Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A lion......................

This is the last day of March...........where did that month go.............and it is going out as a lion.   Woke up to snow AGAIN, not the dry kind that blows into drifts but the wet heavy kind, the kind I call "snowman snow".  No.......not into making any of  those any time soon.   It looked very pretty, like a picture on a Christmas card, you know the ones with all of the snow on the branches.  However, as I write this at 2:25 p.m. the snow has stopped the temp is just above the zero mark and the sun is shining, so this white stuff won't be hanging around too long.

We went to an a cappella concert on Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Their voices made it  hard to believe these groups sang with no musical instruments accompanying them.  Truly amazing.
Tickets were also being sold to attend the "After Glow", as neither one of us had been to one we decided to go.   If they were all like this one it was OK, seemed to me they need a little bit more organization.  However, singers got into impromptu groups and entertained us throughout the late hours, we had a drink, ate some nibbles and then a light lunch.  Getting home quite late for two oldsters.  LOL. 

Busy weekend painting the walls in a bedroom, loving the "soft green/with a hint of yellow" colour I picked out.  It is similar to the colour which is currently in my bedroom, which incidentally picks up the colour from my quilt.

Well should get myself moving, as this is not getting anything done.

Have a great day.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Snow again........................

During the past few days we have had temps on the plus side of zero and yesterday some rain so a lot of our snow has melted.  The only snow left was in the shade and where drifts had piled it a bit deeper. That was yesterday...............today, everything is white again.  Yes, it is snowing again, however, these flakes are big and wet, and hopefully they won't stay around too long.   I must admit it does look pretty as they fall onto the branches of the trees and shrubs.  However, I have had enough of pretty and want to see some green grass and colourful Spring flowers in my garden.

Yesterday afternoon I worked in my sewing room, making the block for our  guilds April meeting.  Then I started to cut fabric, you know the bits and pieces that are not much good for anything.  But I was able to get a lot of six, five and four inch squares cut, which are now separated into piles according to colour.  Today, I am going to finish our guilds challenge project which is due for our April meeting, can't show it yet but will after that meeting.

Our March meeting is tonight, I always look forward to these  meetings, such a great bunch of ladies who do some amazing things with fabric.  The block colours for tonight's meeting is black, white and grey and can be any pattern, as always these blocks look great when put together even though different shades of the required colours are used.  As I have mentioned previously these blocks are made into quilts for the chemo patients at our local hospital.

This isn't getting anything done so must go.

Have a great day.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sign is up................

Yesterday, was the beginning of a new chapter in my life.  The "For Sale" sign went up on my front lawn.

After much thinking and discussion we have decided to put my house on the market and I will move into the home of my dear man, Dave.

Sounds easy doesn't it?    Wrong..............I have been in my home for 40 years, so you know a lot of stuff needs to be sorted out.  Where did all this stuff come from any way?  I am going to be very busy in the coming days.

Being a sentimental person, and kept a lot of things, I mean a LOT of things, so have had to talk myself into letting go, these things were important when my children were growing up.   I will be giving my children these things now, so they do not have to do it when they read my will.

All the other things that need to go, I keep telling myself, are only wood and glass, the house is only bricks and mortar.   No tears......... I am starting that new chapter in that book of life, hoping there are a lot more to read before I close the final cover.   

Sounds a bit soppy doesn't it, however, that is how I feel.

Gotta get moving.

Have a great day.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March winds..........................

Over the past few days a lot of snow has melted so the windy day we have today will help to dry up some of the melt water laying around.  It is cloudy and cooler so very little melting will take place today.

Did a lot of de-cluttering yesterday and was able to empty a bedroom, now I can start painting the ceiling later this week. The woodwork and the walls will be painted in due course. 

Going out to dinner and the theatre tonight with friends, I always look forward to these nights out.  Wednesday will be going to another jazz concert.

Hope to get in the sewing room this afternoon and finish some more blocks on two quilts that are in progress.

Have a great day.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Everything is now legal...........................

For three days last week I had an electrician update all of my electric wiring and install a breaker panel.   One more thing completed before the house goes on the market.

On Friday the power had to be disconnected, I could not do anything that required electricity, so  did some hand sewing and went through a lot of photographs.   Oh my, the laughs I had over the hair styles and clothes people were wearing in these pictures, I was able to get a lot accomplished.

