Monday, December 06, 2021

Me On A Monday - December 6th

It was a weekend of wild weather. Last week the rain washed all the snow away & then on the weekend we had a mixed bag of snow flurries, freezing rain, & just plain rain with all levels of wind. Winds ranging from breezy to gusty with miles per hour attached to it. It was not a nice pretty snow.

So having spent most of the weekend indoors watching Christmas movies & doing some Christmas goodie baking, I'll share a new to me recipe that Mr Man really liked.



Eggnog Cheesecake Bars With Gingersnap Crust

Crust

·         1 1/2 cups gingersnap crumbs

·         3 tablespoons sugar

·         4 tablespoons butter, melted

Cheesecake

·         2 (8oz/250g) packages cream cheese, softened

·         2 eggs

·         1 egg yolk

·         3/4 cup eggnog

·         3/4 cup sugar

·         4 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

·         1 tablespoon rum extract

·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract

·         1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

·         1/4 teaspoon salt

 

1.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x9 square baking pan.

2.      Mix gingersnap crumbs, 3 tablespoons of sugar and melted butter in a bowl.

3.      Press the mixture in a 9×9 baking pan forming a crust. Bake for 12 minutes.

4.      With a mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy.

5.      Add ¾ cup sugar, eggs, egg yolk, eggnog, flour, rum extract, vanilla extract, nutmeg and salt. Mix until smooth.

6.      Pour cheesecake filling over crust.

7.      Put the baking pan in a larger pan and add enough hot water to come halfway up the baking pan.

8.      Bake for 45 minutes or until set.

9.      Remove cheesecake pan from water bath and cool on wire rack for approximately 30 minutes.

10.  Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Dust with ground nutmeg.

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Christmas Wisdom

 

Advice from A Snowperson:

Be Jolly & A Happy Soul

Stay Cool

Spent Time Outdoors

Avoid Meltdowns

Be Well Rounded

Live Well, Life Is Short

                                                        ⛄⛄⛄⛄⛄⛄⛄⛄


"Christmas cannot be bought from a store ...maybe Christmas means a little bit more."  Dr Seuss 


🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄


Advice from a Reindeer

Appreciate Snow Days

Rack Up Happy Memories

Enjoy The Out Of Doors

Make Deer Friends

Know When To Hoof It

Put A Jingle In Your Step

Chill Out 

🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄



Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt (WPSH)

 Eileen, at A Bracelet of Days, is once again hosting the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt.  You can check out the details here: WPSH


Here's the list of items Eileen would like us to find, December 1st 2021 - March 31st, 2022:

  1. Party time!
  2. A Star
  3. Something you use every day
  4. Form or shape
  5. Diagonal
  6. Currency
  7. A rainbow
  8. In profile
  9. A single letter of the alphabet
  10. Tree(s)
  11. Represent your zodiac sign or your Chinese year animal
  12. Symbolic of the country you call home
  13. Graffiti/Street Art
  14. A tea break/coffee break
  15. An external light
  16. Half
  17. Wheel(s)
  18. A gift
  19. A decoration
  20. Small

  • Alt A: Free Choice
  • Alt B: The weather today
  • Alt C: Square(s)


The first link up will be in the first week of January, at Eileen's blog. Good luck everyone and remember to have fun! 

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Me On A Monday - November 29th

 


It's the start of the busy festive season & most towns are trying to resume as normal as possible the tradition of the Santa Claus parade.  Last December many were just out right cancelled, but a few like our little village had the parade participants in a stationery position & the public drove by.  

This year though, it's bands, dogs dressed as elves, lots of kids on floats & the big guy & his Mrs all decked out. This is a daytime parade of the town just up & over from our little village.  Our village parade is a nighttime event & it's all the farm equipment decked out.


Sunday we had snow & it fell in big white fluffy flakes, it look very much like a snow globe scene. For many, they need the snow to get into the feeling of Christmas.  I was safe & warm inside, crafting a few more cards & trying to get the fur girls to co-operate for their Santa photo ... you've heard the expression, it's like herding cats ... 

