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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Great Spring Break So Far!

Ahhhhhh this week has been wonderful so far.  Started off with our we are "cheer-sing" (is that even a word??) with our beverages of choice.  I'm not much of a wine drinker but this is Moscato...bubbly and sweet.  Now to work on finishing the bottle before it goes flat!  LOL  That might take awhile!!!  Hubby brought home supper so I didn't have to big fuss made...just the way we like it! 

We got snow Monday and Tuesday but yesterday was GORGEOUS!!!!  Blue skies, sunshine and warmth!  Oh what simple things make a persons heart happy!!  Backing up to Tuesday, I cleaned the house and decided to re-arrange the living room furniture.  I don't have many options in this tiny space but change is always nice.  😃  I pulled up the blinds so we had a clear view of the trees and sun when it came out yesterday.

I had bought birdseed on the weekend for the two bird feeders we have....I know, I should have been doing it all winter long but I feel sorry the birds now that this snow won't go away.  I am sitting in the sunroom this morning and there are finally a couple of little birds going to the one in the second picture.  I hope they both get used soon.

I have left organizing the stuff for the accountant for forever and got that done yesterday only to discover we haven't been getting Visa statements for most of the time we have been here. (BAD book keeper I am!!!)  Blair will have to call for those and then I think it's done.  

Today is another beautiful sunshiny day!  What I love most about having time off is not waking up to an alarm and having long leisurely mornings in my pjs just putzing around.  I am going to pop into Olds today to the bank and then visit the gals sewing at the church.  Maybe I could bring some hand stitching.........I made Crack Chicken in the Instant Pot yesterday and it was pretty yummy!  Ribs tonight! Another reason I love being home...meal planning and having the energy to want to cook!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Thirty Years Ago, Some Sewing and an Assignment

Today is the 30th anniversary of marriage between these two.....yep Hubby and I!!  LOL  Wow, three decades have past full of ups and downs, births and deaths, trials and tribulations.  But we are still together and going strong!  As you move through the phases of life with your partner, being able to adapt and change together is so important.  From newlyweds, to parents, to empty nesters, to grandparents and everything in between.  What a ride!!!  But I hope we can continue to grow old together and endure whatever life has in store for us for the next 30 years!  

Just over a week ago a terrible tragedy occurred.  As hockey parents the realization hit that it could have happened to us many times over.  It breaks my heart to think of everyone involved in this tragedy and how they now have to continue living life...with or without their family members.  Husbands, fathers, sons, a daughter.......even those survivors whose lives have changed forever, both emotionally and physically.  I pray for them all.  #Humboldtstrong

Last weekend I actually spent some time in my sewing area.  The foot pedal on my machine stopped hindsight I guess I knew something was going to happen as I remembered it not working here and there.  So I made this using the stop/start button!  I have yet to stitch down the rick rack and appliqués....I'll use my other machine for that.  Maybe at a sewing day this week.  This was a kit out of my cupboard from The Quilt Patch.  😊

Yesterday I spent the beautiful sunny day finishing an assignment I had due today.....procrastination is my middle name!!!!!!!!!!  The next one is due May 9th....lets see how close to that deadline I can get to!  LOLOLOL  

We have this week off for spring break!  It couldn't have come soon enough....most everyone I know has had their spring break already....attached either before or after the Easter weekend.  Today we are to get 10 - 15 cm of snow.  It is coming before yesterday I was out in my t-shirt on the deck transplanting some houseplants.  I can tell you, 30 years ago today in Calgary was t-shirt weather!  I really, really, really want spring to come.....and the fear of flooding (in my mind) to be over.  Today will be spent getting stuff ready for an accountant we need to find.  Again, procrastination!!!!!!  ARGH!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter

Easter Sunday.......Son2 arrived Thursday late afternoon and the girls came on Saturday along with one new boyfriend.  Son1, Jenna and Jude didn't come down.  🙁  I think it's the first time, except when I was in hospital after delivering Daughter1, that we haven't all been together.  It was weird.  So we only had one little bunny here:


Here's our other bunny collecting eggs this morning at his house!  LOVE the crazy bed head hair!!  💜


We had our meal Saturday night and after a big breakfast and a visit this morning, everyone left for home.  I am washing the bedding and will clean the house tomorrow when Hubby goes to work.  We have Monday off.  Our Easter break from work isn't until the middle of April....everyone else I know have either had their break last week or this upcoming week but it will be a nice way to break up the time between now and the end of June.  I am making a mental list of things I want to accomplish during that time........I will write it all down soon!

