Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Warm Wet Weather

We had snow on Monday night!! It really only put a light covering on the lawn and didn't stick anywhere else. Where Grandson plays soccer in Kentville, they had a good inch and it was snowing hard. The roads were bear as they coat the roads with salt not once but several times prior to the snow coming. Last night it rained hard and the wind blew from the south and the temperature this morning was 10C or 51F. A warm day before it cools off for the weekend. 

Lifestyle

Elliott had a friend come over the other day and they visited through the back door. 
The outside kitty really wanted in but I am not too sure about Elliott as his tail was switching. They did have a good visit through the glass. No growling or hissing was exchanged. 
Yesterday we purchased furniture for the upstairs. It will be covered with aluminum foil to keep Elliott from scratching it. 
We also bought a chair and footstool in a lighter shade of grey. All the furniture will arrive between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15. 
We had our initial visit with our new doctor and my blood pressure is up (with medication) so I return in 3 weeks for another check up. He will have our files by then. 

Sewing Room

I did not look into the sewing room yesterday. I will be back in there tomorrow afternoon. I need to pick up the stuff on the floor, take out some garbage, and sweep/mop the floor. 

On the Needles

I finished Daughter's messy bun hat. It is a lovely/easy pattern to knit and I will make her another one in January. 
I started a turtle neck sweater for the dolls but I think I have the wrong size needles for the ribbing. I tried a small needle I had and it seemed to be wrong. I ripped it out and put it on larger needles. I will be looking for the right needles today. 

Today

We have to go and finish our Christmas shopping. I also need to pack Daughter's gift to mail so it arrives on time. 
Until the next time....................

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sewing Room Storage Decision

It looks as if the sun will shine for a bit before a heavy rainstorm comes in from the west. Yesterday was grey with 1/2" of rain. You did things outside when it wasn't raining. 

Lifestyle

Daughter-in-law showed up yesterday morning and we rushed outside and put up the Christmas tree lights. She was gone by noon to shop and bake. She also invited us out for a lovely dinner last night. 
The Spousal Unit worked in the garage and the shed yesterday. He is trying to get his storage sorted out, put together, and his stuff put away. He can only work for short periods of time as his hands get cold from working in the dampness. 

Sewing

As I unloaded fabric into tubs, I knew I needed to do something besides store fabric in tubs. I took a break due to frustration and found exactly what I wanted. Well, it was brewing after I read Carolyn's blog post. It had nothing to do with what she wrote but with the first picture she posted. She has all her fabric on shelving units. I looked to find them and can buy them at Home Depot when they get their next shipment in. I did a happy dance and happily put items away in the sewing room. 
As I was putting fabric into tubs, I came across fabric I want to sew up into zippered bags and doll clothes. Then I found the clear vinyl to make Portable Closets for doll clothes. I really want to sew so..........
I cleaned up the sewing machine cabinet and set up the serger and sewing machine. I am on the right track. I was pumped to get the room cleaned up so I forged ahead and have a couple of hours left and it will be done to the best of my abilities. 
While cleaning up, I decided I need to buy 2 units for book shelves and for the TV to sit on, a cutting table, a chair, and the shelving unit. 
Anna is waiting patiently for me to get the sewing room finished so I can sew for her. I have a few patterns that are specifically for her. 
I am hoping to make her and Kate (my first doll) matching outfits plus one to sell. 

On the Needles

I worked quite diligently on the hat yesterday and got about 2" done. I love the pattern and will have to use it in a hat for the dolls. 
I have to knit for a couple of hours on it today as I need to finish it up tomorrow and ship Daughter's Christmas parcel on Wednesday. 

Today

I have to work more in the sewing room, knit, and run over to Son's house and get the cleaning supplies we left there. We go to Grandson's soccer game tonight. Another busy day. 
Until the next time.......................

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Life In Nova Scotia

We have had our fair share of wet weather the past while. It is winter and it rains in Nova Scotia during the winter. We have seen a bit of snow but it is usually gone by noon. Several of the storms have come in from the south bringing warm weather (13C). It is not unusual to have a half inch of rain fall; sometimes more. 

