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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sewing, Shish Kabobs and Snow

Whoa it's been awhile!  

Not too much to report.  Proof positive my life isn't that thrilling!  hahaha  (and for that I am thankful!!)

We had our spring break from work last week.....first having the whole family here for Easter (where we broke from tradition and barbecued shish kabobs and hot dogs for our "Easter" meal Friday....and it was GREAT!) and I got lots of grand-baby cuddles; the girls and I went for pedicures Saturday and the whole weekend was just wonderful.  Hubby took Monday off from work so we were able to have a quiet day together.  My week off went so quickly!!!  I started a new project (when I have a million projects already started!) a Buggy Barn project called Hearts Come Home  I have the blocks pieced.  On four there are bits to appliqué....representing the seasons.  I'll do that before I sew the blocks together.  Colours aren't true but here they are:


As per usual, the procrastinator ME worked on getting paperwork ready for the accountant last week too.  I really dislike when something is hanging over my head and I start losing sleep over it so I have to just "do it"!  It really didn't take me long!


Today I was supposed to meet my friend Pam in Calgary.  She was there with her daughter who had surgery.  But this happened:


My family can tell you how much of a chicken I have become when it comes to driving.  I felt so bad!!!!!!  She said she had brought some hand work to do to keep her busy.  :o)

Later on in the day this happened:


Welcome to southern Alberta!!!!!!  ARGH!!!!!

I had a super busy day at work yesterday...we did screening for next years kindergarten kiddos....I had thought it would be an easier day but I was wrong!  I left work feeling super exhausted!  But having plans on meeting Pam today I forced myself to do my housecleaning and some laundry once I got home.  That meant, when plans changed today, I had no chores left to do.  I really accomplished nothing.....I sat and watched several episodes of Call the Midwife on Netflix, crocheted a dishcloth, and made banana bread (the house still smells amazing!).  I didn't have any walnuts (I love my banana bread with walnuts) but it turned out very tasty and I can bring it in my lunch tomorrow (nut free)!



Crappy weather is in the forecast for the next couple of days.  This is the end of April Mother Nature.....come on!!!!!!  Hubby cut the grass on Sunday (just tidied it up) and now there's more snow to come?  I'm sure it won't stick around, like it didn't today.  Good sewing weather and I should work one getting this top done.....and more Kim Diehl houses as the next ones are on the way!  I am NEVER out of projects!!!!  :oP

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Baby Cuddles!!!!!

Awwwww baby cuddles!  And I got in a lot this past weekend.  I cannot believe how much this little guy has grown and changed!  Two weeks and he comes down to Grandma and Grandpa's.  I can't wait!!!!!  He was actually sad to see us go....he started to cry and it broke Grandma's heart!!!!!!!


Daughter2 and her team won the spring tournament in Ardrossan.....it was good hockey.  I realized this weekend I've been doing this hockey "thing" for 21 years!  (with my kids....way more than that watching my Dad and brother!)


Final score......


Jenna, Jude and I went shopping on Saturday and skipped the hockey (I figured after 21 years I can miss a game or two!)... we went to The Barn Owl in Stony Plain.....bought four more 1803 Candles (yikes! I purged my candle cupboard to make room!) and this candle warmer.  :o) Mmmmmmmmm they all smell so gooooooood!


Work yesterday went rather smoothly and I didn't feel totally exhausted afterwards so decided to clean the house....well, I was pooped by the time I finished!  I still have our bedding and towels to wash but I can do that tomorrow after work.  

This was the brilliant blue sky this morning....it was cool but I love the sunshine....it gives me energy!  I went and got groceries then came home and did nothing!  hahahaha!  Decided to call and see if I could get in to have my nails done and I could so went and got that done.  I will be more productive on Thursday!  ;o)  Work tomorrow....I'm hoping it's another great day!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Red Sky in the Morning

This mornings sky was beautiful.....it didn't last long....but I knew we would have some wind today!  It wasn't that bad though......whew!  

Work went well today but I started getting a bad headache later on this afternoon......I had to pick up our granddaughter from daycare afterwork and started getting the aura of a migraine!  Ugh....took Advil as soon as I got home and it seemed to make things a bit better.  

I started the next set of blocks from the Kim Diehl Journey's End Block of the Month (BOM) yesterday and finished them up tonight.  The next blocks are on their way so I wanted to get these done!  I am still really liking this fabric line and of course the house blocks!


Tomorrow I go for another ct scan and doctor visit.....I think this is the last one for awhile.  I will pop by Out of Hand in Calgary and get the next kit for the Message in a Bottle BOM....I'm trying to keep up with all of these BOMs!  :o)  

Two more sleeps until is see our grandson!!!!!!!!  (oh yeah and the other people who live in that house!  HAHAHA!!!)  Jenna and I are planning on hitting some shops so that will be fun too!  Lots to do before the weekend though!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rearranging and Some Stitching



Weekend before this past one, I wanted to move our crib upstairs to a bedroom on the same floor as ours.  One of the spare rooms had a queen sized bed and Daughter2 will take it when she moves again the end of April and up came the crib.  Its a room I want to paint one day but in the meantime here is what I came up with......I may need to find a small dresser to use as a change table/storage but it will work for now.  The quilt on the wall is not quilted yet and I'd like to make some simple curtains....one day.



