July was a fantastic month when it comes to reading, I had planned to set aside more time for enjoying my books this month and it paid off well. Reading is by far one of my favorite ways to spend my free time. It’s a great way to be entertained or even learn something new. Each book I read helps me get one step closer to reducing my large TBR into something much more manageable. As with most months, I managed to get through a number of genres over the course of the month, which allows me to truly enjoy a wide variety of stories.Read More →

July is the month when the garden starts to truly take off. Everything has been planted by now and the plants are working hard to establish themselves. The month has been a fairly good one for the garden. The weather started out on the warm side, however, it quickly reverted back to the usual cool weather. It’s a good thing I focus a lot of my growing effort on cool-weather crops. However, these cooler temperatures are not ideal for tomatoes and peppers. There was also quite a bit of rain over the month, which is generally a good thing, however, it certainly helped the weedsRead More →

Every month, I look forward to the arrival of my Bokksu subscription box. Bokksu is a monthly subscription that brings traditional Japanese snacks to your door. Each month highlights a different theme along with different areas of Japan. Some of the companies contributing to Bokksu have been around for 100 years. The theme of the August 2022 Bokksu is Onsen Vacation. Onsen are popular destinations for Japanese and tourists alike. This month’s box highlights popular Japanese snacks many enjoy during summer vacation and onsen visits. Want to try Bokksu? Use my referral link to get $15 off your first order. August 2022 Bokksu – OnsenRead More →

It’s hard to believe it is already July. June went by in the blink of an eye. July means we are solidly into the summer and that means plenty of gardening to fill my time with. Not only that, but it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors for other reasons. Though much of my time will be spent enjoying the outdoors and working on my garden, I will be continuing with my usual task of setting some goals for the month. Doing this will ensure that I stay on track for getting important stuff done while also working towards some of myRead More →

June came and went in a flash. Despite the fast passing of the month, and how busy I was, I still managed to find a good chunk of time to read quite a few books. My goal was to get through at least 5 books in June, doing so would help reduce my large TBR. In the last few years, I have managed to shrink my TBR quite a bit. As with most months, I did read a mix of genres, though a big chunk of this month’s reading was manga, mostly because they are quick to read and I didn’t have a ton ofRead More →

The garden season has officially arrived in Northern Ontario and I am super excited. While I did start many plants ahead of time, planting as early as late March. Doing this, allows me to plant good-sized seedlings as soon as the threat of frost has passed – which is generally mid-June. Several plants will also be directly sown during the month, as they don’t need that head start. Now that June has come and gone, it’s time to share how the June 2022 garden is looking and what changes were made this year. This year has a lot of new features to the garden. ARead More →

Bokksu has become a highly of my monthly experience. Every month, a themed box of traditional Japanese snacks comes to my door. Some of these companies have been around for nearly 100 years and help to showcase snacks that are not readily available elsewhere. Along with a change of theme, the flavors, textures, and areas of Japan highlighted in each box are different. Some months focus on a particular item, such as the Mochi Madness box, whereas others highlight specific flavors like the Midori Moments – which heavily focused on matcha. The theme of the July 2022 Bokksu is Manatsu Fruits. Manatsu means midsummer inRead More →

The year has been flying by and we are already in June. Even this month seems to have slipped by faster than usual. Even though the month is quickly approaching the end, it’s not too late to set a few goals for the month. Honestly, these goals were planned out before June even started, however, the chaos quickly hit and I was struggling to find time to sit down and actually write them down. Like with the previous months, I do my best to create a list of monthly goals that will keep me busy throughout the month while also allowing for some fun andRead More →

May was a lighter month of reading. I had grand intentions of getting a ton of reading done, but then other tasks ate up much of my time. Even so, I did get the squeeze in some time here and there to pick up a book. While I would have liked to have read a bit more, getting through even a bit of my TBR is always nice. Reading is one of my favorite ways to spend time and with each month that passes, I am steadily working on reducing what was once a massive TBR into something a bit more manageable. The May 2022Read More →

There is something exciting about getting a box full of snacks every month. Bokksu is a monthly subscription service that brings traditional Japanese snacks to your door. Each month has a different theme and highlights flavors from different areas of Japan. I have been enjoying Bokksu for more than 2 years and always look forward to when it arrives each month. The theme of the June 2022 Bokksu is Midori Moments. Midori means green in Japanese and nearly all of these snacks are green or flavored by a green item, mainly matcha. I have tried a number of matcha-flavored items in the past and forRead More →