Monday, August 7, 2017

Summertime! Summertime!!

Summertime is almost over. 


It's gone before it even begun.

It's been a pretty good one so far.

We haven't climbed Mount Everest or anything spectacular like that
but we've done lots of things as a family and just as a couple.

Jamie is 16 now. Yup. 

How did that happen.

So he's got a part time job and his motorcycle licence.
And yes I constantly worry. I'm a mother, that's my job.
But because he has his motorcycle licence he's free to roam where he wants as long
as he's off the road before dark.
So that leaves Dave and I with more couple time.
That's the perks and downfalls of having kids.
You hope that they'll grow up healthy,happy and independent and 
when they do, you're like "What the heck!? Where'd you go?"
But I'm happy for him.
As long as he stays safe.
He's already learned that other drivers are crazy.
I wont go into that.

The gardens are growing well. I feared for the tomatoes since only tiny little green things were growing. But after Saturday night's rain, they seem to have gotten bigger. Which is strange since I know that tomatoes are picky when it comes to watering, so I water them regularly.
They must prefer the rainwater.

It's been a strange spring and summer. It was a cold spring and a hot summer for a few weeks and now it's a cold summer. Some mornings it's only 8 degrees Celcius. Brrrrr

I've had to plant my yellow beans THREE TIMES!!!! Finally they're growing okay.

Rain has not been plentiful, but it's better than last year.

The garlic is doing well. As you can see. I picked some more tonight. It's a smaller, different kind.

Sadly both of Dave's parents passed away this spring. So we had some family business to attend to in Ontario. We also turned it into a family vacation. We stayed with his cousin and did a few touristy things. But mostly it was to relax after the stress of everything that had gone on.

The day before we left to come home we spent it in Toronto. I've always wanted to go to Kensington Market. It's a real hip, funky place. And they had a car on the side of the street planted with trees, grass and flowers. How cool is that!

We also went to the Warsaw Caves in Peterborough. We didn't go to the caves, but took a nice walk in a cedar forest that had kettles and strange rock formations. That's Jamie at the bottom of the kettle.
We also got stuck in a thunder, lightning and downpour on our walk. Memories!

I've also been doing lots of jams and jellies. Here's part of my strawberry freezer jam stash!

The Acadian Festival was on last week. This is my table at the bazaar.

I also visited a quilt expo. Mind boggling! Just mind boggling.

We were actually thinking of selling the camper because by the end of July we hadn't gone once!

But one night there, and we changed our mind. We're staying. 
We camp what's called seasonal. We just park the camper at one campground and leave it there for the entire summer. We prefer it that way. I guess it's like having a cottage.

The girls are happy about the decision since they love camping.

Then a few weeks ago I had heard about low tide kite flying. 
So I decided to go and get pictures and information to talk about it on 
CTV Morning Live.

Here's the short (very short segment) I had on CTV Morning Live

Well by the time I left there, I was hooked!

Not only do I love it, I bought a kite!

Think about it....kite flying while you're standing on the ocean floor. It's just wow.
That's Nova Scotia living! 
That's me, Dave took my picture while I was flying the kite yesterday.

I turned 50 this summer also.
And I have so many things to be grateful for, one of them being my health. I've noticed that, except for my heal spurs, I'm in excellent health. I'm on no medication, no health issues whatsoever.
So I want to keep it that way.

So I'm going to go in le grand fondo

I'm not totally crazy, I'm just doing the little one. 35km.
That's enough.
Tonight I started training. I almost did 10km in 40 minutes and didn't need resuscitating. 
So I think I'll be ready by the end of September!

Well I think that's enough news for today. 

Have a Blessed Evening


  1. Happy belated Birthday Lisa! Yes, this growing older thing is definitely a challenge.

    Congrats to Jamie on the motorcycle and license! Our kids are growing up so fast! Hope he wears a helmet. My Hubby got a motorcycle this summer too. Like everything else he owns, it needs some work so will be his winter project.

    Awesome that you are going on the big bike ride! And the kite flying! Looks like a blast!

    My garden has been very slow this year too, but finally starting to produce. I've never grown garlic before. I'll have to try it next year. Any tricks to getting it to grow so well like you have?

    Sorry to hear about Dave's folks. That is tough.

    Glad you all are doing well. Take care.

    1. It's the law to wear a helmet in Canada on a motorcycle. From what I understand it's not in the US.

      Garlic is probably the easiest thing to grow. Mulch it well and fertilize it well and all should go well! Plant it in the fall, never in the spring. Cause it doesn't grow as big.


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