Wednesday, March 29, 2006

How Open Minded Are You?

Thanks for this Belinda!
You Are 56% Open Minded
You are a very open minded person, but you're also well grounded.Tolerant and flexible, you appreciate most lifestyles and viewpoints.But you also know where you stand firm, and you can draw that line.You're open to considering every possibility - but in the end, you stand true to yourself.
How Open Minded Are You?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Old MacDonald had a farm...

The little duck I finished today for the Angel Quilt Project. The cow was done in January. The colour of the fabric for the duck is the same mint green as the cow. I also will be doing a pig and a sheep on white. My idea was for the 4 designs to go on one quilt, since they are all fairly small.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Happy Birhday Sis

My baby sister K is getting old like me! She's 4 years younger than I am though. Darn it!

We have other good family news too. Hubby's neice Sonya ( who will be 28 in June ) got engaged to her boyfriend Mark on the 18th. She called us at my father-in-law's to tell us. ( See Lisa I really was psychic about that this time! )

And a cousin of K and myself had a baby boy last Thursday. They've named him Adam Mitchell.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Endless round of stomach germs.

Kaiser was awake at 4 this morning sitting on the pot. He just barely dragged his butt to school. We stopped at the corner and watched his sister go the rest of the way by herself. Although she wasn't really by herself. About 20 other kids were walking to exactly the same place.

Then I get a call from the school about 10:30 that she doesn't feel good. I drag him back and we meet her part way. She's running a slight fever so the Motrin comes out when we get home. Then both of them go to sleep. They had a bit of lunch. Hers promptly cameback up.

This is getting old now. We've been at it off and on with one kid or the other since about 8 pm on Sat. night. It's only a matter of time before Hubby and I get it. The thing is that they aren't really sick. The little guy is tired and just needs to get over it now. Princess seems perfectly fine now that she's tossed her lunch. Wait and see I guess.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Eventful birthday again!

Today am 37 years old. We are supposed to be at my parents for dinner right now. However we helped my father-in-law make sausage yesterday and then stayed at his place last night. All night Kaiser was up puking and sitting on the toilet. Weezie barfed once but was otherwise fine.
So came home and they are resting and managing to eat crackers successfully. Sis will bring home some turkey for us when she gets back tomorrow.

By eventful AGAIN I mean the last several years have not gone by uneventfully except for last year. Totally boring birthday, nothing weird happened. It was rather refreshing. In 2002 when I turned 33 we had a freak snow storm on March 19th. Highly unusually around here. In 2003, Mr. Bush started the war in Iraq. While nothing personally bad happened to me, it is kind of a bummer when a war starts on your birthday. In 2004 we drove up to Summerland with Toni's Dad to see my sis-in-law for a few days. Just south of Peachland the van crapped out and I wound up with a rebuilt transmission for my birthday.

So it would seem that I am back at the beginning of the 3 year cycle of eventful happenings on March 19th. That would fine because I will then be safe for the 4th year of the cycle when I turn 40.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Stretch at 35 hours

I realized while looking at my web site a week or so ago that the last picture of Stretch was from March. 30th last year.

So I decided he needed some work and put in a few more hours. I mostly worked on the border, including backstitch, but I also started that little bit of spiky tail.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Erin go bragh!

(Sorry if my Gaelic spelling off)

Ireland Forever!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Quilting guilds

I have been working hard trying to get more members for the Angel Quilt Project, quilters in particular since we have a few panels stitched and ready to go. I found a web listing for Canadian Quilting Guilds. You have to take the listing with a grain of salt, as it is maintain by members and the links and emails are not always correct. I have mailed a few letters and sent a few emails asking for help. Many groups already donate quilts to hospitals, some even to the Neonatal ward and some even for preemies. I was not at all suprised. I know how generous Canadians are and craft-minded Canadians in particular. With some of the groups our aims coincide and suggested as much to them. Perhaps we will get some more volunteers.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Angel of the Sea at 160 hours

We are having a lazy day today. DH is snoozing, the kids are watching a movie and I got some stitching time in!

