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I think it's high time to show you some progress on my seedlings.



Here is my Morning Glory growing along with the ginger indoors. This was my first blossom and as of today, I have had three blossoms. There are a lots of buds on the plant. It wants to twist around the ginger leaves but every day, I just make the tendrils climb on itself.



There are more shoots coming out from the ginger plant.




My seedlings have grown and I've been putting them outdoors to harden.


I 've been digging sod with lots of weeds at the end of the garden and I have amended the soil and planted 8 blueberry bushes.

I have three double rows of assorted peas, three rows of assorted onions, some spinach and kale planted. Everything is starting to grow. Today I planted two rows of Cylendra beets. I like them because they are long beets and are great for slicing.

I'm still cleaning up from the flood damage on my lawn and gardens. I'll spare you from showing flood pictures but instead, I have included a mini sample of the damage that I have to deal with.



The Daylily flowerbed has been cleaned but I haven't replaced the soil yet.  I didn't lose as much topsoil as last year because I didn't clean the dead debris last fall.


Branches I picked up from the back lawn. They will be cut for kindling.



The path to the back garden behind the hedge. There is mud everywhere.




Everything is toppled and covered with mud in the garden shed.


My swing seats move from the gazebo to the back flower garden by the hedge. I wanted to move them up before the flood but my husband thought that the flood would not be as bad as last year, but it was. I was disappointed. My tulips were buried under mud and debris.



I have cleaned a lot but haven't taken pictures yet. I'm just doing what I can and the rest. I have pruned two of my rose bushes, weeded and removed all the bricks and replaced the landscape fabrics under the bricks and added some mulch. There are two of them but I'm only showing one bed.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry for waiting so long before posting. I wish you all a great weekend. I hope you'll enjoy doing whatever you choose to do. For us, it a long weekend. Victoria Day.
Hugs, Julia
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I've been busy enjoying my retirements and not physically exerting myself too much. I planted seeds and I wanted to document how they are doing. I always plant more than I need because they are so small until they grow and then I have too many. lol... I do that every year. I didn't plant tomato seeds this year because we were over-run by tomatoes last year... I may buy a few plant varieties from the grower for my own vegetable garden to have some handy.



I had some old Morning Glories seeds that I wanted to see if they were still good and I planted them in the same pot with the ginger roots, along with some other old seeds. The Morning Glory and the carrots grew but nothing else came up. I pulled out the carrots as they were spindly. As you can see the ginger and the Morning Glory are doing very well.


I bought a sweet basil plant at our local nursery to speed up my basil crop


I took cuttings of the basil plant and rooted them in water in a sunny window.



Here they are at different stages of rooting and to my surprise, the tiniest cutting had more roots.


Here they are potted. I planted some Sweet Basil seeds also just because I love pesto so much.


Here is the progress of my Geraniums.


And Bada Boon begonias that are just emerging.


some Impatient seedlings




Gypsy Broccoli sprouts,



These are Brussel sprouts, I also planted cauliflower seeds and some other seeds but no photos yet because my camera battery died.



If you remember last fall, my sewing machine broke and I inquired about getting it fixed. I found a lady who would look at it but she charges $99.00 to have a look at it. To have it repaired she would have to send it away and it would cost more.  So I bought a new one at Canadian Tire on sale for probably less than it would have cost me to get the other one fixed.  It's just a basic sewing machine since I don't sew much.


Our snow is almost all gone and I've been cleaning some of my flowerbeds but I took Sunday off as a day of rest even though it was nice and sunny. Today is wet and cool.

I wish you all a HAPPY EASTER and some good weather.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, it is much appreciated.
Hugs, Julia

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The weather has been amazing and the snow has been melting these last few sunny days. What a sudden change from extreme cold to nice warm days. The sky is so blue, it takes my breath away and it gives me hope for Spring.

I planted some Geraniums seeds on February 13th and tomorrow they will be a month old. I can't believe it's been a month already. Time sure is going fast. Yesterday, I transplanted them in small pots and transferred them in the basement under my grow lights.


Here is a specimen of my Geranium seedling.

They are slow so it's important to start them early. Not all my seeds germinated as some dried up because of low humidity in the house but I still have more than I need... I had them in my sunroom but didn't put plastic over them as I was afraid it would get too hot inside the plastic bags.

I cleaned out my grow light unit that was under water for 8 days in the last spring flood and George only had to replace one fluorescent tube. It's amazing that the unit still works after being toppled over and under water for so long.

On March 11th I started some pink and red Inpatients and I put them on a heat mat under the florescent lights with plastic bags over them to keep them from drying out.

I love ginger and use it often in stirfries. This year, I tried a new experiment and planted some ginger roots that I purchased at the grocery store. I cut the piece of ginger in two and planted them with the little nob up


I watered the pot well and covered the roots with an inch of soil and put it in the sun in my sunroom.
I follow the sun with it so it can get as much as possible since the daylight is still short.


This is how much they have grown since I planted them a month ago. So far, they look healthy.

The other day, I also planted some old seeds to test if they were still good and I can see two have rooted on the edge. I think they might be blue Morning Glory.  I have some lettuce and lupins seeds in there as well but they did not sprout yet.

Another first, I ordered some blueberry bushes this year. It was a project that I was going to tackle last spring but severe flooding got in the way. I ordered 2 varieties, 4 Chippewa and 4 Northland and it will be several years before I can pick blueberries from them.  They say it will take 4 years to produce berries.



I haven't been very productive but I've been having fun playing cards with my husband every night rather than get on the computer. We play a game of 45.

I hope you are having some spring-like weather where you are also.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Hugs, Julia
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The last week of February, in a nutshell.



We celebrated our 53rd Wedding Anniversary and I made a carrot cake for us and one for the church. I help serving tea at pancake supper which was a week before Shrove Tuesday. It was well attended despite the bitter cold and blowing wind.

We attended the funeral mass for a dear friend who lost her fight to cancer at age 56. We lost another dear friend after he fell and broke his hip in his home. He went through surgery and because of medical complications, he died several days after.


I babysat my great grandkids while their mom and dad went to the hospital for the birth of their new little sister. Here miss W. setting up the track by herself. I had a lot of fun playing with the kids but by night I was all tuckered out. My son Vaughan took over for me for the overnight babysitting.


Big brother is enjoying an ice cream cone at the table.  He's so well mannered.



Then the new little sister arrived.
I couldn't take a great photo of our new little great granddaughter in the bassinette. She came earlier than her due date because it was deemed safer for both mom and baby.  She weighs in at 6lb 5oz.


The happy big brother wanted to hold her while his sister is content to sit close to mom.


Can you see that big smile? He was over the moon with the new baby sister.
I asked him if his heart was getting bigger and he said "Oh yeah"


Here is the happy family.
The last picture before I left the hospital. Sorry about the poor quality of the photographs. I had forgotten my camera and used my cell phone. My hands are not very steady.

We had extremely fluctuating temperatures during February, warm days and very cold days, lots of snow, wind and blowing snow, frozen pipe, and hoses at the barn but also we got lots of sunshine which made thing a little bit easier to bear.

Welcome, March. Only 19 days to Spring. Thanks for your comments, they are very appreciated.
Hugs, Julia
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This post is a lot lighter and shorter than my last post... I know I was stirring a hornet's nest but I went ahead with it anyway. Thanks to all those who have been brave enough to comment. I know it wasn't easy for most of you who commented... It was much appreciated. It stirred a lot of interest because I got 180 views and the number will keep going up...



I took a photo of the moon last night with my zoom lens from an upstairs window but still, it doesn't show the face in the moon. It was very light outdoors with the brightness of the moon and all that snow but bitterly cold.


