Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mid Week Blues and What I Have Been Up To

Today is a day of reflection.

Twenty-nine years ago (for some reason I thought 30) our middle child, our only daughter was taken from us in a car/bike accident.

It is a blurry picture, but this is Krista. This was taken the year we lost her when she was just 6 years old and finished her Grade one.

Today we went out and cleaned up the grave site and gave our baby new flowers. We also visited with Harvey's Mom and Dad as well as one set of his grandparents. Most of the family is buried in this graveyard.

I am finding this year a bit difficult for some reason. I seem to be in tears at some crazy moments in the day. Strangely I am finding myself more and more wondering what Krista would have been like had she still been with us.

Once home I picked lots of cucumbers (and cried) and tonight made them into Pickles In A Bucket (and cried). Hopefully I can add another small cucumber to the bucket in an hour or so.

Also I managed to finish another of the top patterns I had cut out for one of my goals this month. I am afraid that I have fallen short in the sewing department this month. Perhaps next month can be a catch up one. Promise to post pictures of what I did manage to get done within the next week.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Menu Monday

I didn't get to post yesterday as Harvey took over the computer. Seems he just had to look up statistics on his favourite ball team and football teams.....

Here are our menus for this week.


Homemade soup and sandwiches.  Need to use up the stock before I make more from the carcasses I have saved.


Homemade pizza. This will use up some Italian sausage and the leftover ham. We will also have a salad with this.


Finish off the pizza and the salad.


Leftover chicken made into something I have never made before. I will let you know if it turns out.


Tuna Pasta Salad


Sausage Casserole and a salad.


Beef Roast, creamed potatoes, green beans, and of course a salad.

So there you have it, my menus for the week. Hoping for no changes so we can use things up.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Trying For More Than 20 Of These This Month

Every month I try for as many no spend days as are possible. Usually I can manage 20 in a month, this month I might just manage a few more.

This would be awesome, as last month (and actually this month as well as next) have a few unexpected expenses.

My visit to the dentist resulted in two fillings, a root canal and a crown. While our insurance will pay for the fillings, and the getting rid of any infection in the "bad" tooth leading to the root canal and crown. They will not pay for the root canal and resulting work.

Sure we can claim the work on our income tax next year, but the expense up front is crazy......

Here is hoping that this fourth root canal and crown are my last such unexpected expense for a very long time.

Also hoping that we can have a great many more no spend days in the upcoming months.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, July 25, 2014

After The Rain

Over the last two evenings we have received almost an inch of rain. Great for the garden and lawns, not so great for picking in said garden. The last row of beans are still waiting to be picked, hopefully tomorrow morning Harvey and I can get in and finish that job.

I also hope to pick the parsley, some more kohlrabi and the last of the peas. Being busy with the garden might mean that I will be unable to bake the rhubarb loaves and muffins. I hope not, as the fridge is getting way too full.

A couple of days ago I got another parcel in the mail. I have been waiting for this parcel for three weeks and am so happy to get it.

More patterns that I ordered from McCalls!!!

Some are even suitable with the right fabric choice for wearing during the fall and winter.

This pattern,

I am really excited about making. I even have a beautiful heavy patterned red fabric to make it in. I am a bit scared however as it is fully lined (have I ever made a lining for any, and there are lots of pieces to cut out and sew. I hope if I take my time I can do justice to this beautiful coat pattern.

I even have fabric for this skirt,

The green one, only I plan on using a red knit (or perhaps the royal blue knit I have in my stash).

Just got to get my other sewing projects done and I can get started on some fall/winter wear.

Off to work on my Christmas rug project!!

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Tid Bits

After the disaster with my oven last night, Harvey got it up and working today. I just can not be without an oven and a toaster oven just won't cut it in this house.

It is his birthday today, Harvey turned 64 so to get him to work on his birthday means a great deal to me.

I made him the dinner he wanted, fresh fish (well fish he caught a few days ago), oven fries and beans that I picked yesterday. His birthday pie will be enjoyed a bit later.

I went and visited with my sister, niece, great nephew, and great niece this afternoon. I had a wonderful time catching up on all their news and getting to know the little ones a bit better.

This is Rylan. He is three years old and full of energy.

He does not like getting his picture taken and it took me a long time to get this one. I first had to take a picture of Dolly.

Dolly, just happens to be his mothers old Cabbage Patch doll.

This is his little sister, Arya.

She was much more interested in the camera and my purse than even thinking of smiling!

After a few hours of drawing and crawling on the floor I was on my way home.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Busy Beginning

Well it looks as if my busy time on the old homestead is beginning. The garden is starting to produce by leaps and bounds, I spent most of my day just picking and preparing veggies and fruit.

First thing this morning I picked one row of beans.

A rather large steel bowl full of green beans. Some were washed and put in the fridge to be used for upcoming meals. The rest were snipped and blanched. Put in freezer bags and placed in the freezer. I still have one row left to pick but that can wait until tomorrow.

Next I started drying herbs. What could be snipped off my basil plant and oregano plants was washed and then put in the dehydrator.

I think I will be doing parsley tomorrow first thing.

Next I picked the last of the rhubarb.

These are washed and sliced. Right now the slices are residing in containers in the fridge ready to be made into loaves and cake for the freezer. Nice to pull out when we want a bit of sweet for a special treat.

A head of romaine lettuce was next on the list. Washed and prepared for use during meals for the rest of the week, and probably into next week as well.

You would think this was enough for one day wouldn't you? Nope there was more appearing every time I would get out there.

These zucchini soon found their way inside. I washed them up and shredded them (too big for anything else) and now some shredded zucchini await usage this winter in the freezer.

Three cucumbers now reside in the crisper. I can use them as sides on their own or mixed into the lettuce.

I then got a bit of time to do some work on my cross stitch. It was only half an hour but at least I got a bit more completed on that little (do you sense some sarcasm here) project.

Now I am working on Harveys birthday pie. Hopefully that will be done before two long. I just have to wait for the cream cheese to soften a bit more. Baking the pie shell as I type. Well, I thought I was baking the pie shell. My oven seems to be having a bit of a problem...... It may take awhile to warm up as only one element is working. Hope to get it fixed tomorrow as Harvey thinks an element is burned out.

Off to do some work on the rug project and get this pie shell baked.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu Monday

Another week of cooking or getting Harvey to BBQ. The weather has been so warm that cooking outside saves the air conditioners a bit of a work out.


Roast Pork which we were supposed to have yesterday.... Then Hubby decided he had a craving for Kentucky Fried Chicken...spent his allowance so can't complain. Served with kohlrabi and carrots along with some salad.


Chicken Cordon Blu, I am pretty sure there are two packages left. Then again I might be gone so if there is only one left....Harvey can have it and I will scrounge. Served with fresh green beans and a salad.


Leftover Pork roast made into a casserole.


Clean out the fridge night.... not that there is much in there put there could be leftover pork casserole and a few bits of salad left. I could however make the fish I was going to serve last Friday if there are no leftovers.


Lazy Perogies and a salad (need to use up the lettuce that is left in the garden).


BBQ ribs, potato packets, and either peas or beans from the garden.


Roast Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn and perhaps some salad.

There they are, the menus for each evenings meal this week.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.