Monday, September 25, 2017

Menu Monday

The last week in the month has arrived already. Time is slipping by quickly and very soon it will be Christmas and the dead of winter. Things have gotten much cooler here over the past couple of weeks and pretty soon I will be bringing out the slow cooker for those wonderful winter stews and such. For now, however, I have lots of summer meats that need using as well as frozen bits and bobs leftover from our Sunday roast meals.


Casserole time again once again using up some leftover roast beef from the freezer. I am hoping there will be enough left over for a second meal (or even enough for a tinfoil meal for Kris to take home), the bag is pretty small.


Roast Chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas/carrots.


Ham Steak, rice, and leftover peas/carrots.


Sweet and Sour Ribs, rice, corn and a salad.


Glace (comfort food and it will use up the potatoes I bought).


Clean out the fridge night.


The beginning of another month and time to use up the last of the ham leftovers from the fridge freezer. Thinking along the lines of ham and scalloped potatoes served with any leftover veggies and salad.

Everybody have a wonderful day. 

God bless.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Ramblings

It has been a quiet day here on the old homestead.

Harvey went to the football game in Regina with Kris. The Roughriders lost, but only by a touchdown, they made it an exciting game at the end.

Kris just sent me a text saying his Dad had dropped him off so Harvey will be home in about 2 hours and I will get to hear all about the game as soon as he walks in the door. I plan on going to the next three games as they are late ones. One we will be spending the night and probably shopping the next day. Got to get in a stock up shop before winter hits.

The last few days have been cold and windy. This means the potatoes and carrots have not been dug up as of yet. I am hoping we can get that done this coming week and then I can concentrate on getting my flower beds ready. Seems like there is always something to be done outside.

Mass went on and on today. I seems we now have a priest who likes to talk and since we started late, I got home very late as well. There have been a great many changes taking place. Now Father Anthony is celebrating Mass in all three parishes every week and the basement we spent a great deal of money on to put up screens so people could see Mass (this was done to make it safer for those who arrive late and stand with their children at the top of the church stairs) and let there children run free is being used for Children's Liturgy. What a waste of funds as far as I am concerned. Still changes will happen and perhaps things will change yet again.

I also got the wash cloths that need embroidering from Darla. I really enjoy doing these little things to make a celebration special.

Now I am off to do some reading and knitting while waiting for Harvey to get home.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Last Day Of Our Vacation

Last post about our vacation an then I promise not to bore you all any longer.

Day four saw us out and about at a reasonable hour. Harvey even made us a brunch before we left and I stocked the car with bananas and oranges.

Our first stop was another hike. Perhaps not the longest one we took, but one that seemed to climb a mountain, and believe me this old body felt the effects.

This was the relatively level entrance to our 5 km hike. Yours truly thought the entire hike would be level and easily managed. Not true.

Up hill after this for most of the way, but the waterfall we got to see at the end was spectacular.

This is Wapta Falls and at 30 meters high and 150 meters wide is the largest falls on the Kicking Horse River. The guide book said it was a gentle hike....perhaps for those really young and in shape things, for us older, kind of out of shape people it was a bit more difficult.

I later learned the reason that the falls was fenced off. Our oldest son mentioned how one of his high school teachers had a brother who hiked to the falls years ago. He fell into the water and drowned. Now there is a wire fence (quite a strong and high one) that prevents anyone from getting to close.

On the way down the mountain we saw this.

A very large burl. I know it was the largest I have ever seen. There are people who harvest these and make wonderful items with them.

We made it back to the vehicle and continued our travels. In all the times we have been to Banff and Jasper National Parks we had never taken the time to visit Lake Louise. That was our next visit.

Chateau Lake Louise in all its glory. 

The lake itself. While not the biggest lake in the Canadian Rockies, perhaps one of the most tranquil.

If any of you have noticed most of the lakes have a lovely blue green tinge to them. This is because they are glacial runoff lakes. I imagine they are quite cold even in the middle of summer.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Frugal Friday

It is Friday once again and time to list frugal accomplishments for the past week.

