Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Getting out....

That's good to hear Pati.  Getting out that is. And ice cream to boot. Often our fond memories of a place or a store are diminished by time and sort of sad as it is, I guess it is inevitable with time. And as you say, you are not ever to return?
I was able to browse through the Fabricland in North Bay on Monday while Harry went into the Value Village ( the two stores are close and i even had to cross through the Tim Hortons parking lot to get there - so close but no time for me to slip in there as well haha!) I received an email telling me 50 % off for June. I browsed only, but slowly made my way through the notions and enjoyed whats there. It was a nice distraction, and only bolstered my increasing desires to get back to sewing. 
Speaking of which Pati you teased me a bit with your Mouse Factory blog about YoYos. Oh Cathy we must get together with you one day ( it could really happen you know) and the three of us should sit and make YoYos. We have all the supplies needed you know - different shapes of plastic gadgets, or free style like Pati taught me. I love it. I found all my YoYos when I tried to sort through that room I call "my studio" and it reminded me of the fun I have making them - also reminded me of just how many i already have and haven't a clue what i shall do with them!
Well early morning again and the weather is just fine for another day of work in the yard. First on the agenda is to make something with the rhubarb. I also have enough left in the yard to make another batch of jam - I must do that this week though.
Take care. Are you counting sleeps yet Cathy?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Around the Neighbouthood

We had a very small bunny at the feeder this evening.  The babies we have been following are much larger now, than this one.  I wonder if this represents a second litter, this year.

The neighbour next door is fixing up his house.  He's quite excited about it and, every time we speak with him, tells all about how wonderful it is to have a line of credit. He has had the whole exterior of the house painted, and I rather like the colours he has chosen.  ( I think there is a lady in the background helping him)  Today he had both of the windows in the front of the house replaced.  While he had a big picture window, now he has one that has the appearance of many smaller panes.  On the other side, where there were two wide but short windows, he has put in one larger wide but short one, again with the smaller panes.  Sure makes our property look old and run down.  I'll try to see if I can get a picture--maybe tomorrow.

This evening, after supper, we went out for ice cream, to a shop at a nearby mall.  This shop advertises itself as a high end specialty shop, where the ice cream is made, in house, daily.  I knew exactly what I wanted--strawberry ice cream with lots of chocolate bits, and maybe some chocolate sauce.  Well, they had no  strawberry ice cream.  I go to this store for their strawberry ice cream, and was told that they haven't had any for a week.  There wasn't as much variety as usual, but finally I settled on Praline, got my chocolate bits, but figured that hot fudge sauce wouldn't go with the Praline ice cream, so had to settle for caramel sauce.  All they could give me for sundae topping was white chocolate bits.  David was unable to find much he liked, as well.  The two small sundaes came to almost $17.00.  I don't think I'll be going back.


I had several questions for the doctor, and he answered many of them even before I could ask.  He said that he expected the problems to slowly resolve, but that he would like to see me wean off the narcotics.  However, he did give me a prescription for them as well as for another drug--he called it Lyrica, but the actual prescription was in what I presume is the generic name.  I took the last T3 in the wee, small hours of the night, and have had nothing but the Lyrica since.  Surprisingly, I appear to be doing okay, so far, but I'm keeping a diary of how things go.

Yesterday, I bought a paperback, to read while we were waiting-- endlessly it seemed.  It was somewhat of a romance.  Two novels in one.  When I started to read the second one, I realized that it was an inspirational romance. For some reason, lately, a few of the books I select have turned out to be inspirational.  The coincidence (?) of this has been at the back of my mind for awhile.  Just sayin'.

Today we tried to do the wash.  The first load came out full of some sort of brown stain.  All my expensive brassieres, and my new bathrobe.  I put it all to soak in OxyClean, probably for longer than I should have, but when I then put it all into the washer, the stains were still noticeable.  I really liked that bathrobe.  No-one but David will ever see me in it, but having it stained takes the pleasure out of wearing it.

Quickie morning post...

Just a few words to get the day going...sunny and cooler this morning which is a blessing after muggy humid conditions last few days. it rained yesterday off and on which either helped or made it worse? We were in North Bay yesterday - first to do a shopping and see the stores, and second to attend the Scott Woods Band Show in the evening. This is the "Fiddling Up A Storm" show I told you about.. We have not gone to North Bay for quite awhile - it was our usual destination each week to shop but somehow Huntsville took over top spot.  Anyway the weather there was rainy but with it came a drastic drop in temperature and humidity which was most welcome.
The Show was, again, exceptional. Maybe the best we have seen of this Band. I truly enjoy the music and entertainment provided. They highlighted local talent as well and welcomed a short performance of children playing fiddles and then tap dancing - all from the School owned and operated by my violin teacher from many years ago. It brought back happy memories as I have always loved that time of learning to play ( and wish I could still pick up my violin and go at it haha!)
It was a long day though, and I am totally bushed. I am so laggy but as they say "the show must go on" and there is much work to be done both inside and outside. Just to leave the outside work undone for a day makes a huge difference. The plants don't take days off !  Take care

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Quiet Day

We managed to get out to the grocery store today, and bought some prepared salads and cold cuts.  A quick lunch and enough left for supper.  Yesterday, I thawed some of the ribs I cooked awhile ago.  These were just baked, and frozen, and then put under the broiler for awhile, with Golden Dragon Honey Garlic sauce, brushed on.  I wasn't sure how they would turn out, but it made a tasty, quick meal.

I've been on a Tylenol 3, only, regime since Friday, and every day seems a little better.  On Thursday I spent close to 15 hours in bed, and today, I rested in bed for an hour, but may only have dozed a bit.  I've prepared a list of questions for my doctor tomorrow morning, and hope he'll have time to answer them.  I have suggested, to David, that he sit in, so that he'll hear the same information as I do.  I'm also hoping that the doctor will approve of my drug strategy, and give me the prescription that I'll need.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Detailed Instructions.....

Thank you for the details. Now I have a chance to see what I can do. The skirt with the elastic waistband may be the best solution although I like the wraparound style too. I have copied the instructions you sent Pati and shall digest them in a quiet moment. I have enough fabric in my bins from which to choose, so that will not be a problem - only to get down and do it!  I thank you both for your feedback.
Yesterday we had a very nice visit with Mike to celebrate his Birthday. Beautiful day and good for travelling. We left early so that Harry could get his meat loaf into the oven to bake for an early lunch. We let Mike sleep in and after I made a coffee we went outside and I did some weeding around his flower beds. He cut his grass but has not trimmed or weeded out in the beds. He has some nice perennials - hosta, bleeding heart and other ground covers that could flourish if weeded. He is not a gardener and admits to it. If I were able I would love to spend a day or two there to help him get it under control. There was one big rhubarb patch untended so we picked some of it and brought it home. I will have to do something with it now.  The rhubarb crumble cake I took for his Birthday was a good hit - he likes it and made with splenda allows him to enjoy it. We had steamed rice that Mike made in his new steamer ( he is so happy with this purchase and ease he has to make it for himself) and also breaded deep fried cauliflower and carrots with the meal and fresh vegetables to nibble on. Lots of leftovers for him.  After we left he was going into Sudbury with his old army friend who also lives in Markstay with his family, and they were meeting up with another old friend from North Bay who now lives in Sudbury with his partner, and they were going to go to a Karaoke night - spend the night at the friends house and then head back to Markstay today. A little celebration I guess. As well, as we were there he received a message  (all the communication these days is done on the smart phones -I am so old fashioned haha!) from old friends he had in the military and lived near him in North Bay before going to Petawawa. He had lost track of them until this message came through. Another old friend had been the conduit to this reconciliation. The man of this couple is still in the military, currently deployed in Kuwait. Mike was happy to be connected with them again.
The best news for the day was that Mike has been accepted into Laurentian University to start in the Fall - the  four year History course that he especially wanted.  I am very happy for him, and especially proud of his initiative and fortitude in pursuing his dream - he is heading down a new road and he is thrilled.  All I can do is wish him well, and support him as much as I can. The rest is up to him. 
Time for another coffee and some breakfast. Then on with the day. So much housework to catch up on, and even more work to do outside. Maybe, instead, I should just make myself a new skirt haha! Take care.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Making a skirt

I've been thinking about this, and how to answer.  What I did was figure out what skills would be required in the making, and what the teaching objectives would have been at each level.  I'm pretty sure the apron was first, but it's much more complicated than the gathered skirt.  I wonder if we did them both in the same year.  But the last thing we did was a wool pencil skirt, so they must have been two separate projects.  Am I over-thinking this? 

