For the last four years, I have been working hard to get through all of the books I own. As a reader, I fall victim to the allure of new books and it’s easy to buy them faster than they can be read. This year, my shelf went through a good purge, where I removed a number of books I had lost interest in. It would have been nice to have read those books but at some point, you have to admit that the books that have been sitting there for 10 years are no longer what you want to read. It’s time for aRead More →

The second last month of 2022 has arrived and it’s hard to believe that the year is nearly over. While the impending new year may not be on many minds, it is on mine. However, we first need to get through the next two months. November is no different than any other month when it comes to goal setting. It’s another 30 days worth of getting stuff done. However, the one difference will be the number of goals this month, which is greatly reduced. This will be a relaxing month for the most part. Before we get into my November 2022 goals I’d like toRead More →

Another month of reading has come to an end. Each month I set out to read a number of books to help reduce my TBR. Some months I read very few books. While others I get through a surprising number. I had expected October to be light on reading, as I knew it would be a fairly busy month, yet I managed to get through more books than expected. This was a nice surprise but also meant I was reading a lot of enjoyable books, as once I pick those up I tend to have a hard time putting them down. With each month thatRead More →

Bokksu has quickly become my favorite subscription service and I always look forward to the latest Bokksu each month. Bokksu is a monthly subscription service that sends a box filled with traditional Japanese snacks. Every month focuses on a different theme and highlights various regions and snack makers throughout Japan. Some of these businesses have been running for over 100 years! The theme of the November 2022 Bokksu is Autumn Kouyou. Kouyou is the shift into autumn colors on the trees, a sign that autumn has arrived. With it, comes the seasonal autumn snacks. Want to try Bokksu? Use my referral link to get $15Read More →

It’s hard to believe that it’s already October. We are now firmly in the final months of the year. The weather has been rapidly changing here, with cold nights and chilly days ahead. October is our opportunity to get the final few outdoor projects done before it becomes too cold or snowy to easily work outside. Because of this, it will be a very busy month and my goals will reflect that. This is one of the reasons why I change my goals on a monthly basis. What works for me in June may not work in October. Keeping this in mind and knowing IRead More →

September was a strange reading month. It started off strong, getting through 4 books in the first week. After that, I found myself with less and less time to dive into my books. Of course, September was a pretty busy month, so this isn’t surprising. In the second half of the month, I didn’t even touch a book. While my goal had been to read 10 books this month, I didn’t quite get to reaching that. Even so, I did put a small dent into my still fairly large TBR. My September 2022 reading wrap-up covers the books I read during the month and whatRead More →

September has come and come and that means it’s the end of the gardening season in Northern Ontario. This year has been a strange one for the garden, as the weather has been all over the place and an invasion of pests created even more problems. Even so, there were successes to be found. As the weather cools, the final bits of gardening happen and then the focus shifts to cleaning things up and preparing the area for next year. There’s not much to see in the September 2022 garden, but it does give an opportunity to evaluate how things went over the course ofRead More →

Every month, I look forward to the arrival of my Bokksu subscription. This monthly box is filled with traditional Japanese snacks from snack makers that have been around for nearly 100 years. Each month highlights a different theme, area of Japan, or flavor. The October 2022 Bokksu theme is Otsukimi Harvest.  Otsukimi is the moon-viewing festival when people gather to show their thankfulness for a good harvest this year and hope for one next year. This box is filled with flavors of autumn and focuses on black and yellow snacks to signify the night sky and the moon. Want to try Bokksu? Use my referralRead More →

Can you believe it’s already September? Time sure is flying by, but that happens a lot. One month blends into another and before you know it, the end of the year is fast approaching. September is a month of seasonal change, as we shift from summer to autumn, which creates a decent-sized to-do list but also brings the beauty of fall as the tree leaves begin to change. However, one thing that doesn’t change is my desire to keep creating goals each month and do my best to accomplish all of them. Before we get to my September 2022 goals, let’s take a moment toRead More →

Every month is an opportunity to explore new worlds and learn something new through reading. With an enormous TBR to choose from, I have an almost never-ending supply of books to choose from. I always make sure to set aside time every month to read, picking up a book almost every day. I found a lot of time to delve into reading in August, allowing me to get through quite a few books. Reading a number of different genres also helps me read a ton, as I rarely get tired of reading because I am always reading something different. This August 2022 reading wrap-up goesRead More →