The solar storms that took place on St. Patrick’s Day allowed for the opportunity to knock another item off of my 101 in 1000 Day list.  I had originally planned on shooting some star trails at my parent’s place, but was rewarded with the Northern Lights.

One of the tasks on my 101 in 1001 days list is to grow and freeze my own produce.  Back in the spring, I had planted: peas, yellow bean, beets, carrots, spinach and tomatoes.  It was a pretty uneventful year for the garden with the exception of the carrots.  I decided that I would freeze some of them.  Here are the pictures of the process.  After a quick Google search for some  how to , and a purchase of a new pot, I was ready to go.  It really wasn’t a difficult process and I have since eaten some of the frozen ones and they are pretty darn good.

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Fresh from the garden. Loonies for scale.

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Peeling and slicing

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Let the blanching process begin. Long enough but not too long.

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Second phase of blanching — an ice water dip to stop the cooking process.

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All bagged and frozen.

 

Image  —  Posted: November 16, 2014 in 101 Tasks
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So it was 636 days ago that I set out to accomplish 101 task/goals in 1001 days. With just 1 year left before Day 1001, I am pleased with the progress that I have made toward my goals.  I have realized that for various reasons some of the goals / tasks will not be completed. This does not mean that they are forgotten, just that they are great starting points for my next 101 in 1001 day list that will begin exactly one year from today.  On my list remain some pretty great tasks, such as  a photo a day for 3 months, purchasing a ‘food Bank Bag’ at the grocery store for 12 months, and doing a variety of activities with my family.  Some of the remaining tasks are easy to complete and for others I have my work cut out for me.

For an update on the list and for photos of some of the tasks check out The List by clicking here.

Here is to a great 365 days of completing a majority of the tasks on the list.

Last year at this time I was about to enter the first blog of my year off.  It has been a great year.  Just a glimpse back at some of my posts, I am having a hard time putting the whole year into words.  This year I had the opportunity to dive with the sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, see some amazing sites in Australia, stand along the side of a volcano in Nicaragua, help build a school for children, travel to Cuba on a family vacation, celebrating  my 40th in Chicago with a great friend, among other great adventures.  As it is now Labour Day, I am sitting here doing some reflecting and thinking how lucky I am to have experienced what the past 12 months have held. It would not have been possible without the language in my collective agreement that allows me to defer a percentage of my salary each year leading up to the year off.  I will say that if you have the opportunity at your job, and can make it work financially, then it is worth it for sure.  I have already started thinking and vaguely planning for my next adventure which will hopefully start in September of 2017.  Here are a selection of photos from this year.

First Day of What?

First Day of What?

Trained for and completed the Colours 5k run in Bancroft.

Trained for and completed the Colours 5k run in Bancroft.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Opera House.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Opera House.

Koala

Koala

Holding a baby wallaby

Holding a baby wallaby

Sydney Harbour Bridge at Night

Sydney Harbour Bridge at Night

At the wax museum in Sydney

At the wax museum in Sydney

Great Barrier Diving

Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Rafting the Tulley River

Rafting the Tulley River

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Random Beach in the Daintree Rainforest

Hiking in the Outback

Hiking in the Outback

Meeting new wild friends in Tasmania

Meeting new wild friends in Tasmania

Diving in Cuba

Diving in Cuba

Relaxing on the beach in Cuba

Relaxing on the beach in Cuba

Volcano in Nicaragua

Volcano in Nicaragua

At the school build in Jardines de Apoyo Nicaragua

At the school build in Jardines de Apoyo Nicaragua

Celebrating the start of a new school in Nicaragua

Celebrating the start of a new school in Nicaragua

Being a Cupper (yes an actual title) tasting coffee right from the plantation.

Being a Cupper (yes an actual title) tasting coffee right from the plantation.

Fun with Shelly in Chicago

Fun with Shelly in Chicago

Sears Tower Chicago

Sears Tower Chicago

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Watching the sun go down. Final weekend of my leave.

Watching the sun go down. Final weekend of my leave.

Image  —  Posted: September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized