Monday, May 22, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -22 May 2017

Victoria Day weekend!  Though it really doesn't mean anything to us farmers.  I did mean to pick up some sparklers for tonight but forgot.  Ella wants a fire, so maybe we'll just do that instead.

Good news!  Colin got some of the wheat planted last week.  Unfortunately Photobucket isn't working, so I'll have to wait till later to post some pictures.
tomato beef soup (didn't make it last week)
picnic lunch
honey-garlic chicken wings
lasagna -maybe
Parmesan garlic chicken (from Don't Panic II)
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Keep Calm and Craft On -16 May 2017

I don’t have a real post for Keep Calm and Craft On because I haven’t really done any knitting this week.  I have been doing a lot of research.  I’m getting back into the SCA and need so new garb.  I whipped up some quick garb for the event Ella and I attended last summer.  Remember this:
Late period Russian peasant.  It was cool and easy, but it’s not the persona I really want.  My plan is late period Elizabethan Welsh yeoman farmer’s wife.  This way I get use some of the really cool Elizabethan pieces but made with fabrics I have/can afford.
As with most garb/costumes you have to work from the inside out.  So I need a high neck shift, a petticoat, and a pair of bodyes (Elizabethan for corset).  I’m making the bodyes lace in the front and back for better fit.
Unlike the 1800’s, a pair of bodyes isn’t just ‘underwear’:
Add a pair of sleeves and it’s perfectly good outerwear.
Add a doublet on top of the ‘bodyes’ (minus the sleeves) and you are ready for a trip to Market.
A final option is the gathered kirtle:
Add sleeves and it’s a gown on its own.  Or it would go under the doublet/jacket.  Or it can also be the underdress to an open front Elizabethan.
I’m just not sure what colours to use.  Elizabethans loved to mix colours.  Especially someone of my status who might be making/buying my clothes piecemeal as I could afford the expense.  I have 6 m of red wool crepe, 5 m of fine black wool, and 3 m of very dark green twill (cotton/poly??).  I’m thinking of saving the black for a kirtle.  It’s really nice quality (bought for a suit back in my office days) and it deserves something special.
 So do I make the bodyes (and sleeves) and petticoat with the red? Use the green for a separate skirt/petticoat.  And then buy some other colour? for a doublet?  Man I wish I were creative, I have such a hard time with this.  I need to decide soon because Fabricland has linen on sale for May.
I really like this look.  She has a red petticoat over a pink one (yes pink is an Elizabethan colour).  She’s wearing a green pair of bodyes under a blue doublet (I love that colour).

Monday, May 15, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -15 May 2017

I picked up KFC for supper last night so I’ll have to make some changes to the planned menu for this week.
Still praying for cropping weather up here.
Good news, Ella passed her Level 5 swimming this time around.  On to Level 6!
leftover KFC
Tuesday:   homeschool bowling!
tomato soup
Asian steak salad
hot dogs
leftover chicken
cauliflower chicken chili -new recipe
sesame chicken
Saturday:   A&S day at Cate’s
tomato beef soup -new recipe in the crockpot
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Did I tell you about Comic-Con last week?  It was in Ottawa this weekend so that’s what Ella and I did on Sunday.  Wow, people in Ottawa wake up way earlier than the folks in Toronto.  We usually go first thing Sunday morning so that the crowds aren’t too bad.  That works in Toronto.  I think there were more people in costume in Ottawa, there was certainly more Steampunk folks.
Nurse Joy was a hit like always.  Ella got stopped a number of times for pictures.
I think she’s fighting off a bit of a head cold and had a rough night, so she kind of passed out on the way home (something she rarely ever does).

