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Thursday, November 26, 2015

If only my life were my own.................

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like with NO obligations to anyone but yourself?  Imagine all the sewing we would get done!  Imagine how stress free our life would be!

I know it'll get better. It's like going to the gym.  I have been doing something different than the spin class. I'll do one of the other cardio machines and as I do that - I am surrounded by TVs and OK - so I listen to one of the morning shows for a half hour. 

Then the other day, I went back to spin class. While there was loud music and videos of crazy people doing crazy things - I do most of my thinking there.  So guess what - I'm going back to spin class. It's so much more relaxing than listening to the craziness on the TV. 

Speaking of craziness, here is the picture that started that nutty camera situation on the weekend. When I was digging through the cupboards, I found this quilt - do you see what is on the quilt?

What is on that quilt?

Yep - that would be tractors!!!!!!
Not sure the story on this one, but got a chuckle out of finding that quilt.

Here is a picture of one of the quilts that I finished at the retreat. Yes - still trying to put all that stuff away. It's happening slowly.
Flannel squares quilt top - DONE

Backing, binding and top - DONE - going in the TO BE QUILTED pile

Yep - that pile just gets bigger and bigger.  Actually it doesn't bother me at all.  And no - don't ask for one of them. When I'm ready to do something with them - I will, but for now - they just get stored in totes.

The good news yesterday is that I have received (at last), the new pantographs that I ordered at Market.  They came by ground, but goodness, I think I could have got them faster by bicycle!!!  I have a couple of quilts to do and I was waiting for these pattersn. No more excuses.


On that note - I'm out of here.  Don't forget to read QUILTSocial to see the latest information on the Jade | 35.

Have a great day!!!!!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

There really is justice -------------------

I'm sure you have all seen someone commit an illegal act in their car.  Maybe they ran a red light, blew through a stop sign, cut someone off - you know -  we've all said "where's a cop when you need one?"   Right?????

OK - so yesterday I'm driving to work. I'm on the 403 which is three lanes for regular people and one HOV lane for the smart people.  In case you don't know what HOV means - here's the definition.........

    high-occupancy vehicle
    high-occupancy vehicle lane (also known as an HOV lane, carpool lane, diamond lane, and transit lane or T2 or T3 lanes in Australia and New Zealand) is a restricted traffic lane reserved at peak travel times or longer for the exclusive use of vehicles with a driver and one or more passengers, including carpools, ...

If you read the last line - it clearly states that there is  a driver and one or more passengers. Meaning at least TWO people in the car.

So if you take any of the highways with an HOV lane, there are many times when I see ONE person in the car in that HOV lane. Especially if there is a lot of traffic. That lane is almost always flowing at a good speed and yes it is frustrating to be stuck in traffic while cars in the HOV zip along. But rules are rules and laws are laws.

I am in the lane right beside the HOV lane.  I hear HONK HONK and all of a sudden, someone pulls right in behind me from the HOV lane. Like they are on my bumper. The person honking was a huge bus because he had to slow down as this car moved into my lane.  The car behind me not only had a single person in it, but they crossed the DOUBLE line that seperates the HOV from the rest of the highway.  

GRRRRRRRR................   Then all of a sudden I see what happened.  An unmarked cop car was sitting on the left shoulder of the HOV and the single driver saw that and pulled out of the HOV to prevent a ticket.  But the cop car pulled right in behind the "bad guy"  and had his lights flashing with in seconds.  Oh my god - I was jumping up and down in the car - well as much as one can jump up and down while driving.

Should I mention that the car was a Lexus.   Not to stereotype anyone, but just because you drive a high end car, does NOT entitle you to drive in the HOV lanes without a passenger.  I hope he got a ticket for driving in that lane and for crossing the double line.   YEAH!!!!!!!   That made my day!!!!

