Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What's Growing Wednesday

It's that time again to show off my garden's bounty.

I love this time of the year, when fresh veggies start to appear for the picking.

There is something so rewarding on seeing the fruits of your labour.

I'm pretty proud of my garden and how good it looks, despite being laid up in bed most of the time.

Oh, and can I just say that nothing tastes quite as good as a fresh blueberry picked off your very own plant?

This is the life. Today, I am content.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My Life These Days

My life is pretty boring these days. And thanks to my boring life, I don't have much to blog about. I'm really sorry to my faithful readers (a.k.a. Jackie) but I don't think I can keep up with my five posts a week. I'm sorry.

But since most of my time is spent on the couch like this...

...and my house looks a bit like this... inspiration is totally lacking.

So I will do my best to keep posting through out the week but I probably won't be back to my usually blogging self for a couple of weeks.

I hope you can all forgive me and send healing thoughts to my ankle so that I can get back to being the kick-ass housewife I was meant to be!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Morning

It's a beautiful Monday morning here and Dan and I have already spent some time outside. I snapped some pictures while we were sitting out in the backyard and I thought I would share them. So this post will be mostly pictures, not many words.

We worked a bit in the garden, trying to repair the damage from the big storm we had on Friday night.

Then we let the hens out to free range for a bit.

It was nice to just sit and relax in the cooler weather for a change.

I hope you are all having a good Monday and your week is starting off well. Mine is.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Lean On Me

First of all, I apologize for not having a post up yesterday. I did receive one official complaint from a faithful follower (you know who you are) and I promised to post something today, even if it wasn't very exciting. You see, being laid up in bed all week has kind of put a damper on getting anything done and that means I don't have much to blog about.

But today is your lucky day, because even though I have done nothing exciting this past week, I have decided to blog about crutches!

Yes, you read that right, crutches. You're thrilled, right?

As most of you know, my husband and I were in a motorcycle accident last Saturday night and I sprained my ankle. It's just a minor sprain and I can hobble around the house alright, using the walls, counters, chairs, etc, as support. Especially since I really don't move around that much, it's mostly moving from the bed to the bathroom to the couch to the kitchen and then repeat.

So initially, I didn't think I needed crutches. But the more I thought about it, the more I decided they would come in handy. I would be able to go out to the garden, go into town with Dan and run the few errands we had to do. So a nice couple from our church lent me a pair and I was introduced to the fun of using crutches.

I'm really thankful that I have the use of a pair for free and they really do help me keep weight off my foot, which I believe is helping in it's healing process. Although the bruising is still looking pretty bad.

The bruising does actually go further down my foot but this picture doesn't quite capture it. It hurts like heck though and is constantly throbbing.

Getting back to the crutches, I decided to do a pros and cons list.

Pros to using crutches:
- I can go further distances
- It keeps weight off my foot
- People give me sympathetic looks and move out of the way, hold doors open and are just generally more friendly
- I'm working on my arm muscles

Cons to using crutches:
- You go a lot slower
- They hurt your hands, arms, ribcage, etc (although this could also be more of a complaint since my whole body already aches)
- Everybody stares at you
- They make me a lot more clumsy and more of a tripping hazard
- It's more of a workout to use them and so you get a lot more sweaty than normal (especially in this heat)

That's all I can think of this morning. Have any of you had to use crutches before? Do you have any pros or cons to add to my list? Tips, advice, sympathy?

And to think that when I was little I thought it would be awesome to need crutches. I remember using an old pair we had around the house and pretending I had a broken foot, hobbling around and thinking I was so cool. Ugh.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What's Growing Wednesday

Time for another garden update! It's getting more exciting each week since we are now beginning to get actual food from it. I picked a bunch of beans on Monday but forgot to take a picture of them. I have a good excuse though, being on crutches and having to hobble around made it a lot more work than normal and I was so tired by the end of it that I forgot to take any pictures. Oops!

But I do have pictures from this morning. Dan helped me since I couldn't actually get into the garden to take any close up shots. Such a good husband he is.

Everything is so green and lush and gorgeous! Good thing I weeded the entire thing before the accident happened, so that it at least looks half decent now.

