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!!!



Dar said...

Hello, just wanted to let you know that I was able to click on the pics to make bigger and they are great.

Nice work! They look lovely.

Rowyn said...

Happy Canada day. A BBQ and sitting on the deck sounds lovely, I wish it was summer here! Your flowering pots are lovely.

Violet and the Tantes Zalder pieces are looking great.

tkdchick said...

Stop it! Your dessert is making me drool! I'm going to short out my keyboard.

Your stitched pieces are looking great and I look forward to helping you dance soon! Lynn's buterflies are just gorgeous I saw them in person on Friday.

Sounds to me like you had the perfect Canada Day!

staci said...

Well, I'm so sorry I missed dinner! LOL, it sounded so wonderful that my mouth was watering~~and that desert, YUMMMM!!!

Happy day-after Canada day!!!

Barbara said...

Oh, Happy Canada Day! :D

So , has the mailman (woman?) shown up with your eBay goodies yet? ;)

The BBQ and deck-sitting sound absolutely heavenly. I love doing that at my mom's. Here, the humidity is just incredible. The only place I want to sit is in the shower. LOL!

Jean said...

I just wanted to comment about the wafer cake - we have always called it refrigerator cake. Each year we spend a week at my sister's cottage and one year I taught my three kids and my niece how to make it. It has become a tradition and a yummy one at that! Hope your Canada Day was wonderful- your neighbor to the south (NY)!

samplerlover said...

Hi Judy, your dinner sounds delicious. Your dessert sounds quite yummy. Will have to check it out and see if we have ingredients similar to the ones used.
Violet is looking lovely and so is your Tantes Zalder piece. By the way have you checked her website in the last few days. There is a beautiful freebie of a sampler called "My Mother's Garden." It is quite beautiful.
Your weather sounds wonderful. It is very cold up here at the moment. We have been having very strong winds with cold weather. I keep complaining to my Dad how cold I am and my Sister who is currently in Venice is complaining how how she is. We need to mix a little bit of the two and we will all be happy. = Sandra.

stitcherw said...

Both pieces are looking lovely, and it looks like you'll have a happy dance, or two, in the near future as well. Your new stash sounds great too, can't wait to see which new charts you got.

Glad you're enjoying the new computer. I like my scanner too, as it does make projects (as long as they are small enough to fit on it) much clearer and truer in color. Your cake log looked so yummy, and sounds easy to make. I'll have to try that sometime, can't beat chocolate and whipping cream. :)

Sonda in OR said...

The cake looks scrumptious!!!! I love Violets. I bet that will look so pretty when all 6 are done.

Pumpkin said...

You've been a busy stitcher! I love the Tantes Zalder website. Wonderful patterns :o) How are you going to finish it? And your violets are just lovely. That's going to be a wonderful piece of stitching when you get all six done.

I LOVE those Mr. Christie chocolate wafers!!!! I've never
had the log because the cookies are gone before I can even get to that point ;o) LOL!

More stash? Woohoo! I hope you post a picture :o)

Thank you so much for your support Judy. I really do appreciate it :o) Hugs!