Hurray!  We had 7mm of rain last night -yeah I know, not much but right now some is better than none.  There was a bit of a breeze today which made for a slightly nicer day.  It’s actually down to 23C already in the house, should be beautiful in here by morning.

Crafting On and Yarn Along today, so here’s my progress on my Faroese shawl.

The colour is way off because I had to use the flash (curtains shut to keep out the heat and light).  Not sure how to get  picture so you can see the pattern, but it’s there.

Another Bookbub suggestion this week.  I’ve really been enjoying Tales from Bow Street.  It’s about the start of proper policing in in England.

This is the best picture I could get from soccer camp.  Parents are kept way back from the field, so ‘zoom’ it was. Can you find Ella?


Oh my goodness, today was a miserable day for grocery shopping.  40C with the humidity.  I left early to avoid the worst of the heat.  The stores aren’t running their a/c much so it wasn’t that much of a relief either.  Everything got home OK, thanks to the cooler full of frozen bottles of water.  Luckily I didn’t need milk this week so I didn’t need to bring 2 coolers (another reason that winter is better).


I made chicken on the weekend, so it was leftovers today with beans from the garden


sandwiches -I’m canning beans so lunch will be whatever people find

baked chimichangas  -extras to go into freezer


hot dogs

magic chicken casserole -baked in the toaster oven



leftover casserole

Friday:  Belinda and Stefan!!



slow roasted pork -done on the BBQ of course




Holidays -2018

As expected, we  had a fabulous time on our annual Canada Day holiday.  It would have been nicer if it wasn’t the start of a ridiculous heat wave, but at least that made the lake nice and warm.

We dropped our stuff at the cottage and headed for the lake.

Ella started off the fish catching, with a nice large mouth bass.

Daddy was quick to catch up.  You can see where I spend my time, knitting or reading under our tent canopy.

Next day we headed to the lake bright and early, trying to get some fun in before the sun got too ridiculous.

Uh oh, Daddy’s on a roll with number 5.  The oppressive heat was really affecting the fishing and Ella couldn’t cast out quite far enough (to the cooler water).

Never fear, here’s number 2.

The bullfrogs were really noisy this year.  This fellow was lucky he was too big for bait.

Ella’s third fish came fast on the heels of number two.  Daddy was on the other dock so I was the net girl.  Reached in and pulled up a nice big bass, but…

IT WASN’T THE ONE ON ELLA’S LINE!!!  Yep, I caught my first bass of the holiday with just the net!

HERE’S Ella’s third bass.

Number 4 was a good size too, but somehow I missed most of it.  I love Ella’s smile!  She’s a funny girl, she’s ruthless when it comes to bait, but she still wants nothing to do with holding the fish.

Well, OK, I guess she gets that honestly.  I don’t like holding them either.

Daddy rounded off the evening with number 6.

Our hosts have a pair of peacocks (noisy, annoying things).  Every year they hatch out a few little ones.

It’s hard to get a good picture.  Mom wasn’t too impressed with us this close (they were in a feed box in the barn).  They sure are cute.

We found a surprise at the lake this morning…

A large pair of loons.  We don’t see too many loons around here.

Daddy’s off to a good start again.  We stopped counting after number 10.

Ella didn’t get any more fish today.  As you can see from this picture, I was trying to escape from the oppressive heat and sun, I was in the screen house and Ella’s wearing her towel for sun protection.  I know I’ve used ‘oppressive’ too many times in this post, but that’s just how terribly hot and sunny it was that weekend.  In fact, it was so crazy hot that we decided to stay ‘home’ and not go to the fire works in Killaloe.  After supper we put on some Harry Potter and just relaxed.  From the sounds of things, a lot of people decided it was just too hot to sit out in the sun waiting for the fireworks (you have to get there early to get a good seat).

We always have so much fun out in the hills of Brudenell.  It’s only 45 minutes from home (if you don’t take the scenic route) but it feels a world away.

