I'm finally going to post about Tamara's last day here.
I wish I hadn't already read her post because, really, she said it all!
However, a promise is a promise so, here it goes. . .
On Tamara and the Big Guy's last day we had the chance to spend a couple of hours together.
Of course we had to go to a garden center!
I chose Holes as it is the best garden center in the area.
Tamara couldn't see what made it so special, as in her eyes it was rather small and lacking in hard goods.
I had to think about that for a while and I realized that Holes to me, is all about the plants. This is the place you go for something different, for information, inspiration and above all, top quality plant material. They carry everything from annuals to trees. If I buy a rose bush from Holes I can be guaranteed that it will be a big, healthy blooming bush and will out perform any thing else I might buy.
You pay for it mind you, but sometimes it's worth it.
We checked out a few things and Tam enjoyed all the bright colours.
She never stops working though, and at one time during our visit she was ontwo phones at once!
We stopped for a quick bite to eat at Tim's and then they were on their way.
I'm so thankful that I have the opportunity to visit with my sisters in person at least once a year.
After we all got married and they moved down to the coast in B.C. there were several years that went by without that chance.
Long distance bills were a major expense and we were so thankful for understanding husbands!
Now of course it is the computer age and we can share our lives by blogging.
It's going to be a busy week. As school is out for spring break in the coming week, I have a week off. In the dead of winter I often fool myself into thinking I'll be able to do some cleaning up in the garden during spring break. As most of the garden is still covered in snow that is obviously not going to happen. So, I've moved on to the next best project. Spring cleaning. Mom was going to come help me get started on Monday but I've just gotten the exciting news that my new windows will be going in on Monday and Tuesday! Whoo Hoo! It will be great to be able to look out the window on a cold day. (Right now the middle of both the kitchen and living room windows freeze up on cold days.) It's perfect timing too, warm enough that I won't freeze my pattooty off while the windows are out and cold enough that nothing has come up in the garden under the windows. I also don't have to worry that all the mess created will make spring cleaning useless. I'll just wait until Wednesday to start and work in the greenhouse instead. It'll be a hardship, but somethings just have to be done!
I promised Tamara that I would blog about our day today. She thought it would be fun if we both blogged about it at the same time and you would get two different perspectives. Sorry Tam, but I've spent all evening running around for the boys to get them ready for the band trip tomorrow. Then of course I have to have them at school at 4:30 in the morning which means that by the time I get back I won't have time to go back to sleep as I normally get up at 5:30 to get ready to drive the bus. I could have posted in the morning but I have to take Jada for a quick walk before I get my hair cut and coloured. If I'm lucky I`ll have time to grab a bite to eat before I have to leave for the afternoon bus run. Bottom line Tam. . . I might not post about our day until after supper tomorrow. Sorry! I amlooking forward to reading your post though. . . .
I had planned to have spaghetti for dinner tonight. While opening the jar of spaghetti sauce, I noticed the expiry date. September 2008. For crying out loud! Last week I was making Hawaiian pizza for dinner and while opening the can of pineapple chunks I noticed that expiry date. August 2007!!! I think I had better work on rotating the stock in my pantry. . .
I'm taking a bit of a break from blogging for the next two weeks.
As a matter of fact, I'm taking a bit of a break from the computer as well!
I've been researching different aspects of sustainable living recently and have come across many exciting ideas that can allow you to become more self sufficient, even in a big city.
My mind has been whirling, trying to figure out how I can put some of these ideas to work in our home. (and in our neighbourhood.)
I've started with the obvious ones, like turning down the furnace, keeping the lights off whenever possible ( I had already switched to compact fluorescent), recycling and so on.
I've also been working hard in the kitchen trying to cook and bake our meals and snacks from scratch, something I did when the kids were small, but which became more difficult as I began to drive full time and started spending a lot of time volunteering.
I'm also working out how to add more room for food gardening in my small space this year, and making plans for preserving the harvest come fall.
What does all this have to do with taking a break from blogging or the computer?
Well, I don't know about you, but I'm finding that the computer is eating up more and more time in my day.
I have to check my e-mails first thing in the morning.
After I walk Jada, I spend time visiting everyone on my favorites list.
Of course, off and on all day I check back to see if there is any mail, or if anyone has posted anything new.
Then it's time to work on my own blog, which generally means some time spent editing pictures and so on, first.
Before you know it, the day is over and large blocks of time were just frittered away.
So. . .
I have come up with a plan.
The computer will stay off all day and won't go on until after the supper dishes are finished.
I will take a quick peek at my e-mails, drop into a few blogs, do any research I might need and then turn off the computer.
It's a radical notion I know but. . .
I want to live life fully and make deliberate choices about how and why I do things.
I want to slow down and take joy in the small things.
I want to just be.
The computer's going off.
The only news I'm going to watch is the local news.
As a matter of fact, for the most part the T.V. will be off as well (for me at least!)
I'll check back with you in two weeks and let you know how things have been going.
If anything exciting or interesting comes up before then I may 'cheat' a bit and drop in to share it with you.