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.

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Soap Opera is Over

I do think my months long cell phone saga might be over.  A short recap.  I bought a fitbit and then discovered I couldn't connect it to my current cell phone.  I bought another phone and gave the old one to my husband.  The new one didn't work in our area-no service, so took it back and got another.  It also didn't work so I sold that one to our Art Centre and bought yet another phone.  It got better reception but still couldn't link up the watch.  To make things more complicated, the watch did work with the phone I sold the Art Centre.
I finally came up with a solution.  Traded the Art Centre for my latest phone, switched SIM cards and now everything is working fine.  I still don't have great reception but I have ordered a booster and will probably be changing to another carrier which works better in this area.
So, done with all that.  It has been like a funny, bad soap opera.

I didn't get much done today other than that.  Tomorrow, I am back to quilting and hope to have a photo to show.  My best wishes to all the mother's who are reading this.  You have the most valued and underrated job in the world.  I will see my very dear Mother-in-law on Sunday as well as my son which will make my day very special.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Young Techie

There isn't anything like a rainy day to get you working in the house.  When the warmer, sunnier weather arrives, I like being outside which means housework and, more importantly, quilting doesn't get done.  I always hope for at least one icky day to catch up.
I finished getting out the last of my summer clothes although they aren't ready to be put in the closet yet.  The amount of winter clothing I have seems to have increased since the fall and I had trouble getting them all stored away.  I did set aside quite a lot to be given away but it doesn't seem to have made much difference.
I almost have half the quilt on the frame done.  I was having a bit of trouble with skipped stitches even though I had done all the usual check list of steps.  I then remembered a member of the Grace on line forum mentioning that we shouldn't have our quilts pulled too tightly.  This is a bad habit of mine.  So I loosened the side clamps a bit and Gracie is now humming along without a stutter.
I have made an appointment to talk to a techie at our local library to see if she can get my phone and watch synced.  She is a young girl-just the right age to know all these things so am hopping she will be able to figure out the problem.  I am just stymied with this thing.
Got to Skype with my sisters this afternoon which is always special.  So, all in all a nice day.  Tomorrow, we are off to Huntsville to get the results of a medical test and do some shopping.  It is supposed to be another wet day so I am hoping to get the customer quilt all but finished.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Yellow finch and Bluejays add Colour to the Garden.

We got quite a bit of work done today. I was thinking while my hubby was outside cutting trees into workable lengths that as soon as one winter is over, you start getting ready for another.  A neighbour came over later in the day and cut down about 20 more trees that were either leaning toward the house, dead or in the way of where we want to put a shed.  They will also become firewood.
I got some of my winter clothes put away and summer ones put in the closet.  Still have more to hang but I have got started anyway.  I put quite a few articles in a pile to be given away but still have far more than I need.
I transplanted a few perennials bit still have more of them to do.  I am moving some from what started out to be a rock garden and ended up as a home for wild raspberries.  They seem to be almost impossible to control so I will give them that area and perhaps they will crowd themselves out.
I did a bit more work on the customer quilt and finished the binding on another so I can mark that one off.
I am finding it hard to stay inside on these lovely sunny days.  The bugs will be arriving soon so I want to enjoy the outdoors as much as I can now.  I have my hummingbird feeder out although it is a bit early.  A friend has already had a visitor to hers so I am ready just in case.  We had a beautiful yellow finch at the regular feeder today and I could here the bluejays although they didn't make an appearance.  I usually get a couple of pairs hanging around so perhaps they are busy building their nests right now.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Anyone for a Snack?

 I have  completed one set of a new idea.  I am making a few sets of these snack mats (12X12) which will be sold individually or as a set.  I got the idea one evening as hubby and I were having some potato chips as we watched television.  The crumbs were getting on the furniture and our clothing (yes, we are messy eaters) and I thought that having a small mat that I could drape over my lap to catch the bits would be a good idea.  Also, we sometimes do the veggie and dip thing with a cup of green tea and the mats would add a nice touch.  I think some in for different seasons and holidays would also be fun. So here we are.  What do you think?  The mats will be for sale at the and the Burk's Falls Art and Crafts Centre.
This is hubby's latest Maude Lewis inspired painting.  That is us in the cutter.  I have always wanted to do a sleigh ride with just the two of us  under the moon and stars.  This painting may be the closest I get.
I got to use my solar clothes dryer on the weekend.  Lovely to have that outdoor smell on the laundry again.

