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Ending and Beginning

So, it is the start of the new year… and as always, let’s start off by reviewing the “2011 Things I Want to do List”

1. Learn to spin my own yarn. (Nope… BUT my husband did!!! This plan has totally shifted and my husbands new found interest in spinning has made me want to leave this up to him. He is quite good at it, and I reap the benefits of hubby made handspun!)

2. Read all of the Charles De Lint  Newford series. (Nope, books were all still in boxes until November. )

3. Do more hiking.  We hiked our asses off starting in February!

4. Buy our dream house. We moved into our first home 10th, 2011! Huge, life altering amazing thing.

5. Not let the actions of others control my happiness. I worked pretty hard at this this year and I feel I made a lot of progress.

6. Can serious amounts of food from our own garden/further develop my canning skills. (Nope, but, we did not get our garden space until October so, I think it is understandable.

7. Knit a pair of socks. YES! Socks, done! See them HERE.

8. Get back into Bikram, twice a week minimum/get in shape. (Partial completion. I did a 40-day Bikram challenge and gave it my all last spring. Am I “in shape”? No. )

9. Adopt an animal from NWT SPCA. (inspired by Nicholle <3) (Sadly, no : (

10. Spend as much quality time as possible with my husband. We had an amazing year, and in particular the summer so packed full on one-on-one outdoor activities and we really got to spend a lot of quality time together.

Usually this is the part where I make my list for 2012. This year, I am not making one. I am not making one because it would be 100 things long. I have things I want to do coming out of my ears! This year I am just going to take everything as it comes and try to do as much that I want, as much as I am able.

That being said, this will be my last blog on Everyday Is Waiting for Halloween.

But it’s because my husband and I are starting a blog together, which will hopefully launch March 1, 2011. The blog will have many components, it will have much more informative and purposeful posts then this one does and hopefully people will actually want to read it.

Our new blog is called Building A Frog (I will insert a link when it launches.) Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • DIY projects
  • First house advice and questions
  • Knitting
  • Canning
  • Gardening
  • Home repair
  • Money saving ideas
  • Upcycling
  • Composting
  • Landscaping
  • Cooking
  • Thrifting
  • Baking
  • Recipes
  • Homesteading
  • Fishing
  • Sustainability
  • and our general ramblings and banter.

We hope to have guest posting from a variety of people who have some great information to share as well as some local focus and information. This si a new and exciting venture for us and we hope you will check it out once it it up.

Since I never did get around to doing a post on our new house, I am going to end off the blog with a picture of it.

Our little house on 1.04 acres of all ours.

Thanks to everyone who ever bothered to poke around in these rambling examples of my lifes goings on. It was fun : )

– Christie

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A hiking we will go!

Not much going on right now, just the same ol’ same ol’. We have had some great hiking days and some time at the cottage, but we are really looking forward to next month when the camping craze will begin.

We has a GREAT time hiking at Charleston Lake Provincial Park a few weeks ago and scouted out the yurts and the camp sites… and of course went right home and booked a few nights. We now have 2 camping trips planned for June. YAY!!!!

Anyways, here are a few pictures from our hike:

We have had a very wet Spring. All the lakes are high and there is running water everywhere.

 

All this rain means lots of beautiful green things are sprouting up.

 

Phill loves raptors. He was very excited to find this hawk feather on our hike. We also saw 3 Golden Eagles hunting low on some updrafts that day. Very cool.

 

There are a lot of really amazing geological formations in this park.

 

The beavers must have gone for a coffee break : )

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The Little Things: Summer To-Do List

Trillium, Ontario's provincial flower, are currently blanketing the forest floors. Reason enough, to get out and hike! I took this last week at Lemoine Point Conservation Area. Click to see better detail : )

I am so excited about our growing, Summer to-Do List! Phill and I both love the outdoors, hiking, camping and nature. Now that we are living back in Kingston, we have an ever growing list of things we want to do in and around the area. I grew up here, and there are lots of places I want to re-visit with my husband, as well as lots of things I never did. Sometimes when you are from a place, you see less of it then you mean to. Here is our list as it stands right now:

  • Camping, camping, camping!!! (always the top item on our list.)
  • Yurt camping at Charleston Lake Provincial Park. (We are going to check the yurts out this week when we are hiking at the park.)
  • Spelunking at the Warsaw Caves. (I did this in Grade 8 and have always wanted to go back.)
  • Day trip to Sandbanks Provincial Park  (beach and swimming on a  hot day.)
  • Upper Canada Village. (We will be there on June 10th, Phill’s birthday, for the Medieval Festival.)
  • Boldt Castle (one of my most favourite places on earth. We took Phill’s parents here last year two years ago,wow, but we have never been there just the two of us. Romantic picnic day?)
  • Phill would like to take a kayaking course. (I’d love to do this with him but I have a fear of small boats.)
  • Hiking, hiking, hiking (We started our hiking for the year in February, but we are up for plenty more. There are so many great trails in our area.)
  • Cycling (I admit it is my fault we don’t do this as much as we could. I am a wimp when it comes the bike riding.)

We have our weeks filling up already. I am looking so forward to it. Something else I also love about our list is that we have a strict rain or shine policy about it. For instance we are going to Charleston Lake on Tuesday to hike and check out the yurts, and there is a rainfall warning. Wellies and ponchos it is! (Often we like doing things even better when it rains because there are less people around!) Expect lots of pictures of our summer adventures as the weeks go on : )

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