Sunday, October 2, 2016

Decisions Decisions

I have a lot of thinking to do over the next few weeks.
I am seriously thinking of giving up blogging for now.
It is a very time consuming hobby and I seem to have a plate full of other things.
I have enjoyed it for the most part and will continue to "creep"...
Altho I am not a huge Facebook fan ... it seems more friends and family see those posts.
I love Instagram and post on that a lot as well.
So for the time being you can find me

on Instagram @zazanona

on Twitter      @nonazazamomo

Facebook     Susan Wilkes

HB, Sparty, 
 and I are heading to Nova Scotia on a road trip
to do some sight seeing and
 get caught up with my sisters and their families.

I have a few knitting projects to do on the road and just enjoy the trip.

I will be posting on all above social medias.
Hope you check it out.

Thank you all for you support over the years.
 Who knows I may find I miss this crazy blogging and be back ....
I have been known to be a wee bit fickle at times ..

But for now ----
Ciao and Bientot  ...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

An experiment

Our silly Miss D

Just installed blogger on my new samsung7edge.
Will I be able to blog from it.
This post is a total experiment...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Through my Garden Gate

The petunias are starting to look tired.
They have had a beautiful show along with the fuchsia geraniums.
Time for a trip to the garden centre and pick up some of those half price annuals.

My wonderful little rose bush is still flowering after a big battle with some teeny caterpillars.

A quick soap and water spray and a wee trim and it has been flowering all summer.

I lost ALL my jalapenos last year in the garden.
I think our squirrels have Mexican roots.
So this year I put it in a big pot.
Lovely .. hunh ..??
Well those squirrels tried again and before I could harvest they had taken off with a few.
I managed to save the rest and have about 10 sitting in my fridge.

See that evil eye.....

And a little nod to my Maritime roots..
Three plant pots painted red with white windows.
A great find at Dollerama for the perfect solar garden lite glued on top.
I got the idea from a Pinterest post.
The dory was my idea .. cuz what's a lighthouse without a boat?

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Sunday, September 18, 2016


What can I say about these fantastic plants??
They seem to put up with just about anything.
Even with this terrible drought we have experienced in Eastern Ontario
And I will add still experiencing ...
They are looking a bit bedraggled but continuing to be the show offs they can be
They do get attacked by slugs but the one nice thing about a drought ===== no slugs!

 One of my favourites I ordered many years ago from Gardenimport.
And the only Hosta in my collection I remember its name --- "Fire and Ice"

A few years ago we dug up the front Garden (with help from Sio and Will)
 and replaced the English Style with Hostas
I am so glad we did.
It is a lot less work especially with the red bark mulch we put down.
You will notice the drought damage.
Along with drought damage comes many many grubs which have done major destruction as well.
HB has put down nematodes and we are hoping they are doing their job...
Hope you are having a glorious day!!
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Towny Cousin

For all of you who read Deb's blog (Just Cats) you will understand this post.
If you haven't and want to click on above link....

So what happens when you leave a bird feeder on your deck unsupervised??


Meet Simon's Town Cousin...



He doesn't seem too interested in meeting Addy..
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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Friday at Presqu'ile Park

What better way to spend a beautiful Friday than with our two besties and a trip to one of our fav Provincial parks.
It's about 2 and a half hours from home to the park so yes we left early.
Along the way there was an escape and we slowly made our way past the wanted villains.

Feeling lucky we made it past them with no injury or lactose attack we continued our journey...

Arrived to the park around 10 and started our trek.

Altho it was starting to get pretty hot there were a number of lil birds that we spotted ---
I tried to get pics of the warblers but they are like wind up toys on speed so no luck.

There were lots of Monarchs floating around..

Nice to see them.

They have been fairly non existent in our backyard....
After our picnic lunch and being attacked non stop by nasty little stable flies...
We went to the Beach (being a Maritimer it always makes me chuckle to say that)...
Anyway we went to the Beach to check out shore birds and the sand seemed to be moving with them..


After that we were starting to get pooped so headed out of the park
 with a last shot of the day.

We stopped in Perth and had supper at a Mexican place on the Tay River.
Margaritas and Beer all round.
It was an awesome day as it always is ..
Back home for our friends to wait and wait and wait
 for the arrival of their first grand baby in 11 days ...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Jarring Tomatoes

I received the gift of a hefty bag of tomatoes from a friend the other day.
I do not eat raw tomatoes ---
a quick allergic reaction of bumpy hives appear on my forearms and face .
But once they are cooked I can eat them.
HB loves them in a Caprese salad or sandwich but he cannot eat the mountains of them that will quickly start appearing.
So starts my jarring project.

X marks the spot then a quick dunk in boiling water to remove the skins.
Cut into chunks and let gently boil for about 30 minutes.
I added a pinch of salt and the same amount of sugar.
Washed my jars. Popped the jars in a 150*  oven for about 30 minutes.
Put the tops in a pot of simmering water for about 10 minutes to soften the rubber ring.
Added basil and garlic to the jars then using a jar funnel topping the jars to about half an inch from the top. Clean the jar rim with a clean damp cloth. Screw the tops on fairly tightly. Then wait for that satisfying P O P.....

A lot of people use the canning method however I have been doing this method for close to 30 years and no one has died of botulism.
The tops must pop
 and if they do not then you know one of the meals if not 2 that week will be a tomatoes based one.
Sounds like another Tasty Tuesday post .....