Wednesday, 29 May 2019

May 29/19

Wow! It has been ages since I have posted on this blog. My cross stitch bug has been displaced by a knitting bug these days. My partner will kill me if more yarn comes in the door, but knitting has been a good way to keep my hands and mind busy these days as I deal with the details of a move. Yep, that's correct, move. The fella' and I are relocating to Ottawa for his job so our lives have been a whirlwind of me working on getting re-licensed in Ontario, looking for a job, finding a place for us and our critters to live and spending time with our amazing friends here in Nova Scotia.

Stress has been an ever present companion as we only have 3 months total from our notification to the day the moving truck pulls out of our driveway. To deal with the stress, the dogs and I have been taking very long walks around town every evening so that I can concentrate on something else and to work off the body effects of stress.

Anyhoo, once we get settled in Ottawa, hopefully my cross stitch bug will come out of hibernation. All the best to you, dear readers, and happy stitching!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

March 19/19

Well, things have been busy since the last post. My Rotary club donated $3000 to buy medications for the medical mission that I did March 2-9 in the Dominican Republic. I purchased all of the prescription and over the counter medications for the clinics that we ran in villages and in one of the jails. My house was over run with boxes for weeks as I stashed them in every corner of every room until they were packed. As an aside, let me give a big shout out to Air Transat who granted me 3 free pieces of baggage for humanitarian reasons.  Here is a glimpse of my pharmacy!

A wicked head cold that I developed on the day I returned home plus the fella' being away for a week meant that the dogs were not walked much and little crafting happened around here. Tonight was the first time in weeks that I did more than a few minutes of crafting. The snowman ornament now looks more like a snowman than a white and grey blob.

I did finish the back stitching on this bib last week. You must ignore the weird crease marks. I made the mistake of leaving a dog uncrated and she decided to 'inspect' the needle work projects that are piled up beside my spot on the couch. She had been in her kennel all day while I worked on Friday with a couple of visits from one of our neighbours and I felt guilty about leaving for book group that evening so I left her out of the kennel. BIG MISTAKE. I came home to her gnawing on my embroidery hoop and this bib along with several dish cloths strewn across the couch. Grrrrrr!!!

The fella' was visiting one of his sons last week in Ontario and his son's little sister made these book markers for me after careful consultation with the fella' about my favourite colours. Her mom said that she worked hard all week deciding on the designs and colours, putting the beads together and then ironing them together. How sweet is that?

Happy stitching!

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Feb 21/19

Progress report! Work just about did me in yesterday so I came home, ate, took a shower and sat down to stitch to relax. The bib is coming along nicely, if I do say so myself.

I needed the quiet stitching time last night as I am one of those people who like to take on several big life projects at one time and be busy to the point of insanity. My house is being overrun with supplies for a trip to the Dominican Republic in just over a week. There are bags and boxes of medications and supplies stashed in every nook and cranny. In addition to that, I have been working on my pharmacy continuing education to get that done as soon as possible. It is not due until September, but with the threat of the fella' being posted out of this town, I want to be prepared if I need to relicense in another province. My philosophy is to do a little bit every day on my various projects and eventually, a little bit here and there adds up to something much bigger.

Well, time to get back to stitching this evening. Happy stitching!

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Feb 19/19

Progress update on the bib:

I was too tired to do much more than stitching on Sunday after a wonderful day on Saturday at a curling bonspiel. Today was a provincial holiday here in Nova Scotia so I could not run my errands today like I usually do so, rubber arm twisted, I stitched! The one errand I could do today was pick up my new passport from the post office (the holiday was provincial, not federal, so federal employees were at work). Considering that I leave for the Dominican Republic on March 2 for a medical and Rotary trip, time was running out for me on the passport renewal which I left to the last minute instead of renewing it last February when it expired.

The weather was cold and calm this afternoon so the dogs and I headed to the Bay of Fundy for our daily walk. They love running on the beach, sniffing all the smells in the tidal pools and in the seaweed. The dogs did not seem to mind the icicles that formed on their bellies and legs from running through the pools and the streams. Those white flecks on Tillie's butt are icicles, but clearly she is not the least bit fazed as she lies in the wet seaweed to catch her breath before chasing after Maggie, our other dog.

Our beaches are cold and rocky here. Walking on these rocks is a balancing act to avoid twisting knees and ankles. I love looking at the rocks to see all their shapes and colours with the hope of seeing sea glass. Sadly, I saw lots of plastic garbage and no sea glass.

The tide was still going out while we explored the beach. The water was so beautifully calm after the wind that has been buffeting this region for days. At one point, we were far enough down the beach that we could not hear anyone else and the quiet was so calming to my soul. The sea air fill my lungs and the joy of watching my dogs run along the shore made me happy. It was a lovely afternoon.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Feb 14/19

Happy Valentine's Day! I bought the fella' a funny card from me and the critters and he is doing something special tomorrow after he gets paid. We don't get all crazy for Valentine's Day, opting instead for trying to be kind and thoughtful to each other every day. We often fall down in that goal, but we keep trying.

I started a new cross stitch project the other day. My massage therapist is having a baby boy in July and I thought of the perfect gift from me to her after she told me during my appointment that she is having a boy. I have made this bib pattern before so this picture may look familiar to anyone who has been peeking at my blog over the years. My massage therapist has helped me through some tough times like the time I tore the muscles in my back from coughing so much with pneumonia. I am so excited to stitch this and gift it to her!

Happy stitching!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Feb 3/19

Whew! How is it that it is already Feb 3? Time just keep flying by faster and faster. Admittedly, I have been busy with several big projects this past month so I do know where the time has gone. Since the New Year, my time has been taken up with work, migraines thanks to the crazy weather swings, paperwork for things like a Rotary grant and my work related continuing education, getting ready for a medical and Rotary mission trip in March to the Dominican Republic and another big project that I can not talk about until it is complete. My knitting needles are still clicking away with another 5 dish cloths waiting to have their ends woven in. There are a few paint pots waiting for me to paint some more of our pine furniture, too.

I love being this busy because I thrive on getting things done and trying new things while pushing on the edges of my comfort zone. If I don't try, I won't succeed or have the experience.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Jan 21/19

Wax warmed and buffed and the bench has been put back in its place:

While looking at the two pieces that are painted, I spotted a fourth piece under the dogs' couch (aka as a garden bench) that is natural pine. My to do list includes the table under the television, the storage chest behind the couch, the storage chest under the dogs' couch and the coffee table that is in need of a refreshing paint job. Those are projects for another day!