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March 16, 2019
Sentimental About So Many Things from Canadian Needle Nana

I am trying my best to observe and even savour the beauty of the natural world around me while walking our little patch of wild land each day. Fresh snow reveals so many critters have walked my way, stepped in my footsteps even.  Our own little ecosystem! And they seem to be faring well considering all the tracks visible in the snow. This is just one way the winter season is special.

 Here at the back of our property, Murphy is crouching, assessing fox tracks with her very clever nose; they must have been fresh as she kept looking up ...

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February 28, 2019
Thursday Things from Canadian Needle Nana

Hubby's memory is short for the old days whereas mine seems to be growing longer all the time.  I feel like I remember everything from the past which is definitely nonsense.  But I do hold in memory names, old comments, scenes, events.  I've had several "I can't believe I just said that" moments but thankfully long ago, that are also not forgotten to me. Do you have words you wish you could take back?

What is a ski-doo? someone asked. Here is a photo of our two seater snowmobile.  It's great for getting around in wintertime ...

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February 21, 2019
Blues, Hand Work, A Flimsy from Canadian Needle Nana

I'm sharing this photo of our living area to show you the fireplace. The mason who made it passed away in the nursing home at the age of 92 several years ago. We had been told he was very proud of this particular piece of work and took three weeks choosing the stones.
I wonder are kids being encouraged to think of this kind of career these days. Working with your hands is important and as us stitchers all know, endlessly satisfying and rewarding. With all the emphasis on computers, I hope young people are being presented with other ...

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February 8, 2019
Daughter's Pretties, Rex and I from Canadian Needle Nana

This Thursday finds me somewhere different. I am at older daughter's house, about 30 minute's drive away,  staying with my teenaged grandson while she is away on holiday. I love her little cottagey house and shared a few photos last year when I did the same thing. You can read my post about that here.  She has a real eye for surrounding herself with things that spark joy I would have to say. :)

Looking out at her back yard. Her large stained glass hanging looks like a quilt pattern to me. I think of the propeller pattern and ...

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January 28, 2019
Konmari Method, Bow Ties, Glorious Applique from Canadian Needle Nana

I shared a little about Marie Kondo, the decluttering expert, a while back... I was rather taken with her question does an object give you joy implying that objects can, in fact, spark joy in us.  As someone who lost all her objects and was told at the time by many, they're only things, this whole notion is interesting and actually has me rethinking just why I was so sad and still am about losing mere "things".
I own very few objects these days; my stitching stuff constitutes the most of my belongings. My closet almost doesn't count ...

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January 19, 2019
Grandparents, Birds, Dogs, Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

My elderly grandparents liked to sit in a darkening kitchen and listen to the clock tick.
 I was always too shy to ask that a light be turned on so sat with my book in my lap and pretended it wasn't there for I didn't want them to feel badly they had neglected to turn on a light for me. It would seem to be a surprise to them that suddenly it was dark and we needed a light. I would have to say they had a high level of contentment just sitting like that with each other ...

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December 20, 2018
Mitten Colour Wheel, OMG Stitching, Wrapping To Do from Canadian Needle Nana

It's not all cakes and bikkies here. :)
I  made a 2 lb loaf of whole wheat bread last weekend. I got out my electric bread maker and you all know how much pleasure these small appliances give me.  It tickles me to think that food can be cooking away without my attention, I guess.  It did a great job and I made tuna sandwiches for a late lunch one day that were so filling we weren't that hungry for supper.  These are big slices!  The Spruce Eats has 19 of the best bread maker recipes and I've ...

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December 14, 2018
Tree Buntings, Dacquoise Cake, December Walks from Canadian Needle Nana

I'm starting to dawdle more in the mornings.
 Last September marked the first day of my life that I did not have to set an alarm for either morning of the week.  No babysitting in the mornings any more. So gradually I've embraced this and turned it into an excuse to have a second cup of coffee and keep reading, googling, etc. A case where I look up and it's already after ten and I get a little start like I'm supposed to be somewhere and have forgotten about it.  I've already talked about being ...

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December 7, 2018
This Turned My Head from Canadian Needle Nana

Do you try to fit other things into your little container of yogurt?  I do mainly because I don't want to dirty up a bowl which is ridiculous when you think about it especially with a dishwasher under the very counter I'm leaning on poking around in the yogurt. I try to put in bran buds, or dried cherries, or flax seeds depending on the day and mood.
  New to me is Icelandic Skyr yogurt available here as a President's Choice product and I like it.  So many new products all the time!
Image result for skyr yogurt

  Why do we love ...

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December 1, 2018
Chosen Vital Things from Canadian Needle Nana

                         Image result for volaire saying I have chosen to be happy
I like this saying and I think I had the fortitude to choose mostly, but I'm not sure everyone has that ability and certainly not all the time. For instance, last Tuesday I felt sad all day.  No idea why, no reason that I could pinpoint, just mopey and teary with a feeling of weight on my mind. I went about my business as usual but felt like I was going through the motions, as it were.
When I woke on Wednesday, I could tell immediately the feeling had lifted a little, and thankfully wore off throughout the day ...

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November 21, 2018
Too Soon She Said from Canadian Needle Nana

It snowed steadily for a couple of days with the kids enjoying a snow day on Friday.
So I had to get out and shovel since shovelling is my job here and one that I enjoy.