Lifestyle

I have spent a lot of time unpacking and had to stop, clean upstairs, and decorate for Christmas. Every year for the past three years, Lego's Christmas Village comes out. This year Grandson put it together for me and it went on the shelf of the table the tree is on. 
The tree was decorated (earliest since the children were little). It is the smallest tree we have had since the children were toddlers. 
Winnie the Pooh and Eyore continue to be on or under the tree since the children were in primary grades. I made them over 30 years ago. 
The nativity scene has been around since I was a child and it gets a place of honor in our house at Christmas time. 
The mantle decorations are on the treadle sewing machine cabinet. 
Both the sewing machine and clock were my grandmother's. 
We are happy with the decorations this year and, hopefully we will get outside done in the next week. The wreath is on the door but we need to get our lights hung. We are slow as most people have their decorating done my December 1. 

Sewing

I am still struggling with unpacking the sewing room. I work until I get frustrated and then leave. Some days I get a lot done, others very little. The yarn is unpacked and sorted into fabric boxes in a cube. It is working well and I do like it. I want a book shelf to put all my knitting and sewing books onto. If all goes well and I can get a deep one I like, the little TV will go on top of it. 
Fabric storage is a bone of contention for me. I am unpacking it into tubs and am flip flopping between buying and not buying a storage/pantry unit to put most of it into. The alternative is to keep it stored in tubs in a corner and dig through the tubs as I do projects. I really want to downsize the stash and I keep asking myself "Will I need the storage unit?" I keep answering with "Maybe, maybe not". I have thought about put an organizer in the closet but is that worthwhile? Maybe, maybe not. For the time being it is tubs. 
I need to buy a cutting table and a chair on wheels. I know the room is going to look empty when it is fully set up but that is what happens when you get a large space. The biggest I have ever had. 

Anna From Paris

Anna arrived on November 30 (her birthday) and she is a beautiful doll. She has a dog Grandson named Poppy. 
They are outside enjoying the lovely sunshine shortly after she arrived. She then came in and told us about her trip. She spent several nights in lovely little places. She was excited to hear that she would land in Halifax which is an short trip to our house. 
After all the talking and the long trip, she settled down for a nap in the family room. 
When she woke up, she noticed that I wear glasses all the time and wanted to know if I had a pair for her. She said these will be perfect for when she is reading. 
When I showed her the sunglasses she squealed with delight as they match her shoes. 

Anna would not take them off for the rest of the day. 

On the Needles

I purchased this Messy Bun hat for Daughter. It is part of her Christmas gift. You can type in the name of the hat and Annies to purchase it.
I bought the yarn called for; Red Heart Unforgettable. You can buy it at Michaels, Fabricland, Fabricville, and online. I set it up but could not remember how to do the magic loop. We got internet on Friday and I looked it up, got started and knit all evening. It is an easy knit that looks good. 
I need one more night of knitting and I will be ready to decrease. I want their box in the mail on Tuesday. 

Today

I want to work some more in the sewing room. I need to move stuff around and stack the tubs in a corner as I unpack the boxes. I plan on knitting on the hat during the day and for a couple of hours tonight. 
Until the next time.......................

Monday, November 27, 2017

Elliott is a Model

We have had some lovely weather in Windsor. Warm and sunny. We have had some rain also. It is a mild fall I am told by the locals. 

Lifestyle

I had the flu as did Son. It was 48 hours in length and I felt horrid. Grandson has a lovely cold which has left him feeling tired. The Spousal Unit looked after us while Daughter-in-Law was at meeting for a day and a half. He did really well. 
We pick up our vehicle today and are looking forward to getting it. It is a Kia Niro (hybrid). It gives us the ability to move to our house and be independent. 
With the flu, I had to stop unpacking for a day. I did some on the second day as we had to be at the house to receive our bed. Yesterday was shopping and today is laundry and get the vehicle. I do hope to unpack more tomorrow and start moving our stuff from one place to another. I need to clean up the unit as Daughter-in Law's parents are coming for Christmas. 
We had a bit of fun with Elliot last night. I thought he would bite, scratch, and yell at me but he was meek and mild. 
I didn't dare put the beard up on his face. He took off with it on and laid on the top stairs going to the basement. I took it off him and he sauntered back into the living room and had a nap. Modeling is so exhausting. 

Sewing

I haven't looked in the sewing room but will be moving a small box of sewing books down there as soon as we go back to the house. I found it in the kitchen. 
I keep telling myself that I need to sew down the stash and I am getting excited to set up my sewing space and start the journey. I have  a knitting bag to sew for Daughter-in-Law, the Halloween Boo mobile and the black satin doll's dress to finish. A good start to get back to sewing. 

