Sunday, May 20, 2018

Spring Ramblings...

Hello there everyone,, 
Glad you could stop by for a bit.. 
We are having a lovely Sunday here in New Brunswick.. 
We woke up this morning to rain falling outside the bedroom window and dripping off of the roof.. 
I thought I would lay in a bit and just listen.... 
My darling wind chime would do a little clang now and then but once my eyes are open I get thinking about that coffee and up I get.. grin.. 
Terry bought me a new perk for our anniversary and I am sold... 
We have been using a drip one or the Keurig for ages... 
I saw this one at Walmart .. It looked like one of the old fashioned ones with the basket inside and coffee splashing up on the glass cover..
The coffee is so much better.. 
Worth getting up for shall we say.. 
Sitting in my chair, the rain pelting the window and a nice hot cup of coffee in my hand started my day off right.. 

We were looking forward to church this morning..
We always look forward to it but a bit more shall we say..  
There was a concert and it was wonderful.. 
Southern Gospel at it's best and good preaching in between.. 
Matt Linton..
Felt blessed to hear it..
My Mom and Step Father were there and we all went out for lunch.. 
So all in all a lovely day... 

We were up to the farm the other day.. 
It is greening up there really well .. 
The brook is flowing and it is fishing season here.. 

I find it stays colder up there but things are beginning to leaf out.. 
The flag has had the biscuit so I have that to look forward to when Terry climbs that ladder and does his thing.. 
I am not going to write about it this time though.. lol.. 

I was so excited to see the garlic was spared this winter... 
We should have quite a few... 
Looking forward to the Scapes and making some Pesto with them.. 
The Lilac Tree is starting to leaf out, too... 
Aunt Eva loved this tree.. smile.. 

We are not moved up there yet by a long way.. 
So much to do in getting all the stuff from the cottages sorted... 
pray for me.. smile.. 

Here at home the Forget Me Nots are out and the White Violets.. 

Love little bouquets of them here and there... 
 A lot of my herbs came back at the farm and I am glad.. 

Here though I only have Lovage and Chives... 
This is my Lovage plant a few years ago... 

It is only half that size right now.. 
Perfect for making pickles.. 
I did these on Saturday.. 

Cut the stems and trim the leaves... 
Cut them up and put them in sterilized bottles with a bay leaf and half a tsp. of  hot chili flakes.. 

Make your fave brine and pour over... 
I used my Hot Pickled Veggie recipe.. 
Oh my.. they are good.. to me.. (I mean)  
As usual not for Terry.. grin... 

The leaves I cleaned off the stems were put in a dehydrator... 

They are all dried and ready to be blitzed tomorrow into a powder that I used in place of salt... 

And my Spring treat is the hollow stem in a glass 
of tomato or Clamato juice...  

A nice afternoon drink or whenever.. 

Spring to me means buying my Lemon Geranium... 
We always have one on the deck.. 
It is supposed to keep away bugs.. 
I like to stick a leaf or two in my vacuum bag, too... 

And of course we can't forget the Rhubarb.. 
It is just beginning but Terry brought in enough for a batch of 
Rhubarb Scones... 

I just used the recipe for the Daily Biscuits I shared with you a bit ago and added 1 cup of finely chopped rhubarb and a bit of cinnamon and replaced the white sugar for brown... 
He did like these.. 
Especially served with Rhubarb and Pineapple Jam.. 
From last year.. 
I need to make some more as soon as I can.. 
So much to do and so little time, eh?  
Oh well a bit here and a bit there... 
If I were to pick a fave Canadian season it would be Spring.. 
What is yours? 

We had some sweet company yesterday.. 
Trevor and Joel went to the woodlot and then stopped by for a few minutes... 
For you girls who follow the blog you no doubt remember me explaining about Trevor's love for Charlie saga ... 
Unrequited love, though.. 
It is so sad.. smile
The dear lad does everything he can to make Charlie like him.. 
To even be civil would be nice.. grin.. 

But before Trevor even got in the house I could hear Charlie growling in his kennel... 
I looked out and there was Joel so I knew Trevor was near.. 
Pretty soon the dog really starts barking and in comes Trev... 
"Hello Charlie Boy!"  
The dog just keeps barking.. 

I made him go get in his kennel and the whole time he keeps giving  a deep growl...   

Trevor as always goes to the fridge for a slice of cheese and begs Charlie to come out and get it.. 
As you can see... 
All Charlie does is poke out and growl.. 
Then he would lift his head and bark like crazy... 

Trev kept trying but what a stubborn dog... 

The pic is the last little piece... 
Trevor enjoyed the cheese.. lol... 

He is really Dustin's dog and has only one master... 
And one mistress.. lol.. 
It took him a year to warm up to Terry but just so so... 

Well, sweet girls I hope you are all having a lovely Spring.. 

Trials come and go but the One who holds our hand keeps us stable.. 

Life is what you make it... 

Thanks so much for stopping by and so love your comments here and on Face Book... 
Thanks for following the blog and liking the page.. 
Really appreciate hearing from you... 

God bless you dear girls and enjoy your days... 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Today was Mother's Day....

