Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring is slower and colder in western Newfoundland (NL) than it is in Nova Scotia (NS). Not by a lot; but when you've gone through a long, cold NL winter, you want spring and you want it NOW! I can walk in sneakers again which is awesome. But I still need a winter coat, hat, scarf and mittens. Baby steps, Sandy. Baby steps.

I've been approved for a community garden plot in the city -- 4' x 14' which is a great size! Last weekend, I started indoor seedlings, hopefully not too late because this is NL.  I planted tomatoes, cukes, green and yellow beans and swiss chard. I'll leave the lettuce and spinach seeds for direct planting. Yesterday I saw my first shoots from the tomatoes and swiss chard. My mouth is watering already and harvest won't be until September. Fresh produce is so expensive here because it has to cross the gulf and be trucked such long distances. It also spoils so quickly once you do buy it. So, I am ever optimistic that I'll be able to subsidize my food budget with homegrown. 

And I've been quite lucky lately with my local Salvation Army purchases. I was able to bring home a new pair of shoes, dress capris and a pretty spring blouse. The brand new strawberry socks are a gift for my middle daughter. I also picked up a few gifts for others: a pizza stone for my BFF (Her hubby makes the best pizza and tops it with honey! OMG!); a pirate puzzle for my grandson, and an aqua candlestick for my baby daughter. And all this was under $20. 

Moving home has brought me so much quiet and alone time; I'm loving it. But I'm also running out of chores to keep me busy while Mother Nature sorts herself out here on The Rock. My spare bedroom has become my "Family Room" as it's the place I've hung all my pictures of the people who are dearest to me. I've not only left behind my NS home and friends, but I've left behind a lifestyle -- one that included loving, caring for and having fun with my international children. So this room provides me with a little NS comfort. (Okay. I admit it. Sometimes I sit and cry in there because my heart aches so. But change is always hard.)
The sun is shining outside my window here at work. It's cold, but each day, the snowbanks are smaller and the run off muddier. Bring on the mud! I'm ready for it!



Your new FAMILY ROOM looks comfy cozy. Congratulations on all the good finds at your local thrift.

Cheapchick said...

Great finds! Thrifting is huge on Vancouver Island, likely due to the fact that so many people here have lived a long time on lower incomes, only the last couple of years have been more fruitful for all of BC. In the winter things are really picked over but in the summer there is more and more goodies to find since people are out doing things and going to garage sales. Our weather has been much colder than usual. Yesterday it got up to plus 15 though with sunshine, so nice so we took Buddy for a longer than usual walk. I container garden as our yard is not really garden friendly and I don't want to commit that much of our land to a garden that I have to take care of. I will be planting the tomatoes in a week or two into the ground. I've grown them from seed before but never had much luck, now I buy a plant at $3 each and get a pretty good harvest. We are spoiled with local produce come summertime though. I hate hate hate having to buy produce from the USA, especially after what they are doing to our lumber/trying to do to our dairy. Much nicer to be able to buy from locals or if not local at least from Canadians.