Our Wedding Anniversary has come and gone. It is interesting how it played out. I had been thinking about it a week or so before the event. Attila says he was too. But on the actual day, we both forgot about it completely, until a few hours before bedtime, when we suddenly realized that it was our anniversary. I don’t know if it means anything at all, forgetting the anniversary, but since we both forgot there was nothing to get upset about, we laughed, then we ate popcorn.

This morning’s breakfast saw the last of the sugarless cookies consumed. It was surprising how enjoyable they were. They are more enjoyable with the inclusion of the scant amount of sugar called for in the recipe, so the next batch will find me following the recipe with great care.

Last week the garden seeds were ordered. Attila is expanding the main garden, and I am going to create two small raised gardens in giant totes. At first Attila had little interest in raised bed gardening, but the concept has grown on him, and now he wants to build a small wood raised bed to see how that works. The wood raised bed will be his project. My raised beds will grow things like spinach, strawberries, and green beans. Attila has also expressed an interest in building a cold frame. In a few weeks the weather will improve enough so that the projects can begin.

With all the melting, water is leaking into the garage along the floor. This year Attila will dig up around the garage floor perimeter and install a water barrier, and a French drain, which will resolve the issue. It was not noticed before, because there used to be so much water pouring in through the roof, that a leak along the foundation was completely masked. It isn’t a big project. The water barrier material we picked up at a restore for under $10. We are good to go without further expense.

I continue to fight the Asian Lady Beetles and the Wasps in the interior windows. The spiders I am leaving alone to do their thing, they must be finding some small insects to eat, or they wouldn’t be in here.

There have been a lot of heavy equipment transports lumbering up and down the street this week, bringing in the heavy equipment for road building, basement digging, and land clearing. The construction season has begun again. Perhaps they will finish the project this summer and fall, I hope so. There are ten units completed and occupied. The new residents walk up and down our street, which is the only access to their private road. Their presence is a game changer, they don’t interact with each other, or with anyone on the street. Their vehicles speed up and down our street, which used to be a quiet dead end street, and is no more. It is becoming very “city-like” here. There are pros and cons to that.

The weather is dismal again today, terribly windy, and clouding over, then clearing, then clouding over again. The snow is melting though. It is surprising how exciting it can be to see the snow slowly retreat, to reveal small patches of grass around the yard. Nature’s strip tease.



Date: 9:00 AM EDT Friday 15 March 2019
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 100.4 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 6.3°C
Dew point: 2.3°C
Humidity: 75%
Wind: SW 29 gust 40 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“It is the nature of ambition to make men [humans] liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.”
86 BC – 34 BC


  1. I’m one for not remembering whether or not I put a specific ingredient in, especially if someone is talking to me while I cook. To be on the safe side I now set all my ingredients on the counter and put each one away as it is used. Makes for some extra walks across the kitchen to the pantry, but hey — these are the times when a small kitchen is a good thing! -Kate ps happy anniversary!!

  2. Thanks Kate!
    Measuring things out ahead of time is really worth the effort! Great minds think alike. I also line up the ingredients in the order I will be adding them, makes it easier to remember. It is when the small amount of counter space has other items on it, like the Instant Pot, or Attila is also preparing something, that I have to measure and put away each ingredient as as I go along… and always it is sugar I forget, same ingredient every single time it happens!

  3. I think I’d get quite annoyed if ‘newcomers’ belted up and down the street – is there anyway you can erect a ‘slow down sign.?
    Anniversaries come and go in our house…some years came and weren’t noted and others we made a fuss of but really it’s just another day (isn’t it ??). I certainly didn’t want all the hoo haa some friends had for their 50th…..not sure about 60….another 2 years to think about it.
    Take care

  4. Cathy, it is very annoying to have the new people speeding up and down the street. I have a theory. A lot of them are going for walks up and down the street, with their dogs. Eventually there will be a lot more of them, and the foot traffic will get heavier, and that might slow the vehicles down, as the street is narrow, there are no sidewalks, and there are deep ditches on either side of the road, nowhere to get out of the way of traffic. It is going to be interesting!
    I have to admit that I enjoyed the popcorn, and probably wouldn’t have indulged in a bowl of popcorn, but for the anniversary. So I can say I enjoyed it, and it definitely wouldn’t make into the category of hoo ha 🙂

  5. Bex

    And from us, a Happy Anniversary wish (belated) for you both. We don’t “remember” ours much either. Let’s see, in May it will be 33 years. I can’t really wrap my head around that number. Especially since it is my 2nd go-round. We just feel damn old! (I hope the censors will allow that word!). Love your ideas of raised beds. My friend in Oregon has them all over her large plot of land and spends hundreds of hours at them each year nowadays.

  6. Thanks Bex and Paul! Wow, 33 years, that is wonderful, so many good years.
    I am very excited about the raised beds! I like to garden, but have never like the bending, not even as a teenager when I worked in the fields. I am starting small though, and will be happy if I get even a few edibles as a result!

  7. Teri

    Happy anniversary, you two!!

    I’m not surprised you found the tumeric cookies not bad even without the sugar. They’d just be a kind of fluffy cracker, since crackers are either bland or more savory.

    Can’t wait to see how your raised beds work for the garden. Hopefully that will cut back on your scavengers.

  8. Thanks Teri!
    The cookies have nuts and raisins in them, sometimes chocolate chips, so those carried the day as far as flavour is concerned. I usually only add two tablespoons of brown sugar to the recipe, and that makes them plenty sweet for me, I did miss the sugar!
    I am hoping that the raised beds will let me grow spinach, which I love, and basil. I am thinking that I might need nets over the strawberries though, because we have a lot of birds in our yard, as we have trees. Fingers crossed the rabbits cannot scale the sides of the raised beds!


    I am picturing several pretty tall speed bumps down your street. I tried what I called bucket beds but didn’t have enough time to tend them so now they are a mess of weeds in a little corner of the back yard. I talked to my yard man a couple of days ago about getting rid of them. He’ll do it.

    Happy Anniversary, you lovebirds.

  10. Thanks Ava! I’ve seen the bucket beds in videos, they look interesting. Wouldn’t it be grand if no weeding were needed in a garden! I’ll see how I do, at least in using the totes, if I lose interest it won’t take too much effort to remove them and throw down some grass seed where they stood. Fingers crossed that I can manage it!

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