Monday, December 14, 2009
With being diabetic and the unstoppable urge I feel to taste everything... thought this was a saner choice for this year. At least it should make my blood sugars not go skyrocketing.
Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. I am.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Cleared the garden of the swiss chard. Decided to freeze what was picked. The pictures tell the story. First it was cleaned and blanched. Then it was allowed to dry before sealing into Foodsaver bags. It will be heavenly to have it during the winter months ahead.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The pictures I have posted are along the east side of the music room which at one time was the garage for this house. It's a cement pad to place three more 60 gallon water barrels on. Now of course the day we wanted to do this work the temperature was hovering at 90 with a humidity level of about 100%! But, the work needed doing. We waited till the sun was on the west side and we were in the shade. Helped a bit.... but, it was still a sweaty job.
We are now almost finished setting up all the barrels. When I say all I am talking here of eleven 60 gallon barrels. They are in four different areas to catch the rain. They are quite amazing and I for one am very proud of all the work that has gone into them. Big kudos to Mark for all his hard work and perseverance. He has done an outstanding job on them.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Woo hoo they are doing very well. This jungle is my garden as of two days ago.
We have been harvesting lettuce, spinach, beet greens, radishes and hopefully today peas and new potatoes.
Monday, March 9, 2009
In all the hoopla with everything else going on.... I forgot to introduce her.
This is Tiger Lily (the green/yellow) our newest budgie. She was brought into our home to keep Lucy Loo Loo (the blue/white budgie) company. Hoping to high heaven she is another female. But, Tiger Lily's cere looks more blue than pink. She's young yet... notice the size difference? Keeping our fingers crossed here as a male would complicate things to no end.
The Mr. and Mrs. Dolittle's menagerie now include;
Harley Beaner - a peach faced lovebird, 9 years old
Lucy Loo Loo - (I believe) an English budgie 6 years old
Tiger Lily - 6 month old budgie.... sex to still be determined
Gracie - 8 month old beagle/boxer mixed breed
Monday, February 23, 2009
Seedlings... yippee got them coming up in spades.
Planted out a couple of days ago onions and broccoli.
They have been in their little greenhouses beside the window sitting on the heating pad.
Wow.... they are already so tall.
And, the burnt bread?
I need a repairman to fix my oven door.
It's off the hinge and for the first time in my life I can't get this one oven door back on!
It screws up the baking and cooking times of just about all that goes in the oven.
Even with two oven thermometers and a stick DH fixed to keep the door wedged shut....
Things are either overcooked (read burnt) or, undercooked.
Where's the repair person when you need them?
Cause I wasted alot of bread dough yesterday and the house stinks to high heaven with the smells of burnt bread.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I was out of it for way too long and I was tired of the flu and being sick on day two.
This nasty bastard hung on like there was no tomorrow.
Then as a long last parting shot....
I ended up with a sinusitis and had to take antibiotics.
This today is day 11. Which I can hardly believe.
I still have 2 days of antibis left to take too.
And, as all of you know you are supposed to finish the entire course of those pillies.
I am thinking two more days and I'll be as right as rain.
Because I was ill I missed most of President Obama's trip to Ottawa.
I saw snippets and clips on the tube.
My man was rec'd with open arms up here.
And, he did the unthinkable and stopped the motorcade and got out and met the people of Canada.
And, had a Beavertail.... a Canadian sweet treat.
Good for you President Obama.
And, if you do nothing else.... you will live in the Canadian people's minds as a great man.
(Do you think he read my very first post?)
Bye for now.
Have a great Sunday.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I am though feeling some better this morning. First time in almost a week. I should celebrate. NOT!!!
It's Valentine's Day today. Wasn't able to do anything for the sweetest DH this side of Canada due to illness. But, I think he'll survive with a hug and a kiss. Maybe if I feel really loads better this afternoon, I'll make him some of his favorite cookies. Lucky man.
Going to go back to bed now. I am exhausted by the little I have just done.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Found out from my cyber friend, Vi, I should be feeding the rabbit alfalfa or was that timothy? Whether it's one or, the other.... I don't know where to go to buy that. And, should I? If I plan on a veggie garden this year is it wise to be feeding this rabbit who in all likelihood will eat my garden down to the nubbins. No pun intended but, that's food for thought.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Living in the country has gotten to be such a way of life now to us. Hard to believe we used to live in the Big City just under a year ago. Wow... that's amazing.As I am sitting here I am realizing it's been almost a year to today's date since we left the Big City.
