Wednesday, February 24, 2021



Everyone wants to be someone's Sun, to light up their life.

But why not be someone's Moon, to brighten in their darkest hour.

which pairs nicely with:

And the Moon said to me, you do not have to be whole in order to shine.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Me On A Monday - February 22nd

Good Morning.  I hope that everyone is keeping warm during these cold winter days.  And what better way to keep warm than with a delicious casserole for dinner.

I will make notes at the end of the recipe of the adjustments I made when making this recipe - twice now.


Chicken Cranberry Pinwheel Bake

For the Pinwheels:

2 cups packaged biscuit mix  (1)

½ cup milk

For the casserole:

½ cup cranberry orange relish

¼ cup chopped white sweet onion

¼ cup butter or margarine

1/3 cup all purpose flour

14oz of chicken or vegetable broth

1 1/3 cups milk

1 ½ cup cooked chicken (or turkey) cut into bite size pieces (3)

1 cup shredded cheese

1 can of mushrooms pieces, drained

Pinwheels:  combine biscuit mix with ½ cup milk; stir well, turn onto lightly floured surface, knead 5-6 times. Roll out to a 10 inch square, spread with cranberry relish over dough, roll up as a jelly roll, moisten edges with water, seal, cut into 8 slices, set aside.

In saucepan cook onion in butter/margrine until tender, stir in flour, blending well, add broth & 1 1/3 cups milk.  Cook & stir for 1-2 minutes, as it starts to thicken, add chicken/turkey, cheese & mushrooms, stir until cheese melts & mixture is on a low slow boil.  Turn chicken mixture into 12X7X2” baking dish, arrange pinwheels on top, bake at 425 until biscuits are browned.  Serves 4-6.

My Adjustments:  

(1) I used Pilsbury crescent rolls so I don't need the 1/2 cup milk

(2) I mixed whole berry cranberry sauce with orange marmalade jam to make cranberry relish 

(3) I use soy/tofu cut into slices (for me)

(4)  I used light fat Farmer's Marble

metric-to imperial conversions 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021



What you allow,

is what will continue.

which pairs nicely with;

Be careful what you tolerate

You are teaching people how to treat you.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Me On A Monday - February 15th

Celebrating two things today; Family Day & Flag Day.

Currently Rejoicing:  As of Tuesday, our region moves from total lock down / stay at home, to Red Control Zone, which means a few things can open up with restrictions & one of those things that can open is hair salons.  The lady that cuts our hair emailed me on Saturday to "offer" us a spot this week, which we eagerly took.  Her business is in her home so I feel very safe going there.  "T" has always been very diligent about cleaning even before COVID times.  BUT, the weather forecast is for lots & lots of snow this week, (possibility of 30cm by Tuesday evening) so we might end up cancelling our appointments.

Currently ReadingGreen Lights by Matthew McConaughey. I picked this book because I saw Matthew interviewed twice for this book & he was quite interesting & he spoke so well.  So you cannot image my disappointment in reading this book.  I am not keen on his writing style, I find disjointed & chopey & I certainly am having great difficulty caring about his family, specifically his parents.  As Matthew writes it, they sound quite physically abusive.

from the Internet

President Obama's latest, A Promised Land, it reads very much like the man himself speaks; kind, deliberate & a tad on the slow side.  I am enjoying, although I read in short 20-30 minute sessions. It's a big book so I think it will take me the full 3 weeks that I have the book on loan for.

from the Internet

 Currently Crafting:  I continue with motivation of the 100 Day Project, although I am not at the craft table every day. I am wading through a back log of Christmas layouts & some misc. layouts along with last summer's pool time photos.

I also caught up with my garden album layouts for January. 

And I leave you with this thought of mine ... because of lock downs, pandemic restrictions, I feel like I am living a verb-less life.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021



Honesty is A Very

Expensive Gift,

Don't Expect It From

Cheap People.

                                                                                .. Kush & Wizdom

Monday, February 08, 2021

Me On A Monday - February 8th

Good Morning.  Hope that everyone is doing well.   

There's not a lot happening here in my little piece of the world, so I'll leave you with some photos of what winter is looking like right now in that little piece of my world.

Oh, & just for the record, I did see my shadow on February 2nd, so I am predicting 6+ more weeks of winter.  Our provincial rodent forecaster, Wiarton Willie, did not see his shadow, which means he is predicting an early spring.  We'll see who's correct come March 16th!

Now to scenes of winter in my world.

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Wisdom Paused To Pay Tribute

Today I'm pausing on sharing wisdom to pay tribute to a true hero, Captain Sir Thomas Moore, known to the world as Captain Tom. 

Captain Tom passed away yesterday.  He had contracted COVID.

This is the gentlemen, who turned 100 years of age in April of 2020, walking at his retirement home, in the garden to help raise money for the British National Health Services.  

He captured the world's heart as a hero & inspiration of the pandemic & the first lockdowns. For months there were nightly news reports & photos of Captain Tom walking, aided by his walker.  We watched his birthday celebrations, surrounded by thousands of cards sent from around the world.  We watched as Queen Elizabeth II, knighted him at Windsor in July.

By the time his walking campaign closed he had raised about 39 million pounds or in Canadian dollars $68,194,459.00.  

