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Things are looking up from last week.  We’ve got all the corn planted.  Well, all of the corn that’s getting planted this year.  Some of the corn ground will have to be planted with soy beans (still under water).  Colin’s got a lot of the wheat planted too but I think there’s still some acres still waiting.  Raining today, so things will have to wait a bit longer.

I made the beef stroganoff on Saturday (not as scheduled) and it was SO YUMMY!  I used my homemade cream of something soup mix and added beef stock instead of just water.  Even Ella commented a couple times at how yummy it was -definitely a keeper.

Monday:

sandwiches

leftover beef stroganoff

Tuesday:

test recipe for ‘funeral sandwiches’ on campfire

crock pot hamburger casserole

Wednesday:

sandwiches

Mc Donald’s to celebrate last day of Guides

Thursday:

chicken Caesar salad

leftover hamburger casserole

Friday:

hot dogs

steak

Saturday:

chicken paprikash

Sunday:

roast chicken -will decide oven or BBQ when I see the temperature on Sunday

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Look at this:

And this:

Woo Hoo!!  Colin has gotten a fair bit of our corn and wheat into the ground.  He’s done about 3 days work in the last two (without a/c in the tractor).  Things are looking up.  Though it’s supposed to rain tomorrow and Friday…

Not that things are dry yet.  Here’s the back field we were canoeing in for my birthday.  Still really, really wet.

Victoria Day weekend!  Though it really doesn’t mean anything to us farmers.  I did mean to pick up some sparklers for tonight but forgot.  Ella wants a fire, so maybe we’ll just do that instead.

Good news!  Colin got some of the wheat planted last week.  Unfortunately Photobucket isn’t working, so I’ll have to wait till later to post some pictures.

Monday:

???

hamburgers

Tuesday:

sandwiches

tomato beef soup (didn’t make it last week)

Wednesday:

pancakes

pizza

Thursday:

picnic lunch

slow cooker beef stroganoff

Friday:

pizza

honey-garlic chicken wings

Saturday:

lasagna -maybe

Sunday:

Parmesan garlic chicken (from Don’t Panic II)

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I don’t have a real post for Keep Calm and Craft On because I haven’t really done any knitting this week.  I have been doing a lot of research.  I’m getting back into the SCA and need so new garb.  I whipped up some quick garb for the event Ella and I attended last summer.  Remember this:

Late period Russian peasant.  It was cool and easy, but it’s not the persona I really want.  My plan is late period Elizabethan Welsh yeoman farmer’s wife.  This way I get use some of the really cool Elizabethan pieces but made with fabrics I have/can afford.

As with most garb/costumes you have to work from the inside out.  So I need a high neck shift, a petticoat, and a pair of bodyes (Elizabethan for corset).  I’m making the bodyes lace in the front and back for better fit.

Unlike the 1800’s, a pair of bodyes isn’t just ‘underwear’:

Add a pair of sleeves and it’s perfectly good outerwear.

Add a doublet on top of the ‘bodyes’ (minus the sleeves) and you are ready for a trip to Market.

A final option is the gathered kirtle:

Add sleeves and it’s a gown on its own.  Or it would go under the doublet/jacket.  Or it can also be the underdress to an open front Elizabethan.

I’m just not sure what colours to use.  Elizabethans loved to mix colours.  Especially someone of my status who might be making/buying my clothes piecemeal as I could afford the expense.  I have 6 m of red wool crepe, 5 m of fine black wool, and 3 m of very dark green twill (cotton/poly??).  I’m thinking of saving the black for a kirtle.  It’s really nice quality (bought for a suit back in my office days) and it deserves something special.

 So do I make the bodyes (and sleeves) and petticoat with the red? Use the green for a separate skirt/petticoat.  And then buy some other colour? for a doublet?  Man I wish I were creative, I have such a hard time with this.  I need to decide soon because Fabricland has linen on sale for May.

