Just want to wish
every one a peaceful, a bountiful, a full of love and Happy
As many of you know
its Canadian ThanksGiving. The Americans have it a month behind us
but that's Ok. All that matters is that we celebrate the bounty we do
have and be thankful even though some of us don't have much. In which
case some of you are nice enough and generous enough to share that
extra bounty of the harvest with others who maybe have a hard time to
make ends meat to put food on the table. I say Thanks a bunch to all
the good hearted even if you can't give a whole lot. But there are
other ways you can share the bounty how about the stuff from your own
body? I don't mean blood and organs although yeah those are good
things to share as well, but there's something else that’s just as
precious that comes from you that you can share. How about time and
a listening ear? There are many people out there who for what ever
circumstances, are needy in terms of a little friendship. They have
no family, no friends and no other love ones and they dread days such
as these. Many time or every day they feel excluded. So consider
inviting them to your nice Thank'sGiving feast or at least some
coffee time or a movie. You could make their month. Come on, you
have so much friendship, some of you are rich with it. Consider
sharing a bit with someone who's lonely and has a lack of.
Speaking of sharing,
here are some nice pics of some wild red currents I found growing
near my mulberry tree during the summer.
This just in.
Another reason to be thankful for. A children's book that I illustrated a few
years ago is finally out.
Time for an update
on my summer since I didn't do a whole lot of blogging cause of the
craziness of it all. Yup it was crazy and its the end of summer.
Boooooooo Hissssssss. But on the upside there are only a few more
months till spring. I would rather avoid thinking about the misery
months to some. That's what I like to call them.
Lets see, there was
my poor kitty Meetso. He got really sick. So sick I thought he was
going to kick the bucket. The poor guy got so sick he stopped eating
all together. So I brought the poor guy to the vet. He hated it of
course but at least he's not a mean cat. He does have great manners
after all. So he had a blood test to make sure he didn't have any
major diseases. He did not thank goodness. He ended up getting a shot
and some antibiotics that I had to orally give him every day twice a
day. Also not fun especially when you need two people and the person
does not follow instructions well making the situation worse. But
then finally he was all better. All up to snuff and a terror of his
Also did I mention
my doves, my sneaky doves pulled another fast one and made two more
babies. Didn't expect them and neither did I expect them to be
speckled again. One white with peach colouring and the other white
with regular colouring. I'll have to take some pics when I can.
Probably when they're indoors for the winter. Bright little fellas.
Btw they are boy and girl. They always come that way with doves. Also
they learned all kinds of things really fast too.
A few weeks later if
I remember correctly one night when I when to feed Meetso after
taking my bath. About 3am I noised water on the floor in the
basement. Not too unusual when its warm outside and cool inside
especially downstairs. But then it was coming from underneath a door
to the water heater room/ small storage. I go and open the door and
there was water spitting out of a pipe onto the ceiling if you would
call it that on to the water heater. I was a little worried that it
might damage the tank. But I guess it didn't after my dad repaired
it the next day. Luckily every thing worked find and the pipe hasn't
Then we ended up
find out we had a huge wasp colony in our fruit cellar. I first
noised something odd when I went in there to get a pop. At first I
thought it was another water leak of some kind. So went outside to
see if there was a leak outside since we do have a water faucet
there. But then I noised lots of yellow jackets coming in and out of
a little hole in the wall. Hummmmm Then went back inside and I went
closer in a corner of the room to take a so called closer look. I
made some noise by knocking on the wall and sure enough realized that
we have a very large and angry colony. I also noised that there was
a certain spot on the ceiling where the drywall was very thin. I was
very concerned about the whole thing but nothing was done about it
till it was too late.
A few days latter
mom was the unfortunate one to go there and take care of some
business but didn't get too far. The wasps apparently finally broke
thru that spot of concern and were now flying around the cellar.
Luckily she didn't get stung. But unfortunately one family member
got stung indirectly and unintentionally. Eventually every thing was
brought under control and the whole colony was killed off as a result
of a nasty and expensive insecticide spray. It was then after
leaving the room to its self for a few days and pulled out a sample
of the hive when we realized how large the mass yellow jackets were.
I think they were
there for at least 2 years.
But of course as a
result we had another problem.
Poor Meetso came
home one night, the same night we took care of the big wasp problem.
So he came home from one of his kitty adventures only to be licking
his tail area profusely and acting strange. He ran straight inside
like a cartoon kitty. He wasn't acting any better the next day and
then after that stopped going out all together. Forcing him to go out
and get some fresh air wasn't any better since I noised he would go
nuts when any mosquito or other flying insect would land on his butt.
No one believed me and I think no one believes me still that he can
act so strange and all of a sudden. Of course I knew that it might be
a possibility that a left over angry wasp had stung him at night when
he when to explore the bushes at the front as he brushed by. So
there fore any flying insect especially mosquitoes would send him in
to a tizzy. He would even try to bite them in mid air. It was just
Well none the less
this summer fiasco lasted several weeks. I think it was a month's
worth of trouble for Meetso but just a few days ago he finally got
out of it. He seems now back to his king of the jungle self. In fact
he landed him self a tasty tidbit with wings the other morning. A
morning dove. Unfortunately I found the evidence of his messy dinner
all over his favorite dinning spot.
Speaking of things
to eat did I mention the squirrel invasion? No I don't eat squirrels
but I do or rather we as in the family like to eat tomatoes. In
recent years they managed to eat all of our peaches but this year
there was none. It was the bad winter we had but my dad mentioned
that it also might be the age of the tree. So anyways the squirrels
decided that they would help them selves to every beef steak tomato
growing our vine, ripe or not whether it was too big to carry or not.
