Thursday, 31 December 2015

With the help of my grandson Seamus, the video of the ruffed grouse is working. I love to watch these birds . today the little black capped chickadees were visiting in large numbers. they sit on the back step waiting for their crumbs. Today I had some dried fruit and cookie crumbs for food.
Another first for me today is the discovery ,with Seamus's help. of how to scan with my computer and printer. What a boon for me. I'm going to figure out faxing next.
It is new years eve, the final day of 2015. We will be here at home for the start of 2016, a cozy place to be. We wish good tidings to everyone .peace for as many as possible, and good health for all.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Today we are receiving a bit of snow. Yesterday was a great  day for all those who wanted to travel during the Christmas season.I spent a quiet day at home, napping, and watching a movie. Just before Christmas I discovered that the cold and cough I thought would pass on it's own, was going to need a boost. I am grateful for the antibiotic that is working with my own immune system to kick the stuffing out of this nasty bug.
Christmas is not always a happy time for some folk. I hadn't realized that until I was well  into adulthood. My father loved Christmas with a grand tree, lots of food, family, and a gift from Santa. Perhaps back then, there  were lots of sad people but we didn't know about them. Transportation was not as readily available, and communication vehicles were limited to letters, radio, television(2 channels), telegrams, newspapers, and word of mouth.As I write this, it sounds as if we are looking back to the dark ages, but not so. I was born in 1946, so mid nineteen fifties would have me aware of those areas of life. Growing up in a small mining town, where neighbours knew each other, and people seemed to have more free time, kept us a bit isolated, and insulated. My husband, Omer, grew up in Toronto. His young life experience was vastly different from mine. I was amazed to learn how different city life could be.
I wish for all those who find this a difficult time of year, comfort and calm.
Today I started cutting fabric needed for the 4th clue in Bonnie Hunter's Allietare mystery. There is a lot of cutting and sewing in this clue, so I will definitely be behind the leaders. Clue five was released Boxing Day. I haven't even downloaded it yet.
Tomorrow is my sister's birthday, and we are going out to brunch. I'm looking forward to it.She is three years younger than I am, just a spring chick. Speaking of chicks. This morning a ruffed grouse strode across our front yard on his way to an apple tree still hanging on to a few apples. He is a regular visitor. I caught a few shots of him, and a very short video piece on my little Nikon Cool Pix. It was my first try at a video.

I haven't figured out how to get the video to play, but I'll get back to that.
That is my entry for tonight

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Deck the Halls

Christmas is just round the corner. The kids are home from university. Omer and I are settled in for winter. I'm following Bonnie Hunter's Allietaire Mystery on Clue 4 was posted yesterday. Maybe tomorrow I'll get the cutting done for the fourth clue. Fortunately this year I am managing to keep up somewhat with the issuing of the clues.
This year I attended the Maine Quilt Show in July. I studies landscape classes with Molly Waddell and thread painting with Sue Brubacher. Art quilts have not been in the forefront of my quilting journey. I have not considered that I might have any artistic ability. Perhaps I am mistaken. Maybe application and mileage might make a difference.
It was a good summer at the cottage. Some of my quilting friends visited for a day, and Peggy and I met another day making baffle quilts. We had a visit from family in Alberta with a new little boy in their family. Time passed quickly. I moved back home in October, earlier than I had planned. That resulted from a lingering flu like illness that made it unwise for me to stay alone in an unoccupied area.
Like everyone, I have experienced the loss of friends over the past year. It is difficult to understand why some must leave us very early in life. It leaves a hole in our hearts. Thankfully time softens the edges of our pain, and we can enjoy the good memories of friends and family who are no longer with us.
I've finished some small projects over the past six months, and entered a challenge issued by the quilt shop, A Needle Pulling Thread.  I used part of Sue Garman's Yuletide Treasures BOM from 1998 as a starting place. I've been working to improve my machine appliqué using the buttonhole stitch. The two blocks were a snowman,and an old world Santa. I'm going to post a photo when they come back from the challenge.
That is my post for today

Thursday, 14 May 2015

My hiatus is over.

So much has happened over these past months, but in some ways time has been standing still. It was a long winter with lots of snow, and a fairly significant cold period as well. I visited the sunny south(Florida). for three weeks, and then came home and settled in for a knee replacement, and recovery. The surgery itself was uneventful, but this recovery seems long. Fortunately some dear friends dropped in from time to time. It is good to experience someone from a different environment during recovery periods. Omer was my nurse at home. He made my life at home much more comfortable. One thing I have found difficult, and continue to do so to some extent, is sewing at the machine.Very few of my quilting dreams materialized this winter.
I continue to go to Physio, and today for the first time, I drove myself to town, and swam at the Y pool.Our Aussie family has relocated back to Canada. The time shift has resulted in a few wrinkles for them, but we are so glad to have them close  as long as this posting lasts.
The kids are all home from university, one graduating, and heading into the real work world of nursing. She will do well and her patients will be fortunate to be in her care. One will be here for the summer and back to Memorial in Sept. The youngest of these grands will go off to St FX in Sept.What a difference mum and dad will find in their lives.
This weeken d at some point I will drive to the cottage and start the process of moving back to the beach. It is another life there. I love the ocean with its many moods.his year its a bit late because of all the snow we've had/
Bedtime for me. I'm up at first light, and am so tired by nightfall, I can't do too much