Tuesday, 14 February 2017

St. Valentine's, Marshmallow Igloos and a Doodle Cake

It's St. Valentine's Day!

We are huge celebrators of this day.  HUGE.  Just kidding.

I overheard a conversation last week...

What day is Valentine's Day this year?

I think it's the 14th.

I think that's the same as last year.

I think it's always on the 14th.

Yes....smart little cookies.  They got it.

At breakfast the smorning Jack asked me when Valentine's day was.  I said it was today.  He said oh.

So yeah....we don't really go all out on this one.

But I love going through all the little valentines that the girls collected at school.  Especially Lydia's because she brought home some that didn't even belong to her!  I showed her that some of these aren't actually hers...and she just said that it didn't really much matter.  I guess.

We had a snowday yesterday and we did this....


You have no idea how long it took to set that up!  They just all kept falling down and we'd try it again.

The Annual Douglas Frosty Fun was on the weekend.  So much good community fun!  I went out on Saturday and told them that I wanted to help out....I was willing to do anything.  They put me at the edible craft table!  YES! YES! YES!

I had so much fun helping kids make these....


We also made snowmen and inukshuks out of big marshmallows and licorice and toothpicks.

I made another doodle cake on the weekend.

They requested 'purple....do whatever you want'.

So this is what I did.  I just doodled.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Some Small Miracles

The sun is out the smorning!

We haven't hardly seen it in the last month.  Things were starting to feel droopy....

Without the sun, the snow couldn't even melt off the barn right.  It just slowly fell off...this was a few weeks ago.  We were all just hanging on...waiting to see the sun again.

Things were so dark day after day....but now the sun it here!

It's a small miracle.

The other morning I was washing the eggs....like I do every morning.  One had a really bad crack.  Sometimes I salvage it if it has a crack and put it in a bowl in the fridge with other cracked eggs.  But this one was pretty bad.  And usually I just put it in the compost pail....and move along with washing the next egg.  But I suddenly felt the urge to throw that egg outside.

I went to the doorway and I decided I was going to whip that egg as hard as I could.  Just see how powerful I could throw that egg.  That egg was going to go places. 

And as soon as I released that egg I heard that dreaded noise.  The noise of it hitting the top of the door frame. 

Oh. my. gawd.

Is that egg going to come right down on my head?  It was only milli of milli seconds it all happened and I squinted my eggs....threw my arms over my head....and braced myself for the worse.

And then I heard it land.  On the ground.  Just outside where everyone walks.

It was a small miracle.

It had ricocheted off of the top of the door frame and went out...not down!

I could just hear Terry saying....did you drop an egg?

Ya. That's it.

But he didn't mention anything about the egg.  Maybe it snowed on it.  Maybe the dog ate it.

Another small miracle.

So I cooked this 30 pound turkey on Sunday.  We had been given it as a 'thank you' gift at Christmas time but I just hadn't gotten around to cooking it....and it was taking up a lot of space in the freezer!

It was massive.  We invited my parents over for supper but we could have invited all of Douglas.

It was ridiculously delicious but there was so much meat.  So many leftovers.

I made a huge pot of soup on Monday and yesterday I made 4 turkey pies and put them in the freezer.  And now there is just one container of turkey to eat up.

And when the kids came home from school yesterday and they looked in the fridge for something to eat and saw that most of the turkey was gone....I think that they were thinking....

That's one small miracle.

Because they were tired of eating turkey!


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

A Surprise Lamb!

Farming is so unpredictable.  You never know what is going to happen.  Animals are unpredictable.

I actually thrive on this.  I'm always ready for anything.  at any time.

We keep the hens on one side of the new horse stable and bring the horses in to be in their stalls on the other side.  It works well in the winter time because the hens need to be warm to lay eggs and the horses like to be in for the night.  We let them out during the day.

So the other morning I opened the door to go in and feed the hens and gather the eggs....when I was suddenly face to face with Pearl.  Not really face to face....she is way bigger than me!....but there she was ready to go outside.  She had broken her clasp and she was on the move!  And by the look of the alleyway of the stable she had had some fun with the bale of straw that had been left there.  It was scattered everywhere.  I just took a hold of her halter and led her to the yard.

A couple of days later I went to feed the sheep and one was stuck with its head between the rails.  It was stuck pretty bad and I tried to help it but I couldn't get her to move her head in the direction it needed to go.  I knew she was still okay as she was chewing her cud.  I don't think she had been in that position for very long.  I called Terry and luckily he wasn't very far away....on a tractor....and he came to the rescue.  We got her head unstuck and she just sort of shook it off....she was fine.  I told her not to do that again!

