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Candlemas 2017

I love calling today Candlemas instead of ‘Groundhog Day’.  I don’t know why we suddenly need a rodent to tell us the weather forecast.  The old poem does a good enough job:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas bring clouds and rain,
Go winter, and come not again.

I belong to a Facebook group that has a lot of British/European ladies.  They are all talking about their snowdrops and such.  I headed out this morning to look for my snowdrops:

Oh, right, they are still buried under a foot of snow and it was -21 C (6 F) this morning with snow in the forecast.  But I guess that means the worst of winter is behind us?

I’m disappointed we won’t be able to go to church on Sunday.  I love the Candlemas service in Ottawa.  Ella has a skating competition on Sunday and we can’t do both with all the driving.  Hopefully next year.

We were in Ottawa doing some errands and visiting with my friend Teresa.  Came home to a surprise.  Look what Daddy bought us!!!

Took a while to convince Daisy she couldn’t catch them.  So much fun ripping around the fields.

“I want to ride too, Momma”

One worn out and chilly Ella.  Warming up in her mermaid tail that Auntie B made for her and reading her Minecraft book bought with her Christmas Chapters’ cards.

I picked up a couple of cool books too.  Ella is very excited to start the LEGO Shakespeare (she bought herself the Brick Fairy Tales and Brick Dracula/Frankenstein).  I treated myself to a beautiful, illustrated copy of The Hobbit.  My old paperback copy has seen better days.  I want to read it with Ella and I will enjoy the larger print in the new copy too.

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For Today:  5 January 2017

Happy New Year everyone!!!  I didn’t expect to take the whole Christmas holiday off from blogging, but I guess when you add up the bronchitis (Ella), chest cold (me), Christmas, Christmas in Bowmanville, and Ella’s sleepover fun the blogging just fell to the bottom of the list.


Outside my window:  sunny, snowy, and cold

The scene from yesterday.  Colin has the snow all plowed in the yard now.  But it sure looked pretty.

I am thinking:  that the colds have decided to make a second run through the house.  Ella’s cough is back and Colin’s throat is scratchy.  Boo!

I am thankful: that Colin didn’t fall off any of the roofs he was shoveling yesterday.  Also very glad we have the tractor for blowing all the snow.  It would have been terrible if we had to shovel the snow on the ground too.

I am wearing:  my purple dress with the tiered skirt and bare feet because the house is nice and warm.

I am creating: Ella needs a new scarf.  She loves the moebius style (I’ve made it since she was a baby because it was nearly impossible for her to take off).  The yarn I’m using doesn’t work for knitting that direction, so this time I’ll make it an infinity scarf.

I am reading or watching: not too much right now.  Too tired.  I’m home alone so I am getting to enjoy Holiday Inn.

I’m hoping: that we can all fight off this cold.  We need to get back to school and everything else.  We missed a lot of time in December because the student and teacher were wiped out with the cold the first time through.  We don’t need to start the new year sick.

In the garden: snow over my knees!

In my kitchen:  I should make some cookies today, but I don’t know if I will.

A favourite quote for the day:  “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other” Audrey Hepburn

One of my favourite things: Ella enjoying her Christmas presents (ignore my messy knitting corner).  Fuzzy purple pillow, foxy gloves, and Robin Hood.


Daddy and I also got Ella all set up for her archery.  She really loved it this summer at the SCA event.  Daddy has her all set up in the yard already.

No bull’s eyes yet, but she’s good at hitting the target.

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!  May you all be happy and surrounded by the people you love.

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Wow, it’s been a busy week.

Off to get our tree last Tuesday.  Had to stop for our annual height chart picture.

Ella found a great tree.

Just a nice amount of snow this year -so much better than last year’s rain.

Ella loved the snugly bunnies in the cafe.  This one is named licorice.

Before we left they hit the hill a couple of times.  Ella thinks they need an escalator.

Ella did a great job decorating the tree (Daddy did lights and garland).  My job is unwrapping the ornaments.

The Elf mischief continues.  Who knows where we’ll find them every morning.  Luckily we caught Faith before she stared to nibble Ella’s gingerbread house.

And now for the reason you’re reading this, my knitting for Yarn Along this week:

Some Christmas socks for Colin.

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Wow, December already!  How are your Advent/Christmas plans coming?  To be honest, our living room still looks a wreck.  Just can’t seem to get it cleaned up.   At least I’m done my Christmas and grocery shopping.  Now I can avoid the stores until the craziness is done.

We’ve had a bit of rain the last few days and Colin got the last of the carrots dug up.  I canned some carrots and potatoes.  I’ve never done this before, so I only did a few of each to make sure we like them.   I’m trying a new soup recipe today to use up a few more of the carrots.  Then it’s time to put the pressure canner away until after Christmas.