The angel is coming along very well. I will probably not be done by the time sis has her baby in July, but I do hope to be at 200 hours by then. That shouldn't be a problem unless my cyst acts up.

The bottom of the design is quite full from side to side, so I think it will take about 250 hours total.

Comments posted and received

Thanks to everyone who has made a comment lately. Several of the bloggers that I know from various stitching bulletin boards occasionally make comments. We all sort of decided after loosing our stitching buddy Laura to try to comment a bit more often and not just read people's blogs and lurk. So to that end I am commenting more on my stitching buddies blogs. I don't leave comments willy-nilly though, nor do I usually comment if there are already 10 or 12 replies. In that case my comment would like just be a rehash of what everyone else has already said. So thank you to my fellow stitchers for your comments.
I have also followed links from my friend Bav's blog and made comments to some of her buddies. In return I have received comments from Kim ( who I got to meet recently ), Evey ( Go Canucks!), Lori and Shelley. Thanks ladies!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Laura's unicorn done

I deleted my post about he unicorn being partly finished, since I had accidently deleted the file on my web page. Ooops! So here he is all done instead. I just finished the little guy up yesterday. He's had a bath and quick pressing. I hope to get him in the mail to Christine on Monday.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Psychic dogs, people, cats and staring.

I finally found Dr. Rupert Sheldrake's book "Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home". I checked it out from the libraray the other day. It's quite fascinating how some animals ( not just dogs but cats, birds and horses too ) can sense somehow when their person is on their way home. I am not talking 5 minutes before because they hear the car or something.
Dr. Sheldrake collected thousands of anecdotes and conducted several controlled experiments. Some animals seem to know up to several hours ahead of time when their person's plane has landed early and no one knows, or their person has been out shopping and has thought "I'd better get home now". The animal will get excited and bark or just go wait by the door. It's like some animals have telepathy. Some people can also give their animals mental commands as well. One lady told her story of her free-roaming cat. She would be working in her house and that cat would be off somewhere several blocks away. She would think, "Time to come home Leo" and sure enough a few minutes later the kitty door would bang and there he would be.

For those of you that know my dog, he is obviously as senstive as a rock, just like me. I was sitting on the couch reading the book and he was laying in the kitchen doorway looking away from me. I tried a mental "Angus, come". Not even an ear flick.

Dr. Sheldrake also mentioned a Dutch explorer in the early 20th century who stayed with some Bushmen of the Kalahari desert. One day he went off with the hunting party. 50 miles away they killed and eland. Mr. van de Post wondered out loud how excited the camp would be when they saw that the hunters were successful. The Bushmen said, "Oh, they already know." Sure enough when the party got back to camp the tribe was already singing the successful hunting song and preparations for the carcass had been underway for several hours. The Bushmen naturally assumed that the white man's telegraph worked the same way.

A few months ago I ready Dr. Sheldrake's book "The Sense of Being Stared At". It was fascinating too and I remember posting about it. It makes me wonder about our caveman ancestors. Were humans more telepathic in our distant past? Without our modern methods of communication, telepathy would come in handy when tribes were separated at a good distance. Perhaps we still are but are bombarded with so many things in our daily lives only some people can feel it anymore. Or perhaps it's a talent we no longer need and it has been bred out of some of us.

The sense of being stared at is still with us though. Almost everyone has had the prickling on the back of their neck when you know someone is behind you looking at you. That would be another cavemen handy talent. Natural selection being what it is, the ancestors that could tell when they were being staked by a saber-tooth tiger were more likely to survive and pass on their genes than the ancestors that couldn't.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Craft goals

Well Feb. was a less than productive month. With being sick the whole time and Kaiser turning 5, we were kind of busy.
However here is the scoop:
Starts- Spring Queen and the unicorn for Laura's quilt.
Finishes - none
Scrapping - got Jan.03 until Sept.9/03 done at Stillwood last weekend.

Starts-nothing scheduled
Finishes-better be that unicorn and hopefully I will finish sewing the Sheltie pillow if DH gets his sound system crap off the table I need for the sewing machine.
Scrapping-taking a break except for fixing some small goof-ups from last weekend.

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