Today

I need to get ready to go out, do laundry and go for the vehicle. It is snowing out so it may be an interesting day. We are going out to watch Grandson play soccer tonight. We really enjoy watching him improve his skills. 
Until the next time.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Our First Two Weeks

It is time to start blogging again. We have been in Nova Scotia for almost 2 weeks and finally got our possessions yesterday. It was nice to seem them being unloaded off the truck. 
We had a lovely day for unloading with temperatures up to 15C or 59F. Last night, it cooled off and rained buckets - 1.4" before midnight. It has rained more since then and it is wet and cool this morning. 
When we first arrived here, we went for a drive to Avondale and saw a winery that is in an old church. The church was loaded onto a truck, barged up the Minas basin, unloaded onto a dock, and trucked to its new location. 


Once again, we saw low tide and how red the soil is in Nova Scotia. 

We have since seen higher tides as they were becoming lower. 
Our possessions arrived yesterday and unloaded into our house. It was nice to see them come off the truck 2 weeks after they were put on the truck. What looked like a lot when we loaded looked like very little when unloaded. We seem to have done a good job purging. 
The sewing room is full of boxes and I am excited to have a lovely room to sew in. 
I will be sewing at this end of the room. There is another window where I might put the sewing machine. It is going to take a while to place the furniture. 
The nook beside the closet will be for jewelry making. I may just put an old corner desk in that area to work on. 
The closet is a good size but it needs to have some sort of organization unit put in for my stash. 
In other words, I need to sew up the stash and keep a minimal amount on hand. I need to buy a cutting table, a cube to hold my yarn stash, and a chair to sit on. I also need pot lights put in for better lighting. 
I will try to do another post soon but it depends on time. We are hoping to move into our house sometime late next week. 
Until then.........................

Monday, November 06, 2017

Mood Board Ideas

I have been looking at Mood Boards on the internet to get inspired for sewing. I find myself in a rut with color choosing either:

  • Black, white, red, grey
  • Navy, white, and red
Though I love both of these color combinations, it is time to branch out and try some other colors that are more casual. 

Idea #1
This mood board is lovely as I can incorporate blue jeans, white tops, and taupe/browns for sweaters. A perfect combination for a winter wardrobe. 
I love the idea of chambray blues, grey and a hint of soft white. I see this as another winter wardrobe that is a bit dressier though it would still have a casual vibe to it.  
Another lovely blue wardrobe finding. Dark and light denim, light grey brown, white and soft white and a hint of copper. Gorgeous. 
I'm looking as these mood boards seriously for both the dolls and myself. Some of the next ones will be for the dolls only as I can not wear those colors. 

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Feeling Better

It is -13C or 8F and the coldest day this fall. We had at least 2" of snow fall on Thursday which does hit close to the most snow fall on that day in 1984. The positive: it is going to get warmer with no snow prior to us leaving. 

Lifestyle

I was to the doctor and the last increase of synthroid did nothing to my reading. I got another increase and am starting to feel better. I can feel my energy increasing and I am much more alert. Let's hope that it will stay that way for a while. Though the Spousal Unit still blames my tiredness from working, I know it was due to the blasted thyroid acting up. 
We are on the last legs of packing. I feel there is 2-3 boxes and 2 tubs left to pack and a bunch of boxes to go to the thrift shop and we will be done. We are living in a mess but will survive it. I did fill one box of china, topped up several boxes ready to tape shut, packed more pictures, and am ready to see the end of this. Unpacking will be the reverse mess but I can handle that. I will set up one box that all the papers go into and when the boxes are collapsed, they will go into the garage. When all is done, I will sell the boxes on Kijiji. 
We got Elliott his soft sided carrier and he goes in and out of it on his own. He hates the puppy training pad I put into it so it came out until we travel. I will put it in the back part of his carrier for him. He will get water and a bit of food while we are in the airports. On the plane, he will travel under the seat. 

Sewing/Knitting

I will be excited to get back to sewing. I have lots of ideas in my head and want to be able to sit down and plan and sew. 
The past couple of days, I have been thinking of mood boards. I am wanting to play with color combinations when sewing and knitting for the dolls. I am wanting to be more creative with what I am making rather than choose my favorite colors. It will be stretching me creatively. I have saved a lot of mood boards on Pinterest. I feel this is an area of growth I need to work on. And, it keeps me busy when I need a break. 
With knitting, I will have to push myself not to buy more blue yarn. I am looking forward to that also. As I move forward, I am thinking of the color combinations I want to work with. 

