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November 8, 2018
Mother Trees, Free Patterns, Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

This is one of the Mother trees on this property.  Surviving for over a hundred years and still sending out leaves that turn this unique yellowish colour.  This is a side of the house where the basement exit is that I've never shown you either...there is my outside compost bin on the lower left.  This tree is visible from our bedroom window and produces quite a show all year round.  The woodpeckers love it and all the blackened limbs when snow laden are beautiful too.

After a short rainfall,the light was strange, illuminating, yet through the trees ...

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November 5, 2018
Just cookies......... from Exuberant Color

I got the last few things picked up and put away and baked the 2 batches of cookies.  I have been eating less sugar so I hadn't baked for awhile.  The cookies tasted sooooo good.  I had to test them you know.

My granddaughter came over and sewed for 4 hours yesterday working on gifts for her family.  It was a fun day.

White Eagle, you don't have an email link in your comment.  You asked about the large rotary mats.  Either email me directly or just do an internet search for 40" x 72" rotary cutting mat.

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October 22, 2018
My Sewing Room, October 2018 from Canadian Needle Nana

This week I moved my sewing room and am now situated at the back of the house a little removed from the main area I have shown you a couple of times.  The move was more taxing than I realized mainly because I had poked a lot of stuff in that relatively small space. Hubby helped and provided me with one of those wheelie carts.
  But I kind of didn't want him around all the time...he just might see how much sewing/stitching/knitting stuff I've accumulated. Can't have that, LOL.

I put my work table ...

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October 20, 2018
Gratefulness, Pumpkins, and a Lap Ap(?) from Canadian Needle Nana

One of my Netherlands blogging friends made the point that though we have already reached a good age, her and I, was I like her and still wanted more days.  Are we selfish to wish this though so many did not get what we have gotten, she wondered. Yes, I agree, most definitely we do want more.

 I immediately thought about the friend who played the organ at my first wedding and has been gone over twenty years now.  She was so mature, talented, and remarkable in many, many ways...a true inspiration to me, and sadly did not get ...

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October 9, 2018
Apples and cheesecake from Quilting and More...

I belong to an online community of people who are fans of Apple technology. It’s fun group and, even better, no one ever has a mean word to say to anyone else. In fact, I can’t recall a mean word being said about other brands, either, when someone is comparing such-and-such a feature. The person […]

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Turkey-Wearing Cat and Jigg's Dinner from Canadian Needle Nana

 Tomorrow is officially turkey day here in Canada so Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating the holiday with family today.  Without the exciting drama of Black Friday or the quaint story of Pilgrims and Indians dining together, but with family and turkey and all the trimmings just the same.

Where I come from it includes a version of something called  Jiggs Dinner which is Boiled New England Dinner in other places. My complaint, which I share with other Newfoundlanders, is that it is hard to find good salt meat here on the mainland(what we call the rest of Canada). By ...

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September 10, 2018
Ugly Skin, Redwork and Composting from Canadian Needle Nana

Have you ever done this?  Put aside a bunch of clothes to bring to the goodwill and then gone back to the bag later on and pulled out something and put it on?? I did that very thing recently.  The warm, humid weather continued last week and I don't have that many short sleeved blouses (because of my vitiligo) and I remembered one I'd put in that bag and went and got it.
Some days you just need short sleeves...ugly arms or not!  I'll be brave and show you what I'm talking about.

Sometimes when ...

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September 4, 2018
Christmas Red and Rock Recipe's Bakeapple Cheesecake from Canadian Needle Nana

I had an unusual birthday cake this year. Daughter made me a Bakeapple Cheesecake.  Bakeapples are an orange shaded berry that grow in my home province, Newfoundland and Labrador.  It is called Cloudberry in Europe and grows in specific marsh-like areas. Because there is just one berry per stalk, they are not plentiful the way bush berries can be and make it a challenge to get a lot of them. And I can testify it is backbreaking work! Due to all this, they are expensive to buy.

But we love their unique flavour and prize them for jams especially.

But ...

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August 23, 2018
Some remnants from my trip to NC......... from Exuberant Color

We visited my grandson's apartment and I met his Ragdoll kitty for the first time.  He is so pretty and fluffy!  Some of you may have guessed I have been in NC.  I rode back home with my daughter 12 days ago and I flew home yesterday.  I had limited internet access while we were in the mountains so I didn't answer a lot of comments.  I have some photos of my granddaughter's Ragdoll kitty too but haven't loaded them into my computer yet.

On Monday we got a buy one, get one free coupon for ...

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August 20, 2018
Dining out....... from Exuberant Color

See the lighted sign behind my daughter and son-in-law?  It is so appropriate for their 34th wedding anniversary.  We are at at restaurant called the Library that brings your check in an old library book.  There are books up on high shelves and artwork by the owner on all of the walls.  It is a unique place to dine.

