Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Home Again

The only negative thing about my trip to Virginia was the positive Covid test the day after arriving home.

Between naps I have pulled a few loops.Here is an up to date pic of the Stella mat, the gift rug for my sister-in-law. It’s coming along and I think I like the way “Stella” and the “zzzzz” are not so prominent. What’re your opinions? 



 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Thanksgiving Greetings


 May your Thanksgiving week be filled with family, friends, good memories, and a table of plenty.
 
I am full of gratitude for a warm home, food in the pantry, friends and family galore, the extravagant Love of Christ and the beauty of creation. 
No matter how difficult a season in life may be, there is always always, always reason to be thankful.
 If you’re in one of these may you find some joy my friend. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Snow and Changes


 
I’m working hard to finish “Stella,” my own drawing of my sis-in-law’s dog who loves to sleep and to chase bunnies.

I hope to complete the dog today. Snowy weather may help me stay in! This will be our first real snow in New Brunswick. 

My news is that I'm saying good-bye to volunteering with my friends at the mental health activity day centre and volunteering once a week at Kings Landing Historical Village. 

I'd have loved to work at the Kings Landing site in summers, donning a period dress and wandering the village, but hubby and I love to rv. But, I discovered their collections centre has staff year round. Don't you know they welcomed me and have me started reviewing their rug collection.

Pinch me!!!!  

In other updates....

I’ve been to a hook-in, hosted by a group from St. Andrews, NB. I sat by fellow blogger, Julia, who had a superb time too.




         The vendor was Get Hooked, Krista Taylor. 

This last weekend, two girlfriends and I went back to Ballast Lodge in Johnson’s Mills, NB. A place of solitude, we had Shepody Bay at our door.


                                      And nearby Ladysmith House hosted a Christmas Faire.



           This is my kind of gown!

I did a lot of looking and less spending--- leaving with ideas plus some fig jam and peppermint wax melts. 
Saturday we leave for Virginia, celebrating Thanksgiving with hubby's family this year. It's his turn. Safe travels to all my US friends over the holiday. Thanksgiving is my favourite: the warmth of family gatherings and delicious food without the pressure of gifts!

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Beloved Visitors

 

My parents, ages 79 and 80, drove up from Myrtle Beach area and here they are on our 8 mile bike along the St John river here in Fredericton NB.

They love our province. We had a too quick visit of 7 days. Mom suffers  debilitating fear at times over covid— both spreading it or getting it. It’s a miracle she got here and a gift that she enjoyed it. 

I’m so blessed to have flexible work, so we had most hours together. 



        
           The two small stones are all that is left of a hundred? or so who decided to establish Fredericton in mid 1700’s. Apparently most died of exposure. All they had were tents and make shift huts. The cold would have been brutal here. I find it troubling that the modern stone delineating this place is a mess. I’ve a keen interest in old graves, their art and the history they supply. 
This church is in the country beside an apple orchard. Dad, ma and I picked a big bag. The resulting applesauce was amazing. 

I put down my Hollow-ween rug to create a dog rug for my sister-in-law for Christmas. I didn’t have the proper rust colour for “Stella” so I married colours in the dye bath yesterday and it worked very well.
 Stay tuned!


Thursday, October 13, 2022

Amazing Women

Autumnal Greetings!!!Front yard now


This fantastic mat, approximately 15x18 was hooked in 10 days by a woman in Reach. Reach is a day program for those suffering from mental disorders. She takes a sharpie and sketches a few lines onto her backing and then grabs colours. This is an accurate, folksy, depiction of our group! I’m the standing blonde! The women in this group never cease to amaze me. They are courageous.

I bought these from a local maker. Aren’t they great? I was thinking snowmen would be super for Christmas time. 
 

My parents are here! They made the long drive north from the Myrtle Beach area. It took them four days. I am guessing this is their last attempt at the arduous drive. Mom is afraid of flying after years of doing so.

