Saturday, 23 September 2017

This and That

 I did a little more decorating for Fall today. I picked this little banner up at a garage sale.

Then I hot glued dry leaves to a length of brown string . Some of the leaves refuse to face the right way! I hung it between the dining room and the sun room. I have a feeling this won't last long. One six-footer walks under it and it will come down.

I also got these 3 little pieces at a garage sale for .75.  One is quite long ( I folded it up for the picture) and has a few small stains but I still like all the work that went into it.  I'm not sure but I think the flowers are made up of countless French knots.

I love handmade quilted bags and this pretty one was my latest addition. Fifty cents, the man said!
It has deep pockets on front and back and I just love the trim along the top! It was in a pile of baby clothes so maybe it was meant as a diaper bag??

When I got home from shopping I thought the week's fruit looked so pretty I took a picture of it!

That sums up my Saturday. The weather was perfectly Autumn weather. I found time to sit on the porch and watch the Hummingbirds at the feeder and Chickadees at the bird bath.

Thanks for reading about my day. I hope you had a lovely one too.

Granny Marigold

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Flowers and a Funeral

There's not too many flowers blooming any more. Marigolds, of course, and a few Rudbeckias. My calendar tells me tomorrow is the first day of Fall so  it's not surpriising that everything is slowly coming to a halt.

Remember that black top I found at the thrift store on Tuesday? Today I wore it for the first time. I wore it to a friend's funeral. We weren't particularily close but when we chanced to meet up ( she could often be found at  thrift stores!), we'd have a lively chat. We found out we were even distant cousins. She was such a lovely person and although I knew she had been unwell her death shocked  and saddened me.

Thanks for visiting today,

             Granny Marigold

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Thrifty Buys

 As I often do on a Tuesday morning I went to the thrift store. Of the dozen things I took into the fitting room only four didn't fit. I had an assortment of  tops all of which were  .50 and then I saw this lovely zippered top with metal decorations. I was so glad it fit ( this was 3.00). In winter I wear a lot of black and this light jacket will see a lot of wear. It may look sort of gray on the picture but it is definitely black.

                A close-up of those metal thingies.

This pretty knitted (?) top is fully lined and has self covered buttons. It was also .50
The washing instructions had been cut off so I took no chances and hand washed it.

I take awful pictures sometimes and this next little shell top looks strangely short but believe me it looks quite normal. and pretty too.

I did buy one thing that wasn't clothes. Just a few days ago little grandson M was looking at things in my room and admired a few of the boxes I have with this kind of closure. He said he'd sure like one and what did I spy at the thrift store? I had to glue the top handle on more securely otherwise it is in good shape. Now I just have to make sure whatever I buy him for Christmas fits into this box. He'll like that.

Tomorrow I'll drive to the airport and pick up my DH. The house has seemed way too empty without him around. Things can go back to normal.

Thanks for visiting.

    Granny Marigold

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Chilly Weather

There's a real feeling of Fall in the air today. I'm wearing a cozy sweatshirt  and was grateful for its warmth when I went for my morning walk. Came home and took my coffee on the porch so I could watch the birds in the backyard. There must have been 20 House Sparrows busily looking in the grass for bugs. The Chickadees, hyperactive bundles of energy, were flitting back and forth from the feeder to wherever they're hiding seeds. I wish I could tell them that there's no need to do that because the seeds will be there all winter.

The house feels quiet without my DH. He's called a couple of times and he's enjoying visiting various friends and relations. Today is the big Cousins Get Together that he didn't want to miss.
Apparently it's colder there than anticipated. He was at his sister's place and I guess she gave him directions to the local thrift store where he found what he told me was a really nice long-sleeved shirt for two dollars!  ( He's learned the value of a thrift store, hasn't he!!) He took only short-sleeved shirts and a light jacket in his carry-on case. ( He went on a super cheap fare which did not include any actual luggage. A carry on and a small shoulder bag and that was it.)

Thanks for visiting again. I appreciate you and your lovely comments.

Granny Marigold

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

This and That

It's in-between time.  I'm starting to think about Thanksgiving ( October 9th this year here in Canada)
but I'm still working in the garden. The tomato plants have mostly been pulled up and boxes of ripening tomatoes sit on the outdoor table. I'm going to have to freeze some because I can't keep up even with sending bags home with the kids when they visit.

I have 2 grandsons, one is 8 and the other turns 19 tomorrow. He's quite  a delightful young man.
 The 8 year old likes his teacher ( big relief) and his big sister is in grade 9, first year in high school. She also seems happy with her teachers.All this makes me happy!

I drove my DH to the airport this morning. He's on his way to spend a week visiting his family in Manitoba.  I have a list of things to keep me busy ( like catching up on my scrapbooking) and I started by tidying up my messy desk. You can see the difference in the pictures below. I can't guarantee how long it will stay so neat.

The Sweet Autumn Clematis has taken over the long trellis and even managed to cover this poor Rugosa Rose bush. Can you spot the lonely pink flower on the top that's peeking out?
The Clematis has just beginning to open its thousands of tiny white blooms.

Thanks for visiting today, I hope your week is a lovely one!!  I'd be delighted if you leave a comment.

                Granny Marigold

Saturday, 9 September 2017


Sandy asked for the recipe for the muffins I made and showed in my last post. BTW Sandy... thanks for leaving a comment. I see you don't have a blog else I'd come and visit you there.

Orange/Date Muffins

 1 orange,seeded and coarsely chopped but not peeled
2/3 cup orange juice

1/2 cup chopped dates ( I use more)
1/2 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
 1/2 tsp salt

Blenderize the orange plus the orange juice.

Combine butter, sugar then add the egg.
When it's combined add the OJ mixture then the dry ingredients plus the dates.

Bake at 400 F 15 to 17 minutes.

These muffins don't rise much so I make 12. The original recipe said it made 14 I think it was.

Robin, you'll notice that I made a few small changes to your recipe. I've made it many times now and it has 'evolved' to this point. If Sandy has any problem I'll see if I can find my original recipe and post that. Did it call for using the blender to do all the mixing?

Thanks for coming by and be sure to tell me how the muffins turned out...anyone who tries the recipe!!

Granny Marigold

Friday, 8 September 2017


Yes, we had a nice shower this morning; not enough to quench the thirsty plants but enough to make the air less yucky. Also, it was cooler so I baked orange/date muffins ( thanks to Robin of A Bird's Life for that recipe which we love), and an Impossible Coconut Pie. The latter because I had milk in the fridge that was nearing it's best before date and also because I feel I can eat that eggy/milky pie without any guilt whatsoever because it's healthy. Right?

You will notice there are only 11 muffins. I couldn't resist having one when they were barely cooled.

Thanks for visiting today. I appreciate any comments!!

Granny Marigold