Friday, May 3, 2019

I am Back

I can't believe how long it has been since my last post. I have been busy with a number of things. I have been working on a customer's web page as mentioned before as well as trying to get my new phone and watch synched. It shouldn't be that difficult but I am beginning to think I am a real ditz because it isn't working on this phone. Did on the other one but not this. I am sure it will get sorted out in time.
I haven't been getting much quilting done except for binding on a quilt.  Another is loaded on the frame but is as far as it have got.  I haven't even been working on my QAL. I did something to my back so it has been difficult to stand or sit for long.
I did get two magazine articles written, made a large pot of chili and went to a number of meetings.    Our snow has finally left completely, the flooded areas in the village are subsiding and there are buds on the lilacs and trees.  My little great nephew who had such a difficult start to his life is thriving which is a great joy and blessing to all of his family.
So, that is where I am.  Hope to get back to normal now.  I may even have some photos to share.   In the meantime, I hope you are all  able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and warming temperatures.

If you are like me and are always looking for alternatives to using chemicals, you will find the following information useful.

1. Take one capful of hydrogen peroxide (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to 10 minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold or plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.

14. Another place it's great is in the bathroom, if someone has been careless, has peed on the floor around the toilet, and it's begun to smell of urine. Just put some peroxide in a spray bottle spray. In the blink of an eye all the smell will be gone and the bacteria eliminated!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Web page Updates

Web site update time.  I am site manager for the Burk's Falls Country Jamboree and it is time to update their site to reflect the 2019 line up.  There is a fair bit of work but I enjoy seeing it all come together.  Each time I do the site there is something new to learn.  This year customers are going to buy able to pay for their tickets through ecommerce which will be easier rather than doing cheques etc.
I haven't been feeling much like sewing lately (which is good as I will get the web site done) but did get a few bits and pieces finished.  I got a couple more rows of my scrappy centre block for the QAL done and almost finished a top.
Hubby was doing maple syrup today.  It was a good day for it but tomorrow and a lot of the rest of the week is calling for rain.  That means everything will have to be packed up until the sun shines again.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A New Thimble

Hubby brought home a nice box from  the post office today.  I had ordered three different backing fabrics as well as a new thimble and the tracking system said they wouldn't arrive until Tuesday.  The fabric has been washed and is now in the dryer.  Tomorrow I will be able to load one of the fabrics onto Queenie and finish another of my tops.
I used the thimble while watching the news and I really like it.  It is open on the one side with two claws that can be adjusted to finger size.  The other side is dimpled  but the part I like is the little bend, like the letter 'L" that goes over the end of your fingernail (great for long nails) and also provids a place for maneuvering the needle.  I have already been able to do smaller stitches and more at a time.  It is made by Clover and is just called Open Sided Thimble if you would like to check it out.  I bought mine at Connecting Threads.
It poured here all day.  At one point the internet went out because the signal couldn't get through.  I am afraid some areas to the south of us are going to get flooding.
Happy Resurrection Day and Passover,

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Quilted Words

This is the other quilt I finished last week.  The top was made by someone else.  I did the quilting.  As it was a gift for my customer's father I 'wrote' words and phrases all over it.  They described who he was as a person, what he did, what he liked etc.  This has become one of my favourite quilting patterns for memory quilts and those for older recipients as it helps to remind them of how they are appreciated, remembered and loved.
    On my mother-in- laws quilt, I used a thread that blended too much.  This time I chose a dark navy      which went with the border fabric and the words are much easier to read.

On my mother-in- laws quilt, I used a thread that blended too much.  This time I chose a dark navy which went with the border fabric and the words are much easier to read.

The next time you make a quilt for a special person try this quilting method.  I like to think that many years from now my words will serve as a description of a long dead relative to  their descendants.

Monday, April 15, 2019

A New Great-Nephew

We have had an eventful weekend.  I have had partial success with the latest phone although it still isn't ideal.  Will be calling the provider again on Tues.
Sat. was mother-in-laws birthday and a family gathering.  It was wonderful seeing some of the nephews that we haven't connected with for a while.  The youngest is in high school and doing really well.  Another nephew and his partner brought their little one who had been born just a month previously.  Camdyn is a great, great nephew and handsome addition to the family.

Mom really like the quilt hubby and I gave her.

Mom's Lap Quilt
 Front close up.  I cut the stripped fabric on a diagonal for sashing and border.
I found this lovely flannel on Sew Sisters.  Perfect for the back.  I quilted it all over with words that described this much loved lady.

