Monday, November 30, 2020

November Ramble and Roll..

Good Evening my dears.. 
Here I am once again after being absent for quite awhile.. 
I have been trying to get back here but it has been a very hectic time since we last chatted..
All is well... now.. smile.. 
I don't want to go on a lot about it but as I told you in my last post  Terry had an operation but it was successful and he was doing well.. 
We were getting adjusted and he was getting along but then took a heart attack five weeks after his surgery.. 
To make a long story short he ended up having a stent put in and is doing fine.. 

He has not enjoyed himself of course but he will soon be able to do more which has been driving him nuts! He likes doing! 
And .... he likes driving the car himself and not having me as a chauffeur !   I do not like it any better then he does..  

But just so you know.. I am a wonderful driver... I just like to get there! lol! 
He just doesn't believe that it is necessary to go the speed limit!
 (eyes rolling) 
He says the first week he almost had to get out his Nitro!  
He hung on the strap and almost screamed like a little girl.. lol
But he is adjusting.. 
At least we are halfway through the four weeks of me being in control of the car !  
Thank the Lord! 
But this too shall pass and we will probably stay married! lol!  
I am sort of laughing but it is not funny sometimes.. 
We have been married fifty years and I have very seldom took the wheel when he is in the car too.. (for good reason, may I add!) 

He says I am improving due to this guidance! 
 Anyway on with the show.. 

This pic below is from the Anne with and an E series... 

Marilla's Table.. 
I love most of this series and adore the house and all it's contents.. 
If you have followed the blog here then you know I love table settings.  
The above one is very plain but beautiful! 
I know this is just make believe but believable if you know what I mean.. 
If I were talking to my friend, Janelle then I would finish the sentence with... well not really.. lol...

Please note the ordinary everyday water glasses.. 
Kind of goblet style but heavy... everyday.. 
I loved them.. 
Perhaps... I coveted them.. Oh dear!  
I am getting in deep... grin.. 
 We were allowed to go shopping all summer and every thrift store I entered I looked for these type of glasses.. 
And I needed them as I have broken several.. 
I could not find anything that suited.. 
Until.. Just a few weeks ago.. 
I went into a thrift store that was moving and everything was forty percent off.. 

This is what I bought..  

Aren't they lovely?  
Almost like Marilla's!

I couldn't wait to set the table.. 
I noticed she didn't use a cloth or anything.. 
Just the bare table ... 
Cloth napkins and as it was evening.. 
A candle or two.. 
We had one of our own roasted chickens..
pic from before.
Mashed potatoes and canned green beans ...
We also had dressing.. 
Oh and gravy.. 

A couple of dear sister friends sent me the dressing recipe and said they enjoyed it.. 
I couldn't wait to make it and see.. 

It was delicious!  
So different!  
I did as the grandmother did and pressed the dressing into a small loaf pan lined with parchment and refrigerated it..
At dinnertime, I sliced the dressing and browned the slices
in a butter fry pan and served it warm and crispy.. 
Terry loved it too.
I made a mistake and left out the sugars but I did use the molasses.. 
I think that was enough anyway.. 
So nice to have just for lunch even.. 
Thanks Laura and Kathleen.. 

This past week Terry has been to the doctor and he said he was okay to do some light stuff so .. 
We went bough gathering..
And saw this stately animal.. 
Isn'\t he gorgeous? 

He was a dear man this day.. 
We stuck to the back roads so I didn't have to pass a transport trailer truck or anything!  grin.. 

Some sweet old farms.. 

And such dear dear sheep!  
I would love to have been invited in for a cup of tea.. smile.. 
We loaded up the truck and came home..

And had a nice bowl of seafood chowder.. 

Here are a few simple meals and such that I have made over the past while.. 
Apple Crisps and pies.. 

Poppy seed and Rye No Knead Bread..

Big batch banana breads..

Old fashioned Pumpkin Preserves.. 

A rare treat for celebration.. 
Fries and Idaho Fry Sauce.. 
Here is the recipe.. 
1 cup and 2 T mayonnaise.. 
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp salt 
1/8 tsp paprika 
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp onion powder 
1/2 cup ketchup 
2 T red wine vinegar 
1 1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
Whisk together and refridgerate.. 

Our sweet daughter and husband put me up while Terry was in the hospital in their city getting his stent put in.. 
They are so hospitable and gave me a lovely time.. 
The next morning she made sourdough bread and a wonderful French stew.. 
This was her bread... 

Lovely, eh! 
A dear girl gave us each some starter.. 
I made one batch and decided it was too much work for me
as we
 do not eat a lot of bread.. 
And too many dishes.. lol.. 
I am hooked on no knead bread.. 
One bowl... 5 minutes and it is rising! 
And we love it.. 
I do use sourdough flour often, though.. 
As in the pic at the top of this post.. 
Kind of cheating but us old ladies have to do what we do.. grin... 

And our dear oldest son got his deer
and sent me a pic of the first steaks.. smile.. 

Don't you just love your kids!  
Even when they are all grown up and their kids are grown up, they are still our babies .. 
Love being able to get pics and such at random times of the day from the two older ones or a pic of the weather or some antique he thinks I might like from Alberta... 
Thankful each morning when I pray for this lovely family the Lord has given us.. 

And on we go... 
We took a little trip out to the farm to make sure all was well the other day.. 
While Terry was puttering and such I looked for some old crochet that I knew was there from the shop somewhere.. 
I found it.. 
I want to make antique lace trees and socks that someone shared with me.. 
Anyway I found the little handkerchief bag up above.. 
It was just the incentive I needed to get a bag of hankies ironed that I have been wanting to get done.. 
I love hankies and since Covid started I use them instead of Kleenex..
They are so sweet and I put a drop or two of essential oil on them.. 
Aren't I turning into a typical old lady?  Oh well... 

Today was lovely out.. 
We have only had a skiff of snow so far which is wonderful in my opinion.. 

Three times the last week or so I have been able to use the clothes line.. 

It was a lovely day.. 
Here are a few projects that I have been working at.. 

A rope basket.. I do have to finish it... 
A little felted project.. I think it will be a part of a cushion...?? 
Not sure.. Perhaps something else.. 

I found this pin on Pinterest and was so excited as I had just found one downstairs when I was cleaning up.. 
\Shonda had bought me a bottle of Barkeepers Friend so I will be putting it to use.. 

And this one from English Country Shabby.. 
I love this one.. 
Terry gathered me a few wee trees so we shall see.  

Well dear friends this is all for tonight.. 
It has taken me a bit of time because I am so far behind in catching up with you all.. 

I pray all is well with you in your part of the world.. 
Our province has been a sanctuary but Covid has raised it's ugly head once again.. We are orange phase which means we are pretty restricted.. 
No visitors and not much of anything.. 
Church is online and we are thankful but miss being together.. 

But God is faithful and I am not complaining... 
We will do what we are supposed to as far as we are able.. 
We may not like everything but we are just passing through this old world and looking forward to what God has in store for us..
Just praying for our world... 
Jesus is coming soon.. 
God bless you dear hearts and will be so happy to hear from you.. 
I know this has been long and hopefully not too boring.. 
God bless...