Our zucchini is going nuts and we really need to get it tamed. Our plan is to put a trellis thing and try and direct it away from the broccoli and overtaking the whole garden. It's just a little hard to do now, with our injuries.

As for the broccoli, it isn't doing all that well. It's being attacked by these tiny little beetle looking bugs and they're eating the leaves away. I'm not sure what to do about them and it makes me sad that our broccoli probably won't survive.

Our pepper plants are doing awesome and seeing the little peppers getting bigger each day brings me such joy. I'm so glad we opted for different varieties since its much more fun to see them take shape.

I've already picked some peas and am looking forward to getting more soon. Dan doesn't like peas so I always just plant a small row and eat them directly from the garden. It's the perfect summer snack.

Our tomatoes are getting bigger and bigger each day and we really need to get them tied up a little better. They're slowly taking over everything!

The carrots I planted a couple weeks back are growing and looking good. I'm excited that they took this time and I have successfully grown my carrot supply.

We also really need to up our intake of swiss chard and spinach, since they are growing like crazy. It doesn't help that our appetites are diminished and our energy levels for cooking are pretty minor.

See me in the background balancing on my crutches? Pretty cool looking eh?

And once again I'll end with an updated shot of my basil in my gutter garden. It's growing every day but still pretty small.

So there you go, another week of my garden's growth. Hopefully I'll be feeling better next week and can actually get some work done in it!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Split Rail Fence

As promised yesterday, here is my post on the project we worked on last week. We built a fence! I have always loved the look of split rail fences, which could have stemmed from growing up with them surrounding our farm. They just look so rustic and charming and I knew that I wanted one at our place, it just took us a while to figure out where.

After putting our hedge in this spring, we knew we wanted to finish off the property line with a fence in the front yard. Our neighbours have a crazy looking yard, which we affectionately call "the hay field" so we were pretty excited to get up the fence and create more of an obvious dividing line between the two lots.

So this is the blank canvas we started with, starting from the last cedar bush to the telephone pole at the front of the yard.

Don't you love the contrast between our two yards? Ours is the lawn, theirs is the weeds.

We were lucky enough to get all the rails for free, we just had to go pick them up from a friend's actual hay field. I was pretty stoked about this awesome arrangement.

So we loaded 18 rails into the back of our truck and off we went!

We did have to pay for the posts but we also found a good deal on them, at just $5 a piece. They were cut to our desired length and came pre-weathered so they matched the rails. It was perfect.

Once we had the two main supplies needed to build the fence, we rented a post hole digger from Home Depot and picked up some wire.

Then it was show time!

As Dan dug the holes, I ran back and forth to the driveway lugging the posts and rails over to the fence line. We were a pretty good team and moved along at a decent pace.

Before long, we had all the posts in and were ready to get the rails up. To do so, we twisted wire around the two posts and then set the rail on top of it, like this.

Easy peasy!

Oh, but before I get too carried away, I should mention that we did hit a little bit of a road bump. We miscalculated how many posts and rails we needed and ended up being short.

We wanted another length of rails to go between that last set of posts and the telephone pole. But we were out of posts and rails so we had to do our best for that night and pick up on it later, once we purchased more supplies.

So we just got to work doing as much as we could.

Once it all started coming together, I got almost giddy with excitement. It looked so good and totally fit in with our environment.

So we ended off there the first night and took a couple days off to get more posts and rails. But then it was game on, we wanted to get that fence finished!

And boy does it look good now. I love it and kind of just enjoy sitting on my front porch staring at it. Totally worth the time and money put into it.

What do you think? Don't you just love it? Doesn't it look like it totally belongs?

And as a bonus, I can totally cross this off my 13 Goals for 2013 list as well as my Outdoors List!

Monday, July 15, 2013

A Date to Remember

Saturday, July 13th, started out like any summer Saturday might. We were visiting Dan's parents and spent a relaxing morning with them. We arrived home early afternoon and got a few things done around the house (more on that tomorrow), ate supper and headed out for our date night.

Our local city hosts a summer music festival and there are live bands playing at the local park every Wednesday and Saturday all summer long. We always ride our motorcycle in since it's so much easier to park and summer evenings are usually quite pleasant for a ride. Saturday was no exception. We hopped on the bike and went to see Deric Ruttan perform.

