Monday 30 October 2023

Homemaking Mondays: Frost and Focus


I hope your homemaking day 
is going smoothly. 
It's a gentle morning here as the light 
slowly creeps into the sky. 
It's cloudy and we have a fresh dusting of snow.
I have a candle burning to give 
a touch of soft light to the room.
The curtains are now opened and
even through it's partway through the morning
the light begs to be noticed.
Such are winters in the north.
When you can wake up at a reasonable time
and still see stars shimmering in the sky.

A lovely part of winter here
is when the ice freezes before the snow comes.
This year it has frozen really hard and is very safe.
My children and I have been out enjoying 
skating all around the lake.
The one morning it was super foggy
and added a kind of cozy feel.
It just lightly touched you as you glided through it.
The ice wasn't clear anymore but like frosted glass.
I made it around the lake just a couple times
more then I used to so that was a win for me.
With this diet I'm finding I can physically do more and that is nice.
I'm 50 lbs down at 25 weeks on Carnivore.

Then while I waited for my kids to go around a couple more times,
I snuggled under a blanket and enjoyed the sounds 
of the lake as there was movement over it.
There was a grey jay that came down to keep me company.
Fresh and peaceful.

The day before the sun shone bright in a blue sky.
I took the chance to take some pictures of the frost in the sunlight.

It never ceases to amaze me how the Lord Jesus
has created such an intricate masterpiece
that stays for just a short season.
The snow crystals often blowing apart with a breeze
or melting in the brief sunshine.

I have added a couple more plants to my home.
Yes, I killed the one plant that was in this pot.
I love plants and have quite a few...but I can't keep them all alive.
I have learned that it's ok to fail at some things and to just move on.
This time I found a lovely ivy and tucked it in a new space in the house.
I have this lovely red table and added a large plate to the bottom supports.
Then I put a doily on top of that under the pot so it wouldn't slip around.
I hope it thrives here.

The other plants I added to my kitchen windows for now.
As the seasons change the kitchen windowsills change.
No more cut flowers from the garden.
Time for something a bit more green as the world outside turns white.
My violets are blooming purple and pink 
and they add a wonderful pop of colour as well.

It's been a week and just the bare minimum 
of household jobs have been done.
We've been out of the home more and then enjoying the outdoors.
So this coming week I'll need to focus on getting corners 
that had been neglected last.
If we leave some things too long it just builds up to 
a bigger job then need be.
An effort a day keeps failure away.

With homeschooling I have a stack of books 
that need to be looked through to decide on study projects.
I have that alongside my knitting so I can take breaks 
from one task and do the other. 
Very convenient so there is no excuse not to get it done. 
Sometimes I find I have to be more focused 
on managing my time. 
That is a challenge of being home.
We must be the ones to set our limits/boundaries
and then stick to them.

I hope you have a lovely 
homemaking day! 

Love and Prayers,

Monday 23 October 2023

Homemaking Mondays: Needing a Touch of Warmth


I hope you are cozy on this Monday.
Here winter has come and the temps are dropping.
I'm enjoying the brightness the snow is bringing 
to the landscape.
At night the northern lights have been dancing
bringing colour to the night sky.
Even though we are heading into a season 
with lots of darkness
there are touches of light at special times
to help dispel it.

Inside it's cozy with the heavier woollen blankets 
set out and I was blessed to find
one of those weighted blankets at the free store
for us to snuggle under.  
I actually found two, but one has been 
gladly accepted by my daughters for their home.

I myself love to go barefoot in the house
and now have a pair of warm socks tucked into
the tops of my boots to slip on when going outside.
I've been working on a new pair of wool socks for myself.
the bright cheerful yarn was a gift from a dear friend
and it's quite fun to knit with. 

Along with the new season
comes the need for new outdoor wear.
The entry way has now been filled with warm coats,
big boots and lots of hats/mitts/& scarves.

This past fall my son painted the frame for this mirror for me.
It's an old mirror from my husband's grandmother.
The plastic had yellowed more with age and needed a refresh.
Then I wanted to add some colour to the plain empty wall above
where the boys keep all their "accessories". 
My daughter had left this big beautiful picture of wildflowers
and then I printed off some pictures from the internet I loved.
One day I'd love to have a real copy of them...but that is for future.
For now they are just tacked up...I have yet to find a frame for them.

Then I when I put away the summer hats needed a place
for a couple hats that I didn't want squished in a box. 
I picked up a couple little hooks and installed those on the wall
so the hats will hang all year and be out of the way, yet accessible. 

The morning after the lake froze
dawned bright and filled with sunshine!
It was glorious to see the yellow light spread 
about the lake and into the trees 
as the sun came above the mountain.

