Friday, July 21, 2017

On The Positive Side.

I apologize for the sporadic posts lately.  I know you will understand when I say that I am spending as much time as possible with my sister before she returns to England.  That happens tomorrow.
I am grateful both my sisters do come to Canada as frequently as they do but it is still very difficult when they leave. We have enjoyed our holiday together and she has been able to see a lot more of her birth  country.  Our mother returned to England in 1963 taking my younger brothers and sisters and, if we lived less than a 100 years ago, I might never have seen them again.  So, I do try to be grateful and think on the positive side.  I try, without always being totally successful.
This photo was taken from our room in Ottawa where we stayed on the first night of our trip.  More photos and some stories yet to come. 
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Home Again

We arrived back from our holidays Saturday evening.  We had a great time and saw more of our great country, its scenery, wildlife and history.  I will be sharing some photos and stories with you later but I have a small announcement.  My pattern 'Falling Leaves' is being published in the Quilt Pattern Magazine and they have a special subscription price for you to celebrate the event.  The link is: or you can go to
http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com and enter the secret code word ARK to get your special price.



Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy 150 Birthday Canada

Happy Canada Day.  It is too bad that today wasn't July 1st as the weather was lovely.  Got outside for a walk and did a bit of gardening.  Tomorrow, it is back to the rain again.  We are still planning on going into the village and taking part in some of the events.  It is a shame with so much work and money spent to celebrate that the weather isn't going to cooperate.  Of course, it still could.  Fingers crossed.
My sister arrives from England tomorrow and will be here late evening.  They will be exhausted so we won't be doing any visiting until the next day.
I got my Island Batik project finished for this month except for the binding.  I will post a photo when it is complete.
My posts will be a bit spotty this month as we will be going hither and yon with my sister.  I will try and upload some photos of the things and places we see.  I am grateful to a dear neighbour who will be house sitting and looking after the dog and chickens while we enjoy ourselves.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Brag Mugs

Thank you for all the good wishes re my eyes.  I have decided that I can live with these floating things until I need to get something done.  Most people have some sort of issue in their lives and this is minor compared to what others deal with.
We had a nice surprise in the mail today.  A parcel arrived from the grandchildren and when we opened it we found, in addition to some lovely photos, two travel mugs with the children's  pictures on them. Grandparent's brag mugs!!
We are looking forward to using them and showing off the photos.
I am gradually getting the house ready for my youngest sister's visit.  Make some vegetarian soup today and a couple dozen muffins.  Just a couple of days now.
It doesn't look as though the weather is going to be very nice for Canada Day.  We are planning on going into the village for the classic car show and the guided walking tour if it isn't raining too badly.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Good News/Bad News

The t shirt quilt is on its way to its owner.  I met the lady who was going to deliver it yesterday while on my way to the optometrist and handed it over. She was taking it to Toronto today.  The customer is away for a few days so won't see it right away  and I don't want to post the photo until she does.  Soon.
While at the optometrist, I mentioned that   my distance vision seemed to be improving and wondered why that might be.  I was told  that when a person is developing cataracts the improvement sometimes happens so-good news/bad news.  I knew I was getting to that stage though so it wasn't a surprise.
What happened later in the day certainly was.  Just before 7 .00 p.m. I kept seeing what looked like a hair strand or wisps of smoke like substance floating near the top of my head.  I couldn't figure out what it was and kept swiping at it.  Finally realized it was my eyes.  Off to the optometrist again today, somewhat concerned about what was happening.
Apparently, the liquidy ball that is behind the eye has a tendency to change shape as a person ages.  Mine had done so sufficiently that it pulled loose from one of the three 'tethers' (my word).  Nothing needs to be done unless certain symptoms occur and then it is immediate attention.
I am really tired tonight and, although I was supposed to be going out, I stayed home and will be going to be early.

Friday, June 23, 2017


I've had a productive day.  The T Shirt quilt is completely finished except for the label which will be added on Monday.  I am making a little extra something to go with it but won't tell you what it is just now in case my customer reads this.  Studio is tidied up and ready for the next project which will be this months Island Batik challenge.
I had my phone interview for the web course at 1 p.m. and at the end was told that I had been accepted.  I received my confirming e-mail shortly after.  I am looking forward to all I am going to learn this fall.  I may have to forgo being part of the Island Batik Ambassador program as I will have to put in a lot of hours on the course.
It has been raining on and off all day again and I think the poor dog is getting webbed feet.  Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny though so I should be able to hang out my clothes.
Just one more week to Canada Day.  How are you celebrating?

Thursday, June 22, 2017


The t shirt quilt is finished.  I just have to add the label and clip all the loose threads.  I will take a photo before sending it on to its owner.  It is always nice to get another project finished and there is a special feeling when it is a quilt that was commissioned.  This is a quilt that will be treasured because it was ordered by one family member for another and that is always good to know.  So often our creations lay, unloved except by us, in a tote or other container.
I had some wonderful news yesterday.  I received an e-mail letting me know that I had passed my assessment test for the web course I want to take.  I got a perfect score.  Not bad for an old lady who didn't start using a computer until middle age.  The final step before acceptance is a phone interview and that takes place tomorrow.  Wish me luck.
I had a lovely visit with my sister yesterday.  We usually go to the same restaurant every time as there is never anyone else there and we can talk for as long as we want.  It is a small cafĂ© in a hotel with a limited but adequate menu.  The food is good and the place is quiet.  What more could anyone want.