Friday, July 17, 2009

Sowing, Sowing, Sown

I planted the last of my garden yesterday – finally. I know, mid-July seems a bit late to be planting a garden – and it is :P The weather has just been working against me lately. Every afternoon that I happen to be home, it’s either been rainy or way too sunny, or cold, or hot, never the perfect day. Then, the days it actually was pretty nice outside happened to be days when I felt like doing nothing LESS than toiling in the dirt with the red ants (I encountered TWO large egg mounds today, ewwwuuughhh!).

The weather wasn’t exactly perfect today, either. Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful. Sunny, hot, it just stayed sunny and hot for a tad longer than I would have liked, so my poorly sun and wind-hardened pepper plants and single spindly tomato plant got about a half hour to an hour more sun than I wanted them to. I think they’ll survive though. Hopefully. I just figured what have I got to lose? The tomato plants were a good foot+ and flowering by the time I actually got them out there, and the tomato plant at least 2 ½ ft (LOL!) and hey - the weather ain’t cooling down anytime soon!

Anyway, I put out 5 pepper plants (I forgot how many are red and how many green) and 1 tomato plant. I already have 3 zucchini seedlings out there, 2 spring onions and half a row of mixed salad greens, and everything is looking good so far. I’m pretty excited about it! This is my first ever attempt at growing anything (excluding early this spring when I planted a tomato plant and 2 zucchini plants that died almost IMMEDIATELY). I haven’t actually been out there to check on them this morning but I’m just praying they’re holding in there and not wilted and shocked by the sudden wind and sun exposure after months indoors… oh well, I’ll find out in a few minutes. At least now the constant cloud looming over my head (“the plants are still inside. When am I going to plant those plants? They’re still inside. It’s been so long…”) is finally cleared and I can get on to my next project: Learning how to sew! (and learning how to properly harvest this little garden I’ve sown – most likely as I go.)

Will add a picture of the garden if it’s still alive when I go out there.

Sidenote: I’d love to make time to do some reading today (hopefully putting it into writing will help it happen :P)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jess(ica): Past, present and future.

What this blog really should be called is “Diary of an Aspiring Woman, Wife, Mother, Vegan, backyard gardener extraordinaire, expert quilter/knitter/sewer, charming hostess, gourmet chef, professional multi-tasker, neat-freak & overall organized and together person” but I thought the term “Domestic Goddess” would sum it all up in a more stylish way and without losing readers half-way through.

About me:

I’m 20 years old (21 in 6 days)

I have lived in rural Ontario, Canada with my father since February, with our 4-month-old German Shepherd, Layla, who has become my joy and practice baby :P

I have a wonderful boyfriend/Fiance (there’s no ring , yet) named Dan, who is a marvelously competent and bearded man about to graduate college as a computer engineer (I’m so proud of him and so anxious to start our lives together!)

I have recently (at least a few months) decided to become completely vegetarian and am yearning to make the transition to full-blown veganism as soon as possible. I’ve found that I just can’t justify eating or using products made from animals, especially when some of the animals we exploit most frequently (cows, pigs) are arguably MORE intelligent than my precious puppy whom I love so much. That just doesn’t make sense to me. Besides, I’ve always struggled with the logic behind eating animal flesh, birds’ eggs and other creatures’ milk… anyhow, I’m sure I’ll approach this subject at a later date :P

As of recent, a lot of changes and a lot of “firsts” have taken place in my life. First time living anywhere near the country let alone smack-dab IN it. First puppy. The switch from aspiring vegetarian to budding veganista, and finally the transition between future-office-working-business-woman to wannabe traditional cake-baking, floor-scrubbing housewife. All in all it’s been an eventful few months, so I figured what better way to document my metamorphoses from frivolous, absent-minded 20-yr-old to, well, frivolous, absent minded 21-yr-old with a slightly better idea of what she wants out of life.

Well, I think this is more than enough information for a first blog, not that I’d know I guess, I’ve never actually blogged before, but I have recently become an avid reader of various “Stay-at-home-mom”, vegan, and Simple Living blogs, so, I mean, I’m basically an expert :P

Until next time!