This week I had a yen to stitch on Violet, the fourth
square in the Cottage Garden set from CCN. The
purple thread used in this, called Amethyst, is such
a pretty colour. I got quite a bit stitched on this
during the week and am well on my way to finishing
by next weekend. Baring distractions.
Meet the distractions. I put in an order at Stitching
Bit's n Bobs and it arrived on Friday.
1) I got my first Waxing Moon Designs charts and
love 'em. Thanks to Sue (Stitcher W) who stitched a
Waxing Moon design during the Winter and was my
introduction to this wonderful design company.
2) Nicole (Carolina Dreams) was the
person to introduce me to Barbara and Cheryl
Present, who's vignettes of urban properties are so
lovely. Solid stitching but fairly easy stitching at
that. This one is really calling to me. Oh dear.
3) One of CCN's latest designs Joyfull Summer,
which I've seen stitched already by several people
around the blog world, including Becky who just
finished hers a week ago. This is one pretty
4) Continuing to build my collection of
Lizzie Kate designs, and adding to my small
collection of "season" sets is the Think
series. Very cute.
After a week of cool temperatures and rain off and
on (usually when I'm leaving work and don't have an
umbrella on me) the garden continues it's seasonal
progression. Our white silk lilac tree is at it's peak
today and the scent is exquisite. Beneath it the
Spirea bushes are putting out their pink flowers,
which make a nice accent.
And here's a view of the stairs leading to the deck,
where many of my pots are located. Everyone seems
pretty happy and contented so far.
DH has been away since Wednesday for his annual
trip up to Temagami and the island cottage of a
friend from church. A bunch of men from the church
go up every year and have a mini vacation. They have
a ball being "guys roughing it", eat lots of barbecue,
swim if the weather allows, dodge black flies and
do odd jobs around the place to help out and
earn their keep. I'm expecting him home sometime
early this evening, dragging a bag of dirty laundry,
in need of a shower, and covered in bug bites. I
can't wait. :)
Friday night, after work, I made my way to downtown
Toronto to meet my friend Charmaine, who was
treating me to a night at the symphony at Roy
Thompson Hall (interior pictured above) as a birthday
But not just any night at the symphony. This
performance featured the music of Star Trek, and
was being narrated by it's two special guest hosts
John De Lancie and Robert Picardo.
Music from most of the movies, and all of the tv
series (except Enterprise) was performed, and
in between the two actors told a bit of the history
of Star Trek, and added anecdotes from their
own personal associations with the series. It was
so wonderful to hear the movie and tv themes
performed live, and to see two favourite actors from
the series on stage, kibitzing together. And of
course a fair number of people in the audience
showed up dressed for the occasion in uniform/
costume. And there were, of course, Klingons.
I finished reading Fingersmith on Thursday and
needed a nice light read which I could carry in
my purse on Friday during my commute to work
in the morning, and my trip into Toronto after
work in the evening. I'd picked up this Charlaine
Harris book on sale a while ago, and it fit the bill
This is the first installment of a different
series from the Sookie Stackhouse vampire books.
It's a mystery series featuring Harper Connelly who,
after being struck by lightening as a teenager, has
the ability to locate dead bodies and "see" how the
person has died. Harper and her manager/assistant
Toliver (who's also her step-brother) travel the
country, hired by their clients to find the remains of
missing people. It's a light read, with humor and
lots of colourful characters.
Lynn asked how Rupert gets to the top of the clock.
Well, he jumps onto the dining room table, leaps
from there to the top of the hutch (which shudders
and sways alarmingly when he does it) and from
there it's a short step, kind of, to the top of the
clock. If I see him making the attempt I try to stop
him, but he's pretty sneaky about it.
Sounds like a thunderstorm is coming up so I'd
best finish this post and get off the computer.
Hope you all have a wonderful week.