These are Orange Maverick Geranium seedlings planted on February 13

Today is sunny and still a bit cold but I wanted to show you my little Geranium seedlings. One sprouted on Feb. 15th, then one day apart the other three sprouted which was amazingly fast. It said to soak the seeds for 24 hours before planting but I didn't do that. I planted them in these little peat planters and placed the plate on the heat mat and covered them with a glass dish.
I planted another 10 Red Maverick Geranium seeds on Monday and none of those has sprouted yet.



I have these under glass in the sunroom and they are sheltered from direct sun with two small potting soil bags so they don't overheat in the sun.


This is the first time I'm using these tiny pressed peat pellets. Before planting, I soak them in warm water and they swell up before planting the seeds in.

I have other seeds to plant but it's still a bit early for home planting unless I had a hothouse.

I hope your day is going well. Thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated.
Hugs, Julia
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What a strange title you might say and you may be right but I'm not the only one who is burning her books. Here is my story. I don't expect you to agree with me but this post is to make you aware that so many like me have fallen in the New Age trap without realizing the dangers because it's disguised as something so good and it is so widespread.

I may not have any followers after this post but I feel that this is important enough to post anyway.



Besides heating the house, the wood stove is a great way to burn those New Age books on cold days.


 You can come to your own conclusion after you check out these truths. Satan has one goal in mind and it's to steal our souls and the souls of our children, grandchildren, and everyone. It's not surprising that marriage breakup and divorce rates are high and people are entering unions without the vows and the family breakup.  All that is not from God.  It's from the devil.
 He will use subtle deception to trick us in all in our weakness or interests and no one is spared, and we are not even aware because we think its good for us. Satan has no peace or real happiness to offer but only eternal damnation and torment,  that's the bottom line.

I have been a truth seeker for a long time as truth has always been of great importance to me. I'd rather look like a fool and take my punishment than to tell a lie.

I've always tried to help and encourage people when I can and support them in their struggles. It causes me pain to see people in need when I have so much and also to see people or animals suffer. I have my own struggles and I'm deeply flawed and I'm certainly far from being a saint, my husband will tell you... but I pray every day and ask Jesus for guidance and protection for myself and my love ones. By His grace, he pointed me in the right direction and it's like a veil of deception has been removed from my eyes and happiness, peace and hope has returned to my shriveled heart. I've been reading the Psalms in the Holy Bible and it has been a balm to my soul.

My interest in New Age started quite innocently enough when my husband and I were introduced to Healing Touch Therapy by a friend that my husband introduced me to and we were so impressed by the results that I even took the first level of Healing Touch Therapy Course but since the rest of the other levels of the course were offered in another city about 5 hours away and I would have had to travel by myself and pay for accommodation for the duration of the course so I put it off to later when I would be less busy.

In the first level of the course, I was introduced to the chakras, healing stones, the pendulum, auras, energy work, all done in love and caring, all of which seemed pretty amazing. I could hardly believe that I actually could move another person's energy and I could feel it in my hands. I was interested in taking the second level of Healing Touch Therapy and was given a very long list of New Age books to read for the next level so I acquired a library of New Age books over time but never took the course probably because I was so busy and was also intimidated to have to travel and stay away from home for this and the cost of it all, but I read books that seemed to have all the answer for healing.

Oprah Winfrey frequently had New Age people on her show and I was interested and I would buy their books, after all, we were coming into the age of information.

Quite by accident or by the devil's plan, I came upon The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner and bought his books and the whole webinar on CDs. I even made a blog post about the book. I listened to his free webinars on my computer and for the duration, he had special guests that were all New Age with tons of seemingly good information to improve every aspect of one's life.

Last Fall, I bought two books by the author of The Law Of Attraction but by now I have forgotten the name of the other book and even the author.   As I settled in my bed to read The Law Of Attraction, I asked God, should I read this book? Does this book contain the truth? It didn't feel right... I got an uneasy feeling.  After reading the first few pages, I threw it in the wastebasket and thought, what a waste of my money. I could have returned it but instead, the next day, I picked it up and put it on the shelf where it stayed until a few weeks ago.

