Thursday, 31 December 2009

Good bye 2009, Hello 2010

So it's getting close to the end of 2009, here comes another New Year. Some say this is the end of the decade and others say we have to go through this year before it is officially a decade.
I am just wondering and remembering when the year 2000 was ushered in. Everyone worried about the prison doors swinging open and all the computers crashing. I would have been backing up my blog if I had one.
So what have I done in the last ten years......
I became a Grandmother
Got divorced
Remarried, found my soulmate....
Started a new career
Lost my Mom
Lost my sister
Lost my sister in law
Got a new sister in law
Learned to cross stitch
Learned to knit
Lost weight
Gained weight
Became a vegan
Stopped being a vegan (this could be the weight thing)
Started a blog
Looking forward to 2010 and blogging my heart out.......
Happy New Year!!!!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Wild Hare Wednesdays

Wild Hare Wednesdays. This event is hosted by this sweet lady, Michelle, from Raspberry Rabbits. Even though I am taking a small break, I cannot pass up the chance to join her in the fun. This the day we get to talk about anything, any "Wild Hares" you may have hiding in your past or present..... a chance to laugh and unload any stories you want to share. Take a moment to read the participants blogs and share with Shell and the rest some of their Wild Hare Wednesday moments.
I was remembering the first time I learned to knit. It was when my son Cory was only three. I wanted to make him mittens, just like my mother made for all ten of her children...... I remember getting mittens every Christmas. Pink, red and many other colors, usually they matched whatever an older sibling had received as a sweater.
Now I knew how to crochet, but not knit, and my Mom lived far away.
My ex husband's Aunt decided to teach me, but she was left handed and so I had to learn while looking in a mirror...... I am sure this is why I am so slow to knit!!!!
It took a lot of patience and quite a bit of time.
I managed after about three days to knit one small blue mitt..... it was on two needles and I had to sew a seam, but I had a mitten!!!
I was so proud of myself that I placed it on the kitchen table to show everyone.
The next morning I woke up and when I looked over at the kitchen table, I saw a heap of blue yarn!!!!???? What?
I raced over and looked at my mitt, surely there was an explanation!
My son Cory was hiding under the table, when I finally coaxed him out he started to cry and he said," I don't yike you fitting mitts, I want to play wiff you......"
I gave him a big hug and said not to worry, Mommy wouldn't spend so much time knitting, I would rather play with him too. I called my Aunt and said I had to put knitting on hold for awhile.
I think when I learn to knit mittens, I will make him a blue pair and see if he remembers......

Monday, 28 December 2009

Happy New Year and a Wee Break.......

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2010!!!! I will be taking a wee break from blogging, get a rest and come back all happy and rejuvenated!!! Thank you for all your kind words and great friendship........ see you in a couple days........

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Letter To My Mom........

Dear Mom,

It’s coming up to the New Year 2010, and you know how hard this time of year is for me. This when I miss you the most, when my heart feels like someone is squeezing it too tight and I can’t breathe. I am sorry I always tell you this, it seems like the same thing every holiday.

I am sitting here, gazing at the tree and missing you the most. The tears fall and I try to ease the pain in my heart. I can feel your touch. I love to remember your soft skin and your rounded finger nails, your strong hands. Those hands that created so many things, that loved all your children, and that grew all those beautiful flowers.

The hand that I held when we crossed the street, even though it made you laugh with embarrassment because we were adults.

I try to be strong, and not miss you and Karen so much, but it is hard. This is the time of year I wish to be close to my family and now we hardly ever talk. Mom, your children are so busy with their own lives that there isn’t time for us to be together.

Maybe this year could be different, Dad is getting older, perhaps the family will want to get together for his sake.......

My New Year’s wish would be that peace could come to our family and we could all get along. Mom, I promise to try harder.

I miss you, I always will......

Love your youngest daughter,


Friday, 25 December 2009

It's Christmas Day!!!!

Merry Christmas Everyone........ may you have a wonderful day filled with laughter and good cheer. I am wishing blessings and love to all of my friends in Blogland......
Margaret B

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Gingerbread Houses, quiche and a day of fun!!!!