I also finished another quilt but will show photos of it tomorrow as I want to share a bit of momentous news.  My nephew and wife have been trying to have a baby for a few years with miscarriage being the only result.  Finally, she was able to carry full term and the little one was due this weekend.  I kept close to the internet and waited for the good news.  After 40, that's right-40, hours of labor, little Noah made his appearance.  It was a very difficult delivery but the young man is healthy and mom's is recovering.  They live in England so I won't be seeing him for a while.  I told them I am expecting a lot of photos.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Saga Continues

Queenie was humming along beautifully today.  I was able to finish a top except for a couple of rows in less than 3 hours.  Isn't that amazing?  I can remember the days when I did all my quilting on my domestic and it would take ages to finish even a small quilt.  And, just when you thought you were finished, you found a great big pleat on the back. (Queenie is my Q'nique long arm machine)

I will get it completed tomorrow and  off to its owner.  Will also finish the binding on my mother-in-laws quilt this evening so I am getting some things accomplished.

What is not getting done is my cell phone problems.  I sold my last one privately and then drove to Huntsville to buy a replacement.  I went to the company that is my service provider as I thought I might get better reception that way.  I found a phone that looked as though it would do, brought it home and got ready to set it up.  Then I discovered that the SIM card wasn't included.  I never thought to look as it has always come with any phone I purchased.  I will buy that on Saturday and hope that this long drawn out saga is done.

Farm Quilter commented that she has similar reception problems where she lives but, even with that, wouldn't want to live anywhere else.  I agree.  Country living has its problems but it is offset by many good things.  A case in point is one of our neighbours coming over to cut down a couple of trees today for my husband.  We still have quite a bit of snow and he didn't feel confident operating a chainsaw on uneven footing.  The trees were dead and fairly close to the house so we are glad to have them on the ground and now we have extra firewood if spring continues to delay its entrance.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Third Return.

I am just jotting down a few words before I turn the computer off for the night.  I have had a nice birthday with many on line wishes as well as those done in person.  We celebrate birthdays in our Burk's Falls Village Quilter's group and today, I was the recipient of cake and a card.  It is always a fun time and we all look forward to the special days.  Some months have more than one birthday and others don't have any.  We have become quite creative in coming up with other celebrations for those months.
Hubby made me a nice supper and bought me an indoor plant.  We are getting past the giving of gifts as we either have what we need or can't afford it.
I finally got my fitbit synched with the cell phone so I can see what time it is as well as steps walked.  I am not happy with the phone, however, as it can't be used here.  I barely get one bar of  reception and that is only in one room of the house.  I am going to have to take this one back as well.  This will be the 3rd one.  They are going to get tired of me at the store but as I can't tell how the phone will operate until I get it home, it can't be helped.
Our snow is melting quickly now but the sap isn't running very well.  The temperatures for Tues and Wed should help otherwise this is going to be a very bad year.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Valuable Discovery

I spent most of the afternoon shopping which, with my advanced years, I found exhausting.  Hubby had a doctor's appointment so after going to the grocery store, he dropped me off in the mall area so I could get the rest of what was needed.
One thing I had to do was take back the cell I bought and get another.  I am happier with this one and discovered, after reading the instructions (who knew) that I could take the SIM card from my old phone, put it in the new and have everything automatically transfer over.  That certainly saves a lot of fussing.  I am now going to take the card from hubby's old phone and put it in my old, but much better, one.  We both get to keep out existing phone numbers, plans, contacts etc.
I suppose you all knew about that  but it was a big discovery for me.
The morning was spent reading more of the tutorials for the Gimp program  My wee brain is getting a good stretch this week and it is only Tuesday.
I still have one more techie jog to do.  Once the phone is fully charged, I have to sync my Fitbit.  Hopefully, that goes smoothly.
Not getting much done for quilting but, fingers crossed, tomorrow I will get the binding on mother-in-law's quilt and get another loaded onto the frame.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Amazing Children.

My sewing machine is working again. I took it apart and did a bit more cleaning around and one the shuttle as well as adding a drop of oil to the wick in the centre of the shuttle holder.  When I gave it a try, it worked.  My camera USB cord also decided to work again.  Not sure why so many things went wrong at once but it doesn't matter as long as they are working again.
I spent much of the weekend trying out different programs similar to (but cheaper) Photoshop.  I think I have found one that is going to do everything I need.  Gimp is a free program and is designed much the same as Photoshop so the learning process shouldn't be very steep.

