First Workout with the Knee Brace

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Today was my first workout with the new knee brace and I just had to tell everyone how great it was!  My shins hurt while my bad knee stayed strong and secure.  Seriously thinking about getting a compression sleeve for my shin on that leg too.  I’ll be super sexy at the gym, but at least strong and hopefully without shin splints.  Anyone have one to suggest?

Here’s the workout I did:

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!  I learned that when the doctor tells you to wear your knee brace all the time, DO IT!  I haven’t been wearing it everyday because it drives me nuts pulling it up all the time, but by yesterday my knee was throbbing and I was stuck in bed with magic bags and medicine.


Seedy Saturday

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Seeds from Truro Seedy Saturday

Seeds from Truro Seedy Saturday

I forgot all about telling everyone what I got from Seedy Saturday that was last weekend.  Some were bought and some were from the trading table.  I’m hoping next year to be able to share some seeds that I saved with everyone as well!

I did take in a session presented by Michelle Smith of North Wind Farms about seed saving.  So excited!  She talked about what seeds to buy to start saving seeds, why you will have a rough go saving and then growing hybrid seeds (but really, why should we) and talked a little about how to save seeds.  I’m so excited to try saving seeds this year and really hope it works out.  There’s something about doing things the way that our ancestors did things that just makes me smile.  I love thinking about my great grandmothers while I’m gardening, my grandfather while I make bread, my nanny while I do laundry (even in the 50’s she handwashed clothes and diapers for her children.  She had 12 all together, but didn’t have a washing machine until the last few.), my gramma and great-grandmother while canning, and all the other family members that I never knew while I do anything homesteading.  The fact that I choose to do these things while they didn’t have a choice in the matter floors me every time.

I digress;

So the seeds I got were parsnips, Black Prince tomato and jalapeno peppers from Hope Seeds, kale mix, Amish paste tomato and broccoli Raab from Annapolis Seeds and Jacob’s Cattle and Thibodeau du Comte Beauce (how could I refuse!) from North Wind Farm.  The last two will be grown for dry beans.  I’ve never grown parsnips and am really hoping that we can get enough frost on them.  We will be using the community garden again and have to have everything out by the end of October.

My daughter and I have already marked the calender for seed starting and can’t wait!

Anyone else get some seeds, planned their gardens, etc. yet?

Sourdough Bread and Knee Update

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The other night I started some sourdough starter from the Betty Crooker Cookbook.  (Get this cookbook!)  All that you do is dissolve 1 teaspoon of yeast in 1/4 cup warm water.  Then mix in 3/4 cup milk (I warmed it up to room temperature to not shock the yeast) and a cup of all-purpose flour.  Beat until smooth and cover with a tea towel.  Let it sit in a warm place for 24 hours.  Then give it a good stir and cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for 2-3 days.  The above picture is after the 24 hours and a good stir.

Sourdough bread is great because once you start this starter you rarely have to have yeast in the house.  You should use this starter at least once a week to keep it fresh.  The dough makes FANTASTIC cinnamon rolls.

I’ll share the bread recipe and pictures when it’s sat for a bit.

And onto my knee.  I get to keep running and doing whatever, but get to do it while sporting a sexy new knee brace.  I have to wear the brace all the time except sleeping for a while, but will be wearing it while working out for a good long time.  I was just told to make friends with it.  Sigh.

I also brought up a bulge in my upper abs that I found while testing for ab separation awhile back.  I have a hernia.  So anyone have any suggestions for some great ab exercises?

I found this one by Tracy Anderson.  She says that her workout also helps tighten the skin, which I need help with. 


Has anyone ever did her workouts?

Liebster Award!




A BIG Thank You to Maple Creek Cottage for sending this my way!  It’s so nice to know that I’m not writing into thin air!


This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers…the award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another. What to do:
1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.
4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5. No tag backs.
So here it goes!
  1. I met my husband while working at Wendy’s more then 10 years ago.  It’s a wonder how we’ve made it this long.  We did NOT work well together!
  2. I have a diploma in Therapeutic Recreation.  What’s that you ask?  I’m professionally trained to PLAY!
  3. We have 1 cat named Jacob, but we’re really dog people.
  4. We also have more guppies then we know what to do with.
  5. I can roast a turkey like no other!  (The secret is in the brine!)
  6. But can’t make gravy to save my soul.
  7. I didn’t always want a quiet life in the country.  I used to want to be a doctor in the city somewhere.
  8. I would give my left arm to travel to Australia.  And my right leg to go to Europe.
  9. When Empire Records came out, all I wanted to do was work in a record store.  I actually cried when I got the job as assistant manager at CD Plus years ago.
  10. All I want are bees.
  11. I could live off of sour cream and onion chips.

