Wednesday, January 30, 2008

365 Project

January 30

It's finished and ready to wear! Naomi's new uniform, that is. I wonder what her patients will think of it! And the pants are really a lovely green colour in real life.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

365 Project

January 29

Tonight's supper was Grilled Steelhead Trout from here (we visited last week) and Speckled Pasta - delish!!

Little Somethings

I continue to find little parts of my life that I want to record so I'm back to this project. I like the quick part of this and the memories that are captured - and then looking back at what I've recorded.

#11 - New Stamps
The journaling paper is from Making Memories Noteworthy Collection - thanks for sharing it, Heather :))

Monday, January 28, 2008


I am so grateful for these things:

1. A hot, crackling fire that warms the house and calls me to curl up in front of it with a good book - or the laptop!!

2. Spending an evening playing cards, visiting and laughing with good friends. We are making a decision to do this monthly from now on. (Did you know that February is Scrabble month? And there's a variation where you use only food words? I like the idea of using a topic and having all the words fit that category.)

3. Cars that keep working, even when it's -30 degrees or lower outside. Seriously, this is such a big blessing!

4. Telephones and keeping in touch with family and friends. Even though I love letters and the written words, I would really have a hard time using only that way of staying in touch.

5. Books, books, books - and the time to read and enjoy them.

6. Re-discovering the joy of sewing after many years away from it. And getting back into accumulating piles of fabric :))

7. Kitchen appliances and all the work they do for me! From dishwashing to drying clothes, my life is way easier because of them.

8. our Bible study, The Purpose Driven Life, that our group is doing together. It's interesting, intense and so thought provoking. This is definitely the right thing to be doing at this time.

I hope you are blessed this week!

365 Project

January 28

Been spending lots of time in front of this these days. Today it's -32 degrees but the windchill is -45, the lowest temperature we've had in 10 years. School buses aren't running in most districts again tomorrow. I'm staying inside!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

365 Project

January 27
By Bob, my guest photographer!

Blowing kisses - she kisses her little hand, then opens her fingers and points toward you so you can catch it. Such a precious little gesture that melts my heart!

Grampa Goes to Visit

Bob went to Calgary to see Darrin and stopped in Airdrie for a sleepover and visit with Helayna. I missed it but I'm glad Bob got a visit in with everyone down there.

The glasses game

Taking a rest from playing.

I think she got those bangs trimmed a little.

And I think she'd had enough!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Meadow, the Photographer

Getting the camera ready


Looks good!

This little one has a fascination with cameras now and asks to have a picture taken. She even gets this silly grin and poses sometimes. So, so cute!!

365 Project

January 26
It was a frosty day here and the trees looked so delicate and lacy.

January 25
Our book club met at our home this evening. It's great to gather, discuss, laugh, eat and drink together :))

These are the 3 books for January, February and March. I finished 1000 Splendid Suns today and it is an awesome read. Seriously, such good writing and an amazing story of hope amidst the turmoil that is Afghanistan (and has been for so many years).

January 24
These two were busy eating cranberries off the bush just outside our living room window. And I know, it's just supposed to be one image a day but I just had to share the sequence of him getting the berries. Anybody know what kind of birds these are? The head reminds me of cardinals but they are very grey with a bit of yellow and red on the wings and tail.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


It's time to write down my gratitude list after being away from it for a while. I am blessed once again.

1. Our amazing country and the freedom to travel freely.

2. My own bed with its quilts and pillows - nothing quite like one's own bed, is there?

3. Safe travels on winter roads.

4. Cell phones to stay in touch while driving and the peace of mind that they afford.

5. Fresh green and red grapes.

6. Happy mail - packages, cards and letters - I love them all :))

7. Seafood crepes - so, so yummy!

8. Mild winter weather, time to play outside and sleigh rides. Did you notice that Dolly is coming along for a ride too?! I'm looking forward to doing this with Helayna soon too.

365 Project

January 22

Before she could even get dressed this morning, we had to put in a ponytail holder and take a picture. We do have alot of fun together :))

Monday, January 21, 2008

365 Project - Catch up!

I have a little catching up to do after no pictures for 4 days. Thanks for waiting patiently (I hope!).

January 21

It was so windy today! This is what the road was like in front of us. Thankfully it was sunny so there was still good visibility. It's good to be home after 3300 kilometres!

January 20

We were in grain country

January 19

All along the way we saw snow that had been sculpted by the wind into great big snowdrifts.

January 18

This is that new little gizmo for the computer that I told you about. It's an aircard and you just connect it to the USB port and it picks up internet service wherever a cell phone will connect. It's pretty amazing and oh, so convenient!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

-45 Degrees C

with the windchill when we got up this morning in Winnipeg! We took a little roadtrip to 'Winter-peg' (if you remember the AirMiles ad from a few years ago) this weekend to check out some stuff that Bob's been investigating. My husband is such a thinker, inventor and innovator. Honestly, his mind never stops working, scheming and planning.

Sunflowers looking pretty forlorn but still standing in my garden.

And it's pretty amazing when you are on Highway 1 between Moosomin and Regina, Saskatchewan typing a new blog entry! I'll show you the brand new little piece of technology that enables us to do this soon. It's the coolest thing - you'll want one of these :))

Thursday, January 17, 2008

365 Project - Image of the Day

January 17

I was putting something away in the garage this afternoon when the UPS delivery person brought this amazing big box to me!

