July 2009


I think most parents always wonder, are they doing a job job raising their children. This is something that I worry about sometimes and I know my wife does too. I’m not convinced that you ever stop having this concern, well maybe when he is 60… no probably not even then.

This weekend we got an positive example that we might be doing ok.  Both me and my wife were very impressed. On Sat we spent most of the day outside working on some projects that needed a little finishing off.  You know the projects that is 95% finished but you just have that little bit left  to do, well we knocked a couple of those off the list. One of  them was to weed our new grass around our pool, the top soil must have come from a vegetable farm since it is full of beets. We decided to hand pulled this area to get rid of them to allow are grass to not have competion for nutrients. Well our 5 yr old son gets on an extra pair of garden gloves and helps us pull weeds for the next 2 hours without being asked. He stops and gets himself a juice box but comes back and starts again. For a 5 year old who can have a short attention span it was neat to see him pitch in like that. Later that day I was treated to another example of this when I was getting water from my rain barrel and mixing some fertilizer for the 36 cedars I planted couple weeks ago, he went got his watering can and help me do the watering, again without being asked.

Okay it is small thing, but can’t help but think we are doing not a bad job as parents…….

Okay back to worrying if we are doing a good job.

Today I made a trip to a local book store that has a Starbuck’s, while there getting a book and a coffee I noticed this…
Grounds for your garden

Grounds for your garden

They have free bags of used grounds that you can use in your garden or compost pile. Needless to say love this idea, here is the front of the bag.

Front of the bag

Front of the bag

The back of the bag has some direction for the use of the grounds.

Back of the bag

This is such a simple and nice idea my hat is off to Starbucks http://www.starbucks.ca/en-ca/  they benefit from less land fill and we as users win with a good source of additives for our gardens and compost pile.

I have had a great crop of radishes this year.  I experimented with couple different types. I ordered two types from Greta’s Organic Gardens http://www.seeds-organic.com/. The two types I tried were; Cherry Belle,  and Purple Plum. As stated in her description, they both have a great taste and a nice texture even the over sized keep those benefits. I also planted a row of generic ones that I had in my seed box. 

The radish is one of those garden plants that seem to always turn out no matter what you do; count on more then you can eat.

We eat them two waysm we eat them in a salad or by themselves, not sure of other ways but going to keep looking. Yesterday I decided to pickled them. I used the power of the net and selected two recipes; http://www.recipezaar.com/Pickled-Radishes-118828 and http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen/recipes/canning/radish-pickles/.

 

This is the non matching jars using the tasty kitchen recipe

This is the non matching jars using the tasty kitchen recipe

 

So far in my taste tests the recipezaar recipe tastes better but both haven’t sat long enough.It seems the addition of onion might be the difference, the brines are similar. Think tonight we will try this one http://www.recipezaar.com/Radish-Salad-235364. If you have a more suggestions on how to eat radishes drop me a line.

Mark

So in an attempt to keep me happy the weed man returned to do the reapplication of their weed product to my lawn. Today has been an extremely rainy day so not the best day to work outside.

Anyways the salesman that sold us the service is who was sent out to do the reapplication, he was talking to my wife and said I ran out of product there is so many weeds, even killex wouldn’t even get ride of this many weeds. This product will not get rid of purple clover… This is the same person that said he would be able to fix it up no problem when he wanted the business.

So I must say I get some sick joy out of this guy working in the rain, and him eating every word he said to get us to book…. I find it interesting that they have spent 6 hours doing free service to fix my weed issue that they seem to openly say they can’t do instead of just issuing me the credit I have wanted since the start of the issue. So lets see, they have spent 6 hour as a company dealing with this for no charge not including materials, so at say 25.00 overhead cost min of that is 150.00 plus say 150-200 material so total loss to them of 300 to 350. If it was me I would have issued the credit in the first place. But that is their choice.

Okay back to grinning about the guy in the rain; in the words of Craig Ferguson “take that weed man”. And on the positive I will not have to chase the hose and water tonight, thank you mother nature

Okay I have a confession, I love gardening but I hate, hate lawn care. Hate is a strong word but I’m not a person that spends his time farting with my grass, never have been, never will be. So my wife and I decided that before our neighbours start to get out the pitchforks and chase us from are land we better make some improvements to our lawn. Like a lot of places the use of herbicides has been outlawed here, so we called several people to see what they could offer. So the weed man came to give us a price for their natural weed killer and fertilization, it was reasonable and was going to help with our weed issue. 

They came and fertilized the lawn that was reasonable price and good service, but when they came and did our weed application of their product http://www.sarritor.ca/  the Sarritor product was expensive and we had not been told that is must be watered in for 3 days in order for it to work. Watering in doesn’t sound like a big deal, well it is when you have an acre to do. So for the last 4 weeks I have been fighting with them to credit us for the product that did not work, and their own employee said was “Hit or miss” when he came to check on my issue, plus only applied to some of the broad leaf weeds not all of them. So my battle has still been ongoing and still going, I had the joy of being treated to the worst customer service on July 21. I told the snotty lady to give me a manager he was out of course, so said have him call which he didn’t. So I called again this morning talked to them again, they will not credit me for the work but will come out and reapply the sarritor. So I said okay and will water it in for 3 days as told and while I’m watering it in I will be sending a letter about my frustration and canceling my service for further treatments.

So that being done it is time for me to start looking into other methods of weed control and lawn care turf building and I will forward my findings and eventually some results.

Today is my birthday, I’m playing hooky from work, shhhh don’t tell them. I got up at 5:30, went for an hour and 20 min ride on my MTB bike, got a shower and I’m writing this sitting outside by the pool.

With me this morning is my father in law’s coffee pot. It is a Charlescraft perk style coffee maker. It makes good coffee looks like it is from the early 70 when i was born. But it has some sentimental value to my wife and me, My father inlaw or OM (old man) as he liked to be called loved to set it up outside for him and his best friend to sit and tell stories around, and when we would visit he would do the same for me. Some of my fondest memoriesof him is having a coffee with him outside. Rest in peace OM you are an amazing man even in our memories.

Also with me is my favorite jazz music Diana Krall.

Morning off to a great start looking forward to the rest of the day.

We went out of town to visit my Mother in-law this past weekend. During some running around to get some stuff for her she wanted to buy my son a toy. So we stop at the local toy store and my son chose a toy parachute guy. This is a toy that is right up his ally, he loves making parachutes ever since I made him a plastic bag parachute when he was 3-1/2. So we got back to Gramma’s house and he was having a blast with it then like he always does, he even wanted his mother and me and Gramma to have bag parachutes and play with him and his new guy.

So Daddy can you make me a parachute…… Okay so we gather up the supplies; plastic bag, string, tape, twist tie and a victim. So for those who wish to make one here is the process. Take the bag and cut out a triangle section of a bag laying flat; use one bottom corner as the center of the triangle and then make a very lose triangular cut. Then take and cut two pc of string about 20″ long and poke a hole and tie the ends of the string through the four holes, take the tape and place it across the bottom edge of the bag below each of the four holes you made this will re enforce them. Okay then the last thing to do is attach your payload of victim in this case we use a twist tie and a plastic Easter bunny that my mother in-law had.

This is the second day one string is broken but still works

This is the second day one string is broken but still works

Okay getting ready for the throw

Okay getting ready for the throw

It floats

It floats

So for not a lot of time and money this was a great source of entertainment for my son and he had fun throwing them in the air and seeing which went further.

One of the things I love about being a Dad is I have an excuse to do this stuff  and I have as much fun as he does.

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