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Friday, October 31, 2008


What does fall mean to me???
It's time to breath in the cool crisp air then my thoughts turn to Christmas, it will be here soon ,but first let's enjoy fall in all its wonderful colors .

Oak trees and their leaves and acorns are special to me ,I told my father once that he was my strong and mighty oak tree and that I was the little acorn nut that fell out of his tree.
When I see oak leaves I think of my Dad.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


I am wishing the GHOSTS and GOBLINS and CREEPY CREATURES and THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT ~~~~~a really SPOOKY Halloween.!!!!

May the spirit of Halloween help you gather all the candy and chocolate and treats that your little heart desires !!




Witches Brew Recipe

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake:
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth, boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.




Wednesday, October 29, 2008

An Award and BOO to YOU !!!!

Another Award !!!!

To my great pleasure, Today, I received an award. This is from Ginger at Lovestodream

Thank you so much!
This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day.The rules to follow are :1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person that has granted the award and his or her blog link.2) Pass the award to other 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment.Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen for this award.I would like to thank my dear blog friend Maura for this important award; I am honoured that she has chosen my blog among the 15 blogs to be awarded.Now it is my turn to pass it on to other 15 blogs... this is not an easy task as all the blogs I visit merit this acknowledgment but I have to go by the rules and choose only 15.
Well my good friends I cannot chose 15 I think you all are deserving,please accept this award if you are reading this post.!!

I've been Boo-ed. Smiling Sally gave these instructions: "here is how the Blogging Boo will go. Go to as many friends as you want and tell them they've been "B00-ED." Have them link back to your blog to pick up their Halloween Treat (picture) and tell them to Boo their friends. (Then put the picture in your side bar so everyone knows that you've already been "boo-ed and to send the picture to someone else.)
I want everyone reading this to consider themselves BOO-ED !!!!!!
Have a great Halloween everyone."

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mouse Has A New Home !!!!

Our little foster kitten Mouse has a new home and a new Mommy !!
My friend and I went to meet the prospective family and we had a chat( interviewed them),a sweet couple who has a long haired cat called Missy and a little handful of a kitten who looks just like the little white kitten on TV with the Royale TPaper commercial.

We talked to them for about 2 hours,and gave ourselves the ok look with our eyes,and then we went and picked our little guy up and all his toys and food and litter etc and brought him over there, he was very interested in his surroundings until he spotted Missy then he went and hid under the couch to figure things out,my heart went out to him then,poor little guy sure has been through a lot in the last few weeks.

The young lady loves cats and was raised around them, I could tell how much she cared for them by how she interacted with them,playing and talking to them just how comfortable she was with them,the young gentleman was so happy to have Mouse it was like I was giving him a wonderful gift,and in reality I was doing just that.

It made my heart sing to hear how genuine they loved and cared for the cats they have.Its not easy to leave a kitten behind like that in the hands of strangers.
We will keep in touch to make sure the transition works out for Mouse, she invited us to come visit him anytime, that was sweet wasen't it!!

Mouse has a house and a new Mommy life is good!!
I will miss the little guy.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Foster Mom to a Little Cat Called Mouse !!

Just look at this cute little guy's face ! He is lost and were desperately trying to find his Mommy,He has been at my brother's house for a week,now this week is my turn to babysit this little guy.Imagine losing this little sweetheart, a friend of ours found him peeking in the kitchen picture window, she waited for him to go home but by nightfall it was apparent he didn't know where to go,and our nightfalls now are below zero now brrrrrrrrr !!

So she fed him and started to look for a warm home for the night that's where my brother came into the picture,here we are a week later and still no Mommy for this little guy.
But were trying different places and pooling our ideas to see what we can come up with,if all else fails we will bring him to the humain society, not the pound.The humain society will for a fee keep him indefintely.

I really hope we can find him a mommy he is adorable, very vocal ,but soo friendly he lets us pick him up anytime and loves to be held,his favourite spot right now is right bedside me, it will be hard to let him go but it would not be fair to keep him as I travel a lot and I have other obligations here at home that need my attention.

He didn't come to us with a name and I really have a need to call him something so I call him mouse!!! My daughter suggested Fred or Batman cuz he has little batwings on either side of his nose, but he is just plain mouse to me!!
Is this a cutie or what!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I Wish The Blog Had Smell A Vision !!

