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Combine Season

It’s that time of year again…




Rats, I don’t know why I can’t embed a non-youTube video here.  Oh well, just follow the link for the song please.

I was going to tell you we were well under way with our soybean harvest:

But he actually finished up the last of the beans before lunch AND even came in the house and sat down to eat his lunch!!  Yesterday went better than planned and it didn’t rain enough last night to stop him. Finally a time where things not going to planned turned out to be a good thing.

Look what I did yesterday:

I went up to our furthest farm and towed the flex head home for Colin.  It wasn’t too bad.  Just one spot on the back side road where I met oncoming traffic right where a bunch of mail boxes crowd the road.  Even though I’m wider than the lane, no cars or mail boxes were hurt!

At lunch I found out that he wanted the wagons moved further down the field closer to where he’s working.  He actually thought to himself “can I teach Paula to drive the tractor over the phone?”.  I may have started something!

Wednesday we had our homeschool trip to Hugli’s and as per tradition it was cold, and windy, and snowy!  It really came down a couple of times.  But I didn’t mind, snow is much drier than rain.  Ella had a good time.  Her buddies Keifer and Ephraim and Landon were there, they make her less serious.

Speaking of home school friends, tonight is ladies’ night for the home school moms.  We’re going to get wild and crazy without the kids.  I made pie  🙂


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Still too hot for much knitting.  I tried working on Mom’s socks but got bored, so I started another pair of socks for Mom.

It’s called brioche-stitch.  Does it ever make the knitting soft and squishy!  These are tube sock style because they won’t fit in Mom’s shoes.  They’ll be more ‘wear around the house and be cozy’ socks.  That’s all I’ve got for Yarn Along and Crafting On this week.

Saturday we had fun (well the girls anyway, Daddy was combining wheat).  My Grandma was up at my Uncle’s cottage so we ran over (only 2 hours away) for a visit.

Any guess what Ella did all day?

She caught two ‘giant’ small mouth bass.  Uncle Dennis went down and saved her from having to touch them.  Ella’s so funny, she will cut up worms and put them on the hook but won’t touch her fish.

Grandma and Uncle Dennis have some really friendly chipmunks.  They kept us amused all day.

One brief moment of quiet.  That’s the problem with Uncle Dennis’ lake.  There are so many cottages on the lake and everyone needs big boats and noisy ski doos there is rarely a moment of peace during the ‘season’.

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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.

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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.

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Spring is coming fast and furious here in the Ottawa Valley.  I’m always torn over the tulips.  I’d love to bring them in the house but I don’t have a lot and they are some of the first colour in the garden.  I usually end up leaving them in the garden.

I have no trouble bringing in violets.  The garden will soon be a lovely blanket of purple.  As you can see the quack grass has started already too.

My Lily of the Valley is doing great this year (though slow).  It’s really spreading well.  Just have to keep the Vetch under control.

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For Today: 7 May 2018

Looking out my window:  cropping season is starting
I am thinking: time to get off the computer and get school started, though Ella has to get dressed first
I am thankful: for all the love I got on my birthday
One of my favorite things: my girl
I am creating: a new sweater for Grandma, you’ll have to come back tomorrow to see the picture
I am wearing: black dress with tiny floral/leaf, I don’t think you guys have seen it before, but I couldn’t get a good picture
I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to: Colin got me “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War”  for Christmas and I’m just getting started, it’s good so far.
We also saw the newest Avengers’ movie (Infinity War).  I usually enjoy those (though I like the individual Thor/Iron Man/Guardians of the Galaxy movies better).  I really didn’t like this one at all.  In fact, if you have sensitive people (who have been fine with the others…) be warned, this movie has a very, very sad, dark ending.  I’ve never seen a theatre in stunned silence after a superhero movie.  It left Ella sobbing and Momma in tears.   You’ve been warned.
I am hoping: the weather is wrong and we aren’t getting so much rain in the next week
I am learning: last week in school we learned that the Mason Dixon line was named after the two astronomers who settled the border line between Pennsylvania and Maryland.  I’ve always heard about it but never knew why.
In my kitchen:  Colin says he’ll be home for lunch today, so I’ll make pizza.  Need to check the freezer for bread supply
In the school room: still in Colonial Canada, my favourite
In my garden: hurray, my bluebells (squill) have flowered
Board room: I need to make something to wear while biking.  I need to get at it soon.
Ladies’ Plain Ride-astride skirt. A skirt with a split up the middle for easy man-style of riding horses. Revolutionary! Mid to late 1910s,
A moment from my day: gotta check on the chickies and see how much they have grown (I’ll show you later)
Look how big they are getting!

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OK, I think it’s safe to use my spring Menu Plan Monday header.  We’ve had an entire week of ‘not winter’ weather and in fact, the last few days have been actually ‘spring like’.   In fact, the garden has decided that it is spring:

My crocuses that surprisingly survived the snow

and snowdrops.  The squill (bluebells) are coming but not flowering yet.

Ella had a busy morning on Saturday.  She was up in Petawawa helping the club set up for the archery tournament.

Those animal targets are heavy and are being held in place by 50 lb sand bags!  I was told by a number of people of Ella’s great work ethic and how hard she worked.  That’s so nice to hear.

It was hard to get a good shot (no pun intended).  We were up in the gallery and it was pretty busy down on the floor.  Those are Ella’s new archery friends standing behind her.  Their family homeschools too.  They and their Dad have been so great and have really helped Ella enjoy archery.  So how did she do?

She got third in her age group!!! She scored 188 which was pretty decent.  240 seemed to be the average sort of score including the adults (except the older guys who hunt all the time) so she’s doing pretty good for just having this bow for a couple of months and no practice here at home.  It’s amazing how much better you can shoot when you can see -ha ha!  There were 2 rounds of shooting so 40 targets.  Of those 40 she only missed 4!!  She got a couple of really good shots (the ones I could see).  She caught the groundhog right in the middle of the chest.  I told her Daddy would be putting her to work on groundhog duty this spring.

Ella’s arrow is the long black one -great shot!

So what are we eating this week:


Colin’s away cleaning and Ella’s at Grandma’s so I’ll find whatever junkie lunch I want  🙂

leftover  bbq ribs 


stir fry

hot chicken



spaghetti and meatballs


wieners and beans

chicken pie

Friday:   Grandma’s 70th birthday!!

chicken sandwiches (get the idea I have a bit of chicken to use up this week?)

roast beef and popovers


leftover chicken pie


hot beef

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


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