Saturday, 28 June 2014

Later Age a Time of Wisdom and Joy

Two seniors about to kiss over a back drop of cupcakes
Erma receiving a 90th birthday kiss from her 98 year old big brother Roy.
O God, your constant care
O God, your constant care and love are shed upon us from above throughout our lives in every stage, from infancy to later age.
We thank you, Lord, for dreams of youth, for wisdom leading on to truth, for memories gathered through the years, and faith that grows from joys and tears.
All time is yours, O Lord, to give.  May we, in all the years we live, find that each day of life is new, a celebration, Lord, with you.
Hymnal A Worship Book prepared by Churches in the Believers Church Tradition #481.  Text by H. Glen Lanier 1976 

Wisdom leading on to truth... is this the developmental task of  those of us over 60?   In our youth we built and gathered things to ourselves and families, now those same things are outdated, and what we built has moved beyond our control into the control of our children or is decaying/in need of repair

What we have in abundance is a life time of experience on which to reflect.  And when refection is accompanied by compassion for ourselves and others wisdom result.

At Erma's 90th birthday tea this truth was brought into sharp focus,where the joy at being able at 98 years old to give his baby sister a 90th birthday kiss overwhelmed a room and stopped time for that single moment.   

 "May we, in all the years we live, find that each day of life is new, a celebration, Lord with you"

Lord grant me the wisdom to live each moment that is given to me in a state of joy, expectation and celebration.  Amen

Grandma Snyder
 ©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Good Food Box

June 2014

June Good Food Box Contents

June will be our last Good Food Box until the program starts back up again in September 2014.  

This is a win win program, we have received delicious fruits and vegetables each month for $15.00 while at the same time we are supporting working poor family to receive the same box we have at a reduced price.

The Good Food Box is a community program supported by the Public Health Units in Ontario CA.   The Good Food Box program was established 20 years ago as a way to provide low income families with fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year and is available in most major centers through out Canada.  

 Spinach and Orange Salad (4 servings)

  • ½ lb fresh spinach, torn in to bite-size pieces
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 2/3 medium red onion
  • ¼ cup French salad dressing

  1. Wash spinach thoroughly and allow to dry.  Tear into bite-size pieces.
  2. Peel oranges, then section and remove any seeds.  Slice onion and separate into rings.
  3. Combine spinach, orange sections, and onion in a large salad bowl, tossing well.
  4. Drizzle dressing over salad, toss gently.
Strawberry Spinach

Spinach, Ham and Cheese Omelet (1 serving)

  •  2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • ¼ cup spinach
  • ¼ cup finely chopped ham
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

  1.  Beat eggs and water in small bowl until blended
  2. Heat butter in a non-stick pan or skillet over medium-high heat until hot.  Tilt pan to coat bottom.  Pour in egg mixture.  Mixture should set immediately at edges.
  3. Gently push cooked portions from edges toward the centre so that uncooked eggs can reach the hot pan surface.  Continue cooking, tilting pan and gently moving cooked portions as needed.
  4. When top surface of eggs is thickened and no visible liquid egg remains, season with salt and pepper.  Place cheese on one side of omelet.  Top with spinach and ham.  Fold omelet in half.
From insert in June 2014 Good Food Box

2013/2014 Good Food Box Posts

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Red Lily Beetles

Red Lily Beetle

 Lily Beetle (Lilioceris lilii) or Red Lily Beetles have taken over our lilies and the invasion seems to have happened almost overnight.  
Lily damage caused by Red Lily Beetles

There are many chemical treatments we can use and all will be harmful to our grandchildren who love to help us in the garden.  This necessitated us finding a healthy to human alternatives.

We were offered numerous formulas by friends and neighbours two of which we had ready access to all the ingredients.

Red Lily Beetle and damaged plant

The first was to cut up rhubarb leaves and boil them in water, allow the water to cool and then spray on the affected plants.

The second was to dissolve  baking soda in water then mix with dish detergent and canola oil.  We had been looking for a way to reuse the canola oil we used in cooking the rollkuchen on Father's Day so this was the option we went with.


It has been three days since we soaked our lilies in this canola mixture and we have not been able to find any live Red Lily Beetles on our plants.  We will repeat the treatment for another two weeks every five days.
Red Lily Beetle and damaged plant

When you garden with (grand)children it is important that you consider both what you put in your soil and on your plants as little hand and mouths love working in soil and eating straight from your garden. 

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Knitting the Sky

May 2014

Being mindful of the sky above me is now a welcomed part of my day.  Sitting down with a cup of herbal tea and knitting what I have experienced in the sky is a respite from the worries of the day.

May 2014 knitted representation of the sky

Psalm 19:1-6
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.  They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.  Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.  It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.  It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmt.

A collage of the sky
Picture of the May sky

Knitting the Sky is the creative genius of  Leafcutter Designs and I encourage you to visit their website and begin to knit your sky.

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Collage of knitted representation of the May sky

I purchased the yarn used in this project from Docknits in Port Elgin Ontario

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

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