Day 11: Two weeks to go . . .

Well, like many of you, I suppose, I wish I could say that I’d spent the last two days finishing Christmas gifts. Wouldn’t that be nice? Instead, I’ve been busy with paperwork (and poring over very teeny print is not my favourite thing, really) and helping with some of the usual weekend tasks around here. My cousin’s wife, S, retires on the 22nd, so I expect things will change a bit in the New Year. For now, though, they generally shop on Saturday for the food items that will be needed for Sunday. And on Sunday, we prepare those things for whatever dish will be the mainstay of our suppers for the next five days. Weekends are a mix of leftovers and whatever we feel like making on Saturday.

Today we made a large crock pot of spaghetti sauce and  when that was c cooked, the cooked fusilli was added to it. Last week we made Cottage Pie, which we often call Shepherd’s Pie, although there is no lamb in it. But that’s our childhood name for the dish.  Cousin M steams a large pot of veggies every  night as well and some weeks there is a baked potato to go with it all. A couple of nights ago we were eating the Pie and commenting on how healthy and delicious our meals are here. I began to count the number of vegetables on our plates and it seemed that we had between 12 and 14 varieties. Not bad, really. If you are curious, here’s a list: Cottage Pie: corn, peas, green beans, beets, tomatoes, potatoes, green bell peppers, onions, garlic, carrots, celery. I think that’s all. Steamed side dish: bok choy, pac choy, carrots,

[I did have photos for you today, but for some reason they won’t upload. I don’t have time to tinker just now, although I did for a while. I’ll share another time]

Anyway, once the spaghetti sauce was cooking, Cousin S and I made a large apple pie and then she made some mincemeat turnovers from the leftover pie crust. That apple pie used the last of the Honey Crisp apples, which I can highly recommend for apple pie. I did save two for eating, but that’s it otherwise. We still have a panful of the smaller Macintosh apples, but will be lucky to get a pie out of them. We are going to have to start using up the frozen fruits soon. Cherry pie soon . . .

I did find time to knit today and the scarf is growing more quickly, now that it’s simple knit and purl and only 22 stitches across. I shall have to try and buy another skein, though; so much for using up leftover yarn.

It’s 3 am so I will stop here. Have a great week, everyone!

Music for today:

Another favourite of mine: Hobo’s Lullaby by Woody Guthrie, sung by his son Arlo.

This time of year I think of the challenges faced by homeless people all over the world and this song says it all. The cello part is rather haunting in this version.

And here is my wish for you all: Forever Young by Pete Seeger’ the words at the end by one of the children are worth hearing.

See you next time!  ~ Linne




7 thoughts on “Day 11: Two weeks to go . . .

    • I do think you are right, Kym; and the worst part, I think, is the new craze for ‘stylish’ labels, with pink text on a red background, for instance, and then made small enough that even with a magnifying glass it’s hard to read. What I do is take a photo with my camera in close-up mode, then look at the photo and enlarge it as needed with my fingers. It sure helps! Hope you are doing well and not too busy. Warm hugs to you. ~ Linne

    • Well, Sue, we did and will continue to do so for the week. 🙂 It’s a very large rectangular dish that cousin S uses. I think I sliced between 9 and 14 apples for each pie, depending on size. We make it heaped up so that when it’s baked and settles down, it’s still a decent height. No skimpy pies around here!
      I didn’t get to the knitting today, sadly. But tomorrow I should get more done. Thanks for the great compliment, too. Those pockets, if made deep enough, are also a great place for warming your hands. One easy way to make a pocket scarf is to knit or crochet a plain scarf, then fold up the ends and stitch them along the sides. I, of course, rather short on time, opted for something complex. I doubt I will ever learn . . . but I do love it, all the same. I wish you a good week as well. When are you leaving? Warm hugs to you.
      Hope the weather is being good there. ~ Linne

      • Hi Linne the weather has been chilly, snow in most parts, but its now turned to rain.. And they are my kind of apple pies.. Sending mega hugs for the weekend.. 🙂 ❤

      • Well, Sue, the good thing about that sort of weather (if one is able to stay home); it’s perfect for baking, knitting, soup, woolly socks, long books, etc. Of course, this is the lead-up to Christmas, so likely not so much lounging around in cuddly stuff and all that . . . January is coming, though . . . Thanks for the hugs; am sending some on to others on my list and some back to you. ~ Linne

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your comments. ~ Linne

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