Finished bath mat for Yarn Along this week.

No, you aren’t having deja vu.  I made a second bath mat with the rest of the Bernat cotton.  I’ve even got enough left for a couple dish cloths.

I’ve got some fun to share, but Ella caught a cold on her holiday last week and decided to share.  Guides start tonight so I will have to find some energy.  Hopefully I’ll get our pictures online and have a fun post soon.

The End of Summer

No Menu Plan Monday this week.  Colin and I are off for a few days to celebrate our anniversary (just a month late).  If you are looking for eggs, don’t worry Grandma is here babysitting everything.

Wow, it was 30C yesterday and will be again today.  But fall is definitely on its way.  The fields and ditches are full of Michaelmas daisies (which are really asters), one of my favourite flowers.  Found this surprise in the garden yesterday:

The last of the roses.

Have a great week.


Not much to share for Yarn Along this week.  Still working on the bath mat, doesn’t look much different from the last time.

What have I been doing instead of knitting?

This, and…

these.  Lots of canning these days.  This is the last of the tomatoes.  There are a lot left in the garden, but they are split and rotting faster than I can get to them.  So I’ve given up on them and will just enjoy the perfect ones as they come along for tomatoes and stuffed.

The school year has started again too.  Ella is enjoying her new computer math program.

Last weekend Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan took us boating on Rice Lake.

Uncle Stefan rented a nice big pontoon boat for us.  Ella was the navigator.

Lucky Momma got to sit on the couch at the back, reading in the shade.  ALL DAY LONG!!!!!  That’s my kind of boating.

Ella had a great time.  They didn’t catch anything but got lots of bites.  Ella also did some swimming.

Sunday we were off to Fan Expo (it’s like Comic-Con).

Ella was Maka from Soul Eater again and Uncle Stefan was Kingpin.

Saw this and had to take a picture.

Ella in Pokemon heaven.  She decided on a Leafeon.

Ella caught a couple of Pokemon!

Sunday was definitely the best day to go.  The crowds were much more reasonable.

As always, Ella had a grand time.

Speaking of fun…

Daddy and Ella had fun the other day ripping around the yard on her go-kart.

Ella’s really getting the hang of whipping around the corners.  Yes, I know they are going left.  I was told that had nothing to do with Daddy’s NASCAR -it makes it easier for Ella to look for cars when she gets to turns 3 and 4 (aka the road).

Speaking of NASCAR, here’s Ella’s pit crew.

Signs of a good afternoon.


Back to school this week, though Ella has some extra fun planned later this week.  I’m looking forward to the cooler weather this week.  Open windows and most wonderfully… baking!!



tacos -Ella’s favourite


leftover tacos




BBQ pork buns -crock pot



beef Stroganoff -Pioneer Woman Dinner book


sloppy Joe’s

pork chop dinner -crock pot


beef barley soup


leftover Stroganoff

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Wow, what a busy long weekend in Toronto.  I don’t have the pictures ready, so I’ll have to share those later.

What do I have to share for Yarn Along this week?  Absolutely nothing!!  Instead I got to spend Saturday sitting on a boat in the middle of Rice Lake reading.  That’s right, you saw that correctly.  One entire, glorious day of just reading!  That sure doesn’t happen often.  And what did I read?  Well for the history buffs and the ‘Downton Abbey’ folks, it’s a really enjoyable book called “The Housekeeper’s Tale“.  It’s about the lives of a handful of Housekeepers in the grand houses of England over about 200 years.  It was actually a good read for labour day weekend since it contains tales of women turfed out (of job and home) for no good reason and without any future prospects (since they couldn’t get a reference).  I highly recommend it.

Yarn Along and Other Fun


We’ve had a busy couple weeks that I thought I’d share.

Ella and I found a really cool place to take Daddy, the Hydes Bay Model Train Museum.  For those who don’t know Colin, he loves model trains.  He had quite the set up before going to college.  Hopefully, someday, we can put our addition on the house and then Colin can get some space for his trains again.

The guys have done lots of amazing work.

There was even a plane crash on the mountain!

Wouldn’t be Renfrew county without logging.

There was even a working saw mill.  It was so cool, it really looked like the logs were being milled into lumber.

We had lots of fun and Daddy got to have some great ‘train talk’.

Last weekend Ella and I went to the Summer Siege down in Chesterville.  It’s an annual SCA event by the local barony.  It’s been a long time since I belonged to the SCA, but we’ve had so much fun with Comic-Cons this year I thought Ella would enjoy it (and I realized how much I missed dressing up).

Luckily Ella’s princess dress still fit and was good enough for an outdoor event.  I needed to make up something quick and easy for me.

I made Folkwear’s Russian Settler’s dress.  Technically the great schism that created the Old Believers is out of period for the SCA.  But the way I figure it, fashion didn’t change quickly, especially among the peasant classes.  Therefore, this style could have been worn closer to the 1600 cut-off date.  Besides there is no ‘garb police’ especially at outdoor events.

I have actually owned this pattern for years.  The back is really cool.

Lots and lots of tiny little pleats.  Since I was in a hurry and really didn’t have the patience, I used my smocking pleater and I think it turned out nearly perfectly.  I used a linen blend and the only change I made to the pattern was to put an opening under my left arm.  I’m not sure how you are supposed to get the sarafan off when the top of it is the same as your upper bust measurement.

The shirt is made knee-length like I’m sure they were in period.  It’s just some poly-cotton that I had a at home.

Even though it was so crazy hot, humid and sunny on Saturday this was a very comfortable dress.  It proves you don’t have to be nearly naked to be cool.  I was as cool dressed like this as I was in a sundress.  It was so nice not to be bathed in sunscreen.  I may have to make some long-sleeved dresses for next summer.

At the Siege Ella was able to try her hand at archery.  Wow did she love that and she was really good.  You’ll never guess what’s on her Christmas list now.  I gave it a try too.  But I did something horribly wrong…

I got an ‘archer’s kiss’ on my upper arm!  No idea how that happened, that’s not even where archers wear protection.  Oh my Welsh ancestors are ashamed of me -ha ha!

I needed to have a knitting project for the day and that meant socks not on circulars.

Now I have to catch up the second sock so I can put them back on the circulars.

When I’m bored in the evenings (ha ha -it’s canning season) I’ve been working away on another bath mat.

Ella wants me to share a project she’s been working on for a while.

She’s made a 3 foot square map of all the places mentioned in her ‘How To Train Your Dragon‘ books.  Now that she’s finished the series she wanted to combine all the maps.  Ella loves maps.  As you can see at the top, she’s even got home on the map.


Busy canning this week and getting ready to head to Toronto for a fun-packed trip.  Uncle Stefan is taking us to Fan Expo.  Ella’s had so much fun this summer.

I love cooking a roast chicken on the BBQ.  It doesn’t heat up my kitchen and it’s just as easy as using the oven.  And it makes good use of my really good roast pan that I ruined last year when I burnt the fruit relish.  We tried doing corn on the BBQ and I really don’t see what everyone raves about.  It was just ‘corn’.  I’d rather just boil the cobs in the house because I could see the corn easily being over cooked by the BBQ.



leftover chicken


calico corn chowder and Parmesan croutons (new recipe)

sloppy Joe’s



individual chicken pot pie (freeze extras)



chicken tika masala (new recipe and hopefully not too hot)


the girls are off to Scarborough

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