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

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Bad Air Quality and some Bloody Tales

This is the view from space of our smoky, hazy province. Yesterday and today both DH and myself have had dull headaches which we are fairly sure must come from breathing this bad,muggy air.

Some of you have asked if we have A/C. Yes, but only in the bedrooms so at least we all sleep well.

It hasn't been a particularly productive week so far. We filled the racks on the dehydrator with apples again. We were almost done when my DH put the safety guard of the mandolin aside and slid the last of the apples through. Yes, he sliced his thumb. I suggested he go to Emerg. but he thought he'd bleed to death in the waiting area before ever being seen by a doctor so I bandaged it up as well as I could. Had to redo the bandage 3 times in the first 15 minutes because it wouldn't stop bleeding but eventually it did. DH is one tough guy. He has had many an accident on the construction sites where he worked. Another time he drove himself to the doctor's office when he had a cut above his eye that required 26 stitches. The reason he didn't go to Emergency was that he knew our family doctor would see him immediately once he knew what had happened. Unfortunately that doctor has since died. They don't make them like that any more.  Now you get  sent to the ER and you wait...and wait...and wait.
Unless you say you think you may be having a heart attack. Then you get immediate attention.

Sorry. I didn't mean to ramble on but it's so nice and cool here in the bedroom ( my computer is in here).
In a short while daughter #2 is dropping by after work to visit and also to take some tomatoes off my hands. Better go and cut some Basil for her too.

Thanks for visiting,

Granny Marigold

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Nature Journal

Pom Pom and MK have mentioned making an Autumn Journal and I thought I'd try making one as well. Having no talent for sketching ( which they do have) I will rely more on good old Modge Podge to adhere and preserve leaves etc.. on my pages. Also I'll use cards and  clippings from Fall magazines.
I looked through my many empty notebooks and found one suitable.

This page of leaves dried and pressed last year still needs more. It would have been better not to use the brown tissue paper that I used.
                 Pressed Rudbeckia petals. The sandpaper circle in the middle will not adhere so I'll find                      something else.

                                Page in progress. That bottom petal looks like a banana.

I wonder if Pom Pom and MK will include any journaling. The note card has a tab on the right so I can journal inside as well..

That's what I worked on this morning. Our air quality is just awful today, full of smoke. The sun is just a hazy red ball. My head aches and I don't feel like doing much else than putter a bit. To think that many folks nearer the wildfires have been breathing this for weeks!

I hope you're having a lovely Tuesday.
Please leave a comment so I know you visited.

Granny Marigold

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Decorating for Fall

DH got down the big container marked Autumn Decorations and I spent a happy hour rediscovering things packed away for 10 months. I remembered to take a 'before' picture of the sideboard.....

        Here it is once I was finished. I will buy some real mini pumpkins and some gourds once the stores stock them but for now ceramic works fine.

I didn't take a before picture of my Mom's old sewing machine but here it is as it looks now.

The drop-leaf table is in the sunroom. To the right is the glass door to the porch and to the left is my messy craft area. Getting it tidied up  has been on my to-do list all week but I've managed to find anything to do except get it sorted.

Even the window sill in the kitchen got some decorating but I took the picture when it was very sunny and it's hard to see things. Do you see the blue plate in the dish drainer?  I bought that at a garage sale this morning for ten cents! 

What it says underneath is Royal Stafford, fine earthenware, made in England,  dishwasher and microwave safe. I'm assuming it's quite new but I really like it .

Are you decorating for Autumn?  If so, please share lots of pictures. I know I love seeing what you are doing!!

Thanks for visiting,

       Granny Marigold

Friday, 1 September 2017


September has arrived and although it's not officially Fall, for me the first of September means Fall.
I have hung some new dollar store pot holders and towels in the kitchen.

I brought out the Fall "box". Don't know exactly what to call it. A few years ago I saw this kind of thing on Pinterest and asked DH to build some ( I think they called them printers' boxes) so I could decorate them for different seasons etc. I had lots of fun making them pretty and they fit perfectly under the shelf on the telephone desk.

Did the grocery shopping this morning and the new crop of Sunrise apples was in.... .96 per lb. I think that's a good price and I bought 2 bags.
DH got the dehydrator from the garage then started coring and slicing the apples on the mandolin. I'm glad he does it because the blade on that thing scares me.
It doesn't take that long and the slices are dry enough for my liking. I keep them in the freezer so they don't have to be dried crisp.
The apples were so crisp and delicious. I'm going to go back for more.

That was my day. How did you spend yours?

Thanks for visiting,  

Granny Marigold

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Flowers and a mini pie

DH pulled the tired Sweet Peas off their trellis and brought the few good ones in. I made a tiny bouquet. The white ones are annual, the pink are perennial. The pink ones of course didn't get pulled down.

The Morning Glories have taken over the trellis that the Clematis grows on. Now it's a jumble of blooms.

I was inspired by some garden tidying that Henny Penny posted about recently and cleared out a lot of self-seeded flowers in this front bed. We lifted the Iris and put mushroom compost under and around  then moved some Japanese Painted Ferns which hadn't done well in pots so now they are in the ground.  In the front corner I have some Primroses that will bloom next Spring.

We bought a few Prune Plums with the idea of eating them out-of-hand but they must have been picked too green because they didn't taste like much. I decided to make a very small rustic pie. Just big enough for the two of us.  Of course the juice ran out and the pan was a mess.

                 I moved it to a plate so I could soak the pan.

That was my not very exciting day. Still, it feels good to get something done on this almost coolish day! Tomorrow is forecast to be the same then September starts off with hot weather again.

Thanks for visiting,

                    Granny Marigold