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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.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


What do you know, two posts in two days. I'm on a roll.....
Today started  very well.  I was on time for work and I had my day all planned. I was to pick up rhubarbs on my way back to the house to make a Rhubarb with Custard and Meringue desert for lunch and potato scallops and some veggie and after lunch I would tidy up and clean my dirty fridge and hook on my Childhood Memories rug in the sunroom. It sounded like a real good plan to me. I was going to be good to myself.....

While at the barn,  I got a phone call from my daughter Jackie, asking me if I would drive my granddaughter to gymnastic around 11:10 am. across town and my grandson to work down town as she had a craft sale all day to tend to and her husband had the car and was out of town.

I normally drop everything to help but this time I didn't changed my plans. I felt very guilty but the timing was not the best for me and it was not an emergency. I had no left over in the fridge to feed the employees who come to work on Saturday.

When I got home I started preparing the desert right away as it is done in three steps,  while eating a bowl of  breakfast cereal and coffee standing up at the counter.

My sonVaughan's car battery was drained and had borrowed my car to go get his hair cut.

I made my base  and the rhubarb custard for the desert and needed to whip the meringue. It seemed to take longer to whip when all of a sudden one of the wires on my favourite whip broke sending the half- whipped meringue across the whole kitchen in every directions. What a mess. I had to burst out laughing.... And to think that I was using the same  Cuisineart whip last Sunday at the church in front of a full room of people. Can you imagine?.....

I got splattered real well and it was everywhere, inside the toaster, inside the stove burners and the stove top, on small appliances, everything  on the counter, under the top cupboard, on the rooster, the floor and cupboard doors across the room the fridge, on the fridge....

My granddaughter Jordyn arrived on the scene and took some photos of the mess and me. I had to go change my clothes to continue. As this wasn't enough , when I came back downstairs  I had company company at the front door...

My granddaughter wiped up the mess on the doors and the floor and had to go back home. Now my husband gave me the news that non of the other three people would be here for lunch today. Had I known, I could have driven my grandkids to where they needed to go.

It took me three hours to clean everything. What a big mess it was and sticky...

Here is the Rhubarb Custard and Meringue desert. It was real good. Too bad the three part time workers didn't shoed up for lunch.  But my grandson did.

Now I have a clean kitchen, sort of... All the cupboard doors need a good scrubbing which doesn't show on the pictures.

Sunshine Rooster is happy again after getting his feathers wiped, lol...

My husband hired my grandson Liam to mow the lawn this summer. About three hours of mowing each time at home and the farm. His first time riding this hard to control machine. I tried it before and don't like to drive it. He did a great job but it doesn't go in tight places so I need to touch up with the small push mower.

So much for my hooking on Childhood Memories.

My favourite son, Vaughan arrived to give me a Mother's Day gift of  beautiful Mums. Sorry, I didn't had the camera ready and missed taking his picture as he left right away.
How was your Saturday?
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the mothers, step mothers, grandmother, mother in laws, mothers to be.       JB


  1. Oh Julia. You are such a good sport to still be smiling in that picture. I think I would have blown a gasket! And then to have company at the door too. I'm sorry you didn't get to do all the things on your list today. Consider tomorrow a do-over day and try again.

  2. Julia, What a day you have had. How wonderful of your granddaughter to arrive at just the right time. You certainly had a mess on your hands and appears everywhere else too! Your rhubarb dessert looks oh so delicious, if it were in my house it would be gone by now LOL. Happy Mother's Day, greetings from Maine, Julie.

  3. Wow you were busy, I was reading your post just as my husband looked over my shoulder. He thought you looked so cute. He thought that was such a cute picture of you and the smile on your face.
    I am so sorry it made such a mess. Some days are just like that. Have a nice day tomorrow.

  4. Oh that is such a mess!Happy mother's day.

  5. Oh, you poor sticky thing! I had that happen with boiled frosting once. I had the beater too high when I added the syrup and the kitchen was covered. Fun times!
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  6. Oh, Julia! What a sticky mess that must have been! At least you could lick your fingers while cleaning up! LOL! The dessert looks delicious. I'm glad you had a grand-daughter to help for a while.
    Your sun room is beautiful! I hope you get some time today to sit and relax and enjoy some hooking.
    Happy Mother's Day!!!

  7. Sorry to hear of the mess, but it did make me chuckle a bit. YOu might check to see if the whisk is still under warrenty, because it doesn't seem like it was that long ago that You got it for Christmas. But time is a funny thing and it may have been 7 years ago!

  8. Wow! What a story! I guess having a clean kitchen for Mother's Day is a good thing too, right? ;-) Great pics of the day. Have a Happy Mother's Day!