A fun tradition that our rug hook in on group has done at Halloween: an Ugly/MonstrousWool Swap. This involves a 3x12” swatch of hideous wool (or autumnal wool) and one’s fav candy bar. The exchange is done at the meeting closest to Halloween. Simple! 


Sunday, October 2, 2022

October Kings Landing


Kings Landing historic site closes next weekend; end of season. Four of us went yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed a walk around. Fall colours are slow but coming, the air was redolent with wood smoke and open hearth baking


Many apple trees grow along the homes and visitors gathered a few. I’d brought a bag and filled it with the different varieties; enough that I made a couple jars of apple butter and a rustic galette.

I’ll leave you to a few more photos, beginning with a favourites of many, the stone Jones’ house.








And hubby patiently bearing his partners photos and pleasurable dip into history 

We stopped at Coburn’s Orchard to admire this pumpkin house. I can tell you that the kids there were delighted. The big kids too.


 Happy
Fall
All 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Menopause and Mat

Johnson’s Mill, NB



What does one do when the full moon and menopause low collide? One hies her to a secluded cottage for four days with the only suitable company she has… herself.

And the swift tides of Fundy bay and the woods and fossil rocks keep one company:  no judgement, only a steady reminder to Be. Kind God knows my needs. 

So I “was”. Slept well, ate well, read, wrote, hooked, climbed boulders, hiked, gazed at unique cemetery stones. My sister asked if I was afraid alone. With those hormones flaring, I was afraid for anyone who would want to bother me. 

I’m calm for now. 



Here is how my “Holloween” rug is progressing. I designed it, inspired by a silhouette I saw.
It will have more edge hooked, more orange added and will be pressed well.

Here is the lovely desk I got at auction.
Very me.
 
And here is a stitched piece I bought in my hometown of Strasburg, Va. it was completed in 1937. I purchased it one year ago for twenty dollar bill. The reason I’m posting it now is that I saw a similar one today on Etsy for $503. 
Someone’s overcharging or I made a good investment.
I assume the design chart for the piece was sold to honour the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth, back in 1932. 

Aside from midlife strife, I’ve got cold symptoms that mimic covid but I’m testing negative. I’m going to sit tight at home. 
Daughter and boyfriend decided to fly to Cuba a day before a hurricane was to hit. I’m waiting to hear from her. Her last update was that she and boyfriend went to get bottled water but the shelves were bare, so they cleverly bought bottled rum at the same cost as water would have been. Well I hope they enjoy brushing their teeth with that.

And hello Autumn, I’m so glad you’re here!
🍁  πŸŽƒ 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Rug Winner


 The winner of the rug raffle benefiting Villa Madonna Retreat of Rothesay, New Brunswick is

Caroline Simpson 
of New Brunswick!!!

$850 was raised and I thank all you blog readers who purchased tickets!


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Birthday and Historic Village

Last week I turned another year older— fifty-two—and celebrated with a trip to a cool market, antiques stores, bluff hike and German restaurant. The day was a bit overcast but hubby, friends and I had a great time! 

That’s a look of dreadπŸ˜™

Me and hubby
Kredl’s market had it all: gourmet foods, plants and a fast food stand


Friends Mike and Tammy went with us to Germany in 2018, so it was fitting that we dined at this more local German restaurant. Giermindl’s Old Bavarian Restaurant was in this beautiful chalet in the middle of rolling hills. Delicious fare! 

Today I took advantage of some free time and grabbed an umbrella and water for a stroll through historic village of Kings Landing site. Here are some scenes from today:



The St. John river is a tranquil backdrop 


Scarecrow in the stocks

A very curious pig
I’d love to have this! But the rug below is hideous in colour but glorious in form:








Large Penny rug

Sweet child’s bed

!


Hubby scratched these calves with a stick last visit and they so appreciated it.


Leaving was kind of sad but the experience had 
renewed me. 

Schools begin next week and our rug hooking groups reconvene.
 I am refilling one bird feeder daily and the other several times weekly. The feathereds are bulking up for flights South, or, for the few who stay, fattening for the long winter.