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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sewing, Shish Kabobs and Snow

Whoa it's been awhile!  

Not too much to report.  Proof positive my life isn't that thrilling!  hahaha  (and for that I am thankful!!)

We had our spring break from work last week.....first having the whole family here for Easter (where we broke from tradition and barbecued shish kabobs and hot dogs for our "Easter" meal Friday....and it was GREAT!) and I got lots of grand-baby cuddles; the girls and I went for pedicures Saturday and the whole weekend was just wonderful.  Hubby took Monday off from work so we were able to have a quiet day together.  My week off went so quickly!!!  I started a new project (when I have a million projects already started!) a Buggy Barn project called Hearts Come Home  I have the blocks pieced.  On four there are bits to appliqué....representing the seasons.  I'll do that before I sew the blocks together.  Colours aren't true but here they are:


As per usual, the procrastinator ME worked on getting paperwork ready for the accountant last week too.  I really dislike when something is hanging over my head and I start losing sleep over it so I have to just "do it"!  It really didn't take me long!


Today I was supposed to meet my friend Pam in Calgary.  She was there with her daughter who had surgery.  But this happened:


My family can tell you how much of a chicken I have become when it comes to driving.  I felt so bad!!!!!!  She said she had brought some hand work to do to keep her busy.  :o)

Later on in the day this happened:


Welcome to southern Alberta!!!!!!  ARGH!!!!!

I had a super busy day at work yesterday...we did screening for next years kindergarten kiddos....I had thought it would be an easier day but I was wrong!  I left work feeling super exhausted!  But having plans on meeting Pam today I forced myself to do my housecleaning and some laundry once I got home.  That meant, when plans changed today, I had no chores left to do.  I really accomplished nothing.....I sat and watched several episodes of Call the Midwife on Netflix, crocheted a dishcloth, and made banana bread (the house still smells amazing!).  I didn't have any walnuts (I love my banana bread with walnuts) but it turned out very tasty and I can bring it in my lunch tomorrow (nut free)!



Crappy weather is in the forecast for the next couple of days.  This is the end of April Mother Nature.....come on!!!!!!  Hubby cut the grass on Sunday (just tidied it up) and now there's more snow to come?  I'm sure it won't stick around, like it didn't today.  Good sewing weather and I should work one getting this top done.....and more Kim Diehl houses as the next ones are on the way!  I am NEVER out of projects!!!!  :oP

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Baby Cuddles!!!!!

Awwwww baby cuddles!  And I got in a lot this past weekend.  I cannot believe how much this little guy has grown and changed!  Two weeks and he comes down to Grandma and Grandpa's.  I can't wait!!!!!  He was actually sad to see us go....he started to cry and it broke Grandma's heart!!!!!!!


Daughter2 and her team won the spring tournament in Ardrossan.....it was good hockey.  I realized this weekend I've been doing this hockey "thing" for 21 years!  (with my kids....way more than that watching my Dad and brother!)


Final score......


Jenna, Jude and I went shopping on Saturday and skipped the hockey (I figured after 21 years I can miss a game or two!)... we went to The Barn Owl in Stony Plain.....bought four more 1803 Candles (yikes! I purged my candle cupboard to make room!) and this candle warmer.  :o) Mmmmmmmmm they all smell so gooooooood!


Work yesterday went rather smoothly and I didn't feel totally exhausted afterwards so decided to clean the house....well, I was pooped by the time I finished!  I still have our bedding and towels to wash but I can do that tomorrow after work.  

This was the brilliant blue sky this morning....it was cool but I love the sunshine....it gives me energy!  I went and got groceries then came home and did nothing!  hahahaha!  Decided to call and see if I could get in to have my nails done and I could so went and got that done.  I will be more productive on Thursday!  ;o)  Work tomorrow....I'm hoping it's another great day!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Red Sky in the Morning

This mornings sky was beautiful.....it didn't last long....but I knew we would have some wind today!  It wasn't that bad though......whew!  

Work went well today but I started getting a bad headache later on this afternoon......I had to pick up our granddaughter from daycare afterwork and started getting the aura of a migraine!  Ugh....took Advil as soon as I got home and it seemed to make things a bit better.  

I started the next set of blocks from the Kim Diehl Journey's End Block of the Month (BOM) yesterday and finished them up tonight.  The next blocks are on their way so I wanted to get these done!  I am still really liking this fabric line and of course the house blocks!


