Just a giggle for this morning!
How many of you tried # 3???
As we left the Calgary area a few days ago, we happened on a bike race. I always wonder at people who like to ride bikes, sitting on those little tiny seats … with their backs to traffic. Not for me, but apparently fun for some.
There must have been thousands, we drove past about 40 km of bikers. Around every corner, topping every rise, it was bicyclists as far as we could see:
Some riders had numbers on their backs, the largest I noticed was 1940.
Some scary moments, when cars wanted to pass on the right side (yes, at those times it was a 4-lane road, but still most drivers wanted to stay away from the bikers), and when bikers would try to pass each other moving out into the car lane and cars couldn’t move over.
Kudos to them, but I’ll either drive, or walk facing traffic so I know what’s coming at me!
Happy races! Blessings, Peg
Don’t you just love to visit quilt shops and quilt shows? Well I do! And as a matter of fact our first summer RV trip this is going to let me take in a quilt show. But more about that in another post.
Along with visiting shops and shows, I love to visit quilters’ studios. I’m always fascinated with the work going on, the projects, the stashes, the organization, the plans. Yesterday, I stopped in to chat with the quilting ladies at Holiday Park in Kelowna (where my parents used to live – as of yesterday). I always go home inspired by them!
Well, this summer Mad About Patchwork is hosting a blog hop visiting quilters’ studios.
Every Sunday for the summer, 2 Canadian quilters’ studios will be featured. This week it’s Patti and Krista. Just click on the link or the button above to start the hop!
Happy hopping! Blessings, Peg
Wednesday again – Hump Day, especially for those who work Monday to Friday – and time once again to pause mid-week and share a few thoughts. If you want to read others’ midweek thoughts, please click on the icon on my side-bar.
1. Are you settling for something?
Is it settling if you’ve adjusted and accepted the way things are? If so, then I guess I’m settling. We’ve been trying to sell our house for the last while, and for some reason it’s just not moving. When we moved here, it was with the intent that it would be just until I finished working, and then we’d move out of the valley to a quieter life-style. Over the years, two of our children moved to Alberta, and as we visited them, we fell in love with much of what Alberta has to offer. I ‘retired’ 5 years ago, finished working 1 1/2 years ago – we’re still here! We’re not sure why, we believe that God has a plan, just wishing we knew what it was. But no matter what, we’re happy, healthy, having a good time in retirement. So yes, settled – at least for now! LOL
2. It wasn't that long ago almost every store in the US locked doors and turned out lights on Thanksgiving Day. This year many will be open all day Thursday, giving shoppers a jump start on 'Black Friday'. In your opinion is this a good thing or a not so good thing? Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving Day?
I remember the days when we didn’t shop on Thanksgiving (in Canada a whole month earlier than the US), or on Easter, or on Christmas Day, or even on Sundays. These were days to worship, to spend with family, to rest and relax. Now……the world has changed! But I still don’t shop on Thanksgiving or Easter or Christmas – or Black Friday, or Boxing Day or any other of the crazy sale days that happen out there. Crowds and traffic and fighting through them all only to be disappointed in the sale offerings is just not for me.
3. Speaking of shopping...I saw a recent article on the twelve best shopping cities in the world. In order they are-New York, Tokyo, London, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Dubai, Madrid, Milan, and Seoul.
Ever shopped in any of the cities listed? In which city would you most like to pull out the plastic or cold hard cash?
Never been to any of them – yet – but have always dreamed of shopping in New York. Not sure why, because I really don’t like to shop, and really don’t like crowds, but it’s on the bucket list! Maybe someday!
4. When did you last dine by candlelight?
Whoooo…..can’t even remember. I often light candles at the dinner table when we have company, or for a special dinner at home with Grizz, but the times in our youth when I turned down (or off) the lights to enjoy the candles, I only heard about how we couldn’t see what we were eating. So the lights stay on, even when the candles are lit!
5. What do you have too much of?
Is it ever possible to have too much of something??? Well, actually, I do have to have too much fat on my body, but then that’s because I enjoy all the other things of which maybe I have too much.
Haven’t even tried any of them, although Grizz and some of our kids have thoroughly enjoyed them. But then they just tell me that I wouldn’t like them, so I just ignore them. Jennifer Chiaverini is much more my style.
