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!

Horse Chestnut Laundry

Horse Chestnut Laundry

Horse chestnuts to wash the laundry? Last year was an experiment. This year I’m committed. They are free, local, leave no scent, and unexpectedly, the colours and whites come out bright. Highly recommended.

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Drought and Sunshine

Drought and Sunshine

Posts to my blog have been scarce during the summer of 2021. I found my concerns over the drought, heat wave, forest fires and pandemic sapped a lot of my creative energy. And the abundant harvest demanded so much of my time. Ironic?

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Can’t Be Beet Gluten Free Cake

Can’t Be Beet Gluten Free Cake

Summer birthdays and plentiful garden vegetables. This could be a carrot cake, or a zucchini cake, or how about a beet cake? Or a combination of all three? Any way you slice it, this dense, nutritious cake is healthy enough to eat for breakfast.

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Black Elderberry Syrup

Black Elderberry Syrup

Black elderberry syrup is valued as a health tonic and herbal medicine. It is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that boost the immune system. You can easily make it at home with these instructions.

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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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