Monday, March 13, 2017

Here & Now

It's time for our March Here & Now post as part of the monthly link-up hosted by Sarah of Say! Little Hen. You can find all of this month's links in the March Here & Now at Say! Little Hen to explore what's happening in everyone's Here & Now - please join us if you wish!  I am currently:

Loving //  "Solo Senior's Stolls" with my beautiful senior dog, Oli (above). More on that below.
Eating //  So many cherry tomatoes! The plants are almost spent though, so I shall have to freeze/preserve the rest.
Drinking //  Coffee, of course! A great big bowl of latte. :)
Feeling // Very tired of rain, and grateful for every wee little break in the wet weather to enjoy being outdoors.
Making //  House plans for the big move. We're going to build this time around!
Thinking //  Way too much about floorplans.  My brain is starting to turn to mush.
Dreaming //  About what to do with my future from-scratch garden. 

Since last month's Here & Now,  things have crept almost seamlessly from cool wet summer to cool wet autumn. A bit of a bummer really!  I'm still holding out a faint hope for a few months of lovely autumn weather.  We did get a few days of warm sunny weather at the start of the month - hopefully that wasn't our annual quota. :) At least there have been a few breaks of sunshine and warm weather between the squalls of wind and rain, which is much better than we had during the "summer".

In a silver lining to the weather woes, I haven't needed to plan my days around trying to beat the heat.  This has been especially helpful for the dogs.  Our oldest dog, Oli, has been slowing down quite a bit this year.  It breaks my heart to watch him aging, but its a good life filled with love and all the care we can give him.  He's no longer able to run with me but young Humphrey and I still need the exercise, so when I'm able to work the scheduling I run with Humphrey, shower, change, and walk with Oli on our new ritual of the "Solo Senior's Stroll".  It's very time consuming and can make for rather hectic mornings, but both Oli and I do love these relaxed ambles together.

Curious to see more?  Let's stay in touch! You can follow along here at Green in Real Life (links on the sidebar) for my urban garden adventures with a sprinkle of everyday greener living, drop by Creativity Unmasked for my creative and crafty side, or head to the dogs at Dalmatian DIY for homemade treats, toys, and other pet posts. See you again soon!  

P.S. The children's garden journal printable activity sheets pictured below can be found here for free download. :)  Our slightly more practical but decidedly less fun "grown up" garden journal printables can be found here, with mix-and-match new additions to the collection here.


  1. Oli is one very handsome pooch! That's lovely that you find the time to still give both dogs the exercise they need.
    I hope you get some sunshine soon! Endless rain is as tiring as no rain at all. Why can't the weather just behave? It's lovely and autumnal here today though so I can't complain :-)

    Best wishes with the house building, that must be quite exciting!

    Thanks so much for joining in again,
    Sarah x

    1. Your wishes have worked - it's finally sunny this morning, but with a bitter wintery chill. Still, I'll take it! ;)

  2. Oli is a very handsome dog. Always hard to see a much loved pet age. How exciting/nervewracking designing a new house and garden. Summer has been a bit of a let down this year. Feeling decidedly autumnal now.

  3. Our getting-older-now Labrodor, Sir Steve, sends a seniors greeting to your Oli. Steve dog doesn't move as quickly now and sometimes he gets stuck on which way to go when we are out but he still greets his daily walk with much enthusiasm. Hello, Oli!

    A from-scratch garden to look forward to, how wonderful. I wouldn't be able to contain my excitement at such a prospect! Meg:)

    1. Pats and senior snuggles back to you, Sir Steve! :)

      Starting a new garden (again!) is always exciting, but this will be the first time in a long time that I've had a completely blank slate. So many choices! My problem is a decided lack of patience but I'm sure that mother nature and my budget will keep that (somewhat...) in check! Hehe.


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