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January 24, 2022
Stove Top Macaroni and Cauliflower, Floral Motif Sampler, Scrappy Dresdens, Yuletide Blanket from Canadian Needle Nana

Monday morning's kitchen window storm view. 

There were numerous accidents, three of which involved fatalities. I'll never understand how things stay open here no matter the weather. 

We are completely cleared out now and the temperatures have plummeted -27C this morning; however, the sunshine today is most welcome. I did three bouts of shoveling keeping our steps and the veranda clear and was so happy that the old arms held up and no soreness. Ironically, I'm actually having little twinges in my right arm from the crocheting. Nearing the last round of my Yuletide Blanket.  It is ...

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January 18, 2022
Sewing Room Dig 2022, Who Said I Yam What I Yam?, Baking, Loving Labradors from Canadian Needle Nana

  We have Ned's litter mate, Petey, here with us for a while and I've been making sure they have been getting lots of exercise and attention. Being Labradors, they both are needy when it comes to pats and rubs.  All joyful to the two of us as we are basically in isolation and this is a pleasant diversion. It's also like old times to have two dogs again. 

 I've been complaining lately about the lack of  light for indoor picture taking as you know. SIL was so nice to buy me this special Halo light.  It ...

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January 9, 2022
The next 5 rows............ from Exuberant Color

I folded the first 5 rows in half and hung it as high as I could reach on the design wall.  Then I designed the next 5 rows.  I will look at it again this morning and see if I want to move anything.  It would be 90" long if I stop at 10 rows.

Out of the remaining pieces I chose 11 more tumblers in case I want to add the 11th row for a 99" length.  I didn't want to pin this row of  pieces on last night because they would have covered the baseboard heating vents ...

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December 25, 2021
Merry Christmas!............. from Exuberant Color


 I made this table mat many years ago when I taught a class how to do fancy stitches on their machines as we added each piece on the base squares.  I just found a bag of pieces leftover from that class so I could make a new one if I wanted to.

This was my treat last night while waiting for Santa to come.

I finished a dishcloth and a coaster last night while watching a couple Christmas shows.  I'm making the dishcloths a few rows smaller now so I get 2 out of a ball of yarn and ...

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December 23, 2021
Fill in strip............. from Exuberant Color

I knew there was a Kaffe fabric with flowers in a row that might work in this spot.  I found one with pink in it to try.  I haven't sewn it on yet.

Here it is in the all over photo.  I think it works. At the bottom I trying to decide what fabric to border that last star block with.  I haven't found the quarter square triangle blocks yet.  I also need to add one more flying geese block to the bottom (or the top).

I froze the last 2 one cup packs of the Amish Friendship ...

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December 22, 2021
More decisions........... from Exuberant Color

I found 4 lavender fabrics to audition for the border of this last block and I was pleasantly surprised that this was the winner.

I have sewn the 3 star blocks together and now I have to decide what will be above and below them.  I know I have some quarter square triangle blocks that are matching in color.  I'll have to look for them today.  I may end up with just a strip of fabric at the top and then borders around the star block at the bottom.

I love my Dr. Pepper but my doctor has done ...

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December 18, 2021
Another day in the kitchen.......... from Exuberant Color

I started the morning making 2 batches of Chex mix.  I made one more batch in the evening.  I made one run to the post office with the first box of three that I need to mail.

In the afternoon I made one of the 2 Kringla recipes that I have.  Part of the family prefers this recipe.  The rest of the family likes the other recipe and I just made them at Thanksgiving so I may skip making them now.

In the early afternoon I baked English Toffee Squares.  I don't like nuts in my food so only ...

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December 17, 2021
Disappearing Tree, Slightly Foxed, Appliqued Blocks, Christmas Thoughts from Canadian Needle Nana

The tree was up and enjoyed for two days. As always Snowy Owl looked down from the very top and I loved the way the 8 year old decorator decided every single item had to be hung on it and that most of the lights hanging in one spot was especially pretty. 

Then it had to come down. Ned! He just loved the ornaments too much and his reach was too far. After losing several of them, I decided to put it all away where everything will be safe for another year. Hopefully, he will be more mature then too ...

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December 16, 2021
Pink Spritz............ from Exuberant Color

I tried to not get so much glare from the tray so bear with me on the tilted photos.  I got the first batch of Spritz baked last night.

The second tray was trees.  There was a third tray with about a dozen bells on it.  Now I need to start on the chocolate Spritz.  They are the favorite so I need to do 2 batches of them.  

I get to eat the incomplete or burnt cookies.

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December 13, 2021
#2 Best Auction Score, Quiltmania SAL, Homemade Yogurt, Neddy from Canadian Needle Nana

After two years, we were able to revive our tradition of Robbie helping me decorate the house for Christmas. We had a wonderful day together and he had much fun opening up the totes, unwrapping the ornaments, and choosing just the spot for them.  

Before the shutdown we had won an amazing auction lot for Christmas items. Last year I showed you two of the items we got, the little tree and Scrooge with his moving arms, one holding the light up lamp.

But we didn't bother getting out the large item that was a real score, my #2 ...

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December 8, 2021
More mindless sewing........and baking......... from Exuberant Color

Last night's sewing was turquoise and blue/brown.

This pile is waiting for me to turn on the iron, maybe tonight.

I had to try out the new mini scone pan.  This is what it looked with Cinnamon/Apple scone mix before baking.

