Monthly Archives: April 2010

I’m so bad…

Okay…  I’m getting really bad.  Another post with several days worth.  Jeepers.  This is becoming habit.  Just been really busy lately.  Busy being Mom, and busy getting a new domain up and running.  Still a long ways from launching, but I’m excited about it.  Won’t be any work at all once it’s up, but right now?  It’s sucking every minute of my time that isn’t devoted to being mom.  So…  Please bear with me.  Hopefully I’ll get back to the daily posting soon.  I actually really miss it.  It’s come to be part of my nightly routine, and my nights feel a little off when I’m not able to log on to share.  🙂

April 23rd – A great day, with more great days ahead.  All strung together in a somewhat stressful, but really good week.  Lots of work done, and lots of time devoted to just being mom.  Which meant I was exhausted, but I was feeling really good.  🙂  Also found out that I won a draw for a bunch of great gardening stuff – so super excited about that.  LOL  Want to check out my gift basket?  Head on over to http://treadlightliving.com/blog/?p=368.  So can’t wait for everything to arrive.  😀

ME!  :D

Me! 😀

April 24th – Hard work paid off as Mom’s surprise 50th birthday party caught her COMPLETELY off guard.  So the stress of coordinating everything was totally worth it.  Took Mom and the wee girlie out to lunch at New Island Sushi…  the food there is AMAZING, and the staff are super nice.  Mom loved it, and Lily-Ann did really well with her chopsticks (her first time).  Then we hit Village Green (a thrift store/charity shop), a local park, a used book sale, and home for the surprise.  I missed out on the decorating while I was keeping Mom busy, but Auntie Kathie, Riki (my oldest younger sister), and Dad did a great job.  It really was an awesome day…  and seeing mom so happy made EVERYTHING worth it.  😀

And… okay… I know.  Lots of photos from this day I could have shared…  but seriously.  The food at New Island Sushi????  SOOOOO worth sharing in any way I can.  😀

Sweet potato roll from New Island Sushi

Sweet Potato Roll

April 25th – Today is actually Mom’s birthday.  Offered to watch everyone (two of my sisters are still at home and need an adult present) so that Mom and Dad could go out to supper… but Mom wanted a “do nothing” day.  So we all just hung out at the house and watched the snow.  Yes.  More snow.  But thankfully this snow melted the instant it hit anything.  Another really great day.  🙂

Lily-Ann watching the snow from the deck.

Watching the Snow...

April 26th – Just a lazy day at home.  Kinda chilly out… but not so chilly that it kept us inside.  Here’s a basket full of “treasures” the wee girlie gathered.

Lily's treasures...  sticks, dried grasses, pine cones, and rocks.

Treasure!

April 27th, TODAY – Another chilly one out.  It wouldn’t have been bad, except for a really cool wind.  Spent some time playing in the front yard, just the girlie and I.  Spent some time in the back yard, the dogs, Damon, the wee girlie and I.  Then headed to the Library.  🙂  It’s library day.

Thought this pine cone was pretty… and was surprised to find one clinging to the tree out back.

A pine cone.

Pine Cone

Having an Earth Day Nap

So… what exactly is an Earth Day Nap?  It’s a real quick little nap  you snag while playing outside on a beautiful Earth Day.  This particular Earth Day nap took place on the slide.  Wide awake at the top, sleepy at the bottom.

How did you celebrate your Earth Day?  We refrained from purchasing anything, didn’t use the car, and  spent the day out in the beautiful sunshine.  Playing with sticks, drawing with chalk, making circles with rocks, and just enjoying our time together.  Please don’t get caught up in the commercialization of Earth Day.  That’s NOT what it’s all about.

the wee girlie, napping on her slide

E.D. Slide Nap

Another year older, another year…

It was a good day.  Spent the morning cuddling with my wee girlie.  Spent the afternoon with her doing some thrift store shopping at the Sally Ann.  Spent the evening with my family (including my parents and most of my siblings).  Got a vegetable gardening book from my parents, and the really cool watering can and stuffed snake in the picture from Lily-Ann.  It really was a very nice day.  🙂

I was really proud that Lily-Ann did such a good job of shopping.  She had reasons for each of the gifts, and both made perfect sense.  The watering can is for my new garden, and it has strawberries on it because I call her my little strawberry.  The snake is, as the wee girlie explained: “because your animal sign is snake.”  And that it is.  She did good.

So, I know they say “another year older, another year wiser”… but I’d like to think it’s not so much our years that make us wise, but our willingness to be open, and our eagerness to continue learning.  Both are traits I hope I never lose.  And both are things I hope the wee girlie models as she gets older herself.  That said, happy birthday to me!

😀

gifties from the wee girlie

To: Mommy

Building our Raised Bed Garden

Here’s  Lily-Ann, working diligently and concentrating oh so hard, as she helps to construct our raised bed garden (or at least the box for it).  Measuring, hammering, hammering, more measuring, hammering measuring, hammering, hammering hammering…  a little bit of cutting, then even more hammering and maybe a bit more measuring, just for good measure.  😉

All in all, it’s 16.5 feet long, two feet high and two feet wide, with a 14 inch deep compost section on either end.  We’re gonna need a LOT of dirt!  LMAO

measuring the wall that seperates the compost from the garden

"Working hard or hardly working, eh Mack?"

