Tuesday, August 30, 2016

another Tuesday

It's a rather gray day around here. The sun woke me up just after six as it briefly shot through my bedroom window. Pretty soon it will be coming up further to the east as fall approaches. As the morning progressed it got very overcast. Apparently we are on a thunderstorm watch.

I finished piecing the quilt top this morning. There is nothing matchy - matchy about this one folks. It was a prescribed piecing technique, but beyond that I was just using a lot of bizarre color combinations as they came out of my bins. I really like it. Photos will follow!!

Someone close to me is in a mental health crisis right now. It's so difficult to get through each and every day, not knowing what tomorrow will bring. There was a short hospitalization (the mandatory 72 hrs) but some longer term therapy is necessary to get something done to rectify the situation. I can't begin to tell you how worried I am.

If it isn't pouring rain we are going to pound some more floor joists into the deck this afternoon. Have to keep busy, keep busy.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

the last Sunday

By now, your children or grandchildren may already be back to school.  The youngsters in my province, for the most part, have one more week to cram in some Summer fun.
The heat is really hanging in here. We have had the occasional "cool" day, but most of this season has been stuck at 25+C. We have weather warnings all over the media today but it doesn't seem to want to hep us out here in our valley.
The page on the calendar turns this coming week....

Us hillbillies should be getting ready for winter. Thinking about it at least. We have a pile of wood in the yard waiting to be cut and Outdoor painting that should have been done two months ago. The porch that literally fell off the house is slowly getting rebuilt. We don't know what to do with the pile of rubble from the old one. We can't put it out for bulk garbage pickup anymore and we can't have a bonfire.

What the heck, I'm going to stay indoors with the fans and AC running and watch videos while I knit mittens and socks for the cold days ahead!
(At least I got the floors swept today and the veggies ready for dinner)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Do you mend? Recycle, reuse...don't discard

I put on a pair of light khaki shorts this morning. I love these pants. They are lightweight and cool. Sadly, they got stains on them from going through a load with some facecloths. I can't wear them shopping or anything like that until I figure out how to get the stains out. The other option is to put MORE stains into the fabric so it looks like it was all artistic intent.

I knit socks. A LOT of socks. Some of the yarns I use are premium, in cost anyway. The thing about socks, especially if they are much loved and worn a lot, is the heels wearing out. My daughter in Toronto brings me her socks to fix. I rip them back, reattach the yarn and knit them back up the leg.

There is a light chambray dress hanging in my closet which I LOVE LOVE LOVE. It is 100% organic cotton. It came from Value Village, (a large thrift store chain), where I bought it for less than $10. I have a pair of really cool baggy pants that I wear under it sometimes. It's a very cool outfit and suitable for public viewing. A few weeks ago I was getting out of the car and caught the dress, just about the hem, on something. There was a 90 degree rip about two inches by two inches. I cut a heart out of some really nice red print fabric and sewed it on the dress. I get some nice comments about that little heart.

Things don't get thrown out in my house until they are absolutely beyond redemption. Mostly they go into a rag bag.

Right now I do have a dilemma with a duvet and a feather bed. They are both in good condition, other than the fact that the filling has kind of gone somewhere. Not sure where. Some of the cells are still nicely full of fluffy stuff, but others are empty. I wish I knew how to fix this. The last time I had to discard a feather duvet I simply buried it in the compost pit.

Monday, August 22, 2016

August Sunday drive

It was a wet day so we headed out to do something/anything for the afternoon. We put a few Km. on the car as the day turned nicer. We had a heavy heavy downpour late morning. I am estimating 2 +/- inches in 10 minutes. We had a leak come down around our chimney for goodness sake. It was almost horizontal! At the end of our drive, as came up the highway between Killaloe and Round |Lake, we encountered a road block. Apparently the combination of heavy rain and a beaver dam don't bode well with pavement. The highway is washed out. We had to back track a considerable distance to get home.

Eganville loves their favorite daughter, Melissa Bishop. There were signs everywhere!

Brudenell. Some say it's the middle of nowhere. We were driving the colonization road that led into the area up the Ottawa River and points west.

Beautiful |Brudenell church made from red sandstone. 

We saw hundred and hundreds of apple trees along this quiet road. Did the pioneers toss their apple cores?

I scared up this bunch of momma turkeys and their youngsters when we were picking wild plumbs.
This plane has recently been raised outside of Pembroke. It honors a fellow who was one of the ofunders of the business just behind those trees.
The old mill at Old Killaloe on 512.

The lovely old Opeongo Road. It's a lovely quiet drive as long as you don't mind a gravel road.

The shrine at the top of Shrine Hill in Wilno. 

A beautiful old ORIGINAL well maintained farmstead near Wilno. Another lovely old shrine.

The famous Wilno Tavern. 

YOU ARE HERE. I love these old signs you find here and there. We were having a hard time orienting ourselves to the bodies of water we were following but this sign helped us out.

I saw this funny on Facebook.  I shared it with my sewing friends.


