Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hello everyone! Welcome to another addition of ... my blog!
I thought that I would begin with a few more pictures of my
garden in an attempt to convince you, if not myself, that Spring
is most definitely here, temperatures and frigid precipitation
not withstanding. The crocuses are done, and we're in the
midst of daffodil season at the moment, with tulips due to
take over in a matter of weeks.

The flowers in the first picture and the ones in the picture
above are in our backyard. They are small in size but there
are clumps of them growing together so they make a pretty
carpet of color in their part of the garden.


Had another problem develop with my computer. The CD/
DVD slot wouldn't pull discs in to play them. After my
experience last summer when I was without my computer
for over three months while an Apple representative/repair
guy tried to effect repairs I was understandably reluctant to
entrust my computer to them again and kept putting it off.
But the warranty expires next month so I finally bit the
bullet and called Apple.

Phil drove me and my computer to Square One mall a week
ago Saturday to take it in to the Apple store for repair as per
instructions of very nice Apple person on telephone. Twenty
minutes to find a parking spot in the bucketing rain. Phil was
not impressed. It seemed that every single citizen of Mississauga,
Etobicoke, Port Credit and parts of North Bay were at Square One
on that Saturday afternoon!! Two thirds of those people were in
the Apple store!!!! Dropped off computer at Genius Bar and ran
for our lives!

Got a phone call on Sunday morning around 9:45 to say computer
was fixed and ready for pick up. Wow!!! To say the least. Since
weather on Sunday was a tad crappy, which foiled Phil's plans to
spend the afternoon working in the garden, we drove back to Square
One to fetch the infernal machine. Place was a bit calmer on that
day. Which means that most people were smarter then us and
didn't bother trying to venture out into that incredible dogs breakfast
of a weather system that invited itself into the province for a visit
and definitely overstayed it's welcome. We passed through five
different stages of weather on our trip back to Georgetown. Ugh!
There should be a law against snow squalls occurring after the
middle of April!!

Computer is now playing CD's. Let's hope that's the end of
any problems with this machine. Forever!!!


Remember in previous post when I said that I'd gone to a
Needleworker's Marketplace event put on by Gitta's?? I
went with Alisa and with my friend Linda. Well, the week
after the show Linda got a phone call from Gitta's store.
There were door prizes at the event and she'd won second

Here is Linda at the restaurant where we had lunch
the day of the market.

And here is what Linda won! A skein of every solid
color thread that DMC makes!! Have you ever seen
a pile of DMC thread ~ every color that they make ~
all together like that??? Beautiful, aren't they??

Need something to offer you perspective of just how
big that bag is??

Behold my charming assistant Vanna .... er Rupert ...
gallantly offering his services so you can see just
how big that bag is.

Because Linda doesn't live in Toronto Alisa and I
volunteered to travel all the way down to Gitta's
store to pick up her prize for her. Yes, we really
are thoughtful and self sacrificing that way .... uh

The lure of an opportunity to poke around in a
fabulous cross stitch store ... again ... never even
crossed our minds. Really.

So guess what followed me home from Gitta's.
Yes, I was a baaaad girl!

Well, I've been thinking about investing in a
floor stand for quite some time, and dithering
back and forth about it as is my wont in such
circumstances. Saw this stand set up in Gitta's
window and after careful (five minutes) consideration
decided ... what the h*** ... and bought one.

Here's a picture of the box the stand came in so you can
get a proper look at it. I've been using it for my SAL
project and after two weeks have decided that I really,
really love it. Now I can sit on the couch and stitch
instead of being confined to my computer desk or
dining room table.

So let's see .... what else is new??? Hmmmmm .....
Oh, yes ....


I have another finish to show you!!!! Yes, unbelievable
as it may seem I have finish number FOUR for the year
to brag about. The Book Store is done!!

Glamor shot!

I'm telling you guys, I've never had so many
fair sized finishes so close together in years!!
And now I can do some stash diving and
consider one or two small starts to stitch on
when I'm not working on my SAL.

And speaking of my SAL ... Drawn Thread's
Game Board Sampler .... week three. Those
little house squares are so much fun to stitch
and I can't get over how different they all are.

Close up of my first house square and the first motif.
I'm stitching my motifs right side up, like the houses,
instead of upside down as charted. Let's see how
long it'll take me before I get confused and mess up
a motif because I either forgot to stitch it right side
up or I miscalculated my starting point.

