Ginny isn’t hosting Yarn Along this week as she grieves the loss of a dear friend and her unborn child.  Please take a moment to send up some prayers for all of their family and friends.

Lots of knitting this week.  The sweater is done (the basic knitting part) and is now waiting for me to find the courage to cut open the steek and work the button bands.  I’ve also got quite a bit of Daddy’s socks done.  The heels are turned and now I’m just working on the foot part.  My favourite knitting designer came out with a new poncho/shawl pattern.  I’m making one for Grandma (Mom).  I think she will enjoy wearing it at home.  Her shoulders often get cold in the evenings and that makes the arthritis ache.  This pattern is knitting up so quickly.  Obviously I couldn’t take it on holidays with me (since Grandma came along) so it’s progress stalled a bit.  I’ll finish it soon.

While on holidays I found a new yarn shop (giant surprise).   Lots of great yarns but I made myself behave and only bought a couple -besides, one isn’t for me so doesn’t count, right??  The Regia Snowflake is for me for some knee socks.  It makes a really nice ‘fair isle’ without all the hassle.  As you can see I’ve already unwound the balls and am very happy to say the balls match almost perfectly.  I won’t have a hard time making sure the stripes match.  The bright yarn is another Regia label.  They will be for Ella.  I can’t believe how toned-down the yarn is in the picture.  In reality the greens are day-glo and will look wicked-cool in black light.  I’m hoping there is enough for knee socks.

I also treated myself to a new knitting book,The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-than-Air Shawls & More.  I’ve seen this one online, but just couldn’t decide if it was any good.  And it is!  This book is great if you like lace.  It will solve my latest yarn problem.  I got some lace weight yarn to make this stole.  I was so eager to get started.  But it quickly turned to disappointment.  For some reason I just couldn’t knit it properly.  Every row needed to be knit a couple of times to get it right.  I also wasn’t that happy with how it was turning out.  But that leaves me with 1600+ yds of lace weight yarn, not a size I usually use.  But now I have lots of ideas.

Oh yeah, notice the little silicone sweaters at the bottom of the book?  They are needle holders.  They hold 4 double-pointed needles (or 2 circulars).  How cute are they??



Last year I used some of my ‘egg money’ to buy a dehydrator and a pressure canner.  Life got so busy I didn’t get a chance to try them.  This year, since we aren’t busy with Market, I finally got a chance.

6 pints of yellow beans ready to go.

The pressure canner wasn’t as scary as people make it seem.  Though I did have a problem keeping the pressure at 11.  Will have to watch that more next time.  I also made some dilly beans for the first time.  Just made a half recipe to see if we (me and mom) like them.

Colin processed a few of our meat birds.  Once he got the water hot enough he was able to do 1 bird in 20 minutes (I won’t tell you how long the first one took).  They were 9-11 lbs each.  I love a big chicken.  If you are going to the trouble/mess of roasting a chicken make it a big one.  Then you have meat for a long time.

And a final first for Farm Girl Friday this week – TOMATOES!!!   I made these into toasted tomato sandwiches and they were so yummy!



Just a short Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real this week (I’m supposed to be working, shhh).  My garden continues to suffer under the vetch invasion.  The mosquitoes are terrible this year so it’s hard to want to be outside pulling weeds.  Ella has even been inside much more this summer than usual.

For some reason I always seem to forget that this rose bush is hiding under all the vetch leaves.  It’s such a Pretty full red rose.

My day lilies are finally starting to flower and that makes me very Happy.  They seem to be late flowering this year, especially compared to the wild ones.  I don’t know why these ones are so dark.  They are supposed to be tiger lilies.

And of course, another picture of my Pretty, Happy, Funny girl all excited and ready to go at the water park.  Note the ‘lazy river’-type ride behind her?  I’ve decided that is more my speed these days  :)



Yarn Along this week doesn’t have too much knitting to share.  We were away and then had company so not too much knitting got done.  But I did finish the Dr. Who scarf socks (the knitting part any way).  Now just to sew in all those ends.  Good thing Michelle is a really good friend.

