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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Ramble and Roll for the Month of May....


Good Afternoon everyone.. 
Happy June!! 

I meant to get back to you in May but I woke up this morning in June and realized that it was too late for a May posting.. 
Nevertheless, it is June and so I am early although this post is about  our May days as they flew by .... smile.. 
I hope all is well with you... 

We so love Spring and are enjoying our weather.. 
We have a bit of cool temps and such but no snow... grin.. 

With Spring here we are once again harvesting our Rhubarb.. 
Such a delicious fruit? veggie?  I don't know but we do love it.. 
 Above is my Rhubarb Kimchi that I began making last Spring and couldn't wait to make some more.. 

As you who follow my blog for awhile know that Terry and I have different tastes, shall we say.  
He wouldn't try this on a bet but I decided a long time ago that I could not live on just his kind of food.. grin.. 

Please forgive my writing.. 
Messy!! 
But as you can see it has oranges which really make it tasty.. 
Salty and spicy!  
Hope you make some and enjoy it.. 
I found it on the web but could not find it again this year so I am happy I wrote it down !  

I also made my Fermented Rhubarb Pickles.. 


Actually, I made these this morning... 
I already ate 2 jars in the past few weeks.. 
It was the first thing I did with the rhubarb along with Terry's muffins that he loves..  
I posted that recipe on here before.. 
I just wanted to show you my new treasure!  
I have been looking for just the right old picture for my backsplash for quite awhile..  I have tried several but was not really happy with them..  
Then I was into my Step-father's getting a few more of my Momma's things...
 He has sold the house and moved... And remarried!  At 91!  
Sorry... I digress! grin.. 
Anyway.... 
this was one of my Mom's favourite pics.. 
She had written that on the back.. 
She would write little notes on everything.. 
I so love them! 
I think they are little messages to us! smile.. 

It is perfect there I think... 

Then yesterday (still in May)  smile.. 
I made a couple of batches of Mom's Rhubarb Jam... 

And a Focaccia bread!  
It was so good.. 
It is our favourite jam... 
It is posted on the blog here also.. 

I should have called this a ramble and roll.. 
I may go back and change the title.. smile.. 
It now says... 
May days are past.. 
But rambling along.. 

On Sundays I like to make some special kind of dessert.. 
Not every Sunday but if it works out...  
This was last Sunday's
Rice Custard Pudding and whipped cream.. 
No recipe.. 
Just hit and miss!  smile.. 

And a lovely use of my Lovage Herb plant.. 
Use it as a straw!!
Terry was just here and told me that I had probably told you girls this for the last ten years!! lol!! 
Sorry!! 

Rolling along and changing the subject all the time as I do in person.. lol.. 

I found this on Instagram and shared it with Shonda.. 
She is a lot like her mother in ways and loved it too.. 

Don't you agree?  
It is nice to look at life like that... 
Gives you a different perspective perhaps!  

Rambling along.. 
Our oldest son, Trevor who lives near us did a sweet thing for his Mom on Mother's Day... 
I had told him that when he was picking fiddleheads to look for yellow violets.. 
I had not seen them in forty years.. 
He sent me this pic and wondered if this is what I meant... 
Yes!! 
So I am going to plant them here in the flower bed and next Spring I will have some.. 
I did that when we lived in St. John about 42 years ago... 
So sweet!  

Then when we were down there he picked me these ones.. 

Just a few but enough to press in a book... smile..
 
You know.... 
Our wee boys never grow up in a mother's head, do they? smile.. 
Nor our wee girls.. 
They will always be our babies... 

Rambling or am I rolling along..... lol
Sweet hubby picked these forget- me- nots for me.. 
And a bucket of these... 
So I could make this..
Dandelion Oil... 
To make these salves and such with... 
I didn't make jelly this year.. 
We still have some left from last year.. 

Now this is not a Spring chore but when you get a huge head of cabbage for a couple of dollars!!

You make up a batch of sauerkraut.
Right? 
With dill seed this time... yummy!

I went and stayed over night with our daughter as her church was having a lovely evening! 
It was wonderful and such a blessing! 
 
We had a great time together.. 
Went shopping and out for brunch.. 

And at home she had sourdough that was ready to stretch.. 

So she stretched it.. 
I really don't know what you call this procedure but it looked like stretching it to me... 
She has become quite the sourdough baker!  

Then a wonderful neighbour dropped by with a huge trout for us.. 


