Friday, October 14, 2016


We woke up to frost this morning.
This made Jackie's trip out to the backyard take a little longer than normal. There are so many more smells out there Mom!!!!!
In my neck of the woods, we have just finished celebrating Thanksgiving.
My family and I visited with my parents. There is some absolutely, drop dead, gorgeous scenery.
We drive past a lot of camping areas next to lakes.

I am always super anxious before I arrive at my parents. I wonder if a lot of other daughters feel this mixed lot of feelings.
I know she means well. I know she loves me.
Her main goal in life, when she was my age, was to please her husband, keep the house and children tidy. There were clear lines of women's work and men's work.
I do not have these defined lines in my life. In our home, if you have time, you do it, be it cleaning, food prep or whatever other domestic chore needs attending. We are teaching Little Man, if you have two feet and a heart beat, you can do a lot of things as well.
Surprisingly, my step-father is a feminist. He believes that he can make a sandwich for himself just as well as asking my mother to do it. In fact, he cleans and cooks as best as he can, whenever it needs to be done. I say surprisingly because he grew up on a small island within a home that was not always a happy place to be. His father was quite the patriarch with very clear ideas on what was done and not done. When my step-father suffered a stroke many years ago, it limited his mobility quite a bit. At that point, he learned to appreciate the task of just making a simple meal without have the full use of his body.
I wonder if Mom understands that when she takes a very simple little situation, like where will I park with the all the construction in front of her house to: OMG parking will be impossible. You will have to park on the next street over or in the park, that it does not really make for an easy going drive.
When we arrived, the city was putting sidewalks on her section of road. We park in front of her house. No problem. I get a lot of my anxiety from my mother. I realize this. I try very hard not to go from 0 to crazy over insignificant details. I am very lucky to have a partner who does not experience stress on my level. Keeps me grounded.
The dinner was lovely. My parents roast a great turkey. Little Man, with his growth spurts was pleasantly stuffed.
We had quite a few little feathery visitors.

We even had a very fluffy visitor!

It was a lucky break that my parents were in charge of Thanksgiving dinner this year. A few days prior, the lower element in our oven had an electrical situation.

I was already in bed, almost at that sweet spot where you are so very ready to actually sleep, when all of a sudden, I smelled something very weird.
I find my glasses, go downstairs and lo and behold, a little flammage in the oven.
I open the door. Yep, there is a tiny flame. Oven is off. I grab baking soda. That was drilled into me from such a young age.
Sprinkle the baking soda over the little flame.
Nope not working.
Sprinkle a little more.
Nope. Still not working.
I grab my oven mitt and beat the shit out of it.
Fire still going.
I'm way too tired. I think I had better call a more effective brain.
I call Hubs at work.
He tells me, turn the oven all the way up, then down again.
I'm thinking, ok. Sounds weird. But it is probably more effective that beating the hell out of your oven.
At first, nothing was happening. Then that little flame got smaller and smaller and then vanished.
So, if ever the element in your oven is feeling a little naughty and decides to make an appearance when it should be resting, you turn your oven up to broil, then off. It was like magic!
Now we are on the hunt for an element small enough to fit into the oven. Ours is an older model. Saturday we will have to venture to the larger city to pick one up as there are none available closer to us.

Those are my adventures.
We are all safe. Healthy, with the exception of a little cold that is running amok in our house at the moment. Have a roof over our heads and very supportive of one another.
There is so much to be thankful for.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
Talk with you later.

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Philosopher's Stone

I have been binge watching Daredevil, Bates Motel and Supergirl while working on my Philosopher's Stone. I am proud to say that it is finally complete. Coincidentally, I also finished reading the Harry Potter series. Sort of a mad parallel.
At the moment it is blocking in a secure location away from the curiosities of fuzzy children.

I don't know about you, but when I finally complete a big project like this, I am left in a state of shock. I cannot really explain it properly. All those different stitches, twists and turns, for months. Then at last, one day, there you are binding off. It was a pleasure to work on this particular shawl. The only criticism I have is that the amount of yards needed for the piece and the amount stated are quite off. Over estimate if you plan on trying out this pattern.

Jackie has also been hard at work. She has destroyed almost every toy. I thought I would see what she would do with something described as indestructible.

