Friday, June 14, 2019

(Temporary Backup) (Temporary Backup) THE COMEBACK KID!

I recently saw a quilting video where the hostess referred to herself as the Comeback Kid and as soon as I saw the title I instantly knew that was what I wanted to title my next blog post. Call it word theft 
 or simply copying and I plead guilty, but I know a good subject line when I see it.
Well Susan H., I did promise to blog when I got settled and had my quilt room back in production, but seems to be taking a lot longer than I anticipated. 
The move itself went pretty smoothly. Several scratches seem to have appeared where there were none before, a couple chips on my sewing studio furniture and a temporary loss of my beloved red Kitchen Aid mixer. I say temporary because she found her way home yesterday via Canada Post. She travelled to From Bathurst to Ottawa, then to Kitchener, on to Mildmay, (she seemed to be hiding while here); then to Mississauga, back to Kitchener and a few points inbetween and landed back in Nova Scotia. From there she was given a stern talking to and sent back home to Mildmay with a warning to behave and go straight home! Here she sits sulking because of her reprimand and timeout. I may have even heard her grumble because she had to take a backseat to a distant ancestor yesterday when I had to stir up a cake for a church function. 





Yup! You heard me right. I was making my well loved Iny’s Prune Cake https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/make-this-cake-today-trust-me/  and used my old hand beater instead of plugging in my Kitchen Aid mixer. The recipe says not to over beat so it really did not require much beating at all but she doesn’t know that and she did to be taught a lesson for her tricks she played gallivanting all over the country!
I have an appointment tomorrow morning to have my eyes checked for a follow up to my cataract surgery. I will be so happy to get new glasses. It feels like this what life has been like for the last 6 weeks!

I have not been able to drive because my license is restricted to me wearing glasses, not to mention the tiny fact that I can’t see! I’m sure you can understand my excitement for this eye appointment.
We have been very blessed to know someone who works in an Vision Centre so I was able to get an appointment quite easily. We also have found a family Dr. which is a very difficult thing to do these days. Her office is just a ten minute walk from our house and we have already had an introductory visit, so that is another concern looked after. Life has been very busy with all the appointments for license changes, health card changes, vehicle registrations, etc etc. Several trips to Kitchener for appointments and shopping. One of those trips resulted in me visiting a Mennonite family. As some of you may know we live in the heart of farm country many of which are Mennonite. It is not uncommon to see different things for sale at the end of a long laneway. No one is around, you just pick your product and leave the money in a locked box. We stopped to purchase rhubarb but. Wanted more than what they had at the road so we ventured down the lane in search of more rhubarb. It was like a little step back in time. Lovely farmland, out buildings, complete with several resident cats and multiple children ,several were working at chores and the younger ones out playing ball in the side yard. I purchased 10 pounds of rhubarb and a lovely bunch of fresh asparagus. The lilacs were some of the prettiest I have ever seen.









I am quite happy with our new home, but I have to say I think I had the ugliest dining room light fixture ever! I have been looking for a new one, and we did but one while in Kitchener, but when Mr.O installed it, I reluctantly commented that it was hanging crooked...
Me: I love it, but it is crooked.
Mr. O: what do you mean it’s crooked? It is hanging from a chain, it has to hang straight down.
Me: Well it looks crooked to me.
Mr O: (getting down off the stepstool) It can’t be crooked. Oh it’s just the base I can adjust that.
Me: For $300 you shouldn’t have to adjust it, it should be straight!
Fast forward 1 hour or more...
Mr O: It doesn’t matter what I do it is crooked! That’s it! I am disconnecting it and taking it down and that’s it, the old one is going back!
Me: yes for sure...(until we can find another one)
Fast forward...I found one on Facebook marketplace for $40 but bargained down to $30 and now I have a light fixture I love! There was a bit of a hitch though...we didn’t realize til we got home that we hadn’t gotten the base that fits on the ceiling and we were not driving over an hour back for a part that we could easily buy at a local hardware store...Hah!
We could find every colour but! 
Mr O: Will this do. It isn’t quite the colour we need
Me: Yes no problem, I can make it work. I will just paint it. 
Mr. O: Ok we are done.
Me: Well not quite..we need to make a quick stop at the dollar store for a small bottle of craft paint.
Long story short Mr.O completely rewired the fixture while I  “adjusted “ the colour. He installed it and I love my $30 light way better than the $300 one! I do love my electrician!

As you can see it was not the best match but a bit of this and that and I am happy with the results.







There are countless boxes yet to unpack and pictures to hang and jobs to be done, but we are getting there. 































Tuesday, December 11, 2018

WHERE’S WENDY NOW?

I received a text from my neice tonight asking me where I was so that she could send me my annual Christmas card. It got me to thinking about the children’s book, Where’s Waldo. 


Here’s a little trivia for you...did you know that it has been just over 31 years since the Where’s Waldo books made their appearance? I have several friends that ask where I have been..they keep checking out my blog for something new and it is just the same old news. I know it is not 31 years since my last appearance but it has been awhile.
If I show you a couple pictures I know you will guess right away...




Yup! You guessed it! Back in Arizona for the winter!
By the way you will need to look close at the first picture to see,  but one of these palm trees is not like the other.

“One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?” 
Courtesy of Sesame Street

Before I give you the answer, how many of you just sang that song? I wonder how many of you will be humming it for the next three hours..lol
Did you notice the palm tree that looks like it grew straight up into the street light pole? Well it is not really a palm tree, it is a cell phone tower!
Here is a closer look.