7. Share your plans for Thanksgiving Day. The who, the where, the what..especially the what! As in what's for dinner? If you're one of my International visitors, whose homeland doesn't celebrate American Thanksgiving (the whole world doesn't ya know!) then still tell us your plans for Thursday.
As Thanksgiving Day in Canada is long past, I can only share what we did – a totally unusual TDay for us, as Grizz was just a few weeks past knee surgery, and we felt it would be more than he could handle to either have the whole gang in or to go out for the day. We had a quiet dinner one evening with our DS2 and DDIL1, then another afternoon Grizz’s sister and husband came by for a visit. Quiet, but nice – and a good decision, as Grizz really was still tiring quite quickly and experiencing a lot of pain at that time.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
This past week, I’ve spent a lot of time blog-hopping (Blogathon Canada and Quilting Blogger Blog Hop Party). Lots of fun, lots of new blogger-friends. And an added bonus – I’ve achieved a minor milestone of 150 (official) followers. So happy to have followers, so happy to hear from them, so happy to be making new friends. Welcome aboard all!
Happy blogging! Blessings, Peg
I laughed till I peed my pants!
I guess, according to this, I’m not a real woman.
My house is only clean for the first 5 minutes after I clean it, and I refuse to clean every 5 minutes. Organized – well, yes, if nobody else moves anything from where I put it.
I’m dressed…..by noon each day, well-dressed only on occasion. And my hair only looks ‘done’ for the first 5 minutes after I leave the hairdresser, and then it’s anybody’s guess what the style is.
I behave gracefully for the first 5 minutes in all circumstances, other than that, well, let’s just say I have my own way of doing things. And, yes, I’ve been known to swear, but let’s not go there!
Patience – well, sigh, if I have to wait, have to understand, have to tolerate, have to agree for 5 minutes…..then yes, I have all the patience in the world, and I smile through it all, yes, I do, that smile is painted on my face and nobody and nothing will take it away for at least 5 minutes. There’s always something nice about everybody in the first 5 minutes after meeting them, isn’t there???
It’s a dream, and I can aspire to a dream, and dream that it’ll come true someday. In the meantime, I just keep trying. Maybe someday I’ll get there.
Happy dreams! Blessings, Peg
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When did being polite become the butt of jokes?
This was on FB a few days ago:
I was always told to be polite, especially to my elders. My father always opened doors for ladies, got the car door for my mother, walked on the outside of the sidewalk. My mother always said ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. We were always told to share whatever we had with whoever else was around – toys, food, space on the couch. My sister and I even had to help with the dishes at my cousins’ house when we arrived after dinner and they were still cleaning up.
What’s wrong with that?
Is it just me, or is our world getting less considerate and more selfish all the time?
And why is it that if you are polite, you must be Canadian, and that’s a slur? I say, let’s be polite, and let’s be proud to be a polite Canadian. And if other nationalities are polite, and mistaken for a Canadian – well, then, welcome to the club!
Just my humble opinion! Blessings, Peg
It’s Wednesday again – let’s see what there is to share. If you want to read more, just click on the link on my sidebar.
1. Describe a typical Sunday in your childhood.
Sunday in my childhood meant chicken for dinner, and a trip to visit grandparents or cousins or both.
2. How comfortable are you with uncertainty? Explain.
I really dislike uncertainty. I like to know where I’m headed, when I’m going there, how it will all come together. As a planner and organizer, I really do like to have all my ducks in a row.
3. What's something you've accomplished recently that might be described as crafty, as in 'arts and crafts' crafty? If crafty doesn't work for you, how about handy? Or both.
Recently I finished a Christmas project, thought it was going to be cross-stitch, only to discover it was needlepoint when I got right down to reading the instructions after saving the magazines for several years. After finishing the stitching, then there was assembly. Really happy with how it turned out:
4. Have you ever worked in a 'food place'. What did you take away from the experience?
I did a couple of stints waitressing in small restaurants while in high school. I learned that I love fruit salad, and that dishes should never be dried because tea towels are dirtier than the air (still don’t dry dishes if I don’t have to! LOL).
5. Cold turkey, talk turkey, what a turkey...in recent days, which turkey phrase or idiom best applies to you and why? Click on the word turkey if you need to read more about the meaning behind each phrase.