Today

We continue to pack and I hope to clean the bathroom and sweep some floors. Feeling better makes doing all the chores I need to do much easier to tackle. 
Until the next time................

Monday, October 30, 2017

Retired and Packing

Work

Saturday was my last day of work. I did get the job done that I had wanted to get done. It was nice to have that out of the way.
Am I happy to retire? Yes and no. 
Yes, because I don't have to be on the cement floor 40 hours a week. My legs get tired of it.
Yes, because I don't have to put undue stress on myself to get a lot of things done in a day or a week. 
Yes, because I don't have to work until 9 p.m. three times a month.
No, because I will miss the staff and the customers. I truly enjoyed working with and for them.
No, because I won't see what is delivered to the store before it goes out on the floor. 
No, because I may miss the stimulation of doing things to keep my brain active. 
Overall though, I am happy to retire (for the third time) and do the things I want to do. 

Packing

The house is a mess and I am fighting it all the way. I sort and toss into the garbage or thrift shop boxes what we don't want to take with us. We have friends coming to get items we don't want to move from us. I could scream but I am holding it together. I will finish packing boxes from around the house and then do the kitchen. The mess will get worse before it gets better. I do realize how much I hate mess when we move. 

Elliott

We have to get Elliott a soft sided carrier for the plane ride. I have to put dog pee pads into it and figure out how to transport a bit of water and food for him to eat at the airports between flights. He has been throwing up hair balls during the night which is not usual for him. I'm hoping it is a season change thing. He is eating as usual and is fine during the day. 
We have 9 days until we leave and there is plenty to do. I will post if there is time. If not, I will start up again when we are settled in Nova Scotia. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SOLD and Moving Forward

We woke up the October 20 to find this
Our house officially sold the day before and it was great to see the sign up. People have told me that they wanted to view the house but it was pending. It seemed we were a bit of a secret. But it is sold and we can move on. 
We have also sold our vehicles to a friend. That is another item off our list. I have a few items to give away and the rest will be packed and taken to Nova Scotia. 
I am officially off work on Saturday and am looking forward to retirement. That is, after the house is packed onto the truck and heading to Nova Scotia. I am ready to do my thing at home now. 
I am off work for two days and need to do some running around for items and pack up more boxes. I am aiming for two boxes maybe three these days off. On Sunday, I start doing major packing every day. 
I may not get any posts written until we are in Nova Scotia. It will be the beginning of a new adventure for us. 
Until the next time....................

Monday, October 16, 2017

Nearly SOLD

Fall has arrived in our part of the world. There has been frost a couple of mornings, rain/snow depending on your elevation, and cooler winds. Today is suppose to be one of our warmer days with some sunshine and then it will be cloudy. 

Lifestyle

Our house is near being SOLD. The owners did their own home inspection and their realtor and themselves told us they found nothing wrong with it. They love the house and are envisioning themselves living in it. 
We are in the process of buying a newer fully finished home in Nova Scotia. When our buyers remove their conditions and we get the final copy of their contract with us, we can finish our contract on that house. 
Packing has begun and I have the sewing room and electronics almost all packed. One more box and I am done. I packed the sewing machines yesterday and only have the embroidery hoops, a few odds and ends, and the small TV to pack. Then it is on to the guest room, linen closet and pictures. I have to set up a box for knick knacks. By Oct. 28, I hope to be down to packing the kitchen and closing up a few boxes here and there. We move out on Nov 8. 

Sewing

Starting a store project sold the house and I never got it finished. It will be done next year. 
The new house has a 13 x 25' room in the basement I will claim for a sewing room. I will set up a corner for jewelry making and my yarn stash. 
Other than my sewing cabinet, ironing board and small table for holding pressing items, I will not have any other furniture. I need to buy a chair, cutting table, and a couple of items for housing notions.

Knitting

I decided not to take the cube that held my yarn as I was told it doesn't move well. I will get another one that I can put the yarn into. I did pack all the fabric containers that goes in the cube to house items in the closet. I will buy new containers for the yarn in a neutral color (mine are lime green).

