Sunday, 25 September 2022

Morning Walk

 We walked on a different path near Fish Trap Creek. It was early and we met few other people. I like this boardwalk and although the swampy area has little water now once we get rain it will be even more interesting to walk there.  I should remember to take my binoculars  next time.


 



 In the afternoon daughter Sheila came for Dominoes and of course had to see the kittens.


 It's hard to believe September is almost over.  Our weather continues to be very warm and sunny.
Zinnias and Rudbeckias are still providing colour. The Black-eyed Susans are done but I'll leave the seed heads for now for the birds.

Thanks for visiting,  GM

Saturday, 24 September 2022

Kittens and Cookies

 I took many pictures of the kittens but most of them didn't turn out well. This one gives you an idea what they look like ( they're 3 weeks old now).  I'm sure as they get bigger I'll get better photos.


 

The grands and I went out for one last peek at the kittens last night and on the way they noticed this little bee that found a place to sleep in my one and only sunflower.



 Today was another most beautiful sunny day. I got some work done outside then came in and baked cookies.  I tried a new recipe and they're pretty good. I found the recipe on the internet. It's called Empire Biscuits ( Classic Scottish Iced Cookies with Raspberry Jam).  I always seem to have trouble rolling out the dough so I just made balls of cookie dough and flattened them slightly.  They look rather ragged but since they're only for family and they know my baking often looks less that perfect---
( understatement) they taste very good.  The first picture is before I sandwiched the cookies together with the jam.

As you can see the recipe doesn't make many cookies but if I had rolled the dough to 1/8 " no doubt it would have made more.  


That's my Saturday. It was a good one and I hope yours is/was too.   Thanks for coming by,  GM

Thursday, 22 September 2022

Mostly about Pumpkins

 Fall clean-up continues. Youngest son came to cut down huge Clematis and kindly put them in his truck to take away.  The bin we have for green stuff would not have been adequate. He cut down the Peony and all the Japanese Anemone which were all done blooming.

 


 I answered an ad on FB Marketplace. Pumpkins and gourds for sale. The person's front stoop and walkway were so lovely.



 Around the side of the house the pumpkins were laid out and I made my choices.


 When I put them out Miss Kitty had to investigate. Sorry about the large foot that got into the picture. I took another picture and this time it was grandson M's arm that got in the picture. Oh well.



 We had the kittens out on the lawn yesterday. I took some pictures and will post them soon.

Thanks for stopping by,.  gM

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Fall

 

 

 


The weather these days is so lovely. When we go walking the dry leaves scrunch under my feet. I know we desperately need rain but I am enjoying the sunshine.  It's quite breezy out today and if I had laundry to hang out it would be dry in no time at all.

We have a number of birthdays in October and I've been keeping my eyes open for gifts. I was at the thrift store this morning and found a nice shirt for one of my sons. $4 and it looks and feels like new. I also bought a king-sized bedsheet in great condition for $3 and I'm sure you know what those go for in any store. It's a nice pale cream, very neutral.

I gathered Marigold seeds, enough for years! Maybe I can find someone next spring that wants some. I'm still waiting for the zinnias to form seeds. Each flower just lasts and lasts. 

Things are still very quiet around here so I don't have a lot to blog about.

 Happy first day of Fall for tomorrow!!!    GM

 

 



Saturday, 17 September 2022

A Quiet Day

 

 


 Life may have been exciting for Gladys Taber ( so many of us enjoy her books) but although I have many windows nothing is exciting here. It's amazing how quickly our weather changed from very hot to much cooler. We went down to single digit temperatures last night. Celsius, of course.

I've continued with tidying drawers and cupboards. I baked bread yesterday. Made lovely Butternut Squash soup. I'm sure glad DH peeled and chopped that squash. It sure was hard.

The kittens are growing. Neighbours who live across the street recently lost one of their cats and came to look at the kittens this morning. They said they'd like one. That means homes for 2 now. Three to go unless we keep one.

I wonder if anything exciting is happening around your homes. Let me know in the comments.
Meanwhile I'm going to sit on the porch and enjoy this Autumn day.  GM

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Teddy Bears and Kittens

 It's Thursday and the week is almost over. My but it went by fast!!  My back is still stiff and sore but I've been taking it easy. Thank you for your sweet comments. I honestly try to be careful but I seem to forget and then these things happen.

One of the little jobs I took care of was putting the Spring Teddy Bears back into the box under the bed while taking out the Fall Bears from the same.


 


 Miss Kitty is very helpful when I putter outside. I was in my garden shed where I store a lot of my things and she tried to be useful.



She gave us a big scare a few days ago when her kittens suddenly disappeared.  We knew that mother cats sometimes hide their kittens but never dreamed that ours would.  DH went around to the neighbours and asked them to be on the look-out. After 24 hours she was discovered in a neighbour's garden shed well hidden in a corner. If that neighbour hadn't heard the tiny meows he would not of known they were there.  For now the kittens and Miss Kitty are being very closely monitored.
Tomorrow the little ones will be 2 weeks old and their eyes are finally open. Soon I should be able to get some pictures without unduly upsetting the Momma cat.

Thanks for stopping by,  GM
 

Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Mostly about Zinnias


 I found a curious zinnia growing with the rather ordinary ones. I don't think I've ever seen one bloom growing right on top of another. Maybe someone else knows or at least has had this happen.



