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Not too much knitting this week for Crafting On.  Though I did find a cool new dish cloth pattern.

They were fun and easy.  I did get a bit more work done on the body of the sweater.

I’ve been doing some Kindle reading this week.  I’m glad we got the Kindle for school work.  It all started with Children to a Degree, which is free right now on Kindle.  It’s about a young boy growing up in Germany and being part of the Hitler Youth.  It was so good I bought Loyal to a Degree and now I’m working on Trust to a Degree.  They have all been really good and show’s how the ‘common’ German really felt -even with the brainwashing of the HY.

Here’s the whirligig I got Colin at the Plowing Match:

“If it ain’t red, it ain’t in the shed”

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A day late for Crafting On, but you’ll see why soon.

The sharp-eyed among you will see there is something different with my purse knitting too:

Do you notice anything different with my sister’s Christmas sweater?

Yep. I had to rip the whole thing out and start over.  My gauge was a bit off because I was using worsted instead of aran.  By the time I was able to get a really good, accurate gauge measurement I realized it had to come out and start over.  Move up a size and starting over.

Yep, my knee socks have become ‘regular’ socks for my Mom for Christmas.  I just wasn’t ‘digging’ the patterning of the yarn when made into knee socks.  Oh well, Mom loves knitted socks, and these are washable so she won’t shrink them like she did the part cashmere ones.

I found some fun, Little House on the Prairie type books to read.  I read a bunch of the books that tell us about the ‘Rose‘ years.  They start just after “The First Four Years”.  Last night I started the ‘Martha‘ years, it’s about Laura’s great-grandma back in Scotland.

Now, why is my post late?  Last week Mom fell (tripped over the dog because she didn’t let Ella hold the leash).  I didn’t mention it because she was OK (cracked little finger on left hand, but OK).  When she got home from taking us to Ella’s “not back to school” picnic there was a message to go to the hospital for a splint because she cracked her right thumb.   So we head to Renfrew and drop Grandma at the hospital.  Ella and I went to the library (free wifi) to kill time since waiting in the ER for a cracked thumb could take a while.

We eventually got kicked out of the library at 8 (the ladies wanted to go home).  We moved over to the Tim Horton’s/Wendy’s and used their wifi (and had a snack).

5 hours later, we swung by the hospital to pick up Grandma:

Yeah, 2 half casts!!!  Thank the good Lord that Ella is 11 and home schooled.  I left Ella at Grandma’s to take care of things for a few days until Grandma can figure out what she can and can’t do.  She has to go back next week and have everything looked at and then maybe changed.  Hopefully that means something more useful.  If her hands weren’t so messed up with arthritis/fused she would likely have been just bruised but fine.

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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.

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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.

 

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I didn’t bother with Menu Plan Monday this week because there really isn’t much planned.  I did a beef roast on the BBQ yesterday (1 hour per pound with half the burners on low).  So we’ll be eating variations of that most of the week.  I’ve got a chicken to do on Thursday for the rest of the week.  I made pizza on the BBQ for lunch today and that will last a few days too.

I’ve been working on my petticoat border.  I’ve got 1 m more or less finished.  It’s been so hot so I’ve been reading a lot.

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Happy 4th of July to my American friends!

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We had a great time at the ‘cottage’.  I love that the B&B is its own separate house.  It’s bigger than our house!  The weather wasn’t the greatest.  The first day was very wet.  That didn’t stop Ella and Daddy from fishing.  Luckily, there’s a screened in ‘shade shack’ (complete with ping-pong table).  I set up my tunes and my reading and had a great afternoon.

Lots more sunshine on Friday (though still had some rain).  Colin and Ella caught lots of bass.  Ella’s funny, she’ll cut up worms and such for bait, but she doesn’t want to hold her own fish yet.

Daddy almost landed a 2+ft pike.  It was just in front of Ella in this picture, but just as I clicked it jumped completely out of the water and spat out the hook.

This is the fairies’ creek that is usually just a little babbling brook.

Daddy did manage to land one pike -thanks to the great help from his ‘net girl’.