Today

I work today and tomorrow and would like to sort paper work in the evenings. With all the purging we are doing, I am hoping to take only the necessary paper work with us to Nova Scotia. 
Until the next time......................

Saturday, September 30, 2017

We Are Home

We arrived home on Wednesday and literally staggered off the plane exhausted. We struggled to stay awake and I went to bed at 7:30 p.m. and slept for 11.5 hours. We are slowly getting back to normal.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Nova Scotia. Son, Daughter-in-law, and Grandson were so kind to us and took us touring every day. The Annapolis valley is beautiful; lush and green.
One of our first tours was around the area where the family lives in Hants County. We went to Hantsport and stopped at the edge of the town and walked down to see the Minas Basin. The tide was out so we walked out on the floor of the basin. The loading dock was used to load gypsum on to ships when the tide was high (twice a day for 4 hours). It is no longer used. The Minas Basin is huge as it goes from where we were to Truro.
The blue water above Greenwood is the Bay of Fundy and the blue water above Wolfville is the Minas Basin.
We toured around the area looking at the apple orchards and saw how much they grew in the valley. Their growing days is similar to ours though they have more rain and humidity.
On Friday, we headed out to Lunenburg and it was wet due to Hurricane Irma.
Chester is where 103 meets the road we were on. We stopped and did a bit of shopping and then went to look at Mahone Bay.
We then headed to the town of Mahone Bay and stopped for tea and a snack. On the way to Lunenburg we stopped at Martins Brook cemetery to find my great grandparents headstone. While walking back to the car, I found my grandfather's second wife's parents' headstone.
We stopped in Lunenburg to get drinks for our picnic lunch. Across the street was this lovely building.
It was a home in its day but is now a dining room and hotel. After we ate lunch, we toured around Lunenburg and saw the old homes that are now homes or stores.
Lunenburg is a world heritage site and is preserved for its best example of British colonial settlement in Canada. What we noticed was how narrow the streets are and how it is built up a hillside. It is a very unique town and we enjoyed looking at the buildings. For me, I saw where my father's family lived when they came from Newfoundland. We went back another route coming out at Middleton in about the middle of the Annapolis Valley.
On the weekend, we attended the Hants County Fall Fair. It has been running for 252 years making it the oldest fall fair in Canada.
We toured the cattle barns and then did the building that had sewing, fruits, vegetables, and baking in it. There were garden tractor pulls, old and new equipment and the rides. We had a great day at the fair.
One of the dogs who is trained to work. They had show times at the fair where the dogs worked for their owners.
Our last tour was to Grande Pre in Kings County. Grande Pre is another world historical site as it was dyked by the Acadians about 1680 and today it still reflects how the people (known as planters) farmed.

The area is very unique as the dykes are extensive and go around the jut of land into the Minas basin.
We drove around to the cliffs you can see in the distance. We had lunch in a brew house and then drove to the top of the cliffs to see the lay of the land.
 You can see the tide is out once again in the Minas Basin.
We were amazed at the acres of cabbage grown (dark green), how many acres of grapes and the number of wineries there are. Hops are also grown and there are breweries in the area also.
On our way back from this tour, we actually saw the tide coming in.
You could not see the mud flats 2 hours later. We walked on the New Minas Basin floor at the lowest tide and it was covered when we saw it on our way home.
Our trip was fabulous and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. The people were friendly, the food was excellent, and the weather was warm. It got hot (29C) and we lounged around the pool while our grandson swam. You can't ask for anything more than that.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Future

It has been a while since I wrote anything. There wasn't much to write about but smoke and decluttering.


The weather has cooled down and we had a good rain a couple of nights ago. The mornings are cooling off with this morning coming in at 5C or 41F. I had opened the windows last night and we woke to a very cool house this morning. I had to run the furnace to warm it up.

Lifestyle

The Spousal Unit had his check up with the oncologist and all is well. He is feeling better and is dealing with boredom now that he has finished painting the outside of the shop.


He is puttering on the inside tidying up and packing what he wishes to move. A slow process but he is doing well with it.
We are in holding mode at the moment. The house is cleaned every day for viewing. We can be out of the house in about 30 minutes at this time. Three viewings in 24 hours was great practice. Even Elliott is cooperating and going into his carrier without a fight.
Elliott had his check up and is still overweight. He is on a new diet now and is doing fine with it. He has a toy he loves to play with. Fighting with feathers on a stick is fun. He also has to have dental surgery, something our previous vet missed. That will happen next week.

