Hi everyone. I haven’t posted for a couple of reasons. 1) I’ve been super busy with the move and medical happenings. 2) I’ve been having website issues. I am not a happy camper on either front because they take me away from my creative activities.
On the medical front…MRI is done. No results yet, but I feel fine…except my back…which was the reason for the MRI. I’ll wait a while and see if I receive a phone call from the doctor’s office in regards to it. No call is a good thing. If I don’t hear anything in about a month’s time I’ll call them just to double check everything is okay.
On the moving front, the house has been up for sale for almost two weeks now. We had three showings the first week and two this week. Kind of hoping for more, but we shall see. Like I said above, I’m waiting for about a month for medical results, so if the house doesn’t sell right away I won’t be disappointed.
The sump pump fix was a waste of money. The seepage was coming in even with it, and it wasn’t kicking in at all. So Hubby, under my direction, re-sloped the land at that corner of the house, away from the house. Then he caulked some thick plastic to the foundation and covered it with red shale. I suggested he redirect the downspout into the alley instead of onto the lawn. We took the opportunity to outline the entire area and the front flower bed it abuts against with lawn edging. That will hopefully keep weeds down.
After that we had a couple afternoons of rain and saw no return of the seepage in the basement. So we had new carpet laid. Then Hubby painted the basement and installed baseboards. It looks positively lovely down there!
Still…some nibbles on the house, but no offers.
As for my blog…grrr! I’ve been trying to set up a system whereby I can post from my cell phone or tablet to my blog. This is supposed to be easy, but is not. I cannot get it to work…at all. It posts to my old blog, but not my current one. Very frustrating. I think I’ll be buying a new laptop in my future, to be able to post to my blog while traveling and before we get internet set up wherever we end up.
Nothing creative happening here. Though I am reading “The Secret Lives of Color” by Kassia St. Claire. It’s a fascinating look at the historical side of color. I’m having fun reading and sharing the stories with people.
Wow! It’s only -5 Celsius out there today! LOL Well I guess it’s all relative. After about a month of -30 Celsius weather, this is downright balmy! Hubby is feeling better and is in the kitchen making Chicken Rice Soup. Yes, he caught that cold/flu bug after me and had it for all of 48 hours. I am soooo jealous! I wish I had short illnesses like that. I am looking forward to the soup tonight.
At any rate, after our two or three weeks of illness, we’re back at doing things around the house. Hubby is renovating and I’m back at the cardiac gym three times a week. We canceled the GoodFood meals. I found them to be great while we were sick and excellent quality and variety. However they are a tad on the expensive side. I can feed us 21 meals for what they were charging for 3 meals.
I made a menu plan and grocery list the other day before heading out grocery shopping. Picked up $120 CAD worth of groceries for about two weeks or more of food for Hubby and I. I found some good deals on meat. Came home and prepped the meat for easy use in meals.
I used to do mega-cooking. That’s where you cook all the meals for a month (or however long you want) at one time (usually over the course of a weekend) and put it in the freezer in meal sized amounts to pull out and reheat as needed. However that takes too much of my energy now. So my plan is to double cook meals. That just means making double batches of meals, eating one, and freezing the leftovers for later.
Hubby is still busy renovating the house. He is silent on when he thinks the house will be ready for sale. We’ll see. For now he is working on the basement, having finished all the upstairs BUT the front entry closet doors, which are an odd size.
I’m back at decluttering and selling used items online. Slowly getting rid of excess. I also had a good friend stop in and give me a sketchbook. An artist can always use one of those! She also brought her celery tops, which she doesn’t eat. As I was making chicken stock at the time, I just tossed them all in. Her timing was excellent!
As far as hooking goes…I have started hooking my South Korea rug and am not happy with it. I want to ‘fix’ it before posting a photo.
I also have not done any scrapbooking because of this illness. I need to have some photos developed first. I’ve temporarily given up on the idea of digital scrapbooking. The Forever program I was looking at requires a PC for full use of the site and I work on an Apple platform. There are work arounds, and I’ll have to look more in-depth at those before making a final decision.
