Sunday, March 25, 2012

normally abnormal

This week I'm going to try and get to the Y for some workouts. I really need to get myself back into shape! I think lawncare will help with that, once Troy gets started back up again. The people at the Y are funny sometimes talking about the best best testosterone supplements and how to get bigger muscles. For me, and my attractiveness to men, muscles don't do anything for me. They are there, and yes, you are strong, but that doesn't get my crank turning. I guess some women find it highly attractive, but not I. Does that make me abnormail - in the minority? I dunno :P

around the house

Elliott is laying on me. It's hard to get any work done around here when you have the little kittens waiting to be pet all the time. I did some nice cleaning around the house today. I still have lots more to do, but I will get it done in time. I just continue to use my soapnuts for cleaning which continues to work out nicely. I don't need any fancy armani perfumes or anything to make my house smell nice. It's full of natural fairmones baby! I'm looking forward to this week. I think it will be a nice change of pace for me. I don't know what I'll get myself into, maybe some trouble! haha.

My art corner


I've been obsessed with Pinterest lately. I took a few minutes to take photos around the house to things that I've made or created. I took this photo today of my little art corner and put it up. I really like how I organized it all so it's nice to share and maybe help others. There are so many beautiful things on the website that people make and do that it really is inspiring. It's hard to explain. There is a lots of children's activities too, which is nice. I'm going to write some of them out tomorrow to use for home child care that I'm doing now :)

strum the melody

Weekend is over. Onto another week. I've been trying to find solitude in bits of time that I have during the day. I look foward to it really. Working on my painting, reading, cleaning, cooking, playing music. these are things that I look foward to. I'm try to teach Troy a little bit of guitar which is nice and makes me happy when I hear him play his chords so nicely. I like looking around at new and beautiful instruments. These mitchell acoustic guitars are astounding. I popped in the folklore centre the other week to look for autoharp strings and they had a nice array of guitars, banjos and autoharps. It unfortunately make me want to learn to play everything in there. Someday!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

dreaming my way into spring

2012. We are almost 90 days in, and what have I done? I've spend a lot of it stressed, but things are looking up. Things are changing, the weather warming and birds are singing. I feel like things are looking up and I have lots of things that I want to accomplish this year. I need to find a hot air balloon ride, read lots of books, grow my own food, travel a little, help Troy with his business, work on the house, etc.

I want to pay off my car in the next few months. I want buy some spring hinges for the doors, replace some windows, chop and stack wood, finish my flooring and find my way around my land. Explore. Some of those things aren't optional, but I can still dream, right? :)

Folk Festival dreams

I'm realllllly thinking about going to the Newport Folk Festival this summer. The line up is amazing. Iron and Wine, The Tallest Man on Earth, Blind Pilot (my new obsession), First Aid Kit are my top favourites. I'm looking to see if I can get a few people on board to join me to share the fuel and hotel costs. It's about a 1300 km one way trip, so double that to get back. It's quite a hop but it will be totally worth it. I may even take a pit stop in Boston if I have enough time :)

work it out

I'm working front desk at the YMCA this afternoon. It's a fun little weekend job. It's usually pretty quiet which is nice. I like talking to all the different people and I've gotten to know quite a few of them which is nice. People are always talking about work out routines, safe diet pills that work, weight lifting and healthy eating. For awhile I was going to the gym on a regular basis but i've really slacked off and need to get back into it. It's harder to with the nice weather. I guess it's better to get outside and enjoy that. I'll be working hard in my garden's this summer which is exciting and I can't wait to get them started!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

one hundred percent.

I stopped by some nice shops in Lunenburg today. I'm going to try and get all my Christmas shopping done really early this year so I can focus on things like baking and... well... relaxing. There wasn't a whole lot of either of those two things this past Christmas. I don't like how Christmas turns into a crazy thing... I want it to be relaxing and chill. I saw some cute handmade charm bracelets at one of the shops. I'm going to go for 100% handmade this year. I've done close too 100% in previous years, but I'm going for the full thing :) I think I can do it! I'm excited for the challenge!

cheese maker :)


I want to make Cheese!!! I'm reading "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. It's a fun read and I'm getting inspired to do all kinds of things - grow asparagus, make my own mayonaise, cheese and yogurt... hmmm... :)

so beautiful

Summer is here. No. Really. It is! I swear. Yes, yesteday was the first day of spring but we have summer weather. We have had the last two days - hot mid July summer weather. I don't think it's going to last but man it's been nice while it has been around. People out with their gmax motorcycle helmets on their bikes, fancy vintage cars, scooters, it's a beautiful thing. I'm sure the convertables were out too. It's been an interesting week with my new job. I guess I'm technically self employed now which is nice :) "Check" off my list. I guess I still have bosses, so what does that mean? I'm not sure. Weekend's almost here, but that means more work ... boo!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

life is good

Troy and I have been staying busy. Troy's started up with lawn care again so the house fixing up stuff has been put on hold a little bit. That's okay though. We have a whole bunch of laminate flooring - enough to finish up the upstairs we just have to find a couple of free empty days - yah right I wish! It's exciting - today was 17 degrees. This made me more happy that I thought it would! Spring is in the air, summer too! I was so over winter a long time ago so it made me really happy :)
A few more days of work then some free time! So exciting!

autoharp!!


Autoharp. $100. Sunday flea market. A steal!
I was sitting downstairs and heard some interesting sounds coming from upstairs, and this photo is what I walked in on. Troy drumming it up while picking the autoharp at the same time. Oh my heart - be still! It's a fun little instrument to play and very very easy. Just push a button here, strum and presto. It's a pain to tune - but that's all the fun in it, yes? :)

chickens and compost

Is it silly to get excited about these things?

Chickens and composters.

I just can't help myself. I'm turning into a little excited farm girl. I picture myself going out in my rubber boots to collect the morning eggs and this really excites me! I picture my large composters and putting my nightly scraps in and stirring it around. I ordered a dozen baby chicks yesterday and they will arrive on May 8. :) We have a coop already and I'm considering putting them in the barn too, I'm not sure yet. I'm also considering getting some meat birds, I'm not sure yet, maybe next year for that.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

mellow sunday

It's been an intersting 2012 so far. Started a new job, quit job, found new job and we aren't even in April yet. It's been a bit sad and I have been finding it hard to be happy - but now that my work has changed I see things starting to lift and become better. I was really uphappy with my job, so I've glad that things are coming together in that area of my life. I've got a few things that I want to really accomplish this year. Now that I'm 25, I'm starting to look back and forward at the same time with what I want to write my on life list - what I want to do.
I have plans for the kenya farm, but i'm also prepping for next time I go and want to take computers with me for the use ofmedical computers, or for students at the schools. It's something that the other Canadian girl is focused on as well, so that's nice if we can work it out together.
I'm feeling mellow today. I have to leave for work in less than an hour, but... nisawa :)