We curled up on a blanket and enjoyed some good ol' country music.

We bought some chips and a slurpee and enjoyed our date that cost less than $10. After it ended, we rode around the city a bit, just enjoying the beautiful July night. Shortly after 10:00pm, we decided it was time to head home.

And this is when the date took a bad turn. We were happily riding down a long stretch of road, about 10 minutes from home, when a deer jumped out in front of us. I was relaxed on the back, with my eyes closed, thinking of my pumpkin muffin I planned on eating when I got home when all of a sudden I was rolling down the highway screaming.

When I finally stopped rolling, I called out for Dan and he thankfully answered right away. We both kind of stumbled up and moved off the road onto the shoulder while he kept repeating that he didn't have his phone. He always carries his phone on a belt clip but it had been ripped off during the accident. But I had my phone. I never ever ever take my phone on the bike with us but for some weird reason, I did that night. I handed Dan my phone and he called 911 while flagging down the next car that drove by. They stopped and came over to help. Although I don't remember much, they were awesome. They took the phone from Dan and finished the 911 call while Dan and I lay on the gravel shoulder, holding hands and moaning. They made sure we kept talking and stayed awake but didn't move.

Finally the emergency crews arrived and we were strapped onto boards with neck braces and belts and taken off to the hospital via ambulance. It was so scary because I didn't know how Dan was and he didn't know how I was. I knew I was fine since the only thing that really hurt was my lower leg and ankle. My right shoe had been torn off in the accident and it had somehow twisted my ankle in the process. But I just kept praying that Dan would be fine because I honestly didn't know how I would go on living if I lost him.

I won't bore you with all the details of getting to the hospital and examined, partly because I don't want this post to be miles long and partly because its still kind of fuzzy in my mind. The doctors and nurses were amazing and got me examined really quickly. They were also good at giving me updates on Dan, so I knew he was okay.

Another amazing blessing was having a familiar face at the hospital. Glenda, a lady from our church, works in x-ray and she saw our names pop up on the list and immediately got worried. She performed both our x-rays and even did mine after her shift was over. She then stayed with us both until we were discharged and then drove us home at 2:00am. She was perfect to have around and helped calm us both down.

Our injuries are very minor and we are thanking God for his protection. We were going between 90-100 km/h when we hit the deer and we ended up 150-200 ft further down the road from the collision. It could have been so much worse. We both have minor road rash and are bruised and stiff. Dan has a broken thumb on his right hand and my right ankle is sprained. But that is it. A miracle, isn't it?

Here is a picture of the motorcycle after the crash and our crash site.

It's hard to see in the picture but the front fender is all smashed up, the headlight is broken, we are missing the right signal and mirror, there are some dents in the gas tank and some of the back seat is torn. But overall, it looks way better than we expected.

You can see the marks on the road from where the bike skidded on the asphalt.
Now I'm going to show some pictures of our equipment just to show you how lucky we really were. The pictures don't quite do it justice as it is a little worse than it looks but still pretty good.

My helmet is on the left, Dan's on the right. His has more marks that this picture doesn't show.

Dan's left shoulder of his jacket

My left shoulder

The back of my jacket, you can see all the scuff marks.

Dan's right hand glove

My right hand glove, you can see the holes in it.

My running shoes, you can barely tell they were in an accident!

My ring that I wore on my right hand. You can see that it got scuffed down. I only have a small scratch on my finger.

My amazing jeans! You can't even tell that they skidded along almost 200 ft of asphalt!
And now I'm going to give you some fair warning in case you wanted to stop reading now. I am going to post some pictures of our minor road rash. If you don't want to see it, feel free to stop reading now. Although honestly, it's not that gross. We were very lucky.

My right hip.

My legs and sprained ankle. You can see the road rash on my right knee area and my left shin. I also have some on my left ankle and a big bruise on my lower right leg.

Dan's left knee

Dan's broken thumb and a little bit of road rash. (The shiny part is a band-aid)

Dan's left forearm
So there you have it. The night we hit a deer on the motorcycle. It kind of feels like a bad dream and that it didn't really happen to us. Although we are feeling sore and stiff, we are also feeling blessed that we got out so unscathed. Thank you God.