Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The garden is planted, my bags are packed, and I'm checked in. Since I'm an elite aeroplan member this year, I have the option of bringing 3 bags. Since I have to carry my bags, I'm bringing one (although I will probably have 2 on the way back - dirty laundry expands, in my experience). I also can have heavier bags, which means I don't have to worry about how heavy my suitcase is. That's kind of cool.
Look for the pictures when I get back in mid-June. In the meantime, I will try to keep my twitter feed updated.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Every year I forget.
Except - this year I remembered. Today I bought compost from the church near my house. It's not the pre-packaged odourless stuff - they package it in garbage bags, and there is definitely an odor.
Anyway, I'm now ready to plant the garden as soon as they finish the work on the windows.
Friday, May 22, 2009
And the window that hadn't been started yesterday:
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I got a couple of estimates a while ago, and today the work started.
The work consists of digging down by three windows, filling any cracks, making sure the weeping tile is doing its job, putting a waterproof membrane on the outside, filling in gravel & sand (for drainage), and installing window wells. There is probably more to it, but that's the bits I remember.
Step 1 (today) consisted of digging holes by two of the three windows. Here are some pictures.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Last night was our advancement for Sparks. This is the night when the girls who are old enough officially move off to Brownies.
It wasn't the most organized of events - it's the end of the year and the leaders are all mentally done - but it went well nonetheless.
One of the mothers has mentioned how good the program has been for her daughter, because she's shy. (I have not seen this shyness - which is probably because she joined with a friend and thus she's always been comfortable.)
It's amazing to see how much all of these girls have matured over the last year. They were so ready to move up to Brownies and have more adventures. It's really cool.
Monday, May 18, 2009
I usually have a garden, but I haven't planted it yet, because I'm having some work done outside this week, and the garden will get in the way. Hopefully after the work is done, the basement will no longer leak.
Anyway, back to the garden.
Since I've had the garden, tomatos grow well. Cucumbers are fine, corn is OK (I know it's ready when the racoons eat it). However, that's about it.
This year, I tested the PH level of the soil. I bought a tester and followed the instructions. Basically, it consists of putting some dirt in the tester, adding the contents of a capsule, then adding water, shaking, and waiting a minute. The tester contains a sheet that lists what each colour means. My soil is slightly acidic, but nothing drastic.
I guess I still don't know what the problem is.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Work has been crazy for the last couple of weeks, and when I get home I don't feel like turning on the computer, so here we are.
Last night I went to see the play Scotland Road. It was enjoyable, but confusing. Afterwards, the director and cast came out and talked with the audience members who remained to explain what their interpretation of the play was. It definitely helped explain what was going on.
Today I got a pedicure. The woman applying my nail polish took 15 minutes to finish it up, which meant I only had 10 minutes for it to dry before I had to leave. As a result, I left wearing "shoes" made of fun foam. I'm sure it was funny to watch me trying to walk.