Last Friday the kids had a PD day....home from school.  I figured that I could put off going outside first thing....as Jack was home and he could feed the sheep.  After all....he is the shepherd....he knows those sheep way better than me.  But he had just went out when he came back in....

Mom....there is a lamb out there.  And she might be having another one.

Say what?  A lamb?  Today?  Now?

Lambs aren't suppose to start to arrive until March.  This was totally unexpected.  She isn't even in a warm barn....and we all know that a cold lamb is a dead lamb.  She didn't even bag up.

I immediately put on my winter stuff and got outside.

And it was decided that the lamb needed to come in....to the house.

I gave it the total spa treatment with my handy dandy hair dryer.  It was pretty wet as the mom really had no interest in licking it off.

Jack told me that this ewe didn't have enough milk last year for her lambs.  Great.

And she wasn't having a second lamb out there.  It was just afterbirth.  Now that's actually great.

I made up a bottle of colostrum for it to drink. Then it was warm and comfortable and full.  It had a little sleep and then when it woke up it was ready to dance....all over the house.  It didn't matter how big the box was...it was getting out!

I convince the kids that it had to go back outside.  We moved the mom ewe up into a stall in the warm horse stable.  We would put them together even though she probably doesn't have milk....and hopefully she wouldn't completely reject it and be mean to it!

I couldn't handle a lamb being in the house for much longer....I had planned to bake the six cakes for the rainbow surprise inside cake early that morning.  Now the floors needed to be scrubbed!

When we reunited them, they settled in nicely and the mom was happy to have it's baby back.  She doesn't have enough milk....I've been feeding it a bottle at least a couple of times a day.  And it's doing well.

And what will happen today?......I have no idea!


Monday, 6 February 2017

Busy Baking...

I've been busy baking.

I bought a swirl colour 3 coupler set made by Wilton....at Michael's.  I saw the price and thought....that's twice the price that it's worth...but I had a 55% off coupon so I figured that I was good.  Until I got to the cash and was told that I couldn't use the coupon because all the baking supplies were on sale for 30% off.  You sly dog Michael's.  I still got a discount.  But I paid more than I expected.  Then I was in Canadian Tire and they had the same product...only the price was cheaper than the 30% off price I paid at Michael's.

I'm learning.

Anyway....I had some fun with it...thinking ahead to Valentine's Day...

And then I had leftover icing and another cake so I did this...

I had left the decorated cakes on the counter and I overheard the girls asking...who are these for??  And then the comment....she put them on our own plates...they must be for us!!  They were thrilled.  It isn't very often that they eat a decorated cake!

I made this very tall cake for a 10 year old loves cats and rainbows and the colour blue...

It was a surprise inside rainbow cake....6 different coloured cakes all stacked up on top of each other! 

This Cinderella cake was for a special 5 year old.  She had an amazing Cinderella party....

I actually didn't really plan this cake out before I started decorating and I really like how it turned out!

It's all those little details that are so important....

I haven't baked up some pies in a few weeks and it was good to get that rolling pin out again!  I was asked to donate a couple for a live auction celebrating over 100 years of Junior Farmers in Renfrew County.

The last time I donated pies to a live auction they sold for $2400 and $2000!  I believe that that was a once in a lifetime event.  I actually didn't think a whole lot about it but then someone told me that it was really quite remarkable....something I could one day tell my grandchildren.  It is pretty amazing that someone would pay that for one of my pies!...even though I know that they are really just supporting the person or organization that the money is going to.  Live auctions are always fun...and everyone seems to love pie.  I'm thrilled that my little donation can go a long way in helping someone out.


Thursday, 2 February 2017

A Screech Owl

Yesterday after school, Sophie headed up to the horse stable to clean out Maisie's stall.  She was only gone a minute when she came tearing back into the house.


What?  An owl?

I put on my stuff and grabbed my camera.....thinking that it would probably be gone by the time I got out there!

It was so small!  It was sitting up in the window above the door....see it?

And it just kept watching us....and we all kept watching it.  Enthralled.

It even watched the cat...

I was a little intimidated by it.  I know so little about owls!  I was afraid that it might...at any minute...swoop down and attack us!  Those claws look so nasty!  Sophie wanted to go into the barn and get on with her chores but I said not to disturb it.

