Outside People

April is a great time to do yardwork, right?  I am constantly blown away by my husbands willingness to get outside and work on stuff in less than ideal weather (ie any and all of winter, for one).  He has his eyes on the prize though, and a clear vision of what things will be … Continue reading Outside People

Seedlings everywhere

Last year at the beginning of April there were patches of ground to reassure me that spring was coming. These days we see snow snow snow and a few days ago when I was out in it, it was at least 2 feet deep. However, the sunshine continues to encourage me and warmer temperatures have … Continue reading Seedlings everywhere

Swapping out the winter

Long lay the winter silence, eh? I always find it hard to write this time of year. February is my hardest month, the one where I feel like doing nothing. Outside it seems like nothing is happening but wind and snow and white and grey, and inside life takes on a lackluster routine. But, now … Continue reading Swapping out the winter

Seed review

It’s time. I know it’s cold but January is the perfect time to start planning this years garden. I have 3 seed catalogs kicking around (not enough!), and they’re urging me toward thoughts of summer.  As I sit down to go through them I’m reminded both of some of the excellent varieties I grew last … Continue reading Seed review

Quiet nights

The pellet stove is no longer the horrible noisemaker it once was! The racket has ceased. We are done coping with the noisy terrible thing. Done avoiding the room, done turning it off when we wanted to watch a show, done yelling across the house. It was the fan! Jeff took the fan off to … Continue reading Quiet nights

Heat Test

This september, when we were in Calgary, we made plans to purchase a used pellet stove.  This came about because last winter, our first winter here, we were horrified at the cost of heating our house.  We have a diesel furnace and although our house is admittedly quite drafty we spent thousands over the course … Continue reading Heat Test

Rest days

Winter has hit us at last and our first snowfall has left us feeling chilly and indoorsy. The landscape previously golden with freshly cut fields has transformed into white, white, white, and it’s blinding in its persistence. Last weekend we took a rest. It wasn’t so much planned as a result of a) the weather, … Continue reading Rest days

Collecting

These days, like squirrels, we are running around like crazy trying to prepare for the winter. We’re planning for warmth and full bellies. Last year we were in Calgary from mid-September to mid-October and we said never again to that terrible stress inducing timing. Trying to get all of the garden produce in and dealt … Continue reading Collecting