Tomorrow I go for another ct scan and doctor visit.....I think this is the last one for awhile.  I will pop by Out of Hand in Calgary and get the next kit for the Message in a Bottle BOM....I'm trying to keep up with all of these BOMs!  :o)  

Two more sleeps until is see our grandson!!!!!!!!  (oh yeah and the other people who live in that house!  HAHAHA!!!)  Jenna and I are planning on hitting some shops so that will be fun too!  Lots to do before the weekend though!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rearranging and Some Stitching



Weekend before this past one, I wanted to move our crib upstairs to a bedroom on the same floor as ours.  One of the spare rooms had a queen sized bed and Daughter2 will take it when she moves again the end of April and up came the crib.  Its a room I want to paint one day but in the meantime here is what I came up with......I may need to find a small dresser to use as a change table/storage but it will work for now.  The quilt on the wall is not quilted yet and I'd like to make some simple curtains....one day.



There are nine of us doing a block exchange making Among Friends, a pattern by Buggy Barn.  Here are my angel blocks....without the halos!  I forgot to take a picture before I packaged them all up!  They will be mailed today.


I really think spring has sprung here.......


We saw this little goofy twice this weekend.....when she sees herself in the phone she sticks out her tongue!!!  Oh she has a sense of humour already!  She's also walking a lot more!!


I don't have to wait until Easter to see and cuddle this cutie!!!!!!!!!  I am going to his place this coming weekend with Daughter2...she has a hockey tournament close by!  Not sure how much hockey I will watch!!!!!  hahaha  I can't wait!!!!!!!  He's a lot more mobile now too and jabbers away!  


Still working but now only two days a week....Monday and Wednesday.  Love it!  But I had best get going as it is NOT pyjama day!  LOL

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Or??????

You know one of the many fun things about being a grandparent is playing with fun toys again!  I "won" these on an online auction on Facebook!   Score!!!!  I've only kept one out for now (to add to the others I have) and will switch them up every so often.  Lyla especially loves the ones that make sounds or play little tunes.

I've been working for the past three weeks now and am loving it!!!!  I am waiting to hear about next week but was told to be prepared to be at the school awhile yet.  The gal I am covering for has a Dr appointment today so we will find out more I am assuming.

My vehicle has been disgustingly dirty since the last ct scan appointment in Calgary!!!  It had been snowing and it stayed then it hit a cold stretch so I knew there was no point in washing it but Wednesday after school I decided that was the day!  I was really tired of getting my pant leg dirty every time I got in or out of my vehicle!  It has been super warm and a little windy...perfect weather that has melted all the snow and is drying things up wonderfully!  


This peanut comes over every weekend so Poppa can get in a visit!  She loves her Poppa!  We get to watch her all day tomorrow and I can't wait!  Her personality is really starting to shine....she's a smart little girl! (at least we think so!  ;)  )


And this cutie pattootie is growing like a weed!  Always full of smiles......Easter weekend cannot come soon enough!  I need to squeeze him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (this picture was sent the morning he woke up screaming at 3:30 am and wouldn't go back to sleep until he got cuddles!  How can you be mad at that face????????)


I'm off to meet my friend Sue for pie uptown and then to get my hair done.  I'm patiently waiting for the sun to come out!!!!!!!  I have a long to-do list for the weekend......including grand daughter cuddles!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Thoughts of Mom

Today was a crazy day.  I stayed home not feeling well.....sore throat, swollen glands.  To add to that, our house was being shown so I took the dogs out for a drive (when all I wanted to do was lay down!).  I received the message yesterday when I got home from work so instead of sitting down then and relaxing, I cleaned.  I was ready this morning.  (haven't heard anything)

My friend Kim text me about a song her daughter was listening to a song by Ed Sheeran called Supermarket Flowers.  I found it and downloaded it on Apple Music where you can also view the lyrics.  I've listened to it several times this evening and teared up (or all out bawled!) every time!  I thought of my Mom.

  I loved this line in the song......

"A heart that's broke is a heart that's been loved"  

Isn't that so true.  The song is about losing his Mum.....we are so sad losing those who have loved us. Sometimes it seems as though my Mom has passed away only recently.....but it will be six years this August.  I still miss her every day.

