Saturday, June 30, 2018

A-a-a-a-h. A chance to sit down

I have my Duchess mug full of one of my special teas.  The ones I haven't enjoyed since early April, when my caffeine allergy started acting up.  This one is a fruit tea, with about 1/2 the caffeine of other teas.  It's called  Fireside Chat, but different tea stores use different names.  To encourage customer loyalty, I guess.

Been thinking about what you said Beth, about letting your mind loose, when engaging in "donkey" work.  This is often how I function in the studio, especially when doing routine tasks.  This is often my most constructive, creative time.  Enjoy it.

This morning we were off to Selkirk to deliver two pieces to a gallery hanging.  The show will open on Tuesday, but I have no info about an opening reception.  If there is one, and I'm pretty sure there will be, I plan to go.  We stopped in Lockport for lunch, using some coupons that came in the mail a couple of days ago.

We also stopped for coffee on the way home, and I brought it home, with me, to enjoy in the back garden.  Sitting there, I noticed red in the Nanking Cherry bushes and suggested that we check it out.  That lead to a marathon of Cherry picking, with only the occasional quick gulp of the coffee.  We will prepare the juice today, and make jelly tomorrow.  Jelly and jam making has changed significantly recently, if the instructions in the Certo package are any indication.  The only jelly recipes there are Raspberry, Apple, and Cranberry-Claret.  Nothing I could bend to use with the Nanking cherries.  So I hit the internet.  Not only did I find the Pin Cherry recipe I used to use off the old Certo instructions, but I also found recipes that were specifically for Nanking Cherries.  These were very complicated, and used the Certo Crystals rather than the liquid.  I think we'll stick with the "old reliable".

Things are settling down here with my new drug regimen.  And I'm finding that over-eating fresh cherries is now over-kill.  "Nuff said about that.  But my weight is an issue, and there are now a couple of pairs of pants that won't fit over my corset ( If they ever would have)

Tonight is the one night I take over the tv.  But David has a football game to watch, and I want to do some studio prep work, so I may take mercy on him, and watch it downstairs.  Especially, as I can hear him snoring in his chair.  I guess the drive out and cherry picking has worn him out.

What a storm

Now, that was a real storm last night. They warned of severe thunderstorms and by golly they were not kidding! I eventually gave up worrying and covered my head with the sheets. This morning I handled the outcome - lots of muddy water at the front of the house, and several things blown over. Surprisingly the umbrellas we have in the tables around the yard remained upright.
I read in the Free Press of the torrential rains in your parts Cathy How did you fair? The Dauphin Music Fest was highlighted as experiencing the rains but the show went on...Here, there is more in the offing warned to come so i shall wait and see although right now the sun is shining.
I just made a batch of peanut butter cookies the whole time listening to The Beach Boys. Nothing to boost your spirits than to dance around in the kitchen to the music haha! We are going to Mikes tomorrow so i am preparing some treats and we shall take the makings for "make your own " sandwiches or bunwiches -whichever we buy.  Take care - let me know how you folks are making out with weather warnings? 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Happy Canada Day?

All indications of a very hot and unsettling weekend ahead with very high temperatures and threatening thunderstorms. We do need some rain badly, but not the kind that comes with bad weather and thunderstorms. I continue to water regularly and it becomes a routine starting in one corner and working my way around the yard. But it can also be relaxing as one's mind can wonder while still being productive. Sound silly?  I would love to get some pictures and see if i can send any via this blog or maybe the email. There must be some way for me to figure it out on my own. I just need some time at the computer to do so. Let me try...maybe I shall be successful and over the next few days you shall receive some of my pictures. Pati, you have the knack and Cathy you have also sent some so maybe it is just me haha! Or, I can always blame it on the computer. 
I have been able to do some before bed reading this week and this pleases me as I always did love to relax a bit before bed. i am into the novel The Marrow Thieves - one of the books from Canada Reads that Mike gave me. I like it when you folks tell me what you are reading as it gives me ideas to look into - the Library has eluded me for so long.
There is a little park ( a few vacant lots donated by an old established family for use by the residents) up the street where i walk Bailey and the village has not cut the grass yet this year and it is more like an overgrown field - higher than poor Bailey. I went into the Town office the other day to enquire as to when i might expect it to be done. yesterday i received a phone call back to say the Works department has been busy and has not been able to get to it yet but is aware . So who knows when it will be done but at least I feel I did my best as a tax payer and user of such space provided for citizens.
So onward with the day and coming weekend. Enjoy the time but take care with the pending weather issues. The celebrations for Canada day will take place here tomorrow with parades and pigroast and games etc. We do not usually attend and since it is Sat Harry will be off to garage sales and the like, so maybe not too exciting for us. i am just as pleased to stay home. By for now....

