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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!!!  πŸ˜ƒhahahaha


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


And of course Lyla who loves it outside!! πŸ’—


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  πŸ˜ž


My wonderful friend Pam sent me my Dishcloth of the Month for February.  πŸ’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!  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Snow Day!!!!!

What a week!!!!!  Monday off for a "me day".  I did end up cleaning the house and filing some of Hubby's receipts and organized the freezer but it made me feel accomplished!  I love a clean house and with dogs, even though we aren't messy, there seems to be a lot of their hair all over the place and floors that need some paw prints wiped off. 
  
I LOVE LOVE LOVE being in our house when the sun is shining....well I love being here any time but especially when the sun is shining in.  I miss that most days when I have to be at work....I leave when the sun is just coming up and come home when it's on it's way down.  The sunny day on Monday also added to the rejuvenation I was desperately seeking.


But then came Wednesday (yesterday) and the snow!  It snowed ALL DAY LONG and continued all night long!  We have got about a foot of snow!  The school division proclaimed a "yellow day" which means the buses are not running but school is still open.  Now, anyone who knows me knows I have become a very scaredy cat when it comes to winter driving.  The young teacher I work with was leaving early and was going to let me know how the roads were......once she got to school she said they weren't too bad just visibility was awful when you met an oncoming vehicle.  I decided to put my big girl panties on and give it a try............
This was before I cleaned the snow off my vehicle....up to my running boards.  I started out and our side road was bad....snow was right up under my vehicle.  The main road was TERRIBLE!  I think the plow had been by several hours ago and there were a couple of tracks but you couldn't see the lines or even exactly where the edge was.....when I saw about six tanker trucks pulled over I knew I wasn't going to go any further...turned around and came home.  Thankfully the little guy I work with didn't make it in today either so it's a SNOW DAY!!
  
Monday taken off, work Tuesday and Wednesday, snow day Thursday and day off on Friday!  Great week!!!


Here's our Zoey......I have shovelled this path for them twice today.....I'm sure it will need to be done the next time they go out.  The snow is above her back and even though she has short stumpy legs it's pretty deep!  Pixie would be buried!  hahaha  Hubby will have fun clearing this all away.....he LOVES it!

I have finished Daughter2s table runner and have started on a cat block from The Little Red Hen's Wooly Mystery group on Facebook.  Every block in this mystery is a cat so it should be fun and I just have ears and eyes left to add and will post a picture when it's done.  The next one comes out on the 15th.

We get our granddaughter for a sleepover on Friday.  Son2 is coming down and him and his sisters are going to a comedian.  Don't ask me who it is....no clue....but they have been planning this for quite some time. I sure hope this snow stops and the roads are good for travel!!!!!

I am once again sitting in our sunroom writing this.  Even though the sun is most definitely not out it is still a very bright room.  Surrounded by windows on three sides and outside being covered in white snow really keeps it bright.....white snow, white sky.......it is very cold in here though so I have a portable heater on.  πŸ”₯  I miss our fireplaces but Hubby said it's very easy to put one in the living room so we will have to look into that this year and be ready for next winter!  πŸ˜ƒ

Off to continue with laundry and I should do some school work.....but maybe stitching or reading will overrule that!  Oh and the Olympics are on too......so many choices!

If you are reading this, I hope you are cozy, warm and safe.  #snowday


Monday, February 5, 2018

Mindfullness

I am taking a mental health day today....day off just for me.  Of course I thought about cleaning the house and organizing the freezer but have stopped myself (so far) and have listened to relaxing music, chatted with a friend and am sitting here in the sunroom enjoying the blue sky and sunshine (still in my pjs at 11 in the morning!).  In the past I have taken a day to myself because I have felt overwhelmed with all the things I haven't had time to do....book work, cleaning, etc but this one feels different.  Maybe it had to do with the PD day we went to and all the talk about anxiety and mindfulness and how we have to take care of ourselves first or we won't have anything to give to others.  I love my job.....I absolutely love the kids I work with and not just the ones I am hired for.  But lately I've felt unmotivated and not as patient.  I needed a "me" day.  I love all the staff I work with at the school but one is getting on my nerves and we seem to have the same breaks so my downtime is most often spent along with her.  She is very negative and complains a lot and I was getting tired of it.  I needed a "me" day.  I haven't been taking very good care of myself and have to work on a plan to change that.  I needed a "me" day.  So today was the day.  


