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February 18, 2021
Mood Boosting Things During LockDown from Canadian Needle Nana

The high Arctic Polar Vortex chummy touched down here on its way through most of North America.  Instant frostier than usual temperatures. When it is -20 C straight temperature it doesn't take much of a breeze to have frigid wind chills.  But not alone with this as so many of you have emailed about your equally frigid temperatures much further south of us.

Low Winter Sun


On a bright note, the folks at the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre have noted the male American Goldfinches are already sporting brighter plumage. Though it may not feel like it just ...

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January 31, 2021
Covid Thoughts, Stitching Stars and Crosses, Bouncy Bird from Canadian Needle Nana

I said yesterday can we really keep doing this. This being just the two of us here day in, day out with only a far wave or a shouted hello very occasionally to other people. Of course, we can and I know we can; after all we have no alternative even though it is feeling like this pandemic is dragging on far too long. Almost a year now we remind each other and we've made it this far, still safe and healthy which is the main thing. So good then. Then we go about our activities, watch our shows ...

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October 21, 2020
On Line Shopping, Embroidery, Garden Flowers Still, Squirrel Moment, Ugly Gardening from Canadian Needle Nana

  I had a funny thought this week when I ordered checks online from my banking site. The smallest order was for 100 and I figured these will probably see me through now. I so seldom write checks anymore. It wasn't a sad thought just like oh yes that's true now.

We have an overabundance of office supplies. This is thanks to auction wins and having extras thrown in during one of them that we did not bid on.  This week I'm planning on organizing the smaller totes and storage bins with the intent to lessen the amount ...

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April 11, 2020
Comforts During Isolation, Number 1 from Canadian Needle Nana

Google is playing me lovely violin music this morning and a ray of sunshine is trying to break through the clouds. I lost some sleep in the middle of the night worrying about all the wrong things so I'm going to soothe myself a bit just for now with the right things. Basic but comforting.

It's comforting to have all the folks heading this battle working together; our prime minister and the provincial premiers are sharing and offering each other all the help they can.
I especially like that the prime minister has twice now addressed the children ...

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March 30, 2020
Links to Amuse, Hand Quilting, Hair Do Photo, Painted SnowBunny from Canadian Needle Nana

Well, I don't have to ask because I know the introverts and the stitchers especially are faring well with our imposed isolation. The sewing machines are being given quite the workout these days. Including mine.
But for today I'll show my hand stitching results.
Final look at my scrappy Log Cabin in the Woods piece which is all finished. This was a goal to finish as declared at Elm Street Quilts OMG for March. I hand quilted diamonds in the bottom using a masking tape guide and decided on a starry, starry night for the sky.

 A fun ...

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March 18, 2020
French Apple Cake, Creativity, Mental Health, Hand Stitching, from Canadian Needle Nana

I had a hankering for cake on the weekend, thought about it Saturday and relented on Sunday.  I made a French Apple Cake and used several Ambrosia apples that we love from Costco. It was light and delicious...what a great recipe and wonderful instructions from the talented Jenn at Once Upon a Chef. Just because it has French in the title doesn't mean it's fancy- quite the opposite, simple ingredients really. It tastes so good we are not needing any cream or ice cream with it.  And because I'm basically sugar free, it is satisfying my ...

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February 25, 2020
Thread Magnets, Hand Quilting, Blessings After All from Canadian Needle Nana

I realized winter clothes are serious lint gathering clothes. Extra thick leggings under something woolly or corduroy and usually dark colours- all of which are ort magnets is what I wear mostly in winter.  Here is a typical getup for me, my black corduroy dress which has survived multiple washings and is soft, warm and comfortable.  And a perfect thread magnet.

  I could completely clean the sewing room floor if I rolled around on it just a couple of times.  But that's not going to happen.  When I'm playing with younger grandson and I'm crouching for a ...

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February 7, 2020
Quickest, Easiest Quilt Project, Newfoundland Raisin Buns from Canadian Needle Nana

It's almost a year since Hubby's incident on Valentine's Day when a lung embolism caused an emergency ride to the hospital and a subsequent 4 day stay.  Yesterday we had his last visit with the Thrombosis Center downtown where he was given a clean bill of health.  We are so thankful!
And here are a few other things that made this week a good one too.

I made a batch of Newfoundland Raisin Buns last weekend.  I shared them before with you way back in 2016 when I used coconut oil to grease the pan and ...

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February 3, 2020
Red Big Stitch Quilting, Orange Flag Blocks, Hearty Chili from Canadian Needle Nana


A neat Christmas gift was this glass ball I hung in the window; one day it spun colours on the floor which was really pretty. One of these days I'll get a photo of that if only the light will cooperate again. Yes our sun has been very shy since Christmas.  We've had to add Vitamin D drops to our meals.

Ahh but this season is such a great time for hearty food. This post at Marilyn's Treats features the recipe for her 3 Bean Firehouse Chili.  I tried this and we had enough for several meals ...

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January 18, 2020
January Cake, Three Beauty Products, Hope and Bunnies from Canadian Needle Nana

I must admit I am worried about how much of our planet is being incinerated right now as I write these words. With a preschool understanding of world politics, I can only wish for any changes necessary be made and that help continues to pour into these areas.  And that the people who need to take on the mantle of environmental stewardship, do so in a meaningful way.  Hope!
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This reminded me of another small cross stitch project I finished...I can't remember when exactly.  I think at the old farm when I was seeing cardinals for the first ...

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December 27, 2019
Chateau Getaway, Christmas Feast, Scandinavian Applique from Canadian Needle Nana

I have an abundance of things to be thankful for this Thursday. The special birthday was celebrated and Santa came, not down a chimney but through the basement patio door a certain little someone thought. This year everyone chipped in for the big dinner which was a feast and I brought the turkey. So my house had a wonderful smell all Christmas Day.

My inside voice has been rather quiet lately.  I'm the one who must turn everything over and over in my mind and often feels compelled to verbalize whatever idiotic/phenomenal(to me)/strange idea it is ...

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December 23, 2019
Santas, Appliqued Snowmen, Snowy Owl Treetop from Canadian Needle Nana

Love Santas and our little collection, some very old, is enjoyed year after year.

Little grandson had his photo taken with a store Santa recently. At 6, he knows this is not the real Santa.
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 I've been working on a Christmas applique project (no Santa) which has turned into a lot more hand stitching than I had planned. An intended Christmas gift, I'm cutting it a little too close for my liking.  So I've already warned Hubby, today will be a stitching day. He'll have to amuse himself, LOL.
Thank you all for the well wishes ...

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December 17, 2019
Quiltmania Advent Blocks, Just Believe and Relax, Free Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

I find it a little harder to concentrate this close to Christmas. I'm not sure why.  I have it so easy compared to all the preparations, dinners, parcels to mail, etc., plus finishing up the school term as a teacher that would constitute my Decembers in past times. Now it's easy peasy.  Buy presents, wrap them, decorate the house with little guy's help, cook and bake a few treats for us. Oh and the very taxing- listen to Christmas music, remember to turn on the tree lights. Certainly nothing too consuming there. And I really do love ...

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