February 19, 2015

My spindly little herb garden tonight

Tomatoes on my lunch break

Let's play a little game of what's in Shelly's purse.
When I attended a friend's bridal shower in October (The same friend I made the pies for!) one of the games we played made the ladies in attendance empty their purses and for various items you received different points (more common items less points, unique items more points) here's a link to a similar game (sadly I couldn't find the one we used)... but you get the idea. (ours had a handgun on it... not sure about that, concealed weapons aren't really that popular around here)

So, I digress... What's in Shelly's purse?

Here's a hint, I've blogged about it recently.

It's going to fit right in on my window sill.

um.... it fits in my purse (which isn't a purse, it's barely bigger than some womens' wallets, really... but it works).

Haven't guessed it?


I'm so beyond stoked. I bought some Kale, Lavender and Rosemary at good old Wal-Mart (hey, we only have one greenhouse in town and it's closed between October and May, don't judge!) and today my heirloom tomato seeds were delivered!

Don't ask me how (I really can't remember) I found TomatoFest a couple weeks ago, but I couldn't help myself when I saw all the pretty heirloom varieties. The colours, shapes.... Lets just say it was pretty much porn for the girl lusting for potting soil under her nails. 

I ordered a fun little selection of tomatoes to get me going this summer and as a bonus the generous folks threw in a free packet!

I hope in a few weeks I can show you the tomato seedlings but for now I'll continue playing with my other three packets (still not enough daylight around here so my plants are a little spindly).

The tomatoes I ordered were: Spoon, Gold Nugget, Beefsteak, Blue Berries and Aunty Ginny's Purple. They threw in a packet of Wickline Cherry for free!

**for the record, I will not be planting anytime soon... apologies for the grainy picture, I was busy shivering**

technically speaking, that's freaking cold.

February 18, 2015

Wish Wednesday ~ Wednesday Februsry 18th, 2015.

I sort of feel like this #wishwednesday thing is seriously a thing of my past.

It used to be full of pretty things and whims that I just no longer care about. These days all I wish for is my farm.

So while my #wishwednesday tag may fall into disuse (I might still use it though! It's just not the same), I'll keep wishing. Maybe not just on Wednesdays.

I had a small problem...

As anyone who has indoor plants (or who has brought outdoor plants indoors for the winter) will know... sometimes bugs happen.

Last winter I ripped the top off a pineapple and planted it in a pot (seriously, it was pretty much that simple). The thick green leaves are flourishing a year later... but somehow that little bugger has attracted (or brought in) a bunch of what I can only guess are some version of white flies. I didn't notice them much last winter but since this fall I've seen a number of the thinner-than-fruit-fly little buggers in my room.

You know things are bad when they start flying up your nose when you're trying to sleep.

Something had to be done. 

So I borrowed from my mother a pack of Safer's Sticky Sticks, and within a few days I'd caught several dozen little flies! I couldn't believe it! I knew there were a few of them but I ever imagined that many!

Sticky Sticks! (The name doesn't lie, don't get them on your fingers!!)
Conclusion: Great product, highly recommended!

February 16, 2015

Happy Family Day!

I hope everyone had a great Valentines (/ Singles Awareness) Day and are now enjoying their long weekend courtesy of Family day (or whatever it's called where you are today)(unless you don't get a holiday today then I'm sorry)!

My V-day was spent in Kenora (a beautiful little tourist town an hour west of home) with my honey. He bought me lunch at the Cornerstone, a great little pub which came highly recommended and did not disappoint, entertained my whim to visit a winter farmer's market and sampled tea with me at Spirit Oak Tea Company.

Maple Sugar, Raspberry Tartlet and Kenora Sunset

The farmer's market was small but considering the population of the area, it had a good variety (but you should see the summer market!!). There were a couple of different local meat suppliers, a few tables of baked goods, some handmade jewelery and some jam. We bought some pomegranate and some crab apple jam.

Temperatures were pretty bloody frigid (in the -40s with the windchill!) which made coming home to a nice warm cup of loose leaf tea so much more enjoyable! I just got in from watering the horses (only the -20s today!) but I'm in love with this Maple Sugar tea!

Frosty ponies! (nice tongue Max!)
Happy Family Day!