Monday, 2 August 2021

Homemaking Mondays: Summer Paths

 


Hello! 
Sorry to have been so quiet lately. 
I have been off on summer paths. 
Some to the garden, 
some to the forest,
some to the lake,
some to places I've never been.
So many amazing place that the Lord has created. 


Fun finds in the garden.
Both veggie and flower. 


We took a trip further north in the Yukon.
It was wonderful to see places we've not been before.
Another part of the Yukon River.


Then Little Salmon Lake. 
It had some of the best skipping rocks!
It was a very hot day and being by and wading in the water 
was such a lovely relief. 


It also seems there are new flowers to enjoy
in the garden every day. 
I love the variety of colours and 
shapes. 
Oh, and smells...echinacea smells so amazing
it's no wonder the bees love it so much.




I hope you are enjoying some summer paths as well.
Thank you for dropping by! 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Homemaking Mondays: Summer Days

 


Hello! 
Summer days bring such delight.
The garden is starting to produce some more eatable items. 
It's fun to bring in herb bouquets to add to our meals.


Then there are the fridge pickles.  
I use a recipe from the Prairie Homestead Cookbook. 


Now the hard part is waiting until they're ready. 


The poppies are starting to bloom and it's beautiful 
the variety of colours that are coming out.


My family took a lovely trip 
to a nearby lake and the water is so high.  
The flooding is getting bad, and the wind 
blowing the waves against the shore 
is not helping matters. 
So beautiful though. 


Summer markets at the community centre have 
begun again, and I've got a table with 
some jams for sale.


With the summer days things seem to be moving at a different pace.
It is nice to just have some rest, but also 
to take the time for some things that can only be done in summer.
We've played some frisbee golf at our local community centre.
Spent time on the lake, 
picking wildflowers in the forest,
and just standing still to feel
the warm breeze on our faces. 

Summer is lovely when we stop to take note
of it's simple gifts. 
I love that the Lord has given such attention to 
the details of summer.

Thank you for dropping by! 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 5 July 2021

Homemaking Mondays: Colour of Summer

 


Hello! 
I just love the colour of summer! 
As the flowers in the garden mature and flower 
I also enjoy the season of flowers in God's garden.
The summer wildflowers are so beautiful right now.
Below are a couple pictures that I took at the local golf course.
It's like a carpet of colour that smells so beautiful as you walk through it.


I found a patch of beautiful arnica and picked a handful
to infuse in oil for salve.
Picking just as much as I need...
leaving some for the bees and for propagation. 
The cheerful colour as you walk through the trail
makes me pause and smile.
Every year they come back...a gift.


Meadows with a mountain view.
Reminding myself to take time to just enjoy it. 
To not rush off to the next thing that needs doing...
but pause.  
Listen to the birds and the hum of the insects in the grass.


Pausing also to see the beautiful insects.
Here I captured a pretty damsel fly that was one of many 
that flies about the shore where we go swimming.
The kids have been spending lots of time in the water 
with the heat we've been having.
Good to cool off after a long day.


I've been doing a bit of canning in this heat though.  
I am making jam and rhubarb syrup for the community market. 
I am actually happy that canning season has also arrived.  
It's a lot of work but so rewarding. 

Praying you are all enjoying this day.

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 28 June 2021

Homemaking Mondays: Touches of Colour to Make You Smile

 


Hello! 
I hope you are enjoying your summer! 
Summer has come on full in the Yukon now.
The heat is soaring and the sun is shining so brightly.
The sun never really goes down here...just dips down just 
below the mountains and comes back up.
So...going to sleep while it's still bright is just the norm for  now.
With all the intense bright light the garden is growing fast.
The long cold cloudy spring had things growing slowly but now
they are growing exponentially. 

I love the touches of colour that are all around us.
In the yard and in the forest. 
We went from carpets of crocus, to carpets of lupin.
Now as the lupin is fading, the wild roses are coming to bloom.
There are also so many smaller flowers hidden in amongst the forest bushes.

I was out working in the yard and then stopped for a cup of tea.
Yes, it was hot but it was still so nice! 
I have put trays of ice cubes in the freezer for the first time this year.
Now I need to make room for making popsicles. 
We often just mix a container of frozen orange juice with yogurt and freeze 
that into the molds.  Nice and refreshing.


In the greenhouse there are lots of plants...
some I planted and some that grew all of their own accord.
Below is some lovely yarrow.  
I'll be saving some of the flowers for tea and salve.


Then there is my lovely chamomile that has just started
to flower!!!  The ones in the greenhouse.
My jar of dried chamomile is getting low.


Then there are the Labrador Tea flowers.
They have a lovely light scent and last quite awhile in a vase once cut. 


This year my daughter chose some lovely columbine flowers to add
to the perennial section of the garden.
First blooms came out this week.


I have a section of the flower buckets that have a lovely 
pastel feel to them.  They are starting to really grow in this heat.
In the back bucket there are poppies that are getting close to blooming.


One of my favourite containers is the one
steel kettle.  The petunias and lobelia look 
perfect together. 


I find this season of flowers and warmth so 
inviting and peaceful.
In it I see the amazing creativity the Lord has displayed.
His attention to detail and variety.
It is that way in our lives to. 
He is creating many small details 
and sometimes we just need to pause to take note of them. 

Thank you for dropping by! 
Praying you have a beautiful day!