The gathered skirt would have required more than one yard of fabric.  Cotton was only 36 wide at the time, and there was no  way that this sort of skirt could be made with just one yard, especially as skirts were so much longer then.  There would probably have been one waist band, that buttoned ( had to learn to make button holes).  I don't remember elastic, but it would sure be easier that way.  There would be no zipper, as that was one of the big tasks in the woolen skirt.

So, everything will depend on your hip measurement.  Start with two yards of fabric.  Be sure it's washed first.  Press in half and work from the fold, cutting a long strip across the width of the fabric, and cut this 3 1/2" wide.  You want this to be  your hip measurement plus 3 inches.  Some people might have to piece it to get the length.  Join the short ends with a 1 cm- to 1/2" seam.  Press it in half along the whole length, and press one long edge folded to the wrong side by the same measurement.  

Sew the shorter ends of the long piece that's left, with the same seam allowance.  This will be the body of the skirt.  Now, divide one raw edge into 4 sections and mark (pins?) Working on the right side of the fabric, run gathering stitches, within your seam allowance, along this edge, breaking thread and leaving long thread tails at each marking pin.  That is: two parallel rows of machine stitching with a very long stitch length (4 or 5 on most machines).   

Divide the raw edge of the waistband also into four sections.  With the right side of the waistband and the wrong side of the skirt, pin this edge of the waistband to the raw edge of the skirt, that has the machine stitching, matching the sections indicated by the pins--right sides together.  Slowly gather the skirt to fit by securing the thread tails around a pin and then pulling gently from the other end to make gathers.  Gather both machine sewn threads at the same time. You may want to add a second pin to wrap the thread tails around at each end.  Work slowly and carefully.  Don't rush this. 

Pin this at close intervals, carefully spreading out the gathers so that they are equal all around the skirt.  When you're happy with it stitch this seam.

Now, working on the right side of the skirt, carefully align the long folded edge of the waistband to the right side of the skirt, just overlapping the seam line previously sewn.  Leave an opening--best at the spot where the skirt section was originally sewn together, to insert elastic.

For the elastic, use your waist measurement plus 2 inches.  Insert the elastic, and overlap the ends by 1", and machine sew very well.  Then close the opening by machine.

Doing a little better today, but still not a "happy camper".  See the doctor on Monday.

Oh woe, in thinking of you Pati...

Not the kind of week you wanted Pati, but maybe the "week of rest' is what you need? Are you able to at least read a book or two while you lay down?
Thanks for that prompt Cathy about the wrap around skirt - I remember that one as well as the yard skirt I had described. I may be just blowing out my ears when I suggest making a skirt, but it is fun to imagine anyway. I do have lots of fabric and it would be a shame not to be able to use it for something simple. When are you actually leaving on your trip and what are the plans. I'd love to hear about it. 
Today we head out to Mike's for his Birthday celebration. All is ready to go and only have to pack the car with the food, and then the dog, and off we are. Looking forward to it. I was able to squeeze in a hair cut yesterday and thank goodness. I was getting really frustrated with the situation and knew that my spirits would be raised substantially with a new hair cut. And so they are....
So folks, here is to all of us, to enjoy the weekend in spite of current setbacks and issues. All shall be well. Take care.  

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Two steps forward, one step--or is it three--Back

Not a good day at all.  I spent most of it lying down, flat on my back, as that seemed to be the only position where I could find any relief.  I'm trying to develop a medication regime, and today's effort isn't it.  Maybe tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Time goes by

Sorry you have been feeling so unwell Pati.  I hope you get all better real soon.   As for the home ec skirt, we made a wrap around skirt.  Same idea..... one big piece of cloth and the extra long ties at the waist.  We put a slit in the tie and wrapped it around, with one tie going through the slit from underneath.    Not that I have sewn anything since then.  We are trying to get a little bit done each day at home, but the weather has not been helping.  We have not gotten the horrible rain storms that were predicted, but the wind has been blowing a lot and it has been very hot most days.  We did manage to have our first fire of the year the other day.  With the burn ban on we hadn't even tried it but they lifted it after we got and inch of rain so we took advantage.  it was nice to just sit and talk.  Okay, it is now a day later...... got interrupted at work during my break and never got back.  We have another meeting today at 1:30 (Why are they always during my lunch break?)  This one celebrating some peoples years of service (from 1 to ????)  Patty gets a gift today. No surprise since she got to pick it, but it is all wrapped with a card.  My anniversary is in the fall so I will have to wait if I want anything.  I have missed out on everything event so far.  When they decided to award 10 years, I was at 11. At was at 6 when they acknowledged 5 years.  August will be my 20, so I have to stay to get a gift.  And here I was planning on winning the lottery and leaving.  I heard from Larry again a couple of weeks ago.  His oldest son has cancer and is only given about 3 months, if that.  This will be the second son he has lost.  It must be very hard.  We are starting to get a bit excited about our trip in July.  I might even buy new sandals!  Or pants.  I still have a week in Winnipeg before then so maybe I should wait.  I have no idea where I will be in Winnipeg because we haven't been told where negotiations are.  I hope I find out before I go. It is windy again today, with no rain.  they keep predicting rain but not much yet for us.  Probably on the weekend  Almost time for our exciting meeting.  Then they ask why our numbers are down........

Adventure in Fabricland

Yesterday I went into the Fabricland Store in Huntsville to spend my 50.00 gift certificate. I had decided to purchase a new rotary cutter and an extra blade if possible. I had no idea that the rotary cutters were so expensive. I guess it has been a very long time since I bought any such notions. But here is the good and the bad of it all.... This store is closing its doors as of July 31. I had heard rumours of this but there it was - the signs on the door and all over the store. 50% off most selections. (some exceptions of course) If only I had had some time to browse, but Harry was waiting in the car.
So I headed to the quilting notions section - this is where I realized the price of a new cutter would be out of the question. I looked at rulers and other interesting items but took a new blade and a Omnigrid triangular ruler to the counter estimating the price to be near 50.00 The clerk said no, they were half price so i could spend more ( there had been no sign to indicate to me that these notions were 50% off) So with great excitement I grabbed another new blade and only had to pay 4.22 more than the 50.00 I had. I would have liked this neat little cutter for half square triangles that I saw, or also a hexagon cutter/ruler that looked interesting, but I did not have time to look further and estimate I got what I got. Two new blades and my triangle ruler. It was fun in a way, and now I can think about sewing and using my new tools. I may never actually get at it right now, but fun to think about it anyway haha!
I have tried to make a hair cut appointment but could only leave a voice mail - hoping to hear from her today and get a cut today or tomorrow in time to go to Mikes Friday and then Monday night to the Scott Woods Show in North Bay for which I bought tickets over the phone some time ago.  Cathy, this is the show I had mentioned to you before that is also performing in Neepawa at the Fox on their Western Tour. Today and tomorrow I shall be getting ready to go to Mikes - need to bake and then gather what we shall be taking. Harry will be preparing part of the meal here and then we have to carry it there to finished. Mike requested meat loaf, and he will make rice for us in his new rice steamer that he bought recently.
Well, time for some breaky, and then on with the day.
Pati, thinking of you and sending my best happy vibes so that you will be feeling better real soon. At least to get over this little relapse you are experiencing. I bought a bottle of Arthritis Pain pills yesterday for myself, after your comments about it helping - I used to take them and then stopped, but realize that I should really be taking them regularly again. My hands and other body parts are aching so much lately - lots of outdoor work does not help it and I know that I have exacerbated my problems with this.
Take care

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Carry on Regardless

Slowly getting better, slowly reducing the amount of Tylenol, and then--ZAP!!--woke up in pain this morning. Not nearly as bad as last week, but enough to slow me down.  Thank Goodness my corset has dried enough to wear.  I washed it Saturday, but with the damp weather it wasn't dry until late yesterday. However, this is a bit of confirmation about what is leading to these episodes, as I suffered a bit of constipation late yesterday.

These damp, cool days are depressing, but we  saw a bit of sun in the evening yesterday.  But I did get almost an hour in the studio yesterday--first time since last Wednesday.  I've been fooling around with a large (about 38" square) hand dyed mandala.  Since perfection seems to not matter so much these days, I've messed with it quite a bit, and it's now down to two pieces.  One is about 19" square and the other about 15" by 22".  Since "mug rugs" (6" by 6") appear to be coming back, I may even get a nice set of those out of what's left.  Unfortunately this isn't getting anything ready for the shows coming up, but I've found that my creativity moves out, when I take too much Tylenol.