A day to remind myself how blessed I am.  At one of my sessions at PD day we were to think of things we were thankful for but also to write at least a couple of self affirmations.....that's a tough one when you aren't feeling 100% wonderful about yourself.  I hope to maybe try and do that today as well even if it's just in thought.  
A day to just breathe......relax......and smile.  


I had my nails done last week and they are simple but Valentine-y.  


Friday Hubby and I went to Daughter2s hockey game and she told us she had got a new table and chairs set.  I made her a table runner for it Saturday and will quilt it....maybe today.  It felt good to reacquaint myself with the sewing machine.


I did a little online shopping too and have ordered this pattern and kit:



I should bundle up and go for a walk once I get out of my pjs and think of all those blessings and talk myself up a bit even if only in my head....where it matters!  

If you are reading this, I hope you take some time to do the same.  #youmatter


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sitting and Stitching

Well, I have actually been working in some stitching time....mostly at night under poor lighting but it feels good to get some stuff done...or working towards getting them done.  Here is the Trucks All Around table mat I mentioned in my last post.  It is FAR from perfect but it's complete!!!!!


This next set of ugly blocks are part of little kits that I bought from Traditional Pastimes in Calgary (who are no longer open) when my Mom was having pinpoint radiation.....so quite awhile ago!  The shop had done them as a Block of the Month but it was already over and I was able to buy a set of them.......well, they are VERY primitive....and the stitching isn't that great but hopefully it adds to the rustic, primitive look they are supposed to be.  The last picture is what this project is to look like when it's finished.  Of course, it originated in the U-S of A so I will have to make some adjustments to the July block to make it more Canadiana.  I'll keep plugging away on these uglies while I can.....as I am waiting for the UFO Challenge FB page to post the next project number.


             

Last weekend I took down all of the winter/snowmen decor around the house.....all while the snow was falling down outside!  I'm sure someone was telling me that winter is far from over and wondering why I was acting as though it was!  LOL  Well, I was tired of looking at the stuff so away it went and now the place looks bare!  I will slowly get more stuff out to fill to holes and clutter the place up once again!

Tomorrow is a Professional Development day for us in Innisfail.  I am hoping the sessions I have signed up for will be inspirational because I could use some inspiration right now.  I am not sure if it's the time of the year or the super blue moon expected tomorrow or what exactly it is but I have been tired and lacking motivation and energy all week.  Already counting down the two and a half weeks until our one week break is not a good thing!!!  I hope the energy returns after tomorrow night!  

Sunday, January 21, 2018

What a Wonderful World.....

It is a beautiful sunny, warm day here in the country.  Son2 just left for home...he was here for the weekend.  We see him often now that we are only a couple of hours away which I love.  πŸ™‚ Hubby has gone off to get a few groceries and dog food.  They went out for breakfast this morning and while they were gone I cleaned the house!  (I LOVE this tiny house!!!)  I also put laundry away that I had washed yesterday and washed towels and bedding....all done before noon!  Sunday a day of rest????  Not for me today......until now.  I am sitting in our sunroom, basking in the sun rays and feeling very content.

Tomorrow is officially our granddaughters 2nd birthday and she had her party yesterday so we drove into Calgary to partake in the festivities!  Afterwards Hubby, Son2 and I went to Red Lobster....a treat we won't do often as I spent a weeks worth of groceries for that meal but everyone enjoyed it so that's all that matters.  Definition of a TREAT:  "something very pleasant and enjoyable"!  πŸ˜

Me and my birthday girl!!



The collage Daughter2 did for her FB post tomorrow....oh they grow and change so much in only 2 years!!!!!


The apron I made her as she received a play kitchen for her birthday....and it was full of accessories by the end of the party!!  πŸ˜ƒ

Son1 took our grandson for a (pretend) skate last weekend.  He scooted him around the ice on his boots and he loved it!  I'm sure he will have him skating by next winter....he will be 2 1/2.


I miss this little man and will be heading up for a visit very soon!

I haven't been doing much sewing.....I still haven't found that mojo!  But I have been stitching a bit and made myself a new pressing mat for my big table I decided to unfold and use!  Why have it if I am not using it right?????  It's a little squishy going around each end but I know I will love the bigger space for pressing AND cutting!  