I cannot show you all the cards I've made, these are just a few of my creations. 


But I will share with you, the card I made a few weeks back for the library ladies that went with the box of chocolates. The reading girl & stack of books is from a CTMH stamp & die set, that is on loan to me.

And I love when Canada gets some positive applause around the world ... not sure this video is it; Woody The Talking Christmas Tree made the Australian show, The Project & the USofA Jimmy Fallon show ... you decide cute or creepy.  I'm in the camp of creepy, but yet I cannot look away!

Woody The Talking Christmas Tree 




  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    Wisdom

     Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to our American friends.


    "Always give without remembering & always receive without forgetting."

    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Me On Monday November 22nd

     

     

    Sunday, the 21st was Stir Up Sunday; from the Anglican Common Book of Prayer:  "Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people".& I made my Christmas cake as tradition dictates

    Although not a moan, just an observation; the supply chain break has affected baking supplies. No where in my 25 kilometer radius was citrus peel to be found, & I got the last scoop of red & green candied cherries.

    My baking supply store tells me that getting many of the usual Christmas baking needs this year has been in minimal quantities or not at all. And to make matters worse, the mud slides & flooding on the west coast of Canada (British Columbia) much of the supplies of anything coming in to their ports, will be delayed coming east, until roads & rails can be re-built, and/or fixed.

    This year's Christmas cake recipe had some free fall adjustments; instead of citrus peel, I upped the amount of candied pineapple chunks, & there's two extra scoops of mixed fruit peel instead of the required amounts of cherries.  Just for good measure I added in an extra slog of Grand Marnier !  It can't hurt.


    And my parting thought for the day is; Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes; small, large, circle, square, thin crust, thick crust, stuffed crust, extra toppings …

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Wisdom

     




    "We need to stop just pulling people out of the river.

    We need to go up stream & find out why they are falling in."

                            ... Desmond Tutu



    Monday, November 15, 2021

    Me On A Monday - November 15th

     

    Currently Thankful: Mr Man's eye surgery on the 13th went well.  The doctor doing the procedure was very pleased with his work & says that he may consider doing in Mr Man's other eye in 6 months.  I was very surprised by the number of people having this procedure done on the same day.  Apparently lazar drilling holes in the eye is now common treatment! Also very thankful that the threat of snow went north of us.

    Currently Watching: the farmer turn the field over. I hadn't actually heard the tractor, what alerted me to this was all the seagulls flying over head, there were about 100 white seagulls enjoying what ever it was the turned over soil brought up for them.  If history is repeated, next spring, he will plant corn.


    Currently Thinking About : Christmas Cards.  My 2021 Christmas card intention was to make an assembly line of all the same card. But after 5 of the same card, I was very much like that dog from the movie "Up" ...squirrel & off I'd go when I'd see some other seasonal paper in my stash & my thoughts would go to "oh I think "x" would really like that paper", now where are those embellishments that would work with that paper & oh wouldn't that embossing folder make for a nice background?  So I started to re-think my Christmas card making; if I'm going to make cards, I'd rather put in the time making an individual card for the recipient.  So hence my Christmas card making is slowing down but I am certainly having lots more fun making.  What about you, do you make your cards?  Try to find a card that matches the person you are sending? 

    Currently Celebrating: many November birthdays & this is one of the cards I made for my friend who is about to move house.  Not wanting to add to things she has to pack, I bought her a big variety box of hot chocolate, 1 for everyday before she moves. 

    Currently Considering: for my 12 Days of Christmas Blessings.  I found a couple of items about creating blessing bags & distributing. These could include bags for the homeless, a woman's shelter or a local seniors residence & it triggered my own idea for making blessing bags for an animal shelter.  All 4 would be worthy causes. What I ponder is, make 3 bags for the 4 different types of shelters or all 12 for 1 shelter? And for scrap booking the 12 Days, I have paper with the traditional 12 days of Christmas song motifs displayed on the paper. This project is coming together rather nicely. 