We had a couple of fun filled days, decorating gingerbread houses......

We made quiche......

Look at her fluted crust!!!! I am never doing it myself again!
I never even showed her how, she just did this on her own!

Time with friends, making angels.......

Time out....
But Gramma, I don't need a time out......
Someone got a Bouwmeester jersey, now see if a certain hockey player will sign it!!!!
Okay, now we are smiling!

So sleepy, off to dreamland, with my new puppy......
Everyone had fun, now for some rest.........

Monday, 21 December 2009

Holiday Snapshots

Hello Everyone, I am sure that most of us are busy little bees, working on those last minute ideas and gifts. Or maybe baking up a storm!!!! I just wanted to share some images of my Christmas decorating and gift preparations. The cross stitch works of art are my gifts from the Dutchman's cousin, Shawna, she is the most accomplished needlewoman I know. Look up close and enjoy the details in her wonderful stitching.... she is my inspiration to want to learn how to cross stitch.............

These are some little stars, decorated with sparkly earrings and notes of love..... they still need some glitter......

Friday, 18 December 2009

All is calm, all is bright........

After such a bad day and things not turning out, I had my rest and started again. First of all the wonderful thoughts and comments of all of you, my dear sweet blogging friends.
Second, the magazine I have been waiting for came.... thank you Erica & Sandy at The Tattered Household. I am in love.......
This is the most beautiful, elegant and enchanting magazine I have ever read!!!!!
(The postman can never know how much he made my day.......)
Then, more wonderful parcels!!!
My heart raced and I could not believe my eyes when I opened this parcel from Lynn Barron at Sea Angels.... I know I saw it when I bought it, but nothing prepared me for the sheer beauty and the incredible work of art.... Lynn, I love it!!!
Her darling hand painted linen towel is in the background, isn't it divine?

Look at Lynn's beautiful works of art, I love her delicate watercolors,
these little postcards are so gorgeous, I want to frame them.......

Look at these beautiful birds, thank you Heather at Pretty Petals!
I will show you pictures of my wreath I made from Heather's fantastic on line class. It isn't quite finished yet, I need a little something something....... you know what I mean? Heather's class was so wonderful to take, her pictures and instructions perfect and of course incredible to look at!!!

My famous Rum & Butter Tarts....... yummo!

and of course a new batch of shortbread..........

All is calm, all is bright........ thank you everyone for your kind words and good wishes.
I love my blog family, don't you?

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Could it get any worse?

This is just the way things went, from bad to worse..... I feel sick, my Lupus is acting up, I am behind in everything, I lost my list........ I burnt the shortbread and I am so tired...... where are those elves? I think I am going to bed and start over!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Wild Hare Wednesdays

I am joining in the fun with Shell from Raspberry Rabbits for the Wild Hare Wednesdays.
I took this old sled I had, it was brown and red, sorry I forgot the "before" photo..... I am so bad at that!!!
Painted it up and added a few touches, tucked a little wreath on it...... not bad! Now back to my long list of the to finish!!!!! I hope everyone is able to finish up their list and take a minute to relax and rest...........

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Parcel from Donna!!!!

You can imagine my excitement the other day when I came home to find a parcel from my blogging friend and talented artist, Donna over at Brynwwood Needleworks. Oh my gosh, she is so talented!!! Look at this beautiful hand knit scarf with the beads, knit right in it!!! I can't get the camera up close, these pictures don't do it justice, it is stunning! Donna you are amazing!
Thank you Thank you!!! Such beautiful work!
I have never seen anything like this, the beads are knit right into the scarf, and it feels bouncy and stretchy, so hard to explain, a work of art!
There was more too, a gorgeous Lonaberger jar with a lovely charm and beautiful ribbon!
A fabulous pale robin's egg blue bookmark, I was just wishing for one!!!
There may have been chocolates, oh yes, there was, but not for long, hee hee....
Thank you, Donna, your gifts are incredible and I am so happy!!!

I tried to get up close to show you, the photos look the same but the scarf is soooo beautiful.....