Sunday, February 17, 2019


Hello everyone..
How art thou? 

My close friends who have been around me for the past few decades know that usually my first greeting to them are those three words..
How art thou?  
The other night at Bible Study our pastor mentioned that if one spoke the Kings James version of speech today that people would find it strange.  
I had to smile to myself and thought that my friends surely do think I am strange for more reasons then that though! Grin.. 
Actually there are a few who try to get those words in before I do!  
We all have our ways, don't we...  

Hope all is well with you dear girls these February days.  
We all celebrated Valentine's Day since we last chatted.. 

We had a quiet day at home.  
Terry asked if I would like to go out for supper but I told him I would rather stay home.  The evenings are so cold and I generally prefer to stay in.  
Since we are retired I find we eat out more then we should and it is not the treat that it used to be.. 
I stirred up a batch of Chocolate Chunk cookies for a treat and cooked one of his fave meals..
We call it Hamburger Gravy with mashed, veggies and a salad.  
T'was lovely and we were content..

There is something mind blowing on Valentine's Day when you look over at your husband and think to yourself...
Oh my word... this is our 50th year of being each other's Valentine!  
Our 49th anniversary is next month but we have been in love for over fifty years!  
To be honest it is hard to imagine.  
Remembering when Terry's parents celebrated their 50th and it seemed  like a milestone way beyond our reach...
But here we are!  
So thankful. 
  God has been a faithful part of our marriage and it has lasted due mostly to His presence in our life.
All good things come from Him...  
Well, some days I can find him to be quite the pain but most days he still turns my crank.  Terry that is!   Lol..  

On with the show... 
We went for a little drive up to check on our old farm...
We were surprised at how much more snow there was up there then here at home.  
We have had rain and a couple mild days so the brook was open..  

Lots of melting around the old house but thankfully there was not any in the basement... 
When I go this time of year, I just wait in the car while he snowshoes in.  
He didn't have to this time though as there was not as much snow in the lane .
I listen to the wind and the sound of the brook..  Sometimes I have a nap but usually I just read...  
For some reason you girls mention that you like to hear about whatever little projects or tasks that I have been up to..  
I made a batch of Sofrito the other day and put it in the freezer.  
This is a sort of mixture that is used a lot in Latin cooking to add flavor to dishes.  
Martha Steward suggested several ways of using it also..  
Just Google if you are interested.  

Then I did a new salad dressing..  
I do not use store bought salad dressings although Terry does.  
I will put a jar or two of homemade on the table and he will go open the fridge door and get his Kraft ranch, French or Catalina.  
Can you imagine!  Lol.., 
I told him 49 years ago that there were a few things I would not give up.  
Such a thing was onions.  
Now he likes them as well as I do but...
not the salad dressings.. So we compromise.  
He buys his and I make mine!  Lol!  
This one was really good...  
Here is the recipe... 

1/4 cup of red wine vinegar  (or whatever kind you have)
1/2 cup of canola or olive oil
juice and zest of 1 lemon 
3 cloves of garlic (smash into paste)
2 tablespoon Doon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon or two of minced herb of choice
pinch of red pepper flakes

Put all in a bowl and whisk or a jar and shake well..  

Rambling along here..

The best thing we did was to make a batch of cold process soap.  
I am so excited about making it.  A goal I have had for years.  
It would not have been a success without Terry helping me.  
I love it and hope to do another batch soon as we want to iron out the wrinkles of the process.  
It smells of patchouli, lavender and grapefruit. 
Another skill I have longed to conquer was the making of sourdough bread.  
This was my first try... 

It looked so wonderful when it came out of the oven and tasted so good the first night...  
Then the next day it was hard and just not what it should have been... sigh...
I shall try one more time, I think.   
I will let you know the results.  Smile.. 

Well, dear hearts....  
I think I have gone on long enough for this time..
Hope you are blessed with a wonderful week and great weather.  

God bless!  

Saturday, February 9, 2019

February Doings..

Hello my dears
Hope all is well with you in your little corner of the world.  

One more time I need to apologize for my post. 
This is being done on my tablet and I find it quite vexing to say the least! 
I get my photos up and hit a wrong button and they are gone in a blink of an eye!  Then I have to do it all over again.  
I guess I will shed my pride and confess that I am only using my tablet because it is all I can see to work with at the moment.  
As you know I am an older (wink wink) person and I have to have cataracts to be removed in the next month or two.  
Until then I need to use this as I find it very challenging to see my laptop.  
Now on with the show!  Grin.. 
Above I believe the pics speak for themselves.  
Made a bunting for heart month for the mantel and then another wee one for the front hall to trim a cedar tree I have in there.  
Have also been baking breads... 
No knead and James Beards Sour Cream and Dill.  You can find the link in Google.  It went over very well. 
We have had quite the weather here in Maritime Canada!  Just like the world over, I guess!  We go from rain to ice to snow to freezing temps and then back to mild ones.  
The weather is one thing we all have in common, eh!

I will also admit that I am mostly enjoying these long evenings and cozy days.  
We go out a bit but I find myself very content to stay home.  
I wish I could report that the decluttering is going a breeze and closets are being cleaned out but honestly they are not.  
Books are getting read, soup and breads are being made, fabric stashes are being pored over and decided which project they would work best on, my layered journal is being immensely enjoyed and we have even watched a few old movies.  
Hmmm. What else?
Oh yes!  
Enjoying herbal teas and going through the bookshelves of old glorious books. 
Kitchen books, recipes, herbs, gardening, old journals of mine, handmade poetry books, my mother in law's cookery books and more.  
Yes, there are stacks of them beside my chair.  
One end of the table has a sewing machine and whatever project I am pottering with. 
And a large willow basket full of felting stuff is stuffed under the end table.  
Yet there is so much more I want to do.  
The problem being that it takes me so long to accomplish anything that my to do list never gets shorter! Smile

Well, I guess this is all for this time. Thanks so much for visiting here and on
Love hearing from you all.  
Leave me a note and let me know what you have been busy doing.  
There are to be more blog changes due to Google so will just have to wait and see how it affects us here.  
Tomorrow is the Lord's Day!  
Have a blessed one!  

He is all together lovely, the fairest of the fair
And on Him alone, I know I can depend!