Our quilting guild is having a challenge,  all of us was given two pieces of the same fabric which can be used to create a quilty project, of course there were rules and regulations concerning this project which is due at April's meeting. This was the project on which I was working on on Friday.  Like how it is coming along, will show pictures after our April meeting.

Saturday, we went to my great grandson's fifth birthday party, where did that time go.  He is feeling so much better since having his tonsils and adenoids out a couple of weeks ago. 

Mild weather continues and is melting the snow, sunshine today is filtered through some high clouds, however, temp is suppose to be 10*C.   Snow drops are blooming in the garden..............Spring is not too far away.

Have a great day.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

It's official.................

It's  Spring...........why......Robins, the robins are back.  There were four in the tree in my neighbours  back garden this morning.  They were eating the fruit, on the ornamental cherry tree.  It has a lot of fruit on it so they will be visiting every day until the snow has gone and the ground has thawed out, and they can eat worms.  

Worms......I can't wait to see worms, not that they are good to look at, but because it means ...............gardening time.

We have another glorious sunny day and more snow will be gone by days end.  One can almost see the drifts of snow shrinking in size.   The heat of the day is melting the snow and the freezing temps during the night are the right combination to slow the process down to prevent flooding.  However rain is in the forecast for the weekend.

Must get a move on, as they say, so just a short post today.

Have a great day.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015


A thick pea soup fog this morning, now at 10:15 a.m. the sun has burned it off, and Wednesday is looking as if it will be a lovely day.   Temp is above the freezing mark and more snow will be melting today.

Warm sunny days and cool nights are required for the sap to start running in the maple trees, so this week's weather is ideal for the people making maple syrup. The cold weather and deep snow has delayed the tapping of the trees, so the sunny days are a welcome sight.

When we came to Canada in 1954,  my parents tried making maple syrup.  They did not have the proper equipment but "made do" with an odd assortment of containers to collect the sap.  They did not realize the boiling process would take so long, however, we did end up having enough syrup to pour on our pancakes.  They did learn a lot from that first Spring and over the years made enough syrup for our own consumption.  Have you every made maple syrup?

Well, I did not get as much sewing done on the weekend as I had hoped, got busy doing some Spring cleaning instead.  De-cluttering and doing some cleaning at my house today, but hope to get in the sewing room after dinner.   We advanced our clocks one hour on the weekend, so now we have a lighter evenings, which makes me feel like doing something constructive after dinner.

Have a great day


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Happy.....It doesn't take much

So what makes me happy today, a couple of simple things.

1.  The temp is on the positive side of zero, not much mind you but above just the same and melting some of the snow on the deck railing.   The sun is trying very hard to stay out from behind the clouds, but not having much success.

2.  I am making a quick quilt using the disappearing nine patch, it is coming together very nicely, hope to have the top completed by the weekend, and show some photos.

What makes you happy today.

My four, almost five great grand son had his tonsils and adenoids out on Monday, he was such a good boy, not one tear was shed, can't say the same for Mummy though.  He stayed in the hospital overnight and was discharged yesterday morning.    He had been sick on and off since September, and his parents have been trying for the past couple of months to get an appointment for surgery.   Finally found a Dr. who acted within a week due to his condition.   Another Dr. gave them an appointment for surgery which was scheduled for August 2016!!!!!.  

Have a great day.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Another beautiful day

Sunshine all day today and temps hovering around the zero C mark.  A nice change from the bitter cold we have had for most of the month of February.  Lets hope March will be bringing in some  milder weather.

The sun shining in the windows this morning got me in a decorating mood, so stripped off the remaining wallpaper from a spare bedroom.  It had been on there for a good any years, so it came away quite easy, however, there is always spots that stick.   A spray bottle of water and a scrapper got everything off with not too much trouble.   Washed the walls to remove all of the glue, and then had some help filling in the holes left by picture hooks.  Ceiling, woodwork and walls are all getting a new coat of paint.  Carpet to be cleaned and new drapes will finish it off and it can wait for the furniture to arrive.

Don't think I will need any rocking when I go to bed tonight.

Hope you had a good day.