Some are even harder to recognize.







I think it is so cool that they try to blend them into the surroundings, Lord knows there are tons of them around and it’s hard enough trying to get a decent photo without power lines and telephone poles in them. 
Ok...see what happens when I stay away so long! I just go on and on and on!
I missed you guy(s)
I miss reading some of my favourites when I don't blog too.

So what’s new?
Me? Oh not much with me... in the midst of packing up the cottage for the season, we sold our home, and have a buyer for our beautiful place at the beach. (That all happened in 5 days) Because we had already committed to spending the winter in Phoenix, we had just 6 weeks to pack up a house we had lived in for 39 years, and let me tell you our house was not big but it was full! And before you say it, no I am not a hoarder! After all the packing, we had over 5000 km to drive besides house hunting and all the business that entails and stopping to see my brother in Northern Ontario. We stopped in to see our son and family and we were successful in finding a house we liked so we bought a new home in Ontario. 
I told Mr. O I felt like I had been thrown into the tv show Amazing Race!
What a whirlwind! 
Our new home is a couple hours north of Toronto so I am still going to be a country gal, which suits me to a “T”. It brings us closer to family although I will be leaving part of my heart behind, because I have been blessed with the most precious friends a girl could ever hope to meet. I hope they miss me so much they all come to see me! A couple at a time though because we didn't  buy a hotel! <grin>
It is a lovely brick bungalow, just 8 years old, open concept, and my knee will be very appreciative of having a laundry room on the main floor, and yes I will have space for a new quilting studio, and it too will be on the main level. 










AKA. My quilt studio!


Here is a little peek. I will enjoy the front and back deck and although it will be lots of changes ( and if you know me well, you know I am not fond of change!), but I am sure we will be comfortable and happy there. After all home is where you make it. 




I have been in our rental here in Phoenix about 10 days and I still cant remember where things are in the kitchen, and my sewing area...don’t even ask! 
I have managed to do a little cross stitching on a project that is long overdue to be finished

It is a portion taken from a painting (below)by German artist, Heinrich 
Hoffmann
I also started (barely) a lap quilt from a kit I purchased last winter from 
   www.fatquartershop.com



It will be quite pretty when finished although the pattern photo does not do it justice. My friend Denise made it last year and sent me a photo of it and I instantly knew I wanted to make it.

Isn’t it pretty? I asked her if I could use it as a screen saver/wallpaper on my phone and it has been there ever since. I decided it was time to get at it. The other thing I have to finish up is my 7 Letters quilt. If I don’t lallygag too much I should be able to finish it by the end of the week.  I really have no idea how it should be quilted, so if you have any ideas I would love to hear them. 



Well I will leave you with a few more pics I snapped while on my walk this afternoon. I walked 5 km, and Mr O biked 50 miles....what a slacker!



“DON,T FEAR CHANGE. You may lose something good, but you may also gain something great.”
Author unknown.



























Sunday, August 12, 2018

A PLACE TO STICK IT

I am not sure just where the days go, but I never seem to get all the things done that I plan to. While Mr. O was still working. I would get up every morn ing with him and about 5:20. He left for work just before 6 and I would have my coffee and mess around on the computer for a bit but I just felt like a got a good start on the day, but now even if I wake at 5 or so I crawl back to bed and stay there til at least 7:30, and although it is only 2 hours later I feel lazy and seem to be playing catch up all day. Today I did the regular stuff, dishes, made the bed, straightening up, and I managed to pick a few blueberries to fill up our little bowl that we keep in the fridge for morning cereal and snacking. I got half the deck stained...it’s one of those jobs you have to do in stages so you can still get in and out of the house because the deck area takes in both entry ways. It has been so hot and humid that it really was not great staining conditions but today was sunny and a bit breezy so I thought I best get it done.after those jobs were taken care of, I got to play with my fabric and sewing machine. 
I decided to take a break from the quilt I have been working on and make some fun stuff. 
I have a Pinterest Board titled, A Place To Stick It. I”m sure it would not take to much effort to figure out what the board is all about...
See that blue one in the bottom right corner...a friend made me that one in those exact colours.

Today I decided to make a few of the fun things I had pinned. 







This one “cracks me up” no pun intended.



This next one is prepped and ready for blanket stitching...I think it may be numbered among my favourites.



As you can see, some are cottons and some are wool, so I am getting a nice variety.
Some time back several different bloggers and professional quilters had a bit of a challenge going on. Make a pin cushion a day for 30 days. I thought it seemed like a fun idea but never seemed to get around to joining in the fun. Well I decided that I wanted to try a few of the ideas I had pinned and this is the result.
Carrie Nelson has a new book coming out that I may just have to add to my library. 



Back at home in my sewing room I have a wicker basket filled with thimbles and pin cushions. I have donut pincushions, cupcake pincushions, scrappy ones, bottle cap ones, wrist ones, but I thought I could add a few more to the collection. I also have a little space left on my bookshelf and This book may be just the ticket to help me.




I closed things up around midnight, and wondered in to record the events of the day. That’s all folks. That’s as exciting as my Saturday nights get.






(Temporary Backup) (Temporary Backup) THE COMEBACK KID!

I recently saw a quilting video where the hostess referred to herself as the Comeback Kid and as soon as I saw the title I instantly knew th...