Welcome to our weekly coffee date! How are you doing? How is your week? Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!
I started this week on a high from last weekend’s visit to my future homestead, and the Grand Canyon adventure. I’m going to keep using the coffee photo from my future homestead for a while, since that is where I want to be..and I like the photo! The story behind that photo is here. The rest of the photos in this post are my last photos from the Grand Canyon.
Work has mostly consisted of taking care of sick kids this week (=the work week felt long, even though I love those little rascals.) I spent a great deal of my free time digesting last weekend, editing photos, and making plans for the homestead (including researching different water saving gardening methods. There is many inspirational ideas out there.)
The weather is starting to get hot, around, or slightly over 100 every day. During the workdays I’ve been setting my mind on going for a swim in the swimming pool after work. Yesterday was the first day I actually could do it. Around 2pm every day, except yesterday, there’s been a warning on my weather app “Unhealthy air quality.” Doesn’t feel very healthy to go for a swim, if the air you breath is bad for you. I’ve been comparing the weather hear in Las Vegas to the weather at my homestead, it’s been a constant 15-25 degrease cooler at the homestead the whole time, and the air quality has been labeled as “good”. Just perfect. I am very happy about that.
My strategy for the next three months of 100-120+ degrees in Vegas is; to always have good books to read on my bedside table, swim in the pool when possible, eat healthy, blog, do crafts with my daughter, read with my daughter, do journaling with my daughter, teach my daughter some (more) basic baking skills, and learn new skills online (I’m thinking gardening, photo editing, and maybe improve my Spanish.) In short, spending time at home, learning with my daughter, while putting money away for the homestead. Hopefully with some weekend trips to cooler weather. I have a couple book ideas I’m working on, I am sure I will dedicate a lot of time to that as well. For me it helps to have a plan of how to handle things. It makes it easier. I’ve been worried about having to deal with the heat, and been giving that some thought. You know what? I don’t have to spend more time in it than I feel that I’m capable of. I’ve let that thought sink in this week, and I’m just going to say NO to things that doesn’t excite me to do in the heat. I feel like I’m surrounded by people who doesn’t take care of themselves, and pay the price. I’m going to choose differently. One of the things I did in preparation for the summer is to invest in a three months supply of my favorite superfood system. Not cheap, but definitely worth it. If I can’t grow everything I need myself at the moment, I’m definitely rather pay the farmer than the doctor.
I had a little scare yesterday morning when someone accidentally let my German Shepherd out on the street. We live ten minutes from The Strip, in Las Vegas. People drive like crazy here. It was a horrible feeling when I realized that she was out. She took off to the park where we usually spend our mornings, looking for me. (She has never ran away from me.) The park is only a block away. Due to the heat, I couldn’t take the kids there this week. It took me about 15 min to realize what happened. (We live in a HUGE two story house, shared with another family.) I went outside the house and whistled really loud, and waited. It took three long minutes before I saw my dog Gretchen come running around the corner. I’m so grateful for that recall! It’s part of our daily routine to work on long recall. I can highly recommend investing that time if you’re a dog owner.
My little container garden in the backyard is doing great. I’ve sorted out some of the do’s and don’t’s for gardening in the Mojave. For vegetables, raised garden beds, or pots works best. I choose pots since we’re renting. At my homestead I’m going to build permanent raised beds, and a greenhouse. Thick clay pots works better than plastic pots. They retain moisture better, and keep the plants cooler. I did a lot of experimenting this spring, and planted more seeds than I could grow plants myself. I did it on purpose, to see what works here, and to have something to give away to others. I ended up saving four tomato plants, organic, heirloom cherry tomatoes. They are different varieties of cherry tomatoes, and all the plants have tomatoes now. It’s going to be a while before they are ripe. I also have two little fig trees that I planted from cuttings, still small, but growing fast, and very healthy. I have three tiny pomegranate, that grows so slow that I’m thinking about throwing them out. We have two huge pomegranate trees in the backyard (that were already here,) and they have tons of fruit on them. I’m going to have to do a separate garden post this coming week with photos. I can’t wait to have a big garden again! Do you have a garden? What’s growing in your garden?
I hope you’re having a fabulous week!