Striving for Victory – The Battle for Fuel


By the 17th of  March, 1942, coal, gas and electricity were rationed  so that these resource could help the war effort. This month, we are going to emulate life on the home front by reducing the energy used in our homes.  The Battle for Fuel begins! Continue reading


Striving for Victory – The Great Gastby and Nella Last’s War


One of goals I set for myself as part of our Striving for Victory Challenge was to explore the media available during World War Two.  I love to read and so I decided to read some of the books made available by organizations such the Council on Books in Wartime and The Books for Victory Campaign.   Continue reading

Striving for Victory – Beauty is your Duty


Despite the hardships and shortages faced by women in wartime Britain, women worked hard to look good. Women were told that “Beauty was their duty!” and a great deal of effort went into keeping up appearances. In addition, there were opportunities to escape through entertainment – radio, books movies and dances. Continue reading

Rhubarb and Saskatoon Chutney

The summers of my childhood began with bright red steams of rhubarb dipped into bowls of sugar and ended with hands dyed purple from picking Saskatoons in the endless hours of sunshine.

Both rhubarb and Saskatoon berries were staples in our Northern diet and they could both be counted on to make an appearance every year. This chutney contains both of those staples.   Continue reading

Throw Back Thursday – Pierre Berton still Rocks

Og coverIf you grew up in Canada, chance are good that you read The Secret World of Og.

In a fit of nostalgia, I checked this book out of our local library and I remembered of why it is such a popular book.

First there are the illustrations, which were provided by Patsy Berton.

These two deserve to be immortalized in my household somehow, maybe on a tea towel…

Og 1 (2)

Og 2


My favorite scene in the book is when they paint Peter green because, “Like all red-blooded boys he always wanted to paint himself green.” I know that I would have painted myself green in a heartbeat if the opportunity would have presented itself. I suppose I envied Peter, just a bit. I think that I will have to find a way to frame this one and hang it in my bathroom.

Og 3


When I first read this book, I wanted to be Penny – the oldest, responsible sister who enjoyed Lucy Lawless books. Unlike my friends, I could not get through a Nancy Drew book to save my life, she bored me half to death and so I thought Penny was very mature. The truth is, I was Patsy – always falling into the water with pockets full of amphibians.

This book is really about the power of stories – especially the stories we tell ourselves. As Pamela says, “Maybe it’s not so much what you are, as what you are,” she said finally, trying to sort it all out. “I mean, if you think you’re something, then it’s almost as if you were something.”

Words to keep in mind no matter how old you are.

Have you read this book? What was your favorite part?