Tuesday, January 12, 2016

CHANGES



Believe it or not, this blog post with this title was on my mind to write way back in November. I was walking one day and the changing of the season was so evident ...the weather, the colours all around. All the gorgeous coloured leaves that just so recently had been on the trees was now dry and crinkly and blowing all around my feet on the ground. There was starting to be a nip in the air. The changes I was working on in my health were starting to pay off. I had planned to go to Ontario in November to do my annual Christmas baking and buying and wrapping with my sister and brother, but because Mr. O offered to come along, my travel plans changed. Insted of flying we would now be driving, and the date changed to December, then we decided to meet up with friends and spend four days at Boyne Mt Resort after the Christmas chores were done. In the meantime, our son and his family decided to come home for Christmas, so we were excitedly looking forward to that, but I had only left myself 3 and a half days to prep for Christmas. More changes, because all the things I normally did for Christmas in the baking dept were just not going to get done due to time constraints, and you know what? That was okay with me...I was just happy to have them home, and the fact that I didnt get the home made chocolates done, or the peanut brittle , or the poppycock, or...or ...or were okay. I was having a change of heart. What was more important to me was having them home, not what I baked and cooked. I managed to get a few of the traditional things done and it turned out to be way more than we needed. There was no Christmas tree, but I did get out my Robert Kincaid village and set it up on the mantle, and we did some outdoor decor earlier, and a few candles and favourite Christmas/snowmen decorations turned out to be just perfect. I hung a quilted Christmas tree with lights and that was okay too...
Can you see why Changes seemed like a good title for a blog post...the one I intended to write but just never seemed to get around to it.
Well here I am almost 2 months later finally writing my Changes post!
I think I have probably mentioned before that the hardest part of writing a blog post is coming up with a title. Give me a title and I am off and running...you may have also noticed that very often I will end with a quote that has reference to my topic of conversation. 
Well I am on the road again because of more changes...life is ever changing...while Mr O is snoring away and the television newscaster is rambling on in the background, about all the newsworthy events. The big story was about the death of David Bowie....another headliner was about the Mexican drug lord that had been recaptured, and of course the weather. (Because the weather is almost always newsworthy) I decided it was time to blog, so the first thing I did was Google the word CHANGE/CHANGES and the first thing that came up was David Bowie...apparently he recorded a song by that name( by now you have guessed I was not a David Bowie fan, because I did not know this...The next item referred to a song by Tupac Shakur; Changes...a hip hop song that makes reference to "the war on drugs". (Apparently I am not a fan of Tupac because I did not know this either)
By this time I was thinking, maybe I better CHANGE my title to something else, but I knew that if I had to come up with another title this blog post just would not get written, so I put my foot down and decided that this was one CHANGE that was not going to happen! Now you know the story behing the title, let me show you a few (well okay maybe more than a few) photos.


As you can see, the leaves were mostly off the trees and on the ground. This was taken at a local walking trail at Daley Point. I always bring along a little bag of seeds because the chickadees are so friendly they come and eat right out of your hands! We went back with the grandchildren on Christmas day, because I thought they would enjoy feeding the birds too. Quite a change in the scenery eh?








Meg sprinkled seeds on my beret and the chickadees ate their Christmas dinner atop my head. My witty son said I looked like the "crazy bird lady in the park" from Home Alone! Some things never change!
In November on a warm day Mr O and I collected branches and berries and I made some seasonal arrangements while he built me some ornamental wildlife for the yard. By the end of the day I was pretty pleased with the outcome.











We woke up the next morning to some beautiful changes!







There have been a few other drastic changes and people who know me, know that I don't accept change easily, but let me tell you that I love these changes!
Mr O bought me new custom cabinets and bookshelves for my quilt studio! And new lighting! 2 flexible track lights with a total of 10 LED daytime lights on them. We also swapped ends of the family room to accomodate all the changes and I managed to sneak in a few more inches of space ��������. This is one change I am loving!




I celebrated by getting out a 10 year old UFO, and that baby will be finished by months end! The quilting may not be done but the top will be finished! I probably would have finished it by this evening but a very dear friend we have known for many years passed away this morning so we are on our way to Ontario for a funeral. This very special lady has a very special daughter who just happens to be my Bosum Friend(inside joke) but kidding aside we are long time friends. She has been such a loving and caring daughter and has devoted a lot of her time to spending it with her Mom and this is going to bring tremendous CHANGES in her life! It just won't be the same going to visit our Son and family without a little visit with Marie. I will miss her big smile and just sitting and sharing old times.


You have gone to your reward, rest in peace my dear friend.

I leave you with a few pics of my trimmed down Christmas trimmings.



A robin in December enjoying my cranberry decorations!
















My favourite decoration of of all was having part of my family back home with us for the holidays!



I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you a Happy Healthy New Year with only good and positive changes!









Thursday, October 29, 2015

Today's post is brought to you by the letter W



Walking, Wellness, Weight loss, Weather, Winter, Windows, WIP's

and .....Wrench


How's that for a mixed bag?