Last weekend my Dad came for a visit.  Our girls came to visit for the day and here they are out for a bit of a walk.  

A few gals from work signed up for Hello Fresh.....three meals (suppers) for the week with all the ingredients needed included.  I got a free week from a co-worker and have paid full price for my next one arriving Tuesday.  Last weeks was 'okay'.  Hubby liked one of the meals I wasn't keen on but I liked the other two.  We will see what this week brings.  I think I will only do it once a month because it's not a bargain but sooooooooo nice not having to meal plan and wonder, on my drive home, what I was going to make for supper!  

So here I sit, in this quiet house thinking I should be down in my sewing area but not having any desire.......maybe tomorrow once the house is back in order.  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Will It Ever STOP?????

 The snow that is......we have got more this week (a lot more!).  Hubby got it all cleared yesterday and we are getting more today!  ARGH!!!!  March has certainly come in like a lion so here's hoping she goes out like a lamb and that gentle sweet lamb stays for the rest of the spring and summer seasons.

My friend Pam sent my Dishcloth-of-the-Month and it's PERFECT for March and St Patty's day, which is today! 🍀 I wore my socks to work yesterday!!

Last Thursday I had my appointment in Calgary....all went well (once I found a place to park after driving around for 20 minutes!!), although they don't do much but talk, touch and take pictures (tee hee) but afterwards I met my friend Sue at a relatively nearby quilt shop. We had lunch after briefly browsing because we were both starving!  I had sent her a package a few months ago and she reciprocated with these lovely treats!  TOTALLY unnecessary but I love them!

I didn't do too much "damage" at the quilt shop and then headed for home.  We had Friday off from work and I got up and decided I needed to go visit this little guy and his parents after my hair appointment!  The photo is blurry because he does NOT stand/sit still for long!  hahaha

Here we are just before I left for home Sunday morning.  It was so nice to get some squeezy hugs in even though sometimes I had to catch him first!!!!!!!  💗

Yippee...I found this magazine at Walmart this week!  I had been waiting for it to come out and there it was!  Of course I haven't read it yet but I love her cooking, I have a few of her cookbooks and I'm sure this will be a good magazine!

Just sitting here waiting for Daughter2 and Lyla to arrive...I hope their drive is okay.  Miss Lyla will have a sleepover to give her Mommy a break but that's okay by me!  Best go finish the laundry so I can be ready for action!  


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Cats, A Cutie and Snow

Last month the next pattern came out for the Mystery BOM from Little Red Hen...they are all cats and so far so cute!  Here is my number 2 ready for stitching but I've been working on a gift for my BFF's BIG 5-0 birthday.....wish I had of looked at the calendar beforehand and realized the day was coming up quickly!!!  It won't be to her by her birthday but I hope she likes it....when she gets it!  
Last weekend, when I was supposed to be up visiting, my Dad was at Son1 and Jenna's getting snuggles in with this cutie guy:

Jenna Facetimed me last week and I got to "talk" to him...he's saying lots of words now but he hasn't stopped moving!  LOL  Busy dude but I LOVE him!!  Here are him and his Mommy yesterday....they finally got the snow that was forecast for Friday.

We got dumped on too and it started Thursday night.  Friday I woke up not feeling great but made it in to work anyway.  The kiddo I work with wasn't there (he was home sick...hmmmm I wonder if he shared his germs with me??).  I made it through the morning....helped with all the "work" the kids had to do and after lunch my stomach was really tossing and turning so I headed for home.  The roads weren't too bad so driving wasn't awful.  Here are my buddies keeping me warm while I laid on the couch:

The next morning I didn't feel too awful, although I still didn't overdo it, so while he was out doing what he loves to do:

I made muffins and some lotion bars:

The lotion bars are still hot so haven't set yet.....lemongrass scented...mmmm.

And while he was doing this:

(notice his grip on the remote????) I continued stitching.  When he woke up we went for a bit of a drive and popped into our closest little store for a treat:

It's a beautiful sunshiny day here today and I just finished cleaning the house.  Daughter2 has a game close by this afternoon we will take in.....but I am still in my pjs so best get ready soon!