 The bees seem to  love the zinnias.





I wanted to show you this lovely bowl which eldest daughter gave me this week. Underneath is written Rio Salado----- hand painted in Spain.  The 'dots' all around the top stand out from the surface. It's too big for a salad bowl but I don't mind having it empty so I can admire the pattern.
 

Here's a lovely Autumn picture that I found on the INTERNET. It's not my picture but I think it's lovely.


Thanks for popping by,  GM

Sunday, 11 September 2022

My Week

It's a very smoky Sunday with air quality very bad due to all the wildfires.  The full moon last night (the Harvest Moon) was deep orange in colour as is the sun today all because of the smoke.

Except for a mishap when I slipped on the stairs and fell it was a good week. I'm so thankful that I didn't break any bones!! The mishap happened because I was wearing slippery socks and hurrying down the varnished wood stairs. And talking on the phone at the same time. Yes, very foolish of me.

I 'm still nibbling away at all the little tasks that have been neglected during the heat of summer. This week I dusted my miniature shoe and purse collection.  I counted and there are 21 shoes, 11 tiny purses, 2 mannequins and 10 pins ( brooches).

 


 

Middle and youngest sons did some pickling  in my kitchen. I'm designated keeper of jars, pickling salt,
and other essentials so it's simplest to do it here. The result was 4 jars of pickled beans and one of jalapenos. In spite of reusing jar lids they all sealed.

I'm hoping for cooler weather in the week ahead. Some rain would be very welcome. I would not be surprised to find that we've set a new record for least rain in July and August------- 7mm in August and 5 mm in July. I have no idea how that translates into inches but its a very very small amount.

Thanks for coming by, I hope your day is a good one.


Granny M




Thursday, 8 September 2022

Finished Decorating for Fall

 Well, that didn't take long at all. DH got the big Rubbermaid tub up from the garage and I had it done fairly quickly.


I may change this yet. I'm not very pleased with how it looks but for now it stays.

Even the dollhouse got the usual pumpkins and basket of apples on the porch. I know the Christmas trees should be put away but so far I haven't done it. I pretend they're just plain pine trees.


About my tomato soup.....it was too salty, otherwise it was tasty. There was enough for 2 days and the second time around I added some tomato juice which helped to tone down the salt.

 

Also., for anyone wondering what has been happening with our rescued cat Miss Kitty has had FIVE kittens!!!

 

Thanks for coming by,  G.M.




Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Chit Chat

 It's a sunny and warm day...feels like Fall.   25C (77F).   The cooler weather has made me eager to start on some household tasks which I couldn't get myself to do when it was hot. This morning I started with one of the jobs I was dreading the most. One drawer of my desk was crammed with miscellaneous papers ranging from medical information to old receipts and so much more. I sorted that out and would have finished completely but the shredder stopped working.  In any case that drawer is now only half full and I'm relieved to have done that.

 Went out and picked more zinnias to refresh my bouquet.

  

Over the weekend I changed the display on the drop leaf table in the sun room.
 


 Since this picture was taken I've brought in many more tomatoes and I thought I'd make tomato soup for supper. No recipe but surely it can't be that difficult to make. Tomatoes, onions, garlic, maybe celery.  A friend told me that last year I said I wouldn't bother with the black cherry tomatoes again. I wish wish I'd remembered because they're not tasty at all.  If they get red as they're supposed to when ripe, they tend to be mushy.


That's my day so far. I'm off to sit on the porch and enjoy the sunshine.

Thanks for coming by and thank you for your comments.


Granny M.


Added later.  Has anyone else had trouble when trying to publish a comment?   I seem to get this pop-up notice Whoops, an error has occurred.

Saturday, 3 September 2022

Saturday Trivia

 The day is going by way too quickly again. It's actually nice and cool at  24C  (75F). Perfect for getting things done but also perfect for sitting on the porch which I what I'm hoping to do in a short while.

I didn't mean for this first picture to be included but since it is I'll explain that I removed all the things that were on the sideboard and got out my autumn arrangement. Decorating has begun

I did some baking for the weekend including a cheesecake and 2 loaves of bread. I did one in a pan and the other is sort of free form.



I wanted to explain a little about the Hydrangea stump in yesterday's post. That Hydrangea began as a twig from one that still grows in our front garden. DH rooted the twig then grew it as a tree with one trunk instead of a bush like the front one.   You can see how big they grow. (This is a Pee Gee Hydrangea). Very soon I will ask youngest son to do some cutting back on this one so walking to the parking area is less crowded. I doubt the back one will regrow.



 About the movie that was being filmed, I haven't heard if it's going to be a Hallmark Christmas one or not but our town has been used for those in the past. There's a very nice old part of town with old fashioned store fronts.

That's it for today. I hope your day is/was a good one.  Granny M

Friday, 2 September 2022

This and That

 A day or so ago we noticed that a movie was being filmed on a property by the lake. At the time we were not sure if they were setting up or taking down. Later we found out it was being taken down. Filming a Christmas movie on one of the hottest days of the year. At least they were quick about it. The next day they were gone.





 Some pages from September from the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.



 Here's what happens when your husband says he's going to prune a lovely big Hydrangea and you're busy and don't supervise. To say I was shocked would be an understatement.


Both my daughters came for lunch today. That was special.

 Slightly cooler weather is in our forecast.  I'm really looking forward to that.


Thanks for coming by, G.M.