Posted by: Kate | April 15, 2014

April Garden

We’ve been working away in the garden diligently. There is always so much to do in April and May!

Took some more pictures, just to show how quickly the garden begins. Chives, rhubarb and forsythia, taken April 9th.

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Blooming forsythia means it is time to plant peas, so those went in this week-end. As did the pac choi and sui choi. We grew pac choi last year and were very pleased with it, so thought I would try sui choi (aka napa cabbage) as well.

Posted by: Kate | April 9, 2014

Finding the Way

Attended a school board meeting last night, as I do every four weeks. Last night’s was a little depressing. We are coming to budget time, and the treasurer informed the board that this district is facing a deficit of almost $1 million. Declining enrolment and increasing expenses. Some really hard decisions need to be made, as the forecast moving forward is an increasing deficit over the next few years.

It got me thinking about our western system. Wages haven’t increased, certainly not in my house and I think not in many houses, at least not by much. Not anywhere near as much as expenses keep increasing. Food, lights, heat – all cost more now than they did two years ago. We keep making the small adjustments, tightening our belts, reducing our footprint; to fight along. When does the system itself get amended? Who makes those hard decisions?

I don’t have the answers, but am trying to find a way to understand and move through these questions.

In the meantime I get my joy from my family and from my surroundings. Breathe deeply, I remind myself.

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Campbell River Estuary

Posted by: Kate | April 6, 2014

The Blue Shirt

This top began its journey a year and a half ago, in the fall of 2012. I had a vague idea of what I wanted, and using the incredible raglan sweater calculations I began. Then the holidays came, and other sweaters/projects, and the blue tunic got tucked away and forgotten.

This year after the holidays I started to think in earnest about my 2014 word – Organize – and how this applied in the various aspects of my life. Knitting was certainly one of them, and I began to go through the various project bags in the spare room.

The blue shirt! What to do with the blue shirt? I loved the yarn, it was a gift from a very special friend. No labels, she bought it in the giant yarn market in Seoul, Korea. I wanted to use it. So I picked up my needles and began again.

As I knit I realized there would not be enough yarn to make it the length I wanted, or the look I wanted. So I went back upstairs and found some blue cotton that complemented the yarn.

I am really pleased with this top. It will get a lot of wear later this month and into May and June, I think. And every time I wear it, I will think with affection of Sunmi, and our times together.

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Posted by: Kate | March 31, 2014

Work Break

Busy week of visiting, and lots of working, and back to school routines. Some gardening, lots of list making. But always there is time for a beach break.

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Chika loves beach breaks!

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The days are much longer, and getting warmer. Hope spring is arriving in your neck of the woods too!

Posted by: Kate | March 26, 2014

Feature Photo: Beavertail Lake

A favourite fishing spot, and a good place to go for a walk. Not far from town, but far enough uphill that there was snow out there.

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Posted by: Kate | March 21, 2014

Spring?

I know better than to announce spring has arrived, even if the calendar says it is so. We have had snow in April, so I don’t assume that all will be warmth and sunshine after March 20. However, the garden is waking up, and it is one of my favourite times of year to wander the backyard and see what is happening. Things change so quickly! This was the garden last week.

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New chives

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Rhubarb

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parsley

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The promise of new growth – so invigorating!

Posted by: Kate | March 18, 2014

Breathe

In the midst of a busy, celebratory few days, Mr. Kate and I found time to take Chika to the beach. We walked, and talked, and searched for beach glass.

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I wonder sometimes if other people feel the same way about the ocean and beach as I do. It’s such a physical emotion, one that expands me and makes me complete. It is beyond words, which for a wordsmith is an intense frustration. It’s what I write about the most, in an attempt to capture this connection.

It is the one place I can always breathe freely.

Posted by: Kate | March 15, 2014

Family

Last week-end was one of those lovely March days, where the sun was shining and the air was fresh. We knew the perfect way to take advantage of it.

march backyard fire1While Mr. Kate and I did the groceries, Bushboy got the backyard ready.

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Hot dogs roasted over the fire, perfect. We sat around the fire for a couple of hours, chatting, burning things and soaking in the gorgeous day.

Family time is so precious, something that needs to be placed high on the priority list. It is what keeps us a cohesive unit, keeps us talking and involved in each other’s daily lives.  We guard it carefully around here, and take full advantage of any reason to indulge in it.

 

Posted by: Kate | March 10, 2014

Mystery

The crocuses have rebounded beautifully since the snow fall just over a week ago, and were glowing yesterday in the sunshine.

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But what caught my attention was the lone crocus in the grass across the driveway from the flower beds.

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How this solitary flower found itself growing in the middle of the grass, a full stretch of pavement away from its nearest kin, I will never know. But it pleases me none-the-less!

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Posted by: Kate | March 6, 2014

Time

Right now one of the hardest things for me to organize seems to be time. I don’t like all the clichés about never enough time, as I know I do have enough time. I don’t work 10 hours a day at hard labour, nor am I up all night with a young child. But organizing how I spend my time is proving to be a challenge these days.

I’ve been working at the office I’m at for two and a half years now, yet I still feel like I’m just reacting to time issues rather than controlling them. Part of that is needing to be more physically organized so that things don’t slip away and get forgotten. Part of it is time management.

So this month I am working hard on using my agenda to write down even small tasks, to remind myself of what needs to be done when I get home from work.

How do you organize your time?

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Bushboy made snickerdoodles the other week – that seemed like a very good use of time!!

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