Back last November Phil celebrated his 35th anniversary
with the company that he works for. To mark the
occasion he was given a catalog of items to choose a
"gift" from. The company also offered to take Phil
and a few of his co-workers (his choice of who to take)
to a really nice restaurant for lunch. Phil asked if pizza
or something could be brought in for the entire staff
instead so everyone could share in the food and celebration,
and the company agreed.

The gift that Phil ended up choosing was a bench for
our back garden. This week he is on vacation so he
spent part of the day Tuesday putting the newly
arrived bench together and setting it in it's new spot.
I haven't had a chance to get a close look at it yet,
never mind sit in it, but from a distance (the dining
room window) it looks pretty nifty.

Note the grass. Last week was the week that the
lawn turned green ... seemingly overnight. You
know how it goes. One day the grass is brown and
withered from Winter's callous abuse ... and the next
day you would swear that you can see it turning green
before your eyes. One more step forward to real

Had a nice long Easter weekend, which included lots of
stitching time and allowed for my The Book Store finish
plus progress on Game Board Sampler. I also made a
small start on a new project while visiting Alisa at her
house Friday afternoon for a stitch together. I'll
post debut pictures of that piece when I've had time to
put a few more stitches into it. I had literally just put
the final stitches into The Book Store when Alisa arrived
to pick me up that afternoon so I only had time to grab
an already kitted up project which is a tad bigger then
I ought to be tackling considering how big Game Board
Sampler is. Oh well.

Re: The picture of Phil in the previous post .... it has
been pointed out to us ... and we noticed it too ... that
it looks like Phil is resting his head on the bird bath
stand ... rather like someone going to the block in the
time of Henry VIII. And yes, that photo does feature
Phil's "good side". :)

Finished reading the Kathy Reichs book "2006 Bones"
that is featured in the pile of books in my previous
post and I finished "A Discovery of Witches" as well.
Judy: Reich's book is not her most recent. I think it
may well be two years old which is why I was able to
buy the hardcover for a ridiculously low price.

Well, I've run on long enough here and ought to
finish things off. Hope you all had a wonderful
Easter with great food, friends and family to
celebrate with. It's hard to believe that May is just
a week away!!

Thanks for visiting. Cheers!


mainely stitching said...

Lovely pics, once again. Did I tell you that the picture of the purple flowers with the bee in them is my desktop wallpaper? I love it. When we play movies thru my computer on the TV and the picture is made huge, the resolution is just amazing. I love it. And I love your green grass!! How did you go from snow to green grass so soon? The only green in our lawn is the moss. We do have some really gorgeous tiny purple flowers though, that we also had last spring. And the fiddlehead ferns are beginning to push up. This year, I'm going to eat them all. Last year, I wasn't confident of my gathering skills, but this year I feel like quite the little provider. ;) Oh and before I go, I have to say your choice for a floor lamp is spectacular!!

Kathy A. said...

Wow, those are beautiful spring flowers.
Love your new lamp!!!!
I have that gameboard in my stash somewhere including the fabric. I don't dare add anything else to the mix lol.
Love your Bookstore finish.
And wow - to win every single skein of DMC thread - how amazing is that!

Anonymous said...

Another computer scare? Ours is begining to be very slow on opening, scary some times. Pour thing is eleven years old. The photos are beatifull as always and the garden is great, but that "Book Store" UAU, truly amazing. I do love books even in the window of a cross stitched book shop!!

Carolien said...

Hello Judy,

I am glad Spring has arrived at your place too, tada! You can sit on a beautiful bench and drink it in, can't you? ;)

Your lamp is sooooo coooool, as the girls would say here. Wow, you are a lucky bird! Enjoy it!!!

The Book Store is wonderful, my compliments!

Have a great day & many greetings,

Judy S. said...

Love your Bookstore finish! Would you believe it snowed here late this afternoon? Didn't stick, but snow, nonetheless. Bleh!

staci said...

Such a great variety of pictures and updates as always Judy! Your flowers look lovely and that bench is a perfect place to relax in your yard. Congrats to Phil!

Enjoy your new lamp...I guess you'll have lots of stitching to show for it?!?! Congrats on your Book Store finish (brag away, you deserve it!)

Andrea said...