Sewing

The sewing room is cleaned up and not in use at the moment. I have purged the books and patterns and put what I kept into boxes. The others need to go to the thrift shop. I have put away the fabric except for the doll's black dress and I will be putting it away also. It is hard not to be able to go down and sew for an hour.
I am buying the last of the fabric I need for a craft project. The cotton is on sale and I can put it away. I am thinking of putting the fabric into boxes ready to move. At least the Christmas cottons. Will decide in a couple of weeks. I know I will be sewing up a storm when we get settled.

Knitting

I have been knitting a toque from a kit and there is a mistake in the pattern. I have to figure it out and then finish it and take it into the store.
I have to order Grandson some yarn for socks. He wants his football team colours which I can now get. It is part of the Touch Down yarn that I can buy from a yarn shop in Edmonton.
Other than that, my yarn is sorted and ready to be boxed up. Another holding pattern but I may put something on my needles or finish up a project that stalled.

The Future

I am not sure how much I will be able to post in the next while. While I am off line, I plan on rethinking the format of the blog and will be cleaning up and getting rid of useless posts. I have 2 years of posts to look at and make decisions about. I also want to look at the pages I have created and clean them up. Any links will be kept unless they are broken.
At this time, I will be posting when I can and if not, I will be back when life slows down.
Until the next time...................

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hottest Day; Record Broken

We had our hottest day for this summer yesterday. The sun shone and the temperature rose to 38.5C or 101.3F. The smoke moved in again and it held the temperature up longer than normal. It is 15C or 59F this morning and the smoke lingers. We broke the high temperature by 2.9C (1967).

Lifestyle

I saw the doctor and have to pick up a new prescription for my lovely underactive thyroid. I also have to go on high blood pressure medication and eat better. I am sure it will all come together when I am on the meds for a few days.
The Spousal Unit has half of the shed painted and it is looking good. Better than the yellowish-tan primer that was on it.

Sewing

I spent time doing mundane things that didn't require a lot of heavy lifting or hard work. I sorted all our patterns into a box and tossed 25% of them into the thrift shop box. Once done, I went through all the books and binders in fabric tubs and sorted out 25% of the books. The rest don't quite fill a box. The binders came upstairs and I put all the information not on the tetra drive on and put what was missing in the binders onto an external drive to give to a friend who does machine embroidery. Then I checked the craft pamphlets to make sure they were on the tetra drive and will put them into the staff room for staff to have. The empty binders will go to the thrift shop as they are in excellent shape.
I did look at the fabric but need to put the boxes back into a closet before I touch the fabric. I also need to take the two large bags of garbage out to the garbage can. Once that is done, I can start on putting away fabric and tidy up the notions. I am moving ahead that I hope to dust, sweep, and wash the family room end of the suite.
I am putting together a game plan for the sewing room as it needs to be looked at carefully if we pack. I want it all into boxes in a very short period of time. I know it can be done.

Today

We need to grocery shop, find a painter, and get my prescriptions filled this morning. This afternoon I hope to clean up more in the sewing area of the basement. I know I will be busy but at least I will be in the cool of the basement if the temperatures are high.
Until the next time.............................

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Few Sewing Ideas For The Future


The hot weather has returned with the past two days being about 35C or 95F. As we head into fall, we can have these lovely hot days but we also have cooler nights. I do love it when we wake up to cooler temperatures.

Lifestyle

I see the doctor today to see about my thyroid. I am thinking I may get a prescription change as I am tired even though I am sleeping better.
The outside of our house is getting its make over. The front steps are painted and the shed is about 30% done. The Spousal Unit is feeling stronger though he does not paint outside when it is hot.
I have the upstairs cleaned and am keeping it clean on a daily basis. I am pleased that it is easy to keep looking great.
I have had no time to work in the basement so I am behind on finishing up that space. It is frustrating to say the least.