This is after baking.  The wrapper on the pan said it was non-stick and the recipe accompanying it didn't call for greasing the pan.  I was pleasantly surprised that every piece popped out with no sticking.  I haven't had this good luck with some of the other non-stick pans that I own.  Oh, and ...

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December 2, 2021
Three Stitchy Things, Yuletide Blanket, Hockey Boy from Canadian Needle Nana

I heard the Barred Owls calling Wednesday night, one to another from different parts of the woods. Hubby saw one on his late afternoon walk last week flying silently and low through the trees, low enough that Ned chased it.  Below is another shot from that photo shoot last month...a little better than the blob I showed you before.( I didn't realize I could "lighten" the photo; duh, always learning!) Beautiful feathers and that very dark staring eye. He was staring at me!

 We had a dash of winter and the pond froze over enough the neighbours' daughter ...

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November 25, 2021
Free Patterns, Slow Stitching SAL and Tumbling Blocks, Thanksgiving Recipe Links, from Canadian Needle Nana

Slow stitching is something I enjoy doing either early morning or in the evenings in front of the tv. It is an enjoyable way to start or finish my day. I've been stitching little and not so little Christmas designs for a couple of Decembers. SLOW indeed! One of these Decembers I'll have enough to create an actual project with them. 

The large ones, which are Baltimore Album inspired, were created by Carrie Nelson for her 2020 Moda Fabrics free Holiday SALYou can find 14 of the blocks here.

I've just started my fourth. I will ...

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November 24, 2021
My day yesterday........... from Exuberant Color

I started out yesterday sending a remote pacemaker reading to the dr. office.  I had an errand downtown next and then I baked a double batch of Kringlas.  I have posted the recipe previously and this is the recipe with buttermilk in it.  I gave my granddaughter suggestions of what I would bake and she chose this one.

Her second choice was frosted creams so I baked them too.  This box full is going into my freezer.  It is a large recipe so there is enough for all of us.

This is the view from my sewing chair.  I have ...

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November 13, 2021
Poetry, Christmas Fabric, Wee Dog Visit, Wooden House Wonderings from Canadian Needle Nana


The Poetry Foundation is a wonderful site I visit every week.  I love to read the poetry bits but there are lots of other features to be found there.  Just yesterday I listened to this podcast, A History With Holes, which explored the subject of slavery. We continue to grapple with the residential schools scandals here in Canada. So how in the world do we, trying our best to be human today, wrap our heads around these atrocities.  Heavy thoughts appropriate for this day, November 11, our Remembrance Day here in Canada. 
I love having the wood up on the ...

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November 8, 2021
Yuletide Blanket, Courthouse Steps Hand Quilting, Beef Stew Plans from Canadian Needle Nana

November feels a little like March as a month to me.  Here in Canada they're kind of marker months that just hold time between months with celebrations, etc.  Maybe I feel like that because in school we would have the fun of Halloween then time in between, November, before beginning the build up to the main event of Christmas. Celebrating these events with children during the school year is just the best feeling in the world and made the hard work of keeping up and matching the energy so worthwhile. 

 But for just now, next up on my agenda ...

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October 18, 2021
4 Favourite Things in One Picture, Autumn Pinks, Turkey Soup from Canadian Needle Nana

 This is Thursday, a lovely day to look back at the week and contemplate the weekend ahead. Thursday was my second favourite weekday...Friday being #1 signaling the work week ending. I used to say 4 pm on Friday was my all time favourite moment in a week.

Here is Neddy enjoying one of many walks down the deciduous tree lined path at the back of the property. This borders acres of undeveloped land so there are many trails to enjoy. Overnight it seems to have become leaf lined; lately the leaves are falling like snow.

I happened to step ...

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October 13, 2021
Canadian Thanksgiving, Two New Quilt Ideas, Game Changer Bread Machine Buns, Slow Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

 I have to say how great it was to read all your dinner ideas in the comment section of the last post.  Quite a nice array and I will definitely be looking back at it for ideas. It seems I get tired of our usual fare and feel stumped from time to time. Quiltgramma (no blog) mentioned an idea for a slow cooker meal that would cook overnight. That appeals to me, the multi-tasker as you know.  Dinner cooking away while I'm sleeping, yes to that! I'm going to be good for this week though because we had ...

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October 10, 2021
Great Thrift Store Find, Sixty Courthouse Steps, Flowers Flowering, Winter Boots from Canadian Needle Nana

The daily rain finally stopped and we had sun yesterday that felt glorious. I spent as much time outside as I could. It was a quiet kind of day and I noticed for the first time, leaves gently letting go and falling from the trees. Our little pond has been fully restored and the burgundy Sedum was beautiful in the sunlight.

 I need to show you what I bought at the Value Village that I liked and thought was a bargain.  Here she is, Girl With Blue Ball.  She is porcelain and was fashioned between 1924 and 1974 by Nao ...

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September 19, 2021
Rule #5, She Keeps Walking, Tiny Scraps Autumn Table Topper, Blueberry Muffins from Canadian Needle Nana

Rule #5 Keep walking...both physically and figuratively. I'm intrigued how the two are linked. The summer after I moved to Ontario was a very difficult one for me. I'd had difficult times before but it seemed nothing had prepared me for the new challenges I faced. Separations are never easy and it felt like new worries were being piled on top of old.  I would take my little Shuffle with my music in my ears and walk all over the small town I was living in.  I would walk fast and return to the house tired but ...

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