No pictures this morning - no issues with the camera - just with timing.  Things are getting better - OK - who am I kidding.  I'm giving myself until Christmas - well the end of the year.  Then things have to calm down.  If not - well - they just have to and part of that means BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT on my part.  No ifs, ands or buts on that one.

In the meantime today - you can check out out the latest QUILTSocial blog and learn more about the Jade | 35.  Gosh - I love that machine. Too bad, I don't need a new one.  But for someone who just wants to do the occasional embroidery - it is perfect.  No need to buy the much more expensive embroidery machine and it sews like a charm.  Something to think about as you make up your Christmas list.

On that note - have a great day!!!!!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

How do you spell R E L I E F????

My camera was in the warehouse as I had remembered it (well I didn't exactly remember it or it wouldn't have gone missing).  But I left the darn thing in the back when I was taking photos.  Not sure how I missed it since I was back there cutting fabric after taking the photos - but I'm not saying anything since there is NO ONE to blame but myself.

Let's just say that I am a HAPPY camper!!!!!!  Or should I say HAPPY photographer????

My camera found!!!!!!

Now here is the situation - my camera, while a very good camera is pretty crapped out.  Look at the case.
Case is pretty scarred up!
 That is from tossing it into my handle bar bag on the bike that has a big screw sticking out in it.  I didn't know at the time. Let's just say that I was lucky that it was the case and not the screen or the lens that got messed up.  Yes - I do have a lens cap somewhere, but the doo dad that holds it on got lost - oh boy - I'm not even going to go there.  However I do have  a FILTER on the lens so at least that saves the lens somewhat!!!

However there is a problem with the camera besides the scratched case.  The shutter doesn't always work and it is having issues with focusing, especially on very white backgrounds.  (and it is going to cost anywhere from $200 - $300 just to have it looked at!!!!)  And my immediate issue was I needed a camera for the weekend.

And that's all I am going to say about it. OK - yes it is a new camera.  This camera will NEVER leave the house.  It will be enshrined because I always need to have a camera to do the blogging - the professional blog.

The older camera is safely stored in one of my two camera bags (that I used when I was at Sheridan) but probably never used since. The video camera and power cords and all are in the same bag - god forbid I lose that bag - I might as well just shoot myself!

Camera bag

So I am organized - I am set. The pictures got taken, they were edited and the text got written and it is up for viewing today. You better be impressed with those photos!!!!

Have a read through QUILTSocial today to get the latest on the Jade | 35 by Husqvarna Viking.  Seriously - are you not impressed by the style of that sewing machine?????   It reminds me of a transformer!  Brilliant.

On that note - I am out of here.  (and for those people with snow - keep it!!!!)   I heard there was a ton of snow in Bracebridge over the weekend. That's where we were the previous weekend. We timed that perfectly!

Have an awesome day!!!!


Monday, November 23, 2015

Under pressure......................

There's a song by that title by Queen.  I bet there is a song title that would be great for many blog post titles.

Let's just say that I'm under a tad bit of pressure these days.  No worries - it will all work out. However it does mean that I don't have a lot of time this morning. However it doesn't mean that I don't have something for you to read. Oh no!!!!!

Check out QUILTSocial this morning.  You are going to LOVE this new sewing machine.  Very creatively designed.


And on that note - I am flying out the door - ooops - better get some clothes on and not PJs. That wouldn't look smart at work!  Unless they happened to be made from Northcott flannel - then maybe I could get away with it!!!!

Have a great day!!!!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

And so the story goes..............................

Not that it helps me one bit - but I do remember more about my sequence of events with the camera.  I remember wanting to tidy up my office and there was one quilt that I wanted to take a picture of - so I could show you!  Trust me - you'll get a kick out it.  So I took the pictures and then laid the camera on the corner of my desk.  That's why it was on the corner of the desk.  Then I moved it to my chair when I stepped out.

I must have taken it from the chair to get the photos in the back later in the day.  I bet I left the camera on the work surface and someone probably just tucked it underneath the shelf rather than bringing it to me or moving it to another visible work surface.   I know - I've only myself to blame. Let's hope it surfaces tomorrow.

