Monday, 31 May 2021
Friday, 28 May 2021
You'll recall on April 26th I wrote a post about making shampoo and conditioner..... you can find it here.
!!! IT WORKS AMAZING !!!
I had added it to our already in use store bought bottle for pumping purposes so it took a few days to come through, like 3.... I noticed the difference right away, my hair felt thicker while washing it the 2nd day. I know that sounds unreasonable but I had actually forgotten about the stuff I'd made and when I realized something felt different I remembered my stuff was in the bottle.
Same with the leave-in conditioner. My hair looks and feels amazing and actually stays that way most of the day if I don't put it in a ponytail or bun. For 50 years it would look like this for 30-60 min and then turn mousy brown and lay flat on my head, I hated my hair.
So, if you have fine hair -- or even if you don't, I highly recommend making your own shampoo and conditioners. The recipes are in this post . For example: leave in conditioner is just water with small amounts of coconut milk and fractionated coconut oil - in a blender. Could not be simpler, or cheaper.
Thursday, 27 May 2021
I ran out of Pickled Beets (among others) at the market and when refilling my market container I realized I'm almost out completely... so I contacted the woman who made them last year... she won't be doing them again this year.....
So rather than sod about - I am switching them out. I have Rhubarb in Betty as I type and expect that to finish in the next hour or so as well as a batch of sliced Oranges waiting to go in this am because I also want to replace the Tomatoes w/ Italian Seasoning as they don't sell very well.
Monday, 24 May 2021
Well, Sunday was the south end farmer's market and yep, I should have paid the summer down there. Fortunately, I still have that option so will be doing that this week to secure my spot. What a spot!!
Sunday, 23 May 2021
In any event, I'm very pleased with how the north end market went for a first time showing. I had a few 'regular' customers from the local online market pop by which was nice and I suspect more of them will be in the south end too.
Stacey came by and sat with me yesterday for a couple of hours, bless her pointy little head (its not really pointy - for the record) and that helped ease the nerves and helped pass the time for sure. She may come today also but I suspect she'll be worn out since she biked up to the market yesterday.
I have not purchased a canopy yet, I wanted to see if people would buy the stuff first, so one of the guys brought me a spare which was much appreciated. Highly doubt I shall be so lucky at today's market so my cutie patutie hat will have to do. I'll pack an umbrella too - just in case that'll help somehow.
Saturday, 22 May 2021
With the sun shining and clear blue skies we headed off with a friend to Ruxton Island. Gorgeous views from a lovely little island with some interesting properties, everything from shacks to large gorgeous off-grid homes. There are approximately 9 full-time residents on the island with the usual Gulf Island influx in the summer.
Friday, 21 May 2021
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Since we were going to Nanaimo anyway, even though we were expecting our water card to come via Canada Post - just in case they sent something by email and we could load up, plus we needed to organize the hose situation and having the buckets would be helpful for sizing appropriately, etc.
Just as well as it turns out, while Brad was in getting the hose sorted I was looking for the locations of the water filling stations and discovered that, in fact, you are supposed to pick up the cards from the office. Duh. Since we were around the corner, we popped by and sure enough got the card.
However, the software to install $$$ onto the card only operates on FireFox, and when trying to install FireFox on the iPad I learned that it also only operates on iOS 11.5 or higher.... I hate that! Anyway, I installed it on the iPhone and managed to load the $$$ onto the card - even though the screen was super enlarged (desktop size) and I was on my iPhone, the very left side of the spots to enter the info were visible and so I gave it a go. It worked.
The hose and attachments are 2 inch and so the filling of both buckets (IBC totes) took about 5 minutes total, maybe 6. Then we were off home.
The funds from the paddleboard sale covered the entire water operation. 2 IBC totes, 2 camlock hoses (total 50 ft) and $50 on the prepaid water card.
The charge for water is $16 per 1000 US Gallons. Our 2 totes hold roughly 500 US Gallons total, so about $8 per load.
Now while I think it's absolutely ridiculous and insulting to make people pay for water which is a requirement of life -- given that they do make people pay for it, this is a good system for us.
We will continue our usual water conservation but as its been a dry spring so far, we wanted to ensure we have what we need - or can get it.
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Saturday, 15 May 2021
Friday, 14 May 2021
Thursday, 13 May 2021
I did a bunch of stuff in the greenhouse too but didn't get pics so you have that to look forward to LOL
I haven't checked the weather yet but the sun is out and its a blue sky so the day looks promising.