When I have a lot to say, and I haven’t said anything in a long time…it’s time for a currently update post.
My garden. Even just being away for 2 days at a time, I can’t believe how much it’s grown. I put a lot of effort into amending my garden soil for this growing season, and I think it’s paying off. Last fall I added many bags of steer manure to where I am growing my dahlias, I added lots of compost and mushroom compost to my beds and my plants are happy. I’ve fed them every week and they are responding well and seem very happy. We’ve had more rain this spring/summer than we have in many years past and the garden thrives on natural water sources vs. our hard well water that we soften.
Looking back at pictures from last year, my garden was about a week or two behind in the last few weeks, because of the cold start we had to spring with a later planting date, but now it’s farther ahead than last year and my hard work in early spring has paid off. I’ve already made a LOT of mistakes and look forward to improving next year.
The bigger picture in life. I feel like I’m doing everything right to take care of myself, but a big part is still missing. I’ve been consistently working out for 5, going on 6, months now, but have taken all of July off (because our instructor was on holidays and then I went on holidays), but I’ve kept up my walking and mostly getting >10K steps per day. I’ve been focusing on getting better sleep, I’m still taking my medication and doing very well with that. I had been working again and having a healthy amount of time away from home for a ‘break’ from the kids, spending a lot of time outside and getting vitamin D and garden therapy, but I miss my dad a lot lately. The healthy one, not the one he turned into at the end of his life. I miss him because I know he would be here every chance he could watching the boys play hockey in the winter and soccer in the spring. He was always so keen on learning about farming and seeing my new way of life too. I pictured he and my mom moving closer to us nearing their retirement, and it just sucks that that will never happen. There’s a big hole in my life that will never be full, and it’s hard to come to terms that this is the way it’s going to be.
A lot of gardening, cleaning and organizing. I finally feel like I’m getting a grip on my landscaping that we’ve literally SLOWLY been working on in the last decade (this fall!) that we’ve been on our acreage. The hedges are mature, our shelter belt is filling out…but the deer have finally found our young trees and my maturing raspberry bushes and they’ve really put a damper on their growth! Too bad our dog (husky) is not even close to a guard dog at all. I’m cleaning up my flower beds and doing the hard work of weeding them (invasive chickweed SUCKS!) and laying new woodchips in.
I am so.far.behind my photo editing, which is why the blog has been extra slow lately. I like to edit and upload them to their permanent home in order…so I haven’t had any photos for blog posts because I’ve been lazy with my editing, but I’m finally catching up!
If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know that I’m a big true crime fan, I always have been. Ever since I saw Silence of the Lambs as a teen I’ve been fascinated in why people commit the crimes they do and why they act the way they do. I always share on my Instagram stories what I’m listening to, and this summer I have listened to:
- Happy Face — story of the Happy Face Killer as investigated and told by his daughter and a journalist
- Man in the Window — background and timeline of the Golden State Killer, stuff you’ve never heard before
- The Ballad of Billy Balls — the best produced podcast I’ve ever listened to, about a punk rocker from NYC that was murdered and the true story
My weekly/bi-weekly podcasts that I subscribe to, in order of faves:
- Crime Junkie
- Crime Beat
- My Favorite Murder
- The Minds of Madness
- Canadian True Crime
- I, Survivor
- Ear Hustle
- Dark Poutine
- The Murder Squad
As far as TV goes, Jay and I subscribed to Crave TV, so our basic satellite package is down to just $26/month and if it weren’t for NHL hockey, I’d cancel it altogether. We don’t watch anything “live” anymore and the only shows I record are Grey’s Anatomy and This Is Us, I stream everything else. We’ve been catching up on Homeland and I still need to watch the last season of Orange is the New Black.
Ooooh! It’s also worth noting that while in BC last week on vacation….I READ TWO BOOKS!!! That hasn’t happened in ages, more on that later.
This summer. Vague, I know, but I have loved having the kids home (we have our days and moments, yes, but truly I’ve loved having them at home). I love the freedom of absolutely no schedule and nowhere to be, I really needed the break and have truly enjoyed it so much. I’m honestly not even ready for the school routine again, hopefully I change my mind the next few weeks, as I’ll have no choice then!
I also love my birds. I’ve been very keen on birding this summer and learning as much as I can about birds here in Alberta. I’ve put up lots of feeds and have found American goldfinches in our yard as well as dozens of pine siskins and the many barn swallows we get every year, and even one lonely hummingbird. I’m really hoping to attract even more next year, I’ll put out the food earlier.
Also loving boutique shopping for myself. I rarely buy anything for myself, but I’ve decided to change that this summer. I’ve fallen in love with local Alberta boutiques and love supporting the women that run them. Spending more money per item of clothing than I really ever have in my life, BUT they are quality pieces, not stuff that wears out and shrinks that I’d throw in the donation pile next year, like I often do. I’m putting effort into my hair, my makeup, wearing earrings, and just feeling “pretty”, and it’s been a big confidence- and mood-booster for me. My fave boutiques are Lavender & Lace from Sherwood Park and The Pink Porcupine from Brooks. I also treat myself once in awhile to a beautiful kimono duster from Urban Cowgirl Co. based near Lethbridge.
Well, there’s a bit of an update, anyway. I really miss this, and I know I say it every time…but I need to start writing again. Thanks for sticking around!