Boiling Water ~ Minus 44 C temps = ?

What do you get when you throw boiling water into the air when the temperatures Minus 44 Celsius ? Watch and see flash freeze…..

 

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Friday the 13th 2017 ~ Good Morning

I certainly miss my days before retirement. I use to eagerly await Friday, because the weekend was on the horizon and I always looked so forward to putting my feet up. Now, I can do that at any time of the day right? Not so much….

I think I’m tired of all this snow already and just want to return to work. Hum, just kidding…

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Twenty-Four Days Really Does Make a Difference

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We began this gardening season off with chilly weather in May, usual for that time of year…But, when June arrived I was hopeful to have warmer temperatures during the evenings. This didn’t happen for us this year. It stayed cold at night but at least not freezing (except for a couple of nights) Remember, me telling you I’ve seen snow up here in Northern Ontario, Canada in June…

June 1st brought in tiny seedlings in one of my 5 permaculture beds…..

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I became worried with this slow progression of the sprouting seeds, but hoped for enough time left for them to arrive at a decent size come Fall. I was totally surprised to see the plants have taken off in the last 24 days and I’m almost certain I’ll have many meals of fresh carrots from the garden.. (fingers crossed that the chipmunks don’t partake in a meal or two before I get to savor this vegetable…

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This tree is almost right above my permaculture bed with all of those tasty carrots trying to grow up to be big and strong… I have a bit of netting on top of the bed, so I’m running a test to see who gets to eat the carrots this year..

I suppose he’s hungry too, since he or she has been munching down on my Echinacea leaves that returned from last year in the 2nd permaculture bed which has a few Asparagus plants and a few newly planted peas.

I know they love the peas, so I hope those plants are enough distraction for them to leave the other beds alone…My radishes are still going strong in the 1st permaculture bed with the umbrella for shade…

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I want to plant my Swiss chard in the area where the radishes are located ~ Just waiting to harvest the rest of them first… A combination of netting and the umbrella should protect these plants too…

I read on the inter-webs a while back about starting tomato plants from a single slice of a store bought tomato from your local grocery store. So, given the challenge and needing to do something different this year, I gave this interesting idea a go….

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Can you see all of those seeds in just one slice of the tomato? Mercy me I thought when I plopped One Slice of the store bought tomato into a container of compost, covering it with about two inches more of compost to try and sneak this past the hungry chipmunks this spring. Placed a net over the top of the container and waited and waited…

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I probably should have began the tomato slice trial toward the end of winter indoors, but I had enough plants (Jalapeno’s) on the go at the time this past winter…

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I must have had over 50 new tomato plants off that One Slice of tomato, but I haven’t the room for all of those (I’ll make room next year ~ dreaming of much more homemade salsa) tomato seedlings.

As it is right now there are too many plants in each of these containers, I couldn’t throw out these tiny little soldiers, so in they went… I may later in a few weeks reduce the number in the containers, or I’ll just run the test further and just see what happens…

I do love surprises that don’t follow the normal way of doing things… Hey, I moved up here to the frozen North of Canada from Sunny Florida over 3 decades ago, so I’m not normal in the least….   🙂

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But, the flip side of my Winter is this…….

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It’s all Good !

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Until next time

~  Laura  ~

Be Wise & Listen to your Weather Channel

This morning I woke quite early, even before the sun rose on the horizon. I really don’t actually enjoy this time of morning, just before everything is awake around me. I have to be so quite at this time and can’t bang around in my kitchen making that first glorious cup of coffee.

Even if most mornings it’s the instant version of real coffee. Now, I must confess something and I ask if you promise not to laugh too awfully hard ~ I’ll make a small confession to you…

I bought one of those handy dandy coffee makers that you pop one of those pods into and before you can even wipe the sleep outta your eyes, it’s done ~ That steaming hot cup of Joe in your cup of choice.

Well….as it happened the pod coffee maker was a steal on sale which is what prompted me to make such a purchase in the first place, I did know the pods at the store could be costly, completely wiping out the savings for the coffee maker. But, and yes there is always a but….

