Rininging in the New Year With a Fresh Broccoli Harvest Under The Greenhouse

It’s the last day of 2014.  Doesn’t it feel like I was just saying that about 2013?  

Now a new year begins with new years resolutions, positive spirits and the never ending mistake of continuing to write the year 2014 until at least May.  I have some specific resolutions in 2014 (not really resolutions but goals – run a 5K, build permanent greenhouses, learn to budget), but more so they are vague but yet personal on other levels, “be positive”, “do you”. I feel like 2015 can be a important chapter in life, both professionally and personally so I’m here to welcome it in!  

Do you have any resolutions?  This year is the year to learn how to make social networking work.   I’m best on Instagram, ok on Facebook, not that great on Twitter and only on Pinterest in the PM.  I try to do them all, but how does anyone have time in the day to successfully post interesting and witty thoughts on them?  In January I’m going to really investigate how to value social networking more, attend a festival of like minded women and look to how to extend Brooklyn Farm Girl.  There are already a few things cooking in my brain pipes, so I’m excited to start the year off with a bang.

I recently got a new phone, Motorola Moto X which I’ve been trying to customize to fit my lifestyle.  How much time do I spend on the street looking at maps or texting on a corner or walking West on a street while meaning to walk East (hey, it happens – alot).  2 years ago I made a switch with my phone and again this December I made another big switch to the Android World.  Over the past 2 weeks I’ve been playing with all the customized features and finding the right apps to help me during the day.

What I love most about the Moto X is that I was able to name it with a cute little name to quickly ask it questions on the go.  In the morning I ask it the weather while getting dressed (I’ll even yell across the loft), in the kitchen I ask it for teaspoons and cup amounts, on the walk home I’ll ask when it’s going to rain and then to text Matthew to tell him to have a cup of hot chocolate waiting for me because I’m going to be cold. It also lets you use Facebook or Twitter on the go! Here’s a video I made to show the cool features of being able to ask it things.  My phrase to get answers is “Hello Kitty Cat”.  You set it up manually to match your voice so only you can unlock it to get it to work.  

I know I talked about customization alot with the hardware inside the phone, but why I really loved it (let’s be honest) is because I love pretty and colorful things.  The Moto X is one of the few phones that you can design! There’s thousands of ways, from choosing colors, leather (Black, Cognac, Navy and Natural), wood, putting colorful accents on it, memory storage, or even engraving a personal message on the back (!). You guys know I had to do it right… ok, I did it! My phone is engraved with “I love cats”.  Whenever anyone sees it they’re like “Of course your phone says that”.  It’s a purrfect match, sorry, can’t resist! Moto X

Right now I’ve been organizing all my apps and getting used to the new operating system.  It comes with a 5.2-inch HD display and a curved frame that fits comfortably into your sparkly polished hand. 
Moto X_1

The camera is great (the Best Shot feature takes several photos before and after you snap the picture and identifies your best shot – great for chasing cats!) but I’m super in love with the slow motion video! I already have been messing around with it.. who doesn’t want slow motion videos of Goblin?


  A video posted by Pamela Reed (@pamelaz) on

Goblin loves talking on it too… he just can talk for hours and hours!
Moto X_2  

The MotoMaker website is easy to use, I choose the raspberry color with the yellow metallic for accent.   What color would you pick?  The Moto X is available for $99 with a two-year contract and $499 without a contract. Add $25 for the wood or leather backs.

Now on to a slight different update… the garden!  (I took all these pictures with my new Moto X!)
There are going to be some new changes to the garden in 2015, we’ll be trying some new plants and we’ll be building some new structures (Matthew can’t wait for that one, don’t you love the look of excitement of a boy in a home improvement store?).  Also I’m looking at new garden apps so I can create a visual garden diary throughout the year and track all the planting dates right there on the spot! 

I’m happy to show you that right now.. I’m doing the broccoli dance!
That’s right,we got some Winter time fresh broccoli to end the year!
Keep going… do that broccoli dance, yeah yeah, shake it shake it.

We opened up the greenhouse this week and look at all those green beauties we found growing it.. say it with me… hello beautiful!

A basket full of fresh broccoli heads when I can’t move my fingers from the cold?  Well isn’t that just the coolest?

We immediately ate some standing on the windy roof, but we also steamed some for dinner the next few nights and froze a few to enjoy later this month… although it I doubt we’ll be able to resist that long!

We weren’t sure if the broccoli was going to make it due to the weather and the late start, but it pretty much made the end of the year when we opened that greenhouse and saw them.   I’ve had the idea of posting 2 tutorials on how to make a green houses – one that you can break down and one that is more permanent, would anyone be interested in learning?


Have a great end of 2014, beginning of 2015 and I can’t wait to talk to you soon!

Big hugs and love! 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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