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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Midweek in April... ..

Good Evening my lovelies... 
Just a post of some web pics that I have enjoyed lately and a little midweek doings.. 
Someone said Spring is on it's way here and it put me in the mood for flowers.. 
Wild Spring flowers will soon be blooming here in the Maritimes of Canada.. 
Dandelions, May Flowers, Purple Violets, Trilliums,  Dogtooth Violets and so many more.. 
Looking forward to making Dandelion Jelly, Violet Salves and such.. 

We have been blessed with some rain this week.. This is a good thing as it is causing the snow to disappear..  
Feeling very sorry for Southern Ontario and the terrible ice storms they have had to get through and then more storms for tomorrow.. 

I guess we won't complain about our weather even though Spring seems still so out of our reach.. 

We are having a busy week.. 
On Sunday we had church and went out to lunch with friends, then Monday we had business (the dreaded taxes) appointments and on Tuesday doctor's appointments, a bit of shopping while we are out and about and Bible Study last night.. 

This morning I decided to get a few things finished before I had to get ready for another appointment this afternoon.. 
So I made a loaf of bread, a boiled ham dinner, cleaned the fridge all out and made an Israeli Salad, stripped the bed and washed it, emptied the dishwasher and put them away.... 
Oh yes and did a bit of embroidery when I take my wee breaks.. I am finding the picking up of it a bit addictive.. smile.. 

I am in my old flannel house nightgown.. You know the kind that is so great for housework but you wouldn't want to be caught dead in... I had washed my hair last night and had just tucked it up in a knot on top of my head... I looked so lovely!  
I didn't sweep because I had hoped to vacuum and scrub nor did I clean off the table because it had a pile of books that I needed to drop off at the library when we went to the doctor, a parcel that I had been getting ready to send to Dustin and..... 
Oh yes!  My new Betta Fish... Skittles|!!  
I had bought an old coffee pot at the Thrift store yesterday and a few fish bowl items and had put him in last night and that was all on the table.. I think Terry left his coat on the chair and a large bottle of pop sitting by the couch.. 
Whatever!! I expect you are getting the picture!! grin 

In order for me to get a bunch of things done when we have been running the roads every day is to just do them and forget the finer things of life like cleaning up.. 
I must not forget about the tax papers everywhere because that is another thing we have been doing for a couple of weeks here and there... 
Are you getting the jist of it all?

My typical type of household.. 
I was on my way in to get ready when I heard the dog barking.. 
I turned around and came out to see what was going on.. 
I thought it was Terry.. 
Went to look out the garage door and there were a couple of our dearest friends.. 
Oh my word!!  
All I could do was tell Terry to get the dog and told them to go to the front door.. 
We have to put him in the kennel because he is a bit scary to people.. 
I ran for the bedroom to put some clothes on and just forgot about my hair..  
They have been our friends for over fifty years and this is not the first mess they have witnessed!  
She is immaculate and always looks like a fashion model.. 
And always so hospitable.. 
So lovely to be like that... 

Life is what you make it!  
So we just sat and had a wonderful chat after I decided to stop feeling stupid..

I always tell everyone to just give me ten minutes warning.. 
Cell phones are great for that.. 
When I said that to Roger, he just laughed and 
said that wouldn't be any fun.... lol!! 

I was going to say that I need to improve myself and get more organized but after all these years that is not about to happen.. 
What I plan on doing is getting a nice dinner ready, the house cleaned and myself dressed and invite them back.. haha
Love our friends.. 

We went to the doctor and I had a great time at the Library while Terry did some errands..
Then home and supper and here we are... 
I did sweep as soon as I got back home... smile..

I was working on my journal the other day and came across a scrap of paper where I had wrote down a bit I had read in a book somewhere.. 
Thought I would share it with you.. 
Seems appropriate.. 

It is the ancient science of household management.. 
Making delicious bread.. taking care of husband and tending your soul.. 
I do some of that stuff.. grin.. 

I had planned on doing a blog post tonight so I had taken a few pics of the bread, salad and ham dinner...   

I love the broth on the dinner so I eat it like a soup.. 
Terry likes his on a plate.. 
Ham, potatoes, onion, celery, carrots and cabbage.. 
Add a bay leaf, hot pepper flakes and parsley.. 

This is my story for today dear hearts..

Dustin sent us this pic of the Alberta sunrise this morning.. 

Missing my boy... 

Thank you all for visiting and your sweet comments and sharing the post on Face Book.. 
Look forward to hearing from you as always.. 
Have a great week.. 
God bless... 
He is faithful!!  


This is a link to a youtube that my friend Rhonda posted on her Friday reading list.. I loved it .. You can see it HERE