David has asked if we could got to a show today, and we've settled on one.  It's our habit to attend the late afternoon showing.  Often the theater is not crowded, and what crowd there is, is often older.  Once we were the only two people in the theater.  Guess we're not roasting a chicken today, but it will have to be cooked tomorrow.  Whoops!  Spoke to soon.  David just came to get it ready to cook it for lunch, before we head out. Guess I better try to help.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Good to see your blog Pati...

.....And although you say you are not quite right yet (are any of us haha!) it is good to hear that things are better. Maybe not your life now, but maybe its just a little detour for now? Stay put and play Candy Crush- by the way did either of you try that little garden gnome Google game this morning. I tried and failed miserable but you two at least have some experience with gaming strategies so may fair better. 
Harry got rid of some more tomatoes yesterday to a lady on Main Street who was having a garage sale and they were talking about gardens and she said she did not have tomatoes yet. He came home and loaded some up and took them back to her. I wonder if she was a little surprised?
I made a batch of rhubarb/pineapple jam as planned but this too, was not to my liking. i opened the tin of pineapple only to see that it was sliced and not crushed. i could not believe that i bought the wrong tin. I made the jam anyway and cut up the slices very fine. the jam is a bit runny like yours Pati but will still be good. Then i went into the cupboard and didn't i find the tins of crushed pineapple sitting beside my jello packages. I racked my brain trying to figure out my error until I realized that some time back i bought the sliced to make a pineapple upside down cake ( that never happened). So now i feel better about my error but wonder why it did not occur to me at the time? I will be making more batches so can still utilize those tins of crushed. I will also be baking a rhubarb crumble and a rhubarb kuchen - with Splenda- to take to Mike's on Friday. We will be visiting him June 15 to celebrate his Birthday and he requested this as his treat. He is doing so good with his new eating regime that I hate to spoil it for him but with the splenda as substitute for sugar it should be ok.
So the day begins... likely be outside today doing more yard work - yesterday I tired to stay in and do housework but that did not really work out very well except i did get the bird cages cleaned - takes quite awhile to do that.  Take care

Saturday, June 9, 2018

New Day--new life??

Okay, life moves on.  I'm still a little woosie, and there is still pain--but not as often so severe.  At this point I'm controlling it with Tylenol Arthritis ( 1350mgms, every 8 hours).  I picked up my prescription of Tylenol 3 this morning, but don't plan to use it, except-maybe-at night.  I had an appointment for a cut and colour with my hairdresser this morning, and was able to keep it.  Then I came home, spoke with my friend Carolyn, ( her phone calls are always lengthy) and went to bed for an hour.  Got up too quickly--pain and nausea--so lay down for another 1/2 hour, and things are fairly good right now.  I'm trying to cook supper.

Obviously, the biggest fear is that this is my life from here on.  I've had to cancel a commitment for Tuesday, and, at this point, can see that I can't make any firm commitments for awhile.  Just live day by day.

Meanwhile, I'm again, almost blonde.  Turns out that this is the only way to cover the ever increasing grey I have.  I jokingly made reference to having to dye it completely grey next time, and she took it seriously.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Not the day I'd planned

Yesterday we ran a few errands in the morning, getting home about 1:30.  By then I was bushed, and my hip was bothering me, I was also slowly becoming more nauseous.  This got steadily worse for the rest of the day, and by bedtime, I broke down and took one of the narcotic pain killers they gave me, when I was in Urgent care in May. By this morning, I was ready to throw in the towel and have David take me to Emergency.  We got there at 8:00 am and got home after 9:00 pm.  I haven't eaten since yesterday at noon.  I tried a little rice pudding, less than a teaspoonful, that came on my supper tray, and then threw up worse than any of the previous times.

I was happy to have blog from you Beth, but probably won't be able to answer it until tomorrow, at the earliest.  I plan to try to eat a piece of dry toast, and go to bed.

Question for you both....

Think back, way, way back to our Home Ec classes. Are you there?
I would like to sew a yard skirt!
I have all sorts of colourful fabric and would like to sew ( quickly) a skirt.
How did we make them?
I remember it was a piece of fabric ( ? a yard or 2 of 42") and you sewed a seam to join at side, and then put elastic waistband on it.
Please tell me how we really made them. Detail instructions would be appreciated.

Election now what?

A resounding change in government - here we go with a Conservative majority under the leadership of Doug Ford after 15 years of Liberal management. I wonder what will happen now?
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, lots accomplished yesterday and for some reason, I am aching all over this morning haha! We also took another load of tomatoes to around the lake for distribution to a friend. Funny how Harry is now looking for someone to take his overabundance of plants.  We have given away to all the people we know - I wonder if I should set up a table on the road?
Weekend is here and on my agenda is making jam - Pati you beat me but only because I haven't been able to get to it. The rhubarb is looking big and strong and begging me to pick. Hopefully I shall pick Sat and do it down. I have been eating kale until it is coming out my ears but so enjoying that recipe for kale salad with creamy poppyseed dressing that you gave me Pati.  Also using the kale in substitution for spinach in that "spinach scramble" I eat at breakfast. Not quite the same taste or texture but still nice.
Have a great weekend folks. Pati where is your event this weekend - I, too, love to look at the map - I found Highway 227 you mentioned that Keri used to come into Wpg and now will look for your destination. Take care

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


I did go with option 2, and the little piece is finished and tucked away in hopes that it's needed to replace one of the others that are already in the show, and will, hopefully, sell this weekend.  I recovered the two pieces I had in the gift shop in Selkirk, and was able to deliver all of my items for the sale, that is concurrent to the exhibit.  Fingers crossed!

Yesterday, I volunteered in the gallery in Selkirk, and we were very busy.  So busy that I was exhausted when I got home.  All I had the ambition for was a couple of "peskies" for supper.  Poor David had had a rough day as well.  Doors have been his problem recently.  Firstly, we had finally replaced the handle to the front screen door.  It had "crystallized" and broke off in the extreme cold we had during the winter.  Then, the mail box fell off the house yesterday, and he didn't have the screws to fix it, so that meant a trip to Rona after I got home.  (I just sat in the car and read a book while he shopped).  Earlier in the day the hinge had come off the back door, but he had that repaired when I got home.  During the night, the bathroom door came of one of its hinges, and we faced that this morning.  He needed my help in fixing it, and I just wasn't capable of bending over, and holding the door in position while he worked, even with my corset on.  Then he had trouble getting up off the floor, when the job was done.  Old age is a bitch.

A couple of weeks ago, I treated myself to a new Manitoba road map--Manitoba Back Roads.  We needed one, and I had spotted this.  What a neat map!  Then, over the weekend, Keri delivered the fibre show, while she was in town, and commented that she had come via hwy 227.  Since I had never heard of it, and had this handy map to check it out.  I've spent a bit of time looking at it thoroughly, and have found Cathy's road, and where the sale is this weekend.  I think it's going to be useful.

Monday, we got a couple of batches of Rhubarb Pineapple jam made.  Last time we made it, the jam crystallized before we could eat it all, so this time, we were a little more careful in the timing.  It's just a bit "runny", but it spreads quite nicely, so no problem.

Time to face the day. As well as the bathroom door, David has just announced that he has finished replacing all of the downspouts on the house and garage.  My accomplishment is several levels of Candy Crush.  Not quite in the same category, I think.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A little break time... join me?

My special Duchess China cup is at my side with Earl Grey steeping as I sit down to write a few words. I believe Winter has returned - wearing my heavy jacket and knitted hat as I just took Bailey downtown to check the mail and we detoured to the lake side - they have the long boat dock out now so we walked its length - Bailey was not impressed! Ran into Fred, the man from the Horticulture Society, who thanked us again for the plants. He said that the most they have usually made at the Annual sale has been around 600.00 but Sat they made over 1200.00 and they were thrilled. Now this was not the result of our tomatoes and other veg we took of course, but I am sure they added to the extra sales a bit. 
Harry has the little smoker going outside with pork and beef in it. We went shopping yesterday as it was raining and cold, but today being the same, it is a lazy day at home. I made a gorgeous beef  stew early this morning - put it in the slow cooker and had some for a late lunch. This is real comfort food for me and since I know I will be the only one eating it, I made it to my liking... yummmm. 
I know now what I shall get at Fabricland with the gift certificate - I pulled out my Olfa cutter to check what number blade I needed and as I was taking it apart I fumbled with it and everything went flying - screws and pieces. I was trying to be so careful not to lose any parts and remember how to put it back together that everything went wrong. I cannot find some of the parts although I have not done a real thorough search on the floor, but I decided I shall just get a new cutter and if money is left, get an extra blade. I looked at my hexigon quilt yesterday with idea of maybe trying to pick up every now and then when time allows. I have several audio books and started one the other night in bed - an Amanda Quick novel called The Paid Companion. I really enjoyed just listening instead of having to read. So I thought I could do the same with the quilt - work at it while listening to a book. I already have a bag full of various audio novels so I am sure I can find something I like.
There were a few comments on your finished piece Pati (Mouse Factory Blog) and in looking at the two options I agree with the last person's comment that Option 2 is also the most pleasing for me.  Have you made a decision yet?
Well, my tea is almost gone, and Harry has come out to use the computer so I guess I'll sign off for now. Hope all is well with you folks...take care.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Colder weather?

