Friday, 18 January 2019

My Friday Finds . . .

A few of the things  I find each week that pique my interest, bring me joy, inspire me to learn, create, do, become . . . Maybe they will do the same for you!     

What a beautiful needlebook.  Jenny of Elephantz.  A complete tutorial.

De Graff Design.  Crocheted Pot scrubbers. Me like.  

Chocolate Mintz in a Jar.  Knitted washcloths. 

Purl Soho, Elementary Wrap in a stockingette stitch.  

Crafty Gemini Creates. Complete tutorial. 

Dannee's Stamping Delights.  Scrap-paper purse to hold a gift. Video tutorial. 

The Skinny Fork.  Healthified Turkey Burgers.  These look really tasty. 

Etsy.  Vintage Bed Jacket. Not free, but not expensive.  PDF download pattern.  

Suzetta Williams on Ravelry.  Stump Cover pattern.  There are not a lot of patterns out there for this type of thing.  I have been looking and looking. 

The Budget Mom. Budgeting method that changed her life.   

Sew Very Crafty.  Bow Tie Scrunchies.

Homestead Survival.  Rice pack shoulder heating pad.   

Satsuma Designs.  This one is made from socks and is a lot quicker to make.

Creative Healthy Family.  Homemade Ginger Ale.  

What's on my Porch.  Valentine Mini Books.  Cute! 

And those are my finds for this week!  I hope you saw something of interest.  

Happy Birthday Dad!
85 years young!

He looks happy, which makes me happy! 

Update on mom - Apparently she had a bad night on Wednesday night.  She was awake during the night and trying to get out of bed, and her speech was somewhat garbled.  She was probably having bad dreams, and of course when she is distressed she has a harder time communicating.  (I was worried that she would forget her leg was missing and she would try to get up and walk.)  Cindy says she was really tired yesterday and slept a lot.  She did get her into a wheelchair and took her for a long walk around the hospital.  She said mom was speaking clearly yesterday as well, so it must have been something to do with night terrors or something.  I am not sure how long she will be in the hospital or when she will be sent down to the rehab place.  I'll keep you posted! Many thanks for all of your continued prayers and support for my mom and sister! 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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By and large, I have come to see
that if we complain about life, its because
we are thinking only about ourselves.
~Gordon B Hinckley  •。★★ 。* 。 

Fudgy Flapjacks 

In the English Kitchen today . . .  Fudgy Flapjacks.  Not the prettiest crayon  in the box, but very tasty! 

Have a great Friday.  Don't forget along the way of your day! 

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And I do too!

Thursday, 17 January 2019

My Favourite Things . . . 
A few of the things in life that make my heart go pitty pat. Maybe they will do the same thing for yours. ♥♥♥    

One of my favourite flavour combinations is the sweet and salty mix.  Think pretzels and chocolate, peanut butter and jam, peanutbutter/jam/bacon! I just adore it!  

Westernized Chinese Food.  I seriously doubt that I would like real Chinese food, but I adore a good North American Chinese Buffet, with the egg rolls, wontons, sweet & sour chicken, honey garlic, wings, beef and broccoli, fried rice, etc.  Its not quite the same over here in the UK.  Every time I go home, I have to treat myself to a Chinese meal if only just once! I doubt these days I would do the all you can eat buffet justice, so I'll have a #9 Combo at House of Cheng.

An old fashioned plate rail cupboard.  When I was married before we built our own house in New Brunswick when we were living there.  It was a beautiful home.  The kitchen was my favourite room and no small wonder as I had designed it myself.  I had one of these plate holders built into my kitchen cupboards right next to the sink.  Oh it was a lovely kitchen  . . .  with glass doors on the top, a built in desk and book case for my cookbooks, a window over the sink with little shelved up and down the sides to hold nicnacs, a larder cupboard . . . it was my pride and joy . . . 

Figurines.  I adore figurines.  I guess its because I love anything doll-like.  When I did ceramics back in the late 70's early 80's I did a lot of figurines.  I have none of that left.  I gave them all away through the years.  My mom has a few of my creations.  

Lavendar . . . I adore the smell of lavendar in a room, in the garden, in a candle, in my undie drawer, sachets, etc.  I wouldn't wear it as perfume, but I do love the smell in all other ways . . . 