Now that we are into late August, the temperatures are starting to change a bit. Today, Monday, we almost had a nip of fall. The temperatures were quite cool in comparison to how they have been. They are right at perfect in my opinion! I slept really well last night. No fans or AC, and snuggled up comfortably in my shabby old duvet.
The shadows are really long by 4PM.

Cabbage rolls and perogie for dinner at my house this evening. yum yum

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Not bad at all!

It was quite a nice day. It was very warm, but if you were just sitting in the shade drinking cool drinks, it was pleasant. Once the sun drops behind the hill it cools down pretty well. That's August for you. It was lovely sitting on the back porch drinking tea after dinner (pizza!) this evening. I could hear the coyotes off up the hill - until some folks came down with their ATVs on a trailer.

We went for a walk in our bush today. Our first walk in a very long time. There are no berries to speak of so I guess the critters are foraging aggressively. We saw lots of moose droppings. One pile was very close to the house, just on top of the hill!

Well I did that second batch of jam. It was beautiful my friends! MAGNIFICENT! Then I burned it right at the end. It went from perfect to burned in about one minute. I managed to salvage a bit of it by carefully avoiding the black bits, but there is sort of an underlying toasty after taste. I hope it isn't to prominent when put on toast.  The dried apricots did soak up quite a bit of the liquid which I am thinking contributed to it going south quite rapidly. I'm going to do another batch. I must!

(We got distant rumbles and about ten drops of rain last evening. Doesn't count.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

All that rain

Gives us a whole lot of humidity when it gets up into the high 20sC again! And there are thunder storms on the horizon once again.

We took a quick run to the town this morning to pick up a few necessities.
And it was Farmers Market day. I needed some hand soap made by the wonderful folks at Opeongo Mountain Soaps.
We were at the stop sign waiting to cross the main street to get into the Market grounds when all of a sudden there was a great screeching and lots of honking. An elderly man stepped right out into the traffic! The car at the front of the line literally stopped within inches of that man. INCHES!
I hate that intersection at the best of times and on Market days it is a nightmare. And that's not factoring in people who just calmly step into the path of oncoming traffic.

I had three quarts of very ripe peaches sitting in the kitchen so I made a small batch of jam last evening. I do it the old fashioned way like my granny did. Peel and chop peaches with an equal quantity of sugar. Cook until thick. Can you believe I came away with only one jar (and a tiny bit in a bowl) of jam?? These peaches must have a lot of liquid. When we were shopping today I bought another 3 quarts to make another batch. I'm going to add some dried apricots and some fresh grated ginger to this one. The apricots will alter the flavor a bit and sop up some of that juice and the ginger will give it a wee bit of a zip. I don't eat a lot of preserves, jams, jellies, or pickles, But I do like them to be a bit unique when I do indulge. M's corn relish was excellent this year. We had a bit the other evening on some brisket.

We started working on the porch restoration today.  M. was pounding away at a piece of old wood that was holding out the new beam when a wasp flew right into his face and gave him a good sting. Since the big nest in the tractor was removed the dirty devils have increased their condo up on the side of the dormer to a scary size. I don't want to eradicate them all, but we can't have them in the siding and interfering with our quality of life. There are lots of other places for them to put their big nests where we will leave them in peace.

I was privileged to see a monarch butterfly emerge from it's cocoon this afternoon! What a joy that was! I noticed this strange bit of greenery on the ground. M. had been going at the weeds with the weed whacker awhile earlier, but this thing looked somewhat unusually. As I was looking closely at it, the butterfly popped out! I left him/her drying it's wings in a safe place at the other side of the house.

We are going to have some nice fresh beans for dinner today. I also had a look at the tomato plants. Man they are so loaded but I sure wish they would start to ripen! A few days ago I saw quite a few tiny toads in the grass. Today there were much bigger toads and some leopard frogs. We have two good sized toads around the yard. M. figures the one big fellow has to weigh a good pound. Fortunately I haven't seen any more snakes since that last unusual one in my hosta.

Well it's starting to rumble in the distance so I'm off to shut things down.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August is sliding

Here we go, past the middle of August. We're rapidly sliding toward autumn folks. Not that you would notice with the heat we are still experiencing eh? Maybe the shadows are getting longer in the afternoon though.
We're having another good soaking today. I don't think it's quite as heavy as they predicted but it's a steady rain here on my patch.
I'm making peach jam this evening. I bought one of those plastic "baskets" of peaches at Food Basics. By the time I cut them up and put in the sugar, I knew it wasn't going to amount to much. I use my grandmothers method, which is very simple. Peel and cut the peaches. Add an equal amount of sugar and cook until it is thick. I'm only going to end up with one mason jar of jam! There won't be any going into storage this year. Good job we aren't big jam eaters in this house. I do enjoy a bit of peach jam on my toast in the middle of the winter though.
I wish those tomatoes would start to ripen. The bushes and vines are just loaded to the point where they are falling over, cages and all, but they are still green as a bullfrog.  We are down to a couple of tablespoons of salsa so things are getting desperate here.!

When I was in dollarama the other day, they were stocking the shelves with Halloween crap