My Slump, My Slump, My Lovely Writing Slump

I’ve been in a slump.

For about two years, maybe even more now, I’ve had a bad case of writers block. I tried several times to get over it, tried several methods, but nothing worked.

Then I met a new friend.

I was too shy to tell her in person when we passed each other at work that I thought her tee shirt was the best thing since sliced bread (it had pandas… need I say more?), so I sent her an IM… and the rest is history. I accidentally found out that she rivals me in my love of books, all things Harry Potter, and writing. Since friends are hard to come by, I thought my circumstances were pretty darn good.

Then she helped me break through my writers block.

And since then she’s convinced me to join NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it’s the National Novel Writing Month. Pretty much, lots of people get together using an online forum (and they meet in person too!) and write 50,000 words in the month of November. That’s right. 1667 words a day. The length of a YA novel. I thought I had it in the bag… I was going to take a story I had bits and pieces of, fill it out and edit it and have my word count hit 50k in no time.

Instead, my friend and I got talking and I accidentally created a short story idea… which became a novella… and is now my focus novel for NaNoWriMo. It’s day 8, which means I should be sitting pretty at around 13,333 words. I’m at 2770, instead. Not where I want to be, but not at 0 and with no more writers block. So if you’re wondering where I’ll be disappearing to until the 30th, it’ll be to the magical world of writing.

I know not many people read this blog. Let’s face it, there are millions of bloggers, each with thousands of ideas and hundreds of posts, and mine isn’t exactly super unique. But to those who do pop on here now and again, thank you, and I’ll be back soon. I might even post my short story up once I’ve made some edits. I have a few posts in mind, but my slump has stopped me from doing much about that.

Now, back to writing about dragons in Scotland and how London is a little to loud and noisy!

(I can’t find the original artist, but I found this on Pinterest: Foxtato )


Labels Or Love

"I'm shopping for labels, I'm shopping for love"

The first line in Fergie's song always makes me think of grocery shopping. I wasn't always conscious of what I was buying to nourish myself… to be honest, I never really cared. It wasn't until we started talking about having a baby that we started going to the farmer's market and being pickier with our food. One our little one was born, I knew I wanted not only to make her early food once she began to want something besides my boobs, and we made sure everything she was eating was organic. Over these last two years, we've been refining our food choices, and while I've been much better at cutting out things like chips and pop, hubby is making much better choices today than he was when we started dating or even after we got married.

But better food choices for us and better choices for us and the planet only became a consideration recently. Buying a house with a big yard meant having a garden, but that never happened last year, which made me sad. Luckily, for over 2 years now, we get local, organic produce delivered right to our front door from a Toronto company called Mama Earth (and no, this isn't a sponsored post or a plug, I just ADORE Mama Earth!). As it became even more important to me to eat not just in a healthy way (usually organic), but locally whenever I could, I turned to Mama Earth to give me delicious, fresh, and almost always local food for equal or better prices compared to the grocery store. Of course in winter the produce tends to come from the US, but not all of it. Still a win in my books!

I've recently (and finally) joined Instagram (@chaerybear follow me!) and some friends and family have been asking me if I'm vegan now, as I have been posting quite a few vegan meals in these couple of weeks. The answer to that is simple and yet a bit more convoluted than I'd like.

No, I'm not vegan, though I follow and support quite a few. But I like to think of myself as someone who follows a plant based diet (I see vegan as plant-only instead of plant based). I eat mostly "vegan-friendly" foods; I choose plant based proteins like chickpeas and quinoa whenever I can, I think of portobellos as amazing steak replacements, and Angela Liddon and Evanna Lynch are my food idols. But I also use eggs and drink milk (although it's almost always almond or coconut) and I eat meat. Now before any vegan reading this decides that I'm the root of all evil, hear me out. The eggs I get are from a local farm a family friend owns… where her chickens are like pets. If she gets eggs from her chickens, she's happy… if not, she's happy. The birds are fed a great diet, run around their not-so-little pen, and live a happy chicken life.
I get me meats from local farmers (around St Jacob's, Ontario) who have a small mixed herd or several animals who eat well and are treated with love and respect. I understand why vegans have banned together; I also despise the "machine" that is the meat industry: animals trapped in tiny spaces, injected with hormones and other crap to make them grow abnormally large, the horrid conditions, the slaughterhouses… all of it. It's beyond disgusting, and it's a big part of why I'm so picky with my food. But I believe if I'm choosing animal products that do not contribute to that horrid cruelty, I can enjoy them knowing that my choice is not feeding that cruelty machine. And if I'm ever proven wrong, I'll change my habits.

Labels aren't everything, love is.

Told you my answer was long-winded!

Next time (in a day or so) I'm going to share my new favourite way of making tilapia (100% drool-worthy!), which of course I found on Pinterest!

Marta xoxo


Hey!!So a few weeks back, as I tried to figure out how I could balance my hectic life and making sure I get back to giving you all so new content, I decided that having 2 blogs is too much.

While the two let me focus on separate topics without having too much overlap, I would find myself focusing on one blog more than the other… which of course meant less content for one group of followers. That just wasn’t fair.

In light of this, I have created a new blog to merge two two I’ve been running. I’m not switching up my focus too much. My cooking, diy, and fashion inspirations (among many others) come mostly from Pinterest and I spend hours browsing my favourite categories: Home Decor, Women’s Fashion, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, DIY & Crafts, and Health & Beauty. Since my two blogs drew much of the content from Pinterest, it was easy to merge the two and I knew I HAD to have a reference to it in my blog name. And as some of you know, I’m a HUGE GEEK. Huge. So I wanted to make sure that was eluded to as well. Lastly, I love writing, so my blog name had to be fun, whimsical, and lyrical. So… 

Welcome to Pins & Weedles!

I hope you will join me, if you’re so inclined. I promise to keep the Pinspiration flowing!