So…  got some dirt?

My little writer…

As a writer myself, I loved this!

Her and I were sitting in my Dad’s van (borrowed it for an errand today, needed the interior space).  I looked back, and she was digging out her notebook to document everything going on around us.  🙂  Girl always travels with her notebook, pen, and crayons in her little bag… ready to record at a moments notice.

And yes!  My wee girlie has now upgraded to a booster seat rather than an infant car seat.  Can’t believe how big she’s getting!

whipping out the notebook for some quick notes

My little writer.

As an aside…  a couple of my current writing gigs include Pure Greenius and the Examiner.  Feel free to check out either.  🙂

busy week…

Well…  it’s been a busy week.  Not so much because I had a full schedule, as there should have been plenty of time to get everything done that I normally do…  but it was super busy in that the wee girlie needed me a lot more than she usually does.  I think she may be gearing up for a developmental leap, and just needed a ton of mommy time.  It didn’t seem to matter what we did or where we were, she just craved the one-on-one… and who am I to say no when she needs me?  She wasn’t trying to be bothersome, or just being a pest, she needed mommy time – so I obliged.  I figured everything else would wait.  She’s only going to be my little girl for so long.  Every time I blink she’s a bigger kid who needs me less and less…  one day soon I imagine she’ll be telling us to leave her alone.  LOL  So yeah…  if she needed a bunch of extra mommy time this week, you bet I was going to oblige.  🙂

So…  here are our pictures from the last several days.  I am sorry I didn’t get them posted promptly, but I was busy being mom.

April 14 – We went shopping.  Lily-Ann bought a new pinwheel for the front yard.  This was right after we put it into the ground.  She had to inspect it to make sure it was working well, and looking just as it should.

the wee girlie, closely inspecting her new pinwheel

Inspecting her Pinwheel

April 15 – Have found several of these little bugs hanging out on the wee girlies play center the last few days.  Thought I’d snap a shot of one.  See if anyone can identify it.  It’s an odd looking little thing… probably about 1/2 cm long.  They just sit there.  I’ve never seen one moving.  Any thoughts?

an ugly bug just hanging out

BUG

April 16 – We rode home (me on my bike, Lily-Ann in her trailer) after our collective kitchen group finished up, and realized there wasn’t too long until Daddy would be home.  So figured we’d just stay out in the yard.  We pulled out the bubbles and the sidewalk chalk for the first time this season, about which the wee girlie couldn’t be happier.  She LOVES both.  So here’s her first chalk drawing of the year.  She was writing a message for our neighbours who might happen by during a walk or bike ride.  🙂

first chaulk drawing of the year

Sidewalk Chalk!

April 17 – The wee girlie had a sleep over with her Grams on Friday night, so I snapped this picture with my blackberry when we picked her up on Saturday.  She has her very own playground.  LOL  Years and years ago my mom ran a daycare, and still has the kid-friendly yard to prove it.  It was designed for a half a dozen kids to all be able to share… lots of space, lots of things to do… but now, it’s all for one.  🙂

my parent's extensive play area

Her very own playground.

April 18 (today) – We took our bikes out (Damon’s, mine, and the wee girlie’s bike trailer) and headed to the grocery store.  First day with t-shirts and shorts.  It felt great.  On the way back we took a detour and hit the park.  We stayed for quite a while, and a few different families came and went while we played.  We even pulled out some of the groceries and had an impromptu picnic… nothing fancy, just some raw veggies, fruit, and other yummies.  🙂  It was a really nice afternoon.  And I’m glad it was one we got to share with our whole family (rather than just Lily-Ann and myself).  It’s always nice to have Daddy home for outings that don’t always start off special, but end up that way because we’re together.  😀

little girl with a gleam in her eye... obviously up to something.

Up to Something.

10 Steps to a Toilet Paper Tube Starter Garden

Today we’re going to do things a little different.  Instead of just sharing a photo with you, I’ve got ten.  And the wee girlie and I, will share our steps to making your own starter garden.  No need to have a greenhouse, when you have reusable items laying around the house.

Step One:

Gather all your materials!  Lily-Ann says you’ll need “toilet paper rolls, toilet paper rolls, toilet paper rolls, toilet paper rolls.  And things to put in the toilet paper rolls: DIRT!”  But you’ll also need clear containers, scissors, and seeds.

Gather Your Materials

Step Two:

Cut the tubes!”  Roughly in half is perfect.

Cut the Tubes

Step Three:

Show off your tubes!  Okay.  LOL  You caught us.  It’s not really a step…  but the wee girlie wanted to show off the tubes she helped cut.  LOL

Show Off Your Halved Tubes

Step Four:

Lily-Ann, we can’t keep calling these steps if you’re just wanting to share pictures of what you’ve done.  Folks are going to stop reading.  We need to tell them what to do so they can plant seeds inside too.  “Okay momma.  Uno mas?”  Okay, Kid Kid, one more.

