Greetings to you all..
Another week has rolled around and already we are almost in the middle of it ...
Time seems to be flying and Christmas will soon be here, eh?
I found this wonderful recipe for Pickled Pears in last month's issue of the UK Country Living..
As you know this is my favourite magazine and a wonderful book store hold it for me each month..
Do you buy it?..
I so love UK ones...
Even the adverts are lovely and homey..
Stirlings had a great buy on pears last week and I doubled the recipe to make these..
They are made with fennel and coriander seeds..
Aren't they beautiful and so good..
You serve them with hard cheese and meat...
If you are interested in the recipe just leave a comment and I will post it next time..
On with the story... smile..
We went to St. John on Sunday and made a little trip down Memory Lane, I guess you could say..
Terry and I have been married 45 years and although it was a long time ago in our minds it only seems like yesterday.. smile..
We were just a couple of kids..
I was 17 and he was 20.. Imagine !
He was working in St. John when we were married and so we moved to the city and over on the West Side..
I love that side of the city..
One used to have to cross the Reversing Falls bridge to get there but now they have a new bridge..
We were situated near the St. John River..
We had bought a wee second hand trailer and moved it down from home into a little trailer park...
So just for fun we drove around the park ..
I think anyway..
I remember that first little home so well..
A wee living room and kitchen..
The most wonderful stove that I have ever owned..
It was propane which I still love to this day and it was yellow..
With a griddle on top in the centre...
I have regretted losing that stove for 45 years.. lol..
Two wee bedrooms and a bath...
We would open our windows and the wind would blow so lovely off of the river and the rain sounded so great on that metal roof..
You girls know me and my stormy weather love affair.. smile..
Shonda was born while we lived there and I would wash her little diapers in a my new spin dry washer and hang them out on the line..
I would look first up to the house above or one that was there and check to see if the lady had done her laundry..
Her husband or someone in the home must have been a chef as there would be white chef's coats and hats blowing in the breezes..
If they were then I would do our laundry.. smile
For a treat we would go and buy fish and chips at least once a week at the DeLuxe..
They tasted so good but in hindsight we should have stayed away from there...
You know what I mean..
Then we would go to the Mall..
It was one of the first malls in the province..
Imagine living that long that you remember when there were just stores.. grin...
There was a Kmart there then, though..
Now, of course, it is Walmart..
Another sign of the times..
The Reversing Falls are famous..
St. John is known as the Port City..
The cruise ships come here into the harbour and take bus tours out to St. Martins all summer and fall..
A few of my Mom's brothers worked in the port and the pulp mill is also here on the West Side..
I even learned to like the smell..
I have such wonderful memories of that wee home..
Our first grocery order, the little china cupboard built in the kitchen beside my first wee pantry, the first meal that I cooked Terry....a potato scallop, sausages and canned peas..
And his favourite... A chocolate cake..
The only thing was that the oven didn't register the right temp and the scallop was not cooked and the cake fell.. lol..
The dear man ate it and said it was delicious..
We only lived there for a year before we bought a new trailer and moved to the North End...
So many years ago...
So many changes in our lives but also in our world..
When we lived there we did not serve the Lord and it was several years before we acknowledged our need of God in our daily lives and came back to Him..
It was then that we experienced the best change of all..
A life with purpose and joy and the hope that serving Jesus brings..
Memories of many years ago but still fresh and lovely in our hearts..
Sometimes when I can't sleep I remember when we were back there in our little bedroom..
The curtains are blowing in the breeze and the rain is falling and I am hugging Terry and our whole life is ahead of us...
Our baby is sleeping in the carriage beside our bed..
Time marches on though ...
We headed back..
Home Sweet Home...
So thankful for all the blessings of God that we have in our lives today..
A very busy and full life..
Dear sweet children and grandsons and a husband who is so dear..
He drives me nuts lots of days but basically one of the dearest men on earth..
God is good..
Please forgive me my trip down memory lane, dearies...
I seem to be a bit emotional today..
We lost a precious aunt this past week and one of my dearest friends and a cousin the week before..
I think it has made me a bit sentimental...