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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Another Week

Another week has flown by!!!!!  Slow down Father Time!!!!!!!!  Next week we will be into December and I haven't got one Christmas/snowman decoration up!!!!!  Soon...very soon.  I am hosting a neighbor party on the 14th so everything will be done by then!!!

This past Sunday we were off to a hockey game in Lethbridge.  It was a beautiful day!!!!
  Our view outside of High River
The temperature closer to Lethbridge

I finished up a few quilty projects.  I made a couple of these table runners and some smaller 'mats' all out of those 2.5" squares.  I have so many of them as I am part of the monthly send out from Fat Quarter Shop.  I should cancel but it's so fun and gives you a small glimpse at the new fabric coming out.  I just need to get using more of them up!!!

Tuesday night we were off to a hockey game in Calgary and the sunset was amazing!!!!!  This pic was taken with my cell phone reaching across Hubby while driving on hwy 2 so it's not very good.  The effect of the sun on the clouds was awesome and this picture does not do it justice!

I also finished up another wool felt mat.  The last kit I had...for candle mats.  I'll have to get at some of my bigger projects.  I do enjoy them!  Using appliqué glue instead of pins works great!!

Today is cleaning and treadmill and list making!  I WILL be organized before the weekend (where we will be going to two more hockey games!).

Friday, November 22, 2013

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Going around Facebook are people writing lists of things others might not know about them.  I thought I'd try and do a list on here....just for fun.  :-). Not sure how easy this will be.

1.  I'm an animal lover (if you didn't know this then you don't know me well!!!  hahaha). Currently we have four dogs (well 31/2 lol) and two cats.  I vow when these animals are 'gone' they will not be replaced!  (Famous last words!)

2.  Hubby and I sold two of our properties up north and moved down here to High River in August 2012 not knowing many people (actually only knowing of one family from our old hometown) the unknown!!!  Except for the flood it's been a great, weird, crazy experience!!!!!!!!!  Going from a town we grew up in to a place where we know no one takes some adjusting.......mostly in a good way.  I absolutely love the scenery down here and the mild weather and being close to amenities.

3.  I am right handed but deal cards with my left.

4.  I am a quilter and have always dreamed of opening my own shop.  I tend to love collecting fabric more than I sew it together so I'm thinking it's a good fit!  (Now to win the lotto and convince hubby it's a good idea!!!!  Hahahahahaha!!)

5.  I've had many jobs in my adult life from teachers aide to bank teller to postal clerk to figure skating coach to flower shop owner/florist to dental assistant to day home owner/operator.  Some of these jobs have overlapped!  I also have the first two years of my teaching degree.

6.  On August 29, 2011 my mom lost her battle with cancer.  I think about her and miss her exaggeration.  She was absolutely my best friend in the whole world.

7.  I am a home body!!! Currently I am a "domestic engineer" and enjoy keeping our home neat and tidy, laundry caught up, etc. but every few months I feel the need for a break and try to get away somewhere.  :-). Clutter and messes in my own house drive me nuts but don't bother me at all in other peoples homes.  Really!!

8.  The hardest part of our move is trying to maintain friendships with people I felt I was close to.  It's worked with a few but not all.  I know I need to find new friends down here but will never forget the old ones.  :-). I also need to find a quilt guild.....

9.  We have four children whom I'm very proud of.  Two still live with us.  I can't wait to all be together at Christmas!!!!!  Another thing I miss because of the move, is hosting Christmas for the family.....having my two brothers and their families here would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I do get my Dad coming so I'm very happy about that!  Being together is becoming much more important than gifts for me.  (And if you told me when I was young I would have 4 kids I'd tell you you were insane!!!!!  But I couldn't imagine life without them all!)

10.  Cleaning I don't mind doing but I'm not much of a cook.  I CAN cook but it's not my most favorite thing to do.  I've always dreamed of being the perfect 'Suzie Homemaker' but it's never happened!!!!  Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

So how boring were these "little known facts"????  It's hard!!!!  I'm sure I'll think of more interesting 'facts' once I post this!!!!!!!
I thought of something.....I was born in Sarnia, Ontario but lived in Forest/Camlachie until age 7 when my family moved "out west" to Hines Creek, AB. We lived there for a year before moving to High Prairie.  My Dad was a beekeeper as was his dad.  All of my relatives on both of my parents side live in Ontario.....the ones who are left.  My kids at one point had two sets of grandparents, three sets of great grandparents and one great great grandma.  All but their grandpa, my dad, are gone.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's Done!!!

