We’re having some major construction work done in the park, and they’re right outside Jim’s house now.
Bo and Jake were having a grand ol’ time watching the excavator and relaxing out on the back deck.
My grandma always teases me saying that I was born in the wrong time of the world’s history. She seems to think that because I knit, crochet, spin and sew by hand, I should have been born back in the days of Dr. Quinn. She apparently hasn’t noticed my love for gadgets such as my iPhone and I’m pretty sure Dr. Quinn didn’t drive a shiny red Ford pickup. Anyways, I digress.
As most of you know, I can’t cook worth a hoot. I do, however, love to eat, especially fruit, veggies and chocolate. The wonderful thing about living in this part of Ontario is that in the summer we have tons of local markets and farm stands where we can buy our fill of our favorite produces. I just wish I could get fresh peaches and plums and other yummies, all year round. I’m sure lots of you reading my blog already know this, but there IS a way we can have all those delicious foods during the winter too. It’s called preserving!
Jim got his mom’s recipe for icicle pickles and for dill pickles and I made some of each.
The dills are already in the jars getting good and dilly.
I’ve turned these cute little guys…
…into these lovely jars
Now I just have to be patient and wait the three weeks or so for them to be ready to eat. These are Jim’s favorites, so I sure hope they turn out ok.
Do you like bottling things this time of year? What’s your favorite food to open and eat in the middle of the winter?
Today, for the first time ever, the girls and I went out to the Royal Botanical Gardens near Hamilton. While it wasn’t prime time, a lot of the flowers were done blooming for the year, there were still lots of different and beautiful things to see. I didn’t make note of they’re “real” or common names because I was too busy looking at them. Enough words … time for pictures.
A long over-due picture of Lewis
I don’t know what it is about my bedroom window, but Lewis is always staring at it or out of it. At first I thought he was just looking at the curtain moving, so I pinned it up out of the way. That’s when Lewis first “stood” at the window and looked out. I have no idea what’s out there that he’s looking at, but he can’t get enough of it. We’ve even taken him out on the leash to where he’s looking but he doesn’t seem to find the object of his interest until he comes back in.
In exciting news, we have a new member of the family!
Jake is almost 8 weeks old and he’s a purebred Morkie (yes, it’s possible! Both his parents are Morkies too) He came to live with us yesterday and things have been going well! Lewis is being mostly kind to him, although last night, he knocked Jake over trying to play with him.
Right now we’re working on house training and crate training. House training is kinda coming along, but it takes time. Crate training is ok, luckily his “grandma” gave all the puppies teddy bears to come home with that smell like their mama and litter mates. We put the teddy in Jake’s crate and it seems to make him feel better when he’s in there.
I’ll have another post soon, with the “birth to now” pictures that Jake’s “grandma” sent to me. It’s really neat to see how they develop. I can’t wait to see what he looks like when he’s fully grown!