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 21 June 2021

Homemaking Mondays: When Things Are Quiet

 


Hello! 
What do you do when things are quiet? 
Do you stop to notice the details around you?
Here in the Yukon it's been rainy...
checking on the garden with an umbrella. 
There is a special smell in the air with the rain.
The leaves on the trees are coming out more and more. 

We are blessed with watching the sun set on the other side of the lake. 
The golden hues and reflections in the water
are magnificent to behold. 
It's late at night, but worth staying up for.


There are sweet droplets of rain hanging on the trees and bushes.
I thank the Lord for watering the earth and all 
those beautiful plants he's created. 


We have a sweet little squirrel that lives in our shed. 
She has gotten used to us being here. 
She has a special place she likes to sit and eat her breakfast. 


The garden is growing!
Although it seems slow...it cheers the heart.
Dreams of shopping from the garden 
that is still to come.


My family yesterday took a drive 
and found these sweet bluebells at the side of a pullout. 
If I had a shovel with me...some may have come home.
Perhaps I should tuck a little shovel in my truck for times such as these?


Talking about shopping the garden.
There are a few herbs that I can snitch from.
The fresh basil and chives tasted so delicious 
in our roasted tomato soup. 
One part of homemaking that I enjoy is adding those 
"garnishes" 
that makes a home feel more cozy and welcoming. 
It doesn't need to be something big
as those little details seem to touch us deeply. 


May your day be splendid! 
Praying you have a pleasant day adding garnishes to your home.

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 31 May 2021

Homemaking Mondays: Scent of Home

 


Hello! 
A beautiful rainy spring day here. 
yesterday we got some sunshine and decided that 
yes, it was time to start putting out the flowers and the 
tomatoes.  
They are all planted and are covered with frost blankets.
It was down to 2C last night but everything is doing fine. 

Above I planted some stocks in the planter by the front door. 
In time I'll add some sweet peas that I have germinating in a tray inside.
They smell so beautiful! 
I think it's a wonderful way to be welcomed into the home.

The tomatoes are happy in the greenhouse
after being put into bigger pots.  I added some 
marigolds and basil to each of their pots.
I find that by adding those plants
it makes the tomatoes sweeter and keeps 
pests away. 


I have a variety of tomatoes this year. 
Above the yellow pear and below the tumbler 
ones are producing fruit already. 
the others are showing signs of flowers so they won't be too far
away from joining the production lines. 
I'm looking forward to enjoying some fresh 
produce from our garden on our table. 
For me to be able to do this is a very rewarding
part of homemaking.


Yesterday I also planted the strawberries.  
We had bought a few plants *the ones on the left
and then dug up and combined the ones that were 
spread around the greenhouse.  
It will be interesting to see what fruit we get. 
I hope the voles & squirrels don't discover them.


I found this beautiful zinnia 
and yes...it had to come home. :)  
I planted it beside the delphinium.  


Then of course there are pansies!!! 
My favourite and even though this year
there weren't many colours to choose from we did find
these pretty ones!  


It's been a challenging week for my husband who had a bad fall. 
He's progressively doing better but we are sticking close by if he needs us.

My children decided that they should start swimming. 
"Let's go swimming they said....It will be fun they said."
They did have fun...and then shivered for a few hours afterwards. 
Yes...there is still a lot of snow on the mountains. 


Thank you all for dropping by! 
It is so encouraging to hear about your lives 
that you share in the comments. 
Praying you have a beautiful day
and enjoy the blessings of the Lord Jesus! 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 24 May 2021

Homemaking Mondays: Sometimes Waiting is Hard

 


Hello! 
Sometimes waiting is hard. 
Yes...in many different aspects of life. 
Today as I went to check on my greenhouse 
and clear the roof of water pockets 
from last night's rain...
I passed my pot collection. 
They are all waiting for their flowers and herbs.
The weather has been quite cool this spring 
and it's going to take longer to 
safely put out the plants. 
Below I bought a new planter to go on at the top
of the steps to the front door.
I hope to have sweet peas there to smell nice as you come in.  


The plants coming up on their own 
are slow coming as well.
The chives in the one garden bed,
some delphiniums in another. 


Then I have some happy little garlic sprouts 
that have come up. 
Little bits of joy to make our 
gardener hearts to smile.
There is new life in the spring. 
It gives us pause to observe it's beauty.


Here are some of the flowers and berries 
waiting to be planted. 
Some new kinds to try
and then my beloved pansies. 
There were not many blue varieties this year
and I'm glad I could snag these ones.  


They are covered with a frost blanket at night in the greenhouse
just to make sure they don't freeze.  


Some of the garden space we have 
is quite old and has not been used for some time.
The grass, trees, and weeds have taken over.
Yesterday my daughter helped me clear and dig up one section
of an old bed to plant some raspberries in. 
As time will allow in the future 
I hope to clean up the other beds to be used as well.
These raspberries are from a dear friend's yard.  
Planting them in memory of her. 
It has been a treasured thing for my children to 
pick her raspberries. 


After checking on the greenhouse 
I wandered down to the lake's edge.
It's a bit of a cool day with rain
so peaceful though. 
Sometimes the clouds feel like a blanket.
The comfort of the Lord is here
when days are hard, when there are struggles. 


Psalm 27:14

"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, 
and he shall strengthen thine heart: 
wait, I say, on the LORD."

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer