Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Community Hooking

With the all the extra time
I’ve been hooking away on my 1840’s rug
(Lucy dog is in the upper left holding it down.)
The farm motifs include a horse, chicken, goat, and cat
 as well as fence posts coming from both sides 
of the centre log cabin. 
The plan is to highlight the animal motifs
with radiating outlines so they do not get “lost.”
I’m hooking in a hand cut #8 as my cutter has not
yet arrived
 (shout out to Bolivar to move along faster).
The size of the rug?
 I’m not sure as I drew it out on a leftover chunk.
I like the inviting light in the windows.
Doesn’t it look safe and cozy? 

Our Evening Matters rug hooking guild 
had pins made to celebrate 25 years.
See the “hooker” under the lamp post? 

Because our group is taking an isolation hiatus,
we are sending each other photos of rug progress as 
well as hooking questions.
Speaking of isolation, isolate in body only.
Please reach out to neighbors and friends and family 
and connect— both for your mental health and their’s.
Even here in eastern Canada the air is feeling spring-y
and the snows and ice are melting!!!!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

March marching on

About time for a new post I’d say!
The winter has been much better than last year 
as far as my own mental health.
Peri menopause hit hard in 2018 and 2019.
I finished the Grandmother rug, 
using up some of my old wools
 The brick doorstop gives you a size perspective.
Pastel flowers seemed the way to go to avoid 
taking over the centre.
Never stumped for what to hook next, 
I was stumped for what to hook next.
That still small voice kept urging me to hook my own pattern.
Finally I dug out a piece of linen and used the whole of it for a
log cabin and country yard scene.
Here is the central motif:
I think it will turn out nicely-
Stay tuned.
And to celebrate my hubby’s 50th we added 
a new furry pet to our home and 
put a hold on a Scottish Terrier pup being 
born soon in Cape Breton.
Meet Reggie!
Reggie is 8 months old and a cuddle bug and playful 
friend to our long time dog, Lucy.
He sleeps in his own room at night and is 
quiet as a mouse. 
Of course, he loves my wool.
Our small evening guild has been busy 
learning how to use punchneedles, having official pins
made, and selling raffle tickets for the rug below.

Isn’t it a beauty?
Have a beautiful and healthy week 
and create daily♥️

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!