One thing my Mom would make for suppers was meatloaf.  It wasn't my favourite meal of all time but I did eat it.  This recipe was on a blog I follow and I made it Friday for when Hubby came home.  It was soooooo easy and soooooo tasty!  I will make it again, with mashed potatoes; comfort food like mom used to make.  <3 

                            http://thecraftingchicks.com/moms-easy-homemade-meatloaf-recipe/

It will be an early night for me tonight....tomorrow is a busy day/class and we are having a substitute teacher......oiy!  It might be a long day but I'm sure to survive!  I get my nails done tomorrow and I am wanting a nice light springy colour.  The little things..........

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Blocks, A Box and a Saturday Drive

I am not sure if my hand appliqué is improving but I do have fun doing these blocks.  Here is Month two of the BOM from Out of Hand in Calgary called Message in a Bottle:

And here are months one and two sewn together.  I can't really call them blocks because we do at least two blocks a month.  :o)


My next Kim Diehl ones arrived last week but I haven't taken the fabric out of the package yet. 
My Sew Sampler box arrived last week too, from Fat Quarter Shop.  Some fun stuff in here!  I have two jolly bars now and should try the free patterns that come with them...I also have the Jolly Bar pattern booklet.  


I worked Monday to Thursday last week and I have to say I have missed working with little people!!!!!  It was very fun and very tiring!!!!  I know for sure I have next week too but after that we don't know yet.  

Today Hubby and I went for a drive.....he wanted to check out a place that he was told about where you can go skidooing.  I didn't think we would ever get there!  HAHAHA!  But we did.....and you know you are closer to the mountains when you see this much snow!  We basically have none at our house and this was about an hour away.  
I was nervous as there was no cell service and we were on a goat trail!  LOL  But it was beautiful scenery and the sun was shining there....cloudy back at home.  




Nice to get out and now we are watching hockey and are awaiting pizza delivery!  Baby cuddles this morning....it's been a great day!





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Some Block of the Month Stitching and the Sin Bin

Well, I've been doing a bit of stitching.  Here are my Kim Diehl Journey's End Block of the Month blocks for the first month that I am getting from the Fat Quarter Shop.  They were fun to make and I had cut them out when I received them so they were ready to sew together when I had time.  I LOVE anything Kim Diehl, I LOVE houses and this quilt will be all houses!  I LOVE this fabric line by Kim Diehl as well.  The next set should arrive within the next week or so.


Here are the first set of blocks for month one of the Message in a Bottle Block of the Month that I am doing from Out of Hand in Calgary.  I LOVE needle turn appliqué and have watched a few You Tube videos on how to do points so my next blocks should be better!  That's what it's all about isn't it...improving our skills.  I will pick up the next set of fabrics tomorrow after my ct scan.


Hockey last Saturday night in Lethbridge.....yep this is Daughter2.  :oP  She's spending a couple of minutes in the penalty box (sin bin)!


My job interview update:  I didn't get the job.  Someone who used to work at the school got it....it's a tough school to get into!  But I have signed up to be a casual EA and have already been asked to cover a medical leave at that school so on Monday I will be heading to kindergarten for at least two weeks!!!!!  I hope I will survive and I'm hoping to impress them and maybe get in next year.  hahaha!!  Everything happens for a reason..........

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Spring Teaser!

After my interview yesterday (I think it went well) I came home to do my Monday housecleaning.  It was so nice outside I opened a few windows......lots of that snow melted throughout the day although we do still have some.  Today is to get to double digits above zero (+12) so it won't take long to melt it all and the great temps are to last all week!!

While cleaning I took down any last signs of winter.....winter quilts and wallhangings were tucked away and I replaced them with lighter ones.  Snowmen table runners were put away as well.  I also brought out this candle I hadn't burned yet.....lilacs are a big reminder of spring!!!!!!  The house smelled wonderful!  I will burn it again today!!!!!


As I sit here relaxing on Valentine's Day morn I am reminded of when my Mom and I owned a flowershop and how CRAZY this day was!!!  Just think of spur of the moment, last minute, 'oops I forgot' men coming in wanting arrangements NOW!  Well, there were men who planned ahead, called earlier in the week and ordered flowers for their sweethearts and so we would be frantically filling those orders and dealing with the last minute guys walking in the door.  Oh it was not a fun time!  hahahaha!  Since then I have told my Hubby he does NOT have to get me a thing on Valentines Day! Just to be able to relax today (and Mothers Day and Easter and Thanksgiving and Christmas) is all I need!  :o) 

Happy Valentine's Day to all of my readers and I hope you are doing what you want and if you get flowers from your sweetheart remember to think about the frantic florists working their butts off today!  LOL!!!!  I know I will!



