Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Oh.. The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain!

Or in Toronto as the case may be this week. ARG! It is only Tuesday, it has been raining since Sunday and we are already going stir crazy. Alexander and I are typically outside all morning until lunch, and then again after dinner until around 30 minutes before bed. We stay inside for the heat of the afternoon because both of us get hot, cranky and irritable when out in the heat. It isn't pretty, lol.

Alexander has so much energy, and we only have so much space to run around inside. I'm all hockey'd, soccer'd and football'd out! And while the weather has cooled down quite a bit, I'm still feeling a bit warm so I don't want to bake anything for fear of making my house too hot. We do arts and crafts in the afternoons, but even that he is having problems concentrating on without his run outside in the mornings.

I hope this isn't going to be an issue once he starts school...

One funny thing that came out if it is Alexander is so excited when it hails because he thinks it is snow and thinks we can go out and shovel it, lol. You should have seen his eyes light up when he saw those white balls of ice on the ground.

Try explaining hail to a toddler.

Not easy :P

Monday, June 29, 2009

It's been a while... again

I have come to the conclusion that even with the best of intentions and scheduling and planning, I cannot commit to a blog full time, lol. I had the best of intentions of writing here twice a week about my homesteading experiences, but frankly, homesteading isn't something done quickly, and leaves me without much time to blog. I love that it takes time to make my home, but I think I need to switch gears.

Up until now I've been focusing on making my blog about something specific. My views on society, or homesteading, or my life in general. I have learned that the only way to actually write here is to make it about everything, lol. So from this entry on you'll see things from all aspects of my life, pictures, stories, frustrations, laughs, everything that fills my life will fill this blog. I tend to throw myself in to things 289%, and have all the best intensions in the world, until I figure out that I don't have the time to do that anymore, not with a toddler, a home and a baby on the way to contend with.

After all, I'm not just a homesteader, or a social analyst or a early childhood teacher. I'm a mom and a wife before all of these things and that is what drives my life. My kids. My family.

So... The update.

Things are going very well. My pregnancy is flying by, too quickly. Alexander is growing up at the same rate and it is just making my head spin! We've basically been spending our weekends up north, where he just runs a-muck, loving the freedom of it all.

Speaking of up north, we ended up buying land. Not on the water, not even close to water. Heck, there isn't even a well on our property yet, so no washroom. And no electricity either. Good lord, this is depressing me, lol. Basically, we could afford the land and not much after that so everything else is coming in stages. I have pictures of our money pit I'll upload and post soon. I love it so much though, and my parents are just a quick minute walk down the street so we are currently using their facilities (well, really we use their everything, lol, the fridge, the washroom, the shower... their food, LOL).

My garden in the city is just plugging away. The tomato plants are already so big, and the cucumbers have just started to really take off now that the nights are warmer. I've already harvested two radish harvests of about 20 radishes each, and have another harvest sprouting as we speak. My container veggies are thriving and we have fresh herbs and mini veggies from our garden each day. The only thing that is not going well are my peppers, and I'm honestly thinking of plucking them out and planting a harvest of fall peas in their place. Right now they aren't growing very tall and they are just taking up space. I told them yesterday that if something radical doesn't happen within the next week, they are out of here (yes, I talk to my plants. It helps them to grow, lol)

I'm most impressed with my flowers though. I've never been much of a gardener, but my mom gave me the task of planting flowers in containers and in our front bed and everything has really grown nicely. I prune and deadhead obsessively and my work is rewarded with a garden full of tall blooms and thriving greens. I'm a happy camper. And so is my mom because she hasn't had to do a thing in her garden this year!

Well, that is me in a nutshell. Alexander and I spend so much time outside these days we are barely in the house. I have been slacking big time on the picture taking. I really need to get back on top of that. I'm sure once the baby is here I'll be going camera crazy again, but I really want to get these last few months of us as a family of three on camera. After all, we'll never be this size again!