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Up early

Had a good sleep last night, after using the Lyrica instead of T3's.  I'm now hoping that I can do without the T3's totally.  But the timing of the pills meant that I was awake at 5:00 am.  lol  That  I can deal with.

Getting out early to run our errands is working well.  It meant that when we got home before 10:00, it was still cool enough that I could sit in the garden to read my book, and drink my coffee.  This meant that I was able to finish the book--"I'll Keep You Safe" by Peter May.  This is a lengthy novel that starts with the death of a woman's husband, in a foreign country, and then follows her as she returns to their home and arranges a funeral.  Sounds awful, I know, but every person she interacts with during three days brings back a memory of how that person had interacted with the couple in the past.  A secondary plot starts with the police suspicious that she might have been responsible for his death. Still sounds awful, but I just couldn't put it down.  As things progress, there is a niggling thought that who ever was been responsible, just might be after the lady herself.  A good read.

I'm hoping that I will be able to spend the afternoon in the studio.  I have so many ideas.  I am so very relieved that there are ideas, as last time I was taking pain killers my creativity vanished.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Morning read...

Just reading all the messages from yesterday early this morning. And I am so sorry Pati that you had this mishap but good that you went to have it checked. Sounds as if you will be out and about to Pan Am Clinic now? Were you there before as it sounds familiar? Take care of yourself - they always say that "at home" accidents are the most prevalent. 
We went shopping yesterday to Huntsville which took up most of morning and early afternoon. I hAD BEEN GETTING POP UPS TO UPGRADE TO bITDEFENDER 2018 BUT WHEN I TRIED IT WOULD NOT WORK. tHEN I GOT A MESSAGE FROM BANK SAYING THAT IF I DID NOT HAVE A CERTAIN BROWSER SECURITY APP THAT FROM jUNE 28 I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS ONLINE BANKING.( Just noticed i had uppercase key activated but i am not going to retype so bear with that last few sentences please.) To continue then.... So I called the Geek Squad to help me. it took from around 2 pm to about 6 pm for the installation process and other things to be done. The fellow said because it was so slow to install. Anyway this disruption did not go over well in this house - the Geek Squad had remote control and no one else could access the computer to play games while the procedures were ongoing. C'est la vie!
Now I am going to have some breakfast and think about the day to come. Hope all is going well for you Cathy, and i agree with Pati - enjoy a little pleasure for yourself while there. For me it would be to have a wonderful long shower. But to each her own haha!
So long for now.....

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Frequent flyer miles

My concerns over my fall continued today, and by about supper time, we decided to go to urgent care.  I asked the nurse about frequent flyer miles, and he thought for a minute and then asked what sort of shape would they take--maybe a free xray?  Then he looked at me sideways and out of the side of his mouth said "but they're already free".

Anyway, the doctor decided that there was no break, according to the x-rays, but there is a mild rotator cuff injury, and I've been referred tot he Pan Am minor injury clinic for follow-up.  The doctor was also quite happy with my current medications.  I was just happy to have checked things out.

And now to bed.

Not lasting long

The flowers I spoke of in my last post were seen today for the first time.  By the time I got out to take a picture--about 10:30--they were already starting to fade.  Probably because of the heat.

The top picture is of the "mother" bush in the neighbour's yard.  Since the house changed hands a few years back, the entire yard--and it was magnificent--has been just left.  All they do is hire someone to come in and cut the grass once in awhile. 

The bottom picture is the tiny bush on our side of the fence.  David now tells me that there is a second "volunteer" rose bush growing close to the first one.  He has cleared out all around the area to encourage both of them to prosper.


Gosh, Cathy, I've had a few root canals, and none of them lead to "extensive bruising".  Sounds nasty, and I hope you manage to get some rest.  I guess no-one expects you to be having fun, considering that you're here for negotiations. (or am I wrong?)
Still, I hope you manage to find some pleasurable time while you're here, even if it's just the opportunity to sleep, if that turns out to be your most urgent need.