I hope everyone has a great couple of weeks! I will be back then to post more.
Actually, it has warmed up since last night. But for the last two weeks we in Regina have been in a deep freeze of -30 Celsius or lower. I have two winter parkas. My friends laugh. I have the regular parka good to about -25 C, but when it goes lower I pull out my Eddie Bauer goose down parka good to who-knows-how-cold! It never disappoints. I’ve been wearing it the last few days, after finally finding it amongst all our packed items.
Yeah, packed items…about that move…sigh. This past week has been a string of medical appointments that have kind of left me whirling. There are, apparently, more tests to do, more medication to adjust to, and being careful of my stress levels to boot.
Hubby and I are trying to decide the best way to do the move. It is looking more and more like it will be a two stage move. Stage one will see us go into an apartment locally until the medical situation calms down. Then, once that is all settled, we’ll plan the actual move east. It’s a pain to do it this way, but I think it’s what’s best for my health overall. It is also a plan that has the support of my doctors.
Despite that negative news, I am still getting out and about. A friend gave us symphony tickets last weekend and we had a great time listening to a cellist and visiting with friends we hadn’t seen in ages. That resulted in a few invitations being exchanged.
We also went with friends to a local buffet for a Valentine’s Day dinner. We joined our church friends there and had a blast!
Hubby and I also went out Wednesday to a favorite local cafe, Le Macaron, for dessert and tea this week. I try to spell off bad news with good experiences. So I threw as many good experiences into my week as I could this past week!
I also had a haircut done in the home of my delightful hair dresser, mom to a new baby boy. She makes me laugh and is good for my spirits.
We’ve also been over to a friend’s place to visit and play games with her and her 15 year old daughter…quite a few times.
We are still enjoying GoodFood.ca meals. We order three a week. This week the three meals actually fed us five meals. Our appetites aren’t as big as they used to be when we were younger.
This week we are looking forward to our first bread delivery. Jim’s Bread from outside town delivers Surprise Baskets every two weeks to homes who pay up front for the privilege. So for $240CAD we get 5-7 loaves or packages of breadstuff every two weeks for 12 weeks. He includes bread, buns, and sweet dough treats of various sorts…things like cinnamon buns, soft pretzels, etc. Hubby and I couldn’t go through 5-7 loaves of breadstuff in two weeks, so we plan on freezing some to share with company and friends later.
Not much creative happening here. I’ve been sorting photos and memorabilia for the 2003 scrapbook. I’ve been exploring digital scrapbooking, but am not sure I’ll bite the bullet. I think I’ll wait and see.
We continue to sort through my genealogy papers. Hubby is redoing my mother’s family history using strictly primary source documentation…that means official documents. A lot of my mother’s family was done on stories handed down through the generations. Her family is Irish. My brother is in Ireland for awhile now and he and his wife are helping us unearth what we can from that side of the ocean.
Hi everyone. You probably won’t hear from me on Friday, so I’m posting mid-week.
I’ve spent time working on my new bullet journal, preparing it for the next few months starting Easter Sunday – April 1st.
I’ve finished the first fingerless mitt and am about the start the second one.
My friend came back from the other city in time to help her daughter at the craft and bake sale Saturday. I think they had a good time and made some money. Time will tell if they do it again.
I finished reading “Six Hours One Friday” by Max Lucado.
It’s a busy rest of the week and weekend ahead. We have company coming for Easter. We have five at the dinner table Saturday evening and ten for an Easter buffet Sunday evening.
Our company is of Ukrainian heritage, so there will be a lot of Ukrainian food. I hear we will be making perogies (pyrohy) Saturday afternoon. There will also be a traditional Ukrainian Easter basket. Plus some Baked Cottage Cheese. Company is also bringing fiddleheads and asparagus!!! We are going to dine well.