 I picked up the Law Of Attraction book from the shelf and opened it but did not read it and again I had the very same weird feeling about it, something wasn't right. I picked both books by the same author and without hesitation, I threw them in the garbage bin.  I wasn't going to give it to anyone to read.

 I went online to check this out and came upon a youtube video  New Age is Dangerous Law of Attraction and there were a lot of other similar testimonies about why people had to leave the New Age movement after their lives were spiraling out of control with demonic possessions and all sorts of out of body experiences. New Age was promising them hidden wisdom, healing, love,  inner peace, and financial success but instead, after a while, their life became tormented instead of peaceful and serene, they just lived in darkness and despair.

 I came upon a Youtube video by Steven Bancraz entitled Proof The New Age Movement is Satanic and another youtube video by the same author, From New Age To Jesus, then another youtube by a lady,  Ex Witch Reveals Connection between Yoga and Satan. I googled "List of New Age Practices" and found a list by Doreen Virtue, entitled A-Z List of New Age Practices to Avoid and Why. It was published on January 21, 2019. It's like I was opening up a can of worms. So many people being deceived by New Age and leaving New Age for Jesus.

Doreen's  list was long and I was not aware that things like Yoga, Reiki, Acupuncture, Healing Touch, Chakras, Energy Healing, Feng Shui, Horoscope, Harry Potter, Hypnosis, Meditating,  Peace sign (upside down broken cross), Vision Boards and many others including Law of Attraction were all from the occult, like Tarot Cards, Witchcraft and Ouiji Boards.

Doreen Virtue left the New Age Movement at the height of her career. She was a prolific New Age writer and teacher with over 40 or so books published by Hay House and is now warning everyone about the danger of New Age. Doreen Virtue tried to have all her books taken from the shelves but the publisher refused to do it or their hands were tied... So she went on social media to ask for forgiveness and warn her readers about the danger of New Age and many of her readers have taken her advice and destroyed all their New Age books. After leaving New Age and turning to Jesus Christ, her life became peaceful and happy and meaningful.

There are lots and lots of testimonies about possessions by evil spirits from ex-New Age people so it's not to be taken lightly.  Oprah, the most influential woman in the world, worth  4 Billion dollars is totally immersed in New Age and rolling in money but at what cost? What price does she put on her soul?  Do you think that she's happy? Another youtube video, by Steven Bancarz, Oprah's New Age Christianity Dangerous Heresy. Her perception of reality is certainly not congruent with the Holy Bible.

I'm sorry for the length of this post, and if all this seems extreme to you,  but in reality, it is.  I had no idea about all the different practices that were listed, were considered New Age.  The New Age movement is rooted in the occult and polytheism and it is forbidden in the Holy Bible. The occult is from Satan, the father of all lies and the great deceiver. We don't need New Age, all we need is to read our Holy Bible and turn to Christ. I take great comfort from reading Psalms in my Holy Bible daily now. It brings me comfort and healing.

I did a lot more research and I had enough information to make an informed decision to burn all my new Age books. I will only share parts of my research here but with even only these, you can come to your own decision. We cannot serve two masters. If we serve the wrong one, we lose our soul in hell for eternity but if we serve Jesus, we have eternal life.

Like I said, I don't expect everyone to agree with me at this time,  but I feel it is for the good that I'm doing this. I will never say, May the force be with you but May God bless you.

Thanks for reading this long post and for leaving a comment if you wish.
Spring is right around the corner but seems to be getting farther with the latest snow storm. 34 days to Spring.
Keep safe and warm.
Hugs, Julia
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Yes, it's snowing again. OK snow, you can stop now. We have more than we need and we don't want to be greedy.


A view of our snow supply on the deck from the back door of the sunroom. Yeah, history repeats itself and so do I. It's the same thing as last year so I go with the flow. lol...




