Monday, April 27, 2009

Sad News

Today I received some very sad news. Yesterday a friend of many years and her oldest daughter were traveling to Regina. Near a small town just an hour away, they were involved in a head on collision with another vehicle and died instantly.

Suzanne, was one of the most optimistic, happy people that I knew. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone she met.

Brittany, her daughter was only 19 years old, and attending her first year of post secondary education.

The world will be a grayer place without them.

Rest in peace my friends.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

What's On My Needles

We received news at the beginning of the week that one of our nephews and his wife just had a baby girl. I put aside my sewing to start knitting an afghan that was suitable for a new baby girl. So far it is moving right along, and as I watch television in the evening I just continue knitting away.

The strange thing is I have learned that 3 other nieces or nephews are expecting new additions to their families in the next 5 months. I think I am going to have a busy summer knitting, seems like I can never keep up with afghans lately for all the babies being born. I may have to find an easier and faster pattern to follow.

Off to visit with everyone. Hope you all have a wonderful evening. God bless.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Locked Myself In My Sewing Room

The weather wasn't the nicest over the last part of the Easter break, and so I decided to brighten my days with colourful fabrics.

I started these summer tops last Saturday and just put up the final hem yesterday evening.

I think they turned out very well and were so easy to make. Other than the hems the whole sewing spree lasted about 4 hours off and on throughout the weekend. These used up some fabric remnants that I have had for a few years. I am now planning to make a few more and use up those pieces of fabric that I picked up at rummage and garage sales. In fact I have one cut out and ready to start this Friday after work. Who knows I may even get another one ready to go! I had forgotten how much fun it is just to sew for me!

Off to visit you all now. Everybody have a wonderful evening. God bless.

Monday, April 20, 2009

My Sweetie

There is a story behind this Chocolate Bar. You see our oldest son left a bar very similar to this one in his room downstairs when he was visiting over the Easter Break.
I cleaned up his room the day he left and saw it lying there in all its chocolate goodness, but instead of eating it immediately, I left it there for a bit later. Thinking to myself, "This will make a lovely dessert for Harvey and I later on."
Well later that night when the chocolate cravings hit I went downstairs to get it and divide it between my sweetie and me. Lo, and behold the chocolate was gone and the empty wrapper was staring me in the face.
I questioned my husband, and found to my surprise that he had found said chocolate and ate it. ((Sighs)), he never even shared it. Oh he had planned on only eating one half of it and bringing the rest upstairs to me, but once started just had to have another bite, until to his utter amazement it was gone!
I came back upstairs, gathered my knitting and tried to put the chocolate out of my mind.....I succeeded, but barely.
To my surprise the next day after work this lovely gift was lying on the table, with a note telling me to enjoy. Seems my sweetie decided that I deserved a chocolate bar of my own!
Got to love a man who brings you chocolate!!!
Off to visit you all now. Everybody have a wonderful evening. God bless.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

What To Do On A Rainy Day

Today has been dark and dreary. It has been raining since I got up this morning, putting me into a melancholy mood. To get myself out of this funk, I decided to move my clothes around. All my heavy sweaters, pants and dresses are now packed away until next winter. I changed the rods in my bedroom closet around to fit all my spring/summer clothes in.

My, my, I really do own way too many clothes. I now need to get some flat boxes or baskets for the top of the closet so I can organize all my wraps and scarves. Perhaps that would tidy it up a bit. I should also hang up my housecoat on the hook behind the door, it looks much tidier that way!

I still had much of the morning left so got busy doing some baking. I haven't baked for awhile and lately I have been craving CHOCOLATE. So here are pictures of my efforts in the kitchen this morning.

These are Brownie Bites. Nice and soft and full of chocolate

Now these are my favorite Chocolate goody. Unbaked Chocolate Cookies. I have convinced myself that because they have oatmeal in them they are healthy.

Then right after lunch I decided that I needed to cut up some old jeans into patches for a denim quilt I want to make. Here is the pile of squares I managed to get.
All in all a productive day! Well off to visit all of you. Everybody have a wonderful afternoon.
God bless.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

All Is Quiet Once Again

Well, all is quiet on the home front once again. While it is wonderful to have my family all home, it is nice to get my washer and dryer, and computer back. Seems as if our sons always have to be online checking something out, or downloading a new programme for me.
I spent the time before the holidays doing a tiny bit of decorating. I found an old twig wreath, some ribbon I had put away, and a great many plastic eggs from when the boys were so much younger (and now I know why I seem to save almost never know). I decided to try my hand at an Easter Wreath.

This is the beginning of my project. Harvey was certainly surprised when he came up from working on our income tax about a half an hour after I started to see this.

The finished project and to think it only cost me some time as I already had everything else in my craft room. The wreath adds a bit of colour to my entryway, and I used up things that might have been tossed eventually.

Then of course the week before Easter saw me also getting some treats ready for the students in the class. First it was melt the chocolate.

Next I poured both white and milk chocolate into some molds I had in the house added some sucker sticks. Voila, the perfect treat for hungry students. The only cost was the chocolate and I managed to get that on sale.

The children loved them and they got one of each in a cute little Easter bag, tied with some gold ribbon.
Well I am off to visit you all and get caught up on everything you have been up to. Everybody have a wonderful evening. God bless.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Today we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. The past week has seen me very busy at church. In the Catholic faith we start our Easter Celebrations on Holy Thursaday with the washing of the feet. Twelve people are chosen from the community to represent the twelve apostles and the priest reinacts Christs washing of their feet.

On Friday at 3 pm around the world Catholics gather to celebrate Good Friday. Here we venerate the Cross. While to non Christians around the world the cross is just a piece of wood to millions of Christians of all faiths it is a symbol of the agony that Christ underwent in order to fulfull God's plan.

Saturday night the church is dark, but magically comes alive with the light of hundreds of small flickering candles. On this Easter Vigil night, the priest blesses the fire we use to light the alter candles, lecturn candles, and of course the Easter Candle. He also blesses the water used for baptism that night (last night we had two adult baptisms, and confirmations as well). Finally after 40 days of Lent, we can once again sing Alleluia and the church rang with bells to celebrate that fact.

So between getting ready for all the services at church, the rush to get the children at school finished most of their work, and my busyness around the house I haven't made a post or visited anyone in awhile.

Both our boys are home, there was a bit of a scare that one of them would not be able to come and I will fill you all in on that in my next post (if I get up early enough I manage to get on the computer for a little while at least). I also hope to fill everyone in on other happenings around our little nest.

I will finish this off by wishing each and everyone of you a Joyous and Blessed Easter. Hope you all enjoy time with your families, and friends.

God bless.