Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mid Week And I Am Tired

I must not have slept very well last night, even though I thought I did. I am tired and achy, my one foot is a bit swollen. Hopefully I will be more myself tomorrow.

I was asked after my post if I had a dehydrator and the answer is yes. I actually had two for awhile, but they were getting old and not working as well as they should. So when we were in Cabella's a couple of months ago we picked up a new one.

This dehydrator is the one we purchased (photo thanks to google images). 

I love the fact that it has a temperature gauge on it. I can finally set a dehydrator for the correct temperature for the food being dried. 

I only have one problem with it. The trays have very large holes and so if you want to dry herbs or smaller items like diced veggies or small fruits you need to purchase silicon mats for it. We purchased one box of mats but really should have purchased 2 so I could dehydrate more herbs at one time. 

Off to curl up on my chair, do some knitting and then head in for a nice long soak for this aching body.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

My thrifty share with all of you today is the drying of herbs and veggies. I guess I could add in the gift of veggies that just are not growing in the garden.

My neighbours daughter gifted me with some lovely zucchini. It is shredded and in the freezer to be used in bake goods this winter. My plant is not really producing so this was a wonderful gift. We love zucchini muffins, loaves and cakes.

I have also been busy dehydrating herbs for use this winter. Considering what jars of dried herbs such as parsley and thyme cost it just makes sense to produce our own. 

Today I dehydrated hot chili peppers. Hubby will grind them up to make cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes saving us even more money.

Using up all leftovers saves us money as well, it also keeps our refrigerator and freezers clean. I still have work to do on one of the freezers, but that will wait until Harvey goes to the next football game.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Menu Monday

A new week, more menus...... Getting cooler out in the evenings and that will be a nice change from the seriously hot weather we are having.


Meatballs in mushroom sauce, egg noodles and leftover salad.


Leftover ham made into a casserole or perhaps pasties. 


Clean out the fridge.


Chicken wings, rice and cut up veggies and dip.


Tuna Pasta salad.


Leftover Tuna Pasta Salad.


Beef Roast, roasted potatoes, peas and cut up raw veggies.

This weekly menu is subject to change as Hubby has offered to go up to Regina with the truck to let Kris use it for awhile. At least until he is able to find a vehicle in his price point.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Why Is Kris So Unlucky

We got a text this morning from Kris saying his car was missing. Then a text a bit afterwards saying that his car could get into accidents without him even being in it.

It seems that on Friday night (Kris did not leave his apartment until this morning) a man was driving down the road, dropped something and rammed into the back of Kris's car. In fact the police officer said the car hit the back of Kris's parked vehicle sending it into the van in front and slipped right underneath so Kris's car was sitting on the hood of the car that hit him.

Needless to say this does not sound promising in the least for the damage to be fixable. Meaning of course that Kris will need to purchase another car. Purchase one before he really wants too, as he was saving to put a large down payment or eve pay cash.

Harvey has text Kris saying that if he needs a vehicle he can borrow the truck for awhile.

Never rains but it pours for our youngest.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday Roundup

It has been a fairly busy week here on the old homestead.

As previously posted I played catch up with garden produce, and while not quite where I would like to be at this point in time, I am slowly but surely getting there. A bit more dehydrating, a bit more shredding and I will be in good shape until the carrots, potatoes, onions and peppers come in.

I am slowly but surely working my way through all the baby yarn I inherited from my mother. I would like to get through at least half of it by the end of September when Christmas knitting will take over from using everything up.

Sewing has not been on my radar as of yet. I am hoping to get a few things completed next week sometime. It seems going to football games kind of messes up my project completion goal. Oh well, I do love spending time with Harvey and Kris.

Talked to our oldest son Kurt last night. He has decided no more traveling for 28 days out of country. He is now rushing to finish all his lesson plans for the first semester of school. I have a feeling that this will change as the years pass and he will be back to traveling for as long as possible.

I have also spent a great deal of time wondering about what is happening to the south of me. The racism and bigotry is not contained to the United States, but slowly and surely making its way up here to Canada. As I stated on Facebook today there is no way on earth to fix stupidity and ignorance and I see more and more of this every day. It bothers me no end that people can not see or understand that here in North America we are either immigrants or the descendants of immigrants....

Well off to do some blog visiting and then some knitting.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Frugal Friday

Hmmm, I wonder if I can find five new frugal things I did this week.

1.  Air conditioning off on most days until mid afternoon.

2.  Pickled the mini eggplant as there really isn't much more I can do with them. Going to try and make moussaka with the next batch.

3.  Fixed some seams on pants and shorts.

4.  All leftovers used up in various meals this week.

5.  Cut my own bangs this week.

Now a couple of repeats.

6.  Used rain water to water all the plants outside.

7.  Back into baking my own bread after a couple of weeks vacation from doing so.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tursday Tidbits

Its been a long day. For some reason I could not sleep past 5 am this morning. Tossing and turning, trying to get back to sleep is not for me so up I got.

After a cup of coffee and a nice morning walk in the cool air, I got to work.

While I did not manage to get the eggplant pickled (that is a job for tomorrow), I did manage to bake bread, bake 4 crisps (3 plum and one blue berry), and dehydrate basil, thyme and oregano. I even watered all my plants. Lugging that 4 gallon watering can up and down the stairs numerous times and to the back herb garden is not fun, but could be considered good exercise. No wonder why I am stiff and sore now!

This afternoon I finished the first baby blanket and started the second one. Hopefully this one will move along a bit quicker than the first as I am now used to the pattern.

I also picked more of the mini eggplants and washed all the canning jars in preparation for tomorrows pickling session. The recipe says it will make 6 pint jars so hopefully this is correct.

We had to turn the air conditioning on this afternoon, but we were lucky enough not to need it even earlier considering I had been baking pretty much all morning.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Up To My Ears in Cukes and Plums

Today processing started in earnest.

I managed to make a batch of pickles in a bucket (in this case a large glass jar, you do what you need to do). Eight less cukes are residing in my fridge (though more will be arriving).

 These are always so nice and crisp, but they will need another stirring tomorrow.

I managed to process some of the plums.

Nine lovely jars of jam!! Still have plums left and I doubt very much if Harvey can eat them all.

I think tomorrow will be baking a couple of  plum and blueberry crumbles for the freezer as well as baking bread, dehydrating, and making those eggplant (aubergine) pickles that are intriguing me.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

Back to normal now. We won't be doing any travelling until at least the beginning of September to another football game and then mid September to visit Kurt and the mountains. Got to be thrifty and use our resources wisely.

I also learned today that our electric company plans on raising rates 5% in the new year. Not good as our rates are the second highest in Canada (then we have lots of extra costs added in which brings it to the highest).

So thrifty for this week was putting $15.00 in my savings envelope. This is used to buy fabric, yarn and other hobby items.

Watered the garden with rain water. Thank heavens the barrel is getting filled once again.

I am busy using up frozen packages of precooked meat from the fridge freezer as well. The more I can stretch what we have the better off we are (need to save for the holiday). It is also fun trying to come up with a meal from leftovers that we can stretch into two meals.

Best yet we got this lovely bag of plums from the neighbour. I see lots of jam and perhaps some crumbles in the future.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Menu Monday

Since we were out of town at supper time yesterday we ate out. This doesn't cause much of a change in my menu plan, but we may be having leftover turkey instead of leftover chicken tomorrow... Still it is poultry and enables me to clean out my fridge freezer a bit more.


Sweet and Sour Ribs with rice and sliced cucumbers (going to be lots of  cukes over the next week).


Leftover chicken or turkey (depends on what is in the freezer needing to be used). I plan on making this into a casserole or perhaps a large pot pie.


Leftovers from Monday (made a big batch today especially for the leftovers). Having sliced cucumbers once again.


Leftover chicken casserole or pot pie. It's shopping and bill paying day so this will be quick and easy.


Veggie soup and grilled cheese or salmon salad sandwiches.


Pork chops done on the BBQ, creamed potatoes, sliced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes (lots are almost ripe).


Baked ham, mashed potatoes (or leftover potatoes from Saturday night), more of those sliced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes (perhaps a sliced green pepper as well).

The garden is slowly getting ready to harvest so I plan on making meals for the next couple of weeks that can be spread over two nights. Pickling, canning and freezing takes time away from cooking. Actually after processing the garden I just don't feel like cooking very much.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Ramblings

I worked very hard (not really) around the house the past couple of days. What this means is I managed to get all necessary cleaning done and even a bit of decluttering.