The colder temperatures you folks are experiencing right now, and what usually comes my way, is a bit disturbing for me. It will mean some issues here for saving plants if it dips to near or freezing temps overnight. If it rains that will be OK but not if the night skies are clear. But enough...let what comes, come, and we will have to deal with it!
Well Pati, it seems you have the prize for "adventures" (although Cathy hasn't reporting in yet haha)  A fun story to read and especially that you did not actually go to the art shows as was your intent.  Oh, how I remember the old Half Moon and many a trip to Lockport. It was also a favourite road trip for Dad and Mom - going up one side and back the other, or vise versa haha!  I shall have to get out my Winnipeg map later and search out the route and the bridges you named - I always like to refresh my memory. Is there still the notion to move the train tracks out of the core of the city? I know there was some issues with Symington Yards? or is that old news?
The other day the neighbour lady across the street, Elaine, came to the door with a tray of fresh baking. I had taken over some tomatoes and left them on their sidewalk. Last year they moved in and we had some no acid tomatoes that we actually gave to the other neighbours Ruth and Gerd, but who gave them to these new neighbours because he (name is Mike) was allergic to the real tomatoes but could eat no acid ones. He since spoke with us and we got to know them a bit, and so we planted no acid again this year for him. But they were lost when our big greenhouse froze. I told him we would not have any for him this year but in my searching around our yard I found two low acid ones which I did not know we had so took them over. What a long story - are you following all of this haha. Anyway here came the tray of goodies. She says she loves to bake, to which I responded we would make a good pair because I loved to eat baking.  Her butter tarts were wonderful. 
Yesterday was the Horticultural Plant Sale and so Friday evening we took tomatoes, peppers and kale for them to sell (friends Fred and Grace belong and he has been trying to get us to join - I'm not interested) So we (is that the royal we again!) volunteered to bring some things for the sale anyway. They were setting up Friday evening and they were so excited to get some vegetables especially nice looking tomatoes that early Sat morning Harry loaded more into the car and took them over. It was funny as when Harry came back Sat from his garage sales he said he had driven past someone on Main Street on a bicycle with two tomatoes in the front carrier and they were our tomatoes!  I guess we have made our contribution to the Community - just like you Pati donating some items to the Church sale - but your china which is a bit more than our tomatoes haha!
Well, before you tire of this monologue, I shall go now to make my breakfast and have another coffee before I have to get at more yard work. Yesterday Harry bought a flat of patience flowers that I have to put into planters today.  Take care

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Yesterday was an adventure

Gail picked me up at 11:00, as promised.  But, her tire pressure light had been on, and she was concerned, so called her mechanic, and talked to him, eventually going out and checking the tire pressure, and getting the "go ahead" for a lot of driving.  We got to Lockport a little early, so had lunch at the Half Moon, and then heading for the quilt store, where I got exactly what I needed ( and more).  Then off to the store where Gail had business.  There was still a lot of time, so we decided to head into Selkirk, so I could pick up the two pieces I needed to have for the sale next weekend, and save myself a trip in on Tuesday.  For some reason, the gallery was closed, so it was off to the art sale, as that was the whole purpose of the trip.  Pulled the brochure out of my purse, for directions, and suddenly realized that the art show was today, not yesterday.

So-o-o, a change of plans.  Gail decoded to visit the business where she gets her wholesale supplies, but wasn't really that sure where it was.  This lead to a trip through a fair bit of the North end, before we finally ended up on Higgins, under the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge.  Part of our travels took us over the Arlington St Bridge, and we hit a stop light while at the top.  What an interesting visual image, looking down on all of the train tracks in the rail yards!  Finally, we ended up at a coffee store known for their desserts.  We had been there a couple of times, years ago, and it was just as wonderful as we remembered.  We had planned this coffee stop a few weeks ago, and it was probably the one thing of the day that worked out as planned.

Today was the yard sale at the church across the street.  And it was (and still is) cold and windy, so the actual sale was in the church basement. We got there early, and I found a very nice French Blue tea pot that will match my kitchen quite nicely, as well as 5 very nice juice glasses.  Later we went back for our yearly B-B-Q hotdog and hamburger, and they had the barbecue set up outside under a tent.  We were early enough that we got our hot dog and hamburger hot.  Usually they are cooked a little ahead of time and can be less than hot.  Not that it made much difference this year, as they cooled off quickly in the cool wind.  Finally, later this afternoon, when they were cleaning up, David went over to see if they had received any bids on the  china set I had donated.  They had asked for bids, with a $500 minimum, and had three interested offers, so I hope it all works out for them.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Sense of Satisfaction

The last two days have been busy, firstly with the bill paying and grocery shopping, and then, yesterday, with some "power cooking".  It came with an unexpected cost, however, when one of my good slow cookers died, mid-way through a batch of Daddy's Ribs.  In our last major purge, we got rid of the two larger slow cookers, both of which were old, and broken in some way.  After all, I had two good Cuisinart machines.  Well, now I have one.  I finished the ribs in the oven, which was the original way, after all.  Still, I'm going to have to give some thought to how badly we might need to replace the one that died yesterday.  When we power cook, it's always much easier to just put everything in various slow cookers and relax, than to be constantly supervising things in the oven, batch after batch, for hours.  Still we ended up with about 9 meals of spaghetti sauce, 5 meals of meatballs,  and 5 meals of ribs.  Today we're chopping up peppers for the freezer, and I did a larger box of strawberries late yesterday.  David is enjoying smoothies for breakfast, once in awhile, and prefers strawberries to the weird fruit I use.  Over the weekend, it's time for Rhubarb and Pineapple jam.

But even with all the work, it gave me a good feeling to see both the fridge and freezer filling up, and know that our bills are paid, and there's a bit of money in the bank.

Yesterday, we had heavy solid rain for hours.  Truly a blessing, after a very dry spring. 

In my efforts to remain true to my  health regimen, I bought an avocado, and am exploring the recipes in the book that call for avocado.  In the past avocados have been so expensive that I just by-passed those meals, but the Tuesday, price was right.  Yesterday, I tried making egg salad by mixing a chopped, hard boiled egg with 1/4 avocado, mashed.  Not too bad, but not terribly filling either.  But then, these days I'm ravenous, in any case, and it's showing at the scale.  Today, it was Green Grape smoothie, with avocado, instead of the coconut oil, I've used in the past.  A totally different drink, and one I plan to have again.

Still just finishing things, in the studio.  I will post things as they are done.  I've reached the stage of putting the hanging sleeve on the Tall Grass Prairie piece, but was so tired last night, that I had to give up.  Hand stitching black on black is difficult at the best of times.  I always feel a sense of panic when I finish a few projects, and don't know what to do next.  This time I have a couple of FMQ'g projects that I can fill time with while I do some detailed mental planning of the next piece--"Shadows of  My Mind".  But I had to scramble, mentally, to come up with those.

Last day of May?

Time seems to be just galloping along now that it is nice and we are out in the yard. I must enjoy every day the best I can.
Pati I like getting pictures of your studio setup. Sort of nice to sit at your table and have the TV handy to keep you company, and I can now visualize you as you work. I am also interested in your day out with Gail to tour the arts in the area. The shop in Lockport was new wasn't it as I think you mentioned it before. I read in the paper this morning that Sheenas Store (needlecraft supplies) has reopened in Wpg under new ownership - does this make you happy?
I have a thorn stuck in my finger from working around the raspberries yesterday - darn thing bothering my right index finger and it is difficult for me to try to fix it as is awkward. Ugh. Suppose I can call a "sick day: for myself and rest inside today haha!
Update on budgies (in case you are interested): four chicks hatched from the new couple and the old couple have four eggs in their cage already - they have been very prolific with their breeding abilities. We had the cats and dog outside yesterday for the first time for the cats in the cage. The dog likes to sit on a blanket and watch what we are doing, but I still have him on his leash.
I have been eating a lot of kale salads and still really enjoying them. More kale than I can reasonably manage but I am being told I must eat it all up because it was planted just for me haha! 
So another day outside according to the weather and then a day of rain. I check both Wpg weather and Neepawa weather each day to see what is happening on your areas. Not much good rain for any of us recently or in immediate future. That storm that went through your area must have been a real bad one according to reports of the wind blowing over train cars in Rosser? Wow. I am hoping for good rain for you Cathy - lets do a rain dance?
Time for some breakfast - perhaps kale salad? Take care.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Working in the studio

We got our bills paid and grocery shopping done this morning.  Always a trauma to realize how much money slips through our hands, just paying bills and buying food. But it's also a feeling of comfort knowing that the chore is done for this month.  Later, my friend Gail came and took me out for coffee.  We have an outing planned for Friday, when we are heading for an artists' tour in East St. Paul.  I've never done this but we're going for it.  A few of the artists involved are grouped together in a 55+ meeting hall, but for all of the others, it's a matter of visiting the artists in their homes.  We are each also looking forward to a quick stop in Lockport--she to a gallery there and me to a quilt shop. 

