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I now live in Victoria, after a couple years on the North Shore of Vancouver, and a (too) brief time in the prairies. Working as an artist, mother and wife (not necessarily in that order), i am striving to live well, to find the truth of God in all things, and to pass on this truth to others.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


jack frost murdered my basil.
last week we were sweating it out in the mid thirties, and last night it dipped to minus four.  yikes.  i was un-prepared.
so, out i went with the kiddies to harvest the crops. 
don't these look great?
crispy, sweet, packed with vitamins....i'm hoping to heal myself from my poor eyesight by eating as many homegrown carrots as possible.
i'm also thinking of joining some farmer's markets next summer - there's so many around town.  maybe i could make some extra cash and pay for piano lessons or something.

has anyone heard of a farmer's market in this area that caters to polly pockets?  or maybe calico critters (they look like they've got money)...i'd even consider selling to barbies. 
i planted 8 tomato plants thinking i'd can some sauce for the winter....
well, i had high hopes.  and, let's just say it:  i failed.  my daughter pulled out a carrot that was literally a centimeter long and said "mom!  you're going to be so proud of this one, it's your biggest!!"  i'm sure it's healthy for my children to see their mother completely bomb at something.  i've diagnosed my garden issues to:  i'm too cheap.  too cheap to buy the extra bag of compost.  why?  because i'm also too lazy.  too lazy to drive to the other garden store. 
i finally did buy the compost in August.  it was less than four dollars. 

so, i'm off to maybe have a warm bath or at least put my feet up after that intense day of harvesting.
eat a carrot for me.


  1. YOU make me laugh!

  2. HA HA HA! I like the perspectives- the first photo looks quite respectable. The second, cute but sad. The third, pathetic.
    I'm cheap and lazy too! Wanna share a booth at the polly pocket farmer's market? Chet and I harvested two cobs of corn. They were beauts. The other corn plants are just for decoration anyway. We boiled those cobs twenty minutes after picking, loaded them up with butter and salt, and took a big bite... completely chewy-gluey. Hmmm. Maybe because we didn't water? At all. We'll have to try that next year. I'll give you some of my carrots. Mine thrived on neglect. Not sure why.

  3. My dear sister, Failed? What, not the way I see it.
    Lets see, you moved your family to another province, helped them say goodbye to the old and branch into the new, started a new church, new job, moved from townhouse to house and the extra chores with that, painted, and somehow found time to research square foot gardening, build the box and planted stuff in time for it to grow. Wow. And on top of all that, the most amazing thing is that you educated your kids on when things don't turn out the way we expect laugh and enjoy what was produced. Sounds like you were an incredible success to me.
    ps. I still have not canned my own tomatoes, and fried green tomatoes are awesome! luv ya, alyssa

  4. i thought that Scott had wheat in his mouth when i first glanced at the photo and had not read anything yet. but i guess wheat would not be a good thing.