Sunday, March 31, 2013

One year after the fire

Well it's been exactly one year after the fire and there have been changes and more changes to come. We will be moving back to Alberta again, but keeping our farm here in BC still.
We spent the day in reflection back at the farm today, it was a beautiful sunny day, and we had a fire going, we packed a little picnic and reminisced about old times.
The house, still standing after winter.

A squirrel trying to get inside the shed. 

Me sitting on the front stoop of the old place contemplating all the things I want to do.

The beauty of trees.

See those bare patches...I love raking them and burning the debris from them :-)
Our neighbors new dog Charlie, she's soooo cute!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Snowboarding...there are highs, but this one is low

Yesterday at 10:30am my son was snowboarding at Lake Louise....having a wonderful day with friends, sun was shining, it was gonna be a GREAT day.
Then my son took at jump that changed it all. Two broken ankles and in hospital. His life has take a little dipsy doodle I call it, one of those things that later on in life you will look back and say "remember that time when". Unfortunately he can't see that right now, as he has to figure out how to go poop first. He has perfected peeing in a bottle....what a trooper, but the next few weeks is going to be hell for the poor guy.
First he was in the ER
Splinted and bandaged, waiting for possible surgery
My sons view this morning

mmmmmm hospital food :-)
 He's admitted into the hospital now, getting drugs when needed and his girlfriend finally got to see him, my sister said it was like they hadn't seen each other in weeks lol. Anyways, I will be there in a few weeks to see him and hug him...he's in for a looooooooooooooooong painful journey.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Earth tones

When I was in the kitchen today making another yummy vegan experiment hunny came in the kitchen and I said "look hun at the wonderful color concoction today" he peeked in the dish...his response was "earth tones".
Ah yes, my meat eating hubby strikes again!!! lol. The last couple of days I have been having some fun making some new flavors and trying new things again, and loving it all, even the hubby has been impressed.
A year or so ago we canned some potatoes from our garden.....we both had never done it before, and we had a pressure cooker caner and thought we'd give it a whirl. Well we have not touched those jars since and we brought them out the other day and took a look at them. Both of us were terrified of what they were gonna be like...I mean, who the heck cans potatoes lol. They were not mushy, they were hard and ooohhhhhh man did they ever taste what a real potato straight from the garden should taste like. This has just confirmed that this is what I will do every year from now on!!!!
This is a jar we opened they other night and put in the I said, it looks terrifying at the some scary experiment happening...and we thought they would be mushy, but they were hard and firm...and when you take them out and cut them up and make hash browns from them MMMMMMMMMMM crazy yummy.
Red onion, garlic (some from may garden) white beans, Swiss chard chopped & white beans and onion broth

Frying up the yummy potatoes!

One of the vegetarian broths I use.
My yummy stewy, soupy yum yum
 Anyways...I am loving the cooking and experimenting of flavors. I can hardly wait to get into our new home too so I can start my gardening and planing of all things that I can use in my cooking and canning. However...starting off in a new home means starting a new garden all over again. Since there is currently no garden patch at our new house it's literally gonna be from scratch. So it's gonna take a few years to build up the soil to the way I like and I will have to start all over again with a new garlic patch and herbs ect.
Oh well, it's gonna be fun, cause that's the type of stuff I LOVE doing anyways!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

First fire on the farm

Went back to the farm today, did some more digging of snow and had a great little fire going too...back in the day of daily life on the farm I LOVED going outside and having a fire. It didn't matter if it was pouring rain, 2ft of snow or just bloody hot out....I loved making a fire. I just find it so relaxing sitting by the fire, or adding debris to the fire that needs burning, puttering around while the fire is burning....but most of all, my favorite was sitting by the fire with a mug of Bailey's and coffee :-)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Let it go let it go let it go...

This is what I sing in the tune of "let it snow let it snow let snow". I have officially given my notice at work. My last day of work here in my small BC town will be May 16th.
I will no longer be tortured by chocolate bars, yummy jello cups, chips and all things not vegan, healthy or of any nutritional value. ( well, I should state we have apples and oranges there lol )
I will also no longer be tortured by other less ambitious non motivated lazy coworkers as well.....and before you all start in on me how those types are in EVERY job....I am FULLY aware there are idiots no matter where you go. I just always wanted to hold out hope that these "types" of people could be changed to actually WANT to be ambitious and helpful and have the desire to obtain some good work ethic....but....such is not the case.
I am at the point where I am soooooooooooooooooooooo frustrated and now mad, that I really can't deal with it and there for I shall just shut my mouth and not even bothering complaining about it after this...cause one cares and it won't change. So I will finish out my time in a blissful, mindless state of euphoria in my own little world, knowing that I will do MY best and care about ME and what I do, and not give a rats ass about anyone else. This will hopefully keep me sane till my last day.
As far as the amazingly jerkish customers that come in.....well, who are we kidding, I will smile politely till the end as well :-)
There is however one person there that will be missed beyond the mountains that will separate us now and that is my manager. It's not often that one can say they respect or even like their manager, but I have one that is AMAZING. I am so sad for her that she has to stay with the imbeciles I so much detest.
She has the most amazing manager skills for every situation and should really be recognized by someone somewhere so she knows how much she is appreciated. 
So....until the end of my time here, I shall be whistling to the tune of "let it snow" but I will know that I am REALLY singing.....let it go let it go let it go!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Seedy Saturday

In our tiny town we have a small gathering for Seedy Saturday each year. This year there were approx 12 or so tables with lots of hustle and bustle at each one. Everything from seed exchange to organic seeds and even some information booths. This is how this year looked.

Friday, March 15, 2013


Sometimes the best thing to do to relax is a puzzle. That is unless your are a member of my family.....and puzzles make you swear lol.
My daughter bought me a puzzle for my birthday in January. This puzzle has been on the table since then, which is an unusually long time for me, but this one was a really difficult one. It's a flower market....with insane amounts of colors.
It's finally almost done, and I find it funny that back when I just started both my husband and daughter said "we're not helping you, you have to do in all on your own"....every morning my husband does "one" piece....except for yesterday, where he sat at the table for two hours and proudly told me how much he got done. Then my daughter would sit at the table with me and talk about her day while she did a "few" pieces lol.
In the end....the puzzle is juuuuuuuuuuuuust about done, and I like the bonding it created and the swearing that might have occurred do to pieces not fitting where I was forcing them to go lol.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spring....ummmm where?

This was posted on my sisters facebook this morning.....I stole it from her :-) The next few pictures are from the farm today. I went back to our property on the mountain to see if it looked spring like there at all. So silly of me, what was I thinking.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Saying goodbye

Brooklyn's new family, she will have a older sister now :-)
It was the hardest decision we had to make but knew that it would best for her in the long run. She will be with a family who has lots of room for her and will take her camping and to the lake and lots of family and fun times. This makes my heart happy.
My heart was very broken though when I had to say good bye to her this afternoon. I started to cry and just had to leave, thank goodness my husband was able to hold it together long enough to say good bye to the family and see them off.
She has been the most faithful family companion to us for the last 3 1/2 yrs and she as made us laugh and loved us unconditionally.
I know she will have a great rest of her life!
Good bye dear friend!

Friday, March 8, 2013


It seems that if you know me more then just in passing you will understand this statement coming from me....or possibly your misfortune if you don't know me and you get this side of me. I do not nor will I ever, apologize for being this way, or growing into the person I have become who has one.
In fact, I think the world needs more people who have opinions, maybe more things would get done or be accomplished.
This small rant I am about to have is based on my personal experience, I will not be using any real names, so you can all calm down lol. My blood pressure may go up in the writing of this rant, so who knows where it will lead to or trail off too, because I know already when I am passionate about something who knows where it will lead to lol.
I was having a conversation with a friend today, and I must say, I think she is rather smart, because she thinks the same way I do LOL...and we were talking about how it must be in the water here that is making some real "winners". I have never met so many imbeciles in my life in one spot. I in fact think they are making them somewhere on a farm around here....instead of animals, they are producing load of idiots somewhere and sending them out untrained for human functioning, or lack of it.
So you have an idiot, and then you add lazy on top of that along with lack of insight, ambition or common sense and have some of the finest that I have had to deal with in the last few months or more. I was lucky enough to have the ones I had to deal with add "liar" to the list of "talents", and why this would be shocking once again to me I am not sure, clearly I was hoping for the best again lol...silly me.
I don't much have any time for lazy, liars, drug addicts of any type, pity party - poor me - I am the only one whine whine whine people who blame EVERYONE except them selves and don't take any responsibility.
No one is holding a gun to my head when I over eat, I don't blame Save On Foods for making me fat, I BLAME ME!!!! I have no excuses, and cannot point the finger at anyone but myself nor would I have the audacity to try to. However, I am running into all kinds of "special" folk who blame EVERYONE else for their problems, and it's really pissing me off :-)
I have made MANY mistakes in my life, don't get me wrong there, I am NOT perfect in any way shape or form, and I will continue to make mistakes in my life, thank goodness I will learn from them and correct accordingly.
I really wish I could go into the special details of the idiots I have had to deal with, however, since they are still "freshly" moronic I have to wait a bit, or at least until I have moved and can no longer be directly affected by the details of their moronic tactics. Crazy I know, why should I even care really, as I have already given them my opinion so they know exactly what I think, but they keep coming back for more!!!!!!! This is what is blows me away.
Like I said earlier, my friend has the same opinion I do, it's time the world stops codling these idiots and start calling "a spade a spade" "liar a liar" "drug abuser a drug abuser", yes I KNOW they are all humans..bla bla bla....BUT COME ONE...HELP YOUR SELF!!!! and stop making the rest of us pay for their problems, lets make them face them and deal with them just like the rest of us functioning people. And don't tell me I don't know what they are going through, cause I will have NO part of THAT bullshit tactic! If in fact, if that is the road of your opinion.....the...oh you don't know what it's like......then you too should be put in the same special pasture as them! STOP making excuses people.
I just want to send out a special thank you to my friend who has had to listen to me rant about these idiots for the last while, you will know who you are cause you are the ONLY other one that GETS IT. CULL THE HERD!!!!!!