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 →

August is practically over and that means we are nearly in the final month of the garden season. This is the month when the true potential of the garden can be seen, as the plants will reach maturity and even begin to produce a bit. This month has been a struggle for the garden. We’ve had a mix of cool and hot weather, along with bought of dry weather and days upon days of heavy rain. Pests have been a major issue in the garden this month as well, something I don’t normally see until September as things wind down. Despite all this, I amRead More →

The year has truly been flying by. It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through August and that means we are quickly approaching the end of the year. Though it may not feel like it, it’s time to start thinking about winter and getting ready for the colder months ahead. I know, it’s still summer but fall comes and goes quickly where I live, so winter is already on my mind. August is always a bit of a hectic month because of that. Even so, I want to do my best to keep a good list of goals to work on over theRead More →

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 →