Monday, 15 September 2014

Too Much Zucchini

One morning last week I looked out the window and I saw Lydia talking to Ruby on the back step.  My heart melted.  It was so so sweet.

What could she possibly be telling our dog?  I couldn't hear the conversation but it was probably something about zucchini.  Yes.  Zucchini.

We've been dealing with a lot of zucchini for the last few's become sort of an issue with me.

Maybe this was the conversation....

Ruby, I had no idea when I planted that zucchini in the spring that we would end up with that many zucchinis.  It's just completely out of hand.  I just hate the stuff.

Mom fries it with onions and garlic...she has even put in on her pasta.  She loves it.

She made zucchini muffins and she didn't even put chocolate chips in them.  Grandma always puts chocolate chips in the muffins.

She hid the zucchini in chocolate brownies.

She made zucchini patties for supper one night.  She said that they were so delicious.  But they weren't....they were super gross.

I saw her shredding up a whole bunch of it and putting it in the freezer......I think there was over 30 cups of it.  That means we can eat it all winter too.

I guess we aren't the only ones with the zucchini problem.  Everywhere we go people are offering us their zucchinis.  One guy said he had a whole wheelbarrow full and they were even giving them away FOR FREE at the post office.

It's just completely out of hand.  But I think the end might be in sight because I saw her carry 4 big zucchinis up to the barn this morning and she fed them to the meat birds.  Only.....will that make the meat birds taste like zucchini too?  I'm a little worried.

Thanks for listening Ruby.  I know that you are with me on won't eat it either.


Monday, 8 September 2014

Renfrew Fair 2014

We headed back to the fair on Saturday.

It was the beef show.

Grady has a big steer this year as his 4-H project.....he loves a challenge.

I love it when they are all in the ring at the same time....

Jack getting some advice from the judge....

I did manage to take more photos than I thought I had....I had spent most of the day running around with the girls.

They LOVE to milk this cow...

The 4-H kids square danced before the Steer, Hog and Lamb Auction.

Here is a clip of them in action...

Johanna sold her lamb at the auction....she had placed 4th.

She donated some of the money to Hospice Renfrew in memory of Danny....and her buyer actually donated the lamb to the Bonnechere Manor.


Friday, 5 September 2014

For a Pizza

The sheep show was at the Renfrew Fair yesterday.

The 4-H kids were doing a great job strutting their stuff.

And the littles were having fun in the pee wee class.


And then I heard about this new category.  It was for parents of the 4-H kids. 

Me?  Show a lamb?  No thanks.

But then I heard about the prize.  Pizza.  And fair passes...and maybe some other stuff.

Wait a minute.  PIZZA?


Count me in.

Count all the parents in.

But apparently I did it all wrong.  I don't actually know how to show a lamb.  Here the judge was telling me exactly everything I was doing wrong.  I don't really know what he said because I was thinking....I just want the pizza........

I placed 8th.

No pizza.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Her Two Front Teeth

Loose teeth give me the heebie jeebies.

I can't stand it.

I always had a terrible time loosing my baby teeth....I remember them just dangling and I couldn't pull them. 


Now Sophie has the same problem.

She has had two wiggly front teeth for quite some time now.'s been since Easter.

She bit into her one pound Easter bunny on Easter morning and said that her teeth hurt....they were loose.

And we've been dealing with it ever since.

Until this morning.

She came into our room at 5 a.m. with one tooth in her hand.  It had fallen out during the night and she woke up with it in her mouth.

The second one came out while she was eating her breakfast.

She was so excited!

Off to school with a whole new look....and she talks a little different too.


Monday, 1 September 2014

The 'Back to School' Party

My Grandma always used to have a 'Back to School' party.  She would cook us a turkey dinner and all the cousins would have a great time together.  I looked forward to the party....but not really to what it meant.  Summer was over.

Somehow it feels like only yesterday that we were heading to Grandma's for the party...but it's actually been over 20 years ago now.  I'm not sure how that happened.

Anyways, my Mom has now started the tradition again....a day for all of us to get together....and celebrate 'Back to School'....only no one was really 'celebrating' that.

There was a good game of football after supper.

I'm not sure who was having more fun....the 'big' kids or the younger kids.

Johanna has always loved to play with the boys.

There was also swimming and kite flying and baseball.

Tomorrow will be a rude awakening.


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Cobden Fair

The boys had a great day showing their lambs at the Cobden Fair last Saturday.  They are both in the junior division this they are against each other.

Grady consistently got first when he was in the ring....even winning the 'Grand Champion Showman' for the day....while Jack kept ending up with second place for many of the showings.

They came away with some really nice colossal ribbons.

Meanwhile, the girls went on the rides.

Then on Sunday the older kids returned for the beef show.

Johanna took away 'Grand Champion Showman' for the day. 

Jack won first place for showmanship in the junior division.

It was a very good weekend. 

The judges were excellent.  At least that's what I thought.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Yesterday we said our final goodbyes to Danny.

Danny was a very good friend. 

He was the best man in our wedding....and Terry was also his best man when he wed Stephanie.

He was a proud farmer.

He was a hockey dad....and a hockey coach.

He was living his dream life.

Danny had a special wink and a grin.

He loved children.

I will never forget Halloween night a couple of years ago.  I had taken the kids for a couple hours around to some houses and then I came home and I got Terry to take them to the rest of the houses.  Trick or treating in the country takes the entire evening because it involves lots of visiting.  Anyways, when they all finally arrived home, they dumped out their treats all over the kitchen table and in amongst the candy were soda crackers.  I asked them 'Where did the soda crackers come from?'  Sophie just laughed and said "Danny!....He's so crazy!  He was giving out soda crackers!  But Stephanie had treats!"

That was Danny.  Always ready to tease or have some fun.

He will be greatly missed.

We all loved him so much.