Donk the Honks with Bonks of Honky, Honky-Honky Honk Honk-Honk, Honk-Honk, Honk, Honk

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It was my favourite kind of winter day out. When the air is just cold enough for a light bit of snow, blanketing the trees and making the air so still and quiet. There was supposed to be a snow storm today, or as CB’s Nan would put it, we were supposed to “get some dirt.” The snow is starting up now, but this afternoon all we saw was some dainty snowflakes flitting about. The weather so mild I wandered around in my t-shirt to take some pictures.

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The house looked very cute when I went trudging out to throw some food out for the fox so I came back out again with the camera.

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Checked in on the old cast iron tub out back of Joan’s house. It was tempting to crawl into that big fluffy pile of snow. It hasn’t felt like Christmas to me yet, but it did this afternoon taking pictures, everything all red, white and green.

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Last of the lonely golden apples gathering snow on the tree.

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One of my favourite things to see every day when I come home from work, CB’s wood pile. Makes me feel warm just looking at it.

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Little pink birdhouse on the birch tree. No birdies inside.

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Schweep Schweep

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Some old bricks and CB’s neglected hammer

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An old bottle and my neglected apples

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Angelica dries out into these lovely starry wands that would be nice in a christmas tree if you spray painted them silver or gold.

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Old fireplace grills leaning up against the back of Joan’s house.

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Merry Christmas !

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Wild Berry Princess

Good evening, CHUMPS!

I kid, you’re not chumps. You’re ok in my book, pals! You’re a squirt of A1 sauce on the medium rare steak of my life! Im pretty tired… and we had steak for dinner, so.. topical..

uHMmmm.. so yeah. Stuff.. Yeah.. Well, Ive been taking the dog for lots of walks. Sometimes on these walks I see cool things and stop to take mostly-blurry pictures of them with my phone while Sweet Pea impatiently stomps her feed beside me and/or pees on the thing Im trying to photograph…

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No pee on these! Just rainy dew drops! Some pretty little wild strawberries. They were so brightly coloured that my phone had a hard time registering the berry.

WILD BERRY!! *guitar solo*

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So. Cute. AND delicious. Sweet and sour, like a tiny little strawberry punch in the tongue. Sweet Peas favourite food is, well, dog food, but her second favourite food is strawberries. When I buy them she is allowed one special perfect berry, which she covets. Its not that Im greedy and dont want to share, its just that more than one and she gets Surprise Strawberry Squirts in the hallway. SO, when we found strawberries just laying on the ground her little doggy mind was blown.

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Look at these nice irises. These are wild Irises called Blue Flags, and they grow all over the East Coast. They are complex and brightly coloured and seem like they are dressed way too fancy for the dinner party with the rest of the weeds.

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Lupins in the warm glow of a sunset is my preferred view of life. If I could just paste this picture to the inside of my eyelids and see it whenever I blinked.

OH I FORGOT TO TELL YOU. Last week, I was walking by the pond here, by these lupins but on the other side, and there was a loon swimming around. And then, a bald eagle took off from the shore beside it, sailed over the loon, over me, and to the ocean. It was the most majestic thing I have ever witnessed.

+5 Majesty Points

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Sometimes instead of turning left out of our driveway for our walk, Sweet Pea go CRAZY and turn right to walk down to the little beach. One time Sweet Pea pooped on the beach and I picked it up into the biodegradable doggy poop bags I bought. But holding a bag of hot poop was hampering my artistic style while trying to take inspiring shots of the ocean, so I chucked it into said ocean. I was like.. its biodegradable, it will just disintegrate, its not really littering. But then it just bobbed around there on the surface of the water. It was just me, and Sweet Pea, and an accusatory bag of poop alone on the beach at sunset. And I felt like the worst human garbage. My 7 year old self, who was a member of the Environment Team anti-littering squad at my elementary school, was shocked and appalled. Wow, that feels good to get off my chest. Why is my 7 year old self being so judgemental anyway, I know what she did with all those boogers when she thought no one was looking. YOU’RE NOT BETTER THAN ME, INNOCENT CHILD SELF!

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Anyway, check this out. Kinda pleasent, no? Very pretty. Much nice. Totally worth ruining the ocean for.