And while Captain Tom was British & was raising money for a British institute, I know he inspired many in this country, in this region.  Seniors all over were taking up the challenge to walk for charity.  He shone a light on what's possible at any age.  

I was one of those sending a birthday card to Captain Tom back in April.  I was one of those shedding a tear yesterday.

Walk on Captain Tom, walk on!


Tuesday, February 02, 2021

WPSH - Batch Two

 Eileen over at A Bracelet of Days is once again hosting the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Just like this year's SPSH, Eileen has made a list that is quite doable for those in or out of lockdown & with a thought to social distancing & all that goes with a pandemic.    I hope you are going to join in with the fun, for some, for all, of the items on the list.  Thanks Eileen for organizing.

My latest entry of the items.

#2 Round and Round: the squirrels paw prints of them chasing each other around & around, up & down this tree.  It's also the tree they sit & eat their peanuts in & there a shell casings all around the base of the tree.

#4 Glass: this glass vase with glitter band was filled at Christmas time with a beautiful fresh floral arrangement sent by a friend living in BC.  It was certainly a surprise.

#7 An Opening:  trying to get one of the garden gates open but alas the ice & snow prevent a wide swing open, but just a peek at more squirrel paws around & around a tree.

#8 A Sign Of The Times:  locally this sign is common at this time of year.  Many farmers plant Winter Wheat & warn snowmobilers (skidoos) to stay off the fields.  Winter Wheat is planted in early Autumn & grows until the temperatures drop & the snow falls, where the wheat remains dormant until the spring when it continues it's growth until harvest time, usually late August.

#14 One of Many:  my Christmas tree Angel ornaments - this is Candy, isn't she sweet.


#15 Something With Legs:  these are seasonal wine stoppers that currently don't have a job & are just sitting around in glass, waiting, hoping for some work, maybe on Valentine's Day.

#16 A Face:  one of the black squirrels that goes around & around the tree in #2 & #7


Alt B-Textured:  shoveled snow & pavement


Monday, February 01, 2021

Me On A Monday - February 1st

Good morning & aren't we glad to be welcoming a new month - February, short & sweet but hosting so many days of celebration.

First there's Tuesday the 2nd - Ground Hog Day; if the little rodent sees his shadow we get 6 more weeks of winter, if no shadow, an early spring - you may also know this day as Candlemas Day.

Then there's Friday February 12th - Chinese New Year.  It is the year of the metal Ox.  Which builds into Sunday the 14th - Valentine's Day, a day to celebrate love & chocolate.

 Monday the 15th is Family Day in Ontario, which is a Stat Holiday, meaning that there's a day off work with pay.  Although many are working from home, so very little difference will be felt.

And right after that, it's Tuesday the 16th, Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.

Currently Reading: finished a small read, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the 20th Century by Timothy Snyder - it gave 20 points to think about democracy. I can think of an entire political party that should read as it touches on how fragile democracy really is.  

Re-reading several of Louise Penny's previous books & VERY excited as she names her latest book, to be released in August; The Madness of the Crowds

Currently Watching:  On TV, All Creatures Great & Small, to which I have warmed up to the characters.  We also bought a few movies through the local re-use video chain, The Beat Goes On; Crazy Rich Asians & Amazing Grace.

Currently Receiving:   happy mail from a blogging friend.  She made a really nice hand made card with treat inside. It's these moments that makes me feel, all will be right in the world again because of kind people.

Currently Eating:  I have been doing a lot of cook once, eat twice recipes as a way of changing up the menu & also reducing my attachment to making every single meal ... I'll say no more.  We have enjoyed vegetarian stroganoff, impossible lasagna, & a family treasure/favourite, what we call goulash. I've also found a few new recipes that I can adapt to being meatless or turned to vegetarian meat replacement options.

Currently Thinking - finally some action from our federal government regarding travel restrictions.  And really, who in their right mind is traveling right now? 

- Starting next week international passenger flights must land in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. In addition to pre-boarding test already required, a second test will be required when arriving to Canada. Travelers will have to wait up to 3 days at an approved hotel for their test results at their own expense (expected to be more than $2K). Those with negative tests results will be able to quarantine at home; those with positive tests will immediately be required to quarantine at designated gov’t facilities.
-In the coming weeks, non-essential travelers will be required to show a negative test before entry at the land U.S. border

Four airlines have also done the right thing to discourage anyone from thinking about travel during "March Break"- Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat (airlines) cancelling air service to Caribbean destinations and Mexico effective this Sunday and until April 30th. Returning Canadians from Mexico & the Caribbean have until February 14th to get home, after that no returning flights.

Currently Participating: I have decided to participate in The 100 Day Project which started yesterday, January 31st & runs for 100 days (May 10th)  My projects will include many UFO (unfinished projects) & PHD (projects half done) both in scrap pages & cards.  In the card element I have a number of Paper Pumpkin card subscription boxes not even completely opened.  My goal for them is to have them made into cards or incorporated into scrap pages.  A sub goal for the card kits is; collect no more!   The photo is of my craft table all ready for action.

On Sunday I created 5 scrap pages for my Christmas album; here's a sampling ... in the top left hand corner of the first page is a photo of our home - that's why it's covered.  I have yet to finish the journaling.

And today I'll leave you with this thought ...  "crafting fills my life, & my closet, & my cupboards & my drawers & every tote bag in the house ..."