I took a couple of screen shots of our amazing grandchildren while we were Skyping on Sunday.  they are growing ups so quickly.  We are, of course, really proud of them.  They are kind and thoughtful young people.
We are blessed.

Friday, March 29, 2019

QAL Last Post

I have sent out the basic instructions for the QAL.  If you did not get my email, please let me know.  I did not get the requested email addresses from a couple of people so if you send them, I will add you to the list.

This doesn't seem to be my week for cooperation of devices.  I took a photo of the quilt I have on the frame but the PC is not recognizing the camera.  Probably need a new USB cord.

Heidi and I took a longer walk today and it look longer than it should because everyone was out.  Two neighbours stopped their vehicles to chat and it was nice to catch up on their news.  I expected hubby to be concerned but he was listening to videos on the laptop so I am not sure he even knew I was gone.  Probably would have realized when it was supper time.  I am kidding of course.  He is a caring hubby but puts perhaps a bit too much faith in my ability to look after myself.
Have a great weekend,

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Design Wall

Note to farmquilter-I did send a QAL email to you.  Perhaps check your SPAM in case it went there.

I have finished the outline for the QAL project and will be sending it out tomorrow.  After that, I will not be accepting any new participants.

It was a bit dreary today with predictions of drizzle so Heidi and I went for our walk early in the morning.  As it turned out, the drizzle didn't arrive but it didn't matter.  The weather was warm enough that the snow continued to melt and I had a whole day to quilt-or do related activities.
I had bought a large flannel backed tablecloth during one of my trips to the dollar store so I got that put up on my design wall.  The one that was there wasn't big enough and it had acquired quite a few threads.  I did use a piece of it for the bottom of the wall.  I probably won't need it but it is there in case I do.  I find these tablecloths make excellent design walls as material really sticks to the flannel and they are cheap.
I cut out the fabric for the final border on my panel quilt.  I am not going to have quite enough  of my preferred fabric to do all of it  but I can add another  print without problem.

I didn't get in my 3000 steps today but I came close.  My breathing was really bad so I only got 2700 plus.  Maybe tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

New Phone and QAL

Nice to have so many of you interested in the QAL.  I started putting together my centre block at quilt group on Monday.  I got the fabric cut and was starting to sew the pieced together when my machine jammed.  I could sew a bit and then it would jam and stop again.  I spent the rest of the time, plus the weekend and today trying to figure out what is wrong.  I took everything apart cleaned, ran it disassembled and after replacing the bobbin holder with one from another Janome.  Still jamming.  I think it is something to do with the bobbin area but can't find it.  I guess it will have to go to the Janome hospital.  Fortunately I have other machines.
I bought myself a new cell phone today.  The one I have is working fine but I can't synch with my fit bit.  Now I have to go through the process of setting it up.  I have found a company where I can get a good phone plan (that is all they do-no selling of products etc.) so now have to see if they accept my phone.

It has been interesting seeing how many steps I do in a day.  Just my regular activities-no going for walks or exercise, takes almost 2000 steps.  If I can bring it up to 3000 for a week and then four etc., I should be able to gradually work myself up to a decent work out.

dqlts, I need your email so I can send you the QAL instructions.  If there is anyone else who has not yet heard from me, please make sure I have your email.

Friday, March 22, 2019

QAL-First Step

I have sent out the preliminary step to those who indicated they were interested in joining in the QAL.  I am missing the email for one person so Dianne C. if you would provide me with that, I will forward the instructions to you.
If you haven't yet signed up, you have until Mar. 30th.

Have you had an unexpected bill from Canada Customs?  Mine came courtesy of the company that delivered a package to my house a little while ago.  When I picked up the mail today, it included a bill from the company.  After reading it over and determining it wasn't a fake, I saw the it was charges from our favourite government agency.  As I had already paid for the shipping of the parcel when I ordered the product, I was (understandably, I think) irritated to get another charge.
This item was well under $100.00 which I have always understood to be the line in the sand.  Apparently, I was wrong.  The levy is 'at the discretion' of Customs.  I am now in the process of writing to whichever politician is responsible for that portfolio.
My feeling is that there should be a chart where you can check to see if an item is subject to duty and how much. I am sure there are guidelines but they don't seem to be available to the public.
If you have any information that would help, I would appreciate hearing from you.  If you live in a country other than Canada, what is your experience?
This isn't a life or death issue but I think it is unjust to have a cost for something but not tell anyone what it is.  I will let you know what happens.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Trees are Tapped