Walking has been prescribed by my Dr to help with my cholesterol levels and I have been pretty steady with it. I have to say that I always boasted about my cholesterol levels being great despite my diet and weight, but alas! ....the boasting has ceased. I really do not want to take cholesterol meds so the only way to improve things is to move more and eat less (and a little wiser [hey! Another W word!])
There have been a few times where I have wanted to skip my walk but I can honestly say I have been very faithful with it since the 22 of Sept. The only day I missed was a day I did yard work and then got called in early for an appointment and coupled with another appointment I arrived home in the dark and very hungry for supper, so I decided the yard work would have to stand in for the walk that day. I have walked in pouring rain




Yes this is me!



I have walked in the dark by flashlight....



And I have walked on some absolutely beautiful days!





Theses were taken at Daley Point, a local place that is a favourite with nature lovers. Mr O and I had a lovely walk that day and of course had a pocketful of seeds to feed the friendly feathered friends along the way. If you look at the next few pics you can see the birds perched on my hand getting seeds. A favourite thing to do along that trail!





We live on a secondary highway that is well travelled. One never knows what one will find along the road on a daily walk. I have often said that there are quite a number of vehicles on the verge of collapsing in a pile of rubbish at any given time if the number of nuts and bolts and hub caps that I see daily on the road are any indication...one day last week, or was it the week before? My oh my the time goes by so fast...anyway, one day while walking, I found this on the side of the road



An 18" pipe wrench! Seriously! I told you that there were vehicles on our roads in danger of falling apart and apparently someone had to do some emergency repairs along the way, because this is usually found in a plumber's  toolbox not a mechanic's.  ��
Something else that was left alongside the road last week was a little piece of me, because 
I lost three pounds last week, bringing my total loss since August to 13 pounds. I know I have a long way to go, but you have to start somewhere.

I was in to the hospital this morning for more blood work and have an appointment next week for results to see if my hard work has reaped any reults in lowering my cholesterol numbers. Actually my good cholesterol is too low and my bad is a touch too high. The body is a strange thing eh? The same regime (diet and exercise) will bring the low number up and the high number down or at least thats what I am hoping for.

Last week I was able to attend our annual guild Fall retreat. I have missed the last couple of retreats with all my travelling so I was thrilled to be able to attend. I had big plans of accomplishing many things but did a little too much socializing I guess because I only finished one small project.





It is a larger version of the Sew Together Bag. This one is called The Bionic Gear Bag by Sally Thompson. I purchased it through Craftsy. In my defence it is a rather involved project with several fabrics (further complicated by me because I chose directional prints) and applying 5 zippers thus making 9 different compartments to this notions bag. The pattern was 42 pages long. I found it to be a little "wordy" thus muddling my thinking process at times. I am someone who likes to say, " Just the facts Mam, just the facts." 



I will say this though, have to marvel at a mind that can come up with a pattern like this!

While at retreat, Mr O sent me a weather update. The first was a video asking me if I could see the snow..."not really" was my answer, and then another followed...with the same question...
"Can you see the snow now?"
( I was going to show you a video of heavy snow falling but seem to be having trouble to install Vimeo on my ipad)
I had only to look back through older photos to jog my memory of just how much snow we can be gifted with... But now? Snow! It was only the 17th of October for mercy sake! Winter is coming. We have been away South for the last couple winters and this winter may be a little hard to adjust to. 



This may be me before long. 

My last W is WIP's. While cleaning in my studio I decided to corral all my Works In Progress. I have a sneaking suspicion that there are a few others lurking about but this pile is enough to spur me on to trying to finish some of these projects. With Christmas looming on the horizon some of these just may be turned into Christmas gifts...



I realize that this may not seem like a huge pile but there are three quilt tops in there and many other various projects so I do have my work cut out for me.

Speaking of work...I have been cleaning windows and washing curtains  amongst the walking and Dr appointments and other daily affairs. I love clean windows, but they never stay that way very long. I read somewhere to clean them with Rainex(car windshield stuff) because apparently it helps them to stay free of rain streaks and fly specks etc. so that is on the agenda for tomorrow for the outside of the windows. I am curious to see how it works.

I have to tell you I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this post and If I was a journalist or story teller and was given the assignment of writing a story using walking, winter, wellness, wrenches, windows and WIP's in it my first reaction would be, "seriously! Are you kidding?" but that seems to be what I have done.

I leave you with a W tongue twister.

Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not. Whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot. We'll weather the weather whether we like it or not.













Sunday, August 30, 2015

I Should Have Seen It Coming...