White picket fences  . . .  when we lived in Ralston, Alberta, we had a white picket fence.  If I had the money I would put one up outside here.  In Heaven I will have a house with green shutters and a white picket fence. 

Cups and saucers, saucers and cups  . . .  love them . . . I need to use mine more often.  Anything tastes better when drunk from a China cup . . .  


Miniature worlds  . . .  I find them fascinating. One of my favourite exhibits in the V&A Museum was the miniatures. 

Paper Dolls . . .  if I can ever get my craft room sorted I am going to make myself some more  . . . 


Anything with pin tucks  . . .  I adore pin tucks . . . 

Enamel ware   . . . the original non-stick.  My mom has an old, old saucepan that is black enamelware.  She used to make my father's coffee in it every morning.  I can still remember the smell and I am sure that if you were to stick your nose in it now and inhale, you would still be able to smell the faint aroma of a thousand cups of coffee  . . .  


Printed glassware  . . .  I have always loved glasses with pictures on them. My mother has some very old ones. She collected them buying products, etc. In the old days they used to sell mustard and stuff in painted glassware that you could collect as drinking glasses, etc.  

Vintage melmac dinner sets.  My mom also has a very old one of these, although not in this pattern, but the brown is similar.  They were used as our good dishes for many years. Hers have a wheatsheaf pattern on them, along with the brown accent dishes.  I remember exactly when she got them.  We had gone into Winnipeg with my father and he had a business meeting.  We were waiting in the car . . .  FOREVER . . .  the man he had the meeting with came out very apologetic and gave my mom the set of dishes as an apology.  That dinner set contains a lifetime of my childhood memories of celebrations etc.   


Pressed glass.  I have a bowl exactly like this that I picked up in a charity shop.  The pattern is called Star of David.  You can find a lot of treasures in a Charity shop. 

Lockets . . .  I always wanted one when I was a girl.  I have no idea whose picture I would have put into it back then.  I know whose photo would go in it now.


Amythest rings  . . .  in Heaven I will have an amythest ring  . . .   I think I just like rings full stop. 


Old wool blankets with satin edges . . .  nothing is so warm as an old wool blanket on the bed . . .  

Vintage Bed Jackets  . . .  would love to have one. 


Crochet Doilies . . .  I used to crochet a lot of them.  My mom has one of them in her bedroom on her dresser, beneath the pitcher and basin I made for her when I was doing ceramics.  My sister and I did a lot of needlearts.  

And those are my favourite things for this week. What are some of yours?? 


Happy Birthday to my father who is 85 years young today. This photo is from two years ago now.  I hope he got my card in time.  I love my dad and I hope that he has a lovely day.  I will try to call him a bit later on.  Not too early as I don't want to wake him up!   

Mom with my cousin's little boy Sawyer.  This photo is probably 8 years old.


I will copy and paste from my sister's latest message.  She says it better than I could.

"She is doing great, sitting up, she worked with the physio guy and moved herself to the side of the bed and was able to stand with a walker. She's a trooper! Her spirits are good as well...atm she's not in any pain because of the meds. There will no doubt be moments of feeling sorry for herself (who wouldn't!) but I'm hopeful she will get over them. She was laughing and joking a bit (that could also be because of the meds)"

So things are going great.  Thanks for the ongoing prayers. They are really helping everyone!

A thought to carry with you  . . .

° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •
•。★★ 。* 。
° 。 ° ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚
˚ ˛ •˛•˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

A morning prayer and an early search in the scriptures to know what we 
should do for the Lord can
set the course of a day.  We can know
which task, of all those we might choose,
matters most to God, and therefore
to us. ~Henry B Eyring  •。★★ 。* 。 

Little Meatball Soup 

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Little Meatball Soup.  Deliciously simple!

Have a beautiful day!  Don't forget!  

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And I do too!    


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

How to spend a day . . .

I am feeling very grateful here this morning for God's tender mercies.  Mom got through her operation without any complications.  I will copy and paste my brother's post here so you can read it.  He puts it much better than I could.

"Thanks for your prayers for my mother’s surgery. They were able to do the surgery with a spinal block, so she did not have to go through the added fog to her brain from having a general anesthetic. By 8:00 she was in her room, lucid, and even smiled. So, things have gone well. Do pray for all the adjustments though, as she’ll have to go to a convalescence place in Digby for physio to build up strength in her other leg and arms to be able to get in and out of her chair/bed, and also for my sister as she makes the adjustments at the house to accommodate her. Things have gone well, and we're praying that continues." 