    Currently Viewing:  the 4th season of Shetland & we have decided we need a break. Season 5 can wait a week or so. This story was very well acted, but an ending that left both Mr Man & myself rather upset.  Not wanting to give the ending for those that have not seen; we wanted a happier ending for a particular character. 

    And I'll leave you with this thought ... " you know you are old when the music you listen to while cleaning, was once the music you danced to in the clubs!"



    Thursday, November 11, 2021

    Remebering

    On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, we shall pause to remember.

     


    In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
             Between the crosses, row on row,
           That mark our place; and in the sky
           The larks, still bravely singing, fly
        Scarce heard amid the guns below.

        We are the dead. Short days ago
        We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
           Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
                                  In Flanders fields.

        Take up our quarrel with the foe:
        To you from failing hands we throw
           The torch; be yours to hold it high.
           If ye break faith with us who die
        We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                                    In Flanders fields.  

     

    written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. 

    Lt Colonel John McCrae Statue-Guelph, Ontario

     

     

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021

    Wisdom

    This quote was recently sent to me from a very wise (older) lady & I thought it was worth sharing.




    "you can not skip chapters of your life, that's not how it works.  You have to read every line, meet every character.  You won't enjoy all the chapters. Some chapters will make you cry for weeks, some will leave you with the feeling you don't want to read any more of it or read things you don't want to know. You will have some pages that you don't want to end or re-read. 

    But you have to keep reading. Stories keep the world revolving so remember to live yours, do not miss out on any chapters."






    Monday, November 08, 2021

    Me On A Monday - November 8th

     

    Currently Thinking About: more of a return to in person shopping other than grocery shopping. I've shared that this whole pandemic has not been kind to my anxiety levels.  A lot of my shopping sources over the last 19-20 months had excellent curbside or delivery services, but many of them are now eliminating, reducing or charging for these services. I know it's time to start a return to a familiar routine.  Vaccination rates & a reduction in new cases in my area are all good & the province has a plan for booster jab rollout. I would like to do a little clothes shopping & now that the library is open to those able to show proof of vaccination, I'd like to wander the shelves & just look at the books.

    Currently Thinking About: do we call it a booster shot or a 3rd COVID Vaccine Jab?

    Currently Thinking About: some new ways to reinvent some holiday (Christmas) celebrations.  I've come to the decision to do another gratitude project; the Twelve Days of Christmas Blessings.  As we get closer to the time, I'll share more of this formulating project. For me the 12 days start on the 26th of December, Boxing Day & carry through to Twelve Night in January. It will be part of my December Daily album, although this year's celebrations start in November (Stir Up Sunday is November 21st & Advent begins November 28th) & Twelve Night in January, so is it right to still call it my December Daily album? ... oh another thing to think about !

    Currently Thinking About: how is it that the library DVDs are so scratched & almost unplayable?  You take the DVD out of the case, put into your player, then return it to the case. Even accounting for finger prints, Mr Man spent at least 10 minutes cleaning with special DVD sprays & cloths to fix the scratches of the 1st disc of Season 3 of Shetland; even then there were a few pixel disruptions. We are SO liking Shetland.

    Currently Thinking About: these fungus in the photo below, are the most disgusting ones I've ever seen.  I've never seen red fungus before & this type is a first in my garden. Have you ever seen such mushrooms before?

    And I will leave you with this repeat of a thought ... "I’m gonna carpe sooo many diems when this is all over."








    Tuesday, November 02, 2021

    31 Days of Thankful -26-31st

     

    Source: Internet


    For October I'll be posting Thankful Tuesday & sharing what I have been grateful for during the week.  

    With this post, it wraps up my 2021, 31 Days of Thankful, which I have found as always a good reminder to stop & say thank you for all that I have been given & blessed with.

    October 26th: during one of those endless Zoom meetings, we had a break so we could free chat (it almost sounds like we are now free range chickens ...) I chatted with a woman I knew to be an avid scrap booker & I had several weeks ago introduced her to uTube Scrapbook Quebec. Well I mentioned that I really like Dorothy's dish & cutlery border & doesn't Zoom scrapper say "oh I have that punch" & has offered to punch out several strips of that border for me!  Gosh I like scrap bookers.  

