Monday, September 16, 2019

Menu Monday

Wow, the middle of the month already. Where on earth does the time go. Soon our garden and my flower boxes and pots will need to be put to sleep for the winter.

My menus for this week are:


Salmon cakes (though this could get a bit fancier as I have some phyllo pastry in the fridge that needs using), fried leftover potatoes from last nights roast meal, and the remains of the coleslaw.


Leftover roast beef, probably will do something along the lines of a BBQ sandwich type thing. Served with a tossed salad.


Porkchops, creamed potatoes, mixed veggies, and the remains of the tossed salad.


Stew and dumplings.


Lazy perogies with lots of fried onions and a bit of sour cream. Perhaps some raw veggies and dip on the side.


Clean out the fridge night (though I have a feeling this could happen twice this week and my menu will change accordingly).


Roast Chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies and a salad.

Lunches will as usual consist of leftovers, or sandwiches. 

Everyone have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Ramblings

Today was really warm. I am so glad that I got out walking early, still worked up a sweat though. Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer. Then the rains and slightly cooler temperatures will come back.

Things are getting back to normal around here after our trip, and I am enjoying being caught up. Still the cucumbers are becoming a bit of a problem. Pretty sure the neighbours are tired of me dropping surprise bags on their front steps, but I don't want them to go to waste.

I have started to count my steps every day and have been doing not too badly. There are days where I actually manage to get more steps in than I thought I would. Then there are those days where getting those 10,000 steps in pretty darn difficult.

Working on some of those projects that were planned for this month and hopefully have more finishes than I have managed over the last little while. I am working on the embroidery of the tea towels, pinning together another quilt top and getting ready to sew that one up as well. I would love to have the two quilt tops done, but meetings are starting, and prayer shawl ministry will begin once again. I will also be busy on Thursdays for awhile being a leader for our new Bible Study on prayer. I think I just might have over extended myself for the next 6 or so weeks.

Perhaps an update on

is in order. I have managed to remove 405 items from the house (this does not include using up fabric or the scrap fabric in the quilts I am making) this year. I may just manage to remove the 500 items that I want to reach this year. I hope that I can manage to rid myself of some of Kurt and Kris's many items they have left behind over the years.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Day Three and Some Photos of the Night Before

Sunset on the second night. 

There was live entertainment outdoors at one of the eating establishments/lounges. They were very good and we enjoyed our short time watching and listening.

We didn't spend much time listening as we had a big day planned for hiking.

I got up in the morning and after a cup of coffee went out for my morning walk. To my surprise there was a great deal of fog over the water.

By the time I got down to the beach much of the fog had lifted. At first all you could see was the tip top of the mast on the sailboat.

Still the day became sunny and warm. After Harvey finished a few cups of coffee we were off on our first hike of the day.

We decided to do the Arrowhead hike. This hike was mostly through the forest and really was pretty easy overall. There were a few places (uphill) that I was very glad to have my walking sticks. We finally reached a lookout area and saw this....

An open meadow!! I bet this is filled with wildlife, which of course we didn't have the luck to see.

And what is a hike without the obligatory picture of mushrooms or fungus. I am always amazed at how many types we see that I have never seen before.

After lunch I managed to convince Harvey to go on another hike. This one was not too far from our 
cabin (well relatively close).

We were planning on going in one direction but ended up taking a bit longer route. You see a smell was emanating from the trail in front of us, and on looking down we saw lots of bear droppings. Not wanting to run into a bear on the trail, we back tracked and took a different route.

This route followed the shore line of the lake south wards.

Just one of the many sailboats that were on the water that day. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thursday Tidbits

It has been raining all day long. We have now reached the 2 3/4 inches mark and the rain keeps coming. Sure glad this didn't happen during our holiday.

Here are a few more photos from our trip.

Our first hike was to the marsh area. We have hiked this area all three times that we have visited this park. It is nice to see all the changes from the first time we visit. I had never seen cat tails go to seed so I just had to take a photo.

The water was very still and I loved the new lookout where almost the entire marsh could be seen.

After our visit to the marsh we traveled to another area that we visit every time we go. The historic East Gate. The park service is still working on some of the buildings but the original gate has almost been totally renovated and reinforced.

Once again Blogger is causing me problems so I will cut short our first full day and post a few more pictures on Saturday.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hiking, Resting, and Quiet

At the end of last week Harvey and I traveled to Manitoba and one of our National Parks. We have visited this park three times now and noticed many changes.

Firstly we were actually in the same cabin as the last time we were in the park.

Harvey relaxing on the front deck of our little home away from home.

The first night we walked around the beach area and the streets of Wasagaming. Surprisingly it was very quiet.

The walk to the beach.
A friendly gull strutting down the sand.
The clouds covered most of the sunset the first night we were there.

Some photos of our walk around the beach area.

Blogger is not letting me download any more pictures so I will continue with our trip tomorrow.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Thrifty Tuesday

Now that we are home once again, things can start getting back to normal.

Thrifty happenings on the old homestead started in earnest once again. We really spent a little more than we had planned to on our holiday.

Last night I pulled out the 4" fabric squares and started another quilt top. These squares are from leftover scraps of fabric from other sewing projects and fabric that I have cut out of old clothing that was past being donated, but still clean and usable. It is kind of great that our sons bring their older clothing home and let me decide if it should be donated, cut into fabric to be used in quilts, or made into rags. Of course I cut off all buttons and they are popped into the button jars. Truly this is a thrifty way of staying warm on cold winter nights. The quilts also make lovely gifts as well.

Harvey had a pair of pj's that had seen better days. Since they were made out of flannelette I got some lovely rags out of them. Just have to serge the edges.

I shopped my fridge, pantry and freezer for supper tonight and I made enough that we can have another meal from the casserole.

Using no name embroidery thread to embroider those tea towels.

Working on the temperature blanket still and that will be another lovely blanket to snuggle into on those cold winter evenings.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Menu Monday

Back from our little get away and starting to get back to the real world. 

Starting of course with the menus for the week.


Sandwiches, sliced veggies and cherry tomatoes. The leftovers of what I packed to eat on the way home.


Chicken breasts, rice, and corn on the cob, or if it is as cold as it is today the chicken will be made into a rather large casserole.


Leftover casserole, and some lovely warm drop cheese biscuits.


I plan to use up a bag of leftover ham from the fridge freezer. Along with the ham I will make egg noodles, and peas.


Salmon cakes, homemade fries, and coleslaw.


Honey garlic sausage, creamed potatoes, and mixed veggies.


Roast beef, roasted potatoes and roasted carrots. We will use up the remaining coleslaw, or I will make a tossed salad.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.