My "Disney World"
Patriots Training Camp is in full swing and I’ve attended all but one of the sessions thus far. Training Camp reports are here and have been keeping me super busy. Tonight is a ticketed practice inside Gillette Stadium and I could have gone but I’ve got way too much to catch up on here so I bowed out.
Garden tomatoes are ripening at once so I see some canning on the agenda. Also, the laundry pile is growing and I’ve had a few appointments to attend as well. Up until camp, I was reading like crazy but that has taken a back seat for the time being. (Pats news is on my radar now…)
We’ve been watching Pillars of the Earth on Starz and it’s been excellent. It was one of my favorite books, written by Ken Follett, and they are doing a great job with the adaptation.
So, I’ve got the rest of this afternoon and this evening to get some things done before heading back to camp tomorrow. Hope that it’s productive!
My baby graduated from high school on Monday night and we’re having a small party for him tomorrow. Life has been quite busy for me and I’m taking one day at a time. The weather for the weekend is expected to be gorgeous and is fitting for the first week of summer for the school kids. Every weekend is booked with parties and activities and I’m thankful to be home during the weekdays. Here’s a bit of what’s been going on in my life.
I finally got my plants in the ground after recruiting Al to turn over the garden a couple of weeks ago. I use my own compost and rainwater that I collect in New Englander Rain Barrels. I did need to supplement with some extra organic soil this year, probably because of all of the rain we had in early spring. I planted some cucumber, tomato, pepper, lettuce and couve seedlings and directly sowed bush beans, radishes, zucchini, basil, lettuce and snap peas. I also have some perennial herbs which I’ve already been harvesting. I still want to get some eggplant and some more herbs and look forward to my strawberries ripening…
Here’s to another summer of fresh, free, organic produce….
My little organic garden
And.. some of nature to bring in the house…
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged here but I’ve been busy with some personal issues which have taken up my time …. (don’t worry, it’s nothing bad!) I’ve put my time and energy into my health and my family. It’s finally spring and it’s a time of new growth and new life. I’ve got lots of things that I want to work on and get back to. It’s the time of the year that I yearn to be outside and to work in the yard. I’m anxious to get my hands in the earth and start working on my garden.
First up will be clearing away any old brush from last year, uncovering my rain barrels and harvesting some beautiful compost from my bins to enrich the soil. Soon, I’ll be filling pots with early hearty annuals and sprucing up the flower beds. My organic vegetable garden will follow.
As for indoors, let the decluttering begin! My daughter’s room has become the storage space for odds and ends and the things that I took out of my room when we redid the floors. My bedroom now contains the bare minimum and it’s a welcome change. (Of course, it resembled a mini library with all of the books that I had in there before!) My dream house would definitely have a cozy room full of windows and books, just right to curl up and read, with a pot of tea, great view, and my furry girls.
I’ve undergone some surgery this past year so physically, I’m not in the shape that I like to be in and I need to take it slow but since the rains have stopped and the Great Flood of 2010 has past, I’m taking advantage of the mild temperatures and sunshine and have been walking with my new Sketchers Shape Ups. I’m anxious to get out there on my bike soon too.
As always, I like to be healthy inside and out and spring always lights my fire. It motivates me to get outside in the fresh air and take care of business.
Oh Yah… lest I forget.. Beto’s new Baby… Soon to be dubbed Kelsea Leigh II
I love my organic garden and I love to do simple domestic things around the house. Of course, I happened to pick one of the hottest days to do some canning but Mother Nature doesn’t wait! I have a beautiful crop of cucumbers and the tomatoes are starting to ripen all at once so I put up a few jars of Bread and Butter Pickles and Garden Salsa…. Just the first of many, I’m sure!
Bread and Butter Pickles
We’re in the midst of a heat wave here and it seems like summer has finally arrived full steam ahead! Patriots training camp wrapped up today with a double and while I really didn’t have time to make to both sessions, I did. Since school ended, I’ve been swamped with errands and lots of To Do’s.
