Monday, October 16, 2017

Menu Monday

Mid October and since Kris is home the menu has been switched around a little bit. Just moved two meals around so we could try the hot sauce he raves about.

Monday

Chicken wings in hot sauce, rice and leftover raw veggies and dip from yesterday.

Tuesday

Turkey Tetrazzini, coleslaw.

Wednesday

Pork chops, mashed potatoes, peas/carrots.

Thursday

Leftover Tetrazzini and coleslaw.

Friday

Maple glazed trout, rice, and beans.

Saturday

Lentil soup (not sure if I will make sandwiches)

Sunday

Roast Beef, roast potatoes, carrots and cucumber salad.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Ramblings

After a very chilly evening of football it was lovely to get home and thaw out. Of course because we were in the big city (well big to us at any rate) we did our prewinter stock up (though I did miss a few stores as Harvey did not sleep well the night before).

Yesterday evening was spent portioning and packaging chicken, beef and pork.

All was done before I called it a night and went to sleep.

This morning I managed to portion the fish. We bought some lovely, large fillets of salmon and trout.


Now after a pick up of a few items from my favorite grocery store here in town (they are having a 10 for 10 sale, though some items are 5 for 10 or 2 for 10) we will be set in the meat and staples department for at least three months (must buy a turkey for Christmas though).

I still have my fabric haul to photograph and put away, but that can wait until tomorrow. I am having too much fun gazing at it and caressing  I mean touching everything. I even bought some new stabilizers for my embroidery machine as I am wanting to add a few touches to any winter dresses I sew this year (perhaps even a skirt or two will be embellished).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Movement Has Happened

No movement on the venting of the furnace however, just the movement of fall/winter clothing into the closets.

Once again I just moved everything over, and as I dress, I will evaluate all items on whether they fit or if I feel they suit the lifestyle I now enjoy. Hopefully a few more items will be put into the donation bag over the coming days.

I am still working on those same knitting and cross stitch projects, but I can actually see an end in sight and soon will be able to start on the Christmas knitting and sewing.

Off to have some herbal tea, and more knitting time.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

Today I made my stock up lists for groceries, paper goods, cleaning supplies, yarn, fabric and notions. It is always best to make a list and stick to it. I have also gathered together all my coupons with a few more to print off.

I shopped at home first for our meals and managed to stay out of the store for yet another day. I love days when this happens.

I used up more of the leftover items from our Thanksgiving meal to stretch out the servings of our dinner.

All in all another thrifty and frugal day.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Menu Monday

Kurt and Kris both left this morning. Each of them has some leftover turkey, some cookies and a loaf of bread. Kurt got some plum jam as well in his care package (Kris got his just after I made it). Now I get to use things up in the fridge.

First to go was the turkey carcass. I made stock with it today.

Monday

Turkey noodle soup with grilled cheese sandwiches.

Tuesday

Smoked sausages, leftover mashed potatoes and carrots. Think I will slice up the cucumber as well.

Wednesday

Leftover ham made into a casserole.

Thursday

Clean out the fridge (leftover casserole).

Friday

We will be eating at the football game.

Saturday

Home from the city, after a day's stocking up. I think supper will be Chicken, but don't hold me to it.

Sunday

Hamburgers, homemade fries, and coleslaw.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Just A Quick One

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate this weekend.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Bit Of Quiet

It is quiet around here right now, actually considering the boys are home it has been pretty quiet all day. 

Kris went out for a drive this afternoon and then joined his Dad downstairs to watch the Saskatchewan Roughriders win their game this afternoon. Kurt on the other hand went to the gym for his usual workout. I managed to get all the cookies made while they were either out or watching the game. 

Supper was very easy as Kurt and Kris pooled their cash and bought us a pizza. They figure with me cooking a big meal tomorrow I should have a night off from cooking.

Now the two of them are bonding at the movies, Harvey is watching another football game and me. Well I was knitting and will continue with that once my post is finished. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Frugal Friday

This week has been very quiet overall. The weekend won't be. Kris should be home within 30 minutes and Kurt should be home by any time around 10 pm. Things will get noisy and cooking and dish washing will take over much of my day until Monday.

What did I do this week that was frugal?

1.  Made a grocery list and stuck to it (missed a few items so hopefully I won't need to run to the store to pick them up).

