Tuesday, 22 January 2019

A Thermometer

Terry asked me to buy a thermometer last week.  And I did. 

He wanted a big enough one that we could read inside but the thermometer is outside.  It is.

He put it up right outside the door so when I come down the stairs in the morning I can see that it's winter temperature outside.  I already knew this but now it's staring in my face.

He thinks it's great because we can see the actual temperature.  He's all about numbers and data.  I'm not so much.  And he remembers all numbers and data.  I don't.

He will ask me what the outside temperature reading was in the truck when I get home from somewhere and I always say....I don't know....I never looked.  It's winter temperature.

The kids are enjoying a second day on bus cancellations due to the extreme cold outside.  It's not because of snow or freezing rain it's because it's cold out.  I don't remember them ever cancelling for cold weather before.  It's not like it's unusual.  It's just winter.  But whatever....I don't make those decisions.  When we were kids we were lucky when we got a snowday because of snow.  I remember my friends talking about the bucket of sand at the door of the bus...how they would spread it out and all help push when the bus went off the road.

I asked Terry this morning if school would have been cancelled in the old days when our parents walked 3 miles to school and it was -40 C....he just looked at me sort of stunned.  What do you think?  he said.  Of course school wasn't cancelled!  I was thinking about it and said...but they didn't have modern day snow suits and warm mitts and stuff! 

And he said they didn't even have thermometers!  They had no idea how cold it was!  They just kept on keeping on.....

And that's what you do when you farm....

Only we are super lucky because we have a thermometer and we can see just how cold it is.

Brenda

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Catching up on the Farm Books

Lydia asked me yesterday what I did all day while she was away at school.  

I said "The Farm Books".

It's January.  It's the time of year when I spend days in front of the computer entering a million receipts into the AgExpert farm program.  I should do this at the end of every month and not once a year but it's just the way it's done here.  I don't even make a resolution to fix my problem at the beginning of the year because it won't work.  I'm so tired of entering all the receipts in by the end of January that I'm not going to start the account new and do more for the end of that month.  And then by the time I think of it, it's April or May and I just can't get myself to do it.  So it's just the way it's been for 20+ years.  Farm books suck.

But when I answered Lydia with 'farm books' she thought I meant I was writing a book.  One day during the Christmas break she came into the kitchen with the copy of the first year of this blog in her hand.  She had been reading it and she said that it was REALLY good.  I asked her if she realized that's it's a book about her....about us.  She said YES!  and it's really good.  and I should write more!  I told her that there are several more years but I never made them into books.

So she was sort of disappointed when I explained what 'farm books' meant.  

She said that I really should be writing a book.

So here I am...thanks to Lydia's encouragement.....I'm back on this blog.  

How do I catch up?  I left off at the end of June.

I was going to post the entire year of one second everyday but blogger wouldn't let me and says that it's too big.  So I will post each month......

JULY

It was so hot.  Lydia celebrated her champagne birthday and Jack popped the champagne for her.  Sophie also celebrated her birthday.  We went to the river to swim nearly everyday.  We brought in the hay.  The farmhouse was so busy with families coming to stay.



AUGUST

We attempted our FIRST family vacation ever!.....a week away at a cottage on Manitoulin Island. We all made it there but we weren't all there at the same time....does that make any sense?  The older kids had work that they couldn't miss so the boys came for a few days at the start of the week and then Johanna and Tanner came after the boys had left.  Our neighbours looked after the farm while we were away.


SEPTEMBER

Back to school and back to routine.  Not really.  It's fair season!  Sophie and Lydia were back at fiddle and step dancing lessons.  This is Lydia's first year on the fiddle.

 

OCTOBER

I can't remember.  Just look at the video.  There was pie.  We got a mini pool table.  Halloween happened.  oh yeah...Johanna and Tanner got ENGAGED.  We have a wedding to plan!


NOVEMBER

The deer hunt.  I offered several cake decorating classes at the farmhouse.  It snowed.


DECEMBER

Getting festive.  I ate too much and had to buy new pants in January.  Sorry....I can't remember anything.  duh....that's why I blog.
We had an amazing Christmas!  We watched the movie Nacho Libre over and over.  We call each other Nacho (insert name here).  We sign our messages with big kissy, little kissy....AND we've all had diarrhea since Easters!


Happy New Year!
Brenda












Wednesday, 11 July 2018

June Highlights

I'm really behind on this.  Summer is SO busy!

Here is one second everyday for JUNE...


June was end of school year trips and beautiful summer evenings and hay and a new baler and Grady's birthday and strawberry picking and meat birds and 4-H meetings and soccer and cupcakes!

I made this for Sophie's teacher who was retiring....


It's a cupcake cake as a bouquet of flowers.



I also made this for a kindergarten graduation.


And now it's July!

We've had some pretty hot weather and we don't have air conditioning in our house.  So now I have this epic new summer centerpiece for our table.


Yeah.  It was that hot.

Brenda



Tuesday, 12 June 2018

One second everyday MAY, a Living Room Makeover and Buttercream Flowers

We got a new freezer!

And Jack put the basketball hoop up on the side of the machine shed!

Life is good.

Here is one second everyday for May.....


We had a coyote kill a lamb in the afternoon one day last week.  A neighbour was driving by and saw three coyotes in the field.  They had a lamb cornered.  He yelled at them and they ran but then when Jack took a look thru the field he found a dead lamb and another one had been attacked.  It actually survived.  We had the vet out and he figured that it would probably die.

So now we can't let the sheep over to the greener pasture during the day.  They are disappointed.  I can see it on their faces.

Our library celebrated 40 years with a butterfly release and I made the cake....


with chocolate butterflies.


