Monthly Archives: May 2014

Well, I’m not getting as much vigorous exercise as I should be, but I am getting outside every day. And today (Day 11) was no exception. This fine Mother’s Day was spent mostly outdoors, starting with breakfast on the deck, laundry on the line, brunch (mmmm… waffles and strawberries and cream!) on the deck, and a family walk in Don Mills:

Day 5: I started the day with yoga on the deck, which was pretty divine, despite the construction 5 doors down (more gargantuan town homes) that starts at 7 am sharp every weekday and slightly later on Saturdays. I also spent a little time cleaning up, pruning and watering the garden, which is showing great signs of life! Raspberries, gooseberries, and tarragon are below, but also the blackberries, blueberries, chives (of course) and English lavender are back!

I also encouraged my eldest to bring his work outside and we learned a little about electricity:

Day 6: Tuesday the boys and I made a last minute plan to meet with friends at the beach so we rode our bikes down and spent several hours soaking in the gorgeous weather.

#knitting at the beach. #30x30challenge

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Day 7: Wednesday I woke up early and went down to the deck to sit and listen to the birds for about 20 minutes before the construction noise began. Later my eldest and I rode our bikes to his morning class and later the library. It’s so nice to be back on our bicycles!

Day 8: Even though the construction was up before I was, I went out and did some meditation on the deck in the morning. In the afternoon we went to a friend’s to celebrate a 10th birthday and the 18 kids from 6 families had a ball playing outdoors and in while the mamas all relaxed and chatted on the deck. That never happens and was such a treat (we usually meet to go hiking or field trips).

Day 9: We all enjoyed lunch on the deck. The boys wanted to muck about with water out front (happily emptying the rain barrel for me and watering the garden and the sidewalk before the hatching begins) so I sat and worked on the front porch. Later I had to do a grocery run, so I did it by bike.

Day 10: Saturday mornings I drive my eldest and a friend to their Shakespeare class. It was such a lovely day that I wanted to ride, but we didn’t get to it early enough (we’d have to leave 30 minutes earlier than usual) so maybe next week. Instead I drove them as usual and took a walk to the local library. We ate outside again for lunch and dinner.

I have to admit, so far it’s been extremely easy because the weather has been fantastic. Once the rain begins (it’s spring – it has to rain!) it will get more difficult to get out. And I need to get a bit more exercise, but I keep re-injuring myself when I step up to the next level. Blurgh.


It’s that time of year again! And I felt so great last year at the end of May that I signed up to do the 30×30 Nature Challenge from the David Suzuki Foundation once again.

Day 1 (Thursday, May 1): We met up with 2 other families just after lunch down at the Ashbridges Bay Skate Park. I had a great time taking photos of our kids and of the older guys skating, like this one:

There’s more at – I posted them just in case the guys I talked to wanted to take a look. They were pretty sick out there, and a total joy to watch.

Day 2: I had some errands to run, to which I took the bus and subway, but on my way home instead of hopping right back on the TTC, despite the light rain, I decided to take an hour’s walk through the neighbourhood I was in, including Kensington Market, which is always fun. I spotted the well organized gardening neighbours taking advantage of the free compost pile:

 Toronto Ward 20 free compost 1 Toronto Ward 20 free compost 2

Day 3: Not much outside time, but the required 30 minutes walking around the ‘hood with the family doing errands and shopping local. A quick note on that: we went to the new Pantry, which is a cheese shop in our hood and they have the most amazing Canadian cheeses. I highly recommend it if you’re in for a cow/sheep/goat treat. They also sell other local treats like Kozlik’s mustards, local soup mixes and other great stuff.

Day 4: Today we made up for lost time. I meant to get outside for my morning physiotherapy routine, but I never got to it, so late morning I hung the laundry out on the line and we decided to have brunch out on the deck (first time this year!) and didn’t go back in until around 4:45pm. It was excellent. Reading, playing, gardening, working on my other blog and my feedback page, all outside. And we needed this day. All of us. It was perfect.