Lily's Pile of Halved Toilet Tubes

Step Five:

Snip, snip, snip the tubes.

That’s right, cut (or snip) several slits into the side of each tube half.  Cut about half way up the side, and put between four and six slits in each one.

Snip Each Halved Tube Several Times

Step Six:

Now like this…”  Lily-Ann demonstrates in the air how to fold the tubes.  “See?

A Half Tube With the Cut End Folded In

Step Seven:

I don’t remember…  You tell me Mother?”  hehehe…  Next you put the soil – “DIRT!” – yes, dirt, into each tube.  Do this AS you are folding tubes.  You need the moisture and weight of the dirt to hold the folded bottoms together.  They will just keep popping open otherwise.  Trust me, we tried folding a bunch first.  LOL  It didn’t work.

The Wee Girlie Scoops Dirt Into a Folded Tube

Step Eight:

We’re almost done.  “Now Seeds!!!”  That’s right.  Open a package of seeds, and pick out a seed.

Lily-Ann's Chosen Seeds - Sweet Peas!

Step Nine:

Put it right in the middle with dirt all around.”  Got that?  Pop a seed into the middle of each toilet paper tube starter.  Just leave it sitting out on the top.  As you’ll see from our picture, it doesn’t have to be RIGHT in the middle.  A toddlers estimation of “middle” is perfect.  🙂  And honestly?  I’m sure if one or two get stuck right on the edge of the roll they’d sprout just fine.

A Seed in Each Starter Tube

Step Ten:

Cover the seeds (if required) with a thin layer of soil, then close the containers and “Go play upstairs!

Okay, so the process is a little long to hold the rapt attention of a two and a half year old for it’s entirety.  But I thought she did pretty good.  She helped every step of the way – including uploading my photos AND writing this post.  Her exclamation of Go Play was the end though, with it, she lept off the chair and ran off to entertain herself elsewhere.

All Done!

Hope this gives you the courage to try a little repurposing of your own.  🙂  It’s super easy to take household garbage and give it a new life.  Even in a project as easy as this one.  Toilet paper rolls would have made it into our compost (where the plants would have gotten them eventually anyway) and the flimsy bakery plastic that one occasionally brings home on a whim would have ended up in a landfill.  So hold onto them next time and you’ll have a mini-greenhouse for your toilet paper tube starters.  Your own little counter top garden.

Happy 100th Post!

Well, here we are…  post 100.  LOL  Thanks for sticking with me this long.  🙂

I wanted to say thanks to @EcoSteward for the nice tweet the other day.  She said:

Have been reading the blog posts of @greengrrrl – I think you’d enjoy them too.  Check them out at https://td365.wordpress.com/

I wasn’t sure if my posts mattered to anyone but myself and my Auntie Kathie (Hi Aunt Kak!).  So knowing that you are reading, watching, following… and caring, means a lot.  Thanks so much.  And thanks also to @EDay40, who retweeted @EcoSteward‘s message.

Okay, on to the photo of the day…

Today it rained, then snowed, then rained some more.  So the wee girlie took her umbrella out for the first time this year.  She was quite happy to be needing it.  And I, experienced something new…  rain on my face.  On my WHOLE face.  LOL  It actually felt really strange to have it hit my eye lashes and lids.  Not at all something I’m used to.  After 30 years of glasses, you really don’t know what it’s like to know the feeling of rain on your entire face…  It was pretty amazing.  😀  It was a good day.

Here’s Lily-Ann and her umbrella:

girl in the rain, holding a pink umbrella

Out in the Sleet

The Hungry I

Today I took my sister Jewles along with me for a shoot.  I’m producing a documentary on body image and nutrition… and the warped sense of value that people in North America place on being thin – even at the cost of their health and sanity.  Today we were shooting a scene called “The Last Supper” where we, yep, you guessed it, recreated the famous painting… only in a sushi bar.  LOL

sushi

Sushi: the modern last supper.

For more information on the project, which is still in it’s infancy, check out http://www.thehungryi.org/

If you would like to be involved, we are currently looking for sponsors, and would love to hear from you in that, or any capacity.

There is still snow….

There is still snow outside.

I would just sit in a corner and pout…  BUT…  I can’t….  cause I’m doing the happy dance.  😀

My cousin Jamie and her long time fella, Chris, are having a BABY!  Yep, yep, yep!  Due date Oct 14 (or was it the 13).  I’m so beyond thrilled for them.  I was very honestly just thinking the other day how wonderful it will be when they decide it’s the right time.  Jamie is going to be a great mommy.  She absolutely adores children, and is such a good natured, gentle person, and coming from our family she’s also loud, fun, and great for a laugh…  the perfect mommy combination.  🙂  So, despite my pouting over the weather, I’m thrilled beyond measure for Jamie.  And excited that I get to make a sling for another new baby.  I love sewing ring slings, especially for someone I love.  🙂

CONGRATULATIONS Jamie!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS Chris!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS Uncle Rob!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS Auntie Kak!!!!

(and not to leave anyone out, congratulations to you too Zane… you’ll be a great uncle)

snow in the dark

There is still snow... but I'm happy anyway.

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