Here I am at the beginning when I had the energy to pose a little for the camera. The snow was heavy so I was careful with the lifting part.  I'm mindful of my hands and fingers too.


Rex, being a German Shepherd, has a double fur coat and is quite comfortable lying on the snow and just supervised most of the time ...

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November 8, 2018
Fabric Shopping, Good News Stories from Canadian Needle Nana

Hello from the land of Flying Leaves! 

This is Portsmouth by Minick and Simpson for Moda.  I bought a fat quarter bundle on special at The Fat Quarter Shop and I just love the quality and colours. Some of the pieces have a very chintzy look that I like.  Perhaps for the Dear Daughter Quilt; btw that block of the month is still continuing at Sentimental Stitches and you can download 4 patterns a month for free.  Or perhaps the mighty Caswell Quilt...I have the patterns for that as well...Daughter gave me the set last Christmas.  Dreaming here ...

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November 2, 2018
Quilting Pumpkins, Reclaiming Books and November Loves from Canadian Needle Nana

Happy November All!
This is the November block of Kathy Schmitz's A Patchwork Year...suitably a cornucopia to signify the American month of Thanksgiving. I loved stitching these.


It was a wet Halloween night but that didn't stop this little hunter from trick or treating at my door.  His costume came with a stuffed duck and raccoon. So thankful for grandsons!


You remember I love my floor lamp that is an Ott Lite.  I admit it is rather ugly -it was bought for function not beauty.


At the time I didn't realize they have several versions of ...

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October 23, 2018
Progress Report from Butterfly Threads


Giving progress reports keeps me accountable. So here goes...

Two months into my "Making Better Life Choices" routine and I've learned some things about myself. I want to make my daily routine become what I want my life to look like. Feel better, move better, quilt better, all those things! And since lists are my love language, here's the list for the second month of my progress.


Eating Well

I've been really rigid sticking to my 1200 calories a day. I track every calorie on my fitness app. It's easy and it's become routine. However ...

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October 22, 2018
Fall Break with Family from Butterfly Threads



All three of my kids have different fall breaks this year! My daughter Kelly was the first one to have break, and she wanted to visit her brother Danny at Virginia Tech. She hadn't been to see his campus and wanted to know more about where he was living. (She helped move her other brother David, into his apartment at University of Georgia this year, and she's visited UGA campus many times!) This photo was taken outside his apartment.


So we planned a road trip! She came home from Berry College on Friday night and then we drove ...

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October 14, 2018
Autumn, Tea Buns, and Quilt Blocks from Canadian Needle Nana

A bit of gorgeousness in the midst of gloomy and somewhat humid days.  So happy to see some stints of sun yesterday however back to rain today.


But a bonus of the wet weather is all the mushrooms sprouting. I've counted 9 different kinds and was thrilled when Hubby spied this in a dark part of the woods...a fairy ring on our walk one day. It has since all but disappeared!


My autumn hanging I made in 2016 is up on the wall again. A good thing about looking at this is realizing how much my skills have ...

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September 26, 2018
Watch, Read, Eat, Stitch, Repeat from Canadian Needle Nana

The Weather Today
Here just outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada it is presently pouring down rain.  Cleanup from the tornadoes that occurred last week continues.  Missed us completely but the seeming randomness of how they touch down is so scary and now I can add tornado to my middle of the night things to fret about.  Thankfully, no one was killed despite all the damage.

Chores To be Done
I guess it's time to mop the floors.  Hubby says they are sticky in places.  His slippers are not gliding like they should, LOL.
The floor situation is not helped by ...

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September 18, 2018
Currently... from Butterfly Threads




Currently I am...

PLANNING options for spring break. This year the kids all have the same spring break and it may be our last one to take a family trip. Unfortunately, the kids all have different ideas of what they would like to do. Luckily, they are used to 'going with the flow' and will be good sports. I just want it to be awesome for everyone.

DRINKING a hot cup of coffee, my morning (and afternoon) ritual.

FEELING like I'm going through withdrawal because I haven't even plugged in my longarm in over a week. I need ...

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September 7, 2018
Thursday Threads from Canadian Needle Nana

Despite the continual muggy weather...which means high humidity, or perhaps because of it, the marigolds keep blooming in my pots.  What a hardy annual!


I promised you a link re stippling. I haven't tried it yet I confess. But  I will as soon as I am no longer mad busy.
 Stippling as a quilting technique is something that weirdly has evaded me. It looks like it should be so easy, brainless even but yet, I always sew myself into a corner or back track over sew lines without meaning to and it ends up being kind of ugly ...

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August 28, 2018
Fat Quarter Shop 2018 Designer Mystery and my own Mystery from Pointless Quilter





Remember two posts ago when I showed all those pinned, but unquilted quilts, well I finally finished the last one.  (Actually, finished it about 2 weeks ago—although it still doesn’t have a label.)  Anyway, this was the Fat Quarter Shop’s 2018 Designer Mystery quilt.  I quilted it heavily – but I like what I did.  Samplers are always interesting to quilt. 



And months ago, I finished my two guild mystery quilts.  As I was the creator and chair for the committee I felt like I had to make the quilt in both sizes. 


Here’s my small quilt ...

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