I spent last week reading my blog from day one.  Wow!  A) I used to post way more often, B) I used to do so much more cooking and sewing (but I noticed when it was when I didn't work or only worked part time and C) I miss our big High River house and neighbours (mostly the mantle to decorate and space when the family was together!) LOL  BUT having said that, it took me less than an hour to clean here this morning where it would have taken me three hours in HR!! 

I am right where I am supposed to be.  💗

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Slow DOWN!!!!

This week off is going WAAAAAYYYYYY too quickly and I'm not ready for it to be over!!!!!!!! Tuesday, the first official day off in my mind, was spent cleaning, doing laundry, washing the bedding on both spare beds and washing the dogs' blankets and bed cover.  All the things on my Tuesday's to-do list done!  Yesterday I was going to pop into Olds to visit with the quilting ladies and maybe bring some hand stitching and then go and get groceries....well my new friend Diane, who is also an EA at the school, convinced me to go for one day....she was only able to go yesterday, so I packed up some projects and went in for a day of sewing.....well, more like a day of visiting, a trip to the quilt shop (where I bought NOTHING!!) and then out to pick up something for supper. 😉  

(that's Diane in the pink shirt)  I got there just after noon and left just after 9 pm.  I wonder how long a couple of the other ladies stayed?  They are there again today and tomorrow!

But I did finish this top:

Now to quilt it or have it quilted.  It will be a nice big wallhanging!!!!!!  The wool appliqué will not make it good for a lap quilt nor is it big enough really.

Today was going to be a day at home just relaxing and putzing and maybe some stitching then nail appointment tomorrow but Daughter1 called (too early this morning as I had stayed up to watch the Canada vs USA women's gold medal hockey game 😕) and needed someone to watch her sick out came Lyla and sick she is.  She has been sleeping and whining and threw up on our couch so I gave her a bath and she fell asleep in the wet towel on the floor as I was getting her dressed!  She is napping (again) now in her bed....without the wet towel.  It's soooooooo hard for Gammy to see her like this........she is to be staying overnight but she really really needs her Mommy.

After waking up after her first nap: (don't let the smile fool you!) 

After throwing up.....look at those poor sick eyes:

Daughter2 finally sent me a picture of her table runner on her table in front of the picture I had to match.....I think it turned out well! (the yellow might be a bit bright but....)  I really liked making that simple pattern and will do it again! 

So today is Thursday and tomorrow is Friday and I feel tired and that I really haven't accomplished anything and that I need a few more days at home alone!  LOL  My best laid plans never work out.  Oh well, I should be thankful I had days off and could help my daughter and granddaughter out.  There will be more days off ahead!  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Week Off!!!!

Finally our February break!  We don't get a week off from work every month although parents likely feel as though we do!  This one couldn't come quick enough!  Not sure if it's the time of year or what but we were all counting down!  I'm sure it was because of the crazy cold weather and tons of snow!  Hubby went up north to go ski-dooing this past weekend (when my break officially started) but my dad came down to visit and Daughter2 and Lyla came out Saturday too.  Hubby came home Sunday (with a nasty cold) and had yesterday off of work because of the Family Day holiday and Dad left yesterday morning after breakfast so I feel as though my time off has only just started today!  I have a lot on the to-do list but here I sit in the sunroom writing this blog post....I should grab another coffee!

Here is the kitty block I mentioned in my last post.  Number 2 has come out and I will get that prepped and hopefully stitched this week so I can stay caught up. I love them!!!!  I think they are going to make an adorable quilt!!

So the weekend before this past one I had company....remember Son2 was coming down to go to see a comedian with his sisters?  Well they came out Saturday and Daughter2 brought dogs.  Reggie, with the BIG stick is her bfs.  He has so much energy and destroys our dogs toys in a single chew!  When we were outside this is what he found to play with!  Not a stick..a BRANCH!!!  😃hahahaha

This is Gordon, my daughters dog.....a stick more suited to his size!   

And of course Lyla who loves it outside!! 💗

Here she is with her Uncle.....he's her "homie"!  Took all weekend to come and sit on his lap though!  It takes her a long time to get close to someone she doesn't see all the time....she never did with my dad  😞

My wonderful friend Pam sent me my Dishcloth of the Month for February.  💝Soooooooo cute!!!!  I've been using it and it's in the wash today.  I look forward to them!!!!!

Okay, enough sitting.  I must get moving and get the chores crossed off my list so I have time to "play" this week!