1.  Baked two loaves of bread this week.

2.  Used up some of the small balls of yarn that I inherited from my mother on the baby blanket.

3.  Picked 2 cantaloupe from the garden.

4.  Dehydrated more herbs for winter use.

5.  Went to the library for free reading material.

6.  The rain we got and are still getting watered the lawn, flowers and garden. Gave the car a free wash as well.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday Tid Bits

The days are getting shorter and the evenings much cooler. It is time to put the garden to bed for the winter. There are a few musk melons left along with the potatoes and carrots. Harvey picked all the onions yesterday and they have been drying. I am hopeful that the carrots and potatoes will be picked, washed and either dried or prepped for winter storage.

The garden did not produce as it usually has. We got very few tomatoes, green peppers, chili pepper or jalapeno peppers either. As far as beans, well we managed one picking of just enough for one meal. I am afraid the freezer is pretty bare as far as frozen veggies this winter.

Even my flowers did not grow as well as other years.

The weather was extremely hot and dry which could be what caused the problem.

Tomorrow I plan on finishing drying the last of the herbs. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yoho Vacation Part 3

The third morning saw us going over Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park, one of the highest passes in Canada. Luckily there was no snow on the ground, they have gotten their first snowfall since we left.

We traveled down to Revelstoke National Park.

Our first hike of the day was in the Inland Rain Forest. Even though I was born in British Columbia I had forgotten how big the cedars can get.

Most of the trail we got to walk on these lovely walkways and not have to worry about tripping over giant roots.

This was perhaps the largest of the cedars we saw. No way would I be able to hug this one.

The trees seemed to stretch up forever.

The canopy in some areas was so thick we couldn't see through it at all. However that did enable lots of undergrowth to occur.

We have these growing in Saskatchewan as well, they just don't get as big.

After this short hike we traveled to our next hiking stop, Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk.

They were not in bloom so we did not have to suffer the usual stinky smell. I can just imagine what the trail would have smelt like if we would have visited in May.

The National parks in Canada have "red chairs" in them, kind of a signature. I actually managed to get Harvey to sit in one of them on this short hike.

We traveled down to Revelstoke for lunch and then headed back.

Thought I would take a picture of the tunnels we had to pass through on the highway.

We traveled through 5 of these tunnels through the mountains.

Where they could not engineer a tunnel road crews just blasted through the rock leaving sheer cliffs on each side.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yoho Vacation Part 2

After spending the first night in our cozy chalet, we ventured out into the park.

Our first stop was the visitor center in the village of Field, B.C. We picked up a map and decided on what spots we wanted to hike first, and then made a trip into the small town to check it out.

Lots of old buildings for Canada. Painted in such lovely colours.

This blue establishment housed a pottery. According to the lady that owned said establishment it was over 100 years old. The stairs to the top gallery were very shallow, and were of different heights. Her husband and daughter were also potters and the quality was beautiful. We ended up purchasing two lovely wine goblets.

We then went to the look out that allowed us to see over the Kicking Horse River. You can't really tell but the river looked like a giant braid. There were large and small areas of glacial gravel deposited that the river twisted and turned through.

Then it was into the car and driving to our first hike of our vacation.

We stopped along the way to take a picture of more tunnels through one of the smaller mountains. 

Continuing our drive we came upon an opportunity to take a picture of two rivers meeting. One was clean and the other was rather cloudy. It was filled with glacial silt and hadn't had a chance to deposit it yet.

We traveled further up the road to the parking and began our hike. This was to see the Takakkaw Falls.

We actually made it right to the bottom, but did not clamber around on the rocks as the mist and water made it very slippery, even on the path.

This falls tumbles 254m (830 feet) in one fell swoop and then continues to fall another 130 meters for a total of 384 meters or 1,260 feet. This is among the highest falls in Canada.

While heading back down to our second hike of the day we came in contact with the first (and only)wild life that we were able to see. This herd of elk were sunning themselves in a clearing by the road. The conservation officers were close by to make sure that no one ventured too close.

Our second and last hike for the day took us to a natural bridge.

This actually started out as a small waterfall, but as the water found a way through a crack the bridge was formed. 

Down the trail a piece (we had to drive a bit first), we parked at the trail head to see Emerald Lake. 

Isn't it a beautiful blue green. We could have rented canoes and gone out to explore some more, but the clouds were moving in, and it was getting dark. 

We headed back to the chalet and a well deserved rest.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.