My granddaughter took a photo of the two desserts.  The one at the top is peach cobbler with lots of crunchy topping.  The one on the bottom is a skillet chocolate chip cookie with shavings of white and milk chocolate on ...

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August 19, 2018
Eating out......... from Exuberant Color

We ate at a really nice restaurant for my daughter's wedding anniversary.  It is the first time I have had a fancy chef decorated plate.  It was delicious and so were the desserts that were eaten before I could photograph them.

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August 11, 2018
Plum Cake, Sewing and Flowers from Canadian Needle Nana

This is an odd thing; when I regard the world widely, it seems to be a more negative and unhappy place, environmentally and politically than I've ever known it. But when I bring my vision closer to home, everything is fine.
We are going along enjoying what we do, our freedoms, celebrating summer activities, our encounters with each other and nature the same as always. Other than recording more hot days this summer, all is seemingly as it should be.
 And I'm sure it's not just in Canada that it seems to be that way.

(But if ...

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August 10, 2018
A gift from a friend............. from Exuberant Color

A friend and her daughter came to visit us and brought this wonderful treat.  We almost each ate a piece before we got a photo.  There is a little booklet inside telling what each candy flavor is.  They are yummy!

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August 2, 2018
Oh Thursday I Used to Love You from Canadian Needle Nana

Oh Thursday, I used to love you just because of your proximity to Friday.  Now my days are all Fridays or Saturdays or Sundays.  But Thursday, I still like you.

And on this Thursday I want to share some things I've enjoyed recently.

I made and ate this again...I love curried soups. I don't follow a recipe anymore but this recipe from Pinch of Yum  called Anything You Have Coconut Soup is a good one.  I used chicken broth instead of vegetable, omitted the tofu but added a handful of a rice/lentil blend I have and ...

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July 28, 2018
Middle of the Night Shopping from Canadian Needle Nana

With the internet comes a new advantage/concern...the ability to shop in the wee hours of the morning.  I woke this morning and thought, I think I ordered something during the night and checked -sure enough, at 3:20 am I ordered this little kit from Alicia at Posie Gets Cozy. I'm rather impressed that I remembered my Paypal password at that hour but I guess where there is a will, there is a way. Lol
It's Alicia's pattern for Summer, part of her seasonal series.  Pretty, heh.

                         Summer Storm Cross Stitch Sampler Kit

Well, I have another free Quilt Along for ...

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June 26, 2018
And Then This Happened..... from Sew........This Is My Blog

June has been the craziest month ever!  I knew I would only be home for 10 days this month, what with two trips to St. Louis, one to Indianapolis, one to Asheville, and one to Destin.  I knew I would be too busy to get much, if any, sewing done.  BUT, I thought if I took it with me everywhere I went I could get a little hand sewing done.  AND, I really thought since I had lots of photos on my desktop of previous projects I would have time to blog at least a few times.  Huh!  Guess I ...

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June 25, 2018
First border......progress.......... from Exuberant Color

I have had the borders cut for several days and just kept putting off the sewing part.  Of course it didn't take long to sew them on.  I have the second borders ready to put on too.  

I mowed the grass in 2 sessions yesterday afternoon.  It was a little hotter than I thought it would be.

It is black raspberry time again.  I picked these 2 days ago and have been out to pick twice since then.  I baked cookies for the art quilters so for my evening meal I had 3 cookies and a dish of ice ...

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May 30, 2018
Marshmallows, Snowballs, Slow Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

I just have to tell you about a free and very sweet little stitch along occurring on Facebook called Enjoy the Little Things.  Serena Boffa Soda, the administrator, combines embroidery with patchwork beautifully and is actually providing video tutorials for each of the stitches in this project.  Many embroidery novices have signed up too and I'm so happy to see that.
Serena's fabric and colour choices for her projects are sublime and remind me of a more colourful Yuko Saito if that makes any sense.

Much happiness for Serena as her first book was published this year - Small ...

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May 4, 2018
Birds,Camera's Eye, Puzzle Sites and The Wonder from Canadian Needle Nana

It's been a very quiet time settling in again trying to catch up on all the household chores and kid sitting, etc.  Also experiencing something that is the real mark of a retiree, I have my days all mixed up. It's been feeling like a Sunday now all week.
But so happy to have come home to spring all around us.  Birds are twittering and the majestic pair are back on the pond silently gliding about.  They disappear each evening-where to I don't know.

Two Phoebes are back nesting in the little pond garage rafters like last ...

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April 21, 2018
Workshop day........... from Exuberant Color

Today is the crazy piecing workshop I am giving at my local quilt guild.  This is one of the quilts I showed them on Monday night at the trunk show.  I named it Rainbow River.

The first batch of scones were so good we baked another batch.  This one is apple cinnamon.  I had to try one before I remembered to take the photo.  My company is headed home this morning.

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