Today was George's birthday so I baked a nice big carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. 75 candles are too many to put on a cake so I used pretend candles. It's one of my favorite cake recipes. The lighting was very poor but the cake was really good, lol...








My Christmas cacti are still blooming since November 16th even though I neglected my plants this winter. Some of the buds fell off and started blooming again after getting a good drink of water. They are almost indestructible but they are grateful for a drink of water. They dry fast in winter.


This is a Poinsettia that I got from Christine for Christmas 2017. A whole bunch of leaves fell off but it's surviving even though it suffered neglect also. It was late blooming this year. I think my restlessness affected my plants this winter.  I bought some soil and will give them some TLC and hope they will forgive me.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this old woman's rambling and leaving a comment. Please take care of yourselves, your pets, and your plants. Winter is hard on them as much as on us.
Hugs, Julia
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The storm is over and we didn't get the 2 foot of snow we were expecting. It snowed about 6 inches and we got some freezing rain on top of the snow and a bit more snow on top of that. It drifted in some places and my husband said the snow was heavy to plow.

Like my title said, I've been in the kitchen more than usual lately. I made a blueberry pie last week and I added some lemon zest and lemon juice to boost the flavor. It didn't last too long. I needed to use the leftover pie dough I had in the fridge from when I made some empenadas, they are a sort of small meat pies that you can hold in the hand.
With the leftover dough, I made these little sweet treats. I spread butter on the dough and sprinkles brown sugar and roll and then cut into thin slices. My mom used to make these.



On Saturday, I wanted to try my new compact deep fryer so I made some onion rings. They were so good.

That's what was left because I only thought of taking a picture after they were almost gone. I'm trying to fatten myself up. I think it's working. lol...

Today, since I was well rested from doing nothing on Sunday, I made some veggie samosas but I remembered to take photos this time.  It would have been helpful to have someone take the photos for me since I had flour on my hand. I had to wash my hands for each photo I took.

First I prepared my son in law's dough recipe and I placed it in a bag to rest for a few hours. While the dough was resting I prepared the veggie filling. 

I like it spicy but I didn't add as much cayenne pepper as I would like because I have to share it with my husband and son who don't like it as hot as I do. My filling is moist enough to make it into little balls with my small cookie scoop.  I still have lots of filling left so I'll have to make more dough.
NOT A PROBLEM...


I rolled out the dough until thin like  Bill, my son in law, showed me to do, with my pasta roller. It works great and is much faster than rolling the dough with a rolling pin.


This is actually fun to do.
I first make a small ball and flatten it, put a wee bit of flour so it won't stick to the rollers and pass it through the pasta roller.  I start with a thicker sheet of dough and change to a thinner setting and pass the sheet of dough through several times until it's thin enough. In this picture, it's set on the thicker setting.

I cut it in strips and brush lightly with water to seal the edges and place a spoonful of the veggie filling on the bottom and fold it in triangles.
I cut it in strips and placed a spoonful of filling on the dough and fold it in a triangle, making sure the edges are sealed so there is no leakage into the oil.



When I have all my samosas filled and sealed, I deep fry them to a golden brown.


As you can see, I'm still not an expert at folding these triangles like my daughter Jackie is but they are so yummy anyway. I'll get better at making them once I've gotten more experienced.
I didn't make the dipping sauce so my husband dipped them in antipasto, lol.  I didn't have all the ingredients to make the coriander mint chutney sauce but I will next time. I didn't want to go out in all that snow today just for a few ingredients. So that's what I've been up to.

I hope that you all weathered the storm well. We are used to lots of snow in this part of the country.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.  Comments are what keeps us blogging.
Hugs, Julia
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Halfway through January and I'm back to normal or semi-normal. I've adjusted to my new easy schedule and I've rested my tired body and stressed mind. My damaged shoulder is feeling a whole lot better. I had 2 falls in November that had set me back. I couldn't scrub or lift and I got bored and felt blue.

