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When life gives you ferns…..

Well, the May Long weekend continued with its tradition. It rained on the days I was home over the weekend, so I did not get to dig up more of the red rock.  Instead, I started counting ferns in the red rock bed.  I counted over 20 of them. So, moving on to saving the ferns! The first step is establishing what kind of ferns are in my rock bed.  I snapped a picture of my ferns and uploaded them to the app PictureThis and what I found out……….. I have a lot of Ostrich ferns.

 

Now that I know what I am dealing with, what do I need to do to these ferns to keep them alive? Well, my Facebook algorithm now wants to show me everything and anything about Ostrich ferns.  Lo and behold, what do I stumble across?  A Facebook post telling me that Ostrich ferns are edible.  I started digging deeper because I realized you can not believe everything on Facebook.  I found a Government of Canada website reviewing food-safe tips for fiddleheads, which is what the curls from the Ostrich fern are called when they first sprout. In the video below, I will show what my fiddleheads look like in red rock.  Mine are too far gone this year to try sampling.  Next year, I want to sauté fiddleheads for a sample.  I have read that fiddleheads can taste similar to asparagus, broccoli, spinach or green beans.  I can’t wait to try them.

 

Returning to my app/webpage

The perfect time to transplant Ostrich ferns is mid-spring to early summer.

Lucky for me, it’s curretly mid-spring. Ostrich ferns need partial to full shade.  I plan on returning them to the area they are currently in, so they will still have partial shade.  I have started moving my ferns from the red rock bed to flower pots until I can remove all the red rock and transplant them back into the flower bed.  Two down and eighteen more to go!

Let’s flip this!

I decided to test my luck with the app. , which was such an exciting application. I didn’t realize how many different recordings you could create. I created a free account by adding my email and creating a password, and then I went to explore. I started with the videos. I found I could switch up my background.

One of the standout features I discovered was the ability to use my own photos as the background, a unique and personal touch that sets this app apart.

This just made life as a future teacher even better.  I could upload my picture as a demonstration for math or science with the substitute teacher or with students who miss an assignment.  I then could explain what was behind me in detail while videoing and talking to the class. I created a quick video with Flip to try it out. Click the picture below to watch my video on Flip.

Another impressive feature of Flip is the ‘mixtape’ function.  This allows you to compile multiple videos into a mix,  making it a perfect tool for showcasing a semester or year’s worth of learning to parents. So, start creating and happy videoing!

 

Technology – gift or curse?

Technology is the greatest gift and curse. Without it, I would not be attending university right now, and I would not have started pursuing my bachelor’s degree if I had to move or drive to Regina regularly. Technology also comes with social apps, which can be time wasters and consumers. We now have all information at our fingertips—some of it incorrect, but still at our fingertips. It is much easier to look up the information you need on YouTube or Google instead of calling your grandma or dragging out the encyclopedias. 

A customer shopping on social media platforms using a mobile phone concept

I did a terrifying thing and looked at my daily screen use on my iPhone. I was sure I already knew what the data would tell me. My most used is Facebook by a long shot, followed by my web browser, messages and WhatsApp Messenger. I am terrible for using Facebook reels to zone out on life. When I wake up in the morning before everyone else is awake, I spend downtime watching reels; I also watch them before I fall asleep at night. It’s probably not great for my mental health, but sometimes it’s nice to scroll and not need to be doing something at all times.  

My kids and husband bought me a Kobo for Mother’s Day. Since I also love to read, I thought having a Kobo would help with reel scrolling. That way, I don’t need to become off task by scrolling reels instead of opening my book app. Instead of scrolling through social media apps, I aim to read on my Kobo before falling asleep. 

COVID opened the doors for many online platforms to make living at home in isolation possible. Since 2020, there have been many advancements in technology, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and online classes. The push for online education opened a door I normally would not have pursued. Living two hours from the city with two young children did not seem possible to obtain my degree. Once more classes moved to being online, the opportunity was available. 