All this because I had a feeling Kris would not be able to find a buddy to use one of the season tickets to the football game this evening.

So I am off to watch something that I really do not enjoy very much sitting waaaaay up in the stadium.

Good thing is though no cooking tonight, and the people with season tickets around us are really nice.

This picture will give you a bit of an idea how high up we are located. Almost the last row in the whole place (one row behind us).

Back with regular posting starting next week hopefully.

Everybody have a great day. Take care.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Steps and Stoop

Our steps and small stoop at the door we use were getting very rickety.

We had replaced a few board, but had not painted them in awhile (as you can see). It was definitely time for something new. Something that would not need constant attention and paint as we are getting up there in age.

So, this summer was the time to go something new.

The base was completed while Kris was home as it was very heavy to lift into place.

Here it is with the railings. I even have enough room to place my bistro table and two chairs on it. Harvey did that specially for me. I can now have coffee on it in the morning. Even sit and use my tablet if I so choose.

It is great to have a handy man for a husband. I wouldn't know what to do without him.

This is made of composite on the decking and stairs. The railing is aluminum. So we will never have to paint it again.

Now I just need a new door as this one just does not cut it anymore.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Just A Few More Reunion Pictures

Here are a few pictures from the Meet and Greet Friday night.

Everyone got lost trying to find the place, but once there we all had a great time.
My cousin Diane, her significant other and her dad, my Uncle Keith.

My Uncle Harvey (wearing the white hat), my cousin Kerry, his mother my Aunt Isobel (who just happens to also be my mother's sister) and Uncle Harvey's daughter Janice.

Wayne, one of my oldest cousins and Kerry's brother.

My cousin Germaine (sitting down) and me getting a big hug from my cousin Greg (Wayne and Kerry's brother).
My Aunt Kathy's three daughters (out of 4). Corinne in the pink, Sherri standing in the middle and Susan wearing black.

My cousin Janice and Uncle Garry's new wife Verna (this was the first time meeting her).
Everybody have a wonderful evening.
God bless.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Home Sweet Home

We got home by just after noon yesterday, tired but happy. The reunion went well, even though it was not well attended. Only 90 people out of what I figure close to 300 chose to attend.

It was great catching up with all the cousins I had not seen in years as well as meeting the next two generations in some cases for the first time. I think the prize goes to my Uncle Albert and Uncle Sam's families for having the most representation.

After the banquet on Saturday night we played Family Feud, and of course I got bugged until I put together a team. The team I was on consisted of  the "double first cousins" and a spouse of one of them (not Harvey, he disappeared to watch the football game in the hotel room).

Our first opponents were the first generation, and one cousin (only 4 out of the 5 remaining siblings came).

Uncle Keith, Uncle Harvey, Aunt Bev, Uncle Garry and Darlene. They were actually the easy team to take down.... The rest not so easy. However "Doubles" won and now have bragging rights until the next reunion (which will probably not happen any time soon).

Harvey and I also went and visited Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Sam. We took flowers to place on the graves.

This is my parents grave site. They are buried right beside my grandparents with Uncle Sam on the other side.

More reunion pictures tomorrow.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


While cleaning the house today and sitting on the floor putting away knitting patterns, craft patterns and cross stitch patterns, I did something to my knee.

Now I am hobbling around the house wondering how on earth I am going to make it through my family reunion this weekend. I also have more house to clean before we leave.

Should be an interesting next few days. I plan on resting it for the rest of the night and hopefully it will be better tomorrow.

Back to sitting and knitting before bedtime (working on a baby blanket).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Goals For the Month

Ahh, a new month has arrived and time to post my new goals for the month. First I want to say not all my goals were met last month, but I gave it a very good try. I worked through the fabric stash and cut out two more patterns (these will be sewn up this month). I have also been working through the yarn stash and am happy to say that 8 rather large leftover skeins and balls of yarn are no longer residing in the house. Instead I have a few new dishcloths and two purses that will be put up for sale on the city wide handmade Facebook page.

However I did not manage to get as many no spend days as I wanted. Missed it by one day so really not that badly done. I also did not get any painting done as it has been so hot here over the past month.

Now on to this months goals. I only have a few.

