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A couple of things for Crafting On/Yarn Along:

Did I show you the progress on Mom’s sweater after I ripped out all the patterned body part?

Sorry for the too much flash.  I was trying to get the pattern to show up.  It’s a charcoal colour, but with a black base, not grey like in this picture.  I really need to start doing some focused knitting.  I hate giving half-made presents.

Ella having book club every Monday morning is really helping my purse knitting.  First sock is done, just finishing up the casings/bind off at the top.  I love making socks.

I know I haven’t mentioned it this fall, but I hope you all have been working on your Christmas countdown preparations.  I’m behind on the cleaning, but I’m done shopping (I think) and have lots of ideas ready for the Advent season.   Don’t forget, this Sunday is ‘Stir-Up Sunday‘, get all your ingredients ready for your Christmas pudding and cakes.  Follow the link to grab my recipe or just to see my adorable little helper.

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OK, I’m not sure what’s up with this week.  Somehow I managed to forget about Monday and Tuesday.  So I guess it’s a catch up day today.


Crockpot Thanksgiving dinner -using a turkey quarter.  Colin said it was the best turkey ever, but doesn’t know if that’s because of the recipe or the turkey -it’s ours


New England corn chowder

leftover turkey


perogie in my Actifry 

vegetarian pot pie -I’ll use chicken broth and Ella milk of course



shipwreck casserole -looks interesting, I’ll do it in the oven.  I don’t really like CP potatoes


leftover casserole

leftover pot pie


breakfast for dinner -not eggs because Ella’s home this weekend since Grandma is in Bowmanville babysitting Great-Grandma so Uncle Dennis can go hunting  🙂


honey garlic chicken wings

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I do have some projects to share for Yarn Along.  I got some purse knitting work done.  My sock is almost to my calf.  I also did a bit of work on my pillowcase lace.  Of course, I’m working on a few things for my swap partner too.


I’m even behind with the Halloween pictures.  This is the very first year that Ella has done all the pumpkin gut work.  She figured out that my wooden spatula can do most of the work for her.  She then used the ladle to scoop out the guts.

Ella drew the face of Innuyasha, her new favourite manga show.  Luckily the pumpkin wasn’t too thick this year, so I let Ella do the carving.

Daisy’s not so sure…

Pathfinder enrollment last week too.

Ella’s a school girl vampire.

I guess that’s about it.  Of course, the menu is just ‘ideas’ since it’s combine season and we never know when Daddy will need lunch in the field or come home for supper.  How’s your week going?



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Mondays are so busy here this Autumn.  We’ve got book club in Pembroke in the mornings, the kids are doing Diary of a Young Girl (did I tell you that already?).   Home again after lunch and then back to Pembroke for Pathfinders (which Ella loves).  I don’t seem to get anything done on Mondays.  This week I didn’t even get my menu up.



store roasted chicken


grilled cheese

leftover chicken



cracklin’ chicken



smothered hamburgers


Daddy feeds himself

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


My Crafting On and Yarn Along posts might be a little sparse for the next few weeks.  I’m participating in a Christmas swap on Ravelry again, so sssssshhhhhh!!!

I do have some purse knitting progress to share.  I used a filter to try to get the colour right.  The yarn is blue and burgundy.

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I had a bit of startitis this weekend, so I’ve got a few things to share for Yarn Along/Crafting On this week.

Started another pair of socks for Grandma for Christmas.  She’s getting to that age where it’s hard to find her presents.  She really doesn’t need things.  But she loves my knitting socks, so socks it is.  I really like this yarn, not a surprise since it’s Berroco and the same brand I use for Colin and Ella’s thick socks.  I’m thinking of ripping these out and just making a plain sock.  The pattern is getting lost in the colourway.

I started a pair of black socks for me.  I’m definitely going to rip these ones out.  For some reason the math has failed me and they are too loose.  That’s half the point of making my own socks -to have them fit properly.  I might actually use this yarn to make me knee socks with the Ceilidh pattern.

Then I decided I needed to knit a project bag for my knitting projects.  It fits nicely in my purse.  I used some of the leftovers from Ella’s afghan.

And of course, a new project bag requires a new project.  So I started a new pair of knee socks.  These are just plain knitting because it’s a funky stripey yarn that sort of looks like snowflakes.

I think that’s it for the new projects this week.  Oh yeah, I didn’t show you Grandma’s last pair of finished socks.  I took the picture without the flash and the colour is better.

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Wow, yesterday was crazy.  Cooking everything at home and then getting it down to my SIL’s for supper.  But so worth the trouble.  Our BIL was so happy to get some real food after having to eat hospital ‘food’.  I think it perked him up having company too.

For Crafting On/Yarn Along I finally finished Ella’s socks .

Just waiting for some sunshine so I can sew in the black ends.  I need to give in and get bifocals because my eyes are starting to interfere with my knitting and sewing.  They are a lot more neon in real life.  I’m almost done Mom’s other socks but didn’t bother to pull them out for a picture.  I’m sure they will be done by next week, so I’ll show you then.

In the big lead-up to Thanksgiving there wasn’t much time for gratuitous reading, but I did read a bit more of the “Crazy Ladies

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A bit of progress to share this week for Yarn Along/Crafting On.  I’ve lucked out and the Pembroke library has started a knit night.  It’s Mondays while Ella’s at Pathfinders.  Now I won’t have to sit in the car in the cold all winter.  Last week I was the only person, but this week there was a nice group, including my friend Karen.