Now here is another twist to the story.   Here is DIRECT QUOTE from my blog yesterday.......   This was concerning the new point and shoot that I had bought several years ago and never used. Remember - I knew where the box was, but there was no camera in it.

"Now if M was here - I would have woken her up and accused her of taking my camera. I doubt that she would have  - no reason as she also has a good quality digital camera - I am just saying that to tease her."

GUESS WHAT - turns out that as M is reading my blog - she looks at the point and shoot that she has in her possession - OH - I guess this is the camera Mom is talking about.  She told her father that I gave it to her - if I did - I would remember. I mean - really?????   If I know where the box is - I would know if the camera is in the box or not.  And I would certainly remember giving it to her.  No worries - I wasn't using it - just would have been super handy this weekend - but that is one of the main reasons that I am glad that M has moved out.  I will know where things are and if I can't find them - it is only my fault. And thank god she told me or I would have been ripping the house apart yesterday to find something that wasn't here. I wonder how many others things of mine that she has????????   Just sayin........................

Case in point - I could NOT find the charger for my video camera either.  In my frantic search yesterday - I found the charger in a bag of stuff that she had given to me that she found in her room that belonged to me.  Rather than putting it back where it belonged - it all got shoved into a bag for Mom to deal with.   Oh yes - my life is going to be so super stress free in the future!!!!!

I did find the battery charger to the old point n shoot so hopefully between that (my camera reader on the computer doesn't like the cards which is why I stopped using those little point n shoots) and my phone (which means I have to e-mail the pictures to my computer) - I hope to get the blog pictures up today (it's for QUILTSocial and there is a DEADLINE - not even a fake deadline - the pictures HAVE to be up by Monday AM - no delays are allowed as the blog has to go live on Tuesday AM and the pictures have to be reviewed!!!!!)   so you see why the panic!!!!

I even contemplated buying a new camera - I know!  Everyone thinks I am nuts - but I was considering a new camera because mine is so crapped out.  It is super sturdy, but it does need a good cleaning - it's been banged around in the handle bar bag of my bike for thousands of KM.  In the rain and wherever else. It would be good to have one GOOD camera for "work" stuff and one to just knock around with. And then there would be a backup should I do something stupid again. I even went so far as to go to Henry's - I arrived at 5:08 - they closed at 5:00.  Is that a sign?????

Well - enough about the damn camera business - I did take some photos with my cell phone for today.

Trying to get some order into the studio. It is going to be a disaster until after the holidays.  But I'm OK with that. Yesterday I managed to get the rest of the border fabric that I needed to finish off a quilt that I was working on at the retreat.  I think you have seen this - it's the tiles. But you haven't seen it with the borders on. I was missing a half meter of the outside border.  Now it's on!!!!

Finished quilt top!!!!
It's all Northcott fabric (Artisan Spirit - Shimmer - Emerald) and in the event that I want to have a Northcott trunk show or just to hang in my office - I would like it to be all Northcott.  Since I used to be a Northcott customer - there is a LOT of backings to choose from in my stash. A LOT!!!!!   I found this green - what do you think???

Good enough for me!  
 There was a HUGE whack of this pretty green so it got chopped up and made into a backing - with enough for another backing.

Backing, binding done - quilt now ready to be quilted

HA - I laughed when I put that quilt in the "to be quilted" pile.  That pile just gets bigger and bigger.  I hope in the new year that I can start to tackle some of my own quilts.  We'll see.

I was so disgusted with the mess in my office (which is the dining room that we have NEVER used as a dining room in 12 years) that I decided that today is the day.  While there are several work surfaces in the room - there is NO room on any of them to actually do work.  I removed EVERYTHING from the table. Then I placed the most urgent things on the table or things that I could easily deal with. Then throughout the day - I went and did a task or two.  It is going to take a long time to get through all this mess - but if I don't - well I could just scream!!!!   I guess I could just toss most stuff without looking at it, but I CAN'T do that.  It is so against my nature.  I will try - I will seriously try to break myself of that habit. But if I deal with somethings every day - I am sure that I can work my way through it.  Some days it might be only one thing - other days it might be 100, but I  must deal with something every day.