A few steps back around here. Late yesterday afternoon, I had a fall in the studio, after tripping over an electrical cord.  No, I didn't faint or anything, as I remember every lo-o-o-n-g second of going down, and landing on my left knee.  I tried to grab onto my table, but just managed to pull my left shoulder.  At first, I was really worried about having done something to the shoulder, but gradually the pain wore off and the movement is pretty well full now.  Maybe I should consider myself lucky to have taken a T3 just a couple of hours before, so pain was a minor issue, until later in the evening.  So I just went to bed, where I was comfortable.  My only concern this morning is a bit of swelling in my left knee.  I'll have to keep an eye on that.  But, I did manage to get myself off the floor, without human assistance.  Ever since my knee replacement surgery I have worried about ending up on the floor and not being able to get up, as I was told that I would never be able to kneel again.  Yes, it hurt a bit to get on my knees, but it was only for a second while I pulled myself up against the cedar chest.

And my joy for the day?  The tiny rose bush in our garden is in bloom.  I can see two blooms from the house.  I'll try to take a picture later.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Day one in Winnipeg

We ended early today. Wasn’t expecting that but management sent us a message just after 3 pm to say they would not be able to get back to us in a timely fashion so we quit for the day.  Probably the best for me since I had a root canal on Friday and my face is badly swollen and sore. I went to emergency on Sunday and the doctor said my mouth had extensive bruising but I got antibiotics just in case. The swelling has gone down a bit but it looks like I have some infection.  I will keep on with the antibiotics and hope the swelling goes down soon. My eye was swollen shut this morning. I will take it easy tonight for sure.  We may be going late for the next couple of days since we cut today short. So now you know everything that is happening. My life is so boring.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Forced inside?

We had to give up and come inside this afternoon - the temperature gradually became colder and windy, and then a few drops came down ( rain is forecast) so we gave up. Not all the tomatoes have been planted yet and Harry is ready to chuck what remains. I will believe it when I see it. 
Fairly quiet weekend but lots accomplished. I was able to get the birds all cleaned up, bathroom cleaned and wash done and I had a wonderful bath before bed. I tried a new tea sample - from Stash - called Chamomile Nights - caffeine free herbal tea. I quite liked it - very tasty and comforting. I shall try to find some more - I have seen Stash Teas in the Bulk Barn and also in the local Village Bins store here in town.
Harry bought me a few more audio tapes yesterday but when I checked them they were CDs and not cassettes so I must look around and find a portable CD player. I know I have one or two laying about, but will have to find them haha!
Cathy I believe you are in Winnipeg this week if I have my dates right so I shall wish you a productive week - enjoy the Radisson Hotel, and your "brought from home" food? haha!
It is now the last week in June and I can really see that the summer will be flying by if I take May and June as examples. So I must take every day as it comes and make sure I enjoy every day to the fullest.
Take care all.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Sort of busy

Bought makings for rhubarb jam yesterday--our second go at it.  But with July first looming, our last chance for  this year.  Bought supplies for Nanking Cherry jelly too, but should have checked the bushes first.  There was great bloom, and it looked like fruit setting, but when I went out today, there wasn't enough to worry about.  Wonder if this is a symptom of the decline in bees.  With the trend to roof top hives over the past couple of years you would think there should be more bees around not fewer.  But, while out looking it over,  I discovered a small rose bush growing in the middle of one of the Nanking Cherry bushes.  This appears to be an offshoot of the beautiful Rose bush in the neighbours yard.  I've spoken of this one before.  The flowers are double, or even triple, and a deep pink.  We have coveted them for years, and sometimes David sneaks a bloom to bring into the kitchen.  The actual bush is hidden from their house by a shed, and we don't think they can see us.

Anyway,  today was the day, and David took over the jam making, while I sat with a cup of tea, read my book and offered advice.  I usually jump in when it comes time to pour into jars, but otherwise it was all him.  We got 13 1/2 jars to go with the 14 from last time.

The rest of the day, we each pretty well went our own ways.  When I last left the studio, I was pretty discouraged, but today went better, and I feel much better about my piece.  It isn't, and won't be, great art, but it should become a piece I would be willing to exhibit.

With the very hot weather and the driving rain we've had in the last week, the peonies have suffered.  But, the pretty shell pink one in the front yard, always blooms late, and only now has it bloomed fully.  This is my favourite, mainly because of the colour.  I actually cut three of the blooms and brought them into the kitchen.

Yesterday, I finished the latest Donna Leon mystery,  "The Temptation of Forgiveness".  I've tried to think of a way to describe the aura of her books.  The best I can come up with is that they are "gentle", if any police procedural can be described as "gentle".  In this one I think she is much more cynical about the Italian Government, than I remember from any of the others.

But now I'm back with an Ann Cleeves, Vera Stanhope mystery.  Yes, I'm still eating, sleeping and reading.  Somehow, I have to make myself more active, just to keep my joints working.

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.