As promised, I’d back, although a bit later than I thought I would be. Life has been so hectic lately! My Darling was out-of-town for five days last week and I was sure I would have time to get a second post in, but things just didn’t turn out that way, mostly because I ended up being called into work more than I thought I would, but also because we had our go-to general contractor in redoing the closets in our two bedrooms (one of which is currently being used as a library since we have no need for a second bedroom at this point!) and naturally, mayhem ensued. I just finished reorganizing everything in the new closets and our dresser today and the work has been complete since Monday!
Nevertheless, I have had some time to take a few pictures around our place! Our flower pots are doing wonderfully and I also purchased an organic strawberry plant for us from the Pure Horticulture stall at Atwater Market. I’m afraid they don’t have an English website, but if you go to ‘Où acheter’, you will be able to see where you can get some of their wonderful plants and products! Our strawberry plant only cost us 20$ and we are going to get way more than 20$ worth of deliciously juicy strawberries from it!
Here’s a look at the flower-pot on our front porch:
I am so, so thrilled with how my flower pots are doing! They look exactly how I imagine they would! They have also been quite low maintenance so far since we have gotten plenty of rain since I planted them, I very rarely have to pull out the hose to water them. A lot of people have been complaining about the weather we’ve had since May, but I just love what it has been doing for my garden and flowers!
As for what I’ve been up to aside from working a few days a week and gardening, I’ve been keeping up with my jogging, cooking and reading! I had a bit of a setback with my running a few weeks ago however when I tried to stretch the lifespan of my running shoes a bit too much and ended up with an inflamed muscle in my thigh. Since I have begun running more seriously, I’ve worn Ecco Biom running shoes. The first pair was wonderful, but I felt that the second pair never were quite right for me. I got a lot of blisters from them and they didn’t quite have the cushioning I needed for all the hill work I’ve been doing. This time I wanted to make sure I got the right shoes for me, so I headed out to The Running Room and boy, are they amazing there! I left the shop with blister preventing socks and an amazing pair of Saucony running shoes that have made all the difference for me when I run. I can now comfortably run 10 kilometers and have lost 20 seconds on my running time! So, if you’re thinking of taking up running or are already a runner but have felt like you’ve been having trouble progressing, go to the Running room and talk to them about your running goals and see if you’ve been using the wrong shoes!
As far as cooking goes, I tried this wonderful recipe for one dish roast chicken legs with sweet tomatoes by Jamie Oliver and it turned out beautifully! I made it before heading out to the airport on Saturday evening to pick up my Darling and it stayed nice and warm in the over so all I had to do when we got home was throw some quinoa in our rice cooker and voilà! Dinner was ready a half hour after we walked through the front door!
In the reading department, I finished reading Erik Larson’s Dead Wake, a very well put together account of the sinking of the Lusitania during WWI and the events leading up to it, last week. It was the second time I read one of his books and I thoroughly recommend both Dead Wake and In the Garden of Beasts if you are a history aficionado. Larson’s books always take on an almost fictional narrative since focuses on a few historical and develops his books around them. It makes them much easier to read than most non-fiction volumes that can be a bit too academic at times.
After finishing Larson’s book, which was the last in the previous stack of books I had bought, I headed down to Indigo bookstore on Ste-Catherine and picked up three more books. I chose to start my Summer reading festival with Jacqueline Park’s ‘The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi’ and oh my, what a treat it has been to read so far! I highly recommend it if, like me, you enjoy historical fiction.
And now, my current favorites:
1-My new David’s Tea Travel mug! I bought it this week and it is amazing, it keeps my tea hot or cold for hours on end! I have been filling it with another favorite of mine
2- Iced Afternoon Blend tea from Fortnum and Mason, sweetened with pure maple syrup. How very Canadian of me, eh?
3- Reading, seriously. It has allowed me to keep my sanity lately with all the craziness going on in our life, that and jogging. Without reading and jogging, I think I would have lost it by now lol
Finally, here is a picture of our two fur babies, Quinn and Magique, doing what they do best: lounging around on the back of our living room couch! This is their favorite place to be in the afternoon since it is nice and sunny. They especially enjoy it once the warm weather returns since they get a very nice dose of fresh air from the door to the balcony and the windows.