Thursday, May 23, 2019

Rain Check

After two days of lovely weather, it was followed by another of rain.  This was my cue to bake.  I made some cookies for hubby and muffins for me.  I haven't baked either for such a long time I had to carefully watch the recipes.  I must have concentrated enough as they turned out alright.
I got a few other odds and ends done as well.  I wanted to move my computer stand a couple of inches to the right so I could sit more centred with the keyboard.  With the help of my burly hubby, I got that done.  The new position works so much better.  I was always either hitting the wrong keys or having my mouse drop off the tray.  I can also see out the window better so if company arrives I will know before the dog starts barking-theoretically,
I was supposed to be away helping a friend today but as some of the day would have been spent going back and forth to her vehicle we decided it wouldn't be much fun in the rain.  We took a rain check (Ha!) and will try again tomorrow.
The trees are really starting to green up as are my berry plants.  I am really anxious to see how they do this year.  They were planted in the fall so this will by my first season for the fruit.  We won't get a lot for a couple of years but I am hoping for a few.  the proper name is haskaps if you would like to look them up.

We are also planning for some new arrivals as our little banty chicken is sitting on some eggs.  It is amazing how many she can get under herself especially as they are regular sized eggs.  If all goes well, we should have some little chicks near the middle of June.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Day of Accomplishments

Isn't it nice when you have a day where you feel you have accomplished something.  I transplanted some of my day lilies (still a lot more to go), got a quilt half finished (lots of appliques so lots of rolling back and forth), made half a dozen mug mats and did some work on a web page.  I also went for a nice long walk with our wee dog.
I was surprised and pleased that I was able to both go for the walk and then the gardening right after.  Last year, I could barely make it to the driveway before I had to stop and try to breathe.  I am not back to normal but so much better that I am not complaining.
I have been watching the news report about the fire in northern Alberta.  We have so many friends in that Province that anything that affects it is a concern.
Our trees have a nice crown of green now.  The leaves aren't very big but they are there.  We seem to get a different bird each day.  Today, a little yellow finch joined the hummingbirds, jay, grosbeak and  sparrows.  The blackflies have also made an appearance but, although they are a nuisance, they aren't biting yet.  Tomorrow, I hope to get the garden planted and my favourite lounge chair plus the umbrella put up on the deck.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Victoria Day Happenings

It is rare that I meet a quilter and don't feel an immediate kinship.  Such was the case on Saturday when I was at our art centre's grand reopening.  I dropped in for (what was to be) a few moments to see how things were going and ended up being there for nearly an hour.  As I was leaving, I heard one of the visitors mention 'quilting' and popped right back in.  She was a new quilter but was already addicted.  I mentioned there was a group that met in the village and gave her the information about it and my card.
I have often done this without seeing the person again but this lady showed up today and immediately fit right in.  Even bought us some Timbits.  Now that is a lady with the right attitude!  
She is not a full time resident yet but we are hoping that changes.  
I am making little mug and snack mats.  They are fun to make and a nice quick project.
I also tried doing something a bit different and made a little slide show with some of my quilt pictures.  If you would like to see it, just click on the arrow on the block.

Hope you had a safe and happy Victoria Day weekend,

Friday, May 17, 2019

First Holiday Weekend.

The first long weekend of the spring/summer.  Normally, this is the time of year when gardens are planted, cottages cleaned and people sit around bonfires and roast marshmallows.  This year it is still now warm enough to plant but the village was busy with visitors.  Many will be going to their cottage and they will be spending their time cleaning up from the flooding.  Of course, those that live here year round have already gone through that so perhaps they will be able to relax for the next couple of days.
I completed my customer's web site although I do have a few additions to make when I get some more information.  It has been quite a week with my back letting me know that it objected to so much sitting.
I have also started putting together some cute little mug mats to sell at our art centre.  Tomorrow is our grand opening and I am hoping it will be a good year for sales.  I need quite a bit of work on my car to keep it going for a while longer so I need the money.  I only have 136,000 km on it but the salt and pot holes on the road take their toll.
If you had signed up for the QAL , you should have received an email from me today.  If you didn't , please let me know.
Enjoy your weekend and please stay safe.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The More Things Change....

Do any of these comments sound familiar to you?

THE YEAR WAS 1955...
 Did you hear the post office is thinking
about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?     

If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody
will be able to hire outside help at the store.              

When I first started driving, who  would have
thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon? 
Guess we'd be better off leaving  the car in the garage.             

Did you see where some baseball player just signed
a contract for  $50,000 a year just to play ball?
It wouldn't surprise me if someday  they'll be making
more than the President.             

I never thought I'd see the day  all our kitchen
appliances would be electric. They're even making
electric typewriters now.

It's too bad things are so tough  nowadays. I see
where a few married women are having to  work to
make ends meet.

It won't be long before young   couples are going to
have to hire  someone to watch their kids so they
can both work.                                                                                           

I'm afraid the Volkswagen car  is going to open the
door to a  whole lot of foreign business.

Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when
the government takes half our income in taxes.
I sometimes wonder if we are  electing the best
people to  government.

The fast food restaurant is  convenient for a quick
meal, but I seriously doubt they  will ever catch on.

There is no sense going on short trips any more
for a weekend. It  costs nearly $2.00 a night to
stay  in a hotel.

No one can afford to be sick anymore.  At $15.00
a day in the hospital, it's too rich for  my blood.              

If they think I'll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Just a quickie tonight.  I have been working on a customer's web site all day.  Had it almost finished and I hit an incorrect button and all my work disappeared.  Oh, joy.
Didn't get anything else done today.  Hubby even had to get supper although it was my turn.  He also made me another flower garden where I can plant my hollyhocks, delphiniums and other old fashioned flowers.

My garden won't look at nice as this but it will still give me pleasure to see the colour as I come up the drive way.

Monday, May 13, 2019

UFO Done

I hope all you ladies had a wonderful Mother's Day.  A mother can be many things.  We can have steps, grandchildren we raise, be a foster mom, a Big Sister, have fur children, a mentor.  You could be a Scout, 4-H or other leader.  Whatever you do in life, if it involves children you are a mother or mother substitute.  You have a massive and eternal impact on the children in your life.
We went to Orillia to have brunch with my dear mother-in -law.  She has some health issues but, thanks to the wonderful care she receives, is doing much better than would normally be the case.  I took some photos while there and here is one of Mum and her 3 surviving children.  Her oldest daughter died a number of years ago and is, of course, still great missed.  It was completely coincidental that the 3 siblings wore the same colour tops.

Love This Photo

I finished the binding on my quilt and added it to the pile. 

 I haven't decided if I am going to keep it for the guest bed or offer it for sale yet. It is double bed sized so would fit the bed nicely if I do decided to keep it. This is another project off my UnFinished Objects (UFO) list.