A little calm in a crazy world

Been a bit crazy these past few months with this new normal and I realized I find gardening extremely therapeutic. There’s a bit of joy seeing things grow each day, helping me to realize the wonders of creation. Reaping some of the harvest for a first year gardener isn’t bad either! Tomatoes, beans, peas – they’re all coming in! Learning which variety we enjoy and also learning ways to improve for the next year too.

I’ve also learned over time that it is OK to adjust, and even ripping things out (like snap peas that didn’t survive the heat).

Somethings to plan for, for next season:

  • Rattlesnake pole beans – I love these guys and putting them on the wheeled planters allow me to use the beans as shade too!
  • Snap peas – they do not like heat! Mid-July is harvest time.

Additional things I have learned:

  • Making sure there’s a backup plan for a replacement crop when one fails. But at the same time, it’s difficult since if it does NOT fail, then now I need additional space for the backup set of crop. Dilemmas of a first year gardener!

Side note: Bunnies love strawberry leaves! I had to really make a life decision here: do I allow this little guy to keep eating or not. Good thing he didn’t chomp down on the entire plant cuz I would have been really sad

Blueberry Muffins (TL;DR)

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

1/3 cup (80 ml) oil;
1 large egg
1/3 – 1/2 cup (80 ml – 120 ml) X milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries

  • OVEN & MUFFIN CUPS: Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add: 1 ½ cups of flour, ¾ cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt in a large bowl. Quick fork mix

Add 1/3 oil to jug that holds at least 1 cup. Add 1 egg then fill the jug to the 1-cup line with milk (1/3 to 1/2 cup milk). Add 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla and use fork to combine.

Add mixture to the bowl, use a fork to combine. Do not over mix. Throw in the blueberries.

To thick, add milk. To thin, add flour.

  • BAKE

Scoop into muffin cups. Don’t past the paper tops to avoid a mess.

Bake muffins 15 to 20 minutes . 22ish for 8 muffin in. Criteria: Until tops are no longer wet and a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out with crumbs, not wet batter. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Credit to the original recipe: https://www.inspiredtaste.net/18982/our-favorite-easy-blueberry-muffin-recipe/

Free from distraction

One of the main reasons why people (myself included) don’t get much done sometimes can be attributed to the many distractions we have. I wake up silencing my phone alarm and almost immediately, I’m inclined to check my email. Not that I’m “that” important, but it’s become habit. I have developed a bad habit of habitually checking email throughout the day, regardless if I’m expecting something or not.

In an effort to combat this bad habit, on the advice of my current book, I’ve decided to limit myself from checking email. I cannot totally remove myself from email since I do have to work the daily 9-5, but I have moved the mail apps on my phone into a folder and onto a separate screen. Replacing the mail app on the “dock” is my PDF notetaker, which is also what I use to read PDF copies of books. This way, when my muscle habit kicks in and “automatically” picks up the phone, I’m forced to read something – but not email. I’m hoping that this will help free myself of distraction, with the goal of getting more done. I’ll keep you posted on progress!

New ‘day’ resolutions?

With the passing of each year and even each day, we all find ourselves making resolutions. Goals that we all set as another marker in time passes. Either it’s working out (which seems to be the most common) or building stronger relationships with your family and friends, having goals gives us something to work toward. And for that reason, I’m segmenting 2020 into small pieces called months.

For 2020-JAN, I have resolved to read. You heard that right! Throughout 2019, I’ve been “reading”, but not focused reading. Not reading books, but rather magazines with short word counts. While this was fine and dandy, I feel like it has conditioned me to have a shorter attention span. Thus, the focus now is reading. Reading a book a month.

Wait. Maybe not a book a month. Maybe half a book. Or maybe a quarter of a book. Who knows. But the idea is not the quantity, but the quality of reading and developing the skill of reading. Any suggestion an the first book?