Just finished rearranging my growing pots.

My white onions were already reaching the grow light, so I had to relocate them to a small stand next to my shelf and give them their own bulb.

Filled the extra space though! I now have a pot for some Regina strawberries & another for some dwarf sunflowers I hope to surprise my spouse with at some point.

I also began my cherry tomatoes in a jiffy pot. If it sprouts, this will need to be replanted, but I'm comfortable with getting some tomatoes a little earlier.

Starting a new book this evening: Sustainable Home Design by Chris Magwood.

It's been a while since I read one that wasn't assigned reading. Not exactly light reading, but should be interesting.

It's part of a series and I noted there's one on Rainwater Harvesting that I may need to tune into next.

Oh what a difference 3 days makes.

Schools are now online until at least 17th. Time to figure out an education plan. Good thing I built the kids a schoolroom.


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Day 2 of 2022.

My spouse and I have now finalized the next steps in transforming our household .

Through 2021, we've gone from having meat twice (or more) daily, to daily, to 6 and then 5 days per week. We've also completely cut beef, and we don't miss it at all.

With the exception for our New Years Day dinner, we're down to 3 days a week. Although we start with pork twice a week, that drops to weekly by midmonth, and will disappear once we finish off whatever we have in the freezer.

In February we go up to 2 fully vegetarian days, three egg, and two meat per week. By June we'll drop to 1 meat, 4 egg, 2 vegetarian. October will see us move to 1 meat, 3 egg, 3 vegetarian.

If all goes well, this should all be habit by 2023 and my spouse and I can discuss further diet shifts.

Harvested my first load of salad greens from my first Aerogarden, which is my first trial balloon at . I've probably double this amount ready to be harvested for two or three more big salads.

Now that I've trimmed back the greens, maybe the hot peppers will have a chance to grow a bit.

I know it isn't , but the new kitten was finally caught snuggling with our older cat. It's too cute not to share.

Harvested my late-planted red potatoes today. From about 8 seeding potatoes to slightly over 2 kg of produce.

Looking forward to roasting a bunch of these up tonight.

I don't care if you call me a bad father for this, but I'll take this 20 minutes of peace and quiet any day.

The flower opened up on my first pumpkin this morning. With any luck, I'll have one ready to turn into pie by Halloween.

Received a surprise package in the mail from 1812 FC. I had basically given up on ever receiving these jerseys, but they were so worth the wait!

I think I like the yellow one the most.

Luna (3 yrs) closely watches as Moon (10 weeks) joins her on the accent chair I recently fixed up. The big continues to get scared by the kitten and runs off. The kitten runs at him full speed, heedless of consequences.

I love my cats, even with my .

My spouse repeatedly says "leave me a couple bananas to make ." Somehow, this always translates to rotten bananas and a forest of fruit flies.

One day I may actually get to taste the banana bread... Maybe.

We've been having issues with in the neighbourhood. They got at my green bin (again) because my toddlers had dumped some pork shops into the bin (meat is a big no-no).

It took 3 hours, but I managed to disassemble an old wooden pallet and built a box for the compost bin. Much like the pallet, the vinyl privacy screen is leftover from a prior project and it makes the box look a little cleaner and more like it's something that belongs.

After taking the photo, I added some 4" hinges on an old door and a latch that had been sitting in my spare parts box for years. Only thing that was new (aside from the screws) was a lock for the latch. Raccoons are smart, so I've no doubt they would have removed the lid for safe snacking. This should keep it shut, and keep the contents from being spread across the yard.

I can't wait to watch the raccoons try to figure this out in the security footage! If they do, I'll have to get more creative.

We repainted our doors a couple years ago, and had half a can of paint leftover. We always figured we could use it for touch ups.

Then we rebuilt the gate to our backyard to make it lighter & more stable. The wood was unpainted & reused from the old garage we tore down, so it wasn't too appealing. Took all summer, but my spouse finally gave me permission to it.

I finally heard the words "you were right, it looks good." Someone needs to mark that on a digital calendar or something...

Our first fall sunflower is now in full bloom. Expecting 4 more over the week with others to follow. Can't wait!

Next year we'll be putting up a gardening box away from the fence, so it'll get a lot more sunlight and these should grow a lot better. Just hope we can get some seeds out of these.

A follow up on this.

After significant debate, we ended up enrolling our eldest in . We switched him from the catholic school board to the public school board, because unlike the catholic board, they don't think they can just pray away.

Also, we weren't feeling comfortable with our money continuing to fund a system that is responsible for the assault, rape, and murder of thousands of children in our country through the residential school system.

To move along a path of , we totalled the 1-year's worth of education taxes we sent to the catholic board, and donated an offsetting amount, plus 30%, to our local indigenous education charity and have setup recurring donations to happen twice a year (National Indigenous Day and my birthday). It doesn't really make up for 127 years of abuse & neglect, but it's something we can afford.

Our kids are enrolled in an age-appropriate online course to learn about culture, and my spouse and I have been taking one ourselves.

We were pretty upset last Spring with the 3-hour sermons our kindergartener had to attend during school that were clearly streamed for a high-school aged demographic.

There's a lot of other reasons for the switch, but those 3 were the biggest.

Unfortunately, this does mean we need to be prepared for more "emergency remote learning" if the Delta variant causes the school to shut down again. We have gone ahead and prepared a homework area. Fingers crossed we don't have to use it too much.

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It's been 20 days since we planted the pumpkins, very late in season, in our repurposed sandbox. Theyve grown a lot since then and have begun to send out some tendrils. If I'm lucky and we don't get hit with an early frost, I might get a pumpkin before Hallowe'en.

Fingers crossed!

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A cat to the left of me, a kitten to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle "achoo!"

Yes, here I am, stuck in rhe middle "achoo!"


Love , hate .

The big black cat is Luna (F, 2 years), the orange & white kitten is Moon (M, 11 weeks). My kids named them both. Fun stuff.

Time for some more news.

I've now harvested & devoured my carrots. They weighed in around 550 g. Looks like, in addition to them being over planted, the soil was compacted. As a result, they were all stubby & intergrown. Despite this, they were some of the tastiest carrots I've ever eaten.

This morning I harvested my 1st tomato. There are 11 more in various stages of ripening. Should get quite a few tomato sandwiches and salads out of these guys.

Sadly, the onions were devoured by . They ate the whole crop.

My potatoes aren't ready yet, and the pumpkins still haven't reached the flowering stage. If I get 1 pumpkin by the end of October, I'll be happy. As for the potatoes, I hope I get quite a few. We eat potatoes like crazy in this house.

Kids are far too big to play in the sandbox anymore. Perfect time for some .

I now have a (relatively shallow) planter that should work well for lettuce & the like next year.

Definitely big enough for what we're looking to do for now. Looking forward to some more .

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