Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bug Fever or Spring Complaint

So how are the mosquitoes at your place?
A few weeks ago, a friend told me about a walk in the woods behind his home where there is a small lake/pond. He said it was alive with mosquito larvae.
Well they have come out of the water and into my yard and house! It's just AWFUL. I feel like wearing my bug suit to bed. Every window in this house has a screen. We don't have a dog to push the screen open (and leave it open) anymore. Yet the house is full of mozzies.
Someone told me she has replaced all of the screens in her house with a new finer mesh.  I have a lot of very large windows in my home so I don't think that is going to be an option here. Last summer, when the mozzies were mild compared to this year, I put cheese cloth over the screen in my bedroom windows. I might have to resort to that yet.
Someone else told me to pin smelly dryer sheets to the screens. Not sure if that works yet. Every time the wind blows they fall off. Do I have to sew them on???
When I went to S.Ontario last weekend we still had black flies around here. They seem to have finished, thank goodness.
Last week I went to town with M while he did a quick service call. I went for a lovely walk around the neighbourhood. There aren't any mozzies in that part of town.

(Photo from Orkin)

The second lot of tulip bulbs are in flower. They were planted two weeks after the first lot. These ones are all a light yellow with a slight bit of red feathering. Still NOTHING like the Canada150 tulips were advertised. They are very dainty and attractive none the less. Seems like June 1 is late for tulips to be flowering doesn't it?

(Canada150 tulip)

My garden is LATE LATE LATE. I'm not sure if we are even going to get any potatoes planted at the rate we are going. The patch hasn't been tilled. The onion and garlic bed needs a serious weeding so I can get more onions planted from sets. Most of the tomatoes I started from seed have died. I've gone from 30 plants to 20, to 10, to 6. Two Best Boy, two BrandyWine and two mutts seem to be thriving. Perhaps I'll just grab a couple of Roma and a couple of Cherry.  It's not like we need to freeze any more. There are still scads of bags in the freezer from last year.

Monday, May 29, 2017

a Family Affair

Went to the city for my grandaughters confirmation - followed by a family gathering. We had a grand time. I think this is the first time I can remember there not being any scraping and squabbling. Everyone got along, had a wonderful time. The food was amazing.

The girls were playing "Charlies Angels" out behind the garage. This is my youngest daughter doing her pose.

Two youngest daughters. I have several identical poses over the years from when my blond daughter was a tiny baby. 

Eldest and I just standing around chatting when Son In Law yelled SMILE!

Four daughters in order of age, left to right.

Second eldest daughter with her eldest son. T. has grown up so fast

Daughter in her new kitchen.  They've had a lot of fun renovating this house.It was quite a sight when they bought it. The former owners loved weird and whacky colors and trimming.

Eldest with the quilt I made for her birthday

Eldest grandson with daughters sweet Bermese Mountain Dog. 

Eldest and I posing with the quilt

I haven't done so much driving in quite some time so the trip was a bit of a challenge. I'm hurting today! Still, it was so wonderful to see ALL of my children again.

(I did see my son but he isn't into having his photo on Social media. We don't put photos of the children out there either.)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

So this is a new tool

At this time of year, I don't do much quilting, or genealogy. There are some days though, maybe it's miserable out, or really hot or something like that, well, I log into my family tree and the DNA pages.
So let me tell you the most valuable discoveries from all this:
First off, I proved who my paternal grandfather was. It pains me that I made this discovery when my father passed away so there was no opportunity to talk to him about his father.
I've done DNA testing with two different companies and posted my file with two other services. My daughter has tested, as has my brother.
From all of our tests, I've found a surprising number of paternal relatives all over the world.
The one that breaks my heart is the first cousin to my father, who lived in our neighbourhood. She didn't have any siblings or cousins. NOT ONE - or so she thought. My father and his full sister were her first cousins. They lived close by but never knew each other.  Until she had her own children, she didn't think she had any living blood family.
We have discovered a pirate! We've discovered a cousin who was shipwrecked with her son on the way to a new life in New Zealand. They were stranded on a remote island for seven months before they were recovered!
Despite my assumption that my heritage is 100% Scandinavian and European, I have DNA matches who lived in the Orient and Hawaii. We're attributing these folks to our pirate ancestor.  It's still so remote though....we have to have another connection. Perhaps a closer relative who was across the Pacific doing military service???  I did have a half great uncle who was in Japan for quite a few years.

