Saturday, January 11, 2020

January Ponderings

Enjoying a cuppa with a mug my daughter made...

I’ve been praying about my new routine for 2020 
And it appears to be coming together.
On weekdays I spend a few hours emptying 
the home of a former client for an eventual sale. 
And I have more decluttering jobs waiting in the wings.
Some friends and I will meet weekly for a Jesus study.
(We all left the church building years ago and pursue Him
on freer terms).
I’ll be more purposeful about visiting seniors and 
sick—- I know many who suffer mentally too.

Sunday afternoons have evolved into gathering
with several neighbors at the local craft beer place.
Our group includes some who immigrated to Canada 
from far flung places. 
Tomorrow we will host with some Chicken Tortilla Soup
to welcome back a Mexican student who had been
back home for a month. 
We had lived in this spot for ten years before
 this group emerged. 
We combat the ice and snow with community.
Is there a similar crowd in your future?

Our sweet Lucy is slowing down. 
But she continues to be a big part of our household.
Here she is looking spiffy after a bath,
face trim and blow out! 
In fibre news there’s a punchneedle course
I’m attending here next weekend.
Can’t wait!
I dug out my hooking again after a two
month hiatus.
Too long!
May your weekend be restful and reviving....

Wednesday, January 1, 2020


We are home at last; 
I am both sad and happy.
After six weeks away I am sad 
 to say goodbye to family who I seldom see 
and happy to see my friends again.

I have a new selection of wool to inspire new rugs
And candles to light the evenings
And memories to warm the winter...

Wishing you all the joys of the New Year
and simple pleasures throughout!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Southern Seasons Greetings

I’ve been enjoying my time South immensely.
It’s such a great time to see family and be warmer.
I’m not a big shopper but in my wanderings
here I’ve loaded up on things to take North to bring
comfort to my Winter—
pewter candlesticks, linen towels, many scented candles,
and textured wools and a new hooking pattern 
(a turkey, my favourite subject).

My parents and I got to celebrate Christmas
in the lovely seaside town of Southport, NC.
The exquisitely decorated old homes, 
the handbell choir at the historic church,
the holiday market.

Merry Christmas
To All!!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Guadalajara Noel

Guadalajara, Mexico!

It’s only 81 degrees but humid.
Hubby is here for a convention so
I hired a tour guide and found
a most beautiful and historic city filled with
markets and friendly people.
 Day of the dead style creations
Centre of Tlaquepaque
The textiles were amazing but I am not into the super
bright colours.
I purchased a blue and cream bed runner
and several embroidered linen tea towels.
Most of the decorative textiles are hand worked.
 Anthro museum
 Murals by Jose Clemente
We hung out with his grandson
More of the Clemente  murals
The murals were located in this former orphanage
Beautiful cathedral downtown Guadalajara
Four story San Juan de Dios market
If you can’t find it there, it doesn’t exist.

While I’m sad to miss my friends for Christmas
I’m enjoying the warmth and energy of the South.
I’m heading to NC soon for the duration of the holidays.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Back in the Burg

Back in my hometown of Strasburg, Va
It feels strange but good.
The lack of snow and cold is particularly pleasant.
We’ve caught up with a few friends from childhood
Most connections were broken by time years ago.
Sad but true.
As I’ve aged I’ve come to notice the scars
of war and the deep ties to history 
the Valley holds.
I always return to Belle Grove plantation,
usually to go in the gift shop for unique and old time
gifts and to walk the grounds
(as the tour is ingrained in my head).
Unfortunately it’s closed this week but I got a photo:

I wanted to post a recipe in time for your holidays. 
Enjoy family and friends and His creation!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Thanksgiving Ahead

I set aside my Grandma's Rug to make
four cardinal ornaments for friends.
The design is my own. But super simple and cute.
The glue spots near the eye beads
will be removed before giving!

The bittersweet had a banner year.
Because I will be travelling much of the next month
and a half, I chose to let the birds have at them.
The berries continue to cling to the vines even after the snows
began to come.
Scottish terrier, Lucy, was enchanted.
That will be a feeling that will not carry her through the 
whole winter, poor pooch.

And as we gallop toward Thanksgiving for
 you folks in the US, I'll post my ab fav recipe for quick bread.
It is best left to cool, then cover and refrigerate
6 hours, allowing the flavours to marry.

Harvest Loaf

1 ¾ C flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ginger
¼ tsp cloves
½ C margarine or butter
1 T vegetable oil
1 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 C canned pumpkin
¾ C chocolate chips
¾ C chopped nuts

Oven to 350. I insert an extra loaf pan with boiling water in oven to add moisture during baking.
Grease a loaf pan. Combine all dry ingredients well and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in oil. Add eggs and pumpkin slowly. Beat. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients. Add nuts and chocolate chips.
Bake 65-75 minutes. Cool. This is the important step: Let stand 6 hours in refrigerator before removing and slicing. Does not need refrigeration after this. 
The bread tastes much better after this step.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Harvest Hook-In

Snows are headed our way...
10-15 cm for the weekend!
I adore the first snows and then I could leave for the rest of Winter.

This past weekend I hit the road and headed to
a hook-in in picturesque St. Andrews, NB.
Two gals rode down in my truck with me.
Honestly they are such a hoot it was equal to the fun of the day.

The Quoddy Loopers hosted
 and they did such a terrific job.
The church hall was brimming with hookers and a vendor.
As per usual, the homemade soups, sandwiches and dessert 
squares were delicious;
 and no one makes a cup of tea like a Maritimer.

Sande Gunning of Leamington, Ontario
(and formerly from here) returned with awesome wares
Sande made these on a 100 yr old knitting machine
I bought some for my daughter for Christmas
shhhh, don't tell
The rug show was smaller but good
I don't know why there were no labels this year

These are some of the baskets waiting for the drawing

This is the basket I won-
the biggest one there,
stuffed with wool and a mug and tea.
 I have won a basket every year except last year.
It has gotten a bit embarrassing (I get ribbed a lot)
but not so much that I don't buy tickets.
Oh! And three of the women from the mental health day program
came to the hook-in and really loved it too.
So grateful they could come.

 I'm looking forward to some travel South for American Thanksgiving.
I know the month will whiz by so I am savouring the moments:
the last colours of Autumn, the smell of the leaves,
the urgent activity of the squirrels, the Canada geese honking as they flap 
Enjoy the moments too friends.