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Water, Water, Everywhere

You'd have to be living under a rock to not know about the flooding going on around here.  Though if you listen to the news you would think it's mostly in Gatineau (Quebec).  There is flooding all over the Ottawa Valley.  Pembroke and Killaloe have actually had mudslides!
The town of Renfrew hasn't had any actual flooding yet (their big river is in a deep valley).  The river is just amazing!  That's they Hydro Electric generating station on the left.  It usually has about a 20-30 foot drop from the building to where the river usually runs.
The museum is on the right and used to be an old mill.  Luckily there is still a bit of wall from its mill days and that's helping to break the water before it hits the museum's retaining wall.  It was rather scary being on the swinging bridge (just a couple of feet above the wall) with all that water roaring underneath.
This is the little community of Deacon.  Not much is there any more but this campground and the general store (the store went under water the day after we took this picture).  It's on Golden Lake.
This is our place.
We went for a birthday canoe.  It was really windy so we stayed off the river and just paddled in the fields.  There was about 4 feet of water under us.
Not exactly the way Colin likes to check his fields in May.  But we are certainly far better off than a lot of other folks in the Valley.  Though it really needs to start drying soon or we'll be really cash-strapped next year.  That or Mother Nature has to promise to add an extra month of summer in the fall.
The weather doesn't slow Ella down any.  She's been out there working on her house and baking (though no sun makes that harder).  She's very proud of her house.
Sunday and Monday we actually got SNOW!  It doesn't feel so bad as all that rain, but it was melting and added to the water.  Today we have this weird glow in the sky coming through the clouds???  I seem to remember something like that in the past?  I think it was called 'the sun'  :)

Keep Calm and Craft On -9 May 2017

Oh look, two weeks in a row and I remembered to make my Crafting On post!
I finished Belinda’s sweater.  Though I think I’ll wait to sew in the ends until Belinda tries it on and is happy.  This still isn’t quite the right colour, but at it’s closer than the other pictures.
I also need to get buttons, but I will definitely wait until we’re back in the city and I can get to the better Fabricland.
I’m not sure what to start on next.
I know the Crafting On group don’t really talk about books, but look what I found at Coles/Indigo the other day:
Big, thick, hard cover, $30 a book, history books.  Not only were they marked down, but they were 30% off on top of that.  The Robinson Crusoe is for school next year, it was $5.99 and 30% too.  Now I need to find some reading time.
I forgot to share our birthday pictures from the last couple weeks.
Ella and Grandma.  Hard to believe Mom is 69 this year.  It was her birthday on April 27.
Las Thursday was my birthday.  It’s hard to believe I’m 46 either.  I really don’t feel that old.
Not sure why these pictures are so grainy looking.  Usually my phone does a better job than that.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -8 May 2017

Menu Plan Monday again.  Nothing too interesting last week, just watching the water levels around here going up and up.  There are houses so far under water that they are likely completely wrecked.  We drove over by Golden Lake/Deacon and it’s unbelievable the amount of water everywhere.  We’ve got about 20 acres under water but at least it’s not up to our house.  Though if the seeds don’t get in that means no income to live on (crop insurance only applies if the seeds get in the ground), so I really hope the rain stops soon (at least until late June).
Ella’s last day of swimming lessons this week.  Hopefully she passes this time.  Even if she doesn’t I think I’ll register her for level 6 any way.  I’ve watched the ‘6’ kids and they don’t swim any better than Ella and don’t do anything she hasn’t learned already.
I really hope we can get some spring soon.  We’ve had flurries yesterday and today.  And today, the snow is actually piling up in places.  Seriously Mother Nature, it’s the 8th of May!  How much you want to bet it’s going to go from 3C (37F) to 30C (86F) and humid -blah!
grilled cheese
Hamburger Helper -Ella’s favourite beef and noodles
leftover HH
chicken tikka masala & roasted vegetable couscous -new recipe
leftover chicken
Caesar salad
chicken stirfry -new recipe
pork tenderloin (actual recipe not decided yet)
beef barley soup  -new recipe
Sunday:   COMIC-CON!!!! in Ottawa
leftover tenderloin
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Keep Calm Craft On -2 May 2017

Look!  I’m getting my Keep Calm Craft On post done on time.
Belinda’s sweater is really coming along.  AND I learned a new way to cast off -tubular.  It was easy and it doesn’t seem to want to curl, which is a real bonus for a top-down sweater.
This is Ella’s favourite.