1.  Continue working through the fabric stash.

2.  Continue working through the yarn stash.

3.  Try for 19 no spend days this month.

4.  Clean out the basement chest freezer.

5.  Get those painting jobs outside completed.

6.  Harvest the garden.

Project Declutter saw me removing 34 items from the house last month. This brings the yearly total to 533. I am hopeful that more will be leaving this month as well.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Menu Monday

Almost missed this today.


Spaghetti and meat sauce, served with fresh veggies and dip.


Hot Dogs, served with fresh veggies and dip (unless I get out and pick some beans). Along with potatoes in cream.


Baked Spaghetti and green beans.


Clean out the fridge night as we will be gone for 3 nights to my family reunion.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. God bless.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Frugal Friday

It has been very warm this past week. There has only been one day where we were able to turn on the air conditioning later in the day. So frugal is very important.

1.  Laundry done as frugally as possible. I even hung the towels on the lines (threw them in the dryer just to fluff for 10 min. Harvey hates crunchy towels).

2.  Picked cherries to make wine. Then picked more cherries to make pie filling. I made 4 plastic containers, each of which will make one pie or a couple of crisps. Saved a total of $11.33 by doing this rather than buying canned pie filling from a store..

3  Picked more cherries today to dehydrate tomorrow.

4.  Used up all the cotton yarn ends. I now have 11 dishcloths that I can use as gifts or keep for myself when the others wear out.

5.  I have kept spending as low as possible this week.

6.  Dehydrated herbs for use this winter. Still lots to do though.


1.  Ended up tossing some salad fixings.

2.  Costs were a bit higher than planned for the new front steps (but well worth it).

3.  I had bought a pair of sandals at the end of last summer. I can't wear them as they cut my toes (I have wide feet and one foot swells a bit by the end of the day) so they will need to be donated and I ended up buying another pair.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Done For Awhile

So today I went for my dentist appointment. Things went very well. I got in right away, and they started working on replacement of the two fillings. I am so happy!! Nothing, and I mean nothing went wrong. I was in and out within the hour and the total cost was cheaper than the estimate. That is always a good thing!!

Came home to find our steps almost finished. I can move my chairs and bistro table onto the small attached deck very soon (once Harvey completes the step portion and cleans it off). Morning coffee in still another place. This one I can look out over the valley and watch the cars drive by.

The freezing was mostly out by supper so I actually got to eat. My gums are a bit tender from the needles, but that is to be expected.

Tonight I picked more cherries. This time to make pie filling and I should be able to get that done before lunch tomorrow. The hardest part is pitting the cherries.

Now I will sit and do a bit of knitting (working through the stash) and then head to bed. Morning comes pretty quickly.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It's Beginning To Look Alot Like......

Harvest time!!

Slowly but surely things are ripening in the garden.

I have been picking

the occasional cucumber (well about 7 now).

One rather large zucchini (or courgette as some call them) which I will have to shred tomorrow.

Some of the patio eggplant. They only grow 2 to 3 inches so it is interesting cooking with them. These were roasted along with some other veggies for our supper yesterday.

And lastly.....

Twenty-one lbs of cherries, washed and bagged ready for Harvey to make wine in a few weeks time.

Tomorrow before I go under the drill I want to pick more cherries this time for pie filling and probably another cucumber or two (those seem to hide on me).

The next while is going to be busy on the old homestead that's for sure.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Menu Monday

A bit late posting this today, but better late than never. I also had to make a few changes.


Chicken breasts, cauliflower cheese, and chocolate cake (It's Harvey's birthday today).


Leftover Roast Pork made into a stir fry.


Sausages, leftover rice and mixed peas/carrots.


Pork chops, potatoes in cream,  sliced cucumbers (getting lots of cukes from the garden).




Harvey will be gone to the football game and I will be all by my lonesome. I will have leftover perogies for my supper.


Ham, mashed potatoes, fresh veggies and dip.

Heavy on the pork this week but I have lots of pork products to use up.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


For the past few years I have been busy constructing walls. Thick, strong walls that allow no one person to enter unless I know them well (in some cases this isn't even allowed) or have given birth to them. The only exceptions, well is here on line. Probably this is because I feel safe, and my knowledge of all of you is just limited to what you blog, much like what I allow out on my blog, or the forum I moderate.

Mind you what I write here or on the forum is more than I allow most people in my life to see.