I stitched the first block in a mystery by Sew Blessed.  The Mystery BOM is called Faith, Family, Friends and I believe is available for free on the Wool AppliquΓ© group on Facebook...in the files....until the next one comes out.  You can order kits from their website www.sewblessed.us  I did mine on a wool background and I think it should have been flannel so will do that for the next ones.


I am part of American Patchwork and Quiltings FB group and they have a UFO challenge.  The project I am supposed to complete this month is my trucks and trees wool table-mat and I have been making progress!  I would be happy to finish in the next week and a half!  πŸ‘  We were to make a list of 12 UFOs (Lord knows I have waaaaaay more than that!) which we wanted to complete this year.  Numbered 1 - 12 they chose a number at the beginning of the month and that is the project we are to complete.  We will see.......maybe I will have a great year finishing 12 projects!!  Now, as long as I don't start 12 more!  HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!  πŸ˜†

Off to stitch!  I hope anyone reading this is enjoying their day and here's to a great week ahead!



Sunday, December 31, 2017

So Long 2017

Wow, over two months since I posted!  What is that all about?  I will try harder in 2018 because I do use this as a form of "diary".  I don't have many followers or people who read this regularly but I enjoy going back and re-reading old posts as it keeps a record of what goes on in my boring little life.

So this post will not be full of pictures.  It is the end of another year.....eventful for us and it flew by once again.  Starting off with my radiation treatment and then a surprise sale of our High River house and a move to the unknown once again.  Lots of renos with more to be done and then a great job that turned full-time.  There are many things I want to do or change in the new year.  No resolutions....and I will try and think of a word of the year.

I need to relax more.  I don't mean do nothing but put my feet up but I am never relaxed....if I remind myself to relax I can physically feel my shoulders un-tense (if that's a word).  I can feel my jaw unclench.  I have no idea why I am so uptight but I hope to change that...somehow.

I need to take better care of myself.  I need to start moving my body....walking, exercise....and I have to eat better and drink more water.  (I sound like a broken record here!)

I need to worry less about my kids and their lives.  πŸ˜Ÿ

I need to be more creative and either "use it or lose it" when it comes to my sewing/quilting/crafting supplies.  I have a beautiful space that I only look at and sit in and rearrange in.  I have so many projects to do but feel as though I have lost my mojo.  Gotta find it and quick!

I need to "let go".  Yep, I need to clear space.....every closet, under every bed, is full of "stuff".  It's gotta go!

I need to "do".  I need to get things done that need to be done instead of procrastinating.

I need to "go with the flow" more.  Although I am getting better at this I still need some work.


I would like to learn something new....the piano?  a new language?  to knit?  to bake bread?  Something.......

Always striving towards being a better wife, mother, grandmother......person.  A better me. πŸ’—


Monday, October 16, 2017

A Thought

"This is the beginning of a new day, a new week.  You have been given this day to use as you will.  You can waste it or use it for good.  What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind.  Let it be something good."               

                                                           -unknown     

I love this quote and others like it.  Why, then, do I have such a hard time keeping the idea of it in my mind on a daily basis?  I've wasted many, many days.....and the line "What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it." really hits me because you do not get that day back....you do not get a "do-over"..... there isn't a new day added on because this one was wasted.   Hmmmm what will I do today?  πŸ˜ƒ

I got my nails done on Friday.  I let Jody do whatever she wanted......this is what she came up with.....I love them!  I'm usually so boring with my nails!  hahaha I have one chrome one on each hand.....this was on my ring finger and the other hand it's on my index finger.  So funky for me!


We got to see this little one yesterday.  She went to Daughter2s hockey game with Poppa while Daughter1 did my eyelashes (high maintenance eh???).  Then we all went out for supper.  



The beautiful sky this morning......I'm thinking it will be windy today.  "Red sky at night, sailors delight.  Red sky in the morning, sailors warning"  It sure smells good out there.....I love the smells of fall.  


It's house cleaning day (I'll leave behind a clean house today πŸ˜†πŸ˜†) and I have laundry to put away.  

I did a bit of sewing last week and on the weekend:

Burp cloths....some will be a gift,

And a stuffed cat.....one side is "day time" the other side "night".  I gave it to Lyla yesterday and she said she didn't like it!  LOL  I asked her Mommy if she liked it later and she said "yes, she took it to bed with her!"  Kids!  πŸ’–


I'd like to do something creative after cleaning.  I do need to continue organizing the garage and list items for sale that we don't need....seems like an overwhelming job...ugh...maybe later...or Wednesday...or...............