As Hubby is of Danish descent we will also make a nod to Danish tradition by having a salmon dish with rodgrod (a raspberry jello/pudding) for dessert on Saturday evening. And, as some of our guests are Chinese and some Korean, we will incorporate whatever they bring to the feast as well. I’ve tried to make sure there are some familiar food items available for them. So it’s roast pork, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. Everything else will be new I think.
I’ve had a request for my cinnamon buns for Sunday morning breakfast, but need to wait for company to arrive with some frozen pumpkin puree Saturday morning to make them.
Hubby and I spent today finishing packing some boxes that were in the living room, and rearranging things to make room for ten people to sit. Just general tidying up. We brought our round drop leaf table and chairs upstairs to help hold the desserts or drinks. We’ll have to see how it works out.
I’ve packed my iron and sold my ironing board, so the tablecloth will be a bit bedraggled and in need of an ironing job. But it will be covered with food anyways, so hopefully no one will notice.
This week I have to bake bread yet, and bake a carrot cake birthday cake with cream cheese frosting. We are celebrating three March birthdays on Sunday too.
Plus there’s the usual Easter services to partake in. It’s going to be an interesting holiday!
Easter Menus…company arrives before noon Saturday…
Saturday Lunch: leftovers from the previous night and fresh cinnamon buns Saturday Supper: Salad, asparagus, salmon custard, perogies (pyrohy), brown and wild rice, rodgrod (a raspberry pudding made with cornstarch) and whipping cream. Sunday Breakfast: Cinnamon buns and fruit. This is open to adjustment if we feel the need. Sunday Lunch: contents of the Ukrainian Easter basket – cottage cheese, kobasa (Ukranian sausage), krysanky (dyed hard boiled eggs), beet and horseradish relish (or horseradish), green onions, babka (a bread), paska (another bread), parsley, butter, and any other Ukrainian meat products company can find to bring. Sunday Supper: Salad, roast pork, sweet potatoes, broccoli, fiddleheads, sauerkraut, baked cottage cheese, perogies (pyrohy), carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and ice-cream.
Hi everyone! I’m up early today. For some reason my sleep patterns are off kilter. I wish my American friends a very
I’ve spent most of this week working on my website. It’s not finished or ready yet, but it’s getting there. Mostly I’m posting product. I hope to finish product posting next week, but we’ll see. I’m still coming across the odd wall hanging I don’t have a picture of yet!
No hooking on “Moss” this week. Or knitting for that matter. I’ve been working on my Gale courses as well as the website.
Plus I’m still reading “Everyone’s an Artist”. It’s a pretty good read. It starts out by saying how everyone needs to be a bit creative to be the best at their job, and then the rest of the book goes on to say how you can be more creative. It covers the main character traits of artists and relates them to the every day person.
I’m also trying to decide if I want to take my artwork in a different direction or not. This is always a touchy subject, as my inclination touches a raw nerve with some people. My nature work and children’s work is an extension of my past experiences. This new direction would be darker, and I’m not sure the world needs that right now. Still, I may hook a few pieces just for myself…to work some things out of my system.
I’ve been busy knitting on the cellular baby blanket. I was joking to some friends that there were so many mistakes in it it looked like a pattern! The pattern is going to be thrown out when I’m finished. I never could get it to work properly. Next time I’ll pick up some plain knitting to work on in the company of other people. It appears I cannot stay focused on a basic lace pattern. I’m going to block the blanket when it’s done, see how it looks, and then decide what to do with it. But I strongly suspect it will find its way to the local thrift store. Note to self: not all projects work out…and that’s okay.
I hooked a bit on “Moss” this week. I am not overly happy with the values I’ve chosen for different colors. I am trying not to go to the dye pot because I have so much fiber in the house already. I’ll hook a tad more on it and then take it off the frame on a nice sunny day in natural light to make some color decisions/revisions.
I’ve also been loading a lot of wall hangings on Etsy for sale. I started uploading Christmas wall hangings. I know. I’m a bit early. But I’m sitting beside a big tote of wall hangings and ornaments that have yet to be listed. It’s going to take a while.