    October 27th: a real change in the weather for the good - gorgeous all day sunshine & milder temperatures, so nice that the windows could be open all day.

    October 28th: installation of new bathroom ensuite counter was quick, professional & worth the investment. Corian gave us the option to have the sink molded right into the counter; an option we really like.  

    October 29th: last minute grocery order still gave us a workable pick up/curbside time option.  I am considering an in person for the next shop, the location of the grocery store is in the city next to us & they haven't had any new COVID cases in 3 days, an encouraging sign. Also got a free package of plant protein "chick'n" tenders from the grocery store. I have yet to try, but on the menu for Tuesday of next week.

    October 30th: from the library, (finally) the 2nd disc for the Accused series to be complete, along with series 1 & 2 of Shetland. Thought we'd try this new to us series.  Lots of watching materials for the rainy weekend.

    October 31st: Halloween was a rather non-event in our neighbourhood; I guess too windy, too rainy, too chilly.  Thankfully a quiet evening with no wild bonfire parties and/or fireworks.

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021

    31 Days of Thankful - Day 19-25th

     

    Source: Internet

    For October I'll be posting Thankful Tuesday & sharing what I have been grateful for during the week. 

    October 19th: Our new flooring arrived at the warehouse & it is even nicer than the little 6"X6" sample.  At the warehouse they re-rolled on the narrow side, so we could bring home in the car. Our contractor will install.

    October 20th: Outside, socially distance meet up with my friend from BC who I haven't seen in 3 years. We walked a trail that I had been looking forward to exploring. Thankfully the weather held off the nastiest part of the day until after our visit. It was SO good to connect with this friend. We both got teary at our parting; we both realized how much we have missed our time together. She is the type of (wonderful) friend where no topic is unspeakable. We talk about everything & anything & we often do not agree on things, but it is always a good discussion because we listen to each other's opinion, point of few & admit when we are mistaken. We also share lots of chuckles & of course we talk horses. What's not to miss about this!?!?  

    October 21st: I am thankful that a bit of ice & rest worked a trick quickly on my back, which I think suffered because of the wrong foot wear for walking yesterday - my bad! Still no regrets for that walk with my friend.

    October 22nd: We got our Flu Jab ! Thankfully we have a fabulous in town pharmacist who is a gifted needle administrator - we don't even feel the needle. She's also the kindest of ladies.  I am also thankful that this all taken care of by OHIP our provincial medical coverage. 

    October 23rd: Looking for something in my crafting closet lead to a major tidy up & re-organization. I now have a stash busting box of donations for the local nursery school craft time.  I think this worked so well because I was not planning it, I was not even consciously de-cluttering, it all felt more like play.  And yes I found what I was looking for.

    October 24th:  The vinegar & water spray killed off the green mold on the patio carpet & the rain rinsed for us. Now it is time to roll & put away for the winter.  This truly is the signal that the 2021 season of patio sitting is over. 😢  Mr Man was feeling a little blue in the evening & I found a PBS special that cheered him right up; Sarah Brightman's 2020 Christmas Symphony.

    October 25th: With only 2 months to Christmas, I saw a perfect gift, I told Santa, he ordered, just in time as they have now sold out!  Timing even for Santa is everything.

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    31 Days Of Thankful - 12-18

     

    Source: Internet

    For October I'll be posting Thankful Tuesday & sharing what I have been grateful for during the week. 

    October 12: A quiet day on all fronts, no struggles, no stresses, a really pleasurable rhythm to the day.

    October 13: Technology gave "her" best today; no problems with Zoom's screen sharing & moving into break out groups. Lively chat within the break out groups.

    October 14: Tree trimming happened earlier than expected, as they had a cancellation. As always Eric & his co-worker are very good about cleaning up any debris.  Since it was just trimming they did not require the big chipper shredder so a lot quieter.

    October 15: Frig clean out done in time to get all into the green bin  for pick up.  Thankfully very little waste, meal planning really helps with this.

