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I found the business card from one of the professional photographers from the weekend.  Here’s a good picture of the girls and Ella’s full length.


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It’s been a busy few weeks.

First we had Grandma’s 71st birthday.  My sister and brother-in-law came up for the weekend.

Last weekend was my birthday -48!!

I’m still getting used to the selfie function on my new phone.

Yeah, nothing to add…

I wish this one wasn’t blurry.  It’s so hard to get a good picture with Mom.

Why haven’t there been many Yarn Along posts lately?  Well, besides trying to keep the house ready for company, I’ve been busy finishing up Ella’s costume for Comic-Con in Ottawa.  Here she is with her friend Hannah.  Ella is a ‘gender bend’ Inuyasha.  That means we’ve taken a boy character and made it into a girl costume.  Inuyasha is one of her favourite anime.   Boy, did she get a lot of compliments and pictures taken -even the professional photographers wanted her picture.

I didn’t realize I forgot to get a good full-length picture of her.  We’re supposed to be going to the comic-con in Niagara Falls in June, so I’ll have to get a good one then.

Lots of cool things, as usual.  It was great to see my friend Teresa and all her beautiful things.  She makes the prettiest circlets, but Ella’s not little and doesn’t play princess anymore.

Gaming station where we could ‘take a load off’ check out some new games.  They could make a fortune if they had a “moms area” -you know; some comfy places to sit, have a drink, and still keep an eye on the kids.

So what’s up for this week?  Well, hopefully Colin can continue getting some cropping done.  He did some cultivating on the weekend.  We had a bit of rain today and since we have clay, it’s slowing things down.  Tonight hopefully the other home schoolers will show up and we can start filming their Shakespeare play.  Other than that, no real plans.


Hamburger Helper -beef noodle, Ella’s favourite


cracklin’ chicken

German potato salad and Parmesan cauliflower -two new recipes




pork chops


sweet and sour chicken


Not sure what to make on the weekend.  Hopefully, Colin will be too busy out in the field to stop for supper and I’ll just grab something easy.  Please God!  It’s getting late.

I almost forgot to show you the Mother’s day gift I bought myself at Comic-Con.  It’s the moon on the night Ella was born.  It glows in the dark too.  It’s a Canadian company called Moonglow.


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For Today:  25 April 2019


Looking out my window:  the river is in the field again, I think it’s actually gone down a bit

I am thinking: we need some sunshine, not the rain they are calling for tomorrow

I am thankful: the water has gone down near the house and in the basement

One of my favorite things:  Ella and Colin

I am creating: Ella’s fingerless gloves are the last thing I finished
I am wearing: my denim sundress with a t-shirt
I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to:  we’re finishing up Robinson Crusoe
I am hoping: for 2 weeks of sunshine so Colin can start cropping on time
In my kitchen: made the Dutch oven chicken pot pie again this week, still rave reviews from the picky people, will have to put this recipe in my book
In the school room: we are loving our new curriculum.  I wish we had found A Gentle Feast back when we first started our Charlotte Mason journey

In my garden: more snowdrops, lots of crocuses, and the blue bells are almost open

Board room: some dresses on my Pinterest page
A moment from my day

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Still Winter

Yeah, this would be why we had to postpone Ella’s party on Tuesday:

Keeping in mind, Ella’s 5’2″ now.  It’s a good mid-thigh on me.  We’re running out of places to put the snow.  Especially at Mom’s place over in Beachburg.

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Happy Birthday Ella!!


How has she gone from this:

To this grown-up young lady:

Ella makes me smile every day.  Thank you God for our beautiful girl.

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Hope everyone is having a very Merry Christmas!!  Belinda and Stefan have been here for a couple of days. They spoiled us as usual, as did Santa.  Having a nice and quiet Boxing Day.  Supper with Colin’s family tomorrow.  I love the Christmas season.

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The Christmas cookies are all done (as many as I’m doing this year anyway) and 3 of the tins are already delivered.  The kitchen is nearly put back in order (ran out of drying space).  I need to start wrapping this afternoon.  It looks like Mom’s sweater is not going to be finished on time (I hate doing sleeves).  Good thing she’s understanding.  I need to work out my cooking menus/schedule for the 24th and 25th.  I wish I had a bigger fridge.  Belinda and Stefan arrive on Sunday.

I thought I’d give you a tour around today…

Our tree just isn’t right until I find a nice strong branch for my Christmas house.  My best friend’s mom made it back in 1977 when we were 6 and had just met.   Hopefully, we’ll get to hang out when I’m back in Bowmanville during Christmas.

This is another one made by Charlynne’s mom, but for Belinda.  Yeah, I know, it should be on Belinda’s tree or Mom’s.  The first Christmas we were married I was feeling alone and missed seeing my sister’s ornaments on the tree. So Mom let me have a couple of these ones.  My sister’s not as sentimental as me, so it works out.

Dad gave us this one after Colin’s Mom died.  It’s an old tin ornament that once belonged to Ella’s great-great-Grandma Fletcher.

This is another one from Charlynne, but is rather special.  It’s made from the leftover candle stubs from our church in Bowmanville!  I thought that was really cool.

This is a new tradition I’ve started.  This is our ‘memory angel’.  I made her for Isobel.

The Advent tree continues to get more festive.

Our Little People nativity.  I think I will miss this once I get my knitted one finished (or started TBH).  Merry’s checking things out too.  What else has she and Faith been up to?

We caught them in the tree one morning.  Also checking out Ella’s stocking -maybe taking measurements?

This morning we found them nibbling on Ella’s gingerbread house.  Yesterday they were getting ready to use cookie cutters on the fruitcake!  Oh what mischief these elves get into when we’re asleep.

Ella’s funny, the older she gets the more shy she acts around Santa.  They had a good chat.  The mall lets you take your own pictures, which I appreciate.

This one is better, but I’m back on my darn inhalers, so it’s blurry  😦

Guess that’s about it.  Time to quit procrastinating and get back to work.  Hope your holiday preparations are going well.  Don’t forget to enjoy the last days of Advent.

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