The wall building started a few years ago, mostly when our priest decided to go on a verbal rampage about how most of us were only on Parish council because we had our own agenda (this after he asked me to come back) and later when he said all we did was gossip.....

The foundation was set with the first rampage, and I slowly but surely laid course after course of strong and thick stone. By the time the second outbreak occurred, that wall was getting higher and higher, to protect me from verbal tongue lashings and so no one could say I was gossiping about others in our parish.

I didn't really consider that others would notice my drawing back, or that they would wonder why I was no longer going out for coffee, or phoning just to see how they were feeling and what they were up to. I guess I was wrong. People did notice, I am not smiling as much, I am not sharing as much, and I hide myself making sure that others will have no reason to run to our priest and say nasty things about me.

I actually think that Father Brian has noticed me distancing myself from activities in the parish and pulling back from my friendship with him.

Father Brian will be leaving at the end of the month, and while it is more than likely too late to demolish all the walls before he leaves, I do think it might me time to start to try to lower them block, by block. It will take awhile, and I may even rebuild them countless times, but I need to feel a part of my community of faith once again.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Frugal Friday

Kris came home last night and I have spent most of today visiting and cleaning. Harvey is glad for Kris's help in building our new front stairs.

My frugal five for this week are:

1.  Fixed the waistband on one of my skirts. Now I have another long knit skirt to wear in my wardrobe.

2.  Worked on using up more of my yarn stash. I knit two purses (still need lining made) and with the remaining cotton yarn I am knitting some more dish cloths.

3.  Started to harvest from the garden.

4.  Dehydrating herbs for use this fall, winter and spring.

5.  Carefully using city water to water the garden and my flowers (got rain today so I can actually use rain water once again).

6.  Baking bread once again at least twice a week.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

So what have I done to be thrifty this past week. Hmmm, good question.

I fixed a waistband on a skirt and put it back into the closet.

Hung all laundry out on the line this week.

Patched some throw pillows (I am going to keep them until I get a chance to make some new ones).

Found out that Kris had a great idea for washing walls. I used his swifter broom with a special covering idea. Wow, in 15 minutes my bedroom walls were nice and clean. This gave me extra time to do a bit of weeding outside in the perennial bed.

Still using up every speck that we possibly can. I am shopping with a list and sticking to it. Nothing extra has ended up in my cart for two weeks now.

Any leftover coffee from breakfast is being chilled in the fridge and then I have a lovely iced coffee in the afternoon.

I even cut down some more scraps into squares and strips for quilting.

Not too bad at all.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Menu Monday

Another week of menus during this hot, hot summer.


Chicken wings, cauliflower and peas..... I might switch and make a cucumber salad or just veggies and dip.


Leftover roast. Hot beef sandwiches sound good this morning.


Soup and sandwiches. I have one container of stock yet to use up before I make some more.


Leftover ham made into a pasta casserole (supposed to be much cooler). Serving this with a salad.


Glace (German noodles) and fried onions along with eggs. Comfort food for Kris as he will be home.


Taco salad. This was a request from Kris about a month ago. I now have everything I need to make it.


Roast pork, roast carrots, and creamed potatoes.

Lunches will be leftovers or sandwiches which ever we feel like making for ourselves.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Roundup

This week has been one of trying to get ahead of myself. I have managed to complete all but 4 of my extra cleaning jobs for the month, and hope to complete the washing and waxing of the parquet flooring in our dining room tomorrow.

Now if only I could say I am doing as well working through my various stashes. Since I have now finished off two rather large balls of cotton yarn (just have to sew the seams on the two purses), I am hoping to spend some of my time in the sewing room over the next few weeks.

The garden is starting to produce.

Here are two cukes I managed to save for a photo op (seems as fast as I bring them in Harvey munches on them).

They aren't the biggest I have ever harvested, but hopefully I can keep up with them.

Yesterday I started dehydrating my herbs.

Trays of

Trays of
silver green sage.

Those were done by supper last night. Today saw trays of parsley and oregano completed. I am hoping to get some thyme and some mint done tomorrow.

Off to catch up with you all.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday Tid Bits

Another hot day, but at least we had a bit of a breeze which kept things bearable. The heat is getting to everyone.

I haven't posted my goals for this month so I will do so now.

