Thursday, February 15, 2018

If It's Mid-February It's Probably Time For Some Fun. Right???

DH and I have been having some fun with the new little white board in the kitchen, but today marks the BEST notations so far.
Yes!  The Beach Girls are coming for a few days!
Now...back to my vacuuming.

Sunday, February 4, 2018


  • Looong girly bath
  • take Sadie for a walk
  • wash winter coat since I got coated in mud/slush spray from a transport truck while out for walk
  • give Sadie a pedicure. The click, click, click on the floors is driving me nuts.  Yeah, yeah, I know...short trip.
  • set up card table so I can stitch during the game.  Last year I missed several of the commercials and that will NOT happen again.  I mean, who cares about the game?  It's all about the commercials.
  • cook the perogies and the onions, then throw them in a casserole to stay warm in the oven.  See above - I am NOT missing the commercials this year.
Get those helicopter wings going before she gives me a belly-wash with snow!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Random winter stuff & Almost at the END of the January Challenge

In no particular order...
I have a headache today.  This is very unusual for me.

Here is the Binbrook Fold/Rip/Snip Challenge quilt.  Our meeting was cancelled last night because of the sh*tty weather.  Stupid winter.

Here is the back side of the quilt.  Hopefully we will donate these all to the Catholic Children's Aid Society for those poor kids who come to them with nothing but the clothes on their back(s).  What a horrid way to spend your childhood.

This guy was NOT my friend.  Ultimately, he drowned.  Too bad, so sad.

The kitchen can be a very dangerous place.  Hell.  I need a manicure, or something.  Photo was taken while I was quilting Guild placemats for Meals on Wheels.

Fecking winter is not over yet.  I much prefer July weather.  Give me 30c. any day.

Since it IS still winter, I thought I'd share this with you.  I totally LOVE those ornaments in the blue/white border.

In case you missed it, the challenge was to stop eating/drinking after 8 pm.  I blew it one more night - two Saturdays ago we were out playing cards at a Boy Scout fundraiser in Mississauga.  When we got home at 11 pm, apparently I needed to eat a piece of apple pie.  I also kind of blew it last Saturday but that was TOTALLY Martina's fault.  She forced (!) me to eat a frozen chocolate/sherbet stick at 8:15.  Yes it was good. 👅 I only have two nights to go.  I certainly SLEEP better so I'll probably try to continue my New.Good.Habit.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Quiltville's En Provence Quilt and the 2018 Update

Several times during the year I work on quilts that I hope never go home to their owner.  This was one of them.  It's the Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville) mystery quilt from 2017 - En Provence.

The maker used a beautiful selection of greys to offset the golds, greens and purples.

She's also a very exacting piecer.

Beautiful show of the quilting on the back side.

An update on the painting:

  • The hallways from the front door, leading down the stairs to my workroom and also up the stairs to the bedrooms are all finished.  Because I KNOW you are curious, there are eleven - yes ELEVEN doorways that needed to be cut in.  Jesus Murphy.

An update on my 30 day challenge:
What, you missed my last post?  Nothing to eat or drink after 8 pm for 30 days, starting on January 2nd.

Since I started on January 2nd I have been 'bad' three times. 

  • Saturday the 6th was a late-night dinner reservation.  I was not leaving my delicious Butternut Squash Ravioli to go back to the kitchen.  And I was not skipping dessert.
  • Monday the 8th DH and I went to the movies after our shopping excursion at Costco.  I needed a glass of wine when I got home to wash down the pizza and popcorn that was masquerading as supper.
  • Wednesday the 10th, after the guild meeting.  When I get home from a guild meeting it is mandatory (in my weird little head) to have a glass of wine.  Sadly I had potato chips too.  WHICH WAS THE WHOLE REASON TO DO THIS CHALLENGE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
To my knowledge, there will only be one more evening when I will be 'bad', and that's the 29th, after the Binbrook Guild meeting.  I'll keep you posted...

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

What I Did On My Christmas Holiday, and Happy New Year

If I was a slightly more normal person, I'd be posting photos of myself on a beach.  However...taking two weeks off gives me the time to attend to some slightly more practical chores.