My new toy is scary.

I think that because it makes quite a bit of noise when it moves, she believes it is alive.
Jackie keeps trying to get it to play ball with her.

I have managed to contract a wicked cold. One of my ears seems plugged which is really throwing off my depth perception and balance. So, not too much happening in my little workshop at the moment. Here is a look at things as they stand now.

Quite a few works in progress.

I hope you are all enjoying the cooler weather and colour changes. We have a few beautiful, large Maple trees on our street that have the brightest red leaves I have seen. I'm off to see what else I can work on. Have a good day everyone!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Harvesting and Croissants

The nights are getting cooler. The sun is setting earlier. The full Harvest moon will soon make its appearance. Autumn is just around the corner.
My tomatoes are still going strong.
I noticed the tomato plants in the neighbour's garden are mostly brown. The vivid red of the fruit really shows up.
My little garden is still a forest of green.

In the midst of this foliage are some really tasty tomatoes!

When we were planting the plants in at the start of the season, Hubs in a lot, and I do mean a lot of chicken fertilizer. That seems to be the trick for hardy plants.
the Rosemary is also thriving, along with a few other plants. The rest of my plants are coming to the end of days. We did use a lot of the herbs in various recipes over the summer.

Other plants that I thought were on their last legs also seem to have caught their second breath.

My lemon tree is also hanging in there.

I'm surprised at how large that fruit is and the thinness of the branch supporting it. I am also starting to question what sort of lemon tree is in my possession.

The Bread Maker
This fabulous machine should really have its own post. I blogging habits are very sporadic at best lately, so I am posting about my success here!
I have been craving croissants for some time. I don't really like the Pillsbury ones. Too salty.
I found a fabulous recipe, which is works, awesome!
It does involve a bit of work and waiting.
They turned out great!

The smoke detector is a key team player. It helped out before they were too brunt.

They were still really flaky!

Do you recall Rebel?
He is my oldest cat.
I have had him since I was in university many moons ago.
Well, this past week, he has scared the dickens out of me.
He was sleeping more, eating hardly anything.
I would put kibble in his dish, he would sniff it, then stare at the wall just above his head. Almost like he was communicating with someone else only he can see.
I was thinking, my goodness. After all these years, I might have to prepare myself.
This cat has traveled to all my homes, from southern to Ontario to Southern Quebec. He has traveled with me to Prince Edward Island. This cat has probably seen more of Canada than most humans who live in this great land.
I am pleased to say that he will probably have a few more adventures with me and my crew.
Yesterday morning, he ate as normal and then proceeded to chat up a storm to whoever would listen.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Almost Over

Summer moves quickly in my area.
One minute we are enjoying the sun which doesn't set until after 9 pm.
Listening to all the insects and birds carry on with frantic activities.
Hearing lawn mowers in the distance.
Sprinklers in the neighbouring yards.
Now the moon and sun are sharing real-estate.

I've also been a little crafty.

And sometimes, my craftiness pays off:

School is just around the corner.
Time to say good bye to the last days of summer.
Start the scavenger hunt for all those puzzling school supplies,
and begin preparations for Halloween!

I hope you are all well

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Little Steps

We are all doing much better.
Hubs is on the road to recovery, even if it does not seem that way to him. He is not operating at full capacity and at times, that gets him down. I just have to remind him where he was two weeks ago. This is a huge improvement from there.
Now he is just taking some over the counter medications and not that often at that. Hubs does have a high threshold for pain. The idea that he is even taking anything at all gives a clue to those who know him exactly how much pain he is experiencing.

The fuzzy children and I are keeping our own company. I celebrated a birthday last week. I don't really feel any older. Just another day really. Jacob baked me a wonderful cake. Cherry Chip. My favourite after ice cream.

I'm working on a few different paintings at the moment.

Jackie helped.

Yes, that is white paint on her nose.

I am also participating in a knit-a-long, The Philosopher's Stone There are a lot of interesting stitches.

When we are not being creative, we are just sitting outside enjoying the scenery and watching it pay a visit to our back door.

The fuzzy children were really interested in something outside this morning.

This was our brave visitor.

Well, in a nutshell, that has been my week.
I hope you are all well and enjoying your week!