Hello there my dears.. 
Today was Mother's Day here in Canada.. 
We woke up to a lovely sunny day with a brisk breeze and just a bit cool... 
May is such a lovely month, don't you think?  
The flood waters are receding here in New Brunswick, thank the Lord!  
Grass is green and the dandelions are out... 
Spring has finally arrived... 

This week I made a wee craft to go with my Mom's Mother's Day gift... 

Last Summer I put together a Rose Potpourri which is my mother's favourite scent.. 
I had already gave her some but she was saying that she loves it so and keeps moving it from place to place.. smile.. 
I had some left so I thought I would make her a basket to put some more in... 
I found a recipe to starch the doilies.. 
You can find the link HERE
You only use sugar and water.. 
So easy... 

They turned out fine.. 
She loved it.. 
We went to church and after had a bite to eat and then went to visit Mom... 

She was having her afternoon nap in the rocking chair and her cat, Mable was resting in a chair beside her.. smile.. 

Mom and my Step Father love their cat... 

The first pic up top is my Mom at five years old with her cat.. 
She still loves them and always have.. 

I love cats, too!
Terry not so much.. smile.. 

We had only been there a bit when the phone rang... 

It was Shonda wishing her Gram a happy mother's day.. 
Mom really enjoys hearing from her grand kids.. 
Don't we all?  smile.. 

Mom also loves her plants.. 
They are everywhere.. 
On window sills, benches and tables.. 

She has quite a green thumb and has always stuck lemon, orange and pepper seeds in pots just to see if they will grow.. 

I received my love of wild flowers from her.. 
She knows the name of so many wild flowers and shared her knowledge with my sister and myself.. 
There are just the two of us girls and we both love cats, plants and flowers.. 

That is what mamas do, eh?  
Share their loves with their children.. 
The main love she shared with us was her love of the Lord..
He has so blessed our lives.. 

See all the old dishes in the china cupboard...
Yup... me too!!  grin... 

I don't share my pic on here or anywhere very often.. 
I do not take a good photo like my husband and children but Mom and I are getting older and just thought it would be nice to remember this special day.. 
We had our windows down and my hair shows it but never the less.. smile.. 

So thankful to be able to share this day with Mom .. 
And with our children.. 

Last week I was sick and was not sure if I would be well enough today so the plans they made to be together in church and dinner had to be postponed... 
I am feeling better but still on meds.. 
Nothing serious...

They all called though and we are getting together later.. 
Except for our youngest.. 
As you know he is out west but he called first thing this morning and sent home a gift for me...

So love all of our children, their spouses and grandchildren.. 

Shonda and Tammy are wonderful mothers to our grandsons ... 
So blessed... 

This is all for tonight dear ladies.. 
I pray you had a wonderful day and have enjoyed the love of your sweet families.. 

Sending hugs your way... 


Monday, May 7, 2018

Bits of Our Days...

Good Evening everyone... 
Hope all is well with you.. 
Here in New Brunswick all is not well.. 
A lot of our province is flooded.. 

There was a lot of snow up in the northern parts and as it melts it flows into the St. John River which runs towards the Bay of Fundy in the southern part... 
All the rivers, lakes and bays related to this is flooding big time.. 
Such a shame.. 
Homes, businesses, farms, cottages and camping grounds are under water... 
The city of Fredericton and St. John and all areas in between are in a battle with rising waters.. 
The main highway to Fredericton is closed as is numerous roads and by ways.. 
Terry and I went for a drive to Hampton yesterday to see for ourselves.. 
There are so many pics and videos on Face Book but until you see some of it for yourself it is really hard to imagine.. 
It was a lovely sunny day after a very rainy windy night.. 

*I did up this post yesterday (Sunday) but did not post it until tonight.. sorry... 

The little village of Bloomfield had to close two bridges.. 
The  Kennebecasis River is like a long lake... 
This cemetery is very close to being flooded.. 
Roads are closed everywhere... 
The Belleisle Bay and Grand Lake all have ruined cottages and travel trailors submerged ... 
The poor dears.. 
At least a cottage is not your home and there are so so many homes completely ruined.. 
Our hearts go out to these people.. 
It is the worst flood in the history of our province.. 
Sending prayers that the waters will subside.. 
It is to rain here again tonight and tomorrow...
*thank the Lord it did not rain much and the sun came out today (Monday)

Here we are fine as we do not live near any waterways.. 

On to other things.. 
Made the most delicious corn chowder the other day.. 

Cut the corn off of a couple of ears of fresh corn, a can of corn, some potatoes and diced onions... cooked a couple of strips of bacon and such.. 
Then some cream... 
Yes, it was a treat for sure... 

Soon be in the salad season, I can't wait to have fresh salad greens and such.
I have seen some Coltsfoot growing, though so we will soon have dandelions.. 
This rain has greened up the grass so fast... 

It will soon be herb time.. 
My favourite garden plants.. 

Did up a mason jar of dried rosemary leaves this week.. 
It was from the herb beds last summer at the farm.. 
Smells so heavenly.. 
I think I need to roast a chicken this week... 

We are trying to get more housecleaning done but last week was almost a write off.. 