I planned on only using this new toy on the rarest occasions when I was dog tired in the morning and use other methods instead most days. I bought a box of the pods and placed them high on my fridge – (high for me because I’m short like a tadpole) I’d need my little stool to reach up to the top to retrieve the box of pods ~ sort of like a savings account for down the road when I needed quick and easy.

Sad thing is my legs gravitated onto that blasted stool, until the pod box was totally empty. Now I’ve done it! I’ve become addicted to the ease and enjoyment of these tasty selections for coffee. (lots of varieties for the pods) How  on earth could I ever go back to a regular cup of coffee (instant) and having to wait for the kettle to boil (over 5 minutes)

I’d gone and done it ~ spoiled myself and messed up my morning routine as a happy camper. I’d need to form a group of spoiled coffee drinkers and be a comfort to others with the same empty wallets to keep buying those delightful little pod of ground coffee.

Be wise and always remember and never forget ~ always listen to your inner voice…

What you don’t have one of those? Hum…I bet you do ~ you’re just waiting a bit to admit it… 🙂

Our winter appears to be taking a back seat and spring is springing forward just like the moving our clocks ahead by an hour.. (What’s the point I ask you ~ if only to set them back again)

I can report there are signs of puddles in my driveway, especially the part of driveway that’s sinking, looking more like a bowl for the puddle than a nice flat drive of asphalt. I was told the trees in my front yard are the culprit for this transformation. The roots growing underneath are moving the soil outta the way and causing the driveway to sink in spots. SINKHOLE ALERT!

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I’ve had a nightmare or two about my C.R.V. falling into my driveway when it gave way to a sinkhole. Scary stuff I tell you, and so is the ground freezing and thawing causing havoc also to the driveway and the surrounding roadways. It’s like an obstacle course driving in the spring, and probably the same where you are if you get snow in the wintertime.

So, watch the weather channel because they are calling for the temps to warm up which is a sign to make an appointment with your local garage to remove the snow tires and replace the all seasons. You might as well get an oil change, because you’re probably due for that too..

This is the time to not enjoy the dirty looking snow as it melts and the big reveal of trash thrown without thought (by others, not me) The birds tell the true tale as they perch atop the remaining snow banks waiting for tasty treats on garbage day … (After a gale force snow storm done blew away your garbage can lid ~ never to be found again …I numbered my can but forgot to house number my lid just in case someone found it and was feeling generous and return it to me…..

Lift off to spring

Take care and enjoy your day and evening

I sure plan on it, because it’s time to put my snowblower away, until next winter

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A Bed of Snow ~ April 8th 2016

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I survived the past two days of heavy snowfall wondering if I’d ever get the chance to put seeds into my homemade garden trug. Last year I made the garden trug with a few alterations to my own liking. Many times the snow has melted off the soil in the planter only to snow again to offer a new blanket of snow. I suppose since it was and still is winter here I shouldn’t be at all surprised. 🙂

I’ve enjoyed watching the footprints the critters have made in the snow on my deck. Every morning I wake up to freshly fallen snow. My pup also finds these visitors interesting as much as I do, sniffing every spot where they left their impressions.

It’s a morning routine in the wee hours for us, I with my coffee cup in hand looking around as she pushes the snow with the tip of her black nose. Guarding the patio after sniffing the scents they left behind. I always (if seen by others) have a curious expression on my face, wondering just how she can smell anything in the cold snow.

I’m just happy that my sense of smell is not that of a dog, because taking out the garbage would become a unpleasant job to say the least, or when clearing the yard of the little presents she leaves behind. Oh my…Good heavens for a human nose half plugged by a sinus condition… 🙂

I woke this morning feeling my age of almost sixty. Gosh….that felt odd typing my almost age. I’ve never validated it before in public…hum…it’s almost invigorating! I rested yesterday for a few hours after shoveling with my daughter, before I even thought about attempting to see what was wrong with the snowblower that died on me.

