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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day !

Happy Father's Day Dad! We enjoyed a lovely BBQ dinner at my sister's and it was so nice to sit outside post dinner and enjoy the evening. I gave him a box of cotton handkerchiefs - what else do you buy someone his age (88) who needs/wants nothing. It's just a token, but it was fun to shop for him. Spent my Friday off taking the cat (Iris) to the vet for her yearly shots, then off to Service Ontario to renew my car and driver's license, and my health card. So that was 1 hour of my life I'll never get back ...
It was the Mater's 89th birthday last week, so yup, another birthday cake. We all gathered after dinner at her place for cake and ice cream
Claire was so sweet! Even though she doesn't quite understand who mother is, she came in and walked right up to mother and wished her a "Happy Birthday", then danced and danced and danced! When we finally got the cake cut and served Claire was ecstatic - as if we haven't had birthday cake almost every other weekend lately!!

Not too much to report on the home front ... a few more mug rugs completed.

 Not sure who will get the beer bottles ( I couldn't resist!),

But I have several candidates for the musical mug rug. Made 2 more  of these coffee rugs
Has a wee decorating idea and decided to put both shutters together and move them to the the wash stand. So instead of one with plates over the love seat, and one with Petite Point over the toilet, they're mixed and both are in the living room. It also meant I can bring out my initials from hiding
The wooden N is all one piece of wood and came from a long ago trip down east, from Lunenburg Nova Scotia. Kinda like this setup, think I'll keep it for a while. What do you think?
Word/phrase for this week:
Inkhorn the term refers to any foreign borrowing (or a word created from existing word roots by an English speaker) into English deemed to be unnecessary or overly pretentious
Have a great week

Sunday, June 05, 2016

June Showers

So my "dwarf" lilac has overtaken almost the whole back garden!! I tried to trim it back, but by the time I got out there it was already in bloom. So, I cut back as much as possible and the poor Peonies will have to wait 'til the Lilacs are over . Poor Peonies, as soon as they bloom you can guarantee a rainstorm will come along! Yup - it has rained on/off all day today, so no sunny Sunday this week!
That's ok, a couple of friends and I took in "The Man Who Knew Infinity". Excellent - I recommend it! Had the Pater over for dinner yesterday, that was interesting.
I've also been busy making more mug rugs. Not sure who will get these, but I'm still having fun.

Gotta love the one on the left with pencils, and I really like the one on the right with the red and orange coffee cups!
 But then again, I kinda like this one with  Black & White cups.

And not to be left out are a pair of mug rugs with Owls! Look close at the one on the left. Yup, there are owls :).

The Owls on the right come from a fat quarter given to me by one of my quilting buddies - Thanks June!

This week is the Mater's 89th birthday, so stay tuned for another birthday cake next weekend!

Word for this week:
Petrichor - a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Vacation week !

Well, I'm not so sure I should title this post "vacation".  I had something on the go every single day, what with car/bank/personal appointments, parents stuff,  a couple of movies, a Sew What's gathering for a bit of fun, and Spring cleaning =  I was soooooo busy this past week it was insane!
The week started off with the mater, then the nephew came over and we put together my patio - YEAH! The weather was wonderful all week but too hot and too noisy to sit outside for most of it :(. None-the-less I did manage to finish my book, The General Theory of Oblivion.
The condo corp got a complete redo of our drives/parking lots so the week was filled with dump trucks, back hoes and steam rollers noisily rumbling by the house all day long! Since I'm on the board of directors this also meant several emails to stay on top of things making sure everything was being done as we wanted. It also meant the whole complex had to park on the street for the week. Not fun having all week to walk uphill a block or more to get to the car  :( . I started and almost completed my spring cleaning - so I can return to work with a sense of accomplishment - yeah!!

Holiday Monday, Victoria Day, was spent with a friend at the Alisa Craig Quilt festival. This year the quilts were from Latvia! This fabulous Klimt-like quilt greeted us at the door  - one of my favourite artists!

This was followed by a lovely stained glass poppies, how apropos ... this year we had a speaker and workshop on the stained glass technique!

This abstract woman was lovely and used vintage doilies and other lace bits in her skirt.

 It appeared there were a couple of  themes in this show, the use of vintage lace, the use of denim, and portrait quilts. I thought this denim portrait quilt of a woman was tremendous. I so admire the fabric artists that can do this kind of work, and working in denim isn't easy!

The B&W portrait quilts were of "famous" Latvian poet/writers, also good examples of fabric portraits!

This Monet like work was Ann's favourite with very soft colours,  while I rather like this waltzing quilt for it's movement and scrappy background!

On the home front I managed to get 2 more mug rugs completed!!
On the left a Haida inspired mug rug for a colleague from out west who loves Haida art and has several pieces in her office, so I thought this fabric would suit her perfectly!

The musical mug rug is for a colleague whose life revolves around music. I am so enjoying the process of finding fabrics and making a themed mug rug for each person :).

