Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mid Week Blahs And New Goals

I was asked to sub at the other Catholic School in the city today.

I ran between 3 classes, Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 1. Wow, I forgot how needy those little ones are. I was also out on supervision at recess and early in the morning. Was the weather nice...... Not at all, it was misty and windy I could have used some windshield wipers on my glasses!!!  The above picture was taken when I worked at the school many years ago. So I am tired and kind of achy. I may just jump into a nice warm bath in a bit after I work on my knitting for awhile.

Anyway, it is the first day of the month and time to list my goals for this month.

1.     Sew the coat I have now cut out.

2.    Organize another binder or two of recipes.

3.    Continue the projects I have started. I figure another couple of weeks on the cross stitch (or by the end of the month) and finish at least 2 skeins of yarn on the rug project.

4.    Choose fabric for two sewing projects and get the projects cut out (must finish or be close to finishing my coat).

5.    Have at least 18 no spend days this month (this is an ongoing challenge on a forum I belong to).

6.    Wrap the birthday gifts that will be given out this month.

So I am taking it a bit easy on myself this month. Now that school is back in session, I never know when I will be called in to work. I am hoping for no more then five days a pay period, but we will see what will happen. Today I found out there is a rather large shortage of subs. No wonder I am being called upon so often.

Joyce and Shawn, could you please email me your snail mail addresses as soon as possible.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

End Of The Month Update and Bloggy Give Away

It is the end of another month and time to update everyone on my goals...... How did I do? Well here goes.

1. Sew the top I have cut out...... This has been on my list for the last couple of months. Done, barely, but still done. I finished it yesterday.

2. Cut out a coat and start sewing it. The pattern is cut out of the main fabric, I have been procrastinating cutting the interfacing and transferring the markings.... I was going to start sewing it today, but I read, threaded my machine, had a cup of hot chocolate, got the interfacing out, read for a bit, worked on my cross stitch, and had a nap. Does anyone see a pattern here?

3. Continue with the rug project. This is slowly but surely growing and will be ready for Kris for Christmas. Managing to keep up with this every night. Two nights making cord and then the next night sewing the cord on. Still keeping up with it.

4. Continue with the cross stitch project and when (if I manage to get it done before the end of the month) done start on the second unfinished cross stitch project. This is being worked on when the weather allows. Lighting is not great on those dark and dreary rain days. We have had many of them this past week, including today.

5. Plan out the quilt for our bedroom. Did this, I planned out the individual blocks just need to figure out the colours for the borders and the colours around the blocks.

6. Freeze at least 24 bags of tomatoes for use this winter. Done, might make a few more as I still have ripening tomatoes.

7. Make and freeze cabbage rolls. Project done. I may make some Lazy Cabbage Rolls a bit later.

8 Make and freeze cabbage bread. Done, not as many as usual due to some strange circumstances so when these run out I will be making some more (at least another 4 or 5 dozen).

This is what today has been like.
Rain and more rain, at sometimes very heavy. Not really conducive to making me want to work. I just wanted to curl up with a book, a mug of hot chocolate and spend part of the afternoon doing absolutely nothing.

Which I did for as long as possible.

I even made pie crust and two lovely quiche for supper.

One quiche.....

Two quiche (this one is going in the freezer).

As I said trying to waste time so I could not sew. I think I managed that quite well.

Now on to my Bloggy Give A Way.

Joyce please email me your address and the blue scarf will be winging its way to you. Mind you considering the length of time it takes to mail something from Canada anywhere it could take as long as a snail to reach you.

Shawn and Red Robin since you both like the green scarf I decided to have 3 scarves to give away. I had another ball of the green yarn and will have two of these to give away. Please email me your snail mail addresses, one scarf will be going out immediately, the other will follow in a few days.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Menu Monday

Getting my menus posted between chores.


Leftover Pork Roast, I am not sure how this will be done up. Could be a casserole which would be lovely on this very cool fall day. Or I could use the slices and just warm them up serving another roast pork meal......


Leftover Ham. This will definitely be made into some kind of casserole.


Leftover Beef roast. I may just make this into a stew.

(Is anyone seeing a pattern here?)


Clean out the fridge smorg.


Baked Trout fillet.


Bison Sausage


Baked Ham

This week I did not put down any sides with my meals and that is because I plan on using things up and I am not too sure what will be served.

Everyone have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Tomorrow will be my draw so get your names in.....

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Ramblings

Today dawned cloudy and dark. Rain came during the early, early morning and continued off and on until the afternoon. Too dark and miserable to do any cross stitching, so I took myself off to the sewing room after Mass.

Yep, that is right I decided today would be a good day to get that top I had cut out sewn.... Perhaps knocking off another one of my goals for this month as well. I did not get it finished but I got a very good start on it. Another hour or two and the top will be finished.

