Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Yarn Along -14 September 2016

Not much to share for Yarn Along this week.  Still working on the bath mat, doesn't look much different than the last time.

What have I been doing instead of knitting?

This, and...

these.  Lots of canning these days.  This is the last of the tomatoes.  There are a lot left in the garden, but they are split and rotting faster than I can get to them.  So I've given up on them and will just enjoy the perfect ones as they come along for tomatoes and stuffed.

The school year has started again too.  Ella is enjoying her new computer math program.
Last weekend Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan took us boating on Rice Lake.

Uncle Stefan rented a nice big pontoon boat for us.  Ella was the navigator.

Lucky Momma got to sit on the couch at the back, reading in the shade.  ALL DAY LONG!!!!!  That's my kind of boating.  

Ella had a great time.  They didn't catch anything but got lots of bites.  Ella also did some swimming.

Sunday we were off to Fan Expo (it's like Comic-Con).  

Ella was Maka from Soul Eater again and Uncle Stefan was Kingpin.  

Saw this and had to take a picture.

Ella in Pokemon heaven.  She decided on a Leafeon.  

Ella caught a couple Pokemon!

Sunday was definitely the best day to go.  The crowds were much more reasonable.

As always, Ella had a grand time.

Speaking of fun...

Daddy and Ella had fun the other day ripping around the yard on her go kart.

Ella's really getting the hang of whipping around the corners.  Yes, I know they are going left.  I was told that had nothing to do with Daddy's NASCAR -it makes it easier for Ella to look for cars when she gets to turns 3 and 4 (aka the road).

Speaking of NASCAR, here's Ella's pit crew.

Signs of a good afternoon.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Menu Plan Monday -12 September 2016

Back to school this week, though Ella has some extra fun planned later this week.  I'm looking forward to the cooler weather this week.  Open windows and most wonderfully... baking!!

tacos -Ella's favourite
leftover tacos
BBQ pork buns -crock pot
beef Stroganoff -Pioneer Woman Dinner book
sloppy Joe's 
pork chop dinner -crock pot
leftover Stroganoff
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Yarn Along -or not -7 September 2016

Wow, what a busy long weekend in Toronto.  I don't have the pictures ready, so I'll have to share those later.

What do I have to share for Yarn Along this week?  Absolutely nothing!!  Instead I got to spend Saturday sitting on a boat in the middle of Rice Lake reading.  That's right, you saw that correctly.  One entire, glorious day of just reading!  That sure doesn't happen often.  And what did I read?  Well for the history buffs and the 'Downton Abbey' folks, it's a really enjoyable book called "The Housekeeper's Tale".  It's about the lives of a handful of Housekeepers in the grand houses of England over about 200 years.  It was actually a good read for labour day weekend since it contains tales of women turfed out (of job and home) for no good reason and without any future prospects (since they couldn't get a reference).  I highly recommend it.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Yarn Along and Other Fun

We've had a busy couple weeks that I thought I'd share.

Ella and I found a really cool place to take Daddy, the Hydes Bay Model Train Museum.  For those who don't know Colin, he loves model trains.  He had quite the set up before going to college.  Hopefully, someday, we can put our addition on the house and then Colin can get some space for his trains again.

The guys have done lots of amazing work.

There was even a plane crash on the mountain!
Wouldn't be Renfrew county without logging.

There was even a working saw mill.  It was so cool, it really looked like the logs were being milled into lumber.

We had lots of fun and Daddy got to have some great 'train talk'.

Last weekend Ella and I went to the Summer Siege down in Chesterville.  It's an annual SCA event by the local barony.  It's been a long time since I belonged to the SCA, but we've had so much fun with Comic-Cons this year I thought Ella would enjoy it (and I realized how much I missed dressing up).

Luckily Ella's princess dress still fit and was good enough for an outdoor event.  I needed to make up something quick and easy for me.

I made Folkwear's Russian Settler's dress.  Technically the great schism that created the Old Believers is out of period for the SCA.  But the way I figure it, fashion didn't change quickly, especially among the peasant classes.  Therefore, this style could have been worn closer to the 1600 cut-off date.  Besides there is no 'garb police' especially at outdoor events.

I have actually owned this pattern for years.  The back is really cool.

Lots and lots of tiny little pleats.  Since I was in a hurry and really didn't have the patience, I used my smocking pleater and I think it turned out nearly perfectly.  I used a linen blend and the only change I made to the pattern was to put an opening under my left arm.  I'm not sure how you are supposed to get the sarafan off when the top of it is the same as your upper bust measurement.

The shirt is made knee length like I'm sure they were in period.  It's just some poly-cotton that I had a at home.

Even though it was so crazy hot, humid and sunny on Saturday this was a very comfortable dress.  It proves you don't have to be nearly naked to be cool.  I was as cool dressed like this as I was in a sundress.  It was so nice not to be bathed in sunscreen.  I may have to make some long sleeved dresses for next summer.

At the Siege Ella was able to try her hand at archery.  Wow did she love that and she was really good.  You'll never guess what's on her Christmas list now.  I gave it a try too.  But I did something horribly wrong...

I got an 'archer's kiss' on my upper arm!  No idea how that happened, that's not even where archers wear protection.  Oh my Welsh ancestors are are ashamed of me -ha ha!

I needed to have a knitting project for the day and that meant socks not on circulars.

Now I have to catch up the second sock so I can put them back on the circulars.

When I'm bored in the evenings (ha ha -it's canning season) I've been working away on another bath mat.

Ella wants me to share a project she's been working on for a while.

