Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Desert Mesa

It was a great weekend at Desert Mesa, saw lots of friends and did lots of laughing.  Came home with goodies to spin and goodies to read.   Thank you to Yarnfloozy.   Forgot to take Sheila her pattern but can mail that. All in all it was a fabulous  four days. I would post photos but my IPad and blogger don't get along.....

On the moving front I have two more boxes to go to the second hand shop and some yarn to go to knit night. Cory brought me a pick-up load of boxes yesterday and took a small load to the dump. I gave her one of my sewing machines as six is definitely more than I need ................. Yes honestly I really don't need six I can manage just fine with five.  Sorted throught the cedar Chest and took out all the spun wool so there is just fibre in there.  Now all my fibre does fit into the chest and two large totes.  I have a large tote of handspun yarn with very few ideas of what I am going to do with it.

Today I am going to pack the things on and in the side board.  Plus maybe the dragons and the sheep.
DH hasn't packed much of his stuff.  I packed one tote and he packed one so he better get on it.  He has his left knee surgery at the end of this month so won't be doing anything for at least a couple of weeks.  Oh yes I packed boxes in a small box.   Bill always natters at me about packing books in small boxes.  I guess the first time we moved the book boxes were a little heavy.................

Well I guess I had better get to it

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Packing and dejunking

Well as we are moving in June we have to get rid of stuff as I don't want to have to pack and move it. Oh oh........... I am still going to pack and move it ........ Just not to our new house.  I am hoping to have my ROOM so organized it will be lovely to view at all times ................yeah right but hopefully it won't be an eyesore.

So far four boxes went to the second hand store, three boxes of books went to the daycare/preschool, and a lot of magazines went to friends.  I now have two more boxes for the second hand shop, one box of books for the library and one box of books for my knitting friends.  I have emptied three short Rubbermaid totes and filled two tall totes (not with the stuff from the small totes that stuff goes to the second hand shop).  All my spinning stash is in two tall totes, one bankers box and a trunk.  I am compiling my knitting and quilting stash to fit in the wall unit and the cupboard .  Hopefully all my craft books and magazines will fit in the big book shelf.  This is my plan .......... Will it be a successful plan ...............time will tell.

On the knitting front I am test knitting a little pullover that will fit Elizabeth and I need to put the zipper in Shelby's sweater. My several shawls are on hold.  I have finished the hooded cowl for SIL just have to add buttons.

Quilting not much happening at the moment, need to pick out fabric for a wedding quilt and then I have to finish it plus another one.  Cory and Aaron's quilt is marinating and several are on hold.

 I bought a quilt rack the other day for ten bucks.  It will be in the new living room and hold the quilts and afghans we use.

Spinning I am still working on the fibre that will become a sweater thing for me.  Spinning is hard to do if the munchkin is around as she wants to sit on my knee and help.

Next weekend I should gets to spin a lot as I am on a spinning retreat ........... Hurray.  The girls will look out for Bill, I will phone home every night to make sure all is well and the rest of the time is spin, visit, spin, eat, spin, visit, spin, eat, spin, visit, spin, eat, spin, visit, spin, sleep and the next day we get to do it all again .............. What a lovely way to spend the weekend.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs .....................

Elizabeth and I watched this movie two weeks ago and every day since.......................... Her Papa let her watch it 6 times on Saturday. I swear she knows it all by heart now..........

Today Cory took me for a spa day.  We had facials, hot wraps, 90 minute massages and pedicures.  We both came out of there totally relaxed and nothing hurt .......... It was marvellous and my skin feels fabulous.  What a lovely present.

Jill and the girls came over on Monday and made a Birthday dinner for me, plus I got new slippers, a stand for my IPad, chocolates, a Christmas craft kit, earphones and a box of wooden matches.......

Tomorrow is knit night and Gail is taking me for a Birthday dinner...................we are going to eat dessert first.  This always confuses the wait staff,  so much fun.

Yesterday both sisters and one brother phoned ............ I think I will phone my youngest brother so he can wish me Happy Birthday.  Lots of wishes on Facebook and my son phoned on Sunday.  It has been a very lovely Birthday this year.

Now I am going off to bed and hopefully will be able to finish my book.  Tomorrow is Library day as I didn't get there today..  Good Night All.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

30 kilometres

     Bill had his knee surgery done at Vancouver General Hospital November 20.  All went very well with the knee but the two to three night stay turned into 11 as other issues became a problem. Needless to say he survived  and I went to visit every day but one.  We both needed to see each other. Most days one of our DDs came with me as did a small child.  VGH is 30k from our house.  This takes no time you say ............................ In the city 30 k is 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours drive.   Then they moved him to UBC hospital  (about 10 k further) for the last three days of his hospital stay. He was much happier there as the food was way better and he got more Physio.
 He has been doing his exercises and walking with a walker so is progressing and the Physio is happy with the progress. ( not the one he married but the one he goes to for treatment.).  ............... Mind you the one he married is pleased with his progress too.

