Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Is Here

This week is flying by. Soon Kris will be home and Kurt will be winging his way to Greece with his students. The Tridium starts tomorrow with Holy Thursday and my glasses are in as well.

Today I only worked in the office for a couple of hours and then headed home. I have a slight tickle in my throat so I hope I am not coming down with anything at this busy time.

Once home I completed my computer work for the Dogmatic Theology course next week and continued getting ready for the Easter Vigil.

Gifts for the RCIA participants from the parish are now wrapped and ready to give them that evening.

Wrapped in plain white tissue with a card that reads "God loves you". Perfect as that is what most of the course was about. The fact that God loves you just as you are, with all your defects and quirks.

My starter plants are coming along nicely.

Well all but the mint that is. Looks like I will be watering them tomorrow.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Menu Monday

 It is that time of the week once again. Last week I stuck to my menu plans very well. One day however, instead of the planned Chicken Wings we ate up the last of the chili. I also froze a package of chili and pasta for Kris to take home with him.


Leftover beef roast made into a pot pie with carrots, frozen peas, leftover corn and potatoes.


Spaghetti and meat sauce. I will make a salad to go with this.


Chicken Fingers, Oven Fries and the last of the salad.


Baked Spaghetti.


Glace and eggs.


We will be having our Easter dinner today as Kris will be heading back to Regina sometime Sunday morning.
Ham, potatoes, carrots, a salad, pickles, and more than likely a pie or crisp for dessert or perhaps a cake????


Leftover ham and scalloped potatoes.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God Bless.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Ramblings

Today we start the Celebration of Christ's last week of life. This Sunday commemorates Christ's entrance into Jerusalem.

We heard the Passion story and listened to the reading from the Old Testament that spoke about his upcoming death.

Just thinking about what he will go through for our sins makes me grateful that God (cause Christ was God in human form) loved us all so very much. We need to pick up our cross and follow him.

It was a quiet day overall with just a few household tasks. Making my list of chores for next week and stripping and remaking my bed. Otherwise I really did not do very much at all, quite in keeping with a day of rest.

I did pull out the turkey carcasses from the freezer in the basement and make some stock.

Here is a picture of it boiling to concentrate it a little bit. I managed to get 4 1/2 containers which are cooling on my counter. I will be putting them in the fridge and then tomorrow in the freezer.

These are the bones, cooling and getting ready for me to pick the meat off them. I have enough meat picked off to add to two big pots of soup in the coming weeks. Frugal as my soup will only cost me pennies and homemade is always better tasting.

Then it was time to sit and have a bit of a rest.

What better way than a pot of tea and contemplation of life.

Yesterday I sewed some more of the burgundy cord on my rug project. Here is my weekly update.

Just a short piece of the burgundy left and I have already added in the sage green. The rug is now 3 feet across, so it is growing. Not quickly, but it is growing.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

No Waste Day

It's Saturday on the old Homestead and things moved along quite nicely.

I lost my gadget that said what blogs I was following so I have started to do it over. You will notice some are missing, but slowly I hope to get them all back up as well as some new ones. This is cleaning up my bookmarks as well. If I haven't gotten you on the blog roll as of yet, don't worry you will be back again soon.

I am happy to announce that we are more or less finished the big pot of chili I made a few days ago. Three meals for Harvey and I, plus a TV type meal to give to Kris when he comes home next weekend for Easter.

Oops, just noticed that I dated this wrong!!! Oh well, only out by a day. This meal for one used up the remaining pasta in the fridge and the last of the pot of chili. I love when I have no waste!!!

I also spent time in the sewing/craft room doing what I love. I finished off the shorts (though why I was concerned about getting them finished when we are now at -2 C I will never know) and a little dress.

I am moving right along getting this months goal completed, as far as sewing is concerned. As long as the patterns are simple I should be just fine.

All scraps from cutting out patterns over the last two months have been folded and put away. I am sure that I will find a use for every piece eventually.

I even finished making cord with the burgundy yarn late this afternoon. Now I just have to sew what is made onto the rug and I can add the sage green yarn. I am beginning to think more and more that work just cuts into my craft time. Guess it is time to figure out if I want to work or if I want to spend more time at home doing these types of activities. I hope to figure this out by the end of June, if not sooner.

Tomorrow I plan on doing a bit more sewing. I have a few patterns cut out that need to be sewn with blue thread so I hope to be able to do most of them with the same colour.

 Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Snippets

Today has been fairly quiet. I have spent time in the sewing/craft room straightening things up. I also spent a bit of time sewing. I could have finished sewing my first pair of shorts today, but decided after doing a bit of sewing and tidying it was time to move on to something else.

While shopping today I picked up these beauties.

I definitely needed something to remind me that it was spring. After a few days of lovely warm weather, we are now under a snow advisory..... Some areas of the province are expected to get up to 15 cm of snow tonight and tomorrow. Not us thank heavens, but where my brothers live the weather is supposed to be just terrible.

It is April for crying out loud and it is raining right now. I foresee some seriously bad road conditions ahead. Add snow on top of ice slicked roads and accidents are sure to happen.

I also said good bye to my old purse. She was 5 years old and getting pretty worn out. Here is my new one.

Another reminder that spring should actually be here. I bought this at our family reunion 4 years ago and am really looking forward to using it over the next while.

Hubby bought me a special gift today, and I enjoyed a glass before supper.

Chocolate wine!!!! I couldn't wait for it to chill so I added a few ice cubes to it. I can hardly wait until I can enjoy a glass or two on the deck.

Every spring we are visited by two very special birds. Hubby actually thinks they have a nest in the rather large evergreen in the neighbours yard. This is actually the first time I have ever seen the two of them together rather than just hearing them coo.

Two fat and sassy Mourning Doves. The picture is not the best as it was getting dark out but still shows our yearly visitors. The greet us every morning with their call and are a sure sign that spring is actually here.

Last night we had our second last RCIA meeting. I have extended it one more meeting in order to do a bit of a wrap up. The participants will be confirmed at the Vigil and we are all very excited. I will really miss these two participants, they were willing to discuss absolutely everything and are so excited about the Tridium.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday Tid Bits

It is almost time to start supper. Thank goodness for leftovers as I will only have to make pasta and warm up the chili. I have a meeting tonight so an early supper, clean up and then off I go. This time the RCIA meeting.

My back is really bad today, and I am desperately tired. The wind is howling (many people call this type of brisk westerly wind an Alberta Clipper, I call it something else....) and my fibro is starting to kick in. I am happy to note that soon I will be home and resting for a few days. Hopefully that will help.

Went for my 10 block walk early this morning and actually cut a bit off my time. Next week I will be going for 12 blocks on the days I don't work and hopefully by the end of the week will have managed to cut time off once again by the end of that week.

I also spent some time cutting out some more sewing patterns.

A couple of dresses, a top, and in the bag with the shorts and pants pattern 2 pairs of shorts. So all together I managed to cut out 9 patterns. This means I used most of 9 pieces of fabric from my stash. I do have to go through the scraps tomorrow and decide what will be useful to use in what small (or larger quilting projects).

Then silly me decided to sew some more cord onto the rug project. Not a good idea as now the back is very painful. Stopped and rested hoping that by the time I leave for my meeting the pain will have dissipated, can't take any meds for it right now, but if it is still bad when I get home tonight I will.

Checked out my starter plants.

Starting to see some progress. I hope by the middle of next week to have a great start on the plants. My Moonflowers seem to be growing quite well.

Off to start supper.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Whew, A Few Spare Moments

The past three days have whizzed by, really I don't know where they have gone. Here it is Wednesday, the middle of the work week and I can barely remember yesterday!! I do know I went to work but other than that and a few chores around the house the day disappeared in the blink of an eye.

I did manage to finish my knit dress on Monday. Hmmm, the picture shows the hem as being crooked. Not true it is just not centered on the hanger properly.

Very simple pattern, but the next time I make it I think I would use a heavier knit.

Now I started on one of my other goals this month. Cutting out those patterns that I want to get finished to update or replace items that I either wore out or no longer fit.

Two very quick to make skirts, another quick to make sundress, and a jacket that can be sewn in a short period of time.

This is a picture of 7 pieces of fabric I would like to get cut out and if the patterns I use are simple enough, I should be able to get a few more items made. I am hoping for a sleeveless dress, a top, another skirt, a couple of pairs of shorts, and perhaps a summer top out of the blue checked with perhaps the white eyelet for trim. Stash busting and decluttering absolutely the best thing.

I think I might be busy!!

I have also been going for early morning walks on those days that I am not working. Hope to increase my distance by a couple of blocks every week.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.