My father called me on the iPad to let me know all was well and we breathed a huge sigh of relief.  I spent most of yesterday in a tearful fog, praying and hoping for the best, and trying to prepare myself for the worst that could happen.  But, in all truth, I don't think you can ever prepare for that even if you know it is coming.  With this life saving surgery, God willing we will have mom with us for quite a while longer.  So I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of your love and prayers. ♥

I spent most of yesterday trying to keep busy, trying to keep my mind occupied with other things.  I sorted out my beads as best as I could.  I had previously had them in another container and dropped it the other night, scattering beads and sequins from here to kingdom com.  It was a real nightmare picking them all up, and of course they were all jumbled.  Todd got me this new case which has locks on it so that if I do drop it, it won't, or shouldn't at any rate, open up and scatter everything. I have vowed to begin my Christmas prep early this year.  We will see. 

We vacumed downstairs. My back will no longer allow me the movement needed to do this type of thing, at least not painlessly . . .  so Todd does the majority of this type of thing.  Do you think we could get the power head engaged?  We tried everything.  I think I had the whole thing apart and back together at least twice, looking to see if anything had come undone, etc. (I am very good at mechanical things.)  So we dragged it about without the power nozzle . . .  not easy on carpets.  We had just gotten it put away when all of a sudden something twigged in my brain and we dug it out again.  Sure enough there is a button on the front of the handle with switches it from floors to carpets and someone had put it on the floor setting. Not naming any names, but since I don't do the hoovering we all know who it is.  (LOL)  Anyways, problem solved for the next time we need to vacum, which is about every second day when you have a dog!!

I baked cupcakes and fiddled with taking photos of them, editing the photos, etc  and then wrote my blog post.  They are Lemon and Raspberry Jam Cupcakes.  You can find the recipe on The English Kitchen.  I found the recipe in a Martha Stewart Cupcake book.  Believe it or not this was the first recipe I have baked from the book.  I've had the book for years now, but don't often feel like making cupcakes.  I am not a person for fiddly and Martha usually requires a bit of fiddle  These were actually quite simple, which is why I decided to bake them.  Plus they have jam in the middle.  Cake with jam in the middle is always ultra tempting to me.  

My mother always used to bake us this plain cake when we were growing up.  A hot milk cake and  . . .  she always filled it with jam.  We all loved it.  I think we all love jam actually!  Another favourite treat of hers for us was when she would give us some vanilla ice cream for dessert and top each serving with a spoonful of her homemade freezer strawberry jam.  It was soooooo delicious!   But then again, food memories always are. 

I prayed and prayed and then prayed some more.  I think I had a silent prayer running through my head all the day through.  I cried a tiny bit too, but that's just me being a human and a daughter. 

I punched out/cut out all of my Valentines.   I had gotten this book of Vintage Valentines a few years ago and never gotten it done in time for Valentines, not any of the years. This year I have. Boy did this take me back to when I was a child and my mom would get us each a Valentine book each year. Not of the pre-cut Valentines for us.  We went old-school all the way and we would spend days cutting each one out and glue together envelopes, etc.  It was a great way to keep us busy!  Yesterday it was a great distraction . . . 


Todd washed the car while I did supper preparations for the Missionary Sisters.  I set the table and puttered in the kitchen and before you know it they were here.  It was so nice to have them over.  One is from California and one from Calgary, Alberta.  Did you know Missionary sisters can now wear trousers!  Its much better for them, especially in the Winter!  They are loving it.  Much more comfortable and of course warmer in the wind and rain. We were just sitting down to eat about the time my mother would have been starting her procedure.  My mind and heart were not far from her at the point. 

The Missionaries left and I cleaned up . . .  I love the mindless job of cleaning up after a meal.  You can just putter away as you do the things you need to do.   Then I got washed up and put my jammies on.  Next thing you know my dad was calling me to tell me all had gone well.  Whew! 

And then last night I slept like a baby.

The End.   

Thank You.

The hope Christ gives us makes
days that are filled with 
Heartache be the days that are
filled with tender mercies and joy.
Heartache turns our hearts to Christ
and helps us find inner peace.
~Courtney Castrey