Well hello again (and finally). The end of a very busy year is
winding down. So much has happened in a short twelve months. I have been away often and very busy when I return home.
Here are some of the highlights of the year.
The year started with Barry working in
Fort Mac and me heading to Saskatoon for a few weeks. My dad caught pneumonia and ended up in the hospital for a few days. My mom doesn't drive so it was nice to be able to help out. Dad has completely recovered and is his busy self again.
I also got to
spend some time baking with Josie and Mikhyan (my new grandkiddies) which is always fun.
Over the year we made cookies and heart-shaped pizza for Valentines Day, chocolate chow mien
noodle nests for Easter, pizza sandwiches and bush pies in the summer
and chocolate wacky cake and cinnamon snowflakes this fall.
I become a grandma again when Becky and Mike became parents and
presented me with Katrina Grace April 5th. She was 6 lb 2 oz and 19 1/2 “ long.
I was lucky enough to meet her when she was one day old.
|spreading cinnamon sugar on snowflakes|
|cutting ham for pizza sandwiches|
|wacky cake ready for the oven|
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|chocolate nest cookies - messy but tasty|
|smiling for grandma|
|shirt from my sister|
Becky asked if I would make jam as
wedding favours for their upcoming wedding. I got busy and made 150 jars in total of
five varieties. Becky cut out the cloth caps and mom and I labelled
the jars and tied on the lids. They were very cute in red and white.
Barry and I decided to plant one of the
gardens to lawn this year. It is easier to mow than to weed the
area. If we want to plant there again, it is just a matter of
tilling it up. The grass grew thick and green due to all the chicken
fertilizer that was in the ground. That was where the
chickens ran and dug for bugs and ate chipped vegetables.
Since we have more lawn to cut, when
Barry came home in June, we went to Kamloops and bought a John Deere
riding mower. Boy! Now I can whip around and cut the lawn in no
time! Some tree branches needed to be trimmed as I got scratched
several times driving the mower around and under the fruit trees.
Now Barry has to prune them from the bottom and the top (they can't
hang too low for mowing but I also don't want them too tall so I have to use a
ladder to pick fruit). I do have trouble backing up the tractor when
the sweeper is attached to dump it. A semi driver I will never be.
Since I was away so much this summer, I
only planted a few cukes and tomatoes. I missed the rest of the
fresh produce but decided watching Katrina grow up was more important
than growing my own veggies.
Most of the fruit trees produced quite
well this year with the exception of the apricots. Spring was rainy
and cool so the apricots were slow to grow. Then the summer heat hit
with a vengeance and they started to ripen without growing any more.
The result was fruit with very little flesh – mostly pit and skin.
They never did get as juicy and tasty as usual.
The cherries produced well this year,
but each tree had its own schedule - none of them ripened at the same
time. This made for a longer cherry season than usual.
I was in Saskatoon the end of July for
Mike and Becky's wedding. All three kids were part of the
wedding and all of them looked wonderful. Josie was the flower girl
dropping petals along the path and Mikhyan was the ring bearer but
also pulled Katrina in a red wagon up the aisle. And Katrina just
sat and stole everyone's heart. The day of the wedding started very
cloudy and it rained hard but stopped just before the ceremony
started when the sun broke through. It was a lovely day with food,
music, good friends and family.
The next day, my sister, Joyce and my family threw
me a surprise 60th birthday party. I had been so wrapped
up in Kat and the wedding that clues went over my head the whole
weekend. Needless to say I was speechless. Joyce organized 60
chicken presents for me to open. Luckily the kids were there to help
out with that or I might still be there. I received stuffed chickens, chicken mugs, wall hangings, ornaments, kitchen items, and more - ALL CHICKEN RELATED! I was lucky to share the day with out of town
guests from Calgary, Edmonton, Carstairs, White Rock, Shellbrook,
Prince Albert, Regina and Battleford as well as the Saskatoon area. I
was so honoured that so many people took time out of their busy lives
to make the trip to celebrate the day with me.
I visited my sister-in-law, Louise in White Rock several
times this year. The last time was in October when it was nice
enough to walk in the ocean barefooted. That evening, we also had
supper on the patio of a beach-side pub and were able to watch a
|Mikhyan and Josie helping open presents|
|chicken placemats made by my dad|
|fabric detail of tablecloth sewn by a friend of my sister|
|Our view from the pub deck, White Rock, BC|
I decided to do some advertising
to see if I could sell more jam. I advertised for jam as wedding
favours as well as everyday use. I made around 350 jars of jam and chutney in more than a
dozen varieties this year and only have around a dozen jars
left. People seem to like
the idea of jam made from homegrown, handpicked fruit with less sugar than the
store bought jam.
Barry worked around Edson this year so
I visited him there a number of times. It is about 8 hours from home
and I can easily make it in one day. Before when I traveled with
Lulu, we could make 6 hours max because of stops along the way. I
still think of Lulu and miss her but having a new granddaughter did
wonders to fill the empty space in my heart. I would like to get
some chickens again but am waiting until Kat is older because I don't
want to miss too many of her milestones. She recently got her first
tooth and is learning how to crawl.
I'm not sure how often I'll be posting - it depends on how many trips to Saskatoon I take through the year. ;)
I hope all of you have a very Merry
Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season.
|family picture taken at Josie's Kindergarten Grad|
|Kat and friend|
|Kat's first Halloween|
|getting into trouble|