Facebook Page


It’s true I am technically challenged most of the time!!

I have had a few requests for a facebook page tied into my recipes or canning instructions that I post on my blog.  I think I finally did it today.  Hope it works!!  If you are on facebook and would like to join the page you can below.

You can check it out here.


August Blues

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Not letting go

This is how I feel about back to school in response to the Daily Post, August Blues.

I love my children being home, not on a schedule, playing, being outside exploring, working on the farm, staying up late around the campfire or having a great night of family time swimming or boating.  We celebrate their last day of school. August blues hit me right after our local County Fair ends.  I start feeling the pit in my stomach and heart of another year coming to an end and the reminder of my children being another year older. 

As a child I enjoyed the summer.  I didn’t dislike school but I knew financially it was a burden with 4 children getting new clothes that were much needed, supplies, extra food for lunches, and the schedules of different start times, bus pick up times and returning home times.  It meant extra work with homework, less play time, and more stress.  The first few days of school were exciting times but it quickly fizzled.

Times are different with our 2 children but the familiar sadness of another summer come and gone is not.  There is also the fear of the world today and the worry of something bad happening while they are away from home.  I have found myself over the past few years counting the time between summer vacation and Christmas vacation when I know they can be relaxed, not scheduled and have their play/explore time outdoors at home with our family.

So knowing my children will be starting back to school in a week I try to pretend I am excited for them.  But inside I am feeling the pit and screaming…I’m not ready!!!  But there is only 114 days until their Christmas break 🙂



Chance with bucket of crabs

Our neighbor is a charter fisherman.  He works year round taking customers all over Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River to catch fish.  Sounds like a dream job but it is a huge load of work driving to make sure your customers from all over the country are catching fish in all types of weather including snow storms. What you catch has to be fileted and you must spend many evenings wrapping bait, crabbing, and drying the boat out for the next mornings trip.

We are surrounded by some of the worlds best fishing with Bass, Perch, Walleye, Salmon, and probably others I have no idea about.  Sadly I have never acquired a taste for seafood of any type.  We have a few fish fry picnics a year.  I am told there is no better fish than what he brings as it’s fresh!

Last night his family went “crabbing” (turning over rocks in shallow waters and on the shore) to catch some crabs for bait.  They took my son along to help.  He had a wonderful time and loved every minute of it!!  Here are some of the pictures of their trip to the shore of the Niagara River surrounding our island to crab.   Photos courtesy of Julie Cinelli (his wife).

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How lucky are these kids to have this life!!