1. Thanks for the feedback Joan! It is very annoying when software changes the way it works when it is updated, so glad I became aware of this issue. When the comments stopped coming I though to myself, “this pandemic really has people dampened down, I hope everyone is OK!” Glad to know it is the software that has problems and not the people!!!

  2. Sandy

    Yes, I received 3 notifications today and was happy to get them! I wish we had the longer Autumns we used to get. My cousin in northern Wisconsin has already had snow. I’m still hoping for a warm snap 🙂 All of the work that you did on your house is paying off now with a nice, warm temperature I would guess that when you turn the furnace on, you’ll rettain heat longer too! Have a wonderful day!

  3. Thank you Sandy! He is feeling much better, I have my fingers crossed that it lasts, and am hopeful as the exceptional heat and humidity of the summer that triggered the health issues have now passed.
    I too am amazed at how much food comes out of that garden!! In the spring it seemed a very modest and somewhat chaotic garden, and now I am so busy preserving food that at times my eyes cross, lol.
    Wishing you the mild winter you desire! From what I gather the weather in the midwest can be very extreme, as it is not moderated by water bodies as many areas on the continent are. Keep warm!

  4. Sandy, I wondered what happened over the last few weeks, and was hoping everyone was OK, lol. I will have to keep an eye on the software.
    Snow! Shudder. I do hope the winter is a mild one, and that you get a warm snap where you are. When we lived at the country house we often had snow by this time of year, but it usually melted, but by November it was going nowhere until April. Here it seems tropical by comparison.
    I am really relieved that the house is retaining heat when it is so cold outside. The last thing we do at night before retiring is to check the interior temperature on the thermostat, and it is the first thing we do when we arise. So far so good! Have a wonderful day Sandy!

  5. Anonymous

    I get exhausted just reading about how much canning you do. 🙂 But I do love hearing about the garden and canning and preserving, etc. Have a great day!

  6. Sandra

    I was also wondering where you’d gone as I hadn’t gotten any email notifications in a couple of weeks. So glad you’re still posting. Preserving season has kept me hopping this year though my efforts are modest compared to your industrious self. I’m afraid an overabundance of cucumbers and tomatoes got away from me but they make good compost!

  7. Sandra,thank goodness for those compost piles! Your harvest sounds wonderful, cucumbers and tomatoes are so prolific, they certainly keep a person on their toes.
    Luckily I discovered Bernardin’s Dill Slice recipe, on their web site, and have made at least 5 cases of pickles. We preserve a lot of ingredients, and sauces and condiments to make basic food stuff taste special.
    I have to keep an eye on this notification software, I think the change in function might have something to do with the developer encouraging a paid update. Happy canning!

  8. Wishing you a great day Anonymous! It is a fortunate thing that I love what I am doing, otherwise it would be tortuous indeed. But as it is I am happy as a clam bustling away in the kitchen with all of my projects. There a few days now and then, when I am at it into the late evening, that I think “Uncle”, but that feeling only lasts until I start to hear those lids ping as the jars seal. What a sound! Have a great day!

  9. Margarett

    Dear, dear Maggie, and friends: I decided to crawl out from under my rock….caught up on all of your past entries; it has been at least a month since I last touched your base. I had me second back rhizotomy (left) last Thursday; recuperating more slowly this time, as this was slightly more involved. Have a telehealth visit this coming Thursday with my newest, super-duty hypertension specialist. I have to check my B/P 9 times daily…then, I discard the first reading, and average the rest…weekly, then monthly. I learned the hard way not to wait and try to do nearly 3 months of averages at one time….my eyes were crossed! I hope she will release me to see a personal trainer to get an evaluation and home plan to begin strengthening and endurance. The trainer seems like we will be a good fit…if the doctors will approve it. I am hovering around 104 pounds ( remember, I am 5’11”)…..zero appetite, and I still think some of the cardiac meds are the culprit. I am attending a 2 1/2 day conference next week on managing AFIB. That’s all my health junk.
    Your garden sounds wonderful. We have had a few fall like days….but, then today it is 86 degrees. First time that we have not had a rainy October…not a drop this month…so far. Right now, we do have rain forecasted for Sunday, and the high on Monday to be 48….we will have our first fire that day. Mike and I both love a fire….it changes the mood…and, I begin drinking my hot tea again. I should have been British, in the late 1800’s….my favorite era….in clothes, books, movies. I will make some great soups and stews…which I could live on. I also hope to feel up to baking some yeast rolls and bread. We have decided to have Thanksgiving here….just the two of us. We are still so mindful of COVID 19, and my D-I-L’s Mother lives with them, and has been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, with lymph node involvement. We cannot risk the big family gathering. At least, Mike and I feel we cannot risk it. The boys just returned to in school learning yesterday; Carson, my 13 year old grandson was able to stay 4 hours, before being sent home because a football teammate tested positive last Tuesday. This is a dangerous virus, and I have ( Thank God ) only known of one of my family to contract it….a niece in North Dakota. She told me that she has never been as sick as she was. She is in her 40’s, and runs in triathlon’s. Very healthy, but it kicked her butt, and she still feels the residuals from it. But, so many people around here will not wear a mask; I just don’t understand.
    Take care, my friend.

