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Long weekend and what a great start!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Yesterday was indeed a most "fabulous" Friday!

1. It was Friday, that alone stands for being Fabulous
2. Phone call from Kaeli at work to let me know a) she got a $2.00/hr raise at work b) she and Shy were wondering if we could get together for dinner Friday night.
3. We had a great family night at our place, all the kids and their boy/girl friends as well as another of Q's friends came for a BBQ and a great evening of sitting around outdoors on the deck and having fun.
4. I am now the proud recipient of not only one new raised garden bed, but two! (Pictures of the construction to follow)
5. My raised garden bed from last years construction is now all planted with carrots, beets, onions and celery.
6.It's great to have Shyra back home from her holiday. She had a wonderful time in Cuba.

Today's agenda calls for hauling dirt to fill the new garden beds and over the weekend getting them planted. My seedling are living in anticipation of having a new home!*grin*

Construction Pictures:
Quin and Afton built the first one for me and then Garry and Quin constructed the second one. I'll post more pictures later of them as things start to grow.

My bed is 8 feet by 4 feet, and I will be able to walk all the way around it so weeding and planting (and eventually harvesting) will be easy.

The bed is built out of cedar 4x4's, which I will have to seal on the outside as yet. It's a lot of dirt needed to fill it, but we are using some of the more weed'grass free dirt as back fill, laying down a layer of garden ground cover to prevent weeds from coming through and then adding clean top soil.

Afton the official "supervisor/nail handerouter"

The finished bed.

Last years raised bed, now with celery, pickling onions, beets and carrots all planted in it. I'm trying the companion planting ideas this year and will see how that works.

Construction underway on the third raised garden bed.

Garry and Quin working together so nicely *grin*

I realized that I didn't have a picture yet of the finished "third" bed, but will add that one when I get it planted.

So much to be grateful for. So blessed with my family and their friends.

Have a wonderful Saturday, I will, I'll be planting.


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NJMATTICE 5/21/2011 10:22PM

    Where's the snow? It looks like it's nice and warm up there finally! The cedar bed is really cool. I want one. I'll have to fly Quinn down to Texas and have him make me one. Enjoy the outdoors. What a nice treat!

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LEXIE63 5/21/2011 6:07PM

    Wow! That is great! I'm jealous, in a nice way of course. :-)
Enjoy yourself with your lovely new beds.
Lex xxx

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KSNICKER 5/21/2011 12:18PM

    Those beds look wonderful. Nice job Quin and Garry! Oh and Afton too! hee hee
Good luck on your garden this year. Hope you get some nice veggies from them.
Enjoy your weekend of Planting and thanks for sharing the pictures. (((hugs)))

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YOYONOMORE1 5/21/2011 11:12AM

    Get those green thumbs a working. All the beds look wonderful and just think of all the good things that'll be growing in them, minus the weeds, lol. Sounds like you have a busy day in store for you. Enjoy your long weekend.


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Fabulous Friday and a long weekend to boot!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Yay, a three day weekend this weekend. It's also time to officially begin planting out of doors in most parts of Canada.

Yesterday I arrived home from work to find both my son and his girlfriend working away at building my raised garden bed. (I'll post some pictures this weekend) I'm so thrilled to have the extra space.
Garry and Q are going to work together today to build the third bed. It was originally planned as a tiered planting area, but Q came up with a much better use of the space and a great "L" shaped raised bed. Bless his heart. It will also be much easier to build.
So far I've planted some celery, lots of pickling onions, some beets, transplanted five tomato plants (many more to go) and some potatoes. I've got some flowers started too. Even had a friend come over and gave her some potatoes to start and some tomato plants. I'm having so much fun with all of this.

Shyra arrived home last night from Cuba. Garry picked her up at the airport, I needed to head to bed due to the late hour of her arrival. I'm anxious to get home from work today and be able to chat with her and get all the details on her trip.

My Positives:
Quin and Afton....bless their hearts and all their hard work.
I'm getting a third raised garden bed this year, thought I might only get the second one.
My "ocean" trees are in full leaf and I can once again enjoy meditation time out on my back deck.
Garry is going to attempt to hook up a rain barrel for me. It will be a bit of a challenge, but he thinks he can make it work.
I have a request in at work for my entire work station to be moved to where I'm presently sitting. I have noticed some difference already in being in a different location. I'm no longer sitting directly under a lighting system and my eyes are not ready to fall out of my head by the end of the work day anymore. Hopefully it can all be moved in the next few days. Blessed to have such a flexible work situation.
It's Friday and a long weekend ahead. Hope to take at least one of those days and just relax and recharge.

