My friend Trent have a Weekly Smile post where he share smiles from the past week, and encourage others to do the same. Get the good energy flowing! There’s so many things to be grateful for, small and big things. I’m going to try to post a Weekly Smile in the beginning of every week….well, it’s Thursday today (I said try..) and not in the beginning of the week anymore. I’m slightly behind schedule with my blogging. I figure better late than never, right?
Blogging is a fun thing for me, and it helps me get my thoughts organized. This week have been good to me. It’s been busy, in a wonderful, productive way at work. I’m a tutor/nanny to two little boys. They are so smart, and they make me smile every day. They are both a couple years from Kindergarten yet, but I bet a weeks salary that they will both read before they start Kindergarten. They soak up the alphabet, new words, and new concepts like little sponges. They are so interested in learning new things. I love discovering their world with them, being there when the light get lit for the first times in their beautiful eyes. That’s my favorite part of my job. Their parents and I, have a similar view when it comes to encouraging little children to be well mannered, kind, and polite, both towards each other, and others. That makes my job even more enjoyable. I’m often exhausted after a day with them. Two active boys can be a handful, but I really enjoy it the majority of the time.
My photo gallery have been profitable this week. Another big reason to smile, since I am striving towards building an increasing, (semi-)passive stream of income from my gallery.
My garden is growing. I’ve had time to finish several books, including the water saving books that I wrote about in my coffee share last weekend.
Tomato, tomatoes, tomatoes. The first photo was taken today, exactly a year ago, next to my cherry tomato plants, in my huge Northern California garden.
My daughter took the second photo (below) today, of my cherry tomato plants that I have now. I planted them in one of my compost bins. Food scraps decomposes really fast in this climate. I ordered some red worms to get a jump start on my compost, and a couple months later I had beautiful compost. I planted these tomatoes right on top of everything. I’ve been adding coffee grounds, on top, on a weekly basis.
Since I now live in the Mojave Desert, container gardening seemed like a good idea. Tomatoes in containers are totally doable, even if the plants are slightly smaller, there’s hundreds of tiny, green tomatoes on the plants. Hopefully there will be a nice harvest within the next month. (I have more plants than the ones pictured.)
What are you growing in your garden? What zone are you in?
I mentioned that I’ve been reading a lot this week. I’m still going through my pile of Lois L’amour books. They are still good, even though I would love the stories to be a little longer. The books always ends to quickly! I’ve been forced to take it much slower than I would like this summer, due to the heat. I’m making the best I can out of the time, and read a lot. Both for fun, and to learn new skills (gardening, homesteading, photography, and work related psychology.) I am enjoying this stillness of summer in its own way.
My daughter is luckily VERY happy to just relax, and be the boss of her own time. I’ve ordered a monthly subscription of crafting material for her. I’m expecting the first box to be here any day. I’m very excited about that. I can’t wait to see her face when she gets it. We’re living a pretty minimalistic lifestyle, and she is not spoiled with material things. She loves crafting, and spends hours every day inventing new things. She needs, and deserves good supplies. This box let you try new mediums every month, and they come with some directions of how the material can be used. I’m convinced that she’s going to love it!
I hope you’re having a fabulous week!