Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Plum Oatmeal Squares

It is a Sunday altho this is being posted today.
Another extremely hot humid one.
I'm melting! I'm melting!

After topping the bird baths and hummer feeders and seed silos
 I was ready to be back in the cool house.

I was making
Plum Oatmeal Squares  for a treat today and I got to thinking.
How lucky I am to be able to bake on days like this ...
Or any day really  --- just for fun.

Thought of all those ladies in their long dresses and bib aprons with babies hanging off their legs.

They HAD to cook and in all kind of weather .
Hubby was not happy with a piece of grilled chicken
 and a black bean and pepper salad for a summer supper.
Nope it had to be some kind of roasted beast with the fixins and most likely a pie for dessert.
My Nana told us stories of her "old maid aunts" cooking in the summer kitchen.
And as a child loving the lip smacking aromas that came from there.

I want to thank all those wonderful women who have come before me.
And also thank the guy/gal who came up with the idea of AC

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Not a Product Placement

We all know that we should be moisturizing right?
I was going to say "especially at certain ages" but that is wrong..
Everybody should be moisturizing their skin.

Anyway I am pretty religious about slapping on my lotion right after a shower.
I have tried lots and lots and lots of OTC body lotions.
The one that works great for me is Curel

But lets face it I get lazy once in awhile.
So when I saw that Dove came out with body wash that had oils in it and
promised you didn't have to moisturize out of the shower I was ready to give it a try.

I have been using it for about a week now and my skin seems fairly moisturized.
I decided to just use the body wash and no lotion and see what happened.
My only complaint is the smell. Not sure what it is but it is somewhat unpleasant to me.
Not unpleasant enough to stop using it but not for every day
I know I know I shouldn't be showering every day -----

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Afternoon entertainment

Sitting on our patio sipping wine on a hot afternoon
Being dive bombed by about 5 of these lil fellas.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Someone had a Birthday

Yup and that someone is me!
Starting another decade .... or as some kind friend said "the winter of my life"  WHAT????
Winter?? I hate winter.

I still feel like perhaps the late summer. Ya I like that better.
I had an absolutely fab day --- spoiled beyond belief.
HB organized a facial and mani at my favourite spa for the afternoon.

Then he prepared an awesome meal for me and a few very dear friends and our fav Arnprior ites
Lots of my favourite foods ---

chicken with garlic in a white wine sauce
 homemade dinner rolls

Our friends contributed too with a mixed garden vegetable salad and a scrumdilicious spinach salad.
Ended the meal with Siobhan's famous Hummingbird cake
Check the link HERE for the recipe
As I am usually the pic taker at these events not many got taken but here is proof there was a party :-)
Oh and Miss D enjoyed the festivities too

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bomb Threat in CP

Monday morning Bapa and I headed to Arnprior to pick up our Miss D
Workers were going to be at their house all day replacing the walls that were damaged in a major roof leak.
 So lots of hammering and clattering.
Of course the girl would not get a nap so off to the Nona Bapa day resort.

When we arrived at the Corner --- there was a bit of playing .. some colouring .. a wee snack then off for a nap in her new big girl bed.

I went online just to check some Facebook and emails and saw this.


In our town --- Carleton Place is a small town of 10,000 and is about 46 km (29 mi)   west of Ottawa

This is only a couple of blocks from us......

The rumours swirling about was that an unidentified male was held up in the laundromat and he had a bomb!  A BOMB??????

Thank goodness after quite a few hours of what the police called " a serious and potentially dangerous situation" it was diffused without incident.

We have not been given too much info on it except to say he has been arrested and there was NO bomb.

I was ready to just pack up and head to Arnprior. I DID NOT want to be here. I actually felt unsafe in my home which made me feel scared, angry, and sad And of course we had our granddaughter here!!

Once D was up we had a bit of outdoor play then back home.
Had a very nice dinner at East Side Mario's --- which is a 2 minute walk from the van N's.

This incident made me realize that no matter where you live your life can be affected by disenchanted people --- be they terrorists -- people with mental issues -- or someone just pissed off about something.

The pictures I used were from this local website http://www.insideottawavalley.com/ottawavalley/

All is good now. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Peachy Keen Ice Cream

Follow the link below for the recipe ...
Peach Ice Cream

I used my ice cream maker and it was creamy delicious ----
 serve with your favourite homemade ( okay or store bought) sugar or ginger cookies....

Let me know if you have made it or if you have another recipe I should try..

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Starting School?? .... Say it Ain't So

So Holly sent me this pic the other day of the kiddos lunch boxes for school this year.


Where did those five years go???????


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Garden Time

Holy cow ... what a summer!!
It has been so hot and extremely dry it is a challenge to keep everything healthy.
I have lost a few things in the veg garden but for the most part we have been able to nibble on a lot .
Our town has been on water restrictions most of the summer so here at 44 we have been doing our part.
It is extremely irritating tho when we see a neighbor up the street from us washing down his driveway and washing his car.
There is a fine if you use water outside of watering times but it is 55 bucks ---- hardly a deterrent.
We will continue to do our part and keep our fingers crossed we get rain soon.

 Lots of bees enjoy the oregano flowers

Looks like we will be eating butternut squash
 The wasps can't even wait for me to put the sweet sugar syrup in the hummer feeders!!


Found this flax plant in amongst the Lady's Mantle.

Another gift from one of our feathered friends..

I threw my gardening gloves over a plant stake and this is how it landed.
I guess my garden loves me!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

HB's Birthday

Happy Birthday to the hottest HB I know.
You are an awesome hubby ... fantastic dad ... terrific dad in law ... and most bestest Bapa

I know you will have a great day!!
We all L O V E you very very much