Joanna Bolick over at Tuesday's Frog very generously was giving away some Christmas RAKs on her blog and I won the very last one!! She sent me all of these beautiful things - I am blown away by all the lovely things. There's a red velvet lined basket, a round metal basket that looks like a white crown, a Designing With 2008 calendar (AND an extra one for Heather too!!!), a little tin with the most beautiful cardstock stickers, 2 sets of Rhonna Farrer stamps (which are to die for - I've looked at and admired these but never purchased them), a set of Love, Elsie alphabet stamps, an acrylic block, some Making Memories Christmas CB buttons, a Doodlebug Plain and Simple CB house (it's so sweet) and a Real Simple pad of blank grocery lists. I feel so lucky and truly thankful to Joanna for her generosity, which included sending this all the way from North Carolina! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

365 Project - Image of the Day

January 16

This little one knows just how to use that rolling pin already! She was my helper while we made pizza last night. I think she's going to be a chef someday :)

January 15

Found while cleaning out the hallway closet. I think Darrin might have made this one year while practising with the woodburning kit he got for Christmas. It's priceless!

Monday, January 14, 2008

365 Project - Image of the Day

January 14

My sister gave me these beautiful serving pieces for Christmas. A lovely rectangular tray (7 X 17") is perfect for serving jelly rolls (which she brought for dessert) and 3 little bowls with spoons on another tray will be welcome additions to my china cabinet. Thanks, E!!

January 13

The master of packing put all of these piles of stuff

into 2 bags last night and then she took them and left for Halifax. Mel arrived there early this morning and by tomorrow afternoon will be on her way to Poland, where Tyler is eagerly waiting for her! Hopefully the big winter storm in Atlantic Canada will be over by tomorrow afternoon and she can safely head back home. It was marvelous to have her here and we miss her already :(

Sunday, January 13, 2008

365 Project - Image of the Day

january 12

Have you ever tried to defrost your deep freeze when it's -15 degrees Celsius outside - and the freezer is in the garage?! That was me this week! It took a few hours and several pans of warm water but I did get it accomplished. And then I repacked the freezer with 800+ pounds of frozen beef, which should last us a very long time. We had a roast today and it was very delicious. Such a good feeling to know that we raised this beef and know exactly how it was produced (on grass with a little grain, no hormones or drugs at all).

January 11

New stamps to celebrate the Chinese New Year - the Year of the Rat

Thursday, January 10, 2008

365 Project - Image of the Day

January 10
Some goodness from my oven today and I tried Heather's advice about angles! Go to the Pick of the Patch blog and read what she suggests.

Breakfast Nest Eggs

Quiche Tarts

Recipe Time!

Here's the recipe to go with my photo of the day!

Breakfast Nest Eggs
from Vegetarian Times, Jan. 2007
(love going through old magazines and finding new recipes to try!)

6 slices whole-wheat bread, crusts removed
4 medium chopped mushrooms (about 3/4 cup)
1 green onion, thinly sliced (about 2 Tbsp.)
1 Tbsp. chopped tarragon (fresh is awesome but I only had dried)
6 large eggs
1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 tsp. paprika

Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Coat 6 6-oz. ramekins (those little custard cups) with cooking spray and place on cookie sheet.
Flatten each bread slice with rolling pin to 1/8 inch thickness. Line prepared ramekins with bread slices, pressing against bottom and sides (may extend over the top).
Combine mushrooms, green onion and tarragon in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper and divide among ramekins. Break 1 egg carefully into each ramekin. Top with cheese and paprika. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pan after 10 minutes, or until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken (or to your preference). Longer baking will produce hard-cooked yolks. Cool on rack for 2 minutes, then unmold and transfer to serving plates. Garnish with tarragon leaves, if desired.

365 Project - Image of the Day

January 9

I think a woodpecker has been working on this birch tree. The patterns are fascinating in size and shape.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

365 Project - Image of the Day

January 8

Working hard

to get these all picked up! We had lots of fun finding big ones and little ones scattered all over the yard. And when we came in the house, the cones had to come too :))

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

365 Project - Image of the Day

January 7 - Happy Ukrainian Christmas!

And one more - just because it's Bob's birthday and this reminds me of candles and parties!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

365 Project - Image of the Day

January 6

744 photos came home from Costco in those little boxes yesterday. Today I've been organizing and putting them into albums. It's so nice to look through them and reminisce about our adventures!

January 5

Kisses for Grampa on his birthday! They kept kissing each other too.

Birthday Party

It's Bob's birthday tomorrow, so last night we gathered for a surprise party. Bob had no idea it was planned, even though there were several comments that nearly gave it away!

While waiting for supper, Grampa gave a few piggyback rides.

It was Helayna's first time having lobster and she even helped herself to one of the pieces.

Naomi and Jerry did a lovely job of hosting and cooking supper. Mel cooked the lobsters and everyone enjoyed a great feed. There was even 1 lobster left - and Bob enjoyed it for lunch today!

Celebrating 57 years of living

Lots of smoke from all those candles

Meadow helped Grampa take all the candles off the cake - and then she proceeded to lick lots of icing off the corner piece, one fingertip full at a time!

Are those pigtails not the most adorable things you've seen?!!

Bob with his clan

Helayna was fascinated with Meadow's Dora car

We had fun playing Sequence later too. It was truly a family celebration and the first time since last summer that our kids have all been together. We really did miss Tyler though - he arrived back in Poland yesterday afternoon and is busy studying for exams this week.