There are nine of us doing a block exchange making Among Friends, a pattern by Buggy Barn.  Here are my angel blocks....without the halos!  I forgot to take a picture before I packaged them all up!  They will be mailed today.


I really think spring has sprung here.......


We saw this little goofy twice this weekend.....when she sees herself in the phone she sticks out her tongue!!!  Oh she has a sense of humour already!  She's also walking a lot more!!


I don't have to wait until Easter to see and cuddle this cutie!!!!!!!!!  I am going to his place this coming weekend with Daughter2...she has a hockey tournament close by!  Not sure how much hockey I will watch!!!!!  hahaha  I can't wait!!!!!!!  He's a lot more mobile now too and jabbers away!  


Still working but now only two days a week....Monday and Wednesday.  Love it!  But I had best get going as it is NOT pyjama day!  LOL

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Or??????

You know one of the many fun things about being a grandparent is playing with fun toys again!  I "won" these on an online auction on Facebook!   Score!!!!  I've only kept one out for now (to add to the others I have) and will switch them up every so often.  Lyla especially loves the ones that make sounds or play little tunes.

I've been working for the past three weeks now and am loving it!!!!  I am waiting to hear about next week but was told to be prepared to be at the school awhile yet.  The gal I am covering for has a Dr appointment today so we will find out more I am assuming.

My vehicle has been disgustingly dirty since the last ct scan appointment in Calgary!!!  It had been snowing and it stayed then it hit a cold stretch so I knew there was no point in washing it but Wednesday after school I decided that was the day!  I was really tired of getting my pant leg dirty every time I got in or out of my vehicle!  It has been super warm and a little windy...perfect weather that has melted all the snow and is drying things up wonderfully!  


This peanut comes over every weekend so Poppa can get in a visit!  She loves her Poppa!  We get to watch her all day tomorrow and I can't wait!  Her personality is really starting to shine....she's a smart little girl! (at least we think so!  ;)  )


And this cutie pattootie is growing like a weed!  Always full of smiles......Easter weekend cannot come soon enough!  I need to squeeze him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (this picture was sent the morning he woke up screaming at 3:30 am and wouldn't go back to sleep until he got cuddles!  How can you be mad at that face????????)


I'm off to meet my friend Sue for pie uptown and then to get my hair done.  I'm patiently waiting for the sun to come out!!!!!!!  I have a long to-do list for the weekend......including grand daughter cuddles!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Thoughts of Mom

Today was a crazy day.  I stayed home not feeling well.....sore throat, swollen glands.  To add to that, our house was being shown so I took the dogs out for a drive (when all I wanted to do was lay down!).  I received the message yesterday when I got home from work so instead of sitting down then and relaxing, I cleaned.  I was ready this morning.  (haven't heard anything)

My friend Kim text me about a song her daughter was listening to a song by Ed Sheeran called Supermarket Flowers.  I found it and downloaded it on Apple Music where you can also view the lyrics.  I've listened to it several times this evening and teared up (or all out bawled!) every time!  I thought of my Mom.

  I loved this line in the song......

"A heart that's broke is a heart that's been loved"  

Isn't that so true.  The song is about losing his Mum.....we are so sad losing those who have loved us. Sometimes it seems as though my Mom has passed away only recently.....but it will be six years this August.  I still miss her every day.

One thing my Mom would make for suppers was meatloaf.  It wasn't my favourite meal of all time but I did eat it.  This recipe was on a blog I follow and I made it Friday for when Hubby came home.  It was soooooo easy and soooooo tasty!  I will make it again, with mashed potatoes; comfort food like mom used to make.  <3 

                            http://thecraftingchicks.com/moms-easy-homemade-meatloaf-recipe/

It will be an early night for me tonight....tomorrow is a busy day/class and we are having a substitute teacher......oiy!  It might be a long day but I'm sure to survive!  I get my nails done tomorrow and I am wanting a nice light springy colour.  The little things..........

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Blocks, A Box and a Saturday Drive

I am not sure if my hand appliqué is improving but I do have fun doing these blocks.  Here is Month two of the BOM from Out of Hand in Calgary called Message in a Bottle:

And here are months one and two sewn together.  I can't really call them blocks because we do at least two blocks a month.  :o)


My next Kim Diehl ones arrived last week but I haven't taken the fabric out of the package yet. 
My Sew Sampler box arrived last week too, from Fat Quarter Shop.  Some fun stuff in here!  I have two jolly bars now and should try the free patterns that come with them...I also have the Jolly Bar pattern booklet.  


I worked Monday to Thursday last week and I have to say I have missed working with little people!!!!!  It was very fun and very tiring!!!!  I know for sure I have next week too but after that we don't know yet.  

Today Hubby and I went for a drive.....he wanted to check out a place that he was told about where you can go skidooing.  I didn't think we would ever get there!  HAHAHA!  But we did.....and you know you are closer to the mountains when you see this much snow!  We basically have none at our house and this was about an hour away.  
I was nervous as there was no cell service and we were on a goat trail!  LOL  But it was beautiful scenery and the sun was shining there....cloudy back at home.  




Nice to get out and now we are watching hockey and are awaiting pizza delivery!  Baby cuddles this morning....it's been a great day!