I didn’t get so much knitting done on holidays, but I did get this far on my new scarf:

Then I got home and turned it into this:

BTW, this is a much closer representation of the actual colour.  When we got home I was looking at it and finally decided I just wasn’t ‘feeling’ that pattern.  It’s a good pattern and I may make it again some time for an actual scarf, but what I need is an ‘around the house’ shawl.  Though now that we have the outdoor corn furnace I don’t ‘need’ house shawls quite so much as before.

So now, I’ve cast on 449 sts and have started this:

It’s the Stora Dimun shawl out of my Folk Shawls book.  I’ve had this book for a long time but this is the first shawl I’ve knit from it.  It’s a Faroese style shawl, which means it has extra shaping at the shoulders which make it sit better.  We’ll see.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been working on Grandma’s new sweater.  It’s worsted weight wool and I just can’t deal with it in this heat and humidity.  When the nice weather comes back I’m sure I’ll pull it out again.  Grandma’s finally taken off her sweat shirts, so she’s fine for a while -ha ha!

I may not have done much knitting on holiday, but I did get a nice bit of reading (I love my Kindle).  I finished A Room with a View.  Remember a while ago, the book Vanessa and Her Sister?  Well, E.M. Forster was a friend of theirs and played a part in that book.  Also, remember the ’85 movie?  I have always loved period films, and that one has two of my favourite actresses –Maggie Smith and Helena Bonham Carter.  I wish we had Netflix because I’d love to watch it again.  The other book I really enjoyed was Call the Nurse.  It’s the true story of a public health nurse living in the Hebrides in the 70’s.   There is a second one, but I’ll have to watch for it to come on sale for Kindle.

For Today

Looking out my window
things are starting to look dry.  The crops are really wanting a nice, gentle rain -soon.
I am thinking
that I’m not too impressed that it’s going to get really hot again today.  I’ve enjoyed the last 2 days of reasonable summer weather.
I am thankful

for the folks at the Baptist church in Pembroke.  They welcome Ella to their soccer camp and don’t care that she’s not a member.

One of my favorite things

laundry hanging on the clothes line blowing in the breeze.  The breeze is the important part of that sentence because it helps my dresses dry without any wrinkles.
I am creating/I am wearing
Another new sundress.  This is the same material as the jumper dress from the other week.  It’s the same pattern as most of my dresses.  The only difference is I didn’t use the elastic in the front neckline.  I used self-bias tape.  As usual, the opening is on the side, but I used hidden buttons instead of a zipper.  Two pockets of course.  
I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to
I’ve been reading some of the books that have been sitting around on my Kindle.  Most recently it’s “Our Holocaust“.  Unlike most holocaust books, this one is written by the child of survivors as he tries to piece together what happened to the people in his family.
I am hoping
mostly, just for a nice, gentle rain this afternoon (after soccer camp)
In my kitchen
I was informed that there were no cookies left in the house.  So first thing this morning I whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  Hopefully I can get them put away before they are all eaten.
In the school room
on hold until soccer camp is finished.
In my garden
see ‘out my window’
A moment from my day
not from today, but Ella and I had a girls’ day out on Saturday.  We hit up the library for some unlimited internet fun, lunch at A&W, and then the theatre for Jurassic World.  Top it all off with some Greek to go for supper.

Guide camp this past weekend so that means very little knitting.  In fact, I only got one round of knitting done on my socks.  We got very little sleep, one of the girls had a really hard time and was keeping everyone up.  Mom arrived at 12:30 and I think everyone was finally asleep by 1.  The cabin was really hot and some of the girls ended up in the living room.

I forgot to share this picture from the Summer Solstice.  I tried, but couldn’t get a good picture of all the fireflies.  Usually we only see one or two, but that night there were so many.

Came home to find some kitties hanging out at the barn window.

For Crafting On I’ll share another new dress

I need Mom to come over, I’m not happy with the way it fits.  The top is still a bit too big.  I love the pockets.

Crafting on this week is a new dress (I have a number of them done, but no one to take pictures).  I had to use a filter to get the dress the right colour.  It made my feet look dirty, but it’s just shadow.  This dress is a little different from my usual.  It’s a fabric I got from the Mennonite fabric store and it’s a soft, silky georgette (instead of the usual cotton).