Sunday, October 24, 2021

Our October Days...

Hello everyone.... 
So glad to have you visit here today... 
Just an autumn post for you on this lovely October day... 
The days this fall have come and gone with such wonderful weather and blessings from the Lord.. 
I think we only had two frosts which were not devastating as we had several extra weeks for things to keep on growing.. 

We are all well and finally seem almost normal especially where everyone near and dear to me have come through it all with God's help and strength.. 
After all this time Covid has hit New Brunswick big time and it is a scary thing.. 
Especially, when it is your own.. 
But as always God has been faithful and present during the storms of life... 
This is a thankful month and we are... 
Hope you all are as well.. 
Thank you for your prayers and thoughts..
You are in ours... 
Fall has been happening around our house... 
We are just so happy about that!
After a summer of sickness and then a September of unrest we are ready to get back up and keep on keeping on.. ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Terry is back and at it... 
The wood is in and the chimney cleaned and such.. 
The garden is almost at rest and some outdoor painting was taken care of.. 

And me... 
Well, I have been puttering on and feeling so much more like doing it the last few weeks.. 
God is good!  
I know I keep saying such but have such a thankful heart to Him.. 
When you go through the storm and come out the other end it is a wonderful blessing, eh! 
I have been drying some apples, herbs, a basket of peppers and such.. 
Going for drives and picking flowers that I didn't get to before.. 
Tansy was one of those ones.. 
I love making tansy salve and moth sachets.. 
Although, we were late getting it we came across a patch and it is now dry and ready to go..
The leaves have been slowly turning but just now passed their peak and today the wind is whipping around this window in here .. I expect they will be flying around everywhere.. 

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving.. 
We were under covid restrictions and so could not visit but that was ok... 
We have to do what is best for everyone.. 

It was just the two of us... smile.. 

It certainly was not our daughter's gorgeous table but a little effort was put forth.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wild flowers were gathered for a bouquet and a ham was purchased.. 
We decided a potato scallop was in order and I brought a couple of brown transferware dishes from the farm.. 
And old lace napkins... (of course!) smile.. 
Then I tried to make an apple pie.. 

It was not my day.. 
I could hardly get enough crust to make a pie so settled for small deep dish ones.. smile.. 
When I get tired I may as well just give up and say forget it!
But I am too stubborn.. 
The gist of the story is that Terry liked them better and thought I should make them more often... lol..

Anyway, we did get a chance to chat with all of our dear kids and that was that for another year.. 

We have been buying some of the most lovely apples!
What a gorgeous crop this fall.. 

Made this Apple Butter from Kings Landing Historical Settlement..  

In my crockpot.... 
The recipe is here below.. 

As you see there are no instructions and I forgot to not put the cover on and let's just say it took a day or two to thicken up.. 

It is an absolutely lovely apple butter.. (to the left)Salsa on right.
But not for toast... 
Delicious on ham or chicken or a apple and cheddar sandwich on crusty bread.. 
But not toast!  lol...
It has vinegar.... smile.   
I may try to make my usual but have not got to that yet.. 
Still have apples after doing up 70 pounds.. (yikes)
They keep for ages though... smile.. 

Made some laundry soap... 

Here is the recipe I used... 

1.5 cups of washing soda
1.5 cups borax
2 T. salt
1 bar of grated laundry soap
essential oils of choice and amount... 
I love lavender!
Maybe a bit of rose in memory of my Mom... smile.. 

Mix it all up in a big tub or bowl... 
Then store it in something to keep it dry. 
Use a Tablespoon per load or more if soiled badly... 
I don't use this every wash but especially when I do tea towels and such.. 

I put mine in a coffee can and pasted some old wallpaper border around just to make it a bit nicer.. 

I found this bit of info the other day and love the idea so am adding it to the above.. 

Using my own essential oil choices though...
My friend adds Tide so I will be adding a cup or so too..
I am so slow getting back to you dear girls that my posts are way too long but anyway..
Here is a drive from a few weeks ago.. 
Our very first heavy frost and we had to go to Sussex... 

The fog and frost were simply beautiful!  
Just had to share them with you... 

Then a few other fallish drives with the splendor of autumn.. 

A couple of farm pics, too... 
Some are in Albert County and some in Kings or Westmorland!
We are so blessed to live in New Brunswick.. 
Would not want to be anywhere else!  
(says this old lady!!) ๐Ÿ’–

One day we came home and had a Maritimer's Supper!
Fish in a sauce and baked potatoes and peas and homemade pickles... mmmm.. 

Sometimes I still make cookies and freeze a couple in individual bags for our drives with our Butternut Ridge coffee.. 
The best coffee around.. I may be prejudiced!  smile.. 