*Garden has been exploding with the heat wave and I’ve been harvesting green beans, cucumbers, herbs, zucchini, tomatoes and lettuce daily.
*What I couldn’t get from my garden, I picked up at the Farmer’s Market at the Visitor’s Center on 295 today. I’ll be visiting each Tuesday through October.
*Had another productive Rendezvous Prep session on Saturday and once again had an enjoyable time with our crew.
*Actually went in the pool TWO days in a row! The girls love it when we hang out there in yard for the afternoon. And Bells really loves the pool and twirls around and yelps to come in.
*Free is a good thing: Since I leave my Old Navy Visa for the kids to use for gas, I manage to earn $10 and $20 reward coupons to use at the store. Yesterday, I walked out with a bag of merchandise without paying a dime. (Two pairs of flip-flops, two metal water bottles, a yoga tank top and yoga/bike tights.)
*I’ve been riding on the Blackstone River Bikeway as much as I can although this week has been too busy and too hot. I hope to get another ride in soon.
*I’ve been getting quite a bit of reading done (both audio and book) since school let out last Thursday and hope to keep it going!
I’ve got a very busy week ahead with a full calendar of appointments and things that I need to do around the house and yard before heading on vacation, then right back to school. I’ll be busy this week but once I get to NH it’ll be nothing but relaxing for me. At least I’ll get one week to just do nothing. Where did the summer go?
A week from today, I’ll be FREE!! School will be out for the summer. I may end up working part time doing ESY (Extended School Year) services for my kids but I’m not sure yet and I’m still waiting to hear if it’s going to happen.
It’s been a VERY emotional few weeks with some personal issues in our family so I’m really looking forward to a change of pace. I look forward to my Summer Life… taking my dogs for walks, reading for pleasure, enjoying nature and recharging my batteries.
I’m glad to say that I finally got my garden planted and thanks to Al for helping me extend the garden this year. I usually end up with a nice crop of vegetables but they’re usually too crowded in and it’s hard to harvest. The extra space make things much easier and will allow me to plant even more.
I look forward to relaxing a bit and doing more of this:
Spring has sprung!
A time of new beginnings… and hope. <3 Things have been crazy here due to some medical things going on and the endless tests and waiting for answers. I’ve pretty much been on auto-pilot for the last two months and have been pretty quiet in the social media/new media space. Thankfully for Pats fans it’s the offseason so they’re not missing much due to my lack of podcasting. (Honestly though, family comes first so even if it was right in the the middle of the season, there probably wouldn’t be many shows anyway right now.) Hopefully, we get the answers we seek by the end of this week.
School is chugging along and with it, the dreaded Alternate Assessment hanging over my head… (I won’t get into how much I despise it and disagree with it here AGAIN…. let’s just say that it almost has convinced me to switch positions and leave the kids that I love teaching just to escape it, more than once!) It’s the time of the year that paperwork is piling up and I’ve got lots of IEP meetings to try to schedule as well. I also need to really decide what I’m going to do in terms of taking more classes to apply towards my re-certification. I would prefer to work towards something that will give me some more options for the future rather than just take a bunch of random classes and end up with lots of credits.
I’m dying to get out in the yard and get my hands in the earth. I’m planning on expanding my little garden and want to put in a raised bed across from it but we have to do some repairs to the fence first. Last year, I had a great tomato crop and pole bean crop but many of my other vegetables didn’t do that well because of the cramped space. I’m hoping that my expansion will work out well and I’m looking forward to getting to work. My compost bins have been doing their thing and I’ll be uncovering my rainbarrels soon. (I’m such a nature girl.. always was and always will be!)
Although it’s grey this morning, I hope to get out to Lincoln Woods later today for a nice walk around the pond. I’ve also got the usual laundry, library, CVS, and marketing to do before heading back to school tomorrow. Hopefully, I can squeeze in some reading time in there somewhere. Here’s looking forward to a productive week and some good news along the way.