I really like this look.  She has a red petticoat over a pink one (yes pink is an Elizabethan colour).  She’s wearing a green pair of bodyes under a blue doublet (I love that colour).

I picked up KFC for supper last night so I’ll have to make some changes to the planned menu for this week.

Still praying for cropping weather up here.

Good news, Ella passed her Level 5 swimming this time around.  On to Level 6!

Monday:

pizza

leftover KFC

Tuesday:   homeschool bowling!

tomato soup

Asian steak salad

Wednesday:

hot dogs

leftover chicken

Thursday:

sandwich?

cauliflower chicken chili -new recipe

Friday:

soup

sesame chicken

Saturday:   A&S day at Cate’s

tomato beef soup -new recipe in the crockpot

Sunday:

?

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Did I tell you about Comic-Con last week?  It was in Ottawa this weekend so that’s what Ella and I did on Sunday.  Wow, people in Ottawa wake up way earlier than the folks in Toronto.  We usually go first thing Sunday morning so that the crowds aren’t too bad.  That works in Toronto.  I think there were more people in costume in Ottawa, there was certainly more Steampunk folks.

Nurse Joy was a hit like always.  Ella got stopped a number of times for pictures.

I think she’s fighting off a bit of a head cold and had a rough night, so she kind of passed out on the way home (something she rarely ever does).

You’d have to be living under a rock to not know about the flooding going on around here.  Though if you listen to the news you would think it’s mostly in Gatineau (Quebec).  There is flooding all over the Ottawa Valley.  Pembroke and Killaloe have actually had mudslides!

The town of Renfrew hasn’t had any actual flooding yet (their big river is in a deep valley).  The river is just amazing!  That’s they Hydro Electric generating station on the left.  It usually has about a 20-30 foot drop from the building to where the river usually runs.

The museum is on the right and used to be an old mill.  Luckily there is still a bit of wall from its mill days and that’s helping to break the water before it hits the museum’s retaining wall.  It was rather scary being on the swinging bridge (just a couple of feet above the wall) with all that water roaring underneath.

This is the little community of Deacon.  Not much is there any more but this campground and the general store (the store went under water the day after we took this picture).  It’s on Golden Lake.

This is our place.

We went for a birthday canoe.  It was really windy so we stayed off the river and just paddled in the fields.  There was about 4 feet of water under us.

Not exactly the way Colin likes to check his fields in May.  But we are certainly far better off than a lot of other folks in the Valley.  Though it really needs to start drying soon or we’ll be really cash-strapped next year.  That or Mother Nature has to promise to add an extra month of summer in the fall.

The weather doesn’t slow Ella down any.  She’s been out there working on her house and baking (though no sun makes that harder).  She’s very proud of her house.

Sunday and Monday we actually got SNOW!  It doesn’t feel so bad as all that rain, but it was melting and added to the water.  Today we have this weird glow in the sky coming through the clouds???  I seem to remember something like that in the past?  I think it was called ‘the sun’  🙂

Oh look, two weeks in a row and I remembered to make my Crafting On post!

Ta-Da!!

I finished Belinda’s sweater.  Though I think I’ll wait to sew in the ends until Belinda tries it on and is happy.  This still isn’t quite the right colour, but at it’s closer than the other pictures.

I also need to get buttons, but I will definitely wait until we’re back in the city and I can get to the better Fabricland.

I’m not sure what to start on next.

I know the Crafting On group don’t really talk about books, but look what I found at Coles/Indigo the other day:

Big, thick, hard cover, $30 a book, history books.  Not only were they marked down, but they were 30% off on top of that.  The Robinson Crusoe is for school next year, it was $5.99 and 30% too.  Now I need to find some reading time.

I forgot to share our birthday pictures from the last couple weeks.

Ella and Grandma.  Hard to believe Mom is 69 this year.  It was her birthday on April 27.

Las Thursday was my birthday.  It’s hard to believe I’m 46 either.  I really don’t feel that old.

Not sure why these pictures are so grainy looking.  Usually my phone does a better job than that.