Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Happy Canada Day!!!
It's a cool morning here, but the sun is shining and the
birds are chirping and DH is out in the garden puttering.
I can hear him sneezing now! All's right in our little
corner of the world.
Tried going to bed early last night so that I could be up
at a decent time this morning, but people were setting
off fireworks in the school yard around the corner and
since that went on until past eleven o-clock the going to
bed early thing didn't really work out as planned. Oh well.
Plans for the day include updating blog (check), cross
stitching on the deck, barbecuing dinner, and enjoying
the day. Housework? Nah!
The little design from Tantes Zolder (My Aunt's Attic)
has gotten the lion's share of my attention this week
and now you can actually see a pattern emerging. These
patterns are such fun to do and I hope to do more in the
Lynn at Kearnal's Corner is doing the butterfly pattern
from this site in the most gorgeous shade of blue. Do
go and check it out if you haven't already. It's stunning!
I did a bit of work on Violet too, and am pretty close to a
finish with it. I just have one bee to stitch, my initials and
the window panes to add. Then it'll be just two more
squares to do and this set of six squares will be done and
ready to frame...someday.
I'm using the scanning option on the printer that came
with my new computer to post my stitching pictures.
It allows me to post a sharper picture of the stitched
piece, and the colours are truer, but the pictures don't
appear to be clickable to allow for a closer look.
This week's garden picture is of the Gerbera Daisies that
were given to me as a birthday present from our friends
who run the Copper Kettle Pub in Glen Williams. I love
these flowers!! They come in exquisite colours and put
on a grand show. I've got six blooms coming up on this
plant right now. Behind it is a pot with some of my
geraniums in it. This variety has a beautiful leaf that has
about four different colours in it.
My current read is another recommendation of Jaimie's
and another excellent read. This is a mystery which takes
place in London in the mid 19th century. It's the first in a
new series from this author. The story is well written and
a good, enthralling tale, but it's the characters that are the
greatest delight. Deanna Raybourn has created a family who
takes pride in their eccentric and unconventional bent.
Their unofficial family motto being "I Dare". The dry
humor in this book is wonderful and I find myself grinning
like an idiot as I read. You can pick up a description of the
plot on any online bookstore site to see what it's all about.
And I recommend that you pick up the book too. I've already
got the second book in this series ready to go.
On Sunday my Mom and SIL came for a barbecue and the
weather, which has been what you'd call "changeable" in the
past few weeks, was pretty decent for most of the day. Mom
got to see the new computer, and was most impressed with it,
and we browsed through my stash and she saw some of the
newer stuff, as well as the projects that I've been working on.
Dinner was bacon wrapped Filet Mignons, and garlic shrimp
done on the barbecue, baked potato's and a mixed salad. All
most scrumptious! Desert was an old favourite of ours.
Mr Christie's chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream (the
real stuff!!) put together, left awhile to let the cookies soften
into a cake like consistency and voila!! And easy peasy too!
Here's a web site that shows how it's made. Please note again:
we use real whipped cream. Not the fake stuff. It uses a large
container to cover the entire log properly. Don't be stingy!
Hmmm, and I make one long log, cover it with the whipped
creme at that same time that I put the cookies together, and
then leave it to soften. Instructions are on the cookie box.
I'm expecting some Ebay stuff to arrive soon. Mostly Lizzie
Kate charts, and some M Design charts. So I'm haunting the
mailbox when I'm home. No mail delivery today, dang it!
And yes, stash fondling is a favourite pastime of mine. I think
the next Victoria should be here soon too. Lovely!!
Hope everyone has a great week! To my Canadian friends....
Happy Canada Day.... and to my American friends ...... Happy
Fourth of July!!!