Wonderful creations to behold. Love the new aquisition of the lamp. I have the deluxe version and I wouldn't be without it. I have to keep a bulb as spare just in case. I hope you get chance to use the new bench for those relaxing moments in the garden.
Weather here has taken a turn for the worse from last weekend. It's more like we should expect for this time of year.
I've had an extra day off work today for The Royal Wedding. I've been glued to the TV all morning. Although I'm not really into the "royals" as much as Mum, I do like all of the pomp and cicumstance of it all. I think it's one thing that the UK do well. :)

Suzanne said...

Great photos! What a wonderful prize to win all the shades of DMC. I really love your stand lamp, I am sure it has made a great difference. I love your finish, well done!

Brigitte said...

Oh Judy, so good to see that Spring has definitely reached your region. I love those blue flowers and can easily imagine how wonderful they must look when they cover the ground. And that new bench in your garden - a great addition and a place where you can sit and read when it's warm enough.
That huge package full with DMC threads that Linda won looks like heaven. I know the feeling of holding such a package in your hands. Once a good friend of mine who lives in the US sent me such a package after learning how much we have to pay for DMC threads over here in Europe. That was the start of my DMC collection and it contained nearly every thread number that existed back then. I was definitely in thread heaven, lol.
And wow, a new floor lamp. A great purchase!

Lynn said...

Your new purchase is fantastic! You'll never want to part with it again. I love mine although the part which holds the magnifying lens if somewhat stripped and the lens falls every once in awhile.

Book Store looks wonderful Judy! I love stitching on any LHN and I have one in mind for another start soon.
Game Board sampler is a favourite of mine and you're off to a great start. I'll be looking forward to watching your progress on this one.

I love the bench Phil picked out for your yard. Hopefully he'll use it once in awhile to sit and enjoy the fruits of his labour!

Siobhan said...

Congratulations on the finish!! Enjoy your Daylight lamp. I had one but the wire frayed and eventually blew. I'm still able to use the bulb, though, so it's all good. Sorry to hear about the computer problems!

Gina E. said...

Hi Judy, it is great to be able to visit you after so long! I'm on Ken's laptop at the moment because my old PC has slowed down to a standstill. I've ordered another computer from a company that rebuilds second hand computers, so it will be about 5 years old, but that's 5 years younger than mine, so hopefully I'll soon be able to visit my blog friends on a regular basis.
I've enjoyed all your photos - gosh your friend was lucky to win all those DMC floss! I just love looking at the whole range on the wall of needlecraft shops, it's like a rainbow.
I know how you feel about your green grass! Everything here is bright green to our eyes since the drought broke and we've had enough rain to bring all the trees and plants back to life after 10 years.

Pumpkin said...

Your flowers are lovely! We're into the tulips now :o)

Yay! Wonderful news about your computer. It's hard to live without them isn't it? LOL!

ROFL!!!! Rupert is one amazing Vanna and I think he should take over her job ;o)

Good for you! Proper lighting makes all the difference and what girl doesn't deserve to be spoiled once in awhile? LOL!

The Book Store is just splendid! Love the colors. Your SAL is coming along nicely as well. That's a beautiful pattern.

What a fantastic bench. I bet you'll get lots of enjoyment out of it. I hope you're getting sun where you are though because it's been nothing but rain this month for us so far :o( We've already moved the lawn 3-4 times!

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a fantastic new lamp! I love it and I'm sure you do too!

Fantatic finish! Close to your heart I bet!!!

Beatrice said...

Oh my... all that DMC...so wonderful and Rupert is protecting it for you,smart cat!
The garden looks so fresh, I love the bench.
Stitching a book store now why doesn't that surprize me...hahaha
It's been awhile but I'm back to blogging I have a new laptop and it works GOOD!
I have that lamp- and use it in my sewing room I love it!!! You will too!
Stitch with happy fingers,

Gina E. said...
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Gina E. said...

Sorry - that last post had a mistake in it, so I deleted it. Here is what I meant to write!
Hey Judy, are you okay? It's been such a long time since you posted anything here. I miss you! Please do let us (your bloggy friends far and wide) know that you, Phil and the kitties are all okay.

monique said...

Haa Rupert is smiling in that picture :) Love your game board so far... I've tried to do that one twice now through the years and finally gave up. I'll watch you stitch yours instead!

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