This was the neighbour's barn.  I painted it many years ago when I was still working for RBC and going through a great deal of stress.  I'd come home from work, open a bottle of wine and get rather snockered while I painted the evening away.  Maybe not the best way to handle stress, but it worked for me.




Since I had about 3/4 of a gallon left over from last winter's paint job in the bedroom it seemed sensible to use the same paint colour for my workroom.  Next up will be the hallways that run from the front door down into this room, and also up into the second floor landing.  I'm taking a breather for a couple of days before I tackle that.

As I have for the last few years, I spent New Years Day stitching with some friends near & far.  Near came and sewed here, shared a lunch of hamburger soup & sourdough bread, then stayed for Chinese takeout for supper.  It's like a one-day retreat for both of us.

This is the baby quilt she was working on.  The gals from a distance were in touch all day long via email.  We were nine in total this year, from the Soo, Manitoulin Island, Ennismore, and here in southern Ontario.

I was working on the Binbrook Guild challenge.  I added the borders today, so it's ready for quilting now.
Since this is the time of year to make all those silly resolutions (which I am NOT doing) I thought it might be ok to give myself a little 30 day challenge.  Starting today, January 2nd, there will be no food or beverage consumed after 8 pm.  I've gotten into a bad habit of having a second glass of wine around that time of night, and then deciding I need some potato chips or cheesies, or some other unhealthy food item to go along with it.  All this excess consumption is showing up quite nicely on my arse.  I'll keep you posted as to my progress.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


The first paint job of the vacation is about to commence...
That corner is where the fridge goes, and where the broom closet was removed.  DH is such a handy guy... he removed the bank of three cupboards above and remounted them so they are still useable.  Although not by me.  Even when I get on a chair I can only reach so far beyond the massive fridge.  I guess only guy stuff will live up there.

I found the paint can down in the dungeon labeled "KITCHEN".  I was finally able to get the lid off, only to discover a solid lump of solidified paint.  I took the label to the paint store and the nice lady apparently didn't hear me say "a quart of this please, I mean a liter, whatever".  So she mixed up a gallon.  Which I did not want.  She poured the necessary quart into a new can and sent me on my way.  I sincerely hope this paint's been 10 (TEN!) years since the kitchen was painted.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Where Oh Where Are My ZZZZZZZs? and a Quilt Guild Challenge

4 a.m. is an indecent time to wake up.  In case you were wondering. 
I stayed in bed until 5, then gave up on getting back to sleep.  Even the dog wouldn't get up with me.
My mind was wandering about many things, but one of them was the Challenge for the Binbrook Guild.  So, when I got up...
1) take pills
2) start coffee
3) start fire in sewing room

4) make a batch of yogurt and keep it nice and warm using the light of the oven

5) put the Challenge Plan into action
If your guild is looking for a Challenge idea, this one is pretty fun to do.  I found this in the Canadian Quilter newsletter, spring 2017 edition.


  • each participant brings one meter of "child friendly" fabric, and a pair of scissors
  • assemble everyone in a circle
  • everyone snips their fabric at the fold line and rips it in half
  • drop one half at your feet and pass the other half to the person on your left
  • with the fabric in your hand (approx. 20" x 40", that you got from the person next to you) fold it in half and snip it, then rip it into approx 20" x 20" pieces
  • drop one half at your feet and pass the other half to the person on your left
  • repeat the fold, snip, rip with your new piece that you got from the person on your right
  • continue folding, snipping and ripping until you are down to a piece approx. 5" x 5"
  • you should end up with a pile at your feet that is comprised of SIX pieces of fabric:  20 x 40, 20 x 20, 20 x 10, 10 x 10, 5 x 10, 5 x 5
I set the "rules" for the challenge...
  • all six fabrics must be included in the quilt
  • add up to 3 fabrics of your own, which will include the binding (the backing is not included in that restriction and can be something additional)
  • make a quilt minimum 36" x 36"
In our case the guild will provide the batting for these.  We'll have a Viewers Choice vote at the June meeting with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  The quilts will be donated to a child-focused charity.