We are doing Christmas at our house this year as the steps at Cory and Aaron's are too much for Bill at this time and Jill's place is a little small for all of us. I need to get my "rear in gear" and clear out some things so we have room for the tree and people.  The small child has way too many toys here  and Bill and I have way too much stuff.   Why is it that I can take at least two boxes to the second hand store and not notice a difference.  I don't bring that much home each month maybe half a box at the most yet it doesn't look like any thing has gone out.

Yesterday I finished a request from Cory.  She needed pockets put on a pair of pants ..................a lot of pockets all different fabrics.  This was a gift to the BIG BOSS at work so today I should hear about what happened.  I do have photos but Google isn't cooperating and I can't get any photos on here from the IPad.............. You will just have to use your imagination.

In the knitting department I finished Lisa's shawl ( there is a photo I cant show you). I am working on the sleeves for Shelby's sweater so should have it done for Christmas.  There is another shawl I want to finish but don't think it will get done in time.  I have sewing to do for the kids but will not say what it is.  Not that I think any of them read this but just in case.

 In the quilting department things have been rather slow.  I have the trees pinned on C and A's quilt but now I have to think about how I want to do the leaves .................again I have a photo I can't show you because Google is being a pain.
The quilt for DHs nephew is still in the planning stage and I have a couple of quilts that need some hand sewing to finish them and several that need to be quilted.

THE ROOM ............. I have been working on it but there is still a fair amount to do before it is organized.  Several boxes of stuff have gone out but still the room is too full.   I keep asking myself "How long do you think you are going to live."  ...................... Not long enough to use everything in the room that's for sure.

HELP I NEED A PLAN ................. Or something.  .............LOL

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Sharing is not always fun

DD#2 has  a cold that she is sharing.  My dear Mum-in-law always says "sharing is fun" but I disagree this time .............. She and I usually agree on things.  The DGD#3 is sneezing and sniffing.  I have started my inhalers and will take an antihistamine ASAP .  I am too busy too be sick.
Went to VGH yesterday for Bill's pre-visit.  They showed a video of what to expect and what preparations need to be made.  It was very informative and DH seems to feel better about the up coming surgery.

I am working on DGD#2's sweater,  she has been very pleasant to me lately so feel more inclined to knit for her,  besides she has a BD coming up.  Tried the partly knitted sock on DGD#3 who thought it was too small until I explained it wasn't finished .......... She then OKAYED the socks (Miss Bossypants)

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Targets aren't supposed to move

Today Jill, DGD and I had a snowball fight in the front yard.  I think DGD won as Jill and I ran out of snowballs. DGD has a invisible rule book and of course there are rules about snowball fights.This is 1. snowballs have to be round ( this one got scrapped)
2. Targets have to be still.
3. Sometimes you are the target and sometimes your are not.

Knitting
The shawl I am working on is causing a problem.  "Someone" made a mistake eight rows back.  I have tried to just redo that section but IT IS NOT WORKING.
Shelby's sweater is not progressing.
Dinosaurs are on hold until the above two items are finished.

Quilting
I have to match up fabric to make a wedding quilt for DHs nephew and wife.
Have the blocks for Cory's quilt  sewn together, now to do the trees and leaves.
I need to do a baby quilt for a new Grand Niece.
There are  three other children I know who also need quilts.
I have cut out one and a half quilts to sew at the retreat this month but don't know how much sewing I will get done as DH goes into hospital for knee replacement that weekend.

The house is in chaos as I am trying to organize and downsize the dwelling of two packrats.  Needless to say this is a very slow, tedious process.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Little tiny pieces

I really do wonder about my sanity some days, not that it worries me but it does lead me to ask "why am I doing this"?

In the past week I have ironed the wax paper patterns to the fabric for the remaining 35 blocks I need to do for my Dear Jane quilt. The blocks are 41/2" unfinished and I am sewing them all by hand,  I have done 134 of the 169 blocks, 33 of the 52 triangles and all four corners.  To add to the crazy making I have kept track of the number of pieces.................... just I case this is an estimate of my sanity.  Can't tell you the total at this time as I haven't added them up lately.  The last count was 2810 but that was several blocks ago.

Have also pulled out another quilt project that has been aging and finished two of the feature blocks.  Need to do two more , about 24 setting blocks and a zillion appliqu├ęs flowers and dragon flies............... This isn't mentioning the other quilt that is waiting with some of the small diamonds done that I have hand pieced .................see what I mean about my sanity.  Mind you with my family maybe these are the things that keep me sane??????

On the knitting front not much is happening.  My epic shawl is on hold, I am starting the pattern on my non-epic shawl, every time I think I will work on Shelby's sweater she does something to really
p€_}{~%*#} me.................... I really should get busy on it as I have another non-epic shawl to do before October. My sweater is on hold, have done just past the armholes (bottom up).  Elizabeth's second dinosaur  is waiting to be started. Oh yes I have almost finished a pair of socks............

Oh oh I think I hear an imaginary rainbow pony horse race happening outside which means DD and her DD have arrived so will sign off for now.
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