Thursday, May 26, 2016

It's Spring! No, Winter! No, Spring ....

Greetings and welcome.

I am delighted to be able to share a finish with you today!
Here is Little House Needleworks design with a few little
changes here and there to make it my own.   A cute design
that is perfect for this warm and green growing time of year.

Um .... yeah!

These pictures were taken on Sunday, May 15th.   Phil
went out to mow the lawn even though the sky was heavy
with clouds and it was obvious that we were in for some
sort of precipitation.    When the lawn requires mowing
there is just no stopping Phil.

Clicking on the pictures will allow you to see and fully
appreciate the irony.

I looked out the window and there was my husband pushing
the lawn mower up and down the yard with grim determination
while the snow came down in a steady, fierce curtain.   At one
point I could barely see him through the snow!   I opened the
back door and suggested that perhaps he might consider taking
a break until the worst of it had passed but ... oh, no! ... he
motored on through it all.   

We had several periods of this throughout that afternoon and
since I'm much more pragmatic and sensible about these things
I just locked myself in my craft room with the heater humming
at my feet and refused to look out the window. 

One week later and it was the Victoria Day long weekend.   The
sun shone for all three days and the temperatures soared into the
mid 70's Fahrenheit and we relished every second of it.

Our cherry trees bloomed at the beginning of the week and put
on their usual glorious display of blossoms.   One day of 
strong winds has pretty much finished off the display unfortunately
and the driveway now looks like it's still snowing out there.

We painted our three year old red bench ... which was
peeling and shedding it's red coat alarmingly ... a cheery
yellow colour last week and have been accenting it with
matching flower baskets to enhance the results.   We
still have to get more flowers and stuff but this is a nice

Martha Washington geraniums are one of my favourites.
Pretty, frilly flowers in a wide range of colours including
this sweet little plant.   The garden centre where I found
this had just the one like this and as soon as I saw it I
had to grab it.    It's in the pink watering can .... see
the previous picture.

I'm a fantasy geek.   Did you know that?   Fantasy books, TV shows,
movies and graphic novels are all things that make me very happy.
This week's book order (yeah,  I order books every week ... why?)  
included the above two Elfquest graphic novels and they are 
as gorgeous as ever.   Not familiar?    This series was created by
Wendy Pini who writes the stories and does the art work.   Her husband
Richard also writes the stories with her.    First published in 1978 the
story has continued until present day and is the longest running, 
independent fantasy series published.

I found the series way back in 1978 and have been a fan ever since.
The art work is breathtakingly gorgeous and the story is exciting,
captivating and engrossing.

A few other books arrived as well,  and of course as soon as
I'd removed the books from their box Rupert took over.  It's
an agreement that we have.

I'm also a Trekker.   

Whilst at the post office this week I found these specially issued 
collector's packs which are to commemorate the 50th (!!!) anniversary 
of Star Trek.   I thought that they were pretty cool and decided to 
add them to my collection.   I can't believe that it's been 50 years
since the series began.     

We've been having rain and thunderstorms off and on today
which also makes me happy since I love the rain and a good
thunderstorm.    We've managed to do some planting of our
pots between each performance of inclement weather and then
we take refuge in the house again until the next wave blows over.

Ah summer.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Spring is Everywhere

Greetings and welcome blog friends.

In the past few weeks the weather has settled down and
warmed up a bit, the snow has left us for good (well, until 
next November or December or whatever anyways)  and 
things are greening up nicely.

Phil has been out in the garden raking, mowing, mulching
and digging, getting muddy and wet and grass stained
 and basically enjoying himself thoroughly.   And as goes
the season so goes my stitching mindset.   A theme of
green growing things and gardening outside inspires the same
indoors with my stitching.

Or I could be honest and admit that I just wanted to have a
new start.   Whatever.

So here is Little House Needleworks design "Garden Pleasures".
I have been working on this since my last blog post and as is 
always the case with LHN designs I've been enjoying it so much!

While I've been stitching I put on Flosstube vlogs and listen to
the stitchers chat away and so many of them have multiple projects
on the go all at once .... and by multiple I mean LOTS!!!!   The idea
has a certain appeal to it, and I can be a chronic starter if I don't 
watch myself anyways sooooo .... away we go!

As long as I have a finish once in awhile I can handle that.

We've been making plans on how to enhance the enjoyment
of our backyard during those precious, short months when
the weather is kind and warm and welcoming.   Our old
gazebo's awning shredded itself last Fall so we have to get
a new gazebo this year for the deck.    We've been looking
at other garden furniture and stuff and decided that we 
really, really just had to have a garden swing!

So we went out this week and picked one up and Phil spent
yesterday afternoon setting it up.    And we're thrilled and
delighted with it!    That corner of the yard is sheltered from
the wind and gets the afternoon sun and has a great view of
the bird feeders and the rest of the garden looking toward
the house so it's a perfect fit.

And it's just the thing for any book lover!!   I took it out
for a test run with my latest book and it works beautifully!
It also suits napping and chatting and the consuming of
beverages and meditation (another form of napping for me)
and bird watching.    I love how versatile it is.

And speaking of books (as I often do) above is my latest
finish.   I devoured this book in two days and could not
put it down.

Jennifer Robson is a new to me author who has three books
published, all of which take place during the early part of
the 20th century.   A favourite time period for me.   I'd
seen her books around, had read the descriptions for them
and knew they'd be right up my ally so I got all of them at
once and I'm so glad that I did.   

Jennifer Robson manages to write a fascinating story with
emotional impact,  she presents well researched historical facts
woven expertly into the narrative and her characters are 
so real and clearly imagined .... no matter how big or small
their roles are in the story.

I did not realize that Jennifer Robson lives in Toronto until
after I got the books but that's pretty cool too .... being able
to support a local author who so clearly deserves it.

I can confidently say that Jennifer Robson has been added to
the list of my most favourite authors and any new publications
from her will be automatic gotta-haves ... right-NOW!!!! 

Walking around Georgetown, camera in hand, enjoying the
sight of everyones gardens bursting into colour.   It's  mostly
tulip time now and we're slowly easing into tree and bush
blossoming season as well.

We're nearing the end of the daffodil season but there
are a few still popping out here and there.   Not as 
colourful as tulips perhaps but when it comes to their
shapes it's amazing how diverse they can be.

The summer movie season has begun and my movie
viewing partner Darlene and I began it on the weekend
by going to see two highly anticipated movies that
headed our list of must sees.

I'm a Marvel geek and love to see whatever might be
released from that stable of super heros.   The Avengers
are a great favourite and the Captain America movies 
have always been fabulous!    We could not wait to see
"Civil War" and it did not disappoint.   WOW!   Great
story and lots of action both of which were well balanced
with great performances.    I'm team Captain America by
the way.

And then there is the magic of this newest production of The
Jungle Book.     Again the story and the performances were
spot on but it's the seamless blend of real and CGI that is 
jaw dropping amazing.   You can't even tell what is live and
what was created in a computer lab.   And the young boy who
plays Mowgli was wonderful.   And Bill Murray providing
the voice of Baloo is just perfect casting.   I mean ... who else?

Did you know that over on Flosstube the one and only Vonna
of The Twisted Stitcher fame has just posted her very
first vlog post?   You must go and watch it.   

And as always we finish off with a picture of the cats.
Rupert with his face buried in Phoebe's fur.   I have no
idea how he's breathing in there.