Sunday, June 21, 2020

Summer Solstice

We’re experiencing August like weather here
in New Brunswick.
And a covid setback.
My garden is in and I’m already fighting
tiny, winged bugs.
I mixed up liquid Castile, water and a dab of oil.
It seems to be effective. 
I planted tomatoes , peppers, chard, squash, peas,
lavender, thyme and oregano.

And my husband is nurturing 3 cannabis plants
which are not in the photo.
I have mixed feelings on this, but as they are legal
they are here.
I even give them water if he forgets.

We turned our tv in for a projector and huge
Last night we moved these to our yard and showed
Moonrise Kingdom under the moon!
A big success!

After 20 years I’ve picked up my cross stitch
and out down my rug hooking.
This is a freebie pattern and I wanted it to
look like a coverlet so I’m using all navy blue.

Here are the cool labels going on all
the rugs hooked within our guild during covid:

We accepted an offer on the house!
If all goes as planned we will be out of here
July 15!
We want to stay in town but have no idea where
and there are few houses on the market.
I’m strangely calm.

I sure hope this finds everyone well.
We are glad to see minorities rising up, being noticed,
and protesting for change.
As a person of privilege I’m being challenged
and recalibrating constantly.
May the foundations of North America be
re-laid with justice and mercy! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Zoom zoom

Happy Wednesday —if that’s what day it is.
Two Zoom rug groups were pretty successful.
Not many glitches and it was so good to see everyone!
Normally this local group meets twice a month thru June but
now we will meet online every week.
Most of the ladies are retirement age+ and I 
think they’re particularly lonely as several have lost partners.
Heck, we’re all lonely.

Deanne Fitzpatrick of Amherst, NS hosts
a free Facebook class every Thursday,
 at 2:00 Atlantic Time...
She has the most laid back hooking style but it seems to work
 as she is popular.
This Thursday people are invited for a casual
hook-in— join us!

My 1840’s rug is coming along—
almost done! 

There’s a big nipple in the middle where the rug
is bulging but I will iron it several times.
Also, I think I will use a brighter gold on the
third ring out from the centre.
The corners have rainbows which aren’t quite
visible and which I did to add color and motif.
Just realized they could be covid rainbow tributes.

New Brunswick has had only two covid cases in three weeks
so we opened retail stores today. 
I went into our local book shop and coffee store
and tried to support them.
There were only two other shoppers.
Why do we feel reluctant to jump back into the world?
For me, I’ve gotten lazy and hate to dig out my bras 
and make-up again.
And yes, the virus has made me cautious.
Perhaps you feel the same?

Our family member is fully recovered from the
virus but continues to check oxygen levels.
Their province is short on hospital beds;
thanking the Lord a stay wasn’t necessary.

Here is what we are contending with in New Brunswick :
We are sooooo ready for warmth.

And after two months this is how our new cat
and old dog have bonded

Blessings of the week and safety to each of you!

Monday, April 27, 2020

CSA Wisdom

Well didn’t Sunday’s birthday parade just 
go great?
The 60 year old birthday girl had no idea what was 
going on as her daughter got her settled in the yard 
with a glass of wine...
A line of cars, decorated with balloons and banners
came around the corner and slowly passed
in front of her.
We honked, we yelled, we sang,
and we circled back to leave gifts and tp on her lawn.
She cried.

Top photo is birthday girl,
Bottom is two friends.
And she loved the hooked dog!

I finished another UFO:

“Pumpkin Perch” is sold by W. Cushing.
It’s hooked in a 6.

And here’s a bit of advice to take or leave...
In anticipation of possible food shortages AND
to support local growers,
hubby and I enrolled in a CSA 
(Community Supported Agriculture)
to take weekly delivery of a large veggie box.
This begins in June and lasts 20 weeks.
Since there are only two of us 
we will eat some and freeze some. 
Our CSA offers meat boxes too but meat
isn’t high on our needs list.
We will grow a few things on the deck but 
this will ensure a steady supply.

A family member has fallen ill to Covid
but is young and a runner and so far
headaches and fatigue have been the 
only issues.
Prayers abounding...

Friday, April 24, 2020

Willie Nelson

The dog is done!
Minus the backing....
Willie Nelson

The birthday gift for friend Sandy.
He is 8x13”.
Hand cut #6 strips.
I think she will like him.
I get more creative when I can’t go out and shop.

