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Holidays, Finally

Not sure why it has taken so long to get our holiday pictures up on the blog.  The days fly by and I just don’t get around to it?  Oh well, that’s summer I guess.

We headed off to our usual cottage oasis for the Canada Day long weekend.  Ella has a hard time staying for the whole time, so Grandma came out and got her early.  She’s a funny girl.  She actually misses ‘home’.  It doesn’t matter that Daddy and I are with her, she wants to be home.  Oh well, it’s only 45 minutes from home and Grandma doesn’t mind coming out and ‘rescuing’ her girl.

We were the only ones staying that weekend.  That’s always best because if the other people have kids I always seem to get stuck watching them.  One year the mother just kind of left and didn’t come back for an hour!  Luckily I’m responsible and made sure they didn’t drown or get eaten by a bear.

Ella and Daddy hard at work on their castles.  This is the ‘Kingdom of the Spoon’ and Daddy’s using his trebuchet to attack Ella.

Ella’s castle had a moat and flood protection (we often get a big rain on our holiday ‘weekend’).

Here’s a couple of Ella’s large mouth bass.  She caught a total of 6, plus random perch.

Daddy’s trying to claim this one, but it’s Ella’s.

I think this was her first one.  She was off to a slow start (far too hot) so this was a happy sight.

Daddy caught 9 from the dock.  He also caught a bunch out in the boat and a couple of nice sized pike.  But he was out on his own, so there’s no photographic evidence.

I caught 6 nice large mouth bass too.

This was Ella’s last morning at the cottage.  Daddy went out in the boat and she didn’t feel like it.  So we hung out, snuggled, and talked in the shade shack.  I spent lots of time in there on holidays.  It was nice to be able to knit/read without being covered in sunscreen and bug spray.  There was a nice enough breeze that make it fairly comfortable too.  BTW I love my new phone (Samsung A8), it has voice activated picture taking.  That makes selfies so much easier.  It was very hard to push the button, hold the camera still, and hold the camera out as far as my little arms will reach.

Last weekend the girls went to Uncle Dennis’ cottage in Tory Hill.  He needed Grandma to come and watch Great Grandma while he went to a cottage association meeting.  It’s only 2.5 hours from home, so why not!

If you remember, Saturday was ridiculously hot.  Ella brought her bathing suit.  The lake is really deep, but it was so hot it felt wonderful.

My Grandma (Great Grandma) is really changed since Christmas.  We were lucky and she remembered everyone during our visit.  That was my biggest worry.  It’s a good thing I came along, because there’s no way my Mom would have gotten Grandma out of her chair by herself.

Great Grandma turns 89 on Sunday.

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Hey look!  Menu Plan Monday actually on a Monday morning!!  We’ve managed to survive last week’s crazy, crazy heat.  Saturday it was 35C but felt like 45C with the humidity -that’s 113 for you Fahrenheit folks.  That night I don’t think the house cooled off below 30!  Last night was my first good sleep in nearly a week, this morning the house is a lovely 22C/71F.  I’ll have to keep an eye on the heat and decide when to close up the windows and curtains.

Monday:

crock pot Shepherd’s pie (didn’t make last week, too hot)

Tuesday:

turkey -on BBQ

Wednesday:

leftover shepherd’s pie

Thursday:

leftover turkey

Friday:

sweet and sour chicken

Saturday:

crock pot roast beef (didn’t make last week either)

Sunday:

??

More ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Menu Plan Wednesday??

Wow, I didn’t realize I had fallen off the face of the earth  🙂  I’ll leave you with a quick Menu Plan Monday so you know I’m still here.  Ella’s got a ‘Nerf war’ with her friends this morning so I don’t have time for a good post.  We had a great time at our annual Canada day holiday and we continue to melt in this crazy heat and humidity.  For example, it’s 7:42 am and the house is already 24C/75F, which is warm enough but the humidity already makes everything feel damp and sticky and I’m almost sweating just talking with you guys.  Blech!

I’ll give you a teaser of the post to come:

This heat and humidity make it hard to menu plan.  Instead of doing the whole month I’m basically just doing week by week.  Though I did do something crazy yesterday.  I made a strawberry pie.  We’ve got so many strawberries this year, I’m running out of things to make.  I hadn’t made a pie in years.  It was so good!  Definitely worth heating up the kitchen.  Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Monday:

chicken on the BBQ

Tuesday:

steak souvlaki

Wednesday:

supper out

Thursday:

crock pot shepherd’s pie -new recipe

Friday:

leftover shepherd’s pie

Saturday:

crock pot roast beef

Sunday:

crock pot ranch pork chops -new recipe

Hope you all have somewhere cool, I’m going to go melt in the corner -ha ha!

 

Two finished projects this week for Yarn Along and Crafting On.  The first is a shawl that I made for Amanda. My Dad asked for a hat.  He wears his hair nearly shaved off and finds the a/c at home too cool (my step-mother likes it cooler).

I’m working on a book Colin gave me for Christmas, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War.  It’s a little slow going, but I don’t always get/take a lot of time to read.

What a beautiful sunny day today!  We had mostly clouds on the weekend and a couple of inches of rain.  Colin even put the outdoor furnace back on, the house was getting so cold and damp. We went on a ‘crop tour’ yesterday and there’s lots of standing water in the fields around Beachburg.

Our friends got moved up north on the weekend.  Hopefully they unpack quickly so we can go up for a visit.  I’ve never been to that part of Ontario before.

I think things will be fairly quiet this week.  I’ve had enough socializing the last few weeks.  Ella does have a pre-soccer camp meeting on Tuesday.  Depending on the weather we will try Park Day, though it likely won’t be much fun (for me) without Amanda.

What’s cooking this week?

Monday:

leftover chicken wings

Tuesday:

French Canadian braised beef (didn’t make it last week)

Wednesday:

breaded pork chops

Thursday:

leftover beef

Friday:

sweet and sour chicken

Saturday:

roast beef -on bbq or Crock Pot

Sunday:

?? -depends on what we decide to do

More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!  Colin has finished planting for 2019!!  We got 97% of the planned acres planted.  It took 27 days, but they’re in!  Would you believe that we actually have a few fields that could use a bit of rain?  Gotta love Renfrew Co. white clay.

Spring has finally arrived in Renfrew County.  It looks like it is snowing in my yard.  All this fluff is from the silver poplar.

Look what Ella brought in for me!  My kitchen smells heavenly.

Our friends are coming over again on Tuesday and we have Park Day on Wednesday.  Hopefully Wednesday is nice because Ella and Landon want to go to the bike park first.

Monday:

leftover BBQ’d ribs (from yesterday)

Tuesday:

chicken cacciatore (from freezer)

Wednesday:

KFC

Thursday:

French Canadian braised beef

Friday:

leftover beef

Saturday:

home school pot luck

Sunday:

chicken wings

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

Well the rain continues, but at least it’s not been much and we’ve had some decent days in between.  Colin figures he’s about 65% finished.  He’s got about a week to finish getting the beans in, then he’s cut off for crop insurance.  Yesterday was nice and sunny and windy (helps the ground dry faster).  Today is dull and windy and rainy, in fact there was even snow in Algonquin Park.  I’m not very surprised though, because the wild plums have finally flowered.  We always seem to get the last frost after they flower.

What’s up this week?  Park day, knitting day, and a girls’ night out!  Ella’s even got her first babysitting job.

 

Monday:

shake and bake pork chops

Tuesday:

roast chicken

Wednesday:

lasagna

Thursday:

hot chicken

Friday:

chicken chow mein

Saturday:

chicken enchilada rice casserole

Sunday:

??

More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.