I was a bit bored, so I picked up the crochet insertion again.  I’m working on the last metre and then have to work the ‘side’ bits.  Sometimes it’s nice to change projects.



Hot weather is coming, so I think we’re going to be having a lot of crock pot suppers.  It’s so hard to menu plan in the summer.  It’s hard to know what to make or what we will feel like -so much depends on how hot and humid it’s been all day.  Lots to do this week before Ella heads to Bancroft for a holiday.


grilled cheese

hot beef sandwiches


?? groceries

pork chops on the BBQ



buttermilk herb chicken



snow pea beef from 365 Slow Cooker Recipes


tuna sandwich

leftover chicken



leftover beef


roast pork on the BBQ

What’s cooking over at I’m an Organizing Junkie?

Guess what we got to do on Friday??  Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan took us to Calypso water park in Limoges (just outside of Ottawa).  It was so much fun.  Daddy and I have decided we must be getting ‘old’ because we much preferred the ‘ride on a tube’ type rides to the ‘shot down a tube’ type rides.  I was amazed how brave Ella was.

She was just a little excited!  Being a Friday the crowd was very reasonable.

Ella went on these slides (except the white tube one).  In fact, Ella went on just about every slide at the park.  These cabanas were extra, but they were worth every penny.  It gave you some where to sit that was out of the sun and out of the crowd.  Also, the doors closed and you could lock it.  No worries about your stuff.



Yarn Along this week finds me in a bit of a funk.  I can’t find any energy to do anything.  The other day I even took a nap!  I’m not that happy with any of my knitting projects.  Though I need to get to work and finish Michelle’s socks and make her at least one dress before Ella goes for her visit at the end of the month.  I have the feeling it’s the beginning of a case of startitis.

Made another pair of socks for Christmas.  Dragged Michelle’s Dr. Who scarf socks out to get working on them.  I had a moment of panic because I couldn’t find my pattern and wasn’t sure where I was.  Luckily I found the page with my notes (numbers needed).  The second half of my book order arrived the other day so I now have knitting reading. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting is really good so far.

And just because I’m still not over my hair  :)  Here’s one of our engagement pictures.  It’s going to be a while until my hair is this long again:



We’ve had a few very lovely days.  Thursday it was almost cool.  Such a nice change for July in Ontario.  I think the heat is going to return this week.



roast pork on the BBQ with Memphis dust


French toast

BBQ chicken on the BBQ


egg salad sandwich

leftover pork


pork tacos

leftover chicken


chicken sandwiches

pork souvlaki



roast beef on the BBQ for Uncle Stefan’s birthday



More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie

Ella has been bugging to get her hair cut and I finally gave in.  One good thing with this plan is she can now easily learn to brush her own hair.  It’s hard to learn when your hair is waist length.

So we went with a cute little bob.  Even with short hair it’s still girly.

Of course, we donated Ella’s pony tail to Locks of Love.  I decided I would donate too.  They only need a minimum 10 inches and since my hair was below my waist I figured it would be a good trim for the ends.  I expected my hair would be bra-strap length.

Well you know the saying ‘no good deed goes unpunished’??

The woman at the First Choice (never going there again) cut off 16 INCHES and then of course had to keep cutting ‘to make it straight’!!!!  I haven’t had my hair this short since the 90’s when I was at university.  I had a hard time not bursting into tears.  It’s so short I can’t really braid it or do anything with it.  And no, short hair is not cooler!  My braids were much cooler than all this hair prickling at my neck.  I’ve given up on hairdressers here in Renfrew County.  I’ve lived here for 11 years and have never found one I could trust with my long hair (not even for trims).  I’m going to go back to my hairdresser in Bowmanville.  Jane would be horrified at what happened to my hair.  She always loved it long.  So now trips home will include a stop at Tina’s yarn shop and a stop at Jane’s when I need a trim.  Boy, I sure hope my hair grows quickly…


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