It is early March and I officially started planning the balcony garden a couple of weeks ago. I have most of my herbs selected for this season and am finalizing my veggies. I will be growing more flowers from the beginning rather than as an after thought like they were the past year, aside from those couple of pansies.
So far this year, it’s shaping up to look like this:
- swiss giant pansies
- black-eyed pennies
- (possibly) ragged ladies
These will be planted in small pots and a couple window boxes.
- classic basil
- parsley (possibly two varieties)
These will be planted in clay pots as in past years.
VEGETABLES (or fruit as the case may be)
- tomatoes (in large pot)
- onions (x 2 window planters)
- romaine lettuce
- buttercrunch lettuce
- one more container (TBD)
I’m looking forward to the growing season, but it is still winter and until then I have the planning to keep me content while the snow remains. It is still looking a lot like winter outside and I’m not at all sure when it will finally end. Planning the garden keeps me optimistic. I think the garden is going to be bigger, greener, and better this year than it was in the past. I have seeds for just about everything this year… looks like I just need some thyme and whatever TBD veggie I decide I will grow this year. I will likely be starting a few things indoors in the next little while. I am looking forward to spring and getting back outside again.
It’s hard to believe that in a few short months my bare balcony will be beautiful and green again.
This is a bit of an interesting situation I have gotten myself into with this seemingly simple project. It is small, yes but simple, not so much.
It is actually very close to being on par with the vintage colt in terms of difficulty. I made the mistake initially of trying to stitch it on black. Bad idea, especially since lighting is not exactly great in the apartment in winter. I’ve made a few mistakes. Not so many that I want to stop, but enough to significantly slow me down – which is a problem since it was supposed to be a Christmas gift! I’m taking a new approach to this one rather than giving up or getting angry over having to pull stitches over and over again. I decided this time I would start it over again on a different fabric and finish the original one in black at a much more leisurely pace. The new one is on a light blue fabric – 14ct vs 16ct and it is going much more smoothly. Hopefully it will continue to be such.
I think it is going to be beautiful when it is finished. Both of them will be for that matter. I can’t wait to gift it.
I have had this for a couple of weeks now but I have been fangirling over it ever since…
I have a TARDIS coffee mug!
Jay got this for me as a part of my birthday present – a couple weeks early. I will be writing about the rest of my birthday festivities just as soon as I have time to go over the photos and edit them.
A little while back I shared a post about two little green gifts from my bestie. I shared photos of when I first received them and then about two months later in the post. My African Violet went from just a few furry little leaves to a bunch of furry little leaves during that time.
I noticed last week that some buds had appeared and didn’t think much of it beyond “Oh, cool.”
I came home from work yesterday to this:
It’s so pretty! I love the little pink flowers! It looks like there are many more to come too.
It has been an exceptionally long winter, and I have appreciated having my little bits of greenery in the apartment through this long dreary season. I did not realize how much a few new blooms could brighten up the place. I hope it will continue to bloom for quite some time now. I think it is looking a bit too large for its tiny pot, so I’m thinking I may be repotting soon… Just as soon as I find the perfect pot for it.
**Welcome to my very first post of what was going to be called my “weekend wanders” photo project. I decided to change the name to add a little bit of a personal touch. Enjoy!**
A little while back I discovered a little nook that has since become my favorite place to meet up and visit with friends, or even to simply pop in and grab a great cup of coffee or a snack. This little nook is called the Fire Roasted Coffee Company and the newest location is found at the corner of King Street and Talbot Street in downtown London. It’s a great little area – across from Budweiser gardens, home of local sports teams and the go-to event venue – and kitty-corner to the Covent Garden Market, a great place full of amazing food and artistry from local vendors.
I went to Fire Roasted for the first time before going to a hockey game across the street and have returned several times since. The coffee is hand-selected and locally roasted, with fair trade and organic options available. Fire Roasted also has a sister company called Habitual Chocolate and they make and sell their own chocolate products right on site. Super cool, right?
The menu has the standard options – a good ol’ cup of coffee, a tea biscuit or a muffin…as well as a selection of specialty coffees and their very own hot chocolate which is made with their own chocolate. A bonus also: all of their treats and snacks are made on site and are all delicious (at least the ones I have had the opportunity to try)!
The atmosphere at Fire Roasted is very laid back and comfortable. Walking in, the shop smells like the perfect combination of coffee and chocolate… Yum! You feel welcome from the moment you walk in the door. Seating options are tables or stools set around the perimeter at gorgeous wooden bars mounted in the windows – both are excellent options. I only have one complaint and I’m not even sure I would call it a complaint. The only thing that could make this place better for me would be the option of some cushy comfy chairs to sit in, but I’m not sure that would really be possible in this cozy little coffee and chocolate shop. Maybe I’m just being picky.
I feel like the Fire Roasted Coffee Company has something for everyone. If you’re not one to go out and enjoy your coffee, you can enjoy their fantastic coffee at home because they sell their blends in whole bean for by the pound in-store along with their large selection of chocolate products.
I recommend that (if you can) definitely check out the Fire Roasted Coffee Company. If you can’t make it downtown, they also have a location at the Western Fair Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, and will soon be opening up a new location in Wortley Village.
The beginning of my photo projects for 2014: my January self-portrait. I decided to highlight my favourite feature: my eyes. In doing so, I also showcase a couple other features I am not quite as happy with – my perpetually dry and also oily skin with its blemishes and scars and massive pores from acne I have struggled with, as well as my thin and oddly shaped eyebrows. I have accepted these features as part of me and who I am, finally.
I am learning to like myself despite all of the things I’m not really happy with. I think this photo project will also be an act of self-love.
Reading plans for 2014 have commenced and I’ve gotten started on this year’s reading challenge as well worth one book completed. I wrote about it in my last books post because I do issued it on New Year’s Day… Close enough all around – to write about for 2013 and contribute to 2014′s challenge.
I plan to finish the two books I have on my currently reading list first and foremost. I’m making significant progress with A Dance with Dragons at the moment, while I am still waiting to get The Book Thief back. I hope I get it back soon. I am now number 21 of 70 in line for the book apparently.
My reading list (aside from the two above) for this year has six books on it and of course, more will be added. This year seems to be the year of series and trilogies for me so far. My reading list is as follows so far:
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #2)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3)
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (MaddAddam #2)
MadAddam (MaddAddam #3) by Margaret Atwood
The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams
I had a hold on Insurgent at the library and got my hands on it a couple of days ago. It was another quick, fun read like Divergent was. I now have a hold on Allegiant and hope to be getting my hands on it soon. It may be a little while since it is a new release and the line seems to be rather long…
I had a copy of The Silmarillion when I was about 12, and I have absolutely no idea what happened to it. Jay being awesome, remembered me telling him this and gave me a new copy for Christmas along with my new copy of Cat’s Eye. I’m not completely sold on Margaret Atwood as of yet; I’ve read three books of hers so far and loved two. I have heard good things about Cat’s Eye from more than one person and am looking forward to reading it.
The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam are the next two books in the trilogy started by Oryx and Crake – one of the two books my Margaret Atwood that I loved. I’m looking forward to the rest of the trilogy. I’m getting excited about these books. I think it is going to be a good year for reading!
Also, as a side note, after Oryx and Crake FLOORED me, I insisted that my best friend read it. She’s not a huge reader like I am, but so far she is loving it.
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