Odds and sods

Vacation photo collage

I took advantage of the mid-week Canada Day holiday to turn this week into a bit of a vacation. I’ve been trying to embrace the “summer time and the living is easy” mantra, so I don’t have a DIY or farm update to share today.

Here’s some of what we’ve been up to instead:

  • We spent Canada Day with Matt’s brother and sister-in-law, as is our tradition. I cannot say that Baxter the Canadog embraced his adopted country. He tolerated his patriotic kerchief, the parade, the crowds and the fireworks. He wanted to meet all the dogs and smell all the smells, and was a bit disgruntled that he didn’t get to spend every second socializing. He got lots of compliments on his kerchief though.
  • I planted some more peppers–4 more red and 12 jalapeno plants. Matt and I both keep adding lots of plants to the garden. Good thing we have a big property.
  • I’ve visited a few antique stores–not my usual haunt–during this vacation. I think I might have found a set of dining room chairs. They’re on hold until Matt can check them out later this morning. Fingers crossed he likes them.
  • Chiot’s Run is a new blog for me. I don’t have a lot of gardening blogs in my reader, and I’m really enjoying this one. After spending a fair amount of time yesterday thinning my beets and rutabagas, I’ve decided that next year I’m going to follow Susy’s lead and make myself a square foot gardening template for root vegetables.

What have you been up to this week? What’s your definition of easy summer living?

I wish you all a wonderful weekend. And to my American readers, happy Independence Day.

2 thoughts on “Odds and sods

  1. Baxter looks very handsome in his kerchief. Are Matt and his brother twins? My goodness, they are alike! And those chairs are gorgeous; I hope he likes them.

    Last Sunday I had my year-end recital. 17 students played (I have 23 in total.) Considering I started out this year with only seven students, I’d say that’s pretty good! Things are looking up around here. I finished my nanny job on the previous Wednesday. I’ve been nannying for three days a week to supplement our income as it was difficult to get enough students, but hopefully that’s over with now. (Love the kids, hate the pay.) This summer will be tight, but in the fall I think my studio will continue to grow.

    So this week has been transition week. I had a few students, but I’m trying to take it easy a bit, do our taxes (better late than never) and get ready to start these little classes I’ll be running for 2-4 year olds. Lots of childproofing to do before they all come – yikes! Life is interesting. 🙂

    • Wow! You have lots on the go. The recital sounds like it was a really nice demonstration of a year of work–for you and your students. Good luck with your (reduced) to-do list.

      And to answer your question, they’re three years apart, but it’s easy to tell they’re brothers.

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