Although all is well and even with restrictions and virus and such life goes on... 
There is happiness and there is still sorrow... 
There are times in your life when you are younger that there is not a lot of people you know passing on..  
But the older one gets it seems to happen a lot more.. 

Terry and I have been blessed with dear friends and family.. 
Sometimes, we have made relationships with some that are special.. 
You know what I mean.. 
We mostly all have best friends and friends that you love dearly even if you have not seen or chatted with them for eons.. 
The minute you lay eyes on them it is exactly like it was yesterday or forty years ago.. 

(This may be a wee bit longer post but like I always say.. 
Just scroll on by.. )

Many years ago when Terry and  I were in our young twenties, we moved from the city to a small farming area..
We had moved to St. John when we were married and were there about 8 years... 
In our seventh year we had found the Lord again after going our own way for several years... 
In giving our lives back to him , we wanted to be closer to our church and get away from the city.. 
So we moved to Sussex.. 
To be honest I regretted the move for awhile.. 

It was different then what we were used to and it was not what I had expected.. Whatever I expected.. smile. 
One day after the kids were in school I decided I would try selling a household product to my neighbors.. 
Knocking on a door up the road from me a dear sweet lady answered the door and invited me in... 
It was such a lovely surprise... 
I knew right away that we were kindred spirits... 
The stew was cooking on a wood stove, bread was rising on the counter... A wee boy was playing with pots on the floor.. 
There was a pile of magazines and books on the table and she had the ironing board out making a craft.. 
I think she was waxing fall leaves... smile..
and cats!! I love cats!
It was a visit that changed my circumstances of living there.. 
The tea was put on and there was bread and cheese and real butter.. 
It is a precious memory to me of how our friendship began about 45 years ago... 
She was a bit older then me but it never mattered in the least... 
She taught me just so much about home and making and doing..
I loved her dearly! 
Then, a couple of weeks ago she left this world.. 
I was so sad.. 
A few days before that I had lost another dear friend from my youth and it seemed like a lot!!
God gets you through these times though..
He really does! 

I wanted to remember in my own special way.. 
So one night I made a nice supper for us.. 
One of Deanna's recipes that she had given me.. 

It is really good... 
I hope you enjoy it.. 

They were special friends and I was blessed to know Deanna and Elva... 
May God bless their families... 

I haven't done a lot of fall decorating this year.. 
Just busy trying to catch up with the preserving and winter preps... 

Getting back into a bit of felting, too.. 
My friend Dawn and I were talking about growing older and Christmas... 
She thought we should do a little bit every day and then we won't be overwhelmed.. 
I agree.. 
But you know me.. 
I need inspiration... 
I thought this might help get me in the mood..

I read this in a book years ago and took a pic of this page.. 
I believe the writer was Rosamund Pilcher but not sure... 
Glad I saved it.. 
I expect I will read it a few times before December 25... 

With all that is going on I hope to keep it sweet and simple and fresh but lovely... 

How about you.. 
Can you get your mind wrapped around it all yet?  
I will ask you again next time.. smile..  

Well dear girls, I am about done.. 
Such a long long post but it was nice to connect with you all.. This is a little church down the road from us.. 
Aren't the sheep darling? 

So glad to know the Good Shepherd.... 
I post on Instagram quite a bit more then here and sometimes think I should just try and do it 100 percent then do this and that either one very well.. 

But here I am again for now.. 
Meet me over there anytime you like.. 

Just click on here .. 
It is private but I will accept your request to join my account... 

Thank you loveys for stopping by and I do love to hear from you.. I read every comment although I am pitiful about getting back to you sometimes... 
I do read and appreciate each one.. 
And bless you new followers.. 
Hope to get to know you.. 
If you leave an anonymous comment could you leave your initials or first name then I will remember you were here before.. K?  
Hugs from the Blessed Hearth... 


Sunday, September 19, 2021

September Ramble and Roll

Hello there my dear hearts... 
So happy to finally sit down and chat with you all for awhile.. 

I hope that everything in your world is fine and you are keeping strong and are enjoying this season that the Lord has blessed us with.

September is here and almost past... 
Time slips away as we all know..
 I honestly wanted to get back here to you all but just couldn't seem to make it...  
Until today... 
Here we are together again.. 

Before I start rambling on I will just get this bit out of the way and then we can get on with our ordinary roll on.. . 

We have had quite a troublesome summer.. 
But all is well... 
As I mentioned in the last post Terry had been sick.. 
He picked up for a bit and then relapsed into the same infection..  
It took several weeks but now he feels better then he has since his first operation last fall.. 
And I have had a bit but that too is getting better..  
And now our province is going through a virus spread that is not good but we know that this too shall pass..

