Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

Back to normal now. We won't be doing any travelling until at least the beginning of September to another football game and then mid September to visit Kurt and the mountains. Got to be thrifty and use our resources wisely.

I also learned today that our electric company plans on raising rates 5% in the new year. Not good as our rates are the second highest in Canada (then we have lots of extra costs added in which brings it to the highest).

So thrifty for this week was putting $15.00 in my savings envelope. This is used to buy fabric, yarn and other hobby items.

Watered the garden with rain water. Thank heavens the barrel is getting filled once again.

I am busy using up frozen packages of precooked meat from the fridge freezer as well. The more I can stretch what we have the better off we are (need to save for the holiday). It is also fun trying to come up with a meal from leftovers that we can stretch into two meals.

Best yet we got this lovely bag of plums from the neighbour. I see lots of jam and perhaps some crumbles in the future.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Menu Monday

Since we were out of town at supper time yesterday we ate out. This doesn't cause much of a change in my menu plan, but we may be having leftover turkey instead of leftover chicken tomorrow... Still it is poultry and enables me to clean out my fridge freezer a bit more.


Sweet and Sour Ribs with rice and sliced cucumbers (going to be lots of  cukes over the next week).


Leftover chicken or turkey (depends on what is in the freezer needing to be used). I plan on making this into a casserole or perhaps a large pot pie.


Leftovers from Monday (made a big batch today especially for the leftovers). Having sliced cucumbers once again.


Leftover chicken casserole or pot pie. It's shopping and bill paying day so this will be quick and easy.


Veggie soup and grilled cheese or salmon salad sandwiches.


Pork chops done on the BBQ, creamed potatoes, sliced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes (lots are almost ripe).


Baked ham, mashed potatoes (or leftover potatoes from Saturday night), more of those sliced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes (perhaps a sliced green pepper as well).

The garden is slowly getting ready to harvest so I plan on making meals for the next couple of weeks that can be spread over two nights. Pickling, canning and freezing takes time away from cooking. Actually after processing the garden I just don't feel like cooking very much.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Ramblings

I worked very hard (not really) around the house the past couple of days. What this means is I managed to get all necessary cleaning done and even a bit of decluttering.

All this because I had a feeling Kris would not be able to find a buddy to use one of the season tickets to the football game this evening.

So I am off to watch something that I really do not enjoy very much sitting waaaaay up in the stadium.

Good thing is though no cooking tonight, and the people with season tickets around us are really nice.

This picture will give you a bit of an idea how high up we are located. Almost the last row in the whole place (one row behind us).

Back with regular posting starting next week hopefully.

Everybody have a great day. Take care.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Steps and Stoop

Our steps and small stoop at the door we use were getting very rickety.

We had replaced a few board, but had not painted them in awhile (as you can see). It was definitely time for something new. Something that would not need constant attention and paint as we are getting up there in age.

So, this summer was the time to go something new.

The base was completed while Kris was home as it was very heavy to lift into place.

Here it is with the railings. I even have enough room to place my bistro table and two chairs on it. Harvey did that specially for me. I can now have coffee on it in the morning. Even sit and use my tablet if I so choose.

It is great to have a handy man for a husband. I wouldn't know what to do without him.

This is made of composite on the decking and stairs. The railing is aluminum. So we will never have to paint it again.

Now I just need a new door as this one just does not cut it anymore.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Just A Few More Reunion Pictures

Here are a few pictures from the Meet and Greet Friday night.

Everyone got lost trying to find the place, but once there we all had a great time.
My cousin Diane, her significant other and her dad, my Uncle Keith.

My Uncle Harvey (wearing the white hat), my cousin Kerry, his mother my Aunt Isobel (who just happens to also be my mother's sister) and Uncle Harvey's daughter Janice.

Wayne, one of my oldest cousins and Kerry's brother.

My cousin Germaine (sitting down) and me getting a big hug from my cousin Greg (Wayne and Kerry's brother).
My Aunt Kathy's three daughters (out of 4). Corinne in the pink, Sherri standing in the middle and Susan wearing black.

My cousin Janice and Uncle Garry's new wife Verna (this was the first time meeting her).
Everybody have a wonderful evening.
God bless.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Home Sweet Home

We got home by just after noon yesterday, tired but happy. The reunion went well, even though it was not well attended. Only 90 people out of what I figure close to 300 chose to attend.

It was great catching up with all the cousins I had not seen in years as well as meeting the next two generations in some cases for the first time. I think the prize goes to my Uncle Albert and Uncle Sam's families for having the most representation.

After the banquet on Saturday night we played Family Feud, and of course I got bugged until I put together a team. The team I was on consisted of  the "double first cousins" and a spouse of one of them (not Harvey, he disappeared to watch the football game in the hotel room).

Our first opponents were the first generation, and one cousin (only 4 out of the 5 remaining siblings came).

Uncle Keith, Uncle Harvey, Aunt Bev, Uncle Garry and Darlene. They were actually the easy team to take down.... The rest not so easy. However "Doubles" won and now have bragging rights until the next reunion (which will probably not happen any time soon).

Harvey and I also went and visited Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Sam. We took flowers to place on the graves.

This is my parents grave site. They are buried right beside my grandparents with Uncle Sam on the other side.

More reunion pictures tomorrow.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


While cleaning the house today and sitting on the floor putting away knitting patterns, craft patterns and cross stitch patterns, I did something to my knee.

Now I am hobbling around the house wondering how on earth I am going to make it through my family reunion this weekend. I also have more house to clean before we leave.

Should be an interesting next few days. I plan on resting it for the rest of the night and hopefully it will be better tomorrow.

Back to sitting and knitting before bedtime (working on a baby blanket).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.