2.  Used up all leftovers in the fridge.

3.  My hobbies have seen me using up some of my stash of yarn or fabric.

4.  Bought Kris and Kurt birthday presents on sale and did not even reach the budget amount for this.

5.  Had 4 no spend days so far this month and two allowable spend days. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thursday Tid Bits

I am so looking forward to this holiday weekend, both of our sons will be home for a few days. The house will be full of noise and laughter once again. Tomorrow I will spend baking cookies and pies. I need to make my home smell like Thanksgiving all weekend long.

Looking at all the lovely fall pictures on Facebook and various blogs I thought I would share some fall colour with all of you. While we do not get the brilliant reds and oranges that other places get, we do get lovely shades of yellow.

Most fields turn a lovely shade of golden yellow and combines go non stop to get the crops off.

Sometimes drilling rigs are surrounded by the bright yellows and burnt oranges of fall.


Once in awhile we are lucky enough to get lots of colour in the park near us, perhaps even a touch of  red. Or as close to red as we seem to get.

Most of our trees have lost all their leaves now. The cherry trees in our backyard are still standing proudly green along with the elms down the street. These are the last trees to change colour every year. In fact sometimes the leaves don't start to fall until the first snowfall.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.







Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Budget, Goals and Project Declutter Update

We were over budget because of holidays last month. Actually we overspent our entire vacation budget. The good thing to note is that if we hadn't had the two family reunions we would have been well under budget. Now we know that when family reunions take place we must budget a bit more. Live and learn I say.

The areas we were over were electric, television, health expenses, and computer/electronics as well as vacation.

We were under budget for natural gas, landline phone, cell phones, vehicle fuel and maintenance, house maintenance, yard and garden, groceries, charity, other (where we put expenses that don't fit in the other categories), entertainment, clothing, hobbies, and my allowance. Not too bad really as prices seem to be going up each and every month.

Still over all we are under budget for the year and hope to finish off the year with extra money in the account.

On the plus side all our investments seem to be holding their own or making a little bit so our full financial picture looks very good.

We even managed to give Kurt and Kris some extra cash. We plan on doing this every so often as we would like to see them enjoy a part of their inheritance while we still can.

Goal wise, not so good. I did knit a few items but did not finish my cross stitch. I also harvested all the garden produce and processed it for winter use.

Project Declutter saw another 28 items leaving the house bringing my total to 627 items for the year. I hope to have a better month.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

I am being my regular thrifty self this week. Baking was all done on one day so I didn't waste energy by having to warm the oven up two days. Baking also kept the furnace from running on that cool day thus saving on natural gas usage.

I hung 3 loads of washing on the lines in the basement yesterday. While I still had to use the dryer for the towels at least I managed to get other items dry without resorting to more power usage. Sure they weren't dry until this morning, but dry without the use of electricity.

Tonight I made my meatloaf, and since I am trying very hard to cut down on our meat consumption I only used about 1/2 the usual amount of ground beef. It turned out very well and Harvey didn't notice that it wasn't as "thick" as it usually is. I think I may try individual meatloaves the next time. The extra can then be frozen for another meal later.

Still using everything up that I can, and making sure that nothing is thrown out if it can be used elsewhere. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Menu Monday

Kris was home on the weekend and so my menus to end the week were switched around a little bit. Time to get back on track or at least as much of a track as I can.

Monday

Clean out the fridge night.

Tuesday

Hotdogs, sliced cukes and tomatoes, and pasta. There is leftover rice which I hope to make into rice pudding.

Wednesday

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and peas.

Thursday

Lazy Cabbage rolls served with more sliced raw veggies.

Friday

Salmon patties, rice, corn/peas mixed together.

Saturday

Sausages, baked beans, homemade fries, and coleslaw.

Sunday

Thanksgiving Dinner which will be Roast Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, salad, cranberries, pickles, and carrots. Dessert will be Pumpkin Pies and whipped cream. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Frugal Friday

1.  Used a chicken carcass to make stock.

2.  Did more dehydrating of various herbs and garden produce.

3.  Used the android box to watch a movie that was on pay per view this week.

4.  Baked bread.

5.  Coordinated errands so I only used the car once this week (other than Mass on Sunday).

6.  Turned the collar and mended some small holes in Harvey's shirts.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thursday Tid Bits

Today turned out to be an extremely warm day for this time of year. The only thing I did outside today was go for a couple of walks. No gardening or processing of garden goodness happened, my back was still sore from yesterday and errands took up all the morning.

I was tired after my errands which were many a varied today (usually it is just grocery shopping and picking up an OTC med for Hubby) and so I curled up on my recliner and worked on some cross stitch.

Also got a text from Kris saying he would be coming home tomorrow morning rather than tonight. I just put the leftover chicken back in the fridge and will make the casserole tomorrow (ham steak as first put on the menu....just wasn't big enough for the three of us). 

Tonight I worked on my knitting a bit more and I am slowly seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Just one more colour change and it will be finished. The cross stitch however will take a bit longer, though it is coming along nicely.

Tomorrow it will be back to dehydrating, processing and perhaps a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless,

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesday Craziness

I was busy today, not only with regular household chores, but a couple of extra chores as well. One of which Harvey put on my to do list.

Silly me pulled out the chicken carcass from supper last night and decided to get ahead. I started a pot of stock and then while it was simmering headed out to my friends for a quick cup of coffee.

When I came back less than an hour later I found a sink full of carrots. That's right, Harvey decided to dig up the entire carrot supply. So for two hours I washed, peeled, and sliced carrots. Then came blanching and freezing. I still have a bag full (well two really if you count the ones I put aside for use over the next few weeks) that I need to peel, slice and freeze.

The kitchen did smell lovely, my back ached but it was a good ache and I did not get any work done on my cross stitch.

When all chores were done in the late afternoon I snuggled in with a book and read for a few hours. Then cleaned Kris's room as he will be home sometime tomorrow night.

Enough stock to make three batches of soup on cold and blustery days.

Fifteen bags of blanched homegrown carrots to be used in meals this winter. 

Everything is in the freezer now and I plan on sitting in my chair and working on my knitting.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

Today has been one of trying to get things done in the house as well as the garden and yard. Since it was raining yesterday, my basement lines were used to hang two of four loads of laundry to dry. Those items were folded this morning. It is thrifty to use the dryer as little as possible and I would love to get more lines put up once the basement is put back in order.

Harvey is busy doing a bit of finishing work on the basement. We are still hopeful that the rest of the furnace venting will be done before too long (perhaps it is wishful thinking on our part) and the basement ready to use by Christmas. We are doing all the finishing work ourselves thus saving contractor fees.

I spent some time in the yard today and before cleaning plants out of the baskets and boxes I took some cuttings and collected some seed. These will come in handy for next years planting, cutting costs enables us to save even more money producing our own food. 

I did some mending today as well. Harvey had a few small wear holes in some of his t-shirts so I used some polyester thread and darned them much like I do socks.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Menu Monday

The last week in the month has arrived already. Time is slipping by quickly and very soon it will be Christmas and the dead of winter. Things have gotten much cooler here over the past couple of weeks and pretty soon I will be bringing out the slow cooker for those wonderful winter stews and such. For now, however, I have lots of summer meats that need using as well as frozen bits and bobs leftover from our Sunday roast meals.

Monday

Casserole time again once again using up some leftover roast beef from the freezer. I am hoping there will be enough left over for a second meal (or even enough for a tinfoil meal for Kris to take home), the bag is pretty small.

Tuesday

Roast Chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas/carrots.

Wednesday

Ham Steak, rice, and leftover peas/carrots.

Thursday

Sweet and Sour Ribs, rice, corn and a salad.

Friday

Glace (comfort food and it will use up the potatoes I bought).

Saturday

Clean out the fridge night.

Sunday

The beginning of another month and time to use up the last of the ham leftovers from the fridge freezer. Thinking along the lines of ham and scalloped potatoes served with any leftover veggies and salad.

Everybody have a wonderful day. 

God bless.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Ramblings

It has been a quiet day here on the old homestead.

Harvey went to the football game in Regina with Kris. The Roughriders lost, but only by a touchdown, they made it an exciting game at the end.

Kris just sent me a text saying his Dad had dropped him off so Harvey will be home in about 2 hours and I will get to hear all about the game as soon as he walks in the door. I plan on going to the next three games as they are late ones. One we will be spending the night and probably shopping the next day. Got to get in a stock up shop before winter hits.

The last few days have been cold and windy. This means the potatoes and carrots have not been dug up as of yet. I am hoping we can get that done this coming week and then I can concentrate on getting my flower beds ready. Seems like there is always something to be done outside.

Mass went on and on today. I seems we now have a priest who likes to talk and since we started late, I got home very late as well. There have been a great many changes taking place. Now Father Anthony is celebrating Mass in all three parishes every week and the basement we spent a great deal of money on to put up screens so people could see Mass (this was done to make it safer for those who arrive late and stand with their children at the top of the church stairs) and let there children run free is being used for Children's Liturgy. What a waste of funds as far as I am concerned. Still changes will happen and perhaps things will change yet again.

I also got the wash cloths that need embroidering from Darla. I really enjoy doing these little things to make a celebration special.

Now I am off to do some reading and knitting while waiting for Harvey to get home.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Last Day Of Our Vacation

Last post about our vacation an then I promise not to bore you all any longer.

Day four saw us out and about at a reasonable hour. Harvey even made us a brunch before we left and I stocked the car with bananas and oranges.

Our first stop was another hike. Perhaps not the longest one we took, but one that seemed to climb a mountain, and believe me this old body felt the effects.

This was the relatively level entrance to our 5 km hike. Yours truly thought the entire hike would be level and easily managed. Not true.

Up hill after this for most of the way, but the waterfall we got to see at the end was spectacular.


This is Wapta Falls and at 30 meters high and 150 meters wide is the largest falls on the Kicking Horse River. The guide book said it was a gentle hike....perhaps for those really young and in shape things, for us older, kind of out of shape people it was a bit more difficult.

I later learned the reason that the falls was fenced off. Our oldest son mentioned how one of his high school teachers had a brother who hiked to the falls years ago. He fell into the water and drowned. Now there is a wire fence (quite a strong and high one) that prevents anyone from getting to close.

On the way down the mountain we saw this.


A very large burl. I know it was the largest I have ever seen. There are people who harvest these and make wonderful items with them.

We made it back to the vehicle and continued our travels. In all the times we have been to Banff and Jasper National Parks we had never taken the time to visit Lake Louise. That was our next visit.

Chateau Lake Louise in all its glory. 

The lake itself. While not the biggest lake in the Canadian Rockies, perhaps one of the most tranquil.

If any of you have noticed most of the lakes have a lovely blue green tinge to them. This is because they are glacial runoff lakes. I imagine they are quite cold even in the middle of summer.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.






Friday, September 22, 2017

Frugal Friday

It is Friday once again and time to list frugal accomplishments for the past week.

1.  Baked two loaves of bread this week.

2.  Used up some of the small balls of yarn that I inherited from my mother on the baby blanket.

3.  Picked 2 cantaloupe from the garden.

4.  Dehydrated more herbs for winter use.

5.  Went to the library for free reading material.

6.  The rain we got and are still getting watered the lawn, flowers and garden. Gave the car a free wash as well.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday Tid Bits

The days are getting shorter and the evenings much cooler. It is time to put the garden to bed for the winter. There are a few musk melons left along with the potatoes and carrots. Harvey picked all the onions yesterday and they have been drying. I am hopeful that the carrots and potatoes will be picked, washed and either dried or prepped for winter storage.

The garden did not produce as it usually has. We got very few tomatoes, green peppers, chili pepper or jalapeno peppers either. As far as beans, well we managed one picking of just enough for one meal. I am afraid the freezer is pretty bare as far as frozen veggies this winter.

Even my flowers did not grow as well as other years.

The weather was extremely hot and dry which could be what caused the problem.

Tomorrow I plan on finishing drying the last of the herbs. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yoho Vacation Part 3

The third morning saw us going over Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park, one of the highest passes in Canada. Luckily there was no snow on the ground, they have gotten their first snowfall since we left.

We traveled down to Revelstoke National Park.

Our first hike of the day was in the Inland Rain Forest. Even though I was born in British Columbia I had forgotten how big the cedars can get.

Most of the trail we got to walk on these lovely walkways and not have to worry about tripping over giant roots.

This was perhaps the largest of the cedars we saw. No way would I be able to hug this one.

The trees seemed to stretch up forever.

The canopy in some areas was so thick we couldn't see through it at all. However that did enable lots of undergrowth to occur.

We have these growing in Saskatchewan as well, they just don't get as big.

After this short hike we traveled to our next hiking stop, Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk.

They were not in bloom so we did not have to suffer the usual stinky smell. I can just imagine what the trail would have smelt like if we would have visited in May.

The National parks in Canada have "red chairs" in them, kind of a signature. I actually managed to get Harvey to sit in one of them on this short hike.