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Not much to share for Yarn Along this week.  Still working on the bath mat, doesn’t look much different from the last time.

What have I been doing instead of knitting?

This, and…

these.  Lots of canning these days.  This is the last of the tomatoes.  There are a lot left in the garden, but they are split and rotting faster than I can get to them.  So I’ve given up on them and will just enjoy the perfect ones as they come along for tomatoes and stuffed.

The school year has started again too.  Ella is enjoying her new computer math program.

Last weekend Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan took us boating on Rice Lake.

Uncle Stefan rented a nice big pontoon boat for us.  Ella was the navigator.

Lucky Momma got to sit on the couch at the back, reading in the shade.  ALL DAY LONG!!!!!  That’s my kind of boating.

Ella had a great time.  They didn’t catch anything but got lots of bites.  Ella also did some swimming.

Sunday we were off to Fan Expo (it’s like Comic-Con).

Ella was Maka from Soul Eater again and Uncle Stefan was Kingpin.

Saw this and had to take a picture.

Ella in Pokemon heaven.  She decided on a Leafeon.

Ella caught a couple of Pokemon!

Sunday was definitely the best day to go.  The crowds were much more reasonable.

As always, Ella had a grand time.

Speaking of fun…

Daddy and Ella had fun the other day ripping around the yard on her go-kart.

Ella’s really getting the hang of whipping around the corners.  Yes, I know they are going left.  I was told that had nothing to do with Daddy’s NASCAR -it makes it easier for Ella to look for cars when she gets to turns 3 and 4 (aka the road).

Speaking of NASCAR, here’s Ella’s pit crew.

Signs of a good afternoon.

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We’ve had a busy couple weeks that I thought I’d share.

Ella and I found a really cool place to take Daddy, the Hydes Bay Model Train Museum.  For those who don’t know Colin, he loves model trains.  He had quite the set up before going to college.  Hopefully, someday, we can put our addition on the house and then Colin can get some space for his trains again.

The guys have done lots of amazing work.

There was even a plane crash on the mountain!

Wouldn’t be Renfrew county without logging.

There was even a working saw mill.  It was so cool, it really looked like the logs were being milled into lumber.

We had lots of fun and Daddy got to have some great ‘train talk’.

Last weekend Ella and I went to the Summer Siege down in Chesterville.  It’s an annual SCA event by the local barony.  It’s been a long time since I belonged to the SCA, but we’ve had so much fun with Comic-Cons this year I thought Ella would enjoy it (and I realized how much I missed dressing up).

Luckily Ella’s princess dress still fit and was good enough for an outdoor event.  I needed to make up something quick and easy for me.

I made Folkwear’s Russian Settler’s dress.  Technically the great schism that created the Old Believers is out of period for the SCA.  But the way I figure it, fashion didn’t change quickly, especially among the peasant classes.  Therefore, this style could have been worn closer to the 1600 cut-off date.  Besides there is no ‘garb police’ especially at outdoor events.

I have actually owned this pattern for years.  The back is really cool.

Lots and lots of tiny little pleats.  Since I was in a hurry and really didn’t have the patience, I used my smocking pleater and I think it turned out nearly perfectly.  I used a linen blend and the only change I made to the pattern was to put an opening under my left arm.  I’m not sure how you are supposed to get the sarafan off when the top of it is the same as your upper bust measurement.

The shirt is made knee-length like I’m sure they were in period.  It’s just some poly-cotton that I had a at home.

Even though it was so crazy hot, humid and sunny on Saturday this was a very comfortable dress.  It proves you don’t have to be nearly naked to be cool.  I was as cool dressed like this as I was in a sundress.  It was so nice not to be bathed in sunscreen.  I may have to make some long-sleeved dresses for next summer.

At the Siege Ella was able to try her hand at archery.  Wow did she love that and she was really good.  You’ll never guess what’s on her Christmas list now.  I gave it a try too.  But I did something horribly wrong…

I got an ‘archer’s kiss’ on my upper arm!  No idea how that happened, that’s not even where archers wear protection.  Oh my Welsh ancestors are ashamed of me -ha ha!

I needed to have a knitting project for the day and that meant socks not on circulars.

Now I have to catch up the second sock so I can put them back on the circulars.

When I’m bored in the evenings (ha ha -it’s canning season) I’ve been working away on another bath mat.

Ella wants me to share a project she’s been working on for a while.

She’s made a 3 foot square map of all the places mentioned in her ‘How To Train Your Dragon‘ books.  Now that she’s finished the series she wanted to combine all the maps.  Ella loves maps.  As you can see at the top, she’s even got home on the map.

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