Attila is hard on clothes. He is a very physical person, in that he moves all of the time, even when he is asleep. His trousers take a real beating. Yesterday we discussed what would happen when he is called back to work, which is terrifying because we are both in high-risk-for-complications categories. In the event that he must reenter the manufacturing building where he works/worked, clothing becomes an issue. We want him to have an outfit for each day of the week, one that can be stripped off as soon he arrives home, and thrown into the washing machine. This means he must have five to seven discrete outfits to wear to work. Currently he only has two. We won’t be purchasing any new clothes, our new budget will not allow such an extravagance. So Attila rummaged through the bottom of his closet and found three pairs of retired pants that were torn and tattered, that are 16/17/18 years old. Yesterday I spent the day repairing those pants, and adding patches where needed. Unfortunately one of the pairs needed patches of considerable size, and I don’t have suitable fabric to cut up for the patches, so that pair is … Continue reading

Sunny and Warm

We have just had a lovely day! The weather was sunny, the temperature was a warmish 14C, the breeze was light and delightful. Attila spent his day in the garden, preparing the soil for planting. This year he is expanding the garden, as he has time for such a project. Our hopes are high for a good growing season and harvest, but the weather and mother nature are really in charge, so we shall see what we get! I have now been in self-isolation for just about two months, since February 27th. Attila joined me in self-isolation about a month ago. We are both enjoying having this time together, as we have never before had the opportunity to have so many hours sharing day-to-day life. It is going rather well so far. Of course it is early days, while we still have enough money for food, and to pay the bills, so things are pretty good by our account. Our biggest challenge is maintaining no-contact outside of our bubble while obtaining food, but we will get that figured out eventually. Having Attila here during the day is a completely different way of life. Although it is a most welcome development, … Continue reading

Grocery Whinge

Being in the high-risk-for-complications category in this pandemic, we have been doing the online shopping thing. Our area has no grocery store delivery to home or vehicle, but they do offer grocery store pick up. It is very popular, and to get a slot I have to get up very early in the morning, as that is when the one day of available slots opens, and the slots fill completely, very quickly. Then we wait weeks for our allotted slot to come around. Products come and products go on the list of what is available, it like a carnival game, aiming at a moving target. So I have been choosing a product, and an alternative product, for everything that we really need, in hopes that one of them will be available. But what we miss the most, is the ability to take advantage of sales. We have always enhanced the variety and quality of what we could eat by shopping sales. There are several problems with attempting to shop sales when one shops online at our local NoFrills store, rather than in the store. One is that by the time our delivery day rolls around, and the order is being … Continue reading

Vegetable Madness

We can produce vegetables here at Mist Cottage, so going forward the focus for our diet will be on what we have access to, vegetables. Today’s project consisted of tweaking my very own recipe for Squash Sauce Maggie’s Own. The day before yesterday I canned Coleslaw, which uses cabbage, carrots, onions, and red pepper. All of these things are grown in Ontario, and hopefully will be accessible going forward. Our garden cabbage last year was amazing, so delicious, so we hope to get an even bigger crop this fall, and Canned Coleslaw will be high on my autumn canning list. The Canned Coleslaw was a big success, we have already eaten three jars of it, and there are three left. The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it could be made and canned, made and frozen in serving sizes, or made and refrigerated for immediate consumption. You wouldn’t have to can it, you could freeze it, or refrigerate it to eat it all up within a few days. I don’t know what the texture would be like if it was frozen, or refrigerated, if you try it let me know. We loved the canned product, which has a long … Continue reading

Canned Coleslaw and a Bit of Advice

At our house, the lastest thing since sliced bread is canned coleslaw. Wow! Attila chopped the vegetables, and I took care of everything else from there. Canning projects are so easy with two people, not only does the job go quicker and easier, but there is also a sense of connection in sharing the tasks, connection to each other, and connection to our food, for both of us. If I were to give away some of the canned products, I think I would also feel a connection to those people who would be eating my creations. Of course, we struggle, and will have to struggle harder from here on, to ensure we have enough to eat, so we aren’t giving away any food, that would mean we would go without. Coleslaw is something I have not tried to can before, so the whole concept was new to me, the recipe, and the techniques used. Since the coleslaw would be consumed within a week or so, and the jars would not be going into longer term storage, I decided it was the perfect time to experiment with the Tattler lids I purchased a few years ago. The Tattler lids were a … Continue reading