My day started off fun, and continued to be quite nice, though normal. Everything is always nicer with company.


I started the day with a forest walk with running buddies who were just in town for the day. I seem to have earned the nickname “Petri dish”.🙄🤣

I have refrained from any other exercise, but it is getting more difficult every day! I hope I get some lung capacity soon!


We had an awesome brunch at our regular place. It was great to catch up with everyone!

I read all the options, but got my regular still!


I grabbed my mom again for company and got going on the list. I looked at the second hand store for a canning pot, but there wasn’t any. I finally ended up getting a starter canning kit at Canadian Tire. My mom says I started canning at about age 2 and often made jam when I was around 9, but my mom had downsized the canning equipment, so I had to rebuy. I’m excited to get started ASAP! I think it makes sense for me to can as then I’ll know exactly what’s in my food!

We stopped at the mall and my mom returned her printer ink, I grabbed some tech items at Walmart and then it was time for tea!

First we had to have carbonated water.

Yesterday I bought the SodaStream, but last night I kept getting flat water. I’m not the best at this type of thing so it was no surprise that my mom immediately got lovely bubbly water. Of course tonight, I’m back to flat water:(

I got all my food made for this week while my mom shortened some running tights for me. It was nice just to have company around.


I made the Thai Style Chili Mango salad from Costco and mixed it with ground turkey again. It was so good last week, I wanted it again this week.

I also roasted a ton of veggies with chicken for my lunches.

I have coconut yogurt, strawberries and oatmeal for breakfast. I really wanted granola, but didn’t get around to it until this evening. Unfortunately, my regular granola recipe didn’t turn out:(


I’ve been knitting on the April Tank again and have 27 rows of stockinette left!


Of course, I was watching Hallmark as I was knitting and enjoyed the movie, All Things Valentine.

Have fun!


34 thoughts on “It Started With Fun

  1. Lovely day. Argh to running tights always being too long, though! I’m just about to dig out some old capris that will fit over my compression socks. Attractive!

  2. My grandma made homemade jelly or jam (don’t remember which exactly) a few years ago and it was SO good! Now that you brought it up, it makes me want to look into trying it this year.

    1. Ya I used to make a ton of different kinds, but it’s been years so I’m sure I’ll have to go through the learning curve again!

      1. If you find something good please share! I found a recipe that used chia seeds instead of gelatin to make it which sounds intriguing to me and I want to try it this summer with fresh berries.

  3. Lol, I’d be curious how “petri dish” came to be. As a microbiology lover, I find it quite endearing! Haha. Glad you enjoyed the brunch 

    Have a great week, AJ!

  4. canning things is something that I’ve never tried to do. my mom used to make pickles and piccally and can those. My grandmother always made jellies and jams. I can totally understand your need to make your own foods to help with your allergies.

    I always say that schools are petri dishes, so you are a petri dish in a petri dish?

  5. Okay, brunch looks amazing!!😋
    That’s awesome about canning!! That’s something I’d love to learn how to do once we get married and get a place together. I guess I could read up on it now for later use!
    Glad you had a good time with your mum! Certainly nice for the company I’m sure!

    1. I loved canning as a kid and it’s definitely a cost efficient way of preserving food. I find my food gets freezer burned way too quickly in the freezer, so hoping canning will be better!

      1. In my part of the world they do, and I think it would be helpful, but not sure about the fun part as I would be the “student” with lots of questions and taking a ton of notes hahaha

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