After a little bit of googling we learned that it's a screech owl.

A beautiful visitor.


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

My Teeth

I've always been obsessed with my teeth. 

I love to brush my teeth.  and floss my teeth.

I remember them teasing me in university.  Everyone else was drunk as a skunk and passed out and I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth before I went to bed.  You can't actually sleep without brushing your teeth....can you?

I'm so anal.

I grew up brushing all the wrong way and I have scrubbed the gums away from my teeth....and it can't be fixed.  and now I have sensitive teeth.

I used to love going to the dentist.  not so much anymore.

I went yesterday.

First thing I was asked....do you use Listerine?

Why yes....I do.  I don't use water to rinse my mouth after I brush...I rinse with Listerine.

How many times a day?

Every time I brush....at least twice.

How long have you been doing this for?

Years....mostly because it was recommended....by the dentist...to use Listerine.  But I guess it wasn't recommended that I do this all the time.

I've overdosed.  She scraped the inside of my cheek to show me.  Listerine is destroying all the tissues in my mouth.  It's like a pink slime.  I had felt it several times before but I didn't know what it was....or thought much about it.

And I need to go back because they have to seal over a place where I have scrubbed so hard that my parts of teeth are showing that shouldn't be....the gum is pushed back too far.

I was working on that back in my university days.....

It was recommended that I buy this new fancy electric brush.  It's the Oral B Genius.

I bought it and then bought enough heads for it so that everyone here can use it.  I tried it out and I was telling myself to stop moving it like it was a brush....just let it work and go over my teeth the way it's suppose too.  There was blood.  It's going to be a new learning curve for me.  But I love how it reaches all the way to the back and brushes those back teeth that you really can't brush with a manual brush.  But it sort of vibrates my head.  Which is weird.

So it sits on a charger in the bathroom.

Last night about 2:30am I wake up and see this flashing light.  I'm blind without my glasses and I was so out of it I couldn't figure out if that was coming from the window or the doorway. 

But I figured that the cops or something must be here because that flashing light was constant and not going away.

I got up....grabbed my glasses...realized that it was coming from the hallway.  Followed it to the bathroom.

Oh.  It's the new toothbrush....with it's flashing charger light.

Lighting up the whole house.

And there are no cops.

I unplugged it.

I went back to bed.


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Crazy Hair, Double Yolkers, A Sleighride and a Snowday..

At the beginning of last week the girls told me that it was going to be 'twin day' at school on Friday.  They had picked their twin at school and were figuring out their wardrobes.

Then half way thru the week they told me that it was also 'crazy hair day' on Friday....along with 'twin day'. 

Then we went to curling and no one seemed to have heard that it was going to be crazy hair day...??

I didn't think much of it....we continued with the crazy hair and the twin combo.

Sophie really wanted to be a Pepsi head even though her twin wasn't going to do that.

So Friday morning I posted this on Facebook...

And all the other Mom's were commenting that they didn't know it was crazy hair day...wasn't it twin day??  They didn't get the memo about the hair....I didn't either.  I don't get memos until they clean out their desks in June!

We were in our own little world celebrating twin day and crazy hair day!

When I asked about the crazy hair when they got home on Friday they said that not many did that....but it didn't much matter.  Whatever.

One of the ladies in the henhouse is working overtime.  Have a look at this egg....

We were invited to a sleigh ride party on Sunday.  So. much. fun.

Horses + bon fire + kids + smores and hot dogs...

I love these people...they are so cool...

And another look at this egg...

She is firing one of these out practically everyday.  That's gotta hurt.  It's a double yolker and I can't shut the cartons so I have a bowl of double yolkers in the fridge.

This morning when I awoke, Terry told me that the buses were cancelled.  I thought he was joking....it hadn't even snowed.  But it was real.  There was snow coming and they cancelled.

Then about 7:30am we realized that only some were cancelled.  Our bus was coming in about 15 minutes.

Only the lunches weren't made.  and the hair wasn't brushed.  and the breakfast wasn't eaten.

and Jack was on a tractor.

And the bus went by.  And we let it go.

And we had a snowday even though it really hasn't snowed enough to write home about. 

And Jack actually went to school after he fed the cows because he didn't want to miss math and science...he has exams next week.

But the girls and I have been making clay charms and playing cards and watching some Steve Urkel and eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate.

And I'm roasting a meat bird.

But we really should be eating up some of those eggs.

That's all.