Sewing

I will be spending some quality time in the sewing area these next couple of days. I think I have a purge coming on. And it will happen.
I have been thinking about my Christmas sewing. One of the ideas I had was to make table toppers and napkins. Now it is place mats and napkins. I also want to make microwave soup bowl holders to go with them. The fabric is:
  • Placemats out of a directional print with cardinals on it (black, red, grey)
  • Napkins out of a grey/white snowflake print
  • Soup bowl holders out of a black with a white snow flake print lined with white with a red snowflake print.
These may or may not get done this year but I will have the fabric and ideas to do later on. I will be doing a lot of sewing one way or the other.
The doll dress will be done when I finish cleaning the sewing room. I will be rethinking what I will be doing with the dolls -- selling clothes vs pattern making vs both. I do want to take Pixie Faire's course on pattern making before I make a decision. I really am thinking of signing up for the October course even if it could be a busy month.

Today

I am going to the doctor's, the cat hospital (to board Elliott while we are away) and work in the basement. A busy day.
Until the next time.................

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fire Becoming Contained

The wildfire that has plagued our area and caused a lot of destruction is finally being contained. It started July 6 and people are finally breathing easily after 7 weeks of terror. We who live in the city had the big fire 45 km (less than 30 miles) away. The water bombers are still active and we watched 3 or 4 come in last night at dusk.
The air quality is much better. Our visibility is 40 miles. With it comes hotter weather and we hit 37.1C or 99F yesterday. We are having summer and people are happily going on their holidays. They can be fined if they start a fire even in campgrounds. But they can go to some areas now the orders have been lifted. And the evacuees are heading home after weeks away.
We are still working on the house and it is slow going. I have to clean it up on Saturday before the real estate agent arrives to talk to us. I am tired at night until last night. The store has been so hot that I left fully dehydrated and exhausted. We got the a/c units working properly again and I left work feeling better. Tired but not dehydrated or exhausted to the point of falling asleep in my chair or wanting to cry over nothing.
The sewing room is coming along and I have some items to put away in the upstairs' closet. I need to get on with it and quit looking at items one at a time. I feel like I am not making progress. The Spousal Unit is able to work in the mornings and is painting the front porch. It is looking amazing. The white railing pops out against the freshly painted posts that are the same colour as the house.
Today, I work the early shift and tomorrow I need to have blood work done prior to going to work. Friday I work early and I have Saturday off.
Until the next time.........................

Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Overful Plate

With less smoke, we are seeing more sunshine and warmer temperatures. We are having a bit of summer in our area, something we thought would never happen with all the smoke from the wildfires.

Lifestyle

Life has been stressful these last few months. I am coping but only by a thread. Trying to beat last year's goal was difficult and it took its toll on several of us. Add to it inventory and wildfires and I was not sleeping well. Then time crept on and we started wondering about the Spousal Unit's check up on Sept. 7. How well will he be is a constant concern as we get closer to the date. Should we or shouldn't we sell this house was thrown onto the table for us to mull over. Less sleep was result of that as my plate was overflowing and my mind was overactive. I was becoming a wreck.
We talked and got no where so I headed to the basement to clean it up. Best thing I did. I was really in hiding and I was okay with that. I also realized my SAD was back and started on light therapy. Life improved and so did our discussions.
As we hauled out boxes to the thrift shop and paint to recycle, we talked. The talking spilled over to the dinner table. We have a plan that covers the following.
  1. We will be selling this house as the real estate market is hot in our community. We should make a tidy profit.
  2. We will wait until after Sept. 7 to make a decision on where we will live. It all hinges on the Spousal Unit's check up.
  3. I will probably stop working.  
  4. We will enjoy our trip to Nova Scotia. We want to look around the area Son lives in, go to their fall fair, see some areas where my family lived and have fun.

Sewing

I ironed some of the fabric I had laundered yesterday afternoon. I actually got 8 or 9 pieces done and ready to be put into a box.
My plan for sewing is to finish up the black gown for the dolls and then sew Grandson a pair of pillow cases for his bed. Lime green, grey, white and black soccer ball themed fabric. My wish to sew bags has gone on the back burner as I need to declutter the basement living room prior to going back to Nova Scotia. Truth be known, it really needs to be done by the end of the month.

Knitting

I have been knitting on the toque but only two to four rows at a time. I seem to fall asleep in the evenings. The toque will get done even if I have to knit in the mornings before work.

Today

 I work a middle shift and get home off at 7 p.m. I work the late shift tomorrow and early on Saturday. I am hoping to get a bit of work done tomorrow before work. That remains to be seen. Sunday is a rough day for me as I will be tired but I will push on to get things done.
Until the next time.............................