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This is Sweet Pea refusing to smile for the camera. She is the worst model.

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So it’s Canada Day long weekend! Usually that means nothing to me because we always just work. Work work. Work. But not so much work now! Well, we worked, but AFTER work we had enough chutzpah left to drive out to the beach in the dark of night and light off some fireworks!! My budget was $50, which got me 6 fireworks. One was called Purple Passion and had kisses all over the dynamite tube. We planted them in the sand and one at a time fired them off into one, giant flowering explosion. It lasted about 45 seconds, but it was a wonderful 45 seconds. Sometimes thats all you need, is just a few minutes in a week to do the one thing you want to do. It was beautiful. Then we drove home and I made midnight chili cheese hotdogs. YEEEAHHH!

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I take it back, she is a *Super Model*

Gull Cove Road

Hola mis pequeños frijoles! A poem:

Spicy, spicy

BEANS BEANS

Picante!

Inspired by you. And this warm spicy weather we are having. Its well over 10 degrees every day! I have maybe a tan on my left arm. Although I think it went straight from “a whiter shade of pale” to “discount brand turkey bacon red.” BUT I also discovered my long lost friend; freckles. I missed them so mush. I accidentally typed mush there instead of much but Im just going to go with it because backsapcing is way too much work. I’ll leave that one too.. okay I best start correcting my typos now or this blog is just going to be totally unreadable garbage as opposed to the mostly unreadable garbage it usually is. Also all the wavy red lines all over the place as I’m typing is really distracting.

I digress.

I guess I do anyway. Not 100% on the meaning and usage of that word. As I type this Im sitting in one corner of the bedroom having a nice sunday morning tea, watching CB and Sweet Pea cuddle in bed being super super cute. I’ve come to terms with the fact she doesn’t love me The Most, because watching her love CB The Most is like the best thing in my whole life so far. Probably not even exaggerating. It makes my grinch heart grow three sizes each day.

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Anyway! Check out these cool rocks! Last weekend CB, Sweet Pea and I went for a walk out past Gull Cove Road. If you drive down through the Gabarus village and turn right down Gull Cove it takes you down a shady dirt road. At the end of the road is a cemetery from the late 1800’s. There’s a path there that leads down through the forest supposedly to an abandoned fishing village from long ago. Its been my life long dream for the last month to go see it. I pictured houses full of pirate booty, and cool stuff that I can steal photograph. So we finally went!

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Sweet Pea was in maximum Dog Mode. You would not believe she was 13 to watch her bomb through the woods, somersaulting around, leaping over creeks. She is amazing. She had a blast. It was a beautiful walk, and a gorgeous warm spring day with so much sun. This is a secret beach we found. We made a mental note to come back and maybe do some camping here sometime in the summer when the black flies aren’t too bad.
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We walked for over an hour without seeing any signs of a cool 19th century fishing village before we figured we should turn around. I was an IDIOT and didnt pack snack or anything, so we were pretty unprepared for a 2 hour hike through the woods. We started eyeing up puddles thirstily and getting jealous at Sweet Pea for being able to lap up the delicious spring water without dying of dysentery. Dogs are a superior species. We are too delicate.

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We found evidence of coyotes, which I snapped a picture of, but after looking at it decided it was maybe not blog material. I will spare you. I will just say, it was poop. And you could tell it’s diet consisted mostly of fluffy white bunnies….

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Someone is taking care of this trail and there was a nice clear path through the woods. However, it’s spring, so the nice clear path turned into a nice clear river in most spots. Our walk turned into a creek walk. It was so nice!

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In the puddles that get sun most of the time we found bundles of frogs eggs! At sundown you can hear their moms and dads chirping away. Its the nicest sound in the universe.

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In the spots that didnt get sunlight there was still beautiful patterns of ice on top. It was very satisfying to crunch through the icy layer into the mud below.

Crack, plomp, squelch.

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This is a terrifying “bridge” over the bog into the forest. None of those are nailed down. CB and I are going to come back again with a drill and some long screws and secure them. It was fun going across.

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This is a particularly lovely marshy bit before it turns completely into a lake. You can see just on the horizon the breakwater of stones that separates the lake from the ocean.