I’ve also been making more fiber bundles and uploading them to Etsy.
And I’m working on my new website.
I think that’s enough “Works in Progress” for one week! Time to get busy on them. Talk to you all tomorrow. 🙂
A better title for this post might be News and Views. I received notice yesterday that my Etsy shop, JLT Studios, will be the featured shop on Etsy’s blog for the month of November. With that in mind, I will be posting more offerings on my Etsy shop between now and the end of November.
I’ve also been working on my own website, due to be up and running in January 2017.
I was going to post a recipe today, but have been pretty busy. I keep forgetting to take photos of food! How about a picture of kale growing on my patio…still! It’s looking really nice these days.
I haven’t hooked at all this week. But I have been knitting on the baby blanket. I can smell the end! Just need to knit 2″ more in ribbing and cast off.
I’ve been a bit preoccupied since Hubby retired the end of September. We’ve been running errands, on a trip to see extended family, and busy learning Korean. Yes, we are going to South Korea next spring. A friend invited us to meet her family and show us around her home country. We said “yes!”
So we’ve been busy planning immunizations, travel insurance, booking flights (there was a really good deal if you had Aeroplan), and learning Korean. At least I am learning some Korean. Hubby thinks they will all speak to him in English over there. He’s never traveled outside of North America.
I’ve been trying to think of fiber things to see and do in South Korea. Not coming up with much. I know they quilt and embroider. But I don’t know of any rug hookers in South Korea. There is a special cloth made from local plant materials on the west coast. But we will be focusing our visit on Seoul and the east coast I think. At least that’s the plans so far.
In rug hooking news: I sent more “Star Rug” blank greeting cards up to Saskatoon for the SCC Fine Craft Boutique. So if anyone is wanting any for Christmas they can contact the Boutique or me. I’m hoping to get back to making more bundles today. Lots of fun and inspiration in those. 🙂
Star Rug blank greeting card – $5 CAD
Other Christmas themed or winter themed cards people might be interested in purchasing are below:
Hi everyone. I’m feeling a bit under the weather today. But I have to go out in an hour or so for a lunch meeting. So I’m sitting down with my Wellness Tea from Epicure, generously laced with echinacea and honey. I admit I slept in quite a bit this morning.
I’m soaking some rice noodles to cook for my lunch (my meeting requires I bring my own lunch). I use doctored up store bought Classico spaghetti sauce to put over it. Sorry, no photos of the sauce. As I’m watching my sugar intake as well as being gluten free I just buy a very simple basil and tomato sauce, add ground beef, onion, garlic, and sometimes part of a chopped green pepper and grated carrot. The grated carrot gives more of a meat taste to the sauce. If I use a lot of meat I omit the grated carrot. I usually like to add 1/2-1 lb. of cooked ground beef to a jar of Classico sauce.
Today’s goal is to package up some more “Star Rug” greeting cards to mail to the SCC Boutique in Saskatoon.
So here we are at the quintessential Canadian coffee and donut shop, Tim Horton’s. Taking our time going up the highway to Edmonton. We’re driving ahead of snow, but Dad is having a good snooze now. We don’t want to wake him up by arriving early. We’re close enough we’re thinking of an IKEA pit stop. Thinking of fibre stores to visit in Edmonton.
A leisurely day spreading out before us on our road trip. Visiting family for a few days. I plan on going on a walk today. It’s a bit cool here, so we’ll wait till it warms up.
We were in Calgary yesterday and able to accomplish two errands. I was so happy. Hubby’s cord and adapter for his laptop died. We couldn’t find a replacement in Regina. But we found one at Memory Express in Calgary!
On a whim I had thrown in my Derek Alexander purse to be fixed. I had problems with their website. I’d phoned before and only got the answering machine. I checked Google Maps and found their store was just three blocks from Memory Express! So I took it over and dropped it off for repairs. They said they’d fix it up and ship it back to me. So happy. I’ve used and loved that purse for almost ten years.