When I got home, I spent time in the studio making beads. I've been doing the prep work over the past few days, but today did the finishing work.  I'm not entirely happy, and it cost me the cover of my ironing board, which I burned a hole through.  Here they are.  Now I have to figure out how to use them.

I also took a picture of my new tv set and how it's set up in the studio.  I can sit an the end of the work table and watch while doing whatever needs doing.  If I need more table room, the whole shebang can be moved to the computer table further in the living area of the room.
Gosh--I didn't realize that I took the picture during the news item on Roseanne Barr.  Ugh!

You have a severe thunderstorm watch your way

Be safe - no cutting the grass in the storm now....And with these high temps it is a huge sigh of relief Pati to have your a/c working. Cathy do you have central a/c or a window one at least? We do not and it comes down to a floor fan or the ceiling fan blowing hot air around. Today I drove Willie to Sudbury for a Specialist appointment. Hot drive and heavy traffic for some reason and in Sudbury we had to find the office building right downtown in the middle of chaos and totally foreign territory to me.  But I had my trusty map (which I had practically memorized here at home before venturing out) and Willie had some annoying lady's voice on his cell phone telling me where to turn and how far or close I was - I found this distracting but then I am not used to having a GPS or this app he was using - I expect others use this method without thinking about it and get along just fine. And then there was the worry of parking?? As I turned onto the right street ( they all seem to be one way and all going in opposite directions) I had to swerve to avoid a police car parked in the middle of the intersection with flashing lights as there had been an accident. Lots of fun to add to the adventure. But I got home OK and then had to do all the watering outside - but to be fair, I enjoy the serenity of being alone in the garden for a bit especially to unwind from the day! Silly?  Anyway time for closing up and getting to bed. Hope I can sleep as the last few nights I have been restless - I guess thinking about the pending drive to Sudbury?  Take care 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Big sigh of relief

The A/C is okay. Somehow the outside electrical plug was in upside  down.  We can only think that it may have been knocked out when we had the power raking done, and put back wrong.  He gave it a good going over, chastised up for not replacing our furnace filter often enough, and only charged us for an hour's labour.  He also said that while ours is old, it's still much better than those made these days, and will probably last for years yet. I was dreading being told that it needed replacing, as it looked old when we moved in 19 years ago, and has not received much in the way of routine maintenance. As soon as he left, we drove to Rona and bought new furnace filters.  I plan to put them in my calendar.  After playing Candy Crush too long, and having an early lunch it was down to the studio.  I don't know what I'm going to do with the left over fabric, from my Tall Grass Prairie.  There is about a yard, since I took 4 1/2" to make the binding for the piece.  That is all sewn on and just waiting for hand finishing.  The same with the little hand embroidery I've been doing.  And the studio has been re-arranged a bit to accommodate the little tv set.  It is working fine, and I enjoyed it this afternoon, while doing the preliminary hand finishing on the Tall Grass Prairie piece.

Election coming up here in On

It is getting a bit scary now as the polls are seeing an upsurge for NDP support and after last nights leaders debate I am not surprised. I listened to it on the radio and was disappointed in the all that I heard, or rather what i did not hear. June 7 is election day and I think Ontario might be in for a bit of a shake up. Time will tell. The Free Press this morning even had an article on the NDP possibly coming ahead? I can always remember the NDP taking office in Ontario in 1990 with Bob Rae at the helm and the disaster of a few years that was. This is where we got our "Rae days" - unpaid days of work. 
Lots of progress in the yard over the weekend for me - I got a few things done that I was especially anxious to complete eg my herb gardens. Oh how I wish I could have had your help Cathy as I always liked your idea of your herb garden - do you still have one? Anyway I planted and pruned best I could - like the look of it all but now hope that it will produce results. I put a lot of love into making it right, haha! The pots of  kale Harry planted are growing great right now and I have been eating salads most days. The days have been super hot but with that comes the need to water and this week looks the same - I guess we will have to water every day. But it beats having to cover up for frost. I hope that will not come anytime soon as there is no way I could cover plants now that they are all over the yard in pots. It will have to be an early morning sprinkling with the hose if it comes to that.
I thought of you both over the weekend and your activities - how did your events turn out Cathy with family there to visit? And Pati yesterday I opened a bottle of Dr pepper and drank it outside on the patio ( took a break from work haha) By mistake Harry bought a six pack of Dr Pepper some time ago and it has sat unopened in the kitchen and so I decided to drink one. I actually quite liked the "odd" taste of it and remembered how you enjoyed it. Now I know why....
Another week is here we lets go at it. Hope you are all well. Take care. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Modern science

You’d think with all the satellites and modern weather trackers the forecast would be right at least once. With all the severe weather watches and thunderstorm watches and tornado warnings we would have got something!  2/10ths is all the rain and lots of thunder. It barely wet the surface. Maybe next week. Meanwhile I hope their forecast is right cause it is fair weekend in town. We will go to the fair grounds and the kids petting barn and, of course, the chip truck. The parade is at 11:00 and Rrain is in it. The chambers Volunteers of the Year will be in a car. Kris and Chloe are coming tomorrow. There will still be rides up at the fair ground but Kris wasn’t sure if Chloe would be interested I have two playgrounds scoped out since I know she loves playgrounds. They are picking up a sandbox while they are here. We weren’t able to get a couple of jobs done. I wanted to help take apart the deck but I couldn’t get enough pressure on the drill to take out the screws. Maybe once my wrist feels better I can help. The garden shed is slow going. The squirrels destroyed it last winter chewing holes and pulling out all the insulation for nests and pooping everywhere. I have everything out but we wanted to pull down the walls and take out all the insulation. The nails are all rusted in and hard to pull. Only one person can really work at a time and in this heat the masks and gloves are hot.  We have all summer. Still no lottery win🙁 but I keep trying

Friday, May 25, 2018

I'm spoiled

Last evening, Loren picked me up and we went to the Pantages Theatre, for Jessica's dance recital.  Gillian was along, although she had her own car.  During the intermission it was interesting to get both hers and Loren's perspective on what we were seeing.  Neither of them was impressed by the dancing, nor the actual choreography.  We were impressed with how far Jessica has progressed in her dancing.  We thought she stood out in her performance.  Of course, we might have been a little prejudiced. Her number was a group  doing musical theatre, and her role was a primary one.

I got home early, and David, having been stuck in the house all day, wanted a bit of air, so we headed to the casino for a couple of hours, and left a little richer.  But, when we got home, it was obvious that there was a problem with the A/C.  It had been on for about 8 hours, and the temperature in the house was down by only one degree.  We turned it off, and first thing this morning, I called and made an appointment to have it looked at--for Monday morning. ($$$$) Since yesterday, and the day before, were the first really hot days of the summer, everyone was looking for help with A/C.

Yesterday morning, I had moved furniture and washed the floor in the studio.  I came across the cable tv connection that we had used when there was a second tv downstairs.  I was curious about what a small tv might cost, since we're paying for the second outlet regardless.  So we stopped in at Best But this afternoon and found one for less than $200.  After we got home poor David spent over an hour on the phone with Shaw Cable technical help, but still couldn't get it hooked up, as there was problem with the power cord for the tv.  So, back to Best Buy.  And Shaw will be out tomorrow to hook the darn thing up.

Talking to Amber, recently, she mentioned that her car was so dirty in side that she had paid an extra $20 at the Chamois for twenty minutes of extra cleaning.  Sounded good to us. ( Someone had spilled coffee, and cookie crumbs, all over the center console, and there was gravel all over the floor)  So we went in on our way home from the first trip to Best Buy.  They spent almost 40 minutes actually working with the car in the detailing booth.  Did  fantastic job.  We spent the time in the waiting area talking with a variety of people.  Interesting people. We talked about tattooing, body piercing, the merits of various types of cars, car colours, and the management of an assisted living residence. The fact that both David and I had books with us and were trying to read them, didn't make any difference.

