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22 June 2020

I just noticed that the day numbers of the year are off by a few so I’m thinking I may drop them from the title. But then I’ll have to come up with a creative title every day. Huh. Going to need to stew on that for a bit 😉

A lovely thunderstorm blew through the region this afternoon, bringing a lower temperature but it’s still quite humid. Relief is on the way Wednesday…which is a holiday here in Quebec!

I made homemade pizzas for supper tonight. First time trying it on my own since I was a teenager. Back then I would use my tea biscuit recipe for the dough and whatever cheese we hand on hand.

My nephews inspired me…we have had a few pizza nights together, Jamie would make the dough and Connor and I would help with toppings.

Tonight I used a store bought crust and tried two different pizzas…one was a Margherita (tomatoes, basil, olive oil and mozzarella) and the other was bruschetta and bocconcini – which was my fav tonight.

A few photos from the day:

Yellow Gerber Daisy ©WQuinn 2020
White peonies
Photo of the day, 22 Jun 2020 ©WQuinn
Dukes napping ©WQuinn 2020

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Monday, 20 April 2020

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Sipping my tea this morning while watching the birds (inside…it was too cold to be out, brrrr), I had the thought, “I love Sundays” only to realize seconds later, it’s Monday. My heart sank, sigh. It’s Monday.

I find it strange to feel like this, about Monday, while in quarantine mode where everyday seems like a weekend… The good news for the day was the sunshine…all day sunshine.

I started my morning with a headache again. Took a couple Motrin, an ice pack and went back to bed for an hour. Felt a little better, then applied some essential oils to my neck, did some stretching exercises and got on with my day. Eventually the pain subsided… Thank God 🙏 because I had plans for my day!

Now, the soap didn’t quite turn out as well as I had hoped for. I made one loaf, three rounds in the silicon tray and one special mold.

The loaf looked a little too glossy, kind of like the gel phase. And the circles and special mold were soft and squishy. I did a little research and it could be too much humidity and/or old lye. I was relieved to learn the batch will be useable. It’s been cut up and placed on a rack to do its thing for the next 4-6 weeks.

Lemon poppyseed cold press soap © WQuinn 2020

You’ve no doubt heard that invention is the mother of necessity…well…we ran out of chips. No biggy, probably a good thing for my waistline. However, our next grocery order isn’t for a couple of weeks. So, I decided to try making my own.

I watched a few YouTube videos, found a few recipes and started experimenting. Wanting to avoid deep frying to perhaps try a healthier alternative…as if there’s such a thing as a healthy potato chip…I opted for microwave and oven chips.

I cut one potato using a mandolin, but the slices were too thick. I cooked then anyway and it took quite some time to get crispy.

Next, I cut another potato, this time by hand. I divided the pile into two, one for the microwave and one for the oven.

Counter clockwise from top left: thick microwaved, thin microwaved, and thin oven baked potato chips. ©WQuinn 2020

The microwave was faster, but the ones from the oven tasted better.

Now that I can make my own potato chips…chips that are very tasty…I have no desire to buy a bag from the store. If I get the craving, I can cook up one potato and be done, instead of eating an entire bag. That’s got to be good, eh?!

Some days I have one picture, other days I have a lot. It’s all about being in the moment and capturing those fleeting moments, like Dukes sleeping, and the chickadee sticking around longer than normal so I can get a good shot.

Had a catnap with Dukes ©WQuinn 2020
Black capped chickadee ©WQuinn 2020

And I ended my day with another gorgeous sunset! Amazing!

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©WQuinn

Edit: necessity is the mother of invention…not the other way around 😉

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Monday, 6 April 2020

Oh, what an amazingly beautiful day! A high of 14°C, sunshine and a mild breeze.

Dukes bring me a gift…first of the year.

Dukes is not feeling well but managed to go out for a walk this morning, catch a snake and bring it back to me. I intercepted and persuaded him to leave it on the lawn. He wasn’t happy but a few treats made up for it. I moved the snake to a nearby bush and watched it slide away.

Spent the entire afternoon outside doing this and that, pulled a few chairs out of storage, dug up the garlic patch…I didn’t get around to it in the fall and missed planting the garlic. So thought I’d give it a try planting them now.?! Only time will tell if it’ll work.

The garlic patch before
And after…

Boy, was it wet! I left it to dry and will tackle it again tomorrow and then plant the bulbs.

Today’s photo is the amazing moon

96/366 Photo of the day, 6 Apr 2020 © WQuinn

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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Oh happy April!!! We had our first BBQ of the season…yummy homemade hamburgers.

I think Mom might be getting bored. It’s been 17 days since we’ve been told to work from home and yesterday she started moving furniture around. Yesterday was our bedrooms, today the living room…as long as she’s happy, I’m good. 😉

91/366 Photo of the day, Dukes, 1 Apr 2020 © WQuinn

It was a lovely spring day. I enjoyed my lunch on the veranda, listening to the birds, geese and ducks, and watching Dukes walk and mark the perimeter of our lot.

The snow is almost gone! © WQuinn 2020

I spent time today finalizing my family tree book. I got the hardcover version uploaded to the store. The softcover will be up soon. And I finished the PDF ebook version.

I’ve also been working on my website…it’s been a while since I’ve done web design and WordPress has changed quite a lot. I’m in a bit of a learning curve holding pattern… I miss the Dreamweaver days… time to brush up on html and dig in.

Grateful for the quiet time to tackle it. Grateful we’re healthy. Praying for the world and doing our best to help by staying home.