Week in Review

Be prepared to be amazed at all the awesomeness that has transpired over the last seven-ish days.
Mild astonishment is okay too.

This week was mostly spent studying for a midterm for my History of Technology, Society and Environment class and working on a COVID-19 research paper for my class in human-nature health.
I was able to make it to week three in Barre Blend, but I am taking a few days off because my body feels like it’s about to be hit with a fibro flare up. I think the stress of my school assignments and midterm is really throwing me off.

We finally started getting some goodies from out patio garden.
Two green beans that I ate as soon as this photo was snapped and strawberries. I think we have some peppers that are almost ready to pick.
We faced yet another heat wave this week and our city has asked us to conserve water.

I got in the little oilers starter kit this week with Feathers the Owl diffuser from Young Living this week. Feathers is also a white noise machine and night light. So far Teghan is not fond of the KidScents DreamEase blend. Her thoughts “It stinks. Make it stop!”
Hopefully this will Teghan sleep at night. As she gets used to it, or as I find a better sleep and relaxation blend.

little oilers starter kit feathers the owl

The week was concluded with a birthday party celebration for my younger sister. We played mini golf and enjoyed ice cream. Teghan wanted a white Popsicle since they are her new favourite thing ever. It was so hot and unbearable, but after being in lock down for so long, it was nice to have family outing. Andy didn’t get to go because he has started back to work since Ontario has been slowly re-opening.


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We’re Going Camping!

zero waste camping newbie

For the last several years, I have been wanting to camp.
Even before I moved back to Canada I wanted to spend time hiking and camping. I feel at home in nature.
I lived in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains . . . I should have been living in the woods.

After making a post on Facebook about my youngest child wanting a tent, my cousin offered to give us a couple of tents. We took her up on the offer and we ended up with a six person tent and a giant four room tent. Score!

I may lose come “Canadian” points here, but I loathe winter.
It’s fun for a little bit. A day or two of sledding or snowshoeing… but after four or five months of the gruelling cold — I am over it. It makes me wonder how I enjoyed it as a child and wanted to spend every waking moment outside.
I now believe that this is why summer is so valued here and why everyone essentially lives outside during the summer. We all secretly hate winter.

I am fortunate to live to close to Gatineau Park.
Gatineau Park is a 361 square km conservation park that is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa-Gatineau.

As soon as they opened up the online reservations for camping in Gatineau Park, I jumped at getting us a reservation. I wanted it to be early enough in the summer that if they kids enjoyed it. we could return.

Reservations made, tents on hand . . . then it hit me.
I have never been camping on my own, as an adult. And I am taking kids?
What do I need?
What will they eat?
Will they be scared?
How cold will it get?
What did I get myself into?
How will we fit everything into our trunk?
Can I even set up the tent?!
How bored will the kids be?

I have two weeks to plan and get everything together.
I want to try and make this as minimal waste as possible and I also don’t want to buy all kinds of things to take that may only be used once.
I really think the thing that worries me the most is running out of food, or Teghan deciding that she wants a very specific food item that she hasn’t even mentioned in months while we are out in the woods.

I am fairly confident that I can pull it all together.
I just didn’t think about all of these decisions and the planning involved before I made the reservation.


planning a zero waste camping trip