I tinkered around with this monster of a machine which I’ve owned for almost 18 years. The snowblower wasn’t one of those machines with many bells and whistles. It is just a run of the mill machine. You yank on the pull cord, and pray it coughed and burps until it roars with a thud announcing it’s ready to blow some snow.

With tools in my hands and a how to book marked on the section for snowblowers I began to try and solve the mystery. With the grace of stubbornness I figured it out and got it running once again. I blew the snow at 7:30 this morning reminding myself ~ Your as young as you want to be, even if your body is telling you otherwise.

Back in my twenties I thought a person of the nearing age of sixty just sat in a chair and hoped to not fall and break a hip… But, now that I’ve almost arrived at the golden age I’m out there last summer moving with both hands and a strong back the logs to make my third permaculture bed. I’ve not had a cold in over seventeen years, most of which is without a flu shot.

I must be doing something right, or I’ve been blessed because I’ve never once given up on my faith in all of these years, even when being tested after losing my husband to a sudden heart attack when our children were little. Perhaps, trying to find a brighter side to life when it’s dark all around has been the ingredient to success for me. Perhaps, it just is…. simple as that. But, for what ever reasons ~ I’m truly grateful and honored to have you spend the time reading my blogs. This really means the world to me that you do ~~~

Take care and have a most delightful day…   🙂

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April fools ~ On me

April Fools day came and went with the snow almost melted around the area. I was actually happy to soon be able to rake up all of the little presents my pup has left behind ~ All winter!

This marks the weather warming up, and the removal of limbs here and there which have fallen.

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March arrived with quite a bit of blowing snow. Sorry for the blurry picture of my friend in the back yard peaking over the fence at me taking their picture, but it was just too cold and windy to open up the patio door for a proper shot (with the camera of course) sorry for the pun.

They called for around 30 centimeters of snow to begin today ~ Wednesday April 6th and continue right through to Friday. Well, you can imagine my dislike for this news, even if it’s not a huge surprise up here in Northern Canada. My seedlings can’t even dare to peak their tender leaves outdoors until mid May. So close and yet so far away is my jewel (I hope) of a garden to begin with all of its critter battles and the wasps that have found my backyard to be a haven.

I’ll share the backyard garden with them because they did a find job last year keeping all of the bugs off my plants. But, this year I’m planting mostly vegetables that grow underneath the soil, like potatoes, beets, carrots, radishes, and the like. This way I can just wait until they are ready for harvest and the wasp and I will not get in each others way this summer.

I keep telling myself to become one with nature, and think about what type of respect these pests need to survive and flourish in my garden. Soon the hummingbirds will arrive, and not too long after that my honeysuckle will be in bloom drawing the beautiful butterflies to my yard.

What an amazing show mother nature offers us each brand new season and I can’t wait for it to begin.

I’ve spent most of the winter shoveling snow, re-watching all 7 seasons of The Gilmore Girls, and writing a story. All in all its been a wonderful and healthy season for me once again. I can hardly wait to be outside for more that shoveling and take pictures of the garden to document this brand new year of 2016.

Oh…right! One other thing I did this past winter ~ I grew hot peppers indoors ~ I planted the seeds in early Fall of 2015, and also planted Basil seeds in the same pot. The basil went nuts providing me a bounty crop all winter to use in my sauces. Oh my fresh basil homegrown in the winter is the very best. I harvested in January the hot peppers and made Jalapeno Jelly out of them. This is delicious brushed over pork roast or baked chicken.

The jalapeno plants I cut back after harvesting the peppers and now they are budding again with new peppers. The stalk of the plant is very thick and hardy, just right for when it’s time to plant outdoors. I’ve snipped off most of the new buds so the plant can continue to become hardy for its first season outdoors. Oh my… life is good and exciting for me right now…….

Stay tuned to this channel, so to speak….there’s more coming soon.

Take care and have a wonderful day/evening where ever you are

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