Lots of wildlife this year.  There were swarms of dragonflies.  There was a garter snake in the canoe with Daddy when he had to paddle out to get the line off the dead tree.  There was a dinner plate sized snapping turtle -maybe that’s Snappy who we found a few years ago?  Ella caught this little guy, this is Sheldon the painted turtle.

Something really cool, there were lots of tadpoles in the weeds along the shore.  They were in all stages of development.  Some barely had any legs starting right up to almost no tail left.

The fireworks were fabulous.  It really is amazing how a little village of 600 can put on such a show.

We didn’t want to go home.  Colin and I could stay there forever.  Ella gets homesick.  It’s funny how Ella misses home after only a few days, even when she’s with Colin and I.

Found a beautiful double rainbow.

What’s cooking this week?

Monday:

subs

spaghetti

Tuesday:

leftover subs

McDonald’s -Ella’s last day of swimming

Wednesday:

pizza (likely on the BBQ)

hamburgers

Thursday:

pizza

roast beef on the BBQ

Friday:

sandwiches

pork chops

Saturday:

leftover roast beef

Sunday:

??

Don’t forget to check out I’m an Organizing Junkie for more ideas.

A bunch of Ella’s new school books arrived while we were away.

I didn’t do too much knitting while we were away.  My elbow is still acting up (I may have to give in and see the RNP).   Some times it’s nice to have a whack of uninterrupted (except for fish pictures) time for reading.

Book of Negroes” was really good.  We didn’t get a chance to watch the mini-series this year, though I like to read the book first.

Last weekend you’ll remember was A&S day.  I’ve been wanting to have an impressive project to take, but most times it’s just been knitting.  This time I got my act together and had some embroidery to take.  This is the ruffle for my new petticoat.

Sorry for the poor lighting.  Next time I’ll make sure to find some sunshine.

 

 

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So busy last week getting ready for Guide camp.  I didn’t get time for my Farm Girl Friday post.  So I guess I’ll give you a bit of everything, starting with Menu Plan Monday.

And then I got busy cleaning up and doing groceries and this post turned into a Wednesday post 🙂

Monday: 

ham and cheese bun

pork tenderloin on the BBQ -that was really yummy

Tuesday:

McDonald’s (groceries)

leftover tenderloin

Wednesday:

grilled cheese

tacos

Thursday:

leftover tacos

pancakes

Friday:

tuna

pork chops

Saturday:   A&S Day at Baroness Cate’s

slow cooker beef stroganoff

Sunday:

?

Finally some sunshine.  Colin and Dad hard at the planting.

A very happy sight to see last week – Hard Red Spring Wheat.

475 acres in 11 days, plus 2 days planting for a neighbour too.  One tuckered out Farmer.  We ended up with about 25 acres that just won’t/can’t be planted this year.  Some is STILL underwater and those not underwater are very, very squishy.  It is such a relief to have the crops finally planted.

Look at this beauty growing under my laundry stand.  I have had columbine and Granny’s Bonnets in my garden for years and I’m always amazed at the new combinations that pop up from year to year.  I’ll have to watch for seeds for in my proper garden.

We had a great time at Guide camp this weekend.  Though we did have torrential rain about 10 minutes after the girls arrived.  We had a family campfire dinner planned.  Luckily the folks at the Camp let us use their dining hall AND luckily supper was ham and cheese buns.  They would have been better all hot and melty, but they were good cold too.  The rest of camp was beautiful weather.

Now sleeping, that was another story.  The girls were wound for sound and had the crazies until 11:30.  Ella and a couple of the other girls retreated to the living room in an attempt to get some sleep.  Ella was nearly in tears wanting to sleep.  At least they would sleep in, right?   Nope, they were up and ready to go at 5!!

And finally for Yarn Along/Crafting On, I’ve been working on Grandma’s scarf.  I wish I could memorize the body pattern, but I just can’t seem to figure it out.  I’m really happy with the way it’s turning out.

Nothing extra planned this week.  Though I do still have to clean up from camp (the girls don’t wash so well).  Next week, not so much.  We’ve got something booked on EVERY SINGLE DAY!

 

 

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