    October 16: Getting our COVID vaccine passport downloaded was easier than anticipated. Being a government site you expect to go in circles. Pleasantly surprised & I tested the QR coding at the library - big green verified check mark! 

    October 17: Online church services; I can "attend" my own church at a later time,  which allows me to tune in live to our previous wonderful, much missed, minister's service at his new church.  He is such a gifted speaker.

    October 18: Free yard waste pick up by the county; we contributed 4 bags. Thankful there's another pick up scheduled for November.

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

    31 Days of Thankful: 6-11th

     

    Source: Internet

    For October I'll be posting Thankful Tuesday & sharing what I have been grateful for during the week. 

    October 6:  my library ladies; during all the lockdowns & restrictions, the ladies of the library ensured I was able to visit with old friends, meet new ones, travel about in new to me series & discover things about some people I really didn't want to know but needed to.  Delivering chocolates to them to say thank you was a joy.

    October 7: quote to trim 3 more trees was quite reasonable & not as much cut back is required.

    October 8: a very unexpected gift in the mail from a fellow stamper, card maker. I am constantly in awe of her generosity towards me.

    October 9: a washer & dryer at home, making laundry day a lot easier when it is just up & down the stairs.  Also it makes it easier to get a little crafting in between loads!

    October 10: a splendid Thanksgiving dinner shared with those I love the most. A friend brought us two slices of her very fancy 4 layer pumpkin cake. Oh so good & I'm most thankful that there was only 2 slices, so no further temptation! 

    October 11: a beautiful weather day, one to be in the garden. There are still butterflies, bees & birds fliting about & of course my chipmunks still visit gathering up as many peanuts as possible before the big snooze.



    Tuesday, October 05, 2021

    31 Days of Thankful - 1-5

     

    Source: Internet

    For October I'll be posting Thankful Tuesday & sharing what I have been grateful for during the week. 


    October 1 - a surprise phone call from a friend in BC; wonderful chat about everything & to let me know she'll be in Ontario the week of the 18th. Still (hopefully) warm enough for a meet up outside.

    October 2 - working through all the welcome & initial aspects of a new to me online course, "Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education" . It is a very well organized course. I think it is going to be a emotionally tough course; I am feeling excited for the knowledge & understanding I hope to gain.

    October 3 - a break in the rains, allowed for some time outside. It felt like Miss Summer had not entirely left the area, it was rather humid. The late afternoon light was tinted golden, which reminded me that Ms Autumn is definitely in control, but was showing a softer side to her moods. The leaf colours changing are beginning to be significant enough for a gasp or two of delight. Sugar maples are the best.

    October 4 - celebrating my best friends birthday today. We have been best friends since the day we first met at school, two horse crazy girls. She has been struggling with severe depression throughout the lockdowns & restrictions. But today she sounded more like her true self & wanted to celebrate her birthday in a quiet way.

    October 5Mr Man's latest eye surgery has been re-scheduled to November. The best part is that in re-scheduling it is also going to be in a location closer to home, so makes the driving to/from less daunting for me as designated driver. Thankfully still the same surgeon. 


    Monday, October 04, 2021

    31 Days Of Thankful

     




    For October I'll be posting Thankful Tuesdays & sharing what I have been grateful for during the week.  Me on A Monday & Wisdom posts will be taking a break during October.😊  In Canada we will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Monday October 11th.

    I am, somewhat modeling this similar to Ruth's Learn-Something-New-Every-Day

    Friday, October 01, 2021

    2021 SPSH - The Final Link In

    2021 Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt (SPSH) - the  easing, but not gone  pandemic restrictions edition.  

    Listed below are the folks wanting to link in & in no particular order. If I have forgotten you on the list, I apologize, just let me know you want to be added to the link in list & I'll update the list. 😉

    Thank you to everyone who participated this year.  I hope that you had some fun with the list & the search for finds.  I must admit that this year I struggled for some of the finds, but I reminded myself, these are different & sometimes difficult days.