When it was too big or behind a fence they would just take a bite
out of it to claim it as their own. That was the last straw! That and
the fact they then tried to eat all the seeds in my doves cage. Some
how they little thieves got their little stick paws in there and
snatched out every seed. By morning my poor doves had nothing to eat.
Oh yeah did I mention they mooched all the wild bird seed I put out
for the wild birds too.
So yeah, I decided
that it was time to do something about the most annoying creatures
ever besides mosquitoes and do something about it. I when to the
store and bought a small trap. A nice little humane trap to trap the
little buggers. So then I set up the trap which was fairly easy and
filled it with extremely tasty things like peanut buttered bread,
some peanuts, some acorns, sunflower seeds and a trail of bird seed
leading to the trap. I set the trap in a small area next to our
garage and under a pile of wood, piled up near a wall and then
waited. I didn't wait long till it caught one of the little buggers.
My dad then helped
me oust the guy leaving him at a nice wooded area with sparsely
populated with people and farms. A really nice place for a bunch of
little bushy tailed jerks. Too good for them really but what ever. So
far I caught 4 of the little jerks. I'm still aiming for two young
trouble makers still hanging around. So you heard me little bushy
tailed thieves, I'm coming for you.
Oh and actually I do
have one thing that wasn't so crazy that I found. It was another
interesting weed that's edible. So I took a few pics of it. It looks
a lot like rhubarb only its not.
another European import called the Common Burdock.
You can eat the
boiled roots in its first year and in the second you can boil and eat
the stocks and flowers with some salt and butter. Neat stuff! Sounds
way better then rhubarb any day. Yuck!
Oh yeah I heard you
can candy the flowers or something. I guess for more uses go look for
the info online of course.
This is a mud pie
you can actually eat, minus the worms and other nasty surprises you
find in soil. Unless you're one of those fat-a phoebes or a little
sugar sends you in a tizzy. You only live once people. Remember that.
Anyways its based on a traditional mud pie called Mississippi mud
You can get the
traditional recipe here. Its great for parties but a bit much for
small families but well worth it if you still decide to make it.
made my own mini version with slight differences. Here's how I made
my own version in case you're curious.
You need half a
softened or room temperature cream cheese.
cookie ready made pie crust. Like the Keebler elf brand pie crusts.
Two packets of Ready
whip cream or other brand.
which will go in to the Ready whip
One package of
Nuttella or some
other brand of choco-hazelnut spread.
Some walnut meat
about ¼ chopped if desired
Some walnut meat for
decoration if desired.
Some chocolate syrup
or powder or what ever else chocolate you can use for decoration on
top if desired.
Prepare one whipped
cream packet to the instructions. Whip the product till it has peeks.
Place half of the
whip cream in with the half cream cheese and whip until blended.
Place in pie.
chocolate pudding. Place the dry mix in to a bowl with a generous
tablespoon full of that hazelnut spread. Add some milk. But instead
of using the traditional two cups of milk, use only 1 and ½ cup
milk. Its going in to a pie after all.
Place the pudding in
to the fridge and in the mean time prepare the other whipped topping
to the instructions. At this point you can mix that one with the
other whipped topping you made earlier. Again till peaks form. Place
aside till you are ready for it.
Take those chopped
nuts and first sprinkle on top of the cream cheese/ whipped topping
mixture. Normally the nuts go in to the pie crust but since this is
obviously a pre-made crust, you make a compromise.
On top of that add
the chocolate pudding mixture.
On top of that add
the whipped topping.
Decorate if desired
with walnuts and some kind of chocolate.
Here I used
chocolate syrup stripes but traditionally people just sprinkle a bit
of powdered chocolate on top normally used for making hot chocolate.
Place the pie in the
fridge so it as time to set or wait and serve it after supper.
Its pretty amazing
how such a scrawny little tree in a pot can produce such a giant
fruit. In this case a fig. I would trim the poor little neglected
tree if I could but its my dads plant and well you know? He still
see me as a small child. Sigh.... And yet when I was a little kid
growing up playing outside on a lonely hot summers day by my self and
looking for something to do, he let me play with things like blow
torches and an ax on occasion. Go fig. Makes your head shake
As for the fig tree,
I wonder if, although scrawny, small and in a pot, my doves might
have contributed in some way during the winter in the garage? They
were in and out of the pots and you know doves they always like to
leave a little gift where ever they go. Who knows......
A few weeks ago I
took these nice and tasty pics of of this particular weed.
Weeds? How can weeds
be tasty? Well certain kinds can be eaten as wild greens or used as
flavorings. In this case both. Its called a Garlic mustard and yes
its in the mustard family. Its a nice wild green which I would rather
call them that has this nice distinctive garlicky smell and taste in
its leaves and flowers when crushed. You can eat the leaves and
flowers raw in a salad, use as a cooked green side dish and or
flavour your food in-place of garlic. This European wild green is
also invasive so if you find them, don't just beat them, eat them.
I really like the look of these photos. They really turned out well.
Finally got a nice
pic of one of my doves flying in the garage. OK its not perfect but
maybe next time I'll get an actual face showing. “They're kind of
shy any how” Its kind of hard using an ancient digital camera for
the task, for a movement that quick. Oh well maybe next year.
The pics were taken
before they went out to stay in their summer incloser so it was right
around the time where the doves started to molt their feathers. They
were looking rather ratty.
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