Listening to the news from the Big City at night we hear how things are changing.
Lots of crime now. Or, was it there when we lived there and we just chose to ignore it?
I don't think so. The crooks are robbing places where I used to shop. Shop? Yup, they are
robbing the grocery stores now in the Big City. Grocery stores???? Doesn't that strike you
as strange? It does me.
Anyway the trip into the Big City went off okay. Even spent time visiting with the family.
No one fought.... or argued. Think that was a first.
Got our business concluded and came home. It's always tiring to me to make these trips.
Why? I end up doing all the driving. I think the next trip in..... which is this Wednesday,
I need to give up the control and allow the old man to drive. Even if he does drive 10-15 kph under the speed limit. And, gets all nervous when someone follows too close. I know... I need to take a Valium before the trip. (Are Valiums still made?)
That's it from here.
Y'all have a good day, eh?
Sunday, February 8, 2009
It's rained off and on since yesterday and our snow is about gone. What was hard packed snow yesterday is glare ice this morning. I am thinking I will be sitting on my assets more than once today when I head out the door. The traction sand is ready for the first person who ventures out on the ice. It's sitting right inside the outside door.
This coming week is Winterlude in Ottawa. A week long celebration of winter and all those things you think of winter being. Skating, skiing, tobogganing, hot chocolate and, those delicious beavertails (aka fried bread dough topped with any number of wonderful toppings). It's too bad it's going to coincide with the week of weather which is going to stay above freezing all week long. Those beautiful big ice block sculptures which are being carved and put on display.... I wonder how long they will last in these temps? I also wonder if the Rideau canal will stay frozen enough to safely continue to allow skaters on it for the festival? Now that would be a big bummer.
Okay we are going to be headed into the big city today. Don't worry the roads are wet and clear right now. No ice. But as the temperature drops this afternoon... it will become of some concern for us on our return ride home. A trip of about 80 kms or, about an hour and a half worth of driving if the roads stay clear. Canada's secondary roads have a speed limit of 80kmp (clicks) or, roughly 50mph. Slow going if you are use to the highways and byways in the States of usually 55 to 65mph.
Have a great day. See ya later, eh?
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I had to go to a second store as the BF, the discount store had bags of "wild" blueberries for 6.99 a bag. The bags weren't big either.
The second store I went to... one I don't shop often as it's more expensive. They had the same bags of "wild" blueberries but, at $2 less per bag. Who would have thunk that would have been the case. Wow... sure did surprise me.
Traveling to see family tomorrow so don't think I will be making the jam till later.
Now it's time for dinner.
Menu is; baked salmon
couscous with a melange of dried veggies
Dessert.... the best part will be California strawberries. Found those at the BF for 1.77 for a quart container. Now that was a good deal. They are macerating in a little sugar and lemon for some zip as you know California berries at this time of year are pretty tasteless.
Have to go to the bank. And, darn it all wouldn't you know they aren't open on Saturday. That means the ATM machine for me this morning.
Then on to Wally world. Just cruising in there. I don't really need anything.
Living rural like I do I take my excitement where I can get it.
Shopping is a big deal now for me.
Ah... come on don't laugh.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I am thinking it's starting to look okay now that I have added a few things to it.
I guess I will have to wait and see how things progress.
Tonight's treat for Mark was Walnut-raisin bars that I made while washing the kitchen floor.
He's been chomping them down since after dinner.
Tonight's dinner was;
mashed potatoes (from dinner a couple nights ago) turned into potato pancakes
open faced burger on home made bread w/the fixings... tomato, lettuce, onion and mayo
an assortment of pickles canned this past summer
Have I said how much I like to cook and bake and can and dehydrate and well anything that has to do with making food?
Because I really do.
Okay this is getting addictive now.
I need to sign off for the evening and close this out.
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- Full moon night
- Winter's morning.
- The Ottawa trip
- Rainy and warm here
- So I have the bug....
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