    Eileen at: A Bracelet of Days

    Ruth at: This West London Life

    Deb at: Debs14 Blogspot

    Bless at: My Two Cents

    Karen at: Random Reflections

    Melissa at: Daily Life - Bits & Pieces

    Amanda at: Amandas-Scrapbook-Pages

    Karen at:  Karens 365 Photos

    Leslie at: Once Upon a Time Happily Everafter

    Liz at: Life at the Gables.

    Pat at: Squirrel Basket


    Now to my final entries:

    #1  A Breakfast of Champions (in my case the breakfast of the chubby trying to eat less)

    #6 Something That Makes You Laugh or Happy (this makes me happy because it means we don't have anyone living behind us & can enjoy the wide open space & view)

     #7 What's In Bloom (so many things going strong,Cosmos & the little blue flowers (Lobelia) self seeded from the actual plantings in the barrel)

     

    #11 The Shape of Round/Circular (this is one of 4 puffball mushrooms growing in our garden)

     #12 Something That is Cause For Celebration (my birthday cake, I SO enjoy celebrating my birthday)

     

    #13 Your Marie Kondo Moment (the take everything out, which leaves space for what sparks joy, in this case it is the cat, & the empty space sparks joy for her (we are actually making space for a roll out drawer)

     #14 Inside Your Fridge or Cupboard (in our home, leave a cupboard open or not, & a cat will make herself at home for a nap)


    #15 Your Best Doodle Art;not public graffiti (measurements & plans as we plan for those roll out drawers)

     AlternateA: Show Off Your COVID Safety (from cleaning out my purse; fabric face masks with disposable ones to act as liners; hand sanitizer & Lysol wipes)


    Alternate C: The Most Beautiful Landscape Of The Season (right now the change of the leaves, the wild weeds in gorgeous colour combos, the calmness of the river)

     

    And that is a wrap ... thank you all that participated, thank you all that viewed everyone's collections.  

    Wednesday, September 29, 2021

    Wisdom


    Source:Internet


     I Told My Friend That I Am Emotionally 

    Hitting A Wall


    And She Said, Sometimes Walls

    Are There For Us To Lean On & Rest.


    I Cannot Even Begin To Express How

    Much I Needed To Hear That.


    ... B.K. Goodman

    Monday, September 27, 2021

    Me On A Monday

     


    Good Morning, I trust everyone is well.

    It was certainly a weekend of great celebration here in Canada, The Two Michaels, have returned home to Canada after being imprisoned as political hostages in China for over 1000 days in retaliation of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou for fraud, in 2018 on behalf of the US of A government.  After pleading guilty but not guilty, Meng left Canada on Friday & shortly there after The Two Michaels were released.  The Two Michaels refer to Michael Kovrig & Michael Spavor.

    We finished watching season 3 of The Detectorists. I am quite sad that this series is over.  I hope that Mackenzie writes a 4th season.  We felt it was a really well written, well acted series.  I do recommend it.

    I've finished Louise Penny's latest, Madness Of Crowds.  I enjoyed more than the audio version.  It is a book that certainly sparks conversation about many things, especially about eugenics & euthanasia; what makes a saint a saint & the past deeds of society that was once deemed as good but now in hind sight it is not (during the cold war, psychiatric patients were used to test brain washing techniques; horrible treatment of the vulnerable ). It also touches briefly on the behaviour of society during the pandemic.  In the book, the pandemic of COVID over, that the vaccines worked & the world was back to a form of normal.  While I have the book, I'm going to start re-reading.

    Not In My Garden
    When  Ms Autumn arrived in this part of the world last Wednesday afternoon, it seems like she kicked Miss Summer to the curb in a rush to establish herself as the dominate season.  Suddenly leaves changed colour, temperatures were dropping & the light changed with her arrival.  I feel if you don't get on her bad side, she's an OK season with many gifts to share.  We also experienced in 24 hours a month's worth of rain - 76cm of rain.  Thankfully we did not experience any direct flooding but it is dripping wet every where.

    Finally, let's not forget that this Friday, October 1st is the final 2021 link in for the SPSH, the easing, but not gone pandemic restrictions edition.  

    And I'll leave you with this question; do you ever feel like your Fairy Godmother has stepped out for a smoke?