And now we appear to be in the middle of a thunderstorm.  I had been dreading trying to sleep in the heat, but maybe it will cool down for us.


The post on Mouse Factory Blog is so interesting, Pati, to see your newest art piece. And you are right, in that the fabric is most intriguing. Now I shall look forward to seeing what else you have planned for using that fabric. 
So very nice outside these days that all that blubbering I did over the horrible winter we had seems to have dissipated, haha! A bit of rain this morning  (just damp when I took the dog out early) will help with the growing. I sure hope you get some rain Cathy. I go on the weather each day for Sundridge and I see the weather for Winnipeg on The Free Press, so now I shall plan to check in with Neepawa as well. But then you say that what is in the air around you does not necessarily land on your property - are you protected in some way?  Time for my morning coffee - I guess I'll have to drink it inside and not do my usual walkabout this morning in that little bit of drizzle going on.  Take care  ps maybe we should all buy a Lotto Max ticket - the winnings tonight are the highest they have ever been, apparently!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Yes, always tough

The anguish prior to the decision been made is the worst. And I agree that the load off your mind will always be renewing, even if at the time seems terribly disappointing. I know you looked forward to this event Pati, so the decision was made even tougher. But it is the right choice for you. Now you move on knowing the the wisdom of the said prayer has carried you through. And what a marvellous prayer it is....XX

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A tough decision

Lying awake last night I made a decision.  something I've been thinking about for a couple of weeks.  I had committed to working a sale out near Winnipeg Beach on June 9th.  This is a big deal.  It is held on an acreage, and id very well attended, and is anticipated by a huge part of the arts community in the province.  (Check out "Prutopia" on the web site)  It will likely be hot, crowded, and I'm told that parking could be as much as a mile away. I could likely get a ride, but then be stuck there for the whole day.  Friends had offered to play personal valet to look after my car.  David would be home alone for as much as 12 hours.  I contacted the lady in charge and withdrew my offer to help out.

This is probably the "acceptance" part of the Serenity Prayer.  I've had to accept my physical and family limitations.  A lot of deliberation over the past couple of weeks, and a few quiet, private tears, but I can't tell you what a load has come off my mind.  

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A bit of an "off" day

It sounds as though having an "off" day is contagious, but more about that later..

The weather is great.   We're able to sit outside and read.  David is getting a lot done in the yard and in cleaning up the garage.  I think I mentioned that a lot of my junk has been donated to the church across the street,  Now we just have to make sure I don't bring just as much home, when they have the big yard sale.  Today we drove all over the city on small errands.  Now that the Tall Grass Prairie piece is almost finished, my mind is moving onto the next piece, and I needed some colouring tools.  I knew what I wanted, but it doesn't appear that it is made anymore.  I found something that appeared capable of doing the job, on the web site of a local store, and off we went to take a serious look at it.  Appeared suitable and I bought eight different colours.  I went onto the internet after supper to find instructions for using them.  I appears that I bought 8 very expensive crayons.  But they are water solvable, and if, once wet they become permanent, they will certainly do the job I bought them for, and many more future jobs as well.  I'll find out tomorrow, when I rinse out the fabric scraps I used them on.

But--all the driving I'm doing, and the amount of time I spend on the computer, is screwing up my wrists.  And my back is not settling down, even with that tortuous corset. I've also been doing a bit of hand embroidery, while watching tv., which doesn't help.  I had actually thought about finding my yo-yo's, and seeing if I could play with those a bit, but not a good idea right now.  I can't even hold a book to read. So, I appear to be in the same boat as both of you.  Everything hurts, even with the Tylenol Arthritis--which I shouldn't be taking.  I agree that there are some days when you just want to curl up in bed, and forget life. I disagree a bit with you Beth, about just carrying on.   This is not a good long term plan.  At some point you have to pay the piper, and at our age, that can be expensive, even life threatening.  I don't know how this will play out, but I will certainly be cutting down on computer time.  I'll well addicted, so that won't be easy.  And hand sewing is out for now.  

Almost bed time,  i.e 9:00, even though pain and fatigue forced me to take a nap today--it's been a long time since I had to do that.

"Time" and Hearts

Well, that was some weekend. From freezing to a 20 degree plus sunny day. I had to cover up Sunday night, and then Monday was by far, the most glorious day we have had. Lots of work. 
Cathy you speak of time and especially bed time. This is the norm here. I think it goes with the territory...always an early to bed time, but then I also get up early so as to have some quiet time for myself before the day begins. And I have no social activities such as TV or computer games to enjoy in the evening. (Harry though, always plays solitaire on the computer) I will sometimes watch a movie on my little machine before bed but that is infrequent and if my eyes will tolerate it, I'll read for a bit before bed. I also listen to the radio in bed, either shows on CBC or some relaxing CD music. Also my body aches constantly and I have come to just ignore this and get on with it. Not healthy for sure, but it gets me by. Often I have no choice as the "chores" have to be done, and it is I who has to do them. My pleasure is with my cat Tigger, and dog Bailey, and my cup of tea, and whatever else I can find to bring me joy - even if I have to imagine or invent something myself haha! 
Pati I love your hearts (mouse factory blog) It looks so appealing that I would love to do some myself - just to get to feel how the tools work if for no other reason. I will soon, and in meantime have my tools ready, and new stabilizer, and still have that $50.00 Fabricland gift certificate burning a whole in my purse. Just the idea that I could, brings me pleasure.
We are on the road again today taking a car load of plants down to Harry's brother in laws and then shopping in Huntsville. Wednesday we take a car load of plants to Sprucedale for the friends there. We have to stop at the cemetery in Sprucedale to get the grave flowers that we forgot last Fall. Then I will have to make up a new arrangement sometime and get it back down there, and clean up the grave site. We do this every year. 
Well, time for another coffee and some cereal and get on with the day. Hope you  have a good week. Always think about you both - Cathy and your work (keep smiling and think happy thoughts) and Pati and your work. I like to see pictures as well - Cathy can you attach pictures like Pati does?  Take care

Monday, May 21, 2018

Time is relative you know something is wrong when it is 8:30 pm and you are ready for bed. Jim is already asleep and I am next. I know Jim runs out of air early because of his copd. I have no excuse except out of  shape. Every inch of my body  hurts. I really wish I had a hot tub. I also hopes the dogs can cross their legs until morning.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Odds and Ends, or whathaveyou

The above website has a video in it that is a real treat to watch.  It takes a few minutes, so sit down with a cup of tea when you watch.

Five baby grey squirrels!  That's what we had today at the feeder.  And they all appear to have white ears.  Guess we know who at least one of the their parents is.  We've had a white eared grey squirrel around ever since we moved in.  Probably several generations now.  We can only hope that at least one of the babies lives long enough to reproduce, but the big old crow is around regularly. The baby squirrels and the baby bunny run and hide under the rhubarb when he shows up.

Today, I was out for coffee with my friends Dick and Vivian from Pinawa.  I haven't seen them in 2-3 years, so it was a very nice visit.  You met them when you were here awhile ago, Beth, when we attended a buffet dinner at their house.  There have been many changes in the art scene in Pinawa over the past few years,and it was good to catch up with what's going on.  My friend Gail and I, along with another one of her friends,  have rented the local art gallery for a month long show in September.  I'm looking forward to finding out how viable the gallery out there is, in terms of potential for sales.

Today turned out to be a very nice day, and the first time we've been able to sit outside without jackets.  David and I were out there for awhile, just reading, this afternoon.

Don't know where the time went today.  I was up by 7:30, but David slept a little longer.  He decided that today was the day to find out how well he's able to cut the grass.  He only did the back, and will maybe tackle the front later in the week.  But he did okay.  I know because I watched him from out the kitchen window the whole time.  Between that, going out for coffee across the city, then grocery shopping, I didn't get much of any studio time today, and we ended up not getting supper until after 7:00 this evening.  Guess we're going to shower in the morning.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


We had a sprinkle on Wednesday night and it has felt cool and damp for a few days but no measurable moisture. The patio stones were already dry when I left for work Thursday morning. This could be a disastrous year for our area if we don’t get rain soon. I am sure glad last week is over. I would be a raving lunatic if I had to work by myself much longer. I know Elizabeth was there but she does no processing work. I emailed my manager and told him that having only one person for everything leads to poor quality work and mistakes. Sure enough I couldn’t cash out on Friday because I didn’t balance. I know what the error is but not how to fix it and being the Friday of a long weekend everyone had left. I guess patty gets it to fix on Tuesday. Meanwhile I intend to do nothing for at least one day before I get into house cleaning and maybe gardening if I think there is hope

Friday, May 18, 2018

Busy day at the feeder

Yesterday, we thought we had seen a baby bunny at the feeder.  Today, I looked out and there were 4 grey squirrels under that feeder, all at the same time.  It looked, to me, like one large one (Mother?) and three very small ones, but David thought it might have been two adults and two babies.  I didn't think Daddy squirrels stuck around long enough to participate in child care.  After awhile it was just the three little ones, and they stuck around for quite awhile.  Eventually a very small red squirrel came along and tried to chase them away.