Woman using calendar app on her phoneBeing a full-time university student, employee, and mother of two very busy children has its challenges. However, this is not something I would ever change. I tried using a paper planner but found I always had to add information to my phone since my planner was never with me. I use my iPhone calendar so that way I can sync it to the computer as well. So far, this has worked well for me, and I have not missed appointments or deadlines. 

I constantly use programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Canva, Google Docs and Adobe Photoshop to meet my school work deadlines. When I went to school, the first go around (this ages me), Microsoft Word and PowerPoint did not have the option to have multiple people working on one document was not available. It’s incredible to think how far technological advancements have improved.

Wish me luck in curbing my evening scrolling with my Kobo.

Waving my wand and turning red rock into something beautiful!

When pondering what to do for a blogging project, I wanted to incorporate something I wanted done around our home.  What was a project that I have been putting off because of the time commitment, research, purchasing, and manual labour that made me say, “Hmm, maybe next year?” Welcome to my red rock bed; I find it hideous and always pay no heed to it. I wish I could wave my wand and have a beautiful flowerbed.

However, that will not happen, so bring on the manual labour. I’ve enrolled Al to help me and he is super pumped about this project (nope, not at all).   We bought our home three years ago; the previous owners had filled the space beside the house with red rock and ferns.  This weekend, we borrowed my father-in-law’s skid steer to see how much rock there was. We removed two skid steer buckets of red rock from the bed. It barely made a dent.

Over the May long weekend, Al and I plan to remove the rest of the red rock and repurpose it at my in-law’s place.  They wanted to add more rocks to a parking space.

Now for the fun part: researching all the pretty perennials I can place in the flowerbed.  I want a flowerbed that I do not have to replant each year.  Perennials come up yearly, so I won’t need to plant new plants continually.  After living in our place for three years, I observed that the front of our house has little sunlight.  So I need some shade-loving plants. According to Natural Resources Canada, Kenosee (southeast corner of Saskatchewan) is in the 3b zone for hardiness. This limits the perennials that will work in my space.

For the next six weeks, I will be researching and purchasing different shade-loving plants, removing and repurposing the red rock, finding the best dirt to fill in the large hole, and discovering the best mulch to reduce the weeds while keeping the soil moist. Wish me luck, and hopefully, Al doesn’t hate me by the end of it.

Introductory Post: What have I done?

Hello, and welcome to the world of Dayna! I’ll be your host, Dayna Coffey. I am 38 years young and grew up with three siblings on a horse ranch near Kennedy, Saskatchewan.  I now call Kenosee Lake my home with my husband, Allan, our two beautiful daughters, a cat named Mittens and two dogs, Lizzy and Mia. I am on my second go-around of education.  Previously, I attended SIAST and obtained my Hotel and Restaurant Administration diploma. I am enrolled in my second year of the early elementary education program at the University of Regina.

When I am not working or studying for classes during the spring and summer, you can find me in the garden, camping, or at the ranch, spending time with our horses. In the winter months, I am most definitely on the road, ensuring my children live their best lives.  You can find Allan and I juggling between hockey, figure skating, dance, gymnastics, and 4-H.

Many people wonder why I went back to university at 37 years old. Last year, I decided to work as an education assistant in a small school (50+ students K-12).  I found working with the students amazing.  I absolutely loved it! Naturally, the discussion came up about whether I wanted to stay an educational assistant or pursue my bachelor’s degree in education.  After some extreme research, I found that I should be able to complete most of my degree online through the University of Regina. I then quit my full-time job as an educational assistant, returning to the casual employment list at the school, and began university. So here I am today, in my second year of education, taking a full course load in the spring/summer months to complete my degree as quickly as possible.  I hope to condense my degree over three years and graduate when I turn 40.

I am jumping into the world of university with eyes wide open. Blogging has been a pretty foreign concept to me.  Normally the most I have ever done with blogs is found recipes or tips on gardening.  Creating my own blog was not something I thought I would do. Well, cheers to new adventures!

 

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