May 30, 2024

Things Going Right

Our bedroom windowsill is filling up with things I pick up for Linda 
from the garden, bike rides, and hikes

This time if year is always hard for me to find time to post here. It's not because anything is wrong, but more because so much is right.

The weather is warming up nicely, but we have had very little rain in Nova Scotia this spring so far. 

That means I have been spending time every day hand watering our vegetable seeds. What a joy to see them emerge as the days go by. 

The romaine lettuce, kale, radish, and winter squash all needed to be thinned. Their growth is encouraging, and we have already harvested fresh kale for our salads.

I have also been doing a lot of biking, as the shoulder seasons are my favourite time to ride. The cooler temperatures are perfect, and it is not stiflingly humid yet.

Some of my rides are purely recreational, the prime directive being 1) have fun, and 2) get a good workout.

On my more business oriented rides the prime directive is 1) have fun, and 2) get stuff done. Things like biking into town to pick up a backpack of groceries via routes on pavement, gravel, and forest trails.

There are many places to hike that I can access close to home. Walking out the back door and into the valley behind our house is one of my faves. 

However, the best birdwatching is from our home, which feels like a bird blind at the top of our ridge. From elevation we see from our windows many, many species. Today we saw several great blue herons flying by on their way to the ocean.

In addition to all that, something else that is feeling right is when Linda and I work together in the kitchen every day, preparing more and more of what we eat from scratch.

Along the way we have improved our skills, our menu, and the healthfulness of what we ingest.

The best thing about it, though, is in the enjoyment of eating. Our meals have never been yummier. We look forward to every single one of them, even though they all mean a considerable amount of work. It is fun, and it is worth it.

The warmer weather also means I can get Linda outside more often to enjoy the sun, a free dose of vitamin D, and some fresh air. 

We have new neighbours on the other side of the duplex, and being outside more means we see them and can chat more often. That is nice as winter can be isolating out here in the windblown countryside.

The new folks have done a lot with their yard - raised bed vegetable gardens, flower beds, and they recently built a chicken coop for their new flock. I am thinking in the fall we will be able to trade some of our winter squash for their eggs.

So a lot going right lately in my simple life this spring.

I will be trying to write more often as I miss it when I am away for any length of time. There are many posts that I have been working on that I look forward to sharing.

How is your spring going? Or fall?

I, for one, am glad we are moving into summer, and not winter. 

Summer makes it feel like more and more is going right, and it is exciting to behold.

Like the new leaves on the trees, we are emerging into a new year of growth.


  1. What a wonderful post! So happy for you and Linda! :-)

    1. Anonymous5/31/2024

      Thank you, Lorraine.

      - Gregg and Linda

  2. Anonymous5/31/2024

    Sounds like heaven, Gregg!

    The sunshine and rain (an unseasonable amount of it) here in Texas feels really good. The temperatures are still a little cool and I’m seeing so many species of butterfly in our pollinator garden. They are so beautiful!

    Each season brings its special treasures. Luckily they don’t stay forever — right as I’m tiring of the cold/heat/humidity, things shift to the next season. :)

    Peace, Erin

    1. Anonymous5/31/2024

      We like it here a lot. This area is blessed with a natural abundance of woods and wildlife. I am sure I saw some bear scat on my last ride. Having said that, I have yet to see a bear in almost 10 years of wilderness exploration here. I have seen many bears, black and grizzly, in the western mountains.

      Your pollinator garden sounds wonderful. I have been seeing many beautiful butterflies when I am out in the yard.

      We also enjoy the change of seasons. It would be hard to live somewhere that was the same all year round. Even if it was warm. Particularly enjoyable are the longer days this time of year. Go to bed in the light, get up in the light,. Exact opposite of winter, and much better for one psychologically.

      - Gregg and Linda

  3. This post made me smile. We too are moving into late spring here in central Ohio. After a long, difficult (medically) fall, winter, and early spring, it is heaven to sit outside and listen to/watch the birds, look up to follow the clouds across the sky, and feel the warm sunshine.

    1. Anonymous5/31/2024

      A shame to hear it has been a rough time for you. Medical issues are never fun. Glad you are able to enjoy the outside and all the healing gifts it has to offer.

      - Gregg and Linda


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