A few days ago, I decided to bake some cookies. Not a hard thing to do, I’ve done it before, know what I’m doing – right! Well, apparently not so right! I was a real turkey – adding flour while the mixer was going (you should have seen the ‘snow’), dropping an egg in without cracking it open first (again while the mixer was running). Not so sure what I was thinking, but it sure made for some mad scrambles!!! Reminded me of baking days with my daughter.
The cookies were good though!
6. If you could have any one guest join your Thanksgiving dinner table, who would it be?
My fondest with is to have my kids all home for Thanksgiving – hasn’t happened in a lot of years.
7. What is one thing you must accomplish today?
There are no ‘must-do’s’ on the list for today, and number of want-to-do’s like sew a couple of challenge quilt blocks, or put binding on a quilt, or make another Christmas ornament. Then there’s ‘some day soon we should make a Costco run’ – that’s probably the one that will get done first.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
In many ways this has been a lazy week. Not sure why, but I can’t seem to settle down to doing much of anything. I pick up a book, put it down; pick up a sewing project, put it down; turn on the TV, wander away; head for the computer, forget why I went there and play some solitaire. I tried to start a knitting project, discovered that I need to teach myself how to knit all over again, and then finally got going and discovered my needles are too small, so that all came out again. Guess I need to find a purpose somewhere and then get a move on. This all probably relates back to my need for certainty. There are a few things a little uncertain right now – just need to wait out the time to see how it will all turn out.
Here’s to a happy Thanksgiving (US) season! Blessings, Peg
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Oh, how delightful to have a little one ‘tell’:
We’re awaiting our first grandchild (well, actually 3rd, but the first two were born way too early and only survived a very short time), and anticipating all the delights of grand-parenting. It’s with excitement and joy that we await meeting our little Gracie (my name for her).
My dad said, a while back, ‘you sure waited a long time for this’. And he’s right. I’m the oldest of six, and four of the others are already grandparents for a few years already. Somehow, in the last 10 years or so, I’ve suddenly become a grandmother-in-waiting, and feel like the only reason we had children was so that we could become grandparents (not actually true at the time but…..). Somebody said a while back that grandchildren complete the cycle of life, and many times I think that must be true, especially as I see and hear others’ delight in this phase of life.
While we’re excited and joyful and happily anticipating meeting this new little person, we also are anxious and worried. Gracie is threatening to join us out here in the big wide world, and we all know she’s not yet ready at only 23 weeks. Mama and Papa and various doctors are all trying to persuade her to be patient, and much, much work is being done around that and also to help her to be as ready as possible when she makes her debut.
In the meantime, the best – and hardest - thing that Mama can do is stay in bed. As a consequence, her MIL is with her now for a few days, and then I’m headed out for a while – to cook and clean and keep her distracted somewhat from ‘baby’ thinking. I leave tomorrow, so quilting is on hold, and blogging may be even more spotty than it is already.
All positive thoughts and prayers welcome! Blessings, Peg
I’m going to a party – and you’re all invited to come along!
It’s a blog party (of course) and an opportunity to meet new blogger friends.
Victoria, over at 2 Bags Full, is hosting this party, asking that participants introduce themselves and their blogs, with the possibility of adding blogs to our reading lists and/or adding followers to our blogs. Many will also be offering give-aways to any who comment – you’ll find details of my give-away at the bottom of this post. To find the list of participants, simply follow the link on my side-bar.
But first, to the business of introducing myself:
My name is Peg, I’m wife of over 40 years to Grizz who at least pretends to understand why I do what I do and supports no matter what; mother to six, three born to us and three added by marriage; Christ-follower; quilter; cross stitcher; and soon to be grandmother.
This picture was taken last September when we had a rare half hour when we were all together in one spot. My parents, on the left, were there with us. The three children born to us are the two boys in dark blue and the girl in the white top standing next to Grizz. I’m the one on the other side of Grizz, peeking out from behind the shoulder, not sure how that happened LOL!
This blog was started as a journal, more than anything a quilting journal, when I retired a few years ago. Even though quilting is the main topic, I’ve included family times, travel adventures, some cross-stitch and even occasional knitting projects, geo-caching treks, volunteer efforts, happenings in the world around me, and sometimes just some words about things I see and hear.