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Bridges dont last very long here by the looks of it. It was nice to have though, this area would have been impassable. Maybe one day we will bring Blairs canoe out here and paddle around like a couple of fancy adventurereers.

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Another bit of beach. As the waves came into the shore it would hit and then pull piles of rocks back with it, rolling them against each other into the water, only to push them back in again. It sounded like thunder cracking and rolling across the sky and for a second we thought it was. So nice!

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Sweet pea is in most of the pictures as a golden blur in one corner. Here she is stopping to smell something so you can actually make out her shape! She got so so dirty she is probably completely camouflaged in the last pics. She was just solid mud from belly down, she just did not give a shit. Nothing stopped her. She was a wild wolf, out in the woods. I was so damn proud. After the walk she let us spray her down with the hose outside, which I thought was particularly brave because that water was so cold. What a goddamn champion, my little Sweet Pea.

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A bit of sun beaming down onto a nice soft spot of moss. At the start of the walk I was proclaiming my desire to live in Olden Times where we could walk around all day eating bits of jerky and bread and cheese. Like Xena and Gabriel! Or Frodo and Sam. By the end of it I just wanted to have a snooze on this moss. It was like a lush green carpet… so inviting.. but we made it home. Next time out, we will make it to the village. I’ll pack snacks.

“Folly On, Folly On”

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Yo yo yo

Some coffee, some omelettes, some pretty trees, and some news!

CB and I are going to move to Cape Breton in November!!

This island is one of the most gorgeous places on the entirety of planet Earth, but after two and a half years it’s about time to move on. We will miss so many things, so much. We made some really, really good friends here, who I hope keep me in their life because I want to keep them. In a little box, in the attic, forever. Nice and safe.. nice and safe.. my precious……. But if you know us, you know we suffer from a chronic case of itchy feet. I’m not just talking about the fungus, Im talking about the push for new stuff to see and do. It feels sad, but also really deep down good, to think about the next thing. Exciting! Fresh! Bold New Flavours! This is sounding like a Juicy Fruit commercial..

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Today we got up and made some breakfast, drank copious amounts of coffee, and talked about the future. It was nice. LOOK AT THAT BREAKFAST! Damn. Then we went out for a wee walk. It was chilly, but with no wind and lots of sun so very pleasent. I took pictures of mushrooms, as I do.

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So pretty, the sunshine on the super green moss and blue-white snow. Little mushrooms poking out.

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Crunchy crunchy ice.

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Spikey moss

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Peeking through the trees at the pond

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Frosty grass, the pond is covered in thin patterns of ice like glass. CB through rocks on it, and they cracked through like a spoon through creme brulee. So satisfying..

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Pretty red leaves and black berries

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Birchy birches

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These mushrooms looked so beautiful in the snow

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Thats the end of the walk. I was going to tell you more about our plans but I think i should probably stop watching this Richard Pryor documentary and get in the shower, get ready for work. Alright alright here I go. SEE YA!

Snow Boos

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There’s a small herd of caribou across the road from us this morning. Its weird because they are never there, but they seem to be chomping on some marshy bits.

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Uh oh looks like they forgot somebody.

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He finally figures it out, that his gang of friends has moved on. Now he’s gotta cross the road by himself, which he is visibly nervous about.

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He makes a run for it!

 

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He catches up just in time, they are moving out over the marsh further inland.

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Phew, safe.

Its nice to see the caribou out and about. Hardly see them in the winter. They are majestic, like scraggly unicorns made of moss and bits of scrap felt.

Junuary Walk

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Good news, everybody! June 19th marks the day we FINALLY TURNED OFF THE HEAT!

Bloody hell. Its always so fecking cold! I was told at work that “oh yeah, its always cold this time of year here. We call it June-uary” OH HOW QUAINT GOD DAMN IT! Mostly I’m just pissed because I bought this toque that was obviously someones first attempt at a hat and now Ive been wearing it for like 9 straight damn months! BAH! I SAY! BAH!

Anyway, these pictures are from my day off on Tuesday. It was sunny, and I decided to go for a walk and do a bit of foraging for some goodies. Flowers are starting to bloom, and leaves are all sprouting up and so many things are edible! My front lawn is pretty much a salad. All it needs is some thousand island and voila.