Monday, February 13, 2017

Stitching

Well, I was on a bit of a roll last week and got my Garden Path Buggy Barn blocks from the book Perennially Crazy done.  Love the fabrics in a kit from Village Quilts in Lethbridge that I bought years ago.  I'm just a tiny bit stumped because of the extra fabric I know must be for borders.....I need to figure out how big the borders are supposed to be!  The top from the book is as you see here so the borders are something Village Quilts did to make it bigger......I could call and see if Natasha remembers or still has the quilt around....or I could just figure it out myself! :o)

My daughter's good friend from our hometown is having a baby and had her baby shower on Sunday in Calgary where she is currently living.  I had this top done for awhile and got it quilted with a minky backing and satin binding.  I guess it was a hit!!!!  


My friend Sue came with me to my ct scan and Dr meeting on Thursday......then we made the "mistake" of stopping in at a couple of quilt shops on the way home!!!  Both of us purchased the first kit for a BOM called Message in a Bottle from Out of Hand.  Of course that meant we signed up for the rest of them too!!!!  We fell in love with the fabrics!!!!  The quilt has hand appliqué which I love to do.......now to get doing it!  I am also doing the Kim Diehl BOM from Fat Quarter Shop and have five house blocks to get sewn together for Month one!  I have them all cut out and ready to go..........this week for sure!  (of course we won't mention all the other BOMs started but not finished that I have stacked nicely in project boxes!)


I sent my kids their Valentine's Day goodie bags.....and left a bit for us to enjoy.....okay does anyone page anyone any more?????  LOLOLOL!!  (PS  Thumbs up to Canada Post....I mailed the parcel just regular parcel post to St Albert Thursday morning before I left for Calgary and the kids received it the next day!!!!!!!)


Daughter2 had a hockey game in Cochrane Friday night so Hubby left work early, we picked her up and took her there.......Hometown Hockey was set up and we could see stages, ice rink and other temporary buildings when we drove in.  During the first intermission an entertainer from Hometown Hockey came on the ice and juggled flaming mini goalie sticks.  He was pretty good and funny.


My post would not be complete without pictures of the grand babies........
Master Jude turned seven months old last week and his mother informed me this morning that he is officially crawling now!!!!!  Miss Lyla is giggling for Grandpa as he pretends to eat her banana!  She is still not feeling 100% so will go with her mommy to the doctor this afternoon.  


I am off to a job interview this morning at a school here in High River....fingers crossed I get it....I miss working with the kiddos and need to get doing something!  It is only 2-3 full days a week so I think that would be perfect for me to get back to the grind..........now to go and sell myself!  ;o)

Monday, February 6, 2017

A GREAT Visit....Just What I Needed!

Kim is such a super wonderful friend!  I was so excited when she said she was coming to Calgary with her Hubby and was able to come to visit with me!  We always have such a great time, have some laughs and solve all of the worlds problems (even in our own worlds)!  I miss her like crazy when she has to leave.

Here we are at the local quilt shop....how could we miss stopping into a quilt shop?!  Not sure why I have my glasses on....must have had to look at price tags!  

That was Thursday.  After Kim left to head back to Calgary, I checked the mail and I was touched when I opened this card.....4 special ladies from my hometown, who are members of the quilt guild there, sent it.  I have been so moved by the people who have reached out by sending cards to let me know I am being thought of while I go through my journey.  When you hear the "c" word, regardless of how serious the diagnosis is (or not), just knowing there are people who care and let you know they are rooting for you, is overwhelming.  And it shows me that even though you move away, you aren't forgotten.  :o)


And speaking of thoughtfulness......Kim gave this quilt to me when she arrived on Thursday....I wanted to cry but then I knew it would make her cry!  Cancer has touched her family in many ways, many times.  As a quilter, she knows what it means to gift a quilt to a person needing that special "hug" and I felt the love!  I will cherish this quilt forever!   


Friday was a whirlwind day for a visit!  Kim wanted to help me with a Buggy Barn kit I had bought years ago as she is the queen of Buggy Barn! Since a realtor was showing our house at noon (CRAZY eh??) we got the fabric organized to be cut.  We grabbed the dogs and went for a drive while the showing was happening (nothing came of it of course!).  Afterwards, we dropped the dogs off, went for lunch, came back and Kim continued teaching me what I needed to know as she had to leave soon.....then we remembered a ruler she wanted at the quilt shop so up we went to grab that!  She had to leave when we got back to the house just as it started snowing.  She arrived safely back in Calgary!!  