She's made a 3 foot square map of all the places mentioned in her 'How To Train Your Dragon' books.  Now that she's finished the series she wanted to combine all the maps.  Ella loves maps.  As you can see at the top, she's even got home on the map.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Menu Plan Monday -29 August 2016

Busy canning this week and getting ready to head to Toronto for a fun-packed trip.  Uncle Stefan is taking us to Fan Expo.  Ella's had so much fun this summer.

I love cooking a roast chicken on the BBQ.  It doesn't heat up my kitchen and it's just as easy as using the oven.  And it makes good use of my really good roast pan that I ruined last year when I burnt the fruit relish.  We tried doing corn on the BBQ and I really don't see what everyone raves about.  It was just 'corn'.  I'd rather just boil the cobs in the house because I could see the corn easily being over cooked by the BBQ.
leftover chicken
calico corn chowder and Parmesan croutons (new recipe)
sloppy Joe's
individual chicken pot pie (freeze extras)
chicken tika masala (new recipe and hopefully not too hot)
the girls are off to Scarborough
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

13 Years?!!

Today the Farmer and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary.  Wow, it's so hard to believe it's been 13 years already.  I also don't know how we managed to get married in August.  Every year since the wedding has found us in the middle of the wheat harvest.  Not sure how Colin was able to take off for a week for our honeymoon - must have been an early wheat year.  And now of course, Colin is also getting busy with his seed cleaner doing winter wheat.

Me and my Godfather.  We surprised Colin by being right on time.

The wedding party.  My sister Belinda (with her blonde hair -hurray!).  Colin's best friend (and fellow (former) pig farmer) Keith and our adorable flower girl, Colin's niece Brittany.  I made all the dresses.  

Our first dance, 

Found this on Facebook the other day and shared it with Bev and Keith (it was their 10th anniversary last week).   Bev and I agree that this article is so true and could be written by farm wives everywhere.

How to Spend 10 Years Married to a Farmer

1) Be patient – When he tells you to pick him up at the Lone Tree Quarter and you go to the quarter of land that has the only tree on it and he tells you that he meant the quarter of land that had one tree on it when his grandfather was farming…well, that’s just how farmers think.
2) Be flexible – When he says that he’ll be in the house in 20 minutes for supper and you get everything ready and then two hours later he walks in the door saying that some salesman had stopped and that he didn’t buy anything, but time just got away from him…well, maybe he should be the flexible one. That way he can duck when you throw the plate at him.
3) Be willing to laugh – When he comes in the house, mad that he can’t find the nuts/bolts/tools/whatever he had taken apart and had set “right there” in the shop and he needs an extra set of eyes and then when you go to help you realize that your 3-year-old had “helped” Dad by putting all the parts in the handle of the floor jack…well, that’s just plain funny. Even if he doesn’t think so. At least not right away.
4) Be willing to change your view of norm – Walking into church 10 minutes early, enjoying the prelude music and visiting with a few people is no longer a normal part of life. Walking into church 10 minutes late, realizing your 4-year-old is still wearing his “rubby” boots and wondering if anyone else notices the smell of cow in the air, is.
5) Remember that he relates to new situations by connecting them to ones he knows – For instance, when you’re having a child and the doctor says he may need to assist in the delivery and he says something like, “But where do you hook the chains?” Well, he’s just trying to relate. Or if your children are born weighing in at 9 pounds 6 ounces, 10 pounds 9 ounces, 9 pounds 2 ounces and 9 pounds 13 ounces, and he calls the Select Sires rep to try to figure out what his Calving Ease score would be, but isn’t feeling too bad because he’s not breeding heifers any more anyway…well, he’s just trying to relate.
6) Throw out the calendar – Yes, it may be your anniversary, your birthday, Thanksgiving, what have you may…but since the weather is perfect for ______ (fill in blank) you may need to celebrate tomorrow or next week…or maybe three shindigs in one. Happy Anni-birth-giving!
7) Keep your temper – When he calls at noon, as you’re feeding four children, giving one a bath after eating, preparing a Sunday school lesson, trying to get some laundry done, washing dishes, breaking up a food fight and trying to find the wild cat that someone let in the house and he asks you if you’re “doing anything” – well, just count to ten…slowly…then backwards. Breathe. It’s OK.
8) Remember that cows and children are different…sometimes  – When he comes in the house covered in manure from head to toe, yet the smell of baby poop makes him gag…well, isn’t that just sweet?
9) Be willing to love – Love whatever life throws at you…and with a farmer it will be a lot. Take each new challenge and turn it into something fun and memorable. You can’t change the weather, the conditions, the fields, so you may as well look at it with a light heart.
10) Thank God for each day – I know I do. It’s not always easy, and it’s not always light-hearted, but even the tough times can be good learning experiences

Source: Wag'n Tales

Monday, August 22, 2016

Menu Plan Monday -22 August 2016

I canned vegetable soup for the first time yesterday.  Everything was from the garden except the potatoes (too early yet).  Looks yummy.   Still have some tomatoes to do something with.  Not really enough and they are split and really ugly looking.  I want to can some stewed tomatoes but that requires nicely ripe and unsplit.  I might make sauce with these and run out to the Mennonites at Douglas and pick up a bunch for canning.
Combine season has started, so meals may not happen as planned.  I don't usually make a big supper for just Ella and I.  Colin never wants one when he's been boiling in the combine all day either.
tomato sandwich (lunch meat for the non-tomato folks)
BBQ chicken legs
brown chicken fricassee
chicken Caesar salad
chicken fajitas
honey garlic chicken salad
bacon and eggs
roast chicken
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