Had a lovely day for our anniversary.  Ella had a weekend at Grandma’s.  Sunday was nice and cool -a very welcome break from all the humidity lately.  Did a bit of a crop tour (barley looking good!) then we took a drive out on some back roads that Colin has never used.  Didn’t realize there was so much water out and about that way.  Then we headed into Renfrew for Chinese and a movie.  We saw the new Vacation movie.  It was funny, a bit more language than necessary but good.

Raining today, so not such a happy Farmer today.  Time for some dry days to get the rest of the wheat and barley off the fields.



KFC chicken


Irish potato pancakes, bacon and eggs (not for me I’m still doing the elimination)

sweet and sour pork chops



leftover chicken


chicken quesadillas

crock pot honey mustard chicken


tuna sandwiches



leftover honey mustard chicken


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Special Day


Happy Anniversary to my Sweet Heart!  I don’t know how it’s been 12 years already.

The wedding party: my sister with her blonde hair (as requested instead of the dyed red).  Colin’s best friend Keith from Centralia (ag college near London) and Colin’s little niece Brittany (she’s 6).  I made all the dresses and luckily had everything done before that big blackout the week before the wedding.

One of our engagement pictures.


I didn’t get to share the pictures from the trip in Toronto (well, more the ride home) so I’ll share them today for Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real.

It turns out that Great Grandma was at the cottage the weekend we went to Grandpa Jim’s.  So we took the ‘other way’ home that runs right by and stopped for a visit.  The highway takes us right through the cute little town of Fenelon Falls (boy has that changed since we went to the cottage as kids).  Just as we were crossing the bridge we could see there were boats going through the lift lock.  We needed to stop for lunch any way, so we pulled over.

We literally crossed the bridge over the lock and parked, and this is how far down the water had gone.

Yeah, I don’t want to know how much this one coming in costs…

It was very cool to watch the lock in action.  And it was great that they have a walkway built under the busy highway so we could walk along and see everything from start to finish.

Next stop my uncle’s cottage!

This lake is actually back behind the farm where my Grandpa Johnson was born in Tory Hill.  Poor Tory Hill doesn’t exist any more.  When I was a kid, there was a gas station and a general store still there.  But they burnt down when I was a teen.  The old dance hall was still standing then too, but it’s also long gone.  My Grandpa’s house is still there, but no longer being farmed.

The lake is very cold and deep, but was such fun growing up.

It was the wrong time of day for fishing off the dock, but Ella gave it a try.

Ella’s first motor boat ride.  When we are at Joe and Carol’s in July Daddy always has to row.

My uncle has done a lot of work on the cottage the last few years (hurray flush toilet!!).  I really love what he did with the deck and stairs.

You have to watch your head when you sit on the deck.  Lots of hummingbirds.

Yeah, I know the ‘grandmas’ are wearing sweaters!  The rest of us were sweating and Ella was considering a dip in the lake even though she forgot to pack her bathing suit.

The cottage makes a good stop.  It’s about halfway and so there’s only 2 hours to go till we get home.

We had this guy in the tree out front the other day.  It’s a juvenile red tail hawk.  We’ve got lots of hawks around, but don’t usually have a juvenile hanging around.


Been so hot and muggy that I don’t have any knitting progress worth sharing with you guys for Yarn Along.  The house didn’t cool off much last night.  It’s still 23C  (73.4F) in the house.  I know that doesn’t sound too bad until I mention the 84% humidity, that’s making it feel like 33C (91F) -and its only going to get worse!  The kitchen floor feels sticky and even the bed sheets feel wet/damp.  Blah, I’m really can’t wait for the good weather to return.

I have been doing some re-reading before school starts again.  Not really liking the Homeschooling with Gentleness: A Catholic Discovers Unschooling, we’re definitely not an unschooling-type family.  But I really like A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning.  She really explains the Charlotte Mason method. More Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual is alright, but instead of talking about all the aspects of Charlotte Mason education, she often refers the reader back to her first book.  We’ve given up on Oak Meadow, as much as we liked their curriculum it just wasn’t a good fit for Ella.  She really likes all the books in OM so we are going to switch to Ambleside Online, which is Charlotte Mason based.  We’ll be doing Saxon for math (we’re doing grade 3 again because she needs the review from last year) and some workbooks for English -Ella enjoys some workbook work.

Mmm, I love chicken wings.  I never order them when we are out though, all the restaurants seem to want to make them hot/spicy -even though they tell me they aren’t.  I really like the crispy deep-fried which is why I’m always disappointed when I make them at home.  That is until I found this way of cooking wings (works with little drumsticks too).  It’s going to seem weird, but just trust me.

4 lbs of wings (I cut them into 2 parts)

2 T baking powder

1/2 t salt

Line rimmed cookie sheets (jelly roll pans) with tinfoil.  Place racks on the sheets and spray with oil (I use Pam).

Put the wings, baking powder and salt in a baggie.  Give it a good shake to coat all the chicken.  Lay the chicken out on the racks.

Bake 250F for 30 min.  Then increase to 400F and bake another 40-50 minutes.  Rotate tray half way.

Honey Garlic Sauce

6 T honey

5 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 t onion powder

1 1/2 T soy sauce

1/4 c water mixed with  1/2 T cornstarch

Put everything in a saucepan (except the water and cornstarch).  Slowly bring to a boil. Add water and cornstarch.  Bring to a boil to thicken.  Pour over chicken and enjoy.


Oh my goodness, I really can’t wait until the decent weather comes back!  Yes, yes, Colin I know this heat is making corn…  It has been so hot and humid lately.  In fact, we had the house closed up tight by 8:30!!!  That’s because it was as hot outside as inside, it just didn’t cool off much at all overnight.  Right now it’s 23C (73F) and 26C outside.  What that doesn’t tell you is that at 10 am it is already feeling like 34C (93F) outside with the humidity!!  And it’s only going to get worse as the day goes along.  We’re supposed to top out feeling about 40C (104F) today -ugh!  That kind of temperature makes it almost too hot to even spend the day in the pool.  The windows are closed and the solar curtains are shut tight.  Hopefully I can keep a lot of the humidity out of the house and we’ll just hide in here.  It’s so hot I’m not even really knitting -that says it all!

We had a cool visitor in the tree yesterday morning.

A juvenile red-tail hawk.  At first Colin thought it was a falcon (wouldn’t be the first on here) but my friend Teresa who knows more about birds than we said it was a hawk.  We have lots of hawks around but don’t often get to see a little one.


tuna sandwich

leftover oven fried chicken


egg salad sandwiches

slow roasted pork (didn’t make them on Sunday, we had steak -yes, I know I’m not doing well with my elimination diet)



stuffed chicken breasts




leftover pork


pork quesadillas

sesame chicken and Shanghai noodles


something with the leftover pork or pork chops


our 12th anniversary

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Hard to see much progress on my Yarn Along this week.  But I did get a few more repeats done on Grandma’s scarf.

I also pulled out a book from long ago. Blue Sword is a book I read back in high school.  I saw a review of it on another blog (she’s Anglican too) and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed the books by Robin McKinley.  I may have to dig out the other ones I have.


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