Have a wonderful Friday,

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LEXIE63 5/20/2011 9:38AM

    Sounds like the work move will be very productive for your health, which it great, and I do like the sound of your raised beds. :-)
Have a lovely weekend! :-)
Lex xxx

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Yay, we had a small bit of rain last night.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A teasing of rain last night. Just enough to leave things wet, but not enough to be miserable. I love the smell of the air after a nice rain....everything smells so fresh.

I had a short work day yesterday as I had to head for a medical appointment. The results of yesterdays visit are leaning very much towards "environmental" factors. I have noticed over the past couple of days since moving my desk location at work that my eyes are not bothering me near as much by the end of the day. Could be due to two things: 1. I am no longer sitting directly under a lighting system. 2. I'm sitting in more natural light and by an open window. It will be interesting to see how things are over the next few days. If the swelling goes down in my lymph glands and my headaches become less or non existent then I have my answer! The time line of these occurrences fits pretty well with the timeline of when I stopped wearing my respirator mask at work.

I managed to get two rows of celery planted as three rows of onions as the companions to the celery yesterday. I have never grown celery before, so we will see how this experiment goes. The onions that I'm trying this year are the little white onions that you can pickle....my favorites.
I transplanted four pots of my tomatoes also. Lots more to go, but they will all get done this weekend.

My Positives:

Some partial answers from the doctor. Time is what will give confirmation or not.
Some of my garden is planted now.
A lovely little light rain last night.
Shyra arrives home this evening. Yay...I'll get to see her this weekend.
My apple trees are doing wonderful...in other words...I haven't killed them!
I've been staying on track much more easily these past couple of weeks. It's not been such a struggle.
Being able to get outdoors each day.
Just being alive!

Have a wonderful day,


Hump day, half way to a long weekend!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mid way through a work week and on the move towards a nice long weekend. Typically this May long weekend is the signal for it being warm enough to begin planting one's gardens. We have had such a lovely warm last few days that I jumped the gun yesterday and got three planters of potatoes started. I'm hoping to get some of my tomato plants transplanted from their seedling pots and into permanent large pots for the growing season later today.
My new raised garden bed is in the works! The location is being cleared and prepared. Quin made a good start on it yesterday. We are building a cedar one, rather that the stone quarry one like last time...the stone is just a bit beyond our budget at the moment. The cedar one will look good and I'll stain the outside of it with a water repellant stain once it's built. It will then match the deck! I'm excited about it going in as it will give me additional space for more of my tomato plants as well as carrots.

The wildfire situation in our province is bad. There are over 100 thousand hectares burning . According to the news alerts, there has been more land burnt this year already than all of last years fire's season. There was a large fire just at the edge of our municipality yesterday that took some effort to get under control. Most likely a spark from the train going past ignited the grass. The winds that we have been having are unusual and make the fire situation more dangerous. This will be an interesting time.

My Positives:
A short work day for me today, I had a call from the doctor's office to come in today to see the doctor. Perhaps we can arrive at some answers.
Having temporarily moved my desk location at work a couple of days ago, seems to be having a positive affect on lessening the eye strain I've been experiencing. I'm no longer sitting directly under lights nor as close to the server room. Plus I'm now sitting by windows that can be opened. It will be interesting to see over the next couple of weeks if part of the problems I've been having with headaches is due to environmental issues.
Life is good, it's filled with lots of little blessings.
Being able to outdoors is such a positive...no cold and snow keeping me in.
A long weekend to look forward to this weekend.
Friends and family and God...what more can a person ask for.

Have a wonderful Wednesday,

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NJMATTICE 5/18/2011 9:25AM

    Good luck with your appointment this afternoon.

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Yay, I'm back online

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yesterday, I was having a great deal of difficulty getting online from home. Took me lots of figuring out and calling on angel help once I got home from work and had time to systematically go through things to get by online. Turns out that when we moved things around in the computer/craft room that I had pinched a wire underneath something and that was what seemed to be giving me sporadic connections. Yay, things are working once again and I can now find out what everyone has been up to yesterday.

Quin arrived home yesterday and he is going to help get my new garden beds built this week. He heads back up north for his fishing work at the end of the month, so I'm pleased that he is willing to spend sometime helping me out. It's a long weekend this weekend and I am hoping to get all my potatoes planted.

The wild fire situation at Slave Lake is terrible, over 50% of the town has now been burnt. 22 thousand hectacres are burning out of control. The winds that have been blowing through here the past week or so have not been helping the situation. Saturday the winds were 100km an hour which meant that the water bombers were not able to get up in the air and fight the fires. Please keep these town people in your prayers.

My Positives:
Quin is home for a few days.
My doctor's appointment has been moved up to this Wednesday...here's praying for some answers.
One of my apple trees has flower buds on it!!!
The gift of today.
A great sleep last night.
Learning to live in the moment with focus.



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