This will be the last post of my actual garden for another season, since next week I plan on sharing what my cold room and freezers look like now. So soak up the nice end of season feel of my dying garden and appreciate with me how well it did over the past few months.


It's not completely dead yet but I'm getting less and less from it as the days go by. I still need to pick my last few beets and cook them up for a meal in the coming week. I had a sad crop of them this year, considering what you see here is half my crop.


My pepper plants are still loaded down with peppers but I have a bad feeling that they won't all ripen. This cold snap isn't doing them any favours and they need heat in order to change colours. These ones are supposed to be orange, but I think we'll just have to eat them green.


My one and only zucchini from this years crop is just about ready to pick. I have to think of some fabulous way to eat it, since it's my only one. Any suggestions?


Out of our six tomato plants, only two are left. They still have a few tomatoes on them but I'm not sure if they will actually ripen before they rot. I figured I'd give them a chance though, so I'm leaving the plants in for now.


So there you have it, another year of gardening just about done with. Thanks for joining me along the way and I will see you next week for one last post in this year's series.




I'm sure some of you have noticed that my blog has been a little less exciting lately and I've been missing a lot of days of posting. It's been a busy summer (in a good way) and I've had a hard time keeping up with my 5/6 posts a week schedule that I made for myself back in 2012. I've been busy so I haven't been working on many projects to blog about and most of my recent posts are more life related and less crafty/DIY related. While some of you (mostly family) don't mind that, I'm sure others are missing the recipes, crafts, home improvement projects, etc. Or even the more heart felt posts that I used to do more regularly.

I just feel like there is something missing and I can't quite put my finger on it. Most of the time writing a blog post has become a chore for me and it's just one more thing on my to do list that needs to be done. I'm not necessarily writing because I want to right now.

I'm not quite sure what the point of this post is. Maybe just to let you know that I have realized I need to refocus and regroup when it comes to my blog. Maybe I need a break. Maybe I need to push through it. Maybe I need to post less.

I'm not saying I want to give up blogging all together, I like it too much to do that. It still does give me joy and I do still love communicating with my readers. I'm just finding it hard to keep up.

So I guess this post is to apologize and to ask you to bear with me, as I find my groove again. I may continue to miss days but I'm hoping come colder weather and a less busy time, I will be able to get back into the swing of things. I hope you guys can understand.


It's been a busy week and I didn't finish photographing the new shelves in the cold room, so I can't share those with you this morning. Which means it's time for...

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY!!!

#1 - I made dill pickles for the first time ever this week and while they aren't ready to taste yet, they look like they worked. So I'm hoping that's a good sign.


#2 - I'm using my hippy purse again, since I'm getting sick of lugging around a giant 7lb purse. It's kind of a nice change.


#3 - Last week I discovered that I could eat Laura Secord dark chocolate. Really good discovery.


#4 - My medal from my 5k run is hanging on the closet door in our bedroom. That way it's super obvious and easy for me to stare at.


#5 - I got a new hiking backpack and it's purple and I'm excited to get to use it for an upcoming camping weekend.


So there you have it, my five random things from today. I hope you all have a great weekend and I shall see you all next week!


The other day, while Dan and I were out in the backyard watching our new hens, we had an epiphany. Although if I'm being completely honest, it was all Dan. We were looking into our hen house and Dan thought aloud, "we should put a window in here". I immediately agreed and we decided we would look for a cheap second hand one as soon as we could.

I stole this picture from my hen house tour post back in June so that you could remember what the front of the old coop looked like.


On Monday we went window shopping and found the perfect one for only $8 at the local Habitat for Humanity Restore. Score.


Dan started the measuring and cutting into the wall, while I ran around wearing my pink tool belt and taking pictures. I was super helpful, obviously.



It was around this point that I stopped helping altogether, but I had a good excuse and found a suitable replacement before leaving. You see, my brother, sister-in-law and adorable niece showed up for a visit and I had to be a good hostess. So I let Mike (my brother) take over helping Dan while Tara, Alma and I picked veggies and chatted by the garden.



They made great progress and were completely done by the time supper was ready. I kind of sucked at taking pictures of everything though since I was visiting the whole time. I did manage to take one picture of Alma and Mike though, which I thought I would share since it's pretty darn cute.


We are SO happy that we decided to put a window in since it makes such a huge difference. The hens love the natural light and it's fun for us to spy on them without having to open the door.





We still need to re-caulk the window and then paint the new trim, but it's finished enough to keep them protected and give them their much needed light.

What do you think of our quick new addition? Doesn't it look fabulous? Anyone else doing any small projects lately, before winter comes upon us?