Pile of crap to deal with!!!!!

I know that I have said it before, but if I could only get it tidyied up - then imagine just having to deal with one or two things each day instead of this huge mess.  It's like our kitchen. It was a HUGE chore to do anything in that kitchen because of the mess.  And if you cleaned up - it got messy very quickly and NO ONE would take responsibility.  Now that issue is solved and the kitchen practically keeps itself tidy.  I love it!!!!!    I have a few things in the office that belong in the kitchen - two bags of recipe books that no one uses since they have been there for 10 months.  I will go through them - pick out one or two books and the rest will either be donated (as if the donation places want them) or tossed.

I can safely put the rest of the utensils back in the kitchen and in the spring - I will empty the kitchen again and try to eliminate more stuff now that M is gone. Since we don't cook much - and certainly never bake - there is NO NEED for any of those items to be in the kitchen.

Oh yes - this is going to be fun!!!!!  

As I was tidying up the pantry - NO - I was looking for camera stuff that is partially stored in the kitchen pantry - I found a BRAND NEW toy for Little Sammy.  So I gave it to her  - a cute squirrel. She loved it!  Since she is too old to chase real squirrels - she can have fun with this one.

Little Sammy and her new squirrel

So you know my orange running shoes.  Many times I get asked where I bought them or what brand they are.  You know - I can't see the brand name on the darn running shoes. Now if I was in the know - I would realize that there is a swoopy symbol on them that stands for Saucony.  I never knew that, but I found the box in my office.  I think they need to do better branding before they take their name off the shoes. Seriously - I had no idea what brand they were.

Box for running shoes
 But if you google Saucony orange running shoes - that is what you get. MY SHOES!!!!!

Saucony orange running shoes!!!!!

I was at Sew Sisters yesterday and had to take pictures with my cell phone which I will share with you later.  But look what I found.   This gorgeous fabric is a Philip Jacobs and it is to die for.  (Yes - I know it is competitor's fabrics - get over it!)  It is so bright my eyes went weird after looking at it.  I LOVE it - I bought 6 repeats (just in case). Not sure what to do yet - but it will have to be toned down by some solids for sure!!!!

Gorgeous print by Philip Jacobs

Decided to go to a movie last night. Not just any movie theatre either - but VIP!!!!   We've never gone before but thought we would try it out.  First we walked into the regular theatre having no clue where to go. Then we were personally escorted through the emergency exit doors to get into the VIP part of the building.  Same building - two DIFFERENT entrances.  We decided to have dinner before the movie.  I was quite impressed with the food - very spicy which I liked and the salad was excellent. Then we grabbed our alcholic beverages and moved into the threatre to our reserved seats.

Inside the VIP threatre

OK - I wanted to stand up and take a picture, but thought that was too geeky to do, so I quietly snapped this shot.  HEY - that's not the movie playing - just the trailers.  We enjoyed the experience very much. Although I'm not sure that I would pay that for every movie I went too. But we spent about $120 for two for dinner, drinks and a movie which isn't that bad considering that we had a nice meal, beer and wine, not popcorn and pop (which we never drink).   And we spend close to that for dinner out - so not much more and we get a movie as well.

The only thing that was annoying were the people in our row.  The servers were constantly passing us as they served the 6 people to my right.  Even when the service stopped while the trailers were on - these people had ordered stuff that had to be delivered. Since it was during the trailers - it wasn't the end of the world, but it was annoying. Next time - sit on the OTHER side of the theatre since they serve from the side we were on!!!!