  10. Hello Margarett, so wonderful to hear from you! Glad to know you and Mike are safe, and that you are recovering, albeit slowly. Your health issues sound very challenging, you are such a brave and intrepid soul, coping so well!
    Oh, how lovely to have a fire! Enjoy! We heated wtih wood for 11 years and loved it but for the all the hard work. But there is nothing like wood fire heating, it is the best. After all that work for all those years, I now worship my thermostat. But a nice fire to sit before during a chilly evening sounds heavenly.
    It is difficult not spend holiday dinners with family, but I think your decision to spend Thanksgiving with just the two of you is very wise. Covid-19 is very serious, two relatives on Attila’s side have succumbed (USA citizens), so that was a real wake up call for us. Children seldom experience serious symptoms, and many experience no symptoms at all. In Ontario 10% of publicly funded schools have tested cases of Covid-19, so children are coming into contact with it. Mixing the young and the old socially seems foolish to me, during this pandemic. That is so sad, that so many people where you live are not wearing masks. It was like that here until a child at the school contracted Covid-19, now most people are wearing masks, even on the street.
    I do hope you are feeling better before Thanksgiving, so that you can cook and bake goodies for your celebration!

  11. Sandy

    Hi Maggie. I love your recipes too. You don’t waste a single thing from your garden!

    Hi Margarett. Welcome back! I hope your doctor says you can work with your personal trainer. I think staying at home for Thanksgiving is very smart. It’s hard to not be with our families but it protects them and us. Good for you!

  12. Thanks Sandy! It takes so much work to grow the garden, that it would seem wrong to waste any of it. Luckily composting is a part of the process, so there is a way to put every last leaf and root, and stem, and fruit to go good use.
    I agree, so smart to stay home for Thanksgiving.

  13. Sandy

    Hi Maggie. I’m glad that Attila’s health is better. It’s frustrating though, that you had to jump through hoops to get insurance to cover his illness. I’m happy it turned out well.

    Cambly.com is an online teaching platform for foreign students. You don’t need a degree or certification to teach there. It’s online and you can work as many or as few hours as you want. The pay is low ~ 10.20 an hour but you only get paid for the hours that you speak with a student. Some just want to talk to an English-speaking teacher to improve their English. There are quite a few Canadian teachers. It might help for extra money.


  14. Thanks Sandy, a blip in health really puts other issues into perspective!
    Thanks for the tip re camby! As a certified teacher in Ontario I was contacted by the Teacher’s federation and urged to apply since they need teachers. I looked into that, but what they want are teachers to replace those who would be at risk in the classroom, so that would not work for me at all. This sounds much more in line with the reality of the Pandemic!

  15. Anonymous

    Hi Maggie, and everyone: Well, we are experiencing our first true 46 degrees, with rain, and wind out of the north at 18mph. It is supposed to kinda of be this way until the weekend. There is icey roads 20 miles west of us. Mike has had a good fire going all day, so we haven’t turned on our heat. I made a big pot of chili, and between that, and my socks….well, I am in bed in my room, under my electric blanket, with my window cracked a good 4”. I am as snug as a bug in a rug. Yesterday, it was in the 80’s, and I pulled up all of my caladium bulbs. We will plan to cut down the cannahs within the next couple of weeks.
    I feel for Attila and his health insurance problems. You should see our Medicare manual…that we receive every year. It is very confusing and disheartening. We have a Medicate supplement to cover the balance….but, many times, we have to jump through all types of hoops to get our insurance to pay as it should……I wonder how an 85 year old, and no children…how can they figure out this crap. Perhaps he will get it figured out.
    Since my tummy is full, and I am so warm…I feel a quick nap before ANTIQUITS ROADSHOW comes on.
    Catch you again soon……m

