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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Friday, September 26, 2014

BUTTERFLY LIGHT AWARD

I don't normally accept awards as I think it can get awkward but sometimes, it depends who is sending you this award that makes it hard to decline.



I received such a nice award the other day but was too sick to write a post to accept and thank Debby from Cozy Blanket. Thanks Debby for thinking that I deserve this award. I accept with humility because I'm sure others are more deserving than me. The award was created to be given to those who spread light into people's lives.





Debby is a sweet lady who has a child like attitude about life and is beloved by all children especially her own grandkids. Even teachers wants her to come to school to work with the children. She always has the most genuine smile on her pretty face. It doesn't take much to make her happy.  She also is a professional Clown. No wonder she's adored by kids. She has a loving way with the children and they all think that she's pretty special and I think so too.

Like Debby, I'm not one to follow all the rules so I'll just post the button award and will leave it at that.
Picking someone from my followers would be tricky.There are so many deserving of this award.

Have a beautiful fall weekend friends.
JB

Sunday, September 21, 2014

YOU KNOW IT'S FALL WHEN...

You know it's Fall when the mice comes marching in...
Friday night I was at the computer when I thought I heard a scratching sound... can't be.... I waited to hear some more scratching and the only noise I heard was my husband snoring in his recliner and I dismissed the noise as my overactive imagination.

You see a few days ago I found the basement door ajar and although the garage is locked up, mice can come in through a small opening and run downstairs to the basement.  It has happened once many years ago when one of my student didn't quite shut the door tight even though the lock was engaged.

Saturday morning after breakfast, I tidying my counter by the phone when I saw a few mouse dropping against the basksplash. They were so small, it looked like they came from a starving mouse. I promptly disposed of them and sanitized my little counter.  On my grocery list was MOUSE TRAP.

I did grocery today and bought a bunch of banana and as I was in the process of removing the single banana from my banana hanger thingie to hang the fresh bunch, I saw a few more fatter mouse droppings. I could see that the Ms. or Mr. Mouse had dined on my banana and had eaten a fair portion in the back of the banana... Oh yes, the guilty party hid their misdeed  so I couldn't see the damage but Ms. or Mr. Mouse don't know who they're dealing with... I'll get them sooner or later and I hope it will be sooner...

See... I set a trap, wrote them a note to welcome them and I even left them a snack of cheese on the nice little trap hoping they like the cheese I bought on special.

Well truth be said... i wrote a note so my husband would not eat that special banana.

Now I'm patiently waiting to hear a quick and merciful "SNAP"

Yep, Fall isn't even officially here yet and they know it's time to search for warmer housing.

I appreciate your comments. Thanks for visiting and come again if you're not a mouse.

JB

Monday, September 15, 2014

MR SEPTEMBER IS LOOKING PRETTY COOL



I can feel the changing of the season, it's getting colder with every passing days.  I've changed my bedding to my cosy warm  fleece New Brunswick sheet and warmer blankets on my bed and it feels so cosy until I get too hot. There's no happy medium with me. I'm either too cold or too hot. It happens at every change of season. My inner thermostat is slow to adjust to the rapid change in temperature...

I've been getting a lot done this past week and today but the house still looks messy and upside down.
I've added another couple of more big piles of molds from my garage to be carried away. Today's pile was so big that the men couldn't take it all before they ran out of place in the car and truck but they'll be back for more this week.



I made a batch of Sweet Relish to use up some of my extra cucumbers and my husband love it on hot dogs. It turned out ok even with only one red pepper instead of two.


Here is a pile that was going today, however the pile was so big they had to leave some behind until another time.

When I edited my photos, I  somehow put them in the trash by accident and I went to retrieve them I could only retrieve one and all the other disappeared and my trash bin is empty. Oh well, it was just another big pile of molds that was picked on Wednesday.

They are coming back for more sometime this week and that should take care of all the molds that were in my garage and then I will start bringing  more  molds from my basement. I have to vacuums every mold as they have been sitting there gathering dust for quite some time so it's very time consuming. I'm determined to clear my basement too and I'm not looking back at this stage of the game.


Look at this happy little sunflower... Can you tell, I need to cut the grass...
I was gifted this sunflower by the birds and squirrels that left it there to sprout this summer. It came from bird seeds under the bird feeder and grew in the grass. It's only about 2 feet high and it never turns toward to the sun but is always turned toward the house instead. I love it.



Sunday, I went shopping at long last for Josephine's underprivileged children in Uganda and  I was having a great time putting supplies in my cart.
The picking was slim as school has started and some items were depleted but I still found something the kids could use.

I have two large package of stickers, 6 Friskar sissors, 6 glue sticks, 6 rolls of scotch tape, a big case of 72 pencils,  5 packs of 24 colored pencils with sharpener, a package of Bic Ball pens, 12 erasers, a bag of buttons, a large assortment of needles, 10 package of sharpeners with 5 extra sharpeners and a big bag of floss that I no longer needed.

I'm sure that it will cost plenty to mail this to Vicki but it's going to a good cause so it's OK. I will pack it all up as soon as I have some free time. There is still time for you to help Vicki round up some supplies from her long list for Josephine's underprivileged children. Here is a link to her blog  if you didn't had time to visit last time. 2 Bags Full

 We have so much more than we need and these kids have nothing extra to call their own.  We are called to share what we can. Will you help Josephine help these beautiful children.

On the farm, things haven't slowed down as far as having new calves born. We had a string of bulls born and now we are having a string of heifers.

Sunday morning around 6:15 am when I arrived at the farm, I noticed that the pregnant overdue heifer was calving and was in distress and I also noticed that there was only one hoof showing and to make matters worst, it was sideways. Not a good sign.

