshop to a group of youth who are involved in
an addictions and mental health program. I love to
teach and this population really tugs at my heart. I
hope they all show up and that they leave with a
better sense of what grief is and how to heal when
it impacts their lives. One of my former practicum
students is the lead on the project ~ I'm so proud
of his accomplishments since he was in my program.
Wonderful young man with a wealth of knowledge.
What's on tap for you today?
Any exciting plans to share?
Today is going to be a busy, crazy experience.
And a predicted high temp of 30 degrees C.
I'm off this morning to take my mom to her
quarterly assessment at the Geriatric Clinic
at one of the hospitals in the Big City. There
has been quite a change since her last visit
so I think we may be now looking at long
term care. I'm not excited about that prospect
at all, except for the fact that my worry for
my mom's wellbeing may diminish a bit. At
the moment, when I'm home, I worry if she's
safe. When I'm out, I worry if she's safe. She
has had a few scary times where know one
knew where she was. At least in a care home,
she'll have regular meals, activities to get
involved in and around the clock care. She
refuses to move in to our home (we have
tried to convince her) as she doesn't want
to live in the country. So this is the only true
alternative we all have. Wish us luck today.
May 30, 2017
With my kids grief program, we use art
as an option to talk therapy. And the best
part of my job, besides watching these
young grievers begin to heal, is the fun
I get to have making art. It's an honor to
be present and to create each Saturday.
.... the little pink shed. It is too sweet to pass up.
And tonight, we made an offer and the family
that was selling it was so gracious and agreed
on the price that we hoped to pay. So excited.
Just coordinating the delivery by a company that
can get it on their truck, something we wouldn't
be able to do as #1, we don't have a truck and
#2, we'd need many helpers to lift and move. It
weighs 1200 lbs. Great for the stability but really
not so great for trying to get it moved. I've got a
plan to configure the inside. Now I'm dreaming
about which flowers to buy for the window boxes.
May 29, 2017
It's only May but wow, it's hot! We're lucky to
have air conditioning in our house but we do
choose to use it only sparingly. Finding ways to
stay cool is key in this weather. I've discovered
a new favorite snack ~ watermelon. I've always
loved this sweet and cool treat but in the past, I
would cut it in to pizza pie shapes to hold while
munching. Then I found that by cutting all the
melon off the rind, I could get much more into
the fridge and somehow it gets sweeter with time.
Do you like sweet, juicy watermelon?
Do you have a favorite summer snack?
In between other obligations over the
weekend and some illnesses creeping
through our home, we managed to
squeeze in Art Studio construction.
The painting is now complete, the cabinets
are all put together and now the placement.
We discovered after we put the first cabinet
together that the measurements we were so
careful to gather for the designer were very
accurate. But she did not factor in the feet
that hold up the cabinets. If we had installed
those, our cabinets would have come right up
to the bottom of the windows, not giving
any space for the countertop depth. We did
end up figuring out a way to create "boxes"
to hold the cabinets, which in the end if
much more sturdy. Took more time and a
ton of extra measuring but so worth the time.
Now we are busy placing the items in the
units that are for our art projects. Next, our
contractor will come and install the counters
and then the flooring, trim and two more of
the lights to hang. At that point, we'll do more
of a true reveal. Almost there, so very close.
May 28, 2017
Our landscape artist brought over our plan
a few weeks ago for our final approval.
She worked magic with our blank slate.
And now we have ideas to fill our space.
It's likely going to take us 4 or 5 years to
finish all that we hope to create in the garden.
I'm sure it will be worth the wait.
Until then, I continue to dream ....
.... but hopefully not too soon and not
on our sweet little cottage ....
A big wind storm in our region the other
day uprooted this tree a bit. We're very
concerned but thankfully, the last few
days have been super dry and very warm.
The Arborist is coming out tomorrow to
let us know if it needs to come down. We
are pretty sure it will need to. They'll also
then let us know when they can take it down.
Have you ever had to take down a falling tree?
Where you sad to see it go or happy it won't fall?
May 27, 2017
We're in the beginning stages of our landscaping
and have decided we'd like to have a garden shed
to store items like the snow blower, lawnmower
and all my gardening tools. The garage is big but
we want to keep it sparse ~ it houses two cars
and will soon be the home of a workshop for my
dh. So a shed is now on our list and worked into
our frugal budget. Now we have a big decision.
This first shed is from Costco. It is made from Resin
and appears to be sturdy. We like the look and it can
be painted if we choose to match it to the color of
the house. I'd put window boxes on. The only worry
is that Resin can in time wear down. And crack and
break. Will it hold the snow load in the Winter?
Our second choice is this one that a lovely family is
selling because they are moving. It's about $300 less
than the other one but we'd have to hire a company to
deliver. So price will be roughly the same for either.
It's made of solid wood and looks brand new when
we popped over to look. Their is a large door on the
side for getting large items in. We'd paint it to match
the house. The sturdiness for snow load in the cold
Winter months would be much better. And our sweet
landscape artist did suggest we find a "quaint" shed.
What one is more appealing for a vintage look?
Which one would you choose if you have to decide?