I packed my Foraging Kit:

– bottle of water
– camera
– cool shades
– a variety of plastic baggies
– a glove for picking prickly things

And I set off! I was fully imagining I was Princess Nausicaa in the beginning of The Valley of The Wind where she’s running all around collecting specimens in glass tubes….. My brother and sister may be the only ones who know what the hell I’m talking about. But that movie was my life as a girl.

 

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I needed to collect some caribou moss, as usual. We go through a lot of it. I candy it and put it on cakes. Today I made a little forest scene on top of a birthday cake with candy dirty, and candy rocks, candy moss and then shooting up through it was real violets on their stems. It looked pretty cute. Im probably the only mofo putting shit like moss and candied beets on people’s bloody birthday cakes and getting away with it.

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These little bell things are cute, not 100% sure what they are though. I think they will eventually be a berry.

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Nice patch of creeping juniper here. I use the branches for syrups, or blitzed up in sugar for flavouring things. I also use the berries. There’s so much juniper here that I sometimes fantasize about opening a gin distillery here.

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Now this is what I was really after; fireweed. The leaves taste exactly like tea, and the blossoms make a beautiful ruby red, perfumed jelly. Not enough were in bloom and the few that were were covered in bees frantically scraping up all the polleny goodness out of them. I felt too guilty taking away what limited blooms there are here from  the old bee’s so I’ll save it for next week.

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These little darlings are spruce tips. Each three fingered prong gets these beautiful, super flavourful little bud on them. They are DELICIOUS and packed with vitamin C. Im doing all sorts of stuff with this, because the syrup and jelly is a beautiful purple colour.

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They are full of pollen right now as well, if you can see it on my grubby little finger there.

 

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Oh a bone!

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I trudged my way up the hill, on my search for a better picture of some ice bergs. They have been so close and beautiful and I have no good pictures of them!

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See them there.. those wee white specks in all that blue? Yeah thats them!

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I took a break by this pond, which had this tangle of bog rosemary growing in it.

 

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Beautiful little pink flowers.

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I love anything with the prefix of “bog”. It’s charming.

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All around the pond was a thick, green moss looking exactly like the shag carpeting that was in my nan’s living room when I was a kid. It was nice to sit on, in the sunshine, staring at my murkey little pond and eating random stuff.

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I mentioned caribou moss, now this beautiful little puff ball is reindeer moss. Its finer, and grows in orb shaped puffs. Its lovely. And actually, not moss, it’s a lichen.

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So cute.

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Labrador tea, starting to bloom. They get pretty white flowers.

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More fireweed growing in amoungst some short birch trees.

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I found this weird stuff, and it was very pretty. I tried a bit, and it tasted like INTENSE seaweed followed by the unpleasentness of what I imagine licking an infected wound would taste like.. yeah.. like.. rot and pennies and blood and salt. Bleah. I really, really regretted that. But just in case I was wrong, I had another. CB told me that when he would go mushroom picking with his Poppy, he would have baby CB put anything they tasted in their pocket just in case it made them horribly ill and they needed to identify what it was. I should have put some of this in my pocket… because I was maybe worried I was going to die. DONT EAT RANDOM SHIT OFF THE GROUND, KIDS! Stay in school dont do drugs.

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“Oh sweet, alfalfa sprouts! BLEH A DEAD MERMAIDS BUTTHOLE!”

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And back home again.

There’s a lot more stuff out there thats ripe for the picking; burdock root, dandelion leaves, sorrel, baby violets, labrador tea, chicory, clover, pungent sweet gale.. nettle, wild mint.. lots of leafy stuff thats good for eating. I’ll keep posting what I do with what I collect. SEE YA!

June Bug

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Eugh. I hate June bugs.

Anyway there is no threat of June bugs here, because it is winter. The only June bug here is the cold CB & I currently have. We have been spending our nights romantically snuggling in bed. Trying not to freeze to death, snotting all over the place. At one point CB just gave up and laid on his side with a pile of toilet paper beside his head and just let it flow, baby. Au Naturale. I cuddle up to whisper sweet nothings in his plugged ears and just cough and wheeze loudly like an an asthmatic old man. And when I cough, its so strong, that I fart. Romance.

