Monday, June 18, 2012

Treadmill of Life

Do you ever have those times when life gets so busy, you don't know which way you are going? 

I was hardly home all week, with working full time away from home, out every night - meetings, errands, appointments, etc., unexpected visitors, chores, watering garden - from rain barrels.  We are determined to use as little city water as possible - so collecting rain water for the gardens is a must, but watering the garden takes quite a bit of time bucket by bucket.

The pool finally got opened - and no tap water was used at all this year to top up the pool after the cover was off.   All the top water was reused - filtered.  We saved alot on the water bill but takes quite a bit of time to do as we need to be near the pumps and keep an eye on them so they didn't get blocked from the green matter that had collected over the late fall and spring. 

Then to top it off the kitchen taps and sink gave out and couldn't be fixed.   No running water in the kitchen for several days - made life interesting too !   Carting water up from the basement laundry tub to use for cooking, etc.    Its amazing how fast you realize how much water you actually use/waste when you have to carry it.

Somethings just had to give ... like blog posting, baking, laundry, picking berries - making jam, knitting, reading.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Edible Flowers - Chive Blossoms

Chives are a well known herb and often one of the least used.

Somethings I've learned about chives:

1)  They are very easy to grow and look great in a perennial gardens, vegetable gardens or in pots.
2)  They survive our Canadian winters in pots
3)  They are a perennial herb
4)  The stems and flowers are edible
5)  They're low in cholesterol, sodium and saturated fat
6)  They're high in dietary fiber, Vit A, C, K, B6, Riboflavin, Folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese
7)  They can be used in so many ways in cooking
8)  The blossoms and stems are edible and look great in a variety salads
9)  The blossoms and stems taste much like a mild onion/garlic and can be used in recipes calling for onions.  Chopped up they make great toppings for baked potatoes, pasta dishes, garlic bread and are nice added touch to tuna/salmon salad.
10)  Blossoms and stems can be dehydrated or frozen for later use.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


The rain finally came.... about 2 inches worth.... on/off all last weekend.    The rain barrels are full again.  
But despite the rain I did get out to see an opening of a brand new trail on the Guelph Radial Trail.  Saturday, being International Trails Day was also the the opening ceremony  for the new trail.- and took in a 1.5 hr hike on the new trail.  

God Always Sends Rainbows After the Rain
Whatever your cross,
Whatever your pain,
there will always be sunshine,
after the rain
View from my back door after the rain
Perhaps you may stumble,
perhaps even fall,
But God’s always ready,
To answer your call
He knows every heartache,
sees every tear,
A word from His lips,
can calm every fear
Your sorrows may linger,
throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish,
in dawn’s early light
The Savior is waiting,
somewhere above,
To give you His grace,
and send you His love ..
Whatever your cross,
whatever your pain,
“God always sends rainbows
after the rain.”
- – - written by Pastor Connie Ciccone

The ducks have stayed now for over a week now.

Friday, June 1, 2012

First Time Visitors...

We have a pool in our backyard.  It came with the house when we purchased it six years ago.  It's a very old pool - about 25 years old.   We were told at time of purchase that it needed a new liner and it hadn't been opened in a few of years.

Shortly after we moved in we removed the black tarp only find it needed much more than just a liner, but new coping as well as new decking, plus it was no longer built to "code".  Tree routes had got into the underground pipes for the filtration system as well.   We had a couple of quotes to find out how much it would cost to get it up to code and basically the only part of the pool that is of any value is the hole in the ground.  So, we have limped along with the pool and got it up an running with as little output as possible, ie patching the holes in the liner and re-routing above ground pipes for the filtration system.  We really enjoy the pool.  We don't go away on summer holidays - our backyard is our holiday/oasis and the pool is our waterfront property !  

This year, for the first time we had some surprise visitors and so far have spent the week, swimming in our pool, sleeping on the decking.  The pool hasn't been opened yet, so the top water has been there all winter and has leaves, green matter and bugs in it.   We are slowly using up the top water to water the gardens.  We've had so little rain this year the top water has been a huge bonus.  Once the top water is gone, the pool will be opened.    Our visitors seem very comfortable around people and are not afraid - not even of our cat.   Our cat is not so sure of them as they are about as big as she is - and there were two of them !  But she does like to watch them.   The other day a few cats from the neighbourhood were lined up on the top of the fence watching too.

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