  9. julia, we try soooo hard sometimes us moms dont we? im glad you could laugh at the mess! james is adorable in the post below. little ones adapt so fast and just keep going! beautiful daughter too. im sure they are glad to have you close by! enjoy your day! happy mums day!

  10. julia. how far away is james and mom and dad? its a great thing all this tecnology! enjoy!

  11. Julia,

    Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day! I love your hooking chair surrounded by all the plants...I love indoor plants!
    Oh...you look lovely in meringue!

  12. Hi Julia, What a day you had! Covered in Meriungue perfume! Your dessert looks wonderful. Shame you and your husband had to eat it all by yourselves )LOL).
    Hope you had a wonderful mothers day.

    Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. It makes me happy to know that you are taking time to read my poor efforts. Have a wonderful week.

  13. Well.... A VERY HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO YOU JULIA! What a fun post, and I loved the peek into your darling kitchen and sun porch. Also, thank you soooo much for the sweet comment you left on my blog about Mother's Day. You're a doll and a good blog friend to boot!


  14. thanks for the chuckle
    and my mouth is watering for rhubarb!

  15. Julia ~
    Wonderful that you could laugh at that mess. What a great picture of you!
    I just read your last post about James. He is just so darned cute and being so young, he most likely will adapt very quickly. Kids are amazing.
    Pug hugs :)

  16. What a day you had, seems to happen when we think we have the day mapped out. What mess I have laughed to when similar things have happened here. Nice to have the grandson to cut grass, and the grandaughter to help clean up the kitchen. Beautiful mums from you son! Hope you have had a wonderful Mother's day.

  17. Oh my, what a mess. At least you are laughing.. what else can you do. Glad someone got your picture.
    I know how you feel about saying you can't help......I always say yes even if it isn't an easy thing to do. The few times I had to say no abut killed me, hah.
    I wish I could taste that yummy dessert.
    Happy Mothers Day.

  18. Attitude is everything and you always have a good attitude. I love the picture of the mess it made me chuckle. What a bevy of flowers. Happy Moms day!Cheri

  19. Hi Julia. Regarding your comment on my blog......it wasn't about feeling older but more about my mother. It is a really long story and many years of verbal abuse. It wears me down.....esp. on Mothers Day when I am a mother as well.

  20. Hahaaa I'm glad to know even efficient people can make a kitchen mess!

    Great pictures! So homey and cozy... dessert looks deeeelicious!

    Happy Mother 's Day!!!

  21. What a mess! But what a good sense of humor and a good recovery for the kitchen! Looks very clean and comfy. I would love to sit and chat with your there but you are a busy bee! Hope your week is great! Happy Belated Mother's Day!

  22. Thanks for the laugh! Look at the bright side -- you now have an extra clean kitchen and a delicious dessert! Sarah

  23. The picture of you is great! But what a mess!!! I'm so sorry about the mess yet the whole thing is sort of comical. I LOVE your sun room with all of the plants...just gorgeous! I think I see a loom in the background too! The desert looks perfectly yummy!

  24. So glad I did not miss this post Julia. I hate to admit I got a pretty good laugh too all the way down here in Texas. lol
    I kept thinking while looking at the mess you made that I have done this so many times but I don't think I had the pretty laugh and smile you have on your beautiful face. lol
    Sorry it was such a mess but it looks like it turned out pretty darn good.
    Love your pics and you

  25. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!
    I love the person who took the picture of you in a mess!
    That is priceless.
    I can't imagine the goo!

    The dessert looks beautiful but I think I'll rename it to the Mess of Petals!

  26. Oh my gosh, Julia, I couldn't believe you laughed when everything went flying with the whipped meringue. If that had been me, I would have burst out crying. It's good you could laugh and that you had a wee bit of help cleaning it up. I'm sure you must have tackled it later to get it Julia clean. The kitchen looks terific! How I would have loved to have a big sample of the rhubarb dessert. Honestly, it is so frustrating to me that I can't find rhubarb anywhere in this town. I am so hungry for a good rhubarb pie. I can't even find any frozen rhubarb. Guess that is my penalty for living here in the desert.

    I do hope that you had a Happy Mother's Day. Mine was pretty nice considering the fact that I didn't get to see any of my children but at least they called.

    Take care. Love ya

  27. Oh my goodness, I couldnt help but laugh when I saw the 'splatter' photo of you!!! At least you were smiling! And your kitchen looks spotless!
    Have a great day!
    Karen & the Hounds

  28. Hi honey
    Just thinking of you this evening so wanted to come by and say hello and to send you wishes for the best weekend.
    I hope you have beautiful weather and can do something fun.
    Love ya