60th Wedding Anniversary

Well, Mom and I made it back today. The weekend was fun and we got to see lots of family we haven’t seen for awhile at my Aunt and Uncle’s 60th Wedding Anniversary.

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Here is a picture of my Aunt and Uncle at the location where the event was held. Don’t they look great! I think they really enjoyed themselves and my cousins did a great job in organizing the whole event.

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I created a memory quilt as a gift for them. My Mom told me there favourite colours were yellow and green so that is what I used. When Mom and I got to the location for the event guess what the colours my cousins had used for the decorations… yellow and green so the quilt blended in beautifully even though that was not planned. My Aunt and Uncle loved the quilt and I know they will cherish it. I can’t ask more than that as this one was truly a labour of love.

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I chose to create a star in the centre of the quilt using my their wedding picture and then created log cabin blocks around the centre star with different photos during their life at the heart of the log cabin blocks.

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I stitched in the ditch and around the figures in the photos using Superior Threads Monopoly thread and then quilted the rest of the quilt using Superior Threads Sew Fine 50 in colours that blended with the area to be quilted. I chose to quilt leaves around the log cabin again to go with the green and being they are organic looking. I chose a straight line design in the inner border and then did a fern design in the outer border that I learned from Angela Walters books and classes. I am really please with the way this quilt turned out.

Mom and I left Kamloops Sunday morning after having a great brunch with my sister, her husband, my two nephews and their partners/wives and my cousin and her husband. It was great fun to catch up with everyone. Mom and I traveled on to Harrison Hot Springs where we stayed at the resort for two nights. Sunday was a bit of a zoo at Harrison as the weather was still warm and the whole town was hopping with families out to enjoy the last full day of vacation before having to travel home on the Monday for the start of school today. We still managed to have a soak in the adult pool though, where it was a bit more sane.

Yesterday the weather turned and it was cold and drizzly. By 10:00 am the resort was looking quite empty and there was no one in the lake at all. Mom and I took advantage and got some swimming time in at all of the different pools at the resort as well as at least two nice soaks in the adult pool. Ahh heaven! The pools were all nice and warm even if it was darn cold when you had to get out! brr!

So now back to real life!

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Isn’t he cute. He was left at the end of the bed for us to enjoy!

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A New Piano

We haven’t had the best summer here in Victoria but today is nice and sunny and warm. It makes me want to take the day off and head to the beach. Oh well, maybe tomorrow afternoon if the weather holds.

I have20160808_130503 my computer in the den which is just off the kitchen and my partner Kevin decided to put a
n old drafting table in the room as well thinking we may use it. Well it got used all right but mostly as a dumping ground for papers etc. After about a year of this he decided that it simply wasn’t working for him so got rid of the drafting table and found a used Roland piano online at Used Victoria. It was in good working order but needed a little TLC. What does Kevin decide to do? Spray paint it red! It then got reassembled and placed in the corner of the den.

I have to admit it does look nice. It gets played too! Not by me really although I do sit down occasionally however I haven’t played piano since I was 9 and I have forgotten anything I might have known.

Kevin can just sit down and play. He makes it up as he goes and it simply amazes me how he can do that.

 

You can watch him in action here. I am going to recover that piano seat with patchwork. I think that would be appropriate. Kevin says that’s fine as long as it’s black and red.

Ah technology! Don’t you just love it. I sat down two hours ago to write a quick post and here I still am because I wanted to show a video. So how can you do that and do I need to go to YouTube etc. I can’t just upload video to a free wordpress.com account. I took the video from my smartphone and when I downloaded it to the computer it was sideways. So ok how do you fix that. OK I need a new program, so download the program. Oops the computer needs a restart for the program to work. OK done now back to the blog post. OK now you have to find the draft of the in progress draft post, and on it goes. Nothing is ever as simple and as easy as it looks. Of course once you understand what needs to be done it’s fine but sometimes just trying to figure things out the first time you try something is time consuming.

So enough of this, I do have a new quilt to show but I will save that until Monday now. Ah something to look forward to.

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Saying Goodbye

Last night we had a sad event. The Victoria Quilting community said good bye to Linda Refuse who was the owner of Satin Moon Quilted Garden Shop here in Victoria BC. Linda passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2016. She was originally from Alberta her brothers held a small memorial for her there last week. Linda’s friend Jennifer decided we quilters should also celebrate Linda’s life as a friend, quilter and as a larger part of the Victoria quilters scene. In honour of  Linda she decided to organize a tea party with everything decorated in Linda’s favourite colour PINK!