It's not easy to do to keep still when a person is so used to being busy all the time. I've always liked to keep busy, even as a child. I either was always cleaning or taking care of kids or trying to make things better. But starting in December, I was feeling restless and lost interest in doing anything. I needed to snap myself out of this mindset.

After twidling my thumbs once too often, I decided to finish hooking my Julia Hen chairpad and finish the edge. I could only hook for about 10 minutes and my heart just wasn't in it. There wasn't much to hook on it but I persisted and got it done.



This was a rug that my Rug Hooking Daily friends, The Great Stash  Deworming Marathon suggested I do after I had done a challenge rug using leftover wool worms. You might remember George Rooster chairpad rug, named after my husband, lol. They suggested that I needed to do a Julia Hen chairpad. Well, here they are.



I've pestered my son-in-law to show me how he makes Samosas. His chicken Samosas are to die for. They are so moist, unlike the ones we buy at the market.

I made a batch of Veggie Samosas and they tasted better than the ones I bought.  Of course, I didn't take pictures. I'll take pictures next time I make them again.

 I bought a compact deep fryer to fry my Samosas but found out I didn't have enough oil to use my deep fryer so I used my wok. I don't recommend deep frying on the stove because it only takes a spatter of oil to ignite the whole pan. I forgot to take a photo of my Samasas but they looked the same as my son-in-law. I had a little flare up but luckily, my oil didn't catch on fire.

I've cleaned the wallpaper paste of one small section of my kitchen wall near the stove that was unfinished a while back. It was very dried up and needed a lot of elbow grease.

I've spent a lot of time more time cooking in the kitchen now since I'm retired.  Today I made 2 meatloaves, one for us and one for my son Vaughan. I've put on a few pounds but I still stand to put on a few extra more.



I can't wait to start planting seeds although our gardening season is still far away. I plugged in my grow light unit that was under flood water for 8 days in the basement last spring and to my big surprise, the lights lit up. They will need cleaning but I'm so happy they still work. I really thought that they were damaged.

We have a sunny blue sky and the snow is dripping off the roof this afternoon. I hope that you are blessed with good weather too today, wherever you are.
Thanks for visiting, caring and leaving comments.
Hugs, Julia



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We had a green Christmas this year and I won't complain. I felt sure-footed as I walked outside but today, it's been snowing and it's warming up after a few really cold days. It's supposed to turn to rain again and someplace, freezing rain.

Yesterday I felt like making Curry Squash soup from a recipe I received from my daughter Christine a few years ago. I used some frozen squash puree I made from our own squash. It was so good and comforting on a cold day.
I like to use my soup tureen often in the winter for soups and chowders. It's made of glazed stoneware so it keeps the content nice and hot for a long time. After it cools, I store the tureen in the fridge.


Sorry about the blurred photo. After I took the photo, I noticed that I had forgotten to change the close-up setting on my camera.

Today I baked some Drop Cheese Biscuits. They were so good with the soup. I had a hard time to stop eating them.


This afternoon, I worked on a challenging puzzle. It's been a Christmas tradition at our house to wind down after the busy Christmas celebrations. I knew it would be a challenge but it turned out to be more challenging than I expected. I started it on Christmas Eves and I worked at it every chance I got and that's all I've got done so far. I picked that one because I love owls. We'll see how long it will take me to complete it.


I must say that Cobble Hill makes quality puzzles and the pieces stay into place otherwise it would be very frustrating. They are made in Victoria BC in Canada... The pieces are random shapes which makes it interesting... The reason I find this one so challenging is that it's from a painting and not from a photograph so the details are not crisp and also the colors all seem to blend in but it's beautiful


This is how much I have managed to put together since Christmas Eve... I sort the pieces by color in plates to facilitate finding the right piece and I stack them to save space.

Today, the waxwings returned to my crabapple tree like they did last year but my window was too dirty with spider webs and grime to take a good picture through it and I didn't want to scare them by opening the door.
I hope that you all had a great day. Thanks for your comments.
Hugs, Julia
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