It was sooooo good!  
Trevor gave us some fiddleheads too and we had a pure taste of 
Maritime Spring... smile.. 

I have been a bit slack in taking country drive pics.... 
But here is one... 
My favourite view near our home... 

And this one was in our yard.... 
And..

Saw these dear things on one of our town days.. 
Right in the city!!  

We also made a trip to Fredericton on the spur of the moment... 
I had ordered a Vicks Plant from a garden centre there and when they called and had them we decided to go... 
I have wanted this plant for a year.. 
They only start them in the Spring.. 
I was scared they would be gone.. smile.. 
But we had a lovely day.... 
Getting a few other herbs.. 
The pineapple sage is in blossom and the only one they had out!
They said they had not seen it blossom before.. smile.. 
The downtown was gorgeous... 
With it's old houses and blossoms everywhere... 
Terry was so happy to finally get to his favourite buffet... 
We don't eat the same there, either! grin... 
He had lots of Chinese food.. 
And I like other stuff.. 
Cream of Broccoli Soup, Shrimp and more shrimp, Greek Orzo Salad, Garlic stuffed Olives and oh the best Curried Angel Hair Pasta Salad... 
A must try to make recipe for me... smile.. 

Then we have been to the farm here and there.. 
Still a bit damp for this old gal...  
But there have been some lovely warm days so we try and pick those.. 
I am finally after several years unpacking a lot of tote boxes from the cottage and shop.. 
Here is one example.. 



Greenwood China..
A fruit platter and nappies.. 
We will hopefully be having a yard sale before winter to try and get rid of this stuff... 
I really need to get my act together and get it done.. 
I sure don't have the energy level that I had when it arrived there at the farm!
 And with covid and sickness..... 
Well, you know.... 
Life happens! 
But God is always good! 

On Mother's Day Shonda and Dave took us out to dinner at a Inn in St. John... 
It was beautiful and we so enjoyed it!

They took our picture... 
We, like most of you have been blessed with darling children... 
They are so different in a lot of ways except in how they love their parents.. 
Although our youngest is far away he never forgets us.. 
On special days he is always faithful in getting in touch and such.. 
We are so looking forward to seeing him this summer.. 
Prayerfully, it will work out this time.. 
We miss him so much... 
Anyway.. dear hearts.. 
I am glad to finally get it together and chat with you.. 
There is no sense in me making promises to do this more often.. 
It just doesn't seem to work.. 
It is hard to believe that it takes me hours to do.. 
I used to do it practically five times a week but that was a long time ago... 

Thank you so much for visiting.. 
And as always I look forward to hearing from you and reading your sweet comments.. 
Take care of yourselves and your sweet families.. 

Jesus is coming Soon....
James 5-7
 Be patient, therefore, brothers,[a] until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

April days are almost gone...

Greetings to everyone.. 
Welcome to my blog this last Sunday in April.. 
The month has been here and almost ready to say good bye.. 
But May is coming!!


Hope you have all been well where ever you may be.. 

As you know we Maritime Canadians are about the last to experience warm Spring days but they are here now and then..

At the beginning of the month on a very windy, rainy and snowy day we made a wee pilgrimage to the wonderful Bay of Fundy...  
Most people would prefer a lovely sunny day but we planned it so that whenever a stormy day appeared we could get ready and go.. 
We had to watch the tide schedule also so that we would enjoy the waves...  


And a day just like that came along with the tide coming in around noon.. 
That gave us time to get ourselves together, make a lunch and drive almost an hour to get there... 

It was wonderful and just what the doctor ordered... 
You cannot tell by the pics so much but the waves and wind were all we had hoped for.. 
We both so love that!
One of the blessings that I have been thankful for the past 52 years! 😃

It would not be fun to be the only one loving a wide open window even in winter and raging wind blowing in my face.. 
He is the same.. 
Sometimes he takes me for a coffee to the Big Stop because the wind will be blowing the huge Canadian flag straight out.. 
I watch to my heart's content and then we head home. 
Not often, mind you but enough to keep me happy!  
Oh, he just sleeps.. I put my window down, cover up with a throw and just enjoy the wind.. 
Aren't we weird?? !!  😀
This poor old picnic basket has almost seen it's last picnic.. 
We had to tape the handle.. 
We took homemade bread sandwiches, pickles, a bag of chips, cheese and something sweet, I think.. I forget actually.. smile.. 
And a thermos of tea and water.. 
And a fresh tulip... just because... smile.. 
We parked where we could see the coastline and enjoyed... 