 I quickly called my son Vaughan to come right away and he arrived shortly after I called. Vaughan is my hero. He knows exactly what to do and gets right to it... He should have been a vet.

 I got things ready to pull the calf  but it was very difficult for my son to find the other foot. It was nowhere to be found and after about 15 minutes of trying hard and the sweat dripping off his forehead on a cold morning he found the foot bent around her pelvic bone. He quickly attached the chain to pull the calf and hooked it to the winch and started to pull as I held her tail up and pushed on the heifer to try to prevent her from falling the best I could. Her legs were getting weaker by now.
She was bawling loudly and it was a very hard pull abut finally as the calf was pulled out she fell and  I just got out of the way as fast as I could and ended up falling the other way, lol but unhurt, thank goodness.

The slippery calf's head was held upside down to clear the lungs of mucus from mouth and nostril  and the  cleaning was done by the mother and I resumed my chores came home to brew coffee and eat breakfast.

This morning another heifer gave birth by herself and she had a heifer calf and this afternoon there was another new born heifer waiting for me when I arrived. The one that was born on Sunday was called Harvest Jazz because The Harvest Jazz and Blue festival was winding up in town.
Tomorrow is another day. Now I have to come up with  names for these two babies so they can be registered. Of course there's no time for taking pictures as there are no spare hands to take photos.

Thanks again for coming by. You know how much I love your comments.
Have a great week.
JB




Monday, September 8, 2014

LITTLE BITS AND PIECES OF MY LIFE


Let's face it, after posting on Blogger for a few years I got complacent about posting. My life seems very ordinary to me because it's my daily life. So many things goes on in the run of a day that if I wrote about everything I could have my own reality show, lol... just kidding... but I've heard from many people that I live a very interesting life. I'm never bored, that's for sure, I don't know how to be bored...

Today another shipment of my ceramic molds was picked up from my messy garage and I have to get another pile ready for tomorrow. This will be the third shipment. My prayers are being answered...


This pile filled up a pick up truck and a car and I have an appointment for another pick up tomorrow.




My great grandson Cyprus. He such a little boy and cute to boot.



He's being very good and quiet. Don't you just love that little smirk.


My grand daughter Jordyn, her baby Cyprus, James and my daughter Christine. Three generations sitting on the sofa. I think Daniel was napping at the time. This was taken when my daughter was home in August.


Jordyn and Cyprus



And this cutie pie is a jerkin in a curtain,  a la Dr Seuss, non other than James. I recognize those socks any where...


He's having fun. I had another photo of Daniel standing on the register looking at me mowing the lawn but I can't find it for some reason... It  was cute too.


Sins of gluttony for sure...
I caved in today and made a sinful pecan pie. Oh but it's so yummy I don't need the whipped cream topping. My husband and I have been cutting slivers after slivers from it because it's less sinful that way. I'm finally getting my sugar fix... Sorry Carolyn, the devil made me do it...


Today I prepared a batch of Million Dollar relish and I only had half of a red pepper instead of two so it won't be as colorful but I'm OK with that.It makes a delicious hot dog relish.


My little stash of Lady Ashburnham pickles I made last week and I just put them in the bottom cupboard today. Two darker jars on the left are pickles made last year with a different mustard but equally good.

That's it for today,
Thanks for leaving comments.
JB

Sunday, September 7, 2014

REFLECTIONS FOR CHRISTIANS

I felt sleepy this afternoon, I laid down to nap, but  I couldn't sleep. I grabbed the Sunday diocesan newspaper and I read several articles and one from Pope Francis had lots of food for thoughts.

I then went to check my emails and saw a comment from Vicki Bolster on my last post called, I'M TIRED,  TIRED, MAN I'M TIRED.   I had read her post earlier with the intention of commenting when time allowed but didn't had time to comment at the time and totally forgot all about it...

Vicki has agreed to help Josephine, a social worker who is working with vulnerable and disadvantage kids  in Kampala Uganda. These children are victims of physical and sexual abuse and children of young mothers who are living or are affected with HIV and Aids. These children are from 6 to 18 years of age.

Josephine has connected to Vicki's blog 2 Bags Full and asked for help for school and art supplies , personal hygiene supplies, clothing, toys and many basic items for the children which are all listed on Vicki's blog post.

Please take a look at this worthy cause.
What so ever you do to the least of my children, you do unto me. Those are Jesus' words...




Here is Josephine with small children



This is the letter from Josephine asking Vicki's help for donations of supplies for the children.

This letter and correspondences between Vicki and Josephine can be read in full on Vicki's blog before Vicki agreed to help her.

Vicki is a nurse with a soft heart for children and her passion is knitting and photography and last year she launched the project Pink Scarves and was inundated with pink scarves knitted and crocheted by her blog followers from all over the world and these were donated to breast cancer survivors and it was a roaring success. Vicki is relentless in helping the less fortunates through her blog.

Please visit her blog and read up about this special mission and help Josephine help these children. I'll be getting a package ready to send Vicki. She has already arranged to have a shipping company ship the material to Josephine...

Click on the link to visit  Vicki's blog and get a better idea of how to help these little people.  

http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.ca/

On the farm, it's been one calf after another and mostly bulls this time, including one big calf who decided that he want to come into the world  backward and upside down this morning. I have another one due tomorrow.

At home, I got another two batches of Lady Ashburnham pickles in the pantry.

I hope that you all enjoying some cooler temperatures now that September arrived. It's been a gorgeous day and is  20 degrees C. or 68 degrees F. and tonight it goes down to 7 degrees C. or 44.6 F.

Thanks for reading and visiting Vicki's blog. Every little bit helps.
JB