Were going to make something together , can you guess what???

Get some nice juicy apples, mine were hand picked in Ottawa at a farmer's market, they are Spartan Apples !

Take the peel off the apples and slice them thinly 1/4 inch thick. I added some brown sugar and cinnamon.

Now I added some little thin pieces of butter here and there over the apples.

Now your going to make the topping, you need oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon,a little flour and I added flax seeds because I had them handy,mix this all up and add butter to the mix.Blend well

Spread all that goodness over the apples , put in the oven until golden and fork tender


Ok now you get to taste it with vanilla ice cream.Sure wish you could join me the smell is as good as the taste!!

You just made easy peasy Apple Crisp !!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Ride in the Country on the ATV

My boys have been going in the bush all week long, they went to my brother's camp for several days, and on Sunday they decided~~~ I~~~ needed some air , so we went to a place called GroundHog River, its an amaizing place that has gorgeous falls, the last time I went there was 20 years ago.
I swore I would never return because the BUGS were not to be believed, it was incredible they were in our eyes and ears and mouth,I grabbed my daughter who was 10 at the time and waited in the car for the boys to finish their fishing.I can't stand bugs and for some reason they love me and seek me out in the bush,does this happen to you??
BUT on Sunday there were no flies not even one..... it was too damn cold!!! ...LOL!!!
Here are a few pictures of our day,I really enjoyed the fresh cool crisp air , it smells wonderful in the bush at this time of year.Gave me rosy red cheeks,and an appetite I could not wait to go out for supper that day, but we eat so late it was almost 9pm by the time we sat down at a restaurant.
Nothing like fresh air and gorgeous scenery to give you inner piece and calm.

Here is me waiting for my turn on the ATV to go to the falls, the little trail was really muddy and I didn't wear boots,I don't own boots I only wore my runners,my boys notices and I got heck!!! Geeeeeezzzzzzzzz!
((Boots dont make a fashion statement eh girls! But wearing orange does....LOL!!
In Canada it is the law in hunting season you must wear 400 square inches of orange when you are in the bush.))

Look at these falls isin't this spectacular!!!

So that is a little taste of my ride in the Northern Country !!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


A ~Aprons--y/n If y, what does your fav. look like?
My favourite one is a canvas material and all bright stripes I got it from Martha when I sent for a subscription.

B ~ Baking--Favorite thing to bake?
I love making pies , any kid of pie, I have been told they are quite yummy! Got the recipe from the pastry queen my MIL !!

C ~ Clothes line?
I have one and I do use it a lot.

D ~ Donuts--Have you ever made them?
I have made them a long time ago but we don't indulge in things like that very often, plus Tim Horton's is only a few blocks away.

E ~ Everyday--One homemaking thing you do everyday?
I do dishes many many times a day.You could eat out of my kitchen sink its squeeky clean!

F ~ Freezer--Do you have a separate deep freeze?
Yes, I have a chest freezer, its so full I could not put a loaf of bread in there right now

G ~ Garbage Disposer?
Nope, my hubby has that title !! LOL!!(( I don't do windows either)))

H ~ Handbook--What is your favorite homemaking resource?
I incorporate my life's experience, plus I remember every piece of advice my mother ever gave me.

I ~ Ironing--Love it or Hate it? Or hate it but love the results?
There was a time I even ironed tea towels but those days are long gone, I use to enjoy ironing, found it relaxing.

J ~ Junk Drawer--y/n? Where is it?
The proverbial junk drawer...... yes I do have one, its more my hubby's than mine, its a catch all for stay elastics, batteries,scissors, glue,etc...(( and God know's what towards the back!!)Its in the kitchen of course.

K ~ Kitchen--color and decorating scheme.
Pale pale green, with goldish backsplash ( I want a new one like yesterday its on my honeydo list),white sheer curtains with maple window shutters.

L ~ Love--what is your favorite part of homemaking?
I want everyone who enters my home to feel at home, I try to convey that feeling.Must be working because most who come here are hungry and leave full.

M ~ Mop--y/n?
I have a mop and a swiffer, I do both and I sweep a lot too.For 4 adults its remarkable how often it needs it

N ~ Nylons, machine or hand wash?
Very rarely do I wear those ..I need an occasion... then it goes in the washer

O ~ Oven--do you use the window or open the oven to check?
Cakes, wouldn't dream of it, otherwise I will take a peek.