We did have a town day but then I had to go for a doctor's appointment and then another trip to Sussex on Thursday to see a play that our youngest grandson was in.. 
It was simply divine!! 
 Anne of Green Gables.. 
They did such a professional play.. 
I so love Anne and of course our grandson, Joel was awesome!!  
Joel is the teacher... There is Anne and her best friend Dianna..

Joel is the doctor here... 

And the whole cast... 
These pics are courtesy of the Sussex Christian School.... 

One more thing.. 

We had a Keepers of the Home meeting... 
First for a long time.. 
It was lovely.. 
Made some wonderful waffles by Lindsay, 
blueberry pie by Carmen and I shared the 
Homemade Hamburger Helper recipes... 

Made the Lasagne one last night for supper and it was really good.. 
For you girls who attended I found mini lasagne noodles at the Bulk Barn.. 
Very good price... 

Well, dear hearts this is it for tonight.. 
Not much going on here at home but wanted to post something.. smile.. 
Thanks for being patient with me.. 

I thought I would share my sweetest blessing for today.. 
This morning in church three of our grandsons sat behind us and when they had the song service I could hear their dear voices singing out praises to the King of Kings.. 
So blessed that they know Jesus... 
Touched my soul.... 

Below is a wonderful link for you girls who love your kitchens.. 
I found it inspiring and hope you do too.. 

cotes mill HERE

Enjoy your week and may God richly bless you all.. 
I will pray for you and you pray for me... 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Spring is here!!

Hello everyone... 
So glad to have you visit.. 

It is finally Spring here in New Brunswick.. 
Warm sunny days or cloudy ones with lovely laundry winds.. 
Yesterday I washed and dried all of the throws, bedding and such.. 
They blew out so nice and not a wrinkle in them and they smell beautiful!
Terry worked outside in the yard with raking and all.. 
  A spring blessing for sure..

Today it was raining so Terry washed woodwork, doors and window frames.. 
He is a good man! smile..
I cleaned drawers and closets in our bedroom.. 
I am a lover of books.. Need I say more?  grin.. 
I now have two huge bags.. Some to turn in for a coupon and others to donate.. 
Trying so hard to declutter.. 
Bags of clothes we don't wear, etc, etc... smile.. 

Feels good to get some Spring cleaning under way.. 

Woke up in the night to hear rain falling and a nice brisk breeze.. 
My wind chime clunking away.. 
Another lovely Spring blessing.. 
I know my window is open in all seasons but rain sounds better then snow.. grin.. 

In the kitchen this week I made some Homemade Mayo with my stick blender and organic eggs.. 
What a neat way to make mayonnaise.. 
Here is the link.. 

I saw this on Master Chef Australia!  
Their recipe was only 1 egg yolk, 1/2 tsp. Dijon Mustard, lemon juice from half of a lemon, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 cup of oil... 

The recipe above on the link is just a bit different but it is pretty much the same.. It only took about 2 minutes to make.. 
I used it to make the Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad for supper the other night.. 

As always I potter away in the pantry.. 
Making biscuits, cookies or a loaf of bread. 
Made some cookies and fudge to mail out west.. smile.. 
I am doing very well in keeping the pantry organzied.. 
I redid it over the winter and Terry painted the herb cupboard and hung some lights ...
I got rid of so many pans and stuff I didn't use.. 
Makes it so much easier to keep.. 
I am a pantry lover.. 
Looking forward to working in the farm one this summer... 

Did you notice my new fish?  
I had put him in a coffeepot as I had saw the idea on the web but there was not enough room for him to swim in.. 
This big bottle is much better.
There are plant cuttings in the top and he feeds off of them.. 
He is named after Kyle Bush's car.. 
Don't tell my grandsons.. grin.. 
I am his only fan in this family.. lol.. 

We had a down home supper tonight.. 
Shake and Bake chicken, stuffing and mashed along with the Fiddle heads I canned last Spring and some Dill pickles from the cold cellar.. 
It will soon be Fiddlehead season here.. 
So happy with them canned rather than frozen... 
I only have 1 bottle of dills left, I think.. 
They are our favourites and are gone first... 

We went to Sussex one day and it was so neat to see the snow disappearing so quickly... We met up with Trevor (our oldest son) and he and his Dad visited their fave store together.. 
Canadian Tire.. grin.. 

Including a couple of pics of dear Charlie.. 
He loves Spring days, too.. 
He just stands on the deck and sniffs.. 
So many interesting scents for him to smell.. 
I told him I wanted his pic for Dustin (our youngest son who is his owner) to see.. 
So he just stood there saying hi.. grin.. 

Our daughter and family are in Mexico.. 
Each morning she sends me a pic to show me she is doing lovely and having a grand time.. 
Do you think she wonders if I am worrying.. 
No... not me.. grin.. 

Love love our kids!  
So thankful to the Lord for our sweet family.. 
Our kids and their spouses and 5 wonderful grandsons... 
A blessing for all seasons... 

Thanking God for the Spring and all the blessings it brings.. 

Remember ... 
Life is what you make it... 

Thanks for visiting and your sweet comments here and on the Face book page.. 
Love hearing from you dear people.. 

God bless.. xo