Yesterday I finished the binding on the Plenty of Fish Facebook Mystery has NOTHING to do with the dating site!  It was a lot of pieces.....I do love it.....and now it's on our bed!!!!! (I haven't got the label on yet Peggy....)

I made it to the gym today and got the basement cleaned.  Exciting eh??  Hahaha. Hubby had to pop into Okotoks so I went for the ride.....and had an egg nog latte from Starbucks......YUMMO!!!!  
Another exciting day planned for tomorrow (treadmill and main floor cleaning...maybe some laundry for extra fun!!). I have a bunch of table runners and small mats that need quilting.  I might make that my fun for tomorrow!!  :-)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Good Day!!

Today is a good day!!!!!  I'm feeling good...a bit of a runny nose but nothing I can't handle!  I have some energy.....enough to walk/jog on the treadmill this morning!!!!!  Felt GREAT!!!!  Hubby and A got it put together last night.  She did the initiation run last night so I know it would handle my pace!!!!  Got the upper level cleaned (includes two full baths so I'm happy to get that done!!) and I'm showered and ready to do some sewing.....nothing exciting......letters on hockey jerseys!  But the binding is almost done on my POF quilt and it will be finished today as well.

We are getting our forecasted snow.  I'm happy to be inside where it's warm.  :)
  There's no spotting the mountains today.

My vintage chalkboard and latest scribbles.  

Today would have been my brother in laws 50th birthday.  I hope you are partying like a rock star in Heaven Wade!!!!!  Cheers!!!.....we miss you.  <3

Monday, November 18, 2013

Better....then worse

Well, I felt great this weekend.  A bit sniffly but more energy!  I think I overdid it.......yesterday working the time/penalty box and freezing might have been my set back.  Today my eyes are watering, my nose is running even more and I feel drained!  So my to-do list will wait for a day and I will have another sit and relax day.  I really hope I'm better tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!

On the weekend, when I had some energy, I hemmed the curtains for the basement........

One thing off the list.  Then I made the binding for my POF Mystery quilt......and I found the fish Kim quilted into the border!!!!!  So cute!!!!!

I was going to get the binding on today.......not sure that will happen.  I also can't decide whether to do it all by machine or by machine/hand.  It was a lot of work and I haven't mastered the all machine application yet!!  But it's a big one so that means a lot of hand stitching!!  We will see how I feel when I get at it.  😊

Off to get the quilt and my Kleenex.......**sigh**

Friday, November 15, 2013


Well I caught it.....a cold.  It's knocked me down and out.  I had to go uptown today and it was a quick trip that pooped me now I am sitting with a quilt, a hot drink (a hot caramel apple drink for my Keurig....yummy!!!!), Kleenex, throat lozenges and a couple of magazines. It's quiet.....everyone else is at work.  I don't even have the tv on.......peaceful....ahhhhhh!

I'm also sitting here thinking about Christmas and I will make my list soon.  Sing along with me..."It's the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrr!!!!!!"  Can't wait to have the whole family here.......but I have a ton of things to do before that day and once I get some energy back, that to-do list is getting done!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"What's Up" Wednesday!

Again it seems so long since my last post.  You can tell there isn't much happening around here and that is a good thing considering the past few months!!

Yesterday and today have been nice warm days and the snow we have is disappearing although I heard today at the grocery store that we are to get more this weekend.  I guess it is that time of the year!  Monday the fall decorations came down and were put away and yesterday was cleaning day!!  I will slowly get winter decorations out but I am enjoying the uncluttered look right now.....maybe decorations will be minimal this year.  I should go through my stuff and purge.  Many people in High River lost all of their Christmas decorations in the flood.

I had some great deliveries/mail today!!  First off my UPS guy, who doesn't even ring the doorbell anymore because he knows the dogs see him and start barking, brought me this:

Then we stopped for the mail and these lovelies were there waiting for me:

I love all the projects in both books....and that's just at a glance.  I will enjoy them in detail after supper!

This morning I made chocolate chip cookies (at a daughters request) and I used the recipe on the back of the chips bag and I wish I had of used my usual recipe.  They taste okay........

Our son got the call for work today.  He has to be up in Fort McMurray tomorrow so he decided to go to our other sons place in St Albert today.  He took his dog and his brother will babysit her while he's working.  I get frustrated with this son and the mess he makes when he's here...but I sure hate it when he leaves.  I'll even miss his little fur ball dog....she's a cutie. I'm thinking it might be Christmas before we see him again.  :-(

No gym this week......feel like I needed to get house stuff done....and haven't been in the mood.  Our treadmill is to arrive tomorrow sometime.  I hope I have the motivation to use that!!!!  Time will tell!

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Another day of not doing much.  I am really lacking energy.  I've been taking my vitamin D for a few weeks now......hopefully it's the time change......time will tell....and I hope it gets better.  I've got things to do!!

Yesterday I started and today I finished another wool candle mat....a good thing to do when you don't have any energy.

Today I started another one.  They were kits I had...the one started today is the last kit but I have a couple of other patterns I'd like to make too....and I have enough wool that I don't need a kit.  I enjoy the handwork while watching tv.

Today our shutters were installed on the basement windows.  I think I will like them.  I took the curtains down (they need to be hemmed) and will put them back up just for the look.  They "warm" up the windows.  

There is still so much to do down there!  My deadline is the end of November because then the Christmas decorations come out...once I buy a new tree.  I'm going to miss my skinny tree........maybe one day I will replace it.
Treadmill should arrive next week.....I need it!  I do have my Curves workout but the treadmill lets my mind wonder and think and straighten things out!  I might have to fight Amy for it but we will work out a schedule!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


On Saturday before we went to bed we were to turn the clocks back an hour.  "Fall back".  I'm still trying to adjust to gaining that hour!  I don't know what time I was awake this morning.....before the sun.  I'm trying to stay up until my 'normal' bedtime.....I'm fading fast!!  Lol. I'm also getting a cold.....I hope it doesn't hit much harder....this is enough!!!!!  Hubby is worse.  We are taking it easy at home when we can.

Today after the gym I showered and went uptown to's so nice having a drugstore open in town again!!!  Afterwards I stopped into the quilt store to say hello to Mavis and Lucie.  Lucie had to leave and it got a bit busy so I helped a couple of customers find stuff!  What fun!!!  I had a coffee and a nice visit....And came home with a couple of patterns!  An addiction I tell ya!!!!

This evening I did get a wool project done....a small candle mat.

So fun!  It was a laser cut kit I bought in Fernie (I think) on our Montana trip.  

I think tomorrow will be cleaning's my day off from the gym.  Gotta do something!  Shutters are to be installed on the windows downstairs on Thursday.  I hope they will look alright!  I have to hem the curtains so can take them off tomorrow and get them out of the way.  Always something to do....and of course there's still painting!!!!  

Monday, November 4, 2013

Not Much....

I see it's been a week since posting and nothing much has been happening to report.  Snow, Halloween (still a ton of candy leftover!!!), hockey (our daughters team continues their winning streak), supper last night at Longview Steakhouse to celebrate Hubby's birthday (today) and our neighbor Maureen's birthday (tomorrow). I made her a couple of dishcloths and appliquéd a tea towel.

When it's her husbands birthday in July I'm not sure what I can make him!!  LOL!  One day they might get quilts but he's very tall so it would have to be a long one!  Anyway, we had a very nice visit last night.  The food out there......melt in your mouth steak!  Unbelievable!!!!!!  I have changed my Curves coach meetings to Monday might be interesting!!!  Oh's the start 
of a new week!!!  
Our oldest daughter goes for her orientation at her new job at Mac....a makeup store.  She's excited!!!!  I hope she is working full time's a job for the holiday season for now.  Unfortunately she has to drive to Calgary but she has good winter tires on her car and is a cautious driver. But Mom will still worry!!!!!
Our lake is getting lower and lower.......I'm thinking our side will be drained in the next day or two.  Then the clean up.  I guess the residents who have lived here for awhile are saying they were told the lake was much deeper than it actually is.  I hope they can make it deeper and maybe it will stay even year when it gets water again.  
Well, off to start my day!