And to end off my "vacation" week mater duty again then I made a birthday cake from my b-i-l's B-day celebration today.
Phew ! I'll be glad to get back to work!! No word/phrase of the week for this week,

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Busy May

Well, May is only half over but it's been busy busy busy. I've had several health care appointments which took considerable prep time as well as time off work. One more to go then a week's vacation. Looking forward to the week off, just so I can sleep in, although almost every day is booked with appointments ! Yikes!! I'm feeling rather exhausted and did not advocate for myself as well as I should have at the various appointments. Disappointed but what can you do. Consequently I've not got much sewing done. It's spring and I'm trying to get my cleaning started/done so that  has taken priority.
Started a new project ... I'm hoping to retire soon and have decided to make mug rugs for all my colleagues at work as my retirement gift to them! I managed to get these 3 mug rugs done ...
Golf balls! I have 2 work colleagues who are golfers so I'll be making a second one of these.
My boss is a real foodie. In his previous job he managed the Grad club on campus and organized all the food. For us he has organized our egg club - we get farm fresh organic free range eggs every week!
And lastly postcards for my colleague who likes to travel! Definitely having fun thinking up appropriate patterns to match each person's personality.
Word for the week:
Skeirmorphism  - the design concept of making items represented resemble their real-world counterparts. Skeuomorphism is commonly used in many design fields, including user interface (UI) and Web design, architecture, ceramics and interior design.

Sunday, May 01, 2016


So last week's gathering of the Sew What's was a dinner party!  Above is our hostess and her partner.
John, our chef, spent several of his younger years in Indonesia and likes to cook, so he treated us all to a fabulous Indonesian dinner! Here are some of the delicious foods John made. Please don't ask the names of these dishes I was too interested in eating them and forgot to ask :)

Of course we had a lovely time chatting before and after dinner. L-R here's Cynthia M-R, June P and Mibs B. Cynthia M-R is one of our founding members and this was her last night with us as she will be moving permanently to the east coast. She will be missed.
At the other end of the room is Susan VanA, Edith W and Pat F. Sorry, I missed getting a pic of Elaine T who also attended this lovely evening.
And last but not least here's Lu M and Ann R. Not everyone was able to come out for this evening of fun, but we were a good crowd anyway. June made the suggestion we have an afternoon Tea party soon. What fun! Still no quilting to show you, have been busy collecting Mug Rug patterns - stay tuned!
Word for this week:
Badinage - humorous or witty conversation, that which we enjoyed this past week!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Birds are back :)

So, last Sunday I was enjoying my usual morning in the sunshine and watching as first a couple of squirrels, a chipmunk, then a chickadee or two, ending with Mr and Mrs Cardinal all came to visit my bird bath. Even though it still has it's winter cover, the bowl has filled with snow melt/rain so the birds and wee animals all have something to drink. Last year was the first year I put the bird bath in the back yard, but I filled it with plants - lavender... Hmmmm, so I started thinking maybe this year I'll leave the bird bath free for the birds.
So later in the day I'm back in the kitchen making next week's lunches & prepping dinner when I hear from the walkway behind the Forsythias, a father tell his small child "It's a dead bird - leave it! Birds eat worms, cats eat birds, dogs eat cats, that's the way of it". Well, I was somewhat alarmed so took a good look behind the Forsythias and, yep, found one dead Mr. Cardinal!!! Oh No!! Did my sweet Simone (she who can not be touched) kill a beautiful bird? or do competing male Cardinals actually kill each other? Is Simone doomed to a life as a inside prisoner this summer ?
So I've been sad all week, upset that my lovely Cardinal family barely got started. But wait!! Today as I sat in my kitchen we had 3 Robins come take a bath in the bird bath, and a new Mr Cardinal with Mrs Cardinal come for a drink  - YEAH!!
I'm happy again :)
Word/Phrase for the week:
Melopoeia - when words are changed beyond their normal meaning with some musical property, inducing emotional correlations by sound and rhythm.
No sewing again this week - sorry. It was the Pater's 88th birthday this weekend so we took him out to dinner. Tomorrow is my sister's Bday, so another family dinner and another cake! I made a mess of the Angel Food Pineapple cake, so they're getting a Lemon cake!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dare I say it?

Spring has sprung!! Yippee :) Overnight my forsythia bushes blossomed. Thank you Vince & Mark (B-I-L and nephew) for trimming these bushes last fall, they look lovely this spring :) I can't believe how big they have grown from the small bushes I planted just a decade ago. A decade ! WHAT ! Has it been that long since I bought this abode? OMG! Recently I was chatting with another, younger, staff member who I rarely get the chance to chat with. She asked me how long I have worked with the Libraries, 37+ years!!! Well that deserves another OMG! Never did I imagine so many years ago that I would work FT for most of my adult life. 'Bout time I seriously consider retirement. Oh how I wish !
 I was reading my favourite website (Arts & Letters Daily) this week and came across an excellent article on the rise of ISIS. The Anomaly of Barbarism from Lapham's Quarterly. If you are at all interested in world affairs and are curious go read this article. It explains a lot !
Word for the week ...
Cognoscenti - those who are considered especially well informed about a particular subject.
No sewing to show you this week, sorry