slow living update – May 2013


I’m following the example at Slow Living Essentials again this month, and using her categories to summarize my month and list some things I’d like to accomplish. Once again, it doesn’t feel like we did a lot, but once I got started writing, I could see that we really did.



We’ve been enjoying lots of local asparagus this month, mostly marinating it in balsamic vinegar and olive oil and grilling it on the barbecue. I also wrote about Butter Tart Mini-Muffins, which I made with great hopes of freezing some for lunch pails, but they were all gone too quickly. We cook our meals at home, but a current MS flare-up has made me tired and we have resorted to a few dinners out and take-out a couple of times. Prepackaged cookies and lunch snacks have been sneaking back into the grocery cart again, but I’m hoping to get back to making more from scratch again soon.


We’ve been busy preparing the flower gardens, lawns, and the vegetable garden. That has taken up pretty much every spare minute of time this month – though mostly for the dad and the young lad that we hired to help with the flower gardens. There are so many flower beds here at the farm that we could probably keep him employed into adulthood. Or at least pay for his first car and university.



There is an ongoing list of things for the dad to repair around here – he keeps the tractor, lawn mower and cars going and then helps out friends, neighbours and storage customers when a little extra expertise or an extra hand is needed.

The girls took an old unused shelf, painted it and added a few extras to make themselves some more horse stalls to house their toy horses. They’ve already gotten hours of play out of it.

{Green – cleaners, body products and basic herbal remedies}:

I made some linen spray with essential oils – just to leave a nice smell behind on the bedding when I make the beds. I’ve also been using cornstarch in place of body powder and would like to try adding a few essential oils and maybe some baking soda to it to make it more like powder.


The garden is mostly planted with the exception of a few packets of seeds and the raspberry canes. I haven’t been out to look since it was planted, but the dad says that many seeds have already germinated and are poking through. We’re well on our way. We’ve even managed to get the pots around the patio planted with flowers and once we get the flower beds free of weeds and mulched with some wood chips, the place should be looking good. Right about in time for the wedding ceremony for some friends that the dad agreed to have on the grounds.


Nothing to write about here this month.


I found a new on-line magazine and blog called From Scratch, and have been reading through their first few issues. I wouldn’t call us homesteaders by any stretch, but they also have some articles on gardening and cooking and DIY that are quite interesting.

We’ve also made our way through the first season of Breaking Bad on DVD – I bought it for the dad at Christmas and it’s been addicting enough that I will need to go in search of more.


{Enhance – community}:

The dad started off the season by hosting a skeet shoot and lunch for his local Ducks Unlimited committee members. I love that the high score of the day went to a female investment banker. The local rural guys who are all quite cocky about their shooting prowess didn’t stand a chance.

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It was a little quieter around here this month, which was all right with all of us. The girls are getting back on their horses and enjoying some riding lessons from their grandma – and I may even work up the nerve to get on the big horse soon to go for a short walk.

We are enjoying the nice weather when we get it, the dinners in the porch on those nice evenings, and watching the girls chase each other around the yard while having water fights.

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18 thoughts on “slow living update – May 2013

  1. As always, I enjoy your end of the month round-up — your life reminds me so much of the one I had growing up

  2. Your girls are so creative, I love the stalls! Makes me miss riding all the more. I’m glad your gardens are coming along nicely, mine have decided to try and resurrect themselves for which I am thrilled.

    When you struggle with an illness eliminating a chore can be the best thing you can do for yourself. How are you doing? Hope your health settles down and you can begin to enjoy the weather.

    • The girls did a good job with their barn stalls – they even found some little bits and bobs at the dollar store to use as tack boxes and water/feeding buckets. Lots of fun for them.

      I’m hoping the health issues settle soon too – I’ve got a few doctor approved weeks off of work and some new medications to try out. Fingers crossed. If nothing else, the rest will be good. Thanks.

  3. Kerry says:

    So wishing we had a screened porch about now!!

  4. It’s always good to reflect on where you’ve been. As you mentioned, it helps you realize all that you have accomplished.

  5. Oh, Breaking Bad is such a good show… having lived in Albuquerque for 10 years, I can tell you that all of the places they go are real places, real addresses, real street names. We used to walk our dogs by the house that Jesse’s lived in. I dreamed of owning it one day. 🙂 I was in also that convenience store often.

    It sounds like you’ve been plenty busy with all of those gardens. I finally got some plants in the ground today, but so many more to go. 🙂

    Happy Summer to you all.

  6. Christine says:

    Beautiful horsey pictures – and great use of the old shelf turned stables! 🙂

  7. Jennifer says:

    Am loving the toy horse stalls! Your tulips are beautiful and I cannot wait to try making your muffins. I too am addicted to breaking bad. We got it on Netflix and are on the last season but I don’t want it to end so I watch them very very slowly. I think there’s one season after what they have on Netflix right now. Enjoy, it just gets better!

    • I think I might have to sign up for Netflix soon, just to access more shows like this. Enjoy the muffins – they are so easy to make and tasty – and if you use pecans instead od walnuts, they taste like pecan pie..

  8. You and your family have a good life!

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  10. Jen says:

    Love the make-shift toy horse stall! Those toys are the best!

  11. Cath says:

    I love your riding comment at the end. My children and husband ride beautifully, but I have to pluck up the courage to ride, a long walk is my favourite. Or is your big horse scarily big?

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