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My kitchen looks like a bomb went off.  Camp stuff is everywhere.  Camp was OK.  Though something happens that I just don’t understand.  EVERY TIME we have camp girls that Ella considers her best friends turn all cliquey and exclude her and whisper about her and hurt her so much.  I know why the one does it, she’s not used to staying up past 8 and gets very moody when tired.  But I don’t get it from the others.  Also, the ones doing have more than enough quirks to pick on themselves so you would think they would be kinder.  Ella has one friend that tries to stand up for her, but she gets picked on too.  I’ve actually told Ella she doesn’t have to do camp any more -which is sad because that’s such a part of Girl Guides.

Nothing much planned this week.  Just getting everything put back away.  Ella’s at Grandma’s for a couple of days, she really missed Grandma when she was in Bowmanville.

Monday:

?? don’t know what Colin is doing today

smoked ham

Tuesday:

pizza

German pancakes

Wednesday:

tomato potato soup

leftover ham

Thursday:

ham sandwiches

spaghetti

Friday:

chicken roll-ups

Saturday:

??

Sunday:  Stir-Up Sunday

?? something easy since the oven will be busy baking our Christmas cake and we’ll be busy all day

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My wonderful Hubby drove on the Bancroft trip Friday.  We lucked out and we didn’t get the “STORMAGEDDON” that the weather folks were freaking out about on Thursday.  It was cold, but the roads were perfect.  Remembrance day was good too.  It was the most beautiful weather I think we’ve ever had. The girls complained about being cold (especially those who didn’t wear winter boots) but I had to take my gloves off from time to time to cool off.  And of course, Ella had a ball at the birthday party.

Busy week getting ready for camp.  I have to bake snacks and find some games in case it’s rainy.

Monday:

leftovers

pizza and salad

Tuesday:

leftover pizza

German pancakes

Wednesday:

French onion soup

pork chops

Thursday:

tuna sandwiches

shepherd’s pie

Friday-Sunday:

Daddy’s on his own

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Oh wow, November feels crazy already.  Just makes me want to hide under the covers.  Friday I have to drive Grandma to Bancroft (2ish hours one way).  Uncle Dennis or Glen will then pick her up and bring her the rest of the way to Bowmanville so she can babysit Great Grandma while Uncle Dennis is away hunting.  Saturday is the Remembrance day parade in Renfrew with the Guides.  Then Ella has a birthday party in the afternoon/evening.  And I have to be back at the Legion to help the Guides serve dinner to the Vets.  The next weekend is Guide camp.  Unfortunately it’s at a new location and I have no idea what I’m working with, makes planning a little hard.

We are ready for some cold, sunny weather.  The corn is very ‘wet’.  We also need the wind to stay calm because nobody’s corn is strong enough to stay standing for long in the wind.

Monday:

pizza

pork chops

Tuesday:

pizza

leftovers

Wednesday:

soup?

German pancakes

Thursday:

grilled cheese

beef stew

Friday:

tuna sandwiches

steak

Saturday:

leftover stew

Sunday:

roast chicken -maybe a roasted garlic chicken this time

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You aren’t going to believe this, but Ella has absolutely NO ACTIVITIES this week!!  Archery got cancelled because it’s Halloween night and the kids picked candy over arrows (go figure).  Guides got cancelled because the other leader thought they would be too tired from the evening before??  And this swimming session is done.  I only have to go to town this week for an appointment that Grandma needs.

What was the weather like where you are this morning?  It was wild and crazy here.  The wind blew and the rain poured all night and nearly till noon.  It was so bad that I actually dreamed of the rain and wind.  I don’t know what the final total was, but this morning we’d received about 2 1/4 inches of rain.  So glad the soybeans are done.

To be honest, last week’s menu plan went out the window, so you’ll see some “repeats” this week that just didn’t get made last week.

Monday:

pizza

slow cooker beef stroganoff

Tuesday:

macaroni and cheese

BBQ meatballs 

Wednesday:

McD’s with Grandma

leftover stroganoff

Thursday:

sandwiches

leftover meatballs

Friday:

potato soup

sesame chicken and Shanghai noodles -I only do Asian inspired meals when Ella’s not home

Saturday:

Ella and I won’t be home for supper, so we’ll have to find something to leave for Daddy

Sunday:

?? depends on what I pick up at the butcher’s (if I get to the butcher’s this week)

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Colin is finishing up the soy beans today, just in time since they are calling for rain off and on for the rest of the week.  They are turning out OK.  Nothing fabulous, but certainly better than they could have been after the year we had.  Now to wait for the corn to dry enough.