Aren't you so glad you know the Lord God?  
I was thinking during the night that I am so glad that I accepted Jesus into my heart when I was a young girl.
He has always been with me.. 
You may find me a bit emotional today.. 
I am an emotional person.. smile. 
And you dear girls are a lot like family and so I am sharing this with you all. 

I will just say that I am so glad that He is as close as the mention of his Name.. Jesus... 

Now on with the everyday of Home ramble and roll ..

Have you been preserving and getting ready for Winter?  

I did not do nearly even half what I usually do because our garden didn't get the attention and there was just too much going on.. 
 But we have lots left over from last year... 
I did some mustard, sweet dill, pickled corn, sweet green beans and lots of jams early on in the summer.. 
I still want to make more mustard as that is our main one.. 
What have you been doing up and putting away...   

Some everyday meals here... 

My version of Taco Salad...

Greek salad and homemade dressing.. 

Fresh veggies from the garden and pork chops.. 

Just needed a chocolate chip cookie and Terry felt like Chocolate Cake one day but only had a couple of pieces.. 

One thing that really grew in the garden this summer was Dill.  
So it is drying everywhere... smile.. 

Love dried and put in salads, dressings and dips all winter..
And another lovely recipe for you from Kings Landing Heritage Village.. 

Rolling on... 

There is nothing like everyday chores to calm your soul... 
When you are in a tempest the simplest of chores just gives a homemaker a sense of peace... 
All is well.. 

In between Terry's bouts we took a little get away.. 

His wonderful brother thought we might enjoy a few nights at their cottage on the Bay.... 
And of course you know me and my love for the Bay of Fundy... 

So we headed out.. 
It was a beautiful day and such a lovely sleep.. smile.. 
Woke up to this beauty..

On one day we took a ferry over to a beautiful island..
T'was gorgeous!

Then came back over and had supper.. 
Went for a wee drive... 

We were driving by and I saw these sunflowers growing 
beside this old building.. 

It was so quaint I asked him to turn around so I could take a couple of pics.. 
He doesn't like doing that by the way.. 
Honestly, he thinks I am being a nuisance to people if I take pics without permission.. 
He turned around and had to go past the place again and turn back the way we were going.. 
I thought he would just stop by the side of the road and I would take a quick picture or two.. 
But no.. 
He turns up the curved driveway and kept going to the house beside it..  

I am ... like .. what??? 
where are you going? 
He said the lady was outside and for me to ask her permission...
I rolled my eyes .... grin..  
Well, she is on her step saying good bye to some company.. 
So I rolled down my window and just said.. 
"I am sorry ma'am but my husband is crazy!" 
"Now why would you think that?" she says smiling.. 
"Because he wants me to get your permission to take a few pics of your sunflowers and your old building!"
She just laughed said to go right ahead..
Terry said some smart remark that we can't remember..(old age)
I told her we had been married 51 years and she said "Well you must know if he is crazy or not!"
We all had a great laugh.. 
What a dear lady!!
And I took a few pics..  

Then we went into St. Andrews.. 
And enjoyed a couple of hours there.. 

When we went back to the cottage he was not feeling well.. 

It was a beautiful evening but the next day we ended up coming home early as he was ill again.. 
It was a lovely time though and we really enjoyed it and appreciated our stay there... 

After a few weeks he came around again.. 
Thank the Lord.. 

So we have done a few things..

He picked me some elderberries and I dehydrated them for tea this winter.. 

And somewhere along there he picked beans and peas.. 

I did them up and have them put in the cold room.. 
Thankful for that.. 

Have lots of herbs dried and we were out to the farm and enjoyed a meal there.  

We had not planned to stay so just had some spaghetti .
He likes his one way and I like mine another.. grin..  

We had a few garlic.. 
Nothing like usual as we didn't get it planted last fall.. 

Some were still in the ground from last year and we did do some spring garlic.. 
And bushels of onions.. 
Rambling on... 
We also had a happy day celebrating a shower for our oldest grandson and his fiancรฉ 

It was in the park.. 
What a lovely day... 
God is so good... 

And just last week our sweet daughter came and did a few chores for her Momma.. 

I will show you more next time when I have it all put back together and finish updating a few things.. 

So appreciate our dear family.. 
The pumpkins are ready..
Those are not ours.. 
Just a pic I took.. lol.. 
We did get quite a few from our garden.
They don't mind the weeds... 

So rolling on.. 
Fall will soon be here.. 
Twill soon be time to be nesting, eh? 

Choosing joy this day.. 
Thankful for his healing power and blessings he bestows.. 
All is well.. 

I appreciate your thoughts, emails and sweet encouragements.. 
You are all dear.. 
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Or on the facebook page... 
Welcome to all the new followers.. 
I am sorry to be so slack... 
Up and onward... smile. 

God bless you sweet friends and I do love to hear from you.. 
Stay safe and turn to the Lord for He is near...