And here are the questions I get to answer:

1. If you could live anywhere in the world, and do anything – where would you live, and what would you do?
Australia and be a sheep farmer.
2. What is your favorite way to eat pasta?
With sausage, tomatoes, peppers, onions and cheese!
3. How many electrical plugs are plugged into your computer power bar?  Don’t lie.
None!  We only have the lap top!
4. How do you drink your tea?
With lots of milk!
5. Do you read the weekly flyers?
Did, but now we don’t get them anymore.  😦
6. The next farm animal on the list is….
If we ever get to the point of animals, it will be chickens.
7. How do you feel about Queen of England?
She’s a tough old bird.
8. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Turn on the tea pot.
9. How long have you been blogging?
Off and on for about 2 years.
10. If you could renovate any room in your home, which one would it be?
The kitchen!  It’s a little out dated.  I should take pictures for you…it’s laughable actually.
11. What is your favorite moment of the day?
Here’s my list of nominees:
Hopefully I did that right and you all have under 200 followers!
Here’s some questions for you:
  1. Tea or coffee?
  2. Sunrise or sunset?
  3. What would your perfect day look like?
  4. What’s your favorite way to eat potatoes?
  5. What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids?  If you don’t have kids, what’s your favorite kid activity.
  6. Tents or RV’s?
  7. What does your dream pizza have for toppings?
  8. What is your dream pet?
  9. Who’s the person that you would want to meet?  Can be anyone!
  10. What’s at the top of your bucket list?
  11. What do you think the best TV show is/was of all time?

There you have it!  Thanks for playing!  And thank you again to Maple Creek Cottage!

ETA:  I can’t find a way to get in touch with Little Homestead in the Valley.  Hopefully maybe she’ll see this or maybe someone can share the link with her pretty please?  Thanks!

A Little Work Out!

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This week I have been plauged by the flu and a messed up knee.  I go to the doctor on Monday to see if my running career is over (for a few months!) before it began.

Today I did a little workout here at home to see how I felt.  My stomach stayed where it was supposed to and we’ll see how my knee if feeling tonight.  I also did about 15 min. of stretching after to help loosen up my lower body.

So here’s the work out!  I did each exercise for 30 seconds with a 10 second break and I did it twice through.

  • Squats
  • Tricep Dips
  • Left lunge
  • Right lunge
  • Push Ups
  • Plank
  • Squats
  • Left Leg Lift
  • Right Inner Thigh Lift
  • Right Leg Lift
  • Left Inner Thigh Lift
  • Plank

Took me about 15 minutes.

I’m so over Winter!

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We’ve had a pretty mild winter up until the last view weeks.  School has been cancelled twice in the past two weeks because of storms.  We’ve shovelled more snow then I ever want to again.  And it’s only the middle of February.  I know that it’s nowhere near over.  If it had spread itself out over the course of the winter, I think I could have handled it a bit better.  But two weeks of snow, then it all melting into spring and then Mother Nature lauging at us again tends to wear this girl down.  Image

So what’s a Momma to do?

Plan her garden of course!

Truro Seedy Saturday is this weekend and I will be buying as many seeds as I can this weekend.  My goal this year is to start as many seeds myself as I can.  (And to pray that our garden doesn’t flood out this year!)

Here’s our tentative plan:

  • Green Beans
  • Kale
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Paste Tomatoes
  • Tomatillo
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Edamame
  • Peppers!  (Green, sweet, hot, etc.)
  • Maybe onions

Last year we had a lot of challenges.  Too much rain, then drought, then a flood that wiped out the end of the season.  Blight on the tomatoes.  Underestimating how much chard will come back (that stuff never dies!).  A 3 year old and a 1 year old don’t make the best gardening compainions.

But we are ready for the new year!  We will be renting a plot from the community garden again and are reassured that the flooding was a rare occurance and should not happen again.

ImageGo check out your local Seedy Saturday!  Free classes (I’m taking the session on seed saving at the very least) and an overall good time.

Happy Valentines Day!


Our first dance at our wedding five and a half years ago was to this song. Makes me melt everytime I hear it.

Hope your day is full of love and romance!

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