'Tis the season for anniversaries and bridal showers and FLOWERS....



I gave the farmhouse living room an update.  It had a couch that was from the early 80s.  It was horrible but it did the trick for being a couch.  But then our guests that have stayed several times offered their couch to us.  It is white and leather and totally transformed the space.

BEFORE.  when I didn't really want to take a photo of the space.


AFTER.  I found some old screens in the barn and hung them up.  There are a few other things that I want to add to this arrangement but I can't seem to find the time to get it done right now.  This room also needs white flowy curtains.


I found that quilt in the barn and I stapled it to a frame.

Meat birds arrive tomorrow!

Brenda




Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Lotsa Meat, Basketball and a Bunny

May is nearly gone.

It's been busy.

I went down to the basement yesterday to get some burger out of the freezer.  The freezer that's giant.  The freezer that they didn't attempt to remove from the basement to put in the auction sale before we bought this farm.  The freezer that we believe the house was built around.

I nearly screamed when I opened the door of the freezer.  It had quit working.  The motor was hot. The cord was hot.

What's for supper Mom?

MEAT.  LOTSA MEAT.

It actually wasn't that bad.  We did have a supper of meat.  But I had caught the freezer just in time before everything had thawed.

I've never cleaned out a freezer so fast in my life!  Luckily we had neighbours that had room in their freezers for the meat that we saved.

It could have been a lot worse.  The house could have burned down.

We had noticed on the weekend that the lights were doing funny flickery things and we couldn't figure it out.  Also the basement door kept opening all by itself....which was rather unusual!  Terry had even said....is Emmett trying to tell us something??

UUUmmmm.....yes.  He actually was!  But we weren't paying attention!

We got a bunny.  Sophie is back in the 4-H Rabbit club and she was offered a bunny to 'borrow' for the summer. 

At least that's the deal that I made. 

She has been making a little agility course for it and getting it ready for the Cobden Fair.  It's gray and it's cute and she named it Ashes.


Basketball is all the rage here right now.  It happened rather quickly one night.  Jack and Lydia were out there using a cooler as the hoop because we don't have one.

And the next day the cooler was pretty much wrecked.  They busted the lid right off it.

And we went to Canadian Tire and bought a hoop.  But it still needs to be put up on the side of the machine shed.  Terry is reminded of this every time he walks in the house.

The sheep were sheared last night.  They are happy.

There have been lots of celebrations....the 50th Anniversary of our local high school.....we are married 21 years.....and the annual river run.

The garden is nearly all planted and so are the fields.

The rhubarb is ready!

4-H and soccer are in full swing.

And there has been cake....






Brenda




Tuesday, 8 May 2018

A New BBQ on Tuesday

I tried to light the bbq last night but it wouldn't light.  It had had enough.  It was done.  I had been lighting it with a match for quite a long time but it was at its last.

So I went to town for a bbq today.  I looked around for a bit before I decided on one at Canadian Tire.  The guy working there was getting a bbq out of the warehouse for another gentleman while he was getting mine.  So we were both waiting at the cash for the bbqs to arrive.

When they did arrive they were together on a trolley.  I told the cashier that I wasn't buying 2...just one.  The other guy joked and said that I was first so I could actually pay for them both.  Then he got looking at mine and he said that he actually liked mine better....it looked like a much bigger bbq.  He wanted to know the price and I told him....it was actually on sale!

So as he paid for his then I got looking at the size of my box and I thought that that isn't actually going to fit in my car.  I told the guys working there that I thought I had a dilemma and they asked me what type of car I drove and yes....it definitely won't fit in my car!

We went ahead outside.  Me, the other guy with the bbq and two guys who were going to load the bbqs.  The other guy had a truck.  The bbq definitely would not fit in my car.  We started to make arrangements that they would take the bbq back in the store and leave it at the front and Terry would pick it up later with the truck.  One of the guys asked were I lived and I said just outside of Douglas....and he wasn't sure where that was but anyways the other guy that bought the other bbq said that he lived just outside of Douglas and that he could deliver it to my house.  We started talking and it turns out that he didn't live far from me at all and he knew exactly where I lived....it's the place with all the lambs and calves!  YES!

The two Canadian Tire employees were sort of stunned when I asked them to put my bbq in the guys truck.  The guy that I had just met.  They joked and said to him....you ended up with her bbq afterall!

It was all a little bizarre.

A stranger that I just met drove away with my bbq in the back of his truck and I wasn't even concerned.  It's the Ottawa Valley afterall...

He could have lied to me but he didn't.  He delivered my bbq later this afternoon....just like he said he would.

And now we have to put it together....

It's been quite a day.  I suggested to the girls that we go to the library after supper this evening.  We go to the library once a week....usually on Wednesdays but sometimes on Mondays.  Those are the best times because that's when the library is open.  It's not open on Tuesdays.  We all know that.  That's the way it's always been.  forever.

But the girls agreed that we should go to the library and we went and there were no cars there.  And I said what day is it?....and we all said TUESDAY!  They thought it was Wednesday as well.

And we will try again tomorrow night.

We celebrated First Holy Communion at our parish on Sunday.  I made the cake for the gathering after.


I'm not sure why there are 5 names on one side and 8 on the other.  I was having mental caking breakdowns all weekend.  I also made a Spider-Man cake with the big diamond shaped S symbol on it.  I outlined it in red and then I made the S in yellow and then I got mad....because the S is suppose to be red and the background is yellow.  So I had to scrape it all off and redo it.  It took a whole lot longer than it was suppose too.

And also it wasn't Spider-Man it was Superman. Duh.

Brenda