My blog banner includes some of my favorite quilts, and here are a few others:
Cross-stitching has long been a passion of mine, and it’s a rare evening when I don’t have a piece in my hands. Just a few months ago, I completed this years-long project:
It is finally off at the framer’s – I can hardly wait to hang it on the wall, and there will surely be a picture to share!
We love to travel, have a trailer that has taken us on two cross-country trips as well as to Alaska and California and various closer-to-home destinations over the years. We’ve also enjoyed a few cruises. Stay tuned for our next travelogue!!
As I said earlier, we’re expecting our first grandchild in a few months, and I’m sure there will be lots to share when she comes along! Now she’s about 10 inches long and weighs about a pound, and is very, very squirmy! She’s keeping us all on our toes already, and much, much care is being taken to ensure that she waits as long as possible before facing the big, wide world out here.
And now for a give-away. Because I’m a quilter, and I do try to focus my blog on quilting, this give-away will be somewhat aimed at quilters, but I hope others could find these useful. The winning person will receive the following (these are pictures from the patterns, the actual projects are not yet made):
|This little coaster could sit nicely beside your sewing machine. Pattern found on Made by Ale. Non-sewers can put it anywhere, and let everybody think they sew!|
|A lovely little pin-cushion based on the pattern found at I Sew Free. Even if you’re not a quilter, or even a sewer, a pincushion surely comes in handy when something needs to be mended.|
I may add in another goodie or two, time will tell!
No requirements other than a comment. Say, for my own inspiration in deciding what I could add to the package, why don’t you tell me what your favorite hobby is.
If you don’t have a blog, or a Google account, simply send an email (click on my blog profile left side-bar). Please be sure that you provide a way for me to contact you – in other words, don’t be a no-reply commenter, or put your email address in your comment.
Winner will be drawn on February 15.
Happy, happy blog party! Blessings, Peg
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Eight years ago, an old man told me a story that took my breath away. His name was Louie Zamperini, and from the day I first spoke to him, his almost incomprehensibly dramatic life was my obsession.
It was a horse--the subject of my first book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend--who led me to Louie. As I researched the Depression-era racehorse, I kept coming across stories about Louie, a 1930s track star who endured an amazing odyssey in World War II. I knew only a little about him then, but I couldnt shake him from my mind. After I finished Seabiscuit, I tracked Louie down, called him and asked about his life. For the next hour, he had me transfixed.
Growing up in California in the 1920s, Louie was a hellraiser, stealing everything edible that he could carry, staging elaborate pranks, getting in fistfights, and bedeviling the local police. But as a teenager, he emerged as one of the greatest runners America had ever seen, competing at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he put on a sensational performance, crossed paths with Hitler, and stole a German flag right off the Reich Chancellery. He was preparing for the 1940 Olympics, and closing in on the fabled four-minute mile, when World War II began. Louie joined the Army Air Corps, becoming a bombardier. Stationed on Oahu, he survived harrowing combat, including an epic air battle that ended when his plane crash-landed, some six hundred holes in its fuselage and half the crew seriously wounded.
On a May afternoon in 1943, Louie took off on a search mission for a lost plane. Somewhere over the Pacific, the engines on his bomber failed. The plane plummeted into the sea, leaving Louie and two other men stranded on a tiny raft. Drifting for weeks and thousands of miles, they endured starvation and desperate thirst, sharks that leapt aboard the raft, trying to drag them off, a machine-gun attack from a Japanese bomber, and a typhoon with waves some forty feet high. At last, they spotted an
Happy Halloween to you all.
We’re not big on Halloween in this house, and generally tend to try to ignore it. But this morning, I found a Halloween Blog Hop that was lots of fun, and inspiring for anybody who loves to cross-stitch. So why not head over to Serendipitous Stitching and hop around, discover the mystery phrase, and see all the wonderful stitching that these folks have done for Halloween (and lots of other occasions as well). And you might win a prize while you’re at it!
Happy Halloween Hop! Blessings, Peg
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On our way home, our last campground was ‘Noah’s Ark’. We’d always been curious to stop there, and had read good reviews. It was a lovely place to stop, very friendly people, including an owner named Noah….
Who is building an Ark:
It’s amazing – built apparently on a boat hull, they serve frozen yogurt there. A must-stop for every camping traveler!
Happy camping! Blessings, Peg