I didn't get much done yesterday after a sleepless night holding Heidi.  She cried and whimpered all night.  I think it was just because she didn't like the head cone rather than being in any pain.  We took it off yesterday as she is not trying to scratch or bother the surgery area.
I finished another border on the quilt I posted recently.  Just a couple more to add and I will be able to get it on the frame.
You still have time to sign up for the quilt along (QAL). Tomorrow,  I will be contacting all those who indicated their interest and will give you a preliminary step.
My lap quilt will be for my grandson's Christmas gift so I will be well ahead for this year.  I already have his sisters quilt almost done.
Hubby has got the trees tapped for maple syrup gathering although it isn't running very much yet.  I hope it is a better season that last year.
Happy first complete day of Spring,

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Heidi's Operation

It has been a bit of a traumatic day today as our Heidi went in for surgery.  All went well and she is home safe and sound.  She was a bit zoned out for the first couple of hours but is quite a bit perkier now.  Poor soul looks so funny with all the hair shaved around one eye and the skin looking bruised.
We did get a bit of shopping down while she was at the vets and I bought a few things at the dollar store for the quilt room.  I found a clear plastic box with a lid that will be great for storing WIP or kits so I got a couple of those.  I also bought an extra large vinyl table cloth with flannel backing to use as a design wall.  The one I have is getting old and not big enough so will take it down tomorrow and put up the new one.
I didn't get any quilting done today but will work on a hand quilted project this evening while watching television.  I want to stay in the same room as Heidi just in case she needs anything.  She is laying down with hubby but I still want to be there.
First day of spring tomorrow.  I hope the weather reflects that.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Pieced Borders

I have been feeling undermotivated the past few days.  A few things have been accomplished but not anything about which I felt excited.  I did finish a customer quilt.  This top was hand pieced by my customer's aunt.  It was only about half done but she wanted to keep it so I put it together and did a simple leaf pattern quilting.  I added a bit of decorative stitching to the binding for interest.

It will look nice draped over a couch or the foot of a bed.  

I was hoping to quilt my mother-in-law's lap blanket next but didn't have any suitable backing so took a look through my UFO's to see what I could find.    I unearthed this panel and the fabric I had stored with it and decided this was a good time to finish it.  I have always wanted to do a quilt with different pieced borders and that will be perfect for this project.
Hubby dug out the snowshoes today so we are planning on a bit of a jaunt tomorrow -probably through the bush.  The sap has started running so he needs to get the trees tapped. It will have to be done while wearing snowshoes because of the depth and softness of the snow.  It should be a good run this year.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Floating long the Road

It seems that winter might be finally loosening its icy grip.  The temperatures were quite a bit above freezing today and the snow is melting.  The water is also starting to accumulate on the road.  Hubby had to take my car into the village today and he said that it was heavy going in some spots because of the puddles.  I should have told him to take a pair of oars.  His van handles these conditions much better than the car but it was being temperamental.
I finished a customer quilt today and started the large hot pad for church.  I decided to quilt it on my Juki as the fabric is for draperies.  However, the first row is not straight so I will rip out and start again.  I guess I better pin it this time.
Next project on the frame will be my mother in laws lap quilt and then I will get back at some of the UFO's.  I don't have too many as I have tried to keep at finishing a project before going on to another.  That doesn't always happen but I am getting better.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Flowers and Fund Raisers.

Our weather continues to yoyo.  Saturday was nice but it changed around midnight. Sunday brought snow, rain, freezing rain and wind so our church service was cancelled and then the Monday quilt group suffered the same fate.  Today it is lovely.  Tomorrow is our Art Centre meeting and I told my husband that I am going even if I have to walk.
I did finish a customer's quilt and am just getting it ready for the binding now.  My income tax is finished and sent and I am now updating a client's web site.  I haven't really felt a lot like quilting although I have got bits and pieces done.

 I have been trying to get this Amaryllis to bloom for two years and this year it rewarded my patience.  I don't have a great deal of success with most indoor plants other than African Violets and Christmas Cactus so it is a treat to see this in bloom.
The centre of this quilt was donated to our group by a lady.  We added the applique border and finished it.  It is being given to a local agency as a fund raiser.  The picture doesn't really do it justice.  We hope that it helps to raise a lot of money.