We traveled down to Revelstoke for lunch and then headed back.

Thought I would take a picture of the tunnels we had to pass through on the highway.

We traveled through 5 of these tunnels through the mountains.

Where they could not engineer a tunnel road crews just blasted through the rock leaving sheer cliffs on each side.


Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.








Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yoho Vacation Part 2

After spending the first night in our cozy chalet, we ventured out into the park.

Our first stop was the visitor center in the village of Field, B.C. We picked up a map and decided on what spots we wanted to hike first, and then made a trip into the small town to check it out.

Lots of old buildings for Canada. Painted in such lovely colours.

This blue establishment housed a pottery. According to the lady that owned said establishment it was over 100 years old. The stairs to the top gallery were very shallow, and were of different heights. Her husband and daughter were also potters and the quality was beautiful. We ended up purchasing two lovely wine goblets.

We then went to the look out that allowed us to see over the Kicking Horse River. You can't really tell but the river looked like a giant braid. There were large and small areas of glacial gravel deposited that the river twisted and turned through.


Then it was into the car and driving to our first hike of our vacation.

We stopped along the way to take a picture of more tunnels through one of the smaller mountains. 

Continuing our drive we came upon an opportunity to take a picture of two rivers meeting. One was clean and the other was rather cloudy. It was filled with glacial silt and hadn't had a chance to deposit it yet.


We traveled further up the road to the parking and began our hike. This was to see the Takakkaw Falls.

We actually made it right to the bottom, but did not clamber around on the rocks as the mist and water made it very slippery, even on the path.

This falls tumbles 254m (830 feet) in one fell swoop and then continues to fall another 130 meters for a total of 384 meters or 1,260 feet. This is among the highest falls in Canada.

While heading back down to our second hike of the day we came in contact with the first (and only)wild life that we were able to see. This herd of elk were sunning themselves in a clearing by the road. The conservation officers were close by to make sure that no one ventured too close.

Our second and last hike for the day took us to a natural bridge.

This actually started out as a small waterfall, but as the water found a way through a crack the bridge was formed. 

Down the trail a piece (we had to drive a bit first), we parked at the trail head to see Emerald Lake. 

Isn't it a beautiful blue green. We could have rented canoes and gone out to explore some more, but the clouds were moving in, and it was getting dark. 

We headed back to the chalet and a well deserved rest.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.





Monday, September 18, 2017

Menu Monday

We are home now and back to eating regular meals. Not that we didn't while we were gone as the chalet had a lovely kitchen and a BBQ that Harvey fell in love with. I think it is more like I am back into the regular swing of things, cooking instead of being spoiled by Harvey doing all the cooking.

Monday

Hamburgers, homemade fries, salad.

Tuesday

Chicken Breasts, rice and leftover salad.

Wednesday

Smoked sausages, potatoes in cream, peas and sliced cucumbers.

Thursday

Leftover pork roast made into a casserole.

Friday

Fish fillets, potatoes, and coleslaw.

Saturday

Clean out the fridge.

Sunday

Harvey will be at a football game so I think I may just have soup and a sandwich.

Everybody have a wonderful day. 

God bless.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Yoho Vacation Part 1

As we traveled through the province of Alberta, we could see more and more smoke. At first we thought it was from the massive forest fires in British Columbia, but soon we could smell smoke as well as see it.

We came across this large prairie fire between Medicine Hat and Brooks.

On the way home Harvey decided to see how wide an area was affected. Turns out 5 kms of field were burnt. We don't know the distance in the other direction but it seemed to stretch forever. I am just so glad that the firefighters and emergency crews were able to get it under control.

We spent the night with our son in Drumheller, Alberta and then continued our journey the next morning.

Our first stop was before we even reached Yoho. 

We stopped on the Kicking Horse Pass to see the spiral tunnels. These tunnels were engineered to make it easier for the trains to get over the pass.




Here is a picture of one of the entrances (though it could be an exit) of one of the tunnels.

The trees seemed to hide the other entrances and exits, and we weren't lucky enough to see a train using them.

Here is a model of the many tunnels.

They circle back and forth making it easier for trains to get over the pass. Harvey was quite interested in this part of our stop.

This is a boiler that was left behind.


There is an interesting story on how the Kicking Horse Pass and River got their names.


I already shared pictures of our chalet so I won't show them again. However I will share the beautiful sunset we got to enjoy that evening.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.