Odds and sods

Collage of photos

We’ve had some ups and downs over the last couple of weeks, but tonight the first long weekend of the “summer” begins. We don’t have a lot of plans for this weekend, which is probably a good thing. There may be gardening. There may be hiking. I may simply sit in the garden with my book.

Here is some of what we’ve been up to, and some other interesting things I’ve seen recently.

  • One of the big downs was that Matt was in a car accident and has a broken arm as a result of the airbag. We’re very grateful that he was not more seriously hurt, and it looks like his car is going to be replaced fairly easily, so things are looking up now. Plus the blue cast that he chose put the Blue Jays on a bit of a winning streak–one that they can hopefully recapture this weekend.
  • While we’re watching the baseball games, I’m hoping I can multi-task and catch up on some of the One Room Challenge reveals that I haven’t seen yet.
  • I got a new phone two weeks ago. This is a huge upgrade over my four year-old Blackberry. I’ve been super impressed with the camera, which gave me one of my favourite pictures so far of Ralph surveying her domain from the barn.
  • Just because we can’t play favourites, there’s another cute photo of our other furry dude and some of his furry friends (are horses furry?)
  • Back to Ralph, I’m adding catnip to the garden for her this year. I came across this cat herb garden last week, and now I’m thinking our best girl might need a few other herbs too.
  • Another brilliant garden idea that I saw this week was this double-duty yard tool/yard stick for the garden–so smart.
  • Ending on one more up, trillium season is always special. I love seeing their flowers around the farm. We even have one blooming in our front garden.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And to my fellow Canadians, Happy Victoria Day. How are you marking the weekend?

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12 thoughts on “Odds and sods

  1. Oh no, poor Matt. I am glad it wasn’t anything words than a broken arm!

    I planted lemon cat mint out by the barn where the cats stay, but I have never seen them interested in it at all. Maybe because it is lemon? I need to plant them some that is more traditional this year.

    What books are you reading? I have been trying to read so much lately. I have been listening to the podcast “What Should I Read Next?” and my to-read list is so long! Are you (or any other readers?) on Goodreads? I like that site to track my “read” and “to-read”.

    • The catnip is still wee tiny sprouts, so it’s inside away from Ralph for now. I’m really curious how she reacts to it.

      I’ve been reading some murder mysteries. Working my way through a couple of different series. I’m hesitant to embark on a to-read list, because I feel like it would very quickly get out of hand!

      We have a book club at work, and everyone gets a chance to choose a book for the group. It’s been interesting to read a lot of different types of books.

      • That sounds like a good way to broaden your book selection. I tend to stick with genre I know I like but I am trying to stretch my choices a bit.

  2. Julia,

    So sorry 2 hear about Matt’s accident. Glad he is okay ‘cept for broken arm. Love pics of Baxter and Ralph!! The trilliums r lovely and how sweet of u 2 plant catnip for Ralph 2 enjoy 😊😽😽👍👍👏🏻👏🏻!!

    Lynn (in HOT S.C.)

  3. Sounds like things are setting up for a lovely and relaxing weekend. Poor Matt, that must have been terrible! I have been in an accident where the airbags were activated and it was NOT fun. (The colour is very snazzy, though. Go Jays!)
    The cat herb garden is a cool idea! Our cats would love that, and I’m sure Ralph will be intrigued. She looks like a very discerning cat! 😉
    The new iPhone cameras are pretty amazing. Is it an iPhone? If so, I found this guy’s blog which has given me a bunch of helpful hints: https://iphonephotographyschool.com/author/emil/ He runs an iPhone school, but I don’t sign up for anything but the free hints. (Hence why I will pass his name on.)
    Sarah, I’m going to chime in and say I’m reading a book called “The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden”. It’s pretty unusual! Plus I’m reading my sister’s book, which is called “One Child Reading: My Autobibliography”, by Margaret Mackey. I may be biased, but it’s excellent.
    Have a great May Long, you guys!

  4. I hope Matt is feeling much better now! I’m excited to see more of your pictures! We’ve had a very relaxing weekend after a stressful week. Definitely appreciating and making some down time.

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