Later, we had a better look at the red one, and it appears to be one of this year's young, as well.  Then we saw him again.  this time peacefully eating away along side a rabbit!  Guess he is either afraid of the bigger rabbit, or doesn't see him as a threat.

Then around supper time, there was a dove on the ground feeding! It's been ages since we saw one of those.  There were a pair who used to visit a couple of years ago, but I don't remember any since.

This morning, we drove across town to hand deliver the renewal forms for David's handicap driving permit.  This is remarkable firstly because it was raining!   Secondly, this was the first time I've driven in the rain in years--and right across the city.  I tried not to show how nervous I was, and David was handy to offer advice when he thought it might be needed, so we made it home in one piece.

We have been so anxiously awaiting rain.  This is really the first good rain fall this year, and not before time! Still, it was almost straight down, so the area under the eaves and against the house may not have got much.  This is where the Lady Slippers (we now have two bunches up) in the back, and Hyndrangeas  and Juniper in the front yard are, so they'll maybe have to be watered.

Another Hockey game for David to watch tonight, and, of course, I'm busy downstairs.  I've been working on the Tall Grass Prairie piece I've been busy researching and designing over the past couple of weeks.  Then I had the thought that maybe I should get permission for using the three small sketches that I based the design on.  So I've emailed the publisher of the book I used ( from the library).  It's a small local special interest group.  Still around, although the book itself is quite old.  The work is going very well, and it would be a shame if they didn't give me permission, but I really should have thought of it before now.

The 2-4 weekend?

Somehow the excitement from decades past for the May 24 weekend is long gone... haha! As I remember, this was the weekend where it was now OK to go into the Lake. My how times have changed. Not that I want to go into the Lake, or any lake, but the date always seemed to bring a change somehow. Here it brings a desire for warmer temperatures and sustained warmer temperatures. Not this roller coaster of fluctuations. I covered up again last night - even more plants to cover as well. I just went out to check and the outside thermometer reads 2 degrees. So maybe lucky but still it all has to be undone and put away. That shall be my morning task. And I see that Winnipeg temperatures are really quite low for the daytime, and wonder what your temps are like in Neepawa Cathy? 
Royal Wedding news is all that I hear now on the news. I will probably listen tomorrow morning early ( 4 am) on the radio. No TV so cannot watch anything.The announcement on the 6 am news just now said that Prince Charles will walk the bride down the aisle instead of her own Father who is not coming. The brides Mother, who is African American, will have Tea with the Queen today. Oh how exciting to hear how the other folks live, eh?
Have a great weekend folks. Hope you can get out into the garden even if only to sip on your tea in an easy chair in the sun! I shall be thinking of you...XX

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Shakespeare in the park

It wasn’t really a park but it might as well be. Glenda and Joe McPhee’s yard. Guests are welcome and lots of wedding photographs are taken there.  But I digress. The high school play was an adaption of A Midsummers night dream.  Shakespearean English and modern clothes. (Oberon was dressed like Michael Jackson...white glove and all). It was condensed a bit but you could tell the kids had a great time doing it.  Every time there was a new scene the audience picked up their lawn chairs and moved to a new spot instead of the cast moving props in and out. I’m glad I went. Lots of theatre in less than a week.


Pati, were you not looking for some social diversity in your life? And on reflection of your evening out, would this outing have not indeed, met the criteria ? I so enjoyed your summary of events and wonder now, if your own personal meditation practices have been enhanced? Thanks for the little chuckle you brought to my life. The going home and having a glass of wine seemed to be the highlight. 
More work in yard, and I just spoke with neighbours (Ruth and Gerd) across the street while out with the dog and she always wants me to come over for a coffee and visit and I always resist, but my resolve is weakening day by day. I should really make an effort.
Well, time to put the little birds to bed. I am enjoying the book from the Canada Reads list called American War - one that Mike gave me. I have put aside the third Outlander novel for now.
Take care

Quite a day

Yesterday, some friends came over for tea (coffee actually).  We were joined by a new lady, but she fit in quite nicely. This required a healthy, general "clean-up" of the house, but one reason to have people over is to force me to undertake that sort of activity. We had bought some cookies, and there were a few left over.  To-o-o bad.

Then in the evening, I attended the "Mandala and Meditation" workshop at the library.  This was not what I expected.  It was mainly middle aged women, with a couple of us a little older.  I think I was the only one interested in mandala, the rest were there for the Meditation.  So the first hour, plus, was spent reviewing the 7 sacred body chakras of Hinduism, with the associated meditation focus, colour, and chant.  We spent a lot of time chanting, and trying to focus on whatever that chant focused on.  She gave us a quick explanation of what a mandala was, (very quick--it's round and you use color, taking into consideration the sacred colours associated with the chakras).  Then we were told to make a mandala. There were canvases and canvas boards, and lots of felt markers and watercolour paint.  At that point, although she put on East Indian music, we were on our own.

The older lady beside me was quite vocal in relating the chakras to the Christian Bible, and the words of St. Paul, and in discussing my interest in mediation.  She was also insistent that Hinduism is the basis of all Celtic spirituality, since, of course, all of the Celts came from India, via the Iberian peninsula.  We were told that there were symbols often associated with the chakras and mandalas, and that these were thousands of years old.  While the instructor said that the symbols had no real meaning, when I asked if they could have had meaning thousands of years ago, she poo-poo'ed the idea.  I left a little early.

In the interest of becoming more active, I walked to the library.  The wind was so strong, that my library bag, with 5 heavy books in it was almost blown out of my hand.  And then it started to rain a bit.  Thank Goodness, both the wind and the rain had disappeared when it was time to come home.

At that point all I wanted to do was get out of the darned corset, and find a glass of wine, ----and maybe, a cookie.

Tomatoes anyone?

Wouldn't it be nice if I could share with you some of the plants we have proliferating at our place. Yesterday it took me four hours in the afternoon to put tomatoes back into the greenhouses and cover the others left outside, pending low temp overnight. This morning I shall go out and reverse this procedure haha! The next four or so days and nights are showing higher temps so we should be good to go without need for covering.
Other than the garden needs not much new here. Having some issues with animals though. The two little chicks were removed from the parents cage as one of them was attacked by one of the parents (? father). They are just five weeks but couldn't take chance to leave them in bigger cage. I actually took the two chicks to the Vet to examine the wounds of the one - there was bleeding and an obvious gash on his head. So I have been on "feeding" alert to be sure they are getting enough nutrition. You have to examine their  crop to make sure it is expanded (located just below the neck in the front) showing that they are getting enough food. I have feed the smaller of the two some of the "pablum" preparation I purchased especially for hand feeding chicks. But I have observed them eating at the millet and bird feed in their cage, so I think they will be OK.
Enough about my avian issue....Take care .

Monday, May 14, 2018

Memories of "lanyards"

That was a nice Mothers Day message that you sent a link to, Pati.
It really is all about the many "lanyards" in our life that keeps me going.  And as an aside, I am sure I could find a few of those tangible reminders still here in the house somewhere haha!
Nice to read about your weekend Cathy and Pati. You were both having a good time inspite of the driving involved, I guess.  Of course I got my map out and searched for your destinations and tried to decide which way you would drive and how long it would take you, whether it were Virden or Carmen. We, too, traveled to Markstay to visit with Mike, and had another fine day yesterday.
I covered last night again but it did not freeze but the next few nights will be higher night temps and therefore a bit of a reprieve for me in not having to cover.  I'll go out shortly to uncover and fold the sheets up until the next need.
I take the car to the garage on Wed to have the tires changed. I had called last week and had to make an appointment that took this long - they must be busy. At least I do not have to carry the old tires home and store them - I pay $20.00 for them to store them there. It is a convenience for me.
So here's to best wishes to you both as we start another week - hard to think it is middle of May already. I looked so forward to Spring and now it seems to be flying by.  Take care

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mothers' Day

I found this blog post today.  It contains a poem that I found very moving.  