P ~ Pizza--What do you put on yours?
Its not a pizza to me unless it has green peppers and pepperoni on it.Nothing too weird.

Q ~ Quiet--What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
I sit in front of my computer and catch up.On a good day I get to craft.

R ~ Recipe Card Box--y/n? What does it look like?
I have 2 binders that are threatening to explode, its so much easier that way,I made my kids each one of their favourite family recipes,I put my heart into making those for them.I even included photos of the family member who's recipe it came from and a bit of the recipe story as well.

S ~ Style of house--What style is your house?
One story house, with full basement, 3 bedroom, wishing it were 4, huge yard corner lot .w Its a white house.

T ~Tablecloths or Place mats?
Tablecloth, its one my mother gave me an oilcloth tablecloth its raggady but I haven't the heart to change it simply because she gave it to me,I may re-line my drawers with it so I will have it a little longer.

U ~ Under the kitchen sink--organized or toxic wasteland?
I can find anything I need quickly its full of cleaning products.

V ~ Vacuum--How many times per week?
At least once or twice a week, I want hard wood floors.... its on my wish list.

W ~ Wash--How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
I do a load at least 2-3 times a week ,I can't stand to let it get mountainous

X's--Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
I use to when I worked, I had to use the list method, otherwise I only do that when its going to be a busy day.

Y ~ Yard--y/n? Who does what?
My hubby use to, but since his heart attack we hire help, its a huge corner lot, doing the grass is an event.

ZZZ's ~ what is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
Put night lights on,lock the doors.

I saw this at, That British Woman ,who saw it at Niki's Rural Writings, who saw it at Pieces from Me, who saw it at Coffee Time At Home. Please play along on your blog!!! Let me know if you do, so I can visit.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pictures of my trip to Ottawa

Some of the scenery we saw driving on the highway,just look at those colors!
This is the waterfall going into North Bay
This is the mountain scenery near Mattawa

Pumpkin Latte !!!!!

It was soooo good but I realized while I was there all week and~~~~ of COURSE ~~~~~~~ I must try different coffees my REAL favourite is the Cinnamon Dolce Latte
Delicious~~~~~~~ I am talking a serious YUMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!
It took several different tries to find the one I truly love !! ((HA HA ))

This was taken at the farmers market in Ottawa.There was so much to see, all of it colorful and gorgeous!

Look at these gorgeous pumpkins !!!!

Everything at the market was appealing.I was wishing I could buy everything!!

I did buy some crunchy tarty Quebec Spartan apples and some smaller pumpkins and gourds !

So many colors !!
All fall colors did ya notice??

This is the bridge to the US !!
My daughter and I went to Messena shopping.
Some serious retail therapy!!
After all the stores and malls we did the one that is the most fun for me believe it or not is the grocery stores, the variety they get compared to the puny little variety sent to Canada is quite noticable ! So I stocked up on stuff I cannot find here at home.
It was a great little trip for me I had quality time with my daughter and that's all that mattered.I miss her already !!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Receiving and Giving!!

I want to thank Mary Ellen at Its me I Think for her wonderful give away!!!!!!!
I just got home last night I was gone for a week in sunny Ottawa enjoying my wonderful, talented, smart, beautiful, daughter.And there was a wonderful box full of treasure waiting for me to open !!((YIPEEE I love getting surprises in the mail!!))
I must say I just adore the little angel, its just devine!! The shower gel will be a treat.... mmm.....maybe tonight! And the note paper is soooooo cute as it the super cute makeup bag I really love that color !Just look at those pretty flowers!! ~~ The whole package was a treat to receive, thank you so much Mary Ellen !!!

Now I want to Congratulate the winner of my giveaway~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Judy at Brocante And Etc

Judy just send me your address via email and I will get that package in the mail to you quickly!
And thank you to everyone who entered my little giveaway!

Tomorrow I will have pictures of my trip to show you,I really enjoyed myself in Ottawa.
I did some serious retail therapy with my daughter and had many relaxing moments too, the week went by so fast, too fast and I miss my daughter and her little cat Freda already..... sigh..........