We watched Spectre - OK - I am of the clueless kind in a movie - I go for the action. If I am to figure out or recognize a face or god forbid recognize a clue from ANOTHER movie - nope - not going to happen.  So there was a lot of action in this movie, but it was also a slow movie - just like the title song!!!!

And now today it is back to some serious work. For breaks - I get to sort and organize!!!  Yippeeee - my kind of day.

On that note - have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stupid stupid stupid!!!!!!!

And I'm talking about myself here!!!!!

Seems there is a whole lot of other stuff going on this blog and not much quilting or cycling!!!   I hope to change that real soon.  Anyway - as you know I always have my camera with me. And yesterday in preparation for some upcoming stuff - I took a couple of pictures at work.

Then this morning when I went to take a picture, I looked in all my bags and NO CAMERA.   I thought for a few minutes - oh shoot - I remember taking the pictures are work.  Now the part that bothers me is - where is the camera at work?   At one point, I remember putting it on my desk and as I was walking out the door - I thought - I should put that camera in a less visible spot so I think I dumped it on my chair. And I remember being in the back taking photos.  In what sequence did those two events occur?  No idea -  so I don't remember if the camera got left in the back or did I miss it in my office when I left?????

I tell you - I am SICK.  I cannot believe I did that.  I almost went into a panic this morning. I have two classes this morning and I like to take pictures and I NEED that bloody camera this weekend to do some blogging.  Oh yes - I am sick. Not like it was just over night - no big deal - but TWO WHOLE DAYS.

OK - let's not panic. What are the options?  Hmmmm - I know I have a small (brand new) point n shoot camera.  I know exactly where the box is - but there is NOTHING in the box.  No camera, no battery, no cord. Oh and let's just say that I also had my video camera at work yesterday but just before leaving I thought to myself - you better bring that camera home.  No thought to the digital camera. GRRRRRRRR   - stupid stupid stupid!!!!!

OK - so that small camera has to be here somewhere. I have searched the house high and low - no camera - I did find my old point n shoot - dead batteries and no chargers to be found.

Let's just say that a bit more tidying MUST be done - there is camera stuff all over the flipping house and I'm not happy.

I found FOUR cameras in my search - my little point n shoot - the old one.  The blue one????   No idea what that is.  That other monster is a film camera!!!!!   Good grief.  Hey - I found rolls of film too!!!!   The other one is my grandfather's camera which I will never part with - a beautiful Pentax that takes amazing shots.

Cameras cameras - but NOT the right one

Now if M was here - I would have woken her up and accused her of taking my camera. I doubt that she would have no reason as she also has a good quality digital camera - I am just saying that to tease her. But I could have borrowed her camera this weekend, but NO - she is now in Vancouver with her camera.   You see how I am my own worse enemy??????

So now my kitchen looks like this........................

Camera stuff all over the counter and tables

This is why it is so important for everything to have a home.  ALL the camera stuff should be in one place. Then imagine how easy it would have been to find that small point n shoot, the battery and a charger so I could be in business.  I believe the point n shoot has a higher pixel rating than my digital camera.

Now if the camera isn't at work - well I know it is - just hope it didn't develop legs and walk away.  STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!!!   At this point - I don't even care about the camera - it needed major sevicing anyway but I WANT the damn card in it.

So I must just get over it - there is NOTHING I can do until Monday morning when the office opens.  Just breath - relax - breath - relax. I will continue to look for the small point and shoot - I am certain that it will serve my purpose for the weekend IF I can find it.   In the meantime - there is my camera on my phone which I used this morning. Works but not the same.

Thank goodness I didn't realize the camera was missing last night because I was busy quilting a quilt and it is done and ready for delivery today.

Customer quilt - DONE

 As I was searching - I found a few other things that need to be dealt with.  I got this from Jill in California who sent me some license plates a LONG LONG time ago.  Jill - I have five to send back to you - they have been sitting here FOREVER.   Thanks so much!!!!!!!    She also sent me this little embroidered cow - it's so cute!!!!