Scary drive

Yesterday, we drove out to Carmen, for a meeting of one of my fibre groups. We took the South Perimeter to Oak Bluff, and came home the same way.  I had always thought that Saturday traffic around my end of town was a horror, but it's bad everywhere!  Coming home, along the South side of the city, with all those traffic lights( about 6 I think) in a short stretch, was bad enough but the traffic was moving anywhere from 80k/hr to 120k/hour, and it was almost bumper to bumper.  And,  it was at the end of our trip, and I was a little tired.  Not nearly as tired as I was on our trip home from Neepawa, but still tired.  I guess the scariest part is knowing that it would have been the same or worse, no matter what route we took.

Of course, I was wearing that corset all day.  It is a little uncomfortable, and hot, to wear, but I am realizing that I'm better with it than without it.

Today, I volunteer out in Selkirk, but that is a relatively short drive, with only the construction at Lagimodiere and the North Perimeter to consider.


I’m lying in my hotel room with Rrain snoring in the next bed. Today is the last day of plays and then we head home. Neither one of us won a darn thing at the dance last night and they had some really nice draws. I spent $20 on tickets for nothing. Didn’t even win a door prize. Ate a lot of good food and danced a lot though. The plays have been quite good so far and we got some good ideas for plays we can do. One group has disbanded and they brought all their scripts for people to go through. All they asked for was a donation. So now we have about 20 scripts to read. We got quite a few short ones that we can do when someone asks for a 30 or 40 minute play for some event they are hosting. They are starting the first play at ten today instead of 9 so people recovering from last night might make it. I have always made a point of being at the first play on Sunday.  They are performing so we should be there.  Guess I better start loading our stuff and get breakfast.  Way more food than I usually eat but really good

Friday, May 11, 2018


David watches, when he can, although we haven't been "rabid" fans during the season. The street parties are an interesting phenomenon.  Very exciting for everyone, but I have to wonder if the excitement will wear off if they become too frequent.  Still, from a crowd control viewpoint they're an excellent idea.  I was taken with the info that they park dump trucks at all points where there would be vehicle access to the parties, as a deterrent to terrorists driving vehicles into the crowd.

My fibre art support group met here Wednesday evening.  There were eight of us, and a pleasant visit.  It's so interesting to see how each of us works in a different way, even though we get together and share our work regularly.

This weekend I have a meeting of another fibre group, out in Carmen, tomorrow.  The group will be there all day, with a workshop in the morning, then lunch supplied, then the meeting, and the workshop continuing after the meeting.  Many of the ladies here Wednesday are also members of that group, and I mentioned that I would be having to take my husband with me.  I apologized, and asked if they thought anyone would object to him sitting at the back of the room, and reading a book. The lady responsible for organizing the lunch told me that, not only could he come, but she would save a muffin for him.  Considering that there were two of the five member executive of the group, as well as the workshop instructor, sitting there, I consider him welcome.  That trip should take up the whole day.

Then on Sunday, there is a change over of the entire stock of the gift shop in Selkirk.  I volunteered to help out with the process, so will be spending 3 hours doing that.  I have sold very little over the past 3 months, so don't plan to take too much out for this session, although I do know that sales are usually better over the summer, with tourists etc.

So, a busy weekend.  Unfortunately, we will have to buy gas to enable our activities, and I can see buying supper tomorrow.  But the whole effort reminds me of some of the travelling we did when we first retired.

Good Friday morning...

So the Jets won and go onto the next round. I only read about it after the fact in the Free Press but are you folks actually watching the games on TV?
Everything is shrouded outside as last night it was to dip to minus 2 or around there.But it was raining all day so when I covered I also added tarps over the blankets just to make sure they do not get wet before the rain stopped and the frost came. Do you ever wonder how I dry out all the covers the next day after pulling them off.  Answer: with great difficulty. The fences hold most of them and then it is a real sight from the street. I have been eating kale already though - small tender leaves are so tasty right now. A little frost does not harm the kale so all the million pots outside are left uncovered. As were the hanging baskets of strawberries.
Yesterday we ran the roads - first to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary out side of Huntsville to deliver three baby black squirrels found in our yard and the neighbours. Perhaps the Mother was killed? A fourth one died even with my valiant efforts all day Wednesday to help him. The second trip was back to Burks Falls to pick up Lemon or orange trees from a man there (ad on Kijiji) These (two of them) are about 4 or 5 feet in height and I had to make room in the greenhouses to house them overnight. I have no idea where they may now be put inside the house as they need good light.
I checked the rhubarb early this morning and it is now about four to six inches up and the leaves look nice and fresh. I am hoping for a good crop this year. The lady who lives in the Log cabin on the Lake (the fruit lady) asked for the leaves so she can brew up a concoction that is supposed to deter the deer from eating her garden and flowers.
So have a very nice weekend. And Happy Mothers Day to you both Pati and Cathy. We shall be visiting Mike on Sunday as he invited us to come. Harry will be making the meal and yesterday ordered rouladen meat custom cut at the local Deli/ Meat Market here in Sundridge. We pick it up today. It is nice to have this store close by, but it is pricey.   Take care

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Figers crossed

The rhubarb is just coming out of the ground right now.  Last year it went to seed between 4 and 6 inches tall and I got nothing. Not encouraging. Like Pati, everything appeared when we watered but it is soooo dry here.  The wind is howling again today and dirt blowing everywhere.  We are hesitating to put the garden in until we get rain.  They keep forecasting but none has appeared.  Maybe next week because the High School is doing an outdoor presentation of a A Midsummer Nights Dream.  Rrain and I have tickets for Wednesday.  Cross you fingers.


No, the shoots are only popping out of the ground - that's why I wait. We are behind you folks a bit except for our greenhouse plants. Pati, enjoy your company but take care of your back.
Cathy, is your rhubarb up high yet?

I can't believe..

that your rhubarb is that high already, and maybe ready to pick?  Ours is barely big enough for a baby bunny to hide in and even smaller on the other side of the yard.  Everything grew over night, once David had watered.  Yes, it's very dry here, and a very dry spring is predicted.  So far, it appears that we're down to one Lady Slipper plant.  I know they don't live forever, and by our calculations they are 41 years in our various gardens, so maybe we're lucky to have the one.

I wore the corset from early afternoon Monday, and from very early morning, all day on Tuesday. When the woman first put it on me it was "Oh my! That feels good!"  But by last night I was just as glad to get it off.  We had started out about 6:45 am to get 
David in for a Carotid Ultrasound, a few minutes at home , and then off to have the summer tires put on the car, getting home about 3:30.  We have no tv until Shaw comes out this afternoon, and I haven't been in the studio since a few minutes Monday afternoon.

David has expressed that he found it difficult to load the summer tires into the car, and then unload the winter tires when we got home.  Now, somehow, the two of us have to move chairs downstairs for my company this evening. We'll see how that goes.


Can you guess what I have planned as another treat for myself?
Yesterday at the store I bought : two tins of crushed pineapple, and four packages of raspberry jello. And now I wait......... 
What is it? 

Lots going on...

With nice weather comes a push to get plants out and transplant etc. Thursday night it is going to minus 1 so I will have to cover again. The degree of difficulty to cover substantially increases as the number of plants outside increases. Should be a very interesting few days.
To Fabricland yesterday. I choose to purchase some medium weight fusible interfacing and when at counter received my gift certificate that I won, only to be told it all had to be spent at once and the expiry is July. So I paid cash for my purchases and will now have to  write a list of potential purchases to make up $50.00 worth and return to that store. Now in that store it shouldn't take much to reach my goal, but I really would want to purchase items of use for me. But in the meantime, I now have some fusible interfacing so I will try to get a few moments to try this with my new Apliquick tools. I plan to cut out hearts in fabric, and try that as you did Pati, but I shall not be as prolific in production as you haha!
I think your device Pati will help you with your back. Have you tried it yet and what is the result. Are you able to get out and about with some ease?
Cathy I am happy to hear about your housework and yard work. I cannot seem to get anything in the house done at all, so there comes a time when you stop worrying about it. I did have liver for supper last night though - this is a treat for me and I enjoy it when I can. We also bought ground beef and Harry plans to BBQ burgers for tonight but I'll see how the day goes. Often great plans do not materialize, and of course I will have to clean up the BBQ from winter and get a propane heater attached. These tanks are still over by the greenhouses with the heater still attached. So then the heaters will have to put away in the boxes and stored. Who says I don't have things to do  haha!
Well another day here so I better have my coffee and cereal, and get on with it. Take care all.