I just need to put in the armhole facings and do a narrow hem.

Mass was exceptionally long today. Pope Francis has called a Synod of the Bishops together to discuss the effects of evangelism on the family, so we had prayers for it's success.

Father Brian used the reading on the parable of the two sons, one of whom said he would not go into the vineyard and later went, while the other refused to go at all. He asked each of us how many times we turned away from what God wanted us to do (he spoke about St. Augustine's life) and how many times we left the church after Mass and gossiped, or said someone did not deserve forgiveness. He spoke about how God loved us and wanted what was best for us and that the best for us was to listen.

I will be pondering this a great deal this week, as I know I quite often fall short.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Another Goal

Today was spent making Cabbage Bread or Birokies as my family calls them. Things did not work out like I had planned due to Murphy's Law, but I did get 4 dozen of these beauties made.

To make a long story short, things did not go right at all. One part was due to my own forgetfulness or perhaps my forgetfulness and the other to perhaps old frozen bread dough. But at least I got half of what I usually make done and I can add the other half to my goals for next month.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Getting Ready For Those Long Cold Nights

It is that time of year when Harvey and I start preparing for those long, cold, Saskatchewan winters.

Prepping has become so second nature to us now, that usually we don't even think of what we do. But I decided that perhaps it would be great if I shared with all of you.

First off we get the garden in and stored for the winter. Those veggies and meals of cabbage rolls and cabbage bread and all the pickles and relish will taste so good over the winter.

Then I empty my baskets and boxes of plants and herbs. I usually cut down all the perennials at this time. Harvey is occupied raking leaves and adding them to the garden. He then works them into the soil a little bit.

I wash and vacuum all the vents in the house and vacuum and wipe off the surfaces of the electric baseboard heaters. Then I wipe down the oil filled heaters that we are using in some of the rooms instead of the baseboard heating.

The outside rain barrel is emptied into the cherry trees and the cedars. We don't want to take the chance of it cracking from the cold. All water taps to the outside are turned off. We forgot to do this once and this is what happened.
Ever since we are doubly sure that those outside taps are turned off and the water to them is turned off inside.

Thanksgiving here in Canada, happens in October and that is when we remove the air conditioner in the dining room window and cover the one in the hall wall. Kurt and Kris are here to give a hand with this chore. They also climb up and check the eaves troughs and clean them out.

The screens are removed from the windows and placed in the basement. I don't know why Harvey decided this needs to be done but we do so every year.

The lawn mower, rototiller and other spring/summer/fall outside tools are cleaned up and put away. The outdoor furniture and cushions are stored either inside or beside the house. I think I will be moving my wicker rocker inside this first winter.

The snow blower and shovels are readied for their winter jobs.

Harvey gathers together plans for woodworking projects and decides if he needs any special supplies. He also gathers a couple of wine kits....must keep busy.

Coats, mitts, scarves, toques, and other winter wardrobe essentials are gathered, washed and checked to see if they need repairs. I also transfer my summer clothing out of our room and place my winter clothing in its stead.

I gather my reading material and projects together. Here is a start on the reading material.

These are the beginnings of my fiction collection. I am sure I will be downloading many more free books on my Kobo, but I do this when I start running low on reading material. Knowing me I will be checking out my favorite rummage sales and thrift shops for a few more.

I even managed to find some frugal living books at a garage sale and picked them up.

I have downloaded a few onto my Kobo as well, they of course were free.

I still have lots of yarn and fabric so my evenings will be me tucked up nice and warm in the house with a cup of tea or hot chocolate working on a project or with a book in my hands.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday Tid Bits And A Trip Back In My Memories

I have been extremely lazy today. I just did what I had to and other things got left to do another time. I did get my written to do list done, but other things I had planned (sewing for one) got shuffled off to be completed tomorrow or Sunday.

I will admit that I did work on my cross stitch and sewed more cord onto the rug project, but those things I can do plopped in front of the television and for the most part are mindless activities. I really should have been sewing, but just could not get the energy up to do so.

Sharing a picture of me at about the age of 2.

Growing up my Dad did not approve of pants for girls and so until about the age of 10 all I wore was dresses. My mother despaired of me ever wearing a dress without tearing it once I started walking. She said where my sister would untangle herself from whatever her dress got caught on, I was more likely just to rip myself free. I am sure she was over joyed once Dad allowed me to wear pants. I should stress that the pants I was allowed to wear were ones with an elastic waist.... According to Dad the only ones allowed to wear pants with a fly were boys or men. I am sure Dad was not happy when I got my first pair of jeans........ with a fly front.

To this day I am the one who could care less if my clothes are a bit wrinkled, or if I get caught on anything that they get ripped (my wedding gown has a small tear in it as I could not wait for anyone to untangle me). Clothing can be mended easily, whereas children grow up so quickly we need to enjoy and play with them while we can.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.