Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mohair Mountain

The label on this yarn says "Mohair Mountain", Knit, Relax, Smile. Repeat ! 

I must say, though, I wasn't relaxed knitting this.  The first time I've worked with mohair / wool blend,  a very large round needle and it was a fight to the end and glad it's finished.   It was slow going and felt like I was fighting with the yarn the whole time.  

The pattern / yarn came from a kit I bought at our last Knitter's Guild De-Stash Sale.
It's a "Black Sheep and Ewe" kit. 

Shawl took one large ball of yarn - 660 yards. 
The Colour is called "Water Wheel" 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Life Can Change in an Instant

First came the much needed rain, 

Which filled up all the rain barrels, 

Then came the hail, 

When the rain stopped I went outside.  Then, in an instant, down I went on the slippery stairs out my back door, and rather hard I must say.  After I landed, I knew right away something wasn't right as my ankle puffed up like a balloon, and it was a lot more painful than just twisting my ankle.  So off to the emergency department we went.  A couple of x-rays later, it was confirmed, I had broken my ankle.  I came home with a big ski-boot type cast on the first day of my two week vacation.   Six weeks, I was told the cast would be on and 12 weeks for a full recovery. 

It put a damper on my plans for my vacation, however, when life hands you a lemon, you make lemonade.    My first week of vacation was tackle the long list of chores I wanted to get done - wash all the windows in the house, clean the rugs, gardening etc. etc.  Well, that didn't happen and the list was put away.  My foot had to be elevated and iced to get the swelling down.  Since it is my right foot, I can't drive either.  This is rather frustrating, having to rely on others to take me where I needed to go.  Hiking has been put on hold for a number of months too, as well as a number of other projects I wanted to tackle.

But, oh well, it could have been alot worse and shudder to think what could have happened.  

What have I learned ?  
I try to do too much and am learning to slow down.    
I am learning that the chore list isn't important.  
I am learning to stop and smell the roses. 
 I am learning to just sit, which is a hard one for me, as I get restless.     
I am learning to rely on others to help and graciously accept the help.   
I am learning to really look at something.  It's amazing what you will see when you stop and really look.   
I am learning to focus again.

I am in week 3 now of my cast and am still learning.  
Still have lots to learn about slowing down.  
This has been a hard way to learn, but has now forced me to.

I didn't put in a vegetable garden this year and is just as well as I wouldn't have been able to tend to it. 
  Everything happens for a reason.   
My perennial beds take care of themselves, although quite overgrown right now.  But they can wait.

Instead, I sit and look and enjoy the view......

Monday, August 10, 2015

Jam Day

This year the rhubarb crop has done well.

What to do with all the rhubarb?

I made muffins, cake, loaves, stewed, chopped, froze and .... made jam.

This year I tried three new jams which I hadn't made before.  All turned out quite well.

Rhubarb Marmalade - recipe came from the Taste of Home Website

Rhubarb Strawberry - recipe came with the Certo (box of liquid pectin)

Red Currant Rhubarb Jam from


Black Currant Rhubarb Jam / Rhubarb Marmalade / Rhubarb-Strawberry Jam

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ultimate Surburban Survivalist Guide

Over the last few winters, we have had a taste of what it is like to have no electricity for a couple of days during the ice storms.  We live in a climate where winters can get quite cold and last winter the temperature dipped to -40C.   We lived through the 2009 financial crisis and are going through another economic recession now.    There is always something going on to remind us that we live in uncertain times. Many are loosing their jobs as companies are downsizing, droughts, wild fires, etc.  In Canada, the wild fires and droughts in the western provinces of our country  have put this year's crop in peril.

You can't change what is happening in the world around us.  But, you can prepare yourself and your family and put your own house in order, so when the bumps in the road happen, no matter how big or small you are able to ride them out.

I have read a number of personal finance and preparedness books over the years.  One of my favourites the "Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide - The Smartest Money Moves to Prepare for Any Crisis" by Sean Brodrick.    This book doesn't just talk about money.  It covers many topics such as:  Water; Food Storage; Smart Shopping - planning ahead; Gardening; Health; Medicine; Security; Power; Education and Entertainment, with suggestions/ideas you can do in and around your own home.  It will teach you about self-sufficiency and better preparedness.

The book is easy to read, practical, engaging and entertaining.   I first borrowed the book from our local library.  There was so much useful information in it that I got my own copy.   Let's face it - when you do need the information, and the power is out - your go-to on-line information won't be there for you.  

This book is a great addition to my own personal library and would recommend to anyone.

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