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October 31, 2022
Thursday's Three Free Patterns, Halloween Talk, Sharing Quilt Backs, Special Video from Canadian Needle Nana

 Autumn turned this maple tree into quite the marvel. 

Now those limbs are bare. And for a short time, we will enjoy our golden leafy carpet under foot on our walks.
Someone asked...yes the Swedish BungyPump Walking poles are fabulous in my opinion. You do get a workout- I can feel my heartrate rise, and I do believe my upper body and arms are getting stronger.  I usually spend 15-20 minutes walking  with them as many days of the week as I can get in. Not affiliated in any way.
LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color's prompt this ...

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September 19, 2022
Best Birthday Gift, Garden Pinks, Tinned Fruit Talk, Hand Quilting Challenge, Majesty Adieu from Canadian Needle Nana

Another week and September is moving along. Early morning walks in noticeably cooler temperatures.  Darkness also closing in earlier in the evenings. I don't mind this and Ned says he loves it. I too love the changing of the seasons.

Autumn brings pinks and mauves to the garden...hardy sedum bearing heavy blooms these days.

A visitor snapped through the old sewing room screened window. Hydrangeas touched by colder temperatures turning pinkish.
And another taller variety of sedum...
I buy a lot of fresh fruit which I enjoy but it is quite expensive. I also rarely buy mango or ...

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July 17, 2022
Basket Case Embroidery, Panama Pyramids in Pinks, Garden Blooms, The Chucklings- Episode 2 from Canadian Needle Nana

A bouquet from the farm garden

 Summer is moving right along. I've gotten a good swim in most days so far and it is doing my body good. A lot of the achiness has left me and I'm sleeping better at night. I think that being in the water is therapeutic in many ways.  I swim with more energy when I listen to music. Since I don't have a fancy phone, I have my music downloaded on a device called a Synyn MP3 player that I wear attached to a small floppy hat. I got all the ...

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April 1, 2022
All Time Best Thrift Store Find, Scrappy Table Runner, Crocheted Olympic Bouquets, The Beautiful Butterfly's Ball from Canadian Needle Nana

 Time to share with you all (if I haven't done so already; my memory for past blog items is fuzzy) my very best bargain from a thrift store.  I was told the set had just been brought in from a farm house about to be sold. The sugar was still in the sugar bowl. This is Petit Point by Royal Albert, a pattern discontinued in 1997. 

 I paid $130 for the set and at the cash got a 10% reduction for spending over a hundred dollars there.  I examined the pieces well, checked the backstamps, etc. because it all ...

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December 8, 2020
Advent Calendars, Snowmen Runner, Christmas Lights and Yarn Temptations from Canadian Needle Nana

 It is the dark days before Christmas, as it used to be called and I do wish the sun would shine more. Hubby has mild SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and now has his special light turned on whenever he is at the computer. But we are barrelling towards the shortest day of the year and then the lengthening of each day will begin again. I keep reminding him.

We are being warned to stay home, not go out except for necessities and then use grocery pick ups- just like back in March.  But we have been good about staying in ...

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October 7, 2020
Fitness To Do, My Haircut, Free Patterns, Loving Morris Baby Blocks from Canadian Needle Nana

 This week in the fitness department I'm working on my posture. I got a bosom early and always rounded my shoulders to hide it. Add to that a lifetime of being bent over books, schoolchildren and stitching and I've got quite a slump going on. Sometimes I'll spy a lady with a dowager's hump and I'll panic. So what am I doing to try to prevent that?

I've raised my laptop and ipad to eyelevel propping those up on cushions.

I've been doing these exercises to prevent forward head syndrome.

I've been ...

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September 16, 2020
Fitness To Do, Apple Muffins, We Still Miss Someone, Fire Starter from Canadian Needle Nana

 I do carry with me all the time the feeling that this time is invaluable, precious even and therefore I must make the most of it. Perhaps at night watching our bit of t.v. is when I can shrug off the "every moment must be productive" feeling. I grew up with a father who often said "to labour is to live" and it must have sunk in deep with me. 

 I have a long list of things to get started/continued/done this week.  Here are a few of them.

 Continuing the research into the topic of fitness for ...

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September 9, 2020
Tuesday To Do, Fitness Dreams, Free Halloween Patterns, Giant Among Hostas from Canadian Needle Nana

It was a long weekend here in Ontario with a lot of folks heading to cottages or campgrounds. This week I talked to Mom about the few times we went camping as a family.  We didn't do much of that because, as Dad put it, Sally can't keep the floor of the tent as clean as she'd like it. Yes, my mother lived by the law that cleanliness is next to Godliness and part of that was having a floor so clean the neighbours would say "you could eat off it". 

We both enjoy this reminiscing and ...

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June 2, 2020
Irises, June Gardening, Quiltmania Solidarity Blocks from Canadian Needle Nana

                      Paintings, JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH (American, 1863-1935). Little Girl with Irises, Good Housekeeping cover, June 1930. Oil on board. ... (Total: 2 Items)

Little Girl with Irises by Jessie Wilcox Smith. You can read more about that wonderful artist HERE...interesting fact, she preferred to use photographs to work from.
My irises are blooming. The heat we had seemed to have forced them somehow and then scorched them.  I must have chosen a delicate iris because these barely bloom long enough to afford a photo or two.  But I do love them and I must admit they photograph well.

On this week's list of what to do is finish the planting, a flowering weigelia- I chose a proven, Sonic Boom, (love them ...

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January 19, 2020
Jelly Roll Heart Quilt & New Year's Happenings (1 UFO down...) from caledonia quilter

This is a lovely, modern Jelly Roll quilt.

I really like the way the pantograph echoes the heart shape.

On New Years Day I stuck with my traditional activity - a friend came over, we stitched the afternoon away, then had Chinese Food for supper.
I started the year off by putting these UFO blocks together - this was a Block of the Month project at the Caledonia guild in 2016/2017.  After I completed the blocks I decided I was tired of the colours - I think I have too much red/yellow/blue in my house these days.

I completed the ...

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January 14, 2020
A race against time from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


OK -- I'll try not to go on and on about my virtual challenge, but I'm loving it. DH thinks I'm obsessing because I talk about it every day. And some people that I talk to think that the four of us are in a race against each other. NO - we're only in a race against ourselves. I have another challenge where I'm walking across Canada. Each day my FitBit transfers the miles that I've walked to the map. Since M lives in Vancouver and that's where I am right now (having started in ...

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December 11, 2019
Cleaning up!!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


OMG - I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I had a lot of fun unpacking boxes yesterday. I don't have time to share the photos with you this morning, but here's a couple of quilts that I've been working on over the last couple of days. My goal is to get ALL of the customer quilts sitting in the queue to be completed before the end of the year. I'll still have some community projects quilts to do, but those can wait. I want the few customer ones left to be done ...

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