1.  Continue knitting through my stash.

2.  Continue sewing through my stash.

3.  Continue project declutter.

4.  Have 20 no spend days this month.

So only four, probably because I have some painting to do outside and the projects from last month that didn't get completed.

Being as it is the middle of the month I better get my tushie in gear and complete a few of these.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Favorite Place To Visit.....Not!

Today was my annual check up at the dentist (also a cleaning...every 4 months like clockwork).

I should have known that I would be heading back in a couple of weeks, but I had my fingers crossed that I could go another year with nothing needing to be done.

Really, considering the amount of dental work I have undergone in the past 30 years, this should not have surprised me. It seems that two of my old amalgam fillings are starting to decay for a better word. The dentist is going to remove the old fillings, seal the tooth once again and refill them. Been there, done that a couple of times already.

So, why do I have this niggling fear that it is going to involve much more. Keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes according to the dentists plan.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Graduation

It has been a very long time since we had a graduation in the immediate family, or at least one that we have been invited to.

At the end of last month just before the family reunion on Harvey's side, my sister and I traveled to Yorkton to see my brothers' oldest daughter graduate.

Haley will be attending the University of Regina in the fall. She is taking Education on hopes to be teaching Social Studies/History as her major (don't have any idea as to what she has chosen for her minor). Sounds a great deal like our oldest son as that is what he teaches.

This is my brother, Haley, and Haley's mom.

Here is my sister and I with Haley.

I find it amazing that the grads spend as much as they do on their gowns. Haley spent way more than I did on my wedding gown. I must say however that all the girls looked lovely and there was not a single gown the same. Quite the colour range as well.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Menu Monday

First off, sorry I have been missing in action.

Saturday saw us heading into Regina to watch the Saskatchewan Roughriders play against the Hamilton Tiger Cats. It was an extremely hot drive and very sunny. The stands did provide some shade, but it was still really warm.

We arrived home at 2 in the morning (late game), hopped into bed. I got up at 8 and was at Mass in order to distribute the cup. Came home, had lunch and then I think the heat and sun hit me. I ended up sleeping most of the day away.

I feel much better today (even though it is still very warm) and have even managed to get some (not all) of my usual Monday household chores done.

Hopefully I am back with more regular postings.


Hamburgers, onions, and mushrooms all done by Harvey on the BBQ.


Pulling out a package of leftover chicken from the fridge freezer, boiling some eggs and making a chef's salad (supposed to be just as hot tomorrow and I really do not feel like cooking).


I have a dental appointment (cleaning and check up) in the afternoon so supper is going to be hotdogs and pasta. I plan on having some sliced fresh veggies as well.


Clean out the fridge night.


Maple glazed salmon fillets, rice, and mixed veggies.


Sausages, mashed potatoes, and a salad.


Roast beef, roasted potatoes and roasted carrots.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Frugal Friday

While it hasn't been a totally frugal week, it has been one where we have kept spending to a minimum.

1.  Used water from the rain barrel to water plants over the past week.

2.  Picked a handful of strawberries from our new strawberry patch and looking forward to even more.

3.  Stayed in a cabin for Harvey's family reunion, and brought our own food.

4.  Only had one spend day this week.

5.  Working my way through the various stashes in the house.

The garden is slowly but surely producing. I am hopeful that we will soon be munching our way through some garden freshness. I am also looking forward to heading to the Farmer's Market to pick up those items we haven't gotten enough room in our garden for (or perhaps I should say that Harvey just doesn't want to fight the bugs for).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


On Friday before heading to Harveys family reunion my sister and I had arranged to get together with my Mother's two remaining sisters. It is not very often that we can get together so this was quite a treat.

This is my Aunt Isabel. She will be celebrating her 90th birthday this month.

This is my Aunt Alice. She just celebrated her 85th birthday last month.

Not only did we get to spend most of the afternoon with these wonderful reminders of our mother, but we got to spend some time with two cousins, a cousin-in-law and a furry friend.

Velda is Aunt Alice's youngest daughter. She is 6 months younger than me.
This is Cam, he is the youngest son of Aunt Isabel.

Interesting note, my mom and Aunt Isabel married two brothers. I have always called Cam, Kerry, Greg and Wayne my double first cousins. I think if there were blood tests done we might even share enough of the same genomes to be mistaken for brothers and sisters.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God Bless.