Thursday, June 26, 2008
I have also never had to undergo the terrible flooding that is happening in the American midwest where the Mississippi is overflowing its banks, or in Manitoba where a few years ago acres of farmland and homes where flooded by the Red River.
Mind you my little town did have a tornado rip through it in the early seventies, before I moved here. No one was injured, but all the trees that lined Main Street were ripped up and the only building that sustained serious damage was the town hall which had been sitting empty while awaiting demolition!
I have to share is this robin's nest which is perched on one of the light fixtures just outside our garage. This picture was taken last Saturday and those eggs have now hatched and there are 4 baby robins in the nest. The nest is in an excellent location, high off the ground, under the eaves so it is shelted and well away from predators. As you can see we can only peek into it using a mirror and we are careful not to do that too often so as not to scare the mama bird. I can't get a photo myself because I am not tall enough to reach up and hold both mirror and camera...I expect I'll soon be able to get a shot from the porch of 4 little beaks clamouring for food!
On the stitching front I have completed but not assembled two ornaments. They are from the JCS ornament issues from 2001 and 2000 respectively. They are over one on 32 count natural linen. Awhile back I went throught my ornament issues and picked out some ornies to stitch this year. Alas it seems that all I chose were over one...go figure! I have to be in the mood to tackle them but I guess these past couple of weeks....The time was right.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
... and she and her husband belong to a motorcycle club. She used PCstitch7 to produce this motorcycle, which she stitched and will have framed. She is donating it to the club and it will be raffled off for a children's camp charity which the club supports.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Here is an update on our famous garden. We are very pleased with how the plants are progressing.
And this is Barbara, who took the class I offered recently. We all stitched "Claret" from Rosewood Manor. Barbara is the first of the 5 to finish stitching and to make up the bellpull, which she is planning to give her grand daughter. Barbara took the class to learn how to work on evenweave fabric...she took to it like a duck to water !
Friday, June 13, 2008
My stitching has been sporatic as best these last few weeks...company last weekend, more this weekend so I just have not been able to get much done. However the Thursday stitchers have come through with some great finishes...
These geese from X's and Oh's were done by Lisa...
Monday, June 9, 2008
Then we went north to celebrate our grandson's 4th birthday. Here is the Lightning McQeen birthday cake.
And this is Michael and his brother Nicholas blowing out the candles. There are 5 candles but he only turned 4! Last but not least I have found two new "must have" patterns but I can't figure out how to picture them here on my blog. I will post them whenever I can...meanwhile to tantalize...Lizzie*Kate is releasing a new series of double flipits ...Christmas themed... and I love it. If I can somehow get it from my e-mail to here you will see it and love it also.(How do I do that Dani?) I have ordered a whole bunch for the store so I will be able to sell them as they are released to customers who want an automatic mailing!
The other one is a Long Dog piece called Bubbles and Froth which I will also be purchasing for the shop and for myself! It is on the European Cross stitch site.
I really need more stash for myself and for the shop ....right???
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Dan studies the recipe....
The chefs taste and confer..
Dan does delicate stuffing and wrapping....
Ann and Ed watch...
Dan and Judie proudly show off their handiwork...A close up of potato galette, stuffed pork tenderlion and grilled asparagus...Enjoying the fruits of their labour...
Actually in this picture (above) we were enjoying the leek and potato soup which Judie had brought!
What a feast.
Monday, June 2, 2008
We had a great weekend which you will see pictures of and hear all about as the week progress...I actually have stuff to blog about...
Saturday night Dan and Judie created a feast for Ed and me ...stuff they had learned at their cooking class...
Sunday, I visited my niece and her husband and got to hold their one week old son...he's gorgeous...just ask his grandmother (my sister-in-law)... actually you don't have to even ask Susan...I swear she is going around telling total strangers about the gorgeous baby that is her grandson!
and then we went to our 4-year old grandson's birthday party ... the cake was Lightning McQueen...there are pictures for those of you not up on the current idol and best friend of 4 year old males ..
today we went up to Burleigh Falls (what seemed like Northern Ontario wilderness) to check out a venue for a reunion we are holding in 2010. In July we will be going south into Prince Edward County to check out venues there (much more civilized)... We are only 2 of the organizers but I think you can see which way we are leaning. Man...August in northern cottage country...we would all be carried off by the mosquitoes!
Anyway there are pics coming up as the week progresses of the food, baby and birthday!
Oh Yeah...there is stuff "shoosting up" in the garden too...very exciting!