I’ve started the ribbing on Grandma’s socks.  I’ve nearly finished Ella’s one sock (need daylight to do tubular cast off in black) and I’ve got the second one started.

I gave up on the Mary Lincoln book.  It just kept bogging down and wasn’t fun.  I’ve got too many other books to keep reading that kind of book.

I did enjoy my next Kindle book

It’s fiction based on real people and what happened to them during and after the Titanic.

This one is sort of a biography set as fiction.  I’m not too far into it, but it’s good.  It’s funny, he just finished talking about school and the ‘odd’ teacher.  She was always reading them real books and studying nature, etc and I’m like ‘Ha! The ‘weird’ teacher is a Charlotte Mason teacher!  Just like Ella’s curriculum.

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Not too much progress for Crafting On/Yarn Along this week.  I even had my knitting girlfriend up for an afternoon, but we talked too much to knit -ha ha.

Grandma’s socks (my purse knitting) are progressing slowly.  And a bit more work on Ella’s sock too.

I’m currently reading this one:

It’s alright, though it gets a bit slow when they start going on about the politics.  I’m not sure I’m going to finish it.

I finished last week’s book:

It was a fairly light read, but quite enjoyable.

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You may have noticed there was no Menu Plan Monday.  You won’t find one today either.  I’ve given up!  Don’t worry, likely just this week.  We’re back under a heat warning (they say 42C today) and Colin is getting busy with his seed cleaning.  It’s hard to know who will be around to feed and what we’ll want to eat while melting.  I am more than ready for the humidity to be gone.  Everything is damp, the furniture, the pillows, paper, etc.  Yuck.

For Yarn Along and Crafting On this week I have a finished project and a new one.

Finished Grandma’s socks.  They are so soft and squishy.  The colour still looks funny in the picture.  The top pair are for Ella.  She loves the bright colour but it’s Regia yarn so it’s a little scratchy.

Grandma had a check up with the respirologist in Renfrew last week.  We went with her so Ella could get some online time.  I walked past a display of books and found a new one -yeah I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover but that’s what caught my eye.  This week I’m reading a real book!  Set during WWI, it’s a fairly light read, but I’m enjoying it.

Jennifer Robson, the author is from Ontario and even went to the University of Western Ontario.

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Not too much to share for Crafting On and Yarn Along this week.  Still too hot for knitting. I did pull my ‘purse knitting’ out and got the heels turned on Grandma’s socks.  Yesterday even my hands were sweating, so no knitting at all.

I don’t know why I had such a hard time getting a not blurry picture of the socks.  Maybe it’s the pattern of the yarn?  Oh well, this is the best one of the bunch.

One thing with all this heat, it makes for good reading weather.  The latest book on my Kindle is A Fifty-Year Silence.  It was really good.  It’s about a woman’s search to find out what happened to her grandparents.  They survived the war just to break up and never speak for the next fifty years.  I really suggest this one the next time Kindle has it on sale.

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Eastern Ontario continues to bake under this ridiculous heat and humidity.  It’s funny, we are crazy humid but the ‘rain’ clouds are so dry that we haven’t had one thunderstorm all month.  We had a wee bit of rain this weekend, but it didn’t even add up to an inch.  We are getting desperately dry and having flashbacks to the 2012 drought.  More worrying is the fact that all around the world farmers are crying for rain (on farmer facebook).  Food could get rather expensive this year if we don’t get good rains soon.

Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan were up on the weekend.  They treated us to a fabulous day at the Calypso water park.  Do you see that white slide on the left, the one that goes straight down?  My crazy fearless daughter went down that one 3 times!!  This one and this one are more my speed -guess I’m getting old.  The best part, in my opinion, is that they spoil us by renting a cabana.  That gives us our own private area out of the sun.  It comes with table and chairs and a fridge.  It even locks so you don’t have to worry about your stuff.

The view from our cabana, just steps from my favourite Jungle Run.

We don’t know where this kitty came from, but she’s been around the back door for a little while now.  She has 3 of the most adorable grey kittens.  They are all solid grey and one is extra fluffy.

With our company this weekend (and it being Uncle Stefan’s b-day) I made a beef roast in the crock pot on Saturday, so we’re eating a lot of that this week.


ham sandwiches

hot beef (or a version thereof depending on how hot the house is)


pizza on the BBQ

shepherd’s pie (I can cook in my toaster oven)



pork chops



leftover shepherd’s pie


honey garlic chicken -from freezer maybe with sesame noodles (Pioneer Woman)



And now onto the knitting for Yarn Along and Crafting On.

Too hot for knitting, so not too much progress.  I’m done with the patterning (except for the odd row of eyelets).  Ha!  I just noticed Tim decided to get in on the picture.

I finished up Tales From Bow Street.  It was good.  It got a bit less interesting towards the end, but that’s to be expected when talking about modern crime instead of highway men!  Now I’m reading To Love, Honor, and Vacuum.  I’ve followed Sheila on her blog for a while and I found the kindle edition for free and thought I’d give it a try.  So far, I’m not so sure.

Send us some rain.




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