So here is how we will celebrate Sandy’s 60th Sunday:
I’ll give her a call and ask her to sit on her front stoop.
A “parade” of cars with friends will troop by her house.
The cars will bear signs of celebration and each
will pause to leave a gift (and a roll of tp) on her lawn.
Keeping distance is not the best way to celebrate 
but it’s one she won’t forget.
Even in this time when days blur together hubby
and I have a Friday schedule.
We have wine on the sunny deck at 4,
supper of apps later on and then we watch
a movie or two with our dog and cat.
Yes, they both like tv.

I’m trying to balance mourning a life that won’t
soon be the same for a while with things that 
soothe me: walks, hooking, fam connections, prayer...
Most days I don’t feel balanced but my friends don’t either
So maybe this is normal. 
I don’t find it hard to concentrate 
But sometimes it’s hard to breathe

Monday, April 20, 2020

Hooking Dog

I set my 1840s rug aside to hook up
a facsimile of my friend’s dog for her 
60th next Sunday.
“Willie Nelson” is about 10”x5” and will
be a wall hanging.
(I’m going to work more on his eyes.)
Willie came up from NC with 10 other unwanted dogs.
Eastern Canada has a shortage of dogs for adoption so the
dogs found homes quickly.
My friend was so pleased to find him;
they’re a good couple!

I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies-
added oatmeal to half as hubby can’t have it.
I took some to another friend who turns 81 today.
Her bigger gift was a load of garden dirt.
This friend is both blind and deaf and has
the greenest thumb of anyone I know.

Eastern Canada has very low crime rate but
a few days ago a man was murdered in the
park across the street from us and
news about the Nova Scotia killings proliferate
the airways today.
I can’t listen too much.
But I pray for the families and friends.
I pray for the earth.

May we all live in the miracle of life
And the beauty and sounds of Spring!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

2020 Isolation Rugs

I had an idea to stimulate action in our
rug hooking guild.
I ordered heavy duty labels which read:
2020 Isolation Rug
These will be sewn onto the backs of rugs
we work on during this time.
If I need to order more I will.
The seller I used was
ExperimentalDesign on Etsy
This was a special order and I asked that they be 
3”x1” heavy duty.
If you’re reading this and are a solitary hooker
or if you belong to a group, 
I invite you to do the same!!!

Here is where I am on my 1840s rug

I’m wondering if my brown background areas
are too much?
Perhaps I’ll intersperse more falling flowers.
Having the rainbows in the corners helps too.

My hubby and I are still on speaking terms🤣
Jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, card games and baking help.
When those don’t work we separate into
different rooms.
We are watching the African series with Haley Mills
from 1981, The Flame Trees of Thika.
Lovely and reassuring♥️
May your week be blessed with

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Love Your Neighbors

I continue to plug away at my 1840's rug.

I've got the four animals hooked, the centre done, and the "1840"
and leaf motifs finished.
I am hoping that the fence, on either side of the centre, 
and a couple errant flowers in each quarter will balance out 
the fact that the animals aren't huge.
I don't want too much background "empty" spaces.

New kitten, Reggie, is not a helper.
When I begin hooking he nudges under my arms
and gets atop my frame where he promptly falls asleep.
Being the sook I am, I cannot bear to move him
and so we sit and sit and sit.
But the rug is making progress.

I am torn up over these small local businesses that are gasping for air.
I arranged to pick up my favorite soaps from a local seller.
She left them on her porch for me, along with a generous discount.
Rustik Soaps are, hands down, the most gentle and lovely
on my skin of any soap I've tried.
The maker, Kate, lives here in Canada and ships for free
 if your purchase is over $40.

My other plug is for local clothing store, Eloise, Ltd.
Eloise's has the most lovely selection of seasonal clothing.

And my husband has started taking delivery from a local coffee roaster
who also brings bread to the door.
Methinks next time we will skip the bread as we both 
over-gorged on it.

You have local stores to aid as well.
What will happen when the isolation period ends and 
these businesses try to re-open? 
I shudder to think.
But any purchases made from them now helps.

My own business, decluttering for seniors, has been put on hold too,
but my partner makes enough that we don't need to worry.
So we worry about everyone else.
When I'm clear headed enough, I turn the worry 
to prayers.
Love your neighbours...
I have seen so many examples of this worldwide that I am encouraged.