Feels like a busy week, but not really.  I got all the paperwork filled out for Guide camp in November.  Are you ready for this?  It actually got approved the FIRST time I sent it in!!  We’re having to go to a new place because we were too slow picking a date and our usual place is booked/closed.  The bedroom situation is better at this place (more rooms with smaller numbers) so hopefully we can actually get some sleep.  We’ve also got an actual kitchen which gives us more options for food.

Ella’s excited to have Grandma come to archery this week.  Guides are having a Halloween party.  Speaking of Halloween and archery, did I tell you Ella’s friend from archery invited her to a Halloween party on Saturday?  Ella had so much fun and made 2 more friends.

She’s a ‘school girl vampire’ like in the Monster High books.  She found her costume pieces at Value Village so this is the cheapest costume we’ve ever had since her early fairy costumes.

Monday:

sandwiches

easy roast chicken and baked potatoes (our potatoes!)

Tuesday:

French onion soup

leftover pizza (I brought home pizza Saturday)

Wednesday:

macaroni and cheese

??

Thursday:

Autumn chowder

crock pot beef stroganoff -will look for link or post recipe

Friday:

grilled cheese

Colin’s favourite ‘Chinese’ supper -will post recipes

Saturday:

leftover stroganoff

Sunday:

??

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Still fighting with the weather and the soy beans.  Colin is out there this afternoon trying again -fingers crossed.

My best friend from my stock broker days is going through some really tough times.  She lives about 3 hours away (everything seems to be 3 hours away from here).  She needed cheering up, so Ella and I hopped in the car and headed to Frankford to visit Tammy and her hubby Ray.

They took us to see the local hockey team, the Trenton Golden Hawks.  The Hawks played Stouffville Spirit (and won!).  We left before the end because Ella was getting tired.  It was my first hockey game.

Tammy has a stuffed friend named George who goes everywhere with her.  He wanted to help with my knitting.  I got about 2 inches done on Grandma’s Christmas socks while at the game.  I started my sweater that I got for Christmas (my sister gave me the ‘ingredients’) but it was such a fabulous visit that I didn’t even take it out of my bag.

The weekend was much too short.  I don’t think Tammy realizes how much I miss her.  It’s very lonely for that kind of companionship up here some days.  We had a good drive home and got home ahead of the crazy wind and rain.  I dropped Ella off at Grandma’s for a couple of days and Colin took me out for supper.  Look what I found in the parking lot:

Isn’t that the cutest?!

Oh yes, look what I found when I got home?  Besides the dishes and eggs washed:

When I left the light above the sink was an ugly, florescent bar light that was broken and didn’t work.  I now have a LED light that is positional and dimmable.  Being able to dim it is handy because we leave this light on all night.  Some of us don’t like the dark.  I know it really doesn’t go with the decor, but options are limited when you have no wiring to connect with and you are attaching to a cupboard.

Almost have both sleeves finished.  Looks like I’ll have enough yarn to take out the bottom and make it better, so it won’t roll.  Pretty sure I’m winning this came of yarn chicken.

On a very happy note:

Grandma’s casts are finally off -and it only took a couple of hours at the hospital.  She’s still not supposed to drive for a week or so and no long drives for a month.  The doctor also suggests she wear her wrist braces for a while because her wrists will be week.  She seems to be able to move all her fingers, that was my big worry after being immobile for 6+ weeks.

Wednesday:

sandwich

pork pie (going to use my Bavarian beef pie recipe)

Thursday:

pizza

McDonalds because Grandma wants her hair done

Friday:

pizza

leftover pork pie

 

Saturday:

?? Ella’s got a Halloween party so who knows

Sunday:

Steak

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I’ve discovered Colin’s magic number for lighting the outdoor corn furnace 64F/17.7C.   I’m glad the outdoor furnace is so much easier to turn on and off.  If we still had the corn stove in the basement Colin would never have put on the heat this weekend.  Supposed to get hot again this week, so I’ll enjoy the cool now.

Monday:

sandwiches

leftover chicken casserole

Tuesday:

chicken casserole

pizza

Wednesday:

??

souvlaki

Thursday:

baked parmesan pork chops new

The rest of the week I’ll decide later, depending on what the weather decides to do.

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

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