Sunday, September 15, 2019

Another Ramble and Roll...

Hello everyone.. 
Thank you for dropping by.. 
This is going to be just a quick little catch up post.. 
I hope you are enjoying your new normal routine.. 
Everyone is back to school or university and such.. 
The vacations are about over for awhile.. 

It is always good to get back in the routine of things even when you are retired and there are really no normals anymore.. 
If everyone else is normal then we try to fit in.. grin..

I found my last post was a bit higgly piggly ! 
 I do know how to say this but not spell it.. 
But you know what I am trying to say.. smile.. 
 A bit of a ramble and roll I guess you would say and not structured very well, either.. 

But it is as it is.. 
I heard a saying the other day.. 
Wherever you go there you are.. 
Well, I guess it is the same with the posts from this blog.. 
Whenever there is a post there is a post.. 
Not necessarily a good one but one.. grin.. 

We will carry on... 
I made this delicious mac and cheese today for lunch.. 

I couldn't find the link to the recipe but if you want it I will take a pic of the recipe.. 

My mother and step father visited our church with us this morning and then they came over for lunch.. 
I so love feeding my mother.. 
She enjoys it so much and always makes whatever effort I make worth the bother .. if you know what I mean.. 
We also had Jambalaya and Potato Salad and Garlic Bread, pickles and Maple Syrup Pie.. 
And the best cup of tea as Mom said.. 
My son in law brought it to me from London, England so I gave her a few bags to take home with her.. 
I knew I needed pics for the post today but forgot to take one of the pie which Mom and Gerald both loved.. 

Terry took this pic of me.. 
I am not sure if I am praying or whispering a prayer not to say something smart to him.. grin.. 
Anyway we really enjoyed having them.. 

My mother is getting older of course and I can see changes so am blessed to once again have them for dinner.. 

Almost every morning if I awake early enough I will spot this family out my kitchen window.. 

I took this earlier on but they are still visiting.. 
It will soon be hunting season and I hope they remain intact.. 

Another batch of 2 ingredient dough..  

This was a lovely snack with homemade salsa... 

Still doing pickles.. 

Almost finished with them all, though.. 
My friend canned beets and I believe that is on my agenda for this week.. 
We still have lots of pickled beets so this would be a lovely addition to our winter meals.. 
Heat them up and add a bit of lemon juice and butter perhaps.. 

Just rambling and rolling!  grin. 

I wanted to share a housecleaning hack I learned this week.. 
You girls may already know it or it might be too much bother for the younger ones as they are young and able but for anyone my age and physical condition then this is a godsend... 
Image result for cleaning tub with broom vinegar and dawn

You put 1/3 Ultra Dawn 3x into a spray bottle.. 
It has to be 3x Dawn *blue and then fill the rest of the jar with vinegar.. 
Spray your tub or shower area all over with the concoction that you shake first.. 
Put the plug in and fill your tube with a bit of water.. 
Buy yourself a new broom and just go at it.. 
It is amazing how clean your tub area gets..
And you don't have to get on your knees as the long handle does it all..  
When you are all done scrubbing then change your water and rinse.. 
A glorious clean tub... 
I tried to find the exact link that I found but it was among the missing.. 
The credit belongs to someone but not sure who.. 
I used the above pic off of google but it was not the same link.. 
There you have it .. 
A great way to clean your tub!  

One night last week a friend (Allie) and I went to a painting class.. 
This was our aim to paint.. 

The sweet girl who was the instructor Tania painted the above ....
photo by Melody.. 

Allie and I did our best but we both admit it was not star quality.. grin.. 
A lovely time though... 
I used to teach Tania in Sunday school  and she laughed that she was now my teacher.. smile.. 

We came across this on one of our little drives.. 

An Albert County special...

The tansy and wild chamomile will soon be gone.. 
Fall is lurking.. 
Again this year I am dreading Winter.. 
I really dislike feeling this way and have to do a mind change soon.. 

Since I didn't have much to share with you this week I am sharing a couple corners of our home here .. 

Winding down here.. 
I saw this neat idea last year is a magazine.. 

I think I may do this on a table for fall... 
What say you?  

And .... 

Sweet hubby today at lunch teasing my Mom.. 
Tomorrow he will be getting eye surgery for his first cataract and it will be his birthday!  
A big one!  grin.. 
Quite the present!  
Praying he will make out as well as I did.. 
I love seeing so well now.. 
The family are going to be celebrating in a couple of weeks when everyone is off work... 
So thankful to the Lord for him.. 

My parting thought for the day.. 

Words found on a Hebridean altar... 

they are words from my heart... 
And may they be from your's too.. 

Thanks again for stopping by and your sweet notes.. 
I love them.. 

God bless... 

Friday, September 6, 2019

It's really September...

Hello sweet friends.. 
When I was pondering the title for this post all I could think about was that it is really September!  
The summer fairly flew and now we are on the brink of Fall.. 
A lovely time of year for sure and many people's favourite but I sadly bid adieu to the loveliest of seasons of Summer.. 
That is how it is... smile.. 

