Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Election Finally Over

Well, Sunday's Parish Annual meeting went pretty well all told. One gentleman (and I use the term loosely) always asks the same questions. Seems he always wonders why we pay for the salaries of three priests. He always gets the same answers but never seems to understand what he is being told.
We didn't have an election this year after all. Shucks and I was looking so forward to the excitement it could have generated. Oh well at least all positions except one are filled and that one I will keep working on.

The weather has turned for the better and our snow piles are rapidly disappearing. However the city looks very dirty right now.

This is all that is left of the 6 foot snow pile in our front yard. The back yard is still under about 3 feet of snow, but I can tell it is disappearing a bit every day! I can hardly wait until it is all gone and the yard is dry enough to play in the dirt.
Off to visit everyone. Hope you all have a wonderful evening. God bless.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Busy Finishing Projects

The past week has seen me getting two days off of work, and what better way to spend my day than completing a couple of my unfinished knitting and sewing projects.

Well to be completely honest I just started the sewing project. I am planning on making a denim quilt for our family reunion. We are supposed to bring something for a silent auction and I figured this would be perfect. I tried to do something different than usual, but it took many days to make this one block, I think I will use it in the center of the quilt and just do what I normally do when making one.

This is a picture of the one block I made. It did turn out very nicely, but was way too time consuming. I should be able to use it as the center of my quilt however.

My knitting needles were also clicking away. I still have one scarf on them, but I hope to finish it up tomorrow. Here is a picture of the scarves that I have completed so far. I am slowly but surely using up the scattered balls of yarn in my stash. These scarves will go in my gift closet to be used for Christmas or other holidays next year.

The weather took a turn for the worst over the past week. We got more snow and the temperatures plunged down to the -20 C overnight. I thought that I could use a few ponchos to use underneath my coat for some extra warmth. These two ponchos are so easy to make and only take 3 or 4 100 gram balls each to make ( depending on the thickness of the wool a person uses). They were a great deal of fun to make and I think I may make a few more out of a thinner yarn for those cool spring evenings.
Too many projects and ideas running through my head. I do hope that I get a chance to finish a few more before the weather changes and calls me outside to the garden.
Well off to visit all of you. Everybody have a wonderful evening. God bless.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I Just Don't Understand

Most of you know from my last post that I have been trying to figure out a way to get new people involved in church ministry. Well, after praying on it for a few days, I decided.....Hey it's our annual meeting and elections coming up in two weeks (one now) and what better way to get people involved and some new faces on the council.

Well unbeknownest to me, someone had asked our Grand Knight (I asked him to chair the meeting as I was in Vegas and he had done a stint as Chairperson) to let his name stand for Vice Chair (which he has also done before).

This is me tearing my hair out. I spent a week getting names of people willing to stand for various positions. People who have never been asked to do anything in the church before (trying to get more involvement of the younger folk) and I had people saying, "Well I thought P____ would be the next Vice Chair!" Now what don't these people including P_____ think "let their name stand for nomination" means? Here I am trying to get more people involved and all they want to do is recycle the same old group. Oh well it seems that I can not win for trying.

Right now I think I have half the parish council mad at me, but in my heart I know that I am doing the right thing. It is time for a massive change of the old guard (not that I am one, I am known to be a rebel) and I am really going to try and see that it happens (if God wills it).

Well off to visit you all now. Have a wonderful evening. God bless.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another Week Gone By

Slowly, but surely the winter is disappearing. The sun is coming up sooner in the morning, I no longer have to drive to work in the dark, and it is still shining now at almost 6:30. It seems as if spring is really going to arrive after all.

I thought that I would share a picture of one of our fantastic sunsets. This picture comes from a brochure where we went on a fishing trip in Northern Saskatchewan.

I think from this you can see why our license plates say "In the Land of the Living Skies". It is also the reason I picked the name of my blog.

Today I attended a meeting for our Church Deanry area. Looking at all the people around the table I suddenly realised that the Church as I know it is changing. We are all aging and so far none of the younger people are stepping forward to take up leadership positions. I shudder to think what will become of us a few years down the road. I already juggle too many hats in my church community and was hoping to hand off a few in the next year or so.

We are doing some stewardship things in our parish to try and get some fresh faces involved, but so far nothing has been achieved. Today I suddenly realised that if I want new and exciting ideas, it may just be that I have to go out and beat the bushes, talk to the youngsters and get their input. I have a Parish Council meeting this week and plan on bringing up my idea. I know our priest will jump on board, it is the others that I am a bit concerned about!

Well off to visit all of you now. Everybody have a wonderful evening. God bless.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Drawing

Well, I figured a week was long enough to leave my give away on before drawing. So today when Harvey got home I started my draw. First I wrote all the names on slips of papers, folded them and put them all in this green bowl.

Next I got Harvey to draw out a name for me. This is the name he drew out of the bowl. Mary you get the purple pillow. Congratulations. Email me your address and I will get it in the mail to you.

Then I started thinking...... These pillows are so cute that they deserve to live in a home where they will be loved and used. I asked Harvey if he would draw another name for me. The person chosen out of the remaining names will get the pink pillow. Here is the name Harvey chose.

Kelli, you are the winner of the pink pillow. If you could please email me at jackielou01@hotmail.com with your address I will get this in the mail to you. Don't use the link as it doesn't work...guess Windows no longer supports hotmail. You will have to cut and paste it into whichever mail you use.

I would like to thank everyone for entering my give away. This was lots of fun, and I hope to do another one in the near future.

Off to visit everyone and let the winners know about their prizes. Everybody have a great evening. God bless.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My Pillows Are Finished

Last night I stuffed the embroidered pillow cases and sewed them shut. They turned out very nicely.

I would like to offer one of them as a give away. Anyone that posts a comment on this post will have their name entered into a draw for the pillow of their choice.

Well off to visit you all. Everybody have a wonderful evening. God bless.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Bits and Pieces of My Library

I thought that today I would post some pictures of my new library. Turns out Harvey liked the idea so much he moved in his computer desk and laptop computer. He took over a corner of the room cause he says it is starting to look very cosy! These are the book cases that Harvey made for me. I had a lot of fun filling the shelves. Fact is I probably could have used another two or three cases as I did double rows of books according to author on quite a few of the shelves. I finally have all my Nancy Drew books out on display and can see which ones are missing.

This is the corner that Harvey choose for himself. I have a feeling that it is going to be a fight to see who gets to use the laptop more.

And what is a library without a phone. It will come in handy when I am sitting nose buried in a book.
I have some gardening books, and a few others to move into their new home yet. Hopefully I will get them down there later today.
Everybody have a wonderful evening. Off to visit you all now. God bless.