Well I am out of hospital with a clean bill of health so far! Well not squeaky clean, but they are leaning to the idea that I had a low grade viral infection which may have caused the general malaise and fever. In the process they found some polyps in the bowel that they removed and took biopsies,  gastritis in the stomach, apparently my good cholesterol is too low, so I need to exercise more and be more diligent about diet, but all in all the reports were good. Still waiting for Cardio Ultrasound results, gallium scan and biopsy results, but I am expecting nothing major. One very bizarre thing they did find was a benign tumour on the lining of the brain. It is an old tumour though and they know this because it apparently has calcified and that takes ten years to happen. So that is not to be worried about either!
I should have the rest of the results by the first week of October when I return home from our vacation.
Yes! We are on the road again...on our way to Regina Saskatchewan, a two day stop there to rest up and pick up our grandson who is going to accompany us to Yellowstone National Park. 
Expect some pictures!

Our furst day of travelling was in Canada, but today on our second day we crossed over into the US with plans of entering back into Canada via North Dakota just south of Regina.
Mr O is always so prepared for these border crossings. Make sure there are no prohibited foods in the cooler, have your passport out and open, have your toll money ready...check, check, check!
We rolled up to border patrol booth and instantly set off alarms. First question was, "who was recently hospitalized?" I am thinking...seriously! How do you know that?!
Apparently the radiation levels in our vehicle were too high and set off alarms!
We were asked to pull over and I had to get out of the car with a guard and go to a shelter to be scanned and radiation levels taken. While that was happening they were checking the levels in the vehicle with me out of it...all good.
They really were very good about all of it, and asked for papers from the hospital but I told them it had only been a little better than a week and I had no result papers yet and before long we were on our way. 
This had happened to a relative of mine a while back but I didnt know the details and really never even thought about my nuclear tests posing a problem. I should have seen it coming though...



I joking told Mr O while I was in hospital that with all the tests and dyes injected in me I would glow in the dark, I guess I wasn't too far off eh?

I will be crossing the border again in two days back into Canada..should be interesting to see what transpires. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A+ Would Be Nice, But As Long As I Pass.....

My plan the next day after reading my last post was to be a bit more positive. Goodness! It sounded like something from  Lady Sings The Blues 



and I really should have been singing something from Oklahoma instead...maybe Oh What A Beautiful Morning!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9LdIL5WCso8






I even took some pictures of my quilts airing on the line and my view from the hammock while having a little rest to add to my post.








You see I figured as long as I was on this side of the fence things were good and I really shouldn't be complaining. I even managed to finally put the last 3 sides of the border on my BFF quilt! 











I tried to pick a favourite block but that's like trying to pick a favourite grandchild...they're all unique and special for different reasons or qualities, so I gave up and decided to just show you a close up of a few different ones.
I went to the golf course with Mr.O and walked 9 holes (5km) with him in an effort to get some excercise and build up some stamina. 





It was a nice walk and I have to say I enjoyed it, but there was not much stamina built up on my part. By the time I Got home I needed a nap!

I had planned to tell you all about our little quilt show here in Tabusintac for Old Home Week







I was going to tell you all about the lovely visit from family. My brother, and cousins family. 




My brother enjoyed the sightseeing, the ocean, the campfires every night.





I even turned over my kitchen to my cousin's husband who is a chef and Italian to boot. How could I go wrong with roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables and porketta ( pork loin stuffed with spinach and sun dried tomatoes with garlic and parmesan) on the menu. 



My meagre contribution to the meal was homemade coconut cream pie.

Yes indeed, that was my plan, to blog and bring you up to speed on all the happenings at Winterpast. However I really was not feeling to perky and ended up running a fever of 100 - 101 all week and consequently I ended up at the ER to have things checked out. I must say I had a wonderful thorough Dr. who really took time to try to help me. One of the blood tests showed slightly elevated CRP (?) which caused him to consult with an Infectious Disease Specialist in Moncton who suggested I be admitted so here I sit. 




I have been poked and prodded and filled with so many different kinds of dyes that I have warned Mr O I may glow in the dark once I get home. But the good thing in all of this is that my heart has been thoroughly checked with cardio ultra sound, my torso has been injected with dye to check most organs, Have had a total body bone scan, and I am still in the process of more testing. I am going down in a couple hours for a colonoscopy and upper gastro scope, so there won't be many areas that have not been checked. Thorough blood work and head scans, have revealed that there is a brain but nothing else that should not be there. No TB, no HIV, no diabetes, or cholesterol problems.(very slightly elevated cholesterol numbers but nothing that needs meds) Still waiting on cardiac results and bone scan results etc and I know I will not pass with A+ in all the tests but as long as I pass that is what matters. There may be a few lifestyle changes to be made, but if it makes me healthier then it is worth the work. I have to say that Mr O has been my rock ( and of course my faith in God). I really feel for people who go through illnesses alone. It must be so tough. He has tended on me with meds, blankets, cold drinks, hot drinks, heat bags, ice packs, meals, encouragement and moral support etc etc etc. 
i have to tell you though, that it pays to have worry wart for a daughter because as soon as she received a call from Dad saying Mom was in hospital she booked a flight from Regina to Bathurst. She had to come and see for herself that Mom was okay. Thanks Michelle! So good to see you, even if it is For a short spell under less than great conditions.