Wednesday, July 9, 2014

True Story

My friend found this in her nine year old daughter's journal when everything came home from school for the summer. 

True story.

On Monday my friend Hunter fell in drury creek current and i saved Hunter.  "Hunter i'll save you!" "Help! cold cold cold"
This was from one of the camping trips we did in May to Little Salmon Lake.  Hunter fell off a rock and his friend Lydia helped him out.  Pretty awesome drawing of the event!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Another Garden Tour!

I got home yesterday after spending 10 nights camping with the boys (and even a few nights with Matthew- silly man- having to go to work).  Blogging has been pretty pathetic lately, but hey, summer is here and I am either camping or gardening.

Today's post is another garden tour!  You can look at the post before this one to see the unbelievable growth in the last three weeks.  Hurray for 24 hour daylight!

Almost all of my 18 strawberry plants have berries growing.

Tomato central!

The Long English cucumbers are growing the fastest out of all four varieties I am growing.


I am now dreaming of red tomatoes!

The butternut squash plants look like they will have blossoms on them this week.

The zucchini plants got so big I had to kick them out of the greenhouse.

Peas along back, potatoes along the centre, and beans in the front.  A bit squishy, but everything is doing well!

More of my beans, peas, and potatoes.

Beets are still pretty darn small, but my green onions are growing well.

The sad, sad, sad carrots.  I have no clue if these will produce anything this year!

These carrots look just fine though!

I am being overrun with the lettuce!  Time to start sharing.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Greenhouse and Garden Tour

The greenhouse and garden are taking off yet again this year!  This is year three for the raised beds and year one for the greenhouse.  I am learning a bit more each year and am impressed at how well everything is doing.

I started a few plants on my own this year in the house (cucumber, zucchini, and butternut squash), but I started them late.  Next year, I will definitely start them much earlier in the spring.

I was gifted a couple of shelves/storage units to be used in the greenhouse and they are working well in the space.  Everything is still in containers and it is working out quite well.  Next year I was sure I was going to do raised beds in my greenhouse, but now I am second guessing that plan.  Maybe I will continue with the containers!  I will wait and see how the growing season goes and then decide.  

Tomatoes, basil, cilantro, and butternut squash!

A red pepper plant and behind it, banana peppers.  Can you see the pepper already growing on this plant?

Tomato alley!

I cannot wait for red tomatoes!

Look at these fun ones!

The wall of cucumbers.  Actually, there are two walls just of cucumbers!

Zucchini and a couple more cucumber plants.

All the strawberry plants I brought home from Whitehorse are doing well and have doubled in size.  Lots of blossoms!

Just one shot of the raised beds.  Lettuce at the front, and then rest of the row is a combination of beans, peas and potatoes.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

All the reasons May was awesome.

The cranes flew over.

Cavan is learning to be a gentleman.

Card games in the camper.

Sister wives out camping.

Kids canoeing.

Kayaking in the ice.

Learning how to use my kayak!

Learning how to jump a bike.


Shed building.

So much sun.

Seed planting.

Hiking with friends.
Greenhouse love.

Field trips.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Yard Projects

My fantastic husband has been busy during May!  I always joke that he is an excellent nurse, but don't let him build anything since it will be mighty fugly in the end.  He has proven me wrong!

Matt built a greenhouse and a woodshed!  Both were made of a combination of purchased materials and scavenged ones.  I think my greenhouse is perfect and I have been happily playing in there every day.  The woodshed will hold about 4.5 cords of wood and is a million times better than have the wood covered in a noisy, flapping tarp.  We will still have to stack some wood outside of the shed, but most of what we need for the winter will be in there.

Thank you, Matthew!

My precious.

Filling the woodshed was not nearly as fun as watching Matt build it.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Successful Hobos!

The little hobos were successful in their first bottle return to start off the summer season!  They are saving up for our trip to San Diego next February.  I booked the tickets on aeroplan, but I told the boys they were responsible for coming up with the money to go to Lego Land.  They have been collecting cans/bottles like mad!

Their first return today netted them $109.50.  Pretty impressive haul!  Into the peanut butter collection container it went.

It is going to be a busy summer of can collecting!

Very proud of their money!

Into the can!

Lego Land or bust!

This was their load!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Bum Watch: 6 MONTHS!

Today I have to give an email update to my surgeon, so I figured the blog could use one too!

I am now six months post reconstructive skin surgery and two years and six months post weight loss surgery.

How am I doing?

Great in almost all areas!

My incisions are all fully healed- just scars.  Some of the scars are still quite hard, but they are definitely softening up as time passes.  The feeling is coming back along the incision lines, but that part isn't overly pleasant.  When I run on the treadmill, the scars down my legs feel like they are on fire.  The scar across the top of my butt is uncomfortable, especially if tight clothing presses on it.

I am back to exercising full steam.  I am running on the treadmill, playing squash, doing weights, and a lot of walking around town.  I need to ask my surgeon today when I can get back to do ab workouts.

My eating has been really good during the week, but every single weekend I am eating too many carbs and salty items and then I am bloated and miserable for a couple of days.  My weight has been sitting around 178lbs and I am not happy with that.  This morning (pretty sure I am ovulating) my scale read 183.  I always go up 4-6lbs overnight during that part of my cycle and then drop it again a couple of days later.

My weight goal is still to be 160lbs.  I signed up for a 12 week accountability plan that an online friend of mine runs it as part of her business.  This will help me keep on track and re-focus my eating.  I need to focus on healthy eating right through the weekends and watch out for evening snacking.

I am going to just keep on doing what I am doing at the gym.  I am going to keep up with the running for a while longer.  It definitely isn't my favorite thing to do, but I am going to the do the 5k walk/run in Mayo next month so I want to be ready for that.  I would like to do squash at least twice a week and spend more time strength training my upper body.

Here are some photos to show my progress.  I really love the ones that show me before my weight loss surgery as compared to now.  They really put a smile on my face!  My hard work has really taken me far.


Core is still looking good!

320lbs before my weight loss surgery, 190lbs before my reconstructive skin surgery, and now at 178lbs.

320lbs before my weight loss surgery, 190lbs before my reconstructive skin surgery, and now at 178lbs.

My lower half is solid like a tree trunk.  I wish at times I was built differently, but this is me.