Saturday, January 31, 2009

Gardening Along the Red River in Manitoba

Today I'd like to share some photos of our son's garden. He and our lovely daughter-in-law did much of the building of their house, and then proceeded to do a great job of landscaping.

The main plantings are perennials, filled in with annuals.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Looking Back...and Forward

During these cold winter days we start looking back on some lovely flowers we have seen, and ahead to the time when we can again enjoy greenery and blooms around us.
I looked back to the photos of last year's Orchid Show here in Winnipeg and remember how lovely the conservatory at Assiniboine Park was, as society members and others transformed it into a tropical scene.
We usually stop by Everspring Orchids and purchase a plant or two. Orchids stay in bloom for a very long time.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Front Entrance Re-Do

As soon as our Christmas decorations were put away, my husband began a little redecorating task. He repainted our rather small front entry, and we found a small hall table on sale. The paint is Benjamin Moore Aura, in Venetian Plaster.

I still have a little more tweaking to do with accessories.

We are using a small trunk for storage, and a fake book which holds pen and paper, messages, etc.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Little Treasure

This week my Mom (89 years of age) gave me this little blue sugar bowl. She said it was probably one of the first things my Grandparents bought when they came to Canada in 1912. I do remember that as a child, I sweetened my tea with sugar from that very bowl. Often my Grandma would serve tea with her special honey cookies (honey from their own bees) or bread baked in an outdoor oven. She was a great gardener and cook, and I guess she had lots of practice cooking for her husband and 10 children, and other people who dropped by their farm,
some of whom were known as "tramps", but my Grandparents never turned anyone away. A very good lesson in hospitality for us as children.

We have very few items which had belonged to my Grandparents, so I feel honored to have this little treasure, not worth a lot in dollars, but rich in meaning.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


I copied this list from another blog, sorry I don't remember which one, so I can't give proper credit. I thought it was a fun and interesting list. The things I have done are in red.
Would you like to join in? Let me know if you do.
1. Started your own blog , (well, yes!)
.2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (Kitchen)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity...this one is difficult... when would it be too much?
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10.Sang a solo, (once, when I was 10)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating..(only a bird)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee (and had to have my engagement ring cut off in two pieces!)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ukrainian Christmas Eve

Tonight we celebrated Ukrainian Christmas Eve. We started this tradition in our family because of our son-in-law Jim. His parents always made it a special occasion, but they passed away a few years ago. He would miss them especially on this date. Three years ago we decided to surprise him with the traditional meal of 12 meatless dishes (one for each apostle) . He was so appreciative that it has become one of our family traditions. Some of the main dishes I prepared were beet borstch, cottage cheese filled crepes, and cabbage rolls (photos in that order, below). As well, we had fish, various vegetables, and of course, dessert.

In the background of one of the photos is a framed piece of embroidered fabric. This was made by grandmother in Ukraine before she was married. She wove the linen fabric, and cross stitched it and made a shirt for my Grandfather. This framed piece is from one of the sleeves.
In our family we have quite a diverse nationality husband's family came from England, via India, and mine from Europe. It all works well!

P.S. Now I can take down the Christmas tree!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Sweet Treats

I made these desserts last week...Turtle Cheesecake, and Eggnog Cake. I did leave out the chocolate chips which were to be sprinkled on the cheesecake. Both were delicious.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Japanese Theme Meal

Just a few photos of our Japanese themed meal on New Years Day, 2009. It was lovely, and our family(4 generations) had a great time. After dinner, the kids went outside and set off a few fireworks...not quite Mount Rushmore on July 4th, but fun anyway!

Happy New Year!

May you experience great blessing in 2009!
We had a party for 24 people of our age group from our church at our home on Dec 31, and are looking forward to our family ethnic theme dinner at our son's house today. This year we are attempting Japanese food. I am planning to make teriyaki chicken or ribs. Last year it was French.