This post is a bit of a ramble but anyway.... 

Been making bread instead of buying most of the time ... 

The small pans are still working wonderfully... 
He insists... smile.. 
These are two small rectangle bread pans and is a recipe from my sweet friend Julie.. 
It is the same no knead bread recipe but adding 4 minced garlic cloves and a 1/2 cup of parmesan... 
Really nice.. 
Julie has a video blog called Keeper of my Home on YouTube.. 




Made lots of soups, too.. 
And a spaghetti sauce made from veal which we loved... 
It is expensive but got a deal on it at the supermarket... 

We have started on our country road drives.. 
As you can see the frost is coming out and that is when he likes it best... (not me)  grin.. 







But.... spring and summer are arriving.. 
Just waiting for some warmer temps... 
Soon be garden time.. 
My Rhubarb is up and I have been enjoying a piece with salt sprinkled over it.. 
Our oldest son and I love it that way..
Better then chips.. smile.. 

We had a lovely wedding shower for our oldest grandson and his sweet wife at church this month.. 
Because of everything being postponed a few times it finally happened.. 
Love the family of God..
They enjoyed it.. 



And his brother, Jordan standing in front of the table is getting married to Sara in June... 
So lots going on in the Henry family.. 
Thankful for the Lord's blessings on our lives.. 

Did you have a good Easter?  
We were so looking forward to it.. 
But... 
Terry came down with the virus and a couple of days later so did I.. 
We couldn't go to the family Easter dinner at Shonda and Dave's... 


But we had been getting ready and celebrating it anyway... 
Made this cake a week or so before for a Sunday treat... 
It is delicious... 
Hope you enjoy it.. 
Love it's name.. 
Breath O' Spring Cake.. 
Found it in an old old recipe book of my Momma's... 


Did a bit of Spring Decorating... 
  

A craft made with Dollar Store boxes and jars... 
Then a few little tags and sachets made for my sister's Easter card.. 

Tried my hand at painting a few eggs... 
Don't judge me.. lol.. 
It has been a while... smile.. 

Was going to make this cake to take to the dinner but..... 


Terry was disappointed so had just enough energy to make it for our Easter Sunday supper.. (such as it was)  roast beef.. 
Filled these little sachet envelopes made from an extra Beatrix \Potter book with my own homegrown lavender... 
She loved them.. xo

Then I made these old fashioned bunnies like I made in the nineties... 

 Just for fun... 

So Easter passed... 
But the week before we lost a dear friend that we will miss so much.. 
I have known this dear couple since I was five years old.. 
And through our married life they have been close to us.. 
When I was only 15 we travelled to Ontario on a family 
vacation.  I ended up staying with them for a few weeks.. 
This pic was at that time.. 
Elsie was expecting their first child.. 
They were so kind and always have been.. 
Gord was like one of the big brothers I never had.. 
He knew the Lord though.. 
So we will all meet again..
We are thankful to have had them and their family in our lives all these years... 


As we get older and it is happening now for us.. 
It seems we are losing so many we loved.. 
If it wasn't for the promises of God and the hope he has placed in our hearts it would be pretty despairing.. 

I read this word in a book a few years ago and made a note of it.. 
 Hiraeth
It is a Welsh word and pronounced hee-tithe.... 
It means a longing for home or what once was.. 
A grief for the lost people and places of the past.. 

This is a feeling I have experienced more lately.. 
I am sure you have too..
What with the world the way it is and changing from the life as we knew it.. 
It happens.. 
And if you are an emotional person such as myself you have to get a grip.. smile.. 

So with that in mind I have decided to make the choice to be thankful in all circumstances of my life.. 
And to make the most of what we have been given..  
 To really get into the Word of God and read his promises but also to find more about all that He is.. 
When this happens I need to remember that He has always filled those empty places in my heart.. 
I just need to call on His Name.. 
He gives joy unspeakable and full of glory.. 
I don't need to be weighted and yearning for what is past but to look ahead.. 
To treasure my life with it's many relationships.. 
Our dear family, church, friends and neighbors...

To look for His Coming.. 
He is coming again!!
Life is grand.. 
Thank you Lord.. 


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I appreciate seeing you all here, facebook or instagram.. 

God bless you all today...