ANYWAY. I haven’t written a blog in eons because our internet is less than dependable and has just decided not to bother anymore. BUT ALSO more importantly I haven’t done a blog about things I love in a long time.. so here goes!

Firstly on things I love, ma fam. And in fam news, a HUGE MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS to my cousin Vick who is now engaged!! Finally some handsome young buck is going to make a proper man outta her! I’m very proud. She’s the first one of us cousins to get a ring on it, and probably the last considering the state of us as a group…. Love you guys!

Secondly, I quit my job! Because it was terrible! And I hated it! And now I have a new job! Fine dining, y’all. I’m very excited, but more nervous than I am excited. Its an awesome opportunity to tighten, refine and expand my skills until I am an elite pastry jedi and can make souffles rise with my mind and trisect sponge cakes with my light saber and then make out with my sister and have my dad cut off my hand !! Did I mention I watched the entire star wars trilogy while I was home sick from work..

AND ON THAT NOTE! Things I hate: Boba Fett. Why is he so popular? He’s in the movie for like 25 seconds, fumbles around trying to shoot Skywalker, and then falls into the Sarlak pit like an idiot.

More things I love:

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My wood pigeon friend Gregory. His hobbies include being a super fat pigeon, waiting til Im not paying attention and dive bombing the trees over my head which makes me scream, and attempting to poop on me!

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Wandering around the yard finding random weird cool things and trying to eat them. The tenants before us here were “organic gardeners” which I think just meant they were lazy and just chucked random plants all over then put their rabbits poop on top of it. But it means I get to find all kinds of cool things sprouting up from weird places, which is always fun.

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I love these garbage lilies. They are beautiful and always grow beside piles of garbage, beside highways and in dumpy places like that. They are pretty.

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Dew drops on petals.

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Dew drops on SPIDER WEBS!

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Fog hanging low in the valley.

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Fuzzy leaves.

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Yard work in the winter. Muddy boots and runny noses, weed whackin and sweepin’ it all up. Feels good!

I also love a couple of small things we have managed to save for in the last 3 weeks that have actually vastly improved our quality of life, such as a coffee table and a little red vacuum cleaner. Its amazing how those things make me a lot happier. Now I can clean up our dirty house, and have a place for my computer and coffee that isn’t just my lap. Because that was always an accident waiting to happen! Every time we do laundry at the laundromat in Henderson we wander the second hand shops around it and we always find something. We have furnished the living room for $65!

I love that my mom said “Love That Rectal Rain” to me the other day when we were discussing oreos.

I LOVE OREOS!

I love Exit Mold. One day last week we woke up to a warm fog enveloping our little house which is a nice change to the freezing cold dampness of the devil that usually wakes us up. But it seemed to trigger every surface in the house to erupt overnight with a layer of mold. It was.. horrible.. but we systematically cleared every room, vacuumed, bleached and laundered every item, and put it back. And now our house is spic and span! So it was kind of nice.

Cheese & Mince pies from the Snaxx Cafe on Queen Street and the K road.. yeah baby.

I love that we are such country bumpkins that there is a mouse living in our CAR.  So, we went to the car wash today and.. tidied. But how country is THAT! Yeah!

I love that I mentioned to CB that I was thinking of mixing my apple cider with prune juice to make a new sensational cocktail and he replied that it was “a good idea if I want effervescent diarrhea for the next 2 days”. For some reason that was especailly visceral to me and I laughed, a lot. Imagine. IMAGINE IT!

I love having a fever. It makes me happy!

I love lemongrass. Lemon grass, steeped in milk tastes EXACTLY like Fruit Loops! Incroyable! I might make lemongrass panna cottas on my next day off and Ill post it up here.

OH! My biggest love of the last few weeks is a present CB bought me. A motorcycle helmet. And then, we went out, and he taught me how to ride his motorcycle! I didn’t get passed 30km/h and I can only drive in a straight line, but it was an ADRENALINE RUSH! And I love it. I’ve got the motorcycle madness! My next present is going to be a sweet sticker for my helmet. Im thinking of like.. a sexy bikini girl with chains and roses and fiery skulls that glows in the dark. Ill keep you posted.

And I love dinner, which I am going to go make. Peace out!