There has been one brave soul 
out skating thus far...but it was not me.
I shall wait till the ice is a lot thicker
before I venture out. 
Hopefully we won't get much snow before we
have a chance to skate about on it.
It is so nice to be able to go all the way around the lake
and at times be able to gaze through the ice 
to the world below.

The lake as it's freezing
has come back to life with it's "sounds".
At times cracking, moaning, or just sounding like whales
calling to each other. 
Very interesting to listen to at night.

What kinds of things have you 
added to your home 
to add a touch of warmth to it?

I pray you have a blessed day!

Love and Prayers,

Monday 16 October 2023

Homemaking Mondays: Something For Those Special People In Our Lives



It's a heavy fog kind of day here
and the lake is completely obscured. 
The fog is brightening up the outdoors and even though
the sun is not yet up it is cheerful out.
The grey jays are flittering about
waiting for their morning 
We now have four of them
and I love how they sit on the branches around the feeder
saying hello.
For some reason I find their conversation
very sweet.
I joined my husband for his morning walk
and it is so lovely and crisp
with the frost
having spread about the leaves
and needles on the evergreens.

This past week I finished up making some cards.
I know there are many ways to tell others
that they are important to us
and that we're thinking of them.
For me creating cards is a special way to do this.
In all of our busy lives...we need to make time 
to let others know that they are not forgotten or unseen.
To give them something small
just to let them know they're special to us.
Do you know someone that may be encouraged
to know that they are thought of?

I put together a couple little baskets
simple soap/candles/washcloths.
Something practical and lovely.
For those that the Lord has put in my life
that I see often.
Their smiles uplift me and brighten my days.

It was my parents 50th wedding anniversary
this past week.
A wonderful milestone in marriage.
Praying for them as they continue on this 
journey of life together.

This past week we also 
splurged and bought a new carpet.
No it's not very big. I was hoping for a larger size
but it is a nice
cozy spot in the middle of the room.
Our dog is quite delighted with it
and readily sprawls out to the sunlight.
It is not too thin so that your toes can sink in as you walk across it.

We have also been blessed with finding some 
nice curtains at the free store. 
We picked up a simple curtain rod at Walmart
and my son installed it for me.
Now we'll have an extra layer of protection
from the cold on winter nights.

Thanks for dropping by today!
I'm so thankful for each of you that take
time out of your days 
to pop by!

Love and Prayers,

Monday 9 October 2023

Homemaking Mondays: Do You See The Details

This past week we got our first snow. 
Of course it never lasts.
It was lovely to see the snow melting on the leaves.
Like little globes magnifying the details on each leaf.
The snow brightened up the colour of the fallen leaves 
just as it brightened up the forest
even in the wee hours of the morning
when the light of dawn had been previously dim.

I really enjoy leaves.
All the shades of colour from just one tree.
With all the sizes and vein patterns.
It reminds me of fingerprints and snowflakes.
All of them unique and beautiful.
How many times do we stop to actually look at the details?
Do we just flatly think...oh leaves?
Or do we seek out their uniqueness? 

Then as the temperature dropped in the night
the little droplets froze and held their little 
lenses clearly.
Sometimes I wonder if we look at our lives this way to?
Like taking little portions of it
and putting it under a clear globe to notice the tiny details. 
If you do...what do you see?
Do you see the beauty or the flaws or the quirky details?
Each has it's place and part in the bigger picture.

After the snow came more rain.
The low lying clouds and fog over the lake are so pretty.
The snow is gone and puddles and squishy ground remain. 
I find myself very quiet, watching the season change
and taking in the details.
The wind blowing leaves and water droplets from the trees.
The birds coming back to check on the feeder.
Soon I will be putting out some seeds for them
but for now I'm holding off because of the hungry bears.
I do go out and feed the grey jays from my hand
as they are super friendly.
There have been some beautiful swans that have
stopped over to rest on the lake, 
waiting out some of the bad weather.

It is fun to also watch the squirrels scampering about
storing the last of what they can find.
They are getting their thicker fur 
and that makes them look even chubbier then before.
There is one that likes to come up on the windowsills and peek in.
I think it would love to be invited in but that won't be happening.
Soon it can enjoy the bird feeder 
and that will help it to 
keep warm.
I saw a tip to use bacon fat mixed with oatmeal
to make feeders for the birds for winter.
So...I have some of that started and after it 
gets really cold out I'll put some out for the birds
and who knows...the squirrels might like bacon to?

We got a new rug for our living room 
which is off gassing in our spare room for now.
We had to get rid of our old one due to mold.
This new one will add a new layer of comfort to the room.
Then next item I need to find is a curtain rod for the big window. 
I found curtains at the free store, so next is to get them up.
Another layer for winter to help keep out the cold at night.
I haven't had curtain in the living room for a few years
so this will be different.