Here they are cut and switched and ready for sewing!

Here they are done!  They were so much fun to do!  Glad I had a great teacher!!!!!!!!!  I LOVE them!!  This is the quilt according to the pattern but my kit came with extra fabric for borders and binding.  


I had to stop working on this as my daughters friend is having a baby shower on Sunday so I have quilted a top I had had done.  Didn't want to leave it to the last minute!

The snow I had mentioned earlier......I think has finally stopped!!!  Hubby stayed home today and spent the morning clearing snow. I sure hope the roads are okay for his drive to work tomorrow morning!!!!!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Just Keep Stitchin'......

 I often check my weather app to see what the day will bring.......it is not always accurate!  There was NO snow in the forecast until Saturday.  I went to Costco today to stock up on veggies (and chicken pot pie!!)........went in while the weather was overcast and windy.....came out to blowing snow!  My friend Sue was at Costco too so we stopped for lunch there (who can beat a hot dog and pop for $1.50!!??) and were surprised when we came outside!  Yuck!

When I got home and got the groceries put away I thought it was the perfect day to stitch......this is the January block for the Bareroots pattern called Little Stitchies.  I am obviously not going to get it done in January since today is the 31st!  If I would work on it consistently I could have it done!  Just keep stitchin'!


I was excited to get home yesterday after picking up these wire basket drawer organizers!  All of my wool is stored here now and is much better than the stack of plastic bins.  Easy to get to all the colours now so no excuses!!!!!  


The set of plastic drawers that I said were jewellery making supplies, in my last post, were my scrapbook papers!  The drawer unit with my jewellery supplies is shorter and was beside it closest to the table....as you can see, both have been moved.....still in the room though!  LOL (just wanted to keep the facts accurate!  LOLOL)

My friend Kim is coming down for a visit Thursday and then again Friday.....her and her Hubby will be in Calgary and while he is doing work stuff she is coming here!!!!!!!  We might even sew!  She is the queen of Buggy Barn and I have an old kit in my cupboard....she might bring her own fabric and make it along with me..........I need some refreshing on the technique as we are going to be doing a block exchange. I do not want to disappoint the participants if my blocks turn out less than perfect!  I cannot wait for her visit!!!!!!!!!!!  We always have a million things to talk about, have a few good belly laughs and well, I miss her.  :o)  

Monday, January 30, 2017

Organization

 I LOVE to be organized.....sometimes it happens and it sticks around for a bit and other times poof here then gone!  LOL  My binders of patterns are nicely organized on my new-to-me bookshelf and I have moved magazines, that I save, onto the bookcase too.  Before they were tucked away and I never ever looked at them again.  IF I don't look at them while they are out in the open (I'll give myself a few months) then they will be gone too.....not all but certain ones taking up valuable real estate!

The stack of plastic containers beside one of the cupboards (with wool projects and embroidery stuff) I have in my "craft room" are full of my wool.  It's not very handy to grab the container on the bottom, and we all know that is usually the one we need, so today I am picking up two wire drawer units I 'won' on a Buy and Sell FB Auction page. They are exactly what I was looking for and I hope they work as well as I have envisioned!


Currently the table in my craft room is cleared off......one of those plop and forget about areas....but I will try hard to keep it tidy!  See the plastic drawer unit beside the table.....jewelry making supplies!!!!  Really????  It may have to go one day......The small cupboard is buttons, trims, elastic, velcro, bag handles, vintage hankies, etc, etc.


Cupboards full of scrapbooking stuff (2) and craft supplies (1)....one of these days I will have to decide what I am going to do with all of that stuff!


Last week I got my January Sew Sampler Box....that pink charm pack is so yummy!  Kona Solids 2017 Color of the year.  I can't wait to try the thread cutter....I do love the one I already have though!  


Now for the war wound photo....these are the needle holes used to put in my radiation seeds.....I counted about 17-18.  I still don't know how many seeds they put in.  I was great for the first two days and then started feeling funky....a bit nauseous, headachy, tired....just not well.  Everyone around me has a cold but I don't think I've caught anything yet.  I did muster up the energy to clean today.........I just want to be back to normal!


My friend/neighbour has conditionally sold her house (the buyers have to sell their house in a town north of Calgary).....I'm excited for her but feel sadness too.  She is looking at buying something in south Calgary....so she won't be far away.  That has got us talking about listing again.....I know the market will pick up so I am thinking we should maybe wait.......right now I don't feel like I have the energy for that.............