Anyone remember how my word for the year was “abundant” well, I’ve got it. Full force. Here’s what’s up at our house! I’ve taken to walking, a lot. Just trying to be more active, and get out with friends. Princess P had somehow talked Grandpa into her pushing the stroller when they went on walks over Christmas break. She thought she could talk me into it too, and yes- – she whined enough, she did get to push it the last couple of blocks home. On a totally unrelated note, I love little people in jeans. Just so you know. 🙂
I’m living an abundant life with my garden. I got cancelled my 2 shifts this week (one more I could maybe work tomorrow). I’ve taken that time to really get it in. We have 4 4X8 boxes, and then a couple other smaller sections. It’s pretty exciting. I had wanted to do raised boxes, just because I hear it saves a lot of headache with it, but after going to the store and pricing them out, we decided it wasn’t doable. It’s almost 100 bucks/box, not including all the filling materials, plus our drip system. I decided I could do a similar pattern in the ground, so I bought the pavers and I just did those on the sides of my “boxes” so I’d have a place to be when I was working in the garden. I really like how it turned out. I did cover one of the areas with ground cloth because we’re mostly just putting tomatoes in there. It just leaves less room to weed around the tomatoes (1 tomato takes up 4 squares in a square foot garden, so it just made sense to me). I felt some sort of real urgency to get this in, not sure why I sure would’ve rather watched a marathon of Teen Mom but I’m glad it’s done. OH, I do fill them with better dirt. I raked off the topsoil from the whole area, and then I added my own rendition of “mel’s mix” using 1 bag of vermiculite over the whole thing. About 3 bags of peat moss between all of them, and then each “rectangle” got a bag of compost and some got some manure too. Yum, yum. It worked really well with my first try (you can see the plants in the foreground above). Here’s some other views of it.
And finally, WW is going alright. I sometimes am STARVING and I’m not sure what to eat (because I also like to stick to whole foods instead of preservatives) so I made up these oatmeal packets. it’s 1/2 C of quick-cook oats, and about 1/2 tsp of milk powder (to make it a little extra creamy) and 1T of brown sugar. This whole thing is 4 points, and sometimes I add some fruit. I like it a lot, and it’s filling, and lasts me for a while. I want to always try and have some of these on hand.
Plus, I’m starting a little ABC school for P and her friends (anyone else remember when I SWORE I would never do that again!), heading up the school carnival and starting up girls night, oh and Drew’s birthday is this weekend. It’s abundant, and it’s all mine. 🙂 Happy weekend everyone!