Welcome to this collection of thoughts and ideas I’m compiling as I craft a somewhat different life in retirement from the one I had as a full-time graphic designer working in the world of not-for-profits. The overarching theme of this website is sustainability in personal life. It’s a space where I can explore pursuits that fascinate me. If they fascinate you too, I’m delighted that we can spend some time together.

Like all personal odysseys, I expect this one will shift and morph. You may find my posts hovering over a topic for a while, and then darting off to look at something different that catches my eye. The changing seasons will drive the content too. Even so, I have no doubt that clear themes will emerge over time.

If I had to summarize in one short thought, it would be: “Now this is something I want to remember! I’d better write it down. ”

Enjoy!

Grill Bolting Buttercrunch Lettuce

Grill Bolting Buttercrunch Lettuce

Abundant lettuce suddenly meets unseasonably hot, sunny weather. You know what happens. The lettuce is stressed so instead of producing a nice leafy head, it bolts. I hated to pull and compost all those lettuce plants. But what alternative? Hey presto – grilled bolting buttercrunch. Enjoy!

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Clear Your Head

Clear Your Head

Allergies. Pollen. Germs. Whatever the cause, having a stuffy head is no fun. This easy lymphatic drainage self massage has been a valuable addition to my natural health toolbox.

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Keto Meringue Mushrooms

Keto Meringue Mushrooms

Until now I did not know that meringue mushrooms are a thing, and I certainly could not imagine that a sweet treat made with meringue could be keto-friendly. I’m older and wiser now. Enjoy!

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Sprouts for Superfood Greens

Sprouts for Superfood Greens

Why not grow some sprouted seeds to liven up your meals? Sprouts are brimming with bioavailable nutrients and antioxidants. They grow fast and tending them takes only a few minutes twice a day. Ready to eat in less than a week!

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Crafting Hot Pepper Salt

Crafting Hot Pepper Salt

Crafting hot pepper salts as Christmas presents for our nearest and dearest is a pleasant tradition. In 2020, with travel and social gathering bans restricting who we can visit, I cut back to one base recipe. I'm recording it here for my own reference, but I thought...

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Pepper Production 2020

Pepper Production 2020

Today, just in time for National Pepper Month and National Hot Sauce Day, here is a detailed report of our pepper production from Jim’s garden this year. As a result of his almost fanatical zeal for hot peppers, we have fresh peppers, frozen peppers, dried peppers,...

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Crab Apple and Hot Pepper Jelly

Crab Apple and Hot Pepper Jelly

Although I work hard at preserving our harvest, chances are you won't find much canning on my shelves. That's because anything that requires sugar for preservation is on our "Do Not Eat" list. However, I do make one small exception. Because charming red crab apples...

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October and Thoughts on Seasonal Eating

October and Thoughts on Seasonal Eating

The writer in me gratefully welcomes October. During the primary food growing season, my time is so full that I can hardly find any energy to spare. In my head I’m exploring themes and composing paragraphs, but getting any of it down on paper seems just too...

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Crafting Face Masks

Crafting Face Masks

For the past two weeks, my time has been occupied with crafting face masks. During the lock-down, we didn't seem to need them, but now that our province is beginning to open up, more outings require non-surgical face masks. They became top priority when we couldn't go...

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