I had the pleasure of working with Linda at the Satin Moon shop three years ago. I had been laid off from my Telecom Analyst position of 15 years and decided to take the summer off (I had been working steady since I was barely 18 years old). Since I was given 18 months severance and I had savings it was a good opportunity for me to regroup. I had two friends who already worked for the shop and I was asked if I wanted to work one day a week there. I was delighted, it got me out of the house and able to play with fabric… my favourite thing.  I discovered I really enjoyed working at the shop and helping the customers choose their fabrics for a project or just check out the projects in progress. I was still working there part time when I received the news I had cancer. Linda was incredibly sweet and since I was unable to continue to look for full time work during that time I remained working part-time at Satin Moon until I was too sick to do so. (I am all better now).

The tea party to honour Linda was a great idea. It was well attended and I’m sure Linda would have loved it. Jennifer even set up a table just for Linda so I’m sure she was there in spirit.

I have included two pictures of the room getting set up in preparation for the event. It always amazes me how you can take a plain room and make it festive my adding tablecloths, flowers and food. One of the pictures has a very badly lit Susan McGregor setting out the cupcakes she brought. Susan also worked with Linda at Satin Moon.

It was a great idea thanks so much Jennifer for organizing this.

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Lunch at Willows Beach

Well summer is finally here however here in Victoria we had warmer weather in April and May than we are having in June. It’s not that it’s cold it’s just someone got the month’s mixed up. The weather we normally have in April is happening now and April’s weather was hot and dry like it should be now. Oh well!

My partner came home early from work on Friday and we decided to go out for a late lunch and headed over to Willows Galley Fish and Chips in Oak Bay and take it to go and sit on Willows Beach and have a picnic. To get to this area of town from where we live it is a 30 minute drive so this is very much a destination trip for us. The weather was breezy but sunny, if you got out of the wind the sun was nice and warm. Willows Galley Fish and Chip shop is used to people grabbing their meals to go and have a picnic on the beach so they package the food up so that it is easy to take and eat picnic style. We found a log that sheltered us from the wind spread out a blanket and enjoyed the sun, scenery and our lunch. The beach wasn’t packed but there were lots of people there enjoying the day, what surprised me though was how many were in swim suits!!! Seriously! Now granted I am cold blooded but even out of the wind I still had a sweater on. It’s not like anyone was going to be swimming in that cold water so not sure what the deal was with that.

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Here is a picture of Kevin enjoying his lunch (he always gets the cod, I am a halibut person myself). Now Kevin doesn’t get near as cold as I do but notice he is wearing a warm vest which he kept on the whole time we were there.

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This was a view from where we were sitting. Now in much warmer weather this beach will be packed to the point where I couldn’t have taken this picture without getting a few bodies in the picture as well. You can see one couple there at the water’s edge. You can’t tell in this picture but they were wearing swim suits, I guess trying to get an early start on their tans. Oh well, whatever floats your boat. I was happy in jeans and sweatshirt and staying warm well enjoying my lunch and the view before heading home and back to work.

 

A Walk in the Park

Well the weather here in Victoria has turned windy and chilly the past few days. I look outside and am not really thrilled that Cocoa needs to go for a walk but that is what is next on my agenda after I finish up this blog post. Poor guy loves to go for a walk but right now he is feeling the chill as well (being a Chihuahua he likes it hot) he is in the den with me as I am writing this. He walked over to his bed and grabbed his blanket and moved it around so the blanket was over him lol.  Unfortunately I didn’t grab the phone fast enough to get a video of it.

Last week was nice though and Cocoa and I had some lovely walks. There are many nice trails right around where I live and it’s so nice to be able to get out in nature without having to go for a long drive. Sometimes if I have errands to do at a mall near where I live I take Cocoa with me (if it’s not too hot and he will only be in the car for 5 minutes or so while I complete the errands) as there is a really nice park right behind the mall where there is a small river and woodland trails. It is a wonderful oasis smack in the middle of an urban area.

Above is some sample photos of the trails and the small river. I love walking along these trails and listening to the birds singing, it reminds me to slow down and enjoy the moment.

Well windy or not I should get out and take Cocoa for his daily walk. One thing about dogs is that it forces one to get out and get moving.

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