Just popping on for a quick Crafting On post to let you know I’m still here.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks.  I’m working on another post (lots of pictures).

Working on a Christmas present.  It’s knitting up really quickly.  Picked up an interesting book when we were on holiday (only $2).  Ella doesn’t understand it because it’s a book about books  🙂  I found it really interesting because it talks about a lot of the books/authors that are in Ella’s Ambleside Online curriculum.

Gotta go and get the laundry going.  Chat with you all soon.


I’ve got a number of things to share this week for Crafting On.  I finally got the ends sewn in on the Wonder Woman shawl.

I need to get a picture once I have these installed, but I made some skirt guards for my bike.  It seemed the faster solution than sewing a biking/riding skirt.

I was in Michael’s the other day because we needed a couple of new pencil crayons.  They had yarn on sale “buy 2 get 1 free” so I grabbed some cotton and whipped up some new face cloths.  The Bernat isn’t as nice as the Knit Picks cotton, but it will do.

I’m reading some really cool old (1914 and older) cook books that I have found online for free.

A beautiful, cool morning today.  I’m busy making peach jam.  Ella’s outside on her swing with her iPod.

Ella and I are going on a lunch date into Pembroke today.  She has a bunch of Minecraft videos to show me and we need the free wifi for that.  Ella’s friend Darwyn is coming over later in the week so that will be fun too.  Ella and I are going to Pickering this weekend.  Ella and Uncle Stefan need to do something with her Xbox for the new story-mode Minecraft and we didn’t get to visit with Great-Grandma last time, so we’re heading down again before school starts.





hot dogs

tenderloin (likely in the crock pot)



leftover tenderloin


BBQ pizza

crock pot chicken and dumplings (I’ll find the recipe later)

More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


Worth the Haying

I don’t know whether I mentioned it here, or just moaned on Facebook.  A while ago, Colin finished up some haying for the neighbour.  I had flashbacks to the days when we had cattle.  When they offered to pay Colin I suggested a month’s riding lessons instead.  It’s easier for them (not having to find the cash) and it’s something fun for Ella.

Ella really liked brushing Indy.

Heading for the ring.

Her ‘concentrating’ face.

Ella did a great job.  She looked very at home in the saddle, even when they were trotting around the ring.


I just realized I didn’t share any pictures from our trip to Rice Lake.

The master fisherman with her first Blue Gill Sun Fish.

Mr. Fish number two.

This cool fellow was flying around the boat and then perched in the tree beside us for the longest time.  He was totally undisturbed by us.  BUT when the osprey landed on a nearby tree he decided to move along.

Sunday was such a nice day we decided to head over to La Belle Provence and visit the Chutes Coulonge.  Growing up on Canadian tv there used to be short ‘commercials’ that celebrated being Canadian.  On of my favourites was

Living just outside of Toronto this was just a fun cartoon/song, but now that I’m up here in the Ottawa Valley it’s a tangible part of OUR history.  There’s still lots of logging, it just doesn’t flow down the river any more.

The pointer boat looks big until you imagine it out in the river, going over the rapids, surrounded by all those giant logs.

Bright and sunny with no humidity.  Ella thought it was chilly, but I was happy just in my dress.

The bottom end of the log slide:

This is the other side where the water flows free:

The Chutes also has a number of zip lines for the brave and adventurous:

It always amazes me how trees will grow just about any where.

There was a cool obstacle course that Ella enjoyed.

We headed into Fort-Coulonge for lunch and checked out their covered bridge.

Ella was ready to head home and stop taking pictures.

The Ottawa River

The Laurentian Mountains

Rather foggy this morning, though it’s starting to burn off now (9:30).   It’s still nice and cool, not sure what the weather is doing today.  I do have a load of laundry to hang.  Though with the clouds hanging in the sky I think I will only try one load.

I really enjoyed Vanessa and her Sister.  Their circle of friends was amazing.  Lots of the names that frequent the story are ‘classics’ now.  Some are even upcoming in Ella’s curriculum at Ambleside Online, like E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India (also a good movie).

For Crafting On this week I’m nearly done the Wonder Woman shawl.  I’m still so impressed with the designer.  I would never have been able to come up with a pattern like this.


Look what appeared on my kitchen counter:

Tomatoes from the garden -finally!!!  Thank goodness we aren’t depending on the garden for food or income this year.  We would starve.  I’m going to have to buy beans and tomatoes for canning.

We had a fun family trip yesterday, but I still have to get the pictures onto the computer so you’ll have to wait.

It dropped to 9C (49F) last night so the house is nice and cool.  It was nice and cool on Saturday too so I baked 4 large loaves of bread and a cake.  I’m much happier when the house can stay cool.  I do need the constant ‘chance of afternoon showers’ EVERY SINGLE DAY to go away.  I’ve got a mountain of laundry waiting (I don’t use the dryer).


chip truck

pork chops -tomatoes, beans, and peas from the garden



chicken roll-ups (from freezer)



roast pork

Then leftovers in various ways for the rest of the week.  Boy I wish it wouldn’t be so hot.  It would make menu planning so much easier.

More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.