Friends’ cottage overlooking Lake Huron.
Hey guys, I have a free article for you to download today about organic fertilizing with biostimulants!
Ongoing fertilizing throughout the summer can really help boost plant health/nutrition/yields.
But first, I haven’t posted here for 4 weeks, and I thought I’d catch you up on what’s been going on.
I’ve moved to Toronto!
As many of you know, Heather and I split up a few months ago.
Not long after that, I announced I was going to try to spend a month or two in Toronto this summer, to take a bit of a break from work and try to find a little more balance in my life, spending time on some hobbies and such.
I even asked for a little help from you guys and you came through, so I knew I had to go for it!
I’m living in a cozy little bachelor apartment for the month of July and am currently hunting for something longer term – actually I may sign a lease in the next couple of days to stay here for a year.
So I’ve been a little less focused on work for the first time in YEARS (even in Peru we worked quite a bit), which has given me time to do all kinds of fun stuff.
This blog is just to tell you about it. I don’t normally write blog posts just about me, but I really wanted to because your support helped get me here.
You can always skip to the bottom for your free download.
So here are a few things I’ve been getting into…
I’m playing soccer/squash and otherwise exercising at the YMCA.
Well in THIS photo I’m playing with my sister and I’m pretending to be lining up for a big (excessively so) kick in order to get the photo.
But in real life, I’m playing mostly indoor soccer, with people who are mostly better than me, which is fun.
I banged my toe pretty hard during my first game (i.e. blood), but I can still play as long as I don’t kick the ball too hard.
I’m getting into yoga 3-5 times per week, trying different kinds of classes.
I’ve learned to bring a towel to ‘hot’ yoga – otherwise my mat gets too slippery from the sweat and I can hardly do downward dog anymore.
I thought ‘yin’ was going to be the easiest class, but I find it harder than a ‘flow’ because I don’t have the flexibility to hold some of those stretches for 5 minutes at a time.
I’m writing and recording music – lots of inspiration these days for that.
I don’t have a song for you yet but hopefully at some point.
I went to a songwriting meetup last week and met some cool people, and I may get to perform at a songwriting roundtable next week, where we critique each others songs.
Need a finished song first though.
With meetup.com, there are groups on just about anything – for me it’s personal development, entrepreneurship, soccer, yoga, songwriting and more.
I definitely encourage you to check it out in your city.
I’m going to organic farmer’s markets and testing the brix of produce to try to find the most nutritious food.
Plus there’s an awesome organic co-op that’s about a 3 minute walk from my current place. I’m actually planning my next apartment/house search based on trying not to get too far from this place!
And then there are all kinds of restaurants here for organic/local/veg food, and I’m surprised how affordable it is.
And back in June…
I spent the first 3 weeks in Amsterdam with my sis.
Many of you followed along with our organic container gardening series there.
She’s now back in the U.S. and we’ll hopefully get together in August.
I went golfing with my new Aussie buddies Sarah and Daniel.
Sarah and I are starting a website together.
She has celiac disease, so she has to eat a 100% gluten free diet. We want to help other people who get diagnosed with this disease.
She has a nice golf swing, too.
I made my own almond butter, so I wouldn’t have to pay $11/jar.
I might as well give you the recipe:
- Get some almonds.
- Buzz ’em around in a food processor for 15+ minutes, stirring occasionally (turn the processor off when stirring, naturally).
- Optionally add oil, organic sugar, salt, but you don’t have to.
- The almonds will very quickly turn into a flour, but then it takes a long time to finally turn into a butter. It may not be worth the time in the long run, but it’s pretty neat to do once.
Hmmm, I guess this list is getting kind of trivial – truthfully it’s because I’m not clever enough to photograph most of the fun things I do and I just happened to have photos for these things, so that’s what you get. 🙂
What About Organic Gardening?
Oh ya, back to the garden.
I haven’t seen mine since June. When I left, it was starting to come on strong after a cold/wet spring.
My parents sent me this photo of (left to right):
Garlic (you can see the flowers), potatoes, beans (nice to see them climbing happily up the trellis, as they hadn’t started when I left), and squash, plus corn in the background at left.
I’ll go back and check things out in August.
By the way, the other reason I haven’t posted anything lately is because I noticed the readership of my blog really drifts off in June, once the spring gardening excitement gives way to summer fun time.
I get many more readers in March/April/May, so that’s when I think I’ll begin to post more heavily, slowing down for the rest of the year.
So I may wait until next spring to finish the little free gardening series I’ve been doing, but I’ll still post something every month this year just because it’s fun for me and hopefully for you, too.
That will give me time for a couple of other cool projects I’m working on these days.
They sent me a pdf to share with you, so you can right-click here and then select ‘Save As…’ or something to that effect. The article is on page 3.
What are you doing with your summer? Any fun new hobbies or passions? Or how’s the garden coming? Let me know below!