How have you all been? 
Thank you so much for stopping by and all of your dear comments last post.. 
It is so gratifying to hear from so many and some of your sweet words really touched my heart.. 
I am blessed with this blog and hopefully as summer gives way to fall I will do a bit better job at keeping in contact.. 

Such a busy time of year, eh? 
Here are a few things we have been doing.. 
Preserving of course is the main activity at the moment for me and for Terry it is the garden harvest and getting wood in the basement for winter.. 

Peaches are lovely this year..  
These ones were grown in Ontario which is a province here in Canada... 
Our weather is not conducive to growing peaches here in New Brunswick.. 
I think I only did up 18 jars but then I froze a few also.. 

So delicious on yogurt and a few nuts added for good measure.. 
But in between picking and pickling we have been trying to get a few day trips in.. 
of course this is one of the places close to my heart.. 
St. Martins, New Brunswick.. 
Where we had a dear cottage and shop for over twenty years.. 
The beautiful Bay of Fundy.. 
I have had a love affair going on with it since I was a child and we would go and visit my Gram and my sweet cousins several times a year.. 

It was wonderful to visit again and I feel good that I do not regret the sale of it all.. 
It was time.. 

My Mom of course grew up there and she so loves to visit there every so often.. 

On this trip I went with my Mom and Step father and a sweet friend Cindy... 
Terry went to the races with our grandson so I was fancy free and there was no where I would rather spend an afternoon.. 

This was one of our meals lately.. 
Our once a week pasta dish.. 
Oh how I love thee.. grin.. 
chicken breasts browned in garlic and onions.. 
then simmered in homemade spaghetti sauce and topped with mozza cheese and a little side of fresh homemade pesto... 
Yup..  grin.. 
I do know that pasta is not really that good for you but it is the food I love best.. 
I tried substituting it with spaghetti squash but .... no.... 
Once a week will be the real deal.. lol.. 

On another day we headed to Buctouche, N.B. 
A beautiful seaside town with parks and dunes.. 
Such a lovely day.. 

And we bought some of my favourite greens.. 

Grown on the marshes.. 
Organic food at it's best.. 
Salty and delicious.. 

Sorry to be talking so much about food.. 

I have been harvesting my straw flowers at the farm.. 

I can see a wreath in my future.. smile. 

this was a gorgeous day trip a couple of weeks ago.. 
Minister's Island here in New Brunswick.. 

You have to go with the tide of the Bay of Fundy... 
When it is low tide this road appears and you can literally drive on the ocean floor to the island.. 
But you can only stay a few hours and you have to leave or be stranded there for 12 hours, I believe..  
When the tide is in that road there is covered with 15 feet of sea water.. 

This island contains the Van Horne estate which is amazing.. 

They were obviously very rich people and lived accordingly.. 
So much to see.. 
I couldn't begin to show you all there is to see but here are a few pics.. 

This is such a long post that I didn't want to bore you silly but perhaps I will do more another time as I have scads of pics.. 
The house and barn and bath house are glorious.. 
You could google it though and see ... 
Back home we go... 
Before the tide!  smile.. 

Here is a lovely treat that is so good.. 
Zucchini fries.. 
I just made a regular dill dip.. 
Low fat sour cream and low fat mayo... 
add herbs and garlic.. 
I loved these but they were not anything Terry wanted to try.. smile.. 

Canning more stuff.. 
These are just regular tomatoes ...

And four batches of Salsa... 
Have you been preserving?  
I love this time of year preparing for the winter months.. 
Do you?  

Our sweet daughter had a birthday.. 

This was a pic taken when she was a wee thing over on Prince Edward Island.. 
We used to go camping there every summer.. 
The kids loved it and still do.. 

And this is her now taken a few weeks ago in Boston.. 
Forty nine years old now!  
Where has the time gone.. 
So love and am so proud of our only daughter.. 
Thankful that the Lord has kept her and she has chosen to allow Him to direct her life and home.. 

And just one more food pic... grin.. 

Two ingredient foraccia bread.. 

Well dear hearts this is it for another time.. 
So glad we could get together 

I look forward to hearing from you again.. 
Love your notes.. 
Next post I will try to do a farm one.. 
I have been busy here at home doing my canning.. 
I didn't want to use my old stove at the farm as it is precious to me.. 
It is hard on a stove doing all the canning so I am home mostly.. 
But I still hope to get out there for several days yet.. 
I still have a lot of harvesting herbs and such.. 

I love this verse, don't you?  

God bless and sending you hugs.. 

As I read over this post I find it rather haphazard and sketchy.. 
I guess I am feeling a bit tired but it will do for now I guess.. 

Also in answer to a couple of question last post.. 
As far as the Wild Medicine sites that I use.. 
I use quite a few different ones.. 
Farmer's Almanac is one I trust.. 
Also the Milkweed is not anything I am sure of yet.. 
Just learning about it.. 
All I read is quite promising for me to try next year .. 
It is more of a food source though then a medicine, I think.. 
I really hope to study up on apothecary recipes and such this winter.. 
a project shall we say.. 
For now I have quite a bit thus far.. 
Red clovers, Horsetail, Nettles, Jewelweed, Yarrow, Violet, Tansy.. 
That are a few I have dried and such..