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

House Cleaning Continues

After a couple of days of sunshine and clear skies, the wind blew and the smoke came back. Not as thick as before but still enough to affect people. Cooler mornings are allowing us to go out and do a few things.

Lifestyle

We were outside this morning cleaning up the front of the house. The house has been swept off, porch hosed down, and the basement stairwell cleaned up. We ended up our outside time pulling some weeds. A great time outside for both of us.
Inside the house, I cleaned the second bedroom and a small hall in the basement. That included putting our pictures in a box until we decide what to do. While I was doing that, the Spousal Unit did a bit of work in the laundry room and I can now finish cleaning it up. It was a job well done for both of us.
I washed some cottons and while they were drying, I ironed some cotton I had washed a while ago. It is all folded up and ready to be put away.
At this point, we had a headboard, four boxes and a tub full of comic books. We put them in the Explorer and took them to a thrift shop. I am happy it is all gone as it was stressing me out being in the area I had to clean up next.
In all it was a good day. Tomorrow, it is grocery shopping, laundry and cleaning the upstairs. It will be nice to have the house clean when I go back to work. While working, I will put together a game plan for the sewing room.
Until the next time...........................

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Few Clear Sky Hours

Yesterday we saw the sun, the hills, and the planes landing at 9 p.m. The smoke left at 4 p.m. and, with the sun, came a hot day. It got to 36.4C or 97.5F. This morning, there is some smoke once again in our valley due to fires both to the east and north west of us. Not like before but it could thicken up during the day.

Lifestyle

With days and days (about 5 weeks) of smoke, we lived in a 1 km or 5/8 mile bubble of visibility. It was gloomy and we had to have lights on all day. People not only complained about respiratory issues, they complained about their SAD. It hit me Wednesday like a ton of bricks. Out came my lamp and I took more Vitamin C and D.
We have been busy cleaning up the house. We are working in the basement apartment and have done quite a bit. The rooms that are done are empty except for some items I have stored in the closets. Those items will be examined and dealt with.
As we clean up, we are replacing all the light bulbs with LED bulbs. It was a goal of ours and it will be done soon. With cleaning came light repairs which causes the air to turn blue. We aren't good at changing out light fixtures.
Outside, we are sweeping down cobwebs, sanding to paint and cleaning up the yard. We want to get some work done as it is keeping us active and feeling better mentally. Less smoke in the air means we can work outside and get some jobs we wanted to do done. We are behind in that department.

Sewing

I have done no sewing and no tidying up in the sewing area. I am getting closer to tackling it. Another space that needs to be looked at and thought out. It works but it certainly gets messy in a hurry.
The store has a new thread in and I am planning on getting some. It is designed for active wear. I'll report on it when I do an outfit for the dolls using the thread. The dolls want a t-shirt and capris out of active wear fabric in a bright and cheerful color.

Today

I am off work today and will tackle the second bedroom in the basement. It probably won't get finished but I'd like to get some of it done. If I have time, I need to get items into boxes to go to the thrift store.
Until the next time.............................

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Life Goes On Admist the Smoke

Another smoky day in our neck of the woods. The air quality hasn't been as bad as it was last week. We are sitting at a 9/10 at 5 a.m. this morning.
The Elephant Hill fire is now at 110 000 hectares. The wind we had on Friday made it take off and it has started coming east towards Kamloops. We are still safe though many others are evacuated. Daughter had to move her horses once again due to the fire's direction. We do not need any more wind to stir up the fire and set it off again.   
Our temperatures have been in the low 30C (88-92F) and everything is growing well.

Our little peach tree is doing well and we will be eating fruit soon. The watermelons are almost ripe. With the temperatures where they are, everything is growing fast.
The upstairs of the house is now clean and I am ready to work in the basement. It isn't dirty but more dusty. I am hoping to have it done in two weeks. One early morning will be outside cleaning up the front entrance of the basement suite. Then it will be inside.
The yard still needs some tidying up. I am thinking early mornings to do a bit and then indoors. We did the big weeds at the edge of the lawn one morning and got it done before it got too warm and smoky. It all comes down to planning.
Elliott has a new toy and is thoroughly enjoying it. He goes inside it once in a while but he spends most of his time beating up the outside.
He still loves to help me knit.
And his favourite past time activity is to sleep in our chairs.
Sewing is on the back burner until the house is clean. It will happen again as I have the urge to sew.
Until the next time..........................