Little Cow!!!!!!

Oh yes - speaking of the kitchen.  I am NOT kidding - DH and I are skirting around that thing like crazy.  No one dares leave a dirty dish on the counter. You better mop up all spills and god forbid that the dish washer doesn't get started over night!!!!  It is pretty funny. With the exception of my madly ripping the pantry apart (which is where some of the camera stuff is stored), that kitchen is spotless!

In case you are wondering about those four EMPTY (well - near empty rooms) upstairs - I think I am going to empty the rest of the house into those four rooms - sort EVERTYHING into like categories.  I"m on a tear so watch out!!!!!!!!!!!

On that note - I am out of here to see what I can unearth in this mess.  And we aren't even hoarders - far from it!!!!!!

Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Friday, November 20, 2015


I am the most emotonal person in the world   (OK - not really - but I cannot help but cry at a funeral).  I absolutely dread going to a funeral or a visitation even for someone I don't really know like the husband of a friend.

I am fine until the moment I walk in and see the family members. Then I start blubbering. I remember going to a funeral of a young girl who had passed very suddenly.  She was an only child and when I spoke to her parents at the visitation, they were so calm and collected. They didn't shed a single tear - well maybe they did at the service. And there is me - blubbering all over the place.

And sometimes the situation can be very awkward.  Let's say there is someone that you know from one aspect of their life. You are part of that person's life but just for one aspect of their life - like a hobby  - so they are an acquaintance, not really a true buddy.  You go to the visitation and you are the only one from your group. After chatting with the immediate family, there is no one left to talk to. It is best to go in numbers - at least there is someone to talk to and that takes my mind off why I am there - or at least I stop blubbering!!!!

All that to say that yesterday I went to the visitation for Eleanora. She was a part of our Monday Motivator group for many years.  She fell ill a couple of years ago and we saw less and less of her as time went on and she became focused on getting better so she could spend time with her grandson.  We did visit her occasionally at her home.  Anyway - I was very glad that I went to the visitation as I did not get to the visitation of another Monday lady who also recently passed away and I feel bad about that.

I finally got around to unpacking - more or less - the box of stuff that I collected while I was at Market. Only because I needed to get to the business cards that I collected.  And look what I found - a fabric license plate.  Wow - when I got home, I already had this one. I must have purchased it TWICE - DUH!!!!!  No worries - I owe a few people a couple of plates still.

One more fabric license plate

Here is a quick preview of a new project that I'm working on.  Remember those strips that I had at the retreat???   Well - never got anything done with them so now it is time to work on them. I won't reveal the project until it is done - but it is going to be a knock out!!!!

New project started
This is made with the new Northcott Stonehenge brights that are to die for!!!!!   Six different colors - five gradations of each.  Oh yes - I'm in love!!!!!!

I was on my way to work yesterday - no I was on my way to the visitation yesterday when I spotted this car ahead of me.  WHOA - do you think they have spacial issues?????   I grabbed my camera that was on the front seat and snapped this shot while we were stopped at the traffic light.


Now if that van had a standard transmission and a new driver - I can understand, but I rather doubt that van was standard.  I mean there were FLASHING lights in the back window - one said STAY and the other said BACK.

Let's just say that there is so much going on right now - that I barely have time to think.  So much to tell you, so little time and there is only so much I can load you down with in one day!!!!  

What did you think of my bomb shell yesterday???   I will have to take pictures of my kitchen - either DH and I are skirting the issue and being very tidy since it will be pretty obvious who is making any mess - if it's not me - it must be him.  Or it was M who was making the mess.  Now with no third party involved, we are much more accountable!!!!!    And the fridge - I've never seen my fridge stay so clean for an entire week.  I'm in heaven!  I"ll take pictures to show you.

On that note - I have to get the day started - well who am I kidding - it started at least 4 hours ago - but time to move to the next task on the agenda.

Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!