 I have a close childhood friend. I knew her mother, who was a war bride. The mother seemed like she had a little bit of something in her that no one seemed able to pinpoint. She told her kids she thought her biological father was part Chinese.  When she was adopted, there were items given with her when the (Caucasian) birth mother handed her to the adoptive family.  So, my friends niece and her son have both done DNA testing. The niece has her results but isn't going to share anything until her cousin receives his.  The family is waiting anxiously to see what the results reveal!!!

DNA is a wonderful compliment to your family tree work. It is a great tool for proving ancestors and finding new connections.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20

It is now official - in the eyes of the Government of Canada, I am a senior citizen! Okay then.  When I got my license renewed the other day, the young lady at Service Ontario told me "You can now fish for free". (She was a hoot. Very refreshing compared to the rest of the snarky you know whats who have worked there too darn long.) It got me a discount on lunch at the sushi place on Friday, hahahahaha.

We had a couple of very hot and humid days then a wicked stormy evening, then some nice cooler days. It is now Saturday of the Victoria Day long weekend. Some call it 2-4 Weekend.  The campgrounds and what not traditionally open this weekend, though many are still closed due to flooding issues. Most of the water ways around here are also no go. The fishermen won't be happy. I forget what season opens this weekend......

One of my lovely birthday gifts was a trip around the county to the garden centers. We drove by the big nurseries which were MAD. The parking lots were full and there were line ups. We stopped at a couple of small greenhouse operations owned by Mennonite folks to the east of us. It was so nice to chat with the vendors. No crowds pushing and obstructing.
My tomatoes didn't do so well, only ten of the twenty or more survived, so I bought several more plants at the greenhouses. We also bought potatoes for planting and two jugs of lovely maple syrup.
The nights are still quite cold so I haven't started planting yet. My perennials are all growing like wild things so there is at least that to look at. The flower buds on the lilacs are starting to show too!

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15

 I had decided to revamp the blog with more of a genealogical focus, but obviously that hasn't happened, YET. Maybe later in the year I'll find the time to work on that.

Life is crazy right now. To start with, a close friend of mine is going to join us here in the "Family Commune" as my son in law likes to call it. It seems there is often someone moving in or moving out. My house is kind of a safe and comfortable stop in the road when people close to us are seeking a better life.
My friend is moving from a house, so she needs a rather spacious room. I'm in the process of moving OUT of my workroom/bedroom into a normal size bedroom. I have so much STUFF to sort, store or discard. It's hard to think back, 22 years ago, when I went down a road by myself with a sewing machine, a backpack and an armful of books. Where did all this STUFF come from???.

It seems like we are moving from winter to flood right into summer. It's going to be VERY warm this week!
There is a lot of outdoor work to do. The snow seemed to be a long time leaving.  I finished cleaning up the last bit of rubble from the old porch today. It was under a snowbank of course. My flower beds have been all raked and reseeded as necessary.  They are all kind of rough beds. I'm not the type of person who wants to spend hours every week on my knees pulling weeds. I sow them rather densely with good stuff, and if the odd weed or bit of grass creeps in there, so be it.
I haven't even touched my veggie beds yet. I'm hoping my friend will dive in there and take care of most of that. Gardening is one of the activities that she is longing to get it once she gets out of the big city.
My birthday is fast approaching in a matter of days. I officially become a senior citizen in the eyes of the government of Canada. I will get a little pension and some discounts here and there. I think we will be going out for a meal on the day. Gosh, I have to remember to renew my license before the day too!!!
Next week, daughter and I are heading to the big city to the south for some family time. I am so excited about seeing all of the grandchildren. It has been several years since I've seen some of them. On the Friday we will be going to visit with my dear son. I haven't seen him in FIVE WHOLE YEARS. We tried to have a visit summer before last but he had a mishap on the way here and oh it was just a mess.