This weekend I was gifted this lovely tea cup.
The lady no longer had need of it and I was delighted to give it a new home.
It has such a nice handle on it.  
Some tea cups are awkward to hold, but not this one.
The pattern is simple and elegant.
There is a stain on the inside that I've yet to be able to get out.
I tried baking soda, which usually works for me.
Do you have another suggestion?
I tried to find out how old it was but couldn't...yet.
No matter...I enjoy it and will use it and that is what it's all about.
As seen above... I enjoyed a pot of tea.
I like this tray because I can sit it on the couch next to me 
and not worry about spills. 
Our little moveable end table is in use at the moment 
holding a board with a puzzle in progress.
My one son and I are enjoying puzzle building and this is our 
third one in a row.
The first two we glued and put up in his room
although I'm not sure the third one will have that same purpose.
I find that doing puzzles really helps 
to problem solve and makes one focus on details.
Helps with memory and fine motor skills.
Those things in our days
often have more purpose then just entertainment.

On the yarn front... I have finished a pair of socks for my niece
and those will be popped in the mail soon. 
Next I'm going to knit some socks for me as I could use another pair.
The "mens" socks are still serviceable at this point.
I found another wooden tool at the free store that is 
like a darning mushroom.
I looked it up and it's a wooden massager from the Body Shop.
Called a Thai wooden relaxer
that is much cheaper then getting an actual darning mushroom.
If you wanted a cheaper option for that tool.
Lightbulbs do work but I like the unbreakableness of the wood.
That will get good use keeping those socks useable. 

I think that homemade or store bought knit or crocheted items 
are so wonderful this time of year. 
The dampness of the changing seasons seems to call for wool.
A dear friend of mine is making a sweater...and that sounds like a great idea to try! 
I love how wool is so warm even if it's wet.
I have ideas for some wool mittens this winter as well. 
I love those nordic patterns but that is beyond my skill level.
What style of mittens do you enjoy?

Well...time to go strip the sheets on the beds and get them in the laundry.
Even without having the option of the clothesline anymore
it's a necessary change up.
Time for some warmer sheets....something flannel I think.

I hope you have a lovely homemaking day! 

Love and Prayers,


Monday 2 October 2023

Homemaking Mondays: Time for Cozy Feet


Yes, it's time for cozy feet again.
Freely going barefoot outdoors has come to an end.
It's time for cozy socks and warm sturdy shoes.
What better way to welcome this next season
but with some new wool socks?
I have a lovely variety of yarn that I have 
plans for...some for friends and some for family.
I love the worsted weight wool yarn for these
as they work up faster and I just have to admit
I enjoy the size of the yarn to work with more then
with the fingerling/small sock weight.
That said...I finally finished up a scarf that I've 
been working on for yes...a long time.
It's a delightful delicate scarf with a lovely drape to it.
So, there is a lovely effort to be made with the smaller yarn.
If any of you were wondering--- it's a pattern called Birch Trees.

This week I also finished up re-doing 
the cushions for our camper.
The foam needed to be washed so I took the covers off
and then washed those as well. 
I must say that I will never wash foam in such large 
sizes ever again!
It was so hard to wring out and then also took 
forever to dry. is done and the covers are sewn on snugly again.
I used the ladder stitch and it closed up the seams so nicely.  

A fun project that I finally got around to 
is tidying up this cute little basket I had found.
It is broken a bit in along the right side of the lid.
I glued down the wooden pieces that were hanging
and then glued on this leather belt I found
around the edge of the lid to add more stability 
plus I thought it was kinda cute.

Oh another fun find this past week was this 
light-up art for my son.
It's a bottle cap look with some little lights.
Something fun for his wall in his new room.
It has been at the one store for a long time and I've 
thought about it for being on sale I splurged.

Along with the warm socks,
cozy warm blankets 
and soft lighting
that comes along with the fall.
Time for some tea. 
Yes, each season has it's special tea tastes.
Well at least for me.
As the weather cools I have a hankering for black tea.
I am not having sugar at the moment
so I added a couple drops of stevia along with some cream.
It mades for a lovely cup of tea.
Just to sit and sip
while watching the leaves outside
swirl and fall in the wind from the trees.
I do miss the leaves on the trees...but oh the beauty of them falling!

This week we spotted this funny scene 
out the kitchen window.
There was our neighbourhood fox sitting quietly
watching the fat shed squirrel having a meal 
at the corner of the roof. 
After finishing up his cone he tossed it down at the fox 
and then scampered off across the roof.
The fox then proceeded to trot around the building
looking to see where it was off to.
I have to say that little fox left without a meal.
Sad for the fox, but I do really like that 
chubby squirrel who is so friendly.

Thank you for dropping by!
What kind of cozy have you been adding to your homes
as the seasons are changing?

I hope you have a beautiful day
keeping your home.

Love and Prayers,