So today is family day. I think it’s more an excuse to have a long weekend in a month that feels like it will never end despite the fact that it’s the shortest month of the year. Plus, Ottawa is a government town, which means that family day is only family day for those who don’t work for the feds. So this means that you have 3/4 of a family day, or kids have fun with someone while you and your spouse go to work. I don’t think this is fair. Either call it a federal holiday, or don’t bother 😦
That’s my rant for today, you can all go back to reading this without fear that I’m going to blow about something else. Today I am relaxed and mellow. What have I done to put me in such a state you ask? Nada, nothing, zip, zilch. I have sat around and knitted, or soaked in the tub for over a hour with a book- and before you ask, no I didn’t drop my book in the tub, that was last week. I purposely have chosen to do nothing. I have written, my family has not gone hungry and the house is not breeding dust bunnies. How did I accomplish that? I have no idea, it just worked out that way 🙂 don’t you love when crap like that happens!
I’ve come up with an official name for my website/blog when it eventually gets going. I think I’m going to go with Canadian Homesteader. What do you think?
As for garden planning, we have decided to go with the usual and, depending on the cost of food next week, we will get our seeds and soil and get them started. We are going to go with carrots, peas, pole beans, zucchini’s, cukes, tomoatoes, cauliflower( yes we are now aware that we have to fold over the leaves) broccoli (yup, same thing), pumpkins ( pie) and butternut squash. We are also going to try potatoes in a box. My father offered the use of his backyard as some added growing space, and I think we will take advantage of that.
I have been trying to pin down what I want as a floor plan for the future house and what I think our property needs to have. There is a lovely list of WANTS, but what do we NEED? We need a water source and preferably one that is clean and clear ( for obvious reasons). We need trees for building materials and firewood. We need to be on land zoned in order to have animals, which sort of rules out Rural Residential or Recreational properties unless a nice person at the local office gives their ok. We also need to have access to the sun for potential solar use and some game for hunting would also be awesome.
In my future house I need a cooking area, 2 sleeping area’s and a washroom. Hubby is not ok with an outhouse- I am, for the short term ( we’ll see who wins that battle). I also need cold storage, which I am willing to have as a separate underground space or built into the foundation. I have decided that I would like cement floors for their passive solar capabilities and have settled for a shower instead of a tub and I don’t want there to be a lip on the shower, just a drain in case we have mobility issues when we get older.
I also want NO corner cupboards, none. Did I say none? I meant none. I really, really dislike them. I also don’t want upper cupboards either. Not too picky am I! lol I also insist on a main floor bedroom. I do not need a big closet, just a small one ( see I’m easy). I have also been looking at woodstove/ovens. Holly caboodles they’re expensive!!! Still, I think one will do the trick nicely, since I rarely use the oven in the summer, we BBQ. In the winter, I will be able to heat our small place and cook at the same time, which is a win win in my books.
I still haven’t worked out the style yet. I like rustic modern, but I don’t like unfinished, or rough looking rustic. I know that doesn’t make much sense. Let me see if I can clear it up. I like ‘old’ furniture more for its style and functionality. I want it to look like it did when it was made, not distressed or partiatly painted, as that would mess with my need for things to be orderly and I would just take it outside and repaint it so it looks neat. That being said, I love the clean lines of modern 🙂 ahh, they put me in my happy place. Now,on the flip side, I grew up loving the Little House books. I wanted to be Laura. I loved the wooden cabins Pa made and I would love one for myself. You now see my dilemma. Sigh… somehow I will make this work. I am determined to find the way.
In the meantime, I am going to get some story ideas started so that maybe they can get out of my head and leave some space for the revisions that are happening with book #3 so I can finished up book #4.
Enjoy your week!
ps If you needed it, here’s the menu for this week.
Monday- pork tenderloin with cranberry -something jelly on it, riced cauliflower and veg of some kind
Tuesday- pumpkin, squash and black bean soup along with bread- we’re expecting a dumping of snow and the boys will be out cleaning the neighbourhood so need something quick and easy.
Wednesday- Salmon with maple jelly, roasted potatoes and broccoli
Thursday- pasta with homemade sauce
Friday- you should know by now that I don’t menu plan for Friday 🙂
Saturday- kids -likely pizza, but we’re having adult supper with the lovely Fiona and Geoff! so I’ll come up with something extra yummy :). Wine might be involved…hmmm.