  16. Margarett, your snuggle sounds so wonderful! Wow, 80 to 46, such a drop! The warm day yesterday was a real bonus for getting things done in the garden, it sounds like you made the most of it!
    I wonder if the whole idea of insurance is to ensure that we pay for it, and they don’t pay out when we need it, money going one-way, into their pockets. Attila has succeeded this time, if he needs it again it will be just awful, but that will be faced if needs be. I don’t envy you your navigation through the medical system, they should award degrees to people who manage it!
    Your nap sounds just right for a cozy evening, enjoy your show!
    Stay well, xoxo

  17. Anonymous

    Wow, snow flurries already?! Sure hope we don’t get any for awhile. I would like to enjoy autumn for a bit longer. Autumn I love. Winter…not so much. Glad your finger is on the mend and doesn’t require medical intervention. I always give out candy on Halloween but not this year. Our little town is allowing trick or treating but they are also having people who want to particpate, set up tables in a nearby field where children can get candy. I hope your financial situation improves soon so you won’t have to worry about that. Stay well, Maggie.

  18. It is snowing right now, as I am replying. Attila is outside with the power washer, cleaning out the inside of the rain tanks. It is a wet job on a cold and wet day. The snow is melting as it comes into contact with the ground, so it is easy to ignore it. Warmer days ahead, at least for a little bit. I am glad to hear that someone else is not giving out candy at the door this year, I was beginning to feel rather “grinchy”. Thanks re the financial situation, it will right itself in time, but I might grumble a bit as it sorts itself out. Stay safe, stay well my friend!

  19. Sandy

    Extended warranties are a scam, I think. But hooray for the manufacturer!
    In past years, children stopped trick or treating door-to-door. They would go to schools or churches for indoor trick or treating. But with the pandemic, I suspect even that will go away this year.
    It’s sad to find out about old friends who have passed on. Time goes by too quickly.

  20. Sandy, I agree about the extended warranties! Manufacturer’s warranties have always been great for me, as long as it is a company that makes high quality products.
    There have been municipal Halloween parties here for children, perhaps they don’t go door to door at all, I don’t know! They haven’t been coming here. Everything is going to be a bit different when the Pandemic subsides, some of it for the better, but most not I fear. Still, we humans are adapatable creatures, we will find a way to go forward despite of it all.
    It is so sad to find out about old friends who have passed. They are a part of my story, I am a part of their story, although that part of the story has passed, it is written in time.

  21. What did I do today? I had my hair cut! My hairdresser has been allowed to reopen.
    After 8 months of “lockdown restrictions” here in Melbourne as well as the whole of Victoria we have been given a bit more freedom’. After thinking all was well earlier in the year active cases began growing to the point that in August it was over 700 a day…….yesterday and the day before we had zero. This opening up has been planned/mapped in detail as the numbers began to fall, and if everyone plays their part we will see more and more of those restrictions lifted.
    Good on you for going the extra mile and contacting the manufacturer – so many have been stung by store warranties it’s a wonder they are still allowed to sell them. If all the harvest is home now it is time for you to rest and enjoy ‘the fruits of your labour’

  22. Cathy, I so enjoyed reading about your day! A hair cut! I think that is a measure of social health, being able to get one’s hair cut at a salon. Well done Melburnian!
    I think Australia might be one of the most effective countries in the world in dealing with Covid-19. Here in Ontario, and in Canada, the number of cases and related deaths are rising, but the restrictions are, from my perspective, very limited, so the spread continues to increase. We are still in early autumn here, just heading towards winter, which begins in late December, so I think things are going to get a lot worse here. February, March, and April will probably see a peak of infection, frightening. I hope a vaccine is truly on the horizon!
    Yes, those extended warranties are quite the scam, never again! I knew this food processor was going to get a lot of use, but really, tomatoes are such a soft vegetable that I wonder about the bowl cracking under such modest use. Still, I got an email this morning informing me that the new bowl has shipped. That was quick, it should arrive before Christmas, maybe. There is a half bushel of green Tomatoes still to ripen and can, and Cabbage to can as Coleslaw, then I think that will be the last of the harvest canning. The Coleslaw could be done immediately, the Cabbage are ready to harvest, but I have no jars at the moment. Luckily Cabbage keeps well, so I am optimistic we will eat and empty enough jars to get the job done.