This week I am on time! Are you proud of me? Fortunately the internet is working this morning and I am able to write this post before I head off for my busy day.

Our garden is most definitely on the winding down end of things. It gets emptier by the day. Our tomatoes are still coming in nice and steady but the plants are dwindling dying so I know it will just be a matter of time before they end too.



Last week we dug up all our potatoes so there is a big empty area in the middle of the garden now and a pile of drying potatoes in our basement.



Our basil plants are finally doing something and I've made pesto twice now to freeze. I ate so much of it last year that I really need to keep freezing as much as I can. It's just so good!



We have also been enjoying our carrots. For some reason, we barely ate any in August but once September hit, we were like "carrots"! Dan is pretty good at digging them up for me.



The What's Growing Wednesday series is almost over for another year and I'll be switching gears again come October. But you'll still have some more garden updates for another few weeks, so don't you worry. Soon I'll be sharing pictures of what my freezers and cold room look like now that I have been putting by so much produce.


I participated in my second ever 5k run on Sunday and am super proud of how well I did. Last year I ran in my first 5k and while I did better than I thought then, I did even better this time around.


I signed up to participate in a virtual 5k race, so I ran alone and chose when and where I wanted to do it.

This 5k run was in support of an international adoption and I loved that the money was going towards something meaningful. I have been following and supporting the Kline family for the past year and a half as they fund raise to bring their son Theo home from China. They will most likely be traveling to China in November to bring him home and I am so excited for them! If you would like to read more of their story, please head on over to their site, One Thousand For One.



I chose to run on a trail since it would be off the road, not too busy and all flat. I knew that I wanted to avoid any hills, since they slow me down significantly, and this trail offered the perfect location.

Dan biked along beside me as moral support and also snapped all these pictures, so that I could blog about the experience later. It was nice to have his company and encouragement along the run.


My sister Cora was going to run at the same time as me (in Sherbrooke, Quebec) but she wasn't able to due to getting stitches in her knee the day before. Since she couldn't do it, her boyfriend Jeremie ran in her place. My mom also went for a run at the same time, as more moral support. It was pretty awesome to have all these people supporting me in my run, despite them not being able to physically run beside me.

I finished in record time, mostly because Dan forced me to sprint the last 100 feet or so. I'm SUPER proud of how well I did.


Less than 30 minutes baby! I guess training for it actually pays off. I'm almost done my C25k program and have been running for a steady 25 minutes lately. Which is way better than last year when I never made it past week 4 of the program and had to walk for some of my 5k last year.


I even got a medal for running this time, which may have made me a little too happy. I've never gotten a medal before so I kind of love this one.


Overall, it was a great experience and I'm really happy with how well it went. I may be a tiny bit hooked on running now and feel the need to make this a yearly event. Bring it on!


As I mentioned briefly in Wednesday's late post, we picked up some new laying hens. Seven of them to be exact.


We used to have twelve laying hens but over the past year, we have lost five of them, so our flock numbers have been a little low. And not all of them have been laying consistently. We decided it was time to add to our numbers.


I convinced Dan that we needed some more fun breeds instead of the regular brown chicken that we had been getting in the past. I think it would be fun to have some different coloured eggs too, not just exciting chickens. But we'll have to wait and see what this new batch puts out in the coloured egg department, since we got quite a variety of mixed birds.


We picked them up from a cute little hobby farm almost an hour away. They were super friendly and helped us choose our birds and gave us a tour of their farm. We arrived planning to get five new birds and left with seven, since they were just all so cute and hard to resist.


Yesterday, when we got home from work, we set up a chair in front of the coop and watched them for about an hour. They are just so entertaining to watch and they were having lots of fun exploring their new home.

We also took the time to name them all, since we can actually tell the difference between these ones. We realize that naming them makes them a little more personal which then makes it harder when they die (or turn out to be roosters), but we I just couldn't resist. They needed to be named. So without further ado, here are the newest members of our flock!

Franny (a.k.a. Fuzzy Butt)

Ellie

Sandra

Big Bertha

Matilda The Second

Minnie

Camilla
Aren't they adorable? And aren't their names fun? Dan helped me name them even, which I thought was pretty heroic of him, since he isn't usually too keen on naming everything like I am.

We'll try and keep you posted on how they adjust to their new home and their new neighbours. So far, there is one brown chicken who seems to be a little protective of the hen house, the feed, the roosts, etc. We're guessing she's the head honcho around here and isn't so sure about all these newbies.


I hope you all have a great weekend and be sure to check back on Monday to hear how I did in my 5k run on Sunday.