We’ll I think it’s time to get onto eating breakfast. Hope everyone has a great day!
Having fun on another road trip folks. Checked out the Hwy. 1 Studio Tour again this year. It was great as always! Friendly artists, a variety of art at a variety of prices. Hubby and I picked up a few things.
The weather is forecasting snow later this week here. We are hoping to leave for another visit before it gets here.
We harvested our patio garden before we came and have started eating through the produce. Last night was beets, carrots, gluten free BBQ chicken, and wild and brown rice.
I did hook a bit on “Moss”. I fixed some of the values on the moss, both in the shaded moss and the area where the sunlit moss hit the background. Looking a bit better now.
Mostly I’ve been working on Hubby’s retirement this week. Lots of meetings, phone calls, and emails about insurance still.
I’ve been spending time planning for the next year already. This year was kind of a write off, what with Hubby’s retirement. Next year we have a big trip coming up…a trip to South Korea! Looking forward to all kinds of inspiration from that, and madly deleting photos and videos from my camera, iPad, and laptop to make room for more. I’m getting close to full on the camera and laptop.
Spent some time reconnecting with friends. I think Hubby is surprised by how busy I am. I haven’t talked to my friends much for about 3 weeks due to dealing with retirement issues. We’re still dealing with them, so I’m just taking time out for a fun break. I am hoping after our trip that things will calm down a bit.
Our trip. We’re off on another 10+ day road trip to Alberta again – checking in with family and distributing garden produce. We’re doing the Hwy 1 Studio Tour tomorrow, on our way to Calgary. Then eventually we’ll head north through Red Deer to Edmonton. Hope to post here periodically.
Well nothing’s changed in the WIP department. Still a baby blanket to finish knitting and a wall hanging to finish hooking. Hopefully today I’ll find some time to work on them. I plan to change the values on the left side of the tree in “Moss”. Too close in value to the background.
I have a friend coming over this afternoon. I want to rest a bit, do laundry, and prepare for our upcoming trip. We’ll be off to fair Alberta for a week to ten days to visit family again.
I’ve been thinking about my sewing room and studio, and realizing I have a lot of fibre and supplies to work my way through. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it all. I’m thinking it might be an idea to pack up fibre kits to sell. I did sell some fibre in a kit the other weekend. But it’s not something I’ve focused on up till now.
Do any of you think there might be a market for fibre kits?
Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. We were busy with company again.
This week will be a rush. I’m hoping to get some hooking done on “Moss”. Also deal with insurance and get that finalized. Then there’s the pension stuff we have to do. Apparently we have to prove we exist and are married to a notary public somewhere. Plus more time with friends.
I’ve decided against setting up a website for selling my rugs right now. It’s just too busy and I do not have time to concentrate on it or get organized for it.
I finished hooking it! Now for the finishing. But for today I’m off to Saskatoon to drop off my wall hangings for ArtNow, which is happening this weekend at Prairieland Park in Hall B. Hope you can make it out to see my work. If it’s not on display at that moment, ask about it. They will have business cards and brochures, and if they have time might be able to pull it out for you to look at.
So here I am in Designer Shoe Warehouse, after stopping by Marshall’s for some tiered pant hangers for my fabric yardage. Our ex-boarder is in town and we’re shopping. She wants shoes. I saw a whole warehouse of shoes and had to ask. “Do you have any EE?” The answer? No! The story of my life. But I have ample time to post while the ex-boarder shops.
I did hook more on African Dream. In fact I finished it…I thought. Then I didn’t like the irregular shape. So I’m going back and straightening it up.
I also worked more on my sewing room. Mostly rearranging things at this point. It’s looking better.
I’ve been swamped